Posts Categorized: Chiropractic

05
March 2019

How often should you visit a chiropractor?”, you ask? Well, as often as you can! Joking aside, chiropractic treatment is amazingly effective, but we understand your questions. You’re worrying about whether chiropractic treatment can help with allergies, what chiropractic can actually help with, and if you need to see a chiropractor at all.

Asking about the frequency of visits is normal, which is why we’re going to help you reach a decision on how often you need to visit the experts for Mission Valley chiropractic San Diego, CA. Read more »

05
March 2019

Hmmm, how can you know if you need chiropractic care? This question arises, for the most part, because chiropractic can still seem like a novelty treatment. People are still unsure about chiropractic basics, i.e. if chiropractic can treat allergies, how important chiropractic treatment is, and how often you should visit a chiropractor.

Chiropractic is a medical treatment as normal and as effective as any other, sometimes even more effective depending on the problem you’re experiencing. If you don’t know when to visit a chiropractor in Mission Valley, San Diego, read on and find out. Read more »

15
January 2019

why is chiropractic care importantAs a holistic approach, chiropractic practice offers a great number of health benefits to individuals of all ages. Yet, a great number of people are still skeptical of this method, which is why they are often unwilling to try it.

However, there are numerous reasons to visit a chiropractor in Mission Valley, CA. From dealing with severe back pain to alleviating the symptoms of a common cold, you can significantly improve your general state of well-being by relying on this practice and its benefits.

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15
January 2019

who needs chiropractic careChiropractic is a well-known alternative practice that can provide individuals with numerous benefits and help improve their general health. However, there are still a lot of misconceptions when it comes to chiropractic care and many people don’t really know its scope.

In fact, most people don’t even know that chiropractic treatment can help treat allergies. So, instead of taking medication to deal with allergic reactions, you can just visit a chiropractor in Mission Valley and enjoy the benefits. You’ll be able to explore the Mission Bay and the surrounding greenery without worrying about sneezing and coughing.

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08
January 2019
what does a chiropractor treat

Some people know just how beneficial regular visits to the best chiropractor in Palm Desert can be. Others are still skeptical about chiropractic. They want to know just how effective chiropractic is, if active release is good, and how other types of chiropractic treatment fare against active release technique. However, one questions rises above all others, and it’s this – what does a chiropractor treat? Let’s take you through the list.

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08
January 2019
is chiropractic effective

People who are considering beginning the search for the best chiropractor Palm Desert can boast are often uncertain about what a chiropractor treats, and is chiropractic effective? There are also misconceptions about how different chiropractic methods, such as active release technique, work, and how certain chiropractic treatments, for example, active release technique, compare to other methods. Let’s find out just how chiropractic is effective, and in what ways.

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29
July 2015
Workout routine killing your back?

Chiropractors agree it’s paramount to keep your spine safe in the gym, and recommend adding these basic back-saving exercises to your routine before your lift session.  Still not sure? Come into FIX Body Group for more information or give us a call today!

 

There are thousands of reasons to work out. Maybe you want to lose weight or bulk up. Maybe you want to have more energy. Or maybe you just want to keep up with your kids. Whatever your motivation, you expect to feel better after the gym.

 

So why does your back hurt so damn much?

 

Turns out, the thing that’s suppose to keep you healthy—exercise—may be to blame for your pain, says Stuart McGill, Ph.D., professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo in Ontario and the author of Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance.


“Coach potatoes typically don’t get back pain,” says McGill. “It’s a problem for the desk jockey who works out.

 

It sounds illogical. After all, you’re building strength at the gym so you don’t get hurt. So why can increasing your fitness ultimately decrease your back health?

 

Say you head to the gym for an hour every day. Whenever you pick up a weight—light or heavy—the vertebrae in your spine compress under the load, says McGill. That’s no big deal—as long as you don’t sit for hours before and after the workout.

 

But if you’re like most men in today’s world, you probably sit—at work, in a car, on the couch—for extended periods. Your spine is flexed a large portion of the day. Then, at the gym, you perform loaded exercises like the deadlift, squat, kettlebellswing, or shoulder press. If your back rounds at all during those exercises, you’re setting yourself up for back trouble.

 

Here’s why: Each vertebral disc in your spine is made of layers of collagen rings with a gel-like nucleus in the middle. When flexed under load, those rings become stressed and begin to loosen up and divide. Do this often enough, and the gel begins to work its way out of those layers, explains McGill.

 

“Imagine your disc like it’s a hamburger with lots of mustard,” says McGill. “When you squeeze the bun on one side, all the mustard shoots out the other.”

 

If you never loaded your spine, the gel would stay safely contained in the tough collagen rings. However, sitting all day, plus flexing your back during exercise causes the nucleus to squeeze through the loosened collagen layers, he says.

 

Eventually, enough gel seeps through creating a disc bulge that presses on a nerve. Your body deals with the pain by initiating an inflammatory response, which can cause muscle spasms and sometimes lead to excruciating pain. Suddenly, it hurts to bend over to tie your shoe.

 

And every time you hurt your back, your body responds by growing vascular tissues—nerves, and little veins and arteries—where the bulge was located. “So you know what? The next time it happens, you’ll feel it even more,” he says.

 

Obviously, stopping exercise isn’t the answer. But you should stop assuming that your current workout staves off pain.

 

“Getting fit doesn’t prevent back pain,” McGill says. “It’s howyou get fit that does.”

 

The Workout


Besides limiting the amount of time you spend sitting, your workout needs to build core stability for maximum protection. “It’s nonnegotiable,” says McGill. A trunk that is stabilized by muscles in the front, the sides, and the back won’t bend under heavy loads or multiple reps. And the stiffer your core, the faster and more powerful your arms and legs will be, he says. You’ll be able to lift more, run quicker, throw faster, punch harder, and kick farther.

 

But you can’t just perform any core routine. You need exercises that are easy on the spinal discs while creating as much stability and endurance as possible, says McGill.

 

Twelve years ago, Men’s Health asked McGill for a back-saving workout, both to relieve current back pain and to reduce your chances of a future back pain. He gave us four exercises—the cat-camel, the bird dog, the side plank, and the McGill curlup—based on his knowledge from working with real-life, active men and professional athletes, as well as authoring hundreds of studies on lower-back injury and rehabilitation.

 

Today, he offers up the same exercises—with a new rep scheme. “It’s hard to improve on something that has such a solid, scientific foundation to begin with,” McGill says. “The exercises hit the front, back, and sides of your core, while removing gravity and supporting your spine at both ends.” Watch the video below to see how to perform all four movements.

 

McGill recommends adding these exercises before your usual workout.  “We’ve recently found that if you do these exercises, you’ll actually feel tighter and stiffer in your core for a period of time afterward,” he says.

 

Start watching your back. Click here to see the four exercises you should add to your routine today to prevent a back attack tomorrow (Source).

 

12
July 2015
Chiropractors get results!

Every athlete can benefit from regular trips to the chiropractor – and here’s 8 sport-specific reasons to go frequently.

 

During its 100-year history in America, chiropractic has gained steady acceptance for easing a wide array of physical ailments. The American Chiropractic Association describes chiropractic as a form of health care that focuses on musculoskeletal and nervous systems disorders and numerous studies support their assessment. Chiropractic is common in sports medicine and many trainers will encourage it before, during, and after any physical performance. Let’s take a look at a few examples of how chiropractic has benefited the sports world.

 

1. Solid Body Maintenance in Professional Football
It’s no secret that professional football is a beast of a game and injuries are frequent. Even if football players avoid serious injury, it’s a sure bet that stiffness and soreness are just par for the course. In a 2002 survey, thirty-one percent of football teams in the National Football League reported having a chiropractor on staff. Athletes reported using chiropractic care quite frequently, noting its effectiveness.

 

2. Improved Mobility in College Football
Osteopathic manipulative treatment, or OMT, is one of the main forms of chiropractic therapy used in sports medicine. The main goal with OMT is to promote flexibility and pain-free movement. Football players often rely on OMT as a preventative measure against injuries. A 2012 Virginia Tech study showed that OMT positively impacted sports performance in both offensive and defensive Virginia Tech football players. Most football players also reported a self-assessed improvement in athletic performance after OMT sessions.

 

3. Helpful for Hockey Injuries
Like football, ice hockey is a full-contact sport and injuries are common. Chiropractic has been shown to reduce painful symptoms of recurrent shoulder instability related to hockey injuries.

 

4. Relief for Sports Hernia
Five to twenty percent of all sports injuries involve groin pain. However, it’s not always the result of a line drive baseball. One of the most common causes of groin pain in athletes is athletic pubalgia, commonly referred to as sports hernia. [5] A study showed that soccer players who experienced sports hernia were relieved of discomfort following 8 weeks of a combination therapy that consisted of chiropractic care and rehabilitation exercises.

 

5. Increased Strength in Martial Arts
Although mainly used for alleviating muscular and skeletal complaints, it seems thatchiropractic can also promote physical strength. [7] [8] [9] In one study, national level judo athletes showed a 16% improvement in grip strength after undergoing only three chiropractic sessions.

 

6. Support for All Olympic Athletes
For years, chiropractors have worked with world-class Olympic athletes to improve their strength, endurance, and range of motion while training. Olympic athletes also receive chiropractic care at the games. One particular set of games often overlooked at the Olympics is the Paralympics. These games include professional athletes with some type of physical disability who also use chiropractic care to enhance performance and overcome minor injuries. [11]

 

7. Soothes Tennis Elbow
A whopping 50 percent of tennis players can expect to get tennis elbow during their lifetime, and one-third of tennis players will experience it in severe fashion. The main goals of chiropractic therapy for tennis elbow is to relieve discomfort and redness, promote healing, rehabilitate the injured arm, and avoid recurrence. [12] Specific joint manipulation performed by a chiropractor has shown to be effective for discomfort associated with tennis elbow.

 

8. Keeps Baseball Players Swinging
Baseball is a game that demands quick bursts of energy. Whether it’s running the bases or swinging the bat, these fast-moving activities often come with rotator cuff injuries, neck pain, back strains, and hamstring pulls. Studies have shown that chiropractic helps prevent hamstring and other lower limb injuries in baseball players. [13] Another study revealed that muscle strength and long jump distance was greatly improved in baseball players who received regular chiropractic adjustments.

 

Receiving the Benefits of Chiropractic
There’s no question that chiropractic care is a fantastic method of mechanical maintenance that has repeatedly been shown to benefit the machine that is the body of an athlete (and soldiers!). Are you an athlete who incorporates chiropractic care into your health and wellness plan? Please leave a comment and share your experience of the difference chiropractic has made for you!

 

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18
June 2015
Get don't wrecked by text-neck!

While phone technology can help us with our fitness routine, track our steps, or even pump us up during our workout – there is a now prevalent health-negative to look out for.

 

The human head weighs about a dozen pounds. But as the neck bends forward and down, the weight on the cervical spine begins to increase. At a 15-degree angle, this weight is about 27 pounds, at 30 degrees it’s 40 pounds, at 45 degrees it’s 49 pounds, and at 60 degrees it’s 60 pounds.

 

That’s the burden that comes with staring at a smartphone — the way millions do for hours every day, according to research published by Kenneth Hansraj in the National Library of Medicine. The study will appear next month inSurgical Technology International. Over time, researchers say, this poor posture, sometimes called “text neck,” can lead to early wear-and-tear on the spine, degeneration and even surgery.

 

“It is an epidemic or, at least, it’s very common,” Hansraj, chief of spine surgery at New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, told The Washington Post. “Just look around you, everyone has their heads down.”

 

Can’t grasp the significance of 60 pounds? Imagine carrying an 8-year-old around your neck several hours per day. Smartphone users spend an average of two to four hours per day hunched over, reading e-mails, sending texts or checking social media sites. That’s 700 to 1,400 hours per year people are putting stress on their spines, according to the research. And high-schoolers might be the worst. They could conceivably spend an additional 5,000 hours in this position, Hansraj said.

 

“The problem is really profound in young people,” he said. “With this excessive stress in the neck, we might start seeing young people needing spine care. I would really like to see parents showing more guidance.”

 

Medical experts have been warning people for years. Some say for every inch the head tilts forward, the pressure on the spine doubles.

 

Tom DiAngelis, president of the American Physical Therapy Association‘s Private Practice Section, told CNN last year the effect is similar to bending a finger all the way back and holding it there for about an hour.

 

“As you stretch the tissue for a long period of time, it gets sore, it gets inflamed,” he said. It can also cause muscle strain, pinched nerves, herniated disks and, over time, it can even remove the neck’s natural curve. It’s a risk for some 58 percent of American adults who own smartphones.

Michelle Collie, a doctor who heads Performance Physical Therapy in Rhode Island, told CNN last year she started seeing patients with mobile technology-induced head, neck and back pain some six or seven years ago.

Poor posture can cause other problems as well. Experts say it can reduce lung capacity by as much as 30 percent. It has also been linked to headaches and neurological issues, depression and heart disease.

“While it is nearly impossible to avoid the technologies that cause these issues, individuals should make an effort to look at their phones with a neutral spine and to avoid spending hours each day hunched over,” according to the research.

 

Speaking to TODAY, Hansraj gave smartphone users tips to avoid pain:

 

  • Look down at your device with your eyes. No need to bend your neck.
  • Exercise: Move your head from left to right several times. Use your hands to provide resistance and push your head against them, first forward and then backward. Stand in a doorway with your arms extended and push your chest forward to strengthen “the muscles of good posture,” Hansraj said.

 

“I love technology. I’m not bashing technology in any way,” Hansraj told The Post. “My message is: Just be cognizant of where your head is in space. Continue to enjoy your smartphones and continue to enjoy this technology — just make sure your head is up.”

 

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02
June 2015
It's a good idea!

Chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant – and their care can greatly relieve many of the side effects commonly experienced by any expectant mother.

 

There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. All chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant. Investing in the fertility and pregnancy wellness of women who are pregnant or trying to conceive is a routine care for most chiropractors.

 

Some chiropractors take a specific interest in prenatal and postnatal care and seek additional training. Below represents designations of chiropractors who have taken advanced steps in working with infertility and pregnancy wellness.

 

  • DACCP – Diplomate with ICPA reflecting highest level of advanced training

  • CACCP – Certified with the ICPA reflecting advanced training

  • Member of ICPA reflecting special interest

  • Webster Certified – trained to work specifically with pelvic balance in pregnancy

 

Chiropractors that have been trained to work with pregnant women may use tables that adjust for a pregnant woman’s body, and they will use techniques that avoid unneeded pressure on the abdomen.

 

A chiropractor who is trained in the needs of women who are pregnant will also provide you with exercises and stretches that are safe to use during pregnancy.

 

Why should I have chiropractic care during pregnancy?

 

During pregnancy, there are several physiological and endocrinological changes that occur in preparation for creating the environment for the developing baby.

 

The following changes could result in a misaligned spine or joints:

 

  • Protruding abdomen and increased back curve

  • Pelvic changes

  • Postural adaptations

 

Establishing pelvic balance and alignment is another reason to obtain chiropractic care during pregnancy. When the pelvis is misaligned it may reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby. This restriction is called intrauterine constraint. A misaligned pelvis may also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery. This can affect the mother’s ability to have a natural, non-invasive birth. Breech and posterior positions can interfere with the natural ease of labor and lead to interventions such asc-sections.

 

The nervous system is the master communication system to all the body systems including the reproductive system. Keeping the spine aligned helps the entire body work more effectively.

 

What are the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy?

 

Chiropractic care during pregnancy can provide benefits for women who are pregnant.

 

Potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:

 

  • Maintaining a healthier pregnancy

  • Controlling symptoms of nausea

  • Reducing the time of labor and delivery

  • Relieving back, neck or joint pain

  • Prevent a potential cesarean delivery

 

What about chiropractic care and breech deliveries?

The late Larry Webster, D.C., Founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association(ICPA), developed a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment which enables chiropractors to establish balance in the pregnant woman’s pelvis and reduce undue stress to her uterus and supporting ligaments. This balanced state in the pelvis has been clinically shown to allow for optimal fetal positioning. The technique is known as the Webster Technique.

 

It is considered normal by some for a baby to present breech until the third trimester. Most birth practitioners are not concerned with breech presentations until a patient is 37 weeks along. Approximately 4% of all pregnancies result in a breech presentation.

 

The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported in the July/August 2002 issue an 82% success rate of babies turning vertex when doctors of chiropractic used the Webster Technique. Further, the results from the study suggest that it may be beneficial to perform the Webster Technique as soon as the 8th month of pregnancy when a woman has a breech presentation.

 

Currently, the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) recommends that women receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy to establish pelvic balance and optimize the room a baby has for development throughout pregnancy. With a balanced pelvis, babies have a greater chance of moving into the correct position for birth, and the crisis and worry associated with breech and posterior presentations may be avoided altogether. Optimal baby positioning at the time of birth also eliminates the potential for dystocia (difficult labor) and therefore results in easier and safer deliveries for both the mother and baby.

 

Chiropractors and pregnancy: Talk to Your Health Care Provider

 

As more women are seeking the benefits of chiropractic care throughout pregnancy, more health care providers are seeking trained doctors of chiropractic in their communities to refer their pregnant patients to. Discuss these options with your health care provider. If they are not yet familiar with chiropractic care in pregnancy, ask them to find out more about its many benefits. Most importantly, seek options that support your body’s natural abilities to function and find a team of providers who are respectful of your choices.

 

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