Growing Pains

Don't let growing pains keep your child from having a ball!

Your five-year old complains that her legs hurt and the pain sometimes disturbs her sleep at night. Your mother laughs it off as "growing pains" and tells you to relax, she'll grow out of it. But are there really such a things as "growing pains"?
 
Up to 40% of children in early childhood (3-5 years of age) and early adolescence (8-12 years of age) experience growing pains. They mostly occur in the late afternoon or early evening, although they have been known to wake a sleeping child.
 
Generally, the pain is located in muscles in the calves, thighs, or behind the knees. The pain typically occurs in both legs and there is no swelling or redness present.
 
Of course, if your child is experiencing pain, it is wise to rule out other causes, especially if any of the following symptoms are also present:
  • Limping
  • Fever
  • Redness or swelling of the joints (knees or ankles)
  • Pain that won't go away
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
Often, a visit to our practice will uncover a spinal problem that may be contributing to your child's pain. Chiropractic adjustments are modified to take the size of the child into consideration. Many children seem to enjoy better health and a decrease in pain after beginning chiropractic care in our practice.

Please let us know if your child is experiencing any type of pain for which a cause cannot be found. We will be happy to examine your child to determine whether there is any type of spinal nerve interference that could be a contributing factor. We do not believe that any child should have to live with "growing pains."

Posted in Chiropractic, Healthy Lifestyle. Tagged as chiropractic adjustments, spinal nerve interference, spinal problem.

NFL Teams Embrace Chiropractic, Including Super Bowl Contenders

Chiropractic care has become a part of mainstream NFL culture. Every team, except one, has a chiropractor on staff including this year's Super Bowl contenders, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers. The same can be said about every other professional sports league including major league baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer.

 
Today's athletes are learning from some of the greatest of all time who have paved the way for chiropractic and taught today's modern day players about how to perform at their highest level for a lifetime and take care of their body along the way.
 
Emmitt Smith, for example, is the leading rusher in NFL history. A perennial Pro Bowler and three time Super Bowl Champion when he retired with over 18,000 yards, Smith said, "I thank God, my family and my chiropractor." Chiropractic care not only helped him heal quickly from injuries but he also used and continues to use chiropractic care as a part of his lifestyle and training regime to keep him functioning at the top of his game. 
 
Jerry Rice is considered the greatest receiver in NFL history. His durability and work ethic is legendary which helped him to overcome his lack of breakaway speed. He initially sought chiropractic care after being injured on the field. After learning about the benefits of Lifestyle Care from his teammates he made chiropractic care a regular part of his training routine. He is a three time Super Bowl Champion and today he is an official spokesperson of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress.
 
Roger Craig is a pioneer in the NFL and soon to be Hall of Famer. He is the only player to ever make the Pro Bowl as a full back and a half back, the first player to rush for 1,000 yards and receive for 1,000 yards in a single season, a feat that took fourteen years to be duplicated. He is the only running back in NFL history to ever lead the league in receptions. He is a three time Super Bowl Champion and is the only NFL player to make the playoffs for eleven straight years.

Roger began receiving chiropractic care when he was in fifth grade and today, like the others, still receives regular chiropractic care. In fact Roger endorsed the #1 bestselling fitness book, The 100 Year Lifestyle Workout, which he recommends for every athlete, young and old, because it stresses the importance of a healthy spine and nervous system with chiropractic care as a core part of the training. This balanced fitness plan teaches athletes to Get their ESS in Shape™, Endurance, Strength and Structure to help maximize performance and prevent injuries.
 
Like all professional athletes, these three took a tremendous beating over their careers which began in little league and continued into the pros. Chiropractic care as a part of their lifestyle, injury treatment and training has helped show the world that you can play high level sports and retain your health. In fact, Emmitt Smith and Jerry Rice have appeared on Dancing With the Stars and Roger Craig is an avid runner today who has tackled many marathons.
 
We've all seen videos of old time professional athletes who pounded their bodies into submission and became cripples when their career was over. This is not true for these three superstars and it is no longer the norm as many professional and Olympic athletes have chosen to make chiropractic care a core part of their training programs and lifestyle. In fact many of the leaders of the Olympic sports medicine team today are chiropractors.

Youth sports programs are now learning from the pros and young athletes are seeking out chiropractic care as a part of their training in record numbers. Little League football, baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey teams as well as gymnasts, cheerleaders and even members of the marching band are realizing that a healthy spine and nervous system is important for good health and to ensure your highest level of performance.
 
Don't wait for an injury. If you're an athlete or participate in an exercise program, be like these Hall of Fame and Super Bowl Champions. Make chiropractic care a part of your lifestyle. Make your appointment today.

Posted in Chiropractic. Tagged as chiropractic care.

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Why Chiropractic is the Best Solution for Sciatica Pain


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Sciatica pain is often so debilitating that it forces people to miss work and other normal activities.  Of all patients with low-back pain, sciatica patients have the highest level of disability (1).  In fact, patients with sciatica are disabled for an average of 72 days according to Norwegian public-health records.
Fortunately, a recent study offers hope to sciatica patients: chiropractic care can speed the recovery from sciatica flare ups and allow patients to return to work sooner (2).

The study evaluated 44 Norwegian workers after they came to the hospital with severe sciatica pain. Most of those patients had been experiencing pain for three or more weeks prior to their hospital visit.
The hospital chiropractor examined each patient to evaluate his/her posture and gait, range of motion, and palpation of the lumbar spine.

The chiropractic then performed various joint adjustments to the spine and other limbs that had been injured through patients compensating for pain. Ice treatment was also used to relieve soft tissue soreness.Patients were treated daily in the hospital and later three times a week for the first two weeks. Some patients needed additional follow-up treatment but typically did not exceed 14 treatments.

In matter of 21 days, 91% of patients returned to work full-time. Two patients returned to work part time. Researchers concluded this study demonstrates the potent benefits of collaboration between chiropractors and orthopedic surgeons. Chiropractic care can put an end to your sciatica pain so you can begin living your life fully again.

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  1. Arana E, Marti-Bonmati L, Vega M, et al. Relationship between low back pain, disability, MR imaging findings and health care provider. Skeletal Radiology 2006;35(9):641-7.
  2. Orlin JR, Didriksen A. Results of chiropractic treatment of lumbopelvic fixation in 44 patients admitted to an orthopedic department. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2007;30:135-139.