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April 27, 2020
Tags: headaches  

According to the Migraine Research Foundation, 12% of American adults and children suffer from migraines. Many people think of a migraine as a severe headache. However, a migraine is a neurological disease. Dr. Gina Beech is a board-certified chiropractor practicing at Bethesda Back Center, located in Bethesda, MD. She can help with migraines and other headaches.

Symptoms of Migraines

Symptoms differ depending on the type of migraine. Different migraine subtypes include: 

  • Complicated migraine: Also known as migraine with aura. Symptoms include tingling or numbness on one side of the body, seeing black dots, zigzags or lines, and the inability to speak properly. It typically lasts between 10 and 30 minutes.
  • Common migraine: Also known as migraine without an aura. Symptoms include a throbbing on one side of the head. Its onset is sudden.
  • Silent migraine: Symptoms include visual disturbances and nausea without headache.
  • Hemiplegic migraine: Symptoms include weakness on one side of the body often accompanied by visual disturbances and a tingling sensation. This type of migraine does not always cause a headache.
  • Retinal migraine: This type of migraine causes loss of vision in one eye. It can last from one minute to several months.
  • Chronic migraine: A headache that lasts for more than 15 days each month is considered to be a chronic migraine.
  • Cluster headaches: Symptoms include a burning sensation around the eyes and at the temples, swollen eyes, and a runny nose.

Chiropractic Care for Migraine

Chiropractic care offers a natural, non-invasive solution for migraine, which is why many Bethesda residents visit Dr. Beech for help managing their pain. Because chiropractic adjustments realign the spine and reduce joint restrictions, they can help relieve tension and improve blood flow to the brain. They also improve the functions of the nervous system, which makes it easier for your body to manage the pain of migraines.

If you live in or around Bethesda and you need help with headaches or migraines, contact Dr. Beech today at (301) 897-8500.

By Bethesda Back Center
December 18, 2019
Tags: Shoulder Pain  

Suffering from shoulder pain? Chiropractic care can be very beneficial in controlling pain, as well as restoring as much range of motion in the shoulder as possible. Here at Bethesda Back Center (located in Bethesda, MD) we offer a full range of chiropractic services to patients. Here are a few ways that we can help manage your shoulder issues.

Spinal Manipulation - Your doctors perform spinal manipulation by using their hands or a device to apply a controlled force to a joint of the spine. The goal of the treatment is to eradicate shoulder, neck, back, and headache pain, as well as improve physical functioning.

Electrical Stimulation - Chiropractors use electrical stimulation to treat injuries that affect the muscles in order to shorten healing time. This procedure uses electric currents to cause the muscles to contract, thus helping to eliminate pain in the shoulders, curtail muscle spasms, and reduce inflammation.

Therapeutic Ultrasound - A pain-relieving treatment, these ultrasounds use vibrations to deliver energy and heat to the shoulder. The goal is to reduce pain and accelerate healing speed. Therapeutic ultrasound can be used in two ways: mechanically, as a vibration agent, and thermally, as a heat agent. Therapeutic ultrasound can help relax tight muscles that are sore, and warm soft tissues and muscles, which increases circulation and promotes healing.

Massage Therapy - The scientific manipulation of the body's soft tissues, this treatment improves your health and well-being without the use of medications. Sufferers of shoulder pain often find relief after only a few massage therapy sessions.

Need relief? Give us a call

End shoulder pain and reclaim your life. Call Bethesda Back Center in Bethesda, MD, at (301) 897-8500 right now to schedule a consultation with your chiropractor, Dr. Gina Beech. Out state-of-the-art treatments can improve the quality of your life!

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.

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