Golf and Upper Cervical Care

Every year August brings us National Golf Month. During this month, you might be trying to get all your swings in before the summer is over. Many golf courses and driving ranges offer discounts and deals during August to get everyone participating. 

Of the 25 million people who enjoy golfing, many of those players suffer from chronic pain. Golf requires a repetitive motion and uses a variety of muscles in your entire body. It requires most of the repetitive motion on one side of the spine. Because of this, your body may find it hard to efficiently guide your swing and have a load of stress on the lower back, neck, and wrists. 

The mechanics of your golf swing starts with your nervous system. That's why upper cervical care will keep your swing on track. By not having a properly aligned and balanced head on the vertebra, the signals that travel from your brain to your nervous system to all of your body parts, your body can be disrupted or distorted. Resulting in experiencing symptoms and developing pain, all while affecting your performance. 

To prevent the interference between your brain and body from communicating correctly, you must maintain balance and alignment on top of your neck. Upper cervical care will help you restore balance to your body and remove the interference. 

You can improve your golf game by making regular visits to the chiropractor. 

Your body can be balanced and function better, resulting in a BETTER GOLF GAME. An upper cervical correction is a gentle, non-invasive way to fix your pain. By applying a precise and controlled touch to your head, neck, and spine, your body can be restored and have balance by removing the interference in communication signals. 

There are many benefits of chiropractic care. Not only can it help with your golf swing, but also a tool to keep you on track to a healthy and active lifestyle. Regular adjustments can keep your body on track and perform maximum mobility at the top of your game. Even if you do not suffer from pain or injuries, chiropractic can help prevent injury in the future. 

Contact Atlas Chiropractic today for more information on how we can help reduce the chance of injury for golfers and promote healing! 

Disc Bulges

A bulging spinal disc occurs when the disc’s soft, jelly-like center (nucleus) is squeezed into cracks in the disc’s outer covering, weakening and stretching that covering. As a disc bulges out from between the neighboring bones (vertebrae), it can press on nerves that travel to the legs or arms and can cause numbness, weakness, or pain.

Normally, spinal discs absorb shock and provide flexibility within the spine. With age, spinal discs break down. They become drier, less flexible, and more easily damaged. Injury and prolonged overuse or misuse can speed the formation of tiny tears in a disc’s capsule. People who smoke cigarettes are at increased risk of disc deterioration.

There are times where disc problems have progressed beyond what can be treated with Chiropractic techniques or even Atlas Orthogonal. We offer the non-surgical alternative of Spinal Disc Decompression.

Contact us today to learn about Atlas Brain and Body and the many conditions we treat. 828-253-0700

Dr. David Nygaard, MS, MBA
Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist
Atlas Brain and Body
(828) 253-0700
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Cervical Disc Herniation

Cervical disc herniation occurs as weakened discs bulge or herniate, compressing or irritating a nerve. The compromised nerve can cause severe pain and other problems in the neck and mid-back, as well as the arms and/or hands.

Proper diagnostics, which commonly involve imaging (x-ray or MRI) and diagnostic evaluation of the uniqueness of the disc issue, is necessary in order to determine what course of care is recommended and most appropriate.

There are times where disc problems have progressed beyond what can be treated with Chiropractic techniques or even Atlas Orthogonal. We offer the non-surgical alternative of Spinal Disc Decompression. Unfortunately, there are times that surgery is the only alternative for disc-related problems.

Lumbar Disc Herniation

A lumbar disc herniation is a common injury that can affect any part of the spine. It can cause severe pain and other problems in the buttock, legs, and feet. A herniated disc occurs when the nucleus (inner portion) pushes through the outer wall. This herniation can result in a large bulge that can press against nearby nerve roots.

Symptoms vary depending on the location of the disc and the severity of the rupture. Some herniated discs cause no symptoms, and a person with this type of injury may not realize the disc is damaged. Most herniated discs occur in the lower back, where they can cause symptoms in the buttocks, legs and feet.

Proper diagnostics, which commonly involves imaging and evaluation of disc problems, is necessary in order to determine what course of care is necessary and most appropriate. There are times where disc problems have progressed beyond what can be treated with instrument-based chiropractic as well as Atlas Orthogonal. We offer the non-surgical alternative of Spinal Disc Decompression. Unfortunately, there are times that surgery is the only alternative for disc-related problems.

Contact us today to learn about Atlas Brain and Body and the many conditions we treat. 828-253-0700

Dr. David Nygaard, MS, MBA
Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist
Atlas Brain and Body
(828) 253-0700
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How to Find the Right Herniated Disc TreatmentThat tingling pain shooting down your leg seems to never quite go away. Every time you move you can hear the vertebrae in your spine cracking. You need herniated disc treatment, and you need it bad.

At first, you waited it out like the doctors told you to, taking Tylenol hoping it would help and that you will be one of the people whose discs don't push on their nerve endings.

But as your swelling continues and that nerve pain is triggered over and over, it can start to feel like you're reinjuring yourself every time you get up. That dream of a simple recovery seems to slip further and further away.

The good news is, herniated disc treatment is available and more accessible than you might think.

Keep reading to explore some of the options that are available to you!

 

Where You'll Start

As you know, when your back or neck is injured, it is affected by even the tiniest adjustment of your body. You may be using your arms to push yourself off the wall so you don't have to walk completely upright.

Trying to get into the car when you're feeling like this, and imagining that anything could possibly make you feel better, is impossible.

Yet, there are several treatments you can undergo that can offer you a better quality of life and relief from the pain. Let's take a look at where you can start.

Oral Medications and Injections

Anti-inflammatory medications will be suggested to you by every medical professional you see about your condition.

The general principle they are working off of is this: Your herniated disc itself causes you no pain. Instead, the pain comes from the compressed portion of the disc hitting a nerve ending. So in order to keep the disc from rubbing up against that nerve, you need to bring the swelling down.

For many, oral medications never have much effect. If Tylenol hasn't worked for you in the past, you shouldn't expect too much now.

However, there is another way to knock out the swelling medically, and that is with injections. They sound a lot scarier than they are, and if you go to a doctor who has done a lot of these, you will find it nearly painless.

For some lucky few, you'll be able to jump right up, immediately feeling the pain-relieving effects of the herniated disc treatment. But for some, it will take a few rounds.

What Helps Right Now?

One of the best tips out there on dealing with herniated disc pain is icing for twenty minutes any time you start to feel the injured region swelling.

Beyond that, stretching properly is key. If you have been wanting to start yoga, surprisingly now is the time! There are yoga classes specifically for back pain, or you can modify a traditional class.

When you are in these classes, guided by a professional, you can feel somewhat confident that you're not re-injuring yourself. You'll hear some people say stop if it hurts, but for many people, it hurt before they even began.

Only you know what is too much, so try to stay in tune with your body. Take your time to really think about the movements. If you do yoga with proper form, you will feel better coming out of the class than you went into it.

Surgical Treatment

While surgery is one option for herniated disc treatment, few doctors will advise you to go this route immediately.

Although these surgeries have a great success rate, there are very serious risks that go along with cutting into your spinal cord.

As such, surgery should be a last resort treatment, only to be considered if you haven't found success with other options.

Chiropractic Herniated Disc Treatment

Although it isn't everyone's first thought, the chiropractor is a great place to go when you are first learning to manage your condition. We have extensive knowledge of the workings of the human body and know what should, and should not be attempted.

It might take a while until you see results from any treatment, so going to the chiropractor weekly is a great way to make sure you are staying aligned as you heal.

Chiropractors also have electrodes we can use to help your tired muscles stop spasming. These patches can be very relaxing and give you some instant relief.

Massage Treatment

Beyond those treatments, chiropractic offices generally hire massage therapists that will become a regular part of your appointment. It can be very helpful to have someone who has been trained massage you.

It's all well and good getting a massage from your spouse, but nothing can compare to the relief you will get from working with a professional.

If you do get a massage, be sure to drink a lot of water afterward.

After any of these treatments, you should go straight home and ice the area. Any kind of pressure or adjustment in that location can bring back slight swelling, but if you can get to an ice pack fairly quickly, you can abate any swelling before it becomes a permanently painful problem.

Finally, some of the leading edge chiropractic offices offer spinal decompression therapy. In this treatment, all of your limbs are gently pulled away from your body to allow your vertebrae to space themselves into a more natural position. This futuristic machine is worth checking out.

Where to Go

If you are in Ashville, North Carolina, and you are looking for a qualified chiropractor for your herniated disc treatment, then you should visit us at Atlas Chiropractic, where you will find quality care.

Our dedicated punctual staff would love to guide you through this painful time and we offer many of the treatments talked about here. Let us help you feel better today!

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