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June 30, 2019

Shoulder Pain Helped

“It Feels Like It’s Ripping Apart”


Bobby came in after experiencing chronic shoulder pain.

Shoulder Pain is common.

This is mainly due to the nature of the shoulder joint itself. It has the most range of motion in the body.

Think of all of the ways your shoulder can move.

Whether you’re reaching across the table for something or scratching the itch on your back, your shoulders allow for so much movement.

Shoulder Pain
Shoulder Pain preventing you from scratching your back?

Many suffer from shoulder pain due to the large amount of motion.

A research article noted that between 16% and 26% have reported experiencing shoulder pain. It is also the 3rd most common muskuloskeletal reason for going to the doctor.

We’ve found that there are 3 major reasons for shoulder conditions:

Rotator Cuff injuries

The shoulder blade has a number of muscles that attach to it. These are called the rotator cuff muscles.

They extend from the scapula around to the arm. These muscles become stressed due to rolled in shoulders and tight chest muscles. Because of this, the muscles are primed for injury.

Rotator cuff tears can be commonly seen in repetitive activities. Reaching forward or pulling motions can become extremely uncomfortable.

Impingement

The ligaments or bursa within the shoulder can become impinged. This can lead to irritation and inflammation. Once this occurs, pain may be experienced.

This type of injury can be seen with over head repetitive activities.

In addition, things like reaching back or overhead can become painful. Scratching your back or tucking in a shirt can be extremely uncomfortable.

Scapula Instability

There are many factors in regards to shoulder blade stability.

Due to the nature of our habits, we tend to have dysfunctions. Our chest muscles become tight, and our upper traps become tense.

Unfortunately, other muscles around the scapula can become weak. This can lead to improper shoulder mechanics. In addition, winging of the scapula can often be seen.

Due to the improper firing of the muscles, the instability can lead to a number of shoulder injuries.

Chiropractic Can Help

Structural and neurologically based chiropractic care focuses on improving the function of the body.

Targeting areas of the spine that have a direct impact on the shoulder can be effective. This can be found in areas such as the base of the neck or upper back.

There are times when addressing the shoulder joint can help. However, having proper spinal and nerve function is crucial for overall improvement.

Chronic pain can be difficult. Chiropractic care can help you begin the journey to health and recovery.

To see how Intero Chiropractic can help you, schedule your appointment today!

June 16, 2019

Why Do I Have Chronic Pain?

“I’ve just learned to live with the pain…”

Why Do I Have Chronic Pain?
Chronic Pain

“I’ve just learned to live with chronic pain…”

Does this sound familiar?

We often get patients in our office that have dealt with pain for several years.

In fact, in 2016, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that 20% of US adults suffered from chronic pain.

I can remember a patient suffering from pain for so long that her doctor told her “You know, I think this pain might just all be in your head.” Now, granted, there are patients who malinger regarding their pain, but she was in legitimate discomfort. They were just unable to help her.

Chronic pain simply means that you have been dealing with pain for longer than 6 months. This can be related to headaches, back pain, or any area that you experience pain.

There are several reasons for chronic pain. Here are just 3 reasons that we often see in our office:

  1. Procrastination: Often times, we hope that the pain will just “go away.” So, we will push through the pain and neglect our injuries. As time progresses the pain might diminish, but the problem still remains.
  2. Turning Off The Alarm: Symptoms are the body’s alarm system to alert us that something is wrong. We have sharp pain or muscle spasms, so we take a pill, an injection, or an ointment to help us feel better. While that may help you get through the day, it does not get rid of the root cause.
  3. Giving Up: Losing hope after trying several types of treatments, ointments, and therapies that didn’t work is common. It can become discouraging. Therefore, we just learn to “deal with it.”

What to do…

The keys to getting rid of pain:

  • Get to the root cause of the problem.
  • Take action as soon as possible, don’t wait!
  • Keep searching for the solution.

If you haven’t heard of Dr. Jerry’s story, I recommend checking it out here. I won’t spoil it for you, but him and his wife sought far and wide for the answer.

They had to fly his wife, Kat, to New York to get structurally and neurologically based chiropractic. Because of the relief that his wife received, Dr. Jerry decide to quit his job on Wall Street and commit his life to helping people just like his wife.


Ricardo, who has been suffering from pain for over 10 years. If you’d like to see what structurally based chiropractic was able to do for him check out the video below:

+10 Years of Chronic Pain Helped With Gonstead Chiropractic
June 9, 2019

How To Use A Cell Phone

1 out of 2 of you will be reading this on your phone…

How to use a Cell Phone:

We all have cell phones. Even my 3 year old nephew has a mobile device!

But has anyone ever thought about the best ways on how to use a cell phone? Because of this, I thought I’d make some simple steps to follow.

The chances of you reading this blog post on your cell phone is pretty high. In fact, research from Statista showed that about 52.2% of all website traffic across the world is viewed through a mobile device. Due to this, we have started seeing an increasing number of concerns regarding the spine…

If you’re reading this on a cell phone, consider your posture:

  • Is your cell phone in your lap or by your waistline?
  • Is your face looking down?
  • Are the muscles at the base of your neck and shoulders feeling tense?
How to use your cell phone

Due to that annoying neck pain, Dr. Robert shows you how to properly use a cell phone in order to find relief!

  • Option 1: Fist Under Elbow Method: Make a fist with one hand. Place it beneath the opposite elbow. Bring your cell phone toward your face, not the other way around.
  • Option 2: Dual Elbow Action: Place both elbows against the side of your ribs. Hold the mobile device with both hands. Bring the cellphone toward your face.
  • Option 3: Take A Break! Sometimes we just need to give technology a break. Go for a walk, get some exercise, have a great conversation with the person next to you.

These are simple ways to improve the health of your spine and reduce the tension in your neck. Try them out! If you still find that you are having lingering neck pain, consider scheduling an evaluation.

Sometimes, chronic postural stress can lead to damage of the spine and irritation of the nerves. Neurological and structural chiropractic care can reduce pain and correct the function of the spine.

Schedule your consultation today.

March 18, 2019

LOWER BACK PAIN on Sitting and Standing Up: Helped!

Amanda arrived at Intero Chiropractic complaining about her lower back pain, as well as shoulder pain that she had been having for a month or so. After extensive testing, Dr. Jerry identified the cause of the pain, which was stemming from her C7 bone in her neck. This misalignment also caused pain radiating into her shoulders. A spinal and neck adjustment was successfully done to relieve her from the pain.

Pain can be a sign that you have a spinal misalignment. If you experience recurring pain, find a local Gonstead chiropractor!

January 30, 2018

5 Exercises That Help Relieve Sciatica Pain

Sciatica pain can be intense, preventing you from working, spending time with loved ones, and otherwise living your life. It has several potential underlying causes, although 90% of cases stem from spinal disc herniation. This presses on the lumbar nerve or sacral nerve roots, generating intense pain. Although many cases remit spontaneously over the course of weeks or months, the pain in the meantime can be almost unbearable.

(Note:  Learn how we treat the root cause of sciatica)

 

Treatment for sciatica is difficult but not impossible. Physical therapy, weight control, and NSAIDs can help, but you’ll get the most benefit from a properly managed chiropractic treatment plan.

 

We’ve put together a list of 5 exercises you can do at home that can help reduce acute sciatica pain.  Remember:  exercises alone will not prevent sciatica or cure sciatica.  However, with the right chiropractic treatment plan, you can see significant long-term results.  That said, the right exercises can reduce pain in the short term.

It might seem counterintuitive, but exercise is actually better for sciatica pain than bed rest. Without enough movement, your muscles become deconditioned and weakened, making you more prone to back injury and strain, exacerbating the pain. Exercise programs for sciatica can depend on its underlying cause, but will almost always feature exercises that promote core strength in the back and abdominal muscles.

These 5 exercises can help relieve and prevent sciatica pain.

KNEE TO CHEST STRETCH

This stretch helps promote lower back flexibility. Starting on your back with a cushion beneath your head, bend your knees while keeping your feet straight and your legs hip width apart. With your upper body relaxed, bend one knee up toward your chest, grasping it with both hands. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds.

SCIATIC MOBILIZING STRETCH

Designed to mobilize the hamstrings and sciatic nerve, this stretch begins on a mat with a cushion under your head and neck. With your knees bent and your legs hip width apart, bend one knee up to your chest. Grasping the hamstring, slowly straighten the knee while pulling your foot toward you. Hold for 20-30 seconds.

BACK EXTENSIONS

Lie on your stomach, propping yourself up on your elbows. Keep your shoulders back, your neck long, and your back extended. Then, push down on your hands to arch up your back. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds.

STANDING HAMSTRING STRETCH

Standing up, raise one leg onto a stable object, such as a step or a sturdy chair. Keep the leg straight, with your foot flexed so that your toes are pointing straight up. Keeping your back completely straight, lean forward and hold for 20-30 seconds.

DEEP GLUTEAL STRETCH

Laying on your back with a small cushion under your head, bend your left leg and rest your right foot on your left thigh. Then, grasp the left thigh, and pull it toward you. Keep your hips straight and your tailbone on the floor. Hold for 20-30 seconds.

EXERCISE, LIFESTYLE, AND CHIROPRACTIC CARE CAN HELP RELIEVE SCIATICA

Along with exercises and physical therapy, chiropractic treatment has been shown to produce improvement in sciatica symptoms. In one 2010 study, 60% of sciatica patients who received chiropractic care three times a week for four weeks experienced the same degree of relief as those who underwent surgery.

If you’re struggling with sciatica pain, reach out to us any time at Intero Chiropractic. We’re always available for a 100% free consultation, along with a full neurological exam for only $20. For sciatica patients, chiropractic care can be a significant part of an overall regimen to manage and reduce pain during recovery.

January 30, 2018

Sciatica Pain? 8 Reasons You Should Never Take Pain Pills

Sciatica can be extremely painful. Shooting pain throughout your back and your upper legs, weakness, and inability to live your normal life make sciatica pain extremely difficult to manage. Many sufferers of sciatica have turned to pain pills – ranging from low-dose aspirin to intense opioid painkillers.

However, using painkillers to treat your sciatica is a mistake – a smart chiropractic regimen from Intero Chiropractic can provide all of the pain relief benefits of medication at a fraction of the cost – and for a longer period of time.

Here are 8 reasons you should never take pain pills for your sciatica pain.

  • PAIN MEDICATION CAN BE EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE

    The cost of pain medication beyond simple over-the-counter pills such as acetaminophen, naproxen, and aspirin is staggering. If you’re uninsured or your insurance doesn’t cover your medicine, a single pill of Oxycodone – a leading opioid painkiller – can cost you anywhere from $30-$50, making pain medication an extremely expensive treatment method for sciatica pain.

  • MOST PAIN MEDICATION IS ADDICTIVE

    Almost all powerful pain medications are opioid-based, using the same pharmacological substances as extremely addictive painkillers like morphine, and street drugs like heroin. Even using opioids temporarily can lead to addiction and extremely painful withdrawal symptoms.

  • PAIN MEDICATION STOPS WORKING WHEN YOU STOP TAKING IT

    Pain medication will only help relieve your sciatica pain when you’re taking it regularly. If you ever run out of medication, forget to take it, or otherwise don’t have access to your medicine, your pain will come back with a vengeance.

  • PAIN MEDICATIONS ONLY TREAT THE SYMPTOMS – NOT THE CAUSE OF SCIATICA PAIN

    If your car’s heat gauge showed that it was about to overheat, would you just cover it up with a piece of duct tape and keep driving? This is exactly how pain pills work. They cover up the symptoms of back pain and sciatica, relieving you from the symptoms of your condition – but not offering any kind of long-term cure.

  • PAIN MEDICATION HAS UNCOMFORTABLE – AND POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS – SIDE EFFECTS

    In addition to the highly addictive properties that opioid-based painkillers have, these drugs have a ton of nasty side effects like nausea, disorientation, and even the danger of death or hospitalization if they are administered incorrectly. Even over-the-counter drugs like acetaminophen, aspirin, and naproxen can cause damage to your kidney or liver if taken at non-recommended dosage.

  • SOME DOCTORS RECOMMEND THE WRONG PAINKILLERS

    Doctors are sometimes sponsored by pharmaceutical companies to push their products – their desire for a kickback may cause them to recommend a dangerous or expensive painkiller for your sciatica pain.

  • PAIN MEDICATION CAN COVER UP OTHER DANGEROUS NERVE PROBLEMS

    Since your pain medication dulls your senses and relieves you of pain, you may not be able to tell if your sciatica or lower back pain is progressing or getting better, leaving you ignorant to the extent of your condition.

  • PAIN MEDICATION IS NOT A LONG-TERM SOLUTION FOR SCIATICA PAIN

    You can’t take pain pills forever, especially if they’re powerful opioids like Oxycodone and other prescription painkillers. Eventually, you’ll have to resort to other measures to treat your sciatica pain.

INTERO CHIROPRACTIC – A LEADER IN SCIATICA PAIN RELIEF

If you’re looking for a safe, inexpensive, long-term treatment that can help you relieve your sciatica pain, look no further than Intero Chiropractic.

Our comprehensive spinal treatment plans include physical rehabilitation, stretches, and adjustments that can help you get relief from painful sciatica nerve pain at a fraction of the cost of pain pills prescribed by a doctor.

Come into our Pleasanton, CA chiropractic office for a consultation today, and see how Intero Chiropractic can change your life by relieving you of the sciatica back pain that has been plaguing you for so long – without costly, dangerous pain pills or other treatments.

January 30, 2018

7 Foods that Naturally Fight Headaches

Headaches are one of the most common ailments, and almost everyone has them occasionally. While unusually painful or highly localized headaches can be signs of serious neurological illness or injury, a reassuring 90% of headaches are benign. These are usually tension headaches, which can stem from a number of causes. Psychological stress, hunger, sleeping positions, sleep deprivation, dehydration, and eye strain can lead you to develop a headache.

If you’re suffering from frequent tension headaches, it helps to identify the underlying cause.  The most common cause is nerve pressure in the spine.  (Shameless Plug:  At Intero Chiropractic, we have the unique technology to accurately detect this)

 

!) It could be because of work stress or relationship issues, an irregular sleep schedule, or inadequate nutrition. Certain foods may actually help prevent headaches from occurring, largely by counteracting nutrition and hydration issues that might be contributing to the problem.

These 7 foods help you fight headaches naturally, reducing the need for analgesics that can be damaging if taken too frequently.

1) Lettuce-based salads.

Dehydration is a common cause of tension headaches. Along with drinking enough water, eating foods with a high water content helps your body maintain its osmolytic balance. Lettuce, spinach, and other leafy vegetables are high in both water and fiber, as well as being rich sources of many important micronutrients.

2) Coffee

As you probably know, too much caffeine can actually give you a headache. But in moderate doses, the caffeine in coffee, green tea, and other healthy beverages acts as a vasoconstrictor, reducing the size of blood vessels. This is especially helpful for managing pain caused by migraines, a common type of headache with a neurological origin.

3) Bananas

Bananas are high in both magnesium and potassium. Magnesium can act as a vasodilator, relaxing your blood vessels to soothe tension headaches. Their potassium content helps your body maintain its balance of electrolytes. This is especially helpful for headaches caused by drinking excess alcohol the night before.

4) Spicy foods

If your headache is caused by sinus congestion, foods with heat and pungency can help relieve the pressure. Many ethnic foods, like Thai, Szechuan, and Indian cuisines, make use of ingredients containing piperine, capsaicin, and other spicy substances.

5) Yogurt

Yogurt and other dairy products are a rich source of calcium, which helps combat the inflammatory processes underlying tension headaches. For people who have trouble digesting dairy, dark leafy greens like spinach and kale are also a source of calcium.

6) Salmon, Tuna, and Other Oily Fish

There are two main types of fish meat: “white fish,” like cod and pollock, and “oily fish,” like tuna and salmon. Oily fish flesh contains a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to have anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties. For migraine patients, a diet high in omega-3 compounds has been shown to reduce the frequency and severity of headaches.

7) Liver and Kidney

Both liver and kidneys are high in niacin, also known as vitamin B3. Niacin deficiencies can trigger both migraines and tension headaches. If you’re vegetarian, or you just don’t like offal, beets and sunflower seeds are also good sources of niacin.

Good Health and Nutrition Can Help Prevent Headaches

Whether you’re a migraine patient or you suffer from tension headaches, a healthy diet rich in micronutrients, along with proper hydration, can help reduce the frequency and pain of your headaches. If you’re getting frequent headaches, especially tension headaches, it’s also wise to get the root cause accurately diagnosed by a specially trained chiropractor.  At Intero Chiropractic, we have the advanced technology to detect the root cause and provide you with a strategic plan to keep you headache

January 30, 2018

Auto Accident? Here’s How a Pleasanton Chiropractor Can Help

If you have suffered an auto accident you need to act fast! Contacting a chiropractor immediately could save you from long lasting neck and back injuries. Even if you do not feel the collision has impacted you physically, you could have sustained injuries that you are unaware of. These injuries can surface later and can get exponentially worse provided you do not take action as soon as possible.Contacting an auto accident chiropractor at Intero Chiropractic will help determine the severity of your injuries and the steps you need to take to make sure you do not experience any lasting effects.

Residents of California are well aware that auto accidents happen on a regular basis. The chances of you going your whole life without falling victim to a collision are very small. The following are some ways a chiropractor can help you after experiencing an auto accident.

Discovering The Injury

Not all of the injuries you sustain in an accident are clear right away. A broken bone or cut is an immediate injury that is usually obvious to the victim, however other symptoms can take days to rear their ugly head. In the time it takes to notice this, the damage can take on an irreversible effect.

For example, “whiplash” is caused by a sudden deceleration of your vehicle that will not necessarily show signs until days later. Soon enough you will start to feel headaches, stiffness and dizziness without a clear way of recovery. However, a chiropractor can help begin to set this straight. This is one of the most common injuries one can sustain after an auto accident and making regular appointments with a qualified chiropractor can ensure the issue does not become more severe.

To truly rule out the existing possibilities, make sure you take your chiropractor’s advice seriously and follow any steps they have recommended.

Get Treated Without Medication

The art of chiropractic treatment is celebrated for the non-invasive way it helps the body heal, using the body’s own recovery agents. The path is natural and is designed to keep you off of medication that can have addictive properties and can set you back hundreds or sometimes even thousands of dollars. Not all medication is bad, but if you prefer alternate methods of care, then chiropracty is definitely for you. By aligning your spine correctly, your muscles are strengthened by increasing the flow blood throughout your body.

The Dangers Of Waiting

A grand majority of people would rather struggle through a medical issue than seek the help of a trained specialist. You should be careful to not fall into this trap. After experiencing an auto accident, you should understand that the repercussions for not getting a potential injury checked could be detrimental. You could experience chronic pains and aches that could last the rest of your life.

Intero Chiropractic will assess the damage done by the recent auto accident. A team of experts will utilize specialized methods to follow up on nerve damage, back pain and other critical injuries you might have sustained.

January 23, 2018

10 Benefits of Having Chiropractic Treatments

Chiropractors have been practicing for more than a century, and in that time, millions of people have enjoyed the numerous benefits of chiropractic treatments. In this article, Intero Chiropractic will explore the many benefits that you can get with the proper treatment at our chiropractor. Let’s get started.

Lower Back Pain Relief
Lower back pain is extremely common in Americans. It’s been estimated that around 80% of Americans will deal with at least one episode of lower back pain in their life time – and around 10% of Americans suffer from some type of chronic back pain.By realigning the spine and joints, chiropractors can provide pain relief for the lower back, and ensure you can live your life normally.

Headache Relief
Misalignments in the spine can actually cause severe headaches. Spinal manipulation of the joints in the neck can help correct this issue. By realigning the spinal cord and spinal column, our Pleasanton chiropractor can help you eliminate headaches.

Relief From Arthritis And Joint Pain
Chiropractors treat the misalignment of joints. If your joints are misaligned, you may experience severe joint pain, so seeking treatment from a chiropractor provides a solution to this. Even patients with arthritis can benefit from re-aligned joints, which lessen symptoms like inflammation and stiffness.

Surgery Prevention

Often, traditional treatments of issues like back pain involve invasive surgeries, undertaken directly on the delicate and vulnerable spinal column. Chiropractic treatments are non-invasive, and can still offer pain relief – allowing you to avoid going “under the knife”.

Improved Digestion And Regularity

Your spine affects your stomach. When your joints are misaligned, acid production increases – resulting in digestion issues, and other symptoms like gastric reflux or gas. Re-aligning the spinal column relieves this stress, and improves digestion.

Better Posture

Poor posture is a major cause of issues like neck and back pain. When you have bad posture, your joints are more likely to come out of alignment. But once your joints are misaligned, it can be difficult, or even impossible, to maintain proper posture without pain.

Chiropractic treatments can break this vicious cycle. Once you have your spine corrected by a chiropractor, it’s much easier to maintain a better posture – and this reduces your need for future alignments! That’s a win-win.

More Restful Sleep

More than 38% of Americans self-report having a difficult time going to sleep, due to issues like stress, bodily pain, and a variety of other factors. Chiropractic care can help with these common sleep issues by relieving pain and stress – allowing for a deeper, more restful night of sleep.

Easier Breathing

A misalignment in the spine can actually affect the lungs, and push them slightly out of position. It can also cause inflammation in the lungs, potentially leading to conditions like asthma. Chiropractic care can solve these problems, making it easier to breathe.

Stress Relief

Stress is, unfortunately, very common among adult Americans. But chiropractic care from Intero Chiropractic can help you manage your stress in a healthy way. Muscle tension is extremely common in overstressed individuals. This leads to further pain and stress. But with the right chiropractor, you can correct your joints – and mitigate your stress levels.

Drug-Free Pain Management

Often, prescription drugs like oxycodone are used to treat back pain. But these drugs have significant side effects. They can be dangerous, and are extremely addictive. Chiropractic services allow you to mitigate your joint pain without turning to these dangerous substances.

Come To Intero Chiropractic For Treatment Today!

At our Pleasanton chiropractor, you can get relief from migraines, lower back, pain, indigestion, and dozens of other issues. So don’t wait. Book an appointment today at Intero Chiropractic!