Woman Experiencing Stress with kids in background

Chiropractic and Stress

2020 has caused many Americans an unprecedented level of stress. The American Psychological Association discusses those impacts HERE. In addition to adjusting to the impacts of a rather stressful year, the holiday season often causes stress for many people. People rush to complete last-minute shopping. They strain their bodies cleaning the house or hanging holiday lights. Winter driving creates more stress and tension behind the wheel. In short, the holiday season is magical but can raise stress levels and wreak havoc on your body. Below we discuss common symptoms of how stress manifests throughout the body. We also explore the relationship between chiropractic and stress relief.

CAN CHIROPRACTORS HELP WITH STRESS?

Absolutely! Stress manifests throughout the body in many ways. Tension builds throughout the body as a result of stress. In addition to tension, many suffering from stress experience digestive problems, neurologic problems, and other problems that often appear unrelated. Chiropractors spend countless hours and years learning about the entire human body and the communication and collaboration of its’ systems. This means that chiropractors often successfully treat stress-related symptoms and help patients find more complete relief than they initially expect.

HOW CAN CHIROPRACTORS HELP REDUCE STRESS?

Chiropractors specialize in the spine and neck, also called the cervical spine. These areas represent a major structural component to the body. Perhaps more importantly, they also represent the major network for communication from the brain to all major systems in the body. This means that chiropractors understand the broad impact of stress throughout the body. By treating the body and opening up the key communication networks, chiropractors help treat stress holistically. Examples of different ways chiropractors help alleviate stress include:

Reducing Muscle Tension

Stress causes muscles to tighten and tense throughout the body. As these muscles tighten they can pull the body out of alignment or further exacerbate improper alignment issues. These tense muscles lead to discomfort and even pain in many people. This new pain and discomfort create sleeping problems. The pain from the tension throughout the body, combined with poor sleep leads to further stress. This stress creates more tension and the cycle continues without many patients understanding their options for relief.

A trained chiropractor helps a patient release tension throughout the muscles in their body. They also provide adjustments to realign the body’s spine providing relief for the muscles AND a break from straining harder than necessary. Once the body is aligned our skilled doctors provide a combination of dolphin neurostim and soft tissue care for the patients. This helps retrain the body to hold alignment for longer periods of time and relieves the natural tension caused by the stress, thus breaking the physical side of the vicious stress cycle mentioned above. Learn more about our award-winning treatment process here!

Fix Communication Channels for Major Body Systems

As mentioned above, stress can create tension throughout the muscles making it easier to pull the body out of alignment. When improperly aligned, the body not only experiences pain and discomfort, it causes communication issues for the body’s major systems. This can cause patients to experience stomach issues, headaches, neurological issues, and more. Chiropractic adjustments help the body maintain proper alignment, which allows the body’s systems to work more effectively. Proper alignment not only allows increased blood flow to areas of the body, but also opens up the nervous system to provide relief throughout the body. Many patients visit us expecting pain relief, and they get it. They often also report feeling relief from gastrointestinal discomfort, headaches, and other ailments.

Provide Chronic Pain Relief

Many Americans overlook stress or consider it a part of their daily lives. This causes many patients to live with the side-effects of stress for long periods of time. They often only seek out help when they’ve experienced chronic pain that keeps them from performing their regular daily activities. The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont specialize in treating chronic pain as well as helping the body hold proper alignment to stop the pain from returning. Chiropractic and stress relief through daily routine changes can transform a patient’s quality of life.

Provide Regular Maintenance to Help the Body Cope With Stress

Everyone experiences stress differently and for many people, it’s an unavoidable fact of life. We understand that life must go on and our patients will have a variety of reasons to need to learn to cope with stressful situations. We only ask that you let us help. Our doctors can help patients drastically reduce the symptoms from prolonged stress through regular visits. Many patients are familiar with the required maintenance for their vehicles, but they often overlook the value of regular maintenance for their bodies. Through regular treatments, patients can maximize the incredible power of the human body and teach it to navigate stress more effectively.

SUMMARY

Many people in America suffer from stress. They often experience tension in their muscles, problems with sleep, trouble with digestion, and other symptoms. Although it would be great to live a life without stress, we understand that’s simply not possible for most people. We believe we are able to help patients learn to use their bodies to cope with their stress more effectively while providing the relief they need. Whether you need relief from the tension, better communication throughout your body, help with chronic pain, or regular visits to minimize the effects of stress, we’ve got your back (pun intended)! If you’re interested in learning more about how chiropractic can help relieve stress in Erie or Longmont, schedule your consultation for treatment today. We are dedicated to being the best chiropractor serving Erie, Longmont, and the surrounding areas. Contact us online or give us a call at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950.

 

A women lying down suffering from TMJ symptoms

TMJ Awareness Month

November marks the beginning of the Holiday season in the United States. Many people prepare to sit down with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, several million Americans will be concerned about their ongoing jaw pain as they sit down to this dinner. The Chiropractic Center of Erie and the Chiropractic Center of Longmont would like to help spread the word about how chiropractic care can help you find relief from Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder. We figured what better time to share this information than during November, which also happens to be TMJ Awareness Month.

WHAT IS TMJ?

The term TMJ is short for temporomandibular joint. It not only describes the joints between the upper and lower jaws, TMJ often refers to the disorder which presents as pain in those joints as well.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF TMJ?

According to the Mayo Clinic, many patients experience the below symptoms.

  1. Pain or tenderness of your jaw

  2. Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints

  3. Aching pain in and around your ear

  4. Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing

  5. Aching facial pain

  6. Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth

Some patients also experience a clicking sound or grating feeling in the joints as well as the typical pain associated. Clicking sounds or grating feelings in the jaw without pain can exist without requiring treatment for TMJ.

WHAT CAUSES TMJ?

There are many factors that increase the likelihood of experiencing pain related to TMJ. Although some patients experience TMJ-related pain without the underlying cause being identified, most TMJ cases are caused by the below factors.

  1. The disk between the cartilage and the bone erodes

  2. The joint moves out of its proper alignment

  3. The joint’s cartilage is damaged by arthritis

  4. The joint is damaged by a blow or other impact

CAN A CHIROPRACTOR TREAT TMJ?

The short answer, yes! However, many people experiencing pain related to TMJ consult their dentist first. This makes sense on the surface; when you’re dealing with pain around the mouth or jaw you often talk to known experts in those areas. At the Chiropractic Centers of Erie and Longmont, we value and appreciate dentists’ opinions and work. However, many dentists recommend medications to treat the pain. In some cases, they recommend orthodontia or oral surgery to adjust your bite. What if we told you, that we’re experts in the joints and muscles in your jaw as well?

As chiropractors, our doctors can successfully treat TMJ in most cases without taking any of those steps. We focus on aligning the TM joint to improve joint alignment and function and, subsequently, normalizing the bite. Our doctors follow this up by targeting the muscles and joints surrounding the afflicted temporomandibular joints. Our Chiropractors help relax these muscles by utilizing massage and trigger point therapy. This helps ensure proper alignment. They take treatment one step further by applying Dolphin Neurostim therapy to calm the nerves and sedate pain in the area. A skilled doctor can manipulate these trigger points located throughout the neck and jaw to relieve the pain associated with TMJ and even prevent TMJ from recurring in the future.

SUMMARY

Many people in America suffer from pain related to TMJ. They often experience pain throughout their jaws, neck, and face and this pain recurs regularly. As part of TMJ awareness month, we want to offer patients suffering from TMJ an alternative to over-the-counter medication or dental surgery. We treat TMJ without invasive procedures or harmful medication. If you’re interested in learning more about TMJ treatment in Erie or Longmont check out our dedicated service page here. If you’d like to schedule your consultation for TMJ treatment, contact us online or give us a call at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950.

Man Getting Adjusted by Chiropractor in Longmont

Top 10 Reasons to Visit a Chiropractor

The Chiropractic Center of Erie has been serving families for decades in Northern Colorado. We even opened the Chiropractic Center of Longmont this year to help more patients get back to living healthier, pain-free lives. Our trusted doctors and our entire staff have seen patients transformed through chiropractic care. It’s not just our livelihoods, it’s our passion that keeps us serving patients. Over the years, we’ve treated many clients for many different reasons. No two patients are the same, but we have seen very consistent reasons for seeking chiropractic help. With that being said, here are our top 10 reasons to visit a chiropractor.

  1. Back and Neck Pain Relief

    Patients visit us most often with complaints of back and neck pain. Poor alignment often causes pain in these areas and can be treated by a good chiropractor effectively in many cases. Many reasons cause the body to lose its natural alignment including sleeping in a bad position, poor posture, auto accidents, or hard falls. Once the body is out of alignment, if left untreated the muscles tighten around the area to compensate for the weakness. Over time, the body forgets what proper alignment feels like and patients live with chronic pain they don’t understand.

  2. Headache Relief

    Nearly every person experiences headaches at least once a week. Many more experience them regularly throughout their day or week. This creates frustration for patients who feel their only options for relief are through over-the-counter pain medication. In fact, about 95% of headaches are due to tension, migraine, and cluster headaches. This means that nearly all headaches can be alleviated through proper chiropractic care. Headaches often present themselves as a symptom of a problem within your body and medication only masks the symptom without treating the problem. Chiropractic care gets to the root of the problem and often helps patients live headache-free.

  3. Poor Sleep

    Sleep provides a natural reset for the human body. A good night’s sleep has been proven to boost your immune system, strengthen your heart, and as friends and family can attest, improve your mood. Improper alignment within the body makes it hard to get comfortable and harder to sleep in one position for long periods of time. Chiropractors can help you maximize your sleeping time by opening up the natural systems within the body and relieving pain.

  4. Natural, Holistic Pain Relief | No Medicine

    Many people in Western civilization don’t recognize the benefits of holistic healing methods. They are taught to treat symptoms and not the underlying cause of an issue. As a chiropractor, we specialize in the underlying causes especially since we primarily treat the underlying neuromuscular and skeletal systems. Taking pills for long periods of time, not only masks underlying issues, they create their own problems. Many medications, when taken for long periods of time, lead to a multitude of issues. Chiropractors often provide longer-lasting pain relief without the harmful side-effects of over-the-counter medicines.

  5. Blood Pressure Normalization | No More Hypertension

    According to the CDC, nearly half of all Americans suffer from high blood pressure. In 2018, nearly half a million deaths listed high blood pressure as the primary or contributing cause of death. Chiropractic adjustments relieve tension, lower stress, and open the channels throughout the human body. This helps lower blood pressure significantly over the long-term and is a great option to be utilized as a part of an overall treatment plan.

  6. Pregnancy Discomfort

    Women’s bodies undergo dynamic changes throughout their pregnancy. With widening hips, lower back adjusting to compensate for more weight, and other major changes taking place, many women express feelings of great discomfort throughout their terms. Chiropractic adjustments not only help relieve some of this discomfort, a good chiropractor can help the expecting mom’s body manage these changes. With a skilled chiropractor, women have reported less weight gain, balanced hormones, and a better night’s sleep.

  7. Digestive Issues

    The spine represents the largest part of your neurological system. When out of alignment, key signals sent from your digestive system may not get through. This causes many digestive issues in some patients. Proper alignment helps these signals get through to the correct places in the body and helps prevent weight gain, constipation, and other digestive disorders.

  8. Stress Release

    The body experiences many stress-related symptoms. One such symptom is tension build up in major muscle groups. As these muscles tighten they can force the body out of alignment causing more pain and discomfort. The added pain and discomfort cause added stress to the body. As you can see, this creates a vicious circle that many patients are unaware of until they experience stress release through chiropractic care. Our unique chiropractic treatment process breaks this circle and opens up the neuromuscular systems in your body. This not only relieves the pain but helps the body cope with stress better.

  9. Help Athletes Reach Peak Performance

    Chiropractors train to become experts in the human body. In particular, we focus on improving the body’s own efficiencies. For athletes, this means fewer injuries, faster healing times, and a better response to sport-specific training. We have helped athletes from all walks of life including football players, slalom skiers, and ultra-marathoners at the top levels of competition.

  10. Better Overall Health

    The Chiropractic Center of Erie and the Chiropractic Center of Longmont specialize in helping patients live better, healthier lives. We help the nervous system communicate effectively with the brain, help improve blood flow, and relieve pain for our patients. Many patients think of chiropractors when they have back pain, but they don’t always realize we can help with many other ailments. The benefits of chiropractic care spread throughout the entire body and do so without surgery and medication.

SUMMARY

Chiropractors help patients experience pain relief, headache relief, better sleep, and more. Best of all, patients enjoy all of these benefits without the added concerns of surgery or long-term side-effects of pills and other medications. If you’d like to schedule your consultation for Chiropractic treatment, contact us online or give us a call at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950.

Chiropractic Center of Erie patient receiving dry needling treatment by Dr. Dave

Dry Needling Benefits

First of all, let’s address the elephant in the room. We know Dry Needling sounds scary and painful. Despite its scary name, however, many patients benefit from this often overlooked therapy. Not only are the benefits of Dry Needling outstanding, our patients often report no pain and very minimal discomfort during treatment. The “Dry” part of the name simply means that instead of injecting something into a patient, the needles contain no medicine or fluid at all. They are similar to acupuncture needles and their benefits are far more accessible for patients than “wet” needles.

WHAT IS DRY NEEDLING?

Mayo Clinic describes Dry Needling as “a treatment performed by skilled, trained physical therapists, certified in the procedure. A thin monofilament needle penetrates the skin and treats underlying muscular trigger points for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.” In more simple terms a very small and thin needle is inserted to target trigger points in the body to send relief to areas of the body that need it quickly. While Dry Needling therapy is often performed by a physical therapist, Dr. Dave earned his certification in Dry Needling to better serve patients in Erie, Longmont, and all surrounding areas. He was one of the first 15 practitioners in the world to earn the Structure and Function Dry Needling (SFDN) degree. The SFDN is earned by completing a rigorous education program. A major staple of the training teaches practitioners how to avoid pain fibers and get down to the muscles when inserting the needle. Several patients have had to ask whether the needle was even inserted at all!

WHAT CAN DRY NEEDLING TREAT?

Dry Needling relieves muscle stiffness, soreness, tension, and metabolic waste chemicals. It causes increased blood flow and oxygen to a targeted area and flushes away harmful toxins that develop in stiff and sore areas that the body tries to protect. Essentially, Dry Needling is like calling 911 to an address for an emergency. The needle acts as the phone call alerting the brain that there is a problem at a specific site or address in the body. The brain and body react by focusing healing into the area with the lesion.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DRY NEEDLING?

  1. Pain Relief

    While counterintuitive based on the idea of having needles inserted, Dry Needling sends quick pain relief to patients that have chronic pain in their muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and more.

  2. Increased Mobility

    Many afflictions and chronic pain cause patients to lose mobility over time. This begins with the initial pain and the problem grows over time because the muscles tighten due to lack of use. Dry Needling increases the blood flow to an area and alleviates the soreness and stiffness. This allows patients to get back to their physical activities more quickly.

  3. Faster Recovery Time

    The body often responds to an injury by flooding the impacted area with metabolic waste to protect it from further damage. Metabolic waste is another term for chemicals left behind from metabolic processes. This waste includes lactic acid which causes the soreness and stiffness many athletes and injured patients are accustomed to. By targeting trigger points in the body and increasing blood flow and oxygen to these areas, we can eliminate the waste so patients can focus on their active recovery.

WHEN TO CONSIDER DRY NEEDLING?

Patients should consider Dry Needling if they experience chronic pain, stiffness, or soreness. It’s also a great option for athletes who have been injured and are looking to improve their recovery time. Another great reason to consider Dry Needling is if your normal treatment and recovery have reached a plateau. Patients often find they can push through this plateau or speed up their recovery by utilizing the benefits of Dry Needling. It’s important to note that Dry Needling attaches to an existing treatment plan and should only be performed by a certified practitioner.

SUMMARY

While dry needling sounds scary and painful it’s actually growing in popularity throughout the world due to its incredible benefits. Not only do most patients feel no pain, it helps patients get pain relief, increase their mobility, and recover from injury faster. All this is done holistically and requires no surgery, medication, or otherwise. It’s a scientific practice that utilizes the body’s own response mechanisms to work more efficiently for the patient. If you’re interested in learning more about Dry Needling check out our dedicated service page here. If you’d like to schedule your consultation for Dry Needling treatment, contact us online or give us a call at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950.

Older gentleman about to have a neck adjustment at Chiropractic Center of Longmont

Chiropractic Treatment Process

Many places on the web will tell you that the chiropractic treatment process is a combination of art and science. Put simply, we believe art and science shouldn’t be restricted to a single discipline only. Chiropractors should utilize methods from a variety of successful sources proven by science. While our staff love the arts, we believe that when it comes to your health you should trust science backed by data and research. That’s our philosophy at the Chiropractic Centers of Erie and Longmont, to use scientifically proven treatment methods. In this way, we ensure you get the short-term pain relief and long-term health benefits of a properly aligned body. This article will detail how our treatment process maximizes the benefits of different approaches by combining multiple treatment methods instead of focusing strictly on any singular treatment. Before we dive into that we want to answer the question that many patients ask us for their first visit.

WHAT DO CHIROPRACTORS DO?

Put simply, chiropractors help patients with a variety of health conditions holistically by manipulating the spine and other areas of the body to be in proper alignment which opens the nerve pathways between the vertebrae to an optimum degree. Many ailments, aches, and pains can be helped by ensuring the body remains properly aligned. Proper alignment in the body helps the major systems in your body perform at their best. The digestive system, respiratory system, nervous system, immune system, and more all benefit from chiropractic treatment by allowing unimpeded communication between the brain and body.

CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT PROCESS

While many different areas of the body can be adjusted and many different types of adjustments are available, our general process remains the same. Our doctors focus on a three-step process, based entirely on science, to treat our patients. This process not only puts the body in proper alignment, but helps the body hold the alignment, and balances the muscles to keep the body aligned for longer periods of time.

  1. Chiropractic Adjustments

    Our doctors start by listening to the patient. This deserves repeating, we actually listen to the patient to learn about their goals for their treatments and what’s bothering them. After identifying problem areas for the patient, our doctors use this knowledge to begin adjusting the appropriate areas of the body. These adjustments can range from the neck down to the feet and can be done manually or using an activator depending on patient needs.

  2. Dolphin Neurostim

    While we appreciate a good beach vacation as much as the next person, we aren’t talking about the dolphins in the seas. Dolphin Neurostim is the world’s first hybrid device specifically designed for the treatment of chronic/acute soft tissue pain. Put more simply, Dolphin Neurostim utilizes the same naturally occurring direct current that runs the nervous system in the human body to target specific neurological points. After chiropractic adjustments, Dolphine Neurostim helps normalize the nervous system and helps patients relax their muscles, relieve pain, and heal faster. This happens because the DC current utilized by the neurostim sedates and calms the nerves and allows the nervous system to function better.

  3. Soft Tissue Massage

    The final step in our regular chiropractic treatment process is soft tissue massage. Our doctors have found that utilizing soft tissue massage combined with chiropractic adjustments and Dolphin Neurostim help the body release oxygen and blood flow to the adjusted areas. This soft tissue work stretches the muscles out and helps them relearn the correct placement of the structural areas of the body that have been treated. By combining soft tissue work with the adjustments and neurostim treatment our patients experience relief sooner and hold their adjustments longer than through chiropractic adjustments alone.

SUMMARY

Patients come to us seeking relief from pain and help to keep their bodies functioning as smoothly and efficiently as possible. It is our responsibility as their chiropractor to not only help them achieve results quickly, but also to help their bodies hold these adjustments longer. This directly benefits our patients’ bodies and their pocketbooks. By training the body to hold proper alignment for longer periods of time, patients need treatments less often and feel great and save money!

We believe the best way to help our patients experience quick, long-lasting relief is through our proven three-step chiropractic treatment process. This process combines chiropractic adjustments with Dolphin Neurostim and soft tissue massage. We believe it’s the best process to treat many ailments. Contact us today to learn more and let us help you get started living a healthier life!