Learn about Pain

Knowledge is power. Understanding what is causing pain and fear of pain is the first step to getting control of it.

 
 
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What is Pain?

In the most basic sense, pain is our body’s warning sign that something potentially harmful is happening. It can take many forms and be experienced many different ways.

Throughout our body, we have sensory receptors called nociceptors. They are very sensitive to different inflammatory chemicals, pressure, temperature, etc. When they get stimulated to a certain threshold, they send an electrical signal to the brain for interpretation. This allows our brain to make decisions on how to handle the problem. It is a beautifully, elaborate system that has the ability to keep our body in baseline (homeostasis), even under extreme conditions. By understanding how pain works, we can help troubleshoot the best way to get out of it.

 

HEadaches and Migraines

Headaches and migraines can be extremely debilitating. That’s why we enjoy treating them so much! To see our patients become more active and social is a true pleasure. Like other types of pain, you have to first understand the trigger of the symptoms before you make treatment decisions. There are many different types of headaches and the different triggers to the headache. Often times an adjustment to posture, a change in diet, and changing stress to the sympathetic nervous system can significantly reduce, and even eliminate, the frequency and intensity of headaches and migraines.

 

AutoImmune conditions and Fibromyalgia

Autoimmune conditions require an exploration of the immune system, inflammation, and the associated nerve sensitivity that is causing your pain. We take an active approach at treating these nerve hypersensitivity conditions. Our system looks at how your nervous system is reacting to inflammation. We utilize manual therapy techniques to desensitize the system while we explore movements and lifestyle changes to help reduce some of your inflammatory triggers for lasting relief.

 
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Hips, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes (and elbows and fingers)

JOINTS! Our favorite thing about therapy. We are knowledgeable about all areas of the body. We treat every single inch of the body using all the tools we have. Muscles and joints get injured very commonly, so we are teaching ourselves and our patients the best methods to deal with their injuries.

 

Dizziness, Vertigo, Post Concussion

Dizziness is a lot like pain when it comes to treatment. There are many types of dizziness. Once anything sinister has been ruled out, we address what is stressing the peripheral vestibular system (inner ear system). This system is in charge of your balance and equilibrium. It is connected neurologically to both your neck and eyes. Vision, feedback from muscle and tendons (proprioception), and vestibular systems almost always go hand-in-hand and we want address them each specifically when we treat your dizziness.