Musculoskeletal Problems (MSD) And Chiropractic Care

by Administrator 25. May 2012 19:15

A musculoskeletal disorder arises when a particular muscle, bone, ligament, nerve or joint is stressed beyond a certain limit repeatedly. This may either be a result of trauma, or may be caused by repetitive use beyond the normal range of motion. Work-related MSDs make for the most common form of the disorder, and are caused by improper posture, prolonged sitting, and a sedentary lifestyle. Upper limbs, necks, shoulder, and the back are the most commonly targeted regions by MSDs. The degree of severity ranges from minor discomfort and acute pain, to chronic pain and immobility. 

Chiropractic treatment employs a variety of techniques involving manual stimulation, and has been found to be effective in tackling the MSDs. This treatment is especially useful in the alleviation of neck pain, and upper and lower back pain. The physiological movement and sound soft tissue shifting techniques employed in the chiropractic treatment for MSDs are effective in treating the disorders that have an underlying biological etiology. 

Several studies have ascertained the efficacy of chiropractic treatment for MSDs, making it emerge as one of the most sought treatment options for this modern-age epidemic. This treatment has been accepted for centuries as an alternative and non-invasive mode of treatment for these disorders. The treatment generally starts with the employment of advanced diagnostic techniques to determine the underlying cause of the disease, and further treatment is based on eradicating this root cause, instead of merely suppressing the symptoms.

Spinal manipulation and spinal readjustment is the basis of the therapy, in which the chiropractor gently applies pressure on the affected vertebrae, with an aim of correcting the misalignment. This practice is usually very soothing and relaxing for the patient. The correction of this subluxation usually results in immediate relief from the symptoms. This treatment has been found to be equally effective in all age-groups of patients suffering from musculoskeletal disorders, and is one of the most documented applications of chiropractic treatment.

Considering how an increasing number of children and adolescents are falling victim to MSDs, which affect their quality of life at a very early stage, chiropractic treatment for these disorders in the young population comes as a welcome ray of hope. The fact that it gives these patients freedom from the harmful side effects of medication and surgery that they would otherwise have to undergo; makes it an option worth considering.

To know more about chiropractics and its benefits, visit us at Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness. We are located at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548. You can also call us at (254) 698-1600.

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What Is Spinal Curve Restoration?

by Administrator 18. May 2012 17:34

A disoriented spinal curve, more commonly known as a “hunchback”, is something that nearly everyone in the present age of sedentary lifestyles suffers from. Apart from simply looking unsightly, this problem might also manifest in physical symptoms like neck and back pain over time. The most common indications of a spinal curve that need restoration are-

  • Head that extends forward, away from the rest of the body
  • Rounded shoulders
  • Arched upper back
  • Suppressed rib-cage
  • Neck pain
  • Upper back pain
  • Tightness in upper shoulders
  • Stiff neck

This is commonly caused by hours of prolonged sitting, as is demanded by most office jobs, and hunching over laptops, TV screens, smart phones, and other gadgets. Spinal curve restoration is a chiropractic technique that employs various spinal manipulations and advanced equipment designed for the purpose, to offer relief from pain and discomfort in the spinal region. It also enhances the overall appearance of the patient, making them look taller and more confident.

The distortion of the ideal spinal curve is a gradual process that develops over years, which is why it takes some effort and time to undo it. The spine can be compared to a chain. When one link of the chain is distorted, the complete functioning gets disrupted. Similarly, when we begin to extend our heads forward, this shift in the spine is duplicated in the upper back, and so on right until the end of the spine, in an attempt to make up for the elongation. The result is a spine that’s shifted forward, and hence misaligned.

Spinal curve restoration using chiropractic techniques employs an ideal blend of compression and extension, applied all along the spine’s length. This, when combined with therapeutic exercises for spinal curve restoration, shows positive results within several weeks. Your chiropractor might also suggest the use of certain equipment such as a linear traction neck pillow, a neck exerciser, or a cervical traction unit, depending on your condition. Some patients find it relieving to use hot and cold therapy for pain relief in the initial stages of therapy.

Before signing up for any such program, be sure to look into the professional experience of the chiropractor in the procedure. You should also ask for a lateral post x-ray examination before and after the treatment, so that you can see the visible changes.

To know more about Spinal Curve Restoration and its benefits, visit us at Corrective chiropractic and Wellness. We are located at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548. You can also call us at (254) 698-1600.

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Dietary Guidelines For Women

by Administrator 10. May 2012 14:33

Eating right is imperative for our wellbeing, no matter what is the age. However, being a woman, this becomes even more important, considering the plethora of physical changes that her body goes through. In addition, as a woman plays the role of a nurturer to a baby, she is responsible for not just her health, but also that of another human being, making it vital for her to pay attention to what she eats.

Being caught up in busy routines, most of the women are aware of the fact that they aren’t getting all the nutritional requirements that they need, yet they keep ignoring it, until a severe health complication arises. In this simple guide, we take a look at the most important elements that every woman needs to include in her diet, and tell you how much of them you need, and where you can get them from.

  • Carbohydrates: These make for the bulk of diet, and serve as a source of energy. Ideally, you should be getting 65% of your daily calorie requirement from carbohydrates. Avoid refined, processed, fatty, sugary, and salty foods. Some of the best sources of carbohydrates are wholegrain cereals, fruits, and starch-rich veggies.
  • Proteins: Proteins should make for 10-35% of your food requirements. The best sources of proteins are beans, lentils, nuts, eggs, soy products, cheese, and lean/ low fat meat.
  • Fats: Contrary to common belief, fats are not always bad for you. In fact, they are important for the absorption of certain vitamins, for maintaining cell structure, and for the proper functioning of the immune system. Go for unsaturated fats like olive oil, fish, lean poultry, and other nut oils. Avoid fast food, which often contains high levels of trans fats, which are bad for your heart.
  • Iron: Considering all the iron that’s lost during menstruation, most women are deficient in iron. Make sure that your diet contains iron-rich foods like green vegetables, red meat, and iron-fortified breakfast cereals.
  • Calcium: As a woman, one of the most important minerals that you’ll need to keep your bones healthy and to keep osteoporosis at bay is calcium. Get regular servings of dairy products, calcium-rich tofu and greens, and calcium-fortified orange juice to fulfill your calcium requirements.
  • Zinc and Vitamin B12: While non-vegetarians usually get plenty of these nutrients, vegetarians and vegans need to look for alternative sources. Red meat, fish, shellfish, eggs, soy milk, and milk are good sources are great sources of Vitamin B12. Zinc can be obtained from meats, especially oysters, and whole grains like wheat germ.

For more dietary guidelines for you and your family , visit us at Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness, 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548. You can also call us at (254) 698-1600.

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Benefits Of Interferential Therapy

by Administrator 3. May 2012 05:25

Interferential therapy is a form of physical therapy which employs electrical stimulation to release the body’s natural painkillers, which result in a wide variety of benefits. The basic mechanism, by which this therapy works, is that the region that needs to be treated is subjected to electrical impulses of low frequency. When these impulses intersect below the skin, they stimulate the release of endorphins, which are a class of chemicals that the body naturally releases to combat pain. These endorphins then get to work at the particular region, resulting in pain relief along with a host of other benefits.

The benefits of this therapy include:

  • Pain reduction
  • Decrease in swelling and edema
  • Improved muscle tone
  • Increased range of motion
  • Relief from strained, sprained, and stiff muscles and joints
  • Increased local blood flow
  • Restoration of the body’s normal movements
  • Relief from muscle spasms

Apart from these common disorders, this therapy can also be used for various other purposes. If you are suffering from a particular condition, and think that you might benefit from interferential therapy, you can consult your health care provider to evaluate the likelihood of the therapy being suited to you. The procedure is completely painless, with one feeling just a ‘pins and needles’ kind of sensation. It is a short process, and has a relaxing and soothing overall effect.

Since the therapy works on the excitable tissues of the body, it is most effective in the conditions that are directly related to these tissues, such as pain and muscle stiffness. The other benefits experienced are as a secondary effect to this. The three most common methods of inducing the effect are by the use of pad electrodes, sponge covers, and electro-conductive gels. The suction-electrode method can be employed in case the treatment is to be administered over a curved area, such as the shoulder blade, hip, or knee.

Despite the multiple benefits offered by interferential therapy, there are certain conditions in which it can be harmful. For instance, the procedure should not be done on the abdominal region of a pregnant woman. Patients with pacemakers should also not opt for this therapy. It is advised that all patients should check with their doctor or chiropractor, and get an assessment of whether the procedure is safe for them, before opting for it.

To know more about interferential therapy and its benefits, visit us at Corrective chiropractic and Wellness. We are located at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548. You can also call us at (254) 698-1600.

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