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The human spine consist of 24 movable bones called vertebrae. The

spine. These openings are called intervertebral foramina. The disc

along with the posterior joints of each vertebrae are responsible for the

flexibility of the spine. Spinal misalignments called subluxations can cause changes in the function of the disc and posterior joints. These

changes can alter the shape of the disc and the intervertebral foramina

where the delicate spinal nerves exit. The result is irritation to the

spinal nerves that send and receive information between the body and

the brain. The areas listed below are directly or indirectly controlled

by the spinal nerves and may cause malfunction represented by the

following effects.


The Cervical spine consist of 7 vertebrae with spinal nerves traveling

to the face, ears, eyes, tongue, sinuses, eustation tubes, vocal cords,



pharynx, pituitary gland, thyroid gland, neck muscles and shoulders.



Possible effects of malfunction are: headaches, nervousness, insomnia,

colds, fatigue, allergies, sinus trouble, runny nose, earache, pain

around eyes, acne, pimples, throat conditions, stiff neck and upper arm

pain.


The Thoracic spine consist of 12 vertebrae with spinal nerves

traveling to many of the internal organs, the arms, wrist and hands.

Possible effects of malfunction are: asthma, cough, pain in lower arms

and hands, allergies & heartburn. Conditions affecting the following

organs: heart, lungs, gall bladder, liver, kidneys, pancreas, adrenals,

small intestines and lymph system.


The Lumbar spine consist of 5 vertebrae with spinal nerves traveling

to the abdomen, large intestines, appendix, sex organs, uterus, bladder,

prostate gland, legs, ankles, feet and muscles of the lower back.

Possible effects of malfunction are: constipation, colitis, diarrhea,

cramps, painful or irregular periods, bed wetting, painful knees,

backache, leg cramps, weakness in the legs.


The sacrum is the base where the spine rest, and is part of the pelvis.

Pelvic misalignment can cause changes along the entire spine.

Connected to the sacrum is the coccyx, commonly called the tailbone.

The spinal cord is covered by a thin membrane that attaches to the

coccyx. This membrane extends the entire length of the spinal cord

and continues to cover the brain. Changes that occur during pregnancy

or falls can alter the position of the coccyx, possibly changing the

tension on this membrane. Ask your Doctor of Chiropractic about the

symptoms listed and many other conditions that could be caused when

there are spinal misalignments.


Chiropractic care is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating,

self-healing organism. These important functions are controlled

by the brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves of the body. The skull protects

the delicate tissues of the brain. The moving bones of the spine protect the

vulnerable communication pathways of the spinal cord and nerve roots. If

the nervous system is impaired, it can cause malfunction of the tissues and

organs throughout the body. Doctors call this the Vertebral Subluxation

Complex.


Chiropractors work by restoring your own inborn ability to be healthy.

When under proper control of your nervous system, all the cells, tissues, and

organs of your body are designed to resist disease and ill health. The

chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and help remove

interferences to your natural state of being healthy. A common interference

to the nervous system is the 24 moving bones of the spinal column. A loss of

normal motion or position of these bones can irritate or impair the function

of the nervous system. With improved spinal function there is often

improved nervous function. A Doctor of Chiropractic can help remove

interferences that may be impairing normal health. Since the primary focus

of your care is improved nervous system function, chiropractic can have a

positive effect on many health conditions not normally thought of as "back"

problems.

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If your weight is suffering, then your joints might be too!


Did you know that Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most prevalent conditions as a result from obesity? Obesity is now recognized as an important modifiable risk factor for OA. Obesity is also a factor when you are having joint pain such as knee, hip, and back pain.


“Joints in your body’s lower half — particularly your knees and hips — bear most of your [weight] load,” says Robert Bolash, MD who is a specialist in the Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Pain Management. “That is why years of carrying around excess weight can cause achy, swollen, stiff joints and even full-blown OA.


Don’t ignore your joint pain, losing just a few lbs and proper care can take stress off your joints and can possibly ease your symptoms. While your body can’t reverse arthritis or regrow cartilage, losing weight can help arthritic joints feel better and prevent further damage. Studies consistently show that overweight people have higher rates of osteoarthritis than people who aren’t overweight. One study found that those who are obese (with a body mass index [BMI] between 30 and 35) are four to five times more likely to get arthritis in their knees.


For now, seek medical treatment to help reduce some of those symptoms while you are combating weight loss and trying to become more active. A combination of Chiropractic care, infrared light therapy, ultrasound therapy, and other active therapy treatments can help prevent stiffness in your joints and scar tissue build up. Thus letting you move through your work out with ease and not to mention, fell great again!


Call us for your consultation with our board-certified doctor to see if Chiropractic care and Physical Medicine Rehabilitation are right for you!

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Text neck is a new age injury, in other words it is not your grandmas disorder. While Text neck may not be an official medical diagnosis, it is still a growing term commonly used for a repetitive stress injury where excessive texting or use of a mobile device in general is believed to be the primary cause.


A doctor or other medical professional typically identifies text neck pain after a physical exam and patient history is taken to include a review of their symptoms.


Common Symptoms Associated With

Text Neck

Text neck symptoms commonly include one or more of the following:

  • Pain in the neck, upper back and/or shoulder :This pain may be located in one specific spot and feel intense or stabbing, or it may be a general achiness and soreness that covers a broader region, such as spanning from the bottom of the neck and into the shoulder(s).

  • Forward head posture and rounded shoulders: Muscles in the neck, chest, and upper back can become de-conditioned and imbalanced due to prolonged forward head posture. This de-conditioning can make it difficult to maintain good posture with the ears directly over the shoulders.

Severe Symptoms Associated With Text Neck

Some other symptoms/risks where the prolonged forward head tilting of text neck may play a contributing role include:

  • Cervical radiculopathy: Symptoms of electric shock-like pain, pins-and-needles tingling, numbness, and/or weakness may radiate from the neck down into the shoulder, arm, and/or hand. Cervical radiculopathy can occur when a cervical nerve root becomes irritated or compressed, such as from spinal changes related to degenerative disc disease or osteoarthritis. Severe cases of text neck may accelerate or worsen this process


Treatment and Preventative Measures

  • Chiropractic Treatment: Chiropractors are the most qualified doctors in the medical field to correct text neck and its problems. Since text neck is caused by misalignment of the vertebrae in the neck (cervical spine) it is only natural to go to a chiropractor that is trained to make sure the vertebrae in your spine are correctly aligned and that you are getting the proper treatment.

  • Raise the phone: Move the phone (and other devices) up closer to eye level so the head does not have to be tilted forward.

  • Take frequent breaks: Spend some time away from the phone—or any type of head-forward posture. If needed, use an alarm or app to set automatic reminders to take breaks from handheld devices.

  • Stand up straight: Good posture, with the chin tucked in and shoulders pulled back, keeps the body aligned in a neutral position.

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