Ice or Heat?

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Living in Minnesota, you know it feels so good to be outside in the warm weather!  Maybe you are visiting one of the beautiful State or National Parks (http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/index.html), walking one of the many trails or touring Minneapolis by bike (http://minneapolisbybike.com). Regardless of the activity, what if you “overdo it” and the result is pain.  For relief, do you ice it or use heat?

Here are a few basics:

  • ICE – When you stress a muscle there are micro tears that occur which create inflammation. Ice will slow and minimize the inflammation. Athletes may crawl in a large whirlpool after hard workouts IF the whirlpool is filled with cold water and ice!  We suggest no longer than 20 minute intervals with 30-40 minutes between icing sessions.
  • HEAT – Heat is great before exercise to loosen up muscles and tendons but never after exercise. Heat may feel good after aches and pains from physical activity but will always increase inflammation, resulting in greater pain.

If pain persists, make an appointment to see us. Our chiropractic care, physical therapy, medical and massage options ensure that we are able to provide you with the care you need to get your health back.

3 Myths About Back Pain

 

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How much do you really know about back pain? The solutions for healing the spine or maintaining the spine are usually not straightforward. Many find it is a long and winding road to getting an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan. Let us shed some light on 3 of the more common myths about back pain.

Myth: I’m Physically Active, Back Pain Won’t Be a Problem for Me
Fact: Staying physically fit is one of the best things you can do to keep your back healthy, but it is not an assurance that you will never experience back pain. It is true that a healthy spine needs a regular regimen of stretching, strengthening and aerobic conditioning exercises, however, eating a well-balanced, nutritious diet, lowering stressors in your life and maintaining proper posture are all necessary too.

Myth: Back Pain is a Normal Part of Aging
Fact: While getting older is a normal part of life, adding back pain to your life isn’t normal. Aging may make you more susceptible to certain illnesses or diseases to which back pain may be a symptom, but regular chiropractic care can diminish it and keep your spine healthy.

Myth: I Must Be Very Careful to Protect My Back to Avoid Further Pain
Fact: Many people with back pain actually overprotect their backs and, as a result, are more prone to injury and pain due to lack of conditioning. Unless your doctor tells you differently, protect your back with proper posture, body mechanics and appropriate physical therapy instruction to ensure that you are exercising correctly.

As a full-service clinic, our Chiropractor, physical therapists, massage therapists, acupuncture specialists  and medical doctors work closely to ensure our patients see a better level of health, wellness and recovery.  Call today for a free consultation (952) 835-6653.