Living with Spinal Stenosis – Treatments to Alleviate Discomfort

24 Aug 2017
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Living with Spinal Stenosis – Treatments to Alleviate Discomfort

One of the most common age-related back problems is called spinal stenosis. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons estimates that 8 to 11 percent of Americans will be affected by this condition, most over the age of 50. While there is no cure for spinal stenosis, there are some things that you can do to alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with the disorder. What is Spinal Stenosis? Spinal stenosis is characterized by the narrowing or compression of the spinal cord, either in the neck (cervical spine) or the lower back (lumbar spine). When this happens, the nerve roots are irritated, causing pain.  Most people suffer from spinal stenosis in.

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.

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.

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.

Getting the Most Out of Your Massage

10 Mar 2016
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Getting the Most Out of Your Massage

If you have decided to book an appointment for a massage, you have already taken the first step towards improving your physical and mental well-being. We will often get folks new to receiving professional massages that ask, “Is there anything I need to do after the massage is over?” It’s a great question, because there is plenty you can do to maximize the effectiveness and prolong the benefits of massage. Here are some things to keep in mind when you get home from your massage: Drink Water Hydrating after a deep tissue massage is crucial, as a lack of fluids will exacerbate any general muscle soreness felt after the massage..

Prenatal Massage: An Expecting Mothers’ Secret Weapon

25 Nov 2015
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Prenatal Massage: An Expecting Mothers’ Secret Weapon

Ask any mother about pregnancy, and they will all tell you that those nine months leading up to one of the most special moments of their life are just as stressful as they are exciting. The changes that the body goes through, compounded with the anxiety of preparing for life with a bigger family, can have tremendous physical and emotional impact on the mother-to-be. That’s why here at Conscious Chiropractic, we suggest all expecting moms get regular massage therapy to combat some of these issues. Prenatal massage can have a tremendous impact over the course of a pregnancy. Some of the benefits include: Management of Joint/Musculoskeletal Stress Carrying the extra.

Massage Therapy: A Cyclist’s Secret Weapon

23 Sep 2015
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Massage Therapy: A Cyclist’s Secret Weapon

Anyone who works or lives in San Francisco can tell you that cycling is a huge part of the city’s culture. From the 9 to 5’ers that bike from the train or ferry to office, to the scores of folks who storm up Market Street every month for Critical Mass. Cycling can be an incredibly fun and physically rewarding hobby, although it can do a number on your body. One of the best ways to combat the stress it puts on your body is through regular visits to a massage therapist. Lower Back Pain One of the most common musculoskeletal issues cyclists will complain of is lower back pain. One.