What Is Sciatica?

The sciatic nerves, which run from your lower back to your toes, are the largest two nerves in your body. When the sciatic nerve becomes irritated or inflamed it can cause pain that radiates from your lower lumbar spine to below the knee. This type of nerve pain is known as sciatica (also known as sciatic neuritis), and it is estimated that 40% of people will experience some form of sciatica in their life.

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Pregnant Women Benefit from Chiropractic Care

A recent study suggests that expectant mothers may especially benefit from specialized chiropractic care. Results indicate that pregnant women who receive chiropractic adjustments appear to have more relaxed pelvic floor muscles, which reduces tension and restriction. One chiropractic technique in particular, known as the Webster Protocol, has proved to be especially effective in treating prenatal back pain.

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Chiropractic Is a Safer Pain Management Approach

Pain can sometimes be unavoidable. But we have choices when it comes to how we manage that pain. It’s time to rethink the drug management of pain. Consult Dr. Merckling for advice and counsel to help you to get out of pain and back to living the non-pharma way!

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Chiropractic Care & Backpack Safety

Back pain is prevalent among adults, however it is not uncommon among children either. More and more young children and teenagers are suffering from back pain – the use of overweight backpacks is a contributing factor – according to the American Chiropractic Association. Yet, this new back pain trend among youngsters isn’t all that surprising when considering the disproportionate amounts of weight they carry in their school backpacks every day.

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Chiropractic Is an Essential Part of Your Team

Did you know that all 32 U.S. professional football teams use chiropractors to help keep players healthy and in the game?

Dr. Merckling of Merckling Family Chiropractic can treat musculoskeletal conditions such as neck and back pain, hamstring and quadricep strains, whiplash injuries, and more. For football players (and anyone else who needs a clear head and focus on the job) chiropractic’s non-drug approach can help diminish the need for prescription pain medications, such as opioids.

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The Prevalence & Patterns of Chiropractic Use

The Many Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Seeing a chiropractor has many health benefits from reduced stress and better sleep to alleviating back and neck pain naturally. A substantial portion of US adults utilized chiropractic services during the past 12 months and reported associated positive outcomes for overall well-being and/or specific health problems.

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Chiropractic Care Is Covered by Most Health Insurance Plans

There’s No Reason to Live with Back Pain

It’s a fact – most health insurance plans now offer chiropractic care as a benefit. Another fact… each year, 30 million Americans seek chiropractic care. That’s a staggering 10% of Americans in need of chiropractic treatment.

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Long-Term Opioid Use is a Major Post-Surgery Risk

Chiropractic Should be Your First-Line Option for Drug-Free, Non-Invasive Pain Management

Post-surgery opioid use is an increasingly common & under-recognized complication. Patients may overestimate safety of prescribed medications for their back pain or other discomfort after surgery.

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Tension vs. Migraine Headaches & Chiropractic Care

A tension headache can be described as a feeling of tightness and dull aches around the head or behind the eyes. During a tension headache, people often experience aching head pain, tenderness on the scalp and neck, and pressure across the forehead or on the sides and back of the head. These kinds of headaches are more common with women than men, and usually occur when spinal bones in the neck do not support the head properly.

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Why Millennials Need Chiropractic Care

Millennials’ View of the Opioid Crisis

So, exactly how easy is it for millennials to get their hands on the very drugs fueling today’s opioid crisis? Easier than you might think.

According to a new national poll released by the American Psychiatric Association, 46 percent of millennials surveyed said illicitly obtaining such drugs would be a cinch in their neighborhoods – a far higher number than other adults questioned.

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