Many back problems can stem from movement – how we move, or the lack of movement, and how we maintain our posture and alignment while we move. By the time we are into our early school years, we learn our ABC’s, but we also fall into poor sitting posture. This can stress and degenerate our spinal discs, tighten our hips and throw our head and neck forward, out of alignment with the rest of the body.
This causes movement problems. We start to move our bodies in compromised ways that lead to premature wear and tear, eventually leading to back pain. Exercising with these compromised movements that have been learned over time may be making matters worse, further aggravating back pain.
The good news is that you can unlearn those damaging postures and movements and learn healthy movement practices and improve your body’s comfort level. If you want to learn more about how to actually bulletproof your back and understand the “hows” and “whys” of back and neck pain, read about our BackSmart Program here.
Neck Pain and Headaches
Neck pain can often be traced to old injuries, poor posture and problems in other areas of the back. Neck pain will affect over 40% of people in their lifetime and is #4 on the list of worldwide disabilities. Neck pain affects people in all age groups, both males and females.
Neck muscles can be strained from poor posture – whether it’s leaning over your computer, texting on your phone or hunching over your desk or workbench.
Like many back problems, neck issues also seem to stem from movement – how we move, or the lack of movement, and how we maintain our posture and alignment while we move. By the time we are into our early school years, we learn our ABC’s, but we also learn poor sitting posture. This stresses and degenerates our spinal discs, tightens our hips and throws our head and neck forward, out of alignment with the rest of the body.
Many people think headaches are just “something you get” as part of normal life. This isn’t necessarily true. There are many different reasons that people suffer from headaches. Accidents, falls, repetitive movements at work or at play and growing older are common factors that may lead to headaches. Stress may also be a key contributing factor.
Like pain in other parts of the body, movement, back health and flexibility all have a part to play. Chiropractic care for headaches can be very effective and lead to long-term relief.
Desk Worker Pain
The majority of chiropractic problems seen in office workers come down to poor posture. The simple act of sitting is enough to be harmful to the musculoskeletal system if done for long enough periods of time.
Over time these common day-to-day activities can result in postural and spinal problems. This spinal stress or strain can interfere with nerve function and place excessive pressure on nerves. It is this pressure or interference that causes pain or other symptoms that drive patients to seek relief.
There are many conditions that can be linked to poor desk posture. Some may surprise you, as they can seem completely unrelated to your posture. Problems can arise in the upper or lower back as well as the neck – anywhere vertebrae can be pinched or compressed. The most common ailments that arise from poor posture include:
- Sinus pressure
- Neck pain or neck ache
- Tingling in the arm, fingers or leg
- Frozen shoulder/loss of function in the shoulder
- Tightness in trapezius area
Sports Related Injuries
All Chiropractors are trained to assess, diagnose and manage sports related injuries. Chiropractors can help determine the cause of pain by taking your health history and examining the affected body area. The next step is a custom treatment plan that may be weeks or even months long depending on the injury. The treatment plan may include joint manipulation and mobilization, soft tissue therapies, individualized exercises and lifestyle advice to restore function, and help reduce pain. Ultimately the treatment plan can include a strategy that will get you back in the game!