What to Expect on your First Chiropractic Treatment

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Most likely, you have family members or friends who suggest you try chiropractic treatment or maybe you just have the interest to know more about it and want to give it a try.

But before giving it a try, you may be looking for some basic information about chiropractic treatment.

Benefit of Chiropractic Treatment

If you often find yourself slouching over your keyboard at work or over your table during dinner, you may find you have bad posture. Certainly, posture has a lot to do with your overall body alignment. It is not just correctly positioning your shoulders. How you stand up and carry yourself plays a big role in your body functions. Chiropractors work to locate where your spine is not aligning properly.

Few people realize that chiropractic care is an ideal way to help relax your body and ease muscle tensions. When your body is in balance, you are far better to cope with day to day stresses.

 

What to Expect on Your First Visit

If you have never been to a chiropractic clinic before, you probably have a lot of questions. Let us tell you what will most likely happen on your very first visit to a clinic.

Depending on the severity of the underlying condition, the first objective is to have a treatment plan. This plan is specific to your needs and you can use it to continue at home to reduce pain.

Consultation

During the initial discussion, you are going to sit down with the doctor and you will have the chance to tell him about your pain. You should also describe what you have already done to help ease the pain.

Physical Examination

Beyond Wellness Chiropractic Center will evaluate your condition before going through a series of treatments.

Do I need X-rays?

Not all conditions need an x-ray. The need for an x-ray will be established on a case-to-case basis, and the purpose of x-ray will be explained to you before it is performed.

By the end of the first visit, you will schedule a report of findings visit. The doctor will explain your condition and how chiropractic care can help. The doctor will explain the treatment and finances at this time.

Wellness Care at Beyond Wellness Chiropractic Center

Once your body is aligned and your pain is managed, it is very important to come back for regular chiropractic adjustments to avoid further problems.

How to Avoid Text Neck

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You might be looking down on your device now while reading this article. With your head forward, rounded shoulders and slumped back, you may be causing yourself to have “text neck.” Because of this, you are stretching out the upper back muscles from poor posture.

When the upper back rounds, the neck, and head start to protrude forward causing a misalignment in your spine causing you pain. What can we do about the pain? Here it is:

Correcting Text Neck

Correcting posture is not easy, sitting up straight may not come naturally at first. It requires diligent effort and determination. Just like some other things, practice makes perfect. If any part of your body feels uncomfortable after prolonged use, it is your body’s way of letting you know that you have to change positions. Your body is actually conveying that it is struggling to make your current posture work.

It greatly helps to have frequent breaks from the use of your gadget or computer. Even just a two-minute break every hour can make a big difference.

The Problem

If you are apart of the 64% of American adults who own a smartphone, you have to see this: Staring at your phone can put remarkable pressure on your neck and spine. Slanting your head 15 degrees puts extra 27 pounds of stress on the neck. Additionally, an angle of 60 degrees, which is the angle it has when you view a cell phone, increases to 60-pound stress.

Text neck is a significant issue nowadays and one thing that you can do is improve your posture.  Work hard to keep your back straight.

 

The Easiest Way to Fix Text Neck

Changing the way you hold your phone is the easiest way to avoid text neck. Position the phone to eye level so your head will not slouch forward. When you are using a tablet, it is good to use a case that allows you to put it on top of the table. It is also recommended that you do neck rotations to prevent stiffness in the neck. Look gently to the left, then to the right and repeat ten times on each side. Try to do this every hour. Chiropractors are also trained to help improve posture and avoid injury. Call Beyond Wellness Chiropractic Center today and start living a pain-free life you truly deserve!

How to Avoid Back Pain Shopping

How to Avoid Back Pain Shopping

When You Shop

  •    Remember that it is better to have a lot of smaller bags than just one large heavy bag.  If you have several lightweight bags, it allows the distribution of weight evenly throughout your body.  
  •    Place heavy items at the bottom of your bag and lighter items at the top.
  •    Hydrate yourself.  Drink lots of water.  Lack of water in the body causes muscle spasms and thickness in blood.  Both conditions play a role in poor healing and inflammation.  Be sure that you drink enough water that you have to urinate at least 3-4 times in a day.
  •    Frequently drop off bags to your car, so you are not carrying too much.  
  •    Do not shop during busy times in order to avoid bumping into people, or others may unintentionally push you.
  •    Prepare yourself for shopping ahead of time so that you do not have to hurry, thus placing yourself under stress.

How to Avoid Back Pain Caused by Stressful Shopping

  •    It is a good idea to wear layers if you are going from cold outdoors to warm indoors.
  •    Before and after a long day of shopping, do not forget to stretch.
  •    To provide good arch support for your feet, wear comfortable shoes. 
  •    Do not be shy to ask for help if ever you are having a difficulty reaching or carrying merchandise at a store.
  •    Do not forget to bring necessary items like your credit cards and other important cards.
  •    Bring a friend or a family member to accompany you.  He or she can help you to carry those heavy bags.
  •    Throughout your day of shopping, have at least 30-minute frequent breaks.
  •    Avoid coffee breaks.  Research studies show that caffeine promotes spasms. It can also cause muscles to be inflamed especially if you already suffering from muscle damage.
  •    As much as possible, avoid shopping with small kids.  If you do, it will create additional stress for you while shopping.

Stretching periodically during shopping or long outings can help loosen and relieve tight muscles in the mid-back and low back.  Couple that with regular chiropractic care to ensure proper back alignment. 

 

How to Avoid Body Aches While Shopping

  •    You can spread out your toes as wide as you can, then hold for at least a minute before bringing them back to normal.
  •    While standing on one foot, rotate the opposite ankle for few seconds.  Do this to the other foot.
  •    Lean forward on your toes, keeping your legs straight. Stretch your calves by bending your knees, just five to ten degrees, and then making them straight.
  •    Make the muscle in your thighs and bottom tighter, hold for five seconds and then release.
  •    Tuck in your butt while sticking your belly out.  Just a few seconds, switch and stick your butt out. You may think that this pelvic tilt is just a very small movement, but it can be great for taking off the pressure from your low back.
  •    Roll your shoulders back more than a few times and then stretch out your chest by pushing your shoulder blades together. Again, do it several times.
  •    Open both of your hands as wide as you can.  Hold for just 3 seconds and then gently close them.
  •    Aside from stretching. Change your stance every 3 to 5 minutes.  This shifting will give your body a posture break.

According to chiropractors, there are three main stressors that can cause spinal misalignment:

  1.    Physical movements such as repeatedly twisting to one side to another can create traumas in the muscles and bones.
  2.    Chemical or toxins in foods that we eat can cause changes in the muscles.
  3.    Stress that can induce tension in muscles.

Chiropractic Care is a Safe Treatment Option for Back Pain

Chiropractic treatment is well-known and recognized.  It is drug-free and noninvasive.  Whether it is joint pain in the arms or legs, headache, and other musculoskeletal conditions, chiropractic care is very effective.

A lot of patients feel instant relief after chiropractic treatment.  But some may experience slight soreness after treatment.  

Beyond Wellness Chiropractic Center checks will restore the alignment by using chiropractic methods that are specific to your condition. Call us today!

Best Neck and Upper Back Stretches You Can Do at Work

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Best Neck and Upper Back Stretches You Can Do at Work

Effects of Sitting

Neck and upper back stretches can help relieve tension and pain while at a desk for long hourse. It is normal while at a desk job to do repetitive activities while staying in one position for hours at a time. Sitting for long periods of time, at the office, at school, in the car, in front of a computer, or in front of a television screen, can all be bad for your health. Some health experts are persistently warning that sitting for prolonged periods of time have a negative effect on the body.

The habits we develop while sitting, especially at our work desk, can give way to discomfort and health issues, some of which are:

  • Stress
  • Obesity
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Back pain
  • Musculoskeletal disorders

In addition to this, inactivity increases the stress on the spinal discs more than standing. Immobility results in the tightening of pelvic muscles. And when a person stands after sitting for a long time, the body is pulled forward and thrown off balance, causing stress to muscles and bones.

The solution to neck and upper back pain is to break up your work duration with stretching exercises at your desk.  This helps release tight muscles in the neck and upper back that cause pain over the course of the work day.

 

Benefits of Workplace Stretching

According to a 2009 WELCOA (Wellness Council of America) report titled, “Benefits of WorkSmart Stretching for the Workplace.” The benefits of workplace stretching include:

  •    Reduced risk of musculoskeletal disorders, like sprains and strains of the lower back, shoulders, and knees.
  •    Decreased risk of cumulative trauma disorders, such as rotator cuff injuries, tendonitis, tennis elbow and “Blackberry” thumb
  •    Reduced workplace stress.
  •    Improved productivity.

If done regularly, stretching keeps a good amount of blood and nutrient supply to the tissues and muscles.  It also inhibits stress and fatigue while cutting the risk of musculoskeletal disorders, and most of all, it increases energy levels. Daily stretching will also reduce the risk of developing osteoarthritis.

Also, one of the best benefits of stretching is that it increases the production of synovial fluid in the joints, making joints adaptable and easier to move, thus reducing pain and stiffness.

Try the following stretching exercises at your desk to ease back pain and boost energy.

Remember to never hold your breath throughout the stretches. You may find yourself more flexible each stretch but don’t go further than what is comfortable. All of these stretches can be done while sitting at your workplace.

Tricep Stretch

  1.    Raise your arm and bend at a 45-degree angle, so that your hand goes through the back of the head and reaches toward the opposite side.
  2.    Use your other hand to pull the elbow toward your head.
  3.    Bend your upper body to the direction of the pull.
  4.    Hold for 10 to 30 seconds.
  5.    Repeat on the other side.

Overhead Stretch

  1.    Reach up with your one arm straight overhead.
  2.    Bend your body as you reach to the opposite side.
  3.    Hold for 10 to 30 seconds.
  4.    Repeat on the other side.

Upper Body and Arm Stretch

  1.    Clasp your hands together above the head with your palms facing outward.
  2.    Push your arms up, slowly stretching upward.
  3.    Hold the pose for 10 to 30 seconds

Shoulder Stretch

  1.    Clasp your hands together behind your lower back.
  2.    Slowly push the chest outward, raise the chin and push your hands against the direction of the stretch.
  3.    Hold the pose for 10 to 30 seconds.

Forward Stretch

  1.    Extend your hands in front of you with your palms facing down.
  2.    Bend your upper back as you sink your head between your arms.
  3.    Try to extend your arms more as you stretch.
  4.    Hold for 10 to 30 seconds.

Torso Stretch

  1.    Keep your feet firmly on the ground, facing forward.
  2.    Twist your upper body as you rest the length of your forearm on the back of your chair.
  3.    Hold the pose for 10 to 30 seconds.
  4.    Repeat on another side.

Shoulder Shrug

  1.    Sit up straight.
  2.    Relax your shoulders and let your arms rest on your sides.
  3.    Raise both shoulders up at once toward the ears.
  4.    Drop them and repeat 10 times.

Neck Stretch

  1.    Sit up straight and let your arms rest on your sides.
  2.    Lean your head forward, as if looking down.
  3.    Slowly roll the head toward one side and hold for 10 seconds.
  4.    Repeat on another side.
  5.    Relax again and lift your chin back to starting position.
  6.    Do this three times for each direction.

Upper Trap Stretch

  1.    Sit up straight and let your arms rest on your sides.
  2.    Still on the side put your hand at the top of your head
  3.    Gently guide your head and pull toward each shoulder
  4.    Hold the pose for 10 to 15 seconds.
  5.    Repeat on the other side

Do these stretches on a daily basis, during and after work, and save your body from different injuries and disorders!

You can also visit Beyond Wellness Chiropractic Center for additional tips on avoiding back, muscle, and joint pains.  

Best Stretches for Whiplash from a Car Accident

What is Whiplash?

Whiplash causes a swift and intense movement of the head forward then-backward. A sudden and unexpected collision will give rise to the excessive force of impact into the joints of the neck and the head, causing extreme pain in the joints, swelling and occasionally, fractures.

Upon collision, you may not feel any pain in your body. This is typical with whiplash. Usually, the pain will appear two to three days after the incident and can last for months.

The purpose of Chiropractic teatment after an auto injury is to bring the body back to as near to its condition before the auto accident. Beyond Wellness Chiropractor Center is a great place to receive treatment for whiplash. The chiropractor will make sure that the right treatment is given to each patient.

The purpose of Chiropractic teatment after an auto injury is to bring the body back to as near to its condition before the auto accident.

Stretches for Whiplash

Chin Tucks

This is an effective postural exercise to alleviate neck pain. It helps strengthen the muscles that pull the head back into alignment over the shoulders. You can do this even if you are sitting during work at the office or at home, or simply in a car as a passenger.

The neck is stretched or extended. This exercise pulls your head forward and creates a shorter looking neckline.

Step 1 – Sit up straight and hold your shoulder blades together during the exercise.

Step 2- Look straight ahead. Slowly pull your head backward as if you are tucking your chin. Hold when you feel a stretch in the back of your neck.

Step 3 – Hold for 5 seconds, then, relax. Repeat up to ten (10) times.

Side–Bending

This kind of exercise is to tilt your head, bringing your ear close to your shoulder.

Step 1 – Sit up straight and hold your shoulder blades together. Tilt your head to the right, bringing your ear close to your shoulder until you feel a stretch along the left side of your neck.

Step 2 – Hold for five (5) seconds, then, relax. Repeat ten (10) times on both sides.

Step 3 – Repeat this exercise on the opposite side.

How we can help:

At Beyond Wellness Chiropractic Center, we will help you ease neck pain associated with whiplash. With this in mind, give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

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Best Stretches to Reduce Sciatica Pain

Reducing Sciatica Pain

Irritation or inflammation of the sciatic nerve causes sciatica. It is usually caused from a compressed nerve in the lower spine.

A chiropractor can customize a treatment program specifically for your sciatic pain. It should be a specific and progressive exercise program to address the persistent problem of pain. And so with these exercise recommendations, we consider two main purposes:

To reduce the sciatic pain as soon as possible.
To provide specific stretches to help prevent recurrences.

Best Stretches to Reduce Sciatica Pain

Exercise is usually better for relieving sciatic pain than bed rest. You may rest or be inactive for a day or two after your sciatic pain flares up, but you may notice that the pain worsens.

Exercise is important to spinal disc health. Exercise and movement help the discs get the nutrients and fluids to keep them healthy and prevent pressure on the sciatic nerve.

 

Features of the sciatica exercise program include:

  • Hamstring stretches: The hamstrings are the muscles at the back of the thigh that run from the pelvis through the knee. It helps bend the knee and expand the hips. Routine hamstring stretching benefits most types of sciatica pain. When the hamstrings are overly tight, it increases the stress on the lower back, and most of the time aggravates some of the conditions that can cause sciatica. Since most of your daily activities do not stretch the hamstrings, they tend to be stiff and inflexible. So, you need stretching exercises to help keep them healthy and flexible.

Ways to effectively stretch hamstring:

  • A patient should avoid bouncing when doing any type of hamstring stretches. Bouncing can trigger muscle spasms. Instead of doing it vigorously, stretch the muscles gently and hold it for few seconds.
  • Start to hold the hamstring stretch for 10 seconds, and gradually increase it up to 30 seconds.
  • Do not hold your breath while holding the stretching.
  • You should be in a position that is most comfortable for you while doing the stretching. Lying position is preferable, but with the patients with low back pain, you should choose the position that is more comfortable.
  • It is best to do the hamstring stretches twice a day. It is helpful to have it coupled with other activities you do twice daily, such as brushing your teeth. In this way, you avoid to forget it. If the stretching is only done before your usual exercise, chances are you may not be able to do it sufficiently.
  • Have a warm-up before stretching. An example of the warm-up includes a 10-minute slow walk to get the blood flowing to the muscles.
 

Exercises for Herniated Disc

A herniated disc is a problem with one of the cushions between the vertebrae that stack up to make your spine. It can result in pain, numbness or weakness in an arm or leg because of the irritation that is happening on nearby nerves.

Exercises for leg pain and other symptoms caused by lumbar or lower back herniated disc are defined according to the position that causes the patients’ symptoms to shift from leg or foot to lower back.

To get the pain to move up from the leg to the lower back, get into a backward bending position, or what is referred to as extension exercises or press-ups.

Place the lower back in an extension by lying on the stomach. While keeping hips on the floor, prop the body up on the elbows. Since some patients cannot endure the extension exercise at first, you should start out slowly.

Hold the position for five seconds, and gradually increase up to 30 seconds. Repeat the position ten times.

While lying flat on the stomach, press up on the hands while the pelvis remains on the floor. For a gentle stretch, keep the low back and buttocks relaxed. Hold the position for a second and repeat 10 times.

Exercises for Spinal Stenosis

Sciatic pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve down the leg while walking is a typical symptom of spinal stenosis. When you have sciatic pain, you can only feel relief when you are sitting down.

In treating sciatica caused by spinal stenosis, a chiropractor may encourage flexion exercises or forward bending. When bending forward, the passageways increase in size. It also resolves the irritation and impingement, so patients often feel better when bending forward.

If you feel sciatica pain, it is important to get spinal treatment. Visit Beyond Wellness Chiropractic Center and get treatment that is proven to be very effective.

Distracted Driving

Many legal drivers have all gone through some form of driving school. Whether it be online, in a classroom, or some strange place, they will always teach you about distracted driving. Distracted driving is defined as participating in any other activity that you do while operating a vehicle. With this in mind this can include: cell phone use, eating, drinking, talking to passengers, etc. Although these things may seem important, the most important thing to do is while driving is focusing on the road. Driving while distracted has some very severe effects on an individual’s ability to focus on the road.
First of all, driving distracted can inhibit the driver’s ability to see, which is the most crucial factor in being able to driver. Since there are so many other drivers on the road it would be catastrophic if people were not able to see which lane they were on, if there is something in front of them, or even the speed they are travelling at. Secondly, driving distracted can cause a person to pick up on bad habits. Bad driving habits (like driving with one hand on the wheel and speeding) can lead to an increased risk of getting into an accident and also can make the driver put their life and the passengers’ lives in danger. Lastly, another major effect of distracted driving is the inability to make quick decisions. If you are distracted while you drive you will not be ready to make those quick decisions that can save you from an accident and even death.
Driving a motor vehicle is full of uncertainty and doubt. If you add distracted driving to this it will surely lead up to a disaster. Driving distracted is one of the easiest things to do but it is also one of the easiest ways to get into an accident and potentially lose your life. As a society we must make efforts to prevent distracted driving so that less people can find themselves in accidents and dead from motor incidents.

By: Ayodeji Otunuga

Simply Drive Safely

For all of our lives, our parents have done their best to teach how to be safe in every situation possible from walking through our house to a safe day at the park to driving to a friend’s house. In either situation, it is quite possible that an accident may occur. With the idea of being in an auto accident, the same exclamation comes to everyone’s lips: “I’ll get hurt”. However, what does this common verbiage mean and what exactly happens to our body as we crash our car?
In order to improve the safety of automobiles, research into automobile crashes is taken very seriously. Most crashes involve automobiles hitting other automobiles or hard, immovable objects such trees, poles, etc. By research, it is correlated that certain types of accidents can yield similar injuries. The different types of accidents can be described as front-on crashes, side-on crashes, rear crashes, and multiple impacts and rollovers. Front-on crashes can produce chest and lower limb injuries, severe head, and facial injuries. These types of injuries are typically resultant of crash victims making contact with the steering wheel and instrument panel. Side-on crashes are usually caused by the victim hitting the door panel or person to their right or left side, and these crashes can cause severe injuries to the victim’s chest, lower extremities, head, and pelvis area. Rear crashes are described as the vehicle getting hit from behind, usually, by another vehicle and such crashes can cause severe injuries to the chest, head, neck, and spine area. Multiple impacts and rollovers can be described as when more than two other vehicles are involved in the accident or when the vehicles rolls over, and the resulting damage in this type of accident can be severe not only to the vehicles, but also to the victim’s body. These bodily injuries can include injuries to the chest, head, and face including the chest. In addition, in multiple impact crashes, the victims typically have injuries on both upper and lower extremities, including chest, abdomen, pelvis, head, and face injuries. In the event that the driver and passengers are not wearing their seat belts, this combination of injuries can be caused by the victims hitting the doors and roof, the steering wheel, or being hit by free-moving objects, and, in the worst case, being ejected from the vehicle.
In conclusion, in spreading the word on safety, it is very important that people realize that they and, they alone, need to make the choice to be safe. This choice definitely needs to be made when a vehicle is involved since it is very clear that any type of accident involving a vehicle can be extremely hard, if not deadly, on a human being. As described above, vehicle accidents, no matter the type, can be very devastating to the human body, but, on the other hand, it is very important for people to know that the majority of accidents can be avoided by simply driving safely.

By: Adam Block

200 Milliseconds

That is all it takes. 200 milliseconds can separate you from alive to dead. During a car crash there are many different angles a car can hit you that bring different consequences. For about any auto accident you will receive a broken collar bone from the impact of the seatbelt. If involved in a more intense, high speed wreck this is when you start breaking ribs. Once you have broke a certain amount of ribs then it start to damage your lungs which then leads to your vital organs.
In front-on crashes the most common injuries include chest, lower limbs, head, and abdominal areas. These injuries can be caused even from somebody going as slow as 30 miles an hour. This happens from being hit from the front panel door or the driver hitting the wheel. These injuries are much more severe when you are not wearing a seatbelt. Rear crash injuries are most commonly in the head, chest, spine, and neck. This is caused from whiplash, the motion of your head moving forwards to backwards very quickly. The most severe impact being multiple impacts and rollovers are the most dangerous of all. When hit by multiple cars or objects this can result in the car rolling over completely and hitting a tree or other vehicles. In straight forward rollovers passengers can be ejected from the seats or injured by the floor, door, and steering wheel. Basically if you do not have a seatbelt on during an impact of this nature you are going to be blended up like fruit in a smoothie.
The bottom line is that almost all automobile accidents end with trips to the hospital, expensive hospitals bills, long rehabilitation, but mostly never making it out alive. This is why when you reach for your phone to send a text to a friend while driving or let outside factors distract you from your driving think twice. Is it worth never waking up again? Never seeing your friends or family ever again? Never accomplishing any of the goals or dreams you had planned for your future? Ask yourself this one question. Is it worth it?

By: Claire Thurlow

Distracted driving affects all drivers at some point in their lifetime. But how we deal with distractions can save lives. The effects of driving while distracted are widespread and are not isolated to the immediate action.

The biggest causes of distracted driving are cell phone use, disruptive passengers, loud music, and eating. To reduce these distractions, silence your cell phone before you begin to travel, this way you will be significantly less tempted to answer any messages. Before you begin driving, make it clear to your passengers that you need to focus on the road and your surroundings as you drive; this can be difficult to convey to children, but a calm and adult demeanor may help them understand that it is important to everyone’s safety that you are aware of your surroundings. Next, make the choice not to blast your music. It is often difficult to hear through cars even without bass overpowering all outside sound. Many of us have on-the-go lifestyles and eating while driving has become a habit. But, you should avoid this. Pull over or stay in the parking lot while eating; both hands on the wheel and eyes on the road is the best way to drive in order to avoid an accident.

Effects of these distractions and many others are seen every day throughout the country and world, over 1 million deaths per year are attributed to car accidents. Accidents can range from simple fender benders to flipped and totaled cars, rarely do people survive the latter.

But it’s not just about survival. Injuries that follow people for the rest of their lives and shatter their world are caused by distractions while driving. Over 1.5 million crashes per year are caused by texting and driving, according to the National Safety Council.

There is a multitude of different injuries that can be caused by an accident. Neck injuries, dislocation of a spinal disk, broken bones, extreme bruising and internal bleeding, paralyzation, and brain injuries are just some possibilities. And to add to this list, when an accident is caused by a distracted driver, they can’t say “I tried to stop it.” Driving while distracted can ruin and end lives, but the driver responsible may have no better explanation than “I was eating”.

The effects of distracted driving aren’t limited to physical, guilt of parties involved will often follow such an event. The families and victims of distracted driving will be affected for many years as well as the driver(s). However; no amount of “sorry” will ever heal the pain of a loved one being taken. Victims will often associate cars with trauma as well. Another effect of these incidents is that it blocks traffic; it takes time and money for people who may not be directly affected to recover.

Too much harm is caused by driving while distracted. The effects of distracted driving aren’t worth the risk and far outweigh the reasons for doing so. Be safe, be smart, drive focused.

 

By: Monroe Myers