Low Back Pain: An Ice Pack or the Hot Tub?

Treating Low Back Pain:

An Ice Pack or the Hot Tub?

 
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Please read this article and share it. Using the correct therapy makes all the difference and may prevent further injury!
I’ll also add two warnings:
1. NEVER stretch the part of your body that has been recently iced. Those tissues have become less pliable and will likely tear before stretching. Let the area warm up a good hour before attempting a gentle stretch; and,
2. ALWAYS use a thin layer of cloth/ towel between the skin and the ice pack to prevent frostbite/burn.
Thank you to Chiro-Trust .org for the following :
“Many patients perform some self-care when they first hurt their lower back, hoping this will keep them out of a doctor’s office. While home remedies can sometimes make the pain go away, sometimes they don’t. It just depends on what you try. When the back is first hurt, it’s often a sprain/strain type of injury with accompanying muscle spasm. When a nerve in the low back gets pinched or irritated, the body will protect the delicate nerves by keeping you from moving and risking further nerve injury. The easiest way for the body to do this is to cause the back muscles to spasm in the injured area.
Muscle pain can be quite severe and heat can sometimes soothe muscle pain. For this reason, many patients take to the heating pad or to the hot tub to try and get some relief. This should be avoided in an acute injury because inflammation is present. With inflammation, there is increased heat and the additional heat you provide is like adding gasoline to a fire. The results are usually not good.
A better choice with an acute injury is to ice the area, but this also needs to be done with some caution. The simplest ice pack is ice cubes placed in a plastic bag. While effective, you can cause a frostbite injury if you leave the pack on for too long. When you first ice the area, you will go through several phases before some pain relief is achieved. At first, the pack will feel cold. The next phase is a burning sensation and the ice will almost feel hot. This is followed by an aching or throbbing sensation. Just before the area is numbed, a very sharp pain will be experienced followed by the relief you desire. It can take between five to ten minutes to go through all of the phases. Once numbness is achieved, the pack should be removed. You should most definitely not fall asleep while the pack is on.
If this simple procedure does not solve the problem, it’s best to get your spine checked by a doctor of chiropractic.”
To access the original article go to: CHIRO_TRUST  http://www.levinchellenchiropractic.com/therapeutic-heat-ice/

Would you like more good advice on using ice and heat to speed healing and avoid complications of misusing them?  See our page: Proper Use of Therapeutic Heat and Ice


If you would like to find out whether our care might help you feel better, just give us a call to schedule your first visit or a no-obligation complimentary consultation. 
We are waiting to help you!

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“Dr. Levin has been a lifesaver! I have been treated by many chiropractors on and off over the years, in addition to having worked in the chiropractic field many years ago, so I am familiar with the overall philosophy of chiropractic healing and the various treatment options available. I have experienced many levels of care and expertise with varying degrees of improvement in my migraine headaches and neck pain, and I can say unequivocally that Dr. Levin is the best chiropractor that I have encountered in my over-25 years of chiropractic care. She asks the right questions and listens with empathy; she utilizes an impeccable and comprehensive knowledge of the muscular and skeletal system when recommending treatment; her treatments are always gentle but precise and thorough; and her recommendations for improving and maintaining health are spot on and effective. She never rushes, she never cuts a corner, she never puts her needs as a doctor above your needs as her patient. She’s the real deal, and though I’ve never been treated by him, my impression is that Dr. Chellen also embraces the same philosophy and is as excellent a chiropractor as Dr. Levin. I drive 45 minutes to Levin and Chellen, and I’d drive twice that if I had to. Do you want a chiropractor with integrity who truly cares about you and actually helps you improve your health? You just found two. Make the appointment.”

Traci E., (from a review originally posted on FaceBook)

The Source of the Problem or the Symptom?

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Where Are You Looking? Symptom or Source?

Is the crack in the plaster where the real problem is? No, not unless there was a direct force on the wall at the point of the crack. The crack may be just a symptom.  The source of the crack is often in the foundation or frame which supports the wall. A worthy solution is going to address the foundation or frame as part of the overall lasting fix to the real problem.

Chiropractic care seeks to address the source of the stress which caused the problem (symptoms) rather than putting a patch on the symptoms. Patching, usually pain medication, allows the source of the pain to be uninterrupted and even continue to degrade over time. Eventually, the root of the problem could get deeper and more difficult to resolve.

A doctor of chiropractic will seek out the imbalances in your “frame” and realign it so the symptoms will not be regenerated over and over. It is your job to seek out a chiropractor and follow the instructions given to strengthen and stabilize your frame, thus aiding the natural healing process.

That’s it in a nutshell! Why not give chiropractic care a chance to help you regain your joy in the activities you love, free of pain and lost function?


After months of not being able to stand or walk for more than 10 minutes at a time, and countless restless nights, Dr. Nels took the time to evaluate what was going on and got to the root of the problem. I haven’t felt this great in years…even before my last major issue. The time and care he spent on me during the first visit and my follow up visit on adjusting, massaging, and educating is more than I’ve ever had. I truly feel he cares about every single one of his patients and will do whatever he can to help. Both my husband and I would recommend him immediately to anyone. Thank you!!”

Janette, Minnetonka, MN


 

Why You Should Stop Sitting On Your Wallet

This one is for the men…*

Save yourself from the destructive consequences of sitting on a wallet. If you have been to a chiropractor, you have already heard this and had the “Why” explained to you. If you have not and are not sure “why”, take a look at the accompanying illustration and understand that it’s about two things,

1. an unlevel foundation for the spine and the compensations the body makes to counter that unlevel foundation

2. the wallet is pressing into the buttocks muscles and is slowly crushing the sciatic nerve buried deep within those muscles.

You may not be experiencing the symptoms of either one of these, yet, but it’s really just a matter of time. After 20 plus years in practice, we have treated plenty of men for this condition.  Be aware that this is a slow-burn phenomenon and you will most likely not be aware of the damage until it’s “too late”; reversing the configuration of your spine and pelvis will be time-consuming and costly. Enough said?

* For the women: do you fold up one of your legs underneath you when you sit down? You are pretty much doing the same thing!

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Dr. Sharon Levin and Dr. Nels Chellen
Levin and Chellen Chiropractic
(952) 474-1777
Chiropractor for Minnetonka and
the Minneapolis Metro Community

True Prevention

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Natural and holistic health care has been described in many ways, with many analogies. This analogy, below, is one of our favorites and provides a view into the mindset of true healthcare providers and researchers. Providing care for the relief of pain and prevention of death is a good thing, but as individuals and as a society, we need to keep in mind the idea of “going upstream” to be truly preventative and forward-thinking.

THE STORY OF THE RIVER
Once upon a time, there was a small village on the edge of a river. The people there were good and life in the village was good. One day a villager noticed a baby floating down the river. The villager quickly swam out to save the baby from drowning. The next day this same villager noticed two babies in the river. He called for help, and both babies were rescued from the swift waters. And the following day four babies were seen caught in the turbulent current. And then eight, then more, and still more!
The villagers organized themselves quickly, setting up watchtowers and training teams of swimmers who could resist the swift waters and rescue babies. Rescue squads were soon working 24 hours a day. And each day the number of helpless babies floating down the river increased. The villagers organized themselves efficiently. The rescue squads were now snatching many children each day. While not all the babies, now very numerous, could be saved, the villagers felt they were doing well to save as many as they could each day. Indeed, the village priest blessed them in their good work. And life in the village continued on that basis.
One day, however, someone raised the question, “But where are all these babies coming from? Let’s organize a team to head upstream to find out who’s throwing all of these babies into the river in the first place!

At Levin and Chellen Chiropractic, we have used the tag-line, “Our goal is for you to need us less!” The bulk of our energies are first put into getting you out of pain, but as you recover and begin to feel good again, our energies are more tuned toward keeping you feeling good through the application of strategies which empower through a greater self-care knowledge.  We do not want to create dependence, but independence; not patients, but partners!  Please go to our Testimonials page and read about the many positive experiences our “partners” have had during our almost 20 years in practice.

5 Tips for Dealing with Depression and Chronic Pain around the Holidays

Great article!  Good solid advice.  Share it with loved ones.

For many reasons, but especially having chronic pain, we humans can have bouts of the blues. Holiday time can trigger an episode quicker than ever due to expectations we feel from others, and even from ourselves.

This article provides some useful tips to deal with the potential and the experience of depression, specifically for those with chronic pain and depression around the holidays and can be applied any other time as well.

Thank you to Stephanie Burke of Spine-Health for her timely article first appearing Nov. 2014, represented for this new holiday season.

CLICK HERE: 5 Tips for Dealing with Depression and Chronic Pain around the Holidays

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Additionally, chiropractic care may help chronic pain sufferers, not only directly by treating the cause of pain, but also indirectly by rebalancing the nervous system.  If you haven’t yet tried chiropractic care, give us a call at Levin and Chellen Chiropractic.  We are happy to help you find answers to your health concerns.  Have a happy holiday!

Dr. Sharon Levin and Dr. Nels Chellen

Levin and Chellen Chiropractic

(952) 474-1777

Chiropractor for Minnetonka and

the Minneapolis Metro Community

http://www.levinchellenchiropractic.com

Disclaimer

Thank you for visiting the Levin and Chellen Chiropractic web page. Please note that the information located on our site is not intended to provide specific chiropractic advice. You should consult with a chiropractic doctor and not rely on any information contained herein regarding your specific condition. We welcome the receipt of electronic mail though not for making appointments, soliciting and sales, or inquiries which need immediate response. Please be advised, however, that the act of sending electronic mail to this office or to Dr. Sharon Levin, DC or Dr. Nels Chellen, DC does not alone create a physician-patient relationship. We will neither accept requests for chiropractic advice or treatment nor offer specific chiropractic advice over the internet. The information here is presented for general information purposes only and is not intended to be used as a substitute for medical advice.

Self-healing Through Calm Breathing: It’s Neuro-logical!

The doctors of Levin and Chellen Chiropractic have long championed our patients’ ability to help themselves heal and need fewer professional interventions.

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One well-documented way to do this is by harnessing the power of your nervous system.  Chiropractic care harnesses the power of the nervous system, as does massage, meditation/ mindfulness practice and, indirectly, many other well-known healthy lifestyle practices.  When referring to the nervous system here, we are specifically meaning the autonomic nervous system, or ANS.  Perhaps you remember noticing an article or two, or three, or four while listening to the news, reading popular magazines, or watching shows like Dr. Oz, which showcase the wonders of the ANS.

The ANS is made up of two oppositely functioning, yet completely interdependent halves, the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and the parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS). For a good Wikipedia article which explains these two more thoroughly, see: ANS .  Suffice it to say here that being stuck in too much input from either one of these branches of the ANS can have serious repercussions to one’s health.  The more common condition is for us to be stuck in the SNS mode with too little PSNS input.  In our clinical experience, this is not just more common but IS common.  There are a multitude of ways (read “lifestyle habits”) we generate this imbalance.  Often it is a “slow-burn”, or sneaky development which we won’t notice before we begin to feel the effects in our lives from crabbiness/short-temperedness to high blood pressure, to succumbing to the flu.

Besides an occasional “tune-up” of your nervous system at your favorite chiropractor and disciplining yourself to follow basic healthy lifestyle principles, what can you do to re-regulate your ANS?  Breathe!

Here is an excellent article from the New York Times that will help you understand more and incorporate this simple, go-to technique into your life.  Enjoy the immediate benefits and don’t forget to share this article!  Everyone needs to know this!  see; BREATHE


If you would like to discuss whether chiropractic care is right for you, just give us a call to schedule your complimentary consultation on the phone or in person.  
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Disclaimer

Thank you for visiting the Levin and Chellen Chiropractic web page. Please note that the information located on our site is not intended to provide specific chiropractic advice. You should consult with a chiropractic doctor and not rely on any information contained herein regarding your specific condition. We welcome the receipt of electronic mail though not for making appointments, soliciting and sales, or inquiries which need immediate response. Please be advised, however, that the act of sending electronic mail to this office or to Dr. Sharon Levin, DC or Dr. Nels Chellen, DC does not alone create a physician-patient relationship. We will neither accept requests for chiropractic advice or treatment nor offer specific chiropractic advice over the internet. The information here is presented for general information purposes only and is not intended to be used as a substitute for medical advice.

What? They Work from Their Home?

We recently had this call from a prospective new patient…  

Levin and Chellen Chiropractic from NW corner of cross streets

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After looking at our online presence via Dex  and our website, she decided that we were a good clinic from which to get  some chiropractic care.  She had also read a sample of the many testimonials given by our patients, knew that we were what she was looking for, and gave us a call.  After getting a few of her additional questions answered and being filled in regarding insurance and payment for services, she booked her first visit with us.

During that conversation, she admitted that her husband was discouraging her from seeing us for her care due to the fact that we “work from home”.  She related to him all the positive points she had learned about us and dismissed his warning about using a chiropractor that “worked from home”.

Levin and Chellen Chiropractic office space

I bring all this up about her husband’s opinion and hesitancy because to us, the chiropractors who “work from home”, we are totally trustworthy and, working from home is not only a huge benefit to us, it’s also beneficial to our patients!  Here are the major points:

a. We  are able to offer very flexible and extended hours for care to our patients because our “commute” to the office is so short.

b. Our overhead is so low that we have no pressure to either lower our overhead nor increase our profits at our patient’s expense.  While most offices are paying $2000 to $4000 per month for office rental space, our office maintenance costs are a small fraction of that.  And though we would never consider “hard-selling” anyone, even if we had a larger overhead, we have no need to do that to cover our overhead.  Our guiding rule is, “Never treat anyone any differently than we would want to be treated”.

c. We have built the lower, walk-out level of our home into a professional clinic space.  It is not doing double-duty as a family rec-room or some other personal space.  It feels very professional, and our patients have often commented about it being that way, as well as clean, light, and comfortable to be in.

d. We offer our patients an unprecedented amount of time to address their concerns and treat those areas with skill and thoroughness.  Without pressure to be super-efficient, we allot time to address not only areas of prime concern but also secondary, potential contributors to the imbalances which have caused the problem at hand.  This offers not only a shorter healing time but also fewer treatments to schedule into your busy life.

e. We prefer, and can operate on, a low-volume patient flow because it’s better for the patient and better for the doctor.  High-volume clinics can often feel like cattle moving through the processing system.  It’s stressful for everyone, including the staff, and a patient’s needs are more likely to fall through the cracks  than with a smaller patient load.  Maximizing profit is likely the overriding goal of a higher volume model.

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There you have it!  If you prefer the more businessy model with the corporate look of “success”, that’s fine.  If you would please consider our words above, though, you may see that there is some sense in keeping some things simple with a deep value for service first and a mind to provide what truly matters in health care. If you need more convincing, take a look at the testimonials graciously provided by our many highly satisfied patients throughout the almost 20 years of our care for our community: TESTIMONIALS

Assess Your Work Area for Ergonomic Correctness

Have you taken the time to assess your desk/ office work area for ergonomic correctness? That is, does your workstation/ desk area feel comfortable and provide you with the ability to spend many hours per day on task without feeling like you’re getting old or injured because of being there? The video provided here (by SAIF Corporation) is one of the best I have ever seen. It will take only 12 minutes to watch and provide you with ideas which could add years of comfort to your life! Be sure to pass it on to co-workers and even to your HR or safety team.

 

Thank you for visiting the Levin and Chellen Chiropractic web page. Please note that the information located on our site is not intended to provide specific chiropractic advice. You should consult with a chiropractic doctor and not rely on any information contained herein regarding your specific condition. We welcome the receipt of electronic mail though not for making appointments, soliciting and sales, or inquiries which need immediate response. Please be advised, however, that the act of sending electronic mail to this office or to Dr. Sharon Levin, DC or Dr. Nels Chellen, DC does not alone create a physician-patient relationship. We will neither accept requests for chiropractic advice or treatment nor offer specific chiropractic advice over the internet. The information here is presented for general information purposes only and is not intended to be used as a substitute for medical advice.

Best Tick Removal Technique

Good stuff to know! Why? Just pulling a tick off may squeeze its inners into your inners, injecting you with possible bacteria and other organisms within the tick.

Please pass this information on to friends and family.  It may save a life or at least a lot of potential illness.

You HAVE to learn this tick removal trick before you go camping

Disclaimer

Thank you for visiting the Levin and Chellen Chiropractic web page. Please note that the information located on our site is not intended to provide specific chiropractic advice. You should consult with a chiropractic doctor and not rely on any information contained herein regarding your specific condition. We welcome the receipt of electronic mail though not for making appointments, soliciting and sales, or inquiries which need immediate response. Please be advised, however, that the act of sending electronic mail to this office or to Dr. Sharon Levin, DC or Dr. Nels Chellen, DC does not alone create a physician-patient relationship. We will neither accept requests for chiropractic advice or treatment nor offer specific chiropractic advice over the internet. The information here is presented for general information purposes only and is not intended to be used as a substitute for medical advice.

Should anyone share his or her personal health information with us via internet, telephone, or in writing, we will respect their right to confidentiality and abide by federal guidelines set forth according to HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). Therefore we present to you our Notice of Privacy Practices. This document is available to you through a link on the Resources page of this web site.

Top Ten Principles of Stretching

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Stretching and the use of heat and ice are  excellent therapeutic devices, used properly!  Used improperly, however, they put you at risk for greater injury and a delay in the healing process you are seeking.  Get to know these principles AND apply them.

These exercises should only be performed after evaluation by a qualified professional and under their instruction. Failure to properly ascertain the reasons for certain injuries or the causes of pain may lead to further injury if these exercises are performed.

Should you experience pain or discomfort while doing an exercise, stop immediately. Follow only the exercises that your doctor has recommended to avoid the potential of further injury.

1. Do not try to be flexible.  Just learn to stretch properly and flexibility will come with time.  Flexibility is only one of the many benefits of stretching.

2. Don’t stretch too far, especially in the beginning.  Get a slight stretch and increase it after you feel yourself relax.

3. Breathe slowly, deeply, and naturally.  Exhale as you bend forward.  Do not stretch to a point where you cannot breathe normally.

4. Do not bounce.  Bouncing tightens the very muscles you are trying to stretch.  Stretch and hold most stretches for two to five seconds, adding time as you relax.

5. Do as many repetitions as you have time for and considering how much a muscle will be used in the activity you are preparing it for.  Also, old injuries  to a muscle may require extra attention.

6. Think about the area being stretched as you stretch it.  Feel the stretch.  If the tension becomes greater as you stretch, you are over-stretching.    Ease off into a more comfortable position.

7. Muscles work in opposing pairs.  As a muscle is contracted it automatically relaxes the muscle which moves the body in the opposite direction.  So, contracting your hamstring muscles while you stretch your quadriceps,  for example, may help you to get a better stretch.

8. Be sure to stretch both sides of the body.

9. Stretching should feel good, not hurt.

10. Never stretch a muscle you have just iced down.  Allow it to warm for a good hour before stretching it.  You may easily tear a muscle you try to stretch which is cold and tense.

And that’s not all…

OTHER THINGS TO BE AWARE OF:

  • We are different every day.  Some days we are a little more tight, other days a little more loose.
  • You have control over what you feel by what you do (and don’t do).
  • Regularity and relaxation are the most important factors in stretching.  If you start stretching regularly, you will naturally become more fit and active.
  • Don’t compare yourself with others.  Even if you are tight and inflexible, don’t let this stop you from stretching and improving yourself.
  • Proper stretching means stretching within your own limits, relaxed and without comparisons.
  • Stretching keeps your body ready for movement.
  • Stretch whenever you feel like it.  It will always make you feel good.
  • Stretching properly reduces the chances of injury and wear and tear on your joints.
  • Stretching properly enhances your strength and athletic performance.

Disclaimer

Thank you for visiting the Levin and Chellen Chiropractic web page. Please note that the information located on our site is not intended to provide specific chiropractic advice. You should consult with a chiropractic doctor and not rely on any information contained herein regarding your specific condition. We welcome the receipt of electronic mail though not for making appointments, soliciting and sales, or inquiries which need immediate response. Please be advised, however, that the act of sending electronic mail to this office or to Dr. Sharon Levin, DC or Dr. Nels Chellen, DC does not alone create a physician-patient relationship. We will neither accept requests for chiropractic advice or treatment nor offer specific chiropractic advice over the internet. The information here is presented for general information purposes only and is not intended to be used as a substitute for medical advice.

Should anyone share his or her personal health information with us via internet, telephone, or in writing, we will respect their right to confidentiality and abide by federal guidelines set forth according to HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). Therefore we present to you our Notice of Privacy Practices. This document is available to you through a link on the Resources page of this web site.