Saturday, November 28, 2015

Herniated Lower Back Discs: What You Should Know

Many people suffer from disc problems of the lower back and sciatic nerve leg pain. Discomfort may appear rather suddenly from an accident, injury or just overdoing it at home. Others may experience ongoing pain from a chronic problem. Regardless of the source of onset pain from a herniated disc low back can be one of the most excruciating conditions we can experience.

The discs in our backs are specialized pads located between the individual bones of our spine. Their main function is to work as shock absorbers in the back. But like any part of our body we must give our discs attention and care.

Discs of the low back can show signs of wear and tear if they are not properly maintained. A "degenerative disc" is a term we commonly hear. This simply means that the disc is being worn down. If we were to look at an x-ray of a person with a degenerative disc we would see that the disc height is smaller than normal. The spinal bones above and below the vertebrae would appear closer together. Many would refer to this condition as "bone on bone."

To maintain our discs and keep them healthy a very important thing to do is to have plenty of movement and activity. Our discs contain a large amount of water. This water carries nutrients into the disc and washes waste products out. With movement we "pump" the discs and flush them with fresh healthy water. One of the best activities for our lower back discs is walking.

In our every day culture we do very little walking because of all the sitting we do. We sit at school, work and in our automobiles. However if we were to take time every day to take even a short walk it would go a long way and healthy lower back discs.

Another way to keep the discs healthy is to keep the spinal bones and good alignment. When these bones are misaligned abnormal stresses on the discs which causes them to degenerate more quickly. Chiropractic care for the spine is essential to maintain proper position of the spinal bones which in turn keeps the discs from wearing out.

If a person develops a disc problem from degeneration, herniation or bulging very few will require surgery. Most are able to be treated and helped with conservative treatment, like chiropractic care. Recently a large HMO insurance company did a study that showed that only five percent of disc problems will need surgery. The other 95 percent respond well to conservative treatment, like chiropractic care.

Take care of your discs by walking and maintaining proper alignment of the spine through chiropractic care to prevent having lower back problems.

To learn more about appropriate, non-surgical, drug free treatment of herniated lower back disc conditions and sciatica click here. Please visit James Schofield DC's website here
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

"Thanksgiving, to be truly Thanksgiving, is first thanks, then giving.

Wishing You and Your Family a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Consumer Reports Ranks Chiropractic # 1 - CBS NEWS

The body is self-healing and self-regulating. The nerve system controls and coordinates everything in the body. When there is interference to the nerve system, that healing and regulating ability is blocked. Over time, this can cause pain, sickness, and disease. Only the Chiropractic Adjustment can remove this nerve system interference, allowing the body to function optimally

Thursday, November 19, 2015

What Would Happen If You Didn’t Sleep? - Claudia Aguirre

In the United States, it’s estimated that 30 percent of adults and 66 percent of adolescents are regularly sleep-deprived. This isn’t just a minor inconvenience: staying awake can cause serious bodily harm. Claudia Aguirre shows what happens to your body and brain when you skip sleep.

Lesson by Claudia Aguirre, animation by TED-Ed.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Key Facts About Chiropractors

A great deal is required in order for a chiropractor to receive his or her license and begin practicing. This is an important fact to keep in mind when you are considering your options. The road to becoming a chiropractor is not an easy one, nor is it a quick one. Of course, this is definitely a good thing when you consider the importance of this job for the health and safety of patients. This article will explore a few key facts that you may not know about chiropractors.

Chiropractors Work with Musculoskeletal Problems

Chiropractors are trained to treat an assortment of musculoskeletal system problems. This means that chiropractors work extensively with spine manipulation and misalignment's as well. Many people who routinely visit chiropractors are quick to state that they feel much better as a result of receiving treatment. Chiropractors would respond that these improvements are due in part to the successful realignment of misaligned joints. When joints are out of alignment, it can produce stress throughout the body and even sickness.

Chiropractors are Highly Trained Professionals

Chiropractors are highly trained medical professionals and are required to complete a rigorous four-year Doctor of Chiropractic degree. In total, they are also required to have an impressive 4,200 hours of combined experience in the field. Many people do not realize how much education chiropractors receive. The end result of this extensive training is that these professionals know a great deal about the human body, how it works and how its various systems are interconnected.

Chiropractors Favor Natural Healing Options

In general, chiropractors favor natural approaches and drug-free approaches to healing. Chiropractic manipulation, massage and other techniques are thus viewed far more favorably than other approaches for dealing with pain. Chiropractors believe that the body naturally wants to heal itself. This is an important factor to keep in mind when considering options for treatment.

Chiropractors Practice a Variety of Techniques

Many people are somewhat surprised to learn that chiropractors also use techniques, such as massage, for dealing with pain and muscle-joint issues. This highlights the fact that chiropractors are not one-dimensional, but instead incorporate a wide variety of different medical approaches and techniques. The end goal for chiropractors is that their patients get better, feel better and, of course, stay healthy. Chiropractors assist their patients to recover from their injuries and chronic pain.

Chiropractors are Often Small Business Owners

A large percentage of chiropractors are actually self-employed. This means that when you are seeking a pain management Twin Falls Idaho options, you may also be working with a small business owner. In this regard, you will have the benefit of knowing that you are working directly with the owner of a local business. This, in turn, will likely translate to excellent customer service and great attention to your needs as a patient and client. Of course, this is no minor point, for it will likely positively impact the quality of the service that you ultimately receive.

Dr. John Holland is a Twin Falls Chiropractor and has been serving Magic Valley Idaho for more than 15 years. Dr. Holland has a very busy office in Twin Falls for 1 reason, he knows how to identify and reduce or ultimately remove pain. If you are in pain call our office so that we can discuss your options.  Holland Chiropractic and Rehab. 2086 Addison Ave. E. Twin Falls Idaho 83301 208-737-9397
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Friday, November 13, 2015

Taking the Pain Out of Your Step: Orthotics

Dr. Pazdel explains and demonstrates the need for and fitting for orthotics to allow those with foot issues such as plantar fasciitis to be able to walk without pain. At Pazdel Chiropractic each client is custom fitted with exactly what is needed to help them best and then shoe inserts are custom made for that patient and for different types of shoes, such as tennis shoes, dress shoes, work shoes, and even sandals.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Pediatric Chiropractic Care Is Beneficial to a Child's Development

More and more parents are looking to chiropractic care as a complementary part of their children's health-care needs. The American Chiropractic Association reports survey findings showing an increase of at least 8.5 percent of chiropractic patients under the age of 17. A study by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention also stated that almost 3 percent of children in the United States receive treatment with chiropractic osteopathic manipulation.

As such, chiropractic is the most prevailing type of alternative medicine employed by children. Experts concur that chiropractic care can be useful for children who suffer from spine-related ailments. Like adults, children benefit from spinal manipulation and adjustments, as well as other kinds of care that fall under the purview of chiropractic.

However, chiropractic care should work as a complementary treatment to regular pediatric care. Chiropractic care works alongside a pediatrician's treatment, but it does not replace the role of a regular doctor. The pediatrician may prescribe medications for certain necessary conditions, and treat the patient for more serious illnesses and injuries. A pediatric chiropractor, on the other hand, is instrumental in providing preventative, supportive wellness care, as well as alternative treatment in some cases.

Some studies indicate that chiropractic care may help children with various common ailments, ranging from colic and bedwetting, to asthma and ear infections. This is in addition to back and neck pain treatment. Studies have been conducted in order to determine the value and effectiveness of pediatric chiropractic care. These studies, which showed mostly positive results, concentrated on conditions other than musculoskeletal and included issues such as tonsillitis, enuresis, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, asthma and colic.

In the case of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), chiropractors are showing results with an alternative approach to treatment that focuses on nutrition, lifestyle, and postural muscle adjustments as opposed to the regular route of medication. This is no small gain considering how prevalent prescriptions for Ritalin, a commonly prescribed medication for ADHD, have become. Americans consume 90 percent of all prescriptions for Ritalin in the world - a fact that makes many parents weary of the traditional medical approach.

The widespread labeling and use of medication to address ADHD has become controversial, with many vague, but "undesirable" symptoms falling under the umbrella of ADHD. Some skeptics have also pointed to the link between the number of disabled children in a school and the amounts of funding a school gets.

In the case of ADHD, a chiropractic doctor begins by seeing the child as a whole, and seeks to consult with the child and the parents, asking questions such as, "Is the child bored or undertaking too many activities? Does the child have dyslexia, or a different learning pattern? Is he/she experiencing problems at home or with a teacher's style?"

This is a startling different approach to the standard, questionnaire-based evaluation for ADHD. Another criticism for the traditional treatment for ADHD is that drugs don't cure ADHD, and that most children who are diagnosed with it still experience ADHD symptoms in later years.

Chiropractic and chiropractic neurologists provide a non-invasive, holistic treatment approach that focuses on the underlying issue a child may be experiencing, not just the surface symptoms. Chiropractic neurologists identify the malfunctioning part of the brain, and seek treatment methods to address and correct the problem. A brain function exam is used, as well as tests focused on evaluating visual and auditory reflexes.

Once the underlying problem is singled out, patients are put on a treatment program that can often be done at home. Some patients might be asked to wear special glasses, smell a certain scent, or be put into timing therapies that help with planning, organizing, and coordination. It all depends on the individual child's needs. But the most striking element of chiropractic treatment is that it seeks to address brain activity itself, paving the way for long term results. Nutritional changes are also recommended in order to prevent biochemical imbalances that lead ADHD.

As for chiropractic spinal manipulation, the treatment itself is sophisticated and individually tailored; the treatment for children is also extremely gentle. Doctors of chiropractic employ an active, drug-free method of health care, which includes patient examination, diagnosis, and subsequent treatment. Most parents claim their children receive the benefits of improved health by regularly visiting a chiropractor, and their children enjoy their chiropractic visits and adjustments.

The Portland Chiropractor serves patients with Health Services and Portland Therapy treatments.
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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Common Myths About Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic Care Myths and Misconceptions

Chiropractic care has proven beneficial and effective to those who undergo chiropractic therapy. Medical practitioners and other health experts have acknowledged the benefits of chiropractic. However, a great number of the population are still unaware of chiropractic or at least have an understanding of it. Because of the lack of information regarding this practice, many people doubt chiropractic care because of the misconceptions, myths and misinformation that they receive from others who, like them, do not understand chiropractic.

Below are some of the myths about chiropractic care:

1. Benefits of Chiropractic are all placebo

Placebo effect is the belief that benefits and cure are received yet it is not real and only psychological. Chiropractic Care is treatments that focus mainly the muscoskeletal system. It promotes the restoration a healing of the sore and painful areas through natural process in order to retain its normal function.

Many studies have been conducted to unravel the effectiveness and benefits of chiropractic care. Patient testimonials even further attest to the benefits of chiropractic. You can also conduct a simple search in Google to find and check case studies regarding the benefits of chiropractic therapy.

2. Chiropractic treatments are dangerous

Chiropractic is actually a field in healthcare and is practiced by chiropractors who are also licensed doctors. These chiropractors earned their degree and had rigorous training as their field are mostly focused on restoring the function of the muscoskeletal system. Chiropractic care is actually proven safe and effective as compared to taking in pain killers. It also provides the advantage of minimizing the possibilities of a patient having to undergo surgery.

3. Chiropractic treatments are painful

Chiropractors undergo years of training in order to specialize in this field that is why patients should not fear pain during adjustment. There may be some discomfort during the adjustment process which may not even be substantial enough to result to pain.

4. Chiropractic has negative side effects

Chiropractic treatments are natural and manually applied and are widely recognized in the medical field because of its proven benefits. It is even recognized as one of the safest practice in the medical field as it is not dependent on drug medications and surgery for treatment which is why a great number of the population have started to turn to chiropractic care.

5. Chiropractic is expensive

Chiropractic is actually an affordable treatment option for back pain treatments. The cost is around 90% less than the overall bill when paying for a back surgery.

Downtown Orlando Chiropractor, Dr. Bret Scheuplein specializes in treatment for back and neck pain. To learn more information about him and related topics please visit
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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Kinesio Taping as a Tool For Better Health

Dr. Pazdel explains what kinesio taping is and how it can be beneficial in moving toward health after common muscle injuries on the field and off. It is commonly used in sports to help heals stresses and strains of selected muscle sections and because it is so flexible works particularly well on the moving parts of our bodies.

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

How Chiropractic Treatments Make For Effective Pain Management

There are times in everyone's life where they might feel overwhelmed by the amount of pain they experience on a daily basis. Ranging in intensity from minor aches and pains to chronic, debilitating back pain, over the counter medicines have little to no effect on the body. In order to manage this kind of pain effectively, it may be time to undergo some basic chiropractic treatments, like chiropractic adjustments or spinal decompression.

Chiropractic Treatments and Pain

Unless the pain is located around a specific injury elsewhere in the body, the source for the majority of the pain described is centered around the spine. It is literally the center of our physical well being and is the messenger service that tells the brain that we are hurting. The spine is responsible for supporting our bodies as we move about and any injury or irritation done to it will have consequences throughout the body before long.

This is where chiropractic treatments can be used as a pain management technique to alleviate chronic pain. By examining and adjusting the spine, the pain centers within it are quieted and all of the muscles and nerves connected to it begin to relax, and resume their normal level of activity. Patients of chiropractic adjustments and spinal decompressions will often report an immediate lessening of chronic pain, just for a few minutes work.

The Importance of Good Blood Flow

Besides alleviating pain, the secondary goal of any treatment from a chiropractor is to restore the flow of blood to an injured area of the body. Blood helps the body heal and when you increase the flow of blood to an area, you are jumpstarting the healing process. Before long, the nerves, muscles and tissues that were affected by the injury grow stronger and more resilient, thanks to the increased level of blood flowing to the area.

Blood flow is increased through treatments involving adjustments to the spine and joints, and through spinal decompression. With an adjustment, every joint is manipulated and realigned so that blood can flow naturally to all the connecting tissues, easing the pain of muscle spasms and promoting healing throughout. With a spinal decompression, the pressure placed on the spine, discs and vertebrae is alleviated, having built up thanks to disjointed movements created by the pain. When in pain, the body tends to overcompensate in movement, so it places pressure on the spine in the process, causing even more pain.

The Results

By gently manipulating and stretching the spine, everything, the vertebrae, discs, muscles and nerves are allowed to realign and go back into place, alleviating much of the pain from being disjointed. The spine carries a lot of weight within our bodies, stabilizing our bodies during movement and providing the support it needs when at rest. Once it is allowed to heal, the rest of the body will soon follow, leading to a pain free life through chiropractic treatments.

Want to know more about how chiropractic treatments can improve the quality of life? The caring professionals at Lakeland Spine Center stand ready to answer any of your questions, so call them today for an immediate consultation. Also check out our new page on Chiropractic Treatments.
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