Gua Sha vs. Foam Roller – Which is better?

Tracey RoizmanMobility & RecoveryLeave a Comment

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If you are an athlete you have probably experienced firsthand the pain and frustration that comes from being sidelined with an injury. We’ve all been there and know that there’s only so much you can accomplish with rest and Advil before you start looking for something drug-free that will get you back in the game. Two such techniques: gua sha … Read More

The #1 Myth For Shoulder Pain

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There are varying degrees of shoulder pain, from a slight impingement to a completely torn rotator cuff. Today I’d like to focus on the early stages of shoulder pain as that’s where most of the myth resides. When I say early stages, I’m referring to impingements in your shoulder. There’s just enough pain there to be a nuisance, but usually … Read More

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Nicole ClarkMobility & Recovery1 Comment

Ehlers Danlos

We all know someone who is a little bit clumsy, gets injured easily, and although otherwise looks healthy is chronically tired and complains of pain. Are they just complaining for the sake of complaining, or is something truly wrong? A possible explanation is that the person has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, often referred to as EDS. What is EDS? EDS is a … Read More

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) Tools

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Sidekick IASTM Tools

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) tools vary in technique, shape, size, and material. Your Chiropractor will normally use an IASTM tool if you have limited motion, pain during motion, motor control issues, and muscle recruitment issues. Instruments are made up of different materials, have different shapes, and are used for a variety of reasons. Here is a list of different types instruments: … Read More

Is Rotator Cuff Surgery the Answer to My Shoulder Pain?

Nicole ClarkMobility & Recovery3 Comments

Shoulder pain is a very common problem, affecting as many as one in every three people. Many people with shoulder pain have problems with their rotator cuff, which is the common term for the four muscles that support your shoulder joint. Billions of dollars are spent annually in the treatment of shoulder pain in the United States. Your first move … Read More

What Are Meridian Lines? And What Is Their Role in Gua Sha and Acupuncture?

Wayne BloemhofTCMLeave a Comment

Many centuries ago Chinese philosophers and healers began to study the rich and complex natural phenomena of life. They carefully observed the environment around us, and also the human body. They noticed patterns in how nature’s energies flow, and also how all things are subject to universal laws. From these roots Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) grew into a comprehensive system, … Read More

Does Gua Sha Help Weightlifters and Bodybuilders?

Wayne BloemhofMobility & RecoveryLeave a Comment

Weight training comes with a fair share of risk, and there is always a possibility of straining or tearing muscles, or developing painful tendonitis or a slap tear. Anyone who spends a lot of time in the gym will know how back, shoulder or neck pain can severely limit your workout routine.  While applying ice to the painful area, getting … Read More

What is IASTM and what are the benefits?

Nicole ClarkIASTMLeave a Comment

“Just a minute while I go get my scraper…” my colleague said to his patient. I thought about what might be going through his patient’s mind. What is a scraper? Will I have any skin left when he is done? Is it really as bad as it sounds? My colleague was referring to a small plastic device that was triangular … Read More