Seeing a Chiropractor: Finding Ways to Keep Your Pain Away

Three Ways To Keep Feeling Relaxed After You Leave Your Massage Appointment

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Ways To Keep Feeling Relaxed After You Leave Your Massage Appointment

Shortly after you climb onto your massage therapist’s table to smell the pleasant aroma of essential oils, hear the gentle sounds of nature from the speakers and feel the experienced touch of the therapist’s hands, your relaxation level will be about as high as it can get. When your massage wraps up, whether it’s 30 minutes, an hour or even two hours later, there’s no reason to think that your relaxed feeling should end. Sure, you have to climb off the table and return to your everyday life, but there are some useful ways to keep the relaxed vibe central to the hours that follow the treatment. Here are three ways to stay relaxed. Schedule Time For Something Pleasurable It might seem overly simplistic to think that there’s value in scheduling time for something that you enjoy, but many people zip out the massage clinic’s parking lot and quickly return to the stress and fast-paced nature of their daily life. Think of something low key that you’d enjoy, whether it’s a stroll through your favorite art gallery, a trip to the library or curling up in your bed at home and grabbing a short nap. When you’re brainstorming ideas, try to stay away from places that will be loud or boisterous or that are stressful to get to — it’s hard to be relaxed when you’re fighting your way through traffic. Visit Nature Spending time in the great outdoors is a simple way to promote relaxation. After your massage, enjoying some fresh air can keep that good feeling going. The exact manner in which you enjoy nature depends on your interests. For some people, it will be a trip to a local botanical garden to stroll among the blooms. For others, a moderate-paced walk through the woods or grabbing a seat on a park bench and watching the water might be enticing. Regardless of how you spend time in nature, you can expect to feel relaxed. Stay Away From Electronic Stimuli Regardless of how you choose to spend your time after the massage, do your best to avoid areas in which there’s a high degree of stimuli. This can mean that heading home and channel surfing isn’t ideal, and neither is scrolling through your social media accounts on your smartphone to see what updates you missed during your massage. Excess use of electronics can cause stress, which is the last thing your body needs after a relaxing...

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Spine Tips: A Back-Friendly Guide For Better Sleep

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Spine Tips: A Back-Friendly Guide For Better Sleep

Back pain can change the way you do everyday things, like sleeping. Yes, your back specialist is doing everything he or she can, but there a few things you can do on your own. The following guide will offer a few suggestions that can help your back and relieve some of the pain you feel. Helpful Techniques The best thing you can do for your back as you sleep is relieve the pressure your body is causing, and the following techniques should help you do that: Side Sleep Lie on your side with a pillow under your head; make sure it is not too high or too low. Place a pillow in between your knees to completely straighten your body as you sleep. Roll up a towel, and place it under the curve of your back. Neutral Sleep Lay on your back using the pillow mentioned earlier. Place another pillow under your knees. Roll up a towel, and place that under the same curve on your back. There are a few other techniques that may be specific to the area where you feel your pain, which your back specialist can help you with. You should also consider purchasing a new bed if your bed is old, as older beds are sunken in due to use. This effect makes it harder for your back to realign itself and relieve stress, even if you employ the aforementioned techniques. A recent study actually found that newer beds may help relieve back pain and improve sleep quality. Opt For A Firm Bed The next thing to consider is sleeping on a stiff bed. You can purchase a new bed that has different settings to make the surface firmer, or you can purchase a natural type of bed, like a petate. Petate’s are handwoven, natural mattresses made from dried fibers from palm trees that are native to Latin America. There are other types of natural beds, like mattresses made from horsetail or hey, that could also be helpful. There are a few reasons you should consider switching to a bed with a hard surface, which are the following: The force of gravity pushes your back towards the floor, but the curve of your buttocks and the top of your back holds the position in neutral. This gives your back an opportunity to be in its optimal state throughout the night. Your back will be supported. As your lungs expand and contract when you breath, this will give your back a subtle massage. This also helps your spine, muscles, joints, and other tissues make adjustments to heal your back. As you can see, the right sleep positions and the right bed can be helpful. Remember that these suggestions do not replace your chiropractor’s advice. For professional chiropractic care, contact an office such as Mauk...

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Tension Headaches: Causes, Symptoms, And Natural Treatment Options

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tension Headaches: Causes, Symptoms, And Natural Treatment Options

Tension headaches are the most common type of headache, but typically they are nothing you should be worried about. They are not usually caused by an underlying health issue; however, they can be frustrating and painful. If you experience these often, you may be interested in finding a way to get rid of them without medication. Here are two things you should understand about tension headaches. What are the symptoms and causes? Tension headaches usually cause pain around the top of the head, neck, and shoulders. These headaches can appear daily or numerous times a week, and they typically worsen when a person is exposed to a lot of stress. Up to 80% of adults in the U.S. suffer from tension headaches, and women have a higher chance of experiencing them than men. In many cases, the cause of tension headaches is due to tightness in the muscles of the neck. Tightened muscles prevent nerves from functioning properly, and this is often the reason people suffer from tension headaches. How can you naturally treat them? Treating tension headaches is something you can do naturally, but it should begin with these two things: Improving your posture – Posture is a leading cause of tightened muscles. If you can improve the way you sit, stand, and carry yourself, you might naturally be able to relieve stress on the muscles in your head and neck. If you work at an office job, you may want to update your equipment to ergonomic equipment, which is designed to promote good posture. Reducing the stress in your life – Because stress causes tension headaches, it might be wise to find ways to get rid of some of your stress. This could involve seeking help from a counseling center, solving unresolved issues in your life, or finding a new job. In addition to these steps, another good way to naturally treat tension headaches is by visiting a chiropractor. While this will not change the situations and stress level in your life, it can make a big difference in other ways. A chiropractor can perform a spinal adjustment on your back and neck. This will relieve tightness in your muscles and will help improve the functions of your central nervous system. Because of this, you may begin to experience fewer headaches in your life, even if you never improve your posture or eliminate stress. For more information, contact Smith Chiropractic or a similar...

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Inversion Therapy for Back Pain

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Inversion Therapy for Back Pain

Chiropractors often use inversion therapy in their treatment programs for individuals who suffer back pain related to sciatica, herniated discs, lymphedema, scoliosis (curvature of the spine), spondylolisthesis (slipping of a vertebra), and muscle spasm. Inversion therapy as part of an overall treatment plan may help reduce pain by relaxing the muscles and realigning the spine. The treatment may also decrease the time it takes to recover from an episode of back pain. What It Is Inversion therapy is based on the theory that hanging upside down or at a downward angle takes gravitational pressure off the discs in your spine. Over time, muscle and joint tension can pull your spine out of alignment and lead to compression stresses that cause wear and tear on the spine. When your back can no longer handle the wear, you can experience lower back pain. Chronic back pain can mean time lost from work, as well as diminish the quality of other areas of your life. For some people, stretching the spine can relieve low back pain temporarily but should be avoided if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, or glaucoma. This method of spinal traction, which involves lying on an inversion table for several minutes with your head hanging down, can increase your blood pressure and slow your heart rate. The head-down position also increases intraocular pressure — pressure within the eyeball that can lead to glaucoma. Because inversion therapy positions the head lower than the feet, it’s important to talk to your doctor and inform your chiropractor, ones like Dils Chiropractic, of any medical conditions, including pregnancy, before beginning treatment. How It Works When discs in the spine — which act as the body’s shock absorbers — lose water, the vertebrae move closer to each other. This compression can lead to decreased flexibility, spinal misalignment, and increased risk of pinched nerves — all conditions that can cause back pain. The use of an inversion table tilted at a downward angle can help the spine and weight-bearing joints decompress. Decreasing the separation between the vertebrae rehydrates discs by allowing the soft tissue of the discs to absorb moisture. What Inversion Therapy Does Stretches and relaxes tense muscles that can cause neck, shoulder, and back pain Lengthens tight muscles and decompresses joints, which increases flexibility Strengthens core muscles that support the upper body, decreasing your risk of back injury Reduces pressure and pinching on nerve roots that can cause pain to radiate to the legs Takes pressure off the spine making it easier to move vertebrae back into alignment Improves blood circulation, particularly blood flow to the brain Improves circulation of lymph fluid by pushing the fluid upward from the lower body to the...

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Arthritis: Adding Complementary Approaches To Your Care Plan

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Arthritis: Adding Complementary Approaches To Your Care Plan

Arthritis is a very common condition, with nearly 53 million adults and 300,000 children being affected by it. This is because there are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions. Arthritis, meaning “joint inflammation,” causes joint symptoms such as swelling, pain, and stiffness, ranging from very mild to debilitating. It is most common among women and older people, but the severity of the condition is not predictable. Sometimes it gets worse with ages and sometimes it becomes more manageable. There are medications that can manage arthritis, but there are also several alternative approaches that you can try in order to reduce the inflammation and pain.  Nutrition – Ditch the Sugar If you suffer from arthritis, you should consider cutting sugar from your diet. While the connection between sugar and arthritis is complex, it cannot hurt to remove it from the foods that you eat. Eating sugar doesn’t cause arthritis or its symptoms. But it does contribute to weight gain, which can put more pressure on joints, thus increasing the symptoms of arthritis. High quantities of sugar in your diet can also result in increased advanced glycation end products (AGEs) in your body. AGEs damage certain proteins in the body. The body tries to break these AGEs apart by using cytokines, which are inflammatory messengers. This can increase your joint inflammation, causing you more unnecessary pain. Cutting the amount of sugar in your diet could reduce inflammation and, therefore, pain. Chiropractic Care – Crack the Pain Away If you suffer from arthritis, you should consider visiting a chiropractor as a complementary approach to traditional arthritis care. You should use a chiropractor in addition, not in place of, your arthritis doctor because chiropractic care isn’t a substitute for regular medication. Chiropractors can help you create an individualized plan that includes chiropractic adjustments as well as exercise and nutrition guidance. Chiropractic adjustments could help you increase joint range of motion, improve flexibility, and increase muscle. Chiropractors can help create that more well-rounded approach to your care that you might be seeking, instead of having to rely just on pills to treat your arthritis. There are millions of arthritis sufferers in the world, so you are not alone. After your diagnosis and visiting an arthritis doctor, start to consider alternative and complementary treatments for your disease. So many people think that just popping a pill will cure their problem and alleviate their symptoms, but a whole-body approach to the problem that includes nutrition, exercise, and possibly chiropractic care will create a healthier, and hopefully happier, you. For more information, consider contacting a professional like those at Summit...

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3 Ways To Unwind For Your Massage Appointment

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways To Unwind For Your Massage Appointment

Whether you’ve booked a massage appointment to address some aches and pains in your body or you’re just looking for a way to unwind after a hectic week, you’re in luck. Regular massage sessions can be an effective way to battle the stresses of everyday life, provided you allow yourself to really relax. Although your therapist might occasionally check in with you if he or she notices that your body feels tense, take ownership over the situation by committing to deep relaxation before you even get on the table. Doing so helps you maximize the session and feel like a new person in just an hour. Start Early Don’t speed through traffic to your massage appointment while you engage in a heated discussion on the phone with a colleague. Use the trip to the clinic as an opportunity to do a little pre-relaxing. Turn off your mobile device, listen to some classical music or enjoy the silence. Make sure to leave in plenty of time so you don’t have to stress if the traffic is heavy. Really commit to pre-relaxing by downloading some spa-style music or nature sounds and playing them softly in your car. If light traffic allows you to reach the clinic with significant time to spare, take a slow walk through the neighborhood before your appointment. Breathe Remembering to breathe sounds overly simple, but it’s easy for a tense body to restrict its airflow. Don’t be embarrassed about making deep, exaggerated breaths, groans and sighs when you’re on the table; some therapists even encourage patients to breathe at specific points of the session to promote relaxation. Being conscious of your breath is a simple way to relax your mind; when you’re fully focused on the process of taking a deep breath in, holding it for a few seconds and then gently exhaling it, it’s difficult to think about your upcoming business meeting or the argument you had with your teenager. Change The Music Relaxing music is a prominent element in virtually every massage session, but given that enjoyment of music is in the eye of the beholder, there’s a chance the particular songs might not appeal to you. Don’t suffer through them and think about how they’re stressing you out. Don’t be shy about asking your therapist to change the music, turn it down or even turn it off. If you’ve found a particular album that makes you feel relaxed at home, take it to the appointment. Many therapists are open to clients providing their own...

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Adding Meditation To Your Chronic Lower Back Pain Management Plan

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Adding Meditation To Your Chronic Lower Back Pain Management Plan

The doctors in your pain treatment center have a variety of options to include in your treatment plan. Medication management, physical therapy, and chiropractic spinal manipulation work together to reduce your annoying lower back pain. Some people have discovered meditation as a way to limit their reliance on pain medication and prevent flare ups of back pain. Wake Forest University sponsored a study and found that some people needed 40 percent less medication once they adopted meditation in their pain management. Here is how meditation can be an effective part of your treatment plan. Meditation and Chronic Pain It’s often difficult to find the cause of chronic pain, so the focus of treatment is on the symptoms. Back pain is treated by keeping muscles relaxed and reducing inflammation. Alternative techniques, such as meditation, work with the psychology of chronic pain. The goal is to find ways of using the mind to change your perception of the pain. Mindfulness Meditation This is a specific meditation technique to manage your awareness of pain. It teaches you to see pain as separate from you and your body. Some people find that this detachment from the pain allows them to experience periods of relief from it. When you’ve mastered this technique, you can use it throughout the day to get a break from the pain. To become proficient with mindfulness meditation, you need to work closely with a teacher. They will help you develop a meditation practice unique to you and your specific condition. Part of the process is learning how to manage your fear and anticipation of the pain. An experienced meditation teacher or coach will help you with that. To give you a slight taste of mindfulness meditation, try the following exercise at home. Controlling Your Reaction to Temperature Find a quiet place to sit and practice this technique. Fill a bowl with ice cubes and place the bowl within reach of your chair. Sit, relax your body, and begin breathing slowly and deeply in and out. Try to focus your attention on your breath. Imagine seeing your breath going in and out of your body. Now notice all of the random thoughts going through your mind. Grab one thought and look at it. Notice how the thought is separate from you. Let it go and grab another. Continue this for a few minutes and develop the sense that you can separate yourself from these thoughts. Now put your hand into the bowl of ice and focus your attention on how your body reacts to the temperature. Just like with your thoughts, see the reaction as a separate and distinct thing. Notice the temperature and any discomfort. Notice if your hand wants to pull away or if it finds the experience pleasant. Now put your attention back on your breath. Feel yourself becoming detached from the bowl of ice as you switch your attention. After a few minutes of focusing on your breath, switch it back to the ice. Notice any changes in your perception of how it feels. When doing this, people will discover that the ice feels less cold and uncomfortable. Try this exercise with other situations, such as a warm object, a loud radio or a disagreeable odor. This and other mindfulness meditation exercises teach you how to detach...

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Veterans Can Get Assistance For Neck Pain

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Veterans Can Get Assistance For Neck Pain

Military service can lead to a lot of bodily aches and pains. Whether you were injured in a specific incident or feel as though the lifestyle in general was detrimental to your health, there are ways that a chiropractor can help you. A chiropractor can do much more than treat pain related to back, neck, spine and joint problems; if a significant issue is discovered that you think was caused by military service, their consultation can be instrumental to getting compensation for your pain. Consider a few ways that a chiropractor can get you the care that you need and can afford: How Can Pain Be Compensated? The Department of Veterans Affairs provides injury compensation to veterans who have conditions caused by military service. These conditions are known as ‘service-connected’ conditions, and must pass a qualifying test in order to be considered for compensation. In order to be considered service-connected, the condition must have been caused during military service or made considerably worse by military service. The difficult part in proving injuries such as pain and discomfort is that the symptoms may not manifest until many years after the injury. If you’ve complained about the problem during military service before, you have at least one positive fact working for your favor. A prior complaint during military service sets you apart from many of the potentially fraudulent claims that Veterans Affairs (VA) officials must filter out. It’s more difficult to receive compensation for an issue that was discussed only after military service. Some VA disability conditions fall under a category called presumptive conditions. These conditions may not have a specific cause listed in your prior military medical record, but it is understood that veterans involved during certain military campaigns may all have symptoms of certain conditions. These conditions range from Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War to Gulf War Syndrome reaching from the Gulf War conflict in the 1990’s to the ongoing War of Terror in Southwest Asia. How Can A Chiropractor Help? Part of getting a VA claim approved is showing that you’re currently suffering from problems caused by military service. A chiropractor can create a detailed analysis of your condition using non-invasive or minimally invasive procedures. The chiropractor doesn’t have to begin giving you therapy to get the evidence. A chiropractor can take (computerized tomography) CT scans to detail the areas that they suspect are the cause of your pain, discomfort or other disability. Although the VA can perform a cursory scan as well, the notorious wait times and sometimes rushed appointments may mean that some information is lost in the paperwork shuffle. By consulting your own chiropractor, the evidence can be gathered at a time when you and the chiropractor can focus on your condition. Consult a chiropractor like Dr. Brian C. Gibson Chiropractic to begin building evidence that could push your claim to success and pay for your continued...

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Complementary Therapies For The Treatment Of Sciatic Nerve Pain

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Complementary Therapies For The Treatment Of Sciatic Nerve Pain

Sciatic nerve pain is difficult to treat. Due to an inflammation of your sciatic nerve, the pain can be intense. Your sciatic nerves run from the base of your spine, and down the backs of your legs to your knees. At the knee, your sciatic nerve continues the journey down the outer side of your calf and then crosses over the top of your foot. When this nerve is pinched or irritated, you can experience pain, numbness or tingling anywhere along the sciatic nerve. Sciatica usually requires a combination of complementary therapies to be treated effectively. Chiropractic Treatment Eases Nerve Compression When you go to the chiropractor, like those at Claremont Chiropractic, for treatment of sciatic nerve pain, the treatment will focus on reducing inflammation and restoring your spine to alignment. If the sciatic nerve is compressed because of a misaligned vertebra, a spinal adjustment will help take the pressure off of the nerve. If you have a bulging disc, chiropractic adjustments may help. If your chiropractor suspects a bulging disc, images will be taken of your spine to assess the severity. Some bulging discs can be treated with adjustments, while others may require surgery. Acupuncture is Effective at Treating Nerve Pain Acupuncture is an Eastern medicine that uses hair thin needles to restore the energy flow within your body. The needles don’t hurt, and your acupuncturist is trained in treating all kinds of conditions. Acupuncture helps nerve pain, and other difficult to treat pain conditions. Most people who visit with an acupuncturist feel great after the treatment, leaving the office refreshed and with marked improvement.  Medication Can Help Treat Sciatic Nerve Pain Cortisone shots, NSAIDs, and medications such as gabapentin (neurontin) are all used in the treatment of sciatic pain. Cortisone shots help to reduce inflammation when traditional medications aren’t working. The first course of treatment with medications is usually NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen. If that is only partially effective, neurontin may be added and cortisone shots will be recommended. Neurontin’s first use is as an anticonvulsant, but it has shown promise as a nerve pain treatment medication for many patients.  Eating Right can Reduce Inflammation There are many foods that cause inflammation, and in reverse, many that will help fight inflammation. Maintaining a healthy weight helps heal your body. Foods that help fight inflammation include fatty fish, leafy, dark greens, nuts, seeds, strawberries, blueberries, garlic and onions. Foods that can increase your inflammation response include refined sugars, saturated fats, and refined carbohydrates. Eating a healthier diet will help you reduce your overall...

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A Big Pain In The Back: The FAQs Of Back Pain

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When you suffer from back pain, the main thing you will probably think is “I just want it to stop!” There is no doubt that back pain can be nearly crippling, but, fortunately, there is hope. Chiropractors are back pain specialists who help patients with both short-term pain and long-term pain. Back pain is often quite misunderstood, so it can be helpful if you read over the following “FAQ of Back Pain” below. Why am I Hurting? This can be different for each person. There are many different potential causes of back pain. These can include: Muscle pulls or strains Spinal Stenosis Degenerative arthritis Whiplash due to an accident Degenerative disc disease No matter what the reason for the back pain, it can usually be resolved through gentle spinal manipulation from your chiropractor. Why is Back Pain so Common? Back pain is such a common occurrence because the spine is such an integral part of the human body. Every single day, your spine will have to withstand a certain amount of stress. Your lower back is responsible for supporting the spinal column, so when the spine starts to sustain stress, the lower back will immediately begin to feel it. Because you need your lower back to accomplish such an important job every day, it may have a higher chance of developing issues. Is Back Pain Ever Fatal? In most cases, back pain is not fatal, but it can definitely make your life pretty miserable. Back pain is a unique type of pain because it is not the type of thing you can ignore. For example, if you have pain in your arm, you may be able to alleviate this by simply using the other arm for most tasks. With your back, you really can’t spend all your time laying flat on your back to rest the injury. You need to keep moving and keep living your life, so back pain needs to be dealt with effectively and quickly. Why do People Choose Chiropractics For Back Pain? People choose chiropractics for back pain for a number of reasons, but one of the most popular is the non-invasive treatment. Chiropractic care uses simple manipulation of the spine as a treatment and never relies on prescription medication for pain relief. Although some people may resort to surgical intervention for back pain, it can be a long road to recovery. If you suffer from back pain, talk to your a doctor or chiropractor like Chiropractor Plus as soon as possible so you can get your life...

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