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Sciatica is a complicated musculoskeletal disorder that has a ripple effect of symptoms. Because of its size and location, the sciatic nerve is prone to impingement from a variety of factors; it is particularly vulnerable to spinal degeneration in the lumbar region. Chronic stiffness, acute injury and spinal degeneration are deep-rooted causes for sciatica that require a coordinated approach to rehabilitation. And while acupuncture will not directly address the root cause of your sciatica, it does have applications in managing the condition. What it can do is ease the pain, direct healing nutrients to the embattled region, and help relax tense muscles that are contributing to the problem.
As practitioners of holistic health care, we admire the power of yoga as a self-care and healing tool. For people suffering with back pain, yoga is an indelible method for the daily management of symptoms and many of our patients find that they simply cannot go a day without putting in a few poses. It is worth mentioning, however, that certain poses and yoga habits can actually exacerbate the problem. For the purpose of this blog, we will focus on compression-related injuries and what to avoid/focus on when using yoga to account for them.
We are moving! Monday, April 2nd will be the day we say hello to you at a bigger and better office. The announcement is bittersweet as we are moving from a location that allowed us to connect with our community on a level we could never have imagined. In order to reach more members of this wonderful community, we need to be able to accomodate them! Therefore, our new site represents an upgrade, and we are so excited to share it with you. Here are the features of our new office:
Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Park Slope will always have the same dedication to its community of patients. This new location will allow us to more comfortably and effectively contribute to the wellbeing of everyone who walks through our doors. If we have seen you before, please make sure to stop by and see the new features we have on offer; if you are looking to change the way you look, feel and function by using our natural healing techniques, come see us at our new location! We are standing by in our new office at 182 8th Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11215 and we look forward to seeing you here.
At Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Park Slope, we see spring as the time of ultimate rejuvenation. Just as our ancestors took the opportunity to clear out their houses after a long, harsh winter, so too can we benefit from spring cleaning our bodies. Acupuncture is one of the best ways to do this:
At our office in Park Slope, we use all-natural modalities to help you feel your best. With better weather around the corner, you are going to want to get outside to take full advantage. Chiropractic and acupuncture are two ways of ensuring that you hit the ground running this spring. If you are interested in regulating and improving your internal systems and overall function with natural methods, give our office in Park Slope a call to schedule an appointment today.
And many of us are on the losing side. The problem is an essential one: your body was simply not made to sit. But from a young age, when we are tethered to our school chairs, we learn the pleasures of slouching. Our comfort seeking bodies subconsciously select positions that feel good in the moment but are harmful in the long run. When we are young, this is fine- our bodies are more resilient, we are generally more active, and spinal degeneration hasn’t set in yet. By the time we start working in an office, this whole scene has changed, and our bodies begin to suffer. Our poor postural habits, which have been reinforced over many years, now begin to hurt. What’s more, our postural shortcomings become outwardly visible! How can we regain control over our posture to maintain a high level of spinal health despite the risk factors associated with our jobs?
And while it may be hard for the athlete in you to admit that your twisted ankle or pulled back is your own fault, it is worth looking at the causes in greater depth. Many injuries appear acute on the surface, but when we probe deeper we find that they represent the breaking point of systemic stress. That means that an acute injury is also part of a more chronic problem. The systemic shortcomings that we look for in athletes include:
These factors overlap and influence each other; when one or more of them is present, injury will surface eventually. Our job as an office of chiropractic is to help athletes identify and correct these shortcomings before they turn into an injury. But we are also prepared to treat sports injuries without necessarily calling for pharmaceutical intervention.