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Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

October 27, 2015

4 Lesser Known Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

Although most people consider massage a luxury, something they can enjoy only when they have a spare bit of cash or when they’ve endured a week so stressful that they can’t even think straight, the reality is that massage therapy offers a lot of health benefits. Most aren’t very well-known though, so here are four of them to consider in case you are looking for a good reason to come into our Minneapolis chiropractic office and enjoy a massage (or two):

  1. Reduced anxiety. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America reports that anxiety is one of the top mental issues in the U.S., afflicting roughly 40 million adults and costing over $42 billion annually due largely to repeat doctor visits. However, many studies have found that massage helps lessen feelings of anxiousness, which means that you’ll not only feel Quick read more or view full article better, but you’ll also potentially spend less time in the doctor’s office.

 

  1. Improved digestion. Johns Hopkins Medicine reports that therapeutic massage is helpful in easing chronic constipation. Therefore, if you find your bathroom time difficult and lengthy, a visit with one of our Minneapolis massage therapists may be just what you need to kind of “get things moving along.”

 

  1. Fewer headaches. If you suffer from regular, chronic headaches or migraines, research has proven that massage will likely help. In fact, in one study published in the American Journal of Public Health, the participants reported that they experienced fewer headaches after just one week of massage therapy. Furthermore, the headaches that they did have were shorter in duration, so the positive effects were twofold.

 

  1. Better sleep. When you are stressed and anxious or dealing with some type of physical pain due to an injury, your sleep will likely suffer. Fortunately, because massage helps resolve both anxiety and pain, you’ll probably notice that you have an easier time getting and staying asleep when engaging in regular massage therapy. Sleep has even been found to improve in cancer patients who engage in massage therapy which shows just how powerful this type of therapy is.

If you’re ready to experience these benefits (and more), contact Lyn Lake Chiropractic in Minneapolis at (612) 879-8000 and schedule your appointment today. Your health will thank you!

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If I Need a Chiropractor After An Auto Accident?

September 13, 2015

How Do I Know If I Need a Chiropractor After An Auto Accident?

 

Here at Lyn Lake Chiropractic, we’ve had a number of Minneapolis chiropractic patients who have been involved in some type of auto accident, ranging from minor fender benders to crashes that have resulted in major physical trauma, at some point or another in their lives. Unfortunately, this really comes as no major surprise since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that “motor vehicle crashes Quick read more or view full article are the leading cause of injury and death in the U.S.” 

However, the one question that is asked quite often is how to know if you need a chiropractor after being involved in an auto accident. So, let’s examine that more in-depth now.

When you’re in a car crash, sometimes it is immediately evident that something is wrong. For instance, you may notice that there is pain present in various areas of your body (such as back pain or neck pain associated with whiplash), which is a clear sign that something just isn’t right.

Or, you might begin experiencing headaches or dizziness, start to have difficulty sleeping, or are feeling just overall irritable. In these cases, even if there are no physical marks present, making the decision to seek medical treatment via chiropractic care is typically an easier one. Obviously, something is going on internally and it’s best to find out what it is so it can be treated effectively and the pain and other possible symptoms minimized.

Yet, when there is no pain present, and no other signs at all that you may be injured externally or internally, you are less inclined to get yourself checked out and assume that you’re 100% okay. While this may seem logical, the reality is that you could have actually sustained an injury in the accident and don’t even realize it.

The reason this can happen is that sometimes pain and other symptoms don’t come to the surface for days, weeks, months, or even years to come. Furthermore, not seeing a doctor because of a lack of symptoms can greatly impact your ability to overcome the injury at a later point in time as some studies have confirmed that delayed treatment can negatively affect positive outcome capabilities.

Now, some people believe that minor accidents (like the ones that don’t leave any marks on the vehicles or involve super-slow speeds) aren’t capable of creating injury that requires chiropractic treatment. But one study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found otherwise. 

In this case, the researcher found “a lack of relationship between occupant injury, vehicle speed and/or damage.” Specifically, even when crash speeds were as low as 2.5 miles per hour, physical injury could result. So, it doesn’t matter how minor the auto accident is, you may have an injury that needs medical attention to resolve it effectively.

In short, any time that you’re involved in a car accident, no matter how minor it may seem and how good you feel afterward, you still want to follow up with your Uptown Minneapolis chiropractors to ensure that you’re okay and that your spinal discs and vertebrae are still in their proper and healthy place. With a quick exam, Drs. Schreifels, Eckstein, and Jones will be able to tell what injury, if any, exists or if further testing needs to be conducted to make sure you weren’t hurt in any way.

We even have a 24-hour answering service which allows you to call no matter when you have an auto accident and get your appointment scheduled to come in. Remember…the sooner you get in to see us at Lyn Lake Chiropractic in Minneapolis, Minnesota after a car crash, the sooner you will start to heal and the better your chances of recovery!

 

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Are You Just Masking Your Pain?

March 11, 2014
Your body is an amazing machine. It can not only let you know when something is wrong, it can also, in many cases, fix itself with little to no additional help. Pain is the primary method your body uses to let you know something is wrong. The vast majority of pain you feel is mechanical in nature which means there is a dysfunction in your joints, muscles and other soft tissue.

If you deal with this pain and find and correct the underlying problem, you may be able to get rid of the underlying problem once and Quick read more or view full article for all instead of just temporarily masking the pain and continue to suffer. When you feel pain what do you do first? Reach for a bottle of over the counter pain medication? Many people do, and while that's not a bad thing in and of itself, you must remember that pain medications only cover up or mask the feelings of pain. They do nothing to fix the underlying problem.

If you've got joint dysfunction and your body is trying to tell you something is wrong by sending you pain signals but if you're taking medications to block the pain, what do you think will happen? Yep, you will continue with your normal day to day activities and that joint dysfunction will grow worse and spread to other soft tissue causing even more damage. Common problem we see is when runners have foot pain, they just ignore the pain until it gets so bad they can't even walk!  Take the time to address the problem and get treated.

When you have dysfunction in a joint it can also affect the soft connective tissue. When a joint isn't working the way it should the muscles around it can also become stretched and damaged. When the brain realizes that a joint isn't working properly it will send signals to the surrounding soft tissue to allow them to compensate for the injured joint -- which puts more stress on other muscles and soft tissue.

As you can see, all of this can cascade out of control very quickly.

This is why it is so important to never just mask pain when you feel it. Always find the cause of the pain and try to fix it. It's like if you have a rock in your shoe, if you take the time to fix the problem you'll be able to keep running painfree.

Check out some running injuries we treat on our web page. Running Injuries.


Whenever you or someone in your family has any kind of pain, Call Lyn Lake Chiropractic. Together we will find the right solution for your unique issues and try to resolve the underlying dysfunction before it causes more pain and injury.

Lyn Lake Chiropractic will help you actually get better and not just mask the pain so you feel better!  We provide chiropractic care for Minneapolis MN, St. Louis Park MN, Edina MN, Richfeild MN and more. Read Less
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