Adamec Chiropractic News

December 20th, 2016 2:56 pm

With winter finally here in full swing, the cold weather, snow, and ice bring with it the need to be cautious when venturing outside. From muscle strains and spasms to whiplash and herniated discs, cold weather related injuries are a serious problem. At Adamec Chiropractic, we stress two important strategies: first, taking the proper precautions to avoid cold weather injuries; and second, treating injuries as soon as possible to prevent complications down the road.

The statistics speak for themselves. Every year, more than half a million people in America are treated for cold weather related injuries. Falls from skiing, snowboarding and ice skating to the physical strain put on the body from sledding or snowmobiling cause a wide range of injuries to the body including: the knees, ankles, shoulders, back, head, and neck. While some of these injuries are unavoidable – the good news is that many of them are by taking the proper steps to prevent injury.

Whether it’s hitting the slopes or shoveling the driveway, it’s important to understand how the the body reacts to cold weather. Similar to how the body produces sweats in the summer to stay cool, when the temperature drops, the body’s muscles and blood vessels to contract to conserve body heat resulting in a reduction in flexibility. When the body’s tight, the risk of injury increases. Dr. Adamec works with patients everyday developing warm-up, stretching, and conditioning programs to help his patients’ bodies react better to the cold. Backed by research, these custom designed programs significantly decrease the chance of injury when performing physical activities during the winter months.

Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are, accidents and injuries do happen. Treating injuries as soon as possible is just as critical as taking preventative steps to avoid injury. Slipping and falling on ice can cause the vertebrae in the spine to go out of alignment, which can be very painful. Pain medication will only mask the pain – it does nothing to treat the spinal misalignment. Far too often, an acute injury like a herniated disc becomes chronic, because the underlying cause is never treated. However, a chiropractic spinal adjustment will not only treat the pain – which research has shown to be more effective at managing pain than narcotic pain medication – but it will also re-align the vertebrae which can prevent scar tissue and further damage from occurring.

Dr. Adamec takes this same approach to preexisting injuries. Pain is the body’s way of telling us that something is wrong. Performing any type of outdoor physical activity during the winter months when you’re in pain can be a recipe for disaster. One minute you’re shoveling the driveway – and the next – you’re in the emergency room. Chiropractic adjustments and therapy will address these preexisting issues and put the body in proper alignment.

Call our office today to learn more about how chiropractic care can prevent and manage cold weather injury.

Read our news post about tips for shoveling snow

September 21st, 2016 10:04 am

We all feel those increasing aches and pains associated with getting older. We should not, however, let them limit our activities. As the saying goes, life is too short. There are many ways to combat this. Eating right, staying active and living a generally healthy lifestyle are just a few. As challenging as it may be to stay active as we age, it is so important to embrace aging as a gift and reciprocate by making the most of it.

Everyone knows that eating well elongates our lives and keeps us healthy. While that is true, it is also true that it takes a combination of factors to maximize our health and well being. Diet and exercise are a couple of ways one can take control of their own health. There are other ways to increase your quality of life. Along with a healthy diet, an active lifestyle as well as regular visits to the chiropractor can help you stay your best self at any age.

Chiropractic care has repeatedly been shown to increase not only the range of motion in the spine, but also in the extremities. Increasing one’s range of motion can positively affect one’s life in many ways. For some, it’s the ability to pick up their grandchildren with more ease. For others, it’s the ability to walk a little farther, garden a little longer or sleeping more soundly.

Injuries due to falling are extremely common in the senior population. Falling can, of course, lead to serious injury. Once an injury occurs, a chiropractor can help. What few realize, however, is that regular visits to the chiropractor can greatly reduce the risk of falls by administering regular chiropractic adjustments.

Whatever the goal is, be it to run a 5K or simply to have the ability to give the best piggy back ride, we are very much in control of our own health and bodies. It is important to utilize every tool one has at their disposal to live as their best selves and take advantage of everything this short life has to offer.

July 23rd, 2016 8:09 am

Although pinched nerves are quite common, they can also be very painful, and many don’t seek the care they should to deal with the problem. Plain and simple – a pinched nerve is a signal that something is wrong. This can be caused by poor posture, sitting for extended periods of time, lifting heavy objects, or just moving in an awkward way. Too often, patients just deal with the pain and wait for it to go away on its own, and too often, this leads to more severe issues down the road. However, that doesn’t have to be the case.

First, it’s important to understand that treating symptoms when they start is critical in preventing chronic issues from developing down the road. Nerve pain can lead to nerve damage. Once the damage is done, treatment options start to narrow. In many cases, this leads to surgery, which can be painful, and far too often, ineffective. That’s why with chiropractic care we aim to treat the problem – and not just treat the symptoms. Even in mainstream medicine, the strategy is typically to manage the pain with medication, not actually addressing the underlying cause.

This is where chiropractic care takes a different approach. We want to address the underlying issues at hand. Again, a pinched nerve is a signal that something isn’t right, and our completely safe, non-invasive techniques work to address the cause of the pinched nerve, and prevent long term health issues down the road. Treatment options vary from patient to patient and can include massage techniques, changes in nutrition, decompression techniques, and personalized exercise routines.

So if you are suffering from nerve pain, call our office today to find out how Adamec Chiropractic can help.

March 17th, 2016 10:37 am
Chronic Back Pain

Anyone with chronic pain will tell you that every activity poses certain challenges. These challenges can limit one from enjoying life’s activities to their fullest potential. Some physicians can only manage pain using medications, and in some cases, surgical intervention. If these methods aren’t for you, regular visits to a chiropractor can greatly improve your mobility and, thusly, your quality of life and all it has to offer.

A chiropractor will do a physical examination as well as some tests to help them diagnose your pain. Once your condition is diagnosed, your chiropractor will develop a treatment plan. Your treatment plan may include spinal manipulation, manual therapies, and therapeutic exercises.

Spinal manipulation is the traditional high-velocity low-amplitude thrust. The manipulation often results in an audible “pop” as chiropractors use their hands to apply a controlled sudden force to a joint while the body is positioned in a specific way. In addition to manipulation, many chiropractors will use adjunctive therapy, such as ice or heat or physical therapy modalities as part of an overall treatment plan. Regular visits to the chiropractor to treat chronic pain can give one the benefits of long-term pain relief through arrays of non-invasive and drug-free treatments.

October 7th, 2015 8:05 pm
Staying Healthy This Fall

Fall is upon us. With the season of apples, pumpkins, sweaters and changing foliage, comes apple picking, pumpkin picking, extra layers to contend with and leaf pickup. We take the good with the bad. It is also the season in which people suffer from illness. Unfortunately, back issues persist whilst enjoying all of the wonderful things that we love about the Fall season.

Chiropractic care is more than treating a specific ailment; it is about helping patients achieve the highest possible level of care for mind, body, and spirit. This is true during every season. When tending to your yard, make sure you’re not biting off more than you can chew when raking and collecting leaves into a bag. Even though this seems like a mundane task, our bodies feel every minute. Make sure you are using your body correctly when reaching for those apples or pumpkins. When we go out in those extra layers, make sure we are consciously compensating for the extra warmth our muscles receive and the extra bulk it creates for our daily movements.

Chiropractic care can also aide in the cold and flu season. Although chiropractic care is often used as a means to reduce pain or discomfort in various regions of the body, it is also intended to keep the spine aligned properly. When the spine is adjusted into a proper position, the nerves housed in the human nervous system will benefit from dramatic boosts in functioning. Since the intricate and fragile network of tiny signals can easily be scrambled, it is vital that the back is aligned to remove any misinformation and improve the effectiveness of the spine sending messages to the brain. Thusly, when your nervous system is well-supported, your entire body will be strengthened and able to take on the war against the common cold.