Tension headaches are one of the most common forms of headaches yet they are not well understood. Most people describe having a band of pressure around their head that can last from 30 minutes to a week. Tension headaches can be related to muscles tightening in the back of the neck and improper alignment of the joints of the spine. One of the best ways to combat tension headaches is through lifestyle changes. Here are some helpful tips:
Good posture not only makes you look better, it also delivers increased energy, better breathing, improved circulation, and less wear and tear on your joints. The secret to good posture is maintaining the spine’s natural curves. If your spine is not properly aligned, your muscles and ligaments have to work harder to keep you upright and this can result in strain and pain. When you slouch, you also put pressure on your lungs and stomach. This can affect breathing and digestion, as well as blood flow.
The vertebral or spinal column are terms used to describe your entire “backbone”. The spinal column includes four key functions:
- To protect your spinal cord and related essential nerves.
- To give structure and connection for our hips, legs, shoulders and arms.
- To serve as an attachment to muscles that enable movement.
- To provide framework and support for skull and ribs.
We all have different pain triggers affecting the low back. Improper spinal movements, a fall, sport injuries and many other muscle strains can all make an impact. Here are five easy back pain prevent exercises to help you get started. You may need more stability while others may need more mobility, so it’s important to check in with a chiropractor to make sure these exercises are right for you.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) became a regulated profession in Ontario in 2013. An acupuncturist practicing in Ontario must be registered with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO). The College is established by the government of Ontario to govern the practice of traditional Chinese Medicine, and to serve and protect the public.
When we imagine someone with back pain we may think of someone who has suffered a sports related injury or car accident. But more often than not, it’s the day to day activities that produce tension and tightness resulting in backache. A healthy and flexible back not only depends on the health of its primary muscles but also on surrounding muscles and areas of the body. The following stretches will help you build and maintain a healthy back. These back stretches cover the major muscle groups and joints, starting with the shoulders and moving down to the hips.
Amid a worsening opioid addiction crisis, doctors are increasingly looking for alternative treatments for low back pain. A recent study in JAMA Network Open focused on U.S. military personnel. It found that those who used chiropractic care (including spinal manipulation, rehabilitation exercises and treatment with cold or heat), along with traditional medical care (including self-care, medications, physical therapy, and pain clinic referral), had better pain relief outcomes than those who only sought out traditional medical care.