Is the Pain While Lifting Over My Head Going to get Better or Worse and What Should I do?

In my office, as well as many other chiropractic offices, pain while lifting overhead is one of the most common shoulder complaints. If this is something you have experienced, you understand that this is frustrating. You wonder: is something pinched?  Am I damaging...

Who Should Evaluate Your Neck Pain? And When?

When you have pain, which doctor do you turn to first?  If it’s tooth pain, I HOPE you choose a dentist. If you have a broken leg, I HOPE you choose an orthopedist. If you have neck pain, I HOPE you choose a chiropractor. Neck pain occurs in about 15-20% of the...

Don’t Forget to LIVE While You Have Pain and Not Just Live With Pain

Much of the time, any pain you experience is what we call “multi-factorial” or “complex.” So what does that mean?  For you as a patient and me as a clinician, it means that there will be ups and downs and treating your pain. It will take time and effort to reduce,...
Who Should Evaluate Your Neck Pain? And When?

Who Should Evaluate Your Neck Pain? And When?

When you have pain, which doctor do you turn to first?  If it’s tooth pain, I HOPE you choose a dentist. If you have a broken leg, I HOPE you choose an orthopedist. If you have neck pain, I HOPE you choose a chiropractor. Neck pain occurs in about 15-20% of the...

To Move or Not To Move

To Move or Not To Move

How many people think that bed rest is the best solution for back pain?  I hope NOBODY said yes. 99% of the time, bed rest is the WRONG answer, and that has been shown again and again. But if movement is the answer, what does that mean?  It depends on each individual...

Let’s get you MOVING!

Let’s get you MOVING!

Onto week 3: setting your activity goals! In my opinion, this is probably THE most important goal. The activity goal here refers to both general activity goals and getting back to activities during or after pain episodes. My first piece of advice for your activity...

Pain free mindset: SET A GOAL!

Pain free mindset: SET A GOAL!

“I want to be free of my pain!” When I ask my patients what their goals are for treatment in my office, this is the most common goal they set for themselves. I then proceed to ask well, what does the pain feel like? When does it happen? What aggravates it? What makes...

The Different Health Goals you SHOULD be setting!

The Different Health Goals you SHOULD be setting!

March is going to be all about goal setting at Impulse Chiropractic. It’s not January 1st so some of you will think “why are we talking about goals in March?” Setting and evaluating your goals can be a continually evolving process rather than a “set and forget”...

Continue to LIVE with your low back pain

Continue to LIVE with your low back pain

Much of the time, low back pain is what we call “multi-factorial” or “complex.” So what does that mean? For you as a patient and me as a clinician, it means that there will be ups and downs. Treating low back pain will take time and effort to reduce, control, and...

Now what if it moves too much?

Last week I talked about MOVING. Specifically, the thoracic spine, the hip, and the ankles. But how do each of these systems move? The MUSCLES that attach to them. Much of the time, creating mobility in surrounding areas or the low back can create great relief. Even...