dry needling for back pain

Who would have thought that sticking a person with a bunch of needles could actually help a person. I would have never guessed. It turns out that the Native Americans were using porcupine quills for needling, and the eastern cultures practicing needling for thousands of years. Although we still use needles for healing purposes, we have refined our techniques in parallel to western medicine philosophies. As a Denver chiropractor, I routinely utilize the monofilament needle in a technique known as Dry Needling to treat back pain.

Many ask, what is the difference between dry needling and acupuncture? It turns out, there is a big difference, and just because the same tool is used, it does not mean you are doing the same type of treatment. Acupuncture and Dry Needling for back pain treatment will vary. Goto an acupuncturist and goto to a chiropractor or physical therapist who does Dry Needling for back pain and you will get two very different types of treatment. I have found that Dry Needling is an excellent way to treat back pain.

As you see in the picture, there are quite a few needles in this particular patient. This specific example of Dry Needling for back pain was successful in helping the patient overcome mid back pain caused from a car accident in Denver. We were performing the usual chiropractic adjustments, active release technique, flexion-distraction therapy, electrotherapy, moist heat, and core strengthening exercises which all helped, but we came to a standstill in progress. Is was not until we performed Dry Needling for back pain that we were able to break the plateau in progress to aldry needling in denverlow full healing.

It is quite interesting how the procedure affects the body. Specifically for back pain, the goal of Dry Needling is to affect the Multifidi muscles. They are the deepest layer of muscles in the back and responsible for proprioception and stabilization. When an injury occurs to the back these muscle become inhibited and can become fatty due to disuse. This disuse can cause excessive shear forces in the spine, putting undue strain on the discs and joints in the back. This added pressure will create further injury if not treated appropriately. Inserting a needle into these muscles is kind of like putting a screw driver into a circuit breaker, similar to shorting the system. It is akin to a computer rebooting.

The reboot allows the multifidi to work like they are supposed to, which is to activate before any of the other musculature on the back activate. The multifid fires 40 milliseconds before all other muscles fire,which is important for stabilization of the back. Learn more about the Multifidi muscles. I will also add electrostimulation to the needles in the multifidi to add stimulation and to sort of, wake them up, type stimuli. People with disc herniations, facet syndromes, stenosis, spondylosis, and various sprains and strains can all benefit from Dry Needling for a back pain.

If you would like a consult or have a question, please contact our office in the Denver Highlands area, close to LoHi.

Dr. Trent Artichoker

Denver Chiropractic, LLC
3890 Federal Blvd Unit 1
Denver, CO 80211

303-455-2225

 

 

dry needling

Physical therapists and Chiropractors who perform Dry Needling do not perform acupuncture. The training is quite different although it uses the same tool, the monofilament needle. All three professions get extensive training in anatomy, physiology, and neurology but the way the needle is used is different.

An acupuncturist determines where to needle based on tongue evaluation, pulse characteristics, patient complaints, and the knowledge of meridians. It is based on Eastern medical diagnosis where Dry Needling is based on Western medical diagnosis. An acupuncturist may incorporate other therapies such as herbal remedies, gua sha, or moxibustion to rebalance the chi or life force of the body.

A chiropractor who performs Dry Needling will utilize standard Western diagnosis also incorporating the Selective Function Movement Assessment, and palpation to determine the areas to apply the needle. When a chiropractor performs Dry Needling, it is based on trigger point therapy, which is a Western term describing the taught band of muscles explored by Janet Travell MD.

The tool is the same, the monofilament needle, but the application is entirely different. It is not an acupuncture needle; it is a filiform needle that may be used in acupuncture and Dry Needling.

Dr. Trent Artichoker

Denver Chiropractic, LLC
3890 Federal Blvd Unit 1
Denver, CO80211

303-455-2225

Dry Needling In Denver

Man has become quite ingenious when it comes to finding different cures for the human body, but not ideas survive the testament of time. Native Americans discovered that using porcupine quills inserted into the body achieved healing effects. Although it conjures up crude and painful visions of a human pincushion, today’s version is quite different. Dry Needling has become the new fad on the block with mostly physical therapists, chiropractors, and of course acupuncturists utilizing this technique and is achieving unprecedented results across the board of human ailments.

As a Denver chiropractor, I recently went through the certification process to Dry Needle so I could achieve these same results with my patients. I was very surprised how effective the needling technique was with my own issues. I had developed a semi sort of a bum shoulder, a tendonitis that developed from holding my young kids for hours on end. My shoulder didn’t want to work quite right, it would make noise, cause pain with certain movements, and worst of all, gave me a shuddering feeling of vulnerability.

I had been suffering my condition for several months, and like most doctors, you don’t address it, because you’re to busy fixing other peoples issues. I was worried about the shoulder terribly, in due part because as a chiropractor you heavily rely on good working shoulder. When it came time in our class to discuss and practice the techniques for the shoulder, I eagerly volunteered myself as the demo.

With Dry Needling, you always do a before and after check of the region that is causing your problems. We utilized the SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment) and had found decreased internal rotation that also caused pain with my left shoulder. The instructor then palpated the area and had found some very nasty trigger points in my anterior deltoid, infraspinatus, and teres minor muscles.

The needling was quick and concise, and also consisted of utilizing an electrotherapy machine on the needles to help reset the normal resting muscle tone from its prior hypertonic state. After the procedure, we rechecked the shoulder with the SFMA and had found increased range of motion, and an improvement in pain quality.

The shoulder wasn’t completely fixed at that time, but it sure did feel much better. I thought that I may needed more treatment in the coming days to help completely rid the problem, but low and behold the issue cleared itself within the week.

I’m excited to offer this new technique at Denver Chiropractic, LLC and will be posting more about the technique soon. Please visit our website to learn more about the services that we offer,  and the Dry Needling in Denver. You can also learn more about Dry Needling at the wikipedi page.

Dr. Trent Artichoker

Denver Chiropractic, LLC
3890 Federal Blvd Unit 1
Denver, CO 80211

303-455-2225

text neck in denver, co

It’s time to text out and tune in to the real world when it comes to our phone use. Our iPhones and Androids are running and ruining our lives. The masses are becoming corporate sheep that constantly stare at their phones all day. Over use of the phone is turning into a habitual epidemic that is leading us to a whole host of problems. Besides the social disconnect, and the ruined lives from car accidents from texting, neck pain can also result from these sustained postural aberrations of looking down at your overly priced gizmo gadget widget next best thing phone. Chiropractors have termed this condition as Text Neck.

Text Neck from too much phone use can cause severe pain and can lead to permanent injury to the neck if not dealt with appropriately. Especially when the cause of the pain to the person is unknown, like so many of the gradual aches and pains that occurs in the neck. Text neck not only causes neck pain, but also upper back pain and excruciating wanna put yourself out of your misery type headaches.

Sometimes it can be difficult for the doctor to make the connection that the patient’s neck pain is coming from their phone. A patient presents with neck pain and describes the history of their pain as coming on gradually for no apparent reason. This is why it can be difficult to determine the cause of some aches and pains, because the patient hasn’t put 2 and 2 together yet. A good chiropractor can fish this out of a person, but it is not easy as people have a hard time fathoming that their recreational phone use is causing a catastrophe in their neck. There is also the denial stage that someone has a problem with their phone use that also causes the diagnosis of Text Neck to be difficult.

The habit of looking down at the phone to play games, surf the internet, check your facebook, shop online, watch videos on youtube, and read books inadvertently causes over use and under use of muscles in the front and back of the neck. Imagine going to the gym for a year and only working on your pectoral muscles, this is similar to what constantly checking and playing your favorite time waster games does to your precious neck. If your spine was as visible as your face was, we would all take better care of it.

The neck has a similar curve to the low back, and when the neck is out of this healthy neutral position, it distorts the natural neutral lordotic curve of the neck. Maintaining a reversal of the curve in your neck, and out of the neutral position, it slowly deforms the supporting ligaments of the cervical spine. The ligaments in the back of the neck get overstretched and the ligaments in the front of the neck undergo contracture and become shortened. Eventually this will cause a reversal of the curve in neck, even when the person returns to the neutral position of their head being over their shoulders. This habit eventually creates what is known as military neck, a straight neck that is misaligned.

Even worse, when the misalignments of the neck can become so bad that a kyphotic curve results, which is a reverse of the lordotic curve. The unbalanced overly stretched and under stretched supporting spine ligaments add stress to joints, nerves, discs, and muscles. These structures will wear out and can cause premature degeneration of the neck, bulging discs, and numbness and tingling down the arms. Muscles will also become overly active and under active, or weak and tight, and overly strong and lengthened.

Text neck can become a nightmare to deal with, especially if it dealt with by your good amigos named Tylenol and Ibuprofen, and worst yet continuing the prolonged use of looking down at your phone.

As a Denver chiropractor, I routinely treat patients that have neck pain due to their habit of playing with their phones. Some patients are so addicted to their phone that they use their phone while they are being treated on the chiropractic table. As a chiropractor, we have a wide variety of therapies to help your neck. Do your neck a favor and put down your phone.

To Your Health,

Dr. Trent Artichoker

Denver Chiropractic, LLC
3890 Federal Blvd, Unit 1
Denver, CO 80211

303-455-2225 (BACK)

www.DenverColoradoChiropractic.com

forward head posture

Like little baby Jesus, most neck pain seems to come out of nowhere. Its not like you were in a car accident or fell out of bed and there is no outwardly obvious reason for why your neck hurts. Most people do notice some patterns of their neck pain, like it hurts more when I do the dishes, or when you sit at your job. As a Denver chiropractor, most of the new patients that I see have this fluctuating neck pain that is usually caused by forward head posture. Understanding where this pain comes from is half the battle to ridding it. So, I listed the top 5 causes of forward head posture that causes neck pain.

1. iPosture or Text Neck. This is becoming epidemic as more and more people use cell phones. Take a look at person that is using their phone. The head is usually bent forward to at least 50-70 degrees which slowly pulls on all of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, joints, and fascia. This slow pull on the back of neck essentially overstretches this part of the body. This creates an imbalance of stretched tissue.

2. Computer Posture. No matter how hard you try to avoid it, you end up slouched with your head sticking out by the end of the day. It’s almost impossible to escape without someone repeatedly telling you to sit up straight. Computer posture is often the result of poor ergonomics.

3. Pillow Neck. The way you sleep is another source of forward head posture. If you ever sleep on your back while using a pillow, you are slowly creating a forward head posture.

4. Reading Neck or Scholars Neck. Sit in your favorite chair and enjoy your latest murder mystery and soon before you know, you’ve been there for over an hour with head pointing down. Looking downward for a prolonged period doing your desk work or reading will create forward head posture. Some people like to read while lying down in bed which will also slowly give you forward head posture.

5. Couch slouch or Potato Neck. You ever watch a movie while lying down with your head on the arm rest of the couch. Guilty! Everyone does it, but if you do it on a regular basis it slowly juts your head out and then you look like one of the character in the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Sitting in your favorite position in the couch that gives your spine banana back will also give you forward posture.

The imbalance of overusing certain muscles and under using certain muscles in combination with only stretching one side of the neck will cause forward head carriage. This is easy to spot as your head will not be above your shoulders, and will be forward compared to your torso. Over time this will create a major malfunction of the system, creating pain, stiffness, kinked necks, headaches, and sore shoulders.

Chiropractic care is an excellent option for treating a forward head posture. As chiropractic adjustments and the other therapies we offer will help restore the natural alignment of your neck. Of course you need to identify the root cause, but putting out the fire while improving your awareness of your posture is necessary. At Denver Chiropractic, LLC we offer a wide variety of treatment options to help decrease your neck pain.

Dr. Trent Artichoker

Denver Chiropractic, LLC
3890 Federal Blvd Unit 1
Denver, CO 80211

303-455-2225

Headache treatment in Denver is offered through the professionals at Denver Chiropractic, LLC.  Tension, migraine, chronic and cluster headaches are some of the most incapacitating and painful experiences someone can endure. Although most of the time they are not life-threatening, people that experience headaches know that they are something that is uncontrollable and hard to manage. Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches and 20% of all people that suffer from headaches have chronic, or recurrent, headaches. Chiropractic care is able to provide relief to those suffering from headaches.

Many headaches are caused by the daily stresses of life. These certain types of headaches, known as tension headaches, form when there is a buildup of tense muscles in the neck, shoulders and back, creating a headache that can become unbearable. A chiropractor is able to loosen those muscles and reduce the headache with their spinal manipulation techniques. The chiropractor will give you advice for stretches and exercises that will help reduce the tense muscles.

A misbalance in the neck region is found to be the cause of other certain types of headaches, and with chiropractic care the neck can be corrected with adjustments, making chiropractic care the most common alternative therapy for headache sufferers. Posture issues can correlate with headaches as well, another issue that can be corrected with chiropractic treatment.

Headache sufferers notice pain decreases after several treatments as their muscles become less tight and nerve irritation decreases. By using chiropractic adjustments, stretching, nutrition and exercises that correct the spine, a patient is able to achieve optimal results. Chiropractors don’t use medications or surgery as a form of treatment, therefore your headache treatment will be handled with spinal adjustments and other hands-on techniques that your chiropractor has determined to benefit you the most. Your headache pain can diminish in a non-invasive way that is meant to help prevent headaches in the future and promote overall health.

Chiropractic adjustments have significant effectiveness for people who suffer from headaches. Patients that experience headaches of any sort benefit from chiropractic treatment with their hands-on techniques and spinal manipulations. Our chiropractic offers headache treatment in Denver to better enhance your well-being.

Contact Denver Chiropractic to learn more about headache treatment in Denver. For those seeking a chiropractor in Plantation FL, consider the help of Westside Chiropractic. Their Plantation chiropractor, Dr. Lisa Owen, can help through specialized treatment and care.

When the body is injured in multiple places it can be difficult for the body to heal itself. You can get back pain from whiplash, a head injury from whiplash, headaches, injuries to the discs, injury to the joints, injuries to the muscles and other supporting tissue, etc. Most often times during a whiplash accident, multiple types of tissue are injured in multiple places. This is the reason you will need treatment and unfortunately you will need more than one treatment.

Below is a table summarizing whiplash injury treatment in Colorado from an auto accident chiropractor. Whiplash is also termed cervical acceleration deceleration syndrome.  The grading of your injuries will be determined by your personal injury chiropractor.

Denver Whiplash Specialist

1. Adapted from Croft AC:   Treatment paradigm for cervical acceleration/deceleration injuries (whiplash).   Am Chiro Assoc J Chiro 30(1):   41-45, 1993.

2. TD indicates treatment duration; TN treatment total number;

3. Possible follow-up at 1 month.

4. May require permanent monthly or p.r.n. treatment.

As you notice, treatment frequency is daily for the first week for the most minor case that could last 11 weeks with a total of 21 visits. If your Denver car accident doctor evaluated you and recommended such a treatment length it is because whiplash injuries take time to heal with proper treatment. Without proper treatment they may never heal properly and preclude you to chronic pain.

As a Denver car crash specialist, I regularly get the deer in the headlights look when I explain to people that they will need approximately 20 plus treatments. I understand that this seems like a lot of treatment, but then again you just had a 3,000 pound vehicle slam into you. Auto accident injuries are unique in that the crash imparts a tremendous amount of force on the vehicle occupants in a very short amount of time (mass=force x acceleration).

If you were in an auto accident in Denver, we can help. If you do not have med pay on your auto insurance, we can provide treatment to you on a lien. A chiropractic lien in Denver is paid off at the end of your treatment through the settlement by the at fault insurance company.

It is very important for you to have patience as your car accident whiplash injuries take time to heal. It is also important to know that you will have aggravations of your injuries, and that healing is an up and down process. Your car accident chiropractor will know if you need to see a specialist or get imaging.

Please feel free to add a question to the comment section or email us at the clinic.

Arthritis impacts vital joints and organ systems. This chronic systemic inflammation and autoimmune disorder has no cure yet. However, treatment can still be carried on to control its effects. Chiropractic treatment is considerable in this regards due recent discovery about this method of treatment. It may not cure the issue permanently but provide relief that is hard to come by for the patients of Arthritis.

Chiropractic treatment became relevant to patients of arthritis since a woman benefited from it. This woman went to a chiropractor for bilateral polyarthralgia, which she endured. Her toes, knees and fingers were attacked by it. Since she was an Arthritis patients she used to take prescribed medication but to no effect. Hypolordosis and subluxation were diagnosed after series of tests. Irritation to nerves of spine is called subluxation and diminution of lung scope is called hypolordosis.

While chronic inflammation is caused due to subluxation, immunity gets reduced due to Hypolordosis. Thus, reduction of irritation relaxes nerves, which reduces inflammation of organs. Apart from that, WBC have been found to increase due to Thoracic adjustment. Besides, upper vertebral adjustment and consequent correction of posture ultimately assists in repair of immune system.

The end result is relief. In case of the mentioned woman, degree of pain that she endured before treatment and that she endured after treatment had reduced from 9 to 1 on scale of 10. Such remarkable effect of chiropractic treatment has rekindled hope of relief among sufferers. Insurance coverage has made the treatment affordable too.

About The Author

This post was contributed on behalf of Dr. Chad Polley, a Chiropractor providing chiropractic services in Brandon and Riverview Florida.

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