Although very rare, during my 17-years in practice at Soft Touch Chiropractic in Porter Ranch, CA, there have been instances when I have advised my patients to seek care outside chiropractic or alternative care. If you have been under the care of a chiropractor for several months or have seen several chiropractors, or if you have tried different chiropractic techniques and modalities, yet you feel no relief, it may be time to look deeper into your condition. But let me make a distinction, if you felt little relief, that is different than no relief at all. If you experienced even a little relief, it just means that your progress may take longer, so don’t give up. Having said that, if you feel no relief at all, then the cause of your pain may not be due to musculoskeletal problems.
I have seen patients who had severe bulging discs, prostate issues, ovarian issues, tumors or kidney issues which mimic back pain. Because these problems are not musculoskeletal in nature, I advised them to look at other solutions. In the presence of these issues, chiropractic will still help with waking up the immune system and strengthening the body’s self-healing ability.. However, the first line of defense is to seek deeper diagnostic tools such as an MRI or diagnostic ultrasound.
After diagnosing the problem, I strongly urge that a patient turn to alternative, non-invasive care such as acupuncture and/or naturopathic medicine in combination with chiropractic to find a solution. Only if none of the above treatments result in progress, would I advise a patient to consider invasive procedures such as drugs or surgery. An MRI or diagnostic ultrasound will determine how aggressive you should be with treatment.
Ask your chiropractor today to send you for an MRI, if your condition seems to remain the same or has worsened within 3 to 6 months of starting consistent treatment. If your treatment has been sporadic or inconsistent, you might consider seeing your chiropractor with greater frequency to give the treatment a chance before deciding to be diagnosed further. For example, if you have severe pain, but only see a chiropractor once a month, you will not see significant changes. Follow your chiropractor’s recommendations for frequency of visits.
Here at our practice in Porter Ranch, CA approximately 70% of our patients come in for treatment of low back pain. Two of the most common joint problems in the low back are the lack of movement in the sacroiliac joint and the other is a rotated pelvis normally caused by joint fixation or muscle imbalance. Here is one way and two signs that will tell you where your pain stems from.
Try this. Stand up straight with your feet together and arms at your sides. Close your eyes and do your best to remain still. Allow your body to move on its own. You will notice that your body will rock or slightly sway on its own without you making any effort.
If your body rocks back and forth, your back pain is being caused by dysfunction in your sacroiliac joint. Your chiropractor can tell you whether this condition is being caused by muscle imbalance or joint fixation. Chiropractic can help relieve the pain by releasing the pressure off the sacrum. The health of the sacroiliac joint is of utmost importance because it plays a part in the circulation of spinal fluid.
If your body sways from side to side, the root of the problem is your rotated pelvis. A chiropractor will test for a rotated pelvis by doing a “short leg” test, where one patient’s leg may appear shorter than the other because of the improper rotation of the pelvis. Generally, he or she will apply a technique called sacro-occipital technique (SOT) to align the pelvis to its proper position.
Watch the videos below for a demonstration.
Recently, my family and I were in a car accident. We were in a small sedan and were rear-ended by a minivan. Although on the surface, our whiplash injuries appeared minor, we experienced the severity of car accident trauma. Now, I clearly understand and empathize with my car-accident patients, who come for treatment at our office in Porter Ranch, CA. My wife, myself and my two-year old son, who were all in the car, began chiropractic treatments the day after the accident. As a chiropractor, I know what do in these cases and yet it’s ironic that my degree in chiropractic does not exempt me from injuries.
Two weeks after consistent adjustments, I realized that I was still foggy-headed and I was suffering from major confusion. I was very impatient and I had to put a hold on all the continued education seminars I teach to other chiropractors. I remembered all the advice I normally give my patients and I put it into practice.
After major trauma, such as a car accident, the body is flooded with endorphin and enkephalin hormones, which act as natural pain killers. Our bodies are intelligently designed to respond to trauma by releasing hormones to deal with damage. Cortisol, the stress hormone, is also released by the body after trauma. Excessive cortisol breaks down brain cells. These hormones can linger in the body and cause foggy-headedness and confusion.
Here are four tips to help your body detox from the excess hormones produced after a car accident or major trauma:
If you have been in a car accident, call your local chiropractor immediately. If you are in the Northridge area, call us 818-831-0100. We are happy to help.
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Are you suffering from neck pain?
Are you suffering from neck pain?
If you are receiving this message, you have already experienced the relief that comes from getting a neck adjustment; and did you know that there is one simple thing you can do at home to avoid chronic neck pain?
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Imagine yourself in traffic, driving home after a long day at work. Although you are in the fast lane everyone is at a standstill. You hear sirens in the distance and think to yourself, "A car accident must be causing all this traffic." It never crosses your mind that you're about to be the unfortunate victim of a high speed police chase, which will result in a personal injury case.
The sirens quickly become louder, then there is a loud crash and you are thrust forward as a car violently plows into yours. As your brain tries to make sense of what just happened, you see two police officers pulling a man out of the car that just crashed into yours. The perpetrator looks over and you lock eyes with him. The terrifying yet stoic look on his face is imprinted in your mind.
Following the accident, you can't sleep and when you manage to get some rest, you have nightmares. Focusing on anything becomes increasingly difficult and depression begins to set in. You essentially experience post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) without being able to shake the memory of the car accident.
This is the real-life case of a patient in my practice. Most of us generally relate PTSD to war veterans or victims of of domestic abuse. However, PTSD after a car accident is more common than publicized. Chiropractic care after an accident is vital to the healing, but in the case of PTSD, a person will benefit from taking Vitamin B3, also known as Inositol.
Studies have shown that Vitamin B3 in large doses will reduce the symptoms of PTSD.
If have been in a car accident and you are experiencing, even mild symptoms of PTSD, we recommend you visit your local chiropractor and add Vitamin B3 to your line of supplements.
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You just bought a new mattress because the old one seemed to give you a backache and yet, your pain has not gone away. If your new mattress is not fixing the problem, maybe the cause of the problem was never the mattress.
After 15 years of treating patients, it is my experience that, most of the time, a mattress is not the reason a person wakes up with back pain. The real culprit is the emotional state a person is in right before going to bed. Things like: having a fight with your spouse and not getting resolved, watching the news, mentally replaying a bad situation which happened during the day or not forgiving, cause the muscles of the body to contract. This means that the body is sleeping in a state of stress and the muscles are contracted for 6-8 hours. This is what causes back pain. The same happens in the case of car accidents. A person involved in an accident might have mild or no pain at all, but the emotional shock causes muscle contraction, not allowing the person to truly rest. In my office located in Porter Ranch, CA, 25-30% of back pain is caused by this phenomenon which we call emotional subluxations.
Make it a practice to do an emotional check up before going to bed. Release all emotion by praying, meditating, journaling, resolving conflicts with your loved ones or talking to a friend. Create a calming environment and bedtime routine for yourself by skipping the news channels, reading or watching something inspirational and drinking chamomile tea. If your back pain is consistent, call your local chiropractor and make an appointment today.
For 15 years I have been treating patients, in Porter Ranch, CA, whose pelvises are rotated to the point that one leg appears to be shorter than the other. They come to me with moderate to severe low back pain, upper back stiffness, headaches and an overall feeling of malaise.
I have recently reaffirmed that adjusting the pelvis to alleviate the symptoms and to restore balance is not the only solution to this problem. Adjustments on the feet and ankles to ensure proper alignment, help the pelvis, knees and ankles keep their integrity after an adjustment. This is the true foundation of the spine.
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, visit your local chiropractor. If you are in the Porter Ranch/Northridge, CA area or surrounding cities, call Soft Touch Chiropractic today to make an appointment. 818-831-0100
New scientific evidence over the last decade has demonstrated the efficacy of chiropractic adjustments for improving cognitive health across the human lifespan. Chiropractic adjustments spares age-related loss of brain tissue during aging, and enhance functional aspects of higher order regions involved in the control of cognition.
If you are in the Porter Ranch/Northridge, CA area, call us today for a free chiropractic exam. 818-831-0100
Front of Shoulder Pain
Most of the people who come to my office complaining of shoulder problems, point to the base of their neck or the top of their arm and that's what they call a shoulder problem. However, one the most common shoulder problems is generally located in the front of our bodies at each end of our collarbone. The collarbone is the bone which is most often fractured. When the fracture heals, few doctors pay attention to the joints that have suffered trauma at each end of the collar bone, mainly the joint that is close to our sternum called the sternoclavicular joint and also the joint that is close to our arm socket.
The best way to find out if these joints have issues is by evaluating the range of motion of the shoulder. To check the range of motion, raise your arm away from your body. This movement is known as abduction. If you cannot raise your arm above your head, there is a loss in the range of motion and the joint has problems. Here are other ways to check for trauma:
1. Compare arms. Raise both arms away from the body. If one doesn't raise quite as high as the other, you know you have an issue.
2. Compare the movement of the sternoclavicular joints. Again, raise your arms and notice the movement on both sides. If they are not moving in the same way, one side may be restricted.
3. The sternoclavicular joints should be at the same level. If you cannot spot any abnormalities while looking in a mirror, chances are the joints are level.
4. There may be pain close the sternum.
5. There may be tenderness in the area of the sternoclavicular joints.
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, call your chiropractor. He or she is educated in manipulating these joints. The manipulation of the sternoclavicular joint or the socket joint is not like the adjustment of the spine. There may be no cracking or popping sounds because the adjustment is more sophisticated and delicate. In our office, we use an instrument to adjust this joint which is softer and more precise.
If you are in the Porter Ranch/Northridge, CA area, call us today for a free chiropractic exam. 818-831-0100
Is Fear Taking Over Your Life?
Tsunamis. Earthquakes. Hurricanes. Fires. Terrorist attacks. Wars. And now
the bird flu. It’s virtually impossible to pick up a newspaper or turn on the
television without some disaster, disease or pestilence gripping you with fear.
Many of the news reports we read,watch and hear are legitimate andworthy of concern. Some, however,are generated by those who simplywant to take advantage of the world’s increasingly fearful point of view.Let’s face it: Fear sells.
But we can’t just blame external forces. A substantial amount of fear is
self-generated by our own psyches:We truly can be our own worst ene-
The Effects of Fear
A little fear is natural, but too much fear can have serious effects on your
physical and emotional well-being.The Spinal Connection According to Dr.Shamaeizadeh, fear is an emotional cause of vertebral subluxations, spinal dysfunctions that are linked with disease.
Doctors of chiropractic correct vertebral subluxations with safe and gentle
maneuvers called chiropractic adjustments. However, chiropractors also
focus on preventing subluxations to begin with. This focus on prevention
makes chiropractic unique.
Researchers from the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta agree that fear deteriorates wellness.They concluded that “the inability to suppress excessive fear or anxiety is a significant clinical problem.” (Biol
That’s why Dr. Shamaeizadeh urges patients to carefully monitor their internal “fear meters” and prevent this powerful emotion from taking over their lives.