(VIDEO) Chiropractors treat more than back pain

Chiropractors treat more than back pain… A great video from BC Chiropractic, as part of their Let’s Talk Back series.

It’s true! Chiropractors like Dr. Burdell treat so much more than back pain. Because the spine is core to your nervous system, spinal problems can cause disturbance or disruption in any system of your body. Our wellness approach looks for the underlying causes, (which may or may not be causing symptoms at the time.) This is why we have our patients complete Wellness Screening and a stress survey before we begin treatment. The information they provide plus a consultation at our office will determine the best course of action to get your body balanced and healthy.

If your life is disrupted by pain- in the back, neck, head, or limbs, chiropractic care can help you feel like yourself again. Injuries to the spine can happen at any stage of life and the reasons vary from traumatic injury, like a car crashes, to overuse in the workplace, or even chronic illness. Don’t live with the pain. Make an appointment today! 541.223.5331

Building a strong core can help you prevent back injuries. Try one of these workouts- (VIDEO) Quick Back Workout, Yoga Warm-Up, and one of our office favorites 2 min Yoga for a Healthy Back. Patients can also ask us for a copy of Back Care Yoga.

Also remember to lift heavy item properly, bend your knees and keep your back straight. This way, your leg muscles will do most of the work.

More Information:

Causes of Spinal Cord Injury – The Mayo Clinic

Prevent Back Pain – Health Finder

 

(Article) Migraines: 8 Things Everyone Needs to Know

1. “Migraine” is not synonymous with “bad headache.”

If a person has a bad headache, they do not automatically have a migraine. Migraine is a neurological disorder that 12% of Americans1 have and research increasingly shows that it is genetic. When someone “has a migraine,” they are experiencing an attack of this neurological disorder. If someone does not have the underlying neurological disorder, it is impossible for them to have a migraine attack… Read the full post.

2. Head pain is not the only symptom of migraine.

3. For 90% of people with migraine, attacks are disabling.

4. Painkillers are not a panacea.

5. A migraine is not over when the most painful phase passes.

6. During a migraine, thinking and finding words are difficult, decision-making ability is impaired, and a person can be extremely irritable.

7. People who have migraine are not more stressed out than those without migraine.

8. Lifestyle changes are often beneficial for people with migraine, but they aren’t always sufficient.

Please read the full article for more information.

If you are having migraines or any type of chronic headache you should have them evaluated. Our Wellness Screening is designed to identify key areas that are out of balance in your body. We will help you create and manage goals for your health and wellness to help you to avoid or interrupt the downward spiral of chronic pain and disease. Early detection, identification and solution based intervention is a critical key to long term wellness. Give us a call (541.223.5331) for a consultation.

MigrainesMore Information:

Migraine Phases – Migraine.com

18 Signs You’re Having a Migraine – Health Magazine

Migraine Information – The Mayo Clinic

Excedrin Coupons – Excedrin.com

(Article) What you need to know about Zika virus

What you need to know about Zika virus

By – John Ross, MD, FIDSA, Contributing Editor for Harvard Health Publications
Until recently, Zika was an obscure virus, confined to equatorial Africa and Asia, and known only to specialists in tropical medicine. It was discovered in 1947, when scientists studying yellow fever in the Zika Forest of Uganda stumbled on a previously unknown virus in a feverish rhesus monkey. In 1958, it was shown that Zika is primarily spread by the bite of the Aedes mosquito…

The vast majority of people with Zika virus are not very sick. In fact, most have no symptoms at all…

In those who do get symptoms, the most common finding is an itchy red rash. Fever, headache, joint and muscle pains, and inflamed eyes are also frequent. People typically recover in 2 to 7 days, and death is rare… READ THE FULL ARTICLE.

Key facts from WHO

  • Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes.
  • People with Zika virus disease usually have symptoms that can include mild fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache. These symptoms normally last for 2-7 days.
  • There is no specific treatment or vaccine currently available.
  • The best form of prevention is protection against mosquito bites.
  • The virus is known to circulate in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific.
  • Full Fact Sheet on the Zika Virus

More Info:
What the rise of Zika (and other viruses) might tell us about our planet – Harvard Health Publications
4 ways to protect your family from mosquitoes – Harvard Health Publications
Help Control Mosquitoes that Spread Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika Viruses – CDC
Mosquito Bite Prevention – CDC

(VIDEOS) How Do Pain Relievers Work?

This is a great video that shows how and why we feel pain and how two of the most basic pain relievers work.

“Some people take aspirin or ibuprofen to treat everyday aches and pains, but how exactly do the different classes of pain relievers work? Learn about the basic physiology of how humans experience pain, and the mechanics of the medicines we’ve invented to block or circumvent that discomfort.”

While chiropractic care focuses mainly on spinal pain, the ultimate goal of chiropractic care is to help relieve pain and help restore normal function. This is our “Wellness Approach”, looking for the underlying causes of any symptoms and making whatever interventions and lifestyle adjustments that would help “turn on the body’s natural healing ability”. If you are experience issues with pain we encourage you to contact our office for a free wellness screening.  541.223.5331

Also see this article for more information…

All those different brands, varieties, and strengths filling the shelves at the drugstore can give anyone a headache! While there may be a hundred different color boxes and bottles on the shelf, there are basically four different types of non-prescription pain-relievers, otherwise known as analgesics. Each has their benefits and drawbacks, and which works best for you will depend on your own particular health concerns. The big four are aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and naproxen. Read the full article

(Article) Is Sitting a Lethal Activity?

Is Sitting a Lethal Activity?

The posture of sitting itself probably isn’t worse than any other type of daytime physical inactivity, like lying on the couch watching “Wheel of Fortune.” But for most of us, when we’re awake and not moving, we’re sitting. This is your body on chairs: Electrical activity in the muscles drops — “the muscles go as silent as those of a dead horse,” Hamilton says — leading to a cascade of harmful metabolic effects. Your calorie-burning rate immediately plunges to about one per minute, a third of what it would be if you got up and walked. Insulin effectiveness drops within a single day, and the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes rises. So does the risk of being obese. Read the full article.

Some simple changes can help you combat the ill effects of sitting. Try setting a timer and standing up once an hour. Or stand up when you answer the phone at work. If you are watching TV stand up in between episodes or during commercials. Take the stairs when you can and park in the back of the parking lot when shopping. Try adding more steps, more often into your routine.

Another route is to use a stability ball instead of an office chair. If this is difficult for you at first, commit to 30 mins of chair free sitting a day for the first two-weeks. You could also switch to a standing desk or a peddle desk. There are other options too like a rocking foot rest or an app that encourages mini breaks through out the day.

And check out our previous blog for more tips. (VIDEO) Are We Sitting Too Much?