Is yoga effective at managing back pain?
Recent research suggests that yoga may be as effective as physical therapy in combating back pain. The study, which was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in June, 2017, studied more than 300 racially diverse, low-income patients suffering from chronic back pain. One group of subjects went to weekly yoga classes, another group went to weekly physical therapy and a third group received educational material on managing back pain.
Robert Saper, director of Integrative Medicine at Boston Medical Center and the lead author of the study, and his colleagues found that for the subjects in the study, participating of weekly classes designed for people with back pain helped the participants manage pain almost as much as physical therapy, and more so than education. Both the physical therapy and yoga groups used less pain medication than the control group that received educational materials about managing back pain.
So what does this mean to you?
Yoga has gained popularity throughout the United States. SportsCare Center added the practice to provide our clients with the means to safely exercise during their recovery. Our instructors assess the needs of the class and tailor classes accordingly. They will also suggest poses you can perform at home or the office that will allow you to actively participate in your recovery even when you cannot come into the office.
As Chang and Kertesz wrote, “Yoga offers some persons tangible benefit without much risk.”
Our August Yoga Classes are as follows:
- Sundays at 5:30 p.m. with Bren
- Tuesdays at 2 p.m. with Monica
- Thursdays at 2 p.m. with Monica
- Saturdays at 8 a.m. with Monica
Download the schedule here: Yoga Announcement
Source: CNBC, “Yoga might be as good as physical therapy for lower back pain, says study.”
TIME, “Yoga works as well as physical therapy for back pain.”
We have some exciting news for you regarding our yoga classes!
We’re Adding A Saturday Morning Class
We want everyone to take a yoga class a week to help you hold your adjustments longer, and give you good, gentle techniques to keep yourself and your spine happy even when you are on your own.
We added a class Saturdays at 8 a.m. with Monica!
Yoga Supports Your Chiropractic Care
More than 20 million Americans practice yoga (“Yoga In America” study, 2012). The reasons for beginning a yoga practice include: improve flexibility (78.3 %), general conditioning (62.2%), stress relief (59.6%), improve overall health (58.5 %), and physical fitness (55.1%) (Source: Yoga Journal).
Yoga is also an excellent addition to your chiropractic regiment.
- Low Back Pain: Evidence suggests that yoga can be effective in alleviating low back pain in the short term. When combined with a solid chiropractic care regiment, you have a solid plan to address your pain and improve your quality of life. (Crow, et al., 2015)
- Muscle Activation: When yogis strike various poses, they activate various muscle groups that trigger core muscle groups. Poses such as “High plank,” “Low plank,” and “Downward Facing Dog” strengthen external oblique abdominal muscles. “Chair” and “Warrior 1” engage the gluteus maximus, while “Chair” and “Halfway Lift” strengthen longissimus thoracis. , muscles that are located near and support the spine. (Ni M, et al. Core muscle function during specific yoga poses. Complement Ther Med, Apr 2014;22(2):235-43.)
- Balance: If you have a challenge staying on your own two feet, yoga improves balance and can reduce incidents of falls. (Howe TE, Rochester L, Neil F, et al. Exercise for improving balance in older people. Cochrane Database Syst Rev, Nov 9, 2011;(11); Nick N, et al. The effect of yoga on balance and fear of falling in older adults. PM & R, Jul 8, 2015 (epub ahead of print) ;Saravanakumar P, et al. The influence of tai chi and yoga on balance and falls in a residential care setting: a randomized controlled trial. Contemp Nurse, 2014;48(1):76-87.)
- Arthritis: Practicing yoga was related to reduced pain and symptoms in women with osteoarthritis. (Ghasemi GA, et al. Effects of hatha yoga on knee osteoarthritis. Int J Prev Med, Apr 2013;4(Suppl 1):S133-8.)
- Flexibility: The slow, passive movements of hatha yoga have proven to be more effective than calisthenics in fostering flexibility. Spinal flexibility also improves with yoga. (Farinatti PT, et al. Flexibility of the elderly after one-year practice of yoga and calisthenics. Int J Yoga Ther, Sep 2014;24:71-77; Grabara M, et al. Effects of hatha yoga exercises on spine flexibility in women over 50-½years old. 2015 Feb;27(2):361-5.)
For these and other reasons, we’ve added yoga classes to our offerings at SportsCare Center Huntington Beach. Class sizes are small, so you get individualized attention to ensure you perform the poses correctly so you can reap the benefits and support your chiropractic care. Additionally, small class sizes are less intimidating than attending classes in a large group setting.
Class Schedule for July!
SUNDAYS @ 5:30 p.m.
TUESDAYS @ 2 p.m.
THURSDAYS @ 2 p.m.
SATURDAY @ 8 a.m.
NOTE: Classes have been cancelled on July 2, 4, and 9.
Recently, SportsCare Center Huntington Beach has seen a number arthritis patients seeking chiropractic care after seeing a medical doctor. They want to be treated and address issues, but their medical doctor said they shouldn’t have chiropractic adjustments because they have arthritis or arthritic changes in their neck or lower back.
Without going too deep into chiropractic philosophy or joint physiology, nothing could be further from the truth.
How Arthritis Develops
A healthy joint is one that is free moving and free of excessive biomechanical stress. When joints get locked and are unable to move freely, they can’t get properly nourished. The nourishment of the joint cartilage depends on movement to promote the process of imbibition, which is the taking up of synovial fluid. Even more simplified, when we move, joint cartilage gets squeezed so bad stuff gets pushed out and good stuff goes in to supply the cartilage with necessary nutrients for growth and repair. (This is another reason regular exercise is important for health, and why we added yoga classes to our practice, but that’s another blog post.)
When joints are locked and unable to move freely, imbibition occurs less frequently or not at all. Over time, joints degenerate because they are unable to get the nutrients to rebuild or repair. Eventually, the joints begin to show signs of arthritic changes.
To make matters worse, when spinal bones get shifted out of place, two things happen:
- The normal movement of the joint decreases.
- There are increased biomechanical stresses placed on the joint.
Excessive stress speeds degeneration because the forces cause joint cartilage to wear out at an accelerated rate. Eventually, the accelerated degeneration causes pain, and when x-rays are taken, the joint looks arthritic because of advanced stress.
Chiropractic adjustments repair subluxations (misaligned joints), increase joint range of motion, and reduce excessive biomechanical stress. They also remove nerve pressure, alleviate pain, relieve local muscle spasms (trigger points), release endorphins, and foster a sense of well-being throughout the body.
While chiropractic care can’t reverse arthritic changes, it can stop or slow the degenerative process. Getting regular chiropractic care starting at an early age can prevent arthritic changes in the first place.
June 2016 Yoga Schedule
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Check out what’s happening at SportsCare Center HB!
* Meet our new yoga instructor
* See how Project Hope Alliance will use our November Appointment Challenge to help children in our community
* Read about A1 Ride Daze at Surf City Cyclery
* Learn about our newest physical therapy tool, Rapid Release Technology
* Save the date for our next WINE DOWN WITH YOGA event! (RSVP REQUIRED!)
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Every year, Sportscare Center issues the November Appointment Challenge: For each appointment kept during the month of November, Dr. Duddey donates $1 to a local charity.
This year, Project Hope Alliance based in Costa Mesa was the recipient. We presented a check for $919 to Project Hope Alliance, which will use the funds to break the cycle of homelessness for Orange County’s 32,000 homeless children. Since 2012, Project Hope Alliance has moved 120 families into permanent homes.
Learn more about Project Hope Alliance’s Mission and simple ways you can help here: http://www.projecthopealliance.org
If you’ve been in the “House of Pain” for physical therapy lately, you may have noticed a new tool being used along side electro stim and ultrasound by our physical therapists. That funny looking new machine is called RRT Pro. RRT is short for Rapid Release Technology, and it does wonderful things that enhance the healing process.
RRT is used by MLB, NHL, NFL, and NBA teams to keep their players in top conditions for the demands of their sports. After careful consideration and use on a few willing test subjects around the office, we decided to add it to our physical therapy tool kit. After all, if it is good enough for the pros, it’s good enough for our patients.
How it works in physical therapy
Rapid Release vibrates at a frequency that resonates with and breaks up scar tissue, loosens tight muscles, increases blood flow, and addresses muscle spasms using frequency vibration. It also relieves stress and tension in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The frequency also lessens muscle spasms by triggering tonic vibration reflex (TVR), a neurological response. These results allow the body to work on healing itself, without drugs, by rushing oxygen-rich blood to the area and decreasing inflammation.
How it benefits the patient
A five minute RRT session is beneficial to the healing process. In many cases, RRT treatment is less uncomfortable, and preferable to traditional massage. Depending on the case, we may add it to electro stim and ultrasound treatment.
It allows us more flexibility in treatment
Before adding the RRT to our tool kit, we relied on electrostim, ultrasound, manual massage, and prescribed exercises. The RRT adds another option to treat your aches and pains. If the RRT is a good idea for your treatment, we’ll let you know.
The RRT has 5 treatment caps that we can use to direct rapid release treatment into the affected area. The actuator is useful at reaching trigger points, accupoints, and reflexology points. The soft cap can be used to address bony areas like the elbow. The large cap is used to deliver relief to most muscle groups.
The next time you’re in physical therapy, ask if RRT is a good addition to your treatment protocol. We’re happy to let you know more about this tool and hope you’ll let others know about it, too.
Take advantage of these special prices while they last!
Treat someone you love or stock up for yourself and save a bundle!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year for our patients! Now is the time we unleash the very best prices of the year for many of our most popular wellness packages.
For the first time ever, you can share a package
Wouldn’t it be great to treat someone to a massage? Enjoy a small-sized yoga class with friends? Now, for the first time in SportsCare Center history, you can buy a multiple package and share it! Soon we will have new, spiffy looking gift certificates suitable for giving as a gift to a friend.
So, yes, you can buy that 10-pack of massages and give 7 away and keep three for yourself, or give 5 away and keep 5 for yourself… because you’ve been sooooo good all year.
Please note: This is a test, so the ability to split packages may or may not return, depending upon how it works.
Stay at your best with regular wellness visits
Some patients prefer to stock up now so they’ll have their wellness visits for the new year covered. People who get regular chiropractic care know the benefits of keeping their bodies in a position where it can heal itself and avoid injury, without drugs. Time, gravity, and every day stress takes their toll on the body. Keeping regular chiropractic appointments and engaging in supportive care like massage, physical therapy, reiki, and yoga help your body counter time, gravity, and stress.
Most patients benefit from a monthly wellness check, while others may require more frequent visits to maintain the optimal position for wellness. Ask Dr. Duddey what he recommends for you.
2015 Holiday Specials
These are our holiday specials for the 2015 holiday season. Prices good through 12/31/15. Promotion may be suspended at any time. See gift certificate for details.
| ||Regular Price||Super Special Holiday Price*
|One 30-minute massage with adjustment||$70||$59
|One 60-minute massage with adjustment||$85||$70
|Four 30-minute massages with adjustment||$240||$199
|Five 60-minute massages with adjustment||$425||$349
|Ten 30-minute massages with adjustment||$700||$449
|Ten 60-minute massages with adjustment||$599||$499
|Five Physical Therapy Sessions||$325||$285
|Three Yoga Classes||$45||$29
|One Urban Zen Integrative Therapy or Reiki Session||$70||$49
Our yoga class schedule will change starting AUGUST 24. Here are the new class times!
1:30 p.m. RENEW
7:15 p.m. RELAX
1:30 p.m. RENEW
9 a.m. RE-ENERGIZE
5:30 p.m. YOGA THERAPY
If you attended our June Wine Down with Yoga event and are interested in adding yoga to your wellness regimen, download our yoga class and event calendar.