Tag Archives: Muscle Recovery

Corporate Wellness Classes

Corporate Wellness Classes

Has working from home got you stressed out?  Have you and your team been feeling sore from that new work setup.  Do you just feel plain stiff and tired?  Our team has the resources to help you.       Dr. Cruze and Dr. Lutz have teamed up to offer virtual classes to get those bodies moving.  These Stretch and Release Classes have a therapeutic effect on those sore and stiff muscles that you have developed while working from home.  We know this has been a difficult time to get in proper exercise, to have great ergonomics, and to be at optimum health.        Movement is the key to reducing pain.  A body that moves well, is a body that feels well.  Your mobility, stability, and strength are the key to getting you pain free a ... read more

Sitting

Sitting

Sitting       Through this difficult time many of you have been sitting more than usual.  To make matters worse, your at home desk setup isn’t as ergonomically friendly or you may not even have a true desk at all and have just been using the couch.  This can put a tremendous stress on the body and cause all sorts of aches and pains you may be feeling right now.  What can we do about this?       Sitting is a part of everyday life.  It is honestly unavoidable.  We want to take some stress off our lower body and relax while we work and sitting is perfect for that.  While not immediately detrimental, chronic seated posture leads to shortening of the hip flexors, the pecs, the anterior shoulders, the posterior neck, and the upper shoulder muscles.  Often, these can progress into pain in the low back or numbness/tingling sensations in the arms and may even contribute to carpal tunnel symptoms.    ... read more

Headaches

Headaches

Life can be a headache.  Headaches are a unique and difficult type of pain.  It affects every aspect of you and prevents most daily function.     Headaches can be due to trauma such as a blow to the head, strain and stress on the neck muscles and vertebrae causing cervicogenic/tension headaches, or other causes such as cluster, migraine and more.  With countless types of headaches it can be a difficult topic to manage.  One thing is for sure, when you get a headache. You want to get rid of it or at least reduce the pain.  Let us talk a bit about how.   I am sure many of you have tried the simple solutions such as taking medication, either over the counter or prescription, drinking more water, or getting some sleep.  You may have even tried natural remedies, but to your surprise, you found little to no relief.  These types of treatments often mask the pain or cover it up but don’t treat the source of the pa ... read more

Heat

Heat application is an effective therapy in pain relief.  Because heat promotes inflammation it is most beneficial for the later stages of treatment after the initial swelling has subsided.  It is a conservative approach to relieve pain and bring new inflammation to the area to aid in healing. There are multiple types of heat that can be applied to speed up your recovery:    Superficial heat can be performed at home and in office.  It is known for its ability to relax the muscles, improve blood flow, and sedate nerve endings providing relief of pain.  Examples of superficial heat are hot packs, hot towels, infrared lamps, electric blankets, a sauna or steam bath, and many more.  They are called superficial because they only heat the outermost layer of the tissue. The recommended treatment time for superficial heat application is 20-30 minutes to obtain maximum benefit.    Deep heat is usually performed by a trusted healthcare professiona ... read more

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is an effective anti-inflammatory treatment that contributes to overall health and  wellness.  Providing immediate pain relief, it is a conservative form of care that can be performed both  in office and at home.  Cryotherapy can range from application of an ice pack on an inflamed area to  full submersion in an ice bath or cryo-chamber.  It has maximum benefit during the acute phase of care  in reducing pain, inflammation, and elasticity of the tissues.  Cryotherapy can benefit most people but  should not be used in those with ... read more

Golf and Low back pain

Golf and Low back pain

One of the biggest complaints we get with our golfers is about chronic, recurrent back pain. Put more simply back pain that keeps coming back when they play golf. In the TPI system we talk a lot about the swing characteristic of a “reverse spine angle” which occurs when the player has too much backwards bend in the upper body and/or an upper body that bends towards the target during the backswing. This backswing position limits range of motion and inhibits (turns off) the core musculature that steals away performance in terms of power but also puts additional stress on the lower back and is a leading cause of back pain among golfers. The reverse spine angle characteristic is found in 38.5% of players so don’t be too sure that you may not be suffering from it. You might have an issue with reverse spine angle if you also notice that your setup posture is in the S-Curve category (read our article about this ... read more

How can I fix my low back pain on my own?

How can I fix my low back pain on my own?

The truth is, once you have sprained (Joints/ Ligaments) or strained (Muscle/ Tendon) there will be a period of time that you need to let your body rest and heal. However, it is very important to have a trained physician look at the area to properly assess which tissues are responsible for the pain. This helps curtail the management of the pain, which can speed up recovery time. Management will often include seeing a Chiropractor, a Physical Therapist or a Massage Therapist. However, the most important part of your management plan is your Home or Self Care. Both during your recovery as well as preventable Home and Self Care. Your Self Care will require a daily approach. Often times our self care routines we write up for patients will include exercises that offset or counter the type of work you do. For example, if you sit at a computer or in meetings for most of the day. we will need you to periodically stand up and stretch and release your hip flexor muscles that will shorten during y ... read more

Cupping and Low Back Pain

Cupping and Low Back Pain

Cupping is an ancient Chinese modality that uses glass, ceramic, plastic or bamboo cups on the skin to create suction in a specific area. It can be applied to different areas of the body including, over the lungs, along energy meridians and even soft tissue to increase blood flow to the area and assist in breaking up congestion and stagnation. Cupping has come to the forefront in recent years for treating musculoskeletal conditions due to its simplicity of administration, low cost and immediate symptom improvement. For the purposes of chiropractic care cupping has been shown to improve symptoms of low back pain, calf strain, shoulder pain, rotator cuff strain and muscle tightness. It has also been used on Olympic athletes to improve athletic performance. Low back pain is one of the most common reasons adults seek out chiropractic care with a lifetime prevalence of 50-80%. It is considered one of the most expensive health problems to treat and can cause debilitating effects to one ... read more

Swimmers Shoulder

In a nut shell swimmers shoulder is damage to the shoulder capsule. This can be the muscular capsule (Rotator cuff muscles or tendons) or the joint capsule (glenohumeral ligaments or labrum). Swimmers shoulder can also be acquired from volleyball, baseball, softball, benchpress or any other overhead activity. Often times this condition is acquired from overuse or repetitive use. Proper management of activity is required. You can also benefit from proper approaches of shoulder health to include thoracic mobility,  scapular musculature strength, and rotator cuff strength. This is a very manageable condition with a proper management plan from your musculoskeletal health professional. 

Importance of Thoracic Spine Mobility

Importance of Thoracic Spine Mobility

Importance of Thoracic Spine Mobility   Feeling stiff when you are throwing a ball? Can't bring your arm back behind your head? Having trouble turning your body side to side? These are common symptoms an individual has when their thoracic spine is immobile. Decrease in thoracic spine mobility and poor posture can lead to improper and restricted movements in sports such as  swimming, golfing, kayaking, tennis players or any other sport that requires good thoracic extension or rotation.     How can chiropractic Help? Chiropractic increases the movement of the spine! We create and help mobilize each joint of the human body, the spine specifically. With an adjustment to the thoracic spine, we increase mobility of the spine, improve muscle functions, and improve posture. We also provide certain exercises that will help with mobility of the thoracic spine such as foam rolling, thoracic extensions, postural exercises, and muscle streng ... read more

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