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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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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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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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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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Britt's Tips: Posture and the Rear View Mirror Trick

Britt's Tips: Posture and the Rear View Mirror Trick

We all have busy, hectic lives, rarely allowing time to take care of ourselves. Being able to sneak in stretches and exercises wherever possible is key. Often our car commute is the only time we’re not overburdened with work, chasing after kids, taking care of the house, or sleeping. Let’s take advantage of this quiet time and apply one of my favorite postural improvement tips.

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