How Chiropractic can help with Headaches

Headaches are a common, recurring source of pain for many people. While there are many over-the-counter and prescription medications to control headache pain, they only really serve to cover the pain without treating the cause. What’s more, many headache medications have serious side effects, which are exacerbated by long-term use. People who are hoping to find natural and holistic solutions to their chronic headaches often turn to our Scottsdale Chiropractic office for help.

What Causes Headaches?

Headaches can arise from muscular tension, sinus congestion, eyestrain, vascular problems and many other causes. Their starting point can be in the back of the head, over the eyes, on the top or sides of the head, or centered behind the eyes. The pain associated with headaches ranges from mild to throbbing, relentless pain.

Many studies suggest that chiropractic help can effectively treat headaches; many patients find lasting relief from their headache pain via chiropractic care.

Chiropractic Treatment and Headaches

Tension Headaches

These headaches are caused by muscular contraction and tension in the shoulders, neck and head. This tension can occur as a result of emotional stress, although injuries can also cause this pattern of muscle contraction.

Over time, this tension leads to uneven stresses on the spine. To compensate, the body alters its posture and movement. Misalignment leads to more tension and contraction.

Especially when combined with massage and trigger point therapy, chiropractic adjustments can release this muscle tension and realign the skeleton to break this cycle of pain.

Migraines

While migraines can be caused or worsened by many factors, they begin as a vascular problem, when blood vessels in the head begin to dilate.

Preliminary clinical studies suggest that chiropractic adjustment may prevent migraines. Through adjustment and manipulation of the neck and spine, migraines can often be prevented or reduced by reducing nervous system irritation in the spine, and also improving vascular flow.

How do Chiropractors Treat Headaches?

How Will a Doctor of Chiropractic Treat Headaches?

Spinal manipulation improves spinal alignment, reduces nerve irritation, relaxes muscle tension and improves vascular flow. To further help clients, chiropractors will often recommend stretches and exercise to help with blood flow and relaxation.

Chiropractic care provides a comprehensive, holistic, treatment plan for persistent headaches, affording patients the opportunity to live a happier life free from pain.

How Chiropractic Can Help With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel PainChiropractic can be a safe, non-invasive, and remarkably effective treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful and potentially disabling disorder that effects millions. If you live in or around our chiropractic office in Scottsdale Az we would love for you to read through this article to have a better understanding of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and then give us a call to set up an appointment.

Carpal tunnel syndrome or CTS is a progressive repetitive stress injury created by nerve compression in the wrist, resulting in pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and fingers. The nerve involved is the median nerve, which runs the full length of the forearm and passes through the carpal tunnel, a narrow space in the wrist. The median nerve controls movement and feeling in the thumb and first three fingers, but when space in the carpal tunnel is restricted by inflammation the nerve is compressed and its function is impaired.

While some illnesses such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and hypothyroidism can cause carpal tunnel syndrome, it is most often the result of making the same hand and wrist movements over and over. People whose jobs involve hours of repetitive hand movements such as typing or assembly line work are at risk of CTS.

CTS is generally diagnosed with physical examination and X-rays, though in some cases electrodiagnostic tests may be required to confirm the diagnosis.

Non-chiropractic treatment of CTS typically begins with anti-inflammatory, diuretic, and in some cases corticosteroid drugs, followed by surgery if symptoms persist for more than 6 months. Carpal tunnel release surgery, which involves making one or more incisions in the wrist and cutting the carpal ligament to increase the space available in the carpal tunnel, is one of the most commonly done procedures in the US.

Chiropractic treatment can alleviate the pain, numbness, and other symptoms of CTS in a completely non-invasive way, relying on entirely drug-free, non-surgical techniques. Manipulation or adjustments of the wrist, arm, and upper spine may be the first procedure of choice, aiming to correct any misalignment’s that could be contributing to pressure on the median nerve.

Chiropractic treatment may also include ultrasound therapy, administered with a device that emits highly focused sound waves that penetrate tissue and can help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. Wrist support devices, designed to keep the hand and wrist in proper alignment, may also be recommended.

Chiropractic treatment of CTS is safe, completely non-invasive, and very well tolerated. Though the results vary from patient to patient, this type of treatment provides many people with significant relief, and some research suggests it can be as effective as non-chiropractic treatment.

If you think you have, or you know someone who has, carpal tunnel syndrome, give our Scottsdale AZ office a call to discuss your options: (480) 998-7627

Can Chiropractic Help Asthma?

Asthma is a disease that affects 300 million people worldwide, and is the cause of an estimated 3,500 people in the U.S. every year ( American Asthma Foundation ).

There is currently no cure for asthma, but there are ways to reduce the chronic attacks that cause over over $50 billion a year in medical costs, missed school days, missed work days, etc.

Numerous studies have been done on whether Chiropractic can help Asthma and they all show a strong correlation that “The people that suffer from Asthma who have been regularly treated with Chiropractic had fewer asthma attacks”.

In a study done in 20011 involving 36 patients aged 6 – 17:

At the end of the 12-week intervention phase, objective lung function tests and patient-rated day and nighttime symptoms based on diary recordings showed little or no change. Of the patient-rated measures, a reduction of approximately 20% in beta(2) bronchodilator use was seen (P =.10). The quality of life scores improved by 10% to 28% (P <.01), with the activity scale showing the most change. Asthma severity ratings showed a reduction of 39% (P <.001), and there was an overall improvement rating corresponding to 50% to 75%.

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2829683/

Does this mean that the chiropractic adjustments are curing asthma? The answer to that is no, we don’t believe it is, however chiropractic is allowing the individuals immune system to work better, which in turn keeping asthma under better control.

Keep all your body systems working as best they can, give us a call and schedule and appointment to find out how we can help you: 480-998-7627.

References and Sources

  1. Bronfort G, Evans RL, Kubic P, Filkin P. Chronic pediatric asthma and chiropractic spinal manipulation: a prospective clinical series and randomized clinical pilot study – J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2001 Jul-Aug;24(6):369-77.

Apple Fennel Salad

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Occasionally a friend of our will go out of town and empty out their fridge in our direction.  Close friends of mine know that I will make something of nothing.  That lonely sweet potato, I’ll throw it into this sausage and potato soup, and a random tomato always has a future in this roasted vegetable tomato sauce.  About this time last year, my friend Christie left for a trip and had just one green apple and fennel bulb left in her fridge.  She handed them to me, entrusting to me the random produce, and also gave me a beloved recipe for the pair.

Yield: 3-4 side servings

A fresh and crisp winter salad with green apple and fennel dressed with a simple lemon dijon vinaigrette.

Ingredients

  • 1 fresh fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 1 granny smith apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice, and zest of half the lemon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • dash of freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Slice the fennel bulb in half and remove the bitter center. Then lay the bulb flat on a cutting board and thinly slice from the base toward the stem of the fennel. Thinly slice the apple. Combine fennel and apple in medium bowl.
  2. Whisk together lemon juice, oil, mustard, honey, garlic, salt and pepper, in a small bowl.
  3. Pour dressing over apple/fennel mixture; add parsley and lemon zest, toss until well blended.
  4. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour before serving.

Reducing Acid in Coffee

Cut the acid out of your coffee. Simple trick

Posted by Lisa Garofalo Bastian on Sunday, February 28, 2016

 

Transcript: Hello, this is Lisa Bastian in the kitchen with more helpful hints.

We all know how important it is to remain more alkaline than acidic, but our diet simply does not allow for it.

We have so much acidic food and so many acidic beverages in our society, when we eat and drink.

But I have a real great helpful hint that I want to share with you today.

My favorite beverage on the planet is coffee! I love coffee!

And coffee is so acidic that after 2 cups I can get an upset stomach.

But I want to show you a little secret to that.

I just brewed a fresh pot of coffee, and I’m going to take an alkaline strip to show you the pH level of how acidic coffee can be.

Yikes!

If it was more green, green meaning alkaline, the lighter the color the pH strip means the more acidic.

So…

Now I’m going to take Baking Soda. Now this is Sodium Bicarbonate, I always use an aluminum free baking soda. My favorite is

always Bob’s Red Mill. I just love his product, he does a great job with everything.

So in the morning I take one pinch, and a small pinch, see, of sodium bicarbonate, stir it up.

Now I’m going to take another pH strip, you saw it just a second ago I put it in there,

Watch what happens. Look at that beautiful green!

I just neutralized the acid in my coffee, and I made this now, a more alkaline product.

Well I do milk in my coffee, we all know milk is a protein, so milk is obviously going to be more acidic.

So I take creamer.

Put a little cream in my coffee. Actually a lot of cream in my coffee.

Take the next pH strip, dip it in here and look what happens.

It remained alkaline, the shades went down just a little bit, But look at the difference.

We just took an acid based coffee, and we neutralized it.

Isn’t that amazing?

Pretty cool stuff, huh!

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Having Back Pain?

One of the most common pain related issues we see is low back pain. There are many reasons your back may be hurting and even more ways to hurt your back, but what matters most is reducing the pain and fixing it so you can get back to what matters most to you.

Your back consists of many elements:

  • Your spine, which has 24 vertebrae with discs in between each one
  • 77 muscles working in tandem to help you move in all types of directions
  • and most importantly, 2 different types of nerves:
    • Afferent nerves, which are a specific type of nerve that tells your brain what is happening to your body, such as “This Phoenix pavement is hot!”
    • Efferent nerves, which are a specific type of nerve that lets your brain tell your body what to do (start digestion) or how to move (lift your left leg and put it in front of your right).

You and your spine are a living, working machine!

And like a machine, any one of these items can get misaligned, over stretched, inflamed, or just plain out of whack, which, more often than not, can be the cause of the pain you may be feeling right now.

The pain you feel is a signal to your brain that something is wrong, and a chiropractor can help!

Chiropractors are doctors who are trained to diagnose and treat back pain by manipulating the spine or other joints in your body to reduce the pressure on the nerve, muscles, tendons, or ligaments so that relief and healing can start.

Your pain didn’t start overnight.

Give yourself time to heal. The pain you feel now could be the result of months or years of wear and tear. It may take a few weeks of treatment for healing to take place. Still, with your first treatment, you could find instant relief. Come in for a consultation and to discuss how you could finally be pain free.

Give us a call now so we can help you on your road to recovery! (480) 998-7627

Or come visit our location in Scottsdale: 8070 E Morgan Trail, Scottsdale, AZ 85258