Headaches and Recurring Headache Pain

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Are You Suffering With Recurring Headaches?

Millions of people deal with recurring headache pain, with some people experiencing several headaches each week or month.   Ranging from dull and annoying to severe and disabling, for the vast majority of individuals their headache pain continues as an elusive mystery.

A very common type of headache is regaining a great deal of attention in research circles.  Not only is it the most common cause of mysterious headache pain, but is also the most frequently misdiagnosed.  This extremely common type of headache pain is known as “cervicogenic” headaches.

Originating in the Neck

Cervicogenic headaches are a little talked about, but extremely common kind of headaches affecting the vast majority of people who suffer with recurring headache pain.

The word cervicogenic means “originating in the neck.”

In recently published research articles, it’s been shown that “problems in the neck vertebrae, which compress neck nerves, are the most prevalent cause of functional headaches.”

The neck is a huge contributor of headaches, AND also the most commonly overlooked area as a source of recurring and repeated headache pain.

Frequently Overlooked And Misdiagnosed

Cervicogenic headaches are frequently misdiagnosed as other kinds of headaches such as migraines, stress, tension or cluster headaches.  Because the cause of the headache is in the neck and not in the head, most diagnostic tests such as MRI and brain scans aimed at the head are unable to find the true source of the pain.

When the source of the pain remains undetected, the most appropriate treatment is not able to be provided and the headache pain continues to recur.  In other words, with cervicogenic headaches the cause frequently eludes detection – because few ever think to search in the right place.

Cervicogenic headaches are often accompanied with “neck aches” and other kinds of neck, mid, upper back or shoulder discomfort.  Tightness in the muscles of the neck, shoulders or upper back is also extremely common.  Some find increased pain, stiffness or tenderness in the neck at the same time their headache pain comes on or increases, often a reliable clue for astute doctors.  In other cases no such neck pain exists, but the cause of the headache pain is eventually traced to the neck.

Often Known As “The Good News” Headaches

In many cases, one can trace the cause of headache pain long ago to a forgotten or previously undetected neck injury such as a slip, fall, sports injury or whiplash from a car accident.  Frequently, these incidences seem minor at the time they happen.  As time passes, the injury silently grows worse until pain mysteriously appears.

Cervicogenic headaches are often referred to as “the good news” headaches because the majority of them can be resolved once hidden problems in the neck are found and proper treatment is initiated.  The true source of the pain may be as common as misaligned vertebrae, or as serious as progressive disc problems.  In many cases, it simply comes about from the process of living.

The most frequent words we hear after finding the cause of the headache pain are “I wish I would have tried this first!”

Do You Need Help?

Many people find their lives disrupted for years and never get anywhere toward defeating their headaches because again, no one ever searches in the right place.  If you’re discouraged because the cause of your headaches remains elusive in spite of all you have done, don’t give up!

With 30 years of practice experience, we’ve helped thousands of people put an end to recurring headache pain.  The proper techniques may be able to help you to also say “good-bye” to your recurring headaches.  A complimentary conference with the doctor will allow us to discuss your concerns and decide upon the best approach for you.   The percentage of success is very high.  Hopefully you can be the next person to benefit from our many years of experience and concern for others.

For a complete report about this very common and overlooked cause of recurring headaches, please go to http://www.drjackadrian.com

About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.

POSTURE AND UNEXPLAINED MYSTERY PAIN

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Bad Posture –  A Very Overlooked Cause Of Pain

Are you or someone in your family experiencing an elusive sort of mystery pain – a pain whose cause seems to avoid detection?   If you’ve never considered it as a potential source of pain, please be aware that postural distortion is one of the leading causes of difficult to trace pain in people of all ages.

Unlevel Posture + Too Much Time = Big Problems

Because of its accumulative effects, unlevel posture damages the body slowly and silently, and without proper intervention most always grows worse as the effects of gravity bear down upon us over time.

Unlevel posture is the leading precursor to neck and back pain, and the major cause of spinal arthritis, bone spurs and disc decay which very often leads to a decreased quality of life.  Unbalanced neck posture in youth and mid-life are the leading causes of hunchback as people grow older

Just like the tires on your car or the moveable joints of any machine will wear out if they’re not in proper alignment, the joints of your body also “wear out” if structural misalignment is allowed to exist for very long.

Responsible for More Than 75 Documented Conditions

According to Nobel Winning Neuroscientist Dr. Roger Sperry, “The more mechanically distorted a person is the less energy is available for healing, metabolism, thought and well-being.”

Due to nerve system distress from a skewed spinal column, long-term posture problems can lead to more than 75 documented conditions, including neck and back pain, as well as arm and leg pain.

Poor focus and concentration, low stress adaptability, poor self-image, low self-esteem, headaches, fatigue, depression; conditions of the heart, lungs, digestion, elimination and hormonal systems are also manifestations of skewed posture, as well as many others.

The greater the imbalance, the sooner break down!  As one can see, “Nothing good comes from bad posture!”

Look Closely At Your Posture – Others Do

One of the challenges with detection of postural distortions is we tend to look right through the problem – literally.  Known as the “we can’t see the forest because of the trees” phenomena, we are often too close to the problem to initially see it ourselves.

Just like other people often see us in ways we can’t see ourselves, so it is true with our inability to initially “see” a postural deficiency in ourselves.   Frequently we’re never made aware of our own postural challenges unless another person points them out to us.  Only after that do we become consciously aware of the problem.

Many people spend hours each month in front of a mirror – combing hair, brushing teeth, checking skin and applying make-up in order to present their best outward appearance to the world, yet we fail to see in that mirror our own postural deviations; low or slumping shoulder, tilted neck, forward head and other out of balance features of our bodies.

Unfortunately, these are things that make-up can’t hide.

Running On Empty – Or Alive and Full Of Energy?

People with unlevel posture sooner or later most always experience pain and poor body function in some aspect of their body.  Most look fatigued, depressed, are frequently low on energy and often look “all worn out” before their time.

On the other hand, just take a look at older people who have good posture and with few exceptions, no matter how old they are, they are living life to the fullest each and every day with good health well into their later years!

They feel good; they’re alive with energy, healthy, and give off a positive energy that other people always want to share in and be a part of!

Unexplained Pain Have You Concerned?

If you are experiencing unexplained pain that seems to avoid detection, call us for a postural evaluation.  The problem may be as simple as misaligned vertebra, or something more serious such as a global breakdown of your entire posture.  The success percentage is very high if the challenge is caught in time.  There does come a time when it becomes too late.   Don’t let you become one of them.

For a complete article about Mystery Pain coming about from postural distortion, please go to http://www.drjackadrian.com

About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.

POSTURE AND MYSTERIOUS BACK, NECK AND MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Unlevel Posture And Mystery Pain

Mystery pain, frequently called ‘referred pain’ is a pain (or other symptom) that is found in one area of the body, but which actually originates and ‘travels’ into another area.

Coming off your spine are 23 pairs of nerves which travel to all tissues and organs of your body.  Your nerves transmit the signals from your brain and are responsible for everything within the realm of human existence.   Without them, you could not see, hear, taste, touch, smell, feel heat or cold, pleasure or pain.

Without your nerves, your body would be the ultimate representation of sensory deprivation; no messages could get out and none could come in.  Nothing would function normally and one would be a prisoner within their own body, and that’s exactly what mystery pain causes many people to feel like – a prisoner.

Often Plays “Hide and Seek”

When these nerves in your spine become stretched, chaffed, irritated, pinched or compressed, then pain, numbness, tingling and other symptoms often travel down the course of those nerves to a mid point, or to where the nerve ends.

This ‘traveling’ aspect of nerve impulses in your body can create pain or poor body function in an area other than where the problem is actually originating from.  This is why referred pain is often mysterious.

It plays “hide & seek.”  It hides – and we must seek and find the cause.

Examples of Referred Pain

Examples of mystery pain are some misdiagnosed carpal tunnel problems of which even though many are related to the wrist, many symptoms are likewise instead coming from compression of the nerves in the neck which REFERS pain into the wrist.

Some leg pain is caused by diabetes or clogged arteries leading to poor circulation, but far more leg pain comes from compression of nerves in the lower back, which REFERS the pain into the legs and feet.

The same is true with arm, hand and finger pain and numbness; often REFERRED into the arms by compression of the nerves in the neck.

Another example is that of headaches, which are often caused by compression of nerves in the neck – and the pain is REFERRED into the head.  The list goes on and on and on…..

Like Hippocrates….. “Look Well to the Spine for the Cause.”

Referred pain is one of the greatest reasons for such a huge amount of misery in America.  Traditionally, medical science focuses on treating the effects of pain or dysfunction, rather than searching for the cause of the dysfunction usually found further “up the line.”

Chiropractors are trained to trace the nerve all the way to its source, the spine, which is where most pain and many health problems originate.  As Hippocrates once said, “Look well to the spine for the cause.”

The vast majority of mystery pain, numbness, tingling, burning, and muscle weakness in the human body can be traced back to the nerves coming out of the spine.

In many cases of medical treatment, successful resolution is never found because treatment is aimed at the point of pain, rather than from where the problem is originating.

In some cases, body parts are even cut off or cut out!   This would be like throwing your hard drive out the window because of a paper jam in the printer.  In many cases, the person just continues to suffer.

Only when the CAUSE is addressed can a resolution secured.

Difficult Problems Often Have Simple Solutions

Difficult problems often have simple solutions – if one just knows where to look.   Referred pain is not normal; however, it is extremely common.   By closely examining the spine, the seemingly unrelated and seldom thought of sources of referred pain of mysterious origins are often traced, located and conquered.

For an complete article about mystery pain and to take an at-home posture exam that may uncover hidden causes of pain, please go to http://www.drjackadrian.com

About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.

Mysterious Recurring Headaches? Take an Easy At-Home Test!

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Mysterious Headaches?   Take An At-Home Test!

Millions of people deal with recurring headaches, and many have seen doctor after doctor, had test after test and tried one new drug after another only to find that the cause of their recurring headache pain remains a mystery.

A very common type of headache is also the most commonly misdiagnosed and overlooked cause of mysterious headache pain.  This extremely common type of headache pain is known as “cervicogenic” headaches.

Recurring Headache Pain?   Check Your Neck!

The word cervicogenic means “originating in the neck.”  Cervicogenic headaches are a little talked about, but extremely common cause of headaches affecting the vast majority of people who suffer with recurring headache pain.

In recently published research articles, it’s been shown that “problems in the neck vertebrae, which compress neck nerves, are the most prevalent cause of functional headaches.”  The neck is a huge contributor of headaches, and also the most commonly overlooked area as a source of headache pain.

Literally millions of people are suffering with cervicogenic headaches that have been misdiagnosed – and don[t know it.

Often Many Reliable Referred Pain Clues

Cervicogenic headaches are often accompanied with other kinds of neck, mid, upper back or shoulder discomfort, pain or tightness.

Some find increased pain, stiffness or tenderness in the neck at the same time their headache pain appears or increases; often a reliable clue for astute doctors.

In other cases no such neck pain exists, but the cause of the headache pain is eventually traced to the neck.

Take This At-Home Test Posture Exam

If you have recurring headache pain, take this at-home test.  It’s often very valuable in helping one to decipher the mystery…….

  • When standing in front of a mirror, I notice my head tilts slightly to one side.
  • I have tightness, stiffness, tenderness or pain in my neck or shoulders.
  • I can’t turn my neck as far one way as I can the other.
  • I notice my headache pain comes on at the time my neck tightens up.
  • I notice my headaches hurt more as my neck hurts more.
  • I have obvious posture problems.
  • One of my shoulders is lower than the other.
  • I work with my head leaning forward for long periods of time.
  • I have knots in the muscles of my neck.
  • I sleep with more than one pillow, or a very thick pillow to get comfortable.
  • I’ve had a previous fall, trauma or whiplash in my past.
  • When someone views me from the side, the center of my ear does not line up with the center of my shoulder.

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, you’re dealing with indicators that your headaches may be coming from a cervicogenic (originating in the neck) cause.

Frequently Overlooked Or Misdiagnosed

Because the cause of the cervicogenic headaches is in the neck and not in the head, most diagnostic tests aimed at the head are unable to find the true source of the pain.

As a result, misdiagnosis occurs frequently, the most appropriate treatment is not provided and the headache pain continues to recur.

In other words, with cervicogenic headaches the cause frequently eludes detection – because few ever think to search in the right place.   

Consider Chiropractic

Serious problems often have simple solutions if one just knows where to look.  The most reliable answer for resolving cervicogenic headaches is not the next new wonder drug on the market, but rather a thorough chiropractic examination to determine the exact location of the spinal distortions causing the pain.

With 30 years of practice experience, we’ve helped thousands of people put an end to recurring headache pain.  A complimentary conference with the doctor will allow us to discuss your concerns and help decide upon the best approach for you.   The percentage of success is very high.  Hopefully you can be the next person to benefit from our many years of experience and concern for others.

For a complete report about this very common and overlooked cause of recurring headaches, please go to http://www.drjackadrian.com

About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.

Peripheral Neuropathy? Burning, Stinging, Numbness Or Pain In Your Legs and Feet?

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

New Hope For Neuropathy!

Neuropathy results in pain, burning, aching, electric shock-like sensations, hot or cold feet or legs, tight, vice-like sensations around the legs or ankles, pins and needle sensationsto the feeling of walking on ground up glass, dozens of bees stinging you when you are barely touched, swollen feet and legs, and for some, the feeling of hundreds of little bugs crawling all over your feet and legs when none are really there.

Some people have only one or two symptoms, while other people experience nearly all of them once. Many people hurt so badly they can’t tolerate blankets over their feet at night, and experience so much pain that they can’t sleep for extended periods of time.  As the condition progresses, often one will experience numbness in their feet or legs leading to balance issues and falls, often resulting in broken hips and other fractures.  The descriptions of the misery are endless depending upon the individual.

People dealing with the misery of peripheral neuropathy suffer many unique challenges, and frequently run up against repeated roadblocks in their search for help only to be left with discouragement time and time again.

For Most People – Drug Treatments Just Don’t Work Very Well!

You may be surprised to learn most drug treatments for neuropathy are not even intended to treat neuropathy, but are actually designed to treat other conditions!  For example, Neurontin (Gabapentene) is actually an anti-convulsive designed to treat seizures.  Elevil (Amyltriptine), Tofranil (Imapramine) and Cymbalta (Duloxetine) are anti-depressants.  There are many others.   Of course, the many side-effects of these drugs also frequently lead to other health problems from a result of long-term usage. 

There are few common conditions that create as much ongoing concern or agony as that of peripheral neuropathy.  As it grows worse, it can even cause many people to want to give up on life.  When the challenges get this bad, many people are willing to try practically anything – any cream, any drug, any pill, powder, potion, lotion or syrup!!  Unfortunately, painful sensory neuropathies are rarely correctable with drugs.

With nearly all established treatments of the past, the reality most people experience is their neuropathy just keeps getting worse and worse over time.

However, there is some NEW AND VERY EXCITING NEWS IN THE FIELD OF NEUROPATHY TREATMENT that may very well provide you with the help of which you’ve been searching for so long!

Is There Any Real Hope Worth Believing In?

For many people, the answer is a resounding YES!   In association with Neuropathy Treatment Centers of America, ChiroCenter is pleased to bring a revolutionary new treatment approach to the people of our community that is helping thousands of people throughout the country reduce, and in many cases, even eliminate the agony of peripheral neuropathy.

Utilizing painless “soft” laser to assist in new capillary formation and nerve growth, various vibratory frequencies to stimulate the formation of new peripheral nerves, gentle tissue mobilization to improve gait and range of motion challenges, as well as reverse polarity therapy to aid in the re-integration and correct directional flow of your body’s natural electrical nerve currents, this new approach toward treating neuropathy is proving to be a true blessing for many, many people!

Many of our patients who once had burning, stinging and painful legs and feet, numbness so bad they couldn’t feel the carpet or blades of grass under their feet, and those with balance issues that were frequently falling are finding remarkable results with this new treatment for neuropathy – a disease for which help was once considered elusive and hopeless.

Remarkably Safe and Painless!

This wonderful new treatment approach is remarkably safe and for almost all people, totally painless!

In our many years of practice, we’ve never before experienced a program where so many people look so enthusiastically forward to receiving their treatments!  Additionally, most of our patients are very pleased and relieved to know we utilize no drugs and no injections!

For a complete report sharing in-depth information about this new, revolutionary treatment program that is helping so many people with the agony and misery of neuropathy, please go to http://www.drjackadrian.com

About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.

How Long Will It Take?

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

How Long Will It Take Me to Get Over This?

The answer to the question, “How long will it take?” is an answer that is unique to each individual.

Since your body is the one doing the healing, only it truly knows how long it is going to take.  This may not be an answer some expect to hear, but most people recognize, value and appreciate it as the only one true answer.

At ChiroCenter, we rely on our vast experience of 30 years and over 20,000 cases (many most likely just like yours) to base our recommendation for your care.  We will provide you with recommendations which we feel will (1) best help you now, and (2) best protect you in your future.

Once we know your goals, we can then tell you approximately how long it will take and what percentage of recovery you can expect.

General Factors Which Determine Optimum Improvement

Your Challenge

It takes longer to resolve long-standing problems that have had time to develop more seriously as a result of improper treatment, or non treatment in the past.  For example, recent injuries tend to heal faster than perhaps someone who has had a spine condition for years.

The depth of your problem and how long it has been going on are two of the greatest determining factors of how fast, and how well you will heal.

Your Age

Healing potential diminishes with age.  There are exceptions, but younger people generally heal faster than those who have lived longer.  Pertaining to the spine, the older we become the more flexibility we lose in our ligaments which hold our postural integrity either in (or out) of position.

It takes longer to bring about positive changes in the dimensions of our spine the older we become.

Your Lifestyle

What you do at home or work has a great effect on your recovery.  If you are someone who is involved in a heavy occupation, or continues to do the same things which caused your challenges to begin with, results will most likely be slower.  On the other hand, if you are someone who is involved in very little physical activity, your results may also be slower.  The body was designed to move.  Move but move wisely.

What you do to yourself, or don’t do for yourself while under care, has a great deal to do with how well you will respond to treatment.

Your Discipline

It takes two.  Are you willing to become committed as part of the team approach (you and us) necessary for optimum results in your condition?  You must follow your appointment schedule.  If we see you too little, our ability to reduce negative patterns in your spine and nervous system will be significantly impaired.   If we see you too much, your spine doesn’t have time to make the needed internal changes.  Therefore, we take the middle road and our advice is always designed to help you produce the greatest results for the long-term in the shortest amount of time.  This doesn’t guarantee results, but it does place the odds in your favor.

If you are coachable and follow instructions well, you will likely see better results.  If you are not, we can usually tell this also.

Your Expectations

Healing is the regeneration of new cells to replace damaged ones.   Some tissues in the body regenerate faster than others.   Larger challenges tend to heal slower than smaller ones. Longer standing conditions usually take longer than recent injuries. Weight bearing challenges often heal slower than those that are not. Conditions that have been neglected, or received improper care in the past often take longer.

While the occasional miracle does happen, most people with a long-standing or in-depth condition are not going to defeat the challenge overnight.   Be realistic.  Healing takes time.

Your Goals

Your personal goals are important to us, and we do our best to support you in whatever they may be.  If you only want “patched up” in order to make it a while longer, it probably won’t take as long.  While this is usually not the best thinking, for some it is all they want.  On the other hand, if you are an individual who values your future body performance and wants the most optimum results possible for your condition, then most people realize this will take a while longer.  Corrections, when and if they can be obtained, are far more valuable than patch care.  Corrections have much less chance of making a “U-turn” and becoming an even bigger challenge on down the line.

For many conditions, there does come a time when it’s become too late.  All opportunities in life are temporary.  If time is still only our side, take advantage of it.

Your Attitude

What we think about and talk about, we bring about.  It’s been shown that those with a positive attitude and who have a personal intention of getting better stand a much better chance of doing so.  With spinal problems, it isn’t unusual to make great gains and then see a setback for a while as your body catches up with the healing.   This is to be expected.  Stay positive.  Be a ‘patient’ patient.  Give your body the fighting chance it deserves.  Chiropractic is not another pill that numbs your body into believing all is well when it isn’t.

It doesn’t necessarily have to be, but the road can be bumpy in the middle.  People who seem to do the best are those who look beyond the middle – and keep themselves focused on their desired end result.

Your Willingness To Maintain

Many people receive a full and complete correction of their condition and never need seen again.  For others, only a percentage of improvement can be obtained, while for others with in-depth and very serious conditions, treatment may be only able to prevent them from getting worse.  In each of these scenarios, chiropractic is a blessing.  It’s always easier to correct a small condition before it becomes a larger one, and always preferred to maintain results rather than lose and try to regain them again.

Your long-term percentage of success is most always enhanced if you are willing to follow minimal maintenance advice to give you the best chance of not slipping back into a crisis.

The time and percentage of recovery for any given health condition within any branch of the healing arts is always dependent upon the depth of the problem when proper treatment begins, and the body’s ability to accept positive change.

For more information about chiropractic, including a variety of articles and information pertaining to the various conditions chiropractic frequently helps people overcome,  please go to http://www.DrJackAdrian.com

About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.

Guidelines to Follow in Chiropractic Injury And Rehabilitation Care

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

General Guidelines To Follow During Chiropractic Care

In General

  • Avoid sudden twists or turns beyond your normal ranges of motion.
  • Avoid extreme stooping or bending of your neck or spine in any direction.
  • If you must lift, get help.  Keep your back straight, bend your knees and let your legs do the lifting to keep strain off your back.
  • Before lifting, tighten the muscles involved to protect your area of injury and weakness.  Avoid bending at the waist to pick objects off the ground.
  • Bend at your knees to minimize strain on your back – not your waist.
  • Hold lifted objects as close to your body as possible, keeping them close to you center of gravity to reduce the effects of muscle and ligament strain.
  • Participate in simple exercises to strengthen your neck or back, but stay away from jarring exercises such as running, jogging or sit ups.
  • Be especially careful of your surroundings.  Do your best to keep floors clean of spilled liquids and free of unnecessary clutter to avoid slipping or falling.   Be careful of slippery or curled rugs, and where pets lay to avoid tripping over them.
  • Never hold in a sneeze, as this creates a dangerous amount of internal pressure on damaged areas.
  • Avoid slumping and slouching.  Watch your posture at all times.  Sit, stand and walk tall.
  • Remember that motions and actions once taken for granted now need forethought.

Sitting, Standing & Walking

  • When sitting, choose a chair with adequate firmness to hold you comfortably and sit straight.
  • Avoid chairs that are overstuffed or too soft.  Recliners are acceptable if they’re constructed so they don’t put undue stress on your spine to rise out of them.  Try not to sleep in a chair.
  • Cross your legs at your ankles rather than your knees.  Crossing your legs at your knees can aggravate an existing back condition as well as interfere with circulation in your legs.
  • Try to avoid sitting in one position too long.  Get up occasionally and gently stretch your neck and spine.
  • Keep your computer monitor at or slightly above eye level to avoid undue pressure on your neck and upper back.  Use thick books to raise your monitor if you don’t have a monitor raiser.
  • Avoid running and jumping.  When walking, look up into the sky to take pressure off your neck and upper back.
  • Get into a car with hips first, and then gently moving your legs and feet into the vehicle.
  • Whenever possible, avoid wearing high heels as this changes the natural postural curve of your lower back, often creating increased pain and/or decreased ability to respond to treatment.

Sleeping

  • Be sure to get plenty of rest to allow your body the most optimum opportunity to recuperate and repair.  Most healing of the body takes pace during sleep.
  • Sleep on a firm mattress; not too hard or too soft.  You preferably want one firm enough to hold your body level but soft enough to allow your shoulders and buttocks to depress into it.
  • Your pillow should be neither too high nor too low.  Ideally, a small pillow should be placed under your neck and away from your head to support and help restore any deficient curve in your neck.
  • Avoid sleeping on two pillows as this often places undue stress on the neck.  Never lie on the couch with your head on the arm rest, as this creates too much of an adverse fractioning effect on the neck.
  • Avoid sleeping on your stomach as gravity brings too much force upon the joints in the spine.
  • The best sleeping position is the fetal position with your body curled and legs flexed.
  • For low back conditions, it is often best to sleep on your back with a pillow under your knees to reduce the pressure on the sciatic nerve.
  • Rise from bed by turning on your side and swinging your legs off the bed, then pushing yourself into a sitting position with your arms, thus minimizing the strain on your back and neck.

The Number 1 Thing To Remember………………

Symptoms are the last thing to come and the first thing to go.  Even though symptoms may be improving, the underlying condition is likely still very weak, making it extremely prone to re-injury from things otherwise considered as ordinary activities.

Some of the most serious injuries occur during the healing phase.  As symptoms start to diminish or disappear, many people forget and do things their body is not yet capable of.   By adding one injury on top of another, this increases scar tissue formation, often leading to an overall weakening of the injured area with an increased chance it could follow you through life.    Take care not to reinjure yourself during the healing phase.

For more information about chiroprqactic and the many unique treatment approaches available at ChiroCenter for difficult to treat conditions, please go to http://www.DrJackAdrian.com

About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.

MRT- Reduce Knee Pain & Avoid Knee Replacement Surgery

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Chronic Knee Pain?   Perhaps You Can Avoid Knee Replacement Surgery!

A person with a bad knee knows how often it gets in the way of doing the things they want to do in daily life.  For many it hurts to walk, stand, stoop, get out of chair, or to go up or down stairs – and a bad knee can also cause weight challenges because it hurts to move, work or exercise.

Most chronic knee pain is caused by unbalanced weight bearing which leads to misalignments of the knee joint.

When left unaddressed, these misalignments then lead to wearing and degeneration of various aspects of the knee, pain and a distortion of the ligaments necessary to hold the joint in proper alignment.

The reason most knee misalignments are never addressed early on is because most people are unaware they exist, as they usually don’t produce pain until the later stages of distress.

Small Misalignments Can Mean Major Knee Pain

Knee joint misalignments are a far greater factor in knee pain than most doctors realize, leading to many unnecessary surgeries.  As little as a 1/8th inch misalignment of the knee joint can cause serious pain and dysfunction.

Once the misalignments are identified, by utilizing various in-office procedures to realign the structures of the knee joint, knee pain can very often being brought under control.   It’s much like re-aligning a fence post so the gate can open and close better again.

If these misalignments are not brought under control and degeneration is allowed to continue, the odds of eventually having to have a knee replacement surgery are greatly enhanced.   If you can keep your natural knee, you certainly want to as approximately half of all knee replacement surgeries leave the individual with continued pain and disability of an all-important weight bearing joint.

MRT – A Natural Conservative Approach for Knee Pain

For many people, there is a conservative solution for chronic knee pain.  It’s called MRT and stands for Meniscal Rebalancing Technique.

The primary tool used in MRT is known as an Arthrostim, which sends gentle pulsations of energy into the misaligned joints of your knee to aid in the realignment of your global knee structure.   Depending upon your specific type of misalignment, several other tools can utilized to help you get the best results possible.

If the misalignments can be caught in time before too much damage is done, knee replacement surgery can frequently be avoided.  Even many, many people in their 70’s and 80’s have found great success with this technique!

Drugless, Non-Surgical and Requires No Injections

MRT is drugless, non-surgical, requires no injections and comes with a high degree of success for most people.   A large percentage of our knee patients experience a 20-40% reduction of pain after just their first 2-3 sessions, with some patients receiving an even greater percentage than that.  In fact, the vast majority of patients after just their first treatment are able to walk out of the office with at least some less pain than they walked in with.  For those who follow our recommendations, 75-100% reduction of pain is quite common – with most of it long lasting.

Some people do wait until it’s too late, but even those who have been told their knee is “filled with arthritis” frequently receive very good results, as do several others who’ve been told they are “bone on bone.”

For many the relief is permanent, while some do need a periodic treatment here and there after their initial program in order to continue to experience optimal function.  This is usually something quite minimal and is always addressed on an individual basis.

Before Submitting To Surgery, Check Your Knee For Common Misalignment

A total knee replacement is a very extreme measure to take for a condition as common as knee misalignment, and which goes undetected in so many people.   If surgery fails, there is seldom any turning back.  With 30 years of experience, we’ve helped hundreds of people overcome knee pain.  The percentage of success is very high.

For a complete report about this new treatment that is helping so many people with the misery of ongoing knee pain and to avoid knee replacement surgery and synvisc injections, please go to http://www.drjackadrian.com/

About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.

WHIPLASH PAIN FROM AUTO INJURY AND CAR COLLISIONS

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Whiplash Neck Injury

Whiplash is a soft tissue injury involved in auto accident impacts that creates both compression and tearing forms of injuries to the tissues of your neck and spine.   Whiplash can occur in collisions of any angle; rear-end, head-on, any of the four corners or from the side, often described as being “T-boned.”

What Makes Whiplash So Dangerous?

In an auto collision, the heavier weight of the head continues on through space, then “whips” the neck causing the weaker neck structures to experience stress and injury.  The danger in whiplash is found in G Forces.  G’s are measurements of change in directional velocity, and indicate the force to which a body is subjected when accelerated.  Each G equals 1 times gravity.

In car collisions of less than 10 miles per hour, the body is subjected to hyper acceleration at a rate of 5 to 10 G’s.  As a comparison, the force of 10 G’s is greater than a fighter pilot will experience during air to air combat.

Research shows that during an auto collision, your body can move back and forth 8 to 10 times faster than the speed your vehicle was moving before impact.   In as little as a 10 mph collision, your head can cause your neck to whip at a rate of 80 to 100 mph. and come to a sudden stop – in less than a second!

The neck is not designed to move at a hyper accelerated speed beyond normal ranges of motions brought about by the weight of the head, and then suddenly stopped.  This leads to compressive and tearing forms of injuries, once again known as whiplash.

Symptoms Of Whiplash

If you’ve suffered whiplash, you may experience neck pain, stiffness, headaches, aching, tight or sore muscles of the neck or back, upper back pain; shoulder or arm pain, pain between your shoulders, painful or restricted joint movements or lower back pain.

Dizziness, lightheadedness, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, poor concentration, sleep difficulties and fatigue are also commonly seen symptoms following a severe impact.

Of course, these are in addition to any other injuries you may have experienced.     One may experience only one symptom or several.

Many factors contribute to each person’s unique symptoms, such as vehicle size, position and angle of your body at the time of impact, angle of collision, whether you had time to brace for the impact or if it was a total surprise, just to name a few.

Symptoms May Appear Suddenly Or Over Time

In whiplash car collisions, the onset of problems may seem minor; developing more seriously over time.  You may be totally free of symptoms immediately following impact.  Your muscles are warm and you feel no pain.

As the days or weeks pass, symptoms may gradually appear or grow worse.  You may have totally forgotten about the accident as you try to figure out “why the pain?”

It is for this reason that one shouldn’t sign away their rights after an auto accident too soon.

Different Names for Whiplash

Whiplash comes with different “names.” After an accident, you may have been told you have whiplash, but you may also been told you have a compressed nerve, stretched, bruised, pulled or torn muscles, a related concussion, a sprain/strain, or swollen and inflamed tissues of the neck – to name a few.

Don’t be fooled by the many interchangeable names surround a whiplash inury.  These are just some of the concerns that go with whiplash.

Chiropractic for Whiplash – Proven Effective

Research shows chiropractic care is the smartly chosen treatment of choice for whiplash injuries and that no other form of treatment is as effective as chiropractic in the vast majority of cases.

If you’re experiencing whiplash symptoms after a car collision, get checked.  With nearly 30 years experience, Dr. Adrian of ChiroCenter in Troy has assisted well over 1,000 auto accident victims get rid of pain and get their life back.  A complimentary injury evaluation will help to come up with the best approach for you.

For a complete report about whiplash, please go to http://www.drjackadrian.com

About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.

Bulged Disc, Herniated Disc & Degenerated Disc – Common Spinal Disk Symptoms

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Bulged, Herniated, Degenerated Discs – Common Findings and Symptoms

Listed below are the common symptoms of someone who is suffering with a bulged, herniated or decayed disc in either their neck or lower back.

  • Pain is often aggravated with certain movements, such as forward flexion, side or backwards bending, or while pulling, pushing or lifting.
  • Pain is often increased with coughing, sneezing or bowel movements.
  • If trauma induced, usually comes from bending forward to lift something of either heavy or light weight, an auto accident, fall or trauma.  With no trauma history, often comes about simply from the process of living.
  • Often recurs suddenly for no reason at all.  Crisis can occur from something so routine as picking up a pencil or making the bed.
  • Often feels as if something is swollen or enlarged at the site of the problem.
  • Often aggravated or made worse by prolonged sitting.
  • Feels like “moving the right way” would relieve the ‘catch’ but attempts to do so usually result in increased pain or no improvement.
  • Will experience certain positions of more or less comfort, such as sleeping in certain positions, sitting or walking in certain ways.
  • Can be accompanied by radiating numbness, tingling, pain or weakness into the shoulders and arms if a neck disc is involved, or into the hips, legs or feet lower back discs; creating anything from a dull ache to a intense pain.
  • Often made worse by sitting for extended periods of time.
  • Often aggravated by repetitions of lifting, squatting or leaning forward.
  • Often causes a pinching sensation in one’s back or neck when lying on their stomach or leaning too far backwards, forwards and/or from side to side.
  • Associated with muscle wasting, or loss of bowel or bladder control in extreme cases.
  • Often limits activities out of fear of increasing pain, or causing the pain to return.
  • Often causes one to rebalance their body in an attempt to ‘move away’ from the pain.
  • Often relieved with pain medications or muscle relaxants, but the pain returns when the medications wear off.
  • Seldom helped long-term by physical therapies such as diathermy, ultrasound or exercise alone.
  • Can force the posture into a sideways position, known as antalgia.
  • Is most frequently a progressive condition which seldom improves by itself and slowly worsens over time, especially without proper intervention.
  • Usually begins with episodes of mild to moderate pain or discomfort leading to pain and pain-free states , which are either ignored or not taken seriously until catastrophe strikes because, after all :everybody has a little back pain.”
  • Has been attributed to terminology such as “thinned disc, degenerative disc disease, arthritis of the spine, chronic back pain, or ‘sciatica’ which are all derivatives of various disc conditions; “slipped disc” which is an inaccurate term, or “muscle spasms, sprain, strain, or pulled muscles (which are all usually extremely inaccurate terms and diagnosis’.”

This list is not all inclusive and not all individuals experience the same symptoms with their unique circumstances.

An individual may suffer with a few or many of these symptoms, and they may be constant or of a “come and go” nature.

New Hope For Bad Backs and Necks

There is a wonderful non-surgical alternative available that has helped hundreds of thousands of people to reduce or eliminate pain associated with disc conditions, and/or avoid spinal surgery.

It’s called Non-Surgical Disc Decompression Therapy, and it frequently works even when nothing else will.  In fact, it often works even for those who have previously had surgery.

Safe, Drugless, Non-Surgical

Disc Decompression Therapy is a safe, drugless, non-surgical treatment to help in the relief, management and/or correction of low back pain and leg pain, neck and/or arm pain caused by troubled discs.

Decompression therapy relieves pain by unloading of the pressures of gravitational stress on the vertebral discs that irritate nerves and cause pain.  The gentle, stretching, revolving cycles help reduce pain allowing for natural healing.

Treatment is always provided “clothes on” and is safe, relaxing and enjoyable, so much that many patients actually fall asleep during treatment with their reduced state of pain.

For a complete article about spinal disc problems and to learn more about non-surgicalspinal  disc decompression therapy, please go to http://www.drjackadrian.com/

About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.