Virginia Beach Chiropractic Blog

Welcome To Our Chiropractic Blog

We are glad you decided to visit our Virginia Beach Chiropractic Blog! At the ProAdjuster Chiropractic Clinic of Virginia Beach, Dr. Maggio not only wants to serve his patients while they are in our office, but he also wants to serve them while they are at home. One of the easiest ways for us to do that is to update our weekly chiropractic blog.

Dr. Maggio constantly scours the internet for new information that can be helpful for patients to help them with their health goals. Regular chiropractic care is one of the steps you can take to achieve good health. In combination with your chiropractic care, it is important to include regular exercise, good nutrition and stress reduction strategies to your good health plan. We know that, to help you achieve success, you will need some key information. We can give you advice on how to exercise, how to eat, and how to relax. Please use our Virginia Beach Chiropractic Blog for your health education and reading enjoyment.

Some of the key topics we have found the most interesting to our patients are already included in our Virginia Beach Chiropractic Blog. These include information on new medical procedures, stretching and exercises, dietary changes, supplement information and more. As we know, some of our patients prefer chiropractic blogs sent to them in written form. Other patients like the convenient video updates that Dr. Maggio presents, on a weekly basis.

Please feel free to comment on what you like about the videos. Share them with friends, whether on Facebook, or via email. If you have any topics that you would like to see addressed next in our chiropractic blog, feel free to contact Dr. Maggio directly. He will be more than happy to add a blog specifically for you. Thank you for visiting our Virginia Beach Chiropractic Blog!

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Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage

What is a Deep Tissue Massage?

A deep tissue massage is similar to a Swedish massage. Although, the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons, and fascia. Fascia is the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones, and joints. Deep tissue massage is used for chronic aches and pains. It can include areas such as the neck, upper back, low back and legs.

Deep Tissue Massage


Deep tissue massage usually focuses on specific problems. According to Consumer Reports magazine, approximately 34,000 people ranked deep tissue massage in relieving osteoarthritis pain better than other sources. These sources include physical therapy, exercise, medications, and acupuncture. Deep tissue also scored a top rating in relieving fibromyalgia pain. People often notice an improved range of motion immediately after a massage.

What to Expect FromDeep Tissue Massage

Some strokes may feel the same as those used in a Swedish massage. Deep tissue isn’t a stronger version of a Swedish massage. Deep tissue massage techniques are used to break up scar tissue and physically break down muscle knots or adhesions that cause pain. At the beginning of a deep tissue massage, lighter pressure is applied. This warms up and prepares the muscles.

Common Techniques ofDeep Tissue Massage

Massage therapists may use fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms during a deep tissue massage. You may be asked to breathe deeply as the massage therapist works on tense areas. Common techniques for a deep tissue massage include stripping and friction. Stripping is a deep, gliding pressure. It moves along the length of the muscle fibers. Typically the elbow, forearms, knuckles and thumbs are used. Friction is pressure applied across the grain of a muscle. This helps to relieve adhesions and realign tissue fibers.

Side Effects and Precautions

Deep tissue massages may not be for everyone. People with blood clots should not receive a deep tissue massage. Those who have had a recent surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation should also not get a deep tissue massage. If you are pregnant, you should talk to your doctor if you are considering getting a massage. Deep tissue (or strong pressure) should be avoided during pregnancy.

Massage and Chiropractic

Massage focuses on manipulating soft tissues. It also helps to improve circulation and blood flow. Chiropractic care focuses on the nervous system and musculoskeletal dysfunction. These are related to tissues like the spine, bones, and joints. These hard tissues are surrounded by muscles. Tight muscles can pull the joint out of alignment. Tight muscles can also make it hard to manipulate the joint. Receiving chiropractic care before or after a massage can help both treatments. Range of motion, faster healing, and improving overall function can be rewarding benefits of combining chiropractic and massage.

ProAdjuster Chiropractic Clinic.

In addition to computerized chiropractic care, we also offer massage therapy. Our massage therapist is skilled in a variety of different massages. If you or anyone you know suffers from back pain, feel free to give us a call at 757-473-9900 (option 2).

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Disc Bulge

What is a Disc Bulge?

Disc Bulge or a bulging disc occurs when a disc protrudes. The protrusion puts pressure on the nerve. This can lead to pain. The pain can travel and radiate to other areas of the body.  This can depend on which part of the spine the bulging disc occurs.

Disc Bulge
Disc Bulge

Bulging Disc vs. Herniated Disc

Bulging disc and herniated disc can be used interchangeably. However there are several differences between these two conditions. A disc bulge is not broken. This means the outer wall of the disc remains intact. With a herniated disc, there is a partial rupture, or tear, in the disc. Both can put pressure on the nerve causing pain. The primary difference is whether the disc is contained or non-contained.

Cervical Disc Bulge

A cervical bulging disc occurs in the neck. These vertebrae are known as C1-C7. Cervical disc bulges can cause pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness. This pain can radiate throughout the neck, shoulders, arms, hands and fingers.

Thoracic Disc Bulge

The thoracic portion of the spine begins at the collarbone and ends at the bottom of the rib cage. These vertebrae are known as T1-T12. Bulging discs are usually rare in this area. Symptoms are pain in the upper back. This pain can radiate to the stomach and chest. Thoracic disc bulge is often misdiagnosed with heart problems. This is why it is imperative to consult with a specialist to obtain the correct diagnoses.

Lumbar Disc Bulge

The lumbar spine consists of five vertebrae. They span from the waist to the top of the hips. These vertebrae are known as L1-L5. Bulging discs are often common in this area. Symptoms can lead to leg pain, numbness in the feet or toes. Symptoms can vary widely depending on which lumbar vertebrae are bothered.

Causes Disc Bulge

A disc bulge is more common than people think. The outer layer of the disc weakens with age. Although age is a common cause, there are other activities that can develop a bulging disc. Common causes include trauma, genetics, poor posture, and repetitive movements. Other factors can also speed up the process. These include smoking, obesity, and consuming too much alcohol.


The first course of treatment for a disc bulge include non-surgical options. These can often be a combination of medication and exercise. Physical therapy, chiropractic and steroid injections are common treatment options. If conservative therapies have not worked then surgery would be the next option. Surgery is an option when the nerve is compressing the spinal cord or pinching a nerve.

Prevention Disc Bulge

Disc bulging are a primary result of natural degeneration of the spine. There are ways to prevent this. A good way to prevent this is to maintain good posture. Avoid improper lifting techniques. It is also important to practice regular stretching exercises. Maintaining a daily exercise routine is also important. It is also crucial to stop smoking, if you are a smoker and limit alcohol consumption. Self-care is very important to maintain a healthy spine and prevent further complications.

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Advanced Chiropractic

Advanced Chiropractic

Chiropractic Care

Advanced chiropractic can help many suffering with spinal issues. A chiropractor is a doctor who relieves back pain. Chiropractors use their hands or small instruments to perform an adjustment. Adjustments provide sudden force to a spinal joint. The goal is to improve spinal motion. Adjustments also help to improve the body’s function. People get adjustments to relieve low back pain, neck pain and headaches. There are different kinds of adjustments. Some use traditional methods. Others use advanced chiropractic methods.

Advanced Chiropractic
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Traditional Chiropractic
Advanced Chiropractic

A traditional chiropractic adjustment involves pressure from the chiropractor’s hands. They apply pressure to the affected areas. Chiropractors have five different manual techniques. These include Gonstead, Thompson, Diversified and Palmar Package. For traditional chiropractic, you are often positioned lying face down. During the adjustment the chiropractor will apply pressure to a joint using sudden force. They push the joint beyond its usual range of motion. You may hear popping and cracking sounds as your chiropractor moves the joints.

Advanced Chiropractic

Within recent years computerized instruments have provided a new method of spinal adjustment. The theory is still the same. The goal is to restore mobility and range of motion to the affected joints. Advanced chiropractic uses an adjusting tool that can be much more precise. It offers evaluations of individual joints before and after each treatment. Unlike manual adjustments the treatment can be performed with the patient sitting or standing up. Advanced chiropractic care also adjusts the patient without any popping, cracking, turning or twisting.

Pulstar ProAdjuster
Advanced Chiropractic

The Pulstar Proadjuster is a computerized tool. It is an advance chiropractic technique. The ProAdjuster incorporates a computer program that interprets data into a hand held tool. This allows it to analyze joint motion. The chiropractor will scan each vertebrae before and after each adjustment. This will help to see how much movement was put back into the joint. The ProAdjuster then performs the adjustment.  It taps into each vertebrae about ninety times per second. During the adjustment there is a screen the patient can watch. This allows the patient to see exactly where the joints are too stiff.

Which treatment is right for you?

There are particular benefits to each technique. Different patients also have different preferences. Some people like to be popped and cracked. Others may be fearful of traditional chiropractic care. When recommending a course of care, your chiropractor will take into account the patients history. They will review your initial assessment and take x-rays. The doctor will then recommend a technique that best suits the patient’s particular needs.


Chiropractic can be effective in treating low back pain, neck pain and headaches. Traditional and advanced chiropractic care both offer many benefits. A conversation with your doctor will help you determine which of these methods is right for you. At our office, the ProAdjuster Chiropractic Clinic, the doctors use both methods of chiropractic care. Either technique will help keep your spine in order and from causing any issues.  If you or someone you know someone who is living with back pain, call our office today at (757) 473-9900 (option 1).

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