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Neck Adjustment Techniques

  Individuals turn to chiropractic care neck adjustments to help ease neck problems and alleviate pain. Some of the different types of neck-cervical conditions that chiropractic treats include: Cervical intervertebral disc injuries Cervical sprain injuries Degenerative joint syndrome of the neck Facet joint sprain Whiplash A chiropractor will evaluate the whole spine because other regions may be affected and/or contribute to the problems. They will determine areas of restricted movement and will look at walking gait, overall posture, and spinal alignment. Before deciding which approach to use, the chiropractor will thoroughly examine the specific cause of the problems. Neck adjustments consist of various techniques and methods. Neck Adjustments Cervical Mobilization Cervical mobilization focuses on using gentle motions around the neck. It incorporates the high-velocity low-amplitude technique , which uses quick pressure to release an area. This adjustment is best for reducing pain a

Planks For Spine Support and Back Pain Prevention

  Regularly doing planks can support/strengthen the spine and prevent back pain no matter the fitness level. It's estimated that 70% of adults will experience back problems and pain. One of the best ways to keep the spine healthy is by strengthening the core muscles. The more these muscles are built up, the healthier the body will become. The plank position activates the entire core taking the pressure off of the spine.  Core Anatomy The core is the center of the body. It contains all the muscles surrounding the torso. These muscles work together to: Stabilize the body during movement. Prevent injury when engaged in physical activity/exercise. Provide spinal support. The core is split into two groups of muscles: The inner core and the outer core . Inner Core The inner core consists of: Multifidus Muscles Located in the deep layer of the back on either side of the spinal column . Quadratus Lumborum The deep abdominal muscle in the lower back sits on either side of the lumbar regio

Everyday Movements

  Posture is how we hold our bodies while standing, sitting, or lying down. A healthy posture is the correct alignment of the body supported by the right amount of muscle tension. Our everyday movements and activities affect the body's alignment. A postural imbalance can impact the body's health in various ways. It can cause: General soreness Back pain Muscular pain Fatigue Digestive problems Poor self-esteem Unhealthy posture can increase the risk of spinal dysfunction, joint degeneration, stress joints, and muscles, resulting in permanent damage if left untreated . The best way to prevent postural imbalances is to be aware of the causes utilize proper ergonomic and movement strategies that can help avoid these problems. As the everyday bad habits, behaviors, and activities are understood, it is much easier to prevent and correct them. Everyday Posture Is Important Specific muscles maintain the body's posture, so we don't have to think about it and constantly adjust. M

Jackknife Tractor-Trailer Accidents and Crashes

  Tractor-trailer semi-trucks are a vital part of our transportation/supply system. However, weather, drivers that are not careful and/or well-trained can cause dangerous and sometimes fatal accidents. One type of accident resulting from truck driver negligence is the jackknife accident. Jackknife accidents are extremely catastrophic because they can involve numerous vehicles. Almost all of them involve life-altering or fatal injuries. Here's what to know about these violent truck crashes. ​ Jackknife Collision A jackknife occurs when the trailer of semi-truck swings to one side at a 90-degree angle and uncontrollably overtakes other lanes of traffic.   The term comes from the look of the tractor-trailer after the crash resembling a jackknife or the letter L. When a jackknife wreck happens, the trailer and cab can hit and crush other vehicles in its path. It can also block numerous lanes leading to additional collisions. Jackknife crashes can also be considered rollover crashes

Leg Spasms and Cramping

  Leg spasms and cramps are common conditions where the muscles in the leg suddenly become tight and painful. They present with no warning and can cause excruciating and debilitating pain. They usually occur in the calf muscles but can affect any area of the leg, including the feet and thighs. After the cramping has passed, pain and tenderness can remain in the leg for several hours. Although many leg spasm episodes go away by themselves, they can disrupt normal activities, exercise regimens, and sleep if they continue and are left untreated.   Leg Spasms and Symptoms A leg spasm is a sudden, sharp contraction or tightening of a muscle in the leg. This can last a few seconds to a few minutes. Muscle cramps anywhere in the body cause sudden contraction of the muscle. This is an involuntary function and can include the following symptoms: Soreness and discomfort can be mild to extreme. Muscle tightening. Hardening of the muscle. Twitching of the muscle. Pain. Leg spasms are typically b

Nutrition, The Nervous System, and The Spine

  Proper nutrition can be difficult for individuals with work, school, and busy schedules to prepare fresh, healthy meals. Healthy food is essential for a healthy nervous system and spine to promote a healthy musculoskeletal system, metabolism , bone strength, tissue growth, and repair. The body requires more nutritional value to heal itself to support damage or injury. Nervous System and The Spine The nervous system runs throughout the body like an interstate highway and impacts every bodily function . Disrupting signals can cause a backup, like a massive traffic jam. At that point, no matter how healthy the diet is, the body is unable to process all the food thoroughly to break down all the nutrients. Chiropractic adjustments ensure that blood circulation and nerve energy flow function optimally so that messages sent from the brain and body are transmitted without disruption. Disrupted Nervous System The nervous system influences every part of the body, and digestion is no exceptio

Arthritis Chiropractor

  Arthritis can be a debilitating disease that interferes with everyday life. There are over 20% of adults aged 65 and older that have arthritis along with all the symptoms like pain, stiffness, swelling, and decreased range of motion. The most commonly affected joints include the shoulders, hands, spine, hips, and knees. Arthritis results from damage to joint cartilage from various factors such as age, wear and tear, injury, being overweight, and disease. Medication and surgery are the most common treatment options. An arthritis chiropractor can offer a conservative, natural, non-invasive option to manage symptoms. Arthritis Chiropractor Helps By While arthritis, either caused by wear and tear - Osteoarthritis or disease - Rheumatoid Arthritis cannot be cured. An arthritis chiropractor can help manage symptoms and prevent progression. Chiropractors are trained to use various techniques to help alleviate pain and tension, including arthritis.  Chiropractic treatment aims to alleviate p

Sciatica Causes: Genetics, Low Back Problems, Piriformis, Arthritis

  Sciatica Causes: The sciatic nerve forms by the union of Lumbar4 to Sacral31 nerve roots and exits the pelvis through the greater sciatic foramen , below the piriformis muscle located deep in the buttocks. The nerve runs down the back of the thigh, into the leg, and ends in the foot. The sciatic nerve becomes inflamed, irritated, and/or mechanically compressed. Any type of pain and/or neurological symptom/s from the sciatic nerve is referred to as sciatica. Sciatica is a type of lumbar radiculopathy , which means that the pain originates from the low back and/or sacral nerve roots . Sciatica Causes Physical forces on the nerve can cause mechanical compression due to the following conditions: Herniated Discs A disc in the lower back can bulge or herniate, causing irritation and/or compression of a sciatic nerve root. Foraminal Stenosis Stenosis, the intervertebral opening through which the nerve roots travel, begins to narrow/close in, can compress or irritate the sciatic nerve. Degen

Pregnancy Chiropractor

  With a growing belly and changes in connective tissue, many pregnant women are unable to stay comfortable. A pregnancy chiropractor is safe and effective in helping manage pain in the back, hips, legs, joints and establish pelvic balance. This can provide the baby with space to grow and move throughout the pregnancy and lead to faster, easier labor and delivery. Relief and better symptom management are possible with a pregnancy chiropractor. Chiropractic Is Safe During Pregnancy Before engaging in any treatment during pregnancy, consult a doctor. For the most part, non-invasive chiropractic is considered safe for healthy, low-risk pregnancies and even higher-risk pregnancies once cleared by a doctor. Because pregnant women cannot take medications or undergo other invasive treatment options for pain, chiropractic treatment is recommended for sore, tight muscles, irritability, and pain management . How A Pregnancy Chiropractor Can Help What a chiropractor can offer includes: Restore p

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