Most Common High School Sports Injuries and Steps for Prevention

High school sports play an important role in developing a healthy, active lifestyle for kids while also developing invaluable life skills such as goal setting, time management, leadership, cooperation, and social intelligence.

At the same time, youth athletes are prone to injuries just like their favorite pros. Youth athletes also face an increased risk of injury due to the fact that their bodies are still developing. It is key to find the optimal recovery options so that your kids can be back in action without missing too many games or practices – Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation can make that possible!

Dr. R. Dawn Comstock conducted the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study for the 2015 – 2016 academic year which monitored sports-related injuries among high school athletes, and identified the top five most common high school sports injuries:

  1. Head Injuries
  2. Ankle Strain/Sprain
  3. Knee Strain/Sprain
  4. Hip/Thigh/Upper Leg Strain/Sprain
  5. Hand/Wrist Injuries

Though a large portion of sports-related injuries did not require surgery, recurring injuries accounted for almost 10% of total injuries for the year. It is vital to understand that treating the symptoms of an injury does not always address the underlying cause of the problem. Pain medication can reduce inflammation and mask the pain giving the illusion that the injury has healed. Just because the pain subsided does not mean the injury has fully healed resulting in the increased risk of reinjuring the affected area.

Through effective injury management and preventative care, we can help keep kids active, healthy, and on the field! That is why it is important to understand the benefits that physical therapy, chiropractic, and acupuncture bring to the injury recovery and prevention process.

Benefits of Physical Therapy for High School Athletes

Physical therapy works to maximize movement during the recovery process, and seeks to avoid pain medication and surgery. This is achieved by assessing the extent of the injury, and creating a treatment program specific to the patient’s needs and capabilities. Physical therapy can be utilized not only after an injury has occurred, but at the first signs of tenderness and weakness. For instance, many times an athlete will perform through pain, further increasing their chance of injury. Consulting with a physical therapist at the first sign of pain will help to strengthen the affected area before the pain manifests into a debilitating injury.

Benefits of Chiropractic for High School Athletes

 Chiropractic care plays a key role in sports injury prevention and recovery. Training, practice, and competition take a toll on an athlete’s body, exposing them to increased stress that can result in chronic aches and pains which may lead to injury. Chiropractors correct spinal misalignments, fix asymmetries throughout the body, and increase range of motion by reducing the tension on muscles and tendons, which promotes faster healing and reduces the risk of injury. Chiropractic care is effective in injury prevention and can also benefit an athlete’s performance. Seeing a chiropractor without a preexisting injury is a proactive step in injury prevention.

Benefits of Acupuncture for High School Athletes

 Acupuncture produces improved energy and biochemical balance, which results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities and promoting physical and emotional well-being. Acupuncture is a common practice used by many professional athletes around the world. Studies show that acupuncture effectively treats sports injuries, while also improving the athlete’s performance and endurance. The growing popularity of acupuncture treatment raises awareness of how beneficial acupuncture is for injury prevention.

Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation is Your Home Team!

 If you or your child have experienced a sports injury in the past, are currently facing a sports related injury, or want to take the proactive steps in strengthening and optimizing your body for peak performance, please feel free to take advantage of our free consultation (a $245 value) and contact us directly by calling 732-345-1377 or by emailing us using the Contact Form below. Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation has three convenient locations in Monmouth and Ocean County: Shrewsbury, Wall, and Forked River. We look forward to helping with all your rehabilitation, physical therapy, and chiropractic needs!

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10 Things You Didn’t Know Chiropractic Can Treat

Written by: Dr. Nicole Yarbenet, D.C.

Often times, people perceive chiropractic care as a series of “back cracks”. But it’s so much more than that. Chiropractic allows for optimal health throughout the body, for all ages. Our Wall NJ chiropractors and Shrewsbury NJ chiropractors can treat a wide variety of health issues. Pediatric chiropractic is also something worth exploring for your children.

Chiropractic for Pregnancy Pain

During pregnancy, there are several physiological and hormonal changes that occur in preparation for creating the environment for the developing baby. Chiropractic for pregnancy pain can help in maintaining a healthier pregnancy, reducing the time of labor and delivery, relieving back, neck or joint pain, and preventing a potential cesarean delivery.

Anxiety & Chiropractic

People suffering from anxiety have an overly active sympathetic nervous system which controls our fight or flight mechanism. The thoracic vertebrae are highly innervated by the sympathetic nervous system, therefore, any irritation of that area will cause symptoms of anxiety. Adjusting the thoracic spine will calm down this response and relieve anxiety.

Headache Relief

Headaches are a common problem. A majority of headaches originate in the neck. When you have a headache it is important to see your chiropractor. Your chiropractor can perform a spinal adjustment to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system. They can also provide nutritional advice, recommending a change in diet and perhaps the addition of B complex vitamins. Your chiropractor can also offer advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercises and relaxation techniques. This advice should help to relieve the recurring joint irritation and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) 

Chiropractic cannot necessarily treat ADHD but it can help decrease the symptomatology. ADHD is a central nervous system disorder that causes tension on the nervous system. A chiropractic adjustment can help calm down the nervous system by releasing nerve tension.

Pediatric Chiropractic for Colic  

Comfortless crying and periodic fussiness can be very upsetting to a new parent and even more upsetting for baby. This condition can last for hours or days. Colic is characterized by a loud piercing cry, tensed abdominal muscles, flexed legs, and clenched fingers.  Any type of vertebral subluxation can adversely affect the child’s nervous system resulting in colic symptoms. A chiropractic adjustment helps to restore normal function in a child’s nervous system, bringing it back to full normal potential. The result is a happy and content baby.

Gastrointestinal Issues  

The nervous system controls the digestive system in many ways. The vagus nerve which comes from the brain and travels around the first cervical bone innervates all the major organs of digestion and functions to stimulate the digestive process. Other major areas controlling digestion include the sympathetic nerves coming out of the thoracic and lumbar regions of the spine. Spinal misalignment in any of these regions can lead to neurological compromise and altered digestive function. Regular chiropractic adjustments can help alleviate digestive problems.

Sinus Infections and Chiropractic

Your sinuses consist of hollow spaces in the bones of the forehead, cheeks and temples. Healthy, open sinuses are lined with sticky mucus to ensure that air going into the lungs is moist, warm and free from dust, dirt, and pollutants. Your Chiropractor is specially trained to help properly drain the sinuses with specific cranial and upper cervical adjustments. Chiropractic care is also proven to help boost the immune system. There is a direct relationship between the immune system and the central nervous system.  If we support the nervous system through proper spinal function and alignment, then we will ultimately support and strengthen the immune system.

Bed-wetting (Enuresis)

Bed-wetting (enuresis) is another of the many reasons why parents bring their children to see the chiropractor. Emptying of the urinary bladder is controlled by the detrusor and trigone muscles. The nerve supply to these muscles is via the sacral parasympathetic nerves from S2 to S4. Adjustment of the sacral segments in children will relieve any nerve interference that contributes to bed-wetting.

Difficulty breast feeding 

It is very frustrating when a newborn has a difficult time latching on to breastfeed. This can be upsetting for mom and baby. The birth process is very traumatic to an infant’s upper cervical spine. Correcting the misalignment with a gentle adjustment will help the baby latch on without difficulty.

Chiropractic for Stress

Chiropractic care can help manage your stress levels.  When you experience stress, your body releases stress hormones into your bloodstream, including cortisol and adrenaline.  These stress hormones cause a whole series of physiological changes in your body, such as increasing your heart rate and blood pressure, shutting down your digestive system, and altering your immune system. One of the effects of chronic stress is muscle tension and contraction, which can lead to uneven pressure on the spine, which in turn leads to subluxations. Adjustments help ease muscle tension, which will diminish the stress on certain parts of the skeleton leading to stress reduction.

If you or anyone you know is suffering from any of these conditions, please contact Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation for a FREE consultation ($245 value).  To schedule a consultation fill out the form below or give us a call at 732-345-1377. Our Shrewsbury & Wall NJ chiropractors provide expert service, and can combine adjustments with a number of our other modalities, for an all-encompassing, effective treatment.

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Chiropractic: The Natural, Effective Remedy & Prevention for Ear Infections

MPR Chiropractor Dr. Nicole Yarbenet explains in the above video that ear infections are one of the most common childhood illnesses, most often occurring in children up to age 6. Without treatment, the condition can persist into adulthood.

Symptoms can include:

  • Soreness, pain, and discomfort in the area surrounding the ear
  • Fever
  • Fluid drainage
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Grumpy behavior
  • Popping and ringing in the ears
  • Pressure buildup

Some children may be too young to communicate these symptoms, so parents can usually tell if their child is pulling at their ear, they are having difficulty hearing, or experiencing balance problems and dizziness.

Research has shown that antibiotics are not effective in treating ear infections in the long term. This is where chiropractic comes in, getting to the root of the problem.

Chiropractic adjustments are known to boost the immune system and promote overall wellness, but on top of that, proper alignment of the spine allows the muscles around the infected ears to relax. The Eustachian Tube is responsible for draining fluid from the ear. The nerves coming out of the upper cervical spine (the neck) influence the muscles surrounding the Eustachian Tube, and if any of the upper cervical bones are out of place, the muscles become tight and put pressure on that tube. This pressure makes it difficult for fluid to drain from the tube, which may cause an infection. Upper cervical adjustments are key in preventing the pressure buildup and subsequent ear infections, plus releases any pressure to relieve infections that may already be present.

No child is too young or too small to be adjusted by a chiropractor. Chiropractic is a safe and healthy approach for all ages, from newborns to children and adolescents, all the way through adulthood. Chiropractors alter their force depending on the age and size of their patient, and the chiropractic team at MPR is gentle enough to ensure your child has a comfortable and calm experience.

If you would like to make an appointment for your child to get adjusted at Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation, to relieve or prevent ear infections, to help with another condition, or just to promote improved health and a strong immune system, please call 732-345-1377.

 

4 Things Your Child Athlete Has to Gain from Chiropractic Adjustments

Written by Dr. William Walsh, DC

Tom Brady, Michael Jordan, Jerry Rice, and Tiger Woods. These are just a few of the most dominating athletes in their respective sports.  What they also have in common is that they all are patients and BIG proponents of chiropractic care.

While elite athletes utilize chiropractic care, is it right for amateurs or kids in sports? The simple answer is a resounding “yes!”.  Chiropractic and sports have similar goals that go hand in hand, and if your child or teenage athlete aspires to be like one of the greats, they could benefit a great deal from chiropractic.

Young athletes and high school sports stars ideally aim to improve muscle function, increase body control and coordination (known as proprioception), minimize injuries, and decrease recovery time. Chiropractic aids in all of these areas.

chiropractic sports care1. Muscular Function

Athletes want to be stronger, run faster, jump higher, and have more endurance.  The musculoskeletal system is a major factor in all of these areas.  To achieve maximal muscular improvement, the muscles must go through their optimal range of motion, and to do so, your body must be properly aligned and balanced.

If you go through a workout and your muscles can only achieve 80% of their full range, you are not optimally working those muscles.  On the other hand, if a muscle is going beyond its optimal range, there is a greater chance of injury. Hitting that sweet spot right at optimal range is what gets results.

2. Body Control & Coordination (Proprioception)

It’s safe to say that body control and coordination are necessary in sports.  Little sensors called proprioceptors play a major role in control and coordination. A proprioceptor is a sensory receptor that  responds to position and movement.  These allow us to control our limbs and body without looking at them.  Proprioceptors are the reason a baseball player can “keep their on the ball” while perfectly swinging the bat to make contact, or how a football player can watch the ball and make an over the shoulder catch.

Oh, and where are the proprioceptors found? In the inner ear, muscles, and joints!  Therefore, it’s a no-brainer that getting regular chiropractic adjustments that keep your muscles balanced and your joints properly aligned will help with coordination.

3. Minimized Injuries 

Injuries are one of athletes’ worst nightmares. Injuries mean recovery time, recovery time means time away from practice and training, and athletes know that can hurt their game. But does chiropractic really decrease injuries?

A study was done in 2010 that separated two groups of Australian football players. Each group received medical and sports science management but one group also received chiropractic treatments.  The researchers concluded that the group with sports chiropractic intervention had overall greater prevention of lower limb injuries and “a significant reduction in primary lower limb muscle strains and weeks missed due to non-contact knee injuries.”  It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a balanced muscle going through its proper motion is less likely to strain, a joint in proper alignment is less likely to sprain, and that both balanced muscle patterns and properly aligned joints will decrease injury recovery time.

4. Decreased Recovery Time 

In that same study we just referenced, not only did the Australian football players experience less injuries, but they also saw a “reduction of missed weeks” from action.  Chiropractors use a number of different techniques and tools to accelerate healing of the body.  One of my personal favorites is the K-Laser. Studies have shown that the K-Laser can increase cellular function and tissue repair.  This powerful tool can increase the healing effects on tears, bruises, sprains, and strains.  The K-Laser will get you back on the field faster and is really an athlete’s best friend.

 

This topic hits me close to home because when I was a high school athlete, I was riddled with injuries that professionals were having a very hard time correcting.  Chiropractic care is ultimately what helped me (and inspired me to become a chiropractor!), but it even took a while to find the right chiropractor for me. A facility like Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation, with multiple services and practitioners all under one roof, would have been just what I needed at the time.

To make an appointment for a free consult ($245 value) for you or your child athlete in Shrewsbury or Wall Township, feel free to call 732-345-1377 or fill out the form on this page. There could be a lot to gain from regular adjustments!

The One Simple Way to Say Goodbye to Seasonal Allergies

For those who suffer from seasonal allergies, this time of the year can be miserable. You’re either enduring the symptoms, including watery eyes, itchiness, sneezing, or rashes, or you’re bogged down by the drowsiness and other negative effects that come along with so many allergy medicines. MPR’s Dr. Keith Murray, DC, is here to tell you the easy way to put your symptoms to rest.

What’s wrong with taking allergy medicine?

Allergy medicines don’t cure allergies. They simply ease the symptoms, but do not serve any long term effects. Decongestants, antihistamines, and corticosteroids may make you feel better, but they also usually come along with drowsiness, dizziness, insomnia, gastrointestinal problems, and high blood pressure.

How does Chiropractic help with allergies?

When there is interference between the nervous system and the immune system, problems arise. It’s like a chain of reactions – if the nervous system is interrupted, the immune system is affected, it can’t effectively fight infection, and suffering from allergies becomes much more likely. Chiropractic care aligns the spine to eliminate nerve interference, getting to the root of the problem and stopping it in its tracks.

Additionally, regular adjustments improve your overall health, whether you suffer from seasonal allergies or not!

People often think that chiropractic adjustments are only for those with back pain. But just because you don’t feel any pain doesn’t mean the spine isn’t misaligned. The C1 and C2 vertebrae on the top of the spine support the skull. They are so close to the brain stem that any misalignment there could cause pressure on the body’s main message center, leading to a number of negative symptoms that the average person may not even associate with the spine.

There’s no need to continue enduring a runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, or any of the other symptoms that come along with seasonal allergies. Make your appointment to get adjusted at Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation in Shrewsbury and Wall Township, NJ to relieve your allergy symptoms. Call 732-345-1377 or fill out the form on this page.

Fending Off the Flu with Chiropractic Adjustments

It’s that unfortunate time of the year: seemingly everyone around you is sick with the cold or flu. Instead of just adamantly wishing that you’re not the next victim, why not get proactive and take control of your health?

Cold symptoms include congestion, runny nose, and sneezing. The flu includes those same symptoms in addition to aching, fever, and coughing. Flu season lasts from October to May, with peak months typically being December and February.

It may be difficult to see how chiropractic care can affect your immune system and prevent you from getting sick, but it is important to remember that the human body is a network of cooperative systems, each with their own role in keeping the body going.

In order to keep your body healthy, the musculoskeletal system, central nervous system, and lymphatic system work together, keeping the immune system functioning throughout the body. When the spine is misaligned, communication within the central nervous system becomes difficult. Subluxations occur in the spine, blocking the lymphatic system from draining out viruses and bacteria. The musculoskeletal system can be negatively impacted when you are misaligned as well.  Chiropractic adjustments keep your spine aligned so everything is able to work properly and efficiently.

Even MPR chiropractor Dr. Bill says, “Whenever I feel like something’s starting to come on – a cold, the flu – I get Dr. Murray to adjust me”. Preventative medicine in action!

Getting adjusted when you are sick preps your body to fight off infection and makes sure everything is in working order. Regular adjustments when you’re healthy ensure that your immune system is in great shape should infection come on. For the same reason, chiropractic care can help alleviate allergies. If your body is kept in great working condition with regular adjustments, you should notice a difference in how you feel.

A chiropractic adjustment when you’re feeling congested can be the most relieving feeling in the world – and it’s safer for your body than loading up on medicine!

If you’ve started to feel the sniffles coming on, or want to take action before any viruses can get to you, make your appointment at Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation today! Call 732-345-1377 or fill out the form on this page.

Learn how Posture can cause Headaches, Vision Issues & Pain!

Does your back ache throughout the day? Many people who spend their work day at a desk or behind the wheel of a vehicle accept back pain as part of their job description but it does not have to be.

Postural syndrome, also known as ‘Poor Posture Syndrome,’ results from the body being positioned with compromised posture for extended periods of time. If you sit in a slouched position your back is in the same position it would be in if you were to bend over and touch your toes. This is the ‘maximal bend’ of your back and places a considerable amount of pressure on the joints in your back.  This prolonged stretching on the back naturally causes aches and pain.

Postural Syndrome typically exhibits itself in pain and dull aches throughout the back, the area between the shoulder blades and the neck. Typically, the pain is the most severe while the body is in the anatomically incorrect posture while sitting, standing or lying. Over time, functioning with poor posture can also result in compromised neck strength, reduced range of motion, scar tissue and misaligned joints.

Fortunately, postural syndrome can be effectively treated with holistic therapies. Treatment goals typically focus on relieving pain, restoring balanced muscle strength, reestablishing full range of motion and establishing ergonomically correct posture. Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation is a multi-disciplinary facility comprised of medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, acupuncturists and massage therapists experienced in treating postural syndrome. If you think you might be suffering from postural syndrome contact Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation today to eliminate aches and pains from your day to day. Call 732-345-1377 or visit www.MonmouthPain.com to schedule a free consultation ($245 value) in Shrewsbury and Wall Township, NJ.

Plantar Fasciitis Explained

Written by: William Walsh, D.C.

We’ve all heard of plantar fasciitis, after all, 3 million people suffer every year from the condition, but what the heck is it?

Simply put, “plantar fasciitis,” is inflammation of the “plantar fascia.”

The plantar fascia is a ligament that starts at the heel, runs through the arch of your foot, and attaches at the base of your toes. When this ligament becomes inflamed, it causes pain at the heel where it originates.

Senior man relaxing his feet with a massage

The plantar fascia can become inflamed if it is stretched out or too much pressure has been placed upon it over a long period of time. Certain things can contribute to plantar fasciitis, including:

***Being over weight – this puts extra stress on MANY parts of the body, including your plantar fascia.

***Non-supportive footwear – I know flip-flops are great in the summer, but footwear like this provide no arch support. This leaves your
plantar fascia vulnerable to additional stress.

***Biomechanical Imbalances – Your hips not being balanced can cause more than low back pain, as we should know, the whole body is connected. An imbalance of your hips will put more stress on one leg/foot. The average American takes about 6,000 steps per day. That is A LOT of additional stress on one of your plantar fascia!

***Occupations that keep you on your feet – Teachers, hairdressers, mail carriers, retail employees… being on your feet for hours obviously puts stress on your plantar fascia.

***Tight muscles – Your achilles tendon attaches to the back of the heel. If this is tight, it may rotate the heel just enough to put additional stress on the plantar fascia which attaches at the front of the heel.

So what can you do?

The first step is to have supportive footwear. The amount you wear flats and flip-flops should be limited. Next, stretch the muscles of your lower legs, specifically the calf muscle. Finally, getting regular adjustments will help eliminate mechanical imbalances.

If you suspect you have plantar fasciitis, don’t hesitate to call Monmouth Pain and Rehab for a professional evaluation. Our practitioners are trained in understanding the cause of your symptoms and making the proper corrections at the source of the problem. To request a free consultation ($245 value) fill out the form on this page or call 732-345-1377.

10 Things You Didn’t Know Chiropractic Can Treat!  

Written by: Dr. Nicole Yarbenet, D.C.

Pregnancy Pain   

During pregnancy, there are several physiological and hormonal changes that occur in preparation for creating the environment for the developing baby. Chiropractic care can help in maintaining a healthier pregnancy, reducing the time of labor and delivery, relieving back, neck or joint pain, and preventing a potential cesarean delivery.

nicole-y-chiro-blogAnxiety 

People suffering from anxiety have an overly active sympathetic nervous system which controls our fight or flight mechanism. The thoracic vertebrae are highly innervated by the sympathetic nervous system, therefore, any irritation of that area will cause symptoms of anxiety. Adjusting the thoracic spine will calm down this response and relieve anxiety.

Headaches

Headaches are a common problem. A majority of headaches originate in the neck. When you have a headache it is important to see your chiropractor. Your chiropractor can perform a spinal adjustment to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system. They can also provide nutritional advice, recommending a change in diet and perhaps the addition of B complex vitamins. Your chiropractic can also offer advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercises and relaxation techniques. This advice should help to relieve the recurring joint irritation and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) 

Chiropractic cannot necessarily treat ADHD but it can help decrease the symptomatology. ADHD is a central nervous system disorder that causes tension on the nervous system. A chiropractic adjustment can help calm down the nervous system by releasing nerve tension.

Colic  

Comfortless crying and periodic fussiness can be very upsetting to a new parent and even more upsetting for baby. This condition can last for hours or days. Colic is characterized by a loud piercing cry, tensed abdominal muscles, flexed legs, and clenched fingers.  Any type of vertebral subluxation can adversely affect the child’s nervous system resulting in colic symptoms. A chiropractic adjustment helps to restore normal function in a child’s nervous system, bringing it back to full normal potential. The result is a happy and content baby.

Gastrointestinal Issues  

The nervous system controls the digestive system in many ways. The vagus nerve which comes from the brain and travels around the first cervical bone innervates all the major organs of digestion and functions to stimulate the digestive process. Other major areas controlling digestion include the sympathetic nerves coming out of the thoracic and lumbar regions of the spine. Spinal misalignment in any of these regions can lead to neurological compromise and altered digestive function. Regular chiropractic adjustments can help alleviate digestive problems.

Sinus Infections

Your sinuses consist hollow spaces in the bones of the forehead, cheeks and temples. Healthy, open sinuses are lined with sticky mucus to ensure that air going into the lungs is moist, warm and free from dust, dirt, and pollutants. Your Chiropractor is specially trained to help properly drain the sinuses with specific cranial and upper cervical adjustments. Chiropractic care is also proven to help boost the immune system. There is a direct relationship between the immune system and the central nervous system.  If we support the nervous system through proper spinal function and alignment, then we will ultimately support and strengthen the immune system.

Bed-wetting (Enuresis)

Bed-wetting (enuresis) is another of the many reasons why parents bring their children to see the chiropractor. Emptying of the urinary bladder is controlled by the detrusor and trigone muscles. The nerve supply to these muscles is via the sacral parasympathetic nerves from S2 to S4. Adjustment of the sacral segments in children will relieve any nerve interference that contributes to bed-wetting.

Difficulty breast feeding 

It is very frustrating when a newborn has a difficult time latching on to breastfeed. This can be upsetting for mom and baby. The birth process is very traumatic to an infant’s upper cervical spine, by correcting the misalignment with a gentle adjustment will help the baby latch on without difficulty.

Stress

Chiropractic care can help manage your stress levels.  When you experience stress, your body releases stress hormones into your bloodstream, including cortisol and adrenaline.  These stress hormones cause a whole series of physiological changes in your body, such as increasing your heart rate and blood pressure, shutting down your digestive system, and altering your immune system. One of the effects of chronic stress is muscle tension and contraction, which can lead to uneven pressure on the spine, which in turn leads to subluxations. Adjustments help ease muscle tension, which will diminish the stress on certain parts of the skeleton leading to stress reduction.

If you or anyone is suffering from any of these conditions, do not hesitate- Contact Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation for a FREE consultation ($245 value).  To schedule a consultation fill out the form on this page or give us a call at 732-345-1377.

A Vital ‘Serving’ of Tennis Elbow Tips

Written by: Amy Ramos, PTA

Tennis Elbow (also called lateral epicondylitis) is an overuse injury that occurs where the muscles of the forearm attach to the elbow.  Although it is named “Tennis Elbow” because of its frequent occurrence among tennis players, it can affect other athletes as well as those who participate in leisure or work activities that require repetitive arm, elbow, wrist, and hand movement, especially while tightly gripping something.  Tennis Elbow is typically diagnosed by a medical doctor from a description of symptoms and a few simple muscle tests.   Symptoms of Tennis Elbow include:  pain/tenderness on the outer part of the elbow, pain from gripping, with or without movements of the wrist and lifting movements, and pain from activities that involve extending the wrist (e.g. pouring a container of liquid, lifting with the palm down and sweeping – especially when wrist movement is required).

Initially, it is recommended that one avoid activities that exacerbate the symptoms of tennis elbow as well as use ice to alleviate the pain and reduce inflammation.  Once the initial symptoms have subsided, Tennis Elbow is usually successfully treated with conservative interventions such as physical therapy and chiropractic care to decrease pain and restore mobility and strength to the affected arm.  In addition, acupuncture treatments and massage therapy have been shown to be quite effective in treating tennis elbow.

Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary facility offering chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, physical therapy and weight loss to help you get you back to what you enjoy doing!  Call (732) 345-1377 or fill out the form on this page to request a free consultation ($245 value). We have offices conveniently located in Shrewsbury and Wall Township.

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