Systemic tension in the upper back, neck and shoulders…
…is indicative of being an adult in America. Our lifestyles breed tension in upper body, particularly in the neck and shoulders, and particularly if you work in front of a computer. Now let’s be honest: are you someone who tends to ignore stiffness in the neck and shoulder region, opting instead to just get on with your work. This behavior is also indicative of being an adult in America, where we are often to busy to cater to our sore points. But trust the experts here at Holmes Chiropractic- ignoring this tension is a textbook way to end up with spinal degeneration that will cause you a lot more problems down the line. So let’s avoid ever reaching this point in the first place, by using simple, daily stretches to release shoulder and neck tension.
How does your bed impact the health of your spine?
In fact this turns out to be incredibly difficult to quantify; more so, because even the best bed is just the “less bad” option. Why do we say this? Because even with a perfectly supportive mattress, your spine is still subject to the downward force of gravity, which compresses the spinal column and puts pressure on the intervertebral discs. And while you rest away in an extended position, your back is inevitably going to form a mold in the mattress- quite often, the more the the mold gives, the less support you have, allowing your spine to contort into all sorts of ungainly, unhealthy positions. A supportive mattress, however, which maintains spinal alignment and curvature throughout the night, minimizes the ill-effect and actually allows your spine to rest and rejuvenate throughout the night. So what are the elements that make up the perfect mattress?
Strengthen while you heal
Yes, it may sound difficult, but it is the most effective way to go about healing a herniated disc! While a period of rest and restoration is often advisable in the first few days after injury, our goal is to get you moving again as soon as possible. The truth is that stagnation hampers rehabilitation; because your injury decreases your motivation to move and exercise, it is actively working against your efforts to recover. At Holmes Chiropractic, we aim to get you moving effectively despite your injury because we know this is the path towards the quickest and most effective rehabilitation for herniated discs.
Extending the spine provides relief
For some people, it is the only way to find relief. Extension-based exercises and stretches involve a backward bending of the spine; extension is indicated for people who suffer from the following conditions:
- Lower back pain
- Herniated discs
- Other spinal disc conditions
And they are not meant for people with:
- Facet joint syndrome
Read on to find out how extension works.
Back pain in the morning is the worst way to start your day
While there are myriad possibilities for what is causing your back pain in the morning, one of the most common explanations is muscular imbalance. And while we would not say this is the easiest problem to solve, it is less severe than conditions like:
- Degenerative disc injuries
Back pain in the morning is a common symptom of all these conditions, which makes it all the more important that you consult with a doctor to determine if you have a deeper lying condition that is causing you trouble in the morning time. However, if you do fall in the more typical category of having morning back pain and stiffness caused by muscular imbalance, we can offer quite an effective path for treatment.
The difference between active and passive range of motion
It is important to know the difference:
- Active ROM refers to range of motion that is achieved with effort or input from YOU. It is you actively moving your own joints through their respective ranges of motion.
- Passive ROM refers to someone else moving your joint for you, as in during spinal mobilization.
Active ROM is obviously the more prevalent of the two for most people- if you are unable to put your own joints through full ranges of motion, life can be significantly more difficult. People with degenerative conditions that prevent them from moving their joints through full ROMs can benefit from having health professionals provide passive ROM in order to reduce pain and improve function. So what can you do to enhance your innate range of motion on a daily basis? Read on to find out.
The importance of relaxing your back
In the adult spine, there is a near-constant cycle of tension accumulation and release. But depending on the balance of our lifestyles, the factors which contribute to tension accumulation can win out. When this happens, our spines suffer- from compression of intervertebral discs and spinal nerves, to shortening and loss of strength in the muscles, almost everything about the tension cycle tends to reduce our spine’s innate mobility. One way to fight back against this cycle is to use relaxation to promote spinal mobility on a daily basis.