Cervical Nerve Functions

dreamstime_xl_19355064If you ever wanted to under stand how neck injuries can affect your life spine health just put out a great article on the spinal nerves and what they affect. It is a great way to understand your spinal injures better. The more you understand the better you can manage your condition. Chiropractors have a high success level of removing mechanical impact to these nerves restoring your quality of life. Consult with your #chiropractor today.

<img src=”http://b.scorecardresearch.com/p?c1=2&c2=18767362&cv=2.0&cj=1″ /> Cervical Nerves In addition to the seven cervical vertebrae, cervical anatomy features eight cervical nerve roots (C1-C8) that branch from the spinal cord and control motor and sensory abilities for different parts of the body

Knew this one was coming soon: “The Latest Cause of Neck Pain: #Pokémon Go”

dreamstime_xl_18568027The latest in a series of how technology can lead to pain when body Bio-mechanics are not properly understood. Spine-Health has a great article on Text Neck and how to avoid Pokémon Go injuries. First it was how we read our books, then it was our computer monitors and their locations, and now it is our smart phones. It just goes to show you that proper spinal hygiene is an ongoing responsibility see your chiropractor today.

 

#TextNeck

#SpinalHygiene

By: Dr. Paul R. Mahler

read an in-depth article at Spine-Health

Could Bone Spurs be Causing your #Headache?

#Headaches are a major problem for many patients but they can often be very complex in ther cause and cure. They are often managed with over the counter medications but this is not allwdreamstime_xl_48989184ays the best way to deal with chronic or prolonged headaches. Many of your chronic headaches often have bio-mechanical causes stemming from the musculo-skeletal system and these headaches are often best controlled and treated through simple gentle chiropractic care .

One such headache may be caused by bone spurs in the neck.

Over 50% of patients age of 60 and over have osteophytes also known as bone spurs, somewhere in their bodies. Osteophytes in the spine are more common the older we get and may not be a cause for concern unless they result in pain or neurological symptoms.

Cervical osteophytes or bone spurs that grow on any of the  vertebra in cervical spine, also referred to as the neck. may be found from the 7th cervical vertebra to the base of the skull to the base of the neck (C1 – C7 vertebrae). It is these osteophytes that may be responsible for a patients headaches.

To find out more read the article on spine health, Cervical Osteophytes: bone spurs in the neck.

This weeks Spine Health Chiropractic Posts: Chiropractic and #Pregnancy, Cervical #Herniation, Low Level #Laser,Aerobic #Exercise, and #Sacroiliac Joint Problems

dreamstime_xl_56550976This weeks Topics Are: Chiropractic and #Pregnancy, Cervical #Herniation, Low Level #Laser,Aerobic #Exercise, and #Sacroiliac Joint Problems

Post 1)

Chiropractic treatments for pregnant women suffering from lower back pain has a very high success rate and can be combined with other treatments that do not include adding medications into the system.

http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/pregnancy-and-back-pain/treatments-low-back-pain-during-pregnancy

Post 2)

When a cervical herniated disc is treated, the first methods are often to use physical therapy, chiropractic manipulation, activity modification, and possibly anti-inflammatory medications.

http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/herniated-disc/conservative-treatment-a-cervical-herniated-disc

Post 3)

The light from low level lasers can penetrate the skin and tissues between 2-5 cm and those photons are absorbed by the tissue cells to generate more energy, which is believed to help those tissues heal faster.

http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/pain-management/cold-laser-therapy-pain-management-treatment

Post 4)

Aerobic exercise increases the blood flow in the body, which helps speed up healing, but high-impact exercises may cause additional stress or trauma to the structures of the spine.

http://www.spine-health.com/wellness/exercise/low-impact-aerobic-exercise

Post 5)

Sacroiliac joint problems can cause lower back pain and/or leg pain and is often treated first with chiropractic care.

http://www.spine-health.com/video/chiropractic-adjustment-sacroiliac-joint-video

Chiropractic Treatments for Whiplash

Chiropractic Treatments for #Whiplash

 

Because each individual case of whiplash is different, it is not possible to generalize about the chiropractic whiplash treatment.

See What Is Whiplash?

The appropriate chiropractic treatment is unique to each whiplash injury and is directed at the primary dysfunctions detected during the chiropractic exam.

However, #chiropractors commonly employ different chiropractic treatments for whiplash, often including:

1:#Manipulation

2:Muscle relaxation and/or stimulation

3:Various #exercises

4:Ergonomic and lifestyle changes.

This article explains when, why and how chiropractors may employ these whiplash treatments for neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain and other related symptoms.

For more read the rest of the article:

http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/chiropractic/chiropractic-treatments-whiplash

Sources of Whiplash Pain

whiplash_Kingston_PA_Wilkes_Barre_PASOURCES OF WHIPLASH PAIN

When the cervical spine (neck) is subject to whiplash (an abrupt backward and/or forward jerking motion of the head), there is usually a combination of factors that contribute to whiplash pain in the neck and back, and ultimately need to be addressed individually by a chiropractor.The doctor of chiropractic maintains a “holistic” view of the patient’s whiplash pain, specifically focusing on one or more of the following: joint dysfunction, muscle dysfunction, faulty movement patterns, and/or disc derangement.This newsletter explains how chiropractors approach treating neck pain,back pain, and/or other whiplash symptoms, and help patients. (Read more below)

Chiropractic and Neck Pain: New study reveals it is the most effective treatment

Chiropractic is safe and effective for neck pain.

As a chiropractor I have always told my patients that in most case, when it comes to neck pain the best medicine is no medicine at all. Now according to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine studies are now showing this it true (http://www.annals.org/content/156/1_Part_1/1.abstract?aimhp). The study, was funded by the National Institutes of Health, tracked 272 patients with recent neck pain. These patients were treated using three different methods medication, exercise, and chiropractic care.

After 12 weeks the patients who used a chiropractor or exercised were over twice as likely to be pain free when compared to those who used only medicine. The patients treated by a chiropractor experienced the highest rate of success with 32 percent saying they were pain free, compared to 30 percent of those who exercised. Only 13 percent of patients treated with medication said they no longer experienced pain.

As a chiropractor this does not supries me since neck pain is a mechanical problem. It makes sense that mechanical treatment such as chiropractic care and exercies work better than a medicin which is a chemical solution. The pain is not due to difficiny in anti-inflamatories. Acording to an ABC world News report Dr. John Messmer who specializes in family medicine at Penn State College of Medicine agrees. “I always prescribe exercises and/or physical therapy for neck pain,” he wrote. “I also tell patients that the exercises are the treatment and the drugs are for the symptoms.” The exercises prescribed to patients in the study were simple and designed to be performed at home with the help of instructional photos, see the exercies here (http://www.annals.org/content/suppl/2011/12/29/156.1_Part_1.1.DC1/156-1-1-supplement.pdf).

You must also keep in mind the other finding in the studie that chiropractic care was actualy mor effective than even exercise so if your Doctor only perscribes exercises and Physical theripy remind them that chiropractic is more effective and can work well with thes two treatment options. It is also important to remember that chiropractic care is not for just neck pain and back pain but a good chiropractor should be part of your health and wellness team. I will even assign exercises to go with the chiropractic care increasing the effectiveness of treatment.

Paul R. Mahler Jr. DC
Mahler Family Chiropractic Center
1144 wyoming Ave.
Kingston, PA. 18704
http://mahler-chiropractic.com
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We can treat car accidents including neck pain, back pain, rotator cuff, foot pain, carpal tunnel, and much more.

Preventing Chronic Neck Pain and Back Pain

Treating chronic back pain and neck pain from a whiplash injury

Neck and hip joint © 7activestudio

After a car accident neck pain is one of the primary complaints. This is due to the fact the the head weighs around 10 lbs and during acceleration and deceleration that can create a lot of force on some of the smaller muscles and ligaments of the body, the result is whiplash and neck pain. After a whiplash injury, it is fairly common for people to suffer from chronic neck pain and back pain. During a chiropractic examination certain factors in a patient’s history an physical exam can be used to evaluate for this possibility. This process will help the chiropractor identify the patient who is at risk of developing chronic pain resulting from a whiplash injury, so that aggressive preventative measures can be taken.
At Mahler family Chiropractic Center, in Kingston Pa, the general approach to managing a patient’s chiropractic treatment is critical to the success of preventing chronic pain from a whiplash injury.

  • It is important that the patients pain be reduced in the first several weeks of treatment.
  • After This the focus shifts toward restoration of the function of the patients joints and muscles using both active and passive therapy procedures. This also means helping the patient return to work, home and recreational activities as soon as possible. The transition back to these activities is often gradual and takes time. It is important for the chiropractor to get the patient back to these activities even if the patient is not sure that he or she can engage in them fully.
  • It is important that the patient gets back to normal activities and restoring the patients confidence after a whiplash injury is an important part of the chiropractor s job and also important for rehabilitation.
  • Exercise, both for the purpose of correcting faulty movement patterns and instability, and for general fitness, is important in this effort to treat a whiplash injury.

Teaching the patient that hurt does not necessarily mean harm and the nature of chronic pain means placing focus on those activities the patient can do, rather than those they can not perform. This is a major part of treating chronic pain and in disability prevention after a whiplash injury. At Mahler Family Chiropractic Center we integrate the strategies explained above to develop the most effective approach for recovering from a whiplash injury and preventing future episodes of back pain.

Paul R. Mahler Jr. DC
Mahler Family Chiropractic Center
1144 wyoming Ave.
Kingston, PA. 18704
http://mahler-chiropractic.com
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We can treat car accidents including neck pain, back pain, rotator cuff, foot pain, carpal tunnel, and much more.

What is Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic health care a drug free solution!

Thoracic Spine Anatomy Pain concept © decade3d

Chiropractic is a health care system that targets the central nervous system via the spinal column to help maintain good health. A chiropractor leverages the recuperative power of the body to cure itself naturally and efficiently. Chiropractic health care focuses on the connection between the vertebral column alignment and performance as coordinated by the nerve network and how that association affects the preservation and regaining of health.

Chiropractic care involves analyzing and treating the cause of disease which occurs when the spinal column is misaligned or subluxated. The bones of the spinal column when misaligned interrupt the messages of the nerves in the central nervous system. These messages balance and control cells, tissues, and organs of the body. Chiropractors address these subluxations and by delicately changing the alignment of the vertebrae, reduce or alleviate abnormal communication in the nervous system permitting the human body to appropriately operate and repair.

A Chiropractic Physicians Treatment is Distinct from Traditional Medical Care

If you’re considering visiting a Kingston Chiropractors or a Chiropractor near Wilkes Barre PA for the 1st time, you’re most likely wondering what kind of results you can anticipate. Having realistic expectations is important. A Chiropractic specialist’s will explain the chiropractic process and therapy and how it is being presented may have a vital role in the satisfaction with the adjustment you receive. Your experience will be improved by an explanation leading to understanding of the service itself, but don’t mistake chiropractic treatment for medical therapy. A chiropractors is not meant to replace medical physicians. A Medical Doctor addresses disease while a chiropractic specialist focuses on health. Not having a disease is very different than actually being healthy. The purpose of chiropractic therapy is to improve your health and well-being not simply to treat your illness.

Before visiting a chiropractor it is important to under stand that chiropratic is not just for back pain, neck pain and othe phisical aliaments but for over all health. As well as over all health a chiropractor can help manage auto accidents, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, headaches, migraines, herniated disc, neck pain, sciatica, sports injuries, scoliosis, back pain, and much more. A chiropractor can treat infants, the elderly, children, audults, children with special needs, and pregnant women. Chiropractic physycians are for much more than just neck and back pain.

Can a Chiropractic Physician Help?

The short answer is often yes. Spinal subluxations are generally due to stress that overwhelms the body’s resilience and coping ability. This stress can be physical stress and can occur as the result of an automobile accident or slipping on a wet sidewalk, improper posture, occupational trauma, or birth trauma. It can be emotional stress as a result of heavy emotional shock or the inability to adjust to a stressful event, or even chemical shock as a result from the inappropriate usage of prescription or illicit drugs, inadequate food stuffs, or environmental poisons. These misalignments disrupt the standard function, reducing your body’s capability to operate, evolve, and heal from injuries by creating interference within the nervous system.

Chiropractic Physicians address these misalignments by delicately fixing the alignment of the backbones of the spinal column, reducing or alleviating abnormal messaging so permitting the body to properly self regulate, adapt and regenerate. The care and upkeep of the spinal column and nerve system is a necessary component of healthcare. Spinal hygiene is more important that dental hygiene but often neglected due to lack of understanding. Your Wilkes Barre and Kingston PA Chiropractors will assist you to start chiropractic care with this understanding so you will appreciate the whole process of recieving chiropractic therapy.

By: Dr. Paul Mahler
Mahler Family Chiropractic Center
Kingston PA
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Pain relief and how to treat neck pain

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Neck pain affects millions of Americans and if you have ever woken up with a kink in your neck, suffered a whiplash injury, experienced chronic neck stiffness, felt popping and crackling whenever you move your neck around or suffer with chronic nagging pain in your neck that travels up into the back of your head, you know what I’m talking about. this can be intensely irritating and cause a disruption in your daily life. Neck pain can affect your ability to concentrate, sleep, play sports, read, do household chores or even watch TV.

What causes neck pain? Neck pain may be caused by any number of causes including car accidents, falls, emotional stress and chemical toxins. Neck pain occurs when the bones in your spine become misaligned causing severe irritation the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and to the nervous system causing pain. Spinal misalignment also stretches and severely irritates the spinal cord & sets the stage for premature wear and tear of the spinal cord and nerve roots. That pain in the neck may even be a pinched nerve.

One of the main causes of neck pain is trauma. A car accident, slip and fall, the birth process, a sports injury or some other type of trauma can cause damage to the bones, joints, discs, ligaments, muscles and other connective tissues of the neck. If you have experienced any kind of trauma past or present you should have it checked out. Neck injuries can lie under the surface for years before you notice major symptoms such as pain or numbness and by then it may be too late for a complete recovery. Chiropractors are uniquely qualified to evaluate, diagnose and treat neck problems due to trauma. A chiropractor can even tell you if that pain in the shoulder is referred from the neck.

Medical Approach

A common approach to treating neck pain involves going to a pharmacy for an over the counter (OCT) medication such as Tylenol, Motrin or Aleve. These medications sometimes work to offer temporary relief. However the problem usually comes back. At this point, many people will call their family doctor for help. The family doctor’s typical course of action will be to prescribe more powerful medications (such as a narcotic for the pain and muscle relaxants). Medications don’t really do much other than to mask symptoms. They don’t actually cure you or go after the root cause of your problems.

 Chiropractic Approach: How to treat neck pain

At Mahler Family Chiropractic Center, we offer a unique approach to treating neck problems. Our methods are extremely effective at getting you out of pain, restoring range of motion, improving posture, and correcting misalignment. We have treated people who had been to numerous medical doctors, various therapists and even other chiropractors and weren’t getting any results until they came to us. Our methods are different and they work. Please call our office to schedule an appointment for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Laser Therapy for Neck Pain:

Recently the medical journal Lancet performed a review of studies and concluded from the results that low-level laser therapy is immediately effective for acute neck pain. Lasers therapy is effective within the first treatment and lasts up to 22 weeks following a complete treatment protocol for chronic neck pain. The study reviewed 16 previous studies and found laser therapy to be effective overall, with results comparing “favorably with other widely used therapies, and especially with pain killers and other medications, for which evidence is sparse and side-effects are common.” That’s good news considering that neck pain is one of the most common and disabling conditions, accounting for substantial lost workdays, diminished productivity, and use of over-the-counter medications. If you suffer from chronic neck pain call us now and we may be able to help.

By: Paul R. Mahler Jr. DC
Mahler Family Chiropractic Center
1144 wyoming Ave.
Kingston, PA. 18704
http://mahler-chiropractic.com
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We can treat neck pain and injuries disc, herniation, slipped disc, and more.

Low Level Laser Therapy: The Healing Power

Pain Relief and Cold LaserLasers are all around us today. They can be found in supermarket scanners and compact disc players. They can measure the distance from the Earth to the moon within a millimeter and repair your vision with just one treatment. They can cut steel, produce three-dimensional images and transmit telephone messages around the world. Lasers were first theorized by Albert Einstein in 1917 and invented in 1960. Lasers are the solutions to many of todays hight tech problems. More people are also learning that lasers may be the solution to there health problems. Lasers are being used by health care providers nationwide and increasing in popularity and use. More and more people are probably wondering about lasers and have questions.

Laser therapy is the application of low levels of laser light in and around the 830 nm wave length, such as the Micro Light Laser we use in our office. LLLT is a type of light treatment. This low level light is applied to areas of the body that have been injured. These differ from the high powered lasers many people are used to hearing about. High-powered lasers used in health care cut tissue, such as surgical or hair-removal lasers. Low level or therapy lasers produce beneficial photochemical and photo-biological interactions that can help relieve pain, reduce inflammation, reduce edema and repair injured tissue.

The use of light as a healing modality dates back 4,000 years, and was used by the ancient Egyptians. Albert Einstein theorized about lasers in the early 1900ś, and the laser was invented in 1960. Laser light is monochromatic, one color, coherent, all waves travel in phase, and can be collimated, reduced to one small spot. It is these unique properties that allow the laser at 830nm to penetrate up to 5cm bellow th surface of the skin, helping to repair muscle and tissue damage. This damage could not be directly treated before.

Therapy lasers have been used in Europe since 1967 and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave market clearance to the first therapy laser in 2002. Since then, progressive chiropractors, osteopaths, medical doctors and other have been offering laser therapy to their patients in increasing numbers. We acquired our first laser in 2005 and it has been part of our regular treatment protocol since.

The photons of laser light penetrate up to 5cm below your skin where they are absorbed by special components in your body’s cells called chromophores. The absorption of the photons by your cells causes increased production of cellular energy, similar to photosynthesis in plant. This increases the energy available to the cell and improves the rate and quality of healing. This is refered to as biostimulation. This allowes cells to function at a higher energy level improving not only healing but all cellular functions. Studies on tissue cultures reveal a wide range of beneficial physiological effects, including increased levels of endorphins, prostaglandins and other beneficial components. Reduced levels of harmful compounds including C-reactive protein and interleukin-1 affect pain modulation through a variety of mechanisms and increased rate and quality of tissue healing.

What does this means for you is relief from acute and chronic pain, reduced inflammation and muscle spasms, improved range of motion and restored function. It also leads to reduced healing time and even relief from chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia. Patients suffering from headaches, neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, low back pain, sports injuries, post-surgical pain and more have been helped with laser therapy.

Some patients will notice improvement after the very first treatment while others will take a few treatments. The effect of laser therapy is cumulative, meaning that each successive treatment builds on previous ones. The main benefit to patients, as reported by chiropractors across the country, is that care plans that include laser therapy produce faster and better quality results.

With very low-powered therapy lasers, you feel nothing at all. You may notice a tingling sensation in the treatment area as blood vessels dilate, or that muscle spasms are reducing in strength and duration. Laser therapy is a painless healing treatment.

There are two ways that laser light can damage tissue; if it is very concentrated (high power density) or if the photons are very high energy. Therapy lasers use power densities that are far below the levels that cause tissue damage. Ultraviolet light has very high-energy photons capable of ionizing molecules, but therapy lasers use visible and near-infrared light, which only cause molecular vibrations. You could argue that therapy laser light is safer than sunlight.

Some patients may experience soreness in the area of treatment, as toxins are released and blood flow is restored. World experts on laser therapy have commented that therapeutic lasers have no undesirable side effects in the hands of a reasonably qualified therapist. Laser therapy is safe, painless and inexpensive compared to alternatives.

If you are ready to find out more contact a chiropractor. We are glad to answer all of your questions at Mahler Family Chiropractic Center so call us today.

By: Paul R. Mahler Jr. DC
Mahler Family Chiropractic Center
1144 wyoming Ave.
Kingston, PA. 18704
http://mahler-chiropractic.com
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We can treat carpal tunnel syndrome and pain wrist pain, hand pain, arm pain, elbow pain and neck pain. Cold laser is effective in conjunction with chiropractic care.

Treating Car Accident Injuries

(Also see Chiropractic Care and MVA’s or  The Rights of An Auto Accident Victim)

Whiplash is seriousAn car accident occurs every 2-3 seconds and people who have been involved in a collision will suffer some degree of trauma. An 8 mile per hour collision enough to damage a steel bumper, so imagine the damage it can do to the delicate ligaments in your neck. An 8 miles per hour crash can cause damage and pain to your spine. Now imagine what happens at 35, 45 or even 55 miles per hour! It is important to get your spine check following a motor vehicle accident (MVA) because the underlying trauma may cause symptoms week or even years later.
Too often people don’t seek treatment following a car accident because they don’t feel they are hurt but, the most common injury to the neck is whiplash. Whiplash is caused when the head suddenly accelerates then decelerates. The head may move backward, forward, or sideways or any combination of the three and that result in the damage to muscles, ligaments and other connective tissues in the neck and upper back.

Because symptoms of a whiplash injury can take weeks or months to manifest, it is easy to thinking that you are not injured. Therefore, whiplash injuries need to be taken very seriously and checked immediately. The sooner these injures are detected the more likely you are to make a complete recovery.Unfortunately, by the time more serious complications develop, the damage from the injury may have become permanent. Scientific studies have shown that years after a whiplash injury approximately 50% of them state that they still suffer with symptoms from their injuries. If you have been in a motor vehicle or any other kind of accident, don’t assume that you escaped injury if you are not currently in pain.

To see how you might benifit from chiropractic care see chiropractic and MVA’s.

Paul R. Mahler Jr. DC
Mahler Family Chiropractic Center
1144 wyoming Ave.
Kingston, PA. 18704
http://mahler-chiropractic.com
May be reproduced in whole only.
We can treat car accidents including neck pain, back pain, rotator cuff, foot pain, carpal tunnel, and much more.