Monday, June 18, 2018

Four Strategies for Soothing Sore Muscles After a Workout

To fully benefit from intense physical activity, there's still work to be done after finishing that cardio workout or strength training session. Massage therapy and other recovery strategies are critical for easing soreness, improving circulation, preventing injuries, and enhancing muscle strength and flexibility. Here are four key ways to soothe sore muscles and make the most out of recovery time after intense exercise.

Massage Therapy 
A woman stretching after a workout


The most effective way to help muscles recover from exercise is to receive regular massage therapy from chiropractic and massage professionals. For regular exercisers, a massage is soothing and allows tired muscles to loosen and recover. A therapist can even identify and treat injuries before they worsen. Some of the best treatment options to soothe exercise-related soreness are deep tissue, hot stone, and sports massages. Deep tissue and sports massages are more intensive than a typical massage, and they allow quicker recovery and ease the pain from repetitive, intense workouts. By minimizing recovery time, this treatment enables exercisers to extend their capacity for training and fitness goals.

A Healthy Diet


It may not be immediately obvious, but diet and hydration also play major roles in post-exercise recovery. Foods with anti-inflammatory properties—think nuts, seeds, berries, leafy greens, and fish rich in healthy fats, like tuna and salmon—can reduce the soreness of muscles when added to a diet with the right amount of protein and carbohydrates.

Stretching


Everyone knows stretching is important before exercise but doing so afterward also helps to deter muscle soreness and potential trips to the chiropractor for injury treatment. Since tight muscles can't react to changes and stress as effectively, stretching to keep them loosened up and energized with healthy blood flow prepares them for intense physical activity and helps them recover after.

Foam Rolling


Popular with professional athletes, foam rolling can benefit anyone at any level of physical fitness. Rolling the body out along the specially designed cylindrical tool mimics the effects of some traditional massages, stretching out and improving the circulation in aching muscles. Foam rolling, especially when applied to larger muscles like the quads, hamstrings, and glutes, can also make deeper stretches and more flexible movements possible.

For recovery treatments from exercise and other intense physical activity, Jimenez Chiropractic Med-Spa offers a wide range of massage therapy, physical therapy, and rehabilitation treatments, as well as health and beauty services. To learn more about our treatments, fill out our online form or call (786) 294-0710.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Acupuncture: Does It Work, and Can It Help Tension Headaches?

Tension headaches are no joke, and sufferers typically look for every possible treatment until they find something that helps. Many patients who visit Jimenez Chiropractic Med-Spa seek an alternative, holistic approach for treating their tension headaches after trying medications and other Western medicine treatments that have proven unsuccessful. These patients and many others may benefit from the use of acupuncture to treat tension headaches, migraines, and other medical and chiropractic conditions.

What Is Acupuncture? 
A woman lying down during an acupuncture treatment


Acupuncture has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for millennia, but it’s only recently become popular in Western medicine. According to Chinese medicine, qi (pronounced “chee”) is an energy that flows along pathways in the body, and when qi becomes blocked or unbalanced, the person can suffer physically. Tiny needles promote natural healing and balance of qi and are placed in specific points of the body depending on the affliction. These needles stimulate the body, and many patients experience relief from tension headaches, migraines, nausea, arthritis, and other conditions.

Acupuncture and Tension Headaches


Tension headaches can vary in location, intensity, frequency, and duration, but they’re not pleasant for any sufferer. Some people experience them for only a few hours, while others feel the pain for days or weeks at a time without relief. Of course, people suffering from this pain seek all possible treatment options to relieve symptoms when pain relievers, muscle relaxers, and other Western medications fail.

While no single treatment is right for every person, many patients have found that acupuncture reduced their symptoms and provided relief without the side effects of medications. Acupuncture works as a treatment option for tension headaches in the three following ways:
  • It’s a natural pain reliever. As the needles penetrate the skin, the nervous system responds by releasing natural painkillers called endorphins and enkephalins, which help relieve pain from tension headaches.
  • It’s a natural muscle relaxer. The nervous system triggers the brain to direct blood flow to the penetrated areas, decreasing the blood flow in the head and neck and naturally relaxing those muscles.
  • It’s a natural stress reliever. Stress is a major trigger for tension headaches, and acupuncture can help relieve it. The needles trigger specific responses in the central and autonomic nervous systems, helping to bring the heart rate into a normal, healthy range, reducing the experience of stress. These responses also help the patient’s brain develop a better response to stress in the future, directly addressing one of the possible causes of their headaches.
To learn if acupuncture is the right treatment for your tension headaches, call Jimenez Chiropractic Med-Spa at (786) 294-0710 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. Be sure to check out our specials page!