Tag Archives: Trigger Points

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

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

Golf Posture. The slumpy C -Posture.

Golf Posture. The slumpy C -Posture.

What about C-Posture??   Well if S-Posture is all about what’s going on with the lower back and hips at setup then C-Posture is all about what happens in the upper back and shoulders. C-Posture describes a setup position where the back is overly rounded and the shoulders are slumped forward resulting in a body position that looks like a “C” and is adopted by about 33% of golfers.   Just like S-Curve postures have a underlying muscle imbalance called Lower Cross Syndrome, C-Posture is commonly related to an imbalance referred to as Upper Cross Syndrome. In Upper cross we see a relationship between overly activated/tight pecs, lats, and upper traps (among several others) along with weak neck flexors, serratus anterior and lower traps. All of this results in a spinal posture that limits your ability rotate your torso which dramatically inhibits a fluid, full range backswing. So how do we correct this? Starting with focused drills on improvi ... 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. 

Chiropractic Care for Arthritis!

  What is Arthritis and what causes it? Arthritis is When the cartilage, the cushioning surface on the ends of bones, wears away causing the bone to rub against bone, which will subsequently cause swelling and stiffness. Throughout time, our cartilage between joints will deteriorate and arthritis is inevitable to happening. However, there are many ways decrease and limit the process of this condition from happening.   Chiropractic can benefit osteoarthritis in many ways! Chiropractic promotes movement within the joints that can have a huge benefit for osteoarthritis patients. Each specific adjustment not only improves joint movement, but it also stimulates the muscles to improve its strengths and functions surrounding that joint! Want to learn more? Contact our office today and we would be happy to provide more information on affects of chiropractic treatments

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

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  

Recovery with Marc Pro

Every Triathlete, Marathon runner, Crossfitter, Body Builder, Rock Climber or all around fitness junky has had sore shoulders or sore legs which we call DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) following a big work out. How do you relieve DOMS? You need to move the tissues (muscles and connective tissues) in that sore region. Rather than doing air squats all day following heavy squat and deadlift day, put on the Marc Pro for the needed and required muscles activation with out having to load the joints and look silly at your desk trying to to a million squats and lunges to make yourself less sore. The Marc Pro provides the needed muscle activation to clear the muscle collagen bond tightness, clear the bi-product of your previous days work. The Marc Pro is a  Motor Nerve Stimulation machine. The Marc Pro will have you back into normal healthy movement patterns for the next workout.  

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