Shaw Chiropractic & Sports Injury Center Blog

Is It Really Carpal Tunnel?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition caused by compression of the median nerve at the carpal ligaments of the wrist. When the median nerve becomes entrapped common symptoms can include pain, numbness, or tingling in the thumb, index, and middle fingers.  Weakness can also be present which can make it difficult to perform certain tasks such as sewing or even writing.  Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the most studied form of median nerve entrapment which has made it at times, a default of exclusion.  The fact is, the median nerve can be entrapped at many other locations along the arm, from the wrist all the way to the neck.  The neck, shoulder, elbow, forearm, and wrist are all included.   Continue reading “Is It Really Carpal Tunnel?” »

Conservative Treatment for Jaw Pain

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a hinge joint that is found just in front of your ears.  It is meant to provide motion as the jaw opens and closes but it also allows for front to back and side to side motion.  Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) can result from soft tissue restriction or imbalance.  Although possible, jaw pain is rarely an issue resulting from the joint itself.  Jaw pain symptoms commonly present without a history of an accident or injury.  Instead, repetitive motion and overuse can be the underlying cause.  TMD symptoms can include jaw pain, ear pain, facial pain, neck pain, and headaches to name a few.
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What You Need to Know About Sciatica

sciatica3The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that travels from the lower back through the hip and down the leg and into the foot.  It supplies both skin and muscles.  Symptoms can include pain, numbness and tingling, and in some cases weakness.  Although some cases can be complicated, most are treated conservatively and never return.
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Dynamic Vs. Static Stretching

Simply put, static stretching involves applying a stretch, and holding it for a period of time.  Usually 30-45 seconds.  Dynamic stretching on the other hand, is stretching while moving.  It is good to have an understanding of what affect each of them have and also know when to apply them.
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Thoracic Spine Mobility


Your thoracic spine starts just below your neck and continues to the level just above your belly button. It consists of 12 vertebrae and also articulates with all 12 sets of your ribs. Although I never want to only focus on a single area of the body, movement here is crucial. Continue reading “Thoracic Spine Mobility” »

5 Benefits of Massage Therapy

According to the American Massage Therapy Association 72% of individuals surveyed in 2017 claim their primary reason for receiving a massage in the previous 12 months was medical (43%) or stress (29%) related and only 14 percent received a massage just to “be pampered”. Here are 5 reasons (of the many) why people are receiving health benefits through massage therapy.
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