Eighty percent of Americans experience one form of back pain or another during the course of their lives. More men over the age of 45 are disabled by back pain than any other condition. It is the third most common reason for surgeries. Because of this, people complaining of back pain cannot be easily diagnosed. This is because the spine is such an incredibly complex structure of bones, muscles, nerves, joints, tendons, and ligaments. Injury or disease affecting any one or more of these structures can often trigger an episode of pain.
Lower back pain is often caused by a muscle strain. The erector spinae, or large paired muscles in the lower back that help keep your spine erect, can become inflamed and spasm. In more serious cases, the pain may be caused by a degenerative condition, such as arthritis, disc disease, or disc herniation.
A degenerative disc condition can sometimes cause a chain reaction of other events in your spine. When a disc is not in its proper place, or is malformed from disease or some other condition, it can allow additional undue pressure on other healthy structures, such as neighboring discs, nerves, muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons.
Rest, ice or heat therapy, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine, such as aspirin, are often the first course of treatment for mild lower back pain. This allows your muscles to return to their normal position and begin to heal.
Because the thoracic spine is the sturdiest part of the spine, it is less prone to injury. That said, upper back pain, while less common than lower back pain, is often caused by irritation of the muscles or a problem with a joint. Other less common causes of upper back pain include herniated or degenerative discs.
However, rest for a sore back should be kept to no more than two weeks. Otherwise, the muscles in the lower back begin to atrophy and can become significantly weak, leaving you open to further undue pain and injury.
Pinto Chiropractic & Rehabilitation in Williamsburg, VA knows that you want to learn how to live without back pain. Along with alignment, we will design a treatment plan that will help you gain strength in areas of weakness that can lead to back pain. We want to show you that your life can be more than aches and pains. We want to show you how you can live better.
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One of the best parts of welcoming summer is the abundant availability of strawberries. They are beautiful to look at and a sweet treat in the middle of a hot day. They can be used in so many ways, but straight out of the garden is our favorite way to enjoy them.
Strawberries have a multitude of health benefits. One Harvard study found that eating these beautiful berries regularly will give you a healthy dose of anthocyanins, found to reduce the risk of heart attack by up to 32 percent. Strawberries also contain a natural anti-inflammatory called flavonoid quercetin, shown to protect bodies against the damage caused by LDL cholesterol.
Strawberries also contain powerful antioxidants which help your body fight free radicals, halting the grown of tumors and decreasing inflammation. They are also high in potassium, a needed electrolyte that helps lower blood pressure, reduces the formation of kidney stones, protects against muscle loss, and more.
Although sweet, strawberries are low on the glycemic index and they are high in fiber. This helps them regulate blood sugar, keeping it stable by avoiding extreme highs and lows. They are also a great source of folic acid, making them great for expectant mothers.
Strawberries are also high in vitamin C, a necessary vitamin required for the production of collagen. The more you eat, the better your production of collagen, the main structural protein in your connective tissues. It gives your skin strength and elasticity and is responsible for replacing dead skin cells.
Vitamin C also plays an important role in the function of your immune system. Many of the cells of the immune system accumulate the needed vitamin C to perform their tasks appropriately. This means that a deficiency in vitamin C results in reduced resistance to certain pathogens.
All of these incredible facts add up one fascinating fruit. Get yourself a cup of strawberries, have a seat, and keep reading our incredible blog. Reading about healthy fruits and veggies will make you hungry for more.
Here is one way to enjoy strawberries this summer...
Strawberry Mojito Sparkling Water
Put 4 sliced strawberries and mint leaves in a glass and crush them until the fruit is broken up and the leaves are bruised. Add ice to your glass. Pour the lime sparkling water over your ice. Add the lime slices and the last of the strawberry slices to the drink.
Garnish with fresh mint and a strawberry.
Enjoy your new favorite Mock-tail.
Nothing could be further from the truth. While chiropractic adjustments can be especially helpful in relieving pain for facet joint injuries, osteoarthritis, and sacroiliac joint dysfunction, scores of patients with chronic headaches, sinus problems, high blood pressure, ear infections, leg pain, arthritis, and many other illnesses have reported significant relief after chiropractic therapy.
Chiropractors do more than manipulate the musculoskeletal parts of the body, and are capable of providing a myriad of services that include acupuncture, electric muscle stimulation, exercise programs and instruction, heat/cold therapy, herbal therapy, lifestyle and nutrition counseling, manipulation under anesthesia, massage, physical rehabilitation, physiotherapy, stress management, traction, and ultrasound.
Let us show you the difference that chiropractic can make in your life. Make an appointment today! Call Pinto Chiropractic & Rehabilitation in Williamsburg, VA at 757-220-8552.
In spite of its long recognition by the medical community and the government as a safe, proven and effective treatment, many people today still have misconceptions about chiropractic care.
Daniel David Palmer, who is known as the father of chiropractic, bore the brunt of criticism for creating this branch of medicine’s healing arts. Despite Palmer’s early successes in treating patients with a myriad of ailments through spinal manipulation, chiropractic adjustments were not readily accepted by the medical community. In fact, the established medical community back in the late 19th century worked hard to discredit him, and had a hand in convincing authorities to indict Palmer for practicing medicine without a license. He was sentenced to 105 days in jail and ordered to pay a $350 fine.
The established medical community’s assault on the chiropractic profession continued even as late as the 1970s, when a group of chiropractors sued the American Medical Association and several other medical organizations for disseminating untrue and damaging information about their profession. The plaintiffs alleged that the AMA and others deliberately lied in order to destroy the chiropractic field because they viewed it as a threat, or competition, for their health care dollars. The court agreed with the chiropractors and called the AMA’s actions “lawless” and unfounded. The case was eventually heard in the United States Supreme Court, which upheld the original verdict against the AMA.
Much has changed since that landmark decision, and today, the medical community has come to recognize the value of chiropractic care. Today, more than a century later, hundreds of thousands of patients routinely receive competent care-and relief from their suffering-from the nation’s more than 60,000 doctors of chiropractic.
Check back to learn more about how chiropractic can make a difference in your life!
To make an appointment, please call your favorite Williamsburg Chiropractor, Pinto Chiropractic & Rehabilitation at 757-220-8552.
Drs. Anne & Bob
Robert and Anne Pinto started their journey on July 17th, 1989 when they first opened their practice.