Monday, August 18, 2014

I'm Not Really a Medicine Guy, Can Chiropractic Help Me?

It's very possible. The first step is to come into the office for an exam. Here, the doctor can take a look at you and talk to you to find out what's going on.

In most cases a couple simple adjustments to a bone or bones of the spine may do the trick. Oh yeah, don't worry it so gentle and easy, you'll be surprised.

"What about getting my neck cracked, I don't want that...?"

No problem, there are many different adjustments to do. Just tell the doctor that and here at CT Spine & Disc Center we will honor your wishes!

The Glastonbury Chiropractor is located in central Connecticut- CT Spine and Disc Center specializes in patients who suffer from sciatica, disc degeneration, bulging disc or herniated disc in the lumbar spine. For low back pain, neck pain, midback pain, headaches, fibromyalgia and more, chiropractic can help you. Call our Glastonbury office at 860-633-8756 to schedule an appointment and to see if you are a candidate for non surgical spinal decompression.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

As We Get Older We Don't Heal As Quick...

When we were younger, we start out as a toddler learning to walk, and we crash here and slam down there. And we just pop right up like nothing happened. Then we get a little older, and we tumble over here, jump from there....often with a crash, bang, boom. Then we get a bit older and start plying organized sports - more crashing, usually harder, because it's someone else contributing to the spill...

As you may assume, some of those bumps and bruises carry over to us later in life; not to mention, when we take a fall now in our 60's, we don't recuperate so quick.

So it's okay to go a little slower, be a bit more cautious, stop performing certain activities... It might be hard to hang up the rugby kleats, but is it worth it to take care of a back injury.

If this does happen however, we are here at CT Spine for YOU. Or maybe, you simply strain something in the back getting up from the chair (most often it happens unexpectedly, and from something we don't expect). Either way, don't hesitate to contact the office if something hurts.

The Glastonbury Chiropractor is located in central Connecticut- CT Spine and Disc Center specializes in patients who suffer from sciatica, disc degeneration, bulging disc or herniated disc in the lumbar spine. For low back pain, neck pain, midback pain, headaches, fibromyalgia and more, chiropractic can help you. Call our Glastonbury office at 860-633-8756 to schedule an appointment and to see if you are a candidate for non surgical spinal decompression.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

I'm Pregnant and Have Back Pain, Help!...

"I'm about 3 months pregnant and my back is killing me...".  

At our office we've heard this kind of thing quite a few times.  We have seen a lot of pregnant women over the years.   It's fairly common to be hindered with back pain when your pregnant.  Just think of your posture alone, when you add a bunch of weight to your belly.  An example would be the picture. Ok, this person is probably 8 months pregnant?  But, many people start getting lower back pain way before they might look like this...

So you might also be thinking, "how can he adjust me?"  That's easy actually. Besides the fact that the ligaments tend to get very lax, we have a variety of adjusting techniques.  It's not all "twisting and cracking" anymore.  There are so many more gentle ways to get motion restored and to align the spine.

We have a tool we use to adjust as well as a special table that allows for gentle adjustments.  If you want to learn more about this, stop in or give the office a call.

The Glastonbury Chiropractor is located in central Connecticut- CT Spine and Disc Center specializes in patients who suffer from sciatica, disc degeneration, bulging disc or herniated disc in the lumbar spine. For low back pain, neck pain, midback pain, headaches, fibromyalgia and more, chiropractic can help you. Call our Glastonbury office at 860-633-8756 to schedule an appointment and to see if you are a candidate for non surgical spinal decompression.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Fat, We've Had It All Wrong For Years!

June 23-24th issue of Time Magazine: Ending The War Against Fat, may help clear up some of the confusion!  We've been trained to believe fat is bad.

As a matter of fact, even in Chiropractic school we had some guys with the "low fat" attitude.  If you read any legitimate study on fats or butter or dairy, you quickly realize that a low fat diet isn't healthy.  All this plus the fact that I know some individuals that grew up on raw milk, lots of steak, and fat, and real butter; and guess what, they were healthier than everyone else.

Really, common sense will typically prevail.  If you go to the store and there's the real meal, then there's the one with the fat taken out or a bunch of chemicals added, common sense should tell you to stick with the more natural one.  That's the one that's unaltered and looks, feels, and tastes NORMAL.

If you ever have questions about eating healthy, talk to the chiropractors at Ct Spine for help...


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How Does The Chiropractic Adjustment Give Me Pain Relief?

You see, mobilization gets rid of inflammation. Basically, motion allows inflammation to escape. You may even know someone that hurts when they stay in one position too long. Possibly sitting is painful but getting up and walking feels better. It's all because when we walk, we are moving, and inflammation can better move as well.

Puts things in alignment can also make a significant change. Normal alignment is a position that allows for the best motion an no nerve pressure. The goal of the chiropractic manipulation is exactly that. Restore motion, correct alignment, and therefore reduce pain.

The Glastonbury Chiropractor is located in central Connecticut- CT Spine and Disc Center specializes in patients who suffer from sciatica, disc degeneration, bulging disc or herniated disc in the lumbar spine. For low back pain, neck pain, midback pain, headaches, fibromyalgia and more, chiropractic can help you. Call our Glastonbury office at 860-633-8756 to schedule an appointment and to see if you are a candidate for non surgical spinal decompression.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Steroid Injections For Your Back

When does someone typically get an injection for their back pain.  First, it's only considered when the pain is very severe, has been present for a long period, and the patient has tried other methods of pain relief with no help.


Here's an example: Sam presented to his chiropractor's office with left side sciatica.  His pain is exacerbated with sitting long periods.  He was prescribed muscle relaxers by his primary care physician and referred to physical therapy. This returned no help so he went to his chiropractor.


Here he had temporary relief of his symptoms but pain would return.  He was seen for 5 visits and then that doctor referred him for an injection.  Sam had consistent pain at some level, as well as inflammation.  While the chiropractic treatments helped, as well as the recommended home ice did seem to help, pain was still present.


The steroid shot is a big blast of anti-inflammatory to the specific area.  It is typically the inflammation that puts pressure on nerves causing the back pain or sciatica.  Doing this may give the body that extra chance to heal, thus allowing inflammation to stay away and normal motion return to the spine.

The Glastonbury Chiropractor is located in central Connecticut- CT Spine and Disc Center specializes in patients who suffer from sciatica, disc degeneration, bulging disc or herniated disc in the lumbar spine. For low back pain, neck pain, midback pain, headaches, fibromyalgia and more, chiropractic can help you. Call our Glastonbury office at 860-633-8756 to schedule an appointment and to see if you are a candidate for non surgical spinal decompression.


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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Across The Globe Drug Commercials Are Only Allowed in United States...

Maybe this has something to do with why we're the unhealthiest nation in the world.  Yep, that's right, out of all the developed nations for  health statistics, we are at the bottom again.  We actually continue to be at the bottom, which has been the case for years.

I had an idea because when we go to visit my wife's family in Canada, I noticed there are no pharmaceutical commercials on television.  That's when I really first realized this fact.

Here's another interesting fact I learned - when a drug commercial tells what the drug does, they have to mention the side effects.  If you see one of those commercials where there's just a couple on a beach holding hands and at the end you see "Cialis" come onto the screen, then they don't have to mention all the side effects.

Otherwise there's two and a half minutes of "...fatigue, bleeding out of your eyes, headache, diarrhea.... They are usually very scary, sometimes more so than the condition you're treating!

The Glastonbury Chiropractor is located in central Connecticut- CT Spine and Disc Center specializes in patients who suffer from sciatica, disc degeneration, bulging disc or herniated disc in the lumbar spine. For low back pain, neck pain, midback pain, headaches, fibromyalgia and more, chiropractic can help you. Call our Glastonbury office at 860-633-8756 to schedule an appointment and to see if you are a candidate for non surgical spinal decompression.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Tiger Woods and Back Surgery...

You may have heard that Tiger is back. He is going to be playing in a tournament at the Congressional Country Club, in Bethesda Maryland.  I actually thought he was nurturing a wounded knee.  Apparently he had back surgery.  He's had four surgeries on his left knee but this was a microdiscectomy (or microdecompression) in the low back.

What is a Microdiscectomy? That's where they shave off part of the disc that's causing pressure to the nerve.  This may be why you heard he had a pinched nerve.

With the best doctors and rehab, Tiger will be back for the next major PGA tournament. The scary thing is however the fact that you can have the best doctor but that doesn't mean a future free and clear of back pain.

Talk to the doctors at CT Spine & Disc Center to learn about a non-surgical approach to low back pain and/or disk pain.

Watch this video to learn more about Tiger's Back Surgery:


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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Can my Leg Pain cause my Back Pain?...

Problems at the Bottom Affect What's
Going on at the Top !
Many times back pain can come from something lower down. Much like a tower is only as sturdy as its base, your back is similar. Essentially your feet and legs are your base. If you are standing a certain way or your gait (the way that you walk and stand up) is altered it will start to irritate the back. Everything is connected - your feet to your ankles, ankles to your knees, knees to your hips, hips to your back. Sturdy your base and it often will stabilize the back. By the way, I'm not just referring to the lower back but the middle back as well.

The same is true in the opposite direction.  I've seen patients where they start out with neck pain but it travels to the mid-back.  Here's the bottom line...If part of the body needs help or support, your body will pull resources from somewhere else.  While your gait, your posture, and your regular activities can often give you pain that works its way up, pain can work its way down to.  Another example is arthritis; your body pulls calcium out of bones to get it when it needs it...

The Glastonbury Chiropractor is located in central Connecticut- CT Spine and Disc Center specializes in patients who suffer from sciatica, disc degeneration, bulging disc or herniated disc in the lumbar spine. For low back pain, neck pain, midback pain, headaches, fibromyalgia and more, chiropractic can help you. Call our Glastonbury office at 860-633-8756 to schedule an appointment and to see if you are a candidate for non surgical spinal decompression.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

My Back Hurts So I Sleep On The Couch

Sleeping on the couch once in awhile is okay but it's not something to make a habit of. It's one thing if you were evicted and your staying at your friends place but quite another if you have a cozy bed waiting for you. Plus, if you are sleeping on your friends couch because you were evicted you probably have bigger problems than low back pain.

Here's the thing, the couch really isn't made for sleeping all night, every night. The support just isn't there for the spine. Not to mention, you may not use your regular pillow. Your usual neck pillow doesn't fit on the couch or you are in such an awkward position your head doesn't rest properly on that pillow.

So not only are the back and neck often crooked on the couch, the living room is also not always conducive to sleep. There's light shining from the kitchen, glowing from the tv, the dog is all over you, etc, etc...

The Glastonbury Chiropractor is located in central Connecticut- CT Spine and Disc Center specializes in patients who suffer from sciatica, disc degeneration, bulging disc or herniated disc in the lumbar spine. For low back pain, neck pain, midback pain, headaches, fibromyalgia and more, chiropractic can help you. Call our Glastonbury office at 860-633-8756 to schedule an appointment and to see if you are a candidate for non surgical spinal decompression.

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