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Neck Pain and Headache Relief

Hopkins, Minnetonka neck pain and headache treatmentHeadache and neck pain are common problems that affect millions of men and women around the world. If you are suffering from this type of issue, you're not alone. The good news is that chiropractic care is the best way to not only treat these common problems, but also help avoid future episodes.

For many years, patients with neck and headache pain in and around Hopkins have been helped by chiropractic care at Full Motion Chiropractic. Our success is backed up by a recent review done in Canada that found that non-invasive, non-drug treatments are the best choice for neck and headache pain.

The review looked at 15 studies from 1990 to 2015 and found that conservative treatment comprised of chiropractic adjustments, exercises, and stretches was suggested before resorting to drugs or more invasive procedures.

Past scientific studies have shown that chiropractic is effective and safe for neck pain and many other health conditions.

If you're suffering from neck pain or headaches, Dr. Adam Sagedahl of Full Motion Chiropractic is here to help you recover. Give our Hopkins office a call at (612) 655-3073 for an appointment today.

Reference

Varatharajan S, Ferguson B, Chrobak K, et al. Are non-invasive interventions effective for the management of headaches associated with neck pain? An update of the Bone and Joint Decade Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders by the Ontario Protocol for Traffic Injury Management (OPTIMa) Collaboration. European Spine Journal 2016; February 6:1-29.

 

Low Back Pain and the SI Joint

We treat a lot of patients with back pain in our Hopkins office, and Full Motion Chiropractic finds that quite a few cases of back pain stem from the sacroiliac (SI) joint. Investigation shows that about 25% of all back pain begins in the SI joint, and now new research ratifies what we have observed in our clinic: chiropractic is an effective way to treat this issue.

In the study released in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, thirty-two women who suffered from sacroiliac joint syndrome were split into two groups and asked to engage in one of two treatment therapies. one group was given a chiropractic adjustment isolated to the sacroiliac joint, and the second group received an adjustment to the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine.

Researchers found greater improvements in both pain and movement immediately following treatment, two days later, and 30 days later for the individuals who had been given high-velocity low-amplitude manipulation to both the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine. This demonstrates that chiropractic therapy applied to these two areas offers both prompt and long term results for sacroiliac joint pain sufferers—even with just one treatment session.

Therefore, if you are dealing with sacroiliac joint pain, or cope with back and leg pain and are ready to see whether your sacroiliac joint is the root, a visit to our Hopkins, Minnetonka office may be the first—and best—step towards feeling better. Give our office a call today at (612) 655-3073.

Kamali F, Shokri E. The effect of two manipulative therapy techniques and their outcome in patients with sacroiliac joint syndrome. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 2012;16(1):29-35.

 

Natural Carpal Tunnel Treatment with Chiropractic

Hopkins, Minnetonka natural carpal tunnel treatmentAt Full Motion Chiropractic, Dr. Sagedahl sees a lot of patients struggling with carpal tunnel syndrome at his busy Hopkins chiropractic practice. While some people think that the origin of this wrist-related pain is muscular, it's actually a syndrome that arises from the nerves--and not just the nerves in your hands.

A recent study printed in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy evaluated 71 women between the ages of 35 and 59 who were diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. Upon studying the subjects' neck range of motion, the authors found that the patients had reduced cervical mobility when compared to a healthy control group.

In addition, it was also discovered that the degree of the women's reported carpal tunnel discomfort was connected to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In short, the less mobility in the neck, the greater the level of pain.

This study is very important, as you cannot effectively address a problem until you fully understand its source. By recognizing that the root of carpal tunnel pain is in the neck, this means that natural approaches such as chiropractic can often restore normal function, eliminating the need for risky surgery.

If you have carpal tunnel pain, call our Hopkins clinic to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sagedahl to learn about how he can help you get relief!

Research Studies

De-la-Llave-Rincon A et al. (2011, May). Women with carpal tunnel syndrome show restricted cervical range of motion. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy;41(5):305-10.
Simon H. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. University of Maryland Medical Center. Updated May 6, 2012. Retrieved from https://umm.edu/health/medical/reports/articles/carpal-tunnel-syndrome on November 2, 2015.

 

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. Experts estimate that nearly 1 out of 3 adults deal with some kind of regular spinal pain. Full Motion Chiropractic and Dr. Adam Sagedahl see many back and neck pain cases in our Hopkins, MN office, and we've found that chiropractic care is an effective way to not only help you heal from back pain, it's also a great way to prevent future episodes.

A recent article from the University of Utah confirms what our Hopkins patients have reported: Dr. Adam Sagedahl is the best first option for an episode of back pain.

In this paper, 747 participants were treated for low back pain. Each person was evaluated 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 found is that the men and women who first saw a chiropractor had fewer advanced imaging tests and fewer surgeries.

Other studies have found the same results. A 2012 study found 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 our team 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.

 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Car Accidents

If you have thoracic outlet syndrome after an auto collision, you're not alone. Full Motion Chiropractic sees this type of condition frequently in our Hopkins office. Let's take a look at why thoracic outlet syndrome is commonly experienced after a car crash and see how chiropractic care can help you heal.

The thoracic outlet is a bundle of nerves and blood vessels that travel through your neck and shoulder to your arm. These vessels don't have a lot of room, so they pass under and between the strong bands of muscles that support your head.

In a collision, these muscle groups can be stretched and strained. If damaged, the muscles become swollen and sore, and they can develop scar tissue which limits motion and puts stress on the tissues of the thoracic outlet. Pressure on the nerves can cause tingling or pins and needles in the shoulder, elbow and even the hand. Pressure on the blood vessels can also cause problems in the arm.

Hopkins, MN Thoracic Outlet Treatment

Chiropractic adjustments can be an effective way to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, as Dr. Adam Sagedahl will help improve mobility in your spine and restore normal nerve function in your neck and shoulder.

Full Motion Chiropractic has been helping patients in Hopkins, since 2009, so we know what you're going through. We're here to help you, too. Dr. Sagedahl will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (612) 655-3073 to make an appointment.

 

 

The Fastest Way to Get Rid of Headaches...Chiropractic Adjustments?

We see a large number of men and women with headaches in our Hopkins office, and we've been able to provide relief for most of them. Indeed, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that half of all adults deal with some sort of headache problem, so this actually isn’t surprising. One of the most common varieties of headaches that our patients are afflicted by is "cervicogenic headache" which, fortunately, chiropractic can commonly help!

What is a Cervicogenic Headache?

A cervicogenic headache is one that comes from issues in the cervical spine, the upper part of the neck specifically. It can be thanks to a problem with either the spine itself (in particular, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it might be due to a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This dysfunction in your spine creates squeezing or aggravation of the spinal nerves, which can give you headache pain.

How do you know if the headache you are going through is a cervicogenic headache? Besides receiving a diagnosis from a healthcare specialist, a typical symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or discomfort in your neck. This is sometimes combined with pain in the forehead, eyes, back of your head or between your shoulder blades.

How Chiropractic Helps with Cervicogenic Headaches

Seeing that cervicogenic headaches will not go away until whatever issue is triggering them is corrected, it is crucial to get treatment as opposed to just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an excellent solution, and one that can provide a great deal of relief, and often very quickly.

In one study circulated in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, experts looked at 80 people who had recurrent cervicogenic headaches. Fifty percent got chiropractic care and the other half engaged in light massage therapy. Each participant was examined 12 and 24 weeks after the treatment and it was discovered that chiropractic provided the most beneficial effects.

Specifically, this study found that chiropractic adjustments provided patients better pain relief and decreased the number of headaches that occurred. In addition, it also diminished the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.

To find out what Dr. Adam Sagedahl at Full Motion Chiropractic can do for you and your headaches, call our office today. We'll do our best to get you the pain relief you deserve!

References

  • Haas M, Schneider M, Vavrek D. Illustrating risk difference and number needed to treat from a randomized controlled trial of spinal manipulation for cervicogenic headache. Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2010 18(9).
  • World Health Organization. (2012, October). Headache disorders. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs277/en/
 

Studies Confirm that Chiropractic is Safe

 

Hopkins, Minnetonka Chiropractic for familiesWe care for a large number of people in our Hopkins office and Full Motion Chiropractic has helped countless people eliminate a variety of health problems. However, a common concern that seems to prevent a lot of people from seeking treatment is whether or not chiropractic care is safe. Fortunately, according to three separate studies (out of countless on the issue), the answer to this question is a resounding: "Yes! Chiropractic is safe!"

Australian Study: Chiropractic is Safe

The first research paper(1) was published in Spine and involved 183 adults. Each test subject was affected by spinal pain, and half of the patients received real chiropractic adjustments while the remaining patients were given two fake chiropractic treatments. Information was gathered after each real or fake adjustment to identify if any undesirable side effects occurred as a result of the genuine chiropractic adjustments.

The doctors found that no one documented any serious unfavorable side effects in any way after receiving one or two sessions of chiropractic care. Some individuals did state that they got a headache (just 9% of people) or muscle stiffness (37%) after treatment, but the effects were not of a serious nature.

Nationwide Survey Reports that Chiropractic Care is Safe

The next study(2), also released in the influential journal, Spine, was performed in an attempt to ascertain the safety of chiropractic care. The test group was much larger as it involved just under 20,000 individuals. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments of the cervical spine, with over 50,000 total adjustments for all study participants.

Once again, the researchers found no serious negative side effects. The authors determined the risk of total side effects to be about six out of every 10,000 consultations or every 100,000 treatment sessions. Plus, just as with the first study, some participants did report non-serious, milder, side effects such as dizziness (less than 2%) or a headache (4%), and this prompted the researchers to determine that "the risk of a serious adverse event, immediately or up to 7 days after treatment, was low to very low."

Chiropractic Care Is Safe for Children

The third study(3) is unique from the previous two pieces of research, as it concentrates on the safety of chiropractic care for children. In this case, researchers analyzed data reported by both chiropractors and parents involving 816 children who participated in 7,173 chiropractic treatment sessions.

Out of 5,438 chiropractic appointments made for the young ones, chiropractors responding to the survey reported only three cases where there were adverse side effects. When parents were questioned, they indicated only two adverse side effects out of 1,735 visits. Additionally, both chiropractors and parents reported "a high rate of improvement with respect to the children's presenting complaints."

Based on these three studies (and many more!), chiropractic care has been judged safe and effective for everyone. To learn what chiropractic can do for you, call our Hopkins office and make an appointment today at (612) 655-3073.

References

  1. Walker BF, Hebert JJ, Stomski NJ, Clarke BR, Bowden RS, Losco B, French SD. Outcomes of usual chiropractic. The OUCH randomized controlled trial of adverse events. Spine 2013;38(20):1723-9.
  2. Thiel HW1, Bolton JE, Docherty S, Portlock JC. Safety of chiropractic manipulation of the cervical spine: a prospective national survey. Spine 2007;32(21):2375-8.
  3. Alcantara J, Ohm J, Kunz D. The safety and effectiveness of pediatric chiropractic: a survey of chiropractors and parents in a practice-based research network. Explore NY 2009;5(5): 290-5.
 

Chiropractic Can Alleviate Need for Back Surgery

The latest statistics show that there are over 500,000 spinal surgeries annually in the US. Although in some cases it's necessary to have back surgery, the reality is that if you can avoid this type of invasive procedure, you're often better off.

Full Motion Chiropractic is here to make sure that patients in Hopkins have a natural, non-surgical option for back problems. We've helped many patients recover from back pain without the need for surgery.

There are countless reasons to avoid unnecessary medical treatments: Surgeries often result in a longer recuperation time and complications, neither of which is an acceptable scenario. Luckily, as one study has found, chiropractic care may actually keep you out of the operating room altogether!

In this paper, about 1,900 workers with back injuries were evaluated over a three year period. When the workers first sought care with a surgeon, over 42 percent ended up having back surgery. For those who saw only a chiropractor, only 1.5 percent had surgery!

These findings mean that chiropractic care can help you recover from back pain without surgery.

If you live in the Hopkins area, Dr. Adam Sagedahl at Full Motion Chiropractic can probably help you with your back pain. Give our office a call today at (612) 655-3073 for more information or an appointment.

Keeney BJ, Fulton-Kehoe D, Turner JA, et al. Early predictors of lumbar spine surgery after occupational back injury: results from a prospective study of workers in Washington State. Spine 2013;38(11):953-964.

 

Shoulder Pain and Auto Injury

If you are dealing with shoulder pain after an auto collision, you're not alone. Full Motion Chiropractic sees this type of condition frequently in our Hopkins office. The key to recovering from shoulder pain caused by a crash is to understand the root cause of the problem and how chiropractic care can help.

There are at least two different ways that you can get shoulder problems after an accident: by direct injury to the shoulder or by referred pain from the neck.

 

Direct trauma can be caused by striking your shoulder on a hard object in the car during the impact, or can occur if you have a tight grip on the steering wheel during a rear end crash. With this type of injury, you'll usually be aware of the pain soon after the wreck.

More commonly, Full Motion Chiropractic finds that shoulder or arm pain doesn't immediately appear after a collision, but starts a few days or weeks after the trauma. This type of shoulder pain actually starts in the neck. Injured soft tissue in your spine can squeeze nerves in your neck, causing numbness, tingling, or soreness in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.

We've treated both kinds of shoulder pain in our Hopkins, Minnetonka office. This care involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural mobility and home exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.

Full Motion Chiropractic is here in Hopkins, Minnetonka to help you recover from shoulder pain. We've been helping patients since 2004 and we can probably help you, too. First, we'll do a careful assessment to determine the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (612) 655-3073 to make an appointment.

 

Strength Training Can Cut Down On Back Pain

Hopkins, Minnetonka MN Chiropractic CareIf you're like many people, you put up with from some kind of aches and pains. We see many office workers in our Hopkins, MN clinic whose lives are disrupted by some kind of back or neck problems. The good news is, research shows that strength training can help lessen pain.

A Danish study followed 42 women who were plagued by trapezius pain. The trapezius forms a triangle between the neck, shoulders, and upper back, and is a typical source of neck and shoulder pain in office workers. All of the women in the study did repetitive work throughout the day at their jobs.

The women were randomly placed into one of three different groups:

  • The first group practiced strength training workouts for 20 minutes, three times a week. Each workout included three out of 5 high-intensity exercises designed specifically for the neck and shoulder muscles.
  • The second group did leg workouts for 20 minutes, 3 times a week. They used stationary bikes, and left their arms to hang relaxed at their sides.
  • The third group were given guidance on "workplace ergonomics, diet, health, relaxation, and stress management for a total of (one hour) per week but were not offered any physical training."

Researchers carefully documented the womens' muscle strength at the beginning and end of the study, and noted their levels of neck discomfort each week.

Though all of the women maintained their jobs during the study, those who performed strength exercises shared a 79% drop in the intensity of their pain. The women in the second and third groups mentioned no significant pain relief.

If you have problems with neck or back pain, it's important for you to know that there are natural solutions. In our office, we can work with you to create a treatment plan that combines chiropractic care and specific exercises to help you get out of pain.

Give our Hopkins, MN office a call today at (612) 655-3073 to arrange an appointment.

Andersen LL, Andersen JL, Suetta C, Kjaer M, Søgaard K, Sjøgaard G. Effect of contrasting physical exercise interventions on rapid force capacity of chronically painful muscles. Journal of Applied Physiology. 2009;107(5):1413-9.