How Chiropractic Care can Help Painful Herniated Discs…Dr. Dennis Lenselink Bloomington, MN

A herniated disc refers to an issue with one of the rubbery cushions (discs) between the individual bones (vertebrae) that stack up to form your spine. It is a medical condition affecting the spine due to trauma, lifting injuries, or idiopathic causes. A herniated disc can harass nearby nerves resulting in pain, numbness, or weakness in an arm or leg. Most patients suffering from a herniated disc do not need surgery to correct the problem. At AdvaCare Clinics in Bloomington, MN, we are a clinic with advanced healthcare solutions. We have been working with people who are suffering  from  herniated discs for 32 years. All treatments and procedures at AdvaCare Clinics are geared around a drug-free, hands on approach that places an emphasis on function first.

Because the presence of the posterior longitudinal ligament in the spinal canal, tears are almost always postero-lateral. This tear in the disc ring can cause the release of inflammatory chemical mediators which may cause severe pain, even when there is no sign of nerve root compression.

The condition is widely referred to as a slipped disc. Although they do not actually “slip,” a disc may begin to bulge , split, or rupture. If a disc is pressed against a nerve the result can be back pain, but the pressing of the nerve does not have to be present for back pain to be felt. Some of the terms usually used to describe the condition include herniated disc, prolapsed disc, ruptured disc and slipped disc.

  • Herniation – Disc wedging narrows nerve openings. Obvious symptoms may not be present.
  • Protrusion – Like a blister, the disc bulges where it is the weakest, causing nerve pressure.
  • Prolapse – With the cushioning and separating compromised by rupture, movement is painful.

Symptoms of herniated discs:

  • Pain spreading over the buttocks, down the back of one thigh, and into the calf
  • Pain may be in one leg (more common) or both legs
  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the legs or feet
  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness in one or both arms
  • In severe cases, inability to find comfort even lying down
  • Sudden aching or twisted neck that cannot be straightened without severe pain
  • Bowel or bladder changes and/or numbness in the groin

How Chiropractic Care Can Help

After an initial consultation, the chiropractor will take x-rays and possibly an MRI to look at the severity of the bulging discs. He/she will develop a program that involves the use of low-force techniques to manipulate the spine depending on your type case.

Because surgery is very invasive, and because surgery is not always totally successful in correcting the problem, it would be a good idea to search out the services of a doctor of chiropractic and physical therapist first. Before resorting to a surgical approach, it just makes sense to try a more conservative procedure to reduce the spasm, inflammation and pain.

Chiropractic has been a natural solution aiding people with a variety of disc problems. They will locate and correct areas of the spine interfering with the proper nervous system control of your body. Because the inter-vertebral discs are so close to the spinal cord and nerve roots, disc involvement is quite common in chiropractic cases.

Chiropractic adjustments help to restore proper motion and position of malfunctioning spinal bones, reducing nervous system involvement. Working with a physical therapist will aid you in regaining the normal function of your back and will teach you different physical techniques that will help alleviate the pain caused from your herniated disc. If caught before permanent damage, disc tissue often returns to a more normal size and shape by restoring proper motion and position of affected spinal joints.

As an alternative to drugs and surgery. AdvaCare Clinics also offer other treatments and therapies that can help with herniated discs including:

Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about herniated discs, any of our therapies, or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess if you need care and what combination of care would best work for you.

Plantar Fasciitis: How Chiropractic Care can Help…Dr. Dennis Lenselink Bloomington, MN

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain and pain on the bottom of the feet. Our feet are an important part of our body-they support every step we take. When the feet begin to not do their job correctly, it is up to other body parts to pick up the slack in order to compensate. This can lead to bigger issues that can affect the other functioning parts of the body. Foot pain, knee pain, lower back pain and even neck pain can be directly related to the way your foot hits the ground when you walk. At AdvaCare Clinics in Bloomington, MN we are a clinic with advanced healthcare solutions.  We have been working with patients who are suffering  from plantar fasciitis and, all patients have seen results. All treatments and procedures at AdvaCare Clinics are geared around a drug-free, hands on approach.

The main cause of heel and foot pain, plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue band (fascia) connecting the heel bone to the base of the toes, and aids in stabilization of your arch during walking and running. This pain is usually centered under the heel, and can be caused by:

  • wearing shoes that do not fit properly or are worn out
  • Overweight
  • Walking barefoot and/or walking barefoot on hard surfaces
  • An increase in exercise
  • Walking, Standing, or running for long periods of time
  • Feet roll inward too much when walking
  • Have tight Achilles tendons or calf muscles

 Heel and arch pain is usually the result of putting too much stress on the heel bone and the soft tissues attaching to it which causes inflammation and pain. The pain is usually in the front and bottom of the heel, but it can be over any part of the bottom of the foot where the fascia is located. Patients often address that their pain “moves around.” The pain can range from mild to debilitating. It can last a few months, become permanent, or come and go every few months or years for the rest of a patient’s life with no real answer.

 What AdvaCare Clinics offer:

Chiropractic treatment for plantar fasciitis starts out with an examination and your chiropractor taking your complete  medical history. This will ensure ruling out or targeting any symptoms or signs that trigger other conditions or diseases.  We offer many treatments and procedures that can aid in healing and bring comfort which include:

Custom Orthotics

Foot-related issues are often treated very successfully with custom made orthotic inserts that you put right in your shoe like an insole.

Orthotics are prescribed to:

  • Reduce pain
  • Provide support
  • Prevent or slow down the development of a foot deformity
  • Provide better positioning of the foot, knee and hips
  • Improve the overall biomechanical function of the body
  • Shock absorption

Custom foot orthotics are precision balanced medical devices worn in your shoes to allow the feet and lower extremities to function properly and help eliminate pain and deformity caused by improper function.

When fitted correctly, orthotics can decrease pain, not only in the foot, but in other parts of the body such as the knee, hip and lower back. By eliminating the need for one’s muscles to compensate for imbalances, orthotics can reduce fatigue and help muscle function to increase mobility.

Custom orthotic devices and chiropractic visits have the best chance of lowering the tension in your plantar fascia, reducing your pain, and helping you avoid surgery. AdvaCare Clinics offers a combination of treatments all under one place- we are a “one-stop shop”. These options provide the physician the ability to prescribe multiple methods of treatment. At AdvaCare, treatment can be tailored as the patient progresses to ensure continued improvement.

Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about plantar fasciitis, any of our therapies, or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess if you need care and what combination of care would best work for you.

 

PMS: How Chiropractic Care can Help…Dr. Dennis Lenselink Bloomington, MN

PMSA lot of women discover a certain assortment of symptoms like clockwork every month-your clothes are not fitting correctly, you feel bloated and fatigued, crave salt and chocolate, and say things you do not really mean. You cry, you get angry, you become engulfed in this certain madness! This wonderful time of the month-PMS, premenstrual syndrome, is back with vengeance and your family is running for the hills. What’s up with that?

We are swift to give these symptoms a label: premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, but what is PMS? Some people just say that it is “that time of the month” again — an excuse that women say so they can eat tons of chocolate and get away with acting a tad cranky.

But doctors know PMS as a real medical condition with physical and psychological symptoms. For many women, the symptoms are bad enough to interfere with their lives.

At AdvaCare Clinics in Bloomington, MN, we are a clinic with advanced healthcare solutions. We have been working with women who are suffering  from  PMS for 32 years. All treatments and procedures at AdvaCare Clinics are geared around a drug-free, hands on approach.

What is PMS?

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a collection of symptoms linked to the menstrual cycle and usually occur 1 to 2 weeks prior to your period. The symptoms usually stop after you start menstruating. For some women, PMS is just a monthly nag. For other women, however, it can be so agonizing it makes it incredibly difficult to even make it throughout the day. PMS goes away when your monthly periods stop, such as pregnancy or menopause. Up to 90 percent of menstruating women report having one or more premenstrual symptoms, and 10 to 20 percent report disabling, debilitating symptoms.

What is Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)?

A chemical in the brain, serotonin, may be a factor in Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), which is a severe form of PMS. The major symptoms, most of the time unbearable, include:

  • Feelings of sadness, despair, or even thoughts of suicide
  • Feelings of tension or anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Mood swings or continuous crying
  • Lasting irritability or rage that affects others
  • Lack of interest in daily activities and relationships
  • Difficulty focusing or thinking
  • Fatigue or low energy
  • Food cravings or binge eating
  • Difficulty sleeping or getting to sleep
  • Feeling out of control
  • Physical symptoms, such as bloating, breast tenderness, headaches, and joint or muscle pain

In order to be diagnosed with PMDD, you must have 5 or more of these symptoms. These symptoms occur during the week before your period and diminish after bleeding begins. Speak with your physician if you feel you might be suffering from PMDD.

How Lifestyle Changes Can Help PMS

If your PMS is not bad enough to see a physician, some lifestyle changes can help you:

  • Exercise regularly each week.
  • Eat a healthy diet such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Avoid salt, sugar, caffeine, and alcohol.
  • Try to get 8 hours of sleep each night.
  • Find healthy alternatives to cope with stress such as yoga, talking with friends, exercise, and reading.
  • Do not smoke.

Certain vitamins and minerals have been established to help alleviate some PMS symptoms including:

  • Folic acid (400 micrograms)
  • Calcium with vitamin D (depends on age)
  • Magnesium (400 milligrams)
  • Vitamin B-6 (50-100 mg)
  • Vitamin E

How Chiropractic Care Can Help

Your nervous system makes sure every cell, tissue, organ and system of your body is working correctly. When your spine, essentially your lower back, is not working correctly, can impair the nerves that direct and monitor the systems controlling your bodily functions such as the reproductive and hormonal systems.

When a woman’s reproductive system is disturbed by misalignment of the bones that make up her spine, several symptoms can occur:

1)      Heavy bleeding or severe cramping

2)      Missed periods or infertility

3)      Cells that normally line the uterus travel and implant themselves elsewhere in the body (i.e. endometriosis) causing bleeding, pain and reduced fertility.

While chiropractic care isn’t a treatment for PMS, many women experiencing spinal distortions have seen an improvement in their reproductive health while under chiropractic care. Restoring normality and restoring a functioning nervous system helps the entire body work the way it is supposed to.

PMS was originally seen as something women made up. Women who reported its symptoms were often being told it was “all in their head”. If there’s evidence of nerve compromise to your reproductive organs, chiropractic care may help.

Chiropractic care is shown to be helpful in relieving many PMS symptoms in several studies1,2,3when receiving two to three adjustments during the weeks leading up to the onset of the menstrual cycle.

As an alternative to drugs and surgery. AdvaCare Clinics also offer other treatments and therapies that can help with PMS including:

Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about PMS, any of our therapies, or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess if you need care and what combination of care would best work for you.

 

References:

http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/premenstrual-syndrome.cfm

1Thompson, P.R.,Fisher, B.L., Carpenter, P.A. et al. Effectiveness of spinal manipulative therapy in a treatment of primary dysmenorrheal: A pilot study. JMPT, 1979, 2,pp.140-145

2 Liebel, N.A. & Butler, L.M. A chiropractic approach to the treatment of dysmenorrheal. JMPT 1990,13 pp. 101-106

3 Stude, D.E. The management of symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome. JMPT, 1991, 14, pp.209-216

 

How Chiropractic Care Can Help with Frozen Shoulder…Dr. Dennis Lenselink Bloomington, MN

Our shoulder joints are always in use but we never realize how much we depend on them unless they start to become irritable and painful. So it’s no surprise that shoulder problems can become quite disabling, and can cause great difficulty with day to day function. Frozen shoulder, also called adhesive capsulitis, is a known condition in which the articular shoulder capsule (a pouch of ligaments around the joint) swells and stiffens, making the shoulder unable to move properly. It typically only affects one shoulder, but 1 in 5 cases of frozen shoulder affect both.

Sometimes people mistake their frozen shoulder symptoms for arthritis. The two conditions may act the same, but frozen shoulder refers to only the shoulder while arthritis targets many other joints. At AdvaCare Clinics in Bloomington, MN we are a clinic with advanced healthcare solutions.  We have been working with patients who suffer from frozen shoulder for over 32 years.In a study on chiropractic treatment for frozen shoulder, it was found that, “Chiropractic care may be able to provide an effective mode of therapeutic treatment for certain types of these difficult cases.” (J Amer Chiropr Assoc 2008 Sept-Oct; 45(7):12-28). All treatments and procedures at AdvaCare Clinics are geared around a drug-free, hands on approach.

Risk Factors for Frozen Shoulder

A risk factor is something that makes you more vulnerable to a certain disease or condition. People with diabetes, stroke, lung disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and heart disease, or those who have been in an accident, are at a higher risk for frozen shoulder. People between the ages of 40 and 70 are most likely to experience it.

Signs and Symptoms of Frozen Shoulder

When experiencing frozen shoulder symptoms, pain is normally constant. Along with restricted movement, frozen shoulder can make even small tasks very difficult. Certain movements or bumps can cause sudden onset of tremendous pain and cramping that can last several minutes.

There are three stages of frozen shoulder:

  • Painful stage – the shoulder becomes stiff and then extremely painful with any movement. Movement becomes restricted. Pain worsens at night.
  •  Frozen/Adhesive stage – the shoulder becomes increasingly stiff, dramatically limiting range of motion. Pain may not lessen, but it does not get any worse.
  • “Thawing” stage –  movement in the shoulder begins to get better. Pain may fade, but does recur on occasions. This can last from 5 to 26 months.

 In addition to difficulty with everyday tasks, people who suffer from frozen shoulder usually experience issues sleeping for long periods of time due to pain. The condition also can lead to depression, pain, and problems in the neck and back.

There is a reduction of synovial fluid, which normally lubricates the gap between the arm bone and socket to help the shoulder joint move. It is this small space between the capsule and ball of the humerus, (long bone in the arm or forelimb that runs from the shoulder to the elbow), that keys frozen shoulder from a less complicated painful, stiff shoulder.

The earlier you can spot the signs and symptoms of frozen shoulder, the better because controlling the inflammation will stop further development into a more serious condition.

How to Treat Frozen Shoulder

Chiropractic treatment for frozen shoulder starts out with an examination and your chiropractor taking your complete medical history. This will ensure ruling out or targeting any symptoms or signs that trigger other conditions or diseases.

If the patient’s frozen shoulder is still in the early stages, chiropractic care plans concentrated on promoting healing, and reducing pain and inflammation can help. Mild joint manipulation and mobilization and home care instructions are great treatment plans for frozen shoulder. Other treatments are:

  • Hot or cold packs to help reduce pain and swelling
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  • EMS
  • Acupuncture
  • Physical therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • And many more…

In the later stages of frozen shoulder, chiropractic care and physical therapy plans are still an excellent way to strengthen your shoulder and increase your range of motion.

AdvaCare Clinics offers a combination of treatments all under one place- we are a “one-stop shop”. These options provide the physician the ability to prescribe multiple methods of treatment. At AdvaCare, treatment can be tailored as the patient progresses to ensure continued improvement. Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about frozen shoulder, any of our therapies, or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess if you need care and what combination of care would best work for you.

 

Arthritis: How Chiropractic Care Can Help…Dr. Dennis Lenselink Bloomington, MN

arthritisArthritis is not a single disease- it is a term that constructs over 100 different conditions that affect joints as well as other parts of the body. These can range from tendonitis or bursitis to crippling conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. At AdvaCare Clinics in Bloomington, MN we are a clinic with advanced healthcare solutions and have been working with patients who have been suffering with different types of arthritis. We offer many treatments and tests  that can help you learn more about how to help arthritis.

Arthritis is a disease that causes the joints to swell, resulting in pain, stiffness, and loss of function, particularly in the hands, knees, feet, hips, and spine. Essentially, a joint is where one bone moves on another bone. Ligaments hold the two bones together. The ligaments act as elastic bands, while hold the bones in place your muscles relax or contract to make the joint move.  To stop the two bones from rubbing directly onto one another, cartilage covers them allowing the joint to work  fluently. A capsule circles around the joint. The joint cavity contains synovial fluid. Synovial fluid fuels the joint and the cartilage aiding it to work properly. If you have arthritis, something in this chain of parts is not working properly. Depending on what is not working correctly (wearing cartilage, lack of fluid, autoimmunity), is the result of what type of arthritis you have.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of the disease and is a degenerative disorder of the joints. Arthritis usually occurs in the elderly from years of accumulated ware and tear. Sometimes arthritis can occur in younger patients due to physical injuries that permanently damaged the joints.

Rheumatoid arthritis is another common form of arthritis- it is an inflammatory form. The synovial membrane is being invaded causing swelling and pain. If left untreated, this type of arthritis can cause deformity. Rheumatoid arthritis is dramatically more common in women than men and appears in the patient between the ages 40-60.

Arthritis is most likely to appear in the following forms:

  • Osteoarthritis Degenerative joint disease (DJD)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gout
  • Juvenile arthritis

Arthritis is the second most frequently reported chronic condition in the United States. An estimated, 46 million Americans live with either self-reported or physician-diagnosed arthritis.  As the U.S. population grows older, the number of adults with arthritis is expected to increase to 67 million by 2030, and more than one-third of these adults will have limited activity as a result.

Arthritis is the most common cause of disability with 19 million adults in the United States reporting that they suffered activity limitation due to arthritis between 2003 and 2005. In those aged 18—64 about one in twenty adults suffered work limitations due to arthritis, and in one-third of those with arthritis.

Arthritis does not just effect the elderly – it can affect people of all ages, including children. There is no known cure for arthritis, but many treatments have been found very effective for many patients to manage arthritis and lead a full and active life, including chiropractic.

Many types of arthritis respond well to chiropractic care plans, which may include both joint manipulation and physiotherapy modalities such as massage therapy.

We may also utilize a combination other therapeutic techniques such as heat and ice, exercise, electrical stimulation, acupuncture, Laser therapy, dietary supplements, a healthier diet, weight loss and other lifestyle changes. Arthritis can be debilitating, but do not let it control your life. Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about any of our therapies or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess if you need care and what combination of care would best work for you.

 

How to Treat Carpal Tunnel with Chiropractic Care…Dr. Dennis Lenselink Bloomington, MN

Carpal tunnel syndrome  is conceivably  the most common  nerve disorder people  experience every day. The painful progression can be debilitating and can stop you from completing  every day activities. The condition develops most often in people around 30 to 60 years old, and cases happens more often in women than men. Carpal tunnel syndrome is frequent with people who perform repetitive motions of the hands, shoulders and wrists. At AdvaCare Clinics in Bloomington, MN we are a clinic with advanced healthcare solutions. All treatments and procedures  geared towards carpal tunnel syndrome are focused around a drug-free, hands on approach.

 What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is pain, tingling, and other problems in your hand and wrist because of pressure on the median nerve , anywhere from the neck to  your wrist. The median nerve and many tendons flow from your forearm to your hand through a tiny, rigid passageway  in your wrist called the carpal tunnel. When people feel like they are experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome, there can actually be many other nerve issues in the wrist, elbow, and spinal nerves in the lower neck and shoulder.

What is the Cause of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

The most common cause of carpal tunnel causes include:

  • Sewing
  • Driving
  • Assembly line work
  • Painting
  • Writing
  • Use of tools (especially hand tools or tools that vibrate). Industrial jobs that require repetitive, forceful work such as operating a jackhammer
  • Sports such as racquetball or handball
  • Playing some musical instruments. Musicians are at very high risk for CTS and other problems related to the muscles and nerves in the hands, upper trunk, and neck.
  • Working with hands a lot, operating machinery, computer joysticks, factory workers in assembly jobs, manual laborers
  • Computer work/desk work
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Smoking, because it can cut down blood flow to the median nerve

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When there is compression of the median nerve in the wrist as well as compression of the 6th or 7th cervical nerve in the neck, the overlapping symptoms are called “double crush syndrome,” and require attention to both the wrist and the neck.  Double crush syndrome can be managed with chiropractic care.

People who experience carpal tunnel syndrome are often administered a wrist guard or brace. While it may help alleviate certain symptoms, it actually ignores the malfunctioning joints causing the problem. The chiropractic approach is to help rehabilitate proper motion to distressed joints and strengthen supporting muscles and soft tissues. While this may require some type of ongoing care, many patients are able to resume their activities without bracing.

How to Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Looking into carpal tunnel syndrome early and following steps to take care of it are important to avoid permanent damage to the median nerve. If Carpal Tunnel is left untreated, it can lead to decreased grip strength, deterioration of the muscles at the base of the thumb, and sometimes the sense to differentiate between hot and cold is lost in the hands and fingers.

A physical examination of the hands, arms, shoulders, and neck are preformed to rule out any other cases of injuries that mimic carpal tunnel syndrome. This helps resolve if the patient’s pain and discomfort is related to everyday activities or to an underlying disorder. The wrist is examined for tenderness, swelling, warmth, and discoloration. Each finger should be tested for sensation, and the muscles at the base of the hand should be examined for strength and signs of atrophy. Routine laboratory tests and X-rays can reveal diabetes, arthritis, and fractures.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatments should be as noninvasive as possible. Many people dealing with carpal tunnel have experienced pain relief  and results without the use of drugs or surgery- it is completely treatable without the use of drugs or surgery.

Surgery has both positive and negative outcomes and should be sought after only as a last resort after all noninvasive methods have failed.

How to Test Carpal Tunnel Syndrome at Home

You can administer these tests yourself at home to see if you have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:

Phalen’s Maneuver

Place the backs of your hands firmly against one another with your fingers pointing down and hold this position for one minute.  If within a minute, you experience numbness, tingling, pain or a combination, you likely have a compressed nerve.

Tinel’s Maneuver

Use your finger to repeatedly tap the center of your wrist crease, where the carpal tunnel and the median nerve are. If the tapping causes numbness, tingling or pain, then you may have carpal tunnel syndrome. Chiropractic care may be a good solution for your problem.

Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about carpal tunnel, any of our therapies, or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess if you need care and what combination of care would best work for you.

Chiropractic Care Can Help With Workplace Injuries…Dr. Dennis Lenselink Bloomington, MN

 

AdvaCare Clinics located in Bloomington, MN has been treating patients with workplace injuries for over 30 years. Although workplace injuries can be a troublesome, the most important part is your health and well-being. The longer you stall on healing your body, the worse off you will be in the long run. AdvaCare Clinics will work with you and your workplace injury case to get you back on your feet faster.

What is Workplace Injury?

Workplace injury is an injury that occurs while you are on the clock with your employer, either on the jobsite or working from home.The most common workplace injury is a back-strain sprain located in the lower back. This happens because too much weight is being lifted, or bad body mechanics ( bad posture, sitting for long periods of time without break, etc.). Another common workplace injury is the neck and shoulders. People who work in offices or computer work for a long period of time can cause Repetitive motion injury. Repetitive motion injury are tissue injuries that develop as a result of motions that are being repeated for long periods of time (carpel tunnel, shoulder problems, thoracic issues, headaches).

How to Treat Workplace Injuries

AdvaCare clinics has a variety of options to help you overcome your workplace injury. We combine chiropractic care, physical therapy, and medical treatments. We offer many therapies including:

  • Trigger point injections
  • Acupuncture
  • Ultrasound
  • Massage and myofascial release
  • Physical Therapy
  • EMS (electrical muscle stimulation)
  • Laser Therapy
  • Manual adjustments
  • And many more…

With the newest technology  Dr. Dennis Lenselink and staff  can combine many therapies and treatments that fit and give you the best results quickly and affordable. Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about any of our therapies or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our  in-clinic screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess that are quick, easy and pain free.

For more information on workplace injury or work’s compensation (WC) visit our worker’s compensation blog HERE

ADHD: How Chiropractic Care can Help your Child Suffering From ADHD…Dr. Dennis Lenselink Bloomington, MN

 

School is starting up just around the corner. Are you and your child ready for it? Learn more about the symptoms of ADHD and get your child set up for a successful year.

Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a disorder that affects an estimated 8% to 10% of school-age children and results in edginess, acting carelessly, and lack of focus. This disorder is becoming more prevalent as new cases of ADHD come up each year- it is the most commonly studied and diagnosed psychiatric disorder in children and adolescents. Boys are around three times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with ADHD, but there are still no answers why. At AdvaCare Clinics in Bloomington, MN we are a clinic with advanced healthcare solutions and have been working with patients who have been suffering with ADHD. We offer many treatments and tests  that can help you learn more about how to help with ADHD.

Although ADHD isn’t classified as a learning disability, its interference with concentration and attention can make it even more difficult for a child to function well in school.

Without proper treatment and knowledge of ADHD, the child may fall behind at school, after school activities may be troublesome, and friendships may suffer. The child  deals with more failure than success and is reprimanded by teachers and family who do not distinguish a health problem.

Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness are the fundamental behaviors of ADHD. The symptoms of ADHD are specifically hard  to describe because it is hard to draw the line at where normal levels of such behaviors end and clinically significant levels needing intervention begin. To be diagnosed with ADHD, symptoms must be observed in two different settings for six months or more and to a degree that is greater than other children of the same age.

The symptom categories of ADHD in children yield three potential classifications of ADHD—predominantly inattentive type, predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type, or combined type if criteria for both subtypes are met:

Predominantly inattentive type symptoms may include:

  • Be easily distracted, miss details, forget things, and frequently switch from one activity to another
  • Have difficulty maintaining focus on one task
  • Become bored with a task after only a few minutes, unless doing something enjoyable
  • Have difficulty focusing attention on organizing and completing a task or learning something new or trouble completing or turning in homework assignments, often losing things (e.g., pencils, toys, assignments) needed to complete tasks or activities
  • Not seem to listen when spoken to
  • Daydream, become easily confused, and move slowly
  • Have difficulty processing information as quickly and accurately as others
  • Struggle to follow instructions.

Predominantly hyperactive type symptoms may include:

  • Fidget and squirm in their seats
  • Talk nonstop
  • Dash around, touching or playing with anything and everything in sight
  • Have trouble sitting still during dinner, school, and story time
  • Be constantly in motion
  • Have difficulty doing quiet tasks or activities

Predominantly impulsive type symptoms may include:

  • Be very impatient
  • Blurt out inappropriate comments, show their emotions without restraint, and act without regard for consequences
  • Have difficulty waiting for things they want or waiting their turns in games

All children are sometimes restless and sometimes act without thinking. When the child’s hyperactivity, lack of attention, poor concentration, or impulsiveness begin to affect performance in school, social relationships with other children, or behavior at home, ADHD may be suspected. But because the symptoms vary so much across settings, ADHD is not easy to diagnose.

A child with ADHD faces a difficult but not unbeatable road ahead. Early identification and treatment are extremely important in order to attain his or her full potential. It is important for parents to remember that no single treatment is the answer for every child.  However, since ADHD categorizes as a neurological disorder, chiropractic care can help. Chiropractic care attempts to reduce nervous system disturbances which can help a child diagnosed with ADHD. Many parents who want a natural, non-drug solution for their child have seen sensational  improvements in their child’s behaviors after receiving chiropractic care.

If your child exhibits the symptoms of ADHD, you know it affects everyone your child is in contact with. Before taking the step towards severe pharmaceutical measures, call AdvaCare Clinics to make an appointment for a complete evaluation at 952-835-6653. We want to see your child grow and succeed without suffering from ADHD.

 

How Chiropractic Care and Physical Therapy Can Help with Neck Pain…Dr. Dennis Lenselink Bloomington, MN

Neck pain is extremely common in many people. It can start off being minor pain but can turn into a real big “pain in the neck” in a very short time if left untreated. Neck pain can stem from anything- from every day activities, to diseases and infections. AdvaCare Clinics in Bloomington, MN offers combined chiropractic, physical therapy, and medical care for acute and chronic neck pain. We offer screenings and testing to directly pin-point what and where your neck pain is starting from. Through the combination of therapies and techniques we can help you get your life back neck-pain free.

What is Neck Pain?

Neck pain can be minor pain to debilitating pain. Neck pain can root from various diseases and disorders that target tissues in the neck.

Some examples of conditions that can trigger neck pain are:

  • Herniated disc
  • Pinched nerve
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Whiplash
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Neck strain
  • Neck injury
  • Infections and viruses of the throat such as Turberculosis, Osteomyelitis, Meningitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Polymyalgia rheaumatica (cervical pain)
  • Physical activity such a contact sport (soccer, football, hockey)

What Causes Neck Pain

The major cause of neck pain are tight, stiff, and restricted muscles, joint fixation/restriction, ligament damage, arthritic degeneration from trauma, and disc injuries. Most people deal with the combination of all symptoms.

The greatest cause for neck pain is hindered movement between joints. The muscles inside the neck are so stiff and tight, there is no room for movement. Another reason could be because the neck muscles are very weak.

Symptoms of Neck Pain

Most of the time pain in the neck is heightened with movement. Other symptoms associated with some forms of neck pain include:

All of these symptoms are often a result of nerves becoming choked because of restricted joint movement and muscle spasm. For example, compression of the nerves  to the back of the head, can cause headaches in the back of the head and over the eyes. A lot of times, neck pain is combined with upper back and/or lower back pain. This is caused by inflammation of the spine or stress (compression) of nerves and areas of the spine “locking up” causing muscles and fascia to respond by tightening up.

Solutions of Neck Pain at AdvaCare Clinics

Pain medication will help temporarily with pain and inflammation, but it will only mask what is really happening inside your body. Once the over the counter medications wear off, you are in immediate pain again. At Advacare Clinics we have over 34 years of experience in treating patients with natural therapies and procedures that can help people deal with neck pain. With our latest technology and equipment, Dr. Dennis Lenselink DCDr. Biel, MD, and Physical Therapist Michael Wilkes can help you recover from neck pain. All of our therapies and procedures pinpoint the certain pains, muscle spasms, and migraines that you could be dealing with. Here are some of the therapies we offer:

  • Trigger point injections
  • Acupuncture
  • Ultrasound
  • Massage and myofascial release
  • Physical Therapy
  • EMS (electrical muscle stimulation)
  • Laser Therapy
  • Nutrition
  • And many more!

Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about any of our therapies or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our  in-clinic screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you and your neck pain. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess that are quick, easy and pain free.

How Poor Posture Affects Your Health and Wellness…Dr. Dennis Lenselink Bloomington, MN

Most people do not  stop to examine how they are sitting and standing. People view having “good posture” only means sitting and standing up straight. This is undoubtedly incorrect. The human body functions and works in harmony- it yearns for alignment. When our bodies are properly aligned, our bones, not our muscles, support our weight. Our bones are the ones doing all the work-minimizing effort and strain. AdvaCare Clinics in Bloomington, MN combine chiropractic care, physical therapy, and medical treatments to help adjust poor posture. We have many techniques that re-educate your body to a harmonious, healthy state.

The ultimate gift proper posture can give is health-we feel healthier,  gain more agility, and move elegantly. While “Perfect posture” might give you the illustration of an army soldier with a puffed out chest and back strained to unbearable back-breaking measures, it is also not true. It is not just about standing up straight, it is about the flow and harmony of your entire body and mind.

Although people tend to forget about posture, it ranks up at the top of the list when it comes to living well. Posture is just as significant as a healthy diet, daily exercise, routine sleep schedule, and keeping your body free of toxins such as drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Good posture is about living life with more energy and less stress and fatigue. If you are trying to exercise and strengthen your body without first examining your posture, you can damage your spine every time you hop onto that treadmill or lift those weights.

We want our bones to stack and connect correctly with one another – the head sits directly on top of the spine, which sits precisely over the pelvis, onto the knees and ankles. After hours upon hours of sitting in a chair, hunched forward, or leaning and putting all your weight on one leg, the muscles of the neck and back have to compensate for the poor posture instead of your spine. This causes constriction and joint stress which will affect you both physically and emotionally. The pain and torment of everyday activities can cause stress, depression, short attention span, migraines, and many more health issues.

Constant poor posture alters the sequence and structure of bones, ongoing stressed muscles, and accompanies exasperating symptoms such as poor vital lung capacity, increased fatigue, reduction of blood and oxygen to the brain, limited range of motion, stiff joints, pain, reduced mental awareness, and reduced productivity at work and school.  According to the Nobel Laureate Dr. Roger Sperry, “the more mechanically distorted a person is, the less energy is available for thinking, metabolism, and healing.”

Altering poor posture and physical issues that accompany it can be fixed in two ways. Firstly, get rid of as much “bad” stress from your body. Bad stress consists of bad habits, poor work environments, the seat in your car or work chair is not adjusted correctly, or carrying too much weight around in a suitcase or backpack. Secondly, reintroduce “good” stress to the body. This will allow the effort to sway your posture back towards harmony and balance. Daily exercises, stretches, routine adjustments, and environmental changes will help you correct your posture. The longer your posture goes unattended, the worse off you will be the older you get.

The easiest way to determine if you have good posture is to acquire a postural evaluation from a physical therapist. At AdvaCare Clinics, our physical therapist Michael Wilkes, will diagnose muscular imbalances that could be causing poor posture. From there, he will designate appropriate exercises and walk you step by step how to perform those exercises at home. Michael will also work with you so you can have a better recognition on how to listen to your body when it comes to daily activities and when you are putting too much strain on your spine.

AdvaCare Clinics has many other  techniques that include exercise, stretching, massage , ice, heat, and ultrasound therapy, and re-education in movement patterns and positions during activities.

Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about any of our therapies or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our  in-clinic screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you and your neck pain. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess that are quick, easy and pain free.