Rotator Cuff Injuries

Rotator Cuff Injuries

A rotator cuff injury is a strain or a tear in the group of four muscles (Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Subscapularis, and Teres Mino) that help reinforce the shoulder joint, increase its stability, and allow for smooth overhead motions of the arm. Tearing your rotator cuff can be a result from repetitive moments, lifting heavy objects, or impact.   Symptoms of a Rotator Cuff Injury Arm and shoulder pain Weakness through the arm, shoulders and neck Limited range of motion in shoulder movements, especially in overhead movements Treatments for a Rotator Cuff Injury Stretching and strengthening exercises at home Chiropractic Care Active Release Technqiues Massage Therapy Active Isolated...
Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

The nerve responsible for providing feeling and movement to the “thumb side” of your hand is called the median nerve. The area in your wrist where the median enters the hand is called the carpal tunnel. This tunnel is narrow, so any swelling can pinch the nerve and cause pain, numbness, weakness, pain up to the elbow, or tingling. Repetitive motions of the hand and wrist can trigger carpal tunnel syndrome. These motions include: Typing Writing Painting Playing musical instruments Playing sports Sewing Driving Assembly line work Use of hand tools Treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Active Release Techniques have been highly effective for treating carpal tunnel syndrome. The reason this works so well is because the techniques specifically target abnormalities in the tissue (in this case, the tissue that directly affects the carpal tunnel) by combining precisely direction tention with very specific patient movements to achieve a “release” in the muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Contemporary Medical Acupuncture improves circulation and muscle nutrition to problem areas, as well as helps restore muscle strength and decrease pain through nerve communication at many levels of the central nervous system. You may also be directed to try to wear a splint for several weeks, along with hot/cold compresses to try to control the swelling. Occassionally, surgery is suggested....
Sciatica

Sciatica

Sciatica is a condition in which the sciatic nerve – which is the largest nerve in the body – is irritated. The pain associated most with this usually stems from the lower back to behind the thigh, sometimes radiating as far down as the knee.     Symptoms of Sciatica The most common symptom is the sensation of burning, tingling, or a shooting pain from the buttocks and down the back of one leg – sometimes to the foot. This is usually worse when: Sitting Standing up Coughing Sneezing Straining Treatments for Sciatica Hot/Cold therapy Stretching and strengthening exercises at home Ultrasound therapy Muscle stimulation Active Release Technqiues Massage Therapy Active Isolated Stretching Chiropractic Care It should be noted that prolonged best rest is NOT adviced, as this may further weaken your muscles and slow the healing process. Instead, it is generally suggested that you stay active in ways that do not further promote discomfort or pain. Preventing Recurring Bouts of Sciatica Practice good posture, as this can help reduce the pressure on your spine Sleep on a firm mattress to further support your spine Strengthen abdominal muscles and your overall core: this will help greatly with your posture, offer more support for your spine, and protect your back When lifting heavy objects, hold the object close to your back and use your legs to lift while maintaining a straight back If you’re pregnant, consider pre-natal massage therapy to help manage sciatica nerve...
Shin Splints

Shin Splints

If you’re a runner or you stand on your feet for long periods of time, you may have experienced a sharp pain through the shin bone (tibia) while standing, walking or running. It can either happen sporadically, or be a chronic pain. While the main symptom of a shin splint is caused by a constant contraction of the muscle at the front of the leg, the root of the problem is usually related to improper biomechanics of the foot and knee. If twisting of the shin bone called tibial torsion is occuring, the tibialis anterior is forced to work much harder than necessary. This can cause significant damage to the cartilage pad of the knee if left untreated. This means that you must return the biomechanics of the foot and knee to proper function. Chiropractic Treatment Chiropractic treatment for shin splints focuses on returning the biomechanics of the foot and knee to proper function in order to reduce strain on the tibialis anterior so that it may heal. Active Release Techniques ART can effectively reduce spasms and scar tissue within the muscle by specifically breaking down adhesions. Graston Technique Graston Technique is equally as effective as ART in breaking down scar tissue and allowing for faster healing.  ...
Knee Pain

Knee Pain

Chronic knee pain is often chalked up to arthritis of the knee or something that can “only be managed with painkillers, surgery or by limiting your usual activities.” Meanwhile, it can be disabilitating and painful, and ultimately discouraging. What are some common types of knee injuries that can be ? Bursitis – The knee joint is surrounded by three major closed fluid-filled sacs that function as a gliding surface to reduce friction between tissues of the body. These sacs can become inflamed from direct trauma to the front of the knee, and can lead to swelling, tenderness and other discomforts. This condition is different from knee joint inflammation (arthritis) in that is painful when kneeling and can cause stiffness/pain with walking – but that the full range of motion of the knee is usually maintained. You would feel pain at the front (anterior) of your knee. Patella (kneecap) fracture – The patella is the small bone located in front of your knee joint — where the thighbone (femur) and shinbone (tibia) meet. It protects your knee and connects the muscles in the front of your thigh to your tibia. While chiropractic cannot heal fractures, it is an excellent source of rehabilitation for the healed patella. You would feel pain at the front (anterior) of your knee. Patello tendonitis ( ‘Jumper’s Knee’) – The inflammation of the patellar tendon from excessive jumping. Patellofemoral disorder – The inflammation of a tendon in the knee caused by weakening cartilage. This places additional stress on the patella which results in the knee no longer gliding smoothly when moved. The result of this is...