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Scoliosis & Chiropractic

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine.

When we look from the side-view of a healthy spine, there are 4 normal curvatures. A lordosis of the neck, kyphosis of the midback, lordosis of the lumbar spine, and kyphosis of the sacrum (tailbone area). When we look from front to back of the healthy spine, we should see a straight line.

If we see a curvature when we look from the front to back of the spine, this is called scoliosis.

Normal Spine versus Scoliosis

The most common type of scoliosis begins in adolescence. The causes may include poor posture habits, spinal injuries from sports or accidents, muscle spasms along the spine, and genetics.

The treatment of scoliosis depends of the severity of the curvature. Most mild-moderate levels of scoliosis are treated with chiropractic care, strengthening exercises and stretches to correct the curvature.

The best time to begin chiropractic care for scoliosis is before the patient ends puberty. During this timeframe, the patient’s spine is still growing and developing, which allows the chiropractor to make the necessary corrections to the spine and muscles.

If scoliosis is detected in adulthood, the goal of chiropractic treatment is prevent the scoliosis from progressing and becoming more severe. The risks of untreated scoliosis include early onset of arthritis, degenerative disc disease, poor posture, severe muscle imbalances, and chronic pain.

For more information about Scoliosis, please contact Denaro Chiropractic at 978-664-1500. We are located at 350 Park St. in North Reading, MA. Communities we serve Chiropractic Care to include Andover, Reading, Wilmington, Stoneham, Woburn, Lynnfield, and Tewksbury.

Headaches: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

There are many different types of headaches and recognizing which type of headache you suffer with, will help determine the best treatment.

 Tension Headaches:

Symptoms: These headaches usually feel like a tight band around the head. Pain and tension is usually also felt in the neck and upper back/shoulders.

The Mayo Clinic reports that these headaches can last up to a week and may become chronic. More than 3 million people in the US suffer with these kinds of headaches.

Cause: Stress and tension are triggers for these headaches – but they are not necessarily the cause of the headache.

The most common causes are misalignments in the spine, which will cause muscle tension along the base of the skull, neck, and upper back.

Treatment: With chiropractic care, we get to the source of the problem by correcting the misalignments in the spine. Once the spine is aligned properly, the muscle tension will be reduced. Chiropractic adjustments also help your body manage stress better. Most people under chiropractic care report that they feel relaxed, sleep better, and focus better on a daily basis.

Migraines:

Symptoms: Sometimes migraines with present with an “aura”. An aura precedes the migraine and the person may experience light-headedness, dizziness, seeing stars, loss of vision, etc. Once the migraine hits, it will cause pounding and throbbing in the head and behind the eyes. Nausea often accompanies a migraine, as well. A migraine can last for hours or days.

Cause: There are many different causes of migraines. Migraines can be caused by a hormonal imbalance, certain foods or food ingredients, or spinal misalignments.

Treatment: There is currently no cure for migraines. Some people may be able to figure out what triggers their migraines and can avoid those triggers. Misalignments in the neck can pinch nerves and blood vessels, which can cause a migraine, as well. Chiropractic adjustments will get rid of the misalignment(s) and allow the muscles and other structures to have proper blood flow and nerve signals.

Cluster Headaches:

Symptoms: These headaches are less common but much more severe. These are called Cluster Headaches because they come in cluster episodes. The pain will be sharp/burning and on one side of the head and usually behind the eye. The most common factors are: male gender, cigarette smoker, alcohol consumption.

These headaches will last 1-2 weeks and are very painful.

Cause: The exact cause is unknown but may be related to the hypothalamus, which is the part of the brain that runs our biological clock.

Treatment: Many people who get cluster headaches will follow prevention protocols in addition to seeking natural healthcare, such as chiropractic adjustments. Things to avoid or limit include:

-Eliminating afternoon/evening naps; avoiding any major changes in sleep habits

-Avoiding use of alcohol during cluster period

-Avoiding extreme changes in altitude, due to changes in oxygen levels

-Limiting exposure to chemical agents (oil-based paint, gasoline)

-Avoiding tobacco use

 Sinus Headaches

Symptoms: With a sinus headache, people may feel pain or pressure around the eyes, cheeks, and forehead. The pain may worsen with bending over or laying down.

Cause: Sinus headaches can be associated with a tension headache or migraine. These types of headaches are not necessarily caused by a sinus infection, in which case antibiotics are not beneficial.

Treatment: Chiropractic adjustments can help relieve headaches. An adjustment will also improve the movement of lymph fluid and mucus in the sinuses. After an adjustment, people usually feel their sinuses start to drain and relieve the pressure in the head.

 

For more information about headaches and chiropractic, please contact Denaro Chiropractic at 978-664-1500. We are located at 350 Park St. in North Reading, MA. Communities we serve Chiropractic Care to include Andover, Reading, Wilmington, Stoneham, Woburn, Lynnfield, and Tewksbury.

Swimming injury and Chiropractic Treatment

Swimming has a reputation as a low-impact sport, ideal for the elderly and others with mobility issues. However, it is not without risks, especially for elite swimmers. Like all athletes, it is not uncommon for swimmers to over-train: professionals can swim for hours each day, and the constant repetition of the same movements can put stress on the joints, causing injuries which can lead to time away from the sport.

Common Injuries

The risk of specific injuries depends partially on which stroke is used most often – breaststrokers will tend towards different issues than backstrokers, for example. The most common swimming injuries occur in the shoulders, knees, hips, and back, shoulder being the most prevalent. However, swimmers who use the dolphin kick often tend towards lower back problems, while breaststroke can cause knee and hip problems.

Treatment and Prevention

Whether you are recovering from an injury or trying to prevent a new injury from developing, the following tips are key for safe training:

  • Be conscientious about using good stroke technique, even if you are fatigued. The majority of injuries are caused by improper form.
  • Communicate with your coach or trainer about pain, fatigue, and technique.
  • If a specific stroke is causing injury, use it as little as possible until the problem resolves.
  • Cross-train, especially if you are injured.
  • Take time away from the sport if needed.
  • Seek chiropractic treatment sooner rather than later.

While some discomfort during training is normal, if pain is persistent, it needs to be attended to. Although athletes tend to be reluctant to seek treatment, the fact is that the sooner an issue is treated, the less severe it becomes – meaning that time away is minimized.

Even swimmers who have not yet developed an injury can benefit from chiropractic treatment; a chiropractor can assess which body parts are put under the most strain, evaluate posture, and make recommendations regarding balance, posture, movement, diet, and strength. Furthermore, your chiropractor can help catch injuries as soon as they occur, and place you on a chiropractic treatment regimen immediately.

-Thank you to southeastchiro.com for this article

http://www.southeastchiro.com/blog/bid/259705/Swimming-Injury-and-Chiropractic-Treatment

 

What causes improper alignment in runners?

Major causes of improper spinal alignment include running in the same direction on the same course every day; running often slanted surfaces, such as a beach; and not replacing shoes every few hundred miles.

Fix these training errors that cause misalignment with a few simple tweaks:

  • Vary your running surface—pavement, track, asphalt, grass, dirt, wood chips—a few times a week, and you’ll naturally run on different courses.
  • Run as close to the water as possible when on the beach, as the sand tends to be more flat there.
  • Buy two of the same type of running shoes, and switch between the pairs

There’s a lot that contributes to improper spine or pelvic alignment, and sometimes it has nothing to do with running. It has to do with a day job, where you sit in one particular position all day and then go for a run. The muscles are in a state of tightness on one side and are lengthened on the other, and then you go for a run and your pelvis shifts.

Switch positions and seats, if possible, every 30 minutes during the day. Varied posture remains the best posture, according to Duke, so cross your left leg, then a half-hour later, cross your right leg; sit on top of your ankle, sit straight, and even slouch.

Try sitting on a stability ball—it challenges your abdominal muscles and allows you to rock your pelvis, which lubricates your joints. Switch between a chair and stability ball, stand, and take short walk breaks if you work in an office.

Whether you run in the morning soon after rising, or in the afternoon/evening after sitting all day at work, a proper warm-up also helps prevent injury.

Following these tips helps to prevent future misalignments of the spine but it will not correct the misalignments that already exist. In order to restore even balance to the spine and pelvis, chiropractic adjustments are necessary.

-Thank you to active.com for this article

http://www.active.com/running/articles/how-sports-chiropractors-prevent-injury-in-runners

Yoga Classes! – Stretch & De-Stress

Got Stress? Then Restorative Yoga is for you!

In restorative yoga, props are used to aid the body in reaching the best possible state of relaxation through passive yoga poses.

No yoga experience necessary. Great for beginners and trained yogis!

Sandy is a Pathways Certified Yoga teacher and has been teaching yoga for 10 years. She specializes in reducing your stress load and bringing balance to the body.

Cost: $20

Location: Denaro Chiropractic (286 Park St., North Reading)

When: Thursday, October 23 @ 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Sign Up: 978-664-1500

Mats and Props Supplied.

Space is limited to 8 people!

YOGA CAT

Patient Spotlight

We started a new monthly program called “Patient Spotlight”.
We love having you as part of our Chiropractic family and we like to brag about what you’ve got going on!

July’s Patient Spotlight:

Christian T. is celebrating his 6th year running Artists4Life, a 3-day online charity concert that bands together 40 U.S. & International Artists (musicians, poets, & more) to support the MyMusicRx program of the Children’s Cancer Association. 

The concert is July 18-20. For more information and the list of artists, follow this link: Artists4Life 

Have a milestone, event, or exciting news that we should share?

Just reach out and let us know!

drdenaro@denarochiropractic.com
978.664.1500

5 Tips for a Healthy July 4th

5 Tips for a Healthy July 4th:

Some quick tips for feeling healthy this 4th of July!

fireworks
1. Think before you drink
One sugary margarita can have 600-800 calories! Even lemonade can have over 100 calories. Stay hydrated with water. 
2. Start an active tradition
How about a morning hike, neighborhood volleyball game, or family kickball tournament?
3. Keep desserts small
The difference between a large slice of cake and small one can literally be hundreds of calories!
4. Use small plates  
Research shows that people who use smaller plates consume 50% fewer calories! 
5. Watch others
When you see someone who is limping, can’t stand for very long, or constantly rubbing their shoulders, recommend that they take action by seeing a chiropractor. Too many people are living in pain when they don’t need to be!

Happy Independence Day!

Anniversary Open House and Art Fair

We are celebrating our One Year Anniversary!Chiropractic Open House

Thank you for being a part of the Denaro Chiropractic Family! You’re invited to celebrate with us!

Save the Date: Saturday, May 31st from 1:00-4:00 PM at Denaro Chiropractic. Join us for Food, Prizes, and Health Tips. Family and friends are welcome too!

Featuring a Community Art Fair with locally made art, pottery, handcrafted wine, etc. for viewing and for sale.
Everything being showcased is handmade by our patients. If you have arts/crafts that you would like to display or sell, let us know by email or call us at 978.664.1500

Other ways to participate: Submit a “Selfie” of yourself or your family being active/healthy for our Town-Wide Healthy Living Collage. This will also be on display. Email to drdenaro@denarochiropractic.com by May 30th.

Chiropractic Gardening Tips to Prevent Back Pain

gardening back painGardening is usually one of the first activities of the season where we subject ourselves to sudden bursts of activity and really put our backs at risk. With spring in the air, you look forward to getting out in the garden but you’re not looking forward to feeling sore after all the kneeling, pulling, leaning, and twisting. After a long winter of not moving our bodies this way, it’s important to prepare your spine, joints, and muscles. Growing up on a farm in North Reading MA, yard work has been important in my family and there was never any time for a day off because of back pain.

Here are some tips to help you have a relaxing, enjoyable, and pain-free gardening season:

  • Warm Up and Stretch: As with any form of exercise, stretching must be done before and after the activity. Take a short brisk walk first to warm up your muscles and get your body in work mode. Stretching should target your back and core, shoulders and arms, and leg muscles.
  • Minimize Repetitive Motions: Don’t try to get everything done in one session. Alternating tasks is a good way to break up the repetitive motions.
  • Digging: Make sure you keep the shovel in front of you and avoid twisting motions. If you need to get to an area on the side, re-position yourself to keep the shovel in line with your body. The same goes for raking – pull the rake towards your body, not off to the sides.
  • Kneel, Don’t Bend: Use a kneeling pad to protect your knees. Make sure you actually use the pad and don’t do the work while bending. When you bend for a prolonged time, the ligaments in your back are overstretched. To avoid this from happening, keep your back straight like a plank. If you have to bend down, hinge at your hips and keep your spine straight.
  • Lifting: If you are transporting heavy pots or planters, use a wheelbarrow. When you are lifting to put them in the wheelbarrow, make sure to get the power from your legs instead of your back and never twist while holding heavy objects.
  • Rest and Hydration: Make sure you take breaks to stand up straight and stretch about every 15-30 minutes. Bring a water bottle outside with you to stay hydrated, especially on warmer days.
  • Prevention: If you find that you are still feeling sore or stiff, it is time to consider Chiropractic care. Often times, it doesn’t matter how much you warm up and stretch; if there is an underlying spinal problem, you will eventually feel the effects of it, which means it has already done some damage to your health. Don’t wait any longer!

 

Boston Strong

As I remember this day one year ago, I am grateful for all the good people in this world. The media exposes us to all the negative news that we sometimes forget all the positive, caring, and giving people around us.

One of the most positive and healing things we can do is express our gratitude. I am grateful for my health, my family and friends, this community, my profession. I am grateful for love, laughing, and nature. I am grateful to have a job where people come for healing – body, mind, and soul. I am grateful to have all these things to be grateful for! Boston Strong Chiropractor

As a thank you to all those who continue to run the Boston Marathon and keep Boston Strong, Denaro Chiropractic is giving 15% off for all runners until April 30, 2014.

This is a blog post that I wrote last year after the marathon:

As Boston and those affected by the Marathon bombings slowly get back to normal, we are surrounded by reassuring phrases like, “Boston Strong” and “Run For Boston”. While the attacks cannot be undone, it makes us remember how valuable every single day is and that we must cherish our family, friends, and health. It’s easy to simply get back into our regular routine and push the memories of that Monday morning to the back of our minds.

Just a few days ago, I was feeling lazy and contemplating if I should go for a jog or just sleep in. I started thinking about the victims who are still in the hospital with limb amputations and shattered lives. There was no way I was going to use my legs just to stay in bed. My new mantra is, “Because I Can!”

I will run because I can. I will do push ups because I can. I will work because I can. I will stand on my own two feet because I can. I will tell my family that I love them because I can. I will be in charge of my own health because I can.

This situation makes me even more proud to be a Chiropractor in Massachusetts. There is nothing better than helping people feel good to go! I want everyone to be able to run because they can! No matter what it is that is holding you back from using your two legs, two arms, and core, you have the potential to do the activities that you love. If you find yourself saying, “I can’t”, then it’s time to make your health and your body a priority. If you’re too busy or have a list of excuses, then at least do it for the people who had their health taken away from them.

We are Boston Strong. It’s time to make yourself strong, too – because you can!