Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull. It lets you move your jaw up and down and side to side, so you can talk, chew, and yawn. Problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD).
Today’s lifestyles often require us to be running from one thing to the next in hopes of accomplishing everything we need to get done. To get us through our busy days we are often left reaching for another cup of caffeine, yet still finding ourselves feeling tired and fatigued. For some, this busy lifestyle leaves little time for sleep, especially good quality sleep. A good night’s sleep is not only essential to helping us get through our busy lives, but also for maintaining good health.
Prenatal massage is therapeutic bodywork that focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of pregnancy. It enhances the function of muscles and joints, improves circulation and general body tone, and relieves mental and physical fatigue. Prenatal massage can ease discomfort associated with pregnancy, help the mother-to-be prepare for labor and give her nurturing emotional support.
Fascia training describes the activities and movements that help to improve the functional properties of the muscular connective tissues in the human body. Fascia, by definition, is a flat band of tissue just below the skin that covers the underlying tissues, separating the different layers of tissue, and enclosing the muscles. Fascia plays a major role in our body, our perception, our mobility, our sense of well-being and in prevention of injuries. Fascia has four basic elements: stretch, elasticity, refinement and release.
Hip pain is one of the most common symptoms we see as chiropractors. The hips carry a lot of weight and are very mobile joints, a combination that often leads to joint dysfunction and muscle imbalances. These two problems can commonly cause pain and other symptoms. However, not all symptoms that feel like they are coming from the hip, actually stem from hip-related issues. Being able to identify where your pain is coming from is an important step in understanding the underlying cause and ultimately correcting the problem.
When lifting heavy objects we put a massive load on the lower back and as a result the most commonly injured tissues are the intervertebral discs of the lumbar spine. These intervertebral discs are located between each vertebral body in your spine and therefore act like cushions between the bones. These discs have a very unique structure that can be best explained by picturing a jelly donut. The inside of the disc is made up of a soft material and the outside is made up of a thicker tissue that is actually layers of rings packed tightly on top of each other. The fibers of these rings are angled at 45-degrees with each ring alternating the direction that the fibers are running, creating X-like patterns. These alternating layers of rings become vital to the health of your discs.
Acid reflux is one of the most common forms of gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, and will affect between 25-40 percent of Americans of all ages at some point. Approximately 20 percent of all American adults experience acid reflux on a weekly basis. While most of the time acid reflux is just an annoying, uncomfortable, temporary condition, long-term side effects can result in much more serious health conditions.
As football season slowly creeps closer, the topic of concussion becomes forefront with athletes, coaches, and families. While preventing head injuries such as a concussion should be the priority, not all can be avoided. Therefore, it is important to understand the best treatment options for post-concussion syndrome. A new study from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education has found that starting aerobic exercise soon after a diagnosed concussion contributes to a faster return to the sport, school, and work.
We’ve all heard the term “runner’s high,” referring to the euphoric feeling one gets after a long run or intense workout. It seems obvious – pushing your body through a difficult situation and eventually getting to the finish line – that running may have an impact on your state of mind. Recently, neuroscientists have taken a closer look at this common idea and have discovered what actually happens in the brain as you run.