Burbank Chiropractic News

Pressure on your spine increases as your posture worsens!


Here is a picture of how the pressure increases on your spine as your posture worsens. If this isn't motivation to come get adjusted I don't know what is! We can help you maintain and improve your posture. Just give us a call!


Posted on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 05:55PM by Registered CommenterDr. Michael Onkels | Comments1 Comment | References20 References

The chiropractic cure: Thoracic outlet syndrome 

TOS happens when nerves or blood vessels just below your neck are compressed or squeezed. The compression occurs between the muscles of your neck and shoulders or between the first rib and collarbone. Thoracic outlet syndrome has various causes, including exercise-related injuries, car accidents, pregnancy, obesity or anatomical defects (i.e., extra ribs). Symptoms of TOS can vary from intermittent symptoms that are rather mild to constant symptoms that are quite severe.

Burning, tingling, or numb sensations may occur along your arm, hands, and fingers. Due to nerve compression of the brachial plexus, pain or numbness is usually felt in the arm, shoulder or neck. However, pain can radiate to the hands and fingers, resulting in weakness. It’s suggested that patients don’t keep their arms held above their heads or outward for a long period of time. Heavy lifting of objects should also be avoided.

TOS is more common in women and usually starts between 20-50 years of age. Since pregnancy is one of the causes of TOS, woman are slightly more prone to TOS. Some risk factors also include people who work in fields and regularly use their upper extremities against some force of resistance, people who lift weights, and those who are obese.

Injury, anatomical defect, poor posture, pregnancy and repetitive movement can cause TOS. Preventing or reducing the onset of TOS is very likely. Individuals can avoid lifting heavy objects too frequently or reduce extra weight if they’re obese. Maintaining a good posture and adjusting your activities can also reduce the symptoms of TOS.

Chiropractic care can safely, gently remove the pressure from your neck and shoulders. To treat thoracic outlet syndrome, we usually focus on the upper cervical region and work to mobilize and manipulate the joints. Doing so can help initiate balance back into the joints of the neck and spine, as well as the muscles of the neck.

Do you or someone you know suffer from thoracic outlet syndrome? Call us at (818) 841-2442 and we can help reduce or eliminate your symptoms.

Posted on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 05:40PM by Registered CommenterDr. Michael Onkels | CommentsPost a Comment | References7 References

Chiropractic care can prevent injuries 

Chiropractic care helps with stability and alignment, reducing the risk of chronic injuries. Although chiropractic therapy is mainly recognized for helping injured individuals who are seeking relief for their physical pain, it’s also an excellent preventative care option. Gentle spinal alignments and other effective techniques can help prevent the onset of chronic injuries and restore one’s mobility and motion.

Even small subluxations can grow worse over time, resulting in injuries or chronic pain. Subluxations may go unknown for some time, however, they can gradually get worse -- causing pain and increasing the likelihood of injuries. With regularly chiropractic therapy, we can decrease the chances of developing chronic pain due to subluxations and thereby improve your overall health.

Preventative care is the safest, and most affordable, technique for taking care of yourself. Dealing with injuries can be painful, costly, and time consuming. Why not take appropriate measures before injuries occur? Regularly visiting your chiropractor can vastly improve your posture, stability, and alignment.

Many of our patients schedule bi-weekly or monthly "tune-ups" to make sure they're in the best possible condition. A simple "tune-up" can go a long way. These bi-weekly or monthly adjustments can reduce your likelihood of getting an injury or experiencing chronic pain. The older you get, the more chance you have of obtaining a chronic injury. Therefore, the sooner you take care of your body, the healthier you'll be in the future.

We have a special offer of 10 sessions for only $450, enough for almost a year's worth of chiropractic care! Regular sessions are a great way to stay in good health, and with our current offer, regular chiropractic care is extremely affordable! Remember, your health is incredibly important, so be sure to give your body the care it deserves.

Call us at (818) 841-2442 to learn more about our preventative care options.

Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 04:53PM by Registered CommenterDr. Michael Onkels | CommentsPost a Comment | References8 References

How children can benefit from chiropractic care 

Toddlers suffer over 500 falls by the time they reach 2 years of age, although full symptoms may take years to show up. As toddlers begin to learn how to walk and become more mobile, they’re bound to suffer many falls, bumps and bruises. Nonetheless, the symptoms may seem to heal rather quickly, when in fact the full symptoms may take many years to show up. In order to reduce the chance of additional symptoms developing later on, it can be very beneficial to take your child to a chiropractor. The chiropractor can help identify any potential injuries to the spine and make gentle adjustments to avoid health problems that might show up later down the road.

Chiropractic care helps growing children stay healthy and happy. Ranging from pain and falls to ear infections, more and more parents are bringing their children in for chiropractic therapy. Children’s bodies are sensitive and easily susceptible to injuries. As they begin to crawl, walk, and partake in childhood play, they increase their chances of injuring themselves. With gentle chiropractic alignments, we can help your child stay healthy and pain free.

Many current health programs started all the way back in childhood. People are often unaware of the cause of the pain they’re experiencing in their adult years. The truth is that many of these symptoms were due to injuries or health problems that occurred at a younger age. With chiropractic care, children and adults alike can benefit from the treatments and see noticeable changes in their functionality and mobility. Prevent your child from experiencing troublesome symptoms in their future; get them chiropractic care now.

We correct the potentially serious subluxations that can occur during delivery. Children aren’t the only ones who can suffer from subluxations. Infants and moms can, as well. During labor, moms and infants experience quite a bit of stress on their bodies which can cause alignment issues. We strongly advise that both mother and infant seek out chiropractic care as soon as possible following childbirth.

Directly influence your child’s healthy development with chiropractic care. Children are often the most active during their developing years and as chiropractors, we can’t stress enough how important it is to ensure that your child is going through a healthy development. With chiropractic care, we can detect any misalignments in your child’s spine and correct any issues that may prevent them from a healthy development. Take preventative measures now to ensure your child is safe and healthy. After all, it’s never too early to get your child started on a healthy path.

Call us at (818) 841-2442 to learn more about the benefits of chiropractic care for your child.

Posted on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 01:27PM by Registered CommenterDr. Michael Onkels | CommentsPost a Comment | References2 References

The chiropractic cure: Lower back injuries 

The majority of back pains are caused by your lumbar vertebrae. While the most common cause of pain in the lower back is due to muscular problems, such as strain from bending, heavy lifting or other constant uses, lower back pain can also be caused by degenerated discs, lumbar disc herniation, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, osteoarthritis and numerous other causes. Regardless of what is causing your back pain, the most important thing is that you get relief. After all, back pain can cause issues with the muscles, bones and joints, and affect the quality of your life. One of the best reliefs for lower back pain is chiropractic adjustment or alignment of the spine as it can help significantly reduce the pain and pressure on your spine.

Every ten pounds gained puts an extra 100 lbs of pressure on your spine. The more weight you carry, the higher you’re at risk for degenerative disc disease. This increases the likelihood of getting a ruptured or slipped disc, which can put pressure on your nerves. Oftentimes, this leads to back pain, weakness and numbness on the areas of the body connected to the affected nerves. It’s best to avoid factors that can affect your back and spine, such as strenuous, repetitive activities or carrying an excessive amount of weight.

Your spine acts like a shock absorber and L5/S1 tends to take the most abuse. Since your lumbar vertebrae is connected to your pelvis, it takes a lot of the pressure and shock, thereby increasing the likelihood of pain occurring. However, pain can often radiate to different regions of the body and cause different levels of pain to your muscles, joints, and nerves.

With adjustments, we can reduce the stress on your spine. At Onkels Chiropractic, we can provide therapeutic care that can help limit the pressure on your spine and reduce the pain or discomfort you’re experiencing. Depending on the condition, individuals may experience different levels of pain in their lumbar region. It’s our goal to help you feel healthier and happier through gentle chiropractic therapy.

We gently decompress the spine with our “rack” table - ideal for the lower back. Adjusting your spine can help alleviate the stress on your lower back and help reduce the onset of injuries that may be negatively affecting your everyday activities. Through our various techniques, we can help reduce the tension on your spine and allow you to live without any discomfort.

Experience constant lower back pain? Perhaps it’s time you get chiropractic care. Call us at (818) 841-2442 to schedule an appointment.

Posted on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 12:11PM by Registered CommenterDr. Michael Onkels | CommentsPost a Comment | References2 References