Chiropractors Do Not Prescribe Medicine or Drugs

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As the title to this blog post attests, most Doctors of Chiropractic do not prescribe or even recommend drugs or medicines to their patients. Licensed in holistic medicine, chiropractors share a healing paradigm with other non-drug practitioners, including acupuncturists and naturopaths. Whereas medical doctors and osteopaths are licensed to prescribe drugs and medication to their patients, most US chiropractors, naturopaths, and acupuncturists do not have this privilege. For this and other reasons, chiropractors do not generally recommend drugs and medicines to heal patients. At the chiropractic and acupuncture offices of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay, she does not prescribe chemical products and advises patients to review all medication and drug questions with their medical providers.

At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, Dr. Oskardmay provides hands-on diagnostics, followed by chiropractic adjustments, massage, and acupuncture to restore body function and qi flow. Doctors of Chiropractic, Licensed Acupuncturists, and Naturopaths work on the premise that the body knows full well how to heal itself in most instances. The best mode of treatment is always first to help the patient access their healing potential. A licensed chiropractic physician, Dr. Oskardmay, understands the role of the brain and nervous system in healthful living. She provides chiropractic adjustment to restore vertebral integrity and support proper nerve impulse conduction. Not dissimilarly, as a licensed acupuncturist, Dr. Okardmay also employs acupuncture to enhance qi flow, reduce meridian stagnation and uniquely heal each patient. She enjoys helping patients choose foods and exercises to improve their healing response, as well.

Patients suffering from back pain and other musculoskeletal aches and pains have access to a wide array of over-the-counter pain relievers- NSAIDs and analgesics. While these provide temporary relief to many, medical errors and misuse of drugs cost countless lives in the US. Many people reach for these products because they want quick results as promised by numerous television commercials for these and other medicines. Clinal results are not a given, and not everyone receives the promised glory of a pain-free life.

Missing also is the understanding of the side effects of these products. A close read of the tiny print on the sides of the bottles demonstrates the dangers within, which include: indigestion, liver damage, stomach ulcers, headaches, dizziness, allergic reactions, to name a few. These side effects are also mentioned at the end of television advertisements, albeit quickly and in blurring monotone, while magnetic images of happy people propel the viewer onward. Historically, chiropractors and other natural health proponents have not prescribed drugs and medicines mainly due to the adverse side effects of drugs.

Drugs and medicines are chemical substances used to create change in the way our bodies work. When taken by swallowing, inhaling, or injecting, drugs enter the bloodstream and move to affect the brain and other body parts. In the brain, drugs and medications may intensify or dull the senses, change how alert or sleepy a person feels, and sometimes decrease the physical pain. At the chiropractic and acupuncture offices of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay, she enjoys working with patients who appreciate the hands-on treatments she provides to heal the body naturally.

Visit our website to learn more about holistic treatments at the chiropractic and acupuncture offices of Dr.Lisa Oskardmay in Chapel Hill, NC. Call today at (919) 929-1400 to schedule your appointment, or schedule online 24 hours a day.

Acupuncture for Neuropathy

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Neuropathy is a widespread ailment that affects more than 3 million Americans each year. Many different diseases can cause the painful condition that results when nerves suffer damage and malfunction. Dr. Lisa Oskardmay understands the pain and disability that stems from this disabling condition; since opening her alternative medicine and holistic healthcare clinic in 1995, she has helped thousands of patients with neuropathy get and feel better using acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage.

What is Neuropathy?

Also known as nerve pain, neuropathy affects peripheral nerves, the nerves going to the hands and feet. Many people who suffer from nerve pain have relatives with the same or similar conditions, and some people suffer for years with nerve pain in their hands and feet. Lab tests or imaging may provide helpful information to assist in diagnosis and healing.

When people suffer from nerve pain, they may experience trouble walking, and they may have balance issues and other problems associated with the nerves. Putting on shoes or stretching the feet can prove challenging. Likewise, people who experience neuropathy in their hands may have trouble holding onto things, and simple tasks such as doing the dishes or writing one’s name may be complex. Putting on socks or clasping a bra, or buttoning clothes is very difficult for patients suffering from neuropathy of the hands. At Acupractic, one of our goals is to help people improve their ability to perform daily tasks with less difficulty. Acupuncture combined with spinal mobilization to free nerve impingement assists in this goal.

Peripheral nerves stem from vertebrae; messages from hands and feet go from the spine to the extremities and from hands and feet back to the spine and brain. This two-way communication model presents unique treatment opportunities in both acupuncture and chiropractic. Dr. Oskardmay performs a comprehensive health evaluation and physical exam of each patient to understand which nerve pathways and acupuncture meridians would benefit from care.

Dr. Oskardmay uses acupuncture therapy along affected meridians to stimulate healing qi flow. She may place acupuncture needles along with the spinal level along the water or du meridians to facilitate nerve flow at the source region. Additionally, needles placed anywhere along the line of the meridian assist in the healing process. A licensed acupuncturist, Dr. Oskardmay, uses Chinese medicine diagnosis to understand which points to restore stagnant qi movement to reduce pain and improve health and vitality from head to toe.

If you or a loved one has neuropathy of the hands or feet, contact the acupuncture and chiropractic offices of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay today to schedule an appointment. Call us today at (919) 929-1400, email us at schedule@acudocnc.com or schedule online at acudocnc.com. We look forward to bringing new solutions to the problem of nerve pain.

Chiropractic for Scoliosis

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Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine. Usually occurring during the growth spurt preceding puberty, scoliosis can have significant health ramifications. At the chiropractic and acupuncture clinics of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay, we help bring relief to patients with the symptoms of scoliosis.

Usually, the spine bends along the lateral view in three places- the cervical lordosis or anterior curvature, the thoracic kyphosis or posterior curvature, and the lumbar lordosis. This curvature provides some shock absorption to the normal spine, but the spine appears straight from the rear. In cases of scoliosis, the spine has additional curvature to the side and does not appear straight from the posterior view. The health implications of scoliosis can be mild or severe.

The additional spine curvature impacts the vertebral range of motion and muscle attachments, sometimes creating painful movement and increased risk of spinal degeneration. Scoliosis can affect overall body balance; leg length differences and gait issues are common. In severe cases, patients suffer internal organ derangement and abnormal compression of some organs. Nerve compression is not uncommon. Spinal imaging is crucial to determine the level of curvature; parents need to make sure their children receive proper evaluation early to determine spinal health at a young age and watch the progression of spinal curvature.

At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, Dr. Oskardmay evaluates each patient young and old, for spinal imbalance, pain, and nerve irritation. Please tell her about any prior diagnosis of scoliosis; she can order x-ray films as needed, as well, if required. She uses gentle chiropractic adjustments to support the vertebral range of motion, soft tissue massage to reduce muscle aches and pains, focused deep tissue massage for trigger point relief, and acupuncture for meridian therapy along the spine and other areas. Treatment soothes pain locally and enhances healing distally at impacted tissues. Other physical modalities available at our office include the use of electrostimulation, electro-acupuncture, auriculotherapy, cupping, and gua sha. At each visit, Dr. Oskardmay also provides helpful information to support healing at home between visits.

Scoliosis is a prevalent disorder that afflicts approximately 3 million Americans annually. While treatment can help symptoms, no treatments available at this time can cure this ailment. Scoliosis is a chronic condition that can last for years or be lifelong in most cases. As a spinal care expert, Dr. Oskardmay can help to reduce the painful symptoms of scoliosis and help patients improve their overall well-being in the process. Call today at (919) 929-1400 to get the care you need or visit us 24 hours a day online to schedule and learn more about natural, hands-on healing at Acupractic Natural Healing Center, providing alternative healing to the Triangle since 1995.

Chiropractic and Massage

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Chiropractic and massage go very well together. Hands-on or activator-assisted vertebral mobilization works better when surrounding muscles relax. Dr. Oskardmay uses massage with most patients to enhance treatment results, and the different types of massage available help in many ways.

Massage is a soft tissue movement technique that moves a person’s skin, muscle, connective tissue, ligaments, and tendons. At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, Dr. Lisa Oskardmay performs massage using her hands and Thumper pulsating device to reach deeper tissue levels on the back, shoulders, hips, and legs before the chiropractic adjustment or acupuncture treatment. Tight muscles relax, tight ligaments allow movement, and spasms within connective tissues cease with pulsating massage. Massage improves blood flow to muscles, ligaments, and tendons and helps to break down adhesions between connective tissue units. With massage, Dr. Oskardmay finds patients are more receptive to the therapeutic chiropractic adjustment and acupuncture therapy as they relax in many ways.

Other massage techniques Dr. Oskardmay uses include cupping gua sha massage. Cupping massage is a technique using silicon cups placed on the skin’s surface with gentle pressure and suction. Cupping massage lifts the skin away from the underlying muscle, allowing muscle and skin tension release. Cupping massage is a form of gua sha, which means ‘get the bad out. It helps to release tension and remove muscle skin micro-adhesions that impair healing.

At our chiropractic and acupuncture office, Dr. Oskardmay applies massage before most therapies. The patient rests on a padded table in a comfortable room, soft muscle playing nearby as the massage is used. Massage not only helps to relax muscles, ligaments, and tendons- it also helps to increase both doctor and patient understanding of body biomechanics, that is, where problems exist. In this way, a massage is also a diagnostic tool and tool to improve self-awareness. Nearly every day, patients report that they didn’t realize they had tension in a particular area or more. Providing awareness of body issues and providing the means to help correct muscle imbalances is another excellent benefit of alternative medicine care at our office.

Muscles tighten, ligaments shorten, and tendons begin to calcify when tensions rise and remain. When spinal bones suffer misalignment affecting nerve outflow, surrounding muscles respond with tension. Using massage and palpation, Dr. Oskardmay identifies misaligned vertebral units and, the following massage effectively applies adjustive procedures to restore vertebral position and motion and correct nerve impulse transmission.

Massage is a vital component of a treatment plan at Acupractic Natural Healing Center. Call to schedule an appointment today and see how massage, chiropractic, and acupuncture can help you. (919) 929-1400, or visit us online 24 hours a day at acudocnc.com to learn more and schedule.

The Effects of Sleeping Face Down and How Chiropractic Adjustment Can Help

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At the alternative medicine clinic of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay in Chapel Hill, people sometimes ask if sleeping in the face-down position is good or bad for their health. While research is somewhat scant, some indications sleeping in the prone posture can affect health in myriad ways. Since we spend approximately a third of our lives sleeping and the goal of sleep is to relax and restore, it is vital to understand how to sleep in a posture that brings us the best benefit.

Research from the NIH (PUB article PMC6609073) shows that the face-down position puts more compressive pressure on the bones and soft tissues of the back. This is because the spine is in relative extension, compacting the small joints that support the spine and allow the spinal column to move freely. Over time, this pressure will cause more inflammation and pain, and stiffness in the morning. Eventually, habitually sleeping in the face-down position can cause increased spinal degeneration and disability.

Sleep position can also affect dreaming, according to studies in the UK. The prone posture is related to people experiencing more dreams connected with feeling locked up, smothered and unable to breathe, and other negative themes. This is because the prone position puts more pressure on the front of the body and makes it difficult to breathe. Understandably this could trigger stressful dream responses.

At our office, we strive to help patients achieve excellent mental and physical health using non-drug, natural methods wherever possible. Recognizing that sleep posture will impact physical and mental health today and into the future is an excellent first step to improving that third of one’s day. Getting the answers you need to questions about sleep posture and the help you need to enhance spinal biokinetics is the next step to sleeping well and feeling better each day.

During an office visit, Dr. Oskardmay helps patients understand the impact of sleep position and other factors on their well-being. Using the chiropractic adjustment, she applies gentle, specific vertebral movement to individual spinal bones to restore the position and reduce inflammatory pain between vertebrae caused by sleep load pressure or other factors. The application of soft tissue massage and other therapies to the neck, back, legs, and paraspinal regions assist in muscle relaxation that improves healing response. Also, as a licensed acupuncturist, Dr. Oskardmay can apply acupuncture to body regions to enhance overall body qi flow.

Call (919) 929-1400 today to schedule your alternative health evaluation and treatment. Located in the Eastowne Office complex just off I-40 at Durham and Chapel Hill junction, Dr. Oskardmay has helped thousands of Triangle residents with pain and other disorders caused by sleep and other conditions since 1995. Or visit us online 24 hours a day to learn how chiropractic and acupuncture can help you.

How to Make An Acupuncture Appointment at Our Chapel Hill Acupuncture Clinic

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There are multiple ways people seeking acupuncture healthcare look for a provider. Some ask a friend or their family doctor for a recommendation, but nowadays, many people search online to find an acupuncturist near them. Frequently used terms include best acupuncturist near me, or acupuncture near me, or similar things. At the Chapel Hill acupuncture clinic of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay, we make it easy for patients to find us via online searches using Google or other search engines.

Many insurance plan websites: BCBS, Federal Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, United Healthcare, Cigna, and others provide information regarding covered acupuncture care at our office as more plans cover essential acupuncture services. At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, we do our best online, and in the office, to help patients learn about the wide variety of beneficial services offered, understand insurance benefits when it comes to modern acupuncture, and schedule with ease. In business providing quality alternative medicine acupuncture and chiropractic since 1995, Licensed acupuncturist Dr. Lisa Oskardmay’s primary goal is to help people to get back to health, naturally.

Online search terms are one way people find us. Our many outstanding patient reviews help educate people on how we have helped many Triangle residents with different health conditions. These health concerns include back pain, neck pain, headaches, migraines, fibromyalgia, insomnia, infertility, shoulder issues, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, etc. When a patient sees our website, they can go to the Contact Us page and fill out a brief online contact area; someone will contact them as soon as possible to get the care they need. If you prefer a specific day or time of day, please indicate that in the contact us area to accommodate your needs. Our office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8:15-5:30 pm, Wednesday 12:30-5:30 pm, and Friday 8:15-12:30 pm.

Another way to schedule an appointment is to call us on the telephone. (919) 929-1400. Even if you call after hours when the office is closed or reach us when we are busy assisting other patients, leave a message on the secure answering machine, and someone will call you right back as soon as possible. When you speak with our helpful front desk associates, we will gather the necessary information from you to facilitate the scheduling process and help you navigate cost concerns, as well.

The ancient Medicine we provide has a strong history. We use the most up-to-date technology to help patients find us, schedule appointments, and utilize their insurance benefits. If you have never been to an acupuncturist before and do not know much about this holistic Medicine, contact us today to see how acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can help you. (919) 929-1400, schedule@acudocnc.com, acudocnc.com.

 

Acupuncture for Migraines

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Acupuncture is a beneficial treatment for many forms of headache, including migraines. Whatever the cause of the migraine, acupuncture can help. At Acupractic Natural Healing Center in Chapel Hill, Dr. Lisa Oskardmay has helped many headache and migraine sufferers get back to enjoy life without the pain and stress of migraines and headaches. A licensed acupuncturist in the Triangle since 1995, she enjoys helping patients reduce pain naturally, without drugs or surgery wherever possible. Acupuncture, massage, and specific joint mobilization help where other treatments may not achieve the desired results.

What is a Migraine?

A headache is defined as a painful sensation in any part of the head, ranging from sharp to dull, that may occur with other symptoms. A migraine is a particular type of headache with varying intensity levels, often accompanied by an aura such as nausea or light and sound sensitivity. Many people who experience migraine headaches recognize specific triggers to migraine attacks; hormonal changes, exercise, certain foods, and drinks are common triggers. Sufferers typically self-diagnose; lab tests or imaging are rarely required. Dr. Oskardmay reviews pertinent information with each patient and performs a detailed physical exam to understand unique individual concerns and provide individualized care.

Migraine sufferers may report pain and muscle tightness from the neck to the head or tightness in the sides of the head. Using gentle palpation and massage, Dr. Oskardmay helps to reduce muscle imbalance, trigger points, and other areas of muscle spasm that contribute to migraine headaches. Some patients find that sitting in front of a computer or using a handheld device contributes to migraine symptoms; contributory postural issues affect the nerve, blood, and qi flow, affecting neck pain, eye strain, and other symptoms. Using acupuncture along stagnant meridians, she helps unblock regions of energy constriction. For patients interested in chiropractic adjustments, Dr. Lisa is also a licensed chiropractic physician and can gently and safely employ chiropractic adjustments as needed to improve vertebral alignment.

All of the energetic meridians or channels recognized in Chinese Medicine influence the head and neck region; point selection to treat the metal channel lung yin and large intestine yang influences the front of the neck region, while the earth meridian influences the mouth and outer clavicle. Fire and wood meridians apply to the sides of the neck and face, and the water channel primarily impacts the back of the neck and head. Location of the pain and other factors such as time of day migraine occurs, associated auras, or causative factors such as scents or flavors influencing the pain all influence the treatment an acupuncturist like Dr. Oskardmay uses.

Migraine treatment at Acupractic Natural Healing Center is beneficial and can help keep migraine pain to a minimum. Call today at (919) 929-1400 to make an appointment or visit us online 24 hours a day to schedule.

Chiropractic Care for Stress

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At Acupractic Natural Care Center, the chiropractic and acupuncture offices of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay, we recognize the healing power of natural healing to reduce stress. Hands-on treatment using chiropractic principles and adjustment therapy with massage helps soothe muscles, balance the nervous system and reduce stress naturally. From the cervical spine through the thoracic region to the lumbar and sacral vertebral regions, chiropractic manipulative therapy and massage at our office heals on many levels, reducing pain and muscle spasms, nerve impingement, and cortisol levels that result from imbalance.

The vertebral column, comprised of bony vertebrae surrounding spinal segments and exiting spinal nerves, supports good posture and serves as an attachment site for many postural muscles. Stress and cortisol levels increase when there is misalignment or other irritation between these vertebral units because misalignment or subluxation increases pain and affects nerve flow. This stress response is systemic because cortisol filters throughout the body and the nervous system is lightning fast to respond to pain and impingement, affecting the vital spinal column. The spinal adjustments Dr. Oskardmay performs help mitigate the stress response because spinal mobilization restores healthy movement between vertebral units and reduces nerve flow interference.

Nerves arising in the neck or cervical spine region transmit messages to and from the upper extremity. Shoulder tightness, forearm muscle spasm, hand or wrist pain all relate to irritation in the upper spine. Additionally, tightness in the region between the shoulder blades relates to shoulder movement problems, as well. Many people recognize that they carry stress on their neck and shoulders. Correction of spinal fixation in the neck and upper back resolves tension arising in these areas. When Dr. Oskardmay also applies massage or acupuncture, that benefits the surrounding muscles, relaxing the mind and improving strength and endurance of the tissues. Organs receiving innervation from all spinal areas also benefit from adjustment procedures which help to relieve pain and stress from conditions such as TMJ, headache, asthma, hypertension, vertigo, digestive disorders, and others because nerve flow functions better.

Lumbar and sacral vertebrae protect spinal areas transmitting nerves to the lower extremities and pelvic organs. Hip pain, patella-femoral knee trouble, foot and ankle arthritic concerns, and plantar fasciitis indicate nerve problems from nerves transmitting messages to and from the low back. Hands-on diversified chiropractic adjustment or Activator adjustment procedures mobilize vertebrae in the lower spine and improve the functioning of all areas served. Internal organs such as the bladder, kidney, and reproductive organs also benefit from enhanced nerve flow and reduction in pain and muscle spasm through treatment of the lumbosacral region.

In addition to chiropractic adjustment plus massage and acupuncture, Dr. Lisa Oskardmay also enjoys helping understand how to update patients’ food selection, exercise, and daily activities to get healthy. Read our many appreciative patient reviews on our website and call (919) 929-1400 or visit online 24 hours a day to schedule an appointment.

Acupuncture Treatment of Shoulder Pain

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Practitioners of Chinese Medicine divide the shoulder into regions that correspond to specific meridians or energy pathways. Stagnation or other derangements of qi flow along these channels will impair the shoulder movement and sensation of the shoulder and other body areas. Licensed acupuncturist Dr. Lisa Oskardmay uses acupuncture treatment, massage, and chiropractic adjustments to the spine and extremities to improve qi flow and heal shoulder pain naturally.

Many people ask how an acupuncturist knows which points to choose for problems affecting the shoulder. Dr. Oskardmay uses individualized treatments for each person; point selection depends on many factors. Location of pain and type of pain, and associated conditions such as movements causing distress or other conditions play a role in point selection. Acupuncture points along meridians reflect various treatment goals, and point selection is an important treatment component.

For instance, the metal channel consists of lung yin and large intestine yang energies on the thumb side of the hand, forearm, arm, and shoulder. Pain in these areas may indicate an imbalance in metal qi flow, and points along the metal channel may benefit this condition. Alternately, fire element channels small intestine yang and heart yin, or Xin bao yin or san jiao yang exist on the posterior aspect of the shoulder, upper back, and pinky finger side of the hand. Pain in any of these areas may indicate disturbance of fire dynamics, and point selection of points along the fire channels could support these regions. Along the lateral shoulder side and outer upper back exist wood energies; Dr. Oskardmay may choose points along the associated gallbladder yang or liver yin channels to soothe wood imbalance resulting in shoulder pain and irritation there.

Additionally, emotional states may suggest channel flow concerns, and points selected can help to support organs associated with the channel in question. For instance, the metal channel organs- yin lung and yang large intestine benefit from treatment to the metal meridian and associated channels. We use our lungs for breathing and gathering energy, and the affiliated organ of the skin detoxifies and protects us. The large intestine releases toxins. Issues with toxicity, energy, inspiration, grief, and ‘not letting go’ of things may indicate a need for metal point selection. Dr. Oskardmay will ask a few questions during each treatment session to further understand which points to address while treating upper extremity conditions.

Fire channel organs, heart yin, and small intestine yang relate to our joy, spirit, and consciousness. The physical heart pumps blood throughout the body, and the energetic heart, as seen in Chinese medicine, energizes our being in many ways. The small intestine passes food from the stomach to the colon, absorbing necessary nutrients along the way. Similarly, the energetic fire yang organ assists in the organization of thoughts and feelings, helping us make a good decision. If patients describe issues with joy, consciousness, organization, calm decision-making, Dr. Oskardmay may choose points along the fire channel to treat shoulder pain.

Many factors go into point selection for shoulder pain. Dr. Lisa Oskardmay will gently guide each patient to help her understand where pain exists and some of the accompanying acute or chronic channel conditions. For more information on how acupuncture can help your shoulder pain or other health problems, call us today to schedule your appointment at (919) 929-1400 or schedule online 24 hours a day at acudocnc.com.

How the Clavicle Bone Affects Health

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At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, chiropractor and acupuncturist Dr. Lisa Oskardmay evaluates clavicle range of motion and pain as part of a routine exam because this small superior bone impacts our health in many ways. When a patient presents with neck or shoulder pain, hand or elbow irritation, or problems getting a deep breath or even slow metabolism, this area of the upper extremity can reveal clues and treatment options.

What is the Clavicle Bone?

The clavicle is elongated, turned sideways, and rotated s-shaped bone in the upper front of the body. A part of each shoulder, we have two clavicles. Attached to each clavicle is a series of muscles that affects shoulder range of motion, strength, and position, as well as neck position in part owing to the anterior neck muscles. The clavicles should make each move and rotate equally without pain popping noise upon arm movement overhead and shoulder rotation. Lack of rotation from improper muscle coordination in the complex shoulder can eventually cause shoulder bursitis and pain. Anterior head position, called ‘tech neck by many, refers to the bent forward head position assumed by many people nowadays as they peer over their devices for work and pleasure. This lordotic slump reduces clavicle movement and is a silent but significant cause of health impairment seen in our office.

Notably, the position and movement of the clavicles impact respiration, and the top of the lung resides just above these shoulder bones. When a person breathes with their shoulder muscles in place of the abdomen, as doctors suggest, the ensuing shoulder muscle tightness can affect clavicle movement and impair respiration. The clavicle lifts typically at the end of respiration to bring in extra air when needed. In contrast, the abdomen ideally performs the bulk of the respiratory effort, ballooning out to draw air into the lungs. In addition to helping people recognize the importance of belly breathing and shoulder range of motion, Dr. Oskardmay uses chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage techniques to improve muscle and bone coordination in the neck and shoulder.

clavicle bone

Several vital nerves and blood vessels surround and run under the clavicles. The brachial plexus is a series of nerves arising from the lower part of the neck vertebrae C5,6,7. This nerve bundle passes between the middle and anterior scalene neck muscles originating from the neck and attaching to the first rib below the clavicle. The brachial plexus sends sensory and motor messages to the shoulder and arm muscles. Compression or irritation of these nerves under the clavicle or between the scalene muscles can affect upper extremity movement and pain. Conditions such as neck pain, frozen shoulder, thoracic outlet syndrome, or shoulder bursitis can result in shoulder and arm and hand pain, tingling, and numbness, even muscle weakness. Left untreated, minor problems can turn into more significant issues.

Dr. Oskardmay strives to determine the cause of each patient’s pain and disability at our chiropractic and acupuncture office. It is not uncommon for patients to come into our office with long-term residual neck and shoulder pain, tightness, shallow breathing, and other troublesome ailments that affect overall life quality and ability to exercise and breathe fully. Palpation and treatment of clavicle motion and tenderness using chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage applied to the neck and shoulder complex frequently helps to improve troublesome symptoms.

Call today to schedule your visit. Serving the Triangle community since 1995, we love helping people get and feet well and look forward to serving your healthcare needs. Call (919) 929-1400 or schedule online 24 hours a day at acudocnc.com.