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Core Solutions to Lower Back Pain
Those who suffer from lower back pain are often told that they should strengthen their abdominal muscles. However, this is only part of the solution. A more comprehensive approach involves “core-strengthening” exercises that include the abdominal muscles, back muscles, the muscles around the pelvis. If one group is stronger than others, it throws balance and posture off, leading to back pain. With this in mind, it is important to simultaneously strengthen the lower back and abdominal muscles to create a healthy core. One of the best exercises to attain this goal is the “pelvic tilt” which involves lying down with knees bent and rising the butt off the floor about two inches for 10 seconds at a time.
Chiropractors perform 95% of all adjustments to correct the subluxation, or misalignments of the vertebrae in the spine. Chiropractic adjustments are performed by applying gentle, yet firm pressure to a bone. The goal of any adjustment is to restore the bone to its natural or original position. To schedule an appointment for chiropractic care, please call 860-621-2225. Our practice is located at 200 Queen Street, Southington.
PS do not arch your back while performing the pelvic tilt. Ask your chiropractic to check your Technique.
Curious Cases of Nerves
“Fibromyalgia” is a chronic disorder of Unknown Origin. It is characterized by tenderness at specific points in the body, including the neck, shoulders, back, hips, and upper and lower extremities. Fibromyalgia sufferers also experience fatigue, headaches, sleep disturbances, and a variety of other symptoms. Many researchers now believe that repeated nerve stimulation causes the brain of people with fibromyalgia to change in such a way that there is an increase in levels of certain chemicals in the brain (neurotransmitters) that signal pain. In addition, the brains pain receptors seem to develop a “memory” of the pain and become more sensitive, which leads to over-reactive to pain signals. Chiropractic treatment may help by normalizing nerve flow.
Patients have been turning to chiropractic care to treat the neck pain, back pain and leg cramps that often accompany fibromyalgia. Many have found that a few adjustments to the neck and spine can greatly relieve the chronic pain that they live with. To schedule an appointment with our Clinic, please call 860-621-2225. If your life is being stopped by pain, it is our top priority to protect your well-being, respect your needs and make your treatment plan an enjoyable experience. Our practice is located at 200 Queen Street, Southington.
PS Some health experts believe that fibromyalgia has its Origins in physical trauma or chronic postural alterations.
Out of Sight and Mind
According to the National headache Foundation, four out of five migraine sufferers experience sensitivity to light during a migraine. This phenomenon may be explained by the fact that the group of nerves called the “Superior cervical sympathetic ganglion” (SCSG), which is located opposite the second and third cervical vertebrae, directly affects the face, eyes, ears, and blood vessels throughout the head. If a misalignment in the cervical vertebrae results in pressure on nerves leaving from the SCSG, it will likely cause vasoconstriction of the blood vessels in the head and dilatiin of the pupils. Relieving pressure on the nerves that cause these symptoms may help bring relief to migraine sufferers to experience changes in visions and light sensitivity.
Before he can chiropractic treatment for headaches, let your doctor know about all medications and supplements you take because the Chiropractic manipulation could interact with the medications. To schedule an appointment for chiropractic care, please call 860- 621-2225. Chiropractic Care provides a safe and natural option to locate, correct and prevent joint dysfunction. Our practice is located at 200 Queen Street, Southington.
PS migraines, which are the twelve most disability disorder in the United States, permanently alter brain structure.
A Matter of Course
If you plan to golf on vacation, remember that swing a golf club exerts a lot of strain on muscles and tendons. In fact, a golf swing places a higher compressive load on the lower back. (Eight times body weight) than running (three times) or even rowing ( seven times.) That is why a single swing can produce a herniated disc or even a compression fracture of one of the vertebral bodies. Although extremely painful, these injuries are rare. Muscle strains, however, are quite common due to the twisting that is required for a good swing. Well the “modem” swing, with inverted-c follow through, may make for a longer Drive than the “classic” swing, it also produces more torque and more injuries.
Wind sports injuries occur, chiropractors can help with things like strains and sprains, tendonitis, and stress fractures. Studies show that chiropractic treatment for low back pain is one of the most effective and cost-effective approaches to restore Mobility, reduce pain, and help people return to normal activities. To schedule an appointment comma please call 860 – 621 – 2225
Our practice is located at 200 Queen Street, Southington. We incorporate 20 different Chiropractic techniques to help return your body to a state of proper function that we call “hemeostasis”.
P.S. chiropractic treatment May improve your golf swing by reading your body for the forces that a swing generates.
“Kyphosis” is the term used to describe a curvature of the upper spine that results in an abnormally rounded back. Kyphosis can occur at any age and may be caused by muscle weakness in the upper back, arthritis, osteoporosis, scoliosis, spinal injury, slipped disc, or certain diseases. The most common form of kyphosis is “postural kyphosis,” which is often caused by slouching. This type of kyphosis usually becomes noticeable during adolescence, when early diagnosis and treatment are recommended. But realigning vertebrae and building strength and flexibility in affected muscles and ligaments, Chiropractic treatments tries to avert body image problems and pain. Treatment may also help avoid breathing and eating difficulties associated with severe cases of postural kyphosis.
A chiropractor can determine the exact cause of your kyphosis and develop a treatment plan for you based on what’s causing it. He or she will teach you exercise that can help manage symptoms. To schedule an appointment, please call 860 – 621 – 2225. Chiropractic Care is an important tool that helps you get back to enjoying life. Beyond reducing pain, spinal adjustments enhance the ability of your nerve system to function at an optimal level. Our practice is located at 200 Queen Street, Southington.
P.S if you catch yourself pitching your head forward as you work at a computer and keyboard, you might want to schedule a visit to the chiropractor for an assessment of your posture.
Active Release Technique
When muscles and other soft tissues are injured or overused, the body May respond to small tears by producing tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. As this scar tissue inpeds movement, more Scar Tissue made build, muscles weaken and become shorter and nerves can become trapped. If tension is placed on tendons, they may become inflamed. These factors can all lead to reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. To address these problems, some chiropractors utilize the Active Release Technique, which involves applying pressure to the tender area as the patient actively puts the tissue through specific movements in order to release fibrose at adhensions. The goal is to reestablish proper motion by reducing scar tissue.
P.S if you have a sports injury, you could benefit from Active Release Technique. If you feel stiff, tight, or have chronic pain or problems, don’t hesitate to call 860 – 621 – 2225. We can bind skill and experience that truly span the entire chiropractic-wellness Spectrum. If your life is being stopped by pain, it is our top priority to protect your well-being, respect your needs and make your treatment plan and enjoyable experience. Our practice is located at 200 Queen Street, Southington.
P.S. The Active Release Technique mentioned above can be used to treat carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, tennis elbow and other problems commonly and countered by athletes and active individuals.
Numbness in the Outer Thigh
When individuals experience numbness or a burning sensation in the mid-to-upper and outer thigh, it may be due to a relatively common nerve-related problem “meralgia paresthetica”. These feelings result from compression of the main sensory nerve serving the outer thigh (the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve). Pregnant women, as well as overweight individuals with excessive weight in their abdominal areas, often experience this condition. Left untreated, meralgia paresthetica can persist intermediately four weeks. Treatment involves the elimination of whatever is pressing on the nerve. This can be determined with a thorough examination. Meralgia paresthetica is often confused with other, more serious issues, including nerve related conditions that can cause intermediate pain. (Peripheral neuropathies).
Chiropractic treatment for patients with meralgia paresthetica is vital to speed up the healing process, ensuring optimal outcome and decrease the likelihood of injury reoccurrence. Chiropractic treatment would probably cover a 6-8 week., with perhaps 10-15 treatments. To schedule an appointment with our Clinic, please call 860 – 621 – 2225. If your life is being stopped by pain, it is our top priority to protect your well-being, respect your needs and make your treatment plan an enjoyable experience. Our practice is located at 200 Queen Street, Southington.
P.S symptoms of meralgia paresthetica are often confused with pain related to poor blood circulation (claudication) as well as spine problems.
Toeing the Line
During an initial Chiropractic evaluation, attention is paid to patience gait, upright posture, and orientation of their feet. With this in mind, it is interesting to point out that about 20% to 30% of the population is born with a foot trait known as ” morton’s toe,” this term refers to a second toe that appears to be longer than the first toe, caused by a first metatarsal bone that is shorter than the second metatarsal. As a result, it can contribute to various musculoskeletal issues, as the weight normally carried by the ball of the foot at the base of the big toe shifts to the balls at the bases of the other toes.
There are amazingly 26 bones in the foot, with each and every one capable of causing pain! We are seriously concerned it would the education of our patients about health in the body’s Natural State. The next time a health problem strikes someone in your family, or you think you could benefit from a chiropractic check up, I think about the quality and expert care we provide. We invite you to call 860 – 621 – 2225 to schedule an appointment. Our office is located at 200 Queen Street, Southington. We offer affordable health care for the whole family.
P.S morton’s foot/toe is also referred to as “greek foot” because the ancient Greeks found the trait to be so aesthetically appealing that the incorporated into paintings and sculptures, including a Mite of Michelangelo’s David.
Of Seat Belts and Spinal Injuries
Automobile crashes are the leading cause of mid-back thoracic in lower back lumbar spinal injuries. Moreover, and Analysis of 4570 to crash injury patients over a 15-year period reveals a difference between the injuries sustained by those who use the two-point belted seatbelt and others who are strapped into three point belted seat belts. Those wearing the three Point seat belts were found to be more than three times more likely to have fractures of the spine than those wearing the two-point seat belts. On the other hand, those wearing two point belted seatbelt mostly sustained flexion distraction injuries ( with their heads moving towards their knees during the crash). Seat Belts May reduce the severity of spine injuries, but they cannot eliminate them altogether
Back pain is the most common reason for which patients see Chiropractic Care. Back pain can be draining and lead to more suffering as such as an inability to focus at work, difficulty with normal activities, or depression. To schedule an appointment, please call 860 – 621 – 2225. Chiropractic Care is an important tool that helps you get back to enjoying life. Our practices located at 200 Queen Street, Southington.
P.S By wearing seat belts and buckling children into age and size appropriate car seats and booster seats, people can reduce the risk of serious injury and death by half.
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 back, and jaw can lead to increased pressure on nearby nerves that trigger “tension” (muscle spasm) headaches. In addition, muscle weakness /tightness/imbalances; poor flexibility; and misalignment of the hips, knees, and feet can lead to lower body problems such as patellofemoral pain and plantar fasciitis. By correcting posture and getting to the source of these (and other) problems, the chiropractor can alleviate many painful symptoms.
Incorrect posture puts pressure on your vertebrae, ultimately causing discs to become compressed and making you vulnerable to back pain. Good posture, on the other hand, can make you feel good. The chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and remove spinal dysfunction and nerve interference, returning the body to its natural state of health and wellness. We’re located at 200 Queen St. Southington. Please call 860-621-2225 to schedule an appointment. We offer affordable healthcare for the whole family.
P.S. Rotator cuff pain may stem from muscle tightness, weakness, or imbalances associated with poor posture that cause tendons in the rotator cuff to become irritated.
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 the face, applying makeup or brushing teeth. In some cases, there is more of an aching, burning feeling than sharp pain. All these symptoms are due to pressure on the trigeminal nerve, which is one of the largest nerves in the head. When trigeminal neuralgia is caused by misalignment in the upper cervical spine, chiropractic treatment may provide pain relief. Don’t spend another tough day at the office or another sleepless night because of aggravating pain anywhere in your body, Millions of people lead healthier and happier lives, free from chronic pain, simply confirms that professional chiropractic care works. We believe a proper chiropractic spinal analysis and spinal adjustment are essential to your good health. Call us at 860-621-2225 to schedule an appointment. We’re located at 200 Queen St. Southington, where we’re currently accepting new patients. P.S. The trigeminal nerve sends impulses of touch, pain, pressure, and temperature to the brain from the face, jaw, gums, forehead, and around the eyes.
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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. In this case, the source of the pain is the cervical spine (neck). Triggering events such as “whiplash” (acceleration- deceleration injury) , a fall, or arthritis in a joint at the back of the neck cause compression, inflammation, and/or irritation of a nerve, causing the cervicogenic headache. To relieve this pain, the chiropractor will most likely focus treatment on reducing inflammation of the third occipital nerve.
Many of the worst headaches can be slow to respond to the intended effect of most medications. Please call us at 860.621.2225 to schedule an appointment for superb, drugless chiropractic care. Your case will be evaluated, any recommended procedures will be explained and demonstrated, and your questions will be answered. We’re located at 200 Queen St. Southington, where we will only accept you as a patient if we feel we can help you. We offer affordable healthcare fro the whole family.
P.S. Chiropractors have an excellent understanding of cervicogenic headaches and other instances of referred pain.
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 “sciatica” is common among older adults and obese and sedentary individuals . While it may be tempting for those suffering from sciatica to take to their beds, this is not advisable. Bed rest may only exacerbate the problem since inactivity weakens the muscles that support the spine. Chiropractic can help relieve pain and get the body moving by removing vertebral impingement that cause nerve irritation.
Pain from sciatica often limits one’s activities. At our office you’ll find an experienced and helpful staff of health care professionals dedicated to serving your health care needs. We provide expert, chiropractic care, from acute symptomatic relief to wellness care. We’re located at 200 Queen St., Southington. Through comprehensive treatments we can help bring relief. Please call 860-621-2225 to schedule an appointment.
P.S. The risk of developing sciatica is higher among those who have worked in occupations that require a lot of twisting and bending of the spine, as well as among diabetics, who are more prone to suffer nerve damage.
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 healthy lifestyles. Exercise-minded individuals are likely to find that they can learn a lot about their bodies’ structure from a chiropractor, who has a great deal of knowledge and experience with biomechanics. A chiropractor can assess problems and weaknesses as well as design a detailed program to meet active people’s need. Along with good nutrition, exercise is a key factor in maintaining health.
Let our staff of professionals help you achieve optimum health. We remote a drugless, non-invasive form of health care that addresses your lifestyle and any physical issues affecting your joints and spine through procedures such as custom exercise routines. Call us at 860-621-2225 to schedule an appointment. Make regular chiropractic care your first choice., not a last resort. We’re located at 200 Queen St, Southington, where we’re currently accepting new patients. We offer affordable healthcare for the whole family.
P.S. A chiropractor can provide runners and gym goers with valuable insights into their musculoskeletal systems that can improve their performance.
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 on the trampoline (such as the protective padding designed to prevent falls through the spring mechanisms). In other cases, injured resulted from children of different sizes using the trampoline at the same time. In these circumstanced, the higher the energy from the larger bouncer was transferred to the smaller bouncer, which resulted in a mistimed landing or projection to an unexpected height or distance.
This week’s Words of Wellness if dedicated to providing some information as to why a trampoline may not always be the safest choice for children. However, a good choice for all ages is chiropractic care – it works, its safe, and it saves time and money. We treat the causes of physical problems rather than just the symptoms. We’re located at 200 Queen St. Southington. We’re currently accepting new patients and invite you to call 860-621-2225 to schedule your appointment.
P.S. More than half of the trampoline injuries sustained by young children in the study mentioned above caused bruising or sprains (ankles), while a third of the injuries resulted in fractures (elbows and ankles).
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 gel like intervertebral discs that cause them to flatten. Other possible factors include declines in muscle mass and bone density: as well as poor posture. Osteoporosis may also play a role, as progressively decreasing bone mass increases the likelihood or vertebral fractures that compromise the spine’s structural integrity. In any case, it is important to identify the cause of lost height and take steps to address it.
Although chiropractors are typically thought of as back pain specialists, we are also interested in the overall wellness and health of the entire body. We can help you the natural way, without the use of drugs or surgery. If you or someone you know wants to experience the safest, most effective, least expensive, and supremely satisfying care, call 860-621-2225 for an appointment today.Don’t let life pass you by! Let us help you live it free of pain. Our office is located at 200 Queen St, Southington. The answers you need. The care you deserve.
P.S. Building more bone when a person is young will help to stave off bone loss in later years.
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 causes of emotional stresses, it can help us achieve a state of good mental health by removing the physical manifestations of stress. As a result of relieving the body of tension and restrictive postures, those under stress may find themselves in better positions to deal with external pressures. By breaking the vicious cycle of emotional pressure, subluxation, and pain, chiropractic helps patients achieve emotional well-being.
Life can be very stressful. We can help you evaluate your situation and decide together what procedure is right for you. You can trust the expertise we proved at 200 Queen St, Southington. Now is the time to call 860-621-2225 to schedule an appointment. We have extensive training and experience in the field of chiropractic care and are ready to help you. The answers you need. The care you deserve.
P.S. Research suggests that stress is the workplace is as detrimental to health as secondhand smoke.
Spinal Wear and Tear
Just as wear-and-tear osteoarthritis can cause pain and limit mobility of the hips, knees and finger joints, it can also affect the spinal (vertebral) joints. The term “spondylosis” refers to wear-and-tear changes to the spine, x-ray evidence of which can be seen in nearly everyone over the age of 70 and even 10% f people by the age of 25 years. At whatever age spondylosis occurs, only some affected individuals experience problems as a result. symptoms include muscle spasm and pain, loss of balance and difficulty walking, a grinding or popping sensation that occurs during movement of the spine, and headaches. Symptoms different in accordance with what part of the spine is affected. Chiropractic treatment targets affected joints.
Chiropractors believe that a healthy nervous system is synonymous with a healthy body. A subluxation, or a misalignment of a vertebra, may distress the nervous system and lead to a disorder causing back and neck pain. We treat symptoms with a combination of state of the art technology and a holistic approach. To schedule an appointment, please call 860-621-2225. Our practice is located at 200 Queen St., Southington
P.S. spondylosis in the lower back may produce weakness or other nerve-related problems that affect the legs, rather than the arms or legs, which are affected more by spondylosis in the neck (cervical spondylosis).