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Stiff Neck Treatment

Wake up with a stiff neck lately?

When was the last time you woke up with a stiff neck?  It’s a horrible feeling – your neck is stiff, painful and your head feels heavy.  From personal experience I know that sometimes I know what I did to aggravate my neck but many times I have no idea what I did to cause my neck pain and stiffness.

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Rotator Cuff Tear

Understanding Rotator Cuff Tear Injuries

Shoulder injuries involving a rotator cuff tear are common in my San Diego chiropractic office, this is because these muscles are small and easily strained (strain means that some fibers have torn).  Sports injuries work injuries and auto accidents commonly cause strains in the rotator cuff muscles.

The muscles of the rotator cuff coordinate rotational movements of the shoulder.  There are four rotator cuff muscles as follows: supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and the subscapularis.  The supraspinatus works to lift your arm off the site of your body and it is the most frequently injured of the rotator cuff muscles.  The infraspinatus and teres minor both externally rotate your shoulder.  Finally, the subscapularis works to internally rotate your shoulder.

Although the supraspinatus is the most frequently injured rotator cuff muscle, a strain of any of these muscles can cause shoulder pain and significant range of motion loss in the affected shoulder.

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Best Neck Stretches

Best Neck Stretches for Decreasing Stress

The best neck stretches for decreasing stress are the ones that can be done conveniently.  So long as stretches can be done without causing pain they can be effective in reducing stress and, sometimes, pain.  Stretching has always been an important part of my patient’s treatments at my San Diego chiropractic clinic.  It is no surprise that when my patients stretch, they get better faster and have less of a chance of developing a similar problem in the future.  Since we spend so much time with computers and other devices that stress our necks, it only makes sense that doing neck stretches on a regular basis would be beneficial.

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Three Simple Sciatica Stretches

Simple Sciatica Stretches to Relieve Leg Pain

There are a handful of issues that cause sciatica, that being said, sciatica stretches will help most of them regardless of the cause.  While sciatica can be due to a herniated disc in the lower back, most cases of sciatica are caused by tight muscles and irritated or inflamed joints.  Although sciatica caused by a herniated disc represents  a more severe medical condition, even these cases of sciatica usually benefit from the right sciatica stretches.  I have had great success in treating sciatica patients with chiropractic care but the patients who stretch in addition to the treatment that they receive in my office do better than those that don’t stretch.

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Knee Pain Treatments at Home from San Diego Chiropractor

Effective At Home Knee Pain Treatments

Knee pain can be debilitating.  Thankfully, knee pain treatments at home can be very effective.  Since knees are weight bearing joints, they are exposed to lots of stress.  Stress on weight bearing joints causes irritation, inflammation and pain.  The knee joint is made up of bone, cartilage, ligaments and tendons – all of which can be injured and become a source of pain.  That being said, there are many causes of knee pain that are simply do to superficial tissues that have become irritated an inflamed.  If you can cause an increase in your knee pain simply by pushing on the outside of the joint with your thumbs or fingers, then chances are that your pain is minor in nature. Continue reading “Knee Pain Treatments at Home from San Diego Chiropractor”

Neck Pain Management – A Healthy Approach

Neck Pain Management Has Come A Long Way!

Pain management means different things to different people.  Pain management strategies are dependent on the type of patient and the type of doctor.   Many older Americans think of pain management as drugs or medications while most of those under 50 years of age tend to be more proactive with their efforts to control pain.  Obviously some people have no choice but to medicate for their neck pain but in many cases natural methods, including chiropractic care, can be effective as well. Continue reading “Neck Pain Management – A Healthy Approach”

Three Easy Posture Fixes

Posture Fixes In Three Easy Steps

Posture fixes are necessary for most people who have neck and upper back pain and tension.  Bad posture is hard to avoid.  Smart phones, computers, lap tops, kindles and other electronic devices force us into unhealthy postures that stress the neck and upper back between the shoulders causing pain, stiffness and headaches.  Chiropractic care helps most people to reduce the muscle tension that comes with postural stress but it also takes some work on the patient’s part to make lasting improvements.  Patients that I treat for pain that originates from bad posture need to be proactive in their efforts to reduce their stress.  Continue reading “Three Easy Posture Fixes”

Three Easy Lower Back Stretches

Lower Back Pain Relief Stretches Watching TV

We are all guilty of not doing enough lower back stretches (well, at least most of us don’t stretch enough!).  I have found that if I give the patients of my San Diego chiropractic clinic stretches that are easy and convenient that there is a much better chance that they will actually do them.  Stretches help us maintain our flexibility but even more importantly they help us avoid injuries.  The bottom line is that my patients who stretch on a regular basis are healthier than those who don’t.   That being said, here are a few “television stretches” that I like to give to my patients that help them “limber up” while they are watching the tube.

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Migraine Headache Home Treatments

A Migraine Headache can make you miserable! Thankfully, I have only suffered through a handful of these headaches but I have patients in my San Diego Chiropractic clinic that experience them regularly. Although chiropractic treatment helps patients deal with migraine headaches, there are effective home based treatments / strategies for controlling them as well. I have always thought that if you suffer from a chronic condition that you should do your best to find natural solutions that you can implement even if they only serve to make other migraine headache treatments more effective.

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Plantar Fasciitis | Chiropractor San Diego Mission Valley

Plantar fasciitis (PF) is as difficult to live with as it is to treat.  Anyone who has felt the pain of plantar fasciitis knows how debilitating it can be.  Effective treatment needs to be done daily – the good news is that most of that treatment can be done at home.   In most of the cases of plantar fasciitis that I have seen in my San Diego chiropractic office the pain associated with this condition comes from a number of different areas that include muscles in the calf as well as the plantar fascia itself.

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