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20/Jul/2019

The nervous system is involved in everything our body does. From regulating our every breath to controlling our muscles and sensing heat and cold. The nerves of the body fall into three types: motor nerves, autonomic nerves and sensory nerves. Autonomic nerves control involuntary or partially voluntary activities in our body such as heart rate and blood pressure. Motor nerves control movements and actions passed from the spinal cord to your brain. Sensory nerves relay information from your skin and muscles back to the spinal cord and brain. Sensory and motor nerves work together.

Since nerves are essential to everything we do, nerve pain can seriously affect someone’s quality of life. There are plenty of symptoms that accompany nerve pain and damage. Some basic ones include the inability to sense pain, increased sweating, dizziness or lightheadedness, dry mouth and eyes, constipation and sexual dysfunction. Although an actual cure for nerve pain still needs developing, there are ways to prevent or delay nerve pain for those who may be experiencing symptoms.

Glucose levels

Keeping your blood glucose levels within a target range can help your nerves function to their best potential. If you are having trouble keeping your blood levels within range, consider meal prepping, adding more physical activity and perhaps stronger medications. Remember to always talk to an advisor or doctor before doing anything drastic. Invest in a blood glucose meter to help track your target levels and get an A1C lab test done at least twice a year to keep up with your average blood levels.

Exercise

Exercising, and especially walking, can help prevent nerve pain. Exercising releases natural painkillers called endorphins and promotes blood flow to the nerves in the legs and feet. This works in the long run as walking and exercising can help create a long-lasting expansion in the blood vessels of the feet. If you are not used to exercising or walking a lot, start with the basics — start with a daily walk and gradually increase the pace and distance.

Soaking

Soaking your body and feet in warm water is also another easy way to help stimulate blood flow and can help relieve stress, as well. In addition, make sure to skip out on heavy alcohol as this can worsen and add toxins to the nerves. Experts advise no more than four drinks a week if possible.

Sleep

Nerve pain can worsen at night and disrupt sleep. This makes it extremely difficult to cope with the pain. Make sure to practice good sleeping habits such as limiting caffeine intake and keeping a consistent bedtime that allows for eight hours of sleep or more every night. Sleeping can help the body get the rest and boost it needs to help with nerve pain.

The bottom line

Nerve damage and the pain that results are incurable. However, there are ways to minimize the pain and damage. The number one rule is being educated on the subject. If you maintain a healthy diet and keep your blood levels in check, you are already one step closer to less damage. Exercise and walk regularly to stimulate blood flow and make sure you get the proper amount of rest needed for your body to heal and recover every single day. Nerve damage does not need to be crippling. Follow these tips to help you get the most out of life.

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20/Jul/2019

If you are in an accident that affects your head and need treatment for vertigo, concussion, headache, vomiting, confusion or blurry vision, we can help. There are many types of head injuries that come with differing symptoms. Any injury that affects the head requires immediate medical attention to determine the extent of the damage and what treatment will be most effective. Head injuries can affect your entire well-being.

Types of head injury

Laceration

A laceration is a deep cut. It can occur on the head or brain. If the brain has a laceration, it is typically a result of a perforating head injury or skull fracture. If only the skin of the head is lacerated, it may bleed profusely due to the presence of superficial blood vessels, but it usually does not cause any longterm damage.

Symptoms of a brain laceration are a sudden and severe headache, nausea and vomiting, lethargy or fatigue, seizures, or weakness in areas of the body. Loss of consciousness is also possible.

Hematoma

A hematoma involves bleeding outside of the blood vessels. This build-up of blood could be a surface injury (resembling a bruise) or it could occur in the brain, causing loss of consciousness or even brain damage. Symptoms of a hematoma include a headache, confusion, slurred speech or dizziness.

Hemorrhage

Hemorrhaging is bleeding that is profuse or out of control. Hemorrhaging can occur within the brain tissues or in the space around the brain after an injury. Any type of hemorrhaging has the potential to be detrimental. Symptoms of a brain hemorrhage are numbness, weakness in part of the face, confusion, headache, difficulty speaking, difficulty walking and possibly vomiting.

Edema

Edema is another word for swelling or fluid retention. Swelling of the brain tissues leads to pressure against the skull and potential injury.

Concussion

A concussion is a typically mild brain injury caused by impact. Concussions occur when something hits the head or body hard enough to cause a violent shake of the head and brain. Most concussions resolve fairly quickly, but in some cases, they may lead to serious medical problems.

Common concussion symptoms include a headache, confusion, irritability, unequal pupil size, loss of memory, lack of coordination, vomiting, vertigo, ringing in the ears, slow reaction speed, sensitivity to light and sound, lethargy and fatigue.

Fracture

A skull fracture is a crack in the cranial bone. While the fracture itself may not be visible, there are other symptoms associated with a skull fracture. Swelling, bruising and tenderness in the area of impact and bleeding or drainage from the nose or ears are common symptoms.

Contusion

A contusion is bruising of the brain tissues. Bleeding and swelling of the brain near the sight of impact are symptoms of a contusion. Skull fractures and hematomas also symptoms that people need to watch for.

Visit our office for help

If you or a loved one have been in an accident that has injured your head and you are experiencing vertigo, nausea, headache or confusion among other symptoms, seek medical help immediately to determine the extent of damage and receive treatment.


20/Jul/2019

We provide a comprehensive lower back pain treatment in our office and recommend that anyone who is suffering from occasional or chronic pain visit us for help immediately. We use noninvasive methods to help our patients regain their mobility and feel better.

Treating office workers with back pain

Recently, we have been treating more and more office workers for low back pain. If you sit at a desk all day and have recently noticed that it is painful to remain in the chair, it may be time to schedule a treatment. Many people do not realize that there are two types of workplace injuries. The first is one that happens in a traumatic event such as the back being pulled out of alignment due to lifting a heavy object. The other is an injury that occurs over time due to repetitive motion. If an office worker is sitting in a chair that is not ergonomically correct and does not support the back, it is possible to begin suffering from low, mid and upper back pain as a result.

This could potentially be classified as a workplace injury so it may be possible to have worker's compensation benefits pay for treatment. Most large corporations are happy to do so because treating back pain and providing workers with a more supportive workstation can prevent more drastic problems later on.

Our treatment is fast

For anyone who is busy at work, the idea of leaving to go to the doctor can be stressful. There are calls to make, appointments to keep and work to get done. We understand that and work diligently to ensure that our patients can get in and out of our office as quickly as possible. Our low back pain treatment can be completed in under an hour so it is possible to visit on your lunch break and still get back to the office in time for the next meeting.

Our treatment is noninvasive

Another benefit of our treatment is that it is noninvasive. There is no surgery, no cutting, and no injections. This is important for two reasons. First, there is no additional trauma placed on the body. For example, if someone were to have back surgery, the body would then have to deal with the trauma of recovering from that event in addition to the pain that it has already been suffering.

This is not the case with our treatment. Second, since it is a noninvasive treatment, there is no recovery time at all. Patients can visit our office for relief, leave and go about their day without any complications. Other types of back pain treatment may involve the need to recover for weeks or even months at home. This is certainly not conducive to maintaining a busy work schedule. Because of this, most busy professionals prefer our treatment option.

Our treatment is affordable

For anyone that is paying for the treatment, instead of receiving treatment through worker's compensation insurance, our treatment is still affordable. We do accept insurance and can also discuss cash payment options when someone calls our office.

Our treatment produces real results

Even though our treatment is convenient, noninvasive and affordable, it is still highly effective and produces the desired results – a reduction in back pain. Patients that visit for treatment generally find that they begin experiencing relief immediately; and with continued treatments, their back pain either goes away entirely or is so minimal that it does not influence their day any longer.

Schedule an appointment

We encourage you to call our office and schedule a low back pain treatment today so that we can begin to help you feel better.


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