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My name is Kymberly; I am the front desk manager here at Active Life Health and Wellness. I was 18 years old when I first started seeing symptoms of my carpel tunnel. When all of this began to happen, I was just about to graduate from cosmetology school. I knew that this was going to affect my plans for the future. If I can’t use my arms and hands, how can I function properly on the job? I went to my medical doctor who told me I have the option of surgery, or to wear a wrist guard to help ease the pain. I did not want to go with surgery because there was a 50% chance of the symptoms returning.
I didn’t want to give up on my schooling. I worked in a salon for almost a year until I could no longer perform adequately due to the pain.
It’s been about three years since then, and I’ve found myself working here at Active Life Health and Wellness in beautiful North Las Vegas. When I first began working at Active Life Health and Wellness, I’d never been to a Chiropractor. Dr. Joshua Purcell and Dr. Barry Stanley required that I go through our new patient examination so that I could begin care here as well. I explained my situation to the doctors. They told me that the pain I was having would not have been corrected with surgery because the source of the problem is the fact that I have no curve in my neck. Dr. Stanley and Dr. Purcell explained to me that because I don’t have a curve in my neck, the nerves in my neck are being cut off and causing pain where those nerves end; in my hands. They told me that if I began Chiropractic care and restored the curve in my neck, my carpel tunnel symptoms would more than likely subside. I have since been going through treatment in the office and I am having major success! I have noticed that I am able to have my hands above my head for longer periods of time, unlike before. Also, my palms no longer have an ‘achy’ feeling. Even though I am not doing a full course of treatment in the office, I am still seeing results. I know that this could eventually affect my entire lifestyle and allow me to do what I love doing once again.
According to chiropractic practices, Sciatica is a common type of pain that affects the sciatic nerve which is a large nerve that extends from an individual’s lower back down the back of each leg. The sciatic nerve also happens to be the largest single nerve in the human body. It is composed of individual nerve roots that branch out from the spine in the lower back and come together to form the sciatic nerve.
A person who suffers from the condition may exhibit the following symptoms –
- Burning or tingling sensation down the leg
- Weakness or numbness
- Difficulty moving the leg or foot
- Constant pain on one side of the rear
- Shooting pain that increases when the individual tries to stand up
The pain that is associated with sciatica usually extends from the lower back through the back of the thigh and down the leg. It often occurs on one side of the body. It can also be debilitating to some. The symptoms of sciatica also vary according to where the nerve is pinched. For example, an impingement in the lumbar segment 5 (L5) can cause weakness in extending the big toe and in some cases, the ankle.
Sciatica and Pregnancy
Sciatica is also a common condition in pregnant women and usually appears during the third trimester of pregnancy. It is caused when a woman’s expanding uterus ends up putting pressure on the sciatic nerve on the lower spine. The same occurrence is also known to cause lower back pain during pregnancy. The reason the condition occurs during the third trimester is due to the fact that the growing baby shifts into the proper birthing position during this time. This makes the developing fetus rest directly on the nerve which causes the mother major pain in the buttocks. The pain also radiates to the back and legs.
The pain can be constant or intermittent depending on how many times the baby changes position. However, the lower back pain may also persist after birth.
Fortunately there are ways through which a person might be able to rid herself of the pain. Some women say that a cold or hot compress to the affected area can help lessen the pain. Just make sure that the heating pad isn’t too uncomfortably hot. Getting off your feet and walking around can also help get rid of the pain.
Chiropractic and Pregnancy
There are also patients who have sought out chiropractic services instead of opting for spinal surgery for cases such as these. It is easy to see why. Chiropractic care is non invasive and relies on the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
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I have been working with Active Life Health and Wellness in beautiful North Las Vegas for 3 months now. In that time I have been able to see vast improvement in my own health. I have been able to be a fully functioning adult for the first time in 10 years with no back pain. What is even more exciting is being able to see the incredible results that our patients are having on a daily basis.
As Case Manager, I’m involved with those who choose to become healthy from the very beginning. At Active Life Health and Wellness, I have the great opportunity to be a part of their progress. It is a wonderful opportunity to see their faces, once sad and filled with pain, turn into bright and pain free faces filled with joy as they work toward achieving all of their goals, have better all around health, and begin living again.
There are few words to express how wonderful it is to work in this phenomenal world of health care.
So, I have been working at Active Life Health and Wellness for almost 3 months and I have seen so many miracles here, it’s amazing! I have seen peoples’ lives change in just a few months. Patients come in for pain like neck pain, back pain, herniations, scoliosis, even pain in their extremeties that no one thought was related to the spine like TMJ and shoulder/leg/arm pain that is destroying their life or at the least preventing them from doing something. After following through with their prescribed care, doing their home therapies, and coming to all appointments, patient’s actually, physically, change their lives by changing their posture and their spine. People have been able to come off of their prescription medication; from heart medication to reflux medication. It’s truly amazing and what we do here really does change lives. I have seen patients fulfill there physical goals like wanting to travel with their loved ones and starting to work out at the gym. I love what I do and I love watching these patients lives change.