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June 25, 2019 by Stacy Stadnik
We all love getting massages in a relaxed atmosphere with dimmed lights, lit candles, comforting scents and soft music. However, there is more to massages than just relaxation; it also brings many health benefits. The practice of using touch for healing derives from ancient history.Western and Eastern Civilizations have found that massages can heal injuries, reduce stress, relieve pain, and cure and prevent illnesses. Massages can also promote the release of toxins from the body that cause many health issues.
· Help with back pain. Researchers from the Canadian Medical Association Journal has looked at various solutions for chronic lower back pain and found that massage therapy is one of the most effective treatments when it comes to reducing back pain.
· Relieve chronic pain. Massage increases serotonin levels, causing the body to naturally reduce pain. About 35 percent of people receiving massages reported less pain associated with soreness, injuries, stiffness and chronic health conditions.
· Control Diabetes. Massage therapy has been a recommended treatment for diabetics for more than 100 years. It has shown to help lower inflammation and restore the proper use of insulin.
· Relieve headaches. Regular massages help de-stress and relax the body. By relaxing trigger points and muscle spasms, it reduces the chances of experiencing tension headaches and migraine attacks. By focusing on the head, neck and shoulders, a massage can ease the pressure and decrease discomfort and pain.
· Reduce depression, fatigue and anxiety. Massages can help lower stress, improve fatigue and eliminate depression. Research has shown that depression is triggered by active chronic pain, and it alone can lead to muscle pain and tension, which is painful to live by on a day-to-day basis.
· Ease arthritis pain. Massage involves applying light pressure on the joints, activating small pressure receptors under the skin that help ease arthritis pain. It can also boost circulation throughout the body, increasing blood flow to the joints and increase flexibility and mobility.
· Improves posture. Sitting or standing for long periods of time can cause tension on the back and neck, resulting in poor posture. Massages can help the body reinforce its healthy and natural movements, relaxing the muscles and allowing the body to position itself in a natural and pain-free posture.
· Improve blood circulation and lower high blood pressure. Massages can lower blood pressure, enhance blood flow and improve the overall body function. With improved blood circulation brought about by getting regular massage therapy, a chain reaction happens in the body.
· Improve ADHD. A recent study showed that adolescents with ADHD who took 10 massage treatments for 2 weeks reported to be more content compared to those who received recreation therapy. It also showed that ADHD patients were less squirmy and had more on-task behavior compared with the group that received recreation therapy.
· Enhance athletic performance. Specific kinds of massages like sports massages are specially designed to heighten athletic performance. Today, many athletes get massages at training sites and arenas to establish blood flow and warm up their muscles before a sporting event or game.
· Increase flexibility. Massage can stimulate the production of the natural lubricants of the body, keeping its flexibility at a maximum. It works on the joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues to improve flexibility and range of motion. This keeps the joints more fluid and less prone to injury.
· Help with insomnia. Massage therapy can increase serotonin levels, naturally helping individuals to experience a good night’s sleep.
Massage therapy is fast becoming increasingly popular, as we are seeing a growing number of people realizing the powerful health benefits that it has to offer. Unlike conventional medications, messages have no short or long-term side effects. Aside from making you feel good; it can also improve your health and your quality of life.
June 14, 2019 by Stacy Stadnik
Over the years, chiropractic care has shown to help a wide range of health problems, particularly when it comes to pain management. When it comes to lower back pain, seeing a Doctor of Chiropractic – or a chiropractor – has proven to have its benefits. Read on as we discuss about what chiropractors do and how they can help patients resolve their seemingly never-ending complaints of lower back pain.
What Do Chiropractors Do Exactly?
Chiropractors use a series of treatments intended to adjust the joints of the spine and extremities to improve functional ability and relieve pain. This is generally referred to as spinal manipulative therapy, although there are many more methods of chiropractic treatment. A chiropractor customizes their treatment approach based on the unique needs of the patient. They use a traditional philosophy, starting with a less invasive, more natural therapy before moving on to more aggressive methods.
How Does Chiropractic Care Work?
Before making any kind of diagnosis or treatment plan, a chiropractor will first thoroughly examine the patient. One of the initial aspects that they will assess is the patient’s health history. They will investigate the characteristics of the pain and determine if any further diagnostic testing is needed to rule out potentially serious medical issues associated with lower back pain like tumors, fractures, infections and neurological disorders.
There are various reasons for lower back pain to occur. A chiropractor will consider these reasons to determine the most appropriate treatment approach. Aside from looking into health history, they will also do physical examination, along with neurological and orthopedic tests. They will test the patient’s reflexes, joints, muscles, sensory nerves and other areas of the body. For nonspecific lower back pain, although laboratory and imaging tests are not recommended, they might be necessary if there are indications of a critical underlying condition.
Treatment Plan for Lower Back Pain
A chiropractor looks into the conditions and symptoms of an illness and injury before classifying them on their severity and how long they will last. Symptoms are further divided into degrees of severity, which are mild, moderate and severe. When it comes to duration, pain can be referred as acute (persisting for less than 6 weeks), subacute (persisting from 6 to 12 weeks), chronic (persisting for at least 12 weeks), and recurrent (reoccurring sporadically or because the original injury was exacerbating).
For a patient suffering from acute or subacute lower back pain, a conventional chiropractic therapeutic trial is made up of 2 to 3 weekly sessions running between 2 to 4 weeks, with a total of up to 12 sessions per trial. This period of treatment is often enough to minimize some of the pain and symptoms, however, correcting a biomechanical spinal problem may take longer. Additional treatment may be needed to stabilize the problem to avoid or minimize back pain in the future.
Expectations from Chiropractic Care
Outcome measurements for chiropractic care are an important tool for chiropractors because these helps them determine if the treatment shows significant improvements. Some of the ways chiropractors measure the treatment outcomes include patient rating from a Numeric Pain Scale or a pain diagram to describe the character and location of the pain; looking for increases in daily living activities, like the ability to sleep, exercise and work; and testing functional capacity, like flexibility, strength, endurance and lifting ability.
Chiropractor care is non-drug and non-surgical in its approach, which is a preferred method for many patients who want a natural and minimally invasive approach to their back pain.
May 13, 2019 by Stacy Stadnik
Getting in an auto accident can be a very stressful event. From the injuries you may have sustained to the damage on your car, there can be a number questions you may be dealing with. “Do I call the police, or an ambulance?”, “Will my insurance cover this accident?”, “Am I able to go to work?”, or “Will this pain go away?” among many other questions.
Most people are not experts in what to do after an accident, nor are they able to make the best choices under the circumstances of a crash scene and the days to follow. Whether it is a significant whiplash injury, low level crash, side impact, (T-bone) or head on collision, it is wise to get your spine evaluated.
In the case of obvious fractures, loss of consciousness, lacerations, etc., being evaluated at the scene and having emergency care is always recommended. After special tests and imaging is performed or ruled out, seeking out a Chiropractor who is trained in treating trauma to the spine from auto accidents is the first step in recovering from your injuries. At Vitality Spine and Rehab, Dr. Stacy James Stadnik, has completed and Advanced Certification in Spinal Trauma from the Spinal Research Institute of San Diego. This training has taught Dr. Stadnik to recognize injuries and biomechanical dysfunction of the spine due to injuries from whiplash or side impact accidents. Dr. Stadnik is able to determine the extent of injuries sustained even in the event of low speed crashes, which are well documented to still cause significant injuries in some cases, (headaches, neck pain, numbness and tingling, low back pain/sciatic pain, or even fatigue).
Before you seek out a Chiropractor in Kent, Washington, make sure it is someone who specializes in spinal injuries due to trauma. Coordinating care with other providers in many cases is required to ensure optimal recovery and return the injured individual to their pre-injury status and return to all prior daily activities. If you have any questions about your accident and your possible injuries, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 253-867-2655 and set up a complimentary 15 minute consultation.