Category Archive for: ‘Chiropractic’

What makes you hurt________? (Fill In The Blank)

Pain is often a confusing and frustrating phenomenon. More often than not, the area that feels painful  is not the cause or source of the problem. In fact, the painful site could be a compensation for a problem that lies somewhere else in a neighboring or distal anatomical area. Alleviating a painful point may relieve the symptoms temporarily, but not …

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Can I Pressure You Into Some Pain Relief?

Ischemic Compression (IC) is a form or acupressure that causes local circulatory, central nervous system and lymphatic effects. In addition, IC affects fascial structures that encapsulate muscles, tendons, ligaments and organs and can enhance their physiological function. IC is done by applying steady pressure  over a trigger point until it softens/releases. This can be done statically, dynamically (with motion), or …

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Flexibility 101

How do we become inflexible? According to Davis’s Law, soft tissue models along the lines of stress, i.e. tissue remodeling after trauma (acute or repetitive) does not run in the same direction as the muscle fibers, but forms in a random fashion. As a result, when muscle fibers are lengthened, these inelastic connective tissue fibers act as roadblocks, preventing the …

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20(15) Evidence-Based Nutrition, Fitness and Wellness Tips You Can Use

This week’s blog includes 20(15) Evidence-Based Nutrition, Fitness and Wellness tips you can use as we enter into 2016. 1. Lift weights 3-4x/week   Weight lifting  builds muscle strength and muscle mass and preserves bone density. It enables  independence, and vitality with age. In addition, strength training also has the ability to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and the signs …

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Are You Tight Or Just Neurologically Out Of Control?

Many of us feel the need to stretch muscles that we perceive as being tight. Muscles can be “short” tight or “locked long”, giving the illusion of being tight. A muscle that is “locked long” is often compensating for instability. It is neurologically tight. Stretching a short muscle is often appropriate in the context of a prescriptive exercise program based …

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Foam Rolling- What Does The Evidence Show?

  Foam rolling or “tool-assisted self-manual therapy”  is a popular form of self-myofascial release (SMR)  that I often prescribe for my patients as well as teach in group settings. Foam rolling is believed to work via two mechanisms: Autogenic Inhibition- Tissue pressure stimulates mechanoreceptors affecting both the central and autonomic nervous systems, resulting in a change in muscle tone and …

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Understanding Your Movement Could Be The Key to Understanding and Eliminating Your Pain

When you have an injury, your nervous system redistributes activity within and between muscles and and modifies  bio-mechanical behavior in order to “protect” the tissues from additional or threatened pain/injury. An acute injury that initiates the inflammatory/healing  process is generally self-limiting, provided one doesn’t block the process with self-care measures such as the overuse of ice, NSAIDs or through …

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What´s The (Trigger) Point?

Background Trigger points, are hyper-irritable knots located in soft tissues (e.g. muscles and fascia). They are characterized by  palpable nodules in bands of muscle fibers with characteristic referred pain patterns to broader areas, sometimes distant from the trigger point itself. Many manual therapists (e.g. chiropractors, physical therapists and massage therapists) focus on identifying trigger points as a source of musculoskeletal pain, …

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Is your low back pain caused by synergistic dominance?

  Synergistic Dominance is the neuromuscular phenomenon that occurs when synergistic muscles take over the function of a weak or inhibited prime mover (The muscle considered primarily responsible for generating a specific movement). Prime movers are designed to move a joint in a particular direction. These muscles require synergistic muscles to help control the movement. A synergist muscle is a …

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If you are not assessing, you’re guessing.

Several weeks ago I attended a course on treating fascia. One of the biggest take-away points was that there are a lot of effective techniques that can be used to address pain and injuries, but the KEY to an effective treatment is an accurate assessment.   Why do we assess? Establish a baseline/starting point Create realistic expectations Discover specific GOALS …

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