Stretch therapy encompasses a wide range of techniques, including massage, myofascial release, and active/passive range of motion movements.
Stretch therapy is the scientific application of these techniques to treat certain physical problems associated with tight muscles and restricted joints. When performed properly, stretch therapy can help prevent injuries and improve performance. Stretch therapy techniques increase flexibility in both the short and long term.
Most stretching protocols are primarily aimed at increasing the range of motion of a joint, and the overall goal is to improve movement patterns involving that joint.
While many factors affect movement patterns, range of motion is a major one. Improved range of motion at joints generally facilitates better movement overall.
Increasing the flexibility of the tissues around a joint will increase its range of motion. These tissues include muscle, tendon, and fascia tissues.
Each of these tissues has different properties. However, the flexibility of each can be improved with various stretch therapy techniques.
Tendon are the tissues that connect your bone to your muscles. The tendons connect to another tissue called fascia, which surrounds the outside of your muscles, as well as sections within your muscles.
In most cases, a stiff tendon is a good thing. Still, sometimes excessive tightness in the tendons and the fascia connective tissue surrounding your muscles can restrict the normal range of motion.
Techniques such as massage and stretching can increase the extensibility of both the tendons and fascia in the long term.
Massage is the manipulation of the body's soft tissues. Massage techniques are commonly applied with hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearms, feet, or a device. The purpose of massage is generally for the treatment of body stress or pain.
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Headaches are the result of a variety of issues, including underlying conditions and structural problems.
When your headaches are the result of structural problems in your spine, neck, or head, they’re considered primary headaches.
There’s no underlying health problem with primary headaches, but rather a musculoskeletal or neurological problem. People of all ages can get primary headaches, including cluster, tension, and migraine headaches.
A variety of underlying conditions can lead to secondary headaches, including:
The chiropractic and primary care team at The $25 Chiropractor conducts a thorough exam and discusses your medical history to determine the underlying causes and contributing health issues that could be causing your headaches. They create a customized treatment plan based on your individual needs so you can get long-term pain relief.
The medical and chiropractic team takes a holistic, integrated approach to treating your headaches. They can prescribe a combination of lifestyle changes and natural therapies to help you get relief and prevent headaches from occurring in the first place.
Based on the root causes of your headaches or migraines, your treatment plan could include any combination of the following:
The focus of your care at The $25 Chiropractor is not only on pain relief but also on preventing future headaches whenever possible.
Not all headaches can be prevented, but it’s possible to reduce their occurrence and frequency. To reduce chronic tension headaches and migraines, the following lifestyle changes are often helpful:
Over time, the experienced team of health care providers at The $25 Chiropractor can help you reduce your need for medications to combat headache pain. Natural therapies and treatments provide lasting relief.
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Your back and spine support your whole body not only helping you stay upright and supporting your head, arms, and core but also providing stability and shock absorption for your feet, legs, and hips. As a result, your back undergoes a significant amount of physical stress every day.
Back pain can stem from irregularities or misalignments in your spine or from sprains, strains, and tension in your muscles and connective tissue. The most common causes of back pain include:
Back pain is also highly variable. You could have a dull ache or a sharp, stabbing pain. Your pain could be constant or it could come and go. It could flare up with physical activity or be worse after a period of inactivity.
The team at The $25 Chiropractor offer comprehensive consultations and exams to assess your back pain and diagnose its cause.
After reviewing your medical history and talking about your symptoms, they feel your spine and back for signs of abnormalities or trigger points. They might ask you to walk around the office or move through some gentle stretches, bends, and twists to observe any limitations in your range of motion.
In some cases, the will recommend X-rays, MRIs, or other imaging studies to gather more information about the condition causing your back pain and its location.
At The $25 Chiropractor, the doctor creates customized treatment plans to relieve your pain. In many cases, they combine therapies to deliver the best possible pain relief while also healing the condition causing your pain.
Your treatment plan could include:
If you have back pain that doesn’t go away with rest and at-home treatments like over-the-counter painkillers and ice packs, you should talk to the team at The $25 Chiropractor.
You can control many of the factors that contribute to back pain. For example, you can reduce your risk of back pain by staying active and maintaining a healthy weight. You should also try to maintain good posture whether you’re sitting, standing, or moving. If you have to lift or move a heavy object, use proper form to protect your back.
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Sciatica is a set of symptoms that occurs as a result of the pinching of or pressure on your sciatic nerve. Your sciatic nerve extends from your lower spine down into each leg.
Often, you get sciatica as you get older due to age-related changes that can cause herniated discs or bone spurs to put pressure on the sciatic nerve.
Usually, this only happens to one side of your body at a time. When you have sciatica, you could feel pain anywhere from your lower back, through your hip, buttock, and down one leg. In some cases, you can even experience foot pain.
Other spinal conditions cause sciatica symptoms, including:
Each of these conditions, which your provider can explain to you, puts pressure on your sciatic nerve, leading to painful symptoms anywhere along the nerve.
If you experience sciatica, you can feel pain in your lower back, your hips, buttocks, and down the backside of your leg.
Sometimes the pain feels like a pins-and-needles sensation, a burning pain, or even numbness. You might have a sharp, shooting pain down one leg or tingling that extends into your calf, foot, and toes.
Sciatica symptoms often feel worse after sitting or standing for long periods of time. You can feel better after stretching the affected side of your body.
Sciatica symptoms that won’t go away even though you stretch and remain active often respond well to chiropractic adjustments and other physical therapies, including traction and spinal decompression.
Depending on the root cause of your sciatica, your chiropractor at The $25 Chiropractor could recommend a variety of therapies, including:
These natural treatments work over time to help return your spine to its proper alignment and take the pressure off your sciatic nerve.
The team customizes treatment based on your individual needs. They take a nonsurgical, natural, drug-free approach that provides long-term pain relief without dependency on prescription medications.
If you suffer from sciatica pain, don’t wait to seek treatment. Contact the office today to schedule an exam or use the convenient online booking system to request an appointment.
To understand why you might have shoulder pain, it’s important to first understand how your shoulders work.
The shoulder joint is a ball-and-socket joint with many moving parts for a versatile range of motion. Three main bones make up your shoulder joints: the humerus (arm bone); the clavicle (collarbone); and the scapula (shoulder blade).
The bones all come together in your shoulder where a layer of cartilage provides cushion and support. The rotator cuff — a collection of four tendons connected to bones and muscles — provides the widest range of motion of any joint in your body.
If any of the parts of your shoulder become injured, worn, or damaged, you’ll likely feel pain and lose range of motion.
Among the most common causes of shoulder pain are:
Sprains and bursitis (joint inflammation) can also contribute to shoulder pain. Acute shoulder pain can go away as your body heals from a mild sprain or from overuse, but lingering shoulder pain often requires treatment before you get relief from pain and restore your range of motion.
The $25 Chiropractor take a natural approach to your shoulder pain. Once they identify the underlying causes, they recommend conservative, noninvasive treatments to help reduce inflammation and pain, and improve your range of motion.
Physical therapies, chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, and other treatments can help loosen tight muscles and your shoulder joint. If shoulder pain is the result of repetitive motion or overuse, you’ll probably need to avoid certain activities for a period of time so your shoulder has time to heal.
To learn more about natural shoulder treatments and long-term relief from pain and reduced mobility, call The $25 Chiropractor to schedule a consultation. You can also use the convenient online booking system.
What is the anatomy of the knee?
Your knees are the largest joints in your body, which makes sense given the role they play in supporting your body while also providing mobility, balance, and range of motion. To accomplish all this, each of your knees is made up of:
As you can see, your knee joints are incredibly complex and a problem that develops in any one of these areas can create problems for the whole joint.
Because of the sheer amount of work your knees perform each day, as well as their complexity, there are plenty of opportunities for things to go wrong, causing pain and limiting your movement. The most common causes of knee pain include:
Leading the pack on this list is knee pain due to arthritis, a degenerative condition that slowly breaks down the cartilage in the joint leaving your bones to rub together painfully.
Arthritis can come on due to age but it can also crop up because of old injuries to your knee, which is why seeking treatment at The $25 Chiropractor for both acute and chronic knee pain is a good idea.
After thoroughly assessing your knee(s), the team at The $25 Chiropractor devises a treatment that tackles the underlying cause of your knee pain while also providing you with immediate relief. To do this, the team turns to several effective therapies that address your knee directly, as well as the supporting tissues. These include:
The goal at The $25 Chiropractor is to provide your knees with the medical support they need for long-lasting results that will have you moving freely again.
To find relief from knee pain, call The $25 Chiropractor or request an appointment using the online scheduler.
Did you know that chiropractic care during pregnancy is not only safe but it's the ideal form of health care because it is holistic, drug free, and promotes a healthy body? Since the nervous system is the control center for the body, any kink or misalignment will cause interference in the proper functioning of the body. This may worsen the "challenges" mentioned above. So, if the communication between the body and brain are restored there will be fewer discomforts that the pregnant women will endure. Not only that, the benefits of chiropractic care may provide you with a more comfortable pregnancy, faster and easier delivery, and higher chances of having a natural birth and quicker recovery from the birthing process. Common musculoskeletal issues seen in pregnant women: Symphysis pubic dysfunction - a dysfunction between the pubic bones and the symphysis pubic (a ligament holding the two pubic bones together). The hormone Relaxin during pregnancy is released to "loosen" ligaments and pelvic structures to allow more room for the baby to develop and prepare for delivery. The side effect of this is that it causes instability of the spine and pelvis which can lead to pain in the pelvic region and low back. This generally happens during the second trimester but can worsen during the third trimester as the baby develops and grows the fastest. A pregnancy belt is also useful during pregnancy to stabilize the spine and pelvis. Another complaint that pregnant women suffer with is low back pain during pregnancy. There are two types of back pain associated with pregnancy.
- Lumbar pain
- Posterior pelvic pain
Lumbar pain can occur as the weight of the baby pushes on the sciatic nerve causing sciatica (pain down your leg or both your legs). The weight of the baby also pushes the belly out causing tighter lumbar spinal muscles (low back muscles) and increased lumbar lordosis (abnormal low back posture). This is called lower cross syndrome which can be very painful for the individual. You will see problems with sleeping, walking, bending over, aches and pains in low back, pelvis and much more.
Posterior pelvic pain is a little lower than the lumbar pain. It can be felt in the buttocks and down the legs. You can also have anterior pelvic pain which is also called "Round Ligament" pain. This ligament attaches the uterus to the abdominal wall to stabilize the uterus. This ligament can tighten and cause pain during pregnancy. There is a technique called the Webster's technique which can help reduce round ligament pain. This technique is also helpful during breech babies. Fun fact: The Webster technique can prevent, and even convert breech birthing positions. Babies can flip as late as nine weeks, but any time after 35 weeks the chances for success are reduced due to limited mobility in the womb. Regular visits to your chiropractor, physical fitness and proper nutrition can make all the difference in your having a comfortable and healthy pregnancy. In addition, these elements make a natural childbirth more likely as well as a faster and easier delivery more possible. Be sure to schedule online today at the25chiropractor.com.
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