How Desk Jobs Are Changing Your Posture

Let’s face it – the human body wasn’t meant to sit in a chair all day. Unfortunately, many Americans need to sit at a desk for several hours a day to do their jobs. But, do we really? There’s got to be a better way! Let’s take a closer look at how desk jobs are changing your posture.

 

Stiff Muscles

Sitting all day can lead to stiff muscles in your neck, shoulders, back, and hips. A muscle’s sole purpose is to move parts of your body. When they don’t contract and move for an extended period, they can become sore and stiff. A great way to loosen up those muscles as you sit all day at work is to stop and stretch periodically. Every 20-30 minutes, you should get up and stretch. Consider a standing desk or a balance chair to encourage your body to move even as you’re working at the computer. When your muscles are sore and stiff, it could lead to hunching over or slouching in your chair. Slouching and hunching over is terrible for your posture and will only lead to more muscular pain or discomfort.

Misaligned Spine

Humans are creatures of habit. So, if you’re in the habit of hunching over at your desk job, your body is adapting to poor posture. The longer you fall back on these poor posture habits, the harder it will be to correct them. Poor posture leads to spinal misalignment, which leads to headaches, back pain, neck pain, and general discomfort. The best way to correct a spinal misalignment is to see your chiropractor for an adjustment regularly. At your initial appointment, your chiropractor will use x-rays to determine the shape and health of your spine. Then, a customized treatment plan will be developed to address your individual concerns.

 

Are you worried about poor posture caused by your desk job? If so, then call Posture Doc today.

How to Tell if Your Hips Need to be Aligned

Chiropractic care isn’t just for back and neck pain. In fact, many patients see their chiropractors for hip-related issues. The function of your hips closely influences the function of your back muscles and your spine. Even a slight misalignment in your hips could cause hip and lower back pain. Hip pain isn’t just common in older individuals. It can occur at any age and is common among young athletes and active kids. Read on to learn how to tell if your hips need to be aligned.

 

What does normal hip alignment look like?

Normal hip alignment is usually observational based, meaning it’s determined by how your hips appear and your overall hip measurements. However, there are signs of normal hip alignment. They are:

  • When your pelvis is parallel to your shoulders and the ground
  • When your hips do not tilt forwards or backward
  • When your hips are on the same level horizontally and are not higher or lower

What causes hip pain?

The most common cause of hip pain is misalignment. If you need your hips aligned, it could be from poor posture or overuse. If you have a physical job and carry heavy objects regularly, you may need to reevaluate how you lift. Unsupportive shoes or an uneven stance could also cause hip pain. There are many reasons your hips may be misaligned, but the important thing is to see your chiropractor as soon as you suspect there is a problem.

Chiropractic Adjustments to Align Your Hips

If your chiropractor determines that you need your hips aligned, they will use adjustments to do so. They may also recommend stretches or exercises to do at home to help manage your pain.

 

If you’re experiencing hip pain, come see the experienced chiropractors at Posture Doc today.

How to Talk to Your Chiropractor About What Hurts

If you’re going to see the chiropractor for the first time, chances are you’re going to find relief from some sort of pain. Although seeing a chiropractor regularly, even when you’re feeling fine, is important, it’s common that back or neck pain initiates your first visit. If you’re unsure how to explain what part of your body is bothering you, this blog will hopefully help!

 

Your back hurts. But where?

The most common complaint chiropractors hear is back pain. But the term “back” refers to a large area of the body, from your hips to your neck. Be very specific about your back pain when you see your chiropractor. Point to the specific area of your back that hurts and explain how the pain feels. Is the pain sharp? Dull aching? Soreness? What movements cause the pain? Can you demonstrate the movements that cause pain? All these clues, along with their experience and tools, will help your chiropractor determine the source of your back pain.

Be Honest About Your Pain

There’s a difference between mild pain that manifests sporadically and intense chronic pain that disrupts your life. There’s no need to minimize your discomfort with your chiropractor. If your pain is just an inconvenient annoyance, tell them that. But if your pain is interfering with your day-to-day activities and making you miserable, tell them that too. Chiropractic care aims to eliminate your pain and prevent it from happening again, whether it’s mild or severe.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions

You may be having trouble explaining what hurts to your chiropractor, and that’s ok. Don’t be afraid to ask questions to help work out what you’re feeling. The better you understand your spine and its role in back pain, the better you’ll be able to articulate your pain to someone else.

 

Ready to talk to a chiropractor about what hurts? Call Posture Doc today!

 

 

Why Regular Adjustments Can Help Later in Life

If you’re having chronic or even sudden neck or back pain, going to see your chiropractor is a great way to experience pain relief. But getting regular adjustments can do more than just provide pain relief. It can also be a way to prevent future spinal and muscular problems. Here’s how.

 

Better Posture

Seeing your chiropractor regularly for adjustments is great for your spine. If you’re in the habit of sitting or standing with bad posture, regular adjustments can help correct that. When your spine is in proper alignment, it’s easier to feel how to keep your back in proper posture. Better posture is better for your spine, your neck, your shoulders, and your muscles. People who practice proper posture are less likely to experience back pain, headaches, and general muscle discomfort.

Better Overall Health

Regular chiropractic care that includes adjustments can improve your overall health. Spinal health is directly related to body health – a healthy spine makes it easier for the body to stay healthy. Patients who see their chiropractor regularly are less likely to experience headaches, body aches, and even common illnesses like colds and flu. When your spine is in alignment, your immune system functions more effectively, meaning you’re able to fight off common illnesses easier.

Better Relationship With Your Spine

Sometimes we don’t even realize how important spinal alignment is until we experience it. Regular chiropractic adjustments help you understand the difference between misalignment and alignment. When you better understand the relationship between your spine and the rest of your body, it’s easier to know when something is wrong.

 

Call us today if you’re ready to see what regular chiropractic adjustments can do for your body and health. The experienced chiropractors at Posture Doc can answer all your questions and get you on the path to better spinal health today.

How Often Should I See My Chiropractor

Seeing your chiropractor on a regular basis is an important part of maintaining your entire body’s health. How often you go depends on your specific treatment plan. Read on to learn more.

 

Chronic Pain

If your chiropractic appointments are for chronic pain, you may have to go pretty often until your symptoms begin to subside. Your doctor will use your x-rays and your current symptoms to assess the necessary frequency of treatment. This schedule can vary anywhere from twice a month to 3-4 times a week.

Keeping up With Your Homework

Your chiropractor may give you exercises or stretches to do at home. They also may provide you with advice for your everyday activities to help correct your spinal or alignment issues. The more you hear your chiropractor’s advice, the better you’ll feel. If you’re not keeping up on your homework, you may need to go into the chiropractic office more frequently.

Let Your Chiropractor Know if Your Symptoms Change

If you suddenly begin to experience more pain or discomfort in your neck or back, you may need to increase the frequency of your chiropractic appointments. Be sure to let your chiropractor know if your pain or symptoms change so that they can adjust your treatment plan accordingly.

Living a Pain-Free Life

If living a pain-free life is your goal, seeing your chiropractor regularly is inevitable. Not only is chiropractic care necessary to treat pain, but it’s also necessary to prevent pain. Spinal health is a part of overall health, and your chiropractor is a vital part of that. So even if your pain subsides and you don’t have to see your chiropractor several times a week, you should still plan to go on a regular basis.

 

Not sure how often you should be seeing your chiropractor? Ask the professionals at Posture Doc. We’ll make sure you have an individualized treatment plan specific to your needs. Make an appointment today.

What to Expect From Your First Chiropractor Visit

Visiting any doctor for the first time is something most people want to be prepared for, and that goes for chiropractors as well. If you’re experiencing chronic neck, hip, or back pain – you may have been urged to see a chiropractor for pain relief. It’s normal to be a little nervous or apprehensive if you’ve never been to a chiropractic office before. But rest assured, there’s no reason to be. Read on to learn what to expect from your first visit to the chiropractor.

 

The Initial Consultation

When you arrive at your first chiropractic appointment, you’ll need to fill out some paperwork, just as you would for any other doctor visit. Your health history, insurance information, and reasons for the visit will all be covered. After that, your chiropractor will meet with you to get more information about your symptoms and the concerns that brought you in. They will answer any questions you might have and explain the process of chiropractic adjustments.

The X-Ray

An x-ray is needed to assess the condition of your spine and determine the source of your symptoms. Your chiropractor will use that x-ray to help develop a treatment plan addressing your specific needs. If your chiropractor discovers particular areas of concern in your x-ray, they will point them out and explain them to you.

The Treatment Plan

Once your initial consultation and x-rays are complete, your chiropractor will discuss your treatment plan. Each treatment plan is customized to each patient. The plan may involve adjustments, exercises, stretches, massage, or other types of therapeutic treatments. The goal of every treatment plan is to help the patient live a pain-free life.

 

Ready for your first chiropractic visit? Give Posture Doc a call today! We’re ready to help you find pain relief.

Benefits of the CBP Method

Here at Posture Doc, our chiropractors use the CBP method because of the many benefits it offers our patients. When pain relief is the goal, one of the best options is CBP. Read on to learn why.

 

What is the CBP Method?

Chiropractic BioPhysics, also known as CBP, combines biology, physiology, physics, geometry, and anatomy to identify the cause of pain. It can also identify the cause of discomfort, mobility loss, and other health ailments. Your chiropractor uses this data and principles to find the underlying source of your pain. The findings are then used to create an individualized treatment plan best suited to your unique situation and relieve your specific symptoms.

How will my chiropractor use CBP?

Your first chiropractic visit will include an examination based on your posture, spinal alignment, and function. A structured treatment plan will be developed based on these findings. 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 ultimate goal of any CBP treatment is to provide you with permanent pain relief and reduce the likelihood of future symptoms.

What are the benefits of the CBP Method?

Other chiropractic methods focus strictly on the location of the pain. In contrast, CBP finds the underlying source of the pain and corrects it. It is not symptom-based care. One of the best ways to reduce long-term pain is to target the source of it. This means that the main benefit of the CBP method is long-term results. Pain shouldn’t be something you just have to deal with. Living life with less pain is possible with the CBP method.

 

Curious to try the CBP method and experience its benefits? Come see us at Posture Doc. Call for an appointment today.

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.