Want to relieve Sciatic pain fast?

As a Sciatica Chiropractor in Seattle, WA, I’ve helped many people with Sciatic pain relief using various chiropractic techniques.

The following article gives some insight into 3 effective ways to relieve Sciatica pain. I would definitely support the use of Mckenzie exercises since I’ve used them personally with my patients and attended some courses about it. Hope you enjoy!

Sciatica is a pain that begins in the lower back and extends through the buttock and into the lower leg and foot. It occurs when a nerve or nerve root is pinched or compressed in the lower back, causing the sensation of pain, weakness and numbness into the leg.


The most frequent cause of sciatica symptoms is lumbar disc herniation. It is a condition where the outer layers of the spinal disk are damaged by a repeated mechanical stress and it allows the inner substance to protrude out of its enclosed space.
Lumbar disc herniation usually occurs at the weakest point of the disc, where the nerve root lives from the spinal canal. The disc, when herniates it directly touches the nerve root and activate it, causing the feeling of pain and numbness in the leg.


1. Heat/Ice Therapy
This is a treatment where you use ice packs or heat packs that may reduce pain and inflammation. Heat helps to relax muscles while ice helps to decrease inflammation and swelling.
2. McKenzie Exercises

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McKenzie exercises are prescribed by physiotherapists and chiropractors and are effective in reducing leg pain, centralizing it into the lower back.
3. Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
Acupuncture is based on the use of small needles that are inserted in the skin and muscles at specific points. These needles cause so called micro-trauma to the muscles causing release of hormones- endorphins. These hormones help to calm nerves and reduce symptoms of pain.

4. Chiropractic treatment

I’ve personally seen Chiropractic to be effective for sciatica pain relief but, use Mckenzie protocol quite frequently in my Seattle chiropractic office and find it very useful. If you have questions or would like a complimentary consultation to see if I can help, please call 206-201-0145.

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What are the best sleeping positions to avoid back and neck pain?


When we sleep is when we recover. As a Seattle, WA Chiropractor, I see many patients who get their first adjustment at Seattle Chiropractic Center and the next day they come back and tell me how much better they slept that night. It is a common theme.

Sleeping well seems to be one of those forgotten healthy habits that when I mention it, most people have an “ah-hah” moment. They knew they should be, but weren’t. I hope you enjoy this article about sleeping and let me know if you have any questions!

How to sleep better

There’s no doubt sleep is vital for proper body function, especially if you consider that we spend almost 30% of our lives sleeping. However, not all sleeping positions allow you to wake up fully refreshed. Some sleeping positions actually leave you in pain and cramps, which may affect not just your health, but your mind and mood as well. That’s why it’s important to take full advantage of the benefits and prevent the damage that certain positions can cause. Read on to find out which sleeping positions are most health-beneficial.

1# Sleeping on your back

Many health experts agree that this position is the best because it doesn’t put an extra pressure on your spine or neck. In fact, your spine stays in natural alignment all night long thus preventing backache and a strained neck.

2# Starfish

The starfish position refers to sleeping on your back with your arms up. According to health experts, this position is good for back health, but also to prevent facial wrinkles and even acid reflux. However, sleeping in this position can trigger snoring and lead to pain in your shoulders because your arms put extra pressure on the nerves of your shoulders.

3# Sleeping on your side

This sleeping position is most beneficial for people dealing with sleep apnea, back and neck pain, those prone to snoring and pregnant women. However, there’s a downside to this sleeping position as it can lead to formation of facial wrinkles, and possibly saggy breasts. Also, people who sleep on the side are more likely to feel numbness in their arm as a result of the pressure on one side of their body.

 4# Fetal Position

 Although this is the primal sleeping position we’ve all had in our mother’s wombs, fetal position is far from being beneficial for adults. Some of the reasons for this include the various neck and back problems, as well as restricted breathing, which seriously affects your sleep quality. In fact, sleeping in fetal position can put a lot of strain on your back and joints, especially when your knees and chin are tucked into your chest. This position can also lead to wrinkles and saggy breasts. According to psychologists, people who sleep in this position tend to be more anxious and stressed-out than others.

5# Sleeping on your stomach

This is probably the worst sleeping position as it can lead to a number of health implications due to the large amount of pressure that you put on your back, especially the lumbar spine. This position doesn’t support the natural alignment of your spine, which leads to spine curving. And when your spine is not aligned with your neck, there’s extra pressure on your joints and muscles, which leads to pain, numbness, and tingling. As with fetal position, sleeping on your stomach also restricts your breathing because your neck is strained.

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Chiropractic Care for Better Golf


If you are in need of a Chiropractor Seattle, WA for a golf injury, then Seattle Chiropractic Center is your best bet. Give us a call today for a free injury evaluation. Meanwhile, enjoy this article about how many golfers are turning to Chiropractic to help with their game.

Can Chiropractic Improve Your Golf Game?

Man golfing

Golf can result in injuries anywhere in your body!

It’s been called the “gentleman’s game,” but more and more women are joining in as well. Many schools and colleges have teams and it’s considered the perfect game for networking or negotiating important business deals.

We’re talking about golf, and golf courses are big business, from building them to maintaining them, as more and more players are getting into the game!

So… how can chiropractic care help you to improve your golf game?

  • Many golfers suffer from chronic low back pain. Back pain responds exceptionally well to chiropractic adjustments, increasing mobility and range of motion.
  • Chiropractic care can help to improve posture and flexibility, two components of longer and more powerful drives.
  • We become less flexible with age and immobility (working at a desk job, sitting in a car driving everyday) contributes to that as well. Swinging a golf club requires collaboration on the part of many joints from the feet up to the hands, including ankles, knees, hips, spine, elbows and wrists. Lack of flexibility contributes to many repetitive motion injuries in the joints. Chiropractic care attempts to address, correct and prevent joint injuries.
  • When combined with stretching and corrective exercises, chiropractic care is a cost effective, all-natural way to improve mobility… which translates to consistency during the four – five hours it takes to play 18 holes.

Fancy new high-tech clubs, shoes with the right spikes and the latest golf attire do nothing to improve your game. However, increased flexibility and mobility can certainly improve your golf score. Just ask the pros – nearly 75% of them receive regular chiropractic care while on tour each year.

Jeffry H. Blanchard, golf professional and author of The Geometry of Golf stated, “The chiropractor is the perfect choice to evaluate, educate, treat, condition and train those who choose to play golf.”

This article was originally posted here.

We also recommend getting your clubs fitted. Most standard sets are made to accomodate the most amount of people possible in order to sell more clubs. Our recommended place is Redbird Sports in Seattle.

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Try this Natural Remedy for Headaches (we promise you’ll like it!)


A headache can be caused by a number of reasons. Some are structural, like pressure on a nerve. Some are habitual, like our sleeping posture. Some are emotional. At Seattle Chiropractic Center, we know that there can be many reasons why a person can be having a headache and we don’t try to put patient’s into a “one size fits all” treatment. Here is a helpful article we found about using a natural remedy to reduce anxiety caused headaches. We hope you like it!

So many people suffer from anxiety and headaches these days. I believe this to be a mixture of our lifestyles and many of the changes that are taking place in our world that are pushing people to question what we’ve been doing as a society repetitively for many years. You know what I mean… that feeling that there is something more than just going to work, making money, coming home, eating and repeating it all. It may sound cliche, but it’s evident.

Deep down we can feel it, that something isn’t quite “right” with our world anymore and there’s a certain sense of freedom from it all that is calling us from deep within ourselves. Not knowing what that feeling is exactly or what to do, we sometimes will feel anxiety or overwhelm as we look at our lives. How do we deal with these things? There are a number of actions we can take to address the emotional reasons we have headaches.

It’s important that we begin to explore this feeling inside. That knowing that things can be different, that our world doesn’t have to be the way it is. Whether it is people getting fed up with the 9 – 5, feeling disconnected from themselves and others or feeling the desire to do what we love and are passionate about, our patience with avoiding these things is continuously growing thin. It’s time, it’s time to explore it!

Other than inspiring people to begin that exploration and letting them know “you’re not crazy, many people are feeling this too,” I also wanted to share something simple that can aid us while we are making more long-term adjustments.

Lavender Lemonade

Pure lavender oil is an incredible essential oil to use for your own health and wellness. It’s among the gentlest of essential oils, but also one of the most powerful, making it a favorite of households for the healing properties and uses of lavender essential oil. Lavender oil  has a chemically complex structure with over 150 active constituents, which explains its effectiveness at helping with a lot of health ailments. Lavender oil possesses amazing anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifier, hypotensive, and sedative properties.

Florida researchers have found that lavender oil benefits include reducing anxiety and lowering pulse rates in nursing students taking stressful tests. And in hospital settings, lavender aromatherapy has been demonstrated to decrease pre-surgery distress and to be more relaxing than massage or merely resting.

Lavender essential oil has medicinal properties as well. It has been shown to reduce depression, improve insomnia and ease labor pains. And anecdotal evidence suggests that lavender oil benefits those with headaches, hangovers, sinus congestion and pain relief.
“Much prior research on lavender has focused on the administration of lavender via an olfactory route. The anxiolytic activity of lavender olfaction has been demonstrated in several small and medium-sized clinical trials. The efficacy of aromatherapy of lavender is thought to be due to the psychological effects of the fragrance combined with physiological effects of volatile oils in the limbic system. These calming effects of lavender oil and single constituents may be the origin of the traditional use of lavender. Lavender oil olfaction has been shown to decrease anxiety, as measured by the Hamilton rating scale, and can increase mood scores.

The following are selected examples of clinical trials on lavender aromatherapy:

  • Dunn and colleagues demonstrated anxiolytic activity of lavender oil aromatherapy in patients in intensive care units. Subjects received at least 1 session of aromatherapy with 1% lavender essential oil. Significant anxiolytic effects were noted in the 1st treatment, though 2nd and 3rd treatments did not appear to be as effective.
  • Alaoui-Ismaili and colleagues found that the aroma of lavender is considered by subjects to be very pleasant and is correlated with changes in the autonomic nervous system.
  • Tysoe and colleagues conducted a study of lavender oil in burner use on staff mood and stress in a hospital setting. A significant number of respondents (85%) believed that lavender aroma improved the work environment following the use of the lavender oil burners.
  • Diego and colleagues demonstrated that people receiving lavender oil (10%) olfaction for 3 minutes felt significantly more relaxed and had decreased anxiety scores, improved mood and increased scores of alpha power on EEG (an indicator of alertness), and increased speed of mathematical calculations.
  • Lewith and colleagues investigated the effects of lavender aromatherapy on depressed mood and anxiety in female patients being treated with chronic hemodialysis. The effects of aromatherapy were measured using the Hamilton rating scale for depression (HAMD) and the Hamilton rating scale for anxiety (HAMA). Lavender aroma significantly decreased the mean scores of HAMA, suggesting an effective, noninvasive means for the treatment of anxiety in hemodialysis patients.
  • Lavender aromatherapy, with or without massage, may also reduce the perception of pain and the need for conventional analgesics in adults and children, though more rigorously controlled trials are needed.

DIY Lavender Lemonade with Lavender Essential Oil


  • 1 cup raw honey
  • 12 cups pure water
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil
  • 6 lemons, peeled and juiced
  • Lavender sprigs for garnish


Mix all ingredients together and chill. Add more water or raw honey if needed.

Other ways you can use Lavender Oil for Anxiety and Headaches

  • Mix 5 to 6 drops of Lavender essential oil to your bath water if you have dry skin.
  • Diffuse 10 to 12 drops of Lavender into the air during your workday for natural stress relief.
  • Add 2 drops of Lavender per ounce of your favorite lightly scented, unrefined organic oil (like almond oil or olive oil) for a body oil with all the benefits of lavender for improving your skin, relaxing your mind, warding off insects or helping you sleep.

This article was originally posted here.

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This Is How To Get Rid Of A Stiff Neck In Less Than 10 Seconds.(It’s Incredibly Effective)


Many people have problems with stiff neck.

The neck and upper back are the areas that bear the brunt of strain caused by smartphone and tablet use. With so many people using hand-held technology, it has become commonplace for people to suffer from a stiff neck on a regular basis. It’s time to talk about prevention and learn a few simple tricks to soothe your joints before it turns into neck pain.

What Causes a Stiff Neck?

According to Cleveland Clinic, the reason so many people experience a stiff neck is due to poor posture and weakened muscles. For example, staring at a computer screen or cell phone is the type of fixed position that causes joints and muscles to overextend and tire quickly. Once the muscles in your neck are worn out, it makes it impossible for smooth movement when you turn your head. Instead, the joints will catch causing a pulled muscle or damaged nerve. This leads to the stiff, painful feeling that can last days or sometimes weeks.

Stiff Neck Solutions

While a stiff neck is not usually considered a medical emergency, it can get in the way of regular activity. If you find yourself suffering from pain, there are a few techniques that can help. An article on Treating and curing a stiff neck, explains a few exercises that can work wonders to relieve neck pain.
Locate the area of pain, firmly push into the knot while slightly bending your neck in the direction opposite of the hurt area. Repeating the steps 20 times followed by a good stretch will help relax the muscles.
Seattle Chiropractic Center offers the following suggestions for neck remedies:
• Alternate between using hot and cold compresses
• Continue activity that includes smooth, painless movement
• Sleep on a firm mattress that can adequately support joints

However, the method that seems to be almost instantaneous is getting and adjustment from your Seattle Chiropractor! Within seconds, your neck stiffness will be gone and we’ll show you a few things that you can do to keep it that way.
So, if you are experiencing a stiff neck and need treatment, give us a call at 206-329-3040 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Bailey today!

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7 Simple Stretches For Relief: Ease Your Lower Back Pain In Only 7 Minutes


As a Seattle Chiropractor, I see a lot of people with back pain. If I can help teach those people how to perform regular self maintenance, they’ll be better off in the future. One of our goals at Seattle Chiropractic Center is to empower patients to take care of the small problems on their own. If this happens, we only have to see a patient on a maintenance basis and not just when there is a problem. Check out this article about 7 simple stretches that can ease your back pain.

Lower back pain is one of the most common problems people have. This pain can be mild or become so intense that it makes it difficult to get anything accomplished.

The best part about relieving lower back pain is that it does not have to take long. You can complete these 7 stretches in just 7 minutes and get on with your day.

Your back will feel better and you will be able to go on with your day.

  1. Hamstring Floor Stretch

For this exercise lay flat on your back on the floor. Pull one leg up straight to stretch out the hamstring. Hold for 30 seconds and then repeat with the other leg.

2. Bound Ankle Pose

Sit on the floor and put your feet together. Hold on to your ankles. Hold this position for 30 seconds, take a 10 second break and then hold for 30 more seconds.

3. Knee to Chest

While lying flat on your back on the floor bring your knee to your chest and hold for 30 seconds. Repeat the exercise with the other leg.

4. Spinal Stretch

While lying on your back, cross one leg over the other and hold. Keep your back straight on the floor while crossing your leg over. Hold the position for 30 seconds and then repeat on the other side.

5. Piriformis stretch

Lie on your back and bring up one leg to a 90 degree angle. Bring the other leg up and cross it over your raised leg. Hold this position for 30 seconds and then switch legs. The easiest way to think about this stretch is like you are sitting in a chair with your legs crossed, only lying on your back on the floor.

6. Quadriceps Stretch

Lie down on the floor on one side and pull your top leg up towards your back. Hold the position for 30 seconds and then turn over and do the same stretch on your other side.

7. Lunges

Put one leg forward and bend down. The back leg should be straight out behind you. Hold for 30 seconds and then repeat on the other side.

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Why Weights Are Better Than Cardio for Fat Loss


Most people I find have 2 reasons why they want to lose weight; Vanity or health. Both are good reasons. If weight loss is your goal, read our recent post about why diet is far better than exercise for losing weight. But, what about the cardio vs. weight training argument? Which is better for weight loss? Read on below to find out!

In the case of cardio vs. weight training for weight loss, we’ve seen many arguments from both sides. Cardio still remains a popular form of physical activity for those who wish to fry their body fat, but weight training has quickly gained the reputation of a great fat burner as well. Either way, the general rule is: you burn more calories by doing high-intensity training than you do by doing low-intensity training.

Yet, a lot of people forget that the majority of calories you burn are through the resting metabolic rate – the energy required to keep you alive with no activity. Having more lean muscle mass increases your RMR (resting metabolic rate – the energy that a person needs to survive without any activity), and weight training is better at preserving lean body mass compared to aerobic training.

In other words, the more cardio you do, the more your strength and growth will be negatively affected due to excessive stresses put on both the central nervous system and working muscles, causing your fat and muscles to shrink down at the same time. And when you lose muscle, your resting metabolic rate drops, which means you’ll burn less calories when you’re not in the gym, i.e. during the bigger part of the day.

Cardio often fails to deliver significant results in people who are trying to lose a lot of weight, but this is not a reason to dismiss it altogether – it brings many benefits, like improved heart health, increased metabolism and improved recovery ability. But when it comes to burning as much fat as you can as fast as possible, weight training has proved itself to be far superior, compared to the average cardio workout.

Sprinting is a different story, though – hard sprints can affect your metabolic rate on a similar way as weight training does, but they are rather tough and exhausting.

The fact is that any type of high-intensity training is excellent for fat loss because it raises your metabolism and causes you to burn a lot of calories long after the activity is done. That being said, your performance will benefit the most from combining high intensity workouts with less intense cardio exercises.

The intense parts will boost your metabolism and push your body to burn a ton of fat, while the cardio will speed up the recovery, improve your endurance and increase the efficiency of the whole workout. Studies have shown that you can achieve great results if you combine strength training and aerobic interval training in the same session, which works best if you perform the aerobic training prior to strength training.

This will make your heart pump more blood and oxygen to the muscles and enhance your performance during the strength training, as well as help you fight off fatigue and maintain the efficiency of the workout. Multiple studies support the use of weight training alone or in combination with aerobic training for better preservation of muscle mass while shedding body fat. This combination of increased muscle mass and improved metabolic capacity will make you burn more fat in the long term.

However, if you simply don’t have enough time to squeeze in some cardio in your regular training routine, focus on weight training for optimal results in terms of both strength gains and fat loss. Studies show that strength training can keep your metabolism high up to 38 hours after the workout, which doesn’t apply to cardio. After all, larger muscles burn more calories and more fat – and what better way to gain mass than weight lifting?

But keep in mind that no type of training can make you lose a significant amount of fat on its own – you have to eat right to support your efforts at the gym. The truth is that your diet is responsible for 70% of your success – pair it with some heavy weight training and you’ll get ripped in no time!

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