Disc Injury In The Lower Lumbar Spine
𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐜 𝐢𝐧𝐣𝐮𝐫𝐲 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫 𝐥𝐮𝐦𝐛𝐚𝐫 𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐞 is one of the most complaints we’ll see in the office.
The most 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗼𝗻 𝘀𝘆𝗺𝗽𝘁𝗼𝗺𝘀 being pain on bending forwards, pain and stiffness after sitting and very commonly in the morning, there is often an element of leg pains and/or numbness from irritation to the local nerve roots too.
Discs are a strong durable structures but become weakened through chronic loading – namely sitting. Particularly sitting with a forward posture and a loss of the natural inward curve or ‘lordosis’ in the lower spine. 𝗟𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝗱𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗲𝘅𝗮𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀.
We will often see disc injuries many months and years from the initial incident, repeated bouts of stiffness and “locking” in the low back are indicators the body has dealt with flare ups of disc pain before.
𝗧𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗿𝗼𝗽𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗰 𝘄𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗶𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗮𝗻 𝗲𝗻𝘃𝗶𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗰 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗯𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗹, 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆. 𝗕𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗮𝗱𝗷𝗮𝗰𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗷𝗼𝗶𝗻𝘁𝘀, 𝗱𝗲𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝘂𝘀𝗰𝗹𝗲 𝘁𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗼𝗿 𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗻𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗶𝘀𝘀𝘂𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗼𝗱𝘆 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗴𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝗽𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝗮𝘃𝗼𝗶𝗱𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗼𝘂𝗿.
What are the benefits of dry needling?
Dry needling may provide relief for some muscular pain and stiffness. In addition, easing the trigger points may improve flexibility and increase range of motion. That’s why this method is often used to treat sports injuries, muscle pain, and even fibromyalgia pain.
Practitioners place the needles in “trigger points” in your muscle or tissue. Dry needling is also sometimes called intramuscular stimulation. The points are areas of knotted or hard muscle.
This method is usually not used as a stand alone treatment, often in conjunction with other therapies such as chiropractic, physiotherapy and osteopathy.
Why Chiropractors Use Activator
In this video you can see Our 𝐃𝐫. 𝐋𝐚𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐧 𝐁𝐨𝐲𝐝 use a spring loaded, hand held mechanical instrument called an 𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐫.
𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐫 allows a quick, low force impulse to be used at specific points. It was originally created as an alternative to manual adjustments which often produce the “click” or “popping noise” that many associate with chiropractic.
𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐫 𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐝 𝐢𝐬 𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐞𝐥𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐥𝐲, 𝐤𝐢𝐝𝐬, 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐠𝐧𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐲 𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐧 𝐚 𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐬 𝐚 𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞 𝐛𝐢𝐭 𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐜𝐞.
Do Not Crack Your Own Neck
When we look at the stability of the spine, the lower back (lumbar vertebrae) has large muscles, the pelvis and the tissues of the abdominal wall to support it.
The mid-back (thoracic spine) has the rib cage, muscles and ligaments and the lungs to stabilize it.
The neck (cervical spine), compared to the other parts of our spine, is a very thin structure, and it is not very stable. It does not have large muscle groups to support it. It’s also the most flexible part of our spine, and we use this flexibility in our ability to orientate ourselves in our environment.
𝗦𝗲𝗹𝗳 “𝗖𝗿𝗮𝗰𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴” 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗻𝗲𝗰𝗸 𝗼𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗻 𝗶𝘀 𝗱𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗼𝗼 𝗺𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗰𝗲, 𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗲𝘁𝗰𝗵𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝘂𝘀𝗰𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗮𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗮𝗻 𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗮𝘆.
It may feel momentarily good, due to a small release of endorphins (a hormone, giving a sense of well-being) and often people get into a habit of “cracking” their neck repeatedly.
This creates instability in the neck and can give problems such as dysfunction of joints and muscle that again can lead to excessive wear and tear.
𝗪𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝗮 𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗿𝗼𝗽𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗽𝘂𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗲𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗻𝗲𝗰𝗸 𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗱𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝗮 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗰𝘂𝗹𝗮𝗿 𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗮. 𝗪𝗲 𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗰𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘁𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗻𝗶𝗾𝘂𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗺𝘂𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗷𝗼𝗶𝗻𝘁, 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗼𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳.
That is also why a chiropractor cannot treat his or her own neck.
Oftentimes “self cracking” has become a habit and needs time to change. As with most changes, it starts with an awareness, so here you go: 𝐒𝐞𝐥𝐟 “𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠” 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐧𝐞𝐜𝐤 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐦𝐟𝐮𝐥.
𝐒𝐏𝐈𝐍𝐀𝐋 𝐒𝐓𝐄𝐍𝐎𝐒𝐈𝐒 is a narrowing of the spaces within your spine, which can put pressure on the nerves that travel through the spine. 𝙎𝙥𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙡 𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙣𝙤𝙨𝙞𝙨 𝙤𝙘𝙘𝙪𝙧𝙨 𝙢𝙤𝙨𝙩 𝙤𝙛𝙩𝙚𝙣 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙡𝙤𝙬𝙚𝙧 𝙗𝙖𝙘𝙠 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙣𝙚𝙘𝙠.
Some people with spinal stenosis may not have symptoms. Others may experience pain, tingling, numbness and muscle weakness. Symptoms can worsen over time.
Many people have evidence of spinal stenosis on an MRI or CT scan but may not have 𝐬𝐲𝐦𝐩𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐬. When they do occur, they often 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐧 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞.
Symptoms vary depending on the location of the stenosis and which nerves are affected.
𝐈𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐜𝐤 (𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐞)
🔹Numbness or tingling in a hand, arm, foot or leg
🔹Weakness in a hand, arm, foot or leg
🔹Problems with walking and balance
🔹In severe cases, bowel or bladder dysfunction (urinary urgency and incontinence)
𝐈𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤 (𝐥𝐮𝐦𝐛𝐚𝐫 𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐞)
🔹Numbness or tingling in a foot or leg
🔹Weakness in a foot or leg
🔹Pain or cramping in one or both legs when you stand for long periods of time or when you walk, which usually eases when you bend forward or sit
Knee Pain Treatment
Knee pain is the most common joint problem in adults over 35. The chronic and constant pain can prevent you from enjoying the activities you love and affect your quality of life.
𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐝 𝐚 𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐪𝐮𝐞 𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐬𝐲𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐦 𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐤𝐧𝐞𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐨 𝐚 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐞𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐜 𝐤𝐧𝐞𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐞𝐧𝐣𝐨𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬.
The goal of the Total Knee Rejuvenation System (TKR) is to remove restrictive barriers of movement in the body and to reset, restore and optimize normal function and physiology. This is accomplished by using a combination of advanced therapies and techniques, which decrease protective muscle spasm, fascial tension, joint hypomobility, pain, and swelling, thus increasing circulation, and muscle strength.
𝙋𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙨 𝙤𝙛𝙩𝙚𝙣 𝙨𝙚𝙚 𝙙𝙧𝙖𝙢𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙘 𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙨 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩 𝙛𝙚𝙬 𝙫𝙞𝙨𝙞𝙩𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣 𝙖 𝙛𝙚𝙬 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠𝙨 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙜𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙡𝙮 𝙧𝙚𝙙𝙪𝙘𝙚𝙙 𝙤𝙧 𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙞𝙧 𝙠𝙣𝙚𝙚 𝙥𝙖𝙞𝙣. 𝘾𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙤𝙛𝙛𝙞𝙘𝙚 𝙩𝙤𝙙𝙖𝙮 𝙩𝙤 𝙨𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙙𝙪𝙡𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙛𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡 𝙠𝙣𝙚𝙚 𝙥𝙖𝙞𝙣 𝙚𝙫𝙖𝙡𝙪𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙗𝙚𝙜𝙞𝙣 𝙡𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙡𝙞𝙛𝙚 𝙛𝙧𝙚𝙚 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙠𝙣𝙚𝙚 𝙥𝙖𝙞𝙣!
Why should I see a chiropractor?
- Increased energy levels ✅
- Improved sleep 💤
- Less pain and headaches 💥
- Better mood 🙂
- Improved posture and flexibility 🧘♀️
- Boost immune system 💪🏽
- Better athletic performance 🏃♂️
- Improved brain function 🧠
Cupping in Traditional Chinese medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine brings to mind Acupuncture and the use of natural herbs as remedies. Cupping is a less known treatment.
Cupping was established as an official therapeutic practice in the 1950s across hospitals in China after research conducted by Chinese acupuncturists confirmed cupping’s effectiveness.
Dr. Li at our main clinic in Umm Suqeim treats many conditions with acupuncture, such as:
Allergies, Asthma, Sinusitis, Headaches, TMJ, Back Pain, Sciatica, Musculoskeletal Problems, Insomnia, Anxiety, Dizziness, Depression, High Blood Pressure, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Infertility, Addictions, Indigestion, Constipation, Post-Operative Recovery, Palliative Care
Resilience and Adaptability
Our bodies have a truly amazing ability to constantly adapt to the environment and also the demands that we place upon it.
That’s why we gradually find exercise easier and why repetitive strains take time to build up (when these stresses build up enough there is a failure to adapt and symptoms start). So even if symptoms such as headaches, middle back tension or shoulder pinching seem to have “come out of nowhere” your body has likely been adapting to stress for some time and it has reached a point where it can no longer do so.
Our jobs as chiropractors is to assess the function of the body and nervous system and where possible improve it. This is done as seen in the video through specific adjustments to the spine and relevant joints. 𝐀𝐧 𝐚𝐝𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐟𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐣𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐚 𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐝𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐱𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐫𝐬, 𝐬𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐚𝐬 𝐬𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐫𝐮𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠. The greater the adaptability we have the more resilience our bodies have and the better our bodies can cope with strains that we put it through.
Chiropractic approach to Preventive Care
Chiropractic approach to PREVENTATIVE CARE!
Maintenance care is a biweekly or monthly routine checkup and correction program for those who aspire to live pain free and at optimum mechanical function 💪
Chiropractic and neck pain
Neck pain can present in many different ways. Sometimes it can be minor, and slowly progresses out of seemly nothing, other times it can be very acute and severe in nature. 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐣𝐚𝐰 𝐩𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐧 𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐬𝐲𝐦𝐩𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐧𝐞𝐜𝐤 𝐩𝐚𝐢𝐧. Sometimes pain is very local, other times 𝐩𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐦𝐚𝐲 𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐦, 𝐢𝐧 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐥𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐬. Psychological stresses of life can have a major effect on the 𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐧𝐞𝐜𝐤 𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐚. With correct assessment and examination, proper case history, an accurate diagnosis can be made, then appropriate treatment can be considered. 𝙈𝙤𝙗𝙞𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙢𝙪𝙨𝙘𝙡𝙚 𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙞𝙨 𝙠𝙚𝙮! 🔑