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Introduction to Fascia's role in causing Pain

Introduction to Fascia's role in causing Pain

Fascia surrounds and attaches to all structures in the body, and plays a very important role in the support and function of our bodies. In a normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and able to stretch and move without restriction. After physical trauma, emotional trauma, scarring, inflammation, the fascia loses its elasticity. It becomes restricted and the source of tension in the body. Trauma such as car accidents, poor posture, falls, and surgery influence the comfort and function of the body. This tension can cause pain and restrict motion. Long term, these fascial restrictions affect your ability to withstand stress and perform normal daily activities.

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Stretches for Sciatica

Stretches for Sciatica

Sciatica,(aka pain in the butt), affects the buttocks, legs, groin, and lumbar spine. The symptoms can range from pain, weakness, tingling, numbness, or burning.  The source of the pain is the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lumbar spine, into the glutes, and down the back of the legs.  The following are some stretches that can help relieve the pain by stretching the surrounding muscles.  The first three stretches are for the piriformis muscle. They range from more beginning to more advance depending on your level.

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Essential Rehab Tools to have at Home

Essential Rehab Tools to have at Home

In our clinic we have a variety of different inexpensive tools useful for releasing tension, improving range of motion and muscle recovery. Most of these tools are used for myofascial release. Your fascia is a sheath of connective tissue that provides support and protection for your muscles and internal organs. Your fascia can become tight and distorted from trauma, poor posture, repetitive stress, workouts. When fascia restricts, you may experience pain and inflammation.

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Benefits of using Cold Laser

Benefits of using Cold Laser

At Northwest Wellness, our patients benefit from cold laser use for a variety of different spinal issues. Cold laser is a newer technology used by chiropractors, physical therapist, and acupuncturist. You may be wondering how cold laser works. Cold laser is a low level light that puts red light photons into the tissue and bone to help reduce pain and stimulate healing. Cold lasers are FDA approved for a variety of different issues: Acute and chronic pain, ligament sprains, muscle strain, soft tissue injuries, tendonitis, arthritis, tennis elbow, back pain, bursitis, fibromyalgia, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

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Whiplash Trauma

Whiplash Trauma

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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Understanding injury healing time

Understanding injury healing time

There are four general musculoskeletal tissue types we work with in Physical Therapy: Bone, ligament, muscle and tendon. They all have their own varying fabric, blood supply, action, strength and healing time. Injuries to these tissues look and behave differently. People’s biological healing process and timeline can also vary based on prior health, inflammatory response sufficiency, body mass, rest-time, etc. The list goes on. We want to provide you with a basic, barebones (pun intended) and text-book breakdown of generic terminology and expected healing times for these tissue types. Understand this is not black and white; there are so many integrated circumstances that make you and your healing process different from the next person.

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Returning to Running After an Injury

Returning to Running After an Injury

Whether you are a recreational runner or a competitive runner, chances are you have experienced a running-related injury. Getting back out onto the roads/trails after an injury is not always a smooth and easy process. Sometimes, the injury tends to linger, even once you feel like you’re ready to return to running. Having the guidance of a physical therapist during your rehabilitation program will help you get back to running faster, and safely.

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Ice or Heat? Contrast therapy?

Ice or Heat? Contrast therapy?

We often discuss with our patients, the pain relief benefits of hot and/or cold therapy. It’s inexpensive, convenient and doesn’t require medication. An uncomplicated rule to use is, ice for acute, heat for chronic. But it’s not always that simple.

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What Does A Physical Therapist Do?

What Does A Physical Therapist Do?

Physical therapists are a primary care provider for musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. Learn how a physical therapist can help you improve your mobility, increase strength, and achieve optimal health.

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