Chiropractic Care Combined With A Weight Loss Program Can Ease Back Pain

Low back pain and sciatica are very common conditions in patients who are overweight. A study shows that losing weight can significantly reduce pain in those patients. Research shows that having a high BMI can slow the rate of recovery and increases the risk of common causes of sciatica- like lumbar disc degeneration. Less space within the spinal disc can develop into nerve pinching and sciatic pain. This new study included 30 patients who had bariatric surgery done. As patients lost weight, the space between the lumbar and the spine increased which eased the pressure on inflamed nerves. Patients also experienced a significant reduction of low back and leg pain.

For patients who are concerned about the potential cost and risk of surgery, non-invasive weight loss could be a healthier option. A new literature review concluded that a combination of exercise and physical therapy can reduce back pain in overweight patients significantly without the use of surgery.

Chiropractic care can help tailor a natural treatment plan for back pain that includes exercise, nutritional counseling, chiropractic adjustments and many more.

AdvaCare Clinics has over 85 years combined medical treatment experience, trusted to provide you the care you need to get your health back. Progressive solutions with old-fashioned care; now combining physical therapy, medical, chiropractic, acupuncture, laser, preventive care, wellness and massage in a synergistic approach to healthcare.

In order to better serve you, the Advanced Chiropractic team incorporates a holistic approach to your health care needs. We will assess your needs structurally, nutritionally, and emotionally so we can help meet your weight loss goals.

Call our office today 952-835-6653 to schedule a complimentary screening to help kick start your weight loss goals and reduce your back pain and sciatica symptoms.

 We offer therapies and Weight loss programs in many regions in the metro area including:

Richfield
Hopkins
Edina
Eden Prairie
Burnsville
Bloomington
And many more…

How to Kick-Start Your Weight Loss Program

Weight is extremely important and is also very controversial. Weight plays a role in how we look and feel; most importantly, weight ties into our health and well-being. There are extremely harmful health effects of being overweight or obese. At AdvaCare Clinics  in Bloomington, MN,  our programs are manufactured to your needs, abilities, and limitations. The physicians and staff at AdvaCare Clinics will take the time to understand you and what time frame it will take to achieve your goals for long term success.

Overweight, or obesity, is having more body fat than recommended for your body type. Being overweight is a common condition, especially where lifestyles are sedentary.

Individuals with a BMI (Body Mass Index) exceeding a healthy range will have much more risk of medical problems. This includes weight sensitive conditions such as:

  • arthritis
  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • many types of cancer
  •  asthma
  • obstructive sleep apnea
  • chronic musculoskeletal problems

Body fat of an adult usually increases periodically over the years. Time, the effects of gravity, weight fluctuations and pregnancy, can be quite taxing on the body. The abdomen usually becomes slack and buttocks and thighs saggy. Even with exercise and a healthy diet, some fat still wins the battle.

It is typical for dieters to try “fad” diets that can lead to short-term effects but does not offer long-term weight loss and can often result in gaining back all of the lost weight and more in the longer term. Repeatedly losing and regaining weight might cause additional health problems beyond those affiliated with weight loss and being overweight.

Most people may find it hard to lose weight by themselves. The typical weight loss recommendation is  that weight-loss diets should not be tried on their own. Instead, with healthy eating and increased exercise, long-term planning is the safest and most effective way of weight loss.

If you are thinking about starting a weight loss program, know that there are many options for you. Many people put their health at risk by not fully understanding the backlash of the diet they choose. What may be a good weight loss alternative to someone may not be the right one for you..

With new technology developing every day, weight-loss may be a little easier to achieve.  At AdvaCare Clinics, we have introduced LipoLaser into our facility. With its removal of excess fat utilizing laser technology to target areas of the body which don’t respond to normal diet and exercise, and jump start any weight loss program.

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 sports injury. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess that are quick, easy and pain free.

AdvaCare Clinics can Help You Fight Holiday Stress and Pain

The holidays are both one of the most wonderful times and the most stressful times of the year. That extra stress can be difficult for people who already have chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia and migraines because stress can make symptoms and conditions worse.

If you have chronic pain, below are 5 steps to beat holiday stress and pain:

1. Set your priorities – A lot of your time and devotion is increased during the holiday season. Don’t feel pressured to do it all. Take a breath and think about which holiday activities mean the most to you and focus on those.

2. Take time for yourself – During the season of giving, it is easy to forget about our own needs. Consider taking time for yourself to do something relaxing and enjoyable. Especially if the holidays are emotionally difficult for you, it is very important to take care of yourself and ask for help if you need it.

3. Exercise– In addition to easing stress, exercise has been proven to reduce the consistency of migraines as well as lessen the pain and disability of fibromyalgia, sciatica and whiplash. Exercise can also help quicken the time of injuries and many pain conditions. Your chiropractor can help create safe and effective ways to help you through the holiday season

4. Remember about Nutrition– The holidays are filled with delicious food and drinking temptations . While it is okay to indulge in these temptations every once in a while, over eating or eating from stress can make you feel worse in the long run. Developing a healthy eating plan and getting enough vitamin C and Omega 3 fatty acids can help your body’s response to stress. Chiropractic care can help advise a nutrition and vitamin plan

5. Chiropractic Care– Chiropractic adjustments and treatments can help you manage your stress and pain levels. In fact, a study in 2010 showed that chiropractic adjustments helped reduce the amount of cortisol (a stress hormone) known to cause inflammation and irritation.

During this holiday season, don’t suffer from chronic pain, let AdvaCare Clinics help! Call our office today at 952-835-6653.

How to Keep your New Year’s Resolution with the Help of AdvaCare Clinics

Every new year on January 1st, almost half of Americans make a new year’s resolution. Unfortunately, nearly half do not follow through with their goals.

Here are some keys to help you keep on track with your New Year’s resolution this year:

  • Be specific and realistic  – A lot of times people make new year’s resolutions that are vague- like “eat right this year” or “get in shape this year”- but it is a lot easier to follow through on resolutions that are more specific and have concrete goals that are measurable and under control. Chiropractors can act as your wellness coach by helping you create a realistic wellness plan that is made for your specific needs.  Whether it’s taking the right vitamins or getting involved with more stretching in your daily routine, your chiropractor can come up with different ways to help you achieve overall wellness.
  • Check-in and check-up – Try to find ways within your resolution to hold yourself accountable by checking in throughout the year. Tell your friends or family about your goals so they can help you through the year. Regularly visiting your chiropractor can allow you to make time in your bust schedule to honestly take note on your progression. Research shows that for patients with fibromyalgia, regularly visiting a chiropractor helped them maintain their treatment and exercise programs. As your wellness coach, your chiropractor can help motivate you and make sure you are on the right path to success.

Call AdvaCare clinics today 952-835-6653  to learn more about how to make a wellness resolution that’s right for you or to schedule your complimentary screening.  With combined chiropractic, medical, and physical therapy care, our team can create a treatment plan tailored to your needs so you can see results faster and safer.

Combination Therapy Helps Relieve Pain Caused by Scoliosis

Scoliosis is an abnormal curving of the spine. Your spine is your backbone. It runs straight down your back. Everyone’s spine naturally curves a little bit. But people with scoliosis have a spine that curves too much. The spine can take the shape to look like the letters “C” or “S.”

As adult scoliosis causes the spine to become progressively more curved, compressed nerve roots can cause back and neck pain. By improving spinal alignment, chiropractic can relieve the pain of adult scoliosis while helping you breath normally again.

A recent study concluded that chiropractic combined with physical therapy and exercise can significantly ease the pain and disability of scoliosis in adults. This is one of the first studies of the effects of chiropractic and exercise on adult scoliosis and the results have been very promising.

In the study, 28 patients with adult scoliosis participated in a chiropractic rehabilitation program. After completing 6 months of treatment, patient’s disability scores were cut in half and had a 40 percent reduction in pain with improved spinal alignment which gave the ability for patients to breathe normally again-something they have not been able to do in years.

Adult scoliosis causes the spine to become more curved over time. Eventually, the spine can begin to compress nerve roots that bring about pain. Gentle chiropractic adjustments and exercise can ease the compression of nerves while promoting proper spinal alignment.

Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today to schedule your complimentary screening and today to learn more about our combination therapy programs and help relieve scoliosis pain. We offer therapies and treatments serving many regions in the metro area including:
Richfield
Hopkins
Edina
Eden Prairie
Burnsville
Bloomington
And many more…

AdvaCare Clinics Helps Relieve Sacroiliac Joint Pain

What are the Sacroiliac (SI) Joints?

The sacroiliac (SI) joints develop from the linking of the sacrum and the right and left iliac bones. The sacrum is the triangular-shaped bone in the bottom region of the spine, lower than the lumbar spine. While most of the bones (vertebrae) of the spine are flexible and able to move freely, the sacrum is made up of five vertebrae that are stuck together and are unable to move. The iliac bones are the two large bones that make up the pelvis.

As a result, the SI joints link the spine to the pelvis. The sacrum and the iliac bones are strapped together by segments of strong ligaments. There is not very much movement at the SI joints. Most of the motion in the area of the pelvis happens either at the hips or the lumbar spine. These joints support a massive amount of body weight which places a large amount of stress across them. This can lead to wearing of the cartilage of the SI joints and arthritis.

Relieving SI Joint Pain with Chiropractic

A new study has confirmed that chiropractic care is a natural and effective way to relieve sacroiliac joint pain. SI joint pain has numerous causes which may include common ones like leg length discrepancies, altered function of hip, leg, and knee and pregnancy.

During pregnancy, the body creates hormones which cause the ligaments to relax developing free movement within the SI joints. This causes the bones to run together. In this new study, researchers performed a single chiropractic session on 32 patients suffering from SI joint pain. The patients reported immediate relief and experienced a significant reduction of pain which lasted for at least one month.

This is just one more study added to the list that finds chiropractic care is a safe and drug free alternative to SI joint pain relief and other musculoskeletal pain conditions.

AdvaCare Clinics are dedicated to helping you achieve your wellness objectives — combining skills and expertise that span the entire wellness spectrum. As a patient at AdvaCare, you will have access to an integrated environment combining medical care, chiropractic, and physical therapy.

With our combination therapy technique we use different therapies to help SI joint pain including:

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

If you are suffering from SI joint pain or any other musculoskeletal pain call AdvaCare Clinics today at (952) 835-6653 today to schedule your complimentary screening.

We offer therapies and treatments serving many regions in the metro area including:
Richfield
Hopkins
Edina
Eden Prairie
Burnsville
Bloomington
And many more…

Preventing Back Pain With AdvaCare Clinics

Many people who suffer from back pain wonder how they can prevent it or stop it from coming back constantly. A recent literature review said that daily activity and exercise may be the most beneficial way to prevent pain. The review included an analysis of 20 scientific studies that tested various interventions to help prevent back pain which include back pain, patient education, safe lifting methods, stress management and more.

Exercise was the only method tested that had relieved pain consistently. With one study, patients who were active had 127 fewer sick days than patients who were not exercising regularly.

Most of the exercises focused on strengthening the back and abdominal muscles. Exercise goes hand in hand with chiropractic care. A combination of chiropractic adjustments and exercise significantly reduces back pain in many patients.

At AdvaCare Clinics, we can help you create a safe and effective exercise plan paired with a nutrition plan to help prevent and reduce back pain. Natural back pain is safer than medications and surgery. Sometimes, surgeries can fail or need to be redone, and pain medications can lead to addictions. With our combination therapy technique we use different therapies including:

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

to help you get your low back pain under control and help prevent future spasms and pain.

To learn more about natural back pain relief and how to prevent back pain, call AdvaCare Clinics today (952) 835-6653 today to schedule your complimentary screening.

We offer therapies and treatments serving many regions in the metro area including:
Richfield
Hopkins
Edina
Eden Prairie
Burnsville
Bloomington
And many more…

How Chiropractic Care Helps the Body in Many Ways

Chiropractic care is a non-invasive therapy that has been helping people improve their overall health and well-being for over 110 years. Scientific studies have shown that chiropractic care may be an effective therapy option for numerous conditions including:

  • Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Neck Pain
  • Dizziness
  • High blood pressure
  • Acid Reflux Syndrome
  • Dyslexia
  • Shoulder Injury
  • Scoliosis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Stretch Mark Reduction
  • Stress Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • And hundreds more…

Millions of people have been turning to the natural approach to chiropractic and have seen lasting results from many therapies and treatment options that are safe and natural. Below is an overlook on how your back can be injured and how chiropractic care can help restore your body and get back to a healthy state.

About Your Spine

The human spine is an extremely amazing and complex structure that provides support to the body, shields the internal organs and nervous system, and allows incredible flexibility and range of motion and movement.

The spine can also be exposed to very high forces, especially during lifting, that certain areas of the spine can experience around 300 pounds of force. This combination of flexibility and complexity makes the spine vulnerable to damage. In fact, over 1/3 of all adults report some form of frequent back pain.

The Structure of the Spine

The building blocks of the spine are the boney vertebrae. The vertebrae are extremely strong and support the weight of the body, protect the spinal cord, blood vessels, and nerves of the torso. The vertebral discs are made of fibrous tissue and act as shock absorbers that sit between each vertebrae which protect the bones from damage and allows the bones to bend and rotate.

The spinal cord passes through each of the vertebrae and the spinal nerves branch out between each vertebral segment. These spinal nerves travel throughout the body communicating with our muscles and internal organs giving us the ability to sense our surroundings and move our bodies. The bones of the vertebrae are attached by ligaments-which are tough bands that act as straps- except too much movement can be dangerous to the spinal cord and spinal nerves and the ligaments hinder this motion.

Movement and stability of the spine is made possible by hundreds of muscles which connect to the vertebrae. The small muscles that attach to the spine work without us having to do anything and are constantly working to stabilize our spine and maintaining an upright position.

Many different segments have to work together to maintain a healthy spine. When all of these pieces are working properly we are not even aware of them being there. But when one piece fails, the rest of the parts are affected as well.

The role of chiropractic is to make sure all of the pieces of your spine are working properly the way they are intended.

How Your Back Can be Injured

Injury to the spine can involved numerous structures. Ligament injury is very common and linked to back pain and can stem from improperly lifting a heavy box or tool. When a ligament is damaged, a number of things occur.

The body’s first reaction is to stop any other damage from happening. It is a simple reflex where the injured ligament sends a signal to the spinal cord, which in turn sends a signal to the surrounding area to contract or tighten. The contracted muscles work to protect the spine from any more damage by limiting motion. That’s why your back feels tense or sore after you have damaged it.

Next, the injured tissues become inflamed when the body sends white blood cells and chemicals to the area to begin the healing process. Inflammation causes pain and further restricted movement of the joint.

Finally, the body attempts to repair the damaged ligament, and it completes that by making scar tissue-which acts like a quick patch to the injured tissues. The problem with scar tissue is that it is not nearly as flexible as normal healthy tissue resulting in the joint losing much of its mobility making it even harder for the joint to move.

The result of all of this guarding, inflammation, and scar tissue develops into reduced mobility and your range of motion. This impaired flexibility puts immense strain on the joints of the spine which results in an increase in wear and tear on the discs between the vertebrae. This immobility in the injured region also affects how your whole body works.

Pain and restriction in the spine can alter how your entire body moves. If left untreated, this pattern between the muscles, spinal cord, and the brain can result in permanent dysfunction of the injured area and can create pain in other parts of the body as well.

How Chiropractic Care can Help

As we now know, a flexible spine is a healthy spine, and that is the main goal of chiropractic care here at AdvaCare Clinics. Chiropractic care helps your spine regain its mobility. To do this, our chiropractor finds the vertebrae that are not moving correctly, then those vertebrae are adjusted or rapidly moved which stretches the joint causing the nerves in the joints that detect motion to become stimulated. Although it may seem that chiropractic care mainly focuses on a single vertebrae, the effects of this are way more widespread throughout your body.

Recent medical research shows that chiropractic care has dramatic effects on the central nervous system. Chiropractic care helps your spine regain function in three ways.

First, chiropractic works by creating movement in the ligaments of the spine. Research suggest that when the ligaments are stretched during a chiropractic adjustment, the scar tissue is broken down which allows the ligament to grow new and healthy tissue.

Second, the adjusted vertebrae sends nerve signals to the spinal cord into the brain stem, Immediately, the pain signals are interrupted in the spinal cord which breaks the pattern of tension that causes fixation of the joint.

Third, research has found that chiropractic also has direct effects of the brain itself. According to recent studies from both the U.S. and New Zealand, chiropractic adjustments send nerve impulses to the lower portions of the brain. These impulses effects how your brain processes pain.

Chiropractic is proven to work by stretching ligaments of the spine, break up pain signals, and affects the nervous system.

AdvaCare Clinics has over 85 years combined medical treatment experience, trusted to provide you the care you need to get your health back. Call AdvaCare Clinics today  (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about any of our therapies or to schedule a complimentary screening today.

How to Know if Your Back Pain Will Become Chronic

A new study from the journal “Spine”, discovered that patients suffering from acute low back pain frequently can develop into chronic symptoms. Acute low back pain can develop from lifting something the wrong way, or straining the ligaments and muscles in the back. It is often described as an episode of temporary pain that will resolve itself in less than 90 days. In this new study, researchers worked with 605 acute low back pain patients. After 6 months, 13 percent of the patients claimed that they still suffered from back pain. After 2 years, 19 percent had developed chronic symptoms. Even patients without ongoing symptoms still had episodes of pain at random times.

In another recent study, 73 percent of patients said that they had recurring low back pain, and the majority of them claimed that their symptoms got worse with each episode. The research concludes that you should not put your low back pain on the back burner and wait to take care of it another day because it might be the start of chronic low back pain issue. If you wait too long and your low back pain becomes chronic, it can cause damage that cannot be fixed or reversed.

Therapies To Prevent Chronic Back Pain

Fortunately, chiropractic care has been proven to be an effective way to prevent back pain from getting worse or coming back over and over. At AdvaCare Clinics, we aim to take care of the pain you are currently dealing with, and help prevent pain and other pain from coming back and becoming chronic. If you suffer from back pain, AdvaCare Clinics can help. With our combination therapy technique we use different therapies including:

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

to help you get your low back pain in order so you can start living a healthier life and increase your health and well-being.

To learn more about natural back pain relief, call AdvaCare Clinics today (952) 835-6653 today to schedule your free screening that can help our doctors pin-point what is really causing your back pain.

People are starting to realize the benefits of seeking an alternative to traditional medicine for their back pain; one that will help them achieve and maintain optimal health. Please take the time to meet the doctor, team, and our wellness network dedicated to helping you achieve your wellness objectives.

We offer therapies and treatments serving many regions in the metro area including:
Richfield
Hopkins
Edina
Eden Prairie
Burnsville
Bloomington
And many more…

Manual Therapy is More Effective Than Ultrasound Alone for Back Pain

A new study shows that manual therapies are more effective than ultrasound therapy alone. Both ultrasound and manual therapies are common treatments for patients suffering from back pain. So, researchers sought out to compare the effectiveness of the treatments in 455 patients with back pain.

The researchers found out that the ultrasound therapy was not effective. Patients who were receiving ultrasound therapy failed to show any significant improvements compared to the placebo treatments.

However, manual therapy did offer patients with relief and substantial improvements of pain. Almost 2/3 of patients had at least a 30 percent of the reduction of pain, and 1/2 of patients had a 50 percent reduction of pain.

Manual therapy patients reported to have the best satisfaction in their treatment program and were less likely to turn to pain medications than the ultrasound and placebo groups. Their decreased need to take medications was very encouraging to researchers and suggested that manual therapies could help patients avoid drugs that can be addicting.

To learn more about natural back pain relief, call AdvaCare Clinics today (952) 835-6653 today to schedule your free screening that can help our doctors pin-point what is really causing your back pain.

People are starting to realize the benefits of seeking an alternative to traditional medicine for their back pain; one that will help them achieve and maintain optimal health. Please take the time to meet the doctor, team, and our wellness network dedicated to helping you achieve your wellness objectives.

We offer therapies and treatments serving many regions in the metro area including:
Richfield
Hopkins
Edina
Eden Prairie
Burnsville
Bloomington
And many more…