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Holiday Survival in Algonquin Illinois

By Anthony Galante

The holidays seem to come earlier and earlier every year — and along with them, the stresses and strains of frenzied holiday shopping. Take a stroll through your local mall, and you’ll already see symbols of the approaching holiday season. As your muscles tense with each passing day, ask yourself, “Are you ready for the holiday shopping challenge?”
Since the added demands of this season can stress the capacity of our bodies, we need to do everything we can to help ourselves. Eat right, drink plenty of water, stretch, exercise and take a few minutes to slow down and reflect on what the season is all about.

Holiday Shopping Tips

Consider the following tips to help keep you and your loved ones healthy, happy and safe this season.
• Stay hydrated! Drink eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water a day.
• Be sure to stretch before and after a long day of shopping.
• Wear shoes with plenty of cushioning in the soles.
• Leave your purse at home.
• If you start to feel some pain, nip it in the bud. Apply an ice bag to the affected area for 20 minutes, then take it off for a couple of hours. Repeat a couple of times each day over the next day or two.

Holiday Survival Guide by Algonquin Chiropractic Center


Conservative Chiropractic Care or Back Surgery: How You Decide to Treat Back Pain

Back pain? What treatment do you want? We can see from the graph below that what provider you initially choose will have a MAJOR impact on what form of treatment you receive.

(Read how Margaret avoided back surgery below!)

Conservative Chiropractic Care or Back Surgery by Algonquin Chiropractic Center

Many non-chiropractic health care professionals recognize the value of chiropractic back pain treatment. In the Journal of the American Medical Association article published in 2013, the authors suggested chiropractic for low-back pain. Surgery was mentioned as an option only if all else fails.

In another highly respected medical journal, manual manipulation (chiropractic) was shown to beat medication for short-term relief of chronic back pain. With prescription pain drug abuse now classified as an “epidemic” in the United States and the number of spinal fusions soaring 500 percent over the last decade, the essential services provided by doctors of chiropractic (DCs) are more critical than ever.

Doesn’t back pain simply disappear by itself?
Researchers used to believe that back pain would heal on its own. But although back pain may disappear temporarily, it is relatively likely to return. It has been demonstrated that more than 33 percent of people who experience low-back pain find that it lasts longer than 30 days. With recurrence rates as high as 94% proper management of back pain is essential.

What separates our clinic from others?
Numerous reasons, but the Cox Technique is one of the main reasons. This specialized table allows me to painlessly decompress the disc (creating a negative pressure on the disc) and give the nerve 28% more room. Decompressing the disc and relieving pressure on spinal nerves is why this technique is so effective treating difficult back conditions like sciatica, stenosis and disc herniation.

For example, “Margaret” was told by 2 different surgeons that she would need immediate surgery or suffer “permanent nerve damage” or would “be paralyzed.” Well, after treatment on the Cox table she never had surgery and is back to her normal lifestyle which includes working, exercising, walking the dog, traveling, etc… No permanent nerve damage and no paralysis.

Margaret chose a chiropractor as her first choice of provider, she didn’t know it but she only had a 1.5% chance of having surgery. With a case like hers, seeing a surgeon first and hearing the lies about “paralysis and nerve damage” might scare anyone into surgery.


Anthony R. Galante DC CCSP
2210 Huntington Dr. N.
Algonquin, Il. 60102

What is a Herniated Disc?

The spine is made up of vertebrae, between the vertebrae are spongy discs that cushion impact and absorb shock as the spine operates.

If one of those discs becomes damaged or torn, they may rupture; this is commonly called a herniated disc, also known as a slipped disc.  Disc herniations occur most commonly in the lower back and lower neck but can occur anywhere in the spine.

Herniated Disc may occur as a result of age (they lose flexibility and can become brittle), trauma, and heavy lifting and occasionally from trivial movements.

What is a Herniated Disc by Algonquin Chiropractic CenterThe outer disc is made up of cartilage tissue and in the middle of the disc is a gel-like substance.  When a disc “herniates,” the outer cartilage can tear and the gel-like fluid pushes out against sensitive nerves.

The resultant symptoms may include severe back pain, hip pain and pain and burning or numbness and tingling in the arms or legs.  If the pressure on the nerve is high enough, weakness may occur.

A common term you have probably heard of is “sciatica” which is low back, hip and leg pain and numbness that is usually caused by a disc herniation.

A herniated disc diagnosis can be made after a comprehensive history and thorough physical exam, however; X-rays, MRI and EMG testing may be necessary.

First, we need to control inflammation; if we can control inflammation we can control pain.  There are several ways we do that in the office with mobilization techniques, modalities and anti-inflammatory nutrition.  At home, the patient is encouraged to stay active, use ice, avoid aggravating activities and educated on how to move, bend, sit and sleep to decrease pain. Medication may be necessary and we work with several very good medical doctors and orthopedic surgeons.

As the inflammation and severe pain subside, spinal distraction may be performed to decompress the disc and nerve.  Soft tissue techniques can be helpful to decrease muscle spasm and pain, alternating hot and cold packs may be beneficial, as well as carefully selected home exercises.

As the disc heals, the patients home exercise program will also increase, muscles very quickly get weak after a disc herniation and rehab is necessary to restore proper function.

Herniated Disc is a serious back injury, most disc herniations do heal but they take a lot longer than if you strained your back doing yard work.  Herniations can heal in a few months, but some may take up to a year or longer and a selected few never heal 100%.

Only a small percentage of disc herniations require surgery; however, if surgery is necessary I will tell you immediately. Let an Algonquin Chiropractor help you regain control of your life!

By Anthony Galante

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