Hopefully you've never been forced to think about just how vital spine health is. Everyday activities like playing with your kids, shopping, standing, sitting, sneezing and even reaching to pick up a piece of paper can turn into major ordeals when your spine is out of sorts. Here are a few tips to keep your spine in tip-top shape:
Following these common-sense tools combined with regular adjustments is powerful preventive medicine. Call Dr. Dukes. Schedule your consultation and learn how chiropractic care can keep you living life on your terms. Call today (813) 752-2524.
who seek headache treatments have mixed results at best. Patients frequently focus on seeking help through medication because they don’t realize that they have any other choice. The good news is that Dr. Dukes is extremely effective at reducing the intensity, severity, and frequency of various headache symptoms through non-invasive and drug-free treatment.
Specialists like Dr. Dukes address the root causes of many types of headaches. There are three common headache types that people experience: Tension, Migraine and Cervicogenic. A tension headache may feel like someone is “pressing a band” around your head. A migraine headache may create tension or pain in just one side of the head. However, migraines are often accompanied by nausea and light and sound sensitivity. Cervicogenic headaches are talked about less frequently than tension headaches and migraines and typically create pain in one or more spots in the face or head.
'Headaches' is a very broad term. It's important to focus clinically on the root cause. Repetitive stress, physical trauma, poor sitting, standing, or sleeping posture and unsupportive pillows are a few of the common causes allowing your upper thoracic and cervical spine vertebrae to shift out of alignment.
As providers of natural, proactive care, chiropractors like Dr. Dukes are in a unique position to relieve your headache pain. Dr. Dukes will focus on several treatment objectives such as:
What makes chiropractic care such a powerful tool in treating headaches is the hyper-focus on the root cause of your pain. When you're ready to feel your best and live life on your terms, call Dr. Dukes. Schedule your consultation and learn how chiropractic care can give you the relief you need today and the tools to minimize future pain. Call today (813) 752-2524.
Your mobility means so much more than walking. Learn how your spine can help—and hurt—your independence.
Seemingly simple acts of body movement, such as putting on your shoes, suddenly become painfully complicated when your spine isn't working properly. Your spine is what allows your body to maintain stability as you move.
A healthy, strong spine is essential to your mobility, just as neck and back issues can take away your independence. It's easy to take mobility for granted.
What Is Mobility?
Simply put, mobility is your ability to move when and how you want. It’s not just about how well you can participate in sports or exercise — it's how easily you perform simple daily tasks, like putting on your clothes, gardening or preparing meals. For most of us mobility declines with age but, how much it declines is a choice that most of us can influence. Mobility requires strength, balance, stamina, and coordination—all things that we can maintain as we age through wellness plans that include stretching, exercise and other healthy habits.
Mobility’s Multi-Faceted Effects on Health
What might start off as a minor inconvenience can spiral. The decline of your mobility sets off a domino effect of issues that affect your physical, mental and emotional health that is often associated with increased risk of depression and reduced quality of life. Back or neck pain causes many patients to no longer be able to enjoy thier favorite activities or cut time with friends or family short because they’re in too much pain. Fortunately, mobility loss can be prevented—and, in some cases, reversed.
Safe, Effective Treatment Options
When you have back or neck pain, movement may be that last thing you want to think about. However, stretching, exercise, chiropractic care, physical theray and massage are essential for good spine health. These non-invasive drug-free approaches are among the best things you can do for your long-term spine health and preservation of your mobility. In fact, the American College of Physicians recently released an update to its low back pain treatment guideline that recommends first using non-drug treatments, such as spinal manipulation, for acute and chronic low back pain. A systematic review published in the Journal of the American Medical Association also supports the use of spinal manipulative therapy as a first-line treatment for acute low back pain.
Each of us will experience some mobility loss with age which is why it's so important to recognize that your body was made to move. Live life to the fullest. Protect your mobility. Call Dr. Dukes. She'll listen to you, learn about your needs and goals. Then help you define a preventative wellness plan or find relief if you're already hurting.
Reach out to Dr. Dukes today! (813) 752-2524
Just like clockwork, the start of school harbors a rise in Mom's calling my office for help managing back and neck pain. I hear them say, ‘I’m just so busy I must have done too much again’.
It’s easy for Mom's to let good habits fall by the wayside when you’re focusing on your kids health. Your health and wellness is important too!
Being mindful is one of the easiest ways to stay feeling your best. Keep these tips in mind:
1.) Drink plenty of water and avoid processed foods. This can be a tall order for busy mom's but it's so important to your wellness.
2.) When lifting, use your whole body by bending hips, knees and ankles to lift with your legs. Keep little ones close to your body and avoid twisting.
3.) Proper posture is vital self-care. Keep your spine straight by keeping your shoulders high whether you are sitting your standing.
4.) Listen to your body. Yes, regular exercise is important but so is rest. It's okay to miss a workout occasionally. Sometimes replacing your HITT workout with yoga or a massage can be better choice.
Building healthy habits is the best way to stay healthy. Dr. Dukes can help you find what works best for you to feel your best and stick to it - for life.
Make health your top priority, call Dr. Dukes at (813) 752-2524 and schedule your wellness consultation today.
Back pain in children is incredibly common. Often it's as simple as constipation. But, if pain persists, you should seek professional advice.
Every year when school starts, Dr. Dukes fields calls from parents concerned about their child reporting back pain. Dr. Dukes advises that, “Quick spurts of back pain aren’t uncommon for children. Often, constipation is the culprit. However, if pain is persistent in a focused area, limits physical activity, affects sleep quality, is associated with fevers, chills or weight loss - it's time to get checked out.”
The six most common back pain complaints are related to:
1. Overuse due to sudden increase in physical activity.
2. Stress fractures
3. Overloaded and ill-fitting backpacks
4. Scoliosis (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scoliosis)
5. Scheuermann's Kyphosis (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scheuermann's_disease)
6. Spinal Disc Herniation (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinal_disc_herniation)
Occasional back pain can be common in children, especially if they are age 10 and younger. Persistent back pain is not.
If your child is experiencing any of these issues, Dr. Dukes recommends scheduling an appointment as soon as possible. Our team is dedicated to effectively treating kids in a way that will help keep their growing spines safe and healthy for years to come.
Reach out. Dr. Dukes can help. Call 816-752-2524 and schedule your consult today.
The American College of Physicians and JAMA agrees with Dr. Dukes that acute and chronic low back pain should first be treated with non-invasive, non-drug treatments. That's why Dr. Dukes should be your first call when you're suffering. She'll listen to you, learn about your struggles and then help you determine the best course of care for you.
Professionals like Dr. dukes focus on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on your general health.
Doctors of Chiropractic (D.C.) practice conservative care that is free from the dangers of riskier treatments, such as prescription opioid pain medications and surgery. DC's are designated as physician-level providers and considered a 'First Line of Defense Against Pain'.
In fact, the American College of Physicians recently released an update to its low back pain treatment guideline that recommends first using non-drug treatments, such as spinal manipulation, for acute and chronic low back pain. A systematic review published in the Journal of the American Medical Association also supports the use of spinal manipulative therapy as a first-line treatment for acute low back pain.
Learn more at https://www.acatoday.org/news-publications/newsroom/key-facts/ then schedule an appointment with Dr. Dukes to get back to living life on your terms! (813) 752-2524
Sports Injuries and Improved Performance
Any parent of a child who plays baseball, soccer, gymnastics, or any other sport, knows that injuries will happen. So how does a parent help ensure the best course of care for their child?
Parents looking to ensure their athletes health should consider talking to Dr. Dukes and learning about the benefits of chiropractic treatment of acute injuries, preventative care and to improve performance - all naturally without the risk associated with dangerous drugs or invasive surgeries.
Dr. Dukes and her team employ natural, drug-free and non-surgical treatment for many musculoskeletal injuries and preventative care. Athletes benefit greatly from chiropractic care and most professional sports organizations from the NFL to the MLB and the MLS provide regular chiropractic care for their athletes.
Kids looking for competitive advantage have found that chiropractic care improves agility, balance, kinetic perception, power and reaction time. Here is a deeper dive into the benefits for athletes:
1. Improve range of motion and performance.
Athletes often experience bouts of joint stiffness which reduces range of motion. The results is reduced performance efficiency and increased risk of injury. Typically chiropractic manipulation is employed to improve motion within the joint spacel followed by mobility treatment to improve joint health.
2. Improved recovery and injury prevention.
It's critical to address both acute (new) injuries as well as assess the athlete as a whole through musculoskeletal, neurological, and orthopedic examination to prevent chronic issues. By considering the 'whole patient' Dr. Dukes athlete patients often report shorter recovery times and reduced flare-ups of chronic injuries.
3. Healthier gut through reduced use of drug treatment.
The risks of opioid pain killers is obvious but did you know that over-the counter pain-relievers and anti-inflammatories cause a host of issues too? Common pain-relievers and anti-inflammatories kill the flora in our gut which causes a host of issues - particularly for athletes. Chiropractic care can allow your body to naturally relieve pain and inflammation so that athletes can find relief without exposing themselves to drug risks and side-effects.
4. The competitive advantage of champions.
Champions utilize chiropractic to feel and perform thier best. Here's what a few of the greatest athletes of all time have to say:
“Chiropractic just makes you feel so much better. When I walk out of the clinic, I feel like I’m about three inches taller and everything’s in place. And as long as I see the Chiropractor, I feel like I’m one step ahead of the game.” – Tom Brady
“Chiropractic gives me the flexibility I need to keep in the game.” – Venus Williams
“I didn’t know how much I could improve until I started seeing a Chiropractor. Since I’ve been in Chiropractic, I’ve improved by leaps and bounds both mentally and physically.” – Michael Jordan
Chiropractic care helps athletes of all ages. Whether you are a champion athlete or growing to become one, call Dr. Dukes today (814) 752-2524. Schedule your consultation. Learn how Chiropractic can help you improve your performance and feel your best game in and game out.
If you've sought frozen shoulder relief from traditional methods such as drugs or shots, I'll bet you're frustrated. And, I'm sure that you're wondering if you'll ever get back to normal. Chiropractic Care gives you proven relief faster.
For most patients drug treatments fail to work effectively. Why? Because traditional treatments relying on steroids, numbing medications or painkillers mask the pain and fail to treat the underlying condition.
The good news is that a natural, non-drug approach such as Chiropractic Care is widely accepted as the primary and most effective treatment method available. Most patients report an 80% pain reduction and at least 70% range of motion increase within the first 4 weeks of treatment.
Multiple research studies have shown drugs are less effective requiring significantly longer recovery time and significant risks associated with pain-killers. A recent clinical trial studying the efficacy of Chiropractic methods for treating frozen shoulder among 50 patients revealed impressive results:
- 16 of the patients recovered fully
- 25 patients showed 75 percent to 90 percent improvement
- 8 showed 50 percent to 75 percent improvement
- 1 patient showed less than 50 percent improvement
Suffer no more. Reach out to Dr. Dukes today. Schedule your consultation and learn how Chiropractic care can help you get back to living your best life.
Dr. Dukes helps people just like you achieve a better quality of life by focusing care on the root cause of your pain, rather than simply treating your symptoms. She believes that helping you better understand what is causing your health challenges is key to successful treatment and recovery.
Chiropractic care than gaining simple relief from back pain - it's a natural, whole-body approach to healing that doesn't employ invasive surgeries nor risky drugs.
Let's dive into 5 amazing truths about chiropractic care:
1. It's Not Just for the Back
A common misconception is that Chiropractic care is just for the back and neck. Not true! Chiropractic Care is effective in treating a host of issues beyond headaches and joint pain such as poor sleep, stress relief, a stronger immune response, better balance, reduced blood pressure, improved digestion and more. Chiropractic even helps treat colic, acid reflux and ear infections in young children and babies.
2. Treating the Root Cause
Many pain relief medications will only attack the symptoms and not the source. Chiropractic adjustment services, on the other hand, will aid in reversing some of the causes of the pain. "Is chiropractic care a cure-all?" No, but it can assist in healing a broad range of health and body issues. Your nervous system controls things like the body's reflexive responses, breathing, and even the slightest movements that we make. Good spine health is critical to our overall well-being.
3. Complementing Other Treatment Procedures
Managing chronic pain is challenging because there will be what seems like never-ending relief and treatment procedures involved. Different therapies exist to help in the relief and cure of chronic aches and pains like oral medications, nerve blocks, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). With chiropractic care, there is no involvement of drugs and it complements just about every therapeutic care in existence. However, it's always important to get a consultation from your health care or medical practitioner before taking multiple therapeutic and treatment procedures.
4. Non-Invasive, Low-Risk Treatment
Perhaps the most common adverse effect acquired from chiropractic services is some soreness in the area of the adjustment.Some might even experience mild and temporary fatigue or headache after a chiropractic procedure. However, these effects are minimal and temporary as compared to the ultimate goal of re-aligning and re-adjusting the body's spinal and nervous systems. Think of it like when you exercise after taking a long time off. Initially, your body is incredibly sore despite the fact you are bettering yourself and heading toward a healthier lifestyle.
5. Drug-free Solutions
Medications bring both positive and negative effects, as well as significant risks. Instead of reaching for those medicines, consider scheduling an appointment with a chiropractor. Studies show that chiropractic care can help reduce pain often more effectively than drugs and without the risky side-effects. It can assist in the relief or even the treatment of some health and body issues like sciatica, neck pain, ear infections, scoliosis, lower back pain, headaches, and frozen shoulder syndrome.
So what will you do with this information? If you think your overall quality of life can be improved through chiropractic care, reach out to Dr. Dukes today. She'll help you start your journey to a healthier and pain-free life. Call today (814) 752-2524.
Separating back pain myths from facts can be challenging so Dr. Dukes highlights a few myths, facts and spine health tips to help you sort through all the misinformation.
Your back is an amazing part of your body! It allows you to stand and supports your arms and legs. It also protects your spinal cord, which sends messages between your brain and the rest of your body. Knowing what to do when you have back pain is important. A sedentary lifestyle, as well as injuries, arthritic changes and aging can all lead to problems.
MYTH: Bed rest is a great treatment for back pain.
FACT: At one time, many people believed this to be true. But in fact, bed rest may worsen your back pain unless it is so severe that you cannot move. Consult your health care professional for a diagnosis and treatment options.
MYTH: Applying heat is recommended for a sore back.
FACT: Applying heat may worsen the inflammation of the joint and surrounding muscles and ligaments. Use ice on a sore back instead. The usual recommendation is to ice – use a commercial cold pack, a bag of frozen vegetables, or ice in a dampened towel – for the first three days of acute pain. Limit cold pack treatments to 10 to 15 minutes at a time, and always place a damp towel or cloth between the sore area and the ice.
MYTH: Pain is the main indication that something is wrong.
FACT: Pain in your back is definitely an indication that something is wrong, especially if the pain is chronic and stops you from doing everyday chores and activities. But you don’t always feel pain in your back when there is a problem. Restricted movement or discomfort in your arms, legs and shoulders are also indications that something’s up with your spine.
If you find yourself hurting, it may be time to seek help from Dr. Dukes and her experienced team of professionals. She'll help you determine the severity of your issue and work to ensure quick recovery. Call today (814) 752-2524.
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