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Computer issues and neck pain

Computer issues and neck pain

Computer issues and neck pain are definitely interrelated.  Since the advent of increased computer usage, there is more neck issues then ever.  Computer issues and neck pain can be reducred with simple steps.

first off start the day off right.  When you wake up stretch before using the computer.  Wait until you loosen up befor checking you emails and facebook.

If you sit at your computer desk for long periods of time you can be creating lots of strain on your upper and lower back. One of the main things you should realize is that your computer should always be directly in front of you at eye level moving your chair, desk height, and/or height of the computer monitor is imperative to prevent neck pain and headaches.

There are simple apparatuses that you can purchase at any computer store that you can put under your computer base to raise it or lower it in order to have the ideal height of your computer monitor. Taking these steps will further allow you to reduce the negative affects of sitting at a computer.  at the end of the day stretch again or better yet go to the gym or even a walk.

Computer issues cause neck pain

Computer issues and neck pain

 

 

Chiropractic care for migraines

Chiropractic care for migraines

Chiropractic care for migraines is extremely effective way to help patients.  I would like to share a story about a patient that I recently took care of.  this is a typical case that I have seen thousands of times in my office.  the case was a 25 year old female.  The patient had two small children and was in an automobile accident.  Following the acient she began experiencing severe migraines and went to two neurologist, had an mri and ct scan and was deemed normal.  After a trial of pain meds she came to my office.  After two weeks of care here headaches were reduced from daily to 2 times a week.  Following 3  more weeks of care her headaches were completely resolved.

Medication may mitigate migraine misery

. In the Science Daily September 11, 2014 issue a new study was performed for the 36 million Americans who suffer from migraine headaches. Study participants were evaluated before and after their trial period using objective measures of disability, self-efficiency and mindfulness.

Participants were also instructed to keep headache logs. Specifically the participants who had physical treatment as opposed to medicated treatment had 1.4 of fewer migraines per month than those who did not. Based on these findings it is evident that manual treatment is more efficient for migraine headaches rather than standard medications.

Reducing Stress workshop

Chiropractic care for migraines

Healthy Fast Food???

Healthy Fast Food???

healthy fast food is beginning  to appear.  You must be careful on how healthy it is

While there is no such thing as healthy fast food if it is qualified as healthy simply means that there are fewer calories in it. If you must have fast food here are your three best options.

Option one: Salad – although many salads in the fast food chains are still high in calories they normally have very sweet and high calorie dressings. Beware of those alternatives.

Option two: Chili – While chili is no fun to eat on a warm day it does deliver high protein with a low carbohydrate. This is great as long as there is no tangy sugary sauces in it that can add on the calories.

Option three: Gilled chicken salad – Once again check the calorie counter on those grilled chicken salads as the sauces and the way they prepare it can boost the calories into high range zone.

Also always remember even if you are eating these “healthier” fast food items that fast food is still not nutritionally sound for your body. The best option is to prepare your own meals so you know what is in it and that can help tremendously.

 

subway

fast food

Chiropractor treating overweight patients

Overweight Patients

Treating patients for low back pain can be complicated if the patient is overweight. Overweight patients create extra stress on their spine making muscles work hardier.  Some overweight patients have difficulty losing weight due to their back issues.

Gastric Bypass is a very common procedure in today’s world for people who are just having challenges losing weight. When a person has a weight issue it creates tremendous strain on their lower back, hips, knees and feet. It is extremely common for chiropractic offices to be filled with patients who are clinically obese. The way obesity affects the lower back is simple for every extra pound a patient is carrying it will create 10 additional pounds of pressure on their L5/S1 Joint.

The L5/S1 Joint is the part of the bottom part of the lower back when the pressure is built up on those joints the discs will thin prematurely creating arthritis. The most important aspect of the person’s health is to maintain proper weight. Sometimes it cannot be done by dieting and exercise alone and medical interventions have to occur. However, proper weight is extremely important to maintain proper spinal hygiene.

Researchers answer some questions: Can extra pounds cause pain? If so, how does overweight make us hurt?

A multitude of chronic and acute conditions that cause pain are also more common in people who are overweight and obese. Those conditions include arthritis,mood swings, fibromyalgia, type 2 diabetes, and back pain.

So the assumption has been that being an overweight patients makes a person more likely to have multiple medical problems, and many of these conditions may cause pain.

mid section view of a man sitting on a bench in a park

overweight patients

Lower Your Stress: January Health & Wealth Workshop

Reducing Stress workshop

Stress

 

Did you know that up to 90% of health issues are stress-related?

Don’t miss this exclusive Health and Wealth Workshop on January 21st, where we’ll look at ways to conquer the two most common stress factors in America: having a Lack of Time and being Low on Funds.

 

Featured Speakers Dr. James Maggio and Timothy Fitzwilliams will cover the following topics: Read more

Rest and power down

Rest

Learning how to rest is an important part of maintaining your energy and operating at full capacity. Rest is improtant. Many people confuse rest and sleep. While you can’t snore your life away, you will be more efficient and more centered if you learn to incorporate rest into your day. As a chiropractor, I often advise patients on how to incorporate rest into their workdays.

Take Time To Power Down an rest

Rest

Brain Lock Up

People’s minds are always racing these days, so it is hard to shut off the activity and focus on just one thing. Your mind begins to act like your computer does when you keep hitting the key to produce a response. Rather than making your computer act faster, this tends to lock it up.

This phenomenon can occur with your brain too. With many things on your mind, it becomes hard to shut off the activity, so the mind just locks up. Whether you are talking about your mind or your computer, your attempts to rush and multi-task can put major stress on your system.

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How Can I Manage My Neck and Back Pain?

How Can I Manage My Neck and Back Pain?

Pain unfortunately, is apart of life. Finding a way to manage your pain can be a complicated process. If you are experiencing neck and back pain, the first step to managing your pain would be to see a chiropractor.

Schedule A Chiropractic Exam

chiropractic exam

A chiropractor has the education and the ability to understand pain that is unique to you. Every person encounters different variables throughout the day that may cause pain. Daily stress often leads to tension that resonates in your body. A chiropractic examination will determine your pain and give you a platform on which to manage, and potentially eliminate your neck and back pain.

A great chiropractor does more than adjustments and examinations; they guide their patients through exercises and treatments that provide relief. It is key for you, the patient to have an active role in managing your pain. Discipline is needed in order to recover from an injury, or if you are learning how to manage your pain. Your chiropractor may give you a plan to manage your pain, but it is up to you to follow it.

Stretching

Stretching is something we all know we need to do but few of us actually do it. A good stretch cannot only help manage your pain, but it can prevent it. If you sit all day at a computer doing a few stretches is all you may need to do to correct bad posture, or alleviate pain. Even if you feel like you do not have time to stretch, there are many effective stretches you can do sitting right at your desk.

Exercising

exercising

back pain

 

You may get plenty of exercise, but did you ever stop to think that your workout routine might actually be creating back and neck problems? Your work out plan may actually be the source of your pain. A chiropractor has the knowledge and training to empower you with a custom work out plan that works for your body, and your pain management needs.

This is why scheduling a chiropractic exam is so imperative. You may not know that you have a herniated disk, or pinched nerve, so you are still running, and lifting heavy weights. This could cause tremendous damage to your body. Now, there is no doubt that exercising is great for your body, and your chiropractic needs, but equally important is finding the right exercise program for you.

A Good Nights Rest

Like stretching, we all know that a good nights rest is important, but few of us actually get it. From a chiropractic perspective a good nights rest is more than how often or long you sleep, but the quality of rest you get.

This starts with your mattress. Good support is crucial to managing your neck and back pain. You may think that your mattress is just fine, but if you are waking up stiff or soar it may be time to buy a new mattress.

The accompaniment of any good mattress is a good pillow. The support of the neck is key in managing and preventing pain. A great pillow will simply support your neck keeping it straight and protected from possible injuries contracted while you are asleep. To see a chiropractor recommended pillow please see this video.

A Supportive Back Rest

Poor posture is one of the most common reasons people experience neck and back pain. Since so many people do so much work at a desk in front of a computer it is easy to get into habits of slouching and rolling the shoulders forward which creates tension. A good backrest is a simple tool that can alleviate this problem, correcting your poor posture, and preventing new injuries.

Back Rests To Help Soothe Aching Backs

Back rests can be extremely beneficial to posture problems.

When a person uses a back rest it will increase the amount of curvature in their lower back.

Watch this video on Back rests to help soothe aching backs.

Improving your posture is extremely important. Posture problems can result in many health problems. When someone has hyper kyphosis their spine puts pressure on their heart and lungs. Having pressure on the heart can result in cardiovascular issues. People who have hyper kyphosis or humped back have an 80 percent chance of developing high blood pressure this is far greater than the average population. People who have hyper kyphosis can also develop breathing problems. The extra pressure from the curved spine on the lungs can be detrimental to breathing.

This will not allow the lungs to open or close properly. When the lungs do not open and close properly decrease oxygen runs thru the body. A decrease of oxygen in the body means a lack of energy, and lack of fuel to the muscles.

Back rests can be extremely beneficial to posture problems. When a person uses a back rest it will increase the amount of curvature in their lower back. When a back rest is utilized the increased curvature in the lower back will help decrease the extra curvature in the upper back. Using a back rest is like using a temporary brace. This temporary brace will improve your posture, by doing this it will improve your breathing and cardiovascular issues. This will also help the aches and pains that are associated with rounded shoulders. There are many other things you can do to help, however back rests are one of the simplest and cost effective ways to improve your posture.

One of the additional services we offer is computer station inspections. This is very easy to do. All you have to do is have someone take your picture. When we inspect the picture of you at your computer station, we can make recommendations.

Back rests

Back rests can be extremely beneficial to posture problems. When a person uses a back rest it will increase the amount of curvature in their lower back.