Posts for: September, 2014

By Total Health Chiropractic and Wellness
September 16, 2014
Many of us crack our necks in hope of some relief. Dr. Kenneth Clenin wants Memphis chiropractic patients to realize that it may not be the best choice for neck pain relief. If you are a “neck cracker,” you most likely suffer from some sort of mechanical joint dysfunction. Stress, work, driving, and daily activities can cause stiffness in the joints of your neck or back. As your body feels the stiffness, all you have to do is a simple turn of the neck, and pop! But this is a habit you don’t want to start. Cracking your own neck can be dangerous. Chiropractors are trained to manipulate the joints, and they understand the best practices to promote healthy, functioning joints.  
When you pop your neck, the joints above and below move more to make up the difference. When done frequently, you are just temporarily loosening the segments that are already loose, not the ones that are stuck, so those joints may become loose and can lead to more problems in the future.

What to Expect From a Chiropractor

When you see a chiropractor for your neck pain, it’s important to remember that the adjustment frees, not forces, your vertebra to allow it to find its natural position. Some common chiropractic adjustment techniques include:
  • Instrument adjustments: Involves spring-loaded devices
  • Lumbar roll: Dr. Clenin applies a firm, yet quick thrust to a misaligned vertebra while you are lying on your side.
  • Motion palpation: A hand technique to determining if the vertebrae are properly aligned.
  • Release work: A gentle pressure is used with fingers to separate the vertebrae.
  • Table adjustments: You will lie on a specially designed table that drops when pressure is applied to a specific area of your neck.
  • Toggle drop: Firm pressure is applied on a specific area of the spine by using crossed hands.

Adjustments do not usually involve any pain or discomfort. Remember to stay relaxed and don’t be frightened if you hear popping sounds, it’s usually just pockets of air being released behind a joint or bony structure. Adjustments have been proven to:

  • Increase blood flow
  • Increase pain tolerance levels
  • Increase range of motion
  • Increase the body’s secretion of “good” chemicals
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Reduce tension and muscle pressure

Don't Crack Your Neck! See Your Chiropractor

The next time you notice your neck to be stiff, and you feel the urge to pop or crack it, think about the information in this article and the relief you can get from visiting Dr. Clenin at our chiropractic office in Memphis. 

By Kenneth P. Clenin, DC, CCRD, CSCS
September 11, 2014
Tags: chiropractor   headache  

How Your Chiropractor Can Treat Your Headaches

Unfortunately, a headache can strike at any possible moment. Most of the time it might feel that it comes on during the worst times possible—like when we’re at work or even sitting in a college lecture. Once a headache shows up, it can be a challenge to even be able to concentrate on anything other than the pain and discomfort you’re feeling.

You might try to massage your temples or neck and hope that it goes away; however, it’s obvious that nothing is going to get accomplished until you make this pain go away. A headache can really put a damper on your whole day. And if you experience chronic headaches in Memphis, you might be desperate to find a treatment to alleviate symptoms. Did you know that your relief could actually come from visiting a chiropractor in Memphis, TN? It might seem hard to believe but chiropractic care has been successful in treating those with chronic headaches.

Understanding Chiropractic Care

Here are just a few interesting facts about chiropractic care in Memphis and how it can benefit you:


-       One main cause of pain and disorders is improper alignment of the vertebrae in the spine. Chiropractic care in 38119 works to fix this misalignment by using a combination of pressure, massage and manipulation. Through these techniques, any pressure placed on these spinal nerves is released, helping to loosen up joint mobility. This is your body returning to homeostasis—or its happy place.

-       Chiropractic care in Memphis has been used for a multitude of reasons, including reducing joint injury pain and osteoarthritis; however, we’ve also realized that chiropractic care also lessen symptoms of other conditions including high blood pressure, ear infections, and of course, headaches. In fact, in the last couple of decades, we’ve finally recognized the usefulness of chiropractic care in Memphis, TN on neuromuscular conditions.

-       A 2001 study conducted at Duke University found that spinal manipulation actually improved headaches that originated in the neck. They also found that spinal manipulation produced fewer side effects and longer relief of tension headaches than more commonly used medications. This study further supports that our chiropractic treatments help chronic headache sufferers in the 38119 area.

If you’ve never seen a chiropractor and you’re wondering what this treatment entails, your chiropractor in Memphis offers an array of treatments including electrotherapy, massage therapy, physical rehabilitation, ice/heat therapy and stress management. However, one of the main functions of treatment is to fix improper spine alignment, which in turn, could help solve your headache problems.

If you feel like headaches are interfering with your life, it’s time to do something about it. If you’re interested in how your Memphis chiropractor could help, then call us at (901) 683-5971.

Has Memphis chiropractic care helped reduce your headache symptoms? If so, we would love to know more about your experience. How long was it before you noticed a reduction in symptoms? Has it helped you feel more productive? We would love to hear from you.