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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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Forward Head Posture and Lung Capacity

Forward Head Posture and Lung Capacity

With the increasing use of smartphones and laptops, problems in the neck and shoulders have been increasing. A healthy spine has three different curves that act as shock absorbers and support the body. The most important curve is the neck curve, the cervical lordosis. A normal neck curve presents with a C shaped curve approximately 43 degrees measured from the second vertebra in the neck to the seventh vertebra in the neck.  When the upper thoracic spine starts rounding due to poor posture, the position of the head and neck will change to compensate for it.

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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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Frequent Questions about Chiropractic

1.       Will an adjustment hurt?

To most people, the adjustment feels good. Depending on the condition, however, there may be muscle soreness following the adjustment.

 

2.       How long will I have to continue care?

This depends on the severity of the problem and how long you’ve had the problem. Typically, a more severe problem takes longer than a mild problem. Likewise, a more chronic problem will take longer than an acute problem. In general, it depends on individual needs and situation.

 

3.       What is the cracking sound during an adjustment?

When a joint capsule is stretched, the gases contained within the fluid of the joint are rapidly released and create a popping sound.

 

4.       Do Chiropractors treat more than just the spine?

Yes, chiropractors treat soft tissue, extremities, and other ailments. The nervous system is what controls all aspects of the body. While chiropractors don’t claim to treat everything, many conditions have been shown to be helped by chiropractors. Migraines, vertigo, and ear infections are just a few.

 

5.       Once I start do I have to keep going?

That depends on your goal. If your goal is to get out of pain, then your goal has been reached. However, the absence of pain usually does not signal that you are healed. Chiropractic care is a process of restoring proper motion and function to the joints which in turn leads to less pain and increased overall function to the body.

 

6.       Is anyone to old or young to get adjusted?

No, we can adjust anyone from a newborn to 100 years old. The difference is the technique and force used. Remember, pain is usually the last indicator that something is wrong. Children often don’t have pain but benefit from an adjustment.

 

7.       Is Chiropractic Safe?

Chiropractic care has been found to be a very safe, non-invasive treatment. Compared to other options for treatment, chiropractic has no drug side effects, does not mask the symptoms, and is considered one of the safest, most effective treatments for numerous conditions.

 

8.       Can I get adjusted while pregnant?

Yes, it is highly recommended to get adjusted when pregnant. Adjustments can not only help women throughout the pregnancy, but can also help with an easier labor and delivery. Of course, there are modifications that are made as the pregnant woman grows.

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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Chiropractors Big Help for Low Back Pain

Chiropractors Big Help for Low Back Pain

Your lumbar spine, or lower back, is a complex structure of interconnecting ligaments, muscles, bones, joints and nerves all working together to provide support to your core and offer strength and flexibility. However, your lower back is also susceptible to injury and pain, based on how it's used and protected. Mechanical and soft tissue injuries are some of the more common causes of lower back pain, which can impact intervertebral discs, nerve roots and spinal joints.1

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Physical Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis Pain

Physical Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis Pain

One common area that is susceptible to fascial tension and resultant pain is the bottom (plantar) surface of the foot. Symptoms you’ll experience are sharp or aching heel pain at rest and upon landing (often in the morning), arch tenderness, and regional swelling. To some, the nagging discomfort can interfere in daily activities and to others the pain can be debilitating.

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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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Tight Psoas Muscle and Low Back Pain

Tight Psoas Muscle and 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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