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0 January 6, 2015

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability of the US. There are three types of arthritis: osteoarthritis (the most common), rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis. Arthritis means “inflammation of the joint,” and results in pain, tenderness, stiffness, reduced range of motion, and swelling.

Physical Therapy for Arthritis

Although there is currently no cure for osteoarthritis, there are treatment options such as physical therapy. Our physical therapist will provide a customized treatment plan for your arthritis, which may include moist heat, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, therapeutic exercises, manual therapy, therapeutic activities, massage, stretching, and paraffin. Arthritis patients also often benefit from acupuncture. It’s important to seek treatment for arthritis as soon as possible – with proper physical therapy, arthritis sufferers are able to manage pain, stay active, and live fulfilling lives – often without surgery.

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0 January 5, 2015

An estimated 10 million individuals suffer from the chronic pain condition known as fibromyalgia. Those diagnosed with fibromyalgia generally endure widespread pain and fatigue, weakness, muscle spasms, irritable bowel syndrome, and insomnia.

Advanced Physical Therapy for Fibromyalgia

Physical therapists can treat fibromyalgia with exercise programs focusing on stretching and flexibility, along with gentle strength training programs. Fibromyalgia symptoms have also been associated with poor posture, so you may benefit from a chiropractic adjustment or spinal decompression from one of our top chiropractors. Learn More about Physical Therapy

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0 January 4, 2015

Vaccines are a hotly contested topic nowadays – and although we’re not here to tell you whether or not to get a flu shot, we will tell you that you can use chiropractic care to strengthen your immune system against all nasty colds, viruses, and allergies.

Chiropractic Flu Avoidance

Chiropractic care focuses on prevention and treatment of causes rather than symptoms. When your musculoskeletal system is properly aligned, it allows all of the systems within your body to work more effectively. Ensuring you are in peak physical condition before flu season starts is key to successfully avoiding illness. Make an appointment with one of our chiropractors for an evaluation of your musculoskeletal health – you may benefit from a chiropractic adjustment.

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0 December 29, 2014

Plantar Fasciitis, or inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of the foot, is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It is usually caused by repetitive stress and is characterized by sharp pain in the heels, which is worse in the morning and may subside after stretching and watching. Potential causes of plantar fasciitis include

  • Tight Achilles tendons
  • Weak foot muscles
  • Flat or high arches
  • Sudden increase in physical activity
  • Improper shoes
  • Obesity

Physical Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis

First, our physical therapist will address and treat the painful symptoms. Then, you will strengthen the muscles in the foot and ankle and work to restore the flexibility and range of motion to the muscle structures around the heel and arch. Physical therapy for plantar fasciitis also involves correcting your gait to prevent further symptoms.

Long-Term Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis patients can return to a healthy pain-free lifestyle after following a customized rehabilitation program. In addition to physical therapy, our physical therapists may prescribe additional activities as part of your treatment plan:

  • Rest and avoidance of extended running, jumping, stand

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0 December 29, 2014

An estimated 17% of the US population suffers from tension headaches. This may seem like a benign symptom, but it costs taxpayers billions of dollars in disability payments, medical fee reimbursements, and lost productivity. How are your headaches affecting your quality of life? Chronic pain affects your performance at work, participation in sports, and enjoyment of time spent with family and friends – you shouldn’t have to “learn to live with it!”

Causes of Headaches

When the head is out of alignment with your spine, the supportive muscles of the head and neck must work harder to hold the head up – over time, this abnormal stress causes the muscles to work less effectively. Eventually, the stressed neck muscles will transmit pain to the other muscles in your head, which results in headaches.

Chiropractic Headache Cures

Chiropractic focuses on curing the cause of the condition rather than simply treating the symptoms – in this case, our chiropractors will fix the alignment of your spine rather than telling you how to treat the headache. Chiropractors call the misalignment of the vertebral bones “subluxation-“ and it can be fixed by re-training the muscles and ligaments to hold the head and neck in a natural position. Our chiropractors will also educate you on lifestyle adjustments you can m

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0 December 29, 2014

Studies have shown that about 80% of the population in western countries has experienced low back pain at some point. Many cases resolve themselves within a few weeks, but studies have shown that 60 – 80% of patients will experience recurring low back pain symptoms.

Low Back Pain: Causes and Relief

Often, low back pain is caused when the muscle groups which stabilize the spine (the lumbar paraspinals, lumbar multifidi, and transverse abdominus) are injured or not functioning correctly. Stabilizing and strengthening the spine is key to maintaining a healthy spine and avoiding low back pain. Fortunately, advanced physical therapy and chiropractic care can be very effective in treating low back pain with techniques including therapeutic exercise, mobilization, traction, electric stimulation, ultrasound, therapeutic massage, heat and cold therapy, acupuncture, and patient education on body mechanics and lifting techniques.

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0 December 29, 2014

Today, many jobs involve working at a desk or repetitive motion with the hands. Issues such as poor posture, prolonged computer usage, a demanding work environment, and repetitive motion can cause musculoskeletal problems.

Treating Joint Pain and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Minor changes to make your workspace more ergonomic can substantially decrease your joint pain or carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms, such as changes in screen and keyboard locations, adjusted chair height, a different mouse location, and new typing techniques.

If you’re suffering from joint pain or carpal tunnel syndrome, make an appointment with our physical therapist to learn how to make your workstation more ergonomic in order to avoid painful symptoms.

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0 December 29, 2014

Sciatica is not actually a diagnosis – it is a set of symptoms including pain caused by compression or irritation of one of five spinal nerve roots, or by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerves. Pain can be felt in the lower back, buttocks, or parts of the leg and foot. Typically, symptoms such as numbness, muscular weakness, pins and needles, tingling, or difficulty of movement can be experienced in one side of the body. Sciatica can be caused by many different causes, so chiropractic treatment will vary based upon the reason for the symptoms.

Sciatica is generally caused by the compression of lumbar nerves L4 or L5, the sacral nerves S1, S2, or S3, or the sciatic nerve itself. Sometimes it is caused by the compression of a dorsal nerve root, which is considered a lumbar radiculopathy – this can occur as a result of a spinal disc bulge.

Chiropractic Sciatica Relief

Many sciatica sufferers have experienced dramatic relief after chiropractic care – some studies have shown patients to find more relief from chiropractic care than from pain injections or surgery.

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0 December 29, 2014

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) is a trauma injury caused either by frequent repetitive stress in sports or work environments, or by a sudden event such as a fracture. TOS occurs when there is compression at the superior thoracic outlet involving the neurovascular bundle passing between the anterior scalene and middle scalene. It usually affects the brachial plexus, which are the nerves passing into the arms and neck.

Physical Therapy for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)

Our Physical Therapists can diagnose the causes of your TOS and provide specific exercises to reduce pain and increase your range of motion, such as the following:

  • Corner Stretch: Stand about a foot away from a corner with your hands at shoulder height on each wall. Lean into the corner until you feel a stretch across your check and hold for five seconds
  • Neck Stretch: Put your right hand behind your back and your left hand on your head. Pull your head toward your left shoulder and hold for five seconds. Repeat the opposite side.
  • Should Rolls: Shrug your shoulders up, back, and down in a circular motion
  • Neck Retraction: Pull your head straight back, keeping your jaw level. Hold for five seconds.

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