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Ergonomic Principles

Whether you work nine-to-five in a cubicle, or perform heavy lifting on the job, following proper ergonomic principles can improve your overall health, prevent musculoskeletal disorders, and most importantly, keep you safe in the workplace. Poor ergonomics is not only a hazard to your posture, but it can affect your productivity levels as well as increase your risk of work injury. Our doctors at Catalina Medical Center urge you to avoid injury through these ground rules.

All work activities should permit the worker to adopt several different, but equally healthy and safe postures.
Where muscular force has to be exerted it should be done by the largest appropriate muscle groups available.
Work activities should be performed with the joints at about mid-point of their range of movement. This applies particularly to the head, trunk, and upper limbs.

No matter what the job is, the goal is to make sure that you are safe, comfortable and less prone to work-related injuries.
If you have questions…

Cold Laser Therapy

The staff at Catalina Medical Center offers a variety of treatments for chiropractic issues. We recommend cold laser therapy for patients experiencing acute or chronic muscle pain in the neck, back, or shoulders. If you have acute or chronic muscle pain and chiropractic adjustments haven’t helped you, cold laser therapy could be the solution for you.
Cold laser therapy is a non-invasive, drug-free solution with no adverse side effects.  This therapy can be practiced almost anywhere on the body to promote healing and alleviate pain. Patients suffering from sprains, arthritis, and tendonitis are often recommended this treatment because it also helps reduce inflammation. The laser is a small handheld device placed directly on the skin in the affected area. It uses light to stimulate affected muscle tissue, and has the ability to penetrate two to five centimeters below the skin. The laser is applied to the affected area for anywhere from 30 seconds to several minutes at a time. Treatments …

Cupping

Cupping is one of the oldest methods from traditional Chinese medicine that we utilize at Catalina Medical Center.  Cupping therapy is performed by placing cups on the skin to create suction. The treatment can be used to treat respiratory conditions, arthritis, gastrointestinal disorders, and is recommended for sore muscles. The cups can be made of a variety of materials, and are most commonly glass.
During a cupping treatment, glass cups are warmed using a cotton ball or other flammable substance soaked in alcohol and placed inside the cup. Burning a substance inside the cup uses all the oxygen it contains, which creates a vacuum on the skin. The suction of the cups mobilizes blood flow to promote the healing of a broad range of medical ailments. Cupping therapy helpsrelease rigid soft tissue, lifts connective tissue, and brings blood flow to skin and muscles.  Depending on the patient and their condition, cups can be left in place for between 5 and 10 minutes.
To learn more about cupp…

Shoulder Pain and Injury

Chiropractic care is typically sought out by people seeking relief from neck or back pain.  The staff of Catalina Medical Center is also skilled in treating extremities like the knees, elbows, and the shoulders. The shoulder joint is the body’s most mobile joint. It is surrounded by nerves, tendons, bursa, and other tissues which can all experience irritation and cause pain. This complex structure means that shoulder pain can have many causes and may require your chiropractor to assess your overall health and condition to target the root of the problem. 
Whether pain began after an injury or has increased over time, chiropractic treatment is a safe and effective way to treat damage to both hard and soft tissue.  When shoulder pain is caused by joint irritation, relief can often be achieved through an adjustment.  Pain in the muscles can be addressed by massage or stimulation therapy, and your chiropractor will recommend exercise and stretches if needed.  If you are suffering from pain…

Magnesium Deficiency

If you’ve recently been experiencing weird muscle cramps, or you feel exhausted for no reason at all, you may be lacking magnesium. At Catalina Medical Center, our doctors want you to feel your best each minute of every day, which is why we want to explain how important magnesium is to the human body. Dubbed the “invisible deficiency” because it can be hard to diagnose, magnesium deficiencies can be dangerous because every organ in the body needs the mineral.
Magnesium is used as a component of several enzymes that contributes to bone structure and helps to transport calcium and potassium in a way that keeps your heart beating and your muscles contracting. People who don’t eat enough vegetables and whole grains may not be getting enough magnesium in their diet, but few are likely to have obvious symptoms. Some foods that are rich in magnesium include green leafy vegetables, like spinach, as well as legumes, pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame seeds. Early signs of magnesium deficiency inclu…

Injury Treatment: Ice vs. Heat

Knowing the proper steps to take after experiencing an injury can make all the difference during your healing time. As a general rule of thumb, one should use ice for acute injuries or pain, along with inflammation and swelling and use heat for muscle pain or stiffness. Allow our doctors at Catalina Medical Center to explain why.
Cold therapy (cryotherapy) and warm compresses (thermotherapy) are common self-treatment options for many painful problems. Cold therapy alleviates damaged tissues that are inflamed and swollen. Therefore, ice should be used if an injury occurs around a joint or a tendon. This is because it reduces blood flow to a particular area, which can significantly reduce inflammation and swelling that causes pain. Heat therapy should be used for muscle tension, chronic pain, and stress. If hot or cold therapy doesn’t help the injury you’ve sustained, you’ll need to discuss treatment options with one of our doctors.
If you have questions or concerns regarding chiropractic…

Slipped Discs

One of the most common causes of back pain is a slipped disc. While they can be debilitating, the good news is that the body is able to repair them naturally if allowed to do so. At the Catalina Medical Center in Redondo Beach, we help patients’ bodies get into the optimal condition to heal while managing their discomfort, but it’s helpful for patients to know more about what a slipped disc is.
The spinal discs are located in between the vertebrae. They provide cushioning and absorb shocks. Each disc is made up of a gelatinous center and a rubbery outer ring. When the gel in the center of the disc leaks out, the disc is said to be slipped, herniated, bulging, or ruptured. Sometimes the gel may push all the way outside the outer portion. Although most slipped discs are the result of long-term wear, they can be caused by sudden trauma.
People who remain in good shape as they age have better back support and are less likely to suffer a slipped disc. However, if such an injury does occur, w…