The Importance of a Custom Chiropractic Treatment Plan

Chiropractic is a healthcare discipline focusing on the musculoskeletal system. A chiropractic treatment plan involves the diagnosis and treatment of physical disorders through manual adjustments and body manipulations. This treatment helps patients suffering from chronic neck and back pain, accident, sciatica, and sports injuries. Besides that, a custom chiropractic treatment plan will also provide you with several other benefits like:

 

1. Preventative Care

You don’t necessarily have to experience pain to seek chiropractic treatment. Research shows that regular chiropractic care can also reduce the chances of developing musculoskeletal problems. Chiropractic care strengthens your body, making it stronger and less susceptible to injury. It will also help prevent a re-occurrence of the health and musculoskeletal problems mentioned above.

2. Lifestyle Adjustment

Chiropractors specialize in providing comprehensive chiropractic treatment that helps patients maintain their health and overall well-being. A chiropractor will offer you professional medical guidance regarding the best exercises and nutritional practices to undertake. You will also learn several injury prevention strategies as part of your treatment.

3. Treating Other Medical Conditions

The benefits you get from professional chiropractic services help relieve and treat other medical conditions patients might have.

Examples of conditions that your chiropractor can treat include:

  • Ear infections
  • Menstrual Disorders
  • Fertility issues
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Gastrointestinal syndromes

Furthermore, a chiropractic treatment plan can work alongside other general healthcare practitioners in devising a custom treatment plan for individual patients.

4. Fall Prevention

Anyone can fall. That’s a fact. But senior citizens are more prone to falls. They are also more likely to sustain serious injuries from falls. As you age, there’s a breakdown in your sensory and motor functions, which eventually affects your balance. Chiropractors will test your strengths and balance and identify your risks. They will then provide you with the necessary chiropractic treatment plan and adjustments to improve your sensory and motor functions. This is especially more beneficial for the elderly.

 

Now’s the Time!

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How Temperature and Pressure Changes Can Worsen Your Back Pain

While many people understand the correlation between the decline in temperatures and the increase in body aches, most tend to associate the pain to joints and muscles. While this is mostly true, it is easy to forget that your body has many different muscles, tendons, and ligaments that support your spine. As the temperature decreases, this causes them to tighten and can be very painful. In addition to the cold, the change in temperature can also bring about drops in pressure. These pressure changes can cause tissue to expand and press into the structures and joints in your back. Here are some tips to minimize any potential discomfort between visits:

 

Keep Warm!

While this might seem to be the obvious, it can also be the one most taken for granted.

  • Create layers and dress warm – Do this even while in your house or car. Try tucking in your shirt to trap additional body heat and avoid the tightening in your back.
  • Use extra blankets when possible to make sure to add additional warmth
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to the outside

Stretch!

We’ve discussed the importance of stretching before, but proper warmup and stretching are critical in the cold, even if it’s just to sit around the house or for minimal activity.

Keep Active

Try to avoid prolonged periods of inactivity. Be careful not to overexert yourself if you are already feeling discomfort, but inactivity can lead to tightening and low temperature can quickly compound the issue causing additional pain and discomfort.

Don’t Cheat On Shoveling Form!

For those of you who live in areas that experience snowfall, proper shoveling form and preparation combined with the previous tips can be the difference between a normal day or several weeks of discomfort.

 

If you are experiencing more pain this time of year, then give us a call! We’re looking forward to helping you reduce your back pain!

Why Your Legs and Hips May be Causing Your Back Pain

If you have pain in your lower back, legs or hips, the source may be hard to pinpoint. Oftentimes the area of your back that is hurting could be a clue to where the pain is coming from. Chiropractors know that pain coming from one area might not be originating from that same area. Your legs and hips may be causing your back pain. Here is why.

 

Hip Pain Can Radiate to the Lower Back

When your hips are tight, the surrounding joints are under pressure. This tightness can radiate upwards, causing pain in the lower back. Sciatica, a condition where there’s pressure on the sciatic nerves, can cause pain in the lower back, hips, and sides of the legs. Your chiropractor uses techniques and adjustments on both your lower and upper body to effectively reduce your pain.

How the Legs Affect the Spine

Your legs are responsible for carrying your entire body weight all day long. This is quite a job! If you have a physical job or frequently wear heavy boots or high heels, this can take quite a toll on your spine alignment. It is important to remember that everything in your body is connected. An issue with your foot or ankle can affect your knees, which in turn can affect your hips, which can affect your back, and so on.

Finding the Pain Source

The goal of chiropractic care is to determine the root of your pain, not just treat the symptoms. By using x-rays and exams, your chiropractor will diagnose your pain source and come up with a personalized treatment plan. So, no matter where your pain is coming from, your chiropractor can help you find the source.

 

Do you have back pain? Come see the chiropractors at Posture Doc. Whether it is back, neck, hip, or leg pain – we can help!

How Chiropractic Care Can Help the Immune System

Seeing your chiropractor is not just about neck and back pain relief. Your adjustments regularly improve spinal health, proper joint function, and nervous system health. All this promotes overall health and healthy body systems, including the immune system. Here’s how chiropractic care can help your immune system.

 

The Immune System and Your Spine

The nervous system communicates with your body through your spinal cord. If your spinal alignment is off, then there is a direct interference in that communication system. This can cause pain and leave you susceptible to injury and illness. When your neural pathways are compressed from a misaligned spine, your body is weakened from fighting off illness naturally. Chiropractic care is designed to realign the spine. As a result, regular adjustments could boost your immune system substantially.

A Stressed-Out Spine

Stress can negatively impact your immune system. When your body is stressed, it can physically impact your spine. Many people carry stress physically in their shoulders, neck and, back. Heightened stress levels only exacerbate pain, which puts even more pressure on the spine. Regular chiropractic care can help alleviate physical stress on the spine, which in turn boosts the immune system.

Chiropractic as Preventive Care

Seeing your chiropractor regularly can help you be more in tune with your body. When you feel healthy physically, it is easier to spot when something is wrong. In this way, chiropractic care is just as much preventative care as it is pain relief. You can boost your immune system, as well as your body’s ability to heal, by making your spinal health a priority.

 

Ready to make chiropractic care a priority for your immune health? Come see the chiropractors at Posture Doc for an appointment. We are happy to answer any questions you might have!

Great Stretches for Shoulder Pain

All this working from home and sitting in front of screens is doing a number on our backs, necks, and shoulders. Just a few minutes of stretching multiple times a day can help alleviate pain and soreness. Here are some great stretches for shoulder pain you should be implementing into your daily routine.

 

Simple Neck Stretches

Stretching your neck helps alleviate tightness in the upper back and shoulder area.

  • Stand with your feet apart.
  • Keep your arms down by your sides and head forward.
  • Tilt your head to the right and touch your right ear to your right shoulder.
  • You will feel the stretch in the left side of the neck and shoulder. Hold for ten seconds.
  • Tilt your head to the left and touch your left ear to your left shoulder.
  • You will feel the stretch in the right side of the neck and shoulder. Hold for ten seconds.
  • Repeat three times on each side.

Pendulum Stretch

The pendulum stretch is a great way to gently increase movement in the shoulder and is safe for everyone.

  • Stand with your feet apart.
  • Lean forward and face your head towards the ground.
  • Place your right hand on a table or chair for support.
  • Let your left arm hang down naturally.
  • Swing your left arm gently in small circles for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • Change the direction of the motion to the opposite way.
  • Repeat this, using the other arm.

Cross Body Shoulder Stretch

This stretch is great for the back portion of the shoulder.

  • Stand with your feet apart.
  • Stretch your right arm out straight.
  • Bring your right arm across your body, so that the palm of your hand points down on the other side of the left leg.
  • Bend your left arm.
  • Hook your left forearm under your right arm, above your elbow.
  • Use your left forearm to pull your right arm further in and across the body, stretching the back of your right shoulder.
  • Hold for 20 seconds, then repeat on the other side.

 

Still experiencing shoulder pain? Come see the chiropractors at Posture Doc!

Why Posture is Crucial to Keeping Your Spine Well-Aligned

We certainly hear about the importance of good posture often. But do you know why posture is so important? The term “posture” refers to how you position your body when you are doing everyday things like sitting, standing, or even laying down. Since humans are creatures of habit, your posture results from the habits you have formed throughout your life. Here’s why posture is crucial to keeping your spine well-aligned.

 

What is the correct posture?

 

When a chiropractor talks about “good posture”, they are referring to proper alignment of your spine when you are sitting or standing. The best positioning requires you to train yourself to maintain this proper alignment with the least amount of strain and tension on your muscles and ligaments.

 

Why is good posture so important?

Good posture helps keep your spine in optimal alignment. A well-aligned spine decreases wear and tear on joints, muscles, and ligaments. It also makes it less likely that you will experience back, neck, hip, or joint pain.

How does bad posture affect your spine?

When you are constantly hunching or leaning forward instead of sitting or standing up straight, you put a lot of pressure on your spine and its supporting structures. After a while, your spine becomes weighed down by overworked muscles and ligaments. This not only causes pain, but it can cause your vertebrae to be misaligned. A misaligned spine is responsible for a laundry list of negative health issues like chronic pain, headaches, muscle spasms, loss of sleep, and just a general “unwell” feeling.

How can seeing a chiropractor improve your posture?

A chiropractor can identify posture issues right away and help to correct them. Through education, adjustments, and treatment – your chiropractor can start to correct the years of bad habits that led to your bad posture.

 

Think you may have bad posture? Come see the chiropractors at Posture Doc!

Great Stretches for Back Pain

According to the American Chiropractic Association, 31 million Americans experience back pain every year. The ACA also states that back pain is the number one reason for missed work. Besides seeing your chiropractor regularly, there are things you can do at home to keep your back pain in check. Here are some great stretches for back pain.

 

Knee to Chest Stretch

This stretch is one of the easiest to do, particularly for lower back pain. Here is how to do it:

  1. Lay with your back flat against the ground, your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor.
  2. Use both hands to grab your lower right leg and clasp your wrists just under your knee.
  3. Keep your left foot flat and gently pull your right knee to your chest till you feel the stretch in your lower back.
  4. Hold your knee against your chest for about a minute. Make sure the rest of your body is relaxed.
  5. Release your knee and do the opposite side.

Core Rotation

This stretch is great for lower and mid back pain and helps stretch your core muscles and pelvis. Here is how to do it:

  1. Laying on your back, bring your knees to your chest as if you are sitting in a chair.
  2. Extend your arms all the way out to the side with your palms flat on the floor.
  3. Keep your knees together and your hands flat while gently rolling your bent knees over to the right side and hold for 20 seconds.
  4. Return to the start position and repeat Step 3 for your left side. Repeat for both sides 5-10 times.

 

Besides stretching frequently, be sure to see your chiropractor regularly. Be specific about how often you are experiencing back pain and how intense it is. If stretching is increasing your pain, let your chiropractor know right away.

Why More Patients Are Choosing the CBP Technique

Here at Posture Doc, our chiropractors implement the CBP technique. Read on to learn more about it and why more patients are choosing it for their chiropractic treatments.

 

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 uses this scientific data and principles to diagnose your pain source. They also use it to come up with an individualized treatment plan best suited to your unique situation.

What makes a CBP Certified Chiropractor Different?

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. It is safe to say that CBP trained practitioners know their stuff.

What makes CBP different?

Most chiropractic care focuses on pain relief only. CBP finds the source of the problem and corrects it. Only when the source of pain is found, it can be effectively treated. 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. This is why more and more patients choose chiropractors that implement these techniques. More personalized treatment means quicker and longer lasting relief.

 

Are you curious about CBP? Here at Posture Doc, not only are we passionate about providing our patients with effective pain relief, but we also pride ourselves on being educators of the spine. The more you understand how your body works, and how crucial spinal alignment is in improving your overall health, the more likely you are to implement this knowledge in your everyday life. Come see us for an appointment today.

The Difference Between a Muscle Pull, Pinched Nerve, and a Slipped Disc

When you are experiencing pain, the last thing you are thinking about is the technical reason for why the pain is occurring. But knowing the difference between a muscle pull, a pinched nerve, and a slipped disc can help you evaluate which kind of treatment you need. Read on to learn a little bit about each one.

 

A Pulled Muscle

We often throw around the term “pulled muscle”. A muscle pull, or a muscle strain, refers to damage to a muscle or its attached tendons. When you pull a muscle, it puts pressure on the surrounding tendons and ligaments. In some cases, it can even break blood vessels, which results in bruising or discoloration of the skin. The symptoms of a muscle pull are swelling, pain when that muscle is used, weakness of the muscle or surrounding ligaments, or complete loss of muscle mobility. Most of the time muscle pulls heal quickly, sometimes within 24 hours, but sometimes they may take longer.

A Pinched Nerve

A pinched nerve occurs when there is too much pressure on the nerve. This pressure can come from bones, cartilage, muscles, or tendons. The intense pressure disrupts the function of the nerve which causes pain, tingling, or weakness. Sometimes an extremely tight muscle can pinch a nerve and chiropractic adjustments can help loosen the muscle and relieve the pressure on the nerve.

A Slipped Disc

Your spine is made up of stacked bones called vertebrae. These bones are cushioned by discs. Discs have the job of protecting the vertebrae by absorbing shocks from walking, lifting, and twisting. Each disc is made up of a gelatinous inner portion and a tough outer ring. When you experience an injury, the inner portion can protrude through the outer ring. This is called a slipped, herniated, or prolapsed disc. A slipped disc can be extremely painful, and make bending, sitting, or even standing uncomfortable. Slipped discs should be treated by a chiropractor.

 

If you are experiencing a muscle pull, a pinched nerve or a slipped disc, the chiropractors at Posture Doc can help. Call for an appointment today!

How to Identify a Reputable Chiropractor

If you are experiencing back pain, or any sort of pain, you will want to seek the care of a chiropractor. If you have never seen a chiropractor before, this may seem nerve wracking. After all, you want to be sure to go to a professional, reliable doctor that will put your health first. Here is how to identify a reputable chiropractor.

 

Ask for Referrals

The best way to find any professional you can trust is to ask your trusted friends and family. If you know someone who had an amazing experience with a chiropractor, or has been going to one for years, that is something to take seriously. When it comes to chiropractic care, someone is not going to continue seeing a doctor they do not trust. If someone tells you they love their doctor, listen to them.

Check Online Reviews

Just like asking your friends and family, online reviews can be quite reliable. If you find a chiropractor with an overwhelming number of positive reviews, this is a good sign. The occasional bad review is not unusual for any business but be wary of doctors with many negative reviews.

Check Credentials

Once you have compiled a list of possible chiropractors, check their credentials on your state’s licensing board website. Check for qualifications and any possible disciplinary actions.

Check Out Their Website

If you are going to a chiropractor for a specific reason, check their website. Most chiropractors will list their specialties and issues they treat on their site. For example, if you are looking for migraine relief, consider a chiropractor that lists migraines as one of their specialties or areas of focus.

 

If you are looking for a reputable chiropractor, look no further than Posture Doc. We have got two reputable chiros ready to help you alleviate pain and improve your overall health. Call for an appointment today!