Most of us are familiar with tendons and ligaments, but haven’t heard of another form of connective tissue: fascia. This dynamic web of connective tissue runs throughout our entire body and may be the cause of a high percentage of pain and motion restriction.Read More
Founded in 2005, the Returning Veterans Project (RVP) supports the healing and health of our veterans and military communities by connecting post-9/11 war zone veterans, service members, and their families with free, confidential mental and physical health services. RVP clients can access individualized care from a network of highly-qualified volunteer providers, without any fees or strings attached.
Starting this November and moving forward, our practitioners Dr. Cydney Keller, DC and Melissa Miesen, LAc are donating their services via RVP at Equilibrium, and will be treating veterans in need of acupuncture and chiropractic care.
We will also be collecting monetary donations through the month of November and Equilibrium will match any amounts donated at the clinic.
You can also donate directly through the RVP website here.
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and chiropractors nationwide are promoting the benefits of movement to overall health as well as the prevention of back pain during National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) in October. This year’s theme, “Move 4 Life,” encourages people to move more now so they will be able to move better later and avoid chronic and painful conditions associated with sedentary lifestyles.
The ACA offers additional information on how to get and stay moving:
Good nutrition, ergonomic workspaces and proper lifting and movement techniques can go a long way in helping people to strengthen their spines and avoid disabling injuries and chronic back pain, which often prevent regular physical activity.
Consider weight-bearing exercises, such as walking, which help maintain bone density over a lifetime and keep our skeletal bones healthy and strong.
When busy schedules are the obstacle, a re-examination of personal priorities is sometimes necessary to restore balance in life; make time for healthy habits such as physical activity.
Back pain is one of the most common conditions for which prescription opioids are prescribed. It was once believed that pain medication and bed rest were the best course of action for low back pain, but research today supports first trying non-drug options for pain management, while remaining as active as possible, before moving on to other options.
Doctors of chiropractic practice a hands-on, drug-free approach to health care and pain relief that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. In addition to their expertise in spinal manipulation, chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, and to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
We all know we should be drinking water since our bodies are made up of over 70% of it. But did you know that it's important to drink water after your chiropractic, massage, or acupuncture treatment?
A chiropractic treatment puts your body back into alignment and releases tension that's been held for a while. As a result some toxins and nutrients that were held are also released. Drinking water helps to flush those items through to your kidneys and liver to help remove the toxins from your body.
A massage is a way of working your muscles; not dissimilar to a workout. The therapist is working on your muscles, stretching and manipulating them so there may be delayed soreness. Drinking water prevents dehydration of the muscles as they are using fluids to rejuvenate.
Don't forget to hydrate!
The pain experienced post-surgery can last several months. Research has shown that massage therapy can help alleviate that pain and therefore improve sleep, mood, and overall health.
Massage soon after surgery can improve pain management not just around the surgery area. As people compensate for the pain at the surgery site, other muscles and tissue get tighter and move less easily causing additional aggravation. Your Massage Therapist can help soothe those tighter places and get the blood flowing to promote healing.
In addition to helping speed the physical healing process, massage therapy can help promote mental healing by decreasing stress and anxiety around the post-surgical process. When you are less anxious about healing, it's easier for your body to concentrate on getting better.
No, that's not a clever way to discuss the current weather patterns in Portland. Warming up prior to you work out or exercise routine and cooling down after are just as important as your activity.
Warming up increases the temperature of your muscles for increased flexibility and mobility. It also dilates your blood vessels to increase oxygen flow throughout the body. A warm up slowly raises your heart rate and reduces stress on your heart. When you include a stretch in your warm up you increase range of motion and mobility in your joints preventing injury. Warm up for at least 5-10 minutes doing a similar activity to the one you have planned (walk before a run).
Cooling down allows your heart rate to come down gradually and your blood vessels to contract so you don't pass out or feel sick. Including a stretch in your cool down will help the build up of lactic acid (known for soreness and stiffness) in your muscles. Hold each stretch for 15-30 seconds and don't bounce.
Including these in your summer activities will help improve your overall health.
During the month of June, we bring awareness to men's health issues. There are several key factors and things you can do to participate and help yourself (or the men in your lives).
Get screened! HPV also affects men and most men never know they have it, but it can cause cancer. 1 in 2 men get cancer in their lifetime; for women it's 1 in 3. Regular check ups with your doctor can help keep you healthy and disease free.
June 15th is wear blue day to show support for men's health awareness. Wear blue to show your support and spread awareness about preventable diseases and early detection in men and boys.
May is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month so get out there and get active! Regular physical activity can help prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Exercising regularly strengthens muscles, reduces fat, controls your weight, and improves your sleep (among other things).
There are lots of way for adults to get the recommended 30 minutes per day of physical activity. It doesn't have to mean going to gym or a spin class. Look for ways to incorporate into your every day life like taking the stairs or parking your car farther away from your intended destination.
You can also add balancing exercises into your routine in order to improve muscle control and function. Stretching during TV time is also an easy activity to improve flexibility to reduce the risk of injury.
A few other fun ways to stay active (especially as the weather improves): plant and care for a vegetable garden, wash the car, take a walk to catch up with a friend instead of calling them, take your coffee on a walk during your break, and walk the dog as a whole family.
Get out there and get active!
The Mayo Clinic recently released a study about the health benefits of adding massage and acupuncture to your healing plan. The study found that not only is massage beneficial for pain relief, but with the therapist's hands on approach, they may be able to feel areas of pain not otherwise recognized. It also found that acupuncture can have similar benefits. When the acupuncturist is palpating to find sensitive areas, they may be able to find additional areas of soreness or other abnormalities and discuss them with the patient's physician.
In March, we will be collecting much needed items for the Oregon Humane Society. Their urgent needs wish list includes:
- Wet/canned cat and kitten food, especially strong-smelling types like Tiki Cat
- Kitten formula (KMR) and nursing bottles
- Puppy pads (for potty-training)
- Veterinary special diet foods for both cats and dogs (e.g. Royal Canin Hypoallergenic)
- Dog toys (puzzle toys, KONG-type chew toys especially)
- Dog treats (for small to medium-sized dogs)
- Wet/canned cat and kitten food (see brands below)
- XL dog crates
They accept high-quality brands of food like Canidae/Felidae, Castor & Pollux, Eukanuba, Innova, Natural Balance, Newman’s Own, Nutro, Pinnacle, Purina Select/Purina One, Royal Canin, Tiki Cat, and Wellness.