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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.