Strains and Sprains

October 18th, 2011

Sure we have all heard these terms before, but do you really know what they mean?  When to try self-care versus seeking care?  How to avoid these types of injuries in the first place? By the end of this article you will. Strains are a term used to designate the over stretching or tearing of...

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Low Back Pain

September 26th, 2011

Back pain is a nearly ubiquitous problem that will affect around 80 percent of us at some point in our lives. The most typical form of back pain that affects patients is referred to as uncomplicated mechanical back pain, which is to say that the pain is not related to something more sinister in nature...

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Kinesiotaping (K-Tape / RockTape)

September 8th, 2011

A new form of athletic taping was developed and introduced by Japanese chiropractor Kenzo Kase in the 1970's, which he dubbed Kinesio taping.  Since then, this brightly colored tape (boring beige, bold black, brilliant blue and "we swear it's red" but is actually pink) has been adorned by athletes at the highest level, weekend warriors...

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)

August 23rd, 2011

Over the past couple decades, people's occupations have forced them to work primarily seated at a desk in front of a computer, typing and mousing away for hours at a time.  The human body, believe it or not, was not designed for sitting for hours at a time and the physical manifestations of these stresses...

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Plantar Fasciitis / Fasciiosis

August 10th, 2011

Aesop and Homer realized and wrote about the incapacitating power that foot pain can have on mighty warriors like Achilles and Androcles' lion, so what are we mere mortals to do about it? Well the first thing to do is rule out speared heels and bloody thorns and find out exactly what is going on....

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Low Level Light Therapy (aka Cold Laser)

July 29th, 2011

Physicians of all backgrounds throughout time have recognized the healing power of light.  Things like the implementation of sun rooms in hospitals to personal light boxes have been used to effectively treat diseases from tuberculosis to depression.  New technologies have been developed over the years to harness the power of different wavelengths of light to...

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July 14th, 2011

Stand Up to Pain Do you suffer from daily aches and pains but can't quite figure out where they are coming from?  A good place to start is by looking at the way you carry yourself, or more simply stated, your posture. Back when your mom kept nagging at you to "sit up straight" and...

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June 9th, 2011

June is National Scoliosis Awareness Month, so I thought I would take a step away from the technique blogs to talk about a problem that affects 5 to 7 million Americans. What is scoliosis? Scoliosis is a condition of side to side curvature of the spine.  It most commonly affects the thoracic spine, which is...

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Graston Soft Tissue Manipulation

May 16th, 2011

Instrument assisted soft tissue manipulation (IASTM) has been around in some form or another going back as far as ancient Chinese medicine known as Gua Sha.  The premise is to utilize some sort of tool to get to tissue layers that are otherwise inaccessible to the practitioner using only their hands.  Graston® Technique utilizes six...

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Chiropractic Adjustments

May 7th, 2011

With the grand opening of the clinic under my belt I figured I would take some time to explain in more detail just what I do here at Assurance Chiropractic.  So over the next few months I will be writing some short articles about the therapies that I offer and their potential benefits.  The obvious...

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