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Healing Modalities for Athletes: The Deep Friction Massage

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Smart, safe, effective healing for athletes 

The most common sports injuries involve ligament sprains and tendon strains. The severity of these injuries ranges between limiting your performance and preventing you from engaging in physical activity altogether.  At Espinosa Family Chiropractic, a major part of our philosophy is helping athletes heal quickly and effectively. Because exercise is one of the cornerstones of wellness, it is our responsibility to offer you all our knowledge and expertise in support of keeping you active. Deep friction massage is an excellent modality for healing common sports injuries, but it must be carried out by a skilled set of hands. Fortunately, we have those hands! Read on to find out more.

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Preventing Sports Injuries with Chiropractic Care

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For athletes, success is where preparation and opportunity meet

Within this formula, we are interested in the preparation; how can we work together to better prepare your bodies for the challenges you face in your chosen sport? When an athlete comes to see us at our office in Sacramento, we focus on the following:

  • Improving biomechanics of the upper body and lower limbs 
  • Maximize range of motion in joints throughout the body
  • Boosting core stability
  • Establishing spinal alignment and balance
  • Resolving muscle imbalances
  • Promote faster healing 
  • Naturally increase energy levels

Every single one of these bullet points represents an important factor in athletic success. But the most important part of this preparation process is that it keeps your body in the best position to avoid injury; by increasing your body's natural resilience, and ensuring the right pieces are in place to stabilize the transfer of forces in a healthy manner, we go a long way toward preventing common sports injuries. 

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Exercising with a Herniated Disc: What to Watch For

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Strengthening your back with a herniated disc is possible

In fact, it is one of the most effective ways to go about rehabilitation. Long gone are the days when doctors recommended bed rest for spinal injuries. And while most herniated discs will require a few days of heavy rest and recuperation, especially during the acute injury phase, it is important to get moving again as soon as possible. Herniated discs are uncomfortable and this carries over into the realm of exercise- they limit range of motion and performance. But that makes it all the more important that you continue building strength and stability into the muscles that will support your spine in its endeavor to recover. 

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Protect Yourself and Your Spine When Buying a New Mattress

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What is the current state of your mattress?

If you are like many Americans, you've slept on your mattress far too long. The average mattress has a lifespan of 7-10 years depending on how you care for it; certain brands such as Tempurpedic have been known to last up to 20 years without a dip or a sag. On the other end of the spectrum, some poor-quality mattress brands may give within 2-3 years. Regardless, it is always important to look out for the signs that you may need a new mattress. Aside from physical signs, including a surprising range found here, there are clear signs on the mattress itself, including:

  • Squeaking and creaking: the more sounds your mattress makes, the greater the likelihood it is up for replacement. 
  • Visible sagging: a sure sign that your mattress has lost its resilience- sagging mattresses are signal contributors to poor spinal alignment and back pain.
  • The hammock effect: to go along with sagging, you may notice that you tend to fall in towards the center of your mattress- another sign that it's time to upgrade. 

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Spinal Stenosis in Our Spotlight

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One of the lesser known spinal conditions

Nonetheless, one of the most brutal. Spinal stenosis involves a narrowing of the spinal canal, which shelters and protects the spinal cord. When this narrowing happens, space is naturally reduced and the ensuing tightness pinches the spinal cord and the nerves around it, causing pain, tingling and numbness, throughout the spine and to the extremities. So how does this narrowing of the spinal cord happen?

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