Client came to me experiencing bilateral arm numbness and tingling on a daily basis for a few weeks. Based on a recommendation from a friend, she came to me. I performed chiropractic adjustments to her neck, upper back, shoulders, elbows and wrists. Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation (IASTM) with CBD oil was used along the soft tissue of both her arms. After a couple of sessions, her numbness and tingling went down dramatically!
The purpose behind IASTM is multi-factorial. The techniques are designed to produce a healing response from the body to the affected area. This is accomplished through breakdown of the capillary beds inducing nutrition to the tissues of the injured area. A secondary effect occurs at the site of scar tissue formation. Scar tissue is the body's way of healing injured tissue. However, scar tissue is not as pliable, or contractile as normal tissue. Under a microscope, scar tissue appears as a plate of cooked spaghetti, where as normal tissue appears as a box of uncooked spaghetti. With the pressure of the tools, mechanical changes at the cellular level can and do occur in order to normalize scar tissue as much as possible. The greatest effects from IASTM are experienced when the clinician is aware of the fascial connections up and down stream from the affected area, and can treat an entire limb, as opposed to spot treating, like I did for the client in this case. Important to note is that in order to achieve maximum results with IASTM, a comprehensive exercise program is necessary to stress the affected tissues and remodel the underlying tissues and create new movement patterns, which is why I always give take home corrective movement exercises.
I started implementing Aquacanna CBD Recovery Balm when I do IASTM because it glides better than lotion and is a great product for external pain relief and helps enhance recovery. CBD recovery balm and oil definitely helps, along with some kickass chiropractic care by yours truly!
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As effective as rolling the muscles are with a ball and/or stretching is, the benefits are limited if the joints of the ankle and foot are not moving properly. If a joint is stuck, the muscles work harder trying to move it, which creates excess muscle tension and compensation patterns in other parts of the body.
Take this picture as an example. Client comes to me with symptoms of shin splints. While many muscles of their lower leg were tight, which we loosened up with soft tissue work, one of the biggest problems was that the heel bone was stuck.
With the heel bone not moving properly, it creates compensation muscle patterns up the leg, shin splints being one of them. After two 30 minute bodywork sessions, we got their heel in proper position and the shin pain decreased drastically.
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Dr. Vice Lujan, DC is a chiropractor in Bakersfield, CA. Besides full spine adjusting, Dr. Vice specializes in extremity work; reestablishing normal, pain-free range of motion of the shoulders, hips, elbows, ankles/feet, etc.