Calf Self Massage

In this video Aaron shows us how to massage the muscles of the calf on your own.  If  you want to learn more about sports injuries, check out our sport injury page.


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Chiropractic Care is First Non-Invasive Option

The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) calls for chiropractic care as the first approach for addressing low-back pain and many common conditions before the utilization of drugs-OTC or prescription.  According to a CNN report, “Let’s End the Prescription Drug Death Epidemic,” a significant danger of prescription medication is overdoses which have become a primary cause of unintentional deaths in the U.S. — surpassing car crashes — with claims of one death every 19 minutes.

“Chiropractic care offers an evidence-based, non-drug approach to effectively addressing many common conditions, and should be the first option of care,” states Gerard W. Clum, DC, spokesperson, F4CP. “Doctors of chiropractic have the diagnostic skills and training to evaluate and provide appropriate care and rehabilitation, including counseling on nutrition, ergonomics, and lifestyle.  Evidence confirms that the care provided by a DC is linked with better clinical outcomes, greater patient satisfaction, and noteworthy cost savings.”

Clum points out that while there is wide availability of effective non-invasive approaches for managing low-back pain, the first approaches often used are epidural spinal injections and prescription drugs.   Reports state that utilization of these usual care methods, which are associated with high costs and unpredictable outcomes, continues to rise.   According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the distribution of morphine, the main ingredient in prescription painkillers, increased 600 percent between 1997 and 2007.

“Ironically, a study published in Anesthesiology found little difference between the amount of relief provided by steroidal and non-steroidal epidural injections,” says Clum.  “But the incidence of back pain and its mismanagement continues to rise,” he says, echoing the findings of Worsening Trends in the Management and Treatment of Back Pain. “The risks associated with usual care need to be acknowledged and conservative alternatives explored as a primary option.”

This press release provided by the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress.  A not-for-profit organization, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress aims to inform and educate the general public about the many benefits associated with chiropractic care.  To learn more about the Foundation, please visit them on the web at or call 866-901-F4CP (3427).


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August Real Estate Inventory In Seattle Creeps Up Again

The story for most of 2013 in Seattle’s real estate market has been the lack of inventory.  The number of homes available for sale haven’t been nearly enough to satisfy the growing number of eager home buyers.

As we headed into summer, we saw the June and July inventory numbers were gaining slightly, but still in the two month range.  A balanced market usually has 5-6 months of inventory, so we were still significantly strained.

King County Real Estate, Months of Inventory YTD 2013

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As August’s stats begin nearing a close, we’re seeing a significant jump in inventory.  While these numbers are unofficial and will probably shrink slightly with the late reporting of sales, it appears that we have over 3 months of inventory for the first time this year.

That should be good news for home buyers, as the end of summer usually gives us one last push of big real estate sales as we head into fall.  I’d expect the final number to be slightly under 3 months (active listings are immediately reported, while sold homes lag a bit).  Still, it’s a significant improvement in availability.

As for the big picture, we’re really still short on available homes across King County.  Home sellers who missed out on the spring market still have a great opportunity for a fall sale, based on the current stats for home sales and buyer motivation.  But, they’ll need to move quickly.  By the end of October, half of all home buyers go into hibernation.


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Outcomes of Usual Chiropractic; Harm (OUCH) Randomised Controlled Trial of Adverse Events

Chiro.Org Blog: This was the first study to use a sham-controlled design to examine adverse events after chiropractic treatment. A substantial proportion of adverse events experienced during chiropractic care for spinal pain may be the result of natural symptom fluctuation or from nonspecific effects. Adverse events were common in both the usual chiropractic care and sham groups, but no important differences were seen between the groups and no serious adverse events were reported. […]


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Poor Posture, Health and Chiropractic

Did you know that 90% of the brains activity goes towards maintaining your body upright in it’s gravitational field, like a guidance system on a rocket? This means that when a person is mechanically distorted (poor posture and misalignment’s) that…


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