Since back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, it is vital to know how to prevent the cause of back pain. By maintaining a healthy diet and weight, remaining active and avoiding prolonged inactivity or bed rest are all important ways to avoid back pain. Before doing exercises or any physical activity, it is recommended to warm up and/or stretch.
The neck, also called the cervical spine, begins at the base of the skull and contains seven small vertebrae. The cervical spine supports the full weight of your head which is on average about 12 pounds. While the cervical spine can move your head in nearly every direction, this flexibility makes the neck very susceptible to pain and injury.
Shoulder pain is a very common condition and affects almost half of the U.S. Most patients feel some sort of pain, limited range of motion, an inability to engage in activities of daily living (ADL) or something more serious as a permanent disability.
Nine out of ten Americans say that they suffer from headaches. Some of these people experience headaches frequently. Some experience constant headaches that are very painful. These can even make a person nauseous. Ninety-five percent of headaches are tension, migraine, or cluster headaches. These types of headaches are not caused from a disease, but from something in your body that is not sitting correctly.
Chronic stress contributes to the development of the most common types of headaches, including tension-type headaches and migraines. Treatments tailored to reduce stress, such as biofeedback and acupuncture, are excellent non-chemical methods to combat chronic headaches.
How Does Massage Help Headaches?
Massage therapy effectively reduces tender muscles in the back of the head, neck, and shoulders, while increasing blood flow in those areas. Many people find that massage provides relief from headaches caused by muscle tension.
How Does Acupuncture Help Headaches?
Acupuncture can cause the release of pain-reducing opioid chemicals, such as endorphins. It also stimulates the brain to release other hormones and body chemicals that transmit signals between different types of cells, including cells in the immune system.
Headaches often accompany a variety of other conditions that are helped by acupuncture. Lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and menstrual cramps are some of the conditions for which acupuncture is an alternative treatment in a comprehensive pain management program.
Unlike many other anti-pain therapies, acupuncture tends to reduce chronic pain and headaches with lasting effects - often for months.
What is Biofeedback?
Biofeedback therapy often helps a headache sufferer learn stress-reduction skills by providing information about brain waves, muscle tension, skin temperature, and other vital signs.
Electrodes (small metal sensors) are attached to the skin and to measure skin temperature and muscle tension. For example, a relaxation response results in dilated blood vessels and warm skin and a stress response reduces skin temperature because of constriction of blood vessels.
We use biofeedback training to teach you how to influence the blood flow to your brain and thus better manage a headache. Most people find that this reduces the frequency and duration of headaches (both children and adults). The effects of biofeedback are comparable to many drugs used for chronic headaches and is recommended as an early treatment for recurrent migraines.
Sports can be very taxing on your body, no matter what you play. Our trusted staff will work with you to get to the root of your problem and help you feel better again. We help treat and also prevent injuries in the neck, back, shoulders, knees, and ankles. We are able to manually adjust your spine, relieving any pain that you are feeling. This will allow your body to function much better after the injury.
Even a "minor" crash can result in serious injuries like ligament sprains. This can lead to chronic pain and disability if not treated properly. In fact, research shows that early treatment is the best way to prevent long-term symptoms. Chiropractic adjustments are effective because they help restore the healthy, normal function of your nervous system without the use of drugs or surgery.
Neuropathy is a medical condition caused by damaged nerve cells and often associated with autoimmune diseases, infections, diabetes, tumors, or hereditary conditions. Peripheral neuropathy currently affects over 20 million people in the United States with symptoms ranging from tingling or burning pain and nausea to muscle spasms, difficulty moving your arms or legs, or atrophy.
Knee pain is increasingly becoming a more common problem in society. It is a complaint we see frequently. The most common complaint associated with knee pain is considered the normal “wear and tear.” Another ailment that affects the knee is osteoarthritis. The symptoms and progression of osteoarthritis and knee pain can be reduced through our individualized approach to chiropractic care.
Knee pain is common — in fact, approximately 18 million patients visit their doctors reporting it each year. However, some knee pain is mild enough to go away on its own and no cause for concern. You should call Davis Integrated Medicine for a knee pain evaluation and treatment if:
- You sustained an injury to your knee
- Your knees give out when you stand up
- Your knees look misshapen or abnormal in some way
- One or both knees are swollen or inflamed
- You have a fever with your symptoms
The pain in your knees can hinder proper movement, cause popping sounds, and can make you feel unstable. If you’re unsure whether or not your symptoms warrant a visit to Davis Integrated Medicine, it may be best to err on the side of caution.
What are some common causes of knee pain?
The list of potential causes of knee pain is nearly endless. Some common causes are injuries that you can identify as soon as they happen. Others are related to long term wear-and-tear or illnesses that affect your joints.
Typical causes of knee pain include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Bone fractures
- Ligament injuries (e.g., torn ACL or MCL)
- Dislocated knee cap
You’re at a higher risk of suffering from knee pain, stiffness, and injuries if you’re overweight, or if you participate in certain activities that place a lot of stress on your knees.
Your provider at Davis Integrated Medicine may advise you to make specific lifestyle changes if you’re at a higher risk of damaging your knees.
How can I manage my knee pain?
You put a lot of stress on your knees every day. When they can’t move properly, it impedes you from going places and performing simple tasks.
The team at Davis Integrated Medicine makes you a nonsurgical treatment plan for your knee pain based on the underlying cause, your lifestyle, and other factors. It may include:
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) joint injections
- Shockwave therapy
- Chiropractic care
Alongside any therapies and medications, your provider may suggest home remedies and lifestyle changes that can alleviate your pain and allow your knees to heal. These might include:
- Bed rest
- Elevating your legs while resting
As your knees heal, you can also take over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications.
To find out why you experience knee pain, and to begin an innovative treatment plan, schedule an appointment with Davis Integrated Medicine by calling the office or booking online.
Sciatica is characterized by pain in the lower back that radiates down one or both legs. The pain is described as dull, achy, sharp, like “pins and needles” or similar to electric shocks. Other symptoms associated with sciatica include burning, numbness and tingling sensations. Sciatic nerve pain varies in intensity from mild to severe, and frequency may range from occasional to constant. The onset is generally gradual and not necessarily associated with a previous event.
Sciatica is also known as radiating or referred pain, neuropathy, or neuralgia.
Diabetes screening and care are essential for maintaining optimal health, especially as you get older or if you have a family history of the disease. Davis Integrated Medicine provides state-of-the-art diabetes screening and treatment options to help patients in Montclair, New Jersey.
What Causes Diabetes?
A popular view of diabetes is that it is caused by a problem with blood sugar, while in fact it is a disease of insulin. Insulin functions to move glucose from the bloodstream to cells so that it can be used to create energy. On a cellular level, that energy is called ATP.
Type I diabetes occurs when your body has an autoimmune reaction to the pancreas and stops it from producing insulin. Type I diabetes, then, is a shortage of insulin in the body. Type II diabetes is the opposite, and occurs when the body produces sufficient insulin, but cells become resistant to insulin getting sugar into the cells.
Most traditional medications increase the amount of insulin in your system and simultaneously stops your liver from putting insulin into the bloodstream. The result is that your body has an overabundance of insulin while the drugs push more insulin into your system. Over time, this forces sugar into the cell, but the insulin resistance eventually catches up. As a result, people typically must move to higher levels of medication dosages.
What Kinds of Symptoms Does Diabetes Cause?
The type of symptoms that may be present depends on which type of diabetes you may have, but generally speaking, symptoms can include:
- Dry mouth
- Increased need to urinate
- Sores that are slow to heal
- Increased thirstiness
- Blurry vision
People with a family history of diabetes are more likely to have the disease themselves.
What is the Alternative?
Since stress is a key factor in the malfunction caused in all autoimmune diseases, we offer a number of therapies to alleviate stress. In addition, acupuncture has been associated with relieving dysfunction of the pancreas in the following ways:
- Lower the release of pancreatic glucagons
- Lower blood glucose content
- Prevent slowing of motor nerve conduction
- Lessen symptoms of polyphagia (the urge to eat too much), polydipsia (excessive thirst) and polyuria (excessive passage of urine)
- Enhance blood outflow and regulate vascular peripheral resistance
- Improve microcirculation and myocardial contractility
- Eliminate atherosclerosis of the legs
- Exert antiatherogenic, antioxidant and immunomodulating effects
- Induces secretion of endogenous beta-endorphin
- Increased cell proliferation and neuropeptide Y levels
- Elevate a lowered pain threshold
Our acupuncture therapists also make suggestions as to dietary and other lifestyle changes that can be beneficial.