Blog Archive

The Link Between Headaches and Stress Mar 18th, 2020

Are you feeling rushed? Are you dreading a big meeting at work? These events can all add up to the start of a headache. Often, it's not the event itself that results in a headache, but rather, your body's reaction to stress. If you cope by clenching your jaw or...

Relieving Migraine Headaches Feb 5th, 2020

Not many things can ruin your day like a bad headache. It seemingly comes out of nowhere, sometimes teasing its arrival with symptoms like vision changes and nausea. This is one visitor you don't want to stick around! Why it Matters: There are typically four phases of a migraine that...

Top Medical Groups Are Now Supporting Chiropractic  Dec 30th, 2019

The opioid epidemic has led many leading medical groups to emphasize the importance of conservative care for low back and neck pain. The world's largest medical society, the American College of Physicians, updated its low back treatment guide in 2017 to support conservative options, such as Chiropractic care. The guidelines...

Can Surgery Fix Your Back Problem? Dec 9th, 2019

Bottom Line:   Over 90% of us will experience back pain during their life. Thankfully, less than 5% will need surgery. So why are so many operations being performed? And does surgery fix a back problem? You may be surprised to learn that an enormous number of back surgeries don't...

The Risky Business of Spinal Injections Dec 2nd, 2019

Bottom Line: If you've suffered from pain in your arm or leg, it could be caused by a spinal disc pressing on one of your nerves. If a medical doctor recognizes a pinched nerve on your MRI, they might refer you for a spinal injection. While this seems like a...

The Injury Threat of Youth Sports Jul 23rd, 2019

Today, there is a significant problem in youth sports. Over the past 10 years, there has been a huge push towards early specialization for kids. It has been thought that if a child wants to one day compete at the highest levels, they should do nothing but play and train for...

Chronic Headache and Migraine Relief Apr 23rd, 2019

Migraines are considered to be a leading cause of worldwide disability. It is estimated that more than 37 million people in the U.S. suffer from migraines. Migraine sufferers use twice the amount of prescription drugs and visit doctors twice as much as those who don't experience the problem. It is...

Long Term Benefits of the Chiropractic Adjustment May 29th, 2018

Long Term Benefits of the Chiropractic AdjustmentMost people think about their pain in a short-term way. Deal with it when it’s bad and ignore it when it’s gone. We try to take a long-term approach of getting your body to the point that it handles the stresses of life well.One...

Health Benefits of Getting Adjusted May 16th, 2018

 Top Research Based Health Benefits of Getting Adjusted Chiropractic care can help with a lot of different ailments. Along with helping promote a healthy lifestyle and a lifetime of better function, chiropractic has some highly researched benefits. Some of those benefits are fairly obvious, but there are a lot of conditions...

Movement Guided Fitness vs Traditional Fitness May 14th, 2018

In our office we get asked every week, “I can do these exercises at home, why do I have to do them in the office?” Recently an article was published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research that looked at this exact question. Three different groups of firefighters were tested:One...

Multi-Sport Athletes Sep 6th, 2017

When looking for potential quarterbacks, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh often employs unusual tactics. He puts his athletes through drills in fielding baseballs, kicking field goals, playing dodgeball and also soccer. He got this idea originally from NFL coach Bill Walsh. Walsh used to look for his quarterback to be athletic...

Cortisone Injections Advance Joint Degeneration Aug 10th, 2017

Note: degeneration on right sideWhat happens if you take pain away but don’t improve the function of a joint? In most cases, the problem gets worse. Putting force on a joint that is damaged and cannot handle it will cause the joint to wear out and degenerate prematurely. It makes sense when...

Sitting Leads to Dysfunctional Movement Aug 8th, 2017

  On average, Americans spend 13 hours per day in a seated position. Studies have shown that sitting has negative effects on our cellular and metabolic health. When sitting, metabolic activity and caloric consumption are 70% less than walking.Sitting for extended periods every day leads to insulin resistance and increases in LDL cholesterol. Over...

Backpacks Lead to Long Term Pain Aug 7th, 2017

The effect of heavy backpacks on children has been studied and debated for the last 15 years. The significance of maintaining good posture when carrying a backpack cannot be understated. Children greatly increase their risk of future chronic pain if they are carrying a backpack that is too heavy for them. According...

Rethinking Pain Management Jul 12th, 2017

In May 2017, the FDA released a health bulletin urging doctors to be aware of nonpharmacologic (drug free) treatments for chronic pain. Specifically chiropractic, acupuncture, and physical therapy. Similarly, the CDC updated their preferred treatment of chronic pain in 2016. They now list the ideal treatment as non-opioid. As much as this...

Lift Weights To Live Longer Jun 15th, 2017

No expertise needed!They finally discovered the secret to living longer! It turns out lifting weights can decrease your chances of dying. A 15 year study showed that older adults (over 65) who lifted weights at least twice a week were about half as likely to die from any cause when compared...

Low Back Injuries In Spring May 15th, 2017

Every Spring we see an increase in lower back injuries thanks to getting back in the garden, landscaping, running outside and just generally being more active.Lower back pain is one of the most common conditions in America and causes a large percentage of the population a lot of grief. We encourage...

13 Health Facts You Probably Didn’t Know May 3rd, 2017

1. Laughing 100 times is equivalent to 15 minutes of exercise on a stationary bicycle.2. Chicken contains 266% more fat than it did 40 years ago.3. On average, people who complain live longer. Releasing tension increases immunity and boosts their health.4. A half hour of physical activity 6 days a week is linked to 40% lower risk of early death.5. Worldwide, people consume 500 extra...

Chiropractic and Low Back Pain: A JAMA Study Apr 20th, 2017

A recent article (4/11/17) published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) showed that chiropractic adjustments can moderately improve acute (present for less than 6 weeks) low back pain.In the study, a group of 1,711 patients displayed statistically significant improvement. 1,381 patients displayed a significant improvement in overall function.The only...

Headaches Pt. 4: How We Fix Them 2/2 Apr 1st, 2017

     Abnormal CurveNormal CurveTake a look at these X-rays.I’ll give you a hint, one of these necks absorbs force well and won’t wear out as quickly.Unfortunately, the abnormal curve is actually more common these daysthan the normal curve. We can thank technology and desk jobs for that. When you look at...

Headaches Pt. 3: How to Fix Them Mar 15th, 2017

Where Does Scar Tissue Come From?Just a quick review from last week – scar tissue commonly forms when a muscle gets overworked and doesn’t get enough blood flow/oxygen for an extended period of time. The damage from lack of oxygen or microtears leads to the accumulation of scarring over time....

Headaches Pt. 2: What Causes Them Mar 10th, 2017

Note: There’s some technical stuff in this blog. If you just want to see how we treat headaches from a muscular standpoint skip to the video below. Otherwise, read the descriptions and bring us questions!Why do we get headaches?First of all, the problems mentioned in this blog don’t encompass all types...

6 Surprising Facts About Headaches Feb 28th, 2017

Most sufferers never seek treatment.Headaches and migraines are a huge problem worldwide. Approximately 12 percent of Americans have regular migraines. Of migraine sufferers, only 20% currently use preventive therapy. Most are solely reliant on over-the-counter medications.Oftentimes, people who do seek professional help are met with a lack of understanding by their doctor....

Morning Pain Feb 15th, 2017

Physical Therapy When Waking UpDo you wake up in pain most mornings?You are not alone. If you have good sleeping habits and a decent pillow/mattress, waking up in pain can be a sign of dysfunction. Side note: if you have a bad pillow check out this blog to see what you should...

How to Keep Your Joints Healthy Feb 15th, 2017

Just like your car, the human body needs maintenance.If you neglect your body, you will slowly lose the ability to fully control it. We’ve compiled a small list of exercises that can be done on a daily basis in order to maintain and improve the health of your joints. Every...

Physical Therapy: Osgood Schlatters Jan 16th, 2017

Patient Info: Male, 28 years old, knee pain for 14 years in left knee and 12 years in right knee.Previous diagnosis: Osgood Schlatters in both knees. Pain in knees has persisted despite a decrease in activity.Osgood Schlatters is common in kids who do a lot of running and jumping. Chronic...

Reduce Injuries From Falling Dec 19th, 2016

With winter here, the risk of slipping and falling on ice is greatly increased. Falls can be a huge source of musculoskeletal injuries and can commonly result in head/brain trauma. Take some steps this winter to improve your chances of staying upright!Wear appropriate footwear while walking outside. Your winter footwear...

Healthy Weight loss Dec 13th, 2016

Have you had difficulty losing weight in the past?How about maintaining that weight loss once you have achieved it? It is extremely common to want to lose weight immediately. Typically, any diet that produces quick results will either be impossible to continue or will cause only a temporary weight decrease. Most times,...

Chiropractic Care Helps Strengthen Immune System and Prevent Sickness Nov 28th, 2016

You may have heard the claim before that a chiropractic adjustment can actually improve your resistance to sickness. Well did you know there is medical research to support that claim? The link between adjustments and immune competence was actually shown all the way back in 1989 at New York University. The...

Sleep Loss Nov 28th, 2016

Many of us have had problems sleeping.If you are chronically losing sleep it is time to figure out why. Sleep loss is a huge risk factor for sickness, injuries, and chronic pain. There are a few important ways to improve the quality of your sleep as well as the duration and consistency...

Post Surgical Physical Therapy Oct 17th, 2016

    Post-Surgical strength with movement vs. no movement over a 52 week span.Every doctor treats post surgical rehab differently. Some are conservative, some aggressive, but which is more beneficial? There are very few fields with more disagreement than healthcare. If you go to 5 different doctors, you will often get...

Follow Us On Instagram! Sep 14th, 2016

For updates about the office, our staff, and some of the cases we see/treatments we render, follow us on Instagram!https://www.instagram.com/barringtonchirofit/

Should Golfers Lift Weights? Aug 2nd, 2016

Recently there has been some criticism in the world of professional golf from members of the media and some players in regards to weight lifting for golfers. As the sport develops and becomes more demanding, many golfers have begun to see the importance of strength and physical durability. So why would anyone...

Chiropractic For Pregnancy? Absolutely! Jun 18th, 2016

In our clinic we constantly get asked, “Can I bring my pregnant wife/sister/daughter in?” 99% of the time the answer is yes. Pregnant women have a lot of extra aches and pains to deal with, especially in the last few months of pregnancy. Chiropractic care has repeatedly been shown to...

Chiropractic Research Jun 13th, 2016

Research can speak volumes about the successes and failures of a profession. Chiropractic is still in its infancy (118 years) as far as research goes. Still, however, chiropractic has been able to hold its own in a variety of conditions and situations.395,641 were admitted to hospitals for various conditions. Of...

One Sport Athletes Jun 8th, 2016

Is specializing in one sport beneficial to athletes? According to ESPN, 95% of NFL quarterbacks surveyed played at least 2 sports in high school, 70% played at least 3 sports. Playing multiple sports increases athleticism and decreases risk of injury.Another stat – 85% of the football recruiting class from Alabama, Notre Dame,...

Disc Herniations Jun 2nd, 2016

Disc herniations are a common source of pain and disability for many adults. They can cause extreme pain and restrict movement. Over time the intra-disc material (think jelly inside of a donut) can be subjected to large amounts of pressure from poor posture, repetitive strain, lifting injuries, etc. This can...

Ankle Dorsiflexion May 19th, 2016

 This is a huge change in ankle range of motion. Dorsiflexion of the ankle is critical to most athletic movements including squatting, jumping, running, etc. This is a range of motion that is often overlooked and undervalued. When we look at ankle motion, the knee should be able to get...

The Functional Movement Screen May 17th, 2016

Research conducted in 2007 showed that professional football players who scored less than a 14/21 on the Functional Movement Screen were 11 times more likely to get injured during the season. Most of these athletes were pain free entering the season, again reinforcing the fact that dysfunctional patterns are almost...

Can We Repair Muscle After An Injury? May 13th, 2016

Injured Muscle    After 2 Weeks of Mechanical StimulationMajor injuries can lead to extensive scarring, fibrous tissue, and loss of muscle function. A 2016 study out of Harvard took a look at the process of muscle regeneration after an injury. They found that mechanical stimulation of healing muscle led to a...

Can You Rehab Tendons? May 9th, 2016

Today’s article is an important one and it describes a lot about how we guide our treatment plans. Pain in tendons (that stuff that connects muscles to bones) is extremely common and something that most people will experience at some point in their lives. Over time, tendons can degenerate and...

Prerequisites For Movement May 3rd, 2016

Do you have what it takes to move the way you want? I’ve been taught to call these “prerequisites to movement.” You’ll hear some the of the best minds in chiropractic, physical therapy and rehab talk about them (Dr. Andreo Spina and Dr. Mike Chivers of Functional Anatomy Systems, Gray...

Physical Therapy For Shoulder Surgery Apr 29th, 2016

We have been working with Tony for the past 3 months after he underwent surgery for a left rotator cuff tear. Tony has had a great decrease in pain and he has been able to start olympic lifting at CrossFit again. He still has a few ranges of motion that...

Mobility and Chiropractic Rehab Apr 27th, 2016

For the past few months we have been teaming up with CrossFit Barrington to improve the mobility and joint mechanics of their athletes. We have found increase in range of motion and joint control as well as decreases in pain and injury rates. We have had nothing but positive feedback...

Welcome to Barrington’s Premier Chiropractic Clinic Apr 26th, 2016

Welcome to ChiroFit Barrington! We are Barrington’s #1 clinic when it comes to pain, discomfort, or movement/mobility problems. We have adopted a unique system that incorporates physical therapy, manual therapy, adjustments and corrective exercise in order to help people achieve their goals. When to comes to sports injuries or chronic...