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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.

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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