HOW CHIROPRACTIC CARE AND MASSAGE THERAPY COMPLIMENT EACH OTHER

Chiropractic and massage therapy work very well together, that is why we have Ryan & Dacia two great massage therapist working here. As Chiropractors we specialize on the spine but we adjust extremities as well. The rationale for focusing on the spine is that it’s the foundational piece of allowing your nervous system to work as well as it can.

When someone comes into our office complaining of back pain due to muscle spasm, where they feel it’s “just a muscle problem,” it’s not just a muscle problem. The spine works with the muscles and nerves to create these symptoms you’re experiencing. The chiropractic doctor will find the area of the spine that’s misaligned, stuck, or both and restore its normal movement and position via a chiropractic adjustment. Once the vertebra moves back into place, the nerve will start functioning better and the surrounding muscles will relax.

In some cases, though, the muscles need a little extra help to speed the recovery process. By having a massage therapist go in and work on the muscles, they will tend to relax further and longer, allowing the adjustment to hold its place longer. The longer the vertebra is able to maintain its normal position and functioning, the better for the patient’s healing and pain levels.

Some patients ask whether or not they should get the massage before or after the chiropractic adjustment, but I’ve not seen that it makes a major difference either way. In theory, if you got the massage before the adjustment, you’d be more relaxed for the adjustment and be able to get a better adjustment on that visit. I have recommended a pre-adjustment massage a few times for patients that are just so rigid that we’re having difficulty getting anything to move, but this is rare.

The post-adjustment massage can help the muscles relax further and allow the adjustment to last longer, but this is just the theory. I don’t believe any studies on this exist, but patients have reported back to me that this is their preferred timeline for getting their massage/adjustment combination.

Massage, chiropractic care, drinking water, eating right, exercise… are all good things for you and all good things that need to be done consistently to get the best results. A massage before or after and adjustment is less important than how often you’re getting that adjustment and how consistently you get a massage. Chiropractic and massage therapy are both beneficial to your long term physical and mental health and can work well as complementary treatments.

Ultrasound Therapy for Auto Accident Injuries

Car accidents are inevitable, despite all precautionary measures taken, especially in places where harsh climate conditions have an impact on factors such as road conditions and visibility. Likewise, injuries out of such accidents are inevitable as well, which leaves us with the question as to what the best method should be, to deal with auto accident injuries. One suggestion that pops up into minds is using Ultrasound Therapy as a means of curing injuries caused by car accidents. Point to be noted here is that the most appropriate therapy depends on the nature of injuries, nevertheless, ultrasound therapy can prove to be comforting for a lot of patients, especially those with muscle and joint injuries.

Over the years, the idea of therapeutic Ultrasound has proved to be nothing short of a miracle for people suffering from muscle or joint related injuries following an accident or otherwise. Nature of Muscle and Joint Injuries Patients who can benefit from ultra sound therapy suffer from muscle and joint related issues such as those caused by strain or a muscle tear such as a pulled hamstring. More specific to the notion of car accidents, ultrasound therapy can be used on patients who suffer from car injuries such as the whiplash.

Common Automobile Accident Injuries

While the nature of damage varies, certain injuries remain common to most automobile accident. The first such injury is known as the blunt force trauma to the chest mainly occurring because of an abrupt halting of the vehicle resulting in the chest hitting the steering wheel. Back injuries are also common and leave people with spinal cord problems and frequent back and neck pains. Additionally, arm and leg injuries are also frequent, and most people suffer with damaged bones caused by an automobile accident.

How Ultrasound Therapy Works

The main process of using ultrasound therapy for injuries related to auto accidents is based on exposing the affected muscle and/ or joint to high frequency sound waves. This exposure leads stimulation in the tissue below the skin. What this ultimately does is break down possible adhesions in the affected area while at the same time increase blood flow through the affected area which helps in speeding up the healing process. Additionally, ultrasound therapy can also help when it comes to reducing swelling and can also increase the effectiveness of topical medication applied to the skin by increasing delivery of the medication to the injury via phonophoresis; perfect for people scared of injections.

The nature of the treatment, say for example the frequency as well as the number of sessions, varies from patient to patient wherein an important determinant of the right kind of dosage is the nature of the injury, the severity and the area for example. Additionally, ultrasound therapy can also be used in combination with methods such as chiropractic manipulation or physical therapy for the best results. For this purpose, it is extremely important that when considering this treatment as an option and seek medical advice from an expert to ensure that you get the best treatment which shows positive results.

As per reviews by people who have experimented with this mode of treatment, ultrasound therapy is soothing for many and comes as a welcomed relief. The gel that is used for conducting the entire process is added with Biofreeze to facilitate the patient’s comfort and most patient’s report a pleasant sensation under the skin as an ultra sound is carried out.

Benefits of Ultrasound Therapy

Some benefits of ultrasound therapy include:
• Faster healing
• Effective in dealing with calcium deposition
• Improved metabolism
• Improved blood flow
• Aids the process of healing by minimizing irritation
• Takes care of nerve root irritation

June is National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month

Seven out of every ten Americans will have a headache this year.  What causes headaches? What can you do to minimize the pain or even eliminate the cause? 

Primary Headaches are not related to an underlying disease process such as stroke, cancer, drug reactions, etc.  There are three main types: Migraine, Tension, and Cluster.  Secondary Headaches are caused by life-threatening and non-life-threatening underlying diseases.  Secondary Headaches include infections, tumors, vascular (including aneurysm), drug-induced, or idiopathic (cause unknown).  

Headaches are not the result of an aspirin shortage in the body!
A recent report on headaches reported that collectively in the United States alone, we consume 3.8 tons of aspirin each year at a cost of over $100,000,000Can headaches be treated or managed without drugs?  For most people the answer is yes.  Many people find relief from headaches, even migraines, through chiropractic care.  Up to 50% of headaches may have a portion of their origin in the neck.  Neck-based headaches are technically called cervicogenic.  By manipulating the tissues and bones of the neck, doctors of chiropractic can decrease irritation to tissues that cause headaches and the effect is powerful enough to rival or even out-perform many medications, without medication-induced Rebound Headaches.  

A 1995 study compared neck adjustments as commonly performed by doctors of chiropractic to the drug Amitriptyline, a pill used to treat headache as well as depression. The study concluded that not only were neck adjustments an effective treatment for tension headaches, but the effects tended to last longer and decreased need for over-the-counter medication.

Remember Chiropractic First, Drugs Second, and Surgery is always the last resort.

Christmas and Chiropractic

Christmas is a busy time of year with many extra things to do, extra demands on your time. Your body comes under extra stress and pressure. People feel loss more at this time of year and getting an extended family together can be an occasion for anxiety and friction. As families splinter in pursuit of travel, education and career, the opportunities for families to get together regularly are, on average, dwindling and the pressure to enjoy each other’s company on the rare occasions when families do re-unite, can cause extra stress.

We have discussed what happens to the body during times of stress – it affects the nervous system. The nervous system is responsible for coordinating every cell, tissue, muscle, gland, organ and system in the entire body. Who cares for the nervous system?? Your Chiropractor does! Make sure you don’t neglect your spinal adjustments at this time of year – it will help you to have a Happy, Healthy Christmas and New Year – but please use the front door – not the chimney!!

Fall Into Better Health With Chiropractic

Fall is my favorite season of the year, for many reasons (one being cooler weather). However, our health tends to be put on the back burner when the colder weather begins; combine that with the stress that the upcoming holidays can bring and we have hurricane season. With that in mind, here are 6 ways to stay motivated and maintain your health routine this fall.
• Set Goals and Limits – If goals are excessively restrictive or vague, you will be less likely to rise to the challenge. Establish clear nutrition and health goals (dessert two times a week; a half-hour walk five times a week, etc.). Consistency is key to success with anything in life but especially when it comes to your health.
• Your Daily Game Plan – Make your daily routine habitual and try to keep things at the same time each day. Keep up with your workouts and chiropractic adjustments, and develop a consistent routine for healthy eating. Once you experience how great your body is designed to feel and function – you will feel sluggish and unsettled if you start missing your adjustments, workouts or eating unhealthy – which in itself is a strong incentive to get back on track.
• Fall Superfoods – Eating seasonal fruits and veggies ensures your produce will be less expensive, more nutritious & definitely taste better – which in turn means you’ll be likely to eat more of these healthy foods. Summer may be ending, but with fall superfoods like pumpkins, apples and Brussels sprouts ripening now, eating in season can be just as healthy now.
• Boost Your Immune System – Unfortunately for some, back to school time can also mean getting sick time. To help avoid that this fall, be sure to follow these simple tips: limit your sugar intake, eat simply and nutritiously, get regular adjustments, and boost up your supplements we sell Nutri-West supplements in our office.
• Stay Hydrated – This is an easy one to follow in the summer, but come fall, you may not feel as parched. However, staying hydrated is still crucial to keeping your body running at its best.
• Keep Moving in the Cold – You don’t have to go outside to move more throughout the work day. Try fashioning a DIY standing desk or workstation, take meetings on the go or simply do a few laps around the office when you can as the weather cools.

How You Can Help Improve Your Back Health

While one of our primary goals for all of our Triangle Spine Center patients is to give you the best musculoskeletal health possible, the reality is that we can only do so much in the few minutes a week that we see you. This means that a bulk of the responsibility falls back on you and the behaviors you do or do not engage in that can ultimately affect your back health.

What types of behaviors?

• Paying attention to your posture. When you walk, stand, or sit with poor posture, you’re not only fatiguing your muscles as they work to keep you upright, but you also limit your mobility as your discs and joints fall out of line. One way to break this habit is to put a sticky note someplace where you will see it often, reminding you to sit or stand.
• Taking your vitamins. Certain vitamins and minerals can help improve the strength and stability of your spine. These include vitamin D and calcium; the two nutrients that help support your bones.
• Drinking enough water. When you’re born, your spinal discs are comprised of 80% water. This enables them to work as they should. Therefore, in order to keep them operating at maximum function, you want to make sure you drink enough water.
• Getting more active. If you tend to spend a lot of time sitting, you may notice the effects in your back due to the inactivity. Of course, the way to remedy this is to simply get more physical activity. Even if it’s not a standard exercise program, anything you can do to move around more can help.

All of these things, in addition to regular chiropractic treatments, can help you improve the health of your back. If you want more ideas, just ask us the next time you’re in our office! We’d love to help you get and stay back pain-free!

Arthritis & Chiropractic


The word Arthritis paints a picture in most people’s mind of an older person who is hobbling around and suffering from joint pain. It would more than likely surprise you to learn that Arthritis can affect you at any age. For many suffering with Arthritis, chiropractic care may be able to help to your joint pain behind you once and for all. The chiropractors at Triangle Spine Center have the expertise to identify and treat your Arthritis condition. They will take the time with you to explain to you the cause and help reduce the symptoms while helping to improve your overall health.

Spring & Chiropractic

Spring & Chiropractic

Now that the colder days of winter have pasted us by, it’s time to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Sports can give you the much needed exercise that your body craves but after a winter off getting back into your activities may place a new strain on your body. A beautiful lawn and landscaping can give you enjoyment but also a new backache as well. If you are having any new aches or pains after getting more active during this spring please give us a call to discuss your treatment options. Most new injuries can be helped in one or two treatments if we can work on them soon enough. Stay active and healthy with regular chiropractic treatments.

Choosing a Great Chiropractor to Relieve Your Hip Pain

 

Here at Triangle Spine Center, we are focused on providing information and treatment that will improve you life and personal wellbeing. Whether you are a resident of Brier Creek or the greater Triangle area, we are here to help by providing tips on providing a great chiropractor to relieve your hip pain. If hip pain is a part of your everyday life, you can change this. Life doesn’t have to be a painful experience. In order to feel better, you’re going to have to put in the effort to find a skilled chiropractor in your area. Chiropractors are skilled at helping people with hip pain, as well as other disorders involving the spine, muscles and joints. Not every chiropractor, though, has the kind of ability you can count on. For that reason, you need to find the ones that stand out from the crowd. To choose the best chiropractor to ease your hip pain, stick to the following rules.

 

Pursue chiropractic care to reduce your hip pain

Pursue chiropractic care to reduce your hip pain

Always Visit the Office: Before choosing a chiropractor to treat your hip pain, you should always pay a preliminary visit to their place of business. You may begin your query by calling a chiropractic office, but remember that this is only a first step, as it doesn’t tell you important things about the office, staff or the chiropractor himself. You can tell a lot about how a business is run just by walking through the front doors and that’s why it’s so important to visit every single chiropractor’s office you can so that you can gauge which specialist is the right one for you. Here at Triangle Spine Center, new patients will also get a free thirty minute massage once you have scheduled your first appointment.

Seek Out Other Patients: If you can find some of the chiropractor’s prior patients, you can learn a lot about how effective he or she is at treating hip pain. You cannot, however, expect a chiropractor to hand over to you the contact information of other patients. Many of our patients have commented on Facebook and would love to share about their experience at Triangle Spine Center. Other patients can be reached at Twitter along with a wealth of information regarding chiropractic care.

This will therefore take some creativity on your part. You can ask people on an online forum or social networking site about a chiropractor, or you can talk to people in their waiting room. When you speak to previous and even current patients, you can get a great idea of how that particular chiropractor works, and if he’s good at relieving hip pain.

Visit Your Doctor: Even if you aren’t seeking your doctor’s medical advice in this instance, he or she may be able to refer you to a good chiropractor. Oftentimes doctors will refer patients to chiropractors’ offices and so you should see if your doctor has ever done that for one of his patients. The name of a great chiropractor might be in your doctor’s Rolodex. You could also expect a recommendation you could trust from your own doctor. So it’s a good idea to visit your doctor when you have hip pain, even if a chiropractor is your ultimate destination.

There are many chiropractors in the world but not all of them are created equal. Your search for a chiropractor who can successfully treat your hip pain will be much easier if you keep all these suggestions in mind. Here are Triangle Spine Center we pride ourselves on not only serving you with the upmost professionalism, but providing care and treatment that will better your life and relieve your hip pain.

 

The Numerous Benefits of a Chiropractor

 

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