Chronic Back and Neck Pain in Lakewood, CO

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Lakewood, CO Chiropractor, Dr. Steve Tashiro Relieves Back and Neck Pain with Various Chiropractic Techniques He Provides at His Facility

Chronic Back and Neck Pain in Lakewood, CO: Back pain and neck pain are common conditions that are seen at Barrett Colorado Life Changing Care. Dr. Steve Tashiro, our chiropractor in Lakewood, CO, can help keep his patients pain-free with chiropractic care and without the use of medication.

Success Secret # 1: Your Problems Started Long Before You Felt Pain

Damage can occur to your spinal discs long before you feel it. You can have a bulge in a disc where the gel center can push through the inner two-thirds of the cartilage before you know something is wrong. It is only when the gel substance pushes all the way to the outer one-third that you will perceive pain. By then, the disc damage has been done.

Success Secret # 2: Healing Takes Time

The damaged outer cartilage ring of a disc takes 300-500 days to fully heal. If you want to greatly reduce the re-occurrence of lower back pain or neck pain once the pain is gone, you must follow your recommended prevention program provided by Dr. Tashiro for lasting results.

Success Secret #3: MRI Is A Great Diagnostic Tool…But It Won’t Tell The Whole Story

An often-overlooked factor has to be considered when reading MRIs. In most cases, individuals with discogenic lower back pain find that lying down gives them the most relief. On the flip side, sitting, getting up from sitting and standing are the most uncomfortable. During the conventional MRI, the patient is in a position that gives relief. This can result in missing what the disc looks like when it hurts.

Success Secret #4: Decompression Therapy and Traction are NOT the Same

There are many inherent problems with sustained traction of the spine, with muscle spasms and increased disc pressure at the top of the list. Traditional traction pulls both spine and muscles. Decompression, on the other hand, creates a gentle pumping motion that is controlled by a computer, thereby reducing muscle spasm while unloading the disc. In a limited number of cases, traction has its place. However, decompression therapy is more complex, and therefore able to treat more complex cases.

Success Secret #5: Your Brain and Your Disc

The cerebellum is in the back part of the brain and it controls all spinal musculature as well as balance and coordinated movement. When the cerebellum is not firing correctly, the muscles will spasm, the vertebrae lock up and the disc loses fluid and degenerates. When we get the cerebellum firing better, the spinal muscles will no longer be in spasm, the vertebrae will move better and your disc can heal.

Success Secret #6: Oxygen Therapy

The brain and nervous system need two things to survive: fuel and activation. Fuel comes in the form of glucose and oxygen. As you age, your ability to utilize oxygen decreases. The use of oxygen has been demonstrated to be a tremendous adjunctive therapy to speed healing.

Success Secret #7: Soft Tissues and Your Back/Neck Pain

Muscles, tendons and ligaments that surround and support the spine and disc MUST be properly stretched and strengthened to support and stabilize the spine and disc. Most people understand this but do not recognize that this should come AFTER the disc has had time to heal and not before. The specific rehabilitation protocols which we teach you in our office are easily done in the comfort of your home and are an essential requirement for lasting results.

Success Secret #8: Knowing When to Treat Disc vs. Muscles

I’m sure you or someone you know with back or neck pain has been given a series of exercises and even stretches to do which didn’t seem to solve the problem, or even made it worse. One of the main reasons for this type of outcome is because the damaged disc had not been addressed first; consequently, loading it more with exercises inhibited improvement. Our examination focuses on Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy. A detailed history plus our comprehensive exam will show in what order your discs and muscles should be treated, so that you have the best chance of a great outcome the first time.

Success Secret #9: The Evils of Gluten

Something as simple as food intolerance can lead to back and neck pain and prevent your recovery. If you are eating gluten and you are sensitive to it, it can cause your immune system to attack your body. Immune system antibodies could attack your thyroid, your joints, pancreas, nerves or any other healthy tissue in response to the presence of gluten in your body. Gluten has been identified as a potential neurotoxin, and many with gluten sensitivity do not show the classic symptoms of celiac disease, but develop nerve damage instead.

Success Secret #10: Stenosis and Back/Neck Pain

Stenosis is the narrowing of an opening. It can occur in blood vessels, ear canals, or where your nerves exit the spinal cord. Many people with stenosis in the low back will find relief if they bend forward, or sit down while bending forward. Patients with spinal stenosis undergo a very specific mode of care involving decompression therapy.

Success Secret #11: Spinal Degeneration and Back/Neck Pain

Discs are designed to act as flexible cushions that provide proper spacing between the spinal bones—your vertebrae. Additionally, they allow the spine to move when acted upon by the spinal muscles. If there is a thinning or degeneration of the discs, it will alter normal spinal motion leaving you susceptible to pain. Our program is tailor-made to deal with disc problems of this nature.

Success Secret #12: The Link Between Your Immune System and Your Back/Neck Pain

In July 2010, in a study published in the Journal of Arthritis and Rheumatism, researchers reported how an immune system substance called interleukin-17 (IL-17) may contribute to back pain caused by herniated and degenerated discs. They found that IL-17 was found in 70% of patients with degenerated or herniated discs but rarely found in healthy disc tissue. It is theorized that pain and inflammation occur as a result of the immunological response. This is why we take a mechanical and metabolic approach to your back pain. Our unique Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy protocol addresses disc degeneration and targets herniated or bulging discs. As well, our laboratory testing and specific supplementation can help modulate the autoimmune response.

Success Secret #13: Don’t Use Medication as a Crutch

Most medications are designed solely to relieve your symptoms. While this is a noble and laudable goal, it does nothing to get to the root cause of the problem — once the drug wears off, the pain returns. Additionally, over time your body will get used to the drug, and the positive effects will lessen. However, the side effects continue — then you are given another drug to help with that, then the effects of that drug decrease, and so on and so on…

Success Secret #14: Non-Surgical Disc Decompression Therapy and Surgery

Considering surgery should always be your last choice–after you have exhausted all of your other options. However, we routinely have patients who have already had back or neck surgery prior to seeing us. If this is you, do not assume you won’t benefit from decompression therapy. There are many case histories of patients with ‘Failed Back Surgery Syndrome’ who have been helped with decompression therapy. If you have reached the point where you are considering surgery—see us first for an evaluation—you have nothing to lose, and everything to gain. If you’ve already had the surgery, and it hasn’t provided the affects you had hoped for, call us for your evaluation—you may be pleasantly surprised at the options we offer.

Success Secret #15: Control Your Health Destiny

No one else is responsible for your health. You are responsible for your health! It’s time to take your healthcare into your own hands. With something as complex as back and neck pain, you have to realize that accepting the usual treatment is just not good enough. You have to ask yourself “Am I prepared to live like this for the rest of my life?” Or are you willing to tackle your problem and have the necessary evaluation done? If you are serious about resolving your problem, we are here to help!

Success Secret #16: Thirty Year Rule

The thirty year rule states that if you are reading this report, given the average onset of neck and back pain and the average human life span, you have approximately thirty years left on this planet – maybe a little more, maybe a little less. How are you going to spend the next thirty years?

Success Secret #17: Take “Massive” Action

Take action! Do not think it’s going to get better on its own. The reality is, you’re either getting better or you’re getting worse – you’re not staying the same. Get tested with an examination that will specifically identify how much of your problem is due to muscular versus disc involvement. Also, find out what other factors are involved that no other doctor has looked for. Armed with this information, you can intelligently tackle your problem instead of being a victim of your symptoms.

Success Secret #18: Care for the WHOLE person

Find a doctor who cares for you as a whole person and utilizes complete functional neurological and metabolic protocols. A functional problem can’t be cared for like an acute situation. Medical doctors are great at treating acute health conditions: a broken bone, a heart attack, a stroke. But when it comes to chronic conditions, functional conditions, they are lost in a lost world.

Now that I’ve given you all of this knowledge and explained to you that we are the office that can provide you with functional testing and a structural, neurologic and metabolic care plan, I invite you to call our office at 303-985-5540 to schedule your Two-Visit Back/Neck Pain Consultation and Examination with Dr. Steve Tashiro.


cj m

I had pain in my pelvis and back, shooting down my leg for 1 year when I first came to Dr. Tashiro. I had been getting spinal alignments and acupuncture from another chiropractor but it wasn’t working. Dr. T put me on a comprehensive program including alignments, herbs, rehab exercises, massages and foot baths. After 18 treatments, I no longer have the chronic, debilitating pain. It’s the first time I’ve been pain free in 4 years and I’m sleeping through the night. Just do it!

Lakewood, CO

vanessa v

I’ve had jaw pain and cluster headaches for as long as I can remember. The orthopedist’s recommendation was immediate surgery to break the jaw then reset it. I decided instead to see Dr. Tashiro. After just 2 months, my cluster headaches have almost gone. My jaw used to painfully pop out of joint at least 12 times a day and now it doesn’t at all. My posture is better, I have less lower back pain and shoulder tension and I don’t walk funny anymore. I’m so glad I decided to do alternative care because I didn’t want to have surgery and now I don’t have to and I feel fabulous!

Vanessa V.
Lakewood, CO

bob r

My headaches, neck pain and lack of energy began years ago. My M.D., neurosurgeon and chiropractor could find nothing wrong. After only ten weeks of care with Dr. Tashiro, my headaches and neck pain are gone and I have plenty of energy. I think more clearly and my life is so much better!

Bob R.
Golden, CO

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