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Pain Managment
Headaches

Tension Headache

One of the most commonly treated complaints in chiropractic offices is headache. While there are many types of headaches with varying causes, the most common type is the Muscular Tension Headache.

Tension headaches often feel like a band of pressure around your head. Your head may feel like it is being held in a vice. If you have a severe tension headache, you may even experience nausea. Tension headache pain is usually on both sides of the head, though it may be on one side like a migraine. Tension headache rarely throbs like a migraine would.

About 90% of the headaches are tension headaches.  Tension headaches are usually caused by the contracting of the layer of muscle around your skull, which in turn can decrease blood flow to your head.  That's why you'll feel a band of pressure around your head, and that steady pain typical in tension headaches.

The findings reported in the 1998 Medical and Health Annual printed by the Encyclopedia Britannica states: "Spinal manipulation as a treatment for tension headache is predicated upon the assumption that dysfunction in the neck muscles contributes to (the) head pain: in the U.S. 90% of such procedures are performed by chiropractors. The muscle-dura connection may represent, at least in part, the underlying anatomic basis for the effectiveness of this treatment. Such treatment, as performed by a chiropractor, would decrease muscle tension and thereby reduce or eliminate pain by reducing the potential forces exerted on the dura via the muscle-dura connection."

Treatment of Sinus Pressure Headache / Allergy-Related Headache

Sinus headaches cause a dull, deep, throbbing pain in the front of your head and face. They are caused by an inflammation in your sinuses (air-filled cavities around your nose, eyes, and cheeks). Bending down or leaning over generally makes the pain worse, as do cold and damp weather. Sinus headaches often begin as soon as you get up in the morning, and may be better by afternoon. Sinus headaches can be difficult to diagnose, however, because symptoms are similar to tension headaches and migraines.


The best way to avoid or get rid of a sinus headache is to treat the underlying sinus inflammation. Your doctor may prescribe lifestyle changes. Lifestyle changes, such as using a humidifier or irrigating your nasal passages with saline water, may also help. Several dietary supplements and herbs may help prevent colds and flu or shorten their duration.

The chiropractic approach to reducing sinus pressure pain is to improve drainage of the sinuses. A number of techniques are available including stimulation of the facial nerves, treatment of acupressure points and thinning of trapped mucous with deep heat therapies. A skilled chiropractic clinician can determine which method best suits your needs

Cluster Headaches Usually Attack Men

Cluster headache is far less common than migraine headache or tension headache. Cluster headaches begin far more dramatically, however, and remain quite unique in their course over time. As the name suggests, the cluster headache exhibits a clustering of painful attacks over a period of many weeks. The pain of a cluster headache peaks in about 5 minutes and may last for an hour. Someone with a cluster headache may get several headaches a day for weeks at a time - perhaps months - usually interrupted by a pain-free period of variable length.

In contrast to people with migraine headache, perhaps 5-8 times as many men than women have cluster headaches. Most people get their first cluster headache at age 25 years, although they may experience their first attacks in their teens to early 50s.

You can get 2 types of cluster headache:
  • Episodic: This type is more common. You may have 2 or 3 headaches a day for about 2 months and not experience another headache for a year. The pattern then will repeat itself.
  • Chronic: The chronic type behaves similarly but, unfortunately, you get no period of untreated sustained relief.

Cluster Headache Causes

No one knows exactly what causes cluster headaches. As with many other headache syndromes, theories abound, many of which center on your autonomic or "automatic" nervous system or your brain's hypothalamus. These systems play a role in rhythmic or cyclical functions in your body. The involvement of either system in the syndrome would account for the periodic nature of the headache.

Many experts believe that cluster headache and migraine headache share a common cause that begins in the nerve that carries sensation from your head to your brain (trigeminal nerve) and ends with the blood vessels that surround your brain. Others believe that the pain arises in the deep vascular channels in your head (for example, the cavernous sinus) and does not involve the trigeminal system
The Chiropractic Approach

Millions of headache sufferers are turning to the natural, drugless, chiropractic approach to health. Chiropractors are the only healing professionals who are trained to analyze and correct the vertebral subluxation complex, a spinal distortion that damages the nerves. It is a very common, often painless condition-that weakens the body, causes fatigue, lowers vitality and sets the stage for sickness and diseases.

Chiropractic is a method of removing spinal damage so your body may work better and heal itself. Chiropractors don't treat headaches and yet millions of headache sufferers have benefited from the safe, natural, drugless, chiropractic approach to health care. By correcting your vertebral subluxation complex, your body, with its magnificent natural healing ability, is better able to address your overall needs.

The Chiropractic Checkup

Using his/her hands, X-ray and other instruments to analyze your spine, the chiropractor will determine if you have any vertebral subluxations in your body. Then, using special techniques, your chiropractor will perform a chiropractic spinal adjustment to correct the vertebral subluxation complex, removing the nerve pressure and spinal distortions.

Please keep in mind that the purpose of the chiropractic spinal adjustment is not to cure your headache but to remove the nerve and spinal stress caused by the vertebral subluxation complex. This permits our body to restore itself to a greater level of health and wholeness to better heal itself.

The Spine/Headache Relationship

It was once believed that the structures of the neck were not related to headaches, however that is no longer the case. Now there is a special term for those headaches that originate in the neck: the cervicogenic headache. As Dr. Howard Vernon (D.C.) concluded in reviewing the literature on the spine/ headache relationship, "The body of literature supporting a [spinal] origin of headache ... is substantial."

It appears that there are many pain-sensitive structures in the neck-the joints, discs and even ligaments that may be related to problems that whiplash and accident victims often report: headache, dizziness and other problems." In fact, a study of 6,000 people who suffered from recurring headaches for two to 25 years showed that spine injury was the most important factor in the cause of the headache and should be suspected in every nonspecific case of headache.'

Can Chiropractic Help You?

Chiropractors have, for over a century, observed that after chiropractic spinal care, children and adult headache sufferers report improvement or alleviation of their condition.

No matter what disease or condition you have, you can benefit from a healthy spine. Spinal health can be as important for your overall healing as proper nutrition. Are you and your family carrying the vertebral subluxation complex in your spines? Only a chiropractic spinal checkup can tell.

Among the many things contributing to your health: the quality of the air, food and water you take in; how you handle emotional stress; your inherited weaknesses and strengths; your use of drugs; exercise; and relaxation-a healthy spine is absolutely essential. In some people it is a major factor and can make the difference between a life of health, strength and vitality and a life of disease, weakness and disability. A healthy spine can improve your life-see your chiropractor for periodic spinal checkups.

Chiropractic Effective for Cervicogenic Headache
New Study Shows Significant Improvement in Number & Intensity of Headaches
By Editorial Staff of Dynamic Chiropractic

A study recently published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT),1 demonstrates that "spinal manipulation has a significant positive effect in cases of cervicogenic headache."

The study compared 53 subjects who had cervicogenic headaches in accordance with the standards of the International Headache Society (see Table 1).

Approximately half of the group (on a randomized basis) received chiropractic manipulation; the other group (soft tissue) received low-level laser and deep friction massage. The care was given in six sessions over three weeks. Each subject was examined prior to treatment and at the five week mark. The analysis of the data was completed by a blinded observer.

While both groups improved with care, the improvement of the soft tissue group was only statistically significant for the number of headache hours per day. The manipulation group's improvements were statistically significant for all three measurement criteria:

Group
Before Care
After Care
Soft Tissue
1.0
0.7
Manipulation
1.5
0.8
Average Number of Analgesics per Day
Group
Before Care
After Care
Soft Tissue
4.0
2.4
Manipulation
5.2
2.0
Average Headache Hours per Day
Group
Before Care
After Care
Soft Tissue
41
37
Manipulation
54
28
Average Headache Intensity per Episode
Equally compelling was the change in the use of analgesics that each group experienced:
Use of Analgesics
Group
Decrease
Unchanged
Increase
Soft Tissue Group
12
5
8
Manipulation
20
6
2
Those receiving manipulation for their cervicogenic headache:
  • Decreased their analgesic use by 36%,
  • Decreased their headache hours by 69%
  • Decreased their headache intensity by 36%

While the results of this study may not be good news to the makers of over-the-counter pain medication, it should be encouraging to chiropractors to now have a randomized, blinded study to confirm a significant part of their clinical experience.
Table I. The 1990 criteria of the International Headache Society for the diagnosis of cervicogenic headache.2

Diagnostic Criteria for Cervicogenic Headache

  1. Pain localized to neck and occipital region. May project to forehead, orbital region, temples, vertex or ears.
  2. Pain is precipitated or aggravated by special neck movements or sustained neck posture.

  1. At least one of the following:
  • Resistance to or limitation of passive neck movements.
  • Changes in neck muscle contour, texture, tone or response to active and passive stretching and contraction.
  • Abnormal tenderness of neck muscles.

  1. Radiological examination reveals at least one of the following:
  • Movement abnormalities in flexion/extension.
  • Abnormal posture.
  • Fractures, congenital abnormalities, bone tumors, rheumatoid arthritis or other distinct pathology (not spondylosis or osteochondrosis).

Comment: Cervical headaches are associated with movement abnormalities in cervical intervertebral segments. The disorder may be located in the joints or ligaments. The abnormal movement may occur in any component of intervertebral movement, and is manifest during either active or passive examination of the movement.

If you would like a copy of this important paper, please contact:
Dana Lawrence,DC
Editor
200 E. Rosevelt Road
Lombard, IL 60148
Fax (630) 889-6482

Reference
1.    Nilsson N, Christensen HW, Hartvigsen J. The effect of spinal manipulation in the treatment of cervicogenic headache. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1997;20:326-30
2.    Olesen J. Classification and diagnostic criteria for headache disorders, cranial neuralgias and facila pain. Copenhagen: International Headache Society, 1990.


Migraines
Take Steps to Help Your Body Heal from Migraines

Neck pain and muscle tension are common symptoms of a migraine attack.  In a study of 50 patients with migraine, 64% reported neck pain or stiffness associated with their migraine attack, with 31% experiencing neck symptoms during the prodrome; 93%, during the headache phase; and 31%, during the recovery phase.  In a study by Blau and MacGregor, 7 patients reported that pain was referred into the ipsilateral shoulder and 1 patient reported that pain extended from the neck into the low back region.

Several clinical trials indicate that spinal manipulation therapy may help in the treatment of migraine headaches. In one study of people with migraines, 22% of those who received chiropractic manipulation reported more than a 90% reduction of attacks and 49% reported a significant reduction of the intensity of each migraine.

In another study, people with migraine headaches were randomly assigned to receive spinal manipulation, a daily medication (Elavil), or a combination of both. Spinal manipulation was as effective as Elavil in reducing migraines and had fewer side effects. There was no added benefit to combining the two therapies.

In addition, researchers reviewed 9 studies that tested spinal manipulative therapy for tension or migraine headaches and found that it was as effective as medications in preventing these headaches.

A migraine is not just a bad headache.  In fact, some people get migraines without any headache at all!  The cause of migraine is still a mystery.  The research to date seems to indicate that migraine is a neurological disease based on an inherited genetic abnormality.

Causes of Migraines

                            Although much about the cause of migraines isn't understood, genetics and environmental factors seem to both play a role.

                            Migraines may be caused by changes in the trigeminal nerve, a major pain pathway. Imbalances in brain chemicals, including serotonin -                                    which helps regulate pain in your nervous system - also may be involved.

Serotonin levels drop during migraines. This may trigger your trigeminal system to release substances called neuropeptides, which travel to your brain's outer covering (meninges). The result is headache pain. This can be helped by chiropractic care and an effective detox.

Back pain

General recommendations

If you have back pain now, seek chiropractic care as soon as possible. Refrain from stretching or activities that place strain on the back. The first step is to assess the severity and cause of your back pain.
Back pain affects 80% of Americans at some time in their lives. It comes in many forms, from lower back pain, middle back pain, or upper back pain to low back pain with sciatica. Common back pain causes include nerve and muscular problems, degenerative disc disease, and arthritis. Many people find relief from symptoms of back pain with pain medication or pain killers that usually do not solve the real causes of the pain!
Clinical trials indicate that chiropractic care is as safe and effective as conventional treatments - which may include pain medication, rest or exercise. But that may not be saying much. Low back pain typically improves within a matter of weeks, even for people who seek no treatment at all. Chiropractors care for more than just back pain, they look for the underlying causes of back pain which can sometimes be attributed to malnutrition, poor diet, poor posture, incorrect ergonomic sitting or standing, improper lifting, repetitive movements, incorrect breathing, lack of exercise, poor sleep posture and others.

Low back pain is often caused by injuries or strains, and lifestyles that are toxic to our bodies. It simply takes time for your back to heal. But chiropractic treatment might make you more comfortable as you wait for this healing to occur.

There is evidence that chiropractic relieves many types of back pain, lower back pain in particular, and helps restore normal range of motion. Spinal manipulations take stress off surrounding tissues - muscles, tendons, and ligaments - to relieve back pain and restore normal functioning.

What does a chiropractor do?

Chiropractic treatment is based on the concept that restricted movement in the spine may lead to pain and reduced function. Spinal adjustment (manipulation) is one form of therapy chiropractors use to treat restricted spinal mobility. The goal is to restore spinal movement and, as a result, improve function and decrease back pain.

During an adjustment, chiropractors use their hands to apply a controlled, sudden force to a joint. The joint's movement may be accompanied by a popping or cracking sound.

Chiropractic treatment of low back pain and tilted pelvis normally involves a comprehensive approach that addresses the causative factors:
  • Spinal manipulation to resolve the pelvic tilting/obliquity.
  • Electrical muscle stimulation with heat to reduce muscle spasms.
  • Myofascial treatments to resolve trigger points


What does a chiropractor do to relieve back pain?
Chiropractors correct subluxation by manipulation of the vertebrae (and sometimes other areas of the body). Chiropractors call this an adjustment. Spinal adjustments are usually done manually, the chiropractor using his or her hands to apply pressure to the spine to coax the vertebrae into proper alignment. Some use high velocity thrusts. Chiropractors usually massage and stretch muscles before doing an adjustment. Some apply traction; this allows the vertebrae to be more easily manipulated.

Some chiropractors offer physical therapy as well as spinal manipulation. A chiropractor may also give advice on ergonomics, exercise, nutrition, nutritional supplementation and proper body mechanics to prevent back pain. Chiropractors often give their patients stretching and strengthening exercises to do, as lengthening and strengthening various muscle groups help keep the spine in proper alignment.

Tips to Prevent Back Pain
  1. Maintain a healthy diet and weight.
  2. Remain active.
  3. Avoid prolonged inactivity or bed rest.
  4. Warm up or stretch before exercising or other physical activities.
  5. Maintain proper posture.
  6. Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes.
  7. Sleep on a mattress of medium firmness to minimize any curve in your spine.
  8. Lift with your knees, keep the object close to your body, and do not twist when lifting.
  9. Quit smoking. Smoking impairs blood flow, resulting in oxygen and nutrient deprivation to spinal tissues.
  10. Work with your doctor of chiropractic to ensure that your workstation is ergonomically correct.

Causes of Back Pain

Back pain due to Spinal Misalignments?

Although the spinal column is a sturdy structure, individual vertebrae can become misplaced. When that happens, it's called a vertebral subluxation; one of the most common causes of back pain. Yet, many everyday activities can result in spinal misalignments, also called subluxations and back pain as well. Picking up heavy objects, taking part in sports, and even sitting for prolonged periods at a desk can all put stress on the vertebrae.

This is the type of back pain that chiropractic care is most effective for. Chiropractic can take care of misalignments by manipulation (adjustments).

Patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement and satisfaction after one month than patients treated by family physicians. Satisfaction scores were higher for chiropractic patients. A higher proportion of chiropractic patients (56 percent vs. 13 percent) reported that their low-back pain was better or much better, whereas nearly one-third of medical patients reported their low-back pain was worse or much worse." - Nyiendo et al (2000), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

In a randomized controlled trial, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated to manual therapy (spinal mobilization), physiotherapy (mainly exercise) or general practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs) in a 52-week study. The clinical outcomes measures showed that manual therapy resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care. Moreover, total costs of the manual therapy-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care.

-- Korthals-de Bos et al (2003), British Medical Journal


Back Pain Due to Muscle Atrophy (loss of tone)






The majority of muscle atrophy in the general population results from disease. People with sedentary jobs and senior citizens with decreased activity can lose muscle tone and develop significant atrophy that may cause misalignments to the spine. This type of atrophy is reversible with vigorous exercise. Muscle atrophy resulting from disease is generally one of two types: 1) that resulting from damage to the nerves that supply the muscles, and 2) disease of the muscle itself. Chiropractic can correct misalignments  by manipulation and also take care of muscle atrophy with therapeutic exercise.

Common causes of muscle atrophy are:

  • nerve injury
  • other injury
  • prolonged immobilization
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • prolonged corticosteroid therapy

Back Pain Due to Muscle Spasms






Back pain due to muscle spasm or cramp is an involuntary contraction of a muscle. Back pains due to muscle spasms occur suddenly, and can be resolved by chiropractic care. This type of back pain can lead to bigger problems if ignored.  It could lead to misalignments to the side of the body that is suffering the spasm.

A muscle spasm is different than a muscle twitch. A muscle twitch or fasciculation is uncontrolled fine movement of a small segment of a larger muscle that can be seen under the skin.

Acute and chronic back pain chiropractic patients experienced better outcomes in pain, functional disability, and patient satisfaction; clinically important differences in pain and disability improvement were found for chronic patients." - Haas et al (2005), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

How Are Muscle Knots Treated?

There are several methods to treat muscle knots. Choosing among them is the job of the chiropractor who is working most closely with you.  Often, exercise can be a supplement to the other treatments discussed. Massage is a helpful treatment for the muscle knots. Therapeutic resist and stretching of this type can be uncomfortable when it is being done, but the patient is expected to feel better later. Treatment in the category called "modality", heat, cold, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation, as applied by a chiropractor, can help with muscle knots. Injections into the muscle knots, called trigger points are another method of treatment. Acupuncture can be very effective in treating muscle knots as well.

Back Pain Due to a Pinched Nerve








A nerve that leaves the spine to go into the arms or legs is called a peripheral nerve. Peripheral nerves are bundles of millions of nerve fibers that leave the spinal cord and branch outward to other parts of the body such as muscles and skin. For example, these nerves make muscles move and enable skin sensation (feeling).Your nervous system is the center of your thoughts, memory, learning and consciousness. A pinched nerve is any type of pressure applied to a nerve by the surrounding tissue; that causes back pain and disruption the nerve's functioning.

A nerve can be pinched as it leaves the spine by a herniated disc or bone. A pinched nerve is a common cause of back pain by misalignments spine or bulged disks. Chiropractic can take care misalignments by manipulation and take care of bulged disks with traction.

"In our randomized, controlled trial, we compared the effectiveness of manual therapy, physical therapy, and continued care by a general practitioner in patients with nonspecific back pain. The success rate at seven weeks was twice as high for the manual therapy group (68.3 percent) as for the continued care group (general practitioner). Manual therapy scored better than physical therapy on all outcome measures. Patients receiving manual therapy had fewer absences from work than patients receiving physical therapy or continued care, and manual therapy and physical therapy each resulted in statistically significant less analgesic use than continued care."

- Hoving et al (2002), Annals of Internal Medicine


Back Pain Due to Joint Inflammation















If your joints are hot, red, swollen and extremely painful, and you don't know the cause, if the inflammation doesn't respond to over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen most likely you have joint inflammation.

The most common cause of joint inflammation is arthritis. The body responds to these conditions by increasing blood flow to the area. The increased blood flow brings white blood cells and body chemicals to combat the condition. The result is joint inflammation. a full body detox and joint detox along with chiropractic care can help alleviate this type of back pain.

Chiropractic care appeared relatively cost-effective for the treatment of chronic back pain. Chiropractic and medical care performed comparably for acute patients. Practice-based clinical outcomes were consistent with systematic reviews of spinal manipulative efficacy: manipulation-based therapy is at least as good as and, in some cases, better than other therapeutics." - Haas et al (2005), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

Back Pain Due to Bulged Discs












A bulging disc is another name for a herniated disc. This means that the inner nucleus of the disc (nucleus pulposus) is pressing against the outer disk wall (annulus fibrosus), causing it to bulge outwards. The disc still maintains the integrity of the outer wall. The wall has bulged outwards in a pocket, but has not ruptured, nor leaked any nucleus material.

This condition is sometimes accompanied with significant back pains, because the bulging disc can start to press on the nerves of the spine. Chiropractic care releases the nerves from the pressure of the bulged disc with manipulation and takes care of the bulged disks with traction.
"Chiropractic patients were found to be more satisfied with their back care providers after four weeks of treatment than were medical patients. Results from observational studies suggested that back pain patients are more satisfied with chiropractic care than with medical care. Additionally, studies conclude that patients are more satisfied with chiropractic care than they were with physical therapy after six weeks."

-- Hertzman-Miller et al (2002), American Journal of Public Health

The Chiropractic Approach

Chiropractic care takes a conservative approach to lower back pain and potential disk problems - with the goal to help restore better motion and alignment in the spine without surgery or medication.

Spinal manipulation is the primary form of treatment, with chiropractors performing over 90 percent of all spinal manipulative therapy in the United States, according the American Chiropractic Association website.

Besides reducing disc bulging, spinal manipulation can improve spinal function, which helps reduce inflammation, reduce or eliminate pain and discomfort, and begin the process of healing the surrounding soft tissues

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Back Pain Due to Referred Pain from Internal Organs



























Chiropractors, physicians and scientists have known about referred back pain since the late 1880s. Despite an increasing amount of literature on the subject, the mechanism of referred back pain is unknown, although there are several theories.

Vertebral subluxation is a chiropractic term that is used to describe numerous signs and symptoms which is thought to occur as a result of a misaligned or dysfunctional spinal joint segment. Chiropractors believe that a vertebral subluxation complex is a dysfunctional biomechanical spinal segment (lesion) that can alter neurological function, which in turn, is believed to cause neuromusculoskeletal and visceral (internal organs) disorders. The location of the back pain is significant for proper diagnosis.

If there is disease or malfunction in an internal organ, it will cause a misalignment in the spine at the level to where that organ is networked to the spine.  See a the connections between each vertebra and its corresponding organ, click here.

Treatment Methods

Adjustment of Vertebrae by Manipulation of the Spine
The key to chiropractic care is the spinal adjustment. This is the way doctors of chiropractic correct subluxations. Unfortunately, the muscles connected to the subluxated vertebrae get used to their incorrect positions and have a tendency to pull the bone back out of place. It may take several adjustments before the adjustment "holds," and the bone settles into its proper alignment for back pain relief.





















Use of Flexion Extension Table and Traction Table

The flexion extension table is a chiropractic-exclusive table that has one fixed segment and one mobile segment.  When the patient lays face down on the table, most of the patient's upper trunk is on the fixed segment of the table and the bottom part of the body is placed on the mobile part.  A chiropractor will isolate the vertebral segments that need to be mobilized and uses his hands to stabilize the segment.  With the other hand, he will move the mobile portion of the table usually up and down or side to side, depending on where the bulged disk is, thus creating mobilization in specific segments of the spine.

The traction table is used for opening up the intervertebral disc spaces.  This creates a negative pressure inside the disc, thus increasing disk height and relieving pressure off the nerves, which in turn relieves pain and speeds up the healing process.

The difference between the flexion extension and traction tables is that the flexion extension table works on specifically targeted segments of the spine and the traction table works on the lower spine.

For patients who have bulged disks, we use a combination of the flexion extension and traction tables. If the patient has more than two vertebral segments of the low back that have lost their disc height and have bulged discs, we first use traction on the patient to get them ready for their flexion extension treatment

































Non-Forced Technique to Balance Muscular-Skeletal System
This technique uses gentle force either by the use of an instrument or by using the hand to balance the muscles and vertebrae.   This technique, also known as neuromuscular re-education, uses the nerve receptors of the body to reset its ability to balance itself.

This technique especially benefits athletes, people who walk regularly and those who make constant use of their body's coordination.  People who are looking to improve their already-healthy bodies can make use of this technique to take their health to a new level by improving their posture.

Electric Therapy
Electric therapy can be used to increase circulation to an injured area It also massages the muscle and squeezes toxins (toxins produced as a result of injury) out of the muscles.  It stimulates damaged nerves

This type of therapy is used for patients who have been injured or have interrupted circulation due to inflammation.  It is especially helpful for sprained and strained muscles and for the relief of muscles spasms.


Ultrasound
Ultrasound uses sound waves to treat an injured area. The waves get rid of dead cells in an injured area speeding up the recovery process.  It also prevents excessive growth of scar tissue after an injury. Ultrasound evens out scar tissue, which is important because scar tissue itself can injure nerves and can cause problems that are worse than the original injury itself.  It prevents, and in some cases reverses, the calcification of the ligaments and tendons.  It is also known to increase circulation in the deeper layers of tissue.


Short Wave Diathermy - Heat Modality
This modality increases blood circulation to an area that has suffered chronic injuries. A chronic injury is one that takes more than 48 hours to heal and the quality of pain is consistent.  Short wave diathermy drives heat deep into the tissues, sometimes up to 1-1 inches for faster healing.  Heat should never be used on an acute injury.  For example, after a sports injury or a car accident it is not advised that a person use heat on their injury.


Nutritional Advice and Detoxification
Back pain can be caused by lifestyle, which is why nutrition and detoxification are important.  Toxicity in the internal organs can result in back pain.  Better healing comes when the body regenerates it tissue faster and more efficiently
When the body is injured, the body treats dead cells as toxins, so it is important to eat foods with high water content like raw veggies fruit to help body detox itself.  Healthy nutrition consisting of at least 70% raw foods can be a catalyst for healing injuries.
Dead cells produce free radicals that are known to damage body cells. The use of foods high in antioxidants is highly recommended.  Foods that are green and leafy are a great source of antioxidants.

We have seen cases of people healing very old injuries through changes in nutrition and lifestyle.

We strive to teach basic principles of detoxification and proper nutrition through our detox seminars and nutritional coaching.

Supplements
Depending on a patient's condition, we advise the use of supplements.  For example someone who has suffered an injury is given specific supplements to help decrease the inflammation.

Home Therapy
A patient can develop certain weaknesses or imbalance in their bodies due to subluxations and/or injuries.  When the weaknesses or imbalances go untreated they can worsen an injury or cause a relapse.

We teach patients to do exercises at home to keep their bodies in balance. 

Acupuncture Therapy
Acupuncture has proved to be an effective therapy for back pain. Several studies have found that acupuncture can help reduce chronic back pain and improve daily function.

Acupuncture for back pain involves inserting very thin needles to various depths into strategic points on your body. This balances the flow of energy or life force - known as qi or chi (pronounced chee) - which flows through pathways (meridians) in your body.





















Ergonomic and Sleep Correction Consultation
An incorrect sleeping position can create micro-injuries and misalignments to the body.  It also creates stress, oxygen deficiency; it increases toxicity in the form of carbon dioxide and fatigue.

Walking, sitting, standing and sleeping are like a fingerprint, everyone has a unique style.  Unfortunately, injuries influence a person's style of walking, sitting, standing and sleeping; they may develop habits as a result of the injury that could have life-long effects on their posture and health.  For example, a knee injury could change the style of walking in a person so as to avoid using the knee, causing misalignment in the hip and pelvis.  The misalignment of the pelvis, in turn, causes misalignment in the spine.

We teach patients to walk properly, sit in ergonomically correct positions, stand with proper posture and sleep in positions that are conducive to recovery and prevention of postural disaster.


Neck Pain









Conservative Care of Cervical Pain or Injury
Your neck, also called the cervical spine, begins at the base of the skull and contains seven small vertebrae. Incredibly, the cervical spine supports the full weight of your head, which is on average about 12 pounds. While the cervical spine can move your head in nearly every direction, this flexibility makes the neck very susceptible to pain and injury.

The neck's susceptibility to injury is due in part to biomechanics. Activities and events that affect cervical biomechanics include extended sitting, repetitive movement, accidents, falls and blows to the body or head, normal aging, and everyday wear and tear. Neck pain can be very bothersome, and it can have a variety of causes.

Why Consult a Chiropractor or an Acupuncturist?
Chiropractors are rigorously trained to diagnose the different types of neck conditions and to then recommend specific treatment approaches for those conditions. Acupuncture is very effective for pain relief, with no side effect, while chiropractic acts as a catalyst for the healing process.

How Chiropractors and Acupuncturists Diagnose Neck Pain: Patient History

History-taking is the first step in diagnosing the cervical spine. Because chiropractors and acupuncturists so often treat conditions that are "functional" in nature -- that is conditions in which there are not a frank medical disease, and in which signs and symptoms are often important clues to diagnosis -- chiropractors and acupuncturists emphasize in-depth history taking.

Here are some of the most typical causes of neck pain:

  • cervical sprain injuries
  • spinal joint restriction syndromes
  • facet joint sprain
  • "whiplash" sprain injuries
  • cervical disc injuries that don't require surgery
  • acute torticollis (when the neck muscles stay contracted and can actually cause the neck to stay in a twisted position)
  • stiff neck
  • degenerative joint syndrome of the neck
  • various types of chronic neck pain

Injury and Accidents: A sudden forced movement of the head or neck in any direction and the resulting "rebound" in the opposite direction is known as whiplash. The sudden "whipping" motion injures the surrounding and supporting tissues of the neck and head. Muscles react by tightening and contracting, creating muscle fatigue, which can result in pain and stiffness. Severe whiplash can also be associated with injury to the intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments, muscles, and nerve roots. Car accidents are the most common cause of whiplash.

Growing Older: Degenerative disorders such as osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease directly affect the spine. Osteoarthritis, a common joint disorder, causes progressive deterioration of cartilage. The body reacts by forming bone spurs that affect joint motion. We believe that detoxification and lifestyle change can help this condition.

Spinal stenosis causes the small nerve passageways in the vertebrae to narrow, compressing and trapping nerve roots. Stenosis may cause neck, shoulder, and arm pain, as well as numbness, when these nerves are unable to function normally.

Degenerative disc disease can cause reduction in the elasticity and height of discs between the vertebrae. Over time, a disc may bulge or become herniated, causing tingling, numbness, and pain that runs into the arm.

Daily Life: Poor posture, obesity, and weak abdominal muscles often disrupt spinal balance, causing the neck to bend forward to compensate. Stress and emotional tension can cause muscles to tighten and contract, resulting in pain and stiffness. Postural stress can contribute to chronic neck pain with symptoms extending into the upper back and the arms.

Chiropractic Care of Neck Pain
During your visit, your doctor of chiropractic will perform exams to locate the source of your pain and will ask you questions about your current symptoms and remedies you may have already tried. For example:
  • When did the pain start?
  • What have you done for your neck pain?
  • Does the pain radiate or travel to other parts of your body?
  • Does anything reduce the pain or make it worse?

Your doctor of chiropractic will also do physical and neurological exams. In the physical exam, your doctor will observe your posture, range of motion, and physical condition, noting movement that causes pain. Your doctor will feel your spine, note its curvature and alignment, and feel for muscle spasm. A check of your shoulder area is also in order. During the neurological exam, your doctor will test your reflexes, muscle strength, other nerve changes, and pain spread.

In some instances, your chiropractor might order tests to help diagnose your condition. An x-ray can show narrowed disc space, fractures, bone spurs, or arthritis. A computerized axial tomography scan (a CT or CAT scan) or a magnetic resonance imaging test (an MRI) can show bulging discs and herniations. If nerve damage is suspected, your doctor may order a special test called electromyography (an EMG) to measure how quickly your nerves respond.

Chiropractors are conservative care doctors; their scope of practice does not include the use of drugs or surgery. If your chiropractor diagnoses a condition outside of this conservative scope, such as a neck fracture or an indication of an organic disease, he or she will refer you to the appropriate medical physician or specialist. He or she may also ask for permission to inform your family physician of the care you are receiving to ensure that your chiropractic care and medical care are properly coordinated.

Chiropractors are doctors who specialize in the care of non-surgical conditions of the neck with gentle, time-saving approaches that address the mechanical (how the spine moves) and neurological (nerve-related) causes of neck pain.

Research Supporting Chiropractic Care
One of the most recent reviews of scientific literature found evidence that patients with chronic neck pain enrolled in clinical trials reported significant improvement following chiropractic spinal manipulation.

As part of the literature review, published in the March/April 2007 issue of the Journal of
Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, the researchers reviewed nine previously published trials and found "high-quality evidence" that patients with chronic neck pain showed significant pain-level improvements following spinal manipulation. No trial group was reported as having remained unchanged, and all groups showed positive changes up to 12 weeks post-treatment.

Acupuncture for Neck Pain
Neck pain is one of the three most frequently reported complaints of the musculoskeletal system. Treatments for neck pain are varied, as are the perceptions of benefits. Acupuncture is sometimes used as an alternative to more traditional treatments for musculoskeletal pain. In this review it was defined as the stimulation of one or more specific points on the body, by the insertion of needles, to achieve a desirable effect. Acupuncture typically includes manual stimulation of needles, but there are commonly used variations, such as electrical stimulation or heat stimulation of the needles, which is called moxibustion [the moxa herb, Artemisia vulgaris, is burned at the handle end of the needle]. Injection acupuncture, in which herbal extracts are injected into acupuncture points, is occasionally used as well.

Hip Pain

Chiropractic and Osteoarthritis of the Hip

There are many reasons for having pain over the hip; one of the most common reasons is referred pain from the back.

Osteoarthritis of the hip joint is a problem affecting mainly older people and is the most common disease affecting the hip joint, with 25% of women and 15% of men experiencing symptoms over the age of 60 years.

Previous trauma, such as fracture, dislocation or diseases of a joint often predisposes it to osteoarthritic change. You are also more likely to get it if you have a family history of the disease and you are more at risk if you are obese, as that puts more stress on your hips. But you can get osteoarthritis even if you do not have any risk factors.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of osteoarthritis of the hip can vary. Your first sign may be a bit of discomfort and stiffness in your groin, buttock or thigh when you wake up in the morning. Commonly, there is a gradual increase of pain over the side of the hip into the groin, with pain down the front of the thigh and into the knee joint. Pain over the knee can be the main presenting symptom and the hip problem can therefore easily be overlooked. The pain is usually worse with activity, especially weight bearing activity such as walking; it can also feel worse with cold weather.

Loss of muscle strength and mobility is often seen, resulting in difficulty running or even walking. It is common to see a, so called, flexion fixture of the hip, resulting in a very characteristic limp with the person unable to extend the thigh back. The foot tends to turn outwards due to restricted hip movement, so when cycling, the thigh and knee wants to turn out. It also gets more difficult to squat down and put on socks and shoes.
Rest is often found to relieve pain but not always. It depends on the level of inflammation and damage to the joint.

Chiropractic Examination and Osteoarthritis of the Hip

There is little evidence that structural changes of osteoarthritis can be changed or reversed, but some cases have been reported. But we know that chiropractic treatment will help you avoid unnecessary pain and disability and slow the progression of the disease. Hence, delay possible surgery or maybe even avoid the need for it.
The chiropractor performs a detailed examination using chiropractic, orthopaedic, neurological and muscle testing procedures in order to accurately diagnose the problem.
Apart from examining the hip joint, it is important to include an examination of the back, knee, ankle and foot as all these areas can influence the hip problem.

Although the physical examination usually picks up the problem, an x-ray examination is necessary to confirm the diagnosis. The x-ray findings will also give a clearer picture of how severe the problem is. This will help the chiropractor to give an accurate prognosis, rule out other causes and help to select the most appropriate treatment.

So how can chiropractic treatment help?
The aims of the treatment are:
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Improving movement of the joint
  • Relaxing painful muscle spasm
  • Strengthening weakened muscles
  • Lifestyle and exercise advice
  • Nutritional advice

The treatment will involve stretching and massage techniques to tight and tender muscles, gentle mobilization techniques and manipulation of the effected joints and the use of ultrasound or interferential modalities.

You will also be given exercises based on your personal need and fitness level. Supervised exercise-programs have been shown to be far more effective than unsupervised programs and we would therefore suggest that it should be your first choice.

Good nutritional support and a healthy lifestyle are of course always important to keep you healthy and feeling well. It becomes particularly important if your body needs to heal from an injury.
Glucosamine and other supplements have been proven to help osteoarthritis. It is important to invest in a good grade supplement. You get what you pay for.

Sciatica

Doctors of Chiropractic regularly treat sciatica. Sciatica is characterized by pain that originates in the low back or buttock that travels into one or both legs. Sciatic nerve pain varies in intensity and frequency; minimal, moderate, severe and occasional, intermittent, frequent or constant.

Pain is described as dull, achy, sharp, toothache-like, pins and needles or similar to electric shocks. Other symptoms associated with sciatica include burning, numbness and tingling sensations. Sciatica is also called radiating or referred pain, neuropathy, or neuralgia. A misconception is that sciatica is a disorder - however, sciatica is really a symptom of a disorder.

Caused by Nerve Compression
Sciatica is generally caused by sciatic nerve compression. Disorders known to cause sciatic nerve pain include lumbar spine subluxations herniated or bulging discs (slipped discs), pregnancy and childbirth, tumors, and non-spinal disorders such as diabetes, constipation, or sitting on one's back pocket wallet.

One common cause of sciatica is Piriformis Syndrome. Piriformis syndrome is named after the piriformis muscle. The piriformis muscle is located in the lower part of the spine, connects to the thighbone, and assists in hip rotation. The sciatic nerve runs beneath the piriformis muscle. This muscle is susceptible to injury from a slip and fall, hip arthritis, or a difference in leg length. Such situations can cause cramping and spasm to develop in the piriformis muscle, thereby pinching the sciatic nerve and causing inflammation and pain.

Sciatic nerve compression may result in the loss of feeling (sensory loss), paralysis of a single limb or group of muscles (monoplegia), and insomnia.

Proper Diagnosis
Since there are many disorders that cause sciatica, the chiropractor's first step is to determine what is causing the patient's sciatica. Forming a diagnosis involves a thoughtful review the patient's medical history, and a physical and neurological examination. Diagnostic testing may include an x-ray, MRI, CT scan and/or electrodiagnostic tests (infrared thermal scan, nerve conduction velocity, range of motion testing, or surface electromyograph). These examinations and tests help to detect possible contraindications to spinal adjustments and other chiropractic therapies.

Treatment Approach
The purpose of chiropractic treatment is to help the body's potential to heal itself. It is based on the scientific principle that restricted spinal movement leads to pain and reduced function and performance. Chiropractic care is non-invasive (non-surgical) and drug-free.

The type of chiropractic therapy provided depends on the cause of the patient's sciatica. A sciatica treatment plan may include several different treatments such as ice/cold therapies, ultrasound, TENS, and spinal adjustments - sometimes called manipulation.

  1. Ice/Cold therapy reduces inflammation and helps to control sciatic pain.

  1. Ultrasound is gentle heat created by sound waves that penetrates deep into tissues. Ultrasound increases circulation and helps to reduce muscle spasms, cramping, swelling, stiffness, and pain.

  1. TENS unit (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) is a small box-like, battery-powered, portable muscle stimulating machine. Variable intensities of electrical current control acute pain and reduce muscle spasms. Larger versions of the home-use TENS units are used by chiropractors, physical therapists and other rehab professionals.

  1. Adjustments (Spinal Manipulations) are at the core of chiropractic care. Manipulation frees restricted movement of the spine and helps to restore misaligned vertebrae to their proper position in the spinal column. Spinal adjustment helps to reduce nerve irritability responsible for causing inflammation, muscle spasm, pain, and other symptoms related to sciatica. Adjustments should not be painful. Spinal manipulation is proven to be safe and effective.

Shoulder, Arm and Hand Pain

Your brain “talks” with the rest of your body through a vast com¬munications system mostly made up of nerves. Your nerves come out of your brain in a large bundle called the spinal cord, travel down your back inside your spinal column and exit at dif¬ferent levels. Some nerves exit from your neck to go to your throat, thyroid, voice box (larynx), trachea, heart and arteries, while others exit your lower or mid-back to go to your lungs, bronchi, pancreas, intestines, spleen, adrenals, liver, legs, bladder, kidneys and other organs to help them function properly. Some nerves go straight to their destination and others first form nerve networks called a plexus. 
You have a number of these nerve plexus¬es in your body: the cervical plexus on each side of your neck; your brachial plexus near your shoulders; the solar plexus near your stomach; and many, many others, both large and small.

Brachial Plexus
Your brachial plexus is made up of nerves which come out of the middle and lower neck and upper back. After they interconnect to form the brachial plexus, they branch off to supply different areas, especially the shoulders, arms, elbows, wrists, hands and fingers

Brachial Plexus Injury
The most common form of brachial plexus damage is damage to the nerves that make up the brachial plexus.  The nerves exit the spinal column through openings between the bones (foramina). If the openings become smaller, the nerves may become compressed or impinged (commonly called “pinched”).

What causes the nerves to get im¬pinged or “pinched”? Many things: long-standing spinal stress, old injuries from childhood, new injuries from sports mishaps (especially racquet sports), car accidents (especially whiplash), arthritis, sleeping in an awkward position and even chronic emotional stress.

Results of Brachial Plexus Injury
Depending on which brachial plexus nerves are involved, different symptoms and problems may be experienced.
There may be neck stiffness or pain that may radiate to the shoulder and elbow and down to the arm, wrist, hand or finger(s). Sometimes there’s clicking or extremity pain but not neck pain. Sometimes there’s no pain but numb¬ness or feelings of heat, cold or swelling; or pain in one area and numbness in another; or “pins and needles” or muscle weakness or spasm.

Due to the complicated way nerves interrelate, conditions such as headache; migraine; facial pain; dizziness; limited, painful or stiff motion of the head and neck; throat conditions; thyroid; nasal problems; low back pain and even epilepsy have been reported as being caused by brachial plexus damage.

Chiropractic care is essential for anyone with shoulder, arm, elbow and hand problems to relieve nerve stress and permit the spine, as well as the rest of the body, to function more normally.












Jaw Pain (T.M.J.)

If you place your fingers in front of either ear and wiggle your jaw, you'll feel an opening that changes shape. That is the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) where the temporal bone of the skull attaches to your jaw, or mandible.

According to the American Dental Association, nearly 30 percent of Americans have TMJ problems, called TMJ Dysfunction or TMJ Syndrome. Among the symptoms are severe headache; loss of hearing; tinnitus (ringing in the ears); shoulder, cheek, jaw or tooth pain; and nausea and dizziness. TMJ affects more women than men.

Among the most common causes of TMJ syndrome are vertebral subluxations, poorly fitting braces, poor dental work and trauma. A 1987 study reported that "[a] child may fall on its sacrum and in time, through the adaptive body mechanisms; the pelvic imbalance will affect the mandible, head and neck."

The Chiropractic Approach to T.M.J

Spinal problems and TMJ syndrome are often related. In fact, chiropractic care may help you avoid TMJ surgery: "Surgery should not be done until chiropractic and proper dental support is provided...with the exception of a tumor, fracture or serious joint pathology"

In the interest of better patient care, chiropractors and dentists are beginning to work together to ensure jaw/skull/spinal health. Chiropractic should be explored by all TMJ sufferers.











Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), also called "repetitive trauma disorder" or "overuse syndrome" (OS), occurs when the median nerve is irritated. Composed of the carpal bones, the wrist forms a tunnel-like structure-the carpal tunnel- through which nine tendons and one median nerve pass.

Symptoms include pain, tingling, numbness and weakness of the fingers, hands and wrist sometimes so intense that they awaken the sufferer at night. One out of 10 people suffers from CTS. It usually affects domestic workers, secretaries, computer users, meat cutters, assembly line workers, carpenters, musicians and others who do repetitive tasks with their hands.

Traditional medical treatment for CTS includes the application of splints, ice, drugs, cortisone injections and even surgery. Medicine's poor success in treating this painful condition led Robert Mendelsohn, M.D. to conclude: "Since the medical treatment for this condition is so often unsatisfactory, I have for years been recommending that my patients consult muscle and joint therapy specialists?'

Additionally, an unhealthy spine, or even unbalanced hips could lead to problems with the jaw, head and neck.

Your Spine & CTS

The relationship between spinal health and carpal tunnel has been documented by a number of individuals who found spinal nerve root irritation in patients who had carpal tunnel or ulnar neuropathy. Others have found that nerve compression in the neck can block the flow of nutrients to the nerves in the wrist; making it more susceptible to injury (this is called the double crush syndrome). Not surprisingly, when 1,000 cases of carpal tunnel syndrome were investigated, it was found that a large number of those suffering from as also had neck arthritis.

Conclusion

In light of what's known about CTS, anyone suffering from it should see a chiropractor to ensure that their spine is free of spinal subluxations. A chiropractic spinal adjustment may make the difference between a pain-free wrist and spinal surgery










Acupuncture for Pain Management

Acute and chronic pain syndromes, as some of society's most costly health problems, have an enormous impact on individual, national, and global levels. In the United States, chronic pain is the third most common health-care problem, behind heart disease and cancer, with the combined annual costs of lost work days, doctor visits, hospital stays, pain-reducing drugs, and disability totaling an estimated $100 billion.

Long lasting pain often creates a chronic pain cycle: Pain, lack of exercise, limited physical activity, chronic fatigue, stress, depression, muscle tension, tightness, cramping, sensitive nerves, and again, pain. Patients suffer from this pain cycle. Some patients even feel that their quality of life changes completely due to a chronic pain condition.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), nothing in the human body can function independently. Pain is the body's warning alarm. It tells you something is wrong. If you ignore your body's alarm, similarly to the fire alarm in your house, severe problems can form soon.

Human body functions are dependent on the life force energy-Qi. Qi and blood flow through the meridian system, nourishing and protecting body tissues and helping them maintain their functions. If, however, the body is beset with disease or injury, normal pathological symptoms will appear and affect the organs and meridian. Once the meridian is blocked, the Qi and blood are not able to move along smoothly. As a result, the affected area will not be able to get enough nutrition. In response, the patient feels pain, tingling, stiffness, bloating, or numbness. Hence the old TCM saying, "There is a blockage, there is pain. Otherwise, there is no pain."

The meridian system is just like a network. Each meridian is connected with a specific organ. The organ damage may show up from the meridian, and the local blockage of the meridian can affect the internal organ as well. That is why in TCM, when treating a pain condition, the doctor will not usually only focus on just the local pain, but also (and sometimes more important) work to rebalance and harmonize the whole body.

Meridian blockage can be caused by external reasons such as excessive cold, wind, dampness, dryness, fire (heat) or injury. It also can be caused by emotional change such as anger, sadness, fear, stress, depression, as well as an internal organ deficiency or malfunction. Figuring out what exactly is the cause of the pain and which meridian is blocked is extremely important in treating pain. Generally speaking, relieving blood and Qi stagnancy, balancing the energy, nourishing the tissue, increasing circulation, and building up deficient organs are all ways that TCM treats pain. Acupuncture can be used to correct the flow of Qi; Herbal medicine can be used to reestablish and balance Qi, blood and moisture in organ networks, in order to avert pathological factors.

Clinical studies support that acupuncture is an effective modality in the treatment of almost all kinds of pain conditions, including the following: migraines, neuralgia, neck pain, back pain, herniated disc, TMJ, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis, frozen shoulder, shoulder pain, fibromyalgia, dysmenorrhea, osteoporosis, sports and other injuries, surgical pain and even cancer pain. Researchers have discovered beneficial immune and endocrine alterations following acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture may actually help prevent pain by acting on the sympathetic nervous system and by stimulating the body to produce biochemical substances, such as endorphins, to help reduce pain.

Chinese herbs for pain treatment are often used as formulas. According to the patient's condition, many herbs are put together like a group to enhance the power of the treatment and reduce the side effects. Some herbs have analgesic properties, and many of them are extremely potent. Herbal medicine can be used internally as well as externally. They are typically taken in the form of tea, capsules or concentrated powder. Depending on the situation, some herb preparations are given in China intravenously or subcutaneously.

Tuina, a body work therapy, is a complete system of body alignment based on TCM. It utilizes acupressure, stretching and gentle manipulation to restore balance and harmony in the human body. As an additional therapy to acupuncture treatment, cupping (negative pressure from a jar), and moxibustion (burning herbs to create heat) can also be used to treat certain types of pain such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. Chinese nutrition and exercise, such as Tai-ji and Qi-gong are also recommended in pain management.

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Berman BM, Swyers JP. Establish a research agenda for investigating alternative medical interventions for chronic pain. Primary care; Clinics in office practice, 1997; volume 4 (4): December.

IMC's concise review. Alternative Medical Therapies For Pain. Overview, 2. Integrative Medicine Communications.

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Knardahl S, Elam M, Olausson B, Wallin BG. Sympathetic Nerve Activity After Acupuncture in Humans. 1998; 75 (1): 19-25.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I feel fine!  Why do I need a chiropractor?

In short, the answer is, to create a more efficient body.

Here you are living life, doing the things that you do.  Do you know what your body is doing while you live life?  It's making sure you breathe, that you process food nutrients, that you have new skin cells and that you stay pulled together; literally ensuring that your cells keep their integrity.

The issue of wellness and why you would need a chiropractor is really a question of when you should start paying attention to your body and your health. It is also a question of how well your body is really functioning.  The answer is sometimes quite obvious and sometimes not so much. If we have pain or discomfort, we do something about it.  If we see abnormalities in our physiology, we have them checked out. 

But what happens when changes or discomforts in our body are so subtle that they go unnoticed or ignored?  The body then responds to them by adjusting and adapting. We propose to you that the best time to start chiropractic care is when you have no pain or discomfort and before the adapting that your body does, becomes chronic pain or dis-ease. Take the following into consideration:

  • Can you run one mile without being completely winded?
  • Does your large intestine eliminate waste daily?
  • How long can you hike before you are exhausted?
  • Is your lymphatic system detoxifying your body effectively or are toxins retained for weeks or months?
  • Do your lungs oxygenate your blood appropriately?

These are all questions of function. All of the above questions point to malfunction or healthy function; and none of them cause pain or evident physical abnormalities. Is your body functioning at its best?

For example if you sit in a chair that is not ergonomically proper for you, no problem, your body will adjust and the muscles and joints in your body will work around the environment to help your body stay on the chair.  Over a period of time the little adjustments lead to stress, nerve interference and imbalances within the body which in turn result in chronic conditions, discomfort and dis-ease.

  • When stress overwhelms our nervous systems the result is nerve interference.
  • Nerve interference causes malfunction.
  • Malfunction leads to dis-ease and chronic conditions.
  • When enough damage to the body has accumulated, you may or may not have symptoms.

If malfunction is ignored or covered up with drugs over time, the result may be a premature death.

Healthy Functioning Body
Stress
Nerve Interference
Malfunction
Dis-ease & chronic conditions
Illness and Premature Death
Have you ever:
  • had a flu or cold?
  • suffered headaches?
  • felt stomach pain or indigestion?
  • felt fatigue?
  • suffered stress?

These are all good reasons to get chiropractic care.  However, the best time to start chiropractic care is when you have few symptoms or no symptoms of dis-ease at all.

This is the time to get an evaluation on how your body is really functioning.  TAKE ACTION NOW to prevent chronic conditions and start improving your body's efficiency. STOP waiting around for your body to deteriorate.