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Fibromyalgia happens to be one of the most common chronic pain conditions in the United States. The American College of Rheumatology asserts that about 1 out of 50 Americans live with fibromyalgia on a daily basis. Fibromyalgia is characterized by pain felt in the body (throughout the body) that ends up creating areas that are incredibly tender -- even to the slightest amount of pressure.

Fibromyalgia is difficult to diagnose. Pains can last for weeks, months, years -- Fibromyalgia is chronic in nature. Chiropractic Care is an alternative treatment that can help your fibromyalgia. Read on for a few ways we help our patients living with this chronic condition.

Chiropractic Care Helps with Pain Management

Those who live with fibromyalgia live with constant pain, and chiropractic care is one way to treat such pain. Chiropractic care can help with pain and also helps restore the body to better overall health. The body self-heals as a result.

Particularly, improving alignment and doing some soft tissue work, chiropractors help treat fibromyalgia patients in lowering the pain levels of their pressure points, creating a decrease in tenderness.

Chiropractic Care Boosts Range of Motion

By loosening the body's joints, chiropractors can make adjustments and leave the body more flexible in the process.

Chiropractic Care is Good for Your Quality of Sleep

Patients find that one of the many byproducts of chiropractic care can help you enjoy a more fulfilling, deeper sleep. You'll also stay asleep longer, experiencing less pain.

Contact Barton Chiropractic Clinic for more information if you're living with fibromyalgia. We'll schedule your initial consultation and give you the comprehensive care you need.

As millions of people head out in droves today to get some serious savings in, shrewd shoppers everywhere should take some time to take care of their bodies. A good way to perform a little bit of maintenance and remedy the everyday wear and tear we put on ourselves through work, activities, and even strenuous holiday weekends is to stretch it out. Here are 5 stretches that will serve you well before and after a heavy day of shopping.

1.) Cat-Camel Back Stretch

This is a popular yoga move that is well worth a mention. As far as technique goes, get down on your hands and your knees, then slowly alternate between arching and rounding your back, basically making a "C" with your spine, like a scared cat, then try to make a reverse "C" by bringing your neck up and arching your back. : This will stretch all 3 sections of your spine (the lower lumbar, the middle thoracic, and the upper cervical area).  Do this stretch gently. Don't force it.

2.) Supine Cross-Legged Twist

Lie flat on your back with your arms outstretched, then cross one knee over the other (kind of like you're crossing your legs and sitting in a chair). The next step is to shift your hips to the side (left side if you crossed your right leg, right side if you crossed your left leg), and softly allow your knees to drop. Breathe in deeply. Switch sides and enjoy!

3.) Standing Forward Bend

Save this for last. This stretch works best right after you do a downward dog yoga stretch. Stand straight, bring your feet together, then bend down while slightly bending the knees. Let your hands touch the ground. For extra leverage, you can cradle your elbows.

Make sure to breathe deeply in and out for each stretch. Conscious breathing will give you the added bonus of mental clarity and peace of mind, which seems to come in such small doses on Black Friday. Take care of yourself, and take care of others while you're out there. And contact Barton Chiropractic Clinic today if you're experiencing any lingering back pain that is resistant to stretching.

Chronic pain can cause a person to suffer from multiple problems that exist beyond the actual pain aspect. Chronic pain can cause anxiety and make a person feel like they're losing control of their body -- which is the ultimate humbling experience. 

Living with chronic pain is no easy task, but learning a few coping methods can help patients navigate their lives with less anxiety and more acceptance.

Though we treat patients who suffer from neck, back, and leg pain, we also deal with patients who suffer from chronic pain, and a large part of what we do is educate our patients and readership about ways they can live their best lives, which includes natural, at-home pain management techniques. Read on for 3 ways to cope with chronic pain at home, without resorting to prescription medication.

1.) Practice Meditation and Deep Breathing

There's a reason why monks are able to sit in extreme temperatures and never break their meditation. It's because the mind is a powerful tool. Meditation can help reduce anxiety, and deep breathing techniques have been shown to bring calmness to the mind and the body. A balance of meditation, deep breathing, and yoga (if you're physician permits) can all work as a wellness trifecta, helping reduce pain and mental clutter.

2.) Get with a Support Group

If you suffer from chronic pain, there are support groups who meet regularly as a way to communicate and spread information. These people will understand what you go through on a daily basis and may even have answers to some of your problems and questions.

3.) Chart Progress and Acknowledge Success of All Sizes

Keep track of the healthy things you're doing with your mind and your body. Invest in a dry erase board and log how many times you meditate, eat healthily, and do yoga. Set positive yet realistic goals and reward yourself when you achieve them. Having a positive frame of mind is key to successful pain management.

If you suffer from back, leg, or neck pain, schedule a consultation with Barton Chiropractic Clinic today. We have a long demonstrated history of treating many different types of pain the natural, holistic way.

The back can become injured in a variety of ways and it can happen even when we're doing the most innocuous activities.

However, there are certain types of back injuries that we see a lot of at Barton Chiropractic Clinic.  We specialize in drug-free treatments which help our patients recover from injury and enjoy a better quality of life. A large part of what we do as chiropractic care specialists is provide education and information to our patients and readership that can help them avoid back pain and avoid sustaining injury.

Read on for a few of the more common ways that people injure their backs.

Back Strain (and Sprain) 

It's a sad fact of reality that our lower backs end up taking the lion's share of the pressure, the largest amount of stress -- not to mention wear and tear. When we lift heavy, cumbersome objects and twist our backs, this can often result in injury or strain. Lumbar Strain is one possibility (occurring in the muscle fibers -- which become torn in the process), same with Lumbar Sprain (this happens when your bone-holding ligaments are torn). The lumbar spine is the most common area of injury when it comes to the back.

Herniated Disc

You've likely heard of this condition, but we'll elaborate on it anyway. Herniated discs occur during disc tear, which ends up spilling out, putting undue pressure on your surrounding nerves. This can result in sharp, shooting pains. This pain might radiate outward from the buttocks, reaching the backs of the legs (this is also referred to as sciatica), which will often be a sign of herniated disc.

Pinched Nerve

Nerve functionality can be damaged or compromised when nerve roots start to compress around your cervical vertebrae. This will, again, result in radiating pain, this time coming from your neck and shoulder region. Those who experience a pinched nerve might experience muscle weakness, tingling sensation, or a feeling of numbness in the extremities.

If you're experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, it's a good time to call your local Chiropractor. Barton Chiropractic Clinic serves the Homewood, IL area and its surrounding communities. Call today to schedule your consultation. 

We all know that school is in. As we move from Fall to Winter, and as we head into Spring and roll into Summer, it's important to keep your child's wellbeing in mind at all times, no matter the season.

Setting your child up for success in the classroom involves studying, proper nutrition, implementing a healthy structure, but it also includes making sure that your child's health and wellness is up to par.  It just so happens that spine, back, and neck problems can affect adults and children's alike. Backpacks play a big role in causing back trouble in children. Read on for a few things to keep in mind when it comes to backpacks.

Avoid Heavy Weight

Make sure that your child avoids carrying anything more than 10% of their body weight. Make sure that the distribution of books is satisfactory -- try to put the heaviest books and objects at the back of the back. Opt for paperbacks over hardcover books, when applicable. Encourage your child to carry only that which is essential -- leave the toys at home!

Keep it Cozy

You want to ensure that your child's book bag isn't loose and that the contents aren't bouncing around, because this can put undue stress on your child's spine, not to mention their discs. Minimizing bounce and shift will help your child avoid back problems. One measure you should always take is adjusting shoulder straps so that your child's bag is snug and that it isn't pulling them backward.

Stop One-Strapping It

It used to be the cool thing to do, but slinging a backpack over one shoulder is awful for your back and could cause pressure, pain, and discomfort down the road.

A few pro tips:

If your child's school permits, use roller packs, which will glide across the floor with ease. You can also keep a look out for packs with nifty features, like padded shoulder straps, special compartments, not to mention a belt that can fasten around the waist.

If you have any additional questions about backpacks or if your child is experiencing back or neck pain of any sort, contact Barton Chiropractic Clinic Inc.

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