Test Yourself2017-07-25T23:04:10+00:00

Test Yourself to See if Chiropractic Could Help You

Test Yourself to see if Chiropractic could  help you?

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I like to ask my patients the following question: What organ do you think is the most important organ in the body? Was the heart the first organ you thought of? That is what most people say. I rarely get someone with the correct answer. The correct answer. The brain!

Have you ever heard of someone getting a brain transplant? You can remove or replace any part of the human body and still live, but you cannot remove the brain. It is the organ that allows everything else to function. It does this by sending messages through the nervous system to the various parts of the body in its attempt to continually maintain homeostasis.

Nervous system  interruption can result from trauma or postural distortions that are easily revealed with a few simple tests. We’ve simplified a few of them to allow you to perform them in your own home with no equipment and training. It should go without saying that obviously, they don’t replace the information you can receive from a complete chiropractic evaluation.

Look carefully at the pictures or watch the video if it is available and follow the instructions to perform the tests. If the results indicate that your subject being tested is a likely candidate for chiropractic care, contact Life Point Family Chiropractic today to arrange a complete examination. Don’t get caught in the symptom oriented mentality. The concept of take this pill for this, take that pill for that and basically just taking drugs to cover up symptom is shortsighted thinking.

Just watching one hour of TV should open your eyes. They promote Drug X and give you all the side effects ranging from.

Patients have been shown to develop offspring that look like a Golden Retriever” all the way to “death has been reported in some instances”  Then consider the fact that they are selling you a product on TV that you cannot go to the store and buy yourself. They want you to go to your doctor, tell him or her  what you saw on TV and encourage them to prescribe it to you. What happened to go to your doctor, let them evaluate your condition and make their own unbiased recommendations? Pharmaceutical companies and the AMA are behind it all and it is all about influence, money and controlling people.

Your best defense is to stay healthy, and take care of your spine better than you take care of your teeth. Neglected, spinal problems may worsen and make correction more difficult and expensive later. Think about the toothache which evolved in to a root canal. The symptoms of a toothache came way after the underlying problem began.

So let’s look at what we can do today.

Cervical (Neck) Range of Motion Test
Common condition such as headaches, neck and shoulder pain can result from reduced range of motion of your neck. This is something we see in our practice every day. It’s one of the most common problems that alert patients that there is something wrong going on in the neck area. There is a simple test that can be performed and if positive, can indicate that you most likely will be able to be helped by chiropractic care.

Cervical Flexion and Extension Range of Motion Test
With the subject comfortably seated in a straight back chair, the examiner should now rest their hands gently on the subject’s shoulders to affirm contact. Next, ask the subject to close their eyes during the next minute or two that it takes for you to perform the test. Now, just to warm them up, have them slowly touch their chin to their chest and then extend the head back while looking up towards the ceiling. Remind them to continue to keep their eyes closed. Have them do this three times and then have them rest in a neutral position facing forward.
While continuing to rest their hands gently on the subject’s shoulders, the examiner now asks the subject to keep their shoulders still and rotate their head fully to the left and hold for a few seconds. Remember, the eyes are still closed.

For the examiner; look over the subject’s head and make note how far the nose moves to the left because you will be comparing it to the movement to the right.

Ask the subject if they feel any discomfort such as a pinch on the side they are turning to or a pull on the side they are turning away from. One of these findings along with a reduction of movement in any direction is a positive finding.

Once again, while continuing to rest their hands gently on the subject’s shoulders, the examiner now asks the subject to keep their shoulders still and rotate their head fully to the right and hold for a few seconds. Remember, the eyes are still closed.

For the examiner; look over the subject’s head and make note how far the nose moves to the right. Make a mental note regarding whether the nose whenas far to the right as the left and vice versa.

Ask the subject if they feel any discomfort or pain while doing any of these movements.

Assessment

  • Did the subject feel any pain or report any discomfort while performing any of the maneuvers?
  • Was the rotation equal in both right and left rotation?
  • Was there any pain when the subject had their head in extension during the initial warm-up?
  • Was there any “popping” or grinding sounds during any of the movements?
  • If the answer to number 4 was yes, could the grinding sounds be repeated over and over?

If the answer to any of the questions above was YES, then you should call Life Point Family Chiropractic for a more thorough examination today to arrange a consultation to see how we can help you help yourself in maintaining spinal health.

Leg Length Test
Determines low back involvement and pelvic instability.

Have the person being tested wear a pair of hard soled shoes and lie face down with your face pointing straight down. It helps to put a pillow on each side of the cheeks to allow this position while still having the subject breathe. The arms should remain relaxed along both sides.
Apply equal pressure with both hands to the bottom of the soles while leveling the heels in a parallel plane. Is one heel shorter than the other? Move on to step 3.
Some authorities say that a difference of more than ¼ inch in any leg position is clinically significant. Apparent uneven leg length is commonly seen in the population. In fact, when you go to have your pants hemmed, the tailor may make the comment that everyone has a leg length discrepancy. That’s like saying that everyone has one arm longer than the other. It’s not true and your tailor should stick to tailoring.

What is really happening is that a good part of the population has a lumbar or pelvic imbalance which creates the visual leg length discrepancy. This is more common in men as they typically lead a more active life with the involvement of sports where even as a youth you could suffer a hard fall playing ice hockey or a hit in football or a slide in baseball. At a young age, our bodies adapt to these micro traumas. But much like if you got hit in the mouth so hard that your teeth went crooked from the impact. If you do nothing about the alignment of the teeth, they will rest crooked where they are. You don’t feel pain from it after the initial recovery from the impact.

Our bodies will adapt to our environment when we develop habits such as women carrying a purse or diaper bag over the same shoulder on a daily basis. These results in that the shoulder is being overused by continually firing the muscle groups involved that pull upward thereby affecting the neck and shoulder areas.

For men, the most common thing I see is that most guys put their wallet in the same back pocket all the time and when they sit down, it’s not that they sit on the wallet; it is that they favor and lean away from the side of the wallet for comfort purposes. Thereby, adding to or even creating the pelvic imbalance.

Your body just adapts and moves on. Same thing happens with the spine except when we get older, less active and overweight, the body begins to show the signs of time as it eventually finds it more difficult to adapt due to ageing, gravity and the pollutants in our food, air and water.

Call our office today to arrange a consultation to see how we can help you help yourself in maintaining spinal health.

Carpal Tunnel & Chiropractic
Whenever people hear the word “chiropractic”, they often think of problems that involve either the back or the neck. But chiropractic has many other uses beyond these typical conditions where it can help improve one’s well-being for a broad range of health conditions. One of which is carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is commonly treated by chiropractors. It has been shown that chiropractic care can significantly reduce the symptoms thus improving the overall function of the hands and wrist.

phpThumb_generated_thumbnail (3)This is considered one of the best tests in determining Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Firmly hold the tops of your hands together with your fingers pointing down towards the floor. While positioning your arms parallel to the floor, hold this position for one full minute. If in the process of doing this you experience pain, numbness, tingling or any combination, you may very well have nerve involvement.

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailThe good news is that this is a condition we see frequently and in many cases have been able to help patients avoid what would have been unnecessary surgery. Surgery should always be a last approach after everything has been tried. You can’t “uncut” skin, ligaments and tendons which is exactly what surgery does in this instance.You can also hold the hands in a 90 degree position in with the palms together.

Call our office today to arrange a consultation to see how we can help you help yourself in maintaining spinal health.

phpThumb_generated_thumbnail (1)Use your finger to TAP over the underlying area where the tip of where the models index finger is. This is where the Volar Ligament is located. This sits right over where the carpal tunnel lies. Positive symptoms are pain over the route of the median nerve which heads up the arm.

Call our office today to arrange a consultation to see how we can help you help yourself in maintaining spinal health.

phpThumb_generated_thumbnail (2)Digital Strength with opposing digits. Thumb and pinky.

This is a test where we will compare one hand against the other to measure strength. It really has no bearing on how strong you are but more to the ability to keep your thumb and pinky together while the examiner pulls them apart. Then compare it to the other hand.

If there is involvement or pressure on the median nerve, the power, so to speak will be turned down or off completely and the subject will not be able to keep the two digits together.

If there is significant difference between the two hands, that is a positive sign for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Call our office today to arrange a consultation to see how we can help you help yourself in maintaining spinal health.

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I have never had a reoccurrence of the sciatic problems that plagued me so consistently in the late 1980’s

“After my experience with a severe running injury, I felt compelled to write to the readers of your magazine, Runners World in the hope of helping someone else who might have similar problems.

I have been running for more than 19 years; for the last 14 years I have been running between 7 and 10 hours per week. During the first 17 years, I was virtually injury free. But, in October of 1987, I started experiencing low level hamstring pain, first in one leg, then in the other, and finally in both. Initially, I did what every veteran runner would do – I ignored it. But when the pain did not go away, and in fact became worse, I knew I had to take positive action.

My doctor referred me to a sports medicine orthopedic doctor in December of 1987. He gave me a thorough exam, including X-rays, and concluded that I had no structural damage. He suggested physical therapy (PT). I had PT for several weeks and experienced no relief; instead the pain continued to grow.

I went back to my doctor in March of 1988 and he prescribed Feldene, an anti-inflammatory drug. It worked wonderfully for a couple of weeks, but soon lost its effectiveness. So that summer, I tried more PT for eight weeks, but again had no relief at all. By this time, even though I was back on Feldene, I was extremely sore for several days after each of my two weekly hard runs. In fact, the pain never went away at all, and I was unable to train consistently.

In October of 1988, I decided to spend the money to see a world-famous orthopedic doctor, the team physician for a local professional sport’s team. He took X-rays, but could also find no structural damage. I asked him if it was possible that I had a nerve problem since I knew that hamstring injuries should heal in a few weeks, not linger on for more than a year. He said no, recommended that I stop running for at least a month, and suggested that I see a psychiatrist who would help me understand why I enjoyed pain.

Now for the first time, I was really worried. If one of the leading sports medicine orthopedic doctors in the world could not help me, what was there left for me to try?

I went back to my primary care physician in November of 1988, and he referred me to a third physical therapist. By this time, in addition to ever-increasing pain while I ran, I was having more and more soreness while walking, and even when driving my car. Specifically, whenever I drove for more than 10 minutes at a time, my right hamstring would just throb!

I had PT this time for five weeks and, for the first time, made some progress. My therapist suggested that, while driving, I tilt my seat back so that the angle between my back and my legs was perhaps 120 degrees, rather than 90 degrees. This made an amazing difference; my driving pain vanished! Unfortunately, both my legs were still very sore after I exited the car, but at least I began to have hope again that there could be a solution to my pain. The therapist said that she thought I had a sciatic problem, rather than a hamstring injury; she said I was feeling pain in my hamstrings only because my sciatic nerve, which is connected to both hamstrings, was irritated. Her solution was to work on my lower back to relieve this irritation. She tried this for several weeks, but it did not help at all.

Though I could now drive without pain, my running pain was becoming almost unbearable. But I did discover that I could run with relatively minor discomfort if I ran backwards on my treadmill. I realized that my pain came from extending my legs and pulling backwards, which one does not do when running backwards. Though backwards running on a treadmill may sound awkward and boring, it can give a decent workout, especially at a high inclination. Nevertheless, I knew it was a temporary solution, since the pain I had while walking was becoming worse.

My wife, who had had some low back problems over the yeas, and had had some relief from chiropractic treatment, suggested that I try it. I asked my physical therapist if a chiropractor could possibly help me, and she said absolutely not. But being an open minded person, and having no other real options, I decided to give chiropractic a try.

In December of 1988, I went to see Dr. Chris Hawn, a chiropractor in Laguna Niguel, CA. His X-rays indicated that my pelvis was slightly tilted, and this might be causing an impingement of the sciatic nerves which ran down both my legs. He said he did not know how much of my pain he could relieve, but that I would see some improvement within a week. I saw him three times that week, and sure enough I felt better than I had in at least two months. However, I thought this improvement was probably due to the backwards running I had just started, rather than the chiropractic treatment. So I stopped the chiropractic treatment and continued running backwards. I quickly realized that my thinking was also backwards. During this three week experiment, I had no more pain relief at all; in fact, my pain began to increase again.

I then resumed the chiropractic treatment, and within one week I felt the same relief I had felt before. On a scale of 1 to 100, I had just moved up from a 1 to a 10. Every two to three weeks after that, I moved up another level. Now after three months of chiropractic adjustments, I am running VIRTUALLY PAIN FREE!! In addition, I no longer have pain after driving my car for long periods of time.

After two years of near constant pain, I can hardly believe it. I had actually begun to give up hope that I would ever be able to run again. Emotionally, I think of my healing as a miracle. But intellectually, I realize now that it was nothing more than an obvious solution to a typical problem … for an exceptionally skilled chiropractor!

I am writing this letter in the hope that my experience can help others to try chiropractic as a first resort, not a last one. Medical doctors can be helpful for some ailments, but for most of the health problems that people, and runners in particular, encounter, a first-class chiropractor is the place to start. And if you are lucky enough to live in Orange County, you can’t do better than Chris Hawn, the miracle man who gave me back my health, after multiple orthopedic doctors and physical therapists had no clue to the solution!

Epilogue:

It is now February of 2015, and I have never had a reoccurrence of the sciatic problems that plagued me so consistently in the late 1980’s. I still see Chris from time to time, almost as much for the enjoyable conversations we have as for chiropractic treatment – he solved my problem so completely more than a quarter-century ago that I am still running pain free to this day!

I have written a few letters of recommendation over the years, but never one about which I feel so passionately as this one. Chris Hawn is a wonderful, caring person, who also happens to be an incredible chiropractor!”

Michael Van Guilder, Ph.D.
Laguna Niguel

Dr. Hawn gave me practical, everyday stretches to maximize my adjustments

“I’ve gone to Chiropractors since I was 12 years old for chronic headaches and shoulder pain. I lived in Guam for a number of years where I thought I had found the best Chiro ever. Then I moved to Southern California and met Dr. Hawn. He not only helped me more than my last Chiropractor but he was very informative and explained to me why I was having problems.

He gave me practical, everyday stretches to maximize my adjustments. I went from having to get adjusted every week or so to every few months or so. He also tells great stories; my personal favorite is about the 3 day old baby and the dog.”

Melane Waller
San Clemente

Numbness and Pain in the Right Arm

“I sought care in Dr. Chris Hawn’s office after being referred to him from a close friend and neighbor of mine.

For over a year I had been suffering with numbness and pain on and off. I didn’t know what the cause of the pain was, I just knew that it hurt and was getting worse. On top of that I began to develop neck pain and it was becoming severe.

The results were incredible. After the first adjustment, I was surprised to see the numbness go away. The beck pain became less severe and eventually went away as well. I have found that because of the condition my spine is in, that if I do not get regular maintenance adjustments, my neck stiffness will return. A visit to Dr. Chris brings me back to normal.”

Leslie A.
Laguna Niguel

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