Kinesio Tape

The Tape Technology

Kinesio Tape is an advanced taping technology which supports overused muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia in an active and dynamic way allowing for motion.  The tape actually increases and enhances muscle activity and improves function and performance.  The dynamic method of taping allows for prevention of further injury and protects the tissue for healing, while allowing for muscle activity.

Kinesio Tape Long Wear Mechanical Support

The tape is made of a cotton-type of fabric with an acrylic adhesive base that is activated by friction post-application.  Kinesio tape can potentially be worn for several days, due to the unique fabric that allows the tissue below to breathe.  It provides mechanical support of the structure while also promoting optimal athletic performance.

Dr. Tara Koff is proficient in various taping procedures to support injured muscles and joints.  Kinesio taping is one of many taping procedures she employs.

Chiropractic or Surgery

Chiropractic is the world’s largest “natural healing art.” Chiropractors study and work with muscles, bones, and the nervous system. Your body is made up of muscles which move bones and nerves which stimulate the muscles to function. If the muscles get injured, they can contract, and cause the bones to shift the wrong way. This causes pain, sometimes in a joint, or in your spine, or nerve irritation which causes sharp shooting pains, or numbness.  You may be asking yourself if you should have Chiropractic or surgery.

Chiropractic care will treat your problem through natural courses, that will allow your body to use it’s own ability to heal itself. Through gentle spinal manipulation, we help the muscle to relax and allow the bones to get back in the proper alignment. Then we teach you exercises to strengthen the muscles and restore your health. In most cases, Chiropractric works, and your pain goes away without surgery. If surgery is needed it can be done as a last resort. But only as a last resort. So see your Chiropractor first.

Body Talk – Warning Signs

Your body talks to you in a language called symptoms. If you listen, you will hear it tell you when there is a problem.

If you have a vertebra out of position, you will sometimes have symptoms. We often refer to these symptoms as Warning Signs.  One of the most important symptoms of the spine is pain. This pain can feel sharp and stabbing, or dull and achy. It may be in just one spot, or radiating into the legs or arms. It can be a headache, neck pain, lower back pain, shoulder pain, or pain almost any place along the spine.

The pain could be accompanied with fatigue or nervousness. This is common wit a vertabra out of place, or spinal misalignment.

So if you have pain, especially of a continuing or chronic nature, in any region of your back, head or legs, listen to your body. Contact your Chiropactor for a full evaluation.

Celebrate Wellness – Feet and Ankles

Foot injuries and ankle problems are very common… and very painful. What can a chiropractor do to help? What can you do to help yourself? Here are some facts and tips, courtesy of the Virginia Chiropractic Association.

There are 26 major bones in each foot. The bones are held together by ligaments and moved and controlled by tendons that attach muscles to other bones of the foot, ankle, and leg. Sensation (feeling) and movement are controlled by nerves that originate in the lower back (L4, L5, and S1 nerve roots), travel down the sciatic trunk, and become the tibial and common peroneal nerves before branching into local motor and sensory nerves. A rich blood supply feeds all of these tissues.

When you stand, walk, run, or jump, the foot adapts to control the movement and absorb shock. Walking requires adaptation to body weight, and running or jumping requires adaptation to somewhere between 2.51 and 4.62 times body weight. Poor adaptation to those forces can lead to anything from an evening of achy feet, to more serious conditions like plantar fascitis (inflammation of the tissues under the foot), stress fractures in the foot and ankle… even knee and back pain. What happens in the foot translates upwards via the “kinetic chain” — in other words, if your feet hit the ground lightly and with good control, then your knees, hips, and spine will have a gentler “ride.” On the contrary, poor foot and ankle mechanics — or overwhelmed or arthritic feet and ankles — will fail to soften impact, allowing it to transfer jarringly upwards. Read more

Stress is Everywhere

Stress is impossible to escape every day.

There are alternative ways, however, of dealing with how we are physically affected by stress from every day problems.

Chiropractic is one major way of coping with every day tension. If we allow muscles to become tense, our overall health picture can be compromised. There are nerves between each vertebra which supply energy (nerve) to muscles and organs, thus helping them function. If there is a disturbance, normal nerve use is impeded.

Chiropractic treatments can help!

Chiropractic helps the body to heal itself by reducing nerveous tension and muscle spasm. Also, when Chiropractic care is coupled with exercise (spinal and aerobic), health is markedly improved with renewed energy and better sleep habits. In short, helping your body manage the stress of every day life.

Can Chiropractic Help?

Many people are unsure as to whether Chiropractic will help their particular problem or needs. Chiropractic is a holistic approach to health, which encompasses spinal health, diet and exercise.

The natural approach to health is being accepted and adopted by people from all walks of life. Scientific data is corroborating the essential health elements of exercise and diet-which Chiropractors have said for years.

It is good and essential that people everywhere understand that our bodies are only as healthy as the care we put into them. As Chiropractors we cannot heal or cure all illnesses.

Chiropractors can eliminate much of our suffering in the form of back and neck pain. Primarily a chiropractic patient is having back or neck pain, headaches, or extremity pain or discomfort. Chiropractor’s can and will find the cause, which is typically a misalignment in the spine with muscle spasm and or nerve irritation.

It would be wise to consult, typically at no charge, with a Chiropractor who can usually determine whether or not Chiropractic care would be potentially helpful.

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