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Healing Takes Time

How long will it take until I am better, fixed, or out of pain?

 

In today’s society, we are used to getting everything immediately and many find waiting to be pretty difficult. However, when it comes to healing, we do not always get immediate results. Even if our pain goes away quickly, it does not mean the problem does. Patience is essential when it comes to healing from an illness or injury. Just like the phrase “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, your injury will not heal in a day either. Time and repetition are the main factors to heal from most injuries and illnesses like headaches, neck pain, and back pain.

Each patient’s injuries and aches are unique and will respond in a different way to chiropractic care; however, regular chiropractic care has been shown to decrease all types of pain. Many people have had multiple injuries or traumas within their bodies that are left untreated. These cause imbalances in the nervous and musculoskeletal system causing other muscles, ligaments, or regions of the spine to compensate for the areas in pain. However, once your body reaches its maximum threshold for the imbalance it can no longer endure the stress, and this is when you may feel pain from injuries that occurred many years ago. Our chiropractors identify areas in your body that are not functioning normally due to previous injuries.

It is also important to remember healing is not linear, it is if full of setbacks. A setback can be caused by a range of things either external or internal. For example, if you aggravate an old injury or condition again. Many times, people want to rush the healing process. I am mean who doesn’t want to feel better right away? However, this often causes people to do too much too soon and not allow their injury to heal enough and the progress is halted. Healing occurs in alternating cycles of repair and recovery. It is common to see symptoms flare up during these cycles, so it is important to be patient while you are healing.

There are different phases of healing in order to get your body back to optimal health. The first stage is the relief phase. The relief phase focuses on getting you out of pain and to start adjusting your spine in the right alignment. This is followed by the corrective phase which helps build new muscle memory patterns to continue to help correct spinal alignment. The third stage is the strengthening phase. This stage helps strengthen muscles and hold the spine in the correct position. The last stage is wellness care. Wellness care helps maintain the body and requires regular adjustments to help keep the body healthy! The length of these stages differs for everyone but in the end you should have a healthy functioning body!

When we begin to get better, we often forget to continue our self-care. It is important to choose to continue to care for yourself, whether it is through a spa day or a chiropractic adjustment to alleviate stress. It is not only your chiropractors’ job to care about booking in your adjustments, but it is also yours! At Balanced Spine Chiropractic, we assess every patient and determine their care plan. Care plans consist of regular visits over a period of time to help heal your body. It is important to remember that most problems didn ’t start overnight so it is hard to expect them to heal overnight!

Coping with Stress

How does stress affect the body & how can getting regular adjustments help?

 

Dealing with stress is a part of many adult’s daily lives. Worrying about paying the electricity bill or having a deadline at work puts extra stress on the body that triggers stress hormones to be released. Learning to cope with all this extra stress in modern day society is very challenging to many people. Dealing with stress is how our minds and bodies are reacting to what is happening to us. Whether it is physical or mental, stress is very real and needs to be addressed.

Today many people are turning on the body’s stress response more often and for longer periods than is normal. When the body is stressed it goes into the fight-or-flight state, releasing a range of hormones. This situation can become chronic and unhealthy for the body. But why is chronic stress so bad for the body and how can I tell if it is affecting me?

There are many signs of being overly stressed. These may include dizziness, insomnia, increase heart rate, digestive problems, exhaustion, ringing in the ears, chronic pain, and diseases. There are also behavioral and mental signs such as compulsive eating, increased substance use, withdrawal, worry, forgetfulness, anxiety, and depression. Chronic stress can lead to pain disorders, immune disorders, cardiovascular disorders, metabolic diseases, and behavioral disorders. Pain and stress can overlap significantly. Both negatively affect the body’s balance and impact healthy function and well being .

Physical stress, chemical stress, and emotional stress all take a toll on the body and the spine. This leads to disruptions in the nervous system and the communication between the brain and body leading to further problems throughout the body. Although types of stress differ, they still trigger the same stress response in the body. When someone is stressed their muscles become tense, breathing patterns change and this can cause changes in their body and can shift their vertebral alignment. This can cause pain or changes in posture. If this muscle tension persists, the spine may become locked in an abnormal position and can interfere with the nervous system’s communication throughout the body.

So, how can I alleviate stress in my body? In 2008, a study showed that up to 90% of all primary care doctors dealt with stress-related complaints and symptoms. Millions of people receive medical advice that use pharmaceutical drugs to reduce stress. However, drugs are not always the ideal or best choice for people. Through regular chiropractic adjustments, exercises, and a healthy diet your nervous system will become balanced and help alleviate stress. Millions of chiropractic patients had overall health improvements after regular adjustments. Research has shown a connection between neural signals sent from the spine and parts of the autonomic nervous system that promote health and prevent illness. The research also showed a direct connection between tissue damage in the spine, reduced motion in parts of the spine, and neural stress signals from the spine with parts of the autonomic nervous system associated with stress and illness. Chiropractic adjustments restore motion in the spine and healthy nerve signals to the brain. Chiropractic adjustments also help break up scar tissue, promote tissue healing, resolve inflammation, and reduce tissue damage and stress signals from the spine.

Proper and regular spinal adjustments at Balanced Spine Chiropractic can help reduce your stress! It is essential that adjustments are regular in order to reduce and cope with stress in your body. Regular adjustments can also help with recovery time, reduce digestive problems, improve sleep, and reduce pain. Regular chiropractic adjustments help reduce tension, correct spinal subluxations, improve nerve signal, and improve blood flow. These changes tell the brain to turn off the fight-or-flight response so the body can rest and digest. Our chiropractors can also recommend nutritional advice, exercises, stretches, and stress management techniques. At Balanced Spine Chiropractic we are here to help you get through stressful times, we will give you are a care plan with regular adjustments that will help heal your body and optimize your overall health!

Subluxations

What is a subluxation?

Many patients come into Balanced Spine and learn about how subluxations are impacting their spine. Subluxations sounds like a complicated word, but it can be straightforward once you understand what it is and how it is impacting your life. During an adjustment, the chiropractor applies controlled force to joints of the spine or other parts of the body to correct subluxations. Overall, this helps the entire body to function and heal better. But what is a subluxation?

A subluxation is the improper position or movements of the bones in the spine. It is when there is a misalignment or partial dislocation in the vertebrae of the spine or joints. When the vertebrae or joint is out of alignment it causes stress and dysfunction to nerves, preventing the body from being at optimal health. One thing everyone has in common is that subluxations are negatively affecting our health and need to be adjusted.

So, we now know what a subluxation is, but how do they occur? Subluxations can be caused by physical, biochemical, or psychological trauma. Many patients come into the office with sport injuries, pain from car accidents or serious falls. All these physical injuries cause subluxations; however, subluxations can also be caused from emotional stress, such as depression, or chemicals like medication or pollution. Most of the time it is hard to notice when subluxations occur in the spine, but they still affect your body’s performance and homeostasis. Other times it is very noticeable, and you can be in great pain and discomfort. This can also be caused by a build-up of subluxations that have occurred over many years. Subluxations occur at all ages; from the moment you are born until you are old. No matter what age you are it is essential to take care of your spine.

Chiropractic adjustments work to minimize or eliminate subluxations that are interfering with the health of your body and nervous system. It is important to remember that the brain and body are connected. The spine is an essential part of the nervous system that is directly linked to the success of the brain-body connection. The spinal cord connects the brain to the rest of the body by transmitting messages back and forth. Subluxations in the spine will negatively impact the brain-body connection affecting multiple body systems. When vertebrae in the spine are not aligned or injured, it affects the nerves communicating to the brain. This causes disfunction in the spine and can cause a range of symptoms and health problems. Some major symptoms include neck pain, back pain, headaches, migraines, numbness, and tingling. If any of these symptoms seem familiar it may be a sign you need an adjustment!

During our chiropractic assessments at Balanced Spine you will notice a series of initial tests that allow us to see how your body and brain are communicating. Our chiropractors design a specific care plan to ensure the optimal subluxation correction for each patient. Care plans vary for each patient depending on the condition they came in with. Generally, the longer a subluxation pattern has occurred, the longer it will take to correct and relieve pain. The human body heals best when adjusted in a rhythm. Regular adjustments at Balanced Spine Chiropractic will help get you on the right track to live a healthy and pain-free life!

Working on your posture while working at home

Posture tips that will help while working at home

Covid-19 has caused all our lives to change in many ways. One of those ways is by self-quarantining ourselves into our homes and no longer being able to go to work, stores, or chiropractor appointments. We have talked to many patients about how this quarantine is affecting their lives, and many say it is difficult transitioning to working at home. Most people have very different workspaces at home compared to at home. Patients have also complained about back pain, neck pain, and poor posture. So, are these two topics related?

Yes! Posture is a major issue when constantly working at a desk. Many of us are used to working at a desk all day but now even people who walk around at work and are active throughout the day are having to work from a desk all day long.  At Balanced Spine, we want to help those who are suffering from back pain or discomfort caused by poor posture at home desks during Covid-19 and afterwards!

We are here to help you get through this difficult time by sharing tips that will help you maintain your posture while working at home. The first one is to make sure you have a comfortable, supportive chair at your desk. Having a good chair can help have beneficial impacts on your health and productivity. It is crucial to have proper back support in the chair in order to help support the spine. Having a chair with a hard back that is straight does not help support the back. Making sure your chair is comfortable is the first step to determining if it supports your spine. Is your chair soft yet firm? Does it have a curve in it? Does it have a head rest? These are all important questions when picking out a good chair for your desk! If your chair does not have a supportive back, you can get a backrest to help support to lower and upper back. A proper chair should also have arm rests. This helps support the arms while typing so it does not cause further strain on the body. Proper arm rests can help prevent conditions such as carpal tunnel or repetitive strain injury. Back problems are one of the major problems people face who work at a desk, whether it is from home or at work. This can affect your mood, health and productivity. The spine can’t solely support your body weight so having a chair that can help support that weight is important.

Another important factor when sitting at your desk is making sure you have proper chair height in relation to the desk. You want your feet flat on the floor and you want your knees in line with your ankles at a 90-degree angle. You also want to make sure the keyboard is enough close to your body and directly in front of you. You don’t want to be reaching far while you are typing because this can cause further strain to the body. The monitor should also be directly in front of you and only a few inches above eye level. However, you also want to make sure you are arm’s length away from the screen, so you do not strain your eyes. If your desk is too low and your legs can’t fit comfortably underneath it, then you can put it on risers or switch to a desk that is at a proper height. If your desk is too high and you are raising your arms to type, it is important to find a way to lower your workspace. A keyboard tray is a great way to do this or to adjust your chair to a higher position and then put a footrest by your feet so they can stay flat. People also use portable laptop stands so they can stand up and type throughout the workday. This is a great way to help improve and maintain posture.

When sitting in your chair it is important to think about how you are sitting. Are you slouching? Are your hips near the edge of the seat? This can lead to bad posture, strain in the upper back, lower back, shoulders, and neck. You want to make sure you are sitting up straight with your hips far back in the chair. Make sure your shoulders are relaxed and are not rising towards your ears. Keeping an eye on this will help relieve tension and pain!

It is also important you take a break! We recommend at least taking 15 to 20-minute breaks every hour to two hours. During this time, you should walk around and get some fresh air! Keeping your body moving is very important! We also recommend doing some stretches or exercises if you have time! We like to do the cat and back stretch to help our spines stay moving and to help us relax! The more often you get up and move the better since it gets the blood flowing and helps energize the body! Taking breaks also helps avoid eyestrain which many of us get when looking at computer screens and cell phones all day long!

If anyone has any specific questions about working on posture when working from home or need some more tips, please feel free to contact us at Balance Spine Chiropractic! We hope you are all staying healthy during this time and are looking forward to seeing everyone soon!

Healing Takes Time

How long will it take until I am better, fixed, or out of pain?   In today’s society, we are used to getting everything …

Coping with Stress

How does stress affect the body & how can getting regular adjustments help?   Dealing with stress is a part of many …

Subluxations

What is a subluxation? Many patients come into Balanced Spine and learn about how subluxations are impacting their spine. …