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What is the best sleeping position?

I have worked successfully on many frozen shoulders. I don’t do hard, forceful and panful manipulation. I work with quickness and finesse. I try to minimize pain. The amount of success depends on the cause of the condition, how long it has been there, how contentious the individual is with following advice and type of previous treatment. I usually recommend a combination of dynamic range of motion and contrast therapy which is Ice followed by wet heat (wet towel, shower or jacuzzi). Chiropractic, Physical Therapy and Massage are helpful.

How do you stretch your lats?

I don’t like hard forceful stretching. I am more in favor of dynamic range of motion stretching. All the range of motion of the shoulder and upper back are important.

Can you move your elbow if it's dislocated?

The evaluation and assessment of a Dislocation is an emergency issue and should be seen in an Urgent care or ER. Follow up can be done in an office setting.

What is the fastest way to get rid of a frozen shoulder?

I have worked successfully on many frozen shoulders. The amount of success depends on the cause of the condition, how long it has been there, how contentious the individual is with following advice, and type of previous treatment. I usually recommend a combination of dynamic range of motion and contrast therapy, which is ice followed by wet heat (wet towel, shower or jacuzzi). Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, and Massage are helpful.

Is heat or cold better for frozen shoulder?

I have worked successfully on many frozen shoulders. The amount of success depends on the cause of the condition, how long it has been there, how contentious the individual is with following advice and type of previous treatment. I usually recommend a combination of dynamic range of motion and contrast therapy, which is ice followed by wet heat (wet towel, shower or jacuzzi). Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, and Massage are helpful.

Can you pop your sacroiliac joint?

Nobody should crack their own joints. The vertebrae of the spine should move in conjunction with each other. If one is moving too little the others adapt and move extra. If you “crack” your own joints or any other part of the body you will make the problem worse. The cracking may give temporary relief due to the release of endorphins, but that is not beneficial. It is an art to manipulate the joints and individuals who practice manipulation have to be carefully trained

How does a chiropractor adjust your SI joint?

The vertebrae of the spine which includes the SI joint should move in conjunction with each other. If one is moving too little the others adapt and move extra. If you “crack” joints or any other part of the body improperly you will make the problem worse. The cracking may give temporary relief due to the release of endorphins, but that is not beneficial. It is an art to manipulate the joints and individuals who practice manipulation have to be carefully trained.

How do you crack your upper back and neck?

Nobody should crack their own neck. The vertebrae of the spine should move in conjunction with each other. If one is moving too little the others adapt and move extra. If you “crack” your own neck or any other part of the spine you will make the problem worse. The cracking may give temporary relief due to the release of endorphins, but that is not beneficial to the spine. It is an art and individuals who practice manipulation have to be carefully train.

Can a chiropractor help tight back muscles?

This sounds on the surface like an easy question to answer, but in fact it is the most difficult to answer. Simple answer is Doctor’s of Chiropractic are daily helping individuals with tight back muscles. However, the process of evaluating any condition begins with the consultation. When did the problem start? What was the initiating incident that caused the problem? Was there any prior problems with the area of complaint including adjacent areas? In most cases, there are additional questions. Then begins the examination, which includes palpation, range of motion, orthopedic tests, and possible imaging tests. All of these go into determining the diagnosis, need for additional evaluations, need for treatment and establishing a treatment plan. Finally, evaluating effects of the treatments. This is a simplified statement of what need to be done for any condition and then how long it takes to receive results will become apparent.

Is sleeping on your side bad for your shoulders?

I haven’t Examined you so I have to answer this question generically. Every individual is different and function differently. Also what do you mean by the term “bad”. Are you referring to Degeneration or arthritis as an example? Therefore examination is important. However my advise is that when sleeping find a position that doesn’t irritate your shoulders. Options are back, stomach or either side. Use of pillows or folded up blankets may help modify your position to advantage. Also raising or lowering the head of the bed or your knee may modify for your benefit. As much as possible stay out of positions that aggravate. However get an appropriate Examination.

What should you not do with a herniated disc?

This sound on the surface like an easy question to answer, but in fact it is the most difficult to answer. Simple answer is Doctor’s of Chiropractic are daily helping individuals with herniated disc and that anything that aggravates the condition should be stopped or eliminated. Then discussed with an appropriate professional. If the Disc is truly herniated it needs to be evaluated. However the process of evaluating any condition begins with the consultation. When did the problem start? What was the initiating incident that caused the problem? Was there in prior problems with the area of complaint including adjacent areas? In most cases there are additional questions. Then begins the examination which includes palpation, range of motion, orthopedic tests and possible imaging tests. All of these go into determining the diagnosis, need for additional evaluations, need for treatment and establishing a treatment plan. Finally evaluating effects of the treatments. This is a simplified statement of what need to be done for any condition and then now long it takes to receive results will become apparent.

Can a chiropractor diagnose a pinched nerve?

The answer is yes! However “Pinched nerve” is a term mostly used improperly. If the nerve is actually pinched it is a serious problem and potentially surgical. This has to be ascertained and referred for further evaluations. The term “pinched nerve” is commonly used for conditions better identified as aggravated or irritated nerves. This condition is treated successfully by Doctors of Chiropractic worldwide. An evaluation is necessary to differentiate and determine the treatment Protocol and this is what Doctors of Chiropractic due in the practices daily.

Should I stretch after a chiropractic adjustment?

Yes! Stretching before, after and daily. I don’t particularly like hard, forceful stretching, especially if it causes pain. I mainly recommend regular movement stretching. This means going through the stretch without force or pain. Movement lubricates all the tissues.

How long do chiropractic hip adjustments last?

This sound on the surface like an easy question to answer, but in fact it is the most difficult to answer. First most people when they say hip problems and then point to their body the point to the Sacroiliac. However the simple answer is Doctor’s of Chiropractic are daily helping individuals with hip and or sacroiliac problems. However the process of evaluating any condition begins with the consultation. When did the problem start? What was the initiating incident that caused the problem? Was there in prior problems with the area of complaint including adjacent areas? In most cases there are additional questions. Then begins the examination which includes palpation, range of motion, orthopedic tests and possible imaging tests. All of these go into determining the diagnosis, need for additional evaluations, need for treatment and establishing a treatment plan. Finally evaluating effects of the treatments. This is a simplified statement of what needs to be done for any condition and then now long it takes to receive results will become apparent.

How do I know if I have sciatica or hip pain?

First most people when they say hip problems and then point to their body they point to the Sacroiliac. However the simple answer is Doctor’s of Chiropractic are daily helping individuals with hip and or sacroiliac problems. Sciatica is a term used for pain going down the leg in a certain pattern. The issue is what is causing the leg pain. However the process of evaluating any condition begins with the consultation. When did the problem start? What was the initiating incident that caused the problem? Was there in prior problems with the area of complaint including adjacent areas? In most cases there are additional questions. Then begins the examination which includes palpation, range of motion, orthopedic tests and possible imaging tests. All of these go into determining the diagnosis, need for additional evaluations, need for treatment and establishing a treatment plan. Finally evaluating effects of the treatments. This is a simplified statement of what needs to be done for any condition and then now long it takes to receive results will become apparent.

Can a chiropractor adjust a child's rib pain?

First, I am very conservative with adjusting children. What my adjustment would be better described as is mobilization. I have treated children of all ages for years. Next is what is causing the rib pain. This is a very important question and only a professional can answer this question with an examination. To find a local Doctor of Chiropractic, I combine the State Association, Findatopdoc, and Google.

Can chiropractors adjust feet?

Feet? This sound on the surface like an easy question to answer and the answer is YES! However in fact it is difficult to answer. The process of evaluating any condition begins with the consultation. When did the problem start? What was the initiating incident that caused the problem? Was there in prior problems with the area of complaint including adjacent areas? With the feet we must lok at the knees, hips pelvis and low back. In most cases there are additional questions. Then begins the examination which includes palpation, range of motion, orthopedic tests and possible imaging tests. All of these go into determining the diagnosis, need for additional evaluations, need for treatment and establishing a treatment plan. Finally evaluating effects of the treatments. This is a simplified statement of what need to be done for any condition and then now long it takes to receive results will become apparent.

Is it good to get adjusted by a chiropractor?

Age is not a good judge of what is needed. It is more important to look at wear and tear. Have you had accidents, falls, injuries what kind of work you do, What activities do you do at home and/or played contact sports. This needs to be evaluated. If an individual is injured I start them on 2 to three times a week and then as the progress start reducing them on frequency until I release them on the own recognizance. Some people like coming in for treatment periodically.

Why does my head hurt after chiropractic?

Have you talked to your Doctor of Chiropractic about this reaction you are having? That is first thing to do and it is pertinent that underlying causes be ruled out. However, it may be something simple. I encourage my patients to talk to me so that I can get the best results. I can then modify my procedure as needed.

Is it normal to hurt more after seeing a chiropractor?

Have you talked to your Doctor of Chiropractic about this reaction you are having? That is first thing to do and it is pertinent that underlying causes be ruled out. However, it may be something simple. I encourage my patients to talk to me so that I can get the best results. I can then modify my procedure as needed.

How do you know if your body is out of alignment?

I don’t like the term “alignment.” In my opinion, treating the spine is about function. Everybody’s spine is different and responds differently. The goal is to make the spine work well within its own structural parameters. Stretching, exercises, posture, habits, and activities of daily living can make a difference. It is important to get help from a licensed professional. Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) are trained to diagnose and treat all the areas of the neuromuscular skeletal system and can assist in developing a program for your individual needs.

Should I see a chiropractor for neck pain?

A large percent of patients who go to Chiropractic are there for neck pain. This sound on the surface like an easy question to answer, but in fact it is the most difficult to answer. The process of evaluating any condition begins with the consultation. When did the problem start? What was the initiating incident that caused the problem? Was there in prior problems with the area of complaint including adjacent areas? With the neck this means the shoulders, upper and mid back. In most cases there are additional questions. Then begins the examination which includes palpation, range of motion, orthopedic tests and possible imaging tests. All of these go into determining the diagnosis, need for additional evaluations, need for treatment and establishing a treatment plan. Finally evaluating effects of the treatments. This is a simplified statement of what need to be done for any condition and then now long it takes to receive results will become apparent.

Is it too late to fix your posture?

Postural condition that needs to be evaluated if there is a history of trauma or disease and these should be evaluated. Otherwise posture is changing your life style. Quick can be obtained only if recent. Maintenance requires work over time. Posture is very important sitting and standing. One method is to put your back to the wall and go into military posture, stomach in, shoulders back and head touching with chin tucked. In my opinion treating the spine is about function. Everybody’s spine is different and responds differently. The goal is to make the spine work well within its own structural parameters. Stretching, exercises, posture, habits and activities of daily living can make a difference. 

How do I stop forward slouching?

Slouching is Posture. A postural condition that needs to be evaluated if there is a history of trauma or disease and these should be evaluated. Otherwise posture is changing your life style. Quick can be obtained only if recent. Maintenance requires work over time. Posture is very important sitting and standing. One method is to put your back to the wall and go into military posture, stomach in, shoulders back and head touching with chin tucked. In my opinion treating the spine is about function. Everybody’s spine is different and responds differently. The goal is to make the spine work well within its own structural parameters. Stretching, exercises, posture, habits and activities of daily living can make a difference.

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