How to Treat Muscle Knots

22 Mar 2017
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How to Treat Muscle Knots

Anyone who has ever had sore muscles may have described it to others as a muscle knot. Of course, this expression is a figure of speech since muscles don’t really tie themselves in knots. To understand how this type of pain happens, a person first needs to know how muscle tissue functions. Every muscle has fibers that run in multiple directions in the body. They are layered one on top of the other. Muscle fibers allow people to do things like bend, dance, and twist. Injury, dehydration, and hours of physical inactivity can cause muscle fibers to lose flexibility and mobility. They stick to each other and feel hard and.

What Causes Neck, Shoulder, and Arm Pain?

13 Feb 2017
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What Causes Neck, Shoulder, and Arm Pain?

Neck, shoulder, and arm pain can be anything from a minor annoyance to completely debilitating. It can also be acute, which means it comes on and leaves suddenly, or chronic, referring to an ongoing condition with little relief. This type of pain doesn’t always have an obvious cause. That is because pain in one area doesn’t necessarily mean that is where the problem originated. Understanding how the brain controls the nerve pathways leading to the neck, shoulders, and arms is essential to identify the cause of the pain and find a solution to treat it. How the Brain Communicates with the Nervous System Billions of nerves connect the neck, shoulders,.

10 Great Benefits of Acupuncture Treatment

01 Feb 2017
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10 Great Benefits of Acupuncture Treatment

For many patients new to the concept of acupuncture, the idea of getting dozens of needles stuck into one’s body seems less than appealing. However, such trepidation quickly dissipates as newcomers to acupuncture realize that the treatment is virtually painless.  Additionally, there are so many tremendous benefits of acupuncture treatment. Upon review, the statistics on acupuncture are quite impressive. For example, did you know… The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as an effective means of treating 28 different health conditions? 84% of patients suffering from auto accident-related whiplash report improvement in symptoms after acupuncture treatment? 70% of women with mild to moderate depression reported improvement in their condition after receiving.

Whiplash After an Auto Accident: Why See a Chiropractor?

03 Jan 2017
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Whiplash After an Auto Accident: Why See a Chiropractor?

A common auto accident injury, whiplash is activated at least 24 hours after the auto accident and can cause considerable pain if it is not treated properly. Learn how to tell if pain after an auto accident could be whiplash, and how to get it treated effectively. What are Common Whiplash Symptoms? Whiplash is a type of neck strain that has many symptoms. Core symptoms that suggest your neck pain could be whiplash include migraines, headaches, vision problems, fatigue, reduced mobility, neck stiffness, and pain. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s best to get checked out right away. Whiplash will not go away on its own. In fact, the.

Chiropractic Treatment for Tennis Elbow, Carpal Tunnel, & Rotator Cuff Tears

28 Nov 2016
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Chiropractic Treatment for Tennis Elbow, Carpal Tunnel, & Rotator Cuff Tears

Many patients are unaware that chiropractic care can be used to treat a wide rage of ailments beyond stiff necks and achy backs. For far too long, people have assumed a chiropractor’s expertise doesn’t reach beyond neck and spine issues. In reality, chiropractors can provide treatment from head to toe! Today we are going to focus on injuries to the arm, such as tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, and rotator cuff tears, and how regular chiropractic treatments can be a tremendous help in the long run. Tennis Elbow Tennis elbow is a repetitive strain injury so common, that you don’t even need to be a tennis player to get it. With.

Treating Sciatica with Chiropractic Care

24 Oct 2016
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Treating Sciatica with Chiropractic Care

Back pain is one of the most common reasons that people seek medical treatment.  According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, 8 out of 10 people suffer from some type of back pain, which can range from acute to chronic. While back pain can occur in various areas of the back, the most common is in the low back.  If you have low back pain, particularly pain that radiates to other areas of your body, you may be suffering from sciatica.  Sciatica is characterized by some unique symptoms and fortunately, there are some effective chiropractic treatments available for this often debilitating pain. What is Sciatica?.

Massage 101: Different Massage Therapy Styles

17 Aug 2016
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Massage 101: Different Massage Therapy Styles

Massage therapy: simply giving muscles and ligaments a nice, firm rubdown while listening to ambient sounds, right? Actually, that could not be further from the truth. People new to massage therapy don’t often recognize the many different techniques and their nuances. The disciplines of massage therapy are as varied as the people who enjoy them every single day. In the following paragraphs, we will highlight some of the best known massage therapy styles. Swedish Massage Swedish massage is probably the most popular massage technique worldwide. This massage therapy style relies on 5 different types of “strokes”. This strokes include effeurage (sliding/gliding) petrissage (kneading), friction, tapotement (rhythmic tapping) and shaking. Swedish.

Why Walking Will Lead to a Healthier (and Longer!) Life

18 Jul 2016
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Why Walking Will Lead to a Healthier (and Longer!) Life

Everyday millions of Americans make the decision to take steps towards improving their health and well being. Unfortunately, with the hundreds of fad diets and workout regiments being touted as the fastest and easiest path towards our fitness goals, many get overwhelmed before they even begin. Today we are going to look at one of the best exercises for anyone looking to get started on the road towards better health: Walking! Given the relative simplicity of walking compared to some of the Zumba style cardio workouts that health clubs advertise, walking for 20 to 30 minutes a day can have a profound impact on your overall health. According to the.

5 Ideas for Getting Active in SF this Summer

17 May 2016
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5 Ideas for Getting Active in SF this Summer

Its probably safe to say that regardless of a normal workout schedule, we could all use a bit more exercise and activity in our lives. This is especially true for all of the nine to five office workers here in Downtown SF, who we see come into the office complaining of back and neck pain on a regular basis. Although there is only so much we can do to limit inactivity at our desk jobs, there are plenty of other options that not only get us moving, but also help us take advantage of the upcoming warm summer months ahead. Get Out During Your Lunch Break One of the worst.

How to Improve Flexibility While at Work

19 Apr 2016
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How to Improve Flexibility While at Work

As important as having a job is to achieving and maintaining a comfortable lifestyle, most of the average, 9-to-5 desk jobs wreck havoc on our health and bodies. Something all doctors can agree on (which is quite rare) is that staying in a seated position for hours on end can decrease our flexibility, raise our blood pressure and contribute to a wealth of other health issues. That’s why we suggest taking the time every day to execute simple stretches and exercises at work to help prevent these problems from even happening. Here are a few that can help you improve flexibility and get started on the road to a healthy,.