A 2018 Southern Digest article suggests that chiropractic care can assist the quality of life of an aging population. In the United States, approximately 100 million seniors suffer from chronic pain, with many seeking alternatives to pharmaceutical pain management. Chiropractic care, the article states, may be the way forward.
The most common types of chronic pain found in the U.S. include back and neck pain, with patients, often finding that “[it] becomes a disease in its own right.” The article continues to say that even active seniors are still susceptible to this type of pain; as a result of dehydrated muscles, spinal discs and ligaments. However, Chiropractors can provide relief for these patients through “hands-on techniques that enhance flexibility, muscle strength, and a range of motion.”
A number of recent studies have shown that acupuncture treatment can have an impact on a person’s overall health, including migraine relief, quality of sleep and can even enhance fertility treatments. Acupuncture “involves the use of sterile, single-use solid needles” that have an impact on muscle tone, pain perception, and immune responses. This treatment results in a general relaxation and feeling of well-being.
In a study published by Healthcare Medicine Institute, researchers found that acupuncture treatment is effective in the prevention and alleviation of migraines. In the same publication, a study states that acupuncture enhances fertility treatment through “increasing the efficacy of clomifene for the treatment of infertility”. A final study published in New Jersey Online suggests that acupuncture can provide patients with a “better overall sleep quality” that pharmaceutical alternatives.
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Another article highlighted studies that have suggested massage therapy “may boost a body’s immunity,” through controlling the level of stress hormone, cortisol, in the body. Massage techniques help to move blood through the body, bringing oxygen to tense/ sore muscles – this helps to flush lactic acid from muscles and wasted from internal organs.
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In recent studies, Shockwave therapy has been seen to treat digital skin ulcers, a common side effect in patients suffering from systemic sclerosis. Shockwave therapy increases the blood flow in the body, allowing for the body’s natural wound healing processes to occur at the sight of the ulcers.
Other injuries treated by Shockwave therapy include Jumper’s Knee, Tennis Elbow, Chronic Tendinopathy and Calcifications. For more information on Shockwave therapy, and to find out if it’s right for you. Visit our services page!
Low-level Laser Therapy (LLLT) has been used as an alternative to pharmacological drugs to manage chronic pain for over a decade. LLLT has been seen to mimic the effects of anti-inflammatory drugs in the body, resulting in patients being less drug-reliant in chronic pain management.
Coach Hill Chiropractic and Sports Therapy clinic uses The Cube 4 K-Laser, Calgary’s strongest treatment laser, to assist their patients who suffer from chronic pain. Class 4 lasers deliver larger doses of laser light to a larger volume of tissue, in a shorter period of time; making this laser treatment far more efficient than previous models. Additionally, the class 4 laser can treat a larger spectrum of conditions, including myofascial pain syndromes, arthritic joints, soft tissue injuries and debilitating conditions.
The Class 4 K-Laser can deliver laser energy to deeper tissues, without warming the outer tissues, demonstrating consistent results while being a safer pain management alternative to medication.
Being in an automobile accident can be a very traumatic and stressful event. Additional stress can also be caused if your accident requires time off work, the damage to your car results in it needing to go to a mechanic and all the complications of dealing with the insurance company afterwards.
Whiplash is a relatively common injury caused in automobile incidents can lead to chronic psychosocial symptoms including depression and anxiety.
What is whiplash?
Whip lash is a very common injury caused during automobile accidents when the neck and head are suddenly forced in a backward and forward motion. It is not life threatening but can be very uncomfortable and can lead to a prolonged period of partial disability.
If you have been in an automobile accident and have any of the symptoms below book in at calgarychiro.com. We are specialists in dealing with all soft and hard tissues issues that are the result of an automobile incident.
Neck pain and stiffness.
Worsening of pain with neck movement.
Loss of range of motion in the neck.
Headaches, most often starting at the base of the skull.
Tenderness or pain in shoulder, upper back or arms
Chances are if you are reading this article you are doing so because you are suffering from some kind of neck or back issue and are looking to find out if it is your posture that is causing the issue.
Good posture is essential for a healthy neck and back but with us spending so many more hours in a seated position in today’s world it is easy to start falling into the bad habit of slouching.
How to test
Step 1: Stand with your feet six inches from the wall and put your back flat against the wall, you can use your hand to make sure it is flat against the wall. Then put your head against the wall and push your chin in.
Step 2: Lift your arms up to parallel with your shoulders. Your triceps (the back portion of your arms should be against the wall with your hands pointing away from the wall and down. Rotate your arms backwards up against the wall so that they touch the wall. Try to have you wrists touch the wall.
Step 3: If your back arches or you cannot touch the wall with your wrists you have failed the test and have bad posture.
Shoulder pain is a very common issue affecting many people on a daily basis. It is easy to see why as the shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body and is also one of the most unstable joints in the body with nerves, tendons and ligaments surrounding it that can easily be injured and damaged.
Some of the most common shoulder pain causes are as follows:
Bursitis or tendonitis
Rotator cuff tear
Calcium deposits in the tendons (Calcific tendonitis)
Arthritis (Inflammation in the joint)
Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis (stiffness in the shoulder)
Referred pain (Pain coming from an issue somewhere else such as the neck)
If you suffer from any of the above then you could benefit from seeing a qualified chiropractor.
To determine if you need to see a chiropractor about your condition take a look at the following symptom list below.
Difficulty holding objects
Reduced mobility in the shoulder area making it hard to raise your arms.
Swelling in the shoulder area
Dull ache in the shoulder even when in a restful state and lasts for days.
Noticeable deformities to the shoulder area.
How Coach Hill Calgary Chiropractic can help with shoulder pain
If you suffer from any of the symptoms above there are a variety of different treatment options that we offer to help treat shoulder pain. It is important to first book an appointment so we can assess you and then we can advise the best treatment available to treat your condition.
Sitting is the new smoking! Many of us now have desk jobs, commute to and from work via a car, train or bus and spend our leisure time sitting on the couch on our smart phones or watching TV. Sitting in an office chair for prolonged hours each day will have an incredibly adverse effect on our bodies. This prolonged seating can lead to lower back pain, cause neck issues and one study has even linked it to other such issues such as cardiovascular disease. What is worse is that studies have found that it doesn’t matter how much you exercise – it does not negate the damage caused by sitting.
Walk to work or stand on the train/bus
If you can walk to work instead of drive do it! If you catch the bus and or a train stand instead of sit during your journey
Replace Your Desk for a sit-stand work station
If possible switch your desk out for a stand up desk.
Take stretch breaks
If it is just not possible to switch your desk then try standing and stretching every 30mins or whatever time periods you can manage based on your job. Also try going for a walk during your work breaks.
Switch your office chair
The trend right now is to switch your chair for a swiss ball style chair but the science has shown this causes more problems. Folks do not change their seating styles they just end up in more discomfort. If you have to continue sitting try switching your chair out for an ergonomic chair.
Start by sitting with a neutral posture. Proceed by pulling your head backwards. Try doing it in the mirror and you will see you make a double chin. Place two fingers from your right or left hand on your chin to help guide your neck and be sure to keep your eyes level looking straight ahead. Hold the movement for 1-2 second and repeat.
Exercises 2: Planks
Start by lying down so your body is parallel with the floor. The toes should point straight down and be supporting your body and your arms should be bent at 90 degree angle with your forearms parallel to the floor. Keep your back straight and hold for as long as possible. If you can only manage 20 seconds the first time of trying try 30 the next time.
Exercise 3 : Doorway Stretch
Standing in a doorway lift your arm so it’s parallel with the floor and slightly bend the elbow. Place your arm on the doorjamb. Lean against the doorjamb for 10 seconds then relax and repeat
Exercises 4 : Supermans
Lie on your stomach. Raise both your arms and feet off the ground at the same time as if you are flying (hence the name). Hold the position for five seconds and repeat 5-10 times.
Exercises 5 : Pelvic Tilt
Lie on your back with your knees bent on the floor. In this position your lower back should not be touching the floor. Tighten your abdominals (stomach muscles)so that the lower back now presses flat against the floor. Hold for 3-5second and repeat 5 times.
Exercises 6: Back Extensions
Lie down on your stomach. Using your arms push your upper body of the floor and hold this position for 3-5 seconds. Repeat 10 times.