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July 10, 2017
Tags: headaches  

Chronic headaches can really affect your quality of life. Discover some relief through chiropractic care.headaches

Do you suffer from frequent headaches? Do you sit at a desk more days than not? Are you hunched over staring at a computer most of the day? Then no wonder you have headaches. Our bodies are not meant for such a sedentary lifestyle. Bad posture, poor office ergonomics and stress can all lead to severe tension in our neck, shoulder and back muscles. These issues can then manifest themselves in other ways such as headaches. Find out how our Bethesda, MD, chiropractor, Dr. Gina Beech, could help.

There are many ways that our Bethesda chiropractic doctor can help reduce the severity or frequency of your headaches:

Spinal Manipulation/Chiropractic Adjustments

Since a chiropractor’s job is to look for dysfunctions within the muscles, joints, tendons and other parts that make up the musculoskeletal system and to improve them, chiropractic care can be a great option for those who suffer from tension-related headaches due to neck problems. When you come in for your evaluation, we will perform a physical examination to check the alignment and health of the spine. From there we will determine if there are any misalignments that will require adjusting.

This manual manipulation works by applying a certain amount of force to certain areas near the spine to not only realign and correct certain vertebrae but to take unnecessary pressure off muscles, tendons or joints that may be causing your issues. By adjusting problems within the spine we can take pressure of the neck and improve your headaches.

Ergonomic Strategies and Lifestyle Changes

Along with chiropractic care we can also provide advice and lifestyle modifications that will help you manage your headaches better. These are usually simple strategies like changing the height of your desk chair or computer, or getting a more supportive and comfortable desk chair or swapping out for a standing desk.

We will also recommend that you take time every 30 minutes to get up from your desk and stretch. We would be happy to show you what stretches to perform everyday to help keep everything functioning properly.

If you are looking to find relief from your headaches in Bethesda, MD, then it’s time you sought help from our chiropractic specialists at the Bethesda Back Center. Learn more about the services we offer and what we can do for you.

April 05, 2017
Tags: Shoulder Pain  

Don’t let chronic shoulder pain keep you from doing what you love.shoulder pain

There are many reasons you may be dealing with shoulder pain, whether from a sports-related injury or a condition such as tendonitis. Regardless of the circumstances, our Bethesda chiropractor Dr. Gina Beech believes that you should get the quality care you need to reduce pain and make everyday activities easy again. Find out what options you have when it comes to tackling your shoulder pain.

When it comes to pain of any kind it’s important to seek treatment right away. By getting the treatment you need as soon as possible pain can be eliminated and you can get back to what really matters. Getting treatment as soon as possible will also prevent problems from getting worse or leading to permanent damage.

Do you know the cause of your shoulder pain? If you don’t, that’s okay. That’s why your Bethesda, MD, chiropractic doctor is here. When you visit Dr. Beech she will perform a thorough examination, as well as appropriate diagnostic tests to determine the root cause of your pain. Pain is treated differently depending on the condition that’s causing your symptoms. Determining the root of the problem will go a long way to providing you with a treatment plan that works.

What can cause shoulder pain?

There are many conditions and problems that can lead to shoulder problems including:

  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Referred pain
  • Ligament tear
  • Instability
  • Dislocation
  • Labral tear
  • Bicep tendon injury
  • Arthritis

When should you see a chiropractor?

If you have shoulder pain that:

  • Lasts several days
  • Is recurring or chronic
  • Makes it difficult to move the arm or perform certain activities
  • Makes it challenging or painful to hold objects
  • Occurs at night and causes sleeplessness
  • Reducing range of motion
  • Is also accompanied by inflammation, bruising or fever

Depending on the cause of your shoulder pain we may often recommend simple conservative measures for treating your condition such as:

  • Resting and avoiding activities that make your condition worse
  • Customized stretches and exercises
  • Electrical stimulation

A chiropractor also offers spinal manipulation to help alleviate pressure placed on areas of the body due to certain vertebra that are out of alignment. Spinal manipulation is a great way to reduce pain and swelling while also improving range-of-motion and function. In just a few sessions you’ll start to notice a marked difference in your symptoms.

If shoulder pain is keeping you from what you love and you can’t find relief on your own then it’s time you called Bethesda Back Center to find out how they can help. Our shoulder pain experts in Bethesda can make you feel right as rain again.

January 31, 2017

Learn about Carpel Tunnel Syndrome from your Bethesda doctors.carpal tunnel

If you are experiencing wrist pain -- especially chronic pain – in Bethesda, MD, you may be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. The best thing you can do is seek professional help – don’t try to tough it out. That’s where a consultation with the staff of Bethesda Back Center can do you a world of good.

It’s natural that you have questions about carpal tunnel syndrome and possible options to treat it. In order to help you get a better idea of what you might be dealing with and how Bethesda Back Center can help, here are a few common questions and answers people like you often ask.

Q – What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

A – According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition of the joint caused by compression or pressure placed on the median nerve at the wrist. The median nerve runs from the forearm to the palm of the hand.

Q – How did I get Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

A – A number of factors may have contributed to your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, including trauma at the wrist, underlying medical conditions such as bursitis or repetitive motions. According to NINDS, the most likely cause is simply a congenital predisposition toward the condition.

Q – Who is at risk for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

A – Anyone can get it, but certain people seem to be more likely to get it than others. For example, women are three times more likely to suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome than men, according to NINDS. It is also more likely to occur with people who have underlying medical conditions such as diabetes. It seems to occur only in adults.

Q – Is there a cure?

A – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome usually responds satisfactorily to any of a number of treatment options, but it can recur.

Q – OK, so how will they treat my Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

A – A number of treatment options are available. These can be anything from medical braces to immobilize the wrist, to medications, to surgery. Bethesda Back Center is a chiropractic practice, therefore the options are going to be focused on holistic, natural, non-invasive options for treatment. This could include a combination of massage therapy, spinal adjustment and special exercises, to name a few options.

If you are seeking help for your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or you are seeking the services of a qualified, caring chiropractor in Bethesda, MD, call Bethesda Back Center at (301) 897-8500.

October 25, 2016
Tags: neck pain  

Find out how your bad work habits could be leading to poor neck health.

Americans work hard! You’ve probably heard that America works more than any other industrialized nation. Unfortunately, we also feel neck painguilty taking our well-earned vacation days and often find ourselves at our desks for much longer than we planned. If your neck is starting to cry out in protest it might be time to take a little trip to visit our Bethesda, MD chiropractor, Dr. Gina Beech.

Could your job be contributing to your neck pain?

  • Do you sit in front of a computer for the majority of the day?
  • Do you perform the same movements in your arms and upper body?
  • Do you do any heavy lifting at work?
  • Do you sit hunched over your desk or keyboard?

If you nodded your head to most of these statements then chances are good that your neck problems are due, in part, to bad work habits. Here are some ergonomic ways to improve the health of your body while working:

Make Changes to Your Office

Whether you need to adjust the height of your chair so your eyes are level with your computer screen or you actively think about good, upright posture while sitting at your office, all these little changes can make big strides to keeping your neck and other parts of your body from feeling pain and stiffness day in and day out.

Use Proper Body Mechanics

We know that it’s difficult to practice this all the time, but once you start making it a habit you won’t even need to think about it, it will just happen naturally. Make sure that while you are sitting at your desk that you aren’t twisted or hunched over. If you need to make a call never cock your neck to hold the phone or receiver as you type. Keep feet flat on the floor.

Stretching is Important

Many people get so wrapped up in what they are doing at work that they often forget how important it is to get up and move their bodies. We don’t mean that you have to go for a run around the block but getting up every 30 minutes to an hour to stretch the muscles in your neck and shoulders can do wonders for your body.

Of course, if your neck is already out of whack, our chiropractic specialist in Bethesda can help through spinal manipulation, traction, massage and even teaching proper stretching and strengthening exercises that you can perform each day wherever you are.

You can find a good balance between productivity and making sure that your body gets what it needs to stay healthy even while sitting at your desk. Turn to Bethesda Back Center in Bethesda, MD for ergonomic techniques and spinal care that can help ease your neck pain for the long run.

By Bethesda Back Center
July 13, 2016
Tags: back pain  

Back pain is an irritating and frustrating condition which can quickly affect your quality of life and make the most simple of everyday back painactivities like standing or walking more difficult. Your Bethesda, MD chiropractor can help you get back on your feet if you are experiencing back pain. On the other hand, you might be able to prevent your back pain from occurring in the first place. Learn more about how to prevent back pain with help from Dr. Gina Beech at Bethesda Back Center.

Treating Back Pain in Bethesda
Back pain treatment depends on you, your condition, and the cause of your back pain. Chiropractic treatment takes a drug-free, nonsurgical approach to treating back pain. Spinal manipulation, famous for “cracking” the back, is a hands-on aligning of the spine. The “cracking” noises which you may hear are completely normal and occur due to trapped gasses exiting the joints. Spinal manipulation aligns the spine and takes pressure off of the sensitive neurological and connective tissues around it. Bethesda Back Center also offers other treatment options, such as:

  • ultrasound
  • massage therapy
  • traction therapy
  • physical therapy
  • electrical therapy
  • nutritional counseling

What everyday habits cause back pain? 
While back pain may come from trauma or injury, it can also occur due to simple, everyday habits which you can potentially avoid, including:

  • Long Commutes: Operating a car for long periods of time can do much more harm than good. If you have a long daily commute, be sure to sit at a 90-degree angle to your steering wheel and try to sit closer to the wheel so that you do not have to stretch your arms or legs.
  • Desk Jobs: Similar to a long commute, a desk job requires hours of sitting a day. Be sure to take regular stretch breaks. Get up and walk around at least once an hour to lower the risk of damage to your back.
  • Your Mattress: Old mattresses do a number on your back. Replace your mattress at least once every 7 years and buy a mattress with medium firmness that is neither too soft nor too hard.

If you have back pain or would like to learn more about preventing back pain, Dr. Beech can help. For more information on treating or preventing back pain, please contact Dr. Beech at Bethesda Back Center in Bethesda, MD. Call (301) 897-8500 to schedule your appointment today!

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