Firefighters Can Be Helped By Chiropractic Care

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Fire Fighters Can Be Helped With Chiropractic Care

Firefighters are a uniquely positioned profession in many ways. We all know that they are exposed to many risk factors. But few of us are aware that they tend to have an increased risk of lower back pain. This article will discuss the prevalence, cause and management of lower back pain of these first responders.

A recent study in the March 2019 edition of the International Journal Of Occupational Medicine And Environmental Health looked at lower back pain in members of the profession of firefighting. Surveys completed by 430 firefighters revealed that those exposed to higher levels of occupational stress were 52% more likely to report a musculoskeletal condition, with back pain being the most prevalent complaint.

Causes of lower back pain in this community are from a variety of factors.

Many in firefighting are required to spend long hours in physical training. As a chiropractor, I recently treated an officer of a local fire company who was being trained to rescue victims of a building collapse. He and his fellow trainees had to insert themselves into a small enclosed area of  a concrete structure and use a jackhammer to reach a victim in a simulated situation. This exercise placed a significant physical stress on his lower back and the joints of the pelvis.

Other causes of lower back pain are due to the physicality of their everyday job.  At times, fire fighters are the first to arrive at a medical emergency and may have to be in a posturally demanding position to administer CPR, resuscitation, stopping blood loss or moving a victim from a hazard. Inevitably, again, physical stress occurs to the lower back.

An overlooked cause of back pain is the equipment that must be worn and carried. Heavy fire protecting uniforms, an oxygen tank and carrying an axe or firehose can be awkward to wear, carry and therefore apply mechanical stress to the lower back.

There are certainly other causes of stress to the lower back but one gets the overall idea with the examples mentioned.

Whatever the cause of the injury and complaint a physical solution and care from a chiropractor can generally be of help to a physical problem. Chiropractors focus on helping patients who have lower back pain. Many back conditions are caused by misalignments and improper movements of the bones of the spine and the pelvis. Chiropractors can assess the firefighter during a physical examination and determine if realignment by the chiropractor performing a chiropractic adjustment will help in the correction of the cause of the lower back pain.

Chiropractors are experts at treating injuries of the lower back. Many firefighting first responders who have developed lower back ailments due to their line of work have been helped by chiropractors. In addition, many see chiropractors on an ongoing basis for maintenance care to avoid experiencing an injury and to enjoy a long healthy career.

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Meal Prep For Busy People

Let Food Be Thy MedicineOver the years I have mentioned to various people a recipe I use to make a very healthy, homemade vegetable soup. I’m big on preparing food in advance so that it is always available.

Recently, I was asked some specific questions so I thought I would write down everything regarding ingredients and preparation.

A 6 quart crockpot is needed.

The ingredients are mainly obtained at my local Trader Joe’s and are all organic.


  • Kale- 1 10 ounce bag- chopped
  • Power Greens- 2 5 ounce bags- chopped
  • Broccoli- 1 20 ounce bag- cut
  • Carrots- 4-cut into pieces
  • Mushrooms- 6 large mushrooms- cut into pieces
  • Diced and Fire Roasted Tomatoes – 1 can
  • Molasses- 1 tablespoon
  • Honey- 1 tablespoon
  • Sea salt- a pinch
  • Olive oil- 1 tablespoon
  • Flaxseed (ground meal) – one third of a cup
  • Onion- 1 small
  • Garlic-several gloves

Start by lightly sautéing the onion and garlic.

Put all the ingredients into the crockpot. Fill the crockpot to within a half inch of the top with filtered water. Cover the crockpot and seal the lid. Slow cook for nine or 10 hours.

When the cooking process is finishes and the ingredients have cooled stir all the contents evenly.

Usually the contents will provide enough to fill four or five Tupperware containers. Put the containers in the freezer for storage.

I keep a defrosted container in my refrigerator so that I can dish out the ingredients every day. I will ladle some into a cooking pot, add some Trader Joe’s Vegetable Broth, turmeric, pepper and Peruvian Sea Salt (which I get from Steel City Salt Co. in Millvale).

In the winter I like to come home at lunch and have a bowl with some chicken breast added. It really warms and energizes me on those cold, dark days. During the warmer months I’ll have a bowl in the morning with a separate batch of fried eggs.

Kale, greens and broccoli are all in the cruciferous vegetable family. Cruciferous vegetables are very important in detoxifying ourselves. It’s important to eat vegetables in this family every day.

Organic molasses is produced from sugar cane. Sugarcane roots extend deep into the ground and absorb a lot of minerals. Since organic molasses is not processed it is definitely okay to consume. It’s the white processed sugar that we want to avoid.

It’s good to combine pepper and turmeric. Pepper activates the powerful anti-inflammatory ingredients of turmeric and allows for better digestive absorption.

Preparation of foods is very helpful in maintaining a good diet. We can prepare many foods ahead. Some examples would be preparing a salad for the next day. Also defrosting chicken breasts, steaks, fish or any other kind of entrée for the following day. Having a bag of frozen vegetables in the freezer, readily available, for stir-fry is convenient.

By having foods prepped we are much less likely to grab just anything convenient at home or, even worse, stopping for fast food.

If you have any questions regarding this recipe please let me know. If you have any other ideas on food prep you utilize please pass it along.

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My Sinus Headaches Are Gone!

Sinus Headaches
Sinus Headaches Helped By Chiropractic Care

Amanda had been coming to me for several weeks to receive chiropractic treatment for ongoing neck pain. One day upon entering the office she proclaimed: “My sinus headaches are gone!” In addition to having neck pain she also been dealing with a persistent sinus irritation and headache problem. She’d been taking sinus medication but was still having problems. Fortunately, her chiropractic care helped her with both her neck pain and her sinus condition. This article will discuss how neck pain and sinus headaches are associated and how chiropractic care can help. It will also reveal a recent important research study detailing how chiropractors can help headaches attributed to sinusitis.

Many people suffer from neck pain. In our society today is very common due to the amount of sitting we do during our childhood education and with desk/computer jobs that we engage in as adults. For over 125 years chiropractors have helped those with neck discomfort by providing a nonpharmaceutical, nonsurgical, safe, effective method of pain relief.

Chiropractors have noted that many people suffering from neck pain also have problems with their sinuses. These sinus conditions can include headaches in the frontal aspect of the head, stuffiness and congestion of the sinus areas and drainage of the sinuses causing a persistent cough.

A recent research study in the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, February 2019 found that examinations of 31 patients with self-reported sinus headaches and 30 patients without a history of headaches revealed that neck pain in cervical musculoskeletal dysfunction were common among those with sinus headaches which may be a contributing factor to headaches attributed to sinusitis.

In my 34 years of chiropractic practice I often treat patients with sinus headaches and accompanying neck pain/dysfunction with a combination of manual therapies such as a chiropractic adjustments, nutritional counseling and lifestyle advice. When providing manual adjustments to correct misaligned or improperly moving spinal bones in the upper neck many patients get relief of their sinus problems.

Additionally, I commonly recommend patients use an inexpensive sinus rinse bottle. These can be purchased in any convenience store and are found on the “cough/cold” shelves. They usually come with  saline packets that contains a combination of baking soda and salt. One can simply fill the rinse bottle with lukewarm water, empty a saline packet into the water and then gently squirt the solution into the nostrils while leaning over the sink. This provides a gentle way for these sinus membranes to be cleaned and relieved of irritation.

I have found that people who get persistent or recurrent sinus headaches that are resistant to pharmaceutical care get relief by receiving chiropractic treatment.

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OUR PATIENTS SPEAK–Alicia Hornberger

Alicia Hornberger
I am being treated on a maintenance level for some general back and neck pain. I had gone to a Chiropractor previously before moving to Pittsburgh in 2017.
Dr. Schofield has helped me to maintain better posture and alignment by doing adjustments to my spine during my visits.
My job is teaching the blind and I like music, reading, and the outdoors. Chiropractic has helped me maintain better posture while sitting and working with my students. I rarely get headaches now due to chiropractic care.

Dr. Schofield is wonderful and very easy to work with! Chiropractic care is both a great alternative and a great supplement to treatment you may be receiving for various ailments! It is alright to be curious about how it benefits you, everyone’s experience is different! What may help provide temporary relief for one person, could nearly resolve the issue for another.

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Can Chiropractic Care Help Dizziness and Vertigo?

Chiropractic Care Can Help Vertigo

Recently a patient, Tina, came to me for the lower back pain she was having. On her initial visit, while we were talking, she said that she also frequently had intermittent spells of light-headedness and dizziness when arising from lying down on her bed or a couch. She explained how she had been diagnosed as having vertigo and no treatment had helped and she was told she’d have to live with it. She asked me: “Can chiropractic care help with dizziness and vertigo?” I said we could check and see what could be done. Fortunately, we were able to help her substantially.

This article will describe how chiropractic care can help light-headedness, dizziness and vertigo. It will describe what can cause vertigo and how chiropractic treatment can be of assistance. It will also give details about a recent new research study validating conservative chiropractic care for dizziness.

Humans experience balance by way of the three sensory mechanisms. The first is visual. We all know that if we have our eyes open we have better balance than if they are close to. The second is a sensory organ in our ear called the vestibular system. People who get an ear infection many times have balance problems and feel woozy. The third sensory mechanism is found in the joints of the body. Sensory receptors in the joints of our body send the messages of balance to our brain. Our feet, hips and upper joints of our neck are particularly loaded with these important types of joint receptors.

A recent research study in the Journal of Disability and Rehabilitation, February 2019 published important documentation noting the relationship between problems in the upper neck and dizziness. They said that among a group of 236 patients with dizziness, researchers found that 59% also suffered from neck pain. Those with neck pain reported a lower quality of life and worse dizziness symptoms. The authors findings suggest that dizziness may be a symptom associated with what is known as “cervical dysfunction”.

Cervical dysfunction simply means that the bones, called vertebrae, and joints of the upper cervical spine are misaligned and/or not moving properly. This could happen from a trauma or prolonged poor posture such as one might have been a desk job or from repetitive movements like turning the head repeatedly.

Doctors of Chiropractic are trained to assess patients with both neck pain and dizziness. Chiropractors are skilled professionals who are able to feel the areas of the upper cervical spine to see if there is misalignment or improper motion, muscle spasm and inflammation. Chiropractors also can utilize x-rays to examine this area of the spine.

If there is a mechanical problem in this area chiropractors have safe, gentle, effective methods to give conservative treatment to help with dizziness, light-headedness and vertigo.

In my office we have successfully helped many patients, like Tina, who have been experiencing balance problems for over 34 years. Chiropractic care should be a drug-free, nonsurgical option in the healthcare field for those suffering from vertigo.

Reasons to Get Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Get Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy 

There’s no question that a woman goes through tremendous changes during the nine months of pregnancy. This article will discuss how to make it easier to deal with the physical changes that occur during pregnancy by receiving chiropractic care, particularly during the second and third trimesters.

Obvious physical changes that are likely to affect the spine and pelvis will begin to occur during the second trimester. The uterus grows to accommodate the fetus and as it does so the lumbar curve of the spine will increase to account for the stomach protruding further. The pelvis may also start to shift position as the normally strong pelvic ligaments soften in preparation for eventual delivery. In order to counterbalance for the forward protruding abdomen, many women compensate and end up with poor posture as they stand or walk. This places additional pressure on the lower back, pelvis and sacroiliac joints. Sometimes mechanical stress of bones being out of alignment a lead to sciatica, a painful condition causing nerve pain down the leg.

Chiropractic adjustments given to the pregnant woman can realign the lumbar spine and the sacroiliac joints of the pelvis to relieve lower back pain. Adjustments to these joints can also relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve improve nerve pain of the leg.

Many expectant mothers gain a great sense of relief, emotionally, when they are free of pain. This helps the woman to feel more relaxed and have less nervousness during the growth and development of the baby and to have more comfort about the upcoming delivery itself.

When helping pregnant women chiropractors utilize safe, gentle methods to treat the expectant mother. One method of chiropractic care has been successful for treating women during pregnancy is called the Webster Technique. The Webster Technique was developed by a chiropractor named Dr. Larry Webster. He found that by using a chiropractic method he developed many women experience that much more comfortable pregnancy and easier and faster deliveries.

The method he developed is now taught in the chiropractic profession and many chiropractors have taken the training to learn The Webster Technique and are certified practitioners. To find a chiropractor who is certified in the Webster Technique one can check through the online search engines or simply call chiropractors office to learn more.

Any pregnant women who is experiencing mechanical lower back pain during her pregnancy or would like to be proactive in having as healthy pregnancy as possible would be well advised to seek chiropractic care for assistance.

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