By Bernadette Kathryn, LMT, IHLC
A Chiropractor can be an invaluable asset to your overall body wise program. A healthy back and good posture refer to the three natural curves that are present in your spine. Most people are born with 33 vertebrae. However, by the time you become an adult, you will most likely have only 24 vertebrae because some will fuse together during normal growth and development.
The spine is made up of:
- Seven bones in the neck – the cervical spine
- 12 bones in the rib-cage – the thoracic spine
- Five bones in the lower back – the lumbar spine
The purpose of the spine is:
- To protect the spinal cord and nerves, which is vitally important to our longevity
- To provide structural support for the body, allowing us to stand upright
- The spine supports about half the weight of the body
- To act as a shock absorber for our bodies when we walk, run and exercise
The brain and spinal cord are the only two parts of the body completely enclosed in bone for a very good reason!
So it is similar with the body and it’s electrical system.
ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.
Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.
When the soft issue is damaged, its ability to function properly is affected. This could be weakness of a muscle/tendon, the inability of two structures to slide independently of one another, or a nerve entrapment that can cause numbness or tingling. Most sports injuries involve one or more of these issues. Often rest, ice, heat, medications, and physical therapy don’t resolve these conditions. Unless the bio-mechanical cause and the affected tissues are properly treated the injury will not resolve.
Soft tissue refers to muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Soft tissue can be damaged in a variety of ways including:
A direct trauma or tear to a specific structure
Constant pressure or tension in an area can also have a negative impact on the soft tissue system
Soft tissues can also become tight and fibrotic from overuse or repetitive micro-traumas to the area
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I believe a well rounded support program that includes exercise, massage, and some other kind of body work is ideal. Chiropractic, Accupuncture, whatever combination you find that works best for you is going to provide physical support you need to stay in the game of life!