New Research: Improving Posture In Women With Back Pain

Thoracic kyphosis, defined as an increase in the normal curvature of the spine, is a growing problem with young women. Several factors, such as: slouching, carrying heavy bags, watching television, breast development, and ever increasing hours buried in their phones, are making this a national problem, and one that will surely increase over the years, especially as Millennials enter their aging years. 

Researchers from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, sought to determine the effectiveness of either chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy to the thoracic spine or stretch and strengthening exercises versus the combined treatment of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy to the thoracic spine in conjunction with stretch and strengthening exercises.

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Back In Motion - So Much More Than Traditional Chiropractic & Physical Therapy

When most people are asked to described the typical chiropractic experience, it consists of a relatively short office visit - usually less than 5 minutes - with the primary mode of therapy being spinal manipulation and possibly one or more modalities - electrical stimulation and ultrasound being the most popular. Likewise, the typical Physical Therapy experience consists of stretching and strengthening followed by some combination of the same passive modalities. There is certainly no doubting the incredible benefits of both types of therapy. However, there is one essential piece missing in each which has an undeniable positive benefit on both health outcomes and speed of recovery: soft-tissue therapy. 

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Chronic Tension Headache - Efficacy Of Manipulation & Manual Therapy

Chronic Tension Headache - Efficacy Of Manipulation & Manual Therapy

Chronic muscle tension headaches - we've all experienced them before to one degree or another. The chiropractors at Back In Motion in Beaverton diagnose and treat them on a regular basis. Stress, computer work, cell phone usage, poor posture - these all contribute, typically in combination, to this modern epidemic. Symptoms include tightness and decreased range of motion in the upper cervical spine, point tenderness in the upper trap muscles and suboccipital muscles at the base of the skull, pain that radiates into the temples, and often pain that radiates to the eyeball. These symptoms typically worsen with stress and are most prominent at the end of the work day, especially if that day was spent in front of a computer with infrequent breaks. As common as this condition is, and as frequently as it is treated in the chiropractor's office, what does the research say about the efficacy of manipulation and manual therapy - both relied on heavily by the chiropractors at Back In Motion in Beaverton - in the treatment of muscle tension headaches?

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What's That Popping Sound?

We are all familiar with the popping sound produced when cavitating our joints. Cracking our knuckles, neck, knees, ankles, and feet all produce this wonderful sound with the accompanying sweet relief. No one is more intimately aware of this particular sound and subsequent relief than the chiropractor, in our case the highly skilled and personable chiropractic physicians at Back In Motion Chiropractic & Sports Rehab in Beaverton, Oregon:) We produce hundreds of pops and cracks per day, and our patients experience them many times during their course of care at Back In Motion. As physicians, we are most concerned with the positive effects of joint manipulation, and its overall impact on clinical outcomes and patient well being. However, we rarely stop to think about some of the more esoteric aspects of our clinical techniques like, for instance, the physiology behind the audible pop caused by joint manipulation. So, what exactly is causing that sound?

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