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Chiropractic Stress Series: Physical Stress (The Three T’s-- Trauma, Toxins, and Thoughts- Causes of nerve Interference and Subluxation)

Chiropractic Stress Series: Physical Stress (The Three T’s-- Trauma, Toxins, and Thoughts- Causes of nerve Interference and Subluxation)
Published Thursday, 24 May 2018

D.D. Palmer, the author of 1910’s The Chiropractor’s Adjuster, stated that the causes of nerve interference and subluxation are the 3 T’s: trauma, toxins, and thoughts. Since then, chiropractors around the world have used these three elements to identify the source of each patient’s nerve interference and subluxation, so not only can adjustments be made to the body, but the overall health and wellness of the patient can be taken care of.

Before we get to the Three T’s, we need to understand nerve interference and subluxation.

Subluxation

The chiropractic definition of subluxation is a slight misalignment of vertebrae. It is said to be the central cause of many health problems, according to chiropractic theory.

Nerve Interference

Subluxation is what causes nerve interference. Adjusting the misalignment of the vertebrae allows the nerves to function properly and restore and maintain overall health and wellness.

Chiropractors can help with many different types of physical pain by making spinal adjustments to correct nerve interference caused by subluxation. But what causes the subluxation in the first place?

The Three T’s: Trauma, Toxins, and Thoughts

If you are experiencing subluxation of your vertebrae, it is likely due to trauma, toxins, thoughts, or a combination of the three. Pinpointing the cause of your misalignment is a fundamental part of chiropractic medicine; with regular chiropractic adjustment, you can fix the not only the symptoms but the cause of the misalignment.

Trauma

Trauma is the most obvious cause of subluxation. This refers to any physical injury that might cause misalignment of your vertebrae. There are many different physical injuries capable of impacting the spine, including:  

  • Childbirth
  • Sports injury
  • Car accident
  • Forceful coughing
  • Fall

Your chiropractor may take x-rays or simply do a physical exam if you are having pain related to trauma. It’s likely that you will need to see the doctor for a series of chiropractic adjustments as well as an at-home regimen of stretching in order to fully heal your misalignment.

Toxins

The public at large is demanding more and more information about the toxins we are exposed to each day.  This includes the way these dangerous toxins come into contact with your body as well as the impact they have on your overall health. Any kind of toxin, such as a cleaning agent, processed food, or air pollution, can cause imbalances in your body. Your muscles react to imbalances by contracting, creating subluxation in your spine.

If you have had no physical trauma, but are having back issues, headaches, muscle weakness, or any other symptoms that could be related to subluxation, you might need to start looking at the toxins going into your body and where they are coming from. Sometimes changing the cleaning agents you use at home or making a change to your diet— coupled with regular chiropractic adjustments— can go a long way in fixing the alignment of your spine and relieving your pain.

Thoughts

While it might not be the most obvious cause of subluxation in the spine, it is likely the number one cause for most patients. Stress from your job, a fight with your significant other, worry about your kids, or even just watching the news can cause the muscles in your body to contract when you start feeling the stress and anxiety of everyday life.

Aside from the physical adjustments from your chiropractor, they will also give you advice on how to better manage stress so that your body doesn’t have the reaction and continue causing you pain.

If you have physical pain and are having trouble identifying the root causes, the doctors at South Orange Chiropractic are here to help. Call our team today to set up an appointment to see how we can improve your overall health and wellness.

[VIDEO] What Are the Advantages of Being Treated at South Orange Chiropractic Center?

Published Thursday, 17 May 2018

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Dr. Stephen Levine: 

Coming to this office, South Orange Chiropractic Center, we look for the most natural and efficient and effective form of care to help relieve a patient's symptoms. One of the key distinctions we make is: Are we treating the pain, or are we treating the problem? Many patients come to us that have had their pain treated, head pain, back pain, neck pain and they're chasing it with the chemistry. They're putting drugs into the body. If this drug doesn't work, try this drug. If this doesn't work, try this one.

Well, here, we want to find the cause. If we can't find the cause, we're not going to start treatment. So, the object of our first visit is always does the patient belong here? If you do, we tell you. If not, we're not going to waste your time or our time. But the key is finding the cause of the problem. Once we treat the cause, the symptoms go away.

[VIDEO] How Do I Keep My Neck Pain from Coming Back?

Published Thursday, 19 April 2018

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Dr. Mark Roczey: 

Once somebody's neck pain has been addressed, and we are able to diagnose the condition, and we treat them aggressively on active care, we slowly place the patient on passive care. At that point, they're instructed to do more at-home exercises. We commonly recommend a cervical neck pillow to support the neck curvature at night, which is so important, as well as posture techniques at work, so that they can stabilize and address any issues that might be causing more stress on their neck.

[VIDEO] What are Some Surprising Problems that You Treat?

Published Thursday, 05 April 2018

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Dr. Stephen Levine: 

Numbness and tingling in the hands, not uncommon for some people, but they don't know how to deal with it because it's a hand problem they think. I don't have neck pain, but my hand's numb, especially at night, or it wakes me up during the night, or in the morning I've got to shake it loose, but it never happened before.

So based on our consultation and the history, when we do a thermal scan, if we see the nerve is hot in the neck, and we can see that on the camera, we know the nerve from the neck runs down the arm. Maybe that's the beginning of the hand numbness, is the beginning of a degenerative condition, or a loss of curve in the neck. Because as chiropractors we look at curves, we look at the normal structure, because we know that structure determines function. And ff you're not functioning that well, structurally, something's got to be wrong. Let us find the cause of the problem, and let us come up with and help you with a solution.

[VIDEO] What are Some of the Surprising Results Patients Have Achieved?

Published Thursday, 22 March 2018

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Dr. Mark Roczey: 

Well, throughout my 13 years of being a chiropractor, it's been an incredible story. I've seen so many people come in with just back pain and neck pain, and come out with some miracles. We had one couple, when I first started and they were trying to have a baby. And for many years, they've been going through shots and injections all through the medical procedure. The next thing you know, they haven't done anything for months. The one thing did change was chiropractic care.

Another condition, which one patient came in with, was just neck pain. And throughout her three months of coming here, she was asking me questions. Does the adjustment help me sleep better, does the adjustment help reduce stress, does the adjustment help her immunity? And, all of these questions were yeses. And this patient noticed not only did her neck pain reduce, but she was living a life that she's been searching for all these years. 

The adjustment is so powerful. Many people don't realize that when you're adjusted, it affects the quality and condition of your brain. More and more studies show now, after an adjustment the brain is powered up by up to 20% in your pre-frontal cortex. And that's known for higher thinking, better balance, spatial awareness, immunity, less stress, better memory retention and regurgitation. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. More and more people are gonna start to see that when they get adjusted, their body can perform optimally. 

Pain Relief for People on Their Feet All Day

Pain Relief for People on Their Feet All Day
Published Thursday, 15 March 2018

There are so many jobs and careers which require employees to stand for 8+ hours in a row. Even those with jobs requiring standing in shorter shifts know how difficult it can be on the body to stand for so long.

Servers, bartenders, and kitchen staff are constantly on their feet moving around. Retail associates almost never have a chance to sit down. Factory workers and other people who work in manufacturing jobs can stand in the same spot for hours on end with only minutes to take a break.

These kinds of physical, manual labor can wreak havoc on people’s backs, knees, hips, ankles, and feet. Here are some ways people who work on their feet all day can combat the physical aches, pains, and injuries associated with high amounts of standing.

Tip to Reduce Pain #1: Exercise

Exercise for Back Pain Relief

As with so many other ailments, exercise is the first step in making your body feel better. Exercising to strengthen the back muscles and core muscles will help keep you standing stronger for longer without pain. Use yoga poses to ease the aches and pains associated with standing on your feet all day.

End of Day Poses:

  • Legs up the wall - Lie down on the floor next to a wall, put your feet up the wall, and straighten your legs. Start with just a few minutes, eventually working up to 20 minutes at a time.
  • Knee to chest - Lie down on your back and pull one knee at a time up to your chest. Hold here for 10-30 seconds. Repeat with the other leg.
  • Figure Four - Lie down on your back, pull your right foot over your left knee, then raise your left leg toward your chest. Hold for 10-30 seconds. Repeat with the other leg.

During the Day Poses:

  • Standing Half Moon Pose - Reach your arms to the ceiling and interlace your fingers. Lean to the right for 10-15 seconds, then lean to the left for 10-15 seconds
  • Tree Pose - While standing, place your left foot onto your right leg at about thigh level, and balance there. Then do the same thing with your right foot on your left leg.
  • Standing Forward Fold - Standing, bend at the waist and reach toward the floor, then roll up one vertebrae at a time, until standing straight again.

Tip to Reduce Pain #2: What to Wear

A good pair of shoes can help reduce back and leg pain

A good pair of shoes is a life saver for anyone who is on their feet all day. Everyone has had the experience of wearing an uncomfortable shoes at a party or event where you are on your feet a lot, and how much that hurts at the end of the day. If you have the kind of job where standing for hours on end happens every day, you cannot afford to have an uncomfortable pair of shoes. Make sure to check with the recommendations of the shoes you buy as to how often they need to be replaced for maximum comfort and support.

Compression socks or compression hose can be very beneficial for those on their feet all day as well. These socks or hose prevent blood from pooling in the legs or feet, which can cause discomfort. They also reduce your risk of blood clots.

Tip to Reduce Pain #3: What to Stand On

An anti-fatigue mat can be helpful for those who stand on their feet all day.

Some jobs requiring standing all day also have people walking and moving, so there is not constant pressure on your back, legs, and feet. However, if you work in a factory, teach classes, or even cook on a kitchen line, you may stand in a very small space for long periods of time. In this case, it might be worth looking into getting an anti-fatigue mat or mats. These mats add cushion to concrete and other unforgiving floors. Less pressure on your back, knees, and feet will allow you to stand for longer without feeling pain and fatigue.

If you stand on your feet all day long to make a living, call our team of doctors at South Orange Chiropractic Center for more ideas on how to reduce the pain, and see how chiropractic care can benefit you.

[VIDEO] If My Back Hurts, Does that Mean the Problem Originates in the Spine?

Published Thursday, 08 March 2018

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Dr. Mark S. Sielski: 

Absolutely not. That's why we do a detailed history, comprehensive exam, and we do X-rays so that we can find out what the cause is. But there are different causes for back pain.

You can have injuries to the kidneys, you can have some sort of pathology, there are a lot of different things that can give you what we call referred pain to the back, that are not necessarily originating in the spine.

[VIDEO] How Soon Can I Get an Appointment?

Published Thursday, 22 February 2018

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Dr. Mark Roczey:

Since we have three full-time chiropractors on staff five days a week, it's pretty easy to get an appointment here. We're always willing to accept patients, and we're always willing to go out of our way to make sure that we can accommodate people who need to be here.

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