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By Scott Shaw, DC
October 29, 2019
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Back Pain  

Suffering from back pain? Most people will experience back pain sometime during their lifetime. Chiropractic care is considered a safe, Back Paineffective treatment for back pain. Led by Dr. Scott Shaw, Shaw Chiropractic Center (located in Richmond, VA) offers full-service, state-of-the-art chiropractic care to the patients it serves. Read on to learn about the causes of back pain and treatment options.


Causes of Back Pain

Spinal Arthritis: Spinal arthritis — the slow degeneration of the spinal joints — is a common cause of low back pain. Everyone experiences wear and tear as they age, and it's normal for your lower back to start acting up as you get older. As the cartilage breaks down between the joints, surrounding tissues may become swollen. The swelling and thinning of cartilage increase friction in the joints, which may cause back pain.

Back Injuries: A car accident or fall can cause a back injury. But so can carrying a heavy object up the stairs. Some back injuries can be sudden, and some happen slowly over time. Everyday tasks can also lead to back injuries when done incorrectly. If your back pain is from a mild injury, your chiropractor can help.

Herniated Discs: A ruptured, or herniated, disc is a disc that has “spilled out” of its lining. This happens most often in the lower back. Some ruptured discs cause no symptoms. Others can irritate nerves and result in numbness, pain, or weakness in an arm or leg. Chiropractors offer a variety of treatments for herniated discs.

Skeletal irregularities: A condition in which your spine curves to the side (scoliosis) can lead to back pain. Most cases are mild with few symptoms. Severe scoliosis can be painful and disabling. Chiropractic treatments are used to treat patients with scoliosis. There is no cure for scoliosis, but the symptoms can be reduced with treatment.

Spondylolysis: Spondylolysis refers to a stress fracture in one of the vertebrae of the spine. This condition is most common in kids and adolescents who play sports, such as football or gymnastics, that place repeated stress on the lower back. Spondylolysis can also occur from the degenerative changes of aging, which cause loss of the normal stabilizing structures of the spinal column.

 

Treatments for Back Pain

Spinal Manipulation: Spinal manipulation is often used to treat back pain. Spinal manipulation is a technique where chiropractic doctors use a device or their hands to apply a controlled thrust to a joint of your spine. Spinal manipulations can ease back pain by taking the pressure off nerves or tissues, reducing muscle tension, boosting blood flow, and increasing range of motion.

Therapeutic Exercise: Therapeutic exercise is good for back pain. Your chiropractor can design an exercise plan to help with pain relief. Therapeutic exercise refers to a range of physical activities that help build strength, endurance, flexibility, stability, and balance. The aim of therapeutic exercise is returning patients to a pain-free, fully functioning state.
 

Get your life back! Whether your goal is getting back to sports, the office, or just enjoying life, we can help. Call Shaw Chiropractic Center at 804-741-3068 today to schedule a consultation in Richmond, VA.

By Scott Shaw, DC
July 02, 2019
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Shoulder Pain  

No matter which way you sleep or turn your head when you're driving, you're in pain. Your left shoulder will not quiet down, and you don't Shoulder Painwant to take oral pain meds indefinitely. At Shaw Chiropractic Center in Richmond, your chiropractor, Dr. Scott Shaw, loves freeing his patients from the discomforts of rotator cuff problems. Amazingly, they're often unrelated to acute injury! Learn more here.

 

Basic shoulder anatomy

Your shoulder is an amazing body part—composed of the upper portion of your arm bone (the humerus) and the shoulder blade (scapula), your shoulder rotates through a wide range of motion. It's supported and held together by bands of muscle and connective tissue called the rotator cuff.

 

Shoulder pain and other symptoms

Common to athletes that participate in high impact sports, rotator cuff problems come from sudden, acute injuries, as well as from overuse, arthritis, tendinitis, and gout.

However, besides these well-known issues, shoulder pain also may originate in cervical spine misalignments. In other words, the vertebrae in your neck may be deteriorating, pinching nerves or lacking the cushioning provided by healthy intervertebral discs. As such, pain starting in the neck can radiate to the shoulders, causing muscular spasms, soreness, and impaired function.

 

Getting evaluation and treatment

Your Richmond chiropractor is an avid athlete himself. As such, he dedicates his chiropractic practice to relief of pain and optimization of function. If you have persistent shoulder pain, Dr. Shaw can help.

When you come to Shaw Chiropractic Center for evaluation of your shoulder pain, expect a complete chiropractic evaluation. During this examination, your doctor will look for spinal subluxations, or areas of vertebral misalignments. He also may take X-rays, CT scans, or an MRI as needed.

Many times, shoulder pain responds very well to spinal adjustments and to common sense strategies such as:

  • Massage therapy to improve muscular function and relax soft tissues
  • Rest and ice or heat
  • Better ergonomics (posture exercises and aligning the ears with both shoulders, reports LiveStrong)
  • Acupuncture
  • Cold laser therapy (low-level light therapy which creates no sensation of heat)

 

Don't you feel better?

Take that hurting left shoulder to Shaw Chiropractor Center's Richmond Office. Dr. Shaw will come up with a care plan which makes pain a thing of the past. Call (804) 741-3068 to schedule your appointment.

By Scott Shaw, DC
June 03, 2019
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Migraines  

Don’t let migraines control your life. Our Richmond, VA, chiropractic specialist can help!

A migraine is a severe pounding headache that can last anywhere from a couple of hours to a few days. The pain can be excruciating, Migrainemaking it impossible to do anything but curl up in bed with the lights off. If you are someone who suffers from frequent or severe migraines, you may be relieved to hear that our Richmond chiropractor Dr. Scott Shaw can help!

 

What are the symptoms of a migraine?

A migraine can last anywhere from four to 72 hours if left untreated, and auras (e.g. flashes of light or visual disturbances) are often the first indicators of an impending migraine. Other symptoms include,

  • Throbbing or pulsing headache on one or both sides of the head
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizzy or lightheaded
  • Feeling faint

If you’ve been dealing with symptoms of a migraine it’s important that you make note of the symptoms that you’ve been experiencing so you can talk to your doctor about your headaches. If pain is severe, debilitating, or accompanied by a head injury, it’s important that you seek immediate medical attention.

 

What causes migraines?

Figuring out what triggers your migraines is crucial, as you may be able to prevent a headache if you avoid the trigger altogether. While genes may play a role in who develops migraines there are environmental factors that can also trigger attacks. Common triggers include,

  • Hormonal fluctuations in women (e.g. menstrual cycle; pregnancy)
  • Certain foods such as salty and processed foods
  • Skipping meals or fasting
  • Food additives (E.g. aspartame; MSG)
  • Caffeine or alcohol
  • Stress
  • Loud sounds
  • Strong smells (e.g. perfume; smoke)
  • Jet lag or poor sleep
  • Extreme physical exertion (e.g. marathon running)
  • Environmental changes (e.g. weather; barometric pressure)
  • Certain medications (e.g. birth control pills)

 

How can a chiropractor treat my migraine symptoms?

One of the main goals of chiropractic treatment is to improve the alignment of the body to reduce pain and improve overall functionality and mobility. It’s also great for stimulating the body’s natural healing process.

Spinal manipulation is the most popular chiropractic treatment we offer here in Richmond, VA, because it can target a wide range of musculoskeletal complaints such as neck and back pain, headaches, migraines, and joint problems.

When the spine is out of alignment, this impacts the nerves, which can then lead to migraines. By realigning the spine, we can reduce tension and improve how the nerves, ligaments, and tissue in the body function as a whole to reduce your risk for the condition.

There are also lifestyle modifications we can recommend to reduce migraine triggers such as eating a healthy diet, avoiding caffeine and alcohol, getting regular exercise, and getting quality sleep every night.

 

Need relief? Give us a call!

Are you living with migraines in Richmond, VA? If so, it’s time to see how the team at Shaw Chiropractic Center can help—dial (804) 741-3068 today!

By Shaw Chiropractic Center
March 26, 2019
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Headaches   Anxiety   Blood Pressure  

How treatment from our Richmond office can help you feel better

Are you experiencing negative health symptoms like neck pain or headaches? Visiting a chiropractor may be able to help you overcome these issues. Led by Dr. Scott Shaw, Shaw Chiropractic Center (located in Richmond, VA) offers a full range of chiropractic services—read Chiropractor Procedureon to find out what a chiropractor can do for you!

 

1. Migraines/Headaches

Many Americans suffer from headaches. Taking pain medication and hoping your headache disappears is one option, but there is a better one. Studies have shown that spinal manipulation is an effective way to counter migraines and headaches, with immediate relief sometimes as a result.

 

2. Stress/Anxiety

Stress is how your brain and body responds to exhausting demands such as school, work, or any major life changes. Some stress can be good for you, as it produces a boost that provides the drive to help people achieve their goals. Too much of it, though, can have health consequences and take a severe toll on your mental health. Chiropractors work primarily with the spine and can help the body manage and process stress in a healthier way.

 

3. Blood Pressure

Hypertension (i.e. high blood pressure) occurs when blood pressure is higher than normal, and if left untreated, it can lead to a range of health problems, including stroke and heart disease. A recent study showed that spinal manipulation could give people suffering from high blood pressure the same effect as taking certain high blood pressure medications, with positive effects lasting for several months after the adjustment.

 

4. Chronic Pain

Research shows that both spinal manipulation and therapeutic ultrasound can help with chronic neck and back pain. Ultrasound is used to provide deep heating to the tissues in the body in order to help reduce your pain and speed up the healing process. Many chiropractors also offer electrotherapy treatments to their patients. This treatment works by sending out electrical impulses to charge block pain signals and reduce the pain you feel.

 

5. Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation is one of the top causes of pain, joint problems, and tension. Chronic inflammation has also been linked to a number of conditions such as chronic pain, heart disease, and cancer. Chiropractic care has been shown to reduce inflammation, which can lead to a number of positive benefits, including reduced muscle tension and pain relief. Reduced inflammation can also help lower your risk of developing diseases that are linked to high inflammation.

 

Ready to take charge of your life? Call Shaw Chiropractic Center at (804) 741-3068 right now to schedule an appointment at our Richmond office!

By Shaw Chiropractic Center
January 02, 2019
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Back Pain   Knee Pain   Neck Pain   Headaches  

Struggling with chronic stiffness, pain, and discomfort are all signs that you may need to see a chiropractor. Chiropractors utilize a variety of non-invasive methods and techniques for alleviating pain and discomfort, reducing inflammation, minimizing joint stiffness, improving Body Painflexibility, and increasing range of motion. Dr. Scott Shaw is your Richmond chiropractor for these treatments—read below to learn more!

Signs That You Need To See a Chiropractor

There are several signs and symptoms that can indicate you may need to see a chiropractor, including:

  • Lower back pain
  • Chronic neck pain
  • Chronic muscle and joint pain
  • Shooting pain in the legs
  • Frequent headaches or migraines
  • Limited range of motion

Conditions Treated by Chiropractors

Chiropractors can treat the symptoms associated with a wide range of conditions, whether due to an injury or a medical condition, such as arthritis. Symptoms such as pain, discomfort, and stiffness can be treated by a chiropractor through a variety of chiropractic techniques. Specific conditions that can be treated by chiropractors include:

  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Neck and back pain
  • Joint pain
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic Migraines
  • Sciatica
  • Fibromyalgia
  • PMS pain
  • Chronic sinus infections

Chiropractic Treatment Methods

Several chiropractic treatments and techniques exist for alleviating the symptoms of numerous injuries and conditions. Two common chiropractic techniques include spinal manipulation and soft tissue massage. Spinal manipulation involves realignment of the vertebrae along the spine, which can reduce pressure on the joints, decrease swelling, minimize pain, and improve mobility and range of motion. Soft tissue massage is a therapeutic technique for improving circulation and reducing inflammation of the joints.

Interested? Give our Richmond Office a Call!

If you struggle with any of the signs or symptoms already listed, see a chiropractor for treatment as soon as possible so that you can experience relief from any pain or discomfort you are experiencing. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Shaw's Richmond office call (804) 741-3068 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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