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Take a moment to appreciate your magnificent neck. It is a subtly tuned instrument that allows for movement of the head, blood flow to the brain and its health is essential to regulation of the heart rate, sleeping, breathing and balance. Housed in the neck are the two carotid arteries, which supply the majority of blood flow to the brain in support of its functioning. Nerves exiting through the third, fourth and fifth vertebrae of the neck supply energy to the diaphragm and its accessory muscles. Our nervous, immune, lymphatic and respiratory systems exist in a state of intimate balance within the neck. Your neck is an essential structure, and its health is our imperative.

At Espinosa Family Chiropractic, we see people suffering from neck pain all too often. Here are people who have allowed themselves to suffer through the pain rather than addressing the problem, accepting subpar relief rather than getting on the road to healing. Physical trauma or severe motion can throw the neck out of alignment and damage ligaments, putting pressure on the nerves. Repetitive stress injuries, caused by poor posture and a sedentary lifestyle, contribute to neck stiffness and low blood flow. Keeping this channel clear and aligned should be a priority.

We treat misalignments, known as subluxations, with gentle chiropractic adjustment, relieving pressure on nerves and allowing for unimpeded communication between the head and the rest of the body. Sufferers from degenerative disc disease, herniated discs and fibromyalgia can also derive relief and benefit from chiropractic. As with an automobile, your neck receives a dose of wear and tear every day. Trigger point and massage therapies can help problem tissues heal quicker.  Pain may come and go; if you perceive that it is impacting your well being negatively, call our office in Sacramento at (916) 457-8825 to find out how our expertise can help protect your neck.

Dr. Raymond Espinosa, D.C.

In a society that is moving boundlessly into the future of technology, lifestyles are becoming more sedentary. Entertainment is consumed on screen, productivity is created on computers, and the sum of human knowledge can be found in our pockets. An unintended victim of this brave new world is the spinal column. Back pain is a positively correlated condition that increases with sedentary lifestyles. Non-specific lower back pain is an all-too-common party crasher, affecting a majority of the population. While there is no specific disease or problem causing the pain, it can be severe and debilitating, affecting your daily activities.

A twinge in the lower back after you lift something heavy; a pain after twisting the body awkwardly or aggressively; stiffness after sitting for long periods of time.

The pain will usually digress and disappear by itself in a matter of weeks, but if it comes back in the same region, it may be worth investigating. Chronic lower back pain is a major lifestyle inhibitor. A strain of the ligaments or muscles in the lower back, misalignment of the vertebrae or herniation of lumbosacral discs may be a signal cause. 

Chiropractic is a functional approach to treating low back pain. Our goal is to keep your range of motion intact and eliminate pain. We achieve this with a dynamic treatment plan that includes physical exercise and spinal adjustment. Keeping the spinal joints in alignment is very effective at treating non-specific chronic back pain. Stretching and exercise strengthens and stabilizes the troublesome region. Your treatment plan is entirely unique to your pain; if you are motivated to banish lower back pain for good, call our office in Sacramento at (916) 457-8825 to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Raymond Espinosa, D.C.  

Posture is a significant factor to consider when you experience regular headaches. Poor posture is easily learned and hard for the muscles to forget: it is an unconscious positioning of the body that people neglect until it starts to cause problems in their life. There are myriad factors fighting to hold us back from healthy posture: lifestyles and modern jobs which involve or require long hours concentrating in front of a screen, commuting for hours with inadequate seating, and of course there is always gravity. But posture is in your control, and if you are suffering from persistent headaches, it is always worth considering as a cause that can be corrected.

Posture is, at the very least, a good place to start. Consider the slouch: you have been typing at the computer for hours, ignoring your body’s plea for a break and a stretch; sorry spine, I am concentrating too hard. It just feels right for the head to lean forward, following the chin, bringing you ever closer to the screen. But now consider that the weight of the head (comparable to a bowling ball) is now creating strain to the shoulder and neck muscles. The longer you sit this way, the greater the strain becomes until neck spasms start to refer pain into your head, creating the mystery headache. If you have a moment of consciousness and catch yourself in the act, do something about it!

If you have the time, take a break: walk around and allow your muscles to loosen up. When you resume sitting, keep these principles in mind: Feet flat and firm on the ground, ears over shoulders, which are relaxed, and shoulders over hips, with the stomach slightly tucked. This keeps your head balanced without causing strain to the neck and shoulder muscles.

Making little changes is the best way to increase overall well being. At Espinosa Family Chiropractic, we are dedicated to giving you the best possible chance at living pain free. We treat the daily wear and tear on your spine and offer recommendations for simple lifestyle changes that can open your eyes to a whole world of health. Call our office in Sacramento today at (916) 457-8825 to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Raymond Espinosa, D.C. 

Sleep is the ally of well-being. When you sleep restfully, you encourage proper functioning of the body and brain, boosting happiness and performance during waking hours. When people’s central circadian rhythms are disrupted, everything becomes harder: anxiety is increased and your body and brain have to work harder to achieve simple objectives. Caffeine consumption goes up and nutritious eating goes out the window, both of which tamper further with your ability to sleep. It is a vicious cycle that has caught a good portion of the population in its rotation.

To quantify the importance of good sleep, consider the side-effects of insomnia: A lack of sleep causes increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol. When this hormone is elevated persistently, it can disrupt the immune system, weaken muscles and reduce bone density, and cause fat accumulation in the stomach. Apart from what it does to your brain, lack of sleep is also damaging your body. But what if treating the body could help you sleep? At Espinosa Family Chiropractic, we use chiropractic treatment to solve sleep issues and help you institute lifestyle changes that will improve your chances at beating insomnia.

You can improve sleep quality without the unnecessary side-effects of sleep medication! We will help you do this by identifying the cause of your sleep deficiency. Subluxation, or misalignment of the spine, puts pressure on the nerves, disrupting proper communication between the brain and body. When subluxations are present, the body finds it hard to rest and goes into a state known as stress response. Correcting this misalignment will help your body relax, helping you on your way to sleep. If you are looking for a safe way to overturn your sleep deficiency and restore your well being, look no further than our office in Sacramento, where we can be reached at (916) 457-8825.

Dr. Raymond Espinosa, D.C. 

Tension headaches are bad news. We blame them on everything: work, play, poor nutrition, too much television, not enough activity; these are all valid reasons. But one cause that fewer people consider is that tension headaches can be caused by musculoskeletal abnormalities and in particular, misalignment of the spine. Tension is defined as the state of being stretched tight: apply this definition to the muscles in the shoulders, back and neck and you can see how incessant tightness can create pain.

 It is normal for our muscles to contract and tighten as a response to daily stressors: anger, irritation, anxiety and fatigue. But when this tension becomes chronic and unrelenting, the skeletal system changes its overall posture to compensate, creating even more muscular strain and spinal misalignment. At Espinosa Family Chiropractic, we see the damage done by spinal misalignment on a daily basis; pressure on the spinal nerves interferes with functioning of the nervous system and creates problematic pain, including headaches.

Our treatment provides gentle adjustments that return the spine to proper alignment. The shoulders and neck are particular areas of focus when it comes to tension headaches. Massage therapy and trigger point treatments can relieve muscular tension and heal damaged tissues. If you are in need of relief from tension headaches, call our office to see how we can help. We can be reached at (916) 457-8825 or e-mail us at