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Fitness, Pain, Injury & Chiropractor Schaumburg

Ladies and gentlemen, are you into a new fitness craze? In fact as much as we try to stay in shape, we tend to injure ourselves doing the very activities we love. Some of our favorite fitness routines such as cardio boxing, Insanity, cross fit, Barre and indoor cycling and others,can take its toll if not performed properly. We know that pain is a great motivator for getting people to the doctor. Sometimes the intensity causes issues and sometimes it’s the frequency, and often it is the repetitive aspect. We are seeing an uptick in injuries, more specifically women who work hard at keeping themselves fit and healthy. Our facility has all the technology and expertise to help you recover from an injury or just help you maintain your present course. We also provide support and nutritional counseling also. Give your body the help it deserves, our massage therapist are also eager to help with those stubborn tight muscles. Work hard, workout hard but enjoy life even harder!

Chiropractic, posture, back pain & headaches

Health Tip Today: In my last blog I discussed how posture and inactivity effects our health. I briefly touched upon how it effects our breathing. In fact posture is essential to relaxation, blood flow and oxygen supply to the brain and body. Those people who are in a slouched position for extended periods develop tightness in the hipsand decreased lung capacity which alters how much you breathe, how often and from where. People who develop headaches tend to breath from their chest and shoulders rather than from the diaphram. This leads to repeated elevation of the shoulders and upper back muscles hundreds of times a day and leading to increased tension in the head and neck! We can help individuals stop taking pain-relieving meds and teach posture specific techniques and exercises to maximize breathing, improve posture and restore function spine, ribs and hips. You can take back control of your life!

Neck pain & Repetitive Use Syndrome

Health Tip Today: If you are one of millions of Americans who spend hours on the computer, chances are you are suffering from neck pain and tightness, midback pain and maybe forearm,wrist or hand pain. Maybe even some numnbness and tingling in the hands! In fact ,many of the female patients I see have these symptoms called “Repetitive-use Syndrome”, due to massive hours on the computer. In other words hours on the computer creates poor posture, which leads to strain on neck, shoulder muscles,ligaments and joints, which leads to tight and/or weak muscles, which leads to straining and pain. I always try to have these patients check the ergonomics of their work stations, as most of the time the keyboards are too high. Many desks are too tall for the average female so she oftens has her hands higher than they should be for hours at a time. This almost always contributes to the problems I spoke of previously. If you make your living using a keyboard and mouse, talk to your Chiropractor about how to avoid the problems associated with Repetitive-use Syndrome!

Chiropractic Care Works

In my profession, back and neck problems are some of the more common health issues that I deal with on a daily basis. One of the more positive aspects of these types of injury is that most are easily treatable with conservative care. Even injuries with a neurological component (pinched nerve / radiculopathy) usually responds to Chiropractic care and typically the pain is actually worse than the injury itself. In other words, it can hurt like heck, but isn‘t all too serious. However, we all have different pain thresholds, so severe pain for one individual, may be milder to another person. Chiropractic is a much more functional approach to reducing pain, muscle spasm and tightness and improving mobility of spinal segments. A ton of new research finally confirms what we Chiropractors (and patients) have said all along, “It works, it is more efficient at helping the body heal and significantly more cost effective.” Don’t cheat yourself or loved ones, visit your D.C. !!

Spine issues and Imaging

In my profession I am always looking at patient X-rays and MRI’s and recently I had the opportunity to see a couple of rare problems in a couple of people with neck pain.  One of the patients had a synovial cyst in his neck vertebra which is quite rare but seen more in the lower back, along with a spondylolisthesis. A spondylolisthesis is less rare, but is a term that means one vertebrae has slide forward or backward in relationship to the one below it. This is often seen in patients with degenerative spine issues or car accident victims or those who spend long hours on the computer. This means the risk of neurological problems becomes higher if the spine is not as stable as it could be.  If you have a neck or back problem that becomes chronic and won’t quite go away with treatment, imaging that region of the body is important.  Most of the time these problems are easily treatable but sometimes they can cause considerable pain and require surgery.  Be informed and stay on top of your health!!

Neck Pain and Chiropractic (Outstanding results)

Most of us know what a herniated disc is.  It is an injured spinal disc in your neck or back.  Many persons get injections into these regions when there is a bulge or protrusion in a disc/discs of the spine.  A very large study of over 6 million subjects with this type of pain found that chiropractic care was far superior to injection therapy and the there was “no mechanism by which a spinal manipulation induces injury in normal healthy tissues have been identified.” Another study found that 85.7% of patients with injured neck discs with acute pain and pain radiating down the arm (radiculopathy), reported significant improvement by 3 months with no patients being worse.  This is just one of many studies that prove the effectiveness of chiropractic care.  Even the FDA is now very concerned with the AMA’s and medical academia’s  stance of using addictive medications for these types of injury.  Science is always ongoing, and more than ever it is proving Chiropractic as the go-to alternative for superior outcomes!

Acupuncture, Pain and Success

Acupuncture never ceases to amaze me as I use it often in my practice for a variety of things. Besides the usual uses for neck and back pain,  I have used it successfully for hot flashes, bed wetting, stress, weight loss, headaches and sinus, restless leg syndrome, insomnia and a variety of other issues not normally associated with its use.  Anything western medicine can treat, so can acupuncture, when in the hands of a knowledgeable practitioner.  Live and learn!

Neck Pain and Chiropractic

When it comes to neck pain and Chiropractic care, a systematic analysis of over nineteen hundred studies, researchers concluded that subjects with chronic neck pain, not due to whiplash and without arm pain and headaches, show clinically important improvements from a course of spinal manipulation or mobilization at 6, 12, and up to 104 weeks after treatment.  Another study compared Chiropractic and exercise to drugs and concluded that 30% of both the Chiropractic and exercise groups had no pain at the end of the 12 week of the study compared to 13% of the medication group. If it works, it works, and science proves it!

Pain killers, back pain and Chiropractic

 In a follow up to my last post, I will let you know that drug overdoses have tripled from prescription pain killers since 1990. In 2010 over 16,500 people died in the US from opiod painkiller overdoses. While back pain is one of the reasons that people seek pain killers, Chiropractic care is considered one of the “go-to” treatments for those chronic back pain issues. This has been proven time and time again by studies and even big insurance now is promoting study’s to that effect. When it comes to back and neck care, Chiropractic shines.

 

Poor Posture And Pain

Did you know posture is more important than ever because in most instances we are sitting longer than ever. Research has shown that prolonged sitting in a slouched or awkward posture can contribute to low-back pain. Proper seated posture should include maintaining a neutral lumbar lordosis. In other words, maintain the natural curve of your low-back while seated for long periods. This goes for the neck also, as the farther your neck hangs forward, more stress is produced on the muscle at the back of your neck, head and upper shoulders. More on this next time.