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Interesting information about Chiropractic treatments

Bob's Chiropractor Blog - Interesting information about Chiropractic treatments

Sports Injuries

Whether you are a professional athlete or just a one time participator, you need to know that sports injuries are common and you need to know how to handle them. A qualified chiropractor can help you get over your injuries and get back on your feet faster. Chiropractors work with the joint, soft tissue, muscle and nerve supply to help improve how your body functions. This article looks at several techniques used.

Active Release Technique (ART)

This method has been identified very effective when it comes to dealing with knee injuryinjuries you have sustained from any sports event. The practitioner will examine the part that has been injured and then take you through specific exercises and postural recommendations that will help you get over the injuries faster. You will also receive a lecture about the injury and how you can avoid a similar situation in future.

Kinesiotape Pineapple Whole Body Vibration

Some of the injuries you sustain in a sporting event affect your lymphatic drainage and blood circulation. This technique is used by a practitioner to help you get past such injuries. It works by stimulating your muscular reflexes, which makes the muscles to relax and contract continually. This will enhance the flow of blood, make your body flexible, improve your agility, and reduce back pain and stiffness, and more.

Graston Technique Class IV Laser Therapy

This is an innovative and effective approach that helps treat soft tissue sports injuries. The instrument used helps detect and treat injuries to your soft tissues. The technique works on injury to the neck, wrist and shoulder.


If you have been involved in an sporting accident, your walking style and posture changes. You need specialized strategies to make you walk again. This solution comes in form of orthotics. The technique uses devices that will help restore your foot posture back to normal and correct any abnormal walking pattern.

Spinal decompression

The types of sports injuries vary depending on the strength exerted in the exercise and the activity you are taking part in. The use of a spinal decompression table helps you with issues affecting your spinal cord such as spinal stenosis, sciatica, bulging discs, degenerated discs and an unsuccessful spinal surgical procedure. The technique works by creating space between discs and opening up areas that surround nerve roots. This helps accelerate healing.
Chiropractic care gives you a lot of benefits. The first one is that the treatment does not use any drugs, which means that you will not be under any prescription medicine that may be prohibited and end up negatively affecting you or your teams performance. The procedure does not use surgical procedures which mean that you are not left with any scars. The use of chiropractic techniques ends up making you stronger and more energetic than before.
The best thing about chiropractic care is that is applicable for any injuries sustained in any sporting event. The decision regarding the type of technique to be used depends with the chiropractor. Many sports injuries may end up affecting your performance, which means you have to look for help as soon as possible.

If you are in central Alberta, I recommend you try the Edmonton Chiropractors at Champion on 109th Street.

What is causing your sore back in the morning?

Here is a great article about what could be causing you to get up in the morning with a sore back or neck. They talk about something that we always ask our patients – what kind of bed do you have? That is much more important than most people think and it is almost always overlooked.

Have you noticed lately that you are waking up stiff and sore in the morning?  This can be related to many issues.

My first question for people is “how old is your bed”?  If it is over 10 years old or if it is sagging in the place you usually sleep, it is definitely time to replace it.  Even if it is a fancy Select Comfort or Tempurpedic guaranteed to last 20-25 years, I have had both models replaced due to warranty failure within 10 years.  My Select Comfort caused me to constantly tilt to the middle of the bed and my Tempurpedic excessively softened 13 years too soon.  Tempurpedic was great with their warranty  and I now have a new one.  I sold the Select Comfort on ebay.  Beds don’t last forever, even at the crazy prices they are sold for today.

Second question…  What position are you sleeping in?  All my stomach sleepers would spend much less money in my office and feel an awful lot better if they changed to sleeping on their side or back.  It is possible to change.  How do I know?  I have done it.  I had to start shoving pillows on one side of me to start the rolling over process and I had to be really intentional about waking myself up and flipping over in the middle of the night if I noticed I was on my stomach.  It’s a hard habit to break and you may be a little bit miserable from your lack of sleep for awhile.  Long term, your back and neck will thank you.

Third question…Is this an underlying issue that is just becoming obvious when you don’t have anything to think of other than sleep?  Is your neck or back hurting and are you simply ignoring it versus dealing with it?  Your body may be taking an opportunity to wake you up and let you know that you need to get back to a regular schedule at the chiropractor.  If you have never been, now may be a good time to start.  If the issue has been going on longer than a couple days, I would find a reputable, highly reviewed chiropractor and at the very least give them a call and ask a few questions over the phone.

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The Graston Technique

If you have ever been to a chiropractor you may have heard them use the term Graston Technique. They may have even used it to treat your specific ailment or injury.

Basically, it involves using special metal instruments to treat any area of the body. I could go on for several paragraphs explaining how it works, but this excellent video does a great job of demonstrating how we use graston to get you back into tip top shape.


Motor vehicle accidents

Being involved in a motor vehicle accident, however big or small, can have serious and lasting impact on the body. Many victims are unaware that the painful symptoms they experience in their muscles, bones and joints are the result of the force exerted during collision. Symptoms that might appear include pain, discomfort and tension in the neck, back, legs and arms.

If left untreated, difficulty in movement can become progressively worse and lead to neuromusculoskeletal conditions. Seeking chiropractic treatment, on the other hand, can relieve symptoms, recover function and improve your overall health.

When Do You Need Chiropractic Treatment?

If after an accident, you experience prolonged pain and tension in the muscles, joints and bones, you need to consult a chiropractor for diagnosis and possible treatment. This pain and tension is often in the neck, lower back, legs and arms. Other common symptoms include chronic headaches, muscle spasms, sleeping disorders, high blood pressure and pain in the ankle, foot, wrist, elbow or shoulder.

Some neuromusculoskeletal conditions are also tell-tale signs, especially if you did not suffer from them prior to the accident. Some of these conditions are fibromyalgia, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, arthritis and stress disorders.

What Chiropractic Treatments Are Available?

The major type of chiropractic treatment offered is called spinal manipulation. The human spine is responsible for motor functions in the body, as well as many vital activities. The spine protects and coordinates the nervous system, which syncs brain signals with organ function. Your spine also acts as a shock absorber; aids body movement and provide overall balance.

Chiropractic treatment that focuses on the spine therefore restores any lost range of motion, lifts tension and can effectively treat chronic pain.

Does Chiropractic Treatment Involve Medication?

Generally, chiropractic treatment does not require you to take medication. Chiropractors simply use hands-only techniques to treat patients. In some instances, however, your chiropractic physician might see it necessary to supplement your treatment with medication. This often happens if the case is severe or when you need prescribed painkillers to manage pain until you recover fully.

Is Treatment Painful?

Treatment should not be painful at all but in some cases, patients do experience discomfort and pain during and after sessions. It all depends on the severity of your case and the treatment administered. Speak to your physician about the possible side effects beforehand.

How Effective Is Treatment?

Years ago, chiropractic treatment was seen as an alternative to medical treatment. Today, it is the leading solutions for anyone with muscular, bone or joint conditions. It is safe, drug-free and if administered by an experienced professional, very effective.

Here in Winnipeg, Dr. Mike  at Premier Chiropractic Centre is just down the street from us at 2705 Portage Ave. He primarily works with car accident victims and has been at this a long time.

5 Reasons to use a Chiropractor

Flexing BicepsThere are many reasons why chiropractors are in high demand, and there are many reasons why people should consider using them. However, we will discuss just five of those reasons.

Treat Pain Naturally

One of the biggest reasons why people should consider using a chiropractor to help them with their pain is because they will be treated naturally, which means that they will be receiving treatment that is drug free. There are many people who do not like to receive prescription medicine because it does not make them feel good, mentally speaking. However, that is not the case when they receive treatment from a chiropractor. If a person wants to be treated naturally, and not have to worry about the side effects that come along with prescription drug usage.

Treat A Sleeping Disorder

Not many people know this, but chiropractors can treat many different things. One of those things is a sleeping disorder. Chiropractors can use special techniques that are designed to help people finally get rid of their sleeping disorder, or finally being able to get a good night’s rest because their sleeping disorder is not as bad as it once was after making a few visits to their chiropractor. If you or anyone you know is suffering from a sleeping disorder, then now is the time to start considering a chiropractor.

Receive Preventive Care

Chiropractors also know how to provide preventive care to patients who seek it out. This means that people can increase their chances of not being injured or prone to certain types of injuries or pain. Chiropractors usually have many different methods that they can use to help their patients receive the best preventive care treatment. If you are wanting to prevent certain types of injuries, or even some illnesses, then you should contact a chiropractor and schedule an appointment with them as soon as possible.

Relieve Stress

Relieving stress is another reason why people should consider seeing a chiropractor. Many people do not know how to relieve their stress, but one of the best ways to do so is by seeing a chiropractor.

Feel Better

Perhaps the biggest reason of all to see a chiropractor is because they will feel better after seeing them. Many people are convinced that the treatment they receive from their chiropractor is the sole reason why they feel better. However, there is something that people should keep in mind, and that is it will usually take a few visits to the chiropractor before they start to feel better. This is because chiropractors are not magic doctors who can cure or treat people overnight, and this is why it is extremely important to make a few visits before deciding to continue or discontinue treatment that is being provided to them by a chiropractor.

As previously mentioned these are just a few of the reasons why you should consider seeing a chiropractor. However, you should make at least a couple of appointments with them before deciding whether or not you will continue treatment. It is recommended to visit the chiropractor at least once or even twice per week, for a minimum of between 4-8 weeks. The length of time you will want to see a chiropractor for will depend on overall health and well-being. In other words, if a person wants to see one just to relieve stress, then they only have to see the chiropractor for about 2-3 weeks, but if they suffered from a serious back injury, or a sports injury, then they should see the chiropractor for weeks before making the decision as to whether or not they will keep on seeing them.