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.
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.
A few weeks ago I wrote an article about shoulder pain and how one shoulder issue can lead to the next, and to the next. This week, I want to cover a similar topic in the leg. It is funny the way the body works, in that every person is so different, but also very similar. This is why we see many of the same pain patterns, like those I am going to cover today, in many different individuals.
Shoulder injuries are a regular complaint in our practice and account for the most common extremity disorder that we see. The shoulder itself is by far the most mobile joint in the body, with up to 180 degrees of motion in multiple planes. However, with the benefits of great motion comes the negative of also being a very unstable joint. Due to this instability, the surrounding soft tissues become damaged easily and could result in pain, discomfort, and loss of motion.
When I go through a consultation with a new patient, one of the most important topics we cover is trauma history. When discussing traumas, most people think of things like car accidents, broken bones, slips and falls, and concussions. These are undoubtedly important, and anything noteworthy should be discussed with your doctor before moving on, however, these are not the only traumas worth noting. These events are called macrotraumas, as in there was a one-time injury that caused significant body damage. However, one type of traumas often overlooked is microtraumas, repeated movements or posture-related issues that can have long-standing effects on our health.
When most people think of core components of exercise, the obvious elements of strength, conditioning, and flexibility usually come to mind. However, one often-overlooked attribute of exercise that carries over to almost all aspects of life is balance. You may think the elderly are the only ones who should be concerned about balance issues, but more and more information is coming out about how balance and stability exercises are beneficial for everyone.
The Common Sense, a non-profit technology education group, recently published a study surveying 2,600 youth, finding that teens and pre-teens are spending on average anywhere from six to nine hours a day using phones or some type of media-related screen device (iPad, tablet, gaming system, etc.). The problem here is that when people use phones or tablets, their posture is often poor, with the head bent forward and looking down. Poor posture for extended periods of time, especially when the spine is developing, can result in a long-lasting problem when looking at the shape of the spine.