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Mechanics Are Everything: Preventing Spinal Misalignment Through Good Mechanics

Back care is a lifelong endeavor. From early childhood through old age, it’s important for people to exercise care and caution when sitting, standing, walking, and exercising. Even the smallest amount of damage could pose long-term health implications for the spinal column and its surrounding tissue.

Body mechanics are a series of targeted actions, stretches, and exercises patients can use to improve the health of their spines and muscles. Training patients to exercise good body mechanics is one way that chiropractors can improve long-term health outcomes for their patients. Coupled with physical therapy, manual manipulation and other therapy methodologies, good body mechanics are an excellent way to reduce the likelihood of spinal curvature deformities and other adverse health issues.

At Ideal Spine, we stress the importance of good body mechanics and encourage chiropractors to focus heavily on them when creating a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) treatment plan.

Exercising good mechanics

Instructing patients on how to exercise good body mechanics is likely one of the most challenging aspects of chiropractic practice. Practitioners must be able to clearly and effectively demonstrate and explain a range of complex ideas in a way patients can both understand and implement in their daily lives.

Chiropractors can use visual aids, like spinal models, to show the importance of good body mechanics to their patients. Similarly, during manipulation or physical therapy, practitioners can demonstrate good mechanics by manipulating a patient’s body to mimic good body mechanics.

Here are a few rules of thumb relating to good body mechanics that holistic healthcare practitioners can pass along to their patients:

  • Mechanics while standing: There are a number of good body mechanics patients can practice while standing and walking. For instance, the spine should be kept in a neutral position, neither curved nor flat. Patients should place both feet firmly and flatly on the ground, and distribute their weight evenly. The ear, shoulder, hip, and ankle should be kept in a straight line at all times.
  • Mechanics while sitting: Sitting is detrimental to spinal health outcomes. Encourage patients to avoid sitting as much as possible. If their job requires them to spend extended periods of time sitting, ask patients to take breaks to stretch at least once every 15 minutes. Additionally, recommend keeping their head upright and their neck in a straight line as much as possible.
  • Mechanics while lying: Whenever a patient is lying down, they should do everything possible to keep their spine in alignment. If a patient sleeps on their side, encourage them to place a pillow between their legs and a pillow under their neck so as to keep the spine in alignment.

It’s important for patients to exercise these tips for good body mechanics consistently. Doing so will result in better health outcomes throughout their life, and reduce their risk of suffering from spinal curvature.

Extol the value of good mechanics

Chiropractic BioPhysics is an innovative holistic healthcare methodology chiropractors can use to improve patient care when it comes to things like instilling better body mechanics. If you’re looking for ways to change your patients’ experience and elevate the long-term health outcomes of your patient base, consider visiting the next Chiropractic BioPhysics seminar near you.

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.

Spine Curvature Deformities: Conditions Progressing in Severity

In both children and adults, spinal curvature deformities are serious medical conditions caused by a range of genetic or lifestyle factors. When working with patients experiencing a spinal curvature disorder, it’s important to stop the progression of the deformity, to restore the patient’s quality of life and improve their overall health outlook.

As a chiropractor and holistic healthcare practitioner, it’s important to know what tools you have at your disposal to improve patients’ healthcare outcomes and stop the progression of their spinal deformity. Ideal Spine encourages a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach, to ensure each individual case of curvature deformation gets the precision attention it demands to facilitate correction.

Qualifying curvature deformities

There are three primary types of spinal curvature deformities: scoliosis, kyphosis and lordosis.

  • Scoliosis, which indicates a side-to-side curvature of the spine, commonly impacts adolescent patients. Scoliosis also manifests in adults.
  • Kyphosis indicates a forward rounding of the spine, and most commonly affects elderly patients. If a patient complains that they’re having trouble standing up straight, kyphosis is likely the culprit.
  • Lordosis, meanwhile, indicates that the spine is curving inward at the lower back. Less common than other curvature-related conditions, lordosis is a serious condition in its own right.

The first step toward treating a suspected spinal deformity is identifying and diagnosing the source of the spinal curvature.

Diagnosing and identifying spinal curvature

There are a range of symptoms patients may report that could indicate spinal curvature deformities. For instance, sciatica, or a shooting pain up and down the leg, is a common indicator of scoliosis. Discomfort while walking, visual curvature of the spine, or numbness in the legs and feet can also indicate curvature-related issues.

Diagnosis of spinal curvature deformities is typically achieved using a series of imaging scans, including magnetic imaging, computerized tomography (CT) scans, and X-rays. Using the images created from these scans, coupled with patient-reported data and visual observations, healthcare practitioners can make an accurate and informed diagnosis of the nature of the spinal curvature disorder a patient is suffering from.

Treating spinal curvature deformities

Once the spinal curvature deformity is accurately and correctly identified, chiropractors can began developing a treatment plan.

One of the most significant steps toward treatment that spinal curvature patients can take is lifestyle oriented. For instance, improving posture, changing sleeping habits, and engaging in targeted exercise can help slow the progression of spinal curvature deformities.

Physical therapy is a common treatment chiropractors can use to stop the progression of spinal curvature deformities. Prescribing regular, routine physical therapy appointments can help retain range of motion. Manual manipulation is another significant treatment methodology.

Osteoporosis is commonly associated with spinal curvature. Prescribing medication and lifestyle changes to increase or retain bone density can also stop the progression of the deformities. Bracing is another way chiropractors and other healthcare experts can manage sub-optimal spinal curvature.

Taking a holistic approach to correction

Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) is a holistic healthcare methodology allowing chiropractors and healthcare providers to continue innovating their patient care and improving overall health outcomes. For patients with spinal curvature deformations, CBP offers an individualized outlook for betterment that can be measured and assessed.

To learn more about the latest advances in spinal curvature treatment methodologies, visit the next Chiropractic BioPhysics seminar near you.

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.

The CBD Craze: Can it Help Your Pain Management Strategy?

As attitudes toward cannabis consumption and laws surrounding marijuana and hemp continue to shift around the nation, one active cannabinoid found in both marijuana and hemp plants is making a mark on the health and wellness industry: Cannabidiol (CBD).

CBD, a non-psychoactive substance extracted from both marijuana and hemp plants, is being used by people for everything from pain management, to epilepsy treatment, to a sleep aid. While the substance does possess demonstrable benefits for some patients, it’s important to learn how to separate the fact from the hype when it comes to CBD.

At Ideal Spine, we believe in the exploration of natural health supplements. The recent spotlight on CBD and flood of accessible CBD extracts is something we’re excited to see take shape.

What, exactly, is CBD?

CBD is consumed in a variety of ways, both by itself and combined with the main psychoactive component of marijuana, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The most common medical applications of CBD, however, are consumed alone and with no added THC or terpenes. This means CBD will not give users the “high” of marijuana.

Many chiropractors and holistic healthcare practitioners across the nation are looking for ways to incorporate this increasingly popular substance into their pain management strategies. It’s important to realize, however, that while CBD may be a worthwhile treatment for some patients, the jury is still out on many of its benefits.

Additionally, selling, prescribing or promoting CBD products may cause healthcare providers to run afoul of local, state, or federal laws.

Drawbacks of CBD as pain management

The most important thing to understand when it comes to CBD’s reputation as a pain management solution is that much of the evidence of its ability to treat pain or other ailments is purely anecdotal.

Due to cannabis’ status as a highly controlled Schedule I drug in the United States, medical research using cannabis is tightly regulated and restricted. Because of this, few scientific studies demonstrating the benefits or drawbacks of CBD are available.

Additionally, CBD production and sales operate in a legal grey area, both federally and in many states. While the use of cannabis for both medical or recreational use is explicitly allowed in some states, other states disallow the sale or possession of any cannabis-based substance, including CBD. This means that all CBD production occurs without oversight by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or other oversight bodies. Some states, however, have implemented regulatory infrastructure controlling the quality of legal cannabis.

Very few CBD patients experience any side effects; those that do, however, report nausea, irritability and trouble sleeping.

Understanding the potential for CBD

Despite the uncertainties, CBD is becoming an increasingly popular way to treat pain for many patients and holistic healthcare professionals.

Part of this popularity is due to the fact that the soothing benefits of CBD oil are enjoyed both when taken orally or when it’s applied topically. Anecdotal evidence suggests a massage using CBD oil, for instance, can go a long way toward relaxing muscles. When taken orally, CBD can reduce anxiety, swelling and chronic pain.

There’s so much about CBD we still don’t know, but early signs are promising that it could one day become a commonplace ingredient in a new wave of non-opioid pain management products.

To learn more about incorporating CBD into your pain management strategy and other ways to innovate patient care at your practice, visit the next Chiropractic BioPhysics seminar near you.

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.

Identifying the Tender Points of Fibromyalgia through Chiropractic

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition affecting as many as 3 million people across North America and beyond each year. The disorder is difficult to diagnose and even more challenging to diagnose, largely because it’s symptoms – which include ongoing aches and pains and chronic fatigue – are often challenging to identify. Additionally, fibromyalgia is an even more difficult disorder to treat because its exact cause remains unknown to healthcare professionals.

If you believe that you have a patient suffering from fibromyalgia or that is experiencing another source of chronic pain, it may be advisable to check for their tender points. This is one of the best ways to diagnose a fibromyalgia patient, and to separate fibromyalgia sufferers from those experiencing other chronic pain conditions.

At Ideal Spine, we believe in thorough investigation of symptoms as a way to deliver a higher level of individualized care.

What are tender points?

Tender points are one of the defining characteristics of the disorder. There are roughly 18 identified tender points, though it’s important to note that not all tender points will trigger all fibromyalgia patients. These points feel sore when pressed, and they may be a source of consistent aches and pains for the patient. They exist on the elbows, shoulders, knees, the back of the head, hips and abdomen.

Diagnosing suspected fibromyalgia

If you’re treating a patient you believe is experiencing fibromyalgia symptoms, the best thing you can do for that patient is to attempt to diagnose them. If they’re not suffering from fibromyalgia, they may be suffering from another chronic pain condition that’s easier to both identify and treat.

In addition to chronic pain and fatigue, fibromyalgia patients may suffer from a lack of sleep and restless leg syndrome. If you identify all of these traits, plus sensitivity along some or all of the identified tender points, it’s reasonable to assume fibromyalgia may be the cause of your patient’s discomfort.

Treating fibromyalgia with chiropractic care

Because there’s no known cause of fibromyalgia, it’s important to understand that there’s no panacea treatment capable of reducing its pain or symptoms. It is possible, however, to use regular adjustments, physical therapy, and pain management solutions to help patients overcome the worst of their symptoms and lead a relatively happy, fulfilled lifestyle.

The most important aspect of fibromyalgia treatment is pain management. Helping patients manage the consistent, chronic pain they’re experiencing is the best way you can assist them in coping with their ongoing condition. Pain management strategies may include physical therapy, acupuncture, vitamin D supplements, massage therapy and more. Some natural pain relievers, like CBD and capsaicin, may alleviate both pain and inflammation.

When adjusting or treating patients with fibromyalgia, it’s important to maintain a clear line of communication. These patients may require extra care and caution during treatment sessions, and it’s important to remember actions that may be uncomfortable on a typical patient could be excruciating on a patient suffering from fibromyalgia.

If you’re hoping to learn more about ways that you can treat patients with fibromyalgia, or if you’re looking to identify the 18 tender points you can use to diagnose this illness, consider visiting the next Chiropractic BioPhysics seminar near you.

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.

Protecting Facet Joints from the Effects of Rheumatoid Arthritis

It’s estimated that rheumatoid arthritis affects about 1.5 million people in the U.S. This autoimmune condition is one that manifests in chronic pain in the body’s joints, generally affecting frequently-used joints in the hands, feet, and shoulders. The condition can take hold as early as 30 in many people, which means more than half of a lifetime will be spent downplaying symptoms and managing the condition.

One of the biggest concerns to come with a rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis is how this condition will affect the spine’s facet joints. Like any other area of the body, these joints are subject to attack from a dysfunctional immune system, leaving them prone to weakness and inflammation. In the spine this has ongoing consequences, including the opportunity for nerve compression and inflammation.

Ideal Spine chiropractors understand specifically how rheumatoid arthritis manifests in the spine. Using a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) schedule, they strive to pinpoint at-risk facet joints and provide corrective relief, before more dangerous symptoms set in.

Qualifying facet joint risks

There are two facet joints connecting every spinal vertebra to the one above or below it. Their chief task is to stabilize the spine at all times, whether it’s neutral or engaged in flexation/extension.

When wrongly targeted by the body’s immune system, facet joints are weakened. The body attacks the synovial fluid that’s responsible for lubricating these joints, which invites friction and inflammation to manifest. Over time these catalysts create breakdowns in the joints themselves, leading to everything from loss of mobility to bone spurs. If left untreated, the facet joints of a vertebra can deteriorate altogether, creating dangerous nerve compression that results in permanent nerve damage.

The problems rheumatoid arthritis presents abound beyond just the facet joints themselves, however. When these joints don’t work properly the spine is put in the imposition of having to function around them. Subluxations, disc herniation, and ruptured discs are all prone to occurring in the wake of facet joint dysfunction.

Treating the incurable

Due to the autoimmune nature of rheumatoid arthritis, it cannot be cured; only managed. Chiropractic can be effective at disrupting the symptoms of facet joint deterioration, thereby halting the progression of other issues.

The chief ability of routine chiropractic is to lessen the burden of facet joint function. This is done by maintaining positive spine health and homeostasis in the natural curvature of the spine. Better support invites fewer problems with compression and subluxation.

Also within the realm of chiropractic is the ability to increase and preserve range of motion, in the face of a condition where loss of mobility is prevalent. Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) plans can build in stretching and strengthening exercises that work to preserve a patient’s spinal integrity. Even diet and nutrition can mitigate the effects of rheumatoid arthritis, helping to stave off inflammation.

It should be noted that most people also benefit from prescriptions designed to fight the effects of rheumatoid arthritis. These are not painkillers, but rather autoimmune drugs that help protect the body against itself. Patients should seek evaluation for these medications from their general physician.

Focusing on the spine

Though rheumatoid arthritis affects joints throughout the body, it’s crucial to protect the facet joints above all else. These joints are quick to succumb to rheumatoid attacks and can suffer lasting problems if they degenerate. Chiropractic could help protect these crucial points before too much harm is done. Using a CBP management plan, an Ideal Spine chiropractor can give you a fighting chance against rheumatoid arthritis that medications alone may not.

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.

Chiropractic Frequency: How Much is Too Much or Too Little?

One of the most misunderstood realities about the chiropractic method is the number of follow-ups necessary after an initial adjustment. While every patient will need a different standard of care, there are some general rules of thumb chiropractors can use to inform the way they schedule and arrange follow-ups.

At Ideal Spine, we believe in educating patients upfront about the ongoing corrective nature of chiropractic adjustments.

Communicating the importance of ongoing care

It’s important to learn how to communicate the essential nature of repeat visits when discussing follow-ups with your patients. Often, chiropractors aren’t taken seriously because the patient doesn’t comprehend the need for repeat appointments and multiple follow-ups. They see chiropractic as an instant adjustment, when in reality it’s an ongoing corrective process.

Most often, patients think chiropractors are simply trying to arrange multiple appointments to maximize their own profits. This, of course, couldn’t be further from the truth. That’s why it’s so important for chiropractors to be able to communicate the need for repeat appointments and follow-ups to their patients.

Different Stages of Care

When discussing the need for repeat care, it’s often helpful to frame it in the following terminology: Some care is urgent, other care is reparative, and some care is preventive.

Urgent

When you first begin seeing a patient, they are likely visiting your office because they’re experiencing symptoms. As a healthcare provider, it’s your responsibility to alleviate those symptoms and address their root cause.

Until the symptoms stop presenting, you’re in the ‘urgent,’ phase of providing healthcare. During this phase, you may need to see the patient many times each week. Patients are often resistant to this idea, which is why it’s so important to possess the language necessary to talk about the ongoing nature of chiropractic correction.

Reparative

When you’re providing reparative care, you won’t need to see your patient as often. Instead, you’re now working on treating the root cause of their symptoms. Regularly scheduled appointments are still important, but they don’t need to be quite as frequent as they were at the get-go.

Preventive

During the preventive care phase, you’ve addressed any outlying issues that your patients were previously experiencing. You can now work on boosting their immune system through chiropractic adjustments, and using auxiliary treatments to improve their overall health outcomes. During this phase, maintain regularly scheduled (if relatively infrequent) adjustment appointments with your patient.

Supplementing chiropractic

Part of maintaining a regimen of care is going beyond physical manipulation of the spine. In addition to chiropractic adjustments, many patients may also benefit from other services offered by your practice, including massage, nutrition counseling, and physical therapy.

These will, of course, also require appointments. It’s another instance rife with patient pushback, yet full of opportunity to deliver a superior standard of care. When working with patients resistant to the idea of multiple appointments, remember to frame chiropractic care as a holistic approach, requiring time, patience, and energy. This also leads to great conversations about Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP).

Chiropractic BioPhysics is a chiropractic methodology you can use at your practice, to improve patient outcomes. To learn more about implementing Chiropractic BioPhysics, visit an upcoming seminar near you.

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.

The Lifelong Benefits of Correcting Scoliosis at a Young Age

Every parent has the health and wellness of their child as their highest concern. Over the course of their life, you’ll dote on them as they overcome general threats to their health: everything from common colds, to broken bones, to severe illnesses, and more. It’s your job as a parent to help see them through to wellness.

When it comes to a condition like scoliosis, however, many parents don’t realize they’re overlooking a serious ailment in their children. It’s not your fault – scoliosis can be hard to identify in minor cases. And, unaddressed, it’s a condition that can cement itself in their young adulthood, bringing with it lifelong health concerns.

More than 100,000 children ages 10-18 are diagnosed with scoliosis each year. It’s important to understand what this ailment is and what it can become if left unchecked in children. To do this, you’ll need to consult an Ideal Spine chiropractor for a pediatric chiropractic assessment.

Qualifying scoliosis in children

Scoliosis is best defined as a sideways curvature of the spine. In severe cases, it’s something a pediatric physician will alert you to in your developing toddler. In these cases, it’s possible to act on the spine before it has a chance to mature with complications. In most subtle cases, however, it’s difficult to diagnose until early adulthood. Most children lack pronounced spinal curvature in their adolescence.

There are few methods of qualifying scoliosis outside of chiropractic palpitation and assessment. This is why periodic pediatric chiropractic assessments are a smart choice. They can tip parents off to developmental issues in the spine.

A corrective course of action

The spine usually continues to develop through puberty, which means a catch of early onset scoliosis has a higher chance of being corrected than in adulthood.

Chiropractors will most often utilize a 4-step process for correcting a scoliosis curve, rooting the precise degree of correction to a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) schedule. The 4 stages of corrective action include:

  1. Benchmarking the deviation from the spine to understand the severity of the condition.
  2. Bracing the spine to counteract the deviation of the scoliosis curve.
  3. Adjusting the spine to promote realignment back to an ideal spine model.
  4. Measuring spinal remodeling at routine intervals, to ensure proper curvature is restored.

In many adolescent cases, corrective bracing and adjustments are enough to spur the spine back into a natural, positive development pattern.

Avoiding long-term problems

Going through the steps of correcting scoliosis in a developing child will absolve them from the much more rigorous task of remedying improper curvature once the spine is fully developed. More than this, however, resolving scoliosis can prevent myriad other conditions from developing, including:

  • Compressed nerve and nerve pain;
  • Disc subluxations and herniation;
  • Sciatic pain;
  • Fatigue or trouble breathing;
  • Gastrointestinal problems.

Problems abound from a spine suffering from severe deformities, and each situation can manifest differently. Allowing scoliosis to persist means casting a line into a very large pond of problems, with the only guarantee of catching something unwanted and debilitating.

Erasing a future of problems

Just like you’d take your child to the doctor if they developed a cough or fever, it’s important to visit a pediatric chiropractor to see how their spine is developing. In the same way you might be able to prevent a cold from getting worse, catching early onset scoliosis could give your child a fighting chance at avoiding a life full of chronic spinal problems. Let the chiropractors at Ideal Spine give you the peace of mind of acting proactively.

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 McKenzie Method for Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the area within the spine itself, is an uncomfortable, generally painful condition. If you’re working with a patient suffering from spinal stenosis, you may be wondering what the best steps are for helping them through their discomfort. At Ideal Spine, we recommend the McKenzie Method.

While there are a number of approaches to treating the root cause of spinal stenosis, the McKenzie Method is a specialized type of physical therapy designed to also alleviate back pain. The system involves diagnosis tools, a treatment regimen, and prevention strategies patients can use to improve their quality of life while they’re undergoing treatment for stenosis.

Defining the McKenzie Method

The McKenzie Method is taught by the McKenzie Institute, a physical therapy training and research institution specializing in advanced back pain alleviation methodologies.

Though initially developed as a physical therapy tool, its approach and execution mesh well with Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) and affiliated forms of chiropractic adjustment. The method, as a whole, consists of four components: Diagnosis, classification, treatment, and prevention.

Diagnosis

Much like CBP, McKenzie Method-trained healthcare providers are trained to conduct a detailed survey of the patient’s symptoms and their healthcare history. The practitioner will also ask the patient to demonstrate their range of motion and to rest in certain outlined positions. During this examination, the provider will take a detailed series of notes they’ll use in the classification phase.

Classification

The McKenzie Method breaks conditions down into the following three categories: Postural syndromes, dysfunction syndromes, and derangement syndromes.

  • Postural syndromes are caused by stress resulting from extended time repeating certain motions or staying locked in certain postures.
  • Dysfunction syndromes are characterized by occasional back pain, resulting due to scar tissue development.
  • Derangement syndromes result due to a change in the position of discs or vertebrae via shifting or subluxation.

Treatment methods

Once the classification is complete, the McKenzie Method therapist will outline proper and correct treatment methodologies. Some treatments may involve manual manipulation executed by the provider, while other treatments include a series of exercises and motions the patient can complete on their own. Most McKenzie Method treatments involve exercises the patient completes on their own, because this empowers them to take charge of their healthcare.

Prevention

The McKenzie Method provides patients with the tools necessary to treat their symptoms whenever they arise. Additionally, it relies heavily on the prevention of future flare-ups. When you introduce your patients to the McKenzie Method, you’re helping them become more invested and involved in their own healthcare and their own health outcomes. The McKenzie Method is an active treatment approach.

Putting the McKenzie Method together

Like the McKenzie Method, Chiropractic BioPhysics focuses on delivering individualized patient care. Diagnosis and classification are core components of each modality, while the McKenzie Method provides treatment and prevention methodologies that can be incorporated into a CBP regimen.

To learn more about CBP and the ways it may help improve your patient outcomes, visit one of Ideal Spine’s upcoming seminars near you.

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.

Using Chiropractic to Help Seniors Stay Active

As people age, muscles, bones, and the spinal system at large begin to degrade. By focusing on range of motion, low-impact strengthening, and tension relief, chiropractic practitioners can help aging patients maintain their health and live out their golden years with peace and comfort. At Ideal Spine, we encourage routine chiropractic as part of an active lifestyle regimen for seniors.

Preventing sedentary lifestyles

Many senior citizens reduce their activity levels after reaching retirement age. While many people aspire to sit back and relax in their later years, living a life that’s too laid-back can actually be detrimental to health.

As the body ages, a lack of exercise and activity can cause muscles, the cardiovascular system, and the skeletal system to degrade prematurely. Living an active and healthy lifestyle into their senior years can help your patients enjoy their retirement and maintain their quality of life.

Pain management and aging care

Chiropractic care is a great way for many people to realize their fullest possible potential in their senior years. Chiropractors exercise a holistic approach to healthcare, treating the source of symptoms, rather than just the symptoms themselves. This lends to helping senior patients maintain their quality of life in a number of ways. Specifically, chiropractors can offer the following:

  • Adjustments: Adjustments are the core of a chiropractors’ ability to assist patients. Using adjustments, chiropractors can realign the spinal column and treat a range of nervous system-related concerns, including subluxations, disc damage, and more. Adjustments are also known to boost the immune system, which is particularly beneficial for senior patients.
  • Nutrition advice: Oftentimes, seniors require specialized nutrition solutions to help them make up for deficits in their diets. Seniors may need more calcium for instance, to help promote bone health. Chiropractors and other holistic healthcare professionals can provide patients with the nutrition information they need to continue living a healthy life.
  • Exercise recommendations: Maintaining an active lifestyle is one of the most essential components of staying healthy in old age. Chiropractors can provide patients with a specialized exercise regimen that considers their specific and specialized needs. For instance, chiropractors can recommend neck exercises for patients suffering from cervical spine conditions.
  • Physical therapy: Physical therapy is another essential component of chiropractic care for many senior patients. Physical therapy is a holistic approach to healthcare that takes lifestyle, age, and more into account. Developing a physical therapy plan for your patients can help them make the most of your treatments.

Many seniors don’t possess the knowledge necessary to make the most of their health in their later years. Lifestyle counseling is a way you can provide your patients with the tools necessary to take charge of their health. Lifestyle counseling may involve exercise recommendations, nutrition advice, a chiropractic care calendar and more, depending on the patient’s individual abilities.

Keeping seniors moving

Seniors are an at-risk group for spinal conditions in general. Overexertion occurs more easily in bodies that are frail. At the other end of the spectrum, a sedentary lifestyle puts he senior spine in a compromised position. The solution is to maintain general activity with proper support.

Chiropractic BioPhysics is a unique approach to chiropractic care, designed to improve individual patient outlooks. If you’re looking for a way to implement the latest and greatest care methodologies into senior care, attend the next Chiropractic BioPhysics seminar near you!

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.

Contributors to Degenerative Disc Disease and How Chiropractic Keeps them in Check

Degenerative spinal conditions require consistent oversight to manage. Because ailments like disc disease are prone to worsening naturally, doing nothing to combat them leaves the door open for a lower quality of life and any peripheral conditions that may develop as the result of degeneration. It takes active effort to keep catalysts at bay.

Knowing how to stand up against the worsening effects of degenerative disc disease starts with understanding what’s happening to your spine. At its core, this means being able to pinpoint the contributors to the disease and how they’re acting on your spine.

It’s the duty of Ideal Spine chiropractors to help patients not only manage their chronic conditions, but to understand them as well. For those with degenerative disc disease, it’s a crucial part of administering quality care and relief.

What’s weighing on your spine?

Age is the chief precursor to degenerative disc disease. And while it’s easy to say that your body is just “getting old,” there’s more to it than wear and tear. Disc disease becomes a concern when a specific set of contributors are present.

The first prerequisite for degenerative disc disease is a lack of synovial fluid in discs. Fluid can leak over time as the result of an unchecked rupture or herniation, but more often disappears due to the consistent wear of discs. As fluid levels in discs become low, friction becomes more of a problem, setting the stage for degeneration.

The second catalyst for degenerative disc disease follows a loss of synovial fluid, emerging as microscopic tears in the outermost layer of the disc. Not only does this enable even more fluid loss, the weakening of the disc itself can culminate in a rupture or tear.

In tandem, these contributors make up degenerative disc disease. More importantly, however, they can be identified as ways of preventing the larger condition or mitigating it.

Keeping catalysts to a minimum

Based on the contributors to degenerative disc disease, the chief goal in most cases is to alleviate any excess pressure on the spine that may expedite the weakening of discs. Here, chiropractic is key.

Ensuring the spine maintains normal curvature will reduce pressure points where discs may be put under duress. Chiropractic adjustments can also be crucial in gently alleviating compression where it already exists, easing the burden of discs. Combined with strengthening and range of motion exercises to improve mobility, it’s possible to alleviate the chief factors that contribute to the key catalysts of degenerative disc disease.

More than active adjustment, chiropractors can also advise in management of external factors that may trigger degenerative disc disease. Incorporating more anti-inflammatory foods into your diet, engaging in low impact exercises, practicing good posture and ergonomics, and getting massages may all be part of the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) management plan laid out by a chiropractor.

Treat the problems causing your problems

Degenerative disc disease is an ongoing, chronic condition that will only get worse. Treating it is a first priority for most people, and that means understanding what’s driving it. Working with a chiropractor to treat the conditions behind this larger one can result in positive ripples that improve a person’s overall quality of life.

When you work with an Ideal Spine chiropractor, the focus is always on the root cause. While degenerative disc disease might be the root cause of your daily discomfort, we take it a step further to identify ways to improve your overall quality of life.

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.