For any athlete, of any age and any level, small strains and sprains can bring their game to a screeching, and painful halt. Often, the standard advice for treating such minor injuries is to make use of either heat or ice to help relieve pain, reduce swelling and generally shorten the time it takes to heal an injury. But, the one thing that many people don’t really quite understand is when the use of ice is appropriate and when they should use heat instead.Read More >
If you sometimes think like it seems that the summer seems to bring along with it more headaches for you then you’re probably not wrong. Researchers have discovered that as the temperature rises so does the risk of headache in many people. Read More >
It’s vacation time! Whether that means packing up and heading for a beach resort, taking on the challenge of a camping trip or simply exploring a new city, at home or abroad, a break from your ‘normal life’ is usually a wonderful thing.
The one potential downside however of any vacation is that it can be tough to stay fit. Extra meals, a few more cocktails than usual, those comfy sun loungers by the pool and more can mean you may just return home from your trip in less than the best shape. Staying healthy is often key to staying pain free for those chronic pain issues – back pain, neck pain etc. – especially when you are going to be away from your favorite chiropractor for a little while.Read More >
How much of your day is spent sitting? No, really, it’s a serious question, and for many the answer is a lot longer than they think. Let’s add it up:
First, there’s the hour or so you spend sitting in a car, or bus, or train, on your commute to and from work. Eight or so hours sitting behind a desk. An hour or so’s sit down for dinner. An hour or so spent checking your personal email/Facebook page/reading the newspaper online. The hour or two spent watching television to unwind. And then, although it’s not technically sitting, you’ll be off your feet for another seven to eight hours when you head to bed for the night. That’s up to 21 of the 24 hours allotted to every day.Read More >
Spring is here and for most of us that means that our weekends are filled with spring cleaning, gardening and basic around the home maintenance, repairing some of the wear and tear that the winter months inevitably cause.Read More >
Spring is a wonderful season. The warmth of the sun, the longer days, the return of flowers, shrubs and that odd green stuff in your backyard you haven’t seen for a while (aka grass), it’s all wonderful stuff. For some. For others, though, spring isn’t so much fun, as it’s the season that brings with it the return of their spring allergies. And it’s hard to enjoy the spring when your nose is running, your throat is scratchy or you are sneezing your head off.Read More >
Most people know by now that remaining properly hydrated throughout the day is a must for overall good health. Many people however only really pay attention to the amount of water they consume in the summer, when they know that the summer sun will be depleting their body and dehydration is a risk. What many don’t realize is that dehydration can be a problem in winter too.Read More >
You’ve heard it time and time again and in your sensible brain, you know it’s true; you should be doing everything you can to make sure that your health is a priority. But it always seems like real life just does not cooperate.
For instance, you finally make an appointment with a chiropractor to get that nagging back pain checked out and then have to cancel at the last minute because there is a mandatory meeting at work. Or you spend so much time taking your kids to their various activities and yes, to their doctor’s appointments, that you never actually think of seeing one yourself. Read More >
It’s that time of year when even though the weather has been quite mild (so far) many of the people around you seem to be doing an awful lot of sniffling and snuffling. You may even have been fighting off a cold yourself, in between trying to avoid catching someone else’s too.Read More >
A stuffed up nose, sneezing fits, watery eyes, nagging headaches. Experiencing these kinds of symptoms is no fun for anyone but in the winter it’s pretty common. Cold season really does mean cold season for many, as in the cold virus. But is what you are suffering from really a cold? Or is it a sinus infection, something that is a different thing altogether?Read More >
As the weather begins to get colder, the days get shorter and sunny skies are replaced by drizzly, cloudy ones it’s very tempting to stay inside – and on the couch – far more often than you did in the summer, when the nice weather made it much harder to stay indoors.Read More >
The signs are there! The turning leaves and the return of pumpkin spice everything can only mean one thing; fall. The long, bright days of summer are over and that slight chill in the air at night is only going to get chillier.
While the end of summer is a little sad, the fall really is a great season, and for some it’s even their favorite. With the beaches closed, the tank tops packed away and the kids back in school life does change quite a lot though, Read More >
For many of us, summer means it’s time to hit the road and head off on vacation. Unfortunately, more cars on the road means more accidents, and we know that even the smallest fender bender can leave drivers – and passengers – in bad shape; dealing with whiplash, spinal pain, reduced range of motion, nagging neck pain and more. These kinds of auto accident injuries can be stubborn healers too, sometimes taking longer than broken bones to heal.Read More >
One of the biggest reasons adults seek chiropractic care is to address their back pain. In fact back pain is something that is incredibly common, affecting, at some point in their lives, 4 out of 5 Americans. The fact that lots of other people are suffering too is little comfort though when it’s you yourself dealing with the problem every day.Read More >
The Risk to Your Child’s Health You May Be Overlooking As a parent, it is natural that when it comes to your children their health and well-being is your number one priority. There is however one growing threat to kids’ health that many Moms and Dads overlook; the growing size of kids’ backpacks.Read More >
As is the case with so many things in life, choosing the right chiropractor for you, being something of a big decision, should involve more than picking the first name that Google throws up for you.
Perhaps more than in some other areas of medicine and wellness different chiropractors can have very different approaches to their work, even though they all technically are in the same field. And while certain basics are likely to be a factor in many people’s decisionRead More >
You wake up one morning with a ‘stiff’ shoulder, assuming you slept on it ‘wrong’ and that it will put itself right in a few days, except that never quite happens. Or you have nagging shoulder pain that aches and annoys on a regular basis, but is never quite so painful that you feel the need to do very much about the problem except take an extra Advil.Read More >
You’ve heard it said that “Sitting is the new smoking”, but why is that? The truth is that sedentary desk jobs are directly related to a host of health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and chronic pain. We can prevent back pain and other chronic pain conditions by understanding one important fact about anatomy: our bodies were designed to move. Sitting at a desk for 8 hours then going home and sitting or lying down is unnatural. Our posture suffers because we are not using our bodies properly.Read More >
Many people view back problems as an issue that only plagues older adults and those who work in blue-collar industries, but this is far from the case. The fact is that people of all ages can struggle with back injuries and pain. In fact, there are many adults living with chronic back problems that first took root when they were children. If your son or daughter is complaining of back pain, then you may want to learn more about the benefits of chiropractic care.Read More >
The health benefits of acupuncture, an ancient system of healing practiced in Asia for many centuries, are becoming well known. Even mainstream medicine is starting to accept that acupuncture can help with issues such as relaxation and pain relief.Read More >
If you are just now trying to get healthier or get back into fitness at the gym, then this information is right for you. One of the most common injuries I see in my chiropractic office is from people going from doing no exercises or little exercise to trying to lift the world. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was your body. When we look at athletes it is important to remember that they spend years on their health and physique, and trying to push ourselves to that level immediately will only lead to injury.Read More >
Acupuncture is an excellent tool for smoking cessation by reducing cravings and increasing willpower. The treatment itself is gentle, using needle-less methods to stimulate specific points on the body to help you stop smoking. Acupuncture treatments for smoking will intercept the signals from the brain demanding nicotine and disrupt the message, thereby reducing the craving. Most patients state the effect is significant, decreasing their cravings from 20 times each day down to about 4 times. With that drastic of a change, it can be possible to finally quit smoking.Read More >
Sleep is important for your body, especially your heart. While sleeping, your heart rate will decrease and your heart beats slower than normal. This slower pace gives your heart a chance to rest and be prepared for the next day. Without proper sleep, our hearts are working hard all day and night, and this sets up a dangerous scenario for heart disease and heart attacks.
How is your posture? You may have heard that “sitting is the new smoking”, but did you know your sitting posture now will affect arthritis and pain? The only thing more dangerous than moving too much is not moving enough. Unfortunately, a lot of work in today’s society involves sitting at a desk or computer for several hours at a time.
The good news is you can do something about it. Here are the simple steps to Bruegger’s position. This position is used to reverse the poor posture that comes with sedentary jobs, and it is easy to correct the way you sit! Improve your posture with these simple steps:Read More >
Weight loss and acupuncture are a growing topic in the health care community, especially as people look for natural solutions for health. We all know that being overweight carries other problems with it such as heart disease and diabetes, but there is still a struggle to lose the extra pounds. Ear acupuncture for weight loss is a growing treatment for weight control. While ear acupuncture for weight loss has been used in Asia extensively, it is now gaining popularity in the United States. More evidence is coming out showing that ear (or auricular) acupuncture can help you lose weight.Read More >
Those suffering of migraine headaches in Overland Park may not know the real symptoms and causes of this debilitating condition and, more importantly, the treatments available to them. For anyone who has had the experience of a migraine, you know how painful it can be and relief cannot come soon enough.Read More >
Chiropractic care in Overland Park & Kansas City is becoming increasingly popular as people become more aware of its effectiveness. While chiropractic therapy may be new to some, therapeutic spinal manipulation has actually been around for at least the last 2,500 years, and the contemporary version of chiropractic care has been round for more than one hundred years.Read More >
After a day at my office, I go home feeling energized because I love what I do. Helping people truly is my passion, and this passion grows when I see the dramatic changes in my office. Instead of talking about a specific condition or something chiropractic can help with, I want to talk about why I do what I do. The best way to explain this is with some of my favorite cases.
One of my earlier cases was actually a family member with severe neck pain. The neck pain was so strong that she was also having carpal tunnel symptoms in her hand, making it difficult to grip items. This person loves to work with her hands doing art, helping people, and staying active with family. Staying out of pain is important to her. The pain and disability had gotten so severe that two of her medical doctors were recommending spinal surgery while stating, “If you get rear-ended in your car, you will be paralyzed.”Read More >
Have you been to a chiropractor and felt sore afterwards? Are you avoiding seeing a chiropractor because the treatment scares you?
A new, revolutionary form of chiropractic care is spreading through the Overland Park and surrounding areas. Gentle chiropractic get as good, if not better, results than traditional aggressive chiropractic techniques. At Nigus Chiropractic, located in Overland Park, we specialized in gentle techniques that get results without the discomfort. Why do we prefer gentle techniques? The answer is simple: results and patient comfort.
Rehabilitating the spine is like correcting your smile with braces, because the changes happen gradually and cannot be forced. Vertebra will rehabilitate about 1mm each visit, so aggressively moving the spine 3-5 inches will only cause discomfortRead More >
Chiropractic Care & Learning for All
Your Overland Park Chiropractor, Dr. Tyler Nigus, offers free lunch & learns to organizations around Kansas City!
Employee morale and happiness directly correlates with productivity. Bringing in a free lunch is a great way to make the work environment fun, and this sets a good work culture for employees.
The question is how do you lower the cost of these employee appreciation events?
Community involvement is important to Dr. Nigus. He has made it his mission to give accessible information about health and wellness to the Overland Park and surrounding areas. There is a lot of misinformation about health (how often does the news tells us what we should and shouldn’t eat?) and warning signs our bodies tell us that we ignore.
In fact, a lot of the information Dr. Nigus teaches you will help you not have to go see your regular medical doctor.Read More >
In our previous article about migraine headaches, we talked about the 10 most common facts that people do not know about migraines. It truly is amazing how much of an impact migraine headaches have on our health care, our economy, and also our quality of life. Finding migraine relief can be difficult if we stick with medications, because medications will primarily treat only the symptoms.
Here are my Top 5 natural remedies for migraine relief:
Migraine headaches will typically have a trigger, and that trigger is usually stress. High levels of stress have been shown to affect your body’s physiology from its immune system to its digestive systemRead More >
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD) comes from a wide variety of causes and it can be difficult to find a single treatment that works well all of the time. TMJ pain can develop over gradually, but it can also be the result of trauma such as a Motor Vehicle Accident. Most TMJ disorder cases will resolve on their own, but some people may develop significant, long-term symptoms.Read More >
Running noses, scratchy throats, irritated eyes, and immense pressure in the head and face all describe a common ailment: allergies. We spend a lot of time and energy on trying to manage the symptoms of allergies with medications and shots, but often we are left wanting.
Acupuncture is gaining popularity for treating seasonal allergies, as there are several acupunctureRead More >
Even a 10 mph fender bender has enough force to cause damage to the ligaments of your spine, resulting in chronic injury!
As we age, our ligaments and muscles lose elasticity and flexibility, meaning that older accident victims may be at risk for more serious damage and injury.
When an accident suddenly happens, your muscles don’t have a chance to brace and “guard” against the impact. This is why being rear-ended can cause deeper injuries.Read More >
Migraine headaches affect millions of Americans, and chances are you know someone who suffers from these debilitating headaches. These headaches can be strong enough to send someone to the hospital, and more than 90% of migraine headache sufferers report being unable to function or work when the headache strikes. Migraine headaches differ from tension headaches by their symptoms, with migraine headaches having sharper and more severe attacks.Read More >
Ever feel a painful sensation like a tight band around your head? Does it ever feel like your head is in a vice? Do you feel a lot of pressure behind your eyes or where your head meets your neck?
The tension headache primarily affects the muscles of the neck and scalp, and these can occur for years. Usually, these headaches get worse in times of high stress when the muscles tighten even more. Muscles and the surrounding tissues send pain signals to your brain when they don’t have an opportunity to relax. Over 20% of the population experiences headaches, but very few know how to get them to stay away for good.Read More >
Due to hectic schedules and busy routines, most people are unable to focus on a healthy diet and lifestyle. This has increased the number of people suffering from various health disorders. Neck pain is one of the most common problems experienced by a lot of people. However, there are many people who don’t realize that the head is around 14-16 pounds, and balancing on their necks.Read More >
Looking for relief for back pain in Overland Park? Dr. Tyler Nigus can help!
Most people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. It is perhaps, one of the leading reasons for work-related sickness leaves and several other disabilities for a large number of people. Usually, lower back pain is not caused by serious diseases or damage or disease, but by muscle strains, sprains, pinched nerves or minor injuries.
Some believe that chiropractors are just back doctors just fix the human back. That’s simply not true!
While chiropractic care has proven to be very successful as a treatment for back pain, chiropractic care is also a holistic approach to health care and treatment.
Here are five symptoms, other than back pain, which you should consider having your chiropractor examine.Read More >