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Myths About Chiropractic Care

Over the last few decades, chiropractic therapy has become more widely accepted by the conventional medical community. Unfortunately, there are still some pervasive myths and misconceptions that affect the public’s view and understanding of chiropractic care. Often times, individuals are hesitant to seek out the help of a chiropractor because of these myths, and by doing so, they could be preventing themselves from getting more beneficial treatments for their conditions. 

Myth #1: Chiropractors do not undergo a significant amount of training

One of the most common misconceptions about chiropractors do not spend as much time training in comparison to traditional doctors and other health professionals. However, chiropractors typically complete 8 years of higher education before they are licensed. Chiropractors tend to have 4 years of undergraduate education, and often graduate with a pre-med major after having taken courses in sciences, such as biology, chemistry, psychology, and physics. They then attend a chiropractic graduate program. On average, these involve 4 years of education with a total of 4,200 instructional hours in course credits. Our Duluth chiropractor Robert Torgrimson attended Northwestern Health Sciences University in 1975 embarking upon a rigorous course of study including four years of intensive education after college.

Myth #2: Chiropractors only treat back pain

Though most widely known for treating spinal disorders, chiropractic services are used to resolve or manage a variety of health conditions for more than 35 million Americans annually, according to the American Chiropractic Association. Among many other ailments, chiropractic treatment is also useful for treating things such as headaches/migraines, stress, sports injuries, and carpal tunnel. Chiropractic physicians also provide preventative care to help establish healthy habits for individuals. For example, posture analysis can help identify posture habits that can greatly impact overall health, including energy levels, breathing, stress and sleep.

Myth #3: Chiropractic adjustments are dangerous (include conclusion in this one)

Chiropractic medicine is a natural and safe alternative to other treatments, including conventional pain management such as steroids, anti-inflammatory medication and surgery, which are associated with risks, side effects and complications. In fact, chiropractic services are less invasive than many other forms of medicine, and numerous studies have proven their safety and effectiveness for patients of all ages. Dr. Torgimson has over 30 years of chiropractic experience, and may be able to help you. If you feel like you might have a health issue that could be treated through chiropractic care, consider scheduling a consultation with your Duluth chiropractor at Associated Chiropractic Physicians. You can schedule an appointment with us today by calling (218) 728-3686, we look forward to assisting you!

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Exercising After An Injury

When your muscles and joints are strained and feel sore due to an injury, the thought of exercising could feel like a poor idea. Although a full and strenuous workout could potentially worsen your condition, moderate exercise could be just what you need to begin the healing process. We are often provided with the notion that we should “take it easy” when we are dealing with an injury, but this might not always be what’s best for your recovery. After spending a week or two on the couch, your muscles stiffen, scar tissue grows, and moving becomes more difficult. Completing your everyday tasks now feel harder and more demanding to complete than they did before. The truth is that exercise may actually help ease aches and pains while also reducing the length of your recovery.

Exercise Helps:

  • Improve Circulation
  • Prevent a Re-Injury
  • Keep Your Muscles and Joints Limber and Flexible
  • Reduce Inflammation
  • Decrease Scar Tissue Formation
  • Strengthen the Muscles That Support Your Joints
  • Improve Range of Motion
  • Enhance Balance

Exercise after an injury generally involves gently working the injured area or keeping other areas of your body mobile and flexible if it’s too soon to exercise a sore muscle or joint. For example if you hurt your ankle, focus on upper body exercises for a couple of days. Once your chiropractor approves, try adding walking, strengthening, or low-impact aerobic exercises to your workout regimen. If back pain is the problem, exercises that don’t apply any stress to your back or abdominal muscles can help your muscles and joints stay loose. Swimming, walking or riding a stationary bike are great exercises that can elevate your heart rate, improve blood flow, and increase mobility and range of motion.

Always check in with your chiropractor before you begin exercising after an injury. He or she can advise you when it’s safe to start working out again and recommend specific exercises. Our Duluth Chiropractor Dr. Torgimson has over 30 years of experience treating injury related conditions. If you feel like you have an injury, and could benefit from chiropractic care, we may be able to help. You can contact Associated Chiropractic Physicians at (218) 728-3686, we look forward to helping you!

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How A Chiropractor Can Help Your Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common ailments that people face, and finding the right relief is no easy task. Modern chiropractic treatment is based on the assumption that back pain is caused by misalignment of the spine. Spinal manipulation involves physical pushing, pulling, and methodical repositioning of the head, shoulders, neck, back, or hips to help alleviate back pain. Many people choose to see a chiropractor about their back pain. In fact, an estimated 27 million Americans are evaluated and treated by a chiropractor each year, mostly for back pain relief, according to a 2015 National Institutes of Health report.

Chiropractic medicine is a natural and safe alternative to other treatments, including conventional pain management such as steroids, anti-inflammatory medication and surgery, which are associated with risks, side effects and complications. In fact, chiropractic services are less invasive than many other forms of medicine, and numerous studies have proven their safety and effectiveness for patients of all ages.

Spinal manipulation is typically most effective when combined with more traditional therapies to treat back pain, such as:

  • Heat and cold therapies
  • Massage
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Electrical stimulation or ultrasound
  • Exercise and stretching
  • Patient education

If you are someone that finds themselves dealing with back pain, and feel like chiropractic care might benefit you, our Duluth Chiropractor Robert Torgrimson may be able to help. You can contact Associated Chiropractic Physicians at (218) 728-3686, we have over 30 years of chiropractic experience and look forward to helping you!

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Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Adults

As we age, we are far more likely to experience pain or injury due to conditions such as arthritis or natural wear and tear of discs and joints. Maintaining comfort and mobility can become increasingly difficult and finding a reliable source of relief is not so easy. The need for effective care to promote proper well-being will only grow over time. The American population of older adults is expected to grow by 135% between the years 2000 and 2050, with those over the age of 85 growing by 350%.  However, just because our nation is getting older, it doesn’t mean that we have to feel the effects of aging so decidedly. 

Why Older Adults Should Choose Chiropractic Care:

It’s Less Invasive- Chiropractic care offers the ability to address pain, tightness, and discomfort through methods that require no downtime on the part of the patient. 

It’s Effective- Studies have found time and time again that chiropractic care effectively relieves back pain and even helps patients avoid surgical intervention.

It’s Holistic- Unlike traditional medicine, chiropractic is holistic and focuses on the patient’s well-being as a whole.  Rather than concentrating strictly on relieving pain, chiropractors will work to identify the true source of discomfort, while also addressing elements such as lifestyle, diet, and exercise. 

Finding an appropriate and effective means of maintaining health and wellness in an aging population is a difficult task. If you are an older adult, who thinks that they might benefit from chiropractic care, our Duluth chiropractor Robert Torgrimson may be able to help. You can contact Associated Chiropractic Physicians at (218) 728-3686, we have over 30 years of chiropractic experience and look forward to helping you

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How Chiropractic Treatment Can Improve Your Sleep

A widespread issue among many Americans today is that they are simply not getting enough sleep on a regular basis. We have all heard that six to eight hours is most likely ideal, but that means it must be a continuous 6-8 hours each night. If you are constantly waking up throughout the night, you won’t be able to get enough deep REM sleep, which means you won’t be getting the refreshing, healing sleep that you need. As a result, we suffer from excessive fatigue, poor concentration, more instances of illness, and many other negative side effects.

How Chiropractic Care Helps

Chiropractic can help you sleep better for multiple different reasons. When your neck is misaligned, it tends to tighten your jaw joint and masseter muscles, which will close down your airway while you lay down for bed. It can cause snoring, decreased oxygen, and make you never get to deep REM sleep. By keeping your neck more properly aligned, you will have a better chance of ensuring that you get the right amount of oxygen while you sleep. 

Chiropractic care also enhances the body’s central nervous system. And the central nervous system is a key player in allowing efficient function of the body. The more efficient your body, the less wasted energy, and the easier it is for your body and mind to wind down and fall asleep. Chiropractors focus on your spine, correcting any misalignments that are present and boosting the spine’s overall health. What does this mean for sleep? It means that pain and tension that build in the spine may be released, and the more comfortable the body, the easier it is to relax and fall asleep.

We all have stress that bombards us throughout our daily lives. Whether you are stressed at work, are experiencing family issues, or have pressing financial issues, many of us can relate and we all have and feel the same stresses. Another way chiropractic care can help improve your sleep is through stress reduction. Cortisol is a hormone that is associated with stress in the body. When you are under stress, more cortisol is released by the adrenal glands. However, chiropractic care can lower cortisol and reduce stress.  By seeing your chiropractor on a weekly basis or even twice a month, your cortisol levels will stay in check. Each chiropractic adjustment to your spine will decrease the cortisol your body is producing.

If you are struggling to sleep, and feel like you may benefit from chiropractic care, our Duluth Chiropractor Robert Torgrimson may be able to help. You can contact Associated Chiropractic Physicians at (218) 728-3686, we have over 30 years of chiropractic experience and look forward to helping you!

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Headaches and Chiropractic

If you find yourself having frequent headaches don’t worry because you are not alone. 9% of men and 12% of women in the U.S. experience at least 1-2 headache episodes per month. More than 4% of the U.S. population suffers from frequent headaches, defined as headaches that occur at least 180 days a year. Headaches are now something that has become a common issue among our population, and is a condition that chiropractors find themselves treating more often. 

What Causes Headaches?

Headaches can be triggered by many different causes and behaviors. This includes things such as the foods you consume, environmental stimuli (noises, lights, stress, etc.) and/or behaviors (insomnia, excessive exercise, blood sugar changes, etc.). A majority of headaches are primary headaches, such as tension, migraine, or cluster headaches. These types of headaches are not caused by disease, but rather the headache itself is the primary concern. In many cases, these primary headaches are caused by some sort of muscle tension in the neck. Today, many of us engage in more sedentary activities than in times past, and more of our time is spent in one fixed position or posture, such as sitting in front of a computer. These types of behaviors can increase joint irritation and muscle tension in the neck and upper back causing your head to ache.

Common Types of Headaches

  • Migraines
  • Cluster
  • Tension
  • Medication Overuse
  • Trauma

What Can You Do?

There are various activities that you can do to help you avoid frequent headaches. This includes things like drinking more water to maintain hydration, managing stress, getting the appropriate amount of sleep, and sticking to a healthy diet and exercise regimen. If these remedies do not appear to be helping with your headaches, you might consider working with a chiropractor for treatment. Chiropractors can Perform spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system. They can also consult with you about advice related to nutrition, posture, and exercise techniques which can help alleviate recurring joint and muscle irritation in the neck and upper back.  Our Duluth chiropractor Dr. Torgrimson may be able to help in treating your headaches. If you are concerned about your health, and think you are experiencing any of the issues related to headaches, then we urge you to schedule an appointment with us. You can contact Associated Chiropractic Physicians at (218) 728-3686, we have over 30 years of chiropractic experience and look forward to helping you!

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Why is Good Posture Important?

Having good posture means that we can stand, sit, walk, run, and lie in positions that put a minimal amount of strain on our muscles and ligaments when we are actively using them. When this type of stress is lessened because of good posture, then our likelihood of pain and injury can be reduced. Not only that, but our muscles can begin to work more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy which results in less muscle fatigue. Several muscle groups, including the hamstrings and large back muscles, are critically important in maintaining good posture. However, when we begin to ignore our posture, not only do we begin to look bad, but we may experience issues that are detrimental to our overall health. 

Many parts of our everyday lifestyle can lead us to poorer posture over time. We may slouch and hunch over to look at our phone, computer, or tablet screens. Because of gravity, the further we allow our heads and shoulders to round over our phones, there will be more weight that our spine will have to endure. In an upright, proper position with our ears over our shoulders over our hips, our spine carries just the weight of our head, which is about 10-12 pounds. Dropping your head down 60 degrees to look at your phone and suddenly your spine is carrying the weight of your head with an increased gravitational pull. This can lead to some potential negative effects that your body simply doesn’t need.

Common Effects of Bad Posture

  • Back, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Poor circulation
  • Poor digestion
  • Curvature of the spine
  • Constricted nerves
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Lower self-esteem/ self-image

Can I correct my posture?

Long-term postural problems will likely take longer to address than short term ones, but most issues related to poor posture can be treated. Conscious awareness of your own posture and knowing how to correct it is the first step to take when trying to make improvements. Our Duluth chiropractor Dr. Torgrimson may be able to help you get started in the right direction towards proper posture and good health. If you are concerned about your posture, or think you are experiencing any of the issues related to bad posture, then we urge you to schedule an appointment with us. You can contact Associated Chiropractic Physicians at (218) 728-3686, we have over 30 years of chiropractic experience and look forward to helping you!