The Joint Ventures' Blog

Resolve back pain

Friday, September 04, 2015

Everyone wants to avoid back trouble, but surprisingly few of us manage to escape it.  Up to 80 percent of Americans experience back pain at some point in their lives, and each year 15 percent of all adults are treated for lumbar pain alone. 

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Backpack Safety

Friday, September 04, 2015

Back to school means it is time to talk about backpack safety! Every year thousands of children are injured by not using backpacks properly. Improper use can create abnormal stress on the body resulting in back, neck and shoulder pain and lead to symptoms such as muscle spasms, headaches and can even set the stage for chronic conditions like arthritis. 

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A Multidisciplinary Approach to Health Care

Monday, October 06, 2014

A multidisciplinary approach to medicine is something that is becoming more popular and widespread in the US today. The combination of multiple health care disciplines can be extremely beneficial to progress an individual’s healing at a more rapid pace than those who only rely on one area for assistance. Many of my patients ask me what the difference between physical therapy (PT) and chiropractic care is, or if they should try acupuncture or massage therapy in conjunction with PT. In order to clear up some of the gray areas, I have listed below a few basic descriptions to clarify what each health care discipline focuses on.

Physical Therapy: Physical therapy refers to the health field involved in the identification of a single or multiple impairments and/or functional limitations and the remediation and rehabilitation of that dysfunction. The ultimate goal of physical therapy is to improve an individual’s ability to move, perform activities of daily living, and participate in recreational activities such as exercise without pain as a limiting factor. Physical therapists use a combination of manual techniques, therapeutic exercise, modalities, and neuromuscular re-education in order to improve an individual’s pain levels and overall mobility and strength.

Chiropractic Care: The American Chiropractic Association defines chiropractic care as a “health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health...Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.” Chiropractic care has a heavy emphasis on manual therapy and joint adjustment or mobilization in order to improve alignment in the body.

Acupuncture: The most common goal of acupuncture is to alleviate pain by strategically placing fine point needles into the skin. By inserting needles into very specific locations, it is thought to re-balance the flow of energy through the body. Western practitioners have another view on acupuncture and believe the acupuncture needles stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue which promote blood flow and increase the natural analgesic activity in the body.

Massage Therapy: Massage therapy involves the use of manual techniques to manipulate soft-tissue, affecting primarily muscles, tendons and ligaments of the body. Through various techniques such as kneading, stroking, myofascial release, deep tissue, and Swedish massage, massage therapists can aid in pain relief, injury rehabilitation, stress reduction, improved relaxation and overall wellness of individuals.


Now the question becomes, what is the right treatment option for you and your individual needs? Not every patient requires the help of all the disciplines listed above, however there are some instances in which more than one specialty could be very beneficial. If there is an alignment issue causing severe pain and disability, it would be beneficial to seek the advice of a chiropractor and from there, determine what the cause of the malalignment is. If the impairment is due to instability, physical therapy would help to provide a therapeutic exercise program to improve stability and prevent future injury. On the other hand, if the alignment issue is due to a spasming muscle, massage therapy may be a more appropriate referral.

If a multidisciplinary approach is taken and used appropriately, an individual can progress their rehabilitation more rapidly than if he or she tried one discipline at a time.  In addition, the combination of multiple disciplines tends to provide a more complete evaluation of the problem and provide an answer to prevent future injury from occurring. I have personally found that working at Joint Ventures with chiropractors, massage therapists, and acupuncturists has allowed me to more completely understand all of the areas of dysfunction which may be affecting my patient’s recovery and how I can most appropriately help in that person’s rehabilitation. I would recommend anyone with an injury to consider a multidisciplinary approach to their health with one caveat: Be sure the practitioners you seek out are licensed and knowledgeable professionals. Do not assume one massage therapist is the same as another or that all physical therapists are the same. Many practitioners have specialties and it is beneficial to you to do your research or ask for help in doing so. This will help you in the long run and enhance your road to recovery if you make decisions about your health carefully and with sound judgment.


If you have any questions about multidisciplinary approach to health care, please stop by the Post Office Square location or e-mail me at Casey.Heffernan@JointVenturesPT.com 

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Boston A-List WINNER

Friday, August 09, 2013

The people have spoken! On August 5th 2013 Joint Ventures Physical Therapy and Fitness was awarded the 1st Place honor for Best Massage on Boston's A-list.  

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Happy Holidays! Lift with your knees NOT your back!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

It’s getting closer to Christmas time (I know it's not even Thanksgiving yet, but have you seen your local department stores?!).  People are already planning how their decorations are going to be and how wonderland will come alive.  Let's keep safe this holiday season and make sure that we are lifting appropriately, so that we can enjoy the holidays without being in pain!  Here are some steps to follow in positioning yourself for safety. 

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Active Release Technique + Revoluntion3 Triathlon = Great Time!

Friday, October 19, 2012
    Two JVPT clinicians brought their treatment tables outdoors and to the sidelines of a triathlon this summer to help treat tired athletes. Chung Lee, DC, and Sophia Maines, DPT, were among a group of about 10 clinicians from New England to volunteer for the Active Release Technique (ART) tent at the Revoluntion3 Triathlon in Old Orchard Beach, Maine this past August.
 

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You Think Beauty Is Skin Deep? You're Not A Chiropractor - Commentary by Dr. Chung Lee

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Recently, an article was posted on the NPR website regarding a 1956 beauty contest put on by chiropractors at a weeklong convention in Chicago. This article is very interesting to say the least, so we had our very own Dr. Chung Lee weigh in on the report. Check out the orginial link to the article after the jump.  

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Muscle Imbalances

Friday, June 15, 2012

Working a muscle group harder than its opposing muscle group is a common mistake when it comes to exercise and can result in problems including back pain, shin splints, rotator cuff strains, poor posture, and reduced sports performance.  

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JV's Running clinic is BACK!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Joint Ventures' widely successful runing clinic is back! 

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