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Chiropractic Care: Taking Care of the Athlete in the Family

Chiropractic Care: Taking Care of the Athlete in the Family

Taking Care of the Athlete in the Family Summer is coming to an end and high school sports are back in full swing. You want your athlete injury free so they can perform at their best. How can chiropractic help? Should you wait until your athlete is injured and in pain before seeking chiropractic care? Reactive vs. Proactive Chiropractic Care Healthcare protocol in the United States is primarily reactive in nature; meaning, we wait until we have symptoms before heading to the doctor. For example, we wait until we have a headache or severe back pain before heading to the…

How long can I REALLY go between chiropractic visits?

How long can I REALLY go between chiropractic visits?

As a chiropractic office, we get asked the question regarding chiropractic adjustment frequency and what’s the standard as well as a few others quite often. We routinely hear: “When do I need to come back?” “Do I need to come once a week or once a month?” “Is there such thing as being over-adjusted if I want to come back more often?” These all point to a common misconception about the chiropractic adjustment frequency at which you should be adjusted. The problem with all these questions is there really is no right or wrong answer. As chiropractors know, in a…

Laser Therapy: Top 10 Benefits

Laser Therapy: Top 10 Benefits

LASER THERAPY TOP 10 BENEFITS Below is a list of the top 10 benefits of laser therapy. Laser therapy is done in-office at Hampton Chiropractic located in Belton, MO. 1. Drug Free Anti-Inflammation The class-4 laser used in laser therapy causes vasodilation in the cardiovascular system which results in decreased swelling at the site of inflammation. This is great for surface inflammation such as the bruising/swelling that happens after a sprained ankle, but also great for deep inflammation such as the inflammation brought on by arthritis. 2. Immediate Pain Relief Laser therapy effects the nerve cells by blocking pain signals…

Piriformis Syndrome: A Real Pain in the Butt

Piriformis Syndrome: A Real Pain in the Butt

Piriformis Syndrome Common Symptoms Achy pain in the glute region Sciatica or shooting pain down the back of the leg Tightness in the hip especially while sitting Low back pain/Hip Pain Piriformis syndrome is due to tightness in the piriformis muscle which leads to sciatica, or shooting nerve pain down the back of the leg. The root cause of the problem is often a misalignment in the low back/pelvis which leads to chronic spasm in the piriformis muscle. The sciatic nerve runs very near this muscle and in some people it runs directly through this muscle; therefore, when the piriformis…

Stretching 101 for Non-Olympians

Stretching 101 for Non-Olympians

Stretching 101 In Stretching 101 we will cover what I feel is the best form of stretching which is known as PIR stretching (Post Isometric Relaxation). While that may sound somewhat complicated, it is actually very simple and yet very effective for muscle spasm/tightness. The technique involves a series of stretching with resistance and relaxation and the idea is to trick the brain into letting the muscle relax. We’ll break it down like this: Begin by stretching the muscle to tension/mild discomfort. You never want to be in pain while stretching and if you are, you are overdoing it. Next,…