Trigger point massage

Trigger points are contracted knots in muscles. They form from overload stress causing muscle fibers to become locked together in a self perpetuateing spasm. Trigger points will then produce pain, usually deep achy pain, as well as refered pain. Because of the contraction of the tissue trigger points will also produce stiffness and weakness. Trigger points are also known to mimick other symptoms such as Carple tunnel, and sciatica symptoms. Trigger points are one of, if not the most common cause of pain in the body. Regular massage therapy is not specific or deep enough to release trigger points, a specific technique of applying deep focused pressure to the heart of the knot is required for the point to release. This is called trigger point massage.

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DeQuervain’s Disease

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Tendons are strong, fibrous bands of tissue connecting muscles to bones. Some tendons are covered by a protective, lubricated insulation called a “synovial sheath.” The two tendons on the thumb-side of your wrist that extend and abduct your thumb into a “hitchhiker” position are covered by a sheath. Normally, these tendons move freely within this covering, much like a sword sliding through a sheath. If these tendons and sheaths are forced to repetitively rub against the bones of your wrist, they can become painfully swollen. This condition is called De Quervain’s tenosynovitis.

The pain of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis may begin abruptly, but more commonly starts gradually and increases over time. The pain is provoked by movements of your thumb or wrist. In more severe cases, you may notice swelling on the outside of your wrist. Some patients complain of “catching” or a slight “squeaking” sound while moving their wrist.

Activities like gardening, knitting, cooking, playing a musical instrument, carpentry, walking a pet on a leash, texting, video gaming and sports like golf, volleyball, fly fishing and racquet sports are known triggers. The condition was once known as “Washer woman’s sprain,” since wringing out wet clothes can trigger the problem. Lifting infants or children by placing your outstretched finger and thumb beneath their armpit has led to the nicknames of “Mommy thumb” or “Baby wrist.”

The condition strikes women much more frequently than men. It typically affects middle- age adults and is more slightly common in African-Americans, patients with diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis may be at higher risk for this problem.

Many patients will experience resolution of their symptoms through conservative care, like the type provided in our office. You should avoid lifting, grasping and pinching movements, especially when your wrist is bent toward either side. You may need to find alternate ways to lift children and perform work, sport and leisure activities. Video game players and those who text should take frequent breaks and try to hold their wrists straighter. Avoid wearing tight wristbands. Applying ice to your wrist for 10 minutes every hour or performing an “ice massage” (freeze a paper cup filled with water, tear off the bottom to expose the ice, massage over the tendons in a figure-eight pattern for 6-10 minutes, taking breaks as needed) can provide relief.

Patients who have severe pain or swelling are less likely to respond to conservative care. These patients may require a cortisone injection to relieve their pain, however, surgery is rarely necessary. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, give our office a call.

How Does Laser Work? 

Over 2000 published research studies demonstrate:

• Laser therapy improves blood flow and lymphatic drainage
• Laser therapy has a strengthening effect on tissue repair
• It is an effective means of relief for many pain syndromes
• It can improve immune response
• Enhanced nerve regeneration & function
• Increased microcirculation & vasodilation
• Increased lymphatic flow
• Increased collagen production
• Increases the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair
• Reduced inflammation
• Enhanced angiogenesis (creation of new blood vessels)

 

Call us today for more information about Class IV laser therapy and how it can help you!

 

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Tendonitis of the Knee (Jumpers Knee) and Chiropractic

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The term tendonitis refers to inflammation of the tendons.

The tendons and the other structures in the knee joint are regularly exposed to various ranges of wear and tear. The patellar tendonitis is the commonest type of tendonitis of the knee and is also referred to as knee tendonitis in some cases. Another common name used to denote patellar tendonitis is jumper’s knee. Athletes involved in sports such as running, jumping and other movements of the legs that put high pressure on the knees or result in extensive usage of the knee joint are more prone to knee tendonitis. It is also commonly seen in middle to older aged adults, and those who perform repetitive tasks that involve the knees.

Tendonitis Knee Pain Symptoms

• Pain, tenderness, or soreness below the knee cap upon palpation
• The pain is aggravated with movement that involves muscles located on the front of the thigh such as running, kicking, stooping, squatting or climbing stairs.
• A dull ache or pain below the knee cap once activity has stopped. Eventually if the problem persists then there will be a constant ache and it will often make it difficult to sleep at night.
• Possible swelling below the knee cap

Tendonitis Knee Pain Causes

If the patellar tendon is chronically strained then tendonitis (tendinitis) in the knee may develop over time. There are number of reasons why an individual develops tendonitis in the knee.
• Being overweight
• Poor circulation
• Tight, inflexible, improperly stretched quadriceps muscles
• Muscle imbalances in the quadriceps muscles
• Being bowlegged or knock-kneed
• Intense, prolonged physical activity that puts strain on the knees

Tendonitis Knee Treatment

Instead of masking the symptoms of tendonitis knee pain with anti- inflammatory pills or cortisone shots Laser Knee Program treats the root of the problem without drugs, knee injections, or knee surgery. We utilize the latest FDA Cleared Class IV Lasers, and combines that with other therapies to help reduce the pain, strengthen the muscles around the knee joint, and increase range of motion. Most importantly these treatments help reduce inflammation/swelling, which helps improve overall function of the knee.

Tension Headaches and Laser

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What is a tension headache?

How do we treat it?

Tension headaches usually present as aches that feel like constant pressure in the front, aide and base of your head. Many patients tells us that stress, posture, desk time and hunger can flare up symptoms.  While being very painful and incredibly annoying, they do not pose any significant health risk as no pathology is involved.

Our treatment plan consists of a multi-faceted approach. Muscle release work, class IV laser and manual manipulations are all part of our in house treatment protocol; home exercise and work modifications are often prescribed as well.

For more information, feel free to contact us at 204-586-8424 or by email at info@aberdeenchiropractic.com

 

BAKER’S CYST

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What is a Baker’s Cyst?

A Baker’s Cyst is also referred to as a Popliteal Cyst. A Baker’s can be observed as a swelling or a bulge behind the knee. The symptoms are often annoying, because the pain and stiffness can lead you to limit your activities especially when the leg is fully extended.

Baker’s Cyst Knee Pain Causes:

A Baker’s Cyst is most commonly diagnosed in individuals as a result of another condition in the knee that causes inflammation or swelling such as arthritis or a meniscus tear. These conditions produce a lot of synovial fluid. In a healthy knee this fluid normally circulates through the knee joint allowing it to be lubricated. However, in an arthritic knee, or a knee that has a tear there is an overproduction of fluid, and the excess fluid may get trapped in the sac or bursa in the back of the knee joint. As a result, the bursa expands in the back of the knee and becomes a Baker’s Cyst. The swelling can become so severe that the cyst in the back of the knee can burst or rupture.

Baker’s Cyst Signs and Symptoms:

· Swelling or bump at the back of the knee, and possibly in the leg and calf muscle
· Stiffness when extending or bending your leg
· Knee pain or a feeling of tightness

Class IV Laser Knee Program

The Class IV Laser is at the heart of our treatment program. It provides a safe, effective, non-invasive, painless solution for knee pain from a Baker’s Cyst. It addresses the root of the problem causing the Baker’s Cyst. Patients respond exceptionally well to treatments and usually notice significant pain relief after just a few treatments.

 

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