Dr. Meiri adjusts the hip of a patient

This post is about Hip Sprain/Strain or Osteitis Pubis: A Chiropractic Center Can Help. You may have had a fall onto the hip? Perhaps you have thigh pain from a sudden sports maneuver? Moreover, you may have developed this pain after a difficult delivery of a child or after a surgery?  Certainly, as a weight bearing joint, the hip is commonly affected by degenerative joint changes and soft tissue damage. So your problem may be in the hip or pelvis, but can spread to other areas of the body, such as the upper thighs, groin and lower back. Similarly, you may just have a muscle strain in the thigh?  Read on to learn more.

Hip Anatomy

The hip, like the shoulder, is considered a ball-and-socket joint. It is formed by the head of the femur (thigh bone) which sits in what’s called the acetabulum, a part of the pelvis. The head of the femur is large (ball) and the acetabulum (socket) is deep.  The soft tissues (refers to non-bony structures that connect, support, or surround other structures) in your hip are:

  • the muscles, which allow you to move.
  • the tendons, which connect your muscles to the bone.
  • the ligaments are bands of tough elastic tissue around your joints. They connect bone to bone, give your joints support, and limit their movement.
  • the fascia – stretchy, thin, white fibrous tissue. All your muscles are enveloped in fascia.
  • the bursae – fluid-filled pads that act as cushions at the joints. Bursae reduce friction between the surfaces of a bone and soft tissue.

  1. Osteitis Pubis

 

Osteitis pubis is a painful condition of the pubic symphysis articulation/joint. Your pubic symphysis is a unique joint consisting of a fibrocartilaginous disc sandwiched between the articular surfaces of the pubic bones. The pubic bone is the most forward-facing bone of the pelvic bones.

Firstly, osteitis pubis is characterized by bony resorption (bone breaks down) and spontaneous reossification (new bone develops). Secondly, your symptoms may be localized or referred and is usually described as “groin burning”.  Thirdly, the pain is often excruciating on direct palpation (touch) and relieved with rest. Fourthly, exercise or activities involving thigh adduction (bringing the thighs together), trunk flexion or even walking may cause pain. Fifthly, your gait may be antalgic (walk with a limp because of pain), with trunk flexion and waddling due to the pain. Lastly, an audible click in the area of the pubic symphysis may be heard during these activities.

Cause:

Although the mechanism or pathogenesis is uncertain, it can be due to the following:

Pregnancy creates unique structural stresses to the female body. This coupled with ligament laxity resulting from maternal hormones may cause repetitive stress to the pubic symphysis.

Surgery within close proximity to the pubic symphysis   (e.g. prostate, bladder, urethra, uterus or cervix surgery). Signs and symptoms occur usually within one to three months after surgery. The frequency of this post-surgical complication is between 1 percent and 3 percent.

Trauma/Injury involving a sudden, forced adduction (motion of bringing your thighs/legs inward) injury or a repetitive minor trauma seen with kicking or running.

 

  1.  Sprain or Strain

 

A sprain is a sudden or violent twisting injury of a joint with stretching or tearing of ligaments.  A strain occurs when a muscle is overstretched or torn. This usually occurs as a result of fatigue, overuse, or improper use. Furthermore, damage to your attached tendons can also occur with a strain.

 

Adductor Sprain

These adductor group of muscles of the hip are located on your inner thighs. They are mostly used for bringing the thighs together (called adduction). This adductor muscle ligament injury may occur to an athlete who is involved in kicking, sprinting, water skiing, or jumping (high jumps or hurdles). A sudden pulling or contraction from a stretched position of hip abduction (movement of the leg away from thigh) or flexion (movement when knee comes toward the chest) can cause this injury.

 

Hamstring Strain

This group of  hamstring muscles run along the back of your thigh from your hip to just below your knee. This injury may occur to an athlete or “weekend warrior” who feels a sudden pull or pop at the back of the thigh following a forceful knee extension (straightening your knee) maneuver. By over contracting the hamstrings while in a position of stretch, a tear may occur.

 

Quadriceps Strain

The quadriceps are a group of four muscles that make up the front of your thigh. This injury occurs with a  sudden pulling pain in the front of the thigh after attempting to sprint,”missing” a kick, or suddenly stopping. So  a sudden contraction of the quadriceps may result in a simple strain or a full rupture.

 

Treatment at Meiri Chiropractic for Hip Sprain/Strain or Osteitis Pubis: A Chiropractic Center Can Help

 

Treatment focuses on restoring normal mobility to the hip joint and pelvis. These treatments at Meiri Chiropractic include:

-Chiropractic manipulative therapy- to the hip joint, pelvis and associated regions. 

-Gentle myofascial release and/or post isometric relaxation techniques- to the soft tissues (e.g. muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia) involved.

-Electric Muscle Stimulation, Ice and Heat Therapies for pain relief and inflammation reduction.

-Therapeutic exercise- with  gentle stretching and a long-term goal of restrengthening.

Finally, recommendations for prevention of further injury at the pelvis, hip and thigh.  This involves a routine of stretching and warming up prior to activity.

 

Getting regular chiropractic care from a North Palm Beach chiropractic center can give relief naturally from an already existing injury, or even offer injury prevention. Chiropractic is a holistic and natural way to treat existing injuries and to keep your body in its best working condition.

Contact Meiri Chiropractic today at 561-253-8984 on Hip Sprain/Strain or Osteitis Pubis: A Chiropractic Center Can Help or/and other ailments.

 

References:

Thomas Bergman, David Peterson, Chiropractic Technique Principles and Procedures, 3rd edition, 2011

 

 

 

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This post is about bursitis pain: 3 types in your hip a chiropractor can help.  You may have had a fall onto the hip? Perhaps you have thigh pain from a sudden movement? Moreover as a weight bearing joint, the hip is commonly affected by degenerative joint changes and soft tissue damage. So you may think your pain is in the low back or buttocks when it is in fact due to your hip!

Hip Anatomy:

The hip, like the shoulder, is considered a ball-and-socket joint. It is formed by the head of the femur (thigh bone) which sits in what’s called the acetabulum, a part of the pelvis. The head of the femur is large (ball) and the acetabulum (socket) is deep.  The soft tissues (refers to non-bony structures that connect, support, or surround other structures) in your hip are: 

  • the muscles, which allow you to move.
  • the tendons, which connect your muscles to the bone.
  • the ligaments are bands of tough elastic tissue around your joints. They connect bone to bone, give your joints support, and limit their movement.
  • the fascia – stretchy, thin, white fibrous tissue. All our muscles are enveloped in fascia.
  • the bursae – fluid-filled pads that act as cushions at the joints. Bursae reduce friction between the surfaces of a bone and soft tissue.

This post is about Bursitis Pain: 3 in your Hip a Chiropractor Can Help with. Bursitis is inflammation of a bursa. There are many causes of bursitis.

  1. Subtrochanteric Bursitis

 

Several bursae in your hip are capable of producing symptoms in the subtrochanteric region (top of thigh bone). There are 3 in the gluteal (buttock) region: your subgluteus medius, subgluteus maximus, and the gluteus minimus bursae.

Subtrochanteric bursitis occurs between the ages of 40 and 60 years of age. Repetitive activity can be a major cause in all ages.  This is because the repetitive friction over the bursa causes it to be inflamed. In runners, it maybe caused by the running technique and surface. For instance, running on both banked surfaces and allowing the feet to cross the midline when running could be culprits.

You may have well-localized lateral (side) hip pain.  It may cause you to limp mildly.  Sometimes subtrochanteric bursitis may cause pain radiating to the low back, the lateral thigh, and the knee.  And you will not be able to lay on the involved side.

Cause

Anything that leads to altered hip mechanics/motion, including low pack pain, leg length discrepancy, arthritic conditions, post-surgery, and neurologic conditions, may cause subtrochanteric bursitis.

 

  1. Iliopectineal and Iliopsoas Bursitis

Iliopsoas or illiopectineal bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa located beneath the iliopsoas muscle. This muscle is partly located in front of the hip where the bursa is. You will have a severe, acute anterior (nearer the front) hip pain with an antalgic gait. Antalgia is an  unnatural position or movement assumed by someone to minimize or alleviate pain or discomfort. For example, you may have your hip flexed and externally (outward) rotated to relieve pain. You may also have pain radiating down the anterior (front) aspect of the leg. This is due to pressure on the neighboring femoral nerve.

Cause

These anterior bursitises are possibly due to hip flexor (muscles that help you move your leg and knee up towards your body) tightness along with repetitive activity.

 

  1. Ischial Bursitis

The ischial bursa are located under the hamstring and the base of the pelvis. You may have pain  referral down the back of the leg mimicking sciatica.  Interestingly, you may notice that pressing the foot down on the brake pedal (or gas pedal) of a car may relieve the pain! In the younger athletic patient, speed work (sprinting) may cause this bursitis due to excessive hamstring contraction (use).

Cause

Ischial bursitis can be caused by a direct traumatic blow to the bursa. Also, it often occurs after sitting for long periods of time on hard surfaces (benchwarmer’s bursitis) or during horseback riding. Chronic hamstring strains and occasionally prolonged standing may also cause irritation to this bursae.

Padding such as a small inflatable pillow for sitting may help.  

 

Dr. Meiri adjusts the patient's hip

Treatment at Meiri Chiropractic for Bursitis: 3 in your Hip a Chiropractor Can Help 

 

Treatment focuses on restoring normal mobility to the hip joint and pelvis. These treatments at Meiri Chiropractic include:

-Chiropractic manipulative therapy to the hip joint, pelvis and associated regions. 

-Gentle myofascial release and/or post isometric relaxation techniques to the soft tissues involved.

-Electric Muscle Stimulation, Ice and Heat Therapies for pain relief and inflammation reduction.

 

Finally, recommendations for prevention of further injury at the pelvis, hip and thigh.  This involves a routine of stretching and warming up prior to activity.

 

Getting regular chiropractic care from a North Palm Beach hip pain chiropractor can give relief naturally from an already existing injury, or even offer injury prevention. Chiropractic is a holistic and natural way to treat existing injuries and to keep your body in its best working condition.

Contact Meiri Chiropractic today at 561-253-8984 on Bursitis: 3 in your  Hip a Chiropractor Can Help or/and other ailments.

 

References:

Thomas Bergman, David Peterson, Chiropractic Technique Principles and Procedures, 3rd edition, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your wrist is made up of eight small bones (carpal bones) plus two long bones in your forearm — the radius and the ulna. Your wrist functions as the link between the hand and the forearm. In your wrist, a tendon functions to move the bone. A ligament is a fibrous connective tissue that attaches bone to bone. There are no tendon attachments that function at the wrist. Tendons cross the wrist to insert into the hand, fingers, and thumb. And there are ligaments holding and stabilizing your wrist bones in place.

Problems affecting muscles that originate off the elbow and forearm may show up as pain at your wrist. Wrist conditions are often the result of trauma, overuse, and arthritis.

In athletes, positions that strain muscles repetitively are likely to cause an insidious (gradual) onset. Ultimately, this may lead to tendonitis. Tendonitis is inflammation or irritation of a tendon. Weight lifting, gymnastics, rowing, and racquetball are examples. Overuse with typing is a common problem. You may be a professional musician or be in assembly line movement patterns at work.

Below are conditions causing Wrist Pain: 5 Tendonitises a Chiropractor Can Help With.

de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

You will have radial (thumb side) wrist pain. It may happen after forceful gripping activities with ulnar deviation (bending the wrist to the little finger) or repetitive use of the wrist or thumb.

Cause:

A synovial tendon sheath surrounds your wrist tendon. This is a lubricated layer of tissue in which the tendon is housed and through which it moves. And stenosing tenosynovitis is inflammation of a tendon and its synovial sheath.  With de quervain’s tenosynovitis, two thumb muscles, the abductor pollicis longus (APL) and extensor pollicis brevis (EPB) tendons  at your wrist become stenosed.

 

Intersection Syndrome

You will have pain and crepitus (“creaky” joints) 2 inches above the wrist on the dorsoradial (back side, above thumb) aspect. This is usually after repeated wrist flexion (bending palm down) and extension (raising back of hand) movements with occupational or sports activities.

Cause:

An inflammatory response and possible bursitis occurs at the crossing of two groups of tendons: the abductor pollicis longus (APL) and extensor pollicis brevis (EPB) tendons crossing over the top of the wrist.  Bursae are fluid filled pads that act as cushions at the joints. Bursitis is inflammation of bursae. This occurs most often at joints that perform frequent repetitive motion. Intersection syndrome is more common in canoeists, weight lifters, and recreational tennis players.

 

Other Tendinopathies of the wrist:

 

Extensor pollicis longus (EPL)tendinitis/tendinosis

This muscle arises dorsolaterally (back or upper surface) from the middle part of the ulna (long forearm bone closest to fifth finger) and ends at the distal (tip) of the thumb. The EPL extends the thumb (moves the thumb  away from the hand and parallel to the palm). This tendonitis is seen in drummers, athletes involved in racquet sports, and patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

 

Extensor indices proprius (EIP) syndrome and extensor digiti minimi (EDM) tendinitis/tendinosis

The Extensor indices proprius (EIP) is a narrow, elongated muscle in the deep layer of the dorsal (back of ) forearm. Its tendon goes to the index finger, which it extends (bends backward).

The  extensor digiti minimi (EDM) is also a narrow muscle which originates in the lateral humerus (elbow area) and attaches to your 5th digit (5th finger). The EDM is a two joint muscle. It acts as an extensor in both joints. The EDM extends the wrist and the little finger.  This means it moves the back of the hand toward the back of the forearm and straightens the little finger from a fist.

 

Extensor carpi ulnaris tendonitis/tendonosis

This muscle originates in the lateral humerus (elbow area). And it inserts into the 5th metacarpal (5th bone in palm of hand).  The extensor carpi ulnaris serves to extend and adduct the hand (moving a hand toward the body) at the wrist.  It is a relatively common tenonitis found in occupations or sports requiring repetitive wrist movement.  Examples include racquet sports, rowing, golf, and baseball.

 

 

Chiropractic Treatment/Management of Wrist Tendonitises

 

In the acute phase, ice and rest from the causative activity are essential. Myofascial release techniques to the indicated muscles are effective. Chiropractic adjustments and mobilization to the wrist and associated areas give relief. Home-care advice includes icing, rest, wrist bracing, elevation and rehabilitation exercises. A positive outcome with a complete resolution of your wrist pain should be forthcoming.

Getting regular chiropractic care from a North Palm Beach wrist pain chiropractor can give relief naturally from an already existing injury, or even offer injury prevention. Chiropractic is a holistic and natural way to treat existing injuries and to keep your body in its best working condition.

Contact Meiri Chiropractic today at 561-253-8984 on Wrist Pain: 5 Tendonitises a Chiropractor Can Help With or/and other ailments.

 

References:

Thomas Bergman, David Peterson, Chiropractic Technique Principles and Procedures, 3rd edition, 2011

 

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This post is about 4 Causes of Elbow Pain a Chiropractor Can Help With. As the link between the shoulder and the wrist/hand, your elbows are challenged with repetitive activities. These overuse mechanisms account for the majority of elbow pain. In particular for instance in throwing sports and in activities requiring the use of an arm extension device such as a bat, racquet, or club. So the pivot is at the elbow and your forearm acts as the lever arm. These devices increase the medial (toward the center) stress across the elbow by increasing the length of the lever arm.

 

Additionally, you may also have a fall.  And as with the rest of the upper extremity (arm), the elbow becomes weight bearing during the fall.  An axial (racquet) force (load is applied to the structure along the length) is applied acutely during this fall to your elbow. Furthermore, this can happen chronically with gymnastic maneuvers and even with some chiropractors due to adjusting maneuvers!

 

1. Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)

Lateral epicondylitis causes lateral (outer or same side as thumb) elbow pain associated with a repetitive sport or occupational activity. Repetitive movements requiring forceful wrist extension (movement of raising the back of the hand), radial deviation (bending the wrist to the thumb), and supination (rotation of the forearm) are the most common causes. Although it is associated with tennis, other sports and occupational activities are also possible causes. Butchers, plumbers, and weavers are examples of those who may be affected. With tennis, novice players with poor backhand technique account for many cases. With professional players, the forehand or serving may be the cause. Obviously, the more frequently an individual plays, the higher the risk of developing tennis elbow. Although, lateral epicondylitis is called tennis elbow, it also occurs in computer keyboardists, carpenters, and golfers.

Cause:

The currently accepted theory is that initially there is tearing of the extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB) muscle origin (attachment). This process may extend to the extensor digitorum communis (EDC) or the extensor carpi radialis longus (ECRL) muscles. These muscles in conjunction with the other muscles and tendons in your forearm help move your wrist and hand. The histologic (seen by microscope) description of the change in tissue is called angiofibroblastic hyperplasia. Angiofibroblastic hyperplasia or angiofibroblastic tendinosis describes the pathologic (disease cause) alterations seen in the tissue of tendonitis (inflammation of tendon).

Radiographs (xrays) may demonstrate calcification in as many as 25% of patients with lateral epicondylitis.

 

2. Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)

Medial Epicondylitis causes medial (inner) elbow pain following a repetitive activity such as golfing, hammering or use of a screwdriver. In athletes, the inciting activity usually involves wrist flexion (moving wrist down so palm faces arm) and pronation (rotatory movement of elbow where palm faces down). Examples of these include in serving and overhead and forehand strokes in various sports. Obviously, golfing (“golfer’s elbow”) or throwing may also cause symptoms. You may also feel pain or weakness on gripping.

Cause:

Medial epicondylitis is a tendinopathy of the origin of the wrist flexors and pronator teres muscles in your forearm. In chronic cases, an elbow flexion contracture may occur, leading to restrictions of movement (eg. extension). An ulnar neuropathy (compression of ulnar nerve at elbow) may coexist with medial epicondylitis. Radiographs (xrays) may reveal calcifications in close proximity to the medial epicondyle in 20% to 30% of patients with epicondylitis.

 

3. Triceps Tendinitis (Posterior Tennis Elbow)

The triceps is a large muscle on the back of your upper limb. Triceps tendinitis causes pain at the tip of the elbow after a repetitive extension activity or a single event involving forceful elbow extension.

Cause:

Strain of the triceps insertion on the olecranon (bony prominence of the elbow) is usually due to common athletic endeavors performed by boxers, weight lifters, pitchers, and occasionally tennis players.

 

4. Posterior Impingement Syndrome

Posterior Impingement Syndrome usually occurs in an athlete and especially on quick extension of the elbow.  You will have a sharp posterior (back of) elbow pain. Similarly, popping or clicking may occur with extension.  Your elbow may occasionally lock.

Cause:

Firstly, repetitive extension leads to compression between the olecranon trochlea and olecranon fossa (1 of 3 joints of elbow). Secondly, this may simply cause a reactive synovitis. So the synovium is connective tissue that lines the inside of the joint capsule. Thirdly, synovitis  (synovial inflammation) is when the synovium of a joint becomes inflamed (swollen). Lastly, it may progress to degeneration and the production of osteophytes (bone spurs) or loose bodies.

Dr. Meiri adjusts the elbow

Elbow Pain Treatment at Meiri Chiropractic in North Palm Beach

 

In the acute phase, ice and rest from the causative activity are essential. Myofascial release techniques are effective. Furthermore, Chiropractic adjustments, manipulation, and mobilization to the elbow and associated areas give relief.

 

A recently published study compared manipulation of the wrist with a second protocol of ultrasound, friction massage, and muscle stretching and strengthening for the management of lateral epicondylitis. Success was better for chiropractic manipulation of the wrist compared to the traditional physical therapy of ultrasound, massage, and muscle stretching/strengthening approach.

 

Getting regular chiropractic care from a North Palm Beach elbow pain chiropractor can help relieve pain naturally from an already existing injury, or even offer injury prevention. Chiropractic is a holistic and natural way to not only treat existing injuries, but to keep your body in its best working condition.

Contact Meiri Chiropractic today on the 4 causes of elbow pain a chiropractor can help with or/and other ailments.

 

References:

Thomas Bergman, David Peterson, Chiropractic Technique Principles and Procedures, 3rd edition, 2011

 

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From Dr. Natalie Meiri’s Clinical Pearl Stories:

Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children 

This was a 10 year old female patient with a chief complaint of pain and parethesia (pins and needles) in her thoracic spine (mid back). Additionally, this child had ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). She was brought for chiropractic care to address her subjective signs (acting out, inability to follow instructions, and poor home and school performance). To be HIPAA compliant, I will call this patient Bella instead of her real name. 

Bella’s History

Bella’s thoracic (mid back) complaint had come on 1 year ago insidiously (gradually without trauma).  Adopted at 3 years old, she had been malnourished as a baby at the orphanage. Bella wasn’t growing or developing as normal children do.  She was smaller physically and was a few years behind in school. Her mother and brother were both treating patients of mine. Bella’s mother thought she would benefit from chiropractic adjustments as well. Her mom knew Chiropractic adjustments get the nervous system functioning at its optimum. Your nervous system controls all other body systems. Originating from your brain, it controls your movements, thoughts and automatic responses to situations around you. And it also controls other processes, such as digestion, breathing and sexual development (puberty). 

Bella’s psychologist said she was “borderline autistic”, but definitely had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).   Methylphenidate (Ritalin) was recommended. This drug is the primary medical approach to ADHD.  Unfortunately, common side effects are a decrease in appetite, increased pulse and blood pressure, nervousness, mood lability, growth retardation and sleep disturbance.  Bella’s parents were against Ritalin and opted for CAM (complementary alternative medicines), chiropractic and other therapies. Other therapies consisted of behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy (psychotherapy), and family counseling. 

Bellas Examination

Upon examination, Bella tested positive for her neuromusculoskeletal mid back pain condition.  Moreover, even though Bella felt parethesia (pins and needles) in her thoracic spine from time to time there were no findings in the exam.

Bella’s Treatment and Outcome

Originally, Bella’s mother was afraid Bella might become violent or aggressive in the office toward me.  She didn’t like doctors and showed aggression at times.  In contrast, Bella really enjoyed her chiropractic visits.  Bella was cooperative and well behaved in my office.

Firstly, Bella’s treatments included chiropractic adjustment/ manipulation to her thoracic spine and associated regions.  Associated regions were cervical (neck) and lumbar (low back) spine. Moreover, because of the ADHD, cranial adjustments/manipulation was performed.  Secondly, soft tissue therapy (myofascial release, pressure point and various post isometric relaxation procedures) was rendered as necessary.   Thirdly, exercises for stretching, strengthening, and better posture were recommended.  Lastly, Bella had a homeopathic consultation to help reduce healing time, minimize her pain naturally, and promote wellness.

Bella’s mid back complaint improved with regular chiropractic visits within a few weeks. Similarly, after 1 year of treatment, subjective improvements were noted in episodes of acting out, ability to follow instructions, and general home and school performance.

A year later, I saw Bella skateboarding with her friends.  She told me that day, “I’m growing!” She had gone through a huge growth spurt.

(ADHD) Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder:

 ADHD has various suspected causes. These include inheritability, family environment, culture, lead poisoning, fetal anoxia (loss of oxygen), maternal smoking or use of alcohol, and many others. Although there is little debate about the existence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), there are grave concerns about the overlap between normal childhood activity (especially in boys) and the diagnostic criteria for ADHD.  The resulting misdiagnoses could lead to a subsequent inappropriate prescription of medication. In one report, the proportion of children taking medication for ADHD is as high as 10% in second through fifth grades and 20% in fifth graders.

 

Firstly, some symptoms of ADHD are a decrease in attention span, hyperactivity, and poor impulse control that spans across developmental norms and situations. Secondly, in those who do truly have ADHD there appears to be a processing and detection dysfunction in the brain. Thirdly, even blood flow defects and dopamine (neurotransmitter) imbalances have been found as a cause.  Lastly, ADHD is associated with comorbid (simultaneously present) conditions such as dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Thus, the diagnosis can overlap with findings in patients with other conditions. Therefore, it would seem important to aid in the parental need to obtain a valid diagnosis without reliance only on meeting symptom criteria. This would include an evaluation of diet, exercise, home environment, and the “child’s self-appreciation/ esteem”.

 

There is not enough research on chiropractic’s effectiveness on ADHD at this time.  However, there are many case studies reporting children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These show the effectiveness of chiropractic care.

 

Dr. Natalie Meiri

Your North Palm Beach chiropractor can adjust your spine, putting everything back in place. Realigning your spine alleviates pressure off your nerves and helps your body function at its best!

Are you looking for the best chiropractor in North Palm Beach?

Dr. Natalie Meiri can definitely help you.  Find out more about Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children . Call 561-253-8984 today for an appointment.

References:

Thomas Bergman, David Peterson, Chiropractic Technique Principles and Procedures, 3rd edition, 2011

 

If you have neck pain due to your cervical facet joints, chiropractic care can help you! We’ve got some great information to share below.

What is a cervical facet joint?

The facet joints are on either side of the back of each vertebra in the cervical part of the spine (neck). The vertebral bodies make up the bony building blocks of the spinal column. There are two facet joints at each level of the vertebral column (spinal column). Facet joints provide stability to the spinal column while allowing movement. Encased with capsules the synovial fluid within protects and lubricates the facet joints.

Symptoms of a Facet Joint(s) /Referral Pain

You will often report a minor (e.g., sudden turning of the head) to moderate to severe (e.g. fall) traumatic onset of neck and arm pain. In addition, your neck pain may have an onset that is insidious (came on gradually) with no recent trauma. You may have pain down your outer arm to the hand. The arm and hand pain do not often fit a specific dermatome.  The dermatome refers to a focused area of skin that is mainly supplied by a single spinal nerve.  In contrast, facet joint referral will be diffuse pain.

Causes of Facet Joint /Referral Pain in the neck

So irritation of the facet joints is the cause. The facet joints become inflamed and may cause pain, soreness and stiffness. The most common location of referral pain is down the outer arm to the hand. This location often implicates segmentally related facet joints of C5-C7 vertebrae. Similarly, your deep cervical (neck) muscles may also be spasmed and be a contributing factor.

 

Firstly, when arm complaints accompany neck pain, it is essential to make the determination of whether nerve root irritation or a referred phenomenon from the facet joints and muscles is the source. For instance, upon examination, you may demonstrate no objectifiable neurologic deficit or findings in the arm(s). Nevertheless, numbness/tingling or weakness maybe part of your complaint.

 

Secondly, neck and arm complaints also require a consideration of the  brachial plexus (network of nerves in the shoulder) or peripheral nerve (nerves residing outside your brain and spinal cord) involvement.  Therefore, a thorough evaluation is important to come up with an accurate diagnosis.

Your North Palm Beach Chiropractor will perform a thorough examination of the neck and upper extremity (arms and hands). Additionally, radiographic (x-ray) evaluation may be performed at our office to detect any foraminal encroachment (nerve root impingement seen on x-ray) to rule this out.

 

Dr. Natalie Meiri adjusts a patient

If you have Neck and Arm Pain Due to Facet Joint Referral and Chiropractic Care is your choice, we can help you!

Whether the complaint is local to the neck or referred to the arm, many studies (1) state that facet joint pain accounts for many of these patient’s conditions. With facet joint pain, many patients obtain relief from chiropractic treatment/ procedures.

Dr. Natalie Meiri will examine you and come up with a treatment plan to get you better! For neck pain due to facet Joint referral chiropractic adjustments of the neck is the treatment of choice.

Our other therapies, such as soft tissue techniques, therapeutic exercise, electric muscle stimulation, ice/ heat therapies and homeopathic consultations, will also provide relief. Through regular chiropractic visits, you can get pain relief and improve your health without drugs or surgery.

Call our office which serves North Palm Beach, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens and West Palm Beach at 561-253-8984 to make an appointment or to find out more on Neck and Arm Pain Due to Facet Joint Referral and Chiropractic Care.

 

References

1) Bogduk N. The anatomical basis for spinal pain syndromes.

Conference proceedings of the Chiropractic Centennial

Foundation. Presented at the Chiropractic Centennial;

July 6-8,1995; Washington, DC.

 

 

 

Back to Health with Correct Ergonomics and Chiropractic Care: Part 2 is about how to make changes in your daily life for better posture and health. So posture is the way that you hold your body at any given moment, whether sitting, standing, or being active. And ergonomics is a science dedicated to studying human posture that is most healthy for our bodies.

Many patients seek chiropractic care for pain relief. However, your chiropractor should also help you decide which aggravating activities are unnecessary and must be eliminated.  This is important for prevention of rein-jury and for further future trauma.

Get started with some facts in our latest post regarding forward head posture and “text neck”.

 

  1. Forward Head Posture

Forward head posture (FHP) is a common condition where your head is positioned with your ears in front of your body’s vertical mid line. In normal or neutral head posture, your ears line up with your shoulders, mid line, hips, knees and ankles. Forward head posture can cause neck pain, stiffness, an unbalanced gait, and other side effects.

 

Forward head posture (FHP) occurs when a person is leaning their head forward. This causes an out of neutral alignment with their spine. Your head weighs about 10–14 pounds (lb) in a neutral spine position but increases in weight as it leans forward. 

 

For example, a common cause of forward head posture is due to reading. Students, or other readers, ordinarily place a book on a flat surface, bending the head and neck forward to read. This requires that the posterior (rear) neck muscles maintain sustained contraction in order to bear the heavy weight of the head against gravity.

 

Neck strain can be avoided by placing the book at eye level.  For instance on a book rack. Thus tilted at a convenient angle, the book can be read easily when the head is held erect and balanced.  This avoids neck strain/injury from this repetitive forward head posture.  Similarly, this also applies to the computer monitor.  It should be brought up to eye level.   

  1. “Text Neck”

This is a term developed which describes the posture formed by leaning forward for prolonged periods.  Text Neck is acquired while viewing a cell phone, reading and texting.  This causes stress injuries. Moreover, this incorrect posture often results in cervical and shoulder pain, headaches and thoracic hyperkyphosis.  Similarly, holding your head in one position (toward your shoulder) with your cellphone/smartphone held by your shoulder and head so you are hands free can cause neck pain and injury.

A solution is a headset. This is beneficial to anyone who spends a significant amount of time talking or listening on the telephone. Preferably, to avoid twisting stresses when looking toward an object or toward another person, one should turn the entire body and not just the head.  For instance, when a person types from copy, it is important to place the copy at eye level and as near as possible to the center of the line of vision.

 

  1. Your chiropractor is your partner in your healthcare.

    At Meiri Chiropractic in North Palm Beach, we’ll work with you to get the relief and health you need through chiropractic care. Together, we can be on the lookout for life and work situations where you experience pain in relation with poor posture. Pain is our body’s way of warning us of problems, so don’t ignore it. Shape up your life! Check your posture today.📞Contact Meiri Chiropractic today at 561-253-8984 to make an appointment or to learn more about Back to Health with Correct Ergonomics and Chiropractic Care: Part 2.

Dr. Natalie Meiri

Back to Health with Correct Ergonomics and Chiropractic Care: Part 1 is about how to make changes in your daily life for better posture and health. So posture is the way that you hold your body at any given moment, whether sitting, standing, or being active. And ergonomics is a science dedicated to studying human posture that is the most healthy for our bodies.

Many patients seek chiropractic care for pain relief, but your chiropractor should also help you decide which aggravating activities are unnecessary and must be eliminated.  This is important for prevention of rein-jury and for further future trauma. Get started with some facts in our latest post.

 

1. Vary your task each day so as not to cause overuse or do repetitive injury.

   For instance, don’t paint your house for hours or iron for hours at a stretch. Especially, don’t combine too many jobs that involve      standing and stooping as they place a heavy load on the low back muscles. To achieve variety of movement, you will have to scramble your work.

 

2. Slow your working pace to a speed no faster than your body will tolerate.

Don’t fatigue your body. Learn to pay attention to the warning signs of pain and discomfort. Some people characteristically make rapid, jerky, movements. These poorly coordinated movements are likely to initiate unnecessary stress. Similarly, these movements may simply make you trip and fall. Slower, smoother, better coordinated movements can be learned (using appropriate exercises and equipment). Moreover, these should become habitual.

 

3. Cultivate a rhythm of movement.

So for example, when gardening or washing your car, do it as if you were dancing. Try listening to music. This discourages prolonged fixed positions. Furthermore, pauses encourage new blood and “fresh fuel” to go to different working areas of your body.

 

4. Frequently take short rests.

After every hour or less of a task or activity, rest. Try to lie down for a couple of minutes, if only on the floor or reclining chair. Your neck and back will relax fully in this supported horizontal position.

 

5. Don’t sit too long in one position.

When watching TV, at a movie, or in the theater, move around in your seat. At intervals, turn your head from side-to-side and rotate your shoulder blades. When you drive far, pull off the road every hour and walk around your car two or three times. That doesn’t take long! Periodic movement is needed in order for ligaments, cartilage, intervertebral discs, and muscles to be nourished. Neuromusculoskeletal structures respond poorly to being in one position for a prolonged period.

 

  1. Your chiropractor is your partner in your healthcare. At Meiri Chiropractic in North Palm Beach, we’ll work with you to get the relief and health you need through chiropractic care. Together, we can be on the lookout for life and work situations where you experience pain in relation with poor posture. Pain is our body’s way of warning us of problems, so don’t ignore it. Shape up your life! Check your posture today.📞Contact Meiri Chiropractic today at 561-253-8984 to make an appointment or to learn more about Back to Health with Correct Ergonomics and Chiropractic Care: Part 1.

 

 

Dr Meiri adjusts a patient

Have you made your new year’s resolutions yet? If you have, some may involve getting back in shape or loosing weight. After all, have you felt the physical effects of getting older?  You can’t indulge in ice cream and french fries as you used to.  The gray hairs show up and you need glasses to read.  You’re not as stress resistant and you can’t bounce back from a bad nights sleep.  When on your feet, you feel the fluid collect in your feet.   Perhaps it’s your hormones that are causing your moodiness or the weight gain. Moreover, the loss of function may bother you most.

 

Read on about new year’s resolutions for aging gracefully at a chiropractic care center.

 

Your Muscles

 

Since metabolism slows as you age, you may accumulate more fat and lose muscle.  Some causes are eating empty calories such as sugar, flour and overly processed foods.  The solution is to save and build your muscle mass as you age by eating right and exercising.

 

Exercise for at least 30 minutes, 5 days per week.  A balance of cardio and strengthening is important.  Walking, swimming, bicycling, and weight bearing/ resistance training exercises are good.  Firstly, increasing your muscle mass from strength training keeps the metabolism going.  This will help your body burn fat.  Secondly, strength training exercises will help your bone density.  Lastly, strength training opposes the hormonal and metabolic changes that could lead to osteoporosis. 

 

Many studies have found that  physically active people live longer than inactive people.  It’s never too late to gain this mortality benefit.  Even if you’re seventy and you’ve never exercised, it’s never too late.  And even if you’re overweight, it’s better to be obese and active than obese and inactive. 

 

Instead of empty calories, eat the following:  5-10 cups of vegetables per day.  Minimize refined carbohydrates.  Avoid sugar and processed foods.  Reduce unnecessary inflammation by avoiding most foods you might not tolerate such as gluten and dairy.  Eat wild caught fish, minimize red meat and use olive oil. Eat more homemade meals.  Studies have found that eating out frequently increases the risk of diabetes and obesity.

Your Hormones

 

Your hormones change for the worse as you age causing fat deposits, hair loss and heart disease.  Also, your thyroid gland doesn’t function like it used to and you may gain a few pounds a year. By correcting and providing proper eating, sleep, exercise and detoxifying, you may reverse hormone problems associated with aging.

 

Your Nervous System/ Brain

 

As you age, your nerve cells lose speed and flexibility. You might start forgetting more and remembering less.  You will need antioxidants (like vitamins A, C, and E) to counter the oxidative stress of aging. Eating right and supplementing with a multivitamin everyday will help. 

Moreover, your gut is important for the health of your nervous system. Eat probiotic-rich foods such as kefir, yogurt, kimchi, kombucha and miso at least twice a week. Problems with your gut may lead to anxiety ad depression among other things. You may crave sugary foods if the bacteria in your gut are out of balance.

 

Stimulate your brain to learn new things.  Relax and find peace through meditation and prayer.  Sleep at least 7 to 8 hours a night and nap if you are still tired.  Sleep is necessary for your body to remove waste and plaque that may cause Alzheimer’s disease. Exposure to toxins is important for staying younger. So avoid toxic environmental agents that may hurt you such as pollution, mold, pesticides, cleaning products etc. 

 

Finally, this is where your chiropractic adjustment comes in. Getting regular adjustments to get your body aligned keeps your nervous system/ brain functioning at it’s optimum.

 

As I mentioned previously, it’s never too late.  It may take some time to see results and a buddy to encourage you along the way. Remember, slow and steady wins the race. And aging gracefully is something everyone can attain.

 

Contact your North Palm Beach Chiropractor at 561-253-8984 today to make an appointment or to learn more about New Year’s Resolutions for Aging Gracefully at a Chiropractic Care Center for your whole family!