Chiropractic Care and The Treatment For A Herniated Disc

If you have been diagnosed with or believe you have a herniated disc, the good news is that surgery is very rarely needed, and in fact, one of the most effective treatments for your condition is Chiropractic. Chiropractic offers a non surgical drug free and cost effective way to get on the road to healing and taking back your health.

What is a Herniated Disc and How Do I know If I have one?

A herniated disc is a very common injury that affects people most often between the ages of 30 to 50 and afflicts men almost 2 to 1 over women. It often appears to be brought on suddenly by something as simple as a cough or sneeze. The reality is the problem may have been laying dormant and undiscovered until the disc begins pressing on your nerve and causing pain.

In simple terms, a herniated disc is a “slipped disc” or a “bulging disc” in your spine. The Mayo clinic defines it: “A herniated disk refers to a problem with one of the rubbery cushions (disks) between the individual bones (vertebrae) that stack up to make your spine. A spinal disk is a little like a jelly donut, with a softer center encased within a tougher exterior. Sometimes called a slipped disk or a ruptured disk, a herniated disk occurs when some of the softer “jelly” pushes out through a tear in the tougher exterior.”

What are the symptoms of a Herniated Disc?

Common Symptoms Include:

* Numbness of tingling

*Pain in Arms and or Legs

*Weakness in the affected area

*Back pain and Neck pain

How is a Herniated Disc Treated?

How your condition is treated depends on a lot of factors, including your general health and where the injury has occurred. Your Chiropractor will first begin by doing a complete examination, taking a medical history and most likely recommend taking an X-Ray or an MRI to properly diagnose and determine the cause of your pain. Some possible recommendations in your individualized treatment plan may include:

*Exercises

*Physical therapy

*Spinal manipulation (a gentle Chiropractic Adjustment)

*lifestyle changes

Herniated discs can be painful, but fortunately there is help. Dr.Johnson your Woodlawn Chiropractor has been treating Herniated Discs for almost 20 years and has the expertise needed to diagnose and treat your condition in his state of the art Chiropractic office using the latest research and treatment modalities.

For further information on Herniated Discs and how Chiropractic can help you, call us at (410) 744-1233 and schedule your FREE Consultation with Dr. Johnson. You can also check out our website at: www.MyPainReliefCenter.com.

Suffering From Whiplash-Your Baltimore Chiropractor Can Help

Suffering From Whiplash-Your Baltimore Chiropractor Can Help

Did you know that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that more than 3 million people are injured in car accidents each year? When it happens to you, the physical and emotional trauma that follows can be devastating. You are thankful that it wasn’t worse and initially you think with rest the pain will go away. Unfortunately, with some injuries, the pain doesn’t go away on it’s own and may need treatment to heal. One of the most common injuries in an auto accident is to the soft tissues, and is known as Whiplash.

A whiplash injury occurs when the muscles and ligaments are stretched and torn due to a sudden jerking movement of the head and neck. A rear end collision often causes this type of injury and the pain may begin immediately following the accident or begin hours to days later.

What Are The Symptoms Of Whiplash?

Whiplash has many telltale symptoms, some of the more common ones include:

*headaches

*dizziness

*decreased range of motion in your neck

*pain or numbness in your hand and or arm

*difficulty concentrating

How is Whiplash Treated?

If you think you may have whiplash, a visit to your local Chiropractor may be necessary. A Chiropractor is trained and licensed to treat Whiplash and uses a variety of methods to diagnose and treat you. Depending on your needs, the Doctor will first do a consultation and physical exam which may include x-rays to determine the root cause of your pain. In the case of car accidents, some of the following techniques may be used:

* Massage Therapy : A licensed therapist may be on staff to provide deep tissue massage designed to release the pressure on the soft tissues and promote healing.

* Physical Therapy : Your Chiropractor may recommend a series of exercises designed to increase blood flow to the area and eliminate muscle spasms as well as hot or cold therapy as part of your treatment.

* Spinal Manipulation : There are many safe and effective techniques available to treat you and after a thorough examination, your doctor will determine the best course of action.

You don’t have to live in pain, and if left untreated, your condition will often get worse. If you have been in an auto accident, Dr. Johnson can help. He has been in practice for almost 20 years and as your Baltimore Chiropractor, he and his staff will work hard to make you feel welcome and get you on the road to health as quickly as possible.

For a free consultation, give us a call at (410) 744-1233 or for more information about our office visit us at www.MyPainReliefCenter.com .

The Top 6 Foods To Fight Pain Naturally

The Top 6 Foods To Fight Pain Naturally

Millions of Americans live with chronic pain and often reach for the medicine bottle for relief. While it is true that the pain medication may reduce the pain, it can often lead to unwanted side effects and long lasting problems from overuse. So the next time you go to reach for the bottle, try one of these natural food remedies instead.

COFFEE: Black Coffee can provide relief from headaches. Some recent research shows that coffee can also reduce the risk of some cancers.

2. GINGER: Ginger is an anti inflammatory that works for multiple ailments including migraines, sore muscles and arthritis.

CINNAMON: Cinnamon has so many health benefits, there are too many to mention. Some of the top benefits include cold, cough and sore throat remedies, stomach bugs, arthritis and more.

CAYENNE PEPPER: Cayenne works as an anti inflammatory and has been shown to reduce migraines, relieves joint and nerve pain and is a natural remedy for cramps.

TART CHERRIES: Cherries are an anti inflammatory that helps releive Gout, a painful form of Arthritis and help stop tissue inflammation.

SALMON: Salmon is filled with Omega 3’s and the fatty acid helps to reduce inflammation in your joints. It has also been shown to help prevent pain from Osteoarthritis.

Do you have another natural food remedy for pain? We would love to hear it! For more information and help to heal the pain, visit your Baltimore Chiropractor…Johnson Chiropractic and Rehabilitation at: www.mypainfreliefcenter.com

Chiropractic and Massage Therapy Go Hand In Hand

These days, massage therapy is very popular, and is widely used for stress relief and relaxation, but it is also extremely beneficial when used as a companion therapy to Chiropractic care.

Some might say that Chiropractic and massage therapy go hand in hand, after all, both use a hands on, drug free holistic approach to healing. Many Chiropractors use massage in their office in conjunction to patients adjustments and physical therapy and the results often include quicker healing and reduced anxiety.

While massage can treat a long list of conditions, here is a list of the TOP 12 CONDITIONS THAT MASSAGE THERAPY IS OFTEN USED FOR:

If you would like to know more about massage therapy and it’s benefits, or would like to schedule an appointment, give your Baltimore Chiropractor a call at: (410) 744-1233.

Is Chiropractic Covered by Insurance?

One of the most frequently asked questions we get at Johnson Chiropractic is, “Is Chiropractic covered by Insurance?”.

The answer is a resounding YES! According to the American Chiropractic Association, “Chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans, including major medical plans, workers’ compensation, Medicare, some Medicaid plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans for federal employees, among others. Chiropractic care is also available to active-duty members of the armed forces at more than 60 military bases and is available to veterans at 36 major veterans medical facilities.”

At Johnson Chiropractic we take a wide range of insurance plans and will gladly check your insurance benefits during your free consultation. Have a question about your insurance coverage, don’t hesitate to ask us. Dr. Johnson and your Baltimore Chiropractic staff are here to help. Contact us at (410) 744-1233

Why You May Need A Chiropractor After An Auto Accident

If you have recently been in a car accident, you know that it is beyond scary and recovering can be difficult both emotionally and physically. Some injuries become apparent right away, and some serious problems take time to develop. What may seem like a little stiffness can actually be a major problem brewing.

You may have heard the term Whiplash, but do you know what whiplash actually is?

Whiplash is a term that describes injury to the neck that occurs as a result of a motor vehicle or car accident. It’s symptoms include:

*Pain in the neck, arm, back, muscles or shoulder

*Whole body dizziness or vertigo

*other symptoms can include, difficulty focusing, sensation of pins and needles, stiff neck, muscle spasms and nerve injury.

Injuries from an auto accident left untreated can interfere with work and everyday enjoyment. Don’t let an auto accident derail you life! The best way to treat these symptoms is to see a Chiropractor shortly after the accident for a consultation and exam. Your Chiropractor is specially trained in treating the most common auto accident injuries and can provide Chiropractic care, physical therapy, massage, exercises and more to put you on the road to recovery as quickly as possible.

Dr. Johnson, your Baltimore Chiropractor is here to help. Call (410) 744-1233 to schedule a free consultation and get all your auto accident related questions answered.

The Beginners Guide To Treating Your Injury With Heat Therapy Vs. Cold Therapy

When you have pain, your most pressing question is how to relieve it, but knowing whether to use ice or heat therapy is often confusing. Your mother tells you to put ice on it, and your friend tells you to use a heating pad, but who is right? The answer is they both are, what really matters is the type of pain and the cause.

Here are the basic rules to guide when to use heat or cold:

HEAT : Heat is best used for a chronic injury or an injury that is more than a day old. If you have chronic stiff muscle pain then heat is for you.

COLD : Cold is best used for a acute pain or a swollen or inflamed injury.

Still not sure, ask yourself is this injury or pain new or is it an ongoing chronic pain? If it’s new use cold, if it’s chronic go with heat.

So how do heat and cold therapies differ and how do they work?

HEAT works by opening up the blood vessels, which increases blood flow and supplies oxygen and nutrients to reduce pain in joints and relax sore muscles, ligaments, and tendons. If you are planning to exercise, apply heat before exercising to increase flexibility and improve blood flow.

COLD works by numbing the injury as well as slowing down blood flow to an injury. It will reduce swelling, muscle spasms, and relieve pain. If you are planning to exercise, cold should only be used AFTER the exercise is complete.

Exactly how do I use heat and cold therapies?

Heat

* should not be used for more than 20 minutes unless advised by your doctor or therapist.

* use a heating pad or a hot wet towel

*be careful not to burn yourself! Heat should not be used directly on your skin, instead wrap a thin towel around your heat source.

Cold

* should not be used for more than 20 minutes unless advised by your doctor or therapist.

*There are many options for using cold packs:

  • an ice pack
  • a cold gel pack
  • a bag of frozen vegetables
  • a bag filled with ice (when using this method use a thin towel around the bag to prevent frostbite.

Still have questions? Dr. Johnson, your Baltimore Chiropractor and his staff at Johnson Chiropractic are happy to help. Contact us at: (410) 744-1233

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Dr. Johnson…Your Baltimore Chiropractor

Is Chiropractic Safe?

Is Chiropractic Safe?

Absolutely! Chiropractic is a natural way to heal the body without the use of drugs or surgery! Chiropractic looks for the cause of the problem and treats the cause, instead of masking the symptoms with drugs.

Chiropractors are highly trained.

Chiropractors have both college degrees and advanced degrees in Chiropractic and go through a highly rigorous training before licensure and being given the title of Doctor of Chiropractic. In addition, Chiropractors are required to complete continuing education throughout their years in practice.

Adjustments are gentle and personalized to each individuals needs.

A first visit to the chiropractor begins with a consultation and exam and x rays as needed. A personalized treatment plan is devised based on the individuals health. A plan may include adjustments, physical therapy, massage and exercise. A second visit will include a Report of Findings to discuss treatment options.

Chiropractic by the numbers.

*Did you know that 90% of professional athletes are under chiropractic care and the reason is to achieve higher performances and optimal heath, and Chiropractic can do that!

*In addition, about 22 million Americans visit Chiropractors annually.

*Chiropractic is covered by most insurances.

Need more information or have questions? Johnson Chiropractic is your Baltimore Chiropractor. Contact us at (410) 744-1233.

5 Quick Tips For Treating Headaches Naturally

5 QUICK TIPS TO RELIEVE HEADACHES NATURALLY

Headaches are an all too common occurence, with more than 47 million Americans reporting severe or debilitating headaches within the past 3 months and 9% of the US reporting migraines. Before you reach for that bottle of Excedrin, consider some natural home remedies which can relieve your pain quickly.

1. ICE PACK

Place a cold compress such as an ice pack to numb the pain and shrink the blood vessels and improve circulation. Don’t have an ice pack? A bag of frozen vegetables will work just as well. Just remember to use a thin towel to wrap your ice pack or vegetables in. Don’t apply directly to your skin.

2. MASSAGE

For quick relief, try rubbing your temples or getting a neck, shoulder or back massage. We tend to hold our stress in these body parts and a quick massage can relief the tension and thereby relieve the headache.

3. WATER

If your headache is due to dehydration, drink lot’s of water. Avoid alcohol as it will dehydrate you further.

4. PEPPERMINT

Peppermint oil has calming and soothing properties that can treat your headache. Get instant relief by rubbing it in your temples, back of neck and jaw. The combination of massaging it in and the soothing aroma of the peppermint should do the trick. Pick some up at your local health food store and keep on hand for when needed.

5 . HEAT

Applying a heat pack to the back of your neck will improve the blood circulation and relieve the tension. Don’t have a heating pad, take a hot shower and direct the hot water on to your back and neck.

Have your headaches begun to interfere with your quality of life? Johnson Chiropractic can help. Contact us for a free consultation and let your Baltimore Chiropractor restore your health! We look forward to working with you. contact