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What is Wry Neck, and How’s it Treated?

What is Wry Neck, and How’s it Treated?

Also called acute torticollis, wry neck is a painful condition resulting from a tilted or twisted neck. If you find you’re tilting your head to one side to try to get rid of the pain, this is the likely problem.  Fortunately, Gonstead chiropractors have a solution to this challenging and debilitating problem. 

What Are the Symptoms of Wry Neck?

How can you tell if the problems you’re experiencing are due to a wry neck?  The condition has some pretty specific symptoms, including:

·         Neck pain and stiffness

·         One shoulder is higher than the other

·         Tilting or twisting the chin to one side

·         Swollen lymph nodes near or around the neck

·         Swollen neck and/or shoulder muscles

·         Neck muscle spasms

·         Headaches

·         Inflexibility in the neck, making it hard for you to look to either side or behind you

The Different Types of Wry Neck and Their Causes

A twisted neck can happen at any point in life, from birth to death. It can be something you’re born with or something you acquire.  It can go away on its own, but there’s a high chance of relapse.  Based on the cause, which I’ll go over below, the type of wry neck will be different, as will the level and place of your Gonstead spinal adjustment. 

The most common types of a wry neck include:

·         Fixed or acute torticollis is permanent and usually results from problems with bone or muscle structure.

·         Muscular torticollis is a type of fixed torticollis, but the cause isn’t in the structures; it results from scarring or tight muscles on one side. 

·         Temporary torticollis is due to an ear infection, cold, swollen lymph nodes, or injury to the neck and head.

·         Spasmodic torticollis is a rare condition that usually shows up between the ages of 40 and 60.  It’s when the muscles spasm, causing the head to turn or twist painfully to the side. It can also tilt forward or backward, making it even more painful. 

Other Common Culprits of Wry Neck Pain

Many other possible factors are contributing to a painfully tilted or twisted neck, including:

·         Sleeping on your stomach

·         Sleeping in a hot room with a cold breeze on your face and shoulders

·         Sleeping with two or more pillows under your head and neck

·         Genetics—you can inherit the condition

·         It can happen to a baby in utero if the fetus’ head is positioned incorrectly

·         Staring down at your phone for hours at a time

·         Burn injuries

A wry neck can also be secondary to other conditions like:

·         Herniated disc

·         Slipped facets

·         Bacterial or viral infection

How A Gonstead Chiropractor Treats Wry Neck

kinked neck doesn’t always originate from the neck.  A Gonstead chiropractor takes a more specific approach to treating a wry neck. 

·         We’ll start with a thorough history and visual exam, which is me watching you move your neck in different positions. 

·         Next, I’ll palpate (feel) your spinal column to look for and mark abnormalities. 

·         Then, I’ll target the adjustments to those problem areas, usually in the mid-back (thoracic spine). 

·         Once I adjust the problem areas on the spine and neck, I’ll move into your extremities, especially the shoulder. Misalignment here can often make wry neck symptoms worse. 

There’s no telling how many adjustments you’ll need to treat wry neck symptoms.  Every patient is different. Some require just a few; others need many more.  The important thing is that you should start to feel an improvement immediately following the adjustment. If you’re tired of dealing with the wry neck pain and you live near Norwalk, it’s time to make an appointment with Slovin Chiropractic Center. This condition can be treated with the Gonstead technique, so why wait? 

Sources:

Hopkin’s Medicine – Torticollis

Intero Chiropractic: *PAINFUL STUCK NECK* Helped IMMEDIATELY with the Gonstead Technique

Healthline – Wry Neck


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Balance Problems? How a Gonstead Chiropractor Can Help

Balance Problems?  How a Gonstead Chiropractor Can Help

Do you get the sense the world is spinning around you?  Balance problems are common in a chiropractor’s clinic because they’re usually associated with pelvic or spinal misalignment. Poor alignment can disrupt the messages your brain receives from the eyes, inner ears, joints, and nervous system, leading to symptoms like headaches, vertigo, and brain fog.  

Causes of Balance Problems

Several things could cause dizziness or vertigo, but the most common are inner ear inflammation and a poorly aligned pelvis.  However, some other reasons behind the balance problems could be:

·         Infection

·         High or low blood pressure

·         Stress

·         Motion sickness

·         Subluxation—irritation or swelling affecting spinal nerves as the result of vertebral misalignment

While balance problems are not life-threatening, they can be dangerous if you’re operating machinery or if you fall and bang your head; therefore, it’s something you’ll want to address sooner rather than later.  As Gonstead chiropractors in Norwalk, we can help treat this common problem.

How a Gonstead Chiropractor Treats Balance Problems

Loss of balance can also be related to painful conditions like chronic headaches or migraines, brain fog, fibromyalgia, adrenal fatigue, and a host of other debilitating problems.  When you’re experiencing imbalance and dizziness, the body isn’t functioning at full potential. The role of a Gonstead chiropractor is to re-establish the connections to your internal messaging system by restoring proper function to spinal joints.

Here’s what that looks like:

·         I’ll take a thorough medical history and discuss areas of pain in the neck, back, and extremities. 

·         We’ll talk about adjustments or chiropractic treatments you’ve had in or outside of Norwalk in the past.

·         We’ll also talk about your diet and lifestyle.  Food is a huge factor in your health and well-being.  Intolerance to certain ingredients can lead to inflammation, so we’ll talk about how you can test for and treat food sensitivity and intolerance.

·         I’ll physically examine your spine to find abnormalities like swelling, a shift or curvature that shouldn’t be there, redness, warmth, etc.  The issues are more likely to be in the lower back and pelvis or the neck with balance problems. 

·         Once I identify those problem areas, I go to work readjusting and aligning those bones and joints.

What to Expect

Everyone is different, so there’s no way to know how long it’ll take to fix the balance problems you’ve been experiencing.  However, you won’t walk away feeling worse or confused. We have a high standard of communication and education at Slovin Chiropractic Center because it’s just as crucial for you to understand the problem as it is for me to understand it.

If you’re ready to tackle those balance problems like dizziness or frequent falls, we’re here to help. Don’t let it get so bad you can’t enjoy your life or safely perform daily activities.  Take the first step to balancing your world again. 

Sources:

Intero Chiropractic: Headaches, Nausea, Vertigo Helped with Gonstead Chiropractic

Gonstead Physical Medicine: Vertigo and Dizziness

Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine:  The Role of Chiropractic Care in the Treatment of Dizziness or Balance Disorders


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Golfer’s & Tennis Elbow Pain: What Comes Next?

Golfer’s & Tennis Elbow Pain: What Comes Next?

In Norwalk, we love our sports. Golf and tennis are time-honored pastimes enjoyed by thousands of people who live and visit here every year.  But it’s not only golf and tennis that can lead to this kind of tendonitis (inflammation of the tendons). 

Symptoms and Causes of Golfer’s & Tennis Elbow

Elbow pain usually brings along a few friends. Often, pain in the elbow can radiate up and down the arm into the neck, shoulder, and wrist.  With tennis and golfer’s elbow tendonitis, the pain is usually on the outside the elbow.

And it’s not just athletes who experience pain at the elbow.  The leading cause of tendonitis is overuse; however, accidents and falls are a close second.  The overuse can be from sports, hobbies, or even jobs that require repetitive movements.  However, there are a few other common reasons for elbow pain, including:

·         Fractures or sprains

·         Bursitis

·         Osteoarthritis

·         Rheumatoid arthritis

·         Trapped nerves

·         Elbow or shoulder dislocation

How a Gonstead Chiropractor Can Help Relieve Elbow Pain

Research shows that people with golfer’s and tennis elbow or other forms of elbow pain often have dysfunction and malalignment in their cervical and/or thoracic spines.  Before looking at your arm, a Gonstead chiropractor will do a thorough exam of your spine.  We’re looking for swelling, redness, warmth on the touch, or apparent bony abnormalities. We need to find where you’re having the most trouble with motion or flexibility.

Once we identify the problem areas, it’s time to put those areas of the spine back in place with targeted adjustments to realign those areas.  Then, we’ll move on to realigning the bones and reestablishing fluid flow in the shoulder, elbow, forearm, and wrist. 

In the beginning, this can be an uncomfortable process, but you should notice improvement rather quickly.  However, as with all elbow pain cases, the number of treatments you’ll need will vary depending on a host of factors like how long you’ve had the pain, how it happened, genetics, diet and lifestyle, etc.  

Managing Elbow Pain Outside the Office

Your body is a machine, so it’s always going to need maintenance and tune-ups, most of which happen outside your chiropractor’s office. Here are a few tips to help you manage elbow pain, whether it’s caused by golf, tennis, or some other factor. 

·         Don’t rush back into strenuous activities. 

·         Ice the painful area for 20 minutes three times a day, especially immediately after treatments or therapy. 

·         Limit movements that cause pain.

·         Use a brace when doing strenuous activity.

·         Listen to your body and trust your instincts.  Don’t make things worse by overworking yourself.

Working with a Gonstead chiropractor for tennis or golfer’s elbow pain may seem strange because many believe we primarily treat issues in the spine, but this is a myth.  We treat all conditions of the musculoskeletal system, and we specialize in the spine.  You’d be amazed at just how much a good spinal adjustment can do for your painful elbow.  Don’t wait. At Slovin Chiropractic Center in Norwalk, we love taking care of joints.  You just need to take the first step.

Sources:

Tennis Elbow Pain Relief by Dr Suh Gonstead Chiropractic

ForeverWell Chiropractic:  4 Causes of Elbow Pain
Mayo Clinic: Causes and Symptoms of Elbow Pain