How Low Back Pain Sufferers Benefit From Chiropractic

Ever since the beginning of time, the lower back has been an anatomical weak point in humans. Rather than body weight being evenly distributed between both arms and legs, the entire upper torso is supported by the lower back, which rests on the pelvic girdle. Although the lower back muscles generally do a pretty good job, sudden twisting movements of the body can cause muscular strain and damage, leading to pain and incapacitation. Estimated to affect 4 in 5 people over the course of their Continue reading →

How Chiropractic Can Help Shoulder Instability Sufferers

Shoulder instability occurs when the shoulder joint is too loose and the ‘ball’ of the humerus (upper arm) can move around too much in the ‘socket’ of the scapula. In a healthy shoulder joint, the four tendons that make up the rotator cuff hold the scapula and humerus in place, together with three sets of ligaments. These usually prevent too much movement at the shoulder; however, damage to these structures can lead to looseness and instability. Medically speaking, a distinction is made between cases of Continue reading →

How Chiropractic Can Help Those That Suffer From Peripheral Neuropathy

Damage to any part of the peripheral nervous system can interfere with the messages being sent from the body to the brain and spinal cord, causing a host of unpleasant symptoms such as pain, tingling, numbness and weakness in the affected area. Whether it’s damage to a single nerve (as in carpal tunnel syndrome) or an entire nerve group, peripheral neuropathy can cause serious problems. Peripheral neuropathy has a range of causes. One of the most common is diabetes; continuous high levels of blood sugar Continue reading →

How to Avoid Neck and Shoulder Pain While Using an iPad / Tablet

It is estimated that up to 300 million tablet computers such as the iPad may be sold by 2015, which seems entirely possible, given their ubiquitous appearance on trains, in cafes, and even at the supermarket. It has already been shown that frequent texting on your mobile phone can cause problems with neck pain, but those who use their tablet for everything from surfing the internet to watching full-length movies may be in for even more pain. Commonly referred to as “iPad neck,” increasing numbers Continue reading →

9 Warm-Up Tips for Runners Your Chiropractor Will Agree With

Although a thorough warm-up may add time to your workout, it is an important part of your routine and should not be skipped or skimped upon. Runners who do not adequately warm up prior to training are at greater risk of injury and poor performance. Ann Alayanak, a coach from the University of Dayton who earned seventh place at the U. S. Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials in 2008 says, “A proper warm-up increases heart rate, breathing rate, and blood flow to the muscles. It prepares Continue reading →

Why Whiplash Sufferers Should Choose Chiropractic First

Whiplash associated disorders (WAD) are common injuries of the neck caused by a rapid distortion of the cervical vertebrae. Such distortion occurs when the head undergoes a sudden stop while moving at speed, jarring the muscles and ligaments of the neck, which move forwards and backwards quickly. Whiplash is most typically associated with motor vehicle accidents but may also occur in sporting events (the often brutal stop tackles in football spring to mind) and falls from bicycles, chairs and horses. The adult human head weighs Continue reading →

Is it about the spine, or about health?

Let us consider the following analogy:  when driving along the road, you notice a wobble in the front right tire.  A possible assumption is that there is a problem with the balance of the tire.  If the symptom is not examined and the true underlying problem is not addressed in a timely fashion, the problem will naturally and gradually get worse.  The tendency is that the problem begins to affect other areas of the car’s mechanical structure as well (perhaps throwing off the alignment, etc.), Continue reading →

Early Predictors of Lumbar Spine Surgery after Occupational Back Injury: Results from a Prospective Study of Workers in Washington State.

by Keeney BJ, Fulton-Kehoe D, Turner JA, Wickizer TM, Chan KC, Franklin GM.   Source From the Department of #Orthopaedics, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College the Department of †Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington School of Public Health the Department of ∫Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine the Department of ^Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine the Department of ‡Division of Health Services Management and Policy, Ohio State University College of Public Health ✧Biostatistics, University Continue reading →