Posts made in September 2018

Three Benefits of Cold Therapy

woman holding knee in pain after exerciseCold therapy, or cryotherapy, is the practice of applying something cold to the source of pain. From everyday muscle recovery to targeted pain relief, here are some of the health benefits that cold therapy can offer.

Post-surgery recovery
Cold therapy can reduce pain by controlling swelling and inflammation in the affected area. This is why many doctors recommend this method of pain therapy for post-surgical rehabilitation. It can help patients recover after soft tissue trauma at a much faster rate.

Post-exercise muscle repair
Many athletes use cold treatment to aid in the repair and recharging of muscle tissue, thus allowing them to prepare sooner for their next training session. When incorporated regularly into a post-workout routine, cold therapy will not only reduce recovery times, but can also aid in improving performance going forward.

Chronic pain treatment
If you suffer from a chronic pain condition, such as arthritis, sciatica or Fibromyalgia, consider talking with your doctor about incorporating cold therapy into your pain management routine. While many doctors suggest surgery as the only solution to chronic pain, our team of chiropractors believes this sciatica treatment in Brandon, FL, is one of the several nonsurgical therapies available to help you live comfortably.

What is Fibromyalgia?

holding shoulder in painFibromyalgia is a common, yet complex chronic pain disorder that causes widespread pain and tenderness to touch. It is thought to be the result of overactive nerves in the body. The pain can be felt all throughout the body, but many people with the condition feel their discomfort in specific areas, such as the neck or shoulders. While pain from Fibromyalgia is different than the pain you may experience from a headache or sprain, it is just as real. The pain has been described by patients in a variety of ways, such as burning, aching, stiffness or soreness.

In addition to pain-related symptoms, those living with Fibromyalgia often experience fatigue, disturbed sleep, difficulty concentrating, poor memory, headaches, depression, and anxiety.

The exact cause of Fibromyalgia is unknown, and there is no cure. However, more and more patients are experiencing relief with deep tissue laser therapy. This laser treatment for pain in Brandon, FL, uses LightForce™ lasers to reduce inflammation and eliminate pain and restore the body to normal function. With a treatment that lasts only 5 to 10 minutes, these high-power lasers deliver a lot of energy in a small amount of time, making them a top option for busy patients.