What's ailing your body?
The most common complaints that I see in practice, explained.
Headaches, Neck and Shoulder Pain
As a chiropractor, I see so many conditions that cause pain, discomfort, and dis-ease. One of the biggest things that I treat is neck pain. Typically neck pain is coupled with headaches, shoulder pain, numbness and tingling down the arm into the hands, and burning or stiffness in the upper back.
Often times, we can contribute neck pain to postural deficiencies caused by working at a computer, looking at a cell phone, and even reading/studying. These activities cause us to look down, which when done for an extended amount of time, causes fatigue in the muscles of the neck, laxity in the ligaments that run down the spine, and forward head carriage.
That fatigue, laxity and forward head carriage lead to muscle spasms, the head feeling much heavier than it actually is and the reversal of the natural curvature that should be in your neck. When this happens, it can cause the nerves to your face, head, neck and shoulders to become pinched, leading to discomfort. But, in most cases, chiropractic can help.
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What the heck is an extremity?!? Extremities consist of the smaller joints that keep us moving- feet, ankles, knees, hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders and the TMJ. I've had extensive training in making sure that all of your joints move and function to their optimal potential. Spinal dysfunction can lead to extremity dysfunction and vice versa. Having proper movement in all of the joints gives our bodies optimal performance. I don't know about you, but we like to dance like no one is watching, dance parties are a thing in my house!
Low Back, Hip and Knee Pain
Just like neck pain, lower back pain is typically coupled with at least one other ailment. The difference is that most people don't pay attention to the other discomfort that they feel when they have low back pain. In most cases, if you have a misalignment causing low back pain, it is also causing hip, pelvic, knee or foot and ankle pain, or vice versa.
Having lower back pain, especially when it causes numbness, tingling or sharp shooting pains that can travel all the way to the foot, can be debilitating. It typically interrupts basic activities like sleep, work, climbing stairs, rising from a seated position, it can even make the simple act of walking challenging.
I'll post some simple exercises, soon, that can help ease your lower back pain until you can get in to see your chiropractor.