Each job comes with its own set of occupational hazards for the spine
Which means that it is important to identify those risks that are particular to your job. And while it may seem apparent that construction workers face a higher incidence rate of injury to their back, you may be surprised to find that nurses suffer more pain as a result of their job. What is responsible for this? It turns out that the lifting involved in nursing is a critical factor in creating back pain. Helping patients move from lying to sitting, boosting them from gurney to examination table and preventing patients from falling are all movements that can damage ligaments and create dysfunction in the spinal motion segments. Here are our tips for preventing back pain as a nurse.
The Spinal Motion Segment
There are thirty-three vertebrae that make up the human spine. Between each one is a spinal motion segment, also known as a functional spinal unit. Spinal motion segments are made up of:
- Two vertebrae
- Intervertebral disc
- Two facet joints
- A host of supportive ligaments and other soft tissue
The first three in the bulleted list make up what is known as the articular triad, because they allow for the minute articulation between vertebrae. The main role of the spinal motion segment is to allow for motion of the upper body while maintaining enough structural integrity to stabilize the spine and prevent injury to spinal nerves that exit at each level of the spine.
Chiropractic is part of a lifestyle that contributes to overall wellness
At Holmes Chiropractic, our most important goal is to help people live a healthy and vital life. We have identified a host of elements that make up this particular kind of life:
- Regularly energized
- Active living is your norm
- Good diet choices are standard
- Minimal use of medication
- Active living
And chiropractic adds a sixth tenet to this list: spinal adjustment. Because our bodies are designed as the true healers of disease, our job is simply to make them more adept at the healing.
Aligning your body with your lifestyle
B.J. Palmer, a pioneer in chiropractic medicine said: “While other professionals are concerned with changing the environment to suit the weakened body, chiropractic is concerned with strengthening the body to suit the environment.” This is a guiding principle of our philosophy at Holmes Chiropractic: we want to empower your body to make maintaining a high level of health easy! Using chiropractic, you will spend less on pharmaceutical costs, require fewer surgeries and spend less of your life in the hospital. If this appeals to you, then give our office in Houston a call to schedule an appointment today.
Shedding some light on the positions that put your spine under more pressure
The following three conditions are examples of spinal positions put the spine under more pressure than normal, leading to the onset (in some cases far too early onset) of spinal degeneration.
- Forward-head posture: this position puts the head anywhere between 1-3 inches forward of a balanced position atop the spine.
- Hyperlordosis: inward curvature of the lower back
- Scoliosis: sideways curvature of the spine that most often occurs in puberty
These positions also cause the narrowing of spinal discs and if left alone for long enough the curvatures can become even more exaggerated. Because these three positions cause increase compression of the spine, our goal is to reverse the ill-effects of this compression. One of the best ways to do this is through spinal elongation.
Circulation is vital
When you work out, either aerobically or by lifting weight, your body responds by increasing blood flow. This increased blood flow, also known as circulation, sends oxygen and nutrients to all parts of the body including vital organs (think the brain), helping them to repair, regrow and function optimally. Let’s look at what inhibits blood circulation and what we, as chiropractors, can do to let the blood flow (circulation-wise).
Chiropractic can change the way you think about your health
Chiropractic theory treats the spine as the foundation for wellness. As chiropractors, we do everything in our power to ensure the integrity of that foundation through natural modalities. Along the way, we would like to show you why this is the right way of going about things. Rather than a reactive form of health care, we seek to solve problems at their source before they blossom into something bigger and more troublesome.