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Posted by John Buffington on May 23, 2019

Sciatica, which is pain in the hips or legs due to irritation of the sciatic nerve (the largest nerve in the body), can be very painful. It can become chronic and debilitating.

The most common cause of sciatica is a herniated or bulging disc in the low back (lumbar spine). Sciatica has a history of being difficult to treat and surgery is often the unfortunate outcome of a herniated disc diagnoses. But it doesn't have to be that way.

Posted by John Buffington on May 16, 2019

Battling the Opioid Crisis

This week, CBS 21 News in Pennsylvania aired a segment, "An Opioid Exit Strategy: How Chiropractors May Hold the Key," which showcases the need for safe, effective, drug-free care - including chiropractic - to be utilized to manage pain prior to prescription opioids.

Posted by John Buffington on May 15, 2019

Over 80% of the population will experience low back pain at some point in their life. Many will go on to develop chronic low back pain, which is low back pain that persists for over 90 days.

Sciatica, which is pain down the leg or both legs, is also fairly common and can result from the same underlying cause of low back pain. Some patients have sciatica only, low back pain only, or both.

Here is a list of the most common causes of low back pain:

Posted by John Buffington on May 10, 2019

Curious about foam rolling? We hope you'll enjoy this excellent article from the March 2019 edition of Men's Health.

"While few scientific studies currently exist, many physiotherapists tout the benefits of stretching sore muscles with targeted foam roller exercises after a tough workout in a bid to speed up recovery. Many trainers also believe that specific foam roller exercises before working out can help improve performance in the gym by increasing elasticity and range of motion in muscles.

Posted by John Buffington on April 22, 2019

It turns out we may not know all we need to know about healthy sleeping habits.

Please read the enclosed article carefully. You'll be surprised to learn how many hours of sleep is optimal each night, how important "deep" sleep is for our sleep cycle and how counter-productive snoozing really is.

Have you ever wondered whether or not snoring is harmful or whether or not napping helps insomnia? If so, take a few minutes and read this interesting article.

Sweet dreams!

Posted by Lisa Quinn on April 18, 2019

Neck pain can arise from a number of different issues in the neck or shoulder region. Quite often, pain is generated from the small joints in the back of the vertebra, called facets. Pain can also arise from disc-related conditions where the liquid-like center part of the disc works its way out through cracks and tears in the thicker outer part of the disc. Pressure on nerves produce numbness and/or weakness in the arm. It is possible to “sprain” the neck in car accidents, sports injuries, or from slips and falls.

Posted by Lisa Quinn on April 4, 2019

About 10 years ago, we began to incorporate spinal decompression therapy into our herniated disc treatment protocols. The machine we use is the DRX-9000.

The DRX-9000 is designed and built to treat herniated and bulging spinal discs naturally.

Posted by John Buffington on March 27, 2019

Herniated discs in the low back and neck are fairly common.  In fact, many of us have a herniated disc and don't even know it. That's right. You can have a lumbar or cervical disc herniation and have no symptoms.

On the other hand, you can have a disc herniation that is causing severe low back pain and sciatica or neck and arm pain. The pain can be so bad that you are unable to function in a normal manner. It just depends on the nature of the the disc herniation and how it is contacting your spinal cord or nerves.

Posted by John Buffington on March 11, 2019

Herniated discs in the low back are fairly common. They are less common in the neck.  Usually when a disc is herniated there is low back pain or sciatica pain, but you can also have a herniated disc and not even know it. Truthfully, many people will live with herniated discs and never have any symptoms. In fact, some herniated discs in the neck or back will heal on their own.

Posted by John Buffington on February 28, 2019

We use is the DRX-9000 machine for spinal decompression treatments in our office. The protocol for spinal decompression is 20 one-hour sessions over the course of 6 to 8 weeks. There are many spinal decompression machines and practitioners in the Bay Area, so the price for lumbar or cervical spinal decompression is $3,500-$4,000 depending on what is recommended.

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