The fact is Chiropractors receive training to treat all people, from babies to the elderly.  And many children have benefited from chiropractic care, including babies. Moreover, Chiropractic care is among the most common complementary and integrative health care practices used by children in the United States (US National Center for Health Statistics Report, 2015) and internationally.

So children with musculoskeletal conditions often seek chiropractic treatment.  However, in the case of infants, infantile colic is one of the more common chief complaints at the chiropractic office. Furthermore, many parents have proclaimed success with colic or in getting their babies to sleep better after getting them chiropractic care.

In a 2011 study on chiropractic care for infants with colic, the authors summarized 26 articles (clinical trials, studies, case reports, literature reviews/commentaries).  In conclusion, the study stated chiropractic offers a safe and effective alternative treatment approach for the child with infantile colic.

What is Infantile Colic?

 

Firstly, within the first few weeks after birth infantile colic is a common condition.

 

Secondly, your infant may cry for 3 hours a day, for more than 3 days a week, and for a minimum of 3 weeks. The recurrent episodes of prolonged and uncontrollable crying and irritability seem to be of unknown cause. And your infant is otherwise healthy.

 

Thirdly, one theory is the cause is probably gastrointestinal. The colic seems to occur after feeding and with an increased amount of flatulence.

 

Fourthly, another theory is that infantile colic is due to an immature nervous system that overreacts to normal negative or positive changes in the environment.  For instance, stimuli such as hunger, gas, fatigue, music, voices and even handling could cause an overreaction.  Next, this overreaction would lead to infantile colic.

 

Treatment of Infantile Colic

 

The medical management of colic is primarily with conventional drugs. However, drugs can have harmful side effects. And it appears drugs are not as effective for infantile colic.  

 

Numerous studies from Denmark indicated that chiropractic manipulation is effective at improving or resolving infantile colic. The most recent study compared manipulation to conventional drugs as a treatment strategy. Generally, improvement in the manipulation group was a 2 1/2-hour reduction in crying time compared with a 1-hour reduction in the drug group at 1 week.

 

A study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (3) crying behavior in the infants receiving chiropractic care reduced approximately 50% (1.5 hours less per day) over the 10 day period compared to the infant group not receiving chiropractic care. After 10 days, the excessively crying infants receiving chiropractic care were almost 12 times less likely to cry compared to the infants not receiving care.

Dr. Natalie Meiri

 

Chiropractic Care for Infantile Colic

 

Children have the same joints that adults do, but not fully formed yet.  They are still developing and adjustments get the spine back in alignment to keep the body balanced and to prevent further problems. Also, Kids joints are still more cartilaginous than truly bony, so the adjustments have to be a little bit faster but with less force. This is due to the increased flexibility within the joint and the smaller surface area targeted. 

 

Dr. Natalie Meiri delivers fast adjustments that are low intensity (low force) and low amplitude (low displacement).  She also has helped babies and kids utilizing soft tissue techniques, cranial sacral therapy, and homeopathy. She has treated babies with infantile colic, ear infections, kids with ADHD, autism, scoliosis, sports injuries and various growing problems.  Contact her at 561-253-8984 for further information on Chiropractic Care for Infantile Colic or to make an appointment.

 

 

 

References:

 

  1. Alcantara et al. (2011) Explore
  2. Klougart N, Nilsson N,lacobsenJ. Infantile colic treated by chiropractors: a prospective study of 316 cases.] Manipulative Physiol The1~ 1989;12:281-288. Nilsson N. Infantile colic and chiropractic. Eur J Chiro.1985;33 : 264-265.
  3. Miller et al. (2012) Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

 

 

This post is about Spinal Canal Stenosis and Claudication: A West Palm Beach Chiropractor Can Provide Relief. Symptoms include neck/back and arm/leg pain. Your pain can be unilateral (one sided) or bilateral (both sided).  Moreover, you may complain of the onset of leg complaints with walking and relief after resting 15 to 20 minutes or by maintaining a flexed (bent forward) posture. If you have Spinal Canal Stenosis and Claudication, Chiropractic can provide relief! We’ve got some great information to share below.

What is Spinal Canal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of spaces in the spine (neck and back bone), which causes pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerves. This pressure can be caused by bony or soft tissue encroachment (intrusion).

Furthermore, stenosis may be central, lateral (mid line or to the side) or at multiple levels in your spine. In other words, the signs and symptoms vary widely depending on where the pressure occurs. For example, for leg complaints to occur, it is usually true that there are multiple levels of stenosis.

 

Congenital (present from birth) Causes

The vertebrae are a series of small bones forming the spine. Your vertebrae have several projections for articulation and muscle attachment, and a hole (spinal canal) through which the spinal cord passes.

Congenitally a trefoil shape (cloverleaf  appearance) spinal canal leads to central canal and lateral stenosis.

Congenital pedicogenic stenosis is due to anatomically short pedicles  (bony processes lying on either side of a vertebral body).

 

Acquired (developed or originating after birth) Stenosis

Acquired stenosis is due to bony outgrowths from osteoarthritis (degenerative wear and tear arthritis).  Specifically, it occurs at the pedicles, the facets (small joints located between and behind adjacent vertebrae), and/or the laminae (flattened or arched part of the vertebral arch, forming the roof of the spinal canal).

Degenerative spondylolisthesis is also a cause of acquired spinal canal stenosis. Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which a vertebra (bone) in the spine moves forward out of the proper position onto the bone below it.

Lastly, a hypertrophied and/or calcified ligamentum flavum may cause acquired spinal canal stenosis.  The ligamentum flavum is a thick ligament which goes from vertebra to vertebra in the back most part of the spinal canal. It can lose strength and elasticity, causing it to thicken and buckle towards the spinal column. Next this leads to deposition of Ca+2  (calcium) in the ligament. Calcification of the ligament causes hypertrophy (enlargement of an organ/tissue from the increase in size of its cells). And the hypertrophy causes  spinal stenosis.

 

What is Claudication?

Claudication is pain in the legs or arms that occurs while using the arms or legs due to little blood flow to those areas. For instance cramping leg pain that occurs with walking and is relieved with rest is likely a form of claudication in the lumbar (lower back) spine. There is a distinction between vascular and neurogenic claudication.

Neurogenic claudication is secondary (due) to spinal stenosis.  In other words, neurogenic claudication is usually caused by spinal stenosis in the lumbar spine (lower back). Compression of nerves and/or the blood supply to nerves causes leg symptoms that are related to exertion. You will often have associated low back pain or radiation into the legs. Imaging such as X-ray or M.R.I. (magnetic resonance image) is utilized for diagnosis of spinal canal stenosis along with your examination.

Vascular claudication involves stenosis (narrowing) of peripheral (vessels away from chest/abdomen) blood vessels compromising the blood supply to muscles. Spinal stenosis is not a cause for vascular claudication. Atherosclerotic blockage is most commonly a cause. Risk factors include smoking, diabetes, hypertension, and hypercholestorolemia. Continuous-wave Doppler test is commonly used in diagnosis.

Dr. Natalie Meiri

 

West Palm Beach Chiropractic Treatment for Spinal Canal Stenosis

A detailed examination is necessary to determine the treatment. Subsequently, the type of adjusting techniques to be applied to the various joints must be assessed. In addition to joint manipulation and adjustment to the joints, we use soft tissue procedures, hot and cold modalities, stretching exercises, rehabilitation exercises, and homeopathic consultations.

 

At Meiri Chiropractic in West Palm Beach we spend the time necessary to examine, diagnose and treat every neuromusculoskeletal condition and various ailments you have. Through regular chiropractic visits, you can get pain relief and improve function. Chiropractic is a holistic and natural way to not only treat existing conditions, but to keep your body in its best working condition.  Meiri Chiropractic has been offering effective chiropractic care in Palm Beach county since 2006.  Many of our patient reviews note our excellence.  Call us today at 561-253-8984 in West Palm Beach to make an appointment or to find out more about Spinal Canal Stenosis and Claudication : A West Palm Beach Chiropractor Can Provide Relief.

 

 

This post is about Dizziness and Vertigo: A West Palm Beach Chiropractic Center Can Help.  You may feel the room is spinning?  You may feel motion imbalance or a lack of coordination while walking? Moreover, you may have lightheadedness or presyncope (sensation of almost fainting)? At a West palm beach chiropractic center, the most frequently seen cases are those associated with motor vehicle cervical(neck) spine/head injuries and in the elderly. Dizziness may be one of the top three symptoms reported after acceleration/ deceleration (whiplash) injury to the neck.

Anatomy and Physiology

Your balance and spatial orientation are maintained by an integrated neuronal (relating to nerve cells) feedback loop. Feedback loops are circuits that return output as input to a given system.

 

The components of the related systems for balance and spatial orientation:

 

(1) The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and brain that process the sensory information involved with controlling balance and eye movements.

(2) The visual system constructs a mental representation of the world around us. It includes both the eyes and the brain.

(3) The proprioceptive system is guided by receptors in the body (skin, muscles, joints) that connect with the brain through the nervous system. Proprioception is your body’s ability to sense movement, action, and location.

So a slow adaptation by your nervous system can be made to compensate when input from any of the above components (systems) is dysfunctional.

 

Dizziness and Vertigo in Younger Adults and Older Adults (Elders/Seniors)

At a Dizziness and Balance Clinic for patients over age 65, the distribution of cause for dizziness was the following:

-32 %, due to benign paroxysmal positioning vertigo

-22 % was due to either fear of falling or disuse equilibrium (state of physical balance)

-13 % was due to vestibular (chamber of inner ear) loss

All other causes accounted each for 5% or less of cases. Additionally, the elderly population, in particular, is more prone to the vertiginous (causing vertigo) effects of medications and the lack of compensation by another system.  In contrast, a younger person may have this ability to compensate through one of the other systems for balance.

In other words, if one is dysfunctional, the nervous system may accommodate through input and adaptation from the other systems. However, in the elderly, there may be a general deterioration of all neural (relating to nerves) systems. And perhaps complicated by other diseases such as diabetes or atherosclerosis, in elderly, the adaption is made less effective and dizziness more disabling.

 

Cervical (neck) Spine and Dizziness/Vertigo

It is unclear how many cases are due to neck proprioceptors versus the vestibular apparatus or vascular supply to the head and neck. Nevertheless, proprioceptive information from the upper cervical musculature and joints do play a major role in your perception of balance. The high density of receptors in the spine may have effects on these reflexes for balance. Also, if there is damage to the vestibular apparatus, these spinal reflexes may help compensate.

 

Firstly, cervicogenic vertigo is a result of cervical joint dysfunction, muscle strain, or injury from trauma such as a whiplash-like accident. Over-stimulation from joint dysfunction, muscle spasm or damage to the upper cervical proprioceptors can result in an imbalance of proprioceptive information. Secondly, the basic science support for this comes from numerous studies that have shown ataxia (lack of voluntary coordination of muscle movements), nystagmus (fast, uncontrollable movements of the eyes), and/or dysequilibrium (sensation of being off-balance) with strained muscles or upper cervical nerve roots. Thirdly, vibration of muscle tendons or the head can create a “postural illusion” leading to nystagmus and motion sickness.

 

Lastly, there is an overlap between cervicogenic (spinal) vertigo and other peripheral (not central nervous system) vestibular vertigos such as Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BBPV) and Meniere’s disease. And for Meniere’s disease, Chiropractors help treat the symptoms of vertigo naturally.

 

Dr. Natalie Meiri adjusts the neck of a patient

 
West Palm Beach Chiropractic Treatment for Dizziness/Vertigo

 

  • Chiropractic Manipulative therapy
  • Habituation exercises/therapy (exercises which aim to strengthen the vestibular system)
  • Epley Canalith repositioning maneuver- (non-invasive treatment for the most common cause of vertigo, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). Epley Maneuver is a type of maneuver that helps to clear the debris that is settling in the ear. 
  • Diet/lifestyle changes

 

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

 

In West Palm Beach, Meiri Chiropractic has given hope to patients with dizziness/vertigo and many other ailments.  This has 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 dizziness or vertigo, call our chiropractic care center at 561-253-8984 to make an appointment or ask about Dizziness and Vertigo: A West Palm Beach Chiropractic Center Can Help.

 

 

 

There is a common misconception that chiropractors are just spine doctors.  However, from the very beginning, chiropractic adjustments have been delivered to the nonspinal joints as well. The nonspinal joints include the temporamandibular (TMJ), shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle and foot. For example, D.D. Palmer, the founder of the chiropractic profession described his treatment of the feet in 1910. In fact, applying manual procedures to the peripheral (nonspinal) joints is taught in all accredited chiropractic programs.

In this post, we explain about Reflex-triggered functional syndromes and Chiropractic Extremity Adjustments in West Palm Beach.

Extremity Joints and the Lever-Hinge

The extremity joints are lever-hinge complexes.  Firstly, muscles and bones act together to form levers. Secondly, a lever is a rigid rod (usually a length of bone) that turns about a pivot (usually a joint). Thirdly, levers can be used so that a small force can move a much bigger force. This is called mechanical advantage. Lastly, in your body, bones act as lever arms, joints act as pivots, and muscles provide the effort forces to move loads. For instance, to bend your arm, a lever complex is utilized.  The pivot is at the elbow and the forearm acts as the lever arm. Next, the biceps muscle provides the effort (force) and bends the forearm against the weight of the forearm and any weight that the hand might be holding.

 

How does this lever hinge complex affect your body?

 

Biomechanical problems are characterized by joint pain, and/or swelling and paresthesia (pins and needles). Moreover, these problems may be the result of trauma (sprains, strains, athletic injuries, or work injuries). Also, they maybe the result of repetitive activities and postures (carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, or foot pronation).  And the mechanical principles that determine what functions the body can perform are the same, regardless of the activity.  These activities could be an athletic, recreational, occupational, or everyday task.

 

Loss of function involving the muscles, ligaments, and joints of the extremities can significantly reduce the quality or the ease of performing many important activities related to personal care, livelihood, and recreation. The joint, its ligamentous structures, and its capsule form the hinge for the bony lever. So this “hinge” moves about when a force from the muscles is provided. Accordingly, proper joint function depends on the integrity of the soft tissues and the alignment of the bony joint surfaces. 

 

When your extremity joints translate forces into motion (bend your arm), this can also amplify forces negatively to the neuromusculoskeletal (NMS) system of the whole body. Therefore, we need the extremity joints to be functioning properly. For the chiropractor, the reason for treating peripheral/extremity joints includes correction of  the biomechanical (the application of mechanical laws to living structures) problems and reflex-triggered functional syndromes.

 

Reflex-triggered functional syndromes

 

Reflex-triggered functional syndromes occur through distortions affecting the kinetic chain.  The Kinetic chain describes how forces occur during human motion and how segments of the body are linked together.

The distortions such as mechanical deficiencies (short leg) or muscular insufficiencies or deformities (i.e., valgus/ “knock-knee”or varus/ “bow leg” result in reflex-triggered functional syndromes.  In conclusion, these problems present as clinical findings associated with specific areas of the body, but the major dysfunctions are located somewhere else.

For example, you may have acute or recurrent low back pain that appears to be localized to the sacroiliac joints (joint between the sacrum and the ilium bones of the pelvis). Nevertheless, treatment to the sacroiliac joints is ineffective. On further examination, a dysfunctional metatarsal (long bone in foot) joint is found that disturbs normal proprioceptive (sense of self-movement, force, and body position) function, leading to sacroiliac changes.  Another example would be having pain in the thoracic spine (mid back) stemming from dysfunction in the glenohumeral (shoulder) joint.

 
Treatment of Reflex-triggered Functional Syndromes and Extremity joints at Meiri Chiropractic in West Palm Beach

 

As is the case with the spine, a detailed examination is necessary to determine the treatment. Subsequently, the type of procedures to be applied to the extremity joints must be assessed. In addition to joint manipulation and adjustment to the peripheral joints, at Meiri Chiropractic, we use soft tissue procedures, hot and cold modalities, stretching exercises, rehabilitation exercises, and homeopathic consultations.

 

At Meiri Chiropractic in West Palm Beach we spend the time necessary to examine, diagnose and treat every neuromusculoskeletal condition and various ailments you have. Through regular chiropractic visits, you can get pain relief and improve function. Chiropractic is a holistic and natural way to not only treat existing conditions, but to keep your body in its best working condition.  Meiri Chiropractic has been offering effective chiropractic care in Palm Beach county since 2006.  Many of our patient reviews note our excellence.  Call us today at 561-253-8984 in West Palm Beach to make an appointment or to find out more about.

 

 

 

Year after year, we find ourselves making New Year’s resolutions. One of the more popular resolutions is to get in shape. However, February rolls around and this is a real challenge.  In other words, motivation may be a factor for many people.  In addition, pain often gets in the way of their fitness goals. Moreover, your resolution to regular exercise can easily be derailed by nagging ailments and injuries. So are you looking for a natural way to enhance your athletic performance and health in the new year? Chiropractic care may offer a simple solution.

 

The Chiropractic Adjustment and the Stages of Care

 

Today, chiropractic is practiced throughout the world. The profession is the third-largest physician-level independent health profession in the Western world (12). The chiropractic manipulative therapy called an “adjustment,” is scientifically proven to heal many neurological and musculoskeletal conditions.

 

The chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure applying a gentle yet firm thrust, typically delivered in the direction of reduced joint motion to restore normal motion and alignment. In addition, Chiropractors also advise and instruct on posture, stretching, exercise, rehabilitation, nutrition, hydration, and stress management as part of their holistic care plan.

 

The stages of Chiropractic Care include:

 

  1. Initial Intensive Care which starts your healing and stops the pain.

 

  1. Corrective care is to complete the healing and protect against re-injury now that your pain is gone.

 

  1. Wellness Care is for the health conscious who demand optimum performance and body function. In conclusion, while chiropractors treat musculoskeletal injuries, degenerative arthritis/disease, and many other acute and chronic ailments, chiropractors are holistic doctors. Chiropractors focus primarily on healthy living (wellness) and optimization (helping a patient get the best outcome from their body). Certainly, enhancing the sports/athletic performance of the patient falls into this stage.

 

Sports Performance and Injury Prevention

Chiropractors are well-represented on healthcare teams serving professional, collegiate, high school, and recreational athletes national and across the globe.  They assist in management of athletic performance and treatment of sports injuries. All NFL teams and most professional sports teams have doctors of chiropractic as part of the medical staff.

 

Strength Changes after a spinal adjustment

In a study performed with elite Tae Kwon Do athletes,137 researchers found an 8% increase in strength after a single chiropractic adjustment session. The changes in strength in this study were also thought to be due to an increase in cortical drive. (The brain is able to influence muscle movement more effectively). The researchers concluded that spinal adjustments in this group resulted in increased strength and cortical drive and appeared to prevent fatigue. The strength findings lasted for 30 minutes and the cortical drive increase persisted for at least 60 minutes.

Christiansen et al. (2017) Journal of Chiropractic Education

 

Strength changes of the lower limb have been documented following spinal adjustments. In a group of college students, one single session of spinal adjustments increased the strength of their leg muscle by 16%. The authors suggested that the changes in strength they observed after chiropractic adjustments is likely due to changes in cortical drive.

Niazi et al. (2015) Experimental Brain Research

 

In a randomized controlled trial performed with elite Judo athletes, researchers tested their grip strength after three sessions of cervical chiropractic adjustments. After the first session their grip strength increased by an average of 10% across both hands, this increased to 14% after the second and third sessions. No significant changes were observed in the sham group.

Botelho (2012) Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

 

Other studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments can improve brain reaction times and “joint position sense” of both the upper and lower limbs. Essentially, there is increased ability of the brain to process sensory information faster and more accurately. This results in an enhanced awareness of the position and movement of the athlete’s arms and legs. Applying this to the athlete, chiropractic care enhances performance, and helps prevent injuries.  

 

Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions With Chiropractic at Meiri Chiropractic in West Palm Beach

 

At Meiri Chiropractic we spend the time necessary to examine, diagnose and treat every neuromusculoskeletal condition and various ailments you have.  Chiropractic is a holistic and natural way to not only treat existing conditions, but to keep your body in its best working condition.  We have been offering effective chiropractic care in Palm Beach county since 2006.  Many of our patient reviews note our excellence.  Call us today in West Palm Beach at 561-253-8984 to make an appointment. Indeed, you can achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions With Chiropractic.

 

References:

12 National Board of Chiropractic Examiners: About Chiropractic (2017, July) Retrieved from http://www.nbce.org/about/about_chiropractic/

 

 

 

Have you finished your holiday shopping? Are the cards out– electronic or paper? Gifts mailed or delivered? Cookies baked?  Is the tree up yet? Ready for the upcoming family get-together? Are you dreading the long drive or plane ride?

’Tis the season of excess joy — and balancing a hectic personal life with your professional life can be overwhelming. The good news is, you’re not alone.

Take charge and set limits so you can devote your time and energy to the things that matter most to you. Start with the basics.

– Get Enough sleep: Between 7-8 hours is recommended per night

– Fuel your body right: Eat a balanced diet that is high in vegetables and proteins. This will help your body be strong.

– Prepare your meals ahead of time.

– Exercise at least thirty minutes a day. 

-Get adjusted at Meiri Chiropractic.

-Take time to recharge and challenge your spirit and mind: Change your patterns, build something fun, read something new, play a game, start a journal, change your exercise routine.

-Appreciate the blessings in your life such as your health, your friends and family, business associates and neighbors.

-Slow down and do the things that help you enjoy the season.

 

My gift to you this season is “The 12 Days of Christmas Services Rendered by Dr. Meiri.” Please sing or hum to the tune of “The 12 Days of Christmas” as you read the lyrics below!

On the first day of Christmas, Dr. Meiri rendered for me:

A spinal adjustment at the new office in West Palm Beach. 

On the second day of Christmas, Dr. Meiri rendered for me:

Two electric muscle stimulation therapies, and a spinal adjustment at the new office in West Palm Beach.

On the third day of Christmas, Dr. Meiri rendered for me:

Three ice, heat and biofreeze therapies, two electric muscle stimulation therapies, and a spinal adjustment at the new office in West Palm Beach. 

On the fourth day of Christmas Dr. Meiri, rendered for me:

Four different soft tissue techniques, three ice, heat and biofreeze therapies, two electric muscle stimulation therapies, and a spinal adjustment at the new office in West Palm Beach. 

On the fifth day of Christmas, Dr. Meiri rendered for me:

Five supplements and nutritional recommendations, four different soft tissue techniques, three ice, heat and biofreeze therapies, two electric muscle stimulation therapies, and a spinal adjustment at the new office in West Palm Beach. 

On the sixth day of Christmas, Dr. Meiri rendered for me:

Six Post Isometric Relaxation procedures, Five supplements and nutritional recommendations, four different soft tissue techniques, three ice, heat and biofreeze therapies, two electric muscle stimulation therapies, and a spinal adjustment at the new office in West Palm Beach. 

On the seventh day of Christmas, Dr. Meiri rendered for me:

Seven homeopathic consultations, six Post Isometric Relaxation procedures, Five supplements and nutritional recommendations, four different soft tissue techniques, three ice, heat and biofreeze therapies, two electric muscle stimulation therapies, and a spinal adjustment at the new office in West Palm Beach. 

On the eighth day of Christmas, Dr. Meiri rendered for me:

Recommendation for Eight hours of sleep, Seven homeopathic consultations, six Post Isometric Relaxation procedures, Five supplements and nutritional recommendations, four different soft tissue techniques, three ice, heat and biofreeze therapies, two electric muscle stimulation therapies, and a spinal adjustment at the new office in West Palm Beach. 

On the ninth day of Christmas, Dr. Meiri rendered for me:

Nine visits for acute care, Recommendation for eight hours of sleep, Seven homeopathic consultations, six Post Isometric Relaxation procedures, Five supplements and nutritional recommendations, four different soft tissue techniques, three ice, heat and biofreeze therapies, two electric muscle stimulation therapies, and a spinal adjustment at the new office in West Palm Beach. 

On the tenth day of Christmas, Dr Meiri rendered for me:

Ten reps of therapeutic stretche(s) prescription, Nine visits for acute care, Recommendation for Eight hours of sleep, Seven homeopathic consultations, six Post Isometric Relaxation procedures, Five supplements and nutritional recommendations, four different soft tissue techniques, three ice, heat and biofreeze therapies, two electric muscle stimulation therapies, and a spinal adjustment at the new office in West Palm Beach. 

On the eleventh day of Christmas, Dr Meiri rendered for me:

Eleven different extremity adjustments including shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle, thumb, rib, T.M.J., foot, and hand, Ten reps of therapeutic stretche(s) prescription, Nine visits for acute care, Recommendation for Eight hours of sleep, Seven homeopathic consultations, six Post Isometric Relaxation procedures, Five supplements and nutritional recommendations, four different soft tissue techniques, three ice, heat and biofreeze therapies, two electric muscle stimulation therapies, and a spinal adjustment at the new office in West Palm Beach. 

On the twelfth day of Christmas, Dr Meiri rendered for me:

Twelve “thank you notes!” for twelve referred patients, Eleven different extremity adjustments including shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle, thumb, rib, T.M.J., foot, and hand, Ten reps of therapeutic stretche(s) prescription, Nine visits for acute care, Recommendation for eight hours of sleep, Seven homeopathic consultations, six Post Isometric Relaxation procedures, Five supplements and nutritional recommendations, four different soft tissue techniques, three ice, heat and biofreeze therapies, two electric muscle stimulation therapies, and a spinal adjustment at the new office in West Palm Beach.

So Remember Meiri Chiropractic has gift certificates for purchase if you are still in need of gift ideas.

Firstly, conventional medical drugs offer temporary alleviation of most musculoskeletal symptoms, while covering up the underlying causes and potential cure of these conditions. Only covering up the symptoms of these conditions with drugs instead of treating them, can worsen the problem and/or possibly lead to needing surgery. Secondly, Chiropractic treats the root cause, decreasing stiffness, inflammation and pain. Thirdly, Chiropractic can offer real and lasting cures to get rid of neuromusculoskeletal pain by improving function naturally without drugs or surgery.  Lastly, regular Chiropractic care offers numerous benefits to continued wellness and helps cure many ailments.

Furthermore, if you are concerned about a loved one’s use of opioids for pain, chiropractic and homeopathy would be an amazing gift to give.  In one study, Patients with spinal pain who saw a chiropractor had half the risk of filling an opioid prescription. Among those who saw a chiropractor within 30 days of diagnosis, the reduction in risk was greater as compared with those with their first visit after the acute phase (1).

Moreover, spending time and money on you and your family’s health and wellness is truly a great investment. Everyone needs encouragement to improve their bodies and minds.  So whether you’re a long-term customer or a first-time potential patient, chiropractic care is an amazing way to keep your body pain-free during the holidays and start the new year right!

Are you ready to “hum” along pain free during the holidays and with better health to start the new year? Call Meiri Chiropractic in West Palm Beach at 561-253-8984 today to make an appointment.

 

References:

1. Impact of Chiropractic Care on Use of Prescription Opioids in Patients with Spinal Pain

James M Whedon  1 Andrew W J Toler  1 Louis A Kazal  2 Serena Bezdjian  1 Justin M Goehl  2 Jay Greenstein  3

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Dr. Natalie Meiri is pleased to announce the new location of Meiri Chiropractic in West Palm Beach, Florida. It is conveniently located in Mizner Place on the corner of 45th street and I95 in West Palm Beach! We value you as a patient and hope you will come to our new office for all your chiropractic care needs.

This office will still provide state of the art equipment and plenty of parking.  I am still in private practice and haven’t joined a group. Other than our change of location, nothing about our practice will change. Dr. Natalie Meiri will continue to serve as the practice’s sole owner & chiropractor, and continue to provide all services, one-on-one with patients.

Our office will continue to provide the best care possible and accept the same insurance plans.

Through regular chiropractic visits, you can get pain relief and improve your health without drugs or surgery! 

At Meiri Chiropractic we spend the time necessary to examine, diagnose and treat every neuromusculoskeletal condition and various ailments you have. 

Truly, Chiropractic is a holistic and natural way to not only treat existing conditions, but to keep your body in its best working condition.  And we have been offering effective chiropractic care in Palm Beach county since 2006. 

Treatment services include:

  • Chiropractic Manipulative Treatment- “hands on” care for your  joints, including Diversified, Flexion-Distraction, Thompson Terminal Point, Sacro-Occipital, and Motion Palpation Techniques
  • Soft Tissue Techniques- active and passive therapy for your muscles and connective tissue, including Myofascial Release, Pressure Point, and Post Isometric Relaxation Techniques
  • Therapeutic Exercise- for stretching, strengthening, stabilization and posture correction
  • Electric Muscle Stimulation, Ice and Heat Therapies- for pain relief and inflammation reduction
  • As your Chiropractic Wellness Doctor, Dr. Natalie Meiri offers Homeopathic consultations for overall wellness.  Homeopathy can be used beneficially in conjunction with Chiropractic.   Homeopathic recommendations and prescriptions also help patients reduce healing time and minimize their pain naturally.

 

We will continue to treat patients with a wide variety of conditions including but not limited to:

* Neck and Back Pain                                                                                  *Hip, knee, leg, ankle, and/or foot pain 

*Shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist and/or hand pain  

* Tension Headaches                                                                                  *Carpal tunnel, other neuropathies

* Migraine Headaches                                                                                *Arthritis and Joint Pain                     

* Sciatica                                                                                                        *Disc Herniations             

*Muscle Strain                                                                                              *Sports, dance and work injuries          

*Auto Injuries                                                                                               *Jaw and TMJ  pain

*Scoliosis                                                                                                       *Rotator Cuff Injury

* Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia Syndrome (F.M.S.)                           *Digestive System problems

*Posture/Balance Problems                                                                      *Pregnancy related problems

* Kids’/babiesear-aches/ infections and “growing pain”, bed-wetting, sleep issues, colic/ irritable baby syndrome, behavior and/or concentration issues

* Stress, anxiety, and/or insomnia                                                            * Premenstrual, menstrual or menopausal symptoms 

* Help with asthma and/or breathing problems                                    *Vertigo 

 

                     *Wellness is a wonderful benefit of regular chiropractic care!

                   

Firstly, change can be difficult, but we will make the transition as smooth as possible for you.

 

Secondly, many patients have already started care at the new office in West Palm Beach and referred their friends and family.

 

Thirdly, as always, I will be there to help.  I have included all the details regarding our new location and address  below. The phone number, website, and email remains the same. 

 

Fourthly, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or drop by the office.  As I have been for 17 years,  I am by appointment during the hours of 9-5 Mon-Fri and now Sat 9-12 (extending our office hours).

 

Lastly, it is always a pleasure working with you and I look forward to seeing you at our new location!

 

Blessings,

Natalie Meiri, D.C.

Meiri Chiropractic

 
New Office Location in Mizner Place:

5601 Corporate Way, Ste 102

West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Same Phone Number: 561-253-8984

website: www.meirichiro.com

email: doctor@meirichiro.com

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sat 9 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tinnitus is relatively common. Mostly, you will complain of “ringing” in the ears.  However, there are numerous sounds besides “ringing” that are considered tinnitus. Furthermore, there are many causes as to why it happens: vascular, ototoxicity (drug induced), cochlear (inner ear), small muscle spasms (close proximity to the ear), temporomandibular (jaw) joint or cervicogenic (neck).

 

Causes

 

Firstly, tinnitus is a symptom and not a disease. It could be in one or both ears. It is a symptom of a disease or dysfunction in your ear, the auditory (sense of hearing) nerve connecting your inner ear to your brain and/or the parts of your brain that process sound. And tinnitus could simply be due to ear cerumen (wax) impaction, a side effect of medications or due to a more serious problem.

 

Secondly, tinnitus could be caused by hearing loss.  An example is noise-induced hearing loss due to exposure to environmental noise such as machinery, loud music, or earphones.  So along with the hearing loss, you may develop tinnitus from the damage induced to the inner ear. Moreover, tinnitus is sometimes the first sign of presbycusis (hearing loss in older people). Also, otosclerosis is a condition in which there’s abnormal bone growth inside the ear causing hearing loss. Otosclerosis happens in young people and causes hearing loss along with tinnitus.

 

Thirdly, otitis media (ear infections) may cause tinnitus.  Similarly, repeated ear infections can cause scar tissue in the middle ear. This scarring can cause irritation of the nerve endings and cause tinnitus as well as hearing loss.

 

Fourthly, tinnitus can be due to an endocrine (e.g. hormonal) problem, vascular (e.g. heart/cardiac murmur) problem, or a tumor (e.g. acoustic tumor).

 

Fifthly, tinnitus could be due to trauma to the head, ear or neck (e.g. whiplash).

 

Dr. Natalie Meiri adjusts the neck of a patient

 

Tinnitus and Neck Pain: the Various Causes and How Chiropractic Can Help

 

First, the theory is joint dysfunction may produce reflex muscle spasm or alter input to the vestibular nuclei (nerve complex) in the hindbrain. The vestibular nuclei  function in the maintenance of equilibrium and posture, the perception of head position and acceleration, as well as general muscle tone. Second, the chiropractic approach is to reduce muscle spasm and free restricted movement through manipulation/adjustments. Third, a connection to tinnitus may be the relationship of the trigeminal nerve (5th cranial nerve) to the ear and the upper cervical (neck) spinal segments. Research supports a positive effect with cervical adjusting alone or in combination with vertigo exercises to correct this.

 

Tinnitus Due to Whiplash or Vertebrogenic (spinal) Vertigo

 

If the tinnitus is post-whiplash (acceleration/deceleration injury to the neck) or associated with other indicators of vertebrogenic (spinal) vertigo, chiropractic manipulative treatment may be helpful. Vertigo is the sensation that you, or the environment around you, is moving or spinning. 

 

Frequently, there is an overlap between cervicogenic (spinal) vertigo and other peripheral (not central nervous system) vestibular vertigos such as Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BBPV) and Meniere’s disease. There is research reporting on chiropractic manipulative treatment as an effective alternative treatment for patients with tinnitus. For Meniere’s disease, Chiropractors help treat the symptoms of vertigo and tinnitus naturally.

 

Meiri Chiropractic serving West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens and North Palm Beach offers excellent chiropractic treatment for Tinnitus. Call us in West Palm Beach at 561-253-8984 to schedule an appointment or to find out more about Tinnitus and Neck Pain: the Various Causes and How Chiropractic Can Help.

 

 

 

This post is about Mid Back Pain Due to Scheuermann’s Disease: a Chiropractic Care Center Can Help.  Symptoms include mid back pain, fatigue, and kyphosis. So Kyphosis is a spinal disorder in which an excessive curve of the spine results in an abnormal rounding of the upper back.  Scheuermann’s disease happens in male or female adolescents (teenagers 13 to 17 years old).   If you have pain due to Scheuermann’s disease, chiropractic care may be your best choice for relief! 

 

What is Scheuermann’s Disease?

Firstly, the cause of Scheuermann’s disease has been studied and discussed for years. However, scientists don’t know exactly why some kids get it, but Scheuermann’s disease does run in families. 

 

Secondly, Scheuermann’s disease is NOT an osteochondrosis. Osteochondrosis (called avascular necrosis in adults) is a term used to describe disorders that affect the growing skeleton in children and adolescents.  These disorders can be from abnormal growth or overuse of the developing growth plate and surrounding ossification centers (site of earliest bone formation).  The disruption of blood flow to the joints is often the cause.

 

Thirdly, Scheuermann’s disease is believed to be the result of vertebral (spinal bones) growth plate trauma.  It occurs during the adolescent period with interruption or cessation (stopping) of further growth. Scheuermann’s is a structural problem/deformity and not caused by a functional problem (e.g. poor habitual posture).

 

Fourthly, Scheuermann’s affects the mid thoracic (middle of mid back) region 75% of the time. And the thoracolumbar (transition zone between thoracic and lumbar spine) region is affected 25% of the time. Furthermore, findings include a mild scoliosis. There is also a unique type found in female gymnasts and adolescents performing heavy weight lifting.  This is called atypical Scheuermann’s (type II) disease or “apprentice kyphosis.”

 

How is Scheuermann’s Disease diagnosed?

 

Scheuermann’s is diagnosed with an examination and x-rays. On x-ray there may be a wedging of vertebrae. In addition, schmorl’s nodes and limbus bones may be evident on imaging (e.g x-ray). Schmorl’s nodes are a common spinal disc extrusion in which the soft tissue of the intervertebral disc (fibrocartilage joint between 2 vertebral spinal bones) bulges out vertically into the adjacent vertebrae. Similarly, the limbus bone typically occurs anteriorly (front) due to a disc particle extruding.  It maybe be seen as a bone deformity on x-ray.  This is all produced as a consequence of an injury in an adolescent spine.

 

Mid Back Pain Due to Scheuermann’s Disease: a Chiropractic Care Center Can Help

 

Balance is often a problem with this disease so exercises for “proprioceptive awareness” (sense of self movement) may be helpful. Moreover, postural exercises are important: hamstring stretching, stretching anterior (front) muscles, strengthening interscapular (shoulder blade) muscles, and spinal extension exercises. In addition, an attention to compensations in the cervical (neck) and lumbar (low back) spine due to the hyperkyphosis should be considered.

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 early on in life.

Many patients with mid back pain from Scheuermann’s disease find relief through chiropractic care.  The goal is to free up movement at each spinal segmental level with regular adjustments.  Then the spine is kept more flexible and the kyphosis is less likely to progress.  So Adjustments decrease the pressure on your nervous system.  And this eliminates the pain and muscle spasm.

Dr, Meiri adjusts a patient

 
Through regular visits, you can get pain relief and improve your mid 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 relief for your pain. 

In West Palm Beach, Meiri Chiropractic has given hope to patients with mid back pain and many other ailments.  This has 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 mid back pain from Scheuermann’s disease, call our chiropractic care center  at 561-253-8984 to make an appointment or ask about Mid Back Pain Due to Scheuermann’s Disease: a Chiropractic Care Center Can Help.

 

From Dr. Natalie Meiri’s Clinical Pearl Stories:

Chiropractic Care of Neck and Wrist Pain After a Car Accident


This was a 17 year old male patient with neck and right wrist pain following a  car accident.  The patient was the driver of a vehicle that was rear ended while stopped at an intersection. And he presented to our office 10 days later.  To be HIPAA compliant, I will call him Zack instead of his real name. 

Zack came to my office in a lot of pain. He had been in a low speed car accident. He relayed how his neck was “whipped back and forth”.  Moreover, his right wrist was injured when he was pushed forward into the steering wheel during the impact. Zack had been trying to brace himself on the steering wheel.

He hadn’t gone to the hospital after the car accident. But Zack’s pain started right after the car accident and got progressively worse.  Moreover, he was unable to participate in football at school and had difficulty sleeping due to the pain. Zack tried NSAIDS (e.g aspirin) and/or acetaminophen (e.g. tylenol) which helped very little.  Finally, his mother brought him to my office.

 

Zack’s Examination

Zack presented to my office with his neck forward in antalgia (away from pain) and guarding/holding his right painful wrist with his uninjured left hand. 

Upon examination, I found positive tests for sprains in his cervical spine (neck) and right wrist.  A sprain is a joint injury in which some of the fibers of a supporting ligament are torn or ruptured.  However, the continuity of the ligament (ligaments connect bones to bones within a joint) remains intact.

Zack’s thoracic spine diagnosis was a strain. Tendons connect bones to muscles. A strain is an overstretching and tearing of musculotendinous tissue (tendons connect bones to muscles).

 

Zack’s X-Rays

Firstly, Zack’s x-rays taken in my office showed a loss of cervical (neck) lordosis (straightening of normal curve) consistent with cervical myospasm (muscle spasm).

Secondly, his thoracic (mid back) x-rays showed a left convexity (abnormal curve) consistent with thoracic myospasm. 

Thirdly, Zack’s right wrist x-rays were noted as “normal” findings (e.g. no fractures found). 

I would order further imaging (e.g. MRI) if there was no improvement after 12 visits or possibly sooner if necessary.

 

 

What Happens During A Whiplash/Car Accident/Rear-end Collision?

 

Acceleration/deceleration (whiplash) injury to the cervical spine (neck) is a common mechanism of injury in patients seeking chiropractic care.  There is considerable research to indicate the “typical” phases of events following a rear-end collision.  The biomechanics of whiplash is as follows:

 

Phase OneWhen a vehicle is rear-ended, your torso (trunk of body) is forced back into the seat and at the same time moves upward. This upward movement is accompanied by straightening of the cervical spine as it is being compressed axially. Axial compression is a  type of force, especially on the vertebral column, in which the body weight falls centrally on a particular bone, causing bony impaction. The head and neck then begin to extend (tilting head backwards).

 

 Phase TwoAs the head and neck are extending, the vehicle has reached its peak acceleration. Energy stored in the seat from the backward movement of  the body into the seat may add more acceleration to the torso as a “diving board” effect. The upward (vertical) movement of the torso may allow ramping over the headrest, adding an element of extension. If the driver’s foot is taken off the brake, acceleration may be prolonged.

 

 Phase Three-Acceleration diminishes while the head and torso are thrown forward. It may be accentuated if the driver’s foot is reapplied to the brakes.

 

Phase Four-As the body moves forward, a seat belt and shoulder harness (if worn) will restrain the torso, allowing the head to decelerate forward.

 

“Global Hyperextension”

Lastly, “Global hyperextension” (excessive movement of a joint backwards) may be the most prominent injury mechanism in whiplash. In other words, in hyperextension, the joint has been forced to move beyond its normal range of motion causing the tissues around the joint to be damaged. 

 

As was the case with Zack, lowspeed rear impact injury crashes account for as much as 80% of rear impact collisions. The range of speed in these motor vehicle accidents are between 6 and 12 mph. And research indicates that patients with symptoms of whiplash injury from motor vehicle accidents respond well to chiropractic treatment!

 

Chiropractic Care of Neck and Wrist Pain After a Car Accident: Zack’s Treatment

Starting at 3 times a week and then 2-3 times a week, Zack’s treatments included chiropractic adjustments/manipulation to his neck, mid back, right wrist and associated regions.  Associated regions adjusted were his low back. Additionally, soft tissue therapy (myofascial release, pressure point and various post isometric relaxation procedures) and modalities (cold/heat therapy and electric muscle stimulation) were administered as needed. Finally, therapeutic exercises were prescribed and continued at home.

Zack’s condition improved slowly.  After a few weeks of treatment, he was able to resume some of his activities. After a few months of care he got his range of motion/function back in his neck, mid back and right wrist to fully participate on the football team again. 

 

Extremity (limbs) Chiropractic Adjustments

A common question I get asked is, ” how does a chiropractor treat arm or leg pain that’s not coming from the spine?” My answer is, “the same way a chiropractor treats the neck or back”.  At Meiri Chiropractic, we restore normal function/alignment to your spine and extremity (limbs) joints. For example, in Zack’s case, he had a sprain in two areas: neck and right wrist.  By adjusting the various joints of the spine, Zack’s neck/back healed. Similarly, with his extremity sprain, adjustments were delivered to his right wrist joints.

Chiropractic helps you heal without invasive surgical procedures or drugs. It restores mobility, functionality and overall health.

 

At Meiri Chiropractic we spend the time necessary to examine, diagnose and treat every neuromusculoskeletal condition and various ailments you have.  Chiropractic is a holistic and natural way to not only treat existing conditions, but to keep your body in its best working condition.  We have been offering effective chiropractic care in Palm Beach county since 2006.  Many of our patient reviews note our excellence.  Call us today at 561-253-8984 to make an appointment or to find out more about Chiropractic Care of Neck and Wrist Pain After a Car Accident.