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Back To The Future by Dr. James E. Moylan

Posted on July 19, 2011 at 9:06 AM Comments comments (0)

The period of rapid development during pregnancy coupled with hormonal changes, laxity of connective ligaments and shifting of weight bearing structures may cause women to experience low back pain-radiating symptoms through the legs, generalized fatigue and postural changes.

The American Pregnancy Association points out that chiropractic care is safe during pregnancy. And that a misaligned pelvis can make development and delivery of the baby difficult.

Pregnancy causes several physiological and endocrinological changes each trimester. Misaligned vertebrae are very common because the body is adapting and changing to accomodate for the protruding abdomen and change in the position of the pelvis. These stresses are magnified if the expectant mother had an underlying condition of disc injury or a degenerative condition.

Expectant mothers can reduce much of the discomfort and pain associated with pregnancy by getting an adjustment and reducing increasing posture problems.

Through the prescribed therapeutic exercises, adjustments provided and the soft tissue work that includes a combination of massage, soft tissue mobilization and trigger point therapy, you can also reduce overall stress (physical and emotional).

To lessen fatigue and spinal stress, engage in gentle self massage techniques, proper positioning when seated, and adjusting pillows to support your tummy and back while sleeping.

Chiropractic treatment during pregnancy can also assist in a speedier, more effective recovery after delivery. By maintaining a balanced musculoskeletal system, the body is more attuned to returning to a pre-pregnancy state.

As the pregnancy develops, your activity and energy naturally reduce. But Chiropractic care and prescribed daily stretches, while sitting or lying down, help maintain energy, blood and nerve flow. This helps to reduce compensatory changes and bad postural habits. Your comfort and positive energy is directly felt by your baby, so focus on anything that assists in that direction.

Many Doctors of Chiropractic have specially designed tables that accommodate pregnant patients, allowing gentle, comfortable treatment. Discuss the changes and symptoms you are experiencing with your Chiropractor who can provide you with treatment and home/self care suggestions so you may fully enjoy the beautiful miracle of your developing child.

Important Fact #1

Posted on June 22, 2011 at 12:18 PM Comments comments (0)

Daily Occurrences that can cause low back pain:

  • Sitting on a wallet all day at work
  • Sleeping on your stomach
  • Wearing uncomfortable and unsupportive shoes
  • Slouching in a desk chair at work
  • Smoking tobacco and other bad habits

 

A few choices that can be implemented in everyday life:

  • Exercise daily to help increase blood and oxygen flow in the body
  • Eat foods that are rich in vitamins and nutrients
  • Don't eat excessive amounts of junk/fast food

 

A Chiropractor's expertise in spinal manipulation and extremity adjustments can be beneficial for low back pain. Chiropractors can also provide techniques for at-home recovery, starting with exercises and nutrition.

Important Fact #2

Posted on June 22, 2011 at 12:14 PM Comments comments (0)

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, "Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on low back pain, the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work. Back pain is the second most common neurological ailment in the United States-only headache is more common. "

Important Fact #3

Posted on June 22, 2011 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Chronic Back Pain

Low back pain is considered chronic if it lasts longer than three months. This does not mean that the injury is more severe or acute. There are possibilities that chronic pain can develop from degenerative disorders, scoliosis, or bone disease, but the percentage of people that suffer chronic pain from severe conditions is much smaller.

Important Fact #4

Posted on June 22, 2011 at 12:04 PM Comments comments (0)

Acute Low Back Pain

Acute low back pain is considered to be any discomfort in the lower back region, lumbar muscles, or pelvis that lasts three months or less.

Important Fact #5

Posted on June 22, 2011 at 12:03 PM Comments comments (0)

Eighty percent of the population of the United States, at some point in their life, is going to have back pain.

The Back Nine

Posted on June 22, 2011 at 9:59 AM Comments comments (0)

Here are a few suggestions to make your game a little more comfortable:

1. Before your game, do some basic stretches. Stretch out the hamstring and groin area. Perform neck stretches. Stiff neck muscles inhibit the rest of the body from turning freely.

2. Put a club across your shoulders and lean left and right 5 to 10 times. Hold for 5 seconds.

3. Hold a club behind your back and raise it upward, stretching your shoulder muscles. Repeat 10 times for 5 seconds each.

4. Hold and swing a club backwards. If you normally swing right-handed, hold the club like you'd swing it left handed and take 10 practice swings. That way you'll be stretching different muscles to help you loosen up considerably.

5. Orthotic Stabilizers: Wearing these custom made shoe inserts support the arch, absorb shock and increase coordination, all of which translate into a smoother swing and reduced fatigue. These Orthotic Stabilizers are available through most Chiropractic offices.

6. Golfers Elbow (medial epicondylitis) is a painful condition in which a bone in your arm becomes sore and tender. Chiropractors can adjust the over-rotated bone and ease the symptoms.

7. Take a "drop". One bad swing, striking a root or a rock with our club, can damage your wrist. If unsure whether you can get a clean swing, take the drop.

8. Anything that helps with flexibility eventually helps with your game. As you get older, your swing naturally shortens since the muscles aren't as supple. Flexibility is very important for older golphers.

9. You have to have good balance if you want to hit the ball consistently. A healthy spine is paramount to proper balance and posture. Improve your balance and you'll improve your consistency.

Chiropractic cares fpr ypir pverall body structure and alignment, not just your back. So, if you are feeling out of sync, chiropractic may be just the adjustment your body-and your game needs.


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