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What Is Chiropractic Care, and What Can It Do For Me?

stockvault-human-skeleton-circa-1911148433In a nutshell, chiropractic care is recognized around the world as one of the safest, non-invasive, drug free therapies currently available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal (the interaction of nerves, muscles, and the skeleton) problems. Practitioners of chiropractic medicine are highly trained professionals who are able to provide their patients with safe, effective care of a variety of conditions. In fact, their extensive education has prepared them with the ability to identify specific risk factors amongst their patients which, in turn, allows for each patient to get the care that’s most appropriate for them, be it chiropractic or through a referral to a medical specialist.

Chiropractic care isn’t just for adults, either – children can benefit from this form of treatment as well. Because of the fact that children are so very active, they tend to experience injuries quite frequently. Be it on the playground, in the pool, or on the soccer field, injuries resulting in back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness, and discomfort are common. Because of the fact that chiropractic care is always adapted to meet the specific needs of each patient, you can be assured that the treatment your child would receive is not only gentle, but also designed especially for them.

What Is An Adjustment, Anyway?
A chiropractic adjustment is a procedure that utilizes the skills your practitioner has perfected through years of intensive education. Typically the chiropractor will use his/her hands (or, occasionally, an instrument) to manipulate the joints of the body – particularly the spine – to restore and/or enhance joint function. This can help to reduce pain and inflammation and patients often verbalize positive changes in the way that they feel almost immediately after a session; these types of manipulations are highly controlled procedures that rarely cause discomfort.

Can a Chiropractor Treat My Condition?
As mentioned previously, chiropractic practitioners possess the ability to care for patients of all ages, and for patients with a wide variety of health issues. Chiropractors are most often associated with neck and back related issues, but the fact of the matter is that today’s chiropractors are able to care for a multitude of conditions.

Doctors of chiropractic medicine are able to care for a wide range of injuries – and disorders – of the musculoskeletal system (including the muscles, ligaments, and joints). These type of painful conditions often times either impact or involve the nervous system, too, creating issues with referred pain and problems in other areas of the body. Doctors of Chiropractic medicine also work with their patients on other areas of their health as well, including nutrition, exercise, diet, maintaining healthy habits, and lifestyle modification strategies.

How Long Do I Have to See a Chiropractor?
Patients typically visit a chiropractor a number of times for the treatment of a specific condition – this is due to the “hands on” nature of the care. This is due to the fact that, to receive care, a patient MUST be seen in the office until the condition is remedied, verses seeing a traditional provider one time and then being sent home with a course of medication. Chiropractors are able to provide acute, chronic, and/or preventative care, which makes them the perfect choice for a substantial portion of your healthcare needs.

If you feel that chiropractic care is something that may benefit you – or even if you’re not sure and have questions – give us a call! Those of us at Fletcher Chiropractic are committed to providing our patients with the top-notch care – and information – that they deserve!

source: acatoday.org

Farmers Markets- 5 tips for a healthy spring

Well, spring is definitely here and with spring, comes the rain but also the farmers markets.  Local farmers markets are great for fresh vegetables, fruits and local fare that helps support the local economy.  Here in Lincoln, Nebraska, we have several different market options to choose from, starting Thursday through Sunday, so there is a lot of choices to go around.

Eating fresh foods is important for your overall nutritional health and eating local varieties of fruits and vegetables allows your body to become familiar with local allergens, which may help reduce allergy symptoms.  An example would be like eating locally sourced honey can help reduce your allergy symptoms by allowing your body to become sensitized to local pollen.

We love shopping at the local farmers markets because the availability of produce and hand made items is great and you almost always feel better getting out and meeting interesting people in our great town.  Here are a few tips that I follow when going to the market that have made my trips easier and more enjoyable.

1. Arrive early.  With the popular markets here in Lincoln, getting to the market early allows you to get the lay of the land and see what prices may be better around the market.  You also get the chance to have the best variety and selection of produce and items that are for sell.  As they say, “the early bird does often get the worm.”

2. Talk with farmers and vendors. Talking with the farmers and vendors give you the chance to learn how the produce is grown and to see if they have any friendly advice on how to prepare it.  Ask if they have a website or Facebook page with recipes for the different produce they are selling.  There are a lot of plants for sale this time of year, so ask about the plants you may be buying and how to grow them.  Take a chance, talk with the farmer and become more educated on what you are eating and where it comes from.

3. Do your homework.  Find out what time and days the markets are on and research what types of produce is in season. We have four or five different farmers markets here in Lincoln and the surrounding communities and each one is slightly different. By doing your homework, you can be in and out with your weekly haul and be creating some wonderful meals with your fresh produce.

4. Try something new.  Go out on a limb and try something new that you may not have seen before. Vendors may have samples out for people to sample and take advantage of these samples.  The different growing seasons mean that there will be different veggies and fruits in season through the spring, summer and into fall, so get out there and try a new veggies while it is at the peak of its growing season.

5. Make a plan.  Making a plan may be the most important thing you do. I bet everyone has bought produce and had every good intention of using it in a week but life gets in the way and it goes bad.  By making a plan and having ideas on what you can use the produce for, you don’t buy too much and it doesn’t go to waste.

Hopefully these tips are helpful and you can make the most of the wonderful farmers markets we have in the Lincoln, Nebraska area.  We care not only about your muscles and joints but also about your nutrition.  At Fletcher Chiropractic, we care about you and want you to be well, eat well and move well.

Oh, My Aching Head!

freeimages.co.uk medical imagesIf you’ve ever had a headache, you know just how much of a pain (both literally and figuratively) they can be. For some, headaches are an occasional nuisance; for others, though, the pain – and accompanying symptoms, such as light sensitivity, nausea, and vomiting – is nearly debilitating in nature.

So, now the question becomes – what do YOU do when a headache strikes? Do you pop a few pills and try to just muddle through the best you can? Do you miss work so that you can lie down in a dark, quiet room and count the minutes until the pain goes away?

Over 90% of Americans suffer from headaches of some sort, such as stress headaches, tension headaches, sinus headaches, menstrual headaches, cluster headaches, and migraines. If you happen to be one of these individuals, please know that dealing with headaches do NOT have to be a part of your life!

Research has shown that spinal manipulation can be a very effective treatment for tension headaches, as well as headaches that originate in the neck; in fact, a 2001 study done at Duke University found that spinal manipulation resulted in a near immediate relief of headaches that were found to have originated in the neck. The individuals involved in the study experienced longer lasting relief, as well as a vast reduction in side effects, than what is commonly experience via the use of either prescription or over-the-counter medication.

Research has also demonstrated that individuals who received chiropractic treatment of their headaches experienced longer lasting benefits than those typically seen with traditional medications.

Approximately 95% of all headaches are primary headaches, meaning that the headache in and of itself is the concern, as opposed to it being due to an underlying medical condition. These types of primary headaches can be triggered by a multitude of items, such as foods, environmental stimuli (bright lights, loud noises, certain smells, etc), and/or certain physical stressors, like insomnia or fluctuations in blood sugar. It is thought that the majority of primary headaches is due to muscular tension within the neck; but, just because that tension originates in your neck doesn’t mean that it stops in your neck– that tension manages to work its way through your upper back and even up into your scalp, causing your head to ache.

When it comes to the chiropractic treatment of headaches, it’s certainly not a “one size fits all” mentality here at Fletcher Chiropractic. Aside from being able to perform spinal manipulations and adjustments, we’ll work with you on items such as posture and relaxation techniques, as well as nutrition and vitamin supplementation if need be. We look at things in a “global sense” in an effort to treat the whole person…we work with our patients to make sure their symptoms are relieved as fully as possible, as opposed to being masked by medication.

So, if headaches are something that you’re struggling with, please don’t hesitate to give us a call! The providers at Fletcher Chiropractic are specially trained to deal with all your needs…from head to toe!

source: acatoday.org

Lumbar disc pain: What is it and what can I do for relief?

Mostly everyone can and will experience lower back pain at some time in their lives and sometimes it can come from something slightly more serious, like a disc problem.  Disc problems can be tricky to deal with, especially if they are not taken care of right away. There are two types of lower back pain that discs can be a part of: either irritation of a spinal nerve or a degenerative disc disease (DDD).

The anatomy of the disc is pretty simple. There is a center called the nucleus pulposus. The outer part of the disc is called the annuls fibrous with an inner and outer zone. Normally a disc won’t bother someone from one instant but usually from years of wear and tear like being overweight, improper techniques of lifting. It doesn’t have to be something heavy either, It can be as simple as picking up something like a laundry basket, but just doing it the wrong way.

In the terms of a pinched nerve causing pain, it occurs when the disc becomes herniated or pushes out of its boundaries (annuls fibrous) and then is allowed to irritate the surrounding nerve that goes out to the body. Most commonly in the lower back, this is the irritation of the sciatic nerve.  It then causes radiating pain that is goes down the leg.  The other way a disc becomes painful most often occurs over years and increased stress and the disc begins to degenerate and break down.  DDD occurs with age and is most common in older adults or those who have had injuries to the spine or body. It is common to see with osteoporosis.

Disc problems that cause tend to not go away as quickly so they can take awhile to get fully under control.  They can also create pain again very quickly. If it gets too bad while doing conservative care, then that is when you need to take more action and be seen by an orthopedist.

However, here are some simple tips and things that you can do and what we recommend to help decrease your pain if you have it and chances of injuring a disc:

1. Practice the proper squat and way to bend over to pick things up.

Do not twist while lifting. See our previous post about how to perform a squat, Exercise of the Week, Squat. Bend with your knees.

2. Ice the area during the times it is inflamed to help reduce the pain you feel.

You should ice for 20 minutes with a towel placed between you and the ice pack.

3. Relax the muscle.

A health care profressional can use electrical muscle stimulation or soft tissue muscle work to help control the pain and help promote                muscle relaxation.  A massage may also help to relieve pain.

4. See your chiropractor for an adjustment.

Making sure your pelvis and thoracic spine is moving correctly takes stress away from the lumbar spine.  A particular technique like Cox           Flexion-Distraction or decompression can be helpful for disc problems by helping to restore water and space to the disc, alleviating pain.

5. Movement is sometimes the best medicine.

Walking for 20 to 30 minutes once a day is exercise but the gentle movement promotes pumping in the spine and that helps to reduce pain.

6. Work your core.

Spinal stabilization exercises when seated and pain-free range of motion is very important. Once the pain is decreasing, then stronger core exercises can be performed.  Review our previous blogs about core stability and exercises as it is most important to have stability when dealing with lumbar disc issues.

7. You are what you eat.

Nutrition is very important when we are talking disc support and pain relief as inflammation is good but added inflammation keeps pain there longer. Try to drink more water, eat more fish and healthy fats to help reduce inflammation. The 80/20 rule is a good rule of moderation when you are feeling better. You can supplement with omega 3 fatty acid or fish oil if you prefer but making sure you have a good quality supplement is important. Try to eat better to feel better.

8. Think about how you are sleeping.

Your sleeping position should be on your back with your knees bent or on your side with a pillow between your knees for support. It is important to maintain a neutral spine when you are sleeping and you should not sleep on your stomach if you have lower back problems.

Try doing some of these simple tips and if you are in need of help, pain relief or just have questions, please give our office a call.  We would be happy to help you get out of pain and get you back in motion. At Fletcher Chiropractic, we keep you in motion.

Contact

Fletcher Chiropractic
Phone: 402-261-5766
Fax: 402-261-5943

Lincoln Location
4300 S 48th St Suite 7
Lincoln, NE 68516

Valparaiso Location
208 W 2nd St
Valparaiso, NE 68065

Office Hours

After Hours til 7 and Saturday Appts. Available
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Thursday8AM – 12PM
Friday8AM – 4:30PM
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Thursday2PM – 6PM

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