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Holistic Care and Diabetes

Did you know that diabetic neuropathy is one of the most common causes of chronic pain? November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and at Back to Basics Chiropractic in Kennewick, we couldn’t let it pass without reminding our patients that holistic, non-invasive techniques can help them to manage pain risk-free.
Chronically high blood sugar can damage the nerves, causing them to feel pain or making them more sensitive to adverse conditions. The phrase “peripheral neuropathy” refers to pain in the nerves that branch out into the limbs, but neuropathy can also be felt in the body’s core, including in the digestive and reproductive systems. Neuropathy in the lower limbs or hips is particularly concerning in chiropractic, because people may compensate for it by changing their gait in a way that misaligns the spine, putting more pressure on nerves further up the body.
There are a number of things we can do to relieve the inflammation associated with diabetes and take pressure off the ner…

Tips for Raking

We hope everybody who visits Back to Basics Chiropractic in Kennewick feels good enough to do yard work this fall. Raking provides an opportunity to get much-needed exercise and Vitamin D from sunlight. However, it is important to follow the proper procedure to avoid injuries. We want our patients to start the winter holidays pain-free, so we thought we should provide a guide to raking safety.
Before you begin, you’ll need to make sure you have the right clothes and equipment. A rake should have a long enough handle for you to use without needing to bend, but it should be lightweight. Clothing should also be form-fitting and made of breathable material. You’ll need to make sure nothing is dangling from it that could get caught. It’s also important to pick shoes that are close-toed and have slip-resistant soles.
Pick a day to rake when it’s dry so the leaves won’t be too heavy. Before you begin, do a warm-up that includes a lot of dynamic stretches so blood will be flowing through your l…

Acute Pain Management

Acute pain often comes on suddenly and is usually caused by something specific. For example, when you burn your finger on a stove, no matter how much you put ice on it, it’s going to sting for a couple of days. Acute pain is defined as pain that comes and goes, but when it becomes chronic, lasting longer than six months, our doctors at Back to Basics will need to develop an individualized treatment plan to manage pain.
By utilizing a combination of manipulation (passive care) and exercise (active care) our doctors at Back to Basics Chiropractic can restore function that has been lost due to injury, degenerative disorders, and other musculoskeletal conditions. The goal of this modern management technique is to improve range of motion and eliminate activity intolerances before the onset of a disabling, chronic pain syndrome. If you experience pain that disappears and reappears often, schedule a consultation with us before the pain becomes chronic.
If you have questions or concerns regardi…