• Denmark follows the US in Endorsing Manipulation

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Last year, the American College of Physicians recommended treating back pain with chiropractic BEFORE considering medication. Now, an expert panel for the Danish Health Authority has concluded the same is true for neck pain: use exercise and manipulation before starting medicine. #ChooseChiropractic #NeckPain #BackPain Kjaer P et al. National clinical guidelines for non-surgical treatment of patients with recent onset neck pain or cervical radiculopathy. Eur Spine J. 2017 Sep;26(9):2242- 2257. doi: 10.1007/s00586-017-5121-8. Epub 2017 May 18.

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  • Condition of the Month – (Cervical Radiculopathy)

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    “Your nervous system is basically a big electrical circuit. Your spinal cord transmits all of the electrical nerve impulses between your brain and spine. From there, individual nerves emerge from your spine then travel to supply sensation and movement to specific areas of your shoulders, arms and hands. This allows you to move and feel sensations like touch, heat, cold and pain. Anything that interferes with this transmission can cause problems. A condition called “Cervical Radiculopathy” means that one or more of the nerves emerging from your neck has become irritated or possibly pinched. This often results in pain numbness or…

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  • Kids and Sports.......

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Some very interesting information from an article by our friends at physiology-pedia.com: In the United Kingdom there are a large number of children and adolescents who are participating in sport. The government is currently spending over £450 million on improving the quality of the Physical Education and sport activities that pupils are offered [1]  leading to high numbers of participants in sport, not only inside of school but outside as well, 96.7% of children aged 11-16 and 84.1% of children aged 5-10 participated in sport outside of school [2].   The young person with athletic potential is likely to have enhanced physiological and physical…

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  • The Connection Between Posture and Headaches

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Bottom Line: Ergonomics is the study of the posture and positioning of your body. It sounds pretty boring until you consider that millions of people are suffering from headaches every day that are related to their posture! Whether it’s an assembly line, a computer, a tablet, or your phone, you’re likely spending a lot of time looking down. Research has found that up to 20 pounds of pressure is placed on the neck for every inch the chin extends forward or down. This increased pressure can irritate the tissues of the neck leading to everything from premature degenerative changes to chronic…

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  • Finding Headache Relief Without Drugs

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Bottom Line: Waking up with a headache or consistently getting one by the end of work each day is not fun (or normal). Headaches can be caused by a variety of factors, none of which are a shortage of medication in your body! As a matter of fact, if you have been relying on drugs to find relief day after day, there is a variety of new research that encourages you to reconsider.  Why it Matters: Relying on medications to find relief each and every day places an enormous amount of strain on your liver and other internal organs. What’s more, researchers have…

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  • Preventing Menstrual Migraines

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Bottom Line: For many women, monthly menstruation means monthly migraines. In addition to hormone changes, your diet, physical activity and stress levels all contribute to this pattern. While pregnancy and menopause are two ways to eliminate these types of headaches, we also have a few more practical ways to find relief! Why it Matters: New research recommends Chiropractic adjustments as part of an evidence-based approach to reducing the pain associated with migraine headaches. Regular adjustments can both help reduce the stress on the muscles that support your neck and improve your range of motion. By keeping active, reducing your stress, maintaining enough hydration,…

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  • Decreasing Tension Headaches

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Bottom Line: Quick question: do you know anyone who isn’t interested in reducing the stress in their life? We’ll give you a minute. Still thinking? That’s what we thought! There aren’t too many of us who couldn’t benefit from reducing the stress in our daily lives. Between family, work, and the latest political thread on social media, the stress can be overwhelming! Chronic everyday stress can also significantly impact our brains and bodies, causing everything from fatigue and depression to debilitating headaches.  Why it Matters: Headaches caused by stress are often classified as tension-type headaches. Pain at the base of the skull that…

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  • Do you have these 3 signs of Adult Onset F.A.S.?

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Do you struggle with any upper extremity issues like shoulder pain? How about arm pain, elbow pain, wrist or hand pain? Have you been diagnosed with a Shoulder Cuff issue? Or maybe Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? How about tendonitis, bursitis or arthritis? If you suffer with any of these – or a combination of these symptoms then you may be coming down with Adult Onset F.A.S. – Otherwise known as “Falling Apart Syndrome”. Look, truth be told – getting older is not for wimps… So if you are a 30 something wondering “What’s with all of these aches and…

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  • Get rid of Shoulder Pain forever…

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Most common shoulder problems are totally correctable. Shoulder issues like bursitis, tendonitis, shoulder cuff pain – even frozen shoulder can be corrected if the right combination of steps are taken.   Shoulder problems can keep you from doing a lot…sleeping well, working the mouse on a computer, washing your car (or hair) – not to mention lifting, carrying or throwing.   Who do you know that struggles with shoulder issues? Is it you?   You do not want to miss our next Body Signals Content this month:   Falling Apart Syndrome: How to Get Rid of Shoulder, Elbow and Wrist Problems Forever.   Bring your tendonitis, your bursitis, your arthritis with…

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  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome NEEDS to be treated!

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

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    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

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  • Natural Ways to Find Relief from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Bottom Line: Carpal tunnel syndrome affects the wrist and hands. It can cause pain and numbness which makes work difficult. You probably know someone who has undergone surgery to “correct” carpal tunnel, only to see the pain return shortly after. What you probably don’t know is that up to 75% of people who have surgery for carpal tunnel will have the pain return within two years! Surgery focuses on releasing the pressure on the median nerve, but what about all of those years of repetitive motion and stress on your elbow, shoulder, and neck? The long-term stress on all of these…

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  • Don't Neglect Carpal Tunnel Syndrome!

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

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  • Shoulder, Arm or Hand pain? We can help!

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

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  • Tennis Elbow? I Haven’t Swung a Racket in Years!

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Bottom Line: You don’t need to be John McEnroe to feel the pain of tennis elbow. Actually, 95% of people who suffer from lateral epicondylitis, or tennis elbow, don’t even play tennis! Lateral epicondylitis is an inflammation of the tendon that attaches to the lateral epicondyle of your elbow. It can result in pain and weakness in the wrist and elbow. Repetitive motions and an awkward positioning of your wrist often contribute to tennis elbow. So how can you fix it? Keep reading… Why it Matters: Reducing inflammation around the tendon is an important first step. Reducing muscle spasms to improve blood flow,…

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  • Body Signals

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

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  • Shoulder, Arm or Hand pain? We can help!

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

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  • Ever heard of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

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  • Pain On The Outside Of Your Elbow?

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

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  • The Link Between Posture and Shoulder Motion

    Author: Aberdeen Chiropractic |

    Bottom Line: Your shoulder is one of the most complex joints in your body. It is surrounded and supported by a complex network of nerves, tendons, muscles, and ligaments. Many of these structures tie back to your spine or mid-back and neck. Your posture, or position, directly impacts the motion of your shoulder and scapula. Long hours at a desk or computer can lead to postural changes and muscle imbalances. Poor posture and a forward head position can lead to “upper cross syndrome.” Upper cross syndrome is an imbalance of the muscles in your upper back, neck, and shoulder that can…

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