Monday, August 31, 2020

A Common Issue at the Base of the Neck

        Stress at the juncture of the cervical spine with the thoracic region, at the lower neck, may cause compression between the parts of the vertebrae that touch each other and the neighboring soft tissues.
The vertebral parts that touch are called the facets. Here the compression causes a “jamming” of the bone areas together. The adjacent soft tissues become involved, and the result is similar to a clenched fist. 
This causes pain to be referred out into the shoulder, and it can be persistent, usually needing precise intervention to resolve.
Most often the patient presents with complaints of a shoulder problem. However, the real cause of the problem is not in the shoulder at all, but in the neck.
I see this problem often in my office. Specific, precise adjustments with the Activator instrument release the compression and bring patients relief.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Distortion of the Rib Cage

  Often when patients present with pain in the thoracic region, an underlying, global aberrance of the rib cage is involved. 
The patient may say, “I feel twisted,” or “Something feels pulled.”’ They may have been coughing, may have tripped on a curb, fallen, or lifted something while their upper body was turned to one side.
After adjusting misalignments in the thoracic spine, including relieving jammed ribs at their articulations with vertebrae, I always check the status of the rib cage.
Nine times out of ten, I find a torquing of the ribs, in which one side is stressed superiorward, while ribs on the opposite side are stressed downward.
Precise, vectored, subaxillary adjustments with the Activator instrument correct the global rib cage distortion, and put the “finishing touch” on relieving the patient’s discomfort. 

Monday, August 17, 2020

Got Toxic Oils??

If you have grapeseed oil or rice bran oil or canola oil in your kitchen cabinet, you have TOXIC OILS. 
     "Designer oils" such as rice bran and grapeseed oil, commonly promoted as "healthy," are, in fact, extremely toxic. Here's why: these oils are highly processed. Canola oil, which many people assume is healthy because, like olive oil, it is monounsaturated, is also in the HIGHLY PROCESSED category. 
     Processing is necessary to extract the oil from rapeseed (canola), rice bran, and grape seeds, and may include extraction with heat and solvents, as well as chemical bleaching, degumming, and deodorizing. 
     Because the raw oils have monounsaturated and polyunsatured components, when exposed to heat, they readily oxidize. Oxidized oils are toxic and very inflammatory to our bodies.
     Avoid these oils, and use cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil instead.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Headaches / A Myriad of Causes

  Identifying the cause(s) of headaches, ranging from chronic, unrelenting headaches to acute ones, is a challenge faced by M.D.s and Doctors of Chiropractic alike.
There are many different types of headaches, and multiple causes. Nutritional issues should be considered---food triggers may be involved, in which a person gets headaches when they ingest certain foods or food additives. 
Stress, both biomechanical (e.g. postural stress, repetitive motion, injuries) and emotional / psychological, is often part of the picture. Tension headaches are among the most common.
Aberrances of the cranial rhythms is another frequent occurrence closely related to headaches. When I balance a patient’s cranial rhythms, their headaches often disappear.
Sleep apnea is also now recognized as another source of headaches, in which abnormal proportions of oxygen & carbon dioxide result from interruptions in breathing.  

Monday, August 3, 2020

A Secret to Relieving Sciatica

 Sciatica, pain down the leg, is caused by nerve impingement. Location of the impingement is commonly thought to be in the lumbar spine, where the nerves exit between the vertebrae and travel down to the legs, forming the large nerve “trunk” called the sciatic nerve.
If there are degenerative changes in the lumbar spine, and / or if there is history of injury, the lumbar region may indeed be the site of impingement.
But another, often overlooked, site of impingement that causes sciatica is in the gluteal region, where the sciatic nerve passes between the muscles, specifically underneath a muscle called the piriformis. If the piriformis is in spasm, it can cause sciatica.
Episodes of pressure on the piriformis, such as from sitting on hard surfaces, can also impinge of the sciatic nerve where it passes under the muscle, resulting in sciatica.
Orthopedic tests and X-ray can help discern the origin of impingement, but often a trial treatment of precise Activator Chiropractic adjustments, specific stretches, and home care counseling can solve the problem, making X-ray unnecessary.