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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

Work from Home and Ergonomics

Work from Home and Ergonomics

Work from Home and Ergonomics     Working from home can be quite the change.  You spend more time at a desk that is usually less comfortable, or worse, use a laptop on the couch or at your kitchen table.  Laptops are one of the worst things for posture and ergonomics. There is no effective way to use the laptop as is and have the screen and keyboard at perfect positions.  Let us talk a bit about working from home and minimizing the pain and poor ergonomics associated with it.       First, what is ergonomics?  Ergonomics is the study of efficiency in the working environment.  This more specifically relates to the posture, body position, and setup in which we use to perform our everyday work.  Most commonly used for people with desk jobs it also applies to more physically demanding jobs in trades and industry. This study is used to reduce the painful positions and habits that people develop as a result of their job and w ... read more

Acupuncture for Tendonitis by Dr. Stephanie Wu

Tendons are important structures in our body. They connect muscle to bones and are essential  for all movements. Tendonitis is a condition in which tendons become painful, swollen, and  inflamed thereby impairing function. When tendons become inflamed, they can cause extreme  discomfort and irritation with associated movements. It is usually caused by repetitive  strain/overuse and or overload and is generally worse with movement.     Common forms of tendonitis include tennis elbow, golfers elbow, Achilles tendonitis, jumpers  knee, wrist tendonitis, shoulder tendonitis, etc.  ... 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

Kinesiology Taping

Kinesiology Taping

You may have seen the Kinesiology tape that many athletes wear while competing. Kerry Walsh Jennings put this type of athletic taping into focus during the Olympics in the early 2000's. Kinesio-Tape, (KT) allows an athlete to receive some stability (strength) help form the tape while continuing to move the joint through its full range of motion. If an athlete has inflamed tendons in the shoulder, KT can assist the actions of muscles leading to less stress on that inflamed tendon. KT can also help reduce swelling (edema) that lives in the joint space or in between muscles, fascia, and other connective tissues. We also use this tape to help our patients with their posture. We tape our patient's shoulder blades so if and most times when they slouch, the tape will pull on their shoulders reminding them to sit upright. Come in for some taping if you have some potential  

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