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Understanding arthritis and how to manage it with chiropractic care
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis literally means “inflamed joint.” It happens when cartilage in a joint breaks down. Normal joints have two smooth, cartilage-covered bone surfaces that fit together and glide against one other. With arthritis, these smooth surfaces become irregular as the cartilage breaks down and they don’t fit well together anymore. Arthritis can affect any joint in the body, and causes pain, discomfort and stiffness.
One of the biggest misconceptions about arthritis is that many people believe that arthritis and joint pain is a normal part of aging. While our joints can degrade as we age, pain and reduced mobility are not an inevitable part of the aging process.
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in America and...
Understanding sciatica and how to manage it with chiropractic care
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica nerve pain is experienced by close to 40% of adults. It typically manifests as pain in the lower back or buttocks that radiates down to the legs or feet. This pain can be felt in one or both legs and originates from irritation of the sciatic nerve.
The sciatic nerve is located in the lower back and runs down the back of each leg. The sciatic nerve is the thickness nerve in the body where it exits the pelvis and enters the legs. The pain can be mild to severe and can even be debilitating at times.
What are the main Sciatica symptoms to look for?
If you’re experiencing radiating pain starting in your lower back that works its way down the back of the legs, this could be a sign you have sciatica. Other signs...
How to help relieve or manage Migraines & Headaches with chiropractic care in Olney MD
According to the International Headache Society, headaches impact almost 40% of the American population. But head pain caused by migraines and tension headaches are not something you have to put up with!
There is no set pattern or duration for headaches and migraines. There are many different types of pain associated with headaches ranging from acute pain to a more generalized ache. Some headaches may appear suddenly while others may build gradually. Some last for a short period of time while others can last for several hours.
Whatever symptoms you’re experiencing, it’s important to recognize what type of headache is responsible for your pain, so you can treat it correctly.
Types Of Headaches
Whiplash/Auto Accident Pain Treatment in Olney MD
There are around 2.35 million automobile injuries in the United States every year. That’s more than 6,000 every single day. While some injuries may be minor, even these can have serious effects on your body. Others can have debilitating and sometimes catastrophic consequences on your health and wellbeing.
An automobile accident doesn’t have to mean permanent injury or disability. In many cases, chiropractic care from a qualified and experienced professional can make a big difference by reducing your pain and restoring your ability to live your life to the fullest again.
In an automobile accident the force of the impact from any direction causes the ligaments to be sprained and muscles in the body to overextend and become strained. The most common areas of pain...
Scoliosis Pain Treatment in Olney MD
Scoliosis is a bend or “curvature” in the spine where a healthy spine would be straight. In the beginning it may be just a small bend caused by a simple misalignment of single vertebrae. However, over time, the body will begin to compensate to ensure that the head remains level and to do that it builds musculature that pulls the spine into lateral curves.
This misalignment can occur because of postural issues, degenerative diseases, and traumatic accidents. Depending on how severe the misalignment is, scoliosis can cause severe pain problems and other adverse health consequences.
The good news is that most cases of scoliosis are mild and if the bending of the spine is discovered early on, chiropractic care can reverse the effects of scoliosis and return your body to full...
Hip Pain Treatment in Olney MD
Do your hips feel painful and make it difficult to get up in the mornings, move about during the day, and even lie in bed at night?
Hip joint pain can seriously interfere with your life, especially since you use your hips to sit, stand, walk. Which means your hips support you in everything you do! Your hips are amazingly strong and flexible joints, allowing you to move and rotate your legs in many different directions.
However, inflammation, bony growths, or a misaligned joint can limit your hip function and cause pain. At Moss Chiropractic in Olney, MD, our team helps make sure that your hips can move freely so you can enjoy an active lifestyle without pain and restrictions.
What’s causing my hip pain?
Your hip is a ball-and-socket joint that works to support the weight of your...
Arm & Wrist Pain Treatment in Olney MD
You use your arms and hands for almost everything! All movement in your arms, wrists and hands is controlled by the brain. The brain connects them with the rest of your body through billions of nerves that make up your nervous system.
The nerves that come out of the middle and upper back and supply information to the shoulders, arm, elbows, wrists, hands and fingers can become irritated. This happens when the spinal bones in the neck and upper back are misaligned and they damage the very nerves they are supposed to protect.
What’s causing my arm/wrist pain?
An injury can cause the bones to become misaligned. You can injure your arm or wrist with something as serious as an accident or fall or with the simple fact of just working at a desk with poor posture, which...
Shoulder Pain Treatment in Olney MD
Why do I get Shoulder Pain?
Your shoulder is the most flexible and movable joint in your body, consisting of several bones, muscles, joints and tendons. This means there are several ways the shoulder can become injured and cause pain. Your shoulders help you complete daily tasks big and small, whether at home or at work or anywhere else. For this reason, your shoulders are prone to injury – which almost always comes with pain.
What’s causing my shoulder pain?
Sometimes, a sudden injury causes shoulder pain. Other times, repetitive motions can gradually cause joints, tendons and muscles in the shoulder area to hurt.
This is an inflammation or irritation of the tendons in the shoulder area. It is usually the result of repetitive use of the...
What does my neck pain mean?
Neck pain is a fairly common problem: about 66% of the population experiences neck pain at some point in their lives.
The neck is a delicate part of your body that carries a lot of weight. Think of how heavy your head is -it weighs about 10 pounds! Your neck supports all that weight and connects it to your body. This is why it can be prone to strains and damage.
What are the main causes of neck pain?
Most neck pain is associated with poor posture which over time will cause wear and tear on the cervical spine.
Common causes of neck pain vary but can be from straining due to poor posture, osteoarthritis, and even everyday activities, such as long periods of reading and typing at a computer or phone, long hours of driving, or sleeping in the wrong position.
What are the main signs and symptoms of...
Back Pain Relief in Olney MD
Don’t let your back pain limit you!
If you’re suffering from back pain, you are not alone. Nine out of 10 American adults will experience back pain in their lives, making it the 5th most common cause for visits to the doctor. In fact, it is a leading cause of disability worldwide. Fortunately, you can take measures to prevent or relieve most back pain and surgery is rarely necessary. With the right approach most back pain usually gets better within a few days or weeks.
The types of back pain people have can be quite different, from a persistent dull ache to sudden sharp pain. The cause of pain can be from a sprain, fracture, or other injury, but it can also stem from a disease or medical condition, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, or spinal stenosis (a narrowing of...
At our chiropractic practice in Olney-Brookeville, MD, people visit us every day for many different reasons:
- lower back pain
- tingling radiating pain
- leg pain
These are just a few of the reasons you might need to see your local chiropractor.
The truth is, spinal health is imperative to your overall health.
Chiropractic care can help improve the overall quality of your life and increase health, all without the use of drugs or surgery.
Compared to prescribed medications in a recent study, it was in fact found that 56% of patients who saw a doctor, saw a 30% reduction in low back pain after 4 weeks. But 94% of patients who underwent Chiropractic treatment saw a 30% reduction in low back pain after 4 weeks. And, Chiropractic treatment for vertigo is believed to be very effective, with a recent...
The position we are all in most these days is with our head forward, reading our phones. The problem is, this position can add up to 30 pounds of abnormal leverage on the cervical spine!
As you can imagine, this can pull the whole spine out of alignment.
You probably have poor posture if you ever experience any of the following:
- tension or pain across the upper back or shoulder blades
- frequent headaches
- low back pain
- feel inflexible
Posture and Your Muscles
Poor posture shifts the body weight unevenly to some muscles, making them chronically tight and sore, while others get weak from under-use.
Imbalanced muscles create un-even pull on the bones of the spine, shoulders and hips, causing misalignment and spinal nerve stress. That nerve stress leads to even tighter muscles, and the vicious cycle goes on and on.
This is a common...
A properly functioning immune system is essential for optimal health and these days strong immunity is in everyone's minds.
But how do you get one?
Follow these 4 do's and don'ts to help your body fend off sickness and make room for health:
1. DO take probiotics. Probiotics are the good bacteria that go into the digestive system and aid in the digestion of food. Research has linked the strength of the immune system to the quantity of probiotics inside the stomach.
2. DON'T eat sugar. Sugar is what many people know as an anti-nutrient. These are the refined simple sugars that contain no nutritional value and, upon entering the body, take nutrients away from the body's storage to be metabolized into the system. Once these storehouses are depleted, then we have created a mess for our body and our immune system...
As Dr Gabriella is giving the Report of findings to the patient, inevitably there comes a point when the patient realizes that they now know and understand how they got this way.
So with an excited response they say: 'I never knew that before!'
Dr Gabriella will say: 'Didn't your Doctor explain this?'
'No one ever explained my health problems like you just did,' says the patient.
Dr. Gabriella then says: 'Do you know what the word Doctor means? TEACHER!'
The patient just concluded their first lesson!
This short story really sums up our approach to your healthcare here at Moss Chiropractic. And we take our role as doctors and teachers very seriously.