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Few things are as disruptive to living as chronic back pain, yet sadly millions of Americans struggle with it daily. Even minor back pain can make everyday living harder than it should be, but larger back issues can be debilitating. Unfortunately many people feel that their only choices are to live with the pain or undergo complex surgery.
The good news is that you might be able to take a less invasive approach to conquering your back pain, even if you’re struggling with serious disc issues or severe sciatic pain. Spinal decompression is a non-invasive but effective therapy that can reduce or eliminate many problems that cause back pain. For many people, spinal decompression can offer the relief you need to heal and get back to living.
Who is a good candidate for spinal decompression? Everyone must be evaluated on a case by case basis to know if this therapy might be right for them. In general though, this method is used to help with the following issues:
Spinal decompression helps to reduce the pressure throughout your spine, allowing blood flow while relieving the pain that comes from nerve compression and disc issues. It does this by gently applying traction that changes the forces within the spine and the position of the discs. Additionally this allows oxygen and nutrient-rich fluids to get to the discs without impedance, helping them heal.
To know if this therapy is right for you, your doctor will evaluate your unique situation. They will take into account your physical problem, pain level, the therapies you’ve tried in the past and other factors before determining if spinal decompression is the best approach. While this therapy might not solve everyone’s back trouble, it is a great non-surgical treatment that helps many people improve their quality of life.
Year after year, Americans are boasting about their hardcore New Year’s resolution lists. Suddenly, it seems that everyone is going to create great wealth, clean their entire home, travel to exotic lands, develop their ideal fitness model body, and – of course – Become the epitome of health.
In a nation of highly advanced medicine, it might come as a surprise to some that Americans are generally far less healthy than individuals in other nations. This is oftentimes attributed to poor diets and sedentary lifestyles, but there are so many other factors that produce our overall state of health.
If you are looking to optimize your health in the up and coming year, look no further! The following tips will address not only diet and exercise, but also some other factors that will help you truly live your healthiest year yet:
Physical activity: Many people spend hours per day seated. Sitting for extended periods of time compromises the position of our spine, deteriorates our postures, creates muscle imbalances and slows down many physiological processes. The United States Health and Human Services Department developed a series of physical activity guidelines which help ensure optimal physical health. 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity have proven to lower one’s risk of premature death, heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer. 300 minutes per week of moderate physical activity has additional health benefits and has been proven to assist in weight control. People were meant to move at moderate levels all throughout the day, so making an effort to be more active in our daily lives has incredible health benefits in itself.
Nutrition: Our new cells are created by the foods we consume, so quality foods equal quality cells. In other words, you literally “are what you eat.” You can optimize your nutritional intake by consuming nutrient dense foods (foods that are high in vitamins, minerals and essential macronutrients while being lower in calories) and being certain to consume adequate calories as they are necessary for physiological repair.
Sleep: The Sleep Foundation conducted a thorough two-year study and discovered that adults require 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night in order to function optimally. Inadequate sleep has been proven to share a strong correlation with memory impairment, a lack of alertness, weight gain/obesity, skin aging, depression and disease such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. If quality sleep is frequently lacking in your life, there are several simple steps you can take to improve this including: implementing physical activity throughout the day, avoiding heavy meals before bed, adhering to a sleep schedule, avoiding electronics and artificial lighting before bed, avoiding caffeine/alcohol and practicing relaxation prior to calling it a night.
Stress management: One frequently underlooked aspect of health is stress and developing stress management techniques. Many individual’s hectic daily schedules are not conducive to living a relaxed lifestyle, so a great deal of people experience a consistent, low grade stress. Cortisol (the fight or flight hormone) is released when our brains perceive a threat, and the release of cortisol is meant to temporarily heighten nervous system activation. Very serious health problems can occur when these hormones are released and our nervous system is constantly elevated including: weight gain, adrenal fatigue, headaches, heart disease, diabetes, thyroid malfunction and more. If you are seriously looking to optimize your health this year, it is worth making stress management a vital component of your wellness plan. More on developing stress coping techniques can be found here.
Connecting with others: People are social creatures who provide support and energy for one another. Make lighthearted socialization and priority and you will experience heightened emotional and physical health.
The world of healthcare continues to evolve with new technology and new discoveries. Stem cells were discovered in mouse embryos over 30 years ago. This discovery added to the 1998 discovery of the same stem cells in humans. Stem cells have the ability to multiply and develop into various other cell types such as blood, heart, bone, skin, muscle, brain,and more.
Since the initial discovery, there has been extensive research on stem cells and their use to cure certain diseases. As research improves, we may soon see stem cells being used to treat Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, heart failure, cerebral palsy, heart disease, and more. New drugs have been tested on stem cells to help understand possible birth defects without ever endangering a human to these dangerous circumstances.
Adult stem cells, or somatic cells, exist in fully developed humans. The cells can remain in this non-dividing state until they are triggered by an injury or disease. Before either of these occur, the cells can be harvested to generate into all different cell types. Cells harvested from the blood, for example, can become different types of cells like cardiac or brain cells.
The second type of stem cell is embryonic stem cells. These are taken from an embryo that is between 4 and 5 days old. Typically the cells are taken from “extra” embryos created in a petri dish for in vitro fertilization. The blastocyst cells are harvested and will continue to divide and replicated allowing them to become any sort of cell in the human body.
There is some debate around stem cells and their harvest from embryonic cells. When stem cells are harvested, the fertilized egg will not have a chance to develop into a human being. But when does life begin? That’s the issue. Some call it science, some call it murder it really just depends on your own personal beliefs.
For over 20 years, Cherry Health Center strives to create the best possible treatment for our patients. We specialize in finding the best treatment option for our patients including the use of stem cells to treat certain diseases and conditions. Where other treatments have failed, Cherry Health Center can heal. For more information or to make an appointment, call 417-413-5900 or sign up online.
Chronic back pain and symptoms related to back issues can cause extreme discomfort, mobility issues and a poor quality of life. Chiropractic care is often an ideal solution to help alleviate these issues. However, if treatments fail to provide the appropriate level of relief, you might want to consider adding spinal decompression therapy.
Non-surgical spinal decompressing involves a motorized form of traction that has been shown to reduce or relieve back pain and improve other related issues. The therapy works by gently stretching the spinal region. The goal of the treatment is to change the position of the spine and take pressure off the spinal discs. These gel-like cushions between the spinal vertebrae (or bones of the spine) can become compressed creating great discomfort. Decompression therapy creates negative pressure that can cause bulging or herniated discs to retract. This removes the pressure on the spine and helps to promote healing. Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy can be used to treat the following conditions:
The decompression therapy treatment takes about 30 to 45 minutes to complete. It is conducted in the doctor’s office with the patient fully clothed. The patient lays on a computerized table either face up or face down. They are fitted with a harness around their pelvis and trunk. The harnesses work to gently pull the spine in opposite directions. The treatment specifics can be customized via computer to meet the medical needs of the patient. Several repeat visits over the course of several weeks are often required to complete the therapy. Other medical procedures might be combined with the treatment to increase the efficacy.
If you are pregnant or are suffering from a bone fracture, tumor, abdominal aortic aneurysm, severe osteoporosis or have metal spinal implants, you should not undergo this type of spinal therapy.
If you or someone you know is suffering from spinal discomfort or chronic back pain, contact the trusted healthcare professionals at Cherry Health Center. We are dedicated to helping patients lead pain free lives using advanced chiropractic and pain management treatments including PRP therapy and physical therapy. Located in Springfield, we are committed to improving the health and well being of all patients. Give us a call to schedule your appointment today!
“Ouch, my back hurts!” Most everyone has experienced back pain at some point in his or her life. In fact, it is one of the most common reasons for missing work or visiting the doctor. Some common causes for your back pain might be a compression fracture, degenerative disc disease, osteoporosis, sprains, strains, obesity, or trauma to bony elements. While back pain usually relieves itself with rest and pain relievers, there are steps you can take to prevent back pain from occurring altogether. Take a look!
Exercise: Moving your lower back is good for both relieving and preventing pain. We recommend low-impact aerobic exercises including swimming, walking and butterfly squats.
Build Back Muscles: Strong back muscles come from the right workout. Some simple back exercises that will bring big results include pull-ups, deadlifts and rows. Remember, don’t hyperextend your back with too much weight/reps or you may do more damage than good.
Stand Straight: Bad posture adds strain to muscles and puts stress on the spine. This can cause constricted blood vessels, muscles, joints and discs. Many times, people who suffer from back pain see a positive difference after improving their posture. Good posture includes head, shoulders and knees in a straight line, chest high and forward.
Lift with Legs: Before lifting, know your limit and do not lift objects that are too heavy. Stand with your feet spread shoulder width apart, bend down with your knees, grasp the object and lift slowly with your legs. When holding a heavy object, try to keep it as close to your center of gravity as possible.
The causes of back pain can be very complex. If you are experiencing back pain, seek professional advice from Cherry Health Center. We utilize x-rays, MRI, myelography and discography, nerve conduction study and bone density testing to identify any underlying problems and diagnose the reason for your pain. We can also provide you with chiropractic care, pain management and physical therapy to treat your back pain.
To make an appointment with Cherry Health Center, please visit our website or call (417) 413-5900.