Posts Tagged ‘chiropractic treatments’


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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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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Help to Fix Your Flat Feet

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

feet-flat-how-to-fixHow to Fix Flat Feet

Flat feet. Fallen Arches. You definitely know if you have it and if you suspect you do, one very simple way to tell is to press your bare foot into an area of damp grass or on a wet paper towel and then step onto a dry spot on the sidewalk. If you see the entire bottom of your foot in the footprint, it’s a pretty good indicator that you have flat feet. There should be an open area in the inner foot print between the base of your toes and heel.

Flat feet affects all ages – even babies who are just learning to walk. But in the case of young children, the issue will usually correct itself as the child grown and the bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles strengthen with use and walking. For adults, however, no matter what the reason for the flat feet, some work is needed to fix the problem.

Here are 5 things you can do daily to strengthen and ultimately help to fix your flat feet.

foot-exerciseKeep them straight. Take a minute to evaluate your standing position. Stand up and walk around the room for a minute. Stop and look straight ahead. Now, without changing the position of your feet, look down and see which way your feet are pointing. For most people, if they were to draw an imaginary straight line out of their pinky toe they would find their feet are pointing outward – almost to the point of “duck feet”. If that’s the case with you, turn your foot at the ankle so that the imaginary line goes straight out in front of you – so that the lines from both feet are parallel and headed toward any object in the distance in front of you. Remember that position. Every time you stop to stand still take notice of your foot position and adjust accordingly.

Roll the knees out. Once your feet are in the straight position mentioned above, try to bounce your knee caps up and down. Can you? Most people can’t. Keep trying. Usually it’s easiest to try to raise them up and then let them go. Once you’ve bounced them up and down a few times try to roll your knees open without lifting your feet or bending your knees. Be patient, this isn’t easy! Imagine trying to get your knees to look at each side wall. What you should notice is that your feet miraculously “get” an arch. Again, every time you stop to stand still, get those feet in position and try the knee roll.

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What You Need to Know About Hand and Wrist Pain

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

hand-pain-aging-womenImportant Facts About Osteopathic Hand Exercises

When osteopathy was first developed by Dr. Still in the mid-1800s, traditional allopathic medicine was still in its infancy. There were very few drugs available and the relationship of germs to disease was not yet established. In fact, the cellular structure of the body was not accepted and the nature of the immune system was not known. The development of osteopathy in this environment was a phenomenal medical breakthrough in the process of helping the body to heal itself.

While both chiropractic and osteopathy include techniques for correcting abnormal conditions of the musculoskeletal system, osteopaths go a step further. In addition to treating the joints, doctors of osteopathy also include the adjacent muscles and ligaments. Osteopathic doctors believe that their practice is more concerned with the total region of the spine rather than the neck region and rely more on the sense of touch than x-ray.

Because doctors of osteopathy also include manipulation of the fascia, or any fiber sleeve that divides and subdivides all parts of the body, they also treat pain and other symptoms that arise from organs or muscles that become injured whenever the fascia becomes trapped, bruised or overstretched. This is an incredible definition of injuries that often occur to the hands.

hand-grip-fistCarpal tunnel, tendinitis and arthritis of the hands all fall under the description given above. Osteopathic treatments can help reduce pain, swelling and improve mobility and range of motion in cases where individuals are more interested in helping the body to heal itself than they are in popping another pill or going into surgery. Treatment can require repeated sessions provides a doctor of osteopathy is usually moderately priced and will approach an illness or disease with an overall health focus on the body.

Hand therapy can include water exercises, teaching individuals healthy habits when using their hands, and developing exercise program to decrease stiffness in the muscular system as well as improve the strength.

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Caring for an Elderly Loved One

Monday, December 12th, 2016

senior-anti-aging-tipsElder Care Tips and Tools

Should you find yourself in the position where you have to care for an elderly loved one, it can prove to be one of the most rewarding, yet most challenging times of your life.

Of course, every individual case will vary massively regarding the person needing care’s needs, possible ailments, and other factors, but there are some common elder care tips and tools which can be applied to almost any scenario.

Ask away. Even if you’re extremely close to the person who is in need of care – be it a friend, a relative, or a partner – there is no way of you knowing their exact needs and wants. When it comes to the time when care is required, it’s important that you constantly communicate with the person receiving care about what they want and how they’re feeling.

For example; you may find yourself spending more time with them than needed, and they might feel slightly demeaned by it. Ask them what exactly it is they need help with – it could simply be a helping hand when they go to the shops – and then from there.

rest-relaxationTake some time for yourself. It may sound like an odd thing to write in an article about caring for someone else, but it’s more than important to take care of yourself too. Dependent on the circumstances, providing. Care can be extremely stressful and may even prove to be detrimental to your own health. Always find some time in the day for yourself me even if it just means settling down with your favorite TV show at the end of the day.

As well, bear in mind that providing care isn’t going to be totally serious work – even making a few cups of tea and having a chat can prove to be beneficial to the person requiring care.

At some time, you may come to a point where you feel as though you’re having a difficult time providing an adequate amount of care. It may be that the person you’re caring for has an ailment at requires specialist care, or that you’re finding it hard to fit the amount or kind of care they need into your daily schedule. Whatever it may be, our final tip will come in handy…

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How to Get Fit After Being Inactive

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

rest-relaxationHow Quickly Can You Get Fit After Years of Inactivity?

Have you been inactive for years? Are you wondering how long it will take you to get fit?

The short answer is “It depends!” How fast you get into shape is directly related to your present physical condition, and how fast your body reacts to physical conditioning. For example, someone 10 pounds overweight, with no physical limitations, will get into shape a lot faster than someone 50 pounds overweight with Type II diabetes and bad knees.

Not only will it take the second person longer to get in shape, but he or she will probably need to use a different strategy. The second person may never get to the fitness level of the first one. But remember that it is not a competition. It is individual and doing anything is better than doing nothing.

thyroid-health-exerciseGetting fit after years of inactivity is like taking a car out for a drive after it has been sitting for ten years. If you are a car aficionado, you know you wouldn’t get in, and see how fast you could max out the r.p.ms in every gear. You would baby it along and gradually get it up to speed. The body after years of “non-use” is similar.

You want to start slow and gradually work your way up the fitness ladder. The American Heart Association recommends that a good place to start is to exercise three to four times per week, 30 to 60 minutes each time, with a target heart rate of 50% to 60% of your maximum heart rate. To calculate your maximum heart rate take 220 – your age (for men) or 226 – your age (for women).

For example, the maximum heart rate for a 50 year-old man would be 170. Sixty percent of that figure would be 102 beats per minute. Increase your level of activity over a 6-week period eventually getting your target heart rate up to 70 to 80% (80% would be 136).

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How Chiropractic Care Can Help Your Body to Heal

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

back-pain-bad-postureWhy Chiropractic Treatment Promotes Self Healing

If you suffer from acute or chronic back pain then you may be considering a visit to a chiropractor. You’ve probably heard that chiropractors offer relief from pain and other uncomfortable symptoms, but if you’re like many people, you may not know exactly what makes this treatment option so successful.

Firstly, it’s important to understand that although a large proportion of chiropractic treatment is focused around the spine, the positive effects can be wide-reaching.

As the spine is the home residence of the central nervous system (which is responsible for the functioning of everything in the body), spine-centric adjustments can actually benefit symptoms in other parts of the body. So, for example, a patient may seek chiropractic help initially to treat lower back pain and end up with an improved immune system as well.

Chiropractors typically treat a wide span of musculoskeletal conditions that affect the body’s bones, joints, nerves and muscles. Based on the principle that misalignments of the spine can hinder the body’s natural self-healing abilities, chiropractic treatment can contribute to overall optimum health. Chiropractors believe that the body cannot function to its maximum potential when spinal misalignments exist, because they block the stream of information between the brain and the body.

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Migraine Headaches: Natural Treatments Can Help

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

natural-headache-remediesHelp For Your Migraine Headaches

Anyone who has ever suffered with a migraine headache knows how debilitating and painful it can be. In many cases, there does not seem to be much that can be done to alleviate the discomfort.

Fortunately, many people have found a safe, effective drug free method of treatment for migraine headaches through chiropractic care.

In the past, many traditional health care practitioners did not believe chiropractor’s and their patient’s claims that migraine relief was possible with chiropractic treatment. However new research affirms that patients really do show considerable improvement of their migraine headache symptoms when seen for therapy by a chiropractor.

Migraine headaches differ by the patient and are sometimes confusing to diagnose but among the most common migraine symptoms are: pain on one side of the head, throbbing/pulsating pain, nausea or vomiting, light sensitivity, sound sensitivity, and blurred vision. Once the headache is at its strongest many sufferers can only find a degree of comfort by lying down in a dark, quiet room with a cold compress to their forehead. Of course this can lead to a great disruption in a person’s ability to work, care for their family and enjoy a normal ability to engage in recreational activities.

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Five Anti-Aging Tips

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

seniors-agingUpright Anti-Aging – Five Secrets for a Youthful Appearance

At the Friday night dance in my small town, an older gentleman showed up who looked very attractive to me. Now you must first understand that I am attracted to younger men, since I think, feel, and look much younger than I am. Why was I attracted to him? Simply because he had a youthful posture. Yes, he was in good physical condition, too, with a flat stomach and obviously strong, but he must have been about 80 years old and at the time, I was in my fifties! We danced a few times, his straight spine never curving down, but proudly bearing his regal frame.

Why are some people so young and energetic-looking in their later years? Many reasons, including nutrition, exercise, and most important – attitude, but posture is king. Just try looking in the mirror at yourself, standing sideways first, slumping. Do you look younger or older? Now, still standing sideways, straighten your back, pulling your shoulders back if you have to, just to see the difference. Big difference, right?

chiropractic-adjustment-activator-dr-linda-grappinSo, what to do if you’ve been slumping?

1. Look for a chiropractor or osteopathic doctor who specializes in posture. They are out there and their techniques will improve your overall health, since the spine houses the nervous system, the ruler of our organs. Ask for exercises you can do at home to improve your posture.

2. Every day, as much as you can, when you catch yourself slumping, think tall. Imagine you are a puppet on a string, pulling up from the top of your head. Then relax your neck and the rest of your body, arms, legs, back, and stomach.

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