April 25, 2011
If you feel persistent pain anywhere from your spine that shoots down to your hips, you are suffering from lower back pain. You could feel soreness, pinching, or shooting pain in your lower back, neck and shoulders. Lumbar pain, with neck and shoulder pain, is a common predicament that arises due to various reasons: injury, muscle stress, tension, joint disease, standing or sitting for a great deal amount of time, and even poor posture.
In many cases lumbar pain can be a sign of a more serious issue, such as sciatic nerve pain or bacterial infection in the urinary tract. To help discover the lumbar pain cause, physicians will often run tests to get rid of such conditions. When you experience pain that shoots down your leg or change in urinating, like pain or discoloration, consult your physician right away.
Back or neck injury can result from contact sports, accidents such as sliding, or lifting a heavy object using the strength in your back rather than your legs.
Moreover, society is commonly sedentary. Students sit in their classes all day long only to go home and sit again before a computer at night. Numerous jobs require workers to sit for a very long time at their desks. This time hunched over can cause the neck and shoulder muscles to stiffen, ultimately causing neck and shoulder pain. In addition, if one sits or stands for too long.. pain will manifest in the lower back as well.
Although back pain is frustrating, there are methods to treat it. Activity is vital, particularly in cases of muscle strain due to sitting or standing. While high impact activity and sports activities may not be the most appropriate options, yoga and pilates are low-impact types of exercise that can improve core strength. The stronger your core (abdominals, buttocks, and hips), the greater support your back gets. Yoga also provides a lot of extending and twisting that alleviate pain associated with muscular strain.
If you spend a lot of time sitting, one way to alleviate tension is to stand up every 30 mins and perform some leg squats. This exercise help stretch the spine and discharge some of the strain that has been put on it.
Chiropractic adjustment – often called spinal manipulation – can be a good relief option. Chiropractors work to be able to ease pain by improving alignment and mobility. As a remedy, however, it’s not suitable for all back pain causes like osteoporosis or disc compression. Chiropractic care could also be used simultaneously with another more traditional treatment, exercise plan, or diet regime.
April 21, 2011
Out of sight, out of mind. We tend to take our bones and joints for granted – that is, until something tweaks, pops, twists, jams or breaks. Sometimes the pain does not result from an injury, but from sitting or standing too long without the proper support or posture. When it hurts even to sit or stand, whom can you go to for help? One possibility might be a chiropractor, or “DC.” Chiropractors specialize in the musculoskeletal system. That is, our bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons and how they work together to keep our body mobile. Chiropractors have earned a pre-medical undergraduate degree and an additional degree after four to five years at chiropractic school.
Chiropractic adjustment aims to improve alignment, relieve joint or spinal pain, and increase the range of motion without surgery or the prescription of drugs. A conventional medical treatment, however, may accompany chiropractic treatment. Chiropractic has proven effective in the treatment of osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia.
The doctor applies a sudden, controlled force to the joint, moving it past the usual range of motion without hyper extending the joint. The patient may need one manual adjustment or use a series of manipulations. Treatment may also include massage or hot compresses. Ideally, chiropractic not only relieves pain and restores function, but also helps to prevent future injuries. Consequently, the patient will probably have to make four to six visits since most problems are ongoing and like any form of treatment, it will take time to improve the condition.
Like many medical treatments, chiropractics may be administered in conjunction with a nutritional and exercise plan to maintain a healthy musculoskeletal system. Of course, all treatment will be based on a medical history taken by the chiropractor. Although chiropractics can help with back, neck, and shoulder pain and headaches, if a patient has osteoporosis or inflammatory arthritis then chiropractics might not be an appropriate treatment.