Early Morning Back Pain is Common and Treatable with Chiropractic Care

Early Morning Back Pain is Common and Treatable with Chiropractic Care

Did you read the February 2015 edition of Arthritis Care & Research? If not, consider doing so and take a look at one article in particular. It’s titled, What Triggers an Episode of Acute Low Back Pain? The piece discusses an early 2000s, case-crossover study involving middle-aged and elderly Australians. What make the study results so interesting really has nothing to do with the triggers but the timing of them. Basically, they indicate that people are most likely to injure their lower backs before lunchtime rolls around. So, what’s that mean for back pain treatment with chiropractic care? For starters, chiropractors may want to begin reminding patients about the importance of getting enough sleep and using proper biomechanics at all times of the day.< After all, the study pointed out that being tired, trying to work without being fully alert and improper lifting techniques are frequently responsible for lower back pain in the earliest parts of the day. According to the National Sleep Foundation’s research, most humans need anywhere from 5 to 19 hours of down time each day. The amount varies based on age, gender, activity level, overall health and other factors. Of course once we open our eyes, it may take a few minutes to actually become fully alert. As far as proper lifting and work techniques go, the key is to evenly distribute the weight of the object or task at hand. Otherwise, undue stress may compress spinal nerves, muscles, ligaments and discs. If a person forgets the basics and ends up with a lower back injury before noon, receiving immediate chiropractic care may help resolve the problem. For instance, spinal manipulation may straighten the body and release components that were previously constrained. To find out more about what researchers say regarding back pain and treatment with chiropractic, please contact us. Image courtesy of Stock Images /...

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Injured While Cleaning? Try Back Pain Treatments and Chiropractic Care

Injured While Cleaning? Try Back Pain Treatments and Chiropractic Care

Spring cleaning routinely lead to aches and pains. It’s easy to see why too. We contort our bodies in a myriad of unhealthy ways all in the name of removing dirt and grime. Plus, we compound the problem by improperly carrying around heavy cleaning supplies and equipment. For example, did you know that a one gallon bucket filled with soapy water is apt to weigh a good 9 pounds? Vacuum cleaners, on the other hand, can weigh as much as 25 pounds each. Now image what carrying around that kind of weight can do to your muscles, nerves and bones, especially if you’ve been inactive all winter. The good news is back pain and other seasonal aches may be treated with chiropractic care. Chiropractors can perform spinal manipulations on injured spring cleaners that will ease sore muscles, release pinched nerves and put misaligned bones back into their proper places. Over time, their efforts can also help housekeepers, maids and others increase their overall flexibility and strength. In addition, chiropractors may be able to suggest various exercises and teach patients the basics of good body mechanics, which may decrease their chances of sustaining injuries while engaged in routine housework. In general, chiropractors recommend that spring cleaners avoid activities like kneeling, crouching, overreaching and lifting heavy objects with their backs. It’s also a great idea to avoid twisting, stooping, bending over and working hard for hours at a time. If there are lots of spring cleaning tasks to be done, divide the work up amongst family members. If that’s not possible, chiropractors urge individuals to warm up before a day of heavy cleaning and pace themselves throughout the ordeal. Changing positions often and periodically stopping to stretch out those kinks may help in the long run too. To learn more about back pain treatments and how chiropractors can help people injured during spring cleaning activities, please contact us. Image courtesy of Stock Images/...

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