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Pain from Cramped Spaces: Spinal Stenosis Explained

Pain from Cramped Spaces: Spinal Stenosis Explained

The spinal canal is a freeway; it sends messages to and from the brain to communicate all the body’s systems’ function, performance, and behavior. The channel is an open space down the middle of the spine, protected by the vertebrae and their spongy discs. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of that canal, which can cause congestion in the messaging paths.

Many doctors and well-wishers suggest invasive surgery or pain medication to treat the symptoms; however, there’s a safer and more natural approach.  Our expert chiropractors have been successfully treating back and neck pain in Norwalk for over 20 years.  We personalize treatments, get to the bottom of the pain’s origin, target adjustment techniques, and help patients understand the lifestyle changes needed to treat, manage, and prevent symptoms from recurring.

Spine Narrowing Types:  Foraminal Stenosis and Central Canal Stenosis

The type of spinal stenosis is determined by the exact location of the narrowing and nerve compression. The two main types of stenosis are the foraminal and central canal. Foraminal is also called lateral stenosis because lateral means side, and this happens to the side of the spinal canal.

The foramen is a bony opening where a nerve can pass between two vertebrae in the spinal canal.  Central canal stenosis narrows the center foramen, compressing or inflaming the canal rather than a single nerve hole.

Causes, Risk Factors & Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis

Spine narrowing is usually caused by herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, and ligament buckling or thickening.  It can also be caused by:

·         Bony overgrowths or spurs from wear-and-tear damage

·         Tumors

·         Spinal cord injuries from accidents or trauma

The primary risk factors of developing spinal stenosis include:

·         Age

·         Past (or current) history of trauma or accident injury

·         Scoliosis or other congenital spinal deformity

·         Genetic diseases that affect the bones and muscles

Neck or back pain is the most common symptom of spinal stenosis; however, many often have other signs as well, including:

·         Numbness and tingling in the extremities

·         Weakness in the back, neck, arms, legs, feet, or hands

·         Balance problems or difficulty walking

·         Bowel or bladder dysfunction

·         Painful leg cramping while standing for long periods or walking; often eased when sitting or bending forward.

How Our Chiropractors Address Spinal Stenosis

What can a chiropractor do to help with this constellation of pain symptoms from spinal stenosis?  First, there are a few things we like our patients at Slovin Chiropractic Center to know about treating a narrowed spine:

1.      Spinal stenosis is a common finding in every chiropractor’s office and we can manage it effectively and safely; however, it takes lots of effort on your part in self-care. Dr. Slovin will help you make a plan you can follow.  

2.      Chiropractic care will not make the spinal stenosis worse.  A review of studies over the last 25 years has shown evidence that adjustments improve symptoms and offer many other benefits.

3.      Spinal stenosis cannot be “cured,” but we can safely manage it with targeted adjustments that realign the spine and body’s musculoskeletal infrastructure.

Adjustment and treatment techniques are specific to your body’s unique needs and condition.  There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to chiropractic care for spinal stenosis.  Chiropractic is like any other medical science—it’s a search for answers; there are no rules written in stone for others to follow. At our Norwalk clinic, you’ll get answers from experts who’re committed to finding ways to improve the body’s natural ability to heal. Don’t keep suffering.  If you have pain in the back or extremities, make an appointment with Dr. Slovin today.   

Sources:

Mayo Clinic: Spinal Stenosis

Spine-health: Spinal stenosis

Better Health Alaska: SS chiropractor


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Sciatica: 10 Things to Know & What to do About it

Sciatica: 10 Things to Know & What to do About it

Sciatica is about more than the pain. Actually, it’s not even a medical diagnosis but a symptom of an underlying problem affecting the sciatic nerve.  There are a few well-known facts about this back nerve pain you may already know; there are also a few little-known facts that may help you discover new ways of achieving pain relief. 

5 Common Facts About Sciatica

Some of the most well-known facts about sciatica pain include:

1.      Sciatica can result from a bulging or herniated disc.

2.      Symptoms usually include a sharp, burning sensation that shoots down the leg from the lower back. 

3.      Men and the middle-aged are more susceptible to sciatica pain. 

4.      Sciatica pain makes it hard to move, twist, walk and do daily activities.

5.      Pain relief often requires multiple treatment methods.  

Many patients who come to Slovin Chiropractic Center with sciatica are looking to avoid overusing medications that are often the go-to for sciatica pain relief. We focus on fixing the body’s structure so it can use its natural internal healing resources.  Before we dive into that, let’s look at a few unusual facts about sciatica.

5 Unusual Facts About Sciatica

Nothing is ever as simple as it seems on the surface.  While those with sciatica know all about the painful side effects and symptoms, there may be a few things related to sciatic nerve pain that aren’t so obvious.  These things could be keeping you from receiving adequate pain relief for the back nerve pain.

1.      Diabetic nerve pain looks a lot like sciatic nerve pain; therefore, if you have a history of diabetes either personally or in your immediate family, start with bloodwork to look for the root cause of the pain. Diabetic neuropathy is caused by high blood sugar levels and can permanently damage nerves. 

2.      Bad posture could cause sciatica.  Think about how much you sit, slouch, and look down at your phone or tablet. Your spine goes out of alignment, putting pressure on the discs, which can rupture or herniate, leading to neck and back pain.  

3.      Sciatica may change the way you walk.  Some become hunched over or develop a limp to compensate for the back nerve pain. 

4.      While well known, sciatica is not as common as many people think.  Lumbar disc herniation is the most common cause of sciatica; however, only 5% of those cases turn into sciatic nerve pain.

5.      Most sciatica cases can be treated at home or with non-invasive, drug-free treatments from a Gonstead chiropractor.  

Self-Care for Sciatic Nerve Pain Relief

When the sciatic nerve pain is intense and disruptive, you can start with rest and ice or heat treatments.  Most of the time, ice works best as the pain is usually due to inflammation. Brew a natural anti-inflammatory tea with household turmeric and fresh ginger mixed with green tea to avoid over-the-counter anti-inflammatories.  Drink the tea regularly throughout the day for optimal benefit.

When you’re ready to move gently, start with exercises and stretches that ease the disc into place (if it’s ruptured), strengthen the back’s muscles, and reduce inflammation. Two simple, gentle poses that offer some pain relief include:

1.      Cow and cat pose.  On all fours, alternate arching and hunching the back in slow movements, breathing 1-3 times in each position before switching. 

2.      The child’s pose is a great position to lengthen and stretch the back. It promotes flexibility and openness in the hips. This will help relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve. 

Here are ten other poses that would be good for sciatica pain relief.

Non-invasive, Drug-Free Sciatica Pain Relief

Sometimes, back nerve pain requires medical treatment. Gonstead adjustments and chiropractic care are non-invasive, drug-free, and effective for sciatica pain relief. Watch the video below to see a Gonstead chiropractor fix low back pain.

The Gonstead technique is a targeted, specific chiropractic treatment that adjusts the spine, hips, and extremities.  Problem areas are identified before the adjustment, so it’s nothing like general spinal manipulation. Instead, the Gonstead method demands precision, thereby personalizing your treatment and making it far more effective. 

If you’ve been suffering from sciatica and are looking for safe and effective pain relief, Dr. Slovin in Norwalk can help. 

Sources:

SpineUniverse: Things to avoid with sciatica

Spine-Health: 10 Quick Facts about Sciatica

International Spine Institute:  Everything you need to know about sciatica


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Burning Neck Pain: What it is and How to Treat it

Burning Neck Pain:  What it is and How to Treat it

Burning neck pain feels like hot needles.  Sometimes, the pain races into the shoulder, down the arm, and into the hands as well. The burning sensation can result from various injuries and conditions, some of which we treat with the Gonstead technique at Slovin Chiropractic Center in Norwalk.

The Causes of Burning Neck Pain

The most common cause of burning neck pain at our center is a sprain (in the ligaments) or strain (in the muscles). These are generally due to whiplash injury. Whiplash occurs when the head jerks back and forth or side to side in an accident or traumatic injury.

A few other causes of burning neck pain treated at our chiropractic center include:

·         Herniated disc.  When the gel-like substance separating the vertebrae slips out, it often causes nerve compression, which can cause a burning sensation.

·         Brachial plexus injury.  There’s a bundle of nerves that spread from the cervical spinal cord into the shoulder and arm.  If these are stretched, torn, or injured, it can lead to burning neck pain.

·         Radiculopathy.  Like a herniated disc, this condition causes a pinched nerve and is commonly the result of aging, but a trauma injury to the spine can also be the cause. 

·         Central pain syndrome. Damage to nerves in the central nervous system causes a laundry list of pain symptoms, including burning neck pain. 

·         Cervical spondylosis.  This is wear-and-tear on the spine because of age.  The discs get smaller and dehydrate, forming protrusions on the spinal bones (bone spurs).  

·         Carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar nerve palsy, sciatica, and other mononeuropathies.  This is damage to a single nerve that often leads to a burning sensation.

·         Torticollis.  A wry neck commonly occurs from a poor sleep position, bad posture (such as looking down at your phone for several hours at a time), or injury.

·         Stingers. The athlete’s body takes a beating, especially in contact sports like football, wrestling, and hockey.  When the head and shoulder twist in opposite directions, or if there’s a direct injury to the area just above the collarbone, the athlete may feel a burning or stinging sensation in the neck, shoulder, and arm. 

Stingers in Athletes

This is an important topic to cover for our active and athletic Norwalk community.  A stinger is a specific type of nerve injury in the neck.  There are a few things you should know about it, such as:

·         It can cause weakness, tingling, and numbness in the shoulder or arm.

·         Symptoms are generally quick, but they often return, especially if there are multiple stinger injuries.

·         Multiple stinger injuries can lead to long-term nerve damage.

·         The best way to recover from the injury is to avoid the sport until the injury is treated.

Treating Burning Neck Pain

As with all conditions, treatment depends on the cause of the burning neck pain.  Our chiropractors focus on the Gonstead method to help with various conditions that present with a burning sensation. Here’s how and why the treatments work.

·         Gonstead adjustments are targeted adjustments to the spine, hips, and extremities. The techniques your Gonstead chiropractor performs are like putting the pieces of a puzzle in their proper place. To compare, a general spinal manipulation is like shaking up the box, throwing the pieces on the table, and hoping they all fall in place. 

·         Treatments are non-invasive and drug-free.  This is a novelty in our current society, where pills of all shapes, colors and side effects are thrown out to the public like candy on Halloween. 

·         We personalize treatment plans, and we don’t take a one-treatment-fits-all approach. That approach makes things worse.  At Slovin Chiropractic Center, we promise not to leave you in worse shape than when you came to us. Our personalized and targeted treatment plans are designed to get you back to mobility safely.  

Witness Dr. Suh treat the burning neck pain in this architect with multiple conditions contributing to his burning neck pain. 

If you’re suffering from burning neck pain, see Dr. Slovin for a consultation. Even if you don’t know the cause, we can help you find it and give you our best advice on what to do next.  Don’t let it get worse. 

Additional Sources:

Healthline: Causes of burning sensation

University of Rochester Medical Center:  Put a stop to nerve injuries called stingers

Healthfully:  What are the causes of burning neck pain?


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5 Totally Unexpected Symptoms of a Slipped Disc

5 Totally Unexpected Symptoms of a Slipped Disc

A slipped disc is when the soft cushion sitting between the backbones slips out from the stack and pushes on surrounding nerves, muscles, and joints.  A disc herniation [r1] can affect the entire body, leading to some unusual symptoms you wouldn’t immediately associate with the slipped disc. As Gonstead chiropractors, we treat this condition regularly, which means we’ve seen many typical and not-so-typical symptoms surface because of a bulging disc in the back. Here’s what you should know about them.

Slipped Disc Symptoms – The Usual vs. The Unexpected

Some symptoms are immediate and obvious, including:

·         Pain, redness, or inflammation around the injury site or following the injured nerve root

·         Arm, leg, and hip pain

·         Numbness and tingling

·         Weakness in the neck, back, legs, or arms

Other symptoms aren’t so obvious.  The body doesn’t work in a vacuum.  When something goes wrong in the spine, it can affect all areas of the body. Here are five totally unexpected symptoms of a slipped disc and why they occur.

Urinary Difficulty and Constipation

If disc prolapse happens in the lower back, it could compress and injure some of the nerves bundles at the bottom of your spine.  When this happens, it’s called cauda equina syndrome and can lead to problems with constipation and urination — such as difficulty initiating a stream or incontinence.

Mood Swings

Chronic back pain is proven to cause new or worsened mental health conditions.  On that same token, mental health disorders can worsen chronic pain.  They feed off each other, causing a massive imbalance in essential mood and pain-relieving hormones and chemicals like serotonin, cortisol, dopamine, and endorphins. Symptoms like depression and anxiety could be the result of:

·         Disrupted sleep

·         Constant pain or discomfort

·         Limited movement and, consequently, restricted flow of essential healing fluids and communications

·         Poor job performance because of the injury

·         Low quality of life

Saddle Anesthesia

This symptom is exactly what it sounds like — a loss of sensation in the areas that touch a saddle: the inner thighs, back of the thighs, rectum, and vagina or scrotal regions. 

Foot and Leg Pain

A bulging disc in the lower back can put pressure on the main nerve going down the leg. This is usually called sciatica, which some people experience without any back pain.

Pain While Laughing, Sneezing, or Coughing

When we sneeze, laugh, or cough, we put pressure on the abdomen. You can feel the muscles tighten, and you’ve probably felt the soreness that comes from a good long, hard laugh or a terrible bout of allergies or coughing.  The muscles in the back feel that pressure, which can cause pain in the herniated disc area. 

Safe, Natural & Effective Slipped Disc Treatment

The good news is that we can treat most slipped disc problems at our clinic in Norwalk, Slovin Chiropractic Center.  Using targeted techniques, Dr. Slovin examines the body as a whole and doesn’t focus on just one symptom.  A Gonstead adjustment isn’t the same as spinal manipulation.  Manipulating the spine is like shaking up a puzzle box and hoping all the pieces fall in place.  With a Gonstead approach, you can expect a tailored, personalized treatment that targets the unique issues you’re experiencing. 

Learn more about how a Gonstead chiropractor treats slipped discs. 

No matter how long you’ve had a herniated disc, our chiropractors are well-equipped to help you find the right solution.  Dr. Slovin has successfully treated hundreds of back pain conditions over the last two decades without using dependency-causing medications or invasive surgeries.  Experience the relief for yourself and request an appointment at Slovin Chiropractic Center today. 

Sources:

UCLA Health:  Disc Herniation

Oasis Med:  Chronic Back Pain and Mental Health

Mayo Clinic: Herniated Disc Symptoms and Causes

Core Orthopedics and Spine Medicine: Unexpected Symptoms of Herniated Disc[r2] 

Subluxation and Gonstead Chiropractic Care Explained

Subluxation and Gonstead Chiropractic Care Explained

Subluxation is the primary disorder a Gonstead chiropractor treats. It’s a word used to describe a condition rather than a disease. When things seem to be going wrong, not working correctly, stiff, or painful, or you just don’t feel on top of your game, treating subluxations with the Gonstead method can help you get back to feeling like new. 

What is Subluxation?

A subluxation is a disorder of the vertebral disc and the joints immediately above and below it.  A subluxation could be in the shoulder, elbow, ankles, wrists, or any joint. A Gonstead chiropractor treats subluxations without surgery and medications.

The most common type of subluxation treated in a chiropractor’s office is spinal subluxation.  It’s an inflammatory condition in the discs. Chiropractors use “vertebral subluxation” to describe the disc’s incorrect position, which may be causing some loss of function. Discs are located between the spinal bones.  When that spongy disc swells from time, overuse, or injury, it can compress the nerves traveling up and down the spine, affecting every area of the body.  

Symptoms of Spinal Subluxation

Subluxations are indicative of a process rather than a single, static problem.  It’s a syndrome that leads to constant changes in the body’s tissues, including:

·         Development of muscle trigger points

·         Muscle atrophy or shrinkage

·         Rigid tissues and adhesions in the ligaments, tendons, muscles, and joint capsules

·         Swelling caused by excess fluid leaking from damaged blood vessels

·         Abnormal blood flow

·         Dead muscle tissue from lack of blood flow

·         Internal scar-tissue buildup, especially in cases of chronic back pain

How a Gonstead Chiropractor Treats Subluxation

Identifying specific areas of subluxation helps your Gonstead chiropractor target the problem areas in the musculoskeletal system. This process gives you the personalized treatment plan often missing in a general chiropractor’s office.  It’s a much more effective way to perform chiropractic care because we’re not just realigning everything and hoping it all falls into place. 

Gonstead chiropractors use observation, examination, and special equipment to find these areas of subluxation and adjust them accordingly.  Here’s how it works:

·         Your chiropractor will start observing your gait, posture, and movements the moment you walk through the door.  They have a keen eye for any abnormality in the body’s position.

·         Spinal x-rays are performed when there is a severe disease, fracture, or concern for tear. 

·         Dr. Slovin will then have you move in specific positions to look at your range of motion, posture, and gait in the exam room. 

·         Palpation down the spine and across other areas of concern helps detect areas of abnormalities

·         A Nervoscope is used to examine the spine to detect changes in temperature, which indicates a problem by locating inflammation and muscle spasm.

·         Finally, Dr. Slovin performs a targeted adjustment of those problem areas

Treatment from a skilled chiropractor can sometimes relieve subluxation symptoms in the first session, but it can also take regular treatments to manage a long-term chronic, very sigificant or genetic condition.  Every patient is different, but at Slovin Chiropractic Center in Norwalk, we personalize treatments to help you reach your maximum improvement level as quickly and safely as possible.  When you’re finally ready to address and eliminate some of those pesky subluxations that have been making you feel like you’re 100 years old , come and see us!

Source:

Spine Health: Subluxation and Chiropractic

Gonstead Methodology

Gonstead Chiropractic: What is Subluxation


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Treating Sciatica Pain and Hunchback the Gonstead Way

Treating Sciatica Pain and Hunchback the Gonstead Way

Sciatica pain is generally confined to the lower back; however, it affects the entire spine. Many vertebrae in the upper and mid-back will move out of place, turn around, or swell because of low back pain that causes you to hunch your shoulders and back for long periods.

What is Kyphosis, and What Causes it?

Kyphosis is the medical term for a hunchback.  It’s an outward curvature of the mid to upper spine and is frequently accompanied by pain and discomfort about the humped appearance.  The cause of kyphosis could be hereditary, the result of trauma or disease, or poor posture.  Most of the time, it’s due to poor posture, trauma, or disease.

As Gonstead chiropractors in Norwalk, we see a lot of patients with sciatica pain and hunchback. If it’s due to bad posture, we can get the spine back to its proper alignment.  If it’s due to disease, trauma, or present since birth, our Gonstead chiropractic techniques can help reduce and manage symptoms safely, noninvasively, and effectively. 

What is Sciatica, and What Causes the Pain?

The sciatic nerve starts in your lower back and travels down your hips, buttocks, leg, and feet. This important nerve makes actions like sitting, running, walking, lifting, standing, and climbing possible.

The causes of sciatica pain are usually:

·         Spinal bone spurs (hard, smooth bumps of extra bone)

·         Herniated disc

·         Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the canal in which the nerve passes)

How Gonstead Adjustments Treat Sciatica Pain and Hunchback

There are five components to receiving a Gonstead adjustment:

1.    We’ll do an x-ray if there’s a suspected injury.

2.    Palpation is where your chiropractor physically feels the spine to look for swelling and abnormalities.

3.    Instrumentation is when I’ll use a Nervoscope to compare bilateral temperatures, helping me find those specific areas of inflammation and muscle spasm.

4.    Visualization is when your chiropractor watches your body’s movements while walking and performing simple actions and your position while sitting and standing still.

5.    Symptomatology is the study of symptoms. Gonstead chiropractors use this to understand your whole body better. To perform adequate treatment, we need to consider every symptom you’re experiencing, including things that may seem unrelated, such as sleep disturbances, menstrual problems, sexual dysfunction, extreme fatigue, and constipation. 

During the visualization and palpation stages of your treatment, your Gonstead chiropractor can see and feel the areas of inflammation, pain, stiffness, and numbness around the affected vertebrae down the length of the entire spine. 

When there’s significant swelling, I’ll ice and repair the disc before moving onto the adjustment.  That means when discs are significantly rotated, moved, or misaligned, I’ll perform specific techniques to repair that disc before performing the more intense adjustment. 

Note, this can be a painful process, but it’s a temporary discomfort that’ll provide significant relief.  Sometimes, following the adjustment of a severely misaligned vertebra, I’ll place an ice pack on the area to help the “angry nerves” calm down. 

Kyphosis caused by sciatica pain is a condition we regularly treat at Slovin Chiropractic Center.  We’re committed to the Gonstead technique because it’s proven effective, safe, and noninvasive.  It’s a far cry from other methods like spinal manipulation.  Manipulation is a generic treatment, kind of like performing exploratory surgery for a persistent stomachache. Manipulation doesn’t identify the origin of the problem, so symptoms are more likely to return.

If you’re ready to change the way you move, make an appointment with a Gonstead chiropractor in Norwalk today. 

Sources:

·         YouTube:  *HUNCHING OVER* From PAIN Helped with Gonstead Chiropractic

·         YouTube:  Hunched over in pain HELPED by Dr Suh Gonstead Chiropractor

·         How Chiropractic Helps Patients Who Suffer From Kyphosis

·         How Chiropractic Helps Those That Suffer from Sciatica


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10 Reasons You Need a Gonstead Chiropractic Cervical Adjustment

10 Reasons You Need a Gonstead Chiropractic Cervical Adjustment

Whether your neck pain is recent or long-term, a cervical adjustment can help resolve the issues that come from pain in this part of the spine.  Not all symptoms are apparent, either. Some of them come on immediately, while others wait years to tackle you down.  Therefore, a Gonstead chiropractic neck adjustment is your best bet for a safe and complete recovery. 

Why Get a Gonstead Cervical Adjustment? 

The Gonstead chiropractic method is strategic, specific, and targeted to specific areas of the spine that are out of alignment.  There’s always a spot or few that aren’t aligned.  As a Gonstead practitioner, I don’t do general spinal manipulations, especially in the cervical spine.  That’s like throwing a bunch of puzzle pieces in a box, shaking it up, and throwing the parts on the table, hoping they’ll land in the right place.  

The Gonstead way is non-invasive, safe, and proven effective for a significant number of conditions.  A cervical adjustment may be where most of the focus will be, but Gonstead treatment targets all areas of misalignment.  We find them by using a few simple tools: 

  • Full-spine X-rays are taken to help understand your body’s biomechanics.  Not just if we suspect a fracture, tear, or another type major injury. 
  • Palpation of the spine both while still and in movement allows me to pinpoint areas of misalignment.
  • A nervoscope is a dual-probe device that takes the temperature in the spine to identify areas of inflammation.
  • Visualization starts when you walk into the office.  We pay attention to the set of your shoulders and hips, the height difference between the ears, as well as your posture and gait.  
  • Symptomatology is all about understanding your total body health.  I can apply the most effective Gonstead chiropractic techniques to specific areas when I know all your symptoms. 

10 Reasons for a Cervical Adjustment

A lot can go wrong when the neck’s out of alignment.  The cervical spine is made up of seven vertebrae.  These bones help make up the backbone, which allows you to move and feel everything from the neck down. Fluids, hormones, chemicals, and messages need to travel freely through these bones, or various things could go wrong.  

Here are 10 reasons to get a cervical adjustment from a Gonstead chiropractor:

  1. You frequently suffer from a stiff neck, making it difficult to move your head side to side or up and down. 
  2. You experience regular headaches (4 or more per month).
  3. There is frequent swelling or inflammation in your arms, hands, legs, or feet.  
  4. You have high blood pressure, much of which is due to stress or constant neck pain and discomfort.
  5. You have regular episodes of unexplained numbness and tingling in the extremities.
  6. You feel like you’re running on fumes and tired all the time. The cervical misalignment may be disrupting your sleep quality.
  7. You’ve been in an accident or suffered a major injury at some point in your life. You’d be surprised at how many issues can show up years or even decades after a traumatic injury.   
  8. You regularly experience dizziness or balance problems, which puts you at high risk while driving or operating machinery.
  9. You have a diagnosis of osteoarthritis that is not well-treated on medications, or you’re looking for a non-pharmaceutical approach to joint pain.
  10. Everyday wear-and-tear is one of the biggest problems in the spine.  We all get out of alignment, so even if you’re otherwise healthy, an adjustment from your friendly neighborhood Gonstead chiropractor may be what you’re missing.

If you’re in or around Norwalk and you’re looking for a safe and non-invasive way to reduce pain, improve performance, or just feel like yourself again, treatment from a skilled Gonstead doctor may be just what you need. Visit Slovin Chiropractic Center to experience the Gonstead difference yourself!

Sources:

The Gonstead System 

What Makes Gonstead Special

10 Benefits of a Chiropractic Adjustment

The Cervical Spine


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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