Monday, April 13, 2009

Wii Injuries

As the spring holiday season comes into focus, lots of families are spending time together at parties and gatherings. One activity that has become increasing popular as of late is playing games on the Nintendo Wii. Wii is really fun because it is indoors, requires less physical exertion, and does not require buying or finding the proper equipment to play a particular sport. You just use the controller (as the particular equipment) that the Wii comes with to play sports like bowling, tennis, baseball, golf, and many more.

As competition increases trying to beat your family members, it is easy to get carried away and hurt yourself. I have done this myself, and so have many of my new patients. I have seen a lot of injuries lately from playing Wii. My sister suggested I rename my practice to Carter Chiropractic and Wiihab (instead of rehab:)). People have injured their necks, shoulders, elbow, mid and low backs in the throws of competition.

In order to avoid injury, here are a couple of tips....When you play a new sport, you are going to use muscles that you do not normally exert. This will make them sore. Make sure to warm up before you play with some light cardiovascular activity and some stretching. ONLY play one or two games, and then wait a day or two before playing again. Then, depending on how sore you are, play two or three games. Build up SLOWLY the amount of games you play and the effort you use to play.

If you feel you are straining yourself at all when you are playing, then STOP. If you know that you "overdid it", put ice on the injured area and give my office a call. Make sure to stay out of the hot tub. That will usually make you worse.

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Activator Technique and Osteoporosis

A great technique used to adjust patients that have low bone density or osteoporosis is the Activator Technique. The Activator is a tool that delivers a light, specific force to the vertebrae in your low back that are mis-aligned.

It is gentle, safe if you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia, and effective in restoring proper function to the nerves. Pain and stiffness in your joints will decrease over a series of adjustments. For more information about the Activator Technique, please visit

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Intersegmental Traction

Intersegmental Traction is a therapy that is offered at Carter Chiropractic and Wellness. Intersegmental traction mobilizes and stretches each individual joint in the spine. This helps increase your range of motion and relax your muscles. Intersegmental traction also helps with misalignments, fixations, restrictions, and/or subluxations in your spine.
Intersegmental traction is a very popular treatment modality. Nicknamed the roller table, all the patient has to do is lay on the table facing up. A large, smooth roller will slowly and gently travel up and down the spine. It is a very comfortable and relaxing treatment, especially if you are having neck, mid, and/or low back pain and stiffness in your joints.

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