Chiropractic and Discs

Chiropractic Care and Back Pain: Non-invasive Treatment for Bulging, Ruptured, or Herniated Discs

Discs give the spine motion; we are constantly using our discs. Move your back from side to side, you can visualize the give and take of the discs between the vertebrae. Without these discs, your spine couldn’t function and move. Intervertebral discs don’t really "slip", although the phrase "slipped disc" has come into popular usage to refer to bulging, ruptured, or herniated discs. Your discs are made up of the annulus fibrosus (the tough outer layer) and the nucleus pulposus (which contains a soft, gelatin-like center. When cracks occur in the outer layer of the disc, the material inside of the disc can begin to push out. Numerous factors can cause a disc to herniate. For example, there may be too much stress on the disc due to poor posture, repetitive motions, too much sitting, or an injury. In fact, a herniated disc can be caused by a combination of factors or a physical injury. For many people with back pain caused by a herniated disc the problem starts off small and then gradually builds until you start to feel symptoms, such as back pain.

Chiropractic Care and Herniated Discs

Chiropractor care can help address back pain and other herniated disc symptoms. At your appointment, we will go through your medical history, do a physical exam, and perform orthopedic and neurological tests. In addition, if we find that you have advanced loss of strength, sensation, reflexes, and other unusual neurological findings, then you will be referred to a spine surgeon. However, most intervertebral disc injuries are related to a herniated disc, and can be treated effectively with chiropractic care.

Treatment for a herniated disc may include spinal manipulation,and other chiropractic techniques to help ease your herniated disc symptoms. This will be an individualized treatment plan, but it may include manual therapyand therapeutic exercises.

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Improve Your Posture

Improve Your Posture

When standing, think of a wire attached to the top of your head. Some people tend to slouch and have an excessive curve in the lower back. The imaginary “wire” will help to prevent this. When standing for long periods, frequently shift weight from one foot to the other, always keep moving and changing positions. This will minimize the tension and compression on the spine. When sitting, especially at a work station for long hours, bring your chair close enough so that you are not bending forward. Utilize a chair that has good low back support and is adjustable to fit your build. If your feet do not touch the floor use a foot rest so the knees are slightly higher than the hips. Get up and stretch, move around every half hour or so if possible. While driving, strive also to have your knees slightly higher than hips. Adjust the seat to easily reach the pedals. If possible periodically on long drives tilt the seat at slightly different angles. Stop every couple of hours to stretch and walk around. Sleep on a supportive mattress, preferably not on your stomach. Choose shoes that are a good fit and offer proper support for daily wear. High heels are only for short periods of time and not for walking any distance.

Fairport Chiropractic1157 Fairport Road
Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724

Neck pain and opioid prescriptions

Initial Consultation for Neck Pain May Reduce Opioid Consumption, Healthcare Utilization

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Health care utilization in the year following the initial consultation for neck pain was assessed.Health care utilization in the year following the initial consultation for neck pain was assessed.

Patients with neck pain who initially consult a nonpharmacologic provider may have reduced exposure to opioids in the following year and fewer injections and advanced imaging, according to a study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality & Outcomes.

Opioid exposure outcomes were retrospectively analyzed in patients who consulted with a healthcare provider (ie, primary care provider, physical therapist, chiropractor, or specialist) for neck pain between January 2012 and June 2013 (n=1702). Comorbidities that might have had an impact on neck pain prognosis or health care were considered in the analysis, and healthcare utilization in the year following the initial consultation for neck pain was assessed.

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Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724

Did You Know ….

Did You Know ….

Between 2000 and 2015, the average global life expectancy increased by five years.

Feeling stressed? Read. Getting lost in a book can lower levels of cortisol, or other unhealthy stress hormones, by 67 percent.

Maintaining good relationships with family and friends is good for your health, memory and longevity.

Drinking coffee can reduce the risk of depression, especially in women.

Writing things out by hand will help you remember them.

Chewing gum makes you more alert, relieves stress and reduces anxiety levels.

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Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724

Yoga

Optimize your health by combining yoga and chiropractic care.

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Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724

WalkingFor Health

Walking accomplishes all of the following and more:

• Improves cardiovascular endurance

• Tones muscles of the lower body

• Reduces risk of heart disease

• Burns calories: about 80 if walking 2 miles per hour and about 107 if walking 4.5 miles per hour

Get Moving!

Walking for just 12 minutes every other day can offer important health benefits, but in order to increase your longevity, you should try to walk for up to 30 minutes, five days per week. Experts generally agree that to be considered "active," adults should try to take 10,000 steps each day. Wearing a pedometer or an activity tracker is an easy way to track your progress.

The following tips can help you get started on your walking regimen:

• Move your arms freely, in coordination with the opposite leg.

• Don’t stoop your head or look down as you walk. This will challenge the normal forward curve of your neck, which in turn will cause you to carry your weight improperly.

• Don’t carry weights or dumbbells while walking. They’re better used as a separate part of your exercise regime.

• Expect a little soreness in the thighs and calves for the first week or two. If you experience more than soreness, consult your doctor of chiropractic.

• Walk briskly, with "purpose." Simply sauntering, while relaxing, is not an effective form of cardiovascular exercise.

• Stay hydrated. You should drink half of your body weight in ounces of water daily.

• Avoid caffeinated drinks, including energy drinks, prior to and during your walk. They can cause dehydration and a racing heartbeat.

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Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724

Effects Of Weight

Extra weight can add extra pressure on your joints. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to counsel patients on optimizing their health.

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Fairport, NY 14450
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NFL

NFL

Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) are utilized by all 32 National Football League teams in optimizing the functionality, endurance and overall conditioning of professional football players in the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal strain injuries, including neck pain, low back pain.

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Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724

Yogurt and Depression

A new study suggests that there may be an effective alternative to medication for the treatment of depression: probiotic bacteria found in yogurt.

Researchers suggest that probiotic bacteria found in yogurt may help to treat depression. Researchers found thatLactobacillus– "friendly" bacteria present in live-cultured yogurt – reversed depressive-like behavior in mice by altering their gut microbiome, the population of microorganisms that reside in the intestines.

The study authors – from the University of Virginia School of Medicine – believe it is possible that the probiotic could do the same for humans. "The big hope for this kind of research is that we won’t need to bother with complex drugs and side effects when we can just play with the microbiome," says lead researcher Alban Gaultier, Ph.D., of the Center for Brain Immunology and Glia at Virginia.

Fairport Chiropractic1157 Fairport Road
Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724

Did You Know ….

Did You Know …

· Apples are made of 25% air, which is why they float.

· Avocado has highest protein content of all fruit.

· Cabbage is 91% water.

· Cherries are a member of the rose family.

· Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries.

· Honey is the only edible food that never goes bad.

· Eggplants are fruits and classified as berries.

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