If you are experiencing back or neck pain, chiropractic is a treatment alternative you can choose to help alleviate your pain stemming from muscles and joints, especially those closely associated with the spine, pelvis and hips.
Pain arising in the spine almost always is influenced by posture and movement. At Advanced Wellness Chiropractic we pay close attention to your posture and how your posture is contributing to your current complaint.
Posture refers to the way the body is positioned at a given moment and is determined by the positions of the various joints in the body. Each joint’s position affects the others, and ideal posture is traditionally defined as a straight line running from the ear lobe, through the cervical and lumbar vertebrae, the shoulder, thorax, hip joint, knee joint, and lateral malleolus. Proper posture minimizes stress on the joints, and upright posture is the natural standing position for humans. When upright posture is correct, little muscle activity is required to maintain it.
The pelvis is usually the key to proper back posture. The normal pelvic angle is 30°, and the pelvis is held or balanced in this position by muscles. For the pelvis to sit properly on the femur, the following muscles must be strong, supple (mobile), and balanced: abdominals, hip flexors, hip extensors, back extensors, hip rotators, and hip abductors and adductors.
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Postures that increase stress on the joints are considered faulty. Individuals with strong and flexible muscles may not experience negative effects from faulty postures, as they can easily adjust their position to avoid excessive stress. However, if the joints are inflexible or overly mobile, or if the muscles are weak or shortened, correcting posture to the proper alignment may be difficult, leading to potential pathology. This pathology can result from repeated small stresses over a long period or constant abnormal stresses over a shorter period.
Long-term stresses can lead to similar issues as those caused by sudden, severe stresses on the body. These abnormal stresses can cause excessive wear on joint surfaces, resulting in osteophytes and traction spurs as the body tries to adapt to the repeated stress. Soft tissues, such as muscles and ligaments, may also become weakened, stretched, or injured due to increased stress. Applying an acute stress on top of chronic stress, such as a motor vehicle accident, can worsen the problem and lead to symptoms that prompt the patient to seek treatment.
There are many causes of poor posture. Some of these causes are structural and some are postural or positional.
Posture can be altered by structural deformities that result from congenital anomalies, developmental issues, trauma, or disease. For instance, a hemivertebra or a significant difference in leg length can cause changes in posture. Structural deformities primarily affect bones and are not easily correctable without surgery. Nevertheless, patients can alleviate symptoms by receiving proper instruction on postural care.
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Postural / Positional Factors
The most prevalent issue with posture is the development of poor habits, where individuals fail to maintain proper posture for various reasons. This is often observed in those who stand or sit for extended periods and gradually begin to slouch. To maintain correct posture, one requires strong, flexible muscles that can adapt to environmental changes and work in unison to counteract gravity and uphold an upright position. Children may also develop poor posture habits this may be due to a desire to avoid appearing taller than their peers, particularly if they experience a rapid growth spurt that results in uneven growth of various structures. However, the main factors contributing to increases observance poor posture in children still remains a matter for scientific research.
Muscle imbalance, muscle spasms, contracture, general weakness or excess weight can also lead to poor posture, such as a tight iliopsoas muscle that increases pelvic angle or tight hamstrings that decrease the pelvis angle. Additionally, pain can cause poor posture, as pressure on a nerve root in the lumbar spine can result in back pain and a scoliosis as the body unconsciously adopts a posture that reduces discomfort.
Fortunately, most nonstructural postural issues can be corrected with ease once identified. Treatment typically involves strengthening weak muscles, stretching tight structures, and educating the person on the importance of maintaining proper posture during daily activities such as standing and sitting. It is the person’s responsibility to maintain good posture.
At Advanced Wellness Chiropractic we identify the postural faults and design treatment plans to address muscle tightness, muscle weakness, and joint restrictions.
Within our treatment plans we offer gentle, instrument-based chiropractic care and/or traditional, manual adjustments to help your body heal alongside with muscle releasing technique. Dr. Vera can is a skilled manual therapy adjuster of all regions of the spine. However, manual adjustive therapy is not a compulsory component in her chiropractic treatments. She is very mindful to work within a patient’s comfort and tolerance.
Torque Release Technique™ (TRT)
A unique instrument-based technique that Dr. Vera incorporates into her treatments is Torque Release Technique. This subtle technique is appropriate for all ages, from infants to seniors and everyone in between. The technique works by releasing areas of tension along the spine that you may or may not be aware of. The aim is to have your entire body operate at a higher level.
The adjustment is performed with an Integrator™ on either the left or right side of the spine depending on which leg is shorter. For some, the effects of the technique are felt more obviously as a relaxation or shivery and for others these physiological effects are more subtle. Whether felt or not, the effects of the technique work for everyone in the background long after your visit giving you an edge on healing your condition.
Your pain relief needs are determined through a comprehensive evaluation process and physical examination. A course of management will be determined by both what we can offer to help you feel better and your comfort levels with course of care that would be provided.
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