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Protect Your Teen’s Spine During Formative Developmental Years

While many adults face spinal pain and related injuries because of work-related incidents or a computer-oriented lifestyle, it’s a somewhat surprising and unfortunate reality that many teenagers also face chronic back pain. It’s a problem Ideal Spine is focused on bringing awareness to.

Remaining sedentary in school for hours on end can contribute to poor spine health. Additionally, school athletic activities may cause students to sustain overuse injuries. Many teenagers also carry an unhealthy number of books in their school backpacks, many of which are district-issued and not designed with ergonomics in mind.

It goes without saying that poor spinal health in adolescents will lead to a long, painful adulthood. That’s why it’s exceptionally important that parents and chiropractic care professionals do everything possible to help students overcome spinal issues and maintain a healthy back for the duration of their childhood. Investing in spinal health now will allow them to lead more enjoyable lives down the road.

Spinal dysfunction in teenagers

There are several common spinal dysfunctions that teenagers, their parents and their healthcare providers should be aware of, including the following:

  • Disc injuries: When teenagers frequently make hard landings on their feet, the pressure is transmitted up the spine. During a teen’s formative years, this can result in permanent, serious disc damage.
  • Scoliosis: Curvature of the spine is a relatively common ailment that affects younger children and teens. It’s important to regularly have a teenager’s spine analyzed for signs of scoliosis.
  • Spondylolysis: This condition is commonly associated with sports injuries. It occurs when teenagers overextend their back. It’s most common in students who belong to gymnastics teams and other similar sports.

Protecting teen spines

There are a number of steps that both parents and healthcare practitioners can take to help teenagers make good decisions about spinal healthcare. Here are just some of the ways that kids can improve their spinal health outcomes:

  • Sit less: From a very young age, children are taught to sit. Whether they’re in school, watching television or working on homework, children and teenagers spend much more time seated than they should. Encourage the teenagers in your life to stand, walk and move as much as possible to protect their spines.
  • Ensure proper posture: If a teen learns how to exercise proper posture at a young age, they’ll be capable of exercising it throughout the rest of their life. It’s important to instill a proper posture in your children and patients from a very young age. And be sure to always lead by example.
  • Insist on sports safety: Playing sports is a healthy part of growing up. Unfortunately, there is a certain amount of risk associated with most teen sports. You should encourage your teenagers to play safely. Additionally, you should educate yourself about sports injuries, so that you know how to address them in case they occur.

At Ideal Spine, we’re committed to helping young adults and adolescents avoid spinal injuries that might otherwise stick with them forever. It’s why we’re continually working to develop our Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach.

CBP is a renowned spinal care technique that chiropractors from across the globe can use to provide pediatric patients with the best possible chiropractic care. CBP is also a holistic approach to healthcare that accounts for a wide range of spinal health concerns.

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.

Get to Know the Four Major Segments of Your Spine

The human spine is typically subdivided into three distinctive regions: the cervical spine, the thoracic spine and the lumbar spine. The fourth region, the sacral spine, is usually considered part of the pelvis.

A series of complex nerves, vessels, bones and joints also comprise the spine. Because the spinal column itself is the information highway of your entire body, even the smallest disturbance to these spinal systems can cause pain, discomfort, neurological problems or other adverse health outcomes.

At Ideal Spine, we recognize chiropractic medicine as the treatment of the spine using a number of techniques, including physical manipulation. Because the spinal column is such an integral part of the body, treating it allows chiropractors to implement a holistic approach to healthcare that addresses symptoms at their root.

It’s important to have a thorough understanding of the spine and its distinctive regions in order to seek out the best or provide the best possible chiropractic care.

Breaking down each section of the spine

There are a number of illnesses and dysfunctions that can strike the spine. The region of the spine that’s affected will typically outline how the illness in question manifests itself. For instance, illnesses or dysfunctions affecting the cervical spine are more likely to cause headaches, neck strain, or neurological problems.

Issues in the thoracic spine, meanwhile, will affect vital organs and blood and nerve flow. For instance, compressed nerves in the thoracic spine can cause patients to suffer from a lack of hand motion or degeneration of thumb muscles. Thoracic compressions can also restrict blood flow to the extremities, resulting in discoloration of the hands.

Lumbar dysfunctions are more likely to manifest as radiating lower back pain. Lumbar illness and dysfunction are most commonly associated with work or trauma-related sources.

The sacral spine, meanwhile, can cause leg pain and pelvic pain if it’s affected by herniation or other dysfunctions.

Getting to know vertebrae and discs

The spine is comprised of a complex series of parts that include vertebrae and disc.

The vertebrae are the bones themselves. Depending on their location in your back, the vertebrae are either interlocking or are fused together. Vertebrae consist of a several parts, including the spinal canal – this is what the spinal column travels through.

Discs, meanwhile, consist of a hard, outer exterior called an annulus and a soft, mush inside called the nucleus. When a disc is ruptured because of trauma or repetitive motion, the nucleus pushes itself out through the annulus and becomes squished between vertebrae or discs. This is called herniation and is usually accompanied by extreme pain or a loss of sensation.

Chiropractors put it all together

Chiropractors are capable of treating a range of spinal-related conditions, including disc herniation and more. Through the realignment of the spine and careful consideration of the affiliated nerves and muscles, chiropractors aim to affect positive wellness through targeted solutions, starting with the spine itself.

Ideal Spine is a trusted provider of chiropractic training. We help practitioners improve the way that they treat patients; we are proud to be on the cutting-edge of chiropractic care. Visit our website today to learn more about our training programs, or to find a practitioner near you who is knowledgeable in the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) methodology.

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 the Cobb Angle to Measure Scoliosis Curvature

The Cobb angle is a universal standard used to measure the severity and degree of spinal abnormalities. At Ideal Spine, it’s one of the most critical tools we teach chiropractors, to assist them in evaluating the condition of each patient’s spinal alignment.

First outlined in 1948 by Dr. John Cobb, the Cobb angle is used to measure and track the progression of scoliosis and other spinal dysfunctions. The Cobb Angle is a useful tool that chiropractors and other healthcare professionals can use to determine the severity of a patient’s spinal abnormalities and ascertain the best course of treatment for them.

Measuring the Cobb Angle

To measure the Cobb angle, you’ll first need to x-ray the patient in a standing position. Typically, the x-rays are taken both from the front and the back. Having multiple images in multiple positions can help you more accurately compare and measure the spine’s curvature.

Once the images are ready for review, identify the most affected vertebra in the top of the spine. This vertebra, called the apical vertebra, is the bone with the most rotation. This simply means that the bone is the furthest away from the rest of the spinal column.

Once the top apical vertebra is identified, draw a line on the x-ray from the apical vertebra to the superior vertebral end plate.

Next, repeat this step with the most affected vertebra in the bottom of the spine. From these two parallel lines, draw two intersecting perpendicular lines.

Between the two perpendicular lines sits the Cobb angle. This angle can now be quantified and measured to both analyze existing spinal abnormalities and track the progression of curvature.

Using the Cobb Angle

Now that you know how to identify the Cobb angle on a patient, it’s important to also understand its significance.

An angle of 10 degrees is the bare minimum required to diagnose scoliosis. Curvature between 10 and 15 degrees typically does not require treatment, although sometimes chiropractic care and other non-invasive healthcare methodologies may be considered.

When curvature reaches 20 to 40 degrees, however, practitioners may recommend a back brace. Using a back brace can help correct spinal curvature and also prevent the curvature from becoming worse. Depending on the degree of curvature and the type of braces available, braces may need to be worn for as much as 20 hours a day or only at night.

Curvature of 40 to 50 degrees may require surgical correction. If surgery is necessary, a surgeon will fuse the vertebrae together so as to prevent future curvature from occurring. While surgery is never a desirable outcome, scoliosis operations are largely successful. In fact, teenagers that undergo corrective surgery are usually able to return to normal activity levels within less than six months.

Using the data available

Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) is a specialized chiropractic technique, emphasizing the importance of spinal health through quantifiable information like the Cobb angle. Top practitioners from across the world can use the techniques and tools developed at Ideal Spine to innovate and improve their patient care with a data-driven approach.

To learn more about Chiropractic BioPhysics or to find out if there’s an upcoming seminar near you, visit our website 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.

Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction or Sciatica? Don’t Confuse One for the Other

If your patient is experiencing leg or lower back pain, your first thought may be that they’re experiencing sciatica. They may actually be experiencing dysfunction of the sacroiliac (SI) joint, however.

While pain caused by sciatica and SI joint dysfunction may feel similar or even identical, they require different treatment regimens. It’s important to understand the difference between sciatic and SI joint dysfunction when diagnosing and treating patients.

Comparing and contrasting the conditions

The SI joint connects the hip bones to the sacrum, which is a triangular bone that sits between the coccyx and the lumbar spine. There are a number of factors and activities that can contribute to SI joint dysfunction, which feels very similar to sciatica. Many patients may describe SI joint dysfunction symptoms identically to sciatic symptoms.

Sciatica occurs when a lumbar disc herniates. In the lower back, this often manifests as lumbar pain or as leg pain that radiates downward. While sciatica is a well-known cause of lumbar back and leg pain, it’s currently estimated that as many as 30 percent of cases involving lower back pain are actually caused by SI joint dysfunction.

Regardless of whether your patient is suffering from sciatica or SI joint dysfunction, both problems are relatively serious medical conditions that deserve immediate attention. Failure to treat SI joint dysfunction or sciatica correctly can result in long-term chronic pain and reduced mobility.

Sources of SI joint dysfunction

In cases when sciatica can be ruled out by qualifying symptoms of SI joint dysfunction, it’s important to delve deeper into the cause of the condition specific to the patient. There are two primary causes of SI joint dysfunction, contrasted on the same scale of severity:

  • Insufficient motion: If there’s not enough motion in the SI joint, it can cause the muscles surrounding the pelvis to feel tense and uncomfortable. SI joint dysfunction caused by insufficient motion often manifests as a pain on one side of the lower back or buttocks that radiates downward.
  • Too much motion: Too much motion in the SI joint can cause the pelvis to feel unstable and cause pain. Called hypermobility or instability, this type of paint typically radiates into the groin area and causes substantive discomfort. It also results in a loss of motion.

Treating SI joint dysfunction

Treatment for SI joint dysfunction, depending on the severity of the dysfunction, can vary greatly. It’s important to work with patients to develop a recovery plan that meets their needs and helps them along the path to recovery. A Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach is often warranted.

In some cases, simple rest and pain relief may be enough to address SI joint dysfunction. Other patients, however, may need manual manipulation to stimulate the joint and the muscles and nerves surrounding it.

In cases where the joint is too loose, patients may need to be fitted with a brace designed to restrict the joint’s motion. Some patients may actually need SI joint injections that consist of a localized anesthetic and an anti-inflammatory drug to reduce swelling and pain.

Always personalize the care approach

Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) is a leading chiropractic technique that encourages chiropractic practitioners to innovate and improve patient care. To learn more about ways that we can help you improve your treatment and diagnoses of SI joint dysfunction, reach out 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.

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.