October is Chiropractic Healthcare Month

Chiropractic medicine is one of the least invasive and most effective ways to treat chronic pain. Chiropractic care is a safe and effective way of managing pain without prescription drugs or surgery.

October is Chiropractic Health Care Month. Every year, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) uses the month of October to educate the public about the benefits of chiropractic treatment for chronic pain and spinal issues.

This year, their focus is “Back to Basics,” with the intention of reminding the public of the importance of maintaining good spinal health throughout their lives.

What Does Back to Basics Mean?

Getting back to basics for the ACA means educating people about the important role that spinal health plays in their everyday lives. People who do physical labor must be careful not to hurt their backs, but people in sedentary jobs are at risk, too.

The “Back to Basics” campaign is designed to emphasize simple methods of maintaining good spinal health, preventing spinal injuries, and getting the proper nutrition to live a healthy life.

Chiropractic doctors focus on a holistic approach to healing, preferring non-invasive methods of treating pain. The practice of chiropractic medicine is not new, but now more medical doctors are recommending non-drug treatments for pain, including chiropractic treatments.

New Guidelines for the Use of Opioid Drugs for Pain

As awareness of the growing opioid epidemic increases, a growing number of doctors are hesitant to prescribe pain medication for their patients. Instead, they’re recommending non-invasive treatments that eschew drugs.

The Joint Commission, an organization that accredits all major hospitals in the United States, recently released new guidelines regarding the treatment of pain that will go into effect in January, 2018.

Specifically, they said that hospitals must provide non-drug pain treatments to their patients. They have also provided guidelines for the safe prescription and use of opioid drugs.

This marks a significant change from the way pain was treated just a few years ago. Patients are learning that chiropractic treatments can provide real and lasting relief from pain because chiropractors identify the root cause of pain and treat it instead of masking the pain with drugs – and that means that patients don’t have to deal with the unpleasant side effects and risk of addiction that come with prolonged use of pain medication.

David Herd, DC, is the president of the ACA. He points out, “Almost everyone experiences back pain at some point in their lives, and more people are becoming interested in non-drug approaches to treatment.” Throughout the month of October, the ACA will be educating the public about the benefits of chiropractic care and injury prevention. You can visit their website to learn more.

Pet Chiropractics: A Growing Trend to Treat Our Furry Friends

The basic idea behind chiropractic treatment is that if your spine is out of alignment, it can’t work correctly.  This can cause irritation of the nerves, or spinal cord and consequently can irritate the brain stem.  Therefore, any animal with a nervous system be it dogs, cats, rabbits or humans, will benefit from treatment by someone who knows how.

The nervous system is the main system that allows every muscle and organ in the body to function properly. Realignment of the skeletal structure allows the nervous system to function naturally.  In doing this, Chiropractors offer an additional way to support the healing process of almost any disease.

A Growing Concept

Veterinary Chiropractic Centers are becoming more and more common and many Veterinary Clinics are beginning to add Chiropractic care to their menu of services.  With the development of the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) as a certifying body, the industry itself has also become more regulated.  

What To Look for in Your Pet

There are symptoms that may suggest your pet could benefit from specialized care.

The most common warning signs tend toward the physical symptoms such as limping, refusal to climb stairs or into furniture, or in more extreme cases, the development of seizures.

There also can be indications based on a change of behavior. For example, if a dog is usually happy, full of energy or very well-behaved and overnight becomes shy, or begins to misbehave,  this may be a sign of an illness or a reaction to a change in the perceived family structure.  However, if nothing has changed within the household, like the introduction of a new pet, person or baby and any screening for illnesses come back negative, there may be a reason to consider a Chiropractic evaluation.

Cases Where Therapy Worked to Avoid Severe Conditions

Individual cases where Chiropractic treatment was used showed outstanding results.  

These include one patient who was able to avoid additional surgery for herniated disc repair and regained the ability to walk by undergoing 6 Chiropractic treatments instead. Another pet was able to skip any surgeries at all and reverse the paralysis that had taken hold in the rear legs.

Now, before you start scouring Google or Yelp for your nearest Pet Chiropractic Clinic, keep in mind that a chiropractor is not a substitute for your pet’s regular veterinarian. Always consult your pet’s Doctor first before pursuing Pet Chiropractic services.

How Your Chiropractor Can Treat Carpal Tunnel Pain

Most of us have heard of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.  Since the use of home computers has become the norm, more and more people find they are suffering from this condition on one level or another.  

The carpal tunnel is a band of fibrous tissue located on the front side of the wrist. It contains the blood vessels, nerves, and tendons that are required for the hand to function properly. The Syndrome is caused by inflammation or damage to the tissues, or when pressure on the area constricts the arteries and nerves. The most common symptoms of this repetitive stress injury include tingling, numbness, pain in the wrists or hands and a weakening in the middle or index fingers, and thumb.

While most people think of chiropractic treatments as being designed for neck and back problems, it is, in fact, a whole-body wellness practice.  This makes it an effective and non-invasive way to treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Chiropractic Treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

There are four primary ways that chiropractors treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. These common treatments have shown to be very effective in treating the condition as a whole.

Adjustments

It all comes back to the spine.  When not in alignment, there are a number of issues that can occur, including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Your chiropractor will work to realign the spine to its correct position. Then, if needed, make adjustments to other areas of the body being affected,  like the arms and wrists.

Ultrasound Therapy

Not just for seeing your baby for the first time, this technology is also used by chiropractors for the purpose of treating chiropractic conditions.  The device creates focused sound waves that penetrate deep into the body’s tissues. The effects include a reduction of inflammation and pain and the relaxation of the muscles. This treatment may be used singularly or in conjunction with other chiropractic treatments.

Acupuncture

Several studies have shown that this ancient practice can alleviate Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and heal the injured nerves.  Resulting nerve conduction studies and ultrasonic imaging tests have been conclusive to show acupuncture does work to heal the nerves. Your Chiropractor will be able to advise you on whether this option is right for you.

Wrist Supports

These supports are designed to keep the wrist properly aligned with the rest of the arm, resulting in the reduction of compression due to excess pressure. Most often used as a preventative treatment, they are typically used by people whose work involves the harmful repetitive movements that can cause issues to begin. Use can also be in conjunction with regular chiropractic treatments as the ones mentioned above to aid in preventing the condition to develop.

There are also exercises and dietary habits that can assist.  Your Chiropractor may suggest one or more in an effort to keep you from experiencing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other conditions. Proper treatment from a professional can result in relief of symptoms and promote healing without the use of medications or surgery.

Does Chiropractic Care Reduce the Need for Opioid Prescriptions?

River North - Chicago, IL - Opioid prescription use continues to rise each year. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the percentage of patients getting drug therapy is a whopping 75%. The problem with this is that medications simply mask symptoms rather than help to treat the condition entirely. An alternative for taking opioid prescriptions is chiropractic care. More and more people are seeking treatments from a chiropractor to treat symptoms usually treated with prescription medications.

Opioid prescription use has become an epidemic problem. Although there is a purpose behind these treatments, being over prescribed has only encouraged risks for addiction. Chiropractors never prescribe medications. Chiropractic care can help patients experience immediate relief. Opioids usually have a long list of negative effects and side effects that can leave patients feeling worse than prior to taking them. Prescription medications also can leave lasting negative impacts on the brain. National Institute on Drug Abuse states that “Stimulants such as Ritalin achieve their effects by acting on the same neurotransmitter systems as cocaine. Opioid pain relievers such as OxyContin attach to the same cell receptors targeted by illegal opioids like heroin.” Even when used under direct recommendations, opioids can still negatively cause impacts to your health.

In contrast to medication use, a chiropractor can provide treatments for the following
conditions, all without the negative side effects of toxic medications:

  • Back pain
  • Irregular bowel movements
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Asthma
  • Joint and Muscle pain
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Whiplash
  • Sciatica

Seeking chiropractic care is a more holistic and effective alternative to traditional western medicine treatments. Opioid medications typically used to treat these conditions will only mask their symptoms, allowing the condition to remain in the body and potentially get worse. A chiropractor will work to find the root of the condition and treat it with effective methods, rather than just treating the symptoms. Symptoms only occur as a result of the condition being present. Chiropractors get rid of the problem. Over time, patients will spend a lot of money in health care trying to treat their conditions with opioids, medications that only provide temporary relief, if not more damage to their bodies. Chiropractic care can save patients time and money by curing them of their conditions altogether.

The Illinois Chiropractic Society was able to negotiate the following during the 2017 Legislative Session, “The bill now clarifies the ability for various healthcare providers, including chiropractic physicians, to practice telemedicine in Illinois.” The bill also addressed the ability for a chiropractor to be able to treat an emancipated minor for services. Passes like this show that people understand the need and benefits of these treatments. 

Chiropractors provide patients with a more hands-on and manipulative treatment that does not involve ingestion of toxic opioid medications. Chiropractic care is also beneficial and safe for people of all ages, which makes it more accessible. It is safe and non-invasive and more preferred among patients. As people become more aware of all the ways they inadvertently ingest more toxins in their bodies, they are also becoming more aware of healthier alternatives to get rid of those toxins. Chiropractors are well-educated and licensed to practice health care that is directly related to muscles, joints, spine and ligaments. They are medical professionals who can provide you with the confidence that you will be receiving effective and safe treatment.

Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment for Sports Injury

Sports-injuryBeing an athlete, regardless of the level, has great benefits to your overall health and well-being. You appreciate the strength that you build and have a sense of accomplishment when you achieve physical milestones and goals. From any athlete who has experienced it, sports related injuries can be absolutely devastating. Chiropractors have become the answer to these problems. They offer patients the chance at receiving alternative treatments without the risks of surgery and/or medications. Chiropractic care helps give patients more hope in holistic therapy over typical western medicine.

John Hopkins Medicine reports that there are over 3.5 million sports injuries each year. They set people back from doing what they enjoy doing and have the potential to affect their overall livelihood due to chronic pain.

Chiropractic treatment for sports injuries can be the better option before resorting to prescription medications to treat your conditions. They help to treat the following symptoms associated with chronic pain from injury:

  • Concussions
  • Neck pain
  • Shin splints
  • Muscle strains
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Pulled muscles
  • Back pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Runner’s knee
  • Sprained ankle
  • Surgery rehabilitation

Chiropractic treatment is considered to be safe and effective. It is also non-invasive which is ideal for those wanting a more natural and holistic solution for their conditions. When patients allow their symptoms to go on for too long without treatment, it can be that much more difficult to return to your normal athletic routines.

Treatment using chiropractic care involves the manipulation of joints and muscles to help you be relieved of pain and stiffness without the need for invasive surgery or toxic medications. It also helps with treating your central nervous system in coordination with improving your overall muscle strength and mobility. Rehabilitation is highly favorable by a chiropractor as he or she works to improve your performance and heal you to get you stronger and better than prior to your injury. Chiropractic care is certainly becoming more popular for athletes alike because of its natural nature to heal injuries.

Are you trying to find a chiropractor in your local area? You can locate a chiropractor in the River North and Chicago area by conducting searches online. Be sure to find ones that are well-trained, experienced and can specifically treat sports related injuries. You want to find one that
understands the life of an athlete and the importance of getting back to normal physical activity levels. Also, pay close attention to the reviews that they receive in chiropractic treatment. Seeing how other patients experience care can help you determine if this route is right for you. Referrals are a great way for you to gauge the likelihood of choosing a specific medical professional you want to work with. Chiropractors can help you with realigning your skeletal system and at the same time, reducing inflammation associated with sports injuries. All the while, you are correcting issues that have prevented you from getting back to your active lifestyle. This can be done without the harsh side effects usually associated with taking prescription medications or undergoing surgery. Contact Reaves ChiropractIc today!

Reaves Chiropractic Grand Opening Party – Downtown Chicago Location!

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We are excited to see you at our Grand Opening Party for the new River North location this Thursday, May 4th from 5:00 – 8:00 pm!

In addition to meeting our Chiropractor Dr. Joanna Reaves, the newest members Tiffany Ketchmark and Ela Siragusa will be available to meet as well. We have great prizes to raffle off for all those in attendance. Here are our great prizes to win!

Gift Cards to Mastros Steakhouse, RPM Steak, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Beatrix, wine tasting, women’s clothing and personal styling services, skin care services and acupuncture treatments will all be raffled off.

How to win? Show up and bring a friend! Everyone who attends will receive a raffle ticket. For any services scheduled at the event, receive an additional raffle ticket. There will also be discounts on Chiropractic and yoga services available at the event. We look forward to seeing you there!

yogamatWhat’s new in May? Yoga Classes!

Sign up here for Wellness Wednesdays. Every Wednesday, Tiffany Ketchmark will be teaching a series of yoga classes based on a region. Starting in May, the focus will be on the low back. Feeling tight and and limited and want to stretch out those hamstrings? Wondering how you will ever be able to do yoga? Trying to get rid of low back pain? This is a great opportunity for a hands on, directed yoga experience.

Request through the website to sign up for classes or email Tiffany at healing@tiffanyketchmark.com.

April Reviews

Thank you to everyone for writing such kind reviews on Yelp and Google! We had a winner for April but appreciate all reviews.

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Reaves Chiropractic Grand Opening Party in River North

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Reaves Chiropractic Grand Opening Party
May 4th, 5:00 – 8:00 pmtacos
Starting March 1st, Dr. Joanna Reaves opened doors in River North at Reaves Chiropractic for a new look and new services in addition to your current Chiropractic Care. We will be having an Open House to welcome all patients and potential new patients. Please invite your family, friends and coworkers to introduce them to the place and Chiropractor you have been talking about!
May 4th from 5:00 – 8:00 pm we will be celebrating an early Cinco de Mayo with tacos! We will also provide refreshing beverages and have extravagant giveaways from local businesses in addition to discounts on the current Chiropractic, Massage Therapy, Yoga and Acupuncture services at Reaves Chiropractic.


yoga1Starting May 3rd, every Wednesday Tiffany Ketchmark will be teaching a Therapeutic Yoga Class from 5:30- 6:15 pm. The class will have a target issue every month such as low back pain, shoulder pain, headaches, etc. Sign up through the office or by emailing Tiffany at healing@tiffanyketchmark.com.
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The first month at our new River North location has been a great success and we hope you feel the same! Please leave a review to continue to spread the word to help others get the best Chiropractic Care they deserve. Here are two links to leave a review on either Yelp or Google about your Chiropractor.

Google: https://goo.gl/T5d57D
Yelp: https://goo.gl/8B9S3t

For the month of April, if you leave a review, your name will be put into a list to be picked at the end of the month to win one of those pillows Dr. Joanna always suggests!

New Location, New Look, Same Trusted Chicago Chiropractic Care.

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New Location, New Look, Same Trusted Care.


We are very excited to announce the opening of Reaves Chiropractic

Beginning March 1, 2017, your care with Dr. Joanna Reaves will continue in our new office located at:

500 North Dearborn Street Suite 700

Chicago, IL 60654

*Boyce Building on the West side of Dearborn Street

In addition to your current Chiropractic and Massage care, we will also offer new services. Acupuncture, hands-on therapeutic yoga along with group yoga classes will be available as part of our holistic chiropractic experience and personalized wellness offerings.

The new contact information can be found on our website www.reaveschiro.com. As always, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have by phone 312-767-6600 or email at drreaves@reaveschiro.com. Dr. Joanna and the entire team at Reaves Chiropractic look forward to welcoming you into our new space soon. To request your next appointment, visit our website here.

Mindful Holidays in River North

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Mindful Holidays…


Turkey, pumpkin pie, cookies and holiday parties stacked on top of one another. When we’re deep in the holiday season it’s easy to put your healthy lifestyle off to the side; eating whatever you and skipping gym days. Often times this leads to intense feelings of guilty new year resolutions to lose the weight and get back into shape and on track. For many this is a cycle that repeats yearly.

How about this year we get a head start and practice mindfulness and moderation creating balance of fun and still keeping our daily habits and routine in check.

  • Maybe limit to one or two cookies, a special one that is very much a treat this time of year as opposed to a chocolate chip that is available all year.
  • Limit drinks at the work party to two, drinking plenty water in between.
  • Be sure to schedule your gym time in your calendar and schedule everything else around it – Make yourself just as important as your friends, family and colleagues.

The more indulging and procrastination, the harder and longer it takes to get reset back to your normal, you can still enjoy the holidays in moderation and feel ahead of the game come the new year.

 

Tingling, heavy, achey arms in Downtown Chicago…

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Tingling, heavy, achey arms?


ReavesSpineImageEver woken up with a numb arm or found that after working on the computer for couple hours your hands go numb, tingle or feel heavy and achey?

There are many reasons these symptoms could stem from but one of the most common is due to Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. When the blood vessels and nerves are compressed at the shoulder/neck joint, a sensation down the arms and/or hands occurs that can be sharp, dull or numb and tingly. Many times this pain is due to bad posture, injury or lack of mobility of the joints. You may also have a limited range of motion in your shoulders and arms.

A chiropractor can help with restoring the mobility of the joints and making postural changes will help to lessen the pressure on the nerves and surrounding tissues bringing balance back to the muscles of the neck, shoulders and upper spine.

Suspect of neck pain and tingling? Schedule your visit today.

In good health,
Dr. Joanna Reaves

 

Reaves Chiropractic