What You Eat Affects Your Pain

Dr. Kristina Fruechtl Blog

Did you know that whether you eat an apple or a cookie can affect your pain?  Yes it can, because it influences the inflammatory state of the body.

5 Reasons Your Neck Could Be Sore

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Neck pain is unfortunately common and well, painful.  When it’s sharp and intense, it usually limits range of motion and causes avoidance of positions and certain activities.  When it’s low grade pain and stiffness, it is usually ignored since it’s something most people can tune out of their mind.  But when pain doesn’t resolve on it’s own and especially when …

Three Things Your Chiropractor Wants You To Do

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People that seek chiropractic care do so for multiple reasons. Many of these people are in acute pain.  They are having a flare-up after doing an activity, have a direct injury, or sometimes pain occurs for no apparent reason.  The truth, is that sometimes pain and injuries do happen with no direct cause. Some of these pains are avoidable by …

Learn about SPM’s and Chronic Pain

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SPM stands for Specialized Pro-resolving Mediator.  So what does it mean to you?  Less pain and a more active lifestyle…   SPM’a are extracted from fish oil and concentrated into supplement form. They are different than traditional fish oil or EPA/DHA  and other long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid supplements and are not a substitute for them.  EPA and DHA may be converted …

What is Cervical Spine Degeneration?

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The term “cervical” in this case refers to the region of the neck. Cervical spine degeneration is a broad category term used to describe a host of types of joint pain and arthritic changes to the bone, cartilage, ligaments and inter-vertebral discs that are visible on x-ray or advanced imaging such as MRI or CT scans.  Lab tests that are indicative …

Navigating the Cycle of Chronic Pain

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The story of chronic pain has a long history and is not going away.  It is getting worse according to the increasingly overwhelming reports of overuse and abuse of opiate medication for the condition. The feelings of helplessness turn to something known as “fear-avoidance” which is a common behavior in which the person avoids any activities they know have cause them to …

Why Use Ice Packs?

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This is what comes out of many people’s mouth when they are asked to use ice packs to treat an injury: “Why should I use ice packs?  Heat feels so much better!” A very simple explanation is that cold (or an ice pack) reduces inflammation, which is what you are trying to control and manage with an initial injury.  Inflammation occurs …

How Do You Know When You’re On a Healthy Track?

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Many people try so many things through the course of many years, to try to achieve good health.  These are usually attempted with good intentions and sometimes they work out and end up giving us the results that were desired. Other times, they don’t and this leaves a sense of failure or urgency to try something different. Eventually, when you feel …

Which Shoes Are Best?

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With SO many options for footwear available, there are many things to consider when choosing a pair. We’re just going to talk about the basics with everyday shoes.  Sandals could be a whole other post!