Best Area of the Body to Try Dry Needling

Best Area of the Body to Try Dry Needling

If you’ve never heard about dry needling before, you wouldn’t be alone. Many Americans are rediscovering this time-tested method of promoting musculoskeletal healing. Using needles to help you heal may sound strange, but it’s been a common medical practice for decades. We’ve had some people interested in trying Dry Needling, but do not know where to start. We wrote the article below to help you find the best areas of the body to try dry needling. The benefits may surprise you.

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a technique used to ease muscle pain. It consists of a practitioner pinpointing certain spots on your body and inserting needles there. The spots chosen are known as “trigger points” that are typically knotted or hard muscle. After poking the trigger point, the muscles relax. The relaxation leads to less muscular pain and spasms. It’s a technique that’s been around for a while but is gaining popularity. In our clinics, Dry Needling is paired with correction of spinal and joint misalignment to restore joint motion and function and to open any nerve pathway that is being compressed or pinched off.

Where is The Best Area Of The Body To Try Dry Needling?

Many people’s biggest concern with dry needling is the pain involved. We are happy to report the pain is minimal to nonexistent and the relief makes any discomfort worth it. If you’re still unsure about how it will feel, the best area of the body to try dry needling is your back. Your back has the most easily accessible trigger points and also has less skin surface sensitivity than other areas of the body like the hands or feet.

Dry Needling vs Acupuncture

Acupuncture and dry needling may seem similar. They both consist of inserting thin, stainless steel needles into the body. That’s where the similarities end. Acupuncture treats illness and discomfort by opening up energy pathways in Eastern Medicine known as chi. Dry needling treats triggers specific points using modern-day Western Medicine to relieve pain. The differences set them apart as acupuncture treats through energy channels and Dry Needling treats through what is known of the neuromuscular system and subsequently its effect on the entire body.

What are the Benefits of Dry Needling?

Dry needling has many benefits which we covered in a previous article, but here’s a brief summary. It provides relief for muscle pain as well as stiffness. Easing trigger points can also improve flexibility and range of motion. This is why it’s so popular among athletes to treat sports injuries. It can also help with headaches, shoulder pain, knee pain, and hip pain. Dry needling can also be beneficial after car accidents and help with whiplash. Also, dry needling has been known to assist with shin splints, tendonitis and has had positive effects on other ailments like Pudendal Neuralgia.

Summary

Dry needling is a modern technique using thin needles to trigger healing in specific areas. While it is similar to acupuncture, it has many differences that set it apart. Dry needling can help relieve pain in many areas and can also help with soreness. It can also promote flexibility and range of motion. The popularity of dry needling is only increasing due to its effectiveness. The best area of the body to try dry needling is your back. Your back has the most easily accessible trigger points and also can hurt less than other areas of the body.

If you’d like to set up an appointment for dry needling, or would like more advice visit us at one of our offices, in Erie or in Longmont. The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont treat the body holistically with our award-winning treatment process to help your body achieve and maintain optimal performance. We specialize in treating patients suffering from back pain and have helped several patients find relief without the need for surgery. If you’d like to learn more about chiropractic care in Longmont or Erie or have questions about what to expect during your first chiropractor visit in Erie or Longmont, call our offices today at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950!

Why a Child Needs a Chiropractor

Why a Child Needs a Chiropractor

Chiropractic treatment is very popular across the United States. What you might not know, is that it’s also popular for adolescents. It’s estimated that 35 million Americans are treated by chiropractors annually. Many of these patients are children. The Chiropractic Center of Erie and The Chiropractic Center of Longmont know that it might sound strange to bring adolescents to the chiropractor. Don’t worry, however, we’re well versed in helping parents understand why a child needs a chiropractor.

Why Might My Child Need Chiropractic Care?

Children, just like adults, can have a misalignment in their spine. However, they can’t always tell you when it’s causing them problems. If they can speak, they might not realize that their spine is causing them problems. This may come across as strange grumpiness, incessant crying, or just acting out. If you think your child might need chiropractic care, they probably do!

Overcoming Physical Trauma

Kids are tough. So tough, in fact, they can hurt themselves without even recognizing it. In some cases, infants can even experience physical trauma from the birthing process. Getting them checked by a professional chiropractor can help start them on the path of proper alignment early on in life. Even after being aligned as a child, they can become badly misaligned as they experience the physical nature of life. Learning to walk or ride a bike, falling off playsets, jumping on trampolines, and more fun playtime activities can change the alignment of a child’s bones. Luckily, chiropractic care can help prevent lingering pain or discomfort that being a child can bring.

Chiropractic Benefits

Making sure your children aren’t in pain isn’t the only benefit of pediatric chiropractic care. Chiropractic can help improve the immune system, keeping your child healthy and learning. The alignment will also typically hold much better than if you wait until they are teenagers or adults. Why? The body is not given the opportunity to accept the chronic bad position of the vertebra and surrounding soft tissues which makes the misalignment much easier to correct. It also helps build concentration. Plus, by keeping their spine aligned you’re keeping their nervous system in shape. Chiropractic care can also improve athletic performance. It leads to more mobility and flexibility in their joints and spine. Chiropractors can also help your children get better sleep.

Summary

Why does a child need a chiropractor? Chiropractic care can be majorly beneficial to children. It can help infants and children overcome the physical trauma of birth, as well as everyday life. Chiropractic can also help children have a stronger immune system and recover from injuries faster. Also, it keeps their brains in shape so they can concentrate on their learning. Chiropractic is important for the healthy growth of all children, all the way into adulthood. Having a consistent chiropractor for your child sets them up for long-term success.

If you’d like to set up an appointment for your child, or would like more advice visit us at one of our offices, in Erie or in Longmont. The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont treat the body holistically with our award-winning treatment process to help your body achieve and maintain optimal performance. We specialize in treating patients suffering from back pain and have helped several patients find relief without the need for surgery. If you’d like to learn more about chiropractic care in Longmont or Erie or have questions about what to expect during your first chiropractor visit in Erie or Longmont, call our offices today at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950!

Can Chiropractic Care Improve Your Immune System

Can Chiropractic Care Improve Your Immune System?

Chiropractic care can improve your life in many ways. If you’re having back or neck pain, seeing a chiropractor can help relieve that pain. Chiropractic care can also help manage any pain all over the body so you can live pain-free. However, you may not know that chiropractic care can help boost your immune system. How can chiropractic care improve your immune system?

What is the Immune System?

First things first, the immune system is what protects your body from any external invaders and keeps you healthy. This includes harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, and toxins. The immune system is made up of different proteins, organs, and cells (like white blood cells) all working in conjunctions to help your body. A strong immune system helps your body defend itself from getting sick. As long as your immune system is doing its job, you shouldn’t be getting ill. Unfortunately, your immune system can’t stop everything. If it isn’t working as intended you may get sick.

Our Immune Systems Are Important

By boosting our immune systems, we help our body stay healthy. Our immune system helps fight off disease. Lowered immune issues can lead to complications like allergies, asthma, colds, and the flu. Some cancers can be attributed to low immune response. Taking care of your immune system, in turn, helps you take care of your entire body. Less illness lets you spend more of your time doing what you want to do, instead of working towards feeling better.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help

While things like eating right and exercise can help your immune system, so can chiropractic care. Chiropractic care assists the nervous system, which a majority of which is housed in your spinal cord. By adjusting and reducing the pressure along your spine, you’re helping how quickly your nervous system can detect and respond. The quicker your body can respond to external threats, the easier your immune system can get rid of the threats. If you’re having problems with your neck or back, it could be inadvertently making it more difficult for your nervous system to work because of pressure on the nerves. The communication between the brain and body can be slowed or stopped by pressure on the nerve roots. A good analogy is standing on a soft garden hose and trying to water your tomatoes. That break in communication in your body can really cause a struggle for your immune system the same way lack of water to a plant will affect its health. By taking care of your spine, you take care of your overall health.

Summary

How can chiropractic care improve your immune system? By taking care of your spinal cord you help your nervous system, immune system, and overall health. If you need more advice, or if you’re already experiencing back pain visit us at one of our offices, in Erie or in Longmont. The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont treat the body holistically with our award-winning treatment process to help your body achieve and maintain optimal performance. We specialize in treating patients suffering from back pain and have helped several patients find relief without the need for surgery. If you’d like to learn more about chiropractic care in Longmont or Erie or have questions about what to expect during your first chiropractor visit in Erie or Longmont, call our offices today at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950!

Hiking Tips To Avoid Back Pain

Hiking Tips To Avoid Back Pain

Living in Colorado offers some of the best hiking in the world. However, if you aren’t careful, you may go into the mountains for a good time and return home with back pain. Back pain is one of the leading causes that make people visit chiropractors. Although regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle help keep your back healthy, this activity level can also cause back pain if done incorrectly. The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont have put together some useful hiking tips to avoid back pain. With these tips, you should be able to enjoy the mountains all year long, without fear of back pain.

1. Get a Good Back Pack

Another major thing that will help your back while hiking is building up the strength of your core muscles. Building your core helps educate and train your body to become strong and stable. Increased core strength will help you avoid compromising positions where your back could take damage. When you think of your core muscles, most people think of their abs. However, your core muscles also include the muscles in your back and pelvis. These muscles are incredibly helpful during any type of movement-based activity, including hiking. Feel free to ask your chiropractor at our office to demonstrate the safest and most effective exercises to stabilize and strengthen your core.

2. Build Core Strength

Another major thing that will help your back while hiking is building up the strength of your core muscles. Building your core helps educate and train your body to become strong and stable. Increased core strength will help you avoid compromising positions where your back could take damage. When you think of your core muscles, most people think of their abs. However, your core muscles also include the muscles in your back and pelvis. These muscles are incredibly helpful during any type of movement-based activity, including hiking. Feel free to ask your chiropractor at our office to demonstrate the safest and most effective exercises to stabilize and strengthen your core.

3. Use Trekking Poles

Trekking poles, or hiking poles, can be beneficial depending on the person. Trekking poles that fit your body, so that your arms can bend 90 degrees while holding the poles, can take pressure off of your joints during a hike. They also help promote proper posture, overall helping your back. Trekking poles also increase your stability, helping you stay out of positions that may harm your back. If you do intend on getting a trekking pole, make sure you get some that you can adjust for inclines and declines on the trail.

4. Get a Sleeping Pad for Overnight Trips

If you do overnight hiking trips, investing in a sleeping pad can save you a ton of unnecessary pain. Sleeping on a bad sleeping pad or even on the ground can seriously aggravate your neck and your back. Sleeping on a good sleeping pad will help prevent back pain. Also, make sure to sleep in natural positions during your overnight hiking trips. Adjusting sleeping positions to fit your environment after a day of strenuous activity is a recipe for further back pain. Also, if temperatures are dropping significantly at night, keep skin covered so your muscles don’t cool too much and result in spasm the following morning.

Summary – Hiking Tips To Avoid Back Pain

By following some simple hiking tips to avoid back pain, your hiking trips will end happily instead of painfully. Build up your body’s core, and invest in good gear like backpacks, trekking poles, and sleeping pads. If you need more advice, or if you’re already experiencing back pain, visit us at one of our offices, in Erie or in Longmont. The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont treat the body holistically with our award-winning treatment process to help your body achieve and maintain optimal performance. We specialize in treating patients suffering from back pain and have helped several patients find relief without the need for surgery. If you’d like to learn more about chiropractic care in Longmont or Erie or have questions about what to expect during your first chiropractor visit in Erie or Longmont, call our offices today at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950!

Most Common Back Injuries

Most Common Back Injuries

Back pain leads the way for reasons that people visit a chiropractor. Not all patients experience back pain the same, however, and not all back pain is created equal. Many different causes create back pain within patients and their treatment methods change depending on the needs of the patient and the manner in which the injury was sustained. With this in mind, the Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont want to discuss the most common back irritants and their chiropractic treatment options.

Most Common Back Injuries

Misalignment

Injuries and irritation occur when the spine is misaligned which can result in pinching of the nerve, tightening of muscles, and inflammation. Misalignment can occur from poor posture, wrong lifting techniques, and many other causes.

Arthritis

Arthritis comes in many forms and affects many different areas throughout the body. Spinal arthritis can affect any area of the back, but is most often found in the lower back. People use their lower back as a fulcrum for lifting, twisting, and supporting weight. This causes it to be more susceptible to arthritis as the body ages. A skilled chiropractor can provide gentle spinal manipulations that will realign the spine. This realignment combined with gentle exercise and an anti-inflammatory diet greatly improve the symptoms of spinal arthritis. Secondly, if the spine is kept aligned over your younger years it can markedly reduce the advance of this type of wear-and-tear arthritis.

Bulging Disc

Bulging discs are relatively common in the lumbar, thoracic, and cervical spine. They create mild to immense pain among patients depending on their severity, location, and the patient’s tolerance for pain of course. Bulging discs often appear due to microtrauma, sudden compression or load, and genetic factors. If you’ve experienced the pain gradually over time, it’s likely caused from poor posture while sitting, standing, and working. If you’ve experienced pain from an auto accident, it’s likely a sudden compression disc bulge. Unfortunately, the cartilage within the spine can be impacted by genetic factors. Patients with poor spinal genetics should focus on improving core stability, limiting stomach fat, and gaining strength in their legs. Our chiropractors treat bulging discs through spinal decompression and gentle manipulation. If left untreated, a bulging disc can become a ruptured or herniated disc.

Ruptured or Herniated Disc

Ruptured or Herniated Discs can occur when a bulging disc goes untreated. Over time, the outside of the disc, known as the annulus, cracks and allows the nucleus pulposus to protrude. This places further pressure on the nerves in the spine and causes immense pain among patients. Patients also experience tingling, numbness, back spasms, and radiating pain in the extremities among other symptoms. A chiropractor can use the flexion-distraction method to isolate the disc that is ruptured or herniated. They will focus on getting the protruding area of the disc to resume its natural, central position. This will take pressure off of the surrounding nerves and further neurostim and soft-tissue massage will be used to help the body hold this position. Some studies show that chiropractic is the best approach for these disc issues and, through our doctors, we add more effective care beyond the research!

Sciatica

Many Americans suffer from sciatica daily. Our skilled chiropractors successfully provide sciatica pain relief through our proven treatment process to fix the root issue of the pain, starting with alignment of the vertebra, progressing to nerve treatment for pain relief, and finally to teach the muscles to help hold that proper alignment. Through proper diagnosis, adjustments, neurostim, and soft tissue massage our patients experience quick, long-lasting relief. We discuss Sciatica pain relief in more depth HERE.

Strain

Back strains top the list of the most common back injuries we treat at the Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont. They occur when patients over-stretch, over-lift, or over-twist their backs. Most strains are found in the lower back and cause mild to moderate back pain. When the soft tissue in your lower back is stretched or torn, it impacts the spine’s ability to support your weight and causes discomfort for patients. Our skilled chiropractors treat these strains with our award-winning treatment process. This helps patients recover quickly and maintain their new healthy spinal alignment longer.

SUMMARY – MOST COMMON BACK INJURIES?

Back pain is the leading cause for visiting a chiropractor in the United States. Our offices in Erie and Longmont Colorado regularly treat patients for back pain. The most common causes for back pain are misalignment, back strain, sciatica, ruptured discs, bulging discs, and spinal arthritis. Each of these diagnoses requires proper treatment and initial diagnosis to alleviate the pain associated with these conditions.

The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont treat the body holistically with our award-winning treatment process to help your body achieve and maintain optimal performance. We specialize in treating patients suffering from back pain and have helped several patients find relief without the need for surgery. Contact us if you’re suffering from one of the above-mentioned conditions to schedule your appointment today! Our doctors, massage therapists, and staff are dedicated to ensuring you receive the holistic treatment you need! If you’d like to learn more about chiropractic care in Longmont or Erie or have questions about what to expect during your first chiropractor visit in Erie or Longmont, call our offices today at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950!

How Can Chiropractic Care Prevent Surgery

How Can Chiropractic Care Prevent Surgery?

According to a HealthDay article in 2020, nearly 500,000 Americans undergo back surgery every year to correct lower back problems. That staggering number causes a legitimate concern for many chiropractors throughout the nation. It also causes a lot of debt for those patients with nearly $11 billion spent each year on back surgery in the United States alone. In many scenarios, these patients failed to research alternatives to back surgery prior to being admitted to the hospital. Chiropractic has shown through research and studies that it is the most effective conservative treatment, even for disc herniation. With this in mind, Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont want to present chiropractic care as an alternative to spinal surgery in some cases. While some patients require surgery, we answer the question, “How can chiropractic care prevent surgery?”

HOW CAN CHIROPRACTIC CARE PREVENT SURGERY?

Prevention of Spinal Degeneration

Spinal degeneration refers to the loss of normal structure and function of the spine over time. Degeneration occurs normally due to advancing age which results in loss of disc heights and calcification or bone spurs on the vertebra, but also can occur due to tumors or other serious infections in the body. Regular chiropractic care prevents degeneration by keeping the spine in proper alignment and preventing prolonged compression of the discs. This helps the spine stay healthier for longer and allows more blood flow to key areas, allowing the body to naturally treat itself.

Holistic Treatment for Back Injury

Many people who experience back pain after an auto accident assume they need corrective back surgery to experience relief. However, in the overwhelming majority of cases, chiropractic care prevents the need for back surgery by providing pain relief. The relief comes from correcting the misaligned spine and taking pressure off the sensitive nerves and allowing the body to do what it does naturally when given the chance; to heal itself.

Dry Needling to Increase Blood Flow

Many patients report pursuing spinal surgery as an option to correct movement and nerve communication in the upper and lower extremities (the hands and feet). In these scenarios, an unpinched nerve nerve supply and proper blood flow to these extremities will bring healing and return proper function. A certified dry needler uses dry needling and chiropractic care to increase the body’s healing attention to these necessary areas. Dry needling, when combined with our award-winning chiropractic treatment process provides relief quickly and retrains the body to holistically heal itself when possible.

SUMMARY – HOW CAN CHIROPRACTIC CARE PREVENT SURGERY?

With so many people suffering from pain, limited mobility, and loss of use of their extremities, treating back pain becomes crucial. While some patients require back surgery to correct their issues, it should be used as a last resort for treatment. Spinal surgery can be costly, dangerous, and prevent treatment options in the future in some cases. Chiropractic care offers a less intrusive option and provides an alternative to people considering spinal surgery. A skilled chiropractor will create and carry out a tailored treatment plan that is far less expensive than surgery – and in many cases is extremely effective without the risks. Whether you’re looking to prevent the long-term effects of spinal degeneration, treat an injury, or improve mobility and blood flow, chiropractic care can help!

The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont treat the body holistically with our award-winning treatment process to help your body achieve and maintain optimal performance. We specialize in treating patients suffering from back pain and have helped several patients find relief without the need for surgery. Contact us to schedule your appointment today before agreeing to undergo spinal surgery! Our doctors, massage therapists, and staff are dedicated to ensuring you receive the holistic treatment you need! If you’d like to learn more about chiropractic care in Longmont or Erie or have questions about what to expect during your first chiropractor visit in Erie or Longmont, call our offices today at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950!

Can Chiropractic Help With Sleep

Can Chiropractic Help With Sleep?

Many Americans complain of lack of sleep or have a diagnosed sleep disorder according to the American Sleep Association. It’s one of the largest problems plaguing the world today. We suggest this because the lack of sleep impacts so many peoples‘ quality of life and energy levels while they are awake. Beyond just impacting energy levels, lack of sleep creates lasting impacts on long-term health. That’s why we wrote this information to help people answer the question, “Can chiropractic help with sleep?”

HOW CAN CHIROPRACTIC HELP WITH SLEEP?

Provide Pain Relief

If you’ve ever tried getting a good night sleep while your body is pain, you understand it’s extremely difficult. Whether you’re suffering from stiffness in your joints, a migraine that won’t go away, an injury resulting from an auto accident, or something else entirely, this pain challenges your body’s natural sleep cycle. A chiropractor specializes in not only relieving pain, but fixing the underlying structural issues that lead to the pain in the first place. By eliminating the pain, your brain can stop focusing on your ailment and drift peacefully off to sleep.

Increase Nerve Response

One of the key components that chiropractors address is the nervous system. When the spine or other areas of the body are out of alignment the nervous system doesn’t function properly. This can exacerbate all sorts of sleep-related disorders such as restless leg syndrome, fibromyalgia, and more. Regular adjustments from a chiropractor can help keep the body properly aligned and improve the communication between the brain and the body’s extremities through the nervous system. Also, proper adjustments relieve pressure on the nerves which can lead to severe pain in patients.

Improve Digestive Issues

Several people experience sleep issues related to heartburn and indigestion at night. These issues can stem from the body’s digestive system being impacted by nerve irritation to the stomach and bowel due to improper alignment of the vertebrae. If the body is improperly aligned, the muscles in the intestines are not receiving the correct signals at the proper time during the digestive process. This can lead to discomfort, especially after large or spicy meals. A skilled chiropractor can help relieve this discomfort and help your body process meals more easily, leading to a more restful sleep.

Maximize Blood Flow

Increasing blood flow can help the body naturally heal itself during sleep and provide the brain a deeper, more restful sleep. Fortunately, chiropractic adjustments also allow the circulatory system to operate at peak efficiency! A skilled chiropractor can help increase circulation throughout the body and decrease inflammation in injured areas. By improving blood flow, the body can send the necessary nutrients throughout the body to maximize your diet, exercise, and more.

NOT ONLY CAN CHIROPRACTIC HELP WITH SLEEP, IT CAN IMPROVE YOUR OVERALL HEALTH!

Before you go out and invest in fancy pillows and mattresses that are marketed to help improve sleep, consider chiropractic care instead. Not only can chiropractic help with sleep, it can improve several aspects of your waking life as well. By maximizing the body’s ability to heal itself, chiropractors help patients sleep better at night, and live healthier, more active lives during the day.

The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont treat the body holistically with our award-winning treatment process to help your body achieve and maintain optimal performance including experience better sleep! Contact us to schedule your appointment today and don’t forget we also offer massages! Our doctors, massage therapists, and staff are dedicated to ensuring you receive the holistic treatment you need! If you’d like to learn more about chiropractic care in Longmont or Erie or have questions about what to expect during your first chiropractor visit in Erie or Longmont, call our office today at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950!

Two Types of Chiropractors

Two Types of Chiropractors

Finding a chiropractor can be challenging whether you’ve had chiropractic care before or not. Our doctors hear regular stories of new patients who have visited other chiropractors and received a very different style of care than they received at the Chiropractic Center of Erie or Chiropractic Center of Longmont. Unfortunately, this is common across the country and the two different chiropractic philosophies result in drastic differences in results and value. We wanted to write this article to showcase the two types of chiropractors and their differences. Our experts will show you how to spot the differences yourself as well.

SOME BASIC DIFFERENCES WITHIN CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT

Pain Relief Only Chiropractors

Pain relief chiropractors focus their efforts primarily on symptom relief for neck, shoulder, and back pain. Their primary goal is to relieve pain in the afflicted area and release the patient from care. These chiropractors structure their treatment plans around what insurance will likely pay for and how often the patient should visit based on their level of pain. Typically, insurance companies are designed to pay for symptom relief and don’t always cover structural corrections that lead to the symptoms in the first place.

While this symptom-focused approach to chiropractic care may seem beneficial at first, patients must consider the long-term effects of relieving symptoms without solving underlying structural problems. A spine that is out of alignment causes degeneration of the spinal joints. The longer these joints are left to degenerate the more likely patients will experience higher levels of pain and require more frequent visits to the chiropractor or doctor to find relief. While your body will continue to function through day-to-day activity with only minor irritation, it will be more susceptible to further damage and more pain over time.

Consider this analogy – If you visit the orthodontist and want to straighten out crooked teeth, you don’t expect the doctor to accomplish this in one or two days. You need to slowly move the misaligned teeth into alignment over time and let the soft tissues accept their new position so they don’t pull the alignment out again. Even if you wear braces for 2 years and then remove them, you will need to wear a retainer to remind the soft tissues to stay in alignment or the teeth will pull crooked again.

In the same way, a chiropractor that treats only symptoms will have a hard time convincing the muscles, ligaments, and tendons to stay put and not pull the alignment out again. An adjustment will make a person feel better many times over but lacks in teaching the body to hold the right position.

Structural Chiropractors

Structural chiropractors differ greatly from pain relief chiropractors. They focus on correcting subluxations in order to allow the body to maximize its own healing ability. By correcting these structural issues and alignments in the spine with a focus also on the soft tissues and time, the soft tissues will hold more efficiently and the nervous system operates more effectively. This means that your body’s healing powers are greatly improved. While structural chiropractors also strive to provide symptom relief to patients, they go steps beyond. Structural chiropractors often recommend continuing treatment after the initial symptoms disappear. While this might not make sense at first, refer back to the orthodontist example above and notice that structural care can result in less wear and tear in the spinal and other joints as time goes on.

Regular maintenance visits to a structural chiropractor might sound cost-prohibitive at first, but patients must consider the cost of chiropractic vs medical care. Seeing a chiropractor for regular maintenance visits for the duration of your life will keep your body healing naturally and functioning better for longer. Research indicates that the quality of life is improved in nearly every area for every person under regular chiropractic care. In fact, many patients under regular chiropractic care find it to be as critical to their health and well-being as eating healthy, drinking water, and exercising.

HOW TO SPOT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO TYPES OF CHIROPRACTORS

The easiest way to spot the difference between chiropractors is to ask about the treatment plan. Structural chiropractors will normally suggest a treatment plan to resolve your symptoms and mention fixing the underlying structural concerns that caused the symptoms to appear. Symptomatic chiropractors will likely suggest scheduling an appointment based on your pain level and insurance recommendations.

The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont treat the body holistically with our award-winning treatment process to help your body achieve and maintain optimal performance! We firmly believe in treating the underlying issues that cause the symptoms so that your body can heal itself more effectively. We also regularly recommend maintenance visits to ensure that your spine stays healthy for the duration of your life. That puts us firmly in the structural chiropractor category. Contact us to schedule your appointment today and don’t forget we also offer massages! Our doctors, massage therapists, and staff are dedicated to ensuring you receive the holistic treatment you need! If you’d like to learn more about chiropractic care in Longmont or Erie or have questions about what to expect during your first chiropractor visit in Erie or Longmont, call our office today at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950!

Can Chiropractic Care Help My Golf Game?

Can Chiropractic Care Help My Golf Game?

The sun is shining in Colorado again and temperatures are climbing out of winter snow territory. This means that golf season is quickly approaching, or maybe already here for many people throughout the state. Over the years, the game has gained popularity throughout the United States. In fact, over 24 million people reported they golfed in 2019/2020. Thanks to the global pandemic, these numbers are likely to increase as many people look for activities that allow them to exercise while easily maintaining social distancing requirements. Many athletes of other sports who try their hands at golf find it uniquely frustrating and challenging. Many people look all over to find the best golf tips and advice whether for the beginner or a regular on the greens. The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont have perhaps the best tip to help you with your golf game at every level. We know you’re wondering, “how can chiropractic care help me with my golf game?” Read on to find out!

CAN CHIROPRACTIC CARE HELP ME WITH MY GOLF GAME?

Absolutely, yes! The best-kept secret in golf isn’t about the clubs you use or the balls you hit. Everyone who golfs the first time experiences the same shocking realizations – it’s more challenging than it appears and it’s a harder workout on your body than it seems like it should be. Every regular golfer will tell you that the most important thing to learn in golf is the correct posture and mechanics for your body. Even the slightest change in your stance, approach, or swing can cause the ball to slice or fade in ways you didn’t expect.

With this in mind, imagine spending hours practicing and dialing in your swing. Excited to see your hard work come to fruition, you head out to the links the very next day. You set the ball on the tee at the first hole brimming with confidence despite being a little sore from your practice. Imagine your practiced approach and solid stance. Now imagine that perfectly practiced swing as you tee off. Unfortunately, if you’re like most people your ball went careening off in an unintended direction leaving you feeling a bit frustrated. At this point, most golfers can’t figure out what changed between one day and the next. However, many chiropractors can spot the change quickly.

SO WHAT CHANGED?

Your body changed! After practicing for multiple hours to perfect your game, your muscles betrayed you. This isn’t because they’re bad or because you’ve done anything wrong, what’s most likely is that your muscles were tense and can very easily have pulled your body out of alignment. When the spine is out of alignment, the connection between brain and body is not at its’ optimum. Golf is particularly unforgiving because the game relies so heavily on repeatable body mechanics acting on such a small ball. If your body is out of alignment it could be causing minute changes in your swing that you may not notice. These minute changes create drastic effects on your drive from the tee box. In fact, body’s that are severely misaligned can have effects on your height, range of motion, or even the length of your legs. There is ample research evidence which reveals better accuracy and distance of drive after adjustments. One particular study can be found HERE

SO BASICALLY, CHIROPRACTIC CARE CAN HELP WITH MY GOLF GAME?

You got it! Nearly every professional golfer and many amateur golfers procure the services of an experienced chiropractor. An experienced chiropractor helps the muscles stay loose and the body stay in alignment. These benefits allow your brain and your body to train with an optimal range of motion in your swing and greatly increase your likelihood of success on the greens. The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont specialize in chiropractic care for athletes of all levels and all sports, including golf. We treat the body holistically with our award-winning treatment process to help your body achieve and maintain optimal performance!

Contact us to schedule your appointment today and don’t forget we also offer massages! Our doctors, massage therapists, and staff are dedicated to ensuring you receive the holistic treatment you need! If you’d like to learn more about chiropractic care in Longmont or Erie or have questions about what to expect during your first chiropractor visit in Erie or Longmont, call our office today at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950!

Chiropractic vs medical costs

Chiropractic vs Medical Costs

Certain expenses as we go through life become unavoidable like housing, clothing, medical, and everybody’s favorite, taxes. These expenses, especially medical, often only continue to grow as people age. In fact, many people in retirement budget to meet their maximum out of pocket for their medical insurance every year of their retirement. On average most American couples plan on spending nearly $300,000 in medical expenses alone throughout their retirement! This doesn’t factor in any medical expenses previously spent prior to retirement either. Many people know that the best way to mitigate these costs is to take care of your body throughout your lifetime, but they often forget the major benefits of chiropractic care along the way. With this in mind, we wanted to compare chiropractic vs medical costs to help people quantify the benefits of seeing a chiropractor!

A TYPICAL MEDICAL VISIT FOR A COMMON INJURY

Let’s take this common scenario under consideration. Imagine preparing your lawn and garden for spring in Colorado. After a weekend of pulling weeds, mowing the yard, lugging the hose around for the first time of the season you’re tired and sore. After standing, walking, and kneeling all day you’re tired and ready to call it quits for the day but you’re in pain and can’t get any rest. Little did you know, during the day when you tossed that bag of mulch over your shoulder or you stumbled over your garden hose, you injured your back. Fast forward a couple of weeks and the pain still won’t go away no matter how much over-the-counter medication you take. This means a call to your regular doctor and an office visit for a check-up and diagnosis.

This initial doctor visit can cost between $60 and $300 depending on the severity of your pain, the specialty of your doctor, and your insurance. The doctor notes that you’ve probably “strained” your back from working in the yard. They recommend you “take it easy” for a few days and in the meantime, take a prescription medication for your pain and to help you sleep at night. This prescription likely costs another $20-$100 depending on your insurance and the prescribed medication. This sounds like a pretty routine appointment for millions of Americans. The problem lies in the fact that in this example, the doctor is treating the symptom (pain) and not resolving the problem (a structural alignment issue in the spine).

Although the doctor means well, this scenario often leaves patients back in pain after you’ve taken all of your pills. You’re left with the decision of going back to the same doctor and paying for another visit, living with the pain, or going to see a specialist where costs on average start around $200 and can climb quickly. At this point, the initial issue of the spine being out of alignment has had time to develop into a more severe problem. The muscles have been tense from the pain and there is likely swelling and a restriction of the nerves in the spine. The ongoing pain begins impacting your daily life and after putting off seeing a specialist, now your pain is not manageable and you find yourself having conversations with your doctor or specialist about being a candidate for spinal surgery (average cost in the United States is about $14,000).

A TYPICAL CHIROPRACTOR VISIT FOR THE SAME INJURY

If you’re feeling like that escalated quickly, imagine how those patients feel! We see patients looking for “2nd opinions” often after being told they may need spinal surgery. Fortunately, our expert team is often able to provide relief and correct the underlying issue through chiropractic care even at these later stages. However, the costs incurred to that point still add up and leave patients feeling helpless and frustrated by their lack of improvement. Imagine instead with the above scenario that the patient chose to visit a chiropractor after the initial soreness developed. The average cost to see a chiropractor can be between $50-$100 depending on the chiropractor, insurance, and the length of the visit.

A skilled Chiropractor can correct the alignment of the spine and relax the muscles around the afflicted area. When done quickly after the initial injury the body has not yet adjusted to the improper spinal alignment. This means that patients not only get quick relief from their pain, they often only need one or two visits to correct the underlying problem before it becomes a larger issue. This may seem unrealistic for patients who don’t see chiropractors regularly, however, our patients have countless stories of similar scenarios.

CHIROPRACTIC VS MEDICAL BENEFITS OVER TIME

The benefits of chiropractic vs medical costs only increase over time. Chiropractic offers many benefits as a preventative treatment option as well as a reactive treatment to an injury. Patients who regularly visit a chiropractor have better digestion, better sleep, and better mobility throughout every stage of life. Not coincidentally, these same areas represent leading reasons for patients to seek medical attention throughout their life. Furthermore, as regular chiropractic patients age, they experience a significantly increased quality of life for longer periods than their counterparts. This can be attributed because chiropractic care unlocks the body’s potential to heal itself and maintain itself more efficiently.

Contact us to schedule your appointment today and don’t forget we also offer massages! Our doctors, massage therapists, and staff are dedicated to ensuring you receive the holistic treatment you need! If you’d like to learn more about chiropractic care in Longmont or Erie or have questions about what to expect during your first chiropractor visit in Erie or Longmont, call our office today at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950!