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Consider a Chiropractor + Myofascial Release for Carpal Tunnel

tulsa chiropractor writes about conservative care for wrist painWhen looking at the treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome, some patients may opt for a trial of conservative care before surgery in mild to moderate cases.

A chiropractor that incorporates myofascial release techniques into the practice maybe a good fit for a trial. Here’s why:

The connective tissue that surrounds the muscles in the body can become restricted and tight in cases of repetitive strain. Much like wearing a tight shirt would cause restriction with movement – tension in the connective tissue in a body part would also cause compression and restriction.
Releasing the fascia allows your muscles to move freely again.

Additionally, adjusting the wrist/carpal bones may provide great benefit to help reduce the compression that may be hitting the median nerve – the nerve at play with carpal tunnel syndrome compression.

Sitting in front of a computer all day in addition to typing creates more opportunity for the muscles in the forearm to grow tense and tight – potentially contributing to the compression in this type of injury.

– Dr. Michael Lau

Natural Health & Chiropractic Center
6130 S Maplewood Ave #D, Tulsa, OK 74136

www.alternativepractice.com


Shoulder Pains Associated with Computer Work

As a chiropractor in Tulsa, I see patients present with tight shoulder muscles on a daily basis.  This tension is compounded by a sedentary lifestyle sitting in front of a computer.  The head forward posture that is often employed during a hard day at work in front of the computer puts excess strain on the muscles in the back of the neck.

Normally, our heads should be directly above our shoulders.  Too often, while at work, our head will translate forward to look at the computer monitor.  This is a lot like holding a bowling ball out in front of you – it gets heavier to hold.  The result is extra strain on the muscles in the back of the neck – causing them to act like “guide-wires”.  Over time, these strained muscles will harden and become tense.

A chiropractor will often use plenty of muscle work during the adjustment session to begin to reduce/reverse the muscle adhesions and splinting.  A chiropractic adjustment will also improve tissue flexibility in the area and ensure that the spinal mechanics are not being restricted by the tight muscles.

This type of pain scenario can also be associated with injuries where the muscles are splinting like auto accident injuries, whiplash and sports injuries.

Those with tight shoulder muscles should also be on the look-out for symptoms of arm tingling, etc. that can be linked to an entrapment of nerve tissue in the shoulder and neck area due to excessive neck/shoulder muscle tension.

Dr. Michael Lau

Natural Health & Chiropractic Center

6130 S Maplewood Ste D

Tulsa, OK  74133

www.alternativepractice.com


Organic Square Foot Gardening

Square Foot Gardening

Recently I was inspired by others who have studied square foot gardening to give it a try myself.  We didn’t seem to have much success with gardening while I was growing up – partially because our work duties on the farm rarely made it to the garden area as we focused on the large field crops.

Usually, about half way through the summer when the weeds had overtaken the garden, my dad would hook up the shredder to his tractor and drive over the garden a few times to completely mow it down.  No more weeds, no more garden.  Good idea, but not enough time delegated to it.

Frankly, it wasn’t my favorite thing – pulling weeds.  There were so many.  I know that sounds lazy, but trust me, there were tons of them.

The beautiful thing about square foot gardening is that you plant the garden in an elevated planter.  This reduces weeds, insects, animals, etc. from being as big of a problem.  Additionally, if you do it right, you can easily access the garden right in front of you without the excessive bending that is not as easy to do and hard on the back – I am a chiropractor – we think of these things.

One of the things that attracted me to this style of gardening besides being easier to reach, less bugs, less problems is the very organized layout.  It lends towards maximized efficiency.  Each square foot garden is marked off with either twine (as in mine pictured above) or with wooden slats.  There is a book that can be purchased that has great recommendations on types of vegies to plant and how many per square.

We’ll see how this summer goes.  My daughters have all wanted to pitch in and manage their own ‘squares’.  I am hoping that they will see the fruit of their labors and learn something from it as well.  You can take the boy out of the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the boy.  I’ll try to keep things posted here occasionally.

– Dr. Michael Lau

Natural Health & Chiropractic Center

6130 S Maplewood Ave # D,

Tulsa, OK 74136

(918) 481-9200 ‎

alternativepractice.com

Natural Health & Chiropractic Center
6130 S Maplewood Ave # D
Tulsa OK 74136
United States


Vitamin D as a Flu Fighter

Use Vitamin D As Flu Medicine

Vitamin D therapy is gaining acceptance from the medical community as a healthy option to take year round.  In fact, many suggest it as a protective against the flu.  Vitamin D3 is believed to be the best source to take.

Different supplement companies are now carrying vitamin D3 in either liquid drops or pill form.

It is recommended  for adults to take 5,000 iu’s daily.

Additionally, testing for vitamin D deficiency via bloodwork is becoming widely accepted in primary care offices.

– Dr. Michael Lau

www.alternativepractice.com

Natural Health & Chiropractic Center
6130 S Maplewood Ave # D
Tulsa OK 74136
United States


Adding ‘Bounce’ to Your Joints

Much is asked of our joints.  Support, flexibility, protection.

As we age, we tend to lose that ‘bounce’ that is inherently there.  We may feel it as joint stiffness upon waking or dull, achy pains throughout the day.  There may be a feeling that we need to twist or stretch the back.  All are signs that perhaps our joints are starting to lose their ‘bounce’.

There are some things we can do to protect and add more life to our joints.

Adding motion to joints helps to ‘undo’ the aging process of a joint.  Adding healthy motion to stiff joints will reduce the accumulation of scar tissue.  Further, motion helps drive in needed nutrients to the cartilage or discs between the spinal segments.

Restoring motion to joints is a lot like adding WD40 to rusty chain links.

The chiropractic care in our office focuses on detecting the areas of the spine that may be out of alignment and ‘fixated’.  A short prescription of care is given to start adding the ‘bounce’ back into the joints again through a variety of techniques.

The results can be dramatic in a short amount of time.

– Dr. Michael Lau, D.C.

(918) 481-9200

www.alternativepractice.com

Natural Health & Chiropractic Center
6130 S Maplewood Ave # D
Tulsa OK 74136
United States

 


Reduced Motion Found in Spinal Disc Arthritis

Research published in Spine conclude that spinal joints afflicted with arthritis reveal diminished joint mobility.  This is not a big surprise and a no-brainer since a lack of mobility is detrimental to the health of the discs of the spine and may lead to the water loss found in the discs.

The discs of the spine require motion to draw in nutrients from the edges of the vertebra.  This is due to the lack of blood supply to the discs.

The good news here is with the understanding of the requirement of motion to keep the spinal joints healthy, etc., we can promote this movement to keep joint disc degeneration from occurring.

A variety of chiropractic techniques are great at promoting this normal motion back into the spinal segments.

– Dr. Michael Lau, D.C.

(918) 481-9200

www.alternativepractice.com

Natural Health & Chiropractic Center
6130 S Maplewood Ave # D
Tulsa OK 74136
United States


Your Pain and Connective Tissue

This small post is about stiffness and your connective tissue called ‘fascia’ and its relation to pain.

The concept of fascia is very important for patients with chronic pain to ‘get’.  Fascia is the connective tissue that holds us together so to speak.  Comprised of both collagen and elastin, fascia is prone to ‘stick together’ around areas of stress in the body or in areas that stay in one place for too long (like sitting all day at work).

Without much mobility throughout the day (trips to the water cooler), our backs are prone to become stiff over time.  This pattern of sitting in the modern workplace can lead to the fascia laying down what scientists call ‘cross-linking fibers’.  In essence, this causes the fascia to glue together.

The end result is a restriction of joint movement.   [Enter chronic back pain.]

In most cases, back pain that does not radiate and that gets worse with inactivity (sitting all day, sleeping, laying on couch) is due to joint restriction and stiffness.   As this fascia builds up, joints become restricted.   Scientists believe joint restriction triggers our dull, achy pain.

Patients with this type of scenario respond amazing well to treatments aimed at restoring the normal motion back into the spine through chiropractic care, deep tissue massage, myofascial release techniques and stretching.

In addition, stay active, try yoga and see your massage therapist and your chiropractor on a regular basis.

– Michael Lau, D.C., a Tulsa Chiropractor

www.alternativepractice.com

 

Natural Health & Chiropractic Center
6130 S Maplewood Ave # D
Tulsa OK 74136
United States