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What is Chiropractic?

July 25, 2017, 11:15 pm

Spinal Health and WellnessNeck Pain, woman holding neckl

There is no part of your body that escapes the dominance of your nervous system. Improper function of the spine due to slight misalignments can cause poor health and function, even in areas far away from the spine and spinal cord itself. These misalignments are called subluxations, and can reduce the ability of your body to adapt to its ever-changing environment. Even the slightest malfunction of your spine has the potential to alter the regular transmission of nerve impulses.  This may result in preventing the affected portions of your body from responding and acting in a healthy way.

Natural health care without drugs or surgery

Chiropractic is a natural form of health care that uses spinal adjustments to correct misalignments (subluxations) and restore proper function to the nervous system.  This helps your body to heal naturally, on its own. Chiropractic doesn’t use drugs or surgery. Instead, a chiropractic spinal adjustment is used, the application of a precise force to a specific part of the spine.  This corrects the misalignment, allowing normal nerve transmission and helping your body to heal on its own.

Chiropractic is used for both acute and chronic health conditions.  Chiropractic is best known for reducing/eliminating back and neck pain, but chiropractors can do so much more!  The chiropractic approach to health is to look at the whole person, not just the body part affected by pain or disease.  By reducing and eliminating spinal misalignments with a chiropractic adjustment, the body can begin to heal itself.  Many times the patient will experience improvement in several areas of their health in addition to improvement of their primary complaint.  When the body is free to function properly, the improved nerve and blood flow can help more than just one area of pain or dysfunction!

The Institute of Chiropractic and Acupuncture Therapy provides chiropractic and wellness care to patients in the Salt Lake Metro and surrounding areas.  Come see how chiropractic can help you and your family…experience the difference at the Institute!

Chiropractic: Improve Your Health!

April 12, 2017, 10:07 pm

Have you ever wondered what chiropractors really do?  Here it is in a nutshell: A Chiropractor re-aligns bones in the body that are slightly out of alignment, or mis-aligned.  These mis-alignments prevent nerves and blood flow to function at their full potential, which lead to many health problems.  The chiropractor removes the interference and the body heals itself.

Give yourself the gift of health by eating better, exercising, getting enough sleep, lowering stress, and seeing your chiropractor.  Chiropractic can also help prevent pain and dis-ease through spinal alignment, which allows all the nerves in the body to function properly.  This allows the immune system to fight off disease easier, and helps nerves to have enough nutrition and blood flow, which leads to every system and organ in the body being able to function better.  This results in less pain, better immunity, and overall better health.

Chiropractors are often thought of as back doctors and have tremendous success treating back pain, neck pain, and headaches.  However, since the primary focus of your care is improved nervous system function, chiropractic can have a positive effect on many other health conditions not typically associated with chiropractic.

Many people come to see us because they have had little or no response to medical treatment or other chiropractic treatments.  Here are some common conditions we see in our clinic:

Headaches                               Chronic Fatigue Syndromeadjhands

Back and neck pain                   Fibromyalgia

Auto injuries/whiplash                Hormone Imbalances

Sports Injuries                          Digestive issues

Depression                               Allergies

Arthritis

The goal of our clinic is to help our patients become empowered with their health, achieving their optimal wellness goals.  If you are suffering needlessly from pain, have a condition that has not responded well to medical care or other treatment, or are trying to achieve optimal wellness in your life, chiropractic can help you on the road back to better health!

Dr. Trent Burrup is a chiropractor who provides care in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas including Sandy, Draper, South Jordan, West Jordan, Murray, and all other Salt Lake Metro areas. Come experience the difference at The Institute!  

For more information on chiropractic and how it can help you, please see our chiropractic page on our website HERE.

10 Ways to Prevent Neck Pain

April 5, 2017, 5:59 pm

We found a great article on Neck Pain Prevention from www.healthcentral.com. In addition to regular chiropractic visits, these are things you can do every day to prevent neck pain.

Life can be a real pain in the neck. Don’t let it happen to you! Here are  10 ways to prevent neck pain from slowing your life down.whiplash, woman in pain holding neck

1.      Beware of Bifocal and Trifocal Glasses: If you are reading this through the bottom section of your glasses, then you are likely positioning your head and neck in an awkward position to do so. The best way to avoiding pinching your neck in order to utilize all portions of your prescription lenses is to have dedicated mono-focal prescription lenses that you can use for reading.

2.      Adjust your Computer Screen to You: If your computer monitor is too high, you will be looking up for hours. If your computer monitor is too low, you will be looking down for hours. These sustained postures are likely to cause a pain in your neck. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has some great tips to help you adjust your monitor and prevent neck pain.

 3.      Monitor Your Chin: Maintaining a neutral, stress-free posture when reading or using a computer can be simple if you monitor the position of your chin. If your chin is more than a five finger breadths away from your chest, that means that you’re arching your neck. If your chin is less than three finger breadths away from your chest, then that means that you’re flexing your neck. Check with your doctor or physical therapist to find the best position for your chin and neck.

4.      Keep Your Shoulders Back and Your Chest Forward: The shoulders provide the base of support for your neck. Shoulders that drift to far forward, as the chest caves in, causes the head and neck to careening forward as if you were a turtle. Without a good foundation of support starting with your upper torso and shoulders, the neck tends to crumble.

5.      Maintain Good Shoulder Strength: The shoulders are a foundation of support, and because of this they need to be strong. Good muscle tone especially between the shoulder blades, where the rhomboid muscles reside, is critical for preventing neck pain.

6.      Use Arm Rests Whenever Possible: No matter how strong your shoulder and neck muscles are, you need to give them a rest sometimes. Armrests are an important way to keep the weight of your arms from constantly pulling on the neck muscles. Fatigue in these muscles eventually causes neck pain.

7.      Use a Good Supportive Pillow: While you are sleeping, you need to maintain good sleep posture. A pillow that is too thin can cause your head to reach for the pillow. A pillow that is too thick can force your neck to bend a certain direction all night. If you wake up with neck pain, try a different pillow.

8.      Adjust the Vehicle Headrest to a Proper Height: The Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS) recommends that the vehicle headrest be positioned at the center of your head. In the event of a sudden stop, the headrest can then help to prevent the neck from whipping back and forth.

9.      DO NOT SMOKE: Smoking is the fastest way to ruin your spine! According to a study reported in Spine 2004, spinal discs can degenerate very rapidly in smokers. A smoker’s spine does not heal quickly after an injury or surgery if at all. In fact, if you quit smoking now, you will probably have less pain later.

10.   Watch Your Weight: You may not realize that your body weight affects your neck, but it sure does. Your arms get heavier and your breasts get heavier as you gain weight. Furthermore, your shoulder blades spread apart as you gain weight also. All of these changes in an obese body increase your likelihood of developing neck pain.

Exercise Tip: One of the most important exercises for preventing neck pain is rowing.

 

(Article Published On: April 02, 2012)
The Institute of Chiropractic & Acupuncture Therapy provides care in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas including West Jordan, South Jordan, Sandy, Draper, Taylorsville, Murray, Riverton, Herriman, Bluffdale, Cottonwood Heights, Holiday, Millcreek, West Valley City, and South Salt Lake.  We also provide service to patients that come from the Utah County area and as far north as Logan, and even some from out of state…come experience the difference at The Institute!

What is Chiropractic?

January 20, 2017, 2:59 pm

Spinal Health and WellnessNeck Pain, woman holding neckl

There is no part of your body that escapes the dominance of your nervous system. Improper function of the spine due to slight misalignments can cause poor health and function, even in areas far away from the spine and spinal cord itself. These misalignments are called subluxations, and can reduce the ability of your body to adapt to its ever-changing environment. Even the slightest malfunction of your spine has the potential to alter the regular transmission of nerve impulses.  This may result in preventing the affected portions of your body from responding and acting in a healthy way.

Natural health care without drugs or surgery

Chiropractic is a natural form of health care that uses spinal adjustments to correct misalignments (subluxations) and restore proper function to the nervous system.  This helps your body to heal naturally, on its own. Chiropractic doesn’t use drugs or surgery. Instead, a chiropractic spinal adjustment is used, the application of a precise force to a specific part of the spine.  This corrects the misalignment, allowing normal nerve transmission and helping your body to heal on its own.

Chiropractic is used for both acute and chronic health conditions.  Chiropractic is best known for reducing/eliminating back and neck pain, but chiropractors can do so much more!  The chiropractic approach to health is to look at the whole person, not just the body part affected by pain or disease.  By reducing and eliminating spinal misalignments with a chiropractic adjustment, the body can begin to heal itself.  Many times the patient will experience improvement in several areas of their health in addition to improvement of their primary complaint.  When the body is free to function properly, the improved nerve and blood flow can help more than just one area of pain or dysfunction!

The Institute of Chiropractic and Acupuncture Therapy provides chiropractic and wellness care to patients in the Salt Lake Metro and surrounding areas.  Come see how chiropractic can help you and your family…experience the difference at the Institute!

10 Ways to Prevent Neck Pain

December 1, 2016, 12:20 am

We found a great article on Neck Pain Prevention from www.healthcentral.com. In addition to regular chiropractic visits, these are things you can do every day to prevent neck pain.

Life can be a real pain in the neck. Don’t let it happen to you! Here are  10 ways to prevent neck pain from slowing your life down.whiplash, woman in pain holding neck

  • 1.      Beware of Bifocal and Trifocal Glasses: If you are reading this through the bottom section of your glasses, then you are likely positioning your head and neck in an awkward position to do so. The best way to avoiding pinching your neck in order to utilize all portions of your prescription lenses is to have dedicated mono-focal prescription lenses that you can use for reading.2.      Adjust your Computer Screen to You: If your computer monitor is too high, you will be looking up for hours. If your computer monitor is too low, you will be looking down for hours. These sustained postures are likely to cause a pain in your neck. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has some great tips to help you adjust your monitor and prevent neck pain.

    3.      Monitor Your Chin: Maintaining a neutral, stress-free posture when reading or using a computer can be simple if you monitor the position of your chin. If your chin is more than a five finger breadths away from your chest, that means that you’re arching your neck. If your chin is less than three finger breadths away from your chest, then that means that you’re flexing your neck. Check with your doctor or physical therapist to find the best position for your chin and neck.

    4.      Keep Your Shoulders Back and Your Chest Forward: The shoulders provide the base of support for your neck. Shoulders that drift to far forward, as the chest caves in, causes the head and neck to careening forward as if you were a turtle. Without a good foundation of support starting with your upper torso and shoulders, the neck tends to crumble.

    5.      Maintain Good Shoulder Strength: The shoulders are a foundation of support, and because of this they need to be strong. Good muscle tone especially between the shoulder blades, where the rhomboid muscles reside, is critical for preventing neck pain.

    6.      Use Arm Rests Whenever Possible: No matter how strong your shoulder and neck muscles are, you need to give them a rest sometimes. Armrests are an important way to keep the weight of your arms from constantly pulling on the neck muscles. Fatigue in these muscles eventually causes neck pain.

    7.      Use a Good Supportive Pillow: While you are sleeping, you need to maintain good sleep posture. A pillow that is too thin can cause your head to reach for the pillow. A pillow that is too thick can force your neck to bend a certain direction all night. If you wake up with neck pain, try a different pillow.

    8.      Adjust the Vehicle Headrest to a Proper Height: The Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS) recommends that the vehicle headrest be positioned at the center of your head. In the event of a sudden stop, the headrest can then help to prevent the neck from whipping back and forth.

    9.      DO NOT SMOKE: Smoking is the fastest way to ruin your spine! According to a study reported in Spine 2004, spinal discs can degenerate very rapidly in smokers. A smoker’s spine does not heal quickly after an injury or surgery if at all. In fact, if you quit smoking now, you will probably have less pain later.

    10.   Watch Your Weight: You may not realize that your body weight affects your neck, but it sure does. Your arms get heavier and your breasts get heavier as you gain weight. Furthermore, your shoulder blades spread apart as you gain weight also. All of these changes in an obese body increase your likelihood of developing neck pain.

    Exercise Tip: One of the most important exercises for preventing neck pain is rowing.

     

(Article Published On: April 02, 2012)
The Institute of Chiropractic & Acupuncture Therapy provides care in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas including West Jordan, South Jordan, Sandy, Draper, Taylorsville, Murray, Riverton, Herriman, Bluffdale, Cottonwood Heights, Holiday, Millcreek, West Valley City, and South Salt Lake.  We also provide service to patients that come from the Utah County area and as far north as Logan, and even some from out of state…come experience the difference at The Institute!

Chiropractors and Exercise Are Better than Drugs says Research

November 8, 2016, 3:45 pm

Chiropractors and Exercise Are Better than Drugs says Research…whiplash, woman in pain holding neck

If you visit a conventional physician for pain, there’s a very good chance you’ll leave with a prescription for a medication, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs like Ibuprofen), acetaminophen (Tylenol) and even opioids (OxyContin, Vicodin, etc.).  These are the go-to treatment for pain in the modern medical world.

However, there are better options than drugs for neck pain, not only in terms of pain relief, but also in helping to treat the underlying cause of the pain so that healing can truly occur. Wellness doctors such as chiropractors and osteopathic physicians (DOs) have helped millions of patients achieve pain relief without drugs.

Study Shows Exercises and Chiropractic Care Beat Drugs for Neck Pain

According to a study published in 2012 in the Annals of Internal Medicine and funded by the National Institutes of Health, medication is not the best option for treating neck pain.

After following 272 neck-pain patients for 12 weeks, those who used a chiropractor or exercise were more than twice as likely to be pain free compared to those who took medication.

Specifically:

  • 32 percent who received chiropractic care became pain free
  • 30 percent of those who exercised became pain free
  • 13 percent of those treated with medication became pain free

Researchers concluded:

“For participants with acute and subacute neck pain, SMT [spinal manipulation therapy] (in other words, a chiropractic adjustment) was more effective than medication in both the short and long term. However, a few instructional sessions of HEA [home exercise with advice] resulted in similar outcomes at most time points.”

In the case of neck pain, and many other kinds of pain, the underlying cause is often related to body mechanics (posture) or misalignments in your spine.  Addressing your posture, exercising, and chiropractic care is very effective at relieving the pain and addressing the underlying cause. If you have chronic pain of any kind, please understand that there are many safe and effective alternatives to prescription and over-the-counter painkillers.  These may require some patience as exercising, good posture habits, and chiropractic adjustments take time to help the body heal from a chronic problem that took months or even years to develop.

To see the full article containing information on this study and more about chiropractic care and specific exercises, please click HERE.

For more information on how chiropractic and wellness care can help you, please see our home page HERE.

Chiropractic: For MORE than Just Neck and Back Pain

October 8, 2016, 3:17 pm

Chiropractors have tremendous success treating neck pain, back pain, and headaches.  However, chiropractic can help many other health conditions not typically associated with chiropractic.

Many people come to The Institute of Chiropractic and Acupuncture Therapy because they have had little or no response to medical treatment or other chiropractic treatments.  Here are some common conditions we see in our clinic that have had successful outcomes with chiropractic treatments:

Headaches              chiropractic adjustment, hands        Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Back and neck pain           Fibromyalgia

Auto injuries/whiplash        Hormone Imbalances

Sports Injuries                  Digestive issues

Depression                       Allergies

Arthritis

There are many different chiropractic techniques that can be used for adjustments.  At The Institute some of the specific chiropractic techniques and methods Dr. Burrup has been trained in include Gonstead, Activator, Diversified, Thompson, Toggle Recoil, Nimmo, sports injury and extremity adjustment.

The goal of our clinic is to help our patients become empowered with their health, achieving their optimal wellness goals.  If you are suffering needlessly from pain, have a condition that has not responded well to medical care or other chiropractic treatments, or are trying to achieve optimal wellness in your life, chiropractic can help you on the road back to better health!

Dr. Trent Burrup is a chiropractor who provides care in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas including Sandy, Draper, South Jordan, West Jordan, Murray, and all other Salt Lake Metro areas. Come experience the difference at The Institute!

10 Ways to Prevent Neck Pain

August 31, 2016, 11:58 am

We found a great article on Neck Pain Prevention from www.healthcentral.com. In addition to regular chiropractic visits, these are things you can do every day to prevent neck pain.

Life can be a real pain in the neck. Don’t let it happen to you! Here are  10 ways to prevent neck pain from slowing your life down.whiplash, woman in pain holding neck

  • 1.      Beware of Bifocal and Trifocal Glasses: If you are reading this through the bottom section of your glasses, then you are likely positioning your head and neck in an awkward position to do so. The best way to avoiding pinching your neck in order to utilize all portions of your prescription lenses is to have dedicated mono-focal prescription lenses that you can use for reading.

     

    2.      Adjust your Computer Screen to You: If your computer monitor is too high, you will be looking up for hours. If your computer monitor is too low, you will be looking down for hours. These sustained postures are likely to cause a pain in your neck. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has some great tips to help you adjust your monitor and prevent neck pain.

     

    3.      Monitor Your Chin: Maintaining a neutral, stress-free posture when reading or using a computer can be simple if you monitor the position of your chin. If your chin is more than a five finger breadths away from your chest, that means that you’re arching your neck. If your chin is less than three finger breadths away from your chest, then that means that you’re flexing your neck. Check with your doctor or physical therapist to find the best position for your chin and neck.

     

    4.      Keep Your Shoulders Back and Your Chest Forward: The shoulders provide the base of support for your neck. Shoulders that drift to far forward, as the chest caves in, causes the head and neck to careening forward as if you were a turtle. Without a good foundation of support starting with your upper torso and shoulders, the neck tends to crumble.

     

    5.      Maintain Good Shoulder Strength: The shoulders are a foundation of support, and because of this they need to be strong. Good muscle tone especially between the shoulder blades, where the rhomboid muscles reside, is critical for preventing neck pain.

     

    6.      Use Arm Rests Whenever Possible: No matter how strong your shoulder and neck muscles are, you need to give them a rest sometimes. Armrests are an important way to keep the weight of your arms from constantly pulling on the neck muscles. Fatigue in these muscles eventually causes pain.

     

    7.      Use a Good Supportive Pillow: While you are sleeping, you need to maintain good sleep posture. A pillow that is too thin can cause your head to reach for the pillow. A pillow that is too thick can force your neck to bend a certain direction all night. If you wake up with neck pain, try a different pillow.

     

    8.      Adjust the Vehicle Headrest to a Proper Height: The Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS) recommends that the vehicle headrest be positioned at the center of your head. In the event of a sudden stop, the headrest can then help to prevent the neck from whipping back and forth.

     

    9.      DO NOT SMOKE: Smoking is the fastest way to ruin your spine! According to a study reported in Spine 2004, spinal discs can degenerate very rapidly in smokers. A smoker’s spine does not heal quickly after an injury or surgery if at all. In fact, if you quit smoking now, you will probably have less pain later.

     

    10.   Watch Your Weight: You may not realize that your body weight affects your neck, but it sure does. Your arms get heavier and your breasts get heavier as you gain weight. Furthermore, your shoulder blades spread apart as you gain weight also. All of these changes in an obese body increase your likelihood of developing neck pain.

     

    Exercise Tip: One of the most important exercises for preventing neck pain is rowing.

     

(Article Published On: April 02, 2012)
The Institute of Chiropractic & Acupuncture Therapy provides care in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas including West Jordan, South Jordan, Sandy, Draper, Taylorsville, Murray, Riverton, Herriman, Bluffdale, Cottonwood Heights, Holiday, Millcreek, West Valley City, and South Salt Lake.  We also provide service to patients that come from the Utah County area and as far north as Logan, and even some from out of state…come experience the difference at The Institute!

Chiropractic: Got a Pain in the Neck?

August 1, 2016, 5:01 pm

Neck Pain, woman holding neckl

Is it hard to look to the right or left? Is there a constant throbbing in your neck or head? Do you notice a “grinding” sound when turning your head?

Neck Pain is one of the most common reasons that people visit their chiropractic or medical doctor.  A common response to neck pain is taking pain pills or muscle relaxers. However, neck pain isn’t caused by a lack of medication!

Studies show that one of the most effective treatments for neck pain is chiropractic adjustments. A chiropractor can find the underlying cause of your neck pain.  Chiropractors use specific chiropractic adjustments to restore proper function of the neck.  With improved function, neck pain is often diminished or totally disappears, without drugs and their potential side effects.

Other remedies for neck pain include heat/ice and massage.  While these therapies can do a lot to decrease neck pain (and we highly recommend them!), they will not actually correct the underlying problem.  We recommend them in addition to receiving adjustments by your chiropractor.

You don’t have to live with Neck Pain!  Look into chiropractic today and see what it can to do help you!

For more information on Chiropractic and how it can help your Neck Pain, CLICK HERE.

The Institute of Chiropractic & Acupuncture Therapy provides chiropractic and wellness care in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas including West Jordan, South Jordan, Sandy, Draper, Taylorsville, Murray, Riverton, Herriman, Bluffdale, Cottonwood Heights, Holiday, Millcreek, West Valley City, and South Salt Lake.  We also provide service to patients that come from the Utah County area and as far north as Logan, and even some from out of state…come experience the difference at The Institute!

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Chiropractic: Do you have a Pain In The Neck?

April 11, 2016, 4:42 pm

Neck Pain, woman holding necklIs it hard to look to the left or right? Is there a constant throbbing in your head or neck? Do you notice a “grinding” sound when turning your head?

Neck Pain is one of the most common reasons people visit their chiropractic or medical doctor.  A common response to neck pain is taking pain pills or muscle relaxers to cover up the problem. However, neck pain isn’t caused by a lack of pain pills!

Studies show that one of the most effective treatments for neck pain is chiropractic adjustments. A chiropractor can find the underlying cause of your neck pain.  Chiropractors use specific chiropractic adjustments to restore proper function of the neck.  With improved function, neck pain often diminished or totally disappears, without drugs and their potential side effects.

Other remedies for neck pain include heat/ice and massage.  While these therapies can do a lot to lessen neck pain (and we highly recommend them), they will not actually correct the problem as a chiropractic adjustment can.  We recommend them in addition to receiving adjustments by your chiropractor.

You don’t have to live with Neck Pain!  Look into chiropractic today and see what it can to do help you!

For more information on Chiropractic and how it can help your Neck Pain, CLICK HERE.

The Institute of Chiropractic & Acupuncture Therapy provides chiropractic and wellness care in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas including West Jordan, South Jordan, Sandy, Draper, Taylorsville, Murray, Riverton, Herriman, Bluffdale, Cottonwood Heights, Holiday, Millcreek, West Valley City, and South Salt Lake.  We also provide service to patients that come from the Utah County area and as far north as Logan, and even some from out of state…come experience the difference at The Institute!

Image courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net