Do you suffer from painful recurring headaches? Do you have arthritis? Are you experiencing pain and discomfort? Have you been in an accident? Are you looking to increase your health? Are you suffering with breathing issues or acid reflux? Do you pain in your feet or hands? Are you pregnant and looking to increase your comfort? Are you recovering from a car collision?If you answered yes to any of the above, then you are likely going to be looking for find a chiropractor.What makes a chiropractor better than over-the-counter pain relievers and primary care physicians? They believe in natural health care.A chiropractor may use x-rays, nerve scans and MRIs to diagnose a problem, especially after a car accident. The treatment, however, is hands on, literally. It is known as a manual therapy. Chiropractors perform adjustments where precision force is used with the hands to thrust joints into their proper position, relieving pressure off of nerves. For most, this results in a reduction or elimination in pain, as well as increased mobility.If you like the sound of chiropractic care, you may be ready to schedule an appointment. First, you need to familiarize yourself with chiropractors in and around your area. But how? A standard internet search is a good way to start. Look online using a search engine for the top rated ones in your area. You will easily find sources of social proof and reviews on sites like Google, RateMDs, YellowPages and more. There are often even reviews found on social media sites such as Facebook that you may find helpful.When performing a standard internet search, search with your city and state/province. You will be linked to a number of websites. Some of those are directories, where many chiropractors are listed. These websites are similar to phone books; they provide you with just the names, address, and telephone numbers of local care providers. What you want to look for is chiropractor websites. In addition to getting the contact information, you should get in-depth information about the provider, such as specialties, background, and see pictures of the office.Once on a chiropractor's website, you should look for testimonials, either verbal or written, about the clinic. See if any of the stories relate to your condition. See if there are other people with a similar problem that have been helped.An online business directory can also be useful. Many websites serve as online business directories. From Yahoo and Google, select "Local," from the main heading. Enter in your city and state and the phrase "chiropractor." You will see local listings for nearby chiropractors. Most only include your specific city, but you can expand the search to nearby communities. Some online business directories link to you to provider websites, if they exist. Many also enable ratings and reviews.The most trustworthy source may just be recommendations from those you know. Since many North Americans, insurance providers, and employers are now embracing chiropractic care and realizing the many benefits, its popularity continues to increase. You may know someone who has seen or uses the services of a chiropractor. Ask those that you know, such as friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors. Ask for the name, address, and phone number. Be sure to ask for feedback too. Call the office that you are interested in. Ask to see if they are a proactive clinic that uses some of the more advanced diagnostic equipment. Does the doctor simply feel for the problem with his hands, or does he use x-ray, nerve scanners, MRIs or other to help decipher the underlying cause of the problem before starting treatment.In addition, ask them if they are equipped to adjust according to your special needs, if they exist. Are they wheelchair accessible? Do they offer low-force treatments for those that require it or prefer? Do they have any advanced education in pediatrics or pregnancy if this is for a mom or a child? Do they have any equipment specifically designed to help seniors who have difficulty maneuvering? There are many good questions to ask, before deciding if that chiropractor is right for you.There are many ways to find chiropractic care providers in or around your community. Once you familiarize yourself with your options, the next step is to choose a care provider. When doing so, consider reputation, feedback, costs, and the wait until you can get a first appointment. Chiropractic Leadership Alliance
What is Subluxation & Treatment for Back Pain
Chiropractic Leadership Alliance Subluxations maybe a new word, as you probably have not heard your family physician mention this word. The first time I heard this word is when I had chiropractic treatment. Anyway, subluxation is the combination of two Latin words "sub", which means a bit or fairly and "luxare", which means "to displace". Chiropractors used the word vertebral subluxation to refer to any improper alignment in our spine. They believe that these subluxations cause diseases; however, if this will be adjusted, the spine will get to functional normally and healing will follow.What causes subluxations?Vertebral subluxations are attributed to 5 factors. The muscular factor. Keeping our spine upright are our muscles, which are controlled by our nerves. When a nerve gets pressure, muscle spasm can ensue. The vertebrae that are attached to the triggered muscle are dragged out its place and this further leads for the nerve to be irritated. When not properly diagnosed and treated, this will continue and this explains the reason why the dislocations or the subluxations stay in place.The bone factor. This is best illustrated when the vertebra is misaligned, not functioning appropriately or is starting to deteriorate. When this happens, the gaps amid our bones where the nerves pass are contracted. This leads the nerves to be irritated.The nervous factor. This pertains to the interruption of the regular energy flow down our nerve fibers leading to the distortion of the messages along our nerves. Due to the wrong signals received by our tissues, the latter will not work properly. If untreated, this can give way to other health conditions like constipation, peptic ulcers and disturbances in the organ system.The chemical factor. This pertains to the changes in our body chemistry brought about by vertebral subluxations. This happens when the body releases the chemical "kinins". These chemicals augment the soreness in the affected spot. The soft tissue factor. The nearby ligaments, tendons, blood supply and tissues are affected by the subluxations. If this is not treated immediately, it can lead to permanent spine flux.All of the above factors can lead to unceasing pain, arthritis, soreness, loss of motion, osteophyte and muscle instability and shudders.Chiropractors remove these subluxations to motivate your body to heal itself. When the nervous system is free from any subluxations, it will work properly paving your road to wellness. Chiropractors are the only health professionals who can managed subluxations via chiropractic adjustments.Chiropractic care is sometimes connected with several risks and advantages. The reality is, it is proven to be effective by thousands of people internationally. Doctors actually recommend that alternative therapy before patients resort to bigger measures like surgery or long term medicine use. Here are some of the known risks and advantages.Chiropractics is Science-BasedChiropractors are in reality very qualified experts who have undergone both undergraduate and postgraduate studies to achieve their title. There are National and State Board Examinations as well, to make sure that practitioners only ever use the highest levels of techniques and applications that ensure patient wellness. The science of chiropractic enhances the association between the spine and nervous system, so bodily processes are improved significantly.Chiropractors apply several techniques that correct vertebral subluxations. The procedure becomes very secure and efficient because professionals are able to locate, initiate, control and manage the various functions of cells and body systems by improving the flow of energy. Chiropractic care is viewed a holistic approach, but science-based. Safer than Other RemediesAs a holistic sort of treatment, chiropractic care is by and large safer than other treatments because patients do not have to undergo surgery or be placed in a sedated state to get results. As an alternative type of remedy, most doctors suggest that people try the methods first before resorting to surgery or long term drug use. You can anticipate to pay less when investing in chiropractics.The type of remedy is also safer with low risk for complications when used by qualified professionals. Chiropractics apply non-surgical, natural and drug-free methods to enhance the body's natural power to recovery and improve. Treatment courses can be very short if the patient responds positively. You may see that chiropractics can continue maintaining optimum level of health for the long term. Patients who have recovered fully may continue visiting the chiropractor's clinic for relaxation.Knowing the RisksThe risks begin primarily if you count on somebody that does not truly have a background in chiropractics. Make certain you make a background check first on who will be rendering services by reviewing the professional license, asking for patient referrals and determining if the individual truly is registered in your state. Check the rates as well, so that you avoid paying exorbitant fees. You can avail of packages, dependent on your condition to make sure that you will simply be paying the amount that was initially given to you.Some Problems In some situations, there are likewise possible complications like neck or spine injuries owing to wrong maneuvering of the joints. Some patients may find the therapy very painful in the beginning, while others may not receive any benefit at all from the approaches.The chance of injury from treatment is reduced. Prior to any procedure is done, medical diagnostics is virtually always required by qualified professionals, so that they can accurately determine the origin of the problem and correct the joints efficiently.Some physicians might even refuse to treat you, if they realize that the patient is very vulnerable to develop problems during or after treatment. Some patients may not react during remedy but suddenly develop problems hours or days after.The proper application of force is extremely important, especially when employing the systems on the elderly, infants, kids and pregnant women.
Chiropractic Therapy and Healthy Living
Chiropractic Leadership Alliance Daily in my interactions with my patients and in the Bellevue community I am asked one simple question over and over. That question is "How do I know if my friends or family need to be seeing a chiropractor?" It's a great question! I have developed 10 tests and questions that can determine if you need to be evaluated by a doctor of chiropractic.1. The Head Turn TestTry turning your head as far as you can to the left and to the right. The first thing that you want to look for is if either of these motions are painful at all. The second thing that you will want to look for in this test is if on one side or the other (either right or left) you can turn further than the other side. Normal range of motion (or being able to turn your head to the right and the left) is being able to turn your nose parallel with your shoulder. Is there pain on these movements or are any of them reduced?(YES) If there is any pain or if one side or the other is unable to turn as far as the other side this can be a possible sign that there is something wrong in the bones of the neck. From the time that we are born our necks go through a lot of abuse. From the actual birthing process, falling while learning how to walk, to the many injuries that we get through life, the neck is vulnerable to being injured. A Chiropractor would be able to diagnose exactly what the cause o f the pain is or what is causing the reduced range of motion in your neck. Many times when you experience pain or reduced range of motion in your neck this means that either the joints that connect the bones are stuck in place, or that the bones are out of alignment. These problems may lead to headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, arm and hand pain, and many other more severe problems. Joints that are stuck and bones that are out of place are what chiropractors primarily treat on a daily basis. This is one big sign that you should be seeing a chiropractor.2. The Shoulder Pinch TestHave you ever had someone give you a back rub and felt that your shoulders were very sore? That soreness can be from dysfunction in the bones that those muscles are connected into. Try this...take your pointer finger and your thumb and gently pinch your trapezius muscle (this is your shoulder muscle). Is it sore? If so this may be due to referred pain (pain that comes from a problem somewhere else), or trigger points in the muscle.(YES) This may be due to referred pain (pain that comes from a problem somewhere else), or trigger points in the muscle. There are many times that muscle pain and soreness are due to areas of the spine that are out of place. Because the muscles hook into the bones, when the bones pull out of place they pull on the muscles and create dysfunction. Daily, as a chiropractor I find that when I correct the spinal problem the muscle problem goes away.3. The Stand on One Leg Test Get up out of your chair for the next test to see if you need to be seeing a Chiropractor. Standing up strait close both eyes. Now with your eyes closed try to stand on just one leg for as long as you can. No peaking! Not as easy as it sounds is it? Now try doing the same thing with the other foot. You should have no problem standing on one leg for 20-30 seconds. How did you do?(0-20 seconds)If you had a problem getting to 10 seconds let alone 30 this may be a sign that there is some dysfunction in the joints of your body. Each joint of the body from the tips of your toes to the top of your head has little sensors in them that are linked to the brain. These little sensors tell the brain where the body is at in gravity. Try this little activity to show these joint sensors in action. Close your eyes again...don't worry no more standing on one foot...extend your arm and index finger out to the side as far as you can, and with your eyes closed touch the tip of your nose (yes this is the drunk person test!). The fact that you were able to touch your nose and know where your arm was with your eyes closed shows that the sensors in your elbow and shoulder are working fine. The problem comes when the joints get injured. An injury to any joint of the body, but especially the joints in the low back, pelvis, and legs will disrupt the joint sensors ability to tell you were you are at with your eyes closed. So if you had a hard time standing on one leg for very long, it may mean that your joints are not working as well as they should be. When you go to the Chiropractor they will be able to diagnose the specific joints that are not working and make adjustments to those joints to restore function. Proper function in the joints means your brain can once again communicate with your body!(20-30 seconds) Wow, I am impressed! Amazingly enough many people have a hard time making it to 10 seconds let alone 30! When the joints of the body can not tell the brain where they are at, imbalance occurs. This miscommunication most commonly occurs when the joints are damaged (like a sprained ankle), or if they are in dysfunction (because they are out of place, or stuck in place). Chiropractors help joints heal and work in a proper manner, allowing the joints to communicate with the brain.4. Have You Ever Been in a Car Accident?(YES)If you have been in a car accident of any kind lately you need to be seeing a Chiropractor. Car accidents can, and usually do cause injury to the neck and even the low back that, if left untreated can lead to worse problems in the future and even degeneration of the spine. Recent research suggests that even low impact (or fender benders of even 5MPH) can cause damage to the spine, and especially the bones of the neck. A Chiropractor will evaluate your spine by doing specific tests as well as take x-rays to look for any damage to the bones and motion x-rays to look for any damage to the ligaments (the things holding the bones together), and joints.5. Do You Have Decreased Energy?(Yes) Low energy can be an indication that there is a problem going on in the body. Poor diet, poor sleeping habits, even dehydration can be causes of low energy levels. Another common reason is improper mechanics in the joints of the body and especially the spine that takes a huge toll on the body. The longer that this dysfunction stays in the joints the more likely it is that you will use much more energy to the same activities that before used little to no energy. A chiropractor is able to diagnose poor joint function, correct the problem and allow your body to return to the way that it was meant to function.6. Are You Achy in Morning?(YES) Waking up stiff and achy in the morning is a sign that there is a problem in the joints of the body. When a joint in the body is not working the way it should because it is out of place, it is sprained, or if it is not moving properly, the body will fill that joint up with swelling. This swelling happens the most when you are not moving joint (this is because if you move a joint, some of the swelling is pumped out), and the time you are not moving for the longest period of time is at night when you are sleeping. This is the reason that you may wake up stiff and achy and by the time you get moving around and into the shower you a loosened up a bit more. Many times we have found that if we restore proper function to the joints, by realigning them and getting them moving better, the morning achiness is reduced or goes away entirely.7. Do You Suffer From Headaches?(YES) Headaches can be a horrible thing to suffer from! According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) in Atlanta, Georgia, as many as 45 million Americans suffer from severe headaches. Sadly, the number of people being affected by severe headache pain continues to grow each year. There are many types of headaches, but one of the most common types is called a cervicogenic headache. This type of headache actually starts in the neck. When the bones of the neck get out of place it puts a tremendous amount of stress on the nerves, blood vessels, and even the brain. In response to this the body gives you a head ache to let you know that there is something wrong. It is a lot like the oil light in your car. When the oil light comes on in your car it is a warning that the oil is getting low. What do you do when you see this light? You change the oil of course. It is the same thing in the body, when you have a head ache you have to remove the reason for the headache, which many times is a misalignment of the bones of the neck from injury, poor posture, a traumatic birth, or even falls as a child! I have found that when you realign the bones of the spine a huge majority of the time the heads go away or are greatly reduced!8. Does your current job require you to spend long hours sitting or engaging in repetitive motions? (YES) You are not alone! Most of Americans have jobs that keep us in a seated position for most of our days. The problem is that we are not made to sit for extended periods of time. When you sit, especially at the computer you are most likely putting your head, neck, mid back and low back in a very vulnerable position. The longer that you sit the more likely it is that you are creating dysfunction in the neck, mid back, and low back. This dysfunction could be fixations in the joints (the joints getting stuck) or even misalignment's of the bones and joints. These dysfunctions can lead to degeneration and even disturbances in your nervous system. If, at points during your day you feel the need to stretch your neck, or your shoulders are starting to feel "tight" it is important that you are examined by a chiropractor.9. Are you 50 years of age or older and suffering from multiple muscle/joint problems?(Yes) Every day we are alive is a stressor to our bodies. As we grow older the joints and muscles in our bodies tend to weaken and become more vulnerable to these stressors. Proper alignment and movement in the joints is vitally important to weak muscle and joints. If any of the bones or joints are not in proper alignment or are not moving well this can create pain, stiffness, weakness, and instability. It is especially important to the aging body to maintain proper joint function. If you are over the age of 50 and suffering from any joint or muscle problems you need to be seeing a chiropractor.10. Have you suffered an injury (e.g. sprained ankle, pulled muscle, pulled disc, etc.) from which you are still feeling after-effects despite sufficient healing time, medication or other forms of therapy?(Yes) This can be a common experience. When you injure an area of the body many things occur. There is what we call "soft tissue" injuries which is what a sprained ankle, or a muscle tear is. This part of the injury that can be very painful. Many times though this is not all that is wrong. Along with the soft tissue damage, the bones and joints can also be injured. In some cases the bones and joints can even become misaligned. This is very common in the neck (i.e.-whiplash injuries) and the low back (i.e.-lifting injuries). If there is any type of misalignment of the joints this will keep the area from healing completely. This is the reason why an injury can become a nagging injury that continues to give pain long after the time it should have healed. A chiropractor will analyze the injured area and determine if your injury caused any type of misalignment to the joints. If they find that it has then a gentle chiropractic adjustment will help realign the joints.This can be a touchy subject. I can only tell you the way I see things and fill you in on some of my experiences over the last 13 years and hopefully not upset too many people on either side of the issue. Here goes nothing.Although the medical/chiropractic relationship has progressed in the last 5 years, why do you think medical doctors have tended to lean away from the chiropractic profession for so many years? Is it because they're tired of us taking money from their pockets and see us as a threat? Or because they don't want us to become the top dog? I don't think that has anything to do with it at all. I think, like any profession, a few bad seeds have a tendency to spoil the whole bowl.You may not believe this, but I know some very good and, yes, very respectable attorneys. But, we're taught and told that they are ALL bad when, of course, we know they are not. Some will go the extra mile to make sure that they help you. Some build a relationship with their clients. And, yes, some even care about their clients and their well-being.I view chiropractic much in the same way. I think medical doctors have leaned away from our profession as a whole because they have had experiences with patients that told them about their chiropractor claiming that they could cure their cancer. Or that they could cure their gall bladder issues. Things of that nature. Here is where it gets touchy. I am a musculoskeletal chiropractor so you could say that I lean away from claims like that too. Add the factor that it would not be a stretch to imagine a scenario where a cancer patient puts their faith in a well-meaning chiropractor only to wait too long for conventional medical treatment to be of any effect. That patient's battle may be lost by then. That is the part that the medical field gets to see. While it is true that more medicines kill people than chiropractors ever do any amount of harm to, I don't think that's a reason to shun all medication. As with most things in life, there are risks and rewards that should be weighed, and weighed again, before a solid decision can be made. In the scenario above, why not undergo conventional therapy AND chiropractic if you have that faith in your chiropractor's ability to treat your condition? Simply put, I believe the rift between chiropractors and the medical field comes from a perception that chiropractic, as a whole, tries to treat outside of their perceived scope of practice, thus leading patient's conditions to deteriorate needlessly.You should know that is just not true. Of course, it is true with some chiropractors which goes back to the "bad seeds ruining the whole bowl" discussion. Most people who talk down chiropractors have either had a singular bad experience with one of them and assume they are all the same or they heard something bad from their uncle's friend's niece. Or they have seen too many Chuck Norris movies and somehow relate his "neck moves" to those of chiropractors. Either way, the people that denigrate chiropractors have mostly never been to a chiropractor and are repeating non factual hearsay. I am a firm believer that there have been "bad seeds" in every profession from the beginning of time. In fact, I've experienced some "bad seeds" in the medical field now that I think about it.Think about it: if you were to have a fall or simply wake up with neck pain, what would be the better option? Would it be to suffer until it goes away with no idea of what is causing it or if it ever fully resolved? Would it be to go to the medical doctor and get pain killers and muscle relaxers that just throw a blanket over the symptom and do nothing to focus on the source? Or would it be to go to a reasonable, conservative chiropractor that can usually have you cleared up fairly quickly? I may be biased but I can tell you what I would be doing.Here's an example. I had a lady come to see me several years ago with severe headaches. Debilitating headaches. She had been through the medical gambit including, but not limited to, a nuclear bone scan and injections into the base of her skull. Nothing helped. She simply could not function. Truthfully, I had my doubts as to whether I could help. But, in two weeks, she had NO headaches whatsoever after having suffered with them for over five years. Though I have confidence in my abilities, I have to admit that we were both amazed given her treatment history. This is the part the medical field does not get to see. This is the powerful part. Now, if her medical doctor had offered chiropractic as a viable option in the beginning, she could have avoided some major medical bills and severely shortened her time of suffering. On the other end of that discussion, it's fair to say that the medical field ought to be able to depend on a chiropractor to be knowledgeable enough to know when his treatments are no longer helping and then refer the patient toPlease do not assume that I am taking up for the medical field here. The American Medical Association has initiated a lawsuit against the chiropractic profession as a whole here in Texas recently and you could say I am less than happy with the AMA. I'm sure they'll be losing sleep over it. Anyway, they have constantly tried to put chiropractors in THEIR box when our profession is completely separate from their box and should remain so. I'm just going to stop there and maybe pick this up on another blog.The question is, what kind of chiropractor do you seek? What does he do to find your issues? This can be as varied as the Texas Panhandle weather. Some do some very "different" types of things to try to narrow down what they think is wrong. I prefer the chiropractors that simply put their hands on you and feel their way to finding out what is wrong. But, in the end, it all comes down to the same thing: make things move, focus on structural integrity, and concern the patient with their overall wellness.