A simple way to combat upper back and neck pain this winter...wear a scarf! Think about it, when you get cold, what happens to your posture? Your shoulders rise up to your ears! This posture stresses your neck and upper back. Wearing a scarf helps keep your neck warm, your shoulders down, and your neck pain free!
Don't let cold weather stop you from being active. Dress for the weather and get out and walk, snow-shoe, cross country ski, or whatever you enjoy! Staying active keeps your back moving, flexible, and pain free! Your body was made to move...move it!
In this cost-conscious time, it is important to know that a recent review on the cost-effectiveness of methods endorsed in the ACP-APS guidelines found that spinal adjusting was a money-saving form of treatment of low back pain.
In 2007, low back pain guidelines jointly prepared by the American College of Physicians and the American Pain society identified chiropractic adjustments as a method "of proven benefit" for acute, subacute and chronic low back pain.
These were not chiropractors who said this. Chiropractic works!
Chiropractic isn't just for your back!!
A new lower extremity study shows that adding chiropractic care to standard medical and physical therapy approaches dramatically decreased the number of leg injuries and missed games among Australian professional football players.
Whether it’s long-haul transport or local beverage delivery, truck driving is one of the hardest jobs on the body. In fact, truck driving is always at or near the top of OSHA’s list of professions for lost work due to injury.
Take care of your back with these tips:
-Vary your seat position slightly every 30-60 minutes to vary the stress on your body.
-Use a gel seat cushion if the truck vibrates too much.
-Adjust the seat so that your knees are no higher than your hips
-If possible, adjust the lumbar area of the seat to provide gentle support. A towel or lumbar roll may be added to support the low back if needed.
-The front of the seat should not contact the back of the knee. Such contact will cause drivers to slide forward into a rounded posture.
-Do NOT go directly from prolonged sitting to lifting and carrying tasks. Give you back a few minutes to adjust by completing other tasks such as paperwork or talking with the client.
-Moving from a warm truck into cold outside temperatures can cause muscles to stiffen. This puts truck drivers more at risk for injury when lifting objects. Keep a vest or jacket close by and use it.
If you experience any symptoms such as low back pain, upper back ache, or neck pain, consult your doctor of chiropractic. In addition to helping you examine your ergonomic risk factors, your chiropractic can help you alleviate the symptoms with hands on-treatment.
Spinal manipulation and other chiropractic techniques have been proven to be safe and effective methods to decrease pain and related symptoms.
Chris SorrellsErgonomics for Truck DriversJ Amer Chiropr Assoc 2010 April;47(3):36-37
Do you work at a desk all day? Sitting at a desk for 8 hours per day can take a toll on your neck, back, and arms. A few tips can help combat achy pain and stiffness:
-Get up and move! Every 20-30 minutes take a break and move.
-Stretchhh! Stretch your neck, shoulders, back, and arms. A few good stretches include: neck rotations, fist clenches, arm dangles, and shoulder shrugs.
These tips will lead to better posture and fewer aches and pains!
What is the best sleeping position for you if you have low back pain?
ON YOUR SIDE! The fetal position takes pressure off your low back and spine.
An article from Family Practice Research Journal states that 100% of pregnancies exhibit low back pain and 91% respond to chiropractic adjustments!
NEW STUDY...Back pain patients who had insurance that included chiropractic coverage had a 41% reduction in hospitalizations for back pain, a 37% reduction in MRI scans, a 23% reduction in the use of X-rays, and a 32% reduction in the incidence of back surgery as compared to back pain patients who did not have chiropractic insurance coverage. SO?...Chiropractic works AND is COST EFFECTIVE!