Alignment & The Human Body
As a chiropractor, I often talk about how important posture and alignment are in regard to your body’s state of overall health and wellbeing. But what does it mean to have “good alignment”, and why is poor posture so dangerous to our bodies? Let’s take a look.
Viewing a healthy spine from the front, the 24 vertebrae should stack on top of each other in a straight vertical line. However, if you look at a healthy spine from the side, you’ll notice that it’s shaped like a spring and has an anterior (forward) curve in the neck, a posterior curve in the mid back and another anterior curve in the lower back. When the spine maintains these proper curves, the body is able to absorb and react properly to the forces placed on it. Problems occur when the vertebrae in the spine become misaligned and these curves are changed. Read more
The Global Burden of Disease Study 2010
A recent series of studies spearheaded by the World Health Organization present a disappointing irony: while we’ve done a tremendous job battling fatal illnesses, we are now living with more health problems that cause permanent pain, impair our mobility, and decrease our quality of life.
According to the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010, alhough infectious diseases, maternal and pediatric illnesses, and malnutrition cause fewer deaths and less disability today than they did twenty years ago, there remains a pressing worldwide need to prevent and treat musculoskeletal disorders, particularly neck and back pain. Read more
A Better Solution To Treating Sciatica
The debilitating condition known as sciatica is the result of compression or irritation on the major nerve that originates in the low back and supplies each leg with innervation. This nerve interference is most often triggered by an injury or misalignment in the spine, either putting direct compression on the sciatic nerve root or causing a bulge (or herniation) of a disc, which then in turn causes compression on the nerve.
The most common complaint associated with sciatica is a burning pain running from the low back to the lower legs. Nevertheless, there can be a variety symptoms experienced with sciatica depending on the specific nerve fibers are being affected including numbness, aches, tingling, or weakness. Sciatica patients also often describe a “pins and needles” sensation in the feet. Read more
Chiropractic Workplace Wellness Programs
Doctors and healthcare professionals are in serious deliberations about the cost value of chiropractic care. The main point of debate is whether chiropractic care helps to reduce or adds to the cumulative cost of care. Recent studies suggest that chiropractic care not only reduces the cost of immediate care, but also reduces the cost during subsequent bouts of ailment, such as in the case of low back pain. Musculoskeletal problems cause heavy financial burden that requires expensive tests in order to identify the root problem, but research shows chiropractic care offered at on-site health center helps to reduce economic burden associated with them. Read more
Avoid Back Pain On Vacation!
Travel, whether in a car or airplane, can be stressful on the body and especially the spine. Long hours driving or sitting on an airplane has the potential to leave you stiff and sore, but following these tips can help make sure you don’t suffer the summer vacation back pain woes.
1. Adjust Your Seat While Driving
Adjust your seat to be as close to the steering wheel as possible. Your seat’s height should be adjusted to a point so that your knees are just slightly higher than the hips and your elbows should be able to rest relaxed by your sides.
2. Lumbar Supports
Using a lumbar support cushion can help minimize the risk of back pain and injury. The support should be positioned so that the widest part is directly between the bottom of your ribcage and your waistline. Read more