Types of Back pain

As any good chiropractor would tell you, there is no single cause of back pain. This is because back pain can occur due to various reasons, and affect different areas. It is important that you have an understanding of the nature of your ailment before going to the chiropractor for treatment.

Location Of The Pain

Back pain is classified in two categories, depending on where the pain occurs.

Upper Back Pain

Pain in the upper back, shoulders or neck is termed as upper back pain. There can be certain causes of upper back pain, such as stretched tendons or damaged ligaments due to strenuous physical work. Upper back pains aren’t as common as lower back pains, and can be treated by taking pain relievers such as Paracetamol or by visiting a Chiropractor.

Lower Back Pain

Like the name suggests, lower back pains are directed at the base of the back, and occur due to the overstretching of muscles in the lower back or direct injury to that area. This pain can be caused by a variety of reasons, such as lifting something heavy or bending in an awkward position. Treatment for lower back pains is the same as for upper back pains.

Duration Of The Pain

Besides location, pain can also be classified according to duration.

Acute Back Pain

A short term pain, lasting from a few days to weeks, is called an acute back pain. There may be numerous causes of this pain, the most common being blunt trauma caused by Ankylosing spondilytis, arthritis or other medical conditions.

The symptoms of this pain can range from muscular aches and incorrect posture to shooting pains in the buttocks and back of the legs. Acute back pain can lead to serious problems, but is generally harmless, and most people tend to let it heal itself.

Chronic Back Pain

If the pain lasts for more than 3 months, it is termed as chronic back pain. The cause of chronic back pain can rarely be determined without the help of a Chiropractor or other medical professional. This long term pain gets progressively worse with time; immediate treatment is necessary to prevent further complications.

Now that you know what type of back pain you suffer from, you can act on them by looking up for home treatments online, or doing exercises which may stimulate the back. It is also recommended that you visit your nearest chiropractor who could suggest you treatment options.

 

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Spinal Disc Herniation – Disc Injuries and Chiropractic Therapy

Spine and disc injuries are more common in individuals who lie in the 40 to 60 age bracket. While young individuals who engage in different strenuous work activities (which involve the lifting of heavy loads and operating on machinery for long hours) experience spine, neck and disc injuries which cause great pain. These injuries cause hindrance in the movement of the back and the neck, and are aggravated by continuous involvement in different laborious activities. Spinal disc herniation is a medical condition experienced by individuals because of over-exertion on the back and neck parts of the body. Chiropractors offer different treatment methods to relieve the pain and facilitate movement of the affected individual.

What Is Spinal Disc Herniation?

Spinal disc herniation is a medical condition in which a tear appears on the outer fibrous layer of the vertebra disc, which causes the inner soft nucleus material to bulge and squeeze out from the torn area of the disc.

The tear in the disc is usually attributed to old age in individuals, but may also be caused because of any trauma, straining and lifting injuries, experienced by a young individual, because of different work related and other everyday activities. The nature of the tear in the disc might cause inflammation in the surrounding area, which might put pressure on the nerves, resulting in pain for the individual. The bulging out of the inner pulpous material from the ruptured or torn disc results in a pressure on the spine and disc which causes extreme pain.

Spinal disc herniation is also called a slipped disc condition, though the disc is securely intact in between the vertebra. Individuals suffering from a minor case of spinal disc herniation are able to recover within a few weeks, with suitable rest. But, in cases of extreme damage to the spinal disc, the patient sometimes requires surgical treatment, which does not always provide good results.

Patients with acute spinal disc herniation in the upper, central or lower part of their spinal cord require physical therapy and medications for quick recovery.

Chiropractic Therapy for Spinal Disc Injuries

Chiropractors provide treatment and therapy for the effective recovery of individuals suffering from different forms of spine and disc injuries. They mobilize and manipulate the muscles of the spine and the neck, adjusting the different joints and muscles, to relieve the individual of the excruciating pain experienced because of the different musculoskeletal disorders.

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Chiropractor Rancho Cucamonga shares intermediate level abdominal exercise.

Involves no equipment.
This exercise works the abdominal, oblique internal/external, iliopsoa muscles.
The purpose is to increase abdominal strength and muscular endurance.
The benefits include improved stability, functional strength and injury prevention.

Begin lying on floor.
Lift knees so that a 90º position is attained at hip and knees. Place hands beside ears. Activate core.
Lift shoulder off floor approximately 6 inches attempting to bring elbow toward opposite opposite knee so that both simultaneously meet.

Return to start position and repeat on opposite side. Continue alternating sides until recommended repetitions are complete.

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Heat Related Muscle Cramps

It can happen to just about anyone, physically active or not. During the NBA finals of 2014, LeBron James became the poster child of heat related cramps and how debilitating they can be. During the first game of the NBA finals, the superstar player had to leave the game late in the fourth quarter because he had developed severe leg cramps.

It doesn’t matter how physically active and well trained you are, when you exercise in temperatures exceeding 90 degrees, which is what happened during LeBron’s game when the air conditioner malfunctioned, you are at greater risk of developing heat related cramps. Unfortunately, his team lost the game.

One of the most common causes of muscle cramps is over-exercising in hot environments. The body sweats and loses fluids at an accelerated rate. In order to stay hydrated, the body needs to take in more fluids. When the body goes into a state of dehydration, the muscles are forced to take water from themselves and put it back into the body to keep your blood pumping. As a result, your muscles begin to cramp.

Muscles that get more activity than others generally cramp more often than other muscles. You’re also more likely to suffer heat cramping when you push yourself harder than usual.

My first experience with heat cramps came when I visited my hometown during a break from college. They were have a 5K run and because I’d been on the high school track team, they invited me to join the race. I hadn’t trained in over a year, but figured once you know how to run a couple miles, your body will remember how to do it.

I took the cups of water handed to the runners throughout the race, I spilled more than I drank. I didn’t mind, the water cooled me off.
It wasn’t until about halfway through that I realized that while I had been trying to rehydrate myself, in the extreme heat of that July run, I had stopped sweating.

I was young, ignorant, and figured it didn’t matter. The race was almost over, and sure enough on the last leg where we had to run once around the high school track to cross the finish line I had plenty of kick to finish the race.

About an hour later, however, I began to have the most unendurable cramps I have ever experienced in my life. A trip to the emergency room (yes, they were that bad) taught me that if you ever stop sweating during physical exertion, that is a very dangerous warning sign. It’s a lot like running your automobile engine without any coolant or water.

I came very close to a dangerous heat prostration event. My electrolytes were way out of balance, my heart rate erratic, to say nothing of the cramps. Once I was rehydrated, all my symptoms went away. It’s amazing how wonderful the human body is.

Drinking water helped, but because we also lose electrolytes when we sweat, we need to replace those as well. Coconut water, sports drinks, even pickle juice can help minimize the problems that I suffered. Since that time, I have the most profound respect for exercising in the heat.

Coconut by Maliz Ong

Trisha 32 Days down 33.5 Pounds!

So here is our first check in on Trisha, She is on day 32 on the protocol and has lost 33.5 pounds!

She is doing awesome!

This picture is her with her bra extender!!  She used to have 2 of them and now she is down to the smallest clip on her bra!
    

Day 32 on the protocol and 33.5 PDS down!                         Trish Before Pic!

 

MOMENT OF TRUTH!!! Here she is, Trisha has lost 33.5 Pounds in 32 days! We are so proud of her and her commitment to losing weight!  Yes we do know how to get it off fast, but our real goal is to teach our patients how to keep it off!  Who really cares if we lose 80 pounds but then gain it right back!  Getting it off is the easy part! Give Trisha some love and cheer her on!  I know she is really appreciating it! Here is her first video!  Thanks Trish for letting us follow you on this journey!  We have tons of amazing patients here we want them to all know how proud we are of them!  If your ready to lose your weight but more importantly make a change and keep it off, call us today we would love to help you!  FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION HERE!! 909-945-9982!

 

We are so excited to announce that Trisha is allowing us to follow her on her weight loss journey!  Trisha has decided it is time to lose the weight but more importantly keep it off!  She is doing one of our most popular programs, our 18 week fast track program!  Our goal in 18 weeks is 80 pounds, our males usually will lose between 90 to 100 pounds during this 18 week period.  Weight loss is a commitment, there is no magic pill, cream, or drug that will keep it off!  Sure we can have some extra help along the way, but in the end we have to make the commitment that we are going to change our eating habits and keep it off!  Here at RC Medical center and weight loss, we are committed to helping our patients lose the weight but more importantly teach them a new lifestyle on how to keep it off!  Yes we have many recourses that can help us along the journey to keep us motivated and achieve fast results!  At RC Medical Center we don’t believe in low carb, low calorie, diet food, that is not a lifestyle!  That is a phase that might last a week or a year, but if we don’t change our lifestyle the weight will come back!  We teach our patients how to stay balance, we don’t take anything out of your eating but we teach our patients how to balance there carbs, protein, and fats, so there metabolism can run at the optimal level!  At RC Medical Center we believe in results!  We know we have to keep our patients motivated by seeing results every single week!  We watch our patients very closely and monitor them at all times!  We have a 90% success rate, and we take pride in that!  We do not let our patients fail!  Failure is not an option at RC Medical Center! 

We hope you will follow along with us and watch Trisha transform her life!  Trisha has been doing the program so far for 30 days, and has lost 28.5 LBS!!We are so excited for her! Check Back every Thursday to see her results! We will be posting another pic next week, so stay tuned! 

 

 

Birthday Bash – Patient Appreciation Day

Birthday Bash – Patient Appreciation Day at Haven Chiropractic

Music by The Black Eyed Peas, song “I Gotta Feeling”

The New Dating Game

I have a friend we’ll call Karen who last dated over twenty years ago. She has found herself newly single and finally ready to enter the dating world again. “I don’t want to go through life alone. I did it once. I can do it again.”

The first thing I suggested was that she put herself in a position to meet people. For the longest time she went from her home to a weekly trip to the grocery store and “church on Sunday” and then complained. “Now that I’m ready to date, I can’t seem to find anyone.”

When I pointed out to Karen that she had very few target-rich environments in her regular schedule. Initially she seemed surprised, but agreed to expand her weekly activities. She started getting a weekly massage, signed up for a gardening class, and volunteered at the library.

Not necessarily the most adventurous activities in some books, but for Karen it put her in contact with people who shared her interests. As she became more involved, she became happier even without meeting someone to date. She almost radiated happiness to the point that people wanted to be with her.

The beauty of Karen’s approach was that life became more of what she was looking for. She found that she enjoyed herself, and wasn’t as worried about looking desperate to find a partner. Then Karen told me something I found to be eye-opening. “I stopped being so picky about who I spend time with. It’s just a date.”

Karen had always been attracted to a certain “type” and when she initially couldn’t find anyone who measured up, she wanted to give up. But she said that once she stopped looking for a type, who might have been all wrong for her anyway, she found that she had a lot more experiences. She has attended baseball games, golf tournaments, gone sailing, and tasted more ethnic food than ever before in her life.

“I go out with a different guy almost every week or two.”

I almost started to become jealous of Karen because she jumped into the new dating field like an old hand. But she said that she had to leave all her past experiences and expectations behind. She now has profiles on several social media sites, a dating profile, and rivals pre-teens in her ability to text now. Before this transformation, she didn’t even have a phone with texting capabilities.

Another piece of advice she shared with me is that she pays her half of the cost of a date. “That way, I can order anything I want without feeling guilty or indebted to someone. I make as much money or more than my dates do, so why not?”

Before too long, Karen made a connection in the waiting room of her weekly massage appointment that is starting to look like it may go somewhere. They have a lot of similar interests, but what really got Karen was the fact that he was attracted to her “love of life” and wanted to get to know someone like that better.

Dating in the 21st century is certainly different than it was a few decades ago, but many things are still the same. Don’t change yourself to please someone else, please yourself. When you’re happy, you’ll likely attract someone who has a similar temperament. Take your time, there really is no rush. But take a page out of Karen’s book and be a little less choosy. She said that the more guys she dated, the better she understood what was really important to her in a partner.

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Date and Dateless
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Back Problems in Teens

Will a chiropractor ever treat an adolescent during his professional career? Junior took a baseball right in the back. Julie fell off the human pyramid during cheerleading practice and landed on her back. Needless to say, parents of athletic adolescents are usually first in line at the chiropractic office.

Can Teens Suffer from Back Problems?

While back problems are more common in adults, they are a rarity in teens since the latter is more flexible and agile. That is why any backaches that accompany any athletic event (such as contact sports) should be immediately checked by a chiropractor.

Back Conditions in Teens

Back conditions that can affect teens or kids include –

  • Any pain that worsens by performing gymnastic activities such as handsprings or the butterfly stroke in swimming may be indicative of spinal conditions such as Spondylolysis. Younger athletes have more chances of developing the condition than older kids who take part in sporting activities.  The condition is often caused by over-use that causes constant trauma and is one of the most common causes of back pain in kids.
  • This is also why the condition has more chances of occurring during a teen’s growth spurt, which is also why it is more common in boys rather than girls. A chiropractor might diagnose Spondylolysis in teens who are aged between 15 and 16. 
  • Any type of backache that causes compromises a teen’s balance or coordination may be caused by a problem in the spinal cord.

Adolescents and teens might put themselves in dangerous situations more than the average five year old, but the fact remains that they are still kids.  In other words, they tend to be more aggressive in their activities than younger children. A four year old will probably not stick his hand in a light socket if he has been electrocuted once. However an adolescent will have to keep stressing his back especially if he is pressured to make a tackle or prevent a touchdown in order for his team to win.

Parents cannot stop commercial advertising or peer pressure that expects their kids to push the envelope, but they can educate on taking better care of themselves. A teenager can always be grounded if he/she doesn’t comply to the rules, but parents will be helpless if a backache worsens or worse, ends up paralyzing their child.

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Rancho Cucamonga medical center

Intro.

Treatment and Prevention of Muscle Cramps during Exercise

Muscle cramps that are caused by exercise can be very painful and can cause athletes to drop out of competitions.  Muscle cramps can happen in any types of sports and are usually a result of muscle fatigue, a loss of electrolytes or dehydration.

Cramps are not limited to sports, they can happen even to people who are not involved in any type of sports.  Repetitive cramps can be healed by a chiropractor by aligning the vertebrae correctly in the spine using various techniques.

Causes of Cramps

The American College of Sports Medicine published a review on the causes of muscle cramps during exercise – two possible causes were identified that lead to muscle cramps.

The first was credited to muscle fatigue.  Neuromuscular systems are embedded into muscles to allow control of contraction of the muscles. When this system malfunctions, contraction of muscle takes place and then causes the cramps.

Muscles that are regularly used, such as those of an athlete or a person with a very active lifestyle, are at a higher risk of experiencing cramps or spasms.

The second major cause is a result of an excessive fluid loss from the body (sweat), which decreases the body’s electrolytes level.  This depletes the body of sodium.

Body’s Natural Cooling System

The body is designed to cool itself by sweating when body temperature starts to rise beyond normal levels.   The loss of electrolytes due to sweating can cause depletion of body’s electrolytes and if it is not replenished properly, it will cause cramps.

What are Electrolytes?

Electrolytes are minerals including sodium, chloride, magnesium and potassium. They are dissolved in the body and directly control the required muscle contractions and nerve conductions.

Consuming bananas to treat muscle cramps has no solid ground and there is no evidence to support such a remedy.

Treating Muscle Cramps

– Fatigued Muscles

Treatment of muscle cramps depends upon the initial cause.  For those people who experience a muscle cramp due to a strenuous workload such as exercise or sports, chiropractors recommend treatments such as a massage, application of cold packs to the affected muscles and passive stretching.

Proper rest must be given to those muscles which have experienced an overload due to stress.

– Cramps due to Loss of Electrolytes

For those people who suffer from cramps as a result of excessive sweating and a deficit of sodium, the same methods of treatment can be used besides replenishing the lost fluid levels.

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