Pain and Scoliosis? Now We Have Answers

While people often find find some degree of curvature in a normal spine, scoliosis is defined as unusual side-to-side curves that can lead to abnormalities in the appearance and movements of the back.

What causes scoliosis?

In roughly 80% of cases, the cause of scoliosis is unknown. Known causes of scoliosis include heredity (if you have a family history of spinal deformities, you’ll be more likely to suffer the condition), and rarely more serious conditions.

Scoliosis can be found in about 2% of females and 0.5% of males. New cases have been found in all age ranges, from newborns to adults, but are most common in people over the age of 10.

What are the symptoms?

Persons with scoliosis often notice:

    • A more prominent shoulder blade due to one shoulder appearing higher than the other
    • An uneven waistline
    • The appearance of a raised hip – which can also cause one pant leg to be longer than the other
    • That their entire body leans to one side
    • Shortness of breath and/or chest pain in severe cases

It may seem that scoliosis would be accompanied by back pain, but most often in younger patients that’s not the case. In adults with scoliosis, back pain tends to be more common, recovery from episodes slower and treatment can take twice as long as usual If you or a loved one observes any of the above symptoms, visit us immediately a formal examination.

How is it diagnosed?

If you or your child’s pediatrician suspects scoliosis, we will perform a physical examination of the spine from the sides, front, and back. You will also be asked to bend over and touch your toes so the doctor can look for abnormal curves. Finally, we may order x-rays to confirm the diagnosis and measure the severity of the curve.

Compare Your Treatment Options

The earlier Scoliosis is discovered, the better the outcome. That’s why in our office, screenings are always performed as a community service prior to any formal evaluation.  Chiropractic care, with diligent attention to specialized exercises and general healthy lifestyles can be critical. We might also suggest a newer type brace when the curve is significant, which exerts strategic pressure on the spine. Always consider a pain-free, inexpensive, and relatively convenient treatment plan that has potential for help prior to more aggressive care.

Managing Your Condition with Chiropractic Care

After a thorough examination of your medical history and current physical status, we can often prescribe a treatment plan to significantly reduce the impact of scoliosis. Chiropractic treatments of scoliosis can include:

    • Spinal manipulation
    • Postural and balance therapy
    • Specific exercises and directed rehab

Your treatment will depend largely on the degree of your curvature, among other physical factors. We may recommend spinal supports, as the newest braces only need to be worn at night.

We can evaluate the severity of your condition and determine the treatment plan that is just right for you. Please call us to schedule a screening for yourself and your family today.

Adults with scoliosis can often be helped with the right care plan, despite what you may have been told before.

Call us today at 781-659-7989

How Chiropractic Care Can Help Your Sleepless Nights

If you’re suffering from a bout of sleepless nights, you’re not alone; the vast majority of adults will experience insomnia at some point in their lives, although only about 10% of Americans struggle with chronic insomnia.

What you probably did NOT know, is that spinal mis-alignments (subluxations) seem to act as a form of chronic nervous system irritation, often initially painless, which Chiropractors often find disturbs sleep for weeks or months!

What is insomnia?

Quite simply, insomnia involves a difficulty in falling asleep, staying asleep, or both. So if you regularly find yourself tossing and turning in the wee hours of the night, insomnia is likely to blame.  A sleepless night here or there is normal, but if you find yourself going a week or more without a full night’s sleep, and if it’s affecting your health and concentration, it’s time to seek professional help.

What are the symptoms of insomnia?

Not getting enough sleep at night can cause more daytime problems than you might be aware of. Insomnia of any length of time, but particularly episodes lasting several days or weeks, can lead to:

  • Trouble remembering details, from mundane to important
  • An inability to concentrate on the task at hand
  • Decreased coordination
  • Irritability and moodiness
  • Increased likelihood of a car accident, often due to falling asleep at the wheel

What causes insomnia?

Certain factors can actually help trigger bouts of insomnia, such as high levels of stress that can bring on short-term insomnia (which, if left untreated, can lead to chronic insomnia, so it’s best to act quickly before it becomes a lasting problem!). While people of all ages can experience insomnia, instances tend to get worse with age.  People with alcohol addictions and mental health problems commonly suffer insomnia, as do members of low-income families.

How Chiropractic Care Can Alleviate Your Sleep Problems

While too many patients don’t tell us about sleep disorders before their sessions, many report improved sleep even after being treated for conditions unrelated to insomnia, so imagine the relief you can feel if you report your sleeplessness to us!

Chiropractic may help you improve sleep by:

  • Opening up the airways so you breathe better at night.
  • By Decreases in pain and restlessness for those suffering an illness that keeps you up at night.
  • Improved body mechanics, which leads to improve overall functioning of the brain pathways that control sleep.

We can help identify the severity of your insomnia and determine the treatment plan that is just right for you. If you need a sleep study, need to see an ENT or an RT, we’ll help with that too!

Please call us at 781-659-7989 to schedule an evaluation! 

Chiropractic Treatment: Chronic Pain Answers

If you suffer from chronic pain the first thing you should do is reach out and look for answers.

As a clinician, the most common problems that present to us in private practice usually involve the skeletal system. For example, headaches and low back pain are the two most common chronic pain complaints heard by many primary care and medical practices.

This true for both acute or new health conditions and but especially chronic conditions.

Now I define chronic conditions as those that have lasted more than six months and have not effectively been treated or managed.

One only has to look at television ads and yes even newspapers from over hundreds of years ago to realize there is nothing new or unique here!

Let’s face it, some pains are just part of life. But when chronic pains and other annoying symptoms become long-term and interfere with our quality of live, they can have devastating consequences.

Now obviously, very little can be done about devastating accidents and injuries. Unfortunately, this is a real and unpleasant fact. Bad things can and do happen to all of us.

So even though we know that the best way to prevent chronic disabling pain is to treat pain appropriately is from the beginning.

This involves much more than just medication. In fact, this is a team effort.

Most of the time pain management should include some type of physical therapy. Physical therapy, chiropractic and other physical therapy is often extremely beneficial especially when applied early on for many types of chronic pain.

This does not mean that chronic pain is not treatable. It just becomes more difficult.

Chronic pain needs to be handled by very experienced physicians and physical therapists. In order to be truly effective long-term, a good portion of this care should include non-drug treatment methods.

And that is in fact what we do every day, all day long in our treatment centers.

So, if you suffer from chronic pain the first thing you should do is reach out and look for answers.

Don’t take no for an answer until you have left no stone unturned!

Call us today at 781-659-7989 to schedule an evaluation.

Biotin Deficiency

Biotin is one of those nutrients that are not commonly known any longer as a vitamin.

In the so-called “normal” healthy population, real deficiencies are rare because our normal intestinal bacteria can manufacture large amounts of this nutrient. There are, however, some things it has in common with other vitamins.

Biotin is another of those vitamins commonly added to cosmetics in products for hair, nails and skin. Unfortunately, the real hard evidence supporting such usage appears to be relatively slim.

Primarily, biotin deficiency, like other B-vitamin deficiencies, tends to show as a skin rash, as well as fatigue and depression. This deficiency can affect hair and skin health; such is the rationale for adding it to personal care products. This may be more severe in diabetics and alcoholics.

In diabetes, it may actually be that the need for biotin is greater than average. We also know that when diabetic patients are given this supplementation, along with the other B-vitamins, blood lipid and sugar profiles can improve.

It is largely available in a wide variety of foods. But unlike some other nutrients we have recently discussed, it is present only in very small amounts.

Follow our advice with regard to frequent leafy green and other vegetable consumption.

There are, of course, exceptions. If you have been on long-term antibiotics, which can kill normal intestinal bacteria, you could be at risk for a biotin deficiency.

Some genetic disorders means certain patients need higher amounts of biotin than others.

Lastly, intestinal surgery and gastric bypass procedures affect absorption of many vitamins. This is no exception.

Eggs and swiss are said to contain the highest amount of biotin foods. Raw eggs are not a good food source; cooked ones actually contains fair amounts of available biotin. Because of the danger of salmonella, we don’t recommend raw egg consumption anyway.

So you can see again that, like in so much of good nutrition, a wide variety of foods are really key to helping prevent deficiencies, low intakes, and the health problems they can cause.

Please call us to schedule a visit at 781-659-7989 today

Diabetes: A Not-So-Silent Enemy of Your Health

You probably know someone with diabetes. You might even suffer from this condition yourself.

But did you know that diabetes can often be improved or as in the case of milder forms of Type 2 Diabetes controlled naturally? Before we get into the details of treatment, let’s take a closer look at diabetes: what it is, who gets it, and how it affects the body.

What is diabetes? Diabetes is a simple – yet very serious – disorder of metabolism, or the body’s process of digesting food for energy use. When we eat, the body converts the food into glucose, a form of sugar, which is then ushered into their body’s cells by the hormone insulin. From there, the glucose can be used to supply energy to the body. People with diabetes either don’t produce enough insulin to handle the amount of glucose being produced or their bodies can’t use the insulin as intended. Either way, the glucose pools in the body’s blood, potentially causing such serious complications as heart disease and nerve and kidney damage.

Who is at risk? Roughly 23 million people in the U.S.  have one of the two types of diabetes, and those affected vary widely in age, gender, and race. Regardless of the type a person suffers from, the condition is not contagious and therefore cannot be passed along from one person to another. 

Type 1 occurs most often in children of both genders, but is more common in Caucasians than those of other races. Type 2 is frequently found in people aged 20 and older, particularly those who are overweight.

What can you do to protect yourself?

According to recent studies, maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle can significantly lower your risk of becoming affected by this lifelong condition.

The True Threat

Diabetes isn’t just a lifelong condition; it can also be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated correctly. In fact, diabetes is considered to be the fifth deadliest disorder in the United States, and has been called a growing epidemic worldwide.

What are the symptoms?

Some symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Extreme hunger
  • Excessive thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Frequent, recurring infections

Many times, people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms, which makes the condition much harder to diagnose and treat.

Let us help you maintain better health habits!

In our office, we often see the major impacts of pain and immobility. Many health conditions we treat in our offices every day interfere with exercise and walking in particular. Compounded by poor diet and exercise habits, the consequences can be devastating. We would be more than happy to examine your unique situation and determine the treatment plan that is just right for you. Plus, if you are already diabetic, we can help you implement better diabetic care.

Don’t wait for the devastating consequences of poor health and fitness. Your family and children will thank you!

Please call us at 781-659-7989 to schedule your balance and coordination visit, and start to feel better TODAY!

You Don’t Have To Live With Poor Balance

During our lifetimes, many factors come into play to make loss of balance and falls a serious threat. Did you know that neck problems are a very common overlooked source of balance issues?

While the majority of younger persons that fall can get moving again with no serious consequences, there is always a risk of falls resulting in life-threatening injuries. There’s no reason to even take such a risk when there are steps you can take to help prevent falls from happening in the first place. Following are a few tips to help you identify whether you or a loved one is at risk for a serious fall.

Are you taking multiple medications? Some medications, when mixed, can have side effects like light-headedness that could increase your risk of falling.

Do you have trouble walking? If you regularly experience neck pain, back pain or joint pain, or any other difficulties when you walk, we can evaluate your muscle strength and balance to identify your level of risk for falls. Are you exercising regularly? Regular exercise can also help strengthen your muscles and improve your balance and coordination so you won’t feel as unsteady on your feet.

Are you wearing the right shoes? Walking in shoes that don’t fit properly or have slick soles can increase your risk of falling. Banishing shoes in favor of roaming the house in your stocking feet is dangerous, too, so try to wear proper-fitting shoes with non-skid soles as much as possible.

Is your home full of fall hazards? Area rugs might add color to your home, but they could also add danger to your life. Make sure they have some sort of slip-resistant backing to them, even if you just use double-sided tape to secure them to the floor. Here are a few common sense but often overlooked tips:

  • Remove clutter from walkways.
  • Tape down electrical and phone cards so you don’t trip over them.
  • Use non-slip mats in your bath and/or shower.

Shed some light on the subject. It’s easy to trip over objects that you can’t see, so make sure that your home is well-lit. Use 100-watt bulbs whenever possible (make sure that you don’t exceed the wattage rating on your lamps and other lighting fixtures to avoid a fire hazard).

  • Place a lamp next to your bed that you can switch on if you need to get up at night.
    Make good use of windows and natural light whenever possible
  • Install night-lights in your bathroom and hallways.
  • Make sure your stairways are lit as well, and turn on the lights before going up or down stairs.
  • Keep flashlights in easily accessible places in case you lose power.

Improved balance can decrease your risk of fall-related injuries

You know what they say: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Through techniques known as kinesiology, we can help you improve your balance, which can help prevent falls by increasing your stability. We can also recommend balance exercises that you can perform both at home and under our supervision, depending on your current physical condition. We can help improve your balance and coordination to decrease the likelihood of falls.

Please call us at 781-659-7989 to schedule your balance and coordination visit, and start to feel better TODAY!