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Edmond Chiropractor explains why your joints hurt when you have the flu

Edmond Chiropractor explains why the flu hurts your joints

Nobody likes the flu, but possibly the strangest is how your joints and muscle ache when you have the flu. The edmond chiropractor is here to explain why.

Aching muscles and joints are some of the most common symptoms of a flu, but why does that happen? Joints can become stiff and hard to move. This is because of your immune system. Whenever you have a cold, your immune system releases inflammatory chemicals into your bloodstream to combat the flu. Your white blood cells are usually used to repair and maintain your muscle fibres. However, whenever you have the flu your white blood cells are diverted to help fight the infection. Because there’s nothing helping to maintain your muscles, this also helps add to the aching and soreness. Your white blood cells are also the cells that release the inflammatory infection, called Cytokines. It should be noted though, that if you experience redness or swelling it may indicate something more serious. Should you experience any redness or swelling, seek medical attention.

Edmond Chiropractor explains how to minimize joint pain when you have the flu.

Rest is the biggest factor in recovering from the flu and limiting the effects of aching muscles. Remember, your body is using the same cells it uses to repair your muscles to fight off the flu. So whenever you try to “power through” a flu it slows down your recovery because your body has to divert those white cells to repair your muscles. Rest let’s your body focus on fighting the infection as much as possible, shortening your recovery time. Other ways you can reduce aching is taking a warm bath and wrapping yourself in warm clothes and blankets. Another remedy is warm olive or peppermint oil.

You can keep other kinds of join pain at bay by regularly visiting a Chiropractor like Hooper chiropractic, edmond chiropractor. Call us today at 405-285-7325!

 

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Edmond Chiropractor has tips for cold pain

How the cold can worsen joint pain and how you can help prevent it.

It’s starting to get colder outside, for most this means Hot Cocoa, Christmas decorations, and grand feasts with family. But for some this also means joint pain. Edmond Chiropractor is here to help you deal with that pain.

Why does the cold make joints hurt?

The cold won’t cause issues like arthritis but it can make the pain worse. Our bodies restrict how much blood our extremities receive, using that extra blood to keep our vital organs warm in the cold. This can lead to pain in older people and those suffering from diseases like Arthritis and Raynaud’s phenomenon. This also makes joints and soft tissue stiffen, resulting in more pain.

Ways to reduce the pain

Cover your extremities: Gloves, hats, and scarves can all help reduce cold pain by insulating your body from the cold. Wearing lots of layers will also allow you to peel them off as you start to heat up.

Exercise: It’s important to stay active, especially as we get older. Exercising regularly will keep your joints supple and flexible, reducing the pain you feel from conditions like arthritis and helping to maintain your independence into old age. If your going to exercise outdoors, remember to dress warmly and look out for ice.

Mind over Matter?: Studies suggest that Arthritis also has an emotional effect on our bodies. Making people feel upset or distressed. Colder months can lead to increased depression in some people, which can make pain feel worse. Keeping in good spirits can help to reduce physical pain.

Posture: Of Course, maintaining good posture will put less stress on weaker joints and help reduce pain. However, it’s also important to listen to your body. If something hurts when you do an activity, like a shoulder aching when you reach up, that’s your bodies way of telling you something is wrong. Consider changing or modifying that activity so that it doesn’t use that joint.

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Another great way to maintain the health of your bones and reduce pain from arthritis is to visit a chiropractor. Call the Edmond Chiropractor and schedule an appointment today at 405-285-7325!

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Edmond Chiropractor Explains Insomnia Caused By Spinal Misalignment

Edmond Chiropractor: Helping You Get Back To Sleep

According to some data provided by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research Foundation, there is a possible connection between someone having a problem with Brain Stem Subluxation (a problem in the upper neck) and that person having insomnia. With that being said, even those who do sleep, but feel unrested or can’t turn their mind off could have a potential issue. Our Edmond chiropractor would like to talk to you if you feel like sleep or rest is difficult to obtain for you.

More of the research points to how the nerve cells in the brainstem, or reticular formation, activate portions of your brain that produce wakefulness and sleepiness. As even our Edmond chiropractor could tell you, since the signals fire to and from the brain,  it’s no wonder that if the upper neck is not fully straight, or is misaligned, that insomnia could occur.

You may wonder how this sort of thing can happen to you. The truth is that small misalignments of the spine can happen from every day work or minor exercise. Bigger issues can happen as a result of accidents which cause injuries to the spinal area. Postural changes from one part of the body can often impact other areas as people tend to adjust accordingly to accommodate for the pain as they walk around during the day.

Imagine not sleeping well and then not being able to function properly all day as a result. Sleep is vital, especially since most people spend an average of 1/3 of their life sleeping. Our Edmond chiropractor stresses that a decent rest is important for being able to navigate through work loads, family time, and having an abundant personal life. If you’re not sleeping due to a possible spinal misalignment just know that the vicious cycle can begin to cause other problems with someone’s overall health.

If you’re suffering from lack of sleep or have problems with getting a decent rest when sleeping, you may just need a good adjustment! Feel free to contact our Edmond chiropractor so that we can help you get back to sleep. Our Edmond chiropractor, Hooper Chiropractic, can be reached by calling 405-285-7325.

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Edmond Chiropractor Shares 2 Common Car Accident Injuries

Edmond Chiropractor Getting You On The Road To Recovery

Car accidents happen far too often these days. In fact, the Department of Public Safety shows that in Oklahoma over 53,000 accidents occurred in 2015. This is the most up to date data fully documented at this time, but with so many cases it’s no wonder! Based on the statistics provided, over 44,000 people in Oklahoma were in need of car accident care. Our Edmond chiropractor can only imagine what the statistics for 2016 and 2017 will look like as more people have entered the roadway.

With that being said, today we are here to discuss a 2 of the most common car accident injuries and car accident care treatments that our Edmond chiropractor can provide to you.

1.) Whiplash: This is by far the most well-known car accident injury. The impact is strong enough to force the driver’s head backward and forward very rapidly. The strain put on one’s neck is most common due to rear end collisions. Muscles, ligaments, and the spine running up the neck being extended beyond their average range of motion causes a lot of pain, headaches, stiffness, fatigue, dizziness, and often the injured person has a reduced range of motion.

2.) Spinal Damage: Injuries in the spine can be simple to severe. Common injuries include fractures, dislocation, or crushed vertebrae. Injury to the spine after a car accident can lead to multiple problems, too. For example, a damaged spinal cord can lead to a person’s inability to control bladder or bowel movements, problems moving limbs, difficulty breathing, and loss of sensations.

These two common car accident injuries require that people seek medical attention as soon as possible. The longer one waits, the worse ongoing pain may become. If you have been in accident, our Edmond chiropractor encourages you to seek care quickly!

For dislocated bones, tightened muscles, or pinched nerves a series of chiropractic adjustments can allow the body to be relieved of pain. Within weeks after receiving chiropractic care, most patients notice a difference and are on the road to recovery. If adjustments alone are not enough our office offers several treatment options to supplement the adjustments such as robotic therapy tables and massage therapy.

To book an appointment with our Edmond chiropractor, please contact Hooper Chiropractic by clicking here.

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Edmond Chiropractor Reveals Repercussions Of Living In Daily Pain: Part 2

Edmond Chiropractor: The Cognitive & Psychological Impact Of Pain

As our Edmond chiropractor’s blog article discussed earlier this month (part one here) about 100 million Americans suffer from pain every single day of their lives. In fact, there are so many reported cases that chronic pain has now become the number one reason for long-term disability in the United States. In part one of this series we discussed some negative cognitive side effects of living in daily pain. Today, our Edmond chiropractor would like to share with our readers about the psychological repercussions, as well.

Negative Psychological Side Effects Of Daily Pain

  • Developing Depression: Having something wrong with your body and living with the pain each day can take a mental toll. Just the idea of facing the pain on a daily basis can be enough for some people to feel discouraged, sad, hopeless, and disinterested in general life. While depression is treatable, it’s likely to stick around in about 17% of people for life, especially if they don’t do anything to correct the issue.
  • Experiencing Anxiety: Constant pain can also cause general anxiety problems to occur. Often people think depression and anxiety are the same, but they are actually different despite the fact that many daily pain sufferers will sometimes experience similar symptoms (or develop both problems). The key issues of anxiety include feelings of nervousness, restlessness, a sense of impending danger, and having increased breath and heart rate.
  • Becoming Isolated: A healthy support system for anyone is ideal; unfortunately, for those with chronic pain a breakdown of relationships may occur. Many people in daily pain live alone, because either they feel that outsiders are judging them by saying they’re “faking it” or this is, sadly, actually the case. Sometimes, it’s the pain sufferer themselves who choose to be alone due to the mental frustration of dealing with daily pain.

Do any of these psychological concerns seem like anything you’re going through due to daily pain? Whether your pain is causing you cognitive impairment or psychological issues, our Edmond chiropractor doesn’t feel it’s worth it for you to live this way. If you find yourself in any of these situations, please don’t hesitate to seek help!

In many situations, chiropractic care can correct pain via adjustments to the spine which by default is associated with the nervous system. If you’d like to seek assistance via chiropractic care, please feel free to give our Edmond chiropractor a try.

If you’d like to book an appointment with our Edmond chiropractor, please click here.

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Edmond Chiropractor Reveals Repercussions Of Living In Daily Pain: Part 1

Edmond Chiropractor: The Cognitive & Psychological Impact Of Pain

Did you know that living in pain is something that, according to the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies, about 100 million Americans do every day? That being said, if you’re having joint pain, lower back pain, migraines, or any pain that can be traced back to the nervous system or spine our Edmond chiropractor would love to help. First, we’d like you to know why you should care about getting some relief for that pain!

If you’re suffering then you may already be aware of some of the repercussions of living in daily pain, but we’d like to share some information as a reminder and especially to shed some light on the situation for those who may not understand what it is like to constantly be in pain. Today, our Edmond chiropractor is listing some ways that pain can negatively effect your cognitive functioning.

Negative Cognitive Side Effects Of Daily Pain

  • Forgetting Things: Living a busy life is already difficult enough and makes it easy to forget little things, but imagine being in so much pain that you cannot even remember words. This is a condition called aphasia and it causes people to forget words they would normally be able to recall quite quickly. The extra mental stress of being in pain can make an average person become very absentminded.
  • Losing Focus: Constant pain will often make it difficult to focus on anything besides the pain! Forget trying to write an article (like this one) or working in an office setting and trying to keep up with the load provided to you. The stiffness often associated with trying to cope with the pain can also be a distraction from concentration.
  • Broken Sleep: A good night of rest is, perhaps, one of the most important factors for living a good quality life. Not only do people with daily pain have problems falling asleep from time to time, but there are many who cannot stay asleep once they do manage to nod off. Lack of sleep can cause a plethora of problems all on its own such as impaired thinking, health risks, and accidents. As if those weren’t alarming enough, lack of sleep also feeds even more into the forgetfulness and loss of focus for everyday tasks.

Do any of these major concerns sound like anything you’re going through due to daily pain? If so, please don’t live with it any longer! If you’d like to seek assistance via chiropractic care, please feel free to give our Edmond chiropractor a try.

If you’d like to book an appointment with our Edmond chiropractor, please click here.

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Edmond Chiropractor Provides Workspace Improvement Tips For Spinal Health

Edmond Chiropractor: Improved Workspace = Improved You!

It’s officially “back-to-school” time and that means more time sitting at a desk for many students. In the previous post our Edmond chiropractor talked about how poor posture can have some negative side effects. Today, we’re following that up with ways that you can improve your workspace whether that be at home, in the library, or wherever you find yourself studying or sitting for long periods of time.

Remember, posture is important for a healthy spine and a healthy body overall so here are some tips from our Edmond chiropractor:

1.) Choose The Right Chair: Choosing the right chair to maintain proper posture will allow you to sit without pain. A lot of the chairs are adjustable to accommodate the height difference for many types of people. Of course, sitting up straight with your spine to the back of the chair is important, but also think about how sitting too low or too high can impact your arms and wrist. If your wrists are bent awkwardly for too long it can increase risks of carpal tunnel. Furthermore, elbows should sit comfortably along the sides of your body and your shoulders should be relaxed.

2.) Adjust The Computer Screen: If you’re working at a computer station, most of the time you’ll have the ability to raise or lower the screen to meet your eye level. This is the optimal viewing level to avoid tilting your head and neck too far downward while completing tasks. If you have a laptop computer, try elevating the screen by placing a stack on books under it or consider purchasing a laptop stand.    

3.) Take Short Breaks Often: Allow yourself the space and time to be able to get up and stretch in between cram sessions or projects. As time ticks by it’s possible to forget about your posture and inadvertently start slouching. Getting up occasionally will prevent you from becoming too stiff or from sitting in an incorrect position for too long. Try walking around for just a minute (even if it’s just a bathroom break or a drink break), shaking and stretching your limbs, squeezing your shoulder blades back and forth to loosen up, and taking deep breaths.

Of course, our Edmond chiropractor hopes that these 3 tips will help you improve your workspace and improve your spinal health!

As always, our Edmond chiropractor is also available to help you maintain proper posture through regular spinal adjustments. If you’d like to make an appointment with our Edmond chiropractor, please give us a call at 405-285-7325.

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Edmond Chiropractor Explains How Poor Posture Poses Problems

Edmond Chiropractor: How Posture Makes A Difference

As we head into the month of August there will be an increased number of people changing the way they sit or stand. Due to school starting again teachers will have to stand for long periods of time and students will be sitting behind a desk for hours. As many people find themselves spending more time in a chair or being on their feet for long hours, posture is definitely something worthy of consideration. Today, our Edmond chiropractor is here to share how poor posture poses problems.

A little slouching could do a potentially large amount of damage overtime. Likewise, never taking a break from standing can create some terrible problems. Here’s a few things our Edmond chiropractor would like you to keep in mind:

  • When standing long periods of time the goal is to avoid exaggerating the curves of the neck, upper back, and lower back. Studies show that when you lean forward 60 degrees it places increased stress on your neck which can lead to numbness, pain, and pinched nerves. It’s important to keep your head level over your shoulders, your chin parallel to the floor, and your neck straight. Additionally, your shoulders should not slump.
  • Sitting with legs crossed can cut off the circulation in your body, increasing the pressure and even causing spider veins. Slouching is also a bad habit for people who sit too long. This can create problems with breathing which strains the lungs and makes the heart work harder to provide enough blood for oxygen. It’s important to stand up and stretch those legs every once in a while. When you sit back down try to keep your back straight and maintain proper alignment of the head, neck, and shoulders.

As you may understand, poor posture can strain both muscles and ligaments, making you more vulnerable to injury. Aside from following the little tips our Edmond chiropractor has provided for you, another natural way to correct or maintain posture is through ongoing chiropractic care. Our Edmond chiropractor would be happy to show you how posture makes a difference!

If you’d like to make an appointment with our Edmond chiropractor, please give us a call at 405-285-7325.

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Edmond Chiropractor Discusses Links Between The Nervous System And Fertility

Edmond Chiropractor Helps Restore Normal Nerve Function

There are many reasons that a couple may face fertility issues and while some of them may be far beyond control, most of the top reasons have something to do with years of one not taking care of the body properly. Many people underestimate the nervous system and how much it helps to control and coordinate various functions in the body, including reproductive organs. Often times, our Edmond chiropractor can help simply by performing adjustments to the body which, in turn, work to start restoring balance to the nervous system. This can spark the nerves to begin communicating once again.

You may be thinking about the multitude of medications and procedures which are to assist women with being able to conceive. Likewise, there are fertility drugs for men, as well. Did you know; however, that the side effects often include nausea, headache, vision changes, dizziness, and more? Think about what those drugs do to your body in the long-term. Not only that, but there is a high cost (usually not covered by insurance) associated with these treatments.

Furthermore, things like In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) don’t always work. Statistics state that the majority of women have a per-cycle success rate of only 20-35% and this means several cycles often have to be completed. On the flip side, for men, some studies show that Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI- where they take a male sperm and inject it into a female egg) might increase the risk for birth defects.

While nothing outside of the natural order of things is a 100% guarantee, our Edmond chiropractor would like to offer the safer alternative of trying chiropractic adjustments, first. Our Edmond chiropractor, through a series of cost effective adjustments, can help to restore your normal nerve function which can allow your body to naturally heal itself.

Let it be known that our Edmond chiropractor is here to help both men and women as the nerve roots which make the reproductive organs function (for both men and women) are found near the base of the spine, in the lower lumbar region.

If you would like to give our Edmond chiropractor a try, please feel free to give us a call at 405-285-7325 to make an appointment.

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Edmond Chiropractor Aims To Help Golfers Improve

Edmond Chiropractor Providing Care For Mobility And Flexibility

No matter what the sport, participants just might have one underlying factor that they can all agree on and that is the goal of increasing mobility and flexibility to become better players. Golfers should definitely take into consideration their posture and ability to move fluidly in order to avoid injuries during those powerful swings. With that being said, whether you’re spending your summer playing casual golf games or you’re working up towards becoming a professional player, our Edmond chiropractor aims to help golfers improve via methods of chiropractic care.

First, think about the many problems that can occur in the body as a result of the repetitive motions necessary to perfect that backswing. Players can develop back problems from twisting in the middle back, especially if they don’t adopt the proper posture. Swinging a golf club also requires many joints throughout the body to be put to use including in the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, spine, hips, feet and ankles. One improper move can result in a world of pain for the player.

How can our Edmond chiropractor help?  

Here are a few examples of how our Edmond chiropractor can keep golfers in the game:

  • Chiropractic care addresses common chronic low back pains that many golfers experience.
  • Alignment of the spine helps golfers maintain posture and flexibility.
  • Adjustments relieve pressure build up in the joints, preventing them from remaining stiff and causing injury.
  • Some stretches performed both manually and with high-tech chiropractic equipment can improve mobility.

Remember, your golf game can only be improved by how much you’re able to put into it and you can only put into the game as much as your body allows. That means it’s highly important for you to take great care of your body and our Edmond chiropractor would like to help.

If you’d like to make an appointment to see our Edmond chiropractor to prevent or correct any golf related injuries, please feel free to give us a call at 405-285-7325.