Benefits Of Nutritional Counseling

by Administrator 26. April 2017 14:55

Lifestyle and eating habits have a major impact on our health and this makes it all the more important to focus on our everyday diet. Nutrition counseling is a great step in this direction as it focuses on providing dietary advice to individuals. A registered dietician notes down the medical history, lifestyle and food preferences to provide personalized diet recommendations according to the health of individuals.

Nutritional counseling offers the following benefits:

  • Helps You Adopt A Healthier Lifestyle: Nutrition is an intrinsic part of a healthy lifestyle as improper diet can lead to a number of diseases. If an individual is consuming an unhealthy food, his immunity levels drop down and this eventually leads to major health problems. Nutritional counseling helps in covering up the lack of nutrients and promotes adoption of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Can Control Multiple Lifestyle Disorders: Improper diet can lead to the onset of various diseases such as Diabetes, high cholesterol, metabolic disorders etc. However, nutritional therapy can assist in providing the requisite nutrients to the body and control multiple lifestyle disorders. It also helps individuals who are just recovering from an injury.
  • Promotes Fitness: Nutrition counselors are adept at recommending specific fitness programs and nutritional supplements to individuals based on their unique health requirements. A person gets specialized information that is required for a fit and active lifestyle. Instead of surfing through various sources, you can save your precious time by simply visiting a nutritionist and getting the important advice for your health.
  • Gives Advice Related To Food: Most of the individuals associate healthy food with bland or boring food. But this is not the case. A nutritional counselor works towards providing accurate information about wholesome nutrition required by the body. You can eat delicious food such as chicken breasts, eggs, whole grains, fruits and raw vegetables and work towards a fitter body. The counselor also suggests to stay away from fad diets and instead, consume a balanced meal.
  • Goes To The Root Cause: Nutritional counseling is not just surface level information as it delves deep and tries to understand the root cause of symptoms. This helps in permanent eradication of health problems in individuals. When you get in touch with a dietician, you will get accurate information about your health problems, their causes as well as diet solutions. You will also have increased energy levels and improved memory.

Visit Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness to get a nutritional recoomendations and supplements. For more information, call at (254) 698 -1600 or visit 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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Chiropractic Care For Writer's Cramps

by Administrator 17. April 2017 14:52

The human hand comprises of numerous bones, muscles and ligaments. All these components need to work in tandem for the hand to bend, move and function properly. However, repetitive activities can affect the hands and alter the original alignment of bones and other related structures.

Overuse of hands for repetitive activities such as writing can lead to a condition known as Writer’s Cramp. Long hours of writing time can significantly contribute towards the condition. Playing a musical instrument for long durations can also cause the hand to cramp. In certain instances, a history of injury might also be associated behind the occurrence of this condition.

CAUSES:

  • Excessive fine motor activity
  • Inappropriate writing technique
  • Repetitive motion of a hand
  • Writing continuously for long hours without a break
  • Poor writing posture
  • Playing a musical instrument for long periods

SYMPTOMS:

  • Difficulty in writing
  • Pain in hands and fingers while writing
  • Inability to grip the pen properly
  • Illegible handwriting
  • Cramping in hands after prolonged periods of writing
  • Cramps can also be felt in fingers, wrists, and forearms
  • Difficulty in hand co-ordination
  • Trembling sensation in an outstretched hand

DIAGNOSIS:

  • The chiropractor will first note down the medical history of the patient along with the visible symptoms and their severity.
  • The movement of hands and arms may be observed to check for posture, reflexes and discomfort while writing.
  • Tests such as Electromyelography (EMG) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) may be conducted to look at contractions of muscles and structural abnormalities.
  • Nerve conduction studies might also be recommended.

CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT:

  • Limiting the activities associated with Writer’s Cramp is the first step towards healing.
  • Physiotherapy and relaxation exercises may be recommended by the chiropractor to reduse discomfort caused by the condition
  • Any misalignments in the body may be corrected by the chiropractic doctor to achieve movement and flexibility
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is an effective technique that involves using electrical stimulation to reduce the muscle spasms and the pain associated with it.
  • Relaxation techniques and meditation may also be advised.
  • Exercises that assist in strengthening the muscles and tissues of the hand can be performed by the patient on a regular basis.
  • Chiropractic techniques may also include switching hands.
  • Strengthening the joints may help to achive normal range of motion of the hand.
  • The chiropractor will treat the underlying causes to prevent the condition from recurring.

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Tips To Improve Posture

by Administrator 27. March 2017 20:25

Poor posture is the most common cause of spine related problems. Prolong sitting jobs, changed lifestyle and lack of physical activities are the major factors contributing to its existence. Mentioned below are some tips that can assist you in maintaining your body’s anatomical and muscular balance:

Maintain Proper Alignment – This is the key to preserving a good posture. You must sit straight with your shoulder laid back, so that no extra weight is felt by your spine. While standing you must ensure that body’s weight is evenly distributed in both the legs. In order to avoid misalignment of the body you may try several things such as –

  • While standing you can imagine your head being pulled by a string towards the celling, this will allow you to keep the shoulders straight.
  • To avoid slouching you may think like carrying a book over your head, which should be balanced. This will let you stand or sit in a normal position.

Move Around – If your job require you to sit or stand for a longer duration, you must get up from the chair and give few seconds to stretch your body. This will allow you to maintain the flexibility of your spine and will keep you active throughout the day.

Exercise – Muscle stretching and strengthening exercises can help you to restore the functionality of your joints and spine. A regular exercise helps in elongating your torso, strengthening the abdominals and maintaining spine’s curvature. It also assists in reducing muscle stiffness and improving blood circulation in the body.

Use Posture Friendly Chairs – To maintain a good posture it is imperative that you choose chairs that support your spine and help you evenly distribute body’s weight. If your job require you to continuously work on a computer, try having the monitor placed at your eye level so that you do not have to bend your neck a lot.  You must also opt for chair that allows your feet to touch the floor easily.

Wear Supportive Footwear - Shoes that do not fit properly put knees and spine under pressure, which affects the gait pattern. Therefore, you should wear shoes that are comfortable and do not affect body’s center of gravity. While standing for a longer time you may place a rubber mat under the foot.

Sleep Properly – Sleeping with too high pillows or on very soft mattresses may affect the curvature of the spine. So it is important that you maintain a good sleeping posture. If you sleep on your side, it would be wise to keep a pillow between your knees so that the spine is aligned properly.

Chiropractic Treatment – This form of treatment uses various traction procedures and chiropractic manipulations to correct the positioning of your musculoskeletal system. The doctors develop a personalized treatment plan to cater the need of every patient.

If you are searching for posture correction treatment, visit, Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness. We are located at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548. For additional information, you can call us at (254) 698 - 1600.

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Spinal Manipulation For Low Back Pain

by Administrator 21. March 2017 20:18

Lower back pain is an extremely common problem but the causes, symptoms and severity of pain can greatly vary across different individuals. The causes of lower back pain can range from irritated nerves to strained muscles, damaged bones and joints or degenerating discs. Lower back pain can also result from muscle spasms.

While there is no permanent treatment for low back pain, the symptoms can be significantly improved with chiropractic care. This mode of treatment is useful in providing permanent relief from low back pain without any side-effects.

Symptoms:

  • Extreme pain in the lower back that initiates after any physical activity
  • Difficulty in lifting heavy objects
  • Constant dull pain in the back that does not seem to go away
  • Muscle spasms that can be mild or severe
  • Difficulty in moving or walking
  • Pain that radiates to the groin, buttock or upper thigh
  • Local soreness upon touching the site of pain

Causes:

  • Degeneration of discs or Lumbar Degenerative Disc disease
  • Tear in the disc
  • Vertebral fractures
  • Narrowing of the spine space around the spinal cord, also known as spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Abnormal curvature of the spine
  • Diabetes
  • Pinched nerve

Spinal Manipulation For Low Back Pain:

  • The main aim of the treatment is to relieve pain and resolve joint inflammation that can eventually help the patient return back to normal functioning
  • Firstly, a thorough examination of the lower back is done to decide the best course of treatment for a specific patient
  • It is a safe treatment option as no medicines are used and the patient does not experience any side-effects
  • The specialist chiropractic doctor performs spinal manipulation using his hands or a device
  • Controlled force is applied to the joint of the spine and the amount of force applied depends on the form of manipulation used
  • A low-amplitude and high-velocity (HVLA) thrust is applied over restricted joints one by one so as to restore the normal range of motion. This is known as the diversified technique.
  • The patient is asked to position his body in various ways so as to get the best results while adjusting the spine
  • Another technique known as Gonstead adjustment is also used by the chiropractor while performing spinal manipulation for lower back pain
  • Specially designed tables and chairs are utilized to position the patient and perform spinal manipulation
  • Thompson Terminal Point or Drop technique is another method of spinal manipulation
  • In this technique, specialized treatment tables are used where certain sections drop for a short distance during an HVLA thrust

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The Importance Of Prenatal Chiropractic Care

by Administrator 24. February 2017 23:12

A woman’s body undergoes various physical changes during pregnancy. In order to cope up with the severities that come along with pregnancy, it is important to stay healthy. Prenatal chiropractic care can help to maintain a balance in the body and ensure that the abdominal muscles are strong enough to bear the rigors of a childbirth.

Chiropractic care can help the would be mother in the following ways-

  • Preventing subluxations - The developing baby inside the womb may put pressure on the pelvic bones and due to the relaxation of the muscles and ligaments even the spine may get misaligned, leading to subluxation. This condition may make the mother uncomfortable and affect her nervous system by building pressure on the nerves, which may lead to muscle weakness, pain, sensory issues and improper functioning of other organs.

In order to improve the neuro-biomechanical function of the pelvis and eliminate subluxation issues, chiropractors use the Webster technique on their patients. In this the chiropractor aligns the two complex bones, pelvis and sacrum present at the bottom of the spine whose misalignment may cause severe low back pain and problem in the atlas bone, making it difficult for the patient to stand and walk.

  • Proper position of the fetus- The Webster technique helps the patients to prevent the breech position (the head isn’t upside down) of the baby. Uterosacral and pubocervical ligaments hold the uterus and act as shock absorbers in the abdomen. With the progress in pregnancy these ligaments become stretched, tight and thin causing sharp pain with any sudden movements such as sneezing, coughing etc. These constricted ligaments may restrict the normal movement of baby, causing it to remain in that position. The chiropractor applies pressure on these ligaments to help the patient obtain a vertex (head is upside down) position of their baby.

Chiropractic treatment also ensures that the s minimum labor pain while giving birth.

  • Prevention of Dystocia - It is a condition in which cervix and uterus muscles do not contract properly while giving birth and is the most common cause of intervention surgery. Uterus’ and cervix’s improper functioning may result from reduced neurological impulses which affect the optimal working of their muscles. Adequate spinal and cranial muscles adjustments given by chiropractors may help the patients to restore the functioning of these organs.
  • Reduce the poor posture problems – The protruding belly during pregnancy lays stress on your back and increases the curve which causes pain and posture related issues. Effective chiropractic techniques can help to eliminate this stress and prevent the long term problems.
  • Control pregnancy symptoms – Regular chiropractic care is effective in handling the regular symptoms of pregnancy such as nausea and morning sickness.

In order to avoid complications in pregnancy the chiropractors suggest their patients to follow certain preventive measures –

  • Swimming, walking or stationary cycling are the recommended exercises. They help to prevent stiffness and enhance the blood flow in the body. In case, a patient experiences nausea or dizziness, the exercise must be stopped.
  • Wearing flat shoes may be suggested to maintain a healthy spine.
  • The patients may be asked to bend using their knees instead of back, to avoid pressure on the abdomen.
  • To take pressure off the lower back, sleeping on the side with pillows kept between the knees may be recommended. For this, full length pillows and pregnancy wedges may be used.
  • The patients may be advised to take small meals after short intervals to alleviate nausea and maintain sugar balance of the body.
  • Chiropractors suggest their patients to consume diet rich in vitamins, minerals and iron for the perfect growth of developing fetus.
  • Chiropractic treatment is usually a safe and an effective practice during pregnancy. A regular chiropractic checkup and treatment can help to manage pain in patient’s back, hip or other joints. It can also help to restore the pelvic balance and reduce the delivery time. 

We, at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness, offer complete chiropractic care for would-be mothers to make sure that they have a happy pregnancy period. For more information about how chiropractic care can be helpful, feel free to call us at (254) 698 – 1600.

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Chiropractic Care For Neck Sprain

by Administrator 17. February 2017 14:39

Neck sprain refers to stretching of the ligaments and soft tissues present between the cervical vertebrae, which supports the weight of the head. Cervical vertebrae is highly susceptible to injuries due to its substantial capability to move and rotate. Neck sprain is a common problem caused mainly due to poor lifestyle and posture issues. A chronic sprain may lead to severe issues and impact the range of motion of the cervical spine.

Causes

  • Sudden jerk in the neck
  • Keeping the neck bent for a prolonged period
  • Using a stiff or too high pillow
  • Resting your head on your fist or arm for a very long time
  • Keeping the head in odd positions while watching TV, reading or using a phone
  • Stretching of the neck during workout
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Obesity
  • Carrying heavy weight on shoulders
  • Growing age

Symptoms

  • Stiff neck ( problems in side to side, up-down and circular movements )
  • Pain may radiate from back of the head to neck and shoulders
  • Muscle spasm in shoulders
  • Numbness in arms and hands
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Sore Throat

Diagnosis

Physical examination to observe the posture, joint’s range of motion and the movements that cause pain to exaggerate. The curvature and alignment of patient’s spine may also be noted to check for spasm.

The chiropractor may conduct a neurological examination to observe the impacted nerve and patient’s reflexes. The following imaging tests may also be recommended:

  • X- Ray – It helps to identify any kind of bone related issue, such as a fracture, Arthritis, Bone Spur etc.
  • MRI and CT scans – These aid in visualizing any kind of herniation and bulging discs
  • EMG – An electromyography may be conducted to test your nerve response, if the chiropractor suspects a damaged nerve.

Chiropractic Care For Neck Sprain

The chiropractors use manual therapy and other chiropractic techniques to treat various musculoskeletal issues. They develop a customized treatment plan depending upon severity of the condition and symptoms experienced by the patient. The treatment includes the usage of neck adjustments, mobilization techniques, posture correction, rehabilitative exercises or traction procedures.

Neck Adjustments

These adjustments act as cervical manipulations which loosen the joints of cervical vertebrae, thereby improving spine’s mobility and range of motion. In just a couple of sittings, a patient may experience considerable reduction in pain and spasm along with increased muscle flexibility.

Cervical mobilization

The chiropractor moves the patient’s head in forward, backward, left and right directions, switching between the side motions and rotations. This technique aims at reducing stiffness between the spinal and the cervical segments.

Manual Traction

In this, the chiropractor stretches the patient’s spine, by pulling his neck at a certain angle that causes pain. This procedure is often combined with neck adjustments and cervical mobilization procedures to provide best results.

Interferential Stimulation

It is the most common electrical stimulation technique used in chiropractic setting which uses low frequency (<250pps) waves to stimulate the nerve impulses. This stimulation creates a current that sweeps into the affected neck tissue with very little resistance. The flowing current gives a massage like effect and triggers release of endorphins and pain relieving hormones which reduces swelling as well as soothes the muscles.

The chiropractic treatment reduces the production of inflammatory cytokines in the body, which may decrease muscle tension in the neck and help the patients to recover fast.

Neck Sprain Prevention Tips

  • Sit straight with relaxed shoulders and lower back supported
  • When working on computer, adjust the screen at eye level
  • Avoid sleeping on your stomach
  • Use pillows that provide neck support
  • Perform exercises to strengthen your neck muscles
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Carry weight evenly on your shoulders
  • Maintain a healthy body weight

For complete treatment of neck sprain and other medical problems, visit Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness. The chiropractors at the clinic use the latest chiropractic techniques to help patients find relief from pain and regain joint’s lost functionality. Patients in Killeen, TX can call at (254) 698 – 1600 to schedule an appointment with the chiropractors.

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Chiropractic Treatment For Scoliosis

by Administrator 26. January 2017 18:41

Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine is deformed and attains a sideways curvature either an “S or C” shaped. It leads to mechanical dysfunction of the backbone and in severe cases interferes with breathing. Scoliosis is more common in people between the age group of 10 – 20 and the ratio of affected females is more than males. This spine dystrophy reduces life expenatancy of an individual because it reduces the oxygen supply to the body by putting strain on the heart.

Risk Factors

  • Chances of having scoliosis increase if someone in family was already affected by it
  • Scoliosis  signs begin to appear in people mostly before attaining puberty
  • Poor posture
  • Delayed puberty in teens
  • Women undergoing post-menopausal period have lower estrogen levels which reduces bone density
  • Weak Bones and deficiency of nutrients
  • Osteoporosis

Causes

  • Injuries to the spinal cord
  • Heredity factors
  • Disorders like cerebral palsy
  • Imbalanced hormones
  • Abnormal bone development from birth

Symptoms

  • Body leaning towards one side
  • Disproportionate shoulders and hips
  • Waistline is uneven
  • Head appears to be off-centre and not above the pelvis
  • Spine grows in either C or S shape
  • Numbness is felt in toes, finger and limbs
  • Difficulty in breathing as a lot of pressure if formed on the lungs
  • Spinal discs start degenerating at a faster rate
  • Digestive problems
  • Excessive pain during mensuration, due to shift of the pelvis
  • Headache
  • Pain in hip knee and legs
  • Chronic backache
  • Difficulty in movement

Chiropractic Care For Scoliosis

Chiropractic care dates back to 1800’s when it was started by a man named D.D. Palmer.  These techniques are very accurate in correcting the spine and its position. Since Chiropractic care is a holistic approach for the treatment they see the body as a whole and try to provide correction to all the spine portions that are misaligned. Chiropractors take care of the facts that the adjustments should be made in such a manner that they do not cause further mobility of the spine.

Chiropractic adjustments

Alignment of the spine depends majorly on the position of the atlas bone. In normal conditions the head is placed at the centre of the spine followed by rest of the vertebra underneath. In Scoliosis the atlas shifts from its normal position and to compensate the brain tries to align rest of the vertebrae with it leading to bad curvature of the spine.  Chiropractic adjustments try to align the atlas and the spine. The Chiropractor may apply pressure for some minutes by using hands or an instrument at the spinal area after identifying the misaligned portion, in repeated cycles. These adjustments help to regain the normal Cobb’s angle and strengthen the surrounding damaged soft tissues.

Muscular rehabilitation exercises

Chiropractor may suggest the patient some rehabilitation exercises which prevent the further progression of Scoliosis. The exercises include the use of corrective weights, exercises for upper body rotation and the use of foam blocks to correct the alignment.

Posture correction

Correction of posture plays a significant role in preventing Scoliosis. Chiropractors suggest a combination of chiropractic manipulations, traction procedures and rehabilitation exercises. This helps further bending and rotating of the spine.

Prevention Tips

  • Maintain a good posture, avoid activities that require you to bend
  • Do not swim or sleep on your stomach as its causes the thoracic spine to deflate
  • Avoid high jumps, dancing, and bending because it causes the further rotation of the spine
  • Don’t carry heavy things as it puts pressure on the spine
  • Use firm mattress
  • Take a walk and do stretching exercise frequently
  • Eat good food which is rich in minerals and vitamins

 

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Chiropractic Care For Knee Pain

by Administrator 16. January 2017 22:30

Knee pain is a common problem that affects almost every age group. The knee is a complex structure comprising of three major bones - femur, tibia and patella. Various tendons and ligaments are responsible for maintaining the stability of the joint. A tear or stretch in them can lead to knee pain. The condition can either be acute or chronic and may cause difficulty in performing day to day activities.

Causes

  • Direct blow to the knee
  • Age related degeneration of the ligaments and tendons that surround the knee joint
  • Knee conditions such as ACL Tear, Osteoarthritis, Runner’s Knee, Torn Meniscus etc.
  • Physical activities, like running, cycling and jumping, can cause inflammation of the tendons
  • Over striding
  • Sudden change of direction with the foot planted on the ground
  • Excessive weight
  • Weak muscles and bones
  • Incorrect landing from a jump
  • Twisting of the upper leg or knee
  • Improper stretching of muscles before exercise
  • Bursitis - Inflammation of bursae (sac filled with synovial fluid)due to activities that require frequent kneeling, e.g. gardening

Symptoms

  • Constant or intermittent pain in the knee
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness to touch
  • Visible deformity, redness and discoloration around the site of pain
  • Pain may increase while walking and standing
  • Difficulty in straightening or bending the leg
  • Feeling of warmth and stiffness in the knee joint
  • Churning sound from the knee while moving the leg
  • Muscle spasms

Chiropractic Care For Knee Pain

Chiropractic treatment is very effective in providing relief from acute as well as chronic knee pain. It aims at correcting any kind of misalignment or dislocation present in the joint. The chiropractic techniques usually involve a set of exercises and manual therapies to restore the normal motion, flexibility as well as stability of the knee.

Depending upon the cause and severity of knee pain, the chiropractor may recommend any of the following treatment methods:

Chiropractic Adjustments
The chiropractic adjustments involve gently manipulating the joint’s structures to eliminate pain and restore the normal range of motion of the knee. The therapy also corrects the position of dislocated bones, if any. When combined with certain corrective exercises, patients can witness a significant improvement in knee pain and muscle strength.

Ultrasound Therapy
Ultrasound therapy involves the use of ultrasonic waves to transmit heat into the affected tissues  to relieve pain. This therapy helps to reduce inflammation, stiffness, swelling, pain and increase blood circulation in the knee. Along with ultrasound therapy and joint manipulation, the chiropractor may also suggest certain stretching exercises to promote a faster recovery.

Rehabilitation Program
Chiropractors help their patients to get rid of knee pain by recommending certain exercises that involve gentle and passive movements of the joint. Patients may be advised to perform the exercises on a regular basis to heal any biomechanical misalignment present in the knee joint and improve its strength.

Interferential Therapy
It works on the principle of using a low voltage current that sweeps down into the damaged tissue. The chiropractor may recommend the use of interferential therapy because it proves very effective in pain management, swelling reduction and muscle strengthening.

Extremity Adjustments
Sometimes people who have previously suffered from a knee injury may experience constant pain for many years due to permanent damage, misalignment or dislocation of bones. In such situations, extremity adjustments may help to provide relief from the symptoms. The treatment involves realigning the medial meniscus or fibular head, to restore the normal anatomical structure of the knee joint.

Prevention Tips

  • Maintain an optimal body weight to avoid putting pressure on the knee
  • Maintain proper leg alignment by wearing shoes with a  good fit and arch support
  • Do regular exercise to improve joint strength and flexibility
  • Avoid carrying heavy weights
  • Do not begin any sports activity without proper stretching

It should be noted that the pain may take some time to subside depending upon the severity of the condition.

For comprehensive treatment of knee pain and other medical problems, visit Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness. The chiropractors at the clinic use the latest treatment techniques to help patients find relief from pain and improve overall joint strength. Patients in Killeen, TX can call at (254) 698 – 1600 to schedule an appointment with the chiropractors.

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Tips To Avoid Back Pain In Winters

by Administrator 27. December 2016 01:30

As the temperature begins to fall, the risk of back pain increases for many people. Slipping on the icy surfaces and tension in the nerve endings are two common causes of backache. It can be chronic and greatly limit a person’s movement. There are several tips that should be be implemented to avoid back pain during winter season. Some of them are discussed below:

Maintain The Right Posture When Lifting

In case you live in an area that experiences snowfall, you may need to do a lot of shoveling and heavy lifting to clear your driveway as well as sidewalk. Twisting, bending and turning when removing the ice may lead to muscle spasms. Thus, it is important to maintain the correct posture when indulging in physical activities. Make sure you use your legs while lifting instead of pressurizing the back. Keep the spine properly aligned and do not bend forward.

Warm Up To Keep Your Muscles Limber

Muscles tend to become tight during winters and any injury sustained due to falling or slipping on ice can hurt more due to stiffness. A 5 to 10 minutes of warm up before any sort of physical activity can help to loosen up the tight muscles. Strengthening exercises can be really helpful in reducing sprains. If you are going to shovel or lift up the ice, practice small sets of squats and sit ups to prepare the muscles in the legs as well as lower abdomen.

Exercising regularly can help to keep the muscles limber and reduce sprains. You must avoid sitting continuously for prolonged periods by taking short breaks in between. It reduces the pressure on the spine.

Wear Snug And Warm Clothing

If you are prone to back pain during winters or have sustained a spine injury in the past, it is necessary to wear layers of clothes to keep yourself warm. Make sure the clothes block the cold air but do not cause hindrance in your movement.

Wear The Right Shoes

Falling on ice can greatly hurt your back and may even fracture the hip or wrist. It is thus important to prevent slips and falls when heading out. Make sure you wear slip-resistant, rubber soled and proper fitting shoes when walking on icy floors. Avoid stepping on areas that need shoveling.

Have A Nutritious Diet For Overall Wellbeing

Having a balanced diet that includes fish, chicken and fresh vegetables like spinach, sweet potatoes as well as carrots can help to reduce back pain.  Calcium rich foods and nuts should be consumed to strengthen bones.

Chiropractic Treatment For Back Pain

Chiropractics is highly effective in reducing back pain.  A chiropractor uses spinal adjustments or manipulation to treat chronic pain. Apart from adjustment techniques, heat and cold therapy may be also performed to improve blood circulation in the painful area. The chiropractor may recommend certain dietary supplements after the treatment. A combination of these methods may be performed to provide quick relief to the patients.

Winter is a time when many people head to the doctor with complaints of pain in several parts of the body like shoulders, neck and most commonly the back. Take a hot shower or place a heat pack on the back to relax the sprained muscles. To prevent and protect yourself from hurting the back, the above mentioned tips should be followed.

We, at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness, offer effective treatment for back pain. To schedule an appointment with the chiropractors, you can call at (254) 698 – 1600 or visit 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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Winter Related Health Problems Treated By Chiropractic Care

by Administrator 19. December 2016 21:28

With the onset of winter, there is an increased risk of getting afflicted with various health problems. The dropping temperature can bring along ailments such as cold, Flu, headache, pain in the joints and other injuries. Chiropractic care can be effective in alleviating the pain and treating these conditions. The chiropractors use efficient techniques that can help to improve your overall fitness and quality of life.

Listed below are few winter related health problems that can be treated by chiropractic care:

Cold And Flu:

During winters, getting cold or Flu is quite common. Symptoms of cold include running nose, congestion and sneezing. If you have sore throat, fever, headache, cough or muscle pain, you may be suffering from Flu. Children, elderly and women are at a higher risk of having these conditions. Cold and Flu are generally caused due to poor immune system.

Chiropractic care can be quite effective in treating misalignments or subluxations in the spine which, in turn strengthens the immune system. The chiropractors perform gentle manipulations which help to increase the number of white blood cells and keep you healthy even during the winter months.

Weather Related Injuries:

Skiing, slipping on ice, shoveling snow, ice hockey etc. can often result in injuries during winters. Motor vehicle collisions and falls can also take place in the snowy weather conditions. These injuries can lead to pain and stiffness in back, legs, knees etc. which can further affect the functioning of the body.

Chiropractic adjustments can prove to be beneficial in reducing swelling and discomfort caused due to the injuries. It can also help to improve flexibility of the affected joints and muscles. The chiropractor can diagnose any misalignments in the spine or extremity joints and help to prevent the formation of scar tissue.

Depression:

The feelings of anxiety, despair and depression may increase due to lack of sunlight during the winter months. This is called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Spinal subluxations can affect the proper functioning of the brain which can intensify these symptoms.

Spinal manipulations performed by the chiropractors can help to reduce the symptoms of depression and enhance the mood of the patients. These techniques can be beneficial in restoring the balance of the nervous system and ensuring optimal functioning of the body. This further helps in reducing stress levels and improves overall health.

Painful Joints:

With the decrease in temperature, one may experience pain and stiffness in joints that have already been affected by Osteoarthritis. Elderly are more susceptible to suffer lower back pain during winter. This reduces the mobility and causes discomfort while performing even the routine physical activities.

The chiropractors may recommend certain exercises which can help to improve the mobility of the joints. Posture correction exercises can be recommended to relieve back pain. The chiropractors also provide core muscle strength training so that the patients can carry out their daily tasks in a better way.

Additional Tips That Can Help To Keep You Healthy During Winters:

  • It is important to take extra care of your health during the cold months. Following these tips can surely be beneficial:
  • Take a healthy diet: You must take a healthy diet inclusive of fruits and vegetables to strengthen your immune system.
  • Regular exercise: Make sure you include exercise as a part of your daily regime to improve overall well-being.
  • Drink adequate amount of water: Drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water is necessary to keep your body hydrated and maintain your fluid balance during the winter season. 
  • Get the right amount of sleep: Taking proper sleep can help to boost the immune system and keep illnesses at bay. It also provides relaxation to the body. 
  • Wash your hands regularly: It is imperative to wash your hands at regular intervals to protect yourself from bacteria, virus and other germs.   

We, at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness, provide effective treatment for a wide range of winter related health problems. The chiropractors at the clinic specialize in performing spinal manipulations to relieve pain. To schedule an appointment with the chiropractors, you can call at (254) 698 – 1600 or visit 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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