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Headache Relief

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Headaches… that annoying pain in the neck? Headaches are an issue that we see every single day in our office and are the most common reason people use over-the-counter medications. They can be caused by a variety of factors including stress and tension, improper posture, dehydration, or nutritional imbalances. Headaches are one of the most debilitating problems that lead to missed work and wages for both the employee and employer. Migraines specifically are the 6th most disabling illness in the world creating a negative impact on quality of life for those who suffer from them. What kind of headache do you have and is there anything you can do about it?

Tension Headaches

Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. These headaches appear during times of stress. They are characterized by a squeezing band around the head especially, around the temples or the back of the head and neck, which get worse in the afternoon or evening. These usually occur often, and can last for days, or even weeks.  Although these headaches are typically manageable by using over the counter medications long-term use of these medications may lead to issues with the digestive tract. These headaches are greatly reduced through treatment of chiropractic adjustments in combination with massage in our office. The massage helps to loosen up the tightened muscles and relieve tension. The specific chiropractic adjustment to the neck helps to correct mis-alignments that may have occurred due to stress and muscles straining. It is important to make sure you get adequate sleep and relaxation time if you get regular tension headaches.

Migraine Headaches

The latest research is suggesting that migraines are actually a neurological disorder. It is unknown what causes migraines, but they tend to run in families, are more common in females, and involve the nerves and brain. Migraines contain some unique symptoms including: severe, throbbing pain usually presenting on one side of the head; sensitivity to sound or light; nausea or vomiting; dizziness; visual disturbances (often known as an aura); and other neurological symptoms such as numbness and tingling are possible. They can last anywhere from 4 to 72 hours and have episodes of occurrence. Chiropractic adjustments to the neck can be beneficial because they target the spine and nervous system. If you have tried other treatments or medications without success try chiropractic. It is a non-invasive way to treat these disabling headaches. Nutritional supports including feverfew, 5-HTP(5-Hydroxytryptophan), omega-3’s, calcium and vitamin D, riboflavin, and a multivitamin containing magnesium, B2 (riboflavin), and B6 can be helpful to relieve migraines as well .

Cervicogenic Headache

Cervicogenic headaches are classified as daily headaches that have corresponding neck pain and reduction in the range of motion in the individual’s neck. There are no other associated neurological symptoms. The headache may increase with certain movements of the neck and have tenderness or tightness in the muscles of the surrounding areas. Chiropractic adjustments of the neck can free up the restriction in the joints of the cervical spine (neck) relieving the pain by allowing better movement of the structures involved. Massage of the soft tissues surrounding the area is beneficial.

Note: There are additional types of headaches but these three are common. We treat them every day and we are confident that chiropractic care using gentle and specific techniques, coupled with massage can help alleviate these conditions. Call our office Hartville Health and Wellness Centre at 330-877-3177 to schedule an appointment today!


5 Exercises You Should Do During Pregnancy

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5 Exercises You Should Do During Pregnancy

There are many benefits for both mom and baby when you exercise during pregnancy, as long as you have been cleared by your doctor. Exercising can give you a boost of energy and prepare your body for birth. Babies who are born to women who exercise have have better APGAR scores and come out leaner but with the same average birth weight. It will help you to feel better overall and you will be doing something beneficial for your health and the health of your baby. Regular exercise can help with a better recovery and help you bounce back faster after delivery. Here are five exercises that will help strengthen and prepare your body.

1) Squats/Sumo Squats

Squats are important because the legs need to be strong. The legs support the upper body and increasing weight in the abdomen. The leg muscles and core muscles will be the most utilized muscles in assisting to push the baby out. For a regular squat, position your feet hip width apart (a little wider if you are further along to allow room for the abdomen) try to squat down as far as you can with the goal being parallel to the floor, while making sure your knees stay behind your toes. Sumo squats help open up the hips and pelvis and help to develop strength in a position that will be similar to that during birth.  For the sumo squat, keep your back straight the whole time as if you are sliding your back straight down a wall. Legs will be positioned wider than hip width with toes facing out. Aim to keep your knees in line with your second toe. Complete 2 sets of 20 reps of each squat. You may add light to medium weights if you want to increase the intensity.

2)Plank

Planks are a full body exercise that will work on stability for the core, legs, and arms. This is an excellent isometric exercise to strengthen the entire body at once. Perform the plank by getting down on the elbows and lifting your lower body off the ground onto your toes. Envision a straight line from your head to your toes and focus on pulling your belly button up and toward the spine. It may feel strange to focus on as the belly continues to grow, but it will provide support to the growing baby. You may also do the plank on your knees as a modification. Hold for 30-60 seconds. Repeat one more time.

3)Rows

As the baby grows, and the center of gravity in the body shifts anteriorly, the body gets pulled forward in the neck and in the shoulders. Rows will help to target the opposite (posterior or back) muscles groups to help maintain posture and prevent the body from becoming rounded and hunched in the upper back. Rows work the back muscles, lats, rhomboids, and with the version shown here the legs as well. To perform the row step one leg back, keeping your back straight lean slightly forward and bring both arms (bend at the elbows) straight back while squeezing your shoulder blades together as you do so. Switch legs and repeat. Do 2 sets of 20 reps switching legs after each rep.

4)Bicep Curls

The arms may not be used much during delivery, but they are still important for strengthening the whole body, getting blood flow moving and circulating, and you will want the muscles strong in the upper body for holding the baby and nursing once the baby is born. This will help keep you from getting so tired holding the baby for long periods of time. Stand with feet hip width apart, slight bend in the knees, curl the elbows up slowly and then straighten down slowly. Repeat for 2 sets of 20 reps.

5)Lunges

Again, here we are working the legs because in  the legs are big muscles that are used during delivery and pushing. It will make the birth process easier. To perform, step one leg back making sure the front knee stays behind your toes and your back remains straight. Squat down going as low as you can, aiming for 90 degree angles of both legs. Repeat 2 sets of 20 reps on each leg.

Bonus: Side plank with leg raise

This is another full body exercise that is going to work the arms, shoulders, core, and glutes. I cannot emphasize enough how important the legs and core will be during labor.  For this exercise lay on your side, arm directly underneath your shoulder (this is very important), raise the hips off the floor into a straight line from head to toe, raise your top leg up to do a little lift and strengthen the glutes. Perform 20 reps and switch sides. Repeat for one more set.

Listen to your body and do these exercises up to 5 days a week to prepare for your little one and keep yourself healthy. It is okay to work out during pregnancy, as long as your doctor has cleared you. The exercise will help mentally and physically prepare you for the big day.

 


Get Faster Relief for Your Back and Neck Pain

Dr. Ronald "Chip" Weisel, II Chiropractic Care 2 Comments , , ,

It’s really about time.

We know your time is valuable.

You don’t have time for back and neck pain.

It’s about time you found chiropractors who understand.

Here are 5 ways we can help you get faster relief for your back and neck pain!


1. We offer same-day appointments for new chiropractic patients. Furthermore, there is no appointment needed for any necessary follow-up chiropractic care.

2. Our treatment plans take fewer visits and less time when compared to physical therapy, and even other chiropractic methods. An average Activator Method chiropractic treatment session at our facility takes 5-15 minutes, instead of 50-60 minutes. And, our treatment  plans are generally only 2-3 weeks in length.

3. In particular, our average number of chiropractic treatment sessions per episode is five (5), compared to the national average of eight (8). [OptumHealth, 2015]

4. We provide ALL the care and ONLY the care known to be effective. This means our patients are discharged when they feel better and are stable. We call it “treat-and-release,” and our patients (as well as their medical doctors) appreciate our no nonsense approach to chiropractic care.

5. If we can help you, we will let you know. If we can’t help you, we will let you know that too – and, we’ll help you determine what your next step should be to solve your problem.

No matter what else you may be doing to deal with your lower back pain, the drug-free, noninvasive healing solutions we provide can really help you get back FASTER to what matters most. Call 330-877-3177 today!


Backpack to School Safety

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Backpack to School Safety

It’s August already which means back to school for the kids! Here is a checklist to go through to make your children are protecting their spines as they head to class!

  1. Purchase a light-weight backpack that has wide, padded, shoulder straps.
  2. Wear both shoulder straps one over each shoulder.
  3. Make sure the shoulder straps are tightened comfortably so that the backpack does not go below your lower back–this causes strain on the lower back. The child should never have to bend forward or be tipping backwards when wearing the backpack. If so, something is wrong.
  4. If there is a chest, or waist clip buckle it to help keep the weight distributed evenly across the body.
  5. Organize the items so that the largest and heaviest ones are placed closest to the child’s back. Smaller items can be placed in separate compartments.
  6. The backpack should never weigh more than 10-15% of the child’s body weight.
  7. Encourage your child to use lockers or desks to store what they don’t need during the day. It will save them from lugging a heavy backpack all day long.
  8. If your child complains of back, neck or shoulder pain have them checked by a chiropractor.

How to Eliminate Lower Back Pain During Pregnancy with Chiropractic Care

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Eliminate Lower Back Pain During Pregnancy

Up to two-thirds of women have reported some sort of back pain during pregnancy. Back pain is a common complaint during pregnancy for several reasons.

First, the center of gravity of the woman changes. As the baby grows, the body weight shifts forward to accommodate the expanding uterus. This makes it harder to find the spine’s normal, neutral position and can cause postural changes that put tension on the lower back. In addition, the low back curve is increased by the downward and forward pull of the belly causing more strain on the lower back joints.

Secondly, as the pregnancy progresses a hormone called relaxin becomes more prevalent within the mother’s body. Relaxin causes the ligaments, especially those within the lower back and pelvis to relax, stretch, and expand. We want these hormone levels to rise because it helps with the natural birth process, but it leaves the joints with less stability and more vulnerability in the pelvis and lower back area. If you have experienced previous back pain or injury, the looser ligaments can exacerbate an existing problem area or aggravate any pelvis imbalance.

Finally, postural compensation patterns can develop. The increasing growth in the abdominal area needs to be balanced out. The upper body will try to compensate by the rolling the shoulders forward and a loss of curvature in the neck. These alterations  in posture can lead to headaches and tension in the upper back.

The good news… While these issues may be unavoidable, there is help! Chiropractic care is an excellent way to have your back pain evaluated and treated. There are no known contraindications of chiropractic spinal and pelvic adjustments throughout pregnancy, other than those affecting the non-pregnant patient. The American Pregnancy Association supports chiropractic care and recognizes the safety and benefits it brings to the mother and child. Chiropractic care is a safe, non-invasive, and drug free way to deal with back pain.

Common back problems during pregnancy include: low back pain, sciatica, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, pelvic bone pain, and headaches. Chiropractors can help with these types of issues.

Should I get adjusted if I don’t have any pain?

Chiropractic care provides many benefits to both the growing baby and mother. Adjustments prepare the body for an easier pregnancy and birth by creating a state of balance in pelvic bony structures, muscles, and ligaments. They improve the mother’s pelvic function thereby decreasing the potential for unnecessary intervention. Adjustments balance the pelvis which allows the baby greater room to develop without restricting the formation of its skull, spine, and other skeletal structures. With the pelvis in proper alignment, it offers the baby the room to move into the best possible position for birth. Anyone can have their spine evaluated for misalignment to assist with an easier pregnancy and birth process. It is never too late to have your spine and pelvis checked!


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