One of the more common conditions that presents in our chiropractic office, is plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is foot pain that occurs on the bottom of the foot. This condition develops in runners and people who walk a lot or stand on their feet all day. The fascia is a soft tissue covering of the bottom of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is inflammation or microtears in the fascia. Fasciitis can also be caused by stress fractures in the foot, a tight Achillies tendon and a decrease in the arch support of your feet. Typically, the onset of symptoms is gradual and noticeable on your first few steps getting out of bed in the morning. The condition can worsen to the point that every step is a sharp, constant pain. Treatment for plantar fasciitis is based around stretches, ice massage or wearing a splint that prevents foot flexion. In our chiropractic office we treat fasciitis with the Runnersage. This is a machine that breaks up adhesions in the bottom of the foot using deep, percussive massage impulses. In extreme cases, shock wave therapy is utilized as well as chiropractic adjustments of the bones in the foot that make up the arch (metatarsals). Ice massage performed at home involves freeing a plastic water bottle and rolling your foot over top.
Pregnancy Prenatal Chiropractic Care Info: People may use the terms “unmedicated” or “natural” birth to refer to a vaginal birth without an epidural or other pain medication. An epidural involves a healthcare professional placing a catheter in between the vertebra in the space below the spinal cord to administer doses of anesthetic. The anesthetic blocks pain signals from the spine to the brain, preventing the person from feeling pain in the lower body during labor and delivery. The pros of epidural injection include: Fast, effective pain relief. Pain relief is adjustable. An epidural with a preplanned cesarean delivery may be less stressful than a vaginal birth or emergency cesarean delivery. An epidural may help a person have a less stressful, traumatic, and exhausting birth experience. The cons of a pregnancy epidural injection include: Inability to walk around, risk of low blood pressure (which may affect the baby’s heartbeat), headaches, backaches, nausea, risk of higher risk of medical intervention and assisted birth, difficult to push during the final stages of a vaginal birth, risk of nerve damage, puncture of the spinal cord dura mater, temporary loss of bladder control, difficulty urinating, fever, itchy skin, very low risk of convulsions, difficulty breathing, and death. Published research papers show that regular prenatal chiropractic pregnancy care can shorten labor and lessen the need for medication, including the risk of side effects mentioned above from epidural injections.
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