From Dr. Natalie Meiri’s Clinical Pearl Stories:

What To Do After A Car Accident

Author: Natalie Meiri, D.C.        Posted: 10/18/2021


 

This was a 47 year old mother and her 13 year old daughter with chief complaints of neck, back and extremity (arms and legs) injuries.  They presented to my office 1 day after sustaining injuries from a car accident. Their car was hit on the highway and ended up rolling down a hill.  To be HIPAA compliant, I will call the mother Sun and the daughter Yang instead of their real names.  Sun was a long time patient of my office and knew the benefits of chiropractic.  She knew What to do after a car accident!  Sun knew chiropractic physicians examined, diagnosed and treated neuromusculoskeletal conditions. Moreover chiropractic care after a car accident can get you out of pain naturally.  After all, pain medications can be harmful and additive.

Examination and X-rays

Upon examination, I found positive tests for a sprain diagnosis for all Sun’s injuries (neck, back and right shoulder).  Similarly, upon examination, Yang also had a sprain diagnosis for all her injuries (neck, back and left foot). They had suffered a whiplash injury (injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement). Sun had bruising from the seat belt across her abdomen and had twisted her right shoulder. Yang had similar injuries from the seat belt, but had somehow twisted her left foot. 

The x-rays taken in my office showed mild osteoarthritis in Sun’s right shoulder, cervical (neck), thoracic (mid back) and lumbar (low back) spine. This is the “wear and tear” type of arthritis. However, Sun’s sprains from the car accident was her diagnoses for the auto injury.  The osteoarthritis was solely a finding on the imaging.  Furthermore, an important finding on Sun’s cervical (neck) x-rays were the instability in her neck shown on the lateral (side view) stress views.  One of her vertebrae in her neck had ligamentous instability (stretched or tiny torn soft tissues, but not ruptured) from this accident.

Both Yang and Sun had decreased cervical lordosis (decreased normal curve in the neck) consistent with cervical myospasm (muscle spasm) on their cervical x-ray. The foot x-ray of Yang’s left foot ruled out a fracture.  I would order an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) if there was no improvement after 12 visits.

Chiropractic Treatment

Starting at 3 times a week, it took many months of care. Firstly, treatments included  chiropractic adjustments/ manipulation.  Secondly, soft tissue therapy (myofascial release, pressure point and various post isometric relaxation procedures).  Thirdly, modalities (cold/heat therapy and electric muscle stimulation) were administered as needed. Finally, therapeutic exercises to continue treatment at home were given.

Both Sun and Yang started to feel better from the first week of treatment.  After months of treatment, their conditions were stable and they were both back to their normal daily activities.

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What are some auto accident injury symptoms?

  • Neck pain from whiplash. The pain can range from mild to severe. It might be  in one spot, a general area, or radiate down the shoulder into the arm and/or hand. This can be caused by ligament sprains or muscle strains, but also by injuries to discs, nerves, joints, and/or bones.
  • Neck stiffness or reduced range of motion. Reduced neck mobility could be from pain, irritation of the cervical facet joints, or spasm of the cervical muscles.
  • Headache. This could be from neck muscle tightening/spasm.  Also, a nerve or joint irritation of the spine could cause headaches.
  • Neck instability. This whiplash symptom commonly results from stretched or torn soft tissues, such as ligaments. Although, it could also be caused by a fracture.
  • Back and extremity (arms and legs) pain. Your back can also suffer whiplash (acceleration/deceleration injuries) during an auto accident. Subsequently, your back can refer pain to other soft tissues in the upper back and shoulders or legs. Of course, you can also separately sprain or strain your extremity as well during the collision. 
Patients respond well to chiropractic care after whiplash.

For some people, whiplash symptoms can be minor. For others, the symptoms can become varied and chronic, ranging from severe pain to cognitive and emotional problems.  Some patients often complain of other symptoms and signs such as blackouts, visual disturbances, nausea and vomiting, and chest pain.  Also, a nondermatomal pattern (a large area of sensory finding) of pain and deficit is common.

Sometimes whiplash symptoms persist or get worse with time. Whiplash symptoms might manifest immediately following the acceleration-deceleration accident, or they can take a few hours or days to appear.

Even low-speed rear impact injury crashes (LOSRIC) account for as much as 80% of rear impact collisions. The range of speed in these types of crashes are between 6 and 12 mph.

Results from a study showed an association between a history of neck injury in a motor vehicle accident and chronic headaches, disabling neck pain, and a perception of  lower general health compared to those with no history of neck injury. This is why it is so important to get care right away as Sun and Yang did.

The good news is, recent encouraging research indicates that patients with symptoms of whiplash injury respond well to chiropractic care!

Meiri Chiropractic, the Best Chiropractic Care Center in North Palm Beach, offers chiropractic treatment for car accident injuries and other ailments. What to do after a car accident? Call 561-253-8984 to schedule an appointment!

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have neck and back pain due to scoliosis than chiropractic care may be your best choice. We’ve got some great information to share below on Neck and Back Pain Due to Scoliosis: a Chiropractic Care Center Can Help.

What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is an abnormal curving of the spine. Your spine is your backbone.  Everyone’s spine naturally curves a bit. But people with scoliosis have a spine that curves too much. With scoliosis, the spine rotates and develops a side-to-side curve. Curves may be as mild as 10 degrees, or as severe as 100 degrees or more. The American Chiropractic Association estimates up to seven million Americans suffer from scoliosis. Moreover, as the degree of curvature increases, the excess curvature can cause other health problems.

Symptoms and Causes

Scoliosis can be part of a disorder (e.g. poliomyelitis). This includes neurologic, muscular, congenital (born with it) bone anomalies, developmental (e.g., due to abnormal collagen), and several other disorders.

The majority of scoliosis, however, are idiopathic. “Idiopathic” means there is no known definite cause. It can affect people of any age, from babies to adults, but most often starts in children aged 10 to 15 (idiopathic). Idiopathic scoliosis is usually discovered during growth in childhood or adolescence. When it begins or is found after puberty (after complete skeletal growth), it is called adult scoliosis.

The cause of adult scoliosis varies depending on the type of scoliosis as noted above. The most common form of adult scoliosis is degenerative arthritis (spine curves as you age). In some cases, adolescent scoliosis may develop symptoms with aging and require treatment.

Firstly, the majority of scoliosis curves do not progress to compromising the cardiopulmonary system. In fact, forced vital capacity in nonsmokers does not decrease significantly until curves progress to 100° to 120° (a rare occurrence even in adulthood). Secondly, cosmetic appearance can be a concern. Thirdly, some are born with it, and some get scoliosis as they age. Lastly, 90% of scoliosis patients have a spinal curvature that is not severe enough to require surgery, yet is extremely painful because of how it affects the body’s anatomy.

 

Dr, Meiri adjusts a patient

 

What Do Chiropractors Do to Help?

In milder cases, scoliosis may not be easily noticed by the person or their family. Detecting scoliosis early in children is especially important because some forms of scoliosis keep progressing. Parents or guardians, a child’s doctor, or school screening can detect scoliosis.  Detection by a parent is usually based on either noticing shoulder elevation or noticing that clothes hang unevenly. Doctors of chiropractic have a detailed knowledge of musculoskeletal issues, conditions, and disorders. The comprehensive physical examinations all chiropractors provide with new patients can help identify scoliosis.

Balance is often a problem in children with idiopathic scoliosis. It is also likely that as an adult, chronic back pain is more common. So a major concern is to reduce the pain component, improve function (e.g. balance) and prevent progression. The only component however that is amenable to correction in idiopathic scoliosis is likely the functional component of the curve.

Many patients with scoliosis find non-drug, non-invasive treatment through chiropractic care centers.  By freeing up movement at each spinal segmental level with regular adjustments, the spine is kept more flexible and scoliosis is less likely to progress. Adjustments decrease the pressure on your nervous system.  This eliminates the pain and muscle spasm.

 

Dr. Natalie Meiri will examine you and come up with a treatment plan to get you better!

Through regular visits, you can get pain relief and improve your neck and back health with chiropractic manipulative treatments without drugs or surgery.

Our other therapies, such as soft tissue techniques, therapeutic exercise, electric muscle stimulation, ice/ heat therapies and homeopathic consultations, may also provide some relief for your pain. 

In North Palm Beach, Meiri Chiropractic has given hope to patients with Scoliosis and many other ailments and given them a better quality of life with a safer, natural and effective treatment for their symptoms.

If you or a loved one is suffering from scoliosis, call our chiropractic care center to make an appointment suitable for your individual needs. Or ask about Neck and Back Pain Due to Scoliosis: a Chiropractic Care Center Can Help at 561-253-8984.

 

 

 

There are some injuries female athletes tend to have more than male athletes. This is true in many sports including running, soccer, rugby, basketball, bodybuilding, bowling, swimming, volley ball and golf injuries. There are many theories as to why this increase seems out of proportion to similar injury patterns in males. Some of the most obvious have to do with gender specific training. Other factors relate to the anatomic and physiologic differences between males and females. These observations started an interest in gender specific research. There are unique biomechanical, anatomic and hormonal factors that predispose skeletally mature female athletes to certain injuries. The Female Athlete and the Sports Injury Chiropractor is about what these female athlete injuries are and how a chiropractic clinic can help.

Anatomy & Physiology

Firstly, prior to puberty, the differences between males and females are insignificant. Secondly, girls reach puberty earlier than boys.  And then there is a small time frame in which girls mature quicker, have greater coordination, and, in many cases, are taller than the boys. So prepubescent males and females are equal in body fat composition. Thirdly, the male body fat decreases 11% on average through adolescence. Females increase body fat on average 25% during this same period. Finally, post puberty, there are some recognized differences between males and females.

The fact is, the average female is two thirds as strong as the average male.  Upper body strength is only 30% to 50% and lower extremity strength 70% that of the same size male. In some studies the body mass (BMI is the measure of body fat based on height and weight) and relative strength (the amount of strength to body size) were considered. In conclusion, in relative strength, the female still has less of the male’s upper body strength, but is almost equal in lower body strength.

Statistically, there are no objectifiable differences between joint laxity (looseness of a limb or muscle) of females compared with males. Clinically, it has been observed that the knees and shoulders of females seem to be “looser.” Regarding the menstrual cycle, there appears to be no significant correlation between menstrual phase cycle and exercise performance. However, injury rates appear to increase in athletes with premenstrual symptoms. Furthermore, there has been an association between estrogen and possible laxity of the anterior cruciate ligament.

Female athlete injuries

Shoulder laxity:

Women who participate in upper body sports such as tennis, swimming, and volleyball should be instructed to focus on both strengthening the rotator cuff and trunk muscles.  This decreases the stress to the shoulders and possible injuries. Since women are generally weaker in upper body strength, focus on a generalized upper body-strengthening program will also be beneficial.

Knee laxity:

It has been observed that patella (knee cap) instability is more common in females. This may be due, in part, to more of a tendency toward underdevelopment of the back surface of the patella and lateral condyle of the femur (thigh bone).  Women tend to have decreased vastus medialis strength, tighter illiotibial band (ITB), or a high riding patella. This tendency, combined with a position of recurvatum (hyperextension) seen more commonly in females, may predispose toward either tracking problems or patella dislocation. Similarly, for female athletes, vastus medialis strengthening, ITB stretching, proper training shoes (e.g. for pronation), and proprioceptive( sense of self-movement) training is important.

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL):

ACL (tissue that connects the thighbone to the shinbone, at the knee) laxity or looseness is a concern for females. Although there are many theories, the main effective strategy for decreasing injury is training. It is clear that the vast majority (80% in one study) of ACL injuries are noncontact.  And often occurring when landing from a jump. This is even more true in sports such as basketball and volleyball. One study divided these noncontact injuries into three types depending on the movement/maneuver causing it:

 

  1. Planting and cutting– player acts as if she is going to the right but quickly and aggressively plants the right foot. Then immediately reverses her motion and accelerates to the opposite left side.
  2. Straight leg landing– Landing with straight knees can lead to a higher rate of ACL tears.
  3. One-step landing with the knee hyperextended– when the knee is bent backward, often as a result of landing wrong after a jump.

In one study, ACL injuries were reduced among a group of women by almost 90%.  They simply modified the plant-and-cut maneuver to a three-step stop. Female athletes should jump and land in a more flexed position, avoiding extension of the knee.

Noncontact ACL injuries may be related to both genu recurvatum and hyperpronation. Genu recurvatum is hyperextension of the knee which has several causes. Muscle weakness, especially of the muscles in the top of the thigh (quadriceps), an injury, or the shape of your bones at the knee are some. Hyperpronation occurs when the ankle bone turns inward and the rest of the foot turns outward. This puts too much body weight on the inside of the foot.

 

adjustment of patient's shoulder

The Female Athlete and the Sports Injury Chiropractor

Whether it’s your hip, knee, shoulder, ankle or foot, a chiropractic adjustment can help.  Just as your spine/ pelvis can get out of alignment, so can your extremities.  In other words, additional joints may need chiropractic adjustments (hip joints, knee joints, ankles joints) along with the spine.  After all, Chiropractic adjustments restore joint mobility and function, resolves joint inflammation and reduces the patient’s pain.

A sports chiropractor in North Palm Beach can adjust the spine/pelvis and extremities. And the best sports chiropractor is one who has the expertise and training to work on your muscles/ soft tissue surrounding your joints using techniques such as myofascial release and active release technique.

There are sports chiropractors who use their skills in soft tissue manipulation techniques to help optimize athletic performance and prevent injury.

Spinal and extremity adjustments along with recommendations from your chiropractor regarding stretching and strengthening exercises, nutrition, and lifestyle changes can successfully prevent a number of common, chronic and acute sports related injuries. Furthermore, besides from the female athlete performing better and reducing their injuries, regular chiropractic care will help with digestion, improve sleep, and increase energy. Regular chiropractic adjustments help avoid many of the disorders that take shape as illness.

If you are looking for a North Palm Beach sports chiropractor for women, Dr. Natalie Meiri can definitely help you. Call 561-253-8984 today.

 

From Dr. Natalie Meiri’s Clinical Pearl Stories:

Chiropractic Care for Neck Pain and Menopause Symptoms

Author: Natalie Meiri, D.C.        Posted: 9/25/21

This was a 52 year old female patient with a chief complaint of neck pain. To be HIPAA compliant, I will call her Tina instead of her real name. Tina had just reached menopause.  This is when her neck pain came on.  She also had headaches, hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia and increased anxiety or irritability.

 

Examination and x-rays

Positive tests were found for her spine during the exam. The x-rays taken in my office showed moderate osteoarthritis in her cervical (neck) spine.  This is the “wear and tear” type of arthritis when the bones rub against one another causing pain, stiffness, inflammation, disc degeneration and bone spurs (also known as osteophytes) which can “pinch” surrounding nerves.

She also had positive tests for a cervicogenic headache. A cervicogenic headache is a headache that occurs because of a physical condition and structures in the neck. By addressing the cervicogenic component of the cervicogenic/tension type to migraine “continuum of headaches” her headaches would be reduced in intensity.

 

Treatment: Chiropractic Care for Neck Pain and Menopause Symptoms

Firstly, Tina’s treatments included chiropractic adjustment/ manipulation to her cervical (neck) spine and associated regions.  Associated regions were thoracic (mid back), and lumbar (low back) spine. Secondly, soft tissue therapy (myofascial release, pressure point and various post isometric relaxation procedures) was rendered as necessary. Thirdly, modalities (cold/heat therapy and electric muscle stimulation) were administered. Finally, exercises for stretching, strengthening, and better posture were recommended.

Of course, because she had reached menopause, the headaches were also due to hormonal changes. She added soy products, fruits (i.e. berries), seeds (i.e. flaxseeds), and nuts to her diet. These foods have phytoestrogens or plant-based estrogens called isoflavones. These are plant chemicals capable of exerting estrogen like effects. Eating these foods in moderation along with some medicinal herbs helped to alleviate menopause symptoms for Tina. 

Additionally, I did several homeopathic consultations with Tina and prescribed a number of homeopathic medicines. Obviously, Tina was against drugs when possible and wanted to deal with this naturally.

Tina started feeling better gradually for her chief complaint of neck pain. Moreover, her  headaches disappeared.  Tina’s hot flashes and night sweats decreased.  To prevent osteoporosis due the estrogen loss in menopause, she took calcium supplements.  Tina also started a exercise regimen which included weight bearing aerobic activity.  Similarly, Tina started sleeping better due to everything she was doing.  Lastly, her irritability and anxiety went away so she was happier than she had been in a long time.

 

How do menopause symptoms occur?

After 12 months without menstruating, a woman is in menopause. The average age of menopause onset in the Unites States is 51.

Decreased circulating levels of estrogen with menopause appear to affect the central nervous system via the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is a small but important area in the center of the brain between the pituitary gland and thalamus. It plays an important role in hormone production and helps to stimulate many important processes in the body. The hypothalamus controls body temperature, thirst, hunger, and other homeostatic systems.  It is also involved in sleep and emotional activity.

So 95% of perimenopausal and menopausal women experience “hot flashes”. These flushing and sweating episodes are sudden in onset and last several minutes.  A sensation of face and neck hotness extends to the front of the chest. The skin temperature may increase as much as 5°C and may result in wetting of clothing through excess perspiration. Physiologic responses that also occur include an increase in heart rate perceived sometimes as palpitations.

Furthermore, there may be symptoms of headache, dizziness, and nausea during the episodes.  Many women have night sweats and also have difficulty falling asleep. And often awaken early without being able to fall back to sleep. Approximately 80% of women experience these episodes for more than 1 year with as many as 20% of women having symptoms for more than 5 years.

 

Menopause and Joint Pain

A common symptom often associated with hormonal changes is pain. More than half of women experience Arthralgia (pain in a joint) around the time of menopause. The causes of joint pain in postmenopausal women can be difficult to determine as the period of menopause coincides with a rising incidence of chronic rheumatic conditions such as osteoarthritis. Nevertheless, the prevalence of arthralgia does appear to increase in women going through menopausal transition.  Studies have shown this to result from reduction in estrogen levels. This may have to do with various interactions between sex hormones and pain processing pathways, immune cells and chondrocytes (cartilage cells).

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Given a growing concern regarding estrogen replacement therapy, a search for alternatives in the management of menopause is prevalent. Many studies have found that the use of alternative therapies for menopause symptoms is common, and women who use them generally find them to be beneficial. Chiropractic intervention in the treatment of postmenopausal climacteric symptoms especially in the area of joint pain and headaches is effective.

Meiri Chiropractic in North Palm Beach offers the best  Chiropractic Relief of Neck, Back and Menopause Symptoms.   Call us at 561-253-8984 in North Palm Beach to schedule an appointment at our chiropractic clinic and start getting the relief you need.

From Dr. Natalie Meiri’s Clinical Pearl Stories:

Neck Pain and Chiropractic Cervical Adjustments

Author: Natalie Meiri, D.C.     Posted: 9/19/21

 

This was a 25 year old male patient with a chief complaint of neck pain. To be HIPAA compliant, I will call him Lenny instead of his real name. Lenny had 3 car accidents by the time he was 23 years old which caused his chronic neck pain. Moreover, he experienced neck and mid back pain when he moved his shoulders and arms. 

Lenny was  a very active person and even had a business where he did manual labor. He also enjoyed various sports.  He wanted to live his life pain free without having to give up his activities. 

After the automobile accidents, Lenny got some treatment at another chiropractor before coming to see me. He stated “the benefits of chiropractic were great”, but that he didn’t feel he “was ever holding his adjustments”. Lenny felt the former chiropractor was “too aggressive and every visit was the same”.  He needed “something different, more gentle, and a chiropractor who does soft tissue techniques”. Lenny came to see me because at Meiri Chiropractic, we deliver by hand, low amplitude (displacement of the joint), low intensity (low force) adjustments along with various soft tissue manipulation techniques.

Lenny’s Examination, X-rays and Treatment

 

The x-rays taken in my office showed findings consistent with a sprain with myospasm (muscle contraction) in his cervical (neck) and thoracic (mid back) spine. Upon examination, I found positive tests for a cervical (neck) sprain with thoracic (midback) myalgia (muscle pain) diagnoses. 

Firstly, he received chiropractic adjustments/ manipulation to his cervical (neck) and thoracic (mid back) spine and the associated regions.  Associated regions (due to misalignments) adjusted were his shoulders and lumbar spine (low back). Secondly, various soft tissue manipulation (myofascial release, pressure point and various post isometric relaxation procedures) was rendered as necessary.  Thirdly, home exercises for stretching, strengthening, stabilization and posture correction were given.

Lenny’s Chiropractic Care Outcome

As Lenny started feeling better, recommendations were made on diet and lifestyle (i.e. ergonomic).  He started eating better which contributed to faster healing.  Lenny avoided sugar and processed or fast food. And included as much fresh food as possible.  He also joined a gym to work on strenthening with weight machines and did more cardio exercise.

Finally, I did several homeopathic consultations with Lenny and prescribed a number of homeopathic medicines.

Lenny responded well to his north palm beach chiropractic care!  Was he able to live completely pain-free?  No, because it’s impossible for anyone to be completely free of pain in life.  However, Lenny thought daily about improving his function and not the pain anymore. His chronic pain was gone! Similarly, Lenny looked forward to his north palm beach chiropractic gentle adjustments. He was able to continue his daily activities with more energy and improved performance.

Dr. Natalie Meiri

Research

A review of scientific literature found evidence that patients with chronic neck pain enrolled in clinical trials reported significant improvement following chiropractic spinal manipulation. As part of the literature review, published in the March/April 2007 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, the researchers reviewed nine previously published trials and found “high-quality evidence” that patients with chronic neck pain showed significant pain-level improvements following spinal manipulation.

Meiri Chiropractic serving North Palm Beach, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens and West Palm Beach offers the best chiropractic adjustments for your neck, back and extremities (arms and legs). Call us in North Palm Beach at 561-253-8984 to schedule an appointment or to find out more about Neck Pain and Chiropractic Cervical Adjustments.

 

 

Sleep is a complex interactive function coordinated by many parts of the brain. This interaction is dependent on changing levels of serotonin, catecholamines, acetylcholine, and a host of other neurotransmitters (chemical substances made by the nerve cells specifically to transmit a message). During sleep there are also fluctuations of hormonal levels that may play a role in the quality of sleep and wakefulness. Chiropractic adjustments, nutritional and lifestyle suggestions can help you recover from insomnia and develop healthier sleep.

A paper in the Journal of Sleep Medicine & Disorders examines a potential hypothesis as to why a chiropractic adjustment could help insomnia.  Leonard Vernon, D.C. points out the neuro-physiology behind such a theory in his paper, “the Chiropractic Subluxation and Insomnia: Could there be a connection?” Dr. Vernon examines a potential hypothesis as to why “traditional” misalignment (chiropractic subluxation) based chiropractic can help patients suffering from insomnia.

 If you’ve had neck or back pain you’ve likely considered seeing a chiropractor. Certainly chiropractors adjust the spine to improve pain and mobility, but the benefits may extend beyond the back and neck. Chiropractors try to improve the relationship between the spine and nervous system, which affects the function of all the organs and systems in your body. 

insomnia

Difficulty falling asleep?

Perhaps you are anxious and can’t sleep? This is usually self-limiting (resolves without treatment).  But if you are taking alcohol, drinking caffeine or smoking prior to sleeping this may keep you awake.  Also, many medications may also cause insomnia such as over-the-counter (OTC) stimulants such as nasal sprays and prescription drugs. And over the counter sleep medications used for more than one week may exacerbate your insomnia.

If you cannot stop moving your legs or often have jerks, this could be restless legs syndrome or myoclonic jerks.  These prevent and interrupt sleep.  While both are benign, it can make you very tired and fatigued.  Restless Legs Syndrome is characterized by an irresistible urge to move the legs because of a “creeping” sensation inside the calves. Similarly, you may also have nocturnal myoclonus (sudden, brief involuntary twitching or jerking of a muscle). Patients with restless legs syndrome may have an underlying cause. Therefore, it is important to determine whether a deficiency of iron or folate exists or you are pregnant or have a peripheral neuropathy.

Awaken frequently during the night and have difficulty falling back to sleep? 

Persistent leg cramps may also be a cause of frequent awakenings and may be due to excessive exercise, inadequate hydration, or deficiencies in potassium or calcium.  Perhaps you are waking due to pain?  Any painful process may interrupt sleep.  Commonly, headaches and epigastric pain (i.e. peptic ulcers) can be a culprit.  Furthermore, painful conditions (headaches; hip, knee, shoulder, low back, and or neck pain) can cause problems falling asleep or staying asleep.

Are you a loud snorer and notice daytime tiredness and an early morning headache?  Then sleep apnea could be a problem. Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. Risk factors include age, obesity and is more common in men. Symptoms include snoring loudly and feeling tired even after a full night’s sleep.

 

Sleep Hygiene Suggestions:

  1. Go to bed at a consistent time. Amount of sleep (you should sleep 7-8 1/2 hours a night), jet lag, work habits may be contributing to your problem.
  2. Sleep in a comfortable room that is cool and free of stimulation (noise, light, restless sleep partner).
  3. Sleep on a comfortable bed (more firm is suggested).
  4. Do not eat large amounts of food prior to sleeping. Your sleep problem can also be related to a diet related- food allergy
  5. Avoid alcohol, smoking, and caffeine prior to sleeping.
  6. Do not exercise heavily before sleeping.
  7. Avoid daytime napping.
  8. If focused on a bothersome mental concern, write it down and deal with it in the morning if possible.
  9. If unable to sleep after 30 minutes, get up and have a light snack or listen to soothing music; then return to bed.
  10. Avoid the use of OTC (over the counter) sleep medications.
  11. Weight reduction may be helpful to those with sleep apnea.
  12. Get adjusted by your North Palm Beach chiropractor!Dr. Natalie Meiri

According to The Association of Chiropractic Colleges, “Chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs and surgery.  The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.”  Chiropractors help shape the environment where your body’s natural healing, under the right conditions could take place. The proper alignment of your spine by way of the adjustment affects the central nervous system.  This can tremendously affect your overall well-being.

 

Meiri Chiropractic is a chiropractic clinic in North Palm Beach that offers holistic care.  Call us at 561-253-8984 to find out more about Sleeping Better: Chiropractic adjustments for insomnia.

 

 

Whether you are running a 5K race, a marathon or running to keep in shape, you will benefit from visiting a running chiropractor in North Palm Beach.  In fact, many runners get adjusted right before a race to enhance their performance.  Runners may have started out seeing the chiropractor for a running injury, but found the vast benefits of chiropractic care along the way.  Read on to find out more about A Runner’s Sports Injuries, Performance, and the Benefits of a Chiropractic Clinic.

A Runner’s Sports Injuries, Performance, and the Benefits of a Chiropractic Clinic: Soft TissueTechniques/Manual Therapy Chiropractor 

Find a  chiropractor who has the expertise and training to work on your muscles/ soft tissue surrounding your joints using techniques such as myofascial release and active release technique. There are sports chiropractors who use their skills in soft tissue manipulation techniques to help optimize athletic performance and prevent injury. This is why we always see sports chiropractors on professional sports and Olympic teams. A common misconception about chiropractic care is that chiropractors simply “crack your back”. In reality, they can do so much more than that. For instance, if you have an iliotibial band syndrome, plantar facsiitis or a knee meniscus problem, you will need a chiropractor to manipulate the soft tissue along with the adjustment.

Spinal and Extremity Chiropractor

Runners sometimes have extremity (arms and legs) injuries.  Whether it’s your hip, knee, shoulder, ankle or foot, a chiropractic adjustment can help.  Just as your spine/ pelvis can get out of alignment, so can your extremities.  In other words, additional joints may need chiropractic adjustments (hip joints, knee joints, ankles joints) along with the spine.  After all, Chiropractic adjustments restore joint mobility and function, resolves joint inflammation and reduces the patient’s pain. Anatomically, the kinetic chain describes the interrelated groups of body segments, connecting joints, and muscles working together to perform movements. So the runner may need the lower kinetic chain (ankles, lower legs, knees, upper legs, hips, pelvis, and spine) to be realigned. A running chiropractor in North Palm Beach can adjust the spine/pelvis, hips, knee, ankle joints, and even the smaller joints in your feet and toes.

Expenses and Time

Chiropractic is a champion of preventative care.  Firstly, it is more sensible, economical and convenient to prevent a problem before it starts.  Secondly, it will cost more time and money if the runner waits to treat when it becomes a chronic injury. Also, it may actually keep them from running and/or training.  Thirdly, often the need for surgery, drugs and costly medical intervention can be avoided if the runner takes active steps to prevent injury. 

There is a misconception that once you go to a chiropractor, you have to keep going, but it’s not true.  The truth is, many keep going because of feeling better when they go.  Similarly, the reduction of injuries makes them want to keep going.  Many runners are not on a set schedule for chiropractic care.  However, while a runner won’t have to treat for the rest of their life, it may take more than one visit.  Your running sports chiropractor will tell you what they recommend.  Ultimately, It’s up to you to decide how much care you need.  Consider chiropractic care as an investment towards your optimal state of health.

 

Spinal adjustments along with recommendations from your chiropractor regarding stretching and strengthening exercises, nutrition, and lifestyle changes can successfully prevent a number of common, chronic and acute running related injuries. Furthermore, besides from the runner performing better and reducing their injuries, regular chiropractic care will help with digestion, improve sleep, and increase energy. Regular chiropractic adjustments help avoid many of the disorders that take shape as illness.

If you are looking for a North Palm Beach sports chiropractor for runners, Dr. Natalie Meiri can definitely help you. Call 561-253-8984 today.

 

 

 

 

 

Chiropractic adjustments as treatment for neck and back pain from arthritis is drug-free. It is certainly an effective way to treat your stiff and painful joints.  Moreover, most of what chiropractors do currently is gentler than “cracking backs or necks” into place. In fact, there are more than 100 techniques that chiropractors use to manually adjust the spine, joints and manipulate the muscles with varying degrees of force. Chiropractic adjustments restore joint mobility and function, resolves joint inflammation and reduces the pain.

Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustment

If you’ve had back pain or a stiff neck, whether from arthritis or an injury, you’ve likely considered seeing a chiropractor. Certainly chiropractors adjust the spine to improve pain and mobility, but the benefits may extend beyond the back and neck. Chiropractors try to improve the relationship between the spine and nervous system, which affects the function of all the organs and systems in your body.  For instance, it helps to minimize inflammation throughout the body and help to strengthen the immune system.

Chiropractic adjustments also help arthritic extremity (arms and legs) joints as well. If someone is having a problem in a knee joint that is causing them to walk awkwardly, it may lead to a secondary pain syndrome in the lower back. The real problem started in the knee which needs to be addressed by way of an adjustment.

Chiropractic Adjustments Offer an Alternative to Pain Medication

Adjustments can help keep painful joints more comfortable while also improving function and range of motion. Chiropractors use gentle manipulation to adjust your joints and muscles to return proper structure. With proper alignment, your body’s equilibrium is restored, which in turn helps increase the healing of your damaged joint tissues. In summary, the chiropractic adjustment works by restoring function which decreases the inflammation and the pain goes away. 

There are a lot of benefits to chiropractic adjustments. In order to see great results, though, you need to make sure you’re visiting the chiropractor on a regular basis.  Most definitely, improved posture is another benefit. Chiropractic adjustments, combined with at-home stretching and strengthening exercises, can be very helpful to those who suffer from degenerative scoliosis or other postural issues.  Degenerative scoliosis is a result of osteoarthritis (wear and tear arthritis) on the discs and joints of the spine.

Chiropractors are Portal of Entry Providers

Chiropractors are portal of entry providers in Florida and so are primary-care professionals which means you go directly to them.  During your first visit, the chiropractor should take a detailed medical history and perform a physical exam of every joint to determine what approaches are right for you. The doctor may also take an X-ray. Chiropractors also understand the importance of exercise and a healthy diet for your health. They will provide instructions on lifestyle changes and exercises that will help you maintain range of motion and reduce symptoms related to arthritis.

Research on How Chiropractic Adjustments Can Help With Arthritis

In the past, chiropractic got mixed reviews from physicians. Increasingly, studies in mainstream medical journals are demonstrating the benefits of chiropractic for back and joint pain. A 2017 review in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that spinal manipulation reduces lower back pain. And a 2013 study published in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage found that patient education combined with 12 chiropractic treatments (twice a week for six weeks) were more effective for hip Osteoarthritis than a daily stretching program or patient education alone.

 

Dr. Natalie Meiri adjusts the knee

Dr. Natalie Meiri has treated patients for over 17 years with wear and tear osteoarthritis and inflammatory disease, including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis.  Dr. Natalie Meiri also adjusts arthritic joints of the extremities (arms and legs).  Too many people suffer with conditions that can be treated using natural and noninvasive treatments.  Get fast pain relief and function better from the best chiropractic clinic in North Palm Beach.  Contact Dr. Natalie Meiri today at 561-253-8984 to make an appointment or to find out more about How Chiropractic Adjustments Can Help With Arthritis.

 

Dr. Natalie Meiri

Meiri Chiropractic

11985 U.S. Highway 1, #102

North Palm Beach, FL 33408

561-253-8984

 

Chiropractic care has been proven to help people in all stages of life. Family chiropractic clinics like Meiri Chiropractic in North Palm Beach, Florida offer many benefits to patients of all ages, genders and backgrounds.

Some patients see a chiropractor for the health benefits or the treatment of injuries. Other people at a different stage in their life may get more positive results from being under the care of a family chiropractor.

A family chiropractor has many benefits for all ages! 

 

Family Chiropractor for Prenatal/ Pregnancy

 

Musculoskeletal concerns during pregnancy are due to mechanical changes from the growth and position of the baby and hormonal changes that result in less ligament stability. Firstly, hip and low back pain are common in pregnant women. Secondly, the pregnancy can cause myofascial problems in the neck, mid back and chest areas due to the shifting of her spine and the extra weight of the baby. Thirdly, knee and foot pain are common due to the change in weight bearing as well.

There is research to support the role of chiropractic treatment of the pregnant low back patient. Adjustments during pregnancy are safe and an excellent alternative to drugs for pain management. “Softer” approaches can also be utilized such as various soft tissue techniques and mobilization. A family chiropractor in North Palm Beach will gently adjust the pregnant woman’s spine, hips, knees and feet.

Of all the changes she will experience in this stage of life, consistent care from a family chiropractor in North Palm Beach is always a good choice. Stiffness and pain can be decreased through regular care. Than the pregnant woman can sleep better at night and feel more energized during the day. Her range of motion will increase to help with delivery of the baby as well. As eating right and exercising during pregnancy is important, so is chiropractic care. When you are pregnant, you need all the help you can get. After all, when the baby is born, mom will need to be in top physical shape to continue the next part of her joyful journey.

 

Family Chiropractor for Infants and kids

 

A Canadian study of pediatric visits to alternative care practitioners indicated that the majority of patients presented with non-musculoskeletal complaints such as respiratory and ears, nose and throat (ENT) related symptoms. Furthermore, studies from Denmark seem to indicate that chiropractic manipulation is effective at improving or resolving infantile colic. Infantile colic describes excessive crying of unknown cause in otherwise well infants. It appears Colic affects up to 20% of infants.

As your child grows, sports- related injuries are relatively common. Prevention is a major goal in working with children and adolescents. Similarly, when injured, the proper diagnosis, treatment, and rehab is the goal. Lastly, many children experience “growing pains” and posture related discomfort. And they find relief by seeing a family chiropractor in North Palm Beach.

With adolescents, back pain accounted for about 33% of visits to a family chiropractor in countries outside the United States. Neck and headache pain accounted for approximately 40% of visits.

 

Family Chiropractor for Younger Adults

Whether you sit at a desk all day at work, perform manual labor, chase after small children, or are an athlete, the repetitive tasks in our days can eventually lead to spinal misalignments and joint dysfunction throughout your body. Untreated, these can cause a ripple of destruction to your health. Pain, headaches, dizziness, low energy, difficulty sleeping, and weakened immune health are all possible symptoms.

Regardless of your activity level, you should check in with a family chiropractor regularly to address issues while they are small. Consistent care is better than allowing your pain to finally bring you into the family chiropractor clinic. Adults seek chiropractic clinics due to neck and back pain, arm and leg pain, disc problems, hormonal (menopause, premenstrual pains) issues, osteoarthritis, pinched nerve, headaches, sciatica, fibromyalgia, and immune disorders. Why not seek care while the problem is minor and small? Once you are in pain your body has already been struggling for awhile. Therefore, it takes longer and more adjustments to get it healthy again.

 

Family Chiropractor for Older Adults (Elders/Seniors)

Studies suggest that the older adult population (over 65) represents 12-17% of most chiropractic practices in the U.S.A. These patients also account for 1/3 of patients who purchase prescription medications. The majority of older adults have signs and symptoms that reflect the accumulation of life-long environmental impact combined with decreased function of most organ systems. Among these systems include the neuromusculoskeletal system in which Chiropractors are specialists in.

The ultimate goal with older adults are to prevent or delay functional decline and restore and/or maintain function to allow as much independent living as possible. It is clear the ability for the older adult to remain independent has a significant effect on his or her perceived quality of life. In conclusion, it is true and logical that normal aging does result in some decreases in function. However, all decreases in function are not age related and so require intervention. In fact, many neuromusculoskeletal conditions are treatable and preventable through chiropractic care.

At Meiri Chiropractic, we spend the time necessary to examine, diagnose and treat every neuromusculoskeletal condition and various ailments you or your loved ones have. We have been offering effective chiropractic care in North Palm Beach since 2006. Many of our patients reviews note our excellence. We are your best bet and are here for you. Call us today at 561-253-8984 to make an appointment or to find out more about the Family Chiropractor Has Many Benefits for All Ages.

References:

Thomas Souza,  (2001) Differential Diagnosis and Management for the Chiropractor

 

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Although whole foods are the best way to get your nutritional support  needed for musculoskeletal healing, supplements can help fill the gaps. Here, we look at 7 Natural Supplements and Herbs for an Acute Musculoskeletal Injury that can help you recover from the inflammatory phase of a musculoskeletal injury (i.e. strain, tendonitis). 

The inflammatory response to trauma occurs during the first few days after your injury which includes edema (swelling).  Firstly, your body will release inflammatory proteins and mobilize leukocytes (white blood cells). Secondly, produce fibrin an insoluble protein involved in the clotting of blood.  Thirdly, the accumulation of cell debris, fibrin, blood, and exudate (circulatory fluid) will impede healing by impairing circulation. After chiropractic care has begun, some of the substances below may also help expedite healing.

7 Natural Supplements and Herbs for an Acute Musculoskeletal Injury

1. Boswellia– A herb also known as indian frankincense, decreases inflammation. Useful for arthritis, gout, low back pain, myositis (muscle inflammation) and fibromyalgia.

 

2. Ginger- A well known herb in the kitchen, also good for inflammation.  Reduces spasms, cramps and stimulates circulation.  Useful for arthritis, headaches, and muscle pain. 

 

3. Tumeric– This herb is used as a seasoning and an ingredient in curry powder. This is good for inflammation and all arthritic conditions. 

 

4. Cayennne– A herb known as Capsicum, hot pepper or red pepper. Useful for arthritis and rheumatism. 

 

5. Bromelain– This is an enzyme. Its source is pineapple, pork, beef or papaya. Moreover, patients hospitalized for various injuries resulted in 40% less time spent in the hospital than those who didn’t take Bromelain.

Other proteolytic enzymes helpful for musculoskeletal injuries for example in tendonitis include trypsin and chymotrypsin. They reduce the inflammatory response by breaking down inflammatory proteins which cause vascular permeability (capacity of a blood vessel wall to allow for the flow of small molecules or even whole cells in and out of the vessel) and pain. Proteolytic enzymes may significantly improve local circulation by breaking down cell debris and fibrin prior to uptake by the lymphatic system. 

 

 6. Bioflavonoids (quercetin, hesperidine, rutin, etc.) provide much of the flavor and color in fruits & vegetables, as well as berries and flowers. It works by restricting vascular permeability to limit swelling. Preventative treatment of football athletes with bioflavonoids reduced healing time of injuries by two thirds in a study.

 

 7. Vitamin C helps with free radical processes in your inflamed tissues. Free radicals are unstable atoms that can damage cells, causing illness and aging. Furthermore, it may support the production of anti-inflammatory hormones in your body.

 

Finally, You should be mindful of the recommended doses of specific supplements and herbs, as too much can be harmful.  In addition, it may be contraindicated for your condition.  Also consult your doctor first, especially if you are pregnant.

Dr. Natalie Meiri

 

Contact an amazing chiropractor in North Palm Beach today to learn more about 7 Natural Supplements and Herbs for an Acute Musculoskeletal Injury at 561-253-8984.  Dr. Natalie Meiri is dedicated to your overall health and well-being.  She offers chiropractic care for various injuries and ailments to restore you to optimal health.

 

Meiri Chiropractic

561-253-8984