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5 Tips for Improving Posture

We’ve all heard these admonishments before. Stand up straight! Don’t slouch! There are a lot of good reasons why we were told to sit up straight. Marinating good posture can help you stay looking youthful and promote bone health. You can help to prevent stooping over as you age, which is usually caused by osteoporosis and as your vertebrae located in the upper and middle of your spine are destroyed. A poor posture can also hurt other joints in your body—your shoulders, hips, knees, as well as cause joint and back pain.

Here are 5 ways to keep your body limber and flexible while keeping good posture.

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How to Relieve Lower Back Pain

A bout of lower back pain will happen to most of at some point in our lives. The good news is, as many as 90% of all episodes of back pain resolve within six weeks, no matter if the episodes are caused by injury or a structural or nerve problem. Here are several ways to effectively relieve lower back pain – and prevent it from recurring.

Address the Pain

It’s difficult to come up with a plan of action for your lower back pain while in the middle of an episode, so your first course of action may be to take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (also known as an NSAID) to help ease your pain. Ibuprofen and naproxen are two readily available over-the-counter NSAIDs. Research shows that NSAIDs are slightly better at giving relief to lower back pain sufferers than their counterpart, acetaminophen. Taking an NSAID should be a short-term answer to an acute pain problem, not a longer-term solution. NSAIDs can cause gastrointestinal problems if taken over long periods, so consult your physician if you feel the need to take them for longer than ten days.

Take the Heat (and Cold)

For the first 48 hours after lower back pain sets in, an ice pack is a must. Use it on the affected area for twenty minutes several times per day. Cooling your lower back down using ice will shut down capillaries and reduce blood flow to the area. Reduced blood flow will result in reduced swelling. Cold also puts a damper on your nerves’ ability to conduct pain signals.

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5 Types of Pain Best Treated by a Chiropractor

Chiropractor in El CajonIn truth, chiropractors are usually skilled at treating practically all kinds of pain, whether they fall into the acute category or the chronic category. Acute pains tend to have immediate causes, in which short-term damage is done to localized tissue, for instance when a child scrapes their knees falling on a sidewalk. Chronic pain is of much longer duration, and is often associated with the presence of some disease such as arthritis, but can also occur as a result of repetitive motions, strains, and overuse injuries.

Because chiropractors are very knowledgeable about nerve stimulation and response, they are particularly well-qualified for the treatment of many kinds of pain. Chiropractic doctors study the system of neural pathways between the brain and every other part of the body, so they understand what causes pain and how to help alleviate it. Here are 5 types of pain that your El Cajon chiropractor is particularly adept at treating.

  1. Repetitive stress injuries

Typically these kinds of pain result from manual labor or tasks generally associated with using modern devices and working in an office setting. For instance, carpal tunnel has become a fairly widespread problem for people who work with a desktop computer and mouse. Repetitive strain due to manual labor often occurs in a factory setting, where the same task is performed all day long, several days a week, thus straining muscles in the arms, shoulders, or hands.

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