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Pregnancy

Expectant mothers will have some discomfort throughout their pregnancy.  During pregnancy, a woman’s center of gravity almost immediately begins to shift forward to the front of her pelvis. Although a woman’s sacrum—or posterior section of the pelvis—has enough depth to enable her to carry a baby, the displaced weight still increases the stress on her joints. As the baby grows in size, the woman’s weight is projected even farther forward, and the curvature of her lower back is increased, placing extra stress on the spinal disks.

 

The American Chiropractic Association recommends the following tips for pregnant women:

 

  • Exercise– Safe exercise during pregnancy can help strengthen your muscles and prevent discomfort. Try exercising at least three times a week, gently stretching before and after exercise.  Walking, swimming, and stationary cycling are relatively safe cardiovascular exercises for pregnant women because they do not require jerking or bouncing movements.
  • Health and Safety–  Wear flat, sensible shoes. High or chunky heels can exacerbate postural imbalances and make you less steady on your feet, especially as your pregnancy progresses. Get plenty of rest.
  • Nutrition– Eat small meals or snacks every four to five hours— rather than the usual three large meals—to help keep nausea or extreme hunger at bay.

 

A chiropractor can be helpful before and after pregnancy.  I will be able to help make adjustments to provide relief throughout the pregnancy and also reduce the muscle tension.  

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a problem of the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand.  CTS occurs when the median nerve gets compressed in the carpal tunnel—a narrow tunnel at the wrist made up of bones and soft tissues, such as nerves, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels.  

It is the most expensive of all work related injuries. Over a lifetime, $30,000 could be spent on medical bills. CTS usually occurs in adults and is common in assembly line workers in manufacturing, sewing, fishing, cleaning, meatpacking.  

A few symptoms include: burning, tingling, itching, and/or numbness in the palm of the hand and thumb, index, and middle fingers are most common.

There is treatment for CTS.  Initial therapy includes:

  • Resting the affected hand and wrist
  • Avoiding activities that may worsen symptoms
  • Immobilizing the wrist in a splint to avoid further damage from twisting or bending
  • Applying cool packs to help reduce swelling from inflammation.

It is best to visit me if you have CTS because the majority of patients recover completely with the proper treatment.  

Healthy Habits for 2017

Everyone wants to start the new year off on a positive note. Here are a few tips to making 2017 your year!

  • Take Vitamin D
    The claim to fame for vitamin D is the extraordinary health benefits it offers. Believe it or not, there is more to vitamin D than just bone health.  Vitamin D behaves like a hormone. The advantages vary as the research is accumulated. Only recently have the medical community started realizing the variety of benefits provided by this vitamin. As they continue to study it, more and more benefits are emerging. Vitamin D promotes huge health and wellness perks with little cost.
  • Work On Your Posture
    Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting, or lying down. Good posture is the correct alignment of body parts supported by the right amount of muscle tension against gravity. Without posture and the muscles that control it, we would simply fall to the ground.
  • Say Goodbye to Painkillers
    Pain killers are good for two things, masking the pain instead of curing it and tricking patients into thinking that their pains are worse than they are, delaying the healing process.
  • Do Not Sit On Your Wallet
    When one has the habit of keeping their wallet in their back pocket and they’re constantly sitting on it, it can lead to chronic pain in the neck and lower back.  It can cause compression of the sciatic nerve and can cause a sciatica as well as aggravate the platforms.
  • Add Electrolytes To Your Water
    Without electrolytes you will experience muscle cramps, your body will start to slow down, and you will get dehydrated. That means you will not be able to keep your head […]

Joint Injuries

Joints are designed to withstand pressure placed on them and provide full range of motion.  A few examples of joints would be the ball-and-socket joints such as the hip; hinge joints such as the knee and elbow; and gliding joints, such as those located in the spine. To keep your joints in good shape it is important to have a healthy exercise regimen, proper nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle.  

Joints are usually injured when an abnormal stress is placed on the joint.  These stresses are placed by poor posture, poor joint position during a performance, or poor work ergonomics.  To prevent repetitive stress injuries use these three basic principles: Lift heavy objects with the largest muscles, during activities assume several different positions, and keep joints in their neutral posture.  

Back pain

Back pain is the second most common reason for clients to visit the doctor’s office.  Injuries to the back are a daily occurrence, which could cause you to feel a sharp pain, ache, or tingling sensation on your spine and these can last for days or even weeks.  There are ways to prevent back pain, such as, maintaining a healthy diet and weight, remaining active, avoiding bed rest, and proper posture, warm up and stretch before exercise, wear comfortable and low-heeled shoes, sleep on a mattress of medium firmness to minimize any curve to your spine, lift with your knees and keep the object close to your body and quite smoking.  In a recent survey the following occupations were found to cause the most stress and strains on the muscles of the back.  

  1. Heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers
  2. Construction workers’
  3. Landscapers
  4. Police officers
  5. Farmers
  6. Shingle roofers
  7. Firefighters/EMT’s
  8. Delivery drivers
  9. Nursing home worker
  10. Auto mechanic

If you’re experiencing back pain it is important to consult with me as soon as possible.  I can make a diagnoses and take the steps needed to solve your problems.  We can make adjustments to your diet and lifestyle to get you back in action.  

Tips For Healthy Aging

Living a long healthy life is something we all strive for.  By creating a healthy aging plan one can live a longer life.  

Do you have a healthy aging plan?  A few examples would be to:

  • Embrace a positive attitude
  • stimulate your mind
  • limit stress
  • stay in touch with family and friends
  • support your body with exercise
  • healthy diet choices.  

Taking care of your body is very important and should be a top priority.  I am licensed to examine and treat the entire body so you can get with me to learn about other ways to improve your quality of life.   

Chronic Pain and Depression

It is very important to listen to our bodies when we feel pain.  It warns us to stop an activity and pay attention to our bodies.  Chronic pain can last weeks, months, or years.  The older generation may suffer from chronic pain without having any physical finding to explain the discomfort.  Psychological and social issues can amplify pain in the body and limit family and social roles.  This can get in the way of everyday life and the activities that follow.

Depression plays a role in chronic pain because it is the most common emotion tied to it.  A combination of depression and chronic pain usually has a greater disability in association.  One needs to find the source that is causing so much pain to themselves.  After you find the answer you can now begin treatment. A few ways to get passed chronic pain and depression would be to stay active, cognitive therapy, dissociation, and involving family with your recovery.  

Feel free to discuss your symptoms with me. I can suggest some simple techniques that may work for you to cope with chronic pain from depression.

First Visit Questions

When visiting a Doctor it is very important to be honest about your symptoms so the proper treatment can be given.  Since all information discussed is confidential this makes it easier for a client to be honest about his/her lifestyle.  As you are speaking with me be very specific with your explanation.  For example you would want to say when you symptoms started, what it feels like, how it is affecting your life and what make the symptoms better or worse.  Once I know more about your situation I will be happy to find the best treatment plan for your health. 

If  your symptoms are becoming worse there are warning signs for this problem.  Some warning signs include: pain extending into your arm, leg, and chest area, progressive severe pain, neurological symptoms, or fever.  It is also key to inform me if you are receiving any other treatments from another physician and taking any supplements, such as, vitamins or over the counter medication.  Being honest with me on the first visit is beneficial and can put you on the road to a speedy recovery.  

Backpack Safety

The new school year is getting close! While buying your kids new school clothes, and supplies can be fun. picking out a backpack may be a little more challenging and also pretty important.

What you need to know about Backpack Safety?

When children and Teenagers carry backpacks that are too heavy, and worn out it can have a major effect on their bodies. Most of the time it affect their muscles and their joint. If they continue to use a backpack in poor condition it could eventually lead to lower back, shoulder, and neck pain and even posture issues.

To find a Backpack suitable for your children here are some suggestions:

  • Wide padded shoulder straps- If they are too narrow the straps can dig into shoulders.
  • Two Shoulder Straps- a one shoulder strap isn’t as effective at distributing weight as two shoulder strap can be.
  • Padded back- A padded back will protect against sharp edges from objects that are inside the pack and increases comfort.
  • Light weight backpack- Books and other objects will be very heavy so a light weight backpack with help with a lighter load for your child or teenager.

Always encourage your child or teenager to tell you about any pain or discomfort that they believe may be due to their backpack.

 

Posture

We often hear that good posture is essential for good health. We recognize poor posture when we see it formed as a result of bad habits carried out over years and evident in many adults. But only few people have a real grasp of the importance and necessity of good posture.

What is posture?

Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting, or lying down. Good posture is the correct alignment of body parts supported by the right amount of muscle tension against gravity. Without posture and the muscles that control it, we would simply fall to the ground.

Normally, we do not consciously maintain normal posture. Instead, certain muscles do it for us, and we don’t even have to think about it. Several muscle groups, including the hamstrings and large back muscles, are critically important in maintaining good posture. While the ligaments help to hold the skeleton together, these postural muscles, w

 Consequences of poor posture

Poor posture can lead to excessive strain on our postural muscles and may even cause them to relax, when held in certain positions for long periods of time. For example, you can typically see this in people who bend forward at the waist for a prolonged time in the workplace. Their postural muscles are more prone to injury and back pain.
Several factors contribute to poor posture–most commonly, stress, obesity, pregnancy, weak postural muscles, abnormally tight muscles, and high-heeled shoes.  In addition, decreased flexibility, a poor work environment, incorrect working posture, and unhealthy sitting and standing habits can also contribute to poor body positioning.

 

Source: American Chiropractic Association