• Chiropractors
  • Treatment Options for Shoulder Pain

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    The shoulder is an integral part of the upper body, and an injury to it can result in great discomfort and pain. Shoulder pain can stem from a number of medical conditions and injuries. The most common cause of shoulder pain is the straining of the rotator cuff. The term rotator cuff is used to refer to a group of muscles and tendons that help stabilize the shoulder and aid in movement. Fortunately, for patients suffering from shoulder pain, there are several treatment options available. These treatment options encompass physical exercise and chiropractic care.

    The most important thing in the treatment of should pain or any other shoulder related injury is the body’s ability to stabilize the shoulder blade to the trunk. Therefore, a person’s sitting posture will influence the amount of pain felt. For instance, individuals who tend to sit in with their shoulders rounded in a turtle position in front of a computer all day will experience more pain. One of the most efficient physical exercises that people suffering from shoulder injury can engage in are shoulder blade pinches. This exercise entails bringing the shoulder blades together without moving the arms and holding that position for about five seconds. Apart from physical exercises, regular chiropractic adjustment will be instrumental in treating shoulder pain. The purpose of chiropractic adjustments is to ensure the spine is aligned. Chiropractic adjustments can be made on a weekly basis to maximize their effect.

    Deep muscle stripping and adjustments to the clavicle, scapula and humerus shoulder bones will also be instrumental in treating shoulder pain. 

    Kinesiotaping is a highly effective treatment option for shoulder pain. This treatment option entails the putting on a special type of tape known as Kinesiotape. This tape is commonly worn by athletics in particular Beach Volleyball players. This colorful tape can be bought from most stores that deal in the sale of sporting equipment. However, it is not recommended for persons to put the tape themselves. This is because not many people have the expertise and knowledge required to properly put on this tape. Additionally, improper put Kinesiotape do not work. To be able to properly put this tape on, one calls for an extensive knowledge of dissection and anatomy. Another reason why it is not advisable for persons to Kinesiotape themselves is that it is close to impossible to hold an appropriate posture while putting on this tape. Therefore, anyone wishing to put on a Kinesiotape should consult a doctor. Additionally, attending seminars on Kinesiotaping is a plus for anyone wanting to use this treatment option.

    Another physical exercise that is used to treat shoulder pain is Pilates practices. Pilates practices help build strength and stabilize the shoulders. Furthermore, Pilates practices will have a pleasant effect on a shoulder. Ultimately, anyone suffering from shoulder pain should seek chiropractic assistance. Moreover, it is important to consult a chiropractic expert who is experienced in Kinesiotaping. Also, consulting a local michigan chiropractor will be instrumental in deducing the cause of the shoulder pain and identifying the best treatment option. To prevent future injuries, it is advisable to apply ice for 15 minutes after exercising the shoulder.…

  • Neck Pain
  • How Poor Posture Causes Neck Pain

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    In fact, human beings are designed to be hunter-gatherers, so naturally we should spend more time standing or running. However, the modern world has made us spend much of our time sitting in front of a desk and driving. Even if we don’t sit in front of the desk, many people have jobs that involve maintaining the bent posture for prolonged period. Maintaining a good posture can make the head balanced requiring little effort to hold it in place. In this case, the weight of the head will be supported by few muscles and ligaments to maintain its stability. Usually, the average weight of the human head is 5kg, but the fulcrum effect can lead to apparent weight of more than 15kg when the person is in forward posture. In this case, the person will experience extra strain while trying to hold the head up in position. Maintaining a poor posture for long hours will lead to a great deal of neck pain and discomfort.

    In the modern society, the slumped posture with a forward head is very common. When maintained persistently, this will have an adverse effect on the upper part of the body. So how does poor posture because neck pains?

    • The muscles of the neck include neck extensors, and upper trapezius becomes short and tight. This will cause general aching and discomfort of the neck.

    • The muscles in front of the neck are stretched thus becoming weak and inhibited.

    • The shoulder muscles roll forward and develop abnormal torsion that causes the immense neck pains.

    • Many ligaments will be subjected to excessive stress hence causing neck pains and discomfort.

    • Poor posture causes the normal curve of the upper back to become exaggerated

    • The shoulder blades are made to rotate downwards

    • The upper back muscles overwork to counterbalance the forward head pull of gravity

    • The undue stress of the of the weight of the head leads to degenerative disc disease that contributes to neck pains

    • Bad posture will eventually lead to decreased movement of the shoulder and neck

    • There research shows that forward head posture leads to temporomandibular jaw problems

    Poor posture cause extreme contraction of muscles, hence disrupting the symmetrical balance of the body. Since disruptions cannot be maintained indefinitely as the body seeks for the stability. The problem escalates to neck pain as the muscles designed for moving bones are given the task of stabilization. In this case, the body sacrifices the flexibility of stability. Lack of flexibility in the neck region can lead to intense pain and discomfort.

    How to manage neck pains

    Moreover, it is important to consider workplace ergonomics for treatment and prevention of neck pain. The placement of computer and desk can be improved to allow upper back and neck posture. In this case, the eye should point directly to the top third of the screen. Also, the forearms should be parallel to the floor while typing. For people with standing workstation, make sure one side of the body in not rotated continuously than the other side. Moreover, some exercise can help to restore good posture hence preventing or relieving neck pain. Also, massage is the best way to initiate the healing and repair of affected neck muscles. The massage will attempt to activate weak muscles while stretching short muscles.…

  • Injuries
  • Three Easy Rules To Avoid Back Injury

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    Back pains are not only just irritating but are also very inconvenient. One cannot go on with their daily routine when they suffering from back injuries. And most of these back injuries are caused while lifting heavy objects. Not many people know that there are some techniques, or rather rules that one should follow while doing some heavy lifting.  Below mentioned are three very important rules that can help you avoid back injuries:

    1. Always keep your chest forward

    Make sure that you never bend at the low back, instead, bend at the hips. Most people believe that in order to lift safely one has to bend at their knees; this assumption is completely false and can ultimately lead to a back injury. The right position to be in while lifting a load is, bending at the hips and pushing your chest forward and staying upright all the while you lift the load. Remember, never twist or turn while you are lifting the load, this can cause severe trouble.  If you only bend your knees without pushing your chest forward, you still tend to curve and risk a back injury. But if your chest is upright, there is no back bending and you are safe. This position ensures that the back muscles are effectively used to maintain a better posture. As the knees bend the muscles in the legs as well as hips produce the required power to lift the load accurately.

    2. Let the hips lead your shoulders

    As mentioned earlier, twisting, while you are still carrying the load, can make your back quite vulnerable to an injury. Always keep your shoulders in line with your hips and when you need to change directions, move your hips first and the shoulders will automatically follow. But, if you move your shoulders first, hips lay back resulting in a dangerous twist, which can cause a severe back injury, especially to the muscle joints in your back and pelvis regions.

    3. The closer the weight is to your body, the better

    The further the load is from your body, the more is the power required to hold it. For example, lets us consider you are carrying a gallon of water close to your chest. It isn’t too hard for you to carry it. Instead, try carrying the same load of water with your arms stretched out. You require more force, isn’t it?  I am not saying that the weight of water gets increased when you are carrying it away from your chest. What I am trying to tell is, when you are carrying a load away from your chest, it needs more force to hold it up when compared to the force required to hold it when it’s near to your chest.

    And the extra force needed when the load is away from your chest exerts pressure on your lower back, leading to an injury. Hence, it is always advised that you carry the load as close to your body as you can, and this will ensure that you do not acquire any back injury.  By following the above mentioned rules one can be rest assured that he/she will never attract a back injury while lifting. Last but not the least, if the load is heavier than you think you can handle, just do not lift it. Either get help or get a trolley, but never risk your back.…