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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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Active Release Technique – Dr. Shepard’s Explanation

Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) is a highly successful systematic approach to injuries of muscle, tendons, nerves and the surrounding soft tissues. Active Release Technique uses a medically patented massage technique to treat soft tissue adhesions with the aid of muscle specific movements to correctly identify the exact muscle, ligament, tendon, nerve, or fascia involved. A.R.T is a deep muscle therapy that relieves tension and promotes proper muscle motion, while reducing scar tissue formation, muscle imbalance, and nerve entrapments. Every A.R.T session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. A.R.T. providers uses their hands to evaluate the texture, tightness, and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. The provider then treats the abnormal tissues by combining precisely directed tension and very specific patient movements. These treatment protocols are unique to A.R.T. and include over 500 specific moves. This simply means that Dr. Shepard can treat anywhere, from the muscles in the bottom of a patient’s foot to muscles inside the mouth, responsible for causing headaches and altered jaw mechanics, and everywhere in between. Dr. Shepard is full body certified and annually undergoes Active Release Technique recertification. The three most common mechanisms of injury are: Acute trauma Constant pressure Repetitive motion All three mechanisms play a part of the cumulative injury cycle. Soft tissue restrictions in the body change or adapt over time. These changes are predictable and can be felt by the doctor. Chronic or “older” injuries actually feel different from acute or “newer” ones. Active Release Technique has proven to be very effective for professional athletes and is widely used in professional sports such as the NFL, NBA, NHL, Ironman triathlons, professional volleyball, figure skating, and many more. Contact Dr. Shepard today to schedule an appointment and see if Active Release Technique may assist you in reaching your health goals!

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Back pain? Sleep on your Side

A recent article from the Louisville Courier-Journal interviewed several physicians from sleep centers throughout the United States, asking for the recommended ways to sleep for those suffering from back pain, sleep apnea, and gastroesophageal reflux disease. It appears that the most optimal sleeping position is to sleep on your side for all of these conditions. The worst position – sleeping on your stomach. Why? Sleeping on your side often promotes and supports the natural curvature of a person’s spine for those suffering from back pain. For those with sleep apnea, sleeping on your side usually makes it easier for you to breath than sleeping on your back or your stomach. And unless you gastric secretions rising up into your throat, you would be better off to sleep on your side if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease, according to the article. If you are lucky enough to not be suffering from any of these conditions, I would recommend sleeping in the position that is most comfortable for you. Especially since it appears that most adults do not get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep/night. Also, the article talks about how the average person changes positions over 20 times in the night. So starting out in a particular position may not be the most effective remedy if you are suffering from any of these conditions or have any other sleep related problems. From personal experience, I can attest that I fall asleep easiest in the worst position – sleeping on my stomach. Often, if I attempt to fall asleep on my back, I’ll be laying there wide awake for hours. However, I have noticed that my neck is very stiff from having to turn it to the side while sleeping on my stomach. And because of this, I have to have my neck adjusted every week to keep it from being too sore and stiff. One thing I have found that has greatly impacted my sleeping habits (for the better) is the use of a really nice, curved pillow. Also, having a slightly cooler room temperature (64-68 degrees works best for me) really helps me sleep well. Finally, the most important habit I have implemented is my no electronics rule for the hour before I go to bed. Usually I spend this time catching up on some reading a newspaper or a book (obviously not on my iPhone, because that would be defeating the purpose). This rule really helps my eyes and my mind to relax before going to bed. If you are having sleeping problems on a regular occurrence, you should consult with your chiropractor. Many times chiropractors have adjustments or soft tissue therapies that will assist you in your sleeping patterns. 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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Shepard Pain and Performance Care
2309 E Empire Street Suite 400 Bloomington, IL 61704
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On-site Active Release Treatment for Companies

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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