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Loveland Chiropractor Treats Headaches

Here is a story of a recent patient (we will call her Sarah). Sarah started having headaches 10 years ago. She had migraines on occasion, and daily tension headaches for years. She would take medication like ibuprofen to dull the pain. Some days were worse than others, but she was still able to manage her life.

 

Her husband was reading an article about how this Loveland chiropractor could help reduce headaches. He had been to a chiropractor before and had good results for other issues, so he told her to give it a try. Sarah went to the chiropractor and had an evaluation and her first adjustment. She wasn’t sure if it was going to work. She was a little timid about having her neck cracked. But she went back for a second visit, and a third. By the end of the third visit she had no headaches for two days straight for the first time in years.

 

She found hope.

 

She continued chiropractic care for her headaches for the next year, maintaining her progress and successfully keeping the majority of her headaches at bay. Then, she got used to not having headaches. She even forgot about them for over a year and stopped chiropractic care. Her stress at work started to build again and more stress at home too. She started to feel tension in her neck and of course, a headache followed. Sarah dealt with it for about 2 weeks, then remembered how good she felt when she got chiropractic adjustments for her headaches, so she went back to the chiropractor and got an adjustment and didn’t feel any better and wondered if it would work this time around.

 

The next day her headache was about half as intense, and the following day about a quarter as much. She knew the adjustments were working for her again and returned to the chiropractor for complete relief over the next week.

 

This is a common story we hear. If you have someone in your life who suffers from headaches, see if chiropractic care will work like it did for Sarah.

 

Go 'Back to Basics' to Prevent and Relieve Low-Back Pain

 

Dr. Kauffman Participates in National Public Awareness Campaign  

 

Loveland, OH – Dr. Kauffman (Loveland, OH) is joining chiropractors nationwide during National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) this October to share back injury prevention and strengthening tips as well as information on the value of a drug-free approach to low-back pain treatment.

NCHM raises awareness of the benefits of chiropractic care and its natural, whole-person, patient-centered and drug-free approach to health and wellness. This year's theme, "Back to Basics" emphasizes simple yet significant strategies for maintaining spinal health throughout a lifetime, as well as the growing body of evidence supporting drug-free approaches to low-back pain treatment.

"Back pain remains one of the most disabling conditions worldwide, and is a common condition for which doctors prescribe pain medications, such as opioids." says Dr. Kauffman. “We want people to know that there are other approaches to back pain treatment, such as chiropractic care, that do not involve drugs. There are also simple strategies and exercises you can learn to help keep your spine healthy and pain-free."

Statistics show that every day, more than 1,000 people are treated in the ER for misusing prescription opioid pain medications, and deaths involving the drugs have quadrupled since 1999. Back pain is one of the most common conditions for which opioids are prescribed.

In the wake of the opioid epidemic, many respected health care organizations are recognizing the value of a conservative, non-drug approach to pain. Low-back pain treatment guidelines updated this year by the American College of Physicians now encourage the use of conservative therapies, such as spinal manipulation, for low-back pain before the use of drug therapies and surgery. 

Chiropractors are experts in performing spinal manipulation and are trained to offer ergonomic and lifestyle advice to help patients strengthen their spines, enhance overall health and prevent back pain.  

To learn more about NCHM and back pain, visit https://www.acatoday.org/Patients

About Dr. Kauffman:

Dr. David Kauffman D.C. is a graduate of Logan College of Chiropractic. He has been in private practice in Loveland, OH for six years. For more information about how Dr. Kauffman can help you achieve better overall health and wellness, please visit www.kauffmanchiropractic.com

About National Chiropractic Health Month

National Chiropractic Health Month, an initiative of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), raises awareness of the benefits of chiropractic care and its national, whole-person, patient-centered and drug-free approach to health and wellness.

 

How much does chiropractic care cost?

How much does chiropracti care cost? This is a common question with an easy answer. Probably a lot less than you would think! Most of the therapies we offer are between $10 and $35, and the chiropractic treatment fees range from $45-$57. Also, almost all insurance companies have some kind of chiropractic coverage.

 

Most insurance companies have a contracted rate with the chiropractic office. For example, if a charge is sent to the insurance company for $50 for a treatment, the insurance company will re-price this amount to their contracted rate with the chiropractic office, let’s say for $30. This means that even if your insurance company doesn’t pay anything to the chiropractic office, you are only responsible for paying $30 for that treatment.

 

What if you don’t have insurance or don’t have coverage? We literally see hundreds of patients without insurance. This is because we have very reasonable fees for chiropractic treatments. Most of the therapies we offer are between $10 and $35, and the treatment fees for chiropractic adjustments range from $45-$57 (current as of 2017).

 

An evaluation of cost to treat lower back pain was done to find out the difference between medical cost and chiropractic cost. What they found was that for the average case, chiropractic users spent 40% less overall on their care. Oh, and with better outcomes too!

 

If you are hesitating to get treatment because of cost, please call us to find out an estimate of what a treatment would cost you, it’s likely less than you would think.

 

Reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21109053

 

Dr. Kauffman is a licensed chiropractor in Loveland Ohio and serves patients in the greater Cincinnati area. To find out more about your Loveland Chiropractor see http://www.kauffmanchiropractic.com

 

Is chiropractic care safe during pregnancy?

Is chiropractic care safe during pregnancy?

 

According to the American Pregnancy Association, chiropractic care is not only safe but also effective. The following is a quote from the APA website: “There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. All chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant… Some chiropractors take a specific interest in prenatal and postnatal care and seek additional training.” They have listed the following benefits to regular chiropractic care in pregnancy:

Potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:

Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
Reducing the time of labor and delivery
Relieving back, neck or joint pain
Preventing a potential cesarean delivery

 

Ask any chiropractor and he or she will tell you that it is absolutely safe during pregnancy to get adjusted. But why trust a chiropractor on this? Well, chiropractors do have years of training in anatomy, physiology and reproductive health. However, you may want to hear that it’s safe from a source outside of chiropractic. Here it is. The American Pregnancy Association has a medical advisory committee with several MDs, and OBGYNs, from medical centers spanning from Johns Hopkins, to Stanford, to Penn State reviewing the information they deliver, and they clearly support chiropractic care during pregnancy.

 

We get referrals in our office from OBGYN doctors in the area who have patients with back pain and sciatica. The limited ability to prescribe medications during pregnancy is why doctors often refer to chiropractic care to help reduce back pain, hip pain, and sciatica while pregnant.

 

It’s always advisable to consult with your doctor to make sure there are no contra-indications for any treatment you seek while pregnant. But as far as safety, chiropractic adjustments are head and shoulders above most other pain reduction treatments.

 

But does it work? Yes! And usually quite quickly. A recent study showed that on average it only took 4 ½ days to get significant improvement from back pain during pregnancy when treated with chiropractic care. Please, if you are suffering from pain during pregnancy don’t hesitate to call us for a consultation to see if natural, safe, and effective chiropractic care could help ease pregnancy for you.

 

Dr. Kauffman is a practicing chiropractic physician in Loveland Ohio, serving patients in Loveland, Mason, and the greater Cincinnati area. Dr. Kauffman treats patients who are pregnant suffering from back pain, hip pain, sciatica, and neck pain.

 

Chiropractic care for tennis elbow

 

Many people don’t realize that chiropractors treat more than back and neck pain. However, one of the more common conditions we treat is tennis elbow. The technical term for tennis elbow is lateral epicondylitis. This happens when the tendons are stressed that connect into the elbow on the back side of the forearm.

The chiropractic treatment approach is very different for tennis elbow compared to a medical approach. According to WebMD, it is recommended that you use ice or heat, an NSAID medication, exercise, and a brace. The majority of this I would recommend against. I have successfully treated many cases of tennis elbow that did not require any medication, or bracing.

 

The chiropractic treatment for tennis elbow that we provide includes muscle and tendon therapy for the muscles and tendons that connect into the elbow. There are other modalities that can be used in conjunction with hands on muscle therapy such as electrical muscle stimulation and therapeutic ultrasound. Chiropractic adjustments to the joints around the elbow, sometimes in the wrist as well, can make immediate changes in pain. Moreover, by making mechanical changes in how the elbow works, it is more likely to have a lasting therapeutic benefit (long-term results) as opposed to popping a pill to take the pain away for the short-term only.

 

If you have elbow pain and want an evaluation to see if chiropractic care might benefit you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 513-444-4529. It's unfortunate that so many people live with this pain who could potentially be pain-free with chiropractic care.

 

Dr. David Kauffman is a chiropractor in Loveland, Ohio.

 

Loveland Chiropractor shares 3 tips for back pain

Loveland Chiropractor Dr. Kauffman is considered a non-surgical spine expert. Chiropractic physicians have extensive training in treatment and management of back and neck pain without the use of drugs or surgery. Along with chiropractic care there are many things you can do on your own to make sure you are not experiencing more pain than you really have to feel.

Have you felt that sometimes you have bad days and sometimes you have better days with your back pain? This is very common. We would like to eliminate ALL of the bad days, but even reducing the number of bad days, or severity of the pain can lead to a huge improvement in quality of life. So lets look at a few ways to reduce pain at home.

The first tip is taking omega 3 fatty acids daily. The supplement we commonly recommend is a high quality EPA DHA omega 3 concentrate. The benefit of omega 3 fatty acids for pain is that they help to reduce inflammation. Inflammation is often a huge trigger for back pain. Again, reducing inflammation can reduce the number of bad days with back pain.

 

The second tip is to stretch. Stretching the back and the buttock muscles can make big differences in the tension around the spine. Even if you don’t feel like you are getting much out of stretching, the movement itself is helpful. For back pain in general, being sedentary is the worst thing you can do, so if you can’t exercise due to the pain, stretching or yoga is a great way to get moving.

The final tip for reducing back pain at home is to use ice or an ice/heat combination. For acute pain (like if you fell off your bike and hurt your back yesterday) you will want to stick with ice. As discussed previously, inflammation leads to more pain. Ice reduces inflammation right at the spot. Icing for 20 minutes at a time is recommended for the back. If the pain is chronic (it’s been there for several months or more) you can use ice and heat for 20 minutes each, alternating each hour.

 

If you would like a formal evaluation of your back from Loveland Chiropractor Dr. Kauffman, please call us at 513-444-4529 or use the appointment request feature.

 

Are you sitting wrong?

Many of us are sitting at desks in front of computer screens for hours a day, even up to ten or twelve hours at a time. If you have the option to alternate sitting and standing (with a standing desk) we recommend you do so. If you are stuck with sitting please do yourself a favor and take lots of breaks (ideally every 30-45 minutes). Check out a review of standing desks at reviews.com

If you do have to sit for a prolonged amount of time, it’s important you have the best posture possible. Is it possible you are SITTING WRONG? First, you want your chair raised up so that your hips are at least even with, or above the level of your knees. Second, you want your wrists level with your keyboard. And lastly (and most importantly) the middle to the top third of your monitor should be directly at eye level. *** Most people have their monitors WAY TO LOW.

Please take just a few minutes to check out how you are sitting, and make changes!

If you know someone else who sits all day at work, please forward this on to them and spread the information. Also, we are never too busy to help your friends, co-workers, or family in pain. Please have them call us at 513-444-4529 if they need our help.

See your Loveland, Oh Chiropractor, Dr. Kauffman for all your back and neck pain treatment. We specialize in ergonomics in Loveland and Cincinnati.

 

Pain between the back and hip

 

Many people come to our office with what they call either lower back pain or hip pain, but in reality the pain is right in between. It’s in the dimples of the back. The pain is usually worse while sitting and gets better with more movement. It can be a source of a lot of stress, especially if you sit at work and are in pain while sitting!

This is called the sacroiliac or SI joint area. It’s an area that can easily become stiff and painful. Luckily there are a couple of easy things to try for this pain. First, don’t sit too long. About 30 minutes of sitting at a time is enough to stiffen these joints, so get up and move before this happens. Also, a good stretch to try is to lie on the floor bend one knee up, and then rotate to the opposite side. This will stretch your back in rotation, which usually feels great for this area.

 

If you need further help with pain in this area, chiropractic can help a lot! Chiropractic adjustments can be done directly into the sacroiliac (SI) joints, freeing them from the stiffness that can set in. Please call us at 513-444-4529 and ask for an appointment with Dr. Kauffman to assess your lower back and hips and see if chiropractic care can help you.

 

Dr. Kauffman is a licensed chiropractor in Loveland, OH. He serves patients in Cincinnati and the areas of Mason Ohio, Lebanon Ohio, West Chester Ohio, and Loveland Ohio. Please call us today at 513-444-4529 for an appointment with your Loveland Ohio chiropractor, Dr. Kauffman.

 

Probiotics, The Good Bacteria

Our intestines are lined with tons and tons of bacteria. We usually think of bacteria being bad little bugs that make us sick. However, the bacteria in our intestinal tract helps to keep us healthy in many ways.

 

A new, important finding in a 2017 study shows that antibiotics can wipe out some of the good bacteria in the intestines. This is where probiotics come in to play. They found that taking a probiotic shortly after antibiotics can reduce the risk of diarrhea by 70%. This shows that the repopulation of the intestines with “good bacteria” in probiotics is really important after antibiotic therapy.

 

Other benefits of taking probiotics daily that have been shown in research include improving IBS symptoms, colic in infants, reducing risk of colds in adults, and possibly even improving anxiety and depression.

 

We have a full line of probiotics that we offer in our office, so if you are interested, please contact Dr. Kauffman or visit our online store at wellevate by clicking the link ORDER SUPPLEMENTS on the right side of this page.

Dr. Kauffman is a licensed chiropractor in Loveland, Oh and specializes in health and wellness including nutritional supplements and probiotics.

 

Alternatives to Medicine for Tension Headaches

Tension type headaches will affect 70% of the population at some time. They are the most common type of headaches we see in our office on a daily basis.

Usually tension headaches affect the base of the skull and the top of the neck. The headaches can also radiate or spread to the forehead or the temples. They are most commonly on both sides but can affect one side at a time. Most people who suffer from these headaches feel that they worsen through the day.

What treatments are available? The most used treatment for tension headaches is the use of NSAIDs such as acetaminophen and ibuprohen. The issue with these medications is side effects. Most people find these to be easily accessible and a “quick fix” and don’t think about the consequences. However, over 16,000 people are reported to die every year from intestinal bleeding linked to NSAID usage.

Some of the best alternatives to the sometimes dangerous medications used in the treatment of tension headaches are massage and chiropractic care. In 2015 a study showed that Thai Massage was beneficial compared to a popular medication for headaches. A 2016 study showed that chiropractic care along with manual therapy techniques (similar to what we use in our practice on a daily basis) not only reduced the pain associated with tension headaches but actually improved the quality of life for people suffering from these headaches.

 

Reference links:

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs277/en/
http://americannutritionassociation.org/newsletter/deadly-nsaids
https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2015/930175/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26928164

Dr. Kauffman is a licensed chiropractor in Loveland, OH. He serves patients in Cincinnati and the areas of Mason Ohio, Lebanon Ohio, West Chester Ohio, and Loveland Ohio. Please call us today at 513-444-4529 for an appointment with your Loveland Ohio chiropractor, Dr. Kauffman.