Why live with a pain in your neck if you don’t have to?

Why live with a pain in your neck if you don’t have to?

Here are 5 TIPS to help release some tension to help combat neck & back pain!

make-an-chiropractic-appointment1. Stop Sleeping on Your Stomach: Try instead to sleep on your side with a pillow between you legs or on your back with a pillow under your knees.

2. Stretch Out Your Hamstrings: This can cause misalignment and terrible pain. Do stretches every morning and evening to stay lose and flexible.

chiropractors in redding3. No More “Text Neck” Staring at Your Phone: Take a look at your phone, do you feel your chin going down to your chest? That makes your neck go in a C shape. Try propping your arms up to keep your neck straight. If you are using a tablet try propping it up on your knees instead of keeping it flat in your lap.

4. Get Up and Move: When you sit at at a desk all day your whole body is getting tight, it really helps to get up and move through out the day. You may want to try setting an alarm for every 2 hours to get up and walk around for a few minutes. The more active we are the less we will hurt!

5. Routine Chiropractic Care: Think a chiropractor just cracks your back and sends you on your way? Not true. A chiropractor’s goal is to not only to relieve pain but to keep you pain-free between adjustments! The spinal manipulations used to correct subluxations (misalignments) of the spine can relieve painful pressure in your neck, back and head.

To achieve optimal wellness, follow these simple tips to keep your back and neck aligned and reduce muscle or nerve pain.
Call our office today to schedule an appointment to kickstart your healthy life: 530-221-8443

Smoking and the Spine

Cigarette smoking can impact every system in your body. The health of the spine and smoking are rarely discussed with patients who do smoke. Very few smokers know that the spine is one of the first areas where symptoms will show up from damage related to smoking. The reason this happens is the spine relies on very small blood vessels for nutrition and maintenance. Damage to smaller blood vessels from smoking will show up before damage to larger blood vessels. Typically symptoms include low back or neck pain. As the damage to the small blood vessels of the spine continues, there is a decrease in blood flow to the spine and the surrounding tissue. This makes it very hard for the spine to recover and heal. As the soft tissue in the spine wears out, it is replaced with bone. This is the process of arthritis. Smokers are much more susceptible to accelerated arthritis and injuries to their spine, on average, take twice as long to heal. Just ask any chiropractor. The best thing you can do is quit smoking. The damage to the entire body is just not worth it. I hope this helps our patients understand the damage being done from smoking from a chiropractic perspective.

Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy: Helping Turn Breech Babies

As a Chiropractor in Redding CA, working with pregnant women is by far the most rewarding thing I have done. I get to witness the healthy development of a new life. The feedback from this group of women has been nothing short of amazing. They don’t feel as tired, they don’t experience a lot of morning sickness, their pain levels are way down, their births are much smoother, etc. Every now and then I have an expecting mom with a breech baby. This means that the baby is not exactly in the correct position before labor, which can increase labor time and labor pain. Sometimes the baby gets stuck and requires a C-section in order to protect the mother and new baby from harm. This can be the exception however. There is a technique in chiropractic known as The Webster Technique. This simple, painless procedure helps take stress off of the mom’s ever expanding uterus, thereby allowing the baby to properly move and turn. Just this week I have been working on an expecting mom who is due in a couple of days. Her baby hadn’t turned. We did The Webster Technique and that baby turned into proper position in just 10 minutes! We were all very excited. I continue to check her every day to make sure she is ready when the time comes. If you know an expecting mom, have her give us a call. Chiropractic can offer so much during this time of massive change in her body.

To read more about The Webster Technique you can visit:

http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/webster-technique-defined.html

Stand Up MRI

As a chiropractor, I encounter patients every week with new and old spinal injuries. Some of these injuries are significant and require proper imaging to fully understand the nature of the injury. One issue with sending these patients for an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is that all of the imaging facilities in Redding, CA have recumbent MRI machines. That means the patient is lying down while getting their MRI. Well, if you have a spinal injury, wouldn’t it be a better idea to look at the spine while the patient is standing up? The spine is a weight bearing structure. It makes no sense to look at this weight bearing structure lying down. Thankfully, Stand Up, aka Weight Bearing, MRI was invented more than 10 years ago. This technology shows injuries that traditional, recumbent MRI doesn’t. If you have a spinal injury, it is important to properly document the injury. This is why I recommend Stand Up MRI to any patients that want to best understand the nature of their spinal injury. Any joint that is weight bearing and requires an MRI should be imaged using a Stand Up MRI. That way the joint is being looked at in its natural state. I usually refer my patients to East Bay Upright MRI in Hayward, CA. Hopefully Advanced Imaging or MD Imaging will acquire this technology in the future. If you have any questions regarding an MRI or a spinal injury, feel free to contact us at The Chiropractic Place, 530-221-8443

Decreasing Stress

Here is a list of easy to implement stress reduction techniques. I hope this helps…

Simple Ways to Decrease Stress

Relax Your Body
Your body is your temple and can easily get run down by stress, strain and struggle so:

* Get good sleep
* Chiropractic adjustments
* Massage
* Yoga
* Rigorous and regular exercise
* Eat Healthy Foods

Refresh Your Mind
Your mind is your guide, it can easily get distracted and off course so:
* Take long walks
* Spend time in nature the average person is outside only 17 minutes per day
* Read inspirational messages
* Learn new things
* Talk with a good friend
* Play with a dog or cat. Pet owners live longer and have fewer stress symptoms. * Therapy or personal coaching on a regular basis

Rejuvenate Your Spirit
Your spirit can easily be forgotten in the busyness of life so:
* Meditate 10-30 minutes per day
* Pray
* Sing & dance, people swear by the power of music to release tension and stress

* Consciously slow down
* Be fully present
* Know and live by your values and beliefs
* Surround yourself with supportive, loving and accepting people

Stress-Free Activities
* Connect with nature, it restores homeostasis to your system.
* Make a list of your favorite things. Read it when you feel down.
* Rely on friends and animals, they are great sources of support.
* Create a pleasure drawer. Stock your drawer with personal momentos or simple indulgences: favorite scents, textures and tastes to create your own multi-sensory stress-relief treatments. * Deep breathe. This will soothe your nerves, it sends oxygen to your brain and refreshes your mind. Inhale through your nose and count to 8. Fill your belly not your chest with air. Exhale through your mouth to the count of 10-15. Repeat 5-10 times per hour until you feel calmer. * Laugh. Laughter is the best medicine for stress. Find humor in the situation. Smile often.
* Imagine. Use visualization and guided imagery to take your mind off the situation.

More Ways To Decrease Stress!

1. Yell! But—be sure you are alone. The best place is in the car with the windows up. Stuck in traffic? Try it.

2. Do something soothing. Start or try an activity like knitting, crochet or pottery. Don’t worry about being good at it. It’s the process that’s beneficial. Sitting still while performing repetitive movements is calming and stabilizing for many people. It can be a good time to collect your thoughts.

3. Start a garden. Even apartment-dwellers can do this. Tending plants, fruits, vegetables, flowers and watching them grow, bloom or yield food is rewarding. Avid gardeners say working a garden is the best way to control stress and worry. An added benefit is the creation of a more beautiful, restful environment.

6. Gaze at the stars. Preferably in a still, dark and quiet area, sit back and observe the heavens. The vastness of space is awesome. This way can make a lot of problems seem very small.

7. Focus on the things you can change and do not worry about the rest
8. Eliminate stress by decreasing your activities and/or responsibilities
9. Do not over commit, manage your time, avoid rushing from place to place 10. Focus on the positive
11. Do not gossip
12. Be tolerant of others
13. Be giving & forgiving
14. Don’t speed
15. Turn off your TV, do not watch the news, read & play games instead
16. Hug at least 5 people a day

Stress and its effects

The American Institute of Stress released a study in 2006 on workplace stress. Businesses lose of $300 billion annually due to health care costs and missed work. They also stated that 90% of diseases that threaten our health are stress-related. The Lluminari Landmark Study of 2004 reveals that work stress doubles our risk of cardiovascular problems, doubles our risk of anxiety and depression, doubles our risk of substance abuse, triples our risk of infectious diseases, triples our risk of back pain, triples our risk of injuries, and creates a 5-fold increase in our risk of cancer. Needless to say, with this overwhelming data, Americans need to better manage their stress. Remember, stress is not some abstract thing. Stress is a physiological response by our body. We must learn to manage our stress and do something with the energy it creates in order to avoid any harmful side effects. Here are some simple suggestions to manage your stress: Exercise, stretch, breath, eat healthy, take a break, enjoy a massage, and receive regular chiropractic care. Most of us have experienced the benefit of exercising. When we are stressed, this is even more important. Reaching for a beer and sitting down to watch TV does nothing but make the situation worse. Instead, try going for a nice hike, take a yoga class, or an exercise class. The key is to get the sweat flowing and the heart pumping. Stress is a physical energy. You need to use it up and you might as well get healthy while you are doing that. Breathing is also extremely important during stressful times. If you are overwhelmed, STOP, and take 10 deep breaths. We tend to breathe shallower when we are stressed. Decreased oxygen in the blood can lead to increases in free radicals in our body, which attack our tissue and can age us faster. Americans are terrible at taking breaks. This is so important. Even if it is 10 minutes every 1-2 hours. Just go outside and tune out for 10 minutes. Massage is another great way to decompress from stress. Massage is phenomenal at increasing blood flow to our tissues, increasing the release of endorphins, decreasing blood pressure, and improving lymphatic circulation; all of which help decrease stress and improve health. Regular chiropractic care is the icing on the cake. Keeping your spine healthy and moving makes sure your nerve system is firing on all cylinders. Remember, the nerve system controls everything in your body. Your heart, liver, lungs, muscles, yep…all controlled by your nerve system. If the spine moves out of its natural alignment and puts pressure on your nerve system then the body won’t work at its very best. This is why so many who are under regular chiropractic care are able to adapt to stress better. Their nerve system is working at 100% and is able to coordinate and adapt to daily stressors. I hope this list helps you all better understand how to combat stress in your life. I look forward to serving you at The Chiropractic Place.

The “Back-Story” of Chiropractic – Wikipedia

The history of Chiropractic began in 1895 when Daniel David Palmer of Iowa performed the first chiropractic adjustment on a partially deaf janitor, Harvey Lillard, who then mentioned a few days later to Palmer that his hearing seemed better.[1] This led to Palmer opening a school of chiropractic two years later. The word “chiropractic” was coined from Greek root words by Rev. Samel Weed. Chiropractic’s early philosophy was rooted in vitalism, naturalism, magnetism, spiritualism and other constructs that were not amenable to the scientific method. Chiropractic’s founder, D.D. Palmer, attempted to merge science and metaphysics.[2] In 1896, D.D. Palmer’s first descriptions and underlying philosophy of chiropractic was strikingly similar to Andrew Still’s principles of osteopathy established a decade earlier.[3] Both described the body as a “machine” whose parts could be manipulated to produce a drugless cure. Both professed the use of spinal manipulation on joint dysfunction/subluxation to improve health. Palmer drew further distinctions by noting that he was the first to use short-lever HVLA manipulative techniques using the spinous process and transverse processes as mechanical levers. He described the effects of chiropractic spinal manipulation as being mediated primarily by the nervous system.[4]

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