Exercise, Trigger Points, and Muscle Pain

Muscles control all movement. Every finger movement to eye blink to cough to toe wiggle to getting up from a chair to getting out of a car to, well, you name the movement, is controlled by muscle.

And usually tens to hundreds of muscles to control even the smallest of movements.

Every movement consists of thousands to millions of neurons firing all throughout the brain and the spine and the central nervous system to the peripheral nervous system, controlling hundreds of muscles that are contracting and relaxing to allow the movement, akin to a symphony of firings throughout the nervous system.

All of this just to control scratching your nose. Continue reading Exercise, Trigger Points, and Muscle Pain

The Benefits of a Cold Shower

woman rubbing shoulder

There is an eternal debate in health care, should you use ice or heat to treat injuries?

I have always believed that ice is better for healing injuries quickly, and can help to prevent injuries.

Anecdotally in my clinic, I have seen firsthand the healing powers of ice. I can’t tell you how many times I have had someone come into my office with bad low back pain. Just using ice alone will help the pain to calm down. Ice alone will reduce the inflammation associated with an injury. Ice always helps injuries heal quickly. Couple ice with low intensity stretching and you can really calm down a spasmed, inflamed, and injured muscle. Continue reading The Benefits of a Cold Shower