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Manage Your Back Pain Without Opiate Painkillers

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Manage Your Back Pain Without Opiate Painkillers

While opiates are effective in relieving back pain, they are also highly addictive, and should only be used sporadically when pain becomes unmanageable. Depending on the nature of your back pain, there are various alternative methods for relieving pain, lessening the frequency and intensity of occurrences, and avoiding minor incidences altogether. Avoiding strained back muscles Many people have experienced episodes of back pain from muscle strains. Although the pain may be breathtaking when you move in a certain direction, it is temporary and usually disappears after a few days rest. This type of back pain occurs when back muscles are placed under unusual stress, whether from improper lifting, poor posture, or a sudden twisting of the lower back. The strain may not be readily apparent at the time of injury, but may manifest itself the next day in a seemingly innocuous bending of the back. Rest and a heating pad are usually enough to allow strained muscles to heal within a few days. Never lie atop a heating pad, or you risk falling asleep and burning you skin, and never use it for more than twenty minute intervals. Awareness of the causes is the key to preventing this type of back pain.  Lifting should always be done with the legs, not the back. Turn your feet, not your waist, when carrying a heavy object. Maintain an erect posture when sitting, and get up to walk in frequent intervals. Dealing with back problems If you have frequent back pain, you must be proactive in minimizing the frequency of occurrences. Strengthening your core muscles, which are the deep abdominal muscles that support the spine, will help to prevent back injuries. If you participate in activities that place unusual stress on the spine, chiropractic adjustment will help to align the spinal vertebra. Misaligned vertebra can irritate spinal nerves and cause back pain or sciatica, which is a condition that causes pain in the lower body, and is caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve that runs from the lower spine to the feet. Frequent back problems will require additional mindfulness of actions that create stress in the lower back. You can avoid stress to this region by simply placing a hand on one knee to support your weight as you bend over. Sticking one leg out behind you as you bend over will also alleviate stress to compromised back muscles. Watch pro golfers as they bend to retrieve a ball to observe this maneuver. Relieving chronic back pain Chronic pain must be attacked from many angles. Chiropractic care will help to keep the spine in proper alignment, while non-narcotic anti-inflammatory drugs will help to reduce inflammation. Back muscles can be strengthened by practicing yoga or similar low impact activities. Emphasis on stress reduction and posture in yoga can also provide benefits. While rest is beneficial for episodes of severe pain, victims should resume some sort of activity as soon as possible to avoid muscle stiffness and additional pain. Low impact exercise such as indoor cycling stimulates healing and releases endorphins, which mimic the effects of opiates in relieving pain, relieving stress, and creating a feeling of well being. Awareness and action will alleviate back pain without the risk of opiate dependence and physical and mental side effects associated with drug addiction.  Talk...

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No More Excuses: Three Reasons It’s Time To Finally Book Your Chiropractic Appointment

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on No More Excuses: Three Reasons It’s Time To Finally Book Your Chiropractic Appointment

When you lead a busy life and have little spare time, it can be easy to avoid taking a proactive role in your health by making regular appointments with healthcare professionals. Failing to keep on top of things, however, can mean that a small issue worsens to the point at which it begins to affect your quality of life. If you’ve been thinking in the back of your head that you should visit a chiropractor, but have always made an excuse that keeps you from picking up the phone to make an appointment, now’s the time to take action. Here are three reasons to make this important phone call for your health. Appointments Are Quick When you’re short on time, you might be tempted to think that you don’t have time to add chiropractic care to your weekly schedule. Appointments, however, are shorter than you think. While your initial consultation with the chiropractor is often 45 minutes or longer, subsequent appointments in your treatment plan are short. It’s reasonable to expect that your regular appointments won’t exceed 30 minutes and might be as short as 15 minutes. Even if you’re busy, it shouldn’t be difficult to squeeze a chiropractic adjustment into your schedule. Insurance Can Help If you’re making excuses that prevent you from seeking the care of a chiropractor, thinking of this service as a significant expense might dissuade you from taking action. What’s important to remember, however, is that the majority of health insurance plans cover chiropractic care. Because each insurance plan is different, it’s worth talking to your insurance provider to determine the extent of your coverage. It’s common for insurance companies to cover your visits to the chiropractor up to a certain amount of money per year. Many plans don’t require you to pay up front and then submit an invoice to the insurance company, either — the chiropractor’s office will, instead, bill the insurance company directly. Many Ways To Help Don’t be tempted to skip the chiropractor just because your back or neck pain is manageable. While chiropractors are often known for their ability to improve this type of discomfort, there’s a long list of things your chiropractor can do to improve your health. Chiropractic care can address headaches, improve your ability to sleep, lower your stress level and even improve the efficacy of your immune system. With so many available health benefits, now’s the time to commit to this form of healthcare. For professional chiropractic care, contact a company such as Rockwood...

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3 Reasons You’re Suffering From Pregnancy Neck Pain…And What To Do About It

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Reasons You’re Suffering From Pregnancy Neck Pain…And What To Do About It

You probably already knew that you could expect morning sickness, but there’s a good chance that no one told you about the neck pain that you can often experience during pregnancy. However, you should know that neck pain is not at all uncommon when you’re expecting. You could be wondering what you can do about this discomfort, but getting to the source of the problem and making a few changes should help you find some relief. 1. Changes in Posture Now that you are carrying a baby in your belly, there is a good chance that you are walking and standing differently, such as by slumping over. This can throw your back, upper shoulders and neck out of whack, which can result in overall discomfort, including in your neck. It’s important to make an effort to maintain the best posture that you can, so attempt to stand and sit up straight. 2. Failing to Exercise During the later part of your pregnancy, it isn’t uncommon to have a total lack of motivation. Your body probably feels heavy and very different, which can mean that the last thing that you want to do is take a walk around the block or head to the gym. However, light exercise during pregnancy is very important to keep your muscles limber and comfortable, which will help you through labor and recovery. Try exercising in a pool, where you will feel “weightless.” Another option is to take a pregnancy yoga class. Either option should provide low-impact exercise that will help you stretch your muscles and improve your overall well being. 3. Sleeping Incorrectly Getting comfortable at night can be hard when you have a huge pregnant belly, but sleeping in the wrong position can cause immense discomfort because it can put unnecessary strain on your neck. Try to keep your neck aligned with your spine when you’re sleeping, and consider sleeping on your side and using pillows for support for your baby bump. Also, make sure that you use a nice, firm pillow underneath your head to give your neck proper support, and avoid sleeping with too many pillows under your head, which can put too much stress on your neck muscles. Pregnancy neck pain can cause you to be extremely uncomfortable, and you are probably looking for relief as quickly as possible. By determining the cause of your pain, you can help reduce your discomfort. Plus, having a neck massage or taking acetaminophen — with your doctor’s go-ahead, of course — can help you feel better as well. For more tips, contact a professional such as Dr. Brian C. Gibson...

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Tips For Gardeners: Managing Chronic Lower Back Pain While Weeding

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Gardeners: Managing Chronic Lower Back Pain While Weeding

If you suffer from chronic lower back pain, it can make it difficult for you to take part in even basic hobbies. For example, if you’re an avid gardener, but weeding leaves you suffering with pain for days afterward, it may be time to consider adapting your weeding process to ease the strain on your back. Here are a few tips that may help you preserve your hobby, enjoy your plants and limit the residual pain. Elevate Yourself If you’ve got a lot of weeding to do, you might find that sitting in an elevated position can help to reduce the pressure and strain on your back. To do this, invest in a bucket with a wide base that you can flip upside down and sit on to support your hips. Put your feet flat and firm so that your legs are shoulder-width apart. Rest one elbow against the inside of your knee to add some support and stability. From this position, your knee will provide some support for your arm. This shifts the anchor point of your body weight to your arm instead of your back. Sit Flat on the Ground If your back injury is mild or you don’t have a bucket, you’ll just want to be attentive to how you sit on the ground. Position yourself so that your legs are bent at the knee. Put one leg behind you and the other in front of you. By placing your legs this way and sitting flat, you’ll keep your shoulders square. This keeps your spine straight. When you lean over to pull weeds, keep your back as straight as you can to limit strain on your back muscles. Work From Your Hands and Knees If you’re most comfortable on your hands and knees when you work in the garden, it’s important to keep your spine as straight as possible. That keeps your shoulders square so that they support your weight well. Shift your weight from the pelvis when you pull weeds, that way you put your entire body weight behind it, not just your back muscles. If gardening is your passion, you won’t want lower back pain slowing you down. Luckily, there are ways to enjoy your garden without spending days in pain afterward. Along with the support of a pain management specialist or chiropractor such as TLC Chiropractic, these tips will help you stay out in the garden while minimizing the amount of residual pain that you...

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Gastrointestinal Disorders And Chiropractic Care: How Chiropractic Can Help

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Gastrointestinal Disorders And Chiropractic Care: How Chiropractic Can Help

For sufferers of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and Crohn’s disease, every day presents new food landmines that can cause digestive problems and incredible discomfort. If you are one of over 700,000 sufferers diagnosed with one or both of these gastrointestinal disorders, you know how painful it is. You may have medications to help you control and decrease the symptoms, but it does not stop the constant sensations of pain, cramping or severe abdominal contractions. What does control these issues are the nerves that are connected to them, and good chiropractic care can help with that. How Chiropractic Care Affects Your IBS/Crohn’s Symptoms Nerves run from your spine to all of your bodily organs. The brain signals the nerves to feel and control the organs to which they are attached. If any part of your lower back is out of whack, then the nerves are sending all kinds of mixed signals to your stomach and intestines, causing your IBS or Crohn’s symptoms to be much worse. When you visit a chiropractor and ask him or her to treat you, he or she will provide spinal manipulation and treatment for the nerves in your lower back, causing the spine to realign and the nerves to send fewer urgent signals to your bowels. (Women may even notice a decrease in monthly cramps, too.) Chiropractic Massage Receiving a chiropractic massage after your adjustment further calms the overactive nerves connected to your gut. When these nerves are aligned and soothed properly, you will begin to experience fewer cramps, less urgency to “go,” and it should practically eliminate the false feelings associated with full bowel sensations. It will also relax the rest of your body, which will then slow down the entire digestive system and give you more time between bathroom breaks to do things you need and want to do. Charting Your Symptoms After a Spinal Adjustment If you want to see if spinal adjustments and chiropractic care can help your IBS or Crohn’s, keep a running log of your symptoms after adjustments. Be sure to chronicle the severity of your symptoms in comparison to what they were like before you started receiving treatment from a chiropractor. Your chiropractor will essentially do the same in your patient file, but he or she will only track how you feel on the days of your appointments and will have an incomplete record of how you have felt in between appointments. This will help you and your chiropractor determine if the types of adjustments you are receiving are working for you, or if your chiropractor needs to reassess the treatment...

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6 Chiropractic Treatments For Whiplash

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 6 Chiropractic Treatments For Whiplash

If you have recently been in a car accident, you may be experiencing severe neck pain from whiplash. Whiplash occurs when your head is quickly jerked forward or backward, resulting in neck strain and sprain. Although your pain may lessen over time, whiplash may require chiropractic care to heal properly. Here are several chiropractic treatments that may be prescribed for whiplash:   Spinal Manipulation When your chiropractic performs a spinal manipulation, which is also called a “chiropractic adjustment,” he gently but firmly moves your spine in the direction in which the joint motion is restricted. The chiropractor may use a slow, deliberate movement to adjust your spine, or he may use quick thrusts. Muscular Relaxation Your chiropractor may relax the muscles of your neck by gently stretching them. If the whiplash has caused excessive tightness in a particular area of the neck, the tension is relieved by the stretching. Muscle Stimulation Muscle stimulation involves the use of repeated contractions to stimulate muscles that have tightened from the injury. The stimulation may be provided manually through massage. However, electrical stimulation may also be used to contract specific muscles. With electrical stimulation, the degree of contraction can be controlled by the amount of current stimulation that is applied. . McKenzie Exercises Your chiropractor may prescribe exercises, such as McKenzie exercises, to help you manage your own pain.  In some cases, the pain from your whiplash injury may be affecting your arms and shoulders. McKenzie exercises, which may be done in the office and then at home, extend the spine to help relocate pain from the extremities to the back. Centralizing the discomfort places focus on the source of your pain.    Stabilization and Sensorimotor Exercises Chiropractic treatment that alternates between stabilization and sensorimotor activities helps train your brain and spinal cord to coordinate your movements in a way that keeps your neck stable and minimizes dizziness or giddiness. Up to 75 percent of whiplash victims experience symptoms of light-headedness, giddiness or instability. Ice and Heat Your chiropractor may prescribe an ice pack or a hot pack. Ice and heat can help reduce your pain and calm spastic muscles. Whiplash usually involves the sprain and strain of your neck. The ligaments that help protect and stabilize your vertebrae may be torn, and your muscles and tendons may be stretched to the point of injury. However, chiropractic care can restore the movement in your neck and minimize your pain. If you have recently incurred a whiplash injury, contact a chiropractor today to start your...

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What To Expect At Your First Chiropractic Appointment

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What To Expect At Your First Chiropractic Appointment

Receiving any form of medical care for the first time can fill you with questions, but if you’re experiencing a decreased quality of life because of back pain, visiting a chiropractor for an adjustment can help. Don’t let your unanswered questions about this form of treatment hold you back. By informing yourself about what typically goes on from the start of your appointment to the end, you’ll feel more comfortable picking up the phone to book an adjustment and start the process of finally bidding farewell to your back pain. Here’s what you can expect at your first appointment. Discussion Of Symptoms And Case History The start of an appointment typically begins with you sitting across a desk from the chiropractor rather than lying on a table. You’ll start by talking about why you booked the appointment — the specific symptoms you’re experiencing, how long they’ve been present, to what degree they’re affecting your life and what, if anything, makes the discomfort better or worse. The chiropractor will then dive into your case history, asking about topics such as how frequently you exercise, how sedentary your job is and whether others in your family have a history of back pain. Examination The next step of your appointment involves getting onto the examination table to allow the chiropractor to being the process of diagnosing the nature of your pain. Chiropractors use a long list of technical methods that allow them to identify issues with patients’ spines and muscular restrictions. Don’t be surprised if the chiropractor doesn’t immediately begin by examining your back; many practitioners believe that back pain can result from an imbalance elsewhere in the body, so you can expect areas such as your hips and shoulders to also be examined. During this period, the chiropractor will diagnose the reason for your pain and discuss a treatment plan. Adjustment And Follow-Up Some new patients might experience a little anxiety about the adjustment, but your chiropractor will explain what he or she is about to do and how it will feel. The adjustment includes gentle pressure and quick movements; the latter can occasionally cause discomfort, although this feeling is typically short lived and leads to a reduction in your pain. The adjustment phase of the appointment often doesn’t take long. The chiropractor will follow up the adjustment by providing you with some suggestions on lifestyle changes or exercises to perform at home and recommend when you should have a follow-up appointment. If you have specific questions about dealing with back or neck pain, contact a chiropractic office like Gillette Chiropractic...

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3 Ways A Great Chiropractor Can Make You A Better Runner

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways A Great Chiropractor Can Make You A Better Runner

As a runner, you’ve no doubt heard of all the common ailments in your sport. Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and knee pain are all known hazards of running. The good news is, most of these injuries are preventable with proper care and regular wellness exams with your chiropractor. Here are three ways that a professional chiropractor, like those at Gehrig Family Chiropractic Center, can help make you a more efficient, injury-free runner: 1. Realignment The first thing you might think of when you hear the word “chiropractor” is spinal realignment. However, chiropractors can realign more than just your spine. For instance, if you experience pain in one or both of your hips while running, your hips may be misaligned. Your chiropractor can assess the problem area and, if necessary, align your hips. One sign that your hips are misaligned is the feeling that one hip is higher than the other while running. Your knees, neck, and back can also be adjusted, so talk to your chiropractor about any pain you are experiencing. 2. Active Release Technique Some chiropractors, especially those who specialize in sports medicine, are trained in Active Release Technique, or ART. According to Performance Therapy, ART is a type of massage technique used in conjunction with the patient’s stretches. Both of these things combined serves to break up old scar tissue along muscles, tendons, and ligaments. This allows for less pain and a restored range of motion critical to running. ART can help to prevent or correct some overuse injuries. 4. Self-care  A good chiropractor can work wonders on your feet and legs, but injury-prevention ultimately starts with you. In order to protect your feet, you need to wear the right shoes when you run. Ask your chiropractor for advice in finding your perfect running shoes, which will depend on the shape of your feet and the way your feet hit the ground while running. When possible, run on grass or a track instead of on harder surfaces like concrete. Softer surfaces, such as grass, are easier on your feet and joints, making alignment problems less likely. If running on grass isn’t a possibility, opt for asphalt over concrete. These are just a few of the ways that your chiropractor can treat your running ailments. By visiting your chiropractor regularly, you’re less likely to develop chronic conditions due to misalignment of your bones. Proper care is an important part of being a runner, and if you take good care of your feet and joints, you’ll be able to stay healthy and...

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4 Ways to Relieve Pain from Your Sciatic Nerve

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Ways to Relieve Pain from Your Sciatic Nerve

If you are experiencing pain that radiates from your lower back and goes down to your buttocks and down one or both of your legs, you are probably dealing with sciatic pain. This type of pain comes from your sciatic nerve, which runs along this area of your body. When the nerve is stretched or irritated, it can lead to a radiating pain, along with numbness and tingling. Here are some ways to relieve pain associated with the sciatic nerve. Yoga The first method you can try for relieving the pain is with yoga. Yoga provides an excellent way to stretch the different muscles in your body, which could help you find relief from your sciatica pain. When choosing yoga for sciatic pain, make sure you go with the gentler forms. There are some forms of yoga that might stretch your back or legs too severely and actually hurt more than help. Let the yoga teacher know you are trying to get help with sciatic nerve pain, and they will give you variations on traditional exercises that will be useful. Steroid Injections If you see your doctor for sciatica, they might recommend taking pain relief medications or getting epidural steroid injections. These injections are administered into your lower back where the sciatic nerve is located. It doesn’t go directly into the nerve, but as close as possible. After a few weeks, the injection will start to reduce inflammation of the nerve and help you find relief. You can only get a few shots a year, so you might need to combine the injections with other pain relief methods. Chiropractic Care Another common treatment for sciatica pain is chiropractic care. Chiropractors provide a variety of different treatments for sciatic pain, particularly with spinal manipulation. This method of treatment helps to manipulate the vertebrae and discs in your spine to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. You will also get better mobility after you see your chiropractor a few times. Chiropractic care for sciatica purposes is an ongoing treatment, so expect to get these adjustments more than once a week for several weeks. Acupuncture Lastly, you can try acupuncture for the sciatic pain. Like chiropractors, acupuncturists believe in helping to heal the entire body. They want to encourage your body to heal itself, which is done by placing needles in different pressure points of your body. There are certain pressure points that can help you find healing and pain relief for each part of your body, including your sciatica. You should get multiple sessions of acupuncture to feel the full effects. For more information on which treatment is best for you, talk to a professional like Action...

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Tips to Help Improve Your Posture

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips to Help Improve Your Posture

Having good posture will not only save you from future back issues and pain, it can also make you feel better, more confident and help your body function as it should. You may not even know that you have poor posture. It can be as simple as a slight hunch in your shoulders, or maybe you walk with your body leaned back a bit. Either way, these are both poor posture habits and should be corrected. See below for some helpful tips on how to help improve your posture. Standing Posture Keep your shoulders back and aligned with your hips. Do not slump or slouch. Use your core muscles to keep your stomach in. This will help keep your body in alignment and allow you to stand up straighter. Wear supportive shoes, especially if you will be standing for long periods of time. Add a shoe insert for shoes that do not already have support. When standing for long periods, be sure to shift your weight by moving around when you can, so you aren’t standing in the same spot. This can be hard on your knees and back. Sitting Posture Keep your head straight. Try to avoid tilting your head to one side or the other, or tilted up or down. This can be hard on your neck and upper shoulder muscles. Do not slouch while sitting, be sure to keep your shoulders back, but kept relaxed. Your feet should be kept flat on the floor. Crossing your legs can cause poor circulation while sitting and can also be hard on your hips, knees, and back. Use a chair that is supportive and comfortable. Be sure the height of your chair allows your hips to sit higher than your knees to help with circulation. Walking Posture Walk with your chin up and in line with the ground. You don’t want to look down, as this will hunch your shoulders. Hold your core muscles in and keep your stomach and hips square when walking. You want everything to be in line. Be sure your chest is up and not slumping towards the ground. It should be pointing straight out. If it’s angled down, you most likely have an arch in your back. Improving your posture can be done with these simple tips, but if you are carrying a little bit of extra weight, this can also be causing your poor posture. Losing some weight by exercising and dieting will also help to improve your posture. Correct posture will help to relieve back pain, will make you feel better and you’ll look better. Contact your local chiropractor, such as Reinecke Chiropractor, for other tips to help improve your...

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