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National Arthritis Month

May is National Arthritis Month. As the most common cause of disability and chronic pain in the United States, these diseases are of major concern to chiropractors. However, the large number of different types of arthritis makes it easy for people to get confused about them, which is why we at the Catalina Medical Center in Redondo Beach wanted to provide this basic guide.
The term arthritis is used to describe joint disease. Osteoarthritis is the result of the cartilage in bones wearing away over time and mostly occurs in older people, particularly those who have subjected their bodies to a lot of mechanical stress for a long time. Unlike other forms of arthritis, it is not particularly associated with inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, meaning the body mistakenly attacks its own tissues. This kind of arthritis is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental actors, as are other, less common varieties which can affect children and teenagers, as well a…

Acupressure Points

Each of us has acupressure points located in various parts of the body. When pressure is gently applied to these areas, the healing touch will reduce muscular tension, increase circulation, and relieve stress. When receiving acupuncture treatment at Catalina Medical Center, one of our doctors will focus on certain acupressure points to alleviate back pain, joint pain, and improve the overall wellness of a patient.
There are hundreds of acupuncture points on the body, which is why you and our doctor will work together to determine which ones need the most attention. Acupressure therapy and acupuncture work hand-in-hand to relieve tightness associated with back pain, sciatica, and chronic fatigue. Acupressure is designed to not only heal a patient physically but mentally and emotionally as well.  
If you have questions or concerns regarding chiropractic care or acupuncture, please give us a call. To learn about services we provide at our practice, visit www.catalinamedical.com for more in…

Intro to Fibromyalgia

At the Catalina Medical Center in Redondo Beach, we offer comprehensive, safe treatments for complicated ailments such as fibromyalgia. This disorder affects the entire body through the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. It is crucial for patients who have it to understand how many ailments it is related to.
Fibromyalgia has its roots in how the brain processes signals relating to physical sensations. It causes dull aches on both sides of the body, as well as above and below the waist. People with it often also suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, depression, and memory problems. They are also more sensitive to fatigue, headaches, and disorders of the temporomandibular joint, which connects the jaw to the skull.
People sometimes develop fibromyalgia after infections or trauma. It is most common in middle-aged women. It cannot be tested for directly, so other diseases have to be ruled out before a diagnosis can be made. Treating it requires the patient to reduce their exposur…

Spinal Anatomy

Problems affecting the back have consequences for the entire body. At the Catalina Medical Center in Redondo Beach, our goal is to help patients restore their bodies to the optimal condition for self-healing. In order for that to happen, patients should have a solid understanding of how their spinal columns work and what issues they may face.
The spinal column is comprised of bones called vertebrae, most of which are connected by joints and spongy discs. At the top are the atlas and axis vertebrae, which do not have a disc between them, and five other vertebrae which form the cervical or neck bones. Below them are twelve thoracic vertebrae, which make up the back of the rib cage. The seven lumbar vertebrae are below them in the column and are the ones most often affected by lower back pain. The vertebrae below the lumbar region are fused together into two structures: the sacrum and the coccyx. The coccyx is also called the tailbone.
The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves which runs from …