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April 10, 2019
Category: Therapy
Tags: Massage Therapy  

How your chiropractors in Tampa, Florida can help you feel better

Massage therapy is an ancient technique, but it’s also a very effective modern-day treatment. It works by relaxing tired, aching muscles, massage therapyand promoting a sense of overall health and well-being. The chiropractors Dr. George Kollias, Dr. Autumn Scaz and Dr. Elizabeth Gionfriddo and massage therapists at Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy in Tampa, Florida offer a full range of wellness services, including massage therapy to help you feel better.

Massage therapy helps you, your body, and your mind relax and relieve stress. It helps to calm every part of you, but that’s not all it can do. The truth is, massage therapy is used to help manage a number of medical conditions and to relieve pain from:

  • Migraines and facial muscles
  • Ligament, muscle, and tendon strain
  • Anxiety, insomnia, and stress management
  • Temporomandibular joint problems (TMJ, TMD)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome and other nerve disorders
  • Asthma, common allergies, and other breathing issues
  • Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other joint conditions

The stress of everyday life can affect your body in ways you can’t always see. Massage therapy helps to relieve stress by relaxing tense, tired muscles, allowing you to relax.

Massage therapy can also help if you’ve been in an accident or suffered a traumatic injury. Through massage, circulation is increased, which helps your body to heal. Massage also helps you retain full range of motion and strength by lengthening and relaxing tight muscles, tendons and ligaments.

At Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy, you will experience focused pressure and hand movements on affected areas, relieving tension and calming your body and mind. Devices including massage tables, rollers, and other tools may be used to gently stretch muscles.

Massage therapy is just one of many wellness services available at Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy. For a complete listing of therapies and treatments, please visit the Services page on the Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy website at http://www.sheldonroadchiropractic.com/services.html

Massage therapy can enhance your quality of life by promoting whole-body and mind wellness. Massage therapy can help take away your stress and pain, and help you live a better life. To find out more about massage therapy and other chiropractic services, call the chiropractors Dr. Kollias, Dr. Scaz, and Dr. Gionfriddo and massage therapists at Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy in Tampa, Florida today!

March 07, 2019
Category: Therapy

Are you dealing with injuries from a car accident? Chiropractic care can help.

We know just how scary it can be to be involved in a car accident. Luckily, you walked away without so much as a scratch. Unfortunately, Injurysome injuries don’t always show up right away. Perhaps the next day you woke up with a painful neck or your back is stiff. If this is happening to you, our Tampa, FL, chiropractors Dr. George Kollias, Dr. Autumn Scaz and Dr. Elizabeth Gionfriddo may be able to help.

Auto Accident Injuries that Benefit from Chiropractic Care

While our Tampa, FL, chiropractic specialists won’t be able to treat all accident-related injuries, there is a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries and symptoms that could benefit from what we can offer. These injuries include,

  • Whiplash (neck injury)
  • Back pain
  • Soft-tissue injuries (e.g. muscles; ligaments; tendons)
  • Emotional injuries (e.g. anxiety; stress)

The two most common complaints are neck and back pain. Whiplash results in the sudden jerking of the neck, which can injure soft tissue. Whiplash often results in pain and stiffness, as well as limited range of motion. Pain may get worse if left untreated so it’s important to talk to one of our specialists to find out if chiropractic care could improve your whiplash.

While it might not be surprising to hear that chiropractic care is able to improve your physical injuries you may be surprised to learn that it can also tackle emotional injuries, as well.

Spinal manipulation, or chiropractic adjustments can promote a sense of calm and relaxation, which can reduce stress and anxiety. If you are feeling anxious after your car accident (and we can understand why you might be feeling this way), getting regular chiropractic adjustments could improve your emotional and mental wellbeing as well as your physical health.

Chiropractic Treatment of Auto Injuries

The treatment plan we will map out for you will depend on the type and severity of your injuries. Our goal is to provide you with the proper care you need to avoid taking medication, which will only mask the pain but not treat the source.

Through treatments like regular spinal manipulation, rehabilitative exercises, ultrasound or electrical stimulation, we can improve pain, soreness and stiffness while restoring full function and mobility to the musculoskeletal system as a whole.

Are you dealing with musculoskeletal injuries due to a car or occupational incident? If so, find out how we can help you get back on the road to recovery. Call Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy in Tampa, FL, today.

By Dr. George Kollias
May 15, 2012
Category: Therapy
Tags: Tennis Elbow  

Tennis ElbowTennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is a condition of the elbow caused by overuse. It causes inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow when these muscles are used repeatedly.

Contrary to its name, you don’t have to be a tennis player to get tennis elbow. The condition can be caused by any activity that involves repeated twisting of the wrist. Plumbers, chefs, construction workers and even those who frequently use a computer mouse are also prone to the condition.

Symptoms of tennis elbow develop slowly, getting worse over weeks and months. The most common symptoms include:

  • Elbow pain that gradually worsens
  • Pain radiating from the outside of the elbow to the forearm when doing anything that requires a twisting a motion
  • Weak grasp, making it difficult to open a door, shake hands or hold a coffee mug

Let’s face it—tennis elbow is painful and debilitating. Traditional treatment options include:

  • Rest. Can take several weeks for arm to heal and recover.
  • Activity modification. Changing your form or modifying equipment used in your sport or activity can sometimes help relieve pain.
  • Bracing. Wearing a brace on the forearm may help reduce symptoms.
  • Injection therapy. Corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation have been effective in the short term.
  • Surgery. When symptoms don’t improve after conservative treatment, surgery may be suggested to repair damaged tissues, in which case extensive rehabilitation and recovery would follow.

Unfortunately, many people continue to suffer from tennis elbow for years despite their best efforts to utilize common treatment methods. The repeated attempts to relieve the pain and regain mobility have ultimately been ineffective.

MLS Laser Therapy in Tampa for Tennis Elbow

Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a manual laborer, you want to return to your active lifestyle quickly and without medication or surgery.  New clinical evidence from the BMJ medical journal is saying that’s possible with Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT).

Low Level Laser Therapy is a safe and non-invasive alternative to tennis elbow treatment.  Dr. Kollias, Tampa chiropractor, offers the most powerful form of LLLT, called MLS Laser Therapy.  This advanced low level laser works by accelerating the healing process to decrease inflammation and pain without drugs or invasive measures. Unlike other traditional treatments, MLS Laser Therapy has no known negative side effects, and it works quickly with a series of short treatments that last just minutes in duration.

 

By Dr. George Kollias
May 01, 2012
Category: Therapy

Back Pain
Everyone suffers from occasional muscle pain. But one type of muscle discomfort, myofascial pain syndrome, can last for days on end.  Myofascial pain syndrome is the most common cause of undiagnosed aches and pain, such as chronic headaches and back pain. This musculoskeletal condition is characterized by persistent pain originating from trigger points (sensitive points in your muscles) all over the body.

There’s no known cause of myofascial pain syndrome. However, strains or injuries to the muscles, ligaments or tendons may aggravate the condition.  The most common symptom of myofascial pain syndrome is long lasting or persistent muscle pain in areas such as the back, neck, shoulders, and chest.  Other common symptoms of myofascial pain may include:

  • A tender knot in a muscle
  • A deep, aching pain in a muscle
  • Reduced range of motion in the affected area
  • A feeling of weakness in the affected muscle
  • Pain that persists or worsens
  • Pain that interferes with sleep

The most commonly used interventions for treatment include physical therapy, injection therapy, pain medication and massage.  But more recently, a study by the International Association for the Study of Pain has found strong evidence for Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) and its ability to effectively inhibit pain and inflammation caused by myofascial pain syndrome.

Also known as Cold Laser Therapy, LLLT was recently approved by the FDA and is a remarkably effective treatment for myofascial pain and many other chronic musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Kollias is one of the few chiropractors in Tampawho can offer LLLT. He has had great success in using this breakthrough technology for the treatment of chronic myofascial pain.

The low level laser treatment has several advantages compared to other short-term or intrusive procedures. LLLT eliminates pain and inflammation, promotes natural healing without the use of medication, is safe and non-invasive, and improves the overall quality of life.

Unlike most lasers, LLLT is “cold.”  Heat is not used on the body’s tissues, but rather it gently stimulates nerve cells to repair damage. Each treatment session takes only a few minutes, and results are long lasting with many patients feeling improvement right away.

To learn more about LLLT, contact Dr. Kollias. Find out if you are a candidate for Low Level Laser Therapy, and say goodbye to your chronic pain once and for all.

By Dr. George Kollias
April 30, 2012
Category: Therapy
Tags: Shoulder Pain  

Laser Therapy, A Painless, Non-Surgical Option for Frozen Shoulder

Shoulder PainIf you’ve ever suffered from shoulder pain, then you know how unbearable it can be to live with.  Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is one type of shoulder condition that causes substantial pain and loss of movement in the shoulder joint.  Frozen shoulder is the result of inflammation, scarring and a reduction of the capsule that surrounds the normal shoulder joint. When the capsule thickens, the shoulder becomes painful and the bones are unable to move freely in the joint. Over time, tasks as simple as putting on a coat or reaching above your head can be very painful and difficult.

Generally there is no cause for frozen shoulder, although it most commonly affects patients 40 years of age and older.  People with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes are also at a greater risk.

Finally, Conservative and Long Lasting Treatment for Shoulder Pain

Until recently, treatment for frozen shoulder involved a variety of interventions, including oral medications, injection therapy, aggressive surgery and ongoing rehabilitation. According to a recent study by the BMJ Sports Medicine Journal, many of these commonly used interventions lack evidence of effectiveness, reporting slow healing time and short-term results. One treatment, however, Laser Therapy (LLLT) showed strong evidence for effectively and non-invasively treating frozen shoulder pain and restoring mobility—without pain, without drugs and with lasting results.

A new more powerful form of LLLT, called MLS Laser Therapy, is a new technology that offers a non-intrusive option to more invasive interventions like surgery.  The laser works by penetrating deeply into the skin with no heating effect or potential tissue damage, and works by restoring the abnormal cellular function to promote natural healing.  Treatment times vary for each patient, but in general actual laser exposure lasts only a few minutes per treatment.

Dr. Kollias is currently the only physician in Tampa who utilizes MLS Laser Therapy to successfully treat chronic pain caused by a variety of musculoskeletal conditions.  Several patients with frozen shoulder have had tremendous success in relieving their chronic pain and regaining full motion in their shoulder in significantly less time than other alternative treatment methods.

If you are looking for a quick, painless, non-surgical solution to your chronic shoulder pain, contact Dr. Kollias today to learn more about MLS Laser Therapy today.  You can also find out more by watching our videos on MLS Laser Therapy here.