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Spinal Decompression Therapy

back or neck pain

Spinal decompression therapy can provide relief from chronic neck or back pain

If you or someone you know suffers from chronic back or neck pain, spinal  decompression therapy may provide the long lasting relief you are looking for.

Spinal decompression treatments at Surrey Pain & Wellness chiropractic clinic are combined with a customized treatment plan to help ensure that your greatest potential for recovery is achieved.

Spinal decompression is done on a specialized table attached to a module that measures the exact parameters to adjust the spine and supports the body in a comfortable position for a prolonged period (about 15-20 minutes) to begin the necessary alignment required to reduce and eliminate painful conditions naturally without medication or surgery.

While some patients may experience immediate relief,  it is important to complete the entire treatment plan as prescribed by the chiropractor to ensure lasting re-alignment and recovery from pain.

If you suffer from chronic back or neck problems, spinal decompression therapy may be the treatment that provides lasting relief and finally  puts you on the road to recovery.    Visit our chiropractic clinic at Newton Crossing for a consult to find out more or read more about spinal decompression therapy at Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic.

Chiropractic Medicine – Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic

Chiropractic medicine at Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic includes spinal adjustments and more…

Chiropractic treatments re-align the spine to ensure optimal function in the back, neck and the entire skeletal and musculature systems in the body.

Chiropractic manipulations are a holistic approach to overall health & well being, since all body functions stem from the spine.  Now there are a range of treatment holistic, pain-free, non invasive treatment options available at many chiropractic clinics.

Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic provides a full range of treatment options to best support recovery, rehabilitation and overall wellness:

Chiropractic Services - ensuring alignment so that structure supports function/lifestyle

Spinal Decompression Therapy - a course of treatments for severe lower back & neck pain

Laser Pain Therapy -  a course of treatments to reduce inflammation and accelerate tissue repair

Shockwave Therapy - three treatments to breakdown scar tissue and accelerate healing (usually chronic or old injuries)

Customized Foot Orthotics – providing your entire body support when you stand, walk or run

Some common benefits of the chiropractic and holistic therapies offered at Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic:

  • Pain reduction
  • Increased blood flow & energy
  • Decreased muscle spasms
  • Reduced stress throughout the body
  • Faster recovery time

Chiropractors are front line health care providers – no referral from your general practitioner is necessary!

If you live or work in Surrey, BC, request a consult with Dr. Manjit Sadhra at the Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic.

Dr. Sadhra has provided chiropractic and a range of wellness services for thousands of patients in BC & Alberta and was voted “Best Chiropractor in Surrey, Delta & White Rock” by his patients and readers of The Surrey Now Newspaper.


Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic – Wellness Series Part 3 of 3

Is wellness physical health?  Quality of life?  Freedom from pain?

Health and wellness is all of these things.  Doctors and scientists have studied the lifestyles and genetics of people from different periods in history, from different cultures and environments to help understand health and longevity. This month the Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic blog is focusing on wellness – welcome to part three of this three part series, a focus on freedom from pain.

 

Freedom from Pain

Pain.  No one needs to describe what it feels like – we can all identify with it, whether it’s the intense sensation of a scrape, burn or injury or something much more serious.

Even if you don’t know the cause of your pain, pain tells us that something in our body isn’t right.  So do you visit the doctor? The chiropractor?  Physiotherapist or massage therapist?  Take medication? Vitamins?  All or none of the above?

When pain becomes chronic – generally lasting at least three months, it becomes something else entirely.    The physical and emotional core is stressed, fatigued and their day-to-day living is affected.  Chronic pain can undermines a person’s well-being,  productivity and even of the essence of who they are, as the focus of each day is on how to eradicate the pain and trying all of the above remedies, and many others.

Chronic pain is complex in that it can differ tremendously – even between individuals  who suffer from the exact same injury or disease.   This can be because of a co-existing condition or injury or many other environmental or psychological factors that must be factored into how an individual perceives and experiences pain.

Diagnosing Chronic Pain

There is no way to measure how pain varies between individuals, but first and foremost, health care providers must take the patient’s description and feedback into account.   This is probably more important than what the medical books suggest a patient could or should be feeling for any condition.

A full physical examination can provide more insight into the cause of chronic pain.  However, more detailed and technical examinations will likely be made and may include x-ray, MRI, EEG, blood tests, etc.

Managing & Treating Chronic Pain

The goal of pain management is to improve the day-to-day function and quality of life for the patient, and as mentioned that varies from person to person.

Whatever treatment regime is it is important to remember that chronic pain is treatable, and may require a combination of many approaches, such as physical activity, relaxation, nutrition and access to health care.  Different health care providers will also recommend different approaches or courses of treatment.  While it is important for patients who suffer from chronic pain to explore a range of different health care providers, it is always best to be up front with each as to what kinds of treatments, medications etc. have been used in the past.  Each patient should document this not only to share with other health care providers, but as a reference for themselves and a tool for making decisions on what is working and what is not.

Though chronic pain is an individual and personal health issue – it is also a major issue for public health, as well as  family, friends, employers and health care providers who are affected and need to give ongoing support for those who suffer from the physical as well as the emotional impact of chronic pain.

Chiropractic treatments can be useful in reducing  many kinds of pain, and may be most effective with chronic pain, since  pain  impacts the structure and function of the body – how you move, your posture and the quality of sleep you have.  Even organic disease causes reactions in the body’s skeletal and muscular functioning that can increase the level of pain in the body overall.

Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic welcomes feedback and insight for those who have suffered with chronic pain, whether or not chiropractic is a part of your current or ongoing recovery from chronic pain.

If you currently suffer from chronic pain or know someone who does, refer them to Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic for a consultation – our goal is to let the healing begin.  604.507.9929.

 

 

Self-Assessment of Back Pain | Surrey Pain & Wellness | Chiropractors

Is it a dull ache or intense pain?  Pain with movement or at rest?  Do you rush to the doctor or can you stay home and relax?

Often the cause of your back pain is obvious, and pain will occur within 24 hours of some irregular movement or motion such as:

  • Lifting a heavy object
  • Lifting from an awkward position
  • Falling, or rapid twists, jerks or motions (as in a motor vehicle accident)

If you have injured yourself in a motor vehicle or work place accident, it is best to seek medical advice immediately.

However, if you develop back pain after a simple strain or stumble, it may not be necessary to rush to the doctor immediately.  An x-ray examination in such cases would likely not be ordered unless pain persists for several weeks or if a more serious injury or condition is suspected.

If your back pain seems to have occurred “out of nowhere” or you have minor pain you attribute to a simple strain, there are some preliminary assessments that may be helpful in helping you to decide what the problem is and what type of treatment would be most helpful.

If bending over or getting out of bed in the morning, getting up from a chair after a long period of sitting are the primary concern, and there has been no severe trauma, rest will usually ease the pain within a few days.

Pain that occurs when the sciatic nerve is stretched less than 60 degrees when doing the SLR test is a sign that a spinal nerve is pinched

Straight Leg Test for Sciatic Nerve Pain

Pinched spinal nerves may occur at any level in the spinal column, from the neck to the buttocks. If the pinched nerve causes pain to radiate down one leg, it may actually interfere with forward movement of the leg.  To test for sciatic nerve involvement, lie on your back with straight legs.  Have someone lift the affected leg as far as possible with a hand cupped under the ankle and your leg completely relaxed.  If there is a pinched nerve in the lower spine, you will probably begin to feel pain with less than 60 degrees of straight leg raising.  The most common cause is a herniated disc.

Severe pain accompanied by numbness or tingling in the affected thigh or leg can be a sign that a nerve is undergoing damage which, if uncorrected will result in weakness and loss of sensation in the muscles and skin supplied by the affected nerve.

There are three simple tests to help determine whether you have a pinched or damaged nerve and where the problem might be located:

Heel walk: Try walking on your heels, keeping the forepart of both feet OFF the floor.  If you are unable to keep one of your feet from dropping flat to the floor, you might have nerve damage caused by an L4 or L5 herniated disc.

Toe walk: Try walking on your toes, keeping the heels of both feet off the floor.  If the heel of one foot falls to the floor and you are unable to walk on your toes, you may have nerve damage due to an L5 disc herniation.  If you discover weakness in your foot or leg, you should see a doctor.

Squat Test: Hold onto a bedpost or railing and squat halfway down, first favouring one leg and then the other.  If one of your thighs are weak, you may have nerve damage from a disc herniation in the upper back.

The knee reflex can be tested by tapping just blow the kneecap with the edge of a thin book.  Weakness of a thigh muscle or absence of a knee reflex indicate you SHOULD get to a doctor.

Back pain caused by a kidney stone is usually severe.   Unlike a mechanical-type problem, where movement causes pain, the pain caused by a kidney stone will usually keep you from attempting movement of any kind.   Kidney pain usually radiates into the groin and the inside of the thigh on the side of the stone is often accompanied by nausea and a cold sweat.  If you suspect you may have a kidney stone, contact your doctor to find out whether you should go to the office or to a hospital emergency room.

Your Amazing Back | Understanding Back Pain

What symbolizes hard work, has the thickest skin on the body and yet is the number one cause of pain in adults?

Answer:  Your Amazing Back!

The spine is one of the most important parts of the body.  Without it, we could not stand or even sit upright.    The spine gives our body structure and support and carries the substantial weight of our head.  The spine allows us to move about freely, bend and provides the upper and lower body with range of motion.

The spine is also designed to protect our spinal cord.  The spinal cord is a column of nerves that connects our brain with the rest of our body, allowing us to control movement.  Without the spinal cord, we could not move any part of our body, and the organs of the body simply could not function.

Keeping the spine healthy is vital if we are to live a healthy, active life.  About 60 and 80% of all adults will suffer with back pain at some time in their life, and up to 10% of this group will develop chronic back pain.

Clearly there are many more serious questions on how to deal with chronic pain of any kind, but first it might be helpful to understand the anatomy of the back.

The structures of the back consists of the spine (vertebrae), the joints (facet joints), discs between the vertebrae in the spine and finally the muscles and ligaments that hold it all together.

  • The facet joints provide range of motion in the spine
  • The intervertebral discs work as shock absorbers
  • The back bone supports the body’s weight
  • The vertebrae protect the spinal cord from injury

It is possible for any of these structures to become injured.  The most common injury is a sprain or strain of the ligaments and muscles – usually by a sudden movement or some repetitive strain .

A strain is  a stretching injury of a muscle, while a sprain is the stretch or tear of a ligament.

When a disc becomes injured, it will bulge or even tear.  If a tear in the disc is large enough, it can leak fluids onto the spinal nerve.  This condition is known as a herniated or ruptured disc.

Stiffness and pain caused by muscular strain is usually in the low back and can be felt when bending or twisting. Severe pain or pain that radiates into the calf or foot  and is accompanied by numbness or tingling can be a sign of a pinched nerve caused by herniation of one of the discs.

Pain that originates in the low back (lumbar spine) and radiating down the back of the leg along the distribution of the sciatic nerve is called sciatic pain or sciatica.

Acute back pain is defined as back or back-related let pain which is severe enough to restrict activity for less than three months.

Chronic back pain is defined as that which restricts activity for longer than about three months.

For more information on your amazing back, understanding back pain and on chiropractic, contact Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic.