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Chiropractic and Athletic Injuries

Running, lifting weights, going to the gym, gardening, and participating in sports all carry the risk of injury. Athletes use chiropractic adjustments to have their body properly aligned. Adjustments will also reduce tension which keeps the body out of alignment. When the body is out of alignment, it is at a greater risk for injury. When it’s aligned, it won’t work as hard and it won’t experience stress in some areas that are picking up slack from deficient areas.

Common issues associated with sports injuries:

  • Back and Neck Pain
  • Foot Injuries
  • Shin Splints
  • Runners Knee
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Hip Injuries
  • Tennis Elbow

Misalignments slow down healing. When the body has an injury, it gives off muscle spasms and inflammation, this is a way for it to try to protect itself. It also increases the time it takes for the body to heal fully so it can bet back out on the field. When you get a Chiropractic adjustment, it speeds up the recovery process of your muscles.

Chiropractors offer sports rehab through spinal rehab. This means that they use a variety of chiropractic treatments to help heal the injury and to heal any factors that can be contributing to the injury. Minor misalignments in the vertebrae can affect how a person walks and how they move their arms. This can contribute to tennis elbow, shin splints, and runner’s knee.

A chiropractor will help to lower the pain from an injury and increase your rate of healing. Being properly aligned can help prevent future injuries. When a chiropractor treats the body through spinal adjustments, it helps to correct the misalignment in your spine which will improve the range of motion and the function of your vertebrae. Throw in massage therapy on top of adjustments, and that helps to relax muscles and ligaments and relieve muscle soreness. This will improve flexibility, increase blood flow, and help your muscles release lactic acid.

With chiropractic treatment that is catered to your body’s needs, your pain will be reduced naturally. The spine will be rehabilitated, and then you will experience a shorter recovery time. Once your joints are functioning correctly, you can continue rehabilitation to strengthen the spine and improve your body’s ability to function overall. Rehabilitative exercise is important for caring for your body.

If you’re interested in seeing our experts at Cross Valley Chiropractic, give us a call at 570-822-4848.

Chiropractic, More Than Just Pain Relief

Many people think that chiropractors can only help with neck and back pain. There are many ways to injure the body, from lifting heavy boxes to a car accident, and visiting a chiropractor usually provides pain relief. Chiropractic care does extend beyond back and neck pain relief, and is key in correcting damage that is caused by trauma or poor posture. Chiropractors focus on the health of your spine being properly aligned.

Chiropractic is a natural, drug-less approach to helping patients reach their health goals. The nervous system is responsible for every function of the human body, from movement, heartbeat, regulation of hormones, breathing, and so on. The nerves play a huge role in keeping us alive and healthy and the nervous system controls every cell and organ in your body.

Chiropractic benefits you in the following ways:

  • Boost your immune system making it easier to ward off illness.
  • Energize your body.
  • Add years to your life.
  • Reduces inflammation which helps reduce chances of inflammatory diseases.
  • Reduces blood pressure.
  • Improves balance as it restores normal, healthy spine function.
  • Reduces stress and improves brain activity and reduces cortisol levels.
  • Relieves asthma symptoms.
  • Promote health and wellness.
  • Back and neck pain relief.
  • Migraine relief.
  • Headache relief.
  • Colic and ear infection relief.
  • Acid reflux relief.

Poor posture, injuries, birth trauma, accidents, this puts excessive pressure on delicate nerves in the back and neck, which can lead to diminished nerve flow to limbs and vital organs. Untreated, diminished nerve energy will cause fatigue, pain, disease, and organ dysfunction. Chiropractic care aims to realign the spine and take pressure off of the nerves. In doing this, it restores the function of your nervous system so it can do what it is designed to do.

For more information about chiropractic care give us a call at Cross Valley Chiropractic at 570-822-4848.

Stay Young with Chiropractic

As our bodies age it’s easier to get injured and it takes longer to heal. We lose muscle mass and energy. When the spine is misaligned it causes pain, stiffness, tension, and other issues. Regular chiropractic care helps to keep you active because alignment can reduce pain, increase range of motion, and promote better general health.

When your body feels less aches, pains, inflammation and general wear, and has better range of motion and it makes it easier to stay active.

The biggest reason people go to the chiropractor is to reduce pain. Pain tends to be a part of the experience of aging. Chiropractic care reduces pain, helping to relax your body. When you’re in less pain, you’re able to do more.

Keeping your spine healthy keeps other systems in your body healthy, including the
immune system. A side effect of chiropractic care is a boosted immune system. You can fight
illness better and stay in better general health.

There are some extra steps that can be taken along with chiropractic care to help your body stay young.
  • Muscle mass decreases as you age, but you can retain your muscle mass by weight resistance exercise.
  • The motivation for weight loss is to maintain a metabolism that will enable you to live and maintain a proper weight. A healthy heart is important!
  • What you eat is important! Eating the wrong foods or the wrong balance or amounts will cause your body to weaken. Unhealthy food can negatively change your metabolism. Proper nutrition and exercise are important to helping your body stay young by supporting mental and physical health.

Chiropractic care is based on non-invasive adjustments that promote your body’s innate ability to heal. It encourages whole body wellness to prevent problems that can cause pain down the line, and helps the body function properly. A proper diet and regular exercise also help. Contact us today at Cross Valley Chiropractic at 570-822-4848 to schedule an appointment.

September -Condition of the Month- Sciatica

Sciatica is defined as pain that radiates from the lower back into the buttocks and down the back of one or both legs, caused by the irritation of the sciatic nerves, the largest nerves of the body. It usually begins as an acute pain in the lower back and then radiates down the back of either or both legs. There are 5 pairs of nerves that exit the spine in the lower back. These nerves make up what we know as the sciatic nerves. If the vertebrae or bones in the lower back are misaligned or out of place; or the disc between the vertebrae are swollen, bulged or herniated, the result is pressure on those nearby nerves. This can cause tremendous pain and normal daily activities almost impossible.

SYMPTOMS: Sensation changes on the back of the calf or the sole of the foot,  Numbness, tingling, burning, pain in the back of the calf or the sole of the foot,  Weakness of the knee or foot, difficulty walking. In severe cases: Inability to move the foot or bend the knee.

TREATMENT:  Chiropractic care works on correcting misaligned or out of place vertebrae and can remove the pressure placed on the sciatic nerve, reducing pain and improving flexibility and function.                                       

 

June condition of the month – Tension Headache

A condition involving pain or discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck, usually associated with muscle tightness in these areas. Tension headaches are one of the most common forms of headaches.  They can occur at any age but are most common in adults and adolescents. If a headache occurs two or more times weekly for several months or longer, the condition is considered chronic.  Tension headaches result from the contraction of neck and scalp muscles. One cause of this muscle contraction is a response to stress, depression or anxiety.  Any activity that causes the head to be held in one position for a long time without moving can cause a headache. Such activities include typing or use of computers, fine work with the hands, and use of a  microscope. Sleeping in a cold room or sleeping with the neck in an abnormal position can also trigger this type of a headache. Other causes include spinal misalignment, eye strain, fatigue, alcohol use, excessive smoking, excessive caffeine use, sinus infection, nasal congestion, overexertion, colds, and influenza. Tension headaches are not associated with structural lesions in the brain.

Chiropractic Care works on correcting misalignments that cause headaches and relieving symptoms associated with tension headaches.  

Cross Valley Chiropractic * 250 S. River Street Plains, PA  18705 (570) 822-4848 * www.crossvalleychiropractic.com

 

May-Condition of the Month-Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a common condition characterized by widespread pain in joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues.  Other problems commonly linked with Fibromyalgia include fatigue, morning stiffness, sleep problems, headaches, numbness in hands and feet, depression, and anxiety. Fibromyalgia can develop on its own, or secondary to other musculoskeletal conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, or systemic lupus. Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia requires a history of at least three months of widespread pain and tenderness in at least 11 of 18 tender-point sites.  These tender-point sites include fibrous tissue or muscles of the Neck, Shoulders, Chest, Rib Cage, Lower Back, Thighs, Knees, Arms (elbows) and Buttocks.  The overwhelming characteristic of Fibromyalgia is long-standing, body-wide pain with defined tender points.  Tender points are distinct from trigger points seen in other pain syndromes.  (Unlike tender points, trigger points can occur in isolation and represent a source of radiating pain, even in the absence of direct pressure.)

Fibromyalgia pain can mimic the pain experienced by people with various types of arthritis.  The soft-tissue pain of Fibromyalgia is described as deep aching, radiating, gnawing, shooting or burning, and ranges from mild to severe.  Fibromyalgia sufferers tend to wake with body aches and stiffness.

TREATMENT: Chiropractic Care works on relieving pain and symptoms associated with Fibromyalgia.

SYMPTOMS: Multiple Tender Areas,  Sleep Disturbances, Reduced Exercise Tolerance, Fatigue, Chronic Muscle Pain or Aching, Body Aches

 

April-Condition of the Month-Oh My Blooming Back

As springtime approaches, the weather warms up and leaves turn green. Many people will spend more time outside, planting bulbs, mowing the lawn and pulling weeds. Gardening can provide a great workout, but with all the bending, twisting, reaching and pulling, your body may not be ready for exercise of the garden variety.  Gardening can be enjoyable, but it is important to stretch your muscles before reaching for your gardening tools. The back, upper legs, shoulders, and wrists are all major muscle groups affected when using your green thumb. A warm~up and cool-down period is as important in gardening as it is for any other physical activity. Performing simple stretches during these periods will help alleviate
injuries, pain, and stiffness. To make gardening as fun and enjoyable as possible it is important to prepare your body for this type of physical activity.

TREATMENT
Chiropractic care works on correcting misaligned or out of place vertebrae and can remove the pressure placed on the nerve endings that line the surface of the joint and course through the space between the joints, reducing pain and improving flexibility and function. To see if chiropractic may be able to help you, call (570) 822-4848 today for a complimentary consultation.

March-Condition of the Month-Neck Pain

Although neck pain can be caused by injury, such as ‘whiplash’ injuries, it is often caused by cumulative affect of improper sitting posture, reading in bed, poor work habits, stomach sleeping, lack of proper exercise and other lifestyle-related factors.  All of these factors cause misalignments in the spine and eventually pain. In fact. the most important factor producing neck pain appears to be spinal misalignments. Even for people who complain that “stress” is causing their pain. The great majority of those have significant spinal misalignments that are contributing to their condition.

Uncorrected chronic spinal misalignments can eventually cause neck pain. As a spinal misalignment worsens, pressure can be put on delicate nerves, sending the surrounding neck muscles go into painful and movement limiting spasm, headache, even numbness, tingling or weakness in the arms or hands.

 TREATMENT

 We love to help patients who are suffering from neck pain because we usually obtain excellent results without the use of anti-inflammatory medicine, muscle relaxers or pain killing drugs.

 

Cross Valley Chiropractic – Dr. Richard Langdon – (570) 822-4848

250 South River Street – Plains, Pa 18705

www.crossvalleychiropractic.com

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December – Condition of the Month – Stress

Traffic Jams.  Paying Bills.  Deadlines.  Pesky neighbors.  These unpleasant or challenging situations create stress in our lives. So why is it some people deal with these stress situations better than others? The answer is complex and includes many factors from genetics to weather conditions, but an interesting study in The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics indicates that there is a relationship between chiropractic and the effect it can have on dealing with stressful situations in your life.  This study revealed that nearly one in three patients viewed their lives as moderately to severely stressful, and more than 50% felt that stress had a moderate to severe impact on their health problems.

Additionally, 71% of the patients indicated that it would be helpful if their chiropractor offered advice to help them cope with these stressful situations.  Communicating with your chiropractor about dealing with stress is the starting point, and you might be surprised to find that your chiropractor is full of sound advice on ways to effectively deal with stress in your life.  Most people know that improving nerve and spinal function has a dramatic impact on improving emotional, mental and physical function.  Getting the most out of your chiropractic care may include talking to your chiropractor about effective strategies to deal with the stress in your life, so be sure to inform your chiropractor about your personal situation so your Doctor of Chiropractic can help you improve your health and wellness at maximum levels.

 

SYMPTOMSHeadache, backache, and fatigue as well as cardiovascular disorders (high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis). Digestive problems (ulcers, colitis, etc) and sleeping difficulties.

 

Chiropractic involves touch; this factor alone sets the stage for the release of muscular tension. Your chiropractor administers one or a series of manipulations (adjustments) to the spine and surrounding musculature. The adjustments may help the fatigue or stress by removing nerve irritation, releasing muscular tension and improving blood circulation.

 

Welcome Dr. Melissa McPartland

Dr. Melissa McPartland
Dr. Melissa McPartland

 

Dr. Melissa McPartland is originally from Northeastern, PA.  She graduated from Scranton Preparatory School and completed her undergraduate studies at Marywood University.  She earned her Doctorate in Chiropractic at New York Chiropractic College, Seneca Falls, NY.

Dr. McPartland’s focus is on patients of all ages, from infants to seniors.  She desires to help all patients achieve a pain-free lifestyle and optimum wellness.