Archive for January 2020
Neck Pain Causes and Treatment
Neck pain can be either acute or chronic and can come about due to a variety of reasons.
Sometimes neck pain can occur as the result of an accident, maybe a fender bender, or even a work-related injury. Neck pain can also come about due to having poor posture, not to mention staring at a screen (whether that be on a computer or on a smartphone) for long periods of time with our heads tilted at uncomfortable angles.
We also don’t normally exercise our necks properly, most of us, so it’s important to have a wellness protocol designed with your neck in mind.
First, it’s a good idea to start exercising your neck, then, at the end of your day, make sure to stretch your neck out. If you don’t have any equipment to get it done, simply apply resistance with your own hands/strength, then make forward and backward motions, then side to side motions, getting a 360-degree workout.
Stretch your neck using the same motions. Make small circles with your nose and eventually make the circles bigger and bigger, which will help release tension in your neck.
Another great way to relieve neck pain and neck tension is to visit the chiropractor. Contact Holmes Chiropractic today to schedule your consultation and learn more about the drug-gree pain relief benefits of our treatments.
Common Causes of Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain is one of the more common back conditions that affect our patients at Holmes Chiropractic. Back injuries affect 80% of adults at some point in their lives, so it’s important to understand what the most common contributors to lower back pain are, that way you can avoid such habits and behaviors for a better chance at enjoying a longer, healthier, more comfortable life.
We’ll leave out the obvious, things like car accidents or work-related injuries, and, rather, go over some of the everyday behaviors that might lead to lower back pain.
1.) The Way You Sit
Chances are, either when you’re on your way to work or at work itself, you’re likely going to be sitting for extended periods throughout the day. Investing in an ergonomic chair and practicing perfect posture are both essential to navigating the daily grind.
2.) Improper Lifting Technique
Whether it’s objects around the house or the way you’re lifting at the gym, improper technique in either will land you a back injury at some point in time.
3.) Lack of Spinal Decompression
If you’re going through your day without stretching or performing any self-care practices (like yoga, for instance), be aware that you’re putting a tremendous amount of pressure on your spine, which will eventually result in chronic pain or even an injury.
Contact Holmes Chiropractic today to schedule your consultation if you have lower back pain, neck pain, leg pain, or joint pain. We provide a variety of treatments aimed at treating the whole patient.
3 Chronic Conditions Chiropractic Can Help Treat
Chiropractic treatment is well-known for getting results that traditional medicine, prescription drugs, and surgical maneuvers might not be able to achieve, and we do that by treating the whole individual, instead of just addressing the symptoms. Many chronic conditions can be treated with chiropractic adjustments, which end up providing the body and brain with a plethora of benefits.
1.) Chronic Whiplash
Chronic whiplash is one condition that chiropractic can address, helping patients manage and reduce pain, increase range of motion, and get back to regular activities as quickly as possible..
Chiropractic has been shown to be beneficial for arthritic patients, helping them manage pain and improve movement and circulation.
3.) Chronic Sports Injuries
Those old sports injuries that start to remind you of themselves later in life can also be treated and alleviated with chiropractic manipulation.
Contact Holmes Chiropractic today to schedule your consultation if you live with any chronic conditions mentioned above. Chiropractic treatment has also been shown to help patients achieve better sleep, improved digestive system, and more. Schedule your consultation with us today!
Try These Low-Impact Exercises
As we start out the year many of us are hitting the pavement and taking on rigorous exercise routines to either get in or stay in shape. Below, Holmes Chiropractic goes over a few low-impact workouts that will be easier on your spine and joints than other modes of exercising, like running, playing basketball, football, etc.
Swimming can be an excellent workout and it’s far better for your joints than running. You can mix up cardio and strength training in the pool as well.
Rock climbing is great for your back and doesn’t have the high impact qualities that many popular sports do — that is when you practice rock climbing safely and effectively.
Paddleboarding is a great activity for your core muscle group. This activity is generally done in lakes and large bodies of water, so it’s likely ideal to engage in this exercise in warmer weather.
Even if your workout includes high-impact exercise, that’s okay, too, because Holmes Chiropractic is here to straighten you out if your spine ever gets out of line. We also provide treatments that improve your range of flexibility, help promote healthy sleep, reduce anxiety, optimize your body and brain, and more! Contact us today to schedule your consultation.
Healthy Habits to Cultivate in 2020
At Holmes Chiropractic we’re all about educating our patients about what they can do on their own to ensure they achieve peak health and wellness.
This year, it’s a good idea to focus on building healthy habits. As Aristotle once said, “Excellence is a habit,” and, “We are what we do habitually,” (paraphrased, of course).
Below, Holmes Chiropractic goes over a few habits to build this year to ensure you achieve all your goals in 2020.
Exercise Your Body
Run and strength train. Try to learn a new skill that incorporates fitness — dance or martial arts might be a good place to explore. Pushing your body multiple times each week will also help you reduce anxiety and promote healthy sleep.
Wake Up 1 Hour Earlier
Waking up just one hour earlier will give you time to do something for yourself before you start your day. It’s a far better place to begin each day than starting things off by engaging in our responsibilities and submitting to the agendas of others as the day progresses.
Recover, Recover, Recover
Chiropractic treatment is a great way to ensure you recover from your work/life balance. Contact Holmes Chiropractic to learn more about our drug-free health and wellness treatments.