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Corrective Chiropractic: Holiday Health Toll

Corrective Chiropractic: Holiday Health Toll
The holiday season can be one of the unhealthiest times of the year for most Americans. From stressful family gatherings, holiday office parties, and dinner feasts, to traveling, lounging in the lazy chair, and countless hours spent at the mall – it can all add tremendous amounts of emotional and physical stress to our bodies. Studies show that Americans are prone to disease, fatigue, pain, and depression between mid-November and the start of the New Year. That’s why five of the top ten New Year’s resolutions involve getting healthier and happier. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize what a HUGE role a healthy spine plays in the overall health and wellness of their minds and bodies; otherwise they would take better care of it. Misalignments in the spine – due to poor posture lounging in your lazy chair, gaining an extra 5-10 pounds eating holiday meals, carrying countless boxes and bags throughout...
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How Spinal Decompression Therapy Can Treat Back Pain

  How Spinal Decompression Therapy Can Treat Back Pain
Did you know that 85% of Americans suffer from back pain at some point? Every day, back pain is preventing millions of people from enjoying the simplest activities such as walking, bike riding, or gardening.  In fact, according to studies cited by the American Academy of Pain Medicine, back pain is the leading cause of disability in Americans under 45 years old and more than 26 million Americans between the ages of 20-64 experience frequent back pain! Are you one of those people who experience pain from sitting in front of a computer or driving a car? If so, Spinal Decompression Therapy can treat back pain and may be the answer for you. Belltown Spine & Wellness’ Seattle chiropractors have successfully treated thousands of patients with a range of both pain and non-pain related symptoms. In many cases, patients who are experiencing pain have what is known in chiropractic as a...
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How Long Does it Take Chiropractic Care to Work?

How long does it take chiropractic care to work?
Chiropractic care results your long-term health and wellness. But how long does chiropractic care take to work? Here's the timeline in your journey back to health Chiropractic Care Timeline This is a question we hear often at Belltown Spine & Wellness.  No matter your circumstance, whether you’re a mom or dad, employer or employee, athlete begging to get back on the field or musician chomping at the bit to perform again, you probably want a timeline. While there may be a rare case of a patient being healed in one visit, this is not typical. Does chiropractic work? Yes. Does it immediately undo a lifetime of nerve impingement?  No. Chiropractic just doesn’t work like that. Your chiropractor may be able to estimate the number of visits before you see a marked improvement, but this is still an estimation. A chiropractor’s job is to return your spine to its natural alignment so...
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Recovery from Scoliosis Surgery

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Recovery from scoliosis surgery may require a few lifestyle changes—but above all, it takes time and patience. Follow these tips for a complication-free recovery, but remember, always listen to your doctor about specific recommendations. General Guidelines for Recovery from Scoliosis Surgery Recovery in Hospital Pain ManagementJust after scoliosis surgery, most patients are given PCA (patient-controlled analgesia). PCA is a pump that delivers morphine or other narcotic at the press of a button by the patient. This controls pain very well for the first two to three days after surgery. Then the patient is switched to oral pain medication and discharged home with a prescription. Adults may require medication at diminishing doses for weeks or months. Children are usually off medication within two weeks. Drains A drain prevents fluid accumulation at the incision site and is routine. Most patients have a drain in their back or side for two to three days after...
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Chiropractic Care: Non-surgical Treatment for Herniated Discs

Chiropractic Care: Non-surgical Treatment for Herniated Discs
Chiropractic care is a non-surgical treatment for herniated discs. But what is a chiropractor's approach to treating a herniated disc? First let's get a quick review of what a herniated disc actually is. Is a Slipped Disc the Same as a Herniated Disc?  There is an intervertebral disc between each vertebra of the spine. Discs act as a shock absorber and a shock distributor. Imagine if you jump up and down. What would happen to the stack of bony vertebrae that make up the spine without the cushioning and support of these discs? Now, move your back from side to side. Again, you can visualize the give and take of the discs between the vertebrae. Without these discs, your spine couldn't function. Intervertebral discs don't really "slip"—although the phrase "slipped disc" has come into popular usage to refer to bulging, ruptured, or herniated discs. Throughout this article, we'll refer to herniated...
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Causes of Degenerative Disc Disease

Causes of Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is mainly caused by the effects of aging on your spine and specifically on your intervertebral discs. It can also be associated with an injury to the back, but even in that scenario, your discs have usually become weak because of wear and tear on your spine. "Wear and tear" can be considered another way of saying "the effects of aging and daily life on your spine." Before you can feel the result of degenerative disc disease—pain and other symptoms—your discs and other spine structures are changing. This is simply the natural result of the stress and strain each of us puts our backs through every day. Causes of degenerative disc disease You age, your discs change, your bones can be affected, and you can have pain. It helps to think of DDD as a cause and effect process or cascade: One anatomical change occurs, which leads...
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