What Pregnancy Can Do To Your Back What Pregnancy Can Do To Your Back

Pregnancy is a time of great excitement, great anticipation, and probably great discomfort.  Many pregnant women find themselves struggling with symptoms such as morning sickness (poorly named), food cravings (or aversions), exhaustion, and mood swings (laughter and tears in abundance).  In addition to all of these joys, many pregnant women also find that pregnancy has interesting affects on their back as well.

At some point during their pregnancy, many pregnant women will experience some level of back pain.  For some women, this is limited to minor twinges and discomfort.  For others, the pain can be debilitating even with treatment.  When you consider the changes in your body, is it any wonder that your back might complain?

It is a well known fact that pregnancy messes with your hormones.  These hormonal fluctuations have been blamed for mood swings, morning sickness, constipation, etc.  Now here is another area affected by the wild changes in your hormones.  One hormone your body is producing in abundance right now is called Relaxin.  As the name would suggest, this hormone is responsible for relaxing muscles, joints, and ligaments in your body.  While this may come in handy when you are actually delivering your baby, right now it can contribute to back discomfort or pain. Read more

Preventing Chronic Pain From Whiplash Preventing Chronic Pain From Whiplash

If you have suffered from whiplash, often because of a car accident, you understand what it means to be in pain.

Whiplash is a painful injury that occurs when your head and neck are “whipped” to and fro. The impact from a collision often leads to whiplash. While this is a treatable condition, for many victims, the pain of whiplash keeps coming back. To prevent chronic pain from whiplash, you may want to consider chiropractic treatments. Your chiropractor has various methods he will use to relieve your chronic whiplash pain.

Stimulation and relaxation treatments – your chiropractor may decide that this type of treatment is your best option. He may stretch the affected muscles and joints, working the areas in various manners to provide relief. Your chiropractor may also use various forms of massage to relax the affected areas – just one more way to provide pain relief. Read more

Cervical Spinal Stenosis A Basic Guide Cervical Spinal Stenosis: A Basic Guide

Cervical spinal stenosis is a condition resulting from the degeneration of the cervical spine. In other words, it is a neck problem – one that can leave you in great pain and discomfort. The cause of the pain is the formation of bone spurs that narrow the spinal canal and press against the spinal cord. Understanding the symptoms of cervical spinal stenosis can help you seek treatment in the early stages – before surgery becomes necessary. There are many non-invasive treatments for cervical spinal stenosis, including chiropractic care, which can relieve your pain.

Symptoms

  • Difficulty controlling your legs
  • Weakness in the legs
  • Numbness in arms and legs
  • Inability to know where your arms or legs are located without looking at them Read more

Cervical Spine Chiropractic Care Centennial Colorado Cervical Spine: What You Should Know

Neck pain. Its not something we want. And if you’ve experienced it, you may have no idea what caused it. You simply want to find a way to relieve it.

Understanding your neck – technically called the cervical spine – will help you pinpoint problems faster. When you know how your neck works, you have a better chance at avoiding things that will make your neck hurt. Knowing a few facts can also help you find ways to relieve your neck pain.

The cervical spine, or the neck, has a starting point at the base of your skull. From there, it connects to your upper back by way of seven vertebral sections. There are six discs in your neck, one between each vertebra, which support and cushion the vertebrae.

The cervical spine supports the weight of your head – which can weigh over 10 pounds – and controls your ability to move your head. When you turn your head in any direction, you are utilizing your cervical spine. Read more