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By Shaw Chiropractic Center
September 17, 2018
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Neck Pain  

Neck pain is a frustrating condition which can affect your daily life and hinder even simple activities if left unchecked. However, treating your neck pain helps you get back on your feet and back to your daily life without pain and discomfort. Find out more about the signs andNeck Pain symptoms of neck pain and how your chiropractor can help you understand and overcome this condition with Dr. Scott Shaw at Shaw Chiropractic Center in Richmond, VA.

What causes neck pain? 
Neck pain can come from any number of underlying sources. However, some causes of neck pain occur in patients more than others. Some of the common causes of neck pain include:

  • injury
  • strain
  • degenerative disc disease
  • pinched nerve
  • herniated disc
  • whiplash
  • the position of the neck while sleeping
  • underlying conditions like fibromyalgia

Am I suffering from neck pain? 
Though it seems very straightforward, neck pain can have symptoms you may not recognize at first. Most commonly, patients describe their neck pain as a dull ache which is usually made worse by movement or turning the head. However, some patients also experience numbness, shooting or tingling pain, dizziness, swollen lymph nodes, swishing sounds, difficulty swallowing, headaches, shoulder pain, and tingling in the arm which is often a sign of a pinched nerve.

Chiropractic Treatment for Neck Pain in Richmond, VA
Your chiropractor is an expert in using noninvasive techniques to treat neck pain. They may suggest a hands-on manipulation or instrument-assisted manipulation to adjust your neck and spine and realign their bones and tissues, relieving pressure on the nerves and muscles around them. Your chiropractor may suggest taking an x-ray or MRI prior to your treatment to assess your neck and rule out certain conditions or injuries which other types of treatment may better treat.

For more information on neck pain or chiropractic treatment, please contact Dr. Shaw at Shaw Chiropractic Center in Richmond, VA. Call (804) 741-3068 to schedule your appointment today!

By Shaw Chiropractic Center
July 26, 2018
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Headaches  

Achieve headache relief with the help of chiropractic care in Richmond, VA.headaches

If you find yourself dealing with headaches rather regularly you may be frustrated with the toll it’s taking on your daily life. A headache, no matter how minor, can make it difficult to concentrate, especially if you work in front of a computer screen day in and day out. But did you know that a lot of headaches are tension headaches? Our Richmond, VA, chiropractor Dr. Scott Shaw is here to tell you more about where your headaches might be coming from and whether chiropractic care could help.

There are many factors that can trigger tension headaches including stress, poor sleep, bad posture and even lack of food. If you are someone who deals with headaches often you may want to keep a journal to help you pinpoint the root cause (or causes) for your tension headaches.

If avoiding the triggers isn’t always possible, or if your trigger is poor posture or neck tension, then our Richmond, VA, chiropractic specialist can certainly help. Bad posture and tension in the neck and shoulders are most common causes of frequent headaches, especially if you work at a desk or lead a sedentary lifestyle. Fortunately, regular chiropractic sessions involving spinal manipulation can provide you with immense relief from your symptoms.

Spinal manipulation involves applying manual pressure to areas of the spine to help adjust and realign the discs of the spine. This also involved stretching the head and neck and placing them into particular positions to improve flexibility and range of motion while bringing much-needed blood flow to the areas to facilitate faster healing to any damaged tissue.

Along with regular chiropractic sessions, our chiropractor may also recommend certain lifestyle changes or exercises to follow each and every day. For example, losing excess weight can take unnecessary pressure off of the spine and improve how the body functions as a whole. If sitting at a desk day in and day out is taking a toll on your body we can show you proper ergonomics to improve your posture at work to reduce the frequency of your headaches.

Our chiropractic specialist Dr. Shaw has undergone extensive training to provide you with the unique care and individualized chiropractic treatment plan you need to reduce tension in the neck and back, thereby reducing the severity and frequency of your headaches.

Don’t let frequent headaches dictate what you can and can’t do. Headache relief is just around the corner at our Richmond, VA, chiropractic practice. Call our office today and let us know how we can help you feel better.

By Shaw Chiropractic Center
May 22, 2018
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Sciatica  

Find out if that nerve pain in your leg could be sciatica and how we can help?

The sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in the body, begins within the spinal cord near the lower back, where it then stretches down thesciatica buttock to the leg and into the foot. If you are experiencing true sciatic pain then you may notice pain either at your lower back or behind the leg (often near the thigh) that extends to the thigh. Our Richmond, VA, chiropractor Dr. Scott Shaw is here to tell you more about this common symptom and how chiropractic treatment might alleviate an irritated sciatic nerve.

What causes sciatica?

There are a few things that could be to blame for your sciatica. In many cases, an irritation of the roots of the lower spine is the culprit. Other causes of sciatica include:

  • Muscle spasms of the lower back
  • Pregnancy
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated or bulging discs
  • Tumors
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis

Symptoms of sciatica can be exacerbated by poor posture, an old or worn mattress, leading a sedentary lifestyle, being overweight or wearing high heels.

What are symptoms of sciatica?

If you have sciatica then you may experience pain in the back of the leg that begins at the thigh and extends to the knee (it can even extend as far as the feet and toes). The pain may get worse when sitting down. You may also experience back or hip pain. The most common symptoms include burning, shooting pains, weakness or a constant throbbing pain on the affected side. In most cases, sciatica will only affect one side of the body.

How can a chiropractor improve my sciatica?

Our Richmond, VA, chiropractic specialist offers non-surgical and non-invasive way to manage your sciatica symptoms. Our goal as your chiropractor is to make sure that your body functions as ideally as possible and to provide your body with the care it needs to heal quickly and more efficiently. Some of the treatments we offer to ease sciatica include,

  • Spinal adjustments: repositions spinal vertebrae that are out of alignment to easily reduce nerve inflammation, pain, swelling, spasms and other symptoms associated with sciatica. Adjustments are a safe and painless way to improve how your body functions and to promote faster healing.

If you think you are dealing with sciatic pain then it’s time to turn to the chiropractic expert at Shaw Chiropractic Center in Richmond, VA, for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan that will help alleviate your pain and discomfort. Call our office today to schedule a consultation.

By Shaw Chiropractic Center
March 23, 2018
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Knee Pain  

Many people think that a chiropractor can only help with problems associated with back pain, but the scope of their practice goes far knee painbeyond that one area of the body. Chiropractic care is actually designed to be holistically helpful, changing the way the body's systems work together for optimal comfort and wellness. Dr. Scott Shaw of Shaw Chiropractic Center in Richmond, VA can show you how chiropractic medicine can help with knee pain.

What's causing my knee pain?

Sometimes the cause of your knee pain is obvious; slipping and falling on ice, for example. But many patients who visit their Richmond chiropractor with knee pain are dealing with classic "wear and tear." The knees help to support the majority of your body weight, so it's no wonder that they are subject to inflammation and mobility problems. Posture issues, improper footwear, or obesity can all manifest themselves in the form of chronic knee pain, which can be very frustrating, especially when medication or activity reduction doesn't bring you the relief you need to perform daily activities. Fortunately, that's where Dr. Shaw comes in!

How can a chiropractor help my knee pain?

After determining the cause of your knee pain, your Richmond chiropractor will work with you to devise a treatment plan that helps to restore motion and reduce the discomfort you're feeling. Many of our patients at Shaw Chiropractic Center respond well to a combination of treatment methods, which may include adjusting the joints around the knee, spinal manipulation to help redistribute the body's weight and pressure points, and physical therapy exercises to do at home between appointments.

To set up an evaluation for your knee pain or any other mobility issues you've been experiencing, contact Shaw Chiropractic Center in Richmond, VA today. We look forward to helping you achieve a whole-body approach to wellness!

By Shaw Chiropractic Center
December 29, 2017
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Shoulder Pain  

Millions of people seek treatment for shoulder problems every year. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, rotator shoulder paincuff injuries are among the most common causes of pain and inflammation in the shoulder. Dr. Scott Shaw, a chiropractor in Richmond, VA, offers a number of treatment options for shoulder pain and other orthopedic conditions and injuries.

Shoulder Pain and Injury Treatment in Richmond, VA

As one of the most mobile joints in the body, the shoulder is especially susceptible to inflammation, strains and overuse injuries. The most common causes of shoulder pain, stiffness, and mobility issues are:

Bursitis - inflammation of the bursa, small fluid-filled sacs that cushion the space between the bones and soft tissue in the shoulder joint

Tendinitis - inflammation of the tendons that connect the muscles and bones in the shoulder. Tendinitis is common among athletes and active individuals and is also commonly referred to by names like pitcher's or swimmer's shoulder. The sports and activities that most commonly lead to tendinitis and shoulder pain include:

  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Tennis
  • Running

Shoulder pain can also result from repetitive or twisting motions that strain the shoulder joint over time. Along with sports, occupational and workplace injuries are among the most common causes of shoulder injuries.

How Chiropractic Treatment Can Help Relieve Shoulder Pain

Although some rotator cuff injuries may require surgery, it is generally considered a last resort in cases where previous conservative treatments have failed. The first step in treating shoulder pain is to accurately diagnose the source of the pain (subluxation, rotator cuff injury, bursitis). Depending on the source and severity of the pain, chiropractic treatments for shoulder pain may include:

  • Massage therapy
  • Manual manipulation
  • Ice/heat
  • Ultrasound
  • Electrotherapy
  • Physical rehabilitation

Find a Chiropractor in Richmond, VA

For more information about chiropractic treatment options for pain caused by rotator cuff and other shoulder injuries, contact Shaw Chiropractic Center by calling (804) 741-3068 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shaw today.

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Scott Shaw, DC
Dr. Shaw is a graduate of the University of Florida and Life Chiropractic College. He has completed post graduate studies specializing in the Activator Methods chiropractic technique.

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