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Mechanical back pain and Chiropractic Care: A Holistic Approach

By Dr Nicole Labuschagne (Msc Chiropractic, UJ) Edited by Dr Michelle Cloete (Mtech Chiropractic, UJ) People of all ages are frequently afflicted with back discomfort, which frequently interferes with everyday activities and quality of life. Particularly, mechanical back pain is a common kind of pain that comes from the mechanical components of the spine, including the muscles, ligaments, discs, and joints. The use of chiropractic therapy as a natural, non-invasive treatment procedure for mechanical back pain has grown in popularity. We will go into the fundamentals of chiropractic treatment, examine the origins of mechanical back pain, and talk about how this alternative therapy may provide relief in this blog article. Understanding Mechanical Back Pain Mechanical back pain is defined as pain or discomfort that arises from the mechanical components of the spine, such as strained muscles, sprained ligaments, or poor posture. Incorrect lifting techniques, abrupt movements, and poor work ergonomics are frequently cited causes of mechanical back discomfort. In order to effectively manage the pain, which is frequently localized and may worsen with certain activities, the underlying reasons must be found. Chiropractic Care Chiropractic care is an alternative medicine that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical diseases of the musculoskeletal system. To enhance movement of the spine and reduce discomfort, chiropractors adjust the spine and other joints manually. Optimal spine alignment and movement can improve general health and support the body’s natural healing process.  Furthermore, other treatments which can be offered include mobilization, dry needling, traction, ultrasound and massage, to name a few. These methods seek to support the body’s natural healing process, decrease local inflammation, and restore equilibrium. Because chiropractic therapy follows and individualized approach, doctors may customize treatment regimens to meet the unique needs and circumstances of each patient. Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment for Mechanical Back Pain 1. Pain Relief: By relieving nerve pressure, lowering local inflammation, and improving blood flow, chiropractic adjustments can provide about instant pain relief. 2. Increased Range of Motion: By treating joint restrictions and muscle stiffness/spasms, regular chiropractic therapy may improve range of motion and flexibility. 3. Preventive Care: By preserving appropriate spinal alignment and treating underlying problems, chiropractic adjustments can not only alleviate current pain but also avert further occurrences. 4. Non-Invasive Approach: Because chiropractic therapy is non-invasive, it is a safer choice with fewer adverse effects than intrusive medical procedures or operations. 5. Holistic Wellness: To promote long-term health, chiropractors frequently place an emphasis on the patient’s general well-being and provide guidance on ergonomics, exercise, and lifestyle changes. In conclusion Mechanical back pain may have a major negative influence on day-to-day functioning. However, chiropractic therapy provides a natural, holistic means of easing pain and enhancing general health. Chiropractors can help people restore mobility, lessen discomfort, and avoid further problems by treating the underlying reasons of mechanical back pain using spinal adjustments and other methods. Speaking with a chiropractor might be a helpful first step in obtaining relief from mechanical back pain and enhancing your quality of life.

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Understanding the journey of TRUE RECOVERY for neck and back pain

Understanding the journey of TRUE RECOVERY for neck and back pain We need to be more pro-active than re-active with our spinal health. Back and neck pain can have a mechanical origin with inflammatory components, it can be due to a sedentary lifestyle, poor posture, injury or it can even have a degenerative nature. No matter what the cause- we need to treat it accordingly. Chiropractic care can bring much pain relief, but my objective today is to address the muscular weakness and imbalance that is an additional cause of pain in 95% of my patients. I have written this blog to explain to patients in an easy-to-grasp way on practical ways to aid in their back recovery program. This is truly the answer if you are looking for more than just a quick fix for your back pain. 1. Stretch it out. Until pain is under a 3/10 pain scale. This forms part of the acute phase treatment protocol (or part of the initial phase of a chronic condition). 2. Start with light exercise. Ideally this will be done with a biokoneticist. Most bios also offer pilates group classes which are inexpensive and a wonderful tool to keep you ACCOUNTABLE. I have the gentle pilates YouTube links: start with beginners (even if you are fit) because Jessica Valant is a physical therapist that goes through the steps, such as breathing techniques and posture. 3. Start with some sort of cardiovascular exercise – depending on your condition and what is available to you: swimming, walking, running, cycling, rebound classes. The list goes on. This step needs to be easily accessible and a form of exercise that you can do three times each week. Start with shorter times and build your endurance. 4. Find out how to warm up, cool down from not only exercise, but also from your day! E.g. breathing 5. Make sure that your footwear is correct. Everything starts from the base up. This is an advice blog only and needs to be used in conjunction with personalised primary care with your primary health care provider, such as a chiro. Stay in good health and cease each opportunity to improve yourself! Facebook Instagram

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The chiropractic role in the management of scoliosis

The scoliosis patient may present with: – pain (painful back, shoulders, hips), – muscular imbalance, – postural imbalance, – instability that needs an exercise program, or – deformity that needs to be assessed. A doctor of chiropractic has the diagnostic tools to diagnose different types of scoliosis. Our main objective is to: diagnose, treat pain due to myofascial trigger points and help prevent/monitor the progression of the scoliosis, by means of a multidisciplinary approach. Spinal screenings for children, especially between the ages of 9 and 16 years is imperative if there is a family history of scoliosis. Incorporating chiropractic as part of your family medical care regimen could make all the difference in your child’s future. Facebook Instagram

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Chiropractic Care for Adults With Pregnancy-Related Low Back, Pelvic Girdle Pain, or Combination Pain: A Systematic Review.

Chiropractic Care for Adults With Pregnancy-Related Low Back, Pelvic Girdle Pain, or Combination Pain: A Systematic Review. It is common for women to experience Low back pain, pelvic girdle pain or a combination of both during pregnancy and post-partum. With up to 90% of women reporting that they had low back pain and of this, 30% experiencing it for the very first time. There is uncertainty to what causes the pain experienced, but it has been theorised that it may be due to weight gain, changes in hormone levels and altered biomechanics. A recent study by Carol AnnWeis, et al. (2020) the aim was to conduct a systematic review of the literature to assess the effectiveness of chiropractic care options commonly used for pregnancy-related low back pain, pelvic girdle pain, or a combination for both experienced practitioners and students of chiropractic. It was concluded that although there was a lack of evidence, many of the interventions have moderate or unclear but favourable outcomes. CASA (Chiropractic Association of South Africa) The full study can be read here; https://bit.ly/3lKZ6pO -RRS Education (2020).-Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (2020) Facebook Instagram

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CHIROPRACTIC RELIEF FOR UNEVEN SHOULDER LEVELS, NECK AND SHOULDER PAIN

The ‘BEFORE’ photo: Patient X has a prominent higher shoulder LEVEL on the LEFT. She is RIGHT handed. So this is an abnormal finding on observation as her dominant hand should rather have a slightly (about 1cm) higher shoulder level when compared to the left. Neck and shoulder pain. After 1st treatment the shoulder levels are more even and patient reported less pain. After second treatment harmony and balance is restored and there was even less pain reported. This is just a glance at one anatomical section and it should be noted that this was a small finding of a much larger picture Chiropractic adjustments have a physiological effect that can cause surrounding musculature to RELAX. This helps to: – RESTORE balance which IMPROVES posture, – restore motion, – DECREASE neck and shoulder pain, – decrease muscle weakness – REHABILITATE FUNCTION of a joint, joint complex and biokinetic chain. #chiropracticrocks #balance #harmony #painisnotnormal #weaknessisnotnormal #feelingunbalancedisnotnormal #liveoptimally #getitfixed #getadjusted Facebook Instagram

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How a chiropractor can help with back, shoulder and knee pain this winter!

PROBLEM Many patients complain of knee, shoulder or other joint pain just prior to a cold front or during colder months and have recently asked me about this. Is this a painful superpower that arthritic patients have to estimate the arrival of a cold front is there science to it? SCIENTIFIC EXPLANATION A cold front by definition is when the atmospheric pressure steadily decreases so that the cold, dry air can lift the warm moist air to effectively lower the temperature. This is why before I even feel a chill in the air, your painful joint could respond to this atmospheric pressure changes. When this happens, joint stability decreases due to the atmospheric/air pressure decrease. Atmospheric pressure is the primary external force that affects joint stability. When air pressure decreases, there is less air pressure that pushes against the body. This allows tissues to expand.  Expanded tissues can put pressure on joints and cause pain. SOLUTION Frequent chiropractic care.  This is a safe and natural treatment protocol which includes chiropractic adjustments, mobilisations and soft tissue work that will help combat and assist in reducing: stiffness, soreness and pain associated with joint and muscle pain. WHAT CAN WE DO AT HOME TO AID IN PAIN RELIEF IN BETWEEN CHIROPRACTIC SESSIONS? Above and beyond chiropractic treatment, there are other actions that you can take to take care of your body this winter:  Warm-up and stretch before and after outdoor activities Dress warmly when going outdoors Limit cold-weather exposure time Maintain an active lifestyle  Eating healthy foods Facebook Instagram

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