Different Types Of Pain

Different Types of Pain

 

Headaches

There are currently over 45 million Americans who report having regular headaches that require them to take analgesics.  But did you know that: - some over the counter medications have side effects more serious than headaches -  Certain medications can create rebound headaches which are often more painful than the original headache.

Several major studies, have shown that chiropractic adjustments are more effective, cheaper, and have better long term outcomes than any other treatment for tension headaches. This is because all other treatments, such as muscle relaxants, painkillers, and bed rest only serve to decrease symptoms of the problem and not the problem itself.

In 2001 researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, North Carolina found that “spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer lasting relief of tension-type headaches than commonly prescribed medications.”

This confirms a 1994 study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics that found spinal adjustments to be the most effective treatment for treating tension headaches. It also found that patients who stopped receiving treatment after four weeks continued to experience a sustained benefit, in contrast to those patients who received only pain medication and no spinal adjustment.

This all makes sense because spinal adjustments serve to re-establish normal vertebral motion and position in the spine. Misalignments in your spine create mechanical stress which  manifests itself in the form of muscle tension, spasm, and headaches.

 

Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Pain

Is the pain in your heels becoming unbearable?Do you wake up in the morning and notice a sharp pain in your heel when you first put your foot down? If so, you may be suffering from plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a dense, fibrous band that runs from the heel along the bottom of your foot. Plantar fasciitis is when this fascia becomes strained. It can be the result of long periods of foot pronation, landing hard on the sole of the foot, quick acceleration/deceleration, or repetitive shock.

Since plantar fasciitis is often the result of excessive foot pronation, the first thing to consider is having your foot manually adjusted by a chiropractor. Once proper motion is restored to the bones of your foot, a good orthotic support is necessary to maintain proper biomechanics.

If the pain has just started then it is a good idea to soak your foot in an ice bath 3 to 5 times per day for 15 minutes. This will help to reduce inflammation in the area.

You also want to make sure that you stretch out your calf muscles before beginning any type of activity. A great stretch for your calf is the stair stretch. To do this, balance yourself on the balls of your feet on the edge of a step. Slowly allow your body weight to lower your heel toward the stair below while keeping the ball of your foot on the step above. It should look like this:

stretch

Hold the stretch for 30 seconds per foot.

If your quality of life is being diminished by the pain in your heels, please contact us. One of our doctors would be happy to sit down and discuss treatment options with you.  

Forward Head Syndrome

In an ideal posture your head sits atop your shoulders. Unfortunately for us, our neck has to overcome the effects of gravity, poor posture, the weight of the head, as well as any past traumas we may have experienced. These factors can cause the neck and skull to move forward causing pathological tension on the spinal cord and brain stem. 

The Director of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Southern California, Rene Cailliet, M.D.,  writes about “forward head syndrome” in her book “Rejuvenation Strategy.” Among the effects are:

1.) Improper spinal function

2.) Forward posture of the head can add up to 30 pounds of abnormal leverage to the cervical spine

3.) Results in loss of vital lung capacity (by as much as 30%!) which can lead to heart and blood vascular problems

4.) Loss of good bowel peristaltic function and bowel evacuation commonly occurs.

5.) Causes an increase in discomfort and pain

6.) Causes a loss of healthy spine-body motion. The entire body becomes rigid as the range of motion lessens.

In order to restore the skull and cervical spine back to normal position, we need to focus on four areas. They are:

1.)Correcting the position of the skull

2.) Adjusting pertinent cervical vertebrae

3.) Rehabilitating the musculature in the back of the neck and shoulders

4.) Correcting any imbalances in posture (i.e. high shoulder, lateral head flexion)

     The doctors at Long Point Family Chiropractic are trained to deal with your neck complaints and get you RESULTS!  Standard manipulation and physical therapy will not address this problem completely, nor will drugs or surgery. All four components must be addressed. Please feel free to contact us today and find out how we can get you back in line!