August 2017

Prevent Back to School Back Pain!

Back to school time is just around the corner. At this exciting and challenging time of year, we urge all of our patients to take care against back to school back pain. We find that the changes that take place in our patients’ lives this year can easily lead to sore muscles and injuries. Here are some of the ways that happens and some advice to prevent it:

Prevent Pain From Backpacks
Children who wear oversized backpacks can easily damage their shoulders and back, so it’s important to take care and ensure that any backpack you buy is appropriately sized and fitted for your child’s body.

Never purchase a backpack without having your child present and be sure that they try it on before you buy it. A well-fitted backpack will never hang more than four inches below your child’s waist and will not be wider than the child’s torso. Look for a backpack that distributes the weight of the books and other items over several compartments and pockets. This can prevent your child’s backpack from creating undue strain on your child’s body.

Better quality backpacks will have padded, comfortable shoulder straps. Have your child feel the shoulder straps to ensure that they’re comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time while standing.

Prevent Pain From Lifting Boxes
While younger kids are going back to school, older kids are off to college. Moving to a dorm or apartment can put stress on the lower back, especially when hauling heavy boxes. The following tips will help prevent back injuries and manage back pain while helping your child move:

  • Load things into small boxes to prevent them from becoming too heavy.
  • Lift large, heavy items with a partner.
  • When bending down to lift, squat with your knees and straighten your back. Lift slowly from the knees and hips. Hold boxes as close to your body as you can to reduce the strain on your back and shoulders.
  • Never twist your body while holding boxes or lifting.
  • If carrying boxes up stairs, go slowly and take your time.
  • If you feel back pain after moving, apply ice to the injured area to reduce inflammation and swelling.

If you do become injured, stop all regular activity for a couple of days, then reintroduce physical activity gradually. Being active can  help you feel better when your body is ready, but beginning it too quickly can lead to more pain and possible injury.

Most importantly, make sure that both you and your children get adjusted! It’s the best way to avoid injuries and manage pain!

Fun in the Sun Referral Contest!

We are officially kicking off our annual referral contest this month! Do you have family members, friends, or co-workers who are suffering from problems like back and neck pain, sciatica, arthritis, headaches, tension, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, etc.? Do they know that chiropractic can help with ALL of these issues? 
Our “Fun in the Sun Referral Contest” is a great opportunity to introduce the people you care about to chiropractic.

We always appreciate your referrals and know that our practice wouldn’t be the busy, happy place that it is without our patients sharing their success. For that we want to thank you.

For every new patient you refer to our office we will enter your name into a drawing for a chance to win a dinner and movie gift card package worth $50!

We hope you have a great summer and we look forward to taking care of your loved ones!

Video Highlight – Pam’s Chiropractic Story

Pam's Experience with Chiropractic

“It is the action that we are taking NOW that will determine our FUTURE lives.”

– Thomas Arnalsteen

Chiropractic Tips For Summertime Pain

Summer is a time when many people become more physically active and engage in a plethora of outdoor activities. While this makes summer a time of great fun, it can also be a time of physical hazards. Certain injuries become more common in the summer than at other time of the year. If you’re someone who likes to bike, hike, run, walk, or engage in other outdoor activities, the following tips can help you stay healthy and avoid injury.

What Causes Summertime Pain?  
Everything from gardening to sports, running, walking, and swimming can result in muscle injuries and pain. Sometimes these problems occur because of poor technique, like twisting incorrectly at the torso or lifting with your back instead of your legs. Other times this can happen simply from trying to do too much at once.

What Are The Most Common Summertime Aches?
Some of the most common injuries that affect people in the summer include:

  • Knee injuries. Runner’s Knee is an issue that occurs because of an imbalance in the muscles that control the knee and thigh. Knee injuries happen as a result of walking, running, squatting, and other intensive activities.
  • Plantar fasciitis. This heel injury most often occurs in runners. People who suffer from plantar fasciitis experience this problem when the muscle on the bottom of the foot becomes overstretched.
  • Rotator cuff. Rotator cuff injuries occur as a result of the patient engaging in the same repetitive shoulder motion over and over again. Rotator cuff injuries are common in patients who have been painting over the summer and in patients who have been swimming. 

What Can Your Chiropractor Do To Help?
Chiropractors use a variety of techniques to help patients recover from these injuries. We can also help patients avoid these same injuries in the future. Some of the most common techniques include:

  • Spinal adjustment. The adjustment realigns the vertebrae of the spine. It also loosens tight muscles, restores mobility, relieves pain, and helps patients recover from injuries. Nearly every type of injury and condition that a patient may experience can be treated through chiropractic adjustments.
  • Stretches and exercises. Many people get injured because they haven’t properly warmed up or their muscles aren’t strong  enough for the task at hand. Your chiropractor can help you by teaching you to perform stretches and exercises. These can help you get ready for a long summer of hard work and physical activity.
  • Nutrition advice. Eating right can help you train better for physical activities and sports, and can also energize your muscles so that you’ll be in a better place to engage in activities. 

Let us help you enjoy your summer to the fullest!

From the Doctors

The Day I Couldn’t Help

Dr. Shannon-
“The day I couldn’t help was the day I turned into a disc patient. I had been fortunate to make it into my 40’s without any major issues thanks to getting adjusted regularly. Two years ago I was adjusting a patient and I felt immediate severe pain in my low back and leg. It was awful. I couldn’t sleep, could barely move, and couldn’t work for two weeks. My MRI showed three bulging discs. I got better from  Dr. Ashley’s adjustments and I’ve been better ever since.

 It taught me a lot about what my patients go through and made me a better doctor because of that. I missed not being able to help my patients so I’m thankful I’m well again so I can help.”

Dr. Ashley-
“Our promise to our clients is that, if we can’t help, we will always try to find someone who can. The day I couldn’t help takes me back to the time my client, a man in his late 20’s, developed leg pain and constant numbness, His lower back pain was completely gone after his chiropractic adjustments, but his leg pain persisted. It was unusual given his age and his great physical health otherwise.

We evaluated further and sent him for an MRI. They found a disc issue that would not resolve itself with our recommended treatment outline. I referred him for a neuro consult. He ended up being a surgical candidate, so they removed the piece of disc that was causing the leg issues. I’m happy to report that he returned to our office for maintenance care and is doing great. My hope is that will be his first and last surgery!”

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