Posted on: October 7, 2018
I had a patient come in recently who was dealing with a strain from playing his favorite sport. He shared with me that he had been doing that sport for over a decade without injury, so why now?
Has this happened to you? Is there an exercise or sport you used to do easily and without pain that now seems to be more taxing or even injuring your body, such as basketball, hiking, golfing, or running?
Posted on: August 12, 2018
Have you heard the buzz phrase, “Sitting is the new smoking?” It seems that with our advancement of technologies, people are sitting more than ever. Where smoking used to be seen as the major detriment to people’s health, sitting for long periods of time is having serious consequences for structural health and cognitive function.
Posted on: June 26, 2018
I had a patient come in to the office last week looking for my support to relieve her low back pain. We started the session talking about what might have triggered the pain (sitting too long, overexertion, injury, etc.) and we also talked about where else she was experiencing any pain or discomfort. She talked about pain in her low back, pelvis, and right hip. As I started my Vector Point work on her, I could tell her jaw was in a locked down pattern, which could also relate to her hip and pelvis pain. I asked if she had been having any headaches. She replied, “Well, sure. For several days now. Why?”
Posted on: March 22, 2018
Every Chiropractor has a choice of techniques to use in realigning health. I have, of course, chosen to use the techniques that I believe work best. And as most of you know, I am most enthusiastic about Vector Point Cranial Therapy. This is the technique I am using during a treatment when I am holding specific points on your head. It may seem subtle at times, but the benefits are very effective. It is a technique that is rarely used alone, as it is often combined with other chiropractic techniques to form a complete treatment experience.
Posted on: October 21, 2017
We talked about the importance of taking corrective action so that the body does not develop well-traveled pain pathways. Reversing the cause of unnecessary pain can also prevent deterioration of a condition into something much worse––and perhaps untreatable down the road.
If a simple sprain of one of your ligaments, in the joints of your back, neck, wrist or ankles goes untreated, it will tend to re-injure more easily. This is because a poorly treated injury creates an opportunity for the ligaments to heal looser than the original, creating an unstable joint.
Mechanical imbalances left untreated often lead to premature arthritic degenerative changes which can be difficult if not impossible to control once established.
Posted on: September 9, 2017
Unnecessary pain is pain that can be eliminated with treatment. People often endure pain for too long before seeking help. Here is why that may be an unwise approach.
Neurological research supports a phenomena I see in practice every day: the longer a person waits to get treatment, the harder it is to undo the pain.The pain gets “locked-in” by the nervous system’s ability to adapt. Suddenly it takes much more treatment to solve a simple problem.
Posted on: March 1, 2017
How loose and flexible do you feel in your body? Where could your joints move more freely? Could you find opportunities to do some light stretching throughout the day?
Here are some simple ways to improve your flexibility:
1. Create a realistic goal
If you think flexible means you can easily touch your toes, do a backbend, or twist like a yogi, I encourage you to reframe your vision to one that works for your body. Maybe for you, being able to bend over and touch your knees without pain would be a win. Or, maybe you just want to be able to do a side stretch and feel more space in your abdomen and chest. (more…)
Posted on: January 27, 2017
Do you have any pain in your body right now? Do you regularly ignore or mask body pain, convincing yourself it is unimportant?
Ignoring pain can have serious consequences. It can train your body to cancel warning signals, allowing situations to get worse without you knowing it. Then you can find yourself in the middle of a big repair project that could have been avoided.
Posted on: November 18, 2015
Could You Benefit From Vector Point Cranial Therapy?
Have you ever heard of Vector Point Cranial Therapy (VPCT)? If you have been in my office you certainly have! This is the relatively new though well tested approach to chiropractic care that I have focused on since 1993. It is the gentle method of balancing the body that has become an instrumental part of nearly every patient’s therapy in my practice.
Posted on: June 11, 2015
Here’s a question that I’m often asked: “I sit for long periods of time. I know I should exercise to strengthen my lower back, but I don’t have time in my day for a special exercise program. What should I do?”
The documented rise in back pain incidence has been linked to the sedentary lifestyle that many of us lead and as a chiropractor I always try to motivate my patients to exercise.
Our bodies strengthen with activity. It is easy to see that if the muscles of the back become stronger there is less opportunity for injury. If you have been sitting for long periods of time on a regular basis, your muscles have already lost a significant amount of strength.
Posted on: June 11, 2015
According to the New England Journal of Medicine more than 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time. Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic — meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.
Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives.
As most of you know, I’ve had my share of this particular problem too. So I have a special interest in the pain syndromes of the lower back.
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