This time of year it’s easy to get stuck indoors. With colder weather and less to do, it’s harder to get out and move. Often this leads to folks feeling less than optimal, and is often the time of year when many chronic spinal issues tend to flare up. Without nice weather and activities to distract us, that nagging pain in our feet, hips, hands, back and head seems much more apparent.
Then you notice it: you’re not just in pain now, but you have been for months! Fortunately as a chiropractor that has been working with happy patients for years, I know that these 5 things below are often why you’re not feeling your best. What’s more, I can show you how Structural Chiropractic (the modality I practice) can specifically heal your pain, and get you to a place even better than you were before.
1. Your spine isn’t in alignment
Your spine is the main support structure of your entire skeleton. Therefore, if your spine isn’t properly aligned, many health issues can occur from muscle atrophy and severe pain, or migraines and more. Dr. Josh will always start your care with an assessment of your spine so he can assess your situation and get you out of pain as fast as possible.
2. Loss of spinal posture can cause a host of issues
When your spine is out of alignment, your body will have a cascade of issues that radiate down the “kinetic chain.” Therefore a spinal alignment problem can manifest itself in an overworked knee, or a hip that gets inflamed after a long day’s work. If you have pain, trace it back to the source!
3. You’re Sitting Poorly
Often times, even among fit and active people, poor sitting posture can be a main culprit for injury or chronic pain. Sitting in chairs, staring at screens, and many other “normal” everyday duties and tasks are actually very damaging to our posture, and can lead to a large number of issues that will show themselves months or years later. Sitting with proper posture will at the very least mitigate the damage you’re experiencing while sitting.
4. You’re Sitting Too Much (And/Or Not Walking Enough)
If at all possible, don’t sit! Standing desks hold the benefit of not only increased spinal health, but also standing desk workers report a 40% better overall mood versus their seated counterparts.
If a standing desk isn’t your thing (or it’s not allowed where you work) then a brisk walk during lunch or after work can help to move your hips and spine back to where they need to be.
5. Your Pelvis Is Tilted
A common symptom of sitting too much is pelvic tilt. Pelvic tilt often occurs when muscles surrounding and supporting the pelvis over strengthen, or lengthen, and therefore pull the hips either in an anterior or posterior motion. This means your hips are pulling everything else out of wack! A structural chiropractor with years of experience will be specifically suited to help reset your hip position and get you back to a healthy, pain-free you.
If you’re looking for a chiropractor who accepts all major insurances including Regence, Primera, and Aetna, then call your in-network insurance rep, or our office at (office Phone Number) and we’ll make you an appointment!