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Neck Pain

Secret Formula for Joint health

There are hundreds of supplements out there that promise to improve joint health, but i’m here to tell you that there is no magical supplement that will solve all your joint problems. In fact, most supplements will have little (if any) impact on your joint health. The good news is that there are things you can start doing today to get on track to healthier joints and they won’t cost you a dime. The first part of this secret formula is likely no secret at all: diet and exercise. Exercise If you don’t use it, you lose it. This sentiment rings true when it comes to joint health. To maintain the elasticity and resiliency of joints, we need to keep them doing what they were designed to do, and that is move. Our modern lifestyles of sitting at work, in the car, and on the couch in front of the T.V. all cause...

Simple Stability Exercise; For the Pain In Your Neck

We are constantly striving for stability in our core with the hopes of improving posture and relieving back pain. Don’t get me wrong, core stability is the foundation of all movements and should be a major focus for everyone. However, let’s stop neglecting neck stability. Neck stability not only helps to maintain correct posture but can help relieve neck pain, upper back pain, and even headaches. Strengthening and Stabilizing Exercises Before I go over specific exercises, I would like to differentiate between the concept of strengthening and stabilizing as it pertains to exercising your neck. Strengthening involves moving against a force while stabilizing requires resisting movement under a similar force. When it comes to your neck, and the spine in general, it’s a good idea to focus on stabilizing exercises. Simple Neck Stability Exercises It is important to start any movement or exercise with good posture. For your neck this means shifting your head back...

Is it Possible to Stretch Too Much?

Short answer: yes.   Not only is it possible, it’s probable that you are stretching too much. Stretching is a common problem behavior when it comes to joint pain. Here is why. Stretching in itself is not bad at all. In fact it is a very beneficial therapy that I use in treatment plans all the time. The problem does not lie in the act of stretching but in doing so when that is the last thing you need. This can be tricky because a lot of times the joint feels like it needs to be stretched even when it doesn’t. If we think about the mechanics alone, stretching serves as a way to loosen the connective tissue surrounding joints. But often times these joints are already unstable, and because stretching is essentially the opposite of stabilizing, it can do more harm than good. So you are only further destabilizing a joint and...

C.R.I.S.P

Clinical Reasoning In Spine Pain Clinical reasoning in spine pain (CRISP) is an evidence based approach for the evaluation and management of spinal pain conditions. It sorts out the multitude of theories and methods, leaving only the most practical and relevant treatment options. This approach combines and utilizes effective techniques from a variety of therapeutic disciplines. Most importantly, there is the recognition of the need for patient education and self-management strategies. The Current Model Could Benefit From Some Improvements There are several reasons why a new model is necessary. First, costs for the treatment of spine pain have been rising for decades. Recent estimates are as high as $87 billion/year. The  increase in cost can be attributed to unnecessary imaging studies and premature utilization of invasive procedures. Also, there are many chiropractic and physical therapy clinics that tend to treat more than necessary. CRISP advocates to treat as little as possible during acute...

Is it Safe to Crack My Own Neck

Is it Safe? There is no conclusive research that would lead us to come down hard on this question. So in order to understand the relationship between joint popping and joint health we should take a closer look at what a spinal manipulation accomplishes. A spinal manipulation is meant to firstly increase the range of motion of a joint. For instance, if you find that you can turn your head farther the right than the left, a spinal manipulation would likely help the joint recover that extra mobility on the left side. Aside from increasing range of motion spinal manipulations can often relieve pain and even improve muscle relaxation for an individual. It is important to note that the popping/cracking noise that you hear during a spinal manipulation is merely a byproduct of the manipulation and not the goal of the adjustment. It is a result of the pulling apart of...

What To Do If You Have Neck Pain

Neck pain is a very common reason for visits to a chiropractic office.  Similar to other types of muscular skeletal pain, neck pain can pass on its own within a few days, or it can last for many years.  There are also many degrees of varying pain, from a slight annoyance to severe debilitating pain.  For many who suffer with more serious neck pain, the frustration often becomes, “why do I have this pain”?  The answer to that question depends, because there are several reasons someone may get neck pain.  Outlined below are some of the more common things that I see on a day-to-day basis as being the cause of neck pain. Sprain/strain– This will typically result from some type of trauma or injury.  For some people this can occur simply from moving the head too quickly in a particular direction.  Another common cause of a sprain/strain would be whiplash. ...

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Treatments For Kinks In Your Neck

Many of my neck pain patients come to me and say “I have a kink in my neck”.  Most often they remark that they must have slept wrong because they woke up with neck pain.  Usually the pain is only on one side and there is difficulty moving the neck in most directions. Some physicians call this condition torticollis, although other physicians reserve this term for more serious conditions involving diseases of the nervous system. If you’re reading this, chances are that your neck is hurting now and you don’t care what it’s called.  You want to know what you did and how to make it better.  There are a couple ways in which this pain may have come about.  One does involve sleeping improperly, which may have jammed the joints of the neck together for a long period of time.  Once this happens the muscles on one side get locked...

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Chiropractic Treatment for Whiplash

Whiplash can be quite frightening due to the traumatic nature of the event. Although the typical whiplash injury is the result of a car accident, any trauma that involves the same violent whipping motion of the head is typically regarded as whiplash. It should also be noted that a more descriptive phrase of cervical acceleration/deceleration injury is preferred among many spine specialist. They feel that this term better describes the mechanics of the neck quickly extending backwards and then forward which stretches the tissues beyond their physiological limit. Many structures are involved, and the symptoms can extend long after the initial impact. The variety of tissues and structures affected by whiplash produce many symptoms that are known to change over the course of the condition. Whiplash injuries occur so easily and can be so debilitating because the neck is extremely susceptible to injury. This is because the neck is an...

Chiropractic Treatment for Neck Pain

Neck pain is becoming increasingly more common and has an estimated lifetime prevalence of approximately 70%. Probably the most common culprit is work related physical and psychological demands. What this means is that poor postures due to hovering behind computers as well as stress can be big contributors to neck pain. Neck pain complaints are associated with substantial health care costs and work absenteeism. Unfortunately many people do not know what to do for their neck pain. Some turn to the medical community, only to be told to take some pain medications or muscle relaxers. This approach sometimes gives temporary relief, but it absolutely will not address the underlying issue. Chiropractic treatment is becoming increasingly popular as a treatment choice for neck pain. Until recently we didn’t know exactly how a chiropractors manipulation worked, we just knew that patients got better. It had always just been explained that the spine needed...

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