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Chiropractic Helps Frozen Shoulder Syndrome or Adhesive Capsulitis

Posted by on Dec 29, 2012 in Conditions | 0 comments

Chiropractic Helps Frozen Shoulder Syndrome or Adhesive Capsulitis

  Symptoms of Frozen Shoulder or Adhesive Capsulitis   pain in the shoulder loss of motion in the shoulder, inability to raise arms stiffness     What is Frozen Shoulder?   It can be a strange thing to suddenly have shoulder pain without injury or reason for the pain. This pain will stop you from moving your arms, which causes the shoulders to become stiff and to lose a range of motion. You may start asking others for help, reaching things that are above your head, and even reaching for things directly in front of you. Brushing your teeth and dressing becomes a daily issue. In time,  the arm will have a loss of rotation, and everyday activities such as reaching over the head or even raising the arm above a certain point becomes impossible. Frozen shoulder usually affects only one arm, though some in some cases, the other arm developed frozen shoulder at another point in time.   What Causes Frozen Shoulder?   It is not clearly understood what is the underlying cause of frozen shoulder. However, we do understand the progression of the condition. Frozen shoulder starts with an inflammation of the joint capsule of the shoulder joint. This shoulder joint holds the bones of the shoulder to each other with ligaments. The inflammation of the ligaments of the joint capsule causes the shoulder pain and over time, prevents a range of motion in the shoulder joint. The shoulder becomes “frozen” and unable to move.   Factors of Frozen Shoulder shoulder injury or surgery often in people 40 – 70 years old more often in postmenopausal women often in people with chronic diseases cervical disk (neck) subluxations or disease hyperthyroidism diabetes open heart surgery   Medical doctors will examine the frozen shoulder and order x-rays and/or MRIs to see if arthritis or other issues are a factor. If the diagnosis is frozen shoulder, the MD will suggest nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), daily intense physical therapy, and steroid injections. Surgery may be recommended if symptoms do not improve.   There are only a handful of chiropractors that specialize in treating frozen shoulder. These chiropractors will do an examination of the shoulder and the spine determine if the diagnosis is frozen shoulder. The range of motion will be tested laterally raising the arm to the side and raising the arm forward in the sagittal plane. Raising the arm to the back is not as restricted or as noticeable for the patient. After the examination, the chiropractor may adjust the spine and then the shoulder.   Some of the frozen shoulder adjustments may be painful if no anesthesia is used, even though chiropractic adjustments in general are not painful.  However, adjustments for frozen shoulder will give the greatest amount of correction in the first visit. A short and sharp increase in pain may be felt directly after the adjustment, but the pain will calm down in a few minutes. After the pain subsides, the chiropractor will again test the range of motion, which can improve as much as 50% or more after the first visit with certain chiropractors. Typically, the pain will be less severe than before the adjustment. The chiropractor will then recommended some exercises, which will also improve the effectiveness of the chiropractic adjustments.   Every subsequent adjustment for the frozen shoulder will show...

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Can Chiropractic Treatment Help a Herniated Disc?

Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 in Conditions | 0 comments

Can Chiropractic Treatment Help a Herniated Disc?

  What is a Herniated Disc? People who suffer from back pain, leg pain, excessive weakness in the legs, and abnormal functions of the lower extremities are often diagnosed with a herniated disc. The question is –   Exactly what is a herniated disc, and how is it determined if this is causing the symptoms?   An intervertebral disc is made up of an outer, fibrous ring, and a central soft portion. The disc itself receives nourishment through the motion of the vertebrae above and below it moving and “squishing” the blood and fluids through the disc. If this movement does not occur, the outer ring can dry and tear which allows the soft portion of the disc to bulge out. This is what is commonly known as a herniated disc. (Also called a slipped disc, bulging disc, disc protrusion, etc.) Not all herniated discs cause pain or discomfort. It is when the bulge puts pressure on the exiting spinal nerve that pain, or an inflammatory reaction, will occur. It is therefore very important to have a full understanding of what is causing the pain.   What is Subluxation? Another term important to understand in the diagnosis of a herniated disc is subluxation. Subluxation is when one or more of the bones of your spine (vertebrae) move out of position. The result can be a herniated disc. If this creates pressure on spinal nerves, problems will result. This pressure or irritation on the nerves causes the nerves to malfunction and interfere with the signals traveling over those nerves. Symptoms of a herniated disc can be one or more of the following: · Pain spreading over the buttocks, down the back of one thigh, and into the calf · Pain may be in one leg (more common) or both legs · Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the legs or feet · Numbness, tingling, or weakness in one or both arms · In severe cases, inability to find comfort even lying down · Sudden aching or twisted neck that cannot be straightened without severe pain · Bowel or bladder changes and/or numbness in the groin     Treatment for a Herniated Disc Treatments for a herniated can range from physical therapy, to anti-inflammatory medication, to cortisone shots to surgery. Because back surgery is extremely invasive, and because surgery is not always totally successful in correcting the problem, it would be wise to seek out the services of a doctor of chiropractic first. Before resorting to a surgical approach, it just makes good sense to try a more conservative procedure. A doctor of chiropractic is trained to locate subluxations, and reduce or correct them. This can be accomplished through a series of chiropractic adjustments designed to correct the vertebral subluxations in your spine. Chiropractors are the only professionals who undergo years of training to be experts at correcting subluxations. There are methods to decompress the vertebrae which allow the disc the ability to heal itself.     Early Diagnosis of a Herniated Disc Be aware that few treatments – even chiropractic treatment – can make up for years of abuse and neglect of spinal health that many people endure. Poor nutrition, poor posture, lack of proper exercise, and even incorrect lifting methods are among the many ways the spine suffers abuse. Early diagnosis and conservative treatment...

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Chiropractic Treatment Can Improve Asthma Symptoms

Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 in Conditions | 0 comments

Chiropractic Treatment Can Improve Asthma Symptoms

When it comes to asthma, the numbers speak for themselves: Asthma cases have seen an increase by over 60 percent since the 1980s. Asthma-related deaths amount to 5,000 cases per year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that roughly 20 million people in the United States presently have asthma. In some cases, those who have the condition do not even know it, attributing their symptoms to other maladies.   Unlike twenty years ago, asthma and the use of inhalers are now widespread. It is no longer unusual to find many children in a single classroom experiencing breathing difficulties. In the present climate, researchers are left to speculate why asthma cases have seen such a marked increase. Genetics and environmental exposure to possible allergens are likely culprits. Nowadays, people are exposed to a vast amount of potential allergens such as cleaning products, and formaldehyde preservatives that go into carpets and furniture. Air quality also plays a factor. Drafty houses that bring in fresh air to dry and freshen up the space also clear out mold and other allergens. Unfortunately, many modern houses are too insulated; basements, for example, are known for increasing mold exposure. Those who spend a lot of time in them are likely to have regular contact with mold and other allergens. Another source of allergen exposure comes in the form of food, especially manufactured foods with preservatives. Vaccinations and antibiotics may also figure in, contributing to the overall picture. Since asthma is a chronic condition, it can’t be cured. It can, however, be managed. Consulting with both primary care physicians and asthma specialists such as an allergist, are recommended for solid treatment results. Experts advise asthma patients to identify specific allergens and to seek ways to reduce exposure to substances that provoke aggravated episodes. This is in addition to any medication taken. Allergens, however, is just one of the factors that affect asthma symptoms and attacks. Stress also plays a role. Moving to a new town, divorce, a new school, and challenging situations may trigger asthma attacks. Moreover, strong emotional outbursts such as anger, fear, and even laughter, can provoke an attack.   Chiropractic & Asthma  In order to address the patient’s stress level and improve the asthma patient’s quality of life, alternative treatment methods should be considered. Relaxation techniques employed by the likes of meditation, yoga, massage, acupuncture, and breathing exercises can be very beneficial. Clinical evidence has also shown that chiropractic care and manipulation help asthma patients. A clinical trial showed that asthma patients treated with chiropractic treatment experienced significant improvement of bronchial hyper-reactivity and saw a decrease of asthma severity. Another comprehensive clinical trial reported that the patient group that was treated with spinal manipulation showed significant improvement in asthma symptoms. Doctors of chiropractic offer a thorough evaluation of asthma patients, examining their overall physical and neurological data, as well as their diet, lifestyle and potential stressors. In this way, chiropractic care can offer invaluable support to the asthma treatment team. They work with patients to improve their motor coordination, respiratory and stomach muscles, as well as look into their overall quality of life.   Tips for to Reduce Asthma Symptoms To alleviate symptoms, here are few tips suggested by experts:  • Get checked for viral respiratory infections and other conditions. Once...

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Chiropractic Treatment for Spine Disorders

Posted by on Jul 18, 2012 in Conditions | 0 comments

Chiropractic Treatment for Spine Disorders

Chiropractic care is very effective for treating spine related disorders. It is the most powerful and natural curing method. The popular chiropractic techniques are Laser Therapy, Cox Spinal Decompression, Full Spine Diversified etc. There is a need for regular monitoring of the spine. The stress and tension which occurs due to malfunctioning of the spine can affect the physical and mental activity of the person to a great extent. The spine is a common bony site for metastatic involvement. The upper bone structure of our body includes rib cage and spinal cord, and is supported by the Central Nervous System or Peripheral Nervous System. A spine is the foundation for the bone system and Nervous System of our body.   Problems Associated With Spine Disorders The problems which are associated with the malfunctioning of the spine are Trigeminal Neuralgia, Horner’s Syndrome, Bell’s Palsy, Dizziness, Allergies, Sinus problems, Leg and Arm Numbness, Seizures including Epileptic, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, Scoliosis, Sciatica, Neck and Back Pain, Auto Accident Injuries, Athletic Injuries, Chronic Pain or Stress, Asthma, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Arthritis, Migraines and other Headaches. There are also several instances for the dislocation of discs such as Degenerative Discs, Bulging Discs, Herniated Discs, Thinning Discs, and Disc Degeneration with Oseophyte Formation.   Chiropractic Treatment In most of the cases people suffering from neck ache and back pain problems do not know where to go for an effective treatment and they remain confused, frustrated and anxious. In this regard chiropractic treatment is the most powerful and natural curing method, which is the most viable treatment method. It helps people in achieving new levels of fitness and wellness. The services of chiropractor professional were used to offer comprehensive health care and medical services to athletes in the Winter Olympics, which occurred in Canada 2010.   Treating Spine Disorders with Chiropractic The chiropractic treatment is clinically effective in offering quality treatment options. Some of the modern chiropractic techniques are Applied Kinesiology, Laser Therapy, Orthopedic Extremity Adjusting, Motion Palpation, Myofascial Release, Instrument Adjusting, Sacro-Occipital, Palmer Specific, Cox Spinal Decompression and Full Spine Diversified. The techniques provide considerable improvement in patient’s health and overall well-being. The treatment provides new hope to the patients suffering from neck and back pain problems. The chiropractic techniques are specifically tailored for your individual health and provide treatment to all the spine related problems like Sports Injury, Spinal Stenosis, Headache, Scoliosis, Whiplash, Neck Pain, Back Pain, Pinched Nerve, Herniated Disc and so on.     Article by Dean Greenwood. In Vancouver BC, Vancouver chiropractor centre offers most efficient treatment options for individual suffering from spine disorders. It uses all the modern chiropractic techniques like Cox Spinal Decompression, Full Spine Diversified, Laser Therapy etc. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Dean_Greenwood. Article Source:...

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Hypothyroidism

Posted by on Jul 17, 2012 in Conditions, Women's Health | 0 comments

Hypothyroidism

  Functions of the Thyroid The thyroid is a small ductless gland weighing less than one ounce, located in the neck along the trachea or windpipe. The thyroid is the only place where iodine can be absorbed into the body.   Iodine comes from the different foods we eat and is necessary in small quantities to make thyroid hormones: triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4).  These hormones are then circulated throughout the body where they control metabolism in every cell.  Metabolism is the body’s conversion of oxygen from the air we breathe and calories from the food we eat to energy.   What is Hypothyroidism? “Hypo” means too little or under normal, and “thyroidism” is the disease of the thyroid. Therefore, “hypothyroidism” is the disease of too little thyroid activity or decreased thyroid activity. Hypothyroidism is the result of too little thyroid hormone. This can happen when the thyroid does not produce enough hormones, an under-active thyroid, OR the thyroid produces enough hormones, but the hormones break down too quickly and cannot be used by the body.   Causes of Hypothyroidism Thyroid produces too little hormone. Hashimoto’s disease – the body creates an allergy to thyroid hormones, destroying them, and causing low hormone levels Undiagnosed thyroid problems – normal laboratory levels of thyroid hormones T3 & T4, but have reoccurring or non responsive health problems; often, patients do better when supplemented with thyroid nutrients or hormone. Viral infection may onset inflammation of the thyroid gland, causing hypothyroidism.   Symptoms of Hypothyroidism fatigue, slowed heart rate weight gain constipation irritability, mental depression cold sensitivity slow or slurred speech drooping and swollen eyes, swollen face recurrent and frequent infections, decreased immunity increased allergic reaction headaches hair loss, brittle hair problems with calcium metabolism Women: heavy menstruation, painful menstruation,  premenstrual tension Children: decreased growth and development   Home Thyroid Test Take your temperature each morning for 3 days before you wake up and get out of bed. Before falling asleep each night, keep the thermometer next to your bed. In the morning before rising out of bed, lie still, and take your temperature under the armpit for 15 minutes. Do this except on the first few days of your period and the middle of the menstrual cycle. Calculate the average temperature. If your body temperature is below 97.5 F, and consistently low, this may indicate a thyroid problem. The lower the temperature, potentially, the greater the thyroid problem.   Complications for Hypothyroidism Allergies, Food allergies Vitamin B deficiencies Iron Digestive enzymes Liver disease Hormone imbalances Parasites   Alternative Treatments for Hypothyroidism Diet 1. Eat foods high in Iodine kelp vegetables root vegetables (ie. potatoes, carrots, etc) 2. Eat foods high in Vitamin B complex nutritional yeast raw nuts & seeds sprouted whole grains 3. Avoid these foods which naturally slow down the thyroid function cabbage, brussel sprouts mustard greens, kale, spinach brocolli turnips peaches, pears 4. Eat foods high in Vitamin A, except for the ones that are listed in #3 dark green & yellow vegetables   Drug Warnings 1. Avoid sulfa drugs & antihistamines any drugs with sulfur, sulfate, sulfite, etc. any known antihistamine such as allergy medication   2. While taking thyroid medication, be sure to take Calcium supplements. Thyroid medication is known to cause rapid bone loss.   Chiropractic Care for Hypothyroidism Along with changes in Diet, Nutritional Therapy, and other therapies, chiropractic care is very effective for hypothyroidism Balances hormone...

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Chiropractic – An Alternate Treatment for Sciatica

Posted by on Jul 16, 2012 in Conditions | 0 comments

Chiropractic – An Alternate Treatment for Sciatica

Sciatica is a series of symptoms that is caused when the sciatic nerve (the largest nerve in body running from the bottom of the spinal cord passing through pelvis, hips, and feet) is misaligned or inflamed. Generally, it can be caused from any number of factors such as an automobile accident, or a sports injury or even pregnancy, to name a few.   Sciatica is most commonly referring to pain that starts from the low back or buttocks and travels down the leg, sometimes all the way to the foot. The sensation of needles, tingling, numbness, burning, muscular weakness and shaky legs are some other symptoms that a sciatic patient might suffer. The pain can often go for as long as days or even several weeks. The intensity of pain and symptoms varies from one patient to another.   Chiropractic is One of the Most Effective Treatment Forms for Sciatica It helps in easing the low back pain and the nerve pain without using any medication. A chiropractor initially checks the medical history of a sciatic patient and performs a thorough exam to get the clearest picture possible of exactly what is going on and how to address it.   Chiropractors realign the vertebrae to free the spinal column of restrictions, thus alleviating the pressure on the sciatic nerve. This allows for the pain and discomfort to minimally lesson if not completely dissipate. Because no drugs or surgery is used by these doctors, the negative side effects so often associated with drugs and surgery are no longer a concern of the chiropractic patient.   Overall, chiropractic treatment is found to be very helpful and effective in dealing with sciatica or sciatic nerve pain. Regardless of the reason for sciatic pain, studies show that a chiropractor will provide you the most effective method of treatment in recovering from your sciatica. M. Prados is an experienced author, who has written articles on chiropractor and Find a Chiropractic services. Also list your chiropractic business on thechiropages.com.Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=M_Prados. Article Source:...

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Eczema

Posted by on Jul 16, 2012 in Conditions, Women's Health | 0 comments

Eczema

  Eczema is also known as dermatitis, or an inflammation of the skin. It is characterized by itching, blisters, red bumps, swelling, oozing, scaling, and crusting. Though eczema is not life threatening, it can be uncomfortable and impact the eczema sufferer and those around the eczema sufferer.   Eczema & Allergies Eczema occurs more often in people with families histories of hay fever, allergies, asthma.  In other cases, eczema may be situational. To avoid further irritation of the skin, wear natural fabrics, nonirritating fibers, avoid irritating substances, excess chemicals, and scented fabric softeners. Look for hypoallergenic, organic, natural fabric detergents and softeners, soaps, shampoos, lotions, and anything else in contact with the skin. The causes of eczema are hard to determine because it is multifaceted, meaning that it is the visible symptom of deeper problems such as food allergies, leaky gut syndrome, or other conditions.  Determining food allergies and removing allergens from the diet are extremely important, as well as changing the diet to prevent flare-ups. Trying alternative treatments and therapies are one way to remain proactive without subjecting the body continually to steroid (hydrocortisone) creams to relieve the itching and antihistamine drugs.   Symptoms of Eczema itching blisters red bumps swelling oozing scaling crusting   Types of Eczema 1. Contact eczema or dermatitis – occurs only where the irritant comes into contact with the skin. irritants such as chemicals, perfumes, exposure to light, etc. 2. Atopic dermatitis or eczema – commonly in families with allergies, hay fever, B12 problems, asthma, and other allergy respiratory problems. infants – 2-18 months – red spots on face, scalp, and extremities; weeping, crusty. children, adults – localized, chronic. may subside in children aged 3 – 4, recur in adolescence or adulthood. 3. Seborrheic dermatitis or eczema – face, scalp, chest. 4. Nummular dermatitis or eczema – chronic, coin-shaped red spots, crusting, scaling. Occurs after aged 35, associated with emotional stress, and winter dry skin. 5. Chronic eczema – hands or feet, very severe. 6. Generalized eczema – widespread over all the skin. 7. Statis eczema – on the lower legs due to poor blood circulation, skin turns brownish. 8. Localized scratch dermatitis or eczema – darker patches surrounded by whitish areas on the arms, legs, ankles, or genitals. Scratching makes it worse. Frequent for women aged 20-50 years old.   Complications for Eczema Leaky Gut Syndrome Allergies, Food Allergies Vitamin B deficiencies Adrenal fatigue Hay fever, Allergies Food allergies Rosacea Seborrheic dermatitis   Alternative Treatments for Eczema Diet for Eczema Making a conscious effort to change the diet will help to alleviate eczema symptoms. It is recommended to remove food allergies, drink lots of water, avoid the triggers (usually acidic food), and change the diet to 90 – 100% alkaline foods. Alkalizing the body will help relieve eczema. Certain foods are acid-forming to the body (see list below) and when they are digested, they produce acid which acts like a toxin to the body. The acid circulates throughout the body causing damage to every cell wherever it goes through 60,000 miles of arteries, veins, and capillaries. To protect itself, your body stores the acid into the fat cells, but it cannot store everything. Then calcium and other acid neutralizing nutrients are taken from the body to neutralize the excess acid. This may cause osteoporosis. If there is still more acid, the body cannot stop it from causing damage to the vital organs or from being leeched through to the skin. This may cause skin problems like itching, dryness, rashes, and eczema. Hence, an alkaline diet is important...

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Treating Sciatica With Chiropractic

Posted by on Jul 15, 2012 in Conditions | 0 comments

Treating Sciatica With Chiropractic

Sciatica is a common complaint for many and refers to the unpleasant sensation which can radiate from the lower back and buttock region, down either the left or the right leg. Severe cases may radiate as far down the leg as the toes. These symptoms develop along the sciatic nerve, which happens to be the largest nerve in the body. It originates from the spinal nerves of L4 through S3, coursing through the pelvis and buttocks and down the length of both legs.   Each sufferer has unique manifestations including pain (mild to excruciating), muscle weakness, numbness, tingling or pins-and-needles the extent of each varies widely, but all share the hallmark pathway along the sciatic nerve. The duration of the symptoms can be acute and last a few days or become a chronic issue. Typically sciatica affects only one lower extremity at a time which a chiropractor can help alleviate.   Causes of Sciatica An irritation of the sciatic nerve triggering a bout of sciatica can be caused by many different anatomical sources: • A herniated disk (when the center gel of the disk begins seeping out) in the lower back can place pressure on the area beginning a sciatica episode. • An individual with lumbar spinal stenosis, or a narrowing of either the spinal central canal, or neural foramen, can find stress placed on the sciatic nerve as well. • There is also a condition called spondylolisthesis known as a displacement of the spinal vertebra in which one slips over another and pinches the nerve. • Piriformis syndrome is a common scenario where the piriformis muscle is spasming or is hypertonic that results in irritation of the sciatic nerve. • Rarely one may develop a spinal or sciatic nerve tumor, incur a direct sciatic nerve injury, or have a back trauma resulting in blunt trauma to the nerve.   A Safe and Effective Treatment for Sciatica – Chiropractic Chiropractic care is a safe alternative form of treatment to standard therapy, and studies have shown this line of treatment to be very effective in relieving sciatic symptoms.   For the treatment of sciatica, a chiropractor will be able to provide the spinal manipulations to best relieve the problem. Chiropractic care is based on improving the function and spinal mobility this process works synergistically in an effort to decrease the pain from the sciatic nerve irritation, and prevent future incidents. A chiropractor can manage the acute symptoms associated with sciatica, and given preventative or maintenance spinal manipulations to decrease the chance of a future sciatic occurrence.       Learn more chiropractic tips from Hayden Chiropractor Kevin Marsh, D.C. by checking out his website: Hayden Lake Chiropractic. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Kevin_Marsh,_D.C. Article Source:...

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Chiropractic Effectively Helps Neck Pain

Posted by on Jul 15, 2012 in Conditions, Featured Articles | 0 comments

Chiropractic Effectively Helps Neck Pain

    The bones in your neck are collectively known as the cervical spine. The cervical spine contains seven vertebrae and supports the weight of the head. The head weighs approximately 12 pounds. The neck allows the head to turn in virtually any direction. However, this makes the neck prone to injury.   Chiropractic Treatments for Whiplash Motor vehicle accidents can cause a sudden movement to the head and neck that is extremely forceful. This is often called whiplash which is named for the whipping motion. The sudden whipping motion can result in significant damage to the delicate structures in the neck. The muscles of the neck can go into spasm causing stiffness and pain. With a more severe injury, the deeper structures of the neck such as the discs, nerves, ligaments and joints may be adversely affected.   Osteoarthritis and Chiropractic As we get older, degenerative changes may occur in the neck such as osteoarthritis and wearing out of the cartilage in the joint spaces. Osteoarthritis is very common among older people. In the neck there is a deterioration of cartilage in the discs of the neck. Calcium deposits may also form around the joints as a protective mechanism often called bone spurs. Bad lifestyle habits can cause problems in the neck. Having bad posture such as slouching, weight gain and weakened abdominal muscles can result in neck problems. These problems can cause an imbalance to the spine causing the neck to compensate. Stress, including physical and emotional stress can tighten the muscles of the neck and shoulders resulting on abnormal pressure on the spine. This can result in chronic neck pain if it is not taken care of. Chiropractic physicians are well trained to locate and examine problems in the neck. They perform specific exams to determine the source of the problem. The chiropractor will look at posture, range of motion and observe for any other abnormalities in the neck. They will also feel the cervical spine to determine if the spinal bones are misaligned or if there are tight muscles.   Chiropractors use natural, conservative methods to help correct problems in the neck. They do not use drugs or surgery but can refer to another healthcare provider if these are necessary. The chiropractor may ask the patient for permission to contact their primary care physician to coordinate care. Chiropractors perform specific hands on adjustments to help correct misaligned spinal bones which are a common cause of neck pain. Patients often report significant improvement in turning their head following a chiropractic adjustment.       Dr. Nathan Leavitt DC has been a licensed chiropractic physician since 2003. His deepest commitment is to help improve the health and quality of life of others. To learn more effective ways to improve your health naturally go here: chiropractic knoxville. You can also see patient reviews and see where Dr. Leavitt’s clinic is located by clicking here: chiropractic knoxville. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Nathan_E_Leavitt. Article Source:...

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Asthma in Children and Chiropractic

Posted by on Jul 14, 2012 in Conditions, Featured Articles | 0 comments

Asthma in Children and Chiropractic

It’s happening again. Michelle can’t breathe and her parents have to take her to the emergency room at 4:00am on a school night. She is only seven years old and a chronic asthma sufferer. She uses her inhaler several times a day, and her parents never go any where without her nebulizer, inhaler, and medication. She misses a few days of school every month and can’t always play outside with her friends. Asthma has taken over their lives.   Asthma Michelle is one of millions of children who suffer from asthma, allergies, and chronic colds. It is estimated that 10-12% of children suffer from asthma in the United States, and it is the most prevalent cause of chronic illness in children. Asthma is caused by an inflammation in the bronchioles of the lungs, which causes the airways to fill with mucous, become inflamed or tighten up. There is a rise in asthma cases in children in the United States and the cause for this increase in unknown.   Common Symptoms of Asthma: coughing at night difficulty breathing, shortness of breath wheezing pain, pressure, or tightness in the chest   Chiropractic and Asthma Some children and adults suffer from asthma for many years with little relief. However, there are many well documented case studies showing the benefits of chiropractic for children and adults with asthma. After a few weeks of care, it has been documented that many of the patients in these studies no longer needed to use medications and inhalers, and within a few months, the patients resume sports and other physical activities. While maintaining wellness chiropractic care (once a month or as recommended by the chiropractor), the asthma has not been shown to return years later. The chiropractors in these studies used a variety of techniques, low force, activator, and manual adjusting. Initial visits were 2 or more times per week and the full spine was examined and adjusted. Asthma sufferers typically had subluxations in the cervical region at C1 and in the thoracic region T3-4 of the spine. The overall well being of the children in these studies were improved to normal functions allowing them to no longer miss school and enjoy social and physical activities. Asthma doesn’t have to take over your life as in Michelle’s case. Chiropractic care is known to increase the body’s immunity, which greatly helps asthma sufferers by reducing inflammation to allow the body to heal itself. With the help of chiropractic care, asthma sufferers may experience relief of symptoms and even the disappearance of asthma altogether, leading to a better quality of life.     Author: Lisa Chau, M.Sc. is a scientist and chiropractor.com’s writer and editor. For more information, please see chiropractor.com.   Bibliography Joel Alcantara, DC, Laura Van Roo, DC, and Rosemary E. Oman, DC. Chiropractic Care of a Pediatric Patient with Asthma, Allergies, Chronic cold, Vertebral Subluxations. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal and Family Health – Chiropractic. 2009. Arno Burnier, D.C. Chronic Asthma. Chiropractic Pediatrics Vol. 1 No. 4 May 1995. Bachman TR, Lantz CA. Management of Pediatric Asthma and Enuresis with Probable Traumatic Etiology. Proceedings of the National Conference on Chiropractic and Pediatrics (ICA), 1991: 14-22. Farrance RJ, Miller J. Chiropractic Diagnosis and Management of Non-musculoskeletal Conditions in Children and Adolescents. Chiropractic & Osteopathy 18:14, 2010. Fysh, P. Asthma in a Pediatric Patient. Dynamic Chiropractic Sept. 25, 1995. P. 16. Garde...

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Why Chiropractic for Sciatica Is a Great Choice!

Posted by on Jul 12, 2012 in Conditions, Featured Articles | 0 comments

Why Chiropractic for Sciatica Is a Great Choice!

Sciatica can be one of the most painful, and persistent conditions known to mankind. It often starts without warning, and gets worse over time. After a few bouts of sciatic pain, there is a good chance that your condition will become chronic – and sciatica will flare-up nearly every time you ‘move the wrong way’ or pull a muscle. Each year, millions of people visit the doctor for help in both diagnosing and curing sciatic pain. For the bulk of these people, who do not have an underlying orthopedic condition, choosing chiropractic care for sciatica may be the quickest and most effective way to find a solution.   Sciatica is a Nerve Issue – Treatable with Chiropractic It is important to understand that sciatica is a nerve issue. All of the nerves in the human body originate from the spinal column. The sciatic nerve is no different. So even though you may be suffering with leg, hip or even calf pain – chances are good that the nerve is actually compressed somewhere in the spinal column. Additionally, when one nerve is inflamed, which is evident if you are feeling the burning, stabbing, throbbing and radiating pain of sciatica – surrounding nerves can also become affected if left unattended.   3 TOP Reasons Chiropractic for Sciatica Works 1. It is Natural. Chiropractic care deals with the entire spinal column, and is focused on restoring proper alignment. When your spinal column is aligned properly, ALL of your nerves (including the sciatic) are able to work properly. As an added bonus, your body is more prone to healing from inflammation and other illnesses when the spinal column is aligned. Because it is natural, you are not at risk of becoming addicted to pain killers or taking medications that can wreak havoc on other parts of your body.   2. The Results are Long Lasting. If you have sciatica, and have had the condition for a while, chances are you will require several adjustments. The reason for this is because it takes some time for your muscles to readjust to supporting the spinal column in the way they were designed to. In other words, it is your muscles that ‘hold’ your spinal alignment. However, once you achieve this alignment – the results are long-term. Most people find that they do not need to continuously go back to a chiropractor once they achieve spinal harmony.   3. Pain Relief is Immediate! As mentioned in #2, you may require several adjustments. However, most people – especially those suffering from sciatica experience a degree of immediate pain relief after just one adjustment. Chiropractic care has been proven to be effective in combating sciatica, even if the pain comes from herniated disks. It is important that on your first visit to a chiropractor you insist on having X-Rays taken to ensure that there are no underlying issues they need to know about before you get an adjustment. Also, make sure that you find a chiropractor who is licensed in your area. All chiropractor’s have different ways of approaching treatment and finding one that fits both your needs and your choices in healthcare is very important. Don’t be afraid to ‘shop around’ until you are satisfied. Ben F Martin started his website Cure of Sciatica Secrets to inform and help...

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What Conditions do Chiropractors Treat?

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What Conditions do Chiropractors Treat?

Chiropractors commonly treat a wide variety of conditions and injuries. Most chiropractic patients understand that chiropractors can relieve pain, and regular chiropractic care will prevent pain, further injuries, and may stop or reverse many conditions. Millions of people suffer from back, neck, extremity (arms, legs) and other musculoskeletal pain, which are all effectively relieved by chiropractic care, without the need for medication.   Musculoskeletal Conditions Chiropractors are trained to identify and make referrals for conditions that should be treated by medical specialists, if need be. Common extremity complaints may include tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, knee and ankle pain, and sports injuries. Headaches, migraines Upper, mid, lower back pain & stiffness Neck pain & stiffness Pinched nerves, muscle spasms Leg & arm pain, tingling, numbness, weakness Leg & arm joint pain or dysfunction Carpal or Tarsal tunnel syndrome     Conditions & Diseases In addition to back and neck pain, chiropractic is also very effective for treating medical conditions for people of all ages including babies and the elderly. Conditions such as allergies or chronic ear infections in children, are successfully treated by chiropractic. Many conditions are caused by subluxations (misalignments of spinal bones), which irritate or aggravate the nerves resulting in diseases or conditions. Chiropractic care can provide partial or full relief to many of these conditions:   Asthma Arthritis Bursitis Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Colic Ear infection Fertility issues Frequent colds, flus Gastrointestinal syndromes Intervertebral disc syndrome Loss of equilibrium Menstrual disorders Multiple Sclerosis Sciatica Scoliosis Tendonitis Thoracic outlet syndrome Respiratory infection       Injuries Many common injuries can also be effectively treated by chiropractic care. The most common injuries are automobile accidents, where the symptoms can be delayed by weeks or even months after the accident. Auto insurance often covers these injuries. Work place injuries including falls, lifting injuries, and others are also treatable by chiropractic. Many work places offer insurance to cover these types of injuries. Chiropractic works well with sport injuries, and chiropractors can often improve performance. Some common injuries treated by chiropractors include:   Auto accidents Chronic injuries Falling injuries Lifting injuries Sport injuries Whiplash Work-related injuries Please talk to your chiropractor for more information on how chiropractic care can help your  specific pain, condition, or injury. Many conditions are treatable naturally without the need for surgery or medication. Everyone deserves good health and a healthy nervous system!       Article written by Lisa Chau, M.Sc., writer for...

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