The latest from the Alternative Family Medicine team.

Neck pain is a common complaint in our office. Often times presenting not only as pain but also limited range of motion, headaches, and face and jaw pain. Neck pain can be caused by many different factors. There are the obvious causes like sleeping on the wrong pillow or in an unnatural position, poor computer posture, trauma, whiplash, etc. One common, but uncommonly thought of reason for neck pain, however, can be your shoulder.

This can be better explained by examining how the shoulder is put together. Your shoulder anchors itself to your rib cage and neck via muscles, tendons and fascia. When your shoulder is working properly, it recruits from these anchors in a very balanced manner. When your shoulder is injured or imbalanced, however, the shoulder starts recruiting from the the neck and the rib cage in an unbalanced way. read more


Have you ever had an injury you didn’t consider to be “that bad” come back to bite you years later? Remember that time you rolled your ankle playing tennis? Or that embarrassing “yard sale” you had on the mountain? What about that fender bender 20 years ago?

Chronic pain and old injuries all have one thing in common: scar tissue.

When you initially get injured your body lays down collagen fibers in every which way to stabilize the area, i.e. scar tissue.  Your body is bracing for the next traumatic event.  The stabilizing mechanism of your body is incredible but later on does not serve you.  Muscle fiber should lay down parallel to allow the muscle to stretch.  If the muscle fibers are perpendicular, this does not allow the muscle to stretch and contract properly without feeling tight or painful.   read more


The shoulder is a complicated system of movements and these require inputs from the neck.  Mainly, the nerve supply from the shoulder originates from the neck.  So a shoulder problem might be more than just the shoulder structures.  Instead it might be a compounding problem not only coming from the shoulder but also from the neck.

Did you know that 13.7 million people went to the doctor’s office in 2003 for a shoulder problem, including 3.7 million visits for shoulder and upper arm sprains and strains. (Source: National Center for Health Statistics; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2003 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey.)? This is a very common problem that is treatable with conservative treatment like chiropractic, not requiring surgery.

Some common presenting conditions are as follows:

1. Rotator cuff tears

It is usually the rotator cuff tendons (the thick bands of tissue that connect the muscles to the bones) that tear, but sometimes the tear occurs in the muscle. Severe injuries can cause several of the tendons and muscles to tear. There are special movement tests that your doctor can use to help determine which of the muscles or tendons has been torn.  If the tear is simply partial it might be easily treatable with conservative treatment not necessarily needing surgery. read more


Wouldn’t it be fantastic if you could get chiropractic care?

There are many who asked themselves that very same question, and subsequently decided to do it. Most folks never really think about it very seriously, just go on to something else like drugs or surgery.

Some people do absolutely nothing at all and believe discomfort or pain is a normal part of the aging process.
Pain is NOT part of the normal aging process.[/pullquote]

Many people are not aware of just how or when to start chiropractic care, so they really never do. read more