Low Back Pain: An Ice Pack or Moist Heat Pack?

Many patients perform some self-care when they first hurt their lower back, hoping this will keep them out of a doctor’s office. While home remedies can sometimes make the pain go away, sometimes they don’t. It just depends on what you try. When the back is first hurt, it’s often a sprain/strain type of injury with accompanying muscle spasm.

When a nerve in the low back becomes pinched or irritated, the body will protect the delicate nerves by keeping you from moving and risking further nerve injury. The easiest way for the body to do this is to cause the back muscles to spasm in the injured area.

Muscle pain can be quite severe, and heat can sometimes soothe the pain. For this reason, many patients take to the heating pad to try and get some relief.
Another choice with an acute injury is to ice the area, but this also needs to be done with some caution. The simplest ice pack is ice cubes placed in a plastic bag. While effective, you can cause a frostbite injury if you leave the pack on for too long. When you first ice the area, you will go through several phases before some pain relief is achieved. At first, the pack will feel cold. The next phase is a burning sensation and the ice will almost feel hot. This is followed by an aching or throbbing sensation. Just before the area is numbed, a very sharp pain will be experienced followed by the relief you desire. It can take between five to ten minutes to go through all of the phases.

Once numbness is achieved, the pack should be removed. You should most definitely not fall asleep while the pack is on.

If this simple procedure does not solve the problem, it’s best to get your spine checked by a doctor of chiropractic.

Try #ChiropracticFirst Before Opioids

Why Chiropractic? Chiropractic is a safe, cost-effective, non-invasive, drug-free form of healthcare that helps prevent opioid addiction by avoiding addictive prescription drugs in the first place.
Why does this matter? North Carolina contains 4 of the top 25 cities with the highest opioid abuse rates, including #1 Wilmington. However, with over 2000 licensed North Carolina Chiropractors we can change these numbers and help citizens manage neck and back pain without opioid prescriptions.

Don’t just take our word for it, the ACP agrees. The American College of Physicians updated their guidelines this year and recommend chiropractic and other non-invasive, non-drug treatments of back pain before turning to prescription opioids.


Chiropractic and massage therapy work very well together, that is why we have Ryan & Dacia two great massage therapist working here. As Chiropractors we specialize on the spine but we adjust extremities as well. The rationale for focusing on the spine is that it’s the foundational piece of allowing your nervous system to work as well as it can.

When someone comes into our office complaining of back pain due to muscle spasm, where they feel it’s “just a muscle problem,” it’s not just a muscle problem. The spine works with the muscles and nerves to create these symptoms you’re experiencing. The chiropractic doctor will find the area of the spine that’s misaligned, stuck, or both and restore its normal movement and position via a chiropractic adjustment. Once the vertebra moves back into place, the nerve will start functioning better and the surrounding muscles will relax.

In some cases, though, the muscles need a little extra help to speed the recovery process. By having a massage therapist go in and work on the muscles, they will tend to relax further and longer, allowing the adjustment to hold its place longer. The longer the vertebra is able to maintain its normal position and functioning, the better for the patient’s healing and pain levels.

Some patients ask whether or not they should get the massage before or after the chiropractic adjustment, but I’ve not seen that it makes a major difference either way. In theory, if you got the massage before the adjustment, you’d be more relaxed for the adjustment and be able to get a better adjustment on that visit. I have recommended a pre-adjustment massage a few times for patients that are just so rigid that we’re having difficulty getting anything to move, but this is rare.

The post-adjustment massage can help the muscles relax further and allow the adjustment to last longer, but this is just the theory. I don’t believe any studies on this exist, but patients have reported back to me that this is their preferred timeline for getting their massage/adjustment combination.

Massage, chiropractic care, drinking water, eating right, exercise… are all good things for you and all good things that need to be done consistently to get the best results. A massage before or after and adjustment is less important than how often you’re getting that adjustment and how consistently you get a massage. Chiropractic and massage therapy are both beneficial to your long term physical and mental health and can work well as complementary treatments.

Ultrasound Therapy for Auto Accident Injuries

Car accidents are inevitable, despite all precautionary measures taken, especially in places where harsh climate conditions have an impact on factors such as road conditions and visibility. Likewise, injuries out of such accidents are inevitable as well, which leaves us with the question as to what the best method should be, to deal with auto accident injuries. One suggestion that pops up into minds is using Ultrasound Therapy as a means of curing injuries caused by car accidents. Point to be noted here is that the most appropriate therapy depends on the nature of injuries, nevertheless, ultrasound therapy can prove to be comforting for a lot of patients, especially those with muscle and joint injuries.

Over the years, the idea of therapeutic Ultrasound has proved to be nothing short of a miracle for people suffering from muscle or joint related injuries following an accident or otherwise. Nature of Muscle and Joint Injuries Patients who can benefit from ultra sound therapy suffer from muscle and joint related issues such as those caused by strain or a muscle tear such as a pulled hamstring. More specific to the notion of car accidents, ultrasound therapy can be used on patients who suffer from car injuries such as the whiplash.

Common Automobile Accident Injuries

While the nature of damage varies, certain injuries remain common to most automobile accident. The first such injury is known as the blunt force trauma to the chest mainly occurring because of an abrupt halting of the vehicle resulting in the chest hitting the steering wheel. Back injuries are also common and leave people with spinal cord problems and frequent back and neck pains. Additionally, arm and leg injuries are also frequent, and most people suffer with damaged bones caused by an automobile accident.

How Ultrasound Therapy Works

The main process of using ultrasound therapy for injuries related to auto accidents is based on exposing the affected muscle and/ or joint to high frequency sound waves. This exposure leads stimulation in the tissue below the skin. What this ultimately does is break down possible adhesions in the affected area while at the same time increase blood flow through the affected area which helps in speeding up the healing process. Additionally, ultrasound therapy can also help when it comes to reducing swelling and can also increase the effectiveness of topical medication applied to the skin by increasing delivery of the medication to the injury via phonophoresis; perfect for people scared of injections.

The nature of the treatment, say for example the frequency as well as the number of sessions, varies from patient to patient wherein an important determinant of the right kind of dosage is the nature of the injury, the severity and the area for example. Additionally, ultrasound therapy can also be used in combination with methods such as chiropractic manipulation or physical therapy for the best results. For this purpose, it is extremely important that when considering this treatment as an option and seek medical advice from an expert to ensure that you get the best treatment which shows positive results.

As per reviews by people who have experimented with this mode of treatment, ultrasound therapy is soothing for many and comes as a welcomed relief. The gel that is used for conducting the entire process is added with Biofreeze to facilitate the patient’s comfort and most patient’s report a pleasant sensation under the skin as an ultra sound is carried out.

Benefits of Ultrasound Therapy

Some benefits of ultrasound therapy include:
• Faster healing
• Effective in dealing with calcium deposition
• Improved metabolism
• Improved blood flow
• Aids the process of healing by minimizing irritation
• Takes care of nerve root irritation

18 Tips To Help You Cut Sugar


Several years ago someone asked me if I would be willing to do a “sugar fast.” Basically all I had to do was cut out sugar from my diet for 21 days. Sure! I can do that. After all…I don’t eat a lot of sugar, or so I thought.

Turns out I was wrong. I never realized how much sugar was in the stuff I was eating every day. Bread, pasta, fruit, sauces, drinks and the list goes on and on.

When I got the list of things I couldn’t eat during my 21 days, I was floored. To make a long story short, I made it the 21 days. The first two were the worst. But after that…I felt GREAT! I lost about 10 lbs, I was sleeping better and my energy went way up. That 21 days was when I realized that I was addicted to sugar and that my body didn’t like it.

Ever since then, I have been conscious of my sugar intake. I’m back to my college weight, and I feel much better. I have also been sharing my sugar fast story with others and encouraging them to take the plunge. You will definitely feel a lot better when you do it.

If you don’t know where to start, it can be frustrating. Here are 18 simple sugar eliminating tips that will help you get started.

1. Put on your big-boy (or girl) pants and decide that you CAN do it.

2. Don’t buy sugary junk.

3. Read labels. (if it ends in “ose” and rhymes with “gross”…it’s SUGAR)

4. Eat more meat.

5. If someone offers you sugary junk…say “No thanks.”

6. Eat more vegetables.

7. Don’t eat bread. (or eat much less)

8. Drink more vegetables – if you don’t like eating them, try juicing.

9. Don’t eat pasta. (or eat much less)

10. If someone gives you sugary junk…say “Thanks”…then throw it away.

11. Eat fruit in moderation. (yes…fruit has sugar)

12. Don’t keep a stash of sugary junk in your house.

13. Read labels. (3.5 grams of sugar = 1 packet. So 35 grams of sugar = 10 packets of sugar)

14. Don’t beat yourself up if you screw up. (it’s a lifestyle not a diet)

15. Don’t eat corn. (Corn has sugar. It’s NOT a vegetable…it’s a grain)

16. Throw away sugary junk. (it’s just like spoiled food…no good)

17. Connect with whole-food, low-sugar groups either online or offline. The support of likeminded individuals is critical for your long-term success.

18. Get up tomorrow and REPEAT.

In Good Health,

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Dr. Cinnamon Claudio

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Finding Your Perfect Pillow

Everyone is always asking me which pillow is the perfect pillow.

The short answer is, there is NO pillow that is PERFECT for everyone. However, there can be a perfect pillow for you.

A lot of doctors and therapists have their pet pillow. I don’t mean they have pillows as actual pets. They just fall in love with a certain pillow and tell everyone that it’s the best thing since sliced bread. The truth is that it’s more important to understand what makes up a great pillow rather than getting stuck on any one brand. With that in mind…here are a few things to keep in mind when looking for your perfect pillow.

  1. Cheap Pillows (<$20): Cheap pillows are exactly that… cheap. It doesn’t mean you can’t make them work. I still use cheap pillows at times. But if you run to Target or Walmart and grab a pillow off the shelf…well…you get what you pay for. Don’t expect more.
  2. Expensive Pillows (>$100): Considering how much time you spend sleeping, it just makes good sense to invest some of your hard earned cash in finding a pillow you love. Just because a pillow is expensive doesn’t mean it is going to fit you better than a cheap or moderately priced one.

Make finding a pillow that fits your needs your first priority, then worry about the price. Not the other way around.

  1. Stomach Sleeping: Don’t Do It!…it’s bad. All you are doing is messing up your neck. Enough about that.
  2. Sleeping Position: Side and back sleeping are both OK. Whichever you prefer is up to you.
  3. Pillow Size: If you don’t want to look all hunched over or leaning to one side while you are standing up, you shouldn’t sleep in that position either. You want to use a pillow that allows you to sleep in a neutral position.

Many companies sell different sized pillows for different sized people. If you are not an average size person (big or small), you might want to look for those options. A pillow that is too big or too small will strain your neck and ultimately cause you pain in the morning.

In Good Health,

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Dr. Cinnamon Claudio

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Week 4: Lifestyle Tips

Final Week of Dr. Cinnamon’s Healthy Lifestyle Summer Series: THIRTY days to a HEALTHIER YOU! (stay tuned for 4 weeks Summer Recipes & Tips starting July 11th) 22. Get Social Social wellness is something most of us don’t pay enough attention to, but we should for long-term health. Even if you enjoy alone time, keep in mind that […]

Week 3: Mind and Mood Tips


Welcome to week three of Dr. Cinnamon’s

Healthy Lifestyle Summer Series:


Copy of Mind and Mood Tips15. Eat for Your Hormone Health

Most of us don’t consider our hormones when we plan out a meal or grab something to eat — but we should. Our hormones completely control how we feel, act, think, and even how we treat others. And guess what controls our hormones for the most part? Aside from sleep and our lifestyle, our diets do. Though rest, stress management, and staying active play a part, nothing acts like directions for your cells like your food does. Certain foods can disrupt hormonal function and possibly even lead to mood disorders, anxiety, or depression. Some of the most common foods to avoid are: dairy, gluten, processed foods, and sugar. Even for those not allergic to gluten, it seems to play a part in the way the brain feels, thinks, and can lead to depression and hormone disorders. Most dairy products have also largely been linked to brain fog, estrogen imbalance, and overall anxiety and depression. One reason these foods create a problem is due to the protein structures they contain which interferes with optimal hormone processes. Sugar and processed foods also upset insulin levels and can interfere with optimal hormone function as well. Eat whole and unprocessed foods whenever possible. Nuts, seeds, leafy greens, vegetables and fruits are some of the best foods you can give our brain on an ongoing basis.

16. Do Something You Love Every Single Day

This can be as small as something such as cooking your favorite breakfast, writing in a journal a few minutes a day, participating in a local event, participating in a favorite hobby, or anything else that you just truly love. Doing something small for yourself every day is a great way to enhance serotonin levels in the body to raise those feel good hormones on a regular basis.

17. Eat Magnesium-Rich Foods

Magnesium is the anti-stress hormone, not to mention the host of other benefits it has for your body. Plant-based foods are rich in magnesium and are important to include in your day to optimize mental wellness. Some of the best sources include leafy greens, nuts, seeds, cacao, bananas, avocado, and sweet potatoes. See some magnesium-rich recipes here to find out how to work more of this important mineral into your diet!

18. Eat Good Fats

Healthy fats are like fuel for a good mood. They’re one of the most important things to include in your diet to promote a healthy mood (and a balanced metabolism). Healthy fats also promote good heart health, reduce cholesterol, and contain none of the harmful side effects associated with animal-based saturated fats. Go for raw coconut, avocados, almonds, walnuts, acai fruit, flax seeds, cashews, hemp seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds or tahini, pecans, and olives. Many of these are also packed with protein, B vitamins, and magnesium to enhance brain health even further.

19. Ditch the Negative Self Talk

Consistently telling yourself reasons why you can’t do something, don’t deserve something, or will never achieve something are never going to get you where you want to be. Ditch the negative self talk and start creating new messages instead. When you change your mindset, you have the power to change your life. This is one of the most overlooked, yet most important things, that everyone can do for better mood and mental health daily.

20. Eat Your B’s

B vitamins reduce stress in the brain, promote energy, and enhance focus — who doesn’t want all of those things?! Vitamin B12 isn’t the only one important for good health. Other B vitamins, specifically vitamins B3, B5, B6, and B7 are also important. If you eat a plant-based diet, you can easily get enough. Some of the best sources of B vitamins include: nuts, seeds, leafy greens, broccoli, avocados, root vegetables, coconut, beans) (including coffee and cacao), bananas, pumpkin, berries, legumes, and whole grains. Mix these up throughout the day for a healthy brain all day long!

21. Eat More Plant-Based Foods

Even if you’re not vegan, just eating more plant-based foods is a great way to enhance your mood. Plant-based foods have been shown to relieve depression, anxiety, and even promote mental clarity. Don’t take our word for it though; give it a try yourself and see! Here are some recipes you can try that are whole-food based and sure to make you feel good around the clock!

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