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» How to Avoid Pregnancy Back Pain
» Drug-Free Headache Relief
» Erase Your Backache with Spinal Manipulation
» Hoverboards + Kids = A Trip to the ER?
» Lifting With Knees Is Better For The Back

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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Erase Your Backache with Spinal Manipulation  

The next time you hurt your back, donít reach for the ibuprofen or ask for a prescription painkiller.† A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association concludes you can get on your feet again with the simple, effective, drug-free therapy of spinal manipulation. In chiropractic spinal manipulation therapy, a doctor of chiropractic applies specific forces to your spine to align your vertebrae correctly, thereby improving mobility and reducing pain.† In this study, patients with less than six weeks occurrence of low-back pain used a 100-point scale to rate their pain.† Patients treated with spinal manipulation felt that their pain improved by an average of 10 points. In addition, they moved through their day with less overall pain than people who didnít receive the therapy.

Ditch the Drugs
Recent guidelines from the American College of Physicians suggest that spinal manipulation and other therapies like acupuncture and massage should be tried before over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen or naproxen. And, with their risk of addiction, prescription painkillers are also strongly discouraged. While spinal manipulation is safe and effective, there is no evidence it has any serious adverse effects. Minor side effects, like soreness, are generally transient.

Make a Plan
If youíd like a non-invasive, effective way to manage your back pain, contact a local doctor of chiropractic today! Most offer no-obligation evaluations to determine if youíre a good candidate for safe, natural and effective chiropractic care. A chiropractor can examine you and formulate a treatment plan that includes spinal manipulation to help you return to pain-free living as soon as possible.

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:JAMA. 2017;317(14):1451-1460. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.3086
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2018


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Hoverboards + Kids = A Trip to the ER?  

What kid doesnít want a ride on one of the flashy self-balancing hoverboards, zipping along the sidewalk without a care in the world? Unfortunately, a new study shows that these seemingly benign toys have sent a slew of children to the emergency room for various injuries. Among U.S. kids under 18 treated in emergency rooms in 2015-16, a total of 26,854 injuries can be chalked up to hoverboards. Right after the first models were launched, there were reports of boards overheating or catching fire. But rather than burns, the majority of injuries sustained by kids using hoverboards came from falls.† The journal Pediatrics reported that kids most often presented with injured heads, forearms, or wrists, with more than 40 percent of injuries being classified as fractures. Doctors also noted contusions, strains, and sprains. Fortunately, only about three percent of injuries required hospitalization. Dr. Sean Bandzar, an emergency physician at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell and Columbia University Medical Center in New York City and lead author of the study notes that most of these injuries could be prevented with protective gear. And, since most hoverboard injuries occurred at home, the study found that parental supervision in combination with helmets, leg, and wrist pads, is the best preventative to hoverboard injuries.† While itís true that wheeled toys like hoverboards and skateboards definitely carry risk of injury, there is a great benefit to children to getting exercise and improving their coordination.† To provide the safest possible environment for play with these devices, parents should provide proper supervision and make wearing protective gear a non-negotiable house rule.

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:Pediatrics, online March 26, 2018.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2018


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Lifting With Knees Is Better For The Back  

A new French study suggests that lifting with the knees takes more energy than bending at the waist, but that improper lifting can cause lower back pain. The study, published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, found that heart rates increased when subjects squatted to raise and lower a box. The extra energy demand may be why most people ignore warnings about possible back strain.

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, July
Copyright:ChiroPlanet.com 2000


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