The focus of World Spine Day in 2017 is on the importance of body awareness and activities that promote a healthy spine.
“Your Back in Action”
It was just a simple thing, until it wasn’t…
Whether it’s dressing, playing, or sitting, sometimes, daily tasks aren’t so easy. That’s a message that rings all to true for many of us and for those we love. This World Spine Day, we’re dedicated to recognizing those not-so-simple things, and letting you know that chiropractic care is here for you.
Pain changes everything. Chiropractic care changes pain.
Good posture means good health. Are you surprised? Remember that our spines are central to our structure. The spine is the ‘relay station’ of our central and peripheral nervous systems.
Good posture distributes the force of gravity through our body, ensuring that no structure is overstressed. Good posture helps our bodies be more resistant to the day to day stressors we experience in life.
Ideal postural alignment balances the distribution of body weight, which enables our muscles and ligaments to perform as designed. Proper posture also allows for improved circulation, digestion, nervous system and organ functioning.
Many conditions occur as a result of our bodies being held in an unnatural position. Problems with back pain, neck and chronic muscle strain can all be reduced by proper posture.
Good posture is essential to good health. When the spine is properly aligned our bodies function as it is meant to.
If you’re looking to improve your posture, please call us for a postural assessment – 519-258-8544
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
We’re here for you and all your joints! If we can answer questions or help you with healthy joints, please reach out to us: 519-258-8544
One of the most common types of pain chiropractors regularly help with is lower back pain.
Why is the lower back so vulnerable to pain?
Whether acute or chronic, lower back pain can be caused by many factors, such as:
- Improper lifting techniques
- Trauma, such as a fall
- Sports injury
- Poor posture
- Lifestyle causes or poor work ergonomics
- Lack of muscle tone
- Degenerative disease
Additionally, the lower back is comprised of many complicated structures, making it susceptible to injury and pain:
- Muscle stress or strain
- Ligament sprain
- Bulging or ruptured disks
- Joint dysfunction
Regardless of the cause or type of lower back pain you suffer from; chiropractic care may be able to help you. In Windsor or Essex County, please reach out to us to arrange for your chiropractic consultation: 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
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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