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What you need to know before going to a chiropractor forever:
Have you ever heard “Once you go to a chiropractor, you will always have to go.”? Today you are going to learn the truth about chiropractic and how the human body really works.

abdominal-1203880_1280I have heard many times people are reluctant to start care in fear that if they start they will have to continue with chiropractic care forever. I am going to quell that misguided fear once and for all with the following example…

When a person decides to get into shape and lose weight they must workout several times a week. So they start a regimented workout plan and start to see improvements after about a month of hard work. This motivates them to continue workouts and maybe even increase the frequency and intensity to get results faster.

Then after several months they reach their goal weight or physical accomplishment. Hooray! Can they stop going to the gym now? Of course not. You can’t work massively hard to improve the shape and strength of the body and then expect it to remain in that state without any ongoing effort.  

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Running with Shin Splints & Chiropractic Care

Runners of all abilities can suffer from shin splints. This usually occurs when an athlete attempts to step up their game. Increases in mileage or speed are common reasons for shin splints to first appear. Often times, running on uneven terrain, hills, or unlevel roads may cause pain as well. The pain may also arise if a runner gets new shoes or modifies running gait. Shin splints account for 10-15% of all running injuries according to the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Pain from shin splints is usually located along the runner’s shinbone anywhere from the knee to the ankle. This is caused by tiny tears in the muscle fibers along the tibia, which is commonly referred to as the shinbone. The cause of this pain is a result from improper biomechanics somewhere in the body. It is important to be evaluated by a chiropractor to determine the underlying cause of the problem. Often the dysfunction is found at the runner’s knee, ankle, foot, hip or low back.

If shin splints are not properly treated, the runner may continue to get worsening pain in the front of the leg.

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runner-802912_1920Can chiropractic really help an athlete run faster? Research on the direct benefit of chiropractic on running speed is limited and a difficult thing to study altogether. However, there are numerous studies showing that chiropractic treatments help with improved biomechanics and proper position of the body.

One study shows that chiropractic treatment can improve hip extension in athletes that exhibited a restriction.1 Another study shows that chiropractic treatment can decrease muscle problems in the function and strength of the knee.2  

Chiropractic focuses on improving the function of the body. When the body is working at its peak, sports performance is greatly enhanced. Athletes today need every competitive edge to stay at the top of their game. So it seems logical that if your hips, knees, and ankles are properly aligned that you will be able to put more force and strength into these joints while running.

And don’t forget, if you ever have any questions or concerns about your health talk to us. Contact Desired Health Chiropractic in Anoka with your questions (763) 205-6192. Whether it’s back pain, neck pain, headaches, sports injuries or exercise advice, we’re here to help you feel, move, and sleep better!

  1. Effect of chiropractic treatment on hip extension ability and running velocity among young male running athletes. Jörgen Sandell, RCa, Per J.Palmgren, RCb,Lars Björndahl, MD, PhDc, 1, 
  2. Conservative lower back treatment reduces inhibition in knee-extensor muscles: a randomized controlled trial. J Manipulative Physiol Ther.2000 Feb;23(2):76-80.Suter E1, McMorland GHerzog WBray R.

 

Since we have been highlighting Kids this week on our Facebook page we thought it fitting to share some information about a common symptom we see in our office, Colic!

brothers-457237_1920Colic is a term used to describe babies who are inconsolable for hours even though they have been fed, changed, and burped. This is a frustrating “diagnosis” to be given from a medical doctor because oftentimes the parents are told to wait it out as most colic resolves within 3-4 months. That is an extremely long time for new parents and causes unnecessary stress and worry for the family.

Colic is often associated with babies who spit up excessively. These infants are routinely prescribed medication for GERD- Gastroesphogeal reflux disease. Use of proton pump inhibitors, a medication used for GERD, grew exponentially for babies less than a year old over the past decade. One study that analyzed data of more than 1 million babies found a seven-fold increase in the amount of acid reflux medication prescribed to infants between 1999 and 2004.

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anger-19063_1920This article discusses how anger and emotional expression may affect your back pain. For years many medical doctors thought back pain was more of an issue in the brain than the spine. Research has shown this to be the case in many who are disabled from work. But mechanical sprain injuries of the spine are also critical to body function and how much pain you may experience. You just cannot separate the brain from the body and expect to tackle a difficult problem like low back pain.

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  • girl-690614_1280During your lifetime, you’ll eat nearly 60,000 pounds of food.
  • Two-thirds of all office visits to family physicians are due to stress-related symptoms.
  • Eating a naturally healthy breakfast every morning makes you less likely to suffer a heart attack.
  • You are around one centimeter taller in the morning than in the evening!
  • Sour flavors like those found in pickles and lemons can curb your appetite.

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When people think of chiropractic, they immediately think of low back pain and are often surprised to find out that chiropractic can benefit many conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, rotator cuff tears, as well as hip, knee, and ankle conditions. There is also research support for manipulation (a key component of chiropractic) and its role in managing “somatovisceral” related conditions such as pneumonia, dizziness, stage 1 hypertension, PMS, asthma, colic, and bed wetting.

mother-84628_1920Research clearly shows that chiropractic manipulation out performs other forms of treatment for acute, subacute and chronic low back pain. But, the question remains, can “maintenance chiropractic” PREVENT problems down the road? Ironically, two medical doctors in August of 2011 published an article in a leading medical journal (SPINE) entitled, “Does maintained spinal manipulation therapy for chronic nonspecific low back pain result in better long-term outcome?” (more…)

girls-407685_1280Low back pain (LBP) has been a challenge to treat for centuries and evidence exists that back pain has been a concern since the origins of man. Chiropractic offers one of the most patient satisfying and fastest treatment approaches available. But, when you go to a chiropractor, there seems to be a lot of different approaches utilized from doctor to doctor. Is there any evidence that suggests one approach is favored over another? How are the patient’s goals addressed?

Let’s look at what chiropractors actually do. Sure, we manipulate the spine and other joints in the upper and lower limbs using a variety of techniques, which seems to be the “brand” of chiropractic. This is good as joint manipulation has consistently been reported to be safe, effective, and with few side effects. Since this is the “staple” of chiropractic, it’s safe to say that regardless of our preferred or chosen technique, obtaining a good result is highly likely.

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stretching-498256_1920Exercising is good for back pain… right? Well, it’s not as simple as that.

There are good and bad ways to exercise and when you have back pain, it can get much more complicated.

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