Condition of the Week

Spring: Time to Thaw Your Frozen Shoulder

Ah, Spring! It seems like only yesterday that I was up at Whistler Blackcomb, on 7th Heaven skiing on a seemingly limitless blanket of powder.  Actually that was yesterday.  But farther down the mountain, spring has sprung, and spring-skiing aside, it is time for our condition of the week: Frozen Shoulder.

Frozen Shoulder

You start off with some stiffness and soreness in your shoulder, and gradually it gets to the point where you can barely lift or move your arm.  Now you have frozen shoulder.  It is common in jobs with repetitive movements (like cashiers).

What should you do?

Chiropractic and Laser help to stimulate the body’s natural healing process.  Research has shown, and what I have found in practice, is that using chiropractic care to remove interference in the nerves (at the skull and neck) reduces tension in the muscles and improves coordination.  Laser therapy to the neck and shoulder decreases pain and helps the nerves and muscles heal.

We can work on the shoulder with Active Release Techniques and Graston Technique.  These are specialized techniques that isolate the structures and improve texture and fluidity of movement.

Can I Take Anything?

I recommend an amazing supplement called Procosa by USANA.  It is available on my online shop, or from any USANA associate that you happen to know.  I recommend it not only if you have frozen shoulder, but really for anybody over forty years old who wants to keep their joints healthy.   It also has some stuff in it that helps with inflammation.  I take it every day, so maybe you should too.

Some people like to take things like Advil, an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).  You can do that, if you enjoy side-effects like gastrointestinal bleeding.  Over 19,000 people die every year from taking them.  It’s totally up to you.

GarySpring: Time to Thaw Your Frozen Shoulder
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Childhood Sport Injuries

 

Childhood Sport Injuries 

Childhood sport injuries are an epidemic, and it shouldn’t be a surprise.

I only have to look as far as my kids’ weekly schedule.  Not only do they have gym class and running at school, there is also soccer, baseball, skiing, swimming, martial arts, hockey, gymnastics, dance class… not to mention the the mayhem of the playground and our back yard trampoline.

The number one lesson for any young athlete should be learning how to take care of their body, and listen to their body.  I mean, isn’t that the reason you want them to be active in the first place?

But It’s Good To Be Active Right?

Encouraging your kids to be active is great, but that does not preclude the responsibility to teach them how to rest when necessary, how to put the needs of their body at a high priority, and the benefits of getting their spine and nervous system checked.

Chiropractic care improves the function of the nervous system, allowing your child to have better coordination and performance, and prevents injury.

Best of all, like playing sports, kids also love to get checked a by the chiropractor.

How Gentle Can You Be?

When checking small children, I use what is called “eyeball” pressure.  This is the amount of pressure that you would use to press on your eyeball comfortably (with the eyelid closed).  If you close your eyes right now and press on your eye with your thumb, you will see how gentle that actually is.

What Are the Most Common Symptoms?

Changes to the spine and posture can cause interference to the nervous system and result in a number of different symptoms.

  • headaches
  • shoulder pain
  • ankle and foot pain
  • foot pronation (yes we do kids orthotics)
  • knee pain
  • hip pain
  • wrist pain
  • neck pain
  • upper, lower, or mid back pain

 

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Wellness After Whiplash: 3 Steps

So you are driving home from the airport after a nice vacation with your family in Disneyland. They are asleep in the back seat and WHAM, you get rear-ended by some clown in a pickup truck.

At least, that’s what happened to me last August. And like me, you may have Whiplash.

The symptoms may start right away, or they can start unto a week later. Here are a few things to remember:

1: Get Chiropractic Care Right Away

It may seem logical to wait (it is even a common mistake MD’s make) a while for things to “settle down.” Research has shown, and we have seen in our office that the best results occur if chiropractic care is started immediately.

2: Take Responsibility!

Someone else may be responsible for injuring you. They are not responsible for getting you better. You have to realize that the most important thing is to take responsibility so you and your family get better. Worry about the other guy paying later.

3: Transition to the Wellness Lifestyle

People who continue chiropractic care every 2 weeks continue to improve over the next year, but 80% of those who discontinue care after their injury suffer a relapse.

Schedule now.

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The A.R.T. of Making Piriformis Syndrome Less of a Pain In The Butt.

Sometimes it starts gradually, sometimes suddenly. You describe a pain in your “hip”, “butt” “low back.”  The pain radiates all around the front and back of your hip, and sometimes it tingles down the leg.   Many people call it “sciatica.” It is often affectionately called “Piriformis Syndrome,” after a single tiny muscle in the butt that sometimes pinches the sciatic nerve.

My colleague Clayton Roach ingeniously describes piriformis syndrome as “the pain you can’t explain.”. Despite it’s mysterious demeanour, it is one of the most common issues I see in practice. It is common because many of us exercise, then we sit to much.  The pressure of sitting decreases oxygen flow in the muscles, making them less likely to heal.

Who Gets Piriformis Syndrome?

If you are a hiker, cyclist, runner or weight lifter who also drives or sits at a desk all day, you are a prime candidate for this.

Active Release Techniques (A.R.T.)

ART is a system of diagnosis and treatment that isolates structures, improves fluidity of movement, and improves texture.  An ART practitioner will  be able to identify not only the affected muscles (piriformis, gluteus medium/maximus, gamelli, etc), but provide immediate treatment to fix the problem, sometimes permanently.

An ART practitioner certified in Nerve Entrapment will also be able to recognize non-piriformis related entrapment.  Muscles other than the piriformis can also entrap the sciatic nerve.

Get Adjusted!

Lastly, remember that the nervous system is the master controller of your body.  Chiropractic care removes interference in the nervous system, and enhances your posture, muscle coordination and healing

Laser Therapy

We offer class 4 laser therapy to accelerate the healing process and decrease pain and inflammation.  It is a great addition that gets you back to normal as quickly as possible.

What To Do?

If you are ready to take action, for you or someone you love, schedule an initial visit with our office.  We really look forward to guiding you toward greater health and wellness with chiropractic care.

GaryThe A.R.T. of Making Piriformis Syndrome Less of a Pain In The Butt.
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Headaches: No Such Thing as Normal Ones

So you tell yourself it is normal. “It only happens if I am tired or hungry.” Or maybe it is constant and debilitating. If you have headaches then I am here to tell you that there is no such thing as a normal headache, and there are things you can do to make them better.

Stress takes its toll on us every single day, and if you are getting headaches, that means you are not adapting to that stress around you.

Ever since I started practice, one of my areas of expertise and of great success has been caring for people with this extremely common, potentially debilitating disorder. (My passion for it  all started with my mom’s story, if you remember it from my Doctor’s Report).

What Causes Headaches?

Most headaches originate in the muscles of the neck or the jaw, the result of physical stress on the body. Others are due to biochemical stress, and some, of course are due to emotional stress.

Taking care of the spine and the nervous system is a big part of our success in caring for people with this common problem.  Also, doing cranial adjustments to the skull helps the flow of cerebrospinal fluid around the brain and spinal cord. This is especially beneficial for people who have suffered from concussions.

PS:

If you or someone you know is suffering needlessly from headaches, you can give them a link to this article and video, and have them schedule an appointment. Remind them to print a health pass as well, so they can enter our practice for a reduced fee.

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Have a Plantar Fasciitis Crisis?

You get out of bed and your feet are killing you.  You can hardly walk!  As you walk it gets a little better, but your feet are still painful to touch, especially near the heel.  Oh my gosh, you have plantar fasciitis!

Its primary causes is pronation (collapse) of the arches of the foot.  Eighty percent of people pronate, because we wear shoes and walk on hard surfaces, making our feet weak.

What do i do?

Research has indicated, and we have found in our experience, that orthotics are essential if you want to correct the problem long-term!.  Once you start wearing orthotics, it will take a while (several months, at least) for your muscles to strengthen enough for the pain to go away for sure.

Chiropractic adjustments and treatments like Active Release Techniques, Graston Technique and Deep Tissue Laser work really well to create healing. you’ll get great results with anywhere from 6-20 super awesome visits to our office.

Call us for a free consultation, or schedule now.

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Sidelined by Shin Splints? Do This!

You start to run and your shins kill, but it stops after a bit more running. You have shin splints!

A combination of over-use and misalignment at the ankles (and even the hips) causes muscles called the tibialis posterior, and tibias anterior to scar, then stick to the bone, creating painful friction. When you run for a little bit, the friction decreases, and so does the pain. In what seems like a bit of a sick mind game, the pain comes back a little while after you stop running. Before you know it, you can hardly walk without your legs throbbing.

What do I do?

80% of people have what is called pronation, a misalignment of the foot and ankle that can lead to shin splints.  If you wear shoes and walk on hard ground, you probably pronate. Shoes make our foot muscles weak, and hard ground is, well, hard.  When this happens, your ankles change angles,  and you bang, you get shin splints when you run.

We can do a computerized gait analysis for you for $20 (it is free if you buy orthotics, or if I make it part of your program). In some cases I will even take you outside and watch you run to check your form.

If you pronate, orthotics will be essential if you want to correct the ankle misalignment long term. Once you start wearing them, it will take several months (at least) for the orthotics to create enough strength and coordination in your body for the pain to go away.

Chiropractic adjustments (to the spine and the ankle) and treatments like Active Release Techniques, Graston Technique, and Deep Tissue Laser work really well to create healing.  This improves the speed of healing significantly.

You’ll get great results with anywhere from 6-20 super awesome visits in our office.

Call us for a free consultation or schedule now.

Dr. Gary Barone, Chiropractor.

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