Would you recognize the warning signs of Spinal Stenosis?

From time to time, we all have the occasional ache or pain, especially as we age. It can be tempting to push it aside and focus on other things, keeping your mind distracted and off of the pain. As spinal stenosis occurs gradually over time, there is no sudden onset and symptoms tend to start out mild and barely noticeable and work their way up to life interrupting.

What is spinal stenosis?

Spinal Stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal column. This narrowing causes pressure on the spinal cord itself and the spaces (neural foramina) where the nerves leave the spinal cord. This can cause cramping, numbness, and pain in the legs, back, buttock area, neck, and even shoulders or arms.

  • Loss of balance, bladder and bowel control issues can occur.
  • Disks become drier
  • Disks may start to bulge
  • Both bones and ligaments may thicken – this is caused by chronic long-term swelling.
  • Symptoms may come and go over time
  • Symptoms may occur only with certain activities or movements
  • Spinal stenosis tends to feel better when rested
  • Numbness and tingling often accompany pain

What causes spinal stenosis?

  • Tumors of the spine
  • Injury that puts pressure on the nerve roots or the spinal cord
  • Herniated disk
  • Slipped disk
  • Spinal arthritis
  • Bone disease

Spinal Stenosis usually sets in and becomes noticeable around age 50 or older. It can cause the recognizable sign of age, in a lean forward in posture.

If you are experiencing symptoms it is important to seek out a proper diagnosis.  A MRI or CT Scan are both viable options. Much can be done through regular chiropractic care, activity modification, and exercise. Anti-inflammatories such as turmeric or bromelain are wonderful accompaniments to the therapy.

Fortunately, most are able to successfully manage the symptoms with these non-surgical and non-medical therapies, best results come when you seek treatment as early on as possible, helping to avoid the use of any medications or surgical procedures down the road.

Working with your body rather than against it is always the most viable option. Giving it the proper nutrition, supplementation, and adjustment of electrical pathways in the nervous system in order to allow it to heal itself offers you the very best possible prognosis.

Don’t live in pain. Call us today (239) 947-1177 or visit www.chiropractorbonitaprings.com to connect with Dr. Gary Gendron, Nutrition Specialist Bonita Springs | Chiropractor Bonita Springs. We look forward to working with you on your journey to health.

originally posted: http://chiropractorbonitasprings.com/blog/Spinal_stenosis.html

Back Pain Causes that May Surprise You

While all pain is distracting and detracts from your quality of life, if you have ever experienced back pain, you know that it can put you completely out of commission. When your back hurts, it feels like everything hurts and it makes even the most ordinary tasks of everyday living difficult if not impossible. 

A recent survey, conducted by backpainhelp.com, found that activities like housework, driving, sex and working became next to impossible for those with back pain. 

26% of the study group had to quit housework entirely

22% said it caused them to stop working or studying

35% freely admitted that backache pain caused them be in a bad mood and lose their tempers more easily.

The good news is that you can avoid sacrificing necessary life activities by getting regular chiropractic adjustments. You do not have to live with constant pain. 

Though back pain may have a specific identifiable inception point such as a trip or fall, aches and pains can appear almost out of the blue leaving you to question “What did I do to myself?”

Here are the top-ranking reasons patients end up with non-identifiable source back pain:

Intermittent Strenuous Exercise

Weekend warriors are far more likely to injure their backs during sports or in the gym than those who work out all week. Pushing your body to go hard when the core strength isn’t there often can lead to injury.

Lifting and Carrying Children

As your child ages, they grow and increase in weight. That once adorable little 10lb bundle of joy is now 40lbs. That is a far greater strain on your back. Proper lifting with your shoulders over your pelvis is important, twisting when lifting a wiggling child is a quick path to back injury.

Smoking

Spinal discs deteriorate much faster in people who smoke. The faster they degenerate, the sooner and more likely that you are going to have back pain. 

Moving “The Wrong Way”

Twisting even just slightly “the wrong way” can cause micro trauma to their lower back. Repeating this cumulatively may lead to a damaged spine.

Insomnia and lack of sleep

Your spinal discs need around 6-7 hours of sleep a night in order to properly hydrate. When you are awake, the water supply on your backbone depletes very quickly.

You need a new mattress

It’s important to sleep with your spine straight and vertebrae properly aligned. Ditch mattresses that dip in the center. They force your backbone to bend abnormally throughout the night. This can cause back pain. Additionally, the pillow you choose should support your head and further help to keep your spine in good alignment.

Following these tips can help keep your spine in good health. Regular adjustments also help to ensure your back stays in good shape. Come visit Nutrition Specialists of Florida www.chiropractorbonitasprings.com or call 239-947-1177 so we can get you on the road to health.

Originally Posted: http://chiropractorbonitasprings.com/blog/b_76876_back_pain_causes_that_may_surprise_you.html

Are You Experiencing Subluxation Symptoms?

Chiropractic is often thought of as a way to treat neck, back and headache pain when the spine and nerves come into play effects can often be felt through out any and all areas of the body as everything is connected.

When subluxations occur that means that vertebrae have shifted out of place. This can put pressure on nerves.  In turn, this can cause the body to malfunction manifesting symptoms such as:

  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Soreness and stiffness in the neck and/or back
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Balance problems
  • Spinal muscle spasms, tightness or weakness
  • Reduction in spinal mobility/Stiffness
  • Tingling in the extremities
  • Joint pain
  • Fatigue
  • Poor overall health
  • Reduced ability to heal if bruised or cut

Over time symptoms become more and more noticeable and can lead to disease.

Why would you have a subluxation?

It’s a stress response. Stress on a physical level can cause spasms. Tension can cause the bones to move incorrectly eventually causing a subluxation or misalignment. This can happen due to:

  • Physical incidents: falls, slips, falls, accidents, lifting, bad posture, sleeping wrong
  • Chemical: bad diet, drugs, alcohol, pollution
  • Emotional: stress, anger, fear, grief, all tax the immune system

A series of chiropractic adjustments can change the position and motion of the spine. The body will get used to holding the spine, muscles, ligaments and tissues in this proper position and the stress on adjacent nerves will be alleviated. This allows the body to heal itself and return to optimal function.

Seeing your chiropractor regularly can help prevent subluxations and other issues, keeping you in tip top health. Give Nutritional Specialists of Florida a call today at 239-947-1177. http://chiropractorbonitasprings.com/

Originally Published: http://chiropractorbonitasprings.com/blog/b_76584_are_you_experiencing_subluxation_symptoms.html

 

Learning to Listen to Your Body

The human body is a finely tuned machine. It will tell you everything you need to know to maintain it, if you simply learn to listen.

Learning to listen to your own body is to learn to tune into your intuition. When in a consultation getting health advice, take note of how you feel. Does what the practitioner is telling you feel like it rings true for you? Or do you have some resistance? You know your body better than anyone, after all you have lived in it your entire life. If a diagnosis or suggestion for medical care doesn’t sit right with you, there is nothing wrong with questioning or even getting a second opinion. Never make health care decisions that don’t feel right to you or that you feel rushed or pushed to accept.

When you have an ache or a pain, do you automatically reach for a pill? Conditioning has taken place in society and the media over the years repeatedly telling us that is always the answer.

Have an ache or pain? Take a pill. While yes, that may get rid of your pain, the odds are it will come back again and you will need another. Why? Because medications do not actually cure, what they do is cover and mask the symptom temporarily allowing you to feel better and experience relief. While there is nothing wrong with short-term intermittent use, it is far more beneficial in the long run for your overall health to seek out the root cause so that you can cure yourself for good.

Today, most of us are taught from a very young age that if you do not feel well you should go see your medical doctor. While doctors are trained in many aspects of care, medical doctors receive minimal training in nutrition or how the body responds to more natural treatment options outside of pharmaceuticals, which are generally the “go to”.

This is not to say that you should go it alone when it comes to healthcare. There are a multitude of different modalities of healing which can all assist you on your path back to wellness, gently and naturally.

Nutrition Specialists of Florida offer far more than just chiropractic and take great pride in providing the finest care to each patient allowing them to heal naturally, achieve the most optimal results possible. Please call 239-947-1177 to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions!

Originally Published: http://chiropractorbonitasprings.com/blog/b_75839_learning_to_listen_to_your_body.html

Unexplained Symptoms? – Could be your Ileocecal Valve

Could you have Ileocecal Valve Syndrome?

The most common response is “what’s an Ileocecal valve?”

It’s a small circular valve located between the small and large intestine. It is located on the lower right side of the abdomen just above the appendix. It allows digested food to pass from the small intestine into your large intestine. The valve also blocks waste from backing up in the wrong direction. It is intended to be a one-way valve, only opening up to allow broken down foods to pass through.

Ileocecal Valve Syndrome

When the ileocecal valve is stuck open waste can back up into the small intestine messing up your digestion and also creating unhealthy toxins that are absorbed into the body.

If the ileocecal valve is stuck closed waste can’t get to the large intestine in order to exit your body.

This is often completely overlooked in the medical profession and often a wrong diagnosis may be given.

How do you know if you might have an issue with your ileocecal valve?

Illeocecal valve issues are often brought on by stressful life situations and changes or improper diet. It can masquerade as tons of different things from heart symptoms, migraines, chronic fatigue, acne, chronic systemic inflammation, to Irritable Bowel Syndrome much more. Though most symptoms are individual and range from mild to painful a full on Illeocecal Valve attack can be very clear and make you really sick.

In an acute illeocecal valve attack it may seem like a horribly bad stomach flu. Gas cramps, vomiting, fever, and general malaise. If you ever have a stomach flu that seems like it is not going away, this may possibly be an alternate suspect.

Other symptoms of a stuck valve:
These may range from vaguely annoying to seriously painful.

Abdominal pain
Groin pain
Acne
Allergies
Arthritis like pain
Bad breath
Bloating
Body Odor
Bowel Gas
Distension of belly
Burping
Candida
Open valve creates alkalinity
Carpal Tunnel
Chest pains
Chronic Fatigue
Colds
Colitis
Diverticulitis
Constipation
Dehydration
Depression
Dark circles under the eyes, also a sign of kidney stress
Diarrhea
Dizziness
Digestive disorders
Elbow Pain
Exhaustion
“Flu” symptoms
Fatigue
Fluid Retention
Gas
Headaches
Hip pain, particularly on the right
Indigestion
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Knee pains
Lethargy
Migraines
Nausea
Nervousness
Edema
Palpitations
Post nasal drip
Sinus infection symptoms
Shoulder Pain
Shoulder joint pain (right side)
Skin problems
Stiff neck
Sudden low back pain
Thirst
Thrush
Tinnitus
Vision issues
Water retention

What can cause this?

Stress – Stress, strong emotions your find hard or traumatic to deal with. The mind directly affects the body.

Digestion – Too much raw food, bran, roughage like bran, alcohol in excess, caffeinated drinks, crisps, nuts and even whole grains can cause the valve to malfunction. So can allergies and food sensitivities, a lack digestive enzymes, minerals and vitamins. A common culprit is a diet heavy in processed chemical laden foods.

Exhaustion – Over-tiredness due to straining the muscles, bones and organs, running yourself ragged or lack of exercise can upset function of the digestive system.

Vibrational Energy (life force) – Microwaves, energy excesses and deficiencies in acupuncture meridians, electro-magnetic pollution (smart meters, cell phones, computers), all can affect our digestion.

How to adjust and heal your illeocecal valve.
Please find a trained Chiropractor or Kinesiologist. They can adjust it for you and teach you how to do it yourself at home. Homeopathy may also be used in healing the valve transdermally (topically) as well as orally (liquid tincture drops containing herbs).

 

Massaging the valve can help to bring relief.
Though we suggest seeing a well trained Homeopathic Doctor or Chiropractor, trying this at home if you are in serious distress could very well help.

How to do Illeocecal Valve Massage: (special than you to Dr. Russ Tannenbaum, D.C. for these directions. http://www.drrtannenbaum.com)

To locate the ileocecal valve area (its placement can vary slightly for each person), place your left thumb on your navel, your right thumb on your right hip (the high part of your pelvic bone). Imagine a line connecting those two points and find the middle of that line.

Place all your fingers 3 inches below the middle of that line and you should be close to the ileocecal valve.

With all of your fingers, press in FIRMLY and find the tender spot. This area will be tender in 90% of people. It will be like finding a golf ball under a pillow – but some of us have more ‘pillow’ than others so keep palpating to locate the spot. (Palpate means to press in slowly but deeply to feel for hardened or tender areas.)

Sometimes it is easier to locate the tender spot while lying down. Using some coconut oil may also enable you to find it more easily. Once you’ve found it, massage it in a circular fashion as you would any cramped muscle. Massage with medium pressure, in a rotary motion for five seconds. Then using a closed fist, briskly stimulate reflex area (right upper arm) for 10 seconds – yes, that is your upper arm.

Ideally, this massage should be done 3 times a day before meals. At the least do it in bed before going to sleep and in the morning before you get out of bed.

After all, the whole digestive tract from the throat to the rectum is a muscular tube — and any section can cramp, get ‘Charlie horses,’ become too weak to function, etc. Some people experience gurgling, flatulence, burping, or other sounds during or after this massage and sometimes a bowel movement will follow.

All of these are evidence that the ileocecal valve needs help. You’ll find that the tenderness will subside after about a week or two of diligent application of this technique, and you’ll feel much better and be healthier for it.
Do the same massage for the rest of the colon:

Massage upward from the ileocecal valve and toward the ribs where the ascending colon lies.
Then go across the belly above the navel to the opposite rib, then down the left side, winding up on the opposite side of the abdomen from the ileocecal valve.

This firm deep massage encourages proper bowel function. Learn where your tender or hardened areas are and continue this massage daily until these resolve. This whole massage can be done through the clothing but take time to locate all of the tender spots. You’ll be healthier for it.

Temporary Diet Recommendations During Treatment

For two to three weeks–Avoid:

Hard to digest food: seeds, popcorn, nuts, potato chips, pretzels, and grains

Spices: all forms of peppers & culinary spices

Eliminate: alcoholic drinks, cocoa, chocolate, and caffeine

This condition CAN be healed…. So if you are experiencing symptoms that you have been unable to explain previously please consult a trained physician of Chiropractic, Kinesiology or Homeopathy.

Our natural state IS health, all else is temporary.

Sources:

http://healing.about.com/cs/conditions/a/aa_ileocecal.htm

http://www.kinesiology.co.uk/ileocecal_valve_treatments

https://healthunlocked.com/theibsnetwork/posts/640268/can-a-malfunctioning-ileocecal-valve-cause-ibs

http://www.buybooksontheweb.com/peek.aspx?id=2567

http://www.drrtannenbaum.com/index.php?p=162673 *

Originally published:http://www.hcbl.com/blog/unexplained-symptoms-could-be-your-ileocecal-valve/
Author: Sarah Barendse