Back Pain

Herniated Disc Symptoms

When you take your thumb, lightly press it against one of your fingers, and rub it, do you feel a tingling sensation? Or do you experience a tingling sensation anywhere else in your body? If you do, might you have a herniated disc, also called a slipped disc. Here are other symptoms of a Herniated Disc:
Herniated Disc Symptoms

Arm or leg pain – Where the pain is depends on whether the affected disc is in your neck or lower back
Numbness or Tingling – This occurs to the nerves affected by a herniated disc
Weakness – The weakening of certain muscles because of affected nerves may make it difficult to use those muscles or even lead to temporary paralysis

What is a Herniated Disc?
The discs are the rubbery cushions between each of your vertebra. A disc becomes herniated when of the discs in your spine is forced out of its proper position, and the rubbing of two of your vertebra causes unnecessary friction.

Depending on various factors of a herniated disc, a person can have a herniated disc and experience no symptoms. Though, an inflamed herniated disc can cause excruciating pain that leaves a person debilitated.
How do you Treat a Herniated Disc?
If you have a herniated disc, or if you think you might have a herniated disc, whether you experience any pain or not, it should not be ignored. This slipped disc can frequently be relieved by correcting the Atlas Subluxation, which is the correction of the upper cervical area of your spine.

You can experience no pain for months or years, yet the symptoms can flare up and cause paralysis of the musculoskeletal structure with little to no notice. Whether you experience pain, the best thing you can do […]

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Backpacks: How Heavy is too Heavy?

Who hasn’t wondered whether small children lugging oversized, heavy backpacks to-and-from school might be risking serious injury to their growing spines and will one day suffer from serious back pain?

Apparently, there is real cause for concern.

According to a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission study, more than 75% of students ages 8-12 suffer from increasing back pain inflicted by carrying their schoolwork and supplies in backpacks or similar totes.

Some of our younger elementary school students are literally carrying one third their body weight for prolonged periods of time and distance. That puts a lot of stress on a body in the midst of development

And, the heavy burdens are not just affecting those students small in stature.

Student back injuries are now widespread. 96% of the kids monitored regularly haul much too heavy a pack on their back. In 2001 alone, 7,000 children went to U.S. emergency rooms for backpack-related injuries. And, 60% of orthopedic doctors contacted regarding the study reported that they have treated children suffering from back pain caused by their heavy bags.

The study alluded to this startling calculation: A child carrying a 12-pound backpack, and lifting it 10 times per day for the entire school year, has carried and lifted a combined load of 21,600 pounds — the equivalent of 6 mid-sized cars.

A good rule of thumb is that children should not carry backpacks that exceed more than 10% of their body weight — which translates into a 5 to 10-pound load for elementary students.

Even with the continued progression of electronic learning – which one would think leads to fewer books – the backpack has become a survival kit for the action-packed lives that today’s children lead during and after school hours. Parents and […]

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The 5 C’s to Reduce Back Pain

Does Your Back Hurt? 
 If you have back pain you know how debilitating it can be. Back pain is extremely common with 80% of people experiencing back pain at some point in their lives.
In fact, back pain is now the single leading cause of disability worldwide.
So if you have back pain, what can you do about it?
Well, here are 5 simple steps to help you conquer that nagging back injury.

Clean up Your Diet
Nutrition can play a major role in chronic conditions like lower back pain. Minimizing your intake of processed foods containing trans fats, sugar, gluten, etc. can make a big difference in the amount of inflammation your body is producing.
Dietary changes don’t have to happen overnight. The important thing is to start. Pick one thing on the list and commit to doing that one for now. Cutting out processed foods is a good place to start.
Make sure you’re getting plenty of vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to chronic lower back pain, so make sure that your getting your 20 minutes of sun on your face and arms every day and also it may be necessary for you to take a vitamin D supplement.

Change Your Sleeping Habits
In my experience, regularly sleeping on your stomach can create severe damage in your neck and back. If you are a stomach sleeper make sure you make the change to your side or back as quickly as possible.
If you are a stomach sleeper, tonight, make the decision to begin to sleep on your side. It is very difficult to move from your stomach (the worst) to sleeping on your back (the best). Remember, if your back hurts in this side sleeping position, you can place a pillow between your knees […]

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What is the cause of scoliosis?

The Cause of Scoliosis
Look at the picture above of a 16 year old girl with Scoliosis. Notice the position of her head…tilted over to the left…then the curve begins to compensate from there….first one way and then the other until the pelvis is seen as being lower on the left in the standing position. This is a very common pattern that develops after an upper neck misalignment at an early age that begins a cascade of events. When the top bone of the neck (the atlas) is misaligned…it will tilt the head off to the side…and just like standing on the side of a hill your body must compensate for the change in head position. If the misalignment occurs early enough in life, then an idiopathic scoliosis will develop. Idiopathic means that the medical profession does not know what causes it. Idiopathic scoliosis is the most common type of scoliosis…approximately 80-85 % of all scoliosis is idiopathic. I prefer to call this an Atlas Misalignment Scoliosis.

Proprioceptive Problems
Disturbances of postural equilibrium (or what is called proprioception) have been found in idiopathic scoliosis, and several researchers have suggested that this is a result of brain stem disturbances. It has been shown experimentally that stress on posterior nerve roots can also cause spinal deviation.
Following a head or neck trauma, one area that is commonly damaged is the proprioceptive system of the neck. Proprioception is your body’s ability to perceive your position is space. The upper cervical spine has the most dense collection of proprioceptors in the body. When these proprioceptors are damaged people tend to have an all sorts of different problems. An Upper Cervical Corrective Procedure is designed to correct this underlying cause in order to restore proper neurology and physiology to the body. This underlying proprioceptive imbalance could […]

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Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care: More Than Just Bad Backs

Chiropractic Has Never Been about Bad Backs
In 1895 Daniel David Palmer came on the health care scene as, medicine was leaving an era of proclaimed cure-alls to pursue more scientific investigation into the treatment of disease.

According to the Palmer Chiropractic College’s website:

“D.D. Palmer reasoned that the body had an ample supply of natural healing power transmitted through the nervous system. If a single organ was sick, it must not be receiving its normal nerve supply. That led to the premise of spinal misalignment, or subluxation, and from there to a procedure for adjusting the vertebrae. D.D. performed his first adjustments in 1895, relieving one man of deafness and another person of heart trouble. Arrangements were made to train others in the application of the chiropractic principle. The Palmer School and Cure was founded in 1897 and was later incorporated under the laws of Iowa. The school later became the Palmer School of Chiropractic.”

So as you can see, there was never a mention of bad backs. On the contrary, the first 2 people to receive a chiropractic adjustment had hearing problems and heart problems.

Now, I’m not claiming that chiropractic care is a cure for all deafness or all heart problems. But, over the past hundred plus years chiropractic patients have seen amazing changes in their health, including resolution of hearing, heart problems, and even breathing conditions such as influenza and pneumonia.
How the 1918 Flu Epidemic Saved Chiropractic
According to Wikipedia,the 1918 flu epidemic, was devastating. It infected 500 million people across the world and killed 50 to 100 million of them, which was 3 to 5 percent of the world’s population at the time making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in human history.

During that time, chiropractic was a fledgling healthcare […]

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