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July 30, 2019
Tags: headaches  

Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches. The pain might begin as a dull, throbbing sensation, or jump straight into the feeling of aHeadache tight band squeezing your forehead. Most often, subluxations in the neck and back are the cause. If you are experiencing headache symptoms that have you seeking relief, visit Bethesda Back Center in Bethesda, MD—our chiropractor, Dr. Gina Beech, specializes in neuromuscular pain and takes a drug-free approach to treating acute and chronic headaches.


Headache Triggers

About five percent of all headaches are warning signals caused by physical problems. Other activators include:

  • Certain types of foods and beverages (cheese, chocolate, alcohol, caffeine)
  • Environmental stimuli (light and sound sensitivity)
  • Behaviors (insomnia, excessive exercise, technology usage)

Common Types of Headaches

  • Tension - present themselves as a dull, constant pain on both sides of the head and are often accompanied by a feeling of pressure behind the eyes as well as light and sound sensitivity.
  • Migraine - causes intense throbbing pain on one side of the head and usually followed by sensory disturbances.
  • Cluster - a series of short, exceedingly painful headaches that occur days, weeks, or months at a time.


What Can a Chiropractor Do?

For headaches that originate in the head and neck area, patients can benefit from spinal manipulation here at Bethesda Back Center in Bethesda, MD. Added natural-relief recommendations include ice/heat pack therapy. Recent studies have shown that chronic headache and migraine sufferers may benefit from long-term chiropractic treatment than drug therapy alone. According to the American Chiropractic Association, 15 percent of people seek chiropractic treatment for headache relief.

If headaches are becoming your common cause for concern, visit Bethesda Back Center in Bethesda, MD, to discuss your treatment options. For more information about the conditions we treat and the services we provide, visit our website. To make an appointment, please call (301) 897-8500.

Find out how regular chiropractic care can alleviate carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition that causes burning, numbness, tingling and pain in the hands and wrists due to median nerve CarpalTunnelcompression. If CTS is bad enough you may have trouble gripping things properly. This condition is so common that carpal tunnel release is one of the most common surgeries performed in the US. Unfortunately, this surgery isn’t always successful. From the office of our Bethesda, MD, chiropractor Dr. Gina Beech, find out how our different chiropractic treatments could help you manage your CTS.

What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

If you aren’t sure whether the pain or discomfort you are feeling is due to carpal tunnel syndrome then it’s time to find out. While it can be difficult to sometimes diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome, it’s important to talk with our Bethesda, MD, chiropractic specialist and to discuss any and all symptoms you are experiencing. Common symptoms of CTS include:

  • Wrist pain that gets worse at night or affects your sleep
  • Muscle weakness in the hands
  • Pain, numbness or tingling, particularly in the thumb and first three fingers
  • Burning pain that travels along the arm

You may notice that your hand falls asleep regularly or that you are prone to dropping objects. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms then it’s time to schedule an evaluation with us.

How can chiropractic care help carpal tunnel syndrome?

While there are simple non-surgical treatment options that can improve carpal tunnel syndrome such as wearing a night splint, taking pain relievers and avoiding certain hand positions that can exacerbate your condition, if you find that these aren’t providing you with the relief you need then a chiropractor could help manage your symptoms and prevent the need for surgery.

One way in which we can treat carpal tunnel syndrome is through manipulation therapy of the upper spine and elbow. We can also recommend a variety of hand and wrist exercises that can improve functionality. We may recommend bracing or acupuncture to reduce swelling of the tendons.

If you type or work at a computer, we will also recommend certain ergonomic changes that can reduce the amount of stress placed on your wrists and the median nerve. In some situations, electrical stimulation may be recommended to ease severe and persistent pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. We will work with you to find the right treatment options to alleviate your symptoms.


Are you dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome in Bethesda, MD? Are you looking for a way to alleviate your symptoms without turning to surgery? If so, then call Bethesda Back Center and schedule a consultation with us.

January 21, 2019
Tags: Shoulder Pain  

Shoulder pain can happen at most any time in life, and place terrible limitations on your range of motion and seriously impact your day-to-day function. How can you put on a coat, brush your hair, or get a carry-on bag out of the overhead compartment if your shoulder is stiff, Shoulder Painpainful, and essentially dysfunctional? At Bethesda Back Center, Dr. Gina Beech sees many patients struggling with shoulder pain and dysfunction, and thanks to her expert chiropractic care, she can relieve your discomfort and get that shoulder working again!


It's Not Just Pain

Besides experiencing throbbing or sharp pain (or both), you may have:

  • Noticeable bruising, redness, and swelling in the shoulder area
  • An impaired ability to raise your arm
  • Interrupted sleep
  • Trouble dressing, showering, or brushing your teeth or hair
  • Weakness in the associated arm
  • A change in your physical appearance (the shoulder looks deformed, higher/lower than the other side, or more forward/backward)

Experts at the Cleveland Clinic say that most shoulder issues result from rotator cuff injuries (both of the wear and tear and traumatic kinds). Osteoarthritis, bursitis, and a common condition called "frozen shoulder," send many people to their primary care physicians and sometimes even to the local emergency room because the pain is akin to heart attack pain.

What Your Chiropractor Can Do
Dr. Beech will help you deal with the nerve impingement, muscle, joint, and ligament/tendon issues associated with a painful shoulder. When you come to Bethesda Back Center, she'll do a complete chiropractic examination and X-rays, for shoulder pain often originates or is made worse by subluxations (misaligned vertebrae) particularly in the neck (cervical spine) and midback (thoracic spine). Pain then refers to the shoulder area.
To treat shoulder pain, Dr. Beech will formulate an individualized treatment plan based on her findings. Chiropractic care plans typically focuses on restoring and maintaining functional balance, or homeostasis, among muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. The proper position of the spinal column is a priority.
Care plans for shoulder pain can include:

  • Over-the-counter analgesics and anti-inflammatories
  • Cortisone injections
  • Stretching
  • Physical therapy
  • Exercise
  • Spinal manipulation
  • Massage therapy
  • Rest
  • Ice or heat to the affected area

Your chiropractor will refer you to an orthopedic specialist or other physician if chiropractic care is not the correct treatment for your particular problem. Sometimes, chiropractic treatment is combined with other medical interventions to decrease pain and promote healing. Whatever the case, call Bethesda Back Center for persistent shoulder pain—don't postpone getting the help you need!

Contact Us
For relief from your shoulder issues, call Bethesda Back Center. Dr. Beech and her team are available Monday through Saturday. Please phone (301) 897-8500 for an appointment.

October 16, 2018
Tags: Carpal Tunnel  

Could that pain in your wrist be due to carpal tunnel syndrome? Why not relieve your pain naturally with a visit to the chiropractor? Bethesda, MD, chiropractor Dr. Gina Beech offers carpal tunnel syndrome treatment at Bethesda Back Center.

What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs due to compression of the median nerve. The nerve travels from your wrist to your hand through a tunnel created by the carpal bones in your wrist. If the tunnel narrows or swells, the resulting pressure on the nerve causes pain and other symptoms. You may be at increased risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome if your hobby or job requires you to perform the same motions repetitively, or if you're pregnant, smoke, fractured your wrist or have certain diseases, such as multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis.

What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, you may notice one or more of these symptoms:

  • Pain: Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause pain, numbness, burning or tingling in your wrist, thumb and middle, index or ring fingers. In some cases, you may also feel pain in your arm or shoulder. Pain may be so severe that it keeps you up at night.
  • Electric Shock Sensation: Carpal tunnel syndrome can produce sensations that feel as if you've accidentally shocked yourself.
  • Weakness: Do you frequently drop items or lose your grip easily? These symptoms are common with carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Difficulty Moving Your Wrist or Hand: You may find it hard to rotate your wrist or move your hand up or down or from side to side.
  • Temperature Differences: Your hand may feel hotter or colder than the rest of your body.

How can my Bethesda chiropractor help me?

Your chiropractor will create a treatment plan for you based on your examination, symptoms and X-rays or other diagnostic tests. In addition to gently manipulating your wrist and elbow, she'll also address any spinal alignment issues, as a poorly aligned spine may contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome. Other treatments may also be used, such as ultrasound therapy to reduce swelling an inflammation. Your chiropractor may recommend that you wear wrist supports to reduce pain and can teach you exercises that may help ease pressure on the median nerve.

Relieve your carpal tunnel syndrome pain with chiropractic treatment! Call Bethesda, MD, chiropractor Dr. Gina Beech of Bethesda Back Center at (301) 897-8500 to schedule an appointment.

July 09, 2018
Tags: headaches  

Are tension headaches throwing your days out of whack?headache

Nothing is worse than dealing with the aching pains of a headache, and if you are a frequent headache sufferer you may be finding that your days aren’t nearly as productive as they should be because your head is hurting all the time. If this sounds like you, our Bethesda, MD, chiropractor, Dr. Gina Beech, is here to tell you how chiropractic care could just end up being your lifesaver.

What causes headaches?

Wow, this is a question we hear quite a bit. There are so many things that can lead to a headache including:

  • Stress
  • Certain medications
  • Foods
  • Alcohol
  • Lack of sleep
  • Poor posture
  • Environmental toxins/chemicals
  • Exercise
  • Staring at a computer screen for long periods of time

These are only some of the most common causes of headaches, but there are so many other factors, disorders and other problems that can cause recurrent headaches. Luckily, our Bethesda chiropractic doctor can help you figure out what’s going on, as well as the best course of action.

How can a chiropractor help me?

There have been numerous studies done that show that getting regular spinal adjustments or spinal manipulations can help alleviate headaches both in their severity and regularity. Some people have found significant and long-term relief from getting chiropractic treatment. What makes chiropractic adjustments such a great alternative therapy is that it helps patients get the comfort they need without having to turn to pain medication, which only masks the problem but doesn’t fix it.

Many headaches are due to stress or poor posture, which both put added tension and stress on the muscles and spine of the back and neck. Through manual manipulation, we can apply gentle pressure to areas of the body to help realign the spine and take excess pressure on muscles, nerves, and soft tissue in the body. It can also increase blood flow to areas of the body to speed up the body’s natural healing process while reducing inflammation.

Furthermore, chiropractic treatment can also provide mental benefits, as well. Feeling stressed? This can certainly make headaches worse and more frequent; however, chiropractic care can help alleviate muscle tension due to stress while also helping you relax. Those with depression and anxiety have found spinal manipulation and other chiropractic treatment quite beneficial and you could, too.

Are you living with frequent or severe headaches in Bethesda, MD? Want to treat the source of the problem rather than masking it with medication? Then you’ve come to the right place. Turn to gentle chiropractic care at Bethesda Back Center for the relief you need.

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