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Rotator Cuff Related Pain: The Most Common Cause of Shoulder Pain

Rotator Cuff – Most Common Cause of Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is a very common difficulty that many people across the globe suffer. Both those young and old can experience rotator cuff related pain, and it heavily depends on your daily life and the amount of force and pressure that you are putting on your shoulder.

To complete daily tasks, you put a massive reliance on your shoulders, so taking care and the proper precautions is essential to your health. We want to keep you on your feet doing the things you love without any kind of interruption, and Rotator Cuff damages will take a toll on your life. Keep reading to learn about Rotator Cuff related pain, how to prevent it, and how we at Advanced Spine and Sports Care can help.

First Things First, What is Rotator Cuff Related Pain?

This unfortunate injury is often marked up to completing different activities that involve your shoulder. This can be anywhere from lifting your arm, carrying and transporting heavy loads, playing sports, and believe it or not, wearing a seat belt, alongside other various factors that put a strain on your shoulder.

You will notice this discomfort during your daily life, feeling a sharp pain when completing different tasks, working out, training, or practicing in your designated sport. The pain can be little, or it can render you incapable of continuing. No matter the level of pain, it is critical that you contact ASSC so that we can assess the current state of your rotator cuff, and give you the proper treatment to reduce and remove the possibility of future and more grave damages.

The Affected Structures

You may be wondering why this particular affliction is referred to as a rotator cuff related injury; this is because the pain you experience in your shoulder is due to the tendons of the rotator cuff. These groups of muscles surrounding the shoulder are directly affected. The tendons become thicker and can even be torn, being the most common cause of the pain.

The Truth About Tears in the Rotator Cuff: They Are Not As Scary As You May Think

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When you hear about a tear of any tendon or muscle, the immediate response, rightfully so, is one that is not considered fun or exciting. Luckily, most of those who experience this type of shoulder pain can be quickly treated using hands-on techniques such as exercise and muscle therapy!

Studies have shown that shoulder pain is widespread, especially those regarding the Rotator Cuff. Tears and strains related to the rotator cuff tendons are very common, more so with those who play sports such as baseball and football, alongside those who have hands-on jobs like construction, delivery, and maintenance. It is not considered a highly risky injury to your health, but it is important that shoulder pain of any sort be looked at and cared about immediately.

Best Treatments for Rotator Cuff Related Pain

Because this type of shoulder related pain is common, treatments like surgery or injections are not looked at right away. With this type of injury, intensive exercise and muscle therapy can really help, especially with the right team right there beside you, like our professionals at Advanced Spine and Sports Care!

There are a few good things that come along with these injuries; we know, something good that comes out of this. How Can it be possible? Exercise programs designed to optimize each person’s outcome vary, meaning at ASSC, we create a personal plan that fits best with your current condition. This process can speed up healing, getting you back to your normal life in no time!

What Are The Main Factors That Cause Rotator Cuff Pain?

To develop a plan for you, we at Advanced Spine and Sports Care need to know about your day-to-day life and navigate what could have caused the pain you are feeling. The majority of cases regarding rotator cuff pain is gradual and not necessarily one specific trauma that you have gone through. Some of the most common factors that are related to the gradual rotator cuff and shoulder pain are:

  • An Increase in Age
  • Insufficient Muscle Strength While Completing Certain Tasks
  • Some Medications
  • A History of Smoking and Drinking
  • Daily Strain on the Shoulder

For younger patients in good health, a natural reason for these types of injuries and pain is often related to the stress they put on their tendons during sports. We all want to succeed in doing what we love to do, but overworking any part of your body is dangerous and can leave you in a place where you can no longer continue that thing that brings you so much joy.

How Can Advanced Spine and Sports Care Help?

To start, early information and assistance are always recommended at ASSC, which means that some injuries can still be prevented with the right information and education. At ASSC, we pride ourselves on the level of experience of each member of our team and the lengths we go to ensure our patients’ health and comfort.

Should you feel any kind of rotator cuff related pain, we will work with you one on one with a plan, muscle therapy, and exercises designed to help the tendons in your shoulder heal to be stronger than ever. At every step during your treatment, our specialist will teach you all of the different things you can do to prevent enduring this pain in your shoulder again.

Advanced Spine and Sports Care: Why Choose Us?

Each member of our team cares about every single one of our patients that walk through our door. You want to continue living your life without pain, and we can help. No one deserves to live in misery, and we have the experience to relieve you of any discomfort that you are feeling.

If you are tired of living with pain in your shoulder and want answers AND a solution, do not hesitate to contact Advanced Spine and Sports Care today

Important Health & Safety Message from Dr. Ingham

Your Health & Safety is Priority #1

Unfortunately, back pain and emergencies do not just take a break because of the global pandemic. Our team is doing whatever we can to continue providing the care and support that our clients need, especially right now. These are not easy times and we promise all of our past, current, and future clients that we are doing what we can to continue providing our services! At Advanced Spine & Sports Care, YOU are our number one priority.

We are Open at Advanced Spine & Sports Care: An Essential Business

The COVID-19 crisis has left government officials adequating certain businesses as essential and non-essential, because of the services that we provide and the importance of chiropractic treatment services and the relief that it gives for those suffering from chronic back pain, we have been officially considered as an essential service.

The governor of Illinois has recognized the importance of the chiropractic services that we provide and has asked us to stay open to continue providing relief care to those in need of it. Because of the current pandemic, we have made a few adjustments in the way that we provide our services, but we are continuing the same care and making sure that each and every one of our customers who walk through our doors receives a specialized experience in which they leave feeling happy, pain-free, and healthy!

Keeping You Safe

Dr. Ingham here introducing our updated safety procedures in response to covid-19. We have put together a safety…

Posted by Advanced Spine & Sports Care on Monday, May 18, 2020

To continue providing you with a fast and easy experience, we are constantly uploading information to our Facebook page. This includes information on our hours of operation, latest news, and information regarding our services. We have put together a safety committee within the office to make sure your experience at Advanced Spine & Sports Care is both safe and enjoyable. Outlined below are a few key changes that have been made within the office:

  • Face coverings are required.
  • Patients are being pre-screened before coming in the office. If you have experienced any fever, cough, or shortness of breath please refrain from coming into the office.
  • Patients are being scheduled in a staggered fashion to prevent too many people in the office at one time. We ask that you please come at your scheduled appointment time to avoid any overcrowding.

Our Team at Advanced Spine & Sports Care are taking every precaution that we can to ensure the safety and health of our clients and our staff! That is why we have developed a schedule that limits the number of clients we have per day. This has been done to continue practicing social distancing and to make our clients feel more comfortable without any worries.

 

Not only are we asking you to wear masks, but our doctors & staff will always be practicing every health measure to ensure your health. That includes constant hand washing, the use of antibacterial gel, and the use of masks. These practices will be used while serving each of our clients, especially with those that have procedures and in situations where the six-foot rule cannot be maintained.

We also ask that anyone who makes an appointment with us to wear a face-covering mask during your appointment. We want to continue giving you the services that you need, so by everyone practicing a few precautionary techniques, we can all remain healthy while providing those in need with relief.

Contact Advanced Spine & Sports Care – We Are Always Here For You

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At this time, we are working to keep in touch with you through our social media channels and through direct communications with positive messages, uplifting stories of hope & gratitude, and inspiration to keep on moving forward despite everything that is going on!

You can rely on Advanced Spine & Sports Care to continue giving you the chiropractic care you need, whether you are in the clinic or in your home, we are always here! 📲 If you have any questions, call our office or book an appointment, HERE.

There is nothing we want more than for all of those to continue being healthy and safe. For all of your chiropractic needs; you can rely on us here at Advanced Spine and Sports Care.

 

 

 

 

 

ASSC Clinic Pre-Cautions | Proper Home & Office Practices

During recent events caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans across the nation find themselves having fewer options when it comes to seeking the relief that they need. Luckily for those in Lakeview, IL, and the greater Chicago area, our team at Advanced Spine and Sports Care leave no one suffering from neck and back problems behind. Whether it be directly providing services or offering tips and tricks, you can count on us for help with dealing with any urgent back and neck pain. We sincerely hope that each and everyone is and continues to be healthy and safe.

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Home & Office Best Practices to for Neck & Back Pain

When it comes to the well-being of your back and neck, you can never be too safe. Even though you may not be able to come in and see us every week, we are constantly uploading new videos and posts that help you take preventive measures demonstrating how you can stay healthy while at home or in the job.

Working from home is rapidly becoming the new norm of our lives and often don’t keep in mind the health of our body, back, and neck. Believe it or not, there are a few things that you can do that truly make a difference. Here are a few tips to stay healthy when working at home:

>Dedicate a proper working space

No matter how comfortable it may be, it is extremely important that you do not work from your bed or couch. The ideal working space, whether it be on a laptop or a desktop, you should be sitting in a chair where your back is at a 90-degree angle and the device you are working on is on a flat service where your head is also at a 90-degree angle.

>Stretch and move around

When you are in the groove with your work, it can sometimes be difficult to take a break, but it is extremely important to do so. Sitting at a desk for extended periods of time can do some serious damage to not only your neck and back but also your head. That is why it is essential that you take a break from staring at the screen and move around a bit.

>Practice stress techniques

Keep your mind and body at 100% by practicing proper stress techniques like developing a strong sleeping pattern, daily activities like exercises and yoga, and family time.

See Dr. Ingham explaining the importance of proper home and office practices here.

Experiencing Back and Neck Pain?

Back and neck pain is a nuisance that affects the majority of American adults at some time in their lifetime, and though a wide variety of factors can cause these pains, the real issue is learning how to prevent, correct, and heal them. Because we are spending more time in our homes, finding relief may seem like somewhat of an impossible task. But nothing is impossible with the help of our experts at Advanced Spine And Sports Care. Because we care strongly about our clients, we provide weekly exercises that you can easily do in the comfort of your home with common household objects.

Follow our Facebook Page and YouTube Channel, you can keep up to date with easy methods to provide fast comfort when you are down with neck and back pain.

DRX9000 – Spinal Decompression for Back Pain Relief & Spinal Injuries at Advanced Spine & Sports Care

Spinal decompression is a chiropractic medical method that provides fast relief without the use of surgery. At Advanced Spine and Sports Care, we currently boast the DRX9000, a state of the art spinal decompression system that directly heals those suffering from back pain that affects the entire body.

Some of the most common spinal injuries DRX9000 Spinal Decompression provides relief for are:
↪ Disc Herniation
↪ Facet Syndrome
↪ Sciatica Nerve Pain
↪ Spinal Stenosis

Contact us today to see if spinal decompression at Advanced Spine & Sports Care, is the right treatment for you!

Sciatic Pain Relief Exercises – From the Comfort Of Your Home

If you are feeling constant pain in the lower back, hip, and legs, you may be suffering from sciatica. According to the American Medical Association, sciatica pain can affect up to 40% of the population over their lifetime, so you are not alone. Because your comfort is something that we strive for, here are a few quick stretches you can do to fight back against sciatica pain:

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  • What you have to do is sit in a chair and cross the leg of the affected side, do a figure four and lean forward gently.

 

  • This next stretch is similar to the first, lay down on a flat surface, and make a figure four. Slowly bend the opposite leg of the affected area close to your chest.

 

  • Lastly, you will go on the floor and cross the leg of the affected area under your body with the other leg stretched behind you.

 

Hold each of these stretches for 20 seconds on and 20 seconds off up to 3 times. To see how to do these properly, take a look at the video here.

Contact Advanced Spine And Sports Care for Chiropractic Treatment Services Today

During this current pandemic, it can be difficult to identify what services are and are not essential. Identified by the state of Illinois, chiropractic care is an essential service, and those suffering from unbearable back and neck pain should not be afraid to seek help.

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At Advanced Spine And Sports Care, we take every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our patients so that no one feels at risk while looking for help. For minor back and neck problems, we offer advice, help, and tips on our social media channels to make you more comfortable without having to leave the house. For urgent chiropractic assistance, contact us here to explore your options.

 

 

Discover Ways to Maintain a Healthy Mind & Body at Home

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Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Mind & Body 

As the Coronavirus pandemic, unfortunately, leaves many people staying at home, it can be easy to forget some of the essential things that we should be doing to keep our bodies healthy and in shape. At Advanced Spine & Sports Care, our team never stops making sure that our past, current, and future patients get the advice and service that they need. From healthy beverage tutorials to home exercises, keep reading to discover what we are constantly preparing for you so that you can keep on taking care of your well-being!

Delicious Immune Boosters with Dr. Ingham

Miss out on your favorite smoothie or juice spot? Well, what if we told you that there is a better and healthier way to boost your immune system and get the essential nutrients and vitamins that you need.

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Say goodbye to artificial sugars and ingredients and know exactly what you are putting into your body with a delicious and healthy Advanced Spine & Sports Care smoothie special, “the Chiro Bananza.”

Ingredients

➢Spinach 🍃

➢Flaxseed

➢Frozen banana 🍌

➢ Blueberries 

➢Citrus of your choice 🍊

After adding all of the ingredients in a blender and mixing them all together, you will get a green liquid. Don’t be afraid of the color; it is absolutely delicious! This smoothing is full of essential nutrients, vitamin C, and iron, perfect to start your day on the right foot while giving a strong boost to your immune system!

Check out Dr. Ingham’s smoothing tutorial, HERE. Give a like and stay tuned on the Advanced Spine & Sports Care Facebook Page for more tutorials to come in the upcoming weeks.

At Home Exercises Tips for Mind & Body Health

Being at home and not able to go to the gym shouldn’t stop you from keeping up with your daily exercise routines. Whether it be a heavy home workout or a full-body stretch to relieve some tension and stress that may be building up, it is essential to follow out daily exercises to keep your body and mind in shape.

Our team at Advanced Spine & Sports Care is constantly uploading exercises and stretches to our social media channels via FacebookYouTube so that our clients can continue to focus on their health using their surroundings and objects easily found around the house. Here are a few tutorials:

Unilateral Squat Complex with 3 Toe Taps

Targeted Area: Unilateral foot, ankle, and knee stability.

Benefits: Increased stability in the joints while promoting structural stability.

 

Stability Ball Rollouts

Targeted Area: Core

Necessary Equipment: Yoga mat and inflatable exercise ball

Benefits: Stronger core while promoting a healthier spine

“Flossing” the Sciatic Nerve

Targeted Area: Sciatic Nerve

Benefits: Relieving tension off of the Sciatic Nerve and helping those suffering from sciatica be more comfortable.

Exercise of the Week – Unilateral Sciatic Nerve Flossing

Sciatica affects a lot of people these days & all this sitting while binge watching seasons of your favorite shows on Netflix isn't helping! 👩‍💻📺 When the muscles surrounding the lumbar spine & gluteals get tight, its common that the sciatic nerve can get caught or pinched. This then causes sciatica which can elicit discomfort in the lower back, gluteals & even all the way down the legs & into the feet! 👣✅ One exercise we can try to help relieve some tension is to "floss" the sciatic nerve. This exercise is not a comfortable one but can be used & help the nerve glide a littler easier. ✅ But this exercise of eliminate sciatica alone, we must also perform the correct hip movements to help get the tension of the nerve. Overtime though, this drill can be used as a test to see if range of motion is improving. ✅ Ideal range of motion for this exercise will have the lower back pressed up against the wall with the leg held straight. As you can see in the video, I don't have the mobility to press my lower back against the wall so more flexibility work must be done.✅ If you are or have dealt with sciatica before we highly recommend adding this to your daily routine to help relieve or prevent these symptoms from progressing to even bigger issues.#ThinkChiropractic #getadjusted #physicaltherapy #health

Posted by Advanced Spine & Sports Care on Sunday, March 15, 2020

These are just a small example of the endless stretching and exercise videos that you can access for free on our social media channels. See our exercises of the week on our Facebook Page to accompany our video series on our YouTube Channel.

The True Power of Chiropractic: Unlock Your Body’s Natural Ability to Adapt, Renew, and Restore

"True Power of Chiropactic" - Dr. Jason Ingham

Another activity you can participate in during your time at home is exercising the mind. If you are suffering from pain every day and are in search for clear answers without having to rely on medication, our very own Dr. Ingham has released a new book that brings clarity to chiropractic care.

The True Power of Chiropractic: Unlock Your Body’s Natural Ability to Adapt, Renew, and Restore” provides first-hand professional insight on how a visit to the chiropractic can improve your everyday life. (Available on Amazon, HERE)

 

Staying Strong And Healthy Together

Through these unprecedented times, we need each other. At Advanced Spine & Sports Care, we believe that it is our duty to continue serving the greater Chicago area in every way that we can. Your health doesn’t take a break while you stay at home; you can count on our team to stop at nothing to attend to each one of our clients. For any questions or inquiries, contact us here. Remember, your well-being comes first, so stay tuned for more tips, tricks, and tutorials from our team at Advanced Spine & Sports Care.

Tips for Managing Tension Headaches

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Managing Tension Headaches

Your day to day routine and everything it involves is extremely important; whether it be looking after the kids, going to work, shopping, or visiting with family and friends, it can be frustrating when something like a headache can disrupt all of your plans. How you think, and the clarity of how you perform activities can be severely affected by tension headaches, and you should know all of the things you can do to fight back against these unwanted visitors!

What Are Tension Headaches

The most common type headache for adults, tension headaches can be classified as a nagging pain, pressure, or tightness around the forehead or back of your head/neck. Stress headaches, another name for tension headaches, can feel like something is squeezing the skull. There are two types of tension headaches.

Episodic tension headaches: Occur less than 15 days per month, they can last anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple of days, these usually start slowly, taking into full swing around midday.

Chronic Tension headaches

Occurring usually more than 15 days per month, these headaches come and go over an extended period of time, the range in discomfort always varying throughout the day.

Knowing The Difference

Cervicogenic Headaches can often be mistaken for migraines and tension headaches because of the same symptoms they bring out. Cervicogenic headaches are described as secondary headaches, meaning that they are caused by underlying conditions such as high blood pressure, neck injuries, and infections. It is very important to separate these from being treated as tension headaches, as they require different treatments! Contact the experts at Advanced Spine & Sports Care and get adequately diagnosed and start receiving the right treatment.

How Tension Headaches Usually Happen

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You may be wondering how these annoying and painful headaches come to be, though there is a long list of factors, here are a few of the most common causes of tension headaches:

Screen Time

Whether it is looking down at your phone, playing video games, watching TV, or staring at your computer screen at work, the amount of time that you are staring at the light can increase your risk of developing tension headaches.

Excessive Amounts Of Time On The Road

If you find yourself driving long distances and spending a lot of time behind the wheel, this can put a lot of stress on your neck, causing the occurrence of these headaches.

Sleeping In The Wrong Position

We all have our favorite sleeping position, but little do you know is that it can actually bring on tension headaches. Most commonly sleeping on your stomach can do the trick to inviting this unwanted company, so we suggest rolling over before you close your eyes!

Clenching Your Teeth

Though it usually takes place at night, the pressure that clenching your jaw brings on can often cause tension headaches, if you find yourself frequently clenching your jaw, see a dentist to check treatment options.

Reducing The Pain On Your Own

Usually, we want to try and reduce the anguish as much as we can if not entirely before seeking out professional help, luckily there are a few things you can do!

  • Try to reduce any overbearing stresses that you have in your life, take a breath, and relax!
  • Breaks are essential. If you are spending a lot of time focusing on something, phone, computer, driving, etc., wherever it may be, take breaks so you can regain focus!
  • Exercise! Stretching and going to the gym is critical to avoiding tension headaches. A healthy boy = a healthy mind!
  • Over the counter medicine. One of the most common headache remedies is ibuprofen, if it works for you, keep using it!

Seeking Extra Help: Utilizing The Aid of Chiropractors

Sometimes no matter what you do on your own, tension headaches never seem to go away, and at this time, you need to call the experts!

If you are reading this and thinking, “what can a chiropractor do for headaches” the answer is, A LOT! Chiropractors are medical professionals who can assess precisely why you are suffering from these pains, diagnose you, and help you start to manage them! Standard practices that chiropractors use to reduce and eliminate the discomfort of tension headaches consist of:

  • Manual therapy
  • Soft tissue therapy
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Acupuncture
  • Rehabilitation
  • Lifestyle changes and education

It’s best to call the experts for quick ache relief, so that you can go back to living your life and not let tension headaches slow you down!

Advanced Spine & Sports Care: Getting The Relief You Deserve in Chicago

Don’t let tension headaches take over your life, fight back, and get the help you need! By contacting the professionals at Advanced Spine & Sports Care, you will receive a personalized experience where highly trained chiropractors will stop at nothing until you are back to your usual self! Book an appointment online or call 1 773-868-0347 to start your journey to a pain-free future!

Proper Posture Tips – Practice Makes Perfect

 

Proper Posture Tips

Posture is very simply the position that you hold your body in when you stand, sit and lay down. There’s a proper way to hold your body and a lot of improper ways to hold it, with a big difference in what each way can mean for your body.

Good posture stops your muscles wearing abnormally, keeps your ligaments free of stress and makes your muscles work efficiently, so your energy goes a lot further. Poor posture comes with none of these benefits; it puts strain on your ligaments and muscles and can cause a host of medical complications, ranging from high blood pressure to spinal dysfunction.

The good news?

Poor posture can be the result of injuries and disease but very often it’s a habit, which means that with a little hard work and plenty of practice, you can improve it!

Here are our top seven tips proper posture tips that’ll help you to make positive changes to your posture straight away:

Tip One: Reduce Factors that Cause Poor Posture

You can’t eliminate every cause of poor posture, but you may be surprised to discover what kind of simple actions and small habits contribute to its development.

Here are some of the most common things that cause poor posture:

  • Obesity

  • Stress

  • High-heeled shoes

  • Tight clothing

  • Keeping your wallet in your back pocket (and sitting on it)

  • Carrying heavy bags

  • Wearing worn shoes

  • Bad eating habits

  • Wearing an ill-fitting bra

Many of these contributory factors are easy to eliminate from your life, making them a great place to start when improving your posture.

Tip Two: Learn How to Stand Correctly

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Investing in more supportive shoes and switching your wallet to your front pocket may help to improve your posture, but you also need to make bigger changes if you want to see great results. One of the best tips to improve your posture is to relearn how to stand.

To stand correctly, your knees should be slightly bent, stomach tucked in, and earlobes aligned with your shoulders. Your back should be straight, and your shoulders pushed back, with your feet separated by roughly the width of your shoulders. Finally, your arms should hang loosely at your side and your weight should be mostly on the balls of your feet.

Changing how you stand is no easy task; you’ll have to consciously switch your standing position to something entirely new, but it’ll all be worth it in the end when the health of your bones, joints, muscles and ligaments improve.

Tip Three: Improve Your Sleeping Habits

Next is your sleeping position and sleeping environment, two things that can have a big impact on your posture and overall health. One of the most important things here is comfort: you should be as comfortable as possible while you sleep.

You should try to sleep on your side or back and always with a pillow. Specialist posture pillows are a great investment, but you can also improve your posture by sleeping with a pillow placed below your knees (when sleeping on your back) or placed between your legs (when sleeping on your side). For an even more beneficial night’s sleep, invest in a firm, comfortable mattress.

 

Tip Four: Get Your Sitting Position Right

Once you’ve nailed the right position for sleeping and walking, you’ll need to relearn how to sit. Sitting in the proper position is essential if you spend hours working at a desk every day, regularly slump, or are prone to slouching – something you should definitely try to avoid if you want your lungs and intestines to work properly!

To start:

  •  Your feet should be placed on a solid surface, your legs uncrossed, and a slight gap left between your knees & seat.
  • Make sure your knees aren’t above your hips and your shoulders are relaxed with your arms positioned parallel with the floor.
  • Ensure that your chair is providing ample support for your lower and middle back.

When driving, you can continue the healthy posture changes by moving your seat closer to the wheel, slightly bending your knees and supporting your back with a cushion for extra comfort and support.

If you find yourself sitting for long periods of time during the day, try to get up and move around every now and again.

See Here 3 amazing reasons to book regular appointments with a chiropractor if you spend most of your working day sitting down.

Tip Five: Change How You Hold Your Phone

Do you often stare down at your phone when sending texts, browsing the internet or playing games? If so, you could be suffering from a problem known as ‘text neck’. Tilting your head down to look at your phone is terrible for your spine, but thankfully, easy to resolve.

You can correct this poor posture problem simply by lifting your phone up to your face or moving your eyes instead of your neck. If you lean forward while using a computer, then the results can be similar, so it’s worth spending a bit of time rearranging your desk!

Tip Six: Correct Posture Mistakes Quickly

You shouldn’t feel bad if you can’t master these new positions overnight, it’ll take time. To give you the best chance of success, try to stay conscious of what you should be doing, so you can correct yourself when you fall back into old habits.

If you find yourself putting most of your weight on one leg, slouching in your chair, hunching over your phone, sticking your chin out, resting your phone between your ear and shoulder or in any position that’s not healthy for your muscles and ligaments, correct your posture as quickly as possible.

The more you practice, the easier it’ll be!

Tip Seven: Visit Advanced Spine & Sports Care in Chicago

Our final tip is essential if you’re struggling to find a starting point to correct your posture or you aren’t having much luck going it alone. A chiropractor is one of the best medical professionals to visit for support and guidance as you improve your posture.

A chiropractor can give you tips and tricks for improving your posture, help you to strengthen key muscles with special exercises – building muscle flexibility is vital for maintaining good posture! – and customize a treatment plan to give you the best start to your posture improvement. Chiropractic care is also highly beneficial for reversing years of wear, tear and injuries that can occur due to poor posture!

If you’re tired of poor posture affecting your health, then there’s no time like the present to turn things around. Enlist some expert help from Advanced Spine & Sports Care and start making posture improvements that’ll benefit you for the rest of your life.

 

 

 

Top Reasons Regular Chiropractic Treatments are Important If You Work from a Sitting Position

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Chiropractic Treatments are Important If You Work from a Sitting Position

Sitting down at work is something that a very high percentage of Americans do every day. Around 70% of Americans sit for a minimum of 6 hours each day during work, leisure and their commute.  For Americans who sit for the duration of their time at work – which averages around 8.8 hours a day, 5 days a week – the actual number of hours they sit each day can be much higher.

You may not think that there’s much of a problem with the familiar, comfortable and practical act of working from a sitting position but sitting for prolonged periods of time can cause major issues.

When you regularly spend hours in a sitting position a lot of things start to happen to your body. Your legs will start to weaken, you may begin to gain weight and start to suffer from depression or anxiety. Other serious health problems like an increased risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease are also associated with sitting. These are just a handful of the consequences of sitting down all day!

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Thankfully, there are some solutions, such as taking regular breaks to walk around and stretch and using a sit-stand desk. Another solution to overcome health problems already brought on by sitting and to prevent issues in the future, is to visit a chiropractor.

Chiropractic treatment can do much more for the body than what most people realize!

Here are three amazing reasons to book regular appointments with a chiropractor if you spend most of your working day sitting down:

Reason One: Chiropractic Is a Form of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

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As you might imagine, many problems with working from a sitting position are associated with the neck and back regions. However, these are not the only areas affected by sitting or the only problem areas chiropractic treatment can help with.

One of the main reasons why people sit down to work is to type at a computer, which is thought to cause or increase the risk of a person developing carpal tunnel syndrome. Repetitive wrist maneuvers may cause the painful condition, where the median nerve is compressed, resulting in numbness and tingling/burning sensations. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has listed office workers who use a keyword and mouse as at risk for developing the condition.

There are a number of chiropractic treatments, such as wrist exercises, that can help people with carpal tunnel syndrome to find relief from discomfort.

  • A chiropractor can advise patients on a range of exercises to promote better health and flexibility across their entire bodies, including in their wrists.
  • Visiting a chiropractor is also one of the best ways to permanently improve posture, which can lead to reduced wrist and hand strain and a lower risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Soft tissue work and adjustments are two further chiropractic treatments that can be very effective at improving posture, and in turn, preventing carpal tunnel syndrome.

Reason Two: Sitting Causes Neck and Back Stress

Neck & Back Stress Treatments in Chicago

Another reason to visit a chiropractor regularly is for neck and lower back pain treatment in Chicago. Spending many hours sitting put the discs and muscles in your neck and back under a significant amount of stress. By maintaining the same sitting position for a long time, the hips flexors become tighter, blood flow reduces, and your spine suffers.

If you allow your posture to slip while you’re sitting, it can cause the ligaments in your spine to stretch and increase strain on the discs. After sitting for a long time, you may start to feel the occasional pain in your back or neck, but after a while the repeated damage to your spine can make the pain almost permanent – at least until you visit a chiropractor!

  • Sitting at a desk and not moving for hours on end is unnatural for the spine, so pain will continue, and the problem may get worse without intervention. Much like preventing carpal tunnel syndrome, preventing back and neck pain starts with improving posture, which will help to reduce damage by stretching and strengthening key muscles.
  • Chiropractic lower back and neck pain treatment in Chicago can slow down the progression of pain and sometimes even stop it completely to deliver long-lasting relief. Manipulation, adjustment, decompression and muscle stimulation therapy are just a small number of the many chiropractic treatments available to treat back and neck pain.
  • You may be surprised to discover just how effective chiropractic can be for relieving pains in your neck and back that you’ve become accustomed to after years of work from a sitting position!

Reason Three: Regular Sitting Requires Regular Appointments

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Last but not least: you need to attend chiropractic appointments on a regular basis to maintain the results. If you visit a few times, gain relief and then go right back to sitting without achieving any lasting changes, the results will soon fade, and the pain will return.

Chiropractors strive to provide patients with long-lasting relief by addressing the root cause of problems. Over time, a chiropractor will help you to improve how you sit to lower the risk of problems occurring and greatly reduce the chance of wrist, back or neck pain occurring again.

Whether its permanent changes to your posture, exercises to improve your muscle strength or adjustments to give you pain relief, a chiropractor is the best person to see if you work from a sitting position.

If you live in Chicago and you’re looking for a great chiropractor, you need to contact Advanced Spine & Sports Care. Our chiropractors have been treating the consequences of prolonged sitting – plus countless other causes of back, neck and hand pain – for many years.

It only takes a few minutes to book an appointment with us – either by phone or by filling in the contact from on our website – and the results of treatment could prevent and relieve years of pain.

The True Power of Chiropractic: Unlock Your Body’s Natural Ability to Adapt, Renew, and Restore

Every day in America, opioid overdoses are responsible for the death of more than one hundred people. As this epidemic continues to grow and claim more lives, it’s becoming more important by the day for doctors to find a lasting solution.

The best alternative to using medicine to treat chronic pain and symptoms, is chiropractic.Chiropractic can reduce pain in joints, muscles, and bones by treating underlying conditions, instead of just the symptoms. This nonsurgical treatment is able to relieve pain at the same time as saving patients money.

In his new book, The True Power of Chiropractic: Unlock Your Body’s Natural Ability to Adapt, Renew, and Restore, Dr. Jason W. Ingham explores a world where sufferers of persistent pain can pursue a pain-free life without relying on medicine to get them through the day.

Who Is Dr. Jason W. Ingham?

Dr. Ingham is a highly respected chiropractor at Chicago’s Advanced Spine & Sports Care. He has been named as one of America’s Top Chiropractors and is the best sports chiropractor in Chicago.Best Chiropractor in Chicago - Best Chiropractic Care in Chicago, IL

After witnessing the relief treatment gave his mother – who was diagnosed with polio during infancy – and after being treated himself during childhood, Dr. Ingham decided to pursue a career in chiropractic.

Over the years, Dr. Ingham has furthered his knowledge in many areas of chiropractic, earning a Doctorate in Chiropractic at Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, Texas, completing a residency in spinal rehabilitation, and becoming a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician.

In his many years serving the residents of Chicago, Dr. Ingham has received countless top Chicago chiropractor reviews from patients who have described him as:

‘Very caring and helpful’

‘Took the time to listen and understand my problems’

‘He gave me hope and cared when others didn’t’

‘Went above and beyond’

‘Took the time to sit with me and explain everything’

Dr. Ingham regularly shares his knowledge of chiropractic by lecturing across the Midwest, and now, in his new book: The True Power of Chiropractic: Unlock Your Body’s Natural Ability to Adapt, Renew, and Restore.

About the Release

In The True Power of Chiropractic: Unlock Your Body’s Natural Ability to Adapt, Renew, and Restore, Dr. Ingham draws on his childhood experiences and knowledge as a leading chiropractic physician to provide readers with a guide on how to live a pain-free life.

The 122-page book takes readers on a fascinating journey, opening their minds to the incredible benefits of alleviating pain with chiropractic care. As you progress through the book, you’ll discover more about the health care crisis in America today, the role of chiropractors, and the true power of chiropractic.

Dr. Ingham delves deeper into chiropractic as an effective and economical treatment, exploring spinal decompression and presenting the Four-Stage Approach to Functional Health Recovery in a way that readers new to chiropractic can understand.

With the release of The True Power of Chiropractic: Unlock Your Body’s Natural Ability to Adapt, Renew, and Restore, you can learn more about how to take the first steps towards a better quality of life with chiropractic.

When Can I Get A Copy?

The True Power of Chiropractic: Unlock Your Body’s Natural Ability to Adapt, Renew, and Restore was published on August 27th, 2019, so you don’t have to wait to get your hands on a copy of this already highly rated book.

The True Power of Chiropractic: Unlock Your Body’s Natural Ability to Adapt, Renew, and Restore - Dr. Jason Ingham

Where Can I Purchase?

You can purchase your own copy of The True Power of Chiropractic: Unlock Your Body’s Natural Ability to Adapt, Renew, and Restore on Amazon.

The book is available as a kindle edition, which is compatible with Kindle devices and most mobile smart devices. You can also listen to the book on compatible Kindle devices and Amazon Echo and Tap devices.

If you would prefer a physical copy of Dr. Ingham’s new book, then a high-quality paperback edition is also available for purchase on Amazon.

 

Why Is This Book Important?

Chiropractic is a very different approach to pain relief, that for many people just exploring the concept of chiropractic care, can be difficult to understand. Dr. Ingham brings clarity to chiropractic care, helping people who suffer from pain every day to see that there’s an alternative solution to relying on medication.

Introducing the reader to the drawbacks of traditional treatment and the many benefits of chiropractic for a range of common conditions. You’ll have the opportunity to explore different sides of chiropractic and discover how treatments can address the root cause of problems.

If you’ve always wanted to learn more about chiropractic, Dr. Ingham’s New Book The True Power of Chiropractic: Unlock Your Body’s Natural Ability to Adapt, Renew, and Restore will give you a unique insight into how chiropractic can improve your life from a respected professional in the field.

Chiropractic Treatment for Spinal Disorders

 

Treatment for Spinal Disorders in Chicago

Spinal Disorders & Conditions

Back pain can seriously affect the quality of your life, whether it’s a constant niggling ache that won’t go away or a sharp pain when you move in a certain way. Chiropractic treatment can be an extremely effective way of managing back pain, but it’s essential to know what type of spinal disorder is causing the problems.

There are many different types of chiropractic treatments but not every one is suitable for all types of spinal disorders. Here’s a quick run-through of the most commonly seen spinal disorders and the chiropractic treatments we offer here at Advanced Spine and Sports Care.

Herniated Discs

The discs in your spine are essential to pain-free movement, providing a cushion between each of the bony vertebrae and preventing them jarring against each other. Each disc is made up of a tough outer layer and a soft, gel-like inner. When cracks begin to appear in the outer layer, the soft inner begins to bulge through; this is what’s known as a herniated disc. Some people may refer to this colloquially as a “slipped disc” but this term is a bit of a misnomer as nothing has slipped, just spilled out of position.

Herniated discs are only rarely caused by a traumatic event such as a blow or fall. More frequently they occur due to a combination of factors including wear-and-tear, straining, twisting and poor lifting techniques.

The symptoms you might experience includes:

  • Leg or arm pain
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Weakness in the limbs

Degenerative Disc Disease

The back pain associated with intervertebral disc disruption is commonly used to describe disc-related pain is pain of degenerative disc disease.

Degenerative disc disease is a condition that’s linked to age, occurring when one or more of the discs within the spine begin to degrade and break down. It’s not caused by any type of disease, despite the name. Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease Treatments in Chicago IL - Advanced Spine & Sports Care

The discs in the spin begin to break down and thin, reducing the cushioning between the bone. As a result, bony spurs known as osteophytes can begin to develop, pressing against the roots of the spinal nerve and the cord.

Symptoms of degenerative disc disease includes:

  • Back pain which may radiate down to the legs
  • Upper spine pain which radiates to the arms
  • Tingling and numbness in the limbs
  • Pain which worsens upon movement or remaining stationary for long periods, but relieved by changing position.

Sciatic Nerve Pain Treatment

Pain that originates from the lower region of your back, what we describe as the lumbar area, and runs over your buttocks and down your leg is known as sciatic nerve pain. The sensation can vary between a mild ache to a sudden pain that’s similar to an electric shock.

There can be many different causes of sciatic nerve pain including:

  • Degeneration of spinal discs
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
  • Piriformis syndrome (the piriformis muscle in the buttocks presses on the sciatic nerve)
  • Spondylolisthesis (one or more vertebrae are out of line with the natural spinal curvature)
  • Muscles that are too tight or out of position (due to overuse, injury or natural formation) pressing on the sciatic nerve.

Sciatic nerve pain can manifest in many different ways, and not always in the spine. Some of the symptoms that may be experienced include:

Whiplash – Neck Injury Treatment

Whiplash is a type of neck injury that occurs when the head is rapidly moved sideways, backwards or forwards. This quick motion stretches the soft tissues in the neck, temporarily damaging them. Auto accidents are one of the most common causes of whiplash but it can occur after any injury which makes the head move quickly. Other causes could include a sports injury, a blow to the head or a trip where the head is jolted backwards.

Whiplash varies in severity; some people will suffer relatively mild symptoms for just a few weeks while others will be severely restricted for more than year.

Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is a type of pain disorder caused by pressure being applied to certain trigger points within the muscles, causing pain elsewhere within the body. This is known as referred pain. The body parts where the pain is experienced can seem completely unrelated to the trigger point which is being stimulated.

Myofascial pain tends to occur when a muscle has been overused or contracted repetitively, as happens with certain types of work. It can also be caused by tension within the muscles due to stress. A muscle injury and suffering from anxiety can increase the likelihood of this condition developing.

It is fairly common to experience muscle tension as a result of stress, worry or physical overuse. The difference with MPS is that the pain does not ease, remaining persistent and typically worsening.

The symptoms of myofascial pain syndrome include:

  • An aching pain deep in the muscle
  • Pain that won’t go away or gets worse
  • A sore knot in a muscle
  • Pain that disrupts your sleep

Back Sprains and Strains

A back strain or sprain is a condition that’s typically self-limiting but it can cause significant discomfort when it occurs. A strain involves the muscles or tendons becoming injured, while a sprain is the tearing or stretching of a back ligament.

These are common types of injury and can occur following sport, when excess stress has been placed on the back (such as with lifting a heavy object) or when you twist or move in an awkward way.

Symptoms of back sprains and strains include:

  • Pain that worsens upon movement
  • Spasms or muscle cramping
  • Difficulty moving in a certain way, such as bending, twisting or standing straight.

How Chiropractic Care Treat Spinal Disorders

Chiropractic can effectively treat all of the above conditions. At Advanced Spine and Sports Care, we’ve regularly dealt with all of these spinal disorders and we offer a personalized treatment plan designed to tackle the cause of your pain. Some of the treatments we provide include:

Chiropractic treatment has been scientifically proven to be as effective for conditions such as spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease as surgery, leaving you with long-lasting relief without any of the risk of anesthesia.

Unlike surgery and other types of conventional treatments, chiropractic takes a non-invasive approach. Even conditions such as herniated discs can be successfully treated in all but a tiny majority of very severe cases by re-aligning the spine and allowing the disc to return to its proper shape.

By restoring the integrity of the spinal structure, chiropractic can release pressure on neurological tissue, alleviate irritation and also return reflexes to normal. At Advanced Spine and Sports Care, we choose the appropriate treatment for your condition, and we make sure you’ll fully informed at every step. Whether we’re treating an acute or chronic spinal disorder, our approach is incredibly effective in battling back pain.

Contact Advanced Spine and Sports Care

If you’re in Chicago and you need a chiropractor, we invite you to visit Advanced Spine and Sports Care. We can help treat any spinal disorder, leaving you more flexible and free of pain. Contact Advanced Spine and Sports Care today!

Common CrossFit Injuries and How Chiropractic Can Help

CrossFit Injury Treatments in Chicago

Burpees, wall balls, deadlifts, plyometrics—sound familiar? While these are all common exercises performed in CrossFit regimens, they’re also responsible for the common injuries that occur during CrossFit when not executed properly.

As CrossFit has gained popularity in recent years, so has its list of critics. But at Advanced Spine & Sports Care, our goal isn’t to dissuade anyone from CrossFit, or any other type of physical activity that you enjoy doing for that matter. Rest assured, CrossFitters can still enjoy their WOD (workout of day).

We do, however, want to help CrossFitters understand potential injuries involved in the sport and how to prevent them, just as we would educate athletes involved in any activity, such as volleyball or soccer.

Below, we’ve shared some of the most common CrossFit injuries, ways to avoid them, and why chiropractic care deserves just as significant of a part as your WOD in your healthy fitness regimen.

Common CrossFit Injuries

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Lower Back Pain and Strain

CrossFit offers a multi-modal exercise approach, which translates into a lot of compound and complex movements. Athletes who are new to CrossFit and jump headfirst into the sport without proper training about form and technique are at risk here, especially when it comes to lower back pain and strain. It takes time to learn and practice proper alignment, as well as develop those supporting muscles. When complex movements are mixed with heavy weight, which is often the case in CrossFit, it can be a recipe for disaster if too much is attempted too soon.

If athletes experience lower back pain, they should immediately halt their training and seek help from a qualified physician who specializes in back pain and care.

Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

A significant part of many CrossFit regimens includes lifting heavy weights over your head. If you don’t warm up properly or have good technique when lifting, this can put you at risk for a rotator cuff injury or tear. Even lighter activities (think wall-ball shots) can cause pain and strain when not executed correctly.

As with any type of tendonitis, it is essential to rest the affected area as much as possible by avoiding putting strain on it until the pain has stopped as well as performing stretches to keep it limber. In between stretching, icing is recommended until the pain is sufficiently healed.

Anterior Knee Pain

Significant attention should be paid to proper knee alignment when executing movements during CrossFit, as knees are particularly vulnerable in this program. This is especially important if you’re an athlete who has had any previous knee injuries, as those injuries can be aggravated by CrossFit and perhaps cause lasting damage.

Sometimes anterior knee pain can be associated with overuse or strain, and can usually be handled by icing, lowering impact, and doing stretches. If pain is more intense and prolonged swelling, you should seek medical help as a dislocation or misalignment may be present.

Tennis Elbow

With all of the heavy lifting, bending, and stretching found in CrossFit, a person’s elbows are also at risk for injury. Tennis elbow refers to a strain of this joint as a result of overuse of tendons and ligaments. Beginners should exercise caution by not adding weight to workouts without first understanding proper lifting mechanics.

If pain is felt in the elbow, the elbow should be iced until the pain and swelling goes down.

How to Avoid Common CrossFit Injuries:

With the increase in popularity, many CrossFit locations are popping up, but that doesn’t mean they are all created equal. Do your research when it comes to a gym, including asking questions such as:

How are your trainers trained?

There are multiple levels of certification within CrossFit, so it is more than reasonable to ask who you are working with, how they have trained, and their level of experience. These certifications range from entry-level courses (Level 1 and Level 2 Certificate Course) to advanced credentials achieved via examination such as the Certified CrossFit Level 3 Trainer and the Certified CrossFit Level 4 Coach.

How will you introduce me to CrossFit?

Like any physical activity from running to swimming to weightlifting, proper introduction and instruction into the correct form during CrossFit activities are key components of keeping you injury-free. Choose a gym that emphasizes your learning. Keep asking questions and looking for guidance until you feel confident in your performance.

In addition to these questions, you should:

Take note of the questions you are being asked.

A good gym not only recognizes your personal fitness goals, but they should also be interested in any past injuries you might have. This knowledge is critical in keeping you safe during future workouts, as well as providing room for modifications and teaching opportunities should you need them.

If you do become injured, seek professional care.

It may be tempting to train through the pain to make progress, but chances are, if something continues to hurt, something is wrong. Continuing to work out when something is amiss can certainly make the problem worse and delay the healing process.

At Advanced Spine and Sports Care, we have a team of dedicated sports specialists and have developed a great understanding of CrossFit injuries over our years of experience. This includes treating injuries, as well as optimizing the body for the demanding CrossFit regimen.

How Chiropractic Can Help with CrossFit

Before you even begin CrossFit, chiropractors can help to unlock your body’s flexibility, most notably in your back. This flexibility will better your resilience to injury as well as allow you to approach lifting exercises properly. After all, the best injury is the one that never occurs.

In the result of injury, though, chiropractors can effectively make adjustments to the back in order to reduce inflammation and direct blood flow to the area of injury to promote healing. But chiropractic care isn’t isolated to just backs—chiropractors are adept at solving a multitude of musculoskeletal complaints including but not limited to knee, shoulder, neck, and elbow pain.

If you’re considering joining the ever-growing world of CrossFit, or if you are simply interested in living a healthier, more active lifestyle, book an appointment Advanced Spine & Sports Care. We can help get you in the best possible shape and keep you injury-free, so you can continue doing the activities you love.