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Low back pain is one of the most common complaints for patients of all ages.  Numerous research articles study how posture or more specifically poor posture increases a persons risk of developing pain. A study by Mork P, Westgaard in Clin Biomech 2009;24:169-7 studied back posture and muscle activity in computer workers to determine if sitting at work is assoc with exacerbation of low back pain (LBP). They concluded that prolonged sitting is assoc with more LBP than if the work situation allowed for more variation in a workers posture.  Patients need to understand that when a person sits they tend to flex forward and their low back pushes or caves back into the chair.  This sustained stretch of their low back ligaments leads to their low back support muscles being inhibited or deactivated.

So what happens to you?  when you are at work or home sitting for long periods the muscles that help support your low back go off line.  Then when you get up and go to lift something, bend to reach for something you have an increased risk to strain your back because these muscles are not available yet to do their job.  Too many times a patient has said all I did was bend to lift up my bag, or pick up a childs toy ect. and my back spasmed.

So what should you do? Get up at least each hour, activate you low back muscles, vary your posture.  If you have been sitting for over 30 minutes give your self at least 10 minutes of moving around before bending past 65 degrees at the waist.  Better yet don’t bend right away, instead go down on one knee when going to lift something.  When you go to the gym warm up before bending and lifting.

A consistent recommendation is the research is use a lumbar support to stop your low back from caving back into the chair.  A simple low back pillow can improve your posture and decrease your chances of developing low back pain.  When sitting have your pelvis higher than your knees.  this helps you maintain your lumbar lordosis (forward curve) and reduce back muscle activity and fatigue.

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Texting puts the head 4.5 inches in front of the shoulders. Teens average 11,000 text messages per month or 30 hours of use.  With these statistics it is no wonder why children at a younger and younger age are seeking relief from adult type pain.

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What is it?
Chiropractic care focuses on properly aligning the body’s structures—primarily the spine—to allow for natural, surgery-free healing. A chiropractor’s goal is not to give patients drugs so they don’t feel pain, but to discover the source of the pain and correct the problem.

Why chiropractic?
The nervous system controls all of the body’s functions, and depends on the vertebrae in your spine to protect it. When your vertebrae are out of line, they can prohibit optimal operation of the nervous system, which can lead to various physical problems.

Is it safe?
Chiropractic treatments are incredibly safe—actually, they’re one of the safest kinds of medical care available. And your chiropractor has studied extensively to fully understand the body’s systems. The chiropractic training program is comparable to the program of study for medical doctors. According to the American Chiropractic Association, more than 30 million people visited doctors of chiropractic last year for a variety of conditions, and more and more medical doctors are referring their patients to doctors of chiropractic.

What problems can it address?
In addition to preventative and wellness care, chiropractic can be used to treat allergies, headaches, lower back pain, fibromyalgia, neck and shoulder pain, numbness, leg pain, scoliosis, and other health issues.

For more information and/or to schedule an appointment call 508 528 2277.

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