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Don't Let Running Be the Source of Your Back Pain

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Running is repetitive stress

At Espinosa Family Chiropractic, we love running. It is an instantly-accessible activity that boots fitness and wellness in a single, simple package. We always say, if it gets you active, we support the activity! But don't make the mistake of thinking it is truly low-impact. In fact, running is quite high impact by nature; the repetitive jarring motion involved in striking the ground sends shockwaves up the body, through the joints of your lower body and into your spine. The lower back bears the brunt of this shock absorption and quite often suffers as a result. 

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Weightlifting and Back Pain: A Precarious Relationship

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Weightlifting is a double-edged sword for back pain sufferers

On the one hand, it helps maintain muscle strength and tone, lending your back a crucial support. Strength is fundamental to function- it makes us more able and less prone to injury; your muscles are the frontline of defense for your spine against daily compression. On the other hand, weightlifting can significantly increase the risk of muscle strain, ligament injury, disc injury due to compression and other spinal health conditions. If you currently suffer from back pain, but you still want to maintain a weightlifting regime, it is highly advisable that you speak with a spinal health care specialist such as a chiropractor. We can provide you with a diagnostic picture of the state of your spine, helping your determine exactly what muscle-building activities will benefit you and which to avoid. 

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We Wish You the Healthiest Pregnancy Possible

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To make that happen, we need to keep you active

Pregnancy is going to slow you down- there is no fighting that. Your body is going to change more rapidly than you will be able to keep up with, and with such rapid change comes a fair amount of discomfort. From morning sickness to sciatica, pregnancies are often fraught with pain and dysfunction. All doctors agree that the best way to stay ahead of the curve (and the majority of the pain and discomfort), is to stay active. But not all doctors have a plan for keeping you in a state conducive to activity.

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Where Does Sciatica Come From?

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Sciatica is a symptom

Too many people adhere to the idea that sciatica is a standalone condition. This fallacious thinking leads people down the road of selecting treatments based purely on their pain. In reality, sciatica is a symptom of any number of conditions, including:

  • Spinal stenosis
  • Lumbar herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spondylolisthesis

...and even muscle tension. Systemic tension in the lower back can compress the sciatic nerve sufficiently enough to cause pain, tingling and numbness, the hallmarks of sciatica. 

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Soft Tissue Therapy: A Comprehensive, Feel-Good Treatment

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What does soft tissue therapy involve?

Many people think of soft tissue therapy as a fancy name for massage. But it is so much more than a basic massage. At Espinosa Family Chiropractic, the primary goal of soft tissue therapy is rehabilitation. We assess and determine the extent of pain and inflammation in a given region and use soft tissue therapy to manipulate and man age this pain. By combining this with traditional chiropractic modalities, we offer another dimension to our pain management and prevention arsenal. So why is soft tissue therapy so effective?

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