I was getting migraines almost once a week. Almost every morning I would wake up with my neck hurting, and I believe that it was triggering my migraines. I had tried everything! Medications, diet changes, vitamins, yoga, etc. Some were temporary fixes, but nothing was working. It was very frustrating. When I met with Dr. Schofield, I explained to him what was going on with my neck. He took some time to talk with me about my migraines before giving me an adjustment. After that first visit I felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. I walked out of the office feeling so different. I didn’t realize what the misalignment in my neck was doing to my body. Dr. Schofield also gave me some exercises to do at home that focused on my neck. I went to get adjusted two times a week for a few weeks. Now, by choice, I go every three weeks to keep my spine in alignment. After two years of on-and-off neck pain and weekly migraines, I have never felt better! I feel more confident making plans with friends and family now. I don’t have to worry about if I need to call off work anymore. I have a much better quality of life. People don’t understand migraine headaches and how truly debilitating they are. I feel more balanced now and I can enjoy my life again without pain.
While At first glance the dental profession may not seem physically demanding, surprisingly many in the dentistry field experience physical discomfort. In fact, a recent research journal study reveals a large majority of those employed in this vocation experience ongoing pain. The purpose of this article is to explain what conditions specifically affect those in dentistry and what can be done to help alleviate their maladies.
The March 2017 Journal of Back in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation published a research study in which an analysis of a health questionnaire was completed by dentists, dental assistants and dental technicians. The findings revealed that neck pain is a common complaint. While nearly 76% of the dentists, almost 91% of the dental assistants, and 40% of the dental technicians experienced neck discomfort, only 40% of those surveyed had sought care for their neck symptoms. The authors of the analysis conclude, “Considering the fact that the said discomforts affect performing both professional and every day activities, its prevention is necessary in order to avoid the consequences they carry.”
When one realizes what a dentist, an assistant or a hygienist has to do each day of work it becomes apparent why they are susceptible to injury. First, they are sitting somewhat hunched over their patient, possibly in a twisted posture for long periods all day. They are also holding their upper extremities in the same position for prolonged periods of time. This places a great strain on the neck and upper back as well as the lower back.
Recently, while at a social function, I met a female dentist who had to quit practicing her profession when she was in her early 50s because of excruciating neck and upper back pain. She told me she would have loved to continue practicing but the prolonged hours of sitting and caring for her patients while performing her duties was more than she could physically bear.
Being in the chiropractic profession myself, I treat a number of folks- both dentists and dental hygienists- for the care of their neck, mid and lower back pain. Once we alleviate their discomfort and they can perform their professional duties comfortably many come back periodically for preventative maintenance care.
Chiropractors are considered to be the “go to” specialists for common conditions of the spine. A chiropractor will have an initial evaluation with the patient and discuss the symptoms they are having. It is also helpful to know if activities of daily living of the patient are hindered. The doctor of chiropractic will also perform a physical examination to determine what is causing the pain. Many times x-rays of the spine are helpful to pinpoint the source of the problem and to rule out more serious pathology. Since chiropractors are trained to help realign and restore proper movement of the spine by giving a safe, gentle manipulation or adjustment to areas that have pinched or irritated nerves they are ideally positioned to help professionals of dentistry.
What was your condition? For years, I had chronic pain in a very specific place under my left shoulder blade. It seemed that nothing could help. I tried massage, stretching, yoga, but nothing worked. I couldn’t find relief, and since I had a slight curvature of the spine from birth, I figured it was just a part of getting “creaky” and older!
How were you referred to chiropractic? I never considered going the chiropractic route because I was skeptical of it. But a little under a year ago, during a time when I was feeling particularly acute pain in my shoulder blade, a couple of close friends told me about Dr. Schofield. I voiced my reticence, but my friends swore by him and urged me to go. I figured at that point (I was in a lot of pain), what do I have to lose?
In your words, what did the chiropractor do? Dr. Schofield is thorough, explains your treatment clearly, and educates you with exercises you can do to be proactive about your own unique healing process.
How has chiropractic helped your hobbies and interests? I am a singer, and the adjustments have helped my alignment-which in turn has helped me be able to support my sound more efficiently. And after a concert performance, I don’t have the awful pain I used to have in my shoulder from holding my music for a couple of hours.
How has chiropractic helped other aspects of your life? Within a month of seeing Dr. Schofield, I felt consistent ease and release in my shoulder and neck that I hadn’t felt in a long time. As a result, I had more range of motion in my neck and head movement. I could rest my head both ways on my pillow at night instead of only to the right! My treatment has also helped me to be more aware of my own body structure. I am using more of my “self” (literally) when I move through space.
Words of encouragement to others? I am so happy I found Dr. Schofield and gave the chiropractic approach a try. Chiropractic is a non-invasive holistic approach because you’re working with your body’s natural ability to heal itself. (It’s a preventative way to avoid surgery for some.) You have absolutely nothing to lose-or be afraid of-and everything to gain by giving chiropractic treatment a try! Thank you, Dr. Schofield!
- National Chiropractic Educational Conference
On February 11, 2017 Doctor Schofield attended a chiropractic conference in Orlando Florida. Chiropractors from various areas of the United States participated. Many topics were covered including treatment of lower back pain, neck pain, sciatica, herniated discs, headaches and treatment of injuries from automobile accidents. Specific emphasis was given to methods of giving patients the fastest possible relief of pain and returning to normal activities.
- Schofield Attends Pain Management Methods Seminar
On August 19, 2017 Dr. Schofield attended a conference, in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, to learn current pain management methods. Topics covered which natural treatments work. In 33 years of practice Dr. Schofield has always searched and used innovative ways to alleviate and control the pain his patients are experiencing. Chronic pain conditions like lower back pain, neck pain, headaches, sciatica, hip pain and shoulder pain are traditionally not helped by medications. Especially concerning is the increasing use of opioid medications for these types of problems. Fortunately, Dr. Schofield learns and continues to use natural treatment techniques for chronic pain in his Pittsburgh North Hills chiropractic office.
- Schofield Receives Additional MRI Training
Many of Dr. Schofield’s patients who have neck pain, lower back pain, sciatica and herniated discs 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. Solutions for neck and lower back pain, herniated discs and sciatica offered by a chiropractor are both safe and natural. Many of these types of conditions are successfully treated without the use of drugs or surgery. Research studies show that chiropractic care has been helpful in improving 90 percent of lower back disc herniation and sciatic leg pain conditions. Dr. Schofield attended postgraduate training on June 3, 2017 in Tampa Florida.
- Protecting Patient Confidential Health Information and Insurance Accuracy
Dr. Schofield attended a continuing education conference on February 4, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Guidelines for protecting patient’s confidential health information and submission of accurate insurance data was comprehensively covered. In our world of cyber activity it is important that private health information is kept secure. Doctor Schofield goes to every degree possible to follow this directive. Additionally, there are many government mandated regulations regarding the documentation and submission of information to insurance companies. This conference reviewed the most recent, up-to-date protocols.
- Schofield Receives Ongoing Training
On June 4th 2017 Dr. Schofield attended ongoing training in proper observance of insurance, Medicare and HIPAA privacy protocols. The training took place in Tampa Florida. The government has been directing doctors to maintain practices of awareness in this ever-changing sphere.
Many people struggle while trying to stay healthy through the winter months. Winter places more stress on our immune systems. We are faced with more indoor confinement requiring closer proximity to people and viruses. Lack of natural sunlight can reduce our body’s ability to be as strong as possible.
However we don’t have to remain helpless to the elements during winter. There are four simple secrets that you can utilize to be much healthier this winter than in the past. These steps are not expensive and will make you much stronger and resistive to illness.
1. Place a Humidifier in Your Bedroom
During the winter months most of us are exposed to some form of dry heat utilized in keeping our homes and workplaces warm. This may be gas or electric heat. Unfortunately these forms of energy do not allow for proper moisture and humidity in our living and working environments. It is helpful to have a humidifier on your furnace. But for many people this is not enough. Buying a small, portable humidifier and placing it in your bedroom is an excellent way to create added humidity while we are sleeping. These are usually inexpensive and can be bought at any of the big box stores.
2. Use a Sinus Rinse Before Bedtime
Our sinuses are a first line of defense for our body’s immune systems. The sinuses not only filter dust and particles and warm the air but create a barrier to airborne bacteria and viruses. The sinus membranes must have just the right amount of moisture. Since the winter month’s air has a lower humidity level our work and home moisture content is reduced. After a month or two sinus membranes can get irritated and become drier. Many people experience nosebleeds during the winter and can attest to this phenomenon.
By using a sinus rinse before bedtime the sinuses can be moistened and kept 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 lukewarm water and a pre-made saline packet. By squirting the water solution up each nostril while standing over a sink the sinuses can be rinsed and moistened. This will make the sinus membranes healthy and strong and help make us more comfortable through the winter.
3. Take Probiotics Supplements
The stomach and the intestinal track are also a very important part of our immune system. The fluids we drink and the foods we eat may contain bacteria and viruses which can attack our immune systems. Normally, there are “good bacteria” in our digestive systems which create chemicals that break down foreign viruses and bacteria. To help ensure that we have plenty of good bacteria in our gut we can take probiotic nutritional supplements. These contain millions of the good type of bacteria and can be taken like a vitamin. Taking these several times a week, or even daily, helps to strengthen this part of our body’s defense mechanism.
4. Have Regular Chiropractic Adjustments
While most people realize that chiropractic care can help with neck pain and back pain, adjustments given by a chiropractor will also help the entire nervous system to remain free of interference and irritation. If the nervous system is healthy it can direct the immune system to work at its optimum level. When the nervous system and the immune system are working at peak performance our body will have the ultimate ability to resist the stresses and demands winter places on us.
We don’t have to accept being unhealthy during winter. We have to take additional steps so as to not succumb to the causes of illness. This winter be proactive in your approach to having a healthy, enjoyable winter season by following these simple, inexpensive secrets.
What was your condition? “I had constant shooting neck pain including stiffness in my neck muscles.”
What steps had you previously taken to get help? “Ice therapy and extreme whining, neither of which were effective.”
How were you referred to chiropractic? “I had previous experience with chiropractic treatment many years ago.”
In your words, what did the chiropractor do? “Dr. Schofield began a schedule of adjustments in conjunction with a home stretching program. I have followed up with periodic adjustments to ensure previous symptoms do not return.”
What are your hobbies and interests? “Travel softball, and very poor attemps at golf.”
How has chiropractic helped your hobbies and interests? “I am now able to complete a full range of motion, and I now can focus on my activites instead of the pain I used to experience.”
How has chiropractic helped other aspects of your life? “The biggest compliment I can give to Dr. Schofield is that I can live my life without having to be aware of neck pain or stiffness. Additionally, my improved posture and back strength have given me a more healthy and professional appearance.”
Words of encouragement to others? “Prior to visiting Dr. Schofield, I was constantly aware of the pain and stiffness in my neck. After my initial treatments and subsequent maintenance adjustments, I have not experienced any of the symptoms that used to be an everyday part of life. The many benefits of Chiropractic far outweigh the minimal time and effort needed for treatment.”
Law enforcement officers 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 police officers tend to have an increased risk of lower back pain. This article will discuss the prevalence, cause and management of lower back pain of law first responders.
A recent study in the February 2017 edition of the Spine research journal looked at lower back pain in members of the profession of policing. Questionnaires completed by 3589 law enforcement officers revealed that almost 70% reported lower back pain symptoms in the last 12 months. Almost 97% of them felt the presence of their lower back pain was partially or totally linked to their work in the police force. Nearly 30% of the respondents lived with chronic lower back pain. These officers were more likely to report a reduction of work activities and lost workdays in the past year due to their pain.
Causes of lower back pain in the police community are from a variety of factors.
Many in law enforcement are required to spend long hours driving in vehicles. As these vehicles are used for longer periods by different drivers the driver’s seats start to break down. The upholstery may become unevenly compacted. If this is the case the driver will be sitting in an unbalanced awkward position for many hours. When this occurs it places physical stress on the lower back and the joints of the pelvis.
Another cause of lower back pain is due to the sheer physicality of the job. Police enforcement officials are required to physically chase suspects, climb over and around obstacles and restrain offenders. At times, a police officer is the first person 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.
A sometimes overlooked cause of back pain is the officers duty belt. A duty belt is worn around the upper hips and not only holds a firearm but many other items such as handcuffs, a baton, a radio, a TASER and a pouch for latex gloves. Duty belts can be heavy, awkward to wear and 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 police officer 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 law enforcement officers who have developed lower back ailments due to their line of work have been helped by chiropractors. In addition, many police officers see chiropractors on an ongoing basis for maintenance care to avoid experiencing an injury and to enjoy a long healthy career.
Our bodies can be in one of these conditions: 1) healthy, 2) unhealthy, or 3) sick. We all know that being healthy means we have no pain or symptoms and that our bodies are working 100% all of the time. But you might ask what is the difference between the latter two?
My definition of unhealthy is the state in which we feel no symptoms but our bodies are not functioning 100%. The definition of being sick is when we feel pain and/or notice our bodies are working improperly and functioning at less than 100%.
An illustration of this might be three types of visits to a dentist’s office. A type one visit would be a check-up where the patient feels no pain and the dentist tells the patient everything looks fine–that person’s teeth are healthy. In visit type two, the patient feels no pain but the dentist discovers some decay in the tooth and puts a filling in the cavity. That tooth was in an unhealthy state but wasn’t bad enough to create pain. Visit type three would be when a patient is in pain and calls the dentist to make an appointment and the dentist finds a cavity that had become bad enough to irritate the tooth’s nerve. The tooth is in a condition of sickness. But to get to the point of becoming sick, that tooth had to be unhealthy first.
Another example might be a heart attack. Many people have no clue that they have heart problems until the actual pain from a heart attack occurs. But obviously their hearts had to be in a state of unhealthiness first.
As a chiropractor, most people I see come to me initially in a state of sickness. They are in pain and seek treatment for their pain. However, in most cases, their bodies had to go through a period of unhealthiness to get to the point of being sick. In most cases, their spines became more and more misaligned. In the early stages of their condition, even though they had no pain, their nervous systems had some low-grade irritation.
The problem with being in an unhealthy state is that a person’s body isn’t functioning at 100% and isn’t operating as well as it should. This may lead to that person having a low energy level and being chronically tired. He or she may not sleep well and may be more susceptible to colds, infections, and illness.
Being unhealthy affects our lives. Job and school performance may suffer if a person is fatigued. Relationships may be strained because one person is “sick and tired” of the other person being “sick and tired.” Even our recreational and vacation periods may suffer if we don’t have the energy we should. Who wants to be tired while on vacation?
Subsequently, it is usually just a matter of time until an unhealthy body with no pain deteriorates to being a sick body with pain.
Chiropractic approaches health from the inside out by accessing our body’s inborn intelligence to maintain our health from within. Just as our inborn intelligence knows how to create the body, it also knows how to heal the body.
Chiropractic helps remove nerve interference caused by misalignments of the spine (called subluxations) which can reduce the flow of nerve energy to all parts of the body. Making this correction is the natural way to health and well-being according to chiropractic. And after a century of successful healing, we know that we must be doing something right.