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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Backpack Safety

It will be time soon for children to return to school, and we at Central Chiropractic PC in Spokane want to ensure they’re starting the year off healthy. Many back problems can be avoided through good habits, such as picking the right backpack and wearing it properly.


It is important for a backpack to not weigh too much and for the weight to be evenly distributed. We recommend selecting a backpack that has a strap across the chest and to avoid using a backpack with a pull-out handle or wheels unless such features are truly necessary. The contents of a backpack should not weigh more than 15% of the user’s bodyweight. Once children get their class schedules, they will have to make a plan for when to visit their lockers throughout the day to switch out items.


The shoulder straps should be wide and padded. They should be pulled snug so that the backpack rests on the center of the upper back, not sagging, and the wearer should always use both straps. Once your children have been using a new backpack for a few days, ask them if they are experiencing pain or numbness in their backs, shoulders, or necks.


Central Chiropractic PC is located at 20 West Central Avenue, Spokane, Washington, 99205. To schedule an appointment, visit Spokane Chiro or call 509-484-7578.


 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Spinal Anatomy

As one of the most trusted providers of chiropractic care in the Spokane area, we at Central Chiropractic want our patients to feel fully informed when making decisions about their health. In order to understand the conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system, it is first necessary to learn about the anatomy of the spinal column.

The spinal column consists of bones, joints, discs, and other connective tissue surrounding the spinal cord. The bones of the back, called vertebrae, have hollow protrusions by which they fasten together and which form a canal for the nerves of the spine to run through. The topmost vertebra is called the atlas and it moves the head up and down. Below it is the axis vertebrae, which moves the head from side to side. These and the next five vertebrae are called “cervical” vertebrae and make up the neck bones.

With the exception of the atlas and axis bones, most vertebrae have spongy discs between them. The twelve vertebrae of the upper back are called “thoracic” and they have joints which support the rib cage. Next are the five “lumbar” vertebrae of the lower back. Below them are the sacrum, which is made up of several vertebrae fused together and fastens onto the hip bones, and the coccyx, also known as the tailbone.

Central Chiropractic PC is located at 20 West Central Avenue, Spokane, Washington, 99205. To schedule an appointment, visit Spokane Chiro or call 509-484-7578.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Headaches and Chiropractic Adjustments

Anyone who comes in contact with a headache wants it to end as soon as it starts. Fortunately, receiving frequent chiropractic adjustments from our doctors at Central Chiropractic Massage Therapy offer manual adjustments to manipulate the spine and take pressure off of the neck and shoulders where the tension lies most.


There are many different types of headaches with a multitude of symptoms including achy, throbbing, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, numbness, blinding, noise, light and/or odor sensitivity, and more. Spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments performed by one of our doctors will help improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system. This will help restore function and have you back to your daily routine in no time.


If you have questions or concerns regarding headaches and chiropractic treatment, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at the practice, visit www.spokanechiro.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Central Chiropractic Massage Therapy in Spokane, WA, call 509-293-9113. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Chiropractic Massage Therapy

We’ve all seen massage advertised by spas as an indulgence or pampering, but the long-practiced therapy has many health benefits and has helped patients of Central Chiropractic Massage Therapy heal.  Combining chiropractic treatment with massage therapy helps improve a patient’s overall musculoskeletal health and functionality. Another benefit of massage therapy is it releases toxins built up in the muscles, which can then exit the body. This purge of toxins is important for chiropractic patients and anyone with injuries because it helps the body heal itself.


Chiropractic massages are still performed in a calm, soothing environment.  Relaxation cannot heal injuries on its own but is still important to overall health, especially for patients with chronic pain or stress.  Your massage therapist can target problem areas, or focus on relaxing certain muscles in order to help your chiropractor perform an adjustment. Regular massage also increases circulation and flexibility, which makes this therapy highly recommended for patients suffering from arthritis, fibromyalgia and muscle spasms. We offer specialty massages to treat burn scars, heal sports injuries for athletes, and even prenatal massage to meet the special needs of expecting mothers.


Chiropractic massage therapy has many benefits and can help anyone feel relief. To learn more about massage therapy and all the services we provide, visit www.spokanechiro.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Central Chiropractic Massage Therapy in Spokane, WA, call 509-293-9113. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Shoulder Pain

Chiropractic care is typically sought out by people seeking relief from neck or back pain.  The staff at Central Chiropractic Massage Therapy is also skilled in treating extremities like the knees, elbows, and the shoulders. The shoulder joint is the body’s most mobile joint. It is surrounded by nerves, tendons, bursa, and other tissues which can all experience irritation and cause pain. This complex structure means that shoulder pain can have many causes and may require your chiropractor to assess your overall health and condition to target the root of the problem. 


Whether pain began after an injury or has increased over time, chiropractic treatment is a safe and effective way to treat damage to both hard and soft tissue.  When shoulder pain is caused by joint irritation, relief can often be achieved through an adjustment.  Pain in the muscles can be addressed by massage or stimulation therapy, and your chiropractor will recommend exercise and stretches if needed.  If you are suffering from pain in the shoulder don’t wait any longer to come see us!


To learn more about shoulder pain and all the treatments provided at the practice, visit www.spokanechiro.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Central Chiropractic Massage Therapy in Spokane, WA, call 509-293-9113. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Whiplash Injury

At Central Chiropractic Massage Therapy, we focus on fixing the problem, not masking the symptoms with pain medication. We utilize non-invasive, alternative techniques, to help you live a pain-free life. If you’ve recently been injured in an auto accident, or feel neck pain after visiting a theme park, you may need to be evaluated for whiplash. Whiplash is a relatively common injury that occurs to a person’s neck following a sudden acceleration-deceleration force that causes unrestrained, rapid forward and backward movement of the head and neck.


Common symptoms of whiplash may include neck pain and stiffness, frequent headaches, shoulder pain and stiffness, dizziness, and even jaw pain. Whiplash is most commonly caused by motor vehicle accidents due to rear impact but can develop from any injury to the cervical area. To treat whiplash, X-rays will be taken. Our doctors will develop a treatment plan based on the severity level of whiplash.


If you have questions or concerns regarding whiplash treatment, please give us a call. To learn about services we provide at the practice, visit www.spokanechiro.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Central Chiropractic Massage Therapy in Spokane, WA, call 509-293-9113. 

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Plantar Fasciitis

The most common cause of plantar fasciitis relates to the faulty structure of the foot. For example, people who have problems with their arches, either overly flat feet or high-arched feet are more prone to developing plantar fasciitis. Wearing non-supportive footwear on hard, flat surfaces puts an abnormal strain on the plantar fascia and can also lead to plantar fasciitis. This is particularly evident when one’s job requires long hours on the feet.


The classic symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain when you take your first steps after getting out of bed or after sitting for a long period of time. You may also experience pain that gets worse when you climb stairs or stand on your toes, pain after you stand for long periods of time. Resting your foot usually eases the pain. Most people who have plantar fasciitis recover with conservative treatment such as foot orthotics.


If you have questions or concerns regarding plantar fasciitis treatment, please give us a call. To learn about services we provide at the practice, visit www.spokanechiro.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Central Chiropractic Massage Therapy in Spokane, WA, call 509-293-9113. 

Backpack Safety

It will be time soon for children to return to school, and we at Central Chiropractic PC in Spokane want to ensure they’re starting the year...