Posts Tagged as: Sore Neck

I Sit All Day - How Can I Stop This Pain!?

By now you've probably heard the phrase "Sitting is the new smoking".  Obviously they are two drastically different activities but the one similar outcome that studies have proven is that both can dramatically shorten your lifespan.   We of course knew this about smoking a long time ago.  While smoking is a choice, sitting is pretty unavoidable.  Unfortunately the alternative, standing all day, does not actually improve outcomes either.

From the macro to the micro our bodies need movement to survive.  We need both physical exercise daily and also down to the joint level we need smooth, unrestricted movement between our bones (what chiropractic adjustments provide).  The best alternative for sitting or standing all day is simply a little of BOTH!  A sit-stand desk of some sort is the key, along with frequent walks around the office as much as the job permits throughout the day.  A HUGE part of all of this movement stuff is just plain getting ourselves out of the bad posture we all end up with when sitting or standing at a computer for long periods of time.

So what does "bad posture" really mean?  Well, it's the slumped forward upper back, the shoulders forced forward as we reach for the keyboard (or phones), and the forward positioning of the head that keeps getting worse the longer we are sitting.  We've all seen it and we all do it.

 

It's almost impossible to sit up tall with perfect posture all day which is why to make up for this I tell all my patients who work at a desk to do these 3 simple (but admittedly difficult to be consistent with) stretches hourly ideally or at least 3 times during a workday.

1.  Relief Stretch - Sit up straight, pull your neck back so your head is directly above (and not in front of) your body.  At the same time pull your arms back with a stretch in the front of your chest as you inhale slowly for about 3 seconds and relaxing everything as you exhale.  Do 3 in a row.

 

 

2.  Upper Trap Stretch - Sit up tall, sit on one hand and with the other hand pull just the head (not the body) to the opposite side and hold a good stretch for 30 seconds.  Do the other side too!

 

 

3.  Levator Stretch - Sit up tall while sitting on one hand.  Turn head half way to opposite shoulder and with free arm have elbow directly in front of your face while the hand grabs the back of yourhead and pulls it downward.

 

 

Just the fact alone that you are more aware of your posture and breaking up that bad pattern of sitting throughout the day can make a huge difference in how much upper back and neck pain, or even potentially headaches, you'll get.

I hope this was helpful.  Please feel free to "like" and share this post with friends and co-workers who could use a reminder on posture or are dealing with pain from sitting too much.  There will likely be some of you who won't be able to get over your pain with stretches and exercises alone which means seeing a chiropractor to get to the root of the problem is a good idea.  If you've dealt with pain and can't seem to shake it give me call at 612-655-3073 or shoot me an email at DrAdam@FullMotionChiropractic.com with any questions you may have or to set up an appointment!  My office is conveniently located near downtown Hopkins, MN with office hours Monday to Thursday 8:30 am to 6:00 pm.

 

Move It Or Lose It?? Yes, It's True!

There's a saying I'm sure everyone has heard before, "Move it or lose it!"  This is usually said when someone wants someone else to get out of their way for whatever reason but when it comes to your health it is a true statement.

Our bodies crave movement.  When we sit or lay still for long periods of time there are actual physical adhesions that form between our muscles and joints that often eventually turn in to what we feel as "knots".   When we go too long without putting our joints and muscles through their full range of motion scar tissue can start to form around those joints.  This can actually start to take place within 7 days!  So if you aren't an "active" person, it's time to start, otherwise when it comes to "move it or lose it" you WILL lose it.

When it comes to health, our bodies peak at around age 25 in terms of the amount of muscle and bone density.  This is when we can potentially be the strongest and healthiest if we do everything else right.  It's the time when you hear about an athlete being in their "prime".  The physical differences will start to be seen soon after age 25 between those who are active and those who are sedentary.  Those who maintain a healthy lifestyle can keep this "peak" body composition for another decade or so until around their mid 30's but then age will eventually start to take it's toll on everyone. This change will come MUCH more slowly for those who are active but it will also come MUCH more quickly for those who aren't.

You've seen 80 or 90 years olds who are still out running marathons and you've seen 70 year olds who are in nursing homes.  Genetics plays a small role but for the most part how you are in old age will be a direct reflection of the choices you make as a 20, 30 or 40 year old.

Chiropractic care can help play a role in all of this because adjustments help break through these adhesions that impair our nervous system and cause pain.  It's hard to want to be active if you are in pain all the time.  Seek out a good chiropractor, start slowly with some easy exercises or better yet work with personal trainer, try out some massage therapy and just do your best to eat mostly well without cutting things out cold-turkey because that's not sustainable and you'll be well on your way to living longer and better.  It doesn't have to be complicated but if you don't start then you'll be on a path that you don't want to go down.

Call 612-655-3073 or email me if you have any chiropractic or health questions!  If you live or work near Hopkins, MN and want to see what chiropractic care can do for you requesting an appointment online is easy to do.   Hope this helps on your journey to be the best you can be!

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 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.
 

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.

 

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.