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Joint Mobilization Techniques: Why are they performed in Physical Therapy?

Joint Mobilization Techniques: Why are they performed in Physical Therapy?

Joint mobilization is a passive manual technique performed in many physical therapy treatments. It may feel differently from your everyday joint actions, like flexing at the knee or lifting the arm overhead. And that’s because it is. All joints have their own specific alignment and ways in which the bones, ligaments, tendons and capsule move about each other (known as osteokinematic or arthrokinematic motion). If those movement patterns are restricted in some way or are dysfunctional, we as therapy providers will step in to improve proper operations.

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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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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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How Does My Spine Work?

How Does My Spine Work?

Your spinal column consists of series of 33 bones called vertebra.  These bones cover the delicate spinal cord while simultaneously protecting the nervous system and allowing for movement of the trunk through the 24 moveable segments.  Muscles, ligaments and tendons attach to the spine and the spine to the extremities which allows for dynamic movement of the entire body

There are 5 different sections; cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacrum and coccyx.  When viewed from the side, an adult spine has a natural S-shaped curve. The neck (cervical) and low back (lumbar) regions have a slight concave curve, and the thoracic and sacral regions have a gentle convex curve  The curves work like a coiled spring to absorb shock, maintain balance, and allow range of motion throughout the spinal column.

Each vertebra in your spine is separated and cushioned by an intervertebral disc, keeping the bones from rubbing together. The discs have two distinct parts; a strong fibrous outer ring called and annulus and a soft, gelatinous center called the nucleus. The nucleus acts like a ball-bearing when you move, allowing the vertebral bodies to roll over the incompressible gel. The gel-filled nucleus is composed mostly of fluid. This fluid absorbed during the night as you lie down and is pushed out during the day as you move upright.

Between the moveable bony segments and intervertebral discs, spinal nerves exit the spinal cord to innervate the entire body.  This allows the brain to send messages via the spinal cord and spinal nerves to every cell, tissue, organ and muscle of the body and for the body to send information back to the brain.

The entire system works quite well and provides us with mobility, stability, strength and nerve function.  However, problems arise when the segments of the spine become stuck or immovable. When this occurs the system works poorly and decreased mobility, pain or lack of coordination occurs. 

For more information on spinal health and wellness call Northwest Wellness in Federal Way, WA at 2539270660

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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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What Is A Subluxation?

What Is A Subluxation?

Since the origination of chiropractic science, it had been generally accepted that if a spinal vertebra was out of place than a spinal nerve would become pinched and pain would ensue.  It was also thought that if a spinal nerve provided innervation to a body part then dysfunction would occur in that region or organ.  While there are occasions where spinal nerves do become “pinched” as a result of a vertebral misalignment, disc protrusion or degenerative changes that occurs far less frequently than a situation where a spinal joint simply moves poorly and cause joint and neurological dysfunction.

Recent research by the Rubicon Group describes a chiropractic subluxation as a “self-perpetuating, central segmental motor control problem that involves a joint, such as a vertebral motion segment, that is not moving appropriately thereby yielding ongoing maladaptive neural plastic changes that interfere with the central nervous systems ability to self-regulate, self-organize, adapt repair or heal.”

What do all of those fancy words mean?  If a joint in the spine or other parts of the body are not moving properly than the flow of information to the brain is disrupted.  As a result the brain actually misinterprets the body’s environment and sends misinformation from the brain to the body.  This can result in pain, lack of coordination and overall poor health.  This scientifically supported model of chiropractic and subluxation accounts for the effectiveness on spinal manipulation in relieving back or neck pain but also in improving coordination, athletic performance and overall health.

If you are suffering from back pain, neck pain, headaches, and spinal injuries or just want to improve your posture, athletic performance or overall health call Northwest Wellness in Federal Way, WA at 2539270660

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How many bones are in the feet?

How many  bones are in the feet?

How many bones are in the human skeleton? If you guessed 206 you are correct. Now, how many bones are in each foot? Give up? There are 26 bones in each foot, 52 bones in the feet combined. That is about ¼ of the bones in the body. One quarter of the bones in the body are located in the feet. So why am I talking about this? Because with 52 bones in the feet, that means there are a lot of joints. In chiropractic, motion in the joints is a big focus.

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Chiropractic At Northwest Wellness

Chiropractic At Northwest Wellness

Northwest Wellness was originally founded as a chiropractic center in 1987 by Dr. Lorri Nichols.  Over the past twenty-nine years we have expanded to become a multidisciplinary integrated health care facility which now provides chiropractic, primary care, massage therapy, naturopathy, corrective exercise, acupuncture and nutrition.  Chiropractic care, however, remains at the core of our practice.

 

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