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Have you ever had an injury you didn’t consider to be “that bad” come back to bite you years later? Remember that time you rolled your ankle playing tennis? Or that embarrassing “yard sale” you had on the mountain? What about that fender bender 20 years ago?

Chronic pain and old injuries all have one thing in common: scar tissue.

When you initially get injured your body lays down collagen fibers in every which way to stabilize the area, i.e. scar tissue.  Your body is bracing for the next traumatic event.  The stabilizing mechanism of your body is incredible but later on does not serve you.  Muscle fiber should lay down parallel to allow the muscle to stretch.  If the muscle fibers are perpendicular, this does not allow the muscle to stretch and contract properly without feeling tight or painful.   read more


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Low back pain is one of the most common complaints we see in our office, and one we are adept at treating. Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability in the US. 4 out of 5 americans will suffer from disabling low back pain in their lifetimes. Mechanical or non-organic low back pain, meaning it is not caused by any serious conditions such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer can be a complicated subject, because it varies so much in nature. A trigger point or tight muscle might cause excruciating back pain in a 20 something year-old, while the 74 year-old woman with severe arthritis might be completely pain-free. What we do know about low back pain is that there can be a combination of factors playing in. read more


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Allow me to share my 5 best golden rules to alleviate low back pain. It is important to not only alleviate low back pain but also learn how to not have a re-occurrence.

Golden Rule # 1, lose weight

The reasoning behind the importance of losing weight is excessive weight creates additional stress on the low back, especially abdominal fat. Remember, if you have additional fat in the abdomen region then the structures in your low back are required to support the extra weight. Over time this puts unnecessary stress on joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons creating small micro-traumas that can result in pain and discomfort. read more


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Wouldn’t it be fantastic if you could get chiropractic care?

There are many who asked themselves that very same question, and subsequently decided to do it. Most folks never really think about it very seriously, just go on to something else like drugs or surgery.

Some people do absolutely nothing at all and believe discomfort or pain is a normal part of the aging process.
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Pain is NOT part of the normal aging process.[/pullquote]

Many people are not aware of just how or when to start chiropractic care, so they really never do. read more


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5 Golden Rules For Alleviating Chronic Low Back Pain

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The principles you remember all the time, never forget about, will be the golden rules that always apply. Like stars to guide us, they shine brilliantly, keeping us on course and always going in a good direction.

Allow me to share my 5 best golden rules to alleviate low back pain. It is important to not only alleviate low back pain but also learn how to not have a re-occurrence.

Golden Rule # 1, lose weight

The reasoning behind the importance of losing weight is excessive weight creates additional stress on the low back, especially abdominal fat. Remember, if you have additional fat in the abdomen region then the structures in your low back are required to support the extra weight. Over time this puts unnecessary stress on joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons creating small micro-traumas that can result in pain and discomfort. read more