Wallicia was kind enough to share her chiropractic experience in my office. If you know someone who has shoulder pain please share with them.
Sciatica pain usually begins from the lower back and radiates to one leg but may involve both legs in some cases. Patients may feel it as a dull ache of mild to moderate intensity or severe pain described as the worst kind of pain they experienced in their life.
Sciatica affects mostly men and women between the age of 35 -55 years. Other risk factors are; over- weight; smoking; stress and working in construction business or driving for long periods or overzealous weight lifters.
Sciatica usually results from sciatic nerve compression, which is caused by bone spurs, subluxations (misalignment of vertebra), herniated discs (slipped or bulging discs), tumors and certain other conditions such as pregnancy and child birth, diabetes and constipation. People also frequently complain that their sciatic pain is much more worsened after sitting for a longer period on a couch. Researchers explored into the reason for this aggravation of pain and they came up with an explanation. Scientific evidence demonstrated that most of the lower back pains including sciatic pain occur due to irritation of the discs between the spines. Even in the absence of bulging or herniation of discs, back pain or sciatica may still occur due to irritation of the central part of the disc called annulus.
When you are sitting on a soft surface such as the couch, your lower spinal vertebra- lumbar vertebra curve forward in a “flexion” position, this exerts pressure on the front side of the disc resulting in displacement of annulus backwards. At the back of the vertebra are the spinal nerves, and continuous repeated contact of the annulus with spinal nerves results in irritation and pain in the back that radiates to the leg (sciatica).
In this situation, your chiropractor may help you to stabilize your back with chiropractic adjustments. However, till the flexion position or slouching on couch becomes pain-free, it is advisable that you use a lumbar support roll while you are watching TV or sitting on your couch reading a book. But moderation is the key, nature designed our bodies for movement, therefore take a “motion break” after every 15-20 minutes and do few stretches or go get a glass of water for you.
[i] Koes, B. W., van Tulder, M. W., & Peul, W. C. (2007). Diagnosis and treatment of sciatica. BMJ : British Medical Journal, 334(7607), 1313–1317. http://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39223.428495.BE
Winter season brings with it an extra chore for most of us-that is shoveling snow. It could be a good physical activity but you need to take few precautions to avoid lower back pain while shoveling.
A) Foremost is selection of good shoveling equipment
Nowadays, user friendly shovels with ergonomic designs are available. These shovels with curved handles or handles with adjustable lengths minimize the painful bending of you back and you can shovel with only a slight bending at your knees and back. Choose shovels with small plastic blades that are light weight to move.
The holiday season is just around the corner, and you may find yourself once again pounding the pavement running from one store to another or standing in a line waiting to make payment for your favorite products. All of this waiting and standing in long lines can take a toll on your feet or back causing pain and stiffness. There are ways that will help you withstand the stress of standing for hours on your feet in shopping lines. These include:
Choose the right shoes
It’s advisable to plan ahead about the shoes you are going to wear on the day you choose to “shop till you drop”.
We believe in GIVING BACK. Dr. Brandon Czekaj is a Centreville chiropractor who strongly feels that when we are in a position to have achieved so much, the best gift at this point is giving back to the community.
With this aim to serve Centreville community, Dr Czekaj has joined hands with Doctors for Health and Wellness foundation. DHW foundation is a progressive, helpful force of hundreds of other wellness physicians across North America that provides a spectrum of free of cost, complimentary services to large corporations, small businesses and the community at large. Various initiatives taken include “health screenings, Lunch-and-Learn lectures, public wellness talks, corporate wellness days, and many more health-promotion venues”.
We are a family-oriented chiropractic clinic with roots within the community, and believe that without the support of our community we simply would not be in business. With this inspiration, Dr Czekaj strives to provide highly beneficial chiropractic services to Centreville community that encompass health fairs, Lunch& Learn events and chair massage occasions for different businesses, schools, churches or community fairs.
J .K. Rowling wrote in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, “Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it”. Without going into the metaphorical explanation of the saying, the literal meaning of these words is very important and relevant.
Pain in any part of human body is not a disease in itself but it’s an indicator that something is wrong in the body. We can understand it from a common everyday example. If you are driving your car and check engine lights comes on. What would you do? Will you ignore the light and keep driving or you will cover the light with a tape or unplug the wires or you will take your car to an auto-mechanic as soon as possible. You will agree with the last option because you want the problem being signaled by the check engine light to be sorted out and handled. Similarly, if you are feeling a pain in your back or neck, why would you want to mask the pain with pain killers or just ignore it hoping that it would go away on its own?
Being involved in a car accident is a very terrifying and dreadful experience for any person. The trauma incurred is both physical and emotional. Fortunately, every car accident is not a major one and the resulting auto accident injuries are not life endangering. However, it is important to note that even in minimal impact auto accidents there can be visible or hidden injuries in need of attention.
Chiropractors play a vital role in managing auto accident injuries. After excluding any major injury that might require emergency medical care, there are several head, neck and back injuries, in which chiropractic help could be of immense value.
Degenerative disc disease is referred to typical wear and tear in the vertebral or spinal discs that occur with age. Most health professionals don’t even consider it as a disease but a normal accompaniment of growing old, however, even young people in their 20s or 30s may have early onset of these changes in their spines. People more at risk are overweight, smokers, who lift heavy weights, or those sustaining injury to spinal discs.
Spinal discs are the soft, compressible, pillow-like cushions present between your vertebras, hence, given the name intervertebral discs. These discs act as shock absorbers while you turn, twist, bend your neck and back or lift weights. Together with the vertebra, these discs form a secure tunnel; the spinal canal for passage of spinal cord and spinal nerves. With increasing age, spinal discs become thin as they dehydrate and lose their flexibility, softness, and shock absorbing abilities. Degenerative disc disease can affect any part of the spine but more commonly involved are cervical (neck) and lumbar (back) spine.
If you are involved in a car accident, the first step in healing the car accident injuries is the initiative to go visit your chiropractor. With chiropractor help, you can promptly start recovering after a distressing car accident and set yourself on track to fully recovery. There are many reasons that one must set an appointment with the chiropractor after car accident; the top three reasons are:
1) Chiropractic treatment is safe
Chiropractic is a natural method of treatment where the chiropractor uses his hand for diagnosis of the problem and imparting various therapies like spinal manipulations.
Headaches are one of the most common medical complaints that can affect any one regardless of age, gender, race or ethnicity. According to data presented by WHO (World Health Organization) approximately half of the population around the globe is expected to suffer from headache in a given year.
Headaches can range from milder forms which can be self-managed with over the counter pain medications, massages, exercise and other lifestyle modifications, while there are others which are more complicated and require consultation and treatment from a health professional.