Chiropractic care is one of the most effective and safest forms of health care to treat pain due to spinal related conditions. (It’s so safe that children are encouraged to be seen by a Chiropractor to avoid future problems) Chiropractic is so effective because most causes of spinal disorders are related to abnormalities of the spine and the surrounding soft tissue structures. Doctors of Chiropractic are specifically trained to identify and treat subluxations (misalignments of the vertebrae) and their subsequent effect on the central nervous system. Anti-inflammatory medication and pain relievers merely mask the symptoms and have many undesirable side effects.
A broad range of techniques are used to locate, analyze and gently correct vertebral misalignments (subluxations) in the spine. Chiropractors may use manual adjustment, electrical muscular stimulation, ultrasound or massage. But they never use pharmaceutical drugs or invasive surgery. Chiropractic is a natural method of healing that stimulates the body’s communication system to work more effectively to initiate, control and coordinate the various functions of the cells, organs and systems of the body.
Get up and move. As muscles tire, slouching, slumping, and other poor postures become more likely; this in turn puts extra pressure on the neck and back. In order to maintain a relaxed yet supported posture, change positions frequently. One way is to take a break from sitting in an office chair every half hour for two minutes in order to stretch, stand, or walk.
Almost everyone can benefit from stretching the soft tissues – the muscles, ligaments and tendons – in the back, legs, buttock, and around the spine. The spinal column and its contiguous muscles, ligaments and tendons are all designed to move, and limitations in this motion can make back pain worse.
Patients with ongoing back pain may find it takes weeks or months of stretching and other back exercises to mobilize the spine and soft tissues, but will find that meaningful and sustained relief of back pain will usually follow the increase in motion.
Keep the following in mind when starting a stretching routine as part of a program of back exercises:
- Wear comfortable clothes that won’t bind;
- Stretching should be pain free; do not force the body into difficult positions;
- Move into the stretch slowly and avoid bouncing, which may actually tear muscles;
- Stretch on a clean, flat surface that is large enough to move freely;
- Hold stretches long enough (20-30 seconds) to allow muscles or joints to become loose
Patients and Friends: From now until the 31st, we would like for you to come in and invite your friends to come in for a Complimentary Chiropractic Exam. This includes examinations of the spine, posture, muscles, joints, nerves and even spinal x-rays if they are needed. This is a total of up to $198 of services we will provide at no charge to your family and friends. We are sure you know two people who would appreciate the opportunity to take this step towards better health. In fact, it could be the most important gift anyone has ever given them. Come in to see us at Harbor Family Chiropractic and bring a friend. We want to see you have a well adjusted 2010. Call 949-515-5170 for an appointment.