Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Myofascial Decompression


During the Olympics you may have noticed some athletes with weird, circular bruises on them. These aren't bruises in the sense that they are caused by aggression or pain. In fact they aren't caused by deep impact at all, these are marks from a Myofascial Decompression technique called 'Cupping'. Now you may have even heard of or seen 'cupping' before, and while it may seem a bit unconventional, when done properly it can offer many positive benefits and will not be painful. Cupping specifically focuses on the fascia, a thin layer of connective tissue that surrounds most structures within the human body. When fascia becomes restricted and less fluid it causes pain and muscle tension as well as diminishes the flow of healthy blood to the tissue.

Cupping uses a tool (the cup) to create suction on a specific area of pain. The suction pulls blood to the region to stimulate healing, as it does this it slowly stretches the restricted fascia and helps rehabilitate the injured area. When you have restricted blood flow to an injury, it has a harder time healing. With the use of cupping, as new blood enters the tissue the body begins to develop new blood vessels by a process called 'neovascularization'. When there are new blood vessels, the tissue now can receive fresh oxygen and nutrients and can begin the healing process. When you use multiple cups at a time it helps release the fascial restrictions on a larger scale, sometimes the cups can stretch the fascia up to several inches and sometimes it can be stretched up to several feet.

Benefits of Cupping!
- Cupping can stimulate a whole body relaxation response, oxygenation, and detoxify the blood
- Cupping can help increase range of motion and break up adhesions
- Cupping will promote healing in scar tissue and chronic injuries
- Cupping increases lymphatic drainage and promotes circulation

For more information on cupping click here. And if you're interested in cupping, or have any questions please leave a comment below!

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Stress

What is it and how does it do damage to my health and wellness?



"Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight." - Benjamin Franklin
Bad day at work? Rough morning? What's wrong? Do you find yourself hearing this constant stream of questions? Or are you feeling the pressures of life build up around you? You may be experiencing stress. In our fast paced society we have a lot of different factors that cause chronic stress in life. Whether it's a new job, the people you surround yourself with, a huge project coming up, or financial issues no one person is immune to the stress of life. Stress is our bodies reaction to harmful situations, both physical and emotional. When your brain recognizes a negative situation it reacts immediately, this reaction is called either Fight-or-Flight or the stress response. When the brain responds to Fight-or-Flight it triggers physical responses in the body such as increased heart rate, quick breathing, muscle tension and a rise in blood pressure. Our bodies are designed to deal with small amounts of stress, in fact can actually be good for you, but when it comes to constant day to day stress (chronic stress) it wreaks havoc on the body.

Symptoms of stress can include low energy, headaches, digestive issues, insomnia, and it can lower your immune system. There are also mental, emotional and behavioral symptoms of stress, such as changes in appetite, increased use of drugs/alcohol, feeling overwhelmed, racing thoughts and forgetfulness. Stress can effect the whole body system, and we are all at risk. That's why it's so important to take action and make personal changes to help you handle stressful situations in a healthier way.

Eating right and staying active is a great way to help you stay healthy and handle problems. Finding active, creative or productive outlets for built up energy is very important to relieving yourself of stress.

Massage and Myofascial Release also help relieve physical pain and tension throughout the body. Therapy provides you with a space to relax and focus on you and your health. For other ways to handle stress click here.

Monday, 20 June 2016

In case you haven't heard the news...

....we've moved!





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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Dehydrated.


Have you had enough water today?
According to research it's pretty safe to say that you, along with 75% of Americans, are in fact dehydrated. Mayo Clinic states the average adult male should be consuming about 3 liters of water a day and the adult female should be consuming roughly 2.2 liters. 

Water makes up the majority of your body, between 60 to 70% in fact. When the body isn't sufficiently hydrated, the cells begin to dry up. Without proper water intake throughout the day, your bodies cells are unable to work efficiently which causes a plethora of physical and mental problems. 

Maintaining proper hydration can increase physical performance by regulating body temperature, increasing motivation and decrease in overall fatigue. Hydration also helps keep your skin glowing by flushing out impurities, and it assists in weight loss! When you're dehydrated your brain sends mixed messages throughout the body, one of the biggest being "hunger". Your brain misinterprets dehydration as hunger, which can lead to unnecessary caloric consumption and weight gain. 

Not only does hydration provide physical benefits, but it also can improve on energy levels and brain function! Even mild dehydration can impair aspects of how your brain works. Water improves circulation, which not only keeps your skin healthy, but increases your energy by speeding up the rate at which your blood cells deliver oxygen throughout your body. More oxygen means a sharper mind, and a happier, healthier you! When your brain is functioning appropriately, your stress levels decrease.

We all know soda is a huge factor in dehydration, and overall just terrible for you, but some of us assume that tea and juice are good alternatives. Though they may be BETTER, they still aren't WATER. They do not hydrate, in fact the caffeine and sugar dehydrate, and they trigger kidney function which depletes water reserves within the body. 

Now ask yourself again, have you had enough water today?

Don't like the 'taste' of water? Find difficulty in drinking the daily recommended amount?
 Here are some infused water recipes!

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

The Triple Threat



When it comes to low back pain, there are always three areas we focus on first and foremost. The triple threat: Quadratus Lumborum (QL), Piriformis, and the Psoas. Depending on the symptoms we will start working to release one or the other, but all three play a huge part in most chronic low back pain. Though coming in and getting treatment on dysfunctional muscle is the best option, if you have to wait there are some stretches that you can do as a preventative measure. 

Here is a list of stretches provided by Livestrong.com that you can work with:

Quadratus Lumborum:

Hooklying Stretch
Step 1Lie on your back, either on the floor or a bed, to perform the hooklying stretch. Bend your knees with your feet still touching the bed. Rest your hands on your stomach. Place a pillow under your neck if you wish; this will not interfere with the stretch.

Step 2Cross your right leg over your left. Lower your knees slowly to the right until you feel a stretch in your right lower back and hips. Keep your shoulders on the floor or bed. Hold for five seconds.

Step 3Bring your legs back to center where they started. Switch legs and drop your knees slowly to the left. Hold for five seconds and bring your legs back to center. Repeat the stretch multiple times if so instructed by a physician.

For more stretches for the QL click here

Piriformis:

Seated Piriformis StretchYou can alleviate the pain of piriformis syndrome without leaving your desk. Simply place one foot on top of the other leg, and use both hands to press down against the thigh to open the hip. You can intensify this stretch by bending at the waist and bringing your chest closer to your leg. This stretch is particularly effective for anyone who has to sit for extended period of time.

For more stretches for the Piriformis click here

Psoas: 

Lunging StretchThe lunging stretch for your psoas starts with you assuming a standard lunge position. Your front leg is bent to about 90 degrees and your back leg is stretched behind you. Keep your back straight and move forward until you feel a stretch at the front of your hip. Twist your body around toward the side of your front leg if you want to feel more of a stretch.


For more stretches for the Psoas click here

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Text neck! What is it, why we get it and how we can prevent it.



Text Neck is the term that is used in reference to the pain and damage sustained from looking downward, generally at a cell phone or hand held device, too frequently and for too long. This is becoming quite an epidemic with more technological advances every few months, we have more and more reasons to be on our devices. Not just with teenagers and young adults, but the majority of people across the country are experiencing an increase in neck pain due to overuse of cell phones, tablets, computers, etc. The average adult uses their smartphone for 2 to 4 hours a day which can add up to around 700 to 1400 hours per year - and for teenagers? Up to 5000 hours a year is spent on mobile devices!

An average adults' head weighs between 10 and 12 pounds, and tilting your head forward even just 15 degrees can increase pressure on the neck by 27 pounds. This increases with every inch your head is tilted forward.

How can we treat the symptoms of Text Neck? Well, prevention is the best option along with discontinuation of looking down at your phone. Try to use your hand held devices at eye level to avoid tilting your head to far.

Most importantly, once the pain starts, go get it worked on. At Cobb Rehab and Wellness we treat neck and back pains and help get you back to being pain free.

For more information on prevention click here and to book your next appointment with us visit our website at www.cobbrehabwellness.com .


Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Happy Holidays!

We will be closed Thursday 12/24/15 and Friday 12/25/15 -- as well as Thursday 12/31/15 and Friday 1/1/16!



From every one at the office we wish all of you Happy Holidays and a Happy and Healthy new year!
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