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7 Tips from a Chiropractor: How to choose a Chiropractor

Occasionally a friend or patient asks me for a recommendation of a Chiropractor in another part of the country.  If I don’t know anyone in that area, I have to rely on certain clues to help them choose the best chiropractor I can.  I’ve even used these tips to find a Chiropractor for myself once when I was on vacation and hurting.  Here are 7 tips on what I look for in a Chiropractic Physician, in no particular order.

 

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Pinched Nerves after a Car Accident

I hear the term “Pinched Nerves” often in my practice.  While this phrase may not be a standard medical term, it is commonly and easily understood and a good way to visualize the problem.  Other terms for the same general condition include nerve damage, nerve compression, impinged nerves, compression neuropathy and radiculopathy.  Regardless of the name, pinched nerves occur when pressure is placed on the nerve by other structures –  tissues, bones, cartilage, or tendons.

Automobile accidents and the trauma to the body that goes along with them are common causes for pinched nerves and the associated symptoms.  Some symptoms are quite obvious – headaches, neck pain and back pain for example.  Other symptoms of nerve interference are more subtle but can be just as debilitating over time if not corrected.  Pinched nerves after auto accidents may result in the following symptoms:

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5 Yoga Pose “NO”s for Back Pain Patients

As America’s back pain sufferers search for non-opioid solutions to their back pain, more and more we chiropractors are asked questions about yoga as a way to alleviate some of that pain.  Indeed, Yoga provides many health benefits as it improves flexibility and balance and provides a bit of mild cardiovascular exercise.  Some Flow Yoga and Sculpt Yoga in Greenville also provides more substantial cardio and strength training.  Yoga may serve to preserve spinal mobility and prevent falls as a person ages.  However, there are some cautions that chiropractic patients or anyone with low back issues should heed.

While strong lower back muscles are a good thing, people should keep in mind that they “work” the muscles in their low back every day, all day, doing the normal movements of daily living, not to mention work they perform when lifting, pulling, etc.  Typically, it’s the abdominal muscles that are weak and underused, so that’s a betterarea to target when you want to strengthen your core.

Which leads me to the yoga poses most likely to cause or exacerbate back pain, not help it.  These common exercises generally extend the low back…and are likely to irritate discs and other soft tissue surrounding the spine.

  1. Camel – Avoid this one.  If it’s called for in class, concentrate on working your glutes and contracting your abs as you lean back slightly while keeping the back straight.
  2. Superman, Locust, Cobra – There are many variations of these poses that involve lying on one’s stomach and raising arms, legs, or both. Do them very gently, if at all,and concentrate on keeping abdominals taut.  It’s also a good time to just rest.
  3. Wheel – Even if you CAN do wheel, it’s not a good idea for your low back. If you must, press in to it with your shoulders, show everyone you can do it, and then immediately and gently lower back down and hug knees to chest.
  4. Heel to Knee Hamstring stretch – this exercise is very commonly recommended for tight hamstrings which often go hand in hand with tight lower backs. But this particular stretch (when you lie on your back with one heel on the other bent   knee, and then pull the knee toward your chest) puts an uneven strain on your low back and may aggravate injuries.
  5. Upward Facing Dog – This exercise can be accomplished safely if you move into it slowly with your abs and quads engaged, being sure not to just drop the back and belly into an exaggerated lumbar extension. Unfortunately, that is easier said than done when a person becomes tired as class progresses.  As soon as you feel yourself making some sloppy movements, start moving directly in to down dog from plank, rather than moving through Up Dog during Chaturanga.

 

 

 

Remember, it’s more important that your lumbar spine be STABLE than it is to be flexible.  Take it easy on your low back by making some modifications so you can continue to reap the benefits of yoga in the long run.  Or if you want to learn some non-yoga exercises that can safely improve your spinal flexibility, range of motion and core strength, just ask.  I’m happy to provide all my patients at Brown Chiropractic Center with customized exercises.

Jeff W. Brown, D.C., Greenville Chiropractor

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What is Whiplash?

What Is Whiplash?

The neck is a very important part of the body, supporting the head and housing arteries that supply blood to the brain. Whiplash is a neck injury that can occur during an accident, such as a car crash or any other high-impact injury. When automobile accidents cause the head to jerk forward or backward, the neck may suffer a grievous strain because this force stretches and tears the tendons and muscles located in the neck. The resultant strain is what is sometimes referred to as whiplash.

While accidents, such as car crashes, are the most common causes of whiplash, athletes suffer from whiplash as well, often from contact sports such as soccer and football.

Whiplash is not the only type of injury commonly sustained in an auto accident.  Headaches, concussion, shoulder pain, numbness in the arms and hands, back pain, leg pain, blurred vision and ringing in the ears are all common post car accident symptoms.

Differentiating a Sprain and a Strain

As already pointed out, whiplash is basically a strain. However, (more…)

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Meet our Accessible Chiropractic Table

Lloyd Galaxy Ultimate HiLo Adjusting Table

   Patients have asked me about this and our other Chiropractic adjustment and treatment tables.  I purchased this table for its versatility in accommodating many different types of patients with many different problems.  This picture illustrates how the table can stand straight up to allow a patient to stand against the table as it lowers to a flat position.   This allows a patient in a great deal of pain or one with a disability to lie on the table for treatment without having to lie down or get up.  After treatment, the table raises back up to a standing position.

   This adjusting table also provides traction, distraction, and a special adjustable section to accommodate pregnant women.  It also has  a lumbar drop section to utilize Thompson adjusting technique and  is also excellent for Diversified, Gonstead, and Cox lumbar traction and distraction adjusting techniques.

 

So if you or someone you know is having headaches, neck, back, hip or leg pain…please give us a call for a free consultation and exam so that  I can determine if any of these or other adjusting procedures can correct the underlying damage and stop the pain.

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