Sneezing, Back Pain and Chiropractic

Many people who consult a Chiropractor for back pain report that their back pain resulted from sneezing. Sneezing increase the pressure on the discs of the lower back and can cause injury to the discs. The discs of the lower back are not solid lumps of gristle as some people may think of them. Disc of the spine are living structures that flatten during the day as weight bearing occurs and reexpand at night. The disc is composed of a watery center and tough outer ligament. The purpose of the disc is to allow movement between two vertebrae while adding a flexible shock absorbing layer. The discs watery character is key in its function. If discs start to loose their watery nature and dry out often a vague lower back pain is the result. Disc herniations occur when the watery center of a disc breaks through the outer ligaments and causes pressure on the nerves.
Almost all disc herniations in the lower back occur at the lowest two levels of the spine. Disc herniations may cause weakness in ankle extension and numbness on the outside of the calf. Resting muscle tone of the muscles of the legs may also be affected in cases of disc herniation. The glutes, hamstrings and calves may show reduced tone and atrophy in cases of lumbar disc herniation.
One of the most effective Chiropractic techniques for lower back pain is lumbar flexion distraction. Lumbar flexion distraction is basically a traction techique that seeks to reduce the compression of the discs.
Dr. Tom Etter is a Chiropractor with over ten years of practice experience. Dr. Etter’s Chiropractic practice focus is back pain, neck pain and sports injury.

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Back Spasms and Chiropractic

One of the most common symptoms of lower back pain is spasm in the muscles of the back. Often muscle spasms in the back can cause a curve in the back (functional scoliosis) which is often called an antalgic lean. An antalgic lean is a position the body naturally assumes to attempt to relieve pressure on irritated and painful joints. In the lower back problems with the disc or joints can cause a person to assume a forward bending position or antalgic posture. Spasms of the piriformis muscle in the back of the hip may cause pain down the leg (sciatica). Usually piriformis pain comes on gradually and causes a burning pain in the buttocks which may run down the leg. The piriformis muscle can entrap the sciatic nerve which may refer pain down the leg as far as the sole of the foot. The most effective Chiropractic technique to deal with piriformis syndrome is myofascial release. Often the piriformis muscle is highly responsive to myofascial release treatment and stretching.
Dr. Tom Etter is a Chiropractor and graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. Dr. Etter’s Chiropractic practice focus is the treatment of back pain, neck pain, and sports injuries. Dr. Etter’s chiropractic practice serves Olathe, Lenexa and Overland Park, Kansas.

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Leg length differences and Chiropractic

Many people with lower back pain who consult a Chiropractor are concerned that their legs are different in length or they are standing crooked. Differences in apparent length of the legs may be due to an anatomical difference in the length of the bones of the legs or due to shifting of the pelvis.
Measurement of leg length difference may be done by measuring of a standing x ray. Another method is to measure from the xyphoid process on the sternum to the medial malleolus (the middle bump on the ankle).
Lumbar scoliosis is a condition which also may cause the impression of differences in the lengths of the legs.
Dr. Tom Etter is a Chiropractor with over ten years of practice experience in treating lower back pain neck pain and sports injuries. His practice is located at 11240 Strangline Road and serves Olathe, Kansas, Lenexa, Kansas and Overland Park, Kansas.

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Muscular injury and soft tissue Chiropractic treatments

Overuse or injury to the muscles and ligaments is a common condition both in sports and occupational situations. Myofascial release is a very effective Chiropractic technique that addresses the changes that occur in muscles and ligaments as a result of overuse or injury.
Minor injuries to the soft tissues are due to mild overuse or overstretching. More severe injuries result in swelling (effusion), pain and loss of function. Tearing of muscles can result in bleeding which is associated with later adhesion formation or thickening of tendons and ligaments (tendinosis). Usually injury to the muscles causes a stiffening on the muscles while at rest. Muscle pain is usually relieved by movement but the movement can aggrevate the underlying cause which includes scar tissue in the muscle. Myofascial fibrositis is an established clinical syndrome in which the muscles undergo a cycle of scar tissue formation and inflammation. Myofascial fibrsitis is a condition in which the muscles fail to heal completely following an injury. In some individuals unmanaged cases of myofascial fibrosis may cause difficulty moving the joints and tender nodules in the muscles. Often stiffness in the muscles after rest is common in myofascial fibrositis.
Trigger points are tender areas the result from muscular injury. Myofascial release techniques are a specialized Chiropractic technique that seeks to treat trigger points and fibrositis in the muscles and ligaments.
Trigger points also may refer pain into other areas of the body. Fibromyalgia is another condition closely linked to myofascial fibrositis.
The trigger points associated with fibromylagia/myofascial fibrositis may be treated by a variety of means. Myofascial release techniques (a Chiropractic technique) combine active movement of a muscle with targeted pressure designed to treat a trigger point. Trigger point therapy is pressing with the hands or an instrument to treat the trigger point.
Acupuncture treatment which combines traditional acupuncture needles with electric current is often highly effective in treatment of trigger points.
Dr. Tom Etter is a Chiropractor with over ten years of practice experience. Dr. Etter’s Chiropractic practice focus is on back and neck pain as well with a special emphasis on treatment of soft tissue conditons. Acupuncture is also offered at Etter Chiropractic and is highly effective in treating many muscular conditions. Dr. Etter’s Chiropractic practice serves Olathe, Lenexa, and Overland Park, Kansas.

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Pain in the side of the Knee and Chiropractic

Pain in the side of the knee is common condition in Chiropractic practice. The IT band is a muscle in the side of the thigh that acts to stabilize the knee while it is fully extended. The IT band is often irritated by running especially in women. Running up hill is often a irritating position for the IT band.
If the IT band is the cause of pain in the side of the knee a line of tenderness is usually present from the outer joint line of the knee up the side of the thigh. The tenderness is usually most intense over the upper bump on the outside of the knee (lateral femoral condyle). In IT band syndrome is is usually painful to bend the knee up to 30 degrees.
IT band syndrome is often very effectively treated by Chiropractic techniques including myofascial release technique. Stretching and ice are also helpful in IT band syndrome.
Dr. Tom Etter is a Chiropractor with over ten years practice experience. His Chiropractic office is located at 11240 Strangline road, Lenexa, Kansas.

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