Chiropractic Month

In the past ten years, many things have changed: cell phone size, internet speed, and the United State’s view on chiropractic. That’s right, the profession that used to be the butt of sitcom jokes is now quickly becoming a popular form of pain relief in recent years due to its natural, drug-free approach. To bring awareness to the benefits of chiropractic, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has declared October 2015 as “Chiropractic Month” in North Carolina.  

FACQ Topic #2: Is Chiropractic Treatment Ongoing?

Welcome back to Frequently Asked Chiropractic Questions! This week’s topic: Is Chiropractic Treatment Ongoing?  

Do I Need Back Surgery?

Do I need Back Surgery? Chiropractors are experts on the back, and our answer is typically, “Try chiropractic first.”  

FACQ Topic #1: What Do Chiropractors Treat?

Welcome to our new series! Frequently Asked Chiropractic Questions. We will explore different topics that we as chiropractors get asked about quite often. If you have a question you’d like to ask the docs, please comment below or email  

When Should I Use a Foam Roller

A foam roller is a great tool to increase range of motion, decrease pain, and help release some of the fascial adhesions you have underneath your skin.  It has become one of the most popular tools for athletes, CrossFitters, anyone who is active, people with pain, or a combination of any of these.  At AccessHealth Chiropractic Center in Cary, NC we often instruct patients on how to use one and advise it as part of a patient’s home treatment.  One of the most common questions we get from chiropractic patients is “When should I use a foam roller? After I work out? Before I work out? Anytime I have a spare second?” So let’s talk about this!  

Back Pain Causes - Sacroilitis

There are a lot of causes of back pain and chiropractic care is an effective treatment for the majority on of them.  Lower back pain is the second most commneurological complaint behind headaches (which chiropractic care is also great for!)  Today we’ll look at sacroiliitis, a complaint that presents to our Cary, NC chiropractic office frequently.  

Benefits of Wellness Care

Wellness is a very important part of your health care plan. The term “wellness” is gaining traction in the media and is a hot buzzword right now. But, what exactly is wellness and how does one benefit from it? The American Chiropractic Association defines wellness as “an active process that promotes health and enhances quality of life.” Note the words active process and quality of life. We expect you to be actively involved in your health care by performing the exercises we give you, following your care plan, and implementing lifestyle and nutritional changes. We are also concerned about your functionality and work hard to improve your quality of life. We do this by setting goals with you at your very first visit. These goals may be as simple as walking with no pain, to being able to pick up your children at the end of the day, to something like running a marathon or climbing a mountain. As chiropractors, we look at wellness care differently than other practitioners. The allopathic medical model sees wellness as merely the absence of symptoms of a disease. We see it as not only the resolution of disease, but also as living to your full potential.  

Shoulder Impingement and Chiropractic

Chiropractic care is a very effective treatment for shoulder impingement, also know by other names such as impingement syndrome and rotator cuff tendonitis.  In today’s post we’ll answer the questions: What is shoulder impingement? What causes shoulder impingement? We’ll also cover how chiropractic can help relieve shoulder impingement.  

How to Get Moving at Work

Last week we discussed why sitting is so bad for you. Today we’re going to discuss what you can do about it! You may be surprised that a cardio blast after work will not do much to reverse the effects of sitting for prolonged periods of time. This article from Runner’s World discusses this and what it means to be an “active couch potato.” You can’t combat 5+ hours of sitting at work with a 30 minute elliptical session much like you couldn’t combat smoking a pack a day with an end of the day jog. You need to implement standing, pacing, and moving throughout your day effectively make a change. Here are some tips about how you can get moving at work:  

Why is Sitting so Bad?

A study from the Journal of the National Cancer Institute gained major media attention last year when the results showed that extended sitting is leading to major diseases. This study spiked articles such as “Sitting is the New Smoking” and “Ways Sitting is Shortening your Life.” But what exactly issitting doing to us and what can we do about it? This week’s blog series will go over these questions and give you some easy stretches that you can do at your desk to get moving.