Oh Baby – My Back!

October 25, 2010

From the day they are conceived until they leave for college children put an enormous strain on your body, especially your back. Although you would do anything in the world for your children, if you don’t look after yourself you may find yourself physically unable to keep up with them and provide them with everything that they need. As the primary caretaker, the health of your family starts with you, so you have to look after yourself. The following are five of the major stressors that caring for your children put on your back and ways to counteract or prevent problems from occurring. 

1) Pregnancy – How can carrying a bowling ball around your belly for 9 months not be a strain on your back? Pregnant women generally experience lower back pain and sciatica (pain down the leg) as the load on your spine increases throughout the pregnancy. The increased weight can cause shifts in your spine. Taking pain killers during pregnancy is not only dangerous for the baby but also will not remove the stress. Stretching is very important for the health of everyone’s spine but particularly when you are pregnant. Pre-natal yoga is a very safe and effective way to help you stay limber. Chiropractic care is also a fantastic, gentle way to realign the spine and remove the source of the pain. Chiropractic care has also been shown to help with labor.

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Positioning Yourself for a Good Night’s Sleep

October 25, 2010

It is not only the type of mattress that you sleep on at night that can cause pain and stiffness in the morning, but also the position you sleep in.By making simple changes to your sleeping position you can take the strain off of your back, avoid aggravating a backache, or both.

First off, the absolute worst position you can sleep in is on your stomach. I know there are a lot of stomach sleepers out there cringing right now, but by sleeping on your stomach at night you have no choice but to forcefully turn your head to one side or the other for hours at a time. This position is extremely hard on your neck and can lead to tingling in the hands and fingers because of the increased stress on the nerves in your neck. If at all possible, it is highly recommended that you sleep on a firm mattress in either a back or side position.

While sleeping on your back it is advised to place a pillow under your knees to help ease stress on your lower back. In addition…     Read More Here…

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – It isn’t all in the wrist!

October 12, 2010

Most people have heard of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome before, but not everyone knows exactly what it is or what really causes it.  The Carpal Tunnel refers to a tight canal or “tunnel” at the base of the palm that contains a number of nerves and tendons which pass from the forearm to the hand and fingers. The main nerve that travels through this tunnel is the median nerve and when this nerve is pinched or irritated it can cause a variety of symptoms to appear. The most common symptoms associated with carpal tunnel are numbness or tingling in the hands and fingers, sharp shooting pain in the wrist and forearm or difficulty making a fist or gripping small objects. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is most commonly seen in assembly line workers or people who spend a lot of time sitting at a computer.

Although the main cause of carpal tunnel syndrome is thought to be a narrowing of the tunnel due to inflammation of the tendons caused by repetitive use of the hand or wrist, there are a lot of other causes for the symptoms that are commonly overlooked. The median nerve which is the main culprit for the symptoms can become pinched in locations other than the wrist. The nerve originates in the neck and can thus become compressed in the neck itself or the shoulder, elbow, or wrist.  Many times people suffering from what they believe to be carpal tunnel turn to surgery, only to discover that their problem was not coming from their wrist. Their symptoms were actually being caused by a problem in the cervical spine. Hundreds of patients can avoid unnecessary surgery by consulting a chiropractor before they agree to be cut open. The latest statistics show that full resolution of symptoms is achieved in less than 60% of surgeries. It is not uncommon for symptoms to return within two years of surgery if repetitive stress continues through routine use of a person’s hands at work or at home. Save yourself the risk and costs of surgery by consulting a chiropractor and trying conservative treatment first. After all, there is no turning back once you go under the knife.

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