Virginia Beach Chiropractic Blog

Welcome To Our Chiropractic Blog

We are glad you decided to visit our Virginia Beach Chiropractic Blog! At the ProAdjuster Chiropractic Clinic of Virginia Beach, Dr. Maggio not only wants to serve his patients while they are in our office, but he also wants to serve them while they are at home. One of the easiest ways for us to do that is to update our weekly chiropractic blog.

Dr. Maggio constantly scours the internet for new information that can be helpful for patients to help them with their health goals. Regular chiropractic care is one of the steps you can take to achieve good health. In combination with your chiropractic care, it is important to include regular exercise, good nutrition and stress reduction strategies to your good health plan. We know that, to help you achieve success, you will need some key information. We can give you advice on how to exercise, how to eat, and how to relax. Please use our Virginia Beach Chiropractic Blog for your health education and reading enjoyment.

Some of the key topics we have found the most interesting to our patients are already included in our Virginia Beach Chiropractic Blog. These include information on new medical procedures, stretching and exercises, dietary changes, supplement information and more. As we know, some of our patients prefer chiropractic blogs sent to them in written form. Other patients like the convenient video updates that Dr. Maggio presents, on a weekly basis.

Please feel free to comment on what you like about the videos. Share them with friends, whether on Facebook, or via email. If you have any topics that you would like to see addressed next in our chiropractic blog, feel free to contact Dr. Maggio directly. He will be more than happy to add a blog specifically for you. Thank you for visiting our Virginia Beach Chiropractic Blog!

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Weighing The Treatment Options For Scoliosis

In reviewing this weeks new articles on health and wellness, Came across this article which I wanted to summarize for you.

Weighing The Treatment Options For Scoliosis

Scoliosis, which affects about seven million Americans, can begin in infancy but most often is diagnosed in people between the ages of 10 and 15 – the peak years for growth and development. It can range from a mild curvature that usually doesn’t require treatment, to extreme deformities that can threaten the lungs and heart.

“At this point, we still don’t know who is going to get scoliosis, why they get it, whether it is going to progress, or how it will progress,” says Joseph O’Brien, president of the nonprofit National Scoliosis Foundation.

What Are The Best Treatment Options For Scoliosis?

Questions remain about the best treatment. While bracing has been used for decades, it doesn’t work for everyone; researchers are currently trying to identify when wearing a brace is most effective. Meanwhile, new surgical techniques that don’t require fusing are being developed to gradually straighten the spine as it grows.

It is also unclear when curvature caused by scoliosis is likely to get worse—girls tend to be at higher risk for this than boys, as are children who begin to develop scoliosis at a very young age. Some doctors are using a new genetic test to determine who is most likely to see the condition worsen.

Early Screening May Increase Treatment Options For Scoliosis

Schools once regularly tested for the condition, but the practice has fallen off since 2004, when a federal task force said there wasn’t enough evidence that showed the screenings were effective. I regularly see young children and adults with scoliosis who did not know they had it, even though they were screened at school. About 18 states still require schools to test children, but scoliosis is most often detected by doctors during regular checkups and sports physicals. Parents can also watch for signs, such as one shoulder blade that appears more prominent than the other, uneven hips or a child’s body leaning to one side.

As you can see, this is a very confusing for parents, seeking the best treatment for their children.  Since I began practicing in Virginia Beach, near Mt. Trashmore in 1995, I have evaluated thousands of children and adults and helped them decide on treatment options for scoliosis. Sometimes we have to refer them to a surgeon, and sometimes with proper stretches, exercises and time phased physical therapy and chiropractic care we can reduce the curvature and keep the spine from worsening.

Advances In Technology Can Help Identify The Best Treatment Options For Scoliosis

In my field, chiropractic, we have a remarkable computerized instrument to determine if yours or your child’s scoliosis is related to joint challenges in the spine. The instrument is called the ProAdjuster (also called the Pulstar), developed by Sence technology. When vertebrae are not moving in their normal range of motion, it leads to nerve pressure, which causes isolated muscle spasms and muscle weakness. When the weakness and spasm occurs, it can lead to an imbalance in the axial frame (spine). This causes a person to slouch, lean to one side, have a high shoulder, or uneven hips, which all can lead to scoliosis.

The ProAdjuster is a computerized instrument that gently taps into the neck to determine if there is a lack of normal motion in the spine leading to scoliosis. The test is painless, accurate, and computerized, and it works great to see if the patient’s joint restrictions are a contributing factor to their scoliosis.

If the joint is not moving properly, the instrument will gently tap into the joint at a remarkable speed up to 90 times a second to establish proper motion and relieve pressure. This allows the muscles to relax, and in turn strengthen, which can reduce the scoliosis and even prevent it from worsening.

I am not saying that all scoliosis can be helped this way, but an evaluation including the computerized scan is a must to see if this effective and safe care choice is a viable choice for the patient.

Best Wishes,
Dr. Maggio

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Relief Through Chiropractic Treatment

Headache Relief Through Chiropractic Treatment

According to the American Chiropractic Association 14% of the public who see chiropractors presently go for headache relief. For these patients, the good news has gotten even better!

New Study Shows Headache Relief Through Chiropractic Treatment More Effective Than Drugs

Researchers at Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Minnesota compared chiropractic care to certain drug therapies used for tension and migraine headaches, and found that headache relief through chiropractic treatment is significantly more effective.

The study, published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, followed 218 headache sufferers who were given either chiropractic care or drug therapy or both. Pain was reduced 40 – 50% in all groups initially. However, four weeks after all care was stopped, only the chiropractic group still retained the benefits; while those who received the drug therapy lost about half of their improvement.

Pain Killers Not A Long Term Solution For Headache Relief 

The study really says a lot. The fact is relatively simple: pain killers whether over the counter or prescription are named appropriately “pain killers” not “pain fixers.” Although I firmly believe that medicine is extremely helpful for patients who suffer with headaches, unfortunately they do not address what is causing the issue. If a patient had a blood work done and the results came back “positive for Tylenol deficiency” then by all means treat with Tylenol. We all know that that blood test does not exist and never will. That is why pain medications should only be prescribed long term by your physician after extensive diagnostics have been ordered.

Could You Experience Headache Relief Through Chiropractic Treatment?

In my field, chiropractic, we have a remarkable computerized instrument to determine if your headaches are being caused by nerve pressure in the upper part your neck. You see, we have nerves in the upper neck that radiate into our head. If a vertebra in the upper neck is not moving properly, it can create pressure around that nerve and when stressed, and can trigger a headache.

The ProAdjuster is a computerized instrument that gently taps into the neck to determine if there is a lack of normal motion in the neck leading to headaches. The test is painless, accurate, and computerized, and it works great to see if the patient’s neck is a contributing factor to their headaches.

If the joint is not moving properly, the instrument will gently tap into the joint at a remarkable speed up to 90 times a second to establish proper motion and relieve pressure on the nerve – in turn relieving the headaches. Patients can experience instant headache relief. It’s amazing technology with amazing results.

If you are already taking over the counter or prescribed pain medications, please consult your doctor before altering your doses. Remember, always ask your doctor to help you determine what is causing your headaches, so you can get back to feeling great!

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Headache Treatment Ask Dr. Maggio: When Should I See A Doctor About My Headache?

Headache treatment is confusing. There are so many types of Headache Treatment. Headaches are the most common type of pain that people experience, but that doesn’t make it “normal.” It’s a mistake to ignore them and simply accept regular headaches as a “fact of life.” While most headaches are a mere inconvenience, they are still a sign of dis-ease. In other words, even the mild annoying headaches are telling you something.

Most headaches point to that you’re simply dehydrated, your eyeglass prescription may need to be changed, or that you’re over stressed. So, when do you need to see a chiropractor about your headaches? When you start asking that question, that’s when.

When your headaches begin to concern you, it’s time to see a doctor.

Chances are, for whatever reason, your default reaction to stress (whether that stress is in the form of physical stress, lack of sleep, poor nutrition, emotional turmoil, or some combination of all of these) is most likely a headache. This is because you have a “weak link” in your central nervous system that allows for these headaches to manifest. That is correct headaches are aggregated by stress. Stress will attach the central nervous system. Attacks on the central nervous system leads to pain

Headache Treatment

Headache Treatment

Chiropractic adjustments can not only relieve your pain, they can also decrease the frequency of your headaches and — with regular adjustments — eliminate them. So, if you’re tolerating regular headaches, call the office and schedule your first — or next — visit with us. We can help.

There is amazing technical developments that can help to detect issues. Finding the weakness that causes headaches is valuable.

A simple holistic aide to headaches is valuable. When you feel a headache coming on , a 20 minute brisk walk can help. Give it a try.