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Posted by on Sep 21, 2011 in Adjustments, Auto Accident Victims, Blog, Chiropractic, Services, Soft Tissue, Youth Athletics | 0 comments

Severe Upper Back Pain

Severe Upper Back Pain

Sever upper back pain is very limiting.  Most patients who report this type of problem usually are unable to work and frequently have difficulty driving to our office.  The term “paralyzing” has even been used to describe this type of pain.   The good new?  It is commonly not a serious injury or condition and many patients report significant reduction is pain with one visit to our office.  Occasionally upper back pain can be related to more serious conditions, but it usually is a simple rib joint dysfunction.  For our purposes we are going to address the most common source of upper back pain. This type of  severe upper back pain begins almost spontaneously with stabbing pain located just to the side of the spine and in between the shoulder blades.   This occurs when a rib joint is dysfunctional- meaning that where it attaches to other bones (vertebra in the back, sternum in the front) the joint can not move or function the way it is supposed to.  Common reasons for this dysfunction are muscle imbalance, poor posture, certain...

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Posted by on Aug 1, 2011 in Auto Accident Victims, Blog, Chiropractic, Services, Soft Tissue, Youth Athletics | 0 comments

Natural Relief For Joint Pain- Cold Laser

Natural Relief For Joint Pain- Cold Laser

Are you looking for natural relief for joint pain? Do you endure pain just to be able to function at a minimal level?  Do you avoid activities that you love because the pain just is too excruciating?  Have you tried to find relief but haven’t found anything that is worth the side effects?  We have good news for you- There may be a new treatment for you to try.  Cold laser therapy is a fantastic way to find joint pain relief.  It is based upon adding light or energy to each individual cell helping it to function at a healthier state.  This therapy enjoys a wide range of benefits. First, it has no significant side effects when properly  applied.  “Cold” laser means that it does not create heat inside the tissues it is targeting. This prevents it from incurring inflammation.  Additionally, it doesn’t simply hide the pain, but helps the area to heal faster by providing it with energy.  In our opinion, this therapy is vastly superior to any synthetic drug or surgery due...

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Posted by on Aug 1, 2011 in Adjustments, Auto Accident Victims, Blog, Chiropractic, Home Care, Injury Prevention, Services, Wellness, Youth Athletics | 0 comments

How To Relieve Neck Pain From Sleeping

How To Relieve Neck Pain From Sleeping

What is the trick on how to relieve neck pain from sleeping? The answer is in the question: sleep habits. We spend almost one-third of our lives sleeping, but we rarely put any sort of priority on our sleep habits.  This includes sleep equipment (mattress, pillow, etc.), bodily posture or positioning, as well as approach to sleep (time allowed, routines, etc.). As a chiropractic physician, I consult with patients daily about their lifestyle habits and preferences. I find that there is a definite correlation between neck pain and poor sleep habits, the easiest to identify being preferred sleeping position. Admittedly, it is easier and much more common to find ways to alleviate neck pain by improving posture while awake, sleeping posture must be addressed if the pain relief is going to be long lasting. Let’s look at different sleep positions, their benefits, and their potential shortcomings. Sleeping on the back: This is a preferred position due to the uncomplicated nature of the spine and its curvature. If the neck is supported...

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Posted by on Jun 7, 2011 in Auto Accident Victims, Blog, Chiro Research, Chiropractic, General Chiro, Injury Prevention, Philosophy, Services, Soft Tissue, Youth Athletics | 0 comments

Cold Laser Therapy

We are excited to announce the addition of a new service to our clinic.  Cold Laser Therapy (also referred to as Low Level Light Therapy- LLLT) is now available.  This service can be received in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments and other therapies or can be experienced without other treatment options. What does Cold Laser Therapy do? It reduces pain by altering the levels of specific compounds that are active during the inflammation process.  It also stimulates the mitochondrion in each cell to increase the production of ATP causing an increase in oxygen delivery and use in the cells.  This improvement of biochemistry allows for an increase in overall cell energy and is used to transform live cells from a condition of illness to a healthy, stable state.  General therapeutic laser biological effects include increased cell growth, increased metabolic activity, faster wound healing, anti-inflammatory action, increased vascular activity, reduced fibrous tissue formation, and stimulated nerve function. Cold laser therapy is widely used for treatment of acute and chronic conditions.  Below is a...

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Posted by on Apr 25, 2011 in Auto Accident Victims, Blog, General Chiro, Maternity Care, Patients, Philosophy, Wellness, Youth Athletics | 0 comments

How Many Visits?

How Many Visits?

Who hasn’t heard the myth that once you see a chiropractor you’ll have to keep going back for the rest of your life. Most chiropractic patients arrive at their doctor’s office with months or years of problems.  They are in pain and just want to get relief.  Most often it hasn’t dawned on them that their condition is a result of months or years of habits, behaviors, and stress that have allowed pain to result.  This can even be true when the source of the pain is an acute injury. Chiropractic is a unique profession.  Our philosophies and protocols differ from the traditional allopathic approach.  We do not proclaim that all your problems can be cured with a magic little pill.  We do not suggest that we go ahead and open you up to see if there is something we can find wrong with you.  We much prefer to help you make small changes to lifestyle, posture, or biomechanics that can help result is significant changes. When determining how many visits or treatments one might need there needs...

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Posted by on Mar 28, 2011 in Adjustments, Chiropractic, Exercise, Injury Prevention, Soft Tissue, Wellness, Youth Athletics | 0 comments

Referred Pain

Referred Pain

Referred pain is when pain is felt in a different place in the body then where the source of the pain is located.  This is very common with the shoulder and neck.  A muscle trigger point in a rotator cuff muscle can elicit pain into the forearm and hand.  Neck problems can present as pain in the shoulder or arm.  Ankle pain may be resulting from a low back issue.  The best way to isolate and diagnose the problem is through a physical examination and history.  The cause of such pain can be from muscle trigger point (AKA muscle knots), pain from nerve involvement, or pain resulting from other tissue conditions such as adhesions. Headaches are another good example of this.  Some headaches are actually a result of bad posture, causing certain muscles to become overworked and begin to present as headaches.  A very common presentation of this is a headache that begins in the base of the skull and starts to creep up the back of the skull to...

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