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How Can Chiropractic Help You Deal with Repetitive Stress Injuries?

How Can Chiropractic Help You Deal with Repetitive Stress Injuries?

Repetitive Stress Injuries
Humans are creatures of habit. We tend to do the same types of things each day and, by extension, move in the same ways day in and day out. Repetitive motion is extremely common in our jobs, hobbies, and free time, but these types of motions can also lead to unfortunate injuries. This is Repetitive stress injuries

Repetitive stress injuries, also called repetitive strain injuries, cause pain in the muscles, nerves, and tendons because of overuse and repetitive motions in a particular body part. They are most common in upper-body parts like the shoulders, wrists, and elbows. This type of injury is likely to occur in athletes and tradesmen, but can happen to just about anyone who does repeated motions for long periods of time each day.

The cramping, numbness, and inflammation experienced as a result of repetitive stress injuries can be painful to manage, particularly if the motion is common in daily life. At Posture Works, we have assisted many patients in the San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO areas in overcoming pain from their repetitive stress injuries with chiropractic care and exercises.

Avoiding painkillers as a solution

Stress injuries are often first noticed due to the swelling, weakness, lack of mobility, and discomfort they cause in patients. If you experience this type of injury but don’t have it treated, the tissue in the injured area can be damaged and lead to even more severe pain. Most people will instinctively reach for a bottle of pain medication to minimize swelling and discomfort, but pain medication is not an effective long-term plan.

Instead of taking medication, it’s best to visit a chiropractor as soon as possible to have the injury examined and a care plan created. Chiropractic may be able to offer many solutions to repetitive stress injuries through manipulations, stretches, and exercises. Additionally, it is a safe and non-addictive course of treatment that can be sustained long-term.

Addressing the needs of your joints

Your chiropractor may use a combination of techniques depending on the status and severity of your injury. Manipulations and alignments may result in better joint and nerve function, which both actively contribute to the mobility in the area of your injury. Soft tissue massages may help loosen tight muscles and reduce inflammation, which is often a major source of the pain.

If you do not plan to stop doing the motion that is causing your pain, you may need to adjust to take more breaks from the activity, add additional exercises and stretches into your daily routine, and go for regular chiropractic care. Your chiropractor can provide you with exercises and stretches to do at home to help you regain full range of motion in the joints and strengthen the surrounding muscles to prevent future injuries.

The chiropractors at Posture Works utilize an approach called Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), which emphasizes total-body wellness in our San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO patients. With our help, you may experience partial or complete relief from your repetitive stress injury pain and be able to return to doing what you love. Contact us today to get a free consultation!

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.

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4 Reasons Chiropractic is a Better Alternative to Pain Medication

4 Reasons Chiropractic is Always a Better Alternative to Pain Medication

Chiropractic is Always a Better Alternative to Pain Medication

If you wake up with a headache or feel a sudden onset of back pain throughout your day, your first instinct may be to grab a bottle of pain medication and take a pill or two for some relief. Pain medication has taken our world by storm because it offers patients fast pain reduction and additional comfort in their day-to-day lives. Unfortunately, it also can come with some negative side effects.

More and more people are choosing to seek methods of pain relief that don’t involve medication, and for good reason. At Posture Works, we help patients throughout the San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO areas discover the pain-reducing benefits chiropractic may offer them.

Through regular visits to a chiropractor, you just might discover that spinal manipulations treat your pain far better than any prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication can.

Here are four other reasons chiropractic is a better alternative:

  1. Treating the source: Pain medication can be an effective way to alleviate pain, but all it truly does is mask the symptoms of pain. After the pain medication wears off, your pain may return again and again. Chiropractic, on the other hand, seeks to identify the source of your pain and treat it directly. Your chiropractor will work with you to find solutions and relieve the pain entirely, if possible.
  2. Risk of addiction: Short-term use of pain medication is usually fine for the average person, but when a patient needs to take medication long-term, they increase their risk of addiction. Some pain medication is extremely addictive and can lead to larger health problems if taken in excess. Additionally, overuse can lead to tolerance building, which is another way a patient can become addicted.
  3. Injury prevention: While pain medication treats the symptom of the pain, regular chiropractic visits may actually help prevent injuries and pain from occurring in the future.  Spinal manipulations, stretches and exercises might be able to strengthen the body so future injuries are less common.
  4. Chronic pain management: Some pain medication can cause negative side effects if taken long-term, apart from the higher risk of addiction. For this reason, it is not as effective as a treatment for chronic pain, which could last from a few months to a few years at a time. Chiropractic may be a good solution for treating long-term pain because of its goals of identifying the problem and promoting full-body wellness long-term.

If you are facing back, neck or other pain that lasts for longer than a few days, opt to skip the pain medication and try an alternative approach that might work better. Visit a chiropractor to help identify the source of your pain and speak with them about treatment options. Within just a few visits, your body may be feeling better than even before!

At Posture Works in San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO, we utilize a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach to promote whole-body wellness and thorough patient care. Call us today to see what chiropractic can do for you.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.

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What is ‘Foot Drop’ and Why Should You be Talking to Your Chiropractor About it?

What is ‘Foot Drop’ and Why Should You be Talking to Your Chiropractor About it?

What is Foot Drop?

Many people suffer from a condition called foot drop – also known as drop foot – but don’t realize it’s actually an issue. The neuromuscular disorder shows itself in patients who have difficult lifting the front part of their foot, which sometimes causes an abnormal posture while walking, an abnormally heightened gait or swinging of the leg in a wide arc.

Foot drop may go unnoticed over time because patients may get used to the way they walk, but it is often a treatable ailment. Some cases of foot drop go away on their own within a few weeks, while others require treatment or even surgery to correct.

One such form of treatment is chiropractic care. At Posture Works, we strive to help patients living in San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO find alternative solutions to drop foot and other nervous and skeletal system problems, so they can move and live freely.

Symptoms and causes

Patients will struggle to lift the front of their foot because of a weakening of the muscles that allow them to flex their ankles and toes. This usually results in the patient dragging their foot while walking or using an exaggerated stride by lifting the knee higher than normal to compensate.

It may be accompanied by painful tingling or burning sensations, but not all patients experience this. It can occur in one or both feet and happen to people of any age. If unaddressed, the disorder can cause muscular atrophy, or a decrease in muscle mass, in the leg, abnormal posture and problems in the hips from abnormal gaits.

There are many different things that can cause foot drop, most of which are a result of muscle or nerve damage. Damage or pressure on the peroneal nerve – the nerve that runs from the knee to the foot – is a likely cause. Additionally, skeletal abnormalities can cause the disorder, which may require surgery to correct. Here are some of the common causes:

  • Lower back conditions such as herniated disks or spinal stenosis;
  • A stroke;
  • Multiple sclerosis;
  • Foot injuries;
  • Surgical complications;
  • Diabetes;
  • Parkinson’s disease.

To diagnose foot drop, chiropractors will conduct a physical examination, relying on scale of mobility and an assessment of other symptoms to pinpoint the underlying cause.

A chiropractic solution

A wide range of treatment options are available to people suffering from foot drop, but the best option for you will depend on the underlying cause of the weakened muscles. One common treatment includes foot drop braces or splints, which stabilize the foot and ankle at 90 degrees and prevent the foot from dragging.

Surgery may be necessary to correct the underlying cause if it is a herniated disk, spinal stenosis or spondylolisthesis. However, surgery may not always be the best choice. Before turning to surgery, many patients suffering from foot drop caused by spinal issues seek chiropractic treatment to alleviate their symptoms.

Structural problems in the spine or abnormal alignment can reduce the functionality of the nervous system and lead to problems with the peroneal nerve, causing foot drop. To fix these issues, chiropractors may implement spinal manipulations, alignments and decompressions. These treatments can sometimes help patients suffering by relieving the pressure on nerves and joints in the leg experiencing decreased functionality.

Additionally, the chiropractor can help patients work through physical therapy-type exercises and stretches that can correct abnormal gaits caused by the drop foot and improve the range of motion in the ankle.

Leaving Foot Drop Behind

If you suffer from foot drop and are looking for an alternative treatment to surgery, contact the chiropractic team at Posture Works, located in San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO. Through Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), a comprehensive wellness approach, we aim to improve patient care and symptom reduction without the need for invasive procedures.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.

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Causes of Sacroiliitis and Managed Treatment Options

Causes of Sacroiliitis and Managed Treatment Options

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The sacroiliac (SI) joint is located on both sides of the pelvis and connects to the sacrum. It is responsible for providing smooth mobility and absorbing shock from the body during movement. Inflammation in the SI joint can lead to pain in the lower back, buttocks and legs, as well as stiffness or limited mobility in the hips. This inflammation is called sacroiliitis.

A few different things can cause sacroiliitis, including pregnancy, arthritis or hip trauma. In order to identify a treatment plan for joint inflammation, the team at Posture Works assists patients in San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO in determining the original cause of the pain.

Causes of sacroiliitis

Inflammation of the sacroiliac joint may be caused by a few different things. Some are directly related to degeneration of the joint, where others may be caused by an outlying infection.

  • Degenerative arthritis: Osteoarthritis of the spine can affect the SI joints. When degeneration of the joints occurs, it can cause inflammation and pain.
  • Spondyloarthropathy: Spondyloarthropathy is a grouping of inflammatory conditions in the spine, including ankylosing spondylitis. These conditions may also cause inflammation in the SI joints.
  • SI joint dysfunction: Although many people use sacroiliitis and sacroiliac joint dysfunction interchangeably, the two conditions actually differ. Sacroiliitis refers directly to the inflammation of the joint, and dysfunction may or may not cause inflammation.
  • Trauma: If the patient has recently been in a car accident or suffered a major injury to the hips, they may have damaged the SI joint, resulting in inflammation.
  • Pregnancy: Pregnant women often suffer from sacroiliitis because the SI joints stretch as the pelvis widens for childbirth.
  • Infection: An infection in the SI joints may occur, or an outlying infection such as a urinary tract infection can cause SI joint inflammation.

Stopping the pain

For people suffering from sacroiliitis, there are many avenues for managed treatment, depending on the cause. The first thing your doctor will do is determine whether your pain is, in fact caused by SI joint inflammation by conducting tests and by identifying the true cause of the inflammation.

One of the most common includes taking pain reliever medications, whether over-the-counter anti-inflammatory, prescription medications or muscle relaxers.

Other medical treatments may include corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation and electrical stimulation. Surgery, such as joint fusion surgery, may be a solution for more severe cases.

For patients who want to avoid medications or invasive treatments, physical therapy and chiropractic treatments may help reduce inflammation and restore mobility. Stretching and range-of-motion exercises, like the hip flexion exercise and hip adduction isometric hold, can aid in flexibility and stabilize the muscles surrounding the joint. Many chiropractors help patients of all ages improve their mobility and sacroiliitis through chiropractic treatment and spinal alignment.

The chiropractors at Posture Works in San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO welcome patients suffering from sacroiliitis. Through our use of Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), which emphasizes a holistic approach to personalized patient care, we strive to help you move and feel better in your everyday life without extensive medications or invasive procedures. Contact us today to learn more about our chiropractic services.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.

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5 Conditions May Be Causing Your Sciatica

5 Conditions that May Be Causing Your Sciatica

Your Sciatica

If you’re experiencing extreme lower back pain and discomfort, there’s a good chance you’re suffering from sciatica, or irritation of the sciatic nerve. This common ailment affects people of all ages and professional practices and is simply known by its colloquial name: chronic low back pain.

The sciatic nerve begins in the lower back and runs down each leg, which means irritation can have wide-ranging effects on a person suffering from inflammation of this nerve. When the sciatic nerve is stressed or damaged, the full scope of pain can begin above the buttocks and run all the way down the thighs. It’s characterized by constant, throbbing pain in one leg or the other, weakness, limited mobility, sharp pangs when walking, and a consistent searing sensation.

Sciatic nerve issues often result in impaired mobility and an adversely affected quality of life. It’s crucial to seek chiropractic help for this condition, to ensure inflammatory catalysts aren’t left to linger. At Posture Works, we help San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO patients qualify their sciatic condition and explore the best options for dealing with it.

The 5 common causes of sciatic pain

Sciatic pain generally has a catalyst and more often than not, that catalyst is a spinal condition. Take a look at 5 conditions that are prone to putting you at risk for sciatica:

  1. Degenerative disc disease: Disc degeneration is a natural, normal part of the aging process. Some people, however, experience a more rapid and severe disc degeneration process than is normal. This means that nerve endings and roots can be irritated and damaged due to disc degeneration, resulting in sciatica symptoms.
  2. Herniated disc: Lumbar herniated discs occur when the soft, inner portion of a spinal disc begins to leak through its fibrous exterior, resulting in pinched and damaged nerve endings and soft tissues. Herniated lumbar discs almost always cause sciatica and other forms of sharp nerve pain.
  3. Spinal stenosis: As people age, the spinal canal may begin to narrow. This can cause spinal stenosis, a painful condition often resulting in sciatica and other similar symptoms. Spinal stenosis is most often exacerbated by preexisting conditions, like bulging discs and spinal arthritis.
  4. Piriformis syndrome: While not technically ‘true sciatica,’ piriformis syndrome causes almost identical symptoms and is often classified as sciatica by medical professionals. Piriformis syndrome occurs when the sciatic nerve is pinched by the piriformis, a powerful muscle located in the buttocks.
  5. Sacroiliage joint dysfunction: Another form of ‘mock sciatica’ is sacroiliage joint dysfunction. This results from irritation of the sacroiliage joint, which sits at the base of the spine. The sacroiliage joint causes pain identical to sciatica when irritated.

Because the causes of sciatica are varied and its symptoms closely resemble those of other health concerns, it’s important to observe a holistic healthcare approach when dealing with sciatica and its related conditions. If you’re uncomfortable with a doctor’s diagnose or treatment recommendation, remember it’s always advisable to seek out a second opinion before beginning any kind of treatment methodology.

The holistic approach to sciatica

Posture Works strives to help San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO patients understand their low back pain and, where possible, qualify sciatica symptoms. Using Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), our talented, knowledgeable medical professionals pursue a wide range of holistic treatments to help you find the best possible outcomes for coping with this condition.

Reach out to one of our friendly representatives today to learn more about the benefits of chiropractic care for sciatica patients.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.

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Fatigue Fractures are Major Concerns for Athletes; Chiropractic May Help

Fatigue Fractures are Major Concerns for Athletes; Chiropractic May Help

Fatigue Fractures are Major Concerns for Athletes

Fatigue fractures, also called stress fractures, are common problems faced by athletes and anyone else who tends to spend a lot of time on their feet. They are one of the most common types of running injuries experienced and account for more than a whopping 10 percent of all sports medicine clinic visits.

Fatigue fractures occur after a particular area of the body has been stressed repeatedly. When the muscle can no longer take the repeated shock, it begins to transfer impact to the bone, resulting in tiny stress cracks. If left untreated, these stress cracks can become part of the bone structure, resulting in a weaker outer layer of bone that is more susceptible to being broken.

At Posture Works, we’re familiar with the signs of fatigue fractures in our Denver, CO and San Francisco, CA patients. We work hard to help athletes understand why these injuries are occurring, as well as what they can do to help prevent them.

Avoiding stress fractures

The best way to combat persistent fatigue fractures is to understand how they may be arising in your body. Take a look at some of the simplest ways to avoid putting undue stress on your muscles and bones:

  • Train carefully: One of the most common causes of fatigue fractures is an overly aggressive training regimen. Be sure to ramp up your training slowly and under professional guidance. You won’t win any athletic competitions if you’re suffering from a stress injury!
  • Take supplements: Many people don’t have enough vitamin D or calcium in their diets and lifestyles. If you don’t believe that you’re ingesting enough calcium or vitamin D, consult with your chiropractor or doctor about the possibility of taking supplements. They may help you keep your bones strong and healthy.
  • Run on soft surfaces: Running or training on overly hard surfaces, like concrete, can cause extreme and unnecessary stress to your ankles, feet and other leg joints. When you are training, use asphalt or dirt pathways for running and absorbent surfaces, like rubber mats, for other exercises.
  • Use the right gear: Wearing the right shoes can help you prevent a fatigue fracture. The type of shoes you should don depend largely on the shape and size of your feet, and the type of exercise you will be performing. It’s best to consult with a physical therapist or professional trainer prior to investing in a new set of exercise kicks.

Treating fatigue fractures through chiropractic

Chiropractic care offers a number of valuable stress fracture treatment methods that may help you both recover more quickly and avoid the possibility of suffering from another fatigue fracture in the future.

Often, direct manipulation of the fatigued bone and its surrounding joints is coupled with a robust physical therapy regimen. Chiropractic practitioners tend to avoid using oral anti-inflammatory pills, because most non-steroidal options can actually slow the healing process when a bone itself is directly injured. They may use a local analgesic or topically applied essential oil as part of a larger pain management strategy, which may also involve massage.

Physician-guided rehabilitation is also an important step of fatigue fracture recovery. Even after symptoms have subsided, the affected bone may not be entirely healed. It’s important to follow the recommendations of a professional throughout the entirety of your recovery process.

Operating in both Denver, CO and San Francisco, CA, Posture Works is intimately familiar with patients suffering from fatigue fractures and a wide range of other overstress concerns. Using Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), we aim to personalize a recovery and treatment plan that addresses each unique individual. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.