What Causes Injury?

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I am a chiropractor who specializes in treating soft tissue (muscle) injuries.

I tend to see people only when they are in pain. I commonly see people who have been to too many doctors and specialists trying to figure out what’s causing their pain, and still have no answers. Continue reading What Causes Injury?

How to Treat and Prevent Muscle Injuries

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Most people will stop a new exercise routine due to injury. I read somewhere once that 90% of all people who start up a new exercise routine will have to stop due to injury.

Once injured, it can take 2 weeks to years on end to heal. Depending on how bad the injury was, how old you are, how much wear and tear you have on your body, how healthy you are, what type of shape you are in, how well you eat, and how much you are sleeping can affect how quickly you heal from an injury. Continue reading How to Treat and Prevent Muscle Injuries

The Importance of Rest for Consistent Exercise

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Rest is one of the most often overlooked components of staying in shape. It is hard to know when to work through pain, and when to listen to your body and back off and rest. Rest usually isn’t even considered a component to staying in shape. But rest is essential if you want to continue to exercise.

How much time should you take off? Do you take the time off completely? Will you lose conditioning if you take too much time off? These are all valid questions that can be hard to answer, even if you know about exercise.

I know about exercise and I know human bodies. And I still have trouble knowing when to take time off from exercise. Occasionally I train with a good friend who is a personal trainer. She has to tell me when to back off from exercising, and I have to tell her when to back off and take time off from exercising. Continue reading The Importance of Rest for Consistent Exercise

Managing Muscle and Joint Pain

If you use your body in any way, and all of us do, at some point you are going to have muscle and joint pain. Muscles get tired and overused. We have been using our muscles all day, every day since we were born. Even when you are sleeping, you are using your muscles. While you sleep, your autonomic nervous system is controlling and contracting your muscles to keep you breathing and keep your heart pumping; to keep you alive.

Your muscles can get overused and achy from starting a new exercise routine, doing an activity you are not used to doing, from doing an activity repetitively, or from arthritis, to name a few reasons why. Continue reading Managing Muscle and Joint Pain