Myofascial Release and Chiropractic Care

Myofacial Release Chiropractic Care

Experiencing occasional muscle soreness from exercise is nothing to be concerned about. But long-term, painful muscle contractions are a major problem.

This condition is known as myofascial pain syndrome, which involves pain signals being sent from trigger points to other parts of the body. It’s often caused by muscle contractions due to stress, inactivity, poor blood flow, or repeated motion.

An effective way of treating this condition is by myofascial massage. The expert chiropractors at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA understand how to use this technique to restore your health.

What Is myofascial release?

To treat the deep and often severe muscle pain associated with this condition, medical professionals use two massage techniques. The intention behind the techniques is the same: increase muscle mobility, improve blood circulation, stimulate the muscle’s stretch reflex, and reduce pain.

One technique is deep tissue massage. Whereas relaxation massage goes with the grain of the muscle, deep tissue massage goes against the grain of the muscle. Deep tissue massage targets fascia, the protective layer of connective tissue around joints, muscles, and bones. It can be a bit painful, but patients report that its long-lasting effects outweigh any temporary discomfort.

Patients have reported that this kind of massage relieves the following symptoms:

  • Neck and back pain;
  • Fibromyalgia;
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome;
  • Chronic pain;
  • Plantar fasciitis.[space height=”20″]

Hot stone massage is the second technique, and uses heated stones to relax the muscles. This allows for the therapist to provide a deep-level massage. This technique has been demonstrated to reduce pain while increasing blood flow by expanding the blood vessels. It’s a natural, ancient method that has been used to relieve all kinds of pain, from headaches to soreness in the arms, legs, and shoulders.

The role of chiropractic care

A trained chiropractor can be your partner in stopping muscle pain by ensuring ideal spinal health. Part of that treatment may include myofascial massage, as the gentle pressure and repositioning of vertebrae has been known to address muscle spasms.

Chiropractors will also often provide regular spinal adjustments. These are intended to address any misalignments in the spine, such as a bulging or herniated disc. Because the spine is at the core of your body’s central nervous system, it plays a crucial role in maintaining health. Problems in seemingly unrelated places can be caused by faulty nerve signals flowing from the spine. Chiropractic care is a gentle, noninvasive method of treating a host of major health issues.

If you believe you are suffering from myofascial pain syndrome, it’s time to consult a chiropractor. The trusted professionals at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA want to help you get back on track to a pain-free life. We use Chiropractic BioPhysics, a proven system that harnesses biology and physics to create a specialized treatment plan for your health needs.

To learn more about myofascial release and how it might help you in alleviating frequent or chronic muscle pain or soreness, contact us today for a free consultation.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.

What Is Spinal Traction and When Is It Used?

Seattle Chiropractor: What Is Spinal Traction and When Is It Used?

What Is Spinal Traction and When Is It Used?

For decades, patients who have been suffering from a variety of spine-related issues have sought spinal traction to ease their symptoms. This is one of the most important tools a chiropractor uses in helping heal patients.

Spinal traction decompresses the spine, either through manual or mechanical means. Although it’s not right for everyone, many patients have seen remarkable results. It is a natural, noninvasive solution for a host of medical issues, many of which at first glance appear to have nothing to do with your back!

Stability Health Center located in downtown Seattle, can help you lead a pain-free life through the use of spinal traction, depending on the health of your spine and the nature of adjustments required. From athletes to desk jockeys, stay-at-home moms to stressed college students, we’ve applied traction to all types of people, to great effect.

Which conditions can be treated through spinal traction?

Spinal traction is used to treat a number of conditions all resulting from misalignment in the spine. Most commonly, spinal traction is used to correct issues such as:

  • Herniated discs;
  • Bulging discs;
  • Degenerative disc disease;
  • Sciatic pain;
  • Pinched nerves;
  • Bone spurs;
  • Spinal arthritis.

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Any general back or neck pain can be treated with spinal adjustments. This technique can have healing power for the entire body. As the core of your body’s central nervous system, the spine is crucial for sending out signals to nerve endings. Therefore, correcting subluxations (misalignments) in the spine is key to treating everything from digestive issues, to migraines, to plantar fasciitis.

How is spinal traction performed?

This technique involves decompressing the spine through placing pressure at specific points either manually or mechanically. Gentle to moderate pressure causes the vertebrae to separate slightly, decreasing pressure on the discs in your spine. This also provides space for the spinal nerves, allowing signals to flow smoothly to other parts of the body.

Based on the use of counterweights and pulleys, many people are initially afraid of spinal traction, believing it is going to be very painful. However, this technique has been used for centuries to relieve pain, not cause it! Most patients report that the process is much less uncomfortable than they anticipated.

Before traction is recommended, a trained chiropractor will take a full medical history and discuss your specific symptoms with you. There are some cases – such as patients with osteoporosis or cancer – for whom spinal traction is not a good fit. Most often, however, spinal traction is a viable option for corrective care. The process is associated with only minor, temporary side effects (such as soreness), and the long-term benefits of regular chiropractic appointments are clear.

At Stability Health Center in Seattle, we use Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) to address a variety of spine-related issues. This is a scientifically proven, results-oriented system designed to eliminate nerve interference and address everything from chronic pain to disease. Using this approach and a targeted approach to traction, we take pride in helping our patients overcome pain! Call today for a free consultation with the professionals at Stability Health Center.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.