Blog Archive

How can a Car Accident cause Shoulder Pain? Nov 17th, 2019

All joints live on a spectrum with High Stability on one end and High Mobility on the other, you can’t have both! The shoulder is arguably the most mobile joint in our bodies, which also means it is the least stable. But what does this mean for the shoulder? This...

What is a Whiplash Injury? Nov 12th, 2019

“Whiplash” is typically used to describe a neck injury received in a car accident, but in reality it’s a very common injury not exclusive to high-speed collisions. You see, whiplash injuries are actually just a strain/sprain injury of the neck. Strains occur when tendons, which connect a muscle to bone,...

What Happens to Your Body in a Car Accident? Nov 5th, 2019

Our bodies are built to last, but they still have a threshold for how much damage or stress it can put up with. In a car accident, this threshold is practically guaranteed to be passed. And while you may think that this only occurs with high-speed collisions, but you’d be...

Your Foundation for a Pain-Free Life! Oct 23rd, 2019

It's common for me to hear people say that “If you have Low Back Pain, work on your core.” While this adage holds truth, most people saying so are not completely correct. Or, at least, what they believe ‘working your core’ is and the best way to do so are...

How to Fix Low Back Pain Oct 15th, 2019

Movement is crucial to the health of joints. If joints aren’t moving right, it may speed up the degenerative process, cause pain, or both. This can limit your quality of life as common everyday activities become increasingly more difficult. It may also put you at risk of injuries in the...

Stretching to Reduce Pain and Injury Sep 3rd, 2019

Stretching is an important part of keeping healthy. Doing so helps ensure joint move like they should and don’t become painful as you age. It is also a great opportunity for meditation and mental health. There are, however, better and worse way to stretch, and it can even depend on...

Why Kids Need Good Posture Aug 27th, 2019

We were all told as kids to sit up straight at one point or another. While some parents probably thought of posture as more about manners, plenty others likely understood inherently a little about the importance of good posture on health, even if the didn’t fully comprehend just how crucial...

Backpacks and Back Pain in Kiddos Aug 19th, 2019

Even though technology continues to allow us to store more data on smaller devices, the bags we carry around all day don’t seem to get much lighter. This is especially true for students, where backpacks can be over-weighted with textbooks, technology, and school supplies. Throw on top of that the...

The Posture Epidemic Plaguing Pre-Teens Aug 11th, 2019

It's a position so fantastically both new and prominent it has gained it’s own name: “Tech Neck.” You may have seen it around, especially with younger fellows: Head forward and bent down, rounded shoulders and back, focused on some device held in their lap, or sometimes only inches from their...

Common Causes of Headache Jul 28th, 2019

If you’ve been following us all month, you’ve been tracking your headaches for 3 weeks now with Migraine Buddy or another diary method. Have you begun to notice any trends? Hopefully that answer is yes, but if not, hopefully today’s blog will help you be able to make some better...

4 Ways to Find Relief from Headaches Jul 17th, 2019

Most people with headaches that I encounter have “tried everything,” and I don’t use quotes to mock. These people have searched high and low on blogs, webMD, asked doctors and friends looking for ways to stop their headaches. I really feel for them and want to help them--I am a...

What Causes Chronic Headaches? Jul 11th, 2019

Do you experience daily (or almost daily) headaches? And if you do, have you reached the point where you’ve given up and feel as though you just “have to live with them”? If that’s the case, there is hope. There are a multitude of different things that can cause your...

What Kind of Headache do You Have? Jul 2nd, 2019

Many of the patients I see suffer from headaches. The fact is, research shows that half of people suffer from some kind of headache every year, and nearly all will experience a headache at some time in their life. Sadly, many people even suffer from chronic headaches that affect them...

Designed to Move: Can you be TOO Flexible? Jun 25th, 2019

I recently had a patient ask me if it was possible to be "too flexible." The short answer to that is “not really.” You see, our bodies are designed to move (it’s the whole reason we have the bones and muscles which make up most of our bodies!!), and so...

What Happens When You Have a "Crick" in Your Neck Jun 11th, 2019

Have you ever and a “crick” in you neck? You know, that pain which hurts real sharp when you turn your head too far one way? The pain you probably had after a poor nights sleep on a bad pillow or couch? If so, then you were likely experiencing an...

Chiropractic and Disc Related Back Pain Jun 3rd, 2019

If you’ve got back pain, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve got some kind of a disc issue going on. Sadly, many people believe that if they have a disc problem, they will need surgery. Some (though luckily few) doctor’s even try to take advantage of that fear. But there’s...

Could a Neck Issue be the Root Cause of your Arm Pain? May 28th, 2019

Given how much we use our arms and hands everyday, it’s understandable how frustrating pain in those areas can become. Many people suffer from symptoms of shooting pain, numbness, and tingling, eventually seeking the help of a surgeon to solve their arm problem. In many cases, however, this arm problem...

Bowling Balls and Neck Pain May 21st, 2019

As a doctor, there are often difficult concepts I try to relay to patients with the use of analogy so they can understand better what is going on with their bodies and why I prescribe the treatment I do. One analogy I share illustrates the relationship between torque and neck...

Degenerative Joint "Disease" - It Happens to Everyone May 16th, 2019

In the office, I often get people coming in which mention they have Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD). They say it almost as if they have some kind of, well, disease. Well, the thing you should know is that thinking of DJD as a disease the same way you think of...

Is Your Phone Causing You to Have Pain from "Tech Neck?" May 7th, 2019

The advent of social media has done exactly as it says: allowed us to better connect with others through many different online mediums. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to be closer to those you care about. It doesn’t come without drawbacks, though. As we spend hours each day...

Disc Injury and the Role of Inflammation May 1st, 2019

Many of us today take NSAIDS for pain. NSAID stands for “Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug.” The goal of these drugs is to do just what the name says: reduce inflammation. But did you know that in reality, inflammation is a good thing? Inflammation is an important part of the healing process....

Preventing Disc Injuries in a Sedentary World Apr 23rd, 2019

“Herniated Disc,” “Slipped Disc,” “Disc Bulge”… it goes by many names. It’s the reason you remember (every once in a while) to “bend with your knees” instead of your back. But research shows that there’s so much more you can do to prevent Disc Herniations, and it all has to...

Don't Forget to Stretch! Mar 28th, 2019

It’s common knowledge that you should stretch before and after a workout, but too few put that knowledge into practice. We get it. It’s boring, and when you’re on a time crunch, it takes valuable time out of your workout. Thankfully, there’s a way to better incorporate your stretching into...

Is Kinesiotape worth the Hype? Mar 19th, 2019

It’s commonplace nowadays to go to a game and see the athletes covered in colerful tape on their arms and legs. You may have asked yourself what it is and does. This tape, called kinesiotape, was originally designed by a Chiropractor 40 years ago. This stretchy tape works by stimulating...

Keep your Kid Moving Towards Great Health Mar 13th, 2019

You’ll never get anywhere in life if you aren’t moving. Physical activity is crucial to your health, with things such as cardiovascular disease and depression being linked to a lack of it. Not only that, but these connections are something that starts early in your childhood. Forming good habits now...

Foam Rolling the Right Way! Mar 5th, 2019

Here at Better Chiropractic, we’re all about empowering our patients to take care of their own health. We do this by teaching them how to Live Better through stretches and exercise. One concept we teach regularly to our patients is the importance and benefit of foam rolling—more appropriately called Self-Myofascial...

The Danger of Opioids Feb 28th, 2019

Today our country is facing a drug epidemic beyond anything we’ve seen before—and the drugs in this case aren’t only legal, but prescribed by doctors. Yes, the opioid epidemic has affected over an estimated 2 million people, with abuse leading to nearly 50,000 deaths each year. Research shows that roughly...

The Headache Epidemic and How to Help Stop It Feb 20th, 2019

So many people suffer from headaches in our society today; estimates suggest as many as 50% of people will experience them in a given year. Now, while an occasional headache may not be such a horrible thing, plenty of those with headaches have dealt with them for a very long...

Relieving Pain without Drugs Feb 13th, 2019

Today the medical community has begun its own war on drugs—they have begun a long-overdue battle against the opioid epidemic. By their own nature, opioids are incredibly addictive due to the euphoric sensation it produces in our brain, as well as the effect it has of relieving our pain. This...

Keeping Free from Injury during Crossfit Jan 29th, 2019

Crossfit is an awesome way to get fit that is sweeping the nation. The group setting that promotes motivation and healthy competition and the high intensity interval training get get your body amazing results. However, the biggest problem we see with Crossfit is injuries.   So often when people get...

Pro Athletes benefit from Chiropractic--and so can you! Jan 22nd, 2019

Tom Brady said “As long as I see the Chiropractor, I feel like I’m one step ahead of the Game.” A 1920 article touted a picture with headline reading “Chiropractic Helps Babe Ruth and Other Yankees Keep in Perfect Physical Condition.” When it comes to being the best of the...

Do you know your Healthcare Team? Jan 14th, 2019

When we think of a team we think of a tight-knit group of individuals working together towards a common goal. These individuals communicate with each other and share strengths to create synergy, or a power greater than the sum of their parts, which lets them do more than they ever...

Stay Calm and Holiday On! Dec 17th, 2018

The Holidays can be overwhelming both mentally and physically What with all the long distance travel in cramped spaces for hours at a time and associated awkward positions, lifting heavy suitcases filled with packages without remembering to bend at the knees and hips, and so on. This can often lead...

Holiday Stress can Be Beat! Dec 11th, 2018

Our bodies are a beautiful work of art, meant to be able to manage itself through a process known as homeostasis. However, the heightened stress so often experienced during the holidays can poorly influence the nervous system that controls this important process, resulting in our bodies feeling worn down and...

This Season, Eating Healthy can Keep you Happy! Dec 3rd, 2018

Sugar cookies, hot cocoa, and everything pumpkin spice, the three most important food groups of the holiday season…and delightful path towards increased fatigue, inflammation, and even a few extra pounds you’ll need to work off while completing your resolution to be more active next year. It’s happened to many of...

New Years Resolutions and Your Health Nov 28th, 2018

With 2019 upon us, many people are beginning to consider their resolutions for the New Year. Most resolutions revolve around our health. This can sometimes result in stress as we assess our lives and worry about whether we’ll be able to commit and follow through on those resolutions. So while...

I’m Sick of Wasting Money on Medications Jun 8th, 2017

Bottom Line: Sick of spending money on medications that don’t fix your problems? Well, new research has shown that utilizing chiropractic care can decrease the money you spend on medications by up to 85%! We both know that a dollar saved is a dollar earned. Why it Matters: See people dance...

Reduce Your Healthcare Costs Starting Today! Jun 1st, 2017

Bottom Line: Ah, the joys of budgeting, 10% for saving, 15% for rent/mortgage, and…20% for health care?. Wait a second! Yup, you read that correctly. That is the national average for how much we are spending on our healthcare. Want to know a secret that may help you save some...

Perform Better with Chiropractic Care! Nov 29th, 2011

At Feel, Live, and Perform Better Chiropractic we pride ourselves on our advanced training and ability to provide the athlete within all of us the best care available for most athletic injuries. Dr. Bates understands his scope of practice and what he can treat and cannot treat. If he is not able...

Therapeutic Taping: Kinesiology Tape Sep 23rd, 2011

This information is taken out of one of my newsletters that I send out to Medical Doctors to inform them on how my services can benefit their patient base.  If you don’t know about Kinesiology Taping this should answer a lot of questions for you.  If you still have questions...

A New Treatment Technique: A New Way to Decrease Pain and Improve Function Aug 23rd, 2011

We have recently added a new technique called the Graston Technique® to the health care services we offer our patients. This remarkable procedure allows us to detect and treat areas of “scar tissue” or adhesions in muscles, tendons and ligaments that can lead to pain and dysfuncon.In the healing process...

Precompetition Meal: Myth or Miraculous? Jun 7th, 2011

As a Chiropractic Sports Physician the discussion of what you should eat before you compete has come up several times.  With each conversation my attempt to answer that question has been somewhat ambiguous.  I prefer to be as clear and direct as possible when advising patients in regards to their...

Things To Consider When Choosing A Chiropractor May 25th, 2011

1. Wellness or maintenance care. Too many Chiropractors put their financial wealth before their patients health.  Although regular chiropractic care is a great way to prevent future problems and improve performance it is not mandatory to do so.  Just like going to the dentist regularly is a good idea to...

WHAT IS INVOLVED IN CHIROPRACTIC CARE? May 18th, 2011

DIAGNOSIS:Chiropractors are specially trained to diagnose the specific problems that are responsible for your pain. By reviewing your health history, the history of your condition and a thorough orthopedic and neurological examination, chiropractors can diagnose the root cause of your pain. Special studies, x-rays and other testing are ordered when...

Causes of Back Pain During Pregnancy Apr 27th, 2011

Back pain is a common occurrence during pregnancy. Unlike many other common side effects of pregnancy you don’t have to grin and bear it.Normal weight gain, especially in the later phases of pregnancy puts pressure on your spinal curve, particularly the lower back which can pinch the joints of your...

Ice and Injuries Mar 29th, 2011

I often get asked, “When should you use ice and when should you use heat?”. You should use ice only for the first 48 hours after being injured. Ice for 15-20 minutes and after a couple of hours you can ice again. Make sure not to ice for more than...

About Chiropractic Nov 17th, 2010

Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) undergo a rigorous and demanding professional education equivalent to any other primary care provider (ie. Family Practitioner, General Practitioner). Their curriculum places special emphasis on anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, biomechanics, x-ray, spinal adjusting techniques, and related subjects.  To obtain a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, they must...