Carson Chiropractic Oswego IL Blog

By Carson Chiropractic
August 26, 2021

Getting Started With Active Release Technique

At Carson Chiropractic in Oswego, IL, Dr. Eric Carson helps patients find pain relief through a variety of methods. Active release technique works alongside traditional chiropractic to loosen up tight muscles and relieve tension in instances of chronic pain or injury. Learn more about the benefits of active release technique and how you can get started with treatment today.

What is Active Release Technique?

Active Release Technique (also known as ART) is a treatment modality focusing on reducing muscle tension and breaking up adhesions in the surrounding fascia. By applying pressure at specific trigger points, you and your chiropractor can work along the body's natural range of motion to restore healthy movement. This method of deep pressure application combined with continued muscle contraction and relaxation can improve muscle flexibility, treat nerve damage, and restore soft tissue function.

Why Active Release Technique Might Be Right For You

In contrast to spinal adjustments, what most people consider a chiropractor for, active release therapy doesn't involve any cracking or sudden movements. However, it can still restore joint mobility by treating the surrounding muscles and soft tissue. In instances of injury, overuse, or repetitive strain, adhesions can form in the soft tissue around a joint, restraining function, causing pain, and limiting the healing process.

Active release technique works especially well as a post-operative treatment later in the rehabilitation process, as muscle tissue tends to tighten up in an effort to protect the injured joint. If you're recovering from surgery in the Oswego, IL area, want to treat an overuse injury, or just want to improve performance and overall quality of life, active release technique could be a great solution.

Call us at our office to get started today!

Think you could benefit from active release technique? Get in touch with Dr. Eric Carson at Carson Chiropractic in Oswego, IL by calling (630) 551-1003, or stop by and visit today. We can't wait to meet you!

At Carson Chiropractic, Dr. Eric Carson provides chiropractic care for patients in Oswego, IL. We offer massage therapy due to its many benefits and in conjunction with regular chiropractic adjustments, it's great for your musculoskeletal health. Taking time for self-care is more important than ever, and a massage is a fantastic way to pamper yourself a little. Read about the benefits of massage therapy and book an appointment with us today!

Why massage therapy?

Massage therapy has some great health benefits, including stress relief. Massage therapy releases stress stored in the body, reducing cortisol levels and a massage is also performed in a calming environment and promotes a relaxed state of mind. Periods of relaxation like this are essential to your emotional wellbeing. Regular massage appointments at our Oswego, IL practice can even lower your blood pressure.

How often should I schedule an appointment?

The best time for you to get a massage may depend on the type of massage you get and what your stress and activity levels are. Consult with your massage therapist to find out what the best schedule will be for you.

If you healing from an injury or you have chronic pain, you may want a massage as often as every 2 to 4 weeks. To relax and manage stress on your body, monthly massages may be recommended. It is not recommended to be massaged more than once a week. If you are also getting an adjustment you want to book a massage prior to your chiropractic adjustment with Dr. Eric Carson, because relaxing the muscles beforehand makes for a more effective joint adjustment.

Don't wait until you are in pain to schedule a massage. Massage therapy at Carson Chiropractic can improve your health and lower your stress levels. Contact us for an appointment in Oswego, IL, at (630) 551-1003.

By Carson Chiropractic
January 29, 2021

Lower back pain can range from mild to excruciating and can be caused by injury to the muscles, ligaments, joints, or discs in your back. Lower back problems can make exercising, sitting, and even sleeping difficult, but with the help of the chiropractors of Carson Chiropractic, you can relive your pain and be back to feeling great.

What are the symptoms of lower back pain?

Lower back pain may manifest in one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Dull, achy pain felt only in the lower back
  • Muscle spasms in the lower back, hips, and pelvis
  • Pain that intensifies after sitting or standing for an extended time
  • Burning or stinging pain that permeates down the thigh or as far as the feet
  • Pain which prevents you from standing up straight or moving from sitting to standing

How can I manage my lower back pain?

At our chiropractic office in Oswego, we will help you identify the source of your back pain, and depending on the cause and intensity your chiropractor may recommend at-home remedies, stretches, or in-office treatments like massage. Surgery is rarely necessary for lower back pain unless it is caused by a pinched nerve.

Management techniques include:

  • Alternating between icing and heating the area
  • Using over the counter anti-inflammatory medications
  • Switching to a medium-firm mattress
  • Regular massage at our Oswego chiropractic office
  • Gentle stretches
  • Physical therapy
  • Medications prescribed by your chiropractor
  • Wearing supportive shoes
  • Acupuncture
  • Core strengthening exercises

How can I prevent lower back pain from recurring?

Once you and your chiropractor have found a solution for your lower back pain that is effective and long-lasting, you should be cognizant of factors that may cause pain to return. Exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, lifting heavy objects properly by bending at the knees, avoiding carrying heavy bags or backpacks, and choosing a supportive desk chair can help keep you pain-free.

Contact our chiropractic office in Oswego today at 630-551-1003 if you are looking for relief from your lower back pain.

By Carson Chiropractic
December 16, 2020
Tags: Massage Therapy  

Massage therapy is a treatment used to relieve pain, reduce tension, or enhance wellness. When you receive massage therapy, a therapist manipulates the soft tissue in your body. If you live in the Oswego area and would like to get a massage, schedule an appointment with Dr. Eric Carson. Dr. Carson provides a wide range of chiropractic services, including massage therapy. Read on to learn more about massage therapy and what to expect at your first appointment.

What to Expect

When you visit Dr. Eric Carson for massage therapy, he will ask you about your overall health. This is the time to talk to him about your health and wellness goals too. Before beginning the therapy session, he will take into account your medical history, the medications you take, and your stress levels. These factors will determine how he structures the therapy session to achieve your health and wellness goals.

Depending on your needs, your massage therapist will massage your entire body or just specific areas that require massage therapy. The massage will usually last between 30 and 90 minutes. The goal of massage therapy is to relieve anxiety, tension, or pain in your body.

Your Oswego massage therapist may sometimes use oils or lotions during the therapy session. If you are allergic to oils and lotions, tell your massage therapist so he or she omits them from your therapy. Many massage therapists use relaxing music to create a calming environment during the session too.

If you experience any discomfort during massage therapy, tell your therapist. He or she can adjust the pressure used during the massage session so that you receive the best results.

Problems that are Treated with Massage Therapy

Massage therapy can help patients with a variety of issues and medical conditions. It may help treat headaches, back pain, stress, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, neck pain, shoulder pain, and other common medical issues.

Schedule Your Appointment

If you live in the Oswego area and would like to try massage therapy, schedule a visit with Dr. Eric Carson. He provides a wide range of chiropractic services designed to relieve pain, decrease stress, and enhance your overall health. To schedule your visit, contact Dr. Eric Carson at 630-551-1003.

By Carson Chiropractic
September 21, 2020

A DOT/CDL physical assesses your physical and mental health to ensure no medical conditions interfere with your ability to operate a vehicle safely. Dr. Eric Carson of Carson Chiropractic in Oswego, IL, offers patients a CDL physical and drug testing when potential employers ask for it.

How to Prepare for your CDL Physical and Drug Screening

If you have a medical condition, there is additional paperwork you need:

  • Bring a list of medications if you're diabetic and a test that shows your average blood sugar level over the past 3 months.
  • Bring a list of medications for high blood pressure.
  • You'll need a copy of your last stress test if you have a heart condition.
  • If you have sleep apnea, bring the most recent CPAP results.

FAQs About CDL Physicals and Drug Tests

1. What does a DOT physical drug test include?

This varies from one place to another. Depending on the company, you may be required to take a drug and alcohol test. The 5 Panel drug test your Oswego doctor uses to analyzes urine are:

  1. Marijuana
  2. Cocaine
  3. Amphetamines
  4. Opiates
  5. Phencyclidine

2. What’s involved in a DOT physical?

The process takes 30 minutes to complete and involves a urine test to screen kidneys for early-onset diabetes or infection by testing sugar, blood, and protein.

3. Do you take a copy of your test results?

You can take a copy and are given a laminated medical card you should keep with when you drive.

4. How long is a DOT medical card good for?

A DOT medical card is good for two years depending on your medical history. If you have high blood pressure or diabetes, this may reduce the validity of your card to one year.

Do you need to speak to a doctor?

Want to take the CDL physical and drug test? Call Dr. Eric Carson or Carson Chiropractic at his Oswego, IL, office at 630-551-1003 for an appointment today.

By Carson Chiropractic
May 08, 2020
Category: Chiropractic
Tags: Massage Therapy  

What massage therapy from your chiropractor in Oswego, IL, can do for you

Massage therapy can help you relax, but that isn’t all it will do. The truth is, massage therapy can help you feel better in many ways. Dr. Eric Carson at Carson Chiropractic in Oswego, Illinois offers a wide range of chiropractic services including massage therapy, to help you feel better.

Massage therapy is an effective treatment for relieving pain from:

  • Chronic headaches and migraines
  • Jaw disorders including TMJ problems
  • Arthritis and other degenerative joint problems
  • Carpal tunnel and other nerve issues
  • Diabetic neuropathy in your extremities
  • Sprained or strained muscles or ligaments
  • Circulatory and digestive problems
  • Allergies and respiratory issues
  • Sinus problems and congestion
  • Insomnia and stress management

Massage therapy is an effective treatment to help in your rehabilitation from an accident, injury, or even a surgery. While you are healing, full range-of-motion and flexibility can often be lost due to scar tissue buildup and adhesions. Massage can help restore flexibility, mobility, and range-of-motion by breaking up adhesions, and lengthening tight muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Great circulation is one factor that can help your tissues heal, and massage therapy has been shown to boost circulation. Massage can help you heal faster, and feel better during recovery from an illness, accident, or injury.

If you enjoy being active or playing sports, sore muscles can keep you from feeling and performing your best. Massage can help relieve soreness by easing tense, aching muscles, and helping you relax.

At Carson Chiropractic, your chiropractor may recommend combining massage therapy with other treatments including adjustments, thermal therapy, and stretching exercises to help you feel your best. Massage techniques may include moving and fixed pressure, compression, and vibration to give you the best, most relaxing, and therapeutic results.

Massage therapy can help you and your body feel better. To learn more about why you should try massage therapy and what it can do for you, call Dr. Eric Carson of Carson Chiropractic in Oswego, IL, at (630) 551-1003. Call today!

By Carson Chiropractic
March 10, 2020
Category: Chiropractic
Tags: Massage Therapy   Massage  

Massage provides a completely natural way to ease pain and reduce stiffness. Offered by Dr. Eric Carson here at Carson Chiropractic in Oswego, IL, read on to learn about the different benefits of this treatment method.

Advantages of Massage Treatments

Massage therapy can help:

  • Relieve Pain: Massage loosens tight muscles and tendons, reduces inflammation, and promotes healing by improving blood circulation. The therapy is also helpful in eliminating painful knots in your muscles and is effective whether your pain is caused by an injury, poor posture, a chronic condition, or headaches. Massage therapy is often combined with other chiropractic treatments, including spinal manipulation, soft tissue mobilization or ultrasound therapy.
  • Increase Range of Motion: It can be difficult to move your joints easily if the muscles that surround your joints are too tight. Over time, tight muscles can stress the joints and may even affect the alignment of your spine. Loosening tight muscles with massage therapy at the Oswego chiropractic office can help you improve your range of motion and increase flexibility.
  • Reduce Stress and Anxiety: Would you like to find a natural way to manage your stress and anxiety? Massage triggers the release of serotonin, a natural chemical that improves your mood and relieves stress. After a soothing massage, you'll feel calm and relaxed for hours.
  • Improve Sleep: Do you often feel exhausted and irritable because you just don't sleep well at night? You may find that you sleep better when you're less stressed and your muscles and joints are no longer tired and achy. Improving the quality and duration of sleep will also help you feel more rested during the day.
  • Speed Recovery from a Workout: After a particularly grueling workout, it's not unusual to experience a little stiffness or pain in your muscles. Massage decreases inflammation that can cause pain and keeps your muscles loose and flexible.
  • Boost Your Immune System: Massage also improves lymph system drainage. Your lymph system removes toxins from your body and plays an important role in your good health.

Are you ready to experience the many benefits of massage therapy? Call your chiropractor, Dr. Carson of Carson Chiropractic in Oswego, IL, at (630) 551-1003 to schedule an appointment.

By Carson Chiropractic
December 18, 2019
Category: Chiropractic
Tags: Chiropractic Care  

Most people will have a back issue at one time or another. They can develop from overuse, everyday wear and tear, or injury. Back problems often occur during recreational activities, home projects, or work-related tasks. Fortunately, chiropractic care can help. Led by Dr. Eric Carson, Carson Chiropractic in Oswego, IL offers a full range of chiropractic care to their patients. Here are 5 ways chiropractic care can improve your back issues.

1. It can reduce your pain. Chiropractic doctors aim to alleviate back pain by restoring joint mobility and proper alignment in the spine, through chiropractic adjustments. Controlled force is applied hands-on to individual joints of your spine, to loosen them up and to stretch tight muscle tissue surrounding them.

2. It speeds up the recovery process. Chiropractic treatment is often utilized to help speed up the recovery process after a back injury. Chiropractic treatments help to alleviate pressure on the spinal cord, improve blood flow, which in turn eliminates pain and encourages healing.

3. It can reduce inflammation. Inflammatory diseases of the joints such as arthritis can cause back pain. Chiropractic adjustments can help reduce inflammation. When the spine and other joints are properly aligned, your body's biomechanics will return to normal.

4. It can improve your posture. People with back pain may find themselves hunched over or leaning to the side. Chiropractic care can help correct the painful issues, leading to better posture. Over time, regular chiropractic treatments can help align tilting and curves in the spine and improve your posture.

5. It involves no drugs or surgery. Chiropractic care utilizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself. It can help you regain your health without drugs or surgery. Chiropractic is one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive treatments available for the treatment of back issues.

Ready to take control of your health? Call Carson Chiropractic at 630-551-1003 today to schedule a consultation in Oswego, IL.

By Carson Chiropractic
August 06, 2019
Category: Chiropractor
Tags: Massage Therapy  

Find out how massage therapy could improve your mind, body and spirit.

When people think about massage therapy they often think of it as a tranquil spa experience that helps them relax. While massage therapybigstock-Massage can certainly be relaxing it can also do so much more for your health and wellness. Find out more about massage therapy and some of the benefits you could enjoy when you turn to our Oswego, IL, chiropractor Dr. Eric Carson for care.


Reduce Stress

Everything from morning traffic to having a baby can cause stress. Stress leads to muscle tension, which in turn can cause a host of musculoskeletal aches and pain as well as headaches. One way to help you relax and reduce stress is by turning to a chiropractor for regular care and maintenance. Along with reducing stress, massage therapy can also improve energy levels and mental performance.


Boost Circulation

You might not realize it but certain areas of the body may not be getting the proper blood flow they need. Blood delivers key nutrients all over the body and when there are areas that don’t get proper circulation they often become fatigued, stiff or painful. By getting massage therapy, our chiropractor can improve blood flow to certain areas, which also speeds up the body’s natural healing process.


Reduce Pain

Pain management is one of the most common reasons people get massage therapy in Oswego, IL. Millions of people are dealing with acute and chronic pain, from lower back pain to whiplash, and massage therapy offers an effective, non-medicinal way to alleviate those aches and pains and improve how the body functions as a whole.


Enhance Your Sleep

Having trouble sleeping? If so, you certainly aren’t alone. More than 50 million Americans suffer from 80 different sleep disorders and an additional 20 to 30 million suffer from intermittent sleep problems. While there are certainly good sleep habits that you should adopt in order to improve the quality of your sleep, if you find that catching those ZZZ's has been challenging then you may want to consider massage therapy. Massage therapy reduces stress, boosts mood, and reduces tension in the body, all of which go a long way to promoting better sleep.

If you are dealing with neck and back pain or other problems that are affecting your quality of life then it’s time to find out if massage therapy could help you. Call Carson Chiropractic in Oswego, IL, today to schedule a comprehensive evaluation.

By Carson Chiropractic
April 19, 2019
Category: Chiropractor
Tags: Untagged

If you're an athlete or someone who is very active at home or at work, then you know the toll that constant and repetitive motion can take sportson your body. At Carson Chiropractic in Oswego, your doctors, Dr. Eric Carson and Dr. John Hosten, use Active Release Technique on those soft tissue injuries in order to relieve any pain that you may be experiencing. Could you benefit from ART?


What is ART?

Active Release Technique is a way to relieve the pain, inflammation, and limited range of motion associated with repetitive injuries. Typically, athletes and other highly active people experience bouts of elbow, neck, and shoulder pain or even shin splints and carpal tunnel syndrome. The source of these discomforts usually cannot be pinpointed on an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI, but are diagnosed symptomatically instead.

Given that these are injuries of the muscles, nerves, ligaments, tendons, and fascia (connective tissue), surgery, casting, and other treatments are not appropriate or effective. In the mid-eighties, doctors perfected the technique ART to relieve the tension, pain, and inflammation of these soft tissue problems—and it's all done hands-on in our Oswego chiropractor office!

ART is what doctors term "movement based." Your chiropractor in Oswego has been specifically trained to manipulate and move the affected muscles and surrounding areas which are painful and inflamed. The techniques are safe, effective, and simple as they aim to strengthen weak musculature, relieve pinched nerves, balance movement, and increase the range of motion. ART also restores proper blood flow to injured tissues.


Find out more

Chiropractic care focuses on allowing the body to heal naturally from injuries, surgery, arthritis, and the effects of general aging and wear and tear. Active Release Technique helps people feel better and perform their usual activities with greater comfort and effectiveness. As part of the total chiropractic treatment plan, ART can be a great tool in achieving optimal well-being. For more information, please contact Carson Chiropractic at (630) 551-1003.

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