Top 3 Reasons You Have a Bad Back

When someone says they have a “bad back”, they’re referring to chronic back pain. Recurring back pain can have several causes, but some are more common than others. The good news is that most of these causes have solutions that can either minimize or eliminate back pain. Here are the top three reasons you have a bad back.

 

Muscle Strain

A pulled or strained muscle or ligament is a leading cause of back pain. Several muscles in the back are commonly pulled. You can pull a muscle with exercise, heavy lifting, or even just by reaching above you. If you are prone to pulled muscles, there could be an underlying problem causing them, like a misaligned spine. Stretching, massage therapy, and regular chiropractic care can cut down on your likelihood of pulled muscles.

Misaligned, Ruptured, or Bulging Disc

The individual bones, or discs, along your spine can become misaligned for a variety of reasons. When this happens, you can experience pain in that area or different areas of your back. A herniated or ruptured disc can become a severe problem without treatment, and the pain can become debilitating. Your chiropractor can diagnose this condition with an x-ray and come up with a personalized treatment plan.

Poor Posture

You may not realize how much your posture affects how your body feels. Habitually bad posture, like slouching or hunching, can take a significant toll on your spine. When your spine is constantly in an unnatural position, your back muscles have to work extra hard to compensate. This can cause quite a bit of pain in your neck, shoulders, upper and lower back. Without a conscious effort to correct your bad postures, your pain will become chronic. Your chiropractor can help you correct your bad posture habits, as well as treat the pain symptoms it’s causing.

 

All three of these reasons for a bad back can be helped by a skilled chiropractor. Come see the experienced professionals at Posture Doc to help you relieve your back pain today!

How to Properly Identify Your Back Pain

In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have to worry about things like body aches and pain. But the truth is, in the world we live in, 80% of us will experience back pain at some point in our lives. However, if you can identify the back pain you have, you can determine the cause. And once you determine the cause, you can help to prevent it from happening again. Here’s how to properly identify your back pain.

 

Axial Pain

Sometimes referred to as “mechanical pain”, axial pain is a term used to describe pain centralized in one spot or region. It can vary in intensity, from sharp to dull, and can either come and go randomly or remain constant and throbbing. Most of the time, axial pain can be traced back to muscle strains. Because it’s usually muscular, axial pain can go away on its own or with chiropractic care.

Referred Pain

Usually described as dull or achy, referred pain can move around and vary in intensity. Referred pain can be tricky to diagnose since it’s felt in a place entirely separate from its source. For example, degenerative disc disease in the lumbar spine can cause referred pain in the hips and thighs.

Radicular Pain

Of these three types, radicular pain can be the most alarming. It usually feels like an electrical shock or a sharp piercing. The sudden intensity is often the result of compression or inflammation of a spinal nerve. Nerve pain, although incredibly jarring, is not usually an emergency. Your chiropractor will usually be able to diagnose your radicular pain and treat it accordingly.

 

If you are experiencing one or more of these types of back pain, give us a call today.

 

Why the CBP Method is Right for You

When you come in for your first appointment at Posture Doc, you’ll quickly hear all about the CBP method and why we use it at our office. We feel it’s the most effective way to treat our patients to provide long-lasting pain relief and better overall health. Read on to why the CBP method is right for you.

 

What is CBP?

CBP combines biology, physiology, physics, geometry, and anatomy to identify the cause of pain, discomfort, mobility loss, and other health ailments. Chiropractors use this scientific data and principles to diagnose the cause of a patient’s pain. Then, the doctors use this information to develop an individualized treatment plan best suited to each patient’s unique situation. CBP is an entirely customizable treatment method, which is why it gets the best results.

Why is a CBP certification important?

When your chiropractor is CBP certified, you know they went through an extensive educational and training program. The Chiropractic BioPhysics training program uses peer-reviewed research, more so than any other approach. Each CBP seminar includes the most recently identified scientific principles. They are tested on these materials to complete the certification. CBP-trained practitioners are highly knowledgeable in all things back-pain related.

Why is CBP right for you?

Most chiropractic care focuses on only pain relief. CBP finds the source of the problem and corrects it. Only when the source of pain is found can it be effectively eliminated. This type of method also means your treatment plan is personalized to fit your specific needs and concerns. No two treatments are alike because no two patients are alike.

 

Are you ready to try CBP? The chiropractors at Posture Doc are prepared to see you! Call for an appointment today so you can quickly learn why this method could be the solution to your pain.

 

Sleeping Habits that Lead to Chronic Back Pain

It seems odd to think that you could hurt yourself sleeping, but you can. In fact, several sleeping habits can lead to chronic back pain. Thankfully, you can change your sleeping habits over time with a bit of patience and consistency. Read on to learn more about what your sleeping habits may be doing to your back.

 

Avoid Stomach Sleeping

Sleeping on your stomach is the worst position for not only your back, but your neck as well. It’s nearly impossible to maintain a neutral spine while sleeping on your stomach. Plus, it puts an unhealthy amount of pressure on your nerves and joints. When you irritate your nerves, it can lead to pain, tingling, and even numbness. When you sleep on your stomach, your neck is turned to one side for hours at a time. This position is incredibly rough on your cervical spine, muscles, and ligaments. Sleeping face down also puts pressure on your hips and lower back. The bottom line is, if you’re a stomach sleeper, it’s time to switch positions.

Aim to be a Back Sleeper

The very best way to sleep is on your back. Sleeping on your back in a supine position helps your spine maintain a neutral position. When your spine is neutral, it takes the pressure off your lower back and neck. If you’re not a natural back sleeper, this could be tricky to do. Choose a pillow made specifically for back sleepers that supports your head and neck. Try falling asleep on your back and then consciously remember to flip over to your back if you wake up in the middle of the night in a different position.

 

Are your sleeping habits the cause of your back pain? Come see the chiropractors here at Posture Doc. They can help change your bad sleeping habits and get you on the right track to living a pain-free life.

 

 

The Benefits of CBP

Modern medicine is always changing and evolving with new practices. This is true for all the different areas, with advancements in technology being largely responsible for leading the way.

While this is generally a good thing, sometimes there are methods or practices that are discovered and immediately become the industry standard. These practices stand the test of time and remain the standard for years to come. For chiropractic care, one such method is CBP.

 

What is CBP

Based on research and evidence, Chiropractic Biophysics (or CBP for short) is a technique that looks to correct improper curvatures of the spine. By using traditional chiropractic manipulation, a variety of target rehab exercises, and a special type of spinal traction that uses mechanically assisted stretching, CBP aims to stretch the ligaments and related tissue of the spine.

Key Benefits

If you are familiar with some of the other topics we’ve discussed before, having good posture is not just a comfort thing, it is critical for your long-term health. CBP aims to not only correct some of the issues you are feeling in your back and neck, but to strengthen your posture and avoid having to manage some of the pain altogether.

This can go a long way in helping you be mentally sharper and feel more energized. Not only that, it can help with your comfort sleeping, leading to a generally more rested feeling overall.

In addition to a better overall feeling, pain management can be another reason to go with the CBP techniques. Years of bad habits can add up over time, and your body will eventually compensate for them in the form of bad posture. This can manifest itself into a feeling of physical discomfort. With CBP, you can work to eliminate the damage done by the years of bad habits by instilling a better posture to help manage the pain.

In addition to the long-term issues, CBP can also help a great deal if you have suffered injury through a traumatic event such as an accident. Even though you may not have had any issues prior to your event, a new injury can exaggerate an issue you may have otherwise not been aware of.

 

If you are interested in trying some of the CBP techniques, schedule your appointment today.

Best Practices When Working At A Desk For Long Periods

Working at a desk all day might sound like a comfortable proposition, and for some, it absolutely beats working outside all day. Additionally, when you compare it to those jobs where a lot of manual labor is involved, it might sound like the healthier, safer choice too. While that is true to some extent, sitting at a desk all day can also have its downsides.

Although it’s typically safer than lifting things all day, prolonged periods of sitting at a desk can do a number on your back. When you do this for months, or even years on end, the consequences can be serious. Here are some of the best practices to try when you have a desk job.

 

Standing

I’m sure by now you’ve seen someone around the office with one of those fancy stand up desks. This isn’t just a trendy thing to do, this can be very helpful for your back and body in general. Sitting for 8 hours can be harmful, especially if you don’t watch your posture. If you are unable to utilize a standing desk, make sure to take breaks to get up and walk around when possible.

Posture

When you are sitting, it’s important to try to have good posture. Bad posture such as leaning, tilting your neck a certain way, or not keeping your back straight can be very problematic to your long-term wellbeing.

Proper equipment

This one is underrated sometimes, or even ignored altogether. Having a desk at the right height can be very beneficial for your back. Make sure you feel comfortable with your arrangement, so that you aren’t reaching too far or putting yourself in awkward positions while working.

 

Adjusting the chair height is a good way to balance out a desk that doesn’t feel right. Be sure to set the arm rest heights too, as straining your arms and shoulders can lead to back and neck pain.

The chair itself should have good back support. Try to choose an adjustable one if possible. It is important to balance comfort and support to be at the desk for prolonged periods.

Stretching can also go a long way too. Be sure to mix up your routine so that you aren’t in the same position for long periods of time. Remember to visit your chiropractor for regular care and adjustments, as creating a regular and balanced visit schedule can prevent you from serious issues down the road.

How Regular Adjustments Can Increase Productivity

For some, visiting a chiropractor is something that only pro athletes do. For most normal people, chiropractors are often only associated with people who experience chronic back problems. Or worse still, the idea that the only time you need to see your chiropractor is after an incident such as a car accident.

While pro athletes, chronic pain sufferers and accident victims do all benefit from chiropractic care, regular, routine adjustments can be extremely beneficial to everyone.

 

Sleep Habits

With all the variables that can go into a good night’s sleep, one of the last ones to consider is how your back is before you even lay down. Many people think their sleeping habits can cause back pain, especially if you sleep with a partner, or even your pets. And while this can be true, sometimes the opposite can also apply. How your back feels before you decide to get in bed can dictate how much of a good night’s sleep you get.

Working

Whether you work in the field or at a desk, back pain can be debilitating. Cramps in your back or aching muscles can hinder your ability to focus. This can lead to clouded thinking and a lack of concentration. And while this can clearly affect you mentally, it can lead to an even greater reduction of your physical capabilities as well. Making sure to get regular adjustments can increase your sharpness and clarity, while rejuvenating your body physically.

Durability

Keeping your body in good shape physically by preventing back issues can also be critical in avoiding other types of injuries. When you feel aches and pains in your back, it can be easy to overcompensate for these sensations by creating bad physical habits. Think of it like a baseball player. If the player has an injury to their arm, they can adjust their throwing motion in their shoulder to avoid feeling pain. While this may work at first, the increased stress caused by the improper mechanics can lead to a more serious shoulder injury.

 

All in all, there are several reasons why getting a regular adjustment from your chiropractor is important. For better sleep, increased productivity and your overall long-term health, make sure you reach out to a professional for your chiropractic needs.

The Importance of Stretching Before Physical Activity

If you are active in any way, you’ve probably heard about the importance of stretching before physical activity. But why is it so important to stretch? Could you injure yourself if you do not stretch before working out? Read on to learn more about the importance of stretching.

 

Warming Up Your Muscles

Stretching or “warming up”, is important mostly for your muscles. Stretching opens the blood flow to your muscles, putting less stress on them when you suddenly begin physical activity. This lessens the likelihood of injury and cuts down on post-workout soreness.

Improves Posture

If you stretch before physical activity, you can help keep your back in alignment during exercise. Specifically, stretching the muscles of the lower back, shoulder, and chest will help protect your spine.

Improves Your Physical Performance

Regular stretching makes you more flexible. Flexible joints require less energy to move through a wider range of motion. So overall, stretching can improve your exercise performance and make your movement more efficient.

Cuts Down on Stress

Your muscles hold on to a lot of tension when they are tight or overworked. Stretching helps release that physical tension, but it can also cut down on stress throughout your entire body. When you begin your workout less stressed, it can be a more relaxing session, and there will be a reduced chance of an injury occurring.

Promotes Circulation

Stretching increases blood circulation not just for your muscles, but throughout your entire body. This allows for better nutrient transportation which promotes better tissue, bone, and joint health. Healthy joints and muscles always help to get the most out of each workout.

 

Besides regular stretching, consistent chiropractic care is always important if you are physically active. Give us a call at Posture Doc for an appointment today!

How the CBP Method Differs From Other Conventional Methods

Chiropractic BioPhysics, also known as CBP, is the world’s leading chiropractic technique. This effective technique is used by chiropractors all over the world. Most chiropractors, and patients, prefer this technique to other conventional methods for many different reasons. Read on to learn why.

 

What is CBP?

CBP combines biology, physiology, physics, geometry, and anatomy to identify the cause of pain, discomfort, mobility loss, and other health ailments. Your chiropractor can use this data to find the source of your pain and discomfort. They also will use it to come up with an individualized treatment plan best suited to your unique situation.

How is CBP used in chiropractic visits?

First, your chiropractor will give you an examination based on your posture, spinal alignment, and function. Using what they find, a structured treatment plan will be created for you. Your chiropractor may use x-rays in your initial exam. Your treatment plan will include adjustments, exercises, and a spinal remodeling program to treat your pain symptoms and improve your overall health. The goal from your CBP treatment is to provide you with consistent pain relief, and better overall health.

 What makes CBP different from other conventional methods?

Most chiropractic care focuses solely on pain relief.  CBP finds the source of the problem, to target and correct it. Think of pain as the clues and CBP as the detective solving the mystery. Once the mystery has been solved, and the source of your pain is found, your chiropractor can create an effective treatment plan that addresses the source. Other conventional methods just treat the symptoms. Without CBP, you’re only getting temporary pain relief, not effective treatment.

 

Interested in CBP chiropractic care? The experienced chiropractors at Posture Doc can help! Make an appointment today to learn how CBP can make a difference in your health, and your life.

Why Poor Posture Can Lead to Chronic Pain

You’ve likely heard that good posture is good for your back. This is true, but have you heard that poor posture can lead to chronic pain? Slouching or hunching over at your computer all day can lead to back, neck and even hip pain. There are many reasons why poor posture leads to pain, and it all begins with your spine.

 

Your Posture and Your Health

Standing or sitting up straight is not just about manners. Poor posture can deteriorate your spinal health. So, what is “good posture”? Good posture means aligning your body correctly so that your body’s force against gravity is distributed evenly. This is especially important when sitting or standing. Aligning your body properly will reduce the strain on your muscles and ligaments and allow them to support your body optimally. Some health benefits of good posture include:

  • Proper alignment of bones and joints
  • Reduced stress on muscles, ligaments, and joints
  • Allows muscles to work at their best
  • Reduces the risk of muscle or spinal injury
  • Increased flexibility

Poor Posture and Chronic Pain

Since good posture is beneficial for your health, poor posture is the opposite. When your spine is misaligned, it throws off the weight distribution of your entire body. Slouching or hunching over puts an enormous amount of pressure on your joints and ligaments. This poor posture causes other muscles to overcompensate for the load others are bearing. This leads to muscle strain and ultimately, pain. It also sets the stage for spinal problems like spinal arthritis, neck, and back problems.

 

Seeing a chiropractor regularly can help improve your posture immensely. Not only will it be easier to keep proper posture with a healthy spine, but you’ll be able to know if there are physical reasons why your posture is up to par. Come see the experienced chiropractors at Posture Doc today!