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.


  • 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


  • 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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