5 Ways to Avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome at the Workplace

Repetitive stress injuries usually account for the highest percentage of missed work on a year to year basis, and unfortunately Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is one of the leading names associated to that scenario. We’ve put together a few tips that can not only keep you from suffering this kind of injury – but could potentially save your employer money in employee short-term disability coverage. Take a look around you – is your workstation promoting Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Your workstation should be customized to accommodate your personal body and encourage proper posture for all of your tasks. So ask yourself these questions: 1. Are you bending your wrists when using your computer or laptop? You shouldn’t be; try adjusting either the height of your seat or the height of your working surface. 2. Are you using a traditional mouse? Using a trackball, graphic pen, or finger pad can significantly reduce the risk of mutiple RSI – from carpal tunnel to trigger finger. Ultimately, you will want to rotate through the different mouse options every so often to change it up…your fingers, hands and arms will be grateful. 3. Industrial workers benefit from the extra support forearm rests and padded edge protectors offer for worktables, as this eliminates pressure and relieves stress on the joints of the wrists and hands. Remember Your Musculoskeletal Health 4. Remember to practice proper posture. Your chiropractor can help you obtain this with a series of different exercises to perform to strengthen key muscles. 5. Remember to take breaks and perform supportive stretch routines. This will not only improve muscle function and flexibility, but it will...

Oh Sciatica, you give me sleepless nights…

If you are suffering from sciatica, you know just how frustrating the constant and/or recurring pain that radiates from your back and butt, all the way down to your toes, can be. It’s not pleasant. In fact, it can be downright debilitating as the pain worsens with even the simplest actions, such as sitting, standing up, coughing, or sneezing. We talk about some of the treatment options available for sciatica here. We also talk about sciatica when pertaining to pregnancy here. But in THIS post, we’d like to briefly talk about how you can Sleep Through Sciatica Pain. Sleeping Positions to Limit Sciatica Pain Ultimately, when you go to bed your spine should always be kept in a neutral position so that your body can get the rest it needs. What is a neutral spine? It is a straight spine that maintains the natural curve in your neck and lower back. This will help relieve the pressure associated to sciatic nerve pain. How can you maintain a neutral spine while you’re sleeping? You will first want to ensure that you are using the right kind of pillow. Fluffy, feather-filled pillows do not offer support, so it’s best to stick to a pillow that is firm and of the right width for your optimal comfort (which will vary depending on your body type.) Next, decide on the most comfortable sleeping position that alleviates the pain most: on your back, or on your side. Sleep on your side (fetal position) with a pillow between your knees and a pillow under your head and neck. This will straighten and elongate your spine,...

What’s new at our practice?

We’re really excited to announce a whole new list of services and options available to our patients! NEW SERVICES INCLUDE: Active Release Techniques ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. Contemporary Medical Acupuncture This treatment takes the traditional form of acupuncture and modifies it using modern day scientific understandings of human physiology and anatomy to activate healing mechanisms and natural pain control pathways.  Insertion of the needle, especially with the concurrent use of electric nerve stimulation to regions of vast innervation, will normalize nerve communication.  This normalization of nerve function will occur at multiple levels of the peripheral and central nervous systems, resulting in better hormonal, visceral, and muscular activity NEW OPTIONS FOR OUR PATIENTS INCLUDE: Direct billing for Alberta Blue Cross and Great West Life We are happy to announce that we now provide the convenience of direct billing for eligible chiropractic claims for Great West Life and Alberta Blue Cross plan members. Once we’ve set up the direct online billing for you, you won’t have to pay out of pocket for your visits: you will simply pay for the portion that your plan doesn’t cover, and we will receive payment directly from your provider. Full Motor Vehicle Accident Support We realize that having been in an accident is stressful and a little unnerving, so our...

Dear Headache: Nobody Likes You…So Go Away. Please?

Everyone suffers from headaches. The good news is, there are ways to help achieve pain relief… First, you should remember that there are two major classifications for headaches: Primary Headaches – which occur for no obvious reason such as migraines and tension-type headaches Secondary Headaches – are attributed to underlying clinical problems of the head or neck, which are called cervicogenic headaches Knowing what type of headache you’ve been getting can greatly help you achieve pain relief. So what kind of headache do you suffer from? Here is a breakdown of the common symptoms for each classification of headache: Migraines: Recurrent headaches 4-7  hours duration One sided pain Pulsating type pain Moderate or severe intensity Worse by doing routine activities During headache, 1 or more are present: nausea, vomiting, light or sound sensitivity. Tension-Type Headache: Frequent headaches Last minutes to days Both sides of head Pressing pain, tightening pain (band-like) Mild to moderate pain May be tender to touch No nausea / vomiting May be sensitive to sound or light (but only one) Not made worse by routine activities Cervicogenic Headache: Pain referred from a source in the neck Feels like it is in 1 or more regions of the head and/or face Clinical, lab., or imaging evidence of a disorder within the neck (spine or soft tissue) If tender spots are the only cause then it is a tension –type headache not cervicogenic. How much does your headache impact your life? Take the Headache impact test: http://www.headachetest.com/HIT6/PDFS/English.pdf To assist your chiropractor in getting a better diagnoses and treatment keep a headache diary such as the one here: http://www.chiro-doctor.com/Forms/Headache-Diary.pdf  So...