Common Conditions


Arthritis
Asthma
ADD/ADHD
Childhood Illnesses
Fibromyalgia
Headaches
Pregnancy
Sports Injuries
Low Back Pain
Middle Back Pain
Neck/Head Pain
Lower Extremity
Upper Extremity
 

Arthritis


Arthritis involves pain and stiffness of the joints in one, or many areas of the body. People of all ages can experience arthritic changes and can find relief with chiropractic care. The combination of adjustments, acupressure, MFR, and mobilization techniques, can help increase joint mobility and lower the amount of pain and swelling in and around the joints.
In addition, we carry nothing but the highest quality vitamins and herbal analgesics on the market, which can help combat the symptoms of arthritis and prevent flare ups. Standard Processes products can only be purchased by doctors and have shown tremendous benefit in those suffering from arthritis.

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Asthma


Asthma is characterized by wheezing and spasm of the bronchioles in the lungs, making it difficult to breathe. Clinically, we have correlated muscle spasms and subluxations across the shoulder blades with various lung conditions, including asthma. When there is irritation, or pinching of the nerves that supply the lungs (which exit in the upper thoracic region), the lungs do not receive its signal as efficiently. Hence, they do not function to full capacity. If you have limited oxygen supply to the body you may have associated symptoms such as poor sleeping habits (or insomnia), anxiety, depression, attention deficits, and muscle spasm. Many chiropractors have had success in treating children for asthma, although it should be noted that the best results are seen in children who start chiropractic treatment before 10 years of age.

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Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (ADD/ADHD)


ADD/ADHD is one of the most common diagnoses amongst our school children. Thousands of prescriptions each day are written for drugs such as Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta, and Strattera, but did you know that kids who take such drugs experience irritability, insomnia, nausea and over longer periods shorter stature, depression, and psychotic illnesses? In addition, children who take medication from a young age without cognitive behavioral therapy do not learn to control their impulsivity and can self-medicate later in life with dangerous and toxic substances. Research suggests that children with ADD/ADHD may have undiagnosed food allergies and nutritional imbalances. They may also suffer from subluxations in the upper cervical spine. Our pediatric patients often report having a greater focus and higher grades after receiving regular chiropractic care to correct these subluxations.

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Childhood Illnesses


Chiropractic can help such conditions as colic, unexplained crying, poor appetite, breathing problems, and reflux. It can also assist in childhood problems such as ADD/ADHD, asthma, allergies, ear infections, diarrhea, scoliosis and constipation. At Clearly Aligned we are trained to look for subluxations on the pediatric spine that may develop into more serious problems down the road. If your child is experiencing any of the above problems, come in for a spinal evaluation. By doing so, you are paving the way for a healthy adult.

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Fibromyalgia


Fibromyalgia is a poorly understood disorder characterized by extreme fatigue and gnawing, burning, constant pain in the muscles, tendons, and joints. Other symptoms include insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, depression, and/or anxiety. Although there is no medical cure for fibromyalgia, we have many patients who have found that our holistic approach to health and chiropractic treatment helps decrease the symptoms and pain associated with fibromyalgia. Therefore, freeing the body of subluxation (interference with the nervous system) so that the body’s inherent healing mechanisms can take over, may provide some analgesic side effects. We also examine nutritional considerations with these patients to ensure that the patient’s body is getting what he/she needs to improve.

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Headaches

Cervicogenic Headaches

Cervicogenic headaches refer to headaches which originate from tissues and structures in the cervical spine or neck region. They are often caused by chronic irritation, postural problems, or injury to the neck region, which results in referred pain to the head. The headache is generally a very constant, strong, yet dull pain. The most common location of pain is around the orbital (eye) region and at the base of the skull, but may also include other areas of the face, head and neck. The headache will typically last for one to three days and may reoccur in a cyclical pattern until properly treated. The headache may mimic a migraine, so it’s important to get evaluated.

Chiropractic treatment is the best way to eliminate these headaches. Failing to address the problems in cervical spine the headache will continue to persist and worsen.
 

Tension Headaches

Tension headaches are the most common headache type and account for approximately 60% of all headaches. These headaches are caused by the sustained contraction of the muscles in the neck and head region, oftentimes as a result of the following:

  1. Poor posture
  2. Cervical/neck misalignments and faulty neck biomechanics
  3. Previous neck/upper back injury- not properly rehabilitated
  4. Excessive emotional stress
  5. Prolonged sitting or driving
  6. Improper sleeping habits

These headaches are generally mild to moderate in intensity and can last from hours to days. Patients describe a constant tight or pressure sensation, and feeling like a tight band is wrapping around the head. Associated pain and tightness in the area of the neck and shoulder is also common. Pain may start in the base of the skull or temporal regions of the head and radiate to other parts of the head and neck.

Chiropractors have great success treating muscle tension headaches. By utilizing spinal adjustments, therapeutic exercises and stretches, soft tissue techniques such as trigger point work and massage, and postural retraining, tension headaches can become a rare experience for its chronic sufferers. Relying on analgesics to remedy tension headaches does nothing to correct the cause of the headache and generally worsens the headache in what’s known as the “rebound effect”.
 

Migtaine Headaches

Dr. Cori has suffered from migraines since she was 14 years old and has a passion for treating these cases. Migraines account for approximately 10% of all headaches and are often hereditary in nature; note 70% of migraine sufferers have another family member(s) who is also affected. Migraine headaches also bring other symptomatic pain generators with them, such as muscle tension and cervicogenic dysfunction which contributes to the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks.

Migraines are characterized by throbbing pain on one side of the head that reaches its peak after about 30 minutes. Oftentimes, migraines are accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and/or neurological disturbances (numbness and tingling, visual field blind spots or lights, etc…). During severe attacks, sensitivity to sound and light may occur forcing the individual to seek a dark and quiet room mandatory. The duration of the headache can vary from a few hours to 2 days.

Research has shown that chiropractic care reduces the frequency, intensity and duration of migraines.
 

Post-Traumatic Headaches

Post-traumatic headaches are headaches initiated from head or neck injury, such as in a whiplash-type injury or blow to the head. The resulting headache varies from person to person. Most commonly, the resulting post-traumatic headache is one of the following:

  • post-traumatic cervicogenic headache
  • post-traumatic muscle tension headache
  • post-traumatic migraine headache
  • post-traumatic cluster headache
  • post-traumatic vascular headache

The most favorable outcomes are seen with those who seek early treatment. Chiropractors frequently treat post-traumatic headaches and do so with great success.

Relying on analgesics to remedy post-traumatic headaches does nothing to correct the cause of the headache and generally worsens the headache in what’s known as the “rebound effect”.
 

Cluster Headaches

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Pregnancy

Webster Technique and Protocol

What is the Webster Protocol?

Dr. Cori Seyhoon is certified in the Webster Technique and associated protocol. According to the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, the Webster Protocol is a specific chiropractic sacral analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/SI joint dysfunction. In so doing neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved.

“Dr Larry Webster, founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association developed this adjustment as a safe means to restore proper pelvic balance and function. It was developed to restore normal physiological function of the mother and improve her comfort throughout pregnancy in preparation for a safer, easier birth. He reported that in women who presented with a breech baby, the results of the adjustment appeared to normalize pelvic neuro-biomechanics and facilitate optimal fetal positioning. As he taught other doctors of chiropractic this adjustment, they too reported positive changes in baby positioning.” -http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/webster-technique-defined.html
 

Pubic Symphysis Disorder

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Sacro-iliac Dysfunction

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Sciatica

Involves compression or irritation of the largest nerve in your lower extremity, the sciatic nerve as it exits your spine (possible stenosis), runs through your muscle (piriformis 10% of the time), or as it relates to a disc issue. Pregnancy may also bring on these symptoms. Patients may experience deep burning, pain, and weakness from the back all the way into one foot. The pain can be excruciating, or may come and go. Chiropractic care is the only treatment that can reduce pressure on the nerve and nerve roots without surgery.
 

Diastasis Recti

Diastasis recti is a condition of increased separation between the right and left halves of the rectus abdominus muscle. A measurement of more than 2 to 2.5 finger-widths, or 2 centimeters at the umbilicus and just above, or below the umbilicus is considered problematic. Diastasis recti can occur anytime in the last half of pregnancy, but is most commonly seen after pregnancy when the abdominal wall is vulnerable and lax and the thinner mid line tissue no longer provides adequate support for the torso and internal organs.

A small amount of widening of the abdominal wall happens in all pregnancies and is normal. Diastasis recti occurs in approximately 30% of all pregnancies and some will close to less than 2 finger-widths spontaneously, but for many, the tissue remains too wide, causing symptoms ranging from mild to severe later on. Patients will typically complain of “not being able to lose the belly fat, or having a pouch that won’t go away despite excessive abdominal exercises.”

Diastatsis recti reduces the integrity and functional strength of the abdominal wall and can aggravate lower back pain and pelvic instability. Oftentimes, there is subsequent SI joint pain and psoas dysfunction. Separation in a previous pregnancy significantly increases the probability, and severity, of the condition in subsequent pregnancies. Women expecting more than one baby, petite women, those with a pronounced sway back, or with poor abdominal muscle tone are at greatest risk.

Treatment includes postpartum bracing, avoiding abdominal crunches, chiropractic manipulation, muscular stabilization and pelvic floor exercises.

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Sports Injuries


Dr. Cori holds additional certification in sports medicine through the AMERICAN CHIROPRACTIC BOARD OF SPORTS PHYSICIANS. She enjoys treating competitive athletes, weekend warriors, or anyone looking to stay fit through proper training and exercise.
 

Sprains & Strains

If you’ve ever participated in a sport, it’s likely that you’ve sustained a sprain/strain injury. Sprains are tears in the ligaments, whereas strains are tears in the muscles. While most of these injuries heal with rest, ice, compression, and elevation (R.I.C.E.), some can linger for long periods of time. If conservative home treatments and massage are not sufficient, chiropractic is the answer for you. If the muscles have tensed up considerably, they can actually pull the bone and joints out of alignment. When this happens, the bone becomes “stuck” and can irritate the nerve. The nerve then reacts by causing a muscle spasm and a subluxation complex occurs. Chiropractors not only help calm the muscles down with soft tissue release, we use specific adjustments to move the joints back into place. Just like braces for your teeth, the corrections do not occur overnight. It may take several adjustments until the correction holds in place. The proper treatment schedule is designed to help strengthen the muscles to allow for proper correction and injury prevention.
 

Tendinitis/Tendinosis

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Stress Fractures

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Concussions

Concussion is defined as a complex pathophysiological process affecting the brain induced by traumatic biomechanical forces. Several common features that incorporate that may be utilized in defining the nature of a concussive head injury include:

  • A direct blow to the head, face, neck or elsewhere on the body with an ‘‘impulsive’’ force transmitted to the head.
  • Rapid onset of short- lived impairment of neurologic function that resolves spontaneously (loss of consciousness, cognitive changes, behavioral changes, sleep disturbances)
  • A graded set of clinical symptoms that may or may not involve loss of consciousness. Resolution of the clinical and cognitive symptoms typically follows a sequential course. However it is important to note that in a small percentage of cases, post-concussive symptoms may be prolonged.
  • No abnormality on standard structural neuroimaging studies is seen in concussions.

Aubry et. al., Br J Sports Med 36(1): 6-10, 2002

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Low Back Pain

Causes of Low Back Pain

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Prevention & Tips

Proper posture and ergonomic lifestyle modifications play a significant role in the health of your back. How you sit, stand, and move is crucial to overcoming low back pain and/or managing it effectively. This includes understanding appropriate lifting techniques, avoidance of repetitive motions, avoidance of prolonged sitting, and much more. We can teach you correct poor habits and offer you with tools to protect your back from discomfort and injury.
 

Manual Therapy

Other manual therapies such as massage, trigger point therapy, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, and acupressure therapy may be utilized to assist in the relaxation of lumbar muscles and increase lumbar spine mobility.

Low back stabilization exercises are commonly prescribed to patients suffering from low back pain. These exercises are designed to teach the patient how to maintain a “neutral” spinal position, as well as subconsciously enhance the muscles ability to stabilize and protect the spine from injury. Exercises and stretches are unique in that they can be performed outside the office without the assistance of the doctor. Ask Dr. Cori Seyhoon about the McKenzie protocol for disc bulges.

Physical therapies may also be employed and include hot and cold applications, muscle stimulation, cold laser, interferential therapy, therapeutic ultrasound, percussor, and diathermy.

Diet and nutrition also play a key role in the health of the spine. Without the proper nutrients, the lumbar spine and rest of the body are less able to remain healthy and heal once injured. If your diet and nutritional status is poor, we can help get you on track.
 

How to Maintain a Healthy Lower Back

  1. Regular spinal checkups. Maintaining proper alignment and functioning of the lower back through periodic spinal adjustments minimizes the stresses to structures of the lower back. Also, keeping the nervous system free from interference ensures proper communication between the various structures of the lower back.
  2. Proper lifting and ergonomics. Practicing proper lifting techniques and ergonomics are key in preventing lower back injury at work and preventing future recurrences of old injuries.
  3. Regular exercise. Routine physical activity keeps the whole body healthy. A minimum of 3-5 times per week for 30 minutes should be your goal. Involve friends and family, mix up the activities, keep it fun and stay consistent!
  4. Proper diet and nutrition. Providing your body with the proper fuel increases performance, reduces the likelihood of injury and sickness, speeds recovery after injury, and keeps you feeling good. If, like the rest of us, you’re finding it difficult to get all the nutrients your body needs, it’s probably time to supplement.

If you’re suffering from low back pain, join the millions of other individuals who have benefited from gentle, safe and natural chiropractic care. Our treatments provide fast, effective relief which not only eliminates pain, but can help increase the performance and health of the entire body.
 

At Home Instructions

  1. Apply ICE for 10-15 mins. (until area is numb), then allow muscles to warm up for 40 minutes. Repeat at least 3-4x/day.
  2. Use a lumbar support pillow when seated at all times. Roll up a couch pillow, or even a bed pillow and use to support the lumbar spine when you are seated. The extra support will help to stabilize the spine, activate specific muscles, and take pressure of your sacrum.
  3. Use Traumeel (a homeopathic arnica-based cream) 3-4x/day. We call it “magic” cream because it works quickly and helps to relieve inflammation and pain. You can read more at www.traumeel.com. You can buy from Whole Foods, or Central Market, or Dr. Cori’s office.
  4. Drink plenty of water. Oftentimes, dehydration will exacerbate back pain, so be sure to get enough throughout the day.
  5. Use spices like Tumeric and Cinnamon to help keep inflammation down.
  6. Change positions frequently. Pain can often be restrictive, however movement is crucial to reducing stiffness and pain, so don’t get stuck in one position for long!
  7. Avoid heavy lifting, laying on your stomach, or bending and twisting motions.
  8. Roll the bottom of your foot with a golf ball to help release the plantar fascia and decrease pressure on the lower back as a result.

 

Disc Herniations

In essence, the discs are like little sponges that function as shock absorbers and cushions. If the discs are injured, it can squeeze out, pressing on a nerve and cause a lot of pain, or irritation in the body. A spinal disc herniation occurs when the inner “jelly-like” material (nucleus pulposus) protrudes, bulges, or herniates out through an outer fibrous layer (annulus fibrosus) of the disc. Once this happens, an inflammatory and chemical reaction is initiated, thereby causing pain. Chiropractic serves to modulate the pain by blocking the nociceptors (pain signals) to the disc and reducing pressure on the disc material. Normal alignment and proper biomechanical function is restored. Cryotherapy, Traumeel, rehab exercises and specific disc techniques are used to further help speed this process along.
 

Facet Syndrome

The facet joints are a pair of joints in the posterior aspect of the spine. Although these joints are most commonly called the facet joints, they are more properly termed the zygapophyseal joints (abbreviated as Z-joints; also commonly spelled as “zygapophysial joints”). The Z-joint is one of the most common sources of back pain and can mimic discogenic pain, muscle tears, or severe abdominal pain. The pain can cause radiating symptoms down the back of the legs and often times it is worse when the patient extends backwards. Chiropractic treatment releases pressure in the Z-joints to allow for proper motion, reduction of scar tissue, adhesions, and degenerative change. Since Facet Syndrome follows a cyclical pattern, it is important for patients to undergo a rehab exercise routine that addresses their unique muscle weaknesses and movement patterns to help break the cycle.

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Middle Back Pain

Intercostal Neuritis

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Rib Subluxation

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Neck/Head Pain

Disc Bulge or Herniation

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Suboccipital Tension

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Torticollis

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Whiplash

Chiropractic has been a blessing to millions of people who have had whiplash injuries. Whiplash takes place when a person’s spine, usually their head and neck, is thrown very quickly in one direction and then rebounded in the opposite direction. It may also happen from side-to-side or when the neck is rotated. This sudden and unnatural movement can lead to nerve, joint, ligament, tendon, muscle, and disc stress, irritation, or damage. What’s worse is that these vertebral subluxations can persist in the spine for many years before the patient even feels any pain. Chiropractors use tests such as x-rays, MRI, muscle and temperature scans, neurological, and orthopedic tests to determine if a patient is suffering from whiplash. Although it may take awhile to heal from this type of injury, chiropractic care has an excellent rate of success in treating this condition. Incidentally, low back sprain and jaw subluxations are also commonly associated with whiplash.
 

TMJ

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Lower Extremity

Sciatica

Involves compression or irritation of the largest nerve in your lower extremity, the sciatic nerve as it exits your spine (possible stenosis), runs through your muscle (piriformis 10% of the time), or as it relates to a disc issue. Pregnancy may also bring on these symptoms. Patients may experience deep burning, pain, and weakness from the back all the way into one foot. The pain can be excruciating, or may come and go. Chiropractic care is the only treatment that can reduce pressure on the nerve and nerve roots without surgery.
 

Piriformis Syndrome

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Ankle Sprains

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Plantar Fascitis

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Upper Extremity

Wrist

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

When the wrist area or “carpal tunnel” becomes inflamed, it can cause burning pain, numbness, or weakness in the hands and fingers. Oftentimes pinched nerves in the wrist, elbow, shoulder, and even neck can mimic carpal tunnel syndrome and cause similar symptoms. Unfortunately, many patients opt for surgery before exploring conservative care, and ultimately their pain, or discomfort returns. Chiropractic treatment removes the pinching on the nerves, so that hand problems can be eliminated.
 

Elbow Conditions

Pain in the elbow can truly start to hinder your performance in sports, or at work due to the numerous tendinous connections in that area, as well as in the wrist which can also be affected. Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis are repetitive overuse injuries that are common in golfers and tennis players and respond very well to conservative chiropractic treatment methods. Cryotherapy, Myofascial Release, and Extremity adjustments all help to release adhesions, inflammation, and reduce tension in the area to facilitate healing.
 

Medial Epicondylitis

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Lateral Epicondylitis

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Pronator Teres Impingement

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Shoulder Injuries (Rotator Cuff Impingement Syndrome)

Many patients have suffered from sprains and strains of the shoulder complex and rotator cuff. There are actually many more muscles and ligaments that can cause shoulder pain. We use topical analgesics, soft tissue therapy, mobilization, and adjustments to help a sprain/strain injury recover faster and reduce impingement syndrome. Research supports the fact that chiropractic manipulations help to reduce inflammation and restore normal joint alignment. Our patients are given a stretching and exercise program to strengthen the shoulder quickly and prevent a “frozen shoulder”.
 

Impingement Syndrome

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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

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Brachial Plexus Injury

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