Neck Pain Specialist
Neck pain affects our quality of life dramatically. Not being able to move your neck from side to side, not being able to sleep properly or even focus, neck pain can be unbearable. Neck pain can happen for many different reasons and causes and can affect our quality of life and daily activities. Dr. Ofek uses chiropractic adjustments to provide pain relief for neck back pain to patients in the Smyrna, Vinings, Marietta, Mableton and Austell, GA area.
Neck Pain Explained
Why do we get neck pain and can chiropractic help? The most common causes of neck pain include pinched nerves due to a vertebra that has shifted and putting pressure on a nerve causing neck pain. Why do these vertebras shift out of their proper alignment?
- Overuse of cellphones or laptops or basically adapting poor posture like hunching over or looking down for a prolong period of time.
- Car accidents can cause your neck to stretch past its normal ability and cause injuries like whiplash. Whiplash can happen even during a “small” fender bender where there are no obvious injuries. Even a 9 mph car accident can cause neck injuries and should be evaluated by a chiropractor as soon as possible.
Can my chiropractor help me with my neck pain? Yes.
We can help you with your neck pain. We will do a thorough and detailed spinal exam including digital X-Rays (if necessary) to discover the cause of your neck pain. We will then provide you with a treatment plan that will focused on the specific area of concerns and any additional therapies that will be needed to get you well. As a part of your treatment plan we will use chiropractic adjustment to align your body back to its proper and balanced position helping with reducing your neck pain. In order to provide you with the best possible care and long term results, we may provide other therapies as soft tissue, specific stretching and strength exercise for better healing. We will work with you to make sure you continue to get better with our prevention plans.
If you, experience constant neck pain, have little to no neck range of motion, have been taking medications to treat the pain, have a “bad feeling about this neck pain, experiencing tingling or numbness down your arms you should come and see us.
Lower Back Pain Specialist
Neck pain affects our quality of life dramatically, from not being able to move your neck from side to side or even sleeping properly. happen for a many different reasons and causes and can affect our quality of life and daily activities. Dr. Ofek uses chiropractic adjustments to provide pain relief for low back pain to patients in Smyrna, Vinings, Marietta Mableton and Austell, GA era.
Lower Back Pain Explained
Can chiropractic help my lower back pain and how? Yes. We can help you with your lower back pain. We will do a thorough and detailed spinal exam to discover the cause of your lower back pain. We will then provide you with a treatment plan that will focused on the specific area of concerns and any additional therapies that will be needed to get you well. As a part of your treatment plan we will use chiropractic adjustment to align your body back to its proper and balanced position helping with reducing lower back pain. In order to provide you with the best possible care and long term results, we may provide other therapies as soft tissue, specific stretching and exercise for better healing. We will work with you to make sure you continue to get better with our prevention plans.
Sciatica is a form of nerve injury that is often very painful and debilitating and can dramatically decrease our quality of life. Dr. Ofek, your Smyrna chiropractor, will help you resolve your Sciatica pain and correct the cause of the problem.
Sciatic nerve compression, or what is commonly referred to as Sciatica, is caused by compression due to misaligned vertebrae, herniated or bulging discs. The pain that is most often associated with Sciatica is a severe pain that travels from your low back to your glutes, thighs and to one or both legs and feet. There could be a few causes to Sciatica; among them is Pregnancy, Childbirth, Tumors and even disorders such as Diabetes. Sciatica, may present with a variety of symptoms ranging from dull pain, severe pain or an electric like shock traveling down the leg, numbness, tingling or a burning sensation.
How Do I know I have Sciatica?
A trained professional with an extensive experience in treating Sciatica, will be able to help identify the problem. Dr. Ofek will conduct a thorough exam and review your medical history to find the cause of the Sciatica and will provide a specific care plan.
Headaches and Migraines
More often than not, Headaches are a sign that something concerning is going on in our body. We will make sure to find the underlying cause of the health concern and help with relieving your headaches or Migraines. Many patients form the Smyrna, GA area come to see Dr. Ofek to relieve headaches and migraines pain.
Headache and Migraines Explained
We all had a headache or two and unfortunately they are common. Usually the pain is temporary and mild. If headaches are more frequent and cause severe pain that is debilitating or affects our quality of our life it might be a more serious issue that need to be addressed. Generally there are two types of headaches:
Migraines: typically individuals that suffer from Migraines will report that they may feel nausea and sensitivity to light and sounds.
Tension Headaches: Typically more muscular in nature and may appear as pain on both sides of the head.
Booth types of headaches can affect our quality of life dramatically. Often, individuals that suffer from these types of headaches will report vision issues, bodily function issues, as well as mood and personality issues.
Can Chiropractic help my headaches?
A major cause of headaches and migraines is neuromusculoskeletal in nature. Dr. Ofek is trained in aligning the spine with spinal adjustments, to reduce the pressure on the nerves that causes the headaches. Dr. Ofek will first perform a specific spinal exam to find the cause of the headache and to tailor a specific treatment plan for you.
Often, muscular tension and nerve stress can cause headaches. Dr. Ofek will use spinal adjustments to reduce the pressure on that system relieving the pain and tension in your head, Neck and shoulder. Spinal adjustments will help improve overall function in your body contribution to optimal health.
Often, when a new patient comes to visit us they do not have a headache on that day, should they still come in? Of course. The underlying cause is still there and unless we correct the problem it will often return. In order to prevent the problem from coming back, we will often recommend repeated visits and enough time to rebuild and strengthen the muscles in that area.
Pregnancy Prenatal Care
Pregnancy can be one of the most exciting times in your life. Preconception care should begin four to twelve months prior to conception. Dr. Ofek works closely with women prior to pregnancy to ensure their immune and nervous system are functioning optimally for a healthy pregnancy. More than just a treatment for low back pain, many mothers have come to recognize the vital role that Chiropractic care plays in a healthy pregnancy.
A properly functioning spine and nervous system is an important part of a wellness pregnancy. Whether or not to see a Chiropractor during pregnancy is one of the most important decisions an expectant mother will make. Pregnancy is an important time for nerve impulses to flow uninterrupted from the brain to all the parts of the body including the uterus for proper neurological development of your baby. Dr. Ofek works with midwives, obstetricians and doulas to help ensure that Mom is receiving the best care for her and her developing baby.
In addition to the noticeable changes your pregnancy will cause your body, pregnancy can also cause subtle changes in the musculoskeletal system; changes your Chiropractor is able to detect and correct. The position of your growing baby will cause your center of gravity to shift and your spine will naturally alter itself to accommodate this change. As a result, you may experience low back and pelvic pain. The increase in hormones during pregnancy can also cause muscles, ligaments, cartilage and even bones to “soften” and become more pliable. Pelvic bones may even become displaced or fixated. Since your hips will need to spread to accommodate the delivery of your baby, fixated pelvic bones can lead to complications during delivery.
It’s especially important during pregnancy for nerve impulses to flow from your brain to all parts of your body. A slightly out-of-place vertebra can create nerve irritation, which can interfere with your body’s nervous system. Unwanted symptoms such as sciatica, lower back pain, pubic bone pain, and middle back discomfort during pregnancy can be alleviated by prenatal chiropractic care. By using special or modified techniques during your pregnancy, Dr. Ofek can restore the function of your nervous system, improve your overall wellness and increase your comfort during your pregnancy and delivery.
In fact, research has proven that:
- 84% of pregnant women treated by Chiropractic care received relief from low back pain.
- Women under Chiropractic care had nearly a 25% reduction in the average labor time verses the “generally accepted average labor time. (With women who had given birth in the past, that number rose to 33%)
- Postpartum pain was relieved in 75% of moms that received regular Chiropractic care.
During your pregnancy, your Family Wellness Chiropractor can do the following: 1.Gentle adjustments can correct vertebral misalignment and relieve nerve interference. 2.Help properly align the pelvic bones which can contribute to a shorter and easier delivery. 3.Restore the natural position and mobility of the sacrum and pelvic joints. 4.Reduce nerve interference to the mother’s nervous system which controls all of her systems and functions. 5.Decrease the probability of abnormal fetal position during the last trimester.
Prenatal chiropractic care should include evaluation with the Webster Technique. The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment that helps to reduce bony restrictions and relax the supporting ligaments to the uterus which allows the baby to get in the best possible position for birth. Typically, the Webster Technique is utilized on all pregnant women beginning around 28 weeks to ensure proper position of the baby and to facilitate an easier labor and delivery. Dr. Ofek has been certified in the Webster Technique and routinely uses the technique on all pregnant patients.
Many mothers report back to their Chiropractors that regular spinal adjustments helped them feel healthier during their pregnancy, decreased morning sickness, facilitated shorter labor and delivery times, and increased an overall sense of well-being.
Speak with Dr. Ofek today, if you are pregnant or considering conceiving. Just as the decision to use a doula or midwife can affect your overall childbirth experience, so can your nutrition, exercise and spinal health. Dr. Ofek is dedicated to providing you with the absolute best in family wellness care and specializes in the care of pregnant women and is certified in the Webster Technique.
Why the emphasis on children?
I find it incredibly concerning and unacceptable that kids in this country are sicker than ever before. Not only that our kids are sicker but they are also more medicated than ever before in our modern history. It simply does not make sense to me and honestly breaks my heart. As a parent, there is nothing more stressful and upsetting than seeing your child suffering. We have gotten so used to thinking within the box, accepting the “reality” and not look for other means of intervention. I am here to tell you that not only chiropractic can help your child but also that it could improve their health dramatically in ways you did not even allowed yourself to imagine. Most parents, unfortunately, accepted that their child will never be as healthy or vital as their peers, simply because that’s what our society allowed them to believe. My practice is a place of hope, a place where we are focused on solutions not problems, possibilities not impossibilities. You will always feel inspired and motivated to keep moving forward and most important you will always be listened to. As parents, we simply want somebody to assure us that we are not alone and that you we have someone in your corner to support you along this journey. I am here for you and your family and it will be my honor and privilege to care for you and your loved ones.
Chiropractic is all about the nervous system and making sure it is functioning at a 100% all of the time so we can live the life we were meant to. When our nervous system (Brain, spinal cord and delicate nerves) are injured due to trauma (physical, emotional, chemical) the function in our body and our ability to stay healthy is reduced dramatically. The first trauma we sustain happens during the birth process and is called “Traumatic Birth Syndrome” (TBS). Traumatic birth syndrome happens to 80%-90% of all births today and is a major contributor to most pediatric health issues we are familiar with and help in our practice on a daily basis:
- Developmental delays
- ADHD, Dyslexia
- Digestion issues
- Sleeping Problems
- Learning Disorders
- Behavioral issues
- Ear infections
- Reflux / Colic
- Lip/Tongue Tie
- Immune system issues
- Bed wetting problems
Children are our future, literally, if not starting with them so who should we start with? Or when should we start? When parents realize how much trauma (Physical, Emotional and Chemical) a child sustains during the birth process and even prior to birth they can’t wait to start care in my office. Parents want chiropractic care for their child not because something is wrong, but because they want to optimize their health and wellbeing and prevent any future health issues (the ones we all see as adults). A growing child sustains thousands of falls, injuries and other traumas by the time they are three years old. Actually, a child’s brain undergoes an amazing period of development from birth to three - producing more than a million neural connections each second. Between conception and age three, a child’s brain undergoes an impressive amount of change. At birth, it already has about all of the neurons it will ever have.
It doubles in size in the first year, and by age three it has reached 80% of its adult volume. (http://www.urbanchildinstitute.org/why-0-3/baby-and-brain).
One of the greatest benefits of Chiropractic care for infants/ kids is proper brain and nervous system development.
Why an Infant's spine should be checked regularly by a chiropractor
By the time children have reached 4 years of age they have fallen literally thousands of times. Just like adults, children's spines are made of individual vertebrae that can get misaligned resulting in pressure on nerves, spinal cord and may lead to long term damage. Additional causes to spinal subluxations could be: Birth trauma (difficult delivery, forceps, vacuum, C- section), improper baby carrying, and excessive time in car seats can that cause dangerous spinal misallignments that present as common newborn health complaints such as:
- Developmental delays, torticullis, Plagiocephaly (assymetrical skull).
- Excessive Crying
- Breastfeeding, dysfunction, latching issues
As our children grow and become toddlers; learning how to walk, repeated injuries and falls, childhood sports and playground falls can cause dangerous spinal subluxations in young children that may cause:
- Neurodevelopmental Disorders (ADHD, ADD, Autism. etc.)
In their teenage years, children are at the last stage of spinal development, things like poor posture, wearing heavy backpacks, and playing contact sports may cause a multitude of conditions like:
- Poor Posture
- ADD/ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Depression, Anxiaty
- Back Pain
Chiropractic care may prevent many of these condition and provide an optimal development and health for your child throughout his life.
What is ADD/ADHD?
Developmental disorder is often the reason of an imbalance between the right and left hemispheres of the brain, in particular a weakness of the right side of the brain compared to the left side. This often occurs as the result of a delay in development of specific areas of the brainstem and right cortex during normal development or often due to injury to the right hemisphere of the brain which causes a delay in functioning on that side. The definition or terms ADD/ADHD are all related to the same right brain imbalance but with different presentations or symptoms. A child with ADD/ADHD will can often be described as a happy and outgoing child, curious and impulsive, fearless, has difficulties with non-verbal communication (eye contact, facial expression), great in verbal communication. Kids with ADD/ADHD may have difficulties in completing tasks but great in planning them. They may have difficulties with being aware of the world around them or the "big picture".
Chiropractic Care and ADD/ADHD:
We will start by doing an in-depth physical examination and a thorough review of birth, infancy, and mother’s history during pregnancy, family history, as well as any relevant information up to the day of the examination. We will than determine the specific care that patient needs and present the report of finding to the family and start care according to the recommendations we provide. Additional exercises to accommodate our progress may be given to the child as homework.
We provide advanced spinal correction and chiropractic adjustments utilizing "state of the art" chiropractic techniques. Never in the history of chiropractic care have chiropractors been able to provide the level of help and expertise that is available today. Many of the newest chiropractic techniques are actually safer, more comfortable and more effective than ever before. As a chiropractor who cares about utilizing the most advanced chiropractic techniques, Dr Amit Ofek has years of training, expertise and experience in helping patients get pain relief for back pain, neck pain, headaches, and other related conditions originating from the spine. Chiropractic care under a trained professional can even be used to prevent injuries and help you achieve total health or wellness.