Chiropractor - Peabody
215 Newbury Street
Peabody, MA 01960
What is a Migraine Headache?
A migraine headache is a special type of headache that includes sensitivity to light, visual disturbances called "auras" and a premonition feeling that the headache is about to start. Some people experience painful headaches and call them a migraine headache. But to be called a migraine the person must have had the above symptoms.
Migraine headaches may sometimes be triggered by certain foods like wine, chocolate, blue cheese, and MSG. Migraine headaches can also be associated with high levels of stress. Women tend to get migraines more frequently than men due to hormonal factors associated with their menstraul cycles.
If you have any of these symptoms, there are cranial chiropractic adjustments that can releave your pain. Don't suffer! Call us at 978-535-6155 and mention this blog.
What is a Slipped Disc?
Everyone has heard of a slipped disc but a more descriptive term might be a "broken jelly doughnut". Because discs don't really slip out of place since they are held in place as spacers between two vertebrae. But what can happen is the outer ring of the disc may break enough to let the "jelly" part of the disc leak out. If the nucleus of the disc leaks out enough so that it presses on a nerve you will feel extreme pain. If the slipped disc is in your neck, you can feel the pain all the way down to your hand. If the slipped disc is in your lower back, you could feel the pain all the way down to your feet. The good new is that this is a pretty rare occurance. Only 5% of people with back pain have a slipped disc.
But if you think you may have one, please call our office at 978-535-6155 and get checked out!
What is a Heel Spur
A heel spur happens when people pound their feet hard enough or long enough so that a little bit of calcium forms to help reinforce the tendon on the bottom of their foot. Cutting out a heel spur is seldom a good idea because your body placed the calcium deposit in your tendon for a good reason. People who get heel spurs tend to put more strain on their feet through several ways such as: being flat footed, over weight, over use through running, tennis, softball etc. Treating a heel spur involves hands on techniques as well as orthotics, weight loss, and special muscle balance exercises.
If you work on your feet all day and have noticed any of these symptoms. You could have a Heel Spur! Call us today and get it checked out. We are more than happy to help you!
What is 'Tennis Elbow'
Tennis elbow does not have much to do with tennis, although sometimes some tennis players can get tennis elbow. It is not caused by moving your elbow too much, it is caused by too much wrist motion. So wearing a brace on your elbow will not be much help. If you want to wear a brace for your tennis elbow you should wear a brace on your wrist so that your wrist cannot move. The pain in your elbow area occurs because your wrist has moved too much too hard too many times. The muscles that move your wrist just happen to attach at your elbow so that is why people feel elbow pain when their problem has occurred because of too much wrist motion.
If you think you have 'tennis elbow', you can do a little test on yourself: try moving flexing and straightening just your elbow. (You should find that to be pain free.) Now hold out your arm straight and hold your wrist and fingers straight up in the air so you are looking at the back of your hand; now try to keep your fingers up straight while your opposite hand tries to push your fingers down. (You should find that this does bring out your elbow pain!) Tennis elbow can be treated by the hands on techniques we use in this office. One of the key aspects is getting people to realize that their elbow pain comes from their wrist motion and not from their elbow motion.
If that doesn't relieve your pain, please give us a call to set up an appointment at 978-535-6155
What is 'Water on the Knee'?
Water on the knee could be called 'water inside the knee' because you can't actually see any water on your knee. And the 'water' is not really water either, it is joint lubricating fluid. Having joint lubricating fluid inside your knee is normally a good thing. But if your knee has been injured over time your knee joint capsule may make a lot of joint fluid in order to protect you and lubricate your knee . So 'water on the knee' is not really a specific problem but it is a sign that you have had a problem. Does it mean that you want to have your knee stuck with a needle and drained? Only if your knee is also hot and inflamed because this may be a sign that you have an infection or that you have been tackled in football. If your knee is not hot and you did not have a violent accident or a sports injury getting the proper non-surgical treatment for your knee is the best way to remove the cause of the extra protective fluid. We successfully treat many patients for knee pain that thought they might need surgery. It's always good to find out that your problem can be treated with simple non-surgical means that we use in our office.
If you think if this sounds like the problem you are having, come into the office and get it checked out. Call us at 978-535-6155