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Tailbone Injuries

When people experience pain sitting down and problems associated with sciatica, a tailbone injury may be to blame. Although breaks and bruises in the lowest part of the spine are rare, they can be highly debilitating and painful.
The tailbone, also known as the coccyx, is a fusion of vertebrae and ligaments into a single structure. Like the rest of the spine, it can become the location of pinched nerves when it is out of alignment or its soft tissues are inflamed. Because of its location near the thighs, the pinched nerve in question may be a sciatic nerve, in which case the patient may experience incontinence, tingling and weakness in the leg and foot, as well as radiating pain. The coccyx is usually well-insulated against injury, but it can be damaged during childbirth or horseback or bicycle riding.
It is best to allow the tailbone to heal naturally, but this will take some time. To help ease patients’ discomfort, we provide adjustments, acupuncture, and instructions in therapeutic e…

Backpack Safety

Lower back pain isn’t limited to adults. In children, improper use of backpacks is a common source of several ailments of the back, shoulders, and arms, and although we use chiropractic and holistic treatments at The Catalina Medical Center to get them healthy again, a preventive approach is always best.
Backpacks are a better way of carrying items than shoulder bags or large purses, which unevenly distribute weight, making muscle strain and misalignment likelier. However, the backpack should only contain an amount equal to 15% of the wearer’s bodyweight, at most. It is a good idea to not use a backpack which is large enough to hold more than this, as well as to avoid using one with wheels and a pull-out handle if it is not usually being worn in a context where these can be used. Children should regularly switch out items throughout the day and avoid packing anything they are unlikely to need.
The backpack’s shoulder straps should be padded, and wearers should always use both. They shou…

Headaches

Headaches can have many triggers, such as food, environmental factors and/or lack of sleep. The greatest cause of headaches, however, is due to muscle tension in the neck. If a person is more sedentary than active, they spend hours in a fixed position, therefore putting a strain on the neck and upper back, causing the head to ache. Fortunately, our doctors at Catalina Medical Center can treat the problem.
The greatest majority of primary headaches are associated with muscle tension in the neck. Triggers also may include foods, environmental stimuli, (noises, lights, stress, etc.) and/or behaviors (insomnia, excessive exercise, blood sugar changes, etc.). At Catalina Medical Center, your doctor will perform spinal manipulation and/or chiropractic massage to alleviate pressure on the cervical spine (neck) to help you return to your daily activities.
If you have questions or concerns regarding chiropractic care, please give us a call. To learn about services we provide at our practice, vis…