Back to School Pain Prevention and Tips for a Healthier Year
July 31, 2018
It's that time of year: back to school. With that comes new backpacks, new school supplies, new teachers, new classes, sports, getting back into routines, and stress. Read the blog post for tips on preventing headaches, neck, and back pain in your kiddos, finding the right backpack (it's more than just style), along with a few other ways to keep them healthy and help them get the most out of their new school year!
Sitting is the New Smoking
June 29, 2018
If you haven't heard it already, here it is: Sitting is the new smoking! The amount of time we spend sitting has increased drastically over the years. The majority of us sit in the car on the way to work, sit at a desk all day at the office, sit on the way home from work, sit for dinner, and sit in front of the t.v. for an hour or more before bed. Sitting affects our posture, and it can lead to neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain and headaches, but it can also cause other serious health conditions. Sitting and a sedentary lifestyle can lead to cardiovascular disease, depression, obesity, digestive issues, and degenerative brain diseases like dementia.
Our bodies were made to move! I'm not saying you have to become a marathon runner, but activity is a must. Taking multiple short, "micro-breaks" throughout the day adds up. These micro-breaks give our body a chance to move. Movement increases blood flow, energy, and makes us feel good! (Hint: this is why you feel better after an adjustment. Adjustment = spine movement = feel better). Click here to view 3 easy exercises that can be done at your desk to help combat the detrimental effects of sitting. Movement is medicine!
Acupuncture vs. Dry Needling
April 21, 2018
All the answers to your questions and more! Check out Dr. Coleman's blog post to learn about acupuncture and dry needling, how they differ, what to expect during your treatment, and what conditions they help treat. If you're in the Shawnee, Lenexa, Overland Park, or Kansas City area, call us to see if acupuncture or dry needling can help you!
Why you need to foam roll NOW
April 10, 2018
Most of us have heard about foam rolling and some even own a foam roller. But why should we foam roll? How do we do it? Here's 7 reasons why you should grab your foam roller (or go get one) and foam roll for 10-15 minutes every day.
Click here to download the guide to get you foam rolling like a pro!
What the foot?
March 21, 2018
Our feet are very important. They move us throughout our day and take us to new places, but they can also cause poor movement patterns and pain. I’m not just talking about foot or ankle pain either - our feet can result in pain anywhere along the movement chains in your body - knees, hips, low back, and even neck and shoulder pain.
With 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 soft tissue structures in each foot, there are a lot of things that must work together properly to move us throughout our day pain free. When any one of these bones, joints, or soft tissues don’t function properly, it can lead to a chain reaction of events resulting in foot pain and pain throughout the body. One of the most common causes of foot pain is plantar fasciitis. Typically plantar fasciitis causes pain in the heal and along the bottom of the foot (medial arch). Pain is usually severe in the morning and gets a little better as we move around.
Plantar fasciitis can be caused by a variety of factors including sudden increase in activity, obesity, rapid weight gain, improper footwear, work-related stress, and of course, faulty foot and ankle biomechanics. Limited ankle dorsiflexion (movement at the ankle) is one of the most common risk factors for plantar fasciitis. Ankle mobility can be improved easily with foot and ankle adjustments and routine stretching of the calf (gastrocnemius and soleus) muscles. Not all plantar fasciitis cases are as simple as limited ankle dorsiflexion. For the more complicated cases, there are a variety of other treatment options available.
Plantar fasciitis can be treated effectively, without the use of medication and surgery. Keep reading to learn how we can help you get rid of your foot pain!
February 28, 2018
Ever feel tightness or knots in that big muscle between your neck and shoulder? Do you have neck pain or headaches? Is it worse on your right side? Is that pain and tightness worse at work or at the end of a long day? If this sounds familiar, you, along with thousands of other desk workers, may be suffering from mouse trap.
96% of people use their computer mouse with their right hand. As you move the mouse around and scroll, your right shoulder elevates slightly. When you do this for multiple hours a day, your trapezius muscle, or trap, (the big one running from the base of your skull, out to your shoulders, and down between your shoulder blades) gets overworked, becomes tight, and starts to develop painful knots or trigger points. These nasty knots and trigger points can cause localized pain, shoulder pain, headaches, and even affect posture. (Try it! Move your mouse around and feel how much that trap moves!)
Continue reading on our blog to find out how you can fix your mouse trap!
My headache is such a pain in the neck!
February 14, 2018
Yes, you’re probably right, and you’re not alone. Thousands of individuals suffer from headaches. Some get a headache every once in a while, while others suffer from headaches daily. A headache is a symptom, or a signal from your body that something is wrong. There are many causes of headaches, and we must work together to find that cause in order to properly treat your headache. The key to diagnosing and treating headaches effectively: understanding what is causing it in the first place. To learn more about your headaches, click here to download our newsletter, or continue reading on our blog.
Back to Basics to Prevent Back Pain
October is National Chiropractic Health Month, and this year's theme is "Go Back to Basics to Prevent Back Pain". Click here to download our October newsletter or continue reading our blog for simple back pain prevention tips!