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Facing Facts: How to Properly Manage Incurable Chronic Pain

Everybody experiences pain. Most sources of pain are easy to identify and cure, and the symptoms typically go away in a short amount of time. Some types of pain, though, aren’t as easy to get rid of.

Chronic pain, or pain lasting more than six months, affects millions of people, sometimes for years on end. This type of pain is not always able to be cured, meaning that pain management is the only option for relief. People with chronic pain usually experience minor discomfort on their best days with occasional, intensely painful flare-ups that can be worsened by extra movement, stress and other triggers.

At Ideal Spine, we know that living in pain can take a toll on your life—constant feelings of discomfort limit your ability to do what you love and live a happy, healthy life. For our patients in Meridian, ID suffering from incurable chronic pain due to disc degeneration, arthritis and other back problems, we strive to provide solutions to keep you active and healthy through the pain.

In order to find some relief from chronic pain, you may need to be open to a wide number of strategies to find one, two or a combination of treatments that work for your body. Managing incurable chronic pain will take a treatment plan for both your body and your mind.

Treating the body

People with chronic pain may or may not know the source of their pain, which can make it difficult to cure or even treat. Fortunately, there are a wide variety of pain management treatments available.

Some techniques may be applicable at-home, including hot and cold therapy, exercise, and yoga. Others may require routine visits to doctors or specialists; for example, for steroid injections, physical therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, and chiropractic.

Chiropractic care for chronic pain is a particularly useful treatment method because of its holistic approach to bodily wellness. Multiple techniques may be used, including spinal decompression and manipulation to re-align the spine, joints and tissues to promote better mobility and comfort. Chiropractors can also walk you through exercises and stretches that can improve mobility, aid in the decreasing of inflammation, and strengthen the muscles around the spine to help stabilize it and reduce pain symptoms.

Treating the mind

Beyond creating a treatment plan for physical pain management techniques, you will need to learn how to cope with pain mentally and emotionally. Incurable chronic pain is often made worse by stress and can cause depression. This can sometimes lead to a vicious cycle in chronic pain patients – the stress of living with pain each day makes pain worse, which causes more stress, and so on.

Mental focus and manipulation can help control chronic pain. Numerous theories of pain have suggested the mind plays a major role in the processing of pain. This is why, if you tend to focus on your pain, it usually ends up feeling worse. With practice, you can learn how to control and minimize the feelings of pain to get you through both the minor discomfort and some of the more intense pain days.

Techniques such as yoga, meditation and imagery control can help center your focus on things other than your source of pain, like your breathing, an external place or object, or another part of the body that is not painful.

Additionally, finding external support is a crucial component of managing pain, particularly for days when pain is intense. Find a network of supportive people, whether it is within your family, friend group, or other chronic pain patients.

Experience pain less

Ideal Spine uses the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) method of care to help chiropractors serve patients to the fullest extent possible. If you suffer from incurable chronic pain and are seeking an effective method of relief, visit a CBP trained chiropractor and ask if spinal manipulations could help treat your pain.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Teaching Patients Anatomical Terminology for Better Communication

The human body is extremely complex, to the point that most people do not know the scientific terms for their body parts. When it comes to the spine, in particular, the web of bones, muscles, tendons, nerves, and ligaments can be difficult to understand. As a chiropractor, you can help your patients better understand their ailments and what you are doing to help them by explaining the basics of anatomical terminology.

At Ideal Spine, we understand effective communication is a major part of Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP). When it comes to handling patients with histories of chronic or severe pain, trust is not always easy to gain.

To make this easier, chiropractors can use both plain language and anatomical terminology to explain what is involved in a chiropractic adjustment and what it will ideally do for the body. Your patients do not need a full lesson on human anatomy, but rather a basic understanding of the spine and its elements. Explaining these parts in a way they can understand can help mitigate fear and create stronger relationships between chiropractor and patient.

Important elements of spinal anatomy

When working with patients, explain the basics of the spine in terms of building blocks –  the smaller elements that form larger sections of the spine and beyond. Here are some important things you may want to communicate.

  • Vertebrae: Explain to your patients that the spine comprises a series of vertebrae, or pieces of bone. From there, you can explain the different vertebral sections of the spine, including the cervical spine, thoracic spine, and lumbar spine and help them identify the area that is causing them the most pain.
  • Spinal segments: Communicate the three main components of each spinal segment: the vertebral body, or bone; the disc, made of cartilage; and the facet joints. Then, explain that “segments” of the spine are named for the upper and lower vertebrae within them.
  • Nerves and spinal cord: Most people know the spinal cord runs down the length of the back and is protected by the vertebrae. However, they don’t usually know that the nerves branch out from the lumbar spine and extend through the body. Also explain that these nerves can cause pain in the back and other areas of the body if they are compressed at the point at which they exit the spinal column.
  • Common causes of pain: Finally, explain to your patient some of the common causes of pain in the back and legs in scientific and layman’s terms. These may include disc degeneration, when the cartilage between vertebrae degenerates, and disc herniation, when part of the disc leaks out beyond the vertebrae and irritates a nearby nerve, as well as others located in their area of pain.

Ideally, by communicating anatomical terms to your patients, you will be able to build better trust and understanding so your patient feels more secure in your care. At Ideal Spine, we use communication in combination with Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) to make patients feel safe, secure and healthy before, during, and after a chiropractic adjustment.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Exercise and Chiropractic Could be a Winning Combination for Your Sciatica

As spinal conditions go, sciatica is generally considered to be one of the more uncomplicated ailments. It presents with generally the same symptoms across patients, can be treated effectively with the right approach, and has a high success rate for alleviated symptoms when a proper treatment schedule is administered.

Just because sciatica is relatively straightforward, however, doesn’t mean there’s a one-size-fits-all solution for dealing with it. In fact, despite its uniform presentation, sciatica requires a tailored approach to treatment – one that often requires a very specific exercise regimen and corresponding chiropractic adjustment schedule.

At Ideal Spine, we believe in the power of individualized treatment, especially when it comes to chronic pain conditions. Understanding how sciatica is being instigated within the body and what specific measures can be taken to alleviate it is the key to unlocking a treatment plan that truly works to minimize pain and inflammation.

How exercise can help

Because sciatica is an inflammatory condition, wherein the sciatic nerve specifically is being affected, exercise is a first recommendation of many chiropractors. Exercise helps to improve the outlook for sciatic pain in a variety of different ways, including:

  • Alleviating pressure on the sciatic nerve;
  • Icing after exercise reduces inflammation;
  • Increases in cortisol levels produced during exercise can reduce inflammation;
  • Improved range of motion, reducing stress on the spine;
  • Higher activity levels lead to adrenaline and endorphins, combatting pain.

Here again, simply getting on a treadmill or picking up weights isn’t the solution. Instead, it’s important to work with a chiropractor to understand specifically how the body should be worked, to what intensity, and where focus should be placed.

For example, if the sciatic nerve is being irritated due to pelvic tilt and lumbar compression, a chiropractor may recommend a light cardio workout with corresponding strengthening exercises for the hamstrings, glutes and lower body. This strengthening and conditioning routine may serve to increase stability in the lower body, preventing pelvic tilt and helping to reinforce chiropractic adjustments.

Chiropractic’s benefits

Exercise alone isn’t the answer to dealing with chronic sciatic pain. Chiropractic adjustment plays a vital role in restoring the stability and integrity of the spine. When used in conjunction with exercise, these corrections have the potential to take effect sooner and stay true.

For example, a chiropractor may use a drop table to adjust pelvic tilt back to an acceptable degree. When a patient strengthens their lower body, they reinforce musculature that supports the spine, reducing the chances of reoccurring tilt as the result of adapted biomechanics. In this way, the long-term effects of both exercise and spinal manipulation work together for a better outcome.

A holistic approach to sciatic relief

Because it’s a painful condition, many immediately turn to painkillers to cope with their sciatica. This has unfortunate long-term side effects and masks the problem instead of resolving it. For truly long-term prospects for relief, a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) adjustment schedule is recommended by Ideal Spine. Targeted adjustments with exercise regiments that reinforce them offer a winning combination for coping with sciatica and its affiliated pain.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Common Causes of Spondylolisthesis and What They Mean for Your Body

When faced with a condition like spondylolisthesis, many people are fixated on coping with the diagnosis directly. This means working with laser focus to repair their bodies and overcome the slippage of their spine. What’s not always given due attention, however, are the factors that led to the spondylolisthesis in the first place and what further impact they could have on the body if left unmitigated.

At Ideal Spine, our focus is on not only the slippage of the spine leading to spondylolisthesis, but the physiological contributors that enabled the weakening of facet joints in the first place. We strive to make patients aware of stressors caused by posture, lifestyle, genetics, or peripheral conditions, so that appropriate steps can be taken to prevent future spinal shift and spondylolisthesis.

Contributors to spondylolisthesis

Because spondylolisthesis occurs when facet joints develop defects, tracing the source of these defects yields insight into the catalysts for the overall condition. It’s here where patient focus needs to be shifted. The defined types of spondylolisthesis-enabling slippage include:

  • Dysplastic spondylolisthesis, occurring congenitally.
  • Isthmic spondylolisthesis, caused by stress fractures.
  • Degenerative spondylolisthesis, caused by degenerative diseases.
  • Traumatic spondylolisthesis, caused by acute fractures.
  • Pathologic spondylolisthesis, caused by bone diseases.

Understanding the cause of spondylolisthesis means understanding the original battle of the body is facing. Recognizing an acute case versus a chronic one or the development of a bone disease versus a degenerative condition means understanding how else the body may be compromised and what can be done to support it.

Expanding the diagnosis profile

Determining the core contributor to facet joint defects and the ensuing spondylolisthesis can give chiropractors the information they need to help patients live comfortably and mitigate future issues. For example, if Isthmic spondylolisthesis is determined to be the diagnosis, a chiropractor can help patients understand how else they may be prone to stress-induced spinal issues, such as disc compression. Likewise, determining Pathologic spondylolisthesis can spur individuals to prepare for future ramifications of a condition like osteoporosis.

Exploring proper treatment

Better qualification of spondylolisthesis also affords patients the opportunity for more individualized treatment through a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) adjustment schedule. For instance, addressing Degenerative spondylolisthesis may require a vastly different approach from traumatic spondylolisthesis, allowing a chiropractor to recommend treatment geared towards alleviating the condition and promoting long-term wellness.

Total body consideration

Though patients may be focused on moving past a spondylolisthesis diagnosis, having it qualified can shed light on other areas of wellness that demand attention—specifically contributing factors to the condition. By understanding why their spine has slipped and what cause failure in their facet joints, patients can expand their focus on wellness to incorporate the contributing factors behind it.

Using a CBP treatment plan, it may be possible to not only mitigate and reverse spondylolisthesis, but also lower the rate of defect to facet joints. For patients prone to peripheral conditions or future issues stemming from specific spondylolisthesis contributors, this may mean the difference between long-term wellness and consistent, chronic pain. At Ideal Spine, we preach a holistic look at conditions like spondylolisthesis, as a way of putting total spine health in perspective.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Disc Pain vs. Nerve Root Pain: Understanding the Two Types of Disc Problems

Back pain is an increasingly-common ailment in individuals of all ages. While many cases of back pain fade and heal on their own, others may cause long-term pain that makes everyday life difficult to manage. This type of pain is often caused by problems with the spinal discs.

Spinal discs are somewhat-elastic-feeling sections of the spine that sit between the vertebrae. They are composed of materials called annulus fibrosus on the outside and a soft, gel-like material called nucleus pulposus on the inside. These discs are pliable, allowing a range of motion to the spine and absorbing shock to increase comfort while moving.

Unfortunately, spinal discs are prone to injury due to the severe amount of stress placed on the lower back and neck, in particular. When a patient visits a doctor or chiropractor, they likely do not know the exact cause of their pain, but merely that it hurts in a specific area.

At Ideal Spine, we encourage our spinal experts to help patients understand the different ailments that may be affecting their spine and prescribe the best course of treatment for coping with them.

Disc problems come in two varieties

Despite the many names doctors may use to describe spinal disc pain, there are really only two major sources of pain related to spinal discs: disc degeneration and nerve root pain. These problems are most common in the cervical spine (neck) or lumbar spine (low back). It’s important for patients to be informed of the difference so they understand what is happening to their spine and what treatments may help fix it.

  1. Degenerative disc disease: Degenerative disc disease is categorized by the drying out and deterioration of spinal discs between the vertebrae. The discs begin to shrink in size and can tear on the outside, leaving less cushioning between the vertebrae. This can cause pain in the back or neck, as well as inflammation in the surrounding muscles and joints. Disc degeneration typically results in low levels of constant pain with occasional severe flare-ups.

Once diagnosed, a chiropractor may use spinal manipulations to help restore function and mobility in the affected joint. Massages, stretches and exercises can also help relieve tension in the surrounding muscles and strengthen them to better support the spine.

  1. Nerve root pain: Nerve root pain does not originate in the disc itself, but is often caused by a bulging or herniated disc. These conditions, which also may be called a slipped disc or pinched nerve, affect the nerves that sit close to the vertebrae and exit the spine. Often, pain will lead to numbness, tingling, or weakness along the path of the nerve, radiating out to the arms and legs.

A bulging disc occurs when the spinal disc slowly begins to protrude through a crevice in the spine, outside of where it typically should sit in between vertebrae. This “bulge” can irritate nearby nerve roots and cause inflammation and pain.

If a disc herniates, the firm outer material of the disc tears, allowing the gelatinous inner material from the disc to leak out and touch the nerve root, pinching it or causing inflammation.

Treatment for a bulging or herniated disc may include spinal manipulations as well as corrective exercises and manual therapy to lessen pain symptoms. These treatments may help move the disc away from the nerve and treat present inflammation.

Correct identification allows for total-body wellness

Disc problems are similar in their pain and symptoms. In fact, degenerative disc disease can weaken the spinal discs, leading to nerve root pain due to herniation. However, the conditions have different approaches and treatment methods that require a proper diagnosis.

Ideal Spine encourages Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), a specialized approach to patient wellness that treats the entire body. This ensures the source of disc pain is properly identified and dealt with. Call us today to learn more.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Tinnitus: The Small Problem Giving You a Major Headache

A ringing in your ears might occur after you hear a really loud noise or hit your head during an accident. When it lasts longer than a few minutes, though, you may be facing a bigger problem. Tinnitus, a relatively common ringing sound in the ears of the patient, is a troublesome ailment to diagnose and manage.

Tinnitus doesn’t just sound like ringing – it can also appear as a buzzing, clicking, hissing or whooshing sound. These sounds may occur constantly or may ebb and flow throughout the day or week. However, one thing is certain about this issue: it is extremely frustrating to live with!

There is no definite cure for tinnitus and finding an effective course of treatment can be difficult due to the wide variety of causes for the condition. Doctors will typically try to identify the underlying health condition and find a solution, often including earwax removal, medication, hearing aids, or behavioral therapy.

For those patients looking for another source of relief, Ideal Spine has worked with individuals interested in holistic patient care, to offer an alternative course of treatment involving the spine.

Getting to the root of the problem

The constant sound of ringing or buzzing that only you can hear is not only annoying. It can actually lead to additional health effects including sleep problems, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, depression and anxiety, and frequent headaches.

The type of sound you hear, as well as the type of additional symptoms you experience, will largely depend on the cause of your tinnitus. One of the most common underlying problems to cause tinnitus is hearing loss in older adults. However, there are numerous other problems that can lead to this painful ringing:

  • Ear wax blockage;
  • Ear injury;
  • Nerve conditions;
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ);
  • Head or neck injuries.

While some of these underlying health problems can be treated using traditional methods, others may be alleviated through alternative methods like chiropractic care.

Chiropractic as an alternative treatment method

A growing number of cases have shown patients who have experienced a decrease in their tinnitus symptoms after repetitive chiropractic sessions.

One cause of tinnitus that may be treated with chiropractic is trauma to the head or neck. These types of injuries can interrupt the normal function of the muscles, blood vessels, and nerves leading to your ears. If you have a vertebral subluxation in your cervical spine, or misalignment in your spinal column, it could potentially be causing the ringing.

Tinnitus may also be caused by tension or spasms in the muscles of the ear: the tensor tympani and the stapedius. Spinal adjustments and alignments may help correct this tension, allowing the muscles and nerves connected to the spine to function normally.

Manipulations may also be able to alleviate the symptoms of TMJ, which is yet another cause of tinnitus.

While chiropractic cannot solve every case of tinnitus, there is a chance your condition is related to your neck and spine and may be alleviated through chiropractic manipulations. Ideal Spine helps individuals look beyond the spine to help restore function to the entire body. Using the holistic Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach, our chiropractors may be able to reduce the symptoms of your tinnitus-causing condition.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

When Stretching Isn’t the Answer: Chiropractic Adjustment for Hamstring Tightness

If you’ve ever gone for a run or a workout without stretching first, you can probably remember the feeling of your leg muscles tightening and being sore the next day. Hamstring tightness, in particular, is a common problem for many people. Consistent tightness in the back of the legs is not only uncomfortable but can also make exercising extremely difficult.

However, many people stretch every day to relieve hamstring tension, only to see no results. While this can be frustrating, it likely indicates that the problem does not lie in your muscle’s length. Instead, there may be another underlying problem that needs to be identified and addressed.

Ideal Spine works with chiropractors to learn about Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), a chiropractic approach that diagnoses and treats the root of your pain, not just the symptom, with chiropractic adjustment. If you are frustrated by hamstring tension, make an appointment with a chiropractor to get help identifying the true issue.

Potential causes of hamstring tightness

There are a few different problems that may be occurring in your hamstrings. Although stretching won’t do much to solve these problems, chiropractic adjustment may be able to help.

Muscle compensation

One possible cause of your hamstring tightness has less to do with your hamstrings and more to do with other related muscles in your body. Muscles that typically stabilize and facilitate movement for more active muscles like hamstrings may be too weak and are not functioning properly. Thus, the active muscles may be working harder to compensate for the others’ weakness.

In order to alleviate the tension in your hamstrings, you’ll want to do exercises to activate those stabilizing muscles, so they grow strong and take some pressure off your hamstrings. Sometimes these weaknesses are caused by misalignments in your spine, which pull at the body unnaturally. A chiropractic adjustment on your spine may help restore balance and stability to your entire body.

Pelvic tilt

An anterior pelvic tilt might also be the cause of your tight hamstrings. Poor posture and a lack of exercise can allow the pelvis to shift forward slightly, and, because your muscles are complexly connected, the tilting of the pelvis might be pulling on your hamstrings.

In order to rectify the tilt in your pelvis, exercise is highly recommended, as well as a chiropractic manipulation to fix any spinal shifting the tilt may have caused.

Sciatic nerve irritation

Another problem is actually not due to tightness in the muscle at all – just the feeling of it! Nerve irritation sometimes feels a lot like tightness in the muscles, but it has a drastically different cause. Your sciatic nerve runs down the back of the leg and can make your hamstring appear to be tight. If this is the issue, stretching your hamstring may actually make this problem worse by irritating the sciatic nerve even more, causing inflammation.

There is the possibility that the sciatic nerve is being irritated by an issue in your spine. A vertebral disc may be bulging or has herniated, inflaming the nerve root. Or, perhaps a bone spur or inflamed joint is impinging on the space called the foramen that the nerve root exists, compressing it. A series of chiropractic adjustments may be able to relieve tension being placed on the sciatic nerve and allow it to transmit signals without interruptions once again.

If you’re perplexed by the consistent tightness in your hamstrings, you should visit a chiropractor and have them pinpoint the exact root of your discomfort. Contact Ideal Spine to find a CBP trained chiropractor near you today.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

What Happens When There’s No Cure for Your Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain, or pain lasting longer than three to six months, is a troublesome problem that millions of people suffer from each day. For many patients, handling chronic pain involves a revolving door of doctors and tests to identify the underlying cause of discomfort.

There are numerous chronic conditions affecting the spine, such as spondylolisthesis, fibromyalgia, and spinal stenosis. These conditions often maintain constant low levels of pain with occasional flare-ups of more intense pain and difficulty moving.

Unfortunately, not all pain has a direct cause, meaning there is also no direct cure. It can be difficult to come to terms with the fact that there is no cure for your pain – it’s merely something you have to live with. However, at Ideal Spine, we want people suffering from chronic pain to know that a diagnosis of chronic pain is not a life-sentence for discomfort.

Once the tests are done, the next best steps are acceptance and finding coping mechanisms that help you fight off the pain. Education about your specific condition is a good start on the path to managing your pain, as is a conversation with your doctor about the numerous therapeutic options available. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you navigate your chronic pain.

Pain management is not a catch-all

The important thing to remember about pain management techniques is that there will likely not be one single treatment method that immediately eliminates your pain. You’ll probably need to test out a few different methods to start, then find a combination of a few that help effectively minimize your symptoms long-term.

Fortunately, there are many options for treating pain. Anti-inflammatory medications and steroid injections may help reduce inflammation and block pain for a limited time. These may be best used at home on days your condition flares up.

Heat and cold therapy and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulators (TENS) therapy may also help minimize pain at home. Alternating between heat and cold may stimulate blood flow and keep inflammation at bay, while TENS therapy uses electrical signals to interrupt pain signals within your body.

Other forms of therapy such as massage, acupuncture, physical therapy, and chiropractic may also be good choices to switch between to help manage pain. By using a combination of methods, you should be able to find a treatment plan that helps keep symptoms at a manageable level.

Pay attention to your mental health

People suffering from chronic pain may develop depression or anxiety over time due to the extra stress chronic conditions can cause. Poor mental health can lead to even more stress, which may make your pain worse. For this reason, it’s important to take care of not only your physical health, but also your mental health.

To relieve stress, try imagery control and meditative techniques such as guided breathing or yoga. Other forms of stress management like therapy or support groups may also help lighten the burden chronic pain places on your life.

Chiropractic may be a great option for managing pain

Chiropractic care, specifically, may be helpful at managing your chronic pain. Unlike medications, chiropractic is ideal for the long-term treatment chronic disorders require.

A Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach to chiropractic care involves spinal manipulation and realignment designed to promote total-body wellness. However, manipulations are not all that chiropractors can do for you.

Thanks to their expertise in spinal care and its relation to bodily wellness, your chiropractor also can help you create a pain management plan that will work best for your specific ailment and pain level. They may even teach you specific exercises to increase range-of-motion and build muscle strength. To find a chiropractor to potentially help you manage chronic pain symptoms, contact Ideal Spine.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Feeling Dizzy? Chiropractic May Help Your Vertigo!

We all get a little dizzy sometimes, whether it’s because we stood up too fast or we looked at an optical illusion for too long. The feeling of unsteadiness can be troubling, but these feelings are very little compared to the feelings of vertigo.

Vertigo is characterized by dizziness combined with a feeling of movement or a spinning sensation, even when you are standing perfectly still. Vertigo can be absolutely debilitating in everyday life because it can cause you to feel sick, make it difficult to walk, and even interrupt your vision and hearing.

There are a few different ways vertigo can begin, most of them dealing with the way your inner ear and brain communicate. Because of the neurological connection, chiropractic care may be the ideal course of treatment to cure your dizziness. Ideal Spine helps chiropractors learn and implement the necessary techniques to help patients overcome their vertigo by focusing on the spine and its relation to the body.

Causes and symptoms of vertigo

It is pretty easy to know if you are suffering from vertigo by looking for the telltale signs: dizziness accompanied by a spinning sensation. Vertigo may also cause a number of other symptoms, such as:

  • Headache;
  • Tinnitus;
  • Nausea;
  • Vomiting;
  • Sweating;
  • Swaying;
  • Inability to balance.

Vertigo is a common symptom in patients who have endured trauma to the neck or head; often, this is due to a disturbance in the nerve pathways exiting the spinal column.

More commonly, though, vertigo may be caused by damage or disruption in your vestibular system, or inner-ear. Ear infections, pressure changes, and the movement of particles within the inner-ear can all affect your level of dizziness.

The chiropractic approach to vertigo

Chiropractic care may be able to cure your symptoms of vertigo by doing different exercises or manipulations.

Chiropractic adjustments or manipulations may help alleviate a specific type of vertigo called cervical vertigo. This type of vertigo is caused by improperly-moving joints in the cervical spine following a neck injury, which results in incorrect information about movement and body position being sent to the brain. This misinformation may cause you to feel dizzy. Manipulations may be able to realign the joints and vertebrae in the cervical spine, correcting the nervous pathways and allowing for clearer communications.

A more common type of vertigo, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), is due to the movement of crystals around the inner-ear. These crystals are from your otolith organs and make you sensitive to gravity. They can shift out of the organ and into other parts of the vestibular labyrinth, altering your center of balance and briefly making you feel dizzy.

To help rectify BPPV, your chiropractor may use the Epley maneuver, which maneuvers your head into different positions to reposition the crystals inside the inner ear.

Your chiropractor may also teach you a few specific exercises to do at home that may be able to benefit the vestibular system and how it interacts with your brain.

Nobody should have to endure constant feelings of dizziness. At Ideal Spine, we train chiropractors to use Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), a holistic approach to patient wellness. Visit us to find a provider near you and see how they may be able to help alleviate your vertigo symptoms.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Understanding the Burden of Pressure Put on Your Spine While Texting

We spend a lot of time playing games, checking emails, and messaging friends on our mobile devices each day. Although it’s nearly impossible to navigate today’s digital world without a cellphone, these devices can consume hours of our day. Apart from potential distraction and limited interaction with your surroundings, spending a lot of time on a phone or tablet has other negative consequences – specifically for your spine.

The constant bending of the neck to look down at a mobile device can put a tremendous amount of pressure on the cervical spine, leading to damage and pain. At Ideal Spine, we are aware of many patients who unknowingly cause muscle strain and disc degeneration due to the added stress on their necks. This damage is called “text neck” and may even require surgery to rectify.

Understanding the extreme pressure text neck adds to the spine can help you take steps to prevent it and maintain a healthy spine while enjoying entertainment on your device.

What kind of pressure does texting cause?

The average weight of a human head is around 10 to 12 pounds, and our spines are designed to withstand that pressure throughout the day. However, when your head is bent forward, the angle of your neck can alter the amount of pressure put on your spine, thanks to the gravitational pull on your head.

A recent study by spine surgeon Kenneth Hansraj showed that lowering your head at a 60-degree angle can put up to 60 pounds of pressure on the spine – nearly six times the pressure your spine normally supports! According to Hansraj’s study, tilting the head even 15 degrees can double the typical pressure, putting 27 pounds of pressure on the neck.

While bending your head forward isn’t normally an issue, what makes text neck dangerous is when this angled position is sustained for much longer periods of time. The significant amount of added pressure for hours each day can cause wear and tear on the neck: a problem that could be disastrous for children and teens, in particular.

Are you suffering from text neck?

Text neck can manifest in a number of different symptoms, depending on the type of damage being done to the spine. Patients may experience some or all of the following:

  • Chronic headaches;
  • Upper back pain;
  • Neck pain or stiffness;
  • Shoulder pain or stiffness;
  • Neurological symptoms like numbness or tingling down the arm.

These symptoms may be indicative of a few specific problems in the cervical spine, including muscle strain, disc degeneration, herniated discs, and even the reversal of your spine’s natural curvature. If you are experiencing discomfort, visit a chiropractor for help diagnosing the specific condition causing your pain.

How to prevent text neck

While it’s not realistic to stay off your mobile devices entirely to save your neck from pain, you should try to minimize the amount of time you spend on your device each day to prevent text neck from developing. When you do use your phone, try to keep your head in a neutral position, holding the ears in line with the shoulders and the shoulders rolled back.

Additionally, take breaks from your phone or device throughout the day. Shift your attention up to eye level or take a walk to give your neck a break.

Treatments for texting-related neck pain

Some cases of text neck may be more significant than others due to the amount of damage done to the neck and specific underlying condition, but there are a few treatment methods that may help minimize pain across the board.

Alternating ice and heat therapy may help reduce inflammation in the area and stimulate blood flow to loosen stiff, strained muscles. Additionally, a few simple exercises like neck and shoulder rotations may help relieve tension in the neck and reduce pain. These exercises can also strengthen your neck muscles to allow it to support more pressure.

Chiropractic adjustments may also be able to help minimize your symptoms of pain and stiffness in the neck. Using a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach to patient wellness, chiropractors trained through Ideal Spine may be able to ease discomfort caused by herniated discs, disc degeneration, and other conditions caused by text neck.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.