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I Don't Need A Chiropractor, I Can Crack My Own Back!

"I can crack my own back."  Dr. Adam Sagedahl from Full Motion Chiroractic in Hopkins, MN here.  Those are words I often hear from patients and many times they'll say they were able to "fix" something on their own by doing that.  And while it's not impossible that they were able restore some motion to a dysfunctional joint, it's very likely that what occurred was more like a band-aid than any kind of actual fix.

I first want to try to explain what happens when your back "cracks".  There is a fluid filled space within each of our joints and when we go about our day moving around small gas bubbles form in that space.  When a joint is "cracked" or "adjusted" as a chiropractor would say, these gas bubbles are released and give off the sound you often hear.  It's the same whether it's your knuckles, your spine or any other joint in your body.  Other things take place as well that are part of helping the body to heal such as a release of endorphins, the "feel good chemical" (more on that later) and most importantly, a breaking up of adhesions that are restricting normal joint movement. It's these restrictions that eventually lead to your brain recognizing there's an irritation, and that recognition then leads to an inflammatory event which is what often is the actual cause of the pain you feel.

The big thing to keep in mind is that your spine is made up of several small bones called vertebrae that have a left and right-sided joint space with the vertbrae above and below it.  The full length of your spine is technically one long "kinetic chain" of bones that have to move together, individually but in unison, with each other as we move our body.  If one vertebrae becomes lacking, or dysfunctional in movement with another because of a joint restriction (usually as a result of an injury, physical stress or even poor posture) then that extra stress will be spread to the surrounding joints above and below.

What this then causes is the vertebrae nearby the area of restriction to move MORE than it typically would.  It becomes "hypermobile".  When you "crack" your own neck or back it's almost always just a hypermobile joint that will release and give off the popping sound while the problem-causing stuck joint actually takes a more concentrated force to restore the movement - THE CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT!

So in conclusion, you'll often feel temporarily better (because of the endorphin release) after "cracking" your own back or neck but it's almost always a mistake to think you are fixing something.  You're basically just getting bones to move that are already moving more than they should because they're trying to make up for another nearby joint that is not moving properly.  The only way to fix that would be to see a chiropractor.  Very often I hear from my patients that once they've gone through chiropractic care and restored the proper movement throughout the entire spine, they've either greatly reduced or no longer have the habit of "cracking" their own neck or back.

If you live near Hopkins, MN or the West metro and have been looking for a chiropractor because you've been dealing with neck or back pain, headaches or any other joint pain give me a call at 612-655-3073 or you can easily request an appointment online.  I'm in-network with virtaully all MN insurance plans.  If you or someone you know has an injury from an auto accident it's even more important to be checked out right away to help prevent future problems.

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What Is It Really Like To Get Adjusted?

On average, chiropractors see about 10% of the US population, although that number continues to rise as it's becoming much more mainstreamed and is a drug-free alternative to pain relief.  In fact, most hospitals now have chiropractors on staff.  But there is still a large majority of the population that has never been to a chiropractor.

There are numerous reasons people shy away from chiropractors but the main ones seem to be a preconceived negative perception about chiropractic, generally always without actually ever having personal experience, or else they are a little anxious or afraid of getting "cracked".

I know I'll never be able to change someone's mind who already has a negative belief about chiropractic care and they'll unfortunately just have to miss out on the many benefits, but for those who are maybe just a little freaked out about getting adjusted I promise you, if you see me, you will be pleasantly surprised once you've had it done and realize it's not nearly as scary as you thought it was going to be!

All of the joints in our body are connected to the muscles and surrounding fascial tissue and unfortunately most things we do in our day-to-day lives can cause tension and adhesions within these tissues.  Everyone knows what a "tight muscle" feels like, but these tight muscles can also cause our joints, specifically the spinal joints that are between each vertebrae in our spines, to start to lose the full motion they should have and this leads to things like inflammation, irritation, pain, more muscle tension and sometimes worse, like disc issues.

So with this in mind it's easier to see why some force, an adjustment, is needed to make a positive change.  An issue caused by physical activity (or too much inactivity for that matter) needs a physical treatment to fix it.  The force of the adjustment not only breaks through these adhesions, but there's actually also a release of the "feel good" endorphins along with a resetting of any spasm of the surrounding muscles.  The adjustments not only help to restore joints to their full motion but also allow for nearby swelling to subside which then takes pressure off the nervous system and reduces pain!

A good chiropractor will use just the right amount of force that is needed to free up the joints.  It's generally NOT painful at all but if you come in with severe pain from even the slightest movement then you will likely experience at least a quick minor twinge of pain with the movement of your body the doctor needs to use to accomplish what is needed.

The adjustment part of your care is actually the fastest part of your visit.  It literally takes just a split second to adjust a joint and likely there will be a few adjustments performed.  Some patients of mine are in and out of the office within about 5 minutes but if we are doing other therapies visits may take 15-20 minutes.

So to review, adjustments are a quick, generally pain-free AND drug-free way to restore function to areas of the body that are causing you pain.  If you're looking for a good chiropractor and Hopkins is a convenient location, give me a call at 612-655-3073 or just request an appointment online HERE!  I'm in network with virtually all insurance plans and open 8:30am to 6pm Monday thru Thursday.

 

Are Your Feet To Blame For Your Back Pain?

When we suffer from pain we typically assume the problem is coming right from where the pain is.  This frequently is not the case with our bodies because everything is connected through fascial tissue and our nervous system.  For instance, I see people for tension headaches all the time, but the actual "cause" of the headache is almost always coming from the upper neck, not the head.

When someone comes to our Hopkins chiropractic office with chronic lower back pain I will almost always do a 3-D laser foot scan which gives me a high-tech picture of the bottom of someone's feet that helps determine if there might be problem with the structures within them, specifically if there is a pronation issue.  This is when the foot tilts inward because of lack of support from the arches, as in "flat feet".  That's another thing, our feet actually have THREE arches that need support to keep the foot in balance.  But how does this affect the lower back?

A pronating foot tilts inward.  This makes the tibia, the lower leg bone, and the knee twist slightly inward as well.  Knee pain, therefore, can also be associated with flat feet.  The femur, the large upper leg bone, then ends up meeting the knee at a bad angle causing one hip to be higher than the other, or positioning the hips in a flexed or extended postion.  If any of this happens an imbalance in the lower back is created, usually leading to low back pain at some point.

Often this lower back pain seems confusing to my patients because there typically wasn't any incident or injury that they can recall of as to a "cause".   Without proper assessement in looking at all parts of the body, it can be very easy to miss the root of the problem.  I've had many patients come to me after trying things from massage to physical therapy, to injections to even having seen other chiropractors where all treatment was focused only in the lower back and other than getting either very short-term relief or no relief at all they decided to give me "a try".  If I find that the feet are the real cause of the back pain, setting up the patient with Foot Levelers custom orthotics can be a life changer.  The back pain doesn't keep coming back, or if it does, it is much less frequent and is much easier to get rid of with less treatment down the road because the orthotics are specifically designed for the exact needs of the patient to keep all three arches in the correct postion which aligns the rest of the leg bones and hips.

If you've been dealing with lower back pain, or even knee or foot pain, and are looking for answers give us a call at 612-655-3073 or request an appointment online HERE!

 

Chiropractic Aids Sprained Ankle Recovery

Hopkins natural ankle sprain treatment​We see many patients in our Hopkins office with ankle sprains and Dr. Sagedahl has had a lot of success helping them heal more quickly. Why are ankle sprains so common and how can chiropractic help?

According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), approximately 25,000 men and women in the US sprain their ankles every day. In fact, these injuries make up nearly half of all sports injuries, causing people to spend time away from the activities they enjoy most.

Like most any injury, there are many causes of ankle sprains. The most frequent is inversion, or when the ankle rolls inward. This injury can occur due to one forceful movement, or it can develop over time, and exercises that increase the risk for this type of ankle sprain include running and jumping. You're also at risk if you have previous ankle injuries, poor posture or balance, weak muscles, and reduced range of motion. How can Full Motion Chiropractic help?

A paper printed in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics set out to discover chiropractic's role when it comes to ankle sprain recovery. Researchers recruited 33 people between the ages of 18 and 45 who had a history of ankle inversion sprains, who were reporting tenderness and/or pain, and had not re-injured the area in the previous six weeks.

Eighteen of the participants were assigned to participate in rehabilitation and the remaining 15 patients received chiropractic in addition to rehabilitation. Each person had five full weeks of therapy, with the rehabilitation group receiving treatment seven days a week and the rehabilitation plus chiropractic group receiving care six out of the seven days.

The authors found that the individuals who had both rehab and chiropractic fared the best at the 4-week mark when it came to pain and joint restriction. In addition, no negative effects were reported, showing that this treatment option is safe.

If you're near our location in Hopkins and you're recovering from an ankle injury, give us a call. We'll do what we can to keep you up and running...literally!

Citations

  • American College of Sports Medicine. (n.d.). Ankle sprains and the athlete. Retrieved from https://www.acsm.org/docs/current-comments/anklesprainstemp.pdf
  • Lubbe, D et al. (2015, January). Manipulative therapy and rehabilitation for recurrent ankle sprain with functional instability: a short-term, assessor-blind, parallel-group randomized trial. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 38(1), 22-34, doi:10.1016/j.jmpt.2014.10.001
 

Chiropractic Offers Long Term Benefits for Fibromyalgia Sufferers

Hopkins natural fibromyalgia treatmentIf you suffer from fibromyalgia, you are not alone, as Full Motion Chiropractic sees many people with this particular condition in our Hopkins chiropractic practice. As a matter of fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that roughly two percent of all adults in the United States have fibromyalgia. Thankfully, chiropractic is one treatment option that can provide positive results.

In a paper published in mid-2015, 215 women and men with fibromyalgia were evaluated based on factors ranging from pain to quality of sleep to the levels of depression or anxiety they felt. Then they were split into two groups with one group receiving a multi-modal therapy plan for three months and the second group receiving the same program plus chiropractic adjustments (specifically, to the upper neck tissues) for the same length of time.

The individuals who received chiropractic adjustments in conjunction with the multi-disciplinary therapy approach reported greater results in all areas (pain, sleep, depression, and anxiety) at 12 weeks post-treatment when compared to the study patients who received multi-modal therapy without chiropractic care. Additionally, those positive outcomes were lasting as the individuals reported continued improvement one full year later.

Fibromyalgia can greatly reduce your quality of life, both mentally and physically. If you're dealing with fibromyalgia, we might be able to help.

You don't have to suffer! To see what Full Motion Chiropractic can do for your fibromyalgia, call our Hopkins chiropractic office today.

Resources

  • Fibromyalgia. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/basics/fibromyalgia.htm on November 2, 2015.
  • Moustafa I & Diab A. (2015, July). The addition of upper cervical manipulative therapy in the treatment of patients with fibromyalgia: a randomized controlled trial. Rheumatology International;35(7):1163-74.
 

A Natural Approach to Back Pain

Hopkins chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is based on the philosophy of helping your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that promote overall health. For Full Motion Chiropractic, this means working to restore your body's normal functioning to avoid the need for drugs or surgical treatments. We find that most of our Hopkins patients are pleased to find a natural approach for their health conditions.

One benefit of chiropractic care is that it helps people reduce or even eliminate the use of drugs. Medications are commonly issued to people who have back soreness. This is such a significant crisis that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a report stating that opioid (painkiller) risks outweigh the advantages when prescribed for back pain.

Some of the most popular opiates, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Data provided by the AAN cite the fact that roughly 50% of the people taking these types of substances for a period of three months are still taking them five years later. This can further complicate the problem of back pain and healing, particularly if an narcotic dependency arises.

Compare that to chiropractic which engages natural healing and the benefits are clear. While a pill might be helpful at temporarily relieving the discomfort of a health condition, it's not a long-term solution to the problem. A drug won't fix your injured back; it will only mask the pain.

Full Motion Chiropractic will first examine you to get to the root of your back pain and then work with you to address the spinal interference -- without any risky medications.

If you're ready for relief of your pain, naturally, give our Hopkins office a call at (612) 655-3073 to make an appointment with Full Motion Chiropractic.

References

  • Risk of opioids outweigh benefits for headache, low back pain, other conditions. American Academy of Neurology;September 29, 2014.
  • What are opioids? National Institute on Drug Abuse. Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/prescription-drugs/opioids/what-are-opioids
 

The Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustments

At Full Motion Chiropractic I only give patients the care they truly need to get out of pain while allowing them the choice to continue care beyond that.  This is the definition of Relief Care, it's based on getting people out of pain and back to their normal lives as quickly as possible without forcing any long-term commitments on them,  and it's a big reason why most of the new patients I see are referrals from my current patients. The fact is that most people initially go to a chiropractor because they are in pain.  People do not typically just decide one day that they want to start getting chiropractic adjustments just for the fun of it.

However, once people start to see a chiropractor they often continue for the rest of their lives.  This Hopkins, MN Chiropractic Careis not, and should not be because they are forced through scare tactics or other means to keep coming back again and again.  The reason people come back is because once they've gone through a treatment plan of regular adjustments they start to notice the difference in their everyday lives and how much better they feel in general.

Chiropractic care is not just about pain relief.  It's about keeping the body healthy.  It's about keeping stress off the nervous system.  At the core, adjustments help to maintain healthy joint functioning and mobility.  This, in turn, keeps adhesions from forming around the muscles and joints, thereby not allowing inflammation to build up deep in the nearby joint spaces which can then impact the nerves and our nervous system.

When we have jobs where we still all day at a computer or do something like repetitive movements/lifting we create these areas in our body that eventually irritate our nervous system and cause pain.  Seeing a chiropractor regularly is the best way to find these problem areas before they can become a problem!  Unless there's been a major trauma, like a car accident, these problem areas are typically slow-building and don't often cause pain until they've been there for a long time, sometimes weeks, months or even years which then can make them more difficult to overcome.  These types of issues can take several trips to the chiropractor initially to get better and once it's been corrected people typically find that going back on a regular schedule that works for them is the best way to keep feeling their best!

 

Chiropractic Options For Pain Relief

 

If you've been to multiple chiropractors you've probably felt like they all do things a little differently.  Some take x-rays right away.  Some don't.  Some won't treat you the first day, while others do.  Some want to see you many more times and much longer than others.  Even the staple of care by chiropractors, the adjustment, is often performed in a myriad of ways depending on techniques the doctor learned in school that he or she feels suits their style best.  The bottom line is that positive outcomes can result from all the different types of treatment because in the end we are all really working towards the same thing - helping our patients feel their best!

So how does care at Full Motion Chiropractic stand out compared to most other chiropractors?  The biggest difference you'll find at Full Motion is that I primarily aim towards reducing your pain with short-term treatment plans.  The care is patient-centered, meaning I strive to ONLY see you as much as needed to get you feeling better.  This type of care is known as "Relief Care".  Most of my patients then continue to come in for care on their terms when they feel they need it or for regular maintanence care to help keep their bodies functioning at the highest level possible.

"Corrective Care" is another very common type of care you'll likely encounter if you go to a chiropractor.  And while this type of care can yield some amazing life-changing results for some, it may not always be necessary and for most people the high number and frequency of appointments over several months is often very difficult if you have a busy schedule. 

If you've been hesitant to call a chiropractor out of fear that you'll be told you have to come back forever, there are options!  Give us a call at 612-655-3073 or request an appointment ONLINE.  Our promise at Full Motion Chiropractic is to get out of pain as quickly as possible so you can get back to doing what you love most and living your life to the fullest!

 

Hopkins, MN Back Pain Treatment

Hopkins, Minnetonka back pain treatment by Full Motion ChiropracticMost of us suffer from lower back pain at some point in our lives. Researchers estimate that nearly 1 out of 3 adults deal with some kind of regular spinal pain. Full Motion Chiropractic and our talented staff see many back and neck pain cases in our Hopkins, office, and we've found that chiropractic care is a highly effective way to not only help you heal from back pain, it's also a great way to protect against future episodes.

A recent article from the University of Utah verifies what our Hopkins, MN patients have experienced: Dr. Adam Sagedahl is the best first choice for an episode of back pain.

In this study, 747 participants were treated for low back pain. Each patient was assessed based on the first person they sought treatment with, whether it was a primary care physician, a chiropractor, a physiatrist (also known as a rehabilitation physician), or a physical therapist.

What the authors discovered is that the subjects who first saw a chiropractor had fewer advanced imaging tests and fewer surgeries.

Other studies have found the same results. A 2012 study reported that chiropractic patients had the best functional recovery and pain relief for chronic back pain.

Chiropractic works by restoring the natural, pain-free function of your spine. Full Motion Chiropractic and Dr. Adam Sagedahl help your body heal with gentle chiropractic adjustments that don't use drugs or risky surgical procedures.

If you live near our Hopkins office and would like to get out of pain, give our office a call today at (612) 655-3073 for an appointment.

Reference

Fritz JM, Kim J, Dorius J. Importance of the type of provider seen to begin health care for a new episode of low back pain: associations with future utilization and costs. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2015(Sep 29).

Cecchi F, et al. Predictors of functional outcome in patients with chronic low back pain undergoing back school, individual physiotherapy or spinal manipulation. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2012;48:371-8.

 

Improve Your Head To Improve Your Health

We all want to be fit and healthy but for some it's much harder than for others.  Why is that?  For some being healthy seems to come so easy while others seem to really struggle.  The ones who struggle often don't realize how much effort those who are healthier put into getting there while those who have attained good health often wonder how someone could just ignore their health, without realizing there's usually a lot more deep-seeded issues to those peoples' struggles.

Probably the #1 influencer on your health is how you THINK.  It is the primary reason we do anything really. For instance, except in rare cases, your genetics control only a small fraction of what your health potential can be but people constantly use their genes as an excuse.  Genetics do set limits on things like how tall you might be or if it's easier for you to gain or lose weight or what color hair or eyes you have.  They also play a role in fat distribution in our body meaning some people will never achieve the physique of a bodybuilder but again that's no excuse to not exercise either.  The important take away is that while genes have some influence over our physical body it's how we perceive exercise that determines whether we do it or not.

The hardest part of exercising is getting started.  Your mind has to be prepared for this part or you will just end up quitting right away.  If you go into a new exercise routine constantly thinking that you don't like to exercise or that it's too hard or that you don't have time for it then you won't.  However if you go into it with a positive mindset that is prepared properly for the challenges and ready to change your life for the better then you can and will succeed.  A recent study tested people riding a stationary bike while performing "self-talk" with positive phrases like "feels good" over and over and showed that this positive feedback to the mind lead to much greater ability to pedal further before exhaustion set in leading the scientists to believe that our mind is likely more in control than our actual muscles when it comes to physical activity. Creating the vision in your head of the positive benefits you are receiving as you exercise is key.  Any negative thought will kill momentum.

The hard part is that training your mind takes time and can be very difficult, especially if you've had a lifetime of struggling with exercise or you don't see yourself as someone who can do this.  The good news is that this type of positive thinking can be learned by anyone.  You just have to give it a chance - again and again and maybe again sometimes before it clicks with you.  You have to realize and tell yourself that it's ALL in your head.  A big hangup for people at gyms is that they worry about what others are thinking of them.  I promise, no one else at the gym is worried about what you are doing while in fact the vast majority are probably worried about that same thing for themselves!

Life is way too short to be worried about what others think, especially when you're actually trying to better yourself.  Put on some headphones and play your favorite music, or do what I often do and listen to some motivational videos on Youtube while you workout. It'll put you in the right mindset.

Start slow, ask the trainers for help if you have questions, but most of all be mindful of the benefits you are giving yourself.  Use the initial pain you might feel as you begin as motivation not as a barrier.  It's likely going to take several weeks before you really feel the difference, but you will definitely notice.  You'll have more energy, sleep better, and best of all, being in the right mindset will become easy.  It may sound crazy now but you'll actually get to a point where you'll want to workout!

Nothing is more important for our health than physical activity.  Our bodies have to move or they can't survive.  Muscles deteriorate, flexibility decreases and bones become weak and susceptible to fracture if we don't use them.  Resistence training, like weight lifting, is actually the best way to lose weight long-term and it's the only real way to make our bone density increase, even as we age!

Exercising is difficult.  Most people don't see it as a fun activity until they've been doing it for a while.  Getting started is the hardest part.  You may even have some pain or minor injuries along the way.   Chiropractic care goes a long way in helping you deal with any of these potential setbacks by helping your joints and muscles to both function better and heal more effeciently from injuries that may arise so be sure to have a good chiropractor along the way.  There's nothing more important than your health.  Take care of it.  Find a way.  You likely will need to first work on how you THINK to get that good health you've wanted for so long.