Conditions We Can Help with Chiropractic
A whopping two-thirds of adults experience neck pain at some point in their lives (Am Fam Phys 2004;69:1275). The intensity can range from mildly nagging to completely debilitating.
Our Bristol chiropractor often cares for patients with neck discomfort. This is because misaligned spinal bones (vertebrae) are a well-know cause of neck pain.
These are essentially two broad classifications of neck pain acute and chronic.
Acute neck pain, most often injury related, is sudden and intense. Acute neck pain tends to dissipate within a few days, weeks or months. However, once the neck pain resolves, lingering spinal misalignments may predispose patients to subsequent conditions, including neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Acute neck discomfort has a variety of instigators.
Whiplash is one of the most common causes of acute neck injury. Many people are not aware that whiplash victims frequently don’t experience immediate pain. In fact, symptoms may be delayed for months, or even years.
Another common cause of acute neck pain is torticollis- a condition commonly known as ‘wryneck’. This disorder ensues when the head is suddenly twisted to one side. For instance, following a difficult birth, newborns often suffer from wryneck. That’s why Our bristol chiropractors suggests scheduled baby’s first appointment as soon as possible.
Traumas such as falls and sports injuries also result in acute neck pain.
Chronic Neck Pain
Chronic pain, on the other hand, is typically characterised by tenderness and aching lasting more than three months. Poor posture, such as improper ergonomics while working at a computer, can lead to chronic neck pain.
The Spinal Connection
The spine is actually a chain of intricately arranged bones (vertebrae) connected to form a single functional unit. This bony framework houses the spinal column. Nerves to all parts of the body enter and exit the spinal column through channels between vertebrae. When vertebrae are misaligned, transmission of nerves may be affected, sparking not only neck pain, but also a host of conditions, such as headaches, backaches, and infantile colic.
Mandeep Bahra corrects misaligned vertebrae with safe and gentle manoeuvres called chiropractic adjustments.
A multifaceted approach to preventing neck pain
Doctors of chiropractic, like Mandeep Bahra, employ a multifaceted approach to prevention. In addition to suggesting regularly scheduled chiropractic care for neck pain, your chiropractor may encourage you to:
Exercise Neck Muscles
Here at Reco Chiropractic we often instruct patients to exercise neck muscles. Extensive research shows that strengthening these muscles may lead to a reduction in chronic neck pain and prevent relapses.
In one evaluation, researchers divided a group of 180 women (between the ages of 25 and 53) into three groups: (1) strength muscle training (2) endurance muscle training and (3) a control group that participated in stretches and aerobic exercise not targeted for muscle strengthening.
“Endurance trainees exercised neck muscles with head lifts, and strength trainees used an elastic rubber band to strengthen flexor muscles. Both groups performed dynamic shoulder and upper-extremity strengthening exercises using dumbbells, as well as trunk and leg muscle exercises and stretching exercises. Participants were encouraged to exercise at least three hours a week at home.” (Am Fam Phys 2004;69:427).
Those who underwent strength training enjoyed a 73 percent drop in pain. The endurance group demonstrated a 59 percent pain reduction. In contrast, the control group reported a 21 percent reduction in pain.
Another scientific example of how exercise helps relieve neck pain involved 145 patients who received electromagnetic (infrared) therapy and advice on neck care. Of that number, 67 patients also participated in an exercise programme with activation and strengthening of the deep neck muscles. After six weeks, the exercise group demonstrated “significantly better improvement” in disability score, pain and muscle strength than the control group (Spine 2005;30:E1).
Before rushing out to the nearest gym, however, ask the Chiropractor which exercises are best for your current condition.
Perk Up Your Posture
A study from Finland focused on the body postures of 3,185 girls and 2,808 boys as they related to neck pain. All of the youngsters were between the ages of 15 and 16.
The researchers discovered that prolonged sitting was associated with a high prevalence of neck, occipital and shoulder pain in girls. The same conditions sparked neck or occipital pain in boys. (The occipital bone is a curved structure that forms the lower portion of the back of the skull.)
Surprisingly, it wasn’t only sitting – but also what the adolescents were doing while they say – that initiated pain. Watching television and reading books generated the most pain in girls, whereas playing or working with a computer was associated with an increase in neck or occipital pain in boys (Spine 2007;32:1038-44).
A plethora of scientific studies also link poor posture with neck pain in adults.
Purchase a New Pillow
There are a number of pillows specifically designed to reduce neck pain. The key is to find one that keeps your neck in perfect alignment with your spine.
And less is definitely more when it comes to the number of pillows you sleep with. Using an overstuffed pillow, or piling up more than one pillow, causes undue neck strain.
If you aren’t sure if you need a new pillow, bring your current one to your next chiropractic visit. Mandeep will be happy to advise you.
The Chiropractic Solution to Neck Pain
Life can sometimes be a pain in the neck! But it doesn’t have to be. Chiropractic’s all-natural prevention strategy can help keep you and your family pain-free.
Don’t let the agony escalate: Schedule an appointment today. And, don’t forget to do the same for the youngest – and oldest – member of the family.
Don’t wait , give us a call if you want our bristol chiropractors to help your neck pain on 0117 9252 886
Headaches are very common and because they happen regularly, often people refer to them as “just a normal headache”. However headaches usually happen for a reason and for many people chiropractic treatment can be a very effective way of treating headaches. One of the most common types of headache that our bristol Chiropractors see is called cervicogenic headache.
Headaches can be very severe and often have a profound effect on the lives of headache sufferers. Interestingly the pain you feel when suffering from a headache does not come from the brain as the brain itself does not feel pain. This is why during brain surgery a patient can be wide awake and not feel any pain and can talk to the surgeons. The scalp itself is pain sensitive and the surgeon uses an anaesthetic to numb this area whist the surgery progresses. The pain sensitive structures are all the other parts including the blood vessels, membranes, and the nerves. If these structures are irritated and inflamed then often a headache will result. The neck has a number of nerves that travel over the skull and if these nerves are irritated they will refer pain into the head.
What is cervicogenic headache
A cervicogenic headache is caused by misalignments in the neck (the cervical spine) and can also result from an absence of mobility in the upper cervical area. The term is used to refer to headaches where the primary causative agent is the neck. Pain may radiate to the forehead (frontal region), the eyes (orbital region), the temple and the ears.
Cervicogenic Headache Causes
Generally speaking cervicogenic headaches are more common in females. The current theory is that abnormal movements and postures of the neck result in irritaion to the upper 3 cervical nerve roots. Pain referral can be from muscles, ligaments, joint capsules and discs.
Chiropractic care is thought to be very helpful for this type of headache because it can correct the source directly. It is also suggested as a helpful treatment for other types of headaches that share the same cervical element.
How will I be Assessed for Headache?
Your Bristol Chiropractor will conduct an extensive background history as well as a thorough examination and possibly even x-rays. Your chiropractor will assess your posture and look for the underlying cause of the headaches. He or she will then usually provide a diagnosis and suggest an appropriate treatment plan. History: The pain in headaches can vary in its location, intensity, duration and type. Neck and head pain can be on one side or on both sides. The pain can be referred to the side front and top of head. The pain is caused and aggravated by abnormal neck postures and movements such as sitting at a computer or working overhead. Physical examination: Your Reco chiropractor will assess your posture and look for the underlying cause of the headaches which will look at all of the following factors:
- General posture and flexibility
- Palpation may reveal muscle tenderness and tightness
- Palpation to the cervicogenic muscles reproduces pain patterns
- Restricted active and passive joint range of motion particularly in the upper cervical spine (neck)
- Specific orthopedic tests to the neck
- Muscle tests to determine the extent of weakness
- Neurological assessment if required
- X-rays of the neck and or spine may be conducted depending on the extent of your problems and the examination findings.
Your chiropractor will discuss with you exactly what examinations will be appropriate and will require your consent before undertaking an examination. Once a diagnosis has been confirmed then specific treatment options can be discussed.
Your Bristol Chiropractor will assess your posture and look for the underlying cause of the headaches which will look at all of the following factors: general posture and flexibility, palpation may reveal muscle tenderness and tightness, palpation to the cervicogenic muscles reproduces pain patterns, restricted active and passive joint range of motion particularly in the upper cervical spine (neck), specific orthopedic tests to the neck, muscle tests to determine the extent of weakness, neurological assessment if required, X-rays of the neck and or spine may be conducted depending on the extent of your problems and the examination findings. Your chiropractor will discuss with you exactly what examinations will be appropriate and will require your consent before undertaking an examination. Once a diagnosis has been confirmed then specific treatment options can be discussed.
Treatment of headaches
Your Bristol Chiropractor will perform various adjustments and movements, usually with his or her hands. The adjustments are designed to correct identified problems and allow you to regain movement and reduce headaches and other associated pain. The Chiropractor may also provide appropriate stretches and exercises to help improve posture.
In particular the treatment will pay attention to the neck (upper cervical and sub occipital) region but it if there are other underlying areas of concern within the spine they are dealt with as well. Other treatment options include the following:
- Soft tissue therapy and trigger point massage to the affected muscle groups usually in the suboccipital region
- Ice applied to inflamed joints
- Heat to tight muscles
- Use of an appropriate pillow
- Stress management and relaxation therapy
- Posture assessment
- Work station assessment
For many years Chiropractic patients have obtained relief for their cervicogenic headaches through natural chiropractic care. Here at Reco Chiropractic we use natural techniques without the use of drugs or surgery.
If you suffer with pain and would like to find out how a chiropractic can help you then call 0117 9252886 to make an appointment now.
Sciatic pain often alters between severe and constant to mild and intermittent, it can affect one leg, both, or switch from side to side; and it may even masquerade as low-back pain for months until more characteristic sciatic pain begins
Reco Chiropractors and therapists can help sciatica, and a lot of the time the root cause of sciatica can be coming from the spine.
The Sciatic Nerve
The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body. It runs from the pelvis through the hip area and buttocks and then courses down the back of each leg.
The term “sciatica” refers to the inflammation of this nerve and the pain that radiates along its course. Sciatica may feel like a leg cramp or as numb- ness, burning or a pins-and-needles sensation.
Sciatic pain can also be excruciatingly piercing or stabbing. In one study of patients with chronic pain, sciatica sufferers endured “significantly higher” pain scores and limitation in daily living activities than any other group (J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2002;25:162-7).
The Root of the Problem
Although sciatic pain is generally in the legs, the Reco team wants patients to understand that the root cause is often compression of the sciatic nerve root, which is the beginning of the sciatic nerve as it exits the spinal cord in the low back.
Nerve root compression is frequently the result of one of two conditions.
misalignment of spinal bones or sacroiliac dysfunction caused by misalignment of pelvic bones.
When the spinal or pelvic bones are even slightly out of place, spinal movement is restricted, which in turn irritates the muscles, discs and the nerve root — causing pain.
Other causes of sciatic nerve compression include herniated spinal discs and piriformis syndrome (inflammation of the piriformis muscle in the buttocks).
Often, more than one of these four causes occur simultaneously, so it is vital to identify and address all factors. The good news is that research shows that chiropractic care is effective at alleviating all four of the common causes of sciatic pain.
Vertebral and Sacroiliac dysfunction
Chiropractors correct both vertebral and sacroiliac dysfunction with chiropractic adjustments. These maneuvers, which are safe and effective, successfully realign spinal and pelvic bones.Research shows that chiropractic adjustments are highly successful for sciatic pain associated with vertebral and sacroiliac dysfunction.
Spinal discs, which are sandwiched between each vertebra, can also put pressure on the sciatic nerve root.The intervertebral (between vertebrae) discs give the spine its flexibility and act as shock absorbers between each of the 24 spinal bones. The outer layer of each disc is tough and fibrous, while the inside material is spongy.If discs degenerate or are subject to trauma, the soft center may bulge to one side. This condition is known as a herniated disc.Sciatica ensues as the nerve root becomes trapped against the spinal canal by the disc bulge. The good news is that new research shows that chiropractic care can help sciatica caused by “slipped” or prolapsed discs
The piriformis muscles extend along both sides of the lower buttocks. Sciatic nerves travel beneath the piriformis muscle on their way from the spine to the back of each leg. Piriformis syndrome occurs when the muscle becomes inflamed, forcing pressure on the sciatic nerve and trap- ping it against the bones of the pelvis.Reco Chiropractors and therapists often employ a variety of all-natural interventions for piriformis syndrome. This combination approach is highly effective.
We’re Here to Help
If you currently have back or leg pain, it’s vital to avoid self-diagnosing. The origin may lie in the sciatic nerve root or may be related to another cause, unconnected to the sciatic nerve.
Schedule an appointment with the Chiropractor right away to discover the underlying problem. Reco Chiropractors are committed to identifying root causes of impediments to wellness, rather than masking symptoms with unnecessary medication or surgery. Pain is the body’s way of signaling distress; let us help you pinpoint the cause. Give us a call 01179252886
Low back pain
Migraines affect 12 percent of the adult population and cause a significant economic loss due to decreased workplace productivity (Headache 2004;44:1059-61).
What distinguishes migraines from other headaches?
Migraines is more than a headache. It is often accompanied with one or more symptoms such as;
• Light sensitivity
• Visual changes (blurriness, strange colors or shapes)
Migraines may only last for minutes but more common is episodes that last from a few hours to several day. The exact cause for migraines is unknown thought there are many theories. Among the more prominent is overstimulation of the central nervous system/brain (this could explain why migraines can be triggered by certain foods, smells or chemicals) it could also be hormonal changes such as seen during puberty or menopause. It could even be caused by changes to your sleep-wake cycle. Thought migraines are not the same as a tension type headache (the common headache) some research does indicate that there is a connection between the two. This may explain why many who suffer from regular tension headache may develop migraines.
In addition there are degrees of migraines;
These migraines are typically accompanied with the common migraine symptoms. This type is commonly one sided (one side of the head/temple/eye). The bouts of migraine comes with intermittent reprieves from the pain, a “cease-fire” if you will. However, when there are more days with pain/migraines than without, these episodes become what is known as transformed migraines (chronic migraines).
An individual who endures 15 or more migraine episodes per month, lasting a minimum of 4 hours each, is classified as having transformed migraines. This type of migraine is often difficult to distinguish from tension type headaches because they tend to lack the common migraine symptoms (nausea, light and noise sensitivity, vomiting, visual changes). (Fam Pract News 2004;34:22). It is important you consult health care professionals on how to handle headaches and migraines to greatly improve the chances a better daily life and even a happy and productive one.
There is research demonstrating that the overuse of pain medication may increase the severity of migraines in the long term or may even cause them. A study researching a group of drugs based on “triptans” was shown to significantly increase the severity of migraine episodes. (Therapie 2004;59:533-9). Another issue as stated by the Migraine Research Foundation (2016), the use of opiates in the treatment of migraines can cause changes in the brain that last long after the usage stops. (Chaibi, Tuchin and Russell, 2011) stated that manual therapy may be equally as effective relief as propranolol and topiramate. In addition, manual therapy has a much shorter list of side effects.
There is evidence that chiropractic may help alleviate migraines and the close connection between chronic tension type headache (which is well treated by chiropractic) and migraines supports this. (FERRACINI et al., 2017) found that there is a significant correlation between migraine and upper neck discomfort and stiffness. A part of the connection may be what is known as centralization of pain. Centralization of pain occurs when an acute pain last long enough to become chronic. The body adapts to the changes and may after a time accept the presence of pain as the norm and perpetuate this even though the origin of the pain is no longer present. These irritations are usually caused by poor living habits and everyday activities such as desk work, heavy lifting or repetitive tasks such as painting and construction work. This type of long standing complaint composes the majority of a chiropractors daily work and we are well versed in its treatment.
We at Reco pride ourselves in using chiropractic techniques to increase the motion of the affected areas. This is to help return normal mobility and relieve the stress on the involved structures such as nerves and joints. We work on the surrounding musculature and the rest of the spine when needed to help reduce the overall stress and tension. This is to help alleviate the pain, retrain the area to retain its proper posture and strengthen the area to maintain the improvements.
Please do not hesitate to contact our Reco chiropractic team, and book yourself in for a consultation today 0117 9252886.
Mid back pain
Chiropractic for Middle Back Pain Part1:
If you have ever experienced pain in your middle back (thoracic area), you have plenty of company. One study estimates that 30 percent of working adults experience at least one episode of middle back pain each year (J Occup Health 2009;51:177-92).
The good news is that our Bristol chiropractor can effectively alleviates both acute and chronic pain of the middle back. In part one of this two-part series, Our chiropractor describes the most common causes of middle back pain.
The Spinal Connection
Like other types of back pain, middle back pain is often rooted in a misalignment of the vertebrae.
Over time, misaligned vertebra in the thoracic region may lead to pain and an exaggerated curvature of the spine – ranging from a mild roll of the shoulders to a severe “hunchback”.
our Bristol Chiropractic care is rooted in detecting and correcting vertebral misalignments with gentle manoeuvres called chiropractic adjustments.
What triggers vertebral misalignments in the thoracic region? Here is a sampling of the most common culprits:
The bristol chiropractic team finds that improper posture is a widespread cause of vertebral misalignments and related middle back pain.
Poor posture works against the body’s natural stabilization, normally controlled by a balance of muscles and gravity, thus subjecting the spine to excess strain (Electromyogr Clin Neurophysiol 2008;48:359-65).
Many patients tend to sit in a “slumped” position, allowing the pelvis to rotate backward. A chair offering adequate back support, a computer monitor placed below eye level, or reaching too far to use a mouse are common factors in middle back pain from sitting at work.
our Chiropractor guides patients to address workplace ergonomic concerns.
Attention to posture is essential for athletes as well. Runners may benefit from a gait analysis. Golfers and tennis players may benefit from a swing analysis by a professional instructor.
Repetitive work (such as typing, lifting or running items through a checkout counter), as well as repetitive sports activities (such as swinging a bat, kicking a soccer ball or lifting weights), are major causes of vertebral misalignments and related pain in the middle back.
A chiropractic evaluation for thoracic pain addresses how patients’ work activities may put them at risk and what modifications may be necessary.
Emotional stress is a significant instigator of vertebral misalignments. And, a growing body of research demonstrates that emotional stress, anxiety and depression dramatically boost the odds of developing back problems, including middle back pain.
A study performed by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; and the University of Pittsburgh included more than 6,000 material handlers in 160 newly opened retail stores.
After adjusting for each patient’s history of back problems and work-related lifting, researchers found that the risk of back pain was moderately increased among employees with intensely demanding jobs, high levels of job dissatisfaction and stressful scheduling demands (Am J Ind Med 2003;43:179-87).
The Chiropractor encourages patients to maintain a stress-reduction plan. This includes creating a schedule that keeps you from feeling rushed, getting adequate sleep and exercising each day. Also, consider practising a stress-reduction technique, such as breathing exercise, yoga, t’ai chi, meditation or prayer.
Just as spinal bones may become misaligned, so may ribs.
Misalignments of the ribs often result in ‘trigger points’ of pain, causing the smooth muscles around the ribs to spasm. Patients who complain of “knots” in their upper backs often suffer from misaligned ribs. In some cases, the sharp, jabbing nature of the pain can mimic heartburn – or even a heart attack.
Researchers point out that, although the possibility of a heart condition must always be considered when symptoms include chest pain, after cardiovascular disease is ruled out, rib misalignments “may be the underlying cause of the symptoms in certain patients. When this is the case, chiropractic adjustment may provide an effective mode of treatment.” (J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2003;26:96-101).
Studies also show that people, who sleep on the same side each night, or on their stomachs, may be at elevated risk of back pain.
As part of our chiropractic evaluation for middle back pain, patients are typically asked about their mattress and sleep position – and given specific recommendations if changes are in order.
If you are experiencing middle back pain, there is no need to suffer. Call our office today and schedule a chiropractic evaluation 01179252886. Together, you and the doctor of chiropractic will work to determine the underlying cause of your discomfort – and how to correct it.
And if you are pain-free, remember one ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Focus on prevention by maintaining regular chiropractic wellness visits. This will enable our bristol chiropractor and massage therapist to correct dysfunction in your spine before pain ensues.