Saturday, February 22, 2020

Back Pain in the Office


With so many people staying seated most of the time, it’s no wonder that back pain is so common. Maintaining any position for too long causes muscles and tendons to seize up, but office workers, especially, tend to sit in a way that puts excessive stress on their joints and soft tissues. At Kosak Chiropractic in Fairfield, we utilize a variety of complementary, non-invasive treatments to restore people to health. But to prevent back pain from returning, they need to know how to sit properly.


The best posture to hold when seated is one that allows most of your musculoskeletal system to remain aligned. When seated at a desk, you’ll want your chair to be at a level that allows your thighs to be perpendicular to the floor while your feet are flat on the ground. Your elbows should also be slightly elevated, allowing you to reach straight forward to your mouse and keyboard. Your computer monitors should be at eye-level when you are sitting straight, and you should sit as far back in your chair as you can, with your back resting on the back cushion. Above all, you want to avoid slouching forward or backward, and to not have anything in your back pockets.


But even the best posture is unhealthy when a person doesn’t move around enough. People should stretch every half hour and get out of their chairs to walk around at least every ninety minutes. Most people are advised to get in at least twenty minutes of aerobic exercise a day. Stretching out the hips and legs will help reduce strain on the lower back, as will increased core strength. If a person is currently suffering pain, we can help to diagnose their condition and provide treatments, including massage therapy for soft tissues and chiropractic adjustments.


Kosak Chiropractic is located at 1252 Travis Blvd., Suite G, Fairfield, CA, 94533. To schedule an appointment, visit Kosak Chiropractic online or call 707-426-1111.




 

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Spinal Compression Fractures


It’s no surprise that bones become more vulnerable to breaking with age. But what may come as a surprise is that compression fractures can result from weaknesses in the bones themselves. Small breaks in the front part of the vertebrae are often the reason for older people’s decreased height and stooped posture. At Kosak Chiropractic in Fairfield, we want to help our patients avoid the painful consequences of compression fractures, which is why we provide lifestyle medicine as well as pain relief.


When a person has osteopenia, their bones aren’t regrowing fast enough to replace the material that naturally breaks down. If their osteopenia has progressed into osteoporosis, their bones have lost enough material to have a honeycomb-like pattern of gaps. This makes them likelier to suffer small fractures from shocks or jostling as they go about their daily lives, and the accumulation of these fractures can result in the spinal column partially collapsing. Older women are especially at risk for osteoporosis, although it also occurs in men, and spinal fractures often go undiagnosed because their location makes them difficult to see with x-rays if the technicians aren’t specifically looking for them.


We can determine whether a patient should be treated for a compression fracture by doing a manual examination, along with imaging tests and ruling out other causes of pain. Treatment includes bracing while the spine heals and physical therapy to improve the strength of the muscles supporting the spine. We’ll also provide patients with nutritional counseling to improve their intake of calcium and Vitamin D, which will strengthen their bones and slow further bone loss to osteoporosis.


Kosak Chiropractic is located at 1252 Travis Blvd., Suite G, Fairfield, CA, 94533. To schedule an appointment, visit Kosak Chiropractic online or call 707-426-1111.




 

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Spinal Spurs


Spinal spurs are a common problem. These abnormal growths of bone tissue in the vertebrae are a frequent occurrence as people age, and if they’re positioned badly, they can contribute to joint inflammation and compressed nerve roots. But although spurs can fuel vicious cycles of inflammation and abnormal bone development, they don’t usually require surgical treatment. At Kosak Chiropractic in Fairfield, we provide pain relief that is minimally invasive and will position the body to function better in the future.


 Bone spurs develop at locations of inflammation. When a person has osteoarthritis, the cartilage that cushions the joints connecting the vertebrae wears away. As a result, the spinal joints become inflamed by rubbing against each other, and spurs develop that limit their mobility. Spurs can also develop when the discs between vertebrae are damaged. As the disc becomes less able to cushion the vertebrae and their connecting soft tissues, the soft tissues are subjected to additional wear and become inflamed. This allows spurs to develop at the point where the ligaments connect to bone.


Spurs can be identified through imaging tests such as x-rays. We’ll also ask patients to undergo range-of-motion tests so we can determine if there’s nerve blockage or muscle fatigue. Treatments focus on reducing inflammation and restoring range-of-motion. We’ll use chiropractic adjustments to relieve pressure on the spinal joints and electric muscle stimulation and ultrasound to loosen muscles and ligaments. We can also employ massage therapy to push old blood out of inflamed areas and allow nutrient-rich fresh blood in. Lastly, therapeutic exercises will keep the back muscles strong, providing better support to overburdened spinal joints.


Kosak Chiropractic is located at 1252 Travis Blvd., Suite G, Fairfield, CA, 94533. To schedule an appointment, visit Kosak Chiropractic online or call 707-426-1111.




 

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Personal Injury


When bodily harm occurs from being involved in any type of accident, specifically outside of your workplace, it is considered a personal injury. We at Kosak Chiropractic recommend coming in for a visit as soon as possible so that he can assess the damage and get you on the road to recovery. Whether it be a single or series of adjustments, your Fairfield, CA chiropractor is one of the best options for uncovering underlying issues from your accident.




Examples of personal injuries include:




- Auto accidents


- Motorcycle accidents


- Bicycle accidents


- A slip, trip, or fall




While a doctor treats symptoms with prescriptions, a chiropractor works to correct the problem with focused stretching of the affected muscles and careful adjustments. Your Fairfield, CA chiropractor recommends against letting your injury go untreated since this can cause more problems down the line, and affect your quality of life even more than the accident already has. If you find that everyday tasks cannot be done without significant pain, it may be time to schedule an appointment with us at Kosak Chiropractic.



Do you have any questions or concerns? We are happy to help. Kosak Chiropractic is located on 1252 Travis Blvd., Suite G, in Fairfield, CA 94533. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit kosakchiropractic.com or call us at 707-426-1111.


 



Thursday, January 9, 2020

Do You Have a Pinched Nerve?


Have you ever accidentally contorted your body in a way that resulted in a sharp pain that decreased mobility in your neck or arm? If so, you might have experienced a pinched nerve. Pinched nerves can occur anywhere along the spine, including the upper, mid, and lower back. They can even happen in any joint of your body. We at Kosak Chiropractic know all about the dreaded pinched nerve and how painful it can make doing the simplest tasks. Sometimes the nerve can move back into place naturally. However, if the pinched nerve is severe enough, you will need spinal adjustments to correct it.




Symptoms of a pinched nerve include:




- Lower back pain


- Numbness, tingling, or burning sensation in your arms, legs, fingers, or toes


- Pain radiating along your spine


- Severe headaches or migraines


- Pain that shoots down your arm or leg


- Neck pain




A pinched nerve can be caused by subluxation, disc degeneration, osteoarthritis, or disc herniation. These are silent afflictions in their beginning stages, which is why it’s important to see a chiropractor regularly. Your Fairfield, CA chiropractor will re-align your spine in an effort to correct your pinched nerve but also prevent one from happening again in the future. 



Do you have any questions or concerns? We are happy to help. Kosak Chiropractic is located on 1252 Travis Blvd., Suite G, in Fairfield, CA 94533. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit kosakchiropractic.com or call us at 707-426-1111.


 



Thursday, January 2, 2020

Beat Back Pain by Strengthening Your Core


At Kosak Chiropractic in Fairfield, CA, we find that the majority of our patients with back pain lack core stability. A weak core can increase the risk of disc bulges and nerve damage. There are numerous exercises that can be done, even in the comfort of your own home with little to no equipment needed, to steadily build your core, relieve back pain, and ultimately prevent future back pain.




Some core-building exercises include:




- Plank


- Clamshell


- Bird Dog


- Glute Bridge Single-Leg Progression


- Pelvic Tilt/Glute Bridge


- Side Plank


- Tabletop Leg Press


- Superman


- Dead Bug


- Cat Stretches


- Reverse/Forward Lunge




These exercises can also help with balance, function, stability, and limit the chances of getting seriously injured. Your Fairfield chiropractors want to inform patients with new knowledge about their back pain and how they can treat it with an at-home regimen on days when they do not come into the office. However, it is important to remember that if any of these exercises increase pain, numbness, or weakness, you should immediately stop doing them and speak to your chiropractor.



Do you have any questions or concerns? We are happy to help. Kosak Chiropractic is located on 1252 Travis Blvd., Suite G, in Fairfield, CA 94533. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit kosakchiropractic.com or call us at 707-426-1111.


 



Saturday, December 28, 2019

Nutritional Counseling

At Kosak Chiropractic, located in Fairfield, CA, we believe that reaching your full potential is based solely on your body being in complete harmony. That’s why Dr. Michael Wilson offers Nutritional Counseling to our patients. This includes diet suggestions, weight loss plans, and in-depth dietary analysis. Finding the time to eat healthy may seem like a difficult task, but it doesn’t have to be. Contact us today.


 


Your body suffers anytime your health is lacking in one area or another. Practicing good nutrition keeps you healthy longer and lets you heal faster. At your appointment with Dr. Wilson, your likes, dislikes, and diet style are used to create your diet plan. This assures us that you'll be comfortable with it. Some flexibility is incorporated too. Your Fairfield chiropractor guides you towards these healthier choices. He may also recommend supplements and nutritional care.


 


When you experience body aches or chronic fatigue, your diet is often overlooked. But lacking certain vitamins and nutrients are a likely cause. Our nutritional counseling addresses these imbalances. What you eat affects your entire body, whether you realize it or not.


 


The first step is to put together a diet diary. Keep track of what you eat and when. Dr. Wilson can pinpoint what exactly is lacking and what you need less of. It’s important to discuss what your exact goals are for nutritional counseling. Weight loss, weight gain, and maintenance all require different courses of action.


 


Nutritional counseling at Kosak Chiropractic helps you achieve a higher quality of life. Don’t wait to contact our office in Fairfield, CA. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Michael Wilson, visit our website or call 707-426-1111.

Back Pain in the Office

With so many people staying seated most of the time, it’s no wonder that back pain is so common. Maintaining any position for too long cau...