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Kinesio or Rock Tape? Does it work?

Kinesio Tape or Rock Tape? What does it do?

We use Rock tape in clinic to help assist during the recovery process. When we put the tape on we put 25-50% tension on the tape and then lay it down over the injured area. The tension on the tape helps lift the skin away from the muscle, which helps reduce swelling and make the injured area feel more supported. It is always great to put on the back to improve posture by making the body more aware to sit up straight!

Kinesio or Rock Tape can be used on many injuries:

-Shoulder pain or tendonitis

-Runners or Jumper’s Knee

-Muscle strains

-Ankle sprains

-IT band syndrome

-Plantar Fasciitis

-Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow

-Back or Neck pain

 

These taping methods are only short term solutions and assist in the recovery of an injury. If you are experiencing continued pain, I recommend reaching out to a medical professional to address a more serious issue!

 

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Regional Interdependence.. What is it?

I am going to throw a big word at you guys today: Regional Interdependence.

What is it? Lets talk for a minute..

Have you ever hurt somewhere, or injured yourself and wondered why it happened?

The body is very complicated and for a lot of injuries there are usually multiple reasons why you are hurting somewhere. You may be experiencing pain in your forearm, wrist or shoulder and it could be because of your neck. Also if you have hip pain your low back or knee could be contributing. Also, the position of your foot could lead to back pain when running.

We are complex creatures and move in many different directions. Imbalances in muscle strength, flexibility, and prolonged postures can lead to injuries in other areas that may be compensating for these imbalances.

For example, if you have weak hips or inflexible hips when running this can lead to knee problems or back problems. Also, poor back posture can lead to tight calves or foot pain.

If you have questions about something you are experiencing right now, please message me. I would love to chat!

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Cervical Spine Treatment: Part 3

Part 3 of the Neck or Cervical Spine: Treatment

There are many effective treatments if you have problems with your neck.

-General Exercise

-Improving posture

-Strengthening neck muscles in the front and back of your neck

– Nerve glides (If you have pain in your arm coming from your neck)

-Dry needling or hands on treatment.

In this portion we will go over one of the treatment techniques and how it is effective, and will go over specific exercises in a later post. For treating neck pain and headaches dry needling can be used. When you stick a needle into tissue it triggers the brain to say there is something wrong so the body works to send healing properties to that area. These properties being increased blood flow, blocking the pain signals that go the brain, and reducing inflammation. Here is an example of dry needling looks like for neck pain and headaches.

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The Neck: Part 2

The Neck: Part 2

The neck is made up of 7 spine or vertebrae and each of these vertebrae have facet joints on the top and bottom of them that connect to one another. When you move your head your facet joints glide and slide back and forth which allows you to look up, down, turn to look in your blind spot, etc.

When the facet joints in your spine are not sliding and gliding like they should they can lead to a few things. Pain in your neck, tightness in your muscles, headaches, or irritation or inflammation of a nerve that can cause numbness, tingling, or other sensations in your arm(s).

If a facet joint is stiff or inflamed it can often keep you from finding a comfortable position at night, headaches that make it difficult to concentrate, inability to turn your head to look in your blind spot, or constant tension and stress in your neck or shoulders.

How does a facet joint become stiff or inflamed?
Previous injury or car accident, age over time, physical inactivity, prolonged forward head posture (see previous post).

Please post comments or further questions below!

 

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Forward Head Posture

Part I: Forward head posture… What is it, what can it lead to?

As you can see in the picture the neck is tilted or rounded forward. Normally the line of the neck should be more in line with the upper back. But what does this all mean, and how does it pertain to you? If you are sitting in this position for prolonged periods of time it can lead to multiple issues. Anything from neck pain, headaches, tight shoulders, difficulty sleeping at night, or difficulty looking in your blind spot when you drive. Eventually this posture can lead to compression of the nerves in your neck which run down your arms, and can cause numbness, tingling, burning, or even upper body weakness.

Be on the look for Part 2 of the post for the Anatomy of the neck, nerve compression, and disc issues. Part 3 coming soon after!

 

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My Chick-Fila Customer Service

I went to Chickfila in Hamilton Mill recently and I was blown away at their customer service….

When I pulled up in the drive through they had an employee standing in the rain taking orders. She presented the menu to me and answered any questions I had. Then when I pulled around to the side a young lady was standing outside in the rain and cold as well, and she said “Are you Andrew?” and I replied yes, and she confirmed my order once again.

I then pulled up to the pick-up window and was greeted kindly by the lady at the window who asked me how I was doing today, and always addressed me by my name. Before I pulled away she said “Thank you and have a good day” and the famous “It is my pleasure.”

The moral of the story is that they made me feel special, and like I mattered to them. No matter what line of work you are in.. any customers, clients, or patients you have.. Try doing this.. Make that person feel special, valuable and like they matter to you. Even in every day situations. I think the world would be a much better place.

The Rotator Cuff.. What is it?

Lets talk about the rotator cuff (aka: rotary cup or rotator cup)

The rotator cuff is comprised of 4 muscles that attach to different points on the shoulder blade and insert into the humerus (or your arm bone). The job of the rotator cuff is to lift your arm in many different directions (overhead, out to the side, and behind your back).  When you lift your arm over your head the rotator cuff if functioning properly actually pulls down the humerus to avoid hitting a bone called the acromion (the bone on the outside of your shoulder).   If your rotator cuff is torn, or you have tendonitis then you will most likely experience pain and/or weakness.  Also you will have difficulty lifting your arm over your head, out to the side, or behind your back.

The four muscles of the rotator cuff are the suprapsinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis. The supraspinatus is the most common rotator cuff tendon that is torn.

Your shoulder blade and humerus (arm bone) work at the same time to lift your arm over your head. If there is a dysfunction of your rotator cuff or muscles that attach to the shoulder blade then you may be experiencing problems with your shoulder: loss of motion, weakness or pain. If you have questions about the rotator cuff or think you may have a shoulder problem post your comments below!

 

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