As spring approaches, you may find yourself faced with the need to start getting your yard and/or garden into shape.  Here are a few things to remember

  1. If a mower or other device has a pull start and it doesn’t want to start. Walk away for a bit. Don’t just keep pulling that rope. I have to work on a lot of shoulders every spring due to cranky mowers and weed eaters.
  2. Try to pace yourself. If you have not done any yard work for several months your body is not ready to work pulling weeds, spreading mulch and mowing all day. Trying to do everything in one day will likely get you a trip to see us.
  3. If you are of the mindset that prevention is better than cure. You might try coming in for adjustments before things get too bad. Typically if you come and see us when you don’t NEED to , then you never NEED to come see us!

Adjustment options

The basic treatment in a Chiropractic office is the adjustment. At its heart, This is the re positioning of restricted joints to return normal function to the skeletal system. This in turn causes the musculature to relax, releases pressure on the lymph chains so they can efficiently remove fluid,  and returns blood flow to the tissues.

The difference in our office is that we give you options on the type of adjustment you receive. If you have been getting manual adjustments and are comfortable with them, they are available. If, however you are less than enthusiastic about hearing a popping sound in you neck and/or back we have two other options: The VersAlign Device and the Activator. Both are instruments that are used to restore motion to the restricted joints. You can see them in use on our web site.  With these options I can always find a way to adjust you that is effective and comfortable for you.

Soft tissue work after your adjustment

In most Chiropractic offices the treatment you receive will be an adjustment to reduce restrictions in joint movement. Then possibly a therapy or two that can reduce muscle spasm and pain. The difference in our office is that after your adjustment I will spend some time checking the muscles for trigger points. Think of these as small knots in a part of the muscle instead of whole muscle cramps like you may be familiar with if you have ever had a calf muscle spasm. They have the unique quality of causing pain in another area when pressure is applied. An example would be when I find a trigger point next to a shoulder blade. When pressure is applied, they often cause pain in to the persons neck or down their arm. Once I find a trigger point, I can cause the muscle to relax simply by applying light pressure to the point. Over the years I have found that if I can reduce these trigger points the patients pain reduces more quickly and the patient progresses more quickly.