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May 2019 Health Newsletter

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MAY 2019


Dear Patients and Friends,


At this time last year I was in the middle of severe pain and impairment related to a ruptured disc and severe sciatia.  Instead of finalizing my plans for a birthday trip to the coast of Oregon to play golf at Bandon Dunes, I was busy trying to determine what to do to get better.  My three different chiropractors didn't help me, medical drugs didn't help me, cortisone shots into my spine made no difference, and physical therapy and exercise was intolerable.  In fact, I quit playing golf for many months.


Fortunately, those days are over.  Although I continue to experience chronic left foot numbness, tingling and burning in my toes, I am functioning at a high level.  I am back on the golf course, and I am still at the office.  Because I missed last year's birthday trip, I have been busy planning a make-up trip to Bend, Oregon.  Everyone that I have talked to that has been there has nothing but praises for this area of the country, so I am really looking forward to a birthday week in Oregon during the first week of June..


For those of you that need to get into the office, I will still be be for the next three weeks.  We will be out of the office from June 1-June 8.


Last week I wrote an article for this newsletter, "Confessions of a Chiropractor:  What I learned from my own back surgery."  If you haven't read this article, I think it's worth reading.  If you haven't read about my personal experience with back surgery, the article will be available in the office.  In the meantime  I can only say this.  My experience and advice may be invaluable to you and your friends that are experiencing back pain.  And, I still believe that chiropractic care is the safest, effective, and most conservative approach for acute or chonic back and neck pain.


In better health,


Dr. Craig Brue







Current Articles

» Pain In The Text Neck
» Walking Away Back Pain
» What’s With The “Pop”?

Pain In The Text Neck

Spending too much time texting?  Hooked on social media?  Have you shifted from watching movies on a TV to watching them on your shiny new tablet?  With these new habits and activities come new stresses on the body.  "Text Neck" is the not so old term used to refer to pain and irritation to the neck and upper back as one looks down at their electronic device over extended periods of time.  This poor posture with the head in the down position causes irritation and damage to the cervical spine (neck) and upper thoracic spine (upper back).  Muscles and ligaments of the neck and upper back as well as the joints of the spine are all vulnerable, resulting in pain and stiffness.  Even the nerves exiting the spine in the neck and upper back areas can become irritated, resulting in local or radiating pain into the arms.  So what to do you ask?  The first step is raising all devices so they're at eye level and avoid looking down for extended periods of time where your chin is approaching your chest.  Also, limit your time on electronic devices and ensure that while in use, you take frequent breaks every 20-30 minutes.  If you’re at the point where you are noticing pain and stiffness during or after use, there is help.  Your local doctor of chiropractic is a spinal expert and can accurately evaluate and care for a wide variety of spinal and soft tissue conditions, including text neck.  Chiropractors utilize a number of safe and natural treatments focused on restoring motion and balance back to the spine and supporting soft tissues, eliminating the associated pain.  If you believe you might be suffering from text neck or another spinal/soft tissue disorder, call your local chiropractor today for a non-obligation evaluation today!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: ChiroPlanet.com, May 2019.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2019

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Walking Away Back Pain

European researchers have supporting evidence that moderate physical activity is beneficial for many people with acute low back pain. In a recent study, researchers found back pain sufferers had a reduction in their level of back pain after 10-15 minutes of treadmill walking at a self-selected speed. A word or caution: Those suffering from back pain should always seek the advise of their licensed chiropractor or other health care professional prior to initiating any physical activity when pain is present. Only a licensed health care provider can determine if physical activity is safe and/or appropriate for your particular condition.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: European Spine Journal 2003; Vol. 12, No. 2.
Copyright: ChiroPlanet.com 2003

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What’s With The “Pop”?

If you've been to a chiropractor in the past, you may have noticed that your chiropractic procedure was associated with a popping sound. This sound is actually quite normal and is created by the negative pressure within the joint resulting in the release of nitrogen gas. In fact, this is what occurs when cracking your knuckles. With certain chiropractic procedures delivered by licensed doctors of chiropractic, this noise is completely normal. However, there are many times when the popping sound isn't heard. New research performed to evaluate neck pain and the presence of an audible "pop" heard immediately following the chiropractic procedure indicates the lack of an audible "pop" does not necessarily contribute to the reduction of pain or overall effect on the nervous system. In other words, that audible "pop" is not required to get great results!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JMPT. Vol. 34, Issue 1. January 2011.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2011

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