Chronic lower back pain causes physical and mental stress. This irritation in turn produces increased oxidative stress. And that? Well, it reduces our ability to heal and increases joint pain—allowing a vicious cycle to begin.
Unless you stop breathing, you won’t be able to avoid oxidative stress (and we certainly don’t recommend attempting that!). As we breathe in oxygen and our cells produce energy, free radicals are created. Antioxidants and exercise play a key role in removing free radicals from our body, helping to maintain a healthy balance.
When too many free radicals build up they prevent healing, damage cells, and even harm our DNA. The good news is we can use exercise as well as nutritional and chiropractic treatments to reduce oxidative stress and the associated symptoms like joint inflammation and body aches.
Let's explore the symptoms of oxidative stress and how chiropractic therapy brings long-term relief from chronic back pain by directly reducing oxidative stress.
What Are the Symptoms of Oxidative Stress?
The symptoms of oxidative stress usually build up slowly over time. When we ignore early discomfort and develop a higher pain threshold without seeking back pain treatment, the damage continues until we experience symptoms throughout the body. Some of these include:
How Does Chiropractic Treatment Reduce Oxidative Stress?
Chiropractic adjustments have been proven to reduce the key chemical markers of oxidative stress and relieve the pain associated with it.1 Chiropractic back pain treatment corrects the causative misalignments and related muscle pain, . The good news? The research showed that with twice weekly adjustments over a 5-week period, measurable increases in a key antioxidant level are achieved.
The great news? Patients under wellness care in the longer term (one year and more) showed a statistically significant increase in another key antioxidant. This antioxidant, called serum thiol, plays an important role in cellular and DNA repair. By increasing serum thiol and keeping it at optimal levels, regular chiropractic care can help reverse some of the DNA damage caused by oxidative stress.
Chiropractic Care Promotes Whole Body Wellness
A holistic approach to wellness includes regular chiropractic care. At McCann Family Chiropractic we understand the relationship between chronic lower back pain and oxidative stress.
With a wide array of chiropractic techniques at his fingertips, Dr. Matt can provide the right type of adjustment to correct your alignment and begin the care that will help increase your antioxidant levels and reverse the effects of oxidative stress.
Your optimal wellness is the best prevention for stress-related diseases. By reducing your physical, chemical, and mental stress levels you can experience true vitality and well-being every day. We can provide recommendations for nutrition, exercise, relaxation, and other steps you can take alongside your chiropractic treatments to promote whole body wellness and healing.
After a car accident or other sudden impact injury, the symptoms of whiplash might appear immediately, or they may develop in the days or weeks following the trauma. Understanding the symptoms and chiropractic treatment options available will help you to recover quickly and completely.
Taking a “wait and see” approach to the early signs of whiplash might allow your neck and spine to remain out of alignment, causing more pain and damage to surrounding muscles and tissues. Delaying treatment may also put insurance compensation at risk. If you have the symptoms, it might be time to find a chiropractor with experience in accident recovery to evaluate your injuries and recommend a treatment plan.
What Is Whiplash?
Whiplash is more than a strained neck. In the most common scenario, a rear-impact car accident causes high-speed forced movement of the head forward and a resulting rebound backward.1 The force applied by the sudden whipping motion damages the tissues of the neck and shocks the nervous system. Severe whiplash might also cause head injury or damage to other joints and muscles.
What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?
While severe neck pain is typical of the injury, the symptoms of whiplash cover a wide range of physical and neurological effects, including:
Chiropractic Treatment for Whiplash
Chiropractic therapy is one of the most effective ways to heal from an accident. Chiropractors have a wide range of techniques to bring the neck and spine back to proper function while reducing pain during the healing process.
Returning to Wellness
Healing after an auto accident without a chiropractor's help can be a long and painful process. The results of untreated muscle and nerve damage might impact your quality of life for years to come.
If you are suffering from whiplash or other traumatic injury we encourage you to find a chiropractor with the expertise to effectively support the healing process. At McCann Family Chiropractic in Maryville, WA, our staff is trained in the best treatments to get you back to optimal health. Call us for an initial exam and get back on the road to wellness today!
Most people consider posture in relation to sitting for long periods, often at a desk. Laptops are well known for causing significant postural problems as the viewing angle forces you to look down. While this is one situation where posture is important, other types of jobs and situations also require using the proper posture, such as:
Bad posture is the result of our bodies attempting to adapt to various situations we put ourselves in. Slouching our shoulders forward, leaning hunched over a desk, leaning on a counter while standing, and not lifting an object correctly are all everyday examples of how we can develop bad posture. And bad posture? It leads to a variety of symptoms which can include tension headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, and back pain.
Your upper back and shoulders might feel tense and tight or ache. You could notice a sharpness in your lower back. Poor posture often leads to spinal misalignment and over time can stress and/or pinch nerves. All of this means that bad posture can lead to an increase in general symptoms you may feel including headaches, body aches, and muscle tension. Additionally, poor posture will lead to an increased risk for injuries.
Can you fix bad posture?
Of course! The first step in any retraining process is to understand where you are now. Being aware of our habits will help us to form better ones. Some questions you might ask yourself:
relaxed. You may need a lumbar support if your low back isn’t sufficiently supported.
down for long periods of time. You might place your monitor on a book or use other simple solutions to resolve any issues. Also, be sure you take 20 seconds every 20 minutes to look up and away.
Exercises to Improve Posture
After discovering what you are doing wrong and taking steps to correct poor posture, your next objective is to implement exercises to strengthen the shoulders, neck, and back. These exercises don’t require a gym membership and can easily be done at home or in the office. At McCann Family Chiropractic, we call these “Spinal Hygiene” exercises. Your teeth require good hygiene to keep in top shape, and your spine does too!
Chiropractic Can Help with Posture Problems
Chiropractic care can provide the education, support, and knowledge you require to improve poor posture. We focus on the health and wellness of the entire body, which involves ensuring the spine is properly aligned and the nervous system is functioning optimally.
When these two areas are working properly, people often notice a reduction in back, neck, and shoulder pain; tension, stress, anxiety, and more. Our office is happy to incorporate a computerized posture scan into your new patient exam. Let us know if this is something you are interested in. To learn more about how to improve your posture and develop good posture habits, please contact McCann Family Chiropractic at (360) 657-7183 today!
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