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Here at Arne Wellness Center, we understand that both new and current patients have a lot of questions when it comes to their health and wellness. Here, you can find answers to commonly asked questions about chiropractic, massage therapy, natural medicine, self-care, and so much more. We encourage you to use this as a resource to help enhance the care you receive with your Littleton chiropractors, Dr. Robert Arne and Dr. Lindsay Herzog, and we invite you to check back often as we will frequently update our FAQs.

Our goal is to help you find lasting relief from your symptoms, heal quicker and more efficiently from injuries, and manage various health conditions through a natural approach. Explore our helpful resources below, and connect with us today to schedule an appointment.

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Conditions We Treat At
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At Arne Wellness Center, we believe there is nothing more important than your health. That’s why we are here to help you optimize your health and wellness through a natural, whole-body approach delivered through a variety of treatment modalities. We also believe that educating our patients about chiropractic, wellness care, self-care techniques, and more can help them get the most benefit from their treatments and improve their quality of life. Explore our frequently asked questions below, and reach out to your Littleton chiropractor to schedule an appointment.

Our Commitment to You Now and Always

The entire Arne Wellness Center team is wholeheartedly committed to you now and always. We understand that these uncertain times have everyone feeling concerned about their health and well-being. During the Coronavirus outbreak and quarantine, we want all of our patients, as well as our friends and neighbors in our community, to have access to all the health, wellness, and pain relief resources they need to maintain and improve their health — now and always.

Your Chiropractic Care During COVID-19

We are staying up-to-date with public health guidelines as issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are maintaining a safe, sanitary, and hygienic practice in accordance with local, state, and federal guidelines and quarantine protocols. Follow this link to access the CDC’s general information on Coronavirus (COVID-19), as well as the fact sheet released by the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC).

We Are Here to Help You

We will be keeping our patients up-to-date on our services moving forward, but please do not hesitate to reach out to us. If you have any questions about specific treatments, symptoms, injuries, and health conditions, we encourage you to connect with Dr. Arne, or any member of our wellness team, to get the care and assistance you need at this time. If you have an emergency, please dial 9-1-1 now. Otherwise, give us a call at (720) 547-3098, as we are always happy to help you.

We want you to feel comfortable with and confident about your chiropractic care at Arne Wellness Center. Here are some of the common questions we hear from our new patients and those who are unfamiliar with the chiropractic lifestyle to help you prepare for your visit.

What Is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic care is a medical practice that focuses on the spine, central nervous system, and joints in the body. Dr. Robert Arne is a compassionate and dedicated chiropractic internist who specializes in diagnosis, corrective, and preventative care with a focus on natural medicine, injury treatment, and wellness care for patients of all ages. Your chiropractor uses specialized techniques called chiropractic adjustments or spinal manipulations to restore alignment to the spine to treat musculoskeletal issues and support the healthy function of the nervous system and the body as a whole.

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What Is a Chiropractic Adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is a highly safe, localized, and controlled manipulation of spinal vertebrae and joints in the body, which is a simple yet effective outpatient treatment performed in our office. Chiropractic adjustments mobilize joints, thereby restoring the proper function, mobility, and range of motion in a specific area(s) of the body while reducing pain, inflammation, and other symptoms. Your chiropractor may also implement soft tissue manipulation of the muscles and supportive tissues, as well as traction, hot and cold therapy, ultrasound, electric muscle stimulation, assisted stretches, and other modalities.

Do Chiropractic Adjustments Hurt?

Every patient experiences their adjustment differently, but generally speaking, there is little to no pain when you receive an adjustment. Because Dr. Arne is working with the joints in the body, you may feel a popping or cracking sensation, but this is completely normal. You should not experience intense pain during your adjustment, although it is normal to have a minor ache or soreness after a visit as the body settles back into place. This minor discomfort is often described as feeling like the soreness you may experience after an intense workout or physical activity.

What Are the Benefits of Chiropractic Care?

There are many benefits you can look forward to with regular chiropractic treatments. Here are some of the top health and wellness benefits:

Your Littleton Chiropractor Answers... Your Frequently Asked Questions About Self-Care

We always want to help you feel your best, move your best, and enjoy the best quality of life possible. That being said, we understand just how important self-care is for your everyday health and wellness routine, but especially now with the current state of the world with the global COVID-19 pandemic, and correlating quarantine happening in Colorado and across the nation. Use these questions and tips for help in relieving pain and other symptoms at home, at work, and on the go, so that you can feel your best and move comfortably every day.

What Can I Do to Reduce Pain at Home?

Whether you have acute pain or chronic pain, there are simple tips and remedies you can follow to help relieve your symptoms through self-care practices.

Acute Pain

  • Don’t ignore the symptoms. If you’re experiencing acute pain, reach out to your Littleton chiropractor to schedule an appointment to treat your acute pain. 
  • Practice the RICE Method: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.
    • Rest the injured area to prevent secondary injuries.
    • Apply ice or a cold compress (ice packs, frozen veggies, frozen water bottle, etc.) to the affected area to reduce swelling and inflammation.
    • Compress the area to stabilize, support, and limit swelling with a wrap.
    • Elevate the area above the heart to reduce swelling and inflammation.
  • Hydrate to ensure your tissues get oxygen and nutrients to stimulate healing.
  • Limit intense physical activity to give your body a chance to heal.

Chronic Pain

  • Keep moving to strengthen your muscles and joints. Exercise, even light, low-impact exercise such as walking, riding a bike, or rowing, stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers.
  • As long as there is no inflammation, apply heat (a hot pack, heating pad, or hot bath) to soothe tense, tight, sore muscles and joints. If you’re unsure, use ice instead.
  • Stretch regularly to keep your muscles, tissues, and joints limber and flexible to fight chronic tension and pain.
  • Apply topical pain relievers such as Biofreeze, Sombra, or take a more natural approach using essential oils. Lavender, peppermint, rosemary, and wintergreen have pain-relieving properties to temporarily relieve pain such as joint pain, muscle aches, and headaches.
  • Adjust your diet to reduce your intake of inflammatory foods, beverages, and ingredients. Substitute these foods that are high in sugar, calories, and saturated fats with foods that fight inflammation such as berries, whole grains, and leafy greens.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that support your lower back, hips, knees, and ankles to keep chronic back pain at bay.
  • Visit your chiropractor regularly to manage chronic pain naturally with chiropractic care, natural medicine, acupuncture, and massage therapy.

Is It Bad to Crack Your Own Back?

To put it quite simply, yes, it can be bad to crack your own back. When it happens naturally when stretching or moving in certain ways, that is usually just fine. However, people who crack their back on their own — and who do so frequently — could develop what is called hypermobility, meaning your tissues have lost their natural ability to “hold things in place,” so to speak. When you’re ready for an adjustment, it’s best to connect with your chiropractor for the safest, most effective method.

Check out our recent blog article that explores

this topic in greater detail

Can Exercise Help with Neck and Back Pain?

Yes, absolutely! When you have neck or back pain, exercise can trigger the release of endorphins to naturally relieve pain. What’s more, stretching and light exercise can help strengthen your core, support a healthy posture, and strengthen muscles, bones, and joints to prevent injury.

While this is true, you don’t want to over-do it. Start with light exercises such as walking 3-5 days a week for 30 minutes, take a 20-minute bike ride, or go for a swim.

Read our recent article that explores

3 Low-Impact Exercise for Back Pain

and tips to keep in mind when exercising with back pain

How Can I Relieve Neck Pain At Home?

Neck pain is one of the most common types of pain affecting people of all ages. Neck pain is caused by injury (whiplash for instance), muscle strain, bulging or herniated discs, arthritis, stress, repetitive motions, occupation, various health conditions, and even the simplest of movements.

Common Symptoms of Neck Pain

  • Mild, moderate, or severe neck pain
  • Soreness, stiffness, and tenderness
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Numbness and tingling down one or both arms
  • Headache starting at the base of the skull
  • Tension in the neck, upper back, and shoulders
  • Sleep disruptions
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How Can I Relieve Lower Back Pain?

Lower back pain is another common musculoskeletal issue that can be caused by stress, muscle strain, heavy or awkward lifting, bulging or herniated discs, arthritis, trauma, prolonged sitting or standing, health conditions like sciatica, and other triggers.

Common Symptoms of Lower Back Pain

  • Pain ranging from a dull ache to sharp, shooting pain
  • Pain that radiates down your leg (sciatic nerve pain)
  • Pain is intensified when standing, walking, bending, or lifting
  • Muscle ache and spasms
  • Tightness and tension
  • Limited range of motion
  • Weakness and fatigue

How Can I Relieve Lower Back Pain?

Lower back pain is another common musculoskeletal issue that can be caused by stress, muscle strain, heavy or awkward lifting, bulging or herniated discs, arthritis, trauma, prolonged sitting or standing, health conditions like sciatica, and other triggers.

Common Symptoms of Lower Back Pain

  • Pain ranging from a dull ache to sharp, shooting pain
  • Pain that radiates down your leg (sciatic nerve pain)
  • Pain is intensified when standing, walking, bending, or lifting
  • Muscle ache and spasms
  • Tightness and tension
  • Limited range of motion
  • Weakness and fatigue

Ways to Relieve Lower Back Pain/Sciatica

  • Practice good posture when sitting, standing, and lifting.
  • Walk to relieve pain and discomfort.
  • Stretch to increase flexibility and range of motion.
  • Exercise to strengthen your core muscles and supportive tissues.
  • Use ice and heat to alleviate pain and inflammation and soothe tight, tense muscles.
  • Maintain a healthy weight to reduce stress on the lumbar spine and hips.

Connect with Your Chiropractor in Littleton Today!

At Arne Wellness Center, we are committed to your health and wellness now and always. Be sure to check back frequently as we will be updating our FAQs often to help you get the most out of your chiropractic care. If you have any questions or would like to arrange an appointment for chiropractic care, massage therapy, natural medicine, acupuncture, or any of our other services, please give us a call or fill out the form below. We look forward to helping you optimize your health and wellness so you can live a life free of pain.

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