Asheville, Weaverville Chiropractor: Natural headache relief without drugs

 Don't suffer through headaches. Visit your Weaverville Chiropractor, Dr. Chris Thompson. photo. CC0 license.

Don't suffer through headaches. Visit your Weaverville Chiropractor, Dr. Chris Thompson. photo. CC0 license.

Looking into the subject of headaches can give you,,,a headache! There are so many kinds of headaches – tension headaches, cluster headaches, sinus headaches, rebound headaches (from meds, not relationships), caffeine headaches, menstrual headaches, migraines – the list goes on.

A severe headache might make you feel alone, but nothing could be further from the truth. Nine out of 10 Americans report having headaches. Some are mild and annoying, and some are debilitating. The worst kind can put you in bed in a darkened room, nauseated and wanting to die, if that would make the pain go away. For Asheville headache sufferers, there is a natural solution: Make an appointment with Weaverville Chiropractor, Dr. Chris Thompson, and get to the root of the problem instead of just treating symptoms.

If you look at the drugstore shelves for headache medication, the choices are overwhelming. Pain medications are a double-edged sword. They may alleviate some of the discomfort, but at what price to your body? Over the counter (OTC) pain medications come with side effects; some are serious or potentially fatal.

Large doses of OTC meds have been linked to liver and kidney dysfunction, rashes, allergic reactions, stomach ulcers and more Seek immediate emergency help if you experience rashes, breathing difficulty, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat after taking OTC medications. Sometimes the headaches are the result of withdrawing from the OTC medication. This is the rebound headache mentioned above.

Even if you do experience pain relief without obvious side effects, medication does not get to the cause of your headaches. When the headaches return, your only recourse is more medication.

That’s where chiropractic care comes in. Chiropractors are experts in finding the cause of your headache (and other) pain. Headaches can be caused by poor posture, spinal misalignment (also known as subluxations), and forward neck posture (too much time staring into your computer). Other headache triggers are blood sugar changes, excessive exercise, loud noise, bright lights – the list goes on.

Headaches can be triggered by food allergies, stress, or even withdrawal from over the counter pain meds. Don’t dismiss them lightly. About 5% of headaches can be warning signals of more serious physical problems. The rest are known as primary headaches. They are not signals of other diseases, but the primary focus of concern.  Whatever their cause, a visit to Weaverville Chiropractor can help.

For tension headaches and headaches originating in the neck, spinal manipulation, one of the primary tools of chiropractic physicians, has been proven to be a very effective treatment option.

Research shows that spinal manipulation – one of the primary treatments provided by doctors of chiropractic – may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck. A 2014 report in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) found that interventions commonly used in chiropractic care improved outcomes for the treatment of acute and chronic neck pain, and that chiropractic care, including spinal manipulation, improves migraine and other headache types.

In addition to back and neck adjustments, your visit to Weaverville Chiropractor may include:

  • Ice
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Myofascial release technique
  • Graston technique: Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) to release adhesions in the connective tissue for skeletal muscles 

So don’t just suffer through headaches. Make an appointment today, and take the first steps toward the Well-Adjusted Life.

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Doc, my shoulder hurts. A lot!

  Photo by Scott Web, Pexels CCO License

Photo by Scott Web, Pexels CCO License

Throughout history our shoulders have been symbols of strength, virtue, and unity. Atlas, the Titan, balanced the world on his shoulders. Strong individuals are said to “shoulder” responsibility. When we join forces in a common cause, we say we are shoulder to shoulder with our sisters and brothers. When we’re mad or fed up with someone, we give them the cold shoulder.

As body parts go, our shoulders are amazing. The way our shoulders are designed reveals both weaknesses and strengths. On the weakness side, the shoulder is a very shallow ball and socket joint. This makes it unstable and dependent upon a group of four muscles and their tendons for support. This group of muscles and tendons is called the rotator cuff.

The advantage of such a shallow socket is that it creates a really wide range of movement and flexibility. Our shoulder sockets allow our arms to move in most any direction, providing for an impressive range of motion. Our shoulders participate in nearly everything we do, from sports to everyday activities in the office.

Those office activities, as well as sports, put stress on our shoulders, and over time they begin to show signs of complaint. First comes “Rotator Cuff Syndrome.” If left untreated this can lead to rotator cuff tears and trauma.

How Do I Know If I Have Rotator Cuff Syndrome?

1.    Do you have shoulder pain when you raise your arms above your head?

2.    Does shoulder stiffness or pain prevent you from scratching your own back?

3.    Does your shoulder hurt if you sleep on your side?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might have rotator cuff syndrome.

Rotator Cuff Syndrome is inflammation of the muscles supporting the shoulder joint. This inflammation creates pain and stiffness that may spread to the neck and shoulder blades. Symptoms might range from a deep stabbing pain or a dull ache in the shoulder when reaching back or above the head. Activities that once were easy become painful, like playing tennis or golf, reaching for objects on high shelves, or using a hand-held hair dryer.

What Causes Rotator Cuff Syndrome?

Repetitive lifting is one cause. So is sitting at a desk all day, hunched over a computer. Front upper body muscles shorten and become tight, while rear upper body muscles lengthen and weaken. This causes a forward head posture and a rounding forward of the shoulders, creating stress on sensitive rotator cuff muscles.  If left untreated, this can lead to micro-tears in muscles, followed by pain and inflammation.

Some groups of people are more prone to Rotator Cuff Syndrome. Baseball, golf, and tennis players may develop repetitive motion injuries. Susceptibility increases with age, and diabetics often show symptoms.

Over time, Rotator Cuff Syndrome may result in a full-blown tearing of the tendons that support the shoulder’s four muscle groups. Don’t let that happen to you. Seek treatment as soon as painful shoulder symptoms appear.

Chiropractic and Shoulder Pain

Common medical treatments for Rotator Cuff Syndrome are steroidal injections and surgery. We recommend these only as a last resort.  Surgery is traumatic and may have a difficult recovery time. Steroidal treatments are limited to just a few, due to the destructive nature of steroids on the joints, tendons, and muscles themselves. They also increase the risk of additional injury, since the shoulder will “feel better,” without addressing the cause of the problem.

Regular chiropractic care can alleviate rotator cuff inflammation and reduce or eliminate pain naturally, without surgery or injections.

At our office we treat Rotator Cuff Syndrome with a blend of healing modalities. First, a comprehensive exam can identify sources of pain and inflammation. Then we address the problem through physical therapy, adjustment of the humeral scapula joint (shoulder), and neck and spinal adjustments as needed. Many of our patients report long-lasting, natural relief of their pain and inflammation.

So if you suffer from shoulder pain in Asheville, Weaverville, Mars Hill, or Marshall, call for an appointment today. Our comprehensive evaluation and treatment program can put you quickly on the road to recovery.

Why do I have heel and foot pain?

Walking On Broken Glass. It’s a great song, but a horrible feeling, especially when getting out of bed in the morning. Yet this is how some people describe the pain of plantar fasciitis (pronounced PLAN-ter fash-ee-EYE-tus).

Do I have Plantar Fasciitis?

It starts with a sharp pain on the bottom of your foot, traveling to the front of the heel. It becomes painful to put your weight on it. Those first few steps upon arising in the morning can be agonizing. The pain originates in the flat band of tissue called the plantar fascia, which joins your heel bone to your toes and supports the arch of your foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

There are multiple factors that might cause inflammation of the plantar fascia such as flat feet or overly high arches, poorly fitting shoes, and tight Achilles tendons, to name a few. The pain is caused when misalignment of the bones in the heel and foot put stress on the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. This makes the foot more susceptible to damage and inflammation. If these misalignments are not corrected, the body responds by depositing calcium at the bottoms of your feet, resulting in heel spurs.

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. Two million Americans a year are given this diagnosis. It is often seen in runners, pregnant women, overweight people, and wearers of shoes with inadequate support. It typically affects people between the ages of 40 and 70, but often affects younger people, too.

Conventional treatments include NSAIDs, icing, stretching, strapping and taping, and in some cases patients are given steroidal injections. Steroids carry risks, including an initial flare-up in which the pain may actually worsen for several days before relief, if any becomes evident.

For many of our patients, drugs are just not an option. That’s why they seek chiropractic help for their foot pain. Let’s just say they’ve come to the right place.

How Chiropractic Treatment Helps Plantar Fasciitis

Some conditions clear up by themselves. Plantar fasciitis is not one of them. Don’t waste time! Delay in treatment usually results in prolonging your misery.

Chiropractic approaches to plantar fasciitis employ gentle, low-force adjustments to correct misalignment in the affected foot. Although many patients start feeling some relief at their first visit, it’s important to know that recovery from plantar fasciitis takes time. After all, you use your feet all the time!

Chiropractic care can help you deal with a very significant contributing factor to plantar fasciitis: bad posture. Your gait and the amount of impact inflicted upon your feet are both impacted by your posture. Seeking chiropractic treatment to improve your posture can improve the way your feet function as you walk or run. This is why eliminating bodily misalignments can make treatment of plantar fasciitis far more effective.  

Chiropractic on its own can be an effective treatment for plantar fasciitis. It’s also a great compliment to other therapies, such as physical therapy and myofascial release to speed healing and provide improved mobility.

It’s important to be patient. Plantar fasciitis may take several months to heal. After all, you didn’t acquire the condition overnight. It took years to develop. Adding chiropractic to your recovery plan helps you to feel better faster, reducing your pain and shortening your recovery time.

My therapies include myofascial release (Graston technique), ultrasound, targeted stretches of the foot and calf, as well as adjustment of the lower extremities and pelvis. Chiropractic is a whole body approach to wellness, Even though the pain is in the foot, as previously mentioned, the foot is not isolated from the rest of your body.

My approach to plantar fasciitis (as well as other conditions) is the result of decades of practice. I have helped countless patients with sports injuries, sciatica, shoulder pain, wrist pain, and foot pain (with plantar fasciitis being a favorite of mine).

Make an appointment today and start feeling better. Call or send a text at 828-777-6115. Nothing makes me feel better than making you feel better.