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: 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: August 15, 2016
Body systems often let us know when they are out of balance, but sometimes they have to be out of balance for a long time before we take notice. For example, how is your neck feeling right now? Is it freely moving, or do you feel any strain or tension when you move it from side to side?
Mild, daily neck stiffness may seem unimportant, but the truth is it may be a clue that the structures in the neck are being used in an imbalanced way and can lead to your back and hips being out of balance, as well as increased headaches and even arthritis.
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: October 27, 2015
There are not very many of us who have never had a headache. For some people headaches are simply an annoyance, but for others they are a severe, miserable component of everyday life. There are over 20 different types of headaches, all with their own unique causes. For the migraine sufferer, though, there is only one REAL headache.
Posted on: August 18, 2015
How to prevent neck pain and feel better.
It is my job to tell you how to feel better and prevent pain, as well as to help you get out of pain once you’re in it. Did you know that you can see some neck pain coming before you feel it? And just by looking in the mirror? You don’t need to be psychic or use special glasses, but you do need to be honest with yourself.
Most neck pain cases that I see in the office start with a series of bad habits and functional changes in the neck that creep into everyday life. A lot of the pain and disability that results from this can usually be prevented. The muscles, bones and ligaments don’t complain until they are really fed up with how they are being used, and that’s when you get pain. That’s also why there are some mornings when you wake up and know something is wrong.
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