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BACK PAIN

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Do You Have Back pain? Is it Getting worse over time?

Upper back pain
Mid back pain
Low back pain

How did this happen?

Old Age?
Injury?
Accident?

Pain and Discomfort…

Unless you enjoy having pain and discomfort, it is time to do something about it. Before you reach for some over the counter remedy in a bottle, consider what does that really accomplish.

You will be just numbing or deadening your ability to feel the pain, not to forget the NEW pains and side effects these drugs can bring about as well!
Before it gets worse, check out chiropractic care.

The number one symptom chiropractic addresses is back pain. (In case you are wondering what number two is, it is headaches.)
You don’t have to continue to live in pain!

You don’t have to continue to live in pain. You can do something about it, but hurry before it worsens!

We will take care of YOU, using the latest safest and most gentle back pain chiropractic techniques available today. Chiropractic is the SAFE and Natural approach to health care. Better health can lead to not only more years in your life, but more life in those years!

I Have No Time?

We understand that your time is valuable and that it’s difficult to balance work, family, errands, etc. It is those very factors why it is necessary to carve out an hour to take care of yourself for a consultation and exam before the condition worsens. Remember, there are many people depending on you being at your best. If you can’t do it for yourself, do it for them!

Stop The Pain!

Pain and other symptoms are your body letting you know that SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT and you better do something about it BEFORE IT GETS WORSE. Come in for the introductory offer and see what other options are out there- other than drugging yourself with pain killers (that only masks the problem).

Is It Expensive?

Do not let the concern of cost deter you from finding out if chiropractic can help you with your condition. Put yourself first. Find out if you are a good candidate for chiropractic by coming in on the special being offered to new patients. If you decide you would like to proceed and become a patient, know that we are willing to work with committed people, to help them gain back their health.

Chiropractic vs. Other Types Of Doctors

Maybe you have only been to a chiropractor a few times, or perhaps never at all. You may be used to seeing another type of doctor for your symptoms and health concerns. Know that you may come in for an introductory offer to see if this is something you would like to pursue. Of course, no treatment of any kind would be done without your consent and the doctor accepting you as a patient first. A doctor of Chiropractic is the least invasive and most conservative type of doctor available. Check out this very effective, yet gentle option first. You owe it to yourself and those that count on you.

I Have Back Pain! Is This The Right Place for Me??

Back pain is terrible. The pain can travel through your entire body, causing further pain. Getting this immediately checked out, by taking advantage of the introductory offer, is very important. Call us and schedule yourself an appointment. You don’t have to just live with it or hope that it will go away on its own. That is like hoping that crooked teeth will straighten on their own. It seriously will not happen that way!

NECK PAIN

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If you have neck pain, you could end up with restricted ability to turn and bend.

This can affect your ability to drive safely, watch after your children and even affect your ability to just cross the street safely. Neck pain can rapidly move up into your head, causing headaches. It can move down towards your shoulders and spread into your back, causing even more pain. Or, it can even go down into your arms, possibly even causing numbing into your hands, and worse.

Pain is a call from your body that something is not right.

It is unpleasant because it is nature’s way of trying to make you pay attention and act quickly. If you don’t, the penalty at minimum, is more pain.

Don’t just reach for the pain killers. You will only lessen your body’s ability to feel it, not to mention opened the door to a huge number of possible side effects. There is no reason to continue to be in pain.

You should be able to live without pain. You should be able to turn and bend effortlessly. Which way do you prefer to live? Get yourself a chiropractic consultation and exam and see what can possibly be done for you.

We will take care of YOU using the latest safest and most gentle chiropractic techniques available today. Chiropractic is the SAFE and natural approach to health care. Better health can lead to not only more years in your life, but more life in those years!
No Time?

We understand that your time is valuable and that it’s difficult to balance work, family, errands, etc. It is those very factors why it is necessary to carve out an hour to take care of yourself for a consultation and exam before the condition worsens. Remember, there are many people depending on you being at your best. If you can’t do it for yourself, do it for them!
Stop The Pain!

Pain and other symptoms are your body letting you know that SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT and you better do something about it BEFORE IT GETS WORSE. Come in for the introductory offer and see what other options are out there- other than drugging yourself with pain killers (that only masks the problem).
Expensive?

Do not let the concern of cost deter you from finding out if chiropractic can help you with your condition. Put yourself first. Find out if you are a good candidate for chiropractic by coming in on the special being offered to new patients. If you decide you would like to proceed and become a patient, know that we are willing to work with committed people, to help them gain back their health.
Chiropractic vs. Other Types Of Doctors

Maybe you have only been to a chiropractor a few times, or perhaps never at all. You may be used to seeing another type of doctor for your symptoms and health concerns. Know that you may come in for an introductory offer to see if this is something you would like to pursue. Of course, no treatment of any kind would be done without your consent and the doctor accepting you as a patient first. A doctor of Chiropractic is the least invasive and most conservative type of doctor available. Check out this very effective, yet gentle option first. You owe it to yourself and those that count on you.
I Have Neck Pain! Is This the Right Place for Me??

Neck pain is terrible. That is why someone or something that is being a nuisance is labeled as a “pain in the neck”. The “fun” doesn’t end there either. The pain can travel down your arms, causing further pain or worse yet, numbing down the arms and into one or both hands. Or it can go up and begin to cause headaches, vision issues, sinus troubles, etc, even affect your thinking process. Get this immediately checked out by taking advantage of the introductory offer. Call us and schedule yourself an appointment. You don’t have to just live with it or hope that it will go away on its own. That is like hoping that crooked teeth will straighten on their own. It seriously will not happen that way!

Headaches

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Stop Suffering…

There is no reason to live with headaches. If you can even call suffering with headaches, “living”.
You would fix it if…

You wouldn’t put up living with any other unacceptable conditions would you?
If your car brakes were bad, you would get that fixed. If you had ants infesting your house, you would do something about it right?
Regular Headaches?

Despite drug company commercials telling you for years that there are “regular headaches”, “regular migraines”, or “everyday headaches”, these are NOT natural.

Did YOU get hit in the head?

Remember, the only time it would make sense to have a headache, would be because you just sustained an injury to the head!
Drugs don’t make headaches go away.

They don’t correct anything. They merely deaden your ability to feel the pain. And there are HUGE side effects from long term use of these over the counter as well as prescription drugs. Before you get another headache, go see a chiropractor & find out what can be done about it.
A Safe & Natural Solution…

Chiropractic care is safe and natural, without the nasty and dangerous side effects of drugs.

We will take care of YOU, using the latest safest and most gentle chiropractic techniques available today. Chiropractic is the SAFE and Natural approach to health care. Better health can lead to not only more years in your life, but more life in those years!
No Time?

We understand that your time is valuable and that it’s difficult to balance work, family, errands, etc. It is those very factors why it is necessary to carve out an hour to take care of yourself for a consultation and exam before the condition worsens. Remember, there are many people depending on you being at your best. If you can’t do it for yourself, do it for them!
Stop The Pain!

Pain and other symptoms are your body letting you know that SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT and you better do something about it BEFORE IT GETS WORSE. Come in for the introductory offer and see what other options are out there- other than drugging yourself with pain killers (that only masks the problem).
Expensive?

Do not let the concern of cost deter you from finding out if chiropractic can help you with your condition. Put yourself first. Find out if you are a good candidate for chiropractic by coming in on the special being offered to new patients. If you decide you would like to proceed and become a patient, know that we are willing to work with committed people, to help them gain back their health.
Chiropractic vs. Other Types Of Doctors

Maybe you have only been to a chiropractor a few times, or perhaps never at all. You may be used to seeing another type of doctor for your symptoms and health concerns. Know that you may come in for an introductory offer to see if this is something you would like to pursue. Of course, no treatment of any kind would be done without your consent and the doctor accepting you as a patient first. A doctor of Chiropractic is the least invasive and most conservative type of doctor available. Check out this very effective, yet gentle option first. You owe it to yourself and those that count on you.
I Have Headaches! Is This the Right Place for Me?

Commercials Lie!

Due to so many people complaining about headaches and all the commercials about headache pain and so forth, it is easy to forget that headaches are NOT normal.

“Normal” Headaches

There is no such thing as a “normal headache”. Do not confuse NORMAL with COMMON. It may be COMMON, but it doesn’t mean it is NORMAL to have a headache or any type of pain for that matter. That’s like saying bleeding, bruising, swelling and so forth is normal. These are all symptoms. A symptom is a sign of something.

AUTO ACCIDENTS:

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The Pain Gets Worse Over Time…

If you have ever been in an auto accident, have you noticed that the pain has worsened across time, a day, a week or even months later?

Judging the damage caused to your body by how you feel immediately afterward, is not very accurate. People can have terrible injuries internally and yet appear to have no physical damage on the outside.
Get Checked By A Competent Doctor – Immediately!

It should go without saying, that after any trauma, you should be checked out by a competent doctor. One that is skilled in observing the smallest of details. Such a doctor, is an auto accident chiropractor. For example, when a chiropractor takes an x-ray, they would not just state that there is an absence of broken bones, but they would also observe the spine for misalignments.
The Slightest Problem – Can Cause Massive Pain!

The slightest misalignment can cause the body to be severely affected. Some might cause malfunction, others might cause pain. To know what is going on with your body, get checked out by a chiropractor. This would address any possible pain, discomfort and malfunction.

We will take care of YOU, using the latest, safest and most gentle chiropractic techniques available today. Chiropractic is the SAFE and NATURAL approach to health care. Better health can lead to not only more years in your life, but more life in those years!
No Time?

We understand that your time is valuable and that it’s difficult to balance work, family, errands, etc. It is those very factors why it is necessary to carve out an hour to take care of yourself for a consultation and exam before the condition worsens. Remember, there are many people depending on you being at your best. If you can’t do it for yourself, do it for them!
Stop The Pain!

Pain and other symptoms are your body letting you know that SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT and you better do something about it BEFORE IT GETS WORSE. Come in for the introductory offer and see what other options are out there- other than drugging yourself with pain killers (that only masks the problem).
Expensive?

Do not let the concern of cost deter you from finding out if chiropractic can help you with your condition. Put yourself first. Find out if you are a good candidate for chiropractic by coming in on the special being offered to new patients. If you decide you would like to proceed and become a patient, know that we are willing to work with committed people, to help them gain back their health.
Chiropractic vs. Other Types Of Doctors

Maybe you have only been to a chiropractor a few times, or perhaps never at all. You may be used to seeing another type of doctor for your symptoms and health concerns. Know that you may come in for an introductory offer to see if this is something you would like to pursue. Of course, no treatment of any kind would be done without your consent and the doctor accepting you as a patient first. A doctor of Chiropractic is the least invasive and most conservative type of doctor available. Check out this very effective, yet gentle option first. You owe it to yourself and those that count on you.
I Had An Auto Accident! Is This the Right Place for Me??

If you have been in an auto accident, whether it be recent or not, you must take action to see that you will not suffer long term damage. Time is of the essence. There are conditions at play that are not necessarily noticeable until it may be too late. That is why you must get this checked out by a trained professional. A chiropractor is the perfect person to see as unlike other doctors, they work to help people get better without the use of drugs or surgery. Get yourself scheduled right away.

Treating Sprained Ankles with Chiropractic

Sprained ankles are one of the most common sports injuries and can become a rather large hurdle in anyone’s life if left untreated. Moreover, the longer the injury is left untreated, the longer it will take to return to the sport. Fortunately, there is a quicker way around it: chiropractic treatment. By treating your injury with chiropractic rather than conventional methods, not only does your injury heal faster, but the affected area grows stronger.

Initial Analysis

The first step in any chiropractic treatment is to analyze the area and determine the degree of damage. In case of tears or any fracture, the person is usually sent to the hospital. It is important to note that if you do not know how to treat a sprain, we suggest you do not touch the sprained ankle until the swelling goes down. In case of severe pain, a hospital referral is recommended.

Reducing the Swelling

Just like many other sports injuries, a sprained ankle should be treated with an ice pack immediately. This will help reduce the swelling until you can reach proper medical help. In the case of a severe ankle sprain, the swelling does not go down very fast and, in order to recover faster, most people seek out chiropractic help.

Without using any drugs or any surgery, chiropractic reduces the swelling fast using chiropractic techniques such as ultrasound, Kinesio taping and light Graston.

Joint Manipulation

No chiropractic treatment will include joint manipulation until the swelling has gone down. Once it has, joint manipulation is usually performed. Here, the ankle is moved slowly in a variety of motions. This is done to increase blood circulation around the ankle and subsequently reduce recover time. This is usually done to properly gauge the level of damage to the ankle and check for any possible weaknesses.

Rehabilitation Training

Once the swelling has gone down and the ankle can move freely once again, it is important to place the person on the rehabilitation stage. During this stage of chiropractic, an expert trainer will help you do a range of motion extending exercises, usually without any sort of weight/resistance. However, in order to strengthen the body and the ankle, some resistance is placed after a while.

Sports injuries, particularly ankle sprains, can become a big problem for anyone, especially athletes. Fortunately, Chiropractic treatment helps the ankle heal faster but extends the ankle’s degree of movement, allowing it to move more freely than before. Finally, it helps prevent any further injuries.

How Lack of Exercise Affects Health

A lack of exercise results in numerous health problems, starting from seemingly harmless weight gain to cardiovascular diseases and a much higher chance of suffering a stroke. Research has concluded that as many people die because of the effects of lack of exercise as the number that die from smoking.

This is why chiropractic exercises are strongly recommended to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle and avoid all complications that can lead up to a stroke.

The following problems can occur due to lack of exercise:

1. Obesity

Obesity is one of the major effects of a lack of exercise. Various health problems can surface due to obesity such as diabetes, breathing issues, high blood pressure and a far greater risk of suffering a heart attack.

Besides the physical effects, many psychological effects also accompany obese people. Low self-esteem that leads to depression can be a devastating experience.

It is no doubt that obesity can result from genetic factors, but a lack of exercise is usually a major reason.

2. High Blood Pressure

Being overweight can lead to hypertension. The blood vessels clog up which restricts blood flow. Hypertension exposes a person to various other risks, such as heart attack, kidney failure and many other ailments. A hypertensive individual is more likely to develop diabetes.

3. Decline in Brain Function

Exercise helps in increasing the flow of blood to the brain, while lack of exercise does the opposite. A brain that is deprived of blood cannot function normally as it would otherwise. The brain can also physically shrink due to the lack of blood supply – a research states that this ‘shrinkage’ can be avoided and mental abilities can be enhanced by regular exercise.

4. Reduction in Strength of Bones and Muscles

A sedentary lifestyle can weaken the bones and muscles, thus exposing an individual to a greater chance of injury as well as diseases such as arthritis. Lack of exercise can make a person more prone to fractures in case of a fall along with knee-joint and hip problems later on.

5. Increased Chances of Developing Cancer

Research was carried over several years and the results show an increased chance of cancer from a lack of exercise. Also, people who were physically fit when they developed cancer had a far greater chance of survival than those who had led a sedentary lifestyle.

Risks of Leaving the Sciatica Untreated

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Sciatica is very painful medical condition in which the patient experiences extreme pain and tingling sensations in his back, hip, legs and thighs. The pain is caused as a result of pressure exerted on the nerves, either due to any inflammation in the vertebra or the narrowing of the spinal canal. Piriformis syndrome, lumber spinal stenosis and spinal disc herniation are common causes of sciatica pain in individuals. Chiropractic treatment is highly effective for relieving the patients of the painful condition.

Why Is Prompt Identification And Treatment Important?

It is very important for patients to recognize the symptoms and seek professional medical assistance for their sciatica condition. The doctor takes prompt prescribed tests to identify the cause of the sciatica pain in order to focus his attention on the specific treatment required for the condition.

If a patient does not seek medical assistance for his sciatica problem, it may result in exaggerating his condition with the period of time. A number of possible problems can arise for the patient besides the continuous pain in the back and the hip region.

Permanent Nerve Damage

Patients who do not seek prompt medical help for their sciatica run a high risk of suffering from permanent nerve damage. In case of a permanent damage to the sciatica nerve, the patient will experience excruciating pain in the back and legs, which will not be alleviated to a satisfactory level, even with the use of pain relieving medication.

The different treatment methods like water and physical therapy become extremely painful for the patient because of his severe nerve damage.

Paralysis in the Affected Limb

The patient experiences a loss of feeling in the affected limb, which in some cases also leads to difficulty in movement, and ultimately paralysis. The affected leg becomes devoid of all sensation and movement, hampering the patient already troubled with the excruciating pain.

Loss of Bladder Control

Patients who do not get medical treatment for their sciatica problem can experience a loss of control in their bladder and bowels. This adds to the problems already faced by the patient while dealing with his sciatica condition.

A pressurized sciatica nerve causes severe pain, tingling and numbing sensations in the legs and thighs, and cramps along with fever. Patients should seek prompt medical assistance for the correct identification and treatment of sciatica before the condition becomes incurable. Chiropractic treatment is considered as very effective for the treatment of sciatica pain in individuals.

Shoulder Sport Injuries and Chiropractic Care

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Athletes and sports enthusiasts suffer from different sports injuries, the most common one being shoulder injuries, contracted during the strenuous activities and efforts required during various sports. Chiropractors provide effective treatment methods to rid the patients of the pain and suffering of a shoulder injury.

How Are Shoulder Sports Injuries Contracted?

Shoulder sport injuries are contracted by professional athletes and individuals who pursue a certain sport as a hobby. The strenuous and exhausting practice procedures, along with the constant exertion on the body, result in acute muscular pains in the arm and shoulder regions, for the sports professionals. In extreme cases, the pain spreads throughout the entire arm, causing sore and stiff shoulder muscles and tingling pain up to the fingers.

The sports which require extensive physical effort like basketball, baseball, football, etc., require the players to engage in different repetitive movements, which sometimes cause shoulder sport injuries.

Symptoms of Shoulder Injuries

Shoulder injuries which are very common among sports athletes and professionals present certain symptoms and signs which help in the diagnosis of the form of injury. A patient with a shoulder pain which persists for a couple of days has a high risk of suffering from a shoulder injury which needs to be treated promptly.

Recurring episodes of shoulder pain is also a sign of a shoulder injury, while inability to carry objects highlights the extent of damage suffered by the shoulder of an individual. In extreme cases, the shoulder injury causes a deformity in the joint and damages the muscles of the shoulder, which leaves the individual in extreme pain.

Shoulder injuries also include bruises and swellings around joints or the arm region of the body, which results in stiff muscles that are difficult to move. In some cases, the patient suffers from a fever and swelling with an infection, if there is acute damage to the muscles and joints of the shoulder region. Some individuals also face difficulty in moving their injured shoulder and experience pain in the area throughout the day.

Treatment Options

Shoulder injuries require prompt and efficient medical treatment, carefully administered, to ensure that there are no further damages to the injured area. Rest and anti-inflammatory medicines are prescribed by doctors to bring down the swelling in the shoulder. Various painkillers are prescribed which only serve to alleviate the pain for a short period of time. Chiropractors provide effective treatment for the shoulder sports injuries contracted by different individuals.

What Is Spinal Disc Herniation?

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Spinal disc herniation is a medical condition in which a tear appears on the outer fibrous layer of the vertebra disc, which causes the inner soft nucleus material to bulge and squeeze out from the torn area of the disc.

The tear in the disc is usually attributed to old age in individuals, but may also be caused because of any trauma, straining and lifting injuries, experienced by a young individual, because of different work related and other everyday activities. The nature of the tear in the disc might cause inflammation in the surrounding area, which might put pressure on the nerves, resulting in pain for the individual. The bulging out of the inner pulpous material from the ruptured or torn disc results in a pressure on the spine and disc which causes extreme pain.

Spinal disc herniation is also called a slipped disc condition, though the disc is securely intact in between the vertebra. Individuals suffering from a minor case of spinal disc herniation are able to recover within a few weeks, with suitable rest. But, in cases of extreme damage to the spinal disc, the patient sometimes requires surgical treatment, which does not always provide good results.

Patients with acute spinal disc herniation in the upper, central or lower part of their spinal cord require physical therapy and medications for quick recovery.

Chiropractic Therapy for Spinal Disc Injuries

Chiropractors provide treatment and therapy for the effective recovery of individuals suffering from different forms of spine and disc injuries. They mobilize and manipulate the muscles of the spine and the neck, adjusting the different joints and muscles, to relieve the individual of the excruciating pain experienced because of the different musculoskeletal disorders.

Understanding Ergonomics – How Seat Design Plays a Vital Role

chiropractor maple valley Understanding Ergonomics – How Seat Design Plays a Vital RoleIt is estimated that at least 50% individuals in the industrialized world suffer from some kind of back problem, most notably due to a poor or inadequate seat design. How we sit all day in front of our workstations has a marked impact on the overall health of our spine. As a result of bad posture, the lumbar region in the back bone is what takes the most pounding. Here’s what you need to know, and many chiropractors will stand by it.

There is no universal seat that’s designed to accommodate every single person. But there are a number or ergonomic factors that come into play when we’re talking seat design. These generally work well for the average person.

Seat height should be set in a way so as to support a knee angle of 90 degrees. This takes undue stress off the thighs and buttocks. A chair that’s too high will increase the pressure at the underside of the knees, reducing blood flow and increasing unnecessary pressure on the nerve.

A chair that’s too low places pressure on the ischial tuberosities – this is where the upper thigh originates in the gluteus maximus region. Normally, the glutes cover them in the upright position, but they are exposed and at an ergonomic disadvantage when we’re sitting.

Optimal seat depth is recommended at 16.5”; between 14” and 18.5” for adjustable seats.

You should avoid hard seats. Seat pan contouring and cushioning should be designed in a way so that pressure is distributed over a larger area and the pelvis rotates forward – this encourages better posture.

Ideal seat cushioning is about 2” thick. The cushioning needs to be firmer and thicker in the back, while being less firm and thinner at the front. Too much cushioning and your body is going to sink into the chair, restricting movement. A soft chair may be very welcoming and comfortable at first, but it goes against basic ergonomic sense; as the body sinks, blood flow is reduced and skin temperature rises as you experience more compression under the thighs. At the end of the day – more discomfort.

A seat width that’s between 20” and 23” generally works well.

An ideal seat angle helps you maintain good contact with the backrest; a 5 to 10 degree angle is good.

There many more ergonomic factors related to optimal seating, and these are just some of them at a glance. A good chiropractor can help you determine exactly what type of chair best suits your body type.

Kids and Chiropractic Care: How It Can Benefit Them

How It Can Benefit Them – Chiropractic care deals with the spinal column’s important relationship in creating harmony throughout the body. It works on the principle that even a slight maladjustment in the spinal column can create problems for the individual. The backbone is home to the nervous system and fine tuning of vertebrae can have enormous effects in reducing pain and help in healing.

Kids and chiropractic care have a very important relation – as kids grow, their body experiences a lot of physical stresses. Any slight problems in the spine can restrict their growth and even cause severe problems.

Due to the curved position which the baby adopts when growing in the womb, many complications can arise at or after birth. For this reason, a lot of parents get their newborn’s spine checked by a chiropractor.

Other health-related complaints in newborns include difficulty in breast-feeding, sleep problems, reflux and infections that can be linked to the nervous system of the baby. These problems are the result of misaligned spine which may have resulted either due to the pre-birth curved position of the fetus, or due to the stresses incurred during delivery.

A chiropractor starts off by examining kids and their spines. A lot of parents are worried about the baby’s delicate body being subjected to the forces required during the adjustments. What they don’t realize that many chiropractors are specialists in treating kids. They have the right skills and the touch of delicacy required in handling babies.

Nevertheless, spinal adjustments for kids – especially newborns – require very gentle pressures using only fingers.

Chiropractic care for kids is absolutely painless. The kid may be sensitive to the touch at points where there is an injury – apart from that, there is no need to worry about pain.

A kid’s spine is far more responsive than that of an adult. Only a few minor adjustments are required to get rid of any abnormality. The complete time required for all chiropractic care sessions would depend on how long the problem has persisted for.

Kids have far less chances of suffering any injuries during the spinal adjustment procedure. A study by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) revealed that only a few children from a figure of more than ten thousand experienced some sort of minor discomfort.

Therefore, it is extremely safe to have kids go through chiropractic care to ensure they do not have any kind of spinal issues while they grow up to become healthy adults.

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Cervical Herniated Disc – Disc Injuries and Chiropractic Care

Cervical Herniated Disc Disc Injuries and Chiropractic Care Individuals, engaged in strenuous everyday tasks of lifting and shifting heavy loads, and operating machines and computers for long hours on end, run a high risk of experiencing spinal disc injuries. Injuries in the spine or neck region tend to cause extreme pain and hindrance in the movement of the back or neck. Cervical herniated disc is a medical condition in which the patient feels excruciating pain in the neck, due to a slipped disc. Chiropractors provide invasive treatment methods for relieving the pain in the neck and spinal areas of the body.

What Is A Cervical Herniated Disc?

It is a medical condition, in which the individual suffers from extreme pain in the neck, and sometimes shoulder region, due to a slipped disc or pressure on a nerve. Cervical herniated disc injuries are less common than a lumbar herniated disc, which affects the lower region of the body. A cervical herniated disc condition is in the neck region of the body.

The 7 applicable vertebra of the spine are termed as C1 to C7, in a descending manner, for medical convenience. Between every two vertebra, a disc is located which serves as shock absorbers for the spine. The exertion and pressure on the neck and spine of the body causes swelling or bulging of the disc which might in extreme cases, even cause the disc to rupture, resulting in severe disc injuries.

The swelling and bulging of the disc exerts pressure on the nerves, which results in extreme pain in the neck and back region, hampering movement of the affected individual. A slipped disc or cervical herniated disc in the vertebra segment of C4 to C5 causes nerve root impingement, which results in pain in the upper shoulder or arm, hindering movement. Any swelling in the cervical segment of C5 to C6 results in weakening the front arm muscles, also called biceps, and causes a numbing and tingling pain in the wrist. It is the most common area in which a cervical herniated disc condition occurs.

The herniation of the discs in the C6 to C7 vertebra results in creating painful sensations in the back muscles of the arm, also called triceps, which extends all over the hand, causing pain up to the fingers. Any disc herniation in the C7 to T1 region, results in affecting the control and grip of the hand, with a tingling pain and numb sensation throughout.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care and treatment methods are highly effective for different musculoskeletal disorders and spinal disc injuries, experienced by individuals because of over exertion and engagement in strenuous activities. Chiropractors provide services for joint and muscle adjustment and pain relief.

 

Causes of Cramps

The American College of Sports Medicine published a review on the causes of muscle cramps during exercise – two possible causes were identified that lead to muscle cramps.

The first was credited to muscle fatigue. Neuromuscular systems are embedded into muscles to allow control of contraction of the muscles. When this system malfunctions, contraction of muscle takes place and then causes the cramps.

Muscles that are regularly used, such as those of an athlete or a person with a very active lifestyle, are at a higher risk of experiencing cramps or spasms.

The second major cause is a result of an excessive fluid loss from the body (sweat), which decreases the body’s electrolytes level. This depletes the body of sodium.

Body’s Natural Cooling System

The body is designed to cool itself by sweating when body temperature starts to rise beyond normal levels. The loss of electrolytes due to sweating can cause depletion of body’s electrolytes and if it is not replenished properly, it will cause cramps.

What are Electrolytes?

Electrolytes are minerals including sodium, chloride, magnesium and potassium. They are dissolved in the body and directly control the required muscle contractions and nerve conductions.

Consuming bananas to treat muscle cramps has no solid ground and there is no evidence to support such a remedy.

Treating Muscle Cramps

- Fatigued Muscles

Treatment of muscle cramps depends upon the initial cause. For those people who experience a muscle cramp due to a strenuous workload such as exercise or sports, chiropractors recommend treatments such as a massage, application of cold packs to the affected muscles and passive stretching.

Proper rest must be given to those muscles which have experienced an overload due to stress.

Cramps due to Loss of Electrolytes

For those people who suffer from cramps as a result of excessive sweating and a deficit of sodium, the same methods of treatment can be used besides replenishing the lost fluid levels.

Spinal Disc Herniation – Disc Injuries and Chiropractic Therapy

Spine and disc injuries are more common in individuals who lie in the 40 to 60 age bracket. While young individuals who engage in different strenuous work activities (which involve the lifting of heavy loads and operating on machinery for long hours) experience spine, neck and disc injuries which cause great pain. These injuries cause hindrance in the movement of the back and the neck, and are aggravated by continuous involvement in different laborious activities. Spinal disc herniation is a medical condition experienced by individuals because of over-exertion on the back and neck parts of the body. Chiropractors offer different treatment methods to relieve the pain and facilitate movement of the affected individual.