Holiday Travels and Your Body

Holiday Travels and Your Body

The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, but they can also be a mess. Despite the holiday spirit, stores are crowded, the freeway is congested, and if you are traveling, it easily becomes the most stressful time of the year instead. Sitting for prolonged periods can place a great deal of stress and strain along your spine and various pressure points. We know pain can follow you for the duration of your trip even long after you’ve arrived. If you are already tense before you go on holiday, your travels can become particularly brutal as traveling with pain will only set a sour mood to your vacation. To help with your next vacation, follow these healthy tips to make sure your trip is pain-free.

Warm-up

You may think warming up is just for working out, but it can do your body wonders before a lengthy trip.

Prepare for your trip by stretching or taking a brisk walk before boarding. Do simple exercises to stretch your legs and arms as well as your back and neck. Side bends, trunk rotations, knee to chest pulls, and light yoga moves can help keep your body loose and limber.

We know you may feel a little odd to do so in a crowded place, but we can assure you a stretch before your trip will greatly reduce the discomfort that you may feel while traveling.

Dress comfortably

Begin your trip right by dressing comfortably. Loose clothing permits you to move at ease which will help you stretch and relieve tension while traveling. We know you may want to look your best at your destination, so consider packing your nicer clothes in an easy to access bag or carry on and change before you land or stop at a rest stop before your last exit.

Sit up

When traveling, adjust your seat so that your back remains straight. This will reduce pressure on your spine and help keep you properly aligned. Adding lower back support such as a pillow, rolled blanket, or sweater can help prevent lower back strain which is a common side effect of sitting for a long time.

If possible, placing another small pillow or support safely between your neck the headrest will help keep you from straining your neck and shoulders.

Tips for traveling by plane

Always check heavy bags and bags that weigh more than 10% of your body weight. While it can save you some money to bring a heavier carry-on, lifting heavy bags over your head can easily cause you pain during your travels. Carry-on bags should be light and compact to avoid neck, back, and shoulder strain while placing them into overhead bins.

We know those airplane seats are not designed for comfort, so during your flight be sure to get up and walk around to stretch your legs and back. Roll your shoulders and neck or even try giving your limbs a mini massage throughout the flight to keep your muscles loose. Vary your position occasionally while seated on the plane. Try to prop your legs on a bag under the seat in front of you and frequently scrunch your toes and release them so your legs don’t tense and become stiff during the flight.

Tips for traveling by automobile

Whether you are traveling near or far, the traffic and crowds can easily get the best of you once you are on the road. Be sure to get plenty of rest the night before your travels.

Make sure your seat is adjusted to the point that it allows you to sit comfortably and firmly against the seat without having to lean forward or stretch.

If you are driving, minimize arm and hand tension by periodically switching your hand positions on the wheel. Do not grip the steering wheel, instead tighten and loosen throughout the drive to improve hand circulation and reduce muscle fatigue.

Take breaks and be sure to vary focus while keeping your eyes on the road to reduce the risk of eye fatigue. If you feel tired during your journey don’t hesitate to stop, refresh, and stretch before continuing your travel. Consider calling it a night if it is just too long of a drive for you.

Traveling can be tough on your body and mind during the holidays. To make things less stressful, prepare your body as best as you can. Stop into Get Well Chiropractic of Northville before you leave for your trip to get aligned properly by one of our chiropractors so you can start on the right foot for your travels. Once you return from holiday, be sure to visit us so we can get you back on track for the rest of the year. Whether you are dealing with airport stress, crowded trains, or never-ending traffic, be sure to stay safe this holiday season while you travel.

National Chiropractic Health Month

National Chiropractic Health Month

October is National Chiropractic Health Month! It is a month dedicated to educating and engaging the public about the benefits of receiving chiropractic care. We hope that the more you know, the less afraid you will feel about stepping into our clinic. Your comfort is our goal, so we’ve broken down chiropractic care to help better your understanding.

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a health-care profession that deals with the spine and joints of the body as well as their connection to the body’s nervous system.

The word ‘chiropractic’ is thought to be derived from the Greek words for “hand” and “done”, leading to the meaning ‘done by hand’.

Chiropractic care uses precise manual adjustments to restore joint function and support to the nervous systems without using medicine or surgery.

Chiropractic is holistic care where providers want to improve a patient’s overall wellness as well as provide preventive healthcare.

What is a Chiropractor?

A chiropractor is a primary care doctor who specializes in spinal health and general well-being. They provide patients with care for spine-related disorders and other joint issues. Some chiropractors also offer soft tissue therapy, lifestyle recommendations, fitness coaching, and nutritional advice.

Isn’t it just for backaches?

Though back pain may be one of the more common reasons to go to a chiropractic clinic, it isn’t the full extent of their help. Chiropractic care isn’t just for those in chronic pain. Sometimes perfectly healthy people visit clinics for preventive care.

Chiropractic care helps with acute and chronic issues such as headaches, neck pain, sciatica, injuries due to trauma and stress, prenatal discomfort and much more.

Providers work to provide relief to the patient’s bones, muscles, joints, and connective tissue such as cartilage, tendons, and ligaments.

Chiropractic Adjustment: Does it Hurt?

You might think popping or cracking in your body might be painful, but chiropractors are trained professionals who understand the mechanics of the human body. A very specific and controlled force is applied to a joint to restore proper function and mobility. Treatment shouldn’t hurt, though there may be minor soreness as your body acclimates to adjustments.

Most patients report feeling lighter after treatment as though a weight had been removed.

What are some of the benefits of receiving chiropractic treatment?

Chiropractic care helps patients improve flexibility, immune functions, range of motion, and overall health.

All-natural treatment

  • No medicine or invasive procedures

Improves organ health

  • Spinal adjustments help relieve pressure on the spinal cord which improves the functionality of the body’s nervous system
  • Your nervous system is responsible for regulating cellular function and work as a communication line to your organs. Proper alignment will help your organs function at their very best

Reduces pain

  • Helps reduce muscle tension and inflammation leading to pain relief
  • Chiropractors search for the root of your pain, they want to treat not only your discomfort, but the cause of it as well.

Preventive care

  • Chiropractic is wellness care, which means not only working to relieve your current discomfort, but also preventing it from returning

Sleep quality

  • Pain and tension can be the cause of sleepless nights. Chiropractic care can help realign your body and relieve tension, enabling you to achieve a better night’s rest

And much more!

We are confident that you will enjoy the benefits of chiropractic care and we hope we’ve relieved some apprehension towards our practice. Come visit us at Get Well Chiropractic of Northville for a consultation: we will work with you to find a treatment plan that is best for you!

What Causes The Noise When You Crack A Joint

What Causes The Noise When You Crack A Joint

Pop! Every person hears this noise when they crack a joint, whether it be the knuckles, the legs, or the shoulders. Many people also tend to get worried when they hear this noise. Is it a sign that your bones are weakening? Is it an indication that there’s something else wrong? Is the noise normal?

Rest assured that hearing the popping noise is completely normal, and it does not indicate that bones are breaking or weakening.

The noise associated with cracking a joint is usually completely normal and not a cause for concern. However, if the sound occurs with pain and swelling, it may then be an indication of an issue. Otherwise the pop or crack sound is completely natural.

Why Does Cracking A Joint Make Noise?

As people get older, their joints tend to get louder as well. Again, it is completely normal to hear these sounds, as they are a result of the aging process. As you age, the cartilage on your joints tends to wear away, which causes the surfaces of the joints to become rougher and the noises that they make to get louder. These occasional sounds, which you may notice while walking up the stairs or when getting up after sitting for a while, are most likely nothing to worry about unless you experience pain and swelling.

What Is The Sound When You Crack Joints And Why Do Cracking Joints Make That Sound?

There are a few reasons why cracking joints cause the sound that they make. If you bend slightly, you might hear a soft snapping sound coming from your knees. If you twist your torso, you may hear a cracking sound from your back or spine. That sound usually indicates that a muscle in that particular place is tight and is rubbing against the bone. The sound may also be caused by a tendon or by multiple tendons rubbing over the bone.

The noisiest sounds come from near the shoulder blades because there are so many tendons located in close proximity to the bone. If the noise from such parts tends to annoy you or becomes a cause of concern for you, you may wish to try gently stretching or doing yoga. The sound may reduce overtime. Once again, these sounds are generally nothing to worry about and are a completely natural process.

The Sound Emitted When You Crack Your Knuckles

Many people tend to crack their knuckles to loosen their muscles and tendons around the area, and because it can be a satisfying feeling. The sound which comes from cracking one’s knuckles is caused by nitrogen gas bubbles compressing and bursting. The nitrogen occurs naturally around these joints. The sound emitted is referred to as cavitation, and it simply means that the gas bubbles are being released or popped.

To avoid creaky knuckles and joints or the sounds associated with cracking, move as much as possible. Moving lubricates your body.

Joints crack naturally when we move, especially as we age. These sounds should not be a cause for concern unless we also notice pain. However, deliberately cracking one’s own joints, or even getting your friend to crack your back for you, can cause harm.

It is best and safest to get adjusted by a trained and certified chiropractor. Schedule an appointment at Get Well Chiropractic of Northville today and experience the joy of a balanced and well-adjusted body!

Non-Invasive Treatment for Bulging, Ruptured, or Herniated Discs

Non-Invasive Treatment for Bulging, Ruptured, or Herniated Discs

A bulging, ruptured, or herniated disc can be an incredibly painful obstacle for people to face- especially those with particularly busy lives. Those suffering from any of these conditions will likely find themselves restricted to a bed due to pain and the inability to move as usual.

When the symptoms associated with bulging, ruptured, or herniated discs occur, it’s essential to seek treatment from an expert immediately. By consulting with a knowledgeable chiropractor at the earliest signs of trouble, you can avoid further complications and damage. While many procedures for bulging ruptured, or herniated discs require surgery, this isn’t always, and non-invasive treatment methods are sometimes available.

Today we’ll be discussing in-depth what to look for in the case of bulging, ruptured, or herniated discs as well as the non-invasive treatments available to help you recover.

What Are Bulging, Ruptured, or Herniated Discs?

A herniated disc occurs when the tough outer exterior of a disc is torn, leaving the inner substance to extend through. This substance, known as the spinal disc, has a significant role in protecting the spine from damage and acting as a means of shock-absorption.

There are a variety of things that can cause disc herniation with the most common being degradation through the aging process. Another common reason for this injury is overexertion due to repeated use of the back’s muscles through heavy lifting. When all the weight of lifting heavy objects or twisting is put directly on end rather than the leg or thigh muscles, you’re at a higher risk for disc bulging, rupture, and herniation.

Non-Invasive Treatments

So what are the best means of correcting these issues aside from surgical treatments? The first step in the treatment of herniated discs is known as conservative therapy. To determine the extent of damage done, your physician may begin with this method rather than immediately jumping to more invasive means of treatment.

Conservative Therapy

Conservative therapy begins with the act of merely avoiding the activities and positions most likely to bring on the pain. While you may assume this means lying still, this is far from the case. Your chiropractor will likely give you several exercises to perform that can, in a sense, kill two birds with one stone. While practicing these exercises, you’ll be actively reducing pain while also strengthening the spine. If conservative therapy exercises fail to alleviate the symptoms associated with your condition within a few weeks, your chiropractor may recommend physical therapy to reduce further the pain associated with these symptoms.

Medications for Bulging, Ruptured, or Herniated Discs

As another means of non-invasive treatment, likely, your provider will also prescribe you certain anti-inflammatory medications. These medications are prescribed to effectively reduce the irritation surrounding the nerves most directly positioned around the herniated, ruptured, or bulging disc. Some medicines will be over the counter options while others may require cortisone injections- again, depending on the severity of your injury.

Minimally Invasive Options

While non-invasive treatment for bulging, ruptured, or herniated discs have been shown to deliver effective results, conservative therapy will sometimes be generally ineffective in addressing the issue.

If this is the case, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to undergo invasive surgical procedures! There are, in fact, a variety of minimally invasive surgical treatment options. With the recent developments in minimally invasive spine surgery, these procedures have been found to both minimize the trauma brought on by more traditional means of surgical treatment while also reducing the risks for a domino effect brought on by more invasive procedures.

Don’t despair if more conservative means of treatment are unavailable to you. These minimally invasive options have been found to drastically reduce recovery time, risk of complications, and incision size while also proving to be less costly to you.

Get Well Chiropractic of Northville Can Help!

If you believe you may be suffering from the symptoms of bulging, ruptured, or herniated disc, Get Well Chiropractic of Northville can help you! Our Northville chiropractor can help alleviate your painful symptoms and form a treatment plan designed to meet your unique needs most effectively.

Contact our office or stop by to book an appointment today!