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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

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

What Is the Best Treatment for Sciatic Nerve Pain?

 

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Sciatic nerve pain or sciatica, is an incredibly common type of pain that experts estimate 40% of people experience at some point in their lives. This pain can be very disabling and leave one of your legs feeling weak or numb, possibly with a burning or stabbing sensation.

If you have sciatic nerve pain or you think that you may be experiencing the symptoms of sciatica, then seeking treatment is one of the best things that you can do to relieve the pain sooner rather than later.

Never heard of sciatic nerve pain or want to learn more about this unique condition? Read on to discover more about the causes and the best treatment for sciatica…

What Is Sciatic Nerve Pain?

Sciatica is the name of a specific type of pain that you experience when there’s irritation to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is located between the hips and feet and runs down the back of each leg. The location of the nerve explains why the symptoms of sciatica can involve experiencing pain in the lower back, hips, and leg.

Sciatic nerve leg pain, and pain in the hips and back, can manifest itself in many ways, including:

  • Shooting pain
  • Constant stabbing pain
  • Burning pain
  • Numbness
  • Difficulty moving
  • Weakness
  • Tingling

The symptoms of sciatic nerve pain normally only occur on one side of the body, but the experience is very different from case to case. For some people, the pain will only last for a short duration (typically 4-6 weeks) and it will only cause slight irritation. For other people, the pain will last for much longer and can be quite severe.

What Are the Causes of Sciatic Nerve Pain?

Sciatica is generally caused by some form of pressure to the sciatic nerve; the type and location of this pressure can determine the location, severity, and duration of the pain. There’s a long list of causes of sciatic nerve pain, including:

  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Pregnancy
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Subluxation
  • Lumbar Disc Herniation
  • Tumors

Sometimes, other back injuries may also cause sciatic nerve pain. While not generally a cause, the pain experienced can be worse for people that are overweight or accentuated by additional problems, such as inadequate sleeping provisions.

Common Treatment for Sciatica

As you would imagine from the many possible sciatic nerve pain causes, there are a number of treatment options. The treatment advised will largely depend on the severity of the pain and root cause, although in certain cases, like with chiropractic care, some treatments can help with multiple severities of sciatica.

Here are four common treatment options for sciatic nerve pain:

1. Sciatic Nerve Pain At-Home Treatment

At-home treatments can be very effective in treating short-term sciatic nerve pain, as well helping with the recovery process in conjunction with other treatments. Treatments and care at home can include stretching the back regularly, using heat and ice packs, and gentle exercises. If at-home treatments don’t help to reduce the pain, more substantial treatment is often advised.

2. Over-the-Counter Sciatic Nerve Pain Medication

In many cases, an over-the-counter pain medication may be suggested to alleviate the pain. This can work in conjunction with at-home treatment to cope with the pain until it subsides.

3. Chiropractic Treatment for Sciatic Nerve Pain

Chiropractic Treatment for Sciatic Nerve Pain, along with other physiotherapy treatments, are a very common suggestion for cases of sciatic nerve pain. Unlike some at-home treatments and medication, the purpose of chiropractic treatment is to address the underlying cause of the pain. Chiropractic care can include a range of treatments, such as:

  • Spinal Decompression Therapy
  • Spinal adjustments
  • Ice/cold therapy
  • Manual manipulation
  • Ultrasound Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • (TENS Unit) Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation

 

4. Surgery

In the worst cases of sciatic nerve pain, where the pain is severe and prolonged, surgery may be an unavoidable requirement to treat the underlying cause of the pain. Surgical treatments vary but can include decompression or intervertebral disc removal.

Depending on the extent of sciatic nerve pain, further treatments may be suggested, such as:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Anti-inflammatory treatments
  • Lifestyle changes

What Is the Best Sciatica Treatment?

Each type of treatment has its own benefits, and in some cases, options like surgery may be unavoidable. Yet, for persistent sciatic nerve pain, the best sciatica treatment is often physiotherapy. In particular, chiropractic care is a highly effective physiotherapy treatment for sciatica.

A chiropractor can help at every stage of treatment, from the initial diagnosis, to relief from pain by targeting the cause of the pain, and afterwards with preventive advice. In general, chiropractic treatment is immensely well-suited to treating sciatica, as it’s focused on helping the body to heal itself through treatments that improve spinal movement.

As well as treating the cause of sciatica, a chiropractor will also be able to advise you on good practices that can prevent re-occurrences of sciatic nerve pain in the future, such as:

  • Which exercises to do at home to improve the muscles in your back
  • How to correct your posture when you’re sitting and standing
  • Which lifestyle changes to make for improved back health
  • How to properly support your back
  • How to improve your diet for optimum health

Chiropractic care is ideal for anyone seeking the best natural treatment for sciatic nerve pain, as it involves non-invasive procedures. The treatment plan will be customized to your exact needs and lifestyle, and you’ll receive ongoing support from a chiropractor that knows your unique medical history. As is the case with many types of back pain, and pain in other areas of the body, chiropractic care is often an effective and rewarding treatment for sciatica.

Sciatica Treatment Chicago

Sciatica Nerve Pain Treatment Services in Chicago IL (Lakeview) On BelmontIf you’re looking for chiropractic sciatica treatment in Chicago, then the experienced chiropractors at Advanced Spine & Sports Care can help. Our specialist chiropractic and physical therapy services are a natural treatment for sciatic nerve pain that can effectively reduce the pain you’re feeling and address the real cause of the problem.

Contact us today to talk with one of our excellent team about treatments for sciatica. We’ll make sure that your pain is diagnosed and treated. Also, we will support you going forwards for a healthier life now and in the future!