More about Longo Chiropractic

Reasons to see a Chiropractor

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Chiropractors are notorious for our results when it comes to resolving back pain. Even Consumer Reports rated Chiropractic the #1 solution to lower back pain over medical care, pharmaceuticals, acupuncture and physical therapy. Numerous studies show how patients seeking chiropractic care for low back pain get relief faster and the results last longer over time.

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Chiropractic’s history with neck pain is just as impressive as our results with lower back pain. Recently, ABC news conducted a study which revealed that Chiropractic adjustments are superior to pharmaceuticals and physical therapy when it comes to neck pain. Similar to the back pain studies, they found chiropractic patients recovered twice as fast as those receiving traditional medical care.

3. Pain,Tingling and/or Numbness in an Extremity-
These patients who are suffering with Sciatica(in legs or feet), or a Cervical Radiculopathy(in arm or hand) usually seek medical intervention first due to the pain and discomfort. They eventually find their way to the chiropractor after these methods fail and the only other alternative is surgery. Chiropractic aims to remove the pressure on the nerves affected, thereby addressing the cause instead of covering up the symptoms. In most cases, Chiropractic can delay or even eliminate the need for drugs or surgery.

4. Headaches/ Migraines- relief and prevention-
Headaches are a very common condition, but they are never “normal”. They are a sign that you have excessive stress on your central nervous system. Chiropractic has been shown to help with all sorts of headaches. From the classic Migrains to Trigeminal Neuralgia, or Tic Deloroux. Chiropractic does not treat headaches. The Adjustments remove pressure off of nerves and allow the entire body to function better. As a result, many headaches tend to dissipate or even disappear. There is also published research on it’s effectiveness. If headaches are plaguing you, Chiropractic is a logical place to start.

5. Easier Pregnancy and Labor- 
Moms-to-be have been finding relief at the chiropractor for all sorts of common issues during pregnancy. Conditions such as back pain, heartburn & circulation problems all been shown to improve under chiropractic care. Patients who see chiropractors have also been shown to have shorter and less painful deliveries! This makes for happy moms, especially those choosing natural child births.

6. Improved Range of Motion and Peak Performance-
Many athletes see chiropractors on a regular basis. Professional athletes in every sport have endorsed chiropractic and given it credit, in part, to their level of success. Chiropractic helps the musculoskeletal system to perform more balanced. This tends to reduce injury and recover from it faster. People such as Tiger Woods, Jerry Rice, Evander Holyfield, Lance Armstrong and many others include Chiropractic as part of their lifestyle.

7. Healthier Children-
Mom and Dads have found relief in other ways through Chiropractic. More and more parents have been bringing their children to see the chiropractor for multiple reasons. Chiropractic care has helped many children recover from conditions such as acid reflux, ear infections, colic, asthma, ADD, ADHD and even Autism. It has an impeccable record when it comes to safety as well. Again, Chiropractic does NOT offer to diagnose or treat these conditions or any others. The chiropractic adjustment removes interferences in the central nervous system, allowing the entire body to express itself at a higher level. EVEN IN CHILDREN!

8. Relief from Menstrual Problems-
Due to the nervous system’s control over the menstrual cycle, chiropractic has helped women with not only the level of pain, but also abnormal cycles and even infertility. More mature women have also found relief in their menopausal symptoms. Are you starting to see why 80% of chiropractic patients are women?

9. Relief from Allergies-
Another issue people see chiropractors for, is Allergies and other sinus and respiratory issues. The efficiency of your Immune System to fight off allergens and infection is largely dependent on the integrity of your Central Nervous System. Chiropractic patients perceive less overall symptoms due to seasonal allergies without the need for over the counter medication.

10. Improved Overall Function-
As you can probably gather from the previous 9 reasons, the theme is pretty similar. The Power that Made the Body, Heals the Body. Chiropractic focuses on removing nerve interference called Subluxation, thereby improving the function and integrity of the entire body and mind. Since your Nervous System controls and coordinates all function, stresses in that system can create a state of dis-ease, which leads to dysfunction and eventually a symptom. Chiropractors do not treat symptoms. We focus on the cause and on removing the interferences in the normal transmission of mental impulses from brain to body, and body to brain. Then your body can get all the information it needs in order to function the best that it can. That is why 80% of the patients I see on a daily basis are feeling great! They come in for regular monthly visits in order to maintain that level of health and expression.

So, you see. There is much more to chiropractic than just a “crick” in the neck. Unfortunately that’s what most people think. Trends these days are changing though. More people are seeing the problem with over medicating and covering up symptoms. People are turning to more natural forms of healthcare and focusing on prevention through diet and exercise. Chiropractic is the leading alternative to the Allopathic, or Medical paradigm, and they’ve been teaching this lifestyle for over a century. So, don’t wait until you’re in pain to see a chiropractor. That’s like waiting until you have a cavity to see your dentist!

Reference:
Virginia Hill Chiropractic, K. Peterson,October 3, 2012

Longo Chiropractic and the Deep Tissue Laser Center of Milwaukee

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CLINICALLY PROVEN

Laser Therapy is clinically proven as an effective treatment for pain and inflammation.  Able to penetrate to deep tissue structures, it has the ability to treat a wide variety of both acute and chronic conditions.

ALTERNATIVE TO DRUGS AND SURGERY

The non-invasive nature of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy provides a solution for those who are looking for alternatives to prescription drugs and surgery.

THE RIGHT DELIVERY METHOD

Deep tissue conditions are treated especially well using the LightForce™ Therapy Laser’s patented Laser-Massage® treatment head.  This patented feature allows the practitioner to deliver energy while manipulating underlying tissue and muscle thus enhancing the effectiveness of the treatment.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Patients feel a soothing warmth as laser energy gently penetrates tissue and boosts your body’s own regeneration powers to relieve your pain.  Treatments are painless and fast (5 to 10 min).

Results can be immediate but the most observed results are after 3 to 5 treatment sessions.  The body continues to benefit from the effects of the therapy for 18-24 hours after treatment.  During this time, modulated cellular activity leads to decreased pain and inflammation.

SEE IF DEEP TISSUE LASER THERAPY IS RIGHT FOR YOU

Providing a solution that didn’t exist before, Deep Tissue Laser Therapy has become a preferred by those who have long sought relief without success.  Its ability to impact pain on a cellular level provides pain relief for complex and simple conditions alike.

Contact us today for a consultation to determine if laser therapy is right for you.   Get back in action today, with Deep Tissue Laser Therapy.

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This Saturday….Birkie Fever

Dr. Longo takes on the Birkie this Saturday!
His thoughts as he heads to Hayward!

Prepare and stay loose. After we will head to Hayward to watch the Professional sprint races! These skiers are the best of the best and just fly! Then we’re off to the  Expo hall, where we get our packets full of swag and our bibs. The Expo has many venders of ski stuff that are hard to resist!

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When you’ve got Birkie Fever, the only cure is more cowbell!

About the Spectators:
The Birkie has the most amazing spectators & fans. From cowbells to banners, Birkie visitors cheer on skiers at every Birkie event thoughout the week. If you’re a Birkie mega-fan, or if you have a friend or family member who is, we’ve got everything here to prepare for the best race week ever!

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Living the Birkie Lifestyle

What is it that defines the intangible Birkie Fever?

For some it’s the visceral anticipation of the challenge, mingled with apprehension, woven with an unspoken camaraderie as fellow adrenaline junkeis make their pilgrimage through he hardwood forest along the Birkie Trail. For others it’s the annual tradition of family and friends escaping to the north woods, it’s the sound of drums thrumming along the trail, a celebratory post-race shot-ski, or the ringing of cowbells announcing the sweet taste of success. It’s the palpable sensation of determination and accomplishment in the air. For those with Birkie Fever, it’s more than a race- it’s a feeling held close all year through. Whether skiing, biking, running or trekking- here’s to hitting the trail and catching Birkie Fever!

Reference: The Birch Scroll, view entire magazine here.


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2014 American Birkebeiner

What is the Birkie?

  • Spans 51 kilometers from Cable to Hayward for Skaters, and 55K for Classic Skiers
  • North America’s largest cross-country ski marathon
  • Attracts over 10,000 Birkie/Korte skiers
  • Part of the Worldloppet circuit of 20 international ski marathons and part of the American Ski Marathon series of 13 races.


Source:Yahoo! Sports Report

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Intro to the Birkie

As Dr. Longo prepares for the Birkebeiner- here is a introduction to amazing race!

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A Humble Beginning. 

The year was 1206 and Norway was in the midst of a civil war when Birkebeiner skiers, so called for their protective birch bard leggings, skied through the treacherous mountains and rugged forests of Norway’s Ostendalen valley, smuggling Prince Haakon, the son of King Sverresson and Inga of Vartieg, to safety. The flight took the Birkebeiners and prince from Lillehammer to safety in the town of Trondheim. Ina of Vartieg never became the queen as the prince’s father was killed before he could return for her in vertigo. Norwegian history credits the Birkebeiners’ bravery with preserving the life of the boy who later became Norway’s King. Harken Haakonson IV and forever changed Northern Europes’ history by his reign.

The story and painting of the flight were the inspiration for the first Bierkenbeiner ski race held in Norway in 1932. To this day, Norwegian skiers still carry a pack, symbolizing the weight of an 18-month old child, in the Worldlopper’s Norweigian Birkebeiner Renner race.

Reference: The Birch Scroll

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Training for the Birkie!

Dr. Longo is in training for the Birkie.
Here are some great stretches for you to do before you head out for outside sports!

Prevent Injury – Approximately 3 Minutes

Warm up by walking for several minutes with a big arm swing before stretching.

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5 seconds – 3 times

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10 seconds each side

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10 seconds

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10 seconds each side

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10-15 seconds each leg

quad stretch

10-15 seconds each leg

groin stetch

15-20 seconds

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Chiropractic for Back Pain

What Does Chiropractic for Back Pain Involve?spinepain
A chiropractor first takes a medical history, performs a physical examination, and may use lab tests or diagnostic imaging to determine if treatment is appropriate for your back pain.

The treatment plan may involve one or more manual adjustments in which the doctor manipulates the joints, using a controlled, sudden force to improve range and quality of motion. Many chiropractors also incorporate nutritional counseling and exercise/rehabilitation into the treatment plan. The goals of chiropractic care include the restoration of function and prevention of injury in addition to back pain relief.

What Are the Benefits and Risks of Chiropractic Care?
Spinal manipulation and chiropractic care is generally considered a safe, effective treatment for acute low back pain, the type of sudden injury that results from moving furniture or getting tackled. Acute back pain, which is more common than chronic pain, lasts no more than six weeks and typically gets better on its own.

Research has also shown chiropractic to be helpful in treating neck pain and headaches. In addition, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia may respond to the moderate pressure used both by chiropractors and practitioners of deep tissue massage

People who have osteoporosis, spinal cord compression, or inflammatory arthritis, or who take blood-thinning medications should not undergo spinal manipulation. In addition, patients with a history of cancer should first obtain clearance from their medical doctor before undergoing spinal manipulation.

All treatment is based on an accurate diagnosis of your back pain. The chiropractor should be well informed regarding your medical history, including ongoing medical conditions, current medications, traumatic/surgical history, and lifestyle factors. Although rare, there have been cases in which treatment worsened a herniated or slipped disc, or neck manipulation resulted in stroke or spinal cord injury. To be safe, always inform your primary health care provider whenever you use chiropractic or other pain relief alternatives.

Source: WebMD

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You Can Take Charge of Your Health

Responsibility – You Can Take Charge of Your Health

Responsibility – Please read the following definitions prior to reading the essay.
Responsibilitylegally or ethically accountable for the care and welfare of another.
Primary – occurring first in time or sequence; earliest; original.
Cause – that which produces an effect, or result or consequence.
Determine – to decide or settle conclusively and authoritatively.
Perspective – any of various techniques for representing three-dimensional objects and depth relations on a two-dimensional surface; any picture in perspective.
Susceptible – readily subject to an influence, agency or force.
Cope – to contend or strive.
Dysfunction – disordered or impaired functioning of a bodily system or organ.
Predicament – a troublesome, embarrassing situation or ludicrous situation.

You are personally responsible for your own health.To be responsible for one’s own health requires that one shift his/her attitude to one of ownership of the condition of one’s body. It assumes that the individual is willing to consider himself or herself the primary cause over their health.
To consider oneself the cause of their health is to assume that one’s own actions determine how healthy one will be. With this perspective, the individual shift from blaming either the environment or their body for the condition of their health.

For example, if one smokes cigarettes for ten years and developed heart disease or lung cancer, they are responsible for the fact that their own bad habits caused the problem. If we recognize that a person must first be susceptible to disease before one gets it, then our bad habits can lead us to be susceptible to colds, ulcers, infections, etc. If one fails to eat properly, cope successfully with emotional stress, exercise and do those things that promote an elevated resistance to body dysfunction, then you, in effect can cause your own ill health.

This is also true when one develops allergies, multiple sclerosis or diabetes, seemingly out of nowhere. Such conditions, however, do not develop out of nowhere. Although the symptom complex from which the disease is named may arise quickly, the body must first go through several stages of breakdown before the condition manifest. Physical, chemical or emotional stress beyond the body’s ability to cope leads to neurological imbalance, then body dysfunction and lowered resistance and ultimately symptoms and disease. In the case of a traumatic injury from an accident, you are responsible for taking those steps to regain your health.

Being responsible for one’s own health would require the individual to move towards a lifestyle that promotes their own well-being. Any loss of health would lead the individual to analyze their own conduct physically and mentally that may have led to their current predicament. obviously, the way to prevent ill health is to deal successfully with life’s stresses as well as removing neurotic imbalance before it causes lowered resistance and dysfunction.

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