All Posts – ADVANCED CHIROPRACTIC GUAM Guam's Premier Chiropractic Center Fri, 20 Apr 2012 01:28:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Guam Chiropractor Offers Relief From Sciatica Thu, 19 Apr 2012 10:29:21 +0000 Sciatica is a common problem that many people of all ages suffer from. It is actually a cascade of symptoms that occurs when the sciatic nerve is pinched or placed under pressure by a misaligned lumbar vertebrae, a slipped or bulging disc or a tight muscle that is in spasm. Sciatica is characterized by a sharp stabbing pain or a pinching pain that starts in the low back and radiates down one or both legs. The pain can travel into the buttocks, the genitals, down the thighs, into the legs and even as far as the feet.

Specifically, the sciatic nerve generates pain that is often times described as burning, pinching, aching, numbness or a sensation of pins and needles. The pain can be constant and unrelenting and is typically quite harsh and unbearable. This unbearable pain often restricts movement of the lumbar spine and makes walking, standing or sitting for long periods of time difficult for someone suffering from sciatica. It should be noted that a person experiencing severe unrelenting pain should seek immediate medical attention.

Guam Chiropractor Treats Sciatica

The conventional medical response to sciatica is to seek symptomatic relief of the nerve pain with strong pain medications or heavy muscle relaxers. This approach often fails because pain relievers and muscle relaxers only address the sciatic nerve symptoms and not the cause of sciatica. This is where chiropractic care can make a world of difference.
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Dr. Rod White at Advanced Chiropractic Guam offers an alternative approach to sciatica through chiropractic adjustments, spinal traction, therapeutic massage, natural supplementation, active stretching techniques and passive muscle release therapy. The specific cause of sciatica is addressed by relieving the pinching or pressure on the sciatic nerve by realigning lumbar vertebrae, decompressing slipped or bulging discs and relaxing tight and spasmed muscles. Natural supplementation is used to nutritionally support the joints and discs.

Dr. Rod White, a Guam chiropractor, has been treating sciatica and difficult spinal cases within the Guam chiropractic community since 2008. If you or someone you know is suffering from sciatica or other spine-related problems like neck and back pain, then Advanced Chiropractic Guam can offer you quick relief from your pain and problems. Dr. Rod White also specializes in the treatment of auto accidents and work injuries and is available Monday through Saturday at Advanced Chiropractic Guam 648-2225.

Patients Respond Favorably to Low Back Pain Treatment From Guam Chiropractor Sat, 07 Apr 2012 06:39:05 +0000 Years of neglecting your spine can take a toll on your body.Improper lifting, poor posture, over exertion, auto accidents, work injuries, sports injuries, poor physical conditioning, improper diet, obesity, stress and a whole host of other problems can all lead to low back pain and injury. Dr. Rod White at Advanced Chiropractic Guam specifically addresses the cause of your low back pain with precision testing, expert knowledge and years of chiropractic experience. Utilizing conservative chiropractic care (spinal manipulation) and other therapies, Dr. White helps you heal quickly and safely from many of the most common low back problems (without drugs or surgery).

For the most part, the lumbar spine consists of the bottom five spinal segments. This includes the lumbar vertebrae (bones), the intervertebral discs that separate the vertebrae, the ligaments that hold the spinal segments tightly together, the muscles and tendons that attach to the vertebrae, the spinal nerves that exit between the vertebrae, the spinal cord that travels in the center of the vertebrae (spinal canal), the soft tissues surrounding the spinal segments and the vascular supply that carries blood and nutrition (among other things).

Guam Chiropractor Treats Low Back Pain

The lumbar spine is constantly under load from the weight of the upper body and the compressive forces of gravity. Throw in a contributing factor such as poor posture or an improper lift and suddenly your experiencing intense low back pain. Using chiropractic spinal adjustments and other useful techniques, Dr. Rod White at Advanced Chiropractic Guam can treat most of the common low back problems described below.

Low Back Pain Guam ChiropracticFacet Syndrome – 31% of all facet syndrome cases occur in the lumbar spine. Untreated, facet syndrome can progress to spinal osteoarthritis, a degenerative condition also known as spondylosis. The lumbar facets are small joints in the lumbar spine that are surrounded by a capsule and make up approximately 20% of the twisting or rotational stability of the low back. The facet joints also prevent the vertebrae from slipping forwards or backwards. When the facet joints become misaligned or irritated, tiny nerve fibers within the joint and surrounding capsule will generate constant pain and cause lumbar muscles to spasm.

Sprains and Strains – Sprains occur when ligaments and joint capsules are taken beyond their normal limits and become over-stretched and possibly torn. Ligaments are tissues that hold bones closely together and joint capsules surround joints and provide stability. Sprains occur when muscles and tendons are over-stretched or torn. Muscles provide strength to the skeletal structure and tendons attach muscle to bone. When sprains and strains occur, muscles, tendons, ligaments and joint capsules can illicit tremendous pain.

Herniated Disc Guam ChiropracticHerniated Discs – The spinal vertebrae are separated from one another by cartilage pads called discs. The discs are comprised of an outer ring of fibrous cartilage and a soft gel-like center nucleus. When the tough outer fibers are torn or damaged, the wall of the disc becomes weak and begins to bulge allowing the nucleus to migrate away from the center of the disc. If the herniated disc bulges far enough, pinching or pressure can be exerted on the spinal nerves causing excruciating pain. Pain that radiates into the buttocks or down the legs is called Sciatica. Other common names for herniated discs are bulging discs, slipped discs, protruding discs or degenerated discs. It should be noted that herniated discs can cause pressure on nerves to the bladder and bowels, causing incontinence. This constitutes an emergency and immediate medical attention is imperative.

Sciatica – Pain that radiates (radiculopathy) from the low back into the buttocks and down the legs is referred to as sciatica. The sciatic nerve is comprised of the lumbar spinal nerves that travel from the low back down the legs and into the feet. Pain, numbness, pins and needles or a burning sensation are common signs of sciatica. The most common cause of sciatica is misaligned vertebrae that pinch or exert pressure on the lumbar spinal nerves, resulting in radiculopathy. Sciatic pain can vary from dull and achy to sharp and stabbing. Loss of lumbar range of motion and muscle stiffness are also associated with sciatica.

Guam Chiropractic Community

There is broad acceptance within the Guam chiropractic community, as well as the Guam medical community, that lumbar problems such as sciatica and herniated discs should be treated conservatively first with chiropractic care before more invasive treatments are attempted such as hospitalization, addictive drugs and surgery (unless spinal manipulation is contraindicated). Dr. White, a Guam chiropractor, has been treating difficult spinal cases on Guam and serving the Guam chiropractic community since 2008. To schedule an appointment with Dr. White, please call Advanced Chiropractic at 648-2225.

Guam Chiropractor Treats Whiplash With Chiropractic Care Wed, 04 Jan 2012 03:00:03 +0000 Cervical Acceleration-Deceleration (CAD) injury, more commonly referred to as whiplash, often happens as the direct result of a motor vehicle accident. Typically, the victim’s vehicle is struck from the rear, the side or the front causing the head to violently jerk forwards, backwards or sideways in a whipping motion. These high velocity forces on the neck can cause the muscles and ligaments supporting the spine and head to be stretched beyond their normal limits. Muscles can become stretched and torn, ligaments can sprain or even rupture. Vertebrae in the neck can become misaligned and the vertebral discs can herniate or bulge. Spinal nerves that exit between the vertebrae can become pinched and irritated. Cervical vertebrae can experience compression fractures and it is even possible for the spinal cord and brainstem to become tractioned or stretched.

Cervical whiplash can even happen when the vehicle sustains only minor damage. In fact, vehicles are designed to crush upon impact. This helps to absorb and dissipate energy, reducing injury to the vehicle’s occupants. When the vehicle does not crush, which is often the case in low-speed impacts, nearly all of the energy of impact is transferred to the vehicle’s driver and passengers.

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Whiplash Symptoms

Many of the most common symptoms related to whiplash include:

  • Neck Pain and Stiffness
  • Dizziness, Nausea or Vomiting
  • Blurred Vision
  • Common Headache or Migraine
  • Ringing in the Ears (Tinnitus)
  • Pain in the Shoulders, Arms or Hands
  • Reduced Range of Motion
  • Swelling and Inflammation of the Soft Tissues
  • Muscle Pain, Muscle spasm and Muscle Fatigue

Many of these symptoms may be present immediately following a motor vehicle accident, or they may gradually appear over a number of weeks following the accident.

Why Choose Guam Chiropractic Care?

It’s important to note that a recent study in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery stated “…individuals involved in an auto accident are approximately seven times more likely to suffer neck degeneration within the first seven years following an accident…”  Dr. White’s goal at Advanced Chiropractic is to rehabilitate the injured joints, discs, musclces, ligament, tendons and nerves so that accident victim can return to optimal health and function thereby substantially reducing the chance of degeneration.

Chiropractic Adjustments

Specific chiropractic adjustments help to realign the spinal joints so that proper motion and function is restored.  This helps to alleviate tight and spasmed muscles that attach to the spinal vertebrae reducing muscle pain and fatigue.  Inflammation due to improper alignment of the joints is reduced as well.  Proper alignment of the vertebrae will also help to alleviate pressure on nerves that may be pinched or irritated causing pain and headaches.

Intersegmental Traction

Intersegmental traction is a therapy that provides passive motion to the joints.  The purpose of passive motion is to stretch and relax spasmed muscles and reintroduce motion back into inflamed and irritated joints.  This helps to alleviate pain and increase joint mobility and range of motion.  Intersegmental traction also helps to stretch and lengthen the spinal column reducing pressure on pinched and irritated nerves, as well increasing circulation and blood flow to intervertebral discs and surrounding tissues.

Therapeutic Massage

The joints of the spine are stabilized and held tightly together by the muscles of the body.  For this reason, problems of the muscles are almost always directly related to whiplash and other injuries associated with auto accidents.  Most commonly, muscles contract and spasm, which is a defensive mechanism of the body. This protective mechanism works limit motion and movement to injured areas of the body, specifically the joints and surrounding soft tissues.  Therapeutic massage works to relax tight muscles and targets problem areas where the muscles are injured and in spasm.

Advanced Chiropractic is the right choice for you!

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident and are dealing with the debilitating effects of whiplash or other injuries related to your auto accident, then Guam chiropractic care is the right answer for you.  Dr. White and his dedicated staff at Advanced Chiropractic are ready to get you back on the road to recovery, quickly and safely.  Give us a call today! 671-648-2225 (BACK).