Active Release and Graston Techniques

Active Release and Graston Techniques

Active Release Technique and Graston Technique are both soft tissue therapies, but they are performed differently. What is ART? The Active Release Technique (ART) was developed by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP.  It is a “soft tissue system/movement based massage technique” that can treat a variety of problems in the nerves, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and muscles.  Overused muscles can cause pain … [Read more...]

Carpal and Radial Tunnel Syndromes

Carpal and Radial Tunnel Syndromes

Along with cubital tunnel syndrome, carpal tunnel and radial tunnel syndromes are disorders that impact the wrist and forearm. What are Carpal Tunnel and Radial Tunnel Syndromes? Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve of the forearm is squeezed.  That nerve, when pressed upon at the wrist, impacts sensations to the thumb and fingers.  The tendons and median nerve are housed in the … [Read more...]

About Brittle Bone Disorder

About Brittle Bone Disorder

There is no cure for brittle bone disorder (osteogenesis imperfecta), but there are some management options. What is Osteogenesis Imperfecta? A congenital disease, caused by a defective gene, osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) makes brittle, or fragile, bones.  Type 1 collagen, which is a necessary component of bone building, is deficient during development.  Sometimes OI is caused by a spontaneous … [Read more...]

Alternative Care for Edema

Alternative Care for Edema

Edema swelling can interfere with daily activities.  There are alternative forms of care that can be beneficial for this condition. What is Edema? Edema means swelling.  It can affect particular areas or the whole body.  Edema is the body’s response to inflammation or injury, infections, medical problems, pregnancy, or medications.  In edema, the blood vessels leak fluid into the tissues, … [Read more...]

About Addiction

About Addiction

Addiction can come in a variety of forms, and treatment options range from medical to psychological. What is Addiction? Addiction means that someone using a particular substance or engaging in certain activities cannot control their behavior regarding that product or action.  Addiction can become harmful to relationships, work, finances, and psychological health.  Addicts may also break the … [Read more...]

Vertigo and Chiropractic Care

Vertigo and Chiropractic Care

The dizziness of vertigo can interfere with a person’s life.  Chiropractic care may be beneficial. What is Vertigo? Vertigo is a condition where a patient feels as if there is motion when there is not.  It is a type of dizziness due to a vestibular system dysfunction.  It can cause balance problems, as well as nausea and vomiting.  Objective vertigo occurs when the patient feels as if objects … [Read more...]

Helping and Preventing Heel Pain

Helping and Preventing Heel Pain

There are many ways to prevent and resolve heel pain.  The solutions don’t have to be medical in nature. Causes of Heel Pain Pain in the heel impacts the bottom of the foot and back of the heel.  The most common cause of pain on the bottom of the heel is plantar fasciitis.  The back of the heel pain is likely due to Achilles tendinitis.  Heel pain can cause problems with daily activities, such … [Read more...]

New Technology for the Deaf

New Technology for the Deaf

Technological advances have provided many new options for deaf people, but not without some controversy. Causes of Deafness The inability to hear, or deafness, can occur from birth, age, noise, illness, medications, chemicals, or physical trauma, such as head injury.  Deafness can range from the mild to the profound.  Hearing loss can be genetic.  When there are other medical problems … [Read more...]

Treating Adhesions

Treating Adhesions

Scar-like adhesions may require various types of treatments, from medical to chiropractic and massage. What are Adhesions? Internal body parts are normally slippery, so that they can move around each other easily.  Adhesions are “scar-like tissue that form between two surfaces”, leading them to stick to each other.  These can be caused by surgery, injury, or inflammation, and adhesions can … [Read more...]

Treating Calcifications

Treating Calcifications

When calcifications build up in the joints and tendons in the body, the painful inflammation can be treated by traditional and alternative methods. What are Calcifications? Excess calcium deposits can build up in the body.  They are called calcifications.  They can be found in arteries, the breasts, kidneys (kidney stones), muscles, lymph nodes, and in the joints.  Most causes of … [Read more...]