On-the-Job Back Pain Isn’t Going Away
Lifting boxes, pushing brooms, reaching for files, carrying supplies — is it any wonder that so many people suffer from job-related low back pain? No matter what your occupation, back pain can make your life miserable at any time. Chiropractor ambler, Ambler Chiropractor
But how big is the problem?
To answer that question, researchers analyzed claim data from three major sources: the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries; the Bureau of Labor Statistics; and a national workers’ compensation provider, over a period of 4-9 years. Results indicated that low-back pain claim rates decreased by 34% from 1987-1995, and claim payments declined by 58% over the same time period. But the problem isn’t going away, either. Just look at these numbers:
$8.8 billion was spent on low-back pain workers’ compensation claims in 1995.
Nearly two out of every 100 privately insured workers filed a low-back pain claim in 1995.
Payments for these claims accounted for almost a fourth (23%) of the total workers’ compensation payments in 1995.
So if you think you can avoid low back pain at the workplace, just look at these numbers, and think again. Better yet, help continue the decline in low back pain cases by getting regular adjustments at your ambler chiropractor
Murphy P, Volinn E. Is occupational low back pain on the rise? Spine, April 1, 1999: Vol. 24, No. 7, pp691-697.
Automobile Accidents, Chiropractic Care in Ambler, PA
Understanding what to do when an accident happens, and what types of injuries can occur may save you time, money, and long-term medical care. A prompt physical examination is the best advice. A thorough examination by a chiropractic physician is a wise precaution to determine the presence or absence of “hidden” injuries. Confer immediately with your doctor of chiropractic who will determine the extent of any injuries.
Serious and costly injuries do not always result in immediate pain or bloodshed. Aside from the more dramatic wounds which require surgery or hospitalization, other serious and costly injuries may result from auto accidents. Doctors of Chiropractic are particularly well-qualified to detect and treat a wide variety of injuries of the spine, nerves, and other related structures.
Low-Velocity Injuries (under 10 mph), usually result from the rapid movement of the body during the accident. This movement may result in muscle strain, seat belt bruises or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Other symptoms may be delayed, but pain and stiffness may occur within 12-36 hours after impact.
High-Velocity Injuries (over 10 mph), usually result from a second impact, the body hitting objects inside the vehicle such as the dashboard, steering wheel, or window. Common injuries of this kind include shoulder, head or knee hematomas, wrist fractures, neck sprains, concussions, and a variety of contusions.
Traumatic Cervical Syndrome, more commonly known as whiplash, occurs when the neck is forced through a rapid series of movements faster than the bones, muscles and ligaments can accommodate. Some symptoms include swelling, tenderness, weakness or pain in the neck and shoulder; sore throat and/or loss of voice, trouble swallowing; jaw problems; vomiting; flashing lights in the visual field; headache; light-headedness or dizziness; painful tingling sensations; visual disturbances or blurred vision; and ringing in the ears. In some cases pain may not present itself for 12-36 hours after impact.
Chiropractors warn ‘text neck’ incidences on the rise+
Society can add another ailment to the growing list of problems associated with using text messaging. Chiropractors are warning of a condition on the rise that they are calling “text neck”.
Text neck is caused by keeping the neck flexed for long periods of time, which often occurs when texting obsessively throughout the day. The positioning people use when sending text messages is generally a down gaze with the neck flexed to make the head look down. It’s not just texting either, sufferers who generally get this ailment may be spending too much times on other gadgets, such as iPads.
MSNBC’s Today Health reports, “This is a global epidemic,” says Richard Schwartz, a chiropractor who practices at the Advanced Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Ambler, Pa., Horsham, Pa Glenside, Pa.
“It’s starting younger and younger. There are more than six billion phones connected, and that’s not counting the Kindles, iPads, tablets and all these devices we rely on daily,” adding, “Go outside, to a restaurant, the supermarket, a gym, the airport and notice the posture of almost everyone around you. You will see this everywhere, and now multiply that by every city in the world.”
Schwartz noted 45 percent of his patients have the same complaint and all are connected to the positioning used when looking down at various forms of screens or gadgets.
The Telegraph reports, Rachael Lancaster, of Freedom Back Clinics in Leeds, said,
“Sufferers are increasing as the use of smart phones and tablet computers become more popular.”
Lancaster relates this to joints and tissues in the neck not “built” to handle being flexed for extended periods of time. Lancaster stated, “Imagine sitting on your ankle sideways for 10 minutes. It would feel stiff and sore when you returned it to its natural position,” adding, “That is exactly what people are doing with their necks. If people continue to put their necks in these positions, the body will gradually adapt to the stresses.” Another concern is the natural curvature of the neck reversing. Chiropractors are warning this can lead to other health issues such as headaches and other body pains in shoulders, arms and wrists. Over the long term experts are warning this could lead to permanent arthritic damage. Health experts are indicating that “text neck” can be mitigated by taking breaks and allowing the neck to sit in its natural positioning, and also repositioning the phone to be higher can help too. Additionally getting enough regular exercise might also help reduce the risks associated with text neck. Over the years since computers have become a part of daily life for a couple of decades now, ailments such as carpal tunnel syndrome, have been associated with heavy use. Being texting is relatively new in the scale of technology; there is perhaps not enough data to provide a rounded scenario of the long-term effects; however doctors appear to be reporting increased incidences of body pains related to technology. Now “text neck” can be added to the list. The medical community has long been concerned about the ill-health effects often linked to texting.
Cold and flu season is around the corner, but Dr. Richard Schwartz, a Horsham based Pediatric Chiropractor, believes that doesn’t mean you have to become a victim and he has a 7-Pillar Strategy for Natural Health During Cold and Flu Season. Because government organizations like the Center for Disease Control advice that everyone from 6-months to 100 years old be given the annual flu vaccines, most people think that the flu vaccine is the best way to avoid getting the flu. Dr. Schwartz, who has been practicing for over 12 years, advises that you inform yourself of the risks of the flu vaccine and then make a decision based on that information; the Institute of Medicine (IOM) now admits: “Vaccines are not free from side effects or “adverse effects.”
The good news is that you can be proactive with your health and immunity! If you follow Dr. Christine Anderson’s seven pillars of health outlined below, then you will have taken great steps to insure that you and your family’s immune system stays strong not only during cold and flu season, but always!
1. Proper Rest/Sleep: Minimum 7 hours per night for adults and 10-12 hours for children. Getting to bed before midnight is more restful and rejuvenating. Sleep in a completely dark room to fully activate the pineal gland, an area of the brain that regulates our body’s natural cycles. Exercise daily, but not in the evening as the activity can cause you to revive! Remove electronics from the bedroom and cease your computer usage at least an hour before wanting to retire. Some herbs to help relax and calm are chamomile, skullcap, valerian, and passiflora. Homeopathic remedies include camomila, coffea cruda, and nux vomica. 5—HTP is a metabolized form of tryptophan that is the precursor of serotonin – the neurotransmitter responsible for making us feel sleepy. Chiropractic can help the balance between the sympathetic nervous system (the part that makes you go) and the parasympathetic nervous system (the part that slows you down.) Besides repair, rejuvenation, and immune building, sleep can also keep you slim by keeping cortisol (your stress hormone) levels down.
2. Hydration: Take your body weight and halve it – that is how much water you should be drinking per day in ounces. Pure water—preferably filtered of pollutants, chemicals, and heavy metals. So if you weigh 140 lbs, then you should drink 70 ounces of water minimum; this is almost 9 eight oz glasses of water per day. If you have anything dehydrating, such as tea, coffee or alcohol, then add one glass per drink. Your body is primarily composed of water and the metabolic processes need it to function and flush out waste.
3. Exercise: Everyday, at least 30 minutes. Dancing around the house counts. Running around the house after kids counts, but you probably could also do with some focused exercise for stress release! Moderate exercise stimulates the immune system, but sustained hard core exercise can cause your body to become stressed and rundown. Include cardio, strength, including core, and flexibility aspects into your workouts. Once you get past the initial 2 weeks and the soreness goes away you will find you have more energy, stamina, you sleep better, and your self esteem will get a boost, too. For all you parents out there, your children will also get a firsthand look at what it means to take care of themselves. Heck, take them along on the walk or bike ride and get out there and kick the soccer ball around! For more information on Exercise and Pregnancy and Pregnacy massage, go to visit Ambler Chiropractor Dr. Richard Schwartz .
4. Manage Stress: Most likely than not there will always be stress in your life. We actually need a little bit otherwise we wouldn’t get out of bed in the morning. But what will run our systems down is the chronic unrelenting stress that never ends and continually releases cortisol, which will cause our bodies to shut down and collapse! Deadline after deadline, one thing after another, and never having enough time in the day – these are the things that wreak havoc. Schedules help. Limiting time wasters such as TV, computers, email, and social networking is another. Pursue a hobby. Practice yoga or meditate. Take a bath. Exercise. Only you will know what it is that helps you to release stress and then whatever it is, do it on a regular basis.
5. Eat foods that are nourishing, and eliminate foods that are depleting: Whole, unprocessed plant-based foods are the way to ensure that you have the fuel to build your body up and keep it functioning. By consuming processed foods, such as soda, energy drinks, coffee, cakes, cookies, candy, chips, fast food, and fried foods we use up our precious resources and weaken our defenses. The immune system is shut down for 5 hours after consuming sugar! Milk, fruit juices and alcohol are all hidden sources of sugar. Green juices are a great way to start the day and will give you an energy boost you won’t believe and won’t cause you to crash later on. Nuts and seeds provide sustainable energy and fruits and vegetables provide antioxidants which help protect your body from breaking down. Once you start consuming whole foods, processed ones will lose their appeal and as your body is nourished you will naturally consume less food, so you may even lose weight with no diet and no hunger!!
6. Spinal Hygiene: Hygiene is a funny word, no? (BTW—laughter is next…) Hygiene means the science dealing with the preservation of health. And the best way to preserve the health of the spine is with regular chiropractic check ups. Chiropractic is based on the philosophy that the nervous system controls and coordinates ALL the functions in the body – including the immune system. So, if you have physical, emotional or toxic stress from accidents, day to day stress, or eating a less than perfect diet, then subluxations (spinal misalignments) can cause nerve signals to be altered so your body can not get the proper signals to function optimally. Gentle chiropractic adjustments can help the whole family survive and even thrive during cold and flu season! For more information on Spinal Health, go to http://www.mapleglenchiro.com/
7. Laughter-Meaningful relationships-Life Purpose: Laughter releases endorphins—our natural morphine and reduces stress. Love and caring causes secretory IgA to be released, which is our first line of defense in the immune system. Conversely, anger causes secretory IgA to drop. Knowing that you are making a difference to someone or something causes cortisol to lower—so volunteer or get a pet if you don’t feel that your life has purpose at this point in time. High levels of cortisol over a long period of time deplete our immune system.
If you would like to take some immune boosters to further fortify your defenses, then there are some natural remedies which can help. Gemmotherapy are the buds of plants and there are certain ones, like Briar Rose and Black Currant that can be taken preventatively and are great for kids. Taking antioxidants, such as vitamin A, C, E, and selenium can help. There is an association with immunity and vitamin D, which is actually a hormone – so it is best to have your levels checked before consuming a supplement. Getting 15 minutes a day of sun is safer than taking supplemental vitamin D, if you are in an area that has sun!
Take your omega 3’s—preferably from plant sources such as flax and algae (versus fish which have the potential for being contaminated with heavy metals and hormone disrupting chemicals). Herbs that are adaptogenic such as astralagus and ginseng may be helpful. Echinacea may be taken for 2 weeks at a time as a preventative. Other immune boosting herbs are medicinal mushrooms, olive leaf, garlic, and larch tree.
Please note that the substances listed above are for the purpose of example only. Before consuming any supplement or herb, please consult your health care practitioner. The decision about whether or not to vaccinate is a personal one and should be made with full informed consent.
We incorporate Graston Technique into our treatment protocols at Advanced Chiropractic and Wellness Center the Offices of Dr. Richard Schwartz DC for many musculoskeletal conditions such as neck, arm, and hand pain. Conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, whiplash, and plantar fasciitis also respond favorably to Graston Technique. A technique used by Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, and DO
Here is an excerpt from the Graston website explaining Graston Technique:
Graston Technique® is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis(scar tissue) or chronic inflammation.
Originally developed by athletes, Graston Technique® is an interdisciplinary treatment used by more than 10,000 clinicians worldwide—including physical and occupational therapists, hand therapists, chiropractors, and athletic trainers.
GT is utilized at some 930 outpatient facilities and industrial on-sites, by more than 165 professional and amateur sports organizations, and is part of the curriculum at 48 respected colleges and universities.
Six stainless steel instruments form the cornerstone of Graston Technique® The curvilinear edge of the patented Graston Technique® Instruments combines with their concave/convex shapes to mold the instruments to various contours of the body. This design allows for ease of treatment, minimal stress to the clinician’s hands and maximum tissue penetration.
The Graston Technique® Instruments, much like a tuning fork, resonate in the clinician’s hands allowing the clinician to isolate adhesions and restrictions, and treat them very precisely. Since the metal surface of the instruments does not compress as do the fat pads of the finger, deeper restrictions can be accessed and treated. When explaining the properties of the instruments, we often use the analogy of a stethoscope. Just as a stethoscope amplifies what the human ear can hear, so do the instruments increase significantly what the human hands can feel.
What is Fascia?
The superficial fascia is a soft connective tissue located just below the skin. It wraps and connects the muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels of the body. Together, muscle and fascia make up what is called the myofascia system.
For various reasons, including disuse, not enough stretching, or injuries, the fascia and the underlying muscle tissue can become stuck together. This is called an adhesion, and it results in restricted muscle movement along with pain, soreness and reduced flexibility or range of motion.
Myofascial release is a body work technique that uses gentle, sustained pressure on the soft tissues while applying traction to the fascia. This technique results in softening and lengthening (release) of the fascia, as well as the breaking down of scar tissue or adhesions between skin, muscles and bones.
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