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Holiday Stress Headaches Now?

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Enter any store and mall, and there are already signs of the upcoming seasonal holidays. However, this season’s good cheer does not need to include tears, neck pain, shoulder pain, stress headaches, and a weakened immune system too. Let’s face it the combination of the wrong food, too much alcohol, late nights, rushing around carrying heavy bags, and, family stress, can all lead to physical overload, and stress or migraine headaches. So this season let’s plan to conquer this year’s holidays in better health.  

Here are some great tips to keep you in tip-top condition for anything this holiday throws at you like…

Marathon Shopping – Yes, Even on Amazon

  • Stay well-hydrated. Drink eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water every day, and do not substitute any of that with coffee, tea, soft drinks, and alcohol, because those are diuretics and will end up robbing you of water.
  • Stretch both before and after a long day of finding goodies on foot or the computer. Shopping can be stressful, and your muscles need all the help they can get to stay relaxed.
  • When you are out shopping choose shoes for their comfort, not style. You will need plenty of cushioning to counteract those endless hours on your feet.
  • Wear comfortable clothing as well, and, if it’s cold out, have a few layers so you can peel them off and pile them on as you move from the streets to the warm shop interiors and back out again.
  • Keep your purse size small, and try to keep its contents to the bare minimum.
  • Any slight aches and pains you feel after a day out shopping, grab an ice pack and apply to the affected area for 20 minutes, before removing for at least two hours. Repeat several times over the next day or two.

Carve Time to Relax

  • When completing a marathon shop, take a break every 45 minutes, or more often if you feel the need.
  • Park in a convenient location so that you may drop your bags in the trunk every so often.
  • If you’re hungry, eat something light, or you may feel very sluggish when you resume shopping.
  • Feeling like a Starbucks? Coffee may seem like a good idea as a quick pick-me-up, but it adds extra stress to the system. Try also to avoid soda. Stick with water.

Avoid Mixing A Headache Cocktail

  • Children and extended shopping trips don’t go together. Not only will they tire before you do and want to go home, but they will also want to buy everything in every shop. That’s a double whammy of whining that’s going to stress you out. Try and get someone to look after them instead.

Ready To Conquer the Season!

Here at our practice, our expert team is ready to make sure your spine and body are in tip-top condition to not only to have the physical stamina to endure the season but to be able to battle the bustling crowds and conquer the overwhelming checklists.  

Schedule a Quick and Easy Spinal Check-Up Today and Turbo Boost Your Immune System and Avoid Holiday Headaches!

Tips For Faster Injury Recovery

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Are you sitting or standing on the bench due to an injury? For most athletes and health enthusiasts, recovering from an injury can be a workout in itself. For a serious athlete, being told that you have to reduce or halt activity altogether to let a bone or muscle heal is equivalent to torture. However, there are a few things you can do to help speed the healing process so you can heal like a pro and get back to your athletic activities as soon as possible.

Understanding The Difference In Pain Relief Options

When cells are damaged in a fracture, large amounts of prostaglandins are released. Prostaglandins are a group of lipids made at sites of tissue damage or infection that are involved in dealing with injury and illness. They control processes such as inflammation, blood flow, the formation of blood clots and the induction of labor.   Although this is what causes you to feel the pain, the production of these lipids is also instrumental in the early stages of tissue repair.

Here is the catch.  Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are prescribed to alleviate pain and stop the action of prostaglandins, but the prostaglandins are quintessential to the healing process.   The best suggestion would be to stop taking the NSAIDs as soon as possible after suffering a broken bone.  Alternatively, you could take non-NSAID pain medication such as acetaminophen for pain relief, for it does not have the same effect on prostaglandins.

Another Reason To Stop Smoking/Vaping

It is scientifically proven that the broken bones of people who smoke take longer to heal. The smoke reduces blood flow, therefore, reduces the number of nutrients and oxygen traveling to the injury site. The chemicals released into the blood from smoking damages the cells that form bone. This process and significantly decrease healing time or prevent complete healing altogether.

Your New Besties – Calcium, Magnesium, & Vitamins D and K

These vitamins and minerals are all integral to healthy bone growth. We have all heard about how important calcium is in the diet, but if you take a lot of calcium without accompanying it with magnesium and vitamins D and K, much of that calcium will not be absorbed by your bones. Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, collard greens, and Swiss chard are among the best sources of not only calcium but magnesium and vitamin K as well. If you live in a sunny climate, you can get a good supply of vitamin D by sitting in the sun for 15-20 minutes a day with arms and legs exposed and using no sunblock. For those who live in less sun-drenched locations (and those of us waiting out the winter months), you can get vitamin D from fortified milk products, or you can take a vitamin D supplement.

Sideline the Coffee and Sodas

Caffeine and sugar both increase the excretion of calcium from the bones by 25-50 percent. So try to avoid the comfort foods!

Just become a Lean, Mean, Protein Consuming Machine!

Are You In Pain Solution Paralysis?

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Do you suffer in pain? Do you very carefully balance between managing pain versus giving up and crying, “It is just too much?”  If this is you, read on for helpful information to better help you understand and choose the from best pain solution options from the experts in treatments of headaches, back pain, neck pain, and other musculoskeletal conditions.

Different Pain Protocols

No one wants to worry constantly.  We certainly do not want to visit our chiropractor or family doctor for every ache and pain, but eventually, we all experience physical health challenges that may be difficult to solve without expert advice.  

Deciphering the 911

Some health crises are immediate and serious.  For instance, if you suddenly experience crushing chest pain with radiating pain down your left arm, possibly with nausea, profuse perspiration, and a feeling of impending doom, you know you have to call “911” immediately. If you awaken in the middle of the night with an intense, deep, sharp pain in your lower right abdomen, accompanied by vomiting and a fever, you also know that you need to go to the Emergency Room right away.  In these exceptional cases, most people know which steps to take.  

Now, what about the pain that does not categorize as a “code red”?

Nonurgent Urgent Care

Overall, pain is a warning sign, but many problems that cause pain can resolve on their own.  For example, you may twist an ankle on your daily walk.  It may hurt to put weight on that ankle, and there may even be a bit of swelling, but within two days your ankle is much better.  There was initial pain attributing to a soft tissue injury, possibly involving muscles, tendons, or ligaments; however, the injury was not so severe that your body’s ability to self-heal could not manage the situation.  In the case of a greater degree of initial pain, more swelling, or if improvement were not obtained within 48 hours, a visit to your chiropractor would be appropriate.
In borderline situations involving musculoskeletal pain, for instance back, neck, shoulder, or knee pain,  your intuition, and level of pain tolerance will be the deciding factor on when to seek professional assistance.  But better to err on the side of caution and not lose the quality of life you desire by living and masking the pain with anti-inflammatories.

Pain Relief Versus Pain Solution

When you suffer from debilitating neck and back pain, you should consider an evaluation first by a qualified chiropractor.   The majority of these spinal complaints are caused by irritation and inflammation of muscles, tendons, and ligaments that not only help create the structure of the spinal column but provide for the full mobility of the spinal vertebrae.  By locating regions of your spine with decreased mobility, a chiropractor can identify the areas that are in need of treatment. The treatment includes not only restoring mobility to the spinal joints but the reduction of pressure and irritation on spinal nerves.  By reducing the irritation and inflammation of the spinal soft tissues, the pain will reduce along with the adverse effects to the normal function of the spinal nerves.  The result of non-treatment for spinal nerve compression may include a wide range of other health problems.  By addressing the source of many of these problems, chiropractic care and rehabilitation, which may include physical rehabilitation and exercises, spinal decompression, or other non-surgical modalities will help eliminate your neck and back pain and help contribute to your overall health and well-being.

Let Us Start With Good Action Steps

If you or a loved one are suffering in pain and you feel like you have tried everything or are just too tired from the pain to make a clear decision, let us help you make an informed and solution based decision.  Our expert team is ready and waiting to help you begin to take the steps towards your next best day – pain-free!

Rake In the Benefits of No Back Pain

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Autumn season is upon us!  Our senses come alive as many of us are beginning to enjoy the sight of the beautiful and majestic colors displayed on our trees, the touch of coolness in the air, and the smell of bonfires. We know the beauty is short-lived for the beautiful trees soon lose their leaves and decorate our lawns with piles of wonderful and less exciting dead debris.  That beauty also comes at a price for our backs, necks, and shoulders as we sweep, gather, and dispose of the leaves more than once this season.  So if your home is subjected to leaves falling each year, follow these helpful tips and avoid the consequences of leaf-raking on the body, including strain and pain in the neck, the upper and lower back, and the shoulders.

Warmup – Raking is a Marathon Not a 50 Yard Dash

  • Side Yard Stretches: Stretch before you begin working in the yard. Stop and take time to stretch periodically through your garden work. Begin with knee-to-chest stretches, trunk rotations, and side bends with hands above the head, palms up and fingers weaved.  Spend 10 to 15 minutes all together on your stretching. Intersperse the work with a short walk to get the circulation going throughout the body, and do the same stretches as a cool-down once you have finished.
  • Proper Position: As you rake, stand erect with your head held up.
  • It’s All In the Stance: Use a “scissor” stance when raking; that is, keep one foot forward for a few minutes, then swap and put the back foot forwards.
  • The Bend: When bending to pick up leaves or any other trash, bend at the knees, not the waist.
  • Mowing: When mowing the lawn, put your whole body into the pushing, not just your arms and back.
  • Start Your Engine: When starting a mower with a pull cord, bend at the knees and extend up in a smooth motion.  Do not twist at the waist or yank at the cord.
  • Protection is Key: Keep well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water, and wear a hat in the sun.  Always wear shoes and protective glasses, and use gloves if your hands are likely to receive rough treatment that might raise blisters.  When using loud machinery, employ ear-protectors, and if you suffer from asthma or allergies, use a mask.
  • Simple Tools: Try to use ergonomically-friendly tools that help take the strain from your muscles and joints.
  • Put It On Ice: An ice-pack can be used to ease any discomfort you feel following raking or other outdoor work.

Rake in the Benefits!

Enjoy the autumn leaves but remember to follow the tips to rake in the benefits!  If your discomfort does not dissipate within two to three days please contact our expert team.

Tools for School – Avoid Low Back Pain

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Fall is here!  The first days of school have come and gone.  Now the once excited kids bend over or strain shoulders to hold the overly heavy backpacks that contain their school books and folders.  Unfortunately these over filled backpacks are heading our future generations into early back pain, neck pain, headaches and disease processes.  According to figures from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 7,000 children attend the ER each year due to backpack-related injuries.  Unfortunately, this is a trend that will continue as more schools remove lockers from their premises, and thus children are forced to carry around with them extra books and bags for the entire day.

To help avoid developing this trend our team would like to help your children start strong and stay strong all year long.  So please review to help make this year a healthy one!

Back Pack Safety Checklist

Let’s begin by checking the backpack safely list provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) below:

  • Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back.  Padded shoulder straps are very important.  Not only will they be more comfortable than non-padded straps, but they will also help prevent the straps from digging into your child’s shoulders.
  • The shoulder straps should be adjustable, so the backpack can be fitted to your child’s body.  Shoulder straps that are too loose can cause the backpack to dangle uncomfortably and cause spinal misalignments, back and neck pain.
  • Tell your child to use both shoulder straps, not just one.  A backpack slung over one shoulder disproportionately shifts all of the weight to one side, and can cause not only neck and muscle spasms, but also low back pain.
  • Pack light. Organize the backpack to use all of its compartments.   A backpack with individualized compartments will help you position the contents most effectively and ensure that your child’s sandwich isn’t flattened by a heavy textbook.
  • Pack heavier items closest to the center of the back.  Make sure your child’s backpack weighs no more than 10 to 20 percent of your child’s body weight.
  • Come and get your Back To School Back Pack Check Up!  Bring your child’s back pack into our office so we may help you properly fit the backpack and ensure that your children’s bodies are in balance physically and nutritionally to tackle all of the new excitement this school year!

Most importantly lead by example and teach them the why and how of good posture.  Make it fun and persevere!

We Are Here to Help!

Let’s Make This Year A Healthy One!  Our expert team is trained to diagnose and treat all ages.  We are here to help if you or your children suffer from pain or discomfort from using a backpack, sports injuries, or other common growing pains and conditions. Treatment is geared to the age of the patient, with a more gentle approach for children. We also offer advice on specific exercises that can help you and your family develop stronger muscles, and on proper nutrition, good posture, and optimum sleeping habits.

An Arthritic Joint Barometer?

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Are your joints able to predict a change in weather better than your traditional barometer? If so, read on. We may have a painless solution that will soon have you singing in the rain.

Can Arthritis Be A True Weather Gauge?

It’s true that many people with back pain, neck pain or other chronic joint complaints are often surprisingly accurate in predicting when storms are approaching, and believe it or not; there is some validity to their weather forecasting abilities.

In 2010 by the International Journal of Biometeorology, researchers established a direct connection between low barometric pressure to inflammation and joint pain in rats. Additional research has demonstrated the same phenomenon occurs in humans. For instance, a 2002 study from the Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques concluded that “back pain may be aggravated by atmosphere depression in patients with lumbar disc disease.” And a 2007 study from the American Journal of Medicine determined that “changes in barometric pressure are independently associated with osteoarthritis knee pain severity.”

It drives home what chiropractors have been saying for decades: The absence of pain is not the measure of good health! So while there’s validity to the idea of “aches and pains mean coming rains,” anticipation of weather changes should not interfere with you enjoying the quality of life you desire.

But remember, sunny days ahead are no substitution for proper exercise, proper diet and supplementation, and regular chiropractic care.

Break Out Those Sunglasses!

Don’t hide under your umbrella of pain!  Call us today and let us help you get to the underlying inflammation and back to enjoying a sunny disposition of living pain-free no matter the weather!

Understanding Rotator Cuff Syndrome

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Have you been diagnosed with Rotator Cuff Syndrome? If you have, you may feel the pain of not only in the shoulder but the limitations it has put on your life, whether and work or trying to enjoy a game of golf or tennis.

To better help you understand our recommendation for this injury, let us first look at the importance of the rotator cuff.

The Importance Of The Rotator Cuff

The rotator cuff is the most important group of muscles giving the shoulder support and stability. This structural support allows the shoulder joint to move and turn through a wide range of motions and allows us to perform an amazing variety of tasks with our arms.  Due to this mobility, rotator cuff injuries are prevalent as the mobility will come at the expense of shoulder stability.  A small injury can happen in one of the tendons/muscles, but this can very easily progress to other muscle areas becoming irritated due to compensation patterns.

Although the human body can be mechanically an incredible machine when a problem occurs it may start off as a simple problem, but can often lead to a more complex issue where the original injury site is not so evident and can make many routine activities difficult and painful.

Rotator Cuff Syndrome: What Does It Mean?

Rotator cuff syndrome is a broad term used to describe injuries and damage to the rotator cuff. There is a spectrum of injuries that can occur. Common injuries include partial tears in the muscles and tendons, which can result from acute injury or wear and tear over the long term. Many times repetitive motion that puts stress on the rotator cuff is the chief culprit for this type of injury.

Common symptoms of a rotator cuff injury may include the inability to lift the arm at the shoulder out to the side, pain putting a coat on or pain when lying down on that side of the body.  Some people also may experience pain radiating down the arm towards the elbow or even down into their hands.

Best Recommendations for Rotator Cuff Syndrome

In order to effectively treat rotator cuff syndrome, it is important to address the underlying causes of it.

Because the rotator cuff is comprised of four different muscles, rotator cuff syndrome can describe one of the several distinct problems. Causality is also a factor. The symptom of pain may be the result of overuse or injury of one or more of the muscles in the rotator cuff; therefore, developing a treatment plan individualized to the particular cause of the pain is crucial. A medical specialist, such as a chiropractor, will result in the highest quality of care as the cause will be more individually identified, and more readily resolved.

Massage therapy, physical rehabilitation and soft tissue treatments such as ART and Graston work are often used in conjunction to reduce the incidence and symptoms of inflammation. Kinesio tape can also be advantageous as well by helping correct and maintain proper shoulder positioning throughout the day by stimulating proprioception, increasing your body’s positional awareness.

The most beneficial treatment process delivers the best results when a Chiropractic physician also provides detailed rehabilitative programs targeted to preserve and build muscle strength during the healing process. The combination will help to provide not only pain relief but the highest restoration of range of motion.

Join Our Team!

Ready to get back into full swing and enjoy fun activities this summer? Call today as we understand those shoulder injuries do not need to be athletically related and can happen at any age.

Our team is standing by to help you get back on the team of better health!

A Back Pain Free Vacation

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Summer vacation is on all of our minds!  The excitement of warm weather and the well-needed break from school or work is upon us.  As the last school bell rings or the final confirmation of your travel plans arrives, make sure to add these simple tips, so you can enjoy the most of your vacation without singing the back pain blues.

Top Tips For Traveling:

Travel should be looked on as a form of strenuous exercise that requires a period of warming up and cooling down. Warm up and stretch before you travel, and cool down with a brisk walk when you arrive to reinvigorate your hamstring and calf muscles.

Here are a few more top tips to incorporate:

Pack Light

Traveling in any mode of transport can be physically demanding.  Even if the final destination is a luxury holiday, getting there can leave you tired, stressed and in pain.

High Altitude Travel

With air travel, the distance is not the problem as much as sitting down for too long in a pressurized cabin. This combination can cause significant problems for the body. No matter how comfortable the seat or surroundings, pressure builds up in the blood vessels of the lower legs and as the blood becomes more sluggish blood flow is restricted. This build up pressure and reduced blood flow are why some people experience DVTs on long-haul flights. To help reverse the effects, contract and relax the muscles in your legs to help the blood flow better. Outstretch your legs as much as possible and point and flex your feet. Otherwise, take a lap or two up the aisle if possible.

More tips to help avoid back pain while using airline travel:

  • Airline seats are incredibly spine-unfriendly. Stand up straight, familiarize yourself with the normal curve of your spine, then use rolled-up towels to recreate that curve when sitting down. Use another between your neck and the headrest.
  • Bags heavier than 5-10% of your body weight should ideally be checked in rather than carried on. Lifting heavy bags into overhead lockers can damage the spine. Whatever the weight of the bag, make sure you stand directly in front of the compartment and do not twist your back or neck when lifting.
  • Under seat luggage should not be forced in using feet or hands while standing, which can cause muscle spasms given the confined and awkward space between the seats. Instead, sit down first, then push it in using both your hands and/or feet.
  • Move about in your seat frequently to keep the blood flowing and guard against cramps. Massage your thighs and calves, then push up with your toes to shift your knees up and down. Use a bag to raise your feet higher.
  • Don’t blast yourself with the overhead air vents which can cause your neck and shoulders to tense.

Road Trip Tips!

  • If you are driving, adjust the seat so you’re as close to the wheel as you can be while still feeling comfortable. Keep the knees just a little bit above the hips.
  • Use a back support if the seat does not provide adequate support by design. This will help reduce the risk of lower back pain and injury. The support should be widest between the lowest ribs and the waist.
  • Exercise your legs while driving to keep the blood flowing and limit any swelling or pain. Count to 10 while spreading your toes wide; count to 5 while tightening your calf muscles, followed by your thigh muscles, then your glutes (butt); roll your shoulders back and forward (keeping your hands on the wheel!).
  • Alternate holding the wheel with your hands at the 2 and 7 o’clock positions, and then the 10 and 5 o’clock positions.
  • Try not to grip the wheel too tightly, which reduces the circulation and increase fatigue in the muscles of the hands, wrists and arms.
  • Vary your focal point to reduce eye strain and headaches, but keep your eyes on the road.
  • Take frequent breaks from driving; remember that fatigue behind the wheel can kill.

Plan For Success

For ultimate travel success, plan ahead and schedule a spinal examination and address underlying issues that may be aggravated by the journey of your holiday.  Our fantastic team is just a simple call away and ready to have you jump into your well-earned break!

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