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Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 | 0 comments

Crack, Click, Pop!

 Taking a nice big yawn, and tired of hearing that
CrAcK, click, POP?
Does your jaw constantly hurt or feel like it’s been locked out of place?  Do you get headaches, earaches, or have a hard time simply chewing your food?  Then you probably have a common disorder called TMD.
TMD (commonly know as TMJ or TMJD) is a painful disorder that effects the chewing muscles and joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull.
WHAT CAUSES THAT PAINFUL CLICKING OR GRINDING?
The clicking noise occurs when part of your jaw bone is not in the proper fitted position. As you open your mouth, and the bone passes over the ridge, it will cause a click or pop when your jaw locks.
The grinding or crunching noises occur when there is bone on bone contact within the joint. If the articular disk is completely out of place or has worn through, the jawbone will move on its hinge, but in direct contact with the skull. Ouch!
RELIEF FROM TMD?
Although TMD is the second most commonly occurring musculoskeletal condition resulting in pain and disability, only about half of the people with TMD will seek treatment. Most people think that they either have to simply suffer through the pain of TMD or go through the emotional and financial stress of surgery. It’s not true!  
CHIROPRACTIC FOR TMD!
Chiropractic care for the your TMJ disorder can ease pain by correcting the misalignment between your spine and nervous system. Chiropractic can be effective at reducing your pain associated with your TMD because rather than changing your diet or modifying your teeth, it naturally relaxes your muscles, adjusts your joints and uses specific trigger points to accurately re-position your jaw. When done successfully, Chiropractic will not only relieve your pain in the short run, but it can actually help prevent your TMD pain from returning!
TRY THESE METHODS FOR RELIEF
IN CONJUNCTION WITH YOUR CHIROPRACTIC CARE:
USE MOIST HEAT: Moist heat from a heat pack or a hot water bottle wrapped in a warm, moist towel can improve function and reduce pain.
ICE IT: Icing your jaw for 10-15 can decrease inflammation and also numb pain and promote healing.
ENJOY A SOFT DIET: Eating soft or blended foods allow the jaw to rest temporarily. Don’t stretch your jaw for foods like corn on the cob or apples!
EXERCISE YOUR JAW: Slow, gentle jaw exercises may help increase jaw mobility.
RELAX: Deep, slow breathing enhances relaxation and can help reduce pain. Some find yoga, massage and meditation helpful in reducing stress and aiding relaxation.
SIDE SLEEP: Try sleeping on your side with a pillow for support between your shoulder and neck.
GUIDE YOUR YAWN: Use your fist to support your chin as you yawn to prevent damage to the joint and to prevent your jaw from locking open.
Do you know someone else who suffers from TMD?  Forward this along!
Call now for your complimentary consult  and end your suffering now!! (480) 703-1834
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Posted by on Jan 15, 2013 | 0 comments

Chiropractic Treatment For Migraine And Headaches

Author: Ankit Prashar

Migraine is a very painful type of headache; the pain can be described as throbbing or pulsing in one area of the head. Patients are very sensitive to light and sound during migraines and may also become nauseated and vomit. Migraine characterized by altered bodily perceptions, severe headaches, and nausea is a neurological syndrome. There are many drugs and surgeries that combat migraines, though no permanent solution exists. Chiropractic spinal manipulation is a common alternative therapy to cure migraines and chronic headaches. As shown by some recent research, chiropractic treatment is operative in the management and cure of both common and classical migraine. Generally two types of chiropractic interventions are used in treating headaches, namely: straight chiropractic and mixed chiropractic. Straight chiropractic treatment involves manipulating the spine to correct subluxation and other imbalances to treat headaches. While the mixed chiropractic treatment is a combination of manipulation and other therapies, focusing on reducing the tension in the neck muscles as a cure for headaches. Mixed chiropractors treat existing headaches with spinal manipulation, focusing on the neck. They don’t just feel the bones, but also the adjoining areas to check whether the muscles on both sides of the spine feel the same?, whether one side feel like it has a knot?, are the muscles raised or swollen, do the muscles feel hot? A study from the Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Bloomington, Minnesota, compared amitriptyline, an antidepressant commonly used to treat migraines with chiropractic manipulation. Results showed that chiropractic healing was about as successful as the drug. A known fact is that drugs and surgery cause far more strokes than chiropractic care. Chiropractic manipulations, or chiropractic adjustments, are a truly natural cure method for headache and migraine relief. Chiropractic methods make use of holistic approach through massage, spinal manipulation and periodic adjustment of joints and soft tissue for pain relief.  Although some who suffer from Migraine fail to find relief with chiropractic treatment, many have quite positive results. Sometimes the bones in the neck are not at the proper place, and the little muscles near the bones are tight or rigid. This is termed subluxation medically. The nerves that lead out from the spine can be irritated when there is a subluxation, which can cause migraines.  As the bones are very close to being in the right place, so a medical doctor might think them to be in the right place. A chiropractic doctor treats people by gently pushing the bones back into place.  Slow, gentle stretching exercises of the neck can also find some relief from migraine. In pure medical terms, Chiropractic treatment (adjustment of the first cervical/occipital articulation) cures migraine headaches by repositioning the occiput upon the first cervical vertebrae, removing pressure on the postganglionic sympathetic nerve fibers that pass through the foramen lacerum. Many special chiropractic tables, equipments, cushions, etc have been developed by the chiropractors to check and correct neck problems that lead to migraines and headache.

Migraine is a very painful type of headache; the pain can be described as throbbing or pulsing in one area of the head. Patients are very sensitive to light and sound during migraines and may also become nauseated and vomit. Migraine characterized by altered bodily perceptions, severe headaches, and nausea is a neurological syndrome.

There are many drugs and surgeries that combat migraines, though no permanent solution exists.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation is a common alternative therapy to cure migraines and chronic headaches.

As shown by some recent research, chiropractic treatment is operative in the management and cure of both common and classical migraine. Generally two types of chiropractic interventions are used in treating headaches, namely: straight chiropractic and mixed chiropractic.

Straight chiropractic treatment involves manipulating the spine to correct subluxation and other imbalances to treat headaches. While the mixed chiropractic treatment is a combination of manipulation and other therapies, focusing on reducing the tension in the neck muscles as a cure for headaches. Mixed chiropractors treat existing headaches with spinal manipulation, focusing on the neck. They don’t just feel the bones, but also the adjoining areas to check whether the muscles on both sides of the spine feel the same?, whether one side feel like it has a knot?, are the muscles raised or swollen, do the muscles feel hot?

A study from the Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Bloomington, Minnesota, compared amitriptyline, an antidepressant commonly used to treat migraines with chiropractic manipulation. Results showed that chiropractic healing was about as successful as the drug. A known fact is that drugs and surgery cause far more strokes than chiropractic care.

Chiropractic manipulations, or chiropractic adjustments, are a truly natural cure method for headache and migraine relief.

Chiropractic methods make use of holistic approach through massage, spinal manipulation and periodic adjustment of joints and soft tissue for pain relief.  Although some who suffer from Migraine fail to find relief with chiropractic treatment, many have quite positive results.

Sometimes the bones in the neck are not at the proper place, and the little muscles near the bones are tight or rigid. This is termed subluxation medically. The nerves that lead out from the spine can be irritated when there is a subluxation, which can cause migraines.  As the bones are very close to being in the right place, so a medical doctor might think them to be in the right place. A chiropractic doctor treats people by gently pushing the bones back into place.  Slow, gentle stretching exercises of the neck can also find some relief from migraine.

In pure medical terms, Chiropractic treatment (adjustment of the first cervical/occipital articulation) cures migraine headaches by repositioning the occiput upon the first cervical vertebrae, removing pressure on the postganglionic sympathetic nerve fibers that pass through the foramen lacerum.

Many special chiropractic tables, equipments, cushions, etc have been developed by the chiropractors to check and correct neck problems that lead to migraines and headache.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/alternative-medicine-articles/chiropractic-treatment-for-migraine-and-headaches-1430480.html

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Posted by on Nov 6, 2012 | 0 comments

Happy Holiday Hour of Power

BACK TO LIFE CHIROPRACTIC
BRINGS YOU OUR
HAPPY HOLIDAY HOUR OF POWER!
IMPROVE EMPLOYEE HEALTH AND PERFORMANCE BY PROVIDING THEM WITH FREE HOLIDAY CHAIR MASSAGES AND SMOOTHIES DURING LUNCH!
During the Holiday Season, we would like to offer free CHAIR MASSAGES AND SMOOTHIES during lunchtime for you and your co-workers! With all the hussle and bussle of the upcoming holidays, everybody could use a short break to simply relax and enjoy. De-stress and re-energize your staff with complimentary chair massages brought straight to your office by Back To Life Chiropractic. This is a fun event for us to get to know you and your staff with no obligations or fees! ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SCHEDULE YOUR DATE AND TIME!
  
NOW BEING OFFERED MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, AND FRIDAY
DURING LUNCHTIME 12PM – 1PM
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Posted by on Oct 9, 2012 | 0 comments

Can Stress or Emotions Cause Pain?

By Dr. Gray

I received a great question from a patient recently: She had read somewhere that stress and emotions were the cause of back pain, and wondered if I agreed or if it was true. Here is the majority of my answer.

While not the only cause of pain, the relationship between mental/emotional complaints or stress and how they lead to various physical conditions has long been known. The technical term for it is “psychosomatic,” or “psychogenic,” and refers to physical complaints being caused by mental/emotional problems. As our world has gotten busier and busier, and we have gotten away from stress-reducing activities in our daily life, these psychosomatic conditions have become much more widespread. Unfortunately, addressing psychosomatic conditions is difficult for several reasons.

First, psychosomatic complaints can be varied in their expression. Some people experience headaches when stressed, while others will develop back pain. Still others will suffer from indigestion… or high blood pressure… or neuropathy… or constipation… panic attacks… etc. Because of this highly variable presentation, it is difficult to determine exactly when our conditions are psychogenic in nature or when there is a true underlying disease process. In addition, there are no real tests that can be performed or evaluated to definitively diagnose psychosomatic conditions. Therefore, we are often in a position where we must run a multitude of tests and evaluations to rule out more serious complications or underlying disease processes. When these tests, inevitably, show no evidence of other causes, by exclusion the only plausible remaining diagnosis is “psychosomatic.” However, the very process of so many tests, the costs associated with these tests, and the continual disappointment of another test without an answer… only adds to the stress that is ultimately the underlying cause!

Second, when we have confirmed that stress is either the primary underlying cause or just a complicating factor, it is extremely difficult to get patients to comply with our recommendations on how to reduce that stress. Regardless of whether a physician is involved or not, a person who recognizes that stress is the culprit will often be unwilling (or unable) to take the necessary steps to correct their situation. How many of us can change occupations at will? Which of us can rapidly make money problems disappear? Who among us chooses when to deal with a dying parent? Which of us set our own work hours? And on and on… However, there are a great many things that we can do, but are often unwilling. For example: How many of us turn the television off and read a book in the evening? How many of us go to bed early with some soft, soothing music? How many of us choose nutritious snacks instead of sugary, carbohydrate-rich junk? Who do you know that closes their eyes and rests for fifteen minutes at lunch instead of checking in on Facebook? How many of us go for a walk in the evening instead of watching American Idol? Stress is largely a direct effect of the choices we make, our response to the consequences of those choices, and our willingness or ability to change those choices.

Read the rest of this article at Dr. Gray’s Straight Talk

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Posted by on Sep 27, 2012 | 0 comments

Brachial Plexus Stingers (also known as stingers or burners)


 

A Burner or Stinger is an intensely painful nerve injury which most often occurs in contact or collision sports like football, wrestling, and snow skiing. A stinger or burner is actually an injury to a group of nerves known as the brachial plexus that include the nerve roots extending from spinal vertebrae C5 and continuing through T1.  These nerve roots originate from the spinal cord and branch out from the spinal cord at the levels of the various vertebrae.  The injury is named for the “stinging” or “burning” pain that radiates (spreads) from the shoulder to the hand. This can feel like an electric shock or “lightening bolt” down the arm, and may be accompanied by a warm sensation.  Many of our patients at Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic(Augusta, GA) that come in with burner or stinger complaints are often athletes in high-contact sports.

What is a brachial plexus stinger?

A brachial plexus stinger is an injury to the nerve bundle that results in transient paralysis and paresthesia (loss of sensation) of the entire arm.  Although frightening for the athlete, the transient paralysis and paresthesia usually resolves quickly within minutes.  However, more serious brachial plexus stingers can result in damage to the nerve itself with neurological deficits lasting up to one year.

What are the symptoms?

Burners and Stingers are neck injuries that cause acute pain that feels like a burning, pinching, or shock running from the base of the skull to the shoulder or along the neck. Usually this pain is quite intense, but subsides quickly. In addition to an acute pain and shock from the shoulder down into the arm and fingers, there may be numbness, burning, or weakness in the arm, hand, and fingers.

What are the causes?

Although brachial plexus stingers have several mechanisms of injury, the most common is when the brachial plexus is stretched when the head is forced to one side while the opposite shoulder is depressed.  This “stretch” is enough to cause a temporary injury to the plexus resulting in transient symptoms of the shoulder, arm, and hand.

Read the rest of this article at GeorgiaChiropractic

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Posted by on Sep 25, 2012 | 0 comments

The Toxic Home

By Claudia Anrig, DC

No one can deny that industrialization has created quite a few conveniences. But with these modern-day conveniences have come modern-day health hazards – the worst being those that are potentially toxic to ourselves and our children.

Let’s learn more about the toxic dangers in your home and a few common household items that may be putting you and your family at risk.

Off-Gassing

This word was first used in 1966 to describe the release of gaseous chemicals from a solid. For instance,
the Construction Dictionary defines “off-gassing” as the release of airborne particulates, often from installed construction materials such as carpeting, cabinetry, or paint that can cause allergic reactions and other health problems in building occupants. Off-gassing, while commonly attributed to carpeting, can be caused by several unexpected sources. [1]

The top 10 sources of off-gassing in order of concern include common household items/products:
mattresses, stains and varnishes, carpet, insulation, flooring materials (vinyl, glues, finishes, adhesives), countertops, cabinets, particle board, paint strippers and cleaning supplies. [2]

The Environmental Protection Agency defines “off-gassing” as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. The typical symptoms of exposure to VOCs include eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, and/or worsening of asthma symptoms. For those who have long-term exposure to VOCs there is an increased risk of cancer, liver and kidney damage or central nervous system damage.

The elderly and very young, or anyone with a history of asthma, allergies or lung problems, will generally be more susceptible to the effects of off-gassing. With regards to the off-gassing of carpeting, flooring or other building materials, infants, toddlers and even pets may be more quickly affected due to prolonged, close proximity to the materials that are off-gassing.

Mattresses

Petroleum-based chemicals are used in some foam mattresses, and synthetic fabrics are treated with chemical fire retardants. Mattresses and bedding made using these particular chemicals can potentially cause reactions in people with chemical sensitivities. The majority of these chemicals have not been tested on young children and have rarely been tested for long-term exposure.

Dr. Jim Sprott, a New Zealand scientist and chemist, has studied the possibility of a relationship between off-gassing baby mattresses and SIDS. [3] Chemical compounds containing phosphorus, arsenic and antimony have been added to mattresses as fire retardants and for other purposes since the early 1950s.

For the concerned consumer, there are actually many good choices for non-off-gassing mattresses, but it’s important to research for a knowledgeable retailer. One should not assume that the average salesperson has been trained appropriately or has optional products to offer. For those without a latex allergy, many memory foam mattresses made with latex are gas and chemical free; however, it should be specified that they are chemical free. Not all memory foam mattresses are the same.

Others might consider a 100 percent organic cotton mattress that are made intentionally without chemicals and are not treated with chemicals at the factory. For those concerned about the firmness of a typical cotton mattress, consider a pure wool or rubber mattress topper. [4-5]

“Green” Light Bulbs

Highly efficient fluorescent light bulbs are supposedly environmentally friendly, but this is one of those times when “going green” comes with a caution. These bulbs contain mercury and are not supposed to be disposed of in the garbage, but instead at an approved recycling facility or a toxic waste dump. If these bulbs are going to be thrown in the trash (because approved facilities are rare and may not be available in your community), they are to be sealed and double-wrapped in plastic bags.

References:

  1. Volatile Organic Compounds in Your Home.
    Minnesota Department of Health.
  2. 20 Off-Gassing Culprits
    (CalFinder.com, online post)
  3. Sprott TJ.
    Cot Death – Cause and Prevention. Experiences in New Zealand 1995-2004 (special report).
    J Nutr Envir Med, Sept 2004;14(3):221-32.
  4. Chamberlin C. 10 Steps to an Organic Bedroom.
    TheCleanBedroom.com (originally published on Organic.com, January 2006).
  5. Prevent Toxic Off-Gassing When You Can’t Afford to Buy an Organic Mattress.
    Published on HealthyChild.com.

Read the rest of the article at Chiro.org

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Posted by on Sep 11, 2012 | 0 comments

Top 5 Chiropractic Myths Busted [Infographic]

 

There are a lot of misconceptions about chiropractors floating around on the internet. Many of these misconceptions stem from misunderstandings of what chiropractor do and why they do it. This infographic was created to sort out a few of the rumors.

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Posted by on Aug 28, 2012 | 0 comments

2012 Olympic Gold Medalist McKayla Maroney Gets Winning Edge from Chiropractic

Currently known as one of the best vaulters in the world, McKayla Maroney achieved an athlete’s dream of earning gold as part of the US Women’s Gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Her arduous journey to olympic achievement, however, was marked by challenges, many of them common and familiar among professional and competitive atheletes.  Below is an excerpt from an article printed in The Washington Times, highlighting how chiropractic was pivotal in Maroney’s journey to gold.

McKayla Maroney, the 2011 World Vault Champion, was injured in St. Louis,  Missouri on June 8, 2012, during a pre-meet warm up during her floor routine.  She did three flips in the air, landed on her back, and hit her head so  hard that her nasal bone fractured and she was left with a severe  concussion.

Because this injury was of this magnitude she had to meet with the Olympic  medical board to assess her ability to compete at the national team Olympic  trials.

Her primary treating chiropractor, Dr. Chris Tunner, was  aware that she was still suffering from residual post-concussion symptoms  and wanted to offer young McKayla her lifetime dream to compete in the  Olympics, so after discussing the options with her mother they  referred her to Dr. Shad Groves, a chiropractic neurologist, in Long Beach,  California.

Read the rest of this article at Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic

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