Headache Relief

Headache Relief

It seems that headaches are a common aggravation throughout life today. Whether it be at work, school, or any atmosphere, headaches can plague any person. Although a common issue – it isn’t something to simply set aside. If you are suffering from headaches, learn more about how to achieve headache relief today!

Headaches, of course, have multiple origins. They fall under three main classifications, which clarify the causes. The most common – up to 95% of all headaches – are known as Primary Headaches. This category includes migraines, cluster headaches, and tension headaches. Secondary Headaches are the second most common classification. These headaches result from medical conditions such as sinus infections or even a brain tumor. The last category includes headaches caused by inflammation of nerves and facial pain due to trigeminal neuralgia (nerve pain involving the branches of the trigeminal nerve).

Tension headaches, a type of Primary Headache, are the most common of all. They are associated with tension in the muscles of the neck, and there are multiple ways to relieve that stress. At Grieb Chiropractic Clinic, we can help relieve the pain of a headache.

Headache Relief

Going about your day, there are things you can do to help reduce the pain of a headache. If you are sitting in a fixed position – such as reading a book or looking at a computer – we recommend getting up and stretching every half an hour. This can help release the tension in your neck that builds up. Another recommendation is to include light exercises, such as walking or doing aerobics, in order to stretch the muscles in your body. TMJ (stress in the temporomandibular joints – the joints connecting your jaw to your skull) is also a common cause of headaches. Avoiding clenching your teeth can help you avoid this tension.

Although not a tension issue, avoiding dehydration by drinking plenty of water is another strategy to keep the pain of headaches away.

Grieb Chiropractic Clinic can release the stress of headaches by performing spinal manipulation and correction, which can improve many issues related to headaches (by reducing muscle tension, improving blood flow, decreasing blood pressure, relieving nerve impingement, etc.). Advice on posture and even nutrition is also offered at our office to help you.

There have been more than 250 studies showing that chiropractic care is an efficient treatment of headache disorders. Compared to drug therapy patients – who have returned to their original state of pain – chiropractic patients continue to benefit, even after the treatments have stopped. At Grieb Chiropractic Clinic, a free spinal analysis is offered so you can discover the root of your headaches. Give us a call to schedule an appointment at (724)-935-6050 today, and avoid the pain of a headache!


Back Pain in Children – Back to School

Back Pain in ChildrenCommercials for back to school sales litter television programs across the nation as fall steadily approaches. While the countless brands of notebooks, pencils, and school clothes are constantly on display, there is one critical component that these promotions fail to advertise: the potential dangers of an overburdened backpack. Our children carry books, binders, folders, lunches, and even instruments to and from school five days a week. If the weight of these items rests unevenly on their backs, this constant strain may lead to damaging results. Regularly supporting an inappropriate amount of weight may distort the natural curves of the middle and lower back, cause rounding of the shoulders, or require your child to lean forward or sideways and stand off balance. These may seem like harmless effects, but when repeated day in and day out, these habits force the muscles to strain in order to compensate for the uneven weight distribution. This can result in muscle strain, muscle spasm, and back pain in the short term, and potentially lead to back problems later in life if left unaddressed. In addition, a heavy backpack may pull on the neck muscles and cause headaches, shoulder pain, or pain that radiates into the arms. Even with all of this in mind regarding back pain in children, your back to school shopping list still requires a backpack. But, these school bags do not have to be inherently dangerous. With the proper design and attention to its contents, they can be a safe mode of transportation for your child’s school supplies. Here are a few tips on how to choose the right backpack for your child, as well as some simple steps to ensure safe and even weight distribution throughout the year.

Back Pain in Children

Some sources claim a backpack should weigh no more than 10-15% of a child’s body weight, but most research on this topic provides inconsistent recommendations for this ratio. While this answer remains unclear, there are still quick and easy ways to reduce, redistribute, and stabilize the weight on your child’s back. When selecting a backpack, choose one made of light material, such as canvas instead of leather. Make sure that it has two padded and adjustable straps that are no less than two inches wide, and contains a hip strap or waist belt to redistribute excess weight from the shoulders to the pelvis. Finally, consider choosing a backpack with wheels so your child has the option to roll their bag instead of carrying it. If your child does carry his or her backpack, stress the importance of using both straps instead of one, and never allow the bag to hang off of one shoulder. Adjust the straps so that the backpack rests just below the neck and two inches above the waist. This way, the weight is kept snug on the back and prevented from sagging below the bottom. When filling the backpack with school supplies, place the heaviest items in first so that they are supported closest to the body, and fill each compartment equally so that the weight is evenly distributed along the spinal column. If your child must lean forward to compensate for the extra weight, the backpack is too heavy. Last but not least, consider having your child carry their lunchbox, instrument, or laptop separately to avoid the strain of including these heavier items in the mix. If your child still complains of back pain at any point during the school year, we offer a free spinal analysis at Grieb Chiropractic Clinic to address the aches and strains life places on a growing body. We can help to reduce back pain in children.

Each of the procedures throughout the appointment will be customized to fit a child’s unique height and weight, and applied gently enough to ensure a comfortable and pleasant experience for even the most nervous patient. Careful spinal manipulation with trigger point therapy will align misplaced vertebrae into the proper position, correcting the results of poor posture from an overburdened school bag. Continue frequent visits year-round to maintain optimum spinal health and guarantee a future of full-body wellness. As your child attends school 9 months out of the year, one visit to our office is not enough to correct the existing problem or prevent future injury. Make chiropractic as routine for your child as bringing a backpack to school. To avoid back pain in children give us a call to schedule an appointment at (724)-935-6050 today!Children Back Pain

 

 


Temporomandibular Joint Discorder – TMJ

TMJ DisorderWould you ever guess that the source of your chronic headaches could start in the jaw? As it turns out, your chiropractor and your dentist might have more in common than you would think. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) describes a condition in which one or both of the hinges connecting the mandible to the skull (or the upper and lower jaw) suffers acute or chronic inflammation and fails to work properly. This hinge allows the jaw to move forward, backward, and side-to-side, and is one of the most complex joints in the human body. A misalignment between the upper and lower jaw can feel as though your jaw is “stuck” momentarily, and is often accompanied by popping or clicking sounds. Symptoms associated with this disorder include tenderness or soreness in the jaw, neck, and upper back muscles; pain induced by yawning, opening the mouth widely, or chewing; clicking or popping sounds when the mouth is opened or closed; and headaches, earaches, or pain behind the eyes. The primary cause of TMJ remains unknown, but bruxism (teeth grinding), trauma, and degenerative joint diseases normally aggravate these symptoms. In short, temporomandibular joint disorder is all too common.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

While there is no definitive cure for TMJ, leading dental experts recommend a few popular approaches to treatment: medication (muscle relaxers, aspirin, or over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs), night guards (to reduce the effects of tooth clenching and grinding), relaxation (developing techniques to reduce the tension in your jaw), and finally, corrective surgery if all else fails. Like any other joint in the body, degenerative and arthritic effects may set in if this problem remains unaddressed.  So where does chiropractic come into play? In its most basic form, TMJ characterizes the misfiring of a complex system of muscles, discs, ligaments, and bones. Sound familiar? Chiropractic medicine is designed to correct precisely these issues, regardless of where they occur in the body. It relaxes the muscles, adjusts the joints, and utilizes specific trigger points to properly re-position the body. At Grieb Chiropractic Clinic, we offer a free spinal analysis to correct the symptoms of TMJ and realign both your jaw and spine to achieve full body wellness. Here’s how chiropractic can help.

At your free spinal analysis, you will undergo a series of x-rays to determine whether your symptoms are indeed the result of TMJ or a misalignment of your cervical spine. If you do suffer from TMJ, this treatment will relieve tight muscles in your back and spine and reduce the amount of stress placed on the jaw. More specifically, we will use active release techniques around the afflicted area to specially care for this condition. First, active release treatment involves gently massaging the muscles surrounding the jaw on both sides. Then, the joint is adjusted using hand and instrument contact that is specific to the jaw. Not only can this approach ease the negative side effects of TMJ, but also greatly increase range of motion while opening and closing the mouth. This disorder could potentially relapse if ignored, so make sure you continue to visit our office and receive the full benefits of chiropractic care. Realign your spine and nervous system, and stop suffering needlessly from TMJ. Give us a call to set up an appointment at (724)-935-6050 today!


Neck Pain – Grieb Chiropractic

Neck PainSummer is the season for reconnecting with friends and family, and spending a little extra time with those you love. Unfortunately, a portion of this time is normally spent telling both kids and adults alike to set aside their electronic devices. While the greatest benefit of putting down your phone is fully appreciating those around you, there is more than one reason to cut down on screen time this summer. As you type, text, or read on a handheld device, your neck bends at an unnatural angle and strains the muscles in the upper back causing neck pain. A study published in the journal Surgical Technology International reports that, “An adult head weighs 10-12 pounds in a neutral position, but by tilting it forward, the forces it exerts on the neck can surge – up to 60 pounds when the head is tilted by 60 degrees.” This means that while leaning forward to look at your phone and send a text message, you can place up to 60 pounds of extra weight on your neck. 60 pounds! Consistently requiring your neck to support this excess weight could lead to a host of issues, especially if you remain in this position for an extended period of time. The long-term complications that may result from this extra strain range from normal wear and tear to degeneration and possible surgeries. In fact, this method of injury has become so common that it now has its own name – “text neck.”

“Text Neck” Neck Pain

“Text neck” refers to pain and neck damage sustained by looking down at your cell phone, tablet, or wireless device too frequently and for too long. The symptoms associated with “text neck” (in addition to neck pain and soreness) are sharp, nagging upper back pain and muscle spasms, shoulder pain and tightness, and pain radiating down into the arms and hands from a pinched cervical nerve. If left untreated, these symptoms may lead to chronic problems. “Text neck” is known to cause the early onset of arthritis in the neck in addition to the alteration of the natural spinal curve, resulting in permanent muscular and spinal deformation. Teenagers and children are especially prone to these effects during their developmental stages, but this phenomenon is equally concerning for adults. According to a recent study conducted by the International Data Corporation (IDC), “79% of the population between the ages of 18 and 44 have their cell phones with them almost all of the time – with only 2 hours of their waking day spent without their cell phone on hand.” We depend on the modern conveniences afforded by technology every day. As a result, we need to be aware of the unfortunate side effects that arise from its overuse, and know how to address the warning signs of a permanent health issue. At Grieb Chiropractic, we offer a free spinal analysis that will allow us to assess any pain or discomfort in your neck and upper back, and begin a treatment plan to restore full mobility in those areas affected by “text neck.” Here’s how chiropractic can help.

During your free spinal analysis, we will most likely recommend an adjustment to gently correct the position of your spine. This spinal manipulation will properly align the vertebrae in your neck and upper back, and alleviate the danger of a pinched nerve or herniated disc. Specific hand contact, massaging, and stretching will begin to ease muscle strain and discomfort, and EMS technology will further reduce the irritated and inflamed areas. With repeated visits and dedication to spinal health, we will ensure your immediate comfort as well as your future wellbeing. While chiropractic care provides vital steps toward recovery from “text neck” symptoms, there are simple habits you can practice at home to reduce the likelihood of future strain.  Ultimately, you want to avoid bending your head forward for extended periods of time. While looking at a handheld device, make sure that the screen is kept at eye level. If you work at an office, position your computer in a way that aligns your head squarely with your shoulders and spine as you look forward. Finally, you should take frequent breaks throughout the day to look up from your device and remove the excess weight to avoid neck pain. Gentle treatments provided by Grieb Chiropractic, combined with careful attention to posture and technology usage at home, will spare you and your family of injuries caused by “text neck.” Give us a call to set up an appointment at (724)-935-6050 today!


Bring Your Children To Get Adjusted – Chiropractic Care For Children

Chiropractic Care For ChildrenYou wouldn’t leave your kids out of your plans to visit the family physician for a checkup, would you? What makes the family chiropractor any different? Chiropractic treatment presents unique benefits to people of all ages, but can be especially valuable to children as a form of preventative care. Children are constantly growing and changing in their early stages of life, which makes them particularly vulnerable to spinal misalignment. Chiropractic care for children is important because a minor misalignment may not result in immediate pain or discomfort, but could require the same attention and care as an injury to prevent spinal nerve stress.

Chiropractic Care For Children

Spinal nerve stress results from any misalignment of the spine, hips, or cranium (also known as a “subluxation,” or a pinched nerve) that irritates the surrounding nerves and impairs the function of the nervous system. As the nervous system regulates and controls all systems of the body (circulatory, respiratory, digestive, hormonal, eliminative, and immune) a subluxation could debilitate any aspect of your child’s health. The risk of spinal misalignment begins as early as birth. Even the most natural birthing process places stress on an infant’s spine and nervous system, which could result in common complications like colic, breathing problems, sleep disturbances, and nursing difficulties. As your child ages, even every day activities like bike riding may cause subluxations. If spinal nerve stress is not properly addressed and treated during this time, it can leave lasting effects on the health and performance of an adult spine.

Chiropractor for Babies Chiropractic care does aim to treat disease, but rather restore the body to normal function and allow it to properly regulate and heal itself. By gently adjusting the spine to correct alignment, this natural form of treatment relieves interference of the nervous system and allows each of the body’s systems to work at full efficiency. Ear infections are one of the most common afflictions that affect young children, and one that responds well to a conservative approach to treatment. Ear infections occur when too much fluid or pressure builds up in the ear canal, and can result in painful soreness, popping or ringing in the ear, difficulty hearing, or fever. These symptoms are often treated with antibiotics or the surgical implementation of ear tubes. However, this type of approach leaves the child vulnerable to the adverse effects of surgery, or at risk of contracting another infection after developing a resistance to the antibiotic. At Grieb Chiropractic, we offer a free spinal analysis in a family-friendly atmosphere that will allow us to identify any subluxations in your child’s spine, and restore his or her body’s systems to full efficiency without the use of antibiotics. Here’s how chiropractic can help.

Spinal manipulation, combined with specific hand contact and gentle stretching, will alleviate the subluxation and position the vertebrae back into correct alignment. These procedures are customized to fit a growing child’s unique height, weight, and spinal condition, and are applied gently to avoid discomfort. With the spine in proper position, particularly the vertebrae located in the upper neck, the excess amount of fluid in an infected ear will be able to drain more easily through the Eustachian tube and remedy the current affliction, as well as prevent future infection by keeping this pathway open and clear.

As previously stated, chiropractic care does not in itself cure disease. Instead, it acts as a restorative and preventative measure that enables the body to work efficiently and heal ailments without antibiotics or invasive procedures. While chiropractic is often only considered after a serious injury or the presence of back pain, it should be a regular part of your child’s routine to ensure a future of full body health and well being. Try chiropractic first. Chiropractic care for children is a call away. Call 724-935-6050 today!Chiropractor for Babies


Herniated Disc — Shooting Pain, Tingling, or Numbness

Herniated Disc

Are you afflicted by an unknown source of shooting pain, tingling, or numbness down the arms or legs? How about pain radiating down your body as far as the calf muscle, or even the foot? If you unfortunately find yourself nodding “yes” in response to either of these questions, you might be suffering from a herniated disc. The leading cause of lower back and leg pain (sciatica), herniated discs occur most often in the lumbar region of the lower spine, but can also appear in the upper neck and shoulder regions. In order to recognize the presence of a herniated disc, and understand why this injury can be debilitating if not properly treated, it is helpful to be familiar with the basic anatomy of the spine.

What is a Herniated Disc?

The spine consists of individual bones (vertebrae) stacked on top of one another and separated by circular pads, or inter-vertebral discs. These discs give the spine its ability to bend and twist, in addition to providing critical protection in the form of shock absorption. Inter-vertebral discs consist of two main components: the inner, jelly-like substance known as the Nucleus Pulposis, and the outer ring of ligaments that surround this substance called the Annulus Fibrosis. This ring of annulus fibers keeps the jelly-like nucleus in the center of the inter-vertebral disc when gravity compresses an upright spine under normal conditions. However, if the fibers of the Annulus Fibrosis become weakened or strained, the Nucleus Pulposis can become inflamed, bulge (herniate), or even rupture outside of the vertebrae and into the spinal canal. Developing a herniated disc grows more likely with age, but it can also be the result of twisting or lifting a heavy object. The symptoms of this injury vary from case to case, but can include tingling, aching, or burning sensations in the afflicted area, pain or numbness extending to the arms and legs, muscle weakness, or pain that worsens after sitting, standing, or walking short distances. The presence of leg pain stems from the added pressure that the herniated disc places on the spinal nerves as they run through the spinal canal. If left untreated, a herniated disc can leave permanent nerve damage, and cause a loss of sensation or muscular strength in the back of the legs and inner thighs. Before a taking a surgical approach to this problem, we recommend the conservative treatment provided by chiropractic care. At Grieb Chiropractic Clinic, we offer a free spinal analysis that will allow us identify the presence of a herniated disc, and determine the proper course of therapy that will heal the injury without the use of invasive procedures. Here’s how chiropractic can help.

What is the most effective treatment?

The most effective chiropractic treatment for a herniated disc is the use of the Cox Technique, or spinal flexion distraction. This technique utilizes a specially designed table to administer stretches that gently lengthen and decompress the spine. During treatment, the patient lies face down and the lower half of the table supporting the legs remains mobile. The doctor then guides this section down and away while applying specially targeted hand contact to stabilize the vertebrae above the affected disc. This series of stretches is applied with a push-pull movement in a way that is rhythmical, slow, and smooth, and ultimately intended to reduce the amount of pressure on the damaged inter vertebral disc. This decrease in pressure not only reduces pain in the surrounding area, but also aids in the healing of the strained outer ring of the damaged inter-vertebral disc. The movements create a “vacuum effect” on its inner nucleus (known as disc decompression) drawing the substance back into the center of the disc and reducing the size of or completely resorbing the herniation. This decreases the pressure that was placed on the spinal nerves by the bulging disc, and stops pain, tingling, and numbness from radiating into the legs. The spinal flexion distraction treatments provided at Grieb Chiropractic, combined with electrical stimulation and physiological therapeutics from repeated visits, will ease your immediate discomfort and begin preventative care for your future well being. Try chiropractic first. Give us a call to set up an appointment at (724)-935-6050 today!


Whiplash — Hurt in an Accident?

 

WhiplashAs summertime comes into full swing, thoughts of beach vacations, relaxing by the pool, and time spent with family are first on everyone’s mind. While summer vacation has always been a cherished pastime for kids (and adults) alike, it also brings an invisible danger that people often fail to consider. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the summer months prove more dangerous than those in winter for car safety and frequency of auto accidents. July, August, and September have consistently held the highest rates of car accidents compared to any other months during the year. Several factors contribute to this spike in auto accidents over the summer, such as a greater number of teenage drivers on the road, drivers on vacation who are travelling and therefore unfamiliar with the area, an increase in construction and maintenance work, and tire blowouts due to overheating which can result in whiplash. If you or someone you know falls victim to this trend, the best course of action involves more than just repairing a damaged vehicle.Hurt in an Accident? -- Whiplash

Whiplash

Whiplash, the most common injury resulting from a car accident, can go weeks without detection and have permanent effects on your health and well being if left untreated. “Whiplash” refers to an injury of the neck/upper back caused by a sudden, forceful movement of the head, either back-and-forth or sideways. It is characterized by an extremely rapid extension and flexion of the neck, such as the type of movement you would experience if you were involved in a fender bender. This movement can damage the supporting muscles, connective tissues, and ligaments in the surrounding areas of the injury. The effects of this injury can appear as a variety of symptoms, such as neck pain, headaches, fatigue, and upper back, shoulder, or lower back pain. As previously mentioned, these effects are often delayed and can take weeks, or even months, to fully develop. Even if you do not experience severe pain immediately after a minor accident, you may have sustained a whiplash injury. At Grieb Chiropractic Clinic, we offer a free spinal analysis to evaluate and treat whiplash symptoms, and can start you on the road to recovery back to the full enjoyment of your summer. Here’s how chiropractic can help.

WhiplashDuring an initial spinal analysis, you will receive an evaluation of your spine as a whole, not just the afflicted area. This allows us to identify any other regions of the spine that may have been affected, and check for restricted joint motion, intervertebral disc injury, muscle spasm, and ligament injury. The primary form of chiropractic treatment for these symptoms involves spinal manipulation and adjustment, which reduces inflammation of the nervous system and realigns the spine to its correct position to prevent future injuries. This treatment can be supplemented with electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) technology to further reduce painful irritation. In addition, gentle stretching and massaging of the injured area increases its range of motion, targeting the trigger points that relieve pain in these tightened muscles. After the initial phase of treatment, continued visits to our office will ensure your full recovery and future well being. The combination of these treatments, along with rest and recurrent visits, will work to restore your full range of motion and begin a lifelong habit of spinal care and attention. In addition to a free spinal analysis, Grieb Chiropractic Clinic offers 100% reimbursement toward the treatment of injuries sustained in auto accidents, meaning you will pay nothing out of pocket to ensure your long-term health and comfort. At our office, we can help you and your loved ones recover from life’s unexpected accidents and get back to enjoying time spent together this summer. Give us a call to set up an appointment at (724)-935-6050 today!


Back Pain Relief – Chiropractor in Wexford

Back Pain Relief

Among people seeking Back Pain relief alternatives, most choose chiropractic treatment. Approximately 22 million Americans visit chiropractors annually. Of these, 7.7 million, are seeking relief from Back Pain from various causes, including accidents, sporting events, and muscle strains. Other complaints include pain in the neck, arms, and legs, and headaches.

Chiropractor in Wexford

Chiropractor in Wexford

Chiropractors like myself use hands-on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments to properly alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spine. This will help the body to heal itself functioning at your peak capacity. Manipulation is used to restore mobility to joints restricted by tissue injury caused by a traumatic event, such as falling, or repetitive stress, such as sitting without proper back support.

At Grieb Chiropractic Clinic we have three clinical goals for every patient:

1.  Pain Relief

2.  Rehabilitation of Findings

3.  Prevention of Future Injuries

The Grieb Chiropractic Clinic Wexford and Conneaut Lake locations techniques and protocols utilize a gentle approach of Chiropractic treatment in conjunction with stretching and strengthening exercises to provide pain relief and achieve your personal goals of health.

Come in to your Chiropractor in Wexford today to receive a free spinal analysis!