If you’re looking for help with back or neck pain, chiropractic care is an option that comes up a lot.
It is primarily viewed as a non-medical alternative approach with specialists trained in diagnosing musculoskeletal disorders. Treatments offered include pain relief for the back, neck, muscles, and joints, as well as improving function.
Dr. Matt Kan, Senior Consultant and Chief Executive of Chiropractic First shares his thoughts on working attitudes from home, whether children can benefit from chiropractic care, and more.
Working from the bed or couch can cause posture problems, but it’s so comfortable. Are There Ways To Avoid Back Pain?
To reduce the strain on your legs, back and neck, you should use an ergonomic foot platform. The footrest helps you to sit in a good working position at the desk.
Use old books to increase the height of your monitor or use a laptop extender so that the height of your monitor is above eye level. This forces you to sit up straight and prevents you from sliding any deeper.
Ergonomic chairs and standing desks help us maintain better posture, but only to a limited extent.
With standing desks, we may still practice poor posture for reasons such as curvature, raised wrists, and tense shoulders from computer height.
To relieve tension in your shoulders and keep them relaxed, try placing your keyboard and mouse on your lap while seated.
Using the right furniture helps a little with our posture, but doesn’t necessarily correct it.
Your body can still be in pain and condition can worsen and therefore you will need to make chiropractic adjustments as they will reduce stress on the spine and help maintain healthy posture over the long term.
How about regular yoga? It helps keep my body balanced and aligned.
Yoga poses like the downward facing dog can help relieve headaches, while stretching your neck from side to side can improve your flexibility and relieve pain.
However, without professional supervision, stretching or yoga can worsen existing problems if done incorrectly or too vigorously.
When should I see a chiropractor?
It’s never too early to start. Newborns have had spinal adjustments, especially after difficult or traumatic births.
Uncorrected birth trauma creates pressure on the spine or neck that affects the growth and development of the spine. This ignorance leads the newborn away from optimal health.
The introduction of chiropractic as a way of life includes regular checkups and visits to ensure functional independence and tolerance for daily activities.
Interrupting the chiropractic adjustments leads to a build-up of stress on the spine and nervous system. The stress on the spine and nerves will build up as before and will not be reduced or eliminated.
If the stress is not relieved, your body and general health will suffer. Therefore, regular maintenance is strongly recommended to keep your spinal health optimal at all times.
Do Children Need Chiropractic?
We recommend having your child checked for subluxation as early as possible, when a joint isn’t working as it should.
Adjusting early on can minimize or even eliminate any impact that jolts and falls (and even the birthing process) can have on our spinal joints. Much of the degeneration we see later in life is the result of past trauma.
As the child grows, learning to hold their head up, sit, crawl, and walk are all activities that affect spinal alignment and are important times for a chiropractic doctor to examine a child.
Chiropractic is extremely safe for infants and children. Doctors use gentle adjustments and pediatric techniques that require light pressure on the fingertips to correct any spine misalignment.
Chiropractic looks painful. Is it really?
If you’ve heard the pops and pops from a chiropractic adjustment, it’s easy to assume that it is a sign of pain.
But on the contrary. These noises are made when the joints are opened and the fluid releases gas between the joints.
However, not all chiropractic adjustments guarantee an audible pop because every doctor can use different chiropractic adjustment techniques. The truth is, after making adjustments, you are most likely to experience immediate relief from pain or discomfort.
How can chiropractic care contribute to overall health and help overcome the pressures of the pandemic?
Chiropractic works with the spine and improves flow in the central nervous system, which can improve overall body functions.
Regular chiropractic adjustments can help reduce stress on the vertebrae, and realigning the spine will help reduce compression on the nerves. It also helps in improving the quality of sleep, thus increasing concentration, mood and performance.
The pandemic has kept many of us at home, increasing the chances of us moving into more sedentary lifestyles.
With such a lifestyle come effects like body aches and discomfort. These problems can be addressed with chiropractic adjustments that can help relieve tension in our bodies.
This article was first published in Singapore Women’s Weekly (www.womensweekly.com.sg).