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By 7016572338 13 Jul, 2017

The use of computers in virtually every home, school and workplace environment has given rise to a host of related injuries affecting an unprecedented number of people worldwide

Without even realizing it, people often sit for hours a day hunched over a desk or in front of a computer, with their heads held forward for extended periods of time. Over time, this unnatural position places significant stress on the head, neck, shoulders and back, causing a condition known as Sitting-Down Syndrome. This condition has prompted an exponential increase in the number of people suffering from a variety of ailments that include:

  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Lower-back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Elbow pain
  • Wrist pain

When seated for extended periods of time, muscles contract and eventually become tighter and shorter, placing undue stress on other muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons. In an unconscious effort to relieve the pain caused by this condition, your body compensates in a way that weakens your muscles even further. In turn, this repetitive condition leads to even more pain and suffering unless this cycle is interrupted and corrected.

Here are some simple thing to help you through your day!





By 7016572338 27 Jun, 2017

Sitting on your wallet, in the car or at your desk, obviously also will give you temporarily a crooked spine, because it raises one side of the pelvis. Only slightly you may say, but believe you me, it's significant.




When sitting on your wallet...
That curvature is only temporary, obviously; only whilst sitting on your back pocket wallet but you can see how a scoliosis, whether for a few moments or permanent, reaches up into the cervical spine. It can and does play havoc with your spine causing headaches and a variety of spinal complaints that continue long after you get out of the car.

In a lateral shift your pelvis or hips will be misaligned causing a high hip on one side and low hip on the other side. This might give you the appearance of one leg being shorter than the other or give you chronic low back pain with or without pain in your gluteus and down your leg. One of the ways we measure and evaluate for lateral shifts is by checking to see if you carry your weight evenly on both legs. Often times people initially have weight balance discrepancies in the 10-15 lbs range and not be able to feel it. If you can imagine the extra wear and tear that happens if your car is out of alignment, you can imagine the extra wear and tear on your body that a lateral shift can cause over time.
When you sit on your wallet or phone you are essentially inducing a lateral shift in your spine. Over time, the repetitive stress of basically sitting on a wedge will induce a more permeant shift in your spine that will stay even after you are no longer on the wedge/ wallet. This happens as the muscles of your lower body being to tighten and adapt to this new structure.

We recommend keeping your wallet in your front pocket and taking it out of your pockets when you are driving or at work. Life has enough stress to throw at us without us consciously contributing to our shift. 



By 7016572338 22 Jun, 2017
In order for movement to occur, the muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments must all work together in response to signals from the brain. If there is any disease or condition that interrupts the nerves' signals or if there is any injury to any of these structures, movement can be hindered. To help keep the body healthy and active it is important to understand what tendons, ligaments and muscles are, the role they play in movement and how to prevent injury.Muscles, tendons and ligaments can all suffer injuries as the result of a direct blow or or from overuse. Ligaments can be overstretched; this is called a strain. A strain can involve just partial tears to the ligament or a compete tear. Muscle and tendon injuries are called sprains and occur when they are overworked or stretched too far. A strain can be either a partial or full tear. These injuries are common in high-intensity sports and require treatment to avoid chronic problems. Tendons, ligaments and muscles can all be stretched and strengthened to help avoid injuries.
By 7016572338 20 Jun, 2017

You’ve been in the car or the plane for hours, your back is aching and your legs are stiff and sore; you can’t wait to stand up and get moving again. We’ve all been there. This summer, plan for a pain-free travel experience by making small changes that can make a big difference in how you feel. 

"Prolonged sitting causes a buildup of pressure in the blood vessels in your lower legs, which causes soreness" explains Scott Bautch, DC, president of the ACA Council on Occupational Health. “Simple moves, such as stretching or contracting and relaxing your muscles, can increase blood flow.”

“Treat travel like an athletic event,” he suggests. “Warm up before getting into a car or on the plane, and cool down once you reach your destination. For example, taking a short, brisk walk to stretch your hamstring and calf muscles before and after a long trip can help prevent problems.”

Consider these additional tips for healthier travels:

Travel by Car

  • Adjust the seat so you are as close to the steering wheel as comfortably possible.
  • Progress through a series of muscle stretches when driving: open your toes as wide as you can, and count to 10. Count to five while you tighten your calf muscles, then your thigh muscles, then your gluteal muscles. Roll your shoulders forward and back. Always make sure to put safety first and keep your hands on the steering wheel and your eyes on the road.
  • Do not grip the steering wheel. Instead, alternate tightening and loosening your grip occasionally to improve hand circulation and decrease muscle fatigue in the arms, wrists and hands.
  • Take rest breaks and take the opportunity to move around to refresh yourself. Never underestimate the potential consequences of fatigue to yourself, your passengers and other drivers. Get out and move aroundYour spine is designed to move. Sitting in one position in a car will stiffen up your back muscles and can lead to achiness and possibly muscle spasm. If possible, plan ahead for to schedule stops—ideally every 30 minutes—and get out of the car so you can move around and stretch. Movement stimulates blood circulation, which brings nutrients and oxygen to your lower back.

    In between exercise stops, try to move a little in your seat. Even 10 seconds of movement and stretching is better than sitting still. At a minimum adjust your seat and change your position slightly every 15 to 20 minutes. Pump your ankles to keep the blood flowing and provide a slight stretch in your hamstring muscles . Any movement that is safe to do in the car will help you out.

  • Bring along a cold pack

    If you have back pain, it may be a good idea to bring an ice pack or cold pack along in the car with you.

    Most back pain is accompanied by inflammation. Applying a cold pack can reduce the inflammation and numb sore tissues. Please remember to always use a towel or another protective barrier to avoid ice burn.

    Here are some options:

    • Bring a cooler in the car with you and keep reusable ice packs in it, or make your own ice pack and bring it along
    • Buy some instant ice packs at a pharmacy or general merchandise store. Keep them in the glove compartment in case you ever need them

  • Real Food Not Junk

    Everyone knows that gas station hot dogs and liters of sugary sodas aren’t good for us but that doesn’t stop us from consuming them, especially while on a long road trip. People travel thousands of miles for the holidays and stopping at fast food restaurants seems like the best idea when you just want to get wherever you’re going in the fastest way possible.

    While junk food doesn’t make you feel good and can cause indigestion, did you know it could also cause other forms of pain? If you eat well most of the time but suddenly introduce your body to food of the junk variety your systems could reject it in curious ways. A healthy diet for a healthy person keeps the body’s insulin levels regulated naturally. When you add a sudden influx of unhealthy food the body goes into overtime producing insulin that can cause inflammation, aches, and pain. Imagine what junk food does to a person over an extended period of time.

    Not only will this snack bag keep you fueled, but it will also help you resist the temptation to stop for less healthy food options on the road. Be sure, however, to make sure that your snack options are healthy and not sugar loaded, particularly if you have kids joining you on this road trip. Healthy snack options might include string cheese, rice cakes, nuts, and apple slices. Don’t neglect your hydration either– bring a cooler packed with plenty of water.




Travel by Airplane

  • Stand up straight and feel the normal "S" curve of your spine. To prevent back pain, use rolled-up pillows or blankets to maintain that curve when you sit in your seat.
  • Check all bags heavier than 5 to 10 percent of your body weight. Overhead lifting of any significant amount of weight should be avoided to reduce the risk of pain in the lower back or neck.
  • When pushing your belongings under the seat, do not force the object with an awkward motion using your legs, feet or arms. This may cause muscle strain or spasms in the upper thighs and lower back muscles.
  • While seated, vary your position occasionally to improve circulation and avoid leg cramps.
By 7016572338 15 Jun, 2017

Treating TMD/TMJ


If you place your hands on your face, right in front of your ear lobes and open and close your mouth, you can feel your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which connects your upper and lower jaw.

Many Americans experience some sort of temporomandibular-related pain or even a temporomandibular disorder (TMD). In fact, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) estimates that 10 million Americans have a TMD. Additionally, around 75 percent of the U.S. population may experience one or more symptoms of a TMD. Discover why chiropractic is a viable treatment option for this common condition.

Conservative, Uninvasive Treatment

Top experts, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and NIDCR, recommend conservative, reversible treatments as the best route of action. Our doctors agree and recommend choosing uninvasive treatments first, rather than aggressive treatments, like surgery and implants, which penetrate the tissues of the face, jaw or joint.

Let’s start by briefly going over what TMJ disorder is: TMJ disorder (TMJ Syndrome) is a blanket term for acute or chronic inflammation of the temporomandibular joint (which is what connects your mandible to your skull). The most common causes range from bruxism (teeth grinding), trauma, excessive nail biting, degenerative joint diseases and many more. Essentially, TMJ disorder is quite common.

Symptoms

Issues with the complex temporomandibular joint and its surrounding muscles and tissues can cause a variety of symptoms—and some of these symptoms on their own may not indicate a disorder. The most common symptoms are:

  • Dull, aching pain around the ear which may extend to the side and back of the head or down the neck
  • Difficulty or pain when biting, chewing, talking or opening and closing the mouth
  • Clicking, popping or grating sound when opening or closing the mouth
  • Earache
  • Headache (including migraines)
  • Jaw or TMJ pain
  • Locking of the jaw
  • Dizziness
  • Neck and Shoulder pain

Chiropractors may help with TMJ by alleviating tension and dysfunction in the spine. As chiropractors alleviate this dysfunction, it reduces the pressure on various nerves, which then alleviates pain associated with TMJ. Many people who have TMJ need continual care in order to keep the pain and other side effects away. But with regular trips to the chiropractor, many sufferers of this condition find ongoing relief from this particular ailment.

If you think you are suffering from TMD or can relate to these symptoms, Chiropractic Associates recommends seeking out the opinion of a chiropractor or other healthcare professional. In the meanwhile, rest the jaw when possible and to pay close attention to habits, such as teeth grinding or nail-biting, which may be worsening the pain or disorder.

Make an appointment to talk to a chiropractic doctor about chiropractic and TMJ/TMD.

By 7016572338 13 Jun, 2017

Modern medicine has acknowledged acupuncture as an effective curative therapy. The needles inserted into the body cause the nervous system to release healing and pain-relieving chemicals into brain, spinal cord and muscles.

Acupuncture is used in the treatment of a range of conditions, including muscular and neurological disorders such as lower back pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, sciatica, osteoarthritis and tendinitis, gastric disorders such as diarrhea, gastritis, spactic colon and constipation, as well as respiratory problems such as bronchitis and asthma.

It is also helpful in relieving migraines and arthritic pain, soothing dental pain, reducing nausea, and remedying problems with the reproductive and urinary organs. 

For patients receiving advanced chiropractic care, a course of acupuncture treatment that works hand-in-hand with the chiropractic treatment can provide added healing benefits. The two remedies approach the condition from multiple angles, promoting better healing at a faster pace.

Acupuncture can relieve the potency of pain signals, loosen the muscles and stimulate blood flow to quicken healing, which in turn aids the chiropractor in performing therapeutic alignments to the patient’s spine, muscles and joints. Both treatments can be used compatibly, each enhancing the healing effects of the other without the need for drugs. For many conditions, a combination of these therapies can bring about rapid and health-boosting effects. A lot of patients suffering from various illnesses, injuries and medical conditions have reported that receiving acupuncture along with chiropractic care has been more helpful than taking medicines and receiving standard chiropractic therapy.

By 7016572338 25 May, 2017

According to a new study published in the   Annals of Internal Medicine   and funded by the National Institutes of Health, medication is not the best option for treating neck pain.

After following 272 neck-pain patients for 12 weeks, those who used a chiropractor or exercise were more than twice as likely to be pain free compared to those who took medication.

Specifically:

  • 32 percent who received chiropractic care became pain free
  • 30 percent of those who exercised became pain free
  • 13 percent of those treated with medication became pain free

Researchers concluded:

"For participants with acute and subacute neck pain, SMT [spinal manipulation therapy] was more effective than medication in both the short and long term. However, a few instructional sessions of HEA [home exercise with advice] resulted in similar outcomes at most time points."

By 7016572338 23 May, 2017
Forward Head Posture is damaging the necks and backs of our younger generation! Tech devices force our heads forward and down, chronically compressing discs and joints. Hunched posture, chronic headaches and spinal degenerative changes common in the elderly, are now seen early in life! The best way to avoid text neck is to limit use of the device, although I think most people (myself included) would find that difficult.

Pain from tech neck can arise from several different areas: muscles, ligaments, joints or nerve irritation. Muscular problems tend to resolve spontaneously within 4-6 weeks. If you have a persistent problem that has lasted more than 2 months or keeps coming back, you need to get it checked. The constant downward movement can lead to increased pressures in the discs of your neck. The spinal discs are shock absorbers located between the vertebra (bones in your spine). A healthy disc space between the vertebra also allows for proper spacing for your spinal nerves to exit the spinal cord. Tech neck can damage discs causing problems in a couple different ways:

1) A disc that is degenerating is one that is shrinking in size and losing a good amount of fluid contained within the disc. This is a process that typically takes place over a number of years and is a problem that you may not be aware of until it gets to the point where enough of the space is lost and pressure is applied to the nerve.

2) The disc can cause pain is a disc bulge or herniation. This is when the outer edges of the disc become injured and can not properly contain the disc material and a bulge is formed. If this bulge or herniation is large enough, pressure can be put on a nerve and a number of symptoms can result from this pressure. Some of the symptoms caused by this pressure are: pain shooting down your arm, numbness or tingling in your hands or finger tips, loss of muscle strength in your arm or hand, and in an emergency situations there can be loss of function, sensation and control in the affected area (arm, hand or fingers).


So what can you do?

First, the dream answer:

  • Go to White Bay in the British Virgin Islands.
  • Throw your smartphone in the water.
  • Lay down on a beach towel.
  • Do some deep breathing and avoid thinking about work.

That's not going to work, is it?

Now, the helpful answer:


The list of tips to avoid text neck seem to make sense:

  • Sit up straight with your chest out and your shoulders back.
  • Hold the device in front of your eyes so you don't have to look down.
  • Rather than hunching over, tuck your chin into your chest to look down.
  • Invest in an external keyboard if you use your device for lengthy typing.
  • Rest your forearms on a pillow while texting to minimize neck tension.
  • Avoid using devices in bright sunlight, because straining to see the screen could exacerbate the problem.


By 7016572338 16 May, 2017
What most people don't realize is that mechanical dysfunction of the vertebrae of the neck will cause increased muscle tension as well as irritate the delicate nerves that control blood flow into the head. Improving the movement or alignment of the bones in the neck can relieve the pressure and irritation that results in headaches. How do we get misalignments or dysfunction in the joints of the neck? This can be due to trauma such as falls or car accidents. Repetitive stress such as hours of work on a computer, poor posture or stress can also take a toll over time. In many patients it is a combination of activities that took place often years before which has led to chronic and recurring headaches. The examination evaluates these issues as well as attempts to rule out other more serious causes, which can occur but are more rare. Nerve function by checking reflexes, sensation and muscle strength as well as correlating information like positions that decrease arm or leg pain will be included as any position that reduces pain in the arm or leg must be incorporated into an exercise. X-rays may include bending "stress" views so that ligaments (that hold bones together) can be evaluated for "laxity" (torn and unstable). When this is found, we avoid adjustments to these vertebrae. We also evaluate the jaw or TMJ for involvement.

As you can see, if is very important do a thorough evaluation so headache patients can be properly managed. Treatment approaches include: 1. Adjustments; 2. Soft tissue therapy (trigger point stimulation, myofascial release); 3. Posture correction exercises and other exercises; 4. Education about job modifications; 5. Co-management with other health care providers, if medication or injection therapy is needed.
By 7016572338 09 May, 2017

Being in a car accident can be one of the most terrifying and overwhelming experiences a person lives through. One moment everything may seem fine, the next moment you are involved in a serious collision. Many people who survive automobile accidents must deal with both physical and emotional damages following their accident, and treating these injuries can be a difficult process.

While no one ever wants to be in an automobile accident, it is important to know how to proceed with treating your injuries should you ever be involved in one. Visiting a chiropractor for professional chiropractic care is always one of the first things you should do, as these healthcare professionals specialize in treating many of the most common automobile accident-related injuries there are. 

There are many types of car accident injuries that require seeing a chiropractor such as:

  • Whiplash
  • Neck Injuries
  • Displaced bone fragments in the spine
  • Herniated discs
  • Soft-tissue injuries

Symptoms Brought on By Car Accident Injuries

  • Headaches
  • Neck strains
  • Body stiffness
  • Chest pain
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attack symptoms
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    By 7016572338 13 Jul, 2017

    The use of computers in virtually every home, school and workplace environment has given rise to a host of related injuries affecting an unprecedented number of people worldwide

    Without even realizing it, people often sit for hours a day hunched over a desk or in front of a computer, with their heads held forward for extended periods of time. Over time, this unnatural position places significant stress on the head, neck, shoulders and back, causing a condition known as Sitting-Down Syndrome. This condition has prompted an exponential increase in the number of people suffering from a variety of ailments that include:

    • Headaches
    • Neck pain
    • Lower-back pain
    • Shoulder pain
    • Elbow pain
    • Wrist pain

    When seated for extended periods of time, muscles contract and eventually become tighter and shorter, placing undue stress on other muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons. In an unconscious effort to relieve the pain caused by this condition, your body compensates in a way that weakens your muscles even further. In turn, this repetitive condition leads to even more pain and suffering unless this cycle is interrupted and corrected.

    Here are some simple thing to help you through your day!





    By 7016572338 27 Jun, 2017

    Sitting on your wallet, in the car or at your desk, obviously also will give you temporarily a crooked spine, because it raises one side of the pelvis. Only slightly you may say, but believe you me, it's significant.




    When sitting on your wallet...
    That curvature is only temporary, obviously; only whilst sitting on your back pocket wallet but you can see how a scoliosis, whether for a few moments or permanent, reaches up into the cervical spine. It can and does play havoc with your spine causing headaches and a variety of spinal complaints that continue long after you get out of the car.

    In a lateral shift your pelvis or hips will be misaligned causing a high hip on one side and low hip on the other side. This might give you the appearance of one leg being shorter than the other or give you chronic low back pain with or without pain in your gluteus and down your leg. One of the ways we measure and evaluate for lateral shifts is by checking to see if you carry your weight evenly on both legs. Often times people initially have weight balance discrepancies in the 10-15 lbs range and not be able to feel it. If you can imagine the extra wear and tear that happens if your car is out of alignment, you can imagine the extra wear and tear on your body that a lateral shift can cause over time.
    When you sit on your wallet or phone you are essentially inducing a lateral shift in your spine. Over time, the repetitive stress of basically sitting on a wedge will induce a more permeant shift in your spine that will stay even after you are no longer on the wedge/ wallet. This happens as the muscles of your lower body being to tighten and adapt to this new structure.

    We recommend keeping your wallet in your front pocket and taking it out of your pockets when you are driving or at work. Life has enough stress to throw at us without us consciously contributing to our shift. 



    By 7016572338 22 Jun, 2017
    In order for movement to occur, the muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments must all work together in response to signals from the brain. If there is any disease or condition that interrupts the nerves' signals or if there is any injury to any of these structures, movement can be hindered. To help keep the body healthy and active it is important to understand what tendons, ligaments and muscles are, the role they play in movement and how to prevent injury.Muscles, tendons and ligaments can all suffer injuries as the result of a direct blow or or from overuse. Ligaments can be overstretched; this is called a strain. A strain can involve just partial tears to the ligament or a compete tear. Muscle and tendon injuries are called sprains and occur when they are overworked or stretched too far. A strain can be either a partial or full tear. These injuries are common in high-intensity sports and require treatment to avoid chronic problems. Tendons, ligaments and muscles can all be stretched and strengthened to help avoid injuries.
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