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Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction is Painful; Chiropractic Offers Gentle Solutions

Your ability to stand and move around relies heavily on a grouping of bones, joints, and muscles located near your pelvis. Two small joints in particular, called your sacroiliac joints, play a major role in facilitating movement and preventing your hips and pelvis from locking up over time.

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction is a common ailment, preventing millions of people from moving pain-free. At Ideal Spine, we’ve worked with our chiropractors to identify a myriad of ways to treat sacroiliac joint pain through our Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach. Rather than turn to pain medication for relief, consider visiting a chiropractor the next time your joints make moving difficult.

What is the sacroiliac joint?

The sacroiliac (SI) joint is an important joint that connects each of your hip bones to the sacrum – a triangular bone settled into your lower back. The joints function in the same way other joints in your body do: they absorb shock as you walk, run, or move around. You have two SI joints, one on each side of your body, and proper function of both is important for ease of movement.

Dysfunction in the SI joints is caused by either too much or too little movement. Inflammation is a common occurrence in both situations, which makes the pelvic region stiff.

Over-exerting the SI joints with an abundance of motion or experiencing pelvic instability due to weak muscles in the pelvic area may result in low back pain, as well as hip pain and potential misalignments in the hips and spine.

On the other hand, moving too little may cause the muscles around your SI joints to stiffen, making it difficult or very painful to move. This type of pain usually plagues one side of the lower back, feels sharp, and is more likely to radiate into the buttocks and legs.

Chiropractic methods to ease SI joint pain

Rest, ice and heat therapy, and pain medication are often the traditionally-prescribed treatments for sacroiliac joint dysfunction. However, chiropractic may offer a more effective solution that also addresses both routine SI joint stress and stress or immobility in other areas of the body simultaneously.

Your chiropractor may utilize the traditional spinal manipulation technique to push your SI joint past its range of motion and reduce pain. During this method, the professional will apply a fast thrust of pressure to your hip. This type of pressure may be repeated in other areas of the body to create full-body alignment and relieve pressure.

Sometimes, this pressure is too much for people with more intense SI joint dysfunction, in which case your chiropractor may opt for a gentler approach.

If your SI joint pain is caused by a lack of mobility, slower spinal mobilization techniques may help loosen up the surrounding muscles and improve your range of motion. Your chiropractor may also use a spring-loaded tool called an Activator to apply low-force pressure to your hips.

Finally, your chiropractor may be able to offer you a wealth of advice about gentle exercises and stretches you can do on your own at home to improve mobility in the SI joints and limit pain in the future. These types of movements are particularly important for athletes or people with inflammatory disorders who tend to stiffen often.

Ideal Spine ensures that our CBP-trained professionals are able to offer a broad look at the musculoskeletal system and how it relates to overall health. Contact one of our chiropractors today to see how they may be able to help you overcome SI joint dysfunction.

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 Solutions for Weak Piriformis Muscles and Hip Dysfunction

The system of joints, muscles and bones that make up the pelvic and gluteal parts of the body is complicated. It is filled with a web of interlocking tissues that work together to facilitate movement such as twisting and walking.

Having such a complex system of tissues inevitably means there are many places for movement to go wrong. Misalignment, stiffness or weakness in one or more muscles or joints may affect the way you move and even cause additional problems that worsen your health. One muscle often overlooked when treating pain is the piriformis muscle.

Ideal Spine uses a comprehensive system for patient care called Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), which helps trained professionals diagnose and rectify common problems with this area of the body and beyond. Our CBP-trained chiropractors may be able to implement useful methods of strengthening the piriformis to minimize pain and hip dysfunction.

What muscles are connected, again?

Before you can understand how the piriformis muscle specifically may be affecting your hips, you should know some of the key players in the pelvic region and why they are important.

The piriformis muscle is a flat muscle that sits below the gluteal muscles in the buttocks. It is attached to the sacrum, or triangular bone in the lower back between your hipbones. The primary goals of the piriformis muscle are to stabilize the hip joint, aid in balance, and help rotate thighs and hips laterally to prevent internal rotation.

The piriformis ties in closely with the sacroiliac (SI) joint, which connects the hip bones to the sacrum and absorbs shock from body movement. Dysfunction in the SI joint usually causes lower back pain, limited mobility, and misalignment.

How piriformis muscles can affect your hips

Because the piriformis is critical in supporting the SI joint, which is important for movement and body stability as a whole, it should be activated and healthily stretched. Tightness in the piriformis is often a concern, but it can also be too loose and weak, leading to hip dysfunction.

Tightness or fatigue in the piriformis may cause lower back pain, stiffness and sciatica in the form of piriformis syndrome, in which pain shoots down the leg due to nerve compression. This is largely due to hypomobility (limited mobility) of the SI joint.

If the muscle is too weak, though, it may also cause problems with the hips and back. Piriformis weakness may cause hypermobility, or instability. Activated muscles are needed to stabilize the SI joints and the spine properly.

It is very common for one side of the piriformis muscle to be too tight while the other is overstretched and weak. Finding a balance, strengthening the piriformis muscle, and realigning an instable SI joint is necessary to minimize pain and prevent mobility problems.

Using a chiropractic solution

A chiropractor is well-poised to offer solutions to people suffering from SI joint dysfunction, low back pain and immobility caused by problems with the piriformis. Here are some of the techniques your chiropractor may use to alleviate pressure and strengthen your muscle:

  • Strengthening exercises: To strengthen a weak piriformis muscle, your chiropractor may have you do guided exercises such as hip bridges or leg extensions. These may require some contorting and practice since the muscle is not always easy to activate.
  • Stretching: If you also have a tight piriformis or have recently activated the muscle a lot, your chiropractor may help you find some stretches to do in the office and at home that may elongate the muscle and improve mobility.
  • Spinal manipulations: When piriformis muscles have been too tight or too weak for a long time, they have probably done some temporary damage to the nearby SI joints and spinal vertebrae. Through manipulations of the joints and spine, your chiropractor may be able to get your body back into alignment, so the muscles can do what they are designed to do without the extra tightening or weakening.

Ideal Spine helps chiropractors learn effective techniques to treat patients with musculoskeletal pain and immobility. If you are experiencing hip dysfunction, visit a CBP-trained professional to receive a diagnosis and treatment plan to address 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.

Congenital and Secondary Kyphosis: What Causes Poor Spine Curvature?

The human spine is an interesting and complex part of the body. Comprising 33 rectangular vertebrae and shock-absorbing cartilage, the spine keeps our bodies standing tall. While the spine has some slight front-to-back curves in it, some degenerative diseases and other ailments can cause the spine to have abnormally-large curves near the upper back, creating a hump-like appearance. This extreme curvature is called kyphosis.

In kyphosis, the thoracic spine, located in upper back section of the body, curves more than normal, creating the appearance of a hunch back and poor posture while sitting and standing. Kyphosis is not itself a disease but is a disorder that can be caused by a number of different things. There are two major types of kyphosis, postural and structural, and each have their own causes.

Postural kyphosis

Postural kyphosis is caused by poor posture in children, teens, or adults. Walking and sitting with a continuously-hunched posture can lead to a gradual rounding of the upper back, followed by muscle fatigue and back pain. The pain and rounded shape are usually caused by the weakening of the muscles in the upper back because they are not being used to sit upright.

Postural kyphosis usually keeps the spinal vertebrae intact and can typically be corrected on your own with everyday posture adjustment. With a conscious effort to keep the back straight and erect, the rounded back should fix itself over time.

Structural kyphosis

As opposed to postural kyphosis, structural kyphosis cannot be fixed on its own and is usually related to a bigger structural problem within the spine. There are multiple different causes of structural kyphosis, some of which occur on their own and others that are caused by existing medical conditions:

  • Congenital: Congenital kyphosis is present at birth, although the effects of kyphosis may not be noticed until the child hits a growth spurt. With this condition, parts of the spine may be formed incompletely or missing entirely, causing a hunched-over appearance.
  • Scheuermann’s kyphosis: Scheuermann’s kyphosis is a disease in which the front part of the spine grows slower than the back part, forming triangular-shaped vertebrae instead of rectangular. The angle of each vertebra causes the spine to curve forward dramatically. Experts aren’t entirely sure what causes Scheuermann’s kyphosis, but it is speculated to be a genetic disease.
  • Secondary kyphosis: Secondary kyphosis is different from congenital and Scheuermann’s kyphosis because it is caused by another disorder rather than occurring on its own. A few common spinal conditions such as connective tissue disorders, arthritis, osteoporosis and other degenerative diseases are known to cause secondary kyphosis by collapsing the front of the vertebrae. Additionally, certain back traumas including spinal fractures, torn ligaments and compression fractures can weaken the vertebrae, causing them to collapse and kyphotic curves to appear.

To diagnose kyphosis, your chiropractor will typically conduct a physical exam, then may need to take an X-ray of your spine and examine the curvature present. By examining X-rays, the chiropractor should be able to determine the type of kyphosis you have and recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

An Ideal Spine chiropractor will work through the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) modality for a kyphosis correction plan. This not only helps guide a proper realignment of the vertebrae, it allows for consistent and ongoing re-checks to make sure curvature is regressing normally.

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.

Is Chiropractic Still an Option After Back Surgery or Spinal Fusion?

For patients suffering from extreme lower back pain caused by degeneration, herniated disks, and other injuries, surgery very well may be the best option. Spinal fusion surgery is often one of the last options a patient chooses after exploring medications, physical therapy, and chiropractic, all to no avail because it can be extremely intense and has a year-long recovery period.

However, many spinal fusion surgery patients still experience pain or discomfort after their surgery, which makes them question what treatment options are still available to them. Is chiropractic still an option, even after major spinal surgery?

While many doctors warn patients of the risks involved with receiving chiropractic treatments after surgery, chiropractic care has the potential to help people suffering with back pain after surgery, as long as they are adequately healed prior to beginning treatment. At Ideal Spine, we frequently consult with patients post-surgery about the efficacy of spinal manipulations moving forward.

How long to wait after surgery?

Spinal fusion surgery is when an orthopedic surgeon removes the disks between two or more spinal vertebrae and fuses the bones together with metal screws and plates. The point of the surgery is to correct conditions like herniated disks and degenerative diseases by allowing the spine to become immobilized in that area.

After a spinal fusion surgery, it can take a minimum of three months for the vertebrae to fuse together and create a fully immobilized graft. After the graft is complete, another few months of physical therapy are usually necessary to strengthen the muscles around the graft. Combining the initial recovery time with physical therapy time, most patients may expect to take a full year to recover. Patients should avoid any twisting and bending motions, or else they risk breaking the graft.

How chiropractic care can help surgery patients

Spinal fusion surgery is not guaranteed to solve the problem causing a patient’s back pain. Many spinal fusion patients experience discomfort or pain for a long while after surgery that might be aided by chiropractic manipulations. However, these patients should not endure rotational-type treatments.

In chiropractic care, manipulations are intended to adjust or realign bones in your spine or other body parts. Because chiropractic involves such intricate manipulations of the spine, many patients who have endured back or spinal fusion surgery are hesitant to consider seeking chiropractic treatment.

After a year, discuss the possibility of receiving chiropractic care with your physician and determine whether your surgical graft is strong enough to withstand spinal manipulations. Spinal fusion patients can be at a greater risk of injury if they are not healed correctly before receiving treatment from a chiropractor. Any controlled force on the spine could damage the graft and cause injury.

All of this does not mean that chiropractic care is out of the question. If your graft is adequately healed and your physician feels that you are strong enough to endure mild spinal manipulations, you can reach out to your Ideal Spine chiropractor to discuss Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) treatment options.

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.

Is Chiropractic Really Considered “Alternative” In Today’s Society?

Many patients who hear the term “alternative medicine” immediately assume the methods being practiced are less legitimate or useful than those used in conventional medicine. However, a lot of people are surprised to find out that chiropractic is considered an alternative practice, despite its ability to potentially develop successful results.

When it comes to musculoskeletal pain, surgery and medication are usually considered the two “conventional” forms of treatment. Outside of these methods are numerous other forms of alternative health care, including massage therapy, acupuncture and chiropractic. Even today, chiropractic is still referred to as alternative medicine. However, the term might not mean exactly what it appears to mean at the outset.

At Ideal Spine, we embrace the term “alternative medicine” because we believe in a non-invasive, holistic approach to wellness. Where traditional medicine involves surgery, pain medications, and extremely high treatment costs, chiropractic remains gentle and accessible.

What is alternative medicine?

According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), two different terms can represent medical practices outside mainstream or conventional medicine: complementary and alternative.

“Complementary medicine” refers to medical practices that are used alongside conventional medical approaches. For example, a patient suffering from lower back pain takes prescribed painkillers from their physician but also visits a chiropractor. The chiropractic treatment is complementary to the painkillers.

“Alternative medicine,” on the other hand, refers to medical practices that are used in place of conventional medicine, not in tandem with it. The NCCIH states that true alternative medicine is actually uncommon, as most patients use a blend of conventional and complementary approaches to ease pain and discomfort.

The confusion between the terms, then, is simply because people have grown to use the two terms interchangeably.

Why is chiropractic considered alternative or complementary?

Whether chiropractic methods are considered “alternative” or “complementary” depends on whether a patient is using chiropractic in tandem with or in place of medication or surgery. The reason chiropractic is not considered conventional is because, like other alternative forms of musculoskeletal treatments including acupuncture, yoga, or homeopathy, it is not taught in medical schools.

Medical Doctors (M.D.) are not licensed to practice chiropractic adjustment. Instead, chiropractors must undergo approximately four years of training in the classroom and working hands-on with patients to receive their Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree.

However, the label of alternative or contemporary does not mean chiropractic adjustment is less effective. In fact, numerous studies have suggested that chiropractic does benefit some people with lower back pain. Chiropractic is actually regarded as one of the most popular forms of alternative treatment among adults.

Will chiropractic work for you?

If you suffer from lower back pain, speak with your physician about chiropractic adjustments and whether they would be a good treatment to add or replace any existing conventional treatments. Many doctors will recommend chiropractic treatment to patients, particularly those who do not want to use strong painkillers to aid their discomfort. Always make sure to discuss any complementary treatments you are using to ease back pain with your doctor.

If you are interested in chiropractic treatment for your pain, consult with an Ideal Spine chiropractor regarding a tailored Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) plan. Do not be deterred because it is not considered conventional medicine! Despite its “alternative” label, chiropractic treatment may help you ease joint pain and improve mobility in your back and neck through spinal readjustments.

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.

Don’t Let Plantar Fasciitis Keep You from Exercising this Spring

In the springtime, people tend to flock outside wit their families, friends and pets to soak up some sunshine and have some fun. The dawn of spring is often a relief for many because it represents a fresh start, particularly when it comes to their exercise routines. So what happens, then, when you lace up your running shoes with the intention of hitting the trail, only to be met with a stabbing pain in your heel?

One of the most likely causes of your pain is plantar fasciitis, a very painful and very common injury due to overuse of the ligaments in your foot. When this pain hits, it can be enough to make people not want to walk around the house, let alone get up and exercise. But you don’t have to let this pain stop you.

At Ideal Spine, we make sure patients know that chiropractic care doesn’t just affect the spine. Through a few regular chiropractic adjustments and exercises, you can feel the difference in your feet and possibly even prevent the issue from happening later.

What causes the foot pain?

A ligament called the plantar fascia runs along the bottom of your foot and connects your toe to your heel. The plantar fascia absorbs shock and helps support your foot as you walk, but tension can build, particularly when you are on your feet for long periods of time. With too much tension, small tears may appear, and the fascia might become inflamed, causing a sharp pain.

Foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis is often experienced while walking or standing for a while, or immediately after waking up. While this condition could happen to anyone, it is more likely to occur and return in people who stand or walk all day. It’s especially common in athletes, such as runners and dancers, or in professionals who work while standing up for long hours each day.

As a side effect of the foot pain, people with plantar fasciitis are more likely to adjust their gait while walking to avoid feeling discomfort, which can stress other parts of the body such as muscles or joints and lead to injury.

How a pain in the foot is connected to a pain in the neck

Of those suffering from plantar fasciitis on a regular basis, it is likely that very few would think chiropractic could have any effect on foot pain whatsoever. In reality, chiropractic is an excellent way to treat plantar fasciitis and can promote whole-body health in the process.

When you visit a chiropractor, they will make adjustments to your feet, ankles and spine to reduce pain and relieve the pressure on the plantar fascia. As soon as the pressure is relieved, the ligament can begin to heal, which may take a few weeks.

By targeting the feet, ankle and the alignment in the spine, chiropractors seek out the root of the problem and avoid merely treating the symptoms. These adjustments can also help prevent injury to the back, joints, and muscles that might have been stretched or over-worked due to an abnormal gait. The result is often a healthier and happier patient who does not return with the same problems over and over.

Ideal Spine uses the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) method of care to help chiropractors serve patients to the fullest extent possible. Visit a CBP trained chiropractor for help with your plantar fasciitis and get back outside this spring.

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.

Detecting the Onset of Myofascial Pain Syndrome and Acting Early

Everyone experiences muscle pain from time to time, whether it’s after a tough workout or from moving in a way you’re not used to. Your muscles need time to heal, and then the pain should go away after a day or two.

However, in some cases, your muscles never stop hurting – they may even begin to hurt more. You may initially think this is normal, especially if you continue to work out or move while the muscles are healing. But this pain is not normal. In fact, it may be a sign that you are experiencing a painful condition called myofascial pain syndrome.

Myofascial pain syndrome can lead to long-term feelings of pain and may pose serious disruptions to your daily routine. Fortunately, there are ways to release tension in your muscles and find relief. At Ideal Spine, we train chiropractors in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), an advanced chiropractic approach to spine and total-body wellness. Speaking to one of our trained chiropractors may help you determine if you suffer from myofascial pain syndrome and find solutions early on.

What is myofascial pain syndrome?

Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder characterized by the painful development of sensitive nodules, or trigger points, in the connective tissue of your muscle called the fascia. If pressure is applied to these trigger points, whether directly or through nearby strain or tension, the trigger point will produce deep pain in the muscle. Trigger points can also cause referred pain, or pain in other areas of the body, making them somewhat difficult to diagnose.

The most common reason trigger points occur is because the muscles are being contracted too often. This may happen because of repetitive movements on the job or in a sport, an acute muscular injury, tension caused by stress, or even poor posture. Anything that puts repeated stress on the muscle poses the risk of developing a trigger point.

The symptoms of myofascial pain syndrome are typically felt in the lower back and neck and may include:

  • Deep, aching muscle pain;
  • Muscle pain that persists or worsens rather than eases over time;
  • Tender knots in muscles;
  • Inability to sleep because of pain or discomfort.

If you believe you may be experiencing myofascial pain syndrome, think about if you have recently suffered an acute muscle injury, if you tend to use particular muscles repeatedly for a job or hobby, or if you frequently experience muscle tension due to stress. These risk factors can help you identify the condition early and may help you get ahead of the problem.

Trigger point-related pain may cause you to tense up more, resulting in more trigger points, and so on. Early identification of the condition may help you receive treatment to prevent the development of additional trigger points and to relieve tension in muscles for pain relief.

Pain relief for myofascial pain syndrome

At home, one easy method of myofascial pain relief is heat therapy. A balance between mild exercise and relaxation may also be beneficial to the muscle by strengthening it and letting it heal.

In addition to at-home therapy, chiropractic care may be able to help you manage your pain. Chiropractors use a number of physical therapy techniques to treat myofascial pain syndrome. Among these are massage, which targets the affected muscle with the intention of loosening it to potentially alleviate pain, and stretches, which may assist in elongating and relieving tension in the painful muscle.

If you are experiencing deep muscle pain that doesn’t seem to go away, contact an experience chiropractor trained by Ideal Spine today. By working with a musculoskeletal expert, you may be able to get ahead of the pain or find solutions for long-term pain management.

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 Adjustment May be the Mood Booster You’ve Been Looking for

Aches and pains are a part of life. Our bodies endure a lot of stress over the years, and eventually, that stress can catch up to us. Living with discomfort or pain day in and day out can wreak havoc not only on your body, but also on your mind.

If you are suffering from the effects of poor physical and mental health, avoid turning to medications or other non-natural treatments. Whether you suffer from a mental illness or have just been feeling down lately, working with an Ideal Spine-trained chiropractor may be able to help give your mood a boost.

Studies have shown that chiropractic has interesting effects on mental health. Many patients going for regular chiropractic care noted an improvement in their mental health and a reduction in their feelings of anxiety and depression.

But why does this work? What relation does the spine have to the brain? There are actually a few explanations for this.

The mind and body are connected

There are many studies that have shown that the state of the body can have effects on the mind, and vice versa. In chiropractic, there is another idea relating the body and mind, which focuses on the spine. As the central hub for all nerves leading to the rest of the body, the spine may play a large role in how the rest of the body functions.

Spinal experts believe that vertebral subluxations, or misalignments in the spinal vertebrae, may affect your mental health. This is because the mind is connected to the body through the nervous system. If one or more nerves are pinched or compressed, connections in the body may be disrupted, potentially causing imbalances within the body and brain.

Through chiropractic adjustments, your chiropractor will push on the vertebrae to put them back into alignment. This may create total-body balance and improve the connections between the mind and body, even resulting in an improvement of mental health.

Daily pain can become a nuisance

Living with even minor aches and pains can prevent you from feeling well day-to-day. When discomfort or pain is present for too long, it can begin to crowd your mind. Mental and physical health are closely related in this way – when the body feels good, the brain usually feels better, too.

Chiropractic adjustments may help alleviate seemingly minor problems like muscle tension and slight back pain. With these problems resolved, you may be surprised to see how much happier you feel as a result!

Chiropractic may soothe chronic pain

While chiropractic adjustment has long been considered an effective form of treatment for patients with chronic pain, the mental benefits of chiropractic for these patients is often overlooked. People with chronic pain also often suffer from disorders like anxiety and depression because of their constant feelings of pain and isolation.

Getting help and pain relief through chiropractic does more than help these patients’ physical bodies – it can also help relieve some of the mental stress associated with chronic pain. Patients may feel better both physically and mentally after a chiropractic adjustment because of the pain relief it may provide.

Whether you suffer from chronic pain, minor pains, or perhaps no pain at all, your mental health may be affected. If you’re feeling down, look for an Ideal Spine-trained chiropractor near you. Our spinal experts utilize Chiropractic BioPhysics, a treatment methodology that links the spine and its many elements to total-body wellness.

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.

Sidelined with Plantar Fasciitis? Schedule a Chiropractic Appointment!

As a runner or athlete, you rely on the proper motion of your feet and ankles to get you across the field or trail. But if you wake up one day with a terrible pain in your heel, your athletic activity may come to a sudden halt.

What you are experiencing is likely plantar fasciitis, a condition that causes inflammation in the foot. Plantar fasciitis can make movement (athletic or otherwise) difficult, as pain typically worsens with pressure or impact on the foot.

If your heels begin to sear with pain, you’ll want to take some time away from working out and focus on healing your feet. At Ideal Spine, we encourage athletes to book an appointment with a local chiropractor to potentially alleviate plantar fasciitis and any secondary pain it has caused.

How did my plantar fasciitis occur?

Plantar fasciitis is a common condition in runners and athletes. It causes heel pain through the inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue connecting your heel bone and toes.

The plantar fascia’s job is to absorb shocks in your foot. Small tears in the tissue may occur over time because of repeated stress, leading to inflammation and pain. People with plantar fasciitis often experience stabbing pain in the heel that worsens in the morning or after periods of sitting.

Plantar fasciitis commonly occurs as a result of repetitive impact on the feet and/or inadequate arch support from shoes. If you are an athlete, wearing shoes that give proper support is crucial.

The chiropractic solution to heel pain

Pain from plantar fasciitis can usually be treated with ice and rest, but these remedies don’t work to solve the root problem. Visiting a chiropractor may provide you with relief from pain, as well as techniques you can use to potentially speed up the healing process. Here are some ways your chiropractor may be able to help:

  • Ankle alignment: Misalignment in the ankle may contribute to plantar fasciitis because the plantar fascia may have to work harder to move the foot without the help of the ankle. Chiropractic manipulation and realignment of the ankle joint may help improve function in the foot that is inflamed.
  • Massage: Your chiropractor may utilize soft tissue massage and trigger point therapy to release tension in the inflamed plantar fascia.
  • Exercises and stretching: A chiropractor may be able to work you through exercises and stretches designed to relieve inflammation and elongate the tissue. Additionally, exercises can help strengthen the lower leg muscles and stabilize the heel to prevent pain.
  • Posture correction: Your chiropractor may help correct your posture, so you have a normal gait when you walk and run. This may alleviate some of the pressure off of your feet and plantar fascia.
  • Secondary pain treatment: Many people who experience plantar fasciitis try to avoid pain by walking in a different way than the body is used to. This can result in pain in the hips and back because the body gets pulled in peculiar ways. A chiropractor may use manipulations to realign the body and ease these secondary pains.

It may take up to several months to heal your plantar fasciitis. For most athletes, this timeframe can be excruciating, as it usually means you’re unable to play or run for the remainder of the season. However, continuing to put stress on the feet through high-impact sports and activities will only result in more pain and delayed healing.

By working with a chiropractor, you may be able to accelerate your healing more than if you’d only utilize at-home care. Contact one of Ideal Spine’s Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP)-trained chiropractors to learn more about our holistic approach to patient care.

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.

Diagnosing Back Pain Properly: How to Avoid Generalizations

A large portion of a chiropractor’s patients come in because they are experiencing back pain. Back pain, while extremely common, is actually one of the toughest conditions to diagnose, because many of its symptoms are interrelated.

This poses a challenge to chiropractors looking for the root of the problem. Too many practitioners give vague answers and generalizations about back pain. At Ideal Spine, we encourage our Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP)-trained experts to diagnose the patient properly through a careful series of steps, including thorough questioning and testing, before administering treatment.

The importance of correct diagnosis

Chiropractors must use specific terms to accurately diagnose and explain musculoskeletal problems to patients. This may seem obvious, but because back pain is so complicated, it can be difficult to not generalize or jump to conclusions. The following are some of the top reasons why it’s so important to pinpoint specific causes of pain:

  • Treatments for one condition will not always be effective for another condition. Misdiagnosis may result in the patient receiving ineffective treatment and living in pain for even longer;
  • Accurate diagnosis will help treat the root of the problem, not just the symptoms;
  • Misdiagnosis can lead to secondary pain or additional health problems.

Reaching proper diagnosis

A chiropractor’s job is to ask thorough questions and gather as much information about the patient as possible before reaching a diagnosis. This is especially important when dealing with back pain, since the symptoms may lean in one direction before a particular piece of information is revealed, and the diagnosis changes. Diagnosis should include the following steps.

  1. Observation of the patient: Age, weight and other physical characteristics can tell a chiropractor a lot about the patient and what conditions they may be suffering from. This alone is not an adequate method for reaching diagnosis, since some people may experience conditions that are uncommon for their age group or sex. However, this can help lead the chiropractor to some potential conclusions for testing.
  2. Medical history: The patient’s medical history can be a great indicator of past bodily trauma and injury that may be manifesting as back pain today. During this step, the chiropractor should identify what type of pain is occurring, where it is being felt and, when the pain began, and other information related to the symptoms.
  3. Physical exam: Next, a chiropractor should examine the patient thoroughly. The patient should undergo a series of physical tests that gives the chiropractor a clear view of the pain, other symptoms, weakness, and more.
  4. Testing: Once the chiropractor believes they know what is wrong with the patient, they will usually need to order one or more diagnostic tests to see what lies beneath the surface and reach a conclusion. X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans can give insight into what the vertebrae, discs, and joints look like and exactly where the issue is located.

When spinal experts provide diagnostic information to the patient, it’s important that they use medical terminology to describe the condition, as well as give an explanation of what is happening inside the body. This is very important because terms for spinal conditions are often used interchangeably by different doctors, so the patient should be able to understand exactly what the term means to avoid confusion.

Treatment must also follow a consistent pattern to understand how the patient is reacting to particular techniques. Follow-ups should be scheduled to track progress. If no progress is being made, it may be necessary to switch treatment plans. If no treatment works, it’s very possible that an inaccurate diagnosis was given, and further testing is necessary. However, some people will experience chronic pain regardless of diagnosis; in these cases, chiropractors should teach patients ways to manage pain levels through therapies, stretches, and lifestyle changes.

Ideal Spine trains chiropractors to diagnose and treat patients in a holistic way through the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach. This method incorporates total-body wellness and spinal alignment for the best possible patient care.

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.