The nervous system controls the systems and functions of the human body. A misalignment of the spinal joints can pinch the nerves and interfere with normal nerve function, thus causing health problems. Misalignment can be caused by injuries, accidents, poor posture, improper lifting, repetitive motion, poor body conditioning or even congenital conditions.
An active partnership between you and your chiropractor
can help ensure a healthy spine.
What you can do to prevent pain.
Practice Correct Posture
Stand tall, avoid slouching, balance your weight on the ball of your feet, slightly bend your knees, wear proper fitting shoes with good support. When sitting don’t move your neck forward, raise your viewing surface to eye level, sit straight.
Maintain strength and flexibility of the back, leg and abdominal muscles.
Keep feet shoulder width apart, bend at the knees, keep your stomach muscles tight. Twist with your feet when you lift, keep the load close to your body, never reach.
Good Nutrition and a Healthy Lifestyle
Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, get adequate sleep, avoid excessive alcohol, fat, stimulants and tobacco.
What you can do at home to alleviate pain.
First 72 Hours
Place ice on the affected area for 20 minutes every hour.
3 to 4 Day Old Pain
Use ice for 5 minutes, then heat for 5 minutes. Continue alternating end with ice. (25 min.)
Old, Chronic Pain (arthritis, bursitis)
Moist heat for 15 to 20 minutes every hour.
Assume a Correct Sleeping Position
Back – Sleep on your side with a pillow between the knees or on your back with a pillow under your knees. Do not sleep on your stomach. Neck – Roll a small towel and put it under neck while sleeping on your back or side.
How your chiropractor can help.
In addition to spinal adjustments, I provide a series of therapeutic treatments and modalities that can relieve pain.
Tiny amounts of electrical impulses create low-frequency stimulation of the injured tissues which causes the body to give off endorphins and other natural pain killers to help alleviate pain.
High frequency sound vibrations penetrate tissues deep in the body, which creates a heat response. The combination of heat and vibrations help break down and disperse unhealthy calcium and other hard tissue accumulations.
Trigger Point Therapy
An area of uncontrolled muscle tightness, or trigger point, is released by compressing the muscle with sustained pressure from a hand, fingers, elbow or small instrument.
Inter segmental Traction
While lying face-up on a table, roller-type cams beneath the surface slowly travel the length of the spine. The gentle rolling action exercising the spine without effort.
Dr.Jonathan J. Widenbaum
7450 San Ramon Road, Dublin CA 94568
Phone: (925)829-8484 Fax: (925) 829-1806
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