When muscle pain, aching joints or more serious injury keeps you from your normal daily activities or prevents you from working it is time to see a chiropractor. Sprains, strains, arthritis, repetitive injuries caused by household chores, manual labor, poor posture, work related or sport injuries, as well as stress can be the cause of pain.
One common injury for back pain is heavy lifting. There is a right way and a wrong way to move a heavy object. The first thing to do is plan ahead – survey the situation before lifting, including the weight of the item you are moving and where you are moving it to. Do NOT lift by bending at the waist. Bend your knees and let your leg muscles do the hard work of lifting. Keep your nose level with your toes, rise straight up and NEVER twist when lifting. Heavy objects should be kept close to the body and if you think it may be too heavy – ask for help!!
Auto or Work Related Accidents:
Depending upon the seriousness of your accident, as you may not be in a position to assess what has happened to you, try to record the details of the accident as soon as you can. This can be an asset to you in the event of an insurance claim and if you are disabled for any length of time. If whiplash is a result and no paramedics are there to stabilize your injury, do not turn or twist your neck and immediately arrange for your chiropractor to attend to the injury. Some whiplash injuries take a day or two to show up after a vehicle accident.
Depending on the severity of your injury, your chiropractor will develop a unique treatment plan that is specific for you, which may include injury-prevention and rehabilitation strategies.
In this computer age people often develop Carpel Tunnel Syndrome due to constant use of a keyboard and mouse. Professional painters may suffer from this syndrome as well. Before considering surgery for CTS make an appointment with your chiropractor to assess and treat your injury.
Notebooks, pads and smart phones bring different strain to fingers, wrists and arms. Having a cell phone to the ear constantly can be the cause of elbow pain. Using a “Bluetooth” device would eliminate this problem. Playing video games repeatedly can also cause aching muscles and eventually a repetitive injury.
Any time we engage in repetitive activities, there is the danger of wear and tear on the body. Muscles, nerves and other soft tissues are organized in multiple layers under the skin. When nerves fire and muscles contract, movement occurs. Where there is movement, there is the potential for friction. Too much friction can increase the possibility of damage, inflammation and dysfunction.
As very young children join their older brothers and sisters on the playing field, injuries are not only more frequent but can be more severe. In addition to younger players, more and more female athletes participate in both individual and team sports adding their injuries to statistics.
Many sports injuries occur due to the athlete failing to warm up prior to a game. When muscles are not stretched prior to vigorous use, injury can happen easier to a muscle that has not been loosened up. For many years college and professional athletes, as well as coaches, have steadily increased their reliance on chiropractic care since 1976 when the first chiropractor was part of the Olympic team staff. Today virtually all professional and college teams either have a chiropractor on staff or on an as-needed basis.
There is a wide variety of reasons for injuries. Over-exertion in gardening, reaching for something on a high shelf or simple household chores like taking down or putting up draperies can cause a pulled muscle or possible subluxation. Strenuous activities such as painting or washing walls using muscles that have not been stretched for some time can cause injury as we do not normally think of ‘warming up’ before doing household chores.
On-going pain can be the result of subluxations, torn ligaments or stressed muscles in your back, neck, shoulders joints and limbs. Chiropractors specialize in adjusting the spinal vertebrae and other joints for pain relief and the restoration of normal function to the joints, ligaments and muscles that support those vertebrae. Some people wisely see their chiropractor on a regular basis.