Strengthen your back with these simple exercises

Strengthen your back with these simple exercises

My lower back has been sore most of the summer. I try to stay active, but the pain is now making that difficult. This morning I even needed help getting dressed. What are my treatment options? Susan, age 48 The Answer Back and neck pain affect people of all ages, with studies showing that these are more common between the ages of 30 and 40, and tend to decrease after age 65. To find out more click here. If you are suffering from back pain contact us today.   Image courtesy of  Stockimages /...

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Keeping Kids Fit: Back pain is becoming an increasingly common complaint in children

Keeping Kids Fit: Back pain is becoming an increasingly common complaint in children

Is your child’s backpack hurting his or her back? Is that heavy bag causing your teenager’s scoliosis? Can bad posture cause back pain? These are common questions from parents as we see our kids come and go to school with their many books and supplies. In the past, back pain was an uncommon complaint in children. However, the complaint has increased over time and now we see that back pain affects up to 50 percent of children by the time they are 20 years old. Most back pain in children is muscular pain, such as sprains and strains. This type of pain is often related to overuse or poor mechanics and usually involves the muscles surrounding the spine. It can worsen with twisting or heavy lifting. Other potential contributors include very soft mattresses; inadequate sports equipment, such as poorly cushioned sports shoes or incorrectly positioned bike seats; and obesity. Lastly, it is also important to consider depression, anxiety and other psychosocial concerns that can manifest with muscular back pain. To learn more click here. If you are having back pain call us today. Image courtesy of  Photostock...

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Chiropractic Treatment For Summer Back Pain

Chiropractic Treatment For Summer Back Pain

Summer is the time for fun activities and action. With the kids out of school many people planning getaways, there’s definitely a lot to do. Whether it’s tossing a football in the backyard, toting supplies for a family picnic, or traveling on vacation, you’re bound to be more physically active during summertime. And with all that extra activity, you may be putting more strain on your back than you realize. Not to worry though; by keeping up with chiropractic care and following a few simple rules, you can enjoy everything summer has to offer while still feeling great. >Travel can be a large strain, and a major cause of subluxation. Between carrying heavy luggage and spending long hours in a car or plane, there are plenty of opportunities for your spine to get out of alignment. There are ways, however, to make traveling a little gentler on your back. Be careful when picking up heavy travel bags, lifting with your legs rather than back muscles to prevent straining. If you’re going on a long trip, make sure not to spend too much time in one position; it’s a good idea to get up and stretch as often as you can. When working in the yard – whether it’s gardening, mowing, or other outdoor chores – use the same caution you’d use in traveling. Try not to spend too much time stooping and bending, and be sure not to overwork any one part of your body. If you do a lot of heavy outside work during the summer, your chiropractor can show you stretches and exercises that will help strengthen your back muscles and prevent future backaches. Warm weather means more chances to try outdoor activities you may not usually have a chance to enjoy. If you aren’t used to a lot of physical exertion, you may find yourself more prone to injury. If you do strain your back, be sure to seek treatment with chiropractic as soon as possible to prevent any problems from getting worse. There’s no reason to sacrifice summertime activities to save your back; with a few precautions and regular chiropractic care, you can savor a summer that is both fun and pain-free! Image courtesy of Stockimages /...

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Keep Charlie Horses at Bay With Chiropractic Care

Keep Charlie Horses at Bay With Chiropractic Care

Have you ever experienced a Charlie horse so painful that it brought tears to your eyes? Do muscle cramps in your legs occur more often than you’d like? If so, you are not alone. It is a common problem and there are various ways to find relief. But before we talk about getting rid of muscle spasms in the legs, let’s explore why they happen. Why Do Bad Charlie Horses Happen to Good People? The legs are obviously part of humankind’s musculoskeletal system. As such, they are impacted by our nervous and circulatory systems as well as our diets. Consequently, when nerves get compressed and blood flow is inhibited, cramps may happen. Similar may be said if we don’t provide our bodies with enough minerals, vitamins and water. An inadequate diet, poor circulation and pinched nerves are not the sole causes of leg cramps though. They may also be brought about by inactivity or overuse. Examples include people who stand in one position or run for hours at a time. As such, people may guard against getting those types of leg cramps by altering their activity levels and changing positions often. What Can Chiropractors Do to Keep Cramps at Bay? The initial causes we mentioned, however, are best addressed with professional help. We’d recommend relying on chiropractic care. A skilled practitioner has the potential to help improve a person’s circulation, nerve pathways and entire musculoskeletal system in numerous ways. As a consequence, muscle cramp frequency and related episodes of pain are significantly reduced. Clearly it also stands to reason that chiropractic care may resolve existing, persistent muscle cramps too. If your Charlie horses tend to happen at night, a chiropractor may check to see if restless leg syndrome is to blame. It is a fairly common disorder of the central nervous system and chiropractic care may help to resolve it as well. Additional items chiropractors often recommend for their restless leg syndrome patients are compression socks, therapeutic massage, heating pads, sleep supplements and assorted...

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Common Myths about Chiropractic Care

Common Myths about Chiropractic Care

There are a number of myths commonly believed by the public at large when it comes to chiropractic care. These myths about chiropractic care are not only untrue, but may also discourage those who could benefit from chiropractic treatment the most from following through with a treatment regimen. Self-Treatment Versus Professional Visits A number of people believe that they can adjust their back or other joints in their body by themselves or enlist the help of a friend or loved one. Not only can this mentality cause little relief to the underlying problems, but it may also promote further injuries or long-term pain due to improper adjustment procedure. Chiropractic is Only for the Treatment of Back Pain Although most people tend to relate to back issues when mentioning chiropractic care, all joints in the body can benefit from the treatment. Fingers, wrists, ankles, elbows and knees are all involved in the practice of chiropractic. In fact, many patients who are commonly on their feet choose to follow through with a professional since improper alignment in this area can carry up the kinetic chain to cause further problems and may also lead to chronic headaches. Eating Properly and Exercising Regularly Ensures Optimal Health without Chiropractic Care Many people believe that if they eat healthy foods and exercise on a regular basis that optimal health is achievable. Although it may be true that these habits while drastically increase the quality of your health, a harmonic balance is essential for an optimized health portfolio. According to the Chiropractic for the World Foundation, “Proper balance, healthy spinal motion and a resulting healthy nervous system are all integral to health. Very often, the missing piece of the puzzle in the picture of health is a healthy spine and nervous system. During exercise, it is important to have your spine moving properly and your body to be balanced. If your spine is imbalanced, the physical impacts of exercise will actually wear it out faster”. Image courtesy of Stockimages /...

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