Is Your Back Playing Games with You?
By Sandy Schroeder
Usually your back is fine. But sometimes your back aches so much you just want to collapse on the couch and take a nap. Intermittent or ongoing back pain can seriously undermine your life.
Finding out what is going on with your back could mean seeing a chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic clinic in your area. The Joint staff of licensed chiropractors are well equipped to help you. They see a full range of patients, from teens to adults to seniors every day.
When you come in, your chiropractor will explain how the health of your spine helps to determine your overall health. The chiropractor will ask about your back pain, regular routines, and medical history.
If a spinal adjustment seems beneficial it will be done on a special table in an open bay area. When the spinal adjustment aligns your spine it may provide far-reaching pain relief. At the same time, you may feel more energy and more alertness.
Together, you and your chiropractor can review your results and put together a treatment plan. At this point, you may want to discuss related issues like long working hours, stress, workplace ergonomics, or posture problems. You may need to change seating and monitor positions at work, or learn some new posture exercises.
Your chiropractor will help you follow a course that seeks to put you back in your regular routine. In the future, for you and your family, here are some good ways to keep the back healthy:
- Eat healthy foods and maintain a good weight.
- Stretch before exercising or tackling tasks such as gardening or housework.
- Learn the basics of good posture.
- Wear well-fitting shoes with good support.
- Make sure your mattress is firm with no sags or uneven areas.
- When lifting, use your knees for power and keep items close to your body. Never twist as you lift.
- Stop smoking. Smoking impacts blood flow, depriving the spine of nutrients and oxygen.
- Make sure your workplace fits you with the correct ergonomics.
Overall, according to the American Chiropractic Association, chiropractic treatment has proven to be effective and safe, reducing costs and returning workers to their jobs faster. Recent studies show chiropractic adjustments provide better short-term relief of chronic back pain than medication.
To get started visit The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. The Joint makes it simple. An affordable care program eliminates the need for insurance. Convenient weekend and evening hours make visits easy. Walk-in visits are welcome. No appointments are needed.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.