All Posts in Category: Back Pain

The Dangers of Poor Posture Beyond Back & Neck Pain

The consequences of poor posture are numerous, and while some of the dangers are widely understood, others are less obvious. Most people know that good posture creates a more confident and professional appearance, yet fail to understand the health implications of sitting and slouching.

Spinal Curvature, Pain, and Chronic Illness

Sitting for extended periods of time in unnatural positions leads to changes in the natural curvature of the spine that may, in turn, cause additional health issues. Poor posture can cause debilitating pain in the neck, shoulders, back, jaw, and head. This can lead to chronic illnesses affecting the bones, nerves, and joints. These include carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, and disc degeneration.

Balance, Coordination, and Stress

The spine is the backbone of the skeleton, and, as such, improper posture interferes with balance, coordination, and the ability to absorb shock and stress. It is possible to avoid these problems by sitting up straight with the feet flat on the floor and the legs at a slight angle. Avoid looking up or too far down at electronics such as computers, which contributes to poor posture. In the video below Dr. Jason Fox gives tips on proper posture while sitting.

 

Cardiovascular Disease and Varicose Veins

Dr. Jason Fox asserts that cardiovascular health problems are associated with sitting for extended periods of time, and, further, that the risk is magnified by poor posture. This is the reason that “sitting and slouching” is likened to smoking and replacing it as a leading cause of heart disease. Varicose veins are one consequence of this practice, given they form due to a loss of elasticity commonly associated with a sedentary lifestyle. This can be countered by getting up to move around and stretch every 30-60 minutes if you work at a desk all day.

Digestive Problems

Bad posture can affect digestion, because the spine may compress the digestive organs to the extent that they are unable to absorb nutrients effectively. This results in slowed metabolism and leads to nutritional deficiencies that range from minor to severe. Over time, these metabolic problems lower immunity and vitality and contribute to the development of secondary conditions.

The Lungs and Respiratory Issues

Another problem that can arise is diminished lung capacity. Improper posture can affect the oxygenation of the blood and tissues, which interferes with the functioning of the heart, brain, and other vital organs. Ultimately, this leads to fatigue, lethargy, clouded thinking, dyspnea, and cardiovascular distress.

We aren’t saying that “if you have poor posture, all of these conditions will happen to you”. Rather we want to bring to your attention that poor posture affects far more than just back, neck and shoulder pain.

Take 5 minutes to watch the video above of Dr. Jason Fox discussing proper posture while standing and sitting. The first step to improving your posture is keeping it top of mind so that you catch yourself when slouching and can correct it.

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Low Back Pain and Chiropractic as a Treatment Option for Halagonians

Back Pain Affects Every Aspect of Your Life

It’s hard to take the time to smell the roses when it hurts to bend over.

Back pain affects the lives of many Nova Scotians every day.Those who suffer from it understand. We’re meant to live full and happy lives, but back pain is a constant distraction from all of the activities we enjoy. Whether it’s playing with children, grandchildren, or pets, you’re not able to fully enjoy the moment as you once were.

Many pain relievers offer only a little relief. Patches, creams, and rubs don’t seem to work very well. Suffering from back pain can lead you to feel pretty down, or even angry.

It’s natural to feel that way when you’ve tried everything, and the pain can’t be controlled.

 

It’s embarrassing to have to take a break from activities you enjoy with others when the pain gets worse. It affects your relationships with others and leaves you feeling out of control.

KEY TAKEAWAY: Back pain medications mask the pain but do not help treat the underlying problem which is causing the pain. For that, you need a practitioner to analyze your movements and function.

What Can Be Done to Help Me?

The problem with pain relievers, shots, and muscle relaxers is that they don’t solve the underlying problem that’s causing you pain – they just mask the symptoms.

Chiropractic therapy corrects imbalances and poor spine alignment in order to restore your well-being. It involves adjustment of the spine and joints by a highly trained chiropractic doctor and has been proven safe by numerous studies.

 

Risks of Non-Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic is safer than long-term use of medications to treat back pain. Many pain medications have side effects that may harm your body over time. Pain is a sign that something is wrong in the body. By masking the pain and not correcting the cause, the damage may worsen over time.

KEY TAKEAWAY: Long-term use of back pain medications poses a much higher risk then chiropractic treatments for your back pain.

Get Your Best Self Back

Chiropractic will help you get your life back – the one where you can enjoy the activities you love. You’ll connect better with your loved ones when you’re not suffering from pain. Be fully present in every moment, pain-free, and in control of your life. You’ll enjoy a better state of health, more energy, more flexibility, and most importantly, you’ll feel happier. Life is short- do the things you’ve always wanted to do

As a pain-free individual, the world is yours.

If you’re struggling with back pain, we want to help you at Glenbourne Chiropractic. Come in for a 15-minute consultation. You’ll speak with one of our chiropractic doctors, who will determine if chiropractic treatment is the right option for you.

15-Minute Consultation: Click here to watch a short video to better understand what to expect from a 15-minute consultation

Call today, and get on the right path to wellness!

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Are Chiropractic Treatments and Spinal Manipulation Safe?

It’s probably the most common question we are asked day in and day out by new patients.

Are Chiropractic Spinal Adjustments safe?

It’s a common fear of new patients that receiving spinal manipulation and adjustments could hurt, or cause more issues. However, keep in mind, as Chiropractors we are also doctors.

In Nova Scotia Chiropractors can order x-rays. We also work with our family GP if, through the course of our examination and diagnosis, we feel that further testing is appropriate. If ever a course of treatment is questionable we always use every tool at our disposal to ensure the safety of our patients.

Treatment plans are always customized to your body, condition, and comfort level.

Studies Have Proven the Safety of Chiropractic Treatments

There have been numerous studies done by both professionals inside and outside the Chiropractic community. The results of these studies again, and again point to the fact that Chiropractic is a very safe option to treat not just back and neck pain, but many musculoskeletal and nervous system conditions.

 

What’s the Alternative?

The alternatives to chiropractic care may only treat the symptom, not the underlying misalignment, imbalance or muscle tightness/weakness. Most often these alternative treatments rely on painkillers, anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxant medications.

The long-term effects these types of medications pose a much greater risk than chiropractic adjustments. Not to mention, these pharmaceutical products are merely band-aids meant to mask the pain or discomfort you feel, while never actually treating the root cause of the condition.

Become the best version of you!

Even after the pain has subsided, as chiropractors, our goal is to help you reach your optimal level of health and wellness.

Why?

So you can enjoy the activities you LOVE to do in your life. Whether that’s gardening, golf, running or just playing with your children or grandchildren.

We work with you to resolve the pain, isolate the cause and help you make the lifestyle changes necessary to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

If you’re currently struggling with pain or discomfort come in for a 15-minute consultation with one of our Chiropractic professionals. We will determine if Chiropractic is the right course of treatment for you and get you on your right path to wellness.

Learn more here about how we improve Halagonians through Chiropractic.

To determine what a chiropractor can treat check out this article here.

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