November Newsletter 2021
Condition of the Month
What is a Disc? A disc is the pillow-like pad that separates each of the vertebrae in your spine. These discs are tough on the outside, with a softer, gel-like interior. This cushiony design allows your spine to endure the everyday stresses and pressure that are put on it. They are built in shock absorbers for your body! Without them, our vertebrae would rub up against each other causing a lot of pain and reduced mobility. What Causes a Disc Disorder? A disc disorder can be caused by several things. When your spine is not in good shape, it can be due to a number of things. Such as lack of exercise, poor nutrition, or simple movements like bending over to lift something can cause a disc injury. It is important to remember that the healthier your spine and discs are, the less likely they are to get injured. Prevention is key when it comes to the health of your spine. However, even the healthiest spine can be injured under the right circumstances. For example, a car accident or a sports- related injury. How Chiropractic Can Help? The wonderful thing about chiropractic care is that its main goal is to prevent these issues from happening in the first place! People will often ignore common symptoms such as headaches or lower back pain, or they use pain relievers but that only masks the pain. The pain that you are experiencing is your body telling you that something is wrong. Seeing your chiropractor on a regular basis can help ensure that your spine, and the discs that help support it stay healthy. Don’t wait until you have a serious problem to wait and see your chiropractor! It is much easier to maintain the health of your spine than to regain it.
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HAPPY TURKEY DAY!
June Newsletter 2021
Headaches and neck pain are some of the most common symptoms after a motor vehicle collision. Less common are dizziness, confusion, back or shoulder pain. Seat belts can cause the neck more injury because your body stays put while your neck absorbs the impact. However, this does not mean that you should stop wearing your seat belt, because it keeps you from flying out of the car. Damage done to the vehicle has no relation to the injury of the person in the car. A study that was done in 1999 showed that 50% of women injured in rear-end collisions had less than $1000 in damage to their cars. A more recent study found that 30% of people in rear-end collisions had pain two years after the crash.
Chiropractic is extremely effective when treating patients for auto accident injuries. Chiropractic care treats the source of the problem, not just the symptoms.
May Newsletter 2021
Sciatica is an inflammation or irritation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve
is the longest nerve in your body. It starts in your lower back and runs through
your hips, buttocks, and down each leg where it then branches into smaller nerves
that go to your calves and feet. When someone experiences sciatica, the goal of
chiropractic care is to determine the cause of the irritation and pressure on the
nerve and then to correct it.
The most common symptoms that people experience are shooting sharp pains down the back of their leg. Lower back pain is often, but not always associated with sciatica. Sciatica can often feel like numbness, tingling or muscle weakness of the affected leg. Many times the pain will change or move from day to day. One day it may be in your thigh, and the next in your calf. The pain associated with sciatica often gets worse gradually, and may be sharper or more intense when doing basic things such as coughing, sitting, or sneezing.
There are many things you can do everyday to keep your body in top shape so it can take better care of itself. You can do things such as, exercise often, stretch daily, sit up straight, and see your chiropractor for regular adjustments.