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Voice For Health – Finding Yourself In A Pinch

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Voice For Health – Finding Yourself In A Pinch

Dr. Freedman

When you experience a “pins and needles” sensation, feel tingly, or suffer from muscle weakness, you may have a “pinched” nerve. Also known as “radiculopathy,” a pinched or compressed nerve occurs when bone, muscle, ligaments, or cartilage press against a nerve. Aside from the potential for significant discomfort or weakness, a pinched nerve in the ...

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Arm’s-Length Diagnosis

Dr. Freedman
When patients suffer from elbow problems, the wrist and shoulder are also probably involved. Because of this, chiropractors are likely to make a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan that takes arm function into account. While the most common sign of elbow injury is a loss of motion in the flexion/extension plane, the chiropractor’s assessment will also include the rotary movements and the functions of nerves and muscles. In addition, because elbow pain is sometimes referred from other sites, the chiropractor will include a thorough upper-extremity and neck examination. The patient will also be asked questions that will help ascertain whether the injury represents a single acute event or a longstanding condition.

Chiropractic helps to remove postural imbalances and structural misalignments that can accumulate in our bodies over time. It works by restoring your own inborn ability to be healthy. To schedule an appointment for chiropractic care, please call FAMILY PRACTICE OF CHIROPRACTIC at 617-472-4220. Our office is located at 112 McGrath Hwy., Quincy. We accept most major insurance plans.

 

P.S. If numbness or tingling accompanies elbow pain, nerve involvement is likely.

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Chiropractor As Gait Keeper

Dr. Freedman
Simply stated, the term “gait” refers to the way a person walks. While walking may seem to be an uncomplicated activity, injuries, underlying conditions, or problems with the legs and feet can lead to an abnormal gait that can compromise a person’s mobility and health.

For this reason, chiropractors devote a good deal of their attention to evaluating the gait of their patients for signs of abnormal gaits such as “spastic gait” (dragging the feet), “scissor’s gait” (crossed legs that hit while walking), “steppage gait” (pointing the toes inward and scraping them on the ground), “waddling gait,” “propulsive gait” (head and neck pushed forward), and “limp.” Once diagnosed, chiropractors treat abnormal gait by determining and correcting the underlying cause.

A person’s gait can reveal problems in the feet, ankles, knees, and hips – even in spinal alignment. A problem with gait can indicate pain in a patient as well as serious conditions like diabetes and arthritis. To schedule an appointment, please call   at 617-472-4220. We accept most major insurance plans which included but not limited to Blue Cross Blue Shield, Harvard Pilgrim, Tufts, Mass Health Standard, Neighborhood Health Plan, Medicare, Network Health. Our family-oriented practice is located at 112 McGrath Hwy., Quincy.

 

P.S. Because an individual with an abnormal gait may develop additional aches and pains associated with his or her walking pattern, it is important to address the problem.

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Voice For Health – Searing Facial Pain

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When there is the experience of brief, sharp pain across the face that seems as if it were an electrical shock, the problem is most likely “trigeminal neuralgia.” The pain, which may occur intermittently over the course of a few days, is caused by compression of the trigeminal nerve that is located on each side ...

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Voice For Health – Opposing Forces

Dr. Freedman

When engaging in strength training, it is very important to keep opposing muscles in balance. The fact is that each muscle group has an opposing muscle group that works with it. The muscle (or muscle group) that contracts and gets shorter is known as the “agonist,” while the opposing muscle (or group) lengthens and is ...

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Voice For Health – Degenerating Discs

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As one might suspect, no part of the body is immune from the effects of aging. In the case of the discs positioned between each bone (vertebra) in our backs, “disc degeneration” is a common problem that is experienced by nearly 40% of the population age 40 years and older. According to a ten-year study ...

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Voice For Health – Improved Posture May Elevate Mood

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There are a number of reasons to improve bad posture including increased flexibility, which lessens susceptibility to injury. As if any more reason were needed, a correct alignment of the hips, spine, neck, and jaw may actually improve mood. So says a preliminary study involving 61 individuals with mild to moderate depression. As a whole, ...

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Voice For Health – Caring For Caregivers

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If you are caring for a spouse or other loved one with limited mobility, you may find that pushing a wheelchair results in shoulder and back pain. This discomfort is likely caused by exerting too much force on your lumbar (lower) spine and shoulders, which can lead to injury. According to a recent study, injuries ...

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Voice For Health – Tight Hamstrings, Painful Backs

Dr. Freedman

If you feel stiff and tight after sitting for prolonged periods of time, the problem may reside with your “hamstring muscles,” the three long bundles of muscle in the back of the upper legs. When you sit, the hamstrings move into a shortened position. The more sitting you do, the shorter the hamstrings get. As ...

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Voice For Health – Discontinuity

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As you may already know, “discs” are the pads of cartilage that are positioned between adjacent vertebrae that act as “shock absorbers.” Each disc consists of a fibrous outer ring of cartilage that encases a jelly-like layer of soft cartilage. As we age, intervertebral discs can shrink, which results in a “bulging” or “herniated” disc ...

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