Monday, May 18, 2020

4 Stretches to Provide Pain Relief While Working at Home

If you’ve been working from home, think about how much movement you’re getting throughout the day. You wake up, walk from your bedroom to the kitchen, poor a cup of coffee, then head to your home office to begin the day. Lunchtime rolls around when you grab a bite to eat, then back to work. When the day finally ends, you probably go sit at the kitchen table, eat dinner, relax on the couch to unwind, and then off to bed … only to wake up the next day and do it all over again. This is a typical day for millions of Americans right now.

What’s the answer?


You have to get your body moving and out of the house! Take 30-45 minutes to work out in the morning or afternoon. This could be a walk or run around the neighborhood, or a series of body weight exercises. If you’re lucky enough to have a home gym, go ahead and pump some iron. Mobility is also important! Spend 2-3 minutes every hour stretching. That might seem like a lot, but its only 2-3 minutes, and in reality, if you mute yourself on those conference calls, so you can multitask.

Spending 2-3 minutes every hour to do some general maintenance on your body will help counteract a lot of the physical stress and achiness you experience while working from home.

Read the full article on our website to see the 4 stretches Dr. Gessert recommends to keep you active while working at home.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Getting Relief from Back Pain while Working from Home

Many folks have been working from home over the past month and a half, and many of our favorite businesses have shut down. Gyms, restaurants, movie theaters, schools, and daycares are the places we frequent the most.

Since we’re encouraged to leave our homes only for groceries and essential health services, most of us have been pretty sedentary.

Research shows that a sedentary lifestyle leads to a myriad of health problems. According to the World Health organization, a sedentary lifestyle leads to an increase in all causes of mortality. It also leads to double the risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.

In addition to chronic conditions, being sedentary contributes to a number of musculoskeletal conditions including shoulder, hip, neck, mid-back and low back pain. It’s estimated that up to 80% of people experience low back pain at least once in their lifetime. Along with pain comes the psychological effects, like depression, grief, and discomfort. It’s easy to see that sitting around all day, even if you’re working, is not good for your health. How can you get back pain relief?

Read more on our website!

Friday, April 17, 2020

Pivotal Chiropractic is Ready to Help During COVID-19

As a Specific Structural Chiropractor, I work with many folks who experience a myriad of health conditions – from neck pain and back pain, to headaches, disc herniations, and shoulder and hip injuries. I take our patients through a process, which includes a complimentary consultation that allows me to get a better understanding of your condition. If everything makes sense and sounds reasonable, I will perform a detailed examination. During the examination, x-rays will be taken to further assess your condition, along with other diagnostic tests. If additional imaging is needed, like an MRI, I will refer you to a nearby imaging center that isn’t affiliated with the local hospitals. This reduces the time for scheduling the MRI, the cost, and reduces possible exposure to Corona virus.

Structural Chiropractic is a safe and gentle option for individuals dealing with everything from neck and back pain to headaches and acute neuromusculoskeletal injuries.

The U.S Department of Homeland Security deems chiropractic an essential healthcare service. Chiropractors play a vital role in the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal conditions that would otherwise end up in urgent cares, ERs and hospitals. The real heroes during this pandemic are the countless medical doctors, nurses and hospital staff who go to the frontline to save lives. As a structural chiropractor, I want to help by lightening the load of neuromusculoskeletal patients so urgent care professionals can focus on Covid-19.

Read more on our website!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Managing Chronic Pain During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As you know, Covid-19 is impacting our healthcare system and economy. The long term effects are unknown.

As the number of cases rises, the healthcare system will be put to the test. Even though there will be an influx of Covid-19 patients into the hospital and clinical system, patients suffering from other conditions and injuries will still need medical care.

Where can they go? What are their options? Should they visit their primary care physician, an urgent care, or go to the hospital and risk coming into contact with Coronavirus?

Find out how chiropractors in Ann Arbor can help you manage your chronic pain on our website!

Monday, March 16, 2020

Should You Crack Your Own Neck?

We’ve all done it – rolled our neck from side to side until we hear that satisfying crack or pop.

Did you know that cracking your own neck could actually be making your neck tension or neck pain worse?

If you’re not supposed to crack your own neck to relieve tension, what can you do? First, you should see a specific structural chiropractor to make sure there’s not a serious injury.

Even if it’s not serious, regular adjustments can relieve tension and pain.

Second, recognize that tension in the neck is a result of tight or weak muscles, which in turn are a result of abnormal structure. Either way: a visit to the chiropractor is necessary.

Visit our website to read about some other reasons you could be experiencing neck tension and how to get relief!

To schedule a complimentary consultation, where a conversation is never a commitment, contact us at 734-221-0362.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Get Relief from Constant Neck Pain and Tension

Do you suffer from constant neck pain?

Are you tempted to crack your neck to get a tiny bit of relief from neck pain and tension? Cracking your own neck is never a good idea.

Not only could you cause yourself more pain, but the tension you’re experiencing could be the sign of a bigger problem.

Read more about neck pain do’s and don’ts on our website! 

If you can’t get to the chiropractor in the next few days or week, there are some small steps you can take to find temporary relief from neck pain.

Remember: these are just treating the symptoms of your condition, not the cause. A visit to the chiropractor will take care of the root causes, and hopefully get rid of your pain or tension for good.

In the meantime:

  • Use good posture 
  • Take frequent breaks 
  • Adjust your desk, chair, and computer 
  • Avoid carrying heavy bags with straps over your shoulder 
  • Sleep in a good position 
  • Schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Andrew! 

To schedule a complimentary consultation, where a conversation is never a commitment, contact us at 734-221-0362.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Get Relief from Sciatica by Visiting Pivotal Chiropractor Today

Do you or someone you know deal with sciatica pain?

It is estimated that 40% of the general population will experience sciatica pain at some point in their lifetime. Often this pain can be disabling to those who suffer from it. Sciatica accounts for more work loss and increased costs than low back pain alone.

How can you get relief? Find out more on our website! 

Get Relief from Sciatica by Visiting Pivotal Chiropractor Today 


If you’re having arm or leg pain, numbness or tingling, or even noticing weakness in your arms or legs, Pivotal Chiropractic can help. Regular adjustments at the chiropractor can help avoid issues like pain due to sciatica before they even begin. To schedule a complimentary consultation, where a conversation is never a commitment, contact us at 734-221-0362.