Circulation and Chiropractic

Circulation and Chiropractic

Get in the flow… You know how important it is to take care of your skin, especially here in Arizona. Sunscreen, water, exercise, and good nutrition are a vital part of keeping your skin safe, but your circulation has the biggest job of all: delivery of nutrients and detoxification your body. In order to understand how your body’s circulation remains uninterrupted, we need to look a little deeper at movement. We’ve all had that pins and needles feeling when we’ve slept on our arm a little funny, only to find that moving the arm restores all feeling and takes away the odd sensation within a few minutes. Why does this happen? You’ve restored circulation to the arm! Now imagine a tight muscle or bony structure causing compression on a nerve leading to that arm. Try as you might, shaking your arm probably won’t help much because the problem is compression in your neck or shoulder region. It is likely you will feel a little restricted in the area as well, although nerve compression can occur independent of interrupted range of motion. Chiropractic adjustments remove this interference, restoring nerve flow to the arm and allowing you to use it pain free. The same is true for any part of your body that is supplied by a nerve…which is virtually all of you. Keep your body working at 100% and PREVENT pain from occurring with regular chiropractic treatments. . Questions about how to improve your circulation? 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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So You Want To Be A Triathlete

So You Want To Be A Triathlete

Those of you that know me well understand my love for running. I’ve been doing it for 18+ years, and have always found it to be my safety, my comfort, and my de-stressor. Last year I found that racing was a little less exciting than it used to be, and decided to spread my wings, step out of my comfort zone, and do something radical. I signed up for a triathlon. Swimming is one of those things most learned to do at a young age, and for me it brings back memories of an ice-cold pool in South Dakota. I have always been able to swim because of the years of lessons, however never considered myself a swimmer. This would all have to change if I wanted to fulfill my new goal of becoming a triathlete, and I knew it would not be an easy task. I was surprised to find swimming a calming, almost a meditative way to start my day. Did I train enough in the pool? Maybe. Should I have done some open water training? Most definitely. I purchased a road bike last summer, and found biking to be mildly scary due to the crazy Arizona drivers. Becoming involved with the local biking community has been an eye-opening experience, as I have changed my own driving habits due to the emotions I have experienced on my bike. Arizona can be a wonderful place for bikers as long as we all remain aware of the presence of bikes on the roadways! In March, there was a women’s only triathlon held in Chandler, with the swim taking place in a pool. Tri for the Cure seemed to be a good starting point for me, and I had a wonderful experience! Meeting so many women competing for the first time was refreshing, and built confidence for us all before we began. I began questioning why I waited so long to try this….it was actually fun! Little did I know how different swimming in open water is, and how much more challenging it can be for triathletes. Jump ahead to this past weekend, May 7. Red Rock Co. hosted a sprint/Olympic race, and I was fairly confident even though I had yet to swim in open water. It can’t be so bad, right? Wrong. Treading water waiting for the horn to sound is a very nerve wracking experience, and I...

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Chiropractic Care for Infertility

Chiropractic Care for Infertility

So you’re ready to start a family.  You’re financially set, have your favorite names picked out, and have a room all ready for the baby.  You try for a month, with no success.  Another few months go by with still no success.  Once a couple has been attempting to conceive for 1 year, the name “infertility” is suddenly in all of their conversations, and they’re left wondering what could possibly be wrong. Some couples’ bodies decide the time has come and are pregnant a month later.  This is often not the case, however, as more and more couples are struggling to conceive.  There are many options out there for those struggling with infertility, however most of them are fairly costly and when something such as in-vitro fails it can be very discouraging. So what are some natural options for those looking to treat infertility without the costly proceedures?  Chiropractic care, acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, nutritional therapy, and physical exercise are a few things that are becoming more common.  Pilates and yoga will also help balance pelvic muscle tone, allowing for a more favorable environment for a new life to form.  An increase in blood flow to the reproductive organs helps them to function properly.  Many of these natural therapies have low risk, fewer side effects, are less stressful on both partners, and are much lower cost alternatives to more invasive procedures. A number of studies have shown that chiropractic care can be very beneficial for treating infertility. Chiropractic adjustments may help to stabilize the autonomic nervous system and allow the reproductive organs, such as the uterus, ovaries, or prostate, to function properly. Chiropractic adjustments may also have an affect on the hormonal balance of the body, and cranial therapy may help the body find balance.  If there is a structural reason for the infertility, such as an imbalance of the pelvic floor muscles or uneven tension in the uterus, chiropractic adjustments can help relieve this to restore normal function to the area. It is a great treatment to start with because it is safe, effective, non-invasive and cost effective.  The Webster technique is done by specially trained chiropractors, with the effect of removing interference in the pelvis to promote an optimal space for a fetus to grow once conception has occurred. Here are some links with additional information on chiropractic care for infertility:  http://www.chiro.org/research/FULL/Making_Adjustments.html http://www.chiro.org/research/ABSTRACTS/Insult_Interference_and_Infertility.shtml . Questions about how chiropractic...

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Chiropractic Care for Pregnancy Pain

Chiropractic Care for Pregnancy Pain

Pregnancy Chiropractic Care I find many women aren’t aware that chiropractic care is an option for them during pregnancy.  In fact, utilizing chiropractic care while pregnant has a huge impact on not only the way you feel, but also can benefit you when it comes time for delivery. Chiropractors address all the physical changes of pregnancy, thus it makes sense to incoporate spinal care into your peri-natal routine.  Discomfort and pain affects all women during pregnancy, but being cared for by a chiropractic physician trained to work with pregnancy will better your experience, and many times will allow you to continue with your day to day activities up to the date of delivery. Following is a list of common symptoms felt during pregnancy, and how chiropractic can help to ease the discomfort. 1.  Sciatica. This is one of the more common symptoms seen during pregnancy, and is generally described by the patient as discomfort in the low back/gluteal region that radiates down one or both legs.  Chiropractors will realign any subluxations (misalignment of a joint) present in the low back or sacroiliac joints (pelvis), as well as go over stretches and exercises that can be done at home inbetween visits. 2.  Intercostal neuralgia. This is the technical name for what many women feel as “rib-cage pain”.  As mom gets further along in pregnancy, the rib cage will expand to make room for the baby.  Typically a deep breath in will cause mild discomfort, however the pain can vary from mild to severe.  By adjusting the thoracic spine and rib heads that articulate with them, a chiropractor can relieve some of this discomfort. 3.  Carpel Tunnel. A large percentage of pregnant women complain of carpel tunnel, which is characterized by pain, numbness and/or tingling of the forearm, wrist, and/or hand.  With increased swelling in the extremities it is common to find subluxation in the wrist and hand. 4. Pubic symphysis pain. As the pelvis expands the opening of the symphysis pubis becomes stressed and stretched.  Adjustments to the pelvis both posterior at the sacroiliac joints and anteriorly at the pubis may help to decrease this discomfort. 5.  Coccydynia. This is pain over the area of the coccyx, or tailbone.  Most often it is seen after delivery, but may show up as early as the third trimester.  The changes that the low back goes through during pregnancy many times contribute to...

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Chiropractic – It’s Not Just For Spines!

Chiropractic – It’s Not Just For Spines!

Do you need to see a chiropractor? When I speak to people about chiropractic, a common remark is “Well, I don’t have any back pain, so I don’t need chiropractic!”. While most people initially present to my office for a pain of some sort… neck pain, back pain, or headaches, they are surprised to find that chiropractic can benefit you in many more ways. Chiropractic care is not just for your spine. I commonly work on shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, and ankles, and find that not only does it help decrease tension in your back, it also makes you more efficient during your activities of daily living. Increased range of motion means less discomfort when working, exercising, or relaxing. It’s not about a “quick crack”. When you get an adjustment, the joint may release a gas that makes a popping noise when making contact with the rest of your bodily tissues. I recently had a patient that claimed to be afraid of chiropractic because of the noise, but once she found out it is just a gas release was much more comfortable with the idea. The purpose of a chiropractic adjustment is to restore motion to a joint that isn’t moving correctly, thus restoring nervous input to the entire body. The sound is just a side effect that may or may not occur with the adjustment. Many times an adjustment isn’t enough. I find this to be especially true when working with the extremities, thus generally do some soft tissue therapy along with the adjustment. This soft tissue treatment is different than a massage in that it is very specific to the area in need. Many times stretching the area also helps to enhance the benefit from a chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractic is a great tool to have in your wellness plan. By combing exercise, healthy eating, chiropractic care, and plenty of rest, you’ll find you feel and look your best! . Questions about how chiropractic can help you feel better? 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...

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The Rotator Cuff

The Rotator Cuff

Rotator Cuff Injuries = ouch! You know where it’s located, but do you really know what your rotator cuff does? Let’s define the makeup of the shoulder joint, talk about some common shoulder ailments, and finally explore inform you on different treatment modalities available to help shoulder dysfunction. What is the rotator cuff? The rotator cuff is comprised of 4 different muscles that work to stabilize the humerous (your upper arm) inside the glenohumoral joint (shoulder). Picture the glenoumoral joint as a golf ball sitting on a tee, as it depends on muscles rather than ligaments and bones for stability and movement. These muscles all have their origin on the scapulae (shoulder blade) and insert, or attach, on the humerous. In addition to stabilizing your shoulder joint, they also help elevate and externally rotate it. The muscles and their tendons form a “cuff” over the upper end of the arm. Symptoms of a rotator cuff injury Symptoms of a rotator cuff injury or overuse may develop immediately after trauma, such as a fall on an outstretched arm or a lifting injury. Many times a sudden acute pain and snapping sensation accompany the injury, and are followed by muscle weakness. Symptoms may also develop gradually with long-term wear or repetitive activity. The pain will generally begin with overhead activities, but may become more noticeable at rest as time goes on. Sleeping on the affected side often becomes uncomfortable.  Individuals that are at a higher risk of getting an overuse injury of the rotator cuff may be involved with baseball, tennis, or weight lifting as these activities utilize repetitive overhead motions. How rotator cuff injuries happen A rotator cuff injury includes any type of irritation or damage to your rotator cuff muscles or tendons. Many times the cause of a rotator cuff injury includes lifting or repetitive arm activities — especially those done overhead, such as throwing a baseball or placing items on overhead shelves. While these activities many times see more immediate pain, patients more commonly present to my office with shoulder pain that came on slowly. Many times the particular activity that aggravated the shoulder isn’t obvious. Because of this, these injuries are harder to treat as the patient doesn’t know which activity to stop during treatment. Here are some activities that commonly lead to a repetitive injury. 1. Working with a mouse. While most assume carpel tunnel is...

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