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Advice From the Chiropractor

By Genevieve Smith

Walking around with back pain is the worst. It affects everything, and one really doesn’t realize how often they use their back until it begins to fall out of commission. Visiting a chiropractor can help via the process of manual manipulations -- or a series of adjustments meant to increase blood flow and range of motion. Doctors of chiropractic can also offer advice on how to avoid stressful activities for your joints to maintain spinal health between visits. Check out these tidbits shared from chiropractors around the country.

Chiropractors’ Tips

There are a variety of daily choices which will either alleviate or exacerbate back pain. Paying attention to the way you move through the day will help you key into your body’s needs and stressors. Stay mindful of these tips from various chiropractors to stay one step ahead of the game.   

  • Stretch every morning

  • Replace sit-ups with a yoga plank pose for strong abdominals and an alleviated back

  • Take regular breaks from sitting and stretch hamstrings for 90 seconds at a time

  • Be mindful of neck curvature while looking at your smartphone and aim to look at it straight on

  • Relax your head against your car’s headrest for a neck release

  • Avoid sleeping on your stomach, and use pillows as props for your knees when sleeping

  • Rather than crossing legs, keep feet parallel on the ground, either lowering your chair or placing a prop beneath feet to keep them hip level

  • Upper body massages will help relieve shoulder and jaw tension

  • Avoid slouching at all costs

  • Stay active to stay limber, and include regular breaks in your work day 

Why a Visit Can Help

While a chiropractor can offer more personalized suggestions in person, they can also perform a manual manipulation to set you right. The process of applying pressure to and releasing tension from joints can help with pain relief, spinal alignment, and sound functioning of the nervous system. Alignments also help with balance and range of motion.

By paying attention to back health, you can avoid major problems down the road. If you think you would benefit from visits with a chiropractor, walk into The Joint anytime, no appointment necessary! At The Joint, there’s a lovely and knowledgeable staff ready to advise and carry you to better health.  

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Decatur, Ga.

 

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