Towson Chiropractor Natural Neck Pain Relief Treatments


Hey everybody, it’s Doctor Blake Kalkstein
from Doctors Adolph and Kalkstein Chiropractic, your Baltimore and Towson area chiropractor. And today we are continuing our discussion
about opioids and the opioid epidemic going on in our country right now. And I want to discuss natural, safe pain relief
options for you. And so some quick facts about opioids. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic
with 18000, most 19000 overdose deaths related to this prescription in 2014 alone. The other really cool fact is one in four
Americans that are prescribed opioids will become addicted. Another cool fact, another fact it’s not cool
but, four in five new heroin users started out misusing prescription opioids. So, you know it’s crazy and out of opioids
being prescribed right now, and there’s so many safe alternative natural pain relievers. Chiropracting you saw on Monday, our adjustments
were one. Ice, using ice treatment is another one. The next one that I like that I want to talk
about is called Relief Assist. It’s a new topical product that just got released
on the market, and we’ve got first access to it. And what I like about this Relief Assist is
that, can you zoom in and see what that says on the bottom there? It is chemically designed to block pain signals. So you get immediate relief in pain when we
start to use this, at the ingredients are camphor 3%, menthol 8%, which is the highest,
and the camper has the highest topical analgesic, the menthol and then methyl-salicylate which
is wintergreen oil for 5%. So the most active ingredients on the market,
it works really well when we use this. The next thing I want to show you guys is
Active Release Technique, which is a great technique that we use and the office. Doctor Jeff and I are full body certified
in Active Release Technique, and so we’re going to do so you and active release for
neck pain. So Ashley have a seat right here for me. Active Release, scoot forward to your feet
are firmly on the ground, we’re going to work on Ashley’s neck for Active Release. And so Active Release is the gold standard
for soft tissue treatment and it’s great for muscle, tendons, ligaments and joint capsules. And we’re going to work on Ashley’s levator
scapulae trap and her rhomboid. We’re going to get her posterior superior
rhomboids. We’re going to get her suboccipitals and we’re
going to get her neck extensors. So Ashley start out like this for me. We’re going to go arm behind your back, drop
your chin down to your chest and turn your head this way. So I like starting out with this move because
of the nice combo move, it helps me get the, I come in here I got the tail end of the supraspinatus,
what is a rotator cuff muscle, but really on the trap, and then I can kind of drop down
and get her levator scapula as they start to come up. Good coming up again for me. Is that too much pressure Ashley? So I told everybody I’m doing Active Release
Technique, and I’m like who wants to volunteer for a neck treatment? Everyone’s hands went up. Such an awesome technique at relieving tension
in your neck. So if you ever get those knots that hang out
in your trap, if you’re on your computer all day long if you’re studying all day long,
those knots that hang out right here this is a money technique for releasing that. So next Ashley I’m going to get your rhomboids,
so we’re going to come down this way and drop to your chin down to your chest, and then
turn to the left. Good back up. And so this is like a trap rhomboid neck erector
combo. So I come in here, I’m getting her rhomboids
right now, when she drops her chin down and turns it over, and I got some trap and I get
some neck extensors that come through. You feel that knot there hanging out? So that knot that hangs out right behind your
shoulder blade, here we go. Oh yeah she’s a little buckle right there
because I hit right on that. And down. Good. So this is not like a traditional, you know,
someone commented on your doing it for 10 seconds. We only need to do it for 10 seconds, or two
minutes, or 5 minutes. You don’t need to hold a stretch for 60 seconds
to get relief like this. And I’m finding where the muscle doesn’t glide
well, where there’s knot or adhesion, I’m blocking with my thumb and I’m taking the
muscle through its range of motion. And that creates an immediate effect for a
relief. So we’re going to keep working on your neck. Roll on your back for me Ashley. Next we’re going to get her neck extensors
group, so tables going to flat so I can work on you a little bit here. And this is a really nice, no don’t help me,
don’t help me. This is a nice technique for hitting deep
neck extensors. And working on the multifidi of the neck. And if you don’t like it getting your neck
cracked, this is a really nice alternative to releasing the tight muscles, helping out
with tight muscles and painful neck. Good. You’re a little tender right there right? Yeah. Perfect, good. Now if you guys remember from our headache
video, we talked about the suboccipitals, the muscles that start at the top of your
neck and go to your skull. And sometimes if they’re really tight they
can pull on your skull and give you pain at the back of your head. We’re going to show you the Active Release
Technique now. Why don’t you come over here what I’m doing
with my hands on Ashley here. So I’m going to make the table a little flatter
here. Show me to come in here, and I’m going to
hook right underneath the occiput right here and get on those muscles, and then draw tension,
I’m pulling tension this way. And I’m going to lift up. Relax your head, let me move you here. And we’re going to do a couple of passes. Straight on, a little bit off to the contralateral
side there where is going straight up and working on those occipitals. Do feel that Ashley? Good. And then we’re going to come in a little bit
this way a little turn here. And so there’s four major muscles. There’s one that’s like this, there’s one
like this, there’s one like this, and there’s one like this. So we got that one, then we’re going to come
here and we’re going to get this one that comes right here. I we take it just a little off to the side
here. And this muscle is only this big. It’s only that big, so you gotta, you come
here on the muscle, you come here on the muscle, you come on here on the muscle right? If you’re finding a sore spot when I’m working
on the muscle I stay there and do a couple of passes on it until I feel it release. But you don’t need, the muscles not this long. You don’t need to spend 60 seconds treating
that muscle. You can do quick treatments on it and see
really fast pain relief with this type of treatment. How to get those two muscles, the one that
goes here and the one that goes here, to get that when I come this way and I turned her
that way. Come here and turn her that way. Good. Now to get the one that goes that way I come
this way and turn her into it. So right there we did the posterior neck muscles,
we got levator scap, trap, rhomboids, we got the neck extensors, the deep neck extensors,
and we got the suboccipitals. And there you saw right there it’s probably
a 5 minute video. I could spend probably a couple more minutes
on Ashley doing some more work for you, from a time standpoint that’s a pretty effective
neck pain relief option. You know after she leaves here and she goes
home and put some Relief Assist on there and she’s feeling great after a treat. And no opioids, none of that addiction stuff
you have to worry about, natural pain relief with Relief Assist and Active Release Technique. So if you have any questions about neck pain,
or opioids, or Relief Assist, leave a comment below. This is about to go live. I’ll get you guys a link ASAP where you can
get these ordered for you directly from my website, I will get them shipped out to you
for free. Thanks for watching, and if you have any questions
leave a comment below. And we’ll see everybody on Friday. Bye.

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