Archive for April 2018
The Importance of Pelvic Stability
Why do I want a more stable pelvis?
Think about all the joints in the pelvic region:
- Pubic symphysis
- Iliofemeral (hip) joint
Pelvic stability means that all the muscles in this region are strong and able to prevent excessive movement from destabilizing the balance of joints in the region. While each of these joints obviously needs to move, excessive movement will create problems, especially for the spine. The fact is, the pelvis is the anchor of your upper body and thus your spine- if it is moving around without any stabilization, then the base of your spine has no stability either. This instability has ramifications in every movement you make. No matter who you are, pelvic stability is important for preventing injury in all types of activity.
A stable pelvis and a happy spine
A stable pelvis complements a stable core, forming the essential components of the framework which supports your spine. If you are interested in finding out more about simple ways to improve pelvic stability, give our office in Park Slope a call to schedule an appointment today.
Give Your Neck a Break with Cervical Traction
Reaping the benefit of cervical traction daily
People who don’t have disc-related conditions may still want to reap the decompressive benefits of cervical traction. Many of us leave work every day with a sore, stiff neck and choose to do nothing about it. If you have reached the end of your tether with chronic neck stiffness, try giving it a bit of traction at the end of the day- you only need a few minutes! Grab a foam roller and lay down, placing it under the base of your skull. Rest in this position and then gently start moving your head from side to side. The foam roller should provide a slight decompression, as well as a therapeutic massage effect.
Treating your neck in Park Slope
At our new office in Brooklyn, we are standing by to help all the stiff and sore necks in our community. We want to help you integrate neck care into your daily routine before your cervical vertebrae suffer from more serious conditions like herniated discs. If you are interested in finding out more about our brand of preventive healthcare, give our office in Park Slope a call to schedule an appointment today.
Cervicogenic Vertigo: When Dizziness and Neck Pain Overlap
Cervicogenic vertigo is a difficult condition to diagnose
When we suspect cervicogenic vertigo, we perform diagnostic tests such as the Dix Halpike Maneuver and the Head Fixed Body Turn test, both of which seek to gently articulate vertebrae in the neck in order to reproduce vertigo symptoms. Reproduction of vertigo during the DHM is an indicator of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, not cervicogenic vertigo; reproduction of vertigo during the HFBT is a positive indicator of cervicogenic vertigo. These two tests allow us to narrow down the cause of your cervicogenic vertigo which allows us to move on toward treatment.
Mechanical problems are most effectively treated by chiropractic
By excluding BPPV, we exclude the most common cause of vertigo, which strengthens the case for true cervicogenic vertigo. The vital difference between the two is that BBPV is caused by disorder in the inner ear while cervicogenic vertigo has a true mechanical cause; that means that chiropractic is one of the most effective methods for treating CV. CV responds well to spinal manipulation, myofascial release and other rehabilitative modalities. If you are interested in getting a clear diagnosis and plan for treatment regarding the cause of your vertigo, give our office in Park Slope a call to schedule an appointment today.
Chronic Pain Management with Acupuncture
Acupuncture for chronic pain
There is no one solution for all types of pain- the western medicinial cure that works for one may not do anything at all for the pain of another. At Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Park Slope, we use acupuncture to help people with chronic pain manage their symptoms. By controlling and increasing endorphin flow, pain signals are regulated and reduced; by unactivating the source of the pain, your brain’s awareness of that pain is similarly reduced. Acupuncture has other positive side effects that apply to pain management- it increases circulation which brings healing nutrients and oxygen to the injurious region; it releases other neurotransmitters such as seretonin which are important for relaxing mind and body.
Acupuncture at our new office in Park Slope
Acupuncture has further applications as a complimentary therapy that can integrate with more traditional forms of medicine in suppressing your chronic pain. If you are interested in finding out more, we urge you to give us a call. We hope to see you at our new office where we have dedicated acupuncture facilities that will help you manage your chronic pain in a natural an effective manner.
Can Acupuncture Ease Sciatica Symptoms?
Acupuncture addresses sciatica symptoms
By inserting tiny needles into strategic points in the body, acupuncture creates a chain reaction of healing:
- Releases painkilling endorphins in the targeted region.
- Relaxes tense muscles, including ones that could be impinging or creating a pull on the sciatic nerve
- Increases local blood flow, which brings oxygen and healing nutrients to the region.
Traditional Chinese Medicine maps out the points that correspond to dysfunction in the lumbar and sciatic nerve regions, allowing us to directly target the symptoms. By relieving pain, you are able to move more freely and perform exercise-based activities that can further improve your sciatica symptoms. Acupuncture is, in most applications, completely side-effect free and the upside is tremendous.
Let’s put acupuncture to work for your sciatica today
If you are interested in using acupuncture to improve your sciatica symptoms, give our new office in Brooklyn a call to schedule an appointment today. We firmly believe that the most effective way to take on any spinal condition, including sciatica, is with a multi-faceted. We have dedicated acupuncture facilities that will help you relax both body and mind in support of more effective healing.