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A wise body builder once said: muscles do not grow on trees. They do, however, grow from a commitment to healthy training habits, including a period of rest and recovery.  At Espinosa Family Chiropractic, we want to optimize your effort to grow stronger by providing support for the nervous system, a key piece of the muscle growing process.

The muscle building process begins with a signal from motor neuron to muscle, telling it to contract. Efficient muscle builders are those who can easily control muscle contraction; to this end, keeping the signaling pathways clear is a critical component of efficient muscle building. If subluxations impinge on the nerves that exit from the spine and communicate with muscles, the signal could be lost or jumbled, making each lift less impactful.  Chiropractic identifies and corrects subluxations, ensuring that the path from brain to muscle is crystal clear.

Another pitfall of weight lifting is the potential for overstraining muscles. By the very nature of weight lifting, muscles are exposed to strain which breaks up muscle fibers, leading the body into hypertrophy: the cellular process by which muscles repair and regrow stronger. When muscles are strained and not enough rest or nutrition is incorporated, they may suffer damage.

Often times, injury during muscle building occurs because shearing forces are applied to imbalanced muscles. At our office in Sacramento, we monitor the shifting mosaic of your back’s health, identifying and correcting muscular imbalances that could lead to potential injury.

There is a reason why many of the country’s top athletes include chiropractic as an indelible component of their athletic arsenal. To ensure you maximum muscle building potential, call our office at (916) 457-8825 to schedule an appointment today.

Dr. Raymond Espinosa, D.C. 

Range of motion and flexibility are age related considerations: when we are young, we take it for granted that if we drop any innocent item, it can be retrieved without the slightest thought. But as we grow, older, lazier with our posture, vulnerable to injury, and repetitive strain finally catches up to us, dropping a pen becomes a quandary.

At Espinosa Family Chiropractic, we define essential flexibility as the range of motion you need to perform daily tasks free of pain: this excludes extraneous motion, the kind required for sports and physical activity. What if reaching for the cereal, as part of your morning routine, was a challenge: how could you then face the prospect of tying shoes on your feet to take on the day? It is a perilous cycle: as your range of motion decreases, you naturally attempt to do less, which accelerates the loss of flexibility. We want to reverse this process.

At our practice in Sacramento, we view range of motion as integral to your wellness: if we can get you moving, happiness will follow.

Chiropractic helps improve your range of motion by correcting misalignment, addressing injury and instilling healthy habits.

Call our office at to (916) 457-8825 to schedule an appointment today.

Dr. Raymond Espinosa, D.C. 

The cell phone is a 21st century tool that occupies a variety of roles in our lives: social secretary, business builder and information insider. How convenient that such a tool should fit in our pocket, and how sad for our spines: when text messaging or e-mailing, most people are sending from the hip. In order to see the screen, we lurch and loom, craning the neck at a damaging angle- something about it just feels right.

In a certain respect, humans are lazy creatures, gormlessly sacrificing good posture for comfort. Cell phone posture is in the vein of most human-screen interaction: bad for the spine. The problem is that heavy cell phone use expedites the spinal degradation caused by poor posture: when you stare down at that phone, you are increasing the weight of your head, as it is burdening the spine, by 6-10 times. The muscles of the neck and shoulders are straining themselves to support this weight, creating imbalances that can lead to serious spinal problems.

There are ways to avoid the dreaded Text Neck. At Espinosa Family Chiropractic, we offer an awareness of the problem, expertise and counseling on improving posture, and chiropractic adjustment to reverse the damage that may have already been done. Call our office in Sacramento at (916) 457-8825 if you are interested in reducing the net effect of cell phone use on your body.

Dr. Raymond Espinosa, D.C.

A conscious 21st century citizen wants to avoid the kind of chronic neck, shoulder and back pain that is onset by excessive cell phone use. The pain is a derivative of posture: texting and browsing increases the amount of time you spend stooping over your phone, multiplying the weight of your head in relation to the spine for every further degree forward. Over time, this position creates imbalance as muscles compensate to make up for the increased weight, becoming strained in the process. Here is some minute, yet significant adjustments you can make to your lifestyle to prevent these injuries.

Utilize the eye muscles! Rather than moving your entire head forward to interact with the phone, practice this posture: keep the elbows anchored to your side and raise the phone ever so slightly, then lower your eyes, keeping the neck straight and the head forward. Though it may feel awkward at first, your neck will thank you!

Be cognizant and take breaks when texting and browsing for long periods of time. If you can remember, incorporate simple stretches into your breaks to relieve the accumulating tension in your neck:

Gently rotating your neck left and right, forward and backward is effective for giving static muscles a break.

Move the neck from side to side, touching ears to shoulders a few times. This keeps the joints in your neck supple. Remember, it is your head moving to the shoulder, rather than the opposite.

Forward flexion: move the chin downward until you feel muscles in the back of the neck kick in, telling you to go no further. Hold this position for about 30 seconds.

The goal is to keep the muscles limber and increase their strength, making them more resistant to injury.

Do not stretch until you feel pain! Practice these exercises slowly and within your comfort range. At Espinosa Family Chiropractic, we offer expertise on proper stretching techniques for many injuries. These exercises can be used to prevent and relieve neck pain caused by any number of conditions.

If your texting habit has created a literal pain in your neck, call our office in Sacramento at (916) 457-8825.

Dr. Raymond Espinosa, D.C.

Think about how your legs connect to the upper body and you will be thanking the structures known as sacroiliac (SI) joints. These powerful and pivotal points connect the pelvic bones to the sacrum, and are responsible for conducting force and weight between the upper body and the legs. They are supported by a complex system of ligaments and muscles that provide strength to the region. These joints are vulnerable to the wear and tear of aging, and can be damaged in extreme circumstances such as car accidents or severe sports injuries. Postural changes (growing of the abdomen during pregnancy) and muscular imbalance can also contribute.

The pain associated with SI syndrome is usually located in the lower back and can radiate downwards into the buttocks and legs. Many people confuse this type of pain with sciatica, making a proper diagnosis all the more important: knowing the correct underlying cause is the only way to achieve full recovery. When SI joint pain is diagnosed, we have seen symptoms respond well to our treatment at Espinosa Family Chiropractic. Our goal is to reduce pain and inflammation of the ligaments, relieve muscle stiffness and improve movement in the sacroiliac region. Chiropractic adjustments target the joints directly to achieve these effects. If you are experiencing lower back pain or pain in the pelvic region, call our office in Sacramento to schedule an appointment at (916) 457-8825.

Dr. Raymond Espinosa, D.C.