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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.

 

Chiropractic Works for Disc Herniation

Hopkins, Minnetonka non-surgical disc herniation treatmentFull Motion Chiropractic sees many people weekly in our busy Hopkins chiropractic office who are searching for relief from the pain and agony they feel due to herniated discs. Our experience isn't unique; the medical research verifies that chiropractic care is a great way to treat herniated disc problems.

One particular research project involved 27 people, 8 male and 19 female, who had magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) confirming a disc herniation in either their neck or lower back. The individuals documented that they were experiencing pain, limited range of motion, and sensory issues bad enough to keep them off work.

During the course of the research period, the participants were managed using one of two common chiropractic practices: traction for herniated discs in the cervical area or flexion distraction for the men and women who had herniation issues in the lumbar area.

Each person was treated four or five times per week for the first two weeks, then three times weekly, and then as needed for the remainder of the study. Based on the seriousness of the disc herniation, therapy varied anywhere from six weeks to six months, with MRIs being conducted at a variety of stages to determine what effect, if any, the chiropractic care was having in regard to the disc herniation.

The authors found that 80 percent of the patients enjoyed a "good clinical outcome," meaning reduced pain and a reduction in other symptoms, such as numbness. Furthermore, 77 percent of these people also showed MRI evidence that their disc herniation was either reduced or resolved completely. This resulted in 78 percent of the study participants being able to return to their place of work and led the researchers to conclude that chiropractic care is both "safe and helpful" for disc herniations.

If you have a herniated disc and you're near Full Motion Chiropractic in Hopkins, contact our office today to see what chiropractic can do for you!

Reference
BenEliyahu, DJ. Magnetic resonance imaging and clinical follow-up: study of 27 patients receiving chiropractic care for cervical and lumbar disc herniations. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 1996;19(9):597-606.

 

Effective Back Pain Treatment

Hopkins, Minnetonka back pain treatmentWe see many patients with back pain in our Hopkins office, and Full Motion Chiropractic has been able to provide a lot of them find relief with chiropractic. However, recovering from back pain doesn't necessarily mean having to decide between chiropractic care and medical treatment, as many people use both types of care with great results.

Study Confirms Chiropractic and Medical Treatment Work Well with Each Other

In a study published by the academic journal Spine experts1 looked at a group of active-duty military personnel between the ages of 18 and 35 who were suffering from both acute soreness and limited function due to back-related issues. Some of the patients engaged in treatment via standard medical care, while the remainder were given chiropractic adjustments together with regular medical care, as the authors wanted to see which patients fared better.

The authors determined that the patients who got standard medical care along with chiropractic care scored "significantly better" than the group that received medical care alone; 73% reported positive benefits in comparison to just 17 percent of the medical care only group who reported the same amount of improvement. This was true regarding both pain and level of function at the two- and four-week marks.

Accordingly, combining these two forms of care can greatly benefit you--the patient--offering benefits when compared to medical care alone. However, while chiropractic and medical approaches can work alongside each other, chiropractic offers some unique advantages over medical treatment.

Where Chiropractic Wins

Although it may seem as if each method plays a 50/50 role, there is one major advantage that chiropractic care has over medical treatment and that is in patient satisfaction. In fact, one bit of research conducted at UCLA2 that was printed in the American Journal of Public Health found that, on average, chiropractic patients are generally more satisfied with their recovery than those undergoing medical care.

According to the experts, the main factors that patients favored over medical care were "self-care advice and explanation of treatment." This isn't unexpected, as chiropractors frequently spend much more time consulting with their patients as to how they can improve their health on their own, as well as explaining more thoroughly what to expect from chiropractic.

Chiropractic Offers a Holistic Approach

Without a doubt, the strategies associated with chiropractic are very different than those provided with medical care, but a large amount of the difference is the fact that chiropractic is a natural approach to health and well-being. Instead of focusing on just relieving the symptoms, chiropractic involves tracking down the primary cause of your pain, which often translates to greater improvement as you are addressing the problem at its source.

In addition, while medication is sometimes helpful for treating certain conditions, many health issues respond well to a natural approach such as chiropractic. This means fewer negative side effects from prescriptions and longer-lasting recovery.

You don't have to endure back pain or other health issues. Give our Hopkins, MN office a call today at (612) 655-3073. We'll work to help you get and remain free from back pain.

References

  1. Goertz CM, Long CR, Hondras MA, Petri R, Delgado R, Lawrence DJ, Owens EF, Meeker WC. Adding chiropractic manipulative therapy to standard medical care for patients with acute low back pain: results of a pragmatic randomized comparative effectiveness study. Spine 2013;38(8):627-634.
  2. Hertzman-Miller RP1, Morgenstern H, Hurwitz EL, Yu F, Adams AH, Harber P, Kominski GF. Comparing the satisfaction of low back pain patients randomized to receive medical or chiropractic care: results from the UCLA low-back pain study. American Journal of Public Health 2002;92(10):1628-1633.
 

Headache and Car Accidents

Headache is a common problem after a car crash, and it's something that Full Motion Chiropractic sees often in our Hopkins office. Let's look at the root cause of headache after an accident and see how chiropractic can help.

There are many different kinds of headache. Headache that's triggered by a car accident, though, typically begins as tension or strain in the muscles of the neck. In a wreck, the neck muscles can be torn, which results in inflammation and soreness. These kinds of headache can be felt in different places, including the back of the head or even the temple.

Another frequent cause of headache after a collision that we see in our Hopkins office is cervicogenic headache, or headaches that start in injured ligaments of the neck. Ligament injury is quite common after a crash, and it's important to get care for this type of problem to protect against the development of scar tissue.

Chiropractic care is an effective way to treat headaches, including those brought about by auto injuries. Full Motion Chiropractic can help reduce the irritation and strain in your neck, which will help alleviate the headache pain.

You don't have to suffer from headache. Full Motion Chiropractic is conveniently located in Hopkins to help you heal, whether you've been in a car crash or not. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your symptoms and then we will determine an appropriate treatment strategy. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (612) 655-3073 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

 

Chiropractic Provides Asthma Relief

Hopkins, Minnetonka asthma care with chiropracticAsthma is a significant concern for many people in Hopkins and for society as a whole, really, since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that this problem currently affects almost 19 million adults and 7 million kids in the United States. A full-blown asthma attack likely means a emergency room visit. Fortunately, Full Motion Chiropractic has helped many folks in Hopkins get relief from asthma symptoms.

The scientific research verifies what we see in our office. For example, a paper published in Clinical and Experimental Allergy evaluated 31 adult asthma patients after getting four weeks of chiropractic treatments. The researchers reported that the participants who received chiropractic adjustments had a 34% decrease in asthma symptoms.

The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics published another asthma-based study, except this one involved kids. In this report, the 36 kids ranged from 6 to 17 years in age and their asthma was considered either mild or moderate in severity.

After 12 weeks of chiropractic care, as a whole, the patients reported a higher quality of life and a lower level of severity. As a bonus, they also indicated that they depended less on their bronchodilator and these positive effects were still being demonstrated one year after chiropractic care was complete.

So, whether you're 7 or 70, if you have asthma, be sure to contact Full Motion Chiropractic in Hopkins and schedule an appointment today. We'll do what we can to help you breathe easier!

Studies

  • Asthma. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Bronfort G et al. (2001, July-August). Chronic pediatric asthma and spinal manipulation: a prospective clinical series and randomized clinical pilot study. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics;24(6):369-77
  • Nielsen N et al. (1995, January). Chronic asthma and chiropractic spinal manipulation: a randomized clinical trial. Clinical and Experimental Allergy;25(1):80-8
 

Chiropractic Has 94% Success Rate for Neck Pain

Hopkins, Minnetonka chiropractic neck pain treatmentAccording to The American Academy of Pain Medicine, more Americans suffer with chronic pain than diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, and cancer combined. In addition, neck pain is the third most documented type of pain, beat out only by back problems and headache.

Of course, a lot of people come to our Hopkins office looking for neck pain treatment, and Full Motion Chiropractic has helped many of them find relief. This is a smart decision, as some studies have shown that over 90 percent of neck pain patients improve with chiropractic.

Studies Confirm Chiropractic Works

A study published in The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy included 64 men and women who were suffering with neck problems. Approximately half were placed in an experimental group and the other half were assigned to a comparison group. Both were given chiropractic adjustments of the neck as well as a home exercise program, whereas the experimental group also received adjustments of the thoracic spine.

Data was gathered before treatment began and one week after the adjustments. The authors found that 94 percent of the experimental group claimed "significantly greater improvements" in regard to pain and disability in their neck symptoms. Just 35% of the patients who received neck adjustments showed the same level of improvement, showing that looking at the entire spinal column is an important part of restoring the body's normal function.

Yet another study posted in Physical Therapy involved 60 individuals between the ages of 18 and 60 who reported dealing with neck pain. Each man or woman was randomly assigned to one of two groups--thoracic spine thrust manipulation or non-thrust manipulation--with follow-up exams occurring two and four days after the treatments.

The investigators discovered that the study participants who received the thrust manipulations (the same manipulations that provided such positive results in the first report) "experienced greater reductions in disability" than the patients who received the non-thrust adjustments. Their pain was lower as well, which shows that this type of approach offers many benefits.

Help After Failed Medical Procedures

One study found the same type of positive results after thoracic adjustments in a woman who had a failed neck surgical treatment. This particular case involved a 46-year-old woman who had recently had neck surgery but still suffered with neck pain, headaches, pain in her elbow, and muscle fatigue.

The patient reported reduced pain in her neck and reduced headache intensity, immediately after the first chiropractic treatment session. After six weeks of care, which involved chiropractic, exercise, and patient education, the patient still rated her pain at a zero on a scale of 1 to 10. Her neck disability improved as well, with a rating score that represented that it was a "great deal better."

It is studies like these that prove the advantages of chiropractic care, even if you've already attempted medical procedures that didn't provide relief. So, if you are suffering with neck pain and would like to find a remedy that has a high success rate, try chiropractic. It may just be the relief you're looking for.

Our office is in Hopkins and Full Motion Chiropractic can help you recover from neck pain. Give us a call today at (612) 655-3073.

References

  • AAPM facts and figures on pain. The American Academy of Pain Medicine.
  • Masaracchio M, Cleland JA, Hellman M, Hagins M. Short-term combined effects of thoracic spine thrust manipulation and cervical spine nonthrust manipulation in individuals with mechanical neck pain: a randomized clinical trial. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy 2013;43(3):118-127.
  • Cleland JA, Glynn P, Whitman JM, Eberhart SL, MacDonald C, Childs JD. Short-term effects of thrust versus nonthrust mobilization/manipulation directed at the thoracic spine in patients with neck pain: a randomized clinical trial. Physical Therapy 2007;87(4):431-440.
  • Salvatori R, Rowe RH, Osborne R, Beneciuk JM. Use of thoracic spine thrust manipulation for neck pain and headache in a patient following multiple-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion: a case report. The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy 2014;44(6):440-449.