Thursday, December 17, 2020

3 Phases of Ligament Healing


Healing within an injured ligament is a complex dance of cellular processes, which “cause alterations in the biology and biomechanics of the injured ligament, leading to inadequate healing and tissue formation that is inferior to the tissue it has replaced” according to the Open Rehabilitation Journal. 

“The incomplete healing and lower integrity of the new ligament tissue results in ligament laxity, predisposing the joint to further injury.  The cycle of injury and laxity causes joint instability which, leads to chronic pain, diminished function, and ultimately, to osteoarthritis (OA) of the affected joint.”

Ligaments take a long time to fully heal, and this occurs in three phases: acute inflammatory, proliferative or regenerative repair, and remodeling.

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How Can Chiropractic Care Help with Ligament Injuries?

Along with physical rehabilitation, your chiropractor can work in collaboration with your other doctors to be part of a treatment plan for ligament injuries. Depending on the severity of the injury, adjustments to improve stability, mobility, reduce pain, and improved healing can be an important part of ligament damage recovery.

Contact Dr. Gessert at Pivotal Chiropractic today to get started!

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

How Chiropractic Care Can Help with Ligament Injuries


According to a study published in the Open Rehabilitation Journal: “Ligaments are composed primarily of water, collagen and various amino acids. Of the total ligament mass, approximately two-thirds is comprised of water and one-third, of solids.”

Just like muscles, ligaments can stretch, however, they’re not as forgiving as muscles. When you stretch a muscle, it’s like stretching a pair of yoga pants - they expand then contract back to their normal size. Ligaments, on the other hand, are like a pair of denim jeans - it takes much more force to stretch them, but when it does happen, you notice tears or fraying in the fibers.

When a ligament is stretched past its physical limitations, the fibers will tear. If the trauma is severe enough, the ligament can rupture all the way through. Damage to the ligament causes a permanent change in the ligamentous fibers.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help with Ligament Injuries?


Along with physical rehabilitation, your chiropractor can work in collaboration with your other doctors to be part of a treatment plan for ligament injuries. Depending on the severity of the injury, adjustments to improve stability, mobility, reduce pain, and improved healing can be an important part of ligament damage recovery.

Contact Dr. Gessert at Pivotal Chiropractic today to get started!

Friday, November 20, 2020

Natural Remedies to Fight the Flu


Winter is in full swing and with the cold weather comes flu season. According to the CDC, the flu spreads through droplets, which are expelled by a person who has the flu via coughing, sneezing or talking. Often times a person is exposed to the virus when they touch a surface that has these droplets and then touch their mouth, eyes or nose.

A few signs of the flu according to the CDC include: fever, cough, sore, throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue.

This year, more than ever, we’re all very aware of any flu-like symptoms we might be experiencing. If you want to better prepare yourself to stay healthy this winter, read about natural remedies to fight the flu on our website!

How Chiropractic Care Can Strengthen Your Immune System


The brain and central nervous system control and regulate our entire body including the organs of the immune system. These include the thymus, tonsils, spleen and lymph nodes. Segmental displacements of the neck and spine can obstruct or block this neurological connection thus affecting the ability of the immune system to react to foreign pathogens.

To keep yourself healthy, it’s important to take care of your health in all aspects! If you’ve been dealing with chronic pain or other issues like back pain, neck pain, numbness or tingling in your hands or feet, or migraine headaches, chiropractic care could be the solution for you. Contact us today to get started!

Monday, November 2, 2020

How to Strengthen Your Immune System during Flu Season


Cold and flu season is here, and this year it’s more challenging than ever! 

Do you feel confident in your overall health? Are you wondering if there’s more natural remedies you can add to your daily routines to keep yourself protected from the flu? 

The CDC says common signs and symptoms of the flu include: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue. 

As a specific correction chiropractor, Dr. Gessert recommends being proactive as opposed to reactive about your health. Instead of waiting to get the flu and treating the symptoms, there are many things you can do to protect yourself to make sure you never get it in the first place! 


To keep yourself healthy, it’s important to take care of your health in all aspects! If you’ve been dealing with chronic pain or other issues like back pain, neck pain, numbness or tingling in your hands or feet, or migraine headaches, chiropractic care could be the solution for you. Contact us today to get started!

Friday, October 16, 2020

Get Headache Relief from Pivotal Chiropractic


If you’re tired of managing headache pain and want to find long-lasting relief, specific corrective care may be the answer you’ve been looking for.

When you visit Dr. Gessert, he’ll provide a complimentary consultation to talk about your pain and what the course of treatment might be for you. 

Every person in our practice is treated for their specific needs and symptoms. If you feel like you’ve tried everything to get rid of constant headaches but you haven’t tried chiropractic care, now is the time. 

Schedule your appointment with Dr. Gessert today to finally feel relief from tension and migraine headaches.

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

What's Causing Your Frequent Headaches?


Do you suffer from frequent headaches?

Do you find yourself keeping spare pain relievers with you so you’ll always have relief?

Headaches are very common with so many of us, and some people feel that a headache is a normal part of their day. 

Could neck pain and neck tension be an underlying cause of your frequent headaches?

Even though headaches may be very common, they are not normal. To better understand how to treat the causes of your headaches, you need to first understand the most common types: tension or migraine.

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Friday, September 18, 2020

What is the SI Joint and How Does it Work?

Do you experience lower back pain?

Have you ever stepped awkwardly and then experienced pain in your legs? 

Your sacroiliac (SI) joint could be the cause of your pain.

The sacroiliac joint or SI joint is the connection point between the sacrum and the ilium.  The sacrum is the triangular bone at the base of the lumbar spine and the iliums are attached to each side of the sacrum.  The iliums and sacrum together make up the pelvic complex.  

Here’s how it works:

The sacrum moves through what is called nutation and counter nutation.   Nutation is when the sacral base (the top that connects to the 5th lumbar) tilts forward.  Counter nutation is when it tips backward.  

Not only can the entire bone tilt forward and backward but when we walk or run, one side will nutate and the other will counter nutate.  

For example: when you take a step forward with your right leg, the right side of the SI joint will nutate (dip down and forward) while the left side will counter nutate (rise up and backwards).  This movement happens tens of thousands of times per day, not only with walking, but breathing as well.  

How do I know if I have an SI joint dysfunction?

The only way to be certain if you have an SI joint dysfunction is with a detailed examination and consultation.  

The pain may be worse when sitting with the legs crossed, bending forward, and even extending backwards.  Sometimes the pain may be felt as stiffness, achiness, burning or numbness and it may travel down the leg. 

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Call Pivotal Chiropractic for SI Joint Pain Relief

There are several noninvasive treatment options if you’re living with SI join pain. The goal is to return the SI joint to the normal range of motion.

For more serious or chronic cases, you should see a chiropractor for further treatment.