Back Pain – Being Prepared for Your First Visit to a Chiropractor

Folks are often faced with this dilemma: I feel discomfort in my back, but it’s probably nothing, right? It’ll just go away in a matter of days or weeks. I probably just need to rest more or eat better.

It’s true that a handful of back pain dilemmas arise from notably bad posture, a poor or inadequate diet, bad sleeping habits or even using bad form while exercising. Unfortunately, the average individual is not qualified to properly diagnose these problems, which can often prove to be fatal down the road.

It may be wise to consult a Chiropractor at this stage; an expert who can provide extensive knowhow and diagnoses into each and every kind of back-related issue. This article aims to prepare you somewhat, so you know some of the things to expect when you visit a Chiropractor for the first time.

In the event that your back pain turns out to be more serious than just symptoms of discomfort or overuse, here’s how a Chiropractor would generally diagnose causes:

Potentially Serious

This can range from conditions like tumors, infections, a local open wound or burn to major neurological problems such as cauda equina – a rare but serious condition nevertheless that’s best described as extreme pressure and swelling of the nerves at the lower tip of the spinal cord. This is considered a serious medical emergency and may need urgent surgical attention.

Other conditions in this category include prolonged internal bleeding and joint infection.

Nerve Problem

In cases where the nerve root in the lower back is compressed or pinched, you experience sciatica. One of the typical causes of this condition is a lumbar herniated disc or spinal stenosis – with age, the general makeup of the spine often changes, leading to degeneration of the bones, muscles, ligaments and discs surrounding the spinal cord. A common symptom of this condition is leg pain. This pain is often accompanied by a tingling sensation in the buttocks and legs.

Non-Specific

This can be categorized as “mechanical back pain” in the lumbar region; also known as axial back pain, this is categorized as either a sharp or dull pain and can be either felt intermittently or constantly. It’s referred to as mechanical since the lower back pain can get worse with certain physical movements such as sports. Or symptoms can worsen as a result of sitting long hours for example. This is also a common type of back pain and is typically non-specific.

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Causes of Back Pain

Back pain may occur due to various reasons; be it a sports injury, pulling a heavy object or a fall/ injury to the spine. If you are suffering from back pain, it would be wise to have a look at some of the common risk factors and causes of back pain by consulting a Chiropractor.

Risk Factors

The risk of back pain varies in different individuals, depending on their lifestyle. People who work in a mentally stressful job, smoke or go through strenuous physical work are more susceptible to back pain than those who don’t. Other factors such as pregnancy, anxiety, depression and obesity can also lead to this condition. Age is also a factor, as older individuals are at a higher risk than younger ones.

Causes Of Back Pain

 

Strain

The most common cause of back pain is strained muscles and ligaments, which may be a result of lifting something heavy or a sudden awkward movement. It can also be caused by improper posture due to a bad mattress or sitting position.

Structural Problems

The human body is a complex structure composed of bones, muscle, ligaments and joints. A fault in any of these can cause numerous problems, including back pain. Some particular structural problems that may affect the back are as follows:

Arthritis

Arthritis can cause various joint problems in the hips and lower back.

Bulging And Ruptured Disks

The vertebra in our spine is cushioned by a disk, so a ruptured disk would result in more pressure on the nerves, resulting in back aches. A bulging disk would put even more pressure on the nerves.

Sciatica

A bulging disk can also press on a nerve in the spine, causing a shooting pain through the buttocks and down the legs.

Curvature Of The Spine

An unnatural curvature of the spine can cause the space around the spinal cord to narrow, causing back pains.

Osteoporosis

A vertebra fracture can be caused by the bones becoming more brittle.

Conditions, There are also some conditions which may cause back pains.

Spinal Cancer

A growth or tumor on the spine may press against a nerve.

Infections

Infection on the nerves (shingles) and spine may also cause pains.

Cauda Equine Syndrome

The growth of nerve roots at the bottom of the spinal cord can cause a dull pain, as well as lack of feeling in the upper buttocks.

Introduction to Chiropractic

images (8)What is Chiropractic?

Being a type of manual therapy, the practitioner utilizes techniques, forces and manipulations that are administered chiefly by hands. The spinal cord is the center of all therapies for a chiropractic doctor. Their belief is that the spine is the central structure as it allows messages from different parts of the body to reach the brain and vice versa. Under the state of paralysis in any part of the body, it is the spinal cord that can make any limb completely nonfunctional.

Spine Manipulation

Keeping the vitality of the spine in mind, D. D. Palmer brought to life the concept of spine manipulation to deal with vertebral subluxation. It is the practice of applying varying amounts of force to the area of concern in the spine to restore normal functioning.  Palmer is popular for applying this technique to a deaf individual (deafness not present at birth) and being successful at restoring his hearing capabilities.

Subluxation

Primarily a chiropractic practitioner deals with a vertebral subluxation. A subluxation is when the spine loses its normal positioning and the neural pathway dysfunction causes a compromise in the functioning of several different parts of the body including the visceral system. A subluxation occurs as a result of a trauma, injury or even a chemical imbalance in the body.

Chiropractic’s Forte 

A thorough examination is undertaken before your doctor performs any chiropractic techniques to relieve your pain. Several conditions are beyond the realm of this care. If you have a neurological condition, then you will be recommended to a neurologist and will not be administered any care procedures under a chiropractic practitioner. Other such conditions that cannot be dealt with manual therapies include tumors, broken bones, osteoporosis and arthritis. Areas that can be called its forte are pain in the upper and lower back, neck pain, and headaches, minor injuries related to sports, asthma, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, menstrual pains and the like.

Neck pain

This is said to be the second most valid reason for paying a visit to a chiropractic practitioner. However, neck pain can be caused by a variety of reasons. Several of which can be dealt with utilizing chiropractics. With cervical disc degenerative diseases, pinched cervical nerve, minor injuries to ligaments, herniated disc disease and the like, chiropractic can be very effective.

When the neck becomes an area of concern, several other parts of the body can suffer the impact. Weakness in the arms, shoulders and hands, the tingling sensation in parts of the body supplied by the neck suffer along with the pain in neck. Therefore, dealing with neck pain with the help of a chiropractic practitioner is a wise decision.

Image used under Creative Commons Licensing: Spine and Disc Herniation by Michael Dorausch

ARE YOU CONTENT?

Are you content with being among the “average American”?  40% will die of heart disease or suffer a disabling stroke or lose their legs due to heart disease.  It is estimated that 95% of the US population over 40 already have heart disease, with no symptoms, and carry a 50% chance of dying from that disease.

HEART DISEASE IS REVERSIBLE!!!  You can change the odds for yourself and for your family.  If you follow a 90% whole food, plant-based lifestyle, exercise and reduce your risk factors, you can virtually eliminate any heart disease risk you currently have.

FREE CLASS TONIGHT – 6:15-7:00  I will be discussing how you can change the tables on your health.  It is also check-in for our participants on the 21 Day Freedom Plan.

REMEMBER, good health is not merely the absence of disease.  Good health assumes protection from disease in the future and can be predicted only by a healthy lifestyle and diet.

You cannot buy your health.  You must earn it by healthy living.

Excerpts taken from a tremendous book I just finished by Dr. Joel Furhmer.  In the thirty years I have been in practice, Dr. Fuhrmer’s work is the closest to the lifestyle I embrace and that I feel is the most effective in providing the life that God has intended for us.  I encourage you to read his book, Eat To Live.  You will glad you did.

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Thursday, April 25, 6:30pm

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2720 Green Valley Parkway, Henderson, NV, 89014

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UPCOMING WELLNESS CLASSES

Thursday, April 25, 6:30pm   

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Thursday, May 2, 6:30-8:00    

    LASER-LIKE PATCHES                   

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Thursday, May 9, 6:30pm       

     WEIGHT LOSS & PURIFICATION    

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 This is a WEEKLY HEALTH NEWSLETTER published each Monday. I will share a health tip and will invite you to our free WELLNESS CLASS which we hold every Thursday.

Chiropractor Henderson shares intermediate level abdominal exercise.

Involves no equipment.

This exercise works the abdominal, oblique internal/external, iliopsoa muscles.

The purpose is to increase abdominal strength and muscular endurance.

The benefits include improved stability, functional strength and injury prevention.

Begin lying on floor.

Lift knees so that a 90º position is attained at hip and knees. Place hands beside ears. Activate core.

Lift shoulder off floor approximately 6 inches attempting to bring elbow toward opposite opposite knee so that both simultaneously meet.

Return to start position and repeat on opposite side. Continue alternating sides until recommended repetitions are complete.

© 2005-2010 WebExercises, Inc., Patent Pending, All Rights Reserved.

Choose Chiropractic Care for Healthier Living

Activator_II_adjustment_instrumentChiropractic care is a medical system that aims to eliminate the root of a problem rather than just suppressing the symptoms.  Chiropractors manipulate the spinal column along with other parts of the body with the aim of easing pain, promoting the body’s systems to naturally heal it along with prescribing exercise to eliminate postural problems.

This approach introduces a healthier lifestyle for an individual.

Chiropractic Treatment Techniques

Here are numerous chiropractic treatment techniques that are used in treating patients:

Activator

The activator is a device that is used to correct minor misalignments in the spine.  It sends a small impulse that is sufficient enough to move the vertebrae without causing any injury.

Bio-Energetic Synchronization Technique (BEST)

This is a non-forceful technique that is used to remove blocked energy in the body and allows it to heal itself.
Cox Flexion Distraction

This procedure is a safe alternate to back surgery and is designed to relieve lower back pain by altering the spinal column.  However, it is also used to treat disc herniation, stenosis, arm and neck pains as well as many other complications.
Applied Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology gauges a muscles’ strength or weakness to find an illness.
Thompson Terminal Point

This technique utilizes a special drop table to adjust the full length of the spine.

Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT)

The SOT technique is designed to reduce and sometimes completely eliminate pain in the head, neck, spinal cord, TMJ as well as improve function of many organs.

 

 

Logan Basic Technique

The Logan technique applies a gentle and sustained pressure at the base of the spine, that corrects the balance of the spinal column and releases tension.
A gentle, sustained pressure is exerted at the base of the spine. Correcting the sacrum corrects the rest of the spine.

Nimmo Technique

Nimmo technique is designed to relieve people of their chronic pain, whether in the muscle system, nervous system or skeletal system.

Orthotics

Orthotics focuses design and construction of external devices that help in modifying the structure of the body, such as uneven leg length, incorrect spinal curvature and tilted pelvis.

Emphasis on Exercise

Chiropractors believe that physical exercise is essential for the well-being of the human body.  This is why they prescribe exercises that are easy to carry out at home.  These exercises aim at reducing or preventing obesity that is a major factor in causing heart diseases, diabetes and many other diseases.

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We have 27 people – staff, patients & friends, starting on the SP PURIFICATION PROGRAM on Monday, March 1, 2010.  I want to congratulate all of you for your courage and your desire to change the course of your life.

It’s not too late to start the program with us.  If you purchase your product by Monday, March 1, 2010, our LAUNCH DATE, you can still save 10% and receive free email support.

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  • Immediately start drinking more purified water… half your body weight in ounces.  120 lbs.- 2 Smart Bottles / 150 lbs.- 2 1/2 Smart Bottles / 180 lbs. – 3 Smart Bottles  (cases of Smart water available at Costco / New Zealand waster available at Trader Joe’s
  • Start reducing your coffee & stimulant intake.  Think of coffee as medicine as you wean yourself off.  Drink 1/4-1/2 cups 1-2 times per day until no headaches occur
  • Start reducing your soda intake.  You want to be at zero intake by Monday.

You will recieve a welcome email from our office by Saturday and a confirmation email from www.purificationsupport.com as well.  Your first official “daily support email” will arrive at your inbox on Sunday.  They will help you with tips, recipes and inspirational stories to help you along the way

Susie will call you at the time of your INITIAL CONSULTATION.  Make sure you know your appointment time.  You can email Lisa at da@gvwellness.com to confirm the time of your consultation with Susie, our lifestyle coach.

SP Purification Program Launch Tonight!!!

NEW BODY / NEW LIFEMy staff and I are very excited about our upcoming promotion which kicks off tonight.  We are introducing the SP PURIFICATION PROGRAM tonight at the clinic from 6:15 to 7:45pm.  Attendance is free and we encourage you all to attend.  Learn how you can PURIFY your body, LOSE WEIGHT, and GAIN ENERGY…. while getting your body healthier than it has ever been!

A recent patient just completing the program lost 12 pounds (average is 8 over the 21 days), the pain in her elbow which she just accepted as “normal” went away as well as the pain in her knees and back.  She was scheduled for steroid injections into her shoulder, but that pain reduced as well enabling her to cancel her injections.  In addition, she was able to stop her anti-anxiety medication and reduce her blood pressure meds as well.

So…. come join us and learn all about the  21 DAY SP PURIFICATION PROGRAM

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Craig Roles, DC, DABCI, DCBCN