Spinal injuries are one of the most devastating injuries out there. Pain in affected limbs, numbness, loss of motor control, paralysis and even death can occur when the spinal cord is injured. Even though recovery from some spinal injuries is possible, the person suffering from one will often have weakness, numbness and lasting pain. To prevent spinal injuries from happening, take a look at the most popular causes, the signs and symptoms of them and how to safeguard yourself from suffering one. Causes Spinal injuries can be caused in a multitude of ways. The group at highest risk is men followed by persons between the ages of 14 to 30 years old. People over age 65 or have existing medical conditions are also at high risk. Anyone who partakes in risky activities like sports also raises their chance of a spinal injury. Common Accidents Resulting in Spinal Injury • Falls Continue reading →

Building strong, healthy bones while you’re young is important, but as you get older there are steps to improve your bone health at any age. Here are a few ways to protect your bones from becoming brittle as you age. Increase Your Calcium Intake Taking a daily calcium supplement is a good start to any health regime. Consider also adding more calcium-rich foods into your diet. Food high in calcium include dairy products, dark leafy green vegetables, and oily fish like sardines and salmon. Other calcium-rich options include fortified tofu, almonds, dried figs, and soy milk. Take Vitamin D Supplements Most people in northern climates don’t get enough vitamin D the natural way (from the sun). Vitamin F is a necessary ingredient to helping the body absorb calcium properly, which you need more and more of as you age. It’s recommended that adults take 1,000 to 2,000 IU of vitamin Continue reading →

The Graston Technique is a type of manual therapy that utilizes specialized instruments to gently scrape or massage the skin. The therapy is practiced by physicians, chiropractors, physical therapists, licensed massage therapists, occupational therapists, and athletic trainers to break up painful scar tissue and restore mobility to soft tissues. While there are no peer-revised clinical studies regarding the Graston Technique’s effectiveness, research suggests that the therapy can improve success rates for patients with acute and chronic pain caused by soft-tissue injuries. When Graston Technique is Applied When injury to soft tissues occurs, the affected area can repair itself in an irregular fashion, which creates scar tissue. While the scar tissue itself might not cause pain, it can reduce range of motion, leading to stiffness that results in chronic pain. The Graston Technique is effective in treating chronic and acute conditions such as: • Lower back strain or sprain • Carpal Continue reading →

Plantar Fasciitis is a painful medical condition that affects thousands of people every year. The primary symptom of this condition is severe pain in the foot, particularly the heel area. Typically, it’s painful when getting out of bed in the morning or getting up after sitting for a long time. For some, the pain goes away after a few minutes of walking, however the pain could also persist for hours to an entire day as well. There are many plantar fasciitis treatment options available, but one that is becoming increasingly popular is Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT). ESWT Therapy ESWT is a medical treatment option that uses shock waves to treat various musculoskeletal ailments, such as tennis elbow, tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis. There are two types of ESWT treatment options, including low energy and high energy. Low energy uses a lower level of pressure waves, so the patient feels little Continue reading →

Your spine supports your entire body, and when everything is working the way it should, you barely notice it’s there. However, that all changes if neck pain enters the picture. If you’ve suffered from neck pain before, you know how hard it is to function when it flares up. Neck pain treatment is available, but there are some treatment options you may not have considered yet. Cellphone Usage The way you hold your cell phone could be a contributing factor to your neck pain. In fact, there’s even a medical “condition” referred to as text neck. Since cell phone usage requires you to look down all the time, whether it be to texting, sending emails or surfing the web, this causes stress on your neck. Craning your neck or looking down consistently and for prolonged periods of time is torture for your spine. Fortunately, you may be able to help Continue reading →

Posture is much more than the way you look and the way you move around. The term refers to the position of your body when standing, walking and sitting down. Good posture maintains bodily alignment and lowers stress on tendons, ligaments and muscles. That’s why having improper posture often results in pain and even injury. If you’re experiencing posture problems, a professional chiropractor can help accomplish the goal. Reasons Why You Need to Improve Posture Poor posture comes with a number of risks. For starters, an abnormal amount of stress is placed on your muscles, tendons and ligaments when you’re slouched over or not sitting with proper back support. There’s also evidence that poor posture can worsen breathing, digestion and even your circulation. Poor posture keeps the abdominal organs from assuming their natural position. Therefore, the gastrointestinal tract will have trouble functioning properly. People who don’t stand up straight are Continue reading →

When you’re struggling with chronic pain, an inactive lifestyle can worsen muscle or health issues. That’s why a level of activity is instrumental in maintaining your health and aiding in recovery. Fortunately, there are 10 small and easy steps you can take to leading a more active lifestyle. Take it Slow Rome wasn’t built in a day. Going out and training for a half-marathon may be a little much. Instead, try incorporating a light exercise activity such as a daily walk outside at a manageable distance. Start Early Even if you’re not traditionally a morning person, doing physical activity in the early AM has many benefits beyond exercising in the evening. Rising early and heading to yoga or the gym gets your endorphins moving and sets the tone for the rest of your day. Know Your Limits Right out of the gate, you might be tempted to push yourself to Continue reading →

Spinal stenosis is a condition that can put pressure on your spinal cord and the nerves of your spine. Usually, it will occur in the neck or the low back. When you have spinal stenosis, you may feel pain, numbness, weakness in your muscles and even impaired bladder control. While it is often caused by the wear and tear we put on our bodies over time, it can be treated, and some exercises can help alleviate the pain. Exercises for Spinal Stenosis From aerobic exercise to stretching, there are a number of things you can do to help with your spinal stenosis. 1. Walking: Walking is a perfect, low-impact exercise for this condition. You can vary the pace as needed, making it more or less strenuous. Adding a daily walk is a great idea. 2. Swimming: Another ideal exercise is swimming because it strengthens all the muscle groups in your Continue reading →

Sports massage therapy can be essential for athletes who need to recover from injury quickly. Everyday training can put the body under a lot of stress, which eventually contributes to pain and injuries. Various massage therapy techniques do effectively reduce muscle stiffness and help a speedy recovery. Here’s a few most-effective options for athletes. Acute Stretching Acute stretching is one of the best massage therapy techniques for athletes. The use of acute stretching prior to the beginning of a workout routine warms up the muscles, increases the range of motion and reduces the risk of injuries during a training session. While there are two camps when it comes to stretching before a workout, the benefits of the technique are becoming more widely accepted. Several clinical studies suggest that stretching before exercise plays a paramount role in injury prevention. The very same applies to chronic stretching after an exercise session is Continue reading →

Anyone who experiences cold weather joint pain knows how sore it can be and that it may affect general mobility and well-being. What are the best ways to cope with these types of aches?