Chiropractic Newsletter March 2019
Workplace Habits and Poor Posture
If you work at a desk job, it is easy to get into bad habits that can cause worse pain than you ever imagined was possible from sitting wrong. Bad posture in the workplace can cause your joints to fall out of alignment and results in stress to your muscles and the tissues around them. When your posture is poor, your muscles weaken and your joints become less flexible. Chronic pain can occur as a result of the stress on your spine and lead to back pain and headaches.
Signs of Poor Posture
As we age, bad habits at the office such as slouching and lack of exercise during the day can cause muscle fatigue and tension. Some signs that you might have bad habits at work include rounded shoulders, a potbelly, your head leaning forward or backwards, back pain, muscle fatigue, headaches, and bent knees. With some lifestyle adjustments, you can improve your posture and spinal health.
Tips for Better Posture at Work
To improve your posture and back pain, you need to practice good habits at work.
- Don’t slump or slouch at your desk; sit all the way back in your chair with your feet flat on the ground.
- Move your shoulders back and open your chest to alleviate tension and prevent slouching.
- Make sure your eyes are at an equal level of your computer screen so your neck isn’t tilted up or down.
- Stand up and stretch every 30 minutes to loosen your muscles.
- Set reminders on your phone or computer to stretch and move around.
- Exercise regularly to keep your muscles and joints loose.
Products that can improve your Back Pain at Work
To work more comfortably, you may want to consider using these products:
- Lumbar support pillows for your chair
- Footrests to keep your feet flat
- Risers for your computer monitor
- Adjustable standing desks
Alternatives for improving your posture and back pain
You can improve your posture and pain by seeing musculoskeletal specialists such as chiropractors. Physical therapy provides treatment and prevention of chronic conditions including back pain through different exercises. Chiropractors use different spinal manipulation techniques – including adjustments and massages, to relieve pressure on your joints, reduce inflammation, and improve nerve function. If you are still experiencing back pain with improved workplace habits, a chiropractor can conduct an examination and diagnose damage that has already occurred.
February 2019-Spinal Edition Drs. Jay & Connie
HELLO AGAIN FRIENDS! We're gearing up for the SUPERBOWL & enjoying this well needed sunshine! Hopefully the flu has stayed away from your home! Come by for an immune boosting adjustment and healthy nutrition that will help keep those prescription meds away! It's not too late to get your order in for February's Crate Health box!! If you enlarge this picture, you'll be able to read about all the goodies in January's box! February promises to be filled with heart healthy, delicious treats for you to enjoy or share with your valentine. Email us @ [email protected] by this Tuesday if you want to order. Pick up for the box will be Tuesday, February 12 at either office. Wishing you health & happiness friends!!
February 2019 Chiropractic Newsletter
The Connection between Whiplash and Concussions
Chiropractors commonly serve as sports medicine doctors. Our expertise in the musculoskeletal system enables us to train teens and young adults to avoid overuse injuries and maximize flexibility. But there’s one type of injury that is of increasing concern to parents for which chiropractic is an often-overlooked treatment: concussions. Mild traumatic brain injuries are often accompanied by whiplash, making musculoskeletal specialists crucial to recovery.
Brain Injuries and Cerebrospinal Fluid
A concussion occurs when the brain gets jostled. Brains are protected by layers of fluids and membranes that extend down the spinal cord, cushioning them against blows such as those sustained in contact sports or car crashes. Concussions are the mildest form of brain injury, but are subdivided according to severity, with the worst resulting in loss of consciousness. People often don’t feel the result of a concussion for long, but their cognitive function may be affected for several months and they may suffer from headaches. There is mounting evidence that these symptoms are closely tied to injuries in the neck or cervical region.
Consequences of Whiplash
Whiplash is damage to the muscles and tendons of the neck, making it a kind of strain. It commonly causes pain in the neck that can radiate along tense muscles up to the head, in what is known as a cervicogenic headache. But scientists have recently become interested in how swelling in the neck compresses the nerves and cushioning fluid that run through it, creating blockages. Although it is difficult to diagnose a concussion in the absence of unconsciousness, people who have whiplash commonly display symptoms of concussions such as dizziness, visual disturbances, ringing in the ears.
Treatment and Prevention
As a result of growing awareness of the correlation between whiplash and concussion symptoms, many medical professionals now recommend using ratings of neck pain and flexibility to help determine when it is safe for athletes to return to play. Chiropractors can also serve an active role in restoring athletes’ health through treatments that don’t rely on drugs or major interventions. Spinal adjustments, traction, acupressure treatments, and soft-tissue mobilization can relieve pressure on cervical facet joints, resulting in decreased concussion-related symptoms.
Doctors are also focusing more heavily on preventing both concussions and whiplash. Athletic equipment should always be well-fitted in good condition. Every warm-up should devote some time to the neck muscles, and people who have suffered whiplash injuries in the past should generally continue to do neck strengthening and stretching exercises. Dr. Jay is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician, and Dr. Connie can help guide you or your athlete with healthy brain nutrition to ensure that athletes are getting sufficient calcium and that their drinks are providing them with nutrients they need for recovery.
HAPPY NEW YEAR...MAKE 2019 YOUR BEST YEAR YET..
SPINAL EDITION: JANUARY 2019*****HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
Hi friends! Hope everything is going well with this start of a new year! Our bellies are full and our minds are calm after an extended vacation to Canada for the holidays! WE are very happy to be home and have been working hard to help get those holiday kinks out of your spines! Consider one of the many programs we have to help get your health back on track. If you don't already, follow us on facebook and Instagram, please do @drconniesmarket & Albemarle Chiropractic & Locust health! Wishing you wonderful things in 2019!
Psychological Consequences of Back Pain
Back pain is the second leading cause of disability in the United States, and still many people overlook how profoundly their mindset is influencing the pain. Your attitude can contribute to your back pain or make it worse, based on how you view the pain and if you let it control you, but you can also take mastery over it. Chiropractors can help improve back pain with spinal adjustments and other treatments, but the wellness-centered, holistic approach of chiropractic will always consider your mindset toward your body and if that can also be improved.
Your Brain and Emotional Stress
People that have anxiety and emotional distress often times can’t control their thoughts and emotions and focus solely on the pain. Emotional distress can cause you to expect the worst, and if you are always anticipating more pain it’s easy for back pain to consume you. When your brain is in panic mode the already painful experience becomes intolerable, so it is important to focus your attention on something that gives you joy and not think about the pain. People who have suffered from injuries may be worried about beginning to exercise, but exercise under professional guidance is one of the best ways of clearing your body of stressors.
Controlling the Pain
Chiropractic care encourages regular adjustments to keep back pain under control, and between your adjustments, you can always work on improving your mindset. Many people find that experience of getting an adjustment to be pleasant in itself, and they similarly enjoy other common physical therapies such as electric muscle stimulation. Talk therapy is helpful for many people dealing with the stress of chronic pain and can help you recognize patterns in your behavior that affect your overall wellness. Deep-breathing exercises and meditation are very helpful in managing stress, and these are often incorporated into workouts like yoga to improve the mind-body connection. (WEDNESDAYS AT LUNCH, DR. CONNIE TEACHES YOGA AT OUR ALBEMARLE OFFICE) Hypnosis is a less common treatment method for back pain, but it addresses both the physical and mental properties of pain in order to re-train the mind’s response to pain messages.
Too many people suffering from back pain become reliant on painkillers without ever treating the cause or dealing with the emotional stress involved. Chiropractors will not recommend prescription medication, so if you are on painkillers after an accident or injury it is important to consider both your physical and mental wellness in your long-term plan for managing pain. Remember that your attitude is just as important as what you are feeling physically. Learning to regulate your emotional reactions to pain and improving your mindset will go a long way towards feeling healthier. If you are still struggling with back pain, it may be time to tackle your mindset in order to improve your back pain and overall health.
Spinal Edition: December 2018 Greetings Friends! Hope this month's newsletter finds you cozy & warm in your homes as the Snowstorm of the Century has kept us indoors all day. :) We were happy to see some of you at our Locust #Elfie 5K Run last Sunday! We had 173 runners/walkers participate in this wonderful event welcoming the Christmas Season! The Eckmans will be traveling to Canada for Christmas where we will get to visit with family and watch our Jamison participate in a hockey tournament in Detroit. Please note the office will be closed the entire week of Christmas, which is a first in all our years of practice. No emergencies allowed :) , so please get your tune-ups in these next two weeks. We wish you all the Merriest of Christmas & blessings for a healthy New year ahead....
The sciatic nerve is the longest and the widest nerve in the human body. It originates in the lower spinal cord, and extends through the lower back, each hip, the buttocks and legs. This nerve connects the spinal column to the legs and feet, making it responsible for any pain or sensation to the lower extremities. Chiropractic care always aims to restore the best possible function to the spinal cord and nervous system, and helps alleviate sciatic nerve pain.
What Is Sciatica?
Irritation at the nerve’s origin on the spinal column is the most common cause of sciatic nerve pain, or sciatica. To patients, it usually feels like a sharp or burning pain down one leg and buttock, or both. Other symptoms include numbness or tingling in the hips, buttocks, and legs. In the most severe cases, a patient may experience total loss of feeling or weakness in the legs, and loss of bowel and bladder control. These can be signs there is actual nerve damage and they should seek immediate medical attention.
Why Chiropractic Care?
Sciatic nerve pain is really a symptom of a herniated disc (picture a jelly donut with its jelly oozing out) in the spinal cord. If one slips out of place, it can pinch the nerve responsible for sensations to and from any part of the lower body. Chiropractic adjustments are key to restoring healthy function to the spinal column. A treatment plan for someone experiencing sciatica will include different therapy depending on their specific condition, but usually over a course of several weeks the patient feels improvement after a series of adjustments and other therapies such as stretching and interferential current. Flexion/Distraction is our treatment of choice where flexion of the table actually creates a vaccuum like effect, suctioning the jelly back into the donut. Some sciatica patients can be helped by spinal decompression therapy, a treatment that uses a special moving table and gentle motion to encourage herniated discs back into their natural position gradually. Massage therapy can relax a very tight lower back if that is contributing to the pressure on the spine. We have plenty of homework for patients to do in order to ensure longer lasting benefits of our adjustments. Often patients will think that their super tight legs are a result of tense hamstrings, but sometimes that sciatic nerve is really the culprit.
Can I Prevent Sciatica?
Patients usually experience incredible relief when shooting sciatic nerve pain subsides. It’s easy to kick back and relax once you feel better, but continued care is important or sciatica can return. Getting regular exercise and practicing good posture are two simple things you can keep in mind to prevent sciatica. Keeping your core muscles strong supports your spinal column. Correct posture, especially when you sit for long periods of time, is essential to keep your lower back healthy and stay pain free! An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Pregnancy Aches and Pains: How Chiropractic Can Treat Them
Aches and pains during pregnancy are part of the experience. From the moment of conception, a woman’s body goes through a plethora of changes. During these discomforts of back pain, pelvic pain, and postural adjustments, chiropractic care is among the popular alternative medicine therapies for providing relaxation and relief.
Body aches are a common complaint throughout pregnancy. Whether the pain is affecting a specific area such as pelvic pressure, or the patient feels sciatic nerve pain in the lower back and legs, chiropractic care will help maintain spinal health and correct misaligned joints. Chiropractic is a non-invasive, safe, and beneficial way to support your body in the midst of this magical time.
Subluxations and Irritations during Pregnancy
Commonly known as joint dysfunctions, subluxations of the spine occur when two or more vertebrae become restricted and block the body’s ability to communicate with itself. Most pregnant women seek out chiropractic treatment for localized back pain, sciatica (radiating leg pain), as well as headaches, neck pain, or posture imbalances. When the body begins to gain weight in the abdomen, the muscles will work harder and a rotation of the pelvis will force the body to unnaturally adapt to additional stress that has been placed on the spine – resulting in negative joint function and poor nerve communication.
How Can Chiropractic Help?
Chiropractors are trained to locate and treat joint dysfunctions with spinal adjustments and hand manipulation. By applying a gentle, targeted movement to the body’s spinal column and extremities, the chiropractor will restore proper joint function and improve nerve communication throughout the body. Chiropractors who are trained to work with pregnant women may use adjustment tables and use techniques that avoid undesirable pressure on the abdomen. These adjustments are designed to re-establish balance and alignment to the pelvis and spine, leaving the patient pain-free and able to enjoy the remaining weeks of pregnancy.
Additional benefits of chiropractic care include:
- Controlling symptoms of nausea
- Reduction in time of labor and delivery
- Potential prevention of cesarean delivery
Before seeing a chiropractor during pregnancy, it’s best to obtain your doctor’s approval first. Chiropractic care is not recommended if you’re experiencing vaginal bleeding, placenta abruption, ectopic pregnancy and/or moderate to severe toxemia.
Myofascial Release Technique
Fascia is a continuous layer of connective tissue that exists throughout the whole body. Imagine a densely woven web that covers or touches every muscle, bone, and organ from head to toe. This incredible structure, like other body parts, responds to trauma and can tighten as a result. Myofascial release technique is used to restore flexibility to an affected area by manipulating this connective tissue.
Why is Myofascial Release Technique Practiced?
In its natural, healthy state, the fascia layer is supple and flexible. After a trauma like an injury or surgery, it solidifies and can create pressure up to 2,000 pounds per square inch! Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder caused by sensitivity and tightness in these myofascial tissues. The pain usually originates from specific points within your myofascial tissues called trigger points. The goal of myofascial therapy is to stretch and loosen any tightened fascia so that it and other contiguous structures can move more freely.
How is this therapy done?
Myofascial release is a hands-on technique that relies on sustained pressure to an affected area. It feels like a massage but should be performed without any oils so the practitioner can feel every variation in the tissue. The sustained pressure focuses on reducing pain by easing the tension and tightness in the trigger points but is often used over a broad area of muscle and tissue. These areas the therapist is working may not be near where the pain originates because fascia is a strong, connected web. An injury in one spot on it can have an effect throughout the body, like having a pain in our knee that actually has nothing to do with a knee injury, but everything to do with an injury to our lower back. This is why myofascial release focuses on trigger points, but is most effective practice in a broader area.
Who can benefit from Myofascial Release?
Myofascial release therapy is practiced by chiropractors and massage therapists for its benefits in treating soft tissue injuries and has even been recommended by dentists to treat TMJ syndrome and help loosen the jaw. A practitioner may assign patients techniques with foam rollers and massage balls to practice this therapy on themselves in certain areas. This no-risk massage treatment can help ease pain originating from any soft tissue injury, and restore flexibility to the area.
Chiropractic Treatment for Migraine Headaches
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Now...on to today's lesson...
What are migraine headaches?
Everyone has had a headache at some point and we are all familiar with the throbbing feeling that can linger and really slow down your day. But there is more than one type of headache, and chronic migraine sufferers will tell you they experience many other symptoms that can put a screeching halt to all activity for hours and even days. Migraines come with the throbbing sensation but also cause sensitivity to light and noise, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, and stomach pain.
Certain people with migraines may be able to predict the onset of an episode due to a trigger or early warning symptom, but the exact cause of migraines is unknown. Most theories acknowledge an interruption in either nerve activity, blood flow to the brain, or both. Because the precise origin of migraine headaches is unknown there is no known cure for a chronic migraine condition. Migraine sufferers are typically advised to avoid known triggers and get enough exercise and sleep. Over-the-counter medications help some find relief, but others report instant relief of symptoms followed by a “rebound migraine” the next day.
How can chiropractic help manage migraines?
Chiropractic treatment will not cure migraines, but it is one of the few ways to be proactive against migraines and help prevent them. In someone prone to migraine episodes a trigger can often be a misalignment, or subluxation of the spine. Migraines can begin with tension in the neck, but even patients without migraines find keeping their neck free of kinks helps improve frequent headaches. Dysfunctional vertebrae in the neck can cause increased muscle tension and interrupt the nerves that control blood flow to the brain. Chiropractic adjustments relieve the pressure and tension that results in headaches, and keep the spine aligned to help it function at its best.
Regular chiropractic adjustments also help facilitate healthy blood flow and nerve function. For a chronic migraine sufferer it may take weeks of consistent adjustments, but patients will experience a significant improvement in migraine frequency, intensity, or both. Improving alignment of the bones in the neck and spine can prevent headaches and migraines, and adjustments also keep the body in balance.
Adjustments are a safe way to relieve tension and decrease the intensity and frequency of migraines without medication. Supporting your lifestyle through chiropractic care also includes nutrition & exercise. We can teach you home care exercises including stretching & mobilization techniques.
Do your best to avoid over the counter or prescription meds for those Headaches! While they may temporarily help your symptoms, these meds also contribute to nutritional deficiencies. Not only is your nutrition at risk, but meds can cause all sorts of chaos in your body!