Monthly Archives: May 2009

Headaches & Eye Pain Referral

A common complaint that I see among our patient base is the dreaded tension headache and sometimes its referral to pain behind an eye. Patients say it feels “sharp” or “stabbing” eye pain to go along with the dull headache. While tylenol and other NSAIDS seem to take the edge off, long term use of such over the counter medications do have side effects and do not address the source of the pain.

A common treatment that has helped many of our patients with headaches is deep tissue trigger point work on the suboccipital muscles (base of the skull) and along each side of the spine in the neck region. Trigger points are areas where the muscle fibers have been under stress and have essentially “glued” together. Applying pressure and stretching to these muscle fibers helps to bring healing and stop the pain. The combination of this muscle technique with gentle chiropractic adjustments has helped reduce the frequency and intensity of their headaches.

Staying well hydrated during the course of treatment is also important as well as watching ergonomics while working on the computer. Home stretches and techniques are also taught to help speed the recovery process.

Dr. Michael Lau

(918) 481-9200

www.alternativepractice.com

Natural Health & Chiropractic Center
6130 S Maplewood Ave # D
Tulsa OK 74136
United States

 

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Auto Accident Injury – Delayed Onset

I am often asked by patients after an accident why their pain came came on a little later. In some cases, patient’s experience immediate symptoms and in others it takes a little while to reveal its true colors.

If you have been involved in an auto accident, you may be experiencing symptoms of pain, numbness, tingling, achiness, swelling, ringing in the ears, blurry vision, etc. As mentioned above, they may occur immediately or several days to weeks later. While numerous theories have been advanced to explain this delay, which is typically 24-72 hours, no one knows for certain.

The injury is now known to involve spinal structures that includes tissues that are known to have a more sparse nerve ending supply than most tissues. This may be one of the reasons why injuries in these tissues does not cause immediate pain.

In contrast, our hands have one of the richest nerve supplies in the body in order that we can feel, touch, manipulate objects, etc. When you injure a hand, the brain becomes aware of it immediately as a result of this rich afferent innervation.

It is also known that one of the common pain producing processes in any injury is inflammation. These chemical agents are released into the tissues after trauma. They may not reach peak levels for a little while and thus, not cause their pain inducing effect. This may also help to explain the common delay in onset of symptoms after whiplash or similar injury.

In any case, it is imperative to help the body with gentle adjustments to restore proper joint function and reduce scar tissue adhesions that can develop into chronic pain patterns. Incorporating light trigger point therapy with some specific spinal stretching techniques will further bring the joint to its normal state.  Click here to view an article on our website about delayed onset.

– Dr. Michael Lau, D.C.

www.alternativepractice.com

Natural Health & Chiropractic Center
6130 S Maplewood Ave # D
Tulsa OK 74136
United States


Now Open – Broken Arrow Chiropractic Location (918) 286-2729

Our Broken Arrow Chiropractic clinic (Active Life Chiropractic) is open Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:00 – 12:30 and Monday – Friday afternoons from 2:00 – 6:00.

We are accepting new patients.  To schedule, call (918) 286-2729 and we will set up a time for you.

The Broken Arrow clinic is located in the Tiger Plaza, just northeast of County Line Road (193rd) and Kenosha.

– Dr. Michael Lau

www.alternativepractice.com

Natural Health & Chiropractic Center
6130 S Maplewood Ave # D
Tulsa OK 74136
United States


Tulsa Chiropractor 481-9200

I enjoy working with our patients to get them on a pain-free path as quickly as possible.  I will often start patients on a short treatment plan to help them get out of pain, followed by a re-assessment.  Incorporated into care are home stretching and strengthening techniques.  Treatment is essentially painless and most of the time feels sort of like a “good sore” when we do trigger point therapy to surrounding and supporting soft tissues of the spine.  

If there is an acute injury, there is importance to providing some mobility during the healing phase in order to maintain proper joint function.  Tissue restrictions and scar tissue can settle in and potentially create a longer term problem if left untreated.

–  Dr. Michael Lau 

(918) 481-9200

Natural Health & Chiropractic Center in Tulsa

www.alternativepractice.com