Condition of the Month

Neck Pain: care and prevention

Posted: September 18, 2018
By: Norburg Chiropractic

Neck pain is relatively common among adults and can have many root causes. The neck consists of the cervical vertebrae and discs, as well as ligaments and muscles that support the head and allow for its movement.

There are some simple strategies that can be incorporated into daily life to help prevent neck pain.

Staying hydrated helps the discs between vertebrae maintain their structure and resiliency. Regular stretches targeting the muscles of the neck can help reduce pain and stiffness. (Check out these simple stretches here.)

Practicing good posture and maintaining proper spinal alignment throughout your day can help with pain management and reduce risk of injury. Take frequent breaks throughout the day to move. Whether you’re working at a computer, reading, watching TV or even using your phone, give yourself plenty of opportunities to move about.

Give your neck the support it deserves. Use a pillow that offers comfortable support for your head while maintaining proper spinal alignment during sleep. Eat a magnesium-rich diet including: fruits and vegetables, beans and whole grains. Magnesium can also be absorbed through the skin by soaking in an epsom salt bath. Magnesium aids in the healthy function of muscles, assisting with the contraction and relaxation of muscles.

Neck pain can be the result of sudden injury or trauma, or it can develop over time due to poor posture, overuse or daily wear and tear. Other symptoms that can accompany neck pain are stiffness of the neck; tingling, numbness or weakness of the arms, hands and/or fingers; and headaches.

Cervical discs absorb shock between the bones. Any abnormalities, inflammation or injury can cause neck pain or stiffness. Some simple ways to help alleviate neck pain include: treating the affected area with an ice pack to help reduce inflammation, change position frequently while working to avoid stiffness, stretch regularly to help keep the muscles from tightening.

Chiropractic manipulations are effective at treating neck pain that results from cervical misalignment. Traction is also a therapeutic treatment that can be used as an alternative to surgery for bulging cervical discs. The professionals at Norburg Chiropractic can work with you to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.







 


Bedwetting in Children, Teens and Adults

Posted: August 30, 2018
By: Norburg Chiropractic

Nocturnal enuresis, more commonly known as bedwetting can be a frustrating experience for parents and child alike. It can also be an issue that affects teens and adults. Chiropractic care is an effective treatment for many, addressing one the root causes, poor communication from the brain to the bladder.

Childhood bedwetting is a fairly common condition, especially for boys. Some common causes are: inherited condition, communication link between the brain and bladder isn’t mature enough to function properly during sleep, deep sleep inhibiting the brain from receiving the “full bladder” signal, lower levels of anti-diurectic hormone (ADH) which tells the kidneys to stop producing urine during sleep or a small bladder.

In teenagers and adults those causes could also include medical issues, such as, diabetes or urinary tract infection, or emotional disorders or stress. Many teens who cannot stop bedwetting are too ashamed to go to ask for help. This can affect their emotional health and cause them to avoid sleepovers and any type of close emotional attachments because they fear that their secret will get out.

A misalignment of the spine can lead to interrupted nerve signals between the brain and the bladder, leading to impaired bladder control. Spinal adjustments can correct this issue and help lead to dryer nights. A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that ¼ of the 171 children in the study treated with chiropractic had a 50% reduction of wet nights.

Nerve impulses which leave the brain, travel down the spinal cord and on to the rest of the body and the organs, including the bladder. Many bedwetting teens and children suffer nerve interference from spinal bones in their lower back which can be corrected through chiropractic care.

Make an appointment today and see if chiropractic can help with your bedwetting issue!

 


Golf and Tennis Elbow

Posted: July 27, 2018
By: Norburg Chiropractic

 

Golf and Tennis Elbow are general terms used to describe the pain on the outside of the elbow. This condition is not only associated with these sports but with any sport or activity that involves repetitive stress on the muscles around the elbow.

Some individuals even develop tennis or golfer's elbow from prolonged carrying of heavy bags, knitting, chopping food, and/or computer work using improper wrist and arm posture.

Symptoms of tennis elbow include: pain and tenderness around the elbow and may extend along the inner side of the forearm, stiffness in the elbow, pain making a fist, weakness in hand and wrist, numbness or tingling in fingers.

Pain is likely to be experienced when swinging a golf club or tennis racket, squeezing or pitching a ball, shaking hands, turning a door knob, lifting weights, picking up something with palm down, or flexing the wrist.

Treatment for acute injuries initially involves reducing symptoms of pain and inflammation through rest and the application of ice or cold therapy. The first 72 hours following injury, use the principles of PRICE - Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.

An elbow brace or support can be used to help protect the tendons surrounding the elbow allowing them time to heal. Rest is one of the most important parts of treatment, continued use could lead to chronic injuries. Avoid gripping and/or moving heavy objects and abstain from the activity (tennis, golf or other sport) that lead to the injury.

Once the inflammation and pain has subsided, stretching and strengthening exercises are an important part of rehabilitation.

Chiropractic adjustments have been proven extremely effective in the overall treatment of tennis elbow, this is a condition that rarely resolves on its own. Treatment options may include ultrasound, electrotherapy, massage, hot and cold treatments, bracing and home stretching and exercises.

 


Adult Scoliosis

Posted: June 20, 2018
By: Norburg Chiropractic

Though mostly thought of as a childhood condition, scoliosis can sometimes go unnoticed and untreated during childhood and/or adolescence. Adults can also be affected by scoliosis due to degenerative disease such as osteoarthritis.

Scoliosis is a deformity that occurs when the spine becomes abnormally rotated and curved sideways. Most often the cause is unknown, in which case it is called idiopathic scoliosis. Idiopathic scoliosis is typically categorized by the age at which it developed.

Though scoliosis is not technically “curable” there are many ways that it can be treated and chiropractic care is most effective when included as a part of a bigger picture of treatment.

Not only do the joints of the spine need to be repositioned, but the muscles will need help adjusting to the spine’s new position and the brain retrained to use the muscles properly. This can be aided with scoliosis specific massage and exercise.

The joints of the spine need to be repositioned first and foremost. But for any long term benefit to occur, there’s a whole lot more that needs to accompany this repositioning. Your muscles need to be relaxed. Your brain needs to be retrained to use the muscles and spinal joints differently than it’s become accustomed to. In order for scoliosis to be effectively treated, all of these things need to be happening together. In practice, this usually means scoliosis massages, stretches and exercises along with scoliosis-specific adjustments.

If adult scoliosis stems from a degenerative condition, vertebrae and discs can be out of alignment and compressing nerves, which can cause scoliosis pain. If the scoliosis has been present for many years, whether treated with surgery or not, there’s a good chance that compensatory muscles have become strained. And with the scoliosis curvature existing for years, the unnatural position can cause other misalignments and further interfere with proper nerve function.

Correcting structural misalignments and restoring optimal functioning to the nervous system is precisely what chiropractic does. Chiropractic is a natural approach to creating wellness by working with the body’s ability to heal itself. Alleviating pressure on underlying nerves can help relieve pain and help the body itself function better. As nerve function improves, muscle tone increases and can help improve some postural issues.

 


Tension Headaches

Posted: June 7, 2018
By: Norburg Chiropractic

Headaches come in all shapes and sizes and nearly as many causes and symptoms as the people who experience them. But there are some commonalities to help generalize about causes and treatments.

Headaches that are not a symptom of another illness, are referred to as primary headaches. These are generally caused by problems with pain-sensitive structures in the head: chemical activity in the brain, the nerves or blood vessels surrounding the skull, or the muscles of the head and neck (or some combination of these factors). Genetics can also play a role, making certain individuals more susceptible.

Some of the more common primary headaches are: cluster headaches, tension headaches, and migraines. Some primary headaches can be triggered by lifestyle factors including: alcohol, highly processed foods, changes in sleep patterns or lack of sleep, poor posture, skipped meals, and stress.

Tension Headaches

Though the exact cause is not known, tension headaches are likely related to muscle tension caused by stress. Muscle tension can also be a result of poor posture and/or spinal misalignment. Some triggers for tension headaches include: lack of sleep, fatigue, anxiety, stress, hunger, physical exertion and poor posture.

Symptoms of a tension headache include: dull pain that is mild to moderate, a sense of pressure or tightness across the forehead or on sides and back of the head, scalp tenderness, irritability, muscle aches, and an inability to focus.

Headaches are one of the most common reasons patients seek out chiropractic care. Instead of simply addressing the symptoms, spinal manipulations can actually help correct the source of the pain. Usually with headaches, a misaligned vertebrae in the upper cervical spine is to blame.

Along with receiving chiropractic care, patients suffering from tension headaches can benefit from incorporating these simple tips: minimize stress when possible; take frequent breaks to stand move and stretch throughout the workday; don’t skip meals and stay hydrated, massage tense muscles; practice good posture and exercise regularly.


For more information on migraines and cluster headaches, check out this earlier post on our website!


Mitigating the effects of Asthma and Seasonal Allergies

Posted: April 27, 2018
By: Norburg Chiropractic

Springtime brings warmer temperatures and increase in outdoor activities. With a beautiful of array of plant life in bloom, many of us view spring with mixed emotions including the dread of the onslaught of seasonal allergies.

Allergic rhinitis, the cold-like symptoms that often accompany an allergic reaction to pollen or other environmental triggers, usually includes a runny nose, sneezing, nose and eye itching, tearing of the eyes, and postnasal drip which often causes a sore throat and/or cough.

Reducing exposure to allergens is recommended. Stay indoors on dry, windy days when possible. Avoid outdoor activities in the morning when pollen counts are the highest. If you must do yard or garden work, be sure to wear a pollen mask. Remove clothes worn outside and shower to rinse pollen from skin and hair.

Nasal irrigation is an inexpensive and effective way to reduce nasal congestion and clear allergens from nasal passages. Look for a squeeze bottle or a neti pot — a small container with a spout designed for nasal rinsing — at your pharmacy or health food store. Use water that's distilled, sterile, previously boiled and cooled, or filtered using a filter with an absolute pore size of one micron or smaller to make up the saline irrigation solution. Also be sure to rinse the irrigation device after each use with similarly distilled, sterile, previously boiled and cooled, or filtered water and leave open to air-dry.

For some, allergies are just the beginning. Allergies and asthma often go hand in hand - the same triggers such as pollen, dust mites and pet dander - can also cause signs and symptoms of asthma.

Asthma is a condition in which your airways narrow and swell and produce extra mucus. This can make breathing difficult and trigger coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. For some people, asthma is a minor nuisance. For others, it can be a major problem that interferes with daily activities and may lead to a life-threatening asthma attack. Asthma can't be cured, but its symptoms can be controlled.

Chiropractic care can be part of a holistic treatment plan for allergies and asthma. “By removing the interference to the upper thoracic nerves, it can help improve lung function. Regular chiropractic adjustments can help better regulate the nervous system control of the lungs,” explains Dr. Terri Norburg.

Chiropractic care in conjunction with good nutrition, exercise and reduced exposure to triggers and medications as needed, can help allergy and asthma sufferers breathe a little easier this spring!

Good nutrition for those suffering from allergy and asthma symptoms can include: garlic, ginger, echinacea, turmeric and honey. A diet high in Omega 3 fatty acids has also been shown to decrease inflammation in the airways and boost lung function.

Vitamin A and carotenoids are essential to good respiratory health. This includes foods like: root veggies, sweet potatoes, carrots, leafy greens and berries.

Folate is also important because it reduces allergic reactions and inflammation. Foods high in folate include leafy greens, beans and nuts.

Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, broccoli sprouts and brussel sprouts and other foods high in antioxidants are important in reducing the effects of airborne pollutants.

 


Sciatica and Lower Back Pain

Posted: March 23, 2018
By: Norburg Chiropractic

Lower back pain is one of the most common reasons for physician visits in the United States, affecting 8 out of 10 people at some point in their lives, according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For many, the condition lasts only for a few days and does not require treatment. For others, however, symptoms persist and treatment becomes necessary. In these cases, spinal manipulation is recognized as one of several non-medical forms of treatment that can provide effective relief.

Some common causes of lower back pain, especially in younger adults (30 - 60), range from muscle or soft tissue strain to disc herniation or degenerative disc disease. For older adults (over 60), causes are more likely to include joint degeneration or a compression fracture.

Mechanical, or axial, pain is the most common form of lower back pain. This type of pain is usually localized to the lower back, buttocks and sometimes the top of the legs and originates from muscles, ligaments, joints or bones in and around the spine. Injury due to accident or overuse is usually the cause.

Sciatica is sometimes an associated symptom of lower back problems. Some characteristic symptoms of Sciatica include: a constant pain in one side of the buttock and/or one leg; a burning, tingling or stinging sensation in the leg; a pain radiating down the leg and possibly to the foot and toes; pain that is worse when seated; weakness, numbness or difficulty moving the leg, foot and/or toes.

Sciatica occurs when the Sciatic nerve is irritated or compressed near the point of origin, in the lower back. The Sciatic nerve runs from the lower back through the buttock the back of the leg and branches out into the foot and toes.

Spinal manipulation, massage, stretching and exercise are all recognized, non medical treatments for lower back pain and Sciatica. Low impact exercises such as swimming or cycling can help relieve symptoms. Improving posture, core strength and flexibility are the best preventative measures to avoid lower back pain and sciatica before it occurs.




 


Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care

Posted: February 9, 2018
By: Norburg Chiropractic

Pregnancy brings about a host of changes in a woman’s body, many of which can result in spinal misalignment bringing about pain and discomfort. Some of those changes include: increase back curve and protruding abdomen, pelvic changes, postural alignment and hormonal changes that soften joints.

Pregnant women can benefit greatly from chiropractic care. Among the most common pregnancy ailments that chiropractors treat are headaches; lower- and upper-back pain; sacroiliac (hip and low back) pain, which starts in the lower back and often radiates down the leg; pubic-bone pain; and rib misplacement. Chiropractic care can even improve the chances that the baby will position properly for birth.

Currently, the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) recommends women receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy to establish pelvic balance and optimize the room a baby has for development throughout pregnancy. With a balanced pelvis, babies have a greater chance of moving into the correct position for birth, and the crisis and worry associated with breech and posterior presentations may be avoided altogether.

Chiropractic care during pregnancy can have many benefits for mom and baby. These include: an overall healthier pregnancy, reduced symptoms of nausea, relieving back and joint pain, reducing time of labor and delivery, and even improving the chances of a natural childbirth.

Chiropractic’s main purpose is to allow the body’s nervous system to function properly through the spinal column, removing obstructions between the brain and nerves to allow the body to function optimally which includes its ability to heal. Chiropractic helps ensure a healthy immune system for both mom and baby.

Chiropractic care is very safe for pregnant women, there are no known negative side effects. Women will also benefit from chiropractic care in the postpartum healing process by correcting misalignments that could occur during labor and childbirth. This will help ensure the mother’s body is at its best to heal and recover. Spinal manipulations will also help to correct posture problems and back pain resulting from breastfeeding and from the additional strains of carrying the baby.

 


Colic

Posted: December 21, 2017
By: Norburg Chiropractic

 

Colic is defined as episodes of crying for more than three hours a day, for more than three days a week for a three-week duration in an otherwise healthy child between the ages of two weeks and four months. With colic, periods of crying most commonly happen in the evening and for no obvious reason.

In many cases the infant appears to be in pain and will pull up his/her legs. At times the child's abdomen will be hard and distended. To make matters more complicated, this condition rarely responds to traditional health care.

Colic tends to peak with babies at about 6 weeks, improving significantly at 3 - 4 months. Most babies will no longer experience colic after they reach 4 months.

There are few certainties and many theories as to why some babies are colicky while others are not. There are also many theories around the causes of colic. Some view it as possibly an over-stimulation of the senses, causing a baby to reach of point overload. Others point to intestinal sensitivities or bacterial imbalances.

Chiropractic care can improve many different symptoms through gentle manipulations, aiding the nervous system to function properly. Chiropractic adjustments in infants with colic have shown a 67% decrease in crying.

In addition to seeking chiropractic care for a colicky infant, consider some tips from the experts on relieving symptoms at home.

Self care: Get plenty of rest and bring in reinforcements if needed. In order to properly care for others, one must take care of oneself.

Feeding: Keep a regular feeding schedule. Use a pacifier instead of bottle or breast to soothe infants between feeding.

Motion: Gentle motion can often help soothe colicky infants. Try a baby swing or stroller.

Calm the senses: Keep the lights turned down and noises muted. Use white noise like a fan or sound machine. Swaddle baby snuggly in a blanket.

 


Fibromyalgia

Posted: November 16, 2017
By: Norburg Chiropractic

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.

Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event. Women are more likely to develop fibromyalgia than are men. Many people who have fibromyalgia also have tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression.

Presently there is no single therapy or intervention that can be considered a cure for FMS. Combinations of therapies appear to be most helpful. Chiropractic care, exercise, nutrition, relaxation and stress-reduction measures may help, especially when used together as a holistic approach to care..

Chiropractors use gentle pressure or stretching, multiple gentle movements of one area, or specific quick thrusts to help return bones (often in your spine) to a more normal position or to move as they should. These adjustments can help your body work better mechanically and help nerve signals travel more easily, thus reducing pain.

Chiropractors are trained as neuromus­culoskeletal specialists, and one of the main focuses of chiropractic care is the positive effects it can have on a person’s nervous system. Since all information from the outside world is collected and analyzed by the nervous system, it’s logical to assume that if a person with FM is sensitive to a stimulus that others are not, there may be something wrong with this system.