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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Muscle Strain

A muscle strain, or pulled muscle, occurs when your muscle is overstretched or torn. This can happen as a result of fatigue, overuse, or improper use of said muscle. Strains can happen to any muscle in the body, but they are most common in your lower back, neck, shoulder, and hamstring. Since muscle strains have many overlapping signs and symptoms, only our doctors at Central Chiropractic Massage Therapy can distinguish between a strained muscle and nerve pain stemming from a secondary herniation.


Muscle strain is defined as an injury to a muscle as a result of a strenuous activity. Almost anyone can put undue tension on muscles during the course of daily activities, with sudden, quick heavy lifting, during sports, or while performing work tasks. A severe muscle strain can result in a muscle tear. When this happens, the tearing of the muscle can damage small blood vessels, causing local bleeding (with or without bruising) to occur, and pain, caused by irritation of the nerve endings in the area. The most common form of treatment for a muscle strain is gentle manual manipulation. This promotes healing by realigning your spine as well as normalizing your strained muscles.


If you have questions or concerns regarding 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 509-484-7578

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

What is Sacroiliitis?

When people in Spokane are suffering pain from joint dysfunction, Central Chiropractic provides safe, first-resort treatment. Dysfunction of the sacroiliac joint can result in a number of problems for the back, pelvis, and lower limbs, which is why we want patients to understand what we mean when we talk about “sacroiliitis.”


The sacroiliac joint is where a part of the pelvis called the iliac bone joins with the sacrum, which is a structure made up of fused vertebrae at the base of the spine. The sacrum is supported by sacroiliac joints on both sides and the term sacroiliitis describes inflammation in this area. Inflammation may be the result of sudden, traumatic injuries or of long-term wear and tear. It could also be related to hereditary inflammatory conditions such as ankylosing spondylitis or pregnancy, which can stress the sacroiliac joints.


Inflammation in the pelvis can cause pain in the lower back and buttocks. It may also pinch one of the sciatic nerves, which travel to the legs, resulting in numbness. Problems in the spinal base are always concerning to chiropractors because people tend to overcompensate by straining parts of their backs higher up. We can teach exercises to improve hip joint strength and flexibility, loosen tight muscles and tendons with therapeutic massages, and perform spinal adjustments to return the back’s structures to their optimal positions.


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.


 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Raking Safety

As we enjoy the Spokane fall, we at Central Chiropractic want to ensure that our patients are practicing preventive skills. This is a time of year when people are doing a lot more yard work and putting themselves at risk for muscle strain. Following a few tips about raking can prevent wear-and-tear injuries.


Whenever you do physical labor,  avoid clothing that is baggy or unbreathable. It's also good to tie back your hair and remove jewelry and anything else that dangles. Wear well-supported shoes that are close-toed and slip-resistant. The best rakes are those that have long enough handles to use while standing up straight (and remember to not lock your knees).


Before raking, do a five-minute warm-up that includes dynamic stretches such as arm circles. Stand next to the leaf pile with your feet in a scissor position. Alternate which hand is higher on the rake about every five minutes. When you have to turn, do it with your feet instead of twisting your torso. Try to do most of your raking when the leaves are dry so they won’t weigh as much. While filling the bag, test whether you can lift it comfortably before it’s completely full. After raking, do a five-minute cool-down. Remember, if pain lasts for longer than two days, you can call us for minimally invasive, non-addictive remedies including therapeutic massages, whole-body vibration, and spinal adjustments.


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.


 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If you have pain or numbness in your wrist, Central Chiropractic PC in Spokane is here for you. As experts in a variety of treatments, our chiropractors are equipped to help patients suffering from pinched nerves, including the notorious carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).


When a nerve is compressed, a patient may experience, pain, tingling, numbness, or loss of function along its length; not just in the exact location of the pinch. The median nerve is a frequent victim of pinches. It travels from the neck to the thumb and every finger except the pinky, passing through the carpal tunnel. The carpal tunnel is a canal in the wrist made up of bones and ligaments, and it is vulnerable to filling with fluid or being compressed by inflammation in the surrounding tissues.


CTS may result in a sensation of shockwaves radiating along the median nerve and loss of function in the fingers the median nerve leads to. It is often caused by overuse. Resting, icing, compressing, and elevating an aching wrist is a good way to begin treatment, but if pain persists, patients should come see us. Our experience providing messages, ultrasound, and extremity adjustments will help you regain your comfort and function with minimal intervention.


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.


 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Back Pain in Cyclists

We love staying active at Central Chiropractic in Spokane, and we hope our patients do, too. Cycling is a low-impact sport that helps us to stay in great shape without subjecting our spinal columns to a lot of jostling. Nonetheless, lower back pain is common in cyclists, and we want our patients to know how to avoid it.


Lower back pain is one of the most common debilitating injuries in professional cyclists. But casual cyclists have an additional risk factor the professionals don’t, which is improperly fitted equipment. If a person has to stretch too far forward to reach the handlebars, their back will protest. Most people also have legs of slightly different lengths, which could strain one side. When getting a bicycle from a shop, the frame can be adjusted, but people getting hand-me-down bikes often do not think of how well the bike fits.


As for serious cyclists with excellent equipment, the problem is likely to be lack of core strength and hip flexibility. As cyclists tire out, the muscles supporting the lumbar vertebrae begin failing, allowing them to sway side-to-side. Peddling uphill tires them the most and often results in the most pain. We want to remind all our athletes that varying work-out routines will help build muscles that support each other while avoiding overuse. Remember, too, that most of the core muscles are not visible from the outside, so well-toned abs cannot be taken as evidence of a strong core.


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 29, 2018

Introduction to Osteoarthritis

At Central Chiropractic in Spokane, we frequently treat people who have developed chronic joint pain. While there are several potential issues we’ll examine for, one of the most common reasons for joint dysfunction is osteoarthritis. Because this condition is related to overuse, we want our patients to be on guard against it.


Osteoarthritis is caused by erosion of the cartilage tissue within joints. In a healthy body, cartilage is a slippery cushion that prevents the bones from rubbing against each other, but while eroding, cartilage loses its smooth surface. As the amount of friction in a joint increases, it becomes stiffer and more sensitive. Although osteoarthritis is not an inflammatory condition in itself, flakes of free-floating bone tissue can trigger the immune system’s inflammatory response.


The facet joints that connect vertebrae are at particular risk for developing osteoarthritis. We can help patients suffering from this condition by providing spinal adjustments that will put the vertebrae back into place, relieving pressure on the cartilage and surrounding tissues. We are also providers of therapeutic massages, which increase blood flow to injured tissues, allowing them to heal faster. But as part of our preventive efforts, we also advise patients on avoiding conditions such as excessive weight which cause their cartilage to wear out faster.


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.


 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Custom Foot Orthotics

Being on your feet all day can cause aches and pains in your feet and lower body. If your feet are not properly supported, moving can cause stress and strain. There is a wide variety of foot orthotics on the market designed to provide relief. However, custom-foot orthotics provides the most because they are designed for your foot and your foot only. Our doctors at Central Chiropractic Massage Therapy can fit you for orthotics in the comfort of our practice.


Orthotics are for anyone with an issue or discomfort related to walking or imbalances in the body that cause pain. These devices often help to realign the bones within the foot and ankle and therefore aid in taking pressure off parts of the back, neck, shoulders, and hips. Being on your feet all day can be tiring, not only for you but for your muscles and joints. If you think you may benefit from custom foot orthotics, please give us a call.


If you have questions or concerns regarding custom foot orthotics, 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. 

Muscle Strain

A muscle strain, or pulled muscle, occurs when your muscle is overstretched or torn. This can happen as a result of fatigue, overuse, or imp...