If you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome and have seen a doctor, you know all too well that they often prescribe you stretching exercises. Physical therapists also use a similar approach for patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. In our wrist median nerve passes through a tunnel and when this tunnel gets affected it leads to the pinching of the nerve. These symptoms are referred to as carpal tunnel syndrome. There are three common reasons that lead to the constriction of the median nerve: misalignment of the wrist bones, swollen nerve sheath, inflammation and build up of scar tissue. As a result, doing stretching exercise helps with the opening of the tunnel allowing the nerve to glide freely within the tunnel.
While there are many exercises we do not know which ones work best to open up the tunnel and which ones are causing more harm. If you have been doing the wrong exercises, it will cause more pinching and the nerve could get elongated and damaged. Thus, the stretching exercises have the potential to cause more harm than good.
There is evidence from research showing that the starching exercises that are meant to help with the gliding of median nerve had the opposite effect altogether (J Orthop Res July 2007). Patients found the symptoms got worse with the exercise. They researchers’ examined wrist motion in the presence and absence of movements at the neighbouring joints. Their results have shown that when the elbow was bent (in flexion) while the wrist was extended, the nerve was less strained.
Have you been performing exercises for carpel tunnel syndrome and your pain has been getting worse? The exercises themselves could be causing more damage and pain among other factors.
The carpel tunnel syndrome can also result from the pinching of the median nerve at the neck. Similar to the wrist, the median nerve also passes through a tunnel between the bones, in this case the vertebra. When the nerve is pinched both at the wrist as well as the neck, the condition is referred to as the double-crush syndrome.
Unlike the doctors and physical therapists, Dr. Birk will do a physical examination of your neck and wrist as well as order imaging tests to accurately diagnose the cause behind the syndrome. Here at the clinic we believe that good care begins with the right diagnosis. Masking the symptoms through drugs will cause more long term damage and sometimes irreversible.
At Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness, Dr. Birk offers a free consultation at no charge as well as he will take the time to address your health concerns. Please call us at 905-264-9355 to schedule your appointment today.
Are you experiencing pain in the lower back? This is not the same as problem in the lower back. We tend to confuse the pain for a problem. When you visit a doctor with a complain regarding low back pain, it doesn’t help much either because they hand you in pain-killers or anti-inflammatory drugs without a through examination.
You may wonder then what is the difference? The pain is a symptom that you are experiencing and not the actual cause behind the problem. When you visit the physician, the doctor should do a through examination of your lower back to determine the problem that is causing the pain. The doctor should narrow down the problem to whether it is a muscle sprain or a disc problem largely. Then go on to further examine the movement of spinal joints; are they fluid and move around freely?
Did the physician apply pressure and poke around on various tissues to examine for tenderness or swelling within the tissue? Did you have your x-rays taken to see the alignment of individual vertebra within your spine? Were you examined in this way? More importantly did the physician discuss the results of those examinations with you?
The physical examination of the spine and x-rays help to pinpoint the source and reason behind the low back pain. It is not enough to treat the pain as a one time occurrence and leave it at that. Unfortunately this happens to many patients where they think pain is the problem and that covering pain will cure the actual problem behind that pain.
Our clinic is different. At Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness, Dr. Birk will physically examine your spine and order imaging tests to determine the cause and accordingly provide you with an individual treatment plan that works best for you. Not only this, Dr. Birk will also educate you and clear your misunderstandings so that you can make better decisions and take charge of your health!
You have tried pain-killers, but does your back pain still persists? Given that taking pills for extended periods of time can lead to un-warranted side effects such as stomach bleeding, why not take an alternative approach to your health? We live in a modern world where we are conditioned as to believe that pills are the only source of regaining health and longevity. Many patients are mis-informed. Have you ever posed questions to your doctor to understand your treatment plan? More importantly does their approach align with your philosophy and preferences?
If you are experiencing Low Back Pain and want to know the best approaches for tackling this concern, you need to schedule an appointment with us today. At Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness, Dr. Birk provides a free consultation at no charge. Call 905-264-9355 and take charge of your health today!
Have you visited your chiropractor lately?
Every time when there is a problem we rush to see a doctor who prescribes us more medications that offer temporary relief. People rarely go to see a chiropractor and many don’t even know they exist. It’s unfortunate. A chiropractor can help you get your quality of life back without the use of drugs. Others who are aware of chiropractors only visit them when they are in pain or injured. Visiting a chiropractor regularly even when you are feeling alright serves as a preventative measure before you get injured. At Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness, Dr. Birk has been serving the community for many years and helping people get their life back.
Here are the following reasons to see a chiropractor today:
Enhanced Sports Performance
If you are someone who loves to work out or is into sports, a chiropractor can help you perform better. Dr. Birk can check your spine and individual vertebra for misalignments and fix the susceptible spots before they get injured. This preventative measure can help you perform at ease with full potential. Professional athletes visit their chiropractor’s regularly to prevent injuries as well as improve their balance and coordination.
Better Health and Immune System
Proper functioning of your immune system keeps you healthy. Visiting a chiropractor can help you get that by keeping the common colds, flu and diseases at bay. You may wonder how so? When you are sick or have a virual infection your immune system is not in check because your brain cannot communicate with your immune system effectively. This can happen if you have subluxations or misalignments within your spine. Dr. Birk can examine your spine and use adjustments to align your spine; thus restoring communication between your brain and immune system. Visiting a chiropractor can help you defend your body from sickness.
Decrease Your Aches and Pains
Patients often visit chiropractor when they are in pain. Often these patients have tried pain killers without any positive results. Those with low back pain or neck pain can really benefit from seeing a chiropractor because the cause behind these aches and pains is often subluxations. Dr. Birk can re-align your spine and give you your quality of life back! Once the pain is gone you should continue to see your chiropractor to prevent future subluxations from accumulating.
Less Stress and More Energy
Stress is a part of our life and we feel less energetic. Does that sound like you? Then a chiropractor can help you get your energy back! Dr. Birk will examine your spine and fix the areas where it’s out of balance through adjustments. You will feel more energetic because the adjustments will restore your spinal health.
Do you suffer from chronic headaches? Headaches can be caused by vertebral subluxations within your spine. When you accumulate subluxations it gets worse and results in recurring headaches. Dr. Birk can align your spinal bones and soon headaches will be a thing of the past.
At Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness, Dr. Birk can provide you with a free consultation at no charge. He will perform a thorough examination and help you get your quality of life back! Call 905-264-9355 to schedule your appointment today.
Health Update: Low Back Pain
Many of us suffer from low back pain and do nothing about it. We wait and hope the pain goes away and thus avoid seeing a doctor altogether. It’s no wonder that patients take this approach because we succumb to the advertisements that promise us instant relief from low back pain. Those advertisements convey the message that we need not find out what’s causing the pain as far as we keep on repressing the pain aches with pills. Thus, going to a doctor and getting the diagnosis right is of no importance when you can get instant relief from drugs.
With any health condition, getting the diagnosis right is pivotal in preventing further damage. Pain is our body’s way of telling us there is something wrong. It is merely a symptom.
Another approach that patients often take for low back pain is taking rest for a couple of days and hoping the pain will go away magically; this approach may help in short term. If the pain returns it’s your body’s way of seeking attention to the bigger underlying problem. The condition can worsen because you are not getting the care you need. To prevent the developments of problems overtime, getting the right diagnosis will allow the doctor to set the right course of action.
In chiropractic we do not make a diagnosis by asking you for your symptoms and righting a prescription to help alleviate the pain. Our approach is different and we determine the cause of your pain through comprehensive tests. We perform first mechanical tests to see the movement of your spine followed by x-ray imaging to see the alignment of the individual bones within the vertebral column.
Please remember getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step towards improving the quality of life. A consultation with a chiropractor who is willing to give you the time and attention you deserve to make an accurate diagnosis is all you need.
Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness offers a free consultation at no charge. You can call 905-264-9355 to schedule your appointment.
Chiropractic care uses a comprehensive approach to diagnose headaches
Doctors are aware that getting the diagnosis accurate is vital for determining the right treatment plan. Why so? It’s because with the right diagnosis, the treatment can be targeted towards that specific problem.
When patient’s approach a doctor with complaints regarding headaches, the doctor usually concludes that you have a pain in the head calling it headache. This labeling of symptoms as headaches deters patients from getting the right diagnosis. Often the doctors categorize the headaches as episodic, acute or chronic and the diagnosis is completed with this label. No further examination is done to understand the actual cause for those headaches.
Patients walk in with a headache and walk out the doctor’s office with a prescription for their head pain. This is the reality today. A prescription instead of a right diagnosis! Given the time constraints experienced by doctors, patient care has deteriorated. Patients do not receive the attention and time truly deserved from a doctor to get the diagnosis right. When was the last time you received a phone call from your doctor? In today’s internet age where information can be found with the click of a button many patients have resorted to self diagnosis!
When making the initial diagnosis the chiropractor also labels your headaches into categories, but they will not stop there. Clinical research and experience carried out over the years have shown that headaches are caused as a result of previous neck and spinal injury. Unlike the doctor, a chiropractor examines your neck and will ask for a history of previous injuries. Here they learn additional information that is helpful in getting the diagnosis right. A whiplash or neck trauma experienced months or years ago when left untreated can be cause for those headaches.
In chiropractic care we take a comprehensive approach to get the diagnosis right. We take the time to know your detailed history. Information such as location, quality and duration of pain along with a physical examination of your spinal column gets us closer to the cause. We also order imaging tests such as x-rays to see the position of your individual vertebrae in the neck.
Normal neck has a forward arch that keeps your head above the shoulders. Loss of the normal curve results in the patients head being thrusted forward, resulting in classic "bad posture" stance.
Let Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness help you in getting your headache diagnosis right. Call 905-264-9355 to book your free consultation with us today.
Headaches...How your spine contributes to it?
Many of us have experienced headaches at some point in our lives and for some of us it’s a common occurrence. Yet, rarely do we stop to investigate the root cause behind these headaches. Jet lag could trigger headaches. On the other extreme, brain tumor can be the cause of these headaches as well.
Given that headaches can be triggered by both simple and complex reasons, getting the right diagnosis is important. Remember headaches are symptoms, and your body’s way of communicating there is a problem. They are not the actual problem. In TV commercials, drug companies portray headaches as the cause and offer pills for immediate relief. Taking these drugs is only a temporarily solution however. Once the effects of these drugs warn off, the headaches return. This cycle continues. Rarely do we question whether the headaches are caused by the lack of these drugs in our system or there is a different reason altogether. Hence, an investigation is necessary.
Unlike the TV commercials, in chiropractic, we see the persistent return of headaches differently. We see diagnosis as the first step in determining the cause behind these headaches. A better understanding of the cause allows for proper corrective action. Chiropractors focus on the integrity and movement of the spine, in particular the neck region. The buildup of spinal sprains and injuries has been shown in several studies to cause headaches. In randomized clinical trails, when these sprains and injuries were corrected with adjustments, the patients’ headaches’ disappeared. While the drugs taken for headaches cause side effects, the chiropractic adjustments are devoid of these side effects.
Every patient experiences headaches for different reasons. Thus, a thorough examination is required to determine whether a spinal problem is the cause behind these headaches.
If your headaches have been persistent for some time despite the consumption of drugs, it is time to take a different approach that is harmless. Treating headaches with adjustments takes time, and works through restoring the spinal posture. The result is improved spinal motion, and the headaches gradually disappear. Most patients see results in either one visit or over a short period of time.
If you want to know what are the best approaches for tackling headaches, call Atlantis Chiropractic. We offer a free consultation with a Doctor of Chiropractic both in-clinic and over phone; to schedule an appointment for a consultation, please call (905) 264-9355.
He who suffers from fibromyalgia gets used to the pain over time. Being in constant pain for many years has a vital effect on the brain and nerve pathways that transmit how we feel. In layman's terms, we become immune to feeling pain. Pain becomes our new norm. It becomes common to get up and feel pain, even though we may have had a relaxing sleep. It becomes regular to go out for a leisurely walk and have it end in tiredness and pain. It becomes normal to do just about anything and always have the pain along for the trip, like an unwelcomed house guest. There are rarely times when we do not feel throbbing.
Drug medications can help but we build tolerances to them over time and unwanted side effects are always present. For numerous patients drugs can be a life saving treatment, making us able to function, living off these drugs.
Does this sound too familiar? Perhaps so, but I want you to know that you can take a new path in your life of hurt.
Foremost, you have to understand that the track you're on does not have to be an enduring existence, and I know that may be hard to believe. Just as pain has developed into a continuous companion, so can great heath and wellness. Just as how the nervous system has educated itself on your never-ending pain cycle, it can also learn to be pain free.
At our health center, we take a comprehensive approach to this problem. For various patients, receiving chiropractic care for the first time in their lives can be the missing factor. Nevertheless, most patients usually need more. Exercise will be vital. It may seem counterintuitive when you have muscle pain to exercise, but research has shown it does help. Diet will also play a role. We aim for a diet that is rich in foods that heal and that decrease the pain-inflammation cycle that is so common. Some of our patients have become overweight due to lack of exercise over many years and need professional guidance to get back to their ideal weight.
If you want to try a non-drug approach that accentuates nutrition exercise and chiropractic care, then we are here to help.
Just call Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness Centre at 905-264-9355 to schedule a complimentary consultation.
Headaches and a Short Leg
Are you experiencing headaches? If yes, this article will be very informative. Now as many of you know, I like to strongly make a point that the cause for many headaches is occasionally not in the head at all, sometimes they start off in the neck. This is due to delicate tissues between the vertebrae in the neck causing tension, or yanking on nerve structures, or even the spinal cord, leading to pain. In addition, the posture of the neck is vital. There is generally a forward curve of the neck, which maintains the head back over the shoulders. The head is in a more of a forward position with a slouched posture. The body responds to this position by contracting the muscles at the back of the neck and shoulders. This continuous pull of the muscles can cause pain at the base of the skull and resulting in headaches.
However, spinal problems away from the neck can as well cause shifts in posture that can aggravate a headache. Under chiropractic care, we take a full spine approach and consider that even movements in posture at the hips can have profound effects above. This is the reason why we carefully check your entire spine, not only your neck.
An asymmetry of the leg lengths may be present in some patients. This can lead to a movement of the pelvis and tilting, which will then need to be compensated from above. This can take place at the upper neck, since the body will generally try to keep your head on straight and your eyes level.
If the compensation happens at the upper vertebrae, adjusting them into position will not grasp, the body will continuously try to keep the eyes level. At times, the base for these vertebrae is required to be leveled. A vertebra tilt corrected in the lower spine may be necessary for some patients. For patients with a short leg, a heel lift in the shoe is enough to give the added stability to the spine.
It is significant to identify the cause of the dysfunction, not just the effects wherever you are experiencing the pain. Headaches generally more than many other types of pain, can have their cause far removed from the painful area. Even though headaches can hardly ever be a sign of a serious problem, such as diabetes, more often the spine is a cause that is too frequently disregarded.
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