As many of you probably saw during the Olympics this summer many of the athletes including swimmer Michael Phelps had purple circles or “bruises” on their upper backs and shoulders. These spots are the residual effects of cupping therapy. Cupping is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine that has been in use for more than 2000 years. The primary function of cupping is to breakdown adhesions in the soft tissue as well as helping the body remove toxins. Cupping can be very beneficial for the treatment of tight and tender muscles, trigger points, sprains, pinch nerves, sciatica and soreness. Cupping is super safe when performed by a professional. At New Life Chiropractic we use cupping in conjunction with chiropractic and massage and find it speeds the healing process.
As many as one in twenty five people might suffer from restless leg syndrome or RLS. This condition interferes with sleep by causing symptoms of an antsy feeling or numbness and tingling in the feet and legs. Other common effects are jumpiness or thrashing of the legs. In the case of pregnant women the condition resolves when the baby is born. In others, the condition can linger and possible be caused by a deficiency of iron, zinc or folate. I have compiled a short list of steps you can take to ease the symptoms of RLS.
You wake up in the mourning and find you are suffering from extreme low back pain, what do you do? You have a stiff neck that wont go away. The pain and numbness are working their way down your shoulder and into your arm. Now what do you do? What do you do for recurring migraines? Believe it or not these can be some of the more difficult conditions to resolve. Where do you go? What do you do? What are your treatment options?
TMJ or the tempo-mandibular joint is the primary joint of the jaw. Symptoms of TMJ syndrome are headaches and pain and soreness of the jaw muscles primarily near the ear. Other symptoms include clicking or popping when opening the mouth, difficulty opening the mouth, the jaw getting stuck open, as well as pain with yawning, chewing, or opening the mouth wide.
Do you have a difficult time falling asleep at night? Do you wake in the middle of the night and can not fall back to sleep? Than you may be one of the millions of people who suffer with insomnia. The result of any sleep disturbance is often irritability, depression, anxiety, emotional disturbances, or poor memory. Insomnia can be a sign of poor health and diet as well.
Rotator cuff pain treatments in Virginia Beach
What is the rotator cuff?
One of the most common sources of pain in the shoulder area is caused by trauma to the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff or “SITS” muscles are made up of the: supraspinatus, teres minor, infraspinatus and subscapularus. These four muscles surround the scapula in the back and attach to the top back side of the humerus (upper arm). These muscles are heavily involved in most shoulder movements.
Torticollis is one of the most painful and scary conditions affecting the cervical (neck) region of the spine. This is an acute spasm of the neck muscles that forces the head to rotate and the chin to come down toward the chest and the neck gets locked this way. Any attempted movement can cause sharp stabbing and radiating pain.
Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder Syndrome) treatment in Virginia Beach.
Frozen shoulder is a chronic (long term) condition of the shoulder that starts with inflammation of the tendons, bursae and joint capsule of the shoulder and causes major restriction of all shoulder movement. No one is really sure of what causes this condition. It primarily effects woman in the 35-60 age group.
Piriformis syndrome (a real pain in the butt) treatment in Virginia Beach.
Low back pain that starts in the gluteal (butt) area and radiating down the back of the leg, caused by compression of the sciatic nerve by the piriformis muscle, is commonly referred to as piriformis syndrome. This condition which is often misdiagnosed as a herniated disc, is an extremely common cause of sciatica (leg pain). The condition is seven times more likely in females than in males.
The Growing Field of Natural and Alternative Health Care.
People from every walk of life are discovering the healing power of natural health care. Americans and people throughout the world are looking to natural health to find answers in both prevention and the treatment of disease. A 2010 article in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that 45% of Americans sought the advice and treatment of a holistic health doctor within the previous year. CNBC stated that 50+% of Americans see holistic providers each year and the number is growing. 70% of Americans surveyed stated they would seek the advice of a holistic provider if their medical doctor was unable to help them. The large majority (85%) of those who use alternative health care say they would return and continue this type of treatment.
Preparing for fall allergies in Virginia Beach
What are and what causes allergies?
Allergies are generally a group of symptoms affecting the skin, digestive system, breathing or respiratory system and intestines in people with an extreme sensitivity to a substance that does not bother most other people. These substances called allergens are air born and are generally plant pollens or animal dander. After a person with these sensitivities breaths in an allergen our bodies produce an immune reaction that causes the symptoms. We cough to blow out the allergens. Our eyes and nose produce more mucous as a protective barrier. Dehydration causes headaches and it goes on and on. These symptoms are much the same as when we are exposed to a true pathogen like the virus that causes the common cold. These reactions are not normal and are considered a hypersensitivity.
Chiropractic Facts – Part 1
Definition of Chiropractic: Chiropractic is a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments, primarily spinal adjusting.
Can children get chiropractic care in Virginia Beach?
Have you ever seen a kid do a superman dive from the ottoman to the sofa? How about a 10 year old trying 50 consecutive times to do a flip on a trampoline or even the birth of a child when the head is pulled hard to release the shoulder? Most of these things would send an adult to the Emergency Room. I could go on and on, tackle football, judo, falling from a tree, a soccer header or even an 8 hour mine craft marathon. Yes children need and should get chiropractic treatments. We offer chiropractic treatment for kids at New Life.