Beyond Back Pain

Why Chiropractic Can Help With Asthma, Acid Reflex & Bedwetting

 

When I meet a new patient for the first time, 9 times out of ten they are seeking relief from some type of back or neck pain.

Helping patients recover from injuries, reducing pain, and restoring full mobility is certainly the primary purpose of chiropractic care, but the value of adjustments go far beyond the obvious.

The 24 vertebrae that comprise the spine serve a critical function—they protect the spinal cord, a series of nerve fibers sometimes referred to as the body’s information superhighway. By correcting misalignments in the spine (which are often undetected by patients), pressure on these nerves is alleviated. The result is that the lungs, bladder and stomach work better because signals from the central nervous system to these organs flow more freely.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) – A New Treatment Approach!

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or CTS, is the most common of the peripheral nerve conditions where the median nerve is compressed or pinched at the wrist.  The resulting symptoms of numbness/pain in the wrist, index, third, and forth fingers, multiple sleep interruptions, frequent shaking and flicking of the hand/fingers, difficulty in gripping or pinching such as buttoning a shirt, threading a needle, lifting a coffee cup, frequent dropping of objects, the inability to perform work duties – especially fast, repetitive work tasks can have a devastating effect on a person’s quality of life. … Read more…

Chiropractic Care and the Elderly

Chiropractic treatment of low back pain (LBP) has been reported to be very safe and highly effective.  In fact, in 1994, guidelines were published recommending that chiropractic treatment of low back pain should be a first consideration / treatment of choice in front of many other forms of back care health services.  Since that time, more and more studies have been published showing continued advantages of chiropractic care over many other forms of LBP care. 

Even though studies have shown that the peak prevalence of LBP occurs in the 5th decade of life, LBP is also a significant public health problem in older adults ranging between 13% and 49% with “…soaring costs in terms of health care expenditures.” So, what about care for the elderly – is chiropractic care equally safe and effective in this older population as it is in younger patients?  … Read more…

Whiplash – Can This Really Happen To YOU?

You’re stopped at red light awaiting a left turn into the grocery store when out of nowhere, you  hear the screeching of tires, you turn your head and look into the rear view mirror and see that you’re about to be hit from behind. Then “POW!”  The sudden force of the impact propels you back into your seat, your head hits the headrest and then bounces forwards, almost hitting the steering wheel.  You feel your body twist due to the angle of the seat belt and your sunglasses fly off and your purse sitting on the seat next to you flies into the dashboard and lands on the floor spilling its contents.  You’re not sure what just happened as it all happened so fast.  Is this a dream?  … Read more…

Fibromyalgia – What is it… Exactly?

There are many conditions that can be attributed to specific causes with a clear origin and means of diagnosis.  However, there are also conditions that are obscure and can only be diagnosed by eliminating other, more common conditions.  Fibromyalgia (FM) is one of those conditions where the degree of pain and disability can be profound and life quality interrupting, yet all the tests come back negative and there are no other conditions to explain the collection of symptoms.  It is at that point when the diagnosis of fibromyalgia is typically made. … Read more…

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) – A “Typical” Case Example

“I’ve been working on the line for 13 years and started noticing periodic tingling in my fingers.  It didn’t last long and I didn’t think about it much.  It gradually became more frequent and wouldn’t go away when I changed my activity or shook my hand or fingers.  It started to really grab my attention when I started to drop things out of my hand and couldn’t open jars as easily.  That’s when I decided to see what was wrong.  I didn’t know who to go to so I went to my family doctor and he diagnosed carpal tunnel syndrome.  He gave me a splint to wear at night and some anti-inflammatory drugs that irritated my stomach, so I quit the drugs.  The splint helped me sleep and I didn’t wake up as often.  The doctor was talking about surgery to un-pinch the nerve at my wrist if it didn’t get better soon, but I overheard some co-workers talk about seeing a chiropractor for their carpal tunnel problems and how much better they felt so I decided to try it.

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Self-management Approaches For Your Headache?

One of the reported causes of both migraine and tension headache is cervical muscle tension and spinal joint abnormalities in the neck.   When considering treatment for headaches, whether it’s a tension-type or migraine, there are many choices available.  The question is which of the many options offer the best benefit?  

One study compared the effectiveness of physical therapy (PT) to that of relaxation and thermal biofeedback (RTB). Both groups were treated using one of these approaches, and if at least a 50% improvement was not achieved, the other form of treatment was then utilized.  Results were calculated at 3, 6, and 12 month timeframes.  The PT group of 30 females used standard physical therapy approaches that included: … Read more…

Whiplash – What Is It?

Whiplash is a slang term for an injury to the neck that occurs as a result of a sudden jolt, classically occurring in a car accident though a slip and fall injury can sometimes result in a similar condition.  In a classic rear-end collision, the car is struck from behind and accelerated forward at speed that even if the person knew the impending collision was about to take place, bracing the body prior to impact would not prevent injury.  In fact, muscles can only be voluntarily contracted at around 800-1000 msec. and in a rear end collision, the head is “whipped” within a 300-400 msec. time frame.  Add to that, the muscles in the front of neck are initially stretched with the car is propelled forward leaving the head in a relatively extended backwards position.  Most of the headrests in cars are not properly positioned so the head often goes back much farther than the limits of our muscles, ligaments and joints may allow resulting in stretching and tearing of these tissues.  When the tissues in the front of the neck are over stretched, the “rubber band” effect propels the head forward — overstretching the muscles, ligaments, and joints in the back of the spine.  This “crack the whip” phenomenon occurs within 400-500 msec., far quicker than what we are capable of when voluntarily contracting our muscles. Here is a breakdown of what happens in a 5 mph rear-end collision: … Read more…

Fibromyalgia Diet?

There has been much discussion about Fibromyalgia (FM) regarding the symptoms, various medications, exercise, and more, but there is not a lot of discussion about a very important daily activity – eating!  It’s such a simple thing… so simple it seems to have been overlooked.

One FM diet suggests a 3:3:4 ratio for fats, carbs, and protein, respectively, and, to eat 6 small meals per day rather than 3 larger meals.  The “don’t” list includes chocolate, carbonated beverages and alcohol. The “do” list mandates lots of water consumption – 8 glasses a day, or more.  … Read more…

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) – What Else Could It Be?

In our clinic, we see patients frequently with CTS.  If is a very common condition and usually responds well to the non-surgical chiropractic treatment approaches including hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder and/or neck manipulation, Myofascial release techniques, wrist splint use – especially at night, work station evaluation and modifications, physiotherapy modality use, such as electrical stimulation, low level laser therapy, pulsed ultrasound, therapeutic exercises, as well as other treatment approaches. 

CTS symptoms include numbness, tingling, or half asleep sensations in the hand involving the palm and 2nd, 3rd, and thumb side of the 4th fingers.  Sometimes, there is weakness in the grip strength with frequent dropping of objects or difficulty unscrewing jars commonly reported.  Waking at night and needing to shake or flick the fingers to “…wake them up” is common.  Driving due to holding onto the steering wheel with the wrist bent, holding a book or newspaper, buttoning a shirt, and threading a needle, can all become challenging when the median nerve which goes through the carpal tunnel is pinched.  … Read more…