Words of Wellness

Working on your Emotions

When stressed, we tend to contract our shoulders and lower our heads. Taken to the extreme, this posture can bring about increased tension, torque, or stretching of the nerve structures. These obstructed nerves may then cause muscles to contract and vertebrae to move out of alignment in response. While chiropractic treatment may not alleviate the […]

Are You Getting Shorter?

While estimates vary, it is generally thought that, on average, people lose between one-quarter-of-an-inch to one-half-an-inch every decade past the age of 40 or 50 . These losses tend to increase more during the later years, with women generally losing more height than men. Much of this shrinkage is due to fluid loss in the […]

Taking A Bad Bounce

Health officials are warning children and their parents of the potential dangers that trampolines pose. During one six-month period, 40 children (55 percent of whom were girls) sustained injuries that required medical treatment. Most of the injuries occurred as a result of failed landings following simple jumps, attempts at somersaults/flips, or landing awkwardly on something […]

Sustaining Performance

The relationship between chiropractic and fitness has been redefined. Although most chiropractors still focus on helping people prevent and recover from back and joint injuries and misalignment, more attention is being focused on preventing injuries among exercisers and athletes who want to preserve heir fitness. This trend is born of greater interest in exercise and […]

Compression of the Body’s Largest Nerve

The sciatic nerve, the single largest nerve in the body, starts in the lower back and branches out through the spinal vertebrae and down the legs. If it becomes compressed at any point, the result can be searing pain that travels from the lower back down through the buttock and leg. this condition, known as […]

Secondary Headache

A “cervicongenic headache” is an unusual headache because the pain does not come from the head. instead, this form of “secondary headache” (meaning that it is caused by another illness or physical issue) is “referred pain,” meaning that the pain is perceived to occur in part of the body that is not its real source. […]

Trigeminal Neuralgia

Sudden, shooting pain in the face that feels like an electrical shock is a symptom of “trigeminal neuralgia” (also called “ticdouloureux”), which develops as a result of pressure applied to the “trigeminal nerve.” More common among women than men, the pain can be spontaneous or caused by stimulation of the face, such as when washing […]

Adverse Effects of Poor Posture

When a person’s posture is “neutral,” the three curves of the spine (cervical, thoracic, and lumbar) help the body absorb stresses and the impacts of daily activities. Unfortunately, ideal posture is the exception, rather than the rule. As a result of poor posture, strain in the muscles at the back of the head, neck, upper […]

Garden Variety Exercise

There’s no question that gardening is a calming and fulfilling endeavor that cultivates a connection to the cycle of life and heightens spirituality. It’s also a potentially rigorous form of exercise that poses as much of a threat of injury as working out in a gym or running on the street. As you put on […]

It’s About Time

A recent study review reveals that 100 million Americans experience chronic joint pain, with back pain consistently ranking among the top five most common reasons for scheduling a healthcare visit. Back pain is particularly common among older adults, who may have experienced a lifetime of improper body mechanics and wear and tear. While many seniors […]