April 17, 2009
If you have ever suffered from chronic back pain, you know how much of a problem it can be. It isn’t like having an ache in your arm, or even a headache. Backaches are debilitating. When your back hurts, you don’t want to do anything but lie down and feel bad for yourself and this, ironically enough, can make it even harder to take care of the problem. If you want to get over spinal difficulties, you have to take several steps to really safeguard your health.
One of the most important ones is to make sure that you have adequate back support. This might sound simple, but it isn’t. Most of us spend hours and hours sitting still everyday. We work in offices, seated at desks with chairs that are often designed more for style them for ergonomic comfort. An ergonomic back support chair can do wonders to make you feel better. It has lumbar support in it, and will stop you from slouching and take some of the stress off of your lower back. This can greatly ameliorate lower back pain.
Of course, if you have serious back issues, ergonomic office furniture will not be enough alone. For people with big problems, back support belts are often a helpful tool. These back supporters essentially keep your spine in the correct posture for maximum comfort and minimum strain. It might seem like a simple concept, but it works wonders. After spending a few weeks in a flexible back brace, you will be able to take it off and walk around pain-free.
Sometimes, however, back support is not enough to correct and relieve back pain. You really need to take some further steps to safeguard your health. One of the best is to get adequate exercise. By exercising several times a week, you can keep the muscles around your torso strong enough to adequately support your spine. This can help eliminate undue strain on the vertebrate. Your back support, after all, primarily comes from your muscles. Another important thing to do is to make sure that you get up about once every hour from your desk, stretch, and walk around. Even a 10 minute break can greatly improve health. The human body is not designed to stay in the same position for hours upon hours at a time. You need to stretch, take a break, and relax your back every now and then.
Taken together over time, the above back support measures will do our back good. Like I said in my article title Union City Chiropractors …, we would really like to see you do well even if it means that we see you less in our office.
April 3, 2009
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Is Chiropractic Care Safe?
Regardless of the cause, if you suffer from pain and discomfort, you might hear that chiropractic care can get you relief. You may have heard this suggestion from someone you know or read it online. Yes, chiropractic care is ideal for treating all pain related issues. Instead of masking the pain with prescribed medications, chiropractors go directly to the source and treat the problem. They usually do so with chiropractic adjustments, therapeutic massages, and chiropractic realignments.
As nice as it is to know that chiropractic care can translate into pain relief, you may have some concerns. Chiropractic adjustments and alignments sound like difficult procedures. Truthfully, they aren’t if preformed by a trained and licensed chiropractor like our San Lorenzo chiropractors. Still, you may have concerns. You may wonder if chiropractic care is safe. Is it? Yes. Why? Continue reading on to find out!
Chiropractic care is natural, not artificial. As previously stated, most primary care physicians recommend rest and medication for pain relief. Rest is natural, but prescribed and over-the-counter pain relievers are not. They have many side effects and risks. You want to treat pain, not create a new set of problems to deal with. Since chiropractors provide treatment and therapy with the hands, it is natural treatment. As you already know, natural is less risky and safe.
No medications are prescribed. As mentioned above, chiropractors do not prescribe medication. Yes, they cannot legally, but most would avoid doing so anyways. If additional help is needed, they turn to natural remedies and supplements, but even that is rare. Remember, therapy and treatment is provided by the hands. Since there are no medications, you do not need to worry about the risk. There is no wondering if it is safe to take your medication and drive. There is no wondering if your medicine will make you drowsy and fall asleep at work. There is no worrying that your new medication with interact with your others. No medication automatically translates into safer care.
Chiropractic care has no side effects, only positive effects. Over-the-counter and prescribed pain relievers are not all that has side effects. Surgery has them too. A therapeutic massage and manual manipulation of a joint or the spine has little to no risk. And, since this therapy is once again provided by the hands, there are no side effects.
Care is non-invasive. When seeking treatment and relief of pain, our San Lorenzo chiropractors will diagnose a problem and treat it. Occasionally, the pain may result from a fracture or a more serious medical complication. If surgery is needed, you will be referred to a qualified surgeon, but this is rare. Most can treat you with their hands, training, experience, and nothing more. Since chiropractic care is non-invasive, there are fewer risks. It is safe. There is no cutting of the skin or the drawing of blood. It is safe because there are no risks of complications, further injury, or infection.
Chiropractic care has less recovery time. In fact, there may be none! This is because you will not need surgery or dangerous pain medication. Within a few sessions, your pain can be treated and it will subside, possibly permanently. Almost all procedures are performed in our San Lorenzo office, not a hospital. You are free to leave afterwards. After a spinal or neck adjustment you may need a small amount of therapy and you may need to reduce strenuous activity, but it is much better than being stuck in a hospital bed for days or weeks.
In conclusion, chiropractic care is safe. Not only that, but it is ideal for individuals of all ages, including the old, the young, and pregnant women.
If you have more questions or concerns, please contact our San Lorenzo chiropractors at
Our San Lorenzo chiropractic office is located at
15564 Hesperian Blvd.
San Lorenz, CA 94580