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Active Release Technique and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, or know what it is, you know how painful and limiting it can be. Carpal tunnel is one of the most common nerve conditions in the country, with estimates approximately 2% of the adult population in the United States suffer from the condition. Something you might not know it that soft-tissue treatments such as, Active Release Technique can help most people suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome relieve pain and regain normal use of their forearms, wrists, hands, and fingers without having to have surgery. If you have noticed limited the use of your  hands and wrists, you may not need surgery to restore normal function. At Shepard Pain and Performance Care in Bloomington, IL, we help people with carpal tunnel every week. If you suffer from symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, contact us today to learn how we may be able to help. What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Carpal tunnel syndrome is what’s known as an entrapment neuropathy, which means a pinched nerve. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve is compressed. The compressed nerve may produce pain, numbness, and if progressed long enough weakened hands. Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include: ● Numbness or Tingling sensations in the hand or fingers. ● Pain that spreads from your wrist, up your arm, and to your shoulder. ● Weak hands, often displayed by a tendency to drop things.

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Shoes Can Do Wonders

Many of you have met our Office Manager, Jen. Well, a few  years ago Jen was suffering from some severe pain in the ball of her right foot. The pain came suddenly, soon after Jen began a job where she was mostly on her feet. It was soon discovered that Jen’s pain was primarily caused from her choice of work footwear. The shoes she was wearing were extremely thin and flat, providing absolutely no support to her foot. Some who have been in Jen’s position (maybe those who often wear high heels, perhaps…) often justify their choice of footwear, and will either suck it up and endure the pain or spend money on inserts that are created to provide more support. Now, there is nothing wrong with buying these types of inserts. It is definitely better to have some support than none at all. However, if the pain continues even with addition of the support inserts, it may be time to give up the shoes entirely. This was the case for Jen. She upgraded her flimsy shoes for some that offered great support for her flat feet. Jen felt an immediate change. She no longer experienced any pain. Not only did she noticed the lack of pain in her foot, but she also noticed that her lower back wasn’t sore as often. By changing out her shoes, Jen’s posture improved as the alignment of her spine improved. If you are experiencing lower back pain, I would recommend testing out a different pair of shoes for a couple of weeks. In order to see if there’s a difference, the new pair of shoes should provide quite a bit more of support than your last pair. This might not work for everyone, but it couldn’t hurt to try – especially if it ends up solving your back pain! By the way – the shoes Jen began wearing were Birkenstocks. These shoes often provide a great amount of support for the foot – in particular for those with flat feet (like Jen). Search around until you find the right shoes with the right support for YOUR type of foot. Contact Dr Shepard | Read Reviews From Other Patients | Shepard Pain & Performance Care on   Matthew J. Shepard, DC Shepard Pain and Performance Care 2309 E. Empire Street Ste 400 Bloomington,IL,61704 309-585-0382  

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4 Best Ways to Choose a Chiropractor

Of course I would love for everyone to choose Dr. Shepard as their chiropractor of choice, but in case our office does not fit well with you, here are some tips for choosing a great chiropractor: 1. Have you seen any type of advertisement for the chiropractic office you’re considering? The more advertisements you see, the better! This could include television, radio, Facebook, snail mail, Twitter, e-mail (basically any type of visual/audio advertisement or seeing them out at community events could also count). Answering this question will provide insight into whether a particular chiropractor is a go-getter, hard-working type of person (these chiropractors often work harder than most to give patients the very best care), or the answer might hint that they are somewhat more lazy and lax in their approach to business (and often in serving their patients). 2. Stop by a chiropractic office to receive information on their services. This is a great way to judge a chiropractic office. Pay particular attention to how the office is kept. Is it clean? Cluttered? In a scary building? Are there burnt-out light bulbs? Chipping paint on the walls? What is the office staff wearing? Jeans?! Do they greet you with a smile when you enter? Do they greet you at all? Do they look panicked or rushed? This may seem like a very judgmental way to choose a chiropractor, but I would want you to go to a chiropractor that cares about the details. If the chiropractor cares about the little details of the office, they are more likely to care about the little details concerning you. 3. Is it a “wellness” chiropractic office? Okay, I might get into a bit of trouble for this one, but here it goes. “Wellness” chiropractic clinics generally prefer that patients keep coming back to them for the rest of their lives (usually once a month at least after initial symptoms are resolved – sometimes referred to as a maintenance program or a wellness program). Now don’t get me wrong, some people really DO need to continue coming in every month to keep up with their care, and the majority of chiropractors probably believe that it would help everyone to come in monthly. However, if you are the type of person who is only looking to get out of immediate pain and then discontinue care, I would not recommend going to a chiropractic clinic with the word “wellness” in the title. Remember, wellness = long-term care in the chiropractic community. 4. The absolutely BEST way to choose a chiropractor is to ask those around you. Who is your friend or family member going to? What do they like/dislike about their chiropractor? Do they rave about their chiropractor or speak about them with the same passion as household chores? It is very likely that if your friend or family member really likes their chiropractor, you will too. Of course, it would be even better to go with the opinion of someone you highly regard (maybe […]

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Dr. Shepard provides on-site active release treatments for Bloomington IL and surrounding area companies. If you are a manager or owner of a company looking to decrease your recordable number of workers compensation claims. Contact Dr. Shepard today!

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