• Chiropractic is Harvard Approved!

    March 27, 2015 01:11 PM

    We have great news for chiropractic patients and skeptics alike! There has been a study done recently at Harvard Medical School that discusses and supports the benefits of chiropractic care for relief of back pain. This study also discusses the benefits of chiropractic for other conditions such as neck pain, joint pain, arthritis, and more.

    You can read a review of the study here: http://www.health.harvard.edu/pain/chiropractic-care-for-pain-relief. Schedule a free consultation to discuss what chiropractic can do for you with a doctor at one of our convenient locations today!

    Posted by: Dr. Ira Rubin
  • Spring Into Action!

    March 20, 2015 09:52 PM

    Warm weather is here! After the snow and ice we have seen over the past few weeks, it’s refreshing to have sunshine and warm weather in the forecast. Now is the time to get back outside and get to exercising again! Here are a few things you can do that will help with strengthening your back.

    -  Planking- You may be thinking, “Yuck!” But planking is a great way to strengthen your core as well as your back muscles. You can do it inside or you can go outside to do it and enjoy the sunshine!

    -  Yoga- Yoga isn’t just a good stretch. It is also a great way to strengthen your core muscles. Whether you go to a class or do some basic poses on your own, start with the basics. Look at this website to see what local studio might have the right type of class for you.

    -  Walking- Get back to the basics! Enjoy the fresh Spring air and go for a long walk. Make sure you have good, supportive shoes on. Take the whole family with you or plug in your favorite tunes and enjoy some “me” time.

    Talk to your chiropractor about ways to get out and get active this Spring. Call one of our convenient locations today to schedule an appointment!

    Posted by: Dr. Michael Krasnov
  • What Is “Active Release” and Why Does My Chiropractor Do It?

    March 12, 2015 03:55 PM

    Active Release technique (or “ART”) is a soft tissue system based massage technique. It is a state of the art technique used to treat problems with tendons, ligaments, muscles, and nerves. Active Release can help quickly and permanently relieve symptoms of headaches, knee problems, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, and many other conditions. These conditions are often the result of overused muscles.

    Overuse of muscles and soft tissues can change in three important ways:

    ·         acute conditions (such as pulls or tears),

    ·         Micro-trauma (an accumulation of small tears),

    ·         Hypoxia (the muscle isn't getting enough oxygen).

    Any of these issues can cause your body to produce scar tissue that is tough and binds up or ties down tissues that need to have the ability to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, various issues can occur. Your muscles may become weaker, nerves may become “trapped,” or tendons can develop tension, causing tendonitis.  These issues can cause issues from reduced range of motion to loss of strength, or pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness in the affected area.

    So, what is it like having Active Release technique applied to an area? ART is a combination of the doctor examining the affected area and treating it. The tightness of the muscles and tissue will be evaluated and the doctor will treat the area based on what he finds. You can find out more about ART and research on it at: http://libguides.logan.edu/active_release_technique.

    Next time you are in the office, talk to your chiropractor about ART and how it can help you. Call one of our convenient locations today to schedule an appointment!

    Posted by: Dr. Greg Baldy
  • Functional Movement Screening for Spring Sports and Activities

    March 07, 2015 09:59 PM

    As spring sports and activities begin, functionality and injury prevention are just as, if not more, important than performance. Our office uses an evaluation called Functional Movement Screening (or "FMS") to identify mobility and stability issues. The NFL Combine in Indianapolis has used this screening for the past 10 years as a tool to evaluate 300 of the most promising pro-football prospects. Coaches and athletic trainers from teams such as the Miami Dolphins, the Seattle Seahawks, and our own Carolina Panthers were some of the many teams that came out this year to have their potential recruits screened and evaluated. Dr. Lee Burton, one of the doctors present at the most recent NFL Combine screening, said this, The goal of the FMS is to help distinguish whether an athlete has a performance issue or whether their performance may be limited by a movement issue. We are trying to quantify a standard that forecasts durability. Are they physically conditioned to meet the demands of what they want to do?”

    That same question should be asked of adult and adolescent athletes. The goal of FMS screenings is to help athletic coaches and trainers implement a better workout program for individual athletes. As kids and adults become more active with sports and begin training, it is important to look at not just the physical requirements needed to play a certain sport or activity, but also if are they functionally able to play that sport or activity. If you can help your child improve their functionality, then hopefully they can practice better. If they can practice better, they can improve their skill. If they can improve their skill, they can improve their performance and prevent injury.  

    All children (and adults) should be screened before starting any new sport or fitness program. You can read more about FMS here. Call our office today to schedule an appointment for Functional Movement Screening.

    Posted by: Dr. Arturo Presas
  • "Spring Forward" Doesn't Mean Losing Your Sleep Routine

    March 04, 2015 07:22 PM

    Here we are again! Even with all of the snow on the ground over the past few weeks, we're headed toward Spring. This weekend, Daylight Savings Time strikes again. As we "spring forward" and lose an hour of sleep, don't worry that you will lose sleep and be more exhausted.

    Be sure to stick to your routine! Sticking to your routine is one thing that will help keep you from feeling tired when the time changes. Head to bed 15 minutes early for a few days to get a few extra minutes of rest. If bedtime for the kids is 8pm, don't let them stay up late because of the time change. They may feel like they aren't tired and ready for bed, but they can have quiet time and rest. Sleep is important for all ages!

    Rest is important to keep your body healthy and energized. If you are having trouble sleeping or keeping up with a sleep routine, talk to your chiropractor. Anything from your mattress to your pillow to your food choices can affect your sleep patterns. Call one of our convenient locations today to discuss your sleep routine with your chiropractor!

    Posted by: Dr. Brian Ransone