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Clinical Neurodynamics

What is Clinical Neurodynamics? Clinical Neurodynamics is a system of evaluating and treating nerve tension and restrictions. It makes use of the fact that the nervous system is intricately connected throughout the body, with attachments at all ends. Nerves attach to connective tissue within the central nervous system via meninges. They also have attachments into peripheral tissues such as skin, muscles, bones and fascia. With knowledge of how to isolate and place tension on specific nerves, diagnosing and treating can become more specific.   How it Works In order to accommodate for the body’s natural movements, the nervous system itself has mechanisms allowing it to be mobile. First, nerves are capable of elongating, this especially takes place on the convex side of joint movement. Once nerves become lengthened, they eventually develop tension. At the end ranges of a stretch, once tensioned, nerves are capable of sliding through adjacent tissues. This sliding component is essential,...

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...

Low Back Pain- In a Nutshell

Dealing with low back pain can be frustrating and confusing because what works for some may not work for you. The type of therapy that will be most effective depends mostly on what is causing the pain. In order to better understand your treatment options, it’s important to consider the different tissues that can be injured. Structures of the Spine There are essentially four different structures of the spine that can be injured and cause low back pain. Discs are the cushions in between vertebrae that allow us to be mobile. Over time they can become injured and basically wear down. Joints are where bones come together. There are small joints along the vertebrate in your spine and larger joints such as the in the hip; any of which can become restricted and cause pain. Muscles are the movers of the body and can develop trigger points or knots and muscle spasms....

How to Naturally Heal a Pinched Nerve or Disc Bulge

Learning that you have a pinched nerve or disc bulge can be discouraging. However, there is good news; our bodies are capable of healing these injuries on their own. Nerves can regenerate and discs can re-absorb, if not completely eliminating the pain associated with these injuries that at least minimizing it. In this video I lay out several key strategies to help your body along while it heals. Controlling Inflammation Aside from the tradition anti-inflammatory drugs that may be prescribed to you, nutrition plays a significant role in inflammation. Essentially, avoiding refined foods is the best course of action. Recovering from an injury is a big task for your body and nutrition can either help your body heal or get in the way of the healing. So this is the time to take extra care of your body while it works to put things back together. For a more in depth look...

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I Think I Have A Pinched Nerve

As a chiropractor, I deal with neck and back pain on a daily basis.  The majority of the time when a new patient comes in, they tell me right away that they have a pinched nerve.  Because I hear this so often, and because it is usually wrong, I want to go through the most common causes of neck and back pain with you.  If you are reading this, I assume either you or someone close to you is having pain right now, and you are looking for options to relieve the pain.  It is my hope that the following will assist you in making an informed decision on the appropriate treatment to seek out. Let me start out by saying that probably 90% of most back or neck pain is related to muscles or joints.  These are things that are work related, posture related, sleep related, stress related, etc.  For...

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