How High Heels are Affecting You from the Ground Up

How High Heels are Affecting You from the Ground Up

They pull together your outfit perfectly; they make you taller and appear slimmer.  What’s not to love about a beautiful pair of high heels?  Of course, women the world over can attest to the most notable downside – discomfort.  Stand too long in a pair of heels and your feet will be throbbing soon enough.  But, this is far from the only problem.  Ask any chiropractor, and they can tell you exactly how that elevated heel height, unnatural foot positioning, and altered gait is impacting every other part of your body, and not for the better.

Swap This for That: 5 Healthy Diet Replacements

Swap This for That: 5 Healthy Diet Replacements

Eating healthy isn’t always easy.  When you’re in a hurry or you’re fighting off cravings from your previous, junk food days, ensuring that the snack or meal you grab is both filling and nutritious can be a bit of a challenge.  And, grabbing the wrong option may not only be unhealthy, it could derail the healthy eating habits you’ve worked so hard to stick with.

Headaches after an Auto Accident: How Chiropractic Care can Help

The force of an auto accident is often damaging and can lead to several different forms of injury. Many of those involved in even minor wrecks in Bessemer City find themselves suffering from concussions, back injuriesneck pain, or whiplash.  Once sustained, these injuries may also lead to other complications, and even with proper care, it may take weeks or months for pain to fully subside.  For many patients, in particular those with neck injuries, a common side effect is moderate to severe headaches which are often chronic in nature.

Headaches are often seen in conjunction with some of the most common auto accident injuries such as whiplash.  In fact, it is estimated that up to 80% of people who experience whiplash will also suffer from headaches.  As the neck is forcefully moved in opposing directions during a whiplash injury, inflammation of the upper cervical joints typically occurs and is sometimes seen with additional injury such asdisc herniation.  This damage frequently translates into stiffness and tension-type headaches.

Fortunately, chiropractors are uniquely skilled at addressing the true source of pain and treating these injuries through methods such asspinal manipulation.  This practice of applying force to spinal joints helps to correct problems with structural alignment of the spine and improve physical function.  As the function and mobility of the spine improves through the back and neck, the underlying injuries leading to headaches may be vastly improved.  In fact, in 2001, researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, determined that spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication.

In addition to spinal manipulation, therapies such as massage, acupuncture, and lifestyle advice offered by a chiropractor can also help patients see improvements and avoid exacerbating their injuries.  Additionally, when chiropractic care is implemented, the likelihood that a patient will need surgery to correct their injuries decreases dramatically, as does the need for other invasive procedures or pain medications.

Immediately following an accident, it can be difficult to determine the type and severity of injury.  Quite often, a motorist will not feel these to their full extent until days or weeks later.  At that time, it is not uncommon to feel pain throughout the back and neck or to suffer from increasingly severe headaches.  For this reason, an immediate appointment with a Bessemer City chiropractor is important, whether an individual feels injured or not.  Following this initial visit, the physician can help identify any injuries to the joints, ligaments, or soft tissue and develop a treatment plan to avoid long-term discomfort.

If you have been involved in an auto accident in Bessemer City or the surrounding areas, please contact SouthEast Chiropractic: The Motion Centers and request a consultation with one of our physicians.  We regularly treat injuries following car accidents and can help you find relief from existing injuries, while avoiding further damage. 

If you would like to learn more about other auto accident injuries that may be treatable with chiropractic care, please click the image below for access to our free and informative guide.

Avoiding and Treating Workplace Injuries in Gastonia

Regardless of how much caution is taken, accidents are an unfortunate occurrence that can happen nearly anywhere.  From exercising to driving, there are many daily activities that can lead to injury when not approached carefully.  Even a day at work can lead to injuries requiring medical attention and time off to recuperate.  While the type of work being performed will be a contributing factor to the likelihood of injury, there are still precautions that can be taken to avoid accidents.  Furthermore, in the unfortunate event that injuries do occur, there are treatment options which frequently allow patients to avoid ongoing pain and invasive medical treatments.

Among workplace injuries in Gastonia and around the country, those involving the back are most prevalent.  A 2011 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that back injuries account for 36% of all of those occurring at work.  Additionally, the shoulder (12%), neck (2%), and combinations of multiple injured areas (8%), also made the list.  One of the primary causes of these injuries was overexertion (22%).  Whether lifting or lowering, employees simply aren’t being cautious enough to avoid injury.  To avoid overexertion of this type on the job, there are some simple rules that should be followed:

  1. Ask for Help – If there are large or heavy objects to be lifted or moved, waiting until fellow team members arrive to help is often the best way to avoid injury.  It is important to avoid attempting too much alone.  If necessary, make prior arrangements to ensure that others are available to help.
  2. Use Proper Lifting Technique – The way in which heavy objects are lifted is a critical safety factor.  Injuries, particular those involving the back, occur when bending over to lift an item up, using the back.  Instead, knees should be bent, using the legs to lift.  Additionally, objects should be carried at waist level to avoid too much strain.
  3. Use a Cart or Dolly – If tools such as carts or hand trucks are available, use these to save unnecessary strain on the back.  They can be especially useful if there are multiple items to be moved.

In addition to overexertion, sedentary jobs and even those which require regular, repetitive motions may also lead to strain of the back, neck, and shoulders.  In these situations, it is important to break away from routine, move around, and stretch.  Additionally, those workers who spend many hours at a desk or computer can benefit greatly from simply focusing on proper posture.  Attempt to keep feet flat on the floor, the back straight, and adjust chairs and desks to optimal height.

Unfortunately, despite proper precautions, injuries may still occur.  However, whether muscles are strained or discs are herniated, chiropractic care is a viable treatment option for many of these injuries.  Studies have shown that those patients who first see a chiropractor for lower back pain are far less likely to need back surgery later on.  The care methods implemented by chiropractors such as spinal manipulation, spinal decompression, massage, and evenacupuncture can address many workplace injuries without the use of shots, pain pill prescriptions, or even surgery. 

In order to develop an ideal treatment plan, it is important to see a chiropractor as soon as possible after an injury occurs.  In many cases, this may be the only care you need.  In others, your chiropractor can work closely with your physician to ensure that all therapies complement one another and that you receive maximum benefit.

If you have recently been injured at work, contact our Gastonia orBelmont office to schedule a consultation with one of our physicians.  The chiropractors at SouthEast Chiropractic: The Motion Centers have years of treating a variety of workplace injuries and can help determine the best course of action for your particular case.  Click here to request a consultation at one of our offices

Additionally, if you would like to learn more about chiropractic treatments for back pain, click the image below to download our free and informative guide.