Category Archive for: ‘Chiropractic’

That Time of the Month Doesn’t Have to be a Pain

    Menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea) may occur immediately before or during a woman’s menstrual period. There are two types of dysmenorrhea: primary dysmenorrhea and secondary dysmenorrhea. Primary dysmenorrhea (common menstrual cramps) usually begins one to two years after a woman starts getting her period.  The pain typically starts shortly before or at the onset of menstruation and continues for one …

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I Can See Pain in Your Future

Not the best forecast, but its true. By observing one’s posture and movement, a healthcare practitioner should be able to identify the source of pain or the risk of developing pain later on. I’m not talking about obvious pain, such as a traumatic injury like a strain/sprain, but the nagging, chronic pain or recurrent injuries that nobody seems to be …

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Taking a Functional Approach to YOUR Pain

    In general, there are two broad classifications of pain: Acute Chronic Acute pain is more often than not due to an injury that causes inflammation. The inflammatory process is how your body heals. Chronic pain can be due to ongoing inflammation where an injury site is repeatedly irritated, some sort of disease process, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psychological …

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If you have chronic pain or recurrent injuries, you may not be addressing the core of your problem

  The core operates in conjunction with the extremities as an integrated functional unit, which enables force production (a concentric contraction), force reduction (an eccentric contraction) and dynamic stabilization (isometric contraction) against external forces. Many people who suffer from chronic pain or recurrent injuries lack optimum core strength. This is perpetuated by postural strain from our jobs or lifestyle as …

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Got Pain?

Got pain?     you’re not alone Acute and chronic pain affects approximately 100 million Americans, with the annual costs associated with chronic pain is estimated to be $560-635 billion. Pain is a uniquely individual and subjective experience that depends on a variety of biological, psychological, and social factors. For many patients, the treatment of pain is inadequate not just because …

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Back to School Doesn’t Have to be a Pain

  It’s back to school time. Backpacks, sitting and poor studying posture can  mean your “kinetic chain” is going to get yanked and kinked, potentially resulting in pain. Fortunately, there are strategies students may use to reduce the risk of pain by: Maintaining optimum length and tension in posturally strained muscles; Improving alignment and reducing stress at joints; and Facilitating …

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Is Sitting the New Smoking?

Looking back on our evolutionary history, most of our activities revolved around survival, i.e. hunting and gathering food, or running from predators. We spent the majority of our time outside performing physically oriented tasks and getting exposure to the sun and fresh air. Living life was essentially a workout. Today, with the comforts of technology, most people spend the majority …

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Mechanotherapy: How to promote tissue healing

Mechanotherapy  is the physiological process where cells sense and respond to mechanical loads, such as pressure or exercise, in order to  facilitate healing after an injury.   Loading the tissue, as will be explained later, can be  used therapeutically to stimulate repair and remodelling in tendons, muscles, cartilage and bone. Through mechanotherapy, the body converts mechanical loading into cellular responses. …

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How to heal faster and stronger

If you have an injury (acute or chronic) this weeks blog is for you. Ultimately, your body knows what to do to heal an injury. The classic model of injury healing comprises  four sequential, yet overlapping phases: (1) Hemostasis, (2) Inflammation (3) Proliferation   (4) Remodeling.   Within the first few minutes after the injury, a process of platelet aggregation …

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Down to the CORE

    The core is where your body’s center of gravity is located and all movement originates. A strong core is essential for optimum body mechanics, as it contributes to ideal length-tension relationships of muscles, movement patterns by the nervous system and joint function. A strong and balanced core equates to neuromuscular efficiency,  which allows for efficient acceleration, deceleration, and …

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