2Jan, 2019

IT Band Syndrome

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What is IT Band Syndrome? The iliotibial band, or more commonly known as the IT band, starts at the outside of the pelvis near the hip and runs on the outside of the thigh down to just below the knee.  When it gets irritated through dancing, running, and jumping it can appear as lateral (on the outside) knee pain and sometimes as hip pain.  This irritation is called iliotibial band syndrome or ITBS.  This is an overuse injury and is more common in high intensity dance techniques that do not require turning out. IT Band Syndrome Exercises and Advice Focus on strengthening the gluteal muscles with clam shell and glute bridges Use ice to help with the pain Foam roll your tensor fasciae latae, IT band, quads, and hamstrings Apply kinesiology tape to the knee and lateral leg during exercise to support the muscles and soft tissue and prevent from moving improperly Muscle work to the IT band and surrounding muscles can reduce pain and prevent future problems  Rest  Modify activity to avoid what causes pain Treatment Options fro IT Band Syndrome Adjustments to the pelvis, hips, and ankles Strength training to ankles, glutes, hips, and core Assisted stretching Deep muscle work like Active Release, Myofascial Release, Post Isometric Relaxation Interferential Electrical Stimulation Dance Technique Analysis Take Home Tips Treat early to avoiding a more serious injury Ice all new injuries Stretch and foam roll regularly If it has not fixed itself or continues to return after rest, time to see a specialist
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12Nov, 2018

Achilles Tendonits

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Achilles Tendonitis The achilles tendon is located at the back of your ankle and attaches your calf muscle to your heel bone. The calf consists of two muscles called the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles are the primary muscle of pointing the foot. Achilles tendonitis describes when that band of tissue gets inflamed and irritated from excessive use. The pain is located at the back of the heel and it will feel better after a good warm-up and worse with jumping, relevés, and pointe work. Achilles Tendonitis Exercises Door frame calf […]
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7Nov, 2018

Which treatment is better: chiropractic or acupuncture?

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Chiropractic vs. Acupuncture Which treatment is better: Chiropractic or Acupuncture? That depends on what you are coming in for. If you have a musculoskeletal condition that is caused poor body mechanics, chiropractic adjustments along with stretching and muscle work is the best option in treatment and recovery.  This includes most back and neck pain and tension headaches.  Some musculoskeletal can be treated by acupuncture particularly chronic muscle spasms, tightness caused by stress, inflammation, radiculopathy (nerve pain down the leg or arm). All non musculoskeletal conditions are not chiropractic conditions and […]
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22Oct, 2018

Breast Cancer Survivor Stretches

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Exercises and stretching for after breast surgery Exercise should be limited for approximately 6-12 weeks following an uncomplicated procedure. If you are healthy and were active before the surgery, you will find that getting back into a routine will come easily. If you ever have any concerns, or are unsure if certain exercises are appropriate for you, talk to your medical providers for guidance. Most women feel well enough for gentle stretching one week after the procedure. Start with slow and controlled motions that are approved by your surgeon. Any […]
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22Oct, 2018

Acupuncture and Quitting Smoking

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Acupuncture/Auriculotherapy for Smoking Cessation Congratulations on making a choice to quit smoking. Studies have shown that “adequate acupuncture treatment may help motivated smokers to reduce their smoking, or even quit smoking completely, and the effect may last for at least 5 years. Acupuncture may affect the subjects’ smoking by reducing their taste of tobacco and their desire to smoke. Different acupoints have different effects on smoking cessation.” (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11676576) What is Acupuncture? Acupuncture is an ancient art of therapy that originated in China 5,000 years ago where a doctor places fine, […]
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22Oct, 2018

Dance Foot Injury Expert

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Dr. Rachel was the featured dance injury expert in Dance Teacher magazine. Read the article below or find it at http://www.dance-teacher.com/2015/01/best-feet/ Foot-Strengthening Exercises SOOO Easy You Can Do a Few While Brushing Your Teeth It probably won’t surprise you that chiropractor Rachel Loeb often sees dancers make unsafe choices in the name of beautiful feet. While treating professionals in St. Louis, Missouri, she has seen stress fractures from forcing too-high relevés and preventable bunions from squeezing into poorly fitting shoes. “Dancers want to look good,” she says, and they don’t […]
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27Jun, 2018

How soon after having a baby can I see a chiropractor?

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How soon after having a baby can I see a chiropractor? There is nothing more exciting than growing your family and bringing new life into this world. Chiropractic care can play an important role in the way your body adapts to changes throughout your pregnancy.  Vaginal Delivery If you have an uncomplicated vaginal delivery, you can be seen by your chiropractor as soon as you are comfortable enough to leave the house. If you have any concerns or are apprehensive to receive care, we will work with you to modify […]
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27Jun, 2018

Can I see a chiropractor after having spinal fusion surgery?

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Can I see a chiropractor after having spinal fusion surgery? Yes….but probably not for that area. Spinal fusion surgery is an orthopedic or neurosurgical procedure that joins two vertebrae together to create a fusion at a specific spinal level. These techniques are designed to stop the motion of a painful vertebral segment or to treat a weak or unstable segment of the spine. After the surgery, the two segments that were joined together function like one solid piece of bone. As a result, your chiropractor would not be able to […]
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