Back Pain and Posture

While back injuries may occur at the gym or doing something as simple as picking something off the ground, years of bad posture may have taken a toll on your back. Over time, putting unnecessary strain on your back adds up and can increase your back pain by up to 50%. Our doctors at Clearly Chiropractic care encourages our patient who is dealing with back pain s to use chiropractic treatments to relieve pain and to improve your posture.
When possible, we encourage our patients who sit for long periods of time to get up and stretch every half hour to keep your back loose and your muscles from tightening up. We recommend that our patients sit up straight with their backs to the chair and not slouching. Your computer screen should also be in direct line with your eyesight and your feet on the floor.
Your health is the most important thing to us, which is why we encourage our patients to exercise daily and work on having better posture. Exercising helps to keep your back and the rest of you…

Treating Sports Injuries without Surgery

At our practice, Dr. Matt Cleary encourages patients to consider chiropractic care for sports injuries. We use spinal adjustments and physical therapy techniques to relieve pain caused by sports and to help prevent re-injury.
During your first visit with Dr. Matt Cleary, he will assess and diagnose your injury while creating a treatment plan to begin the recovery process. Chiropractors are trained to manage sports injuries through joint manipulation, soft tissue therapies, and individual exercises to properly heal an injury.
Regardless of the injury, we treat the entire body and not one specific area that is causing pain. Medical doctors treat each injury individually and not the body as a whole. Your body works together which is why we stress chiropractic care to heal the entire body. Chiropractic care is an all-natural alternative to surgery and painkillers which is only a temporary solution to your pain.
Our goal is to keep you on the field and off of the sidelines which is why we giv…

Ice Pack Cryotherapy

At Clearly Family Chiropractic, we offer what is called ice pack cryotherapy to our patients to help treat injuries. Ice pack therapy uses a cold compress on your skin that helps to reduce the temperature of your skin and constrict blood vessels in the area. When you use cold compresses right after an injury it helps to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation.
Along with relieving pain right after an injury, ice pack cryotherapy is useful in dealing with muscle spasms. Cold pressure on your muscle spasms helps to numb the painful area’s and loosen up the joints and soft tissues. Patients that have arthritis may also benefit from ice pack cryotherapy to reduce their pain and mobility.
We encourage our patients who are suffering from pain to ask us if ice pack cryotherapy is right for you. Cold compresses are no longer for fresh injuries as they are useful long after the initial injury and can help to reduce pain and increase mobility in your joints.
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If you are suffering from migraines, Dr. Pete Lazarnick (Dr. Pete) wants to help you treat them with chiropractic care. Migraines can occur in any part of the head or in one specific location.
While many patients believe loud noises and stress causes migraines, it is important to know that 80% of migraines originate in the neck. Tightness in your neck and shoulders can cause misalignment of your neck, which causes migraines. To relieve tightness in your neck and shoulders, Dr. Pete performs different chiropractic adjustments to realign the vertebrae in your neck.
When possible, we encourage our patients that work at a desk to practice habits. Having poor posture can lead to spinal misalignment and cause migraines to occur. While you are work, make sure your feet are on the ground and your back is pressed firmly against the back of your chair. Remember to keep your computer screen directly in line with your eyes so your neck isn’t moving up and down all day.
Migraines are extremely painfu…

What is Sacroiliitis?

Have you struggled with pain in your pelvis or lower back? People often assume the cause is sciatica, but it might also be sacroiliitis. Cleary Family Chiropractic provides lots of non-addictive treatments for this kind of joint inflammation, but eliminating the pain may require the patient to make lifestyle changes and undergo physiotherapy.
The sacroiliac joints are where the sacrum, one of the structures of the lower spine, connects with the ilium, the top of the pelvis. This region bears a lot of weight, and the sacroiliac joint is subject to wear and tear. When sacroiliac joint dysfunction causes inflammation, the patient may feel pain as far as their lower back and the front of their thigh. It is often worse when the patient has been standing or lying down for a long time. Sacroiliac joint dysfunction is not the only thing that can cause inflammation, but it is the most common, and can result from cartilage degeneration or a recent traumatic injury or childbirth. If only one sacr…

Bones of the Spine

The spine is where nerves from the rest of the body converge and it is highly complex. At Cleary Family Chiropractic in Woodstock, we make minimally invasive adjustments to the spinal column that can relieve musculoskeletal pain and functional problems, but we also believe a patient’s mindset is a core component of their health. To get our patients more comfortable with chiropractic care, we thought it would be good for them to become more familiar with the spine’s anatomy.
Our backbones are actually made up of dozens of different bones called vertebrae. Most of them can move somewhat independently. They enclose the spinal cord, which is the bundle of nerves stretching from the brain to the pelvis, are separated from each other by spongy discs in front, and are joined together by facet joints in back. The first seven vertebrae, starting from the top, are the cervical vertebrae, or neck bones. The topmost one is called the “atlas” and moves the head up and down, while the second one, th…

Chiropractic Care for Athletes

For years, sports injuries have been treated with the use of painkillers and surgery. When athletes are given painkillers for injuries they are putting a band-aid on the issue instead of fixing it. While surgery is necessary in certain cases, it isn’t always the best option and can actually lead to re-injury. Painkillers can be addictive, which is why Dr. Matthew Cleary encourages athletes to seek chiropractic care for injuries and injury prevention.
At Cleary Family Chiropractic, we use all natural methods of spinal manipulation and physical therapy techniques to treat injuries. The benefit of chiropractic care versus medical care is we treat the entire body for injuries rather than just targeting one specific area. Your body works together to function and everything is aligned as one, which is why it is important to treat the entire body.
Our chiropractic methods are also preventive. Our focus is to help keep you in the game and off of the sidelines with an injury.  If you are feeling…