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Tips From An Edmond Chiropractor: Back Pain & Backpacks

Back Trouble Onset By Heavy Backpacks

This one is, again, for the college students out there. Aside from the stress of enduring school work every day, you could also be one of the many college students putting extra stress on your back. Students complain to our Edmond chiropractor staff a lot about having too many books to carry in their backpacks. Yes, we understand that the campus is large and it may seem as if you never have enough time to go back to your car to swap out books. Of course, making time might need to become an option as heavy books can take a toll on a student’s back.

Research tells us that even a standard backpack load places a lot of compression on the discs within your spine. This can slowly start to increase the curvature of the lower spine. As more college students have come to see us about back related problems we have decided that this issue may need to be brought up. We just wanted to educate other students about this problem. Here are a few tips you can follow to help reduce back pain:

  • Carry lighter loads of books in your pack (stop at the car to swap when needed).
  • Carry your pack correctly. A lot of students let their bags hang low to “look cool,” but this causes more pain. Placing both straps on as intended makes a difference.
  • Complete some easy exercises and stretching once in a while to keep from getting stiff.
  • It seems like such a simple solution, but adjustments with an Edmond chiropractor can do wonders for the body.

Of course, our Edmond chiropractor is willing and able to adjust your spine if you start to feel that your work load and caused your back pain. It’s important that you not let spinal pressure continue to build up without getting it taken care of as it could pose permanent damage later. Our Edmond chiropractor is available to answer any questions you may have about the adjustment process. Give our Edmond chiropractor a call to book your appointment 405-285-7325.

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Edmond Chiropractor & Massage Therapist To Beat College Stress

A Quick Fix: Edmond Chiropractor & Massage Therapist

Hundreds of college students have been hard at work these past few weeks. If you’re among them and you feel stressed out with this new semester weighing heavy on your mind, chances are your body is suffering, too. In fact, many students suffer from chronic stress which can lead to health problems. You may find yourself unable to sleep or eat properly along with feelings of muscle and nerve tension. In addition, depression or anxiety may creep up on you as a result of remaining stressed. What can you do? Enter Edmond chiropractor and/or a massage therapist. Yes, it’s true that an Edmond chiropractor or massage therapist could be a quick fix to get you back into studying with a clear, relaxed mind and body.

How visiting an Edmond chiropractor can help with stress: As you study, your head is bent downward to look at books. If most of your research is done via computer you are still putting your spine and neck out of their normal alignment. Sometimes, without even realizing it, students crouch forward while typing. Getting adjustments throughout your spine, in your neck or other joints helps to release pressure build-up from your body. Lower blood pressure can occur with regular adjustments by an Edmond chiropractor, as well. Reducing stress is important to avoid overworking your body.

How visiting a massage therapist can help with stress: Not only do your bones become compressed from sitting for so long, but your muscles also become stiff. A licensed massage therapist can help relax your muscles which will also provide positive results to decrease stress. Research has shown that it can lower your heart rate and blood pressure, relax your muscles and increase the production of endorphins. This is your body’s “feel good” chemical, so you should want more of that.

Stress got you down? Get your quick fix by visiting an Edmond chiropractor and/or a massage therapist. The good news is that we have both right here in our office so you can get taken care of all over in one place. Give us a call to book your appointment 405-285-7325.

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Edmond Chiropractor: A Pain In The…Knee!

Adjustments By An Edmond Chiropractor

As our Edmond chiropractor team has previously explained in posts, we aren’t just trained to deal with typical neck and back pains. In fact, chiropractic care can be used for many areas of the body. Any area where two bones are attached for the purpose of motion (an articulating joint) with nerves in the middle can be treated with adjustments by an Edmond chiropractor. With over 230 moveable or semi-moveable joints in your body that opens up a lot of possibilities. Today, our Edmond chiropractors wanted to focus on knee pain. This is something that we see a lot of around this time of year due to sports injuries flaring up.

What’s really happening when your knee hurts? While there may be some issues with the spine or hips that actually causes your knee to hurt, often times the knee cap itself will get popped out of place. When the knee has moved from its normal position you begin to feel the pressure and strain on the nerves. Never fear, as all hope is not lost. A lot of this pressure can be relieved by getting adjustments from an Edmond chiropractor. By allowing yourself to get adjusted, the Edmond chiropractor can help to relocate your knee which can alleviate pain associated with the dislocation.

Keep in mind, that any sports can wreak havoc on your knee caps and nerves. Imagine if you didn’t have knee joints or hip joints. You’d walk around stiff-legged and you wouldn’t be able to do much of anything. This is why it is super important to take care of yourself if something does happen. Sometimes, people visit one of our Edmond chiropractors with knee pain that has lingered for years. Don’t let that happen to you!

Give us a call at 405-285-7325 to book an appointment with us.

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Edmond Chiropractors And Carpal Tunnel

Edmond Chiropractor: Providing pain relief

When patients think of an Edmond chiropractor and what they do, it is often misrepresented. A lot of people just think Edmond chiropractors treat back and neck problems, but there are many ways that chiropractic care can heal the body. With the techniques used by an Edmond chiropractor, you could begin to feel relief from carpal tunnel. If you’re one of the hundreds of people suffering from carpal tunnel and you would rather have noninvasive relief from the pain rather than opting for surgery right away, then our Edmond chiropractors just might be your answer!

A lot of college students, arthritis patients or business men and women have carpal tunnel syndrome which leaves them with numbness, tingling, weakness, and other problems in their hands. From your forearm to your hand there are the median nerve and several tendons. The painful or tingling sensations are caused by pressure being placed on the median nerve in your wrist. The bones shifting around can cause swelling in the tendons which brings on the pain in wrists and hands.

You may notice the symptoms in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of the ring finger. The little finger is controlled by a different nerve, thus is not included in the symptoms. If you have mild symptoms you can take precautions at home, as well as getting adjusted by an Edmond chiropractor. Some simple steps you can take to help yourself at home are:

• Use an ice pack for 10-15 minutes 1 or 2 times an hour
• Wear a wrist brace at night to take pressure off of your median nerve
• Rest wrist/hands in between strenuous activities
• Don’t smoke
• Maintain a healthy weight

For more serious symptoms, following your doctor’s advice may be the best route as you may have more underlying issues.

Either way, an Edmond chiropractor may be your ticket to getting some relief, today! Give us a call at 405-285-7325 to book your appointment.

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Edmond Chiropractors Reveal A Typical Summer Pain Problem

Edmond Chiropractors: Talking about the flip-flop trot

So, the sun is shining, the weather is hot and people everywhere just love to trot around in flat flip-flops. Yes, this is the time of year when tennis shoes get abandoned and people are willing to let their wiggly toes out for all to see. That’s not the problem (even though some of you may disagree), the real problems start to arise when people suffer from wearing those flat shoes. You might be thinking, “wouldn’t I just visit a podiatrist?” That may be something you’d consider, but our Edmond chiropractors have adjusted many hips and even feet as a result of an assortment of pains, including what we’re calling the “flip-flop trot.”

Edmond chiropractors have talked to women who know all too well about the pain that comes along with wearing high-heels on a regular basis. What people don’t realize is that flat shoes, especially flip-flops, can be bad news for you also. When most people wear flip-flops they tend to walk differently than they would in a decent tennis shoe with proper arch support. The thin plastic on flip-flops that wedges between your toes causes pressure against your big toe. This is a subtle difference to some, but the flip-flop trot not only increases risks of pressure pushing up through your toes, but also to your feet, into your legs and even up to your hips. In addition, the toes grip differently to keep the flip-flop from sliding off of your foot.

The incorrectly placed steps caused by wearing flip-flops can lead to such problems such as strains and fractures. Edmond chiropractors know flip-flops are great for the pool or the lake, but limiting your wearing time on a regular basis can help. If you still insist of wearing them, this is where Edmond chiropractors can help! By getting regular adjustments to your spine, hips, and/or feet you can help to improve your flip-flop trot situation.

For more information about our Edmond chiropractors read here or call us at 405-285-7325 to schedule an appointment so we can get to decompressing your nerves.

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Release Pinched Nerves By Visiting Edmond Chiropractors

Edmond Chiropractors: Decompressing your nerves

When you have pain it travels through your nerves to your spinal cord and eventually the signal is sent to your brain. If you have a pinched nerve, it can begin to send you pain signals as a warning that something just isn’t right. You should never ignore those messages, because having a pinched nerve for too long can cause long-lasting problems. Releasing pinched nerves can be as simple as visiting one of our certified Edmond chiropractors for an adjustment.

A pinched nerve is caused by your nerve(s) being trapped, pressed or compressed (you may hear any one of these words used to describe it) between a ligament, tendon or even your bones. Sometimes the nerves work themselves out, but if they do not “fix” themselves and you leave them for a long period of time you could be allowing other issues to arise. For example, fluid may build up around the compressed nerve and swelling can occur. In addition, the function of the nerve could be disrupted.

You’d be really surprised how much better you can feel after a great spinal adjustment by one of our Edmond chiropractors, but what if you don’t realize you have a pinched nerve? It has happened in the past when Edmond chiropractors have seen patients who never knew their nerves were being compressed. Sometimes, patients have visited the Edmond chiropractors fearing the worst has happened to them, such as; early signs of arthritis forming. A common pinched nerve is in the neck or shoulders area and if you constantly feel weak throughout the arms, elbows or wrists, it could be a result of this pinched nerve.

Never let a pinched nerve take away your ability to live a pain-free life! For more information about our Edmond chiropractors read here or call us at 405-285-7325 to schedule an appointment so we can get to decompressing your nerves.

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Edmond Chiropractors Answer: What Causes Common Neck Pain?

Edmond Chiropractors: Keeping you informed

Some Edmond chiropractors, as we have come to realize, do not often get to know the problem their patients are dealing with before they whip up a standard treatment plan. Our Edmond chiropractors are not your typical chiropractic doctors. We say that, because while patients may have similar problems, not every one of them got to where they are due to the same circumstances and we like to take the time to get to know our patients while treating them.

One of the problems patients visit our Edmond chiropractors for is neck pain. Sometimes, you may not even remember what you did to cause the neck pain and we’ve actually seen instances where patients lived with the pain for so long that they started to block it out on a daily basis, making it very bad for their joints and nerves in the long run. Here are two of the most common reasons neck pain exists, today:

Whiplash: If you’ve been in an accident where your neck was thrown backwards and quickly forward again, you could have caused trauma to your joints followed by a pulling of the muscle near the base of your neck. What our Edmond chiropractors will do to treat this type of injury starts with reliving inflammation in the muscles and then aligning any vertebrae that got shifted out of place.

Reading Texts: If you’re attached to your Smartphone like many of us are these days and you’re constantly looking down to read texts, you could be causing yourself pain. What happens is that after a prolonged period of tilting your head forward it takes a toll on your cervical spine and posture. This is less traumatic than whiplash, but can also be treated by Edmond chiropractors with adjustment techniques.

While there are most likely a slew of other reasons your neck could be bothering you, these are the most common reasons people visit the chiropractor. If you’re experiencing any pain, you don’t have to live with it and we hope you will consider letting us eliminate the problems you’re having.

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Edmond Chiropractors Talk About Headaches

Headache Relief & Edmond Chiropractors

The American Chiropractic Association has provided data revealing that nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches. Our Edmond chiropractors have seen multiple patients that have suffered from chronic headaches or even just headaches that occur on a seldom basis. Headaches just feel like such a pain. More specifically, they can be in any region of the head and sometimes on only one side of the head.

A headache may be a sharp pain, a throbbing sensation or a dull ache. Sometimes patients tell our Edmond chiropractors that their headaches can seem to come on slowly and other times they are suddenly there. Here’s the interesting part: Although it may feel like it, a headache is not actually a pain in your brain. It’s actually the brain’s way to tell you when other parts of your body hurt, but it can’t feel pain by itself.

The truth is that most headaches happen in the nerves, blood vessels, and muscles that cover a person’s head and neck. Our Edmond chiropractors have seen patients who have headaches that may last less than an hour or some that have lasted for several days. Just like with any pain, the common “quick fix” for most Americans is to grab the bottle of Aspirin or other pain relief medication.

The problem with taking medication like that to cover up your problem is that the headaches will just come back and eventually one or two pills doesn’t do the trick anymore. Before you know it, you may be seeing yourself take an increased dosage of pain medication. Want to know a better way? Often times, patients feel instant relief just from getting a spinal adjustment from one of our Edmond chiropractors.

Our Edmond chiropractors love to see people walk away with a feeling of improved well-being. If you could stop having ongoing headaches, would you do it? If you would like to know more or want to schedule your appointment please give us a call @ 405-285-7325.

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Visit Our Edmond Chiropractors For Lower Back Pain: Part 2

Edmond Chiropractors: Let’s get you aligned

Are you suffering from lower back pain? If so, you’re not the only one! In fact, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has declared that 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. We discussed this a little in part one of this series and we went into a little more detail about what causes lower back pain. In this series we will show you a few more reasons lower back pain commonly exists in most Americans as well as telling you why visiting one of our Edmond chiropractors may benefit you.

As we previously discussed, our Edmond chiropractors usually see patients with lower back pain caused by the pelvis being rotated. We previously listed two common reasons this happens and here are two more:

1.) Sporting injuries
2.) Sleeping in odd positions

Both of these activities can cause your pelvis to get twisted forward, or rotated rather than being aligned. This is an easy fix through chiropractic adjustments. One of our certified Edmond chiropractors can work to get your pelvis bone back to a normal position through a series of adjustments. While going through the adjustment process to correct your rotated pelvis we would recommend trying to sleep without twisting your back, not crossing your legs when you sit and using an ice pack on your back when it hurts. These are just a few simple tips that you can do at home to help “train” your pelvis to stay where it needs to stay. Then, when you’re in the office, one of our Edmond chiropractors will get to work on you and eventually we can correct the problem, letting you say goodbye to pain.

Our Edmond chiropractors are unlike most in that we will actually take the time to get to know you and what works for you best; you’re not just a number to be rushed in and out (unless you want to be rushed due to time constraints), but instead you are a valued patient. We will spend 10 minutes or 30 minutes talking and working with you if that is what it takes. We hope to see you soon so that we can get you adjusted!

If you would like to know more or want to schedule your appointment please give us a call @ 405-285-7325.

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Visit Our Edmond Chiropractors For Lower Back Pain: Part 1

Edmond Chiropractors: Let’s get you aligned

Did you know that more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, including lower back pain? It also costs them around $600 billion a year in medical treatments, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The problem here is that the “treatments” or pain medications that many Americans take are not really fixing the problem, but rather putting a band-aide over it. Visiting one of our Edmond chiropractors is a wiser choice and we’ll explain more about that in a bit. To get started, in part one of this series our goal is to help you understand a little about what is most likely the cause of your lower back pain.

What our Edmond chiropractors usually see is lower back pain caused by your pelvis being rotated rather than it being straight. There are many reasons why your pelvis could be rotated and a couple of these are:

1.) Trauma
2.) Accidents (car or otherwise)

When your pelvis gets rotated it begins to put pressure on your nerves and joints. As we stated earlier, visiting one of our Edmond chiropractors can fix these types of issues without giving you medication to simply cover up the problem. If the pain kept returning after consuming medications, that should be a red flag that medications aren’t working. Our Edmond chiropractors are best known for safely taking care of acute pain. One of our certified Edmond chiropractors will work to get your joints back to a normal position by eventually working your pelvis out of rotation through a series of adjustments.

Some patients wonder why they are recommended to see a chiropractor in Edmond more than once, but think about it this way; you most likely took several medications in the course of trying to “treat” your pain so you will probably need multiple visits to actually treat it. Your bones are tough so it takes a lot for them to move back to where they need to be. Only through repeated adjustments will they “learn” to stay. We hope that you have found this information helpful and we hope to see you soon.

Stay tuned for part two of this series, but if you’re ready now, let’s get you adjusted! If you would like to know more or want to schedule your appointment please give us a call @ 405-285-7325.