How to Pick the Right Chiropractor in the Twin Cities

Choosing the right chiropractor for you requires knowing the right questions to ask and doing a little bit of your own research. Your health is arguably the most valuable thing you have, so making sure it’s in the right hands should be your number one priority—we know it’s our priority at Advanced Medical of Twin Cities. What type of care you seek is dependent on your injury or reason for searching for chiropractic care in the first place. In large metropolitan areas like Minneapolis and St. Paul, there are a wide variety of clinics and chiropractors to go to for care and treatment. Methods, technology, experience and atmosphere vary from office to office, so taking into consideration your own priorities is crucial in the decision-making phase of chiropractic care. When it comes to making this decision, though, you might not be familiar with what to ask or where to start. When it comes to getting you back on your feet or on a healthy path, Advanced Medical is here to help you with care and advice. Here are some important things to consider when you start on your way to finding a chiropractor. Tips to Choosing a Chiropractor A good first step to choosing a chiropractor is making a checklist of must-haves specific to you. Selecting a chiropractor, as with any doctor, is a very personal process and there is no one-size-fits-all formula for picking one. Your chiropractor checklist should prioritize a few factors in treatment that matter to you, including: Location, Hours and Ease of Communication When you live in the Twin Cities, there is seemingly no shortage...

5 Priceless Benefits of Sports Massage

An athlete’s body is their most valuable tool. Whether they’re sprinters, marathoners, out on the track or traversing the field, they need their body to be up for the next challenge ahead. Whether you’re a long-time athlete or just getting started with your training regimen, there are things you can be doing outside of your workouts or practices to make sure your body is ready for the next pulse-pounding event. When you adhere to a routine, whether it is regular strength training or cardio workouts, it’s important to let your muscles and joints rest and repair in between sessions. To help aid in times of recovery, sports massage can play a beneficial role you might not have considered before. The Certified Massage Therapists at Advanced Medical of Twin Cities know exactly how to assist you when you crave the right recovery for hardworking muscles. Whether you need a quick sports massage to prep for your next big competition or you simply need a something extra to aid in recovery, check out how different sports massage techniques can help you. We Understand How to Help You Best When you come through our doors, we never apply one-size-fits-all techniques. We take the time to get to know you, hear your needs and goals, and assess what the best course of action is. Our team approach ensures you’ll be getting the care you need no matter what your concerns are. We want to see you get back to what you love doing most, so getting your body back up and moving is our number one priority. Our massage therapists are experts in...

6 Effective Ways to Alleviate Sciatica

When you’re enduring symptoms of sciatica, irritation of the sciatic nerve that runs from your lower back to your leg, all you can think about is how to get rid of them. Sciatica is a painful problem that stems from a number of sources. Herniated lumbar discs, degenerated discs and even small stress fractures can irritate a nerve and send pain shooting from your lower back through your legs. When experiencing sciatica, it may seem like you are feeling “pins and needles” up and down a leg (rarely both) — an electrical, prickly sensation that feels worse when you’re standing as opposed to lying down or walking. You’ll notice the pain stems from your lower back, but it will feel significantly worse down the back of a thigh and down into a leg or foot. Depending on why you’re experiencing sciatica, whether you have a herniated disc versus a fracture, etc., your symptoms may vary in location and strength.  You could be experiencing shooting pain that affects your thigh all the way to your toes—and your day-to-day life. What should you do to try to alleviate the constant sting of sciatica? Eighty to 90 percent of people with sciatica get better over time. Treatments range from holistic approaches to surgery in very extreme cases. Advanced Medical of the Twin Cities can help those living in Minneapolis, St. Paul and surrounding areas alleviate the sting of sciatica. Here six ways to effectively thwart the effects of sciatica now: 1. Acupuncture Acupuncture has been used for centuries as it’s believed to be a pain-relieving alternative to drugs and other medicines. This medical...

Buying Shoes and Back Pain

Shoes and Back Pain, MinneapolisWhenever a doctor mentions shoes we instantly think of expensive, awkward looking orthopedic shoes. Where as orthopedic shoes could be very good for you just following some simple advice when buying shoes can go a long way in reducing stress on your back and therefore back pain. Here are some tips when buying shoes: Make sure the shoes fit. A shoe doesn’t necessarily fit because you can put it on. There should be a minimum of a quarter of an inch space between the end of the toe and the toe box. The toes should be able to move freely inside the shoe but not have so much space where the foot slides within the shoes. Remember a shoe should fit in width too. If the shoes feel tight DO NOT BUY them, no matter how good they look. I know many of us have though: “after I break into them they’ll be more comfortable” but the truth is a shoe that is tight at time of purchase will wreak havoc with your back. Also feet tend to swell toward the end of the day so any expansion that might happen to the shoes through the break in period barely makes up for the regular daily changes in your feet. Check shoe stability Try on both shoes, unless you plan to be wearing only one of them. Check how stable they feel when you walk. You should have a full range of motion but still feel a good stable grip. Stay away from high heals. You are looking for something that gives you support throughout...

Prevent Back Pain When Raking

Helpful Tips to Prevent Back Pain when Raking Raking, back pain, MinneapolisIt may seem like a simple outdoor chore, but raking improperly could cause upper or lower back strain, and neck and shoulder pain. If not properly warmed up, muscles can be injured by the twisting, turning, bending and reaching required while raking. “Like any athletic endeavor, raking can cause injury if you don’t warm up or use improper body mechanics,” says Ryne DeVries, DC, an assistant professor and faculty clinician at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minn. “While few people consider raking to be a hobby, it is an inevitable part of home ownership. When you’re raking, your legs, buttocks, stomach, arms, shoulders, neck, and back all get a workout. Like any exercise, raking requires stretching as a warm-up and the use of proper form.” Dr. DeVries offers these simple tips to keep your body healthy as you clean up the yard this fall: Before picking up the rake, do stretching exercises to warm up muscles. Follow up the activity with further stretching. Recommended stretches include side bends with your hands above your head and fingers locked, knee-to-chest pulls, and trunk rotations; Before beginning, take a short walk to stimulate circulation; Try to remain in an upright posture while raking; Bend at the knees, not the waist, when picking up piles of leaves; Be sure to alternate hand positions to ensure that you are not over-working one side; Drink plenty of water before, during, and after raking; Take periodic breaks. A good rule of thumb is 10-15 minutes for each hour of strenuous activity; Use ergonomic tools...

Cough Remedies

Cough Seacon Remedy, MinneapolisCoughs can be very annoying especially around holiday season. Here are some natural remedies to help you or your family get over a cough: Make it sweet. Honey in a small amount of water soothes the throat and can alleviate an irritating cough. Consult your doctor before using this method with children under 2. Moisten your mucus. Water and other liquids can be simple and effective. Moistened mucus is easier to cough up! A tart twist. Add the juice of half a lemon to warm water. If you’re looking for a cough syrup substitute, add two parts honey and one part lemon juice. Kill the cough before it starts. Maintaining high levels of vitamin C with zinc can be a big help both preventatively and if you already have a cough! Raise the humidity. Irritation in the throat may be reduced by using a humidifier, especially where you sleep. Breathe in the best. Essential oils may be inhaled or used as a rub to soothe a cough. Try peppermint, eucalyptus, sandalwood or cypress. Kick congestion to the curb. Try using a neti-pot regularly to help with nasal congestion and sinus issues. Just say no. Avoid dairy products, meats, and fried foods. They increase the production of mucus. Spice up your life. Eat spicy foods, such as hot peppers. They help break up mucus so it is easier to expectorate. Some like it hot. A hot bath or shower will soothe irritated airways and loosen sinus congestion. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and help you live a healthier life. We look forward to seeing...

Pressure Point Massage Therapy Class

Massage, Chiropractic and Medical Classes and Workshops We believe that the more you know the more healthy you can be. The best way to care for yourself and your family is to be trained to handle at home conditions that you or your family can run into, for this reason we offer workshops and classes in different fields that we specialize in. Stress Relief Class – Pressure Point Massage Therapy In this hands-on 1 ½ hour class, you will learn the secrets of Pressure Point Therapy Massage. This class will teach you how to locate and release those stressed out and often painful muscles. you can learn the “How-to’s of Pressure Point Therapy.” The class is held at the Wellness Foundation of Minnesota / Advanced Medical of Twin Cities on Duluth Street in Golden Valley. Tired of going to bed all stiff and sore, or worse, starting your day that way? Well, you don’t have to feel that way any more! Our expert Instructors will teach you incredibly simple methods that help melt that stress away. Sounds incredible? Well, you’re right, it is. Whether you’re 10 or 80 years old, this class is for you. Bring a friend or family member, makes it more fun that way. Wouldn’t it be nice to offer effective help to someone the next time you hear them say “I’m so stressed out”, or “I am just so tight”? Well that is what you will learn in this class. Highlights: Hands-on training, expert instruction, Healthy, Fun and effective. Take home procedure guide. At the end of the class is a short survey and gift...