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Headaches and Chiropractic Care

Headaches happen to all of us, but some are more severe than others and might require more than a dose of Advil to ease the pain. Did you know that there is another option to combat dull, throbbing, and debilitating pain that doesn’t require popping open a pill bottle or lying down in a dark room? I’m referring to chiropractic care.

Chiropractic care is an ideal treatment for anyone suffering from reoccurring headaches. One of the most common chiropractic treatments, spinal manipulation, has proven to be an effective option for treating headaches and migraines caused by tension and neck pain.

What Triggers Headaches?

Headaches are caused by a number of different things. Certain foods, stress, environmental factors, excessive exercise, fluctuations in blood sugar, lack of sleep, and caffeine withdrawal are just a few common headache triggers. While about 5% of headaches can be linked to other physical problems or diseases in the body, most can be classified as tension, cluster, or migraine headaches caused by tension in the neck, scalp and upper back. Unfortunately, more people than ever before are beginning to report instances of muscle tension in their shoulders, neck, and scalp, largely because more people are engaging in sedentary activities. For example, many people work in office settings where they’re spending upwards of eight hours sitting in a chair in front of a computer. Doing that day in and day out can lead to tension buildup resulting in headaches.

 

How Can Chiropractic Care Help?

While taking occasional breaks from sitting in front of a computer or other sedentary tasks like reading and sewing can certainly help alleviate any tension and muscle aches, nothing beats a trip to the chiropractor. Chiropractors have the training and knowledge needed to help address the individual needs of their patients. Experienced chiropractors know how tension can affect the body and offer a variety of options to help alleviate your headache pain, including:

  • Chiropractic adjustments and spinal manipulations to alleviate stress
  • Dietary and nutritional recommendations to help alleviate reoccurring headaches
  • Advice on relaxation techniques, exercises, ergonomics, and posture to help alleviate joint pain and muscle tension

Give Fletcher Chiropractic a call to see how we can help you address and overcome the root cause of your headaches. We’ll help you to enjoy life without the pain that comes with headaches.

About the Triton DTS TRT Therapy Table

If you’re looking for a tool to help improve patient comfort for spinal therapy procedures, then the Triton DTS TRT Spine Therapy Table is for you. This useful and functional table is used for both traction and spinal decompression therapy. Spinal decompression therapy or traction is a procedure that stretches a patient’s spine with the help of a traction table. During the process, any pressure is lifted from the spinal discs, allowing herniated or bulging discs to retract, alleviating pressure from nerves and other parts of the spine that may be causing pain. The end goal of the procedure is to alleviate leg or back pain. This can also be used for various other conditions such as joint issues, spondylosis, spondylithesis, sciatica,  and other spine complaints.

Anyone who has experienced reoccurring back pain knows how much it can disrupt day-to-day activities. They usually feel “compressed” in a way.  More chiropractors and other healthcare professionals are beginning to explore therapies like spinal decompression therapy or traction as an effective therapy.   The Triton DTS TRT Spine Therapy Table could help more patients live pain-free lives. So what makes this table so popular compared to other spinal therapy tables?

Triton DTS TRT Spine Therapy Table Features

The Triton DTS TRT Spine Therapy Table boasts a variety of features that help it stand apart from the rest. For starters, the table has a newly designed pelvic tilt area that is capable of inclining a patient’s pelvis from zero degrees to 20 degrees. Not only does this improve a patient’s comfort, but the table also alleviates lower back pain by addressing pelvic asymmetry. It also improves the function of a patient’s lumbar spine, alleviating pain and discomfort even more.

Another great feature of this table is that it offers better access to the thoracic and cervical spine. The arm and chest sections can be adjusted and the head section can tilt 35 degrees. The grab bars, which can be adjusted or tucked away, allow for hanging traction without the need for thoracic restraints. In addition, the table allows for improved patient stability thanks to its axilla posts, which are also removable and are designed to prevent a patient from slipping during therapy. Other features include:

Lockable casters

Easy access controls when positioning a patient

Wide cushions for added patient comfort

Adjustable height controls

Safety switch to stop machine by patient

Computer that controls the traction using different protocols

 

Spring Training

With a bit of disciplined (but not difficult) preparation and thought, you should be able to start your outdoor spring training without strains, sprains, or tears. To begin, what are the differences between strains and sprains? A strain is an injury to tissue that connects muscle to bone, while a sprain is an injury to a ligament that connects bones at a joint. Both injuries share similar causes, with symptoms occurring when a muscle, tendon, or a ligament is stretched or torn. (https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/sprains-and-strains)

When winter passes and the weather begins to warm up, athletic enthusiasm or cabin-fever motivation sometimes overtakes common sense approaches to the physical transitions of our bodies between seasons. Whether you’re training for marathons, or just looking forward to leisurely hikes as soon as the weather is warm enough to ditch the multiple layers of clothing, keep these tips in mind to help avoid spring injuries that otherwise may haunt you well into the summer.

  1. Winter boots and sandals are different!  Winter footwear provides way more support for your feet and ankles.  Your feet have spent roughly six cold months in cozy, warm supported environment.   Shocking them suddenly with sandals (or similar unsupportive footwear), can lead to minor strains or more serious issues like plantar fasciitis.   Transition gently to your running shoes and other less binding daily footwear and don’t over-train on your first few days out.
  2. Shin splints, and other issues, are typically caused when physical activity is suddenly increased.  So pay particular attention to warm-up stretches that ease your calves, shins, ankles and Achilles tendon into workout routines.  Roll your foot over a foam roller or a frozen water bottle to add flexibility and ease sore arches. https://www.verywellfit.com/how-to-prevent-and-treat-shin-splints-3432863
  3. Be aware of your stride.   Ultimately, you’ll go faster by pushing off more with your back leg, so practice your pace with longer stride in back and shorter in front.
  4. Walking shoes should have flexible soles and low heels.   Running shoes should be replaced at least every 500 miles.
  5. Once you’ve eased yourself into a gentle pre-season warmup routine, you should be good to go into your full season training.  However, if something begins to hurt more than the basic soreness of training, take at least three-day break from your training routine.  If the pain isn’t alleviated after three days of rest, consider having it looked at by a professional.

Although there are cautionary measures that can be taken to prevent sprains and strains, these injuries remain purely accidental. One can be caught off guard by a fall, an unusual twist of the knee or arm, a recent injury, or by lifting heavy objects. Unfortunately, winter can lead into the spring months with injuries due to adverse weather conditions and participation in winter sports. Thankfully, there are helpful steps you can take to treat sprains and strains as you step into spring. For immediate care of minor injuries, the Mayo Clinic recommends that you try the R.I.C.E. approach – rest, ice, compression, and elevation. (https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sprains-and-strains/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20377943)

  • Rest – Avoid activity that causes any pressure or pain on the injured area. However, this does not mean you have to forego physical activity completely. Exercise is acceptable as long as you avoid using the affected joint or ligament.
  • Ice – Even if you intend to seek medical help, you should apply ice to the area immediately. This can be done using an ice pack or a bath of ice and water for 15-20 minutes each time, repeated every 2-3 hours while awake in the first few days post-injury.
  • Compression – Compress the injury with an elastic wrap to reduce swelling, wrapping at the farthest end from your heart. However, be careful to avoid wrapping it too tightly so that it does not inhibit circulation. Loosen the bandage if pain, numbness, or swelling occur below the wrapped area.
  • Elevation – To reduce swelling, place the injured area on a pillow in order to elevate it above the heart.

Along with these methods, over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen can be used to reduce pain and inflammation in strains and sprains. However, if your symptoms are moderate to severe, you may need physical therapy, or even surgery, to repair the muscle, tendon, or ligament. You can confirm a diagnosis by scheduling an appointment with a trusted medical provider. In particular, chiropractic care can be considered more cost-effective than the traditional medicine approach to spinal and joint pain.

The doctors of Fletcher Chiropractic are trained in a variety of different techniques to help serve our clients. For more information about how the doctors at Fletcher Chiropractic can help to relieve your pain, treat your condition, and improve your overall health, visit our online patient center, or contact us here.

Resolve To Have a Better Back in 2018

Every year people start making their resolutions. Some choose to save more money, to start exercising, or to hit the gym. Why not make 2018 the year of the healthy back? A lot of people complain about back pain and then do nothing about it. Here are a few tips to get your back into shape and eliminate back pain in 2018:

Ergonomics

One of the top things you can do for your back health is to set up an ergonomic workstation. Sitting all day is bad for your back, so sitting up straight, changing positions frequently, and getting up and walking around is essential for a healthy back. When sitting make sure your feet are flat on the floor, knees and hips level, sit up and keep the spine straight, adjust any computer screen to be at eye level and keep your monitor at arm’s length. 

Stay active

Staying active is key to having a healthy back and a healthy life. Make a point to exercise at least 30 mins a day, 3 times a week.

Watch your mobile device usage

With smartphones and tablets, more and more people are complaining about neck and back pain. This is because people are constantly looking down at their phones! When possible, sit up when using mobile devices and keep them at chest or eye level. This will prevent neck and back strain from staring down all day.

Hold your kids correctly!

When you have small kids, they always want to be held. While they seem small they can be surprisingly heavy and put stress on your body! When picking up your kids bend and waist, and lift with your legs, not your back (sound familiar?). If you carry your child on one side with one arm, alternate sides frequently to avoid straining one side of your body. If your baby is still breastfeeding or bottle feeding, prop a pillow under your arm for comfortable feeding times.

Make 2018 the year you have a healthy back! If you get chiropractic care and stick to some of these simple guidelines, you will be amazed how great your back will feel, and as a result, your whole body will feel amazing!

5 Healthy Diet Tips to Help You Keep that New Years Resolution

We know that it’s that time of year, where many of you are making the New Years Resolution to eat healthier, exercise more and of course, lose weight. It’s all good in theory, and many start strong, but after a couple of weeks, or even a month or two, it’s gotten harder than you thought and you’re ready to throw in the towel. So, we want to give you 5 easy things you can do to help you lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle in 2018.

aigua1. Drink lots of water!
We know that everyone knows this is important, but do you know how important it is? Water can help your body flush the bad toxins in your body and help get that good nutrients to where it needs to go! This helps you improve your overall health and can greatly help with weight loss as well! Try drinking about 100 ounces of water each day! (We know it’s a lot, but it will help fight hunger and after about two-three weeks, your body will crave that water and you won’t know how you survived on less before!)

2. Get your rest!
Make sure you’re getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Yes, it will leave you well-rested the next day, and yes, it will improve your overall health, but getting enough sleep can actually help you lose weight as well! When you’re body is well-rested it can do everything it’s supposed to better, including burning those calories!

3. Snack Less
Be mindful of your snacking habits. Try to pack a couple healthy snacks for yourself every day. Schedule those snack times and try to cut out any other snacking. Eating small snacks in between meals can help you fight hunger, keep you from over-eating during meal times, and help boost your metabolism, but too much snacking and snacking on unhealthy foods will just add more empty calories to your diet and lessen the chances of you losing weight.

4. Switch to Whole Grains
You may think it tastes a little different at first, but there are many great recipes out there that can get you started until you acquire the taste for whole grains. Processed foods contain less nutrients and more empty calories. Eating whole grains can get your body what it needs, leaving you more satisfied after meals.

5. Exercise
This is one that we know a lot of people have a hard time sticking to. So, instead of trying to go all out right away, start small. Try 20 minutes of walking or jogging every day. Maybe try yoga, dancing or some light cardio. Whatever it is, make it fun, listen to fun music and make sure to skip a day every week to give your body a rest (and to make you feel like you’re cheating a little). Skipping a day is actually one of the most important parts of this. You are not only are you getting a rest, but you’re tricking your body into thinking it doesn’t have to work as hard, just to make it work again the next day. This will help to not get stagnate in your workouts and help you continue to lose weight.

At Fletcher Chiropractic in Lincoln, Nebraska, one of our specialties is Nutrition. We can help you find a nutrition plan that is best for you as well as give you the Chiropractic adjustments you need to make sure you’re body is functioning at full-strength, enabling it to do what it was meant to. Stop by today for a consultation!

Chiropractic Care for your Knees, Hips, and Ankles

When most people think about chiropractic care, they think of curing back pain. While chiropractic care is great for helping patients who suffer from back pain, it can actually do so much more! We have covered some of the other ailments that chiropractic care can treat, but what a lot of people don’t realize is that chiropractic care is actually great for lower extremity injuries! This is because a lot of lower extremity injuries are soft tissue injuries, i.e. injuries to joints and muscles. Chiropractic care is a conservative, non-invasive approach to treating the neuro-muscular skeletal system, which consists of the body’s joints, muscles, and nerves. By looking at the body as a whole, a chiropractor is able to detect biomechanical and functional issues that can cause pain. With the use of select manual therapies, our chiropractors are able to restore proper function and motion to areas of concern. By restoring motion and function, the body is able to heal quickly and the individual is able to perform daily activities without aches and pains.

 

Your lower extremities are a complex system of joints and muscles, and injuries to the lower extremities are very common in the United States. A lot of lower extremity pain can be traced back to the joints and soft tissues in your lower extremities. Some of the most common injuries are Bursitis (joint pain characterized by pain and swelling), sciatica (nerve pain that shoots from buttocks to legs), inflammation, arthritis, runner’s knee (front and outside knee pain), and tendonitis (tendon inflammation).

 

If you are experiencing any pain in your hips, knees, or ankles, a chiropractor can help determine the cause of pain and set you up with a custom treatment option tailored specifically for you. If you would like to set up a consultation, give us a call and set up your consultation and get back to living your life pain free!

Chiropractic Care for Arthritis

 

While most people associate chiropractic care with the treatment of neck and back pain, it can actually be used for so much more! In fact, chiropractic care has been shown to be a useful treatment option to control the symptoms associated with inflammatory arthritis. While there is no cure for arthritis, you can manage your symptoms with chiropractic care.

In order to understand how chiropractic care can help with your arthritis, it is important to understand exactly how chiropractic care works:

When a joint becomes restricted in movement, it may begin to cause pain. To restore the lost movement and recover proper function, a chiropractor will utilize a technique called chiropractic manipulation/adjustment. In chiropractic manipulation, a specialist applies a sudden, controlled force to one or more joints in order to correct the body’s structural alignment. It is common for gasses to build up in a joint that has been restricted of motion.

During a chiropractic adjustment, this gas is released and often results in a popping or cracking sound (it’s is the same noise you hear when you crack your knuckles). Sometimes a popping noise does not occur, but this doesn’t necessarily mean the adjustment was not successful. Every patient and adjustment are different.

 

Both current and past research supports the use of chiropractic manipulative therapy and its adjunct therapies as the gold standard for common lower back pain. Studies have also shown that chiropractic care is effective in treating neck pain, headaches, and other joint pain, including shoulder, knee, and elbow.

If you are dealing with arthritis pain, and would like to explore your treatment options, contact us today to set up a consultation to see what chiropractic care can do for you.

Postpartum Chiropractor Care

Having a child is one of the greatest joys in life, but it is also one of the most difficult and strenuous activities that a woman can go through. During pregnancy and after birth, your body is constantly changing, and with it, your chiropractic needs will change. The birthing process can be extremely difficult and puts a ton of strain on your entire body. Chiropractic care has long been recommended for women after they give birth, here are some of the best benefits.

 

Recover quicker

 

Pregnancy throws a lot of things out of whack in your body, as well as the actual birthing process. Most people can’t imagine things getting back to normal. Chiropractic care can correct any spine or pelvic abnormalities caused by pregnancy or birth.

 

Help with back issues that come with being a mom

 

Some women report back and or neck pain when breastfeeding or hauling a car seat around. As a new mother your baby is attached to your hip, and with incorrect posture, you may experience hip, neck, and back pain. New mothers are constantly looking down and leaning forward, putting stress on your neck and back you are not used to.

 

Pregnancy related sciatica

 

Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve is enflamed or pinched that send shooting pain down the lower back and legs. For a lot of people sciatica can be debilitating. New mothers are at increased risk of sciatica, so much so that there is a condition called pregnancy-related sciatica. Since chiropractic care does not use any drugs or invasive procedures, it is the perfect way to treat postpartum sciatica, especially for women who are breastfeeding.

 

If you have recently given birth, or have any discomfort related to pregnancy give us a call to set up your free consultation to see how chiropractic care can help you.

Is Chiropractic Care Safe During Pregnancy?

Chiropractic care as we know is the treatment of the spine, discs, nerves, and bone geography without using any drugs or surgeries. Adjusting misaligned joints promotes the overall health of your body. Because chiropractic care focuses on naturally realigning your body without the use of drugs or surgeries, it is perfect for women during pregnancy. There are no known complications from using chiropractor care during a pregnancy.

Every chiropractor is trained to work with pregnant women, and there are some chiropractors who specialize in prenatal and postnatal care. Chiropractors will use a special table that accounts for a pregnant woman’s body, and the chiropractor will use adjustments and techniques that avoid unneeded pressure on the abdomen. Apart from the actual adjustments, your chiropractor will show you stretches and exercises that are safe during pregnancy.

During pregnancy, your body will undergo a lot of changes. Since these changes occur relatively quickly your body can be thrown out of alignment. Your pelvic changes, postural adaptations, and protruding abdomen can all throw your spine and joints out of alignment. Undergoing chiropractic care during pregnancy will help reestablish pelvic balance and alignment.

A misaligned pelvis may make it difficult for your baby to get into the birthing position, which may result in a breech birth. A misaligned pelvis may affect your ability to have a natural birth and non-invasive birth. Having an aligned spine and nervous system allows your body to function at the highest level, and going into the birthing process with proper alignment can go a long way towards a smooth and safe birth experience.

In addition to aligning the pelvis to make the birthing process easier, chiropractic care can also control nausea during pregnancy, relieve back pain, and help maintain a healthy pregnancy. If you are interested in prenatal chiropractic care, or how chiropractic care can benefit you, call us today to set up a free consultation today.

Why you should check your children’s posture

Poor posture among children has become increasingly prevalent in modern life. Most posture issues can be attributed to heavy backpacks and slouching while on smart phones or playing video games. Like every other healthy habit, it’s best to start them early, and if poor posture is left unchecked, it can lead to a lifetime of aches and pains. Some of the reasons to check your child’s posture are:

 

  • Spinal Curvature

As your body undergoes poor posture, it actually changes the natural ‘S’ shape of the spine. These vertebral misalignments are called subluxations and can constrict the blood vessels, cutting of nutrients and oxygen and restricting the nerves.

 

  • Neck and Back strain

When your spine is out of alignment it puts extra stress and strain on the muscles that support it. After a while this will lead to neck and back strain as your body overcompensates which can cause a trickledown effect in the body.

 

  • Organ Function

Our skeleton houses our internal organs, and when your skeleton is out of whack, it can put physical stress on your organs and damage them.

 

In order to properly diagnose spinal issues in children, it is vital to seek a chiropractor with experience working on children. At Fletcher Chiropractic, we incorporate several different techniques into chiropractic manipulation, but most often we use our hands and a gentle pressure or thrust to restore motion. We use motion palpation, an examination technique that uses the hands, to correctly identify the area of the body where the issue is rooted. From here, we can determine different ways to correct the improper movement and establish a treatment schedule.

 

Both current and past research supports the use of chiropractic manipulative therapy and its adjunct therapies as the gold standard for common back pain. Studies have also shown that chiropractic care is effective in treating neck pain, headaches, and other joint pain, including shoulder, knee, and elbow. Call us today to set up a free consultation.

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Fletcher Chiropractic
Phone: 402-261-5766
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Lincoln, NE 68516

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