Cupping therapy is one of the oldest known healing practices, and is seen in almost every ancient culture. Cupping affects several areas, including circulation, fascia, lymph and muscle tissue. Learn more about this technique commonly used by chiropractors, massage therapists and acupuncturists.Read More
April is Parkinson's Awareness Month. During the month of April we are excited to be partnering with Parkinson's Resources of Oregon (PRO), an organization that provides support and resources to people living with Parkinson's disease and their families and caregivers in Oregon and Washington.Read More
Frozen Shoulder Syndrome is a common affliction in people between the ages of 40 and 60, particularly women and those with diabetes. It begins with inflamed connective tissue around a joint; as the tissue thickens and tightens, the joint gradually loses mobility until it becomes “frozen” making everyday activities very painful.Read More
The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality recommended spinal manipulation as the only safe and effective drugless form of initial professional treatment for acute low back problems in adults after an extensive study of all available forms of care for low back problems.Read More
Tech Neck is a syndrome caused by overuse of the head, neck, and shoulders sitting and looking in a forward and down position. Find out how to counteract and defend against this postural deviation.Read More
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.