Have you ever gotten out of a car after several straight hours of driving and felt like your back was as stiff as a board? Now imagine if you already have an underlying spinal issue. This magnifies this effect greatly. Let’s face it: the human spine was not designed to sit hunched over a steering wheel for hours at a time. [Read more...]
I know, I know. Although it is now officially “spring,” it doesn’t feel like it in West Michigan. But spring sports are getting ramped up, regardless. Fields are literally being plowed for soccer tryouts. I’ve seen kids out jogging in slushy streets to get ready for track season. I have already seen some high school kids with injuries that were caused during their first few days of practice. The risk of this happening increases if they didn’t play a winter sport. Here are some tips to help prevent some of these problems from showing up in the first place. [Read more...]
In my chiropractic practice, I see prolonged sitting as a constant cause of back pain, neck pain, and headaches in my patients who are chained to a desk all day. I see this a lot in young professionals whose bodies are not used to being stuck in this new position. I encourage them to get up and move around every 15 minutes. I show them exercises they can do to help keep the muscles loose and warmed up. But what about older adults? Should they be worried about spending too much time on their fanny?
“I don’t want to offend you, but I want to ask you something. As a chiropractor, are you one of those really holistic people?”
I got this question from a guy I recently met. To be honest, I didn’t quite know how to answer him. I couldn’t give him a “yes” or “no” because I had no idea what he meant by the term holistic. To some, the term holistic conjures up images of people who completely shun modern medicine and technology, choosing to live like a hippie in a commune; dreadlocks, infrequent bathing, hemp necklaces, homemade clothing, etc.
Back problems are no fun. In fact, they can become a serious problem when left untreated. However, many people experience denial when it comes to their spinal health. If you are experiencing any of these signs, you may want to have your spine checked by a doctor of chiropractic.
Norton Shores Michigan Chiropractor - A 43 year old female came in with severe lower back pain. She had been experiencing “tolerable” back pain for years but it got much more debilitating recently. She was totally unable to work or sleep. The lack of both had her very frustrated, irritated, and depressed. She was flying off the handle at loved ones for no reason at all and had completely lost her ambition for the things she previously held dear. And although her situation got more dire, her medical doctor’s treatment for her dysfunctional back never changed: painkillers and muscle relaxers.After two weeks of misery, she had finally had enough and came into Zehr Chiropractic for treatment. After getting her Atlas and pelvis adjusted over the the past two weeks, she is doing much better. She’s sleeping better, her mood is better, and she is easing herself back into her work activities. This morning she asked me if she could get a copy of her x-rays to show her MD. She said,“I just want to show him the x-rays of my spine and ask him how the pills he kept prescribing me was supposed to fix this!”