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7 Ideas for Pain Reduction

There are several theories on what creates pain in our bodies.  As a Tulsa chiropractor, the type that I am focusing on today is the achy pain that is created by restriction/tightness in our joints.  A good percentage of the back pain, neck pain, etc. that we treat in our office can be traced to ‘fixated’, ‘stuck’ or misaligned joints that are not moving well.

Here’s 7 Ideas to Help with Those Aches and Pains:

1)  Go for a Walk – Exercise is even more important as we get older because our body wants to stiffen up.  One of the best exercises for your lower back is walking, so get out and walk today!  It’s springtime!

2)  Reduce Your Intake of Sugar – Sugar is very inflammatory.  It’s loaded in most processed foods, soft drinks, sweets, etc. Whenever we consume too much of this inflammatory substance, our aches and pains are more likely to bother us.  Want even faster results?  – google ‘anti-inflammatory’ diets and see that a diet higher in fruits / vegies, lean meats, fish, raw nuts and seeds and less ‘white’ food / processed food are good at reducing body inflammation levels which trigger pain.

3)  Get a Massage – Our soft tissues around our body tend to get ‘tight’ and our muscles will often splint.  This splinting can create trigger points in our muscles which can create referred pain.  Additionally, our tight muscles fight against our joints in restricting normal joint play which can further cause our achy pains.

4)  Engage in Stretching / Yoga – If you are dealing with chronic lower back pain, chances are that your hamstrings are tight.  Additionally, glut muscles are also usually engaged with tension – all of which leads to mechanical problems which lead to pain in the back.  Our upper body needs stretching as well.

5)  Try Ice – Put away the electric heating pad.  Better yet, throw it away or save it for your pet.  Dry heat such as the electric heating pad tend to feel great while it’s on but when you take away the heat, the pain can come back with a vengence.  I am big fan of icing the affected area for 14-20 minutes.  This will reduce inflammation.

6)  Balance Exercises – I’ve found that standing on one leg to work on balance will help fire postural muscles that aid with spinal stability.  Lift you knee up for 5-7 seconds and hold, then alternate.  This is a good starter to help build better balance and stability.  Down the road, employ the use of wobble or rocker boards (be careful – start slow and have something nearby to help balance) to add higher difficulty.  After a few weeks of 5 minutes a day, our posture muscles start to become more stable and can help with pain reduction.  The above is most appropriate for lower back issues.

7) Joint Mobilization – There is much hope in restoring motion to joints that have pain.  A study comparing recovery rates from injuries sustained by baseball players and hockey players found that hockey players had a much quicker overall recovery from injuries with less pain.  Scientists seem to think that as a general rule, hockey players have a much higher rate of body mobility with continually moving versus baseball players who tend to be more sedentary.  Joint mobility is important for joint health and helps to block pain.  Joint mobilization and manipulation (whether by hand or instrument) is an effective means to reduce pain.

Disclaimer – the above ideas are not meant for clients who are known to have systemic inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders, etc.  Consult with your chiropractor or primary care doctor before implementing a self-guided home exercise program.

Dr. Michael Lau, D.C.

www.alternativepractice.com

Ste D, 6130 South Maplewood Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74136

(918) 481-9200 ‎


Herbals for Joint Pain

As a Tulsa chiropractor, I see a mix of both repetitive type of injuries (factory workers, etc.) as well as what I refer to as modern day injuries (office workers).  Both typically present as tension and pain in the neck and shoulders from overuse.

I have found that incorporating muscle stretching techniques along with our chiropractic care is extremely helpful.  In addition, I have found that incorporating some natural herbal formulas shown to diminish inflammation will speed recovery.

I like EC Matrix for more chronic cases and Soft Tissue Support Packs for acute pain.  Feel free to contact me at the office if you have questions.

– Dr. Michael Lau

www.alternativepractice.com

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


Your Pain and Connective Tissue

This small post is about stiffness and your connective tissue called ‘fascia’ and its relation to pain.

The concept of fascia is very important for patients with chronic pain to ‘get’.  Fascia is the connective tissue that holds us together so to speak.  Comprised of both collagen and elastin, fascia is prone to ‘stick together’ around areas of stress in the body or in areas that stay in one place for too long (like sitting all day at work).

Without much mobility throughout the day (trips to the water cooler), our backs are prone to become stiff over time.  This pattern of sitting in the modern workplace can lead to the fascia laying down what scientists call ‘cross-linking fibers’.  In essence, this causes the fascia to glue together.

The end result is a restriction of joint movement.   [Enter chronic back pain.]

In most cases, back pain that does not radiate and that gets worse with inactivity (sitting all day, sleeping, laying on couch) is due to joint restriction and stiffness.   As this fascia builds up, joints become restricted.   Scientists believe joint restriction triggers our dull, achy pain.

Patients with this type of scenario respond amazing well to treatments aimed at restoring the normal motion back into the spine through chiropractic care, deep tissue massage, myofascial release techniques and stretching.

In addition, stay active, try yoga and see your massage therapist and your chiropractor on a regular basis.

– Michael Lau, D.C., a Tulsa Chiropractor

www.alternativepractice.com

 

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


Tylenol Restrictions and Pain Management

There is talk about the potential restrictions or dose lowering of Tylenol and other pain medications in the market the associated press reports.

One thing to keep in mind about the use of such over the counter medications is that not only do they come with some potentially serious side effects, they block an enzyme that is necessary for cartilage remodeling. Studies show they block both the formation and elongation of chondroitin sulfate polymers; thus reducing cartilage and causing more joint degeneration.

Essentially, what this means is that pain med’s can lead to a breakdown of the joint and potentially increasing the likelihood of pain from such damage.

A potential feed forward cycle could be created as a patient takes the med for pain, yet, the resulting effect is further joint pain and destruction after such use leading to taking more meds, etc.

In order for a joint to retain healthy cartilage, the joint must first of all have the nutrients that are necessary for cartilage repair (glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate) as well as compression and decompression forces to drive fluid in and out of the joint.

Chiropractors help to restore proper joint mobility which is not only pain-relieving, but it is healthy for the joints!

– Dr. Michael Lau
www.alternativepractice.com

(918) 481-9200

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


Arm Numbness Helped With Chiropractic Care

Arm numbness can be very frustrating. Pain may also be accompanied with it as well.

If you suffer from neck pain, shoulder tension&pain with arm numbness, there is hope for getting this turned around. Many times, this trio is found in workers sitting in front of a computer all day.

It appears that long days of sitting with the head slightly forward looking at a computer monitor creates tightropes out of the shoulder muscle region. Such chronic strain leads to hardening and scarring of these muscle groups much like wearing a tight shoe can create callouses. It is the hardening and swelling of this tissue which can diminish the size of the canal where the arm nerves are trying to run. This creates nerve impingement and thus the downstream effects like arm numbness and pain.

Chiropractic care that includes specific adjustments to the lower neck and upper back segments, along with deep tissue muscle release techniques can help to un-impinge this syndrome.

There is a very high success rate on improving this condition.

If you suffer from this type of condition, call our office at (918) 481-9200 and we’ll help you set up a consultation for us to take at your unique condition.

– Dr. Michael Lau

www.alternativepractice.com

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


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

 


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