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Dec 11 2017

You may be considering chiropractic care for the first time in your life and wondering just how does chiropractic therapy work? Your first appointment at the chiropractic clinic will consist of a thorough examination to evaluate your condition and diagnose the underlying cause of the problem that may be causing your pain. After the doctor’s review and in consultation with you, a course of treatment will be prescribed that is specifically designed for you.

After just a few treatments, and depending on the nature and extent of your specific problem, you should start to noticeably feel better. The frequency of visits to the chiropractic clinic should decrease as your pain and function improve, going from possibly two to three times a week of intense chiropractic therapy, to eventually once a month as maintenance.

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Dec 04 2017

It’s a known fact that most people will suffer from back pain at some point in their life. If you have not yet tried chiropractic treatment to find relief from your pain, it is not too late. You may be asking an important question, “What are the benefits of going to a chiropractor?” If you can understand the benefits of chiropractic treatment, you have taken the first step to finding relief from chronic pain.

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Nov 06 2017

The human body is a very complex system, with many sub-systems. A chiropractic adjustment realigns the joints, especially those in the spine, lower back and neck areas. The question is, “How long does chiropractic treatment last?” The answers below will give you an idea as to what to expect for chiropractic care.

  1. A common chiropractic program is 3 times per week for the first 2 to 4 weeks, followed by a re-evaluation. As a general rule, within one to four weeks of starting a chiropractic treatment program for non-complex musculoskeletal conditions, the patient should typically feel a 40% to 80% reduction in pain. The frequency of visits to the chiropractor should decrease as the patient's pain and function improve.
  2. Chiropractors are committed to helping their patients feel better as fast as possible with as few chiropractic treatments as necessary, ultimately reducing care to an as-needed follow-up plan. 
  3. Complex cases may take a longer session, but a chiropractic session, in general, can be expected to take about 15 to 30 minutes.

Chiropractors also offer advice on how to avoid future problems by evaluating lifestyle activities, ergonomics, posture, orthotics, and/or diet. Proactive recommendations include exercises and stretches; ergonomic tools like back supports, belts, or pillows; home rehabilitation tools like foam roller, elastic bands; orthotics; and/or dietary support.

Questions to ask your chiropractor about specific chiropractic treatment may include the following:

  • What is the chiropractor's typical treatment program?
  • What chiropractic services does the chiropractor offer? Some massage, exercise instruction, rehabilitation and strength training, and nutritional counseling.
  • What is the chiropractor's recommendation if the treatment program doesn't seem to help? A good chiropractor will recommend that the patient consult another practitioner, particularly if other methods of treatment (such as medications or surgery) are indicated.
  • Has the chiropractor ever referred any patients to other health professionals? If yes, under what circumstances? Ask for case examples.

Do you need to know how long does chiropractic treatment last? Call McKim Chiropractic today to schedule a consultation. Our skilled and licensed staff is committed to helping the residents of Boise, ID, Nampa, ID, and Caldwell, ID, live a balanced life!

 

Nov 13 2017

It’s sad to say that teenage athletes across America are being pressured and are desperate to gain any competitive edge they can when it comes to sports. The frightening reality is that many of them are not even aware that they are putting themselves at risk. What are these teens doing to themselves? The same thing many of their professional idols are being accused of doing—taking anabolic steroids.

What are steroids, what do they do, and why are they dangerous?

Anabolic steroids are synthetic drugs designed to mimic the hormone testosterone. Some of the most commonly abused steroids are taken orally in pill form and include Anadrol 50, Oxandrin, Dianabol and Winstrol. Injectable steroids include Deca-Durabolin, Durabolin, Depo-Testosterone and Equipose. It is not only the football players, baseball players, and weightlifters who use steroids, but men and teenage boys who believe they are small and weak; female athletes; and women and girls, who think they are too fat and flabby.

Surveys suggest that the greatest increase in anabolic steroid use is among teenage athletes who are motivated by looking, feeling and performing better, regardless of the dangers. It is true that anabolic steroids do increase muscle strength and size, but they do not improve agility, cardiovascular capacity, or skill level. Ultimately, it is a person’s skill that makes a great athlete, not muscle. Consider these side-effects of anabolic steroids:

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Oct 16 2017

 

Headaches are a very common problem that can have multiple causes ranging from stress to trauma. To make matters worse, there are MANY different types of headaches, such as migraines, cluster headaches, and cervicogenic headaches. Don’t just put up with the pain and try to get by day-to-day. Call a chiropractic clinic to find relief.

Many people understand the symptoms of a migraine headache. They include nausea, vomiting, aura (a pre-headache warning that a headache is about to strike), light and noise sensitivity, increased tearing with red eyes, one-sided head, neck, shoulder, and/or arm pain, and dizziness.

You may be wondering, “What is a cervicogenic headache?” This is a secondary headache, which means that it is caused by another illness or physical issue, generally a disorder of the cervical spine and its component bony, disc and/or soft tissue elements. The cause of cervicogenic headaches can be obvious, such as trauma (sports injury, whiplash, slip and fall), or not so obvious, like poor posture. A forward head posture can increase the relative weight applied to the back of the neck and upper back as much as 2x-4x normal. The upper three nerves innervate the head and any pressure on those upper nerves can result in a cervicogenic headache.

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