Arthritis & Chiropractic


The word Arthritis paints a picture in most people’s mind of an older person who is hobbling around and suffering from joint pain. It would more than likely surprise you to learn that Arthritis can affect you at any age. For many suffering with Arthritis, chiropractic care may be able to help to your joint pain behind you once and for all. The chiropractors at Triangle Spine Center have the expertise to identify and treat your Arthritis condition. They will take the time with you to explain to you the cause and help reduce the symptoms while helping to improve your overall health.

Spring & Chiropractic

Spring & Chiropractic

Now that the colder days of winter have pasted us by, it’s time to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Sports can give you the much needed exercise that your body craves but after a winter off getting back into your activities may place a new strain on your body. A beautiful lawn and landscaping can give you enjoyment but also a new backache as well. If you are having any new aches or pains after getting more active during this spring please give us a call to discuss your treatment options. Most new injuries can be helped in one or two treatments if we can work on them soon enough. Stay active and healthy with regular chiropractic treatments.

Cold, Flu and Virus Symptoms

Typically, the cold and flu season peaks in March.  Some years are worse than other years, in terms of number of people affected and the severity of the illness.

Cold vs. Flu, What’s the Difference?

The common cold and the flu (influenza) often share many of the same symptoms, so it can be difficult to tell them apart. The flu is generally worse than the common cold, and those suffering from the flu will typically have symptoms such as fever, body aches, fatigue and dry cough. Symptoms for the common cold are usually runny nose, congestion and sneezing. Both conditions are common, contagious, short-term and typically self-treatable.

High-Risk Flu Patients 

Young children, elderly, pregnant women and those with chronic disease or a weakened immune system are considered high-risk for influenza and complications, and they should consult their doctor if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms.

The Lymphatic System, the Central Nervous System and Chiropractic

One of the critical systems of the body is the lymphatic system, which is a network of organs, lymph nodes, lymph ducts and lymph vessels that move lymph (clear/white fluid made of white blood cells and chyle) from tissues to the bloodstream. This system is a major and important part of the immune system; the lymph nodes of the body (people have between 501 and 700 lymph nodes) make immune cells to help fight infection.

These connections between the musculoskeletal system, central nervous system (the brain and the spinal cord) and lymphatic system help to explain how a chiropractic adjustment can improve the function of the immune system. The chiropractic adjustment removes subluxations in the spine, which occur when a vertebrae or vertebras move out of position and can prevent proper communication within the central nervous system. Subluxations can also thwart movement in the musculoskeletal system. 

Nutritional Supplements

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Posture and Chiropractic

Posture is position of the body while standing, sitting or lying down. Good posture, also referred to as neutral spine, has many health benefits, including the avoidance of injury back pain. Chiropractic can help improve and maintain posture.
Why is Posture Important?
Appearance benefits with good posture are obvious, but there are many less-obvious health benefits you should know. Good posture can:
• Maintain correct alignment of bones and joints
• Reduce stress on ligaments, minimizing risk of injury
• Prevent muscle strain, overuse and pain
• Conserve energy as muscles are used more efficiently
• Decrease abnormal joint wear
Research has shown that poor postures may increase feelings of depression, affect your digestive tract and influence confidence and stress levels.
Signs You Have Poor Posture
There are many indicators of poor posture, but some of the more common are hunched shoulders, rounded shoulders, rounded upper back, forward head carriage and arched lower back. Another indicator is back pain.
Factors that Contribute to Poor Posture
There are several common factors linked to poor posture:
• Stress
• Obesity
• Pregnancy
• Weak postural muscles
• Abnormally tight muscles
• High-heeled shoes
How to Maintain or Correct Posture
The first step is awareness! Bring your attention to your posture as you sit, stand or lie down. If you’re sitting, keep both feet on the floor or a footrest, don’t cross your legs and use low-back support. While standing, keep your knees slightly bent, relax your arms and pull your shoulders back. When lying down it’s critical to choose the right mattress and pillow, and avoid sleeping on your stomach.
Importance of Chiropractic Care and Therapies
Your chiropractor can help you to maintain and correct your posture through chiropractic adjustments, exercises and recommendations on proper positions during different activities.

The Importance of Medical Payment Coverage

Medical Payment Coverage

WHAT IS MED-PAY?

Medical Payments Coverage (commonly referred to as “Med-Pay”) provides insurance for the immediate medical expenses following an auto accident, including the typically substantial expenses associated with emergency services, such as ambulances, doctors, and chiropractic. Your auto insurance company will pay for any medical treatment you receive as a result of a car accident up to the Med-Pay limit purchased, and can help cover things like your health insurance deductible and co-pays. Med-Pay covers medical expenses regardless of who is at fault in the accident, and the coverage moves with you, whether you are walking, riding with a friend, or on public transportation, as well as both in- and out of state.

WHAT DOES IT COVER?

If you’re injured in an accident that another driver caused, it can often take months for their insurance company to pay your medical bills, which means without Med-Pay, you would be paying up front for these expenses, and then waiting for a reimbursement. With Med-Pay, however, your immediate costs are covered up to the limit you’ve purchased, with no wait-time for benefits to start. This would cover ambulance fees, chiropractic care and many more medical expenses that might not otherwise be covered by your health insurance. It is in your best interest to keep, and possibly increase, your Med Pay coverage.

For those with high deductibles on their health insurance, Med-Pay is highly recommended. Without this coverage, if you are at fault in an auto accident and sustain injuries, you may not have ANY coverage for your own medical expenses. However, if you are covered with Med-Pay, you would end up paying ZERO out-of-pocket because this coverage would kick in immediately after the accident.

Ask your Auto Insurance agent about Med-pay, and make sure you have the highest Med-pay Coverage for your and your family.  Most auto insurance companies offer Med-Pay coverage in increments from $500 to $25,000.

Benefits of Fish Oil Supplements

Our doctors recommend fish oil to maximize performance and overall health. This article highlights essential supplement, Omega-3.

Omega-3 from fish oil, as we all know, is great for optimal health. Omega-3 contains eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the main fatty acids that the brain utilizes for neurogenesis and cognitive development. Omega-3 also reduces inflammation and improves oxygen delivery. Moreover, taking fish oil is effective for reducing triglyceride levels, lowering blood pressure, and is good for overall cardiovascular health.

Common food sources for omega-3 are oily fleshed, cold-water fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, cod, sturgeon, anchovy, and sardines. However, unless you are consuming properly-sourced, wild fatty fish regularly as well as limiting your intake of inflammatory foods, supplementation is most likely recommended in order to maximize the benefits of omega-3.  The average American diet contains too many omega-6 fats, which facilitates inflammation. Although omega-6 is necessary for cellular function, it is important to balance this with enough omega-3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation.  A good supplement to use is F-Complex from Nutri-West to make sure you are getting your recommended amount of Fish Oil. 

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Importance of Chiropractic Care for Pregnancy and Birth

pregnancy chiropractic carePregnancy comes with a barrage of problems such as nausea, vomiting, back pain, swollen legs among other things. The intensity of these problems varies from one pregnancy to another. Chiropractic care can help to relieve these symptoms and make pregnancy a much more enjoyable experience. Even if you are not in discomfort, visiting a chiro during pregnancy is advisable maintain proper spine and pelvis alignment.

Regular chiropractic care is important for a comfortable pregnancy and delivery. The nervous system controls the entire body and it adapts to the changes of pregnancy to preserve health and well-being. The problem results when the vertebral subluxation that occurs during pregnancy interferes with the nervous system’s communication with the body. This causes the following problems that are manageable with chiropractic care:

Body imbalance

A subluxation in the atlas can cause a chain reaction down your spine; it can cause your head to tilt to one side, bending in of the lower cervical spine in the opposite side of the head tilt and bending of the thoracic spine in the opposite side. This will cause the lumbar spine to bend in drawing up the pelvis to one side and making one leg appear shorter, hence the limping or awkward gait during pregnancy.  You will experience an uneven distribution of weight on the knee and ankle joints making it painful to walk. The poor alignment of the pelvis can lead to problematic childbirth. Chiropractic care ensures proper alignment of the spine to avoid all these problems.

Nerve pressure and tension

With this chain reaction of problems along the spine, the spine may become very tight and inflamed in the places of misalignment. The nerves from your spine lead to organs and muscles in the body and stress in the nerves can lead to degeneration of these body organs and muscles, which is dangerous for your pregnancy.

Brain stem tension

Subluxation in the atlas causes a narrowing of the spinal canal and an increase of pressure within it. The brain stem located just over the atlas is bound to suffer from this stress. A decrease in brain stem function due to this pressure can be quite dangerous to your health since it controls various brain processes.

Chiropractic care will ensure proper spine health to avoid these serious health complications. Without any pressure on the nerves, your body systems will also be able to function efficiently for your pregnancy. Learn more about other chiropractic treatments through our blog posts!

Yoga for Computer Users: Other Postures

The Diamond Posture (Vajrasana)
Kneel on a thick carpet or blanket with your knees close together. Sit back on your heels and stretch up from your hips, balancing your head well so that a line drawn through ear, shoulder, elbow and hip would be straight. You should sit up in this posture for greatest benefits.

Meditation in lotus position

The Locust (Salabhasana)
Most yoga students are familiar with this posture. Lie flat, face down, chin on floor. Make your hands into fists and push them either under your thighs to help the lift, or place them alongside your body. Exhale and lift legs from your hips, tightening your buttocks and stretching your legs up and back. Hold position for as long as possible, exhale, return to starting posture and repeat.

Woman doing yoga exercises

The Dog Stretch (Adho mukha svanasana)
Lie face down, legs stretched back, buttocks tightened and knees pulled back. Place hands just below shoulders, exhale and lift head, then chest, shoulders and torso, pushing down from your pelvis and straightening your arms. From the back of your head to your tailbone, your body should be curved back. Push shoulders back and down. Push head back more. Stay like this as long as possible with normal breathing. Come down very slowly, and relax.

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The Twist (Bhardwajasana)
Kneel on the floor and sit back, bringing both feet to the right of your hips. Straighten your right arm, bring it across your body and turn to the left. Place your hand, palm down under your left knee. Exhale, turn your body more to the left and clasp your right elbow with your left hand, from the back. Turn your head and gaze over your right shoulder. Fold position for a few breaths and then twist and look back over your left shoulder. Shoulders should be at right angles to the body. Come back to starting position and repeat on other side. You should do this posture once every hour if you have lower back pain.

 

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Upper Back Pain: Identification And Some Useful Solutions

Upper Back Pain is as painful or troublesome as the pain in the lower back or the neck. An injury or a strain is the most common reason for the pain in the upper portion of our backs. Although back pain in upper portion is not a common phenomenon, it can cause significant discomfort and needs to be treated carefully. The identification of the exact cause is necessary to treat the pain in the upper back.

Strong young people

Muscular irritation and joint malfunction have been found to be the most common causes of upper back pain. An injury or a poor posture can also result in back pain. In recent years, it has been found that people sitting in one posture for example working in front of the computer are more prone to suffer from this type of back pain.

Lack of activity or poor strength of our muscles is a very common cause of upper back pain and can be treated through chiropractic cure, acupuncture, massage, physical therapy and various types of stretching exercises. Again an injury or strain in the joints between the ribs and the upper back can result in severe pain. Such a situation can be rectified by exercises aimed at strengthening the muscles and loosening the back. A ruptured disk or a degenerative disk disease can also result in back pain in upper part.

An appropriate posture and regular strengthening exercises are a must for avoiding the pain in the upper back. A poor posture can lead to weak muscles and a strain in our joints and ligaments and thus cause upper back pain. Osteoporosis, a disease which makes ones bones fragile and weak, a rupture in the spinal disk or any other form of injury can also result in back pain. People suffering from heart disease can also experience pain in the upper back. Such people need to consult a specialist so as to avoid any complexities.

Young serious businesswoman sitting at the table in office

It is important to get proper medical treatment if the cause of your upper back pain is Osteoporosis, a ruptured disk or any other injury. However, if the pain is caused by a poor posture or a strain, we can take some self remedial action such as massaging the area of pain. Pain in the Trapezius or the triangle shaped muscles of the upper back and the shoulder blades can be rectified through self massage or massage by somebody else. Also try to concentrate on improving your posture and sit straight instead of slouching.

A poor posture eliminates the natural, weight-supporting S curve in our backs and weakens them. In contrast a right posture– chest out, stomach in, and buttocks tucked under- helps one to restore the S curve in our back. Proper exercises can enable one to rectify his/her posture. Proper massage by a physical therapist, use of acupuncture techniques and physical therapy also go a long way in relieving upper back pain.

 

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