How to Keep You and Your Spine in Touch
By Sandy Schroeder
You may assume you are good to go if you are feeling little pain and keeping up with your life. But that assumption can be quickly challenged when the back, neck, or other joints, such as knees, ankles or wrists, begin to complain.
Gulping a pain reliever, or taking a hot shower, may get you out the door, but a small investment in time at The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you might be a much better idea. Natural, drug-free chiropractic treatment can help you solve immediate aches, and possibly avoid a lot of future pain.
When you come in, your chiropractor will assess your pain and ask about your normal routine and medical history.
If an adjustment seems beneficial, it will be done in an open bay area on a special table. The adjustment to correct any dysfunctions in the spine is accomplished through the gentle application of a targeted movement to improve motion of the body’s spinal column and extremities. The effect may provide pain relief, freeing up movement and soothing nerve irritations.
As you experience relief, you and your chiropractor can talk about ongoing maintenance and prevention tips like these:
Keep Moving – The body was not meant to sit for long periods of time. If you sit all day at work, consider a standing workplace or a treadmill setup. Or break up the day with morning, lunch and afternoon short walks or stetching. When you go home, make time for walking, biking or runs.
Don’t Smoke - Researchers tell us smokers often have back pain because smoking limits the oxygen that the body needs for muscles that help to support the spine.
Learn and Practice Good Posture – Have someone take a picture of you sitting on the couch or at your desk. You may be surprised at the slumped shoulders, forward head position and rounded abdomen. Post that picture and start correcting it.
Lift carefully – Never bend from the waist to lift. Squat and use your leg muscles as you keep objects, or children, close to you. Never twist while you are lifting, and get help with heavy items such as furniture.
Sleep Well – To protect your spine, consider sleeping on your back or side. Make sure your mattress and pillows are adequate, and try putting a pillow between your legs to keep your spine aligned.
To learn more, visit The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. The Joint offers an affordable care program that eliminates the need for insurance. Weekend and evening hours are available and walk-in visits are welcome.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.