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Wauwatosa Chiropractic Care

Our Wauwatosa chiropractic care clinic serves those throughout the greater Milwaukee area. Wignall-Kennedy Clinic has put together the following blog for our updates and other news related to chiropractics. Be sure to continue checking back here for monthly posts and updates!

 

Severe Dangers from Raking Leaves and Hanging Decorations and 8 Ways to Prevent Injuries

November 11, 2019

Over the past 8 years on an average of 57,000 people per year have been injured from leaf raking, according to data compiled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the U.S. National Institutes of Health. 


The CPSC also says that while not as many people have been injured while hanging decorations (around an average of 15,000 people per year over the past 16 years), injuries from hanging lights and inflatables have resulted in deaths.


Just like any physical activity, raking leaves and hanging decorations can take a toll on your body as well as result in accidents or injury. Many of the muscles used for such tasks may not be ones that you use normally, so be careful and aware of your surroundings and your body. 

Follow these tips to help you stay safe while raking leaves and opening decorations!

Choose Your Tools Wisely

Many people do not realize it, but it is possible to injure yourself by using a rake that is the wrong size. A rake that is too long or too short will place unnecessary strain on the back, arms, and torso. Using a rake that is larger than normal may seem like an easy way to gather more leaves, but it can cause unnecessary straining and reaching. The rake should be a comfortable length when moving up and down. Using a lightweight, ergonomic, rake can ensure that your elbows are slightly bent and help you maintain good posture while raking. 

Practice Proper Raking Techniques

If possible, rake leaves onto a tarp and have another person help move the tarp. If you must stoop to pick up leaves, face the pile and do not twist as you lift. Just make sure to keep the load light and be careful to use good body mechanics when lifting the tarp. 

Practice Proper Raking Posture

Improperly lifting heavy bags of wet leaves is one of the most common ways to sustain an injury while raking. When lifting bags of leaves, keep the back straight and bend with the knees and hips. Lift manageable loads and allow the legs to do most of the lifting,” Don’t pile too many leaves into one bag – especially if they are wet.

Create a Rake Routine – Warm Up, Cool Down, Rake, Rest, Repeat 

It may not seem like a workout, but you can burn nearly 300 calories during an hour of raking! Walk around a bit before you start so your blood gets flowing. Do a couple of stretches to prevent straining the muscles of your shoulders, neck, and back. Side bends and knee-to-chest lifts help open you up and ready you for all of the raking, bending, and lifting you’ll do.

Some people want to power through and get the raking done as quickly as possible. Taking short breaks to catch your breath, drink some water, stretch your muscles again, and admire your progress is more beneficial. Tackling the entire yard at one time can seem like an overwhelming and daunting task. Dividing up the yard into sections and committing to a section or two at a time can make things more manageable.

Hanging Decorations

Don’t Drink and Decorate 

Lay off the eggnog and save it for after the decorating. Many decorating injuries involve alcohol.

Don’t Decorate Alone, Ask for Help

The last thing you want is to be injured for the holidays or any special event. If something does happen, you want someone to be around to help you or call for help. Make sure to not let your family decorate alone as well. 
Offer to help out, especially if they’re elderly. Enlist the help of family or friends when it comes time to hang Christmas lights. Not only can this make the task more exciting, but it also allows the opportunity to take breaks when your spine pain is flaring up. 


When you are worried that a certain task may be too much for your back, ask for help. This can prevent any injuries to your spine and make hanging Christmas lights a bonding experience.

Check Your Ladder Before You Use It

 Place the ladder on solid, even ground when using a ladder to hang your decorations, make sure to position it properly. Make sure none of the rungs are broken and that you don’t exceed the recommended weight limit. Also, make sure the rungs are dry before you climb.


Use the 4-to-1 rule: for every four feet of height you have to climb, move the base one foot away from the wall. And have someone hold it steady for you.

Keep Kids Safe on the Ground

Kids will want to help you decorate, but they’re better off handing you tools or holding the ladder.


A ladder that is not angled correctly could lead to a fall that could injure your back and exacerbate your spine pain. According to the Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management Department, a ladder should be placed at a 75-degree angle against the side of your home to be used safely and avoid falls.

Get Plenty of Rest and Take Breaks

A lack of sleep is hypothesized to contribute to chronic pain. By getting plenty of sleep the night before you plan to hang your decorations, you can ensure your body and spine are up to the task. This can help reduce pain on the spine when you’re reaching and climbing on ladders. 


While you may feel as though you can’t wait to get your decorations hung and ready to light up your house, it is important to take breaks to allow your spine to recuperate. This allows the body to release stress and tension that may build while reaching, tugging, and pulling on various items. If you suffer from pain, swelling, or stiffness in the joints it is especially important when your pain symptoms are bothering you, as continuing your activity could lead to injury or further pain symptoms.


Whether you are a first-time patient or have had an experience with us, you will find our office to be a welcoming atmosphere of people who care. Remember, injuries that are improperly treated or neglected can worsen as time passes, possibly even causing permanent disabilities or conditions. 
Give us a call today and make an appointment for you and your family. We look forward to the opportunity of providing you with an excellent level of service, a friendly and warm office, and a doctor that is as motivated about your unlimited health potential as you are.

Athletic Injuries

June 27, 2019

When you’re an athlete, injuries are unfortunately very common and can happen to anyone that participates in a sport. Whether you’re a competitive athlete or simply a weekend warrior, the effects of these injuries can be detrimental.  Your injury may force you to miss a Milwaukee Marathon or Madison IronMan. Maybe your entire high school or collegiate sports season gets put on hold. Or maybe your weekend golf outing at Whistling Straits has to get cancelled. 

It was an athletic injury that first introduced Dr. Kennedy to chiropractic treatment.  It’s also why today, the Wignall-Kennedy Chiropractic practice focuses heavily on the effective and efficient treatment of sports injuries. They use the best techniques available to get you back to your sport while also teaching you ways to prevent future injuries by improving your strength & conditioning.

Athletes bodies are placed under stress that can exceed what a body typically experiences in an ordinary day. This high level of physical activity often leads to torn tissue and joint trauma, knee damage, ankle sprains and other similar medical issues.

These injuries often cause significant muscle pain, swelling, and inflammation within the body. Chiropractic treatment of sports injuries can not only provide pain relief, but can also help rebuild long-term muscle-strength for athletes dealing with:

  • Pinched nerves
  • Neck injuries
  • Muscle spasms
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle, tendon and ligament tears
  • Sprained ankle 

One thing many athletes like about chiropractic treatment is that it allows them to recover naturally from a wide range of pains and ailments. After a comprehensive examination and understanding of the history of the injury, a treatment plan is designed with the goal of getting you back doing the sport you love.

So what do treatments involve? Many times, the objective is to optimize the movement of the spine (ie. spinal discs), improve muscle strength, and decrease muscle spasm. Spinal manipulation and joint dysfunction involves short pushing or gentle movements of the affected joint towards the restricted direction. If the affected muscles are extremely tight, Dr. Kennedy may apply more stretches.

Outside of the treatment at their office, Dr. Kennedy also recommends different kinds of exercises, such as stabilization, that can be used as part of your chiropractic care and treatment of sports injuries for optimum results. The goal is to not only to get you back to your sport but keep you healthy while doing it. 

If you’re dealing with a sports injury that has you sidelined from activity, schedule a Chiropractic Examination at Wignall Kennedy Chiropractic Today!

Call (414) 257-2575 to schedule or speak with our experienced staff!

The #1 Health Problem in the World

October 31, 2018

Low Back Pain; The #1 Health Problem in the World

Did you know that approximately 75-90% of the population presents with low back pain, with 67% presenting with neck pain (global health problem #4, by the way)? This equates to over a billion sufferers worldwide.

To put this into perspective; low back pain is a more common ailment than heart disease, asthma, diabetes, mental problems, and orthopedic conditions, just to name a few!

In Western Culture, our private health insurance companies are overburdened supporting a population with chronic low back pain. It’s no wonder our premiums go up. In my experience and opinion, good lifestyle choices are crucial in avoiding joining that statistic. This means getting active, eating right, and enough rest and relaxation… it’s about balance and taking care of yourself.

Research supports that the patient is at the center of their own health management plan. This means patients need to be educated and well informed about health options tailored to them; exercise plans, dietary guidelines, drug supplements, posture, ergonomic modifications, workplace health, and safety support. Call Wignall-Kennedy today to start your journey to a pain-free back.

How a Chiropractor Can Help Your Headache

May 30, 2018

We’ve all experienced the discomfort and inconvenience of a headache. They can range from dull and throbbing to a debilitating pain, and even sometimes are accompanied by nausea or sensitivity to light. You may be experiencing a primary headache, such as tension, migraine, or cluster headaches. Primary headaches account for 95% of headaches, while the other 5%, known as secondary headaches.  There are three types of primary headaches, migraines, tension, and cluster headaches. Secondary headaches present because of another condition such as sinusitis, post-traumatic trauma, dehydration, dental problems, high blood pressure, or illness.

While some primary headaches are taken care of with pain medication, some can be alleviated by a chiropractor. According to the American Chiropractic Association, “the greatest majority of primary headaches are associated with muscle tension in the neck.” Scheduling an appointment with a chiropractor for recurring tension headaches or headaches originating in the neck can be beneficial in easing your headaches.

How can you prevent headaches? If you spend most of your day in a fixed position, such as in front of a computer, take a break from work or your activity every hour and stretch. Low-impact aerobics such as walking can help with headaches, and make sure you are staying hydrated and drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily, as dehydration can also cause headaches.

If you are taking precautions but still experiencing headaches due to neck pain, it may be time to see your chiropractor. You might wonder how a doctor that specializes in back pain can help you with your headaches. Through training, chiropractors are trained in how tension in the spine relates to other problems in different parts of the body besides the back. They can perform spinal manipulation or adjustments to ease your headache pain. They can also offer nutrition advice and advice on different postures both at home and at work, as well as exercises and other techniques to help relieve headache pain.

The team at Wignall-Kennedy Chiropractic Clinic are always here to help and are conveniently located in Wauwatosa. Call (414) 257-2575 today to schedule an appointment!

How to Avoid Cold Weather Back Pain

February 1, 2018

With temperatures dropping below freezing, you have plenty to stress about without the added irritation of ongoing back pain. While cold weather doesn’t necessarily cause back pain, it does create several scenarios resulting in serious muscle tension. Here are a few tips and tricks to combat any back pain caused by the winter chill.

  1. Stay Warm – Our bodies adjust to the climate we live in, so any significant change in weather can cause your body to stiffen. When there has been an extended period of warm weather and then a sudden dip into cold temperature your muscles, tendons, and ligaments can tighten and become less flexible. To combat this, try to stay as warm as possible. More layers = more flexibility.
  2. Stretch – When your muscles and tendons tighten you can become more prone to back injuries. Stretching when you first wake up and regularly throughout the day can prevent muscle tension and keep your ligaments flexible all day long. Without stretching, your body will not be prepared for activity and as you will see in tip #3, activity is important for avoiding back pain.
  3. Exercise – Often when the bitter cold winter sweeps through town it can discourage you from keeping up with a regular schedule of exercise. Understandably, you don’t want to venture outside for a morning run or evening bike ride, but not exercising can be the worst culprit for nagging back aches. Indoor exercises, like yoga, swimming, or treadmills, can be just as exciting work outs while remaining nice and warm. Yoga, specifically, incorporates both exercise and stretching and can be done from the comfort of your own home. Watch the video below for easy stretches you can do at home!

  • Avoid SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder can be caused by chilly temperatures, less sunlight hours, and often, stressful holiday obligations. SAD is a type of seasonal depression and depression is regularly linked to aggravated back pain. Attempt to keep the winter blues at bay by finding ways to get more light throughout your day, improving your diet by avoiding carbs, getting up early, keeping yourself busy, and sometimes even meditation.
  • Visit a Chiropractor – If you’ve tried all of our tips above and you are still experiencing joint or back pain, the best point of action may be visiting your local chiropractor. The team at Wignall-Kennedy Chiropractic Clinic are always here to help and are conveniently located in Wauwatosa. Call 414-257-2575 today to schedule an appointment!

How A Chiropractic Visit Can Help Prevent the Cold & Flu

January 10, 2018

Cold and flu season has come again and everyone is doing what they can to prevent the unwelcome symptoms that can keep you unfocused and tired throughout the winter months. One way to keep the sniffles away is visiting a chiropractor for adjustments to your neck and spine. How is this possible you say?  It’s easy when you consider the science of your immune system.

Our immune system is supported by the lymphatic system which is a network of organs, lymph nodes, lymph ducts, and lymph vessels which help move white and immune blood cells into the bloodstream and remove dead blood cells and waste. White blood cells are important for fighting infection. How do these lymph cells move throughout the body you ask? Why it’s the musculoskeletal system of course! This means that the motion and contractions of your muscles are supporting your immune system.

We also know, according to the National Institutes of Health, that the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and the lymphatic system are connected. Therefore, to keep your immune system in tip-top shape your spine and muscles need to be in perfect order. So, a simple visit to your local chiropractor can help prevent contraction of the cold or flu.

The team at Wignall-Kennedy Chiropractic Clinic are available to help no matter what the thermometer reads and are conveniently located in Wauwatosa serving clients throughout the Metro Milwaukee area. Call 414-257-2575 today to schedule an appointment!

For more information on the flu and how this year’s strain is different, click here.

Stay Healthy for the Holidays

December 12, 2017

Here at Wignall-Kennedy Chiropractic, we know the holiday season can be as stressful as it is joyous. With family, travel, cooking, gifts and more, we know there is a lot on your plate, but we are here to make sure you are taking care of yourself too and not just those around you. In addition to holiday stress, the colder temperatures and harsh weather conditions can cause your body physical stress as well. Whether it’s a slip on the ice, stiffness from outdoor exertion, or overall achiness, call us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kennedy to create a customized treatment plan. Or, in the meantime, watch the video below for some key stretches you can do to ease any pain in your neck, shoulders, and back.

Your health is as important as your family, and we want to make sure you have all the resources to keep your body and mind happy for the holidays.

Why Chiropractic Treatment is Ideal for Athletes

November 17, 2017

Chiropractic Care for Athletes

Whether you are a professional athlete, avid amateur, weekend warrior, or a youth athlete, chances are that you have experienced some sort of injury or pain while participating in your sport. This holds true not only in high-contact sports like football and rugby but also in sports involving little or no contact such as golf and tennis. According to the Professional Football Chiropractic Society, every one of the 32 NFL teams offers chiropractic services to their players. And, during his acceptance speech after winning the 2015 Masters golf tournament at the young age of 21, Jordan Spieth famously included his chiropractor among the list of people who greatly contributed to his success. Read on for just a few of the ways that regular chiropractic care can help keep athletes at the top of their game:

Improve Alignment

Spinal misalignment is extremely common among athletes and can contribute to injury and subpar performance. Alignment issues often present as strength or flexibility differences between the right to the left side, and, left untreated, can cause other areas of the body to work harder to try to “pick up the slack”. When these imbalances are corrected, athletes often notice that they are better to perform better, with less pain and stiffness, because their body is now working as intended.

Increase Range of Motion

Tightness, especially in the back and neck, can lead to problems in everyday life, not to mention on the field or pitch. Regular chiropractic adjustments can dramatically improve range of motion, resulting in easier mobility and improved flexibility. When muscles and ligaments are tight, it is difficult for the athlete to perform optimally. Unless proper range of motion is restored, the athlete is likely to continue to experience stiffness and pain, which can then lead to performance at a lower level.

Injury Treatment

When an athlete is injured, the body immediately takes steps to try to protect itself from further damage. This often means muscle spasms and inflammation at the point of injury. Over time, these spasms and inflammation can lead to spinal misalignments, which will slow down the healing process. A Chiropractor will work with the athlete to correct the misalignments and start the healing process sooner through the use of massage, stretching, range-of-motion exercises, the use of specific tools to break down scar tissue, dry needling to release tension in the muscles, and electric stimulation.

Decrease or Eliminate Pain

Often, athletes experience joint pain due to the repetitive nature of their sports, Whether it’s a football player with sore knees, a golfer with a stiff and sore neck, or a soccer player with hip flexor issues, your chiropractor can help manage the pain and prevent further injury.

At the Wignall-Kennedy Clinic in Wauwatosa, WI, Dr. Kennedy has a passion for chiropractic. Having sustained a sports injury as a teenager, Dr. Kennedy knows what it feels like to be sidelined, and will do all he can to treat existing injuries as well as to help prevent future ones. Give us a call at 414-257-2575 to schedule your appointment.

How to Avoid Injury… While Raking

October 17, 2017

Chiropractic Care to Help Save Your Back While Raking Leaves

The splendor of the fall season in southeastern Wisconsin is the brightly colored foliage. Unfortunately, that beauty falls away, and you’re left to rake it all up! But before you march outside with rake in hand, you’ll want to take care to avoid injury and steer clear of starting the holiday season laid up from simple yard work.

According to the American Chiropractic Association, “The twisting, turning, bending and reaching of raking can also cause injury if your body is not prepared. Like an athlete, if you leap into something without warming up or knowing how to do it, [then] the chances of injury are greater.”

The most common injuries from raking leaves are upper- or lower-back strain, neck strain and pain in the shoulders. So how do you avoid back strain while raking this fall?

Tips to Avoid Injury from Fall Yard Work

There are several ways to avoid back injury and strain while doing fall yard work, and many of them have to do with proper stretching, correct technique and ergonomic tools:

  • Warm up and Cool down: Stretching without bouncing for 10 to 15 minutes before and after yard work will help keep your body safe from strain and pain. Ideal exercises to warm up and cool down include knee-to-chest pulls, trunk rotations, side bends and a short walk to stimulate circulation.
  • Stay Upright: While raking, stand as straight as possible without hunching your back, and avoid bending your head. A “scissors” stance is recommended: placing right foot forward and left foot back for a few minutes, then reversing and putting your left foot forward and right foot back.
  • Rake Leaves and Grass into Small, Manageable Piles: This decreases the risk of back strain. Then transfer the leaves into bags by bending at the knees, not the waist.
  • Wear Supportive Shoes: Footwear featuring proper support can prevent strain from affecting your back.
  • Stay Hydrated and Protected: Drink plenty of water, and wear a hat, protective glasses, and gloves. Wearing a mask is smart if you have allergies, and so is wearing hearing protection if your equipment is loud.
  • Take Advantage of Cool, Autumn Air: Avoiding the midday heat is recommended.

These tips and tricks will help keep you healthy through the fall season. However, if you do feel soreness or stiffness in your back, then use ice to soothe the discomfort. If there’s no improvement in two to three days, then see your chiropractor.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help

Top local chiropractors, such as Dr. Steven Kennedy at Wignall-Kennedy Chiropractic, can assess your situation, diagnose and treat a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries, including those sustained from a day of raking leaves. Wignall-Kennedy Chiropractic can also get you started with a treatment plan of chiropractic care and pain management. Wignall-Kennedy Chiropractic is conveniently located in Wauwatosa, servicing patients from across the Milwaukee area.  Call 414-257-2575 today, to schedule an appointment!

How to Prevent Back Pain at Work

October 17, 2017

 

Whether your job involves heavy lifting, hours of standing, or sitting at a desk and typing all day, it’s important to take steps to maintain a healthy back at work. As anyone who has experienced back pain can certainly tell you, a sore back can totally ruin your workday, as well as your productivity and enjoyment of your job. We’ve compiled a list of steps that you can take, starting today, to prevent back pain while you’re on the job.

Stand Up
You’ve likely read by now the phrase that “sitting is the new smoking.” While this may sound like hyperbole, the World Health Organization points to physical inactivity as the fourth leading risk factor for mortality, accounting for 3.2 million deaths worldwide each year. Sitting for hours on end puts pressure on your spine, and will eventually produce lower back pain. Prevent this by standing a bit each hour, or invest in a stand-up desk if possible.

Check Your Posture
Turns out that Mom was right about posture! Excellent posture not only looks better, it helps keep your spine in alignment and your back feeling great. Proper seated posture includes keeping both feet on the floor, your back straight and tall, and your shoulders drawn back. Make sure that your weight is evenly distributed from right to left, and never cross your legs for more than a few moments at a time. If you stand a lot at work, be sure to stand on the balls of your feet, keep your knees soft, tighten your core, and pull your shoulders up and back, while keeping them relaxed away from your ears.

Stay Balanced
While minor imbalances in your workstation would not cause a problem if you were only there for a few moments, 8 hours of any imbalance will surely result in a sore back. Look for little things that you habitually do, like cradling a phone between your ear and shoulder, or constantly leaning to one side because of your desk setup. Try to find a way to balance things out so that you’re seated in alignment for as much of your day as possible.

Take a Break
If possible, step away from your workstation every hour or so. While it would be great to stop work and take a walk regularly, sometimes that’s not possible. Try to force yourself to stand up, have a little stretch, roll your shoulders, turn your head from side to side, and take a couple of deep breaths. Even a walk to the water fountain can clear your head so you can get back to work feeling better, inside and out!

Stretch!
Watch the instructional video below for some stretches Dr. Kennedy suggests for staying comfortable at your work desk!

If you’re experiencing back pain, the team at Wignall-Kennedy Chiropractic Clinic can help! Visit us online, or call 414-257-2575 today to start living pain-free!

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