Many of us may find it hard to believe that we’re nearly half-way through the year, but the calendar doesn’t lie!
With the bounty of summer nearing and all the fantastic outdoor activities available to us in Windsor and Essex County, now is a great time to review and renew our commitment to improved health.
How are you doing with your health goals? Are you more active? Healthier? Happier? Less stressed? Here are some considerations and healthy inspiration for you:
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Our noisy joints are one of the medical mysteries of the body, which most people experience during their lifetime. When a joint is “cracked” many people experience a feeling of release and a reduction in joint tension.
To understand the possible causes of joint sound, let’s first review the anatomy of a joint. A joint is comprised of many structures:
- Ligaments – elastic bands of tissue which connect bones
- Tendons – elastic bands of tissue which connect muscles to bones
- Cartilage – a firm, yet flexible connective tissue which may deteriorate with age or injury
- Meniscus – a curved type of cartilage found in some joints
- Synovial membrane – encapsulates the joint
- Synovial fluid – acts as a lubricant
- Bursas – fluid-filled sacs which help cushion the joint
There are also several types of joints found in the body which allow for a different type of movement:
- Ball and socket joints – rotation (ex: shoulder)
- Hinge joints – bending and straightening (ex: fingers)
- Pivot joints – limited rotation (ex: neck)
- Ellipsoidal joints – a variety of movements and rotations (ex: wrist)
Knowing all the complicated structures to a joint as well as the types of joints, it’s no surprise that the shoulders are often the loudest. Grinding, clicking, popping, cracking sounds are quite common in the shoulders.
What causes the joints to make noise? There are a variety of possible reasons as well as theories as to why joints make sounds, including:
- Compression of nitrogen bubbles within the synovial fluid of a joint.
- Ligaments stretching and releasing
- Tendons changing position
As we age, our joints tend to make more noise as cartilage wears down and there is more friction and space to create sound. It was once thought that regular cracking or joints cause arthritis, but that’s no longer believed to be true. However, a recent study suggested a relationship between habitual finger joint cracking and decreased hand strength and joint swelling.
While popping and cracking is normal, it’s imfortant to visit a physician if you experience pain or swelling in a joint.
Joint health tips:
- Stretch before physical activities
- Practice good lifestyle and work ergonomics
- Good posture
- Try supplements such as mega-3 fatty acids, calcium and glucosamine (speak to your doctor first!)
- Practice good bone health
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In this informative video, Dr. Oz:
- Discusses the concepts and what is chiropractic care
- Causes of misalignment
- Demonstrates a chiropractic adjustment
If you have any questions or concerns about utilizing chiropractic care for your improved health and range of motion, please reach out to us: 519-258-8544
Some people who have never visited a chiropractor may ask: Is a chiropractic adjustment safe?
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest, non-invasive and drug-free options available for relief and symptom improvement for a wide variety of physical ailments.
Chiropractic care has an excellent safety record, although it’s important to note that no medical treatment is completely risk-free of adverse affects.
While most patients experience relief after a chiropractic adjustment, some people may feel:
- Slight discomfort, mild soreness or brief pain which generally lasts no longer than 24 hours
It’s important to us that all patients are confident and informed. If you are considering chiropractic care and have concerns, please reach out to us: 519-258-8544
 Senstad O, et al. Frequency and characteristics of side effects of spinal manipulative therapy. Spine 1997 Feb 15;435-440.
It may be surprising to note that 85-95% of Canadians cannot identify the cause of their back pain.
When a specific origin of back pain is undetermined, it’s believed that many factors may contribute, such as:
- Lack of muscle tone in the back and abdomen
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Poor posture
- Improper lifting techniques
- Work or lifestyle ergonomics
- Psychological factors (depression, chronic stress)
Chiropractic care is a safe, non-invasion and all-natural treatment option to help correct the source of the pain, and address lifestyle improvement options for all around better health. Please reach out to us if you’re living with back pain. 519-258-8544
Have you had a very stiff neck with limited range of motion?
The most common cause is a muscle strain, soft tissue injury or misalignment of the vertebrae in your upper spine. These causes could be a result of:
- Improper sleep position
- Repetitive motion
- Poor posture
- Holding your neck in an abnormal position for an extended period of time
- Your neck extending beyond its normal range of motion
- Emotional stress
Your stiff neck may be causing other symptoms such as headaches, shoulder and upper back pain.
Help for a stiff neck
- Rest – Avoid any activities that may cause further neck pain.
- Self-massage – Try to identify the area on your neck or upper spine which is causing the pain. Gently massage the area for a few minutes.
- Stretch – Use your hands to gently hold your head down and away from the source of the kink, then repeat on the opposite side. Also, stretch focusing on tensing and relaxing all the muscles in your neck, shoulders and upper back.
- Ice it – Apply ice to the affected area for 10 minutes and repeat every 20 minutes to help reduce swelling.
It’s a good idea to see your chiropractor if your neck pain:
- Has lasted for days
- Makes it difficult to turn your head to the side
- Has occurred after an accident or injury
- Results in numbness or tingling in your arms or hands
- Is believed to be due to a more serious cause
If you’re experiencing a stiff neck, please reach out to us, we’re here to help you: 519-2588-8544