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Chiropractic Adjustments Boost Immunity

Did you know that studies have shown that chiropractic care can actually increase the number of white blood cells in your body? And why is this so important? Can this knowledge help those who suffer from chronic diseases, or have trouble fighting off infections?

White blood cells are an important part of your immune system, helping to fight off infectious diseases and other foreign invaders. When the number of white blood cells in your body are elevated, this is a sign that your immune system has activated to combat illness. If we can boost that number just slightly, we can improve your body’s ability to ward off common diseases before they even get started.

It might seem strange, but chiropractic adjustments actually stimulate the immune system to produce more white blood cells. Chiropractic maintenance care includes just one adjustment per month, which stimulates the immune system along with reducing external stresses on the body.

If you’re suffering from a chronic illness or suffer from a weakened immune system in general, give us a call to set an appointment. We will discuss your individual situation and decide whether regular chiropractic adjustments can give your immune system the boost it needs.

Treating Sciatica Pain with Chiropractic Medicine

Sciatica is a common type of pain which radiates from the lower back, through your bottom, and all the way down your legs and even into your feet. Many people believe that sciatica could only result from some sort of trauma or fall, such as a sports injury or car accident, but this isn’t actually true. Sciatica can also be the result of several other common conditions.

There are five sets of nerves which exit the lower back, on each side, and travel down into the legs. If any of these nerves become impinged, or pinched, irritation and pain is often the result. Conditions that lead to sciatica pain include:

  • disc injuries
  • herniated discs
  • disc bulges
  • degenerative disc disease
  • lower back injuries of various types
  • repetitive use injuries (such as from sports, but not necessarily from athletic activities)
  • poor posture
  • overuse of lower back muscles

 

As you can see from the above list, sciatica is not always the result of a sudden injury. It can happen to anyone, simply from engaging in various repetitive motions and even postural problems.

Signs of sciatica include pain down your legs, numbness, weakness in your legs, and difficulty walking without significant amount of pain.

If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, give us a call to schedule an appointment. We can evaluate you for sciatica, identify the underlying cause of the pain, and help you put together a plan for treatment.

What to Do About Little League Elbow

Little league elbow is a syndrome caused by repetitive use of the elbow joint, and often appears in young teens or adolescents who regularly play sports. These repetitive motions (which include throwing motions) strain the ligaments, particularly where they insert on the bones. This can cause inflammation, tearing of the ligaments, and of course, pain.

The first action your child should take is actually inaction. If you suspect little league elbow, rest is extremely important. Take some time off from the sport, especially from the repetitive action (most likely throwing) that is causing the problem. Since kids have immature bones and are still growing, playing through the pain can actually lead to chronic injuries. So, the first thing you need to do is reduce stress on that joint. Keeping ice on the affected area can reduce inflammation and pain.

Next, if you suspect little league elbow (or tennis elbow, a similar injury) calling our office should be the next step. We can utilize chiropractic adjustments of the elbow to reduce compression and irritation in the joint, and get it moving well again. Active muscle release can also reduce inflammation and stress on the muscles. We can perform these treatments in our office, and get your young player back out on the field again soon.

Dr Green’s background in sports medicine, including a master’s degree in sports rehabilitation, lends the perfect insight to help athletes cope with injuries from repetitive use. Give us a call to set an appointment, and we will assess your injury and make a plan for treatment.

Please Note: This content is provided for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional health advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

 

Neck Pain Treatment

After lower back pain, neck pain is the second most common ailment that we treat here at Green Chiropractic. Most people associate neck pain with whiplash, such as from a car accident, but there are actually many other reasons you can develop pain in your neck.

Neck pain is often caused by postural issues, particularly those that persist for hours out of your day, such as:

  • sitting at a desk for long periods of time
  • texting
  • forward head carriage
  • other chronic posture issues

Over time, postural issues can lead to degeneration of the cervical spine. This is the area of the spine that composes your neck. While the cervical spine is strong and flexible, it is also quite complex. It is easy to strain those muscles, ligaments, and tendons, and create alignment issues with the spine. Over time this can lead to degeneration and pain in the neck.

Depending upon your exact problem, there are many things we can do right here in our office to treat neck pain:

  • chiropractic adjustments
  • cervical traction
  • active muscle release

Our goal is to reduce strain on the cervical spine, restore proper posture, and alleviate your pain.

Even people who don’t have neck pain can benefit from chiropractic care for their neck. These people might feel tension and stress, particularly if they perform a desk job or otherwise suffer from postural problems. Chiropractic care can help them too, so that the problem doesn’t grow into a more painful situation.

If you’re suffering neck pain, or just feel a lot of tension in that area, give us a call. We can identify the source of your problem and treat it accordingly. Chiropractic care for neck pain is safe, very gentle, and can be performed right here in our office.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression or entrapment of the median nerve in your wrist, as it enters the hand. You might suspect you have carpal tunnel syndrome due to tingling or numbness, or a feeling of weakness in your hands and fingers. Over time, carpal tunnel syndrome can even result in muscle atrophy.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by repetitive motions of the wrist and hands. In your daily life you might spend several hours typing or otherwise using your hands in a repetitive way, which can compress the median nerve over time. Carpal tunnel syndrome is often the result of work-related tasks.

The good news is that we can treat carpal tunnel syndrome in our office. We use chiropractic adjustments to create space between the carpal bones of the wrist, to relieve pressure on that median nerve. We can also utilize ultrasound therapy, to break up scar tissue that might have formed in the area.

If you’ve already had surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome, we can help reduce your odds of developing scar tissue. Scar tissue in the wrist can cause a recurrence of the problem, so we definitely want to help you avoid that after surgery.

If you think you might have carpal tunnel syndrome, or you’ve already undergone surgery to correct the problem, we can help. Give us a call and we’ll schedule a free consultation. We can discuss your options for treatment and help you learn what to expect.