Bolingbrook Chiropractor Dinner workshop


A non sales environment with a great natural health workshop was given by Dr. Jeffrey Garofalo of New Life Chiropractic at the Bolingbrook Golf Club on Tuesday September 17th 2013. People learned about natural healthcare and how to stay healthy in today’s environment. If interested in joining us for a Free Dinner call 630-226-9922

Bolingbrook Chiropractor Dr. Jeff tells you why you should choose New Life Chiropractic


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Simply test for neck pain to see if it is muscle or nerve pain


Neck pain is nagging and can ruin your day month or life. Watch now as I give you a simple test to see if your neck pain is simply muscle or is it mor eserious nerve problems, this simple test will tell you everything you need to know.
You can go to bolingbrookchiropracticblog.com to see more information on getting out of pain naturally. If you live in Bolingbrook and your test says nerve call us for help at 630-226-9922 and ask for Dr. Jeff at New Life Chiropractic today

Forward head posture the secret to your health- Chiropractor Bolingbrook

Forward head posture is a condition in which your head comes forward of your shoulder straining your neck muscles, lower back muscles, discs, ligaments and most detrimental of all the spinal cord.

In a normal posture the head should sit over the body putting slack into the muscles, ligaments, and yes even the spinal cord.

The head over the body posture brings the spinal bones into alignment and prevents slipped discs and herniated discs, relaxes all muscles in the spine and helps keep your spinal cord healthy.

Causes Of forward head posture

There are several causes of forward head posture so lets go through them together:

1. Sitting at a computer and leaning your head forward

Forward head posture2. Texting and playing video games on tablets with your head bent over

3. Watching television on a soft couch hunched over

4.  Working out your chest more than your back muscles at he gym

5. Any activity with prolonged slouching and rolling of your shoulders forward

Symptoms of Forward head posture

Headaches, neck pain, TMJ pain, constant knots in your neck and shoulders, lower back pain, slipped discs, breathing problems, digestive problems, sinus problems, ADD/ADHD

How to see if you have FHP(forward head posture)

Have someone stand on your side and look at where the hole of your ear is located in relation to the top of your shoulder.

The hole in your ear should line up in the middle of the shoulder, but if it is forward of that you have FHP

How to Fix FHP

Sit up tall and squeeze your shoulder blades together and draw your chin backwards to make a double chin. Perform 3 sets of 10 repetitions 3 times a day and over time your head will come back over your shoulder.

Chiropractic can help by realigning the spinal bones and then neck traction while lying down brings the head back over the body

If you have any questions or comments about our post please contact Bolingbrook Chiropractor Dr. Jeff Garofalo at New Life Chiropractic

 

 

Lower back pain is a symptom not a cause

 

Lower back pain is a symptom not a cause

The leading industry in the world is the health industry, and as such many billions of dollars are spent on pain in the forms of creams, pills, shots and even surgery. I want you to think about that thought of that for a minute……..

We spend billions of dollars on pain but never correct the health problem because we are only trained to think get rid of pain.

This would be like having your check engine light come on in the car and putting a piece of tape over the check engine light thinking that all will be okay.

What happens after a short while is that your engine blows up and you now spend more money on buying a new car!!

The same is true with health, when you only take pills to cover the symptoms you never correct the cause of the symptoms you will lose your health a whole lot quicker. Many people come to my office with lower back pain and one of the first things I say to them is that I am going to address their back pain but I am not going to treat their back pain. It takes them a minute and then they look at me and are happy to know that for once a doctor is going to find out what is causing the pain and correct that instead of giving them less answers and more meds!!

A spinal subluxation is what CAUSES the tissue to break down ultimately leading to the pain, but what if  I told you that a subluxation in the lower back could cause bowel dysfunction like crohn’s or irritable bowel or cause infertility!!

Stayed tuned next blog post I will tell you how.Subluxation

to be continued…………..

Dr. Jeff a Chiropractor in Bolingbrook discusses lower back pain causes

Have you ever had lower back pain?

The statistics are incredible on how many Americans suffer lower back pain.

What’s even more incredible is the amount of medication that Americans are on for back pain and that the number of sufferer’s is getting bigger not smaller. That tells me that the answer to lower back pain is not pills!! If the answer was pills than once you took the pills the pain goes away never to return, but if the pain comes back then the problem must be something else.

Yes muscles play a role in lower back pain but they typically are not the cause of the lower back pain. So what is the cause you ask?

Let me tell you what typically happens…..When1 of your 5 bones in the lower back move out of their alignment the hard bones star to pinch the soft nerves causing a cascade of events that leads to micro swelling around the bone and nerve that can lead to pain. Then the nerve starts to swell up causing pain, the bone wears down on the disc, and finally the pinched nerve causes the muscles to tighten causing pain.

The number one way to correct Lower back pain and not just mask the pain is by receiving a chiropractic adjustment to gently place the bones in alignment taking pressure off the nerve, relaxing the muscles, decreasing the swelling causing the lower back pain to go away for good.

If you have any questions about the cause and correction of lower back pain naturally by a chiropractor please call Dr. Jeff Chiropractor bolingbrook at 630-226-9922

Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy: The Benefits

7004627103_10658cb981Back pain is a common problem faced by women during their pregnancy. This occurs when pregnant women put on extra weight causing extra pressure on the spine. Receiving spinal treatments can reduce such pains through chiropractic, and pregnancy issues like delivery can be made more comfortable and faster.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is a conservative form of treatment that addresses the spinal cord, discs and related nerves without the use of surgery or drugs. It involves the adjustment of spine to align it back to its normal position. This reduces the spinal nerve stress which can cause various other health complications in the woman and later on in the child. Hence, chiropractic treatment addresses the whole body to promote health and well being.

Safe during Pregnancy

Many complications can occur during pregnancy that can be triggered by spinal problems. These complications can get transferred to the newborn, as they affect the nervous system of a mother. Babies can develop colic, breathing problems, allergic reactions, bedwetting, and neural disorders. The Webster Technique is commonly employed for pregnant women to reduce the spinal nerve stress and balance pelvis, ligaments and muscles.

Throughout the stages of pregnancy, specialized chiropractic care plans are devised to suit the patient. Research shows there are no known potential contradictions to chiropractic treatment during pregnancy. Chiropractic professionals are known to adjust treatments to better suit the body of a pregnant woman. They follow tables and employ techniques which avoid unnecessary pressure on the stomach.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Many medical experts recommend chiropractic care during pregnancy as it helps maintain pelvic balance. A balanced pelvis gives a baby more room to move into the correct birth position. This avoids some of the potential fallbacks of delivery. Other benefits include:

  • Reducing back, neck and joint pain
  • Reducing nerve stress to promote healthy development of the mother and baby
  • Relieving pressure from the spine and maintaining better posture
  • Restoring joints to ensure optimum range of motion
  • Reducing symptoms of nausea
  • Reducing time of labor and delivery
  • Stimulates optimal functioning of reproductive organs
  • Preventing potential cases of cesarean
  • Maintaining a healthy pregnancy

 

A visit to the chiropractic clinic begins with physical evaluations, and then a treatment plan is made, involving therapies, nutrition and exercise. Chiropractic care aims to provide comfort for mothers during and after pregnancy, and also ensuring their babies enjoy proper bone and neural development.

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Treatment and Prevention of Muscle Cramps during Exercise

6253806401_9a9cd9a555Muscle cramps that are caused by exercise can be very painful and can cause athletes to drop out of competitions.  Muscle cramps can happen in any types of sports and are usually a result of muscle fatigue, a loss of electrolytes or dehydration.

Cramps are not limited to sports, they can happen even to people who are not involved in any type of sports.  Repetitive cramps can be healed by a chiropractor by aligning the vertebrae correctly in the spine using various techniques.

Causes of Cramps

The American College of Sports Medicine published a review on the causes of muscle cramps during exercise – two possible causes were identified that lead to muscle cramps.

The first was credited to muscle fatigue.  Neuromuscular systems are embedded into muscles to allow control of contraction of the muscles. When this system malfunctions, contraction of muscle takes place and then causes the cramps.

Muscles that are regularly used, such as those of an athlete or a person with a very active lifestyle, are at a higher risk of experiencing cramps or spasms.

The second major cause is a result of an excessive fluid loss from the body (sweat), which decreases the body’s electrolytes level.  This depletes the body of sodium.

Body’s Natural Cooling System

The body is designed to cool itself by sweating when body temperature starts to rise beyond normal levels.   The loss of electrolytes due to sweating can cause depletion of body’s electrolytes and if it is not replenished properly, it will cause cramps.

What are Electrolytes?

Electrolytes are minerals including sodium, chloride, magnesium and potassium. They are dissolved in the body and directly control the required muscle contractions and nerve conductions.

Consuming bananas to treat muscle cramps has no solid ground and there is no evidence to support such a remedy.

Treating Muscle Cramps

- Fatigued Muscles

Treatment of muscle cramps depends upon the initial cause.  For those people who experience a muscle cramp due to a strenuous workload such as exercise or sports, chiropractors recommend treatments such as a massage, application of cold packs to the affected muscles and passive stretching.

Proper rest must be given to those muscles which have experienced an overload due to stress.

- Cramps due to Loss of Electrolytes

For those people who suffer from cramps as a result of excessive sweating and a deficit of sodium, the same methods of treatment can be used besides replenishing the lost fluid levels.

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Spinal Disc Herniation – Disc Injuries and Chiropractic Therapy

290644114_fa50ce417a (1)Spine and disc injuries are more common in individuals who lie in the 40 to 60 age bracket. While young individuals who engage in different strenuous work activities (which involve the lifting of heavy loads and operating on machinery for long hours) experience spine, neck and disc injuries which cause great pain. These injuries cause hindrance in the movement of the back and the neck, and are aggravated by continuous involvement in different laborious activities. Spinal disc herniation is a medical condition experienced by individuals because of over-exertion on the back and neck parts of the body. Chiropractors offer different treatment methods to relieve the pain and facilitate movement of the affected individual.

What Is Spinal Disc Herniation?

Spinal disc herniation is a medical condition in which a tear appears on the outer fibrous layer of the vertebra disc, which causes the inner soft nucleus material to bulge and squeeze out from the torn area of the disc.

The tear in the disc is usually attributed to old age in individuals, but may also be caused because of any trauma, straining and lifting injuries, experienced by a young individual, because of different work related and other everyday activities. The nature of the tear in the disc might cause inflammation in the surrounding area, which might put pressure on the nerves, resulting in pain for the individual. The bulging out of the inner pulpous material from the ruptured or torn disc results in a pressure on the spine and disc which causes extreme pain.

Spinal disc herniation is also called a slipped disc condition, though the disc is securely intact in between the vertebra. Individuals suffering from a minor case of spinal disc herniation are able to recover within a few weeks, with suitable rest. But, in cases of extreme damage to the spinal disc, the patient sometimes requires surgical treatment, which does not always provide good results.

Patients with acute spinal disc herniation in the upper, central or lower part of their spinal cord require physical therapy and medications for quick recovery.

Chiropractic Therapy for Spinal Disc Injuries

Chiropractors provide treatment and therapy for the effective recovery of individuals suffering from different forms of spine and disc injuries. They mobilize and manipulate the muscles of the spine and the neck, adjusting the different joints and muscles, to relieve the individual of the excruciating pain experienced because of the different musculoskeletal disorders.

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Understanding Ergonomics – How Seat Design Plays a Vital Role

FreedomChairIt is estimated that at least 50% individuals in the industrialized world suffer from some kind of back problem, most notably due to a poor or inadequate seat design. How we sit all day in front of our workstations has a marked impact on the overall health of our spine. As a result of bad posture, the lumbar region in the back bone is what takes the most pounding. Here’s what you need to know, and many chiropractors will stand by it.

There is no universal seat that’s designed to accommodate every single person. But there are a number or ergonomic factors that come into play when we’re talking seat design. These generally work well for the average person.

Seat height should be set in a way so as to support a knee angle of 90 degrees. This takes undue stress off the thighs and buttocks. A chair that’s too high will increase the pressure at the underside of the knees, reducing blood flow and increasing unnecessary pressure on the nerve.

A chair that’s too low places pressure on the ischial tuberosities – this is where the upper thigh originates in the gluteus maximus region. Normally, the glutes cover them in the upright position, but they are exposed and at an ergonomic disadvantage when we’re sitting.

Optimal seat depth is recommended at 16.5”; between 14” and 18.5” for adjustable seats.

You should avoid hard seats. Seat pan contouring and cushioning should be designed in a way so that pressure is distributed over a larger area and the pelvis rotates forward – this encourages better posture.

Ideal seat cushioning is about 2” thick. The cushioning needs to be firmer and thicker in the back, while being less firm and thinner at the front. Too much cushioning and your body is going to sink into the chair, restricting movement. A soft chair may be very welcoming and comfortable at first, but it goes against basic ergonomic sense; as the body sinks, blood flow is reduced and skin temperature rises as you experience more compression under the thighs. At the end of the day – more discomfort.

A seat width that’s between 20” and 23” generally works well.

An ideal seat angle helps you maintain good contact with the backrest; a 5 to 10 degree angle is good.

There many more ergonomic factors related to optimal seating, and these are just some of them at a glance. A good chiropractor can help you determine exactly what type of chair best suits your body type.

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