Monday, July 16th, 2012
So you’ve just completed a hard workout or you’ve just finished a big day working in the yard. Now to relax you just want to get in the hot tub or put a couple heat packs on your body and soak it in. Sounds good right? But is it the best thing for your body? NO.
Think about a baseball pitcher. After he has thrown a big game, what do they do with his arm? They ice it down. Why? He has just physically stressed his arm and shoulder. The same thing you do with a workout or with any other increased physical activity like yard work. When you stress a muscle there are micro tears that occur within the muscle. This stress and these tears create inflammation. The best thing to naturally slow and minimize inflammation is ice. Heat will do nothing but make the inflammation worse. Large whirlpool baths that athletes use are filled with cold water, not hot. All for the purpose of reducing inflammation after a hard workout.
Monday, July 2nd, 2012
When it comes to finding a chiropractor in Memorial, Texas you have many choices. There are sections of the city where you could throw a rock from one chiropractor’s door in any direction and be at another once you picked it up. New chiropractors continue to move into the area every year.
How do you choose which chiropractor to go to? (more…)
Monday, June 25th, 2012
I can save you the time and hassle of reading this article for your answer by telling you right now. ICE. No longer than 20 minutes at a time, and repeat as often as every hour.
Okay, since that is out of the way now we can discuss a little more why. Most likely if you are reading this looking for relief, you are in pain significant enough to cause you to read it. This means there is likely a reasonable amount of inflammation occurring within your body. The inflammation occurring is the key. Ice is great for slowing down the progression of inflammation. Heat is great for increasing circulation, but in turn will increase any inflammation present. This means more pain after you take the heat off. (more…)
Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
Back pain is one of the leading symptoms resulting in visits to the doctor. In a previous post “Back Pain – Will It Ever Go Away” you can read more about the specifics of back pain. Statistics show 80% of the population will suffer with back pain at some point in their life and 20% of the population is suffering from back pain at any given time. Here in Katy, Texas and the surrounding area the population is well over 150,000 according to city-data.com. That means at least 30,000 people in Katy, Texas are suffering with back pain right now. That is a tremendous figure.
Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
Sciatica, the word and diagnosis every patient seems to know. Sciatica simply refers to the symptoms of pain, weakness or tingling in the legs as a result of compression or injury to the sciatic nerve. In two previous posts “Sciatica – Surgery Not Included” and “Sciatica – Part II” I discussed in more detail the diagnosis of sciatica. Today, I want to discuss the results of a study that compares head-to-head chiropractic manipulation and surgical microdiskectomy for the treatment of sciatica.