Disc Herniation

Disc Herniation

Almost everyone will experience back pain in their lifetime. Nearly 8 percent of the entire adult population in the United States experiences some form of chronic back pain that limits their ability to do daily tasks, including work. In fact, more than 83 million days of work are lost per year due to some form of back pain. Pain medication may offer temporary relief but does not address the underlying cause of most back pain — disc herniation.

What is a Disc Herniation?

In order to understand what a disc herniation is, you have to know a little about human anatomy. Your spine houses your spinal cord, one of the two major parts of your central nervous system. Controlling both voluntary movement and involuntary processes like digestion and breathing, your spinal cord plays a key role in how your body functions.

This vital system is protected by several structures, the most important of which are the vertebrae, the bones in your spine, and thick, cushioned discs positioned in between each vertebra called intervertebral discs. When these discs are healthy, they act as shock absorbers for your vertebrae. However, over time, poor diet, stress, lack of hydration, injury, and poor positioning of the spine causes the discs to degenerate. If a disc moves out of place, it is known as a “slipped disc”. If it ruptures and the thick, gelatinous fluid inside leaks out, it is called a “herniated disc”.

What are the Symptoms of a Disc Herniation?

As a disc moves out of place, it puts pressure on the surrounding nerves. This prevents the nerves from sending and receiving signals effectively throughout the body. This lack of communication is felt in a variety of ways including:

  • Back pain
  • Numbness that radiates down the arms or legs
  • Tingling in the limbs
  • A burning sensation in the arms or legs
  • Chronic stiffness

How is a Disc Herniation Treated?

Most people look at disc herniation and focus only on treating the pain, numbness, or tingling that are associated with it. While pain medication offers temporary relief, it does nothing to address the herniation itself. Fortunately, like most structures in the human body, intervertebral discs can heal on their own under the right conditions.

Move the spine into place

Often, the first step in healing a disc herniation is moving the bones around the disc back into place. Whether misalignment caused the herniation or the herniation led to chronic misalignment, the body cannot heal without returning to its proper position. Chiropractic care is one of the safest, most effective ways to realign the spine and begin the healing process.

Create space

A disc herniation automatically collapses the space between the vertebrae where the disc sits. In order to begin healing, it needs to have the space to heal. Spinal traction is a computerized process that gently stretches the spine and creates space for intervertebral discs to move back into place. The body’s immune system can then repair the tissue without surgery or other invasive procedures.

Curious if chiropractic and spinal traction are right for you? Call our office or schedule your consultation online to find out more.

Headaches

Headaches

When you think of things that can instantly ruin a day, chances are you don’t think of spilling coffee or forgetting your dry cleaning. You likely think of that late afternoon tension headache that creeps up the back of your head. Or waking up with a splitting pain that radiates from the back of your neck from sleeping wrong. Or the pressure and pain right behind your eyes from sitting at a computer all day. Headaches are a nearly universal problem. And while their causes are wide and varied, getting rid of headaches for good involves more than reaching for a bottle of medication.

Headache Causes

There are as many headache causes as there are ways to experience headaches. Among the most common are:

  • Illness
  • Medication
  • Stress
  • Migraine
  • Neck or back injury
  • Sinus problems
  • Hormone Imbalances
  • Joint disorders such as TMJ

Best Headache Treatments

When we are in pain, we want to relieve that pain as quickly as possible. For many people, that means reaching for an over-the-counter or prescription-strength pain medication. While these medications serve a purpose, they do not address the root cause of the headaches you may be experiencing. There are better treatments available that not only treat the pain, pressure, discomfort, and stiffness you may be experiencing but also prevent future headaches from ruining your day.

Chiropractic Care

You may think of chiropractic care as just being for back pain. In reality, it involves the entire spine, including the vertebrae at the base of your neck. When any two vertebrae are out of alignment, the nerves that emanate from the spinal cord are displaced. This displacement often means aches, pains, numbness, tingling, or stiffness in the surrounding muscles and tissues. Chiropractic care restores your spine’s position and allows nerve signals to transmit messages freely. Your muscles and nerves work the way they should and you experience fewer headaches. Best of all chiropractic care has a cumulative effect. That means you may experience relief after one adjustment, but you will experience long-term relief from persistent headaches as you continue chiropractic care over time.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture has long been a staple in Eastern Medicine. Small, thin needles are inserted just below the surface of the skin, stimulating the body to produce endorphins and relieve pain. Specific channels known to relieve headaches are targeted to relieve your current pain and improve blood flow. Best of all, most patients not only report fewer headaches, but they also experience a general sense of wellness after their treatment.

Tired of living with headaches? Call our office or schedule your consultation online and rediscover what a headache-free life feels like.

Kid’s Health

Kid’s Health

When it comes to your kids, you will do anything to help them stay healthy. You prepare nutritious meals (to varying degrees of acceptance), you make sure they ride in the safest car seats, you make sure they get adequate sleep, and you limit their screen time. But sometimes, your children need a little more than the basics to help them stay as healthy as possible.

“Normal” Childhood Issues Aren’t Necessarily Normal

Conditions such as bedwetting and colic are sometimes viewed as normal developmental hiccups. Oftentimes, physicians will either prescribe medication or advise a “wait and see” approach to common childhood complaints. For parents who are reluctant to medicate their child, or for those who view these issues as an indicator of an underlying problem, the process of visiting the doctor for every complaint can be frustrating. You may find yourself constantly calling your pediatrician because your child is experiencing:

  • Colic
  • Excessive spitting up
  • Chronic Ear Infections
  • Bedwetting
  • Sleep problems
  • Anxiety
  • Hyperactivity

Best Treatments for Childhood Ailments

The solution is not necessarily more medication, more visits to the clinic, and more worry. The answer to the most common childhood ailments can be found in a natural, drug-free approach that addresses any underlying problems.

Chiropractic Care

All too often we associate chiropractic care with back and neck pain when it is actually the restoration of the nervous system. Every organ in your body is controlled by one or more nerves that originate in your brain or spinal cord. The vertebrae (the bones in your back) guard these sensitive nerves as they send and receive signals throughout your body. If the bones shift out of place, the nerves become pinched. As a result, the muscles and organs these nerves control don’t function the way they should. Chiropractic care realigns the spine and allows the nerves to send and receive messages the way they should, often relieving conditions like chronic ear infections, reflux, excessive spitting up, colic, and bedwetting in the process.

Acupuncture

As strange as it may sound to have your child treated with acupuncture, this safe, drug-free treatment method has been used for centuries to relieve pain and treat illnesses in people of all ages. Thin, small needles are strategically inserted just below the skin, stimulating the body to heal itself and function the way it should. While many parents worry that acupuncture causes pain, often the child undergoing treatment experiences a sense of relaxation and well-being.

Massage

Massage has been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce pain levels, and stimulate the immune system, especially in children. Babies treated in the NICU are often touched, held, and gently massaged in order to help regulate breathing and encourage digestion. With parents present, massage therapists can not only treat children for a host of physical and emotional conditions, but they can also instruct parents on how to perform massage therapy treatments at home.

Whether your child is experiencing a physical symptom or an emotional one, drug-free treatment options may be the key to helping them overcome so-called “normal” childhood problems. Trust your gut and call our office today or schedule a consultation online.

Men’s Health

Men’s Health

Here’s something you may not realize. Men are different from women. There, we said it. Truthfully, to maintain optimal health, men must care for their bodies differently than their female counterparts. Fortunately, you don’t have to take over-the-counter medicines or throw prescription drugs to keep the aches, pains, hormonal imbalances, and dad-bod at bay.

Common Men’s Health Complaints

For many men, getting older means coming to terms with a few not-so-nice conditions like:

  • Weight gain
  • Loss of strength
  • Hair loss
  • Body aches and pains
  • Decrease in libido
  • Digestive problems

Where you used to bounce back after a hard workout, you suddenly hurt yourself getting out of bed. Where you once ate what you wanted without gaining weight, your pants are too tight. Fortunately, the answer is not found in crazy fad diets or pain medications.

Best Treatments for Men’s Health

Traditional medicine believes that there is a pill for everything, but only addresses the symptom, not the underlying cause. The right treatment for better health restores your body’s function and helps it operate the way it should.

Acupuncture

For hundreds of years, acupuncture has been used in Eastern medicine to treat everything from aches and pains to illnesses. Inserting small, thin needles under the skin at specific points in the body stimulates the immune system, digestive system, metabolism, and endocrine system to reduce stress, speed up metabolism, heal the body, and create a general sense of well-being. Many people are wary of having needles inserted into the skin, but most patients are surprised by how comfortable the process is.

Chiropractic

Yes, chiropractic care is an ideal way to treat back pain, headaches, numbness, and tingling throughout the body. But did you know it can treat many of the symptoms associated with aging as well? Think of your back like the cage that protects your spinal cord. From this central nervous system component, nerves radiate throughout the body controlling everything from muscles to vital organs like your lungs, stomach, kidneys, and intestines. Once these nerves are freed from pinching and disruption that happens with poor positioning of the spine, they can control your organs the way they should. Say goodbye to acid reflux and chronic fatigue in addition to aches and pains.

If you are a man, chances are, you could use a bit of a tune-up. Call our office today or schedule your consultation online and find out how we can help you regain some of your vim and vigor.

Muscle Spasms

Muscle Spasms

There you are, minding your own business when suddenly, out of nowhere a part of your body seizes up in an uncontrollable muscle spasm. Gripped in paralyzing pain, you look for a place to sit down, taking deep breaths and waiting for the spasm to subside. When muscle spasms hit, the world stops until the pain becomes tolerable again. Whether you experience regular muscle spasms, or they seem to come out of nowhere, you don’t have to let them rule your life.

What Causes Muscle Spasms?

By definition, a muscle spasm is a sharp, sudden pain that can occur in any muscle in the body. They can last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes, depending on their underlying cause. So what, exactly causes muscle spasms?

Dehydration

Up to 60 percent of the human body is made of water. However, muscles are made up of around 79 percent water. When dehydrated, electrical impulses that travel normally throughout the muscle to allow it to contract and relax begin misfiring. What results are painful, sudden, sharp muscle spasms.

Fatigue

It may seem strange to have a tired muscle suddenly go into a spasm, but fatigue, especially chronic fatigue, and muscle spasms go hand in hand. When the muscle becomes fatigued, it cannot contract and relax properly. When a muscle contraction happens abruptly and without warning, you experience tightness and pain.

Subluxation

Considering the entire nervous system radiates from the brain and spinal cord, it’s not surprising that poor spinal positioning may result in “pinched” nerves and resulting muscle spasms. If the subluxation is allowed to continue, the nerve slowly deteriorates, often leaving permanent damage behind.

Treatments for Muscle Spasms

Most muscle spasms will go away on their own, with rest, or with proper hydration. However, persistent muscle spasms are often the result of an underlying condition. Many people reach for pain medication to deal with the spasm, but it only serves to dull the pain, not treat the cause of the spasm itself. So, how do you treat persistent muscle spasms?

Chiropractic Care

If your muscle spasms are the result of poor positioning of your vertebrae, chiropractic care can help reposition the spine and allow the nerves emanating from your spinal cord to work properly. While most people feel better after their first treatment, chiropractic has a cumulative effect. Over time, the body readjusts to the proper positioning of the spine, holding the adjustment for longer periods of time.

Acupuncture

For hundreds of years, Eastern medicine has relied on acupuncture to relieve pain and help the body function better. Small, thin needles are placed just below the surface of the skin in specific parts of the body. Not only do patients experience fewer muscle spasms, but most also report a general feeling of relief and wellness during and after their treatments.

Massage

The pain-relieving, stress-busting benefits of massage are no secret. Take the power of human touch and add expertise in human anatomy, and massage becomes a powerful tool for easing muscle spasms. By applying varying levels of pressure to specific points in your body, a massage therapist can quiet the nerves that are causing the muscles to spasm and ease any stiffness, pain, and associated discomfort.

Nutrition

We have all heard the adage, “You are what you eat.” But with so many fad diets out there, it’s hard to know what we should be putting into our bodies. Experts in functional medicine and nutrition can create a customized eating plan, paired with targeted supplementation, that reduces inflammation and decreases muscle spasms.

Whether you are suffering from persistent muscle spasms or you can’t seem to stop cramping up, Pure Wellness can help. Call our office today or schedule a consultation online and start living a life that is spasm free.