Carpal Tunnel – What it is and How to Treat It

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Wrist pain, numbness in the hands, tingling, shoulder pain, loss of grip strength and hand pain at night can all be signs that you are suffering from a common condition called carpal tunnel syndrome.  This condition is often caused by excessive keyboard use, poor posture and other repetitive movements of the shoulder, arm, wrist and hand. Continue reading “Carpal Tunnel – What it is and How to Treat It”

Stress – How Stress Affects Your Body And Health

Stress and Your Health

Consider the following statistics regarding stress:

  1. It is responsible for 43 percent of adults who suffer ill health.
  2. It is responsible for 75 to 90 percent of all visits to doctors.
  3. It is known to cause headaches, neck pain, back pain, high  blood pressure, arthritis, depression and anxiousness.
  4. OSHA says that it costs American businesses $300,000,000 annually

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Physical Stress
Stress comes from many directions, work, family, friends, and finances are common sources.  While emotional stress symptoms can sometimes be difficult to diagnose, the signs of Physical Stress (PS) are easy for most people to identify.  PS expresses itself as tight muscles, headaches, high blood pressure, loss of sleep, stroke and even heart attacks.

Thankfully the symptoms associated with PS are more likely to be mild vs. severe – at least in the short term.

Stressful situations cause muscle tension which lead to tension which can lead to neck pain, headaches, back pain, general fatigue and body aches. Continue reading “Stress – How Stress Affects Your Body And Health”

Stiff Neck Treatment

Wake up with a stiff neck lately?

When was the last time you woke up with a stiff neck?  It’s a horrible feeling – your neck is stiff, painful and your head feels heavy.  From personal experience I know that sometimes I know what I did to aggravate my neck but many times I have no idea what I did to cause my neck pain and stiffness.

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Car Accident – Approved Treatment Protocols

Car Accident Recovery

Most of us worry more about the condition of our cars than we do ourselves following a car accident.  When we are involved in an accident, our bodies release adrenaline which can mask pain.  For many people, the pain and tightness associated with a car accident injury does not appear for hours, days or sometimes weeks following the accident.  In the meantime, we are completely immersed in arranging for our cars to be repaired.

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Rotator Cuff Tear

Understanding Rotator Cuff Tear Injuries

Shoulder injuries involving a rotator cuff tear are common in my San Diego chiropractic office, this is because these muscles are small and easily strained (strain means that some fibers have torn).  Sports injuries work injuries and auto accidents commonly cause strains in the rotator cuff muscles.

The muscles of the rotator cuff coordinate rotational movements of the shoulder.  There are four rotator cuff muscles as follows: supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and the subscapularis.  The supraspinatus works to lift your arm off the site of your body and it is the most frequently injured of the rotator cuff muscles.  The infraspinatus and teres minor both externally rotate your shoulder.  Finally, the subscapularis works to internally rotate your shoulder.

Although the supraspinatus is the most frequently injured rotator cuff muscle, a strain of any of these muscles can cause shoulder pain and significant range of motion loss in the affected shoulder.

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Best Neck Stretches

Best Neck Stretches for Decreasing Stress

The best neck stretches for decreasing stress are the ones that can be done conveniently.  So long as stretches can be done without causing pain they can be effective in reducing stress and, sometimes, pain.  Stretching has always been an important part of my patient’s treatments at my San Diego chiropractic clinic.  It is no surprise that when my patients stretch, they get better faster and have less of a chance of developing a similar problem in the future.  Since we spend so much time with computers and other devices that stress our necks, it only makes sense that doing neck stretches on a regular basis would be beneficial.

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Three Simple Sciatica Stretches

Simple Sciatica Stretches to Relieve Leg Pain

There are a handful of issues that cause sciatica, that being said, sciatica stretches will help most of them regardless of the cause.  While sciatica can be due to a herniated disc in the lower back, most cases of sciatica are caused by tight muscles and irritated or inflamed joints.  Although sciatica caused by a herniated disc represents  a more severe medical condition, even these cases of sciatica usually benefit from the right sciatica stretches.  I have had great success in treating sciatica patients with chiropractic care but the patients who stretch in addition to the treatment that they receive in my office do better than those that don’t stretch.

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Three Easy Lower Back Stretches

Lower Back Pain Relief Stretches Watching TV

We are all guilty of not doing enough lower back stretches (well, at least most of us don’t stretch enough!).  I have found that if I give the patients of my San Diego chiropractic clinic stretches that are easy and convenient that there is a much better chance that they will actually do them.  Stretches help us maintain our flexibility but even more importantly they help us avoid injuries.  The bottom line is that my patients who stretch on a regular basis are healthier than those who don’t.   That being said, here are a few “television stretches” that I like to give to my patients that help them “limber up” while they are watching the tube.

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Why Chiropractic Care Works

Chiropractic care works for many reasons.  At my office in San Diego, California, most of our patients have back pain because of ongoing stress – very few of them have suffered a specific injury.  Typical kinds of repetitive stress that our patients experience include; bad lifting habits, sitting for too long without taking breaks, sitting (and standing) with bad posture, not getting enough exercise, etc.

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Shoulder Injuries – Safe, Effective Chiropractic Care

We tend to take our bodies for granted until we are injured.  Shoulder injuries can make you change the way you accomplish even the simplest of tasks.  Shoulder injuries typically affect our ability to raise our elbow above the height of the shoulder or limit the amount of rotation that our shoulder joint is capable of.  The most commonly injured muscles of the shoulder are the four muscles that make up the rotator cuff .

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