Kinesiology Taping

Kinesiology Taping

Turn on any major sporting event and you will see athletes decorated head-to-toe in colorful, elastic tape in an endless variety of configurations. But it doesn't stop with the pros - a growing number of amateur sporting events have volunteer staff dedicated to taping athletes before and after the race. So, besides gaining street cred by looking like the pros, what exactly are the potential benefits of this tape?

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Back In Motion Welcomes Cigna Health Network

Back In Motion Welcomes Cigna Health Network

Back In Motion is excited to announce that effective March 1st, 2015 we will be accepting Cigna Health Network insurance plans in-network for chiropractic care. Cigna's in-network benefits are some of the best in the business, with most plans featuring low co-insurance with no deductible. Our mission for 2015 is to increase our community reach by offering not only the best care in the Beaverton/Portland area, but also the widest option of in-network insurance benefits. The addition of the Cigna Network, ChiroHealthUSA, and a few more to come help us to fulfill that mission, and provide the best and most cost-effective care in the area.

Please call our friendly staff at 503-524-9040 to discuss your Cigna Network benefits and to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to improving your health in 2015!

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Manual Therapy & Exercise In Treating Chronic Low Back Pain

Manual therapy, including chiropractic spinal manipulation, has been shown in multiple high quality research studies to be an effective treatment for chronic low back and neck pain. It has also been largely accepted that the addition of specific corrective exercises to the overall therapy plan leads to better short and long term outcomes, a philosophy that Back In Motion practices every day. While we can all share countless anecdotal stories of better patient outcomes with manual therapy plus exercise, very little quality evidence exists supporting this strategy over manual therapy alone. Until now...

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What Is Fascia?

Fascia. It's quickly becoming a popular buzzword with massage therapists, chiropractors, and physical therapists. Spend any amount of time in our Beaverton clinic and you'll almost certainly hear the word come up in conversation. But what it is exactly?

Fascia is quite literally the fabric that holds us together. It's the reason we aren't giant bags of amorphous fluid. Fascia is the three-dimensional matrix of proteins acting like a giant, super intelligent, spider web keeping all of our trillions of cells where they need to be so that we can exist and thrive. 

In more scientific terms, fascia is defined as all the collagenous-based soft-tissues in the body, including the cells that create and maintain that network of extra-cellular matrix. That broader definition includes not only the traditional web-like fascia, but also tendons, ligaments, bursae, all of the fascia that exists both in and around muscles, and fascia surrounding our organs.  

Fascia begins to form around week 2 of embryo development, and continues to fold and grow, forming the fascial matrix that we all have today. And while we can separate out individual fascial fibers and sections, much like muscles, in reality the fascial matrix is one single continuous web spun from the same original thread. 

Growing research into fascial has discovered that what we once thought of as an unchanging spider web of protein is actually quite alive and ever-changing. Recent studies have discovered that fascia has the ability to change length rather quickly, providing explanations for why body work and stretching can cause such a dramatic and quick change in joint range of motion. This concept also explains why a change in one body region can effect another, seemingly unrelated, body region. 

If you take away one concept from our fascial matrix, it's that the body is truly and quite literally interconnected. No one part of us lives in isolation from another, and small changes in one area can lead to changes in another. It can help to explain how our bodies so quickly and efficiently adapt to change, and why we have an incredible ability to compensate. 

If the last several years of research are any indication, the next few decades should yield an explosion of new information about this amazing biological entity. Perhaps it will replace the integumentary system as the largest organ in the human body, or perhaps our ultimate definition will go beyond even that. 

Once thing is certain: fascia will continue to fascinate evidence-based therapists, including the chiropractors and massage therapists at Back In Motion, for years to come. 

Back In Motion Chiropractic & Sports Rehab - Serving Beaverton & Portland For Over 25 Years - "Moving Toward Your Finish Line"

 

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