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Natural Treatment Options for Poison Ivy

It’s summer time! This means plenty of outdoor activities, and plenty of chances to get exposed to poison ivy. With nearly 85% of people sensitive to the oils found in the poison ivy plant, it’s wise to have some natural treatment options tucked away for this season.

Contrary to popular belief, the poison ivy rash itself is not contagious. This means it cannot be spread from one body part to another, or from one person to another. The poison ivy plant oils are easily spread from place to place, and love to linger around on clothes and anything it comes into contact with.

Read on for information on how to prevent poison ivy from spreading, and natural treatments for this itchy rash!

Causes of Poison Ivy Rash

According to the Poison Ivy Organization, the rash that manifests itself after exposure to poison ivy is caused by the plant oil called urushiol. All parts of the poison ivy plant contain this oil, meaning exposure to any part of the poison ivy plant can leave you itching for days or even weeks.

Unfortunately, urushiol cannot be seen on the plant’s surface. It’s a sticky and clear liquid compound found in the plant’s sap. It is completely colorless and odorless. It is also very quickly absorbed into the skin, but can remain on clothes or the skin’s surface for weeks at a time.

Poison Ivy Rash Symptoms

Do you suspect you have poison ivy? Have you recently been outside in an area where the plant can thrive? Check out these symptoms:

  • Intense itching
  • A red rash that may have yellow, inflamed patches
  • Blisters on the skin (typically they form in a straight line or in patches, following the path of the oil from the poison ivy plant)

Unfortunately, a poison ivy rash can last for weeks at a time. Each person reacts to the plant differently. As an allergic response, it is definitely something to take seriously. As long as the rash is still spreading, that means the symptoms are still emerging, or you’ve been re-exposed to the oil.

If your symptoms are severe, please reach out to your doctor. Any signs of swelling, nausea, oozing blisters, fever, or difficultly sleeping due to discomfort should not be ignored!

Preventing Poison Ivy

The first step to preventing poison ivy is being able to recognize the plant. This will help you avoid exposure to the plant in the first place! Here are some tips for avoiding poison ivy:

  • Poison ivy plants have 3 leaves and are shiny and medium sized — remember the phrase, “Leaves of three, let it be.”
  • Poison ivy leaves are usually bright green, but can also have hints of red or yellow
  • Poison ivy can grow just about anywhere. It’s fond of areas where people tend to roam around, like the edges of trails, streets, or gardens
  • It thrives in partial shade and tends to grow where densely populated woods meet open land
  • Poison ivy is sneaky. It can show up as a small vine or a small shrub. That means it can grow on the ground, but also up higher.

 Natural Treatment Options for Poison Ivy

— Wash your hands and shower after exposure to the plant.

Using a strong soap, immediately wash the area that came in contact with the plant, as well as the rest of your body. This can help remove the plant oil and decrease your risk of having an allergic reaction. The sooner you wash off and shower after plant exposure, the better off you will be. Be sure to wash under your fingernails – the oil likes to hang out here. Also, don’t use a washcloth when you wash or dry your hands since the oil can find its way onto the cloth. Be sure to wash any clothes or towels!

— Cover up when gardening, hiking, etc.

If you know you are headed into an area prone to poison ivy, cover up! Whether you need to wear gloves to work in the garden, long pants to go on a hike, etc., if your skin is covered, the poison ivy plant oils have a harder time making their way onto your skin.

Do not forget that poison ivy oil can linger on clothes and gloves, so be sure to wash anything that may have been exposed to the plant, shoes included, as soon as you get home! If you know you were exposed to poison ivy, retrace your steps in your house and wipe down any doorknobs, walls, etc. you may have touched as well.

— Use a cool compress

If poison ivy blisters appear, use a cool compress to help soothe them. You can make this even more effective by adding lavender oil to the compress. Try taking a small towel and dipping it in cold water (or wrapping it around ice), and holding it gently against the inflamed skin for up to twenty minutes at a time. You can do this several times each day.

No lavender oil on hand? Try dipping the compress in apple cider vinegar or brewed black tea, which have also been proven to soothe the itch of a poison ivy rash.

— Herbal supplements

Rather than itching the poison ivy rash, which can irritate the skin even more, try applying some of these herbal remedies to the skin. These will help reduce inflammation and itch!

  • Witch hazel
  • Echinacea
  • Bentonite clay
  • Oatmeal
  • Essential oils such as lavender, geranium, or helichrysum
  • B12

Do not let poison ivy bring you down this summer.  Through these prevention tactics and natural treatment options, you can get outside, enjoy nature, and soak up the sun!

For all of your chiropractic needs this summer, and all year long, contact Healing Hands Chiropractic located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Reach us via phone at 615-203-3505. We look forward to working with you in your journey to a healthier life!

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How to Help Kids Prepare for Sports

Parents know the amazement and wonder of realizing the tiny little baby you used to rock to sleep each night, is now ready to tackle parts of the world on their own. The little hand that used to reach up to yours nonstop, is now ready to throw the first pitch. It’s a mental and physical whirlwind for everyone involved! In this day and age, it is becoming increasingly more important to mentally and physically prepare our kids for sports.

There are endless pieces of advice floating around out there on how to successfully parent a child athlete. However, many of these principles can be put into place long before they ever take the field.

Physical Readiness for Sports

Physical activity is important for everyone, no matter how old they are! Regular physical activity, whether it’s going on family walks, playing in the backyard, or throwing the ball around, is a great way to help kids prepare for youth sports.

Timing is also a key factor. According to Dr. Laura Purcell in the Canadian journal, Paediatrics & Child Health, “Sporting activities must be developmentally appropriate for the child. Enrolling children in sports that are beyond their developmental ability can lead to frustration and early dropout. Thirty-five percent of children who participate in organized sports drop out every year. By age 15, 75 percent of youth no longer play organized sports.”

By paying attention to your kids physical development and capabilities, you can help prepare them for a lifelong love of sports!

Purcell goes on to say, “It is not until they reach the age of six years that sufficient combinations of fundamental skills are attained to allow them to begin participating in organized sports.” Dr. Purcell firmly believes in focusing on developing fundamentals for sports instead of focusing on competition when children are under the age of 6. These fundamentals include running, throwing, tumbling, and catching.

It’s also important to make sure your child has a proper physical examination before entering the world of sports. A doctor of chiropractic, such as Dr. Dee at Healing Hands Chiropractic, located in Murfreesboro, TN, can help!

Dr. Dee can evaluate your child and their development, and identify any underlying issues or subluxations that may need to be corrected. Chiropractic for kids is proven to help with focus, development, immunity building, coordination, and more.

It is a great idea to incorporate chiropractic into your child’s routine before they enter the sports world! Chiropractic helps ensure their nervous system is functioning as it should, so they can not only perform their best, but also feel their best. This is why so many professional athletes utilize chiropractic care!

If you are about to enter into the world of youth sports with your family, contact Healing Hands Chiropractic today! Dr. Dee and her amazing staff can help! Reach us today at 615-203-3505!

Mental Readiness for Sports

We all know that sports are about far more than physical readiness. Sports are a huge mental game as well. We all want to raise classy athletes who respect other players and the game, and who are great examples and leaders for their teammates. Here are some great suggestions and strategies parents and coaches can use in order to raise young athletes who are well-mannered and successful, while loving the game!

1. Don’t overreact, or underreact. At the end of the game, it is just a game. Sports are supposed to be fun! However, it is still hard to accept a loss for most kids (and adults!). If you have a kid disappointed in the outcome of the game, focus on trying to find a learning experience from it or a positive amidst the loss. Don’t let your child sit and sulk, and certainly do not belittle them for losing! On the other end of the spectrum, it’s important to not underreact. The process of learning to play team sports is important. If your child is slacking off or goofing around during practice, isn’t hustling or listening to the coach, or mishandles something that is 100% within their control, do not let it slide. Set a precedent for respect and hard work.

2. Let your kid play multiple sports. Kids are more likely to get injured if they specialize in a specific sport early on. Letting your child try out and play multiple sports give them great social and athletic interactions, and helps them learn what sports they truly enjoy! Worried that by letting your child participate in soccer, dance, and hockey that you are sacrificing their future career in the NHL? Wrong. Studies actually show that 82 percent of top athletes from the four major sports in the United States played multiple sports!

3. Set an example. If you want your kids to love sports and exercise, guess what you need to do? Love sports and exercise. Overweight parents are more likely to have overweight kids. Kids model their parents behavior. This includes their parents work ethic, attention to detail, punctuality, exercise and eating habits, responses to losing, reactions to a bad call, and more. You’ve got a set of little eyes watching you at all times. What will they see?

4. Teach your child how to properly shake hands and hold eye contact. Coaches truly do pay attention to how a kid reacts and treats other kids. A nice firm handshake and the ability to maintain eye contact during conversation is not only a great skill in sports, but also in life. These are two of the little things you can teach your child now, that they will use throughout their entire life.

5. Surround your kids with unconditionally positive people. Everyone responds better and more favorably to people who are positive, from adults to kids. Kids are easily influenced. It is so important to let them be influenced by positivity for as long as you can. You want your kid being coached by positive people who know their stuff. Find adults who will speak truth and wisdom and encouragement into your kid’s life, and then thank them like crazy when they do!

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Whiplash: Symptoms and Treatment Options

In the United States, more than 2 million people suffer from whiplash injuries every year. Whiplash is most often associated with car accidents. However, it can occur with any type of impact or blow that causes your head to jerk forward or backward.

The jerking motion strains the neck. The sudden force can injure bones, discs between the bones, ligaments, muscles, nerves, and other tissues in the neck and spine.

When treated quickly, most people are able to quickly recover from whiplash. However, left untreated, whiplash can cause pain and suffering for months or years. By acting quickly when dealing with a whiplash injury, the body can heal faster. It also reduces the overall pain and swelling. If you believe you’re suffering from whiplash, reach out to us today! 615-203-3505

Research continues to support the idea that the sooner one receives chiropractic care after an accident, the faster they can recover. Ideally, patients will see us within 24 hours of the accident for the fastest healing time, however, we are here to help at any point in time.

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Causes of Whiplash

Whiplash is caused when the head jerks beyond its usual range of motion. This jerking movement pulls muscles and ligaments and often causes their fibers to tear.

Whenever a fiber is torn in a muscle or tendon, it’s called a strain. If this happens in a ligament, it’s called a sprain. Whiplash usually packs a double punch and involves both strains and sprains in the neck and spine. In more severe cases, it may also include fractures or dislocations.

If you’ve been involved in an accident and are experiencing pain, contact us today. Healing Hands Chiropractic can help. Reach us at 615-203-3505.

Symptoms of Whiplash

Symptoms of whiplash usually show up within 24 hours of the injury or accident. Sometimes symptoms can even show up sooner than that — within 6 to 12 hours. Left untreated, symptoms of whiplash will continue to worsen. Take proactive action and contact Healing Hands Chiropractic today to help treat your whiplash symptoms.

Common symptoms of whiplash include, but are not limited to:

  • Neck pain
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Stiffness
  • Limited range of motion
  • Pain with neck or back movement
  • Tenderness in the upper back, neck, and shoulders
  • Fatigue
  • Tingling in the arms
  • Numbness in the arms

Other, less common symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Jaw pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Memory issues
  • Irritability
  • Poor focus

Whiplash symptoms are often made worse by reading, driving, sitting at a computer, using a cell phone, watching TV, or any activity that requires a sustained posture. f you are currently experiencing any of these symptoms following an accident, please contact our offices today at 615-203-3505.

Natural Treatment Options for Whiplash

Whiplash can be incredibly painful. Luckily, natural treatment options exist. Here are 3 natural treatment options for whiplash injuries.

1. Chiropractic. Dr. Dee at Healing Hands Chiropractic, located in Murfreesboro, TN is an expert in treating whiplash injuries. She can accurately identify the misalignments in the spine that are causing such pain. Through spinal adjustments, she will help restore normal joint movement and function.

This treats whiplash and its symptoms at its source. Over the counter and prescription medications do not. Spinal adjustments will help reduce your levels of pain and inflammation, and will have you feeling better, faster.

2. Massage. In combination with chiropractic, massage therapy can be incredibly beneficial in treating whiplash injuries. Three types of massage are often used in treating whiplash injuries.

Myofascial release is one type of massage that a massage therapist may use to treat whiplash. This technique helps loosen restricted neck muscles and fascia. It can also help increase range of motion that often decreases with whiplash.

Static compression is another type of massage therapy that is often used to treat whiplash injuries. Applying static compression to the impacted trigger points helps increase the oxygen flow to the muscles that have been impacted. This increased blood flow helps the muscles to heal.

Deep tissue massage is the third type of massage commonly used to treat whiplash injuries. Deep tissue massage techniques help release deep fascia, adhesions, and scar tissue that can occur with whiplash. By loosening up this tissue around the nerves in the neck and back, the body is able to heal faster.

With any type of massage, it’s incredibly important to tell the massage therapist your pain level so they can adjust accordingly!

3. Essential oils. Essential oils are a great, natural, and effective way to help alleviate pain associated with whiplash. Try applying a few drops of the recommended oils to the affected area, and gently massage these into your skin. Make sure you are using 100 percent pure essential oils. The following oils can be beneficial in treating whiplash pain:

Wintergreen oil: Wintergreen oil has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties. It will create a warm sensation in the tender area, and help increase circulation and promote healing.

Marjoram oil: Marjoram oil can work to decrease muscle spasms by relaxing the muscles. It is also known to promote blood circulation, helping the muscles get the nutrients they need to heal.

Lavender oil: Lavender is known for its ability to help people relax. Lavender oil helps tense muscles relax, and therefore improves blood flow. This helps lower stress levels and aids in physical and mental recovery from whiplash.

Healing Hands Chiropractic Can Help

If you believe you are experiencing whiplash, please contact Healing Hands Chiropractic today! Dr. Dee can properly diagnose the source of your whiplash pain. She can then work with you to establish the most effective course of treatment for your whiplash injuries. Remember, the sooner you can be seen after an accident, the better!

Contact Dr. Dee and Healing Hands Chiropractic today for your consultation. There’s no need to suffer from your whiplash pain any longer. Reach us now at 615-203-3505. We look forward to working with you!

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Home Remedies to Combat Bee Stings

It’s springtime here in middle Tennessee, and summer is right around the corner. That means plenty of us are spending a lot of quality time outside!

With this weather, bees and wasps are starting to make themselves more and more known in our surroundings. This is a serious issue for those allergic to these creatures. For others, while not life threatening, we all know that a bee or wasp sting HURTS!

We wanted to equip our readers with several home remedies to help combat bee stings and wasp stings this spring and summer. Your first step in treating a sting is to remove the stinger with a pair of tweezers. It’ll likely look like a tiny black dot in the center of a red welt or swollen area. Next, try out one of these popular home remedies to treat the sting!

15 Home Remedies to Combat Bee Stings This Spring and Summer

1. Baking Soda

Make a thick paste of water and baking soda. Apply the mixture directly to the sting and allow it to dry. The alkaline properties of the baking soda help reduce the swelling, pain, and irritation from the sting.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Pour a little bit of apple cider vinegar directly from the bottle onto the sting. The acidity in the ACV helps neutralize the toxins. It also helps reduce swelling and pain.

3. Raw Honey

Raw honey has been a bee and wasp sting remedy for centuries. Why? Raw honey is packed with antibacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties. By putting a little bit of raw honey on the sting, you will reduce the swelling and pain. Let it sit on the sting for at least 30 minutes before washing it off.

4. Basil

Basil is not only great for cooking, it’s also got anti-inflammatory properties. Take a handful of basil leaves and crush them up into a paste. Place the paste directly on the sting and leave it there for at least 30 minutes. Rinse the paste off with warm water. This will reduce pain and swelling. Repeat as needed.

5. Calendula

Calendula produces beautiful flowers, and also has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties. Pick a handful of some calendula flowers from the garden and put them in a pan of filtered water. Bring the water to a boil and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Let the water cool, then dip a clean cloth into the water and apply it directly to the sting. Repeat throughout the day as needed.

6. Onion

Onions are another remedy that have been around for thousands of years! Onions contain enzymes that draw out fluids. This helps relieve swelling and irritation from a bee sting. Take a fresh slice of onion, and hold it directly to the sting for a few minutes. Repeat as needed.

7. Papaya 

Papaya contains papain. This is an enzyme that helps with digestion. It also helps break down the venom in bee stings and has antiseptic properties. Apply some papaya directly to stings, burns, and other skin wounds!

8. Plantain

We aren’t talking about the tiny bananas, but the “weed” that grows just about anywhere. Plantain leaves contain tannins. These are great for wounds and infamous for their ability to stop bleeding. All you have to do is pick a plantain leaf from the yard, chew it up to make it into a paste, and apply it directly to the sting.

9. Lavender Essential Oil

Pure lavender essential oil will neutralize the venom, reduce the swelling, and help calm the mood of the person who was stung. Be sure to get a trusted brand of essential oils, and make sure it isn’t packed with fillers!

10. Turmeric

Turmeric not only adds flavor to dishes, but also has been used for centuries in healing. It has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties. Simply make a paste from turmeric powder (found in the spice aisle) and filtered water. Apply the thick paste to the sting and let it sit for 30 minutes. Rinse gently with warm water. Reapply the paste as needed every few hours.

11. Salt

Salt is a great remedy for stings because most of us always have some on hand. Take a bit of salt and sub some in the area where you got stung. It will gradually reduce the pain, swelling, itching, and burning that often comes with bites and stings.

12. Soap

Soap is a simple remedy that will help relieve the pain associated with a wasp or bee sting. Rub the soap with a small amount of water and let it air dry. After 15 minutes, remove the soap with warm water.

13. Sugar

Sugar can help relieve the discomfort often associated with a sting or bug bite. To apply, simply moisten the tip of your finger with saliva or water, and dip it into the sugar. Rub the affected area. This will help relieve the itch.

14. Clay

Clay or mud is a great remedy for bee stings, since most of them occur outside. If you get stung, look around for some mud or clay. The dirt and water mixture will relive the pain and reduce swelling while cooling the area. Let the mud dry until it can be easily removed with water. Wash the area with soap after you remove the clay or mud.

15. Aloe Vera

An aloe plant is one of the best house plants you can have. The pulp of aloe vera is incredibly effective at treating any bites or burns. Cut off a stalk from your aloe vera plant, squeeze out its liquid, and apply to the area where the sting or bite occurred. This will reduce pain and swelling, while acting as an antiseptic.

Healing Hands Chiropractic Wants You To Enjoy Your Spring and Summer

At Healing Hands Chiropractic, we know that a well-balanced, happy life involves spending some time in the great outdoors. Make the most of your time this spring and summer with your loved ones!

Call us today to help you get to feeling your best so you can be active this season – 615-203-3505. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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Natural Treatments for Rotator Cuff Pain

The rotator cuff is a group of tendons and muscles located in the shoulder and upper back. It connects the upper part of the arm to the shoulder blade. The tendons in the rotator cuff are responsible for shoulder stability. The muscles in the rotator cuff allow the shoulder to rotate.

To understand how important the rotator cuff is, you need to know how the shoulder works. The shoulder is made up of three bones: the humerus (upper arm), scapula (shoulder blade), and clavicle (collar bone). The shoulder is a ball-and-socket type joint. The ball, or head, of your upper arm bone fits precisely into a shallow socket in your shoulder blade.

The rotator cuff is what keeps your arm in this socket! Clearly, it’s an important piece of the body’s puzzle. When rotator cuff pain occurs, it can be incredibly debilitating. It’s also something that needs to be taken seriously!

Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Pain

According to The Mayo Clinic, symptoms associated with a rotator cuff injury may include:

  • a dull ache in the shoulder
  • difficulty sleeping, especially when laying on the affected shoulder
  • pain when lifting or moving your arm in different directions
  • a grating sound or sensation when moving your shoulder in certain positions
  • weakness in the impacted shoulder and arm

Common Causes of Rotator Cuff Pain

There are a number of causes for rotator cuff pain or injuries. Typically this type of pain comes from a torn rotator cuff. Sports injuries, unexpected falls, overuse from repeated actions, and normal wear and tear from aging can lead to rotator cuff pain.

Unfortunately, a rotator cuff tear is one of the most common injuries to occur in the shoulder area. Rotator cuff pain can also be caused by:

  • Tendonitis
  • Impingement of the tendons in the shoulder
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Bursitis

Natural Treatments for Rotator Cuff Pain

Seeking treatment early on during the course of rotator cuff issues is key. There are many nonsurgical methods available to treat and heal rotator cuff pain. Read on to learn about natural treatment options for rotator cuff pain and injuries.

Chiropractic

While many believe that doctors of chiropractic only treat back and neck pain, this simply isn’t the case. Doctors of chiropractic are experts in understanding how the body works and moves. Their goal is to help restore function to all parts of the body, and to help harness your body’s ability to heal itself.

Dr. Dee, at Healing Hands Chiropractic in Murfreesboro, TN, has years of experiencing treating injuries such as rotator cuff pain. Through targeted adjustments, she can help reduce inflammation around the rotator cuff. She can also help restore range of motion and recommend exercises that will strengthen the area.

Through these adjustments, Dr. Dee will help restore the body’s nervous system. This power is what helps the body heal itself, and will help your rotator cuff heal.

Ice

If you know you’ve just injured your rotator cuff, immediately place ice on the area. This helps reduce inflammation and swelling. Apply ice for 15 minutes every other hour for the first few hours. Then you can drop down to 3 times a day until the pain subsides.

Rest

One of the hardest things to do in our society is to rest and take time to let our body heal. If you’re injured, your body needs even more rest than usual! Try getting more sleep and limiting overhead activities to give your rotator cuff time to heal.

Take it easy and give your shoulder and rotator cuff time to heal. By slowing down, you could truly speed up your recovery time.

Strengthening and Stretching

There are specific exercises you can do to strengthen and restore movement to the rotator cuff. Definitely seek out the advice of an expert before starting any strengthening regimen.

Stretching will also help improve your rotator cuff pain, by increasing flexibility and range of motion. Remember, stretching should never hurt or cause pain in the rotator cuff.

Rotator Cuff Strengthening and Stretching Exercises

If your doctor has cleared you for strengthening and stretching exercises to help in healing your rotator cuff injury, try giving these a try!

1. Crossover Arm Stretch

With your feet hip distance apart, relax you shoulders and gently pull one arm across your chest as far as you can. Hold at your upper arm area for 30 seconds. Relax for 10 seconds. Repeat the stretch 5x per side.

2. Back Rotation

Hold a small hand towel, lengthwise, behind your back. Be sure you grab one end with one hand, and lightly hold the other end with your other hand. Pull the towel horizontally so that it stretches your shoulder, but doesn’t cause pain. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds. Relax for 10 seconds. Repeat 4x per side.

3. Pendulum

Lean forward with your knees slightly bend and put one hand on a table for support. Let your other arm hang at your side. Swing this arm back and forth 3-4 times, then side to side 3-4 times, and then in a circular motion 3-4 times. Repeat this sequence with the other arm. Do this 3x per side.

4. Standing Row

Using a light resistance band, loop the band around a doorknob or post. Grab the handles or two ends the band with your hand. With your feet hip distance apart, hold the band with your elbow bent and at your side.

Keeping your arm close to your side, slowly pull your elbow straight back. Slowly return to the starting position. Do 3 sets of 10 per side. Think about squeezing your shoulder blades together as you pull.

Healing Hands Chiropractic Can Help

If you think you are suffering from a rotator cuff injury, please contact our offices today. Chiropractic care is a safe, natural, and effective way to treat rotator cuff pain at its source.

Dr. Dee and her kind and caring staff at Healing Hands Chiropractic look forward to hearing from you! Contact our offices today at 615-203-3505

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Sciatic Nerve Pain and Chiropractic

Have you ever experienced sharp pain shooting from your upper thighs to your feet? Do you suffer from lower back pain? You may be suffering from sciatic nerve pain. Sciatica can be incredibly painful, but the good news is, there’s hope!

According to The Mayo Clinic, “Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg.”

Sciatic nerve pain starts in the lower spine and radiates down the leg. This pain may come and go, but it definitely shouldn’t be ignored. The pain may range from a dull ache, to sharp pain, and may even feel like you’ve been shocked in your leg. If you think you may be suffering from sciatic nerve pain, read on for its causes, symptoms, and natural treatment options!

Causes of Sciatic Nerve Pain

Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve becomes pinched. The most common causes of sciatic nerve pain include:

  • a bulging or herniated disk
  • lumbar spinal stenosis
  • spondylolisthesis
  • trauma
  • piriformis syndrome
  • spinal tumors

Of course, these common causes are not an all-inclusive list! Sciatic nerve pain can be caused by a number of factors.

There are several risk factors for sciatic nerve pain. These include:

  • Age- As we age, the spine changes. Herniated disks can occur, bone spurs may develop, and other age related issues can often contribute to sciatica.
  • Obesity- Being overweight increases the stress on the spine. These stresses can cause subluxations in the spine, which may pinch the sciatic nerve.
  • Occupation- Certain jobs put you at a higher risk for sciatic nerve pain. Any job that requires you to twist your back, lift heavy loads, or sit for extended periods of time can increases chances of sciatica.
  • Prolonged sitting- You may have heard the phrase, “Sitting is the new smoking.” By living a sedentary lifestyle, you increase your risks of developing sciatic nerve pain.
  • Diabetes- Diabetes affects the way the body uses blood sugar. Unfortunately, it also increases your risk of nerve damage as well.

If you are experiencing lower back pain or sciatic nerve pain, please contact our offices today! Dr. Dee can help! 615-203-3505

Symptoms of Sciatic Nerve Pain

Sciatica, in and of itself, is actually a symptom. This lower back and leg pain can occur from the base of your back all the way to your toes. With sciatica, you may also experience other symptoms. These symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Weakness in the Knees- The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the entire body. It runs from the lower spine all the way down to the foot. If it becomes pinched, or its function is disrupted, several sensations can occur throughout the body. These include pain, weakness, and tingling — typically in a single leg.
  • Radiating Pain- One test that a doctor of chiropractor may conduct to determine if you have sciatic nerve pain is fairly simple. They may have you lie down with your feet stretched out. Next, you can attempt to raise your leg between 30 and 70 degrees. If you experience radiating pain down your entire leg, below your knee, and even down to your toes, you likely have sciatica. This test is effective because it makes stretch the affected leg, and therefore the entire sciatic nerve. If it is the sciatic nerve that is pinched, you’ll definitely feel it with this simple stretch.
  • Numbness or Tingling Along the Lower Back and Leg- Sciatica typically effects one side of the body at a time. You may experience numbness, tingling, and radiating pain as the nerve is pinched.

If you find yourself experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact Healing Hands Chiropractic, located in Murfreesboro, TN, today! 615-203-3505

Healing Hands Chiropractic Can Help Treat Sciatic Nerve Pain

Over the counter and prescription medications do not treat sciatic nerve pain at its source. They may temporarily mask the pain, but sciatica will continue to come back until the source of the pain is corrected.

Dr. Dee at Healing Hands Chiropractic knows how to treat sciatic nerve pain. Sciatica is often a result of misalignments in the spine. As an expert of the spine, Dr. Dee can identify the source of your sciatic nerve pain and correct it! This helps patients live happier, healthier lives.

Through chiropractic adjustments, Dr. Dee will realign the spine. A properly aligned spine relieves muscle pain and tension, reduces pressures on nerves, and promotes healing throughout the body. This allows the body (and sciatic nerve!) to function as it should. The result? Quicker pain relief and healing!

Chiropractic care can specifically treat sciatic nerve pain by:

  • relieving pressure on the sciatic nerve
  • realigning the spine
  • increasing nerve flow and function
  • treating sciatica at its source
  • promoting the body’s ability to heal itself

If you suspect you are suffering from sciatic nerve pain, it’s time to visit us at Healing Hands Chiropractic! Sciatica and its symptoms are not something to ignore.  Contact our offices today to set up your consultation and appointment. Dr. Dee and Healing Hands Chiropractic can help alleviate you sciatic nerve pain.

Get your quality of life back today and call us at 615-203-3505!

Other Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care extends far beyond sciatica pain relief. Chiropractic focuses on treating the body as a whole.

The spine houses the central nervous system, which controls every system in the body. A properly aligned spine allows the body to function as it should. A misaligned spine can create ailments throughout the body. These ailments may manifest as headaches, trouble sleeping, back pain, and more.

By correcting these subluxations with chiropractic care, the body can function at its best! Benefits of chiropractic care include, but are not limited to:

  • increased energy
  • improved focus
  • better posture
  • improved mood
  • stress relief
  • boosted immunity
  • improved sleep
  • improved athletic performance
  • lower medical costs
  • fewer hospital stays

If you’re interested in how chiropractic care can improve your health and overall quality of life, give us a call today. We look forward to hearing from you! 615-203-3505

 

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Upcoming Festivals in Middle Tennessee

Spring has sprung in Middle Tennessee! It’s officially festival season. Middle Tennessee is known for some of its great family-friendly festivals. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite, upcoming, family-friendly festivals for you and yours to enjoy! Read on for more information.

7 Festivals to Enjoy This Spring in Middle Tennessee

#1 Main Street Festival

When: April 29th 10am-6pm and April 30th 11am-5pm

Where: Downtown Franklin

Cost: Free

The Heritage Foundation’s Main Street Festival is back again in downtown Franklin. Visit this festival for a weekend full of music, arts and crafts, food, a children’s carnival, performances, and more!

Live music will take place in three areas — view the full performance schedule here. Third Avenue North will feature the kids’ zone with plenty of old-fashioned carnival games, a cake walk, a dunk tank, and more. There will be a ferris wheel, kiddie swings, pony rides, and petting zoo available for a small fee. “Big kid” attractions will take place on Fourth Avenue North.

More than 150 artisans and crafters will be present at this year’s festival with their handmade goods! Jewelry, pottery, furniture, woodworking, photography, and more can be found in the booths along Main Street.

Eat your heart out at one of the more than 25 food vendors and make memories the whole family will enjoy for years to come!

#2 Nashville Taco Fest

When: May 6th 12pm-8pm and May 7th 12pm-8pm

Where: Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville, TN 37213

Cost: General Admission $21-25, VIP $75-80

This will be the first annual Nashville Taco Fest! Portions of the proceeds from this festival will go towards area non-profits including: Opportunity Now Initiative, East Nashville Athletics, Conexion Americas, Be About Change, and the Lydia Smith Sickle Cell Foundation.

There will be plenty of tacos galore, as well as:

  • Taco Trucks and Vendors
  • Hot Pepper Eating Contest
  • Taco Eating Competition
  • Club Ibiza Salsa Dance Tent
  • Mechanical Bull
  • Mariachi Bands
  • Margarita Mixdown Competition
  • Chihuahua Costume Contest
  • Specialty Margaritas
  • Kid Zone
  • VIP Experience
  • Hourly Taco Giveaways
  • Live Bands

For more information check out www.nashvilletacofest.com.

#3 Backyard BBQ Fest

When: April 29th 10am-5pm

Where: Cannonsburgh Village in Murfreesboro, TN

Cost: Free

Backyard BBQ Fest is presented by The Hoof restaurant and organized by the Murfreesboro Breakfast Rotary Club. This year’s 3rd annual Backyard BBQ Festival will take place on the historic grounds of Cannonsburgh Village in Murfreesboro. Take in the smells of the delicious bbq, join in on a rib eating contest, sip on craft beers, and dine on competition style bbq! You can even watch some of the top cookers in Middle Tennessee brawl it out over who has the best bbq in town.

#4 Main Street JazzFest

When: Friday May 5th and Saturday May 6th

Where: Murfreesboro, TN, Downtown Square

Cost: Free

Main Street’s JazzFest is a great place to people-watch, eat, drink, ship, mingle, soak up the sun, and hear some phenomenal jazz music! New artists are being added to the lineup daily. One thing’s for certain, this festival will have you dancing in the streets!

#5 Strawberry Festival

When: May 13th, from 7am on

Where: Portland, TN

Cost: most events free

Start the day off at 7am with the Portland Rotary Pancake Breakfast! Located at First Baptist Church in the gym, this will cost you $7 for adults and $4 for kids.

After you’ve carbo-loaded at the pancake breakfast, take a run in the Strawberry Stride 5k at Portland High School!

From 9am-4pm you can shop over 115 vendors with food, craft items, and more. For only $5 kids can enjoy KidTown USA all day long. There will also be outstanding music on Market Street all day! Click here for the full day’s events.

#6 Franklin Farmer’s Market Summer Festivals

Each year, the Franklin Farmer’s Market puts on a handful of fun festivals for the entire family! Here is this year’s festival lineup — enjoy one, enjoy them all — you can’t go wrong!

Strawberry Festival – May 13, 8am – 1:00pm

  • Farm fresh strawberries, fun and games, and the best strawberry shortcake you’ll ever have are just a few of the highlights of this strawberry themed festival!

Tomato Festival – July 15, 8am – 1:00pm

  • If you love tomatoes, this is the festival for you! Celebrate summer’s favorite vegetable with plenty of tomato tastings, fun, and games.

Watermelon Festival – August 19, 8am – 1:00pm

  • In honor of summer’s favorite fruit, head on down to Franklin for fun, games, a watermelon seed spitting contest, and a watermelon eating contest!

#7 Sevier Park Fest

When: May 5th 6pm-11pm and May 6th 10am-6pm

Where: Sevier Park, Nashville, TN

Cost: Friday night’s events require a ticket, Saturday is free to the public

Friday night’s concert will feature The Lone Bellow, Muddy Magnolias, and Family and Friends. You can get tickets for this event here.

Saturday’s event is free to the public. It will feature unique local vendors, food, art, fashion, pet adoptions, music, and more! With bike races, a hot wing eating contest, the Publix kid area, and more, Sevier Park is the place to be this weekend!

Sevier Park Fest is a benefit for the Friends of Sevier Park and celebrates the 12th South, Belmont, Hillsboro, and surrounding neighborhoods in an effort to promote local talent and businesses. Full festival details can be found here.

Healing Hands Chiropractic Loves Middle Tennessee

At Healing Hands Chiropractic, located in Murfreesboro, TN, Dr. Dee believes in helping each patient live their best life possible through chiropractic care. Chiropractic is about far more than pain relief. It’s about taking control of your body and your life!

Through regular chiropractic care, Dr. Dee can help your body function as it should, healing itself from the inside out. This allows you to get up, get moving, and get active in the community! Schedule your consultation and appointment today with Murfreesboro’s favorite chiropractor!

At Healing Hands Chiropractic, each patient is treated like family. We want to empower our patients to take charge of their health and live life to the fullest. Call us today for your appointment — we look forward to hearing from you! 615-203-3505