Monday, April 29, 2013

Back Pain? Get Off of That Couch!

More than 80 percent of adults suffer from back pain at some point in their life.  This means that if you haven’t had an episode of back pain yet, you most likely will (and probably sooner than you think).  Chances are good that when the pain strikes, your first thought will be to get off your feet, lie down and rest. Unfortunately, research shows that unless the pain is severe or accompanied by other symptoms, such as pain radiating down the legs, rest is the exact opposite of what you should do to relieve your pain.

If you're suffering from back pain, staying active is the best advice to follow in the majority of cases. That means avoiding bed rest and sitting or standing in one position for long periods of time.  Try to continue doing all the things you usually do, within reason.  This means no heavy lifting or intense physical activity, including twisting or other dramatic movements that could make the pain worse.

While it may sound counterintuitive, abundant research indicates that activity can help reduce the pain and shorten recovery time in most cases of non-complicated back pain. In fact, one study that summarized findings from an international task force on back pain stated that bed rest is contraindicated in sub-acute and chronic cases of low back pain and in acute cases, bed rest should neither be enforced nor prescribed; and if authorized (based on pain indication), bed rest should be for the shortest duration possible.

The theory is relatively simple, if you think about it: Inactivity can make your spine and back muscles tight and stiff, increasing the pain, particularly when you bend or stretch. Prolonged inactivity can also make you weaker, not to mention that evidence suggests the longer you stay in bed with pain, the more likely that your pain will become chronic / more disabling, often because you avoid moving for fear it will exacerbate the pain.

Of course, the first step when suffering back pain is to make a visit with a health care provider who can evaluate your pain, make sure there's nothing more serious going on, and then offer treatment and self-care recommendations (including activity) to help relieve it. Enter your doctor of chiropractic, the expert in treating spinal pain.  If you’re suffering from back pain, call our office at (303) 463-0722 to make an appointment for a free Consultation to determine if chiropractic is right for you!

Monday, April 22, 2013

It's National Volunteer Week!

With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community. The right match can help you find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. Volunteering can also help protect your mental and physical health. Even if it's just once a year, volunteering your time to help others is worth it!

To find a volunteer opportunity in the Denver area, visit VolunteerMatch.org!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Who’s the Best Denver Chiropractor?

Here are some ideas on how to find the best Denver chiropractor for you, and why we may be your “best bet“!

Availability - The best Denver chiropractors offer same day appointments in most instances (we do!).  If we feel that your problem will benefit from the types of treatment we offer, we will begin your treatment on your first visit.  When you’re in pain, you don’t want to wait to feel better. 

Thorough Consultation and Exam - To get the care you need, your doctor needs to know exactly what’s wrong .  We offer a thorough consultation to every new patient that comes in our doors.  This is where you can let the doctor know the answers to questions like “Where is your pain, what makes it better, what makes it worse, what other treatments have you tried, etc.”

After an in-depth consultation you will receive a detailed physical exam testing the entire ‘musculo-skeletal system’ including muscles, ligaments, tendons, discs, capsules, and nerves.  At this time we will test your reflexes, perform range of motion tests and specific orthopedic tests to determine what type of injury or problem you have so we can plan the fastest way to get you out of pain.

Detailed Explanation - The days of blindly following your doctor’s orders without understanding your problem are over.  Once we’ve determined what is causing your pain and more importantly, that we can help, we will create a Recommended Action Plan (R.A.P.).  When going over your R.A.P., we will explain exactly what is wrong (in easy to understand language), what kind of treatment will give you the fastest results, and how long it will take to see improvement.

Track Progress/Goals - If after beginning treatment you don’t see improvement, it’s important to have a “back up plan”.  In our office we will perform re-exams throughout your treatment to track your improvement.  If your condition doesn't progress as planned, we will change your treatment accordingly.  We provide chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, acupuncture, and cold laser therapy, to make sure that you can be pain free as quickly as possible.

Specificity of Treatment - Every patient should be treated according to their specific needs because not every episode of back pain, neck pain, or headaches is the same.  While it is true that many people will have a recurring complaint like a “bad knee” or “bad back“, things like age, activity level, and how old an injury is can all affect how a complaint should be treated. 

We give every patient a course of action specific to their problem, not just a standard “three times a week for six months”.  Our goal is to get you feeling as good as possible as quickly as possible and we achieve that goal by providing the best treatment available for their specific problem.

Various Types of Treatment Available - While vertebral subluxations are frequently the cause of many of the complaints that a chiropractor sees in their office, the best Denver chiropractors know that therapies like massage, acupuncture, laser therapy, and nutritional supplementation can help speed up the recovery time for many episodes of back, neck, and shoulder pain.  Our office specializes in providing all of these complimentary services to help provide fast pain relief.

Follow Up - Unfortunately, 80% of Americans will suffer an episode of back or neck pain in their lifetime with the majority of them experiencing many.  Good chiropractors know that back pain is something to be managed, like diabetes or cardiovascular disease.  In our west Denver chiropractic office we make sure to provide our patients with instruction on everything from how to improve their sleep and posture to strengthening their “core” and relieving a back spasm at home.

Most importantly you need to find the best chiropractor in Denver… for YOU!  Every chiropractor has strengths and weaknesses and if you focus on finding one that you are comfortable with and satisfies the 7 points above, you should be very happy with the outcome.

If you are in need of a chiropractor, I hope you’ve been convinced that our office would be a good place to start.  Please call (303) 463-0722 or visit www.WestDenverChiropractor.com and schedule an appointment today.