4 Ways Chiropractic Can Help Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Sufferers

“carpalCarpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a serious, painful nerve injury that affects many people in the United States. CTS occurs when the median nerve, which runs down a person’s forearm to his or her hand, gets compressed in the eight bones in the wrist called the carpal tunnel. This injury is frequently caused over time by repetitive motion such as assembly line work, and is the most expensive work-related injury. Symptoms of CTS include pain and numbness of the hand and wrist. While there are a variety of treatment options available to those who are afflicted with carpal tunnel syndrome up to and including surgery, chiropractic care has become a popular and effective option.

Here are four ways patients with carpal tunnel syndrome benefit from chiropractic care.
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The Prevalence of Back Pain in School Kids Who Use Backpacks

“backWhile back pain is a known and widely-studied issue in adults, its prevalence in school-aged children has received comparatively little scientific attention. Elementary, middle, and high school students must often carry backpacks that weigh enough to cause chronic back pain, poor posture, and even decreased lung volume. Recently, several studies reveal the truths behind childhood back pain and ways to mitigate it.
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True Cause of Shoulder Pain

40 million people suffer from frozen shoulder syndrome. Traditional treatment is painful, long and often not successful. I spent the weekend in Dallas Tx learning from Dr Francis Murphy, Dr Michael Hall, and Dr Louis D’Amico and Dr Murphy’s intern Matt how to determine the true cause of frozen shoulder. The basics can be summed up by this, if your head is not sitting on your neck right, nothing is going to function at its best. There’s a nerve that exits the brain that controls one of the main muscles of the neck and shoulder. An abnormal tilt of your head can impinge that nerve causing it to misfire and the obvious result is a decrease in function of the shoulder.

Not so obvious issues are decreased rib and diaphragm function leading to shallow breathing causing fatigue and cardiac problems. As the brain tries to keep our eyes level, it twists and torques the neck and rest of the body to keep us from falling over. This leads to poor posture with terrible tension headaches, upper back and chest pain, which alters sleep, and overloads us with stress. This is especially  common in women as they make up the majority of frozen shoulder patients. 

I learned how to find and correct the root joint problem in the two joints that connect the head to the neck. We also learned how to follow the trail from top to bottom and clear out the secondary problems that come about from the altered function and motion of that most primary joint. Problems like rib and sternal (chest) fixations, mid back tension and pain and ultimately the entire body as it accommodates the head sitting wrong on the neck. Amazing stuff I’m excited about using monday morning on my patients. 

I had dozens of patients I thought about during this seminar and how I could hopefully make a bigger change in their life.

5 Tips Chiropractic Patients Can Use When Choosing The Perfect Pillow

“chiropracticNeck pain is nobody’s friend, and it is definitely not an ideal sleeping companion. Pain-filled nights can leave a person dull, groggy, and not ready to face the day in the morning. Unfortunately, certain sleeping positions can further aggravate neck pain to the point it robs a person of a good night’s sleep.
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How Chiropractic Can Help Patients Who Suffer From Arthritis

“chiropracticEven though chiropractic excels in wellness care, it is becoming more common for people to visit chiropractors to treat a variety of different kinds of pain. Because of this, chiropractic adjustments provide many benefits to people and patients who suffer from a wide variety of conditions like arthritis. In today’s article, we’ll explore how chiropractic can help patients who suffer from arthritis and give you additional suggestions on how to alleviate the pain that’s associated with it.
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Helton Chiropractic clinics CLOSED today Friday February 27

Helton chiropractic clinics are closed in all locations due to snow. We will contact you to reschedule your appointment as soon as is safe. Stay warm and be careful!

5 Things Chiropractic Patients Ought to Know About Text Neck

“textRemember how your mom always said, “Nothing in life is free”? Well, she was right. High-tech gadgets and smart phones advancing at the speed of light are a modern convenience unlike little else, but the advantages of communication at our fingertips come with a price: text neck.

Here are 5 things chiropractic patients ought to know about text neck, the epidemic that is taking the world by storm:
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How Chiropractic Relieves Neck Pain

“neckIf you have pain in any part of your body, it can range from uncomfortable to downright debilitating. In the case of your neck, any degree of irritation can impede your ability to function. Because of this, it is important that you learn about how chiropractic relieves neck pain so that you can find the assistance you need.
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Bulletproof Diet Update

Happy Valentines Day!  Hope you all are having a great day with the ones you love.  At Helton Chiropractic in Lubbock, we did some intensive spring cleaning yesterday.  To thank all the staff who helped out and cleaned and organized, I bought us West Crust Pizza.  West Crust has delicious pizza and a gluten free crust.  Sadly….they were sold out of gluten free so we had their regular crust.  After the first slice, I started sneezing.  After the second slice, I was so full feeling that I was done.  Within about 6 hours, my face was puffier and I could feel puffiness in my fingers and abdomen.  This morning, I was famished, swollen, and craving carbs.  It was a really great exercise in seeing what I’m intolerant of.  I’d heard the words “food hangover” before but I was really feeling it today.

So now I know, I am gluten sensitive.  I will definitely get West Crust Pizza again…but it will have to be gluten free crust.  Many of my cravings are lessened.  I still have a strooooong desire for a Coke Zero.  Sweets aren’t nearly as big a craving and neither is bread for the most part.  In summary….enjoy your day and your sweets with your sweetie….but really pay attention to how you feel afterwards.

How Losing Weight Can Help Reduce Back Pain for Chiropractic Patients

“weightBack pain is one of the most common and most troublesome problems that people experience. Eight out of 10 individuals will struggle with back pain during some point in their life, the US National Library of Medicine reports. Low and chronic back pain can be aggravated by many triggers. Mechanical stress, excessive strain, muscle weakness, poor sleeping position, lack of exercise and excessive weight could all contribute to making the situation worse.
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