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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!

 

How to Avoid Golf Injuries Pt.1

August 15, 2017

One of the most important injury prevention methods for any sport or physical activity is stretching. Something you’ve been told to do since your childhood, yet it never seems as important in the moment, right? Well, take it from a Chiropractor, STRETCHING IS SO IMPORTANT! All golfers, no matter the age or skill level, should have a routine of stretching or perform flexibility exercises prior to teeing off. Here are 3 great stretches you can do right on the green:

  • Standing Pelvic Tilts: Begin with arms crossed over the chest. Tuck the pelvis under, creating a posterior tilt of the pelvis; arch the back, creating an anterior tilt of the pelvis and return to a neutral spine. Repeat five times in each direction.        
  • Trunk Rotation: Standing, cross your arms and place each hand on the opposite shoulder. Inhale as you rotate from the core. Repeat 10 times in each direction.                                 
  • Hip Flexor Stretch: Place feet shoulders width apart and take a large step forward with your right foot, like you would for a lunge (for balance assistance, or an even deeper stretch, hold a golf club, dowel, or foam roller in front of you and actively push it down into the ground). Keep your body upright and posteriorly rotate your pelvis. Keeping your pelvis rotated, glutes squeezed, and body upright, lean forward at the hips, hold for 2 seconds.Return to start and repeat 10 times for each side.
  • Shoulder Stretch with Club Behind Back: Hold the club or towel in your right hand, palm facing upwards. Bring right arm over your head and the right palm behind your back. Bring your left arm behind your lower back and clasp the club or towel. Inhale as you gently pull down on the towel or club, exhale and release. Repeat five times and switch sides.

Another way to ease into 18 holes is to start with a light warm up. Hit a few balls first, starting with the wedge and working up to the driver (It’s extremely hard on your body to jump right into using the driver)!

If there are any persisting points of pain that you feel during your golf season, reach out to a sports medicine specialist to diagnose and prevent any further damage or recurring issues. As with any exercise program, it is important to consult with a medical professional before beginning something new. Proper preparation before, during, and after physical activity is key to keeping your body strong, flexible, and properly engaged, therefore, preventing injury.

For a consultation with a certified chiropractic sports physician to determine what your body needs to stay on top of its game, call Wignall-Kennedy Chiropractics today! (414) 257-2575

Easing Carpal Tunnel symptoms With Chiropractic Treatment

July 10, 2017

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a serious and painful nerve injury that affects 3% of working Americans. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, carpal tunnel cost $7.4 billion in workers compensation costs, and untold billions on medical treatment, litigation costs, hidden costs and lost productivity. CTS occurs when the median nerve, which runs down a person’s forearm to his or her hand, gets compressed in the eight, small bones in the wrist called the carpal tunnel. This injury is typically caused over time by repetitive motion such as assembly line work, or typing. Symptoms of CTS include pain and numbness of the hand and wrist. While there are a variety of treatment options available to those who are affected, including surgery, chiropractic care has become a preferred and effective option.

Here are four ways patients with carpal tunnel syndrome benefit from chiropractic care.

  1. Chiropractic care has been documented to work on CTS. While there are never any guarantees that any one mode of treatment will work on every person, studies have shown strong results that back the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment on CTS. The majority of participants, in said studies, showed significant improvement in several categories such as range of motion, finger sensation, and pain reduction. Patients can feel confident that choosing chiropractic care as a treatment will reduce symptoms related to CTS.
  2. Chiropractic, a less invasive treatment options. If left undiagnosed or untreated for an extended amount of time, carpal tunnel syndrome can become too painful and advanced to be handled medicine and, therefore, will need surgery. However, chiropractic care often helps minimize surgery as a last resort. Chiropractic treatment can show positive results in controlling and managing CTS symptoms.
  3. Chiropractic care offers an alternative to drugs to manage pain. As with surgery, daily doses of medicine may be less than ideal when managing carpal tunnel syndrome. Certain patients may suffer side effects from the medicine, CTS medicines may even conflict with other medication. If medicinal treatment is not an attractive option, a chiropractor appointment is your next step of action. Chiropractic care involves joint manipulation and mobilization to help ease pain associated with CTS. A brace might also be recommended (a popular CTS treatment) to limit the hand’s movement and allow the wrist and tendons to heal. A chiropractor who is experience with carpal tunnel syndrome is able to review each case individually and make appropriate treatment recommendations.
  4. Allows patients to learn how to manage carpal tunnel syndrome. Unfortunately, health problems that produce chronic pain can take a toll on the patient not only physically, but mentally. Dealing with CTS can make a person feel powerless over their own body. Working with a chiropractor to relieve, and manage the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome allows the patient to be able to feel in charge of managing and improving their health. Workers who perform repetitive tasks daily as part of their job need to be especially cautious of carpal tunnel syndrome. Feeling pain, numbness, tingling, or burning in palms or fingers may be the first sign of CTS. The earlier it’s diagnosed, the more effective less-invasive treatment will be.

Of all the CTS treatment options available, chiropractic care offers the benefit of being a highly effective treatment while remaining much less invasive than other options. If you, or anybody you know is suffering from this condition, call today. We’re here to help!

 

Should You Be Stretching Before Exercising?

June 26, 2017

Stretching Before Exercise: Do or Don’t?

In the health field there always seems to be experts arguing over something we have done for a long time. Then, comes new research and we realize there might be a better way after all.

Stretching before we exercise is something that has been instilled in most of us since primary school; we are less likely to injure a muscle if we warm up before suddenly starting a strenuous movement. However, there has been some debate recently over whether it really is a good idea. Stretching a muscle lengthens it. If we are about to run a sprint, we want our muscles firm and ready to take the weight, not lengthened, stretched and relaxed.

As is often the case, balance is what works best. Exercising on cold muscles is not good, but neither is thoroughly lengthening a muscle before using it. The consensus seems to be warming up with a light jog and some dynamic stretches( eg. swinging each leg back and forth or lunges). Saving the targeted, static stretches for after your exercise.

For help developing a stretching plan that’s right for you, schedule a visit with Dr. Kennedy at Wignall-Kennedy Chiropractics for an evaluation and personalized treatment plan! We are always accepting new patients.

 

 

Suffering From Sciatica or Not Sure What It Is?

May 26, 2017

What Exactly is Sciatica and What can you do about it?

At Wignall-Kennedy Chiropractic, we see a fair amount of sciatic pain patients, especially now that summer sports seasons are beginning. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body, in both length and in diameter (as big around as a thumb, at its largest point).

The sciatic nerve begins in the lower spine, exits out of the pelvis and passes between, under, and over a number of ligaments and muscles in the gluteal region. It then passes down the back of the thigh before dividing at the knee and branching down into the leg and foot. The sciatic nerve originates from 5 vertebral levels meaning it’s actually 5 nerves in one.

True sciatica refers to pain caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve which can originate from many sources, namely a lumbar disc problem, sacroiliac joint, ligament sprain, or muscle strain. Sports that involve a lot of rotational movements such as golf, tennis, and softball can often lead to sciatic pain, as well.

I say “true” sciatica because often times sciatica is used incorrectly to refer to leg pain associated with low back or gluteal pain from other sources, e.g. a sacroiliac joint or a muscle may refer to pain along the sciatic region. In general, however, sciatica refers to leg pain associated with low back pain and can lead to muscle numbness, tingling, loss of strength or loss of reflexes in the leg, ankle, foot, and/or toes.

So, what do you do if you’re suffering from these symptoms and you think it might be sciatica? See your chiropractor! You need an accurate diagnosis of any pain or symptoms so the cause can be addressed. It is important to know exactly what is going on before a course of action or treatment can be set into motion. Call us today to schedule an appointment to get started on your road to a painless life.

 

 

Add Some Spring to Your Step With Extra ZZZ’s

April 19, 2017

Health Benefits From Getting Enough Sleep

Besides chiropractic care to help improve your health and wellness, there are an infinite number of things you can do to help improve your day-to-day health. To prove that not all health improvement requires extra effort, we put together a list of health benefits you’ll get from adding some extra zzz’s to your sleep schedule.

  1. Improve memory: During sleep, your brain can strengthen memories or “practice” skills that you have learned while awake in a process called consolidation. The National Sleep Foundation reports that sleep actually triggers changes in the brain that solidify memories; strengthening connections between brain cells.
  2. Live longer: A study carried out by Dr. Francesco Cappuccio and colleagues from the University of Warwick and University of Naples Medical School found that if you sleep less than 6 hours at night, you are 12% more likely to die prematurely than if you sleep more. However, the study ALSO found that your risk of dying prematurely jumps from 12% to 30% if you sleep for 9 or more hours per night. So find your sweet spot between 6-9 hours of daily sleep to reap the benefits.
  3. Reduce Inflammation: Research has indicated that people who don’t get as much sleep (6 hours or less per night) have more inflammation than those who sleep more. A study by Dr. Rapoport says that C-Reactive Proteins, which are associated with heart disease, can be found in higher quantities in people who sleep less than 6 hours a night on average.
  4. Increase creativity: Along with consolidation, or making memories or skills stronger while you sleep, your brain can also reorganize and restructures them. This has been shown to increase creativity levels. Researchers at Harvard University and Boston College found that people seem to strengthen the emotional components of a memory during sleep, which may help stimulate their creative processes.
  5. Improve your athleticism: For the athlete, getting extra sleep can reap many benefits. Improved reaction times, reduced injury rates, elongated playing careers, faster and more accurate times, and fewer mental errors have all been correlated with getting sufficient sleep.
  6. Fewer problems with attention and learning: Children who sleep less due to sleep disorders struggle with attention and learning, according to a 2010 study in the journal Sleep, The Official Journal of Sleep Society, Oxford. In another study, college students who didn’t get enough sleep had worse grades than those who did.”If you’re trying to meet a deadline, you’re willing to sacrifice sleep,” Dr. Rapoport says, “but it’s severe and reoccurring sleep deprivation clearly impairs learning.”
  7. Heightened attention: While a lot of sleep deprivation symptoms may not be noticeable, shortened attention span is immediately affected and can cause trouble with daily activities. Sleeping an appropriate amount at night can improve your attention, therefore, improving your output; whether it is school work or taxes.
  8. Maintain a healthy weight: Researchers at the University of Chicago found that dieters who were well rested lost more fat than those who were sleep deprived and lost more muscle mass. In addition to burning off the right stuff, sleeping also helps boost your metabolism and drive appetite hormones down.
  9. Reduce Stress: Sleep has been known to significantly decrease levels of stress, in turn, helping sufferers to better manage their blood pressure. The American Psychological Association noted that Research has shown that most Americans would be happier, healthier and safer if they were to sleep an extra 60 to 90 minutes per night.
  10. Lower chances of automobile accidents: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported in 2009 that being tired accounted for the highest number (more than alcohol) of fatal single-car run-off-the-road crashes due to the driver’s performance. An insufficient night of sleep could be as dangerous as drinking a six-pack of beers before your daily commute.

So now that you know some benefits that come with hitting the snooze button, figure out how you can interpret this information into your day-to-day life! Remember, a healthy lifestyle requires consistent effort in many areas so make sure you also drink plenty of water and consume the appropriate nutrients for your body.

Your First Chiropractic Visit

February 24, 2017

What to Expect For Your First Chiropractic Visit

If you’ve never been to a chiropractor before, there are probably a few questions running through your head. It is normal to feel anxious prior to your first adjustment, so fear not and keep reading! Hopefully, we’ll answer your questions and calm those nerves!

Your Health History:

As most “first” appointments go with chiropractors or any other healthcare providers, you’ll start with a consultation. This is crucial because you provide the doctor with important information needed for the symptoms or conditions you are seeking treatment for as well as provide insights on your health history. This way, the doctor will be able to better understand what actions need to be taken to help you on your way back to health, comfort and an active lifestyle.

Some sample questions you might be asked are:

  • When did the pain first occur?
  • How did the pain start?
  • What could have caused the pain to start?
  • Does anything cause it to become better or worse?

Physical Examination:

Before a chiropractic adjustment, your doctor will perform a physical examination. The tests are quite general and can include reflex or other orthopedic neurological tests, strength and tone of muscle test, and a test of your range of motion. The purpose of the examination is to gather important information needed for a proper diagnosis and efficient treatment plan.

How Long Will It Take?:

Your first chiropractic appointment shouldn’t last longer than an hour. There will need to be enough time to perform all the above steps needed to form an evaluation of your condition and a proper diagnosis. It is important that healthcare providers don’t rush through any of these processes, especially since it’s your health on the line. No crucial information should be left out.

Deciding on a Treatment Plan:

Depending on the severity of your condition, some chiropractors may begin your customized treatment plan during your first visit. For some patients, though, additional appointments must be scheduled to begin treatment.

Your chiropractor will set goals throughout your visits to track progress based on the information they’ve been given. Every patient and treatment plan is different, so keep an open mind and let’s get to work on bringing you closer to a healthier and more comfortable life.

Ways to Reduce Lower Back Pain

January 31, 2017

3 Ways to Help Reduce Lower Back Pain, The Number 1 Health Problem in the World

 

Approximately 75-90% of the population suffers from low back pain.  This equates to over a billion sufferers worldwide. To put that 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.

Western Culture has a problem…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 to avoid joining that 75-90%. This means being active, eating right, and getting enough rest and relaxation… it’s about balance and taking care of you.

To help prevent low back pain, add these quick tips to your daily activity:

1) Stop Leaning!

Often patient’s come to me with poor hip alignment, sore knees, and necks. Leaning is the devil, and while it is the body’s easy way of keeping you upright, locking up the joints on one side of your body and using them as a splint can seriously throw you out of alignment.

2) Soft Knees

Locking out the knee joint is lazy and your body’s way of doing less work to keep you upright. While it may feel comfortable and require less energy locking out your knees, it is not only increasing pressure through the joint itself, but it also increases pressure through the lumbar (lower back).

3) Squeeze Your Butt!

Now, I don’t mean actually squeeze them, I mean activate. The glute muscles are one of the biggest in the body, and by not using them you are relying too heavily on your lower back to do the work. Increasing your glute activation through daily living activities will significantly decrease the occurrence of low back pain. Now, this doesn’t mean 100% squeeze/activation (ever tried to walk with your glutes fully contracted)? Try anywhere from 20-30%.

These 3 tips can significantly decrease low back pain and can assist in correcting body and spinal alignment. Having a weak component in this chain can significantly increase the workload for the muscles or joint in the chain

It might not be easy, and it might take more energy to begin with, but a gradual implementation of these tips can have incredible benefits.   And if you’re currently suffering from chronic low back in pain, contact our office today for an appointment.  We’ll review your symptoms, do an initial treatment and set a customized path to head you down the road to a pain-free future.

 

3 Ways to Beat the Flu This Winter

January 11, 2017

Avoid the Flu This Season With These 3 Tips!
flu season
Welcome to 2017!  As the new year begins, often we find ourselves thinking about our health.  And as cold temperatures set-in, you begin to hear a lot more about the impending cold and flu season.  As a Chiropractor, my patients ask me what they can do to naturally manage immediate flu symptoms, improve immune systems, and move towards a better, preventative healthy space without resorting to drug intervention. After over 30 years of experience, here is what I’ve come up with:

  • Drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated. Ideally you need half an ounce of water for every pound of body weight per day.  Studies have even shown that those who drink less water significantly increase the likelihood of getting the flu, a stuffy nose or a sore throat.  Because water is required for every function of the body, staying hydrated is crucial. For example, proper hydration ensures the lining of the nose, the first line of defense, stays moist.  And if you’re not a fan of water, try adding a squeeze of lemon or lime to give it a bit more flavor.
  • Maintain adequate exercise and movement. Your hormonal system influences your nervous system which influences your immune system and all of these rely on your musculoskeletal system to move well and keep the wheels turning. A 20 min walk everyday with a basic resistance program 3-4x per week will make a huge difference. Try using resistance bands, choose 3 key exercises each session. Focus on upper extenders and lower flexors. Youtube is a great way to get ideas for exercise programs and resistance bands can be found in most department and sporting good stores.
  • Meditation and mindfulness. Stress weakens your immunity, that’s a fact! We often don’t allow the time or space to simply stop and recharge the batteries. Spend 10 minutes a day sitting quietly, meditating and breathing. There has been a lot of research about how meditation directly helps boost immunity and restores vitality.

If you do start the year battling some of these cold and flu symptoms and can’t seem to get past them, contact our office for an appointment.  Chiropractic adjustments can help free issues that could be impeding your lymphatic, musculoskeletal and central nervous systems and lowering your natural immunity.   

Cheers to a happy and healthy new year.

Snow Shoveling Tips to Prevent Back Injury

December 9, 2016

Posted by Dr. Steven Kennedy

Doctor of Chiropractic, Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician

One of the most common causes of back injuries during the winter months is snow removal. Using improper body mechanics can lead to a painful muscle strain or even more serious problems such as disc herniation. You may think you are tough, but trust me, even the toughest people can literally fall to their knees. I know, as a chiropractor for over 26 years, I’ve had to pick them up and put them back together again. To increase your chances of staying  pain free the next time the snow falls, following are some helpful tips:

Ergonomic Snow Shovels

Shovelling with a curved handle or handle with an adjustable length can minimize bending. Also, lightweight shovels mean you’re lifting less weight.

Warm Up Thoroughly!

Cold, tight muscles are more injury prone than warm, flexible muscles. So, get your blood pumping with a brisk 5-10 minute walk or other warm up activities before stretching your lower back and hamstrings. Lastly, give yourself a big hug for an upper back stretch before picking up the shovel.

Take Your Time

Take a look at the amount of snow and tailor your strategy ahead of time based on the amount of snow and its density. Make pathways or take snow off the top in layers if you’re dealing with heavier snow fall in order to reduce your load. And, NEVER be afraid to take a break!

Use Ergonomically Correct Lifting Techniques

When lifting or throwing snow is necessary:

  • Always try to push the snow to the side without hunching instead of lifting it and throwing it.
  • Face towards the direction you are lifting/throwing and avoid twisting
  • Bend at the knees and hips, NOT the back
  • Push your chest out to keep your back straight
  • For heavier loads, put one hand as close to the blade as possible
  • Keep the heaviest part of the shovel close to your body
  • Limit your arm extension when throwing snow

Hopefully these tips will help prevent any of the typical injuries that can occur with snow shoveling. But if you do find yourself in any pain or discomfort following your next snow shovel, give our chiropractic office a call.  We’re usually able to accommodate same day appointments to get your symptoms reviewed, initially treated and set a customized path to head you down the road to a full recovery.

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