Our next Spinal Health Care workshop is Wednesday March 15 at 6:15 P.M. This workshop is about 45 minutes in length, reviews what you can do to avoid back and neck problems, how to get better quicker, preventive measures, spinal function and physiology, exercises for a stronger back and neck, and a question and answer segment. This is free of charge, all are welcome, please call the office and let us know you will be attending!
If you have been suffering from constant or intermittent pain or have felt tingling or numbness in your extremities that just won’t go away, you may be suffering from peripheral neuropathy. An estimated three to eight percent of the population suffers from this disease, a condition in which the signals traveling between the body and the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) are interrupted, causing sensations ranging from pain to burning, tingling and numbness, and can also involve weakness of the muscles. It is particularly prevalent among those who have diabetes and becomes more common as we age.
Although nerve damage can be tricky to treat, some forms of the condition are easier to treat than others. Peripheral neuropathy caused by diseases such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, and cancer are the most difficult. However, a significant percentage of cases are due to more easily treatable causes such as vitamin deficiencies and compressed or trapped nerves. All of the above can be helped to a lesser or greater extent by applying a variety of treatment options; among the most useful of these are an improvement in diet and receiving regular chiropractic care.
Getting oxygen and nutrients to damaged nerves is key in treating peripheral neuropathy, which is why eating plenty of fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins and antioxidants is important. These will feed the nerves and help to destroy the free radicals that cause damage to the body’s cells, leading to an interference with nerve transmission.
Neuropathy of the arms and legs is the second most common ailment treated by chiropractors, according to the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. When the vertebral joints of the spine begin to degenerate (which is common as we get older) it can press on the roots of the spinal nerves, causing the classic symptoms of neuropathy. Chiropractors are trained to relieve this pressure, performing spinal adjustments to bring the vertebrae back into alignment, releasing trapped or compressed nerves.
Chiropractors also use soft tissue techniques to help release nerves that may have become impinged by the fascia (connective tissue) and to improve circulation to the affected area.
According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, chiropractic adjustments, “with or without exercise, improved symptoms more than medical care did after both 3 and 12 months.” And the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine reported “patients showed an 85.5% resolution of the nerve symptoms after a chiropractic treatment program.”
Chiropractic is a safe, gentle and drug-free treatment that is effective in dealing with many cases of peripheral neuropathy.
Did You Know…
• Blood travels more than 60,000 miles each day through the body.
• Oatmeal is a common ingredient in many topical skin applications.
• The average brain weighs about 3 lbs., but more than 2 lbs. of that
• When you blink an eye, you move over 200 muscles.
Often we hear of professional athletes suffering a traumatic, possibly career ending, injury. The public debate on whether or not they can resume play can go on for weeks. However, it isn’t only the professionals that sustain injuries while practicing the sport they love. Weekend warriors, amateur athletes and those living active lives also run the risk of getting hurt. Most of the time, with a proper warm up, awareness to form and appropriate equipment, athletes of all are able to play safely. Yet, injuries can happen when you least expect it due to an accident or even an underlying condition that may necessitate treatment.
How Do Sports Injuries Happen?
Sports and exercise are great ways to keep healthy, but there are often risks involved. Most often, excessive training, inappropriate training methods or perilous exercise equipment can be a cause of injury, but structural abnormalities and muscle imbalances/weakness can also be culprits leading to injury, including the ankles, knees, elbows, shoulder or spine.
Commonly, sports injuries are caused by traumatic force to a joint in motion causing hyperextension or hyperflexion. Such injury, and others, may cause significant pain and debilitation taking you away from the sports that you enjoy. Chiropractors, as musculoskeletal experts, can help prevent and manage sports-related injuries.
Chiropractic Treatment for Sports Injuries
Chiropractors are trained to assess, diagnose and manage sports-related injuries. In fact, through a comprehensive history and physical examination, chiropractors can help determine the cause of pain and dysfunction as well as recommend an appropriate plan of management. Conservative care offered by chiropractors, dependent on the injury and mechanism, may include joint manipulation and mobilization, soft tissue therapies, adjunct modalities, rehabilitation and individualized exercises and lifestyle advice to restore proper function, enhance healing of damaged tissue and reduce pain. Chiropractors can also help, in partnership, determine the best strategy to return to play.
Dr. Benjamin A. Caruso
Your thigh bone, the strongest bone in your body, is hollow. Ounce for ounce, it has greater pressure tolerance and bearing strength than a similar sized piece of cast steel.
Dr. Benjamin A. Caruso
1157 Fairport Road
Fairport, NY 14450