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Sprain vs. Strain

Even if a person doesn’t lead an active lifestyle, personal injury can occur from simple everyday activities. The most common soft tissues that become injured are muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Sprains and strains are common soft-tissue injuries, but there is a difference between the two. Our doctors at Back to Basics Chiropractic would like to explain how these conditions differ and encourage you to call us to discuss treatment options.
A sprain is a stretch and/or tear of a ligament, a strong band of connective tissue that connects the end of one bone with another. On the other hand, a strain is an injury to a muscle or tendon. Similar to strains, a strain may be a simple stretch in your muscle or tendon, or it may be a partial tear in the muscle-and-tendon combination. While the intensity varies, pain, bruising, and swelling is common symptoms associated with these injuries. Treatment may include therapeutic exercise or rehabilitation depending on the patient.
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Spinal Decompression

At Back to Basics Chiropractic, we heal patients dealing with problematic spinal discs using spinal decompression therapy.  Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy is a safe, targeted treatment for any herniated discs in a patient’s spine or nerves.  Injured discs in the neck and back cause pain, but can also affect the rest of the body.  Herniated discs often have a direct impact on the central nervous system, causing more pain to the extremities.  Our doctors can determine if spinal decompression is an appropriate solution for your pain.
Spinal decompression is performed with equipment that resembles a table but has moving parts.  Patients lie on their back or stomach, depending on the location of the issue, and are attached to the equipment with padded straps so distraction forces can be applied to the spine.  A typical treatment alternates between applying distraction forces to the vertebrae and periods of partial relaxation.  The result is the vertebrae slowly and gently separat…

Chiropractic Massage Therapy

We’ve all seen massage advertised by spas as an indulgence or pampering, but the long-practiced therapy has many health benefits and has helped patients of Back to Basics Chiropractic heal.  Combining chiropractic treatment with massage therapy helps improve a patient’s overall musculoskeletal health and functionality. Another benefit of massage therapy is it releases toxins built up in the muscles, which can then exit the body. This purge of toxins is important for chiropractic patients and anyone with injuries because it helps the body heal itself.
Chiropractic massages are still performed in a calm, soothing environment.  Relaxation cannot heal injuries on its own but is still important to overall health, especially for patients with chronic pain or stress.  Your massage therapist can target problem areas, or focus on relaxing certain muscles in order to help your chiropractor perform an adjustment. Regular massage also increases circulation and flexibility, which makes this therapy…

Therapeutic Exercise

Most of us are no strangers to pain. Once we feel it, our first instinct is to make it stop. There are several methods of relieving pain, but today we are going to discuss therapeutic exercise. With therapeutic exercise, pain is relieved through active techniques and exercises that stretch sore muscles and increase a patient’s flexibility. Depending on the injury location, one of our doctors at Back to Basics Chiropractic will develop an individualized treatment plan.
The ultimate goal of a therapeutic exercise program is to ultimately eliminate pain and improve a person’s range-of-motion and increase flexibility. Additionally, through different exercises, a patient may restore physical function, improve overall health status, and enhance a patient’s capabilities. Our doctors will help you regain the level of activity you were at prior to being injured.  
If you have questions or concerns regarding chiropractic care or therapeutic exercise, please give us a call. To learn about services…

Pinched Nerves

Many of the body’s ailments can be attributed to pinched nerves. Put simply, this means that when nerves are under pressure due to inflammation or other dislocated body parts, they are less effective at transmitting messages to and from the brain. At Back to Basics Chiropractic in Kennewick, we offer a variety of treatments for relieving pinched nerves throughout the body.
Pinched nerves can cause severe pain, but that isn’t the only symptom. Sometimes, a pinch will be felt as tingling or numbness. These sensations may be felt at the location of the pinch or they may radiate outward toward a part of the body controlled by that nerve. For example, sciatica is compression of the sciatic nerve, which travels from the spinal cord down the thigh. The pinch is often in the spinal column but felt in the leg.
The first part of our treatment will be determining where exactly the pain is coming from. For this, we will need to do imaging tests such as x-rays as well as tactile examinations. Once a…

Basics of Spinal Anatomy

At Back to Basics Chiropractic in Kennewick, we want our patients to have a basic understanding of how to care for themselves and of what issues may affect them. In order to do that, they’re going to need a basic understanding of what we mean when we talk about the spine.
The spinal column is made up of thirty-four vertebra bones, each of which is numbered for medical purposes. At its base, the bones are fused together in two structures, the sacrum and coccyx, leaving twenty-four singular vertebral bones. The bones in the neck are called cervical vertebrae, while those in the chest are thoracic and those in the lower back are called lumbar. The vertebrae are separated from each other by spongy discs, with the exceptions of the top two cervical vertebrae and the coccyx. Injuries to these discs are the cause of many cases of back pain.
The vertebrae have arch-shaped structures protruding from their backs. The spinal cord, the bundle of nerves which transmits messages between the brain and…

Whiplash Causes and Treatment

Whiplash is a common injury that can occur from an automobile accident, or even from a rollercoaster at an amusement park. Whiplash results when the muscles and ligaments (soft tissues) of the neck extend beyond their natural range-of-motion. Whiplash may cause pain and discomfort after impact, but it can also present no symptoms at all. If you’ve experience neck trauma of any kind, visit one of our doctors at Back to Basics Chiropractic to discuss your treatment options.
Symptoms associated with whiplash include but are not limited to neck pain and stiffness, headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, and/or constant fatigue. Symptoms are not always present which is why it’s important to receive a proper diagnosis. Treatment for whiplash will depend on the severity of the condition but methods may include massage, electrical muscle stimulation, or a spinal adjustment.
If you have questions or concerns regarding whiplash or if you’ve been injured in an automobile accident, please give us a c…