For over 100 years chiropractors have successfully treated their patients for neck pain. Neck pain can begin in many ways. Some people hurt their neck from an accident like a fall or a whiplash. Others acquire neck discomfort from a prolonged posture such as doing desk work or sleeping awkwardly. There are those who’s neck pain just starts for no apparent reason.
Neck pain can also be associated with diminished ability to turn the head right and left or look up and down.
A painful neck is a common musculoskeletal complaint that has been found to be both costly and disabling.
A recent research study in The Journal of Musculoskeletal Science and Practice, October 2018 found patients receiving cervical mobilization, a method chiropractors may use in treating neck pain, helped improve the patient’s pain as well as improve the ability to more fully move the head and neck.
Chiropractors are trained to diagnose the cause of the patient’s neck pain and to safely and effectively treat the underlying cause of the condition. The chiropractic profession has found that most musculoskeletal neck pain is the result of misaligned and/or improperly moving joints of the spinal bones of the neck. Some might refer to this as a “pinched nerve”. A doctor of chiropractic can, skillfully and gently mobilize, manipulate or adjust the area to correct the problem. Chiropractic care is very safe and should be considered for those suffering from musculoskeletal neck pain conditions.
You may have noticed during our recent sudden cold snap that your skin feels dry, the area around your fingernails is painful and cracked, your sinuses are acting up and your hair is dry and limp. Are you walking around your house touching things and getting shocked? Don’t be surprised, many others are too.
When the weather gets chilly it is important that we introduce some humidity into our homes.
Here are a couple things you can do:
Turn dehumidifier of your furnace on if you have one
place a small, portable steam humidifier in your bedroom
Use a sinus rinse before bed to keep the sinuses moist and really healthy. This is usually a very simple process. I personally use a product called Neil Med sinus rinse which is simply a small plastic squeeze bottle, filled with warm water and a pre-made saline packet.
Take the steps now to feel more healthy and comfortable during the upcoming cold months.
Dr. James Schofield attended a chiropractic education conference on November 3 and 4, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Schofield practices in Ross Township in the North Hills of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He also has a license to practice chiropractic in Florida and has maintained his license for 35 years.
Many topics were presented including the diagnosis and treatment of injuries related to automobile accidents. The care given by a chiropractor, for patients suffering from whiplash and spinal injuries of an auto accident, is one of the most effective forms of helping the spine to repair and become healthy.
Another emphasis of study was evaluating injuries of the spine with x-ray imaging and MRI. Many of Dr. Schofield’s patients who have neck pain, lower back pain, herniated discs and sciatica may require an MRI or have already had an MRI. By analyzing the MRI Dr. Schofield is better able to diagnose his patient’s condition and render effective treatment.
Dr. Schofield and other chiropractors from the North America also received ongoing training and information regarding insurance protocols, Medicare and HIPPA privacy updates. Dr. Schofield’s office stays current with insurance regulations and government legislation.
On October 26 and 27th 2018 Dr. James Schofield attended a chiropractic educational conference in Longbranch, New Jersey. Doctors of chiropractic from the United States and Canada met to discuss various aspects of healthcare.
One topic was the treatment of children and adolescents. Many adults don’t realize that children may have health problems that chiropractic can help. It is not uncommon to find children suffering from tension, migraine and/or sinus headaches. Frequently children from juveniles to teenagers have problems with their neck and upper back due to poor posture when using technology devices like cell phones. Many children who are involved in sports at an early age can develop aches and pains of their lower back. Infants, toddlers and grade schoolers may be prone to ear aches and infections. Chiropractors are trained to evaluate spine for misalignments. Just as these conditions can occur in adults, they can also cause children to suffer. The diagnosis these types of conditions and subsequent methods of treatment for correction were discussed at the conference.
Being from Pittsburgh you can guess what professional football team I root for. However, no one can deny Tom Brady has to be in the running to be voted as the greatest pro football quarterback of all time. He does many things to take can of his health. It is no surprise that he uses chiropractic care to give him an edge.
One of my patients, Norm, originally came to me with a health problem that affected his ability to enjoy a recreational sport and that also affected his relationship with his wife. Norm had a lower back problem that was limiting his ability to golf. You might ask: “I can see why this would affect his ability to enjoy a recreational sport but why was it affecting his relationship with his wife?” I wondered about this also. Norm told me: “When I can’t golf I just sit around the house all day and drive my wife crazy!”
For Norm’s sake and for the sanity of his wife I was motivated to help eliminate his back pain and get him golfing again. I am a chiropractor and treating lower back pain is one of my specialties. This article will explain why many golfers have back pain and how it can be helped.
Recently a study noted in the South African Journal of Physical Therapy, March 2018 stated that almost half of golfers have back pain. The research showed that among a group of 271 recreational golfers, 45% suffered from mechanical lower back pain and 23% had sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Further analysis showed that nearly 96% of the golfers with sacroiliac joint dysfunction had mechanical lower back pain.
Mechanical lower back pain simply means that there is a movement and/or an alignment problem. The sacroiliac joint is a pelvic joint, in the hip pocket area. There is a sacroiliac joint on both sides our pelvis. Dysfunction of the sacroiliac joint means that it is misaligned and/or isn’t moving properly.
As a chiropractor, I am trained to evaluate the sacroiliac joints in golfers with lower back pain. Through a simple physical examination, it can be determined if one or both of the sacroiliac joints may be misaligned or moving improperly.
If this is the case it is a problem that can be treated with chiropractic care. Usually, a series of “chiropractic adjustments” are given to the patient with misalignments and/or improperly moving sacroiliac joints to correct the cause of the problem. Once corrected, 90% of these back conditions are improved and most golfers can resume the sport.
Many professional golfers undergo regular chiropractic care. I encourage any recreational golfer who is being limited by his lower back pain to explore chiropractic care for their condition. If it’s good enough for the pros it certainly is good enough for the rest of us.