Knee Pain & Chiropractic Care

Knee Pain & Chiropractic Care

What causes knee pain?

There is no single cause for painful knee joints, but there are generally 2 types of contributing factors:

  1. Traumatic injuries usually happen suddenly and with great force. Examples include falling hard on the knee join, or being stuck on or near the knee.
  2. Chronic injuries develop over a longer period of time, and are often the result of repeated stress to the knee. This stress can cause the knee joints to move out of normal alignment; in some cases, your kneecaps may either be closer to each other or farther apart than they should be.

Other possible reasons for chronic injuries may include: obesity, ligament weakness, not having enough protection from heel-strike shock, foot/ankle problems, improper exercise or lifting techniques, etc. Organic conditions would include infections and tumors. Your doctor will give you a thorough examination which may include range of motion (ROM) and orthopedic testing – to search for possible alignment/tracking problems, and to test for signs of muscle or ligament weakness to help determine the cause of your knee pain.

What are some of the causes of knee alignment problems?

The knee is actually made up of 2 joints involving 3 bones. As a hinge joint, the healthy knee bends in 1 plane of motion much more than it rotates, although some rotation is involved during the gait (walking) cycle. In a normal posture, the kneecaps point straight ahead over the feet. This is the knee posture, which gives the most support to the hips and spine.

Problems occur when a knee becomes misaligned. A cause for this misalignment can start in the foot or ankle. If 1 or both feet has a structural problem (e.g., flat feet, high arch, weak ankles), this condition can cause the leg to rotate improperly and apply tension to the knee. As knee muscles and ligaments weaken, the joint may begin to move out of its proper position. These imbalances have a potential ripple effect, which can affect the hips, low back and neck. That’s why you’ll often encounter someone whose back started hurting after he or she began having knee problems.

How can my healthcare professional help me to get better?

Again, depending on the diagnosis of your condition, your healthcare professional has treatment programs to help restore your knees to normal function. Along with any determination of the need for rest or other therapies (ice, ultrasound etc.), a 3-step program is often indicated:

  • Manipulation (adjustment) of the joint for proper alignment
  • Exercise to build muscle strength and joint stability
  • Use of functional orthotics to help reduce excessive internal and external rotation, and to help absorb heel-strike shock

Developing knee muscles helps to stabilize the joint and to prevent further serious injury. Your doctor may prescribe therapeutic exercises to help you rebuild strength in the knee area. Often these exercises can be done either in your healthcare professional’s office or in your own home.

Balanced support, stability and proper movement are the keys to a healthy knee structure. Ask your healthcare professional if functional orthotics or therapeutic exercises would help you.

Take the Test

  1. Do you stand or walk on hard surfaces for more than 4 hours daily?
  2. Do you participate regularly in any physical sport (basketball, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, etc)?
  3. Are you age 40 or over?
  4. Have you had a prior injury to your knee, back or neck?
  5. Do your shoes wear unevenly?
  6. Do you have joint pain while standing, walking or running?
  7. Is one of your legs shorter than the other?
  8. Do you have knock-knees or bow legs?
  9. Do you have obvious foot problems (bunions, corns, flat feet, etc)?
  10. Do your feet “toe out” when your’e walking?

If you checked yes on any of the above, you may want to visit a chiropractor!

Give us a call to schedule an appointment @ 410-717-6610

It’s ALL In Your HEAD

It’s ALL In Your HEAD

The strength and health of your body is determined by how fully your life force is expressed in every cell. Your brain and nervous system control and regulate every cell of your body. Simply put, when your nervous system doesn’t work well, your body doesn’t work well either.

NeuroCranial Integration

NeuroCranial Integration (NCI) relieves pressure in the brain and nervous system caused by illness, injury and daily stress, allowing your body to function at a higher level of efficiency. It not only gently removes tension from the nervous system, releasing restrictions throughout all the tissues and organs of the body; it also returns proper cerebrospinal fluid flow to the spinal cord and to the entire body, improving almost every function of the body.

How is NeuroCranial Integration different than typical alternative treatments?

NCI is a able to affect the brain, the spine and the entire nervous system in a way that is simply not accessible through regular healthcare techniques or modalities. Although other systems of care may also affect the cranium, none reaches the deepest level of the dura mater as precisely as NCI. The dura mater is a tough, protective covering around the brain and spinal cord. Its job is so important that it extends down the spine and throughout the entire nervous system.

How does treating the brain and nervous system affect the rest of my body?

According to Gray’s Anatomy: “The brain and the nervous system controls and coordinates all the functions of the body and relates it to its environment…”

NeuroCranial Integration directly affects the proper functioning of the central nervous system inside the brain, because NCI allows the left and right brain hemispheres (and other areas of the brain) to profoundly re-balance and reintegrate. It is so gentle, it can be safely performed of patients of any age, from infants to the elderly.

How does the brain affect my neck or back pain?

Because the dura is attached to the skull, as well as the spine’s top two neck vertebrae, and extends all the way down to the tailbone, the dura must be balanced from the top to bottom for optimal functioning. Any misalignments or distortions (twisting) of the skull, the spine and the entire body. Sooner or later, these distortions result in health consequences, including neck and back pain.

What can NCI help with?

  • Headaches & migraines
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Parkinson’s
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • ADHD and autism
  • Mild traumatic brain injuries, strokes and multiple sclerosis
  • Back & neck pain along with other acute conditions
  • Improve sports performance
Upcoming Health Information Talks

Upcoming Health Information Talks

Join us for our next upcoming Health Information Talks @ the Natural Health Improvement Center of Columbia, MD! Give us a call to reserve your spot today 410-717-6610.

Patients who bring guests to any health talk will receive one entry per guest in our raffle to win an Instant Pot!

From 6:30-7:15 on Mondays unless otherwise indicated

October 1st: Immune Essentials

October 15th: ADD/ADHD, Concentration, Memory, Studying etc.

October 29th: Women’s Health, Menopause, PMS, Foggy Brain, Hot-Flashes etc.

November 12th: Digestive Dysfunction, Acid Reflux, Bloating etc.

November 26th: Men’s Health, Prostate etc.

December 10th: Cholesterol – Myths & Truths

December 17th: Anxiety & Depression

January 7th: Skin Health – Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne, Rashes

The Impact of Food Sensitivities

The Impact of Food Sensitivities

basket-of-vegetablesAs improbable as it sounds, some people get a stomachache, headache, or other uncomfortable symptoms from eating “healthy” foods such as whole grains, milk, or even fruits and vegetables.

For reasons we do not fully understand, for some individuals, eating a specific food causes the immune system to stand up and fight creating symptoms as varied as stomach aches, foggy thinking, low energy, and congestion. Consequently, you become ill. The illness you have is the immune system’s response to a certain food.

The tendency to be sensitive to certain foods can be either genetic or caused by the constant and repeated exposure to the same foods. Since we tend to eat the same foods over and over our present symptoms continue and new ones start to develop.

Well over 140 different foods have been identified as causes of allergic reactions. According to a recent report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 90% of food allergies are associated with 8 food types:

Cow’s milk
Hen’s eggs
Peanuts
Soy foods
Wheat
Fish
Crustacean shellfish (such shrimp, prawns, lobster, and crab)
Tree nuts (such as almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, and chestnuts)
Food additives and preservatives

Carefully reading food labels is one way you can try to avoid some of the foods, preservatives and additives to which you may be sensitive. However, when ingredients are present in very small amounts they are often not declared on the label. A better way to avoid potential toxins is to eat fresh, organically grown foods.

Three Ways to Identify Food Allergiesthe first 2 are difficult, painful and/or incomplete.

Get a blood test. Blood testing for food allergies can help you to identify some hidden food allergies. While these tests do have limitations and need to be interpreted in the context of the rest of your health, they can be useful guides to what’s bothering YOU in particular.

Go dairy- and gluten-free for six weeks. Dairy and grains are common triggers of food allergies. Temporarily cutting them out of the diet sometimes improves symptoms of sensitivities.

If you don’t feel a sense of relief from nixing dairy and grains, you may need to take the elimination diet one step further by cutting out the top food allergens: grains, dairy, corn, eggs, soy, nuts, nightshades (tomatoes, bell peppers, potatoes and eggplant), citrus and yeast (baker’s, brewer’s yeast and fermented products like vinegar). Try this for a full six weeks. That is enough time to feel better and notice a change.

Get tested and treated painlessly and effectively.  If the often impossible task of staying off foods and trying to figure it all out yourself is not appealing to you, Advanced Allergy Therapeutics can very easily and painlessly help you figure out what foods (as well as other substances) cause sensitivities. Identifying your sensitivities is only half the battle. Most people think that the answer is to just avoid the substance, but in almost all cases, with effective treatment with Advanced Allergy Therapeutics, avoidance is unnecessary.

A simple phone call to Dr. Lisa Gordon, Howard County, Maryland’s leading alternative allergy specialist will help you determine if you are a candidate to receive Advanced Allergy Therapeutics. Patients of all ages benefit.

Call 410-717-6610 or email Dr. Gordon at drlisa@drlisagordon.com.

Her website can be found at www.drlisagordon.com

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurologic disorder in which there are significant problems of attention, hyperactivity, or impulsive behavior that are not appropriate for a person’s age. Despite being a very commonly studied and diagnosed disorder in children, adolescents, as well as in adults, in the majority of cases, the cause is unknown.

Many parents, caregivers and children report symptoms during the first few years of elementary school and in some cases at an earlier age. Children or Adults exhibiting these traits of lack of attention, difficulty in focusing, an excessive amount of energy or activity could be showing signs of ADHD.

Neuro Cranial Integration (NCI) is a specific technique that aligns the cranial bones, brain and nervous system from the inside out and from the top down. This gentle yet powerful realignment removes tension from the central and the peripheral nervous systems, releasing cranial, fascial and muscle tissue fixations, returning proper cerebrospinal fluid flow to the spine and brain and improving the function of the entire body. When pressure is taken off the brain, the nervous system can do its job more efficiently allowing the body and the brain to function at a higher level. People with ADD, ADHD, Anxiety and those on the Autism Spectrum have benefited from treatment.

Please contact Dr. Lisa Gordon today to discuss your symptoms and to make a plan as to how to help improve your life. She can be reached at 410-717-6610 or drlisa@drlisagordon.com.