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Arthritis and You.  Naperville Chiropractors Help With Aging Joints.

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Arthritis and You. Naperville Chiropractors Help With Aging Joints.

Arthritis is one of the main reasons that patients receive chiropractic care at our office in Naperville.  Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints. The major symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which usually worsen with age.  Arthritis can be present in joint throughout the body.  It is often a result of long standing mechanical problems that cause cartilage, the hard slippery tissue that covers the end of bone, to break down. This break down of the end of the bones results in the symptoms of inflammation and pain.

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People with arthritis can agree medication does not always alleviate the symptoms of arthritis.  But managing the pain and other symptoms varies from person to person.  Here are some tips from the Naperville chiropractors at Victory Rehab to reduce the symptoms without the use of medication.

  • Exercise - Exercise is essential in successful arthritis management.  It helps build and maintain healthy and strong muscles, joint mobility, flexibility, endurance, and helps control weight.  Exercise can be engineered to attend to different elements of mechanics in the body:
  • Range of motion exercises – e.g. stretching and dance help maintain normal joint movement and increase joint flexibility.
  • Strengthening exercises – e.g. weight lifting can promote muscle strength, which is important to support and protect joints affected by arthritis.
  • Aerobic/endurance exercises – e.g. walking, biking and swimming help improve the cardiovascular system, muscle tone, and control weight.  Swimming is especially valuable because of its minimal risk of stress injuries and low impact on the body.
  • Nutrition – may provide complementary support in reducing the symptoms of arthritis.  Evidence shows that nutrition can play a significant role in controlling the inflammation, and possibly slowing the progression of rheumatoid arthritis.  Before taking any dietary supplement consult with your healthcare provider and especially if you are using medication to control your condition,.  Some foods and nutritional supplements can be helpful in managing arthritis:
  1. Fatty-acid supplements – Several studies point to the effectiveness of these fatty acid supplements in reducing joint pain, swelling, and lessening reliance on corticosteroids 
  2. Deep-sea fish – such as salmon, tuna, herring, and halibut
  3. Turmeric – a spice that is used to make curry dishes may also be helpful
  4. Ginger extract – has been shown to be beneficial with inflammation
  5. Nettle leaf extract – can inhibit inflammatory pathways

If you are curious about the alternatives that may be available to your specific condition or how chiropractic can help you stay on top of your health, call the chiropractic experts at Victory Rehab, the home in Naperville for family chiropractic care.

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How Glut Activation Can Supplement Chiropractic Adjustments for Back Pain

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How Glut Activation Can Supplement Chiropractic Adjustments for Back Pain

So often we see patients come to our office with one form of mechanical low back pain or another.  One thing that it is imperative for our patients, and really anyone who has ever had back pain for that matter, to understand is there are often complicated muscular break downs at play.  In order for the joints in our low back to function as well as they can the muscles that attach to/and around our spine have to be functioning at their highest level as well.  When it comes to muscles the word "function" does not only mean strength, a large part of muscles functioning properly is their elasticity, ability to fire, or mobility as a whole.

Easily one of the most common participators in mechanical low back pain is poor glut activation.  As active human beings we walk every day, some of us run every day, and in that process our Gluteus Maximus has a very important job: HIP EXTENSION.  Hip extension is the act of driving our leg back in our normal gait cycle.  The primary muscle involved in hip extension is our gluts.  For many of us not only are our gluts weak, we have also lost the ability to fire them properly.  A muscle can only be as strong as the junction of the nerve into that muscle, this serves as the "firing complex" also known as our neuromuscular junction.  With poor glut activation lies a big problem and other muscles now have to pick up the slack.  One of the main muscle groups taking on the extra load are the ones in your low back.  There in lies the issue, we now have a large group of muscles doing a job that they normally do not do and over time we start to see a break down. Tiger Woods is a famous example of this breakdown.  Now obviously with an example like Tiger Woods and most individuals there are many other factors to take into account, however, poor glut activation is a key component.  

 Simple Glut Activation Screen

Simple Glut Activation Screen

A simple test to see if you have poor glut activation is to lie face down on the floor and while keeping your right leg straight lift it off the floor towards the ceiling.  During this process focus on where you feel most of your muscles engaging.  If you feel most of the muscles having to work in your low back then you may be a victim of poor glut max activation.  

So what to do next?  If you are someone suffering from low back pain and discomfort and live in Naperville or the surrounding area CLICK HERE to have one of our experienced Chiropractors perform a functional exam and see if you could benefit from the chiropractic care and rehab at Victory Rehab.

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Techniques Chiropractors Use to Fight Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)

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Techniques Chiropractors Use to Fight Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)

What is lateral epicondylitis?  Lateral epicondylitis is inflammation of the attachment sight of the ligament on the lateral or outside of your elbow.  This most commonly occurs from repetitive stress involved with that specific area.  Such as gripping and twisting or squeezing with your hand and wrist on the effected side.  We see this a lot with our athletes, mechanics, desk workers, and students.  

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How do we treat lateral epicondylitis?  There are many techniques that we utilize to achieve great success when it comes to tennis elbow.  Keep in mind that with lateral epicondylitis the ligament is inflamed and there may be scar tissue involve.  Scar tissue is fibrotic tissue that will hinder a soft tissues flexibility.  Therefore, in order to effectively treat the ligament that is inflamed we have to aggressively strip the tissue to allow it to heal stronger.  Think of it like when you work out and are sore the next day.  Essentially you are creating microscopic or very small tears in the muscle fibers so they will heal back bigger and stronger.  This is why you are sore the next day.  This premise is similar to how we treat tennis elbow.  These techniques are ART and Graston respectively.

If you are or know someone experiencing lateral epicondylitis, call 630-857-3704, or click HERE to make an appointment to see if one of our skilled chiropractors can help.


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Naperville Chiropractor's Tips To Find the Right Bed.

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Naperville Chiropractor's Tips To Find the Right Bed.

A question that we often get asked about at Victory Rehab - chiropractic clinic is "do you have a recommendation for a bed that is good for my back?".  So I would like to take a moment and discuss what kind of questions you should ask when looking to purchase a new mattress.  


Tip 1:  

Firm mattresses are not necessarily the best option.  In fact, research has indicated that a "medium-firm" mattress is the best option for individuals who are experiencing back pain.  As a chiropractor this is a key point for a lot of our patients.

Tip 2:

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Pillow Tops are made for heavier individuals.  Lighter individuals sometimes do not weigh enough to compress the pillow top down into the support system of the mattress.  Heavier individuals typically find a pillow top more comfortable.

Tip 3:

Try the mattress in the store.  You should lie on the mattress for at least 10-15 minutes while in the store to get a "feel" for it.  Do not feel pressured into rushing such an important purchase.

Tip 4:

Find a mattress with a good warranty.  Typically a good mattress will have a 10 year, full replacement warranty.

Tip 5:

Shop at a place that specializes in the sale of mattresses.  There are plenty of great options here in Naperville when looking. (Sealy, Serta, Tempurpedic, etc..)

Tip 6:

Protect your investment by getting some kind of water-proof protectant because stains will often void your warranty.

Tip 7:

See if the sales associate will negotiate the delivery.  Most stores are flexible and will offer delivery at no charge to the customer.

The biggest thing is taking your time and comparing not only brands but models as well.  You are spending a lot of money and presumably are going to have this bed for a long time to come.  Many problems we see as chiropractors are sleep related.  Sleep is a huge factor in managing back pain and preventing future chiropractic problems from occurring.  Naperville offers a wide variety of stores that should fit your shopping needs. 

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Hand and Wrist Pain Helped by Naperville Chiropractors

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Hand and Wrist Pain Helped by Naperville Chiropractors

Lets face it, many of us have jobs where we are typing on a computer for long periods of time or perhaps working manually with our hands.  Whether you are an electrician, musician, pediatrician, or beautician your hands our your livelihood and it is of the upmost importance that we take care of them.  It is because of this that it is not uncommon for patients to come to our clinic for forearm, wrist, and/or hand pain.  Luckily chiropractic care has been very successful in treating conditions involving the upper extremities.  

Naperville Chiropractor Wrist Adjustment

The hand and wrist consist of eight small carpal bones that can be easily injured.  Any time we fall on an outstretched hand we risk injury to these tiny bones or the surrounding soft tissues.  In some cases chiropractors have been successful in mobilizing certain areas of the wrist through a chiropractic adjustment.  Usually in the case of a hand or wrist sprain/strain some type of therapeutic exercise is typically recommended and can be administered by your chiropractor as well.

At Victory Rehab in Naperville IL, we take the time to complete a comprehensive exam to determine if your hand, wrist, elbow, and/or forearm injury is something we could successfully treat in our clinic.

Call our Naperville Chiropractic office today for an appointment or CLICK HERE.

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Naperville Chiropractors Help with Hip Pain.

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Naperville Chiropractors Help with Hip Pain.

At our Victory Rehab clinic in Naperville we treat many low back pain cases, and due to their interaction with one another that translates to treating many patients with hip pain as well.  "Hip" is a general term typically referring to where your femoral head inserts into the acetabulum of your pelvis.   Our hips are very strong and stable joints, one of the most stable joints in the body in fact.  However, the hip is one of the most commonly replaced joints in the human body.  The reason for this a lot of times is due to how the muscles around the joint can become tight in some areas and weak in others causing the joint to wear unevenly.  This uneven wear of the joint causes premature osteoarthritis of the joint and in the worse cases will cause labral tears or worse yet full hip replacements.

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One of the most common things we see at our Naperville chiropractic clinic is hip pain.  Often times hip pain will also manifest with low back discomfort.  This is due to our pelvic bowl and sacrum acting as the foundation for which our lower back sits on top of.  It stands to reason that if the foundation isn't functioning at 100% it is only a matter of time before we see a similar breakdown in our lower back.

As chiropractors we not only try to identify a tissue of origin (what is causing the pain), we also try to ask the question "why is problem occurring in the first place?" or "where is the breakdown occurring".  Through very thorough and comprehensive chiropractic examinations we can determine whether or not an individual with hip pain is a good chiropractic candidate.  Since there are so many muscles that cross over or attach to and around the hip this can be a complex task.  Our chiropractic examinations are functional based, looking at muscle patterns and movements to see where dysfunction is occurring.

If you are someone who lives in the Naperville area and are experiencing hip or low back pain. CLICK HERE to see if one of our experienced chiropractors can help.

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Naperville Chiropractors partner with Yogi Within.

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Naperville Chiropractors partner with Yogi Within.

 www.napervilleyoga.com

www.napervilleyoga.com

We at Victory Rehab - Naperville chiropractic clinic are very excited to announce that we have partnered with Rachel Grundner, Owner and Operator of the Yogi Within.  Rachel will be teaching classes out of the Victory Rehab office on Tuesdays at 7:30-8:30am.  Rachel has been a great friend to Victory Rehab and is regarded as one of the go to yoga instructors in the Naperville area.

 Rachel "Rae" Grundner

Rachel "Rae" Grundner

As a Certified Yoga Teacher in Naperville, IL, Rachel's focus is to encourage proper structural alignment while students move deeper into a meditative state at their own pace. She uses a number of techniques to strengthen the body, tame the mind, and improve the spirit - each session being completely customized to meet her students needs. As the Beatles sing, “When you move beyond yourself, you may find peace of mind is waiting there,” Rachel promotes a sacred atmosphere for students to let go of their outside distractions and find peace within.

To see Rachel's full story we encourage you to check out her website  www.yoganaperville.com

You can also like her Facebook page by clicking here 

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Is Naperville Chiropractic Treatment Right For You?

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Is Naperville Chiropractic Treatment Right For You?

Naperville chiropractic treatment can help with a variety of ailments, but many people are a little hesitant to visit a chiropractor because they've never been to one before and they don't know if it can actually help them. Here are a few reasons why you may want to pursue treatment from a chiropractor.

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Pain Relief Without Medication

If you're in pain and you don't want to spend the rest of your life doped up on painkillers or muscle relaxers, turn to a chiropractor for help. A chiropractor will be able to help relieve your pain without the side effects of medications. During chiropractic treatment, the practitioner can use a number of methods to relieve pain, such as ultrasound, massage, electrical muscular stimulation and manual adjustments.

Improve Range Of Motion

Although a limited range of motion is often found alongside pain, it doesn't have to be. If you're experiencing a limited range of motion with your shoulders, arms, back or neck, a chiropractor can help strengthen your muscles to improve your range of motion. To help speed your treatment along, ask your chiropractor if there are any physical therapy exercises that you can do at home. However, it's important that you don't move too quickly! If something hurts or feels off when you're at home, stop what you're doing until you can talk to your chiropractor.

Naperville Chiropractor Care Can Help After An Injury

Many people first visit a chiropractor after a sports injury. Today's athletes can start their sports careers as young as three years old and go on to compete well into adulthood, which can mean that sports injuries are quite common. Naperville chiropractic care can mean the difference between staying on the playing field and retiring early; professional athletes like Evander Holyfield, Emmit Smith and Joe Montana have all credited chiropractic care with their careers' longevity.

Naperville Chiropractic Treatment Can Help After A Car Accident

Car accidents can cause a lot of damage to the spine, neck and the soft tissue. Oftentimes, these problems don't even appear for weeks or months after the accident, which can make them hard to treat. This is why it's important to seek the help of a chiropractor quickly after an accident, even if you feel okay. During a car accident, your body can be thrown against the seatbelt with an incredible amount of force. This force can cause a great deal of damage and seeking treatment early can minimize your pain and discomfort.

Whether you're an athlete who needs help staying in top condition, you've been in a car accident or you suffer from pain and a limited range of motion, Naperville chiropractic treatment can help.

Victory Rehab is a progressive spine and joint wellness center located in Naperville, Illinois. If you're interested in learning how Naperville chiropractic care can help you live the life you want, please contact us today or call (630) 857-3704 to schedule an initial consultation.

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Consider Chiropractic Care for the Treatment of Your Headaches.

At our chiropractic office here in Naperville one of the most common complaints our neck pain patients have is headaches.  There can be variety of reasons an individual suffers from headaches: tension, vascular, neurological, or the most common type we see at Victory Rehab which can be directly related to neck pain or mechanical issues in the joints and/or muscles surrounding the neck.  We call these cervicogenic headaches, and they are a common condition that a chiropractor often treats with great success.

The following is a paragraph from The Journal Of The American Osteopathic Association    Click here to see full article:

Neck pain and muscle tension are common symptoms of a migraine attack.1,7-9 In a study of 50 patients with migraine, 64% reported neck pain or stiffness associated with their migraine attack, with 31% experiencing neck symptoms during the prodrome; 93%, during the headache phase; and 31%, during the recovery phase.1 In the study by Blau and MacGregor,1 7 patients reported that pain was referred into the ipsilateral shoulder and 1 patient reported that pain extended from the neck into the low back region.

As demonstrated above the prevalence of Americans with neck pain corresponding with migraine symptoms is alarmingly high.  Now let us discuss treatment.

 Dr. Chris Examines someone experiencing cervicogenic headaches at our Victory Rehab office in Naperville.

Dr. Chris Examines someone experiencing cervicogenic headaches at our Victory Rehab office in Naperville.

Usually when dealing with a mechanical problem it requires a mechanical solution.  As chiropractors (after we evaluate and examine someone with a chief complaint of headaches) if we determine the headaches are cervicogenic in nature we can then begin treatment. For most individuals cervicogenic headache treatment is two fold; soft tissue treatment of the hypertonic or "tight & stiff" muscles and chiropractic adjustments of the restricted joints.  Since muscle involvement plays such a large role in these types of headaches it is of the upmost importance to address these muscles.  There are many specific soft tissue techniques that a chiropractor may utilize to help ease muscle pain.  At our office we specialize in two soft tissue techniques, ART & Graston.

The second component is dealing with the structural issues that are underlying with cervicogenic and migraine headaches.  More specifically the joints of the neck.  As chiropractors this is what we specialize in.  If joints within the neck are not functioning or moving properly they then can inhibit the surrounding muscular function.  Many patients when first coming to the office have a preconceived notion that a chiropractic adjustment is taking a bone that is out of place and putting it back in place.  This isn't necessarily the case.  Instead, I ask them to imagine a door that hasn't been used in 10 years and now the hinges on that door are rusted shut.  How would you get the hinges on that door to move better?  Most say, "oil the hinges then move the door back in forth".  In this door analogy all we are simply doing is taking joints, in this case door hinges, and moving them in the plane they were designed to move in.  This resembles a chiropractic adjustment.  Chiropractors find restrictions within joints and using a light, gentle, and specific impulse thrust they get those joints to move and function better in the plane they were designed to move in.

If you are someone who experiences Migraine headaches one time a week or more, you may be suffering from cervicogenic migraine headaches.  CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment with one of our headache specialists.

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