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Sciatica is on the rise in Bridgewater
Sciatica is a condition of age- while it remains rare in younger populations, we are treating more and more adults and seniors who are suffering under its clutches. The reason for this is simple- as we age, our muscles degrade and our spines are more likely to move out of position. By the age of 40, we are losing more and more muscle mass every single year, accelerating with age. Unless we proactively replace this muscle, our spine's only line of defense is literally withering away. When muscles in the lower back become too weak to hold our spine in place, vertebrae move out of alignment and put spinal nerves under pressure.
Read more: Defeating Sciatica in Bridgewater
Your core is the single most important ally for your spine
The spine anchors the body and provides a conduit for the central nervous system, but what is providing support for the spine? The answer is a complex network of postural and phasic muscles known as the core, one of the most important elements of musculoskeletal well being. Far too many people develop the superficial muscles of the stomach to define a six-pack, rather than focusing on developing the core holistically to not only look good but also provide functional support for the spine. The core is a unique stabilizing force that can both initiate movements and minimize the toll that excessive movements will take on your spine. A more stable core is a key element of spinal health.
Read more: Power to the Core: the Importance of Spinal Stability
A stiff neck is not a prerequisite of being an adult
Neck pain is quite invasive, and it most often comes about because of our poor lifestyle habits. Whether consciously or not, we often seek out positions and movements that are bad for our necks. The simple act of working at a computer or texting on our cell phones often involves us craning our necks forward toward the screen. This magnifies the downward pressure on our spines and causes stress to the muscles in the cervical region as they strain themselves to support the new position of your head.
Stiff necks are ubiquitous but they respond quickly to treatment techniques
- Move more- make sure that your head is balanced atop the spine at all times and avoid jerking movements that can exacerbate stiff muscles.
- Stretch your neck: here are two stretches that release tight muscles. 1.) Clasp your hands behind your head and lowering your chin toward your chest. Hold for 5-10 seconds. 2.) Lower your left ear down toward your left shoulder until you feel a stretch and no further; hold for 5-10 seconds and repeat on the other side.
- Ice and heat: start with ice to relieve inflammation then use heat to improve circulation and facilitate muscle repair.
- Recruit a loved one or friend to gently massage your sore neck.
- Review your sleeping situation: a supportive pillow that maintains the proper alignment of your neck is a tool that everyone should have.
Resolve neck pain by restoring spinal alignment
Spinal adjustment of the cervical region helps restore alignment, reduces pressure on the spinal nerves, increase circulation to support repair and healing and improves range of motion in the neck. If you are interested in leaving neck pain and stiffness behind, give our office in Bridgewater a call to schedule an appointment today.
Does your office support neutral posture?
Whether your office is at home, downtown or somewhere in between, it is always worth checking that your equipment supports your spine. If you are like the majority of workers, you probably have three essential pieces of equipment: chair, desk and computer. These are the ingredients we will work with, but first we should define neutral posture.
Read more: The Office Gospel: Ergonomics Set you up for Success
Spinal decompression therapy relieves pain with few side effects
Spinal traction's five minutes of fame arguably came in the venerable 1965 James Bond film Thunderball. It was an introduction to spinal traction, also known as decompression, that was sufficient to scare many people off as you can only know if you have seen the film. Films may be fun, but the reality of spinal traction is that it provides a serious and effective therapy for the spine.
This is a nonsurgical modality that stretches and relaxes the spine intermittently with the goal of reversing the effects of compression on the spine; it is a gentle process which uses a specialized, motorized table. The patient lies on the table and a harness is put around the hips which is attached to the motorized bottom half of the table. The upper part of the table then remains still and the bottom half slides back and forth in a controlled manner, stretching and relaxing the spine.
Read more: Spinal Decompression: Why it Works