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Move It Or Lose It – Tips to Get Moving when You’re in Pain

When you are feeling pain, whether it’s because of chronic joint pain or a new sports injury, your body’s first reaction is to restrict. What does that mean? You tense up and stop moving. Sometimes pain is your body’s way of saying “slow down.” But in many situations, it is important to safely incorporate small, gentle movements into your daily recovery plan. While rest is an important piece of pain management, fascial restrictions and non-movement can actually build scar tissue and make your health matters worse.

Work with your chiropractor to learn safe, gentle movements.

Chiropractic care is an important piece of your pain management plan. When you come in for your appointment with Total Body Chiropractic & Massage, we will be happy to walk you through some safe, gentle exercises you can incorporate into your daily routine. Every injury or chronic condition is different and in order to get you moving safely and for optimal health, we need to see you. If you are feeling restricted because of pain, schedule a chiropractic appointment.

Stay active when you can.

While there is no one-size-fits-all movement solution for pain problems, it often feels right to choose low-impact exercise like walking or swimming. Gentle, small movements are best in most situations. Even just a short walk to the mailbox or around the block will wake up your muscles, ligaments and blood flow and get much-needed nutrition to your joints.

Use heat and foam rollers before you get moving for the day.

Pain is typically at its high point when you first wake up in the morning. This is because of the fascial restrictions you experience all night while you sleep. You feel tight, tense, and maybe have a hard time getting up out of bed at all. Try using a heating pad or if you are able, work with a foam roller or lacrosse ball when you first wake up. Again, getting nutrition flowing to your joints after periods of inactivity will help loosen soreness and tight areas.

Listen to your body.

It’s always important to listen to your body. If something doesn’t feel right or the pain gets too strong, it is important to stop and take a rest. Consult your chiropractic physician to see if you are doing too much. You don’t want to tax your already stressed body. The key when you are feeling pain is always slow, gentle movement. And rest when you need it.

Are you experiencing pain and struggling to find ways to get moving? Total Body Chiropractic & Massage in Bend, Oregon specializes in chiropractic care, massage, and the Graston soft-tissue release treatment. We can help you come up with a pain-management plan and get moving again.

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Hiking Shouldn’t Hurt – How to take care of your body on the trail

We’re in the peak of summer in Bend, Oregon and the hiking trails in our region are the place to be. Hiking and backpacking are wonderful ways to explore surrounding lands and see areas you can’t access any other way. Hiking is also a great way to get cardio exercise and keep your dog healthy and happy, too. To keep yourself injury-free however, there are some things you should double check before leaving the trailhead. Hiking shouldn’t hurt. And a sore back or neck can put a serious damper on a glorious day on the trail.

Check your backpack.

Your backpack weight and size depends on the distance of your trip. But no matter the size or duration of your time on the trail, a poorly fitting backpack can cause big problems in your neck, back and hips. You’ll first want to get fitted. One of the biggest mistakes people make when buying a backpack is not getting it properly fitted to their torso. Also a hip belt that is too big or too small can cause major issues. Take your pack to a trusted local store to check your fitting.

 Wear supportive shoes.

We can’t stress this point enough. Your feet are your foundation for any hiking trip. If your feet are not supported correctly, your foundation can crack and cause problems throughout your entire body. When buying hiking shoes, the same rules apply as when buying running shoes. Most important? Get fitted properly at a local specialty store.

Pay attention to your posture and gait.

You know that feeling when you first hit the trail? You’re light and fancy-free and moving with purpose. It might be early in the day when the sun is low and temperatures are perfectly cool. You’re hydrated and loving life. Fast-forward a few hours and your tired legs may force your body alignment to change without you even noticing. Shoulders sag, your core loosens, and before you know it, your neck and shoulders seem to be carrying all the weight. This is not a good scenario for your upper body especially. How to solve this problem? Take a moment every 30 minutes or so to check in and return to your normal posture and gait. One quick action you can take: stop and engage your core. The strongest part of your body is also the most involved in walking movement.

Pack light.

There’s a reason we worry about kids and overstuffed backpacks. Too much weight can cause their little bodies a lot of pain. The same holds true for adult backpacks. Pack as lightly as possible. In general, put your heaviest gear closest to your back and centered (food and water), and your lightest gear away from your back and centered (extra clothing, backpacking tent).

Don’t overdo it.

There are so many miles to explore. You don’t have to travel them all in one summer. If you are going with a group, be sure to pace yourself to your own level of skill and exertion. Hiking poles are a great tool to invest in and can be very helpful if you like to pace yourself to a comfortable rhythm.

Do you have back or neck pain associated with summer hiking? Total Body Chiropractic & Massage in Bend, Oregon specializes in chiropractic care, massage, and the Graston soft-tissue release treatment. We can help you feel better and make a plan for more healthful and injury-free hiking experiences.

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8 Reasons To Try Cupping

You’ve likely heard about cupping. It’s the non-invasive health and pain-management treatment endorsed by several celebrity athletes during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Some of the buzz comes from how people view the temporary circular marks left on the skin following a cupping treatment.  But mostly, people are talking about cupping because of its powerful health and pain management benefits. We at Total Body Chiropractic & Massage are here to tell you: Cupping is incredible and it’s time you try it.

8 Reasons To Try Cupping:

  1. Cupping is non-invasive.

If you’ve shied away from acupuncture because you are weary of needles, then cupping is a perfect treatment for you. The benefits are similar to acupuncture, but many view cupping as more gentle because there are no needles.

  1. Cupping treats a variety of ailments and conditions.

Most of our patients come to us for cupping because of athletic injuries or sore muscles. Cupping is extremely helpful as a pain management tool. But it is also helpful in treating a whole host of skin conditions, digestive issues, aging, and even anxiety and depression.

  1. Cupping is relaxing.

Much like massage or the effects of acupuncture, cupping has a relaxing effect on most patients. Your body will begin to warm and relax the moment the first cup is administered. The rest of the treatment will feel much like a deep tissue massage.

  1. Cupping is a quick and easy treatment.

A typical cupping treatment lasts less than thirty minutes. It’s quick and convenient and many patients feel comfortable scheduling a treatment on their lunch hour.

  1. Cupping is gentle and most patients report mild, if any, side effects.

Cupping is a very gentle treatment and as such, the side effects are very mild. You might experience some bruising (or circular marks) and bit of discomfort. Drinking plenty of water before and after your treatment will help with any side effects you may feel.

  1. Cupping is all-natural.

There are no medicines involved in a cupping treatment. Just you, your practitioner, and the cups. It doesn’t get much more natural than that.

  1. Cupping has been used to effectively treat pain and disease for centuries.

There’s a reason this alternative health treatment has never gone out of style. It works! The history of this effective therapy goes back thousands of years.

  1. Cupping works quickly on the body.

Many patients begin to feel the healing effects of cupping during the treatment and immediately following. The benefits last for days.

Schedule your cupping appointment with Total Body Chiropractic & Massage. We specialize in Cupping and Firecupping therapies. Complement your treatment with a Swedish or deep tissue massage. You’ll leave our office feeling better from what ails you.

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Pregnancy Massage and Chiropractic, Like Peanut Butter and Jelly

Get comfortable with prenatal massage and chiropractic care.

There is a moment during the second trimester of pregnancy when things can start to get uncomfortable. As your baby grows, your own body structure changes in major ways. Weight shifts dramatically. You walk differently. Water retention makes your ankles feel ten times their normal size. These prenatal changes can have big effects on your level of comfort, overall health, and ease of childbirth. Pregnancy is a beautiful time of life. You don’t have to suffer through it. We can help you enjoy it.

Massage out stress. Massage in oxytocin.

Oxytocin is a pregnant woman’s best friend. Also known as the touch hormone, oxytocin helps decrease stress and move you into a relaxed state. It can also help stimulate contractions and childbirth.  This female hormone plays an important role from conception to delivery and prenatal massage is a great way to get more of it. We recommend beginning your pregnancy massage routine 6-8 weeks out from your due date. Years of research by midwives is showing that regular pregnancy massage during the third trimester especially leads to less pain during pregnancy and less intervention during childbirth.

Chiropractic care for pain relief and water retention.

Chiropractic care during pregnancy is a safe, effective way to manage pain, body structure changes, posture issues, and water retention. Sciatica, low back pain, “cankles” – these are all common ailments that women experience throughout pregnancy, but especially during the second and third trimesters. Make pregnancy wellness a priority. Pregnancy does not have to be uncomfortable. Even simple treatments like kinesio tape to drain fluid out of your ankles can have tremendous effects on your overall comfort.

 Wouldn’t it be nice to lie on your belly?

If there’s one thing every pregnant woman wants to do, it’s to lie on her belly. You know what we mean if you’ve been there. As you progress through the second and third trimesters, belly sleep is a distant memory. That’s why we at Total Body Chiropractic & Massage have a special table with a drop piece that actually allows a pregnant woman to safely lie on her stomach during chiropractic treatment. Hallelujah! Of course, there are other prenatal health benefits that happen on this table. We work on problem areas and issues with many pregnant women through prenatal chiropractic care. But if you just want to try it for a minute to remember what laying on your stomach feels like, we’re okay with that too. Please note, we never use this table for massage. To avoid blood flow issues, pregnancy massage is always done side-lying.

Are you feeling uncomfortable during pregnancy? Total Body Chiropractic & Massage in Bend, Oregon specializes in prenatal massage and chiropractic care. We can help you feel your best from conception to delivery so you can enjoy this special time of life.

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How to Choose the Right Running Shoe and Avoid Discomfort and Pain

Do you know how many miles you walk in a lifetime? The average person will walk 110,000 miles by the time they turn 80. That equates to nearly five trips around the earth! A runner will put in even more miles. That’s a lot of stress on your feet. If something is off balance with your foundation, we often see dramatic shifts elsewhere in the body. The back, neck, and glutes can all feel the painful effects of wearing the wrong shoe. If you want to stay healthy and injury-free, invest in a good pair of running shoes. How to choose the right running shoe for you:

Buy running shoes from your local running store.

Find a local specialty running store with knowledgeable staff. Buying the right running shoe is like building the right foundation for your house. You need the best materials and design to ensure that your house won’t crumble. You won’t make the best decision for your body alone behind a computer screen, or at a department store where there is no one to help you. In Bend, Oregon where Total Body Chiropractic and Massage practices, we choose FootZone for all of our running shoe needs. They are experts at fitting feet to the right shoe. And they really care about their customers. It’s not about the sale, it’s about finding you your best shoe.

Always get fitted.

You might think you know your shoe size. Maybe you’ve been wearing the same size for decades. But running shoes are more complicated than you think. It’s not just about what feels good. Get measured every time you buy a new pair of shoes. It’s also a good idea to get fitted later in the day when your feet are larger. Don’t forget to bring a pair of your own socks, as well as any inserts, like orthodics, that you use.

Be specific about your habits.

There are so many running shoe brands, models, and size variances. Choosing the right running shoe can feel overwhelming. When you get fitted, it is important that you are specific and clear about your habits. Do you walk? Are you runner? Do you run mostly on dirt trail,  asphalt, or an indoor track? Will your running shoes be used for other activities like hiking or mountain biking? Do you have any injuries like blisters, joint pain, shin splints, or tendonitis? When you choose your trusted local running store, they will narrow down the selections based on your daily habits.

Don’t buy your favorite shoe online.

You know that feeling when you find the perfect running shoe? Your feet are happy, your body is happy, and running has never felt so good. Resist the urge to order the same shoe online the next season. Manufacturers often make small changes to a shoe without renaming the model. Even a slight shift in the design can cause big problems down the road. Go to your trusted local running store and get refitted instead.

Forget about trendy or fashionable.

Just because you like the color or a shoe “looks fast” doesn’t mean it’s the right shoe for you. Don’t ever shop by price or style. Try on as many models and styles as you can. When a running shoe fits properly, you’ll love it no matter the trends.

Finally, when you find your perfect shoe, remember that they will need to be replaced every 300 to 500 miles. Make a note on your calendar so you don’t forget.

Is your body feeling out of balance from a running injury, or foot pain or discomfort? Total Body Chiropractic and Massage uses a unique combination of healing modalities for total body health. Our practitioners understand the importance of pain-free movement and active lifestyles. Learn about our services and come in for a free consultation and a Graston soft-tissue release treatment.