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Chiropractic Care for Lower Back Problems
Most people will have a minor lower back problem at one time or another. Our body movements usually do not cause problems, but symptoms can develop from overuse, injury, or everyday wear and tear. Dr. Eric Carson and Dr. John Hosten at Carson Chiropractic, which is located in Oswego, IL, offer chiropractic treatments for lower back problems.
Back injuries are a common cause of back pain. Back injuries often occur when you damage your back muscles, such as by doing yard work or lifting a heavy object. Minor back injuries may also occur from falling, tripping, or excessive twisting of the spine. Severe back injuries may result from accidents, direct blows to the back, or a high-energy fall onto the buttocks. Having a degenerative disease such as osteoporosis can also cause back pain.
Acute injuries happen suddenly. Pain from acute injuries may be sudden and severe. Bruising and inflammation may develop after the injury. Pain from an acute injury usually doesn't last longer than several weeks. Acute injuries include sprains, strains, fractures or dislocation of the spine, or a ruptured disc.
An overuse injury is any type of injury that's caused by repetitive movement and overuse. Overuse injuries can occur when you try to take on too much activity too quickly. Overuse injuries happen most often from improper posture or movement while walking, standing, lifting, sitting, or even while sleeping. Symptoms can include stiffness, tenderness, muscle spasms, and pain.
Your chiropractor will evaluate your spine as a whole—regardless of whether you have a shoulder injury or back pain. Your doctor will start with a physical examination that focuses on your spine, with attention given to the areas of complaint. You will also go through your medical history with your doctor, and they may order x-rays or other tests to confirm a diagnosis.
A chiropractor can help with your lower back problem. Chiropractic medicine is a type of medical therapy that's focused on manipulating the spine and nervous system. Chiropractic treatments are not only non-invasive and cost-effective, they work. Your doctor will develop a program of care that may combine more than one type of treatment. Treatments for lower back injuries and pain may include chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, rehabilitative exercises, or Active Release Technique.
A back injury can affect your day-to-day activities and make life frustrating and miserable. Call Carson Chiropractic at 630-551-1003 today to schedule a consultation in Oswego, IL. Get your life back on track by receiving the best back injury treatment available. We want you to live your best life!
Every major sports organization, including the Olympic teams, have chiropractors on staff to keep their athletes in shape and injury-free. Whether you're in a basketball league, play tennis on the weekends, or run long distances, chiropractic care from Dr. Eric Carson and Dr. John Hosten can enhance your performance and keep you healthy. Learn how working with your chiropractor can prevent sports injuries from sidelining you, as well as how we at Carson Chiropractic in Oswego, IL, can help you recover if you do get injured.
One of the best ways you can prevent sports injuries is by seeing your Oswego chiropractor regularly for adjustments. When your spine is out of alignment, it can have a negative effect on your hips, legs, and feet, hindering your progress and making injuries more likely. Dr. Carson or Dr. Hosten can identify potential problems during your appointments and demonstrate exercises you can do at home to stay flexible and strong.
Fixing the problem
If neck, back, or foot injuries have slowed you down, it's time to make an appointment with your Oswego chiropractor. Using a combination of soft tissue and joint manipulation, a chiropractor can help your body heal itself naturally from impacts or strains. Chiropractic treatments also help patients manage any associated pain effectively by reducing the stress that your muscles, nerves, and discs between the joints have placed on them.
Returning to the game
Getting back into your athletic activity of choice might seem a bit daunting after an injury. That's why it's so important to continue working with your Oswego chiropractor even after you've healed. These adjustments and manipulations will help you stay flexible and prevent another injury from happening.
If you've sustained a sports injury, contact Carson Chiropractic in Oswego, IL, for an evaluation from either Dr. Carson or Dr. Hosten today!
Pain affects every aspect of your life. When you hurt, it's hard to move, sleep, or even concentrate when you're at work or school. Oswego, IL, chiropractors Drs. Eric Carson and John Hosten of Carson Chiropractic discuss how you can treat your painful symptoms naturally with massage therapy.
How can massage therapy help me?
Massage therapy loosens and relaxes tight muscles, but that's not its only benefit. Manipulating your muscles improves both blood and lymph circulation, which makes it easier for your body to remove waste products from your body and also helps nutrients and oxygen reach the cells in your body. Increased blood circulation can also speed healing, helping your recover from injuries that affect your bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints more quickly.
Tight muscles often press on tendons, ligaments and nerves, causing pain, stiffness, headaches, numbness and tingling. Once your muscles are relaxed, these symptoms improve. Massage triggers the release of natural pain killers called endorphins that can help you decrease your use of pain medications. Is your life stressful? Regular massages can reduce both stress and anxiety by boosting your serotonin level. Serotonin is a natural chemical that makes you feel calm and relaxed.
When is massage therapy recommended?
Scheduling a massage therapy appointment in our Oswego office is a good idea if:
- Your muscles hurt due to an injury or the effects of stress.
- You would like to increase your range of motion or balance your gait.
- You frequently experience headaches or migraines.
- You have scar tissue or adhesions that make movement difficult.
- You suffer from low back, jaw, neck, or shoulder pain or carpal tunnel syndrome.
- You want to relieve menstrual symptoms.
- You have a pulled muscles or ligaments.
- You have a chronic disease or condition, such as asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, fibromyalgia, allergies, osteoarthritis, or spastic colon.
- You have difficulty sleeping or suffer from sleep apnea.
Relieve your pain with massage treatment! Call Oswego, IL, chiropractors Drs. Eric Carson and John Hosten of Carson Chiropractic at (630) 551-1003 to schedule an appointment.
What your chiropractors in Oswego, IL, want you to know about Active Release Technique
If you have sore muscles, tendons and ligaments, the pain can keep you from enjoying your life. It’s time to visit your chiropractor for a revolutionary treatment called Active Release Technique, or ART. Drs. Eric Carson and John Hosten at Carson Chiropractic in Oswego, IL, want to help you discover how Active Release Technique can heal your body.
Active Release Technique uses a series of hands-on manual manipulations to help heal injured muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and connective tissue. By putting pressure on affected areas, ART creates tension and helps heal injured soft tissue. ART helps to:
- Increase strength and balance
- Aid in healing injured tissue
- Increase flexibility and range-of-motion
- Reduce scar tissue which may be pinching nerves
- Lessen pressure on pinched nerves, tendons and ligaments
- Relieve pain from tense muscles and soft tissue injuries
Your chiropractor requires a special certification to practice ART. To be certified, your chiropractor takes a series of classes to learn how to heal the body using Active Release Technique. There are over 500 specific movements to learn in order to practice ART.
Active Release Technique is used to treat many different medical conditions resulting from tension and overuse including headaches, sciatica, shin splints, carpal tunnel, and plantar fasciitis. ART is used to relieve pain and injury to your:
- Neck or back
- Shoulders, elbows, or arms
- Hips, legs, knees, or feet
During your treatment session, your chiropractor will use hand movements to create tension on affected tissue, while he directs you to make certain movements. Each person’s treatment is unique, depending on which individual areas are injured. Active Release Technique is non-invasive and requires no downtime, so you can resume your daily routine.
If you are suffering the pain of overused muscles, ligaments, tendons, and soft tissue, it’s time to think about Active Release Technique. Don’t suffer pain or loss-of-motion when help is just a phone call away. Talk with the experts, Drs. Eric Carson and John Hosten at Carson Chiropractic in Oswego, IL. Call today and feel better!
Do you have muscle pain? Overuse and overexertion from a day's physical labor or an overly vigorous gym workout leave muscles tense and sore. Inflammation soars as tiny tears in musculature start to heal. At Carson Chiropractic in Oswego, chiropractors Dr. Eric Carson and Dr. John Hosten offer massage therapy both as an adjunct to chiropractic adjustments and to prevent those aching backs, legs, shoulders and arms. Read here about the many benefits of this simple, effective and non-pharmaceutical relief for your hardworking body.
Symptoms of muscle pain
Tenderness, fever, swelling--they're symptoms of muscle pain, or myalgia. Myalgia originates in simple overexertion of a particular muscle group--your quadriceps, for example--or may be diffused throughout many muscle groups in the body.
Understanding muscle pain involves understanding swelling. Otherwise called inflammation, swelling of the muscles starts physical exertion blocks important substances called cytokines. Additionally, the energy factories, or mitochrondria, in muscle cells can't work at peak capacity because oxygen uptake drops when your body is overworked. So during strenuous exertion, pain develops.
Therapeutic massage at Carson Chiropractic suppresses inflammation by helping cytokines and mitochrondria do their jobs effectively. Also, research from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine shows that the careful, but deep, manual manipulation of muscles during a massage releases the body's natural neurohormones called endorphins which help humans relax and feel happy.
Overall, after a massage at Carson Chiropractic in Oswego, Dr. Carson's and Dr. Hosten's patients can experience:
- More complete and quicker recovery after an intense workout or injury
- A reduced need for anti-inflammatory medications and analgesics
- Greater flexibility, fewer muscle knots, and improved muscle tone
- Better circulation and range of motion in the joints
- Relaxed breathing and lower blood pressure
- Relief from insomnia and headaches
- Fewer feelings of stress and anxiety
Combined with chiropractic
Your spinal manipulation or adjustment at Carson Chiropractic will be more effective, easier to accomplish and last longer when combined with massage therapy in Oswego. So if you're struggling with muscle pain regularly or you have a flare-up after a big house move or basketball game with friends, call the office team at Carson Chiropractic for an appointment: (630) 551-1003.
Rocktape Kinesiotaping is a revolutionary new type of kinesiology taping product that's used to treat sports injuries. Rocktape is applied over muscles to reduce inflammation and pain, relax tired muscles and support muscles in movement. Carson Chiropractic, which is located in Oswego, IL, offers Kinesiotaping to their patients. Dr. Eric Carson and Dr. John Hosten are some of the finest chiropractors in Oswego.
RockTape Kinesio Taping Overview
Rocktape is designed to aid in the treatment and healing of various sports injuries and improve physical performance. RockTape lifts the skin away from the fascia and muscle, which decompresses the area which reduces inflammation. It also signals the central nervous system through the skin’s sensory nerves, which provides powerful feedback to reduce pain.
Conditions Treated With Rocktape
RockTape Kinesiology tape can assist with multiple ailments. Common problems that can be addressed using Rocktape Kinesiology tape include rotator cuff problems, low back disorders, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, achilles tendonitis, swollen ankles, shin splints, sprains, golfers elbow, tennis elbow, calf strains, etc.
Benefits of RockTape Kinesio Taping
RockTape Kinesio Taping is a rehabilitative taping technique that's designed to facilitate your body's natural healing process while providing stability and support to your joints. Rocktape assists healing and provides support to the injured area while allowing full range of movement. RockTape on the skin disrupts pain signals which are directed to the brain. When the pain signals arriving to the brain are disrupted, it doesn't produce the sensation of pain.
How Do I Get Started With Rocktape?
You can get started with Rocktape Kinesio Taping by locating a RockTape Medical Professional in Oswego, IL and booking a consultation. Your aches, pains, strains, and injuries should be assessed by a suitably qualified chiropractor before initial tape application. This will be a valuable opportunity to experience tape application by a doctor.
A sports injury can be devastating. Don't wait another minute- call Carson Chiropractic at 630-551-1003 today to schedule a consultation in Oswego, IL. We offer state-of-the-art treatments for sports injuries. We can help you achieve real relief with little expense or trouble.
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Drug & Alcohol Testing in Oswego IL
Looking for a Drug & Alcohol testing in Oswego IL? Drivers and motor carriers are required to be in a drug and alcohol testing consortium (pool) that includes pre-employment, post accident, randomized, and other types of required drug and alcohol tests. Dr. Carson and Dr. Hosten are certified to provide drug & alcohol testing and participate in the required consortium utilizing Team CME services. Our drug and alcohol screening services are also available for non DOT individuals such as employers wishing to test employees, and those seeking employment, and parents wishing to test teens. Consortiums (pools) can be set up for non-DOT employers as well.
Employee Drug Testing
We offer POCT (Point of Collection Testing) through urinalysis with results available within minutes of sample collection. Lab analyzed results are available upon request for non-DOT as well.
DOT drug testing must utilize lab analysis and results are provided to the designated employee representative.
On-site breath analysis conducted with immediate results available.
Appointments are available 6 days a week.
TMJD and Jaw Pain
What is TMJD?
TMJD stands for temporomandibular joint dysfunction.
Background on the TMJ:
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the region in the body in which the jaw bone (the mandible) joins up with the skull (temporal bone). Every person has two temporomandibular joints (right and left side) that serve a number of important functions in the body including making facial expressions and consuming tasty food. Proper movement at the TMJ is thus essential for completing daily tasks.
TMJD results in:
Due to a number of factors such as emotional stress, physical trauma, or chemical insult to the body, movement at one or both of the TMJs can become dysfunctional leading to jaw pain, locking and clicking. When the TMJ is affected, patients often will experience neck pain or headaches as well.
What to do:
A number of treatment options for TMJD exist including spinal and jaw adjustments, myofascial release, combination therapy, mouth guards, and stress management. If conservative options are not successful, patients can be referred to a dentist or orofacial surgeon.
Written by Dr. Josh Lederman, DC, ART®
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