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From the category archives: Injury Prevention

Injury Prevention

‘Tis the season for accidents to happen.

When it comes to car accidents, paramedics are often the first health care professionals who attend to your needs. Their job is to assess whether you should be rushed to the hospital for immediate medical treatment or deal with any life-threatening injuries right on the scene. Some people have pain and tension right away. For others, the symptoms may get worse over time. Whether the impact occurs from the front, rear or sides, your neck is usually the most vulnerable area of your body in any motor vehicle accident. Car collisions involve rapid changes in acceleration and deceleration. Your body is held relatively still by a seat belt, whereas your head and neck are free to move. The low back can also be injured depending on circumstances during the collision. This typically results in the neck moving very rapidly through an excessive range of motion, contributing to hyperflexion-hyperextension injuries that can affect soft tissues in the neck, as well as joint capsules and intervertebral discs. Whiplash i ...

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Headaches and neck pain: Acupuncture can help

A headache is a pain in the head due to a cause. Headaches may result from any number of factors, including tension, muscle contraction, vascular problems, withdrawal from certain medications, injury or a joint restriction. Headaches fall into three main categories: tension-type, migraine and cervicogenic. Tension-type headaches are the most frequent. People who endure tension-type headaches usually feel mild to moderate pain on both sides of the head. The pain is usually described as tight, stiff or constricting, as if something is being wrapped around your head and squeezed tightly. While migraines affect far fewer people and have a much shorter duration, however, their symptoms are much more severe. They typically affect women more frequently, with pain that usually occurs on one side of the head. Migraines can be so severe that they can cause loss of appetite, blurred vision, nausea and even vomiting. Cervicogenic headaches are the most recently diagnosed type of headache and are caused by muscle or jo ...

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Athletes Recover Faster with Acupuncture

With Ironman just around the corner triathletes are in their last ditch effort to increase their endurance and delay “the wall.”

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How Cupping Therapy Can Improve Your Health by: Dr. Pamela Langenderfer

Cupping therapy is one of the oldest methods of traditional Chinese medicine.

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Metabolic Syndrome: Chronic Disease of todays lifestyle.

Metabolic syndrome is combination of issues that occur together and increase your risk of heart disease, cancer and early death.

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Iliotbial Band: Successful Treatment with Form and Function

The Iliotibial band (ITB) is an extremely strong band of fascia (a form of Connective tissue) that runs from the top of the pelvis, down the outside of the leg, before eventually inserting onto the tibia, fibula, and patella.

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Plantar Fascitis: Do those First Few Steps in the Morning Cause you Pain?

Are your first steps out of bed in the morning causing you severe pain in your heel? Or does your heel hurt after jogging or playing tennis? Most commonly, heel pain is caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia which is a tendon, that starts at your heel and goes along the bottom of your foot. This is a very common issue that can be treated with chiropractic and acupuncture.

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ITB Syndrome: More than Just Knee Pain

The Iliotibial band (ITB) is an extremely strong band of fascia (a form of Connective tissue) that runs from the top of the pelvis, down the outside of the leg, before eventually inserting onto the tibia, fibula, and patella. Excessive tension or stress within the ITB causes it to rub over the femur just as it crosses the knee. The abnormal forces, by way of friction and tension results in localized burning, aching pain and tenderness on the outside of the knee as it is bent or straightened out. Without proper care, it takes an average of four weeks before the severity of the symptoms make your workouts an insurmountable task.

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Sports Acupuncture and its Great Power in Healing Injury

Many people have asked me how acupuncture works to relieve the pain and inflammation caused by trauma or accidents. To Westerners, it does seem absurd that the body can be healed by poking or sticking tiny pins and needles into various parts of it. However, this ancient form of healing has been, and is continually being proven to be effective for all kinds of physical pain and discomfort. The underlying premise of acupuncture lies in the energetic system of the body, which consists of Chi. Chi is energy which circulates throughout the body and is responsible for the proper harmonious functioning of all of the organs and processes of the body. When the Chi or energy becomes blocked or deficient, or travels in the incorrect direction, then disease ensues.

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