Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Why Visit Chiropractic by Thriveology for Happier Holidays

Why Visit Chiropractic by Thriveology for Happier Holidays
Why visit Chiropractic by Thriveology for happier holidays? While it may be a time of cheer and goodwill, the holidays can also be overwhelming and stressful. In fact, it can be so hectic that people often find themselves not feeling very happy or healthy. Here are just a few reasons why you might want to give yourself the gift of a trip to Thriveology for relief.

Stress of the Season
With so many extra tasks to accomplish – decorating, shopping, cooking, entertaining, and travel – it is hard not to feel a little (or a lot of) holiday stress. Add in some family drama on top of all your regular day-to-day responsibilities and you may find yourself developing aches and pains in your back, your jaw, or your neck. You may even develop some chronic headaches or stomach aches. Not to worry. Getting chiropractic care during the holidays is a great way to put your health first during the holiday season. Your chiropractor can help you ease your body’s stress and relieve the aches and pains that come with tension and stress.

Travel takes a toll on your spine. Whether it’s standing in long lines, sitting on planes, bad weather, or heavy traffic, travel takes a toll on your body. If you visit Chiropractic by Thriveology, we can help. A chiropractor can soothe the strain that comes with travel.

Colds and Flu
Tis the season for colds and flu but with all the change and stress, your body’s immune system may not be at its best. Regular visits to a chiropractor can help your body keep illnesses at bay. Chiropractor visits can help your immune system keep up with the stress and change in weather. A strong immune system can help you avoid colds and the flu.

Neck Stress
Over the holidays, our smartphones, tablets, e-readers, and other hand-held devices experience heavy usage. Prolonged use can create tension in your neck and back muscles because the downward tilt of your head is not a natural position for your body. This tilt puts enormous pressure on the muscles in your head, neck, shoulders, and back. It can create muscle aches, subluxations, strains, and even sprains in these areas.

Excessive holiday use of handheld devices can make these issues even worse. Regular chiropractic care can help undo back and neck aches and irritations, helping improve the issues in your body. Your chiropractor can also show you stretches and positions to improve “text neck” and to minimize these issues in the future.

The Season for Poor Nutritional Choices
The holidays include some delicious but not so nutritious food choices. Cookies, cakes, breads, pies, and other snacks can make it hard to eat nutritious food. No wonder people tend to gain weight over the holidays! Additionally, people tend to drink more alcohol and the combination can make your digestive system sluggish. Chiropractor visits can also help your digestive system get back on track. Making healthier choices can also help.

Your chiropractor can make adjustments to help your digestive system get back to its regular schedule. When you visit Chiropractic by Thriveology, we can’t do much to prevent possible weight gain from too much pie, so try to ease up on the sweets and incorporate healthy choices like vegetables, greens salads, and fruits.

Shopping can be a great deal of fun for some people but it can also be hard on your body. Heavy bags and large boxes can cause neck, shoulder, back, and elbow pain. Long periods of time on hard surfaces or concrete floors can also contribute to back, knee, and foot pain. A number of people end up throwing their back out while loading and unloading heavy boxes. Being mindful of all of this can help you avoid injury. If you end up with aches and pains anyway, visit your chiropractic office for help. When you visit Chiropractic by Thriveology in Denver, we can soothe the aches and pains created from hours of shopping.

Getting heavy boxes out of storage, climbing up to hang lights, cutting down, and hauling trees can all be a bit more like acrobatics than decorating. Decorating can be a bit more dangerous than people realize, so it is a great time to try to slow down and be more careful.

Snow Shoveling
Heavy, wet snow can be hard to shovel and shoveling can be hard on the body. Be sure to use good ergonomic form when shoveling to avoid injury. It can be a great form of exercise but it can also be way too easy to overdo it. Consider hiring someone to take care of those walks for you.

Chiropractic Care is a Great Way to Pamper
With all the extra things you do during the holiday season, going to the chiropractor can be a great way to relax and do something that feels good to your body. After all the shopping, cleaning, cooking, baking, wrapping, shopping, and party preparations, who doesn’t want to feel a little better? A chiropractor can help with relaxation, reduce inflammation, increase mobility, and release muscle tension. This is all particularly helpful during the holidays.

Gift Giving
If you enjoy a trip to the chiropractor, share the experience with family and friends. Gift a trip to the chiropractor as a way to share the joy of feeling better during this stressful season. If you benefit from it, you can expect your loved ones will too. Chiropractic care can help with so many different issues and it can contribute to an overall sense of well-being.

Why visit Chiropractic by Thriveology for happier holidays in Denver? To feel better, of course. If you are feeling some of the downsides of the holiday season, call us to make an appointment today. We can help you find relief from whatever aches and pains you are suffering from, and we can help you get back to feeling better so that you can focus on all the wonderful things that the holidays bring. We look forward to helping you feel your best.

Friday, November 17, 2017

What to Expect at the Chiropractor

What to Expect at the Chiropractor
Today at Thriveology in Denver, we want to share a little about what to expect at the chiropractor. If you have never visited a chiropractor, it is nice to have some idea of what to expect. Your visit will be very similar to visiting other healthcare providers, but chiropractic care also has some unique elements. Usually, a visit to a chiropractor will involve some form of intake, physical exam, and treatment. Let’s explore these in further detail.

The initial chiropractic intake is very comparable to an initial medical consultation at a doctor’s office. You will probably complete a questionnaire about your health, personal information, and your health history. You may be asked to pinpoint where you are experiencing chiropractic symptoms, as well as mark a scale for the severity of your pain.

Physical Exam
A routine physical exam is performed, followed by a closer examination of your spine. Your whole spine will be examined even if only one portion is causing you trouble, though your chiropractor will pay close attention to the area that is causing issues. Additionally, they’ll examine areas that are likely related to your pain areas, such as your neck or legs.

For example, if you are experiencing low back pain, your neck may be examined because issues in one area can result in pain in a different area. The exam may include assessments such as reflex tests, range of motion tests, palpations, neurological tests, muscle strength, and orthopedic tests. Each test will be focused on the area that is causing you trouble.

If you need an exam for your pain or issues, contact us here at Thriveology in Denver for all your chiropractic needs.

Treatment Plans
After your physical exam and assessments are completed, your chiropractor will determine what kind of treatment plan would be best. In making this determination, your chiropractor will take other issues into account. These issues may include:

  • Your overall health
  • Your spine’s condition
  • Your age and any additional injuries past and present
  • The extent of your pain or irritation
  • What you are expecting from treatment (goals)

Goals can be a very important part of your treatment plan. Some people simply want their pain to vanish while others also want to improve their overall health. Additionally, some people have more than one chiropractic symptom and their goals may be more complex. It is important that you and your chiropractor have a good understanding of your condition as well as your expectations. It is also important to make sure that any questions you have are answered. At Thriveology, we welcome them!

Typical Treatment
Though there are a number of other methods of treatment that your chiropractor may use, the main treatment is going to involve spinal adjustments. Additionally, adjustments may be made to other areas besides your spine. All treatments we offer are designed to improve your overall function and health.

If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your back, neck, arms, or legs come see us at Thriveology in Denver. We can help with your pain and overall health through our holistic approach to wellness. Please contact us today to schedule your appointment.

Friday, November 3, 2017

5 Signs You Need to Visit Chiropractic by Thriveology

5 Signs You Need to Visit Chiropractic by Thriveology
If you are unsure whether you need to see a chiropractor, here are 5 signs you need to visit Chiropractic by Thriveology in Denver. It is never a good idea to wait on seeking care and needing a chiropractor is no different. If you think there is something wrong or if you feel like your body is out of sorts, seeing one of our doctors may help.

Here are a few issues you shouldn’t ignore. If you are experiencing any of the following 5 signs you need to visit Chiropractic by Thriveology, give us a call.

Waking Up Stiff or Sore on a Daily or Near Daily Basis
If you wake up after a full night’s sleep and experience major soreness in your back and your neck first thing, you could benefit from a visit to the chiropractor. If this soreness is occurring regularly, then this means that your sleep positions are likely straining your muscles over the course of the night. The soreness may be attributed to maintaining an uncomfortable position for a long period of time while you are sleeping. Some simple adjustments at Thriveology will help immensely.

Chronic Pain
If you have chronic back and neck pain that doesn’t really seem to go away, you would benefit greatly from a trip to a chiropractor. There are a number of muscles and nerves in your back and neck that can cause you a great deal of pain and trouble.

If you are suffering from chronic neck or back pain, contact us here at Thriveology in Denver. We can help you with your pain issues and help you avoid dealing with future injuries or pain that expands to other areas of your body.

Injury Not Healing
If you are suffering from an injury to your back or neck that has never seemed to heal quite properly, a visit to the chiropractor could help. Sometimes, injuries that didn’t heal properly can cause increasing pain over time. Some adjustments to your back can often help with the pain you may be experiencing.

Leg Pain
If you are experiencing pain that shoots down your legs from your hips or back, you could be suffering from a pinched sciatic nerve. Sciatic nerve pain often results in a shooting pain or sometimes a strong spark of pain. Having a chiropractor treat your pain can give you a great amount of relief.

Your Shoe Soles Wear Differently
If the soles of your shoes have different wear patterns, it can mean that your legs are misaligned. This can be quite common, but if allowed to continue untreated, it can result in increasing amounts of pain. A great chiropractor can help sort this issue out for you and get your body back to its normal stride.

Now that you know the 5 signs you need to visit Chiropractic by Thriveology in Denver, contact us to make an appointment if you are experiencing any of these signs or if you think a visit to the chiropractor can help you.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Chiropractic Care and Bananas for Pinched Nerves

Chiropractic Care and Bananas for Pinched Nerves
At Chiropractic by Thriveology of Denver, we know that pain can interfere with life. That’s why we recommend chiropractic care and bananas for pinched nerves. You read that right. You don’t need to suffer from pinched nerve pain indefinitely. We have put together some great ways to alleviate your pinched nerve pain, including upping your banana intake. Using these solutions will help alleviate your nerve pain.

What is a Pinched Nerve?
Before we explain why choose chiropractic care and bananas for pinched nerves, let’s start with the basics.

As nerves exit your spinal column, they can sometimes become compressed. When this occurs, it causes pain that can range from minor to excruciating. Pinched nerves can limit your range of motion. For example, if the pinched nerve pain occurs in your neck, you can have difficulty turning your head. Nerve pain can impair almost any activity and even simple motions can become incredibly difficult due to the pain.

Pain, whether a pinched nerve or otherwise, should not be ignored. Pain is a warning from your body. Early diagnosis and treatment of can help avoid lasting problems.

Visit a Chiropractor
Our chiropractors know a great deal about nerve pain. It is one of the reasons many of our patients come to Chiropractic by Thriveology. A good chiropractor can use very gentle adjustments to realign your spine. This can do a great deal to alleviate your pain. They can also recommend gentle stretches or other possible treatments that can help you reduce your day-to-day pain and heal. Using your chiropractor can help you manage your nerve pain over time as well. Causing you pain to dissipate until it disappears completely.

By coming to our professionals, we can treat your nerve pain along with a wide variety of other symptoms that may or may not be related. We can also help you determine what other beneficial steps would best alleviate your pain and heal the area of discomfort.

Eat Dark Green Veggies and Bananas
It is surprising to some that simple additions to your diet can help immensely with nerve pain. Sometimes, a calcium deficiency can be an underlying factor in pinched nerve pain. Adding calcium-rich foods like spinach, kale, dairy, or seaweed, is a great way to help solve this underlying issue. Calcium supplements or calcium-enriched, such as calcium-enriched orange juice, foods are other ways to add extra calcium.

Potassium-rich foods can also help remedy your pinched nerve problem. Diets low in potassium can be another contributing factor in nerve issues. Some of the best potassium-rich foods include apricots, nuts, avocados, and of course, bananas. You can add these to your breakfast smoothies or your salads, or just eat them as a snack.

If you think you have a potassium deficiency, you should visit your doctor. You may need a supplement but should only take it under a doctor’s direction. Too much potassium can be much more problematic than not enough. In fact, too much can be life-threatening.

Beyond chiropractic care and bananas for pinched nerves, there are other things you can do to help ease your pain.

Sit up Straight
Your neck and back are made to support your body when your head is in a neutral position. With the rise in phone and computer use, our posture can suffer. Tilting your head forward puts additional pressure on your neck and slouching puts additional strain on your back. If you make a concerted effort to maintain your posture, you can alleviate some of the extra strain on your nerves which can help lessen your pain and swelling.

A good way to help your pinched nerve is to rest it. You can limit or reduce motion of the area. Wearing a neck or back brace can help with this. Limiting motion and resting can allow your muscles and joints to heal. It can reduce inflammation and allow a faster return to feeling better. It can be difficult to rest your neck or back because they are essential to so much of your day to day activity. Whatever you can do to limit your movement, even for an hour or two, can be helpful.

Get Extra Sleep
Your body heals best when it is at rest. If you want to alleviate your pinched nerve pain, extra sleep is an excellent way to give your body more healing time. Extra rest also limits your movement. Sleep will help reduce swelling and decrease your pain. Additionally, you could consider wearing a brace while to sleep to further reduce your movement. An extra hour or two of sleep every night, while you are healing, can reduce your healing time

You may need to consider changing your sleep position, particularly if you are a stomach sleeper. Stomach sleeping is associated with more neck and back pain than side or back sleeping. Side and back sleeping are not as strongly associated with nerve pain.

Find a low impact exercise that is comfortable because exercise increases blood flow and circulation, both of which help with healing. Swimming and walking are both low impact, helpful exercises to perform while you are healing. There are a few tips to keep in mind:

  •  Remember to maintain good posture while exercising.
  •  Maintaining a healthy weight can also help with your pinched nerve issue.
  • Inactivity can cause a loss of muscle strength. This can actually slow your healing.

Consider alternative exercises such as tai chi or water aerobics. Look for exercises that don't exacerbate your pinched nerve pain but still allow you to maintain a level of fitness.

Ice It Down
Using ice is a great way to reduce swelling. Swelling of an area is one of the factors of nerve pain. Inflammation is your body’s response to injury and icing an area is an excellent way to control swelling. Ice the area a couple times a day help your pain and speed up the healing.

If you are suffering from nerve pain, chiropractic care and bananas for pinched nerves can help. Contact us here at Chiropractic By Thriveology in Denver. We can help you and begin to alleviate your pain.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Soothe Headaches with Chiropractic Treatments

Soothe Headaches with Chiropractic Treatments
Did you know that you can potentially soothe headaches with chiropractic treatments? At Chiropractic by Thriveology, we help a number of clients with chronic headaches and even migraines. If you are suffering from regular headaches, we can help you too. Here’s a bit of insight that can help you determine if chiropractic care may help with your headache woes.

Painful and Frequent
One of the most common reasons people visit their doctor or primary care physician is frequent and reoccurring headaches. In fact, over 250 million workdays are missed due to headaches and the lost days cost employers over 25 billion a year. That is a lot of pain.

Many of these headaches are seemingly simple but surprisingly painful tension headaches. Migraines are another common but painful occurrence. Other headaches can be caused by sinus infections, high blood pressure, or a number of other troubles. Headaches and migraines, regardless of cause, can be incredibly painful and it can be very frustrating if you suffer from them on a regular basis.

The Problem with Medication
There are a number of very powerful medications available that can mask the pain of headaches and migraines. They can numb your nervous system so that you don’t feel the pain. The issue is that these drugs never really address the cause of the pain. Medications can seem convenient, but some come with alarming side effects while others can cause long-term trouble such as kidney or liver damage. Because they never address the root cause, continued and sometimes increased medication is required to manage the continuing and reoccurring headache pain.

Headaches are Rarely Life-Threatening
Some headaches and migraines are so powerful and painful that sufferers are convinced that something is terribly wrong. However, headaches are associated with an array of health problems and conditions, so determining a cause can be difficult. But, what you may not realize is that headaches are rarely a symptom of something serious or life-threatening.

Many doctors will send their patients for tests, such as CT scans or MRIs and according to one source, only one in 11,200 patients have a problem that can be diagnosed using these tests. Yet, close to a third of migraine and chronic headache sufferers have had a CT scan or MRI to find a cause. Doctors and patients are usually looking in the wrong area to determine the source of the pain. Surprisingly, the source is often not really your head at all.

Your Neck
A frequent cause of many headaches and migraines is really an issue in the neck. Frequently, spinal bones in the neck are not supporting the head properly and this is causing headaches. This issue can affect muscles, nerves, and even the blood supply.

Research has shown that it’s possible to soothe headaches with chiropractic treatments. A majority of headaches and migraines can be relieved when jaw problems and misaligned spinal joints, called subluxations, are corrected using chiropractic methods. Jaw problems and subluxations are common sources of head pain, which stem from irritated nerves.

What Does Chiropractic Care Do?
Chiropractic doctors determine which areas of the spine are not moving correctly and look at your posture, as well as your ability to bend and turn. They also notice how your spine curves to help determine the source or sources of your problem. Chiropractors are trained to notice signs of rare problems that may instead need immediate medical care.

Your chiropractor may create a schedule of adjustments to help with your headaches. These adjustments will improve spinal function, reduce irritation of your nerves, help improve circulation and realign your spine. Chiropractic care is an excellent way to soothe headaches with chiropractic treatments.

What Causes Headaches
Headaches can be caused by a myriad of issues. A headache is a way for your body to signal that something is not quite right. Headaches do not generally occur without cause. They can be the result of excessive eating, drinking, and smoking. Headaches can also occur because your eyes have been strained for long periods of time – how much time do you spend on a computer or texting on your phone? Even your diet can cause headaches. How about poor lighting, loud noises, hunger, air pollutants, strongly scented or off-gassing products, stress, constipation, and infection? Yes, these are all on the list of potential headache causes.

Serious Headaches
Almost everyone has suffered from a headache at one time or another. Some headaches are simply annoying even though they are mild in nature. More serious headaches are intense and frequent and can include additional symptoms such as nausea, severe throbbing, light sensitivity, and irritability. Such severe headaches can be debilitating and are often referred to as migraines.

Migrain headaches can affect bodily functions and your vision. They can be responsible for personality and mood changes, even cause pain and uncomfortable sensations elsewhere in the body. Americans spend millions of dollars to get relief from such terrible headache pain. Migraines are tough for those who suffer from them which is why people are desperate to cure them and come to us to soothe headaches with chiropractic treatments.

How Your Chiropractor Helps You
A chiropractor focuses on alleviating headaches stemming from neuromusculoskeletal (muscles, bones, and nerves in the body) sources of your headaches. After performing a spinal exam to determine if chiropractic care can help, the chiropractic doctor can perform chiropractic adjustments to correct any misaligned vertebrae in the back or neck area.

Specific spinal manipulations can even provide relief immediately. A study of headache sufferers followed 87 participants over a two-year period and revealed great improvement. In 85% of females, common migraines had ceased or were greatly reduced in frequency and 50% of the male participants experienced the same relief. For those with classic frequent headaches, 75% of males and 78% of females were able to soothe headaches with chiropractic treatments.

If you are experiencing frequent headaches or migraines, contact us here for a consultation at Chiropractic by Thriveology in Denver. We can focus on spinal alignment, neck issues and other trouble areas to help soothe headaches with chiropractic care. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

How Chiropractic Care Can Help with Infertility

How Chiropractic Care Can Help with Infertility
If you’re trying to conceive, it might be helpful to know how chiropractic care can help with infertility. Here at Chiropractic by Thriveology of Denver, we know that infertility can be physically and emotionally draining. It’s an issue shared by millions of women and couples worldwide. If you have visited your doctor and found no straightforward medical explanation, visiting a holistic chiropractor may be helpful.

How Can Chiropractic Help?
Chiropractics are drug-free, non-invasive, and hands-on. Holistic chiropractics focus on healthy lifestyle choices and self-empowerment while healing the mind, spirit, and body. Chiropractic care for infertility assists with restoring balance in the body by improving nervous system function and spinal mechanics. If you have a history of physical trauma or pain and are experiencing infertility, come see us at Chiropractic by Thriveology in Denver to find out how we can help you heal. We can evaluate your spinal and holistic health and recommend improvements while helping your restore your body’s health.

Spinal Influence on Overall Health
The condition of your spine can have a dramatic influence on your overall well-being and health. The spine protects and supports your nervous system. Your nervous system is responsible for coordinating and controlling all of your body’s processes and functions. The nerves in your lower back deliver and receive constant messages from your reproductive system. For optimal function, the communication must be functioning properly. Misalignments or structural or functional issues in your spine can disrupt this communication. Additionally, a holistic chiropractor looks at the various factors in your life that can affect fertility and help you address these issues holistically.

Cost Effective
Treatments for infertility can be incredibly costly, stressful, and time-consuming. Patients can spend over $20,000 in the search for fertility improvements. Some of these costly treatments have success rates as low as 10%. While many of these treatments have improved over the years, there is still no surefire way to solve infertility. Chiropractic treatments for infertility can be quite affordable and safe in comparison. Though there have not been any high-quality controlled studies that have examined the use of chiropractics to improve fertility, there are increasing numbers of case reports and support. Additionally, chiropractic care can offer other holistic health benefits while helping you through your fertility issues.

Whole Health and Wellness
Our chiropractors will focus on your whole body’s well-being. We understand that multiple factors may play a role in fertility issues and that addressing the whole body will help get to the root of the multiple factors that can play a role in infertility. Chiropractic care treats the issues found in your spine and those that affect your nervous system. It can be a non-invasive, safe, and affordable way to improve your fertility and overall well-being.

If you are experiencing fertility issues and want to see how holistic chiropractic can help you, call us at Chiropractic by Thriveology in Denver. We can show you how chiropractic care can help with infertility, as well as a wide variety of other issues that may potentially be contributing to your difficulties in conceiving. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Benefits of Holistic Chiropractic Care

Benefits of Holistic Chiropractic Care
Here at Chiropractic by Thriveology in Denver, we know a lot about the benefits of holistic chiropractic care. Holistic care is getting a great deal of attention in recent years. Many people are not completely satisfied with traditional medical care and a good number have turned their attention to holistic philosophies and alternative health treatments.

Holistic Care
Holistic care takes the whole person into consideration: mind, body, and spirit. The theory is that taking care of the entire person better helps a person heal and attain true wellness. Holistic care ultimately believes that wellness and health are not simply an absence of illness but a balance of the three parts of the whole person. Holistic care encourages a wider range of options for treatment and encourages using an open mind about all the possibilities for healing. Holistic medicine is not a replacement for traditional treatment but encompasses all treatment options.

Principles of Holistic Healthcare
Holistic care is built on utilizing natural care first and foremost. Medication and surgery are often a last resort. Whether you have back or neck pain, anxiety, or sciatica, holistic care professionals believe that patients should first look to such changes as:

·       Holistic treatments in addition to traditional treatments, not as replacement therapies but as complementary therapies
·       Techniques for stress reduction
·       Lifestyle changes such as exercise and diet improvement

Holistic care professionals work to solve the root cause for issues rather than simply managing symptoms. In the long term, holistic health practitioners hope to see fewer cases of illness because they are working on the core problems and overall wellness of the patient.

What Kinds of Holistic Medicine are Available?
There are a variety of holistic treatments available to patients who need care. Common treatments which are holistic in nature include:

·       Chiropractic care
·       Yoga
·       Massage
·       Guided imagery
·       Nutritional guidance
·       Acupuncture
·       Herbal medicine

During chiropractic treatment, other holistic treatments may be offered or incorporated into our treatment here at Chiropractic by Thriveology.

How Can Holistic Chiropractic Help?
Holistic practitioners believe that the bond between patient and healer is most effective when both embrace the potential healing as well as the relationship between patient and healer. Your chiropractic team involves you in all of your care to be sure that you are on board with the full healing process. Your holistic chiropractor is not simply healing your body but also teaching you to help yourself and your body in the future. Holistic chiropractics are non-invasive and intended to help find the root of your body’s issues for long-term healing and benefits.

Our practitioners and patients see the benefits of holistic chiropractic care on a daily basis. If you are in need of the powerful healing offered by holistic chiropractic care, contact us at Chiropractic by Thriveology for an appointment. We can get your body, mind, and spirit started on the path to greater wellness and better health. We look forward to helping your whole being heal and feel better.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Chiropractic Care Can Help with These Ailments

Chiropractic Care Can Help with These Ailments
At Chiropractic by Thriveology in Denver, our chiropractic care can help with these ailments: migraines and tension headaches, stress and anxiety, fibromyalgia, weak immune systems, lack of flexibility, and more. We’ve found that people often think that we can only help with back problems, but knowing that these various other issues can be improved and even solved by chiropractic care can help you improve your overall health care and well-being.

Let’s look at how chiropractic care can help with these ailments.

Migraines and Tension Headaches
The majority of Americans suffer from headaches. They range from occasional to persistent and vary in severity and location on the head. Though taking pain relievers and pain killers can help with migraines and headaches, spinal manipulation has been shown to be an effective way to treat both, especially if your pain is actually originating in your neck.

Most people who get regular headaches are not aware that neck muscle tension is actually the root of many headaches. Your neck muscle tension causes tension in your upper back as well as joint irritation and scalp tension, all of which ultimately contribute to a headache or a migraine. Chiropractic professionals, such as the ones we have at Chiropractic by Thriveology in Denver, can help relieve your headache troubles. Here’s how our methods can address this particular issue:
  • Alleviate stress on your system by performing manipulations and adjustments that will improve your spine’s function and reduce muscle tension.
  • Offer possible relaxation tips, exercises, and advice on ergonomics and posture.
  • Offer possible dietary and nutritional recommendations, including supplements.

Stress and Anxiety
Your spine is the root of your nervous system. Your nerve impulses travel through your spine to your brain and the rest of your body. This is the system most influenced by stress and anxiety. Our day-to-day lives can be filled with environmental stress (noise, weather, chemical exposures, etc.), physical stress (lack of sleep, illnesses, disease, injuries, and more), and emotional stress (our reactions and feelings). Modern society has contributed more stressors to our lives with the rise of technology and influence of social media, as well as the increasing complexity of our daily lives.

All of this stress impacts your nervous system and over time, it can create more problems. Chiropractic care works to relax your nervous system and improve your circulatory system, which will help reduce your stress and help your anxiety. Your chiropractic professional may have other recommendations to help as well. Here’s how chiropractic care can help with these ailments:
  •  Release muscle tension. Chronic stress and anxiety create immense amounts of tension in your body. This creates uneven pressures on your bones, which can cause your spine to be misaligned. Manipulating your spine can help return your body to a more relaxed, aligned state.
  • Reduce nerve irritation in your spine and improve circulation of your blood. This can help reduce your body’s fight or flight response to stress and anxiety.
  • Suggest potential supplements to help your body cope with daily stressors.
  • Discuss changes to your environment and relaxation techniques to help you recover from anxiety and stress.

Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal condition that is characterized by widespread joint pain, muscle aches, and fatigue. This disorder also often includes having other issues such as TMJ pain, irritable bowel syndrome, endometriosis, and more. Often those who suffer from fibromyalgia also experience mood issues such as depression.

Fibromyalgia is complicated and poorly understood and the cause of this condition is not yet known. As a result, treating this condition can be complicated and it can be difficult to address all the associated symptoms; however, one study found that 60% of the fibromyalgia sufferers that were treated with chiropractic care found substantial improvement in their symptoms. Chiropractic care improved patient’s sleep and decreased both their fatigue and pain. Here’s how our methods can address this particular issue:
  • Help improve the nervous system of a fibromyalgia patient, which may help give them a better chance at relief.
  • Treat pressure points to help alleviate pain.

Immune System Issues
Your immune system depends on your body feeling its best. Your nervous system, endocrine system, and immune system are all linked together. Some researchers believe that spinal misalignments cause neural dysfunctions, which are stressful to the body. They believe that all of this can lead to a poor immune response.

Chiropractic care has been shown to reduce stress in the nervous system. This reduction of stress can boost both the nervous system response and the immune system response. Also, given that chiropractic care can improve your sleep and your mood, this creates a positive cycle allowing your body’s immune system to work better. Here’s how chiropractic care can help with these ailments:
  • Improve responses of the nervous system, which helps the immune system.
  • Help reduce stress, which will assist with boosting immunity.

As we age, our bodies can become less flexible for a variety of reasons. Injuries are often a reason for a loss of flexibility. Degenerative conditions can also contribute to issues with flexibility. If it is painful to move, sometimes we avoid certain motions creating a downward spiral toward less flexibility. The less range of motion you use, the less range of motion you end up having.

Sometimes, scar tissue will build up around an area and lack of exercise can compound issues with stiffness and mobility. Regular chiropractic care can help with flexibility as well as range of motion. Here’s how our methods can address this particular issue:
  • Realign joints and bones to help with pain and improve flexibility.
  • Recommend exercises to help with flexibility and pain.

Overall, chiropractic care can help with these ailments and more. Chiropractics can help improve so many of your body’s issues. Relief from these issues can give you a huge boost in the overall quality of your day-to day life. If you would like help with these ailments or others, contact us at Chiropractic by Thriveology in Denver. Seeing one of our specialists can get you started on a path toward feeling better and improving your life.

Monday, June 12, 2017

What is Degenerative Disc Disease?

What is Degenerative Disc Disease?
 What is degenerative disc disease? We here at Chiropractic of Thriveology have put together some information to help you learn more about degenerative disc disease and potential pain solutions and therapies that can be used to help.

If you have chronic issues with your back, you may have heard about degenerative disc disease, but not know much about it. Let’s take a look at the basics.

The Short Description
Degenerative disc disease is often associated with older individuals, even though younger people can have it as well. The intervertebral discs are little cushions between the vertebrae in the spine. They both allow your back to perform complex motions and maintain stability, all while allowing your back to carry the weight of your body and more. As people age, the discs can lose elasticity and become thinner, even losing some of the gel-like fluid inside the discs.

When this occurs, you lose flexibility in motion and you can experience pain with increasing intensity and frequency. If you have chronic neck or back pain that seems to occur more often and be more painful and/or are experiencing a loss of back flexibility, it can be a sign that you have degenerative disc disease.

Where is the Pain?
The pain for degenerative disc disease most frequently occurs in the lower back area, known as the lumbar spine. It is also commonly seen in the neck area, known as the cervical spine.

Understanding Your Spine
In your backbone, also known as the vertebral column, there are 33 vertebrae. Between your vertebrae, there are intervertebral discs, as described above, that act like tiny pillows between your vertebral bones. Each disc consists of an outer band (annulus fibrosus) and an inner liquid substance (nucleus pulposus). The vertebrae combined with the discs, form a protective exterior for the spinal cord and nerves. 

On the back side of your vertebrae are facet joints which also assist with movement and flexibility. All of the spinal joints are protected by cartilage, which can also wear away and will compound the pain experienced. Additionally, the back has muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Muscles power the movement that takes place. Ligaments link your bones together while tendons connect the bones to muscles.

Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease alters the discs, making them less capable of cushioning your back’s motions. Your discs may also bulge or even herniate. Degenerative disc disease is not really a disease as much as it is part of the normal wear and tear of aging.  Gradually the outer part of the discs (the annulus fibrosus) weaken and the water content of the discs decrease, making your discs more stiff and rigid.

Causes of Degenerative Disc Disease
Because degenerative disc disease is usually the result of aging, people over 50 are more likely to experience this issue. Injuries can begin the degenerative process in the discs in your back as well, so younger people can also, though rarely, experience degenerative disc disease as a result.

Does Degenerative Disc Disease Require Surgery?
Some patients may require surgery, but the large majority of patients can find relief without surgery. For those who need surgery, there are several common methods used to help patients with degenerative disc disease: Foraminotomy, Macrodiscectomy, Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF).

How Can Chiropractic Care Help?
After determining that you are suffering from degenerative disc disease, your chiropractic care professional, such as the ones we have at Chiropractic by Thriveology in Denver, will develop a treatment plan to reduce the symptoms that you are experiencing.  For example, there are a few types of spinal manipulation therapies that your chiropractic specialist may want to try:

  • Specific spinal manipulation involves identifying the joints that appear to have restricted or abnormal motility and then uses a gentle thrust technique to manipulate the affected areas.
  • Flexion-distraction technique is often used for spinal stenosis or herniated discs, this treatment involves gentle, non-thrusting manipulation.
  • Instrument-assisted manipulation is where your chiropractic professional uses a hand-held instrument to apply gentle force that does not involve any thrusting directly into the spine.

Degenerative disc disease can also improve with the use of some of the following manual therapies:
  • Trigger point therapy where direct pressure is placed on tight and/or painful spots on the muscles to relieve tension.
  • Manual joint stretching and resistance techniques which involve slowly loosening tight areas by slowly stretching and expanding the range of motion in small increments and slow intervals.
  • Therapeutic massages that can slowly reduce muscle tension and pain.
  • instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy with techniques, such as the Graston technique, in which various tools and instruments are used to help manipulate pain spots or release muscle tension.

Here are a few other types of therapies that your chiropractic specialist may also want to also incorporate:
  • Interferential electrical stimulation of muscles using low-frequency currents to reduce inflammation
  • Ultrasound sends sound waves into the muscles, creating a gentle heat, that enhances circulation and help reduce stiffness, pain, and muscle spasms.
In addition, your chiropractic professional may also encourage you to perform regular therapeutic exercises, which can help reduce your symptoms more quickly and it can also help prevent them from worsening. Prevention can be key to halting the progression of degenerative disc disease and such regular exercises are an excellent part of prevention.

Chiropractic specialists, such as the ones we have at Chiropractic by Thriveology in Denver, spend time treating more than your specific symptoms. Our focus is helping the whole person so your specialist may spend time with you on education in areas such as stress management, overall lifestyle goals, nutrition, and more in addition to treating your degenerative disc disease.

What is degenerative disc disease? Now that you know more about it, you know there are options for improving it. Degenerative disc disease does not have to mean years of pain and suffering. Though you may not be able to reverse aging, you can reverse the effects. Contact us here at Chiropractic by Thriveology for help and pain relief.

Friday, May 26, 2017

How to Tell If You Have Sciatica

How to Tell If You Have Sciatica
Our professionals at Chiropractic by Thriveology in Denver, want you to know how to tell if you have sciatica. Many people think that sciatica is back pain that radiates down your legs, accompanied by a quick jolt. Contrary to popular belief, sciatica doesn’t usually involve much back pain at all. Sciatica is really a symptom of a pinched nerve and involves shooting leg pain that can be found anywhere from the hip area down to the toes.

Here are some additional ways to tell if your pain is sciatica.

Feeling Leg or Knee Weakness
The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the human body, stretching from the lower spine to the foot. When this nerve is pinched, its ability to function is interrupted and results in painful sensations, tingling, and weakness. While pain is what will cause patients to seek care, the combination of pain and weakness in the same leg is a red flag that the sciatic nerve is involved.

You’re Not a Runner
Runners will frequently experience all the same symptoms of sciatica, but it can turn out to be piriformis syndrome. A slipped disc still causes similar symptoms but it presses on the piriformis muscle. If you are not a runner, then it is likely your issues are sciatica.

You Can’t Pinpoint the Exact Source of Your Pain
Use your thumb to press on various areas in your lower back and legs. If you can locate a spot that seems to be the true location of your pain, then your issue is muscle related. Muscles, when injured, can radiate pain throughout the body, particularly if the muscle is shortened (contracted) and tight. If you cannot find a specific source for your pain, then your sciatic nerve is a likely source.

You Can’t Pass the Test
Doctors use the following simple test to determine if someone has sciatica. Start by lying down and stretching out your legs. Have someone help you raise your leg to between 30 and 70 degrees while keeping your legs straight. If you experience pain—especially pain that radiates down to below your knees and even to your toes, you likely have sciatica. This test stretches the sciatic nerve which if it is compressed or injured will produce pain during this motion.

Extra Trips to the Bathroom
This is a sign that your sciatica is much more serious, especially if you have the typical sciatic pain and totally lose control of your bowel and or bladder movements. If you are experiencing this rare symptom, see a doctor immediately because the damage to your bowel and bladder can become permanent if not remedied immediately.

The best news is that sciatica can resolve itself a large majority of the time. Patients can often get resolution more quickly if they visit chiropractic professionals, such as the ones at our office, Chiropractic by Thriveology in Denver. Even acute sciatica should feel improvement within 90 days. If you are not showing signs of improvement, getting help is key. Now that you know how to tell if you have sciatica, contact us at our office for assistance in relieving your nerve pain.