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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.

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The Chiropractor’s Take on Working from Home

During the Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent social distancing regulations, many employees have been asked to work from home with little to no advance notice.  Consequently, people are now hunched over kitchen tables or awkwardly seated on living room sofas while spending hours on a computer.  Obviously, these working conditions are not ideal without the ergonomic comforts of a proper desk and office equipment that many lack in their homes, which can lead to a literal pain in the neck.  To combat the discomforts that at-home work environments can bring, here are a few tips:

 

  1. Designate a separate workspace

Your workspace should not be on the couch or in the bed. These places of leisure are not conducive for optimal concentration and work productivity. Instead, set up a separate workstation that will minimize distractions and give you the best possible ergonomic conditions.  You should be able to sit or stand at a table that keeps your computer screen at eye level and your arms parallel to the floor.  If you are sitting, your thighs should also be parallel to the floor and your chair should have lumbar back support, if possible.

  1. Practice good posture

Sitting on soft surfaces promotes bad posture, which will lead to back and neck pain among other issues. However, even more structured seating does not guarantee good posture without being mindful of how your spine is positioned.  Remember to keep both feet on the floor while working and to avoid slouching.  Your head and neck should be in a neutral position while facing the computer screen, with your ears positioned directly above your shoulders.

  1. Take frequent breaks

Frequent breaks relax both your mind and body.  After an hour or two of sitting in the same position with your eyes glued to a computer screen, it is important to have a change of scenery. These breaks are easier in the office as you attend in-person meetings and chat with co-workers in break areas, but are just as important at home.  Schedule them if need be, but make sure they are a part of your daily routine.  During these breaks, try to stretch and get the blood circulating throughout your body.

  1. Get moving

Your daily steps will naturally decrease while working from home due to the close proximity of the bathroom and kitchen, and the ability to participate in virtual meetings from the comfort of your workspace. To compensate for this, incorporate daily walks, runs, or other forms of exercise.  Not only will you see a physical benefit of the extra movement, but exercise has been shown to decrease stress and elevate your mood.  These are great benefits when dealing with the current environment.

  1. Manage stress

More can be done to manage stress than just exercising. You should establish realistic expectations of how productive you will be while working from home and taking care of children or other familial responsibilities.  You can also limit the amount of time spent watching the 24-hour news cycle, and instead, take time to listen to music, read a book or start a new hobby.  The decrease in stress will lessen the tension in your muscles and help to prevent minor aches and pains.

The steps outlined above take little time to implement, but can make a huge difference in how you feel both throughout the day, and longer term.

Spine Wellness Center in Clinton, MD is committed to providing chiropractic tips and care for you and your family. Contact us today if you have any questions and be sure to take advantage of our free consultation.

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A Healthy Spine in the New Year

Common New Year’s resolutions include eating healthier and exercising more, but in obtaining good health, we often forget to address the backbone of our bodies, literally.  A healthy spine is the key to a properly functioning body that is needed to maintain an active lifestyle. Here are 5 tips you can follow this year to ensure the health of your spine.  

  1. Good posture: Proper posture starts with keeping your back straight, chest out, and shoulders back to avoid slouching. When sitting, your chair should be at a height that allows your feet to rest flat on the ground with your knees at a 90 degree angle. When lifting heavy objects off the ground, bend your knees and use your legs and abdominal muscles, not your back. Hold objects close to your body when carrying them. Do not lift heavy objects that are above waist level.
  2. Ergonomic working conditions: When using a computer, your keyboard should not be more than an arm’s length away from your body. Your arms and elbows should rest comfortably on your desk or the arm of your chair with your wrists in a neural position. The computer monitor should be at a height that keeps your neck straight and your eyes looking forward, not up or down.   
  3. Proper workout form: Ask a professional trainer to teach you the proper way to perform each exercise and start with a weight you are comfortable lifting 12 to 15 times. Maintain proper breathing and incorporate adequate rest between movements.
  4. Adequate movement: Avoid sitting or standing in the same position for more than 30 minutes at a time. Take frequent walk breaks throughout the day and drink plenty of water.
  5. Visiting the chiropractor:  Last, but certainly not least, make an appointment to see a licensed chiropractor. Routine adjustments can correct misalignments and imbalances before they cause issues such as back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, herniated disks, and pinched nerves, just to name a few. Properly functioning nerves, muscles, and joints all start with an aligned spine and end with a healthier you. If you are in the Clinton, MD area, call Dr. Anane today and be on your way to a healthier lifestyle this year!