By Total Health Chiropractic and Wellness
October 24, 2014
Tags: neck pain  
While whiplash and other forms of trauma are commonly associated with neck pain, a bad posture can also set that pain in motion. 

Neck Pain ImageHow Poor Posture Creates Neck Pain

If you sit at a desk all day, you are probably familiarly with backaches. It seems odd that a sedentary job can cause joint and muscle pain, but it does because poor posture and sitting for hours on end can put extra strain on the upper body. The muscles and bones aren’t getting the needed amount of movement and exercise. 
Poor posture isn’t only affecting the back. The way the spine curves and how the head is positioned can determine the stress on the neck. 

What’s the Worst Posture for the Neck?

Do you hunch over? Well, that might be what is causing the discomfort in your neck. Letting the shoulders and head hang forward puts stress on the muscles and vertebrae of the lower neck. 
If head or neck movements cause pain or the discomfort continues after changing your posture, a professional evaluation is recommended. The Total Health Chiropractic and Wellness Center can examine the neck pain, help you identify the underlying cause and treat it. 

Visit Total Health Chiropractic and Wellness For Neck Pain

Do you want to know more about our treatment plans for neck pain at our Memphis chiropractic center? Call Total Health Chiropractic and Wellness Center at (901) 683-5971.
How do you treat your neck pain? We love to hear any tips you may have?
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.

By Total Health Chiropractic and Wellness Center
June 11, 2014
Tags: back pain   Memphis  
back pain memphis tnSwimsuit season is around the corner, so people have been out and about working on their fitness. Exercise, such as weight training and cardio, strengthens the muscles and can be beneficial for other reasons: lowers risk of heart disease, depression and type 2 diabetes. Plus, it’s a big confidence boost for people who have trouble controlling their weight.
Did you also know mild-to-moderate exercise may also help relieve back pain.

Exercising Can Strengthen the Back 

You may think that all your strength comes from your legs and arms, but your back also plays a critical role in handling daily tasks. The first thing people want to do is rest; however, too much bed rest may end up slowing down the healing process.
If you have short-term lower back pain, physical activity is the best remedy. Simple and short exercises can ease you into an active routine.
Some of the best exercises for lower back problems include stretching, swimming and core strengthening.

Treatment for Back Pain in Memphis

Exercise is a piece of the puzzle, not the only solution to your back pain. The best way to treat and monitor back pain is by seeing your chiropractor. The experienced and trained staff here at Total Health Chiropractic and Wellness know the best practices for taking care of any issues related to muscles and bones in the back.
Are you ready to get back into shape? Remember to consult with your chiropractor regarding new exercise routines. We can determine whether an exercise will be beneficial to your specific back pain case in Memphis.
For further questions, call (901) 683-5971. 
By Total Health Chiropractic and Wellness Center
June 11, 2014
Tags: back pain   neck pain   Memphis  
back and neck pain memphisBack and neck pain are two of the most common conditions that plague Americans. But because these conditions are common, this does not mean people have to live with them. That’s the message Kenneth P. Clenin, CD, CCRD, CSCS, a Memphis, TN chiropractor, shares with his patients.
As a chiropractor in Memphis, Dr. Clenin focuses on helping patients find relief from pain without the need for painkillers or invasive procedures. Through employing chiropractic adjustments coupled with strength and conditioning, patients can find relief from their back and neck pain in Memphis.

The Types of Back and Neck Pain

Dr. Clenin sees several different types of back and neck pain at his Memphis, TN chiropractic office. The first type is the patient experiencing acute pain. This could occur if a patient has experienced a traumatic injury, such as a car accident or sports injury.
The other pain type is chronic pain, which is pain a patient may have experienced for two months or more and is unrelated to an injury. Causes of chronic back pain can include disc herniation, where a protective and cushioning disc slips out of place in your spinal column and presses on the nerves in your spine. Another common cause is lumbar degenerative disc disease. This occurs when a spinal disc starts to wear down or becomes inflamed, which can press on the nerves in your spinal column and cause pain in your back and neck.
Osteoarthritis is another back and neck pain cause. Arthritis occurs when cartilage starts to deteriorate, causing the bony surfaces of your spinal column to rub together, causing pain. This affects your range of motion and causes stiffness. While arthritis was previously associated with being a disease only for those of advanced age, people are experiencing arthritis at younger and younger ages.
The good news is, regardless of the cause of your neck and back pain, chiropractic treatment can help to address the issue. Most causes of back and neck pain have something to do with misalignment of the spinal column. Chiropractic services focus on making adjustments that can restore alignment and blood flow to your spine and the areas of your body where pain radiates.
In addition to spinal manipulations or adjustments, Dr. Clenin emphasizes supportive therapies, such as stretching, exercise, nutrition and ultrasound. These can serve as long-term lifestyle solutions to pain and discomfort instead of quick or temporary fixes.
“Each patient’s back and neck pain truly is different, which is why it is important to have multiple tools available for treatment,” Dr. Clenin explains. “Chiropractics focuses on a total-body approach. This means I look at not only alleviating a patient’s back and neck pain, but also strengthening the structures it supports and vice-versa.”
For more information on back and neck pain treatment at Total Health Chiropractic, the Memphis, TN chiropractic office of Dr. Kenneth Clenin, please call (901) 683-5971.

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