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4 Ways to Sleep Better at Night

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Ways to Sleep Better at Night

If you’ve been having trouble getting adequate rest at night, you are literally tired of spending all day in a brain fog of exhaustion. Besides seeing your doctor for a sleep aid, what are some things you can do make restful sleep at night a reality? Here are four things you can do to help improve the length and quality of your sleep. 1. See a physical therapist or chiropractor. Seeing a physical therapist or chiropractor can help with two aspects of sleep improvement: reducing pain and providing exercise programs that will help your body need rest. Chronic pain can keep you awake, but you may not even realize this. Maybe you have a hard time staying asleep because of pressure points in your hips or back. Maybe you constantly toss and turn because you are unable to get comfortable. These issues can be caused by deeper problems like misalignment in the hips and back, muscles that are too tight and unable to relax, or stress that manifests in joint and neck pain. Working through typical pain with a professional, such as a chiropractor from Burgman Chiropractic Clinic PC, can help your body to really relax into sleep. A physical therapist can also help you devise a safe exercise program. This is especially helpful for those who have been injured in the past or who have special needs, like a medical condition that makes working out more challenging. Exercise is a key part of increasing sleep quality; one study showed that 150 minutes of moderate to more intense exercise each week led to a 65% increase in quality sleep.  2. Stop with daytime naps. Many people with sleep issues mitigate the problem with an afternoon nap. However, lengthy naps make it more difficult to rest at night, and that creates a cycle of nap dependency. With a nap, you reduce your body’s immediate need for rest, and that leads to less sleep at night. Less sleep at night means you’ll be more likely to need a nap the following day. Break the cycle by reducing your nap length gradually. If you absolutely cannot go without a nap, try to limit your naps to “power naps” of 20 minutes or less.  3. Follow a healthful bed routine. When people suffer with insomnia, they can develop unhealthful sleep habits that actually decrease their sleep quality even further. For example, when you can’t sleep, it can be common to scroll through your phone looking for something to distract you from the late (or early) hour. Other habits include watching TV or reading in bed. While these may seem to help in the short term, they reduce sleep quality because the disrupt the production of hormones that make you tired.  Instead of relying on devices and distractions, use a meditation track to help you get back to sleep. One study showed that people who participated in mindfulness meditation were more likely to experience more fulfilling sleep, even above participants who attended a sleep-education class that recommended basic sleep-improvement skills, like reducing caffeine and screen time before bed. Practice deep breathing. Try to save your bed for sleep and meditation and leave TV watching and computer time for outside the bedroom.   4. Choose better foods.  Diet can be a big factor for restful sleep....

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Signs And Symptoms Of 2 Serious Car Accident Injuries

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Signs And Symptoms Of 2 Serious Car Accident Injuries

According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, approximately 2.35 million Americans are injured or even disabled in vehicle accidents every year. Thankfully, in many cases these injuries are nothing more than a few scrapes and bruises or a broken bone. In other cases, however, the passenger suffers a more serious injury that requires immediate assistance. Here are two of the most common and potentially dangerous injuries that are sustained in automobile accidents: Concussion A milder form of a traumatic brain injury, a concussion occurs when there is a severe and sudden blow to the head. When a concussion occurs, the brain itself – which is protected by spinal fluid and the skull – is injured. In some severe cases, the brain will actually shift or move inside the skull. The severity of the concussion is measured on a scale of one to three. An individual that suffers a grade one concussion won’t lose consciousness and typically, their symptoms only last for a few moments. A grade two concussion involves no loss of consciousness and symptoms that last for longer than 15 minutes. If an individual loses consciousness, even if it is only for a few seconds, they have suffered a grade three concussion, which is the most serious type of injury. If you are ever involved in an accident, it is important to learn about the signs and symptoms of a concussion, which include: Nausea or vomiting Dizziness Headache Confusion Temporary memory loss Balance issues Sensitivity to light and sound Ringing in the ears Problems concentrating or with memory Trouble with sense of smell or taste Loss of consciousness The symptoms associated with concussion in children can vary, as well. In some cases, a child will lose interest in a favorite activity, appear fussier than usual or will simply not act like themselves. If you’ve recently been in a car accident and you or a loved one exhibits a combination of any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact a doctor immediately. Whiplash Chances are you’ve heard the term “whiplash,” but you might not exactly be sure what it is. Whiplash occurs when the head and neck are severely and suddenly jerked back and forth – much like the cracking of a whip. When whiplash occurs, the ligaments and tendons of the neck are damaged, and might even tear. In most cases when a person suffers from whiplash, they are involved in a rear-end collision. Depending on the severity of the injury, the symptoms commonly associated with whiplash will occur within a few minutes, hours or even days after the injury. Some of the more common symptoms associated with whiplash include: Neck pain Neck stiffness Headache Dizziness Lethargy Numbness in the shoulders and arms Blurry vision Ringing in the ears Confusion and difficulty concentrating Even if your injury and symptoms are minor, it is important to see your doctor immediately after your accident if you suspect you suffer from whiplash. Typically, the doctor will diagnose whiplash by asking you about the accident, your symptoms and testing the range of motion in your head, neck and shoulders. In some cases, your doctor might order an x-ray or MRI to rule out any other injuries. Treatment for whiplash varies and will depend on the severity of your injury. In...

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4 Ways To Manage Neck Pain

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Ways To Manage Neck Pain

When it comes to the different types of pain that you can experience, there is little that is more annoying and inhibiting than the phenomenon of neck pain. There are a number of factors that can contribute to neck pain. Single events, such as trauma like whiplash, can contribute to the problems in your neck, but other things can also cause it, such as your diet, your posture, emotional stress and vascular diseases. As annoying as neck pain is, there are a number of simple ways in which you can manage your neck pain day-to-day. Stretching Stretching is perhaps one of the best things that you can possibly do to relieve any neck pain that you experience, not to mention that it is also very easy. Start off by tilting your head over to the right side of your shoulders. Put your right hand on the left side of your head while simultaneously placing your left hand onto your left shoulder. Now pull your head over to right shoulder. You should be able to feel a nice stretching effect on your left side. Now, switch sides and repeat the action. It is recommended that you perform this stretch ten consecutive times. This will help to loosen your muscles and will eventually serve to alleviate the pain that you have been experiencing. Manage Stress The pain that you often experience is not just the aggregate of physical ailments, but rather, can be due to the fact that you are emotionally stressed. There are plenty of ways that you can manage the stress that you experience in your day-to-day life. For example, activities such as yoga and meditation can help you in this regard. Yoga is also great for alleviating neck pain since you will be performing stretching motions that will serve to simultaneously strengthen and loosen your muscles. It is also recommended that you receive adequate sleep in order to manage your stress and emotional turmoil. Replace Your Pillow Every Six Months Pillows are not just in place to provide comfort to your body, but they also help to strengthen your neck and maintain your sense of posture. However, over time, your pillow will flatten out and lose its shape, which means that it will not provide an adequate sense of support for your neck as well as the rest of your body. For this reason alone, it is recommended that you change out your pillow for a brand new one at least every six months. However, if you have found that your pillow is losing shape before that time, it is probably time to invest in a new one. It is recommended that you purchase a strong pillow that provides more than adequate support to your neck in order to alleviate any neck pain that you might be experiencing. Keep Your Neck Covered Believe it or not, excessive wind and cold can actually contribute to the pain that you experience. During the winter, it is highly recommended that you keep your neck covered in order to alleviate or prevent yourself from experiencing any pain. Cover up your neck using a scarf or a turtleneck sweater if you have had neck pain or have suffered from an explicit neck injury. If you are not comfortable with either of these options, it...

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Migraine Madness: Multiple Methods to Manage Your Migraines

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Migraine Madness: Multiple Methods to Manage Your Migraines

Many people suffer with daily headaches, which can be stressful. However, chronic and severely painful aches may not be traditional headaches, but serious issues known as migraines. Unfortunately, migraine headaches are not only painful. In most cases, they cause further health issues including periodic vision loss, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and fainting. Treating these painful headaches can be difficult since the causes are difficult to determine. However, doctors may suggest prescription medications to reduce pain. While effective, these medications have many side effects that can reduce your overall health and wellness. As part of the population’s 10 percent that suffers with migraines, managing your migraines holistically is a healthier option. Using this guide, you can manage your migraine pain without the use of harmful prescription medications. Hydrotherapy Centered on the use of hot or cold water, hydrotherapy is an effective option for relieving pain and discomfort in various areas of your body. When experiencing a migraine, hydrotherapy can recirculate blood away from your head, resulting in less migraine pain. From soaking in a hot tub to utilizing an ice pack, there are numerous options in hydrotherapy available. Use the following steps at the first sign of migraine pain: Soak a cloth in a bowl of hot water. Wring out the excess liquid. Wrap the hot cloth around your neck. Allow the hot compress to rest on your neck, drawing blood away from your head, for 10 minutes. If you still feel pain, repeat the process. Chiropractic Care While surprising to hear, chiropractors offer a variety of treatments to manage your migraine pain. After providing a detailed medical history, your chiropractor can design a plan to reduce the pain and quantity of your migraines. Here are a few chiropractic options to consider: Massage Therapy – Utilized in ancient times for a variety of medical conditions, massage therapy is becoming a popular option today to relieve stress, chronic pain, and migraines. During the therapy, your chiropractor will use gently knead and press your body’s tissues and muscles. During a massage session, your body releases endorphins and serotonin. These natural chemicals instantly improve your pain, resulting in less migraines and pain. Spinal Manipulation – If your head, neck, and spine are not properly aligned, you may experience frequent migraine headaches. After an evaluation, your chiropractor may suggest a spinal manipulation to realign your spine and head. During the procedure, your chiropractor will use their hands manipulate the spine in a more aligned position. Spinal manipulation reduces the possibility of migraines in the future, but also improves your posture. Supplements Following a healthy diet and exercise plan is key to your overall wellness. However following a perfectly healthy diet is not always possible. To manage your migraine pain, consider adding a few supplements to your daily regimen. Feverfew is a common supplement for reducing migraines. This herbal remedy is available in capsule form at your local health food or vitamin store. Consider 250 milligrams of feverfew each day for migraine prevention. A magnesium supplement is also beneficial for reducing the quantity of migraines and the actual migraine pain. Magnesium helps regulate your body’s serotonin levels, which is important for an improved mood and pain relief, but it can also reduce tension in your muscles.  If you are taking prescription medications for other health issues,...

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Not In Pain? You Still Need A Chiropractor

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Not In Pain? You Still Need A Chiropractor

When your back refuses to bend or your neck makes a simple nod of the head an agonizing experience, you might make a beeline to your chiropractor for a much-needed spinal adjustment — but those aren’t the only times you need to keep this medical professional’s skills in mind. Chiropractic care can play a critical role in your overall quality of life even when you’re experiencing no pain at all. Here are some of the ways ongoing chiropractic evaluation and treatment can make your healthier and happier. Fewer Injuries If you’ve always been prone to personal injuries, workplace injuries or sports injuries, you may have a serious posture or spinal alignment problem that needs to be addressed. A perfect vertical balance is important, not only for helping you stay upright, but also for distributing your body weight evenly. If you suffer from poor posture due to a misaligned or poorly supported spinal column, the joints on one side of your body may be taking an unnecessary pounding. This imbalance can eventually lead to premature joint degeneration and conditions such as arthritis and bursitis. It also strains the muscles and connective tissues on that side while allowing those on the other side to grow weak from non-use. All of this adds up to more frequent injuries. A chiropractor uses special screening techniques to evaluate posture and spinal alignment, allowing even small discrepancies to be detected and fixed before they can grow worse and cause chronic problems. But don’t assume that your previous good screening results still hold true — even a well-adjusted spinal column can slip into imbalance over time. Periodic examinations, along with exercises for strengthening your muscular support, are the smartest way to keep yourself from falling back into your old injury-prone form. Stronger Immune Response Did you know that chiropractic treatment can help keep you from getting sick so often? This is great news for people who tend to suffer from frequent colds, allergies, and other troublesome ailments. To understand how this particular magic trick works, you first have to understand the relationship between the immune system and the nervous system. Nerve impulses control just everything that happens in your body, from heart rate and blood pressure to immune response. When spinal misalignments put pressure on nerves, those nerves can misfire, sending inaccurate or incomplete messages to other bodily systems. This can cause your immune system to either under-react (making you susceptible to illnesses) or over-react (resulting in severe allergies or auto-immune diseases). Chiropractic treatment restores normal function to nerves that have been impaired by abnormal pressure from neighboring bones and tissues — especially at the major nerve roots, which are located right next to the vertebrae and vertebral discs. By straightening out your spine, your chiropractor may actually straighten out your immune response, making it easier for you to feel well all year round. Relief from Chronic Ailments So maybe you don’t normally suffer from back pain, neck pain, colds or allergies — but what those other little complaints that most people have to cope with? Chiropractic treatment can help with conditions such as tension headaches, migraines, infertility, menstrual problems, high or low blood pressure, neuropathy, fibromyalgia and other ailments. Just as optimizing your nerve function keeps your immune system working properly, it also helps correct...

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Recovery Tips For A Successful Spinal Stenosis Surgery

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Recovery Tips For A Successful Spinal Stenosis Surgery

The physical changes of aging are impossible to avoid, but living a fulfilling life as you age is possible thanks to the various treatments available. While you may not be familiar with the condition, spinal stenosis affects a good portion of the population who are 50 years of age or older. Characterized by a narrowing of the spaces between your spine, stenosis can be incredibly painful. In addition to the overall discomfort, spinal stenosis also reduces mobility. Fortunately, surgical procedures are available to treat spinal stenosis, reducing pain and allowing you to live a mobile lifestyle. Known as a laminectomy, this surgical procedure involves removing a portion of bone from spine to create additional room. The additional space takes pressure off the nerves in the spine, resulting in less pain and increased mobility. Of course, proper recovery after the laminectomy is essential. Using this guide on recovery, you will be part of the 70 to 80 percent of patients who have successfully treated their spinal stenosis with a laminectomy. Pain Management It is important to note that a laminectomy is an invasive surgical procedure, so post-op pain is completely normal. Your doctor may prescribe one or more of the following prescription medications to ease your pain at home: Muscle Relaxers – Muscle spasms are common in patients with spinal stenosis. Unfortunately, you may also experience these spasms after your surgery. A muscle relaxer can reduce the quantity of back spasms, resulting in less discomfort. Opioids – You will feel pain in your lower back after surgery, but this pain is manageable with prescription opioids. Since these medications are extremely strong and effective, they can be habit-forming. Consult your doctor about proper dosage. NSAIDs – Your doctor may also suggest a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID, such as ibuprofen. Ibuprofen reduces inflammation, which eases your pain and overall discomfort after surgery. These medications are available by prescription or over-the-counter. It is important to note that these medications have many side effects. In many cases, you will experience severe nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, and fatigue, so you should not operate machinery or vehicles while taking these medications. To relieve pain after your surgery without the use of medications, consult a chiropractor. Chiropractors offer a variety of services including spinal manipulation and physical therapy, which can be healthy ways of reducing your post-operative pain.  Home Equipment and Aids The goal of a laminectomy is to relieve spinal stenosis pain and increase your mobility. However, you will not have an improved mobility immediately after your surgery, so certain aids can be beneficial. Of course, hiring an in-home nurse is not always financially feasible. To ensure a safe, effective recovery after your laminectomy, consider purchasing a few of these aids: Walker – Walking long distances or for long periods of time is not recommended after your surgery. Consider taking short walks within the first 2 weeks of your recovery. A walker is a great option for increasing your comfort and security level. Chair Lifts – Getting in and out of your favorite chair was most likely difficult before your surgery, but it can also be challenging after your surgery.  Lifts are easy to install directly under your chair or chair cushion. If preferred, purchase a power-lifting chair. Bed Wedge – A foam wedge on your...

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What Are Some Effective Alternative Treatments For Sciatica?

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Are Some Effective Alternative Treatments For Sciatica?

If you suffer from sciatica — an extremely painful inflammation of the sciatic nerve that runs from your lower back to the back of your leg — you may be desperate for any treatment or medication that will help relieve the chronic pain and numbness you’re experiencing. If the normal recommended drugs and therapies aren’t giving you much relief, you may have considered turning to alternative ways to treat sciatica. However, spending valuable time and money on ineffective treatments may be just as frustrating as dealing with the pain itself. Read on to learn more about some alternative treatments that have been shown to be effective, as well as a few on which you’ll want to pass. What alternative treatments have been shown to relieve sciatic pain? There are several treatments that have not only received rave reviews from sciatica sufferers, but have scientific evidence to corroborate their effectiveness on most patients. Acupuncture This treatment involves the insertion of hair-thin needles into various pressure points on your body to open “channels” that can help improve circulation and provide pain relief. By focusing these needles on the areas that affect the alignment of your lower spine and pelvis, an acupuncturist can help ease your sciatic nerve pain. You may feel instant relief as soon as the needles are placed, or could notice an improvement in your pain levels and ability to move a few days later. Chiropractic Another therapy that can offer you significant pain relief is chiropractic. By manipulating your spine and applying heat and pressure, a chiropractor can help remove any pressure on your sciatic nerve and allow you more freedom of movement. You’ll likely feel instant relief after your chiropractic treatment, but may need to make regular appointments with your chiropractor until your sciatic pain has fully resolved itself. Massage Often combined with acupuncture or chiropractic (or both), massage can help provide pain relief for chronic lower back pain. You may also wish to have the backs of your legs massaged to help relieve muscle pressure and tension on your sciatic nerve. Generally, the effects of this treatment will last for a few weeks, as long as you’re careful not to aggravate your sciatic nerve in the meantime. Is there anything you’ll want to avoid while undergoing sciatica treatment? There are some treatments and types of exercise that can aggravate your condition, causing further inflammation of the sciatic nerve and an increased pain level. Hamstring stretches Because your sciatic nerve is embedded within the muscles surrounding your hamstring, stretching these muscles can actually stretch your sciatic nerve as well. If you’re using other treatments or therapies to help reduce inflammation, regularly stretching your hamstrings or the backs of your legs can halt any progress you’re making. High-impact exercises Although workouts like running can help improve your cardiovascular health, they can also wreak havoc on the alignment of your spine and pelvis and aggravate your sciatic nerve. You may find that your back is so sore and stiff the morning after a run that you have trouble even getting out of bed. While you’re recovering, sticking to low-impact exercises (like bicycling or using an elliptical machine) is a better choice than running, aerobics, and other high-impact exercises. Lifting heavy objects If you’re regularly lifting objects that are more...

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