How to treat IT Band Syndrome

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in Chiro Blog | 0 comments

The iliotibial band (IT band) is a fibrous band that runs from a point on the side of your hip to the outer part of your knee.  The IT band helps to control motion in the leg and actually stores energy.  When your leg is behind you, it holds tension which is used to propel you forward.  When people have pain on the side of their leg, most people mistakenly either work out that muscle or stretch it; however, both ideas are wrong.  Since the IT band is not a muscle, it cannot be stretched or strengthened like a muscle; however, the muscles around the IT band can be stretched and strengthened.  A common condition involving the IT band is “Iliotibial band syndrome.”  This condition is caused when the IT band has repeatedly rubbed on either the bony point of your hip or knee.  This inflames the fascia around it and causes pain.  IT band syndrome usually starts when trying to ramp up workout intensity very quickly (ex: you weekend warriors).  Prevention Magazine states, “If you ramp up your exercise routine too quickly—say, going from not running at all to logging 5+ miles a day or cramming all your exercise into the weekends—there’s a greater chance you’ll end up in pain.  It’s important to ease into your routine.”  Before you run off and self diagnose yourself with IT band syndrome, take some necessary steps to confirm your self diagnoses.  The main area for IT band syndrome will be in a specific pinpoint location on the side of the knee.  If pain is anywhere else on the leg or is not pinpoint, it is not IT band syndrome.  Other things that your pain could be are trigger points or muscle knots, patellofemoral pain syndrome, meniscus tears, etc.  If you think you may be suffering from IT band syndrome, the best thing to do is to back off any high impact exercise such as running or cycling, wait to see if the pain resides, then slowly get back into your workout routine.  The wrong thing to do is to completely ignore it.  Ignoring could lead to tears or make things worse.  Do yourself a favor, get it checked out and ask about treatment options.  Things to prevent IT band syndrome include proper footwear, replacing running shoes every 250 miles, avoiding to run on banked surfaces, minimize downhill running or switching directions on an indoor track each mile.  Chiropractors typically use like joint manipulations, therapeutic modalities, myofascial release and can teach therapeutic exercises to help.  You may view some exercises on our website portal.

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For an evaluation to see if you have IT Band Syndrome please contact Reed Chiropractic in Tempe.

250 W. Baseline Rd. #107

Tempe, AZ  85283


Is your back pain “All in your Head”? Research says this may actually be true!

Posted by on Dec 31, 2017 in Chiro Blog | 0 comments

Back pain has become part of our society and life. It is a huge reason for people missing work and for people to search for opioid drugs, which actually cause more deaths than auto accidents; so back pain is becoming an enormous problem.  While most back pain will self-resolve if you are willing to wait a month or so, it is also important to know that some conditions require a doctor’s attention such as: kidney stones, arthritis, appendicitis, aneurysms and the bone thinning condition called osteoporosis.  Most people do not want to hear that the pain is all “in their head;” however, some recent research may support this claim.  Dr. John Sarno, a famous back pain doctor, used a technique similar to Emotional Freedom Techniques.  Sarno says that one can unconsciously cause pain due to emotional responses such as anger, fear, frustration and rage.  He explains it as your brain suppressing these emotions and your body directing the emotions elsewhere eg: neck, back, shoulders.  Sarno states that pain is actually a distraction from what is truly bothering us and that the pain is what keeps us from an emotional explosion.  Sarno believed that people can overcome their pain by confronting their conflicting emotions.  Sarno’s work lived on after he died and is present in many research studies.  Recent studies show that pain from conditions such as fibromyalgia had significant results using emotion awareness and expression therapy in reducing pain.  Dr. Mel Pohl reminds us that even though pain is created in our brain—it is real; stating, “all pain I regulated by the brain—whether there is an actual nail in your thumb or an old injury that should have healed by now but inexplicably keep hurting—both cases it is nerve fibers that are sending messages to your brain that cause you to feel the pain.”  Pain does not necessarily have to carry an emotional component; however, the longer the pain is present, the more probability for it to create an emotional component which can excite neurotransmitters to decrease your pain threshold.  Movement is essential to gain freedom from pain; in fact, sitting actually may cause pain to worsen!  When we sit (especially for long periods of time), muscles such as iliacus, psoas and quadrates lumborum start to adaptively shorten; so, when we attempt to stand, these muscles stretch and cause pain.  This pain is not necessarily telling us that there is a dramatic problem; however, it does let our bodies know there is something wrong.  Carefully walking, bracing with one leg, or not moving is not the answer—though it may seem like it; in fact, it’s actually quite the opposite!  Experts now state that it is better to continue to move.  Recent research shows that exercise is the best way to avoid a flare-up of pain and even prevent pain.  In the article, “Noninvasive treatments for acute, sub acute and chronic low back pain: A clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians,” it states three new recommendations, 1. “clinicians and patients should select no pharmacologic treatment with superficial heat, massage, acupuncture, or spinal manipulation” and is a “strong recommendation.” 2. “For patients with chronic low back pain, clinicians and patients should initially select non pharmacologic treatment with exercise, multidisciplinary rehabilitation, acupuncture, mindfulness-based stress reduction, tai chi, yoga, motor control exercise, progressive relaxation, electromyography biofeedback, low-level laser therapy, operant therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, or spinal manipulation” 3. “In patients with chronic low back pain who have had an inadequate response to non pharmacologic therapy, clinicians and patients should consider pharmacologic treatment with non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs as first-line therapy, or Tramadol or Duloxetine as second-line therapy. Clinicians should only consider Opioids as an option in patients who have failed the aforementioned treatments and only if the potential benefits outweigh the risks for individual patients and after a discussion of known risks and realistic benefits with patients.”  All in all, emotions play a significant part in pain and it is saddening that we disregard simple strategies that can help us.  Here at Reed Chiropractic, we like to use simple ways in order for your own body to heal itself.  Many studies have repeatedly shown chiropractic to not only be a safer option but also less expensive

Understanding Herniated Discs and MRI reports “In plain English”

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Chiro Blog | 0 comments

Many times, patients come in to our offices after auto accidents or sports injuries with complaints of burning, numbness, tingling, or lingering pain that will just not go away.  When patients present with these types of complaints, it cues the doctor to problems involving the nerves, nerve roots and spinal cord.  One such problem that can demonstrate these symptoms is the presence of a herniated disc.

The definition of a herniated disc may come in a variety of words—most of which are in another language and no one understands; furthermore, not all terms mean herniated disc!  In layman’s terms a herniated disc can be similar to a jelly doughnut.  The inner portion of the disc (nucleus pulposus) would be represented by the jelly and the outer part of the disc (annulus fibrosis) would be the dough.  Just like a baker wants the jelly to stay on the inside, so do you! When a disc is herniated, it means that the nucleus pulpous (jelly) is outside of the doughnut.  This comes in a few flavors.

  1. Protrusion/Extrusion: when you read these words on an MRI report, it is a sub-type of herniated disc. It means that it is just pointing in a certain direction.
  2. Sequestered: This is another type of herniated disc where part of the disc has actually broken off and there is an unattached floating piece of disc material.

Some other terms that are related but do not signify herniated disc include:

  1. Bulge: a bulging disc is not a herniated disc—or at least not a recent one. When a radiologist’s report says, “bulging disc,” what they are saying is essentially that there was previously a herniated disc at that level a long time ago. The process occurs as such: a disc herniates; 6 months to a year later, bony spurs begin to form in order to stabilize the area; some of the disc will “resorb” or go back in.  The slightly healed herniated disc is now called a bulge.
  2. Annular tear: an annular tear is a tear in the outer part of the disc. There are two types, radial and circumferential. A circumferential tear goes with the grain of the annulus (dough of the doughnut) and may exist without the presence of a herniation; however, a radial tear goes against the grain of the annulus (dough of the doughnut) and will always be present with a herniation.

Many people worry and are afraid of immediate surgery.  While surgery may  help a herniated disc( at least in the short term), not all herniated discs are immediate surgical candidates; furthermore, there are other options for treatment of an acute herniated disc, including: decompression, traction, chiropractic adjustments, steroid injections, and nerve blocks.  We always suggest trying the least invasive treatment like Chiropractic first, and moving to more invasive treatments if they are not successful.  We like our patients to know that they can always have surgery later, but if they go straight to surgery there is no going back.  For any additional questions you may have about your specific condition we always offer a free consultation to discuss your different treatment options.

For an appointment call our Tempe office at 480-785-1355.

Reed Chiropractic 250 W. Baseline Rd. #107, Tempe, AZ 85283

The Effects of Sleep deprivation on your Health

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in Chiro Blog | 0 comments


We all know that we don’t feel as good after a poor night of sleep but did you know that lack of sleep can also have serious consequences when it comes to your health? Lack of sleep has the same effect on your immune system as illness and physical stress as well as increasing your risk of numerous chronic ailments such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s, insulin resistance and obesity.

Adults need 8-9 hours of sleep per night while children need anywhere from 8-12 hours, with 10 hours being the average amount of sleep needed. Even losing one hour of sleep per night has been shown to increase inflammation, decrease immune function, and raise the risk of diabetes, cancer and stress.


Sleep deprivation has the same effects of having a blood alcohol level of .10 percent which can impair judgment, physical movements and mental focus!

One of the worst things you can do is take sleep aides or sleeping pills. Research shows that the risk of certain cancers is 35% higher for people who use sleeping pills and they are nearly four times as likely to die from any cause than nonusers!

Sleep deprived mothers have double the risk of delivering more than six weeks early, resulting in premature birth, than mother’s who get plenty of sleep.

Your memory is affected by how much sleep you get! Lack of sleep has been linked to lower academic performance and memory recall.

Sleep deprivation increases your risk of obesity, stomach ulcers, osteoporosis, high blood pressure and cancer!

Lack of sleep leads to premature aging, both mentally and physically as well increases your risk o f depression and anxiety. 87% of depressed patients showed major improvements after resolving their insomnia, with symptoms disappearing after eight weeks

Lack of sleep is also linked to increased risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.


Turn your bedroom into a sleep haven.

Computers, cell phones and television have no place in the bedroom if you want to increase your sleep quality. Reduce any noisy interruptions such as removing your pet from the bedroom and the use of a white noise machine to reduce outdoor noises. Blackout curtains and turning off or covering all sources of light can greatly increase your body’s ability to get deep, restful sleep.

Keep a consistent schedule

Try going to bed and waking up at the same time each day. This will allow your body to become accustomed to a routine so it can regulate your circadian clock so you can fall asleep and stay asleep all night.

Get plenty of bright sunlight exposure in the morning and at noon

Exposure to bright light first thing in the morning signals your body that it’s time to wake up and stops production of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin. Outdoor sunlight is best so taking a walk outside in the morning or midday will help anchor your circadian clock.

Exercise Daily

Besides reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease and metabolic disorders, exercising will help your body rest and sleep more soundly. You should try to exercise at least three hours before bed or earlier.

Keep your room temperature low

Between 60 and 68 F is the ideal room temperature for sleeping. If your room is cooler or warmer, it can have a negative effect on your night’s sleep. Try to keep your room in this range to try and attain optimal core body temperature.

Eclipse your pain with Chiropractic Care

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Chiro Blog | 0 comments

Here at Reed Chiropractic we has been serving patients in pain for over 18 years. If you would like to find out how to get stated on a individualized chiropractic care program we are here to help.  Our Tempe office is located just south of the US 60 and close to ASU.  Our Mesa office is located near Alta Mesa Country Club in NE Mesa.  Please call us at 480-785-1355 to set up your Free no obligation initial consultation and evaluation using the state of art Insight Subluxation station.