Chiropractic Treatment and Women’s Health

ImageWomen’s bodies are uniquely designed

Women face a number of specific healthcare concerns and challenges because their bodies are designed differently than men. A woman’s body experiences hormonal fluctuations, and has a unique physiology that enables her to bear children.

Women have specific health care concerns

Many young women encounter headaches, backaches, bloating, and swelling, due to hormonal fluctuations associated with their menstrual cycles. Women also experience postural changes, weight gain, and fallen arches of the feet during pregnancy. Once the arches of the feet have been affected, these women often face hip and knee problems later in life because their feet no longer absorb the shock of routine walking as well as they used to.

Many women are active caregivers, providing daily for the needs of their families, friends and loved ones. Ongoing stress of a demanding schedule may cause muscle tightness and fatigue. As a woman ages, pressure on the nerves to the gallbladder may negatively impact digestion, causing gas and bloating. Pressure on the nerves to the thyroid gland can slow metabolism, resulting in weight gain. Women struggle with obesity and diabetes more often than men. Women are now experiencing increased risk of mid-life stroke and heart attack. Older women have a higher incidence of Alzheimer’s and osteoporosis than men.

Protect your health

Adequate amounts of rest, a healthy diet, and a physician-approved exercise program are essential for maintaining health. As a preventative measure, chiropractic care can strengthen and maintain overall body function and efficiency.

How chiropractic treatment can help

Chiropractors offer conservative treatments, therapies, and exercises that do not involve drugs or surgery. Doctors of chiropractic often perform physical and neurological examinations, orthopedic examinations, and postural analysis in order to better understand the needs of each patient. Chiropractic works by removing nerve pressure and interference, re-establishing proper posture and bone alignment, and restoring normal function.

Our female patients have been treated for:

  • Migraines, tension headaches, and allergy / sinus headaches
  • Low back pain (also with pregnancy)
  • Foot pain / plantar fasciitis following pregnancy
  • Whiplash injuries and neck pain (female necks are not as thick and muscular, making women more susceptible to whiplash traumas)
  • Infertility
  • PMS and dysmenorrhea
  • Menopause and other hormone-related symptoms
  • Urinary tract and yeast infections
  • Arm pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Gall bladder, thyroid and weight loss
  • Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

About the author:
Dr. Brian Broskoskie is a chiropractor at Results Chiropractic Center in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. He is a graduate of Sherman College. Follow him on Twitter and be sure to LIKE his Facebook Fan page for daily health, exercise, nutrition, wellness, chiropractic tips and much much more!

Women’s Health Concerns

Women have special needs, from menstruation to pregnancy to menopause. Chiropractic care can help women deal with these life changes.

Menstrual cramps
During menses, women discover they not only experience cramping in the lower abdominal region but also lower back pain. Pressure on the nerves leading to the uterus can be relieved through specific spinal adjustments during this “time of the month”, often diminishing or eliminating pain in both regions. In a study performed through the National College of Chiropractic, 88% of women receiving chiropractic adjustments (treatment) reported reduced pain during their menstrual periods compared to women not receiving Chiropractic care.1 Therefore, by receiving chiropractic adjustments during the menstrual period, you can eliminate the need for many analgesics (i.e. Advil, Alleve) many of which have serious side effects.

Pre- and Post-Natal Needs
Pregnancy – During pregnancy, a women’s body experiences a period of rapid changes (shape, hormonal and loose ligaments). As a result, the body becomes stressed. Many women develop upper back pain, lower back pain and sciatica. Chiropractors have special tables which expand to allow pregnant women to lie on their stomach. The special tables in conjunction with specific methods geared to the pregnant woman, will allow safe and proper chiropractic treatment up to labor. In a study by JM Daly3, 91% of pregnant women studied reported pain relief as a result of regular chiropractic care during their pregnancy. Through regular chiropractic care during pregnancy, women can benefit from proper nervous and body system function so important to fetus development. Specific chiropractic adjustments are now shown to be preventative measure and treatment for toxemia.2

Abnormal fetal positioning – Many women may discover their fetus is in an improper position, breech (feet first) or transverse lie (fetus is in an angle in the uterus). After the seventh month of gestation, if a fetus is in this type of abnormal position, it can be subject to biomechanical stress leading to vertebral subluxations. Any abnormal biomechanical stresses to the vertebra may cause abnormal development of cartilage structures (which eventually become boney). A chiropractor trained in evaluating and treating pregnant women for abnormal fetal positioning can adjust the patient with good results (97% successful).9 This is a safe method, not only for mother but for the fetus and normal positioning of the fetus usually occurs within 4 to 5 visits. When the fetus is in a normal position, it’s chances of developing properly in the uterus, greatly increase.

Labor – A 1977 Harvard Medical School study discovered association between use of epidurals to relieve pain and maternal fever during labor and/or sepsis (an infection) in newborns, requiring antibiotics.8 Is having your newborn subjected to antibiotics when their immune system is still fragile a good idea? Finding a way to decrease discomfort experienced during childbirth thereby decreasing utilization of epidurals can be not only healthier for the mother, but healthier for her child.

Multiparous women (women pregnant 3 or more times) were shown to have a 39% shorter labor time to those receiving chiropractic care in a study by J Fallon4 in 1991. Other studies show that standing or squatting during delivery provides the fewest problems for both mother and baby (including few forceps delivery).5, 6 & 7 Many women under regular chiropractic care, visit their doctor on their way to the birthing center or hospital for a chiropractic treatment.

Post-Natal – Due to the abnormal stress that the mother’s body goes through during childbirth, frequently the upper back musculature becomes tight, interfering with proper nerve flow to the breasts. By adjusting the spine following delivery, can allow the breast milk to flow properly, decreasing frustration for the mother and increasing the breast milk flowing to the baby. By breastfeeding, the child has an opportunity to receive natural immunities from their mother allowing them to experience improved health. Regular chiropractic adjustments in new mothers can relieve back discomfort associated with reduced sleep and lifting the new baby.

About the author:
Dr. Brian Broskoskie is a chiropractor at Results Chiropractic Center in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. He is a graduate of Sherman College. Follow him on Twitter and be sure to LIKE his Facebook Fan page for daily health, exercise, nutrition, wellness, chiropractic tips and much much more!  Call me, I am here to help. (302) 408.0000.

Footnotes:

  1. Kokjohn K; Schmid DM; Troiano JJ; Brennan PC; The effect of spinal manipulation on pain and prostaglandin levels in women with primary dysmenorrhea. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1992.
  2. Hampton, D: What is the role of osteopathic manipulative therapy in obstetric care? For normal patients? For patients with toxemia of pregnancy? J AM Osteopath Assoc. 1974; 74(3): 192-7.
  3. Daly JM, Frame PS, Rapoza PA. Sacroiliac subluxation: a common treatable cause of low back pain in pregnancy. Fam Prac Res 1991: 11(2): 149-159.
  4. Fallon, J: The effect of chiropractic treatment on pregnancy and labor: a comprehensive study. Proceedings of the World Chiropractic Association, 1991: 24-3
  5. Gardosi J, Randomized controlled trial of squatting in the second stage of labor. Lancet 1989: 2(8654) 74-7.
  6. Borgatta L; Piening SL; Cohen WR; Association of episiotomy and delivery position with deep perineal laceration during spontaneous nulliparous women. Am J Obstet Gynecol 1989; 160 (2): 294-7.
  7. Paciornik M; Commentary: arguments against episiotomy and in favor of squatting for birth. Birth 1990; 17(2): 104-5.
  8. Lieberman E, Lang JM, Frigoletto F Jr, Richardson DK, Ringer SA, Cohen A, Epidural analgesia, intrapartum fever, and neonatal evaluation. Pediatrics 1997; 99(3): 415-9.
  9. Anrig C. Chiropractic approaches to pregnancy and pediatric care. 1993:383-432.

Complex Digital Motion X-ray and Chiropractic

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COMPLEX DIGITAL MOTION X-RAY is a diagnostic test that records real time, full motion x-ray imaging of any body joint.  It records at a rate of 30 frames per second. It is unlike standard Fluoroscopy that is used in the hospital where the X-ray machine is moved around the body part. We allow the body part being scanned to move while recording the mini-movie.

This technology objectively and visually demonstrates aberrant movement of bones allowing the doctor to specifically determine which ligaments or other soft tissues are injured.

Medical doctors have used it for years to diagnose ligament injuries in the cervical spine. For instance, in the article “Cineradiograms of cervical spine in diagnosis of soft-tissue injuries”JAMA 198(1):143, 1966, published over 47 years ago in the Journal of the American Medical Association, medical doctor researchers concluded:

Buonocare, Hartman, and Nelson examined the cervical spines of 107 patients using cineradiography, including 57 who  sustained flexion-extension injuries. They concluded, “The ability to demonstrate localized abnormal motion in the cervical spine allows one to predict soft-tissue injuries and the quality of spinal fusions, spinal stability, and early subluxation of the cervical spine–conditions that may not be identified on static roentgenograms nor at physical examination.”

Complex Digital Motion X-ray is quick, easy, and may reveal permanent ligamentous injury commonly missed by other diagnostic procedures.

Patients and Motion X-ray
It is our goal at Results Chiropractic to help you achieve pain relief, mobility, wellness, and to have a quick recovery.

Complex Digital Motion X-ray uses cutting edge technology that demonstrates injuries that could never be seen before. MRI, CT or standard X-rays commonly miss injuries because it is a static (non-moving)  study. Complex Digital Motion X-ray is just the opposite. Dr. Broskoskie is able to find injuries that are evident only when you move. If your pain increases with movement logic tells you that your injuries should be looked at while moving.

You may need Complex Digital Motion X-ray if:

1. You have been in an auto accident
85% of our business is examining the neck for so called whiplash injuries. The difference between Results Chiropractic and other doctors is we can scan your neck to determine if you have in fact sustained some degree of ligament damage which shows proof to the doctor, insurance company and attorney that you have indeed injured yourself. The motion x-ray provides concrete proof of an injury, which can not be disputed.  Injury victims must prove their the nature, extent, and permanency of their injuries in order to receive the compensation they deserve in court. Before digital motion x-ray technology became available, many injury victims settled for lesser amounts than they deserved because it was hard to prove some types of ligament damage with static x-ray, MRI, and CT. Now, with Complex Digital Motion X-ray, doctors can actually see abnormal motion, document it, and zero in on damaged areas. This objective evidence helps the treating physician identify the area to treated, recommend targeted treatment protocols, and help their patients get the compensation they deserve for their injuries.

2. You are suffering from a sports injury

3. You have been injured on the job
We can help support and document injuries you have sustained on the job. This helps you when trying to prove your claim but it will also help the treating physician to see your injuries more clearly and hopefully treat you more efficiently.

4. Daily activities aggravate an injured area
Daily activity injuries, even if they seem minor, are important to get checked out so you can prevent degeneration or further injury in the future.

5. You are taking medication to suppress pain
If you have been taking pain medication to suppress pain, but still have that nagging injury let us examine you to determine if another form of treatment will help you heal faster, without the side effects of drugs.

6. You suspect that the underlying cause of the pain has gone undiagnosed With Complex Digital Motion X-ray you can now see what you could not see before. This new technology has changed the way doctors detect injuries. Most injuries go undetected because they are not in motion.

Signs and symptoms of injury
– Neck pain
– Back Pain
– Shoulder pain
– Joint pain
– Tingling
– Nausea and headaches
– Dizziness
– TMJ Pain
– Limited motion in your body

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO USE COMPLEX DIGITAL MOTION X-RAY IN SPINAL LIGAMENT CASES?

Complex Digital Motion X-ray is a medical break-through to objectively demonstrate the  functional loss caused by impaired joints of the spine due to permanent  ligament damage. Complex Digital Motion X-ray is the best objective test because normal MRI  testing is primarily concerned with static imaging of intervertebral  discs and nerves, not ligaments, and there are no discs in the upper  cervical spine. Complex Digital Motion X-ray is also used as a screening tool when performing  proton density MRI and functional MRI imaging, which are capable of  showing injuries to some of the individual spinal ligaments.

Many  times injury victims hurt when they move due to spinal instability caused by traumatic ligament injuries. Most plain film x-rays and  recumbent MRI imaging cannot detect the true cause of the pain or the  full extent of the injuries, which can only be revealed by Complex Digital Motion X-ray showing  the abnormal function of the joints in motion. Many of the same  principles followed by radiologists and chiropractic physicians in  reading plain film x-rays are also followed in reading Complex Digital Motion X-ray.

Complex Digital Motion X-ray is much improved technology over traditional plain film x-rays by  demonstrating spinal instability due to abnormal joint motion caused  by  ligament damage. At its heart Complex Digital Motion X-ray is still a simple x-ray, however,  it  works with a video camera to take 30 individual x-ray frames per  second  to create a motion x-ray that lasts less than 60 seconds. The video images are made  as the patient’s  head is moved through nine  ranges of motion in a  normal, weight-bearing  posture, thereby  providing an assessment of all  22 major cervical  ligaments.  This  results in about 3,000 individual x-ray images that can be viewed  on a  computer monitor, freeze framed, zoomed in or out, or viewed in  slow  motion. The individual images that best show the damage can be  saved as  static x-ray images by the reviewing physician, and then  analyzed using  x-ray digitization software.

While the ligaments themselves are not  shown on the x-ray  images, the effect of injured ligaments can be  ascertained by abnormal  movement of the spinal vertebral bodies in  relation to each other. An  analogy is to watch leaves blowing in a  tree, where we cannot see the  wind, but we can see the effect of the  wind. Likewise, even though we  cannot see the cervical ligaments, we  can see the results of ligamentous  injuries by abnormal movement of the  vertebral bodies, which is easily  observed by anyone trained in  musculoskeletal radiology using standard  radiology practices.

WHO HAS APPROVED THE USE OF COMPLEX DIGITAL MOTION X-RAY?

The use of Complex Digital Motion X-ray was approved for patients with spinal and peripheral  joint disorders by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration in 1994,  the National  Guideline Clearing House (a governmental agency that works with the  American Medical Association and the health insurance industry), the  American Chiropractic Association Council on Diagnostic Imaging  Physicians, and its use endorsed by Pain Management, A  Practical Guide For Clinicians by the American Academy of Pain  Management, Occupational Medicine Practice Guidelines by the American  College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and further  supported by a large number of peer reviewed medical articles published  in Spine and other medical journals.

The widespread acceptance of Complex Digital Motion X-ray is also shown by being at the top of  the list of five approved imaging methods, ahead of MRI and CT  imaging,  for a Medicare documentation requirement to establish a spinal  subluxation diagnosis for a patient before a chiropractic physician  can  be paid for treatment by Medicare.

OTHER BENEFITS OF COMPLEX DIGITAL MOTION X-RAY

There are other benefits of  Complex Digital Motion X-ray in  addition to showing function of the cervical spine through  motion  testing. Complex Digital Motion X-ray images have an enhancing effect by showing the  cortical  margins of the bones in black. In other words, in a digital  x-ray of an  egg, the shell of the egg appears black, and the contents  are grey. This  allows the interpreting physician to detect compression  fractures which  are occasionally missed by traditional x-ray. Plain  film x-rays do not  show some fractures as well because the cortical  margins are displayed  as white, and the body of the bone is also shown  as white, thus  detecting abnormalities is harder when looking at a  white on white image  on plain x-ray. Another benefit is that Complex Digital Motion X-ray testing only subjects  the patient to a low dosage of radiation because  it uses a low powered  pediatric type x-ray machine, which is good for  imaging necks,  temporomandibular joints, and extremity joints; but does  not have enough  radiation power to image the low back unless the  patient is a child or  small adult person.


Should you ask your doctor to order a Complex Digital motion exam for you?

To find out ask yourself these questions:

• Do I have pain in one or more of my joints that increases with motion?

• Did I injure myself with a sudden jolt to one or more of my joints, as a whiplash injury, slip and fall or blow from a sporting activity?

• Do I have joint pain, the cause of which has not been determined by conventional x-ray, MRI or other diagnostic tests?

If you have answered yes to any of the above, you should consider a Complex Digital Motion examination.  

Stretched and torn ligaments can result in a condition called “kinesiopathology” or abnormal motion of the bones that make up the joint. This abnormal motion results in ongoing rubbing and grinding of the bone surfaces during motion, preventing normal healing, and leading to premature onset of degenerative joint disease, a wear and tear type of arthritis. Only Complex Digital Motion studies can fully evaluate internal joint motion, and properly screen for kinesiopathology.

Results Chiropractic has partnered with a local imaging center to offer this unique approach to chiropractic care.  Dr. Broskoskie has extensive post-graduate training in this x-ray technique and has performed this on thousands of patients  over the past 18+ years to effectively diagnose and treat many musculoskeletal problems that are otherwise left untreated.

About the author:
Dr. Brian Broskoskie is a chiropractor at Results Chiropractic Center in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. He is a graduate of Sherman College and has many hours of post-graduate training and teaching time on Complex Digital Motion X-ray. Follow him on Twitter and be sure to LIKE his Facebook Fan page for daily health, exercise, nutrition, wellness, chiropractic tips and much much more!  Call me, I am here to help. (302) 408.0000.

What is “Instrument Adjusting”?

High velocity, low amplitude (HVLA) adjustments are a common form of chiropractic manipulation. Typically this is a more traditional manipulation that results in a cracking, snapping, or popping noise. Although chiropractic adjustments are usually carried out by hand, instrument adjusting has become an increasingly popular method of manipulation in chiropractic treatment. In fact, instrument adjusting is now the most commonly used chiropractic technique after manual spinal manipulation. A wide variety of professional adjustment instruments are available on the market, ranging from mechanical spring-loaded models to high-tech, electrically powered brands. However, most lack FDA approval and many lack any diagnostic value as they are strictly treatment oriented.

ImageChiropractic adjustment instruments are designed to provide fast and targeted adjustments to a patient at around 100 times the speed of a manual adjustment. Whereas manual adjustment will vary depending on the precise force of the practitioner, adjustment instruments can be set to deliver the same impact on each adjustment. Further, the small tip of adjustment instruments can be targeted much more precisely than human hands. In addition to these advantages, adjustment instruments do not cause the popping and cracking sounds that typically accompany manual manipulation, which makes them particularly useful when treating nervous patients such as children and seniors or patients that simply don’t want to be twisted.

Being treated with an adjustment instrument has been described as feeling like a light tapping on the treated area. The treatment is usually painless, and patients often report reduced pain and greater mobility following adjustment. There is also evidence to suggest that instrument adjusting may lead to fewer painful side-effects than manual manipulation. The precision of adjustment instruments can be used to move spinal vertebrae without disturbing adjacent muscles, which results in less pain for the patient. In addition to being better for patients, using adjuster instruments reduces the physical impact of practice on chiropractors who can—ironically—suffer from carpal tunnel and postural problems brought about from frequent daily applications of manual treatment to patients.

Although the research on the use of adjustment instruments is still in its infancy, several studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of this form of treatment for a wide range of musculoskeletal problems. Add to that the fact that pre and post treatments assessment can be objectively measured and the choice is clear.  Instrument adjusting is clearly the better option.  The instrument I use in my office is the PulStar Fras unit.  It is the only instruement that is FDA approved for this purpose.The fact that it has found widespread acceptance in modern chiropractic therapy suggests that many chiropractors themselves have become convinced of the practical use of mechanical adjustment, and that it is likely to remain a core part of chiropractic treatment for the foreseeable future.

About the author:
Dr. Brian Broskoskie is a chiropractor at Results Chiropractic Center in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. He is a graduate of Sherman College. Follow him on Twitter and be sure to LIKE his Facebook Fan page for daily health, exercise, nutrition, wellness, chiropractic tips and much much more!  Call me, I am here to help. (302) 408.0000.

The Difference Between Acute Pain and Chronic Pain

What-is-Acute-and-Chronic-PainPain can be described as being more than just an extremely unpleasant physical feeling. People who are experiencing pain somewhere in their body will often share that there are mental, psychological, and emotional aspects to their pain as well. Pain can be categorized in different ways. One common way that doctors classify pain is into the categories of acute pain and chronic pain. Today I thought I’d share a little bit about each type of pain.

Acute Pain: Acute pain is usually sharp, severe pain caused by something easily recognizable (i.e. you sprained your ankle, you burned your thumb, or you just your wisdom teeth removed). Acute pain usually lasts for a specific period of time, and then as your body heals, the pain goes away. Conventional medicine is very good at handling this type of pain.

Chronic Pain: Chronic pain is less understood by the medical community because it involves lasting pain that does not respond well to medication. Chronic pain occurs when the body’s sensory receptors that normally detect tissue damage (called nociceptors) keep sending pain signals to the brain, even when there is no tissue damage or very little tissue damage. In effect, the brain keeps being bombarded by pain signals for days, weeks, months, and even years for no apparent reason. Chronic pain has more of a psychological element. People who struggle with chronic pain can become frustrated, anxious or depressed about their situation.

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The good news is that alternative therapies and treatments offered by doctors of chiropractic and massage therapists may offer relief to many people with chronic pain.

Here are some exercises and wellness tips that also may help.

About the author:
Dr. Brian Broskoskie is a chiropractor at Results Chiropractic Center in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. He is a graduate of Sherman College. Follow him on Twitter and be sure to LIKE his Facebook Fan page for daily health, exercise, nutrition, wellness, chiropractic tips and much much more!  Call me, I am here to help. (302) 408.0000.

Chiropractic Care Benefits Elderly

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Corrective chiropractic care is a safe and effective treatment for all patients – including the senior community. Many elderly patients have received success with corrective chiropractic treatment, avoiding discomfort, disease and risky surgery.

Chiropractic care can help alleviate pain associated with inflammation – which is a common condition affecting the elderly. By safely alleviating spinal misalignments, corrective care subsequently improves the nervous system and reduces inflammation. This is a superior alternative to life-long prescriptions, which are both costly and add unwanted side effects.

Corrective chiropractic care can help increase balance, coordination and full body range of motion. As the body ages, so does the spine. The cervical spine, the neck, when misaligned can cause friction with the nerve receptors, impairing balance and coordination. When treated properly a patient can receive increased balance. Adjusting the spine with corrective care also increases the range of motion within the spine and elsewhere, allowing longer and healthier mobility and movement for the whole body.

Chiropractic care can help positively stimulate improvements for the elderly. Aligning your spine, even as a younger patients, can help the onset of further complications associated with aging. Stay healthy and young by visiting Dr. Brian Broskoskie at Results Chiropractic.

Dr. Brian Broskoskie is one of only a handful of chiropractors on the Eastcoast specializing in the only FDA approved adjusting instrument in chiropractic: the PulStar FRAS machine. Through this non-invasive therapy, patients will regain their proper spinal curvature and alignment with NO TWISTING, POPPING , or CRACKING, enabling nerve energy to flow freely to the rest of the organs.

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Headache Relief Tips: Dr. Broskoskie – Results Chiropractic

 

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Tips for Headache Relief:  Dr. Brian Broskoskie at Results Chiropractic  With the changes of season, vacation stress and super hot weather, headache sufferers are noticing greater symptoms.  Here are some tips to help relieve a headache.

First of all, don’t get a headache.  Find out what is wrong with your body and get it corrected.  Headaches are very far from normal and are a sign that something is not functioning properly.  Restore balance to your body and you should not have a headache and no need to read the rest of this.  Call our office today for help discovering how upper cervical chiropractic care  has helped headache sufferers correct the problem (302) 408 0000.

Second, be wary of people who tell you to put pressure underneath your head and the top of the neck.  This will actually push the top vertebra forward and cause greater damage.  It may feel good initially, but it is extremely dangerous.

Third tip: when you notice a headache starting, put some ice on the back of your neck.  Since, headaches stem from where the top few vertebra connect to your head, ice will help reduce swelling to that area.  Again, be careful not to put any forward pressure on that area.

Fourth tip:  there are pressure points beginning at the middle of your forehead, and then moving back along the midline an inch at a time until you get to the back of your head.  Hold these points for 1 minute.  Do not go to your neck.  You can repeat this every hour.

Fifth tip:  stop clenching your teeth.  Relax your jaw and try not to let your teeth even touch throughout the day.  Dentists call this “bruxing’, and it can take several months to change the habit.

Sixth tip:  shoulder tension is a significant factor in the beginning of a headache (it is actually a symptom).  Let your shoulders drop and focus on relaxing the musculature.  This may allow your body the opportunity to halt the oncoming headache.  Usually shoulder tension is a result of a severe neck misalignment and the resulting guarding mechanism.

Seventh tip: when noticing a headache starting, do a forehead massage.  Massage between the eyes. Softly touch and rub the eyes and above the eyes where they meet the nose.  Be careful along the boney ridge of bone above the eye, do it too hard and you get a black eye.  You can’t be too soft, but you can be too heavy.  A bag of frozen peas or corn kept in the freezer can feel very nice on your eyes also.

Last tip:  breathe.  Slow and deep abdominal breathing with your eyes closed for 20 minutes can work wonders to relax and revitalize your body.  Put one hand on your chest and one on your belly.  The belly hand must move first on inhalation and last on exhalation.  If you can breathe so that only the belly hand moves, that would be awesome.

As I stated earlier, the best way to avoid and relieve a headache is to not have a headache.  Some people may think that they have to live with it, and that could not be farther from the truth.  You don’t have to have headaches, nor do you have to sacrifice your health in order to get rid of headaches.  You have a choice. Dr. Brian Broskoskie has helped many people get relief from headaches of all kinds.  My specific upper cervical technique restores balance to the area of the spine associated with the five causes of headaches without twisting and popping you neck.  For more information or to make an appointment to see if you could benefit from specific upper cervical care with the professions only FDA approved adjusting instrument, call Dr. Broskoskie at Results Chiropractic today 302.408.0000.

 

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What Exactly Is Whiplash

whiplash (1)When you think of whiplash, most people immediately think “car accident.” But a fall or many types of repetitive movement may also cause whiplash. Sometimes the symptoms from whiplash take days or even weeks to manifest themselves, but the damage it causes can last for years.

What exactly is whiplash? It’s a condition in which the joints in the back of the neck, joints that usually slide easily over one another, are forced together, causing damage to the nerves, discs, ligaments and muscles all around them.

The symptoms? Generally, these include headaches, dizziness, neck and arm pain, decreased attention span, an inability to focus and fatigue. These symptoms can be both very painful and downright debilitating to the whiplash sufferer.

It helps to come into our practice immediately for a thorough examination if you have been involved in an accident and suspect that you might be the victim of a whiplash injury. The earlier you establish the proper intervention, via chiropractic adjustments, the better your chances for a full recovery.

Of course, chiropractic adjustments also help older whiplash injuries, but recovery is usually slower and care during the acute phase generally takes longer.

15-yrs-post-whiplashWe manage whiplash injuries with careful and precise neck adjustments, sometimes ice and rehabilitative exercises that are designed to address the injured neck and shoulder muscles and joints. This has been shown to be very effective in managing the symptoms of whiplash, particularly the headaches that often accompany this type of injury.

Call us, we are here to help.  We are the only chiropractic office in downtown Rehoboth Beach, De.

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Treating Sacroiliac Sprain and Spasm

Increased outdoor activity during the summer months tends to escalate the number of overuse and traumatic injuries seen in chiropractic practices. One of the most common of these is sacroiliac joint syndrome (SIJD). The SI joint is susceptible to traumatic (sudden, forceful injury) and inflammatory conditions. Common causes of injury are slips or falls; however, it also can be injured by overuse. Overuse can result from frequent and prolonged bending or sitting for extended periods of time. Occasionally, intense hip pain and spasm can arise from doing something as simple as bending over to pick up a pencil or tie a shoe.

Injuries of this type can produce ligamentous laxity and allow painful abnormal motion. SI joint hypermobility pain can also be caused by leg length discrepancy, gait abnormalities, prolonged vigorous exercise, and trauma. In any case, the resulting dysfunction disrupts the kinetic chain in which the sacroiliac joint is a key link.

sisprainspasm_Fig1Even though the most powerful muscles in the body surround the SIJ, these muscles influence SI motion only indirectly (left). However, the effect the SIJ has on these muscles can be profound. The piriformis, iliopsoas, gluteals, quadratus lumborum, and hamstrings can all be affected to various degrees. With SIJD, these muscles can become tense or spastic, ceasing to perform effectively. This further compromises gait and can lead to development of spinal dysfunction, hip bursitis and leg pain.

Being a transitional structure (below), the SIJ can be thought of as either the bottom of the spine or the top of the leg; it really functions as both. The joint is not very large, especially considering the forces which cross it. What accounts for its stability are its irregular joint surfaces, wedge-like shape of the sacrum, and most importantly, the binding ligaments – the SIJ ligament complex (bottom). These ligaments, considered the strongest ligaments in the body, function like the cables of a suspension bridge. In order for the joint to function properly, each “cable” needs to provide a certain degree of tension and support; each plays a role in bridging the spine to the lower extremities, thus providing the stability necessary for fluid gait and normal body function.

sisprainspasm_Fig2In order to successfully treat SIJD, several factors need to be taken into consideration and properly addressed. These include altered joint mechanics, muscle dysfunction, and ligament incompetence. Chiropractic adjustments serve to re-align the body. Various deep tissue and joint mobilizations, some of which utilize the principle of indirect muscle effect on SIJ motion (muscle energy) help to realign the pelvis and spine.

When possible, self-mobilization techniques are taught, enabling the client to restore alignment on their own. Instruction in body mechanics and activity avoidance helps prevent recurrent painful episodes.

But, it is important for the chiropractor to restore proper muscle length, tone, strength and coordination. To fully re-train coordination, the brain must re-learn aberrant movement patterns and this is not always an easy fix given our flexion-addicted society. Through the Law of Facilitation, the myelin sheath that covers the neurons, over time has re-wired those faulty movement patterns as normal. So, following each deep tissue, myofascial release, and joint stretching session, the client is instructed in specific exercises, including a regimented stretch-strengthen program. This is an essential piece of the puzzle folks.

sisprainspasm_fig3Tight or spastic muscles inhibit progress and are many times responsible for perpetuating the dysfunction. Aqua-therapy is also a useful means of initiating motion recovery and restoring normal movement patterns, particularly when excessive deconditioning or pain is an issue. Although restoring normal function can be extremely challenging, it is never impossible.

 

 

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