Chronic pain is a pain that reoccurs frequently throughout your daily activities, and is active for weeks, months, or even years. It is often a pain that people somehow feel they have to live with; one that will never quite go away.

Not so. There is a path to relief.why chronic pain management should include chiropractic Why Chronic Pain Management Should Include Chiropractic

Chronic pain is divided into two categories: intermittent pain that comes in waves, and persistent pain that lasts for more than 12 hours for a few months at a time. Whether the pain has built up over time within your muscles or vascular system, or its suddenly caused from an injury to your nervous system, chiropractic care is one of the most effective ways of alleviating the pain because it targets the root of the problem.

Depending on the nature of the pain, a few visits to your chiropractor should help a patient start finding relief. As a general rule, one to four weeks of treatment should begin finding relief for most conditions. Yet its important to talk with a chiropractor and find the best solution for you.

Keep in mind that there are many different kinds of chiropractors, all that subscribe to different types of techniques. In our office, we use the Blair chiropractic technique, which involves an initial exam followed by an x-ray to pinpoint the problem. Only after the problem has been found and a course of action discussed will we begin regular adjustments.

Adjustments usually begin at a frequent level during the week – 3 times a week in the beginning – then taper off within two to four weeks as the condition improves.

Chiropractic adjustments are an important part of staying fit, yet your lifestyle activities are equally important. Your adjustments will only help if you continue to make improvements throughout your daily life in all areas that impact your spine. Ergonomics, posture, diet, exercise, all will have a part in how well you heal, and overall how you feel in time.

Once you begin noticing improvement, the treatment frequency is tapered off.

However, keep in mind that chiropractic adjustments can be used as a regular part of your well-being regiment. If your goal is to maintain health instead of react to problems once they arise, chiropractic care can keep you in top shape now and in the future.

Have questions about chiropractic care? Schedule your initial consultation today.

What do Tiger Woods, a Little League all-star, and a stay at home mom about to run her first 5k all have in common? They can all benefit from regular upper cervical chiropractic.

Some of the top athletes in the world credit chiropractic care as one of their keys to success. And it doesn’t stop there. People are learning every day that chiropractic care isn’t as much about fixing a problem that is already here (such as neck pain), as it is keeping you in top shape so you can play hard and live at your optimal level all the time.

how can upper cervical care affect your athletic performance How Can Upper Cervical Care Affect Your Athletic Performance?

As an athlete, you probably undertake a rigorous fitness regime on a regular basis. You push your body in ways most don’t. And at the same time, you are always looking for refinement; that one way that will make you stronger and allow you to do more than ever before. How can you improve performance? How can you increase flexibility? How can you reduce your risk for injury?

That’s where upper cervical chiropractic care comes into play.

How does upper cervical care help improve performance? The answer lies in your nervous system. Your brain and brain stem control all actions throughout your body. Everything we do is a result of the brain/brain stem sending out nerve impulses through our network of nerves. Perfect communication means perfect performance. However, everyday life often gets in the way. Even the smallest of injuries can shut down the impulse movement, causing a section of your body to underperform or perform in a less than optimal way.

And for an athlete, if you aren’t performing in top condition, if your heart, lungs and muscles aren’t in top shape, it can mean a less than stellar performance.

Upper cervical chiropractic helps improve overall function of the nervous system, which in turn improves the communication between the brain and the rest of your body.

Injuries can happen even without you knowing it … have you ever slept wrong and woken with a sore neck?Upper cervical brings even the tinest of injuries back into place.

Schedule your session today to learn how upper cervical chiropractic can help you.

Are you a runner with foot pain? It may be your running shoe.

In the sport of running, one piece of equipment matters most: your shoes. That is why manufacturers from all around the world are constantly trying to perfect the running shoe. In order to decrease injuries, they say, they provide a variety of different options vying for your attention. Motion control, stability factors, cushion, arch support, even lightweight “barefoot” shoes designed to mimic your natural foot have made the scene, all promising you better support and less injuries.

But when it comes to the hype, how do you know what is really best for your feet?

why your running shoe may be causing foot pain Why Your Running Shoe May Be Causing Foot Pain

Study after study has been performed on people that purchase running shoes according to arch support. Once it is determined whether a runner has high, low or even neutral arches, they are given a shoe that fits their requirements. Then they are put through a 12 week training regiment to determine the impact of the shoes on their feet. Consistently the researches noted that there wasn’t any correlation between they type of running shoe, foot type, and the frequency of pain.

During the study, they did notice one thing however: the correlation between motion control running shoes and greater levels of pain. The more motion control a running shoe has, the more support it has, the more the thickness of the shoe may shut down sensor control, providing more possibility for injury.

When you look at all the research and evaluate which running shoe is best to protect and prevent injury, it quickly becomes apparent that the best place to put your focus is on selecting a running shoe that fits the width, length and shape of your feet best. Make sure the midsole region is comfortable. The size should match to give you adequate support through the midsole – the widest part of your foot – and provide a few millimeters of space between the longest toe and the tip of the shoe. Also focus in on the type of runner you are – a heel striker should look for more padding in the heel region, a midfoot striker should focus on padding through the ball of your foot.

As a general rule, if you purchase a lightweight stability shoe that match the shape of your feet and feel comfortable from the beginning, you should have adequate support for your running endeavor. Change them out frequently, and you’ll lessen the likelihood of pain in your feet.