There are many common symptoms that signal the need for chiropractic or massage therapy. Select a symptom for more information:

CHIROPRACTIC
     Headaches & Migraines
     Hip, Leg, Knee, Foot & Sciatica
     Lower Back Pain
     Stress, Fatigue, Cold & Flus
     Upper Back/Neck/Shoulder/Arm Pain
     Whiplash
     Numbness/Tingling/Pinched Nerves
     Pregnancy/Pre-Natal
     Animal Chiropractic

ORTHOTICS
     Plantar Fasciitis
     Knee Pain & Shin Splints
     Lower Back Pain
     Sports/Athletics
     Self Examination

MASSAGE THERAPY
     Fatigue
     Stress/Relaxation
     Flexibility/Mobility
     Shoulder Pain
     Athletic Injuries

We ask new patients to download, print, and complete the appropriate forms below and bring to your first appointment. All files are in PDF format.

Patient Health Questionnaire

Patient Information - ADULT

Patient Information - CHILD

Worker's Comp Questionnaire

Accidental Injury Form

What to Expect During Your First Visit

 Upper Back/Neck/Shoulder/Arm Pain

Problems in the neck can also contribute to headaches, muscle spasms in the shoulders and upper back, ringing in the ears, otitis media (inflammation in the middle ear, often mistaken for an ear infection in children), temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), restricted range of motion, tennis elbow and chronic tightness in the neck and upper back.

Most neck and upper back pain is caused by a combination of factors, including injury, poor posture, chiropractic subluxations, stress, and in some instances, disc problems.

Most people do not realize how much they move their neck during the day until they are unable to do so. The degree of flexibility of the neck, coupled with the fact that it has the least amount of muscular stabilization and it has to support and move your 14 - 16 pound head, means that the neck is very susceptible to injury.

The spinal cord runs through a space in the vertebrae to send nerve impulses to every part of the body. Between each pair of cervical vertebrae, the spinal cord sends off large bundles of nerves that run down and control the arms and to some degree, the upper back.

This means that if your arm is hurting, it may actually be a problem in the neck! Symptoms in the arms can include numbness, tingling, cold, aching, and “pins and needles”.

These symptoms can be confused with carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful condition in the hands that is often found in people who work at computer keyboards or perform other repetitive motion tasks for extended periods.

Most neck and upper back pain is caused by a combination of factors, including injury, poor posture, chiropractic subluxations, stress, and in some instances, disc problems.

Injuries

By far, the most common injury to the neck is a whiplash injury. Get checked out by a good chiropractor.

Poor Posture / Forward Head Posture

Forward head posture is very common for people who are stooped over their computers all day long. If not taken care of with chiropractic care, subluxations like this can worsen over time. One of the most common causes of neck pain, and sometimes headaches, is poor posture. It’s easy to get into bad posture habits without even realizing it.

Subluxations

Subluxations in the neck and upper back area are extremely common due to the high degree of stress associated with holding up your head, coupled with the high degree of instability in the cervical spine. If they are not taken care of soon after they occur, then they can get much worse over time due to the accumulation of compounding interest.

Stress

When most people become stressed, they unconsciously contract their muscles. In particular, the muscles in their back. This ‘muscle guarding’ is a survival response designed to guard against injury. In today’s world where we are not exposed to physical danger most of the time, muscle guarding still occurs whenever we become emotionally stressed. The areas most affected are the muscles of the neck, upper back and low back.

Disc Herniations

The discs in your cervical spine can herniate or bulge and put pressure on the nerves that exit from the spine through that area. Although cervical discs do not herniate nearly as often as lumbar discs do, they occasionally can herniate, especially when the discs sustain damage from a whiplash injury. Contact us today!

Additional Risk Factors

  • A decrease in bone strength and muscle elasticity (perhaps due to scar tissue build up)
  • Discs losing their fluid and flexibility (which decreases their ability to cushion the vertebrae)
  • Arthritis (which can cause constant inflammation of the spine)
  • Degeneration or osteoporosis
  • Stress related muscle tightness
  • Obesity, smoking, stress, poor physical condition, posture inappropriate for the activity being performed, and poor sleeping position also may contribute to neck pain.

Chiropractic treatment for neck pain is very effective. Most commonly, it's a matter of adjusting the cervical vertebrae and upper back to re-establish normal motion and position of your bones and joints. a combination of trigger point therapy, stretching and an exercise and postural program that will ensure long term resolution to the neck and mid back pain.

 

Chiropractic Adjustments to the Midback Alleviate Neck Pain

The study tracked two men and five women with mechanical neck pain. The subjects were aged 20-33 years. They all received a single chiropractic adjustment to the spine of the midback (thoracic region). According to the report, “the outcome measures of these case series were neck pain at rest , active cervical range of motion and neck pain at the end of each neck motion (ie: flexion or extension). These outcomes were assessed pre-treatment five minutes post-manipulation, and 48 hours after the intervention.” The study’s authors conclude that “the present results demonstrated a clinically significant reduction in pain at rest in subjects with mechanical neck pain immediately and 48 hours following a thoracic manipulation.”

- Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, May 2007

Except for trauma and a few other disease processes, pain of the upper extremities is mostly due to abnormal stress patterns that have slowly built up over years. Abnormal stress patterns start from the spine. The spine houses the nerve supply that controls the movement, and sensation of the upper extremity. Nerve supply can be reduced due to subluxations (bones out of place putting pressure on nerves), decrease in bone strength and muscle elasticity, discs losing their fluid and flexibility, arthritis, degeneration. When this happens muscles get overloaded, muscle fibres tear and/or stretch, the brain neurologically de-activates the area, other muscles try to compensate, arm movements are changed and the pattern begins to take hold. Once the nerve supply has been normalized, stress patterns have the ability to diminish. Adjustments combined with proper maintenance, an exercise program and most importantly a change in poor posture habits, will often allow for a full recovery.

Chiropractic Adjustments to the Neck Also Benefit the Elbow

Chiropractic adjustments to the spine of the neck (cervical spine) can produce a significant reduction in pain associated with tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis).

As part of the experiment, 5 women and 5 men with tennis elbow attended 2 experimental sessions on two separate days at least 48 hours apart. At each session, participants received either a cervical spine adjustment or a “sham” maneuver. Findings showed that the adjustments produced an immediate reduction in pain thresholds in both elbows and improved grip strength on the affected elbow.

Chiropractic Mitigates Shoulder Injury

A new analysis followed four patients with a common shoulder condition called shoulder impingement syndrome being cared for by a doctor of chiropractic. The study’s authors write that “at one month follow up all patients continued to be symptom free with full range of motion and complete return to daily activities.”

- Chiropractic and Osteopathy, September 2005

 

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Gentle Chiropractic

Headaches & Migraines
Hip, Leg, Knee, Foot & Sciatica
Lower Back Pain
Stress, Fatigue, Cold & Flus
Upper Back/Neck/Shoulder/Arm Pain
Whiplash
Numbness/Tingling/Pinched Nerves
Pregnancy/Pre-Natal
Decompression Therapy

Orthotics

Plantar Fasciitis
Knee Pain & Shin Splints
Lower Back Pain
Sports/Athletics
Self Examination
Massage Therapy

Fatigue
Stress/Relaxation
Flexibility/Mobility
Shoulder Pain
Athletic Injuries

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