Archive for July, 2010

5 Common Mistakes When Thinking About Your Painful Experience.

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

It would be safe to assume as a San Diego chiropractor that at one point or another you have had some type of ache in your body. This is a pretty secure assumption. I would bet that you have also had some kind of difficulty that was brought on by something very small. Let me give you an example to think about. You wake up in the morning and walk into the bathroom and as you go to squeeze the toothpaste out of the tube and you drop the lid on the floor. So you bend down to pick it up and zappo, lightning sharp ache shoots up your spine and back down again. You try to stand up straight but for some reason it feels like someone is pressing against your back causing you to hunch over and making it nearly impossible to straighten up.

Here’s another typical ache invoking experience. You rush out the door because you are late for your appointment. As you settle into the car you remember that you forgot your keys so you hurry back into the house retrieve them and return to the car. As you start the engine and turn your head to back out of the driveway…whammo, someone stuck you with a hot barbecue poker in the back of the neck causing you great difficulty to return your head to a normal position without feeling that searing ache that we all enjoy.

So it may not be a toothpaste lid or the turning of your head that provokes you to fall to your knees in anguish, but I am almost certain that you have experienced a similar type situation in which the action you performed such not have caused SO MUCH ACHE! There are a few different responses to this type of circumstances. Before we talk about those, let’s just get real philosophical for a moment.

If you were hanging out with Hippocrates right now at Starbucks sipping on a Latte and talking about life and science and the human experience, how do you think he would respond if you asked him if it was ordinary for the body to respond like yours did when you bent over to pick up that heavy toothpaste lid or when you whipped your head around to back the cart out of the dirt road. I would guess that he would first ask you what toothpaste was and then once that was cleared up he would tell you no. This is not a normal physiological response for your body to such a minimal action. The reaction does not equal the action. Okay, philosophy class being over let’s get back to how you would respond to this state of affairs. Here are 5 ordinary mistakes that I have observed from patients at the chiropractic office in San Diego who experience these types of situations.

1. I use a heating pad or I took a hot shower on the area and it felt great. I am not against heating pads or heat but here is the situation. When you have an acute injury you generally should not put heat on it. Heat opens up the blood vessels which are already engorged even more causing more swelling and fluid accumulation in the injured area. This will result in relaxation for up to 12 hours after heat use and then ache worse than the initial event after the trip to lala land has ended. There are exceptions but for the majority of people please resist the urge to use heat unless I’ve told otherwise.

2. I thought it would go away but it has been two to three weeks and the ache hasn’t stopped. Ouch, this one is not good! The real question from me to you is why you thought that the ache would go away. Let me give you a simple analogy. Pretend the oil light on your car goes on, would you continue driving until it went out and just assume that the problem went away. I hope not. This is the best analogy that I can think of to relate to the ache signal that your body is sending you. Don’t pretend there isn’t something wrong. Get to the cause of the problem. Come get adjusted by a chiropractor immediately or as soon as possible after the initial event.

3. I don’t know why this happened, I am totally healthy, and there is nothing wrong with me. This is my favorite one from males. Guys, we have to admit to some facts. Women are much better at taking care of themselves then we are. The reason is because they are willing to tell someone when they aren’t feeling well and then they try to get help for it. Generally speaking, men are much more willing to put up with little problems that they experience. This is not good in the long run. One little crisis + one little difficulty + one problem = One BIG PROBLEM. The proof is that women tend to live something like 4 years longer than men. Surprise, surprise, I wonder if we men just think Oh well we aren’t going to live as long anyways so why not just put up with what we got and die sooner. This is of course some faulty logic because if we did take care of ourselves we would live longer.

4. I know that I only need one or two adjustments and everything will be fine.  Just crack my back and I’ll be all better. The only man I know in history who performed one treatment on someone and they were fine was Jesus. I am not Jesus. I don’t know any chiropractors named Jesus. Normally when people tell me the chiropractor fixed them in one adjustment and I look in their files, or consult with the other chiropractors I see that they have been adjusted 4 times on the low end and 8-10 on the high end (normal, about 6 visits) for an acute problem. My goal is to see you out of ache as quickly as possible so that you can function normally, but my goals do not end there! This leads me to the next common mistake.

5. Not getting adjusted by a chiropractor regularly to prevent these occurrences in your life. Now I am not saying that if you get regular adjustments your life is going to be perfect. Life is not perfect. I myself get regular adjustments. I don’t stop getting adjusted all together because I know that if I didn’t get regular adjustments and a flare up occurred, it would be a lot worse than it normally is. Our bodies are not perfect but if we work preventatively to keep things moving and aligned throughout the course of our lives a lot of these irritating aches could be avoided.

The joints of your spine are some of the key messengers of your nervous system. If they are not working there is no way for you to know because you cannot see them. Ache is your only signal and by then a lot of times it is already too late. Chiropractors are trained to detect problems with these joints and help prevent the ache before it occurs. Waiting too long will only cause more serious problems.

Science has proven that nerve endings are all affected during a chiropractic adjustment. The goal of chiropractic adjustment is to get you out of pain first of all, but to keep you ache free and fully functioning is the main idea. Chiropractors want to work with you to develop a healthy body which is firing on all cylinders so that you have a nervous system which is quick, alert, strong and ready to fight off any problems that you might encounter throughout the day. This is what regular chiropractic adjustments do. They help keep your central nervous system strong and healthy and give you the ability to live a better quality of life as far as your health is concerned. My desire is that you would all experience life and health to the fullest. For more information, contact New Century Spine Centers in San Diego at 619-630-9153. You can be treated by the best chiropractors and spinal decompression specialists.

When Your Chiropractor Told You To Stand Up Straight, He Wasn’t Joking Around!

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

The latest information does not come from Grandma Smith’s Home Book of Healthy Remedies but from the most prestigious orthopedic journal in the world, Spine.  Three recent articles in this medical journal  (The Impact of Positive Sagittal Balance in Adult Spinal Deformity (Spine Journal), Spinal Kyphosis Causes Demyelination and Neuronal Loss in the Spinal Cord: A New Model of Kyphotic Deformity (Spine Journal) and A hypothesis of chronic back pain: ligament subfailure injuries lead to muscle control dysfunction (European Spine Journal) ) not only have a lot of big words in their titles but they confirm the concept that the shape of your spine determines the function of your body.

Now when we talk about shape, there are two things that need to be addressed.  Shape means having the correct curves in your spine from the side view and also means having joints that are mobile and full of flexibility.   The most interesting one for me is the one that talks about Sagittal Balance. The conclusions from the article were: There is a DETERIORATION of health status with progressive forward head [posture]. ALL measures of health status showed significantly poorer scores as [forward head posture increased]. Even MINOR forward head [posture] is DETRIMENTAL. The SEVERITY of Symptoms increases in a linear fashion with progressive increase of forward head [posture]. There was CLEAR evidence of INCREASED PAIN and DECREASED FUNCTION as the magnitude of forward head [posture] increased.
What does this mean for you?  It means your chiropractor knew more than you thought and maybe even more than the chiropractor thought!   Standing up correctly, ears over shoulders, shoulders over hips and hips over ankles will help you live a healthier life, with less pain and increased function of your entire body.
This is why our posture analysis is a great indicator of your health. It is extremely important to get your posture checked regularly to find out if there are any misalignments that need to be corrected. Don’t wait until the weekend or until you are retired or until you have enough money. Remember Spine, the most prestigious orthopedic journal in the world says it’s true so it must have some validity.
Back and neck pain can be devastating and will strike millions of victims this year. At New Century Spine Centers in San Diego, you can get a free consultation to feel better, be pain free, get motivated, and get excited to live life again almost immediately! Discover the secrets to finally stop living in pain, even if you’ve tried everything before!
New Century Spine Centers has treated thousands of patients in San Diego and across the globe for neck pain, low back pain, and leg pain, utilizing state of the art spinal decompression therapy, cold laser therapy, advanced New Century rehab and specialized chiropractic care. The top doctors at New Century chiropractic and spinal decompression centers specialize in the treatment of back pain and spinal disorders such as disc herniation, sciatica, spinal stenosis and failed back surgeries. We also offer comprehensive treatment for personal injuries and treatment of car accident injuries.

Can Chiropractic Care Keep Your Brain From Shrinking?

Monday, July 26th, 2010
Can your chiropractic doctor keep your brain from shrinking? The Journal of Neuroscience brings sobering news to long-term back pain sufferers. Scientists found that even one year of long-term back pain can age the brain 10 to 20 years. 26 individuals with long-term, continuous pain of more than a year were compared with 26 healthy individuals. The researchers theorize that the stress of long-term pain causes “burnout shrinkage.” But that may not be a life sentence.
Shrinkage doesn’t always equal loss of brain cells and shrinkage may reverse once the long-term pain ends. Can chiropractic care reverse the damage? Chiropractic success with long-term conditions is well known. Apparently “learning to live with it” may cause serious long-term problems. If you know anyone with a long-term condition please advise them to explore chiropractic care first. Their pain and their brain will thank them for the relief.
Most of you know that there can be damaging effects to your brain from electromagnetic radiation, environmental pollution, toxic chemical additives to food and other chemicals added to the things we drink, but did you know that pain can cause your brain to shrink somewhat.  I have been contemplating this brain shrinkage phenomenon since I first read about it a while ago.  The conclusions I have come up with may astonish a lot of you.
Here they are (keep in mind that I am being sarcastic here to prove a point): 1) Because individuals tend to think that their pain will “eventually go away by itself” (if only I had a dollar for every time I heard this), I suppose that the logic explanation for the reason that the pain eventually goes away is that part of our brain just disappeared. 2) If pain causes our brains to shrink it would probably be a good thing for those of us who are quite knowledgeable on every subject known to mankind (i.e. smarty pants) to be in pain every once in a while in order to give the other individuals around us a chance to keep up with us. 3) It may be beneficial to most of us that we only use a minor percentage of our brain’s capacity to engage in our daily activities (the myth that we use only 10% of our brains is exactly that, a myth).  But this could mean that most of us have lots of brains to spare so if we ever get into pain and start to lose our brains, we shouldn’t have much of a problem. 4) Some of us have been told that we have “swollen heads”, pain every once in a while might help our heads to shrink slightly, allowing us more easy passage through doorways and getting in and out of cars, we would also be less of an obstruction for the individuals behind us at the movie theatre.  5) Long-term pain could allow us to have that constant light headed feeling that some long distance runners strive for because our heads would literally be lighter.  This would also help our posture because a lighter head would be easier to keep upright.  Less forward head leaning with the reduction in weight makes for a better posture.
Well I hope you get the big idea that having a smaller brain is not a good thing or should I say avoiding pain is a good thing!  I have found that the best way to avoid ache is to be proactive about your health.  When my patients ask me how often they should come in to get adjusted I recommend at least one time per month to get checked and adjusted.  I personally try to get adjusted once per week and I believe that it helps prevent a lot of problems with my health that I would have otherwise developed.
So here is my official position on how often you need to be coming in to get adjusted.  If you do not have acute pain due to some unfortunate incident you should be coming in once per month.  I look forward to seeing you and helping you maintain your hat size for the duration of your life. New Century Spine Centers is located in San Diego in Mission Valley and can be reached at 619-630-9153.

Key Steps On Losing The Pounds Forever

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Successful weight loss is not just a matter of losing pounds. The emphasis needs to be on abandoning body fat and avoiding loss of lean body tissue, primarily muscle mass. Why is this the key to long-term success? Because muscle requires 15 times the energy compared to fat to survive (7.5 Calories per day for muscle versus 0.5 calories per day for fat). The more lean tissue, the more calories one can consume once desirable body weight is achieved. Overall, a moderate diet of at least 1000 calories of high quality food per day and exercise is clearly the best approach because 80% of the weight lost is fat. This plan protects lean body mass, which is critical to keep from gaining the weight back again.

Exercise in moderation is essential. It burns calories, which promotes weight loss. And it makes a body look good, inside and out: the payoff is a leaner, more attractive body, with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease. However, physical activity by itself may not be enough to lose weight. For best results, it should be combined with a reduced caloric plan, calculated to match an individual’s new physical activity level.

Rapid weight loss can be encouraging at first, but long term results are disappointing. The lost weight (mostly water) rapidly returns, besides diets too low in calories quickly lower the body’s metabolic rule. This makes it even harder to lose weight and much easier to gain it back, creating a “yo-yo” dieting syndrome. More fat is lost when the rate of weight loss is about 2 pounds per week. The number of calories needed to achieve this varies for each person and should be determined on an individual basis.

There are immediate benefits to consuming the right number of calories. First of all, it helps to avoid the hunger, fatigue and grouchiness that so often accompany deprivation of food. It supplies the energy needed to exercise. Trying to exercise on a very low caloric diet is like starving yourself twice – it leads to further loss of lean body tissue.  It helps ensure that nutritional needs are met. This is especially important over an extended period of time.

Another important thing to consider is to choose the right foods. Many weight loss diets encourage avoiding carbohydrates (starchy foods), the body’s primary source of fuel. Such diets promote rapid loss of body water for a few weeks. But this can lead to a discouraging weight plateau, followed by weight gain from water and sodium retention once carbohydrates are eaten again. A healthy mix of foods, high in complex carbohydrates and low in fat, sugar and alcohol gives the individual the most for their calories plus a higher energy level and better nutrition.

Lifelong weight control requires more than a simple diet. A plan is needed that focuses on making changes in behaviors that have contributed to the weight problem, changes that are realistic and fit each person’s unique lifestyle. The best program for most people includes: a personal plan of action with specific solutions for permanent change, a program with the right balance of calories and physical activity to lose weight at an optimal rate, and the personal support they need to succeed. Doing it right helps ensure that the weight loss is not just temporary, but lifelong.

Spinal decompression Doctors Offer New Hope For Back Pain With spinal decompression And Chiropractic Care

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010
San Diego chiropractors and spinal decompression specialists offer new hope for back pain victims. Advanced spinal decompression therapy and cold laser therapy are combined for a program that works wonders for many patients suffering from bulging discs, herniated discs, sciatica, and spinal stenosis. Up until now, there has not been a complete program for eliminating back pain. With the advanced spinal decompression therapy program at New Century Spine Centers in San Diego, former back pain sufferers are living pain free and enjoying life. These are patients that previously tried chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy, and even surgery. They finally ended their back pain with the advanced spine decompression therapy program.  Patients love the treatments because they are safe, non-surgical and effective. According to one patient, “I went to other doctors that do spinal decompression and got minimal relief. After I met with Dr. Pritsker, he was professional, understood my skepticism and concerns, and was very friendly. And best of all, after going through his program, I am completely pain free!” Dr. Michael Pritsker combines hands-on spinal adjustments with high-tech spinal decompression treatments, and then Dr. Dirk Kancilia strengthens the spine and surrounding structures with specialized rehab, cold laser therapy, and physiotherapy. The program covers every angle when it comes to eliminating back pain and keeping it off.  New Century Spine Centers has set up the website www.SanDiegoBackPainTreatment.com where those interested can request a free report and video about these advanced treatments.
One of the advanced treatments that are utilized at New Century Spine Centers is DRX 9000 non-surgical spinal decompression therapy. Spinal decompression therapy has gotten positive reviews from doctors from Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins, Stanford and UCSF. Spinal Decompression is an FDA cleared device that uses a technique that lowers pressure on the discs in the spine. By decreasing the pressure within the disc, the disc is able to rehydrate, thereby restoring the normal height to the disc and reducing the irritation to the joints and other structures. As the disc is distracted, the tears in the disc are brought into alignment. The result is a functional pain-free spinal joint. The use of the spinal decompression device and protocol creates an environment for a disc that optimizes healing of the disc and the surrounding tissue. The program focuses on long term relief. Spinal Decompression is the treatment of choice for lower back pain. It’s non-invasive and without the side effects of drugs and surgery. Hundreds of San Diego residents suffering with back pain and sciatica are heading to New Century Spine Centers in Mission Valley.
Back pain sufferers from all over the world are contacting the back pain specialists at New Century to find out more information about the groundbreaking computer-guided treatments. Patients are driving over 5 hours, passing many chiropractors and back pain doctors along the way, to get treated by Dr. Michael Pritsker and Dr. Dirk Kancilia, the top chiropractors at New Century Spine Centers. In the past, when spinal discs went bad, options were very limited. Most people had to choose between drugs and surgery. Today, thanks to a group of neurosurgeons, engineers and scientists, spinal decompression offers a new option for the treatment of back and leg pain that is successful in most cases. Spinal decompression performed by the right doctor just may be the best weapon ever discovered against low back pain and sciatica. This treatment has been tested, researched and found to be effective. The chiropractic doctors at New Century Spine Centers also employ cold laser therapy and active release sports therapy. By combining these with traditional chiropractic care and spinal decompression therapy, patients are not only able to get rid of their pain; they are able to keep it off.  After successfully treating over thousands of patients with back pain, sciatica, herniated disc, bulged disc, spinal stenosis, neck pain and whiplash, the chiropractors at New Century Spine Centers continue to deliver excellent results using groundbreaking high-tech treatments. To see these breakthrough treatments in action, simply go to the website www.BackCareTreatment.com. San Diego county residents can schedule a consultation with one of the doctors by simply calling the office at 619-630-9153.

Interesting Information About Why You Are Shrinking And What You Can Do About It!

Monday, July 19th, 2010

The average human, both men and women shrink up to three inches over the course of their entire life. These facts are being revealed by chiropractors in San Diego. You can begin losing height slowly some time in your late twenties. This process then accelerates as you age. So, if you are in your thirties you are shrinking right at this moment! And the worst part is that some people shrink more quickly than others. The results can be a devastating “hunchback” appearance over time. It can also lead to limited mobility and constant pain. The good news is that there are simple and easy things you can do right now at this moment to minimize the aging and shrinking process. You can do things to make sure you stay strong and tall and don’t end up looking like the hunchback of Notre Dame! It’s not an appealing look.

Although there are several factors that lead to shrinking, the one that has by far the biggest impact on shrinkage is your spine. This is because the discs have several important functions. First, they help to keep the vertebrae together. The discs also act like a shock absorber, allowing the spine to compress and rebound when stress is applied to the spinal column. It acts as a sort of spring. The discs also maintain proper spacing between the bones. Proper spacing is needed so each bone can move completely without restriction. This space allows nerves to pass through their opening without getting pinched and altered. What does all this have to do with you shrinkage? The disc is like a week old jelly donut that can easily be ruined. It has a tough outer layer and a soft, jelly-like center. That center is normally over 85% water. Your disc makes up 33% of the height of your entire spine. So, if your disc somehow loses water, dries out so-to-speak, you lose height! And in some cases it can be a few inches.

Your discs only have one way to keep their water content. This is through a process known as imbibitions. It is also through proper motion. Proper motion serves as a natural pump that brings water and other nutrition in and out of the disc through imbibition. As soon as that motion is stopped or altered, the disc begins to shrink and die in the process. If your spinal bones misalign or malfunction, the discs cannot move through their normal range of motion causing its water content to be lost and the disc height to decrease. This misalignment is referred to by chiropractors as a subluxation.

And here’s an amazing fact that you need to understand. An estimated two inches of vertical height of the spine may be lost if the water content of the discs are lowered by only sixteen percent or more! What’s worse is that his sets off a vicious cycle of spinal and body degeneration. As your disc shrinks, it compresses joints and causes inflammation or swelling due to friction in the area. Swelling and more friction reduce mobility even more in the long run. As more motion is lost, the disc loses more fluid, shrinking even more, causing compression and the cycle keeps going and going until your spinal discs look like a slice of pepperoni on a pizza! What’s more, your spine can even become deformed, making it more difficult to maintain balance and upright posture. That’s one reason you see people with terrible looking hunchbacks or using a walker to stay somewhat upright. During this process, nerves can get pinched and compressed. This can cause severe pain and other chronic health problems.

That was a lot of bad news. But there is good news: Even though you can’t completely stop the aging process in your spine, you can seriously slow it down. This reduces the amount of height you lose and all the chronic pain and health problems that go along with the problem. How do you protect your spine? This can be done by simply going to your chiropractor and having your spine routinely checked for misalignments. Misalignments are known as subluxations. Through quick and easy chiropractic methods, it can determined if you have a problem that can cause spinal degeneration and all the problems that come along with it if a subluxation is found. Proper steps can be taken to correct it before serious and permanent damage is done. Chiropractic adjustments combined with rehabilitation procedures and proper nutritional can restore proper motion to malfunctioning spinal segments. This will decrease friction and swelling, and allow fluid back into the disc. This in turn will stop the vicious cycle of pain, degeneration and shrinking!

You need to ask yourself a question. Does it make more sense to routinely see your dentist for check-ups for your teeth even though your teeth don’t hurt or, should you wait until your teeth are in pain and falling out? I don’t know how you answered that question, but I think it makes more sense to see my Dentist prior to waking up in agonizing pain and needing a root canal. It does make sense to come see a chiropractor prior to being in agonizing pain. By that time, it may be too late and your only option may be surgery. The worst thing is that waiting until you are in pain means damage has already been done. Some damage can be corrected, but some cannot. Over time, this damage adds up. This leads to problems and pain that may not be able to be corrected.

I’m sure you heard the phrase an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Seeing a chiropractor that specializes in these conditions can mean the difference of suffering in agony or living a pain free life. The chiropractors in San Diego’s New Century Spine Centers are at the top of their profession. To learn more about the chiropractors in San Diego at New Century Spine Centers, call them at their San Diego office at 619-630-9153.

Are Headaches The Result Of An Aspirin Shortage?

Monday, July 12th, 2010

I know it may sound silly. Headaches of course aren’t the result of an aspirin shortage. But the way most people react when they get a headache by popping pill after pill you’d think it was due to a shortage. There are, however, many safe and effective treatments for headaches. Some of them have been around for many years, and they have absolutely nothing to do with drugs or surgery.

Alternative therapies have taken the lead in the treatment of many conditions. As a matter of fact, a study in the Journal Of American Medical Association indicated that Americans now visit alternative care providers nearly twice as often as traditional physicians, and the numbers are growing.

In 1997, Americans spent an astounding $27 billion on visits to alternative practitioners, an increase of 45% over 1990. What’s more, most of this money was not reimbursed by insurance plans! Doesn’t seem very “alternative” anymore… does it? What IS shocking, however, is how long these treatments are often suppressed, even in the presence of clear and compelling evidence. I’m not saying there’s a conspiracy. That’s not it at all. This is just the way things work. It’s all economics. Why don’t you see the big oil companies running ads for electric cars? That’s because it won’t profit them. It will actually take money right out of their pockets. They’d much rather see you keep driving that 70’s gas-guzzler. For the same reason, you won’t find billion dollar drug companies proclaiming the wonders of drugless miracles. It may not be fair, but it is good business. It’s that simple. That’s why you really have to watch who you listen to and find out the real source of the information. After all, until last year, hormone replacement therapy was the miracle “cure-all” for post-menopausal women. Now, after 30 years of use, it’s been linked to an increase rate of breast cancer, stroke and heart disease.

So what about headaches? Let’s start with a few facts that most people don’t know about headaches: At least 50 million Americans see their doctors for headaches each year, and an unknown number simply treat head pain themselves. Two-thirds of headache sufferers remain undiagnosed. Headache accounts for 8 million office visits each year. 9 out of 10 Americans suffer from headaches. 95% of headaches are primary headaches, such as tension, migraine, or cluster headaches. These types of headaches are not caused by disease. The headache itself is the primary concern. Nearly 90 percent of primary headaches are tension-type.

So, if all these headaches are tension-type, I bet you’re wondering what a tension-type headache is. Tension-type headaches can be caused when malfunctioning spinal bones cause joint, nerve and muscle irritation in your neck. The pain can travel from the top of your shoulders, up the back of your neck and into the head, sometimes forming a band-like pain around the head. “The greatest majority of primary headaches are associated with muscle tension in the neck,” says Dr. George B. McClelland, a doctor of chiropractic from Christiansburg, VA, and member of the American Chiropractic Association’s (ACA) Board of Governors. “Today, Americans engage in more sedentary activities than they used to, and more hours are spent in one fixed position or posture. This can increase joint irritation and muscle tension in the neck, upper back and scalp, causing your head to ache.” So what can you do to help this most common type of headache?

A 1995 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches and that those who ceased chiropractic treatment after four weeks experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in contrast with those patients who received a commonly prescribed medication. The most likely explanation for Chiropractic’s great results with headaches is that the adjustment gets to the cause of the headache by relieving the tension on the joint, muscle and nerve. Drugs may temporarily numb some of the pain, but they never actually fix the problem. There are many alternative therapies available for tension type headaches. To learn more about some the more advanced treatment options for headaches, visit www.BackCareTreatment.com. Most people with headaches don’t have to suffer anymore. There are many drug and surgery free options available.

Are Headaches The Result Of An Aspirin Shortage?

Monday, July 12th, 2010

I know it may sound silly. Headaches of course aren’t the result of an aspirin shortage. But the way most people react when they get a headache by popping pill after pill you’d think it was due to a shortage. There are, however, many safe and effective treatments for headaches. Some of them have been around for many years, and they have absolutely nothing to do with drugs or surgery.

Alternative therapies have taken the lead in the treatment of many conditions. As a matter of fact, a study in the Journal Of American Medical Association indicated that Americans now visit alternative care providers nearly twice as often as traditional physicians, and the numbers are growing.

In 1997, Americans spent an astounding $27 billion on visits to alternative practitioners, an increase of 45% over 1990. What’s more, most of this money was not reimbursed by insurance plans! Doesn’t seem very “alternative” anymore… does it? What IS shocking, however, is how long these treatments are often suppressed, even in the presence of clear and compelling evidence. I’m not saying there’s a conspiracy. That’s not it at all. This is just the way things work. It’s all economics. Why don’t you see the big oil companies running ads for electric cars? That’s because it won’t profit them. It will actually take money right out of their pockets. They’d much rather see you keep driving that 70’s gas-guzzler. For the same reason, you won’t find billion dollar drug companies proclaiming the wonders of drugless miracles. It may not be fair, but it is good business. It’s that simple. That’s why you really have to watch who you listen to and find out the real source of the information. After all, until last year, hormone replacement therapy was the miracle “cure-all” for post-menopausal women. Now, after 30 years of use, it’s been linked to an increase rate of breast cancer, stroke and heart disease.

So what about headaches? Let’s start with a few facts that most people don’t know about headaches: At least 50 million Americans see their doctors for headaches each year, and an unknown number simply treat head pain themselves. Two-thirds of headache sufferers remain undiagnosed. Headache accounts for 8 million office visits each year. 9 out of 10 Americans suffer from headaches. 95% of headaches are primary headaches, such as tension, migraine, or cluster headaches. These types of headaches are not caused by disease. The headache itself is the primary concern. Nearly 90 percent of primary headaches are tension-type.

So, if all these headaches are tension-type, I bet you’re wondering what a tension-type headache is. Tension-type headaches can be caused when malfunctioning spinal bones cause joint, nerve and muscle irritation in your neck. The pain can travel from the top of your shoulders, up the back of your neck and into the head, sometimes forming a band-like pain around the head. “The greatest majority of primary headaches are associated with muscle tension in the neck,” says Dr. George B. McClelland, a doctor of chiropractic from Christiansburg, VA, and member of the American Chiropractic Association’s (ACA) Board of Governors. “Today, Americans engage in more sedentary activities than they used to, and more hours are spent in one fixed position or posture. This can increase joint irritation and muscle tension in the neck, upper back and scalp, causing your head to ache.” So what can you do to help this most common type of headache?

A 1995 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches and that those who ceased chiropractic treatment after four weeks experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in contrast with those patients who received a commonly prescribed medication. The most likely explanation for Chiropractic’s great results with headaches is that the adjustment gets to the cause of the headache by relieving the tension on the joint, muscle and nerve. Drugs may temporarily numb some of the pain, but they never actually fix the problem. There are many alternative therapies available for tension type headaches. To learn more about some the more advanced treatment options for headaches, visit www.BackCareTreatment.com. Most people with headaches don’t have to suffer anymore. There are many drug and surgery free options available.

Could Improper Computer Use Be The Cause Of Your Back Pain?

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Chiropractors in San Diego are revealing how computer use may be the cause of your back pain. Computers can be a great tool. You can investigate the complete cheapest cost on a new Iphone, take a practical visit of a resort halfway crosswise the country or keep in touch with far-away relatives all with the snap of a button. The power of computers is only getting superior and better. And the more authoritative they get, they more time we use with them, for labor and for enjoyment. I mean, is there really any place in your life you don’t use a processor in some way?

While computer systems can make renewing over library books or filling your tax returns easy, there is one large problem. Regrettably, our body was not intended to sit in a chair with our hands propped up while we stare at a shining screen. Extended time at the keyboard can give rise to some rather malicious ailments and injury.

Low back ache is a very common ailment that occurs from central processing unit use. Using the incorrect type of chair at the mainframe is usually the culprit here – either that or not taking the time to correctly adjusts it. If you have unfortunate position when sitting this can also create an uneven distribution of weight on your spine, which leads to soreness. Another reason is an inappropriately configured desk setup. For example, do you find yourself leaning and stretching without cause as you labor?

Do you find yourself repeatedly looking up and down referencing a document when you’re at the computer? If so this may be the cause of your pain. Shoulder and neck pain can be another problem. Another killer when it comes to shoulder and neck pain is using a phone wedged into the side of your neck. Spend the couple of bucks on a hands-free headset – its well worth it!

How about hurting knees and buttocks? Believe it or not, the most common cause of hurting knees and buttocks here is just sitting on your butt way too long! Your body doesn’t like that position. If you specifically suffer from knee pain, it’s usually causes by sitting in a chair that is too high, which leaves your feet dangling and unsupported. Poor lumbar support can make the problem even worse.

The position of your mouse and computer chair also plays a critical factor. Monitor glare is the enemy for eye strain. Whether it’s artificial light or sunlight being reflected off your monitor screen, glare can cause some serious pain. Try rearranging your workspace if you regularly experience eye strain. Where do you rest your wrists when you type? Resting your wrists on a hard or uncomfortable edge can definitely be the cause of hand pain.

So how do you overcome computer soreness? One of the simplest and greatest actions is to just take regular breaks during the day. This certainly sounds easy, but it works like a charm. Let’s face it – when most of us get sucked into our computer, we don’t pay any awareness how our body feels. Take a little stretch or stroll and take your eyes off the screen. It doesn’t have to be an extended break – five minutes every hour should work wonders.

As you probably already know, chiropractic isn’t just about relieving the pain you have now, it’s about eliminating any of your future pain too! During your next chiropractic visit, please be sure to let your chiropractor know if you find yourself experiencing any of the computer related pain we spoke about here. Even if it’s not serious pain – by letting your chiropractor know about it, they can make sure it never gets serious.

San Diego Spinal Decompression Holds Free Health Care Classes at New Century Spine Centers.

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Lots of people suffer with back and neck pain. Dr. Michael Pritsker, DC, is a spinal decompression specialist and chiropractor at New Century Spine Centers in San Diego. He is providing free spinal health classes in Mission Valley. These classes are held the first Wednesday of each and every month. Patients and others who attend learn some of the latest treatment options for back pain. They also learn some of the best self-help techniques exercises for low back pain.

Many people have experienced the benefits of chiropractic care. It is important for you to continue practicing safe and healthy habits so that you can stay healthy for a very long time. Maintaining a healthy spine is vital to your health and well-being. This pertains to lifting, working, playing, or simply doing routine daily activities. We can help relieve discomfort and pain so you may experience better health. However, regular use of a self-care program by you, the patient, may prove to be one of the best approaches to keeping your spine healthy and free of pain and discomfort.

Even if you have chronic spinal problems, or underlying conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, or disc injuries, you can perform activities more easily by practicing basic self-care measures. The spine has a unique anatomical design, providing flexibility, balance, structural support, and a protective conduit for the spinal column and nerves carrying messages between your brain and the rest of your body. With a healthy spine, you can reach, stretch, bend and twist without much thought or pain. With proper care and a consistent exercise program, you can experience improved spinal function and range of motion in your daily life.

When you visit a chiropractor for the first time, a chiropractic evaluation is performed to locate the source of your problem. A set of radiographic exams may also be taken to view the area of your complaint as well. Chiropractic manipulations are also referred to as adjustments. They are done to realign your muscles, bones and joints to correct misalignments, or “subluxations.” The adjustments may diminish the pain, or may cure your problem completely. In either case, it is important that you continue to maintain good health and not just focus on symptoms.

The following are some simple tips that anyone can do to lead you on your way to taking better care of your spine. Sleeping on your stomach is not recommended since it can cause additional strain on the neck and back. Make sure you have a firm mattress that keeps the spine aligned and supports the spinal curvatures. The best sleeping positions are on your back or side. A pillow can be placed under the knees when lying on your back to take pressure off of the lower back. Sleeping on a soft bed or couch can strain neck and back muscles since the three curves of the spine are not adequately supported.

High-heeled shoes may result in a “swayback,” which throws the natural curves out of alignment when standing or walking. Standing or bending forward for long periods can cause increased spinal pressure, especially if you slouch. Bending over with straight legs increases the pressure in the lower back. When standing for extended periods, rest one foot on a small stool to maintain spinal curvature and relieve pressure. The knees should be bent when bending forward. Low-heeled shoes may help by maintaining spinal curvatures and cushioning your weight.

Rolling up a towel or placing a lumbar or low back support cushion in the lower portion of your back may help to support your lumbar curve. Reposition the seat of your car so that your knees are level with your hips. Sitting in chairs that do not support your back may throw the natural spinal curvatures out of alignment and add extra stress to the neck and back. Slouching increases the strain even more on your spine. Sitting too far away from the steering wheel while driving also may increase stress to the neck and back. Use chairs that promote good posture and support your back.

Lifting and bending forward at the same time puts great strain on the muscles and increases the pressure inside the discs (the spongy materials between the bones of your spine) even more. When bending forward, keep your back straight while bending at the knees and hips. This will help to keep the three spinal curvatures in proper alignment. Bending forward with the legs straight causes a loss of the three natural spinal curves and puts undue stress on the lower portion of your back. When lifting, keep your spine straight while using your legs to do the brunt of the work. Hold the objects being lifted close to your body to keep the weight on your spine to a minimum.

The shape of the vertebrae do not allow the joints of the spine to twist easily. Imagine your body as being one continuous unit from your shoulders to your hips. When turning, use your feet to make the turns, not your back. Keeping the feet, knees and hips stationary while turning the lower back increases the chances of a twisting injury to the spine or an injury to the discs. A tool called a “reacher” can be used to grab hard-to-reach items. Always ask someone for help if the item is heavy or you don’t feel you can reach it yourself. Concentrate on moving your feet first in the direction you wish to turn, while maintaining the natural curves in your spine. Do not stretch your arms or back for something beyond your normal reach. This type of movement decreases the natural curves of the spine, resulting in additional stress or strain. Move your body close to the item you are reaching for. A ladder or stool may be used to reach items above your head.

Dr. Michael Pritsker can be contacted at New Century Spine Centers in San Diego. Their phone number is 619-630-9153. New Century Spine Centers in San Diego has regular spinal health care classes that are free of charge to local residents.