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By Optima Health & Vitality Center
January 15, 2018
Tags: Neuropathy  

Diabetics, more than anyone, need to take special care of their peripheral nerves. If you're not careful, you may suffer from peripheral neuropathyneuropathy, which is peripheral nerve damage that weakens your limbs and may cause numbness and pain. If you would like to know more about neuropathy from your Eau Claire, WI, doctor, this blog may help you.

Neuropathy Treatment

Your legs and feet are prone to many health problems. If your nerves are damaged, you may suffer from loss of feeling which may make it difficult to detect:

  • Extreme temperatures
  • Pain

What is Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy?

Diabetics suffer from foot infections due to something as simple as a small cut or blister. A person suffering from diabetes will notice changes like numbness or tingling in your toes. These symptoms persist over time, which may interfere with your sleep causing you to wake up. Unfortunately, these disturbances may cause a loss of feeling that may make it difficult to feel the tightness of your shoes.

Neuropathy may cause severe damage to your feet, such as:

  • Ulcers or holes
  • Loss of toes
  • Amputation

If nerve compression isn't treated, the nerve may be deprived of oxygen and nutrients. The nerve will die and you're left with numb feet.

Your Eau Claire doctor can relieve the following symptoms by performing surgery:

  • Burning
  • Tingling
  • Pain

Neuropathy Treatment

Once you relieve the compression from on the nerve, the goal of treatment is to manage your neuropathic symptoms. The doctor may prescribe medication to relieve the pain but if that doesn't work, other therapies will be recommended. The treatment won't reverse the damage but will stop its progression.

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation may help relieve symptoms: The adhesive electrodes are placed on the skin to deliver a gentle electric current through the electrodes at varying frequencies.

Early detection, simple care and regular inspections can go a long way to avoid serious foot complications related to diabetes.

Diabetes is serious, especially when it comes to your feet. If you have diabetes, you need to contact your podiatrist about what you can do. To learn more about neuropathy and treatment options, call Optima Health & Vitality Center in Eau Claire, WI at (715) 832-1953.

By Optima Health & Vitality Center
November 16, 2017
Tags: Back Pain  

Are you in pain? Are you in need of therapy or treatment? Well, your Eau Claire, WI, chiropractors are here to help you. They use back painconservative steps, such as diet, spinal adjustments and other tools to improve your lifestyle.

How to Treat Back Pain:

According to the American Chiropractic Association, 80 percent of people will experience some sort of back problem or issue in their lifetime and about 30 million Americans look for chiropractic care every year, so your chiropractor understands the obstacles you face due to back pain, so here are a few tips to help you out.

Your spine is good at coping with back injuries; minor issues or injuries may be healed in about a one to two days. For persistent pain, however, researchers think this may be the result of stress, mood changes and the fear of further injury that may prevent people from being active and making the pain worse.

There are several types of treatments for back pain, but the safest and most effective are manipulative therapy and spinal manipulation.

Types of Back Pain and Symptoms:

  • Sharp pain
  • Dull ache
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Burning sensation

How to Prevent Back Pain:

  • Diet and exercise can help regulate your weight, but make sure you do so under the supervision and guidance of a doctor.
  • Make sure you stretch and warm up preceding a physical activity.
  • Sit and stand with posture, and wear comfortable and avoid high-heeled shoes.
  • Use a firm mattress to accommodate any curvature in your back.
  • When lifting an object, lift with your knees, keep the object near your body and don't twist while lifting.
  • Quit smoking to improve blood flow.
  • Create an ergonomically correct environment.

Pain medication isn't the only treatment and it's not a long-term solution! If you are experiencing back pain and don't know what to, then you need to consult your Eau Claire, WI, chiropractor.

By Optima Health & Vitality Center
September 12, 2017
Tags: Fibromyalgia  

Fibromyalgia syndrome is a medical condition that affects approximately 10 million Americans according to the National Fibromyalgia fibromyalgiaAssociation (NFA). Most of those 10 million people are women. Many people have fibromyalgia but don’t realize it. Find out more about this chronic condition and how the symptoms can be relieved by the chiropractors at Optima Health and Vitality Center in Eau Claire, WI.

What Is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a combination of symptoms that cause pain and discomfort in the body. It can make it difficult to function normally throughout the day—even the ability to concentrate on a task may be negatively affected. The most common symptoms are:

- Sharp aching pains at certain points of the body (chronic).
- Twitching or burning sensation in the muscles.
- Extreme fatigue, even after long periods of sleep.
- Depression and/or anxiety.
- Stomach, bowel, or digestive disorders.

What Are the Causes?
Doctors aren’t 100% sure what causes fibromyalgia, but it could be related to intense stress. Some patients develop this disorder after a long period of depression or after experiencing some type of trauma. It may also be related to poor diet and obesity. Patients who have arthritic problems sometimes struggle with fibromyalgia. Some doctors believe that this may be an inherited condition.

How Is Fibromyalgia Treated?
While there may not be a known cure for fibromyalgia, there are treatments that can relieve the symptoms. Here are a few potential treatments offered at Optima Health and Vitality Center in Eau Claire, WI:

- Chiropractic adjustments to help relieve pain.
- Yoga therapy and other therapeutic exercises.
- Deep massage.
- Nutritional counseling to improve the diet.
- Ultrasound therapy (waves are emitted that can help heal soft tissue).
- Acupuncture (tiny needles inserted at specific points on the body).
- Electrical stimulation and biofeedback.
- Training on how to relax to combat the effects of stress.

Get Help from a Doctor
You don’t have to suffer with intense pain related to fibromyalgia every day and at night. Treatment options are available at Optima Health and Vitality Center in Eau Claire, WI. Call 715-832-1953 today to set a date to see a chiropractic doctor.

By Optima Health & Vitality Center
June 21, 2017
Tags: Pinched Nerve  

Pinched Nerve

The central nervous system is made up of our brain and spinal cord, but if you were to look at a chart of these systems, you’ll also be able to see all the nerves that branch out from the brain and spinal cord to send messages to other areas of the body. If you have a pinched nerve, sometimes referred to as nerve compression, you may notice pain. Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t right and shouldn’t be ignored.

There are many issues that can cause a pinched nerve, whether it’s repetitive movements or staying in one position for too long. Nerve compression usually occurs when the nerve is pressed between tissues and bone, tendons or ligaments. A pinched nerve could be the reason you are experiencing neck pain or lower back pain. You may notice that the pain radiates to other areas of the body, as well.

For example, if you happen to have a pinched nerve in your neck you may also notice pain, numbness or other symptoms in your elbows, wrist or fingers. Over time, a pinched nerve can lead to other problems such as tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome. This is why it’s so important to treat a pinched nerve as soon as possible.

Fortunately, our chiropractors at Optima Health & Vitality Center can easily create a treatment plan for your pinched nerve. Most of the time spinal manipulation can be an effective chiropractic therapy. Spinal manipulation can be performed with a special device or manually to help realign vertebrae in the spine. Once the spinal is properly aligned, it will eliminate compression on the nerves to allow oxygen back into the area to promote better circulation and function, as well as to reduce pain.

You will most likely need to come in for several spinal manipulation sessions in order to see the results you want. How many sessions you require will depend on the severity of your condition. You don’t want to leave a pinched nerve untreated. Get rid of pain and inflammation and any other issues you may be experiencing due to pinched nerves, such as mobility.

If you are suffering from the aches and pains of a pinched nerve, then it’s time to call our Eau Claire, WI chiropractic office today at (715) 832-1953.

By Optima Health & Vitality Center
June 21, 2017
Category: Welcome
Tags: Untagged

Welcome to the Blog of Optima Health & Vitality Center

Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a chiropractor in the Eau Claire, WI area, we’re excited you are here. With the chiropractic industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.

As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote chiropractic health awareness as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including chiropractic news, advancements in chiropractic technology and treatments, and updates from our practice.

We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your best health. 

As always, feel free to contact Optima Health & Vitality Center with any chiropractic questions or concerns.

-- The Chiropractic Team at Optima Health & Vitality Center

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