Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Weekend Warrior

What is that?  This will typically describe a lot of us. This is the person who goes out on the weekend plays golf, goes skiing, you name it, without really warming up much because they're not used to it. During the week they typically are working at a shop or office where they are sitting for 10 hours. Most all of those hours are sitting.  I know because I know many patient's who tell me they hardly get up from the chair, or the computer desk, even drink water or anything. So the name weekend warrior fits a lot of people well because there's a big golf game to play on the weekend or they got invited to go for a big ski weekend. They go all out and for some things the body is essentially not ready.

So what tends to happen? Well those weekend warriors tend to get hurt or get injured. That's when they end up in our office with a back strain muscle spasm and pain or maybe something worse.

The first step with me seeing one of these patients is to diagnose them. So we do an exam, we talk to the patient so I know what's going on. Find out their level pain or what symptoms they are having to determine what it is.  Once we know what it is, then we can give treatment.


Treatment typically will involve spinal or extremity adjusts as well as therapies.  These therapies may be manual work by the doctor as well as other modalities.

The Glastonbury Chiropractor is located in central Connecticut- CT Spine and Disc Center specializes in patients who suffer from sciatica, disc degeneration, bulging disc or herniated disc in the lumbar spine. For low back pain, neck pain, midback pain, headaches, fibromyalgia and more, chiropractic can help you. Call our Glastonbury office at 860-633-8756 to schedule an appointment and to see if you are a candidate for non surgical spinal decompression.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

What happened to my Back?

Often we may be fine and then all of a sudden - wham!!! Back Pain.
What happened? Here's the thing - you may think you've been fine but the back may have been misaligned for some time.

Back Pain Can Strike at the Worst Times...
Not all the nerves detect pain, in fact, most don't. This means you can have pressure on a nerve or nerves and not necessarily know it's there. Then, eventually as that pressure increases or more nerves are affected, you get pain.

So here you are: "I've been fine, healthy" "now I have pain". When in fact you haven't been; you've been out of alignment for some time...

A big help is to see you Chiropractor periodically, pain or no pain. Have your alignment checked on a more regular basis.


The Glastonbury Chiropractor is located in central Connecticut- CT Spine and Disc Center specializes in patients who suffer from sciatica, disc degeneration, bulging disc or herniated disc in the lumbar spine. For low back pain, neck pain, midback pain, headaches, fibromyalgia and more, chiropractic can help you. Call our Glastonbury office at 860-633-8756 to schedule an appointment and to see if you are a candidate for non surgical spinal decompression.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

When Is The Last Time You Saw Your Chiropractor?

a simple solution to help back and neck pain: seeing the chiropractor
A simple solution to neck and back pain
The last time you saw your chiropractor was most likely when you had pain in your neck or back that wouldn't go away. You knew you messed your neck up one day at work and tried to tough it out for 3 days and hope the pain would go away on its own.

The question is; why torture yourself? Just get in to see the chiropractor!

You see, the quicker you get in usually means the faster we can fix an issue. Now that you have waited three days it may take three days to fully get rid of. Maybe not, but why take a chance. Plus, who wants to be in severe pain for 3 days.

Also, if you've been doing good, but it's been a long time since you've had chiropractic, it's a good idea to go. It's a great preventative measure for your health and to limit pain.

The Glastonbury Chiropractor is located in central Connecticut- CT Spine and Disc Center specializes in patients who suffer from sciatica, disc degeneration, bulging disc or herniated disc in the lumbar spine. For low back pain, neck pain, mid back pain, headaches, fibromyalgia and more, chiropractic can help you. Call our Glastonbury office at 860-633-8756 to schedule an appointment and to see if you are a candidate for non surgical spinal decompression.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

"Am I Causing My Pain?"

I can't tell you how many times I've played process of elimination to get rid of someone's pain... I ask myself a few questions. Could you possibly be doing something that is causing or worsening your pain? Is it something at work, or something you are doing around the house?... What if you are constantly tilting your head to the left? Well, with no trauma this may still be starting to cause pain. You see if you do one particular posture over and over again, you body starts to take that posture or alignment permanently!

Or let's say you keep injuring your shoulder at the gym. You may be doing repetitive damage to a particular joint or muscle. What if you stop doing the possible exercise or exercises that appear to be causing a problem? This is a good ideal to try this. ... That whole process of elimination.

Every year myself or another Chiropractor will see numerous back pain sufferers. We can put the spine in alignment, take pressure of nerves, and reduce pain but what if you are constantly doing something that makes the pain return. Now I'm not talking about playing a professional sport, those guys may make a substantial living out of it and know they have to see the Chiropractor on a weekly basis, but do you? Maybe this helps but can you be avoiding something that's triggering the pain.

Don't get me wrong, you may have had a past injury, where you need regular chiropractic adjustments. But that's not my point; my point is simply that there may be things you are doing everyday that are nor helping your back or neck. Try to think of these things, and play that "process of elimination" game.

The Glastonbury Chiropractor is located in central Connecticut- CT Spine and Disc Center specializes in patients who suffer from sciatica, disc degeneration, bulging disc or herniated disc in the lumbar spine. For low back pain, neck pain, midback pain, headaches, fibromyalgia and more, chiropractic can help you. Call our Glastonbury office at 860-633-8756 to schedule an appointment and to see if you are a candidate for non surgical spinal decompression.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Back Pain Happens to Us All!

If you listen to the sports news regularly, you will note that many athletes injure themselves. It always sounds so dire, you think to yourself. But the body is a powerful healer.

Recently Tony Romo made headlines for a sore back due to a herniated disc.

Tiger Woods continues to be plagued by pain. When there's millions of dollars on the line you might want to have your Chiropractor travel with you!
 

 No matter who you are, back pain can strike. Have your Glastonbury doctor on memory dial... The Glastonbury Chiropractor is located in central Connecticut- CT Spine and Disc Center specializes in patients who suffer from sciatica, disc degeneration, bulging disc or herniated disc in the lumbar spine. For low back pain, neck pain, midback pain, headaches, fibromyalgia and more, chiropractic can help you. Call our Glastonbury office at 860-633-8756 to schedule an appointment and to see if you are a candidate for non surgical spinal decompression.

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Some tests your Chiropractor may do to detect a Disc Problem!

On top of a consult (asking a patient question like: "when did it start?", "what were you doing?"...we want to look at a few things. Things like ranges of motion, antalgia (is the person slumped to the left or right because of pain?), maybe a neurological evaluation... And orthopedic tests. Tests like SLR, and Becterew's. What are these - SLR or Straight Leg Raise is where the patient lies on his or her back and the doctor lifts the leg straight up. Becterew's is done seated. The patient raises each leg up as well as both at the same time to reveal back pain.
Here is the SLR Test to help determine the Cause of Lower Back Pain

Each of these tests along with the other things mentioned will help us to determine if a disc injury is present. Of course imagery like an MRI and a detailed patient history can be the most history during our consultation may be the most telling.

The Glastonbury Chiropractor is located in central Connecticut- CT Spine and Disc Center specializes in patients who suffer from sciatica, disc degeneration, bulging disc or herniated disc in the lumbar spine. For low back pain, neck pain, midback pain, headaches, fibromyalgia and more, chiropractic can help you. Call our Glastonbury office at 860-633-8756 to schedule an appointment and to see if you are a candidate for non surgical spinal decompression.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

My Pain Is Always Up My Whole Right Side...

Low Back Pain Can be the
Cause of Neck and MidBack Pain Too
When we talk about pain a major question is the location of it. Typically if you have low back pain, there's a chance you can get mid back pain or neck pain because of it. Why is that?

Reason #1 is that the whole body is on big kinetic chain. It's totally attached and works together. So if one part is off, so goes the rest.

Reason #2 is that if your posture or alignment is altered on that side of the body then there is a greater chance more symptoms appear on that side. Let's say someone walks in the office with one hip an inch higher than the other. Do we think the shoulder may be high on that side too? There is a very good chance...

Reason #3 is wear and tear often occurs unevenly. Pretend your can is out of whack, the right wheels always wear out faster than the left. Maybe you only go around right hand curves on your way to and from the office? More than likely something is off balance and it causes uneven wearing. The body is similar. Maybe you are completely right hand and foot dominant. After years of physical work and playing sports you not only have had injuries but more breakdown on that side.

However you slice it I would get it checked. Call our office to schedule now!


The Glastonbury Chiropractor is located in central Connecticut- CT Spine and Disc Center specializes in patients who suffer from sciatica, disc degeneration, bulging disc or herniated disc in the lumbar spine. For low back pain, neck pain, midback pain, headaches, fibromyalgia and more, chiropractic can help you. Call our Glastonbury office at 860-633-8756 to schedule an appointment and to see if you are a candidate for non surgical spinal decompression.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Can Shoe Orthotics Help My Neck Pain?

Orthotics for the Foot can Help in Alignment of the Spine
Yes, orthotics may help reduce and prevent your neck pain. Here's the reason; our bodies are one big kinetic chain, everything is connected.

Essentially if your base is off or non-supportive then higher up in the spine can get shifted. Much like a building, if the foundation isn't sound then structural problems can happen.

Orthotics can help create an even, stable base. They also can help to distribute shock absorption evenly. Lastly, doing theses things contributes to better balance and muscle strength.

The Glastonbury Chiropractor is located in central Connecticut- CT Spine and Disc Center specializes in patients who suffer from sciatica, disc degeneration, bulging disc or herniated disc in the lumbar spine. For low back pain, neck pain, midback pain, headaches, fibromyalgia and more, chiropractic can help you. Call our Glastonbury office at 860-633-8756 to schedule an appointment and to see if you are a candidate for non surgical spinal decompression.

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Is My Pain in the Back or SI Joints?

What are the SI joints and what are they? The S and the I stand for Sacro-Iliac joints; where the pelvis meets the sacrum (or as many refer to it as the tailbone).

Most of us consider this the back as well. If you reach back with your hands above each butt cheek and feel a bony prominence or hard spot that is probably the SI joint. There is often a muscle trigger point around this area also. Usually just above, and you will notice the consistency is different plus it moves around.

I read something once on how your back doctor may check your spine but not the SI's, and something can go unnoticed? I suppose you can have a spot shot done with X-ray and not visualize the SI's.

At CT Spine we always check the SI joints as well. With any tests like an X-Ray, one must correlate with a physical examination!

The Glastonbury Chiropractor is located in central Connecticut- CT Spine and Disc Center specializes in patients who suffer from sciatica, disc degeneration, bulging disc or herniated disc in the lumbar spine. For low back pain, neck pain, midback pain, headaches, fibromyalgia and more, chiropractic can help you. Call our Glastonbury office at 860-633-8756 to schedule an appointment and to see if you are a candidate for non surgical spinal decompression.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

DRX9000 Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Treatment

This video explain a lot about non-surgical spinal decompression. Listen here to Dr Terry Yochum as he talks about the treatment. This guy is the real deal; he's famous for writing the two volume Essentials of Skeletal Radiology books that are used in chiropractic schools and medical schools worldwide! I still pull those enormous books out if I don't understand something on someone's x-rays.

 

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