I Have a Crick in My Neck … Can you Help with that?

I Have a Crick in My Neck … Can you Help with that?

I occasionally get the above question, and the short answer is, “Yes, of course.” What people call a “crick in the neck” can come from a few different things, but in my experience, the majority of these painful scenarios occurs when the tissue surrounding a neck joint (called the joint capsule) gets pinched inside the joint. This can happen during sudden head movements, while lifting objects, and also when you sleep with your neck in an awkward position. The joint capsules have a lot of nerve endings and are very sensitive. When this occurs, the reaction of the muscles in the neck is to tighten up and protect the area, which is why a “crick in the neck” almost always has muscle spasms associated with it. These spasms add to the painful, stiff, debilitating condition that, for some, will go away within a few days but for many others will leave some level of tightness and pain for months. This can ultimately turn into a chronically stiff and often painful neck. (more…)

How To Identify the Potential for Injury Before it Happens

How To Identify the Potential for Injury Before it Happens

So are you planning on “getting back in shape” in 2012? Like every January before, gyms, running trails, and “boot camps” around the country will see a flood of new people who haven’t exercised regularly since earlier the previous year. There are a number of things that keep people from staying active and sticking to their New Year’s resolutions. This is not an article about the psychological factors that people need to stay on the wagon. This is about how to keep injury from being your reason to quit exercising in 2012.

The good news is that many injuries can be avoided altogether if the predisposing factors are identified and resolved beforehand. For this reason I made a short video to help you do a quick “screen” your own movements to identify the potential for injury. (more…)

Fascial Changes as sources of Symptoms (Elsewhere in the body)

Fascial Changes as sources of Symptoms (Elsewhere in the body)

fascia manual therapy austinSo now that we have a better idea of how fascial distortions can cause pain in the same area, I’d like to explore an example of how they can lead to pain elsewhere in the body. The patient I am about to describe is actually quite common, though I often see patients like him after unsuccessful visits to multiple practitioners. Why? Because the underlying cause of his pain was not in the area he was experiencing symptoms.

One year prior to meeting ‘Mr Smith,’ an avid runner, he had strained his right lower back lifting a heavy box. The discomfort from that injury faded over the next couple months, and since the symptoms were getting progressively better he decided he would not get checked out by a healthcare practitioner. (more…)

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