Common Cause of Low Back Pain

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

chiropractic-care-back-acheYour Low Back Pain Is From Slipped Joints, Not Slipped Discs

Many people experiencing lower back pain are told it is from a bad disc and need medications, injections or surgery. However, research has proven that those having low back pain in reality have spinal joint problems.

This article will explain what is the cause of most lower back pain and what can be done about it.

Let’s, initially, put to bed and extinguish the idea that lower back pain is caused by a bad disc. A recent study performed at the Mayo Clinic and published in The American Journal of Neuroradiology confirms that MRI scans showing intervertebral disc problems are not the source of back pain. The researchers found that MRI scans showing disc problems are exceedingly common in pain free people. In other words, people who have no lower back pain can have an MRI that can show a disc bulge, protrusion and degeneration and still have no pain.

back-injury-painThe researchers said that their study indicates that findings of narrowing of the disk space, disc degeneration, loss of disc height and other disc abnormalities are part of the normal aging process rather than pathological processes requiring intervention. They went further to say that most of the disk degenerative changes are no more significant than gray hair or crow’s feet around the eyes.

Let’s also clarify the term “slipped disc.” Medically a disc does not slip back and forth. It can bulge, protrude, herniate or degenerate. It does not slip back and forth or slip out of place. Slipped disc is a layman’s term similar to trick knee, cauliflower ear or double-jointed.

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What are the Benefits of Physical Therapy?

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

physical-therapy-clinic8 Benefits of Physical Therapy

If you suffered an injury and want quick recovery, we suggest that you check out physical therapy.

A good physical therapist will help you get your wellness back. They will help you choose the right therapies so you can get recovered as soon as possible.

The exercises are designed to solve problems that you may be suffering from. After the therapy, your range of motion and flexibility will get better. Aside from this, physical therapy will help you to reduce pain and inflammation.

Given below are 8 benefits of physical therapy.

Reducing Pain

After an injury, pain is what you suffer from. If the injury was severe, the pain may also be severe. For pain reduction, your therapist may recommend manual therapy techniques and therapeutic exercises to help you get rid of joint and muscle pain. Aside from this, the therapy will also help you prevent the pain from coming back.

Regaining Balance

After an injury, if you became bed-ridden, it may be hard for you to maintain your balance while walking. Physical therapy can help you regain your balance so you can prevent falls. Apart from this, the exercises will enable you to boost your coordination.

spinal-disc-back-conditionsAvoiding surgery

After an injury, the doctors will decide if you need surgery. Since surgery involves complex procedures, you may want to avoid it if possible.

Physical therapy reduces pain. As a result, you don’t have to opt for surgery. Even if you have to get surgery, the therapy will help you get stronger for the procedure. Afterwards, you will be able to recover faster.

Improving mobility

Another benefit that you can enjoy is stretching and strengthening of your muscle. No matter what type of daily activities you perform, physical therapy will help you improve your motion. As a result, you can perform better.

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How to Choose the Best Chiropractor

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

bradenton-fl-chiropractor-grappin-chiropractic-care-3Top Tips on Choosing the Best Chiropractor

Before starting chiropractic treatment, it is a good idea to arrange a telephone interview or ask for an in-office consultation to learn more about the chiropractor, the clinic, and the techniques offered.

Sometimes, the chiropractor will request a personal consultation to discuss such details.

For most people seeking chiropractic care, it is important to feel comfortable and have a good relationship with the chiropractor and the clinic. This can go a long way in gaining a positive treatment experience. Consider the things that would make you feel most comfortable and use these as part of your judgment. This may mean how long you have to wait for appointments, how easy it is to get hold of your chiropractor or the location of the clinic.

chiropractic-neck-adjustmentAnswering your own questions is also a crucial part in the decision process. Some things you may want to consider asking include:

Is the chiropractor friendly and polite?
Do you feel comfortable talking with the chiropractor?
Does the chiropractor fully answer all of your questions?
Does the chiropractor listen to your explanation of symptoms and treatment preferences?
How many years has the chiropractor been in practice?

If it makes you feel more comfortable, you may also want to conduct some background research on the chiropractor. It is your body; you can take as long as you need to decide on which chiropractor will be treating you.

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How Chiropractic Care Can Help After an Accident

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

car-accident-injuryHow Important Is Chiropractic Care If You Have Been in a Car Accident?

Once major traumatic injuries such as broken bones, lacerations, contusions, and internal injuries have been ruled out by the EMTs it is equally as important to look at possible problems which have occurred in your musculoskeletal system. (Soft tissue damage and misalignment issues).

Often times following an accident your body may be in shock. It is producing dopamine and other chemicals in the brain in order for you to be able to function and you may not feel the damage, pain or soreness yet.

Though pain following a car accident can be felt anywhere in the body, the most common are neck injuries due to the way we are anchored into our vehicles. Though we are strapped in by the body, our heads have to remain mobile. When a car or truck is hit, your neck is whipped in one direction then back the other way. Hyperflexion-hyperextension injuries can affect the soft tissues in the neck as well as intervertebral discs and joint capsules.

Whiplash can be the result.

whiplash_injuryWhiplash may present itself in the following ways:
Neck pain and Back Pain
Arm pain or numbness
Inflammation
Dizziness
Nausea
Feeling like you may pass out
Lack of clear thought
Anxiety
Jaw issues

Even Depression can be a side effect from a whiplash injury.

Chiropractors are musculoskeletal specialists. Seeing one as soon as you are able to following an accident can help you to heal as expediently as possible while minimizing damage. They will perform a thorough exam and physical assessment including X-rays. If they feel you will benefit from an immediate adjustment they will do so at that time as well as set the best course of treatment going forward. After even a minor accident, the curvatures in the spine are straightened, especially the neck or cervical spine. The soft tissues may heal (often with scar tissue), but the spinal curvature remains straightened. Over time, this may cause osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease. This may be prevented if you get your spine evaluated after an injury.

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What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

leaky-gut-syndrome-stomachAbout Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky Gut Syndrome, also known as Intestinal Permeability, is a condition that affects millions of people. However, it is not fully recognized by traditional physicians and is often attributed to other conditions within the gut.

Leaky gut refers to the micro-holes and tears that can occur in the intestinal lining, allowing food particles to “leak” out of the gut and into the bloodstream. Increased attention is currently given to the condition of leaky gut as more and more patients are being treated for food intolerances and abdominal discomfort.

digestive-tractDefinition

Leaky gut syndrome or intestinal permeability is considered a dysfunction of the digestive system. The intestinal wall lining normally does not allow any food particles to escape from the intestine.

However, if the digestive tract becomes inflamed or damaged, small holes can appear in the intestinal lining. This allows small particles of undigested food, proteins, fats and toxins to escape and become absorbed into the body.

The body sees these substances as invaders or antigens. The body then responds to these foreign invaders by triggering the body’s antibodies to the defense. Inflammation can begin to appear throughout the body, allergic reactions can occur and numerous other symptoms appear.

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Causes of Back Pain

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

back-pain-bad-postureAre You at Risk of Back Pain?

To put it in simple terms, back or spine pain can threaten us in two ways. The first (and most worrying) factors are those that we cannot control. This may include:

  • Being middle-aged or older
  • Having a family history of back pain
  • Having suffered a back injury before
  • Being pregnant. A woman’s back is significantly stressed by carrying a baby
  • Having had a compression fracture of the spine
  • Having had back surgery before
  • Having congenital spine problems (problems present since birth).

stress-chiropractic-careEven though uncontrollable risk factors often cause the most worry, the majority of people who experience back ache or pain do so as a result of external/ lifestyle influences.

Remember that up to 80% of people suffer from back ache at some point or another. Out of that 80%, only a small portion of people would have had back problems since birth, been pregnant or suffered compression fractures of the spine.

Only a small percentage would have experienced back problems as a result of uncontrollable risks. In other words, many people are at risk of developing back pain because of the lifestyle choices they make.

These may include:

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Link between Gluten Intolerance and Thyroid Disease?

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

thyroidAITD (Auto-Immune Thyroid Disease) and Gluten Intolerance

There have been several studies conducted which have shown the strong link between gluten intolerance and autoimmune thyroid diseases or AITD such as Grave’s and Hashimoto’s diseases. The researchers in the study highly recommend that anyone diagnosed should also be checked for AITD and vice versa.

Apparently the cause is a case of mistaken identity. This is because gliadin, which is a type of protein found in gluten has a close resemblance with that of the thyroid. When gliadin penetrates into the bloodstream by breaking the protective barrier that is found in a person’s gut, the immune system will immediately target it for destruction. After an intolerance occurs, if you keep on eating foods that contain gluten, your immune system will also keep on attacking your own thyroid.

Unfortunately, our body’s immune response to gluten may last for six months. Sadly, the 80/20 rule does not apply to intolerance. This would mean that a diet that is “mostly” gluten-free does not completely put an end to this autoimmune attack.

If you really want to prevent the immune destruction of your thyroid, you have to be firm about being 100% gluten-free.

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How to Recover from Auto Accident Injury

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

car-accident-auto-injury-factsChiropractic Spinal Adjustments – How to Quickly Recover From an Auto Accident

Auto accident injuries can be completely devastating. They can limit your mobility and keep you from going to work.

Depending on the severity of these injuries one may feel pain in all areas of their body for many years and in some cases for the rest of one’s life.

The one type of injury associated with a car wreck is whiplash, but there are other injuries one can sustain as well. Even minor fender benders can produce pain in the back, neck, hips and shoulders. Some people even suffer from chronic headaches after such an accident.

neck-pain-whiplash-injuryThe pain results from the way the body is slammed about, often being violently jerked forwards and backwards in an instant. Even when you are rear ended at a low speed your muscles can get pulled and damaged.

How does a trip to a chiropractic clinic help these problems, you may ask? Well they have treatments which can manipulate your back muscles and your spine. They are your core muscles so when your chiropractor gets these back into alignment and relaxed then the surrounding muscles follow suit.

Also, typically when your muscles are in a tense ball then the blood flow is restricted. Blood flow is a major healing agent. So anytime chiropractors can get more openness in your spine and back muscles you heal more quickly.

Your back and spine rarely fix themselves so some trips to your local chiropractor right after a car accident is your best way to not suffer long-term damage and chronic pain.

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Chiropractic Care for Sciatica

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

sciatica-pain-tingling-numbnessWhy Choose Chiropractic Care for Sciatica?

Sciatica refers to pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in the legs. This leg pain can take on the form of a bad leg cramp. However, it can also take the form of shooting pains that make everything from sitting to standing uncomfortable. Sciatica can occur suddenly or develop overtime. The pain of sciatica can be made worse when you sneeze or cough.

Sciatica can be one of the most painful and most persistent conditions around. Millions of individuals each year make the trip to a doctor’s office with the goal of curing sciatica. What many people don’t realize is that chiropractic care for sciatica is actually quite popular.

The goal of chiropractic care for sciatica is to help the body’s potential to heal itself. Chiropractic care of sciatica is based on the scientific principle that restricted spinal movements can lead to pain and minimize function as well as performance. By choosing chiropractic care for sciatica, you are opting for drug-free and non-invasive care.

Chiropractors use a variety of different therapies based on the cause of each individual patient’s sciatica. A chiropractic treatment plan for sciatica may include:

chiropcractic-adjustment-dr-lee-slideCold Therapy. Your chiropractic care for sciatica may include ice or cold therapy. This helps to reduce inflammation and control the pain associated with sciatica. Cold therapy is also a process that you can learn to engage in at home for even more relief of your sciatica symptoms.

Ultrasound Therapy. Ultrasound applies gentle heat to the body by means of sound waves that can penetrate deep down into your tissues. As part of chiropractic care for sciatica, ultrasound helps to increase circulation. Ultrasound can also reduce muscle spasms, cramps, stiffness, pain and swelling.

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (more commonly known as a TENS unit). A TENS unit is a small, box-shaped, portable device that is designed to help stimulate muscles. With a variety of intensities when it comes to electrical current, a TENS unit helps to control acute pain as well as reduce muscle spasms.

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Can Acupuncture Help You to Quit Smoking?

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

how-to-quit-smokingAcupuncture – Does it Help Quit Smoking?

Acupuncture is one of the most ancient medical sciences to heal the body from various medical ailments. It is a Chinese way to treat diseases and their associated signs and symptoms. Since centuries, this unique way of treating body has been used as major health science in various parts of the world, especially China and other Southeast Asian countries.

Acupuncture – a pricking way to stop smoking

Acupuncture can also work in erasing the desire and the need of smoking. In fact, for many holistic health care providers, it has become a preferred way to help quit smoking. With a success rate between 85-90% in decreasing the physical and emotional craving, acupuncture is the most promiscuous and most well-off way to get rid of smoking.

Acupuncturists say that there are very few withdrawal symptoms experienced since this unique treatment antagonizes the effects of abusing substances present in cigarette. The smoker feels calmness and tranquility once successfully undergone acupuncture treatment. The best part of treating addiction of smoking using acupuncture is it does not harm, alter or affect any of the bodily system.

effects-of-smokingThe mechanism of acupuncture to quit smoking

There are some portions on the outer ear those are focused by acupuncturist. The treatment is nearly painless and blissfully relaxing. The treatment uses ion pellet which is taped on the ear, with an advice that the smoker touch it whenever there is a craving to smoke. This has the effect of alleviating urges for nicotine. The cravings would be under control since acupuncture will stimulate endorphins that come from the CNS (central nervous system) which are the body’s natural opiates. They are considered to be thousands time stronger as compared to morphine to relieve the stress. Generally, a series of 4-5 acupuncture shots are recommended to quit smoking.

Acupuncture treatment for any health ailment is nearly pain free and the effects come for long period. The World Health organization (WHO) of the United Nations has recognized 47 different health ailments those can be successfully treated using acupuncture, nicotine addiction, being one of them.

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