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Friends don't let friends live with pain...

Friends don't let friends live with pain...

It’s National Volunteer Month. Volunteering in it’s truest form is all about helping your community. We don’t always have time in our busy schedules for traditional volunteering opportunities, but there are ways we can help friends, family members and co-workers. So today’s theme is about how you can take a moment to help those around you improve their posture.

I’ll first alert you to something called Upper Cross syndrome. It’s pain that derives from improper resting posture of the upper body. Certain muscles become shortened, some overcompensate, and others are under utilized and become weak. This imbalance and structural inefficiency can then lead to chronic pain. Here’s what it looks like (in the simplest of terms):

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The Main Culprit in Low Back Pain

The Main Culprit in Low Back Pain

If you have ever had low back pain, often times one of the main culprits is a tight Psoas muscle. The psoas muscle is the primary hip flexor muscle, and is the largest, thickest muscle in the body. The psoas is the most powerful hip flexor. The psoas muscle originates at the lower vertebrae of T12 and inserts on the posterior of the femur. 

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Chiropractic Care for Insomnia

Chiropractic Care for Insomnia

Most of us once in a while suffer from a night of restless sleep. We can push through and function just fine after just a night or two of restless sleep. There are some people with a more serious sleeping condition known as insomnia. Insomnia can range from lying awake for hours with a just a few hours of shut eye or waking up in the middle of the night and difficulty going back to asleep.  As a result, we suffer from excessive fatigue, poor concentration, and more illnesses. Insomnia can occur because of a variety of reasons.

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Torticollis

Torticollis

Torticollis is defined as a sustained contraction of the muscles of the neck that causes the head to twist and turn to one direction. Usually the sternocleidomastoid muscle or the trapezius muscle is involved. This condition is usually pain-free, creating little to no discomfort in the child. If the baby has the condition at birth it’s called congenital muscular torticollis. If they develop the condition after birth it’s called acquired. This is a common condition, affecting 1 in 250 babies born with the condition.

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Whiplash Injury

Whiplash Injury

Injuries to the neck that cause a sudden backward, forward, or sideways motion are referred to as Whiplash injuries. Whiplash injury occurs when the head is thrown in one and quickly thrust into the opposite direction.  Whiplash injuries can occur from car accidents, sports, work accidents, etc.  Chiropractors frequently treat whiplash injuries.

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