Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Back Pain


Back pain is something that many people suffer from at some point in their lifetime. It can stem from a vigorous workout, lifting something heavy, moving the wrong way, or as a result of sleeping in a wrong position. When the pain in your back is uncomplicated it will usually heal on its own in a couple of days with rest. However, joint mechanics or muscle balance may still be off making another injury easier and more likely to happen.


If your pain lingers or if it is a result of a spinal disc injury, the condition may be more troublesome. Spinal disc injuries are quite common and can be really painful. They come in different shapes and sizes:
thin in height and bulge broadly like a squished ice cream sandwich 
air bubble from a scuffed car tire 
herniated and pronounced like a mushroom shape

The bigger the disc herniation the greater chance it puts pressure on nerves (sciatic nerve) affecting buttocks, the groin or the legs all the way to your toes causing:

pain
tingling / pins and needles
numbness (can’t feel touch)
muscle weakness 

In either case, it means that it’s time to visit Personal Care Chiropractic & Massage. Finding the exact source of your back pain can be difficult but you can rely on our multifaceted training, expertise and over 2 decades experience.  Our facility also offers specific hand guided traction equipment that specializes in reducing disc bulging and herniation and reduces pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Depending on the cause and severity of your back pain, Dr. Nicholas Stamoulos at Personal Care Chiropractic & Massage may recommend a spinal adjustment and spinal manipulation of your vertebrae to alleviate your symptoms. An adjustment refers to Dr. Nicholas Stamoulos applying manipulation with their hands to vertebrae that have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally. The objective of this treatment is to reduce the subluxation with the goals of increasing range of motion, reducing nerve irritability and improving overall function. As a result, this enables you to get back to living your life without having to rely on painkillers. 

If you are struggling with back pain, please give us a call to discuss your treatment options. To learn about services we provide at the office, visit www.painlessbody.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Nicholas Stamoulos at Personal Care Chiropractic & Massage in Arlington, MA, call 781-641-4482.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Chiropractic Examinations

At Personal Care Chiropractic & Massage, the focus of Dr. Nicholas Stamoulos is to provide superior care for each patient to achieve full recovery from aches and pains. Even if you think you feel good, our staff is here to make you feel better. When you first visit our office, you’ll notice that a chiropractic examination is very similar to a standard examination that you may receive at your primary care physician’s office. An initial chiropractic exam will typically have three parts: a consultation, case history, and physical examination.

The consultation will consist of the patient meeting with Dr. Nicholas Stamoulos to provide a brief synopsis of the pain he or she is experiencing and/or what brings them to the office in the first place. This is when you describe your areas of pain, as well as your duration and frequency of symptoms. During the second part of the exam, you will discuss your case history. This provides patients with the opportunity to outline the family history, dietary habits, and occupational history. The final step of the chiropractic exam includes the physical examination to test your range of motion. Dr.Nicholas Stamoulos will have you perform a series of mobility tests before recommending treatment options.

If you think you may benefit from chiropractic treatment, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at our office, visit www.painlessbody.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Nicholas Stamoulos at Personal Care Chiropractic & Massage in Arlington, MA, call 781.641.4482.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Chiropractic Massage Therapy

Personal Care Chiropractic & Massage offers a multifaceted approach to chiropractic care that includes massage.  Massage therapy may sound indulgent, but has many benefits to your chiropractic health and shouldn’t be overlooked as a form of treatment. Chiropractic massage therapy uses massage to relax the body, allowing a doctor to more easily realign problem areas. Combining these two methods of therapy is an excellent way to improve overall musculoskeletal health and efficiency.
This approach of combining the two therapy methods is often used with patients in recovery from surgery or injury, as both methods working together help the patient recover faster.  Massage is particularly helpful in recovery because it releases toxins built up in the muscles and deep tissue may help in breaking up scar tissue adhesions. Anyone can experience relief and relaxation from chiropractic massage, but this method is especially helpful to patients with neck pain, back pain, pulled muscles, muscle spasms, sleep disorders, high blood pressure, or even anxiety problems.
Chiropractic massage is just one way to take care of your chiropractic health.  To learn about all the services provided by Dr. Nicholas Stamoulos, visit www.painlessbody.com for more information. To schedule an appointment at the Arlington, MA facility, call 781.641.4482.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Custom Foot Orthotics

Dr. Nicholas Stamoulos of East Arlington Chiropractic promotes a multifaceted approach to chiropractic wellness. Custom foot orthotics are just one option that can benefit our patients. Orthotics can be a great solution for patients experiencing discomfort or imbalance while walking. The customized support they provide can help correct issues related to walking and alignment. Custom foot orthotics fit into a pair of shoes like inserts you can find in a pharmacy but are prescribed by a chiropractor to target a patient’s specific needs.
When worn consistently, they often help realign bones in the foot and ankle. This can take pressure off of other problem areas like the back, neck, shoulders, and hips. When a chiropractor prescribes custom orthotics, a foot computerized scan impression is taken from the patient. This impression allows a custom product to be made for the patient’s particular needs.  Customization is important since most people’s foot imbalance is not symmetrical - any off the shelf correction would be symmetrical and will not provide proper correction. Orthotics are made to be worn on a daily basis during almost any activity, and one pair typically lasts several years.
Custom foot orthotics are just one of many ways to care for your chiropractic health. To learn more about custom foot orthotics and all the services provided by Dr. Nicholas Stamoulos of East Arlington Chiropractic, visit www.painlessbody.com for more information. To schedule an appointment at the practice in Arlington, MA, call 781-641-4482

Thursday, September 21, 2017

How Chiropractic Care Affects Your Overall Wellness

Receiving chiropractic treatment goes well beyond improving your spinal care; it works wonders for your overall health. When you visit Dr. Nicholas Stamoulos of East Arlington Chiropractic, for a specific problem, or if you desire to improve your overall well-being, you are already taking a step in the right direction. This is because the doctor prides himself on taking a natural, drugless approach to helping you achieve your health goals.

Benefits of routine chiropractic care are endless, but the most common include improved nerve communication in the body, improved joint motion and coordination, improved physical function and performance, and improved posture. If you’ve never visited a chiropractor before, you may also miss out on improved sleep, an improved mood, and higher energy levels. Whereas a medical doctor might prescribe pain medicine, a chiropractor such as Dr. Nicholas Stamoulos will treat your back and neck problems by hand. Chiropractic care plays a strong role in keeping your body balanced, flexible, and functioning at its highest peak.

If you think you may benefit from chiropractic treatment, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at our office, visit www.painlessbody.com for more information. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Nicholas Stamoulos at East Arlington Chiropractic, in Arlington, MA, call (781) 641-4482.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Neck Pain Treatment

Whether it’s whiplash from an accident or strain from sitting at the computer all day, cervical neck pain is one of the most common aches that Americans face today. While getting a massage might help with the pain temporarily, depending on the severity of the pain, seeing a chiropractor about getting an adjustment done to your cervical spine can help relieve some discomfort for good. Dr. Nicholas Stamoulos of East Arlington Chiropractic explains the different types of cervical pain and how a chiropractor can help ease those cramps in your neck.

There are many different types of cervical pain, but there is a couple that most chiropractors can handle. Fortunately, these two types of neck pain are the most common.
  1. Mechanical Neck Pain – This type of pain is developed from the joints, muscles, tendons and the fascia. It’s the most common type of neck pain and it’s usually caused by a neck strain.
  2. Cervical Disc Pain -  This happens when there is a tear in the disc and herniated through the outer part that pinches the root of the spine
While X-rays and other tests may be required to diagnose the pain, it is possible that cervical spinal manipulation can help treat the issue.

If you suffer from neck pain and think you may benefit from chiropractic care, please give us a call to discuss your treatment options. To learn more about the services we provide at our office, visit www.painlessbody.com for more information. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Nicholas Stamoulos at East Arlington Chiropractic, in Arlington, MA, call (781) 641-4482.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Workers Compensation

If you had a back injury related to your work environment, you may be entitled to workers compensation. Dr. Nicholas Stamoulos at East Arlington Chiropractic explains what workers compensation is and how you can benefit from chiropractic treatment.
Back injuries are the second most common injuries in the workplace (formally called an occupational injury).  Lifting heavy things, repetitive reaching bending twisting or typing, poor sitting posture or prolonged sitting while exposed to vibration (driving a truck or a snow plow) all make your back vulnerable to injury. Your spine is normally protected by jelly filled discs (imagine a jelly doughnut) in between the vertebrae. All of the above sudden or repetitive/cumulative stressors weaken the outside fibers of the spinal discs making them prone to rupture. When these discs rupture or slip, they can cause damage to your spinal nerve, called sciatic nerve.

Although back injuries are very common other areas are also frequently affected by repetitive strain. With pervasive use of the computer in our culture many are starting to develop tendinitis in their elbows (tennis elbow) and wrists or even carpal tunnel (numbness and burning and weakness in the thumb side of the palm). Contractors, carpenters, plumbers, electricians or mechanics can also develop the same problem from repetitive squeezing and twisting of wrenches or screwdrivers. Electricians or mechanics can develop rotator cuff tear or tendinitis from prolonged work overhead. Prolonged looking down to an improperly set up computer monitor or keyboard can develop neck strain and headaches.

If the injury happens at work or while working, you can qualify for workers compensation. the injury has to be reported quickly to a supervisor or manager. The initial report must be filled out on a DWC-1 form by your supervisor, where you will be required to fill out the details of your injury. You may get a list of physicians to choose from by your company but you have the right to go to a physician of your choice. If your physician determines your MMI (maximum medical improvement), he or she will then determine if you are ready to go back to work.
If you suffered a back injury, next strain or headaches, tendinitis, rotator cuff tear, carpal tunnel, tennis elbow or other muscle / tendon injury in the workplace please give us a call to discuss your treatment options. To learn more about the services we provide at our office, visit www.painlessbody.com for more information. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Nicholas Stamoulos at East Arlington Chiropractic in Arlington, MA, call (781) 641-4482.