What is it?

Back pain… a feeling we all know far too well. Whether it’s spinal, muscle strain, a sports injury, or just the achy-breaky pains that come with age, you likely know firsthand how unpleasant and inconvenient back and leg pains can be. Fortunately, chiropractic care is a highly effective way to diagnose and treat all variations of back and leg pain. Using hands-on spinal adjustment and other treatments, we can provide you with the care you need.

Our feet are the base of our body and play a big part in our overall health. We use them everyday and they sure do take a beating! It’s important to take care of them. Foot pain can be an indicator of a multitude of problems including alignment, ankle and knee problems, and hip rotation issues. Much like neck pain, you should not ignore foot pain! Dr. Taillefer offers a variety of treatments to help alleviate and combat foot pain and issues such as Active Release Technique and custom orthotics.

Back pain is most common in the lower back, although it varies among different conditions. It can also affect your spinal region all the way up to your neck, and muscle pains can affect your mid-to-upper back. Knee pain is one of the leading reasons for muscle & bone related doctor’s visits and is generally caused by muscle strains, joint issues and sprains. Pain in ankles and feet is common as well, largely due to the fact that their high number of nerve endings makes your feet one of the most sensitive parts of your body, causing them to be at high risk of pain and discomfort. Foot pain often presents in the heels due to a reduction in age in the fatty pads that protect the bone and joint. Patients often experience pain along the top of the foot and through the ankles due to high or fallen arches or flat feet. 

Dr. Taillefer will perform a thorough clinical examination of the affected areas, which may include imaging. This examination is a crucial first step to properly diagnosing your conditions and developing an effective treatment plan.

In-office care can quicken your recovery and drastically increase your mobility. At Motion4Life we use Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction and Decompression to:

  1. Widen the canal space.
  2. Drop the intradiscal pressure.
  3. Increase the disc height to relieve pain.

Many patients describe the Cox® Technic as “pulling you apart” in a way that relieves pain and minimizes discomfort. The goal of the Cox® Technic is to reduce irritation of your spinal elements, which reduces pain and assists you in getting your quality of life back. If you are experiencing intense pain, a gentler side-lying Cox® Technic can be used throughout your treatment until your pain has been reduced enough to perform it the traditional way.

The way you take care of yourself at home can have a tremendous impact on the effectiveness of your in-office treatments. Here are some simple recommendations for you to follow at home to complement our treatments:

Back Care

  1. Consider nutritional supplements that help rebuild disc cartilage only after having discussed with a medical professional whether these supplements are right for you.
  2. Do exercises that rebuild spinal strength.
  3. Avoid sitting for extended time periods.
  4. Sleep on a supportive mattress.
  5. Sit in an ergonomically designed chair.
  6. Make adjustments in your daily activities and routine as needed.

Foot Care

  1. Wear proper footwear. Most “fashion” footwear does not offer the proper support and can lead to foot and ankle pain and even injury. It’s important to invest in footwear or additional supplementary support systems that offer proper cushioning and support for your feet. At Motion4Life, we offer custom orthotic inserts that can help. 
  2. Invest in proper running shoes. You should be replacing your gym shoes every 300 to 500 miles. Not totally sure? Aim for every seven to nine months.
  3. Keep an active lifestyle. A healthy body weight relieves stress from your joints, especially your knees, ankles, and feet.
  4. Don’t ignore foot pain! If you’re experiencing chronic pain in the feet or ankles, have it examined before the problem becomes bigger than it needs to be.

This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or
activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a
diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy.
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