- Wear your backpack properly.We are most familiar with back pain for adults, but it is becoming more common in children and teens, too. One way to combat this is for your student to properly wear their backpack. Additionally, wearing their backpack properly is important for spinal health. Though it may be “cool” to wear it on just one shoulder, it can cause misalignment in their spine and back pain. Use both straps and adjust them to fit snugly around your student’s shoulders. The backpack should not droop below your belt line. You also want to be sure that the backpack weighs no more than 5-10% of your student’s weight. If it weighs more than this, your student will tend to bend forward in an attempt to support the weight on his or her back, rather than on the shoulders, by the straps.For more backpack safety information and tips on how to purchase the right backpack, head over to the American Chiropractic Association
- Properly Read Books or TabletsWhile it’s great that students are receiving tablets to alleviate heavy books, this now brings a new problem – they are staring down at a screen. Most likely they are sitting with improper posture as their head tilts forward and goes over the top of their shoulders (something we call “text neck”).Students should be cognizant of their posture as they are reading a tablet or book. One way to help with this is to make sure that your student’s tablet (or textbook) is in a stand that tilts toward them and that their head doesn’t tilt over their shoulders. By keeping proper posture and taking breaks to rest their eyes, students can alleviate headaches and other issues.Learn more about text neck here.
- Sit Up Straight.When students are sitting at their desk at school, they need to keep proper posture. To sit correctly at a desk, students should:
- Keep feet flat on the floor
- Shoulders back
- Head over top of their neck
- Neck over top of their shoulders
- Keep books or tablets at eye level
30JulPre-natal chiropractic care has been growing in popularity, and for good reason. It provides many benefits to both mother and baby, including: greater comfort, reduced labor time, and optimal fetal position.
Is chiropractic care during pregnancy safe?According to the American Pregnancy Association, “There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. All chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant.” In addition to formal training for adjustments on pregnant women, there are a variety of additional certifications that chiropractors may have, including: DACCP, CACCP, ICPA Special Interest, and Webster. Pre-natal adjustments are done in positions and on tables that won’t be extra pressure on the abdomen. We can also provide you with a variety of exercises and stretches for home care during pregnancy.
What are the benefits of pre-natal chiropractic care?There are many physical changes that occur during pregnancy which can affect the mother and create misaligned joints. This can include a protruding abdomen and increased back curve, pelvic changes, and posture changes. Chiropractic adjustments can help keep the back and pelvis aligned, which will result in less pain, more room for baby, and potentially reduced labor time. It can also result in a healthier pregnancy. The nervous system runs through your spine and is the master communication system to all the body. By keeping the spine aligned, the body will work more effectively. Chiropractic adjustments can also help properly position the baby. These adjustments can help to optimize the position of the baby for birth, and use of the Webster Method can naturally turn a baby who is breach. This positioning of the baby, as well as the proper alignment of the pelvis, will often lead to a faster labor and delivery. By having regular chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy, the mother’s aches and pains will decrease; have greater overall health and wellness; the baby will be in the optimal fetal position; and, it will likely result in a lower labor time. Results will vary and pre-natal chiropractic care may not be suitable for everyone. We recommend that you consult with your OB-GYN prior to seeking pre-natal chiropractic care. We will work alongside you and your doctor to create the best, most comprehensive pre-natal chiropractic care plan.To book your consultation, contact us today.
10JulIt’s summer and that means one thing: summer vacation! Many people are packing bags and heading out on a variety of vacations this year. That means that people are spending hours in the car, airport, airplane, train, bus – you name it! Being out of your normal routine and in many odd or cramped spaces for extended periods of time, you may find that you are experiencing aches and pains. We’d like to share some tips with you to help survive travel.
Car Travel Tips
- Adjust your seat to fit your frame. Adjust your seat until your hips are lower than your knees. Be sure to have plenty of lumbar support, too. If your car seat doesn’t have enough lumbar support, consider placing a pillow or cushion behind your back to help support it.
- Keep your legs active. By doing small stretches, it will keep your blood flowing and prevent cramps. Do small stretches like spreading out your toes or clenching and relaxing the muscles in your legs. You can even roll your shoulders backward and forward to keep your neck and upper back from tensing up.
- Keep a relaxed grip on the steering wheel to prevent cramping.
- Take breaks! Be sure to take a few breaks to get out and stretch your body.
Plane Travel Tips
- Bring a travel pillow. Adjust your seat to where it is comfortable, and bring a spare pillow to provide lumbar support. By bringing supportive pillows, you can reduce or eliminate cramping and strains.
- Check most of your luggage. This may cost a little extra, but could save you lots of pain in the long run. Your carry-on bag should not weigh more than 5 to 10 percent of your body weight. You don’t want to be navigating through the terminal with a heavy piece of luggage.
- Get moving! You need to keep your blood flowing. By sitting in one position for a long time, you can have cramping in your legs, back and neck. Get up and stretch, if possible; if not, employ some of the same stretches recommended above.
14JunWe are excited to now offer treatment for peripheral neuropathy at Fredericksburg Chiropractic!
What is peripheral neuropathy?According to WebMd, it is “the conditions that result when nerves that carry messages to and from the brain and spinal cord from and to the rest of the body are damaged or diseased.”
Symptoms & Causes of NeuropathyThe most common symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include: tingling, burning sensation in the feet or hands, numbness, and loss of sensation in the arms and legs. There can be many causes to this nerve damage in the body. “Diabetes, chemo-induced neuropathy, hereditary disorders, inflammatory infections, auto-immune diseases, exposure to toxic chemicals (toxic neuropathy), and poor nutrition,” are a few of the causes listed by the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy. The cause varies from patient to patient, but we must discover this in order to help the nerves heal.
Treatment for NeuropathyChiropractic treatment for neuropathy can help alleviate symptoms and work to heal the damaged nerves that are causing neuropathy. Rather than taking medications to mask the pain and symptoms, chiropractic care looks for the source of the problem. Our care aims to improve your overall health and any other health ailments that induce neuropathy.
Neuropathy chiropractic care includes:
- Increasing blood flow to the nerves
- Optimize the environment within the body for nerve healing.
- Stimulates damaged nerves (small fiber, large diameter, or motor nerves) to reduce pain and improve balance.
- Decrease brain-based pain.
What is Text Neck?Have you heard the term “text neck” before? We’re sure that you can get the idea from the term itself, but according to Spine Health it is the “neck pain and damage sustained from looking down at your cell phone, tablet, or other wireless devices too frequently and for too long.” In today’s digital age, everyone is attached to some sort of device. You would be hard pressed to find someone who isn’t looking down at a device the next time you are out to eat, riding in a car or plane, or even walking down the street. Recent studies show that the average person spends three hours on their phone per day – whether that is from texting, emailing, calling, social media, or other usage. Why is that a problem? According to the Washington Post, the human head weighs an average of 12 pounds. When you bend your neck forward and face down, the weight put onto your cervical spine increases. Ideally the head sits directly over the spine and its structure can handle that weight. With the neck at a 45 degree angle and the head forward, the head actually has a felt weight of 49 pounds. Now this isn’t a new phenomenon. People have spent years looking down at books and newspapers, reading, and other work. The issue is that with our digital devices, people are spending more time and longer periods of time with their head and neck tilted down looking at devices. There can be a concern for neck and back pain due to text neck. It is especially concerning for younger people as they are accustomed to this and it can cause permanent damage and issues for years to come if not properly mitigated and treated.
Symptoms of Text NeckMost commonly, symptoms of text neck will be neck pain and soreness. Other symptoms may include:
- Upper back pain, including chronic to sharp pain
- Upper back spasms
- Shoulder pain and tightness
- Headaches and migraines
Treatment of Text NeckWhile the best way to treat text neck is to prevent it, sometimes you need to see a professional to get relief. The root of the problem with text neck is that the vertebrae of the cervical spine are misaligned. If you are feeling any of the symptoms of text neck, Fredericksburg Chiropractic can treat you for relief of these symptoms. Our team will be able to assess your current condition and how far text neck may have progressed. We will then work with you to create a custom treatment plan to correct the problem. Chiropractic care at Fredericksburg Chiropractic is one of the best means of preventative care. By having your neck and back need properly and consistently aligned, we will stop a lot of problems before they start. By keeping your head and neck in a downward position, misalignments will occur. From there it is only a matter of time before you start to experience the symptoms of text neck. Contact Fredericksburg Chiropractic at 717-865-6183 or online to arrange for a consultation with Dr. McKinney. If you or someone you know is suffering from text neck pain, share this article with them!
06MayAt Fredericksburg Chiropractic, we serve clients who face a variety of physical problems and ailments. We offer a wide variety of treatments and therapies to help you get out of pain fast. Dr. McKinney specializes in several chiropractic techniques including Diversified, Gonstead, Thompson, Activator Methods and Cox Flexion-Distraction. Fredericksburg Chiropractic offers some of the latest treatment protocols that achieve results faster than conventional methods.
Types of Chiropractic CareToday we want to inform you on three of our most common chiropractic treatments: chiropractic manual manipulation, electronic stimulation, and intersegmental traction.
Chiropractic Manual ManipulationThis is the most common treatment and what most people think of when they think of seeing a chiropractor. This is often referred to as your adjustment. The doctors may use their hands or a small device known as an activator to perform your adjustment. The purpose of adjustments are to realign joint subluxations, also known as restrictions. Three common adjusting techniques used include Gonstead, Diversified, and Thompson. These are tried and true techniques which chiropractors have used for decades. Our chiropractors couple these skills along with the latest research to provide the utmost care to our patients.
Electronic Stimulation (E-Stim)E-stim is administered to patients when they have very spastic muscles. The electrical impulses cause the muscles to repeatedly fire. These repeated muscular contractions in turn fatigue the muscles. When the muscles fatigue, it allows them to relax from their previous state of contraction which often takes pressure off the nerves that are causing the felt pain. The electrical stimulation is typically administered for 10 minutes prior to chiropractic treatments. The relaxed muscles will help the manual manipulation adjustment go smoother.
Intersegmental TractionIntersegmental traction or mechanical traction is often administered after an adjustment. The mechanical traction is a way to aid in joint mobility. After the chiropractic adjustment the patient lays on an intersegmental traction table which rolls up and down the axial spine. The rolling action helps induce motion back into the spinal joints as the machine rises on its Y axis while tractioning the spine on its X axis. Patients often describe the intersegmental traction table as a massage table. As a patient of Fredericksburg Chiropractic, you may be advised to have one of or a combination of these or our other treatments. To learn about other treatments that we offer, including nutrition, orthotics, and massage, click here. If you’re ready to get started, schedule an appointment!
24AprA question we often hear at Fredericksburg Chiropractic is, “What exactly is chiropractic treatment?” Chiropractic treatment has been growing in popularity to treat a variety of conditions other than the typical back or neck pain. Today, we’d like to share with you a bit more about what exactly chiropractic treatment is.
What is Chiropractic Care?Chiropractic is, “a healthcare profession that focuses on the spine and other joints of the body, and their connection to the nervous system,” according to Palmer College of Chiropractic (Dr. McKinney’s alma mater!). Many people think that chiropractic care can only help them if they have an injured back or back pain. However, chiropractic care can help with so much more than that! As mentioned above, we focus on how the spine and joints of the body connect to the nervous system. So, if you have been suffering from headaches, anxiety, hip or leg pain, or other issues, chiropractic care is here to help you by restoring your body to its natural functionality. When your nervous system function is improved, your entire body will operate a higher level.
Common Chiropractic Care & BenefitsThe most common chiropractic care is chiropractic adjustments. This is when the doctor applies a controlled force to a joint. This will restore function and mobility to your joints and body. The chiropractic adjustments are completed by hand or with the assistance of a small tool called an activator. In addition to chiropractic adjustments, our chiropractors offer a variety of other treatments and will gladly provide you with advice on other lifestyle changes. Some of the additional treatments offered at Fredericksburg Chiropractic include e-stimulation, nutrition, and orthotics. Simply put, chiropractic care is a more natural remedy to the problems you may be facing in your body. Our chiropractors work with you on a whole-body wellness approach. This means you can get out of pain quickly, while avoiding drugs or surgery. If you want to learn more or are ready to book a consultation, contact us today!
09AprOften times people may be hesitant to visit our office because they’re not sure what to expect. So, we’d like to take time to explain our process and what you can expect during your treatment – from your first visit to maintenance to home care.
First VisitOn your first visit you will have a one-on-one consult with one of our chiropractors. You will discuss your needs and why you came to visit. Your doctor will take the time to learn an in-depth history of your complaint and medical history. If your doctor feels that it is necessary, x-rays will be performed on site, as well as detailed orthopedic and neurologic exams. These are all elements that will help in your diagnosis.
Second VisitYour doctor will then take time to review this information before your second appointment. During your second appointment, you will have another one-on-one consult with our chiropractors. The doctor will explain your diagnosis, as well as review the findings from your x-rays and other applicable tests with you. He will then explain the best course of treatment which he has prescribed. Some of our most common treatments include: chiropractic manual manipulation, mechanical traction, and electronic stimulation.
Continued TreatmentDuring your continued treatment, your chiropractor will complete regular re-exams. These are set at regular intervals throughout your treatment which allow the doctors to monitor your progress throughout each phase of your care. It also allows our doctors to continue your care conversation and make any necessary adjustments to your care. During the latter part of your care, we may recommend different home care exercises to help you have greater control over your condition and recovery. When our doctors, and you, are satisfied with your treatment and progress, we will schedule your final exam. You will have another one-on-one consult with your doctor. If necessary, we will perform x-rays and other tests again. At this time, we will provide you with knowledge and direction for your maintenance of care, including any follow up appointments and at-home care. We hope that this answers your questions and alleviates any hesitation you may have about seeing our office for chiropractic care. If you have further questions, contact Fredericksburg Chiropractic at 717-865-6183 or online. If you are ready for care, arrange a consultation with Dr. McKinney or Dr. Bruner.
10MayFredericksburg Chiropractic is pleased to be offering massage therapy from Hannah Hare. Are you experiencing the benefits that massage therapy can bring? If not, consider what massage can do for your wellness with these top 5 benefits from massage from Hannah.
Anxiety and DepressionPeople with anxiety or depression benefit greatly from massage therapy. During a massage cortisol levels, a hormone that is produced in response of stress, decreases and serotonin increases. Your body builds up the energy to fight off pain, anxiety, and feelings of sadness. Cortisol levels decrease in one hour by as much as thirty percent while serotonin levels increase by an average of twenty eight percent!
FibromyalgiaAlthough there is no cure for fibromyalgia, pain can be managed, and massage is a healthy way to manage your pain. There are many benefits for massage for patients with this condition and many forms of massage including myofascial release and Swedish that have been proven to alleviate the pain associated with fibromyalgia. One of the ways that massage is beneficial for fibromyalgia is that a relaxing massage can improve sleep patterns. Fibromyalgia patients who receive a massage in the afternoon can improve their sleep and let their body rejuvenate and repair itself at night. Another benefit to patients is toning muscle. This will help weak muscles in the body and help with strengthening the body. A third benefit is to increase mental clarity, which is helpful for people who experience brain fog as a symptom of fibromyalgia.
Manage Low Back PainClients with ongoing low back pain can decrease pain by getting a recurring massage monthly. You would be surprised by what your body tells you during and after your massage! Massage for lower back pain increases blood flow and circulation giving the muscles and tissues nutrition and also improves flexibility.
Relieves Tension HeadachesMassage relieves headaches because it increases blood flow to your body. The increase of serotonin is beneficial for your body in many ways.
Lower Blood PressureStudies have shown that regular massages decrease diastolic systolic blood pressure. Receiving a relaxing massage can lower depression, anxiety, and it keeps stress hormone levels under control. Low blood pressure plays an important role in lowering the odds of heart attacks, kidney failure, and strokes. Massage has many benefits and that is why I love doing what I do! Not only is it relaxing but at the same time it keeps your body going and improves it in many ways. Each new client improves their health while their body tells them what they need for their health. I work with clients, listen to their needs, and create a treatment plan custom to your body and your body’s needs.
01MarFacebook and please read our online reviews. We are here to help you with any of your health concerns. This includes weight loss and wellness. Our new patient forms make your first treatment quick and easy. Don’t live in back pain, call Fredericksburg Chiropractic today.