Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy's Blog
December 14, 2020
Tags: back pain  

Can a chiropractor help me with my back pain?

Painkillers just aren’t cutting it these days, and even just sitting at your desk is causing excruciating pain. Back pain is one of the most common reasons people visit our Tampa, FL, chiropractor. A chiropractor can provide many people with the relief they need from acute and chronic forms of back pain. Of course, it also depends on what’s causing your back pain in the first place.

What causes back pain?

There are countless reasons you could be dealing with back pain. Some of the most common causes include,

  • Poor posture
  • Strained or sprained muscles
  • Fractures
  • Injuries fall, and accidents
  • Bulging or herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease (usually occurs with age)
  • Spinal stenosis (usually occurs in people over 60 years old)
  • Pinched nerve

You may find that being sedentary, heavy lifting, and wearing certain shoes such as high heels may also exacerbate your back pain. Since people dealing with chronic back pain are more likely to miss days of work, have their work performance negatively impacted by their health, and also be prone to depression and anxiety; therefore, it’s important to find out what’s causing your back pain so you can get the treatment you need to manage your symptoms. Our Tampa, FL, chiropractor can perform a comprehensive examination to determine what’s causing your back pain.

How is back pain treated?

The purpose of chiropractic care is to reduce pain and other symptoms you are experiencing by improving how your body functions as a whole. While taking pain relievers can help ease the pain it won’t treat the underlying problem. This is why chiropractic interventions and other treatments are required in order to figure out what’s going on. Common ways for a chiropractor to treat back pain include,

  • Physical therapy
  • Spinal manipulation
  • Massage therapy
  • Special exercises
  • Ergonomic recommendations
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Ultrasound and electrical stimulation
  • Heat and cold therapies

Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Wellness Therapy also offers DRX900 nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy, which can provide relief from back pain caused by bulging herniated or protruded discs, as well as sciatica. If you are dealing with severe and chronic forms of back pain that you’re having trouble treating effectively, this spinal decompression therapy may finally provide you with relief.

If you are interested in learning more about your back pain treatment options then schedule a consultation with our Tampa, FL, chiropractor to learn more. Call Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy today at (813) 884-1457.

October 07, 2020
Tags: Disc Surgery   Nonsurgical  

Spinal disc problems due to an accident, injury, or medical condition can lead to serious back and neck pain. Spinal disc surgery is one possible treatment option, but there are several non-surgical alternatives as well. Chiropractic care and massage therapy are just two possibilities. Dr. George Kollias, Dr. Autumn Scaz, or Dr. Elissa Pally, the experienced chiropractors at Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy in Tampa, FL, can discuss alternatives to disc surgery and recommend a specific treatment method for you.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care involves the use of various techniques and therapies for adjusting the spine. Improving spinal alignment can provide relief from the pain and discomfort associated with disc problems, such as bulging or herniated discs. The benefits of chiropractic care include pain relief, increased range of motion, decreased muscle spasms, increased mobility, reduced degeneration, and a reduction in tissue inflammation.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy can also be used to effectively treat neck and back pain due to spinal disc problems. Specific massage techniques are used to manipulate the body’s soft tissues and deliver pain relief. Traction massage is one type of therapy that is particularly effective at stretching the back muscles. It can be used to relax the back muscles before performing spinal adjustments to achieve even better results.

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is another alternative to disc surgery offered at our practice in Tampa. This treatment method helps alleviate pain by reducing inflammation and is highly effective for treating injuries affecting spinal discs. It also rejuvenates damaged cells by accelerating cellular reproduction and growth. With laser therapy, damaged tissues, such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments, can repair themselves faster.

Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression is an effective non-surgical option for treating back conditions such as sciatica, degenerative disc disease, facet joint syndrome, and bulging or herniated discs. In some cases, spinal decompression can be used to treat spinal stenosis as well. The way spinal decompression works is that it stretches pinched or compressed spinal joints, which alleviates pressure on spinal nerves.

Numerous non-surgical options are available for treating disc-related neck and back pain. Schedule an appointment with Dr. George Kollias, Dr. Autumn Scaz, or Dr. Elissa Pally to discuss these different alternatives to disc surgery by calling Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy in Tampa, FL, at (813) 884-1457.

October 06, 2020
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: whiplash  

Dealing with neck pain after a car accident? Chiropractic care can relieve your symptoms.

More than 16,000 car accide­­­­nts happen every day in the US. While some accidents are minor, you may still be dealing with neck pain and other aches and pain as a result. While pain relievers can help ease the pain, you must receive proper treatment after your auto accident to address the injuries that are causing you pain. This is where our Tampa, FL, chiropractor Dr. George Kollias, Dr. Autumn Scaz, and Dr. Elissa Pally come in.

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

You may be dealing with a whiplash injury if you are experiencing:

  • Limited range of movement and flexibility in your neck
  • Pain that gets worse when moving your neck
  • Stiffness
  • Pain that radiates to the shoulders and arms
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches

Those with whiplash may also experience:

  • Trouble concentrating
  • Sleep problems
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Blurry vision

Since many conditions can cause similar symptoms it’s important that you see a qualified medical professional right away, especially if you’ve been in a car accident.

How can a chiropractor help?

Our chiropractors, Dr. George Kollias, Dr. Autumn Scaz, and Dr. Elissa Pally, specialize in treating injuries and conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system, which includes everything from tendons and ligaments to bones and nerves. If you are dealing with whiplash and other injuries due to an auto accident, our Tampa chiropractor can provide you with a variety of treatment options, including:

  • Pain management: This includes everything from resting and ice/heat therapy to taking over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Exercises: The exercises our chiropractors will prescribe will involve slow, gentle stretching exercises that can reduce pain and stiffness and restore flexibility and range of motion.
  • Spinal manipulation/chiropractic adjustment: When the neck gets forcefully thrown out of its typical range of motion, this can cause vertebrae within the spine to fall out of alignment. To improve the alignment of the spine, to release trapped nerves, and to reduce muscle tension, our chiropractor offers spinal manipulation to ease symptoms and improve how the body functions as a whole.
  • Physical therapy: if you’ve been in a serious car accident and you’re dealing with long-term or severe whiplash pain, then our chiropractor may also recommend physical therapy to help retrain and strengthen the muscles in and around the neck.

If you’ve just recently been in an auto accident, our Tampa, FL, chiropractor offers a wide range of treatment options that can help ease symptoms associated with soft tissue injuries such as whiplash. To schedule an evaluation with Dr. George Kollias, Dr. Autumn Scaz, and Dr. Elissa Pally, call Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy at (813) 884-1457.

August 20, 2020
Tags: auto accident  

Chiropractic treatment relieves auto accident-related pain, stiffness and inflammation naturally. Your Tampa, FL, chiropractors, Dr. George Kollias, Dr. Autumn Scaz, and Dr. Elissa Pally, provide a variety of treatments that help their patients recover from auto accidents.

How chiropractic treatment can help you

Whiplash is a particularly common injury after an auto accident. When your vehicle hits another car or object, your neck moves back and forth suddenly in a whipping motion. This motion may cause a misalignment in your vertebrae or strain ligaments, muscles and spinal discs.

Chiropractic treatments realign the vertebrae in your neck and spine, reduce pain, improves neck movement and decrease inflammation.

The treatment is just as effective as easing aches and pains throughout your entire body as a result of your accident. Treatment also prevents the formation of scar tissue that can limit your range of motion and cause stiffness.

If you don't treat your injuries promptly, you may be more likely to develop arthritis or experience chronic headaches or migraines. Thanks to chiropractic treatments, you may be able to avoid pain medication entirely or decrease the amount of medication you need to keep your pain under control.

What types of treatments are available?

Your chiropractic treatment plan may include several types of therapies, including:

  • Spinal Manipulation: During this treatment, your chiropractor uses his or her hands or a small, handheld instrument to realign your vertebrae. Spinal manipulation relieves joint pain and muscle tension, reduces inflammation, stops bones or tissues from pressing on nerves, and improves your range of motion.
  • Massage Therapy: Massage therapy relieves pain caused by muscle spasms, stiffness or knots in your muscles. The therapy also improves blood flow to the injured tissues and prompts your body to release natural pain killers called endorphins.
  • Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization: Your chiropractor uses small instruments to break apart scar tissue and knots that can limit your range of motion. Treatments restore flexibility and decrease inflammation.

Chiropractic treatment after auto accidents can help speed your recovery from your injuries. Call your chiropractors in Tampa, FL, Drs. Kollias, Scaz and Pally, at (813) 884-1457 to schedule your appointment.

June 22, 2020
Category: Chiropractic

Therapeutic sports massage is a form of therapy that focuses on the treatment of injuries, aches, and pains that affect soft tissue, such as the muscles. Massage techniques are used to reduce stiffness and soreness of muscles, and lower heart rate and blood pressure, promoting relaxation. Currently, many experts in the field of sports medicine also believe that massage therapy can give athletes an extra edge, and as such, massage has become an integral part of a complete workout. Dr. George Kollias, Dr. Autumn Scaz, and Dr. Elissa Pally are chiropractors at Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy in Tampa, FL. They can provide all your sports massage therapy Tampa, FL needs. 

How You Benefit from Sports Massage Therapy

Tampa residents who like to stay active with sports have found several benefits from participating in Massage therapy in Tampa, FL. These include:

  • Easing of muscle pain and discomfort
  • Reduction of muscle tension
  • Improved range of motion
  • Increased relaxation
  • Reduction of recovery time from injury
  • Improved sleep quality

How Massage Therapy Works

The first thing that massage therapy does is release the tension from muscles and tendons and promotes blood flow through the body. Because this improves your circulation, it has the following benefits:

  • Reducing stress and helping you unwind
  • Improving breathing and blood pressure
  • Promoting relaxation and improving mood

Because your circulation is stimulated, your body will also function better at eliminating toxins. This in turn will improve your digestive functions, boost your immune system, and help you to sleep better at night.

Sports Massage After an Injury

Massage therapy Tampa, FL is also important after you have had a sports injury. It promotes healing by warming up and stretching tight tissues and dispersing swelling around joints. For example, if you have had a hamstring injury, sports massage can reduce tightness and relax scar tissue to help recovery.

If you would like to find out more about sports massage and its benefits, call Dr. George Kollias, Dr. Autumn Scaz, and Dr. Elissa Pally of Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy at 813-884-1457.

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