Dealing with any type of body pain can debilitate your daily life and make normal, routine tasks much more difficult to perform. Do you cringe at the idea of walking up a large set of stairs? What happens when you drop a pen? Have you bailed out of that pick-up basketball game recently? It may be time to see someone about that. Remember that your health and wellness is the backbone (pun intended) to live a happy life. Ideally, we want to get ahead of these pains through check-ups with your primary physician and regular visits to your chiropractor; however, we get so busy sometimes that they sneak into your life unexpectedly and then treatment becomes necessary. As addictive opiates and prescription medications continue to dominate pain management in the United States, you may want to consider natural remedies to the aches and strains by meeting with a trained professional. If your chiropractor isn’t already on speed-dial, here are eight signs that it’s time to call for that initial appointment.
You Were In An Auto Collision—
In Georgia, in 2015, there were almost 20,000 serious injuries related to traffic collisions, among a total of 385,000 crashes. These unfortunate instances can immediately cause severe pain to your neck and back, the most notorious being whiplash– where the neck violently and suddenly jerks one-way putting extreme pressure on the spine, and potentially affecting joints, discs, and muscles. However, pieces of these injuries could linger late into your life, as well. If you’ve been in a vehicular accident in the past you may not realize the long-term effects that can silently wreak havoc on your body, especially regarding the neck.
Look to your left. Look to your right. Look up. Look down. Bob your head to that new catchy tune. Do any of those motions make your neck feel tight or restricted, or cause pain? It may be time to pick up that phone and make an appointment. Neck pain is one of the most commonly reported conditions of new and returning patients. Chiropractors are specifically trained to manipulate your spine in order to improve neck mobility and decrease tension. A 2007 report from the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics showed that patients who experienced spinal manipulation reported highly improved, pain-free neck movement.
Back pain is a very common ailment across all ages. There are many causes and reasons for it: some short term, like a quick movement when picking up a box; and some long-term, like getting karate kicked by a ninja in the back. More commonly, though, it’s due to intense physical labor at your job or during recreation that can put extra pressure on all parts of the back; and, through the years, our body slowly deteriorates with many seniors suffering from osteoporosis. The increase of technologies and unbalanced diets has also led to an increase in obesity, which puts extra pressure on the back. So, building and maintaining a strong spine will undoubtedly improve your quality of life for years. Besides physical therapies, chiropractors will advise you how to stand, lift, look at your phone and all those other small everyday changes that can impact your back health.
Lower back pain that extends down through the back of your legs and possibly to the feet could be a sign that you have Sciatica– a condition where your Sciatic nerve becomes pinched or inflamed, usually due to a herniated disc or bone spur. Some patients report feelings of pins and needles down their legs, while others refer to chronic leg cramps. The good news: Sciatica is completely treatable without surgery. Chiropractors will guide you back to health with holistic physical rehabilitation and lifestyle assistance to deal with the problem.
Stress has become much more prevalent in the current technology age. Between work and home, we spend plenty of stationary time in front of screens without realizing the effect it can have on our health. This lack of movement and constant stimuli can be a trigger for increased tension in the upper back, neck, and scalp, which can be a major cause of acute or chronic headaches. Chiropractors and wellness professionals will be able to pinpoint the origin of this tension and manipulate the spine or body area to relieve it, while also offering advice on ergonomic postures and relaxation techniques. Don’t let migraines determine how you live.
A National Health Statistics report showed that, in a three-year span, Americans aged five years and over sustained 8.6 million sports- and recreation-related injuries per year. Sports play an important factor in teamwork, physical fitness, focus, and drive, but accidents always happen. The small injuries you may have initially ignored after the game can compound and evolve over days, weeks or months. If you enter the arena or step onto the field with that slight pain, you could run the risk of snowballing the issue. Chiropractors will diagnose the ache in your muscle, joint, disc or extremity, and provide you with at-home preventative care.
You Wake Up In Pain
Have you ever accidentally fallen asleep on the couch and woken up stiff as a board? Your posture when sleeping can have a strong effect on your neck, back, and spine. This can impact your sleep cycles and result in insomnia. Proper sleep is very important for overall health, so if you’re waking up groaning with soreness then it may be time to call a chiropractor. They will be able to readjust and massage your ailments and also recommend ergonomic mattresses and pillows to prevent it from happening again. Additionally, you may not be getting enough oxygen when asleep. Some chiropractors use Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy which will help reintroduce oxygen to your bloodstream and increase energy levels and breathing patterns.
You Feel a Bit Sad
The mental anguish stemming from anxiety and stress is very common in our modern society– depression affects 40 million adults aged 18 years or older in the United States. There is no one identifiable cause for depression and self-diagnosis can be ineffective. Since the health and wellness of the body directly relate to the mind, you could be unaware of tension or pressure in your body that places the pain in the mind. Deep massage and chiropractic holistic therapies will circulate the blood and loosen that unknown tension you may be holding onto.
If you are experiencing any of these, acutely or chronically, please call Back to Balance Wellness Center at 404-378-1550 to speak to a professional and schedule an appointment. Life is only so long, don’t live it in pain.