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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Chiropractic for Seniors Can Help Address Weather Related Pain

Chiropractic for Seniors Can Help Address Weather Related Pain

According to a January 2014 article that appeared in the Journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain, Mother Nature can have quite an effect on seniors’ musculoskeletal health. At least that appears to be the case for elderly individuals dealing with an osteoarthritis diagnosis. In the journal article, researchers provided concrete evidence that relative humidity, barometric pressure and temperature can all cause an arthritic, elderly person’s pain to increase. So what can people do to achieve pain relief when Ma Nature is unleashing her worst? Some healthcare professionals suggest that chiropractic for seniors may provide the best solution. In February 2012, the periodical, Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, published research completed by multiple American health professionals. It indicated that chiropractic for seniors can effectively provide pain relief and improve a person’s overall mobility. The list of specific chiropractic techniques that the researchers considered in their study included spinal manipulation and acupuncture. Both were shown to lessen arthritic pain in a person’s spine, and knees as well as help improve thoracic function. Why does chiropractic for seniors work in situations involving osteoarthritis and the weather? To gain a better understanding of the topic, it pays to look closer at the disease. It is widely accepted that osteoarthritis is caused by stress being placed onto a body’s joints. Our joints are made up of cartilage, collagen, muscles, nerves, blood vessels and ligaments. They are naturally under pressure and some components, like cartilage, contain fluid. When changes occur in our external environment’s barometric pressure, temperature and relative humidity, they can alter the amount of pressure that our bodies feel internally. That added pressure, in turn, can increase joint pain and swelling. Chiropractic techniques provide relief by releasing some of that internal pressure and allowing our joints to move freely again. To learn more about chiropractic for seniors and how it can make foul weather days more manageable, please consult with your Indianapolis chiropractor. Image courtesy of Ambro /...

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Spinal Adjustments: A Look at the Basics of Flexion Distraction

Spinal Adjustments: A Look at the Basics of Flexion Distraction

Have you heard about flexion distraction yet? It’s one of the spinal adjustment techniques used by some Indianapolis chiropractic practitioners. It is perfect for treating a variety of painful conditions including chronic headaches, osteoporosis, slipped discs, spondylolisthesis and pregnancy related back pain. So how does flexion distraction spinal adjustments work? In most instances, the Indianapolis chiropractic clinic subjects the patient to tolerance testing and a full, initial exam. Afterward, he or she is asked to lie face down onto a specially designed chiropractic table so the spinal adjustments may begin. Oftentimes, the chiropractor performing the spinal adjustments keys in on a single vertebral segment at a time. While focusing on the vertebral segment, the chiropractor uses a series of spinal adjustments to drop intradiscal pressure. Intradiscal pressure, in case you’re unaware, plays a crucial role in how well the human spine functions in certain situations. As such, it has been studied by chiropractic professionals for years. Basically, when a person’s intradiscal pressure is high, pain occurs. That’s why chiropractors generally try to lower it to a normal range. The patient’s intradiscal pressure isn’t all that is taken into account during flexion distraction spinal adjustment sessions. The chiropractor also works on opening up the foraminal canal. This canal houses a person’s spinal nerves, which can become pinched or otherwise irritated over time. By opening it up, the nerves are able to resume their normal position and hopefully heal in the process. Depending on the patient’s state of affairs, flexion distraction spinal adjustments may or may not be combined with other chiropractic techniques. The chiropractic professional may also opt to complete the treatments over several months’ time. To ask questions about flexion distraction and other forms of spinal adjustments that may benefit you or a loved one, please contact our office today. Image courtesy of cooldesign /...

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