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By : Avish Sharma – Ostopathic Practitioner – Pure Healthcare Albany
Take a deep, full breath. Now take another. Do you notice, as you breath in and out, your shoulders rise and fall. Now take another deep breath and this time notice, that you are not consciously contracting the muscles that lift your shoulders. This movement, the rising and falling of your shoulders, ribs, collar bone and shoulder blades are all as natural as the breath itself. Now, breathe again, and appreciate that the muscles that lift your shoulders and chest, extend all the way up in to your neck and the base of your skull. Therefore breathing with your neck, chest and shoulder muscles that are out of balance, can even give you a headache!
Han Sung Min, Senior Acupuncturist at Pure Healthcare in Albany shares this article on the benefits of using acupuncture in treating common conditions such as sciatica.
The pain of Sciatica is a symptom of an underlying conditions of the lower back area. The sciatic nerve originates in the lower back, runs through the buttocks, and down the back of each leg to the toes. Portions of the sciatic nerve branch to various areas of the leg, like the calf or toes. Sciatic pain occurs when there is a structural impingement or compression of the sciatic nerve in the lower back. This occurs when there is an acute injury to the lower back or can be the result of long-term degeneration of the lumbar joints and/or discs. The location of the painful symptoms in the leg depends on where in the lower back the sciatic nerve is being compressed.
Han Sung Min, Senior Acupuncturist at Pure Healthcare in Albany shares this article on the benefits of using acupuncture in treating common skin conditions.
Research has shown that Acupuncture can increase circulation to improve immune function of the skin, accelerate healing to restore healthy tissue, and increase collagen formation to maintain firm skin.
Conditions like acne, eczema, psoriasis, rashes, wrinkles,or aging skin,respond well to Acupuncture treatments. These treatment focus on the root of the disease by taking the health of the whole body into account.
Hi, I’m Dr. Jason Berry a chiropractor at Pure Healthcare, with a special interest in working with athletes to not only treat sports injuries but to improve sports performance. In my years of working with athletes at various levels one of the most common injuries seen would have to be Ilio-tibial band (ITB) syndrome, which is generally characterised by pain down the outside of one or both legs, between the hip and the knee.
Firstly at bit anatomy, the ITB is essentially an extension of the Tensor Fasciae Lata muscle, which attaches from the crest of the ilium to the outside of the knee, and functions to control hip movement and stabilise the outside of the knee.
Winter means hockey. The best way to stay on the pitch and win, is to remain injury free. Prevention is way better than treatment. Here is a great tip to keep you on the pitch
The role good quality footwear cannot be understated. However, sometimes, good boots are just not enough. Performance and injury prevention are often dependent on controlling your foot biomechanics inside the boots. Custom foot orthotics, prescribed by Dr Cherye Roche, uniquely for your feet, using the GaitScan System®, and designed specifically to fit inside your hockey boots, can have a significant impact on your game performance, and reduce your risk of injury?
Hi, I’m Dr Jason Berry, doctor of chiropractic at Pure Healthcare. In the light of depression being such a big topic at the moment, I decided to blog to increase awareness about the link between back pain and depression. Many people are unaware of the relationship between back pain and depression, until they are in the depths of depression, and it just seems a never-ending cycle.
Sufferers of chronic back pain, and those going through relapses of back pain, are those most likely to develop pain related depression. According to experts, depression is not a risk factor for everyone with back pain. But if you have severe or long-lasting back pain, then you might need to be concerned about your mental health as well as your physical health. Healthcare experts in this field agree that major depression is thought to be four times greater in people with chronic back pain than the general population.
Do you suffer with pain, numbness, or tingling in the palmar surface of your thumb, index and middle finger?
Do you feel it worse at night?
Do you experience general clumsiness of your hand, or difficulty in gripping with your thumb and index finger?
Then you may have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
You probably think it’s strange for a chiropractor to be writing about carpal tunnel syndrome, as you think they “only deal with the spine”. In my extensive training to become a doctor of chiropractic we become specialists in treating musculoskeletal problems of the spine as well as the extremities, which includes shoulders, elbows and wrists, as well as knees, ankles and feet. I am writing this article as I often hear “Oh, I didn’t know chiropractors dealt with wrist pain”, or “I really wish I hadn’t had surgery because there has been very little improvement in my symptoms”.
Sprain type injuries is a peculiar facet in the world of sports. It affects just about every physically demanding sport from water sports such as water polo to a field sport such as hockey (maybe not chess, even though its considered a sport. But who knows!).
In the grand scheme of the sports world, a sprain becomes an everyday part of the package. Either you yourself or a teammate is complaining of knee issues or a rolled ankle, or whatever it may be.
I’m Dr Jason Berry, a chiropractor at Pure Healthcare, and over the last 14 years, I have treated numerous athletes from weekend warriors to elite level, and had the pleasure working with some great practitioners, to help treat and rehabilitate athletes that have injured their discs while training or competing.
With regards to injuries sustained training in the gym, a disc injury is a very serious one, and one that could potentially lead to recurring pain and dysfunction or even end a sporting career. This type of injury involves a lot more care than just pain relief and should be tackled by a health care professional trained in neuromuscular diagnosis and treatment.