Tuesday, August 23, 2016

What does Chiropractic Heal

by: Dr. Frankie Rodriguez
• Neck pain
• Joint pain
• Arthritis
• Back pain
• Headaches
• Asthma
• Healthy pregnancy
• Blood pressure
• Scoliosis
• Surgery prevention
Chiropractors can heal the musculoskeletal system specially the spine without surgery or drugs. We use hands on spinal manipulation and various techniques and treatments for the proper alignment of the body. Manipulation is used for curing the injuries caused by traumatic events such as falling from the stairs, sitting without a back support or repetitive stress.

Chiropractors seek to care for the general wellness of a person as well as prevention from diseases. We check every patient thoroughly to know the status of their health. Other tests and examinations like x-rays might also be conducted to know what exactly the issue is. Once the chiropractor diagnoses, he develops a treatment plan for the patient. We provide exercise recommendations, nutrition advice, and lifestyle counseling and so on. We combine the manual therapies along with the use of spinal adjustments for the treatments. Such approaches include; relaxation techniques, heat and ice, dietary supplements and electric stimulation. Our goal is to increase movement and motion in the area that the patient is complaining about and restoring optimal health.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care
Other than being a treatment for your mechanical disorders, Chiropractic has various other benefits. A few of these benefits are;

1. Improvement in Posture
Due to our habit of sitting in front of a computer daily, we usually get neck and back issues. Regular Chiropractic sessions can help the alignment of the curves of your spine and help you maintain a straight posture.

2. Improves Immune System
The nervous system and immune system of the body are interrelated. Chiropractic treatments remove subluxations that prevent your nervous systems from working properly. Once the nervous system starts working efficiently, it starts keeping your immune system working better as well.

3. Decreases tension
Chiropractic manipulations help maintain alignment. With proper alignment the muscles are under less tension and can relax. This, in turn, helps decrease your tension and pain in that region.




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Dr. Stephen Estner is a Chiropractor in Rhode Island with office locations in Pawtucket and Cranston, Rhode Island. His offices offer chiropractic rehabilitation through acupuncture, massage therapy, and manipulation of the spine, joints, and muscles. Dr. Estner treats all spinal injuries, back pain, and symptoms including those due to automobile accidents, workplace and sports injuries, pregnancy, and provides general care and maintenance of the spine.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please visit: http://www.DrEstner.com.

What does Chiropractic Heals

by: Dr. Frankie Rodriguez
• Neck pain
• Joint pain
• Arthritis
• Back pain
• Headaches
• Asthma
• Healthy pregnancy
• Blood pressure
• Scoliosis
• Surgery prevention
Chiropractors can heal the musculoskeletal system specially the spine without surgery or drugs. We use hands on spinal manipulation and various techniques and treatments for the proper alignment of the body. Manipulation is used for curing the injuries caused by traumatic events such as falling from the stairs, sitting without a back support or repetitive stress.

Chiropractors seek to care for the general wellness of a person as well as prevention from diseases. We check every patient thoroughly to know the status of their health. Other tests and examinations like x-rays might also be conducted to know what exactly the issue is. Once the chiropractor diagnoses, he develops a treatment plan for the patient. We provide exercise recommendations, nutrition advice, and lifestyle counseling and so on. We combine the manual therapies along with the use of spinal adjustments for the treatments. Such approaches include; relaxation techniques, heat and ice, dietary supplements and electric stimulation. Our goal is to increase movement and motion in the area that the patient is complaining about and restoring optimal health.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care
Other than being a treatment for your mechanical disorders, Chiropractic has various other benefits. A few of these benefits are;

1. Improvement in Posture
Due to our habit of sitting in front of a computer daily, we usually get neck and back issues. Regular Chiropractic sessions can help the alignment of the curves of your spine and help you maintain a straight posture.

2. Improves Immune System
The nervous system and immune system of the body are interrelated. Chiropractic treatments remove subluxations that prevent your nervous systems from working properly. Once the nervous system starts working efficiently, it starts keeping your immune system working better as well.

3. Decreases tension
Chiropractic manipulations help maintain alignment. With proper alignment the muscles are under less tension and can relax. This, in turn, helps decrease your tension and pain in that region.




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Dr. Stephen Estner is a Chiropractor in Rhode Island with office locations in Pawtucket and Cranston, Rhode Island. His offices offer chiropractic rehabilitation through acupuncture, massage therapy, and manipulation of the spine, joints, and muscles. Dr. Estner treats all spinal injuries, back pain, and symptoms including those due to automobile accidents, workplace and sports injuries, pregnancy, and provides general care and maintenance of the spine.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please visit: http://www.DrEstner.com.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Can a chiropractor help manage spinal problems?

 By: Dr. Frankie Rodríguez
The chiropractic professional has a better approach to both help make the diagnosis and manage a variety of spinal problems. The goal of chiropractic therapy is to remove the mechanical interference and restore the normal status of the joint.

One of the most common organs in the body which chiro-practitioners help regain normal function is the spine. The spine is made of many bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles. Inside the spine run important nerves that carry both motor and sensory information to the body. Anytime the spine position is altered, the nerves can be pinched or compressed. Chiropractors can help remove this mechanical interference and restore normal body health

What are “adjustments?”

An adjustment is manual procedure performed by a chiropractor using precise but robust force in a particular direction. The force is typically applied to a joint that is stuck "locked up", or not moving appropriately in order to bring back joint mobility. The adjustment increases joint mobility, restores nerve function and diminishes pain.

 How are the adjustments performed?

The rationale of adjustments is to permit the spine to mend with secure, safe and moderate joint manipulation. The adjustment may be performed manually or with specially designed instruments. Most adjustment techniques are quick, whereas other procedures demand slow constant pressure. Spine adjustment is an exact process generally done by the hand. When correctly performed, the joint regains its mobility, muscle spasms are relieved and tension disappears.





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Dr. Stephen Estner is a Chiropractor in Rhode Island with office locations in Pawtucket and Cranston, Rhode Island. His offices offer chiropractic rehabilitation through acupuncture, massage therapy, and manipulation of the spine, joints, and muscles. Dr. Estner treats all spinal injuries, back pain, and symptoms including those due to automobile accidents, workplace and sports injuries, pregnancy, and provides general care and maintenance of the spine.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please visit: http://www.DrEstner.com.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Can a chiropractor help manage spinal problems?

 By: Dr. Frankie Rodríguez

The chiropractic professional has a better approach to both help make the diagnosis and manage a variety of spinal problems. The goal of chiropractic therapy is to remove the mechanical interference and restore the normal status of the joint.

One of the most common organs in the body which chiro-practitioners help regain normal function is the spine. The spine is made of many bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles. Inside the spine run important nerves that carry both motor and sensory information to the body. Anytime the spine position is altered, the nerves can be pinched or compressed. Chiropractors can help remove this mechanical interference and restore normal body health

What are “adjustments?”

An adjustment is manual procedure performed by a chiropractor using precise but robust force in a particular direction. The force is typically applied to a joint that is stuck "locked up", or not moving appropriately in order to bring back joint mobility. The adjustment increases joint mobility, restores nerve function and diminishes pain.

How are the adjustments performed?


The rationale of adjustments is to permit the spine to mend with secure, safe and moderate joint manipulation. The adjustment may be performed manually or with specially designed instruments. Most adjustment techniques are quick, whereas other procedures demand slow constant pressure. Spine adjustment is an exact process generally done by the hand. When correctly performed, the joint regains its mobility, muscle spasms are relieved and tension disappears.

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Dr. Stephen Estner is a Chiropractor in Rhode Island with office locations in Providnce, Pawtucket and Cranston, Rhode Island. His offices offer chiropractic rehabilitation through acupuncture, massage therapy, and manipulation of the spine, joints, and muscles. Dr. Estner treats all spinal injuries, back pain, and symptoms including those due to automobile accidents, workplace and sports injuries, pregnancy, and provides general care and maintenance of the spine.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please visit: http://www.DrEstner.com.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Why are there so many people with back pain?

 By: Dr. Frankie Rodríguez

This is a complex question that is going to need us to delve into the forces that are affecting the back. Most people have hurt their backs at some point in their lives and most don’t know why.  Unfortunately there aren’t any movements of the body that can be performed without stabilizing the core muscles of your abdomen and back. Core stabilization puts our back under immense forces.
Here’s a basic overview of the forces on the spine during normal everyday use.
Shearing forces - Unaligned forces pushing one part of a body in one direction, and another part of the body in the opposite direction.
Compression Force -  The application of power, pressure, or exertion against an object that causes it to become squeezed, squashed, or compacted.
Axial torsion loads
The stress or deformation caused when one end of an object is twisted in one direction and the other end is held motionless or twisted in the opposite direction.

Unfortunately the back is a very complex structure that has to deal with all these different forces in different directions acting upon it.  The forces on the spine during normal movements can be strong enough to cause injury. However, when we are healthy and have normal function of our bodies the likelihood of an injury is very minor. Also, the body is built with ways to disperse these forces on the spine including your bones (vertebra of your spine), muscles, ligaments and tendons. When conditioned properly these tissues are able to absorb and disperse these forces. However, when they are overused and abused is when things break down and you get hurt

Here are a few reasons of why people get injured.
o Being Inactive 
If you are not a physically active person your muscles, tendons and ligaments are used less. Which increase the likelihood of structural damage upon strenuous use. Think about it as a car that hasn’t been turned on in a year and then you want to turn it on for an emergency and drive. The car can turn on but if you go to fast it might pop a tire or start leaking from a tube. People like cars don’t do well with inactivity. You want to stay active and make sure your body is constantly moving.
o Range of motion 
Lack of range of motion can place excess stress on different parts of the body. If there is a lack of motion of any part of your back this is going to put unnecessary stress on the surrounding structures.
o Poor nutrition
Poor nutritional habits is like having a Lamborghini and giving it regular gas. The car will run but it will not run at its optimal performance. Our bodies need certain vitamins and food groups to function optimally. Without the right fuel your body is more likely to have deficiencies and degenerate. Lack of the essential building blocks we get with a balanced diet are what lead to degeneration.
o Overuse 
This is geared toward people who work in a physically demanding job that requires them to use their back muscles or your workout enthusiast. Unfortunately as we learned all movement require your core stabilization. Meaning that all repetitive movements can cause this problem. Whether that is prolonged standing, walking, exercising, or even sitting. Any motion in excess will cause wear and tear on our bodies. If you are sitting, standing, or working out for an hour on the same body part. This will create imbalance in your muscles and eventually lead to damage. The most important factor is Balance, nothing in excess is good.

This is what you should do. Find somebody you trust to help address your injury and help prevent future injuries. A good place to start is Estner Injury Centers because we understand the biomechanics that caused your injury and are well versed in different techniques to alleviate your back pain.


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Dr. Stephen Estner is a Chiropractor in Rhode Island with office locations in Pawtucket and Cranston, Rhode Island. His offices offer chiropractic rehabilitation through acupuncture, massage therapy, and manipulation of the spine, joints, and muscles. Dr. Estner treats all spinal injuries, back pain, and symptoms including those due to automobile accidents, workplace and sports injuries, pregnancy, and provides general care and maintenance of the spine.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please visit: http://www.DrEstner.com.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Ideal range of motion of a joint is a complete hinge from A to Z

Many people still do not know when to turn to a chiropractor for help. I am going to go over some of the easy ways to know that you are a candidate for treatment. Obviously pain is a driving force but that is not the only reason to seek care. Some of the less known reason includes loss of range of motion, leg length discrepancy and posture. I am going to help you identify each one so you can know when you need to see a chiropractor and help a friend, co-worker or family member.

The first topic is range of motion. Ideal range of motion of a joint is a complete hinge from A to Z. Think of it as a door swinging along its hinge from the wall to the latch. In the case of your neck, you should be able to turn and look over each shoulder equally. If you don’t make it all the way but can push it further if you try, it is mostly likely a muscular issue. If you are as far as it can go and will not move any more, you have joint issue. Just like the door, example it will swing to the wall but not latch. That’s where we come in. The chiropractic adjustment will bring the joint to its end range and then with a small force set it back into the latch (sort of speak). In the lower back, try to touch your toes. Does one hand pass the knee more than the other? Same concept.

Leg length discrepancy can be discovered in a few different ways. Most commonly is the tailor. Ever go get your pants hemmed and the tailor tells you one leg is longer than the other? Well it is unlikely you were born that way. More likely that your pelvis is out of alignment, a chiropractic issue. Another easy way to tell is to lie face down and keep your head straight. Have a friend or family member bring your heels together and see if they are even. They should be within a ¼ “ from side to side, if not it is a chiropractic issue.
  
Posture is a huge topic but I want to touch on it briefly. Stand in front of the mirror, close your eyes and rock your head back and forth three times. When you open your eyes observe your shoulders and your head position. Do they seem perfectly even or is one side higher than the other. For fun look at newscasters on TV. You will see their heads tilted off to one side, probably needing an adjustment (shoot them and email and tell them they need help). To check the lower back, close your eyes and march in place in front of the mirror then observe your hips do they seem even front and back or side to side.


I hope I helped identify some of the reasons to visit a chiropractor. Many of these concepts are not taught by the school nurse during a scoliosis check and rarely by your PCP. You do only get one spine and it is up to you to care for it for a lifetime.
~ Dr Stephen Estner

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Dr. Stephen Estner is a Chiropractor in Rhode Island with office locations in Pawtucket and Cranston, Rhode Island. His offices offer chiropractic rehabilitation through acupuncture, massage therapy, and manipulation of the spine, joints, and muscles. Dr. Estner treats all spinal injuries, back pain, and symptoms including those due to automobile accidents, workplace and sports injuries, pregnancy, and provides general care and maintenance of the spine.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please visit: http://www.DrEstner.com.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Deeper Stretches, Increased Mobility, and Optimal Pain Relief from the New Precor Machine


Dr. Estner is pleased to announce the new Precor Machine addition to our Cranston location. The Precor Machine allows our patients to benefit from fully stretching with equipment that’s smooth, flowing, and precise. “There is no impact on the joints so you can safely challenge your body.” Says Karina Oliver, fitness consultant from precor.com.

Facts about Precore Marchines:
  • seamlessly adjusts to your body’s requirements at any time
  • change of movement directions are soft, making for a comfortable feel
  • works with your body’s natural movements
  • feels like second nature
  • more enjoyable, comfortable, and effective

“My goal is to give you an experience that will make you feel comfortable and look forward to more mobility  to come back for your next session,” says Dr. Stephen Estner. “Because when you’re comfortable, you’re far more likely to relax allowing deeper stretches and optimal pain relief.” Dr. Estner believes the addition of the Precor machine will help our patients stay motivated and achieve their health goals more easily.

Call our Cranston office today to make your appointment 401-275-2225. If you’re hurt at work or in a car accident, we’ll pick you up.


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Dr. Stephen Estner is a Chiropractor in Rhode Island with office locations in Pawtucket and Cranston, Rhode Island. His offices offer chiropractic rehabilitation through acupuncture, massage therapy, and manipulation of the spine, joints, and muscles. Dr. Estner treats all spinal injuries, back pain, and symptoms including those due to automobile accidents, workplace and sports injuries, pregnancy, and provides general care and maintenance of the spine.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please visit: http://www.DrEstner.com.