Step Up Your Tennis Game with Chiropractic Care

Step Up Your Tennis Game with Chiropractic Care

Common injuries tennis players suffer are in the lower extremities, especially the knees and calf muscles. Tennis elbow, rotator cuff injuries, rolled/twisted ankles and lower back pain can also be problematic areas for both competitive and social players. Timely Chiropractic treatments for players can help avoid time off the court, expensive surgery, and consequently months of rehabilitation. Three of the fundamental causes of tennis injuries I see are: poor posture and balance, lack of flexibility, and improperly functioning muscles.

The Doctors at The Winchester Institute are trained to identify stiff or improperly functioning joints that may be restricting access to power and movement. Regular Chiropractic treatment to both spinal and extremity joints can often result in noticeable and immediate improvements to a patient’s game. For example, a stiff thoracic spine, once adjusted, will allow serve speed to increase. Restoring full range of motion...

Kick Colds and Flu This Season

Kick Colds and Flu This Season

The weather is changing and cold and flu season is upon us. While it may be impossible to avoid exposure, it is possible to minimize your chances of letting those nasty bugs take hold.

People ask me all the time what suggestions I can offer to help them fight colds and flu. One thing I always emphasize is frequent handwashing; this is your first line of defense. Bacteria can be transferred through people coughing, sneezing, talking and touching surfaces with contaminated hands. Washing with warm, soapy water for 15-20 seconds is the best defense against catching or transferring bacteria.

Adjusting the Spine Changes the Brain

Adjusting the Spine Changes the Brain

Many of my patients initially come to The Winchester Institute in pain and with loss of function.  In the initial phases of care, my focus is on pain reduction and restoring function.  Once the patient is feeling better, I often get the question, “Doctor, if I’m no longer in pain, why do you still want to see me?”

There are many reasons why regular Chiropractic Care is important for a patient’s overall health and wellness, but one of the effects of Chiropractic adjustments I find particularly amazing is that adjusting the spine changes the brain.

Chiropractic Care Can Improve Your Golf Game

As the weather gets warmer, many people are spending more time on the golf course. Golf and Chiropractic are a perfect combination. Regular Chiropractic adjustments, in conjunction with a good golf instructor, can help patients correct and treat problems and ultimately elevate their golf game. When treating patients who golf, I evaluate the body in balance from head to toe; the essence of the golf swing. Three of the fundamental causes of golf injuries and related aches and pains I see when treating patients are: poor posture, lack of flexibility, and improperly functioning muscles.

By working with a patient’s spinal range of motion, I can help correct golf injuries, maintain performance, and improve the posture needed to perform a good golf swing. With Chiropractic Care, the spine can move better, meaning your body is able communicate with itself without interference. An individualized treatment plan including Chiropractic adjustments, specific rehabilitative exercises and soft tissue techniques may make a significant difference in a golfer’s overall performance and enjoyment of the sport. A few simple tips that I give to patients:

Chiropractic Care and Ear Infections

Chiropractic Care and Ear Infections

If you are a parent, you have likely experienced the helplessness and frustration of your little one suffering from an ear infection. You’re not alone; ear infection or otitis media (OM) is the most common reason for visits to the pediatrician's office. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, about 62% of children will have their first ear infection by age one and more than 80% by the age of three. 

A common treatment for ear infections is antibiotics, usually amoxicillin. In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (December, 1991), amoxicillin with and without decongestant anti-histamine combination is NOT effective for persistent asymptomatic middle ear effusions (fluid) in infant and children. In fact, occurrence of fluid in the ear was two to six times greater after the administration of amoxicillin! Additionally, the over use and over prescription of antibiotics...

Chiropractic Care or Pain Killers?

Chiropractic Care or Pain Killers?

You may not believe this but pain can actually be your friend. Don’t hide what your body is trying to tell you by masking it with long term use of pain killers. Pain is the body’s way of telling us something needs attention and care. This is one of the basic philosophies held by Chiropractors.

There is a danger in medicating pain away, especially over a long period of time. This “band aid” approach can create a false sense of security - you tell yourself, “Oh, the pain is gone, so I must be all right.” Additionally, there is the danger of damaging our bodies with the use of pain medications.

It's never too early for your baby to see a Chiropractor

It's never too early for your baby to see a Chiropractor

Some people are always surprised to hear that we take care of such young patients.  However, the truth is whether you have a large spine or a little one, if there is improper or hindered communication throughout the nervous system then our body is unable to function at 100%.

Our body’s nervous system is the controller. When communication channels become aggravated, distorted or damaged we may experience significant or subtle communication errors. In babies, this ineffective communication may present as colic, irritability, poor breast feeding and poor sleep habits. In toddlers and children, poor nerve communication may result in developmental delays, lack of concentration, behavioral problems, digestive issues and asthma to name a few in a long list of possibilities.

Stress and the Effect on your Health

 Stress and the Effect on your Health

Stress comes in many forms. It can be emotional. It can make you feel anxious, worried or fearful. Stress can also be chemical. Many Americans deal with chemically induced physiological stress by taking drugs or alcohol. And, stress can be physical. It can cause muscle tension, neck pain, backaches, stomach ulcers and heart attacks. No matter how it enters our lives, stress has the ability to lower your body’s immune system and put you on an unhealthy path.

The most common symptoms of stress include headaches, fatigue, neck pain, shoulder or lower back pain, irritability, digestive problems and sleeping problems to name a few. In fact, many people misinterpret stress for a chronic disease or illness. This can be a constant battle. I help many patients understand the stressors in their lives and work with them to reduce the effects of those stresses on their body.  Here are some of the key tips...

An Easier Pregnancy with Chiropractic Care

An Easier Pregnancy with Chiropractic Care

I can attest to the fact, the muscle strains of pregnancy are very real and can be more than just a nuisance. A woman gains an average of 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy. This weight gain, combined with the increased stress on the body by the baby, may result in severe discomfort.

During the stages of pregnancy, a woman’s center of gravity shifts forward to the front of her pelvis causing stress on her joints and low back. As the baby grows in size, a woman’s abdomen is pushed even further forward increasing the curvature of the low back and placing extra stress on the spinal discs.

Inflammation is the Root of all Evil

Inflammation is the Root of all Evil

I tell my patients everyday inflammation is the root cause of many serious illnesses including heart disease, cancer, arthritis and auto-immune disease to name a few.  But do they really understand what inflammation is and how it affects their body.

Inflammation is the body’s healing response to damage. Inflammation becomes a problem when it is persistent. If you have an injury or infection, inflammation helps to protect and heal the body through nourishment thus repairing the cells. Difficulty occurs when inflammation becomes chronic, often silently damaging your tissues.

Chronic inflammation is a result of an unhealthy lifestyle. I like my patients to understand what causes inflammation in their bodies and discuss ways to help them reduce it. The 3 major causes of inflammation stem from our food choices, the stressors in our life and the minor traumatic injuries over time...