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Helping A Snowboarder Avert Expensive Surgery, Ben Classen With Dr. Tom Groover

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As part of our ongoing YouTube interviews, Boulder holistic chiropractor Dr. Tom Groover recently caught up with one of his former patients, Ben Classen.

Ben  joined Colorado University’s snowboarding team as a manager six months prior to experiencing a severe shoulder injury. He dislocated his arm and fractured several bones from overshooting a jump, and received the news that he would need to spend over $20,000 on surgery to fix his shoulder and that he wouldn’t be snowboarding any time soon.

Luckily, he heard that Dr. Groover would not only help Ben heal without going into surgery, but that he’d be back to snowboarding in a couple of weeks!

Watch the whole interview below to learn how Dr. Groover healed the athlete.

Can Dr. Groover’s Chiropractic Help with that Troubling TMJ?

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Gently place your hands on your face in front of your ear lobes. Now open and close your mouth. You can undoubtedly feel your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) moving as you open and close your mouth; the joint connects your upper and lower jaws.

Many Americans experience some sort of temporomandibular-related pain or even a temporomandibular disorder (TMD). The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) estimates that 10 million Americans have a TMD, which is often referred to by non-medical professionals as “I have TMJ” or “I have a TMJ problem.” About 2/3 of Americans may experience one or more symptoms of a TMD/TMJ problem. Dr. Groover of Boulder’s premier chiropractic clinic is here to explain how chiropractic care is a practical treatment option for this common yet painful and lingering condition. TMJ and Chiropractic

Dr. Groover’s sequential approach to TMD is diagnosing and treating the joint mechanical problems causing the neurological problems which result in muscular problems.

Dr. Groover’s comprehensive chiropractic care for your TMJ eases pain by correcting directly your TMJ misalignments, but doing so after some careful preparation. Your chewing muscles receive their nerve supply from what’s called the trigeminal nerve. This is a cranial nerve originating at the base of your head, which is sensitive to misalignment at the upper cervical region where your head joins your neck. Diagnosis and treatment of this misalignment comes first. The alignment and stability of your pelvis, low back, upper back, ribs and lower neck comes next, followed by your shoulders. Ideally every joint in your body should be aligned and stable to remove all causes and complications for TMJ dysfunction.

After joint correction and stabilization, jaw dysfunction related trigger points are best treated with neuromuscular acupuncture followed by administering muscle compression and muscle stretching.

Dr. Groover explains misalignment of the jaw that results from improper posture or a back problem can cause your TMJ disorder. Misalignment of your upper cervical spine causes high and low hips, shifting of your pelvis and upper back away from your center of gravity, poor weight balance between your right and left standing body weight and unequal leg lengths. Upper cervical correction eliminates these postural distortions.

An approach to treating TMJ caused by misalignment in your neck and upper back is to perform adjustments on your spinal joints in these areas. In addition, trigger point therapy is used to relieve tight muscles in the back around your spine. This reduces the amount of stress put on your jaw so other treatments to adjust the jaw will be more effective. When these treatments are employed, the motion of your jaw joint improves and symptoms like ear pain, jaw locking, headaches and neck pain are reduced, the doctor continued.

Dr. Groover recommends that patients suffering from TMJ problems should avoid the following:

  1. Clenching your jaw(s) – this is the worst thing you can do when you have a TMJ problem
  2. Chewing gum – puts added stress on both jaw bones and all jaw muscles
  3. Cradling the telephone – irritates neck muscles and jaw muscles
  4. Anesthesia – can affect mouth opening processes and damage joints
  5. Long dental appointments, i.e., those requiring an open mouth for more than 30 minutes

If you’d like to be seen for a comprehensive TMJ consultation, please review Dr. Groover’s Boulder chiropractic clinic online or give us a call at (303) 442-7772. We’re happy to assist and offer x-rays and more to make the process easier and more seamless for you.

IMAGE CREDIT: Still Shot from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_mqNopzTNA

Common Chiropractic Scenarios and Dr. Groover’s Specialized Approach

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It’s not unusual for Dr. Groover of Boulder’s Groover Chiropractic Clinic to hear a patient’s long list of symptoms. New patients usually come to Dr. Groover with their primary complaint and a long and diverse list of symptoms and abnormalities, each with their own etiology (the cause, set of causes, or manner of causation) and complication (secondary disease or condition aggravating an already existing one).

Chiropractic Care Concerns

Dr. Groover Assists a Patient

This requires a well-studied, individualized approach to diagnosis and treatment to achieve clinical success, which is Dr. Groover’s passion and specialty. Here are some example scenarios:

NECK PAIN

Do you have neck pain? Is it chronic from no apparent specific cause, or the acute effect from a specific recent injury? Has your neck, without you knowing it, degenerated over time into arthritis? Have the ligaments in your neck been recently injured? What role does upper cervical (base of your head and upper two neck vertebra) misalignment play, what role does postural distortion play? What about your shoulders, ribs and upper back? What about the structure and function of your pelvis? Your knees and ankles? Where do we start? To what extent will specialized upper cervical specific chiropractic diagnosis and treatment be needed?

MIGRAINE

Do you suffer from migraine headache? Is it coming from your head, your neck or your body chemistry? How can we find out so we know where to begin, what other priorities to consider and what expected results will be? What types of migraine relief can we offer?

FATIGUE/SLEEPLESSNESS

Do you need help with sleeplessness and fatigue? Is your sleep disturbed by pain, and can the problem be solved by alleviating your pain? Do you have misalignments of your upper cervical spine and pelvis impairing your parasympathetic nervous system and stimulation driving your sympathetic nervous system into “fight or flight,” upsetting your feelings of safety and security, relaxation in body and mind and your ability to sink into deep restorative rest? How much do your diet, nutrition and lifestyle habits contribute to your sleeplessness?

BACK PAIN

Is your back pain general or specific, acute or chronic, idiopathic (of unknown origin) or from a specific injury? Do you have hidden postural abnormalities contributing to your back pain? What about pelvis misalignments? How much does misalignment of your back vertebra or your rib cage have to do with it? Do we begin by treating your back, or will it be necessary to eliminate your postural distortion or pelvis misalignments first to eliminate complications to the diagnosis and treatment of your back?

CAR ACCIDENT INJURY

Have you been in a car accident? Are you aware of the immense forces which pass through your body even during “low impact” car crashes? Did you know that car crashes usually cause wide-spread, whole-body injuries, including underlying structural and functional abnormalities which manifest as symptoms weeks, months or even years later? Do you know that car crashes frequently cause life-impairing neck ligament traumas, the location and severity of which are only detected through specialized diagnostic testing?

Dr. Groover offers free global screening consultations and his staff is happy to answer any questions you may have. For more information, please visit his Boulder chiropractic clinic online or give them a call at (303) 442-7772.

Boulder Chiropractic Clinic Does Chiro Care Cautiously

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For Dr. Groover of Groover Chiropractic Clinic, it’s not about just treating your symptoms; it’s about getting to the root of whats causing your pain, discomfort and ill-health. Here’s what you can expect to discuss upon your first visit to the Boulder chiropractic clinic: Proper Chiropractic Care

  1. All your symptoms; not just the symptoms associated with your primary complaint. Your symptoms express underlying problems with your structure and function. As such, they provide valuable insight into your primary and secondary causations and into factors which may complicate your health condition. First, after screening your symptomatology, Dr. Groover quickly advances toward answering the question, “What’s causing your condition?”
  2. Brief history of your chief complaint including pertinent lifestyle, injury and health condition information.
  3. Structural and functional screening of your joints, muscles and nerves for holistic evaluation of your area of complaint for obtaining the clinical impressions he needs to offer you a comprehensive treatment plan specifically addressing the causes and complications associated with your condition.
  4. Doctor’s clinical impressions of your history, signs and symptoms with predictions about the causations and complications for your condition.
  5. Proposed individualized treatment plan, not only addressing your chief complaint, but also the other structural and functional abnormalities detected during your screening.

Dr. Groover’s ultimate goal in treating any patient is to restore structure and functionality of the spine and extremity joints first as the basis for successful, immediate symptoms of relief and cumulative attainment of their higher health, wellness and life goals.

Dr. Groover offers free global screening consultations and his staff is happy to answer any questions you may have. For more information, please visit his Boulder chiropractic clinic online or give them a call at (303) 442-7772.

A Boulder Chiropractor’s Winter Snow-Shoveling Tips

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Dr. Tom Groover of Boulder’s distinguished Groover Chiropractic Clinic is hoping to save a few backs this snowy season! Winter weather has blasted into town already…so be warned! If your body isn’t in proper condition, the oh-so-required (and oh-so-not-popular) winter chore of shoveling driveways and sidewalks presents potential for spasms, strains, sprains and all kinds of other unsavory health problems, according to Dr. Groover. This seemingly harmless task can quickly turn into a prolonged nightmare of pain and discomfort; the bending and twisting that’s oft-seen when tossing a shovelful of heavy snow can aggravate lower back discs. Plus, the overall physical exertion required may result in painful holiday injuries if your body is not properly conditioned.

Healthy Shoveling TipsDr. Groover advises Coloradoans to thus be prepared for the onslaught and to follow these tips for proper snow shoveling:

  1. Layer clothing to keep your muscles warm and flexible.
  2. Clear snow as soon as it stops falling. Freshly fallen snow is lighter.
  3. Take it slow! Pace yourself and take breaks. Keep a cell phone handy in case of emergency.
  4. Don’t pick up too much snow at once. Use a small shovel, or fill it only one-fourth to one-half if you use a large shovel. If necessary, just push the snow as you shovel. It’s easier on your back. Keep the load of snow as close to your body as possible.
  5. Avoid sudden twisting and turning motions, especially if you’re carrying a shovelful of heavy snow.
  6. Shoveling can stress “de-conditioned” muscles that rest in between shoulders, in your upper back, and in your lower back, buttocks and legs. Thus, it’s helpful to do some warm-up stretches before you grab that shovel.
  7. When you do shovel, push the snow straight ahead. DO NOT THROW IT. Walk it to the snow bank.
  8. Protect your back. Bend from the knees, not your back. Lift with your legs bent, stand with your feet about hip width for balance and keep the shovel close to your body. Try not to twist. If you move the snow to one side, move your feet to face the direction the snow will be going.
  9. Again, bend your knees to lift when shoveling. Let the muscles of your legs and arms do the work, not your back.
  10. Take frequent rest breaks to take the strain off your muscles. A fatigued body asks for injury.

After any of these activities, if you’re sore, apply ice to the affected area for 20 minutes, and then take it off for a couple of hours. Repeating this icing routine a couple times a day over the next few days should resolve your pain from normal muscle strain.

If you continue to feel any stiffness, soreness or pain after following these tips, more likely than not, you have misaligned your spine, pelvis, shoulders, etc., and it’s time for you to visit a Boulder chiropractor to properly diagnose and treat your condition and get to the root of the cause. Dr. Groover offers free global screening consultations; for more information, please visit his Boulder chiropractic clinic online or give us a call at (303) 442-7772.

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