Spinal stenosis: a damning diagnosis
Also known as abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal, this (most-often) degenerative condition can cause nerve impingement, radiating pain, weakness, numbness and tingling in the extremities. As there is no guaranteed-effective treatment for spinal stenosis, many people fall into despair at such a definitive diagnosis. However, we are here to tell you that you don’t have to take this condition lying down! While the condition may be irreversible, you don’t necessarily have to turn to drugs or surgery, each of which come with side effects and questionable levels of success. That being said, if you are slated for surgery, success in easing symptoms with chiropractic can be a good indicator of success post-surgery. Let’s look at how chiropractic helps ease the symptoms of spinal stenosis.
What is happening with my body in the third trimester?
While we would stop short of calling it chaos, there is a lot going on! With anticipation reaching fever pitch and spilling over into anxiety, your body is also reaching its physical limit. Abdominal muscles are stretched out completely, the baby is approaching full weight and your body is producing more relaxin, a hormone responsible for loosening pelvic ligaments in preparation for delivery. Among other things:
- Frequent urination
- Back pain and physical discomfort
…and then contractions begin! The third trimester is a challenge, even for those who are expecting, or those who have experienced before, this level of physical and emotional upheaval. Chiropractic aims to help make this chaotic period a little more stable.
The majority of Americans still commute by car
That means an average of 30 minutes each direction, sitting, often in traffic. And that spells bad news for your spine: the truth is, commuting and back pain go hand-in-hand. Traffic and driving cause mental anxiety which translates to muscular tension; add that to the fact that car seats are unsupportive and we generally assume poor posture in the car, and you have a perfect recipe for back pain. In order to mitigate the potential pain, you need to be proactive about the way you treat your spine while you drive. Here’s a roadmap for doing just that:
Recovering more quickly with sports massage
Imagine a massage- the stress melting away, the restorative, rejuvenating feeling of a skilled set of hands setting your muscles free of tension. Well it turns out that this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits of massage. Athletes are finding that sports massage makes the difference between a quick recovery and a sore set of muscles. Let’s take a look at how massage increases the speed of recovery, helps your muscles rebuild more effectively, and helps you avoid injury.
Chiropractic makes your body more resilient
At Family Chiropractic & Natural Healing Center, our goal is to uplift our community one individual at a time. We do this by creating completely customized treatment plans that meet and address the specific musculoskeletal needs of our patients. It is a brutal world for our spines, those amazing structures which anchor the musculoskeletal system and house our central nervous system. Whether you work in an office chair or climb mountains for a living, your body has its own set of struggles and needs to keep it in a state of balance and health.
Chiropractic offers a proactive approach to senior healthcare
Back pain is a scary reality for many seniors- indeed it is one of the leading causes of disability in old age. Why? The short answer is that aging is tough on our spines. It’s a mix of spinal degeneration, bone loss and muscle loss- in other words, all the pleasures of old age (we are being facetious). This coming together of circumstances creates crippling pain and life-changing spinal dysfunction. Such a serious threat to our wellbeing requires a proactive approach to healthcare. And if you are not finding enough relief from your symptoms with traditional healthcare, it could be worth considering chiropractic as an additional aid to your wellbeing.
We live in a society that is defined by the poor range of motion (ROM), that results from sedentary lifestyles and counterproductive behavior. But as much as 10% of our population is living with the opposite problem; the science may say that full range of motion is best, but what happens when you exceed that? Hypermobility refers to a condition in which your joints have too much ROM. Most often a hereditary trait, hypermobility, also known as congenital laxity, or ligamentous laxity, involves joints that can move beyond and even well beyond standard, healthy range of motion. It may seem that individuals who are double-jointed enjoy a natural advantage, and indeed it can be advantageous for young athletes who manage the condition appropriately. But the more startling reality for people with hypermobility occurs when their condition turns against them. Because the joints are so mobile, and so loose, they lack the stability necessary to prevent pain and injury. As you get older, the pain and dysfunction within a given hypermobile joint can become chronic, and then the condition becomes a syndrome.