Thursday, February 15, 2024

How many times a day do we flex our spine?

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We are living in a world where our body is in a constant state of flexion.  We sit at a desk flexing our hips and lumbar spine while at the same time flexing our neck as we work on our computer.  We sit in our car driving to and from work with our hips and low back in a flexed position.  We look down at our phone, tablet or laptop with our neck in a forward flexed position.  

It’s no wonder our normal everyday life is wearing out our spines!  Patients that are “career sitters” have just as much disc and spinal damage as those that have done manual labor their whole life.  

Researchers published a study in the European Spine Journal that looked at 208 non-symptomatic volunteers during their daily living over a 24 hour period. They wore sensor strips on their lumbar spine to measure sagittal (forward and backward) spinal movements. Researchers found that the volunteers reached full spinal flexion on average 50 times per day and reached full spinal extension 0 times per day. 

Prevention of a Bulging Disc is Key!

If it’s impossible for you to avoid some of the flexing movements that can lead to a bulging disc, there are some key ways to prevent the injury even while at your desk job.

  • Exercise regularly. Strengthening the trunk muscles helps stabilize and support your spine.
  • Keep good posture. Remind yourself to keep your back straight and in a neutral position, especially when sitting at your desk for long periods. Take breaks to avoid sitting for hours on end, and remember the old adage: lift heavy objects with your legs, not with your back!

Read more on our website!

Get Relief from Bulging Disc Pain by Seeing Your Chiropractor in Ann Arbor

If you’re experiencing a bulging disc, you know the pain can disrupt your day and keep you from doing the things you love.

If you’re having arm or leg pain, numbness or tingling, or even noticing weakness in your arms or legs, Pivotal Chiropractic can help. Remember: you could have a herniated or bulging disc without showing symptoms! Regular adjustments at the chiropractor can help avoid these issues before they even begin.
To schedule a complimentary consultation, where a conversation is never a commitment, contact us at 734-221-0362.

Thursday, February 1, 2024

What is a Bulging Disc?

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When we think of spraining ligaments or joints, we usually think of the ankle or wrist.  In reality, most neck and back pain is actually a sprain injury to the posterior wall of one or more spinal discs. This causes weakness in the disc’s annular fibers, causing it to bulge or herniate.  

Most often, people feel this pain as stiffness or achiness and dismiss it as muscular. However, most of the time the pain you feel in these cases isn’t due to muscle soreness.

Did you know…

  • Over 80% of neck and back pain demonstrates characteristics of disc bulges
  • 50% of healthy young adults have at least one level of disc degeneration/ bulging.
  • 9 out of 10 work related back injuries involve flexion or a combination of flexion and rotation – the most vulnerable positions for a disc.
  • In the lumbar spine, the intervertebral disc mechanism is responsible for the production of symptoms in as many at 95% of patients.

The disc is the source of pain in up to 90% of overall neck and back pain conditions.  This can be mild – causing general tightness and achiness – to severe – unrelenting pain that radiates down the arms and legs, numbness and tingling, or even muscle atrophy or weakness. 

Luckily, most disc bulges and herniations can be resolved with the right treatment plan, which includes specific spinal corrections and disc-reducing exercises.  

Read more on our website!

Get Relief from Bulging Disc Pain by Seeing Your Chiropractor in Ann Arbor

If you’re experiencing a bulging disc, you know the pain can disrupt your day and keep you from doing the things you love. 

If you’re having arm or leg pain, numbness or tingling, or even noticing weakness in your arms or legs, Pivotal Chiropractic can help. Remember: you could have a herniated or bulging disc without showing symptoms! Regular adjustments at the chiropractor can help avoid these issues before they even begin.

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

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Why Treating the Cause Rather Than the Symptom Matters

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If you pluck a dandelion flower from your garden, the weed seems to be gone for a few weeks, only to return again. However, if you dig up the dandelion’s root, it does not come back. It is the same for issues caused by an underlying structural problem. If you want lasting relief, you need to treat the root cause. Why try to patch something when you can fix it?

If you’re tired of treating the same symptoms, give something new a try. Sit down with a professional at Pivotal Chiropractic and tell them about your conditions. After an examination, you may learn that a real solution is not as far as you might think and chiropractic care could be what you’ve been looking for.

What’s the Difference Between Structural Chiropractic Care and Conventional Chiropractic Care?

Most Chiropractors you’ll find on your typical Google search are conventional chiropractors. They focus on reducing pain, inflammation, muscle spasms and increasing range of motion in joints.

They manage these health concerns with the use of general manipulations of the neck and spine. This is what most chiropractors offer in the way of care, and we believe that most of them do a great job at it.

As a Specific Structural Corrective Chiropractor, Dr. Gessert is dedicated to diagnosing and correcting the underlying cause of your condition.

Learn more on our website!

Come to Pivotal Chiropractic in Ann Arbor for a Chiropractor Who Puts You First!

We understand that healthcare choices are critical decisions and that you have many different options for a chiropractor in Ann Arbor and the surrounding communities. If you have back pain, neck pain, or tingling or numbness in your hands and feet, it’s time to see a chiropractor. To schedule a complimentary consultation, where a conversation is never a commitment, contact us at 734-221-0362.

Monday, January 1, 2024

Chiropractic Care for an Active Lifestyle

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Do you like to go on long walks, exercise, do yoga, or play sports? 

Are you hoping to continue doing these activities for years to come?

Aches and pains as we age are normal, but if you’ve noticed a lack of mobility, you may be frustrated that you can’t do some of the activities you love. 

That’s where we come in!

“I started seeing Dr. Andrew last summer after my Cross Fit coach listened to my complaints about my body and urged me to get a consultation. It’s now been almost a full year, and not only do I feel so much better physically—much less chronic pain—but I feel much more in touch and in tune with my body, due to the treatment he provides, and also the at-home stretching that he prescribed. Dr. Andrew is friendly and always takes the time to listen to how I’m feeling, and he never fails to amaze me at how he can assess my physical problems and use his training to correct them. I would recommend him to anyone who has pain and wants to feel better!” – Google Review

Many people suffering from neck or back pain understand the frustration of searching for the correct treatment. Many solutions offered by health-care providers are only temporary patches to ease pain, without properly addressing the real underlying issue. Though offering momentary relief, many find that their pain returns after a short time. This is because these options are not a corrective approach to their condition.

Learn more on our website!

Come to Pivotal Chiropractic in Ann Arbor for a Chiropractor Who Puts You First!

We understand that healthcare choices are critical decisions and that you have many different options for a chiropractor in Ann Arbor and the surrounding communities. If you have back pain, neck pain, or tingling or numbness in your hands and feet, it’s time to see a chiropractor. To schedule a complimentary consultation, where a conversation is never a commitment, contact us at 734-221-0362.

Friday, December 15, 2023

Are You Ready for Shovel Season? Protect Your Back!

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Shoveling snow is one of the biggest reasons people in the Midwest throw out their back each year.

According to Mass General Brigham, protect your back while shoveling by:

  • Warm up beforehand by moving your body, maybe practicing a few repetitions of shoveling movements.
  • Use proper equipment, ensuring that the shovel is not too long or too heavy. Space your hands out on the handle to increase your leverage.
  • Try to push the snow rather than lift it. When you do have to lift, only collect small amounts at a time. Then, walk the snow to where you want to put it. Don’t throw it to the side or over your shoulder, which can force you to twist and cause injury.
  • Bend and straighten your knees to lift the shovel, instead of bending at the waist. And keep your back straight. This squatting technique puts the work in your legs instead of your back and helps stop you from leaning forward.
  • Listen to your body. Pace yourself and take breaks, rather than power through until the job is done. If you’re expecting a lot of snow, start early and work in shorter shifts throughout the day. This way, you won’t have to lift very heavy loads of tightly packed snow.
  • Gently stretch your muscles during breaks and after you’re done.”

If you’re tired of treating the same symptoms, give something new a try. Sit down with a professional at Pivotal Chiropractic and tell them about your conditions. After an examination, you may learn that a real solution is not as far as you might think, and chiropractic care could be what you’ve been looking for.

Read more about back pain relief in Ann Arbor on our website.

Come to Pivotal Chiropractic for Back Pain Relief!

We understand that healthcare choices are critical decisions and that you have many different options to treat back pain in Ann Arbor and the surrounding communities. If you have back pain, neck pain, or tingling or numbness in your hands and feet, it’s time to see a chiropractor. To schedule a complimentary consultation, contact us at 734-221-0362.

Friday, December 1, 2023

Protect Your Back While Shoveling Snow This Winter

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Whether we like it or not, winter in Michigan is here! With winter comes snow, and with snow comes the risk of hurting ourselves when we shovel.

Have you thrown out your back before? The pain can be intense, and even worse if you’re someone who suffers with chronic low back pain.

How can you prevent back pain and keep from throwing out your back?

Throwing out your back sounds sudden and violent, but it might not involve sharp pain or even a realization that you’ve done it until later. Symptoms of a thrown out back include:

  • Back stiffness that limits your range of motion
  • Intense low back pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Problems standing up straight or maintaining good posture

Shoveling snow is one of the biggest reasons people in the Midwest throw out their back each year.

Read more about back pain relief in Ann Arbor on our website.

Come to Pivotal Chiropractic for Back Pain Relief!

We understand that healthcare choices are critical decisions and that you have many different options to treat back pain in Ann Arbor and the surrounding communities. If you have back pain, neck pain, or tingling or numbness in your hands and feet, it’s time to see a chiropractor. To schedule a complimentary consultation, contact us at 734-221-0362.
 

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Can Sciatica Pain Be Relieved Without Surgery?

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Do you suffer from sciatica pain?

Are you tired of not being able to do the activities you love?

Many Americans suffer from sciatica pain, and like many of us who have experienced chronic, debilitating pain, you may be putting off going to the doctor for fear that they’ll tell you that you might need surgery.

Luckily, sciatica can often be relieved non-surgically. Increasing your back and core strength while increasing your flexibility and mobility in your hips can help relieve sciatica pain.

What is Sciatica?

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

Sciatica is pain that radiates down the back of the thigh and into the lower leg. It can be caused by irritation of spinal nerves, and the pain can often be severe. People who suffer from sciatica can also experience numbness and tingling sensation as well as muscle weakness.

Read more about sciatica in Ann Arbor on our website!

Come to Pivotal Chiropractic in Ann Arbor for a Chiropractor Who Puts You First!

We understand that healthcare choices are critical decisions and that you have many different options in Ann Arbor and the surrounding communities. If you have back pain, neck pain, tingling or numbness in your hands and feet, or sciatica in Ann Arbor, it’s time to see a chiropractor. To schedule a complimentary consultation, where a conversation is never a commitment, contact us at 734-221-0362.