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Using TENS Unit for Home Care

Using TENS Unit for Home Care


Have you visited your chiropractic and had them attach an odd electric contraption to you? And then after some time attached to the machine, you felt better? There’s a good chance this was a TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) machine — a device utilized to help with acute and chronic pain.


Chiropractors and other holistic practitioners often use TENS units in their practices as a treatment in addition to traditional adjustments.


How Does a TENS Unit Work


A TENS machine attaches to the skin with electrodes to deliver electrical pulses into the muscles and body. These pulses help to block the message of pain that the body sends to the brain. If the brain isn’t receiving the messages from the body to feel pain — it can’t. A trained chiropractor can show you where to place the electrodes to best mitigate pain from that area.


In addition to blocking a pain response with electrical pulses, the TENS machine stimulates the production of endorphins. You may have heard of endorphins before — they’re the “feel good” hormones your body produces when put under certain stressors like aerobic exercise. For example, when people talk of “runner’s high,” they are usually referring to the flood of endorphins in the body after strenuous exercise.


The pulses the TENS machine sends into the body encourage production of endorphins. Those endorphins block the pain response in a similar way to morphine — without the dangerous and uncomfortable side effects that pain medication can cause.


Can I Use a TENS Unit at Home?


You don’t have to visit a chiropractor office to receive treatment from a TENS unit. TENS units are now developed in a variety of sizes and specs to accommodate home use — meaning you can feel relief from acute or chronic pain anytime you need it.


Worried you can’t afford it? A TENS device — unlike many other medical devices — has been adapted to be affordable for almost an income bracket. TENS units are available starting at as little as $32.


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Our team at Family & Sport Chiropractic is well-versed in using TENS units to treat acute and chronic pain. Please contact us to learn more about how you could use a TENS unit as part of your home care.

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Chiropractic Treatment for Ear Infections

Chiropractic Treatment for Chronic Ear Infections

Chiropractic Treatment for

Chronic Ear Infections

Chiropractic care is well known for treating skeletal and muscle issues, but chiropractic adjustments can be used to treat a wider range of problems. Ear infections are among those ailments. Chiropractic adjustments can be particularly helpful for children who tend to suffer from chronic ear infections. It’s an alternative to antibiotics and can help offer long term relief not available from pharmaceuticals.


Studies have shown serious promise in chiropractic care as a long-term treatment for chronic ear infections. In one study published in Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics, 80% of children — aged 5 years and under — didn’t experience another ear infection in the six months following their first adjustment. The children in the study were giving maintenance adjustments every four to six weeks to keep their bodies in alignment. The future of chiropractic care for ear infections is promising.


How Does Chiropractic Work for Chronic Ear Infections


On the surface, it may seem confusing that chiropractic care would be helpful for something like an ear infection — but there’s real science behind it. You can’t directly adjust the ear, but the entire body is a system that needs to be in balance to function properly. Things like ear infections can occur when the body is out of whack.


When the neck is out of alignment, it can put pressure on the Eustachian tube in the ear. The Eustachian tube is critical to the ear function, particularly for fluid drainage. With pressure from misalignment, fluid can collect in the ear leading to infections.


With a proper chiropractic program, the body can be moved back into alignment. When the fluid is able to drain properly from the Eustachian tube, it can relieve ear infections and help to prevent future infections — a life saver for sufferers of chronic ear infections.


If you or a loved one is suffering from chronic ear infections, please contact us to schedule a free consultation. We want to help you end the suffering with proper chiropractic care.

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Aromatherapy for Sunburn

Aromatherapy for Sunburn


The summer sun is a wonderful treat, but too much of a good thing will leave you with a nasty sunburn. It’s important to protect yourself with SPF — but if you end up with a burn this summer you don’t have to suffer. You can use aromatherapy — with essential oils — to heal faster and find some relief.


Here are 5 essential oils that are perfect aromatherapy for sunburn:


  1. Lavender. Lavender is an essential oil everyone should have in their cabinet. It has antifungal and antibacterial properties that are excellent for soothing a variety of skin conditions. For a sunburn, lavender can speed up the healing process of a sunburn.
  2. Sandalwood. When sandalwood essential oil is applied to the skin, it creates a cooling sensation that can be soothing for a hot sunburn.  Sandalwood also has anti-inflammatory properties that offers some skin relief.
  3. Chamomile. Just like chamomile tea calms the body for sleep, chamomile essential oil calms the skin. The oil has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that make it great for soothing and healing sunburns.
  4. Frankincense.  Frankincense is a powerful essential oil with a variety of benefits for skin. For sunburn it helps to reduce the instance of scarring.
  5. Peppermint. Peppermint oil is a great, soothing oil for sunburns. After applied directly to the skin, peppermint oil has an intense cooling sensation that feels awesome on hot skin.


Before applying any essential oils to the skin, mix with a carrier oil to dilute. Essential oils alone can be too intense and irritating to skin — especially for sensitive sunburnt skin. Many carrier oils have their own healing properties for a bonus. Try antibacterial coconut oil to avoid infection or extra soothing aloe vera for some relief.


Try experimenting with different combinations of essential oils to create your very own sunburn remedy. It will be a sweeter summer!

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Back to school- notebook and apple

Add Chiropractic Care to Your Back to School List

Add Chiropractic Care to Your

Back to School List


school supplies It’s that special time of the year, when summer is coming to an end and we all turn our attention to back to school shopping lists. Of course there will be notebooks, folders, and pencils, but there’s something else you should add — chiropractic care.


School is important in a child’s development — but certain things that come along with attending school can be hard on the body. Things like:


  • Sitting all day.  
  • Carrying a heavy backpack.
  • High-impact sports.


But there are ways to combat those daily stressors, with a little bit of preparation.


  1. Educate children on moving at their desk. Even if the teacher is opposed to the children leaving their seat, they can still do stretches at their desk that shouldn’t be a distraction to the classroom. When kids get home from school, discourage them from sitting more in front of the TV or computer. The less they sit at home, the less impact sitting all day at school will have on their well being.
  2. Find the proper backpack. Do your research to find a backpack that has ergonomic straps and durable material. Lessen the load in anyway possible so the weight isn’t too much for your child. If you’re child leans forward while wearing the backpack, it’s too heavy. Help them adjust straps and the bag so the weight is distributed properly.
  3. Schedule chiropractic adjustments. We don’t always consider chiropractic care for our children, but at Family & Sport Chiropractic it is one of our main goals to treat the entire family. If sitting, backpacks, or injury have your child in pain — schedule a chiropractic appointment immediately. You can also talk to your chiropractor about a preventative plan that will keep your child in alignment — before school causes them pain.

If you want to learn more about starting chiropractic care for your child, please feel free to contact us. We will help you get back to school in a healthy way!

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5 Stretches You Can Do at Your Desk

5 Stretches You Can Do at Your Desk


Can you count yourself among the 86% of Americans with a job that requires you to sit at a desk all day? We feel your pain — in the neck, shoulders, back, legs, and hands. Increasingly, studies are showing us the risks of sitting all day at a desk — poor posture, increased cardiovascular risk, diabetes, and even a lowered life expectancy.


But what is a person to do? If you’re job requires that you sit at a desk for 8 hours a day, how can you avoid some of the side effects?


Even if you are confined to your cubicle for the majority of the day, adding in simple breaks for movement and stretching can help. Set a timer to stand up at least once an hour (even if you’re not able to walk around) and stretch your muscles. Your body will thank you!


Even if you can’t get out of your chair during the workday, making an effort to move more and stretch the muscles strained by sitting, it will help combat some of the stress of sitting.


To help you get started, we’ve pulled together five stretches you can do at your desk.

  1. Neck rolls. One of the biggest complaints from desk job workers is neck pain. Bending over a computer for hours at a time can become a literally pain in the neck. To keep muscles loose, perform these motions:
    1. Look down at the ground. Hold for 5 seconds.
    2. Look up at the ceiling. Hold for 5 seconds.
    3. Look over your left shoulder. Hold for 5 seconds. Repeat on the right shoulder.
    4. Place your left ear to your left shoulder. Roll the chin along the chest until you right ear meets your right shoulder. It’s ok if you can’t touch your ear to your shoulder, just move the neck until you feel a stretch. Roll back and forth from each shoulder five times.
  2. Cat-Cowl Stretch. If you’ve practised yoga, this move will be familiar to you. If not, don’t fret, cat-cowl is super easy and feels fantastic.
    1. Sit at the edge of your chair with feet flat on the floor.
    2. Place your hands on your knees.
    3. On an inhale, arch the back and look up at the ceiling.
    4. On the exhale, round the spine and drop the head forward.
    5. Repeat 5 times or until your feel your back relax.
  3. Figure four stretch. Sitting all day isn’t only hard on your back, your legs and hips can get tight too. The figure four is a great stretch to release some of the tension.
    1. Sit at the edge of your chair with both feet flat on the floor.
    2. Lift your right foot and place it on top of your left thigh.
    3. With your foot flexed, lean forward until you feel the stretch in your hip and right leg. Hold for at least 5 seconds.
    4. Repeat on left side.
  4. Spinal twist. When seated as a desk, our motion is very limited. Incorporating a spinal twist in your stretches wakes up the entire body and will improve your range of motion outside the office. Plus, it feels great.
    1. Sit up as straight as you can on the front of your chair, with both feet flat on the floor.
    2. Turn right towards the back of your chair until you can grab the back of the chair with your right hand. Use the back of the chair as leverage to stretch and twist the back. Remember to keep elevated posture, even while twisting. No slouching!
    3. Repeat on left side.
  5. Wrist stretch. If you do a lot of typing or repetitive motion with your hand, there’s a good chance you’ve experience carpal tunnel pain. Stretching the wrists can help alleviate some of this discomfort — and help you avoid permanent injury.
    1. Stand up, facing your desk.
    2. On the edge of the, place both hands flat so that the inside of your wrists are facing the computer and your fingers are facing you.
    3. Lean away from the desk. Try to keep your arms straight and your hand flat on the desk. Hold for at least 5 seconds. Repeat if desired.


Try incorporating these stretches — or others that you like — into your workday. It’s the best way to sneak in a little self-care in your workday. If you would like to learn more, or have sitting related problems you want help on, please feel free to contact us or schedule a free consultation today!

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Health Super Team: Why Chiropractic & Massage Go Together

Health Super Team: Why Chiropractic & Massage Go Together


You may have noticed that many chiropractic care providers, including Family & Sport Chiropractic, offer massage therapy in addition to traditional chiropractic adjustments. This relationship is not coincidence, but rather a pairing of two complementary modalities that support the body’s health in a holistic way.


So why do chiropractic and massage go together so well?


One of the fundamental principles for both massage and chiropractic care is to treat the body holistically.  The human body is a series of systems that are all interconnected and dependent on each other. Chiropractic care helps to keep the skeletal system — most importantly the spine — in proper alignment. When the skeletal system is optimally aligned, it helps muscles and ligaments function properly to alleviate pain and reduce injury.


Massage therapy helps to train those muscles to function at their optimum levels. Massage also helps aid the circulatory and lymph systems in healing the body and removing waste. Strong, healthy muscles — supported by massage therapy — help to hold the skeletal system in alignment.


In short, if one thing is off — a tight muscle, a curved spine, etc — it can affect multiple systems in the body. Combining chiropractic adjustments with massage therapy ensures that the whole body is accounted for in a treatment plan.


By pairing chiropractic adjustments with massage therapy, the road to recovery and wellness can be much quicker than using either modality alone. If you’re interested in learning more about the teamwork of chiropractic and massage, please visit our website and/or book a free consultation today.


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Benefits of Kinesio Tape

If you’ve participated in any competitive or recreational race in recent years, there’s a good chance you’ve spotted brightly colored tape on runners’ legs, knees, and feet. What you’re witnessing — if you haven’t already tried it yourself — is Kinesio tape.


Kinesio tape is a flexible athletic tape used to support muscles and the body to relieve pain from injury or overuse. It’s an effective, easy, and affordable way to treat ailments that come from running. This form of athletic tape was developed by Kenzo Kase in the mid-1970s as an alternative to the tapes available at the time. The tape available at that time was aimed towards completely immobilizing the joint — a tactic that’s effective in certain situations, but isn’t helpful for still active runners. Kase was interested in finding a tape that worked more in-line with the body’s natural movement while still accelerating the healing process.


The result was Kinesio tape — a product that mimics the human body’s natural skin. When applied properly, Kinesio tape microscopically lifts the skin to improve circulation and lymph flow to the affected area — reducing pain and speeding healing.


It’s possible to treat a wide variety of running-related ailments and annoyances with Kinesio tape including:


  • IT Band
  • Shin Splints
  • Hamstring Strain
  • Knee Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis


The only thing you need to know to use Kinesio tape is how to properly position the tape for your particular needs. Once you get the hang of it, the tape can be a great item in your running toolbox!


Want to learn more? Runner’s World has some great video tutorials of how to apply the tape for a variety of common runners’ ailments. We can also help! Contact us today for a free consultation and our skilled staff can show you exactly how to apply Kinesio tape for your needs.

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Non-Surgery Treatment Options for Frozen Shoulder

Non-Surgery Treatment Options for Frozen Shoulder


As we move further into spring, the last thing you want is more cold. If you’re suffering from a frozen shoulder, there’s no need to suffer — no matter the season. We can help!


Adhesive capsulitisso-called “frozen shoulder” — is a common condition where the shoulder is stiff and sore to the point of limiting motion or “freezing” the shoulder into place. It’s a painful, uncomfortable, annoying condition that often comes after an injury or can be caused from complications from diseases like diabetes or a stroke.


If you’re experiencing frozen shoulder, the good news is that it can usually be treated without surgery or strong prescription drugs. Here’s a few ways to treat frozen shoulder:


  1. Physical Therapy. A lot of times frozen shoulder is a result of NOT moving the joint properly for an amount of time. That’s one reason why chronic disease sufferers are prone to frozen shoulder — the disease causes a slowdown in mobility. Partnering with a physical therapist can give sufferers the tools to treat frozen shoulder with exercise. Stretching and strength exercises have been shown to be effective in treating the condition.
  2. Chiropractic Care. Studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments can be very effective in treating frozen shoulder. In one such study, nearly all participants reported an improvement in frozen shoulder symptoms after receiving chiropractic care. More than a quarter reported 100% improvement after the course of treatment.
  3. Massage. As with other methods of treatment, massage can be an effective way to regain mobility in a stiff shoulder. It increases blood flow and reduces inflammation so the body can move with less or no pain.
  4. Anti-Inflammatories. As with so many painful conditions, frozen shoulder stems from inflammation in the joint. Taking anti-inflammatory drugs — like ibuprofen or naproxen — can help ease some of the symptoms. Typically, anti-inflammatory drugs will not cure the condition on their own, but it can be one tool to treat frozen shoulder.


As a quick Internet search will show you, frozen shoulder can take time to heal completely, but you don’t have to suffer in pain alone. Contact us today to get a free consultation and we can start you on the right treatment plan to reduce your pain and recover as quickly as possible.

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Couch to 5k

So you’ve decided to embark on a couch to 5k program? Congrats! We’re proud of you for pursuing fitness goals! Now, let us help you achieve your couch to 5k goals with the power of chiropractic care.


Whenever you approach a new sport or fitness challenge — like running a 5k — you’re likely to run into some muscle soreness and other challenges. Chiropractic treatments can help ease some of the challenges and reduce your risk of injury. Injury can be a huge deterrent to new runners — and we don’t want you to get discouraged.


At Family and Sport Chiropractic, we are specially trained in chiropractic care for sports. Common ailments and injuries that affect runners include:


  • Runner’s Knee
  • Shin Splints
  • Stress Fractures
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Muscle Strain
  • Ankle Sprain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • IT Band Syndrome


When you’re just starting running — like with a couch to 5k program — risk for injury and pain can be higher as your body adjusts to the sport. Nearly every person has some sort of imbalance in their stride — which leads to muscle strain, joint stiffness, and potential injury. Regular chiropractic adjustments help put the body in optimum alignment which can aid your running with:


  • Improved coordination
  • Increased balance
  • Stronger muscles
  • Better reaction time
  • Reduced risk of injury
  • Lessen pain or soreness


In addition to making running more comfortable and injury free, regular chiropractic care can actually improve your 5k time. When your body is balanced, it runs smoother and faster!


If you’re starting — or thinking about starting — a couch to 5k program, please schedule a free consultation with us at Family and Sport Chiropractic. We can set up a plan of action to help you succeed with chiropractic care as a main component.  

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Massage for Cyclists

At Family and Sport Chiropractic, one of our main goals is to help athletes and fitness enthusiasts improve in their sport of choice. As we move into summer months, helping cyclists with massage moves to the top of our list. Massage targeted towards the sport of cycling can significantly improve performance, ease pain, and reduce the risk of injury.


There are three main ways we deliver a sports massage to help you maximize your cycling:


  1. Pre-event. A pre-event massage is typically delivered on-site at a cycling event. It helps get muscles relaxed and circulation flowing to help improve the performance of the cycling event. This type of massage is fast-paced and stimulating — to get you pumped for the race!
  2. Post-event. A nice massage immediately after an event can be a cyclist’s dream. Post-event massages are also typically delivered on the event site, but are more relaxed than the pre-event massage. Having a massage post-event helps a cyclist recover quicker by aiding in the release of toxins that can build up in the body during strenuous exercise like cycling. It can reduce post-event soreness and help cyclists get back to training sooner. Post-event massage can be a tool to improve performance in the next event dramatically.
  3. Injury treatment. If you have the unfortunate experience of a cycling-related injury, massage can help you heal. Common injuries among cyclists include knee pain, tendonitis, lower back pain, neck strain, and muscle sprains. Sports-trained massage therapists can strategically treat any cycling injury and get you back on the road to recovery quicker.


If you’re interested in using massage as part of your cycling, we have sports-trained massage therapists ready. Prepare or recover from RAGBAI or one of the many other great cycling events our state hosts. Schedule a consultation today!

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