Danville Chiropractic Neurology
Danville Chiropractic Neurology
Dr. Christine Thompson


Arthritis and Chiropractic

  • By Christine Thompson
  • 08 Feb, 2017

Keeping the joints moving can reduce the pain of arthritis

The old adage of MOVE it or LOSE it is never more true when it comes to osteoarthritis.  There are many kinds of arthritis, but most common types include osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis   (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), fibromyalgia and gout.  All of them cause pain in different ways.  For the purpose of this discussion we will focus on osteoarthritis.  

Recurrent joint pain in OA does not need to be accompanied by swelling or redness.  That is the pseudo hallmark that you may have some early symptoms.  Most people describe it as a stiffness, soreness or just feeling tight.  From the picture above you can see that it can occur in any of the joints in the body.  X-rays can confirm if there are degenerative changes in the painful joint.  However, don't feel as though it is a overwhelming diagnosis and now you are aging too fast. 

The reality that I share with my patients is that osteoarthritis is not a diagnosis of doom but a rite of passage.

Just the same way the hair eventually turns to gray or white, or the reading glasses come into play by the 4th or 5th decade- arthritis does too.  Specifically osteoarthritis.  Everyone has a slightly different potential for the onset based on factors such as previous trauma, broken bones, surgery and how active you have been through out life.  Many people ignore increasing aches and pains with age because it seems like a natural part of the process.  As that may  be true you can still fight it along the way.  Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) are quite effective in reducing pain.  However, they do not promote of maintain the mobility of the joint.  Clearly from  a chiropractic stand point my objective is to strongly suggest that you stretch, move and exercise gently on a continuous basis even if you do take NSAIDs.  Joint manipulation by a chiropractor, physical therapist or massage therapist all vary in technique but give you an edge to slowing the degenerative process.  

If you would like more information on osteoarthritis click the like here.
http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/treatments/natural/other-therapies/chiropractic-medic...

Danville Chiropractic Neurology

By Christine Thompson 20 Oct, 2017
Every new patient receives a gentle and obvious reminder that we are all vulnerable to stooped head posture from too much small screen devices time.   Here are tips to avoid a trip to the Chirpractor:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/stretch-to-ease-screen-time-related-neck-and-shoulder-pain
By Christine Thompson 08 Feb, 2017
The old adage of MOVE it or LOSE it is never more true when it comes to osteoarthritis.  There are many kinds of arthritis, but most common types include osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis   (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), fibromyalgia and gout.  All of them cause pain in different ways.  For the purpose of this discussion we will focus on osteoarthritis.  

Recurrent joint pain in OA does not need to be accompanied by swelling or redness.  That is the pseudo hallmark that you may have some early symptoms.  Most people describe it as a stiffness, soreness or just feeling tight.  From the picture above you can see that it can occur in any of the joints in the body.  X-rays can confirm if there are degenerative changes in the painful joint.  However, don't feel as though it is a overwhelming diagnosis and now you are aging too fast. 

The reality that I share with my patients is that osteoarthritis is not a diagnosis of doom but a rite of passage.

Just the same way the hair eventually turns to gray or white, or the reading glasses come into play by the 4th or 5th decade- arthritis does too.  Specifically osteoarthritis.  Everyone has a slightly different potential for the onset based on factors such as previous trauma, broken bones, surgery and how active you have been through out life.  Many people ignore increasing aches and pains with age because it seems like a natural part of the process.  As that may  be true you can still fight it along the way.  Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) are quite effective in reducing pain.  However, they do not promote of maintain the mobility of the joint.  Clearly from  a chiropractic stand point my objective is to strongly suggest that you stretch, move and exercise gently on a continuous basis even if you do take NSAIDs.  Joint manipulation by a chiropractor, physical therapist or massage therapist all vary in technique but give you an edge to slowing the degenerative process.  

If you would like more information on osteoarthritis click the like here.
http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/treatments/natural/other-therapies/chiropractic-medic...

By Christine Thompson 24 Jan, 2017
It is not commonly know that chiropractic is one of the most effective, safe drug free way to relieve back pain .  Many women experience  back, neck or even a pain in the butt cheek when pregnant.  A thorough history and examination will determine if treatment is appropriate.  Of course an x-ray is not an option, yet most of the time not necessary.  If heat or ice do not provide adequate relief give your local chiropractor a call.  The best choice is to ask a friend who has a recommendation or you can always read over the yelp reviews.  Taking care of yourself will be much more challenging after your bundle of joy arrives so it is also a good idea to have a professional assess your musculoskeletal balance surrounding the joints of the neck, hips and spine.  Bottom line- we want you to feel good so you get to enjoy the fun of parenthood. If you would like to discuss treatment options call (925-820-2167) email (danvillechiro@gmail.com) or text (925-819-0670).
By Christine Thompson 20 Jan, 2017
On the heels of broken new year's resolutions don't give up just yet.   Core strength is the best preventive measure to back pain and fitness.  Sometime exercise and core stabilization can be overwhelming when you don't feel like your technique is right.   As a chiropractor I recommend this as  a good place to start.  Compliments to this you tuber for sharing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiFdfDBY77g&t=3s

By Christine Thompson 13 Dec, 2016

This results in increased cervical spine stress!

As we look at the screen, text messages or touch the screen for more information, we almost always bend our head down to look down. This head forward position increases cervical compression and stress. The more the head bends down to look, the more the stress in the neck increases as the muscles have to work much harder that hold the head up. In a superb analysis  Dr. Kennth Hansraj , Chief of Spine Surgery 0f New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine, showed that stress on the cervical spine increases from 10-12 lbs when the head is in its upright position to 60 lbs when looking down.Looking down for a short time period is no problem; however, many of us look down for extended periods. This slouched collapsed position is becoming the more dominant position. 

My suggestion is that everytime you go to reply to a text message- take an inventory of your posture and fix it.  Small corrections will not only make you mindfull but produce slow gains in the right direction.  

Figure 1. Stress on the cervical spine as related to posture. (From: Hansraj, K. K. (2014).  Assessment of stresses in the cervical spine caused by posture and position of the headSurgical technology international25 , 277-279.)



By Christine Thompson 05 Dec, 2016
Shoulders are not earrings and should not be up to your ears.  This is the season of holiday stress.  Many people take on a stressed out posture without even knowing it.  If you have a stress-related symptom, you're not alone! Nearly 85 percent of visits to doctors (and nearly as many to psychologists) are for stress-related problems. Reacting to stress with physical tension can lead to headaches, ulcers, insomnia, excessive fatigue, high blood pressure, sore shoulders, or any stress-related disorder. 
As a chiropractor I see volumes of people with stress related neck and shoulder (sheck) tension accompanited by muscle pain and joint stiffness.  Unfortunately, the holiday season tends to heighten this anxious posture.  I offer some simple and possibly obvious but over looked advice.
1.  Stop and evaluate you posture. Then make minor corrections.  Allow the shoulders to drop and bring the head back in line with your ears and shoulders.
2.  Recognize the moments when you can put your phone down and hydrate.
3.  Put some heat on your lower neck and schoulders for 10 minutes at the end of the day.
4.  Gently stretch your neck each time you sit dlown to eat.  Slowly turn your head right and left, tilt it back and forward and then side to side.  
5.  If time permits get a massage or see a chiropractor if the suggestions above are not successful.
Happy Holidays

By Christine Thompson 21 Sep, 2016
I have finally decided to take the plunge and add a blog to my site. I always wanted an easy way to share information with visitors and I’m excited to start this journey. Keep coming back to my site and check for updates right here on the blog.  I promise not to be overindulgent with my shares, just some things to consider regarding your health or look into on your own
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