Dr. Neil Logan
I have been practicing chiropractic for over twenty-seven years. I am excited to be in a multidisciplinary office that seeks to improve your overall health.
Each therapist brings unique talents and techniques to help you move towards balance in your life. Some of the strengths that I bring to this group is knowledge and treatment of neuromuscular and structural deficiencies of the human body.
One immediate way that I can help insure that the beneficial effects of massage and yoga are sustained is by checking your feet and arches for stability. As you know, the arches of the foot are the primary foundation for our upright posture. If you feet dysfunction and the arches collapse, your body muscles and joints overstress and your structure is unstable. If you have this problem, then after massage, yoga, and even chiropractic treatments, your body loses the benefits of the care very quickly as it compensates for an unstable foundation as you stand and walk. In other words, the results from the workout, massage, or treatment will not help the long term stability of the body
Dr. Logan’s regular office hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 12:00-6:00pm. Please call if you are in pain and require a special appointment.
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If you have been involved in a car accident your injuries need to be taken very seriously. The symptoms of a motor vehicular injury can occur at the time of the wreck, or can take some days, or occasionally weeks to manifest. The most common injury to the spine that occurs during a car wreck is a whiplash injury. A whiplash injury is caused by a sudden movement of the head, either backward, forward, or sideways that results in the damage to the supporting muscles, ligaments and other connective tissues in the neck, upper back, and low back. Often patients will have neck pain, headaches, difficulty holding their head up due to weakness of the neck muscles, difficulty swallowing, pain between the shoulder blades, arm and wrist pain or numbness, and low back pain. If you have been in a car wreck and are experiencing these symptoms, contact the office to schedule an appointment. You do not need to continue suffering.
The term “Whiplash” was first used in 1928 to define an injury mechanism of sudden extension followed by an immediate flexion of the neck that results in damage to the muscles, ligaments and tendons – especially those that support the head. Due to their complicated nature and profound impact on peoples lives, few topics in healthcare generate as much controversy as whiplash injuries. Unlike a broken bone where a simple x-ray can validate the presence of the fracture and standards of care can direct a health care professional as to the best way in which to handle the injury, whiplash injuries involve an unpredictable combination of nervous system, muscles joints and connective tissue disruption that is not simple to diagnose and can be even more of a challenge to treat. Many whiplash injuries occur during a car wreck, but they can also occur when a football player is tackled, during a fall, when skiing, any time the head is thrown backwards and forward rapidly. In fact, all four phases of a whiplash injury occur in less than one-half of a second. At each phase, there is a different force acting on the body that contributes to the overall injury, and with such a sudden and forceful movement, damage to the vertebrae, nerves, discs, muscles, and ligaments of your neck and spine can be substantial.
Whiplash injuries can manifest in a wide variety of ways, including neck pain, headaches, fatigue, upper back and shoulder pain, cognitive changes and low back pain. Due to the fact that numerous factors play into the overall whiplash trauma, such as direction of impact, speed of the vehicles involved, as well as gender, age and physical condition, it is impossible to predict the pattern of symptoms that each individual will suffer. Whiplash symptoms commonly have a delayed onset, often taking days to weeks to begin. These are a number of conditions that are very common among those who have suffered from whiplash trauma. But if caught early enough recovery from whiplash is available.
Headaches affect just about everyone at some point and they can present themselves in many different ways. Some people only experience pain in one part of their head or behind their eyes, some people experience a pounding sensation inside their whole head, and some people even experience nausea. The pain may be dull or sharp and may last for a few minutes to a few days. Most headaches are either a migraine headache tension headache or a cluster headache.
After neck pain, headaches are the most prevalent complaint among those suffering from whiplash injury, affecting more than 80% of all people. While some headaches are actually the result of direct brain injury, most are the result of injury of the muscles, ligaments and facet joints of the cervical spine, which refer pain to the head. Because of this, it is important to treat the supporting structures of your neck in order to help alleviate your headaches.
LOW BACK PAIN
The low back is susceptible to injury and pain when it is unstable or weak. As long as the low back is healthy and functioning correctly, it can withstand tremendous forces without injury. Professional power lifters can pick up several hundred pounds off the floor without injuring their low back; however, if the low back is out of alignment or has weakened supporting tissues, and/or the pelvis is unlevel and unstable, something as simple as taking a bag of groceries out of the trunk of their car, picking something up off the floor, or even simply bending down to pet the cat can cause a low back injury.
There are many different conditions that can result in low back pain, including: sprained ligaments. strained muscles, ruptured discs, trigger points and inflamed joints.
Some patients seek care for injuries caused by participation in sports, involvement in a car accident or from a fall. Other patients find that even the simplest movements, like picking up a pencil from the floor can have painful results. In addition, conditions such as arthritis, poor posture, fallen arches, and obesity can contribute to low back pain.
Most people do not realize how much they move their neck during the day until they are unable to do so. The degree of flexibility of the neck coupled with the fact that it has to support and move your 14-16 pound head, means that the neck is very susceptible to injury. You can picture your neck and head much like a bowling ball being held on top of a stick by small, thin, elastic bands. It doesn’t take much force to disrupt that delicate balance.
The spinal cord runs through a space in the vertebrae to send nerve impulses to every part of the body. Between each pair of cervical vertebrae, the spinal cord sends off large bundles of nerves that run down the arms and to the upper back. This means that if your arm is hurting, it may actually be a problem in the neck. Symptoms in the arms can include numbness, tingling, cold, aching, and “pins and needles”. Problems in the neck can also contribute to headaches, muscle spasms in the shoulders and upper back, ringing in the ears, otitis media (inflammation in the middle ear, often mistaken for an ear infection in children), temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), restricted range of motion and chronic tightness in the neck and upper body.
Neck injuries can be caused by a fall, a car accident, sports injuries, accidents at work or at home, carrying a heavy book bag, sleeping on a different pillow or even a hard sneeze. Any sudden movement of the head, either backwards, forward, or sideways, that result in damage to the supporting muscles, ligaments and other connective tissues in the neck and upper back can cause pain, stiffness, numbness or headaches.
You may have heard the term “slipped disc” used to describe a low back injury. Discs do not actually “slip”, they may herniate or bulge out from between the bones. A herniation is a displaced fragment of the center part or nucleus of the disc that is pushed through a tear in the outer layer or annulus of the disc. Pain results when irritating substances are released from this tear and also if the fragment touches or compresses a nearby nerve. Disc herniation has some similarities to degenerative disc disease and discs that herniate are often in an early stage of degeneration. Herniated discs are most common in the low back or lumbar spine, but occur in the neck frequently also.
What causes discs to herniate? Many factors decrease the strength and resiliency of the disc and increase the risk of disc herniation.Life style choices such as smoking, lack of regular exercise, and inadequate nutrition contribute to poor disc health. Poor posture, daily wear and tear, injury or trauma, incorrect lifting , and twisting further stress the disc. If the disc is already weakened, it may herniate with a single movement or strain such as coughing or bending to pick up a pencil.
How do I know if I have a disc herniation? Herniated discs are most likely to affect people between the ages of 30 and up. Disc herniations may be present without casing pain. The most common symptom will be pain in the area of the herniation that radiates across the low back and into the buttocks. You may also experience numbness or pain radiating down your leg to the ankle or foot. If the herniation is large enough, you may notice weakness in the extension of your big toe and you may be unable on walk on your toes or heels. In severe cases of lumbar disc herniation you may experience change in your bowel or bladder function and may have difficulty with sexual function.
How is a disc herniation treated? Mild to moderate disc herniations can usually be treated conservatively with chiropractic care, electrical muscle stimulation, various types of physical therapy, stretching and exercise therapy. Occasionally, a herniation may be severe enough to warrant surgical intervention. These cases are usually reserved as a last resort when other forms of therapy have failed to relieve pain, or if there is significant compression of the spinal cord or nerves.
CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve just above the wrist. Pressure on this nerve can be caused by an injury or sustained use from common activities like typing, chopping, hammering, pushing or prolonged use of a computer. Symptoms of CTS range from wrist pain, numbness, tingling, burning, weakness or loss of grip strength, and loss of sleep due to discomfort.
Chiropractic adjustments, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound therapy and deep friction massage are extremely effective solutions to the pain of a carpal tunnel syndrome. These treatments, along with stretching and strengthening exercises, can in most cases effectively alleviate and eventually eliminate the symptoms associated with CTS.
The term “pinched nerve” is somewhat of a catch-all phrase that is commonly used to describe back or neck pain. Often a “pinched nerve” is actually an irritated, or inflamed nerve where the nerve itself is not actually pinched. In most cases, nerves become irritated and inflamed when the bones, joint or muscles of the spine are not in their proper location and are not moving properly. This condition is called a subluxation. A doctor of Chiropractic is the specialist in the treatment of subluxations.
There are instances when nerves do become “pinched”, such as in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Sciatica and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. In each of these cases, injury, spasm or inflammation of the surrounding muscles and connective tissue causes the nerve to become compressed, resulting in pain and dysfunction. These conditions are referred to as “tunnel syndromes.” Treating tunnel syndromes is more complex than treating a simple spinal subluxation but they usually respond very well to chiropractic care; especially when combined with other physical therapies, such as exercises and stretches.
It is very important that the cause of any form of pain be properly diagnosed. If you have been told that you have a “pinched nerve” it is very important that you seek professional care from a doctor of chiropractic as soon as possible.
The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It runs from your lumbar spine, pelvis, down the buttocks and into each leg. The sciatic nerve branches into smaller nerves as it travels down the legs providing feeling to your thighs, legs and feet, as well as controlling the muscles in your lower legs. The term sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of this nerve.
What causes Sciatica? Sciatica is actually a sign that you have an underlying problem putting pressure on a nerve in your lower back. The cause of this nerve compression can be subluxation, a bulging or herniated lumbar disc, or a muscle spasm of a buttock muscle called the piriformis muscle. If the piriformis muscle becomes tight or if you have a spasm in this muscle, it puts pressure directly on the sciatic nerve.
How do I know if I have sciatica? Pain that radiates from your lower (lumbar) spine to your buttock and down the back of your leg is the hallmark of sciatica. Sciatica may be accompanied by numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness in the affected leg. This pain can vary widely, from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation or excruciating discomfort. Sometimes it may feel like a jolt or electric shock. Sciatic pain often starts gradually and intensifies over time. It’s likely to be worse when you sit, cough or sneeze.
How is Sciatica Treated? The vast majority of the time, sciatic pain can be relieved through chiropractic care and a combination of stretches, deep tissue massage of the piriformis muscle, and electrical muscle stimulation and/or ultrasound therapy. Occasionally, in cases where chronic spasm of the lower back or piriformis muscles is causing the sciatic pain, it may be necessary to do a procedure called a trigger point injection, where a medical pain specialist injects a small amount of anesthetic directly into a spasmed muscle to break the spasm cycle. Sometimes the sciatic pain is caused by a herniated disc that requires surgery. Our office encourages you to utilize conservative treatment methods before jumping into surgery. If conservative methods do not work, surgery will always be available. However, once surgery is performed, other options are very limited
Home Colonic Cleansing System
During a cleansing program, one of the most difficult problems to overcome is reabsorbing toxins as you cleanse. As your body releases toxins they have to be eliminated through bowel, bladder, skin and respiration. Larger toxins are eliminated through the bowels. If you have elimination difficulties, the toxins in your bowel will be reabsorbed causing flue-like symptoms and overloading the systems that you are trying to cleanse. The Home Colonic System helps eliminate toxins quickly so your body can continue to cleanse without suffering toxin reabsorbing issues. This system is a MUST for those who have particularly weak and fragile immune systems and who do not have the ability to eliminate efficiently.