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March 1, 2015

You Don’t Have to Live with Low Back Pain

Low back pain is likely something you’ve experienced before in some degree or another.  Often times, it will resolve itself within a few days but more serious injuries tend to linger much longer and can become aggravating or even debilitating if you don’t seek proper treatment.  The good and the bad news of it all is that low back pain is very common, with sixty to seventy percent of the adult population enduring it at one time or another in their life – but there are particular segments of the population which are more prone to it than others.

Some of the most common causes of low back pain are associated with the wear and tear of the body that occurs as you age.  It is important to note that if you have sustained an injury, such as a fall or have a chronic disease such as arthritis, then your back pain may have begun much earlier in life. Additional causes include poor physical fitness, obesity and incorrect use of your body – such as lifting heavy objects improperly and frequently. The population that appears to be most susceptible to low back pain are between 30 and 50 as well as those working in manual labor positions. Young men have increasingly higher risks of back injury due to sports, both contact and non-contact, as well as retaining a higher number of labor-intense jobs. Women who are most susceptible to back injury work in physically demanding jobs such as nursing, homecare, long-term care or jobs where they remain seated for the majority of the day.

Low Back Pain

Orthopaedic causes of low back pain, which include poor posture, are treatable and tend to resolve very well when patients are dedicated to their recovery and follow their chiropractor’s or medical practitioner’s advice.  Low back pain caused by an incident such as a fall or a motor vehicle collision is also treated with high success rates. There are many treatment options and avenues you can explore depending on the severity of your injuries. In some cases, regular chiropractic or physical therapy care is enough to resolve the injury while in other cases, such as the sequestration of a spinal disc, surgery and rehabilitation may be more appropriate. The point to keep in mind though is, regardless of how minor or severe your pain is, there are treatment options available.  Dull, manageable, but chronic pain should never be ignored. If you have been experiencing pain – of any degree – in your back for a prolonged period then it is time to get it checked out.

Many institutes and organizations are now recommending that the least invasive care for low back pain be the first-line of treatment for it. This includes chiropractic manipulations of the lumbar spine which not only demonstrate high rates of pain resolution, but which also doesn’t require a patient to spend time on bed rest in order to recover from treatment. Those suffering from low back pain would do well to exhaust all conservative means of care first, such as spinal manipulation, physical therapy or medication, before settling on something invasive and costly, like surgery.

Why Neck Pain Treatment Is Important

Neck discomfort can be the result of a variety of issues. This is why neck pain treatment varies based on the cause of the pain. Whatever the cause is for the pain, getting to the underlying issues, helps to maintain a better quality of life.

Neck pain can be the result of a variety of issues. This is why neck pain treatment varies based on the cause of the pain. When people suffer from neck pain, the best thing to do is seek remedial attention from a chiropractor, because it could be caused by a serious condition. As well, untreated neck pain can bring on more significant problems in the future. Whatever the cause is for the pain, getting to the underlying issues, helps to maintain a better quality of life.

Some causes of neck pain can include degenerative diseases like spondylosis, whiplash, disc bulge, pinched nerves, poor posture, referred pain from upper back problems and sprain/strain injuries.  Other causes can be poor sleeping posture, torticollis, head injury and rheumatoid arthritis which can also cause neck pain. Due to the wide array of causes, it is easy to understand why it is important to get neck pain treatment. The types of pain experienced from these various causes of neck pain can also be quite diverse. A chiropractor is best able to determine the cause of the pain.

Neck Pain Treatment

Prior to attending a chiropractic office for neck pain treatment, you may be interested in finding out how chiropractors treat neck pain. This is normal, as people generally like to know what to expect when they try something new if they haven’t been to a chiropractor before. Having a basic understanding of what chiropractic treatment is about allows patients to make an informed decision.

Once a chiropractor has diagnosed the source of the problem, they will choose which neck pain treatment is best to alleviate the discomfort as quickly as possible as well as treat the cause of it. Sometimes treatment is as simple as resting the injured area.

Specific spinal manipulation for neck pain treatment involves a thrusting technique called a chiropractic adjustment. This method shifts the spine into proper alignment.

During these treatments gentle stretches, activator methods and core-strengthening exercises may be used, as an alternative to the direct spinal manipulation techniques discussed above.

Some Chiropractors perform joint stretching, resistance therapy or soft tissue work for neck pain treatment. When someone is recovering from a neck or back injury, chiropractic is used to help the patient regain normal range of motion. Often times, patients experience long-term pain relief following successful chiropractic treatment.

Although discomfort is based around the neck, chiropractic medicine is more than neck pain treatment. It is a treatment for the entire body. All systems are connected in the human body, and chiropractic care targets the bodies overall health and wellness.

At Alpha Chiropractic, we understand that neck discomfort is a condition that is easily treated. Make sure that you get neck pain treatment before your condition leads to something more serious or debilitating.

Chiropractic Treatment is Essential for Good Health

Feeling pain free will help you in all aspects of daily life and in your healing. Getting your spine checked and evaluated by a chiropractor can uncover hidden stresses on your body. Chiropractic adjustments will then help to restore proper mechanical function in your spine leading to a better heath and well being.

Feeling good is essential to good health. If you feel strong and pain-free, you will behave that way. Chiropractic healing is based on understanding that good health comes from a healthy and functioning nervous system. The way we feel depends on how our body feels. When our muscles stiffen, or become painful due to our lifestyle and environment, we feel more tired; have less energy, and a lowered state of health. By locating the musculo-skeletal causes of our run-down feelings and adjusting them, pain sufferers can begin to feel better and fight its dis-eases.

Chiropractic treatment pays particular attention to the spinal column. The initial consultation consists of all the necessary examinations required to find the source of your spinal complaint. The spinal column is made up of a vertical row of movable bones that begin at the base of the skull and end in the centre of your hips. Extending down the spine  are a series of  thirty one pairs of nerves that open out and influence every living tissue in your body (8 cervical, 12 thoracic, 5 lumbar, 5 sacral and 1 coccygeal nerve).

 Imagine if just one bone is out of alignment and not moving smoothly or a pair of nerves is pinched. The pain can radiate out from your back. Displacements or derangements of the spinal column can be caused by a variety of factors. Accidents or falls can harm the spine, but so can stress, tension, overexertion or tiredness. Reducing the pain and irritation caused by these misalignments will help your body to operate more efficiently, and you will be more comfortable, and most importantly pain free and a better quality of life. This is where a chiropractor can help you.

A chiropractic visit is the same as a visit to any other doctor. On your initial consultation, the chiropractor will go through your case history, perform a physical examination, analyze x-rays to confirm his/her examination findings and then once he/she understands the cause of your pain, treatment will begin and a plan of care will be determined. Subsequent visits consists of specific chiropractic adjustments, rehabilitative exercises and may include  soft tissue work and/or a spinal orthotic device known as the Denneroll according to the patient’s requirement. It is important not to miss an appointment, so that each treatment can enhance the next. Length of treatment is determined by the patient’s age, the level of degeneration and how long the problem has been there. Healing will be more effective if the patient is diligent with practicing the exercises and stretches the doctor recommends and following the program of care

Chiropractic treatment uses no drugs or surgery, only spinal and/or peripheral manipulation, spinal orthotic devices, stretches and specific exercises to help rehabilitate your spinal/peripheral dysfunction. The benefits of chiropractic treatment can result in a reduction of pain, relief of symptoms and therefore leading to a better quality of life.

Also, improving the health of your spine will reduce wear and tear keeping it healthier longer. Don’t wait for the pain to become excruciating before you see a chiropractor.

At Alpha Chiropractic, they know that life is no fun when you are in pain. Visit them now before you really need them.

Singapore Chiropractic can alleviate Your Headaches

Headaches can be crippling, and everybody gets them. Chiropractic can help you discover the causes of your headaches and relieve them with chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy and not with surgery or medication.

Everybody gets headaches. If you are experiencing headaches, have you considered a Singapore Chiropractic doctor? Most headaches go away by themselves, but sometimes a headache is more than just a headache. Chiropractic can help determine the cause of your headache and treat it without drugs or surgery. What kinds of headaches do you have? Do you feel tightness and pain in your neck, shoulders and at the base of your skull?  Nerve irritations and muscle spasms begin in many places in the body but end up by radiating pain into your head. What do many people in Singapore do? They take pills; they take days off work or school; they go to bed. But wouldn’t it be wonderful not to have a headache at all?

See a Singapore Chiropractic doctor about the headache. Chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy can be an effective form of treatment for tension headaches, migraine headaches and other headaches that start in the neck. Treatment of the headache at its source can result in longer recovery and better results than just taking a pain killer. Headaches usually have something that triggers them, such as certain foods, the environment or sleep, poor postural habits, diet and fitness behaviors. A headache may be a warning signal to let you know that there are physical problems that you must be concerned about, but most headaches are not caused by disease. The headache itself is the problem. These are tension headaches, cluster headaches or migraines, and are usually associated with muscle tension in the neck. Singaporeans today are more sedentary than they have been in the past. We spend more time at our desks and at our computers and in our living rooms than we have ever done. We don’t get the exercise that we need. This causes increased irritation in our joints, and greater muscle tension in our necks, backs and scalps which leads to headaches.

Advice from your Singapore Chiropractic doctor is to stop and stretch if you have been sitting working at your computer, sewing machine or desk for a long period. Don’t sit still in a fixed position. Stretch at least once every half hour and choose stretches that let your head and neck move through their natural range of motion. Choose light aerobic activity.  Don’t clench your teeth or tighten your jaw to decrease the stress in the Temporomandibular Joints (TMJ). These two joints connect your jaw to your skull and leads to TMJ irritation and migraine or tension headaches.

Alpha Chiropractic doctors don’t just treat the symptoms of headaches but through physical examination and x-rays (if required) find out what may be the cause of your headaches. If your headaches are related to your neck dysfunction, by performing a series of chiropractic adjustments to the area of concern can help to restore proper alignment of the spine and minimize irritation causing the headaches to occur without the use of drugs or surgery

At Alpha Chiropractic, we understand where your problems start and can help you treat them in the best way for you.