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Posted on 19 Sep 2012
Pain Management

Alternative To Pain Management

It doesn’t matter who you are, but chances are, you’ve felt pain at one time or another. Pain can be minor or major, or anything inbetween. It can interfere with your everyday life and prevent you from doing the things you enjoy. Of course, taking some pain pills would be the quickest most sensible thing to do. Wrong. It will just turn into a repiticious cycle of pill popping, slowly destroying your body? Pills, like Aspirin and Tylenol, have serious side effects such as kidney and liver damage as well as gastrointestinal bleeding. Prescription pain pills, such as opiates, are very addictive and extremely toxic to the body.

What if there was something that could help that was completely non-toxic. Would you try it? Well there is, its called a SCENAR (Self Controlled Energo Neuro Adaptive Regulation). The SCENAR is a small hand-held device that operates on a 9-volt battery. It resembles a TV remote consisting of a small screen and several buttons. This little machine has been proven effective in over 80% of cases. It is primarily used for pain management but has been shown to improve a number of diseases and disorders.

The SCENAR was invented by a Russian doctor named Alexander Karasev back in the 1970’s. Originally, it was ment to replace numerouse pharmaceuticals for the Russian Space Program because of limited storage space on the shuttle. Unfortunatly, the SCENAR never made it into space and was kept Russia’s secret for about fifteen years until it eventually made its way into the US.

The SCENAR works by stimulating the body’s own healing process and creating internal balance. It uses biofeedback, which is basically a transfer of information, to stimulate the body’s natural healing process. The SCENAR is set to a comfortable energy level and then slowly dragged over the affected area. It then recods any asymmetries which can be observed by stickiness and redness. It doesn’t hurt and the only sensation should be a slight tingling or prickling. Once the SCENAR measures the asymetries it will then send electric impulses from the affected area to the brain letting it know that something in that area needs healing. When your brain receives the message it will produce nuero peptides which are essential for healing and regulating the body. By stimulating the production of these peptides, the healing process will last several hours and continue way after the initial SCENAR therapy is over. Depending on how severe the pain, the treatments can last anywhere from 2 days to 6 weeks.

There are several SCENAR models available, some that are even ment to be used at home, independently. Those models don’t require any certification or licensing and are usually cheaper then the professional models that require FDA licensing to be used. The prices vary anywhere from $300 to $2,000, but the therapy itself is usually around $80 depending on where you live. The only contradiction to using a SCENAR is someone who has a cardiac pace maker or is pregnant. Other than that, the SCENAR can be used on anyone.

WHAT IT’S USED FOR

  • Digestive disorders
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Dental disease
  • Ear, nose, throat disease
  • Circulatory disorders (such as hypertension)
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Peripheral nervous system (such as carpal tunnel)
  • Central nervous system (post stroke effects)
  • Locomotor system (such as arthritis)
  • Skin conditions
  • Allergic reactions
  • Depression
Posted on 19 Sep 2012
Pain Management

Shoulder Pain, There Is Relief Available

There are a lot of different things that can cause shoulder pain. The shoulder is a very interesting joint since it is more mobile than most other joints. If there is pain in the shoulder it can be very difficult to go on with day to day tasks since many of them involve some sort of lifting.

One common condition that can cause pain in the shoulder is a frozen shoulder. There is a membrane that protects the shoulder joint and if that becomes scarred there is less movement allowed in the joint. The shoulder becomes jammed and moving it becomes very painful.

Another cause of pain in the shoulder can be from tendinitis or bursitis. There is a sack to prevent the shoulder joint tendons from rubbing directly against the shoulder bones and if this gets inflamed it is called bursitis. When the shoulder tendons get inflamed it is called tendinitis. Both of these conditions can cause extreme pain as well.

Over time these problems can worsen if they are not addressed. There are therapies that can help lessen the pain, reduce inflammation and restore motion in the joints once again.

If shoulder pain is caused by arthritis, however, the options are more limited for treatments. Many people with pain in the shoulder end up taking medication to help with the pain.

Shoulder pain is especially difficult to deal with for parents with small children that need to be lifted continually, people that work at a job that requires any type of lifting and older people that are more prone to arthritis and other conditions.

It can be very difficult to have to deal with this pain day after day with no relief in sight.

There are nutritional supplements available that can help with shoulder pain. If you are dealing with a lot of pain in the shoulder area due to arthritis or inflammation, there are some natural products available that work. If your doctor has recommended therapies or medications that simply have not worked for you, it may be time for you to take your next step towards natural healing.

A lot of people have turned to alternative medicine to help with shoulder pain with good results. Pain can be very difficult to live with on a day by day basis and if you are tired of living your life this way, there are different things that you can try for self healing including natural medicine.

Posted on 16 Aug 2012
Pain Management

Remove Chronic Pain Using The Emotion Code

Are you looking for muscle pain, chronic pain, or just overall pain relief of any kind that will last? Does your chronic pain still interrupt your life even after trying many solutions that you thought should have corrected your issues? Are you wondering why you can’t get rid of your nagging headache or why the pain in your back won’t go away?

Did you know that you can “trap” emotions in various parts of your body at any point in your life and could affect you living a healthy life at a later date, even over 40 years later? Did you know these trapped emotions are energies that can actually cause physical havoc over time? Yes, it is really true.

When you stop to think about that, you can remember an argument or a traumatic event in your life that when it was over you felt sick or a pain somewhere in your body. What happened was that your emotion during that event was a direct cause to an organ in your body malfunctioning. While that occurred the actual emotion was trapped in that organ. You may have noticed that you felt bad for awhile and it might have subsided later. However, the emotion never did leave that organ and over time it had weakened it to the point that you notice a severe issue years later.

Here is an example of Alice, an 83 year-old-woman, that had felt pain from trapped emotions over 40 years later after they were trapped. Alice had been having a nagging pain in her heel that she had felt for over 6 months. She asked me to check if there were any trapped emotions that had been causing that pain. When I was done, I had released 2 trapped emotions and after releasing the 2nd one she stood up and said, “I don’t feel pain anymore”. She was very happy and walked all around the house testing to see if the pain was really gone. She was funny that day and the great thing is that the pain has never returned.

It is amazing to me the possibilities of healing lower back pain and how often clients have felt relief when The Emotion Code techniques are applied. Johnny was in his 40′s and had pain in his left hip caused by an old football injury that left him limping for 2 years. When I worked with him in his 3rd session we found that it was caused by imbalances in his lower back L3 AND L4. Once we found and released those imbalances, he no longer has the pain in his hip and is able to do the routine workouts like he had done before the pain arrived 2 years earlier.

Emotions are released by using muscle testing. If you have been to a chiropractor you might remember them lifting your arm up and testing, which is considered muscle testing or applied kinesiology. Dr. Bardley Nelson discovered how to release trapped emotions by following 6 easy steps to release these emotions.

The Emotion Code is a fantastic tool that assists your Emotion Code Practitioner in returning you back to living a more pain-free and a healthy life. If you haven’t experienced The Emotion Code it is time.

Posted on 11 Aug 2012
Pain Management

What Are The Risks Of Narcotics?

Narcotic pain medications are frequently prescribed in the US for the treatment of acute and chronic painful conditions such as postoperative pain control, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, and degenerative arthritis flare ups.

Narcotics may be very effective, but they are not without risks. One of the most concerning risks is that of overdose, which may be fatal. It is very important not to take more than the prescribed dose, and also not to mix various sedating narcotics together or with other substances that may potentiate this effect. This may include alcoholic beverages or benzodiazepines like Valium.

Although overdoses are regularly seen in the public eye such as when a celebrity dies from one, they occur way too often. Sometimes patients overdose on narcotics on purpose, but typically it’s just not being cognizant of the various cumulative effects. If a patient has severe pain, he or she may just simply take more and more out of desperation, with an unintended fatal result.

Less harmful side effects are very common and may include drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, or nausea or vomiting (usually at first). Dry mouth is also common, which if experienced over a long period may lead to tooth decay. In addition, one may see headache, loss of appetite, restlessness, nervousness, nightmares, blurred vision, and constipation.

One major risk of narcotics is tolerance. This is when patients require increased amounts of narcotics to achieve the same effect of pain relief. This may result in a vicious cycle of narcotics with the patient needing substantially more than what their disease condition should require.

Additional potential complications may include cold, clammy skin, bluish discoloration of the skin, extremely small pupils, serious difficulty breathing or extremely slow breathing, extreme sleepiness or unresponsiveness, confusion, severe drowsiness, slow heartbeat or low blood pressure.

In addition to these risks, patients taking these medications should inform their physician prior to taking narcotics:

· Central nervous system (CNS) depressants, such as antihistamines.

· Monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors, such as phenelzine (Nardil) and tranylcypromine (Parnate).

· Tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline (Elavil).

· Anti-seizure medicines, such as carbamazepine (Tegretol).

· Muscle relaxants, such as cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril)

· Sleeping pills, such as triazolam (Halcion)

· Blood-thinning drugs, such as warfarin (Coumadin)

· Naltrexone (Trexan, Revia). Cancels the effects of opioid analgesics.

· Rifampin (Rifadin)

There are quite a few narcotics that come with acetaminophen in the mix, which can be harmful to the liver if too much is taken. So care should be taken not to take over 4 grams per day total.

Once again, extreme care should be taken with narcotic medications and one should make sure he or she is under the care of a physician and only taking them according to the prescribed dose.

Posted on 08 Aug 2012
Pain Management

The Dangers of Wearing High-Heeled Stiletto Shoes

How can anyone manage to walk comfort when walking in high-heeled stiletto shoes?

It seems that there are guidelines on the internet that show you how to balance in these incredibly high-heeled shoes, or stilettos as they are called in the fashion world.

Sadly I must inform you about the dangers that you are causing to your skeletal gait by just walking in these so called shoes.

High-heeled or stiletto shoes are not shoes at all, because they are crippling your feet and doing enormous damage to your skeletal balance and posture.

I only remember buying one pair of black patent-leather 4″ high-heeled shoes or pumps, as they are often shortened to, for attending a very lavish wedding in my early twenties.

The was the only time that I ever wore a pair and only made it to the church ceremony and the reception in them. I had to wear them because they made feel me more elegant in my suit and much slimmer as I was a good ten pounds overweight in my early twenties!

I will be honest and say that I have never worn them since, because my feet were never comfortable. Now they have high shoes without heels worn by Victoria Beckham, who is an amazing fashion icon. I would like to see a picture of her feet at the age of 50!!

High heeled shoes may make you make you appear taller and slimmer, because they raise your height and elongate your whole body and women believe it makes them look sexier.

But high-heeled shoes are damaging not only your feet, but putting your balance in grave danger when you walk. The height of the shoes pushes your balance from the center of your feet to the balls of your feet. This shifts the whole balance of your body weight to one small and creates so much pressure in this area that you will automatically have osteoarthritis when walking on these carpal bones.

Now your body weight is no longer balanced throughout your whole body; but your weight is tipping past your hips and over to your knee joints where unbalanced pressure forces both knee joints out of alignment.

It will lead to premature osteoarthritis in your hips, knees, and feet and you will not be able to walk safely. You may end up in a wheelchair and then a nursing home, because you will not be able to walk!

Walking on the balls of your feet means that there is no heel toe action in walking, so that there is a complete distortion in the way move or dare I say “hobble.” It is no longer a walking pattern! It is dangerous movement and you will pay the consequences when you are older.

My mother’s sister was very small in stature and always wore high-heeled shoes, so that when she became older, the nursing home could not get her into flat shoes or slippers!

This was because her Achilles tendon; which is the tendon at the back of your heel became shortened, through constantly wearing high-heeled shoes.

She had great difficulty walking and as a result ended up in a wheelchair before she actually needed one.

Shoes are very important to be comfortable for walking in otherwise you may walk with a limp, or scrunch up your toes in pain or numbness.

It is also not easy to walk in bare feet, because the arches of your feet need support when walking. The arches of your feet are shaped through the position of muscle tendons for maintaining the heel toe action of walking.

If you insist on wearing these stupid high-heels, please make it occasional and be sure you take good pair of walking shoes to walk in; then only use these stilettos to stand in.

This will save you from being forced into a wheelchair because you cannot walk!

Posted on 04 Aug 2012
Pain Management

Is It OK For Pain Management Doctors To Fire Patients Using Medical Marijuana?

When a patient sees a pain management doctor, the patient may receive narcotic medications. Especially if the person has a chronic pain issue and there is no surgical answer, opiates may be part of the plan for a long time.

There are significant potential side effects with opiate medications. This may include constipation, depression, sedation, euphoria, dizziness, fatigue, anxiousness, clammy skin, confusion, respiratory depression, and a slew of others.

One of the biggest issues seen is tolerance and/or addiction with opiates. Tolerance is when the patient’s chronic pain condition doesn’t change, but the same amount of pain medication doesn’t quite provide adequate pain relief any longer.

One of the newer options in 16 states plus the District of Columbia is medicinal marijuana. Treatment with marijuana may offer substantial relief that may decrease the need for high doses of opiates or in some cases provide relief where opiates do not work well.

For instance, opiate medications are not a great choice for peripheral neuropathies. They just don’t modulate the pain well, whereas, medical marijuana works very well for these issues.

Medical marijuana does not preclude the need for interventional pain management. With a disc herniation or a focal problem where a pain management injection would help, medical marijuana is not the answer.

When patients are on chronic pain medications with a pain doctor, typically a pain contract is signed. The “contract” usually states that while a patient is under his or her care, the patient will not use illicit drugs.

Unfortunately, marijuana is still federally illegal despite the fact it is now legal in 16 states. And most pain doctors perform drug screening on their patients. So if a patient is under a contract, gets tested, and turns up positive for THC (the active component of marijuana), is it appropriate for the pain doctor to terminate the patient?

It’s a simple answer as to whether or not the pain doctor has the right to terminate the patient, but not a simple answer as to whether it’s appropriate. If the pain agreement states that the doctor has the right to terminate a patient if the drug test turns up positive for narcotics not being prescribed, then that is difficult to refute. If the patient is given the opportunity to rectify their termination by ceasing the marijuana use and re-testing in a few weeks, once again that is the doctor’s prerogative.

Ethically, the situation is not so simple. Patients deserve effective pain management, and there is a big push in American not to undertreat. Medical marijuana has shown effectiveness in a number of chronic pain conditions and numerous other conditions such as severe nausea/vomiting and cancer.

Having marijuana continue to be federally illegal and placed into the illicit category puts pain doctors in a very difficult situation. If they test patients for THC and then don’t terminate patients who test positive, is it showing bias with regard to other illicit substances?

Some pain doctors do not view marijuana as an illicit substance due to its medicinal value, therefore, they do not test for it with screening. If a patient discloses the use of marijuana to the doctor, the issue becomes the same.

The point here is there really is no clear cut right and wrong answer for the pain doctor to follow. Guidelines need to be individualized. Hopefully once federal views on marijuana change then these ethical issues will become moot.

Posted on 02 Aug 2012
Pain Management

10 Tips On Getting Relief From Sciatica

According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, sciatica is defined as pain along the course of a sciatic nerve, especially in the back of the thigh caused by compression, inflammation, or reflex mechanisms.

The sciatic nerve is an ensemble of several nerve roots that join together and create the longest and largest nerve in the body. Generally, symptoms of sciatica are pain in the buttock and leg that worsens when sitting, burning or tingling sensations that run down the leg and/or weakness, numbness or distress while moving the leg or foot.

Sciatica is usually a secondary symptom to a primary problem. Due to the fact that sciatica is commonly a symptom, the primary concern must always be addressed in order to obtain relief from sciatica.

In general, primary conditions include lumbar spinal stenosis, herniated or slipped disk in the lower back region, pregnancy, piriformus syndrome or trauma to the sciatic nerve. The most common of these conditions is a herniated disk. There are many methods used in relieving sciatic nerve pain due to herniated or slipped disk.

1. One form is the extension exercise method. Extension exercises should always be done gently with caution, because most patients are unable to tolerate the positions required. While in the prone position (lying on the stomach), prop the upper body up by using the elbows while keeping the hips on the floor. Hold this press up position for five seconds, then gradually increase the movement to thirty second intervals. Ten repetitions is recommended. For the patient whom is unable to tolerate the prone position, a similar method can be used by standing and arching the back slowly, with the hands placed upon the hips.

2. Another common approach to relieving sciatic nerve pain is a minimally invasive procedure known as epidural steroid injection (ESI). An ESI is a common type of injection used to relieve certain types of lower back pain, such as sciatica. The solution is injected into the epidural space, which is the space between the covering of the spinal cord and the spinal canal. What is generally injected is a strong, long lasting anti-inflammatory steroid known as Cortisone. Cortisone begins to take effect several days after injection and lasts several weeks to several months depending upon the individuals tolerance.

3. Additionally, sciatic pain from a herniated or bulging disk can be abated using the spinal decompression therapy procedure. Spinal decompression therapy is a process where forces are applied to the spine. This technique promotes the elongation of the spine as well as improving disk hydration. Thus relieving pressure on the nerves and intervertebral disks.

4. A not so difficult remedy in achieving relief from sciatica due to pregnancy is to lie on the side opposite of the pain. For added comfort, place a pillow between the legs. Also, avoid heavy lifting and standing for long durations. If avoidance of standing cannot be obtained, try elevating and resting one foot on an object.

5. Flexion exercises are generally the best approach in treating sciatica from lumbar spinal stenosis. Flexion exercises are exercises that involve forward bending. Bending forward increases the size of passageways that will in turn relieve irritation. An example of a Flexion exercise is the double knee to chest exercise. While lying on the back with both knees bent, gradually raise the knees to the shoulders and hold for five to ten seconds. Slowly lower the knees back to the floor. This exercise can also be done one leg at a time.

6. Acupressure is an alternate remedy that can be used in easing sciatic pain due to piriformus syndrome. Acupressure is the application of pressure on the pressure points of the body. A self administering acupressure technique is to lie down in the supine position (on the back) with knees slightly bent. Next, place the hands into fists and then lie on the knuckles. The knuckles should be positioned on the muscles on both sides of the spine. The body weight on the knuckles will aide in the releasing of the lower back muscles, which activates several acupressure points. While in this position, breathe deeply and slowly. Ten repetitions of breathe is recommended. For additional relief from sciatica after acupressure is performed, lie down and place the knees to the chest. This position aides in the releasing of the gluteal muscles.

7. A Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) unit is used for the relief of nerve related pain ailments, such as sciatica. The electrical current produced prevents pain signal transmissions to the brain.

8. Hot and cold compresses are considered a popular method in obtaining relief from sciatica. Hot compresses are generally applied if inflammation is not the culprit of the discomfort. Stiffness and soreness are indicators of little inflammation. Cold compresses are applied if inflammation is the culprit. Swelling is an indicator of inflammation.

9. Hydrotherapy is a relaxing yet effective sciatic pain relief method. One method is simply filling a bath tub with warm water, preferably to the chest area. Soak in the water for twenty minutes to several hours. If the sciatic pain is too intense to remain in a tub, then take a hot shower for about twenty minutes.

10. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are beneficial in the reduction of inflammation and pain associated with sciatica. Some common forms are ibuprofen and naproxen.

Posted on 20 Jul 2011
Pain Management

Best Resource for Plantar Fasciitis Strength Exercises

Plantar fasciitis strength exercises are the best natural treatment to cure plantar fasciitis pain! Big statement I know but this comes from experience and a hear-hear from former suffers when this statement is made.

Strengthening exercises are important to any soft tissue injury. By increasing the strength of the stabilization and coordination in your feet, you can treat and prevent plantar fasciitis and heel pain. Plantar fasciitis strength exercises may be very difficult as many of the small stabilization muscles in the foot are weak, but as time progresses it will become easier.

When I was first starting to feel pain in my feet and heel I went to the doctor and was given advice that did not work or just relieved the pain temporary. Being in the construction industry and on my feet all day I had to find something that would relieve my pain, my lively hood counted on me being on my feet. I also was in to much pain to do the hobbies I love, it was so frustrating not being able to hike, climb and golf.

I heard of a product from a friend of mine and quickly looked into it. I liked what was being said it was inexpensive and with immediate delivery of the product I purchased it and got to curing my pain asap. I’ve done alot of research online and seen a few different products but they all seemed to be missing something or wanted me to buy different products to help in the treatment process. This seemed a little fishy to me, but thankfully my friend introduced me to this product.

The product is called Plantar Fasciitis Secrets Revealed and it is amazing. There are no buying special shoes, medicine or temporary relief, just conventional strength and stretching exercises which started to relive my pain immediately. I went from pain all day long at work and not being able to do my hobbies to 100% cured and feeling even stronger and pain free.

The exercises are not extremely hard you don’t have to buy any special workout tools. You can do all these Plantar fasciitis exercises from the comfort of your home and there video to show you how to perform each exercise.

Once you have the product you will be put on a exercise program that fits your needs and time. You will be well on your way to finally curing that agonizing pain and back to 100% in no time.

Posted on 08 Jul 2011
Pain Management

How You Can Alleviate a Stiff Neck

Nearly everyone experiences a stiff neck once in a while. Although this condition is usually nothing serious, it can be uncomfortable and even painful and may lay you up for a day or two. Fortunately, there are ways that may help alleviate that stiff neck safely and easily!

Cold Therapy and Heat Therapy

You can put ice on the area of stiffness to help decrease the pain and any inflammation. Ice works by numbing the area creating an analgesic, or pain-relieving effect. Hold the ice pack on your neck and keep it in place for 10 minutes. Never put ice directly onto your skin so wrap it in a towel and do not keep it there for too long because nerve damage can occur. Use this ice therapy every two hours until the pain is gone.

You can use heat, such as a heating pad, to improve circulation and ease neck muscle stiffness by opening up blood vessels allowing blood flow. But keep your heating pad set to “low” and be careful not to keep it on for too long to avoid burns.

Many people find it very effective to alternate between the cold therapy and the heat therapy. Use the cold for 10 minutes and then, about two hours later, use the heat. Continue that rotation until you feel relief.

Relax

Muscle tension can be triggered by stress. If you think stress is your problem, find ways you can reduce your stress using relaxation techniques.

Try going to a quiet place and sit or lie down with your eyes closed. Do this once every three hours for at least 30 minutes at a time to rest your muscles, de-stress and relieve tension.

When working, take frequent breaks. If your job requires you to be sitting for long hours or standing in an uncomfortable position, get up and walk for a few minutes every hour. Take the time to do some full-body stretches.

You can also take meditation or yoga classes. Try to develop your own methods of relaxation, like reading a book or listening to music. Do things you believe will work for you.

Get a Massage

Massage is said to be effective in easing tensed muscles. And many people love them! Use an essential, tension-relieving oil such as eucalyptus spearmint massage oil and rub it on your neck using the fingers and applying moderate pressure. With the help of another person, massage your neck in long, downward strokes using firm pressure.

Good Posture

Posture plays a major role with neck pain. The head and spine should always be in balance and properly aligned. When you have a poor posture, the neck curves forward resulting to a strained position.

Prevent stiff neck by improving your posture. Keep your chin in an appropriate level, stand with your back straight and feet flat on the floor. Picture a string running up through your body and being held taut to keep you upright.

Exercises for the Neck

Range of motion exercises may be helpful in easing your stiff neck. Sit straight with muscles relaxed. Turn your head to the right, but don’t turn it past your shoulder, and hold it for 5 seconds, then return to the center. Do this exercise to the left side, also, again, not turning past your shoulder. Then drop your chin towards the chest slowly, hold it for a while and return back up. Range of motion exercises should be done three times a day, every day.

Pain Reliever

Over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen and aspirin can help in alleviating pain and inflammation. But, it is still advisable to ask for your doctor’s advice regarding medications to make sure that it is safe for you.

Sleep on a firm mattress

A stiff neck can be cause by bad sleeping positions, or the wrong kind of pillow or mattress. Use a firm mattress when sleeping and be sure that your head is kept aligned with the spine. Avoid sleeping on your stomach and don’t use pillows that are too thick.

Posted on 30 May 2011
Pain Management

How A Chiropractor Can Help Patients Achieve Holistic Health

Once strictly considered an “alternative” health practice due to its drug-free, hands-on approach, the study of chiropractic treatment has evolved into more of a mainstream wellness method. Patients have embraced chiropractors’ method of spinal manipulation and adjustment as a sound and successful route to end pain with various root causes. However, many patients don’t realize that treatment isn’t only intended as reactive management for aches and injuries that have already occurred. Rather, proactive and consistent visits to a reputable chiropractor that include a diverse array of treatment services can maintain spinal alignment, prevent future injuries and help a patient achieve the ultimate goal of holistic health and wellness.

Adjustments And Massage: Classic Chiropractor Treatments

In pursuit of total wellness, it’s important to implement a plan of treatment that involves various chiropractor methods. An adjustment is a traditional tactic most commonly thought of as a way to target a specific area of discomfort. Patients often undergo an adjustment when looking to treat acute pain in the lower and upper back as well as shoulders. However, patients should understand that this technique can also be used as an ongoing therapy to gently manipulate the spine into its most natural state of alignment to maintain a healthy posture, reduce headaches and allergy suffering as well as guard against future injury.

A reputable facility will also offer patients extended services beyond the scope of spinal adjustments in an effort to achieve muscular-skeletal balance. Trigger point massage and myfascial release technique should also be considered in the patient’s treatment plan. These therapies focus on targeted muscles and help relieve pain through muscle relaxation as well as increased circulation. Proven to reduce discomfort, increase blood flow and improve range of motion, trigger point massage and myfascial release provide a muscular realignment to balance the spinal realignment of an adjustment.

Thinking Outside The Box With Chiropractor Care

No matter what our activity level, our spinal cord reacts to gravity and compresses. If left untreated, this compression can cause a loss of flexibility as well as potential pain as we age. While a traditional adjustment can help this process, traction can optimize treatment. Traction is a proven aid in decreasing neck pain, back pain and reducing migraines. When combined as part of a total wellness plan, traction can also promote spinal biomechanics as well as spinal alignment improvement.

Finally, a customized exercise plan can help round off chiropractic treatment. Allowing your chiropractor to create a regime specifically tailored to your own individual needs can complement your other treatments and optimize body strengthening while reducing stress and pain. These exercises are often performed right at the Dr.’s office for extra guidance and monitoring for patients looking to increase spine protection, improve muscle strength and enhance posture.

Understanding the various facets of chiropractic methods can help patients make an informed decision about the best treatment options for their specific needs. Taking this knowledge and partnering with a reputable chiropractor to create a diverse and balanced plan is a critical step towards achieving holistic health and well-being.