Category Archives: Neck pain

Reduce Neck Pain By Sleeping on The Right Pillow!

Neck Pillow Can Help Reduce Neck Pain

How Does Your Pillow Stack Up?

I am always asked by patients, “What pillow do you recommend?” or “What is the Best Pillow that can help me wake up without a stiff neck?”

Sleep is by far one of the most important things for health and well being!  However if the spine is not supported properly during the large amounts of time spent sleeping in a bed, neck and back pain can result.

I find that most of my patients are not supporting their spines during sleep.  They are either propping their heads up with too many pillows when sleeping on their backs or are not giving themselves enough support when sleeping on their sides.  The reason for this is that most “regular” pillows just don’t cut it.

It is recommended that you either sleep on your back or on your side.  Stomach sleeping isn’t really recommended due to the neck rotating too much.  Sleeping on your stomach frequently can increase your chances of having neck pain and neck problems.

There are many different neck pillows on the market.  All have claims about how wonderful they are and how you will achieve blissful sleep if you purchase them.  The most important thig to consider when selecting a pillow is if it can support proper spinal alignment when sleeping on your side and on your back.  There is only one pillow that I have found that is able to do both and is comfortable.

Proper Spinal Alignment when sleeping on back

Proper Spinal Alignment When Sleeping on Your Back.

My pillow of choice is the Therapeutica Pillow.  I have been personally sleeping on this brand of pillow since 1998.  The pillow doesn’t look like your average cervical pillow, because it is designed to accommodate both side sleeping and back sleeping.  You can see in the picture that is has two larger blocks on either end with an area in the middle that is cut out so the neck can be properly supported when lying on the back.  The ends are larger to support the spine when in a side lying position.  When sleeping on your side it is important to have a pillow that is as big as the distance from your shoulder to your neck.  We measure this distance to match you up with the correct size.

Proper Spinal Alignment When Sleeping on Your Side

Proper Spinal Alignment When Sleeping on Your Side.

I recommend you check your current pillow to see if it supports your spinal alignment as shown in the pictures.  Most people are propping themselves up with multiple pillows or bending a pillow in half to try to get comfortable.  If you are not sure if your pillow is doing the job and want to get our opinion, we are happy to help.  Bring your pillow in and we will put it to the test.

If you have any more questions please give one of our Three Synergy Institute Locations and we can help get you sleeping better.  Stop wrestling with your pillow every night and let us help you get some rest!

If you are suffering from neck pain it may also be a good idea to get a check up to see if there isn’t something more going on that would need to be addressed.  Proper spinal support during sleep is a great start but is never a substitute for proper care.  Find out more about our Natural Treatments for Neck Pain available at our Naperville and Aurora Pain Relief Clinics. We offer many different treatments that can help relieve neck pain and headaches.

Naperville / Bolingbrook                   630-355-8022

Naperville / Plainfield                        630-922-5790

Aurora / Montgomery / Oswego     630-236-4876

Top 5 Natural Treatments for Headache Relief!

Get Relief From Headaches Naturally!

There is nothing worse than a splitting headache.  Life can really be difficult, almost impossible at times if you suffer from headaches on a regular basis.  The aching and throbbing make it tough to do anything, not to mention the tight muscles and neck pain that can be associated with a headache.  Life is so much better without a headache.

Headaches come in all shapes and sizes, and there are many different types and causes.  The good news is that for most common headaches, there are some amazing treatments that are all natural and can give you relief without taking medications or having to undergo risky procedures.

I have put together the top 5 natural headache relieving treatments available at Synergy Institute.  These treatments all address the various causes and symptoms of most headaches including sinus headaches, tension headaches, and migraine headaches.

Here are my top 5 Recommended Natural Treatments for Headache Relief.

  1. Chiropractic Care: This is usually where I recommend people start in the quest for headache relief.  A Chiropractor can listen to your symptoms and examine you to see if any of your spinal bones may be out of alignment causing mechanical pressure in the head and neck.  Any spinal misalignment can nerve irritation and tight muscles.   An x-ray is also a valuable part of the examination that allows the Chiropractor to see the exact position of the spinal bines and if there is anything out of alignment.  Chiropractic has been my number one tool in headache relief!
  2. Acupuncture:  Acupuncture has also been very successful with headache relief.  After a consultation and evaluation the acupuncturist then determines a course of action based upon what seems to be out of balance.  The treatment consists of the insertion of very tiny needles into very specific points that allow the body’s energy to move back to normal.  Acupuncture does not hurt and patients usually become more relaxed than ever during treatment.
  3. Diet – Nutrition-Food Sensitivity:  This is a pretty big subject area to cover, but I do want to mention it because it is a very important and even some simple dietary changes can make a huge impact on headache relief.  I will just bring up a few key points to consider.  It is important to identify if the patient is eating foods on a regular basis that they may be causing irritation.  Identifying those offender and removing them for a treatment period can be very effective.  In addition to removing foods that cause sensitivities, it is also important to remove harmful foods like sugars, soda, refined foods, processed foods, tobacco, and chemicals etc. that are being consumed.  Headaches can result when the body becomes toxic or poisoned from these substances.  The next thing to address is eating a balanced diet with lots of vegetables and adequate protein and making sure basic supplements like a high quality multivitamin and fish oil are part of that regimen.  DON’T underestimate the power of the food that you put in your body.
  4. K Laser Therapy:  K Laser Therapy is a new laser treatment that we have been using for many different conditions like joint pain, tight muscles, arthritis, swelling, tendonitis, and bursitis.  It is a class IV laser therapy that reduces inflammation and pain.  It also helps to relax the muscles and quickly break up trigger points in the treated area.  We use a specific headache relief protocol on the head and neck and even have an additional protocol for sinus headache  This treatment is even popular in veterinary medicine to help animals get relief.
  5. Spinal Decompression:  Spinal Decompression has been helpful to patients that have headaches as a result of degenerative disc disease and other disc problems such as herniations and bulges.  The treatment gently and comfortably stretches the spine to remove the compressive force that causes the pinching of the spinal nerves.  After a series of treatments the discs become more hydrated the spaces between the bones increases.  Most of our clients tolerate decompression well and love the increased range of motion they have afterward.

Of course there are many more options for natural headache relief, but these just happen to be my favorite and most common secret weapons in the war against headaches and are always a great place to start.  Each patient is different and we make sure that we are matching up the right treatments for their exact needs.  We only recommend the specific treatments that can be helpful for the individual.

If you suffer from headaches and would like to find out if any of these natural treatment can help sign up for our Pain Relief Special and then call one of our three convenient locations to schedule your appointment.

If you know someone suffering from headaches, please share this article with them so they may have the benefit of natural headache relief!

Naperville / Plainfield Headache Relief        630-922-5790

Naperville / Bolingbrook Headache Relief    630-355-8022

Aurora / Oswego Headache Relief             630-236-4874

Sign up for our FREE Pain Relief Special

Adjustments From a Chiropractor and Exercises are More Effective Than Pain Pills for Neck Pain Relief.

Neck Pain Naperville and Aurora

Adjustments from a Chiropractor and Exercises are More Effective Than Pain Pills For Neck Pain.

If you are suffering from neck pain then you may want to consider spinal adjustments and therapeutic exercises first  According to the latest research conclusion,  Chiropractic Adjustments and Therapeutic Exercises are more effective for pain relief than taking pain Pills.

Chiropractic Adjustments and Therapeutic Exercises address the cause of neck pain as compared to making the pain symptoms with pain medication.  By fixing the problem, normal function can be restored.  Over time, due to mechanical stress and injury the spinal bones can become misaligned and begin to put pressure on the spinal nerves and cause the surrounding muscles to lock up.

If these spinal problems go undetected for long periods of time, permanent degeneration of the spine can result.  The best course of treatment is to fix the problem  and not just cover it up with pain pills.

Most Pain Medications have a long list of potential side effects, many of which are significant.  The dangerous side effects can impair your health even further.

Here is the Article by Brian Forer for ABC NEWS

Neck Pain: Chiropractors, Exercise Better Than Medication, Study Says

When it comes to neck pain the best medicine is no medicine at all according to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, tracked 272 patients with recent-onset neck pain who were treated using three different methods:
A Chiropractor
After 12 weeks the patients who used a chiropractor or exercised were more than twice as likely to be pain free compared to those who relied on medicine.

The patients treated by a chiropractor experienced the highest rate of success with 32 percent saying they were pain free, compared to 30 percent of those who exercised. Only 13 percent of patients treated with medication said they no longer experienced pain.

“Doesn’t surprise me a bit,” Dr. Lee Green, professor of family medicine at the University of Michigan told ABC News. “Neck pain is a mechanical problem, and it makes sense that mechanical treatment works better than a chemical one.”

Dr. John Messmer who specializes in family medicine at Penn State College of Medicine agrees.

“I always prescribe exercises and/or physical therapy for neck pain,” he wrote. “I also tell patients that the exercises are the treatment and the drugs are for the symptoms.”

The exercises prescribed to patients in the study were simple and designed to be performed at home with the help of instructional photos.

Synergy Institute has been offering the best in Chiropractic Care and Physical Therapy for over ten years and have found that combining both of these effective techniques for neck pain relief work very well.  It is our mission to help people heal and recover as fast as possible from conditions such as back pain and neck pain without using harmful medications or risky surgery.

Chronic neck problems can result in severe neck pain, headaches, radiculopathy into the arms and hands, disc bulges, disc herniations, and disc degeneration.  Periodic spinal check ups can help detect mechanical problems in the neck and upper back.  Correcting Spinal Problems when they are small can prevent permanent spinal degeneration and injury.

Call Synergy Institute today for a free spinal evaluation if you or someone you know are suffering from neck pain.  We can help you get neck pain relief with spinal adjustments and therapeutic neck exercise.

We have three convenient Locations to Help You.

Naperville / Plainfield – 630-922-5790

Naperville / Bolingbrook – 630-355-8022

Aurora / Montgomery / Oswego – 630-236-4876

Visit Our Home Page for More Information.

Neck Pain Relief

Natural Neck Pain Relief Program Available in Naperville and Aurora!

Neck Pain Relief

Get Natural Relief From Neck Pain!

For those of you that suffer from neck pain, you know how debilitating this condition can be.  Neck Pain can get in the way of work and daily activities.  Many neck pain sufferers are looking for a natural solution for neck pain relief.

A Spinal Problem in the Neck Can cause the following symptoms.

  • Neck Pain
  • Headaches
  • Tight muscles
  • Decreased Range of Motion
  • Chronic Stiffness
  • Arm & Wrist Pain

Neck Pain and these associated symptoms are far to common today and many people hope that their neck pain will just go away.  Some even start taking medication on a regular basis just to get relief.  This is a very dangerous road to go down, because pain medication is only covering up the symptom, not getting to the root cause of the problem.

The most important fact a neck pain sufferer must know is that Spinal Problems can get worse over time if not found and corrected.  Stop ignoring your neck pain and get it checked today!  Imagine How much better you will feel!

Synergy Institute can help you find out what is causing your neck pain, headaches, and tight muscles with a neck pain consultation and evaluation.  One of our Chiropractors or Physical Therapists will listen to your problem, ask a few questions, examine you, and possible take an x-ray.  In most cases, we will be able to tell you right away what is going on.

For more complex cases, and people with chronic conditions such as disc degeneration, herniated discs, bulging discs, and spinal stenosis additional studies and advanced treatments may be necessary.  If you happen to have prior MRI’s etc., we would love to take a look at them to offer a second opinion.  We have introduced many disc patients to new treatment options they didn’t know existed.

Our treatment program is different at Synergy Institute because we take an integrative approach combining Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, and Therapeutic massage.  We also have some cutting edge treatments available like Spinal Disc Decompression and K Laser Therapy that can help get relief for the more stubborn disc cases.

We treat each patient like an individual and do not take a one size fits all approach.  Our treatment programs consist of recommendations that specifically target the different areas of dysfunction.  We have treatments and therapies that consider tight muscles, weak muscles, spinal misalignment, nutritional contribution, and disc health.

Because our treatment approach at Synergy Institute is multi-dimensional, we can help get patients better faster and stay better longer.  We also only recommend the treatments that can help you.

What are you waiting for?  Synergy Institute has Three Convenient Locations that can help you get Neck Pain Relief.

Naperville / Plainfield / Bolingbrook – 630-355-8022

Take Advantage of Our Neck Pain Relief Special Today!