Do you suffer from numbness and tingling in your hand, arm or shoulder area? It is possible you are suffering from a condition called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Symptoms are pain in the neck and shoulder, and aching, numbness, and tingling in the arm and hand. This issue can stem from a past or current trauma to the area such as a car accident, whiplash injury, or fall. It can also present during pregnancy. Repetitive motions from work or sports can also cause these symptoms.

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It is important that you are examined by a doctor of chiropractic to rule out other causes of these symptoms such as carpal tunnel syndrome and a pinched nerve in the neck.   Medications and rest are not effective treatments.

So what exactly is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome? It is commonly described as a compression of the nerves and blood vessels that run from the neck into the arms. This compression can occur in several different areas of the neck and/or shoulder.   The most common place of compression is between the collar bone and the first rib. As chiropractors, we are trained to check and adjust the first rib and collar bone to help reduce the compression.

The best way to treat thoracic outlet syndrome is with massage and chiropractic. Both massage and chiropractic together will solve the problem much faster than each would separately. Make an appointment to get a checkup with your Longmont chiropractor, to ensure there is nothing else contributing to the issue. Your chiropractor will determine a course of treatment that will best suit your needs. Chiropractic adjustments to the spine, ribs, and collar bone will help free the compression. Massage will help to release the tight muscles and scar tissue that may be causing the compression.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms contact the Café of Life Chiropractic and Massage studio in Longmont today.

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Do you struggle with staying well during the cold and flu months? Are you constantly feeling run down and tired and can’t shake your illness? Did you know that regular Chiropractic care can help?

Here at the Café of Life Chiropractic and Massage Studio in Longmont, we strive to keep people healthy in all aspects of their life. It’s not just about back pain or neck pain. Chiropractic care helps keep you well by making sure your nervous system is functioning at its optimal level so that your immune system can more efficiently handle being exposed to a cold or flu. By seeing your Longmont Chiropractor regularly for spinal maintenance, you can ensure that your spine is properly aligned and your nervous system can function at its optimal level. This will help to make your illness shorter and less intense.

So next time you get sick don’t cancel your chiropractic appointment, but let your Longmont Chiropractor know that you are feeling under the weather and she will make sure you can get in and out quickly so you can get back to bed. Your chiropractic treatment will help to boost your immune system and get you on your way to feeling better faster.

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As a Massage therapist at The Cafe’ of Life Chiropractic and Massage Studio,  I get a lot of questions.  One of the most common ones is  “Do you think I need chiropractic or massage?” This is a question I get often when it comes to back pain, neck pain, headaches, sciatica and tingling in the arms or legs.

Though the answer is not as simple as the question, in most cases I would say  the only way to really know is by experience. BUT if you start with a thorough evaluation by our Longmont chiropractor, Dr. Jessica Thompson, you can save money AND the guess work as she will give you her opinion as to which therapy, if either or both , is appropriate for you.  Your evaluation at the Cafe of Life is unique because you are being evaluated by both a chiropractor and a massage therapist and we work together to help make the best recommendation for you.

Each person’s body is unique so sometimes we recommend chiropractic alone and sometimes we recommend massage alone.  Sometimes we recommend having a massage first followed by an adjustment right after.  Sometimes it’s chiropractic first THEN massage.  We ask that you take inventory of your body after your treatments and determine what makes your body feel best.

From my perspective as a massage therapist, both chiropractic and massage are vitally important to the health of your spine and body, as your muscles are connected to your spine and both need to be healthy for optimal functioning of your body. I can always tell the difference between those that I work on who get regular adjustments as opposed to those who do not.  In addition, when it comes to car accidents and injuries that follow, I always see faster recovery in those who receive both chiropractic and massage treatment as opposed to those who only receive one or the other.

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