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Chiropractic: A Solution for Neck Pain

Neck pain is limiting and can be frustrating when it comes to routinely functioning on a daily basis. Although common, feeling pain in your cervical spine is not normal and could be a sign that there is a fixated joint. Neck pain can originate from that joint that is stuck or locked up, putting pressure on the nerves in your nervous system. This pressure causes improper function, decreased range of motion, and can often be painful. The nervous system controls everything in your body. Ninety percent of these nerves control all of your organs’ functions and your muscles. The last 10% of your nervous system is sensory, and that portion of the nerves is what notifies you of pain. If you only focused on pain you would be living your life only using 10% of your nervous system.
The neck, or cervical spine, is the first seven of the 24 bones in the spine called vertebrae. The cervical spine is where the spinal column and spinal cord begins. The long bundle of nerves within the spinal column sends neural signals that communicate to the brain and the rest of the body. When that transmission is interrupted by a subluxation, also called a pinched nerve, the body stops performing at its absolute best. Think of the nervous system as a garden hose. The water flows through the hose with no restriction until it is stood on or there is a blockage within the hose. Once the opposing force is removed, the water begins to flow again. Pressure on any joint or nerve in the spine causes pain and a multitude of other problems, but there is a solution. Releasing the nerves to operate at their full capacity allows your body to begin to function at its highest level of natural health, which relieves the neck pain.
How common is neck pain? According to a recent study done by the University of Southern Denmark, neck pain was proven to be very frequent among adults, affecting 14-71% of adults at some point in their lives. Adolescents and children who have neck pain are at a higher risk of this issue continuing into adulthood. Given that the neck pain can develop in children, experiencing neck pain as an adult may have begun at a younger age, which is why it is important to take care of your spine even as a child or adolescent.
If this neck pain affects you on a day to day basis, there are a few things you can do at home to help ease the symptoms that can be restricting to your daily life. If you are wanting to get rid of neck stiffness and soreness, try doing some neck stretches. These can even be done seated at your desk as it is important to take your neck through its full range of motion every day. While working with a computer at your desk, it is critical that proper posture is used. The monitor should be even with your eye line and your shoulders should be pulled back, not rounded from sitting improperly. Another at home remedy for the neck stiffness or soreness can be helped by icing your neck, relieving the inflammation and introducing better range of motion through that area of the spine.
What can chiropractic do for your neck pain? The purpose of chiropractic care is to correct nerve interference and in doing so, gives the body the chance to heal in the most natural way possible without the use of drugs. “Chiropractic first, drugs second, and surgery last”- Terry A. Rondberg D.C. With the chiropractic adjustment, Chiropractors release the nervous system from being blocked or pinched and reinstates proper communication between the brain and the rest of the body. As we treat the cause of the neck pain, we in turn take care of many other symptoms that the nerves in the cervical spine control. Headaches, dizziness, vertigo and migraines are a few symptoms that may be caused by a pinched nerve in the cervical spine.
“If you have nerve interference, your body can’t perform efficiently because it isn’t getting the right messages from the brain…If the nerve flow is disturbed because of nerve interference, chemical imbalance occurs and the body will function less efficiently-its ability to fight off infection diminished. If you experience one or more of the following symptoms: pain, dizziness, stiffness, weakness, profuse sweating, coughing, diarrhea, fever or stomach upset and vomiting, then it’s time to receive an adjustment. Often these conditions are the result of one’s body attempting to restore health. Correcting nerve interference will help your body to return to normal function.”
In our office we have corrective wellness care plans to fit your needs if you are a candidate for chiropractic care. Within these plans we will introduce a life changing adjustment that will allow your nervous system to be able to function at its fullest.
Your neck has a natural c- curve shape to it as it is seen from the side, or laterally. What happens to the spine as one goes through life is the spine can degenerate and lose that c-curve as it straightens and the disks flatten. This creates a misalignment in the cervical spine and effects not only your neck, but your entire spine. In our office we have over 30 orthotics in our office including the denneroll. The denneroll is a foam block or pillow that will help reinstate that natural curve into the neck and relieve neck pain and stiffness. We also have in office neck traction tools that help bring better range of motion to your neck and reduces the neck soreness as well. Along with the adjustments and orthotics, we will show you specific exercises designed to help your neck pain and bring back the full range of motion. With all of these included with the neck adjustments, we are giving your nervous system the boost it needs to heal on its own. “Each patient carries his own doctor inside him. They come to us not knowing the truth. We are at our best when we give the doctor who resides in the patient a chance to work.” Albert Schweitzer, M.D.

Chiropractic and Kids

Unlocking the nervous system opens up new opportunities for you and your child to enjoy your bodies’ function, perception and adaptation. How old do you have to be to see a chiropractor? Many parents who are being seen at our office ask us this question and we have a very simple answer, there is no age requirement! Full body wellness through chiropractic adjustments should and is available to any person, even newborns. Taking your child to the chiropractor is the natural way to help your child grow in the healthiest way possible. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, parents who look for alternative forms of wellness for their children choose Chiropractic care the most often. The immune boosting quality that the adjustment offers can be an alternative form of healing from things like: the common cold. Chiropractic care boosts the immune system and helps with anxiety, stress, back and neck pain, and other musculoskeletal problems.

Parents choose alternative therapies for their children because of word of mouth, fear of drug side effects, chronic medical problems, and, to a certain extent, dissatisfaction with conventional medicine.
—University of Montreal

“Chiropractic care for children is one of the safest and least invasive forms of healthcare available.”
—Chirofutures, a leading malpractice insurance company

The Wellness of Chiropractic

How often do you go to the dentist to take care of your teeth? Just as we take care of our teeth on a daily basis, taking care of your spine is an important part of your wellness routine. When a nerve is trapped, the body is unable to respond and function as it should in our daily lives. Unlocking the joints with a Chiropractic adjustment allows the body to maintain good posture and full body wellness.
Chiropractic care is known for its ability to treat symptoms like back and neck pain, but its wellness effect on a person’s life is a major part of continuing to go to the Chiropractor. Growing our patients’ knowledge on the wellness benefits of chiropractic is a huge part of our office. In a recent study done by the NHIS, 43% of the households that responded to the survey replied that they sought out chiropractic care for general wellness. As our patients continue to come in to our office, they are reaping the benefits that our wellness plans provide!
Some of the benefits of Chiropractic Wellness care are:
Increased energy
Better digestion
Stronger immune system
Better sleep
Improved clarity of thought

Can Your Headaches be Helped?

Headaches can be frustrating and often times can be tricky to get rid of,but if the cause of them is known it can be easier to get rid of them. Something as simple as daily activities that can be perceived as normal can affect how the body reacts. A change of diet, excessive exercise, stressful situations and even a change in weather can cause or “trigger” a headache. But a majority of headaches are caused by neck tension.

In the work place a lot of time is spent sitting in one spot and for an extended amount of time. This in turn can create muscle tension in the neck and thus generate what is called a tension headache. As we all know, these can affect day to day activities such as

  1. Driving
  2. Social activities
  3. Work

What can you do?

1.Stretch every 30 mins to an hour to take a break from sitting.

2.Drink water in order to keep hydrated.

3.If you are a candidate for chiropractic care, getting an adjustment on your cervical spine will help alleviate those headaches in frequency and pain.

4.Come in to our clinic and postural exercises can be shown to you to help with balance and get you back on the right track.

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Small Change

Many health problems provide subtle warnings long before they become serious. Like radio telescopes scanning the heavens for the faintest signals from space, being aware of these early signs is important. If you ignore these quiet warnings, your body will increase these murmurings into something much louder to get your attention!

Those of us who are keenly aware of our body are sensitive to things like:

  • Changes in digestion or intestinal gas.
  • Pain when attempting to turn or bend.
  • A new and persistent cough.
  • Increased frequency of urination.
  • Sudden loss or increase of weight.
  • Appearance of dark circles under the eyes.
  • Inability to fall asleep or stay asleep.

Waiting until symptoms become pronounced makes correction more difficult. If you’ve been waiting for a problem to “go away on its own,” call our practice for a thorough examination.

Are Your Feet Causing Back Pain?

Back pain can be a debilitating condition. When you suffer with it, there is nothing you want more than to get rid of the pain. So, what role do your feet play in the cause of your back pain? It’s all about structure.

Our technology has evolved faster than our bodies. People were not designed to walk on hard surfaces like tile, marble, wood, or concrete—instead, we were designed to walk on grass, dirt, sand, mud, and other natural terrain. These natural, softer terrains are more conforming to the shape and structure of the foot, thereby keeping the arch supported, and causing the muscles, ligaments and tendons of the foot and ankle to work in a supportive fashion.

The Connection to Low Back Pain

The three main shock absorbers of the body are the feet, knees, and lower back. It only makes sense that if the feet are flat (unsupported by the ground or shoes) they are not absorbing shock. When that happens, the knees have to work twice as hard, but that can only go on for so long. Eventually, the lower back takes the heat. It now has to make up for the extra shock, and that can wear out the parts, particularly if there is a misalignment of the lower back or pelvis. Imagine a bent axle of a car, riding off road with a tire that is underinflated, with a cracked spring for the shocks!

So what can you do? Here are a few tips:

  1. Wear good structured shoes or sneakers that support the foot and absorb shock.
  2. Wear a custom orthotic made by someone who understands the structural relationship of the foot and the body (if that is out of your budget, a generic may be sufficient, but understand that it will not be made specifically for you).
  3. Have your spine, pelvis, and lower extremities specifically adjusted at our practice.

Wondering what else you can do to combat low back pain? Ask us at your next visit.

A Sigh of Relief for Sciatica

How do you know if you have sciatica? Many patients experience:

  • Pain in the buttocks or leg that worsens when sitting
  • Burning or tingling down one or both legs
  • Weakness, numbness or difficulty using your leg or foot
  • A shooting pain that makes standing difficult

If these symptoms sound familiar, you’re likely to be in your 40’s or 50’s and have pain when coughing, sneezing or any kind of movement. Simply put, you probably have sciatica.

What Is Sciatica?

Like a large river created by smaller streams, four or five pairs of nerves exit the spine in the lower back to form the two sciatic nerves. The soft pulpy disc between each spinal bone is often involved. While a disc can’t “slip,” it can bulge, herniate or rupture. This can put direct pressure on the nearby nerves.

The result? Swelling and inflammation. Depending on where the sciatic nerve is affected, the pain may also radiate down to the foot or toes.

What You Can Do

While sciatica can be distracting, it rarely produces permanent nerve damage—especially with prompt chiropractic care. In fact, chiropractic care is so successful in providing sciatica pain relief, it’s almost considered routine.

The only challenge seems to be impatient patients who expect instant results. Unlike artificial solutions such as drugs or more drastic surgery, chiropractic care helps restore the proper relationships between bones, discs and nerves. This natural approach, relying on the healing ability of your body, moves at its own pace.

If you’re dealing with sciatic nerve pain, consider giving our practice a call.