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Sprains and Strains and Subluxations, Oh My!

September 12th, 2016
FYI
Ankle sprain

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a sprain and a strain? These terms are often used interchangeably, and while they can occur simultaneously, they are actually two separate entities. By definition, a sprain is an injury to a ligament. Ligaments are short bands of tough, but flexible, fibrous connective tissue. They connect […]

A Public Health Alert: The Opioid Epidemic

August 13th, 2016
Pain
Opioid epidemic

NOTE: Never (EVER), discontinue medication without discussing it with your prescribing physician. The information contained here is for informational purposes and general knowledge only. You’ve heard it on the news a lot lately: the abuse of prescription opioids is an international epidemic. We’ve seen an alarming uptick of opioid addiction in our office in the […]

How to Bend and Lift Properly

June 22nd, 2016
prevention
Bending and lifting properly to avoid injury

Everyone knows we should bend our knees when we lift – although few of us actually remember to do it. The key is to start with your feet wider apart (think shoulder width or sometimes a little wider), and then bend your knees. This gives you a more stable base and allows you to use […]

No Pain IS Gain

April 27th, 2016
Pain
No Pain IS Gain

We’ve all heard the famous, or infamous, expression “no pain, no gain”. It sounds good, and it fits the mentality of many of us. “Work through the pain” is another variant. When dealing with recovery from an injury, however, it’s unsound advice. Why? Let’s take a look. Your body has one primary way to let […]

Motion is Lotion – Why Too Much Bed Rest is a Bad Idea

March 30th, 2016
therapies
Knee pain

For decades, the treatment for low back pain included bed rest and heat. It turns out these are two of the worst things you can do for a new injury. In a previous post, we covered when (and why) to ice or heat. Let’s discuss why too much bed rest is a bad idea. Our […]

Ice vs. Heat: When and How

February 17th, 2016
therapies
Ice vs. Heat

One of the most frequently-asked questions is about when to ice an injury and when to apply heat. Here’s the lowdown, and – as always – contact us with any questions. When to Ice (Cryotherapy) Always ice a new (acute) injury. Ice when you have sharp pain or radiating pain (e.g., down the arm from […]

The Morning Blues – Listen to Your Body

January 20th, 2016
spine health
Morning blues

Most of us expect to wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and ready for the day. It seems logical, doesn’t it? But why do you wake up feeling so stiff and sore – even after a good night’s sleep? There could be several reasons why you’re feeling “the morning blues,” including: Your sleep positions […]

The Research is In: Chiropractic Works!

December 16th, 2015
chiropractic
Chiropractic research

A growing number of studies show that chiropractic is a safe and effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, headaches, and more. To help spread the word, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has compiled excerpts from some of these studies, including this recent gem: “Manual-thrust manipulation provides greater short-term reductions in self-reported disability and pain […]

Your Child’s Backpack May Lead to Back Pain

November 18th, 2015
spine health
Backpack misuse

It’s back-to-school time and good time for a reminder that overweight backpacks can lead to back pain for your child. It’s a real concern, and, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), backpacks should be limited to no more than 10% of your child’s body weight. Other recommendations from the ACA include: Backpacks should never […]

Listen to Your Mother and Stop Slouching!

October 21st, 2015
spine health
Text neck

Your parents told you to sit up straight. You probably tell your kids. But most of us ignore this advice. Big mistake! That slouching, round-shouldered, head-forward posture is taking its toll on you. Headaches, neck pain, pain between the shoulder blades, and in the shoulder joints themselves. Numbness and tingling down the arms, lost productivity, […]