CONDITIONS TREATED

Neck Pain

For those suffering from chronic pain of any kind life can be pretty miserable indeed. Chronic neck pain in particular can have multiple effects on a person’s day to day life, from the niggling type of pain which just never seems to go away, to full-on debilitating restriction of movement.

Whichever way it affects you, at Abundant Life Chiropractic Health Center the treatments we have and offer will help reduce your pain – and your reliance on painkillers – and help you get back to enjoying life again. In order to help you decide whether chiropractic treatment is right for you, you may like to take a look at what we mean by chronic neck pain and how chiropractic treatment can help.

Symptoms of Chronic Neck Pain

Many of us suffer from undefined pain from time to time and in many cases this is the type of pain, perhaps caused by muscle strain, that comes and goes over time. The very definition of chronic pain though is pain that does not subside; it can persist for a long time and very often becomes worse and is not relieved by pain medication.

According to Spine Health – and the Mayo Clinic – there are a set of common symptoms which can range from mild to severe and include:

  • Stiffness and soreness particularly when moving the head from side to side
  • Sharp pain like stinging or shooting pain which is felt in one place
  • Radiating pain which spreads into the arms and shoulders. This is often referred to as nerve pain and can be felt as a burning or searing pain.
  • Pain can increase when you hold your head in the same position for any length of time, for instance when driving or working at a computer

In more severe cases neck pain can lead to:

  • Tingling, numbness or weakness, with a pins and needles type of feeling
  • Headaches, from muscle tension or pinched nerves which could lead to loss of balance or dizziness
  • Difficulty in lifting or gripping objects

How Does Chiropractic Treatment Help?

At Abundant Life Chiropractic Health Center we understand chronic pain and we know how much of a life-changing and life-limiting problem it can be for our patients so we take very seriously the care and rehabilitation of patients with chronic neck pain. We have an impressive team of staff who are all dedicated to helping the patients and the wider community of Chanhassen, Minnesota. Dr. Ben Knight and Dr. Thaddeus Sharikov constantly strive to update, improve and build on their vast experience and knowledge base in order to give patients the best possible care.

The things which cause chronic neck pain are variable but the Mayo Clinic explains that much of the problem lies in the simple fact that it is the weight of the head and the flexibility of the spine which makes the neck so vulnerable to injury. Causes of pain include:

  • Muscle strain due to overuse from hunching over a computer screen or grinding your teeth
  • Worn joints due to deterioration of the cartilage
  • Nerve compression due to herniated discs or bone spurs
  • Injuries like whiplash damage sustained in an automobile crash or sports injury
  • Diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, cancer or meningitis

If any of this applies to you then it is imperative that you get expert help as soon as possible. Dr Knight at Abundant Life Chiropractic Health Center is highly skilled in helping patients in the Chanhassen area overcome their neck pain through a highly specialized form of treatment tailored to the patient’s exact needs.

When you visit us for an appointment you will get the benefit and reassurance from knowing that your doctor will start by identifying the cause and source of your neck pain in order to give you the best possible personalized care. We are specialists in:

  • Locating and correcting spinal misalignments called subluxations
  • Correcting spinal nerve interference and restoring nerve function to provide long term relief
  • Treating at the source – not just masking the symptoms

You owe it to yourself to tackle the issue of your neck pain and not just carry on with medication, which ultimately become less effective with long term use. The treatments we provide depend on the individual condition but all have the certainty of offering a long lasting solution and relief from pain.

What are the Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment?

It is very common for those living with chronic neck pain to simply soldier on with painkilling medication, generally taking higher and higher doses just to find less and less relief from the pain. Eventually though, you have to consider other treatments and if you are looking at whether chiropractic treatment is for you then let’s go through the benefits.

According to Spine Health chiropractic manipulation is usually the first line of treatment for neck, upper back, shoulder and arm pain as a means of reducing pain, improving motion and restoring correct function.

  • Gets You Back on your Feet

According to the American Chiropractic association this type of treatment is one of the safest around in terms of associated risk and, crucially, is more effective in getting patients back on their feet and enjoying life again than traditional forms of medical treatment.

  • Identifies the Source of Pain

Conventional pain-relieving medication can do no more than mask the pain and in some cases can make things worse by allowing you to carry on functioning whilst aggravating the problem. Chiropractic treatment first locates and identifies the source of the pain and then gets to work realigning and repositioning the vertebra to restore function.

  • No Need for Surgery in Many Cases

Some medical doctors’ first inclination is to offer surgery for chronic neck pain however surgery carries a range of risks including those associated with post-surgical bedrest such as muscle wastage and thromboembolism. Chiropractic treatment works with the body’s own natural healing abilities without the need for any downtime.

  • Improvement in Quality of Life

Living with chronic neck pain can be debilitating and can seriously curtail your life. It doesn’t have to be this way though. Chiropractic treatment can, by identifying the source of your pain and providing a long term relief solution, improve your quality of life by allowing you to get back to living it the way you want.

How Abundant Life Chiropractic Can Help You

At Abundant Life Chiropractic Health Center, we understand that many sufferers of chronic neck pain ‘put up with’ their condition despite the fact that their social and working lives may be seriously compromised as a result of it. They may even believe that if they carry on medicating that the pain will somehow, miraculously, go away.

We know that this never happens; pain doesn’t just ‘go away’ and this is why we want to help. Dr Knight and his staff, are ready and waiting to show you just how much your life can be made better through the holistic treatment that is chiropractic.

Take the first step to feeling better and getting your life back and call us at (952) 300-8338.

Migraines / Headaches

Arguably one of the most common diseases around the world, migraines and headaches are very multi-factorial in their causative nature. They also present themselves with a wide array of symptoms ranging from pain in the head to blurred vision and even may result dizziness and nausea.

Symptoms of Migraines or Headaches include:

  • Pain originating at the base of the skull
  • Pain traveling through the temple region and the forehead
  • Vice-like pain on the side of the head
  • Stabbing pain through the eyes
  • Facial nerve pain
  • Blurred Vision
  • Nausea
  • Light and sound sensitivities

What Causes Migraines

Migraines are considered multi-factorial in nature, in that they can come from food, chemicals, phycological stressors, and physical stressors on the nervous system. Even though approximately 90% of migraines come from physical stressors on the nervous system, it is still important to consider the other 10%. Physical stressors consist of automobile injuries, sports injuries, whiplash, concussions, hard falls, and any repetitive micro trauma caused by poor sedentary posture.

Physical stressors will commonly cause damage to the spinal vertebra and nerves (specifically the nerves in the upper most neck). These nerves, not only cause neck tension, and problems turning the head left and right, but are also the same nerves that feed into our skull and head. When these nerves become irritated they will quickly surface with symptoms of migraines.

Thanks to our fast-paced American lifestyles, our day to day activities will commonly stress the upper neck structures, spinal vertebra, and cause irritation on these nerves. Activities ranging from automobile accidents, working extended hours at a desk or in a sedative position, and sports injuries put a plethora of stress onto the upper neck and spinal column.

Inappropriately treated concussions and whiplashes are the most common source of long term migraine headache symptoms. Prior to a concussion or whiplash injury, a large amount of force must go through the upper neck ligaments allowing them to shear, tear and bend. In turn, this allows the upper neck vertebra to slosh around and impinge the nerves that feed into the neck, resulting in migraines. If you have had a recent concussion or whiplash injury it is very important to have a diagnostic examination done by an upper cervical practitioner.

Different Types of Migraines Headaches

  • Tension Headaches: Tension headaches are the most common headache of the millennium. Commonly caused by an abundance of stress throughout our days, tension headaches result in a vice-like pain that goes from one side of the temples to the other. These headaches are a chiropractor’s dream, as they generally are a pretty easy fix without a bunch of therapy or work.
  • Migraine Headaches: Migraine headaches always branch from previous stressors and injuries put on the body. These headaches are generally very consistent in their appearance and stem from injuries dating 5, 10 and even 20 years back. When a person presents with migraine headaches, one of two things is taking place. One, the body is auto-toxic (from chemicals and poor nutrition), and the migraine is surfacing as a way of screaming at you to make a change. Or two, the most common source of migraine headaches (accounting for over 90% of migraines), is that the migraines are stemming from previous physical injuries that caused damage to the upper neck muscles and ligaments. The ligaments of the upper neck are meant to serve as structural support platforms. When these ligaments get damaged it will cause direct stress and irritation onto the cranial nerves that feed back into the head every time you turn left, right, or side to side, resulting in migraines/headaches. These are very treatable, but it is important that you see an upper cervical specialist for maximum results.
  • Cluster Headaches: Cluster headaches are potentially the least enjoyable headache to deal with. Cluster headaches present themselves with sharp, stabbing, icepick like pain, traveling from the base of the skull through the eyes. If you are suffering with similar symptoms you need to call the office right away for a detailed examination (952) 300.8338. These headaches come from upper cervical damage that was severe enough to where the cranial nerves are being directly impinged when moving the head.

Natural Solution:

The doctors at Abundant Life Chiropractic are experts in treating Migraines/Headaches and their associated signs and symptoms. Being upper cervical practitioners, Dr. Knight and his teams’ specialty, lies in the first three bones in the neck. Upper cervical chiropractic care has proven over and over to be incredibly effective in treating migraines for a long-lasting correction instead of just a short-term fix.

Treatment Protocol

Since everybody is different, and there is no cookie cutter solution to migraines headaches. That is Dr. Knight’s first promise, that you will be treated as an individual. Putting together the appropriate treatment plan for migraines lies within the individualized examination. Via a thorough examination and diagnostic motion X-ray analysis, we can get the exact measurements down to the millimeter of which bones are moving appropriately, and which ones are moving too much or too little, causing the migraines. From here, it is time to sit back and watch the pain melt away.

First Steps in Appropriate Treatment

The first step in appropriately treating your pain, starts with a detailed consultation and examination. Call the office today at 952.300.8338 for a no obligation consultation so that you can get started on your path to freedom.

Back Pain

It is estimated that around 65 million Americans regularly suffer from back pain. It is certainly one of the things which causes many lost working days and, more importantly, it is a great source of chronic pain. This can range from minor aches to searing pain of the kind which absolutely wipes you out.

Back pain and associated painkiller dependency can make life very miserable especially if it remains untreated for any length of time. Luckily the doctors at Abundant Life Chiropractic Health Center are here to help with the very latest in chiropractic techniques but first you need to know a little about how back pain works and what exactly it is.

What are the Symptoms of Back Pain?

With such a large number of American adults suffering from back pain at some point in their lives it is clear that much of this is being managed with the use of painkilling medication although some people have reported that, despite this, they still suffer with breakthrough pain.

For some unfortunates the associated depression, anxiety and sleeping problems undoubtedly make a bad situation much worse.

According to WebMD, when it comes to assessing the most common symptoms of back pain there is no one simple answer because the structure of the back is a complex and multi-faceted thing. Most pain is felt in the lower back – or lumbar region – but many can suffer with upper-back or middle-back pain. Symptoms to be aware of include:

  • Aching and/or stiffness which doesn’t go away
  • Sharp, sudden pain after lifting heavy objects or twisting
  • Pain that radiates down from the buttock, through the thigh and into the foot
  • Restriction of certain movement or the inability to stand up straight without pain

Back pain can sometimes be a symptom of a more serious problem, for instance pain in the upper back can indicate a heart attack. Other issues of concern could be:

  • Numbness, tingling or weakness in the arms, legs or groin
  • An increase in pain when you cough
  • Pain which is accompanied by fever or other symptoms may indicate an infection

This is a very generalized list of symptoms and if you are in any doubt as to the cause of your chronic back pain the doctors at Abundant Life Chiropractic Health Center can help you.

How Can Chiropractic Treatment Help Chronic Back Pain?

The issue of chronic back pain is a complex and serious one due to its many and varied causes.

At Abundant Life Chiropractic Health Center we fully understand how back pain can completely ruin your life and that is why we take very seriously the care of patients with this debilitating condition. We strive to always be at the forefront of chiropractic treatment with the very latest techniques. Dr. Knight and his team of physicians through their years of experience, a deep understanding of the complexities surrounding the causes of back pain and understand that back pain is best treated through holistic methods.

The causes of back pain are many and varied but Spine-Health identify the most common ones as muscle strain, spinal misalignments, sciatica brought on by a herniated disc, or sometimes through disease like degenerative disc disease or arthritis. But whatever the cause of your chronic back pain there is absolutely no reason for you to simply carry on putting up with it curtailing your life when the doctors here at Abundant Life Chiropractic Health Center are ready and waiting with the perfect solution.

Dr Knight has been helping the community of Chanhassen, Minnesota to overcome their pain issues with a number of very effective and long lasting methods which have been comprehensively proven to work. But we know that different methods work differently for different individuals and that is why we look at a patient holistically and individually in order to find what works for them.

At Abundant Life Chiropractic Health Center our goal is to:

  • Look at your full history to find out what has caused your pain and then locate the source.
  • Provide a personal course of treatment that is tailored to you
  • Perform spinal adjustments to correct any misalignments.
  • Correct nerve interference to provide long term relief from pain
  • Treat your pain at its source rather than masking the symptoms to eliminate your pain and have you feeling good about yourself again
  • Find a way of managing your chronic back pain using the latest effective chiropractic methods to give you long lasting relief from pain and a better quality of life

The cause and type of pain you suffer from will dictate what type of treatment you have but a chiropractor is best placed to offer tailor-made treatments to correct your pain drug-free.

What are the Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment?

If you have come to the end of the line with painkilling medication because they are just not working anymore this is why you have to take a look at the benefits that chiropractic treatment can offer.

  • Less Pain
  • Improved Range of Motion
  • Muscle Relaxation
  • Better Sleep
  • More Energy
  • No more headaches

Identifying the Pain at Source

The cause of back pain is sometimes very obvious but may also be elusive, with pain showing up in sites which have never sustained any direct injuries. This is where chiropractic works its magic.   The doctors at Abundant Life Chiropractic use a technique called torque release.  Torque Release uses a neurological- based analysis system to determine the exact cause of the pain.  From there the pain melts away with specific and gentle instrument based adjustments.

Offering a Long Term Solution

Medication certainly can provide a long term solution, but the problem is that medication brings its own problems and side effects, not to mention eventually you will build a tolerance and it becomes less effective. Medication merely masks pain, it doesn’t cure it. Chiropractic, on the other hand, offers a long term, safe and effective solution.

Chiropractic Treatment is Safe

If you are looking for a pain relief treatment that has no negative side effects, is long lasting and suitable for all types of chronic back pain, chiropractic is the one for you. According to WebMD around 22 million Americans choose chiropractic treatment every year with around 35% of these choosing it for back pain. In the safe hands of the doctors at Abundant Life Chiropractic Health Center, you are assured of the safest and best possible care.

Free From Surgery and a Better Quality of Life

Because chiropractic treats the whole body it helps the body to heal in a more natural way and without the risks, the downtime and physical after-effects that come with surgery. Chiropractic is a treatment which starts to work immediately in many cases depending of course on what the issue is.

The most obvious benefit from chiropractic treatment comes from being pain-free and having a much better quality of life; being able to do all those activities which were previously impossible. The positive impacts on your life, like better sleep and improved well-being, cannot be under-estimated.

How Abundant Life Chiropractic Health Center Can Help You
We know how horrible it is living with chronic pain, how it affects every part of your life, and this is why we want to help. Chiropractic is a hands-on method of manipulation which works to bring the body back into alignment and enables the body to begin healing. It is a powerful drug-free way to become pain-free.

The doctors here at Abundant Life Chiropractic Health Center are well qualified to offer a proven range of effective treatments to get you back on your feet and enjoying life again.

Why not explore what drug-free, holistic chiropractic treatment can do to help you on your way to becoming pain-free by talking to us at 952 300-8338.

Neuropathy

Neuropathy umbrellas the broad category of nerve pain, numbness and tingling, burning sensations, hot and cold sensitivities, and pain that travels down the extremities of the body. One of the most complex conditions of the nervous system, neuropathy, can be multi-factorial in its causes. The key to understanding neuropathy is that it is a condition causing damage to the nerve system. If you are dealing with any form of neuropathy seek professional attention right away.

Diagnosis’s Associated with Neuropathy

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Sciatica
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Numbness/Tingling into the arms, hands, and/or fingers
  • Numbness/Tingling into the hips, legs, and/or toes
  • Facial nerve pain
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Meralgia Paresthetica
  • Ulnar Nerve Entrapment
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfers Elbow
  • Muscle Cramping
  • Burning foot pain

As you can see, the list goes on and on.

Neuropathy can be a very discouraging condition to deal with in that it will rapidly progress when not appropriately treated. Let’s start by addressing the causes of neuropathy, so that your search for answers and solutions can start off on the right foot.

Causes of Neuropathy

  • Chemical Overload: Our society is bombarded with chemicals, ranging from the medications we take, the products we put on our skill, the food we eat, all the way down to the air we breathe. Every time your body is exposed to chemicals it has to detox the chemicals to cleanse the body and the nervous system. Over time the chemical load adds-up and it is too much for the body to detox. Because all chemicals are neurotoxins this puts an assault on the nervous system. The damage to the nervous system will cause the outer protective myelin sheath of your nerves and spinal cords to degrade and will surface with neuropathy symptoms. Chemical related neuropathies are almost always associated with chronic fatigue, excessive weight gain, hair and nail problems, memory loss, and cognitive dysfunction.
  • Spinal Neuropathies: Spinal neuropathies are the more common of neuropathies. Essentially the spine has a perfect world position of being straight from the front and having three protective, shock-absorbing curves from the side. The American Lifestyle is not very conducive in taking care of this delicate structure that houses our spinal cord and nerves. Wear and tear, automobile accidents, desk jobs, and sports injuries place stress on the muscles and ligaments of the spine allowing the spine to mold, form and hold new positions. Continued stressors, accidents and damage over time adds up and eventually the spinal structures hit a threshold where they cannot buckle anymore. This is when the spinal cord and nerves begin to become impinged, and your neuropathy related symptoms start to surface. Spinal neuropathies are not always diagnosed correctly right away because they often stem from non-addressed injuries that took place years before any symptoms occurred. Spinal related neuropathies are critical to address as soon as you start feeling them. If the symptoms are not addressed right away, degeneration and arthritis will begin to set in and decay the spine making the symptoms much harder to correct.

Conservative Treatments for Neuropathy

Although the most common neuropathy medications, Gabapentin and Lyrica, are effective in temporarily relieving the symptoms, they will not actually correct the cause of your neuropathy. We are not going to spend too much time talking about them.

The first step in treating your neuropathy is a detailed examination, history and consultation with a neuropathy specialist. From there, a few different treatment approaches can take place moving forward.

If you are dealing with a chemical related neuropathy, the best treatment is a Comprehensive Cellular Detox. All our doctors are Abundant Life Chiropractic have advanced training in cellular detoxification. This is not a quick nor an easy approach, however, it is the only approach in effectively correcting chemical caused neuropathies.

When dealing with spinal neuropathies, the best course of action is a spinal corrective treatment plan. One that is tailored to your specific problems, and giving you a long lasting correction. Abundant Life Chiropractic is a neurological-based chiropractic office, meaning that our doctors specialize in specifically treating neuropathies and nerve related disorders. Take a moment to check out our reviews to see how we can help you.

Claim your freedom, start your road to recovery today by calling (952) 300-8338 to schedule an initial neuropathy consultation.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome leaves patients in a state of perpetual exhaustion that no amount of sleep seems to cure. Unfortunately, CFS is not visible on medical diagnostic tests, but for those who suffer from this chronic condition, CFS is incredibly real.

Common symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome include:

  • Mental and physical exhaustion
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Aching joints and muscles
  • Headaches
  • Discomfort after physical exertion
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Night sweats
  • Muscle weakness

Many do not realize that the nervous system, housed in the spine, is responsible for providing energy to the body by delivering impulses which travel from the brain, down the spinal cord, and then branch out to all areas of the body through nerves. If the spine has subluxations or misalignments, the communication between nerves is poor, resulting in physical and mental fatigue.

Solution

Chiropractic care provides a great solution to this problem by

  • Providing a doctor who specializes in finding the location of vertebral subluxations and correcting the subluxations which may be causing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
  • Improving nerve communication to the brain
  • Restoring nerve function to increase energy levels

We Can Help

If you want to discuss a holistic treatment plan for CFS, contact us today to schedule your consultation- we can help!

Carpal Tunnel

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is possibly the most common nerve disorders experienced today. It affects 4-10 million Americans and is usually very treatable and very correctable. Middle-aged to older individuals are more likely to develop the syndrome than younger persons, and females are three times more frequently than males.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel disables keys nerves, specifically the median nerve, resulting in a wide array of symptoms from numbness of the hands and fingers, weakness of the hands, loss of feeling, loss of hand function, as well, discomfort and pain.

It is commonly found that people wait to address their symptoms until it starts to affect their day to day activities.   Do not ignore the symptoms of carpal tunnel, it is very treatable under the condition that you address it before the nerve damage has been their too long.

What Causes Carpal Tunnel?

One of the most common causes of carpal tunnel is the continued repetitive use of the arms and hands, specifically activities that require a lot of motion or produce vibrations. Other causes of carpal tunnel are repetitive stress on the lower neck and upper back. For instances, years or sitting at a desk working on a computer, old and recent automobile injuries, or professions where you are looking downward for a good portion of your work day.

Carpal Tunnel’s Two Major Causes

  • Impingement to the median nerve within the tendons, fascia and carpal bones within the wrist. This form of carpal tunnel will more commonly present itself in only one of the wrist and not both. We commonly see singular carpal tunnel in our road workers, and blue collared workers who operate large power tools. Essentially long term repetitive motions to the hands and wrist will cause tight (over-active) muscles and tendons which will pinch down on the median nerve traveling between the carpal bones in the wrist. This results in numbness, tingling, burning and even weakness of the hands when not treated right away. Carpal tunnel within the hand itself represents every 1 of 4 carpal tunnel cases.
  • Spinal Carpal Tunnel is the most under diagnosed carpal tunnel found in our office. These cases of carpal tunnel actually branch from the nerve root plexus originating in the neck. Treating the hands and wrist for spinal carpal tunnel is not effective. Spinal carpal tunnel is due to damage in the cervical spinal structure and its alignment. This is most commonly found in people who have had neck injuries, people who have sat at a desk for years of work, or are commonly looking downward. The strain causes the curvature in the neck to reduce putting a pathological tension on the spinal cord and nerves that travel down into your lower neck, shoulders, arms and hands. More often than not this type of carpal tunnel presents in both the wrist and has more wide spread symptoms, ranging from numbness and tingling to burning pain. Spinal carpal tunnel is the more common of the two carpal tunnels, and is commonly miss-diagnosed.

What is the Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel treatment has two different approaches, of which, both have shown degrees of success.

The medical approach involves pain medications such as acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that can be used for temporary symptom relief. Cortisone injections in the carpal tunnel area are often successful at numbing the symptoms for weeks to even months at a time, however, this cannot be repeated over and over due to the long term side effects. When the above measures fail to relieve the symptoms, surgery is the final medical option. A surgery known as the carpal tunnel release is performed to cut the muscle and fascia fibers in the wrist and indirectly relieve some of the pressure on the median nerve.

The chiropractic approach is a safe alternative to drugs and medication. Chiropractic involves tackling the cause of carpal tunnel syndrome head on. If the symptoms are from an impingement carpal tunnel due to over active muscles and fascia in the arm and wrist, therapy will be performed to that area to correct the contractures within the muscles and ligaments. As well, the carpal bones in the wrist can be gently adjusted back into position to allow more room for the median nerve to travel impingement free.   Follow up therapy may be recommended at home, so the problem does not continually come back and you receive a long lasting correction.

Spinal carpal tunnel involves treatments to the structure within the lower neck and upper back. Correction to the structure within the neck is important in this form of carpal tunnel syndrome. At Abundant Life Chiropractic we have a safe and gentle technique that is very successful at correcting this form of carpal tunnel via adjustments to the spinal bones in the lower neck, that will impinge on the median nerve plexus.

Looking for a long lasting correction to your numbness and tingling in your hands? Call the office today (952) 300-8338 to schedule an initial appointment with one of our doctors.

Fibromyalgia

What is Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a fancy term that the medical system uses to describe “aches and pains” all over throughout your muscle fibers. Essentially, the body is under so much stress that it starts to shut down and everything begins to hurt. A lot of times fibromyalgia patients are told they will just have to learn how to live with it.

Causes of Fibromyalgia

The number one cause of fibromyalgia comes from an over stimulation of stressors on the body and nervous system. These stressors generally present themselves in three different forms– physical, emotional, and chemical.

  • Physical stress includes auto accidents, slips and falls, sports injuries, prolonged sitting, and the list can go on and on. One or two physical stressors will not take too much of a toll on the body, however, years of wear, tear and trauma will build up over time and exacerbate itself with wide spread pain symptoms of fibromyalgia. Each time a small injury happens, micro traumas occur at the muscle and ligament level, tearing the muscle fibers that compose our musculoskeletal system. When these micro traumas are not appropriately addressed right away, layers and layers of adhesive damage adds up and forms a fibrosis adhesion (weak spot) to the tissue. Multiple adhesions over time lead to weak links in the musculoskeletal chain. Ultimately resulting with what feels like aches and pains everywhere.
  • Emotional stressors may be one of the most under looked stressors taking a toll on our bodies today. We could not live in a more fast-paced society, trying to do more and more on less and less. If that isn’t the definition of stress, I do not know what is. Chronic psychological stressors put your body in the fight or flight mode (emergency survival mode). Instead of healing and functioning at a level of homeostasis, the body finds itself running on adrenaline and cortisol (a major stress hormone). With time this is the perfect combination for the body to break down, rapidly age, and present with aching pains all over.
  • Chemical stressors are another source of stress that is rampant today like never before. Genetically modified foods, toxins, processed foods, rancid oils, pollution, etc… create an auto toxic environment. This is when your body becomes so toxic that it cannot properly heal itself. Instead of healing on a cellular level like we were designed to, the body is forced to attack chemically saturated cells, all while damaged areas of the body do not get the attention needed to heal properly.

The Neurology Behind Fibromyalgia

An analogy that works well to describe the mechanism of what is going on with fibromyalgia is the RPMs on a car. Because the stress load of people that are dealing with fibromyalgia is so high, instead of idling at 2 or 3 RPMs, they are running much higher around 5 or 6 RPM.

Now, when they enter into a high stress environment – it doesn’t take much for them to ramp into the red zone, where the symptoms start to surface, aka “the smoking engine.”

Your nervous system is divided into two parts. The sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system takes care of more autonomic functions (digesting food, keeping your heart beating, etc…). While the sympathetic nervous system (found in the upper cervical spine and bottom of the back) controls more of the bodies rate of healing.

Chiropractic Treatments for Fibromyalgia

Chiropractic is an effective and non-invasive solution for fibromyalgia. At Abundant Life Chiropractic, we are upper cervical practitioners, meaning we specialize in the area of the nervous system that serves as the brake pedal for the sympathetic nervous system. With gently applied instrument-based adjustments, we are able to down regulate the nervous system, taking it out of the fight or flight. The side effect is the nervous system starts to unwind, the body can relax and start healing the areas of damage, and your pain melts away!

Auto Injuries

In the United States more than 4 million people are injured in auto accidents each year. Oftentimes the injuries go unreported and worse yet the victims fail to seek proper health care. Injuries sustained at high speeds have long been recognized as very threatening to the body. However, it is the lower impact collisions that will usually cause the most damage due to a simple factor, neglect. With impacts between the speeds of 8-20 m.p.h. the force that is actually exerted on the head can be well over 11G (grams-force) which will result in brain stem injuries in over half of the victims.

This means the “bumps” received in rear end collisions and the “fender benders” have a serious effect on your body. They cause misalignments in the spine and may not cause pain right away. With time, these misaligned vertebrae can cause devastating degenerative effects to the bones, the disc, and the nerves in the involved areas. The lack of pain immediately following a low impact collision tends to allow a much more serious problem to progress, spinal decay. This is exactly why all people involved in any kind of auto injury, regardless of speed, should be checked by a personal injury chiropractor.

Dr. Knight is an expert in auto related injuries and has ample information regarding the long term effects. He is also very adept in the legal aspect of injuries that will allow for minimal stress and involvement from the patient regarding their accident. In the case of an auto accident the very best approach to pain is prevention.

“After my “fender-bender” I suffered from minor aches that developed into constant pain. I then saw Dr. Knight who even stopped the severe headaches that the medications could not touch!”   -Rebecca

Do not wait until the symptoms arise. Take control of the situation before it takes control of you. In referring to the structural alignment of children a great chiropractor once said “as the twig grows so grows the tree.” This quote could not be more true in regards to chiropractic care for children than in the situation of auto injuries. Children often tend to be the ones most frequently neglected, yet car safety devices and shoulder seatbelts are not as beneficial for our 3 and 4 foot passengers. Have all car injury victims checked for whiplash!

What you need to know about your insurance benefits. A great benefit of living in the state of MN is that all auto insurance carriers are under the state laws no-fault policy. Meaning that whether the accident was your fault or not, there is 100% medical coverage for all passengers in a vehicular collision, up to $20,000/passenger. Yes, you read that correct, 100% medical coverage. However, the benefits are time sensitive to the date of the accident. It is always best to have an injury evaluation as soon as possible after any auto accidents.

Allergies

What are Allergies?

Allergens are anything foreign to the body that the body does not recognize, and in turn, your immune system attacks it. They present themselves in many different forms such as foods, medications, certain strains of bacteria, pollen, and even different animals. Especially here in Minnesota, with our four seasons, allergies are a major harassment for many.

Common symptoms:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Itchy and watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Scratchy or sore throat
  • Throat clearing
  • Cough from postnasal drip
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Conjunctivitis

What Causes Allergies?

The single most powerful cause of allergies is the presence of toxins. Unfortunately, we live in a very toxic world. Pollution, household cleaners, heavy metals, vaccines and antibiotics – all of these things are toxic to our body. They promote a hyperactive immune system.

The Hygiene Hypothesis

In our culture, we are very afraid of dirt and germs, but it turns out that we shouldn’t be so afraid of that. In 1989, David Strachan published an article in the BMJ that proposed something called the Hygiene Hypothesis. He noticed that kids in large families or those who grow up in rural environments such as farms don’t have asthma and allergies as much as kids who are growing up in the city and without older siblings.

The Hygiene Hypothesis proposed that because of our modern ultra clean environments, we aren’t coming in contact with enough of the beneficial bacteria, fungi and good viruses in our gut especially in our childhood.

That is why in addition to toxins, another major cause of allergies is something called dysbiosis. Dysbiosis is the misbalance of the good and bad bacteria in our microbiome in the gut.

Treatment Options

Medication – The most popular treatment for allergies is medication or shots. These two approaches work very well in relieving some of the symptoms that people with allergies experience. However, they are not a long term solution, which means that pills and shots are an effective for those people who deal with only the occasional allergies. For those who deal with frequent allergies, other solutions may be beneficial. In addition to this, medications and shots have serious side effects. According to Dr. White, “Since runny eyes, irritation, redness, fullness in the sinuses and other allergy symptoms are caused by histamines, antihistamines are often prescribed to dry mucus membranes. However, antihistamines can cause serious heart problems and should not be used with alcohol, sedatives or tranquilizers. More recently Canadian researcher Lorne Brandes, in an article published in the May 1994 journal of the National Cancer institute, has produced research showing that certain antihistamines (Claritin’”, Hismanal” and AtaraXT”) make cancerous tumors grow faster in lab rodents.”

Chiropractic – it has been called “healthcare’s best kept secret.” The majority of people are surprised to hear that chiropractic is effective for millions of people who are struggling with allergies. With the neurological based care that we provide at Abundant Life Chiropractic, we take stress off of the nervous system, which is turn permits the immune system to function more effectively. A healthy immune system means better allergies. As Dr. Kurt Donsback has said: “A healthy body is capable of neutralizing these toxic substances and a body which has malfunctioning defense mechanisms cannot. The emphasis on allergies must be on building a healthy body, not on trying to use evasive tactics by eliminating all the allergens.”

A study published in 2004 showed amazing immune-boosting results for a group that started getting spinal adjustments.

In this particular study, 1,028 people had some form of allergies (the most common was atopic dermatitis and bronchial asthma). X-Ray evidence and physical exams proved that 98% of these allergy patients had remarkably similar vertebral misalignments in their mid-back. Over 88% of the people with dermatitis who received consistent spinal adjustments showed massive improvement in skin itching and over 71% showed improvement in overall skin condition. Compare that to 0% improvement of the patients who did not receive adjustments.

This conclusion comes directly from the study:

We can state that a treatment that cannot fundamentally treat spinal problems will not fundamentally improve conditions such as atopic dermatitis, bronchial asthma, pollinosis, and allergic coryza.

If you are suffering from allergies, come into our clinic today for a no obligation consultation and exam. We love taking care of allergy cases and look forward to meeting you!

Ear Infection

What are Ear infections?

Ear infections or Otitis media occur when there is inflammation of the middle ear that causes fluid to build up behind the eardrum.

They are extremely common in our world today – up to 80% of kiddos before the age of 2 will be curled up in a tight ball, lying in bed because their ear hurts. Most of these poor children will end up having multiple ear infections. Ear infections are so common in our world today that they are now considered to be a normal part of childhood.

Common symptoms to be on watch for:

  • Ear pain
  • Poor sleep
  • Fever
  • Irritability
  • Pus-like ear drainage
  • Hearing loss
  • Speech impairment
  • Pressure inside of the ear

What Causes Ear Infections?

Ear infections are not just due to the fact that a child’s Eustachian tubes were accidentally designed to be too horizontal early on in the child’s life (which is what most pediatricians tell the parents of their patients).

Ear infections are essentially a “perfect storm” of several factors that come together as an emergent quality.

  • Birth trauma or early childhood trauma to the neck, especially the upper cervical region. Due to modern birthing methods which include medieval tools such as forceps, suction cups, and grabbing babies by the head to pull them out during Cesarean births, birth can be a traumatic experience. Misalignments in the upper neck places stress on the nerves and affect the neurology that feeds into the ears.
  • The Standard American Diet (SAD) that is full of poor nutrition, genetically modified foods, and processed food places a chemical stress on the child. The SAD consumption of food is highly inflammatory and thus, extra amounts of mucus is produced in the body, and of course, the ears.
  • The abuse of antibiotics leads to antibiotics resistance in the child and affects how the immune system works. This is the key aspect in recurring ear infections later on in life.

Treatment Options

  • Antibiotics – this is the most common approach to dealing with ear infections. However, this approach is not only ineffective, but can also be dangerous. According to research by Dr. Anthony Ebel, “studies show that each time a child under the age of 2 is prescribed an antibiotic, it is increasing their risk of developing asthma and allergies later on by 2-4 fold. Now fast forward a bit and ask yourself if more kids suffer from allergies and asthma than they did just one generation ago? Plus if you’ve watched the news at all the past few years, you know that we now also have to deal with things called antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” which is caused by the misuse and overuse of antibiotics by our health care system and is a major problem.”Even the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a watch-and-wait approach, because the evidence-based research about antibiotics is showing that not only are they ineffective at treating ear infections, but they will actually lead to repeated ear infection.
  • Surgery – this is a common practice that is done for kids with chronic (repetitive) ear infections. A small hole is drilled in the eardrum and then a tube is placed in there to help relieve the pressure from the built up fluid in the ear. Although this procedure does work and it does help relieve the pain, within a few months, the body pushes the tube out and the hole closes. And then the child is back to square one because the underlying cause of the issue was not addressed.
  • Chiropractic – this approach deals with the neurology of the child’s body as well as the mechanics of the neck, lymphatics, muscles, and nerves to ensure the proper drainage of the lymphatic vessels of the ear. Instead of simply attacking the virus or bacteria through the traditional medical model, chiropractic works on restoring proper function and drainage of the Eustachian tubes.

At Abundant Life Chiropractic, we specialize in a upper cervical based technique, which makes us a perfect match for those who are dealing with ear infections. Adjustments are done using an instrument, which means gentle and safe care for both children and adults. Call today at 952-300-8338 to schedule a no obligation consultation and exam at our clinic!

Colic

Colic is described as “unexplainable and uncontrollable crying in babies from 0 to 18 months old, occurring more than 3 hours a day, and generally occurring in the late afternoon or evening.” However, colic in babies is much more than just a crying baby. The toll that improperly treated colic can have on a child’s mental and physical health as their bodies develop can be very detrimental.

 

Causes of Colic

Colic is a multi-factorial symptom, so it is important to check your boxes before resorting to drugs and medications. At our office, one of the major colic causes we see on a regular basis comes from micro-traumas (slips and falls) and larger traumas (prolonged birthing processes, C-section delivery, etc.).

The modern-day birthing process can be a very traumatic experience for both the mother and the child. Many cases of colic will originate from a rough birth and the symptoms of repetitive crying may not surface until weeks to even months later. Colic may also originate from simple slips and falls as the child is learning to crawl and walk.

Modern birthing methods include suction cups, forceps, and other aggressive methods used to extract the baby. In addition to that, 1 out of 3 babies today are born via Cesarean birth. This type of birthing method places additional stress on the child, especially to the little one’s head, upper neck, and spine.

Because a young infant’s spinal muscles and ligaments are still developing, invasive birthing methods and day to day slips and falls will easily misalign structures of your child’s spine. These misalignments are called subluxations and they cause stress and irritation on the nervous system. Unfortunately, babies cannot speak like adults, so they express their pain and discomfort through crying, whining, and in severe cases an infant may even completely stop feeding.

Chiropractic and Colic

The good news about colic is that it can be treated effectively through chiropractic! Our doctors practice torque release technique, a state of the art, non-invasive chiropractic technique with an instrument. The technique gently corrects any spinal misalignments, immediately easing discomfort that your child is dealing with.

At Abundant Life Chiropractic, we understand that as parents you may have questions on the safety and efficacy of infantile adjusting. Our doctors provide neurologically-based care – which means no clicking, popping, or cracking when adjusting spinal misalignments. When it comes to babies, the amount of force that is used to move the bone is minimal. It is similar to what a person would use to check the ripeness of a tomato. Adjustments are safe, simple and very effective with infant spines.

The key to resolving colic is getting to the cause of the pain and discomfort. All too often, we will chase the symptoms of crying and discomfort with pain-easing medication, while the problem that is causing the discomfort never gets properly addressed. The best advice for a parent dealing with a colicky baby is to start with a detailed examination and consultation to see if your child can be helped through natural chiropractic care.

Get in Touch

Abundant Life Chiropractic
7945 Stone Creek Drive #120
Chanhassen, MN 55317
Phone: (952) 300-8338
frontdesk@abundantlifechiropractor.com

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