THE CHIRON BLOG
Have you been told that you have spinal stenosis?
If so, you’re not alone.
Millions of people suffer from spinal stenosis each day, and it’s the number one reason people over 65
years old have spine surgery.
Spinal stenosis describes the compression, or pinching, of your spinal cord, and it can occur due to a disc
herniation, bone spur, or ligament overgrowth.
The good news? Drugs and surgery are not the only way to find relief from stenosis in the neck.
Why it Matters:
For many, the most significant challenge associated with spinal stenosis is the decreased ability to get up
Severe pinching in your neck can cause issues with your arms and legs.
One of the best ways to relieve the symptoms associated with spinal stenosis is to open up the spinal
canal and take the pressure off the nerves and spinal cord.
Many chiropractic techniques focus on decreasing the pressure on your spinal cord, which can help to
relieve the symptoms associated with spinal stenosis.
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spaces within your spine, which can put pressure on the
nerves that travel through it.
Spinal stenosis is most commonly caused by degenerative changes in the spine related to
Relief can often be found through a combination of building strength in the muscles supporting
the spine and improving the flexibility and stability of the spine with chiropractic care.
After beginning chiropractic care, many patients report an improvement in their overall quality of life.
They notice a decrease in their symptoms and the ability to walk further without pain.
If you have been slowed down by spinal stenosis, don’t hesitate to schedule an evaluation with us.
Our expert team is here to guide you towards the best treatment options so you can find relief.
Just give us a call to get started!
Spinal Stenosis. The Mayo Clinic. 2020.
Your neck has a tough job.
It has to hold, stabilize, and move the weight of your head… every day… for a lifetime.
Holding up 11 pounds may not seem like a lot, but the 7 bones and 20 muscles of your neck have to work together in perfect harmony to balance that weight so you to move your head around free of pain.
Postural changes, sudden injuries, and arthritis are just a few of the primary causes of neck pain, and that pain can often be traced to a problem with either the muscles, bones, discs, or nerves in your neck.
Why it Matters:
If you’ve ever wondered “why does my neck hurt” and been unable to turn your head for a day or two, you know how life-changing neck pain can be.
The sharp muscle spasms that restrict your ability to move often happen when your body is trying to protect a spinal joint that isn’t moving correctly.
Almost every bone in your neck has a pair of sliding joints towards the back called facet joints. If those joints become “stuck,” your body will try to compensate, but, over time, that compensation can cause a cascade of additional challenges.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Sudden injuries, arthritis, and postural issues can all contribute to neck pain.
- The small sliding joints of the neck can become “stuck,” leading to muscles spasms and pain.
- Gentle spinal adjustments combined with daily stretching can help restore proper motion in the joints of the neck and reduce pain.
Pain in your neck is your body’s way of saying “pain attention”!
Even if your neck pain often eases up by the end of the day, it’s a smart idea to have our team evaluate how it’s moving.
Movement assessments provide us with an incredible amount of information about your body.
By taking a proactive approach to your health today, you may be able to prevent future episodes of neck pain and stiffness.
It all starts with a call. Our doors are open, and we’re here to help!
Intervertebral Kinematics of the Cervical Spine. The Spine Journal. 2018.
How do I add distance before the season? This is the number one question I get asked at the clinic in regards to golf.. My questions back are à how bad do you want it? and are you willing to work for it? You can read endless books, watch endless videos, buy new clubs, buy new balls, even buy a workout plan but if it not personally tailored to you and your work efforts it just will not work!!!
So for those of us who are going to work a little harder to get healthier, stronger, and improve our golf game please read on!
You MUST create POWER.
P: Positives and negatives: You must strength train concentrically and eccentrically. This means control your movements on both the push and return. If possible create a forced negative environment for your muscles. This requires help from a trained professional.
O: Optimism: These few months of work may hurt, may not give the results asap but they will show up if you are consistent for 90 plus days.
W: Water: Water is key for recovery, competition and let us not forget all bodily functions.
E: Enthusiasm and Energy: The positive frame of mind must include picking yourself up when you are down, eating right, and doing the perfect workout for YOU to up your energy.
R: Recover: You are going to want to push but take at least a one day rest every week and a recovery week once every four to five weeks. The recovery week is not a do nothing week. It is a light conditioning and heavy on the flexibility week.
Goofy Acronym I know but you need to add it to your plan, not only that you have to work the major muscles groups. The top exercises to get your POWER on are:
- Pull ups
- Bench Press
Please ask a trained professional how to maximize your golf routine with these exercises.
NOTE: You must also work on your balance and core!
Serious dancers know the value of chiropractic care. When you perform on a regular basis and demand both grace and strength from your body, you need every muscle to function reliably. You may assume that dancers are effortlessly graceful, blessed with bodies in perfect proportion. The truth is that dancers are train hard to become aware of their body’s posture, which empowers them to correct the unevenness that their bodies have, and to sense problems before and potential get help before it grows unmanageable. Alignment, Function and Balance is what chiropractic care is all about.
The right side of your body probably does not function precisely the same as your left. If you’re right-handed, you’ve probably grown up kicking balls with your right foot, so your right leg muscles have grown stronger than your left. Certain sports are very one-sided, such as golf and tennis: they require you to constantly turn in one direction, without executing the opposite, mirror movement. Both of these factors can lead to exacerbating lack of function and imbalance.
We tend to lift things a certain way, or carry our backpacks, briefcases, and small children on the same side of our body. If your normal activities develop your muscles in a lopsided fashion —which is true of most— then this can cause, or aggravate, imperfect alignment in your body.
Many people have unevenness in their hips, knees, ankles, or legs. Chiropractors are trained to gently correct this unevenness. Why does this matter? Your brain sends messages to your body through your spinal cord and nerves. When you are misaligned, your spinal cord is like a garden hose that you’re stepping on: the water gets through, but not as cleanly and efficiently as it is meant to.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care
Since society now embraces holistic healthcare techniques, chiropractic care is increasingly popular and respected. You should know that Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care—that is, care of the top of your spine along the back of your neck—can have tremendous effects. It makes sense: your neck is the beginning of your spine, and if your nerves are not adequately transmitting your brain’s messages due to misalignment, then different parts of your body will suffer consequences.
The sooner ALL people, not just dancers are able to come to a specialized clinic such as Chiron Chiropractic and functional medicine, and have their nervous system, balance, and other body function tested the sooner people will live a more healthy life.
The search for treatments effective against multiple sclerosis is important, since this disabling disease affects more than 1 million people around the world, 400,000 in the United States. This quest is made more difficult by the fact that the symptoms of MS vary widely from one person to the next, and a treatment that is effective for one person may have no effect on another.
According to the NY Times, the medical establishment has failed to solve the mystery of multiple sclerosis. For that reason, MS patients are often open to diverse therapeutic approaches, and one approach that appears to hold great promise is upper cervical chiropractic care. In order to fully understand how this chiropractic approach is helpful, it is first necessary to have an overview of multiple sclerosis.
Overview of MS
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic and unpredictable disease in which the body’s own immune system attacks the myelin sheath that surrounds the nerves in the brain, brain stem, and spinal cord. This in turn causes irreversible damage to the axons, which transmit nerve impulses from the brain to the rest of the body. Because nerves lead from the brain and spinal cord to every other part of the body, damage to these nerves can show up in countless forms.
The first symptoms of MS are usually noticeable between the ages of 20 and 40, although it is postulated that the disease actually exists in the body long before it makes itself evident. The cause of MS is not known, but environmental factors are considered likely to be involved.
A Breakthrough Approach
Because multiple sclerosis affects and is affected by the upper cervical complex it can be helped by chiropractic care. In 2011 Dr. Scott Rosa demonstrated an Upper Cervical chiropractic technique, which realigns the upper cervical complex can improve blood and spinal fluid to flow normally again. When function and flow is normalized the body can have great benefits.
When the upper cervical complex is not moving correctly biomechanically, the cerebral-spinal fluid (CSF) cannot flow normally out of the ventricles of the brain and down the spinal column. Multiple sclerosis is often characterized by myelin sheath deterioration or dysfunction. If we can return normal flow and function to these areas there may be great relief to the patient. For Example In Dr. Rosa’s research case. the patient suffered from vertigo and would vomit when she would lie down. A revolutionary use of upright MRI was able to locate the misaligned cervical vertebrae, and once these were properly aligned, the subject in this research felt a great relief of her symptoms. Research indicates that the techniques pioneered by Dr. Rosa will provide valuable relief of MS symptoms for a large percentage of patients.
At Chiron Chiropractic it is our goal to help as many people as possible to live a healthier and fully functioning life. We offer tests and care that few others are doing and getting results that are second to none.
“Go with the flow.” “Water under the bridge.” “Rain wears away stone.” “The cure for anything is salt water – tears, sweat, or the sea.” It’s no surprise that so many old saws make water a metaphor for life. Around 60 percent of our bodies are made up of water and even our bones are at least 22 percent water. Adequate water is absolutely essential to staying healthy and fighting off disease. Most healthy adults need about 60-80 ounces of water every day to be adequately hydrated. That is just a general number though and it should be adjusted if you are a youth, senior, or have a medical condition.
Water plays two key roles in your maintaining health: hydration (all cells need water to survive and perform vital life functions) and detoxification.
The majority of people do not get enough water in their daily routine or diet. To make matters worse, many people habitually consume dehydrating agents like energy drinks, sodas, alcohol and coffee/tea. Another culprit is eating a diet that is not readily bioavailable for digestion (processed meats, foods, GMOs, alternative sugars, Transfats, etc) The body has to work harder to digest this food, which utilizes more water and water by products, increasing the amount of dehydrated cells with in the body. Thirst is frequently mistakenly interpreted as hunger, leading to obesity. diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. In fact some of the things that are good or even great for us are dehydrating. Exercise, massage, chiropractic and rest all can change the flow of blood thus requiring more water for proper hydration.
Toxins accumulate in fatty tissues, especially the liver and kidneys. Plenty of water is needed to flood and flush these tissues. Once toxins are emulsified, water then helps transport the toxins through the body AND if properly hydrated they should flush right out of the body versus being taken back up by fatty tissues. Both cold and hot water have their place in a regular detoxification plan. Drinking cold water enters the blood stream more quickly and forces the body to burn calories to warm the water up to body temperature. Hot water can activate our sweat glands, which is our main channel of natural detoxification.
The lack of water causes a litany of discomforts that many people attribute to modern life: fatigue, pain, lack of concentration, irritation, and weight gain. Improving your diet, getting more exercise and reducing stress are key to a healthy life.
Chiron Chiropractic can help you both improve your hydration habits and detoxify your system with Innovative and simple to follow programs.
Whether your muscles are sore or your golf swing has never been where you’ve wanted it to be, seeking chiropractic care can make a difference in your golf game. According to a report done in 2009 and issued by the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, after a few weeks of care and practice, there was statistically, significant improvement in the golfers’ full swing performance after receiving chiropractic care through the study. In other words, those who participated in chiropractic care saw ample improvement in their abilities including how they swung at the ball as well as how far they were able to hit it. Could this type of improvement happen to you?
What Is Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care?
In order to improve the golf swing, seek out a doctor specializing in upper cervical chiropractic care, the type that is most likely to improve our game. This area of care focuses on the alignment of the C1 and C2 bones of the neck and the central nervous system. These are the two top bones in the neck. More specifically, this area of care focuses on how these bones and the central nervous system play a role in your health and wellness.
In the makeup of the body, the C1 vertebra works as a fuse box for all of the communication from the brain to the body. This is where the autonomic nervous system is located. This system is critical because it controls nearly all functions of the body, including the breathing rate, the blood pressure, your body’s ability to heal, and the postural control you have. However, problems can occur here and when that happens, it can lead to pain and discomfort.
What Does Upper Cervical Care Do?
When you work with a doctor who specializes in upper cervical care, you can count on an improvement in the gravitational stress on your body. That is, when the gravitational stress is more normalized, it will balance the body. With more balance, your game improves.
Golf and Chiropractic Care
How can you get help with your golf swing? Seek out Chiron Chiropractic in The Walnut Creek Bay Area. Professionals such as Doctor Larry Callaway DC ATC CSCS CGFIMP2 are specialized in both upper cervical chiropractic care and certified by the Titleist Performance Institute. By improving the alignment of these vertebrae, it is possible to significantly reduce pain and discomfort, but also to provide more balance to your body, as presented by Dr Callaway DC at the World Golf Fitness Summit. In doing so, your body is better able to perform on the greens and fairways. The key step to take, then, is to determine what could be holding you back. Contact these professionals to get the help you need.