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September 8, 2019

9 Major Reasons for Full Spine X-Rays (Part II)

Have you ever heard the saying, “You don’t know what you don’t know?” Well that couldn’t be more true, especially when it comes to YOUR HEALTH. In the last video I went over the first three reasons of nine as to why taking full spine x-rays is essential for accurately evaluating the structure and function of your spine and nerve system as it relates to your health issues to help you overcome them and experience the absolute best quality of life.  

In this second video, I go over the next three reasons and explain how it allows us to provide a practical solution for you and your family’s overall health.  Secondary conditions such as constipation, bedwetting, back pain, headaches, and sciatica are examples of issues that are very common, however, they are not normal.  Full spine x-rays will paint a picture as how far your spinal structure has departed from ideal structure and what we need to improve it so that your body can start to heal from the inside out.  Watch the blog video below!

August 27, 2019

9 Reasons Your Chiropractor Should Take Full Spine X-Rays (Part I)

Anyone in architecture, construction and engineering will tell you that not only is having a blueprint an important part of creating a building, it is ESSENTIAL.  In this video I go over the first three reasons why taking Full Spine X-rays is essential, when clinically indicated, in determining how to provide a practical solution to your health issues, how to accurately fix the problem, and how to manage your spinal structure in the long term.  Click on the video blog below to learn more and give our office a call to see if we can help you live your best life!

What is Juvenile Arthritis and What to do About It?

Over a quarter of a million children are now being diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis.  The largest portion of this population consists of children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, which basically means the cause is largely unknown.

Parents may write off their child’s symptoms because they can often mimic signs of the flu or an allergic reaction.  Itchiness, redness of joints, swelling, and many more symptoms indicative of an arthritic issue have been recorded in children as young as 6 months all the way up to 18 years old.  Considering that children’s immune systems aren’t fully developed until about 18, it makes sense that the symptoms they experience are in proportion to how well their immune system regulates itself and adapts to its environment.

FOUR SIMPLE STEPS that will help your child overcome Juvenile Arthritis

If your child has been diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis, there are tools that can help! As we end the month of July and Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, here are four things you and your child can do to improve.

1. Vitamin D is the bees knees!

Most people realize that vitamins are essential to overall body function, but we are now beginning to realize just how crucial vitamin D is as a raw material for the overall performance and resilience of the body.  It’s important not only for bone and joint health, but it’s actually one of the most important building blocks for developing the immune system. Virtually every cell in the body has receptors for vitamin D, especially the cells making up the immune system.  Even if your child does not like being physically active YET, it’s still important to make sure they are getting adequate exposure to sunlight in the middle of the day so that their body can make vitamin D. In most cases, as a nation we still don’t get enough vitamin D so it might be necessary to take a supplement to reach 800 IU intake a day at a minimum.  Many sources are now suggesting that it is necessary to take more than that for optimal absorption and utilization by the body.

2. Sugar is not so sweet after all

Many times parents feel compelled to give some sort of sugary treat as a reward for good behavior.  This could be one major thing that is contributing to joint inflammation.  Candy contains a lot of artificial sweeteners, fillers, and things that were made chemically in a lab. When a child eats these things it’s actually foreign to the body, it raises blood pressure, cortisol, and spikes inflammation……which is basically putting gas on an open flame!  The younger your child is, the more likely you can instill healthier eating habits without much push back because they haven’t developed significant association to what is bad or good. One thing to try giving as a reward is something like strawberries, which are quite sweet, or some other fruit. While fruits do contain natural sugar, their bodies knows how to process it so it doesn’t cause such a spike in inflammation and other negative effects in the body.

3. Life is motion

Everyone knows that smoking is bad, but it really puts things in perspective when people are now saying that sitting is the new smoking!  Children today are becoming less physically active than ever before in the history of our nation.  When I was growing up I was out in the yard with my best friends and brothers playing wiffle ball to see who can get an in-the-park home run, or even playing street hockey pretending to be in the pursuit to win the next Stanley Cup.  Children today are living their childhood through a screen, whether it be playing a game on their parents’ phone, on a tablet, watching movies or playing video games. This one doesn’t take a special formula, other than realizing that more time sitting in front of a screen = less time being active!  Parents have more demands placed on them than ever before, so the easiest way to get them active is to give them scheduled screen time.  Now if physical activity is an issue because of joint discomfort, the first step would be at least getting them outside and going for a family walk for 30 minutes to instill better lifestyle choices and make them feel that the family isn’t just doing it for them, but that it is a family affair and something that everyone should engage in on a daily basis!

4. Take care of the Command Center

Many times parents are making all the right decisions to help their child that is suffering with Juvenile Arthritis, but it just feels like no matter what they try or what new habit they adopt, they are still left without answers.  Families feel hopeless because their child has been labelled with a disease or diagnosis. If we give power to that diagnosis, then it becomes the person; whereas if we realize that optimal health is the real entity, if it is not being expressed then there is something we can do about it.

Children live their lives through their nerve system (the command center) and every human experience we have is processed through the brain, spinal cord and nerves.  When there is a structural shift in the spine that has been left unidentified and uncorrected, this causes a disruption. These structural shifts happen as a result of a number of different things such as: in-utero constraint, birth complications, slips and falls, etc. It is essential that a child have their spine and nerve system properly examined by a chiropractor that uses objective technology to assess the function of the nerve system ensure the proper function of their body with specific chiropractic care.  When the command center of the body cannot properly send and receive messages to the immune system due to structural shifts in the spine, the immune system becomes compromised and cannot accurately react to demands of the body and the environment which can lead to joint inflammation, aches and other pains and dysfunctions.

References:
  1. https://curearthritis.org/juvenile-arthritis/
  2. https://www.vitamindcouncil.org/

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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

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
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

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.

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