Neck pain is commonly referred to as discomfort in any of the structures in the neck. These include muscles and nerves as well as spinal vertebrae and the cushioning discs between them. A common cause of neck pain is muscle strain or tension which is usually caused by such activities as: bending forward for hours, having poor posture, Forward Head Posture (F.H.P.) while watching TV or reading, placing a computer monitor too high or too low, sleeping in an uncomfortable position, or twisting and turning the neck in a jarring manner while exercising.
Improper sleeping positions often cause neck pain. Many people use pillows that are either too soft or too hard that do not support the head during sleep causing neck pain and stiffness. Contoured and theraputic pillows help alleviate neck pain. There are also specific “side sleeper” pillows that provide support and reduce neck pain.
Stiff Neck Treatment – Sore Neck Therapy
Suffering from a stiff neck is typically characterized by soreness and difficulty moving the neck, especially when trying to look sideways or backwards. However you’ve been injured at work, been in an auto accident, or have poor posture, such as Forward Head Posture (F.H.P.), any sort of neck pain or stiffness should be taken seriously. Our nervous system is our livelihood, and any injury to our spine should be addressed quickly before it leads to a more serious matter. That’s what we specialize in; correcting your spine to its natural curve and alleviating any pressure that may be put on the delicate nerves. Doing so systematically and with a game-plan custom to your exact needs, we’re able to reduce and eliminate your neck pain from the source.
Dr. Jason Jumper at Renew Chiropractic in Lakewood utilizes the latest advancements in chiropractic care and CBP (Chiropractic Biophysics) technique to pinpoint the exact area of concern, then come up with a customized treatment plan for your neck pain/stiffness relief. Our goal isn’t just to make you feel better today, but address the root cause of your neck pain to ensure your neck pain doesn’t come back.
The secret to correcting the spinal alignment involves changing nerve muscle memory by influencing slow and fast nerve receptors to tell muscles to pull differently, thus aligning the spine. Posture specific adjustment, mirror image exercises and simple office and home rehab are done with predicable results. There are several possible causes of cervical neck pain. It is often difficult to know with certainty what is causing the cervical pain; however, close examination by Dr. Jumper will identify the best treatment.
Cervical Discogenic Pain
Cervical Facet Syndrome
Cervical Myofascial Pain
So if you or someone you know has been hurt and is suffering from neck pain or neck stiffness, please contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation. Call 720-493-5885 Today!
Plantar fasciitis is an umbrella term for any pain in the bottom of the foot. Typically, heel pain is at its worst when patients are getting out of bed in the morning or after prolonged sitting.
Effective plantar fasciitis treatment depends on identifying the specific cause of your foot paint and treating it effectively. The most common cause of plantar fasciitis is an inflamed flexor tendon (either the common tendon of the short flexors, or the broad, flat, long flexor tendon).
For effective plantar fasciitis treatment we use a combination of modalities, including Trigger Point Therapy, Active Release Technique, Chirometrix, Fascial Manipulation, Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP) and The Pettibon System, along with specific stretches.
Sometimes foot pain is caused by an irritation of the plantar nerve requiring an analysis of the entire length of the sciatic nerve and its branches to look for adhesions that can limit the normal glide that all nerves must have.
The iliopsoas muscle originates from the lower back and pelvis and inserts into the thigh bone (femur).The illiacus originates from the pelvis and inserts into the thigh bone as well. The hip flexors are responsible for moving the knee towards the chest (i.e. bending the hip) during activity and are particularly active when sprinting or kicking. Whenever the hip flexors contract or are put under stretch, tension is placed through the hip flexor muscle fibers. When this tension is excessive due to too much repetition or high force, the hip flexor muscle fibers may tear. When this occurs, the condition is known as a hip flexor strain. Tears to the hip flexors can range from a small partial tear whereby there is minimal pain and minimal loss of function, to a complete rupture whereby there is a sudden episode of severe pain and significant disability.
Patients with acute injury usually feel a sudden sharp pain or pulling sensation in the front of the hip or groin: however, the pain of chronic hip strain is a dull ache in the thigh or groin, and or the low back. (Chronic unresponsive low back pain may result from hip flexor injury). Patients with this condition usually experience pain when lifting the knee towards the chest (especially against resistance) or during activities such as running, kicking or going upstairs. It is also common for patients to experience pain or stiffness after rest, especially upon waking in the morning. Swelling, tenderness and bruising may also be present in the hip flexor muscles.
Treatment at Renew Chiropractic in Lakewood for hip flexor strain consists of:
restore postural distortions using Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP)
3-dimensional mirror image exercises
joint mobilization (especially the lower back and hip)
ice or heat treatment
progressive exercises to improve strength and flexibility (particularly of the hip flexors)
three dimensional postural analysis
activity modification advice – establishment of an appropriate return to activity or sport plan
Are you or a loved one experiencing hip pain? Call Dr. Jason Jumper at Renew Chiropractic in Lakewood today! We can help! 720-493-5885.
The lower crossed syndrome is a muscular abnormality of the body brought on by incorrect posture. The lower crossed syndrome includes tight lower back muscles, tight hip flexor muscles, lax abdominal muscles, and lax gluteal muscles. This combination of tight muscles generally produce lower back pain and you may also have sore knees due to tight leg adductor muscles (muscles that move your legs towards the center of your body). Lower crossed syndrome can develop from someone who sits for long periods of time, leaning in a slightly flexed position. This causes the lower back muscles or erector spine to continually contract to hold the body’s weight upright while the constantly flexed position shortens the muscle length of the iliopsoas and rectus femoris muscles. Through continued contraction or in a shortened position, the muscles adapt and shorten in length leading to muscle tightness.
Since the body acts like a series of pulleys and levers, when one muscle gets shortened, it usually means that another muscle gets lengthened. This phenomenon is known as reciprocal inhibition. How it works is that when a muscle is contracting, the muscle opposite of its function, or antagonist muscle, is turned off so that they aren’t both contracting at once. Your brain can of course override this, but the purpose of reciprocal inhibition is to make the body more efficient and to avoid injury. While inhibited though, the antagonist muscle is not only prevented from contracting, but in many cases is actually contracting, but in many cases is actually stretched or lengthened. If you think of your quads (front thigh muscles) versus your hamstrings (back thigh muscles), if you flex one, you’ll usually feel the other stretch when you maximally stretch. In the end, the shortened tight muscles cause the stretching and lengthening of their antagonist muscles. This ultimately leads to the weakening of those muscles.
Muscles commonly tight or shortened in lower crossed syndrome include:
Tensor fascia latae (TFL)
The weakened or lengthened muscles include:
People with chronic low back pain that does not seem to respond to most therapies may have this condition. It is necessary to treat the tight back muscles as well as the tight shortened hip flexor muscles, and then work on strengthening the abdominal and gluteal muscles. When proper balance is restored, the pain will be elevated.
When treating patients with LCS the shortened muscles must be restored before embarking on training of the weakened muscles. This is based on Sherrington’s Law of reciprocal inhibition which states that when one muscle is shortened or tightened its opposite muscle relaxes.
If you are having Lower Back Pain with no results you could be experiencing Lower Cross Syndrome. Call Dr. Jason Jumper at Renew Chiropractic in Lakewood today at 720-493-5885.
One of the most common causes of low back pain occurs with injuries to the sacroiliac (SI) joint and ligaments. Young and middle-aged women are most susceptible to this condition, which can make sitting and standing a difficult and painful task. If you are experiencing the seemingly unbearable symptoms of SI joint dysfunction, Dr. Jason Jumper at Renew Chiropractic in Lakewood is here to help you find relief through accurate diagnosis and treating your SI joint pain with advanced Chiropractic Biophysics and Pettibon Techniques.
What’s SI Joint Dysfunction?
First, it’s key to understand that the SI joint connects the pelvic bone (ileum) to the lowest part of the spine (sacrum). There are two SI joints. Each is located on either side of the sacrum. SI joints are small and very strong, providing structural support and stability. They function as shock absorbers for the pelvis and the low back, dispersing the forces of the upper body. Whenever an SI joint is irritated or injured, the resultant joint dysfunction may cause pain in the lower back and legs.
Why SI Joint Dysfunction Occurs
SI joints become painful because of alterations in the normal motion of the joints. Consider the following:
Two types of changes from normal motion can cause problems
Those changes are either too much movement (hyper-mobility) or too little movement (hypo-mobility)
Abnormal motion from work/sports can directly injure the joints via stretching/straining the primary SI ligaments
Any of these changes in joint mobility may lead to pain, as well as spasm in the supporting back and pelvic muscles
SI joint dysfunction may also result from direct trauma, such as injuries associated with a motor vehicle accident
Or an injury from something as simple as a fall on the buttocks or a missed step when descending stairs
Symptoms of SI Joint Dysfunction
The most common symptom is pain in the low back that is aggravated by sitting, standing, and bending at the waist. When SI joint dysfunction is severe, there can be referred pain into the hip, groin, and leg.
Sacroiliac joint dysfunction is difficult to diagnose. This is because the pain patterns associated with SI joint dysfunction are frequently mistaken for nerve irritation in the low back, muscle sprain, or hip bursitis. At Renew Chiropractic in Lakewood, Dr. Jumper understands the intricacies of SI joint mechanics and mobility. Dr. Jason Jumper will reach an accurate clinical diagnosis with a comprehensive, individualized approach that begins with a complete medical history, analysis of the injury, and a musculoskeletal examination of the spine and pelvis.
Radiographic studies also may assist in this process. They may include x-ray, MRI, CT scan. These tests, while not necessarily detecting SI joint dysfunction, are extremely important in eliminating other causes of back pain.
How Our Pettibon and Chiropractic Biophysics Techniques Can Resolve Your SI Joint Pain and/or Lower back pain
The very painful symptoms of SI Joint Dysfunction can be successfully relieved without surgery. Here’s a glimpse at our treatment approach, from simple to advanced techniques, if you decide to have Dr. Jason Jumper at Renew Chiropractic in Lakewood treat the pain in your SI joint and lower back:
The Pettibon System uses a collection of manipulative techniques, performed both by hand or adjustive mechanical instruments, and rehabilitative exercises not known to the typical physiotherapeutic arsenal. The manipulative and rehabilitative procedures are applied on an individual basis, so that every treatment plan can be designed according to each patient’s needs.
SI and Low Back Treatment in Lakewood Phase of Care
The Pettibon System is divided up into three distinct phases: acute care, rehabilitation and correction, and maintenance and supportive care. The goals of the acute phase, which lasts from 14 to 21 days, include reducing or eliminating the patient’s symptoms as quickly as possible, improving joint range of motion, and beginning the restoration of normal sagittal spine alignment. Patients receive training on home care equipment and procedures that they must do twice daily for strengthening postural muscles and building endurance. At the end of acute care, patients are re-examined to assess their progress and qualification for rehabilitation and correction. This phase of care is based upon the common knowledge that muscle strength gains are achieved when a muscle is fully exercised three times per week.
Rehabilitation and correction continues until normal sagittal and coronal spine alignments are achieved. 3rd phase, maintenance and supportive care focuses upon making the structural changes long lasting, through weekly workouts using the Linked Exercise Trainer and training in lifestyle habits to support the patient’s health goals.
“Chiropractic care is more than just making the pain disappear. It is about learning, understanding and taking care of your body to improve your quality of life.”
If you suffer from mid back pain, take heart: you’re not alone. Statistics show that 8 out of 10 people will experience back pain at some point in their lives!
Contact Renew Chiropractic, Dr. Jason Jumper’s practice, your Lakewood Chiropractic back pain Doctor, for an appointment. We’ll help relieve your SI and Low back pain so you can get back to enjoying your life again! Call us today!! 720-493-5885
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is a chiropractic technique for spinal rehabilitation. Introduced in 1980, CBP emphasizes optimal posture and spinal alignment as a core component of chiropractic care.
Dr. Jumper and the team at Renew Chiropractic specialize in Chiropractic BioPhysics techniques. We utilize CBP techniques on patients to achieve improvements in pain and functional-based outcomes.
The uniqueness of CBP treatment comes from its structural rehabilitation of the spine and posture. General goals of CBP care include all of the following:
Normal Front & Side View Posture: Ensuring the center of mass of the head, rib cage, and pelvis are vertically aligned in front and side views.
Normal Spinal Alignment: Vertical alignment (front view), and Harrison Ideal or Average Spinal Model alignment (side view).
Normal Function: Improved range of motion and quality of movement and improved muscle strength.
Improved Health & Symptom Improvements: Neck disability index, Oswestry low back index, and SF 36 or Health Status Questionnaire.
Ideal Postural and Spinal Alignments According to Chiropractic BioPhysics
According to Chiropractic BioPhysics techniques, ideal postural alignment occurs when the center of mass of the skull, thorax, and pelvis are in a vertical line with respect to gravity. From the front, the spinal column is vertically aligned: it forms a straight column relative to gravity. From the side, the spine has three primary curvatures, including a neck curve (cervical lordosis), ribcage curve (thoracic kyphosis), and a low back curve (lumbar lordosis).
Meanwhile, ideal spinal alignment can be seen in the Harrison Full Spine Model. This is an evidence-based model for side-view spinal alignment. It is defined as the geometric path of the posterior longitudinal ligament or the backs of the vertebrae from the first neck vertebra to the bottom of the lower back or the top of the sacrum. Chiropractic BioPhysics practitioners identified the Harrison Full Spine Model after years of research. The model defines the ideal and average ranges for each segment of your spine.
The Harrison Full Spine Model, by the way, is named after Dr. Don Harrison, who co-created the Chiropractic BioPhysics technique with Dr. Daniel Murphy.
X-Ray Analysis Helps Define Ideal Postural and Spinal Alignments
Chiropractic BioPhysics practitioners will x-ray your spine to analyze the curve of your spine from different angles. Certain parts of your spine should form an approximate oval or ellipse shape, for example. Using an x-ray and mathematical formulas, a specialist can determine whether or not your spine is aligned with the Harrison Full Spine Model.
Chiropractic BioPhysics protocols require doctors to measure displacements on spinal radiographs. CBP also dictates standardized x-ray positioning procedures. These procedures have been proven and reliable since CBP techniques were introduced in the 1980s.
Chiropractic BioPhysics techniques also recommend periodic assessment of spinal structural alignment – just like you should periodically assess pain intensity, range of motion, and quality of life. Ongoing assessments help CBP practitioners evaluate progress and determine when maximum patient improvement has been reached. Some CPB practitioners will use follow-up spinal x-rays or radiographs to collect alignment data, while others avoid using follow-up x-rays after the initial evaluation.
Ultimately, the best way to view an individual patient’s spinal alignment is to obtain spinal imaging via radiography or x-ray scans. Without an x-ray, a chiropractor will struggle to treat your spine. You wouldn’t let a mechanic repair your car’s engine without looking under the hood.
Mirror Image Postural Adjustments and Exercises
Mirror Image adjustments are a crucial part of Chiropractic BioPhysics techniques. These adjustments have been found to lead to postural and spinal alignment improvements. They’ve been a crucial part of CBP techniques since originally introduced by Dr. Don Harrison in 1980.
A chiropractor will use mirror image adjustments to rehabilitate the patient’s posture. In theory, these adjustments re-balance the body’s sense of proper balance or alignment by triggering improved muscle and nerve reflexes. Postural adjustments can be performed using a drop table, a hand-held instrument, or even mirror image manipulation procedures. The goal is to reset the nervous system’s regulation of postural muscle balance.
These mirror image exercises are designed to stretch shortened muscles while also strengthening muscles that have weakened in areas where postural muscles have adapted to asymmetric abnormal postures. Strength and conditioning alone do not correct posture, although postural exercises performed in the mirror image have been shown to reduce postural and spinal displacements.
What Can I Expect During Chiropractic BioPhysics Treatment?
CBP standards recommend that relief care (i.e. traditional chiropractic care) be separated from structural rehabilitation of the spine and posture.
Typically, the patient receives three initial weeks of care (4 times per week or 12 visits). The goal during these three weeks is to improve segmental and overall spinal range of motion while reducing pain intensity and frequency. Chiropractors can implement a variety of segmental adjusting techniques during this process.
After the initial relief care examination (12 visits over 3 weeks, on average), the next step is to begin with Mirror Image exercises, adjustments, and traction (also known as the E.A.T. protocol).
Overall, Chiropractic BioPhysics is a multi-model treatment method with a proven track record of helping patients alleviate spinal and postural issues. To book a free consultation with Lakewood’s leading Chiropractic BioPhysics practitioner, call Renew Chiropractic today at 720-493-5885.
The Pettibon System is a spinal rehabilitation system developed 30 years ago by a chiropractor named Dr. Burl Pettibon, who was still a student when he developed the system. Today, Pettibon practitioners can be found worldwide. The system involves wearing weights on the body to re-align the spine.
The basic idea of chiropractic care is that much of our health depends on proper alignment of the spine. Dr. Pettibon was motivated to develop his system because he noticed there was no generally-accepted model to use as a point of reference for spinal alignment. Pettibon practitioners today work under the assumption that a human’s functional spinal environment is “gravity”, and that gravity is the absolute environment to which the upright spine and posture must develop and relate to.
Here’s how Dr. Pettibon explained his system:
“The nervous system always wants us to hold our heads upright. And the nervous system will do this at the expense of displacing the lower spine.”
In other words, gravity plays a crucial role in the development of abnormal spinal forms. This is the fundamental idea behind the Pettibon System.
Other fundamental concepts behind the Pettibon System include:
Gravity is an absolute environment to which the upright spine and posture of humans must develop and relate.
Gravity is an absolute, which means there has to be an absolutely optimal posture for the upright spine.
The skull is a vertebra, and it’s the only vertebra that knows its neurologically optimal position and has the ability to establish and maintain that posture
The normal human spine is composed of six opposing lever-arm units, with units divided based on muscle attachment and function
The spine’s position relative to gravity is more important than its units or its segments
Individual spinal vertebra (aside from the skull-atlas vertebra) do not move out of normal position and become displaced without compromising soft tissue
Our brain controls our posture; righting reflexes and the cerebellum regulate the upright position of the skull, keeping the skull upright even when it displaces the lower spine
A less than optimum lateral and A-P spine and posture will compromise spinal function
Ultimately, the Pettibon System relies on the idea that the skull will keep itself upright even when it negatively affects the rest of your body – including your lower spine. Using gravity as an absolute, Pettibon practitioners will try to find the optimal alignment of your spine, perfectly aligning your spine in its upright position relative to gravity. Keep reading to discover some of the methods chiropractors use to find your optimal spinal alignment.
The Pettibon Weighting System
The Pettibon Weighting System consists of specially-designed head, shoulder, and hip weights that patients wear for up to 20 minutes per day until their spinal alignment is corrected. The amount of weight and the placement of weights will depend upon the spinal displacement that needs to be corrected.
The weights all work in a similar way: when you wear the weights on your body, it alters the center of mass for your head, your thoracic cage, and your pelvis. This causes your brain’s righting reflex to send spine-correcting sensory inputs to your nervous system. The nervous system’s innate organizing energy will cause some spinal muscles to relax and others to contract. The long-term result is the repositioning and re-alignment of your spine relative to gravity. Weights also have another effect: they make the targeted muscles do isometric exercises that restore strength, endurance, and balance.
The Pettibon System and Isometric Exercises
Our musculoskeletal system is made up of two kinds of muscle fibers, including:
Fast-twitch phasic muscle fibers
Slow-twitch postural muscle fibers
Our body has “muscle bundles” that include both types of fibers. However, each muscle group is typically dominated by one type of fiber. Our postural muscles, for example, mostly consist of slow-twitch muscle fiber.
When you lift weights at the gym, you’re activating your fast-twitch muscle fibers or phasic fibers. However, you’re not activating your postural muscles nearly as much. That’s why exercises that strengthen your phasic muscles don’t typically improve your posture.
Phasic muscles can fatigue or become injured. When this happens, these muscles go flaccid and collapse. Postural muscles, however, do not go flaccid or collapse when injured or fatigued. Instead, they spasm. This is where problems can occur, because postural muscles rarely spasm evenly. They don’t spasm an equal way up or down or side to side, for example. This can lead to poor posture that distorts your appearance and forces your spine out of position.
Isometric exercises counteract this activity. Isometric exercises involve pushing or pulling against a force that moves very slowly – or doesn’t move at all. This can eliminate postural muscle spasms, leading to long-term rehabilitation while also correcting your balance and improving your strength and endurance.
Soft Tissue Physiology and the Pettibon System
Pettibon practitioners view the spine as a closed kinetic system consisting of hard and soft tissues. The soft tissues – including muscles, discs, and ligaments – hold the spine upright in its optimum position for function relative to gravity, all while moving it through its expected range of motions. That’s why when correcting the spine, a chiropractor will target the entire spine instead of just one segment or vertebrae. If you tear ligaments in your lumbar spine, for example, the torn part will allow aberrant motions that cause pain and dysfunction in other areas of the spine and neck. This pain and disfunction won’t disappear until the torn ligament and aberrant motion are treated.
Our spinal system can be injured by three different types of forces, including:
Sudden applied force
Sudden applied force includes injuries like whiplash. Repetitive forces or cumulative forces, meanwhile, are similar motions repeated over a long period of time – like the motion of your spine while typing at your computer, reading a book, or watching TV. Pettibon practitioners seek to understand how your soft tissues respond to all of these activities in relation to your spine, leading to permanent spine and posture correction.
Dynamic Stretch Reflex & Static Stretch Reflex
Our muscles have something called a dynamic stretch reflex. This reflex occurs when a muscle – especially a muscle that hasn’t been warmed up – is suddenly stretched. This is our body’s natural way to protect the positioning of its parts.
Dynamic stretch reflexes are typically followed by static stretch reflexes. This reflex continues the muscle contractions that oppose the stretched muscle. These contractions can last hours.
Some Pettibon practitioners view this as a problem with traditional chiropractic care: they believe traditional chiropractors deliver high-velocity, low-amplitude thrusts into the spine to induce joint movements. This temporarily realigns the spine, but the dynamic stretch reflex forces your spine back into its original displaced position, and then the static reflex continues that movement. That’s why Pettibon practitioners sometimes disagree with traditional chiropractors.
How Stretched Muscles React to Movement
Stretched muscles have five different physiological properties and functions, including deformation, visco-elastic stretch, plasticity, creep, and hysteresis:
Deformation is a change to the form of your spine. All changes to the spine’s form are considered to be a deformation. Deformations can be good or bad – displacement deformations are bad because they move the spine away from its normal, optimal position, while corrective deformations are good because they work the opposite way.
Visco-Elastic Stretch: This is a spring-like deformation. Fibers in spinal ligaments and discs have visco-elastic stretch. This reflex is what causes vertebrae to deform back to their displaced position after the force of the adjusting thrust is removed.
Plasticity: Plasticity refers to the property of a material to permanently deform when it’s loaded beyond its elastic range. Think of it like a spring: if you load the spring and stretch it beyond its elastic range, then it becomes permanently elongated. Similarly, if you subject a ligament to more than 40% of its ultimate load, then it can also become permanently elongated. This is what we call a torn ligament. Whiplash is one of the most common ways to tear a ligament.
Creep: “Creep” is the reason you’re shorter at the end of the day than you are in the morning. Over the course of the day, forces like gravity will compress the nutrition-filled fluids in your inter-vertebral discs and ligaments. Over time, this can cause discs and ligaments to “creep” out of alignment. Creep can be arrested and reversed daily. If not, then it can lead to dysfunction, spinal joint pathologies, nerve compression, and chronic pain, among other issues. These conditions are considered to be a natural part of aging, and some practitioners believe they’re “inevitable” and impossible to correct. That’s not true! Soft tissue creep can be arrested and reverse daily if hysteresis is produced in the ligaments, discs, and tendons.
Hysteresis: Hysteresis refers to the energy loss of visco-elastic materials when they’re subject to progressive loading and unloading cycles over time. Your ligaments, discs, and tendons hold energy. You load and unload cycles through compression and traction. This leads to the temporary loss of energy – also known as hysteresis. Hysteresis alters the nucleus pulposus of the discs from hydro-gel, which is a Jello-O like resistance to motion, into hydro-sol, which is a water-like solution with limited resistance to positional changes. When the soft tissue’s resistance is significantly reduced, the joints can easily be repositioned before the holding energy is regained. Holding energy is typically regained after 15 to 20 minutes of inactivity.
Certain types of Pettibon equipment will produce hysteresis. This is how the weighting systems work: they retrain your muscles to hold a more proper alignment.
Another benefit of the Pettibon System is that the patient is encouraged to actively participant in treatments, both in the clinic and at home. While waiting for the therapist, the patient can use specialized equipment to warm up and stretch their muscles, for example. The chiropractor will also provide follow-up exercises for home care.
Call or visit our office to learn more about the Pettibon system and how it could realign your spine to its optimal position relative to gravity. Call 720-493-5885 for a free consultation from the leading chiropractor in Lakewood, Colorado.
Chiropractic is based on the important relationship between the spine and the nervous system. One of the most basic ideas in chiropractic is that dysfunction in the spine and its joints can lead to dysfunction within the nervous system—and since the nervous system controls and coordinates all of the systems of the body, spinal dysfunction can have wide ranging effects on the body’s health. Chiropractors are trained to evaluate and adjust this spinal dysfunction.
Why do my kids need chiropractic?
A child encounters many physical stresses during their growing years. The resulting problems in children’s spines can occur at almost any point in their development and growth. The earliest challenge a growing spine faces is the position it is forced to adopt in utero. Many women will have heard of fetal positions that can cause problems with labor (brow, breech, transverse, posterior, ascynclitic, etc). What is less well known is that these fetal positions can also cause problems in the baby’s spine as well. Spinal segments can be pushed out of place or jammed by the position of the baby in the womb. If this position is less than optimal, it can result in a longer and more difficult trip through the birth canal, which can compound the spinal problems. In this way, even natural birthing methods can stress an infant’s spine and nervous system—not to mention interventions such as induction, forceps, vonteuse suction, or ceasarean section. The latter (which account for an alarmingly large percentage of births in Australia), while appear to offer a less traumatic birth for the child, can actually create additional traumas and compromises to the infant’s future health and well-being.
The cause of many newborn health complaints such as colic, reflux, breastfeeding difficulties, sleep disturbances, allergic reactions, and chronic infections can often be traced to nervous system irritation caused by spinal and cranial misalignments.
Since significant spinal trauma can occur at, or prior to birth, many parents elect to have their newborn’s spine checked right after birth. Many developmental milestones such as learning to hold up the head, sitting upright, crawling, and walking are all activities that are affected by spinal alignment and are important times to have a child checked by a chiropractor. Additionally, falls, sports injuries, playground bumps, heavy school bags and sitting all day in the classroom are all physical stresses to the growing child’s spine and nervous system.
What does chiropractic care involve?
The first thing a chiropractor will do is to conduct a thorough history of your child’s health and any complaints. This is followed by a complete physical examination of the child’s spine. Most chiropractors are trained to evaluate pediatric spinal problems, and will use gentle, specific skills to find and adjust any involved spinal areas.
When I tell people that I care for many children and babies in my practice, their initial reaction is often one of surprise, as they assume that I use the same techniques on children as I do on adults. Chiropractic care is ‘tailored’ to the individual and their particular spine, and children are no exception. We offer specific, gentle adjustments appropriate to the infant and child’s spine and cranium.
Spinal adjustments for infants and young children involve very light fingertip pressure to correct spinal misalignments. This amount of “force” is often not more than a finger touch. This is usually sufficient to restore mobility to spinal joints which have become locked and are causing interference to the normal nervous system function. Occasionally, the adjustments will make a ‘popping’ sound when the spinal joints are moved; however, this is not always heard when children’s spines are adjusted. Other techniques involve the use of hand-held instruments which offer specific and gentle correction.
Does it hurt?
In general, chiropractic care for children is painless, except in cases where the child has an actual injury. In these areas, the child may be sensitive to touch; however, once the adjustment has been made and the area can heal more effectively, the sensitivity is alleviated. Overall, most parents report that their children enjoy their spinal adjustments, and that they look forward to their next visit.
How long will it take?
A child’s spine will generally respond much faster than an adult’s spine to chiropractic adjustment, and will often require only a few adjustments to restore normal function. The actual number of adjustments will vary depending on many factors such as the length of time the problem has been present.
Is it safe?
The risks of a child suffering notable injury from a spinal adjustment are extremely minimal. Chiropractors have been adjusting children’s spines for more than 100 years and have an excellent safety record.
A recent study done by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) in the United States, Canada, and Europe showed that only a few children (out of more than 10,000 visits) experienced minor discomfort and fussiness. The remaining children in the study had no adverse reactions to the adjustment. These preliminary data tells us that chiropractic care for children may be one of the safest forms of health care available. Australian ICPA chiropractors will be participating in a similar study as well.
How can I tell if my child has spinal problems?
Unless a child has an obvious problem it can be difficult for a parent to recognize when a child’s spine is not working correctly. There are some signs which can indicate spinal problems. These include:
Disturbed sleeping patterns
Breastfeeding difficulties in the very young
Restricted head or neck movement to one side
One shoulder higher than the other
Common childhood disorders can also be linked with spinal dysfunction, these include:
Recurrent ear infections
Persistent sore throats and colds
Bedwetting and/or constipation
One of the most common reasons for parents to seek chiropractic care for their child is physical trauma from an injury of some sort. The spinal misalignments that may occur at the time of the injury will not necessarily result in immediate pain or symptoms. In addition to physical stress, parents should be aware that emotional and chemical stress affect the child’s nervous system and may also warrant a spinal check up.
Regular chiropractic checkups can identify potential spinal dysfunction resulting from these stresses, and chiropractic adjustments may help to enhance future function and well-being. Call 720-493-5885.
Chiropractic, Denneroll, and a Healthier You. Denneroll orthotic devices offer an effective adjunct to chiropractic care by allowing patients to continue care at home. Under a health care professional’s guidance, correction of improper spinal curvature in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar regions can be augmented anywhere, anytime. And that means faster, better results, which translates to less pain, more flexibility, and improved function. Proven in a number of case studies and one randomized clinical trial,1-6 Denneroll orthotic devices are used by patients of more than 2,500 chiropractors around the world.
Denneroll for Outstanding Results. Designed by chiropractors, improved through comprehensive testing, and manufactured to exacting standards, Denneroll orthotic devices offer unique, effective treatment. The Denneroll orthotic devices are among the tools that allow you to continue CBP chiropractor-prescribed spinal remodeling at home or anywhere outside the Ideal Spine Health Center. Designed to provide proper support to specific areas of the neck and upper back, lower back, and rib cage, the Denneroll orthotics can be used practically anywhere. Put Denneroll to work today. It’s easy. It’s effective. It’s economical.
Vibracussor therapy is an exciting new treatment approach for muscle and ligament problems and related myofascial conditions.
Used by many professional sports teams, Vibracussor effectively enhances rehabilitation and helps reduce pain and discomfort among their top players.
The Vibracussor delivers waves of percussive impulses deep into the tissues of the body. These percussion waves promote an increase in circulation and lymphatic flow and a decrease in muscle spasm. Vibracussor therapy is very effective for relaxing muscles. It can be used to warm up muscles and setting proper tonus prior to athletic events. It can be used following an event or exercise to flush muscles and minimize soreness.
The Vibracussor is also highly effective in treating fascial restrictions of the shoulder, hip, low back, upper back, IT band and knee joints. It often helps frozen shoulders become mobile in just a few visits. It is also very helpful with scars and adhesions associated with surgery.
Developed and used by European Olympic and strength athletes for over four decades, whole body vibration techniques have been studied and found beneficial for several applications including and not limited to:
Acute and chronic back pain
Lower back pain
Upper back pain
Balance is synergistic with core, ankle and leg strength combined with the increased reflex reaction which is improved with fast twitch muscle stimulation.
This quiet multi-use vibration platform is designed for Lakewood patients standing with the Pettibon Weights and with a Therapeutic Chair securely placed on the top. The Pettibon Vibrating Platform includes a calf stretcher and is useful in clinical rehabilitation prior to working out on the Linked Trainer or while wearing your Pettibon Weighting System. (Oscillating vibration direction)
For those suffering from recurrent leg and back problems, it is also a powerful tool when used in conjunction with the seated warm-up procedures on the Therapeutic Wobble Chair.
The Pettibon Vibration Platform we use at Renew Chiropractic in Lakewood has proven beneficial for home care rehabilitation when used before sleep and after rising for those suffering from sore, stiff muscles and joints, chronic back and leg pain, and/or jumpy and nervous leg problems during sleep. Extremely beneficial to all Lakewood athletes to prevent and eliminate injury.
Whole body vibration (WBV) at lower frequency (impulses per second) are very beneficial for increasing bone density (OSTEOPOROSIS), relieving Back & Neck pain, increases metabolic rate in order to activate natural weight loss. Call Renew Chiropractic in Lakewood Today: 720-493-5885!
Ortho molecular medicine is the practice of preventing and treating the body with optimal amounts of substances which are natural to the body, quite often in megadoses exceeding the “normal” recommended daily dosage
It’s important to stress that this is not referring to the use of the artificial inorganic chemically produced vitamins that are so popular in stores nowadays. Organic matter is something that has been derived from living things, and contains carbon, or is a carbon-bond.
You rarely hear about natural cures from the medical field because of the two big Ps in the pharmaceutical industry or mainstream medicine: IF IT CAN’T BE PATENTED or IF YOU CAN’T MAKE A PROFIT, ITS NOT MEDICINE.
There is a scientific field dedicated to this medicine. It’s called Orthomolecular Medicine, which was conceptualized by the only person in history to have won two unshared Nobel prizes and regarded as one of the greatest scientists of all time.
“In fact, it was Dr. Linus Pauling’s work with molecules and the reactions of molecules within the body that created the basis for modern medicine today,” Dr. Abram Hoffer
Overview of Orthomolecular Medicine
Aims to restore the optimum environment of the body by correcting imbalances or deficiencies based on individual biochemistry, using substances natural to the body.
Dr. Jumpers Science Based Nutrition is based on scientific and objective testing including blood, urine and hair analysis which will determine:
How healthy you are
What problems are just beginning
What diseases you have
If the supplements you are taking are working
Have you ever asked yourself?
My doctor told me there’s nothing wrong but why do I still feel bad?
Am I having these symptoms because I’m getting older?
Are these vitamins doing anything?
What vitamins should I be taking?
What diet should I really be following?
Are the cause of my headaches “really” from a lack of Tylenol in my blood stream?
Am I depressed due to a lack of Prozac in my body?
Most blood, urine and hair tests are compared to “Normal Ranges” If you are within the “Normal Range” you will most likely be told you are normal, which can be confused with being healthy. It does not necessarily mean you are healthy, as many people incorrectly believe.
The problem lies in how Normal Ranges are determined. Normal ranges are determined by taking 100 to 200 people who tested recently. The results are then averaged-this is the middle of the Normal Range. The high and low sides of the Normal Range will be two standard deviations from the average.
Unfortunately, most people’s results used in these calculations are flawed because they were having blood tests run in the first place because they already had a health problem!
Does it make more sense to compare your blood test results to averages taken from people who were already experiencing a symptom? No. That is why being “normal” is not good enough! Blood test scores simply mean you are not yet as sick as the other people used to determine the normal range.
Starting with a consultation, Dr. Jumper determines the testing that should be done. Using blood work, hair and urine and other diagnostic tools, an in depth analysis of your body function will be performed. Your detailed report will explain your test findings, as well as the nutrient and dietary recommendations based upon your test results.
Back injuries can cause debilitating pain. Some patients find relief through spinal decompression.
Spinal decompression therapy uses a special device to relieve stress on your back. This device provides effective non-surgical relief from back pain.
At Renew Chiropractic in Lakewood, Colorado, we use the DRX9000 and ABS spinal decompression machines. Under the guidance of an experienced physician, these machines can provide substantial relief from a variety of back issues.
How Does Spinal Decompression Therapy Work?
Spinal decompression therapy uses computer-aided technology to apply gentle, non-surgical decompression to the patient’s spine. As the spine decompresses, circulation to the spinal discs and joints increases. This can provide powerful relief from back pain.
The spinal decompression machine is a traction table or a similar motorized device. The machine applies decompression forces at a precise rating customized to each patient.
The theory of spinal decompression is simple: the machine relieves pressure on certain parts of your spine. By relieving this pressure, the machine allows your body to flood the region with healing nutrients. Your body’s natural healing powers take over, and you can enjoy powerful relief from multiple types of spinal issues.
Who Should Undergo Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Spinal decompression therapy is ideal for certain patients, including all of the following:
Anyone suffering from chronic back and neck pain
Anyone suffering from sciatica
Patients with herniated or bulging discs
Patients with pinched nerves, facet syndrome, and other spinal conditions
Anyone with degenerative join disease (osteoarthritis) or degenerative disk and lower neck pain
Very few chiropractors offer spinal decompression therapy. Dr. Jason Jumper and the team at Renew Chiropractic specialize in spinal decompression. Request a free consultation today and discover how spinal decompression therapy may be able to relieve your back pain symptoms. Call 720-493-5885 for your free consultation.
Cryotherapy is an excellent way to help with muscle spasms in the body. This therapy is well known to help numb painful areas as well as provide a cooling relief to affected soft tissues. The therapy consists of applying cold compresses on to the skin to effectively reduce the temperature of the skin as well as constrict the blood vessels in the area.
If you are suffering from a muscle spasm or just recently had a soft tissue injury, cryotherapy is an excellent way to help reduce swelling and further injury in the early stages of your healing process. This therapy is rather inexpensive and is something that can be done at home as well as in the office.
Dr. Jumper uses 20/20 Digital Imaging which captures the image data and displays it on a moniter within 10-12 seconds. They are also relatively inexpensive when compared to other medical imaging.
Ranges of Use
X-Rays can diagnosis conditions, such as Bone Spurs, Arthritis, Degenerative Joint Disease, Subluxations, Fractures, Scoliosis, Primary and Metastatic Tumors, Congenital Anomalies, Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, Spodylisthesis and much more.
According to the Radiological Society of North America, the amount of radiation produced by an x-ray is very small. The unit of measurement for an effective radiation dose is the Millisievert (mSv). The amount of radiation produced by by an x-ray of an extremity is .0001mSv, which is equivalent to the amount of radiation the average person is exposed to in a day by background radiation.
No radiation remains in the body after the image is taken, unlike other imaging tests.
Would you wear eyeglasses that weren’t prescribed for you? Or take an over-the-counter drug for a problem that requires a prescription drug?
Of course not — you take care of your health and do what is right for your overall well-being.
Support For Your Entire Body
Most orthotic companies only support one arch. When only one arch is being supported the problem shifts to another part of your body. Stabilizing Orthotics support the three interconnected arches of your foot, the plantar vault.
The Structural Support For The Entire Body
The structural support for the entire body’s equilibrium is gained from your feet’s plantar vault.
Specifically Made For You
Unlike generic, over-the-counter orthotics, our Stabilizing Orthotics are individually designed for your unique postural problems — not just problems with your feet.
The feet are two of the most abused parts of the human body. From regular activities such as walking and running to more intense actions such as dancing and playing sports, the feet consistently absorb the force generated by body weight and gravity combined. And without proper support, your feet will be overwhelmed by the constant stress. This will lead to arch pain or plantar fasciitis–a very common condition affecting the plantar fascia that can be difficult to treat if not looked after.
Most arch support insoles, especially over-the-counter arch support for flat feet, are designed to only assist a single arch on each foot. Such generic products often overcorrect one arch, causing more harm than good as discomfort will only shift from one area of the body to another. Furthermore, over-the-counter products may not be very durable, and may result in more costs due to frequent replacement.
There are three arches that form the plantar vault, and that all three need orthotic reinforcement to properly support the rest of your body. This is why we offer custom arch supports that are individually designed based on digital image. This ensures that our products are tailored to your specific stabilizing needs for longer-term symptom relief.
Even better, our arch support inserts are created using our patented Gait Cycle System®. This makes sure your feet are provided with adequate shock absorption as well as support through each phase of the gait cycle.
Don’t let back pain, neck pain or headaches disrupt the quality of your life for another day.
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Renew Chiropractic is conveniently located near the Belmar Shopping Center at Wadsworth and Alameda in Lakewood, Colorado.