Medical Acupuncture

Medical Acupuncture

Have you ever considered acupuncture as a treatment for those aches and pains?  We are now offering acupuncture as an add on service at BodyWise Chiropractic! Acupuncture aims to treat many types of conditions, but most commonly it is used for pain relief.  Very small needles are inserted in specific points based upon your symptoms, and are typically left in for 15-20 minutes.  The most common question asked in my office about acupuncture is “do the needles hurt”?  Most patients share that they do not feel the needles, although some points can be tender.  Treatment is typically quite relaxing. While acupuncture has been shown to treat many types of ailments, our office focuses on a complementary treatment to your adjustment.  Lower back pain, headaches, neck tension, frozen shoulder, knee pain, and plantar fasciitis are among the conditions we have had benefit treating in our office.  Some patients choose to add acupuncture for well-being and wellness reasons as well.  If you have ever considered adding acupuncture, we would be happy to answer any questions you may have during your next...

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Foam Rollers – Your New Best Friend

Foam Rollers – Your New Best Friend

Foam rollers are a terrific, inexpensive tool that you can use to stretch at home.  You can also use a tennis ball or rolling pin to reduce painful muscle spasms. Learn how to release tension in your muscles and improve your mobility in this informative video featuring Dr Bobbie Bennett, DC. . Questions about stretching at home? Call our Tempe chiropractic office for a free 15 minute consultation: 480-775-2593 . DISCLAIMER: This article is for informational purposes only, and does not take the place of an evaluation. For proper medical advice, see your chiropractic physician or medical doctor before determining what type of self care works for you. Dr. Bobbie Bennett works with patients of all ages and walks of life. She enjoys helping her patients find freedom from pain and gain increased mobility so they can live their life without...

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Every Runners Nemesis: ITB Syndrome

Every Runners Nemesis: ITB Syndrome

Got ITB Syndrome? If you’re a runner, you may have experienced these familiar symptoms:  a few miles into a run the lateral hip or knee begins to hurt, many times forcing you to cut the run short.  You stretch, and stretch, and stretch…but nonetheless the pain comes back your next trip out to pound the pavement.  What gives? The iliotibial band, or ITB, is a band of connective tissue that starts at the ileum (top) of the pelvis and travels the outside of the leg, inserting just below the knee in the tibia (shin bone). If it is tight it rubs on bony prominences, either at the knee or at the hip area. Treatment is easy on paper: stretching with use of a foam roller or the stick and this gets better. Sometimes overpronation stretches the ITB during the swing phase of running gait and then it contracts tighter when you land. (Think of a rubber band when you stretch it then let go: it becomes shorter.) In this case an orthotic can be useful, decreasing the pain by correcting for over pronation. So why doesn’t stretching in itself take care of the problem? The problem lies in the makeup of the ITB.  Connective tissue has a different function than muscle in your body, primarily present to cover muscles to allow gliding over one another with movement.  The ITB is actually an extension of a muscle, the tensor fascia latae (TFL), and many times is not actually stretched in itself.  While stretching the gluteal and TFL muscles can help, many times manual soft tissue treatments (ART, massage, foam rolling, the stick) are necessary in conjunction. If the pain is persistent regardless of your self-treatment, it may be time to see a sports physician, such as a chiropractor or physical therapist.  Active Release Technique has proven to be an effective treatment for ITB syndrome in conjunction with self-treatment, and many times will speed up treatment time.  As with many running injuries, it is always a good idea to consider the shoes you are running in.  It is recommended that you replace running shoes between 350-550 miles depending on your running style, body weight, and the surface on which you run. Lighter runners can get closer to the upper end of the recommendation, while heavier runners are harder on shoes and should consider replacement shoes closer to 350 miles. The most...

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Pregnancy Chiropractic Care: Safe Back Pain Relief

Pregnancy Chiropractic Care: Safe Back Pain Relief

Many expecting mothers assume lower back discomfort is part of the pregnancy experience, and do not realize how chiropractic care can benefit them during this time. Pregnancy is extremely hard on the lower back, as well as on the neck and shoulders. Examine the spine of an expectant mother from the side and it’s easy to understand why they have aches and pains! Due to the increased development of the breast tissue, the shoulders are rounded forward placing tremendous pressure on the neck and shoulders. Expansion of the rib cage causes discomfort between the shoulder blades and along the middle back. The weight of the growing child places the lower back in a strenuous position. The nine months of pregnancy bring many hormonal changes that relax the ligaments stabilizing the lower back and pelvis. As the pelvis rotates down in the front, the muscles of the lower back become short and tight, causing an increase in pressure on the pain sensitive joints of the lower back, producing achy lower back pain. Sciatica is also common during this time, as the sciatic nerve is often compressed by bony misalignment or tight soft tissue. In addition to pain relief, regular adjustments allow for increased movement in the pelvis. Walking and performing regular activities are easier, and mom’s fitness levels are maintained. This may also benefit mom during labor and delivery, as movement of the spine and pelvis is vital. We have plenty of experience in pregnancy chiropractic treatments and will take excellent care of you during this special time.   . Questions about how to safely decrease pregnancy back pain? Call our Tempe chiropractic office for a free 15 minute consultation: 480-775-2593 . DISCLAIMER: This article is for informational purposes only, and does not take the place of an evaluation. For proper medical advice, see your chiropractic physician or medical doctor before determining what type of self care works for you. Dr. Bobbie Bennett works with patients of all ages and walks of life. She enjoys helping her patients find freedom from pain and gain increased mobility so they can live their life without...

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Headaches Gotcha Down?

Headaches Gotcha Down?

Got Headaches? We can help. There are many reasons we get headaches, and because of this there is not one treatment that will make them go away. They can be dietary (food intolerances or allergies), related to hydration, stress induced, or related to your sleeping habits to name a few. So what can you do when plagued with headaches? First, you want to be sure a bigger problem does not exist. Ruling out cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other common disorders is a good idea, and can be done with some simple bloodwork at your physician’s office. Always communicate any concerns with your physician. A trip to the eye doctor will rule out any problems with your vision, as this can be a leading cause of headaches. The correct prescription or type of glasses for your work habits will make a huge difference! Next, check out your pillow. How long have you had it? Does it offer your neck support at night? If not, try this simple trick to see if you need more support. Roll up a light towel or heavy t-shirt, and put it inside the pillow case that rests under the nape of your neck. The “roll” should support the neck, and will likely help if you’ve been sleeping on a flat pillow. Side sleeper? Simply tilt the pillow to follow the angle of your jaw, usually around 45 degrees. This will help the muscles in your neck to relax at night, decreasing tension related headaches. If you feel better after a few days, I recommend a new pillow with the support built in. Neck stiffness and tension could be the problem. Give yourself a quick range of motion test by bringing your chin to your chest, looking up to the sky, bringing each ear to the respected shoulder, and rotating both directions. Stiffness? Soreness? Crackling? These are all signs your neck range of motion is probably less than 100% and can lead to tense muscles. Chiropractic care reduces these symptoms by removing restrictions in the joints, allowing the muscles to relax and the neck to move freely. Will chiropractic help you? Studies show chiropractic care is a safe and extremely effective way to increase the movement in your joints and often aids in dissapating headaches. Maintaining this motion is preventative and may keep headaches from returning, or at the very least decrease the intensity and/or frequency...

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Common Chiropractic Myths

Common Chiropractic Myths

Chiropractic care is not well understood, let’s explore some common “chiropractic myths”. “Getting an adjustment will hurt.” Rarely do patients experience discomfort as a direct result of the manipulation, but on occasion it may happen. As with any manually applied therapy, certain factors can alter the sensations experienced after the adjustment. Some minor complaints that have been mentioned in the literature include local discomfort, fatigue, and headaches. As rare as this is, if experienced, the patient should expect the discomfort to subside within 24-48 hours. Using ice on sore areas will help to decrease these minor side effects. “It isn’t safe.” Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest and effective forms of health care available. But in reality, no form of health care is completely without risk. A study printed in the Journal of Gastroenterology stated that approximately 1/3 of all hospitalizations and deaths related to gastrointestinal (gut) bleeding can be attributed to aspirin and NSAID use. “If you crack your knuckles too much, you’ll get arthritis.” Absolutely false. Research has actually found that knuckle cracking can cause a delay in the development of osteoarthritis (1). “Why should I bother going to a Chiropractor, I can just crack my own body!” The chiropractic adjustment is delivered by a highly trained doctor to the joints that are in need of manipulation, generally due to a restriction. Contact points and line of thrust are extremely important in the effectiveness and safety of an adjustment. When you “self crack” what happens most of the time is that you are “cracking” a joint or joints that are hypermobile (too much motion), and you are simply creating instability in these joints instead of addressing the problem. “Once you start, you have to keep going for the rest of your life.” Just as it would be ludicrous to believe that visiting a dentist once per lifetime would ensure permanently healthy teeth and gums it’s equally as silly to think that visiting a chiropractor a few times will ensure a lifelong healthy spine. Our spinal tissues undergo daily bombardment of stresses originating from bad postural habits, suboptimal work environments, psychological stress, and hectic lifestyles just to name a few. That being said, only YOU can make the decision to receive chiropractic treatment! I give recommendations based upon patient history, evaluation, and response to treatment. How you decide to use them is your decision. 1....

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