The Power of TENS

If you suffer from acute pain as the result of an injury, finding relief is probably one of the most important things on your mind. In many cases, pain is treated separately from the underlying condition that is causing it. A doctor of chiropractic has a wide range of treatment options to reduce or eliminate pain resulting from soft tissue…

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How to Get Your Kids Up and Moving

About one third of children in the United States are overweight. This is a worrying statistic, but not necessarily a surprising one. Busy school and family schedules leave kids little time for physical activity, while computers and television are often a much more appealing way to spend time than running around outside. However, if you watch kids on a playground,…

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Why Do So Many Patients Return for Regular Chiropractic Care Even After Their Initial Symptoms Are Gone?

At some point in your life, you’ve probably heard an acquaintance, friend or family member say something like this: “Once you start going to a chiropractor, you’ll have to keep going back forever.”  Most of the time, this is meant as a caution—a warning that chiropractic care is somehow addictive, cultish or (at worst) ineffective. As chiropractic physicians, we believe…

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Understanding the Vicious Cycle of Injury, Inactivity, and Weight Gain

Acute or chronic pain leaves most people on the couch or in bed. Discomfort in the back, neck, hips, shoulders, and extremity joints can make even moderate activity difficult and strenuous activity (such as jogging, biking, or hiking) nearly impossible. If not addressed quickly, this inactivity can begin a vicious cycle that leads to obesity, ill health, and even death….

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Why Do Ligament and Tendon Injuries Take So Long to Heal?

Ligaments and tendons both play an important role in the stability and function of the musculoskeletal system. The tendon connects muscles to bones while ligaments connect bones to other bones. Both are made of fibrous connective tissue that is relatively inelastic. Unlike muscle tissue, fibrous connective tissue does not have a significant blood supply to bring necessary fluid and nutrients…

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A Brief Patient’s Guide to the Pettibon System

The Pettibon System® is a spinal rehabilitation system developed 30 years ago by chiropractor Dr. Burl Pettibon. While still a student learning the principles of chiropractic—which include that much of our health depends on the proper alignment of the spine—Dr. Pettibon noticed that there was no generally-accepted model to use as a point of reference during chiropractic treatment. It was…

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Can Not Getting Enough Sleep Really Lead to Weight Gain?

Health experts generally agree that getting 8 hours of sleep each night is necessary for most people to be at their best. Some people require even more. Sleep allows your body to heal and recharge, and provides a range of cognitive and psychological benefits as well. There is also evidence that proper rest can play an important role in weight…

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How to Choose the Right Foam Roller

Foam rolling is gaining in popularity as more people learn about its benefits in treating soft tissue injuries and conditions such as piriformis pain and sore muscles. The first foam rollers were simple pieces of rounded foam. These days, countless alternatives to plain white foam abound to meet a wide variety of needs, uses and preferences. While having lots of…

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Celebrating Chiropractic Medicine’s Legacy of Safe and Effective Care

As chiropractic medicine moves into its 118th year, it is worth reflecting on its long history of providing safe and effective health care.  Despite years of adversity, chiropractic is now well established in the U.S., Canada, Australia, the U.K., and other parts of the world, with an estimated 30 million people receiving treatment each year. In fact, chiropractic physicians today…

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Close-Up on the Thompson Technique: How Does It Differ from Other Approaches to Chiropractic Care?

The basic chiropractic approach, originally developed by Dr. D.D. Palmer in 1895, is based on the premise that the body has the ability to heal itself if abnormalities of the spine (called subluxations) are found and corrected. Today there are many adjustment techniques used by chiropractors to align segments of the spine and other areas of the body. They are…

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How Do Computerized Spinal Decompression Machines Work?

The vast majority of adults—some estimates say 80% or more—will experience back pain at some time in their lives. For some people, this back pain may be uncomfortable and occur only intermittently. However, other people will experience chronic back pain that interferes with their ability to work or participate in normal, everyday activities. When it comes to treating back pain,…

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Is There Really Such a Thing as Too Much Running?

It’s no secret that regular exercise is a key component of a healthy lifestyle. Studies show that running is a particularly useful form of exercise. Runners are less likely to suffer from obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some forms of cancer. Running strengthens your muscles and skeleton, improves your mood, and can even help…

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