8 Signs It's Time to See a Chiropractor


Experiencing issues with neck pain or back pain may be signs that it's time to see a chiropractor. Learn more about the symptoms here.


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Did you know that an estimated 10% of the world’s population suffers from lower back pain? On top of that, more than one out of three adults state that back pains affect their everyday activities. This also includes sleep.

One of the leading factors to back pain and other bodily debilities tends to be physical stress. One of the first lines of defense against back pain and other related problems due to spinal misalignment is through chiropractic treatments

It’s one of the safer alternatives compared to riskier options such as the use of prescription opioid pain medications and surgery.

But when is it time to visit a chiropractor? Uncertain if you’re dealing with pain that requires an expert eye? 

Let’s look at the eight signs that it’s time to see a chiropractor. 

1. Chronic Headaches


While headaches can come due to various reasons, it is one of the signs that it’s time to see a chiropractor. Among the possible factors behind the headaches include dehydration, oxygen deprivation, and malnutrition. 

Another factor behind chronic headaches may come from spine or neck misalignment. Muscle tension and joint irritation may also be notable causes behind chronic headaches.

A chiropractor can help you with alleviating the tension building up in your head and improve blood circulation. This way, you have more oxygen flowing to your brain. Also, vital areas in your spine would have the pressure relieved from it.

2. Acute Joint or Muscle Pain


Consult a chiropractor when you experience acute joint or muscle pain. Medication can provide relief but it is only temporary and the effects will wear off over time.

A session with a chiropractor can help shed light on the root cause of your pain. They have sufficient training to make sure your body functions in an optimal manner. They can also assess the symptoms you experience. 

This can work as an added resource in case conventional doctors cannot narrow down the cause.

Also, with chiropractic treatment, they can aid in increasing blood flow and nerve conductivity to the joints and muscles suffering from pain. 

3. Your Body is Out of Alignment


Due to the motions and activities that we subject our bodies to, we end up causing misalignments to our body. The misalignment causes stress to the nervous system, becoming a source of discomfort and unease. Chiropractors refer to these misalignments as subluxations.

If left unchecked, they could lead to more problems, both physical and emotional in nature. This would be a good time to consult a chiropractor to realign your body and gain relief from such tension.

Take a look at the soles of your shoes. If you notice that they wear out at different rates, your body could be out of alignment. You can make use of this as an indicator for you to have your body undergo spinal correction

4. Sitting for Extended Periods of Time


We have a lot of activities where we end up sitting down for long periods of time. This could be from sitting in front of a desk for work or through a long trip or commute. It could even come from sitting in front of the TV, watching a show or partaking a meal at the table.

We end up sitting on an average of 10 hours a day. Due to this, the aftereffects of prolonged sitting can lead to degenerative diseases like cancer, heart disease, and even diabetes.

While the issue itself is unavoidable, you can still take measures to reduce stress on the body. A chiropractor can help correct structural issues in the body caused by long periods of sitting.

5. Low Back Pain


This symptom can be rather excruciating and uncomfortable. While it’s no cause of alarm, you need to gauge how much it affects you. If the pain persisted for at least six weeks and it either stays or gets worse, get yourself checked.

This is one obvious sign that you should go and consult a chiropractor.

6. Neck Pain


Neck pain is also another symptom to look out for. If ignored, it could also lead to headaches. 

There are other remedies that you can use for neck pain, such as the use of ice packs or firm pillows. When those do not address the pain, the best course of action is to visit a chiropractor.

That said, be mindful as to whether the pain is persistent or not. You don’t want to take unnecessary risks when it comes to the neck or spine.

7. Limited Mobility or Flexibility


Due to misalignments or subluxations in your body, you might experience a limited scope of movement with your limbs. When the spine is out of alignment, the joints get compromised.

You can address this with chiropractic alignment and correction. You are less likely to experience pain as your body can now function better.

8. Being an Active Person


Engaging in a lot of physical activity is good for the body. It improves blood circulation and also ensures that your body functions at its best. 

Too much activity, however, causes strain on your body due to the constant motion. 

This is why sports athletes get injured often. Basketball players, baseball pitchers, and American football players twist and move all the time. They also play more than once a week, pushing their bodies to the absolute physical limit.

When you add chiropractic care into your fitness regimen, you can prevent injuries in the future. This also allows you to have better mobility while you conduct your workouts, and even increase your athletic performance.

Pay Attention to the Signs That It’s Time to See a Chiropractor

What would you do if you encounter any of the signs that it’s time to see a chiropractor? Even with one or two of these signs, set up a schedule to consult one today. You are in for relief from chronic pain and it would help with your body’s movements.

Are you planning to set up an appointment for chiropractic manipulative therapy? You can contact us today and we’ll get to you as soon as possible.

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Breathing

Have you ever thought about the way you breathe?  We perform this movement more than any other movement, performing approximately 20,000 times a day, yet we often overlook this critical movement.  A surprisingly large number of people have dysfunctional breathing.   This can lead to an array of disorders and dysfunction that can affect how you feel and move.  Tight traps?  Tight scalenes?  Do you feel short of breath?  Do you feel that you are not able to get in enough air?  These can all lead back to this dysfunction!  Dysfunctional breathing can even cause an imbalance in biochemistry, affecting your body’s pH level.  Additionally, slow deep breathing can activate our parasympathetic, or rest and relaxation, nervous system.  This assists in the relaxation of musculature, body, and mind.  Ever wonder where the phrase take a deep breath comes from?  A great trick for one of those difficult nights to sleep is to lay down on your back and focus on taking ten deep breaths.  Finally, proper breathing mechanics can assist with movement.  We use the analogy that dysfunctional breathing can be like static in the nervous system.  In order to have true motor control of the core and surrounding musculature, we need to own the most basic muscle pattern of all.

So are you dysfunctional?  There are a few screens to check to see if you have dysfunctional breathing. The first is called the functional range capacity screen (FRC) and looks at a normal breath.

1.     First, breathe in, then breathe out naturally. At the end of the exhale, hold your breath by plugging your nose.

2.     Hold your breath until you feel a clear desire to breathe or experience involuntary muscle activity from the diaphragm or other breathing muscles.

3.     Start a timer as soon as the individual holds their breath, and stop when they release their nose or you see the first sign of muscle activity.

Can you hold your breath for 25 seconds or more?  If not, that can be an indicator of dysfunctional breathing.  You can use this test as a baseline for progress.  So if you’re having difficulty, how should you breathe?


It is important to note that this type of breathing is applicable for resting breathing.  I’m not mean enough to force you to think about breathing when you’re exercising or under distress!  The first thing to do is an easy self-check on your breathing technique and pattern.  The first step is to check your INHALATION.  When you breathe in, it is most efficient to breathe in through your nose.  If you breathe in through your mouth, try placing your tongue on the roof of your mouth to block your airway, forcing you to breathe in through your nose.

Now that we’ve gone over this, the most important (and difficult) part is next.  The diaphragm is not only the primary muscle for breathing, it is also the most efficient and effective breathing muscle.  Understanding how it works can increase the efficiency of every single breath you take.  Again, we think one cause of dysfunction is a learned behavior that can go all the way back to our childhood.   Think back to those awkward preteen or teenage years, when your self-consciousness typically peaks.  We do so much to change our image, including changing breathing.  If your town was anything like Wheelersburg, Ohio, the pool was the place to be in the summer.  As you walked around the pool, you would do anything you could to boost your appearance.  During this time of insecurity, we do everything we can to have a trim waist, not expand our stomach, and even suck our gut in.  This does not allow the diaphragm to work properly, and the only option is to breathe in through your chest.  When we inhale, we should allow the air to come down and fill our stomach.  This creates a negative pressure in the lungs, allowing air to be forced in.  If we do not do this, our body still creates a negative pressure, but this is down by rising the chest with accessory muscles of breathing.  This again is not ideal and not efficient.  For a quick check, place one hand on your stomach and one hand on your chest.  As you inhale, the hand on your stomach should rise and your top hand should stay still, or at the very least not initiate the breath.  If your chest rises and your stomach stays still, you have dysfunctional breathing, and we will go over how to correct that next.

If you’re performing the correction, focus on relaxing your chest and surrounding musculature.  Slowly inhale through your nose, allowing your stomach and lower ribs to expand independently of your chest.  Again, focus on keeping the top hand still, and allowing the air to enter your stomach, expanding it almost like it were a balloon.  Also, think in terms of 360 degrees, or as a barrel pressing out on all sides of your stomach, not just in the front.  This allows the bottom ribs to expand.  Exhale out through your mouth, slowly and fully, allowing your stomach to fall to your spine.

Be patient!  This takes a long time to “feel” and correct.  If you don’t get it right away, stay diligent.  Know that the more musculature you have engaged the more difficult this is to feel, so I recommend starting on your back and then working your way up to sitting and standing.  I also recommend repetition, and quality repetition at that.  Practice makes permanent.  To start, set a timer for every hour.  Take 10 quality deep breaths in during this time.  Over time, your body will begin to ingrain this motor pattern, but it takes a long time.  You will know that you’ve got it when you go to check your breathing, and you are already performing it correctly.  Here is another drill to help feel this.

Crocodile Breathing Static Diaphragmatic Breathing

Begin in the prone posture by positioning yourself face down, so that your stomach is on the floor with your forehead on your hands, both palms down, one covering the other. Make sure the chest and arms are relaxed, and you are as "flat" as you can get; your neck should be relaxed and comfortable. You should feel that you are on your chest, not on the edge of your ribs.

Breathe in through the nose and feel the air move down past the chest into the "stomach". When this happens, you will feel the abdomen push out against the ground and laterally, this should happen naturally without you forcing your stomach out.

1.     Take a nasal inhalation and exhalation
2.     Nasal inhalation should be a low, slow 3 seconds
3.     Then a brief pause
4.     Nasal exhalation should be slow and full 4-6 seconds
5.     Then a longer pause (2-3 seconds)
6.     Then the next breath cycle
7.     The air should expand in a 360-degree fashion filling the cylinder of the abdomen

Sweet Relief: How to Get Rid of Back Pain at Home

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Is back pain stopping you from living your life to the fullest? Learn how to get rid of back pain right at home with our tips and tricks.


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Is back pain stopping you from living your life to the fullest?

Learn how to get rid of back pain right at home with our tips and tricks.

How to Get Rid of Back Pain


Back pain is a common problem that many people suffer from — especially if you sit for long periods of time throughout the day. Nearly 90% of people will experience back pain at some time in their lives. Back pain has a point prevalence of 25%, meaning that at any point in time 25% of people are experiencing back pain. A 25% point prevalence is 70,000,000 people in the United States. 

Let's take a look at some tips on how to alleviate some of the effects and possibly rid yourself of pain all together. 

Stretching and Exercise

If you are in pain, sometimes it's best to rest and let the pain subside. When it comes to back pain, though, this may actually make things worse.

When you sit for long periods of time, your spinal cord compresses, creating lower back pain. Staying sedentary also means that your muscles will get less of the oxygen and nutrients they need from your blood. 

If you are sitting most of the day, you will need to get up and take a break every so often to stretch and change positions.

Also, staying hydrated is good for your back because the fluids help lubricate your joints. An extra added bonus is this will make you stop what you are doing for frequent bathroom breaks, meaning you will be forced to get up and move. 

Before heading to work, or when you get home, try and do some light stretches and exercises.

Stretching and exercise will help loosen up tense muscles and also strengthens those weaker muscles that might be causing you problems. Go for a slow walk or do some yoga. Yoga is great for the multiple types of stretches that can reduce tension while also allowing a light amount of exercise. 

Epsom Salt Bath

Adding Epsom salt to a warm bath will work its way through your skin and into sore muscles. It's recommended to soak for around 20 minutes, especially after exercise to avoid cramping — but keep the temperature of the bath between 92 and 100 degrees. If the bath water is too hot, it will cause your muscles to swell; too cold and it will make you cramp. 

For extra results, bring a hard rubber ball into the bath with you. Place it behind the area of your back that is sore and move from side to side. This will help massage the tight muscles in your back. 

Work on Improving Posture

One of the biggest triggers to having back pain is poor posture.

If you sit all day when at work, it's easy to fall victim to the keyboard slump. Having correct posture while you are sitting in your chair will keep the bones in your spine aligned correctly and reduce the pressure in your lower back. 

Use a chair that has good lumbar support to keep your lower back well-supported. Try and keep your elbows and arms close to your body so that you avoid reaching. Keep feet on the floor or get a footstool to help keep your body aligned better. This will help keep from putting a strain on your upper body and torso and avoid slumping forward. 

If you are on the phone a lot for work, consider getting a headset so that you can avoid wedging the phone between your ear and shoulder. This will keep you from getting a strain in your neck or upper back. 

Consider getting a standing desk so you can alternate sitting and standing. And as we mentioned, an ergonomic chair with lumbar support will also benefit your lower back while you are sitting. 

Get Better Sleep

When you are suffering from back pain, it might affect how you are sleeping. Not getting enough sleep will lead to further issues with inflammation and pain, because your body is not getting the rest it needs to help it recover. 

It might be time to get a good-quality mattress and adjust your sleeping positions. If you are a side sleeper, place a pillow between your knees to help keep the natural curve of your spine; under your feet if you sleep on your back; or prop your pelvis up if sleeping on your stomach.

This should help alleviate any pressure and back strain. 

Topical Ointments

If you are experiencing muscle soreness, consider trying some topical ointments for pain relief. Creams or gels that contain capsaicin will help block the pain receptors in that area, temporarily providing some relief. 

When trying an ointment, put some on a smaller area of skin first so that you will know if it will cause skin irritation.  

Try Heat and Cold 

If you have had an injury to your back, apply a cold pack to reduce pain. The cold will numb the area and can provide relief if the pain is intense. Wrap the cold pack in a thin towel or cloth to protect the skin and only apply for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. 

If you have stiff or achy muscles, a heating pad can help loosen them up. If you don't own a heating pad, you can make one by filling some cloth with uncooked rice and heating it up in the microwave. Take care that it isn't too hot so you don't burn yourself with it. 

Change Your Shoes

If you are wearing shoes that don't fit correctly or aren't supportive, they can put a strain on your back. High heels are one of the worst shoes for this because they throw off your body's natural alignment. Alternatively, shoes that are too flat can also have a negative effect on your feet and back. 

It might be time to switch to a shoe that fits well, as well as has some cushion and arch support that allows for the natural gait of your walk. This is one of the best solutions for your back. 

Time to Rid Yourself of Back Pain


Now that you have read our tips on how to get rid of back pain, it's time to give some of these techniques a try. 

If you have put some of these tips to use and are still struggling with pain, it might be time to speak to a doctor and seek professional help.

Please contact us today to schedule an appointment. 

A New Year | A New Start

New Year’s resolutions can be an important first step, but they are a far cry from real, lasting change. A baby may take his first steps as he reaches for a red ball just out of reach, but it isn't the ball that keeps him walking the rest of his life! His new discovery of mobility drives him to become steady on his feet and walk, then run and tackle the world with his new found ability!

New Year’s resolutions can be like this, we see a goal, but let us remember why we are setting these goals. Because life will be better if we get active, gain mobility, shed the pounds, and reach for a new life of achieving physical goals. The ringing in of a new year brings with it the possibility of a fresh start, or at least a fresh reminder to turn the page on a new chapter of growth, a chance to mature in the next season of life. But haven’t we all tried this enough times by now to know how futile mere resolutions are if not accompanied by more than an ideal?

Let's redefine that term that is trending on these first days of January, resolution. We must be more serious about our goals and dreams than just a "resolution."  You see, a resolution requires no preparation.  You can simply think of how you’d like life to be and say it out loud, but until you make yourself accountable, it will remain a nice idea and something that will happen someday "in the future." But a goal, requires specific action steps just as it does in a game of soccer or business plan.  It requires you to work backwards from the big, broad life you’d like to have to the first action step you must take today.

Whether it’s eating and exercise, or taking a dance class, running your first marathon, or shedding the weight you’ve procrastinated about for so long, the mechanism we call “habit” is vital for seeing our earnest resolutions through to enjoyable realities. If we really are resolved to see our hopes for 2017 become life-enriching habits, we will do well to keep several basic truths in mind at the outset of a new year.

Be stubborn about your goals, but flexible about your methods. Approach your new goals with the same seriousness you would a project for work, saying "I'm too tired" or "I'll start tomorrow" would not be acceptable in the workplace so do not make room for it in your personal life! Focus on a few goals and make them specific and obtainable! Craft a realistic plan and write. it. down. This cannot be stressed enough, even if you are not a “write it down” kind of person, written goals are 42% more likely to succeed than that never hit paper. Next identify the reward for achieving your goal, ask yourself “Why do I want to achieve this goal?” and trace the answer to the root of your motivation!

A written, realistic, obtainable goal with sufficient reward is still not going to as be achievable without accountability. Enlist a friend who will take this journey with you or seek a professional trainer. Accountability has been known to improve your outcome by 78%, so seek out another person, be it a friend or professional, to keep you accountable and push you when your initiative fails and motivation wains!

Taking those first steps can be challenging and we are here for you every step along the way! Our goal is not temporary relief of pain and restriction, but rather to assist you in lifelong change and achieve the active life you have always dreamed of living. Without addressing the underlying issues of alignment, soft tissue restriction, and issues derived from a life of poor posture true change is not as achievable. Our holistic approach addresses the entire body. We offer a wide range of services which include Active Release Technique, Chiropractic Adjustments, Personalized rehabilitation, and other soft tissue techniques to treat the entire body, not just the spine.

Tips for Running as the Seasons Change: Autumn

For much of the country, fall means infusing all of our favorite treats with pumpkin spice, but for runners it is the beginning of race season. Even if you are not a seasoned runner, this season beckons us to lace up our shoes and get outside! There’s no better time to give running a shot than in the fall, the moderate temperatures, natural beauty, and fresh crisp air make it an ideal time to lace up your running shoes and get outside. Whether you’re new to running or you’re an old pro, fall is a beautiful time to get outside. Want some tips and tricks to get you running?

From Turkey Trots to fall marathons, it’s go time. Fall races occur almost every weekend, check out this list of upcoming local races! With leaves changing colors, running is one of the best ways to scope out the beautiful views our area has to offer! 

FOOD TREATS Fall is a time for our favorite comfort foods. Thanksgiving dinner, pumpkin pies, grandma's world famous cookies, and family gatherings all include to some serious calorie consumption. On average, American gains one to five pounds during the holiday season and most of that weight is never lost despite our best attempts as New Year's Resolutions. Does that mean you have to sacrifice mashed potatoes and apple pie? Not necessarily if you remain committed to your run schedule during these months you can stay ahead of those extra pounds and raise a toast to .

TAKE PROPER PRECAUTIONS Before you start running outside, take the proper safety measures. It's important to wear reflective garb especially since precious hours of light are limited, and more hazards are likely to present themselves with the shortening of the days.

WARM UPS ARE EVEN MORE IMPORTANT Few things can deflate your fitness goals like an injury. Running with cold muscles that are not properly stretched pre-run can result in strains that not only cause pain but also keep you from jogging the trails you love for days, weeks, and in some cases, even months. So take a few moments and prime those muscles for success! Start your run with a 5 to 10 minute jog and follow with some simple stretches. Key muscle groups to focus on would be the quads, hamstrings, glutes, and hip flexors. Check out one of our prior posts for other great stretches to keep you fit and flexible while warming up those muscles for a great run!

ADD 10 MINUTES Even if you typically run in the wee hours of the morning, a 10-minute sleep loss won't hurt you. Remember to start at a slower pace to ensure a good warm-up. The increased distance will burn more fat and ramp up your fitness. If you have been running shorter miles in the summer months, now  is the time to ramp up the mileage and use the cooler weather to your advantage. These long runs can help you reignite the passion for distance running that may have fallen by the wayside during the heat wave of summer.

ADD A DAY Tack on an additional short-run day after your long run. You'll improve your fitness, and the easy running will increase blood flow to the muscles and speed your recovery. If your five-mile long run is on Saturday, do a gentle two-to three-miler on Sunday at the same pace as your long run.

CHECK OUT YOUR GEAR Modern runners have an enormous advantage to those who started out in the running boom of the late 1970s and 80s. The evolution of running gear and specially designed fabric such as polypropylene, capilene, and some wool/synthetic blends wick moisture away from your body and keep you as warm and dry as possible. These luxuries were not available to the early trail blazers. Enjoy fabrics, shoes, and gear specially designed for running in this season to ensure you enjoy a safe, dry, and more comfortable run!

Always remember, we are here to help you achieve your goals and keep you active! Schedule an appointment today! (864) 881-2242

Those Feet Were Made for Walking...not pain!

Those Feet Were Made for Walking...not pain!

With more than 3 million cases in the US each year, Plantar Fasciitis is a common ailment plaguing feet. This serious and painful condition occurs when the thick band of tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes develops tears and inflammation, leading to pain primarily in the heel and also in the bottom of the foot. The pain is typically sharp and usually unilateral, but sometimes occurs in both feet. Serious cases can lead to the rupture of the ligament and bone spurs on of the heel.

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The Straw That Broke the Camel's Back

Chiropractic is a nonsurgical treatment that is an alternative form of care for herniated discs.  Sometimes referred to as a “slipped disk” or a “ruptured disk,” a herniated disk occurs when some of the softer "jelly"  that cushions the disc pushes out through a crack in the tougher exterior.  Before we get technical, we need a little introduction to this condition.  With the exception of the first 2 vertebrae in the neck—the atlas (C1) and the axis (C2)—there is an intervertebral disc, made of  collagen between each vertebra of the spine.  Discs act as shock absorbers and shock distributors, and provide flexibility while protecting the spinal cord.

Imagine if you jump up and down. What would happen to the stack of bony vertebrae that make up the spine without the cushioning and support of these discs?  Now, move your back from side to side.  Again, you can visualize the give and take of the discs between the vertebrae.  Your spine could not function without these discs and could never accomplish the agility and flexibility needed to move while maintaining necessary protection to the delicate spinal cord.

Your discs are made up of the “annulus fibrosus” which is the tough outer layer made of collagen, and the “nucleus pulposus,” which contains a soft, gelatin-like center which acts as a cushion.  Imagine the annulus fibrosus as a donut and the nucleus pulposus as the jelly filling.  If you were to squeeze the donut the jelly filling would begin to spill out, this is a simplistic way of looking at a herniated disc, but an accurate display.  When cracks occur in the outer layer of the disc, the material inside of the disc can begin to protrude out and put pressure on nerves stemming from the spinal cord.  Additionally, inflammation from this process can affect the exiting nerve root.  Numerous factors can cause a disc to herniate.

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For example, there may be too much stress on the disc due to poor posture or from being overweight.  Injuries can spring from lifting with poor form--using the back instead of lifting with the knees, in fact, a herniated disc can be caused by a combination of factors or a physical injury.  Often times we think of a disc injury as occurring during a single event, like a max effort deadlift.  This, however, has been shown to be untrue.  Our discs tend to degenerate with wear and tear throughout our lifetime, and then there may a small event, such as picking something up off the ground that is the "straw that broke the camel's back."

According to Mayo Clinic, symptoms may include:

  • Arm or leg pain. If your herniated disk is in your lower back, you'll typically feel the most intense pain in your buttocks, thigh and calf. It may also involve part of the foot. If your herniated disk is in your neck, the pain will typically be most intense in the shoulder and arm. This pain may shoot into your arm or leg when you cough, sneeze or move your spine into certain positions. (Mayo Clinic 2015)
  • Numbness or tingling. People who have a herniated disk often experience numbness or tingling in the body part served by the affected nerves. (Mayo Clinic 2015)
  • Weakness. Muscles served by the affected nerves tend to weaken. This may cause you to stumble, or impair your ability to lift or hold items. (Mayo Clinic 2015)

There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for a herniated disc, each patient’s treatment plan should be individualized based on the source of the pain, the severity of the herniation and resulting pain.  Our doctors contour each patient’s treatment to the individual needs of the patient. A combination of chiropractic adjustments and therapeutic exercises

Initially, the doctor may recommend cold/heat therapy.  During the first 24 to 48 hours after an injury, cold therapy can help reduce swelling, muscle spasm, and pain by reducing blood flow.  However, after the first 48 hours only heath therapy is recommended.  Heat increases blood flow to warm and relax soft tissues.  Increased blood flow helps to flush away toxins that may accumulate in tissues as a result of muscle spasm and disc injury.  Never apply ice or heat directly to skin; instead, wrap the cold or heat source in a thick towel for no longer than 15-20 minutes at a time.

Flexion and distraction is a technique that is an effective treatment for disc herniation.  This non-invasive technique reduces the pressure on spinal nerves from the herniation while increasing spinal motion.  The gentle pumping rhythm of Flexion Distraction enables the spinal disc to be placed under negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect within it. Because of this negative pressure, disc material that has protruded or herniated can be pulled back within the normal confines of the disc, and permit healing to occur.  This technique can help move the disc away from the nerve, reducing inflammation of the nerve root, and eventually any associated pain, pins and needles, numbness or weakness of the leg (that may be related to your herniated disc).

Neural Flossing or Nerve Flossing is a technique also commonly used with herniated discs.  Nerve flossing refers to a specific technique or exercise that restores normal motion between a nerve and the surrounding soft-tissues.  We analyze and determine what specific nerve that we need to address and proceed with a very specific nerve flossing protocol.  This technique helps to alleviate these agitated and hypersensitive peripheral nerves and central nerves.  These nerves are most likely partially responsible for some of numbness/tingling sensation that is commonly related to disc hernations.

These are just a few of the many techniques that we use to customize a treatment plan for each individual patient.  If you or someone you know are experiencing any symptoms similar to these or have been diagnosed with a disc herniation, don't spend another day suffering!  Give us a call (864) 881-2242 and let us get you back to your best self!

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Back to School -- Secrets for Success

Back to School -- Secrets for Success

As students and teachers head back to school we want to give you a few tips to make the transition as smooth as possible! Posture ranks right up at the top of the list when you are talking about good health, it’s just as important as eating right, exercising, and getting a good night's sleep. Good posture coupled with balanced nutrition and rest is a recipe for starting off this school year with more energy, less stress and fatigue! 

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The Fastest Man in the World: A Journey From Scoliosis to Olympic Success

Take some advice from the fastest man in the world! A man that remains unbeaten since 2008. He has won 6 Olympic gold medals, never placing for silver or bronze. He has won world championship collecting 8 first place wins and setting world records along the way. But this path to championship was hard earned through obstacles and health complications.

But Usain’s speed on the track and world record position has not come without challenges. As a young man, Bolt suffered from scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine which often leaves the individual with permanent complications. "When I was younger, the scoliosis wasn't really a problem. But you grow and it gets worse. My spine was really curved badly. The early part of my career, when we didn't really know much about it, it really hampered me because I got injured every year." Traditional treatment would have required spinal fusion surgery and insertion of a metal rod to straighten his spine, and time in restrictive braces, all of which would destroying the possibility of pursuing his dream, so Usain turned to a non-invasive alternative: Chiropractic Care.

"I've worked hard over the years. I've been injured and I've worked hard through it, and I've made it." Bolt uses chiropractic not only to treat his scoliosis, but also to bounce back more quickly from track injuries and enhance his performance while healthy. He notes: "As long as I'm in great shape, nobody beats me, for sure." 

So if chiropractic care is good enough for the fastest man in the world, transforming him from a young man suffering from scoliosis to a world champion, what could chiropractic do for you?

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Think Like An Olympian! Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Therapy

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, a champion who has received the most Olympic medals of all time, noted that he receives instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization technique treatments to keep him in top form. “My trainer uses instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization tools, these little metal crowbars. He carves them into my shoulder blades, my back, my knee, my hamstrings-wherever I’m really tight-to loosen things up. It’s pretty intense.” This Olympic champion has won 22 Olympic medals and holds the record for the most medals won and attributes much of his success to the therapy which keeps him in top form!

Here at Carolina Active Health Chiropractic, we utilize Instrument Assisted Soft-Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) to help enhance recovery and rehabilitation along with manual chiropractic adjustments.  We use HawkGrips instruments which are a hard-edged instrument made of metal to add shearing stress to soft tissue in order to enhance the body’s healing response. The instruments are also used diagnostically to follow the kinetic chain to locate and treat the cause of the symptom as well as the specific area of pain. IASTM decreases the overall time of treatment, fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery, reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication, and resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent. 

Another therapy our office specializes in is the (FAKTR) Technique. Drawing upon the same principle as as IASTM, founder Dr. Tom Hyde developed a variation of the technique adding movement to the IASTM therapy to enhance the rehabilitative process. FAKTR can treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions including tendinopathy, sprains, strains, and entrapment syndromes, fascial restrictions such as plantar fasciitis, ITB syndrome, myofascial pain syndromes, adhesive capsulitis, shin splints and post-surgical recovery.  This list of conditions that can be treated with FAKTR protocols are too numerous to list here!  This unique approach to treating in the position of provocation (pain, loss of range of motion, feeling of tightness within the fascia/soft tissues) and during motion sets FAKTR-certified providers in a class all their own. Dr. Michael Nelson is FAKTR certified and trained directly under Dr. Tom Hyde, the technique founder.

Michael Phelps attributed much of his peak performance to the therapy he received. So if instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization is good enough for a record setting Olympian what could it do for you? 

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The Winning Combination: Athletes & Chiropractic Care

Many US Olympic athletes striving for gold in Rio 2016, will be using a secret weapon to help achieve their goals chiropractic care. Many athletes use chiropractic not only for rehabilitation purposes, but also because they feel it gives them a special edge during competitions. Professional athletes are increasingly turning to chiropractic care as a drug-free alternative to relieve pain and keep peak condition. Pro athletes have a discovered a secret weapon they keep in their back pockets: chiropractic care. According to Dr. Andrew Klein, the official chiropractor for the 2000 US Olympic medical staff, the key reason why athletes have sought out chiropractic: it keeps them in top shape without the use of drugs. "Athletes have come to rely on manual therapy because the list of banned substances for the Olympics is so long, and also because they feel it enhances their performance."

Treating far more than just the spine

It’s a common myth that chiropractors only treat back and neck pain. Athletes seek out the expertise of chiropractors familiar with the needs of athletes for injuries impacting all parts of the body, not just the neck and spine, this is because any injury that affects the nervous system can lead to pain and stress. Your nervous system coordinates nearly every function of the body so if you have sustained an injury or stressed the alignment of vertebrae, then other problems are sure to make themselves known. Athletes, especially, put such a large demand on different areas of their bodies that they benefit greatly from chiropractic care techniques and therapy.

Our Chiropractors Know Athlete's Needs

Drs. Michael & Kelsey Nelson have special training and athletic training backgrounds that gives them a special understanding of sports related injuries. They know how to diagnose, treat and strengthen athletes so that they can avoid future injuries due to repeated stress. As the official chiropractor of the Clemson Tigers, Dr Nelson treats athletes on a daily bases and has a unique perspective of sports medicine because of his background in personal training. 

Take Your Performance to the Next Level

If you are a physically active person you may not think of yourself as an athlete, but this is exactly what you are: an athlete. This means that you too would benefit from chiropractic care. So as you are anticipating the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio 2016, consider your secret weapon to tackle your life goals. Chiropractic care can change your life, so get in the game and take your performance to the next level, a step ahead of the game! Our doctors are equipped to treat anything from muscle sprains to joint injuries and of course back pain! Their holistic philosophy is to the whole person, not just the injury. Whether your goal is pro-ball, running, lifting, body building, or just getting more active so you can enjoy life without pain we are here to give you a boost to reach your life goals!

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