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Jaw Problems. Another interesting case worth sharing.
The body is a complex mechanism. Like a Rubick’s cube, you can’t move one square without it affecting another. That’s the way it is sometimes when figuring out a person’s problematic low back pain.
This patient of mine was having low back pain, and it would really hurt when she would bend her head forward. I’m checking her muscles and everything is looking good until we come to the stomach muscles which were very weak. Ah Ha! Weakness in the front muscles causes spasm in the back, makes sense. We know from Sacral Occipital Technique and Applied Kinesiology that the skull bones can have an affect on the stomach muscles and sure enough she had this problem as well.
So what was causing the skull problem? The most common reason? The jaw. Clenching her teeth was shifting the skull bone alignment, shutting down the stomach muscles causing the spasm in the lower back. And when I was done working on her, she could sit and bend her head again WITHOUT the low back pain!
Dr. Robert Ebeling is a licensed chiropractor in the state of Colorado for the last 23 years and helps people find solutions for problematic body aches that conventional doctors want to prescribe medication for. He can be reached at (303) 377-1755 in Denver, Colorado. Follow Robert Ebeling, DC on Google+!
Dr. Robert Ebeling is a Chiropractor in Denver with 25 years experience. He helps many people with conditions ranging from shoulder pain and headaches to more complex injuries from car accidents and herniated discs. He can be reached at (303) 377-1755.
One of the more common conditions for foot pain
is called plantar fasciitis. We used to think it was
caused by a heel spur that would develop when the
arch in the foot would flatten out. And the proof was
visible as a spur on an x ray. Or so we thought. New
studies now show that the spur location does not even
attach to the plantar fascia. So what’s really going on?
It seems the real problem for people with plantar fasciitis
is that when they walk they have a weakness of some
little muscles on the bottom side of their foot. These
muscles are there to prevent the toes from bending up
towards your head as your foot strikes the ground. If
this happens, it puts too much strain into the ligaments
that make up your plantar fascia and pretty soon it gets
The solution then is to strengthen these muscles. It can
be done by using a large rubber band called a Theraband.
You wrap it around your toes and hold the other end by
your knee. You then work these muscles by crunching
your toes down towards the floor.
The goal is to work up to 8 sets of 40 reps per day.
There are other causes of foot pain as well that need to be
ruled out to make sure this is really what’s happening with
your foot. If you or a friend or family member has foot pain
I can offer a free look see and tell you what I think.
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Drinking alkaline water is far more important than many people realize.
Most are totally unaware that when certain chemicals
(like chlorine from tap water) are ingested into the body they
can actually mimic an essential nutrient like Iodine and bond
themselves to the Thyroid.
This “imposter bonding” can cause problems with the body’s metabolism
and increase obesity.
On the other hand, drinking water that is “too purified” (like distilled water)
which has no minerals or life force, will likewise cause harm to the body’s
systems in that water needs a certain mineral balance and will “steal” or leach
these minerals from the body if they’re not present in the water.
The body needs these naturally present minerals (like calcium and magnesium)
to function properly.
Also, scientists have shown how unhealthy fat storage in the body can be
promoted by a diet that is too acidic in pH.
Many of the your favorite American food choices are not only very acidic,
but because of this acidity can also make it a much more difficult process
when you are trying to lose unwanted body fat.
The fat storage areas are simply the body’s way of storing unwanted acid
build up build away from critical organs where they could do more damage.
Drinking alkaline water is one simple way to help take in more alkaline food.
I want you to be healthy and I’ve been telling everyone for a while to try the
alkaline water I have at my office. Last summer I gave it away but
now you can get it for $2.00 a gallon.
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If I could name the most important item for healthy back care,
as well as keeping the rest of you healthy, it would be to drink water.
The discs in your spine are made of 88% water. They are
also a combination of proteins and cartilage but the majority
of the content is water. When you are dehydrated, guess where
the body starts pulling water from? Your discs!
Arthritis and the aging process is nothing more than a
gradual dehydration of the tissues. To keep them young
and vibrant you need water!
How much you may wonder? A good amount is a ½ gallon
a day. That’s 64 ounces. 8 cups. Not hard to do.
I also believe the water you drink should be as pure as possible
and also the right pH level but I’ll talk about that more another
time. What are you waiting for? Go drink some water!
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Today I want to talk to you about Low Back Pain Causes.
As a chiropractor, I can tell you the most common problem I see in the office is lower back pain. I can also tell you the most common type of lower back pain that I see is a misalignment of the sacroiliac (SI) joint otherwise known as your pelvis. This is easy to see on anyone. Just put their legs together and you’ll see one leg is longer or shorter than the other one. (For some reason it’s usually long on the left and short on the right).
Now for the interesting question. “Why is a misalignment in the pelvis the most common problem seen in a chiropractic office?” The answer is simple to explain but maybe complex
to understand. Here it is in a nutshell. The problem is stress. Stress comes in many forms:
Mental. Physical, and Chemical. Stress affects the adrenal glands which produce adrenaline in response to the stress. Too much stress for too long runs down your adrenal glands.
With me so far? The adrenal glands are also associated with 2 muscles that help hold your
pelvis together correctly. These muscles are named the Sartorius and the Gracilis and they attach from the pelvis to the knee. When the adrenals get run down and don’t work correctly, these muscles don’t work correctly either and the lower back is prone to get out of alignment and cause you a problem. That’s why people with this kind of low back pain should quit drinking coffee (or at least switch to decaf), cut way back on sugar, get more sleep, and try to do something about the other stresses in their life. But often that’s not enough. We put people on a nutritional supplement that helps the adrenals heal themselves. Once that happens, then they can truly be healed of their back pain causes. Oh and caffeine and sugar are chemicals that add stress the adrenals, something you are trying to avoid.
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I normally work on Saturday mornings for all the people who say they can’t make it during the week. I had to go to a seminar one Saturday but checked my messages when I got home. One of my patients had tried calling me that morning about a headache he had for the last 2 weeks (remember they can only make it on Saturdays?). I told him since I wasn’t available that day for him to come in on Sunday.
He shows up Sunday morning not only with the headache, but also the right side of his face numb! This is not a good thing! I check his BP, which was high (likely due to the stress of the situation!) and did a cranial nerve exam. Cranial nerves come directly off the brain and supply and supply sensation to the face. He is dull to sensation on the right side. He also says when he smiles only half the face works! He also can’t wink the eye on the right side. His upper arm reflexes were normal.
So now we have narrowed it down to the 7th cranial nerve also known as the Facial Nerve. It supplies the muscles in the face and when it is affected in this manner it is known as a Bell’s Palsy. Also I should mention that half his tongue was numb. This nerve also supplies sensation to the front part of the tongue.
Now knowing this was not a stroke or other major serious neurological problem, I adjusted his neck which offered relief of his headache. The patient was instructed to follow up with his medical doctor the next day, which he did.
Cases like this have come into the office occasionally over the years but this was the first time it was up to me to figure out what was wrong and diagnose Bell’s Palsy. His M.D. said I was right.
Dr. Robert Ebeling is a Denver Chiropractor for the last 22 years. Office phone is (303) 377-1755.
Getting rear ended and injured in a car accident in Colorado is bad enough. In a previous article we already talked about some of the risk factors including being unaware of the impending crash, the position of your head and body in the car, the amount of G forces that are generated by the crash, the fact that whether or not your car was damaged really has no reflection on the injuries sustained by the people in the car, that rear crashes are really the worst direction to be hit from, and now today we get to talk about who really gets hurt the most in car accidents and that’s women.
If you read my earlier blog post I told you that the G forces generated by a 5 mph rear impact worked out to equal 1.9. I want to clarify that. When I say 5 mph impact, I mean that your car was at a complete stop, was struck from behind, and was accelerated forward at 5 mph. I don’t mean that someone just rolled up behind you doing 5 mph and you kissed bumpers.
I also told you that it was found that the actual G forces experienced by the occupants can be 2-3 times greater than the amount experienced by the car which can mean a G force of anywhere between 6-12! And remember discs and ligaments get injured at a G force of only 3.5! So, why so much variation in the G forces generated? One factor is the size of your neck.
Studies have been done on the people who get rear ended and injured in a car accident in Colorado. And the similarities between them all, the common characteristics they all share, can be called risk factors. Unfortunately for women, it’s the smaller frame ones who are the most prone to getting hurt. That is, any woman, who weighs under 130 lbs. Men, who have bigger and thicker necks, can withstand more physical force than females can. A more demure physique and a smaller neck means less support of the roughly 8-10 lb head that sits on top of it. That’s why being a woman puts you at more risk from being injured in a read end low speed car accident. This is based on a study from Sweden in 1994 where 60% of the cases fit this category. Another study that was done said the weight limit was even higher, up to 143 lbs.
So if you have been rear ended and injured in a car accident here in Denver and need help, call Dr. Robert Ebeling at (303) 377-1755. The office will arrange a free same day consultation and evaluation. Dr. Ebeling is a licensed chiropractor and owner of A-Just-A-Ble Chiropractic Center in Denver for the last 22 years. Follow Robert Ebeling, DC on Google+!
1. Banks R, Martini J, Smith H, Bowles A, Mcnish T, Howard R: Alignment of the lumbar vertebrae in a driving posture. Journal of Crash Prevention and Injury Control 2(2):123-130, 2000.
2. Krafft M, A comparison of short- and long-term consequences of AIS 1 neck injuries, in rear impacts. International IRCOBI conference on the Biomechanics of Impact. September 16-18, 1998, Goteborg, Sweden, 275-88.
So far we’ve covered the risk factor of Awareness of the impending crash and also the amount of G forces generated by getting into a rear ended car accident and injured at 5 mph. In today’s post we’re going to cover another important risk factor which is the position of the person in the vehicle at the time of the accident. For some reason, people seated in the front of the car seem to be injured more often than people sitting in the rear seat. No explanation is given, it’s just a finding. Here are the references if you are so inclined to read up on them.
1. Parmar HV, Raymakers R: Neck injuries from rear impact road traffic accidents: prognosis in persons seeking compensation. Injury 24(2):75-78.
- Otte D, Rether JR: Risks and mechanisms of injuries to the cervical spine in traffic accidents. International IRCOBI/AAAM Conference on the Biomechanics of Impact, Göteborg, Sweden, 17-31, 1985.
- Kihlberg JK: Flexion-torsion neck injury in rear impacts. Proceedings of 13th Annual Conference of the American Association for Automotive Medicine, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1-16, 1969.
- States JD, Balcerak JD, Williams JS, et al.: Injury frequency and head restraint effectiveness in rear end impact accidents. In Proceedings of 16th Stapp Car Crash Conference, Detroit, MI, 228-257, 1972.
- Carlsson G, Nilsson S, Nilsson-Ehle A, et al.: Neck injuries in rear-end car collisions: Biomechanical considerations to improve head restraints. International IRCOBI/AAAM Conference on the Biomechanics of Impacts, Göteborg, Sweden, 277-289, 1995.
- Otremski I, Marsh JL, Wilde BR, et al.: Soft tissue cervical spinal injuries in motor vehicle accidents. Injury 20:349-351, 1989.
Having your head positioned looking to the side as opposed to looking straight ahead is another risk factor. While turning your head, the openings between the bones where the nerves exit begin to close up and exposes the joints in your neck to the maximum compression possible. Just imagine getting your head snapped back as the neck was in it’s most vulnerable position. It’s not too hard to understand why this would predispose you to injury, even at low speeds. Again, the references.
In 2000 Winkelstein BA, Nightingale RW, Richardson WJ, Myers BS. found the cervical facet capsule injury was significantly high during acceleration / deceleration or whiplash injuries – A biomechanical investigation. Spine 25:1238-1246, 2000.
1. Winkelstein BA, Nightingale RW, Richardson WJ, Myers BS. Cervical Facet Joint Mechanics: Its Application to Whiplash Injury. In Proceedings of the 43rd Stapp Car Crash Conference 99SC15, 1999, 243-252.
2. Winkelstein BA, Nightingale RW, Richardson WJ, Myers BS. The cervical facet capsule and its role in whiplash injury – A biomechanical investigation. Spine 25:1238-1246, 2000.
- Radanov BP, Sturzenegger M, Stefano GD: Long-term outcome after whiplash injury: a two-year follow-up considering features of injury mechanism and somatic, radiologic, and psychosocial factors. Medicine 74(5):281-297, 1995.
Getting hit from the rear position seems to be the worst possible way to crash. There have been over 50 papers published in the last 46 years that shows the poor prognosis of people injured in rear end car accidents. This table samples just a few of those papers and shows the percentage of people with chronic injuries.
|LONG – TERM OUTCOME OF CAD INJURIES|
# in study
Follow-up ( yrs)
|Ellertsson et al. (123)|
|Norris & Watt (242) 3|
|Olsson et al. (192) 5|
|Watkinson et al. (249)|
|Parmar & Raymakers|
|Gargan & Bannister|
|Borchgrevink et al.|
|Squires et al.|
|Gargan et al.|
|Brison et al.|
Dr. Robert Ebeling is a Chiropractor in Denver for the last 22 years. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car crash, call the office at (303) 377-1755 for a free consultation and evaluation. He specializes in the treatment of people injured this way. Follow Robert Ebeling, DC on Google+!