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Why Perform an Adjustment? What Changes?

So last week we mentioned what we are looking for when we decide to do an adjustment: a joint that doesn’t move as much as it should. Now we will discuss why this matters. When a joint isn’t moving properly a whole cascade of events happen. Depending on what happens in that series of events

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Understand the “Pop” of an Adjustment

We are often asked, “what makes the popping sound during an adjustment?” That is a great question. So let’s start off by explaining what we are looking and trying to accomplish with an adjustment. When the joints are assessed/palpated, we are looking for joints that don’t move as well as they should. This lack of

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Five Tips To Help You Sleep Like A Baby

Part I of our sleep article detailed the importance of sleep and how it relates to our mental skills, our physical & athletic performance and to pain.  In this part, we’re breaking down how to make sure you set yourself up for success in getting 7-9 hours of quality sleep.  Let’s get rolling… 1. No

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Understand Your TMJ

The DOs and DON’Ts THOMAS COTTER, DC, DACRB TMJ is another great mystifier. Nearly 1/3 of us will experience TMJ symptoms. The problem then is figuring out what to do about it and who to go to to get it fixed. Some go to their dentist, MD, chiropractor, massage therapist, etc. All of those are

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Understand Your Back Pain: The Dos and Don’ts

Back pain is incredibly common. Upwards of 80% of people will experience back pain in their life time. It can be likened to the common cold. You can almost count on getting it from time to time. The difference is what you do during that episode of back pain can change how severe and how

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How Lack of Sleep Makes You Suck at Life

How was your sleep last night? And what about the night before that? How about three nights ago? Did you feel relaxed and refreshed each morning after getting the recommended 7-9 hours? Or are you among the growing group of people who don’t get 7+ hours each night?  A 2013 Gallup poll showed that a

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Understand Your Plantar Fasciitis: The Dos and Don’ts

Thomas Cotter, DC, DACRB We all either have had or know someone who has plantar fasciitis (PF). It plagues the old and the young, and the fit and the sedentary alike. The plantar fascia is a ligament that supports the foot when load is placed on it. PF develops when that ligament gets strained. Think of

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What Is The “Perfect” Posture?

What is the best posture? Does it even exist? All of us remember a time as a kid when somebody told us to “sit up straight.”  Maybe it was your mom tired of you watching TV.  Or maybe it was a teacher making sure you were paying attention in class.   Or maybe it was just

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Piriformis Syndrome/Sciatica. Which is it? How Can it be Fixed?

We are continuing our deep dive into sciatica and sciatic-like pain. We are going to look at a couple of deep muscles in your rear called the piriformis and gluteus medius. A diagnosis called “Piriformis Syndrome,” has become quite pervasive in today’s society. Piriformis Syndrome is a condition in which the sciatic nerve bisects the piriformis muscle; each

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Fixing Sciatica with Nerve Flossing – Part 2

There are numerous things that cause sciatica or sciatic like pain. Last week we looked at disc herniations or disc bulges putting pressure on the nerve roots and causing sciatica. The focus of this article will be on adhesions along the sciatic nerve that cause sciatica and how nerve flossing can help. I’ve always pictured

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Pain with exercise…. stop or keep going?

“Is pain with exercise OK?” “It hurts when I run, should I stop running?” “My knee hurt when I vacuumed the house, how long do I need to wait to vacuum again?” Questions like these are probably the most common type of questions I get from people in pain.  Patients and clinicians both know the

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Sciatica and How to Fix it – Part 1

Low Back Pain Extensions Tom Cotter, DC, DACRB Active HealthKC   Sciatica: sci·at·i·ca /sīˈadəkə/ noun pain affecting the back, hip, and outer side of the leg, caused by compression of a spinal nerve root in the lower back, often owing to degeneration of an intervertebral disc.   We’ve all been at a party or a

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The Number One Cause of Knee Pain

What’s the number one cause of knee pain? Take a guess. Is the main cause of knee pain due to old age? ACL/PCL injury? Medial meniscus tear? Lateral meniscus tear? Collateral ligament strain? Patellar tendon tendinopathy? Iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome? Lower-crossed syndrome? Patella tracking issue? Hamstring trigger points? If any of those were your guess,

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Shoulder Pain – Part 1

Rotator Cuff Tears and Shoulder Pain Surgery Right? Dr. Tom Cotter, DC, DACRB Active Health KC   So often we hear of a friend or family member that has been struggling with ongoing shoulder pain. Most try to ignore it for a while. Eventually they go to their doctor. The doctor takes either an X-ray

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FAKE SURGERY VS REAL SURGERY. ANY DIFFERENCE? PART-II

This is part II of Is “real” surgery any better than a “sham” surgery?  To read part I, click HERE.  In that blog post, we talked about how researchers are looking at sham surgeries and we looked at a few examples using back pain surgeries.  Here in part II, we’re looking at a few recent

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Fake Surgery vs Real Surgery. Any Difference? Part-I

Fake Surgery vs Real Surgery? Any Difference? Part-I Surgery for spine or joint pain is very common.  According to the CDC, there were 63 million visits to orthopedic surgery centers in 2010.  The American Association of Neurological Surgeons estimates that there were 1.5 million spinal surgeries performed in 2011.  When people are told they need

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Prairie Village Chiropractors Fix Low Back Pain Part 1

Low Back Pain and How to Fix it – Part 1 Low Back Pain and Doing the Opposite Dr. Tom Cotter, DC Active HealthKC We’re on to low back pain this month folks! Let’s sit back and figure out how we can take care of that annoying low back pain. The rest of the month

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Headaches and Posture – Part 4.

Headaches and How to Fix Them – Part 4 Posture and Your Headaches Helping Prairie Village eliminate their headaches Finally, here we are. The final part to our four part headache series. A culmination of it all. This week we are looking at posture and how it affect your headaches. Poor posture leads to everything

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Headaches and How to Fix Them – Part 3

Headaches and How to Fix Them – Part 3 TMJ and Your Headaches Dr. Tom Cotter, DC Active HealthKC For the third iteration of this series, we will focus on TMJ related headaches. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint or in simpler terms…  your jaw. Similar to people not realizing they are breathing improperly, many people

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Headaches and How to Fix Them Part 2

Headaches! They’re such a pain in the…well, the head!    This week we will take a look at how/why your upper traps/upper shoulder muscles (see figure 1) cause headaches and what can be done. As discussed in week one, anterior head carriage or holding your head in front of your shoulders, can strain the suboccipitals.

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Headaches and How to Fix Them – Part 1

Headaches and How to Fix Them – Part 1 Suboccipitals Dr. Tom Cotter, DC Active HealthKC Headaches! They’re such a pain in the…well, the head! This month we are going to be talking about various causes of headaches and simple exercises to help alleviate your headaches. Each week we will zero in on a different

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Seven Myths Regarding Tendon Pain

Seven Myths Regarding Tendon Pain Plantar fasciitis? Achilles tendinitis? Jumper’s knee? Rotator cuff problem? Golfer’s elbow? Tennis elbow? Any of these sound familiar to you? If so, you might want to read this article.  How are all of these conditions similar? They are all different types of tendinopathies, which basically translates to “something is messed

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Is Training Your Core a Waste of Time?

Brace yourself! Or don’t, because it may be a waste of time.  Either way, we’re about to talk about the importance (or lack thereof) of core strength, core stability, core training and core “whatever else.”  And it’s going to be controversial.  Before we dive in, let me tell you a bit about myself and my

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Low Back Pain Care in Prairie Village

Low Back Pain Prairie Village Chiropractic Care How prevalent is low back pain today? Research has show that 70-80% of the population will suffer from low back pain.  That means that in the Kansas City metro area alone, over 1,750,000 people will suffer from low back pain.  Often, low back pain will go away on its

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Aren’t All Chiropractors The Same?

One of our pet peeves is when we, as chiropractors, get lumped in with all other chiropractors.  While we share the same profession as our colleagues, that’s where a lot of the similarity ends.  The purpose of this blog is to emphasize a few of these differences. Two Types of Chiropractors A good way to

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Proper Breathing Can Help Kansas City Have Less Stress

Proper Breathing Can Help Kansas City Have Less Stress Can You Really Breathe Wrong? Right now you’re probably saying, “Really? An article about breathing? What’s next, an article about watching paint dry?” While a little harsh, those are pretty fair questions. After all, if you’re reading this article, you’re obviously able to breathe, so what

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Treatment with McKenzie Method of Diagnosis and Therapy

We use various different treatment techniques and methods in our office, but one of the most important is the McKenzie Method of Diagnosis and Therapy, or MDT for short.  Named after renowned physical therapist Robert McKenzie, this technique is an absolutely invaluable tool for muscle, joint and spinal pain.  Rather than babbling on about what

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Have Pain? Your Diagnosis Doesn’t Matter!

My Diagnosis Doesn’t Matter?! That statement might sound a little extreme, so let me clarify it a bit.  First, our clinic deals with pain and injuries.  So this post is about diagnoses for musculoskeletal conditions.  Hopefully, it’s obvious that if you’re dealing with pain caused by something like cancer, your diagnosis is VERY important and

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Common Gym Exercises to Avoid

Common Gym Exercises to Avoid It pains us to see some people routinely performing exercises that are destroying their bodies. The worst part of it is that many people believe they are actually helping themselves! The purpose of this article is to look at five gym exercises that you shouldn’t be performing, tell you why,

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Stop Sitting! Get Up and Move!

Stop Sitting! Get Up and Move! Low back pain is a common occurrence in today’s world. About 80% of the population will have low back pain in their lives. At this very instance, 20-30% of us currently have back pain. A big reason for low back pain in today’s world is due to desk jobs

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Pregnancy and Unresolved Back Pain: Part 2 – Post-Partum Pain

Pregnancy and Unresolved Back Pain: Part 2 – Post-Partum Pain Last week we focused on back pain during pregnancy. This week I want to focus on back pain after pregnancy. As mentioned before, 68% of women who experienced moderate to severe low back pain during pregnancy continue to have back pain after birth, according to

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Pregnancy and Unresolved Back Pain

Pregnancy and Unresolved Back Pain Don’t Let Back Pain Interfere with Your Pregnancy Part 1 Our first child coming in 8 weeks and my wife is now coming in for regular visits to keep pregnancy-related back pain at bay. Pregnancy, as you can imagine, has been on my mind a lot. Pregnancy can be a

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What is Dry Needling and How Can it Help Me?

What is Dry Needling? Many of you have heard we have integrated Dry Needling (DN) into our practice in the last 1-2 years. You might have heard it from us or another patient talking about the benefits of our “evil needles.” What you might not have heard is exactly what DN is and what it does. DN is

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To Stretch, Or Not To Stretch?

To Stretch, Or Not To Stretch? Some people do it every day, some people do it just once a week, and some haven’t done it for years.  While this could be true of many activities, today we are talking about stretching.  Most of us probably learned how to stretch way back in our elementary Physical

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The Rise of Youth Sports Injuries

The Rise of Youth Sports Injuries Over the past 10-15 years, there has been a large increase in the occurrence of injuries to young athletes. Shoulder and elbow injuries are up 500% in baseball and softball players. While anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries have increased 400%. There are numerous other examples for all sports. It’s obvious

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Chiropractic Myth Busting

Everyone has a different viewpoint on chiropractors. Some absolutely love them while some think they’re all “quacks.” While these varying viewpoints are frustrating to us as practicing chiropractors, we can understand the confusion. Generally, it is due to the general public not really knowing what we do. So to help clear things up, this article

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Sports Chiropractor in Kansas City

Do you suffer from a sports-related injury? Stop your pain in its tracks today. When you need help the most, the leading sports chiropractor in Kansas City, Active Health Solutions, has you covered! There is nothing more exhilarating than getting back to the sport you love after a long journey of recovery. Active Health Solutions

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