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Finding the right chiropractic care for you can be difficult. With so many chiropractic options to choose from, it can quickly feel like an overwhelming process, especially when you need immediate chiropractic attention. At Ideal Health Chiropractic, we understand how important it is to choose the best chiropractor for you. So, we developed this simple checklist to help you find the best chiropractor in Denver for your needs.

Published in Chiropractic Care

Some experts believe that up to 80% of the population will experience back pain at some point in their life. Just like the hiccups or taxes, it’s one of the few things we can’t escape. Some may just ignore their problems and those who seek to alleviate the pain may meet with Denver chiropractors who don’t have the time to do a proper adjustment.

At Ideal Health, our chiropractic staff take the time to work through problems with our patients. We want to do our best to make sure you’re not suffering through your daily routine with chronic, or mild, back pain. Here are just a few of the ways Ideal Health is different than the rest.

Our Denver Chiropractor Respects Your Personal Time

At Ideal Health Chiropractic, we are driven by the idea that maintaining your health and wellness is a partnership between you and your care providers. By now, you know the all-too-familiar chiropractic visit: you arrive at the clinic early, wait 20-30 minutes for your late appointment, chat with the physician for 3 minutes, lie down on the table for a few spinal adjustments, then you’re ushered out as quickly as you came in with a few documents outlining a handful of exercises to do in your own time, and you leave with more questions than answers.

Our Denver chiropractor understands the separation between your appointment time and your personal time. Our staff isn’t here to tell you what you “should” do, but rather we work collaboratively with our patients to find the solutions that really work and benefit their lives. We like to think less about homework and more about long-term projects: we understand that your chiropractic issues won’t be solved with one appointment, but instead it’s a collaborative process towards long-term health and wellness.

We pride ourselves on personal service and reduced wait times. Dr. Gregory Funk, our downtown Denver chiropractor, will always listen to your concerns carefully to fully understand your personal situation. Using his 15+ years of chiropractic experience, Dr. Funk will assess your issues accurately and map out the correct personalized plan for your treatment.

Other Denver Chiropractors Only Specialize in One Area

Our office is fluent in the latest chiropractic techniques and we understand how uniquely different everyone’s body is. Some may respond very well to deep traditional chiropractic care, while others may be less susceptible. As the top chiropractic service in downtown Denver, we specialize in multiple wellness areas: chiropractic, acupuncture, and physical therapy manipulations. And within each one of these areas, we can specialize even further into “no pop” chiropractic care. Sometimes a combination of the three practices can work the best as well.

Our Denver chiropractor is here to meet your needs, whatever they may be, in a personalized and professional approach.

Booking Denver Chiropractor Appointments Is Fast, Easy, and Free

Our online booking feature allows our clients to find the best appointment slot for you. Book your appointments weeks in advance to fit your schedule, but don’t worry, you’ll be reminded via email and text so you never miss your appointments. Appointment options range from 15-45 minute sessions, depending on your availability and needs.

Want to snag a convenient appointment time with our Denver chiropractor in an ideal location? Check out our appointment calendar and book your first adjustment with Dr. Funk today!

Published in Chiropractic Care
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 07:51

Pain Management Options Are Expanding

Over the last fifteen years, we have seen a dramatic increase in opioid overdose deaths. In the United States, 91 people die every day of opioid overdose. Research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control shows that nearly 50 percent of those deaths are caused by the abuse of prescription opioids. For a long time, opioids have been considered as the best pain management option out there. But, those options are expanding.

What Are Opioids?

Opioids are a class of drug that is used to treat moderate to severe pain and can be prescribed to a patient by a doctor. In recent years, opioid use has become a more commonly accepted way to treat chronic pain that is unrelated to cancer or other diseases. Between 1999 and 2015, a number of opiates dispensed quadrupled. Alarmingly, the reports of pain over the same period of time have stayed relatively constant. This lends itself to what the CDC is calling an epidemic in opioid use for pain management.

One of the many problems with relying on opioids for pain management is that the treatment is highly addictive. One of the key side effects that make them so addictive is a patient can develop a tolerance to the medication, so it requires more of the opioid to get the same pain relief. Additionally, a patient can quickly develop a physical dependence that will cause them to experience withdrawal symptoms when they are not taking the opioid.

The Joint Commission

These side effects and the addictive qualities of opioids make them a less than ideal go-to solution for pain management. As the usage increases and the aftermath become more deadly, the Joint Commission is stepping in and developing updated regulations for pain assessment and management.

The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization that is responsible for the accreditation and certification of health care organizations and programs. This accreditation and certification are recognized as a symbol of high-quality health care.

New Regulations for Pain Management

In July of this year, the Joint Commission released their official newsletter that included their enhanced requirements for pain assessment and management that accredited hospitals have to adhere to. These new standards will go into effect on January 1st, 2018.

After a full year of research and a standards review panel of experts, the new standards were released for comment in January of 2017 and included the following:

  1. Selection of a leadership team responsible specifically for pain management and safe opioid prescription practices.
  2. Including the patient in the development of their pain management plan.
  3. Setting reasonable and measurable goals for their plan.
  4. Maintaining and promoting safe opioid use through the identification and monitoring of potentially high-risk patients.
  5. Facilitating clinician access to prescription drug monitoring program databases.
  6. Conducting performance improvement activities focused on pain assessment and management for the purposes of increased safety and quality.

The overall goal of these new regulations is to encourage medical professionals and patients to look outside of quick fixes like opioids for pain management.

A New Take On Pain Management

With hospitals now being required to include non-pharmacologic treatments in plans to manage pain, more homeopathic options come to the forefront. Hospitals across the nation will now be partnering with and referring patients to chiropractors to provide their patients with a more complete management plan for their pains.

The priority of managing pain is being helping a person feel 100% again. Chiropractic serves as a long-term remedy for patients struggling with pain and will support the mission of decreasing opioid dependence and overdose.

Published in Pain Management

In a world where many of us are constantly slumped over our desks on our computers or on our cell phones, we’re likely not thinking about our posture. But regardless of how much thought we put into it, having good posture is incredibly important for everyday health. You might not feel any immediate negative effects after sitting with poor posture for a couple of hours, but over time, the stress that poor posture puts on your spine can lead to long-lasting consequences for your spine. The constriction of nerves and blood vessels can then lead to back pain, such as muscle, joint, and disc troubles.

Additionally, the wear-and-tear associated with poor posture can lead to pain as your body tries to fight against spinal imbalances while staying as vertical as possible, says Ben Fidler, a personal trainer based in Washington D.C. During an interview with the Washington Post Fidler explained, “Bad posture wears down the body faster than it should.” If your head is forward, Fidler explains, muscles in the back of your neck are elongated while muscles in the front are contracted. This means that muscles, tendons, and other tissues are not working as efficiently as they could be.

One of the major differences between top athletes and the rest of us has to do with the efficiency it takes to move. “Top athletes can generate twice the force with the same body,” Fidler says. “They might use half the energy to stand up straight.” So what are the rest of us to do? Here are some suggestions for better posture.

Tips For Better Posture

  • Roll shoulders back and center your head into alignment with your spine.
  • Use your core to support yourself: engage your transverse abdominals and obliques by drawing air in towards your center.
  • When sitting, keep your back flat against your chair with your shoulders tall and your head balanced above your spine.
  • If you’re sitting at a desk, make sure to keep your arms bent at a 75 to 90-degree angle at your elbows.
  • When walking, make sure to look straight ahead and keep your head centered directly above your spine. Keep your shoulders tall and step with your heel first, rolling gently to push off the front of your foot.

Alleviate Your Pain

Do you suffer from poor posture? Or perhaps you just experience a large amount of spinal-related pain and want to alleviate it? Either way, our expert chiropractic staff can improve your posture from a personalized treatment plan. To learn more about how to have good posture and for help with spinal alignment, contact Ideal Health Chiropractic today.

Published in Pain Management
Thursday, 27 April 2017 07:37

Denver Custom Shoe Orthotics

Considering the majority of our weight rests on our feet, it’s no surprise that foot injuries and abnormalities are increasingly common in today’s population. While you’ve probably seen various shoe inserts on TV and in stores, you may not be aware of all the benefits custom shoe orthotics can offer. Prescription or custom orthotics are specifically designed to fit the shape of your foot; they are uniquely crafted for you to perfectly fit the shape of your foot to create more comfort and support. They are especially beneficial for addressing a variety of ailments and issues, including plantar fasciitis and heel pain, arch pain, sprains, pain caused by bunions, and athletic pain. Although foot orthotics do not correct foot problems, they help to shift foot structures to increase functionality and reduce the potential for injury.

The Two Types of Custom Shoe Orthotics

Custom shoe orthotics are separated into two major categories.

The first, called functional orthotics, adjust irregular motion in the foot and ankle joints. They are often used to address injuries such as tendinitis and shin splints as well as to treat pain stemming from irregular movements. Functional orthotics are typically made from a harder material like graphite or plastic.

The second category consists of accommodative orthotics, which are meant to give extra support and protection. They are typically made from a softer material and are often used to address issues such as diabetic foot ulcers and calluses on the bottom of the foot.

Custom Designs In Denver

Although custom orthotics typically cost more than shoe inserts available in retail locations, the cost is well worth it. Custom shoe orthotics are uniquely made to fit the specific design of your foot, so they can address specific foot and ankle issues. They are also made of top-of-the-line materials which are more durable and will last longer than those purchased elsewhere. Often, insurance companies are able to cover part or all of the cost of custom orthotics.

Ideal Health can measure you for a custom shoe orthotic right in our office. To learn more, contact Ideal Health Chiropractic today!

Published in Orthotics
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 08:54

Electrical Stimulation and Ultrasound Therapy

Do you have muscle spasms, inflammation, or are you recovering from an injury? Electrical Stimulation and Ultrasound therapy can deliver faster and better results in your recovery process. You would normally have to go to a physical therapist to find these therapies, but Ideal Health can make them part of your chiropractic visits.

What is Electrical Stimulation?

Skeletal muscles in the body contract when they receive electrical impulses from the nervous system. When the muscles become over or under-worked from these contractions, they can become inflamed which creates pain. Electrical Stimulation (E-Stim.) fires a low-frequency electrical current directly into these areas of muscular stress. The electrical currents stimulate healing chemical responses in the larger nerve fibers that decrease the pain signals being delivered by the smaller nerve fibers. E-Stim. is adjusted to an individual’s needs, depending on the area of the body and the injury. Contact us to discuss how Electrical Stimulation can help you decrease muscle spasms, inflammation and pain.

What is Ultrasound Therapy?

Similar to E-Stim., Ultrasound Therapy can be coupled with your chiropractic visit to relieve muscular stress and inflammation. Ultrasound Therapy uses sound waves at a frequency out of range of the human ear that stimulates muscle tissues. It is delivered directly through the skin by first covering the skin in a light gel to prevent friction and then moving a handheld instrument gently over the affected areas. Sound waves are transmitted directly into the injured area to drive inflammation out of the muscles. Ultrasound Therapy treatments will vary according to the injury, the area of the pain and other factors. Ultrasound can be used simultaneously with E-Stim. treatment.

The Benefits of Electrical Stimulation and Ultrasound Therapy

Electrical Stimulation and Ultrasound Therapy provide pain relief through muscle spasm and inflammation reduction. Both therapies increase blood flow, reduce inflammation, and release endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain reducers. Both can improve range of motion for osteoarthritis patients and lessen joint pain by loosening the muscles.

Control your pain and get your muscle contractions firing the way they are supposed to through Electrical Stimulation and Ultrasound therapy. Book your appointment at Ideal Health today.

Published in Why Chiropractic?
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