Treating Low Back Pain

Lower back pain is one of the most common complaints a chiropractic clinic will treat.  84% of adults will experience lower back pain sometime in their life.  This pain can decrease your quality of life by limiting what activities you can do and what activities you will have to avoid all together.

There may be a loss of income, disability issues and pain that causes mental fatigue.  Low back pain is not limited to adults.  Teenagers and children frequently experience lower back pain due to overuse (i.e. heavy backpacks) and strains/sprains from injuries caused by playing, falls and sports.

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There are many causes of lower back pain.  The lower back is comprised of bones, nerves, muscles, fascia, ligaments and tendons as well as a strong blood supply.  These structures can be taxed by poor posture, overuse, pregnancy, weight, repetitive movements, injuries, prolonged sitting or standing in one place.

 

Chiropractic is a healthcare profession that is dedicated to non-surgical treatment of lower back pain.  Many studies have concluded that manual therapy (adjustments) are effective for the treatment of lower back pain, as well as lumbar herniated disc with radiculopathy (leg pain) and sacroiliac/pelvic pain among other conditions.

Chiropractic care is less expensive than medical care.  Chiropractic care is effective for patients with spinal degeneration.  Chiropractic provided better pain relief with chiropractic adjustments than with medical care and the list goes on. Compared to most treatment options, chiropractic care is among the best!

At Minser Chiropractic Clinic, we are dedicated to providing the best treatment options for your and your children’s health issues.  Let us help you overcome lower back pain and live a better, healthier life.  Yours for better health…..naturally!

 

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Why Your Child Should See a Chiropractor

Why do millions of parents bring their children to a chiropractor each year? Is it only for when your child is hurting or for highly dramatic health conditions? Not at all!

More parents are bringing their children to chiropractors for day-to-day health conditions like colds, sore throats, ear infections, colic, asthma, bed wetting, falls, stomach aches, and the other thousand things that children go through as they grow up.

It’s important to understand that chiropractic is not a treatment for disease. Its purpose is to reduce nerve system stress, a serious and often painless condition most children (and adults) experience quite frequently.kids-health

Nerve system stress interferes with the proper functioning of the nervous system which can weaken internal organs, reduce healing potential and set the stage for sickness.

Many spinal problems seen in adults began as early as birth. Even ‘natural’ birthing methods can stress an infant’s spine and developing nerve system.

The resulting irritation to the nerve system caused by spinal misalignment can be the cause of many newborn health complaints.

When a chiropractor frees the nervous system from spinal stress, the healing power of the body is unleashed, immune system works more efficiently, and your child’s body functions more effectively.

Chiropractic adjustments are modified to fir a child’s size, weight, and unique spinal condition. They are both gentle and specific to the child’s developing structure. In fact, the pressure a chiropractor uses to adjust an infant is a similar pressure to that when you test a tomato to see if it’s ripe.

Has your family has experienced the may benefits of chiropractic care?

5 Ways to Keep Your Spine Healthy

When it comes to our health, typically we think of eating healthy, exercising and getting spineplenty of sleep. But what about the health of our spine? After all, it does protect one of the most important systems of the body, the nervous system.

The nervous system controls every other system in the body from muscle movement to breathing. So what can we do to keep our spine in tip top shape?

Massage Therapy

Not only are massages good for relaxation for the mind, but also for the muscles of the body. Muscles around the spine can become tight and pull on the vertebrae of the spine, causing irritation of the spinal cord which can result in pain and disruption of other body systems.

Chiropractic Care

Subluxations, also known as misalignments, occur throughout the spine and joints of the body. These misalignments can put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, resulting in pain, headaches, tingling, digestion issues, etc. Chiropractors correct misalignments to promote good nervous system health.

Stop Smoking

Smokers tend to have more back pain than nonsmokers and for longer periods of time. Smokers heal at a slower rate when they have an episode of back pain because the chemicals in tobacco smoke restrict the flow of blood to the tissues in and around the spine.

Good Posture

While sitting at your desk, keep in mind good posture techniques to avoid lack of circulation, muscle tension, and headaches. (Here are some posture tips for at work!)When carrying or lifting things, use your knees instead of bending down at the
waist.

bad-sleepWe often forget to think about our posture while we are sleeping. The best position for your spine is when you lay on your side. Put a pillow between your legs or knees to reduce pressure on the lower back, plus it helps better align the neck. Check to see if your pillow has enough support for your head and neck to avoid headaches.

Exercising

Yes, exercising is good for your spinal health! People who are overweight tend to have more spinal dysfunction due to more pressure applied to the spine and a shift in center of gravity. Try to stretch your back muscles regularly to avoid tight muscles, which will help reduce subluxations. Having good back and core strength helps promote good posture.

If you have more questions about spinal health ask one of our doctors!

Posture–What it Means for Your Body

May is Posture Month! As a chiropractic professionals, we like to educate the public on the importance of having good posture.

Below is some great information about posture from the American Chiropractic Association.

Why is good posture important?

Good posture helps us stand, walk, sit, and lie in positions that place the least strain on supporting muscles and ligaments during movement and weight-bearing activities.

Correct posture: 

  • Helps keep bones and joints in correct alignment so that our muscles are used correctly, decreasing the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces that could result in degenerative arthritis and pain.
  • Reduces the stress on ligaments holding the spinal joints together, and minimizing risk of injury.
  • Allows muscles to work more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy and, therefore, preventing muscle fatigue.
  • Helps prevent muscle strain, overuse disorders, and even back and muscular pain.

To maintain proper posture, you need to have adequate muscle flexibility and strength, normal joint motion in the spine and other body regions, as well as efficient postural muscles that are balanced on both sides of the spine.

Consequences of Poor Posture

postureexPoor posture can lead to excessive strain on our postural muscles and may even cause them to relax, when held in certain positions for long periods of time. For example, you can typically see this in people who bend forward at the waist for a prolonged time in the workplace. Their postural muscles are more prone to injury and back pain.
Several factors contribute to poor posture–most commonly, stress, obesity, pregnancy, weak postural muscles, abnormally tight muscles, and high-heeled shoes.  In addition, decreased flexibility, incorrect working posture, and unhealthy sitting and standing habits can also contribute to poor posture.

 Can I correct my posture?

In a word, yes. Remember, however, that long-standing postural problems will typically take longer to address than short-lived ones, as often the joints have adapted to your long-term poor posture.

Conscious awareness of your own posture and knowing what posture is correct will help you correct yourself. With much practice, the correct posture for standing, sitting, and lying down will gradually replace your old posture. This, in turn, will help you move toward a better and healthier body posture.

A Chiropractor can assist you with proper posture, including recommending exercises to strengthen your core postural muscles. The doctor can also assist you with choosing proper postures during your activities, helping reduce your risk of injury.

If you have more questions about posture, check out our website for great products that can help your posture or ask a doctor!

 

Rib Pain and Chiropractic

Rib cage pain can be a common occurrence for many people and can be presented in a number of ways.  Most people don’t realize that just as easily as their mid back spine may need to be adjusted, the ribs may also need to be addressed, depending on what symptoms there are.

Rib pain may be sharp, dull, achy, or stinging and can be felt at the chest over the breast bone, or in the mid back where the ribs meet the spine.  It may also be a shooting pain across the rib cage on either side.  With rib pain being more common than some may realize, it is often asked, “What causes the ribs to need to be adjusted?”

Since the ribs create a joint with the vertebrae in the back, there may be pain that is due to subluxations or misalignments of those joints.  It is usually a focal pain where the subluxation occurs and can be tender to the touch.
A common cause of rib subluxations includes poor posture such as rounded shoulders or sitting in an awkward position for an extended amount of time.  When sitting with improper posture, it can push or pull the ribs out of their normal position and you may notice pain when taking a deep breath in.

An additional common source of rib subluxations can be from pregnancy and the treat-broken-ribs-step-1biomechanical changes that occur in the pregnant women’s abdomen and pelvis.  Coughing and sneezing may also apply excessive force on the ribs, which may lead to subluxations.

Another cause of rib pain and subluxations include trauma.  Any impact to the rib cage can cause a sprain or strain to the ribs and surrounding tissues.  Trauma may include motor vehicle accidents, sport injuries, or falls.  A chiropractor can assess the rib cage first to assess if there is the possibility of a fracture from trauma or a sprain or strain that may be treated conservatively.

Nerve irritation can be one more source of rib pain.  The nerves that travel between the ribs are known as intercostal nerves.  They start from the spine and cross the entire rib cage and end at the sternum.

When there is a subluxation of the ribs where they meet the spine, irritation of the nerve can occur.  Shingles, which is a viral infection that can cause a blister-like outbreak on the skin over a rib, can be another cause of irritation to the intercostal nerves.

It should not be forgotten that organs such as the heart or lungs can cause rib pain as well, and it is important to rule out any medical emergency, such as a heart attack or pulmonary embolism.  Your chiropractor is trained to diagnose the differing reasons for rib pain and can determine whether chiropractic care can help with your rib pain.

Some of the treatments a chiropractor can offer for rib pain include gentle chiropractic adjustments of the mid back spine and rib cage, ultrasound therapy, interferential therapy, heat, and/or ice.  Specific stretching or postural exercises may also be prescribed to help with healing and recovery at home.

Chiropractic care can be especially beneficial for certain causes of rib pain and patients may find significant relief in a short amount of time. Chiropractic is safe for all ages, so if a child has rib pain your chiropractor can easily assess them.

 

7 Steps to Have Better Posture at Work

The Medical Definition of the word “posture”
is- the carriage of the body as a whole, the attitude of the body, or the position of the limbs (the arms and legs).Why should you have better posture? 

Your posture affects everything you do! How you walk, sit, move, breathe, and so much more! Better posture at work means increased productivity, more focused, less back pain, and less headaches.

Here are a few simple steps you can do to have better posture at work.

  1. Align Your Head – Rule of thumb is having your ears in line with your shoulders is proper posture for your head. Forward head posture can result in tight muscles in your neck and possibly headaches.
  2. Stretch Your Shoulders – Hunched desk posture leads to tightened chest muscles and restricted air ways. You can regularly stretch you shoulders to help relax your shoulder muscles.bigstock_closeup_of_female_hands_typing_21941885
  3. Look up! – Keep your monitor centered in front of your body. Adjust your chair or desk so you are not looking downward at your computer and to prevent neck strain.
  4. Don’t Slouch – Slouching also tightens your chest muscles and can reduce strength in your upper back muscles. Keeping your computer at eye level can help reduce slouching.
  5. Exercise and Stretch – Long hours sitting at a desk with little to no breaks can lead to shortened hip flexor muscles. Try to get exercise outside of work and stretch your hips at home. If you can, take walking breaks throughout the day.
  6. Keep Wrists Flat – Maintain a flat keyboard surface and keep your wrists about the keyboard when typing. Occasionally roll out your wrists to reduce tightness.
  7. Sit Upright & Move Your Feet – Crossing your legs at your desk can lead to poor circulation and misalignments in your spine. Sit up straight with your feet flat on the floor and move your feet frequently in increase blood flow.

Have more questions about posture? Let us know!

What to do about Extremity Pain

hand-painLegs ache, arms are numb, fingers tingling, and you can’t feel your feet! You wonder what could be the cause of these symptoms and what you can do to get rid of them.

Did you know chiropractic can help treat extremity pain?

Most people think chiropractic is just a treatment for back pain, neck pain, and headaches, but chiropractors can do so much more! If it’s a joint, a chiropractor can adjust it!

That means your knee pain could be a result of a subluxation in your knee or hip instead of your low back. Your tingling fingers could mean a joint is off in your wrist, elbow, shoulder, neck or upper back!

There are cases where numbness, tingling, and lack of feeling in extremities are a sign that there could be a subluxation within the spine that is causing interference with the nerves. Another interference could be located in the extremity itself, i.e. elbow, ankle, shoulder, etc. A simple solution is a chiropractic adjustment!

Chiropractors are highly trained doctors that know not only how to treat the spine, but also extremities of the body. They are also trained in different adjusting techniques so they can effectively treat people of all ages and sizes. No one is too young or too old for an adjustment!