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Your body’s system that helps you stay calm, pain free, mobile, and in good spirits...is Your Nervous System! Sometimes you just feel “off” or edgy. You may experience acute pain or chronic aching. Perhaps you feel stiff, sluggish or just get sick often. All of this can happen when your spine is misaligned and interferes with the way your nervous system functions! That’s because your nervous system controls every cell in your brain and body. And it’s how your brain communicates with your organs and muscles.

All it takes is one misaligned vertebra that causes the slightest nerve irritation to impair this vital line of communication. The alternative: ignoring the problem and ending up in pain, overly stressed, or with compromised health. Chiropractic care helps ensure that, structurally, nothing is compressing your nerves and causing pain or dysfunction. Adjustments trigger specific responses that promote healthy joint motion, faster healing, and relaxation! Healthy Nerves = Healthier You! With ongoing care, our patients report less overall pain, reduced muscle tension, faster healing, and even better balance and muscle strength.

It’s common that patients in our office experience fairly quick relief from a variety of conditions like back pain, neck pain, and headaches. Chiropractic care has been shown time and time again to help significantly with these issues. Sometimes we also see chiropractic “miracles” wherein a patient who has had restless leg syndrome, a chronic cough, or sinusitis is instantly improved after a chiropractic adjustment. How can this be? The nervous system is the answer. Chiropractic care affects the nervous system, brain and spinal cord included, with each adjustment. There are no guarantees in healthcare, or chiropractic care either. However, if your nervous system isn’t working at 100% because of a dysfunction in your spine, your health will suffer until you receive the proper care. Call us today if you are interested in a free consultation. 513-444-4529

 

Dr. Kauffman is a licensed chiropractor in Loveland Ohio and serves patients in the greater Cincinnati area. To find out more about your 45140 Chiropractor see https://www.kauffmanchiropractic.com/about-the-doctor-loveland-chiropractor

 

Avoid Gardening and Yard Work Injuries

It’s spring once again and what better place to be than in your garden? While a seemingly tame activity, all that bending, squatting, digging, crouching, and lifting involved in gardening can do a number on your back, neck, shoulder or wrists.

There are good ways to go about gardening and yard work, and some not so good. Some things to avoid would be repetitive movements (like in mulching, digging etc) without frequent breaks. Taking a break every 10 – 15 minutes for these types of rigorous tasks can reduce your risk of injury.

These smart steps can help keep the fun in your gardening experience: Warm up. Zealous gardening can take its toll on your body. Especially if you’re not conditioned. Stretch the areas you’ll be using most to help prevent injury. Vary movements and positions. It’s easy to become lost in concentration while planting that bulb just right. Make a point to reposition your posture, stretch, or walk around a bit in between tasks. Kneel when possible, instead of bending or leaning. Many times a knee pad when kneeling makes a big difference. Be mindful of your body! Pay attention to what your body is telling you when working outdoors.

If you find yourself or a friend in pain due to a gardening or yard-work injury it’s likely we can help. Whether it’s a sprain, strain, disc bulge, or compressed nerve, we can take a look and tell you if chiropractic care can help.

 

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

 

Back surgery, medication, or chiropractic care?

If you’ve been told back or neck surgery is a good option for you, please have a chiropractic evaluation first. Ongoing Chiropractic care has been shown to help reduce the need for costly, risky, and ineffective back and neck surgeries.

This is the situation each year for 2.7 million Americans who find themselves in a doctor’s office, being told that procedures such as spinal fusion, decompression, or laminectomy are their only choices. Keep in mind, these procedures can range between $20,000–$120,000, according to Reuters and Healthcare Bluebook. What’s more, spinal surgery is no guarantee you’ll be back to your old self again. Plus, there are possible risks involved: nerve damage, reaction to anesthesia and heart, lung, or bleeding issues.

Get Proven Results! Surgery can fail. Often a second one is needed. Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS) is unfortunately a common reality. It’s also tempting to reach for a pill. However, there is no drug that can correct the underlying structural cause of your pain. Yet, that’s exactly what some doctors recommend! By keeping your joints moving properly, our comprehensive spinal care helps reduce inflammation, stiffness, and pain...naturally. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 116 million Americans live with some form of severe or recurring pain, and most use medication to manage it. Painkillers come with potentially serious side effects, especially with long-term use. Why take the risks when you don’t have to! Use What You Already Have! Chiropractic adjustments actually help your body release its own natural pain-relieving chemicals!

We aim to address the root cause of your discomfort. We gently restore your spine’s alignment, removing pressure from inflamed nerves and muscles—common causes of musculoskeletal pain! You’ve heard the news. Our country is in an opioid crisis. The drugs people turn to are not helping them get better—they’re making them dependent!

Now, we realize that for some people the addition of medication to minimize spinal pain is the best approach, but that should almost always be combined with efforts to correct the structural issues with chiropractic care. Also, there are situations where surgery really is the only answer. In this case it is likely that chiropractic care will be beneficial within 6 months to 2 years after the surgery to increase mobility and improve healing.

Please call us if you are interested in natural care to relieve and heal back and neck conditions without the use of drugs or surgery.

 

Choosing Wisely: Making good decisions about your health

Now more than ever, there is a lot of information (sometimes conflicting) on healthcare. What tests to get, what treatments to receive, what the costs are for the tests and treatments... and the list goes on. How do you know what to do with all of this? And who should you listen to?

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) recently took a stand for a program called Choosing Wisely. It's a guide to make more informed healthcare decisions, for both doctors and patients. Unfortunately, some doctors, chiropractors, and healthcare providers have recommended unnecessary diagnostic tests, medications, and procedures that may actually make patients worse and cost them extra money as well. 

The ABIM (American Board of Internal Medicine) foundation put together information on how to make health care decisions based on the latest research. In general these are recommendations from the top medical associations and research reviews, and some of them are surprising!

 

Topics include the following (click the link to read):

 

Brain scans for head injuries - when you need them and when you don't

 

Back Pain - when do you need x-rays or a back brace

 

Treatments and Tests your Baby May Not Need in the Hospital

 

Colonoscopy - When you need it and when you don't

 

Medicines to relieve chronic pain

 

Treating Sinus Problems

 

You can find hundreds of these fact sheets for various tests, conditions, and treatments here http://www.choosingwisely.org/patient-resources/ 

 

Why you need chiropractic care after a low speed impact

Auto accidents happen every day. Most of them are low-impact collisions. According to the Insurance Institute for highway safety the largest number of rear impact crash injuries occur when there is little or no vehicle damage. Shockingly, the Spine Research Institute of San Diego reports long-term complaints from 67% of people with only a 7mph impact! 

Chiropractic care has been shown to be over 90% effective in relieving whiplash-associated pain. No matter how small a collision may be it's important to get checked early for signs of whiplash. Getting a chiropractic exam soon after an accident may be the difference between having no pain and having life-long pain.

 

Over 50% people who are in a car accident have pain or disablity a year later if they had not undergone proper treatment. Getting a chiropractic evaluation within a few days of an accident is usually best, but even up to a year later can be beneficial in reducing neck pain, headaches, radiating arm pain, numbness and tingling. Please give our office a call if you or a loved one has been in an accident so we can determine if chiropractic care is appropriate. 

 

 

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

 

Travel tips for back health

4 travel tips for back health

The holiday season is here which means a lot of people are traveling more than they normally would. This often flares up old back injuries, increases chronic back pain, and stiffens arthritis in the back and neck. Here are some tips to try to avoid back pain while traveling:

1. Pack light: This one is a no-brainer, but it’s true. If you are packing your bag with two hair dryers just in case one doesn’t work you’re not packing light. Suitcases are not designed for easy lifting, so it doesn’t take much extra weight in a suitcase to wrench your back. The lateral bending movement to pick up a suitcase is not something we normally do on a daily basis, so we are more prone to injury with this type of movement.

2. Move often: This is the most important tip for traveling. If you are in a car seat, adjust your seat position several times during your trip to make sure you’re not stuck in the same place for too long. If you are a passenger it’s a little easier to change positions. If you are a driver, the best thing you can do is to take frequent short breaks to get out and move around. If you are on a plane, get up once an hour to get your blood flowing to your muscles again.

  • Kauffman Chiropractic is your source for health and wellness. If you have been searching for a licensed chiropractor near Loveland Ohio, Mason Ohio, Madeira Ohio, or the greater Cincinnati area you have come to the right place. Please call our Loveland Ohio Chiropractic office at (513) 444-4529 for your appointment.


3. Maintain good posture: If you are sitting in a car or plane for several hours, do a self-check every 30 minutes and correct your posture. Even those people who always seem to have good posture won’t be able to withstand hours in a car or airplane seat without slouching.

 

4. Stretch your legs and hips. A few simple stretches depicted here can help after you have been sitting while traveling. During sitting the hamstrings (the muscles at the back of the thigh) usually tighten up first. This can lead directly to lower back pain if they stay tight and tense. Try these stretches a few times a day when traveling.

 

5 tips for reducing chronic pain

Learn how to reduce chronic pain

Chronic pain is a difficult thing to treat for any medical professional. Typically the longer something has been painful, the harder it is to reverse. Chronic pain is defined as any pain lasting more than 3 months. One reason why chronic pain is so difficult to treat is that the nervous system actually re-wires in chronic pain syndromes. The central nervous system essentially gets used to the pain signals and makes new patterns that solidify the chronic pain. Therefore, to treat chronic pain, the cycle must be broken, or at least interrupted enough for the nervous system to adapt and change.

 

Here are 5 tips to break the chronic pain cycle.

1. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet. Most chronic pain conditions worsen with inflammation. So eating foods that fight inflammation helps. These include nuts like almonds and walnuts, fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, and limiting fried and processed foods.

2. Starting a stress reduction technique. Stress can often manifest as an increase in chronic pain. Incorporating breathing techniques, or meditation techniques help to reduce stress.

reducing chronic pain

3. Exercise, even into pain. There was a study done in 2017 looking at certain exercises that actually aggravate a chronic pain condition during the exercise, but later relieve it. No pain no gain may have some real science behind it. We recommend getting help from a trainer to find good exercises for specific body areas.

4. Seek counseling from a mental health professional. Mental health is an important component of chronic pain. Every chronic pain condition has an emotional component along with the sensation of pain. In theory, all chronic pain conditions could be improved with emotional support or counseling.

5. Alternative healthcare. Alternative healthcare really has the best track record of all health professionals for reducing chronic pain. These methods include acupuncture, chiropractic care, massage, biofeedback, reiki and others. Regular care using alternative healthcare is what most chronic pain patients find the most beneficial of all.

chronic back pain

We see new cases of chronic pain each week, whether its back pain, neck pain, headaches, hip pain, radiating pain or something else. We are generally very successful in reducing chronic pain and in some cases eliminating it. If you or someone you know lives with chronic pain please call us for help. 513-444-4529

 

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.

 

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