Posts Tagged ‘muscle strain’

Protect Your Back During Fall Yard Clean Up

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Leaves are falling this time of year and it’s time to block off your weekend for fall yard clean up. Before you tackle the daunting task of raking and bagging all those leaves, read these helpful, common sense tips to help prevent potential back aches and pains.

Warm Up and Stretch: Raking leaves is considered exercise and like any pre-workout regimen you need to warm up your cold muscles to prevent injury and strains. Jogging in place for a few minutes will get your heart rate up and blood flowing to all your muscle groups. Stretch your back muscles by bending forward to touch your toes. Another important stretch is to squat into deep knee bends without twisting at the waist. Don’t forget to stretch your shoulders and arms. Hold each stretch for 8 seconds, release and repeat at least 2 times.

Choose Your Rake: The best rake to use will be one that allows you to reach leaves a short distance away from your feet without having to bend or twist. Rakes that are too tall or too short will force you to contort your body and cause muscle strain and pain. A new rake is worth the investment and can last for years.

Maintain Good Form: Don’t hunch over the rake. Proper position for raking will require you to keep your legs slightly bent, to keep your weight centered and to reach with your arms and not your back. While raking do not keep your feet planted in one position. Pivot your feet in the direction you are raking. While bagging the leaves be sure to squat and use your knees instead of bending over at the waist.

Take Breaks: Raking requires a series of repetitive motions which exhaust muscles. You should focus on switching your lead arm throughout your leaf raking session. For example, rake with your right arm forward for 10 minutes and then switch to your left arm for 10 minutes. Take stretching breaks often and drink lots of water!

Recover: After the work is done, be sure to stretch again. If you feel discomfort use ice to soothe the muscles.

Dr. Rita Cummings, at Tamarac Wellness Center, treats back pain in patients of all ages. Call (303) 731-5723 to schedule your initial consultation.

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Tennis Elbow Chiropractic Care

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

On the top of the list among the illnesses of the upper body is the Denver tennis elbow, also known as Lateral Epicondylitis.

But tennis elbow is not unique to tennis players only. In addition to tennis players, manual laborers, carpenters and secretaries develop tennis elbow. This is produced when the muscles of the forearm (wrist extensor group) is exposed to intense strain. So any activity which requires repetitive wrist extension is intrinsically what causes tennis elbow, according to Dr Rita Cummings. Localized pain in the tendo periosteal junction where the common extensor tendon originates from (outer area of the elbow) is a common complaint in 9 out of 10 cases of tennis elbow. Some patients with tennis elbow say they have radiating pain to the posterior portion of the forearm and wrist area.

The lengthy treatment course due to the lack of a tendon sheath makes having CO tennis elbow an ordeal in itself. The common extensor origin resembles a muscle more than a tendon, but its blood supply is not adequate and thus, it cannot get nutrition from the fluid that is found within a tendon sheath.

Your Chiropractor at Tamarac Wellness Center has the necessary skills to perform a complete examination and history, as well as orthopaedic and neurological testing to find out how far gone is your tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis). With the findings, they will develop a custom plan of management just for your case.

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Muscle Pull Chiropractor Care

Friday, August 20th, 2010

When a muscle-tendon segment is injured, a muscle strain occurs; it is also called a muscle trauma. When a muscle strain is present, there is a certain extent of harm done to the muscle fibers, the muscle-tendon link, the bony insertion point or the tendon. Based on the clinical picture seen, a muscle strain in Denver can be mild, moderate or severe. The number one cause of muscle strain is excessive stretching of the affected muscle. A muscle strain is also commonly known as a muscle pull.

A classic case of muscle strain exhibits the following symptoms: stiffness, pain localized in one area, a bruised feeling It is not uncommon for people with a muscle strain to develop a knot, otherwise known as a tender point, according to Dr Rita Cummings. When applying even a little pressure on the tender point in a muscle strain and feeling pain in another area, this is then called a trigger point.

An involuntary contraction of a muscle that develops from painful nerve activation is called a muscle spasm.

What are the steps a chiropractor will take to correctly locate the cause of the problem? He will perform a detailed examination and take your history, and subject you to neurological and orthopaedic tests. Then a plan of management custom-made for you, by Tamarac Wellness Center, will be applied to your case.

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