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!

Chiropractic Care For Slips Trips and Falls

Chiropractic Care for Slips, Trips, and Falls

Slips, trips, and falls are the leading cause of injury and worker’s compensation claims in the nation annually. In fact, OSHA requires many different industry professionals to attend specific training for slip and fall scenarios. Their goal is to prevent these types of accidents from happening. While we believe this is an admirable goal and we sincerely hope patients aren’t dealing with slip and fall injuries, we understand that accidents happen. The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont provide chiropractic care for slips, trips, and falls.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SLIPS, TRIPS, AND FALLS?

Slips occur when there’s a loss of traction between your foot/shoe and the surface you’re walking or standing on. Trips happen when you are moving with some momentum and your foot strikes an object causing you to lose balance. Falls create the most opportunity for injury and are described as the sudden loss of balance resulting in an impact that suddenly stops the momentum. These differences may seem subtle at first, but they often change the types of injuries sustained as a result.

COMMON INJURIES RELATING TO SLIPS, TRIPS, AND FALLS

Slips

Slips often occur unexpectedly. This means that a person who slips goes from a relaxed state to a very tense state as the body prepares for what may become a fall. This sudden transition from relaxed to tense, especially when the body is not balanced or aligned, can lead to back and neck pain. The muscles pull the skeletal system out of alignment which pinches nerves and causes pain. Patients who’ve experienced a slip may not notice feeling pain immediately but often find themselves sore later. If left untreated, the body “learns” this new alignment, and thus, learns to remain in a state of discomfort and pain.

Trips

Trips also occur unexpectedly – sometimes over an object left in the way, or even over our own feet. The sudden change from the body’s expected momentum on its previously charted path, to its new, off-balance trajectory creates immediate cause for concern. The body tenses up again preparing for the fall that’s sure to come. Regardless of whether a person falls or not, the act of tripping alone is enough to lead to injury. These injuries can be more obvious such as bruises from the object that was tripped over. Or they can lie in strains and sprains to the muscles or ligaments. Patients who’ve tripped may overstretch a muscle or bend their extremities in less than optimal ways out of instinct to catch themselves.

Falls

Injuries from falls vary greatly. They can be minor bruising and scraping, or they can be larger compression fractures and anywhere in between. This depends greatly on the height the fall occurred from and the surface the person lands on. For example a fall from a great height onto a trampoline would likely result in no injuries, whereas a fall from tripping on the street could result in strained muscles and broken bones. From most falls, many people don’t notice severe pain immediately because the body begins producing adrenaline quickly to mask the pain. It’s important to seek medical care earlier rather than later in most cases.

CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR SLIPS, TRIPS, AND FALLS

The correct treatment for patients dealing with injuries from slips, trips, and falls will depend on the injury and the patient’s needs. Some require X-rays, some require other forms of diagnosis before treatment will be administered.  Treatment for many is the manual correction or adjustment. If a patient is uncomfortable with manual adjustments, an activator tool can be used to target and move specific musculoskeletal elements. As with any patient that we treat, our doctors will follow our award-winning treatment process. This will combine manual adjustments or manipulations with dolphin neurostim treatment and finally soft-tissue massage to help retrain the muscles to hold your body in proper alignment for longer. Each of our doctors is trained to see and feel any irregularities, but their most important tool when treating patients isn’t their hands, it’s their ears. Our doctors listen to your needs and to your account of the accident. They use this information to know where to begin your treatment.

SUMMARY – CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR SLIPS, TRIPS, AND FALLS

The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont offer patients relief from their pain and the stability to help ensure the injury doesn’t return! Furthermore, we listen to our patients and follow an award-winning treatment process to ensure they get the results they need. 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 for slips, trips, and falls in Longmont or Erie or have questions about what to expect during your first chiropractor visit in Erie or Longmont, call our office today. We will gladly answer any questions, give us a call at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950!

How To Prevent Back Pain While Working From Home

How To Prevent Back Pain While Working From Home

EXPERIENCING BACK PAIN FROM WORKING AT HOME IN LONGMONT AND ERIE?

Many patients seek chiropractic help because they experience pain in their back, neck, and shoulders. Unfortunately, while working from home has its benefits, it creates issues for people’s long-term health. The doctors at the Chiropractic Center of Erie and the Chiropractic Center of Longmont noticed a large uptick in patients complaining of pain and discomfort since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This pain stems from poor ergonomic habits created due to the quick adaptation to working from home. We decided to provide some key tips for teaching patients how to prevent back pain while working from home in Erie and Longmont.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO PREVENT BACK PAIN WHILE WORKING FROM HOME?

This answer shocks many patients because of its simplicity. Incorrect posture creates debilitating musculoskeletal injuries. These injuries, if left untreated, can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, blood flow issues including deep vein thrombosis, and in extreme cases nerve damage. Don’t let these things cause added stress to working from home, take some time to read through these steps below to create a healthier working environment within your home. Whether you’re working from home part-time due to the pandemic, or working from home full-time, these tips are sure to save you pain and potentially costly medical bills.

  • Keep your neck straight as often as possible when viewing your computer screen or documents

A comfortable height for your computer screen provides much-needed relief for the muscles in your neck. You should not need to look up or down to view your computer screen from your desk. Raise your monitors off your desk by purchasing a device that can be adjusted to any height from sitting to standing or more frugally approach such as stacking them on books, cardboard boxes, or other household items (keeping safety and balance in mind of course). Documents can be placed on a stand to help keep them at eye level without the need to hunch over your desk to view them. Also, avoid working with your laptop actually in your lap. Laptops were designed for work to be completed quickly between more permanent setups. Whenever possible, your computer should be placed on a flat surface and at a distance that keeps you from hunching to view the screen.

  • Place your keyboard and mouse at a comfortable height in front of you

People would do well to consider following the guidelines laid out by ANSI for the best ergonomic typing position. It requires your keyboard and mouse to be roughly at the height of your elbows. They should be close enough to your body that you don’t have to reach too far for them. Your back should be able to remain against the back of your chair while typing and using your mouse.

  • Sit all the way back in your chair

Your lower back naturally curves toward the front of your body. This is called lordosis, the most relaxed posture for the lower back. This position puts the least pressure on the discs in your spine. When you lean forward, the lumbar spine bends out, called kyphosis, placing added pressure on the lumbar discs. This means people should sit in a way that allows the natural lordotic curve to be supported. Many people find it’s worth investing in a comfortable ergonomic office chair if they will be working from home for a long stretch of time. If this isn’t in your budget, try sticking a pillow or rolled-up towel behind your lower back. It’s not as effective as a new chair, but provides some additional support.

  • Rest your feet flat on the ground while working

People who let their feet dangle freely from their chairs, cross their legs or who tuck their feet under them created added pressure under their thighs. This might not sound like a problem at first, but this posture can lead to DVT or deep vein thrombosis from lack of blood flow to your lower legs not too mention the misalignment created in the pelvis and lower back. DVT can be particularly dangerous because it causes blood clots. These clots, if left untreated, can be potentially fatal if they travel through the body and obstruct the heart’s ability to pump blood. If your feet don’t reach the floor, consider a pile of books, boxes, or another type of footrest that keeps your feet flat on the floor.

  • Don’t stand too long in front of your computer

Standing desks have grown drastically in popularity since the start of the pandemic. They appear to be a great option for people not used to the sedentary lifestyle of working at a desk. While standing desks offer many benefits, they also have some lesser-known drawbacks. Standing for prolonged periods of time causes more harm to your body than constant motion throughout the day. Standing still and typing adds more pressure to your lower legs and causes more stress on your circulatory system. Take a break and walk around every 20-30 minutes and alternate sitting and standing throughout the day to ensure your muscles get the rest they need.

SUMMARY – HOW TO PREVENT BACK PAIN WHILE WORKING FROM HOME IN ERIE AND LONGMONT

The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont recommend following these five simple tips for improving your working from home environment! While these are great tips and will help keep your body feeling better for longer, our experts still recommend maintaining regular visits to the chiropractor. These maintenance visits will help ensure the long-term health of your back, neck, and shoulders. These visits become increasingly important for those with a sedentary lifestyle and working from home. Contact us to schedule your next chiropractic visit today and ask for more advice on setting up your home office! If you’d like to learn more about treatments or have questions about what to expect during your first chiropractor visit in Erie or Longmont, call our office today. We will gladly answer any questions, give us a call at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950!

Dry Needling for the Pudendal Nerve can provide patients relief

Dry Needling for Pudendal Nerve

This week the Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont will cover a sensitive topic for many people. Dr. Ehrmantraut, DC, SFDN, hesitated in sending out this blog as it is a very sensitive subject for those who suffer from this condition.  He has recently had a number of patients confide with him about their painful dilemma and Pudendal Neuralgia.  Because Dr. Dave has seen dramatic improvement from these patients and realizes how many people are affected by this syndrome, he is now giving consent to release this blog in the hopes of giving patients relief from pain that has been quoted as; “12 on the scale of 10.” “Like razor blades.” “I sometimes think that death would be better.”

Many patients suffer from pain in their pelvic region and are often too embarrassed to talk about it. This pain, discomfort, or numbness shows up in different areas of the pelvic region including, the genitals, anus, or other nearby body parts. This type of pain makes it difficult to use the restroom, have sex, sit down, or in extreme cases even wear undergarments. Often, this pain gets improperly diagnosed or not diagnosed at all and patients suffer for extended periods of time. Experienced and trained, the Dry Needling expert isolates and treats this type of pain and many times successfully provides relief for patients by treating the Pudendal Nerve.

WHAT IS THE PUDENDAL NERVE?

According to WebMD the pudendal nerve runs from the back of the pelvis to near the base of your penis or vagina, where it branches off into other nerves. It sends messages to the brain from your genitals, anus, and other nearby body parts. It controls the sphincter muscles that open and close when you use the bathroom. Pain stemming from this nerve is diagnosed as Pudendal Neuralgia. This simply refers to the condition of pain, discomfort, or numbness throughout the pelvis, pelvic floor, and genitalia.

DRY NEEDLING FOR PUDENDAL NERVE OR PUDENDAL NEURALGIA

Now that you know about the Pudendal Nerve and Pudendal Neuralgia you’re likely thinking “There’s no way you’re getting anywhere near there with needles!” While we understand this initial reaction, we strongly encourage you to reconsider. Dry needling treatment for Pudendal Neuralgia targets the specific pudendal nerve at the back of the pelvis which is the source of the problem and not into the areas that typically register the severe pain. Think of accessing the nerve at the back of the pelvis like a switch that turns on and off a light. The points needled for the Pudendal Nerve are like the switch that can shut down the pain at the end of the nerve. It reduces pain and increases blood flow to the afflicted area. Dry needling for the pudendal nerve also helps relax the surrounding muscles and takes the pressure off of the nerve. Many patients report not feeling the needling process at all and experience relief typically with 2-4 treatment sessions.

Our experts in Erie and Longmont specialize in dry needling safely to treat a number of conditions. Our patients regularly experience the extreme benefits of dry needling in Longmont and Erie. Our advanced dry needling expert, Dr. Dave, ensures that patients are comfortable throughout the treatment for Pudendal Neuralgia and answer all questions before, during, and after treatment. As you learn about his knowledge and experience in the treatment of this area, you can feel comfortable talking about discomfort stemming from the pelvic region and the pudendal nerve.

SUMMARY – DRY NEEDLING FOR PUDENDAL NEURALGIA OR PUDENDAL NERVE

The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont offer patients relief from their pelvic region pain! Furthermore, we make patients comfortable sharing this type of pain and explaining treatment options. Dr. Dave utilizes dry needling for the pudendal nerve to provide quick relief for patients suffering from Pudendal Neuralgia. Contact us to schedule your dry needling appointment today and don’t be embarrassed about mentioning your symptoms! Our doctors and staff are very sympathetic and caring and strive to ensure you receive the holistic treatment you need! If you’d like to learn more about dry needling in Longmont or Erie our other treatments or have questions about what to expect during your first chiropractor visit in Erie or Longmont, call our office today. We will gladly answer any questions, give us a call at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950!

y-strap adjustments in erie and longmont

Y-Strap Adjustment

WHAT IS A Y-STRAP ADJUSTMENT IN LONGMONT AND ERIE?

Many patients seek chiropractic help because they experience lower-back pain. This pain often stems from an injury or compression of vertebral discs. This type of injury often leaves patients unable to move normally and in extreme pain and very frustrated because they don’t understand their situation. Enter the Y-Strap Adjustment or y-axis traction strap, to use its formal name. This tool gets its name from the clear “Y” shape of the strap and from the fact that the force through the strap is applied to the Y-Axis of the body aligned with the spine.

This adjustment requires a skilled chiropractor and a trusting patient. The strap goes around the base of the skull and around the head to provide a sturdy and safe foundation for the doctor to pull. Another form is called an APA where the patient’s hips are stabilized to the table and the axial traction is applied using the physician’s hands. Depending on the patient and their needs, our skilled doctors apply force in either a slow and smooth fashion or a quicker movement known as HVLA. High Velocity, Low Amplitude (HVLA) creates a vacuum within the spinal vertebrae that allows nutrients to flow into the discs.

WHY Y-STRAP AND APA ADJUSTMENT IS SAFE IN ERIE AND LONGMONT

Now that we’ve answered, “what is Y-Strap style Adjustment?” we can answer the next most common question regarding this chiropractic treatment. “Are Y-Strap and APA adjustments safe?” Put simply, yes! This technique travels through hundreds of years of history and throughout multiple cultures as an effective treatment for back and neck pain. In fact, Y-Strap adjustment creates less opportunity for risk due to the lack of torque involved. Many chiropractic manipulations require perfectly applied torque to move the joints into correct alignment. This application of torque, when applied incorrectly, can cause pain and damage to the spine. Y-Strap adjustments pull the body in a way that elongates and decompresses the spine without torsion, reducing the risk involved.

Our expert chiropractors in Erie and chiropractors in Longmont specialize in safely treating our patients following our award-winning treatment process. The Y-Strap adjustment in Erie and Y-Strap adjustment in Longmont provide a further treatment option for patients. We offer these adjustments to ensure that we always meet the needs of our patients and provide the best chiropractic care in Longmont and Erie.

SUMMARY – Y-STRAP ADJUSTMENT IN LONGMONT AND Y-STRAP ADJUSTMENT IN ERIE

The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont offer Y-Strap adjustments to help patients suffering from back and neck pain! Our expert chiropractors utilize Y-Strap or another form called an APA (Automatic Priority Adjustment) adjustments to further our treatment options to provide patients with the relief they need. Contact us to schedule your next chiropractic visit today and mention APA or Y-Strap adjustments! If you’d like to learn more about our other treatments or have questions about what to expect during your first chiropractor visit in Erie or Longmont, call our office today. We will gladly answer any questions, give us a call at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950!

Patient receiving cupping therapy treatment at Chiropractic Center of Longmont

Cupping Therapy

WHAT IS CUPPING THERAPY IN LONGMONT AND ERIE?

According to Healthline, cupping therapy is a type of alternative therapy that originates in China. It utilizes cups placed strategically on the skin to create suction. This suction facilitates increased blood flow to the area and according to Chinese tradition and teachings promotes the flow of “qi” throughout the body. Qi is a Chinese word meaning “Life Force”. Cupping was first used to balance yin and yang throughout the body. Although cupping has come and gone throughout history, The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont believe that cupping can help treat many patients.

It appears that cupping is making another comeback nationally and is becoming more regular throughout pop culture. In fact, as we approach the 2021 (formerly 2020) Olympic games in Tokyo we have more and more people asking, “What is cupping therapy?” This comes from the often talked about dark circles on Michael Phelps back and shoulders during the 2016 Summer Games. Cupping isn’t only for Olympic athletes. Many athletes use cupping therapy in Longmont or cupping therapy in Erie as part of their training and recovery plans.

BENEFITS OF CUPPING THERAPY IN ERIE AND LONGMONT

Now that we’ve answered, “what is cupping therapy?” we’d like to move onto the next question we get asked. “What are the benefits of cupping therapy?” Whether you’re interesting in cupping therapy in Longmont or cupping therapy in Erie this question always presents itself. The answers can go into extensive detail in specific cases. In order to keep this article short, we cover the three largest benefits our patients see when visiting for cupping therapy.

  • Local Pain Relief

  • Muscle Relaxation

  • Increased Blood Flow

  • Helps to Break Up Stubborn Scar Tissue

Our expert cupping therapy providers in Erie and cupping therapy providers in Longmont specialize in maximizing these benefits. When coupled with chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue massage, and dolphin neurostim, cupping therapy often provides patients additional relief for those stubborn and sore areas. The increased blood flow that results from cupping helps loosen sore muscles quickly. This benefit increases because the cupping technique opens blood vessels wider allowing the blood to quickly flow through the afflicted area.

SUMMARY – CUPPING THERAPY IN LONGMONT AND CUPPING THERAPY IN ERIE

The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont offer cupping therapy to help patients recover quickly so they can get back to training at their best! Our expert cupping therapy providers blend the art of Chinese cupping with the science of modern technology and equipment to help patients lead healthier lives. Contact us to schedule your next chiropractic visit today and mention cupping therapy! If you’d like to learn more about our other treatments or have questions about what to expect during your first chiropractor visit in Erie or Longmont, call our office today. We will gladly answer any questions, give us a call at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950!