What Chiropractic Patients Ought To Know About Orthotics

 

It's good to have options.

Individuals who suffer from a recurring medical condition, as well as those who experience an injury of one form or another, maintain the same overall goals; manage the pain, find a successful treatment option, and heal as quickly as possible. Fortunately, Chiropractic care helps promote healing and strengthen the body by working on it in its entirety.

Experienced Chiropractors understand there are some other treatments in addition to Chiropractic care that help aid pain management, increase mobility, and decrease healing time. Depending on the condition, individuals may experience a wide array of benefits from blending these treatments into their Chiropractic treatment.

One such treatment is orthotics. If life were a sandbox, Chiropractic care and orthotics would be the best of friends. Orthotics treat muscle and skeletal conditions, as does Chiropractic treatment. Some of the key benefits of utilizing orthotics as treatment include:

Greater support

Orthotics created to "brace" the body part that is not at full performance strength allows it to heal faster.

Success in keeping certain areas immobile

Sometimes a person's injury requires little or no movement, and orthotics serve this scenario well.

Decreasing weight bearing on the particular body part

Feet, for example, bear a great deal of the body's weight, making them one of the more difficult parts of the body to achieve healing. Orthotics provide the weight bearing assistance needed to give the body time to repair and heal itself.

Body stabilisation

If a part of the body is not functioning adequately, the entire body may be unstable. This is an unsafe situation that can actually cause other injuries. Orthotics are tools that stabilise the body by providing extra support.

Body alignment correction

A variety of injuries and other health conditions cause misalignment of the spine. Certain orthotics assist the body in achieving alignment over the course of time, especially when combined with Chiropractic treatment.

Used in the course of Chiropractic treatment, orthotics provide a valuable factor in the person's recovery. Marrying the regimens of Chiropractic and orthotics supercharge the healing and recovery time.

Here's how:

Helps eliminate painful symptoms. With Chiropractic visits working on the body as a whole, and orthotics offering support and stabilisation, patients often show a decrease in painful symptoms faster than employing one or the other.

Increases the chance of returning to normal activity. Utilising orthotics gives the area that is underperforming stabilisation and support. This allows a person to more likely return to work and other daily activities faster than Chiropractic alone.

Minimises reliance on medication. A chronically painful medical issue is quite difficult to manage without medication. Long-term use of certain medications can create health and addiction issues, leaving a person with one more problem to handle. The combination of Chiropractic and orthotics empowers many individuals to lessen their dependence on drugs.

Maximises quality of life. While being treated by a Chiropractor, a patient’s body may take weeks or longer to stabilise before it completely heals. When orthotics are coupled with Chiropractic, these same people are able to achieve a greater feeling of stability, and consequently, independence. This effect is perhaps the most significant benefit of employing the two practices, as quality of life is immeasurable.

No matter the injury or condition, an experienced Chiropractor can determine the best regimen for each individual patient's needs

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4 Benefits Plantar Fasciitis Sufferers Gain By Using Chiropractic

 

One of the most difficult medical conditions to spell is also one of the most common. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. A person is afflicted with this medical condition when the tissue tears in the long ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot, called the plantar fascia ligament. The resulting symptoms include pain and inflammation that can be acute and often ongoing.

It's estimated that 2 million Americans suffer from plantar fasciitis. However, many different factors cause the condition.

A foot trauma from an injury such as a fall can bring about the condition. Other causes are wearing ill-fitting or non-supporting footwear, prolonged standing, and arthritis. Once afflicted with plantar fasciitis, the sufferer often changes their gait to avoid foot pain, bringing on secondary issues such as misalignment and joint stress.

While there are several modes of treatment options, Chiropractic offers multiple unique benefits to those who suffer from plantar fasciitis. Here are four specific ways Chiropractic effectively treats plantar fasciitis.

Chiropractic can reduce stress in the plantar fascia

When the ligament is stressed, it can cause tiny tears that brings on plantar fasciitis. Sufferers who don't take measures to repair this damage often experience ongoing pain and inflammation. A Chiropractor, over a series of visits, is able to treat the foot and heel so the ligament starts to relax, which in return, promotes healing and diminishes the instances of dealing with the condition again down the road.

Chiropractic care helps minimise secondary bodily injury due to compensation

As mentioned above, individuals dealing with the pain of plantar fasciitis frequently adapt their gait to avoid painful steps, causing stress and weight to fall on other parts of the feet, ankles, and joints. This may eventually cause issues with strained muscles and sore joints.

Chiropractic not only deals with the symptoms, but treats the root of the problem. Patients who commit to Chiropractic see the plantar fasciitis decrease in severity. In addition, the Chiropractor helps re-train them to walk and stand correctly, taking care of the secondary issues.

Additional at home exercises promote healing

Patients can help their situations in addition to visiting their Chiropractor by taking advantage of regular home therapy exercises. Part of Chiropractic for plantar fasciitis includes a regular recommendation of exercises that stretches and heals the plantar fascia as well as secondary affected areas. For maximum results, patients need to make sure they perform the exercises correctly and diligently stick to the rehabilitation plan.

Chiropractic works well in conjunction with other treatments

Chiropractic for plantar fasciitis complements other treatments. Chiropractic visits paired with massage, and more invasive treatment such as injections to offer pain management, increased mobility, and faster healing. Talk with your Chiropractor to see what other treatments may complement your current care.

The not so great news is plantar fasciitis's typical recovery time is several months. The great news is that committing to a combination of Chiropractic visits and therapy exercises heals 9 out of 10 cases.

Plantar fasciitis is a common issue that millions of people face, but it doesn't have to control your activity level or hinder your lifestyle. Consult a Chiropractor and work together to lay out a plan of Chiropractic, at-home rehab, and possibly other complementary forms of treatments. It may take time, but plantar fasciitis sufferers can eventually reach a point where they are pain free and their mobility is unhindered!

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Low Back Pain, The Many Pain Generators & How Chiropractic Can Help

 

It is estimated that as much as 80 percent of American adults experience at least one significant episode of low back pain each year. Low back pain ranks among the top four reasons for doctor’s visits and experts predict that two to five percent of adults in the U.S. will lost time from work or see a doctor about low back pain. It is a very common problem with many different causes. These causes, called pain generators, can stem from physical causes like injury, illness, or they can have psychological origins. Understanding the pain generators and their connection to low back pain is the first step finding relief and realising chiropractic ’s role in pain management and healing.

What are Pain Generators?

Pain generators are the origins or causes of pain. Lower back pain generators can be any number of things including disc problems, joint problems, or muscular problems which can stem from illness, injury, or emotional upsets. Disruptions in other parts of the body can also cause pain in the lower back.

For instance, pain or injury in the hip, knee, ankle, or foot can throw the body off balance as it tries to compensate for an irregular gait. Infection and inflammation as well as systemic disease can also be cause or contributor to low back pain. We are typically inclined to look for the most obvious reason for pain, but sometimes the cause may be obscure and difficult to pinpoint. Often, finding the exact pain generator requires an examination of not just the body, but the mind as well.

Low Back Pain and Pain Generators

Back pain is not always easy to diagnose which can make it difficult to treat. The method that is used for treating low back pain depends on the specific pain generators that are involved. The method for treating a disc problem differs greatly from the method used to treat muscular strain. A degenerative disease like arthritis is not treated the exact same way that spinal trauma is treated.

Some pain generators may have a variety of components that must be addressed. Back pain with an emotional component is a prime example. Emotional upset, stress, depression, and anxiety can cause low back pain in many patients. When addressing the physical pain, it is also important to address the emotional component. This, in turn, leads to addressing diet and lifestyle changes.

Chiropractic for Low Back Pain

Chiropractic is an effective treatment for low back pain caused by most pain generators. While it addresses the specific area where the pain is located, the whole body wellness approach that is part of the practice makes it very effective in treating other issues that may be causing the pain. In other words, your back pain could be caused by a misaligned pelvis due to an ankle injury is addressed by realigning the spine and pelvic area as well as treating the injured ankle. Lower back pain caused by obesity can be relieved by spinal alignment, but the Chiropractor can also counsel the patient on eating healthy, exercising, and losing weight.

Chiropractic is so much more than simply aligning the spine, although that is the crux of the practice. When the spine is properly aligned the central nervous system as well as the entire body function much more efficiently and effectively. There are times when aligning the spine through Chiropractic care is enough to relieve a patient’s pain. Other times the Chiropractor must look a little deeper to find the cause. That is the beauty of Chiropractic care, though. It is not about putting a band aid on a symptom; it’s about addressing the cause of the problem.

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3 Ways of Avoiding & Treating Soccer Injuries with Chiropractic

Football is THE most popular team sport in the UK and offers an excellent form of exercise to children and adults alike. Unfortunately, the nature of the sport, the repeated movement and the chance of collision, add up to quite a few opportunities for injury.

Lower and upper extremity injuries, overuse injuries, and head, neck, and face injuries are commonplace. According to Stanford Children's Health, "88,000 children 8-14 were treated in A&E for soccer-related injuries."

Soccer players who take certain precautionary measures decrease their chances of injury. Let’s look at three ways you can avoid injury as a soccer player:

#1: Use proper equipment

Donning proper fitting cleats, uniforms, and shin guards decrease the risk of being hurt in the first place. Make adjustments often, especially if the player is growing rapidly or fluctuates in weight.

#2: Get checked out by a Chiropractor pre-season

Soccer players who allow their fitness less to lapse increase the chance of injury. Visit a Doctor of Chiropractic to ensure there are no underlying issues with participating in strenuous activity. An Chiropractor is also able to make sure the spine is aligned and muscles and joints are strong and functioning properly.

#3: Pay attention to the surroundings

A field that is not kept up well offers a greater chance of turning an ankle or falling. It's vital to check out the playing area beforehand and note any uneven areas that could cause a player to trip.

In addition, consider the weather. Muddy, slick fields create extra issues, and particularly hot temperatures make players run the risk of dehydration or heat stroke. Prepare for weather issues in advance of the game.

If, even though you take all of these precautions, you still end up injured, there are several options for treatment. The injury is hopefully mild and heals on its own after a few days of rest. More serious injuries require a doctor visit, and one of these three treatments.

First, ice and elevate it: Keep weight off the injured area as much as possible, and elevate it with pillows. Use an ice bag wrapped in a towel to keep down swelling and inflammation. If the injury is painful, over the counter medication helps reduce discomfort.

Then, take a break: The last decision you want to make is to begin playing too soon and re-injure yourself. With more serious injuries, sitting out of a few games, or even an entire season, is a choice that promotes healing and health. Talk to your Chiropractor about the timeframe the injury needs to be able to recover correctly, and follow his or her advice.

Finally, keep your Chiropractic session regular: Chiropractors are trained in treating the neuromusculoskeletal system as a whole. Many of the injuries suffered from soccer show an improvement after a few Chiropractic visits.

Spinal and joint alignment, muscle healing, and tendon relaxation are all techniques Chiropractors employ to promote and hasten healing. Additionally, Chiropractors give insight on valuable ways to use nutrition and exercise to keep the body functioning at optimum capacity, to avoid re-injury.

Enjoying physical activity is essential to maintain a routine that provides a healthy, active lifestyle, and joining a soccer team is a great choice for children as well as adults. Knowing the advance precautions to put in place to avoid injury will help keep you strong and safe.

If, however, you or your child end up hurt, these forms of treatment will lessen healing time and get you back in the game at full speed. So give us a call to schedule your next appointment before you get back out on the pitch.

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5 Reasons Whiplash Sufferers Should Choose Chiropractic Care

“whiplashOur neck is a busy body part. It holds up and turns our head, allowing us to see, hear, and speak in the direction we choose.

Although the neck is a real “team player” it’s a bit of a diva, meaning it’s fairly delicate. There are many ways everyday motion injures the neck, ending up causing pain, decreased mobility, and varying degrees of short and long-term misery.

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Why You Should Stay Hydrated and Six Easy Ways to Do It

 

Summer fun means outside activities in the warm sun, from strenuous pursuits like biking, hiking, and cricket, to more leisurely enjoyments like sunbathing. No matter how you plan to enjoy the steamy summer months, maintaining hydration should be right up there with sunscreen on your list of important hot weather priorities.

Dehydration is a condition that ranges from mild to serious, and can happen quicker than you think. Right Diagnosis defines dehydration as "an abnormal condition in which the body's cells are deprived of an adequate amount of water." One of the main situations factoring into a person becoming dehydrated is heat.

Think you drink enough water and don't need to worry about dehydration? Consider these points:

  • The ability to recognise thirst diminishes in individuals in their late 30's or older.
  • A person's body is made up of roughly 70% water.
  • When you lose 2% of the body's water content, you are considered dehydrated.

Dehydration symptoms range from unpleasant confusion, muscle weakness, and fatigue to extremely dangerous ones like seizures, kidney failure, and death. The good news is that staying hydrated in the first place is relatively easy if you take a few precautions up front.

#1: Drink plenty of water

Make it a habit of carrying water with you during the summer months, and sipping on it throughout the day, especially if you are planning on outside activities. Invest in a couple of BPA-free water bottles for yourself and your family to tote with them on their summer adventures.

Not a big fan of plain water? Try adding lemon, cucumber, and mint sprigs to liven it up! Mix up in a big pitcher the night before so the flavor has time to penetrate. Another option is flavor packets, which are individual packets of flavors like green tea, watermelon, and peach.

#2: Eat the right foods

Liquids aren't the only way your body gets water. Avoid dehydration by eating foods with a high water content.

Choices like celery, watermelon, cucumbers, carrots, and citrus fruits all offer exceptional hydrating ability. Pack these as snacks for the pool or beach, or to enjoy before and after an outdoor workout.

#3: Steer clear of certain drinks

As yummy and refreshing as an icy beer or frosty margarita tastes, alcohol can contribute to dehydration. If you decide to indulge, limit yourself to one or two, and drink a large glass of water along with your beverage to counteract the alcohol's effects.

#4: Avoid overexertion

Exercise is a wonderfully healthy pursuit; however, keep an eye on the temperature. If it is going to be exceptionally hot and humid, choose to exercise either early in the morning, or after sunset, when temperatures are lower and the sun isn't beaming.

#5: Wear proper attire

Dress in light, airy clothing in fabrics that breathe. Protect your head with a cap or hat that shades your face. Avoid black clothing, which tends to absorb the sun and make you hotter.

#6: Be prepared

Extreme heat makes everyday issues like a flat tire or dead battery life-threatening. Visit a mechanic to confirm your vehicle is in good shape to lessen the chances of getting stranded. Carry extra water or sports drinks in your vehicle, and keep your cell phone charged. If your car breaks down, either stay in your car to wait for help, or stand in the grass instead of on the sizzling pavement.

Staying hydrated is essential for good health all the time, and during the summer in particular. Implement these easy tips into your daily routine so you and your family maintain hydration and enjoy hot weather outdoor fun.

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Is Chiropractic Care the Answer to Your Child’s Chronic Ear Infections?

"Mom, it hurts. It hurts!"

Parents of children suffering from ear infections are all too familiar with this cry. Tugging at their ears, crying, and trouble sleeping are all signs of an ear infection in your little one.

Children are more susceptible to ear infections than adults because of their smaller Eustachian tubes, and their less effective immune systems. Unfortunately, chronic ear infections can quickly become a painful, ongoing problem.

Parents have a variety of options at their disposal to treat their child’s ear infections. Drops, antibiotics, and ventilation tubes placed by surgical procedure are all commonly used treatments for chronic infections. Chiropractic care is another option available and is rapidly gaining acceptance and popularity for the effective treatment of ear infections.

According to HealthyChild.com, ear infections are the reason for 35% of pediatrician visits, and ear pain is the number one reason a child visits a chiropractor. Children who suffer from recurring ear infections benefit from chiropractic care in several ways that are not available through other, more traditional forms of treatment.

Here are a few of the benefits chiropractic care offer for ear infections are:

It is non-invasive

Unlike the surgical procedure that is often used to combat ear infections by inserting tubes in the child’s ears, chiropractic adjustments provide a non-invasive form of treatment.

This treatment option works well because a little one’s spine may be moved out of alignment from the birthing process, or from any number of spills he or she makes learning to walk, run, or navigate stairs. An experienced chiropractor can map out a treatment plan that includes gentle adjustments of the child’s neck and spine. The goal is to decrease fluid build up within the ear canals that bring on ear infections and pain.

It is a painless option of treatment

The last thing parents want in any medical treatment is to cause their child more pain. A negative experience at a doctor’s office can create a fear that lasts for years to come.

Children with ear infections have nothing to fear from visiting a chiropractor. During a chiropractic visit, the child will participate in adjustments that are pain free. The treatments will be able to reduce the pain in a short amount of time in many instances, and reduce the chance of dealing with another ear infection down the road.

It treats the underlying cause

Other options of treatment may decrease the symptoms of an ear infection, but never get to the actual root issue. Chiropractic care strives to return the body in its entirety to its normal function.

This is the main building block concept for chiropractic in general. By re-aligning the spine, the body as a whole can be healthier and more resistant to infection and disease. Chiropractic care helps adjust the child’s body back to a normal state, thus providing a way for it to heal itself and fight off future ear (and other) infections better than simply using drops and antibiotics.

If your child is susceptible to ear infections, there are steps you can take to minimize the chances of an occurrence in the first place. Frequent hand washing to prevent the spread of germs and avoiding cigarette smoke are two simple ways to combat ear infections.

Chiropractic treatment continues to show promise in treating the underlying issues that cause a child to suffer from ear infections. If you are looking for a treatment that is pain free, not intimidating to the child, and an alternative to invasive surgery, enlisting the help of a chiropractor is a fantastic option.

So if your child is experiencing chronic ear infections, give us a call. Our Doctor of Chiropractic is here to help!

Is Chiropractic Care the Answer to Your Child’s Chronic Ear Infections?

Chiropractic and Pregnancy – 5 ways chiropractors can help expectant mothers

Pregnancy is an exciting, precious time in a woman’s life, full of new experiences. Unfortunately, the baby’s development brings about bodily changes that often wreak havoc on the back and joints, and end up causing pain. These issues also frequently cause issues during delivery, and increase the time it takes for the body to recover post-pregnancy.

Expectant mums benefit from Chiropractic in a number of ways. Here are five key ways Chiropractic helps alleviate the toll pregnancy takes on a woman’s body.

#1: Chiropractic keeps the spine in alignment.

Pregnancy adds significant additional weight to a woman’s body in a short amount of time. This change bears on the spine, frequently pulling it out of alignment.

When this happens, the pain can be quite severe. Chiropractic during pregnancy works to keep the spine in alignment and all supporting tendons working optimally, to be better prepared and able to adequately support the extra weight.

#2: Chiropractic reduces need for pain relievers.

Most times, individuals experiencing moderate pain pop a couple of over the counter pain relievers and think nothing of it. However, pregnant women strive to avoid medications when possible.

Chiropractic treatments decrease the underlying issues that cause pain, so the patient relies less on medications. Experiencing less pain as well as eliminating the need for pain killers is a win-win situation for expectant mothers.

#3: Chiropractic strengthens and repairs joints.

Pregnancy really beats up an expectant mothers joints. Chiropractic for expectant mothers is a productive way to minimise the effect the large, protruding abdomen has on her hips, legs, and ankles.

Treating the body as a whole, Chiropractic treatment works to strengthen the body and promotes healing of injured or strained areas.

#4: Chiropractic helps achieve pelvic alignment.

An aligned pelvis is critical to the birthing process, and increases the chances of being able to give birth naturally. According to the American Pregnancy Association,

"When the pelvis is misaligned it may reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby. This restriction is called intrauterine constraint. A misaligned pelvis may also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery. This can affect the mother’s ability to have a natural, non-invasive birth."

An experienced Chiropractor can effectively align the pelvis before delivery, so the mother is able to deliver with little incident.

#5: Chiropractic increases the body’s ability to bounce back.

Let’s face it, every pregnant woman thinks "will I ever fit in the clingy red dress again?" The healthier and stronger a woman’s body is before and during pregnancy, the easier it is to get back into shape once the baby is born. Eating right and safely exercising are effective ways to accomplish this.

Chiropractic is also a valuable component to fitness. Expectant mothers who choose Chiropractic enjoy better posture, less pain, and increased mobility, especially late in the third trimester.

This allows them to maintain exercise routines and be active longer than those suffering from back pain and achy joints. After the delivery, it’s easier to get back into a fitness routine, and into that red dress, if the new mother’s joints, back, and hips are aligned and functioning properly.

Chiropractic can serve to reduce pain and increase the overall heath of expectant mothers, letting her relax and focus on the more pleasant aspects of pregnancy. Expecting women who commit to Chiropractic can look forward to a stronger body, the chances of a smoother delivery, and an easier recovery after the baby comes.

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Small Muscle Causes BIG Pain: Relieve Piriformis Syndrome with Chiropractic

A small muscle located deep in the buttocks, the piriformis muscle performs the essential function of rotating the leg outwards. Piriformis Syndrome is a painful condition that occurs when the piriformis muscle is tight and intrudes upon the sciatic nerve in the buttocks. Causing pain and tenderness and sometimes numbness in the buttocks, piriformis syndrome pain may also radiate down the sufferer’s leg, and in some cases, even into the calf.

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What Chiropractic Patients Should To Know About Tennis Elbow

Even if you have never stepped foot onto a court before, you may end up with tennis elbow. Occurring along the muscle that allows extension of the wrist, it is a painful condition that can linger for weeks or months.

Previously, tennis elbow primarily showed up in athletes. Due to the increased interest in physical fitness, tennis elbow is being found in everyday exercisers, as well as people who perform work-related repetitive motion.

Tennis elbow presents several symptoms. Pain will occur on the outside of the elbow an inch or so down from the bony part.

There may also be pain when the individual tries to extend the hand and fingers against resistance. Extreme weakness in the wrist is another symptom.

I have been diagnosed with tennis elbow. Now what?

Tennis elbow is often difficult to diagnose, which can delay treatment. A correct diagnosis of tennis elbow is the first step towards being able to treat the condition and rehab the afflicted area. From there, a variety of treatments for tennis elbow are available.

Passive remedies like rest, ice, and arm braces are critical components to healing tennis elbow. Take measures to reduce the movements that aggravate the pain, and use ice at regular intervals to help minimise pain and inflammation.

An arm brace supports and stabilises the area to promote healing. These remedies assist greatly in treating the condition, especially in the beginning.

Active remedies consist of stretching and strengthening exercises, and are vital aspects of improving the condition. Individuals suffering from tennis elbow should begin an exercise regimen as soon as the pain allows.

Follow a doctor’s recommendation for the rehabilitative program exercises. The goal is to build strength.

An individual dealing with tennis elbow may utilise a variety of medicinal remedies to manage pain and inflammation. Over-the-counter pain relievers and steroid injections are commonly used to treat the condition. Following doctor’s orders when taking medications is strongly recommended.

Untraditional remedies also provide vast improvements in tennis elbow, and these treatments have gained favour in the last few years due to their effectiveness. Regimens of massage therapy and acupuncture work on small areas contributing to the condition, and make significant strides in pain reduction and promote the body’s restorative healing process.

Chiropractic care. A Chiropractor assesses the condition, then lays out a plan to promote healing.

Treatment often includes working to align the bones and treating the surrounding joints so they function at maximum capacity, and can "take up the slack" of the injured area while it heals. Chiropractic care serves the dual purpose of treating the condition directly, and healing the areas around the injury so that the body continues to strengthen and renew.

In a very small number of cases, the only remedy for tennis elbow is surgery. This is considered as the last straw, once all other forms of treatment have been exhausted.

The best way to treat tennis elbow is to avoid it in the first place. Be sure to stretch before exercising, consistently perform strengthening exercises, employ correct techniques and proper equipment during physical activity, and don’t overexert your arms (this goes for your entire body, by the way) during physical activity.

If you are diagnosed with tennis elbow, it’s essential to understand the variety of treatment options available. The best course is often a blend of more than one remedy. Chiropractic care should be part of your healing process, as it helps decrease pain, reduce healing time, and offers a non-medicinal approach to treating the body as a whole.