Do You Have Hip Pain (Sciatica)? Did You Know Your Chiropractor Can Help?

Do You Have Hip Pain (Sciatica)? Did You Know Your Chiropractor Can Help?

If you’re living with hip pain, you know how bad it can be. Surgery is expensive as well as risky. So, what should you do to get rid of your hip pain? Have you considered a good chiropractor?

First let’s talk about the different types of hip pain, as well as some of their causes.

Hip Pain Caused by Sciatica

You may have people talk about their sciatica acting up. Your sciatic nerve is a large set of nerves that starts in your lower back and your sacrum, where your lower back is fused to your vertebrae. This is between your hip bones and pelvis.

The sciatic nerve can get pinched by the muscles and joints it runs under. A few of the causes of Sciatica are:

  • Bulging or Herniated Disc. You have “disc disorder” if your back’s discs are bulging or herniated. Bulging discs are known as contained disc disorders which means their gel-like center is still inside, or contained, by their outer wall. Herniated discs, as opposed to bulging discs, are called non-contained disorders.
  • Spinal Stenosis in the Lumbar. Spinal Stenosis is the name for a nerve compression disorder. This usually happens with older adults, but not always. A common cause of spinal stenosis is degenerative arthritis.
  • This funny word is a disorder that usually affects your lumbar spine. You get Spondylolisthesis when one of your vertebra slips out of place. This causes the spinal nerve root to compress, and frequently makes sciatic leg and hip pain.
  • Sometimes, you get sciatica the old-fashioned way; from an injury. If you’re in a car accident, or you’ve fallen, or even if you’re just playing football, you might compress your nerves and get sciatica.

Hip Pain Caused by Iliotibial Band Syndrome

If you’ve developed Iliotibial Band Syndrome, also known as IT band syndrome, your Iliotibial band becomes inflamed, and rubs the outside of your knee joint. This can give you pain throughout your legs as well as your hips. The more Iliotibial Band Syndrome is ignored, the worse it gets, and the more hip pain you’ll experience. Make sure you’re taking care of it immediately. These are the common causes of Iliotibial Band Syndrome:

  • The most common way you’ll get IT band syndrome is overuse. There are usually other things that contribute to your IT band syndrome, however, the main characterization of IT band syndrome is overuse.
  • Tight Tissues. If your muscles are tight in your hips, as well as along the side of your leg, this can cause or contribute to IT band syndrome.
  • Weak Hip Muscles. According to research from Stanford, weak hip muscles are one of the bigger causes of IT band syndrome. If you have weak muscles in your hip, your running form breaks down. This puts a lot of stress on your knee’s tissues, for this reason, you can get IT band syndrome from weak hip muscles.
  • Poor Running form. As mentioned above, if you’re using a poor running form. This could cause your IT band syndrome.

So, What Can a Chiropractor Do?

Chiropractors specialize in realigning your spine, which can solve pinches and compression, and get rid of your hip pain. Good chiropractors like those at Relax Holistic use lots of different techniques to treat the different spinal disorders you might face, so ask our chiropractors about the technique that will work best for you.

Relax Holistic uses a great deal of different techniques and strategies to manage and fix back pain and hip pain. If you’re suffering, call (310) 652-3200, email, or use our contact form to see how we can help you feel better and pain-free.

How Chiropractic Adjustments can Reduce Your Back Pain

How Chiropractic Adjustments can Reduce Your Back Pain

Most people over 50 will have some sort of  back pain. There are many reasons that cause this. Some reasons for this may be a sedentary lifestyle, nutritional deficiencies, or sports injuries just to name a few. One of the best ways to relieve this back pain is by having regular chiropractic adjustments.

If you feel pain or aggravation in your back from bending, lifting or twisting, you may have a spinal misalignment, subluxation or an aggravated disc. Symptoms  can include  problems with walking, pain or numbness in your legs or feet and even incontinence.  These symptoms can be a simple inconvenience or so extreme as to call 911.  Your chiropractor can diagnose a spinal misalignment or disc injury using x-ray and orthopedic  and other chiropractic analysis.

Discs are the shock absorbers of the spine. Injuries are extremely painful when the shock is not absorbed from your spine and can be felt with walking bending or twisting. Herniated discs are when the jelly like fluid leaks out  and  causes pain, weakness and numbness. Chiropractors treats disc pain with physiotherapy,  long axis traction, adjustments and soft tissue work.

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Swiss Chiropractic Adjustment Study

To demonstrate the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments to address herniated discs, a research program in Switzerland studied 148 people between the ages of 18 and 65 years whose disc herniation caused pain in their lower back and legs. More than half of the people studied suffered acute pain in their legs in less than a month. In addition to that, nearly 25% of the test subjects were diagnosed with chronic pain that lasted three months or more.

For the study, all the subjects were given chiropractic adjustments for their type of disc herniation. After two weeks of treatment, nearly 70% of the subjects said they were feeling better. At one month into the study, 80% of the subjects reported to feel better. At three months that number was more than 90%.

The results of the study show that chiropractic adjustments offer both short term and long term relief for disc herniation. It is important to create a balance of short term and long term relief. If your treatment only provides short term relief you will have to continue to get treatments indefinitely. If your treatment only provides long term relief, you will not feel the result quickly enough and it will seem like it isn’t working.

When you’re selecting a chiropractor, you want to find one that uses a complete and balanced approach. A good chiropractor will offer you more than just chiropractic adjustments. Your chiropractor should be able to offer you dietary advice to keep any nutritional deficiencies from showing up. Relax Holistic offers spinal decompression therapy as well as other forms of chiropractic adjustment. You can call the West Hollywood office at 310-652-3200. The Marina del Rey phone number is 310-827-3200. Finally, you can reach the Culver City office at 310-838-1600.

Got tech neck? 6 Ways to Fight Poor Posture

Got tech neck? 6 Ways to Fight Poor Posture

You hear from an early age to keep proper posture. The impact posture has on your health is very clear. Poor posture can cause spinal pain, headaches, mood changes, blood pressure, even your pulse and your lung capacity could leave you looking for a back pain doctor. Simply improving your posture may reduce or ultimately eliminate many of your symptoms.

There are many factors in today’s lives that encourage poor posture. Computers, phones, TV, video games, and backpacks all cause people to use a “forward head posture”. When you hold your head forward you overwork and strain your neck and upper back muscles. Spending a lot of time in forward head posture can cause muscle fatigue and neck pain caused by continuous isometric contraction. Your neck muscles will suffer from less circulation which causes burning pain. Forward head posture can even damage your spinal tissues by causing them to deform and change. Long term forward head posture can create permanent changes to your spine causing frequent visits to the back pain doctor.

FHP can change or even reverse your normal neck curve, which can cause disc compression, tension headaches, and it could even cause early arthritis. In addition to those problems, FHP could leave you with TMJ, a painful disorder on its own. If you have forward head posture you should have it immediately checked by a chiropractor. You will not be able to get help from a medical doctor. Even if you’re not feeling any symptoms yet, they rarely present themselves early. Long term FHP will cause spine and nerve damage.

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How to Detect FHP

To determine if you have FHP there are a few things you can look at. Stand in front of a mirror and from a side view, your ear should line up with the top of your shoulder. If it doesn’t, or you’re already experiencing symptoms, call your back pain doctor to schedule an appointment.

 

Common Causes of FHP

Computers often encourage poor posture. If your monitor is too low you will need to strain forward to comfortably view the screen. Coupled with repeatedly moving your head to read up and down the screen, this makes your computer ergonomics very important when combating FHP. Raise your monitors up higher so that your head is level when you’re looking at them to read. Use a desk chair that can adjust to the right position and then lock to discourage slouching.

Watching television or playing video games is another contributor to poor posture. When you sit on a couch for long periods playing video games or watching television you don’t get the back support you need for good posture. Consistently sitting in one position for longer periods of time can cause your body to adapt to the poor posture easier. Try sitting in a desk chair or other seat that has strong back support and encourages proper posture to combat this.

Heavily loaded backpacks will naturally push your head forward to counterbalance the weight. This causes extra stress on your nerves, discs and joints. Try not to overload your backpacks to prevent your body from using your head as a counterweight.

Trauma such as falls and car accidents can create a muscle imbalance that pulls your spine out of alignment.  Visit your back pain doctor to get treatments for your injury and keep your spine properly aligned.

Smart Phones are a strong contributor to FHP. Most people look down at their phone resting their arms. This pulls your head forward and strains your neck muscles. Instead of holding the phone down, hold it up in a more neutral position. Your arms might get a little tired but your proper posture will be worth it.

Solutions for FHP

1. The First step in correcting your FHP is to have a chiropractor examine and x-ray your back to measure your FHP. Once they’ve gotten the exact measurements they can develop a treatment program for your FHP. This will include specific exercises and adjustments. Ask your chiropractor to point out any improvements to your ergonomics situations to discourage FHP.

2. There are exercises you can do when you’re sitting in one position for a long period. Every 20-30 minutes sit up straight and pull your neck and head over your shoulders. Hold while counting to 3. Do 15-20 reps of this.  Another exercise you can do is to stand against a wall with a small pillow in the middle of your back and move your head back to touch the wall. Hold that position for another count of 3 and do 20-25 reps.

3. Always use a pillow to support your back when you’re sitting or driving. Keeping support on your lower back will naturally move your head and neck back over your shoulders.

4. Never wear your backpack over one of your shoulders. Try to keep your children’s backpacks at 15% of their weight. Whenever possible choose backpacks that have a waist and chest belt. This will neutralize the load and keep your head from moving forward to compensate.

5. When you’re at home lay face down on the floor. When you’re laying on the floor extend your head and shoulders up and pinch your shoulder blades together. Hold this for another count to 3 for 15-20 reps.

6. Position your computer monitor so that the top third of the screen is even with your eyes and around eighteen to twenty-four inches away from you.

 

Good posture will improve your health in many areas and make you feel better every day. Between a little effort on your part and a good back pain doctor on your team, you set yourself up for a future full of the activities you love instead of pain and degeneration that you’ll get from poor posture. If you have any questions or are looking for treatment, schedule a spine and posture exam at Relax Holistic Healthcare.

 

How You Can Save Money by using Chiropractic Care

How You Can Save Money by using Chiropractic Care

There’s no denying that the cost of healthcare has been going up, and it seems like it will keep going up. It doesn’t have to be that way though. By using regular chiropractic care you can bring down your visits to the hospital and the medications you take. This will save you tons of money over time.

Going to a medical office racks up expensive copays that will quickly burn through your wallet. And it doesn’t end there. Once leave the medical office you’re going straight to the pharmacy to purchase medicine that may be harmful or addictive. By the end of it you owe an outrageous amount of money just because you hurt your back playing tennis. Compare that to a visit to the chiropractor, where the initial exam is frequently free or discounted. Your visit costs around $70 and doesn’t use any harmful medications. Because chiropractors aren’t using medications, you might not find instant relief, but your chiropractor’s goal is to get you out of pain, and then fix the cause of the pain so it doesn’t return.

Chiropractors work under the understanding that health is having 100% nerve function to all the parts of your body. Chemical, physical, and emotional stress affects your organs and nervous system. Chiropractic care treatments focus on getting your entire body back in alignment without the use of possibly harmful medications.

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Traditional Medicine Compared to Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)

Health Economists from John Hopkins University found that the annual cost of chronic pain is as high as $635 Billion per year. Another study found that patients who used a chiropractic care doctor as their primary care physicians, they saw a 60.2% decrease in hospital admissions, 59% less hospital days, 62% less outpatient surgeries, and 85% lower pharmaceutical costs compared to people who used conventional medicine physicians. That’s saves a lot of your money.

The reason chiropractic care is so effective is because chiropractors focus on preventative care and proactive actions. Traditional medicine is strictly reactive. You have to get sick before they can treat you. Chiropractors develop healthcare plans that start from the ground up. Most people think of chiropractors as just back pain doctors but they will help you decide the type of preventative care you need. Your chiropractor can help you find parts of your diet that are hurting your health and provide healthy alternatives. In addition, your chiropractor will give you exercises that you can do to keep your body at peak performance. Between diet, exercise, and alignments your body will be able to protect itself from injury better, and you’ll recover quicker from stressful situations as well.

The most common type of chronic pain a chiropractor can manage is joint pain. Their knowledge of how the body works with itself lets them identify the techniques that bring the most relief.

If you’re looking to lower your annual healthcare costs, consider a chiropractic care plan. Relax Holistic Healthcare offers free exams to create a chiropractic care plan that will apply to your circumstnaces.

 

Candida and Its Effects On Your Overall Health

Candida and Its Effects On Your Overall Health

Candida is a common condition but is also less well known. Many bodily disorders are associated with Candida, so it is important to recognize if you do have it.

Candida is yeast overgrowth and it can affect many different areas of the body. Yeast overgrowth emits toxins into the body that result in chronic illness and causes a variety of symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, irritability, and ‘foggy’ brain.

If you have Candida, don’t fret. We will go over how to test for it, understand its causes, recognize the symptoms, and offer holistic care options available to you for treating it.

Testing for Candida

A simple way to test whether you have a yeast imbalance is to take the spit test. This is something you should do first thing in the morning without having put anything in your mouth yet.

You will need to grab a clear glass and fill it with distilled or filtered water. Do not use tap water as it may contain many impurities that will affect your test. Collect saliva in your mouth with your tongue and spit it into the glass. Observe what happens to your spit for 15 minutes to see if yeast colonies are present in your saliva.

Yeast colonies are present if you see:

  • Saliva stays at the top and you see thin strands that look like strings or spider legs extending downward
  • Saliva floats to the bottom and looks cloudy
  • You observe little specs floating in saliva

Symptoms

Candida can affect all parts of your body as it doesn’t discriminate. Here are different areas of the body that Candida effects and their symptoms:

Head: dizziness, fatigue, mood swings, anxiety, depression, insomnia, bad breath, migraines, headaches, poor memory, brain fogginess in the morning, cravings for sugar, earaches, sinusitis, poor vision, floaters, and learning disorders

Body: joint pains, fibromyalgia symptoms, muscle weakness, rashes, itching, eczema, chronic fatigue syndrome, sore throat, flu-like symptoms, muscle pain, digestive problems, insomnia headaches, fever, swollen glands, exhaustion, swollen body and weight gain

Digestion: abdominal gas, irritable bowel syndrome, bloating after eating, constipation, diarrhea, cramping, GERDS, indigestion, vomiting, and stomach pains

Genito-urinary: Vaginal yeast infections, premenstrual syndrome, infertility, impotence, prostatitis, jock itch, diarrhea, constipation, cramping, and acid reflux

Causes

The most common type of candida involves gut flora.  The health of intestines is key to the overall health of your body. When your gut flora is unhealthy, you will usually suffer adversely. Several other factors that influence yeast overgrowth in the body are:

  • Antibiotics – One or more cycles of antibiotics is enough to weaken the digestive system.
  • Regularly eating refined sugars, starches.
  • Regularly drinking soda or alcohol.

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Curing Candida with Holistic Care

If any of these observations occur, don’t panic as Candida and most diseases of the body can be easily addressed!  It takes just a little guidance and a bit of willpower for 3 months to rid oneself of unwanted yeast. You may need to change your diet as well as consider holistic care options such as acupuncture.

Our Relax Holistic Acupuncturists can address concerns of symptoms you may have arising from yeast, with acupuncture treatments that correct yeast imbalance and dampness in the body.

Relax Holistic has three convenient locations in West Hollywood, Marina del Rey, and Culver City. Call for a free consultation and they will be happy to discuss any health concerns with you.

Start A Meditation Regimen Today, You Will Not Regret It!

Start A Meditation Regimen Today, You Will Not Regret It!

Meditation is defined as the mind and body connected through breathing. Meditation is not only relaxing but can also help you become more attuned with your body and the environment around you. It is a highly enjoyable activity and there are so many variances to how you can practice it.

As a holistic care option for stress relief, meditation is wonderful. The emotional effects of sitting quietly and going within are profound. The deep state of rest produced by meditation triggers the brain to release naturally occurring neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins. Each of these brain chemicals has been linked to different aspects of emotional well-being. This means you’ll be happier and less stressed as a result of meditation!

Here are several ways you can include meditation into your daily life as well as benefit from its wonderful health effects.

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Meditate on the Breath

This is a method that will come more naturally to you as you continue to practice and become more comfortable with it. Start with 2 minutes a day and gradually increase from there as you adjust meditation into your daily routine.

You will need to choose a peaceful environment to practice, such as space outdoors surrounded by plant-life or in a quiet room with a large window.  Begin by focusing on your intentions for the day. Take a deep breath and inhale for 4 counts. Hold your breath for 2 seconds, then release for 4 counts in your exhale. Make sure to hold and extend your exhale.

You can also use visuals while breathing and this will help you to become calm. As you inhale, imagine your breath circulating along the back of your spine to your 3rd eye chakra. On the exhale, imagine a blue light filling up you solar plexus chakra, located just below the belly button. You can use various visual exercises while meditating. Over time you will be able to utilize favorite visual meditations as you observe what works best for you.

Meditate on the Chakras

While meditating on the chakras you will need to visualize the same color as the area of body you are concentrating on. Visualize your breath along with the chakra color. You will begin with the heart and move up and down the chakras.

Take 3 breaths in and out for each chakra. Inhale for 4 counts, hold breath for 2 counts, exhale for 2 counts while extending your breath. Start the cycle over again for each chakra.

Chakras are characterized by color and different areas of the body:

  • Violet –  top crown of your head
  • Indigo – third eye
  • Blue –  throat
  • Green – heart
  • Yellow-   pancreas solar plexus
  • Orange  – sexual power
  • Red  –   root end of the spine- survival

Moving Meditation

Meditation doesn’t have to be sedentary. Many forms of meditation also include movement while breathing. Tibetan Rites is a great moving meditation that utilizes all aspects of the body to move and communicate together. Tai Chi has similar meditational benefits.

A simple way to practice is to find a space outside and walk at a slow or medium pace while focusing on your feet. Notice when your toe touches down on the ground, when your foot is flat on the ground and when your toe points back upward. Feel the roll of your foot and observe sensory details.

Healing Benefits

Meditation is one of the best holistic care tools that has been around for millennia. It helps to counter the brain’s negativity bias, releases stress, fosters positive intentions, and helps one enjoy the peace of present moment awareness. A large body of research has established that having a regular meditation practice produces tangible benefits for mental and physical health, including:

  • Decreased blood pressure and hypertension
  • Lowered cholesterol levels
  • Reduced production of “stress hormones,” including cortisol and adrenaline
  • More efficient oxygen use by the body
  • Increased production of the anti-aging hormone DHEA
  • Improved immune function
  • Decreased anxiety, depression, and insomnia

As researchers have found, meditation can help you tap into your brain’s deepest potential to focus, learn, and adapt. While scientists used to believe that beyond a certain age, the brain couldn’t change or grow, we now know that brain has a quality known as plasticity, enabling it to grow new neurons and transform throughout our lives. Meditation is a powerful tool for awakening new neural connections and even transforming regions of the brain.

Improves Negative Thinking and Boosts Creativity

We each have an estimated 50,000 thoughts a day—unfortunately, many of these thoughts can be repetitive and negative as our brain naturally wants to find problems with things.  The mind tends to get stuck in thought loops that make it hard to be creative or inspired.

Regular meditation will help with acceptance and is a powerful practice for going beyond habitual thought patterns and into a state of expanded awareness.

Continued Peace of Mind

Having a regular meditation practice will continue to benefit you and your well-being.  A regular practice will lead to peace of mind, improved sleep and focus throughout the day. You won’t regret it if you just try it!

Relax Holistic can provide other great holistic care suggestions and practices to improving your life on a daily basis. Visit us today, we have three convenient locations in the Los Angeles area!

TMJ Shows Us That Everything In Our Body is Connected

TMJ Shows Us That Everything In Our Body is Connected

You probably have heard the statement about your body that ‘everything is connected’. The ligaments, the muscles and the joints of the body all work together in harmony so that your body is healthy and in peak performance. When something is disjointed within this system, it can greatly impact your health and well-being. TMJ is a perfect example of this.

TMJ, also known as TMD, refers to Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. The Temporomandibular Joint connects your jaw to your skull. This joint affects a lot of your daily activity. It affects the ability to open your mouth, chew, speak and the overall health of your cranial muscles.

You may experience problems with this joint if the muscles or ligaments that control its movement are having issues. Many people may dismiss the symptoms early on and may not realize they have this condition. By recognizing the symptoms and causes of TMJ, you can revive the health of your temporomandibular joint with many holistic care options such as acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments.

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Common Symptoms

Do you or someone you know regularly grind their teeth? You may even notice that you wake up in the morning with jaw pain. These can be common symptoms of TMJ. Other symptoms can involve different areas of your body other than the jaw including ear aches and headaches. Over time, these symptoms cause damage that may include erosion of the joint, improper alignment of the joint, or damage of the joint cartilage.

Common symptoms include:

  • Pain in your jaw, cheek, teeth or front of the ear when you chew or yawn
  • Clicking noises in the jaw
  • Jaw Lock when opening your mouth
  • Poor occlusion of the teeth
  • Headaches
  • Symptoms relating to the ear, including hearing issues, dizziness or earaches

Causes

Common causes of TMJ disorder include serious jaw trauma, dislocation or dental work.  Maybe you have experienced head trauma that now affects this joint. Even physical or emotional stress can cause TMJ. Emotional stress at work or within your daily life can lead to teeth clenching or grinding. Mineral deficiencies may be another cause.

Statistics show that women are three times as likely to suffer from TMJ as men. Scientists are now studying how female hormones might be correlated with this disorder.

Treatment & Relief

Acupuncture is a great method of relief from TMJ. Acupuncture provides short-term relief from painful TMJ disorder symptoms.  Our Acupuncturist will determine the cause of TMJ by focusing on the meridians of the body. Meridian imbalances are related to other organs in the body. Treating areas of the body with needle pressure can rebalance the body and provide some relief of symptoms.

Massage is effective in relieving TMJ pain. Some massage therapists specialize in TMJ and even work on the muscles inside the mouth to release tension surrounding the jaw.

Chiropractic care treatments may alleviate some of the symptoms of TMD through manipulation of the jaw and muscles surrounding the temporomandibular joint. This can be a huge relief from tension and pain.

You Don’t Need to Suffer from TMJ

TMJ can end up being very uncomfortable to live with without treatment. With holistic care treatments, such as acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, and other non-evasive treatments, you will be able to find relief from TMJ. Once your practitioner confirms the diagnosis, you’ll be given a treatment plan based on the specifics of your situation.

The health care team at Relax Holistic will diagnose the cause of your discomfort by looking at the upper cervical vertebra, cranial bones and reviewing your nutritional status. Treatment at Relax Holistic may include holistic care options such as chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, and massage.  Treatment could also include ultrasound, specific cranial adjusting, or even physiotherapy which manipulates the muscles in the mouth. Contact them today at any of their three convenient Los Angeles locations for relief from your TMJ symptoms!

Erase Chronic Headaches with Acupuncture Treatments!

Erase Chronic Headaches with Acupuncture Treatments!

Headache pain comes in all forms. It can be mild and irritating or severe and debilitating. They can build up slowly or come on suddenly. Most of us can relate to what a debilitating headache can do to our day, mood and sense of well-being. Maybe you are a regular sufferer of headaches? That central pain in the forehead, a lingering pain behind the eyes, or a sensitivity to light might be reoccurring and are just as annoying as symptoms you experienced last time.

Whichever form a headache does decide to appear, most people agree they want instant and lasting relief. Holistic care options are seen as some of the best stress relieving methods of reducing headache pain since most headaches appear as a result of stress.

Acupuncture treatments are an ancient Chinese technique in which very fine needles go into points on the body. Acupuncture helps ease headaches  by correcting energy imbalances and reducing stress.

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Tension Headaches

This is the most common type of a headache, which can be closely related to dehydration, hunger, stress or even a misaligned neck.

Characteristics of this headache include:

  • a tight band around the head
  • bilateral location
  • mild to moderate intensity
  • pain lasting from 30 minutes to one week
  • light or sound sensitivity
  • not attributed to another health disorder

Receiving acupuncture treatments are a great option to do at some of the first symptoms of tension headaches. If you are a regular sufferer, then acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments might benefit you.

Migraine Headaches

Migraine headaches are also common and may last up to 4 days. Some of their more extreme symptoms such as seeing auras around lights, nausea, or extreme pulsating pain differentiate Migraines from most headaches.

Common symptoms of migraine headaches include:

  • pulsating pain or pounding on 1 side of the head
  • moderate to severe discomfort
  • pain can be worse while standing
  • nausea and/or sensitivity to light
  • seeing an aura around objects or light

The best remedies to rid yourself of migraines is by receiving acupuncture, chiropractic care, and rest. Acupuncturists often find that Migraines can be related to imbalanced meridian circulation in the liver, gallbladder, kidneys. Acupuncture and herbal remedies to support the treatment are the best options to improve the body chemistry and stop the problem at its source.

Cluster Headaches

This is the rarest form of a headache, occurring in only about 1% of the population. The pain felt can be so severe that some people describe the feeling as having an ice pick hitting their head. The reason cluster headaches are named so is because they are known to occur in a concentrated time span of hours to days to over several weeks. A common cause of Cluster Headaches could be due to allergies and temperature changes.

Relief with Acupuncture and Chiropractic Treatments

Instead of popping a pill, try a holistic care option to relieve your headaches. This will take care of your symptoms at the source rather than covering up symptoms with medication.

Regular chiropractic adjustments or acupuncture treatment will provide relief for the longtime sufferer of frequent headaches. At the first symptoms of a migraine or a cluster headache be sure to visit an acupuncturist for early relief. Even for those pesky tension headaches, a chiropractic adjustment may be all you need.

If you or someone you know and care about suffers regularly from any type of a headache, then be sure to get in touch with Relax Holistic.  Our  team diagnoses and treats frequent or mild headaches. Acupuncture and Chiropractic care can improve and eradicate chronic headaches. We are available and open to help you 7 days a week, call for an appointment today!

The Five Tibetan Rites

The Five Tibetan Rites

The Five Tibetan Rites are a 2,500-year-old series of exercises that have anti-aging and stress reducing benefits. Similar to the yoga that originated in India, these include a series of poses. They are fun to practice since they incorporate continuous movement.

Holistic care regimes can incorporate these exercises. Perform the Five Tibetan Rites first thing in the morning to increase your energy level for the rest of the day. You will also notice improvements to flexibility and strengthening of muscles with a regular practice.

We hope you enjoy doing these as much as we do, and that you look forward to waking up your chakras, focusing your body’s energy throughout, and increasing overall positivity.

Rite 1

This first position requires you to stand up straight with your arms outstretched and horizontal to the floor. Palms should be facing down towards the floor. Keep your body and hips square, arms at shoulder length and feet are hip distance apart.

Spin your body around clockwise while maintaining balance. The crown of the head should be drawn up toward the ceiling while keeping your focus on a spot in front of you as you count your rotations. You should experience some dizziness as you spin. Gradually increase the number of spins from two to 21. It is a good idea to have a chair or other piece of furniture nearby in case you become unsteady and need something to grab onto. Over time increase the amount of spins you can perform while keeping balance.

Rite 2

Lie flat on a floor or bed. You may decide to use a yoga if you decide to use the floor. With you back and legs flat, fully reach your arms along the sides of your body, while keeping finger close together and palms facing the floor. Place your fingers underneath your sacrum if you experience lower back issues.

As you lift you head off the floor, inhale deeply, tucking your chin into your chest. Simultaneously lift your legs into a vertical position, keeping knees straight. If you are comfortable doing so, extend your legs over your body toward your head. Hold this position for a few moments. Upon exhaling, slowly lower your legs and head to the floor, keeping your knees straight.

Breathing:

Inhale while you lift your legs and head, exhale while you release your head and legs back to the floor. Allow all of the muscles to relax completely on the exhale and lowering of the body.

Rite 3

Kneel on a rug or mat with your toes curled under. Place your hands on the backs of your thigh muscles. As you tuck your chin in toward your chest, lean forward as far as is possible. Return to original straight position. Next, slide your hands down the backs of your thighs as you draw your shoulders back and your head up towards the sky. Arch and open your upper back. Lower back should remain straight. Slowly return to an upright position and repeat.

Breathing:

Inhale as you arch your spine in either direction. Exhale as you return to an erect position.

Rite 4

Sit down with your legs straight out in front of you and your feet about hip distance apart. Arms and hands will be straight along your side, palms flat on the floor alongside your hips. As you gently drop your head back, raise your torso so that your knees bend while your arms remain straight. You are basically in a table-top position. Slowly return to your original sitting position. Rest for a few seconds before repeating this rite.

Breathing:

Inhale as you rise up into the pose. Hold your breath as you tense your muscles. Exhale fully as you come down to sitting position.

Rite 5

Lie down on your belly. Face your palms down and in line with the bottom of your shoulder blades. Lift you chest up by curling your toes under and drawing your shoulders back. Your arms should be straight. Look straight ahead of you. If you are more flexible then you can draw your head back with your gaze above you. Then draw your hips up and back, extending your spine, into downward-facing dog pose. Repeat by moving back and forth between downward- and upward-facing dog.

Then draw your hips up and back, extending your spine, into downward-facing dog pose. Then repeat.

Breathing:

Inhale as your lift your chest up. Exhale as you push back into downward-facing dog.

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If you enjoy these series of exercises, you can gradually increase the num
ber of repetitions you do of each. Start off with 5 to 7 repetitions, and in no time, you’ll be able to do 21 repetitions of these poses in one session.

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