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

Exercise and Brain Health part 3

Exercise is an amazing thing. Studies keep coming out that discover new ways that exercise benefits our bodies, and more recently, our minds.

Exercise will keep our brain healthy. Exercise will improve brain function. Exercise increases blood flow to the brain, which results in more oxygen to the brain. Increased oxygen to the brain perks you up and increases alertness. The main purpose of yawning is to increase oxygen in the brain. Continue reading Exercise and Brain Health part 3

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

Muscles, Exercise and Pain

Everyone gets a daily accumulation of tightness. Daily, repetitive motions slowly cause muscles to tighten until they get so tight that they tear and fall into patterns of spasm and inflammation.

I specialize in treating muscles through a specific,  trigger point therapy. I am a chiropractor by trade who specializes in a specific, chiropractic, trigger point technique called Nimmo. It is named after Dr. Raymond Nimmo, the creator of the chiropractic technique. I have specialized in this technique for over 12 years. Continue reading Muscles, Exercise and Pain

Treat Pain without Medication through Exercise

Pain has become a much discussed and debated topic as of late within the health care communities. Pain used to be viewed as a side effect or symptom of a disease process. It was thought that once you fix, cure, or calm down the disease process, the pain will go away. Pain was looked at as a side effect.

Now research is showing that pain can become a separate disease process and not just a symptom of another disease. Research has been increasing in this topic since the Institute of Medicine released a report calling on academia, government and physician groups to develop a plan for treating and managing pain. Continue reading Treat Pain without Medication through Exercise

Trigger Point and Muscle Research

This past week I was away from my practice, computer and writing so that I could travel to upstate New York with my father to research the trigger point technique that we practice.

We practice Nimmo, or Receptor Tonus Technique. It is a technique that was developed by Dr. Raymond Nimmo in the 1950’s. It was developed parallel to another trigger point technique that was developed by Janet Travell. Janet Travell was President John Kennedy’s personal physician. Continue reading Trigger Point and Muscle Research