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You don’t have to sacrifice your health for the perfect job – in fact, the healthier you are, the more successful you’re likely to be in your career as well! So give yourself the balanced life you deserve and be happy, and healthy, all work-day long.

Get It Straight. Sitting up straight makes you happier! Because when you’re excited, you sit up straight, when you sit up straight, you evoke the emotion of happiness.

Be powerful. Sitting up straight makes you more powerful, because it alters hormones levels – increasing testosterone and decreasing cortisol. You will be more confident and likely to take risks. Good posture makes you appear more able to others.

Improves body function. Good posture makes it easier to fill your lungs! It will strengthen abdominal and back muscles which will decrease discomfort. When the spine is in alignment, the nervous system functions optimally.

Poor posture can cause health risks. It is harder for the lungs to expand and can cause muscle tension, leading to an even worse posture.

Stay mobile! Try walking to meetings and go for a brisk walk during breaks. If you sit all day, try eating lunch standing up. Take stretching breaks to feel refreshed. Start with reaching for your toes. You can stand on one foot and bend the other leg and hold your foot to stretch your quads.

Tilt your head from side to side, holding it lightly with your hand. And then stretch your arms by holding your hands behind your back.

Make it easy to keep a good posture at work. Request an ergonomic chair or a standing desk. Sit on an exercise ball or the therapy discs we utilize at Desired Health Chiropractic. Dr. Van Bogart teaches active sitting techniques to patients to keep the core engaged and the back strong.

At Desired Health Chiropractic in Anoka, we focus on your health goals to keep you healthy and strong for any physical adventure you plan to tackle.  If you found value in this article we ask that you share with your friends, family, or teammates. Until next time, stay healthy and reach for your goals.

While most of us have a look in the mirror at least once a day, few of us look at our appearance from a different angle, such as from the side. But, the view from the side can be quite revealing if you suffer from chronic neck pain.

First, note the position of your head in relation to you shoulders. Is it right above the shoulders or does it lean forward from your chest? If it does, this would be called forward head posture, and can come from a problem in your neck.

Lower areas of your spine can also cause this problem. Some of us have increased our weight over the years with much of it added to our abdominal region. Because of this increased core weight, the body must counter-balance the weight gain by causing the lumbar spine to sway- back.

While this sway-back problem can create pain in the lumbar spine, it can also have far reaching effects in the posture of the neck. Usually someone with a protruding stomach and sway back will have somewhat rounded shoulders and a forward head posture. If treatment is only directed at the neck without considering how other areas may affect the stability of the neck, then the results may be less than optimum.

Don’t let your neck pain go untreated when natural healing is made possible via chiropractic treatment.

At Desired Health Chiropractic in Anoka, we focus on your health goals to keep you healthy and strong for any physical adventure you plan to tackle.  If you found value in this article we ask that you share with your friends, family, or teammates. Until next time, stay healthy and reach for your goals.

Posture and Health. Posture and normal physiology are interrelated. Posture affects and moderates every physiological function from breathing to hormonal production. Abnormal posture is evident in patients with chronic and stress related illnesses. Observe people over 50 and you will see that people with bad posture look unhealthy.

-American Journal of Pain Management, 1994

The neck is the most flexible part of your spine and just like any other area of the body, movement exercises and good posture are important to maintain its health. Neck pains can be brought on or aggravated by how you treat this vital structure. We often neglect our neck when it comes to exercises, focusing instead on our legs or heart. So try these helpful hints and incorporate them into your daily routine.     

  1. Moving your neck slowly through all its ranges is key. It is important to do pure movements rather than combinations, rolling the neck around like a ball and socket joint (such as the hip or shoulder) is to be avoided. Instead, flex the neck forward until your chin touches the top of your chest. Then, slowly bend your neck backwards, chin to the sky These movements should not cause pain if they are done slowly and you have no pre-existing injury.
  2. The next movement is side bending and is accomplished by trying to bend either ear towards the shoulder. Do this in front of a mirror so that you keep your head straight looking forward. Note whether you can do this the same amount to each side.
  3. The last movement is rotation. Simply rotate your chin slowly so that you are looking over one shoulder. None of these movements should cause pain or make you dizzy. If they do, then it is a sign you have a neck injury.
  4. An important aspect of neck function is how the shoulder girdle influences neck posture and motion. Try rolling your shoulders forwards and backwards, stretching slowly, to help ease tension at the neck. General exercises such as fast paced walking or hiking are important for your neck too. Remember, your spine is the core of your body and walking is one of the least injury-producers, something you can keep up well into your later years.
  5. Lastly, make sure your neck posture is kept upright when you are talking on the phone, driving, reading, doing other tasks, or sleeping.  A very small pillow is usually best for sleeping and neck support pillows are available to help maintain the normal forward arch of the neck. A small pillow will allow your head to ease back, relaxing the muscles at the back of the neck.

Don’t let your neck pain go untreated when natural healing is made possible via chiropractic treatment.

At Desired Health Chiropractic in Anoka, we focus on your health goals to keep you healthy and strong for any physical adventure you plan to tackle.  If you found value in this article we ask that you share with your friends, family, or teammates. Until next time, stay healthy and reach for your goals.

 


Does Knee Surgery Mean I Can’t Have Chiropractic Care for My Knee?

Chiropractic care is especially important after knee surgery. At one of the main chiropractic schools in the U.S., National University located outside of Chicago, chiropractors reported on their care of a 26-year-old ice hockey goalie who had already had knee surgery. He continued to have mild discomfort and swelling in his left knee a month after the surgery. No matter what he did, he couldn’t heal completely.

The chiropractors helped him with manipulation to the knee with the goal of restoring full range of motion and to provide him with therapies for better balance and strength. They wanted to improve his  ability to feel sensations and where his knee was in space – something called proprioception, and improve his endurance. All the ice hockey player’s symptoms were relieved after 14 weeks of care.

Don’t let your knee pain go untreated when natural healing is made possible via chiropractic treatment.

At Desired Health Chiropractic in Anoka, we focus on your sports goals to keep you healthy and strong for any physical adventure you plan to tackle.  If you found value in this article we ask that you share with your friends, family, or teammates. Until next time, stay healthy and reach for your goals.

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Pollard, H., Ward, G., Hoskins, W. and Hardy, K. The effect of a manual therapy knee protocol on osteoarthritic knee pain: a randomized controlled trial. J Can Chiropr Assoc 2008 Dec; 52(4): 229-42.

In our chiropractic clinic we see a high percentage of youth athletes. Female athletes ages 9-16 are the most susceptible to knee pain and injuries for several reasons.

First, the physical development of female hips rapidly changes during puberty. The reason this leaves these athletes prone to knee issues is biomechanics. The Q angle is the angle measured from the pelvis to the knee. As this angle widens, the pressure or pull on the patella (kneecap) becomes greater. The alignment of this kneecap can start to move out laterally which makes it prone to injury.  

Rapid side to side movements in sports puts the most strain on the knee. Young athletes will benefit from exercises that promote knee stability. Strengthening the quadricep and the hamstring group of muscles equally will ensure better balance to support the knee. Many athletes lack adequate flexibility in the hamstrings and it is important to properly lengthen and warm up this area prior to strenuous exercise.  

Alignment is key with the patella. Strengthening a joint in a poor position will only cause more stress and wear and tear on the surrounding tissues. If it is not correctly aligned, this wear and tear will accelerate degeneration to the knee and cause arthritis much faster. We love sports as much as our children, but it is our job to protect their growing bodies for the future. Avoiding warning signs and pushing through pain is not the healthiest option.  

Chiropractic care can help athletes avoid knee surgery in many cases. Patellofemoral pain syndrome, Chrondromalacia patella, chronic patellar dislocations, ligamentous sprains or muscle strains, iliotibial band syndrome, tendonitis, Baker’s cysts, and Osgood Schlatters are just a few issues we can help diagnose and have great success treating.

Don’t let your knee pain go untreated when natural healing is made possible via chiropractic treatment.

At Desired Health Chiropractic in Anoka, we focus on your sports goals to keep you healthy and strong for any physical adventure you plan to tackle.  If you found value in this article we ask that you share with your friends, family, or teammates. Until next time, stay healthy and reach for your goals.

 

What Can I Do For My Knee Pain?

There are always positive steps you can take to reduce your knee pain.

1. Icing Your Knee

When the pain is greater, icing your knee is very beneficial to numbing the pain and decreasing the inflammation in your knee joint.

To ice your knee, follow these simple steps:

  • Raise your knee to at least the level of your hip by resting it on another chair or sitting in a recliner that allows your knee and lower leg to be raised.
  • Lay two towels folded in half onto the place on your knee where it hurts.
  • Then add the ice pack or ice gel pack, covered in a towel. If you don’t have a professional ice pack, look in your freezer for something that may substitute, such as a large steak. This may sound funny but steaks can work just as well as an ice pack as long as they are frozen! Countless patients have used steaks and also bags of frozen vegetables!
  • Cover your knee with another towel and let the ice work for 10 to 15 minutes or until your knee is numb. You only want numbness here not frostbite, so don’t overdo it. The towels protect you from over-icing your knee.
  • Remove the ice and towels and begin moving your knee by walking. The pain should be significantly less.
  • Repeat the process every hour if you have to.

2. Limit Your Activities

Since knee pain is worsened if you continue walking, jumping, and running, it’s imperative to cut back on your activities that aggravate the knee. As difficult as it is to cut back on sports you love, your knee needs extra TLC when you have knee pain. Give it time for a full recovery.

For example, instead of running 10 miles 5 times a week, cut that amount to a fifth, maybe 2 miles five times a week. Even this may be too much for what your knee can handle so be prepared to give up running altogether for a period of 4 to 6 weeks.

3. Are You Stretching Before Activity?

Stretching the knee warms up the muscles and brings extra circulation to them to prevent extra strain on damaged areas.

  • Hamstring Stretch- Stretch your hamstrings by standing in front of a wall but about six to 12 inches away from the wall. Then lean into the wall, resting your forearms on the wall. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat three times.
  • Quadriceps Stretch- Stretch your quadriceps by standing, grabbing your left ankle with your left hand, and pulling your ankle slowly towards your buttocks. You will feel a stretch in the front of your leg in the quadriceps which connects to your patella.

4. Avoid Certain Activities

There are distinct activities that increase the stress and strain on the knee. When you have knee pain, avoiding these activities gives your body a chance to heal. Here’s a list of the activities to avoid:

  • running on hard surfaces such as concrete or cement
  • running uphill
  • running downhill
  • jumping rope or jumping up and down (stop jumping on your bed)
  • bicycling with the seat too low
  • running with worn-out running shoes (Most running shoes have a life of up to six months.)

5. Facilitate Healing While You’re Sleeping

There are certain sleeping positions that can aggravate back problems and knee problems. Even neck problems may be aggravated by certain types of pillows that are exceptionally large and fluffy.

By sleeping with a pillow in between your knees when lying on your side or underneath your knees when lying on your back, you can place your knee in its ideal position, resting it fully.

6. Are Your Feet Flat or Are You an Overpronator?

Flat feet can eventually lead to knee pain. Overpronating your feet when you walk also leads to knee pain. Overpronating means your feet are turning inward when you walk. When your ankles turn inward, the knees follow, placing them in a weak position.

If the arches of your feet have fallen, this makes it easy for your feet to overpronate. By adding orthotics that have built-in arch supports, your arches are boosted up to the place in space where your feet will not overpronate. Many orthotics also have a deep heel cup that assures your foot will be aligned as you walk, preventing foot disorders from occurring. The more you can keep your feet aligned, the less you will be prone to knee pain.

There’s a simple solution to flat feet – adding the proper orthotics to your feet. We can assist you in the selection of these orthotics or even help you customize orthotics to your feet.

7. Check Your Shoes

It’s possible that your shoes have worn down and now need to be replaced. If your shoes are wearing down on the inside of the sole, it will result in your lower legs turning inward and your knees knocking. This puts you at more risk for knee pain, and if you already have knee pain, then worn shoes can worsen it. New shoes may help a lot.

8. Chiropractic

Chiropractic is the best method for aligning the joints in the body and the knee is no exception! Dr. Van Bogart had countless knee issues as a teenager, until she began chiropractic care to keep her knee cap perfectly aligned. Her results were so impressive she actually became a chiropractor because of it!

 

Chiropractic is a drugless method of natural healing that focuses on alignment of the skeleton and stimulating the nervous system to begin the healing process. Every joint may be manipulated to send proper nervous system impulses throughout the entire body, sending messages to the immune system and every organ to begin healing. And there are no side effects! Chiropractic goes back to the beginning of time, and even Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, recommended it!

Don’t let your knee pain go untreated when natural healing is made possible via chiropractic treatment.

At Desired Health Chiropractic in Anoka, we focus on your sports goals to keep you healthy and strong for any physical adventure you plan to tackle.  If you found value in this article we ask that you share with your friends, family, or teammates. Until next time, stay healthy and reach for your goals.

 

What is Knee Pain?

Knee pain is pain in and around any part of the knee. The location of the pain gives our office a clue as to what is wrong with your knee. For example, if your pain is above the knee, it can mean the quadriceps tendon has been damaged. Pain behind the knee usually indicates a Baker’s cyst or arthritis. Pain below the knee is sometimes found in children and may mean the child has Osgood-Schlatter disease affected by growth spurts where the bones and joints aren’t keeping up with the growth process.

Pain in front of the knee may be due to arthritis or patella disorders where the round knee bone is not tracking correctly as you walk and move. Pain on the inside or outside of the knee could mean a meniscus or collateral ligament tear or arthritis. Whatever the diagnosis of the knee pain is will determine the best treatment.

 

How Does Knee Pain Start?

Knee pain is often started with trauma to the knee. For example, someone may be standing still while another person or a big dog bumps into them, knocking the knee out of alignment. This happens a lot in contact sports such as football, basketball and soccer. Repetitive injuries or repetitive stresses on the knee can cause knee pain that is persistent. Pressure on the knee from carrying heavy items may also cause knee pain to occur sporadically.

Once there’s an injury to the knee, arthritis can set in over time. Knee pain may also occur from different types of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout arthritis, or immune system disorders such as lupus. It’s not common but sometimes tumors in the knee may be the cause of the knee pain.

One cause of knee pain that is not usually considered much is knee pain that results from foot bones that are out of alignment. If the feet have fallen arches, the whole foot flattens out during walking – and this begins to cause further problems with the rest of the skeleton since all bones are connected to each other. Treating the bones that are out of alignment is one of the easiest ways for our office to help you.

What Chiropractic Techniques Have Been Shown to Be Beneficial For Knee Pain?

Chiropractic work for those who are young as well as those who are older.  At Virginia Commonwealth University, researchers and their team surveyed 1121 adults over the age of 65 years old who had knee arthritis for joint pain and their use of chiropractic care during a 4-year follow-up.

About a third of them had been using chiropractic care. Those who used chiropractic care and massage therapy were the ones who had better knee function than those who didn’t.

In Australia, chiropractors proved that it didn’t take long for patients who were between the ages of 47 and 70 years old with chronic knee pain from arthritis to feel better. Patients either received treatment that consisted of chiropractic manipulation of the knee with interferential therapy or placebo treatment. Interferential is one of the older therapies used by chiropractors in the 1980s and 1990s but it still works. The chiropractic treatment for knee pain involved 3 sessions per week for only two weeks.

Those who received chiropractic knee treatment had significantly less pain, significantly greater knee mobility, and were significantly better able to perform general activities. There were no negative side effects from the treatment.

Full Restoration of Motion with Decreased Knee Pain is Possible!

Chiropractors around the world confirm similar cases where knee pain and decreased mobility were reversed with good chiropractic care. In Australia, a case of a 60-year-old woman who had a medial meniscus tear with knee pain and swelling received ultrasound, rest, ice, compression therapy at the chiropractic office and she elevated her leg at home so it could heal. Her chiropractor also manually manipulated her knee and used sports taping to the muscles to strengthen the muscles, too. She got the complete royal treatment plan and her chiropractor was committed to 100% total healing, nothing less.

At the end of her 12 treatments, she could walk, swim, and ride a bike without any pain whatsoever.

About Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a drugless method of natural healing that focuses on alignment of the skeleton and stimulating the nervous system to begin the healing process. Every joint may be manipulated to send proper nervous system impulses throughout the entire body, sending messages to the immune system and every organ to begin healing. And there are no side effects! Chiropractic goes back to the beginning of time, and even Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, recommended it!

Don’t let your knee pain go untreated when natural healing is made possible via chiropractic treatment.

At Desired Health Chiropractic in Anoka, we focus on your sports goals to keep you healthy and strong for any physical adventure you plan to tackle.  If you found value in this article we ask that you share with your friends, family, or teammates. Until next time, stay healthy and reach for your goals.

 

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When patients present with low back pain, it is not uncommon for pain to arise from areas other than the low back, such as the hip. There are many tissues in the low back and hip region that are susceptible to injury with have overlapping pain pathways that often make it challenging to isolate the truly injured area. Hip pain can present in many different ways.

When considering the anatomy of the low back (lumbar spine) and hip, and the nerves that innervate the hip come from the low back, it’s no wonder that differentiating between the two conditions is often difficult.

Complaints may include the inside, outside, front or back of the thigh, the knee, the buttocks, the sacroiliac joint, or the low back and yet, the hip may truly be the pain generator with any of these presentations.

To make diagnosis even more complex, the hip pain patient may present one day with what appears to be sciatic nerve pain (that is, pain shooting down the back of the leg to the knee if mild or, to the foot if more severe) but the next time, with only groin pain. Throwing yet another wrench in the works is the fact that a patient can have more than one condition at the same time. So, they truly MAY simultaneously have BOTH a low back problem AND a hip problem.

During our history, we often ask the question, “…what activities make your pain worse?” If the patient replies that weight bearing activities like standing, walking, getting up from sitting, etc., provoke the pain (and they point to the front or side of the hip), a hip related diagnosis is favored but, it STILL may be arising from the low back or both! If they say, “…crossing my right leg over the other hurts in my groin,” that’s getting more hip pain specific as hip rotation is frequently lost before the forward flexion motion.

When we ask the hip pain patient to point to the area of greatest discomfort, they usually point to the front of the hip or groin, and less often to the inner and/or anterior thigh or knee. Non-weight bearing positions like sitting or lying are almost always immediately pain relieving. When there is arthritis in the hip, motion loss is often reported and may include a shorter walking stride and pain usually gets worse the longer these patients are on their feet. Initiating motion often hurts, sometimes even in bed when rolling over.

During the chiropractic examination, with the patient lying on the back with the knee and hip both bent 90˚, moving the bent knee outwards or inwards will almost always reproduce hip/groin area pain. Pulling on or, applying traction to the affected leg usually, “…feels good.” Bending the low back into different positions does not reproduce pain if the pain is only coming from the hip.

Though challenging sometimes, we are well trained to be able to differentiate between hip and low back pain and will treat both areas when it is appropriate to get you the best results.

Our mission at Desired Health Chiropractic is to help people achieve a higher level of health. If you found value in this article we ask that you share with your friends, family, or co-workers. Until next time, stay healthy and reach for your goals.

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Our mission at Desired Health Chiropractic is to help people achieve a higher level of health. If you found value in this article we ask that you share with your friends, family, or teammates. Until next time, stay healthy and reach for your goals.

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