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Low Back Pain and Balance - How Crosby Chiropractic Helps Crosby Huffman and Highlands Residents

Posted: April 27, 2015
By: Dr Rob Rosenbaum

     Statistically, most people (estimated to be about 90%) will seek care for Low Back Pain (LBP) at some point in their lifetime. What people often dont realize however, is how closely low back pain is tied to balance, or the lack therof.

      Balance is a skill that is learned as we developed. Intially, as infants, we have not developed the "neuromotor pathways" or, sequence of signals between the brain and our toes, feet, ankles, knees, hips, and so on. The constant flow of sensory information recieved and processed by the brain prompts motor messages to be sent back to our limbs and allows us to move in a progressively more coordinated manner as we develope. This natural progression of developing motor control starts with crude, rather uncontrolled movement of the fingers, hands, arms, legs, and feet; and soon, we learn to hold up our head, scoot, roll over, crawl, stand, and eventually walk (usually during the first 12 months of life). The learning process of recognizing sounds, voice quality and inflections, and words occurs simultaneously. This bombardment of sensory information to the brain leads to the ability to gradually perform highly integrated functions including walking, running, jumping, and dancing. As part of that learning process, falling frequently occurs. We all recall the challenges of learning how to ride a bike, swim, do a somersault, climb a tree, swing, dance, do gymnastics, ski, and on and on. As time passes and we enter middle age, we become more sedentary. As a result, we start losing our "proprioceptive edge" and become less steady, leading to more frequent balance loss and falls. Eventually, we have to hold on to hand railings or the wall in order to keep our balance and falling occurs more frequently. Couple this gradual loss of balance with bone demineralization (osteoporosis) and the risk of a fracture, such as a hip or vertebra, increases as well.

      So the question arises, what can we do to slow down this process and maybe even reverse it? the answer is: A LOT!!! Just like muscles shrink and atrophy if they are not used, so does our ability to maintian our balance. We have to keep challenging our balance in order to keep those neuromotor pathways open. That need doesn't stop after childhood, and in fact, becomes more important as we age. We encourage you to impliment and add balance challenging exercises to your daily routine of at least 5-10 mintues per day. Frequently, people will find that within the first 2-4 weeks of regularly doing this, they will feel more "sure" or secure on their feet, and for those that are more elderly even may not feel the need for a cane, or they'll reach out less often for a hand rail. Start with simple exercises like standing with your feet together and hold that position for progressively longer times (eyes open and closed). Then, try raising one foot slightly off the ground and balancing on just the one leg without any assistance, gradually raising the leg higher and higher as you improve and for longer and longer durations as you feel more confident. A large part of your balancing mechanism is due to your pelvic and lower back condition. So essentially, any pelvic misalignements that your spine may have to compensate will negatively affect your body's balance. If left untreated this may lead to a downward spiral affect wherein your body will lean, contort, and continue to have greater and greater instability (and in some cases lead to unnatural scoliotic curves) being right on the verge of presenting with some very intense problems.

      We realize you have a choice in who you choose to provide your healthcare services in the Crosby, Highlands, and Huffman areas. If you, a friend of family member requires care for low back pain, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services and look forward to serving you and your family presently and, in the future. If you'd like to contact us with any questions or make an appointment for you or someone you know and care about, then call us at 281-328-5544. 

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What Huffman Texas Residents Think of Neck Pain Manipulation vs Other Treatments

Posted: March 23, 2015
By: Dr Rob Rosenbaum

    Mechanical neck pain affects an estimated 70% of people at some point in their lives. Many different treatment approaches are available for neck pain, making it difficult for those suffering from neck pain to know which treatment approach(es) to choose. Research in this topic has revealed some very interesting information that places chiropractic and spinal manipulation in a VERY STRONG POSITION - in fact, at the TOP OF THE HEAP!

      One such study looked at benefits of spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) in patients with acute and subacute neck pain. This study compared three study group: 1. SMT only, 2. medication only, and 3. Home exercise and advice (HEA). This study randomized 272 neck pain patients suffering from neck pain for 2 to 12 weeks into a 12 week treatment period using  1 of the 3 treatment approaches tracking the results with the participant-rated pain as the primary treatment outcome measure. Secondary outcome data was obtained from other approaches. The results showed that the group treatd with SMT, "...had a statistical advantage over medication after 8, 12, 26 and 52 weeks. HEA also had a statistical advantage over medication. Lastly, similar benefits were calculated between the SMT and exercise group. The Conclustions upport SMT and exercise/advise to be the choice over medication for acute and subacute neck pain patients. Regarding exercise, a similar study showed that "high-dosed supervised strengthening exercise" with and without SMT, was superior to a "low dose home mobilization exercise and advice group at 4, 12, 26, and 52 weeks"

      Regarding chronic neck pain patients (that means pain that has been present for greater than 3 months), this study evaluated the changes that occurred in 191 patients. These patients ere randomized to 11 weeks of 1 of 3 treatment groups and evaluated at 3, 6, 12, & 24 months after treatment. The 3 treatment options included: 1. Spinal manipuative therapy (SMT) only, 2. SMT treatment with low-tech neck exercises, or 3. A form of exercises using a MedX rehab machine. The results support the highest level of satisfaction was found in the 2nd group (SMT with low-tech exercise), suggesting that when patients present for treatment, spinal manipulation with low-tech exercises results in the most satisified patient. These findings are important as this tudy evaluated the LONG-TERM benefits in patients who have had neck pain for a long time  (i.e., "chronic"), where most studies only look at the short-term benefits.

      Similar conclusions were reported from perhaps the largest scale study on neck pain based on research from 1980 to 2006 on the use, effectiveness and safety of noninvasive treatment approaches for neck pain and associated disorders. Their review of over 350 articles supported manual therapy (manipulation and mobilzation) and supervised exercise to again, SHINE in their conclusions.

      What is important is that ALL these studies support what chiropractors do: manipulate the neck and give supervised exercises! So, what are you waiting for? SPREAD THE WORD to everyone that you know who has neck pain -- CHIROPRACTIC MAY BE THE BEST CHOICE!!!

       We realize you have a choice in where you choose your healthcare services in Crosby, Highlands, Dayton, and the Huffman areas. If you, a friend, or family member requires care for neck pain, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services and look forward in serving you and your family presently and, in the future. 

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Crosby Chiropractic Center Offers Neck and Headache Pain Relief Through Improved Posture

Posted: March 20, 2015
By: Dr Rob Rosenbaum

     Neck pain is one of the most common complaints for which patients present to chiropractic offices. Headaches are also another very common problem and often go hand-in-hand with the presence of neck pain. So, the question that is frequently asked is, "...why do headaches and neck pain often travel together?"

      There are many types of headaches, some of which are migraine and tension-type headaches being the most common. This week, the focus is on how headaches and the neck are related to each other and what YOU can do about it.

      The relationship between neck pain and headaches is strong! In fact, in some cases, headaches will occur ONLY when the neck hurts. One reason is because the first three nerves that exit out from the top of the cervical spine (C1, C2, and C3) have to travel through the thick group of muscles that insert onto the back/base of the skull along the occipital rim. Because we carry a lot of stress in the neck muscles, when they tighten up, they squeeze or pinch those 3 nerves and pain then radiates into the back of the head and sometimes up and over the vertex to the eyes or behind the eyes. If you take your fingers or thumb and push firmly into those muscles at the very top of the neck or base of the skull, it often feels, "...like a good hurt." This is because they are usually tight since most of us carry our head too far forwards and the muscles have to contract and constantly work to keep the head from gliding even further.

      So, what can YOU do about it? Let's talk about a few GREAT posture training exercises. Tuck in your chin to the point where your voice changes pitch (your voice will start to sound "funny"). At that point, release the chin slightly so the voice clears and stay in that position! That is the posture or head position of choice. Initially, it will be very difficult to remember to hold that position very long because your muscles (and brain) arent used to it, and you'll slip back into the old "forward head carriage" habit or "chin poke" position. So, be patient with yourself because it takes about 3 months of constant self-reminding to "...keep that chin tucked," before this new "habit pattern" is formed in the brain.

       Another great exercise is an "offshoot" of this, where you tuck the chin in as far as you can (making a double or triple chin) holding that position for 3 seconds, and then tip the head back as far as you can without releasing the chin tuck and hold for another 3 seconds. Repeat this 2-3x per "set" and perform this multiple times per day.

      A 3rd great exercise for improving the forward head carriage posture is performed by lying on your back on a bed so that the edge of the bed is at the middle of the neck and your head is dangling off the bed. Take a tightly rolled up towel (a hand size works well) and place it under the neck so that it is resting on the edge of the bed so that your head can fall back towards the floor. Take some deep breaths and concentrate on relaxing all your neck muscles. Periodically, slowly rotate you head left to right, right to left, and "feel" the different muscles stretch as you do this. If you can afford 15 minutes, thats PERFECT! But if you only have a few minutes, it's still GREAT!

       Between maintaining a chin tuck upright posture and retaining the curve in your neck with the head hanging off the bed exercise, you'll feel (and look) much better!

       We realize that you have a choice in where you choose your healthcare services for the Crosby, Huffman, Dayton, and Highlands areas. If you, a friend, or a family member requires care for neck pain or persistent headaches, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services and look forward to serving you and your family, presently and in the future.

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Curing Arthritis Is Getting Older The Real Cause?

Posted: February 20, 2015
By: Dr Rob Rosenbaum

Most people think that arthritis conditions only affect the elderly, but the sad reality is that we see a larger and larger number of younger patients at our office with the beginnings of osteoarthritic spinal degeneration.

Osteoarthritis is most often touted as a "wear and tear" phenomena which, for years, has been associated with aging. This type of arthritis is the most wide-spread and affects the most number of people. In fact, it can be detected in 35% of the general population by the age of 30, although my experience tells me that this number should be closer to 70%. In people 70 years or age or older, this condition is virtually universal and expected, unfortunately. However, this doesnt have to be the case! 

A few years ago, a study by J.S. Lawrence, a U.S. osteoarthritis specialist, even revealed that osteoarthritis can be noted on a x-ray in 10% of 15-year-olds. This is NOT ok!

Osteoarthritis has been characterized clinically by pain, deformity, limitation of movement, and eventually by disability. It has been universally accepted as a simple and inescapable part of aging. Any notion or thought even remotely associated with slowing down, stopping, or reversing this condition has been looked upon as absolute "heresy". Chiropractic care has an answer for this, so lets look at how this could be and how the anatomy here works:

Repairing the Joints

Joints in the body are areas where two bones come together for the purpose of movements. The end of these bones are lined with a very special material called cartilage, which is designed in such a way as to prevent friction, so that each movement is smooth. (As a matter of fact, the surface of cartilage that lines your joints is so perfect as to be almost frictionless). It is also a self-regenerating mehanism. The whole joint is then bathed continuously in a special synovial fluid, which acts like a lubricant. 

Essentially, osteoarthritis is your body's attempt to repair something that has been damaged or under undue stress, such as from a vertebral subluxation -- a change in the alignment of function of some of the bones of the spine.

These vertebrae in the spine are separated by discs, which also undergo changes. A disc tends to decrease in size and fissures from its material lead to instability. The normal body's repair phenomena is called into play in an attempt to stabilize an area. As a result, we see the formation of calcium depositis solidifying the area and bone spurs due to abnormal stresses and pulling of the surrounding tissues. Arthritis is now no longer seen in terms of an actual disease; it is viewed as your body's attempt to repair an area of your spine which has become unstable.

Arthritis is not caused by aging. It is caused by some of the vertbrae in the spine being subluxated and never corrected, among other reasons. Typically, after seeing the arthritic changes on the x-ray, we discover from the patients that they can trace those areas back to earlier traumatic injuries they may have even experienced from childhood or decades prior that originally caused those subluxations to begin with.

Regeneration

It is possible to not only slow down this condition but also to arrest it and actually reverse the damage! It's important to get checked to determine whether or not you have a subluxation, not only from the perspective of ensuring normal health and function of the nervous system, but also to make certain that there is no error in the fuction of the vertebrae. Consult your family chiropractor to find out whether your arthritis can be arresred or reversed and if you are in the Crosby, Highlands, Huffman areas, we at Crosby Chiropractic Center would be more than happy to help with your health needs and get you back to feeling young again!

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Pain Is Really A Pain---But Is It?

Posted: February 6, 2015
By: Dr Rob Rosenbaum

PAIN can be the driving force motivating you to schedule your intial appointment. While certainly pain is not what we want in our lives, it does serve a useful purpose.

The symptom of PAIN is our inherent built-in warning system that something has gone way too far, and an impending crisis is in the works. IT IS NOT OK to ignore, bypass, or cover up this warning signal.

All too often people cover up this symptom called PAIN for months and even years with over-the-counter medication or dangerous addictive prescription drugs. This leads to your underlying condition progressing further and further causing possible permanent damage to discs, nerves, joints, organs, muscles, and other tissue, not to mention the side effects the drugs have on your immune system, heart, kidneys, liver, and other vital organs. This is NOT OK.

The pharmaceutical industry would like you to believe that health is found in a pill or potion. A major drug company recently stated that their intedned goal is to have every American on some sort of "life enhancing" drug from birth to death! And just why would they want that? I'll let you answer that.

Can you imagine a fire raging in your home? The fire department, responding to the alarm, rush to the scene. They burst into your home only to turn the fire alarm off, and then leave without putting out the fire. THAT WOULD BE INSANE!! We would all question the logic, but you see that's what happens when you only mask, or ignore your PAIN . You are just turning the alarm off or muting it.

Besides all of this, your condition was progressing way before you had symptoms, just like the fire was started long before the smoke gets to the alarm and it rings out. While PAIN is generally a poor indicator as to whether your body is truly healthy or not, it is still our first priority to help you relieve your pain as fast as possible. And we at Crosby Chiropractic Center have been helping our patients do just that for over 32 years, servicing and helping the communities of Crosby, Huffman, Highlands, Dayton, and Lake Houston residents to live healthier and pain-free lives.

We believe true health is possible, but the first step is seeking out chiropractic to find the underlying cause to your problem, where we address it, treat it, and enable people to have peace of mind that not only have their symptoms gone away but now they'll understand the root issues and know how to fix them, and thereby are able to return back to doing all the activites they want to do and live life again. 

In Heath,

Dr. Rob Rosenbaum, Dr. Chad Thornton and all the staff at Crosby Chiropractic Center

Crosby Chiropractic Center is located in Crosby Texas, and services the areas of 
Huffman, Highlands, Baytown, Sheldon, Liberty and Dayton.

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Why Is This Happening To Me?!

Posted: January 19, 2015
By: Dr Rob Rosenbaum

    I am often asked by people "Why is this happening to me?" or "Why all of a sudden am I having these symptoms?"

    In reality it is highly likely your present pain/symptoms have been progressing for longer than you can imagine. It is human nature to always want to know there is an immediate cause and effect for your symptoms. You want to know that you did something recently to cause what you are feeling now . You might think you slept wrong, moved wrong, picked up something wrong, sat in your chair wrong, did too much yard work, or you might say I didn't do anything, it just started, etc... The excuses are reasons are endless.

    Unless you have been in an accident, or have had considerable trauma recently, you problbly did not do anything. You see it wasn't what you did or did not do recently . Your body has probably been trying to compensate and adapt for something that happened a long time ago. Your body has done this incredible job of pulling off this compensation day after day, and year after year, until it could no longer adapt and compensate. So, when you don something slightly different, or go above and beyond what your body is used to, have incurred stress in your life,or jar your body even slightly, your body can no longer compensate or adapt as it has over the years and you end up with symptoms.... usually pain !

    98% of the cases I have been treating since 1980, usually have a cause that began long before there were any symptoms. Most of the time you really have not done anything recently to cause your symptoms. It was probably something that happened 10, 20, 30, or even 40 years ago. I know that can be hard to believe, but it's similar to someone who just had a heart attack and is in the hospital. Can you imagine the Doctor asking if they had eaten chicken fried steak last night, and if so, that was the cause of their heart attack? Well, we all know how silly that might sound. It wasn't the chicken fried steak they has last night, it was the poor diet, lack of exercise, stress, and other unhealthy lifestyle habits that went on for years and years that caused the heart attack. Their heart was able to compensate and adapt for a long time until it reached a tipping point and was unable to continue to compensate. 

    It has been found that most fo the spinal problems we now have are the result of what we did when we were kids. As kids, most of us were naturally active and did some crazy stuff. By the time we survived our childhood we have had literally hundreds of falls, accidents, and bone jarring incidents that have caused our spine and pelvis to misalign or subluxate . It was these crazy and seemingly harmless incidents that we appeared to quickly recover from which started the problems and symptoms you now face. You see, your body found a way to compensate for all the childhood falls until too, like the heart attack victim, hit that tipping point . This situation is comparable to how your spine has compensated until you begin having symptoms.  

    Now is the time to commit to fixing the underlying cause of your problems so you can enjoy better health throughout your life. This scenario also raises the next question, which is: When would be the best time to have your spine checked for damaging misalignments called subluxations ? How about when you are a kid!

Ask about our complimentary spinal exam for your children!

 

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