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Articles in Category: Chiropractic

Can a Chiropractor Help with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Can a Chiropractor Help with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Published Thursday, 27 December 2018

Studies have shown a visit to the chiropractor could have significant benefits for those who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome. We’ve put together some information about carpal tunnel syndrome, including what it is, how you are diagnosed, and what the chiropractor can do to help you find relief from your symptoms.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve that starts in the neck and travels down the arm is compressed at the carpal tunnel in the wrist. The compression happens when the tissues around the tunnel swell, putting pressure on the nerve. This nerve pressure can cause tingling, pain, and numbness in the hand and arm. Symptoms are often mild early on, but tend to become more severe over time. Early intervention is often the key to not needing surgical intervention.

What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

There are many different causes of carpal tunnel syndrome-- from repeated positioning of the wrist in a stressful way to illnesses that cause the swelling of the area around the tunnel. The following are things that may lead to carpal tunnel syndrome:

  • Repeated movement that overextends the wrist, such as playing of an instrument or typing
  • Positioning of your wrists when typing or using the mouse at your computer
  • The use of power tools over time, exposing your wrists to vibrations
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disorders
  • During pregnancy and menopause fluid build up happen in the wrist
  • High blood pressure
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Trauma to the wrist

It is not just people who type all day who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome. Some sports players can even develop the syndrome all the time. Again, the key is to catch it early, so if you have any of the above disorders and think you might have some symptoms, the best thing you can do is consult with a medical professional.

How Will the Chiropractor Help with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Diagnosis first needs to be made, so tell your chiropractor about any and all symptoms you have. They will do a physical exam, as well as take x-rays if needed. Once it is determined you are likely suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, your chiropractor will use a number of treatments to help alleviate the symptoms.

Chiropractic adjustments to the wrist, elbow, and upper spine likely will be performed. Making sure you are in alignment is key to helping almost any physical symptoms of pain. Your chiropractor could also use massage or electrical pulses or sound therapy to help relax the muscles and tissue around the wrist.

They will probably recommend that you rest the arm, icing it a few times a day to lower inflammation. They might give you exercises you can do to strengthen the area and maybe even use a splint or brace to keep the wrist from movement.

You will probably see your chiropractor a few times a week for a few weeks, and then once the pain has been managed you may only go for “upkeep” on a schedule you’ll develop with your chiropractor.


If you are experiencing any pain in your hand or arm and think it might be due to carpal tunnel syndrome, call the doctors at South Orange Chiropractic Center today to schedule your initial appointment. Don’t suffer in silence, our doctors can help you to figure out what the issue is and improve your overall health and wellness.

[VIDEO] What Treatment Options Do You Offer for Shoulder Pain?

Published Thursday, 06 September 2018

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Dr. Mark Roczey: 

Once we accurately diagnose somebody with a shoulder injury, we're going to use either chiropractic care, physical therapy, or acupuncture to get the best results. We find that a shoulder needs chiropractic care we're typically going to adjust the cervical spine because a multitude of the nerves from the neck go to the shoulder. We're also going to do some specific shoulder points that we've known to get good relief, better mobilization, and increased circulation to the muscles and tissue around the area. If it's a physical therapy case such as frozen shoulder, we're going to have our physical therapists mobilize it, stim, heat, which will allow it to increase it's range of motion. Then after they've gained full range of motion in the shoulder then we want to strengthen it so that it's stable and conditioned. Our acupuncturist is going to stick various needles inside acupressure points, which are going to make everyone feel good because that's what it does.

[VIDEO] What Techniques Can Your Chiropractors Use to Treat Back Pain?

Published Thursday, 23 August 2018

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Dr. Mark S. Sielski: 

Well, here we use several different techniques. We use some very light force, to what we call manual, which is hands-on. We use the Pro-Adjuster, which is a computerized adjustment instrument. We also use an Activator. We use SOT or Sacro-Occipital Technique, and we use manual where we're hands-on. We'll stretch the spine, and we do manual adjustments with our hands. 

Why Do You Need A Cervical Neck Pillow?

Neck Pain Shouldn't Keep You Up At Night

Why Do You Need A Cervical Neck Pillow?
Published Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Plenty of people suffer from neck pain and other pain that may be the direct cause of issues in the neck. The symptoms of neck pain can include pain in the shoulders, arms, and even cause chronic headaches. To understand why a cervical neck pillow might help this pain, one must understand a bit more about the anatomy of the neck.

Anatomy of the Neck

The bones that make up the neck are called the cervical spine. These bones are supported by a network of muscles and tendons, as well as spongy cervical discs in between the bones. The neck craves to be in a natural position. Since one spends quite a bit of time in the sleeping position, if the neck is in an undesirable position while one is sleeping, then some pain will be the result in the morning.

Cervical Neck Pillow

A cervical neck pillow can come in many different shapes and sizes. They all have the same curved design so that they will support your neck in a neutral position. There is a roll under your neck to keep it in position on your back and your side. This relieves tension and ensures your neck will be able to relax and not compress or strain during the night.

Importance of Sleep Position

It is never a good idea to sleep on your stomach, given the unnatural position that this puts on your neck and spine. Sleeping on your back is preferable, however, if you do sleep on your side, it is imperative that you sleep with a neck pillow. The misalignment of the neck and spine can lead to many issues in the body, and the use of a neck pillow will greatly reduce this stress during your sleep.

Any Other Benefits?

Sleeping with a cervical neck pillow can also reduce snoring and sleep apnea. This is because the pillow keeps your head in a neutral position and not too far back or too far forward, it can also help your breathing. The relaxed position the neck pillows keep your body in can also reduce pressure on the joints.

If you have had long-term joint issues, neck pain, or back pain, the use of a neck pillow as well as seeing a chiropractor to put your neck and spine into alignment, will reduce your pain significantly.

A chiropractor will assess the position of your neck and spine and then use massage therapy, electric pulses, and spinal manipulation in order to put your neck and spine into alignment. The chiropractor will likely recommend stretches and other therapies in order to keep the spine at a healthy neutral position to reduce any pain within the body.

For more information on this and other ways to maintain and even heighten your overall health and wellness, call the doctors at South Orange Chiropractic Center. Our customer service is ready to make you an appointment to discuss neck and spinal wellness as well as any other measures that might reduce your neck and back pain.

[VIDEO] What is the Sacro-Occipital Technique?

Published Thursday, 09 August 2018

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Dr. Mark S. Sielski: 

The Sacro-Occipital Technique is a technique where you use blocks. They're padded blocks and basically after we do a specific analysis on the spine we would use the appropriate blocking technique. It's all light force. Your body does the adjusting itself. It takes about five to 10 minutes to do and the results are fantastic.

[VIDEO] What Is the Best Way to Schedule an Appointment?

Published Thursday, 26 July 2018

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Dr. Mark Roczey: 

The best way to schedule an appointment is call our front desk and we'll verify your insurance and get you scheduled promptly. We do accept walk-ins, however, if you want to expedite your time within our office it's best that you call. We can fax you our paperwork, we can email our paperwork, or even send you a copy through the mail.

Manual Adjustments vs Computerized Adjustment: What’s the Best Technique for You?

Published Thursday, 19 July 2018

The first image anyone thinks of when they were the word chiropractor is one of a doctor pushing and pulling on your body to crack your spine in different places. This is an accurate, albeit a little oversimplified, description of a chiropractic adjustment. However, it is not the only way a chiropractor can adjust your spine anymore.

Computerized Adjustment

Many chiropractors are taking advantage of what modern technology has to offer with computerized adjustment systems. Here’s how they work:

Advanced Evaluations

These systems are capable of making advanced evaluations of individual joints before and after the adjustment. This allows for more precise care on initial visit and each subsequent visit.

Same Application of Pressure

It does not change the standard definition of chiropractic care, which is an application of pressure on certain areas of the body to relieve ailments. The area in which pressure is applied and the amount of force which is used is much more precise.

Quicker Visits and Recovery

Because of the precision targeting of certain areas, the visit is much quicker and less visits are required for overall treatment.

Benefits

The idea of a manual adjustment, or an adjustment by a chiropractor using his or her hands, scares some people. The computerized adjustment may help some overcome that fear and experience the benefits of chiropractic care.

Manual Adjustment

Chiropractors goals are to decompress the nerves in the spine so the body can resume natural flow and function. Compressed nerves can cause a number of ailments such as:

  • Pain
  • Muscle soreness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Limit mobility
  • Numbness, tingling or tightness in extremities

They may use a number of diagnostic tools, including x-rays to see where in the spine there might be a compression. They will the use techniques to apply pressure, quick movement, and release to relieve the pressure in the spine. Once the pressure has been released, proper blood flow is restored to the nerves and thus restored to other areas of the body. Most people see pain relief rather quickly, but will need subsequent visits to keep help the body keep the spine in alignment.

These methods have been used by chiropractors for decades. Those who have been going to see a chiropractor for an extended period of time might be much more comfortable with manual adjustments than new computerized methods. While the computerized methods give an accurate look at what is happening in the body, there can be no substitution for years of experience.


Ultimately, a thorough understanding of how both methods work, as well as a conversation with your doctor will determine which of these methods is right for your situation. The doctors at South Orange Chiropractic Center use both manual and computerized Pro-Adjuster tools to keep your spine in order and from causing you and issues. To talk with our doctors about how an adjustment can work for you, as well as how we can help your overall health and wellbeing, call our offices today and make an appointment!

[VIDEO] What Is an Activator?

Published Thursday, 12 July 2018

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Dr. Mark S. Sielski: 

The Activator is a hand-held instrument. A lot of the patients call it like a clicker, all right? What it does is it's a very light force because it's high speed, and you're able to really get into areas that might be a little bit tougher with other techniques. You can get in there, and you can adjust the specific areas of the spine. For some patients, they need that light touch. You still get the same outcome, but it's just a different approach.

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