Author: Amy Wadsworth
Sleep Apnea -Natural Solutions?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is described as loud snoring, choking and awakening due to gasping that occurs especially during dreaming and may repeat all night. It is believed to be due to a loss of tone in the upper throat muscles. People with OSA have a greater chance of getting into car accidents (because of lack of sleep) and a greater risk of heart attack and stroke. CPAP therapy, placing a mask over the face, is a popular treatment (not a cure). Even throat surgery has been used.
Symptoms of daytime drowsiness, lack of energy, loud snoring, and difficulty breathing while sleeping is common.
If sleep apnea is resulting from a misalignment or subluxation in the spine, then there is a good chance that regular chiropractic care may help improve sleep apnea conditions. Drug Free, Machine Free, Surgery Free ways to address this common yet debilitating condition. If you or someone you know suffer with Sleep Apnea, give us a call – we can help.
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Sports Sprain, Tear, Strain? Chiropractic care can help!
Can a Chiropractor Help After Sports Injury
If you’re an elite or recreational athlete, numerous demands of participating in a sport such as running, jumping and tackling puts your body at risk for painful tears, sprains, and strains.
Seeing a chiropractor can help you when you’ve suffered sports injuries and also help to prevent them.
Chiropractors treat and can help prevent injuries of the neck, back, shoulder, knee, and ankle. Manual adjustment of the spine, ensures that bones are lined up and balanced, which helps relieve tension in the body. This allows the body to function better and become less susceptible to injury. The goal is to restore or enhance joint function while resolving joint inflammation and reducing pain. This hands-on therapy is often used to treat neck or back injuries but also relieves pain throughout the joints and muscles in the body.
The main reasons athletes suffer sports injuries include forceful impacts, repetitive motions, over-training and failure to warm up properly. Adjustments can help athletes by relieving their pain and helping them heal faster after an injury. Regular visits will promote quicker recovery after games and training as well as better balance and overall performance.
During spinal manipulation, a manual impulse in applied to an affected joint. This releases pressure in the joint and aligns muscles and joints so they work the way they’re supposed to. In some cases, the impulse causes an audible cracking sounds, called cavitation, due to the release of gas that happens when the joint opens up and motion is restored.
Chiropractic care can also help you prevent injuries from occurring. Before beginning an exercise regimen or a sport, it’s recommended that athletes get evaluated by a chiropractor. We can check your muscles and spine to detect imbalance and alleviate tension so that the body can work naturally rather than be prone to injury.
Pain in the Foot! (Peripheral Neuropathy)? Adjustments Can be of Tremendous Help!
While about 60% of patients who suffer from diabetes also develop peripheral neuropathy, a nerve condition that causes tingling, numbing and tickling in the extremities In addition to pain and numbness, the condition can include a variety of other symptoms such as prickling and throbbing or a freezing sensation. In addition, it can also damage the brain’s capacity to communicate properly with regions of the body.
While chiropractic care is not a ‘cure’ for peripheral neuropathy, it is an important part of an effective treatment program
Treatment programs that cover up the symptoms are ignoring the bigger problem. Dr Allie follows a ‘whole body’ approach to treatment, which means we start by addressing the underlying trigger for a patient’s pain; a diagnostic exam is conducted in order to identify the cause of the pain and understand which specialty of care is needed in addition to chiropractic care.
Early diagnosis and treatment may reduce the severity of the motor nerve and sensory nerve damage, as well as help patients with the management of the disease. The pain symptoms associated with peripheral neuropathy indicate poor health conditions and need to be evaluated carefully.
Peripheral neuropathy is a condition often associated with diabetes, despite the fact it can also be caused by autoimmune disorders, tumors, nutritional imbalances or infections, and it can even be hereditary. The nerve disorder currently affects about 20 million people in the United States, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and while the symptoms may seem unimportant, early diagnosis may prevent further complications.
Everyone experiences peripheral neuropathy a little differently. For some individuals, the pain may come and go, while for others, the pain may be constant. As the condition worsens, individuals may experience coordination and balance loss, along with a freezing pain, muscle weakness or extreme sensitivity to touch. We urge anyone who may be experiencing these symptoms to seek treatment.
Ouch in the neck, back…Pinched Nerves? Chiropractic can help!
Don’t Irritate Your Nerves
The word “pinch” doesn’t usually bring a smile to our faces. In fact, it probably makes us think “ouch!” A pinched nerve is caused by too much pressure from surrounding tissues. The compression irritates the nerve and interrupts its ability to function properly. Pinched nerves most commonly occur in the neck or back (sciatica) and can also be an issue in the carpal tunnel of the wrist. Nerves are most vulnerable at points in the body where they pass through narrow spaces and have little soft tissue protection.
Regular chiropractic care can keep your spine healthy and help you to avoid getting a pinched nerve in the first place.
Symptoms of a ‘pinched nerve’ may include:
- ‘Pins and Needles’ Sensation
A pinched nerve can decrease range of motion and cause muscle spasms. Notably, at some point most people can relate to what a pinched nerve in the neck feels like where it makes movement almost impossible and very painful. Also referred to as a ‘stiff neck,’ walking, sitting, and literally just breathing can be excruciating!
If left untreated, pinched nerves can leave you with chronic pain and even permanent nerve damage. Chiropractic care can be very helpful in treating pinched nerves. An adjustment can relieve the pressure on a pinched nerve by removing any subluxations.
Be mindful of body positions to avoid pinched nerves. Maintain good posture when standing & sitting; when resting and sleeping, support the neck and hips properly; avoid leaning on the elbows; reduce the frequency of crossing your legs at the knee; and decrease repetitive activities. Use ergonomic principles at work and at home to decrease the risk of nerve injuries. If repetitive activities are necessary, incorporate frequent breaks to reduce the risk.
Amazing Patient Success Story
My daughter is 6 years old and was diagnosed with an astrocytoma brain tumor in 2012 at 4 months old. Since then she has tried many different chemo options as well as targeted therapies. Throughout the many different therapies she has experienced shrinkage and growth of her tumor. In March 2018 she discontinued use of the targeted therapy because her tumor was growing again. She was unable to attend school full time due to the pharmaceuticals she was taking which caused her to be tired and have low energy level. We were told by our oncologist that we exhausted all of our options and would have to have her spend 2 months in Boston for radiation and have surgery for partial tumor removal. As we were waiting to be scheduled to leave we heard Dr. Allie on the radio talking about cancer and decided to make an appointment with her. That decision was the best decision we ever made for our daughter! She told us about the benefits of Vitamin C infusions, frankincense oil, and diet change. We did not get the surgery or do radiation! We decided to follow Dr Allies advice and reclaim our daughters life! For the last 6 months our daughter has been getting Vitamin C infusions once a week, drinking frankincense water daily, drinking green juice daily, and eating little to no carbs as well as regular Chiropractic adjustments. We have seen a huge Improvement in her health! She has all of her energy back and is In school full time! She is off all pharmaceutical drugs and her tumor is shrinking and cells in the middle of the tumor are dead!! It is truly amazing to see everything turn around for our daughter and to watch her get her life back to being a kid again! We plan to continue on this path and have faith that our daughter will be free of this disease very soon!!
Thank you Dr Allie for all of your help!
Stressed? Excited? The Blues? Why am I over eating? Emotional eating strategies to cope!
Emotional stress can encourage comfort-food eating, overeating, and fat cells
Strategies to deal with emotional eating
Here are steps you can take to stop emotional eating episodes and break the cycle:
Visit a chiropractor.Your spine houses the nervous system. Chronic stress of any kind – and let’s face it, we all struggle with this to some degree – can impact muscle tension and contraction, putting uneven pressure on your skeleton and leading to subluxations. A chiropractor can help relieve stress’ pressure on your spine and also implement a diet, nutrient, and lifestyle protocol to help you better cope with emotional stress.
Learn to recognize hunger. Next time you reach for a snack, ask yourself what’s driving it. If you are truly hungry, you’ll notice physical symptoms, such as a growling stomach. Other, less obvious hunger cues include irritability and difficulty concentrating. If those signs are absent, you probably don’t need to eat right then.
Keep a journal. Take the time to create a “mood and food” journal. Write down what you eat each day, along with the emotions you were experiencing at the time and whether you were truly hungry. You may find that specific feelings, such anger or sadness, lead to your overeating. Once you recognize these triggers, you can learn healthier ways to deal with them.
Build a support network. Surround yourself with friends and family who support your efforts to change your eating habits. It may also be helpful to join a support group to meet other people with similar problems and learn better ways of coping.
Engage in an interesting activity. Finding an activity that you enjoy can increase self-confidence, which is often low in emotional eaters. Examples of these activities are yoga, playing a musical instrument, or painting.
Is your Posture Perfect? Ways to straighten yourself out.
- Created in Life is Motion
To most people, “good posture” simply means sitting and standing up straight. Few of us realize the importance of posture to our health and performance.
The human body craves alignment. When we are properly aligned, our bones, not our muscles, support our weight, reducing effort and strain. The big payoff with proper posture is that we feel healthier, have more energy, and move gracefully. So while the word “posture” may conjure up images of book-balancing, charm-school girls, it is not just about standing up straight. It’s about being aware of and connected to every part of your self.
Posture ranks right up at the top of the list when you are talking about good health. It is as important as eating right, exercising, getting proper rest and avoiding potentially harmful substances like alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. Good posture is a way of doing things with more energy, less stress and fatigue. Without good posture, you cannot really be physically fit. Without good posture, you can actually damage your spine every time you exercise.
Ideally, our bones stack up one upon the other: the head rests directly on top of the spine, which sits directly over the pelvis, which sits directly over the knees and ankles. But if you spend hours every day sitting in a chair, if you hunch forward or balance your weight primarily on one leg, the muscles of your neck and back have to carry the weight of the body rather than it being supported by the spine. The resulting tension and joint pressure can affect you not only physically, but emotionally, too – from the predictable shoulder and back pain to headaches, short attention span, and depression.
Poor posture distorts the alignment of bones, chronically tenses muscles, and contributes to stressful conditions such as loss of vital lung capacity, increased fatigue, reduced blood and oxygen to the brain, limited range of motion, stiffness of joints, pain syndromes, reduced mental alertness, and decreased productivity at work. According to the Nobel Laureate Dr. Roger Sperry, “the more mechanically distorted a person is, the less energy is available for thinking, metabolism, and healing.”
The most immediate problem with poor posture is that it creates a lot of chronic muscle tension as the weight of the head and upper body must be supported by the muscles instead of the bones. This effect becomes more pronounced the further your posture deviates from your body’s center of balance.
To illustrate this idea further, think about carrying a briefcase. If you had to carry a briefcase with your arms outstretched in front of you, it would not take long before the muscles of your shoulders would be completely exhausted. This is because carrying the briefcase far away from your center of balance places undue stress on your shoulder muscles. If you held the same briefcase down at your side, your muscles would not fatigue as quickly, because the briefcase is closer to your center of balance and therefore the weight is supported by the bones of the skeleton, rather than the muscles.
In some parts of the world, women can carry big pots full of water from distant water sources back to their homes. They are able to carry these heavy pots a long distance without significant effort because they balance them on the top of their heads, thereby carrying them at their center of balance and allowing the strength of their skeleton to bear the weight, rather than their muscles.
Correcting bad posture and the physical problems that result can be accomplished in two ways. The first is by eliminating as much “bad” stress from your body as possible. Bad stress includes all the factors, habits, or stressors that cause your body to deviate from your structural center. Bad stress can result from a poorly adjusted workstation at work, from not having your seat adjusted correctly in your car, or even from carrying too much weight around in a heavy purse or backpack.
The second is by applying “good” stress on the body in an effort to move your posture back toward your center of balance. This is accomplished through a series of exercises, stretches, adjustments, and changes to your physical environment, all designed to help correct your posture. Getting your body back to its center of balance by improving your posture is critically important to improving how you feel.
Patient Success Share
Thank goodness for Dr. Allie! The world needs more people like her because we would all feel better!
I was introduced to Dr. Allie by listening to her 100.1 FM radio show on my drive home from work. I was intrigued by her topics she covered; headaches, sleep problems, fatigues, nutrition, anxiety, and depression. I was intrigued by her commitment to achieve health without prescription drugs and surgery.
As someone who had constant neck and hip pain, I wanted to feel better so badly. Since I have never been to a chiropractor, I wanted to take up Dr. Allie on a consultation. She gave me an x-ray and pointed that I had neck problems. I always assumed that my shoulders gave me pain, but it was really my neck that was giving my body so much grief.
Thankfully, Essential Health took my insurance so I could go get treatments. Also, it was very easy to schedule appointments with Andrea, who is the Director of Patient Services.
Within a week, Dr. Allie’s adjustments were making me feel younger and more comfortable and thus, I started to sleep better. She also gave me exercises for my neck.
I referred my best friend to her for adjustments. She has had irregular menstrual issues. Since seeing Dr. Allie, she got her first period in almost a year! She’s ecstatic!
I love going to Essential Health; it is like a happy place for me. Dr. Allie and her staff are always so warm and professional. Her new office is spacious and well-lit. I also love grabbing a healthy treat from the store
Whiplash? Try the natural way to alleviate the pain.. no meds needed!
When left untreated, whiplash can have profound long term consequences, including pain, loss of motion, even the early onset of arthritis.
Some motor vehicle accident injuries are severe and require immediate life-saving intervention by paramedics or hospital emergency department personnel.
Other injuries, such as whiplash, involve soft tissue damage to the muscles, ligaments and joints of the neck and back. When the forces transmitted during vehicular collision are strong enough to bend and distort steel, the forces are also strong enough to stretch and tear the muscles and ligament attachments in your neck and can sometimes dislocate the neck and upper back joints out of their normal alignment.
Whiplash commonly involves neck strains and sprains — damage to the muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Tendons are the bands of soft tissue that connect muscles to bones, and ligaments connect bones to each other, supporting joints. When trauma to these tissues is intense, tearing will occur in these tissues and is referred to as strain/sprain. Tearing causes various degrees of bleeding and swelling in and around the joints causing scar tissue formation, often accompanied by pain; however, delays in the onset of pain are not uncommon.
When the body sustains trauma, the brain secretes endorphins, dopamine. They act as natural painkillers which can eclipse the pain, sometimes interfering with motor vehicle accident victims seeking prompt medical attention. It is a natural coping mechanism, but it sometimes distorts the extent of the damage and severity of the injury. During the early stages of the healing period pain messages may be interrupted by endorphins, therefore, if there is muscle spasm or movement feels restricted it is prudent to see a chiropractor to determine if the alignment has been shifted.
It is important to have misaligned bones realigned properly so the supporting ligaments don’t heal with the joints out of their juxtaposition as it will impair neck movement, function, and comfort later on.
To diagnose neck strain/sprain, you will need a thorough examination. You may also need X-rays, CT scans, MRI, or other diagnostic tests to rule out other problems like fractures, hemorrhage, concussion, slipped discs, or pinched nerves.
Treatment for Whiplash
Simple strain/sprain without dislocations can sometimes heal on their own. However, if there is a whiplash strain/sprain with dislocation or subluxation (less misaligned than dislocation) the neck will require realignment of the misaligned structures. If the joints haven’t realigned naturally on their own, they should be realigned by your chiropractic physician for optimal recovery.