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Movember Part Deux

Yep! Movember is here again, and yet again I'm participating. My Movember page is right here. That's right, it's as easy as clicking that link to donate to the cause.  This year I'm setting a fundraising goal of $300! That would double what I raised last year, and would be more than worth the pain…
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Treating Low Back Pain

A great video from Dr. Mike Evans on one of the most common ailments we see in the office - low back pain.  This video offers a great review of some general categories of low back pain.

The first priority of the therapists in our office is to determine into which general category of low back pain your symptoms fall, and whether or not that type of low back pain will benefit from treatment in our office, or if you should be referred out to another health care provider. While there are some conditions that require more complex intervention, thankfully, most low back pain is "mechanical" in nature.  This means it is the result of some irritated nerves, joints, muscles, discs or ligaments, but that there isn't anything seriously, or structurally wrong!

As back pain can be quite severe, we often hear concerns from our patients that something is "really wrong" with their back, but as you'll see in the video, despite severe symptoms and in some cases, findings on xray or MRI, most back pain is not a sign of a serious problem and can be managed with manual therapy, education and over the counter medication.

Dr. Evans includes acupuncture, massage therapy, spinal manipulation (or adjustments by chiropractors) and exercise/activity in his core list of treatments for low back pain.  Our therapists are committed to helping you return to your normal movement and function, and to educate you on how you can manage your symptoms at home, for both this episode of back pain, and those in the future.  This almost always involves instruction in home exercise, stretches and how to modify your activities.

As Dr. Evans says, "Movement is Medicine," - let our therapists help you find the right dose.

Plantar Fasciitis – say what?

When we hear the term ‘Plantar Fasciitis’ the question that comes to our mind is: what is this and what does it mean to me? First off, let’s look at what the plantar fascia is and what its role in the body is. The plantar fascia is the flat band of tissue (ligament) that connects…
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Back to Schoo-Oops!

Ahh September.  The kids are back to school and routines are back to normal.  Time to start thinking about updating the fall and winter wardrobe, winter tires, putting away the lawn-mower and closing up the pool. Kids get excited too! Back to school means seeing their friends again, new teachers, new classes and maybe some…
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