CHIROPRACTIC AND MASSAGE THERAPY
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Hours of
Operation

Chiropractic Hours:

Monday 7:00am-2:00pm
Tuesday 8:30am-5:30pm
Wednesday 7:00am-6:30pm
Thursday 8:30am-6:30pm
Friday
7:00am-12:00 pm
1:30pm-6:30pm
Saturday 8:00am-12:00pm

Massage is by appointment.

Archive

The Importance of massage in dealing with stress

Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress. This translates into:

Decreased anxiety
Enhanced sleep quality
Greater energy
Improved concentration
Increased circulation
Reduced fatigue

The emotional balance massage provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the physical benefits. When was your last massage?

Help for Headaches

Massage therapy helps to relieve headaches by easing muscle tension, relieving muscle spasms, releasing shortened muscles and relaxing tension held in the muscles of the head, shoulders, and neck. When muscle tension eases, there is less pressure on the nerves and blood vessels that supply them. Oxygen rich blood circulation improves, which also relieves pain. Massage therapy not only helps the muscles of the body to relax but also effectively reduces the anxiety and mental stress that can cause or exacerbate headaches. Regular, ongoing massage therapy can also help to prevent headaches by helping to reduce overall stress and the muscle tension that can trigger headache pain.

Massage for more than pampering

Muscles contract around any painful site to protect the area. If pain is resolved quickly, muscles relax. If pain persists, muscles can become habitually tight.

Sometimes tight muscles press on nerves, causing tingling, numbness, or more pain. Massage therapy helps by stretching tight muscles and by stimulating the nervous system to relax muscle tension.

Ask your therapist if your condition could benefit from a massage treatment plan.

 


Tendonitis and Graston Technique

Tennis elbow. Golfer’s elbow. Runner's knee. Jumper's knee. There are many names for it, but it all stems from one condition: tendonitis, which is defined as chronic damage to an inflamed tendon at a cellular level. It is thought to be caused by micro-tears in the connective tissue in and around the tendon leading to decrease tensile strength. Ultimately, this may increase the chances of a tendon rupture. You can display symptoms of tennis elbow-without ever playing tennis. You can feel pain from runner's knee without ever being a runner. But it's true that athletes, even casual ones, are more likely to develop tendonitis than the average person because of the repetitive movements used with exercise and sport activities. Computer users and people who regularly text on cell phones have found themselves prone to wrist tendonitis and may acquire similar problems.

No matter the cause, tendonitis is painful and annoying. Traditional medicine has offered symptomatic treatments like cortisone injections, ice packs, and braces. As anyone who's had the condition can testify, tendonitis will usually come back with a vengeance as long as whatever caused the injury in the first place continues to aggravate the problem, or if it is not properly addressed.

Essentially tendonitis is caused by abnormal stress patterns being placed on a muscle attached to a tendon. If a muscle is overloaded beyond its ability then the muscle fibers will likely tear and/or muscularly deactivate (when a muscle is loaded to a level beyond what the tissue can handle). The body will protect itself by shutting down the muscle so that it only fires under passive range of motion. In turn, other muscles and tissues will pick up the slack for the muscle that’s not working causing abnormal gait and movement patterns. If, for example, certain muscles that support the knee aren’t functioning properly, then that may put abnormal stresses on certain parts of the patellar tendon, creating an overuse of that tendon (Jumper’s Knee).
Doctors of Chiropractic with experience in treating tendonitis, whatever their approach, generally agree on one thing: avoid the steroids and anti-inflammatory. Many people think the answer to tendonitis pain is a quick cortisone injection. It is important to keep in mind, that this relief is temporary. These steroidal drugs, designed to reduce inflammation, may only mask symptoms of an underlying problem that will return when the injections stop.

A common and extremely successful Chiropractic alternative to anti-inflammatory and cortisone injection treatment is the Graston Technique. Graston technique involves six stainless steel instruments that greatly improve the doctor's ability to palpate fibrous restrictions often missed by just relying on the finger pads. When the doctor of chiropractic uses Graston instruments on a tendonitis patient he or she is actually recreating the inflammatory process. The inflammatory process is a normal process. The problem is, sometimes the inflammation gets interrupted, and you may not get to the final stage of inflammation, which is the remodeling stage where new collagen realigns. In order to arrive at the remodeling stage of inflammation, you literally have to break the endothelial wall and cause a vascular disruption. It's the fibroblasts stimulated by the Graston method that produce the new collagen and all the enzymes that are necessary for healing of the tissue. Sometimes you may not cause inflammation. You may just break down scar tissue so the area is freed. The tissue becomes more elastic and with exercise and stretching, the condition improves.

Usually the patient starts feeling better within a couple visits. Scheduling six to eight visits, usually every third day, to give the tissue a chance to heal is reasonable. How long treatment takes usually depends on how many areas need work. For further information or to schedule an appointment please call our office and a friendly staff member will help you.

References:
March 2002 Journal of American Chiropractic Association
http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/cybertherapist/front/elbow/tenniselbow.htm
www.grastontechnique.com