Showing posts from May, 2018

Slipped Discs

If you are someone who frequently does physical labor, you have probably heard of the much-feared slipped disc. At the Fort Lauderdale chiropractic office of Dr. Maryam Jafarieh, we can assist patients with managing the pain from this ailment in a non-addictive, minimally invasive manner. But it is helpful for patients to understand what a slipped disc means for their bodies. Slipped discs are also called herniated, ruptured, and bulging discs, which describes them more accurately. The discs between the articulated vertebrae have gelatinous centers and thick, fibrous outer rings. Sometimes, the gel in the center pushes into the outer ring, and in the worst cases, it seeps all the way outside the disc. This puts painful pressure on the surrounding tissues and prevents the disc from doing its job, which is to cushion the vertebrae against all the jostling they get when the patient moves about normally. Sudden trauma could rupture a disc, but breaks are generally wear-and-tear injuries. T

Anatomy of the Backbone

Here at the chiropractic office of Dr. Maryam Jafarieh in Fort Lauderdale, we provide holistic care for a number of ailments originating in the back. Chiropractic isn’t just the study of the back; it’s an approach to medicine that focuses on the interplay between the spine and the rest of the body. To understand how it works, patients must first learn about the back’s structure. The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that travels from the skull through a canal formed by hollow protrusions in the bones that together from the backbone. These bones are called “vertebrae,” and there are twenty-four of them which move individually. The top two are called the atlas and axial vertebrae and are the only articulated vertebrae not separated by a spongy disc. They and the next five bones are the “cervical vertebrae,” those which make up the neck. The twelve which the ribs branch off of are called “thoracic vertebrae” and the five which form the lower back are the “lumbar vertebrae.” Below the lu

Tips for Good Posture

Maintaining good posture keeps bones and joints in their correct alignment so that the muscles don’t strain or become fixed in an abnormal position. Good posture decreases the stress on the ligaments holding the joints of the spine together and prevents backaches and muscular pain. If you don’t have good posture already, improving it will take some practice. Dr. Maryam Jafarieh, DC, of Ft. Lauderdale Chiropractic, suggests utilizing these tips to achieve good posture. Imagine that a string is attached to the top of your head and pulling you upwards. The idea is to keep your body in perfect alignment, maintaining the spine’s natural curvature, neck straight and shoulders parallel with the hips. To stand correctly, you should always keep your shoulders back and relaxed while pulling in your abdomen and keeping your feet about hip distance apart. Balance your weight evenly on both feet and try not to tilt your head forward, backward or sideways. Finally, you should always keep your legs s

Your First Visit to Our Office

When you first visit our office, you will be treated with care, education, support, and our undivided attention. Dr. Maryam Jafarieh, DC, of Ft. Lauderdale Chiropractic, offers complimentary consultations to new patients and is honored to be your chiropractor. Dr. Jafarieh is committed to the health of each patient and will give you the tools to heal. Allow us to explain what to expect during your first visit to our office. During an initial consultation, you will meet with Dr. Maryam Jafaraieh, DC, to discuss your duration and frequency of symptoms, as well as your areas of pain and what makes the pain feel better or worse. Your case history will include questions about your family health problems, dietary habits, past history of other treatments and occupational history. Once Dr. Jafareih is able to provide you with a diagnosis, a treatment plan will be developed from there. Being well-prepared for your appointment will ensure that the doctor has all of the needed information to prov