Burbank Chiropractic News

Chronically stiff back? Begin monthly adjustments 

Experience a tight, stiff back that’s been bothering you for awhile? Chronic back conditions can linger for many months and even years if you don’t get it checked. Since back pain or stiffness can negatively affect your mobility and movement, your daily activities may be impacted. Causes for chronic backaches or pain are due to degenerative diseases, injuries or exercise. Luckily, chiropractic therapy can use spinal adjustment techniques to greatly reduce your chronically stiff back.

Arthritis, stenosis, and sciatica are just some examples of chronic conditions associated with the back. Back problems can readily occur due to exercise or improper lifting as well as more serious conditions such as arthritis or sciatica. Back pains not only involve the joints and muscles but also affect the nerves which can trigger various types of pain throughout your body. Using a hands-on-approach, chiropractic treatments are safe and effective methods for alleviating your chronic back pains.

Younger adults (e.g., 30-60 years old) are more likely to experience back pain from the disc space itself (e.g., lumbar disc herniation or degenerative disc disease), from a back muscle strain or other soft tissue strain. Age may be a factor when it comes to determining the cause of your back pain. Younger adults are more prone to experiencing nerve-related issues in their spinal disc as a loss of fluid in the disc reduces its ability to absorb shock and tends to put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.

Older adults (e.g., over 60) often suffer from pain related to joint degeneration (e.g., osteoarthritis or spinal stenosis) or from a compression fracture. As we age and go through regular wear and tear, we increase the likelihood of a joint degenerative disease. Osteoarthritis causes swelling, pain, and minimizes the ability for movement. However, despite your age or condition, we at Onkels Chiropractic can help alleviate your back pain and reduce the likelihood of it coming back.

Regular chiropractic adjustments have been proven to provide relief from chronic back conditions. Regardless of what type of chronic back condition you are dealing with, it’s an excellent idea to talk to us about how we can help reduce your back pain. Getting regular monthly adjustments can significantly reduce your chronic back stiffness and with our safe, non-invasive treatment plans, we can help return you back to your everyday activities.

Call us at (818) 841-2442 to discuss how we can provide you back relief with monthly adjustments.

Posted on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 11:12AM by Registered CommenterDr. Michael Onkels | CommentsPost a Comment

Preventing football injuries 

As one of America’s most popular contact sports, football players are very susceptible to injuries. From crushing tackles to rough hits that occur during games, football players can experience all sorts of injuries. Oftentimes, football players suffer from muscle aches, joint pain and broken bones due to their participation in this popular contact sport. With the help of a chiropractor, motivated football players can return to a greater state of health and experience a reduction in the onset of further injuries.

Football can be very tough on young, developing bodies. High school is a time when many young individuals start playing football, but it’s also a time when their bodies are undergoing the greatest amount of change. Throughout these changes, their bodies are sensitive, and consistent force and impact can put a lot of stress on their body and spine. Most common football injuries after all occur in the spine and neck. Thankfully, chiropractic care can help reduce the amount of recovery time needed for many football-related injuries. We can also provide valuable insight on how young individuals can protect themselves from getting injured in this sport.

It’s been said that a hard hit on the field is equivalent to getting into an auto accident. Oftentimes the speed and impact of the hit can really cause damage to a football player’s physical health. That impact can create problems in the spine which can cause problems to other regions of the body as well. Any slight misalignment of the spine can gradually create physical issues so it’s important for athletes to get checkups to ensure they’re likelihood of getting injured is highly reduced.

Chiropractic care helps prevent injuries and also improves recovery time. Chiropractic therapy can help improve players’ flexibility, alignment, and range of motion; giving their body a greater chance of recovering fully and quickly from any injuries that may occur. It also helps their bodies to perform at their highest potential during practices and games. Through proper techniques, we can help speed up the recovery process of an injured athlete or altogether provide preventative measures to ensure they’re not dealing with injuries in the first place.

Pro football teams have chiropractors on the sidelines during games in order to provide adjustments as needed. If they can get relief from chiropractic care, so can you! Whether or not you play football or any other sports, it’s important to get regular chiropractic care to ensure your body is in the greatest state of health and to prevent any unfortunate physical issues down the road.

Call us at (818) 841-2442 to discuss how we can help prevent football injuries for you or your loved ones.

Posted on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 03:41PM by Registered CommenterDr. Michael Onkels | CommentsPost a Comment

The chiropractic cure: Herniated discs 

Herniated discs are a condition when the jelly-like outer ring of the spinal disc bulges and some of the soft material leaks. Spinal discs have a softer center within a harder exterior, and sometimes a disc slips or ruptures. A herniated disc may irritate nerves in its area, causing numbness, pain, or even weakness in a leg or arm. Thankfully, though, chiropractic therapy is an excellent way to reduce the problematic symptoms of herniated discs by restoring your joints, bones, and spine. Chiropractic treatment involves alignment or adjustments intended to reduce any aches or discomfort caused by the herniated disc.

Irritation at nearby nerves results in feelings of pain, numbness or weakness in your arms and/or legs. Typically, high levels of pain in the lower region of your body means that the herniated disc is in the lower part of your back. On the other hand, stronger pain in your arms or shoulders is likely to mean that the disc is in your neck. Those suffering from a herniated disc may also experience tingling or numbness in the part of their body that’s connected with the affected nerve. This condition may not only affect your ability to pick up or hold onto items, but it may also cause stumbling. In addition, herniated discs may cause shooting pain in your leg or arm if you sneeze, cough, or turn your spine in a particular way.

Sometimes, no symptoms are present. Symptoms may vary from person to person and not everyone who has a herniated disc will experience pain or weakness throughout their body. Some people may not even know that they have a herniated disc until they get a spinal image.

We can determine if the disc is causing you problems. We can discuss your symptoms and take a look at your muscle strength and nerve functioning to determine if a herniated disc is in fact the source of your problem. If so, we can provide you with a personalized treatment plan to get you back on track as soon as possible. The sooner you get this condition treated, the quicker your recovery will be.

There are treatment options available to reduce the pain of your herniated disc. Through spinal manipulation, we can help reduce or eliminate the onset of your pain and discomfort. With our various treatment options including manual therapy and exercise routines, we can relieve your aches and help you feel healthier, happier, and more mobile.

Call us at (818) 841-2442 to discuss how we can help alleviate the pain and discomfort from your herniated disc.

Posted on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 03:22PM by Registered CommenterDr. Michael Onkels | CommentsPost a Comment

How we work: Friendly service 

No longer feel like just another number. As a husband-wife combo, we’re concerned with the overall wellbeing of your family and this includes ensuring that you and your family feel welcome and comfortable the moment you step foot into our clinic. We provide our clients with personalized attention and care, and we strive to get them back on track with their everyday activities.

Our friendly services reflect how important our patients are to us. Our goal is to ensure that all your chiropractic needs are met, whether you’re looking for spinal adjustments to reduce pain or want preventative treatments to eliminate the onset of injuries. Your health and well-being is our top priority and we aim to provide you with the best care possible. Our chiropractic team is friendly, attentive, and highly knowledgeable and we’re here to help create the perfect treatment plan for your individual needs.

No need to rush; we take the time to listen to your needs. Chiropractic care isn’t a one time solution, so to ensure we properly evaluate your condition and find the source of your pain, we spend as much time with you as we can to fully understand your condition. In order to customize the right treatment plan for you, we take the time to listen to what exactly you want out of your chiropractic treatments. As chiropractors, we want you to feel valued and we ourselves want to be an integral part of your health goals.

We have the answers you’re looking for and can thoroughly explain your condition. We have years of experience and knowledge in the chiropractic field and can help you understand how your condition works and how we can help alleviate any problems you’re experiencing. After all, we’re here to help reduce your pain and discomfort and provide you with the quality of life you deserve.

Get a customized treatment plan. We’ll initially evaluate your condition and take into consideration any factors that may be attributed to your injury or pain. Following our evaluation, we’ll create a customized plan specifically for your needs, making sure we choose chiropractic treatments that are effective procedures for reducing or eliminating your pain.

Call us at (818) 841-2442 to learn more about our services and how we can help alleviate your pain and discomfort.

Posted on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 06:21PM by Registered CommenterDr. Michael Onkels | CommentsPost a Comment

The chiropractic cure: Neck injuries 

Whiplash can occur in MVAs (motor vehicle accidents) at speeds as slow as 5 mph. Often occurring in rear-end collisions, whiplash can occur suddenly and create a lot of pain as well as tightness and tenderness. Any slight impact from the collision can cause you to experience whiplash. If not properly treated, neck injuries may hinder your normal activities and cause disruption in your everyday life.

Have you ever had whiplash, the most common injury after a car accident? Being involved in a motor vehicle accident can often cause one’s neck to jolt violently or suddenly from one direction to another. This sudden movement can cause a lot of pain in the neck region and limit one’s ability to freely move their head due to strained muscles and tendons.

Neck injuries can cause headaches and other conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Symptoms of neck stiffness, soreness, and headaches are common amongst individuals who experience neck injuries. During a rear-ended accident, different regions of your cervical vertebrae often undergo hyperextension and hyperflexion which create problems in the alignment of your vertebrae.

Just because the pain is gone doesn't mean that the neck healed properly - chiropractic care is essential for ensuring the neck heals quickly and properly. We can help evaluate your condition and provide proper treatment for your neck injury to ensure that it fully heals, reducing or eliminating any pain and ensuring that you don’t have further symptoms down the road. It’s important to get the right care for your neck injury, even if the pain has gone away.

We are experts at resolving injuries sustained in MVA's. We can get you relief and help you get back to your life as quickly as possible. Many motor vehicle accident injuries cause a misalignment of the spine and thus disrupt the nervous system. We can gently realign the spinal vertebrae, allowing the nerves to regain their normal function and your body to finally be free of pain and discomfort once again.

Experiencing pain due to a neck injury? Call us at (818) 841-2442 to schedule an appointment and we’ll provide you with a variety of treatment options.

Posted on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 08:46PM by Registered CommenterDr. Michael Onkels | Comments1 Comment | References1 Reference
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