Chiropractic Treatment: Chronic Pain Management

Unfortunately, no one medication or therapy is usually the answer once chronic pain has set in.

With narcotics, each successive dose becomes less effective than the previous, setting up the pathway for overdose and abuse.

I recently read a rather frightening statistic that stated that deaths due to narcotic medications are at an all time high.

Unfortunately, this trend will not be reversed unless different steps are taken to manage the vast numbers of chronic pain patients in the world who suffer.

We’ve spoken extensively in the past about the two most common forms of pain. Most of us are very familiar with acute pain that is the pain of a cut, bruise, or even childbirth.

Fortunately, acute pain is relatively short-lived, and not imprinted firmly upon our nervous systems.

Chronic pain however has a way of becoming deeply embedded and tripped very easily, setting up deep circuits within the brain and nervous system, which can be difficult to change.

Unfortunately, no one medication or therapy is usually the answer once chronic pain has set in. With narcotics, each successive dose becomes less effective than the previous, setting up the pathway for overdose and abuse.

The best alternative is to first jump on any new injury or illness with pain as soon as possible. It is vital with any new condition or injury to reduce pain quickly, and as much as possible with non-drug methods.

This is why seeking therapy soon after injury or onset of a condition can produce much better long-term treatment results!

This is also the time to use powerful non-drug treatment methods, including physical therapy modalities such as massage and manual therapy, and various forms of electric neurostimulation–and even laser therapy.

The most important take away from this discussion is to use every non-drug tool available as soon after the onset of injury or illness as possible.

This helps explain why our treatments can be so very powerful in helping avoid drug dependence.

In summary, anything you can learn to do to better manage your chronic pain with non-drug methods will lead to a far better long term outcome!

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

Chiropractic Treatment and The Immune System

In today’s age of health and fitness, more and more kids are involved in sporting activities. Although being part of a football, soccer, or Little League team is an important rite of passage for many kids, parents and their children could be overlooking the importance of proper nutrition and body conditioning needed for preventing injuries on and off the playing field.

“The majority, if not all, sports are good, provided that the child prepares appropriately,” says Dr. Carl Heigl, president of the American Chiropractic Association’s Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness. “Without proper preparation, playing any sport can turn into a bad experience. There are structural and physical developmental issues that need to be taken into consideration before children undertake certain sports.”

Highly competitive sports such as football, gymnastics and wrestling follow rigorous training schedules that can be potentially dangerous to an adolescent or teenager.

The best advice for parents who have young athletes in the family is to help them prepare their bodies and to learn to protect themselves from sports-related injuries before they happen.

“Proper warm up, stretching and weight-lifting exercises are essential for kids involved in sports, but many kids learn improper stretching or weight-lifting techniques, making them more susceptible to injury,” says Dr. Steve Horwitz, an ACA member from Silver Spring, Maryland, and former member of the U.S. Summer Olympics medical team. “Parents need to work with their kids and make sure they receive the proper sports training.”

“Young athletes should begin with a slow jog to warm up the legs and arms and stretch all the major muscle groups,” says Dr. Horwitz. “Kids involved in football, baseball, gymnastics and swimming should develop a routine that includes strengthening exercises for the abdomen, the low-back muscles, arms and shoulders.”

Proper nutrition and hydration are also extremely vital. “A student athlete may need to drink eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water for proper absorption. Breakfast should be the most important meal of the day. Also, eating a healthy meal before and after practice or a game allows for proper replenishment and refuels the body,” adds Dr. Horwitz.

Young athletes today often think they are invincible. The following tips can help ensure your child does not miss a step when it comes to proper fitness, stretching, training and rest that the body needs to engage in sporting activities.

Encourage your child to:

  • Wear the proper equipment
  • Eat healthy meals
  • Avoid high-fat foods
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Drink water
  • Drink milk
  • Avoid sugar-loaded, caffeinated and carbonated drinks
  • Follow a warm-up routine
  • Take vitamins daily
  • Avoid trendy supplements
  • Get plenty of rest—Sluggishness, irritability and loss of interest could indicate that your child is fatigued.

Chiropractic Care Can Help…

Doctors of chiropractic are trained and licensed to treat the entire neuromusculoskeletal system and can provide advice on sports training, nutrition and injury prevention to young athletes.

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

 

General Health: Getting Healthy Again!

One of the biggest things we see in our work with our chronically ill patients is that once their symptoms start to subside, they are gradually able to resume more activity.

In some patients, this can be an incredible challenge after years of illness, stress, and sometimes the other side effects of treatments. But, There is good news! By applying specific timed steps, many patients do far better than they ever imagined.

Here’s 3 simple tips to make it go easier.

Start easy! We always teach our patients the importance of pacing, doing less than you think you actually can. Take extra special care of rest needs. Its’ OK, and even advisable, to rest during the day, even if you don’t nap. Trying to take on too much too soon can cause frustrating setbacks in your recovery process. Baby steps are key in this phase of your recovery.

Watch what you put into your head! Shut off the TV. Grab a good book instead, or simply meditate in a comfortable spot. Focus on health generating thoughts and mind pictures. Stress can be a hindrance to recovery, so try to find ways to reduce the stress in your life, at least for the immediate future.

Finally, enlist the help of your coaches, doctors and friends along your journey back to health. ASK for help and guidance. You don’t need to do this alone, and shouldn’t. A good support group goes a long way towards helping you on the road to recovery.

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

Chiropractic Treatment: Backpacks and Back Pain

Maybe you have more important things to worry about. Yes, it may lead to back pain, but it’s not like carrying a heavy backpack with a lot of school books can cause serious illnesses, like scoliosis – as far as we know.

Still, carrying a heavy backpack can cause your child to suffer from chronic shoulder, neck and back pain.

Is carrying a heavy backpack to school causing health problems for your kids? It might be. Are they carrying more than 10-20% of their body weight in their backpack? And do they tend to carry their backpack on only one shoulder? If so, chances are their backpack is causing some health problems.

Fortunately, the fashion of carrying a backpack on only one shoulder seems to be fading. On a visit to The University of Texas at Austin, I saw that most students had their backpacks strapped over both shoulders, instead of the single shoulder look that was ‘fashionable’ in my day. Also, some backpacks now come with wheels, which allow the student to roll the bag rather than carry it.

  • Does your child complain of back pain?
  • Does your child walk bent over sideways to try to adjust for the heavy load of a backpack?
  • Does your child complain of numbness and tingling in his arms or hands?
  • Does your child carry more than 10-20% of her body weight in her backpack?

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, you might want to take some steps to minimize the chances that carrying a backpack will cause your child back pain or other health problems. 

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

Sources:

Iannelli, Vincent MD – Wondering Whether Your Child’s Backpack Is Too Heavy? – 25-Sept-2016
Leffert RD – Orthop Clin North Am – 01-Apr-2000; 31(2): 331-45  

Chiropractic and Fitness Training

In today’s age of health and fitness, more and more kids are involved in sporting activities requiring chiropractic treatment at a younger age.

Although being part of a football, soccer or Little League team is an important rite of passage for many kids, parents and their children could be overlooking the importance of proper nutrition and body conditioning needed for preventing injuries on and off the playing field. Chiropractic care can sometimes be a great alternative to other types of medical treatment

Highly competitive sports such as football, gymnastics and wrestling follow rigorous training schedules that can be potentially dangerous to an adolescent or teenager.

The best advice for parents who have young athletes in the family is to help them prepare their bodies and to learn to protect themselves from sports-related injuries before they happen.

“Proper warm up, stretching and weight-lifting exercises are essential for kids involved in sports, but many kids learn improper stretching or weight-lifting techniques, making them more susceptible to injury,” says Dr. Steve Horwitz, an ACA member from Silver Spring, Maryland, and former member of the U.S. Summer Olympics medical team. “Parents need to work with their kids and make sure they receive the proper sports training.”

“Young athletes should begin with a slow jog to warm up the legs and arms and stretch all the major muscle groups,” says Dr. Horwitz. “Kids involved in football, baseball, gymnastics and swimming should develop a routine that includes strengthening exercises for the abdomen, the low-back muscles, arms and shoulders.”

Proper nutrition and hydration are also extremely vital. “A student athlete may need to drink eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water for proper absorption. Breakfast should be the most important meal of the day. Also, eating a healthy meal before and after practice or a game allows for proper replenishment and refuels the body,” adds Dr. Horwitz.

Young athletes today often think they are invincible. The following tips can help ensure your child does not miss a step when it comes to proper fitness, stretching, training and rest that the body needs to engage in sporting activities.

Encourage your child to:

* Wear the proper equipment.
* Eat healthy meals.
* Maintain a healthy weight.
* Drink water.
* Drink milk.
* Follow a warm-up routine.
* Take vitamins daily.
* Avoid trendy supplements.
* Get plenty of rest.

Chiropractic Care Can Help…

Doctors of chiropractic are trained and licensed to treat the entire neuromusculoskeletal system and can provide advice on sports training, nutrition and injury prevention to young athletes.

We can always work with you or your loved one to determine the best treatment for your condition.

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

 

Effective Treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

 You’ve likely heard of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, the painful disorder that can seriously limit the functioning of your wrists and hands, but did you know that chiropractic care can relieve your pain and discomfort?

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

In a nutshell, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome happens when ligaments and tendons surrounding the tunnel that protects your nerves – called the carpal tunnel – swell and press against the carpal tunnel, which then pushes into your median nerve. The result is a discomfort or numb feeling in your hand.

What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?

Repeated, routine movements lead to carpal tunnel , particularly if your wrist is bent during the movement.

Examples of people who typically suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome include office clerks who spend a lot of time typing on their computers, carpenters, assembly-line workers, musicians, gardeners, and even golfers, to name a few.

What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

You might have carpal tunnel syndrome if you experience tingling in your hand and/or fingers, or if you have pain leading from your palm into your wrist or forearm.

Other symptoms can include:

  • Difficulty grasping objects, such as a hairbrush, writing utensil, or steering wheel of a car
  • Increased pain after long periods of using your hands and wrists
  • Intense pain that wakes you up from a deep sleep
  • Weakness in your hands and fingers

If you experience any of these symptoms, see us ASAP for a formal diagnosis. Once you know that you have carpal tunnel syndrome, you can begin working with us to alleviate symptoms.

Before your first visit, and between initial chiropractic visits, you may find yourself battling pain, tingling, and numbness.

To combat these symptoms, try propping up your arm when you lie down, resting the disabled hand as much as possible, and keeping your wrists straight – not bent downward at an angle – during routine activities.

What to Expect When We Treat Carpal Tunnel

Most people don’t associate chiropractic care with carpal tunnel syndrome, but the fact of the matter is that carpal tunnel syndrome is a disorder commonly treated by chiropractors, and patients very often report significant relief. In some cases, the need for surgery can be eliminated too!

Chiropractic treatment is comprehensive and often includes:

  • Manipulation and mobilization (massage) of the wrist, forearms and and spine
  • Spinal Care, which in some cases is 60% of the Carpal Tunnel like symptoms
  • The comfortable NEW Dual Frequency Nerve Stimulation treatments with special gloves
  • Special Wrist supports
  • Upper Body Rehab

Of course, the exact course of treatment will vary based on your condition. At Our Office, we can identify the severity of your carpal tunnel syndrome and determine the treatment plan that is just right for you.

Please call us at 781-659-7989 to schedule a  Evaluation for yourself or loved ones today

 

Diabetic Neuropathy Treatment And Conventional Dietary Approaches

Diabetes as well as diabetic neuropathy, is on the rise.

One of the most difficult and frustrating forms of peripheral neuropathy we treat is caused by diabetes.

As you probably know, diabetes as well as diabetic neuropathy, is on the rise. The reasons for this are many however it is widely agreed the most common cause is the significant increase in BMI or body mass index otherwise known as weight gain.

Unfortunately, this is one neuropathy problem that is not treated aggressively enough. Too many patients are simply told to lose a little weight, get more exercise etc. without any meaningful specifics.

Worse yet, very common hospital-based diabetic nutrition programs are still far too high in carbohydrates, as are some very famous diet programs.

This also includes programs still prescribed by nutritionists who treat diabetics. In our opinion, this has perpetuated problems with weight control in diabetes.

We also see people eating so-called healthy diets, which are loaded with sugars, this commonly includes diets rich in fruits and grains.

The most important thing to realize in the treatment of diabetes and its cousin metabolic syndrome is that carbohydrates in your diet must be significantly controlled.

This means that carbohydrates need to be restricted to approximately 15 g per meal. For some of you, this will come as a shock.

This means no more than a half a slice of bread per meal with no other carbs, minimizing starchy vegetables, and eliminating sugars.

*Now this also means you will need to work with your doctors and nurses to adjust your medication dosages, especially, if you are insulin-dependent. Do not make these suggested changes without your doctors’ knowledge or consent.

Getting very strict about carbohydrate control and realizing that conventional nutrition approaches may not be enough to manage your weight, diabetes, but most especially your neuropathy goes a long way towards helping you regain control of your health, and thus your life.

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