Condition of the Month

Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care

Posted: February 9, 2018
By: Norburg Chiropractic

Pregnancy brings about a host of changes in a womanís 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.

Chiropracticís main purpose is to allow the bodyís 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 motherís 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 neuromus≠culoskeletal specialists, and one of the main focuses of chiropractic care is the positive effects it can have on a personís nervous system. Since all information from the outside world is collected and analyzed by the nervous system, itís 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.


Earache

Posted: October 19, 2017
By: Norburg Chiropractic

Earaches can have many causes and varying symptoms. The most common type of earache among children is Otitis Media, an infection in the middle ear. Ear infections are more common among children because the Eustachian tube, which drains the fluid from the middle ear, is much smaller and more likely to get blocked than that of an adult.

If your child experiences recurrent ear infections, chiropractic care can help by restoring the normal function of the tissues of the neck, Otitis Media can usually be significantly reduced or completely eliminated in most children without the use of antibiotics and surgery.

Earaches in adults can also be symptomatic of sinus infections, TMJ, Meniereís Disease and an array of other conditions related to the ear.

As is the case with many physical health issues that can cause†pain in the body, spinal misalignment can cause interference to the nervous system, which in turn can create issues elsewhere in the body. When dealing with an ear infection, chiropractors focus on the muscles in the neck in order to encourage proper function of lymph glands within the ear. If there is a misalignment within the area of the spine that is located by the neck, nerve function is disrupted and can hamper the process of proper drainage of the Eustachian tube in the ear. This creates a harmful build up of bacteria and fluid, which causes the pain and pressure often experienced with an ear infection.†

Chiropractic care will use gentle manipulation and readjustment of the spine to release the pressure that is affecting the infected ear. Once a successful spinal readjustment releases the interference that was disrupting the bodyís proper nerve function, the Eustachian tube in the †ear will begin to function correctly again, as will the lymphatic vessels, and proper, healthy drainage of fluid from the ear area will occur.


Neck Pain

Posted: September 5, 2017
By: Norburg Chiropractic

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

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.

Follow these simple tips to help keep your neck pain free.

  1. Stay hydrated. The discs between the vertebrae require water to maintain their structure and resiliency.

  2. Keep flexible. Regular stretches targeting the muscles of the neck can help reduce pain and stiffness. Check out these simple stretches.

  3. Practice good posture. Maintaining proper spinal alignment throughout your day can help with pain management and reduce risk of injury.

  4. Take frequent breaks. Whether working at a computer, reading, watching tv or even using your phone; make sure you allow yourself ample opportunities to move about.

  5. Be supportive. Be sure to use a pillow that offers comfortable support for your head while maintaining proper spinal alignment during sleep.

  6. Add magnesium. Magnesium aids in the healthy function of muscles, assisting with the contraction and relaxation of muscles. A magnesium rich diet includes fresh fruits and vegetables, beans and whole grains. Magnesium can also be absorbed through the skin by soaking in an epsom salt bath.


Bedwetting

Posted: August 10, 2017
By: Norburg Chiropractic

Nocturnal enuresis, more commonly known as bedwetting can be a frustrating experience for parents and child alike. 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 isnít mature enough to function properly during sleep, deep sleep inhibiting the brain from receiving the ďfull bladderĒ 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.

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 ľ 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.





Tennis / Golf Elbow

Posted: July 4, 2017
By: Norburg Chiropractic

Tennis Elbow is a general term used to describe the pain on the outside of the elbow. This condition is not only associated with the sport of tennis 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.

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 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.


Idiopathic Scoliosis

Posted: June 18, 2017
By: Norburg Chiropractic

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.

While the cause is unknown, idiopathic scoliosis does tend to run in families. The specific genes involved have not all been identified yet, and there could be factors beyond genetics as well. Though some people mistakenly think that carrying heavy book bags or sleeping on the side could cause scoliosis, that is not the case. Infantile scoliosis develops from birth to three years of age, juvenile scoliosis develops from ages four to nine, and adolescent scoliosis develops from between the ages of 10 and 18.

Adolescent scoliosis comprises approximately 80% of all idiopathic scoliosis cases. Adolescence is when rapid growth typically occurs, which is why the detection of a curve at this stage should be monitored closely for progression as the child's skeleton develops.

Early stages of scoliosis have few outward symptoms, but as the curve in the spine progresses to 20%, more visible signs are possible to notice - such as clothes hanging unevenly or the body leaning to one side.

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.

 


Common Headaches and Migraines

Posted: April 30, 2017
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.

Primary headaches, are not a symptom of another illness, they are 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) can contribute to primary headaches. 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.

Cluster headaches, which occur in cyclical patterns or clusters, are one of the most painful types of headache. Most commonly, they will awaken the sufferer in the middle of the night with intense pain in or around one eye and one side of the head. Bouts of frequent attacks, known as cluster periods, can last from weeks to months, usually followed by remission periods when the headaches stop sometimes for months or even years at a time

A case study published in the February 9, 2011, issue of the scientific periodical, the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research documented the case of a woman who was suffering from cluster headaches and was helped with chiropractic.

In this case, a 47-year-old woman came to the chiropractor with a history of severe headaches over the past two years. The study notes that her headaches were right sided, behind her right eye, lasting fifteen to forty-five minutes and occurring five to eight times per day. According to this case study, she was originally misdiagnosed with migraine headaches. Standard medical treatment for migraine headaches was initiated which consisted of Imitrix, Maxalt, and oxygen. She got only some minor relief from her headaches with these treatments but after six weeks of non-retractable pain, she was later diagnosed with cluster headaches.

The woman in this case went to a chiropractor to see if she could be helped. A chiropractic examination was performed and a determination was made that vertebral subluxations were present. A course of specific chiropractic adjustments was initiated.

After the woman's first chiropractic adjustment, and in consultation with her medical physician, her medication was reduced. Additionally, she reported that she was sleeping better and felt more relaxed. She reported that after the initiation of her chiropractic care, she experienced a significant decrease in the severity of her headache episodes.

Within five months of beginning chiropractic care, the woman was able to discontinue the use of all medication and her headaches had resolved completely. The study authors wrote, "Currently, she reports being headache and drug free, and reports an increase in the quality of her life. She received a job promotion and is now attending college."

A tension headache is generally a generalized, mild to moderate pain that's often described as feeling like a tight band around the head. It is the most common type of headache, and yet its causes aren't well-understood. Managing a tension headache is often a balance between fostering healthy habits, finding effective nondrug treatments and using medications appropriately.

A migraine can cause severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on just one side of the head. It's often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine attacks can cause significant pain for hours to days and can be so severe that the pain is disabling. Warning symptoms known as aura may occur before or with the headache. These can include flashes of light, blind spots, or tingling on one side of the face or in your arm or leg.

The Chiropractic Journal of Australia published a case study in their June 2016 edition documenting the resolution of long term migraine headaches, tension headaches, and arm pain through chiropractic. In this study, an 89-year-old man presented himself to the chiropractor for care. The man was suffering from chronic daily tension-type headaches in the front of his head. His headaches had developed into incapacitating migraine headaches every 2 to 3 weeks over the past several years. The man's history included significant trauma, including multiple motor vehicle accidents and he was a World War II veteran who had suffered a blast injury during an artillery bombardment.

Based on the examination findings and x-rays, the diagnosis given was "...chronic daily tension-type headaches, episodic migraines without aura, musculoskeletal neck and arm pain, and concomitant vertebral subluxations." Chiropractic care was started using a specific adjusting protocol to address the subluxations found.

The study reports that after 12 weeks of care, the patient reported a complete cessation of all headaches and migraines, and also that his arm pain had completely subsided. He commented that he felt a lot more comfortable walking and he had more energy for daily activities. In a one-year follow up, the man reported no further headaches, neck pain, or arm pain. In their conclusion, the authors wrote, "This case study describes the presentation, chiropractic care provided, and outcomes of care of an 89-year-old male experiencing medically diagnosed chronic daily tension-type headaches, episodic migraines and co-existing musculoskeletal neck and arm pain. The patient reported a cessation of longstanding headaches and musculoskeletal complaints after 12 weeks of - chiropractic care."

 

References: http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/headache

The Chiropractic Journal of Australia published a case study in their June 2016 edition

Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, February 9, 2011 edition


Respiratory Woes: Asthma and Allergies

Posted: April 1, 2017
By: Norburg Chiropractic

Many of us view spring with mixed emotions, excitement about mild temperatures and the emergence of new plant life and beautiful blooms, and 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!

 

*Sources include the Mayo Clinic and Medicine.net