Over the past weekend, I was asked a couple of questions on Facebook. The first was what stretching exercises can I do as I spend too much time at a desk and my neck hurts? The second was can upper back muscles pain affect the lower back? These two questions are quite well linked and I’ll answer them both here.
So firstly, we’ll answer the question on how sitting at a desk can affect the neck and back and what can be done to correct this. The primary reason for back and neck problems from desk sitting is mostly due to gravity. As gravity weighs on us, its effect is to compress the joints which in turn can generate pain. The proper posture for sitting at a desk is to sit upright with head up. For this, your computer would need to be at eye level. This helps your back and neck and the chances of getting in too much pain from this is small.
At Back Pain Relief Center here in Myrtle Beach, the majority of the patients we see are with back conditions (which makes sense as it’s part of our name). We’ve helped many people out of pain, but even if we can’t help them ourselves, we do refer on to the most appropriate care for their backs. Sometimes what we do cannot help and they need further treatment. The majority of patients we see have back problems due to decompression. So their joints are decompressed due to an injury, trauma, degeneration, age, poor posture or simply age.
Did you know that there are over 100,000 chiropractors practicing around the world? This includes your Myrtle Beach Chiropractor too! Chiropractic care has been proven to be successful because of its low risk rates, especially compared to pain meds and surgery. Just in our Myrtle Beach practice, we have helped hundreds of people out of pain and back into their daily routines.
Let’s take a look at some studies which back this information up.
- The word ‘chiropractic’ comes from the Greek words cheir (hand) and praktis (to do). Together, it means ‘done by hand.’
- After medical and dentist, chiropractors are the third most common field of doctor.
- 27 million adjustments are done yearly in the world. This means that one million adjustments are done per day, 125,000 adjustments are done by year, 125,000 adjustments are done per hour, and 2,100 adjustments are done per minute!
- A lot of sports professionals use chiropractic care. Every NFL team has a chiropractor who treats the players for any injuries.
Check out these stats:
- In medical treatment, 56 percent of patients saw a 30 percent decrease in pain over a four week treatment period. 94 percent of chiropractic patients saw this same amount of 30 percent pain reduction over the same four week period.
- Medicare would save 84 million dollars per year if patients saw a chiropractor instead of a doctor.
- Chiropractic care risks are very low, where as pain killers are proven to be very dangerous.
It’s pretty clear that treatment for back pain should probably start with a chiropractor. No invasive or pain killers, but conservative care that looks to solve the cause rather than the symptoms.
Try these stretching technique videos to help your neck and back.
Cracking and chiropractors go hand in hand. This alone puts many people off visiting a chiropractor because they think that all chiros do is crack bones. While it is true through manual manipulations, cracking is often heard, this isn’t the be all and end all of the treatment. And cracking isn’t what many people think it is anyway, as I’ll show later in this post.
So first things first, what are we hoping to achieve with chiropractic care?
The ultimate goal is to get you out of pain. Pain starts by the joints being compressed and then becoming dysfunctional. This could happen through injury, trauma or simply poor posture. As the joint compresses, it becomes dysfunctional, muscles around it react and tighten, scar tissue builds up as friction occurs which results in inflammation and pain. The goal of chiropractic care is to loosen the joints and enable proper range of motion which ultimately lessens inflammation and pain.