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» How to Avoid Pregnancy Back Pain
» Drug-Free Headache Relief
» New Study Sheds Further Light on the Risks of Opioid Use
» More Exercises Are Proving Helpful for Optimal Brain Health & Function

How to Avoid Pregnancy Back Pain

Ask almost any pregnant woman how her back is feeling and you'll inevitably receive a moan or a groan in response. Its no secret that a majority of women experience regular back pain during the later months of pregnancy. Which is easy to understand. The added weight of their bundle of joy adds pressure to lower back joints causing greater levels of pain that is difficult to relieve. A variety of studies have shown that chiropractic care can help some women experience less pain and in addition, help with a safer, less complicated delivery. With exercise guidance, prenatal nutrition advice and regular soft tissue work, as your Denver chiropractor we look to make your pregnancy and delivery as pain-free and enjoyable as possible. Follow these guidelines for a smooth and healthy pregnancy:

  • Move everyday - Though it may be difficult at times, everyday exercise helps keep joints and muscles pliable and flexible.
  • Pamper your feet - Make sure to keep your feet supported as the extra weight of your baby adds more pressure. Wear flat shoes and always choose to wear arch support.
  • Relieve the pressure at night - A pillow placed between your legs while sleeping will keep your spine better aligned, relieving pressure and pain.
  • Get adjusted regularly - Your chiropractor can help keep your skeletal structure in line and healthy with regular adjustments. 

 

Author: Denver Chiropractor
Source: 5280 chiropractic
Copyright: Dr. Jason Kroese 2015


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Drug-Free Headache Relief

After as many years practicing chiropractic care in Denver as we have, we’ve become very familiar with those patients that suffer from chronic and repeated headaches. Often, our newer patients also have the unfortunate experience of dealing with migraines on a fairly routine basis and seek out a chiropractor in Denver in hopes of alleviating the pain. Recurring headaches are some of the most common complaint we hear from clients, rating just under neck and back pain. But where headaches themselves seem to be as ubiquitous to modern life as mobile devices, their causes and types can be highly varied.

According to the National Headache Foundation, more than 45 million Americans suffer from several types of recurring headaches. The most common of these include:

  • Tension headaches – Usually caused by tightening muscle contractions and cause mild to moderate pain that is known to come and go.
  • Migraines – Where the cause of migraines still remains a mystery, it is estimated that 28 million Americans suffer from the pain that can be at times, quite severe. Symptoms that are associated with migraines include nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, vomiting and abdominal and stomach pain and upset. Migraines have been known to last anywhere from a few hours to three days in length.
  • Cluster headaches – With severe pain located behind one eye or in the eye region, cluster headaches, though fairly rare are considered to be the most severe of headaches. These headaches are so intense in nature that sufferers are often unable to relax or sit still. They are referred to clusters as they seem to come in groups, with attacks happening daily for time periods that can last for up to three months.
  • Hormone headaches – Often associated with changing hormone levels that result from menstruation, pregnancy and menopause, hormone headaches can last come and go during the duration of the cycle the woman is experiencing.

We provide innovative nonsurgical care that can quickly get you out of pain and teach you how to keep it from ever coming back. Schedule your chiropractic treatment appointment with our wellness center team by calling us at 303-371-5280 now.

Author: 5280 Chiropractic
Source: National Headache Foundation, 5280 Chiropractic
Copyright: Dr. Jason Kroese 2015


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New Study Sheds Further Light on the Risks of Opioid Use

As you have probably heard, the country is currently in the grips of a massive opioid epidemic. In 2010, 16,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose. That was four times as many as in 1999. By 2015, that number had nearly tripled to 52,000 deaths. The death toll continues to rise. This problem is formally recognized by the Department of Health and Human Services. This past March, the governor of Maryland even went so far as to declare a State of Emergency because of the problemís severity. While the epidemic is full of complexity, one factor certainly playing a role in its growth is that these powerful medications are prescribed to many patients after only minor operations.†

Factors That May Lead to Opioid Abuse

According to a recent study, patients are equally likely to become chronic opioid users after minor operations as they are following major ones. Among people who are prescribed opioids for reasons unrelated to surgery, only 0.4% will develop a problem. After a major surgery, the rate is 6.5%. However, that is only slightly higher than the rate for patients who have had minor operations, which is 5.9%. A better identifier for who will become a chronic user seems to be the personís history with chronic pain. Those who became addicted to opioids after any type of surgery were 50% more likely to have previously suffered from arthritis or chronic back pain. Smoking also played a role. Smokers were 34% more likely to abuse opioids they were prescribed following surgery. For those who had preexisting substance or alcohol use problems, the odds of becoming addicted were also 34% higher.† These factors have led many experts to call for better screening practices before opioids are prescribed.††

Donít Risk Becoming a Victim of the Opioid Epidemic

No one plans to become addicted to opioids, but when you combine the strength of these drugs and the pain people are often in when they begin taking them, itís not hard to see how we got to a crisis. It also shouldnít come as too much of a surprise that people with chronic back pain are especially susceptible to becoming addicted. The pain can be so severe that patients will accept just about any fate if it means some kind of relief. Fortunately, if you experience pain, your local chiropractor may be able to help. Their noninvasive treatments can be quick, are often highly effective, and importantly donít involve the use of prescription medications. In fact, some patients feel better than they have in years after just one adjustment. Call your local chiropractor today if youíre suffering from pain that wonít seem to go away.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JAMA Surgery, online April 12, 2017.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2017


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More Exercises Are Proving Helpful for Optimal Brain Health & Function

How can you boost brain power? Itís an important question to ask, especially with the rise of dementia and Alzheimerís diseases. Is there really anything that can be done to achieve optimal brain health in an effort to ward off these debilitating diseases? Indeed there is! Reuters recently reported on a study that found more and more physical exercises are proving useful for brain health. Tai Chi seems to dominate the cognitive function category. But theyíre definitely not alone Ė which is great news for people who like activities that are more energetic. A variety of strength training and aerobic exercises have been shown to slow cognitive decline in adults over the age of 50. Neurons in the brain fire whenever people are engaged in a form of physical activity. Even something like walking regularly can have a profound effect on brain function. The neurons in the brain fire whenever people have to balance and contract their muscles. Not only does the rapid firing help the body to perform these functions even better, they keep the brain active and healthy. The Harvard Health Blog recommends walking at the very least. If people arenít into that, they can try:

  • Swimming
  • Dancing
  • Tennis
  • Aerobics Classes

 

And even hiring a personal trainer. The goal here is not so much what type of physical activity a person engages in, but the regularity in which they do it. Exercising at least three days a week is a good start for achieving optimal brain health.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: British Journal of Sports Medicine, online April 24, 2017.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2017


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