Did you know?There are certain signs and symptoms that, when accompanying limb weakness, require immediate emergency attention. If you are experiencing any type of muscle weakness accompanied by breathing difficulty or a sudden inability to perform basic tasks, such as chewing, talking, or walking – visit your nearest emergency room. You should also get emergency services if you are suddenly unable to raise your head from a lying down position.
Did you know…that musculoskeletal pain can affect any area of the body? There are muscles, joints, and connective tissues throughout the neck, torso, and extremities. Any injury or degenerative disease can cause chronic discomfort. Some of the most common types of musculoskeletal pain include that of the neck, lower back, upper back, shoulders, knees, hips, elbows, wrists and arms.
Did you know…that the concepts of healing behind prolotherapy date back to the Roman time period? Injured gladiators were treated with hot needles inserted into affected joints. Today’s modern version of prolotherapy began in the 1950’s when a general surgeon began using sugar-water injections to treat damaged joints and hernias. Today, sugar solutions are still the most common type of prolotherapy injection, though modern injections also contain lidocaine to improve patient comfort.
Did you know…that physical therapy is thousands of years old? Although there is no way of knowing exactly when it was first used, scientists do know that both Hippocrates and Hector advocated for its use as early as 460 B.C. But it wasn’t until the late 1800s and early 1900s that formal schools of physiotherapy began to emerge, along with professional societies of physical therapists. By the 1950s, physical therapy began to spread outside of hospital settings and into outpatient centers and doctor’s offices where it continues today.
Did you know?Electrodiagnostic testing can diagnose and help determine the severity of a number of conditions. Examples include nerve damage, peripheral neuropathy and myopathy. Electrodiagnostic testing is also a helpful tool for diagnosing focal neuropathies, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Dry needling helps alleviate local and referred trigger point pain. A trigger point is a hyper-irritable spot in the muscle that can be locally painful and/or refer to different regions of the body.
The treatment involves inserting a thin needle into trigger points within tight muscles, without injecting any substance. Penetration of a normal muscle is painless due to the small size of needles used; however, a shortened, supersensitive muscle will ‘grasp’ the needle which will result in what can be described as a cramping sensation. The result is a reflex relaxation and/or lengthening response. This reflex is a positive indicator that the dry needling is effectively reducing the tension caused by the trigger point. A dull soreness following the dry needling is typical for 1-2 days.
Dry needling is similar to acupuncture, but not the same. Acupuncture is based on meridian lines of the body and is derived from Eastern medicine. Needles are inserted superficially and left in for an extended period of time. Even though we believe acupuncture is effective, we do not provide it in our office. In dry needling, the needle is inserted into a trigger point, manipulated, and then removed. Dry needling is a quick and very effective technique in reducing tight and painful muscles. Tight muscles across a joint will increase joint pressure, cause malalignment, and pain in the joint and/or refer elsewhere. Dry needling can decrease pain, reduce muscle tension, improve strength and range of motion.
Did you know…that massage therapy has been used for thousands of years to relieve muscle stiffness and back pain related to stress and injury? Today, it is used around the world for those same reasons. In fact, there are more than 100 types of massage used in countries all around the world. Each offers its own benefits, but nearly all serve the same purposes – to relieve stress, improve range of motion, release built-up muscle toxins, and provide relief of pain and muscle stiffness.
Did you know…that 25 percent of all the bones in your body are located in your feet? In fact, your feet not only have 26 bones, but they also have 19 muscles, 33 joints and 107 different ligaments! Considering the average person walks approximately 10,000 steps each day, it’s no wonder these bones can fall out of alignment.
Did you know…spinal decompression treatments take less than one hour to complete? Many patients find the time relaxing – especially when additional supplemental therapies like electrical stimulation or hot/cold therapy are used prior to or following treatment. If you decide spinal decompression is right for you, expect to visit your chiropractor as much as four times a week to reap maximum benefits.