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Many people think of a massage therapy session as a luxury—a rare indulgence you save up for and only get while on vacation. However, the truth is that massage therapy has many potential medical benefits. At Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™, our massage therapists offer much more than a relaxing afternoon. They use their specialized training, as well as Synergy’s unique techniques, to address a range of issues, from chronic pain to limited range-of-motion to acute soreness. Here are some of the reasons a Synergy massage might be just what you need:

massage-therapyStress relief:

The topic of stress relief’s potential health benefits is a big one. Relieving stress can help with issues closely tied to one’s mental state, like headaches and insomnia, and many people attest that stress correlates to overall physical health. Our knowledge of exactly how stress impacts health is evolving, but we know that physical relaxation (like that which a massage can bring) can measurably affect heart rate and blood pressure. The immediate effects of regulating one’s heart rate and blood pressure are clear; high blood pressure can cause a number of heart problems, increase the risk of stroke, and damage the kidneys, among other health issues.

Pain and soreness Relief:

Massage therapy is increasingly recognized as a legitimate, effective therapy for pain relief. Anyone who’s gotten a decent massage when his or her muscles were sore can attest to massage therapy’s ability to soothe pain in the moment, but you may not realize that it can also be therapeutically healing in the long term.

Massage relaxes the muscles, tendons, and joints, and studies have shown it to affect long-standing pain issues. Over the past decade, several National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health (NCCIH)-funded studies have lent scientific credence to the pain-relieving power of massage therapy. Massage therapy has been shown to have an effect on conditions like chronic neck pain, pain due to osteoarthritis of the knee, chronic lower-back pain, and even pain caused by childbirth.

What makes a Synergy massage different?

A standard massage can help with mental stress relief, as well as pain and soreness in a localized area. However, a massage using the Synergy Release Treatment can accomplish more lasting physical results. Ordinary massagetherapy treats only the symptoms of acute injuries, repetitive stress issues, etc., whereas Synergy’s methods treat the root causes.

A Synergy Release Massage Therapist (SRMT) will first perform a Synergy Release Treatment evaluation to assess the foundational problems that ultimately manifest in whatever discomfort you may be experiencing. Once the root cause of your problem is treated, the SRMT will treat the symptoms, bringing in-the-moment relief as well as long-term correction. Perhaps most importantly, this process of structural correction and treatment reduces the likelihood of reinjury, allowing you to get back to your active lifestyle. We have used this process to remarkable success with athletes across the United States.

Whether you’re looking for long-term relief from a sports injury or simply want to experience the healing stress relief that a massage can bring, you’ll find solutions at Synergy. Our certified doctors, trainers, and massage therapists work with patients of all ages to optimize the body’s performance and maintain peak health standards. If you have additional questions about our treatment options, contact Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ to schedule a consultation. To receive more tips and information about how to maximize your health and wellness, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Most people associate sports medicine with professional athletes, but at the Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ in Atlanta we are proud to be able to help patients of all ability and activity levels. Even though we are well known for helping to improve the performance of some of the world’s most elite athletes, fewer are aware that we treat some of the most common complaints as well. For example, many of our patients are all too familiar with the sharp, wrenching pain of “throwing your back out.” Even relatively innocuous activity, like gardening or shoveling or just bending over to pick up a pencil, can potentially send a patient to the floor in agony. Why does this happen? What are we really saying when we talk about “throwing the back out?” Proper treatment begins with a deeper understanding of the back and spine in order to evaluate what is really going on.

throwing-your-back-outThe spine is the central support for the entire body. It bears the weight of the head, torso, and arms while allowing the body to move and bend in almost any direction. The adult spinal column itself is composed of 26 separate bones, called vertebrae, which surround and protect a central spinal cord that connects the brain to all of the various nerves in the body. These individual vertebrae are stacked on top of one another and are separated by elastic disks of tissue that act as shock absorbers. Back pain can be caused by a number of different issues, including muscle spasm or strain. However, what we commonly call “throwing the back out” is most likely the result of one of these disks becoming pinched or displaced.

The individual disks between the vertebrae are not unlike pieces of candy with hard outer shells and creamy centers. The outer portion, or annulus, which is firmly attached to the vertebrae both above and below the disk, is made up of a network of tough, crosshatched fibers that allow it to hold its shape. Inside this shell is the nucleus pulposis, a soft, gelatin-like filling that provides cushioning while evenly supporting the weight of the body. As we grow older, time and stress can cause small cracks or tears to develop in the outer ring. If one of these tears grows large enough, the disk can rupture, allowing the inner filling to squeeze out. This is called a herniated disk. The escaping material presses against the spinal nerves, causing intense pain or even numbness and weakness in the lower extremities. A herniated disk can be caused by a sudden load or violent jerk, but is more often the result of a slow accumulation of minor injuries over time, so the onset of pain can be sudden and unexpected.

In some extreme cases, spinal surgery may be necessary in order to repair a herniated disk. However, about 80% of patients can find relief without surgery, by pursuing a conservative treatment regimen consisting of rest, pain and anti-inflammatory medication, therapeutic massage, and chiropractic therapy. Our proprietary Synergy ™ Release Technique goes beyond simple manipulation by incorporating advanced therapeutic massage, stretching, and muscle activation techniques to restore balance to the body and achieve real, long-term results.

Back pain is a serious issue and needs to be carefully evaluated and diagnosed. At the Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™, our unique evaluation process uses a variety of metrics to analyze and diagnose the underlying biomechanical causes of a patient’s concern so that we can determine the treatment approach that is right for you. If you would like more information about the various services that we offer, or would like to schedule an appointment with any of our chiropractors or massage therapists, please contact us today. Don’t forget to follow us on social media for the latest news and information sports medicine and chiropractic care in Atlanta.

At the Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ we have a great deal of experience treating a wide variety of common sports injuries, but we also know that health-related issues can affect those who lead more sedentary lifestyles as well.  We know that the human body functions most efficiently when it is standing upright with its weight evenly distributed between the feet and the hips balanced directly under the spine.  Unfortunately, most people today spend the majority of their days sitting behind a desk.  This time spent in a seated posture can cause a number of problems across the entire musculoskeletal system and may result in chronic pain or discomfort.  In fact, according to a 2017 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, greater total time spent sitting is actually associated with a higher overall risk of premature death.

Prolonged Sitting Can Cause a Variety of Health Issues

When a person is seated, the pelvis, spine, shoulders, legs, and feet are no longer directly engaged in maintaining the body’s posture.  The muscles of the hips and spine do not have an opportunity to stretch and extend.  Eventually, those muscles become shortened and compressed to the point that secondary muscles are required to initiate standing movements.  This can, in turn, lead to overuse of those secondary muscles, potentially leading to back, hip, knee and foot pain.  Since the feet do not have to bear the weight of the body or deal with ground reaction forces when the body is seated, their system of arches slowly weakens.  The feet can become less able to accept the body’s weight upon standing, causing fallen arches that may require orthotics to correct.

Long periods of time in a seated posture can cause upper body problems as well.  When a person is working in front of a computer or driving a car, for example, the arms and hands are engaged in front of the torso.  This causes the shoulders to round forward and the spine to flex, restricting the movement of the muscles and connective tissue in the torso.  This can potentially result in shoulder injuries, like damage to the rotator cuff or shoulder impingement.  The neck and head must also adjust by arching upward, which can lead to further imbalances, pain and dysfunction.

Moreover, lack of movement can be particularly damaging to the spine.  The disks of cartilage that act as shock absorbers between the individual vertebrae that make up the spinal column do not have an independent blood supply.  Instead, they work like sponges, absorbing and expelling blood as they move.  While sitting, the sustained contraction of the muscles that extend the spine reduces the nutrition that reaches the disks and increases the pressure between the disks themselves.  This may lead to a herniated disk or chronic lower back pain.

Fortunately, no matter what your age or activity level might be, the expert chiropractors and massage therapists at Synergy Sports Wellness Institute are here to help.  If you feel as though you may be suffering because of the time that you spend seated, or If you would like to learn more about the many other services that we offer, please give us a call to schedule a chiropractic or rehabilitation appointment.  Be sure to follow us on social media for the latest news and updates as well.

As a chiropractic and wellness facility in a city rich with exceptional sports programs, we work with many top-notch athletes and health-minded individuals to help them perform to their full potential. Few people realize that we actually help many outside of the athletic field as well. From children to senior citizens, countless people suffer with pain and stiffness on a daily basis, whether it’s from a previous injury, physical strains from your job, or simply the natural aging process. To give you a better grasp on the variety of patients we’ve helped over the course of our 25 years of serving the Atlanta area, some of our patients have graciously offered to share their experiences.

Children & Teens

Injuries are common in children and teens, whether it happens during a sporting event or simply while they’re playing and having a good time. Regardless of how a pediatric injury occurs, any parent wants their child back to feeling like themselves as soon as possible. Check out this story from Allison to hear how Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ is here to help.

Career-Stage Adults

Like many, Cameron’s job primarily kept him at a desk every day, and unfortunately, this can cause or worsen painful issues in the lower back, neck, and other areas. Not everyone can get relief from traditional chiropractors, but the specialized Synergy Release Technique we use has helped countless people who had lost hope. Cameron is one of them.

Seniors

There is a stage of life when you’ve reached your career goals, you’ve raised your family, and you’re ready to just take the time to enjoy life. The irony, though, is that this is also a time when we’re more at risk for ailments like back pain, knee pain, and other age-related issues like arthritis and beyond. At Synergy, our passion is helping patients live life to the fullest, and Gail has experienced this first-hand.

Many people who hear about Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ think of us as a resource for athletes. But the reality is that our knowledge and our talents are able to help a much wider group of people—essentially, anyone who has pain or mobility problems that are holding them back from truly embracing the best in life. Day in and day out, we work to put a smile on our patients’ faces both in the short-term and in the long-term, and we consider it an honor to serve the people of metro Atlanta. To find out whether we can help you, schedule an appointment at Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™. Plus, for more patient stories, health tips, and other useful information, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.