When it comes to pain and and repetitive stress disorders like carpal tunnel, there are two paths to follow: the typical western management that looks to treat the symptoms with a pill, or the chiropractic approach which looks to get to the root of the problem.

When you’re having pain and tingling sensations in your hands and wrists, the first place a chiropractor will look is your neck. Specifically, the mid to lower cervical spine. This is where your nerve roots are; this is where your median and ulnar nerves originate and move down into your arms and hands.understanding repetitive stress Understanding Repetitive Stress

If there is an irritation at the nerve root – where the nerve connects to the vertebra of the neck – the nerve itself will not perform at its optimal level. As the nerve passes into the arm and down into your wrist and hand, it may actually be weak enough to allow additional symptoms to materialize when put through excessive stress.

An already weak muscle will become weaker when exposed to continual force.

And when it happens enough, western medicine names it, and thus carpal tunnel syndrome was created.

So how can you return to your normal state without the help of medicine or surgery? In many cases chiropractic adjustments can lead the way.

Carpal tunnel syndrome comes from repetitive stress on the same area, over and over again. When a nerve is damaged, it doesn’t provide the same protection to your system as when its working at 100 percent function.

When a chiropractor gets to the root of the problem and proceeds to adjust your vertebra back into place, it allows your nerves and muscles to return to their original state as well. This doesn’t occur over night. It took months or even years to get to your current condition; it will take time to repair the damage as well.

Adjustments work to return your body to its original working condition. With each part in proper placement, it can return to its normal function. And thus the repetitive stress, or carpal tunnel can be reduced, giving you back your flexibility and mobility you once had.

If you’ve been living with repetitive stress conditions in your life, why not see what chiropractic adjustments can do for you. Schedule an appointment today.

“With every step I take, I feel this pain in my foot. I’ve never thought about asking a chiropractor about it. Could chiropractic help?”

One of the problems with our western approach to pain is we never think about where it originates or how to eliminate it completely. Instead, we look for the fastest road to getting rid of the pain, no matter what that road is.

Which is why a multi million dollar industry is focused around eliminating foot pain by using shoe inserts or custom fitted orthotics to wear inside of your shoes.foot pain how a chiropractor can help Foot Pain – How A Chiropractor Can Help

While wearing a great pair of shoes will help you overall, it rarely will correct a problem that already exists, or focus in on the underlying problem in the first place.

So, if a great shoe insert won’t help you eliminate the problem, what will? Injections? Medications? Surgery?

When you have pain in your foot, its your bodies way of telling you that something is wrong. Because most foot pain is related to a problem with the alignment of the 26 foot bones, the best solution will be one that focuses in on improving that misalignment in the best way possible. Specifically joint manipulation by a trained expert – a chiropractor.

If you have pain on the bottom or the heel of your foot, it could be caused by numerous factors, including footwear, activities, age, weight and overall health. Conditions can include plantar fascilitis, heel spur syndrome and metatarsalgia.

If you have pain in the ball of your foot, it is typically caused by a stress fracture, improperly sized shoes, or from wearing high heels. Ball of foot pain is commonly referred to as metatarsalgia.

Top of the foot pain is not as common as the bottom of the foot, but can still leave you experiencing irritation to the joints. High arches can play into this discomfort. However, it is usually do to tensed or strained tendons that pass over the area. In both cases, the foot pain is related to a mechanical dysfunction or misalignment of the bones.

Pain in the side of the foot, including the outside of the foot and the ankle, is usually caused by mechanical stress. It is often found in people that are very active, or that job and run. It can also be caused by shoes that are too tight, putting constricting pressure on either side of the foot.

Pain on the back of the foot or heel, commonly known as Achilles tendonitis, occurs when a great amount of stress or strain is placed on the Achilles tendon due to activity or abnormal movement of the foot, ankle or leg. Many times a patient will have experienced a prior history of ankle or foot sprain, possibly months or even years prior to the current pain developing.

In all cases, working with the foot and realigning the foot bones to their proper condition may help. If you have any questions, we would be happy to set up a consultation today.

Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in your life. You bring this little bundle of joy into your home. You knew the first few months will be a challenge, getting up every few hours for feedings.

But nothing prepared you for this. Within weeks, the crying, fussiness, and general crankiness in your child has left you feeling pretty much the same way.colic awareness month how chiropractic can help your baby Colic Awareness Month – How Chiropractic Can Help Your Baby

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 20 percent of babies will experience colic in their first few months. And when a new parent lives with colic day in and day out:

  • Nearly 75 percent of moms say they feel as if the were failing as a parent
  • More than 33 percent of moms say it is contributing to their feelings of post partum depression
  • More than 33 percent of moms began doubting if they want another child

Pretty scary statistics. And its also why we are celebrating Colic Awareness Month this month by helping you get relief if you are facing this situation right now.

What causes colic? Despite years of research, a definitive answer isn’t known. Colic is described as a condition where a healthy, well fed infant cries for more than three hours per day, for more than three days per week, for more than three weeks in a row.

Colic usually starts at about two weeks of age in a full term infant, later in a premature baby, and almost always is gone by the age of four months. Theories state that colic may be caused by digestive problems, reflux, an immature digestive system, air in the intestinal track, lactose intolerance, hypersensitivity to the environment, or an immature nervous system.

Traditional medicine usually takes one of two approaches. They either prescribe drug therapy, or they take the wait and see approach, knowing it will go away in a matter of weeks or months.

Chiropractic takes a different approach.

The birthing process is difficult at best for both mom and infant. Colic may actually be a symptom of nerve dysfunction from the process, resulting in poor communication between the brain and the digestive organs.

Through safe and gentle adjustments, your baby’s nervous system could quickly be back on track, allowing calm to come into his world for the first time.

If you’re facing these issues right now, do something about it for your sanity and for your child’s comfort.  Call us today.

No matter what you read about health and diet, the one thing that always pops into every list is the benefits of water. And its working. Statistics show that soda and juice consumption is flat and decreasing, and water intake is on the rise.

If you’re one of the people that has committed to drinking less of the harmful, caloric drinks on the market, and increasing your consumption of water on a daily basis, you’re on the right track. Drinking more water is something I recommend to all of my clients every time I see them.6 things water will do for your body 6 Things Water Will Do For Your Body

But why is that? What does water truly do for your body? Actually many things.

Water Keeps You Hydrated

Sounds obvious, right? Yet its not something most people think about and understand. Every process in your body, every single thing you do, requires water to be present to keep normal function in place. If you don’t have enough in your system, dehydration sets in and your body begins to take away from some areas in order to feed the others. Your tissues begin to dry and the chemical activity in your body is reduced, which means your energy will decrease. If your thirsty, constipated, tired or producing less urine, dehydration has set in.

Water Helps Your Diet

Your stomach doesn’t know the difference between water and food – it simply has a certain amount of space and when its full, it “tells” your body its had enough. By drinking a glass or two of water before a meal, your stomach will fill and not need as much food to have that full feeling. Which means you’ll eat less. Liquids do run through your body faster, however, so the trick is to drink water with meals, and eat small meals throughout the day.

Water Flushes Toxins

Every one of us has toxins that live inside. We take in food, air and liquids, and the stuff that is unused by the body becomes toxin. With enough fluids, these toxins are flushed through the kidneys and out of your body. Without enough fluids, toxins will remain in your system, impacting your overall health.

Water Improves Your Exercise

Every movement you make takes action. Water lubricates your joints so you can move easily and keeps you hydrated to prevent cramping. If you have trouble exercising, have cramps as you run or jump, its due to the fact your body isn’t taking in enough water. Water keeps you hydrated so your system can run effectively.

Water Allows You To Sweat

Sweat is a normal process within the human body. Sweat regulates your body and keeps your body at its optimal temperature. The proper amount of water in your body means you’ll be able to sweat as much as you need to. If you can’t sweat, your body temperature won’t be regulated, and in some cases that can cause major physical problems to your health, including heat stroke and even death.

Water Is Readily Available

Liquids in general provide a hydration source – take in a soda, a glass of milk, juice or even tea and you’re body will benefit from the water within the liquid. But with all other sources, you’ll take in additional things as well. Thinks like calories, sugar, caffeine – things your body doesn’t need in excess. But water has zero calories and a host of benefits. Which makes it the most healthy thing you can put into your body on a regular basis. And its free too!