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Dr. Gregory A. Lind D.C.

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We are there for your Neck

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The stiff neck club can be quite a bleak group to be a part of, but if certain statistics are to be believed, up to 45% of the American working public are affected by pain-in-the-neck syndrome. While indiscriminate back pain is probably more widespread, neck pain is, by it's nature, quite serious and something that should be managed closely and properly. 

The plain fact is, being a human would be amazingly difficult if you could not move your neck. Every time you needed to look at something, you would have to turn your entire body. And while this is an exercise in hyperbole, humans continue to pursue activities which contribute to stiff, sore necks and neglect activities that preserve flexibility and range of motion. There are many virulent factors that can contribute to a sore neck, including: posture, level of activity, proclivity for stretching, pillow quality, the adhesion of scar tissue or something more obscure such as stress. Some of the ways we help include:

  • Treating muscle strain: the levator scapula is a muscle that connects the shoulder to the cervical spine and is controlled by nerves exiting between C3 and C4; the sedentary nature of the office encourages this muscle to tighten and if it becomes strained, it can cause pain. We treat strained muscles with trigger point therapy and massage to release the tension. 
  • Treating pinched nerves: we use gentle adjustments to correct any nerve impingement that may be occurring in the cervical region, restoring nerve function and improving range of motion in the process.
  • Treating Facet Joint Syndrome: when the small facet joints of the vertebra become pressurized, headache, muscle spasm and neck or back pain can follow. 

It's time we wake up and begin to take posture and the health of our necks seriously to prevent an old age of pain and dysfunction. At Family Chiropractic & Natural Healing Center, we have the tools to help you succeed and we would love to share them with you so call our office in Milpitas to schedule an appointment today! 

Dr. Gregory Lind, D.C. 

Smoking's Role in Muscle Tension

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Asking why people smoke is opening a can of worms that can be hard to understand given modern science, readily available information and public perception that seems to contradict any of its perceived benefits. Regardless, smokers persist for myriad reasons. One misconception, that is used as a reason to perpetuate the habit or addiction is that smoking somehow, "relieves tension," despite there being clear, clinical evidence that suggests the exact opposite. 

While it may alleviate tension for the length of time the cigarette is smoked, the long term effect is one of accumulating toxicity that leads to muscle tension. Yes, nicotine is storied for its analgesic properties, but it is also storied for contributing to elevated levels of both carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide in the bloodstream. This is dangerous when you combine it with the oxygen repression that comes with smoking; decreased oxygen levels lead to lactic acid build up which directly creates muscle tension. So yes, you may be masking the pain you are consequently creating. 

At Family Chiropractic & Natural Healing Center, we can defintively say that one of the easiest ways to living a better life across the board begins with quitting smoking. We help you find a penchant for exercise and, consequently, well-being that will override the short term gratification of a cigarette. There is well-supported evidence that suggests many of the negative of smoking can be reversed after quitting and we would like to help you in this endeavor starting today; call our office to schedule an appointment today. 

Dr. Gregory Lind, D.C. 

Anterior Pelvic Tilt

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Anterior pelvic tilt is a rather technical sounding term for a positioning of the body, albeit usually subconscious, that is very common in America. Visual cues that would indicate the presence of anterior pelvic tilt include a forward tilted pelvis, a protruding abdomen, and a pronounced lower back curve. In this position the hip flexors are usually stiff shortened while the hip extensors are lengthened and there is often an accompanying deficiency in abdominal and glute strength. 

APT can be problematic for people in the gym: it is especially pronounced with the common exercises of the deadlift and the squat. It is a problem that overlaps with posture and becomes more noticeable and problematic with age: musculoskeletal dysfunction, lower back pain and poor posture are the most common symptoms. At Family Chiropractic & Natural Healing Center, we address APT with an approach that blends postural awareness with strengthening and stretching of all the muscles involved.

  • Chiropractic adjustment
  • Hip flexor and lower back stretching
  • Correcting and teaching posture
  • Abdomen and glute strengthening
  • Establishing the core as a stabilizer

At our office in the Bay Area, we want to be your partner in overcoming anterior pelvic tilt because we know you will feel a significant difference in well-being and an improvement in pain. This should not be the defining posture of your life, but it is not always easy to conquer the question of posture by yourself. We can lend you a helping hand, but only if you give our office a call to schedule an appointment today. 

Dr. Gregory Lind, D.C. 

The Question of Flexibility

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The question of flexibility is becoming more important as Americans move toward a more sedentary lifestyle. The trend cannot really be helped, as jobs and recreation options are shifted into more screen-oriented settings, but there are steps you can take as an individual to fight the kind of stagnation that occurs to your body during a day spent deskbound. Flexibility, simply defined as the ability of the body to bend without incurring injury, can be added (back) into your life seamlessly, but it does take dedication. The upside to be gained with a more flexible body should be enough to convince you of its worth: being flexible is the best way to eliminate or greatly reduce the chance of back pain. Here are some simple stretches to keep the back flexible: 

  • Pike stretch: Sit on the floor with legs extended in front of you. Lean forward and try to touch your toes, keeping your back completely straight. Stop before the feeling of resistance turns into pain in any of the main points being stretched: the hamstrings, leg muscles and lower back. 
  • Pike stretch, standing variant: stand straight up, bend at the waist and reach toward your toes. Bend as far as you can but don't cause yourself pain. You should feel a stretch in the back and legs. 
  • Spinal stretch: Lie supine, then cross the right leg over the other while extending the right arm in the opposite direction. You can rest your left hand on the knee of the right leg. 

At Family Chiropractic & Natural Healing Center, we believe it is the littlest things which make the biggest difference. We want to help you retain the greatest amount of flexibility as you move forward in life and we can provide you with chiropractic adjustment and help you implement stretching techniques that will truly make a difference in your life. 

Dr. Gregory Lind, D.C. 

Falling Asleep

Few things influence well-being with quite the same intensity as sleep. But with the constant buzz of technology pulsating at our fingertips, caffeine surging through our bloodstream, various levels of stress palpitating and not enough exercise or proper nutrition to account for it all, it is becoming harder for our society to fall and stay asleep on a regular basis. At Family Chiropractic & Natural Healing Center, we believe that by taking a step back and reassessing habits that may be holding you back, treating your body with the chiropractic care it needs, and paying close attention to environmental stimuli and creating a conducive sleep environment, we can help you get to sleep and stay asleep. Here are some ways to effectively "shut off your brain," in the lead up to sleep: 

  • Establish a regular sleep schedule (i.e. aim for a consistent bed time) and establish a pre-sleep routine that involves stretching and maybe even meditation, but certainly a hot cup of soothing sleepy-time tea, or its equivalent in your life. 
  • Establish the bedroom as a sleep and intimacy chamber and nothing more: keep the television in the living room and food in the kitchen. 
  • Try relaxing mental exercises and deep breathing: counting sheep is not as silly as it sounds, but try something more complex like mental associations within a single category that keep your mind from stewing over stress. 
  • Physical activity and other things that release endorphins are great for promoting relaxation and getting your body in a receptive state for sleep. 

If you are suffering from pain that is stopping you from sleeping, that is another matter entirely. If this is the case, give our office in the Bay Area a call so we can start addressing your unique pain and getting you on a road to recovery that will help you sleep better and, consequently, feel better every day. 

Dr. Gregory Lind, D.C. 

 

 


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Address: 1778 Clear Lake Ave. Milpitas, CA 95035

 

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