Neck Stretches

With so many people staring down at their phones, it’s no wonder that neck pain is so common. We offer a variety of services at the Catalina Medical Center that are designed to restore a patient’s comfort and range of motion without unnecessary drugs or surgeries. But full recovery will likely involve some therapeutic exercises.
We emphasize that professional testing is necessary to determine the cause of neck pain and whether exercises are appropriate. However, we find that people are likelier to come into a clinic when they have an idea of what to expect. We’ll recommend stretches to gradually increase the neck’s strength and flexibility. Some of these will probably include rotating the head, bending the neck a certain number of times, and holding poses. Patients will able to do more stretches and hold poses for longer as they heal.
Stronger neck muscles will help bear the weight of the head, taking pressure off the ligaments and joints. Our chiropractors will also perform adjustments…

Vitamin D to Prevent Back Pain

As holistic health practitioners, we at the Catalina Medical Center want our patients to understand the importance of vitamin D. This vitamin plays a crucial part in processing of calcium and the development of bones, which are continually resorbing and regrowing throughout life. Deficiencies in vitamin D not only lead to osteoporosis and all its associated harm to the spinal column, but also to muscle and immune system dysfunction.
You’re probably familiar with dairy as a source of vitamin D, but a well-balanced diet contains plenty of excellent sources. Among them are fish, cereals, eggs, beef liver, mushrooms, and fortified orange juice (which also contains added calcium). People who wish to avoid meat or other animal products should consult with our nutritionists about supplements. Staying hydrated is also necessary for joint and disc health, and green leafy vegetables such as spinach are a commonly overlooked source of calcium, which vitamin D allows you to absorb.
The other major …

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that causes pain and dysfunction in millions of people. It is what people commonly refer to when they complain about their joints getting stiffer as they age, although it is often confused with other conditions that are termed “arthritis.” Since May is Arthritis Awareness Month, we at the Catalina Medical Center in Redondo Beach thought this would be a good time to review what makes osteoarthritis distinct and what we can do about it.
Our joints contain cartilage, which is a smooth and slippery substance that prevents bones from grinding into each other. The term osteoarthritis describes break-down in cartilage. As it becomes flaked and cracked, pieces of grinding bones may chip off and the ends of the bones may develop deformed growths. When people develop osteoarthritis early in life, it may be because of a genetic disorder that prevents them from developing healthy cartilage. More commonly, osteoarthritis is found in older people who may ha…

Degenerative Spondylolisthesis

Back pain has many causes, and sometimes, dysfunction in the back can impact the limbs, as well. At the Catalina Medical Center in Redondo Beach, our doctors carry out thorough examinations to discover the source of a patient’s pain or numbness. One of the most common problems we find is a spinal misalignment called degenerative spondylolisthesis.
Spondylolisthesis describes what happens when a vertebra has slipped forward. This can be caused by injury, tumorous growths, or deformity, but in most cases it is degenerative. What this means is that the spinal discs in between each bone have gotten drier, or the facet joints in back of the spine have lost strength, causing the vertebra to slowly slip forward. Degenerative spondylolisthesis is most often found in the lumbar region, which is the lower back, although it can occur in the neck. Women over age sixty-five are the population most at risk.
A person may be unaware that they have spondylolisthesis. However, slipped vertebrae in the lu…

Ice Pack Cryotherapy

At Catalina Medical center we use ice pack cryotherapy to help treat injuries. Ice pack therapy uses cold compresses on your skin that helps to reduce the temperature of your skin and constrict blood vessels in the area. When you use cold compresses right after an injury it helps to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation.
Outside of relieving pain right after an injury, ice pack cryotherapy is useful in dealing with muscle spasms. The cold on your spasms helps to numb the painful area’s and loosen up the joints and soft tissues. Patients that have arthritis may benefit from ice pack cryotherapy to reduce their pain and mobility.
We encourage our patients who are suffering from pain to see if ice pack cryotherapy is right for you. Cold compresses are no longer for fresh injuries as they are useful long after the initial injury and can help to reduce pain and increase mobility in your joints.
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Migraines are headaches that cause severe, throbbing pain in your head and can last between 4 and 72 hours.  If you are suffering from migraines, our doctors at Catalina Medical Center encourages patients to seek chiropractic treatment.
If you are experiencing tightness in your neck or shoulders it can cause misalignment to your vertebrae. To relieve tightness in your neck and shoulders, our doctors use chiropractic adjustments to realign the vertebrae in your neck. An estimated 80% of migraines actually originate in your neck.
When possible, we encourage our patients that work at a desk to make sure they're sitting properly. Having poor posture can lead to spinal misalignment and cause migraines to occur. While you are working, make sure your feet are on the ground and your back is pressed firmly against the back of your chair.
Migraines are extremely painful and can make it nearly impossible to perform everyday activities. We want you to consider chiropractic treatment if you exper…

Swedish Massage

At Catalina Medical Center, we offer Swedish massages that provide a great balance between relaxation and recovery.  Swedish massages use gentle pressure that is more soothing Patients who get Swedish massages get the best of both worlds with our Swedish massages.
During your massage, our doctors apply different oils and lubricants to your skin to massage your muscles. Our doctors use different techniques during the massage including strokes that vary from kneading, stretching, and tapping your joints and muscles to relax and relieve your body.
Before each massage, we ask our patients what type of pressure they want to be applied during the massage and specific area our doctors should focus on. The pressure level varies from light to firm and it is important that you are comfortable with the pressure that is being applied.
We recommend Swedish massages for patients that are new to massages.
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