As spring training comes to a close and the weather becomes warmer, more and more athletes are beginning to ramp up for their seasons. However, in the minds of many players with all of their focus on the big game, health and safety often take a backseat to winning. Learn how to keep your body safe during game time with help from your Glen Ellyn, IL chiropractor at Wesely Family Chiropractic.
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic can help prevent or treat sports injuries by using hands-on manipulation of the spine and joints to align them into the correct positions and balance the strain against them. The manipulation process works to take the pressure off of the bones in the joints, sometimes causing an audible sound. Called cavitation, this popping sound occurs when the joint moves and releases gas trapped inside.
What To Expect
Your Glen Ellyn chiropractor begins your appointment with a physical exam. During this time, your doctor measures your weight, height and spine alignment and analyses your posture. Family and medical history help your doctor pinpoint any long-standing or potential underlying conditions which relate to your injury. Imaging techniques like x-rays help your chiropractor see the bones and connective tissues within the injured area. If necessary, other testing may be required. Depending on your pain, where it occurs and its severity, your doctor might prescribe physical therapy or a brace to help ease the healing process or properly align the bones and muscles. You and your doctor can work together to find the best and most effective treatment plan for you.
Preventing Sports Injuries
Sports-related injuries usually come about one of two ways: trauma or overuse. Many of these injuries are to the lower back and neck regions. Tips for reducing the risk of sports injuries include:
- drinking enough water
- warming up properly
- wearing the correct equipment for your sport
- stretching before and after physical activity
- wearing the correct shoes for your sport
- switching your cleats or shoes for new ones when they show signs of wear
For more information on keeping your back and neck safe this season, please contact Dr. Mark Wesely and Dr. Michelle Wesely at Wesely Family Chiropractic in Glen Ellyn, IL. Call (630) 790-3335 to schedule your chiropractic appointment today!
Massage therapy is very effective at reducing muscle pain, but it offers many other other important benefits. Glen Ellyn, IL chiropractors, Dr. Mark Wesely and Dr. Michelle Wesely of Wesely Family Chiropractic PC, explain how this popular healing art can help you.
How does massage therapy work?
Massages don't just relax stiff muscles. During a massage, your lymph and blood circulation also improves. Better circulation means that it's easier for oxygen and nutrients to reach muscle cells. When your circulation system works more efficiently, it's easier to get rid of waste products and excess fluids. Improving lymph circulation can even play a role in boosting your body's immune system response. Massage also triggers the release of natural pain killers called endorphins. When you're muscles are relaxed, pressure on nearby nerves, ligaments and tendons eases, which helps decrease pain and inflammation in muscles, tissues and organs.
How can massage therapy help me?
Massage offers numerous benefits. It can:
- Increase the flexibility of your joints
- Reduce muscle tension and stiffness
- Balance your walking gait
- Improve range of motion
- Promote healing
- Reduce pain from headaches, including migraines
- Improve lung function and breathing
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduce scar tissue and adhesions after surgery
- Improve sleep, increase energy and reduce fatigue
- Help manage the symptoms of chronic diseases and conditions, including fibromyalgia, asthma, allergies and osteoarthritis
- Reduce lower back pain
- Relieve menstrual symptoms
- Help cancer patients handle treatment side effects
Stress reduction benefits of massage therapy in Glen Ellyn
It's hard not to feel relaxed when you have a massage. As your muscles loosen, you begin to experience the relaxation response. When this occurs, the production of stress hormones decreases while serotonin production increases. Serotonin is a brain chemical that helps regulate your mood and improves your sense of well being. Stress reduction isn't the only emotional benefit of massage. It can also be very helpful in decreasing anxiety and depression.
Think massage therapy sounds like a great way to handle pain and other symptoms naturally? Call Wesely Family Chiropractic PC in Glen Ellyn, IL, at (630) 790-3335 and schedule an appointment today. Take advantage of the many benefits of massage therapy!
Whether you have chronic or acute back pain, here are some ways to eliminate this painful problem.
It’s hard to believe, but lower back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, with over 50 percent of Americans admitting that they experience back pain each year. While the symptoms may feel severe at times, you’ll be happy to know that most back pain is not caused by more serious problems. In fact, you may be able to alleviate some of your back pain symptoms by following these helpful hints from your Glen Ellyn, IL chiropractor at Wesely Family Chiropractic:
Be aware of your posture
It’s easy to slouch when you are sitting in your office chair, especially at the end of a tiring day; however, always be aware of how you are sitting. Always have your back aligned right against the back of your office chair and stop yourself when you star to lean forward in your seat.
If your back pain is chronic, it might be worth it to invest in an ergonomic chair. However, a proper chair isn’t always enough to alleviate pain. Your spine was not meant to sit in one position for long periods of time; therefore, it’s important to give yourself breaks to stand and stretch throughout the day.
Do your exercises
You should be doing back stretching and strengthening exercises a couple times a week. Always move slowly when stretching and hold stretches for about 20 to 30 seconds to allow muscles to become loose. Really set aside a few hours each week to give yourself a good back-stretching workout. Also, talk to your Glen Ellyn chiropractor about other back exercises that could help alleviate discomfort.
Avoid heavy lifting
While we recommend staying away from heavy lifting if you already have back pain, this may be unavoidable at some point in your life. However, when picking up heavy boxes or items always remember to bend at the knees and keep your back straight. You’ll want your leg muscles to be doing the work, not your back.
It’s also important to incorporate healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle into the mix if you want to keep your body fit and strong. Foods rich in iron, magnesium and vitamins A, D, and K promote healthy bones and tissues. Vitamin C is also extremely important for healing. Incorporate lean meats, leafy greens, dairy and whole grains into your diet to promote stability, strength and function.
Lose the weight
Your back pain could be due to the few extra pounds you’re carrying around. If this is the case, it’s important to lose that weight in order to take some of the stress off your back. Incorporating the balanced diet above and maintaining an active lifestyle will go a long way to helping you lose weight. Talk to your Glen Ellyn, IL back doctor about nutritional and dietary advice to help with your back pain.
Why put up with back pain any longer? Our team of Glen Ellyn, IL back doctors at Wesely Family Chiropractic is here to get you on the road to recovery.
Dr. Mark Wesely, DC Completes 14-Hour Training Course
In Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
Dr. Mark Wesely, DC of Glen Ellyn recently completed Graston Technique® Module 2 Advanced Training and continues to treat patients with GT at Wesely Family Chiropractic.
The advanced training program includes lecture and laboratory applications of the Technique in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of soft-tissue injuries of the upper and lower extremities as well as the spine. The course incorporates the use of weight, resistance and motion in treatment.
The instrument-assisted soft tissue treatment brings pain relief and improved function to patients who have been injured during their activities.
More than 16,000 leading healthcare providers, some 1,650 outpatient facilities and more than 250 professional and amateur sports organizations worldwide offer not only the original, but the finest instrument-assisted soft tissue technology available. Trainers and clinicians at these organizations are treating elite athletes, patients and employees every day to get them injury free to function at the highest level.
The Technique provides patients with a new option in the treatment of musculoskeletal complaints. For further information, contact Dr. Mark Wesely at 630-790-3335.
Wesely Family Chiropractic
800 Roosevelt Rd.
Bldg. B, Ste. 112
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
For more information, go to GrastonTechnique.com.
The Graston Technique® instruments, while enhancing the clinician's ability to detect fascial adhesions and restrictions, have been clinically proven to achieve quicker and better outcomes in treating both acute and chronic conditions, including:
Achilles Tendinitis/osis (ankle pain)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist pain)
Cervical Sprain/Strain (neck pain)
Lateral Epicondylitis/osis (tennis elbow)
Lumbar Sprain/Strain (back pain)
Medial Epicondylitis/osis (golfer's elbow)
Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)
Plantar Fasciitis/osis (foot pain)
Rotator Cuff Tendinitis/osis (shoulder pain)
Women’s Health (post-mastectomy and Caesarean scarring)
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