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July 30th, 2019

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How does a Gonstead chiropractor treat back pain?

Answer:

Effective back pain treatment through chiropractics is a dynamic practice, always evolving and improving on old and new methods. Trained and professional chiropractors, such as those at South Point Chiro, utilized a number of techniques focused at meeting each patients needs. One system that chiropractors May implement is the Gonstead system. So how does a Gonstead chiropractor treat back pain?

Gonstead Chiropractors

To use a car analogy, a vehicle will only run when all of its parts are working correctly. If one part breaks down, it can have far reaching affects on numerous others. This is even more true for the human spine, and therefore a comprehensive and thorough examination is needed to assess it from all angles.

A Gonstead Chiropractor, named after Clarence S. Gonstead, uses a system to take a thorough analysis of the spine in detecting the presence of any vertebral subluxation complex. This process includes;

  • visual examination - the chiropractor will look for any subtle changes in movement or problems with posture that could indicate problems
  • The Nervoscope - the Gonstead chiropractor will make use of a nervoscope. This instrument looks for areas of higher heat long the spine which are indicative of inflammation and increased nerve pressure.
  • Palpating - the chiropractor will feel along the spine for for areas of tenderness, swelling, tightness or other abnormalities.
  • X-Ray - using x-ray will allow the chiropractor to see the entire length of the spine, looking for issues in alignment, posture, or other concerns.

 

Through conducting a thorough analysis using this method, the Gonstead Chiropractor can then choose techniques that are targeted toward problem areas, making treatment more effective, and reducing back pain.


June 14th, 2019

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A herniated disc, also referred to as a slipped or ruptured disc, is a tear in the tough exterior of the vertebrae in which the softer, jelly-like center has pushed through. Herniated discs will often irritate nearby nerves, which can cause a wide range of symptoms such as:

-        Arm and leg pain

-        Numbness or tingling

-        Weakness

Because of these serious symptoms, it is essential to seek out back-pain treatment in dealing with a herniated disc. One treatment option is chiropractic therapy at a certified chiropractic clinic in Surrey. Chiropractic care is non-surgical, meaning it carries less risk and allows you to get back to normal and living pain free as quickly and easily as possible. On an initial visit, a chiropractor will use various methods to assess your medical situation, and create a treatment plan that focus on back pain treatment, to relieve the pain associated with herniated discs.

 Often these treatments include spinal manipulation of the spine, and other various proven techniques that target the affected area to provide pain relief and eliminate the symptoms. These treatments are specific and based on the specific and individualized treatment plan that was previously created and discussed with your chiropractic health practitioner. These unique treatment plans take other factors into account, including pain level, lifestyle choices, age, and overall health.

While chiropractic treatment may help to relieve the pain associated with herniated discs, continued on-going maintenance may be required to continue to maintain and contribute to overall health of the individual.


October 30th, 2018

 

One of the simplest ways that we can avoid back injuries is by always using proper lifting posture when lifting anything, especially heavy items. Approximately 80 percent of adults will experience a back injury at some point in their lifetime, and another 10 percent of those will eventually re-injure their backs. Annually, more than one million back injuries are sustained while at the workplace, and one in every five workplace related injuries is a back injury. The number of back injuries sustained in the workplace is outstanding, so for this reason every employer should have procedures in place to ensure that their staff are aware of proper lifting posture.

To avoid injury while lifting, follow these important steps for proper lifting and handling of heavy materials:

  1. Warm Up – Do some simple exercises first, to get your body warm and ready to perform. A couple of quick jumping jacks should do the trick.
  2. Stand as Close as Possible – The closer you are to the object you are lifting, the less force is exerted on your back.
  3. Bend Your Knees – Keep your upper body upright and bend your knees, allowing you to lift with your legs instead of your back.
  4. Get a Good Grip – If you cannot get a good grip on the load, consider asking for a second person to help lift.
  5. Lower the Object – use your legs, not your back to lower the load to the ground and keep the object close to your body.

 

Ensuring a proper lifting method will greatly help to avoid injuries while lifting. Avoid twisting while lifting objects, and be sure to move slowly to help keep your back injury-free.


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