Plano Texas Chiropractor – Dr. F. Scott Villines

Plano Texas Chiropractor – Dr. F. Scott Villines


Plano Chiropractor Discusses The Neck as Your Life Line

 

Plano Chiropractor Dr. Scott Villines discusses the importance of diagnosing a “pain in the neck”.

The nervous system is the master control network for your body, directing virtually every function and action, from monitoring your life needs, to precisely responding to threats to your health.

Each system, from your heart and blood vessels, to your digestive and immune systems, is directed through nerve impulses originating in your brain or spinal cord that travel through its protective bony structure: the spinal column.

The neck region is the most vulnerable region of the spine to injury. Indeed, even death can be brought through significant trauma to the neck. When the trauma is not fatal, the consequences can still be severe, such as when paralysis strikes.

Most people will not experience these severe injuries, however sprains of the delicate ligaments with subluxation (misalignment) do commonly occur. Despite the injury being smaller, their location (the neck) makes their impact more profound. Functions throughout the body can be impaired when the nerves in the upper neck are compromised.

Within chiropractic, there are specialists who focus their entire care on the uppermost two vertebrae of the spine.

Because every nerve passes through the neck, if irritation or compression is present, virtually any system of the body can be affected. The point being is that a neck disorder will not necessarily just cause neck pain or headache. Dizziness, digestive problems, fatigue, high blood pressure and generally reduced quality of life are some of the symptoms patients commonly experience.

If you have suffered a severe whiplash, you may have noticed far more than a stiff neck. Indeed, recent research suggests whiplash needs to more thought of as a whole body disorder.

We take these injuries in our office and address them in both a specific and comprehensive manner. Most patients who have suffered a neck trauma will require x-rays to analyze the posture of their spine.  X-rays may also need to be taken in specific positions to test the stability of your ligaments and to determine precise levels of impaired movements. Without this road map, it is difficult to determine how care should be directed and factors that could influence your long-term prognosis, such as degeneration.

Dr. Scott Villines is a Plano Chiropractor with offices in East Plano near the cities of Parker and Murphy at the corner of Park and Los Rios.  Office hours are Monday-Thursday from 9-12 and 3-6.  Call (972) 424-4266 to schedule an appointment or to ask a question.

An interesting article was published in the Scientific American relating the rapid growth of autism and environmental exposure to chemicals.  This article seems to link common household chemicals and the multifold increase in reported Autism.  They make several good points related to chemical exposures as well as mention the common belief that vaccines play a prominent role in the increase of this disease.  This is a topic that will be studied for years to come due to its impact not only on health but also the huge financial cost of this disease.

 

 

Is there a link between physical inactivity and long term musculoskeletal complaints?  A recent large-scale prospective population-based study was designed to investigate the association between self-reported physical exercise at baseline and the prevalence of chronic musculoskeletal complaints.

The results of this study indicate that, physical exercise was associated with lower prevalence of chronic musculoskeletal complaints.   The study is clear to state that the results are not absolutely conclusive, and the results may be an indication of the chronic musculoskeletal complaints limiting the ability to perform physical activity.  Not necessarily the lack of physical activity causing musculoskeletal complaints.

I will go out on a limb and say that in my experience, the more physically active patients are;  the less likely they are to have chronic musculoskeletal problems.  And the ones that do have problems seem to respond better to treatment.

April 5th, 2006 at 11:39 am Michael “Asked the Doctor
I had a partial tear on my hamstring about 5 weeks ago. I was wondering if this injury could affect the hip. I have a constant pain in my butt when I am sitting. not muscle pain. thanks

Dr. Villines Responds

April 5th, 2006 at 5:30 pm Dr. F. Scott Villines said …

A torn hamstring can certainly affect the biomechanics (joint motion) of the hip. The muscle called the hamstring is made up of three muscles that originate from a part of the hip called the ischial tuberosity. This is directly in the gluteal fold (directly under your butt cheek).

If this is the area of pain, it is probably due to a strain of the upper hamstring as a result of your injury. If your problem has been getting progressively better it is likely just going to take more time for the soft tissue to become stable. (eight to twelve weeks is not uncommon).

My advice is, if the pain has not improved over the last week or two, or has been getting worse you should go get it checked out.

My guess is, that what your describing is more of a joint/biomechanical problem; as soft tissue pain as a rule tends to moderate and improve after a few weeks.

If the pain is originating from a higher area (top of the hip/upper gluteal region) it may well be due to faulty biomechanics of the upper hip joint due to your injury.

It is certainly reasonable to assume that an injury strong enough to tear (even partially) the hamstring, could affect hip and even lower spine biomechanics and therefore be a cause of your pain.

I hope this helps. If you have further questions do not hesitate to call my office. And, if you would like to get a quick evaluation; consultations are always free and I could probably determine in just a couple of minutes if you need treatment or just more time to heal.

Dr. V.

September 13th, 2005 at 11:59 pm Jason “Asked the Doctor

My wife has an ongoing problem with acid reflux disease and has been on Nexium for a few years now. Besides being fiendishly expensive I really dont like the idea of an ongoing dependency on pharmaceuticals of any kind.

I’d really like to hear your opinions, or an article if you will, on acid reflux and alternative therapies. I have heard of a couple, most noteably vinegar…

Dr. Villines Responds

October 4th, 2005 at 9:35 am Dr. F. Scott Villines said …

Jason,

Thank you for your question. This is one I get on a regular basis in my office. I share your concern about being on pharmaceuticals indefinitely. Most prescription drugs for reflux inhibit acid production in the stomach, which in turn relieves the symptoms.

I am concerned with long term inhibition of stomach acid production, which is essential to proper digestion. It seems that overproduction is less the problem than production of acid that is to weak. This allows food to stay in the stomach too long and causes the acid and the gases associated with stomach acid to reflux (back up) into the lower esophagus which is the cause of most symptoms.

You said that you heard of vinegar being touted as relief for this problem. This goes back to weak acid production, this is a good test to see if you are producing strong enough stomach acid. If the symptoms are relieved with vinegar (which is an acid) you are dealing with weak acid production.

My suggestion is to reduce significantly or eliminate food eaten at least four to six hours before bedtime. Once you do this and get control of the situation you can start to add back fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Late meals of heavy proteins and refined carbs. are probably always going to be off limits.

Another area to look at, is the amount of fluids taken with meals as this will tend to dilute already weak stomach acid. Your goal should be no fluids 30 minutes before or after meals and only small sips with meals.

For specific treatment I recommend Zypan from Standard Process, this is an  acid/enzyme supplement that aids in digestion. Other things that can help are digestive enzyme supplements made from papaya and pineapple. These can help to speed the digestion of certain proteins.

Last but not least is proper spinal biomechanics especially in the thoracic (mid-back) area. There are major nerve relationships from this area to the stomach. If nerves are being “pinched” or spinal joints are subluxated in these areas this can be a major factor in the symptoms your describing.

If your goal is to get off the prescription drug you should discuss your intention with your physician. Some medications must be slowly eliminated to prevent adverse effects.

Again, thank you for your question I hope I was able to shed some light on the subject.

Dr. V

Just an added note to this post.

I have seen a significant amount of  success with Organic Aloe Vera Juice with this particular problem.  The Aloe juice seems to have an almost immediate soothing effect and a healing affect with longer use.  In addition it is absolutely safe unless your allergic to Aloe (very rare).

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