Month: November 2019

There are many good reasons to see a chiropractor, and today we’re going to focus on 5 GREAT reasons to do so!

1] Less Reliance on Medication

The pharmaceutical industry gets a really bad rap these days, especially after the opioid epidemic debacle. In so many cases patients DO need to take drugs to manage their pain; but so often doctors prescribe pain medication before testing alternatives. This is where a good chiropractor comes in.

If you find yourself a good chiropractor in your area, he or she may be able to help you reduce your pain medication usage, and in some cases put an end to meds altogether. Furthermore, you may find that the costs of a chiropractor are far less than your medication bills AND you don’t have to deal with any side affects!

2] Back Pain (of course)

I know it goes without saying, but back pain has to be high on the list of reasons for seeing your friendly chiropractor. Some patients’ lives are greatly improved by weekly visits to get their spine adjusted. Your humble narrator used to see a chiropractor twice a week for around two years!

Depending on your ailments, you may only need to go for treatments once a month, whereas some patients go for appointments quarterly to have everything realigned. It always amazes me how much better I feel physically and emotionally after I’ve finished my chiropractor appointment.

Perhaps it has something to do with the aspect of being physically touched and cared for…whatever the reason, I’ve noticed a sense of feeling good every time I leave the office.

3] To Improve Your Sleep

Sleep is SO IMPORTANT for many reasons (short list):

  • concentration and productivity
  • heart & internal organ health
  • weight control
  • immune system
  • sense of well being

If you have trouble sleeping due to back pain (or even slight back discomfort) it’s definitely a good idea to see a chiropractor to see if you can get things back on track.

With just a weekly visit to a reputable chiropractor with good reviews, you may be able to avoid self medication or sleep aids to get a good sleep.

If you’re losing sleep due to stress and worry, your chiropractor visits may help with that as well. Once again…it’s much better than using pharmaceuticals and dealing with the side effects that come with them.

You can see why the reduction of medication is #1 on our list.

4] Total Mind & Body Health

An excellent chiropractor can help their patients in many ways. Often much better than a typical appointment to their MD; where so often they’re whisked into a room, wait for bit, get a prescription, and get shown the door.

A chiropractor is literally hands on. If they’re highly experienced, they can reduce pain and discomfort, give you a sense of well-being, provide advice, and help you understand how you can protect your body on a daily basis.

We’re not saying a chiropractor is the cure-all (far from it), but in combination with a good GP, your own due diligence, and some education, you can greatly improve your life.

Total mind and body health is the ultimate goal, and something most people don’t even attempt to achieve. But if you are serious about feeling your very best and getting the very most out of life you’ll add chiropractor visits to your routine.

5] Car Accident Recovery

When you’re unlucky enough to be in a car accident you may have chronic pain. A really good chiropractor can feel like a lifesaver, as they can greatly reduce your pain and discomfort, while providing ideal exercise plans to help you during your recovery.

Even a small fender bender can throw out your neck and/or back to the point where you’re in constant pain, losing sleep, and popping pills like a Grateful Dead groupie on a binge.

And it’s not just back and neck injuries you could be struggling with. Hips, knees, elbows, wrists, or pinched nerves can be causing a lot of pain; greatly decreasing your quality of life.

And if the above ailments aren’t enough, when your body has been damaged from a car accident you may be suffering from extreme headaches. In fact, some headache sufferers visit a chiropractor for that reason only!

In Closing

If you’ve never been to see a good chiropractor, or EVER had an appointment before, you are in for a real treat. You might find out you’ve become so accustomed to discomfort that you’ve long forgotten what feeling good is like.

It happens.

Take some personal inventory, and closely pay attention to how your body feels. Do you have any nagging aches or pains? Are you waking up in the middle of the night and you don’t know why?

It’s worth going to a chiropractor at least once a month to get an adjustment or have your body attended to by a professional.

Yours in health, from all of us @ Kingdom Chiropractic

Dr. Fredrick Williams / Founder of Kingdom Chiropractic / Tampa Florida

Figuring out the causes of back pain and how sleeping could be the cause?

Let’s talk about it!

We spend one-third of our 24-hour cycle sleeping, which makes us certain that this past time should always be comfortable and pain-free. And yet, so many people still wake up in the morning with terrible aches in pains that they just can’t shake.

How is it possible that when we are in our most relaxed state, we are doing some kind of harm to ourselves?

You’d be surprised by the answer.

There are a handful of reasons that you could be waking up with a sore back. In fact, you might even be partaking in more than one of them!

Qualified chiropractors in Tampa Florida see it all the time; hundreds upon thousands of people come in for back pain treatment.

The good news, is that there are solutions for your ailments. The following are the 5 reasons you’re waking up with a sore back, as well as solutions to help reverse the pain.

1) Sleeping On Your Stomach

We all have our sleep position preferences, but some of us are doing more harm than good. That’s because back pain is often caused by forcing the spine out of its natural curve, and this is common when people sleep on their stomach.

Stomach sleepers are putting their spine into an awkward position, and keeping it there for up to 8 hours at a time. Not only can this be a cause for a sore back, but it can also cause soreness in the neck and potential headaches.

Solution: Even if you’ve always slept on your stomach, now is the time to change that. To make the transition easier, utilize a pillow. When you’re on your side, put a pillow between your knees.

If you’re sleeping on your back, place a pillow underneath your knees instead. This will help to keep the spine in a more natural, curved position, and help to relieve that additional stress you’ve been putting on it.

2) Quality of Your Mattress

When you invest in a quality mattress, you’re investing in your health. That’s because the right mattress will support your back, as opposed to making it impossible for you to get comfortable or fall into a natural position.

It is suggested to look for a mattress that is medium-firm, so that you’re not sleeping on anything that is too hard or too soft. A hard mattress will make you stiff, and a soft mattress will bend your spinal curve more than it needs.

Solution: Test out multiple mattresses in-store, and choose the one that has a good balance between hard and soft. Additionally, you might try looking for eco-friendly mattress options, which can provide odor and chemical-free support that can be good for your overall health.

3) Embracing the Day the Right Way

It’s not always easy to remember, but the way you get out of bed in the morning can actually have ramifications for the health of your back.

For a lot of us, mornings tend to make us feel a little stiff. And yet, when we rise to get out of bed, we sit up straight, twist our back, and use our back to help us get out of bed.

Even the smallest movements can cause discomfort to the back, so we need to be mindful as soon as we wake up.

Solution: Be mindful in the morning. When you’re ready to get out of bed, turn onto your side, and use your arm to push yourself into a seated position. Come to the end of the bed using your legs, instead of your back.

4) Your Pillow Choice

Believe it or not, the pillow you choose to sleep with can have a negative effect on your back. That’s because a pillow that isn’t properly supporting your neck can cause you to strain your neck and shoulder muscles.

As a result, your back is forced into a tight and uncomfortable position, which can worsen over time. Keep in mind, your spine often suffers when other parts of your body are suffering, and giving your back time to rest properly is very important.

Solution: To keep your spine aligned and straight while you sleep, an orthopedic pillow can help. This particular pillow style helps to correct the placement of the neck and spine when lying in bed or on any other surface.

5) Existing Illnesses

The spine is often the truth-teller of existing illnesses in your body. Even if you sleep on a supportive mattress and use orthopedic pillows, some illnesses can cause lower back pain.

Some of these illnesses include:

  • Vitamin D Deficiency (Osteomalacia): Aching back bones can be a sign of low vitamin D
  • Fibromyalgia: A neurological disorder that can cause pain all over the body
  • Chronic low-grade inflammation: This kind of problem can worsen with age if not treated

Solution: If you’ve tried everything to assist your back during sleep, then another unknown illness could be the cause of your discomfort. If this pertains to you, consider seeing your doctor to get to the bottom of your back pain woes.

Back in Business

We rely on our backs to help us with a whole slew of processes, including our balance, our strength, and our posture. Unfortunately, we rarely give our backs the love that they deserve for all that hard work.

Even if you’re not experiencing back pain, it’s a great idea to practice daily back health.

This includes warming up before activities, stretching, and strengthening the abdominal area to avoid unnecessary injuries. An active lifestyle can also help to keep the back limber so that when you wake up in the morning you feel strong, and ready to go!

About the author: This article was written by Jennifer Bennet from Santa Cruz Natural Mattress.

Let’s face it. Life is rough…

On your back!

As we grow from children into adulthood, we take a lot of chances; risking our bodies in many ways; like playing sports, in the playgrounds, on the fields, or just running down the alley from your parent’s back gate to the street.

In fact, most all Americans are faced with back pain or injury as some stage of their lives. Some people get really unlucky and suffer severe back pain, and/or end up with a spinal disease they’re forced to live with on a daily basis.

When you look at the data, it’s no wonder back problems are such a drain on our health care system.

So how can we avoid back pain and spinal injuries?

5 Ways To Protect Your Back

Number 1.) Take regular walks: I know, I know…you’re sick of hearing about how great walking is for your health, and you might be a person who doesn’t enjoy walking. If that’s you, try this:

Step outside your home and walk only one block. Stop, take a deep breath and walk back home. The next day do the same thing. After many days of doing this, try walking two blocks. Then stay at two for awhile.

Then keep progressing. What happens here is you make walking a habit. Getting changed, putting on your shoes, and breathing in fresh air will become something you’ll look forward to.

By starting off slow, you’re removing the fear of discomfort that comes from taking a long walk when you’re out of shape.

Number 2.) Keep your weight down to a dull roar: This is why walking was number 1 on our list. If you gain too much weight your spine can develop a tilt and start absorbing your weight unevenly. This can lead to many other issues, such curvature of the spine, disc problems, etc.

Number 3.) Make sure you lift properly: This can’t be overstated, and that’s why you’ve been hearing this mantra your entire life. If you lift anything heavy always make sure you’re wearing foot wear that has traction, you’re not a on a slippery surface, and never twist as you’re lifting.

Your humble narrator ended up with a prolonged back injury (herniated disc) from changing a heavy tire break on a 737. The floor was slippery with oil, my boots were old and worn, my back was in a hunched position, and I twisted around with the 140 pound break and slipped. Basically, I did everything wrong you can think of…

…and I paid the price. Still paying the price somewhat, and it’s now 20 years later. Like I mention at the bottom of this post, be careful out there.

Number 4.) Never sit with bad posture: The torque load on your spine and discs is much higher when you’re sitting. This is why the age-old mantra of “sit up straight” is so common. Watch to make sure you never sit with poor posture, and if you have to sit for extended periods of time, be sure to get up and move around at least every 45 minutes (if you can).

If you’re traveling long distances this may not be possible, but whenever you can find a moment, get up and stretch out your legs and body.

Number 5.) Strengthen your core muscles: There are many different exercises you can do to strengthen your core (stomach) muscles, and some of them are even fun and relaxing.

Just be sure that when you do these core strengthening exercises you do them correctly and safely. If you don’t take care when exercising your core muscles you could end up hurting your back. Not helping it.

Be Careful

And there is one more very important method of protecting your back and spine that I’ve rarely ever seen published online; and it’s very simple.

JUST BE CAREFUL!

Yes. I know that sound contrite, but the sooner in life you realize that you need to be mindful, and careful with your body, the better off you’ll be.

Just a few examples:

  • Don’t climb ladders that look dodgy
  • Don’t work on a roof if you’re not in good shape
  • Don’t sit in a position if it’s causing you pain.
  • Don’t drink too much alcohol as it impairs your balance
  • Don’t be hero on moving day – get help

I’ll give you an example. I had a friend who was always rough on his body. He over-worked and over-played all the time. Eventually he had to get knee surgery, and these are the first two things he did after healing:

  1. he learned how to skydive
  2. he jumped off the back of his truck

The jump from the truck destroyed his new knee, and he spent over a year trying to recover. They did multiple surgeries, and he had to fight off a dangerous out-of-control infection as well. He never did fully recover, and he has a permanent limp (not to mention daily swelling).

So like the old sayings go…

Take it easy, and take care!

And always, before I go, I just want end leaving you with my very biased opinion that my boss Dr. Fredrick is one of THE best chiropractors in Florida. A bold statement I know, but it’s fact I believe to be true. 😉