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Five simple tips for sprains and strainsSprains and strains are a very common type of injury that affect ligaments and m...
07/28/2020

Five simple tips for sprains and strains

Sprains and strains are a very common type of injury that affect ligaments and muscles. If you suffer an injury, remember P.R.I.C.E.

According to the Alberta Chiropractic Association of Canada https://www.albertachiro.com/ACAC/Chiropractic_in_Alberta/BLOG/Five_Simple_Tips_For_Sprains_And_Strains.aspx
Here are the five simple rules to help speed up your recovery in the first 72 hours of a sprain (ligament) or strain (muscle).

P is for PROTECTION. Protect the injured area from sustaining any more damage.

R is for REST. Allow the injury time to heal.

I is for ICE. Ice should be applied to an injured area as soon as possible. Use the 10/10/10 method of ice application: 10 minutes of ice; followed by 10 minutes of rest without ice; followed by 10 minutes of ice again. Do not apply heat. Ice works to reduce pain and inflammation to your injured muscles, joints and tissues and may even slow bleeding if a tear has occurred.

C is for COMPRESSION. Use a tensor bandage to wrap the injured area. When wrapping, begin at the end furthest away from the heart.

E is for ELEVATION. If possible, raise the injured area above the level of the heart, especially at night, by putting a pillow under the injured area.

After the first 48 hours, slowly start to use the injured area again and continue icing for another day. If you are unsure of the severity of your injury, consult a chiropractor for an evaluation.

Understanding frozen shoulderFrozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition characterized by stiffne...
07/19/2020

Understanding frozen shoulder
Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition characterized by stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint. Symptoms typically begin gradually, worsen over time and then resolve, usually within one to two years.

Frozen shoulder can make even the smallest tasks, like dressing and brushing your teeth, feel nearly impossible.

In addition to difficulty with everyday tasks, people who suffer from frozen shoulder usually find that pain is worse at night, resulting in restricted sleeping positions and poor/disrupted sleep. The condition can lead to depression, pain and issues in the neck and back.

According to the Alberta Chiropractic Association of Canada,
https://www.albertachiro.com/ACAC/
Chiropractic_in_Alberta/BLOG/Understanding_frozen_shoulder.aspx
Here are the Stages, Diagnosis and Treatment for Frozen Shoulder.

Stages
Frozen shoulder starts with an inflammation of the joint capsule of the shoulder joint. This shoulder joint holds the bones of the joints to each other with ligaments. Inflammation of the ligaments causes shoulder pain and, over time restricts range of motion in the shoulder joint. The shoulder becomes frozen and unable to move.
The condition usually develops slowly in three stages. Each stage can last several months.

Freezing or painful stage: Characterized by slow onset of pain; range of motion becomes increasingly limited.
Frozen or adhesive stage: Pain may begin to diminish during this stage. However, the shoulder becomes stiffer and range of motion decreases noticeably.
Thawing or recovery stage: During this stage the range of motion begins to improve.

Pain due to frozen shoulder is usually dull or aching. For many people the pain worsens at night, resulting in disrupted sleep.

What causes frozen shoulder?
The exact cause of frozen shoulder is unknown, although certain factors may increase risk of developing the condition.

Frozen shoulder more often affects people over the age of 40 and is most common in women. The condition is more likely to affect those who have recently experienced prolonged immobilization of the shoulder, such as:

rotator cuff injury
broken arm
stroke
recovery from surgery

Diagnosis of frozen shoulder
Frozen shoulder can usually be diagnosed by signs and symptoms alone. Your health care provider will likely ask a number of questions, including:

When did your symptoms begin?
Are there any activities that worsen your symptoms?
Have you ever injured your shoulder? If so, how?
Have you had any recent surgeries or periods of restricted shoulder motion?

During the physical exam, your health care provider may also ask you to perform certain movements to assess pain and evaluate range of motion.
These may include;
Hands up: Raising both hands straight up in the air, like a football referee calling a touchdown.
Opposite shoulder: Reaching across your chest to touch your opposite shoulder.
Back scratch: Starting with the back of your hand against the small of your back, reach upward to touch your opposite shoulder blade.

Your provider may also suggest imaging tests, such as x-rays or an MRI, to rule out other structural problems.

Treatment for frozen shoulder
Your chiropractor can help in the assessment and treatment of frozen shoulder. In many cases, early intervention leads to early resolution.

Treatment usually involves controlling shoulder pain and preserving/restoring as much range of motion in the shoulder as possible.

If you’ve had an injury that makes it difficult to move your shoulder, talk to your chiropractor about the best treatment plan to maintain the range of motion of the shoulder joint and reduce the likelihood of developing frozen shoulder.

Parenting without injury: how to prevent injuries for new parentsHaving a young child is hard. This isn’t exactly breaki...
07/13/2020

Parenting without injury: how to prevent injuries for new parents
Having a young child is hard. This isn’t exactly breaking news to any parent. Most new parents can foresee the mental exhaustion that comes with the gig; long days, sleepless nights, forever being on your new, tiny boss’ schedule.

What most new parents don’t realize is the physical toll of having a young child.

The constant bending over, lifting and carrying can wreak havoc on your body.

According to the Alberta Chiropractic Association of Canada https://www.albertachiro.com/ACAC/Chiropractic_in_Alberta/BLOG/Parenting_without_injury__How_to_prevent_injuries_for_new_parents.aspx
There are ways to prevent and treat the pain associated with these new stresses. Here are some tips to protect your body when lifting, carrying or pushing your baby:

Carry your baby correctly
New parents know that everybody has a different opinion when it comes to carrying your baby around. The general consensus among experts is to hold your baby as close to the center of your body and as high as possible. The closer the baby is to your center, the less pressure on your back.

Wear a baby carrier
No, you won’t see models gracing the runaways of Milan with them, but many popular baby carriers have strapping systems meant to evenly distribute weight, which eases the fatigue and repetitive strain felt on your back. By the time your baby is approximately three-months-old, wearing your baby is an excellent choice for both of you.

From three to eight months, the best way to place your baby in one of these carriers is to place them front facing in. This means the baby’s face is close to your chest with a frog leg position. Placing your baby front facing out, where the baby’s back close to your chest with legs dangling, can be harmful to your baby. Front facing out forces the baby’s spine up against the hard breastbone of the adult who’s holding them. This can affect the development of their spine.

Make sure your front carrier’s straps are tight around your waist and shoulders and high enough so your baby’s head is beneath your chin. Otherwise, some carriers have a tendency to pull your shoulders forward.

Choose your diaper bag wisely
New parents know where they go, their diaper bag goes. Choosing the right bag is important. The best kinds to consider are the messenger style bags, where a strap goes from your hip to your opposite side shoulder. A messenger-style bag distributes weight more evenly across the body.

Also, if your diaper bag is loaded down with more than 25 pounds of baby gear, you should switch to a backpack style to prevent injury.

If you’ve already purchased a single-shoulder style bag, be sure to switch sides frequently.

How can chiropractic help?
The most common problem area for new parents is the lower back. Babies may look light, but the constant bending over and picking up can cause problems. Postpartum parents may be lifting their child, who usually weigh between seven and 10 pounds, up to 50 times a day.

For mothers, the upper back encounters significant stresses from breastfeeding and holding your baby for feeding and comfort.

Your chiropractor will assess your spine and if they find any misalignments, a simple adjustment will ease the discomfort and allow the spine to relax. This will ensure your back is ready for the added stress that comes with parenthood.

How to help your chiropractic clinic stay safe?We all can agree that simple steps of prevention can go a long way. Here ...
06/23/2020

How to help your chiropractic clinic stay safe?

We all can agree that simple steps of prevention can go a long way. Here are a few things that could help your chiropractic clinic stay Covid-19 Free.

1. If you've experienced cold or flu-like symptoms in the last two weeks, please try and postpone your appointment. Do the proper precautionary measures and isolate yourself for at least 14 days.

2. Contact your chiropractor to learn more about the new physical distancing and safety measures followed during visits. Your chiropractor has information that can help you prepare yourself for your next visit. Should you require an appointment, the Chiropractic Assistants will take you through a series of questions to ensure all policies and procedures are upheld. Your health, safety and that of our staff is of the utmost importance.

3. Regularly wash and sanitize your hands. All clinics will have hand washing and sanitizing stations for you to use.

4. Bring rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer with you at all times. Wear an approved face mask to prevent you from exposure to the virus.

It is best to call your chiropractor before going to the clinic to better prepare yourself on what to do and expect during your visit.

For more information about precautionary measures before your visit, please call 780-468-1303

What is Covid 19 and How does my Chiropractor help protect their clinic?What is Covid 19?COVID-19 is short for Coronavir...
06/17/2020

What is Covid 19 and How does my Chiropractor help protect their clinic?

What is Covid 19?
COVID-19 is short for Coronavirus Disease 2019.
COVID-19 is an illness that is caused by a novel coronavirus, known as SARS CoV 2. Coronaviruses are large families of viruses that cause a variety of sickness ranging from the common cold to more severe illnesses.

Corona viruses are a large family of viruses. Some corona viruses cause respiratory illness in people,ranging from mild common colds to severe pneumonias. Others cause illness in animals only.

What is my Chiropractor doing to help protect their clinic?

A series of pre-screening procedures are done by Chiropractic Clinics in helping keep their clinics safe. Introduction of new standard sanitizing and cleaning of high-use areas are also in place.

Using face masks, disposable instruments and other protective equipment throughout the clinic and during treatments are also observed and prioritized.

For more information about the pre-screening and clinic procedures during this pandemic, please call us at 780-468-1303

**Update- Clinic closure still in effect**We truly hope to be able to provide service to our patients soon. In the meant...
04/01/2020

**Update- Clinic closure still in effect**

We truly hope to be able to provide service to our patients soon.

In the meantime,
Stay healthy and safe.

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Frequent headaches: How can chiropractic help?Headaches are a common inconvenience for many Albertans. They can seemingl...
03/29/2020

Frequent headaches: How can chiropractic help?

Headaches are a common inconvenience for many Albertans. They can seemingly strike at any time.

Nearly 90% of women and about 70% of men will get a tension headache during their lifetime, while 37% of women and 21% of men experience them regularly.

Most believe the only cure for a pounding headache is simply to just grin, bear it and let it pass. The good news is there are ways to both prevent and treat frequent headaches.

According to the below post from the Alberta Chiropractic Association, here are some causes of headaches. https://www.albertachiro.com/ACAC/Chiropractic_in_Alberta/BLOG/Frequent_headaches__How_chiropractic_can_help.aspx
What causes a headache?

A headache is your body’s way of telling you something isn’t quite right. Most of the common causes of the milder variety of headaches stem from something you are either doing or not doing.

These include:

*skipped meals
*dehydration (not enough water)
*consuming excessive alcohol or caffeine
*excessive stress
*lack of sleep.

In rare cases, headaches can be sparked by more serious problems. It’s important to rule out any significant health issues as early as possible if your headaches are becoming a major problem.

Your headaches could also be caused from misalignments in your body. These misalignments, which commonly happen in the cervical vertebrae (spinal bones within the neck structure) can irritate the nerve roots in the neck and may even cause minor constrictions in some vessels which supply blood to the brain. Your cervical vertebrae can become misaligned for many reasons, which can be anything from excessive physical stress to severe emotional strain.

How your chiropractor can help

Your chiropractor is an excellent source to deduce the cause of your frequent headaches.

They will perform a thorough spinal examination to determine whether the symptoms are coming from misalignments in your body.

On the flip side, they can also rule out misalignments and find out if your headaches are coming from your lifestyle choices (poor diet, alcohol consumption, not enough sleep, etc.).

If misalignments are the culprit, your chiropractor may perform a simple spinal adjustment to improve function and help alleviate your headache. Other treatment options are also available.

Chiropractic has been proven to help those suffering from chronic migraines. An Australian study found 72% of migraine sufferers in a clinical trial experienced either ‘substantial’ or ‘noticeable’ improvement after a period of chiropractic treatment.

Rotator cuff injuriesDoc, I’ve done something to my shoulder. It hurts when I lift my arm to the side or over my head an...
03/25/2020

Rotator cuff injuries

Doc, I’ve done something to my shoulder. It hurts when I lift my arm to the side or over my head and it kills me to lie on it at night.

Have you experienced pain like this? If you have, you may have a rotator cuff injury.

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles in the shoulder—the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis and teres minor—that support the arm bone in the socket. The rotator cuff muscles can be easily injured as a result of repetitive stresses, normal wear and tear, poor posture, lifting or pulling (especially overhead), and falls.

A rotator cuff injury can be in the form of tendonitis, which is swelling of the muscle tendons. It can also be a bursitis, swelling of fluid-filled sacs between the rotator cuff muscles. Or it can be a muscle strain or tear.

According to the below post from the Alberta Chiropractic Association, here is how a rotator cuff injury is diagnosed. https://www.albertachiro.com/ACAC/Chiropractic_in_Alberta/BLOG/Rotator_cuff_injuries.aspx

To diagnose rotator cuff injuries, your doctor will palpate the area to find the tender areas and assess the level of swelling. They will check your range of motion to see which rotator cuff muscles are weak and painful. Further tests will help determine the muscles that are injured and give an indication of whether a tear is present.

An x-ray will likely be ordered to determine if there is any arthritis. Since x-rays do not show muscle, and most rotator cuff injuries are muscular in nature, an MRI is the most definitive diagnostic imaging.

Most rotator cuff injuries can be treated conservatively with ice to decrease the swelling, rest to reduce the strain on the muscles and exercise therapy to strengthen the joint. If the injury is severe, a surgical consultation will be recommended and surgery may be required.

If you’ve suffered a shoulder injury, consult your chiropractor. Chiropractors are specifically educated and trained to diagnose and treat conditions of the musculoskeletal system (the body’s bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, joints and connective tissue) to help patients regain and maintain their health.

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How to prevent sleep-associated painSleep! All of us could probably use more of it with our go-go lifestyles. Approximat...
02/25/2020

How to prevent sleep-associated pain

Sleep!
All of us could probably use more of it with our go-go lifestyles. Approximately 14 per cent of Canadians suffer from insomnia. A good night’s sleep is essential to our overall health and well-being.

It can be frustrating, when we do get around to getting some shut-eye, we can wake up with neck, back or shoulder pain. We should wake up from our slumber refreshed and relaxed instead of aches and pains.

Making a few simple changes can help you reduce the pain associated with your sleeping pattern and will go a long way in making your slumber that much better.
According to the below post from the Alberta Chiropractic Association, here are some common causes of sleep associated pain and what you can do to improve your sleep for each. https://www.albertachiro.com/ACAC/Chiropractic_in_Alberta/BLOG/Catching_some_ZZZ_s__How_to_prevent_sleep-associated_pain.aspx

Choosing the right mattress
Your mattress is your best tool for protecting your body during your sleep.
A good mattress should distribute your weight evenly while ensuring your lower back keeps its proper curvature.

Your mattress should provide full body support. If there are gaps between your body and your mattress, you won’t get the support you need.

Also, be sure to turn your mattress upside down every few months to prevent body indentations.

Choosing the right pillow to support your neck
It’s important to support your spine’s natural curve as you sleep. This is why finding the right pillow for you is essential. Pillows don’t follow a one size fits all rule. Your body shape, size and preferred sleep position should influence your pillow choice.

For side sleepers, try to find a pillow thick enough to fill the gap between your neck and mattress. This will keep your neck in a neutral position.

For back sleepers, the thinner the pillow the better.

Your main goal when looking for a pillow should be to find one that properly supports your head and aligns your neck with the rest of your spine. The softness or firmness of the pillow is personal preference and won’t factor in the support your pillow provides.

See your chiropractor if pain persists
If you are still experiencing pain in the mornings as a result of your sleep, see your chiropractor.

Chiropractors are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the spine and musculoskeletal system (the body’s bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, joints and connective tissue). Your chiropractor will first assess your current condition or the source of your problem and then develop a treatment plan for you to help ease your pain.

Happy Family Day Edmonton! 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦In observance with the holiday. Our clinic will be close tomorrow to celebrate Family ...
02/16/2020

Happy Family Day Edmonton! 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

In observance with the holiday. Our clinic will be close tomorrow to celebrate Family Day.

We will resume operations on Tuesday, February 18.

Let's all celebrate the blessing of having our family together.

Chiropractic tips for gardeningWith the weather warming up, many Albertans will be dusting off their spades and unraveli...
02/14/2020

Chiropractic tips for gardening

With the weather warming up, many Albertans will be dusting off their spades and unraveling their hoses in anticipation for a spring and summer full of gardening.

As peaceful and relaxing as gardening can be, it’s undeniable it brings with it a lot of bending, twisting, reaching and pulling. Your back, upper legs, knees, shoulders, and wrists can all become affected while gardening and it’s important to take the necessary precautions before, during and after enjoying your favourite hobby.

According to the below post from the Alberta Chiropractic Association, here are a few tips on how to prepare yourself for gardening. https://www.albertachiro.com/ACAC/Chiropractic_in_Alberta/BLOG/Chiropractic_tips_for_gardening.aspx
Stretch
Before you even head outside with your favourite gardening attire, give your muscles a very light stretch. As with any activity that will put stress or strain on your muscles, it’s imperative to stretch because warm muscles will work more efficiently and be less likely to be injured. The Straighten-Up Alberta program is a great place to start if you are looking for an effective way to stretch and warm up before you start your digging.

Body mechanics
Gardening is full of repetitive motions, which, over time can cause you a whole host of problems. Below are different problem movements to avoid during your time enjoying your garden:

• One of the most pertinent things to think about when it comes to gardening is to reduce the amount your body is twisting. Avid gardeners know that there is a lot of twisting to reach the space around you. A good rule of thumb to follow is to squarely face whatever you are working on to reduce twisting. To go along with this, never over reach; move to the job and keep moving to be close to your work.

• If you are going to be doing a lot of digging, keep your elbows partially bent. Without proper technique when performing a repetitive movement like digging you may end up developing tennis elbow.

• Try not to reach above your shoulders when watering your potted plants. A sturdy ladder is your best friend when it comes to keeping work below shoulder level. Putting constant stress on your shoulders by constant reaching above can cause a shoulder impingement or another type of rotator cuff injury.

• Avoid pinching and pulling repetitively with your finger and thumb. This usually creeps up when using pruning scissors. If you are going to be pruning or using a similar motion, hold objects with a light grasp or pinch, avoid a tight sustained grip.

Tools
Believe it or not, the shovel, spade, rake, etc. you are using could be the direct cause of your discomfort. It is important to buy tools that are appropriate for your size. Try out your gardening tools before you purchase them to make sure handle size, length of spindle, and weight are right for you.

It’s also important to make sure tools meant for digging are kept sharp as that will reduce the amount of effort needed to move your dirt.

Visit your chiropractor
If you’ve injured yourself flexing your green thumb or are interested in strengthening or injury prevention, go see your chiropractor. Doctors of Chiropractic are highly educated and specially trained musculoskeletal experts. If you experience back pain related to spring activities, consult your chiropractor.

Traveler tips–To help keep your back healthy during travel.March is typically the month Albertans become bitter at most ...
02/04/2020

Traveler tips–To help keep your back healthy during travel.

March is typically the month Albertans become bitter at most of the country’s weather patterns. In many places, Canadians are trading their toques, mittens and gloves for baseball caps, spring jackets and even, dare I say, t-shirts. Albertans, however, typically must concede that we’re probably going to have to keep our snow shovels handy until May.

Due to this concession, March is the perfect time for Albertans to take a break from winter and head to warmer destinations. Unfortunately, trips, whether long or short, can take a toll on your back. In the summer of 2008, SpineUniverse conducted a survey to understand how airplane seats alone can affect travelers’ backs and necks. A whopping 74 percent of people who flew in the last 12 months said they experienced back pain as a result of their travels.
According to the below post from the Alberta Chiropractic Association, here are a few reasons why your back hurts after your travel be it flying or driving. https://www.albertachiro.com/ACAC/Chiropractic_in_Alberta/BLOG/Traveler_tips__Keeping_your_back_healthy_during_plane_travel.aspx

Why is my back sore after flying or driving?

What causes most of the back pain for travelers is remaining static for long periods. Sitting motionless for hours, cramped in a plane or car seat while your muscles stiffen can take its toll.

What travelers often do before they even start their trips can wreak havoc on their back as well. Loading heavy, stuffed luggage into the car, racing through the airport with carry-on bags dangling on shoulders and then trying desperately to fit those bags into the overhead storage only compounds back problems.

What can I do to ease my back pain?
Pre-Flight
Believe it or not your preparation begins before you even take off. The stronger your back and core is before the travels, the better chance you have of surviving it without pain. Participating in activities like Pilates or similar core strengthening exercises can go a long way in the battle against back pain.

Mid-Flight (Mid- Drive)
There are methods to alleviate your back pain while you’re in the air as well. These include:
• walking up and down the aisle every 40 minutes or so will allow your back muscles to loosen up a little.
• Try to stretch using stretching exercises from Straighten Up Alberta if you can find the space. (An aisle seat is perfect for this).
• placing a book on the floor to put your feet on will raise your legs slightly, putting them in better alignment with your hips.
• using a pillow or rolled up sweatshirt as lumbar support on the back of your seat, which will act as a cushion for your lower back.
• being hydrated. Dehydration can worsen back pain, especially if you have pre-existing disc problems. Make sure you drink plenty of water and try to avoid caffeinated drinks.

Driving
• take breaks often and get out for a quick walk.
• Keep yourself hydrated. Having lots of fluids will keep your bladder full, thus requiring bathroom breaks. This is a great opportunity for stretching your legs and to help loosen up your back muscles. .

Post-Flight
If you are still experiencing pain after your flight, it’s important to get up and get moving. Avoid sitting or lying down for long periods of time as this could just make the pain worse.

How can my Chiropractor help?
Seeing your chiropractor is a fantastic option if you are feeling the effects of travel related back pain. Sometimes a simple adjustment to your spine before and after a trip can save you from dealing with unnecessary back pain. Talk to your chiropractor about good posture techniques and exercises for your travels.

We live in an age where counting our steps everyday has become the norm. People spend an average of four hours each day ...
01/31/2020

We live in an age where counting our steps everyday has become the norm. People spend an average of four hours each day on their feet and take 8,000 to 10,000 steps. It’s easy to forget the part of our body taking the brunt of those steps, our feet! For those with flat feet, the repetitive stress can take a toll.

What does it mean to be flat-footed?
According to a post from the Alberta Chiropractic Association.
https://albertachiro.com/ACAC/Chiropractic_in_Alberta/BLOG/Flat_feet__how_chiropractic_can_help.aspx

Flat-foot means a lack of the medial longitudinal arch of the foot.

Few people have actual flat-feet. A true flat-foot is referred to as rigid pes planus. This is where the foot is completely flat even during non-weight bearing. This condition affects just under two per cent of adults.

What most people with flat-feet suffer from is called flexible (or functional) pes planus. Between 20 and 25 per cent of adults are estimated to have this form of flat-feet. (In this case, the arch will appear normal when the person is sitting (i.e. not bearing weight). However, when you stand up, you won’t be able to place an index finger under the arch. This is the form of flat feet we’re referring to in this blog.

Over time, flat-feet can lead to problems, including;
• heel pain,
• bunions,
• hammertoes,
• shin splints, and
• knee, hip or back pain.

How can I relieve the pain associated with flat-feet?
A visit to your chiropractor can do wonders for those feeling the pain associated with flat-feet. Your chiropractor will likely suggest individually fitted, orthotic arch supports once they’ve determined flat-feet to be the cause of your discomfort.

Orthotic arch supports are heat moldable plastic shoe inserts designed to support the arch on the inside of the foot. Orthotics also help in realigning your foot’s ankle joints and bones.

What can stress do to my body?Think of your body like that of a car. If the engine in your car is overburdened and not p...
01/27/2020

What can stress do to my body?
Think of your body like that of a car. If the engine in your car is overburdened and not performing normally; the acceleration, transmission and fuel system don’t function properly. If your brain is feeling overwhelmed by stress and anxiety, it’s hard for the rest of your body to function as expected.

When you perceive a threatening situation, often called distress, your nervous system becomes hyper-excitable, triggering the release of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones prepare your body for emergency action. Your body occasionally reacts just as strongly to chronic stress as if you were facing mortal danger. Your body begins to work overtime and this produces a very tense musculoskeletal (MSK) system.

The spinal joints and the surrounding muscles can be strongly affected by stress. There are often joint problems in the spine that don’t appear until stress, whether it be physical or emotional, rears its head.

When stress hits, your brain multiplies those minor problems until often you feel significant pain either in your shoulders, mid back or low back. Sometimes your upper neck muscles and joints are affected resulting in strong headaches as well.

How can chiropractic help?
According to a post by the Alberta Chiropractic Association. https://albertachiro.com/ACAC/Chiropractic_in_Alberta/BLOG/Chiropractic_for_treating_stress.aspx
Here are a few ways on how a Chiropractor can help.

There’s a reason people call a stressful situation a “pain in the neck.” Your chiropractor can quite literally relieve the pain in your neck, along with pain in many other problem areas brought on by stress.

With a simple adjustment, a chiropractor can quickly address the compression in your problem area (joints). With less pressure in the joint, your relative motion is improved and any pain caused by the joint compression is decreased. The joint requires fewer muscles to move it when there is less restriction in it. This causes relaxation in these tissues as well.

Believe it or not, an adjustment could also relieve you of those often-times debilitating stress headaches as well. In most cases of tension headaches, significant improvement is accomplished through adjustments of the upper two cervical vertebrae, coupled with adjustments to the junction between the cervical and thoracic spine.

By correcting compression and restoring joint function, your chiropractor can also help restore a more natural tone in the nervous system, resulting in improved function in many organ systems of your body.

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