Sciatica

Sciatica

It is likely you’ve heard the word “sciatica”, but do you know what sciatica really is? Typical symptoms of sciatica include a burning or shooting sensation that seems to come from the lower back, shooting into the gluteal muscles or down the leg. The pain can reach the toes in some cases, and will change your gait and make movement fairly miserable. These symptoms can be pretty scary, and most individuals that experience this pain aren’t sure who to turn to for help. Sciatica refers to pain, tingling, numbness, or burning down the leg, and is caused by compression to the sciatic nerve. This is the major nerve that leaves the lower back and travels to the big toe. Sciatica is actually just a symptom, and is not a medical condition of it’s own. Sciatica can be caused by a number of things: A disc injury: Bulging or herniation of a disc in the lower back can put pressure on the sciatic nerve. Piriformis syndrome: One of the most common reasons I see sciatica in my office. The piriformis muscle lies close to the sciatic nerve (deep in the gluteal muscles), and when it gets tight, spasmed or inflamed it may put pressure on the sciatic nerve. I see this more often in individuals that spend a good amount of time in the car or sit for long periods of time during the day. Pelvic misalignment: The sciatic nerve passes through the pelvic cavity, and can become compressed when the mobility of the pelvis or sacrum is compromised. It is common for me to see this in combination with piriformis syndrome. Spinal stenosis: This is much less commonly seen in my office, and generally affects older individuals with a history of arthritic changes. So, how do you know what is causing your sciatica symptoms? An examination with a chiropractor will be a great start, as we evaluate the movement in the muscular and spinal components in the lower back and pelvis. Orthopedic tests help to determine the cause of your symptoms, and many times treatment can begin immediately. Even if your sciatica is caused by a disc injury, chiropractic care is an excellent treatment. Sciatica Treatment In our office, we utilize a combination of manual adjustments, active release, and at home exercises to treat sciatica. Most patients begin feeling relief after a couple of visits, with a typical treatment...

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Painful, Frozen Shoulder

Painful, Frozen Shoulder

Suffering from shoulder pain? Shoulder pain is a very common finding in my office, and patients often ask if chiropractic treatments can help with the pain associated with some types of movement. This is known as frozen shoulder, and can be quite debilitating when left untreated. Some of the common signs and symptoms of “frozen shoulder” are: Severe, sharp, catching pain at the front of the shoulder. Pain from mild activity. Pain when dressing and grooming, such as reaching for a back pocket, putting on a coat, hooking a bra, or brushing the hair. Pain down the upper, outer side of the arm and side of the neck. Night pain, especially when lying on the affected side. In addition to offering chiropractic adjustments, we offer soft tissue treatments such as Fascial Stretch Therapy and Active Release Technique, or ART. By lengthening tight, painful muscles, these effective assisted stretching techniques helps increase range of motion and decreases pain. . Questions about how to get rid of your shoulder 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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What Makes Our Office Different?

What Makes Our Office Different?

Why BodyWise? Maybe you’ve tried chiropractic before and are interested in starting care again.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to give chiropractic a try, but aren’t sure what the first step is.  With the plethora of offices around, the challenge is generally deciding which office will help you best meet your goals.  I think you’ll find our office is different in a number of ways, and they all benefit you, our patient! 1.  You might get to hear our voice mail before speaking with us… Have you called our office, only to find our voice mail picks up?  While this can be a minor inconvenience, it actually benefits you.  How? Those of you that have visited BodyWise Chiropractic know we’re a small, lower volume office.  Because of this, the office is not staffed at the front desk, and it is not uncommon for Dr. Bobbie to be answering the phone between patients. If you reach voicemail during office hours we are assisting patients, and will return your call promptly.  Many times we can get you on the schedule that day, so be patient and you’ll be feeling better in no time! So…. how does this benefit you?  Because we are able to keep overhead down, our fees are more affordable for you! 2.  There’s more than one way to pay… We still accept insurance for care, but know that copay and deductible amounts continue to increase.  Our solution?  We have some incredible new packages available for those of you without insurance coverage or looking for maintenance care.  Who knew chiropractic care could be so affordable?!   Stop by and we’ll show you the exciting things we’ve introduced! 3.  Our office is really a one stop shop for chiropractic, massage therapy, stretch therapy, nutritional therapy, and personal training… We share space with some incredible people! We are all dedicated to helping our patients and clients achieve their goals, whether it’s completing a 5k, increasing function, learning to relax, or decreasing headaches. Dr. Bobbie, owner of BodyWise Chiropractic, offers chiropractic adjustments, physiotherapy, Active Release Technique, Fascial Stretch Therapy and the Webster Technique (for pregnancy chiropractic treatment). Mark, owner of Ultimate Fitness and Rehabilitation, has functional 30-minute workouts available for a very reasonable price.  He works with all fitness levels, and I guarantee you’ll leave knowing it was money well spent! Kathy, owner of Empowering Bodies Personal Training, offers one-on-one training sure to improve...

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I Hurt – Should I Use Ice or Heat?

I Hurt – Should I Use Ice or Heat?

Ice vs Heat for Injury/Pain This is a common question I hear as it can be difficult to know which treatment is better. Truth be told, they are both great treatments and have a place in your self-care routine both for prevention and treatment of aches and pains. The general rule is to choose ice for an acute discomfort, and heat for something more chronic. An acute injury is anything that occurs following an activity, such as an athletic event, and generally lasts a few hours to a couple of days. Think of a sprained ankle, and the amount of swelling present. Ice works to decrease the inflammation causing the swelling, thus decreasing the amount of pain present. A chronic injury refers to a pain that is present more than 72 hours after the initial incident, and can last months to years. An example of a chronic injury is neck and shoulder tension felt by someone that spends a lot of time working on their computer. Increasing the amount of blood flowing to the area with heat helps to increase circulation, thus helping to relax a tight muscle. While this seems to work for most individuals, some prefer one or the other for all types of aches. Ice vs Heat for Athletes Athletes often choose to use ice as a preventative treatment, knowing that they will decrease soreness from a tough workout by taking the time to ice the area post workout. You don’t need an ice bath at home to get the benefit of ice therapy: simply fill small cups with water and freeze. Peel half of the cup away and viola: ice massage! Heat works wonders on a stiff, tight lower back and often allows stretching and workouts to occur pain free. A hot bath is a great way to unwind and relax your muscles after a long day. While using ice and/or heat to treat pain can be helpful, it generally works best in conjunction with other treatments such as chiropractic manipulation, physical therapy, massage, and light stretching. . Got pain? We can help 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....

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Pain and Pills: When Pill-Popping Becomes Dangerous

Pain and Pills: When Pill-Popping Becomes Dangerous

Are you taking too many pills? A recent article in Fitness magazine touched on a trend that has become more and more common- over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications taken with the misconception they are risk free. OTC pain relievers such as ibuprofin (advil or motrin), naproxen (aleve), and acetaminophen(tylenol) are taken by an estimated 175 million Americans yearly and can cause real damage when taken incorrectly. Overuse of NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can cause bleeding ulcers, may increase blood pressure, and can cause kidney problems. Acetaminophen may lead to liver failure. Many individuals take these OTC drugs prior to a workout to mask pain, any may be unknowingly injuring themselves by pushing through pain caused by serious problems like muscle tears and ligament sprains. Plus, NSAIDS like ibuprofen block the production of enzymes that repair tissue, and may delay healing following an injury. It is also important to stress that OTC drugs have never shown scientific evidence of prophylactic (preventative) benefits. While there are negative side effects associated with OTC drugs, they can be helpful in short-term situations when taken at the appropriate dosage. You should always check with your doctor if you question the appropriate amounts, as your activity levels and other medications will influence the reactivity of the drugs. For those that choose to avoid pain medication at all costs, there are some natural ways to ease those aches and pains: Fish oil supplements. Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the most effective supplements on the market today for a couple of reasons. They have a natural anti-inflammatory property that may reduce pain and inflammation while supporting cardiovascular function. A good quality fish oil supplement will improve your health and carries a low risk of adverse reactions. Glucosamine. This is a naturally occurring compound that helps prevent joint degeneration, and some studies have shown it to ease inflammation and joint swelling as well as ibuprofen. Ice. It may seem brainless, but ice is the best remedy for activity induced pain. Applying ice immediately following activity will prevent inflammation from building in the area, and will almost always decrease pain after the fact. You will initially feel the muscles tighten, but will likely wake with much less pain the next morning. Heat. It’s the most common question I get in my office. “Which is better, ice or heat?” My general rule is as follows: Ice 10 minutes on/20 minutes...

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Support During Sleep for a Good Nights Rest

Support During Sleep for a Good Nights Rest

Did you know that your sleeping habits may be to blame for your neck pain and headaches? Do you find that your neck feels great for a few days following your chiropractic visits, but the soreness tends to return? Ordinary pillows generally do not provide enough support for your head, neck, and spine causing you to wake with discomfort. Cervical pillows offer support to the spine and provide proper alignment overnight, preventing the stiffness and soreness people often wake with. This proper alignment and posture will help to reduce tension through the day, enabling greater mobility. Sleep on your side? Cervical pillows work great for you too! Simply rotating the pillow to allow the supportive portion of the pillow to follow your chin makes side sleeping comfortable and supportive. Not ready to purchase a cervical pillow? Try this temporary solution to determine whether you need more support: Take a light towel or t-shirt and roll it until it forms a small to medium size roll. Place the roll in the pillowcase of your current pillow near the place your neck rests. Rotate the pillow as needed depending on your sleeping habits. Back sleepers can keep the pillow straight. If you find your neck is improved by this small change, it may be time to look for a new pillow. We can order all types of pillows in varying price ranges, and are happy to help you find the pillow of YOUR dreams! Remember, many times true health requires regular, consistent maintenance; by adding proper support to your current wellness plan those days of waking in pain just might disappear. . Want to sleep more soundly? 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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