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4 Tips to Keep Your Aging Spine Healthy

Getting older isn’t always bad news for your back and spine. Aging can mean different things for different people. Nowadays, it’s not uncommon to see older adults running marathons, hiking up mountains, launching a new business or even keeping up with the latest TikTok dances.

Staying active while aging is only possible if you’re healthy. A maturing body can experience increased aches, pains and joint stiffness, especially in the back or shoulders. Many of us assume this discomfort just goes with the territory. But it doesn’t have to be a natural side-effect of getting older.

Here are tips on how to keep your spine in the best possible condition:

Tip 1: Good Posture is Everything
Studies show that maintaining a strong, erect posture leads to a healthy spine. When you walk, try to keep your back in a neutral position. Avoid slouching when sitting, and maintain an ergonomic position when working on your computer. When possible, stabilize your back by tucking in your pelvis whether sitting or standing.

Tip 2: Lift with Caution
Improper lifting technique is a common cause of back injury. Whether the object is heavy or manageable, lifting with poor form can take a serious toll. Try bending at the knees, rather than the waist, when attempting to lift something.

Tip 3: Increase Strength with Exercise
When it comes to your spinal health, exercise helps your back’s ligaments and tendons remain flexible for a variety of movements. Consider adding core exercises to your routine to help improve mobility and strengthen overall spine support. 

Tip 4:  Prioritize Your Overall Well Being

Chiropractic care is one of the best ways to take care of your body and promote a healthy lifestyle. Consistent treatment helps alleviate muscle tightness, improve spinal health and alignment, and address early signs of serious back issues. 

Whether you’re physically active or enjoying the simple pleasures of life, your spine doesn’t have to slow you down. A healthy spine is key for maintaining a good quality of life, energy and enthusiasm. If you need a chiropractic appointment, contact our clinic in Clinton, MD. 

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Top Workplace Ergonomics Tips

As a child, you may have heard someone tell you to “sit up straight, don’t slouch, keep both feet flat on the ground and keep your head up.” At the time, you didn’t realize these instructions would be valuable in workplace. But they are as relevant today as they were back then.

In today’s work environment, many of us are sitting longer at computers and other workstations. The longer we sit, the more prone we are to back and shoulder pain. However, despite the discomfort, very few of us are thinking about proper workplace ergonomics.

Workplace ergonomics can play a key role in helping to treat and prevent pain and injuries. Ergonomics means “fitting a job to a person” and when that is done correctly, it can help lessen muscle fatigue, increase productivity, and reduce the number and severity of work-related injuries.

Some of the common injuries are carpal tunnel syndrome (wrist), low-back pain, tendinitis (an inflammation in arm or leg), bursitis (inflammation in shoulder or elbow), neck pain and headaches.

  1. Fortunately, these are treatable with ergonomic adjustments, such as:
    Sitting up straight: Good posture helps prevent injury and pain while improving your mood and reducing stress on your muscles, joints, and spine.
  2. Adjusting chair position: The chair’s height should allow your feet to rest flat on the floor and knees at a 90° angle.
  3. Adjusting your screen: The screen should be adjusted to the proper level so that your eyes are level with or slightly higher than the top of the monitor.
  4. Standing and stretching: To maintain proper workplace ergonomics, take breaks to move and stretch frequently.

If you feel that you’re suffering from musculoskeletal issues or back pain, you may benefit from a chiropractic adjustment. Contact our office today to request your appointment.

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No pain, no problem: 5 Reasons athletes need chiropractor care

If you’re an athlete, you probably wait until an injury occurs before visiting a chiropractor. But the truth is that you can, and should, seek chiropractic care before pain strikes. In fact, regular chiropractic visits may even help you prevent injuries from happening in the first place. 

According to the American Chiropractic Association, approximately 90% of world-class athletes use chiropractic care to help increase performance and prevent sports-related pain. If it works for top athletes, it makes sense that amateur athletes, gym enthusiasts, afternoon golfers, low-impact athletes, weekend warriors, and child athletes should do the same. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting a healthy lifestyle journey, playing recreationally, or at the top of your game in your chosen sport—chiropractic care offers incredible benefits to improve overall health and fitness level.

 Here are 5 reasons to visit a chiropractor:

    • Faster Workout Recovery – Chiropractic care helps improve your overall body function and speed up your recovery time, making the most of every workout you complete.

    • Increases Range of Motion – Part of athletic performance hinges upon your range of motion. Regular chiropractic treatment can help you increase flexibility through regular adjustments to keep muscles and joints limber.

    • Prepares for Competition or Games – Staying in top-notch shape is key for any competition or games. This means identifying any abnormal or faulty movements that can lead to injury. Chiropractic care keeps you in prime shape and helps you cope with the inherent wear and tear involved in any sport.

    • Helps Promote Faster Healing – Chiropractic adjustments of tendons, muscles, ligaments, and bones help your body align well and promote adequate healing.

    • Improves Asymmetries and Performance – Physically demanding activities may also cause issues like muscle imbalances or spinal misalignment. With regular adjustments, you can improve your posture and keep your spines functioning properly.

If you are an athlete and would like to maximize your body’s health and performance, give us a call at Dr. Anane of Spine Wellness Center in Clinton, MD. Visit us for a chiropractic evaluation.

Visiting the Chiropractor While Pregnant

During pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through countless physical and hormonal changes that are needed to provide a healthy environment for a growing baby. The changes not only cause discomfort, such as pain and nausea, but in some cases, lead to protracted labors and difficult deliveries.  The good news is that regular visits to the chiropractor can bring relief to the discomfort of pregnancy and potential difficulties of the birthing process.   

There is no need to stop seeing a chiropractor once you become pregnant, in fact, if you are not getting regular adjustments from a licensed chiropractor, during pregnancy is a great time to start. A trained practitioner may use tables that adjust to a pregnant woman’s growing belly and techniques that avoid putting unneeded pressure on the abdomen, which will allow you to experience the benefits of spinal adjustments during all three trimesters.   

As your baby progresses and becomes heavier, your center of gravity shifts, leading to changes in your posture. These changes are attributed to the aches and pains commonly felt by expectant mothers. Adjustments by a chiropractor may help manage pain in your back, hips and joints by re-establishing balance and alignment to your pelvis and spine. This will not only help you feel better, but can have benefits for your baby as well. When your pelvis is balanced and aligned, your baby will have less intrauterine constraint and make it easier for him or her to move into the best position for birth, which is rear-facing with head down. This may lead to a faster, easier labor and delivery.

Another benefit a chiropractor can provide is to help alleviate nausea, one of the most common pregnancy symptoms, especially in the first trimester. A spinal alignment can improve nervous system functions, leading to a healthier hormone balance that can lessen or eliminate nausea. If your nausea is being caused by heartburn and indigestion, a chiropractor can use techniques to help improve digestive issues. Not only may your nausea lessen, but improved nervous and digestive systems will lead to an overall healthier pregnancy. 

It is always recommended that you consult with your doctor before receiving chiropractic treatment. If you are experiencing placenta previa or placenta abruption, an ectopic pregnancy, or have moderate to severe toxemia, chiropractic treatment is not typically recommended.  While all chiropractors are trained on how to treat pregnant woman, there are some who specialize in the practice. Ask your practitioner for more details.   

At Spine Wellness Center, we strive to provide the highest level of chiropractic and care for the entire family. If you’re interested in a prenatal or postnatal chiropractic exam or want to learn more about our Clinton, MD practice, now is the perfect time to give us a call and learn more about the pros and cons of chiropractic services while pregnant.

Spine Wellness Center Dry Needling

Dry Needling – Pinpoint Your Pain

Spine Wellness Center is passionate about providing a wide range of services to take care of our patients, and help them heal, the best way we know how. We are now proud to offer Dry Needling, a safe and effective treatment for musculoskeletal injuries and other intramuscular conditions.

Dry Needling is a form of therapy that involves small, stainless steel filiform needles that are “dry” (without any form of medication), being inserted into the trigger point associated with the area of your body causing you discomfort. Once the trigger point is “deactivated”, the surrounding muscle can relax and start to function more naturally. It can relieve pain and muscle cramping, and can help increase blood flow, thus assisting your body in the path to recovery. Dry Needling can also release toxins that may be built up in the tissue and causing a blockage, which can then allow for oxygen circulation to occur that had previously been limited.  It is the increase in blood flow and oxygen combined that contribute towards healing the injured tissue and muscle.

The needles can reach places that traditional massage or other techniques cannot, and serve as a vehicle in helping to relieve tension contributing to directly and indirectly related ailments.  It can be used to assist with everything from migraines, to sciatica and inflamed tissues, and is a great option for people from all walks of life.  Dry Needling can be appreciated by everyone from athletes that pushed a little too hard, to office workers cramped at their desks, to aging adults with aches and pains. If you have a fear of needles, rest assured that the pain often experienced from needles used in vaccines and bloodwork is not the same here. A tiny tube is used to help guide the needle in quickly, and many people report no pain upon needle entry.

It is often thought that Dry Needling is another form of acupuncture, but the only similarity is the use of the needles. Acupuncture is a traditional form of Eastern Medicine that focuses on Chi, the balance of energy, however, Dry Needling is a form of rehabilitation being sought after by doctors that primarily practice Western Medicine as a way to heal an injury.

The benefits can be seen in a matter of just a few visits, and in some cases, relief is experienced a day or two after the treatment. It also may enhance other treatments or exercises that have provided limited results before. Dry Needling is often recommended as a part of a comprehensive treatment plan established by your trusted Chiropractor, and is usually not considered to stand on its own as a singular solution.

We would love to help you learn more and explore your options to see whether Dry Needling should be a recommended part of your treatment plan. Our team takes the time to assess your well-being before, during, and after treatment, so you always know what to expect.

Don’t sit around suffering in pain – call us today or click to reserve your appointment now!