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Avoiding Overuse Injuries

Whether you’re an athlete, someone with a very physical job, or just trying to take good care of your body, keeping your muscles strong and flexible is one of the best things you can do to prevent back injuries. But you don’t want to subject yourself to the wear and tear of overuse. At the Catalina Medical center in Redondo Beach, we offer physical therapy services, and we want to pass along some advice on how to avoid overextending yourself.
Overuse injuries don’t just happen to athletes who push themselves every day. A person who only exercises on the weekends could fray muscle fibers if they extend a work-out for too long. For this reason, we encourage people to work out for about half an hour every day, including time for warm-ups and cool-downs. It’s wise to consult with a professional about what routines to do, but a general rule is to work out different body parts on different days to give them time to recover. As you become stronger, you can increase your activity, but you shou…

When to See a Chiropractor

With our staff of chiropractors, medical doctors, and manual therapists, we at the Catalina Medical Center are prepared to help patients at any stage of a back injury. Back pain is unfortunately common, leading many people to think there’s some threshold of pain that has to be met in order to justify seeking treatment. This is not true, but there are some situations in which it is especially urgent for people to seek help.
Whenever a person suffers whiplash, they should get assessed for neck damage. Often, tears in neck ligaments may not be immediately felt, but can worsen with time. People should also seek help when back pain lasts for longer than a week, and we strongly recommend that anybody who has been in pain for more than six weeks make an appointment. As a holistic medical center, our efforts are focused on putting the body in the best position for its natural healing processes to be effective.
We especially want our patients to be conscious of the symptoms of a pinched nerve. L…

Hip Pain

If you experience pain in your hips, chiropractic treatment can help.  Come to Catalina Medical Center for evaluation and treatment. Hip joints are the largest joints in the body, and are intertwined with muscles, ligaments and nerves that control most of the body.  Because the hip is a complex joint and connects so much of our anatomy together, assessment from a chiropractor is important for diagnosis.  What someone perceive to be hip pain can easily be caused by or linked to an issue in the lower back, legs, or butt.
At your examination, tell your chiropractor what your discomfort feels like and when it occurs.  Describe if it is painful, feels stiff, or you feel a decrease in the range of motion.  Also note if your hip is mainly sore after waking up, or becomes more painful at certain times.  When the source of your pain is determined we can determine the best treatment.  In addition to adjustments your chiropractor will assign exercises and stretching to do on your own, which is im…

Chiropractic Care for Children

Catalina Medical Center offers chiropractic care to patients of all ages, and there is no age recommendation for beginning chiropractic care.  Even infants who have suffered trauma to the spine during a natural or C-section birth can receive a minor adjustment.  Chronic ear infections in a small child can feel like a vicious cycle, but this irritation is often related to misalignment in the neck.  Restoring that balance can improve middle ear drainage and prevent further infections. Allergies and asthma also start to surface in young children, and the two are closely linked to the respiratory system. A misalignment in the spine can confuse a body’s immune system and cause a reaction with respiratory symptoms, so children should be seen by a chiropractor before being treated for allergies. 
Regular adjustments are healthy for the growth and development of a child’s nervous system and strengthen immunity.  Chiropractors use the body’s ability to heal itself in their approach to treatmen…

Preventing "Text Neck"

At Catalina Medical Center we see a lot of patients straining their back and neck by looking down at the screen on their devices.  You may have even heard this being called “text neck”. The average adult head weighs between 10 and 12 pounds, and neck muscles are meant to support the weight of the head in a neutral position.  Looking down at a screen increases the strain on your neck as if your neck is carrying a lot more weight.  Tilting your head forward just 15 degrees adds enough force to double the weight your neck is supporting, and the greater the angle, the greater strain.  Many people who text with their chin near the neck are tilting the head forward 60 degrees, which increases the load to about 60 pounds! The good news is we can make smarter choices about how to use devices every day to reduce strain on our bodies.
Starting with good posture will always reduce strain on your neck.  Sit up straight with your shoulders lined up above your hips and your head upright. Hold your p…

Tips for Raking

If you live in the Redondo Beach area and have a deciduous tree, you know that you’ll soon have raking to do. Like any vigorous physical activity, there are ways to do it that minimize your chance of injury. At the Catalina Medical Center, we thought it would be a good idea to pass some tips along to our patients and anyone else who might soon have to do some yard work.
The first thing you’ll need to do is choose clothes that are form-fitting but allow air to permeate. Your shoes will need to be close-toed and well-supported. Get a rake that has a long enough handle for you to use without bending over, but that is lightweight. Before raking, do a five-minute warm-up to get blood moving through your limbs and be sure to tie back your hair and remove anything that could get caught.
When raking, stand with your knees unlocked and with one foot in front of the other in a scissor position. You’ll have to switch which hand is higher on the rake about every five minutes, which might also requi…

Diabetes and Nerve Damage

This National Diabetes Month, we at Redondo Beach’s Catalina Medical Center want people impacted by diabetes to know we can help ease their pain. Neuropathy, damage to nerves, is one of the most common results of high blood sugar’s interference with bodily systems. However, our practitioners are trained in whole-body methods of pain reduction that are non-addictive and minimally invasive.
“Peripheral neuropathy” refers to pain, numbness, or extra sensitivity in the limbs. When related to diabetes, it is often felt first in the lower limbs, where acidic crystals accumulate. Neuropathy can also affect organ systems and cause weakening of the thigh muscles. People with high blood sugar have weaker blood vessels, which prevents them from healing quickly because it is more difficult for nutrients to reach their body parts.
When people have pain in their lower limbs, they often compensate by changing their posture or gait. This puts them at greater risk for developing back pain, as their back…