Today, most people don’t live too far away from a chiropractor. In fact, tens of thousands of chiropractors practice in all 50 states, helping millions feel their best from day to day. However, most people simply aren’t aware of how the practice came to be. At Southwest Chiropractic, we wanted to change that. In our latest blog, we discuss the tumultuous and fascinating history of chiropractic care!
The History Of Chiropractic Care
The word “chiropractic” comes from the Greek words cheir (hand) and praktos (done). Although similar practices have been informally done in many civilizations for hundreds, maybe even thousands of years, a man by the name of Daniel David Palmer is credited with the creation of this method of physical care. Palmer began his first chiropractic service in 1895, where he provided a crude adjustment to a janitor with back and hearing problems.
The idea of Palmer being the pioneer of chiropractic care would be far from the truth. Evidence suggests that chiropractic care was a common practice as far back as ancient Egypt, making the practice several thousand years old. Indeed, Palmer studied some of this history, especially Greek history. Chiropractic care has been a human phenomenon for millennia but now has become a recognized practice in the 21st century.
Following this adjustment, Palmer went on to continue his practice and eventually found his Palmer School of Cure, now the Palmer College of Chiropractic. After some time, states began to recognize it as a legitimate medical practice and began offering licenses for chiropractors. Today, tens of thousands of chiropractors work to alleviate the pain of millions of people.
Chiropractic had its early roots in spiritualism, naturalism, magnetism, and several other older metaphysical disciplines. In effect, Palmer’s mission was to combine the merits of metaphysics with the rigor of science. Another part of Palmer’s insistence on this new form of care was to curb reliance on medicine that seemed to plague people at the time. He believed that many ailments could be adequately addressed using chiropractic techniques.
Any history of chiropractic care would be incomplete if it assumed that the introduction of this practice was smooth, which it certainly wasn’t. The truth is that chiropractic care as introduced by Palmer and his supporters was far from being accepted from the larger medical community. Specifically, the profession of osteopathy, a branch of medical practice based on the manipulation of bones, joints, and muscles, was in opposition to chiropractic care.
Palmer and his proponents were absolutely eviscerated by the local media, which called them quacks. The attacks were most often levied towards their more metaphysical practices, like using magnetism from hands to heal ailments. It could be argued that these critiques were fair, as Palmer’s early work was unsubstantiated by any conventional understanding.
Another opponent of chiropractic care was the pharmaceutical industry, who obviously didn’t like the idea of treating people sans medicine. Motivated by profit, this industry spared no words for Palmer and those who supported him.
The osteopathic community was incensed by the rise of chiropractic medical care, even going so far as to call it a “bastardized form of osteopathy.” Proponents of osteopathic care went so far as to push for licensing requirements, which actually led to arrests of several people, including Palmer himself!
It would actually take until 1974 for all 50 states to recognize separate licensing. However, the battle for chiropractic legitimacy still would not be over. The American Medical Association called the practice an “unscientific cult” as late as the 70s and 80s until they lost a case against them.
The full assault on chiropractic care may seem unprecedented, but their concerns were actually substantiated for much of its history. The main issue that was presented by critics was a lack of scientific rigor, which could certainly be applied to Palmer and his students. Palmer often did not seek to verify that his techniques had any scientific backing, making chiropractic care wildly variable. His utter disregard for the scientific method placed a huge target on his back and on chiropractic care in general.
By the 90s, though, chiropractic care was given the full ability to develop and work with people in need.
Chiropractic Care In The 21st Century
As we’ve seen, the rise of chiropractic care in the 19th and 20th centuries was far from smooth. There were attacks on all sides, with some being warranted and some not. But how has the chiropractic profession transformed in the 21st century?
Well, you’ll be glad to know that chiropractic care has a much firmer foundation in scientific ideas and evidence. Chiropractors must have a much more rigorous understanding of anatomy and the way that manipulation affects it to be licensed and successful.
Chiropractic care, being recognized as a legitimate practice, has had the time to grow and become refined. Now, millions around the world use chiropractic care for recovery and for feeling their best.
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If you’re suffering from back pain, you’re in good company. About 80% of Americans will experience back pain in their lifetimes. Luckily, there are daily habits we can develop to ease back pain and prevent it from getting worse.
Be Mindful of Your Body Positioning
If you experience chronic pain, the simple act of paying attention to your posture can ease the discomfort. Here’s how:
Be sure you keep a straight back with your feet on the floor—no slouching! You want a 90-degree angle with your hips higher than your knees. Use a cushion if you need to.
Keep your shoulders back (not slouched) and your feet shoulder-width apart. Stand up straight with your head level (not tilted in any direction). You want to bear your weight on the balls of your feet. If you stand for extended periods, shift your weight from foot to foot or from heels to toes.
The key here is to maintain the natural curve of your spine. If you tend to sleep on your side, try putting a pillow between your knees. If you’re a back sleeper, a pillow beneath your knees will help. If you’re a stomach sleeper, try to train yourself to sleep on your back or side. If that’s not possible, place a pillow under your pelvis.
When lifting a heavy object, keep your feet shoulder-width apart. As you bend your knees, keep your spine in a neutral position, and lift slowly. Hold the load close to your body, and don’t twist; pivot with your feet instead.
Start by adjusting your seat to lean back slightly, at about a 100- to 110-degree angle. Then adjust the part you sit on until your thighs are fully supported and your hips are higher than your knees. If you have lumbar support, use it. If not, place a cushion behind your back.
Check Your Phone Posture
Do you spend hours each day with your head thrust forward, looking down at your phone? This is a perfect setup for back and neck pain. Try to keep your head back, your ears aligned with your shoulders, and your phone held straight out from your body. An armchair can help with that.
If you use a landline at work, try using a headset. And never cradle your phone between your head and your shoulder to keep your hands free.
Wear Supportive Shoes
High heels are the worst thing you can wear if you have back pain (with flip-flops a close second), particularly if you’re on your feet a lot.
High heels alter your balance and force your hips and knees out of alignment, putting extra strain on the lower back. Whenever possible, wear good supportive shoes with arch support.
Watch the Weight in Your Handbag or Backpack
If you use a handbag or shoulder bag, don’t overload it. If you’re feeling back strain from it, it’s too heavy. Chances are you always carry it on the same side, which strains your neck and back muscles. In time, this could cause muscle weakness and more severe problems. Try alternating sides from day to day or throughout the day.
Consider using a backpack. Backpacks are better than bags for carrying heavy loads because they distribute the weight evenly throughout your back. But again, don’t overload it.
Diet can have a substantial impact on back pain. A poor diet can cause inflammation that can lead to pain. Your dietary habits could also cause digestion issues such as constipation, cramping, and gas. All of these things can cause you to feel pain in your back.
The best diet for pain from inflammation is one with plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats. Include tomatoes, green leafy vegetables, olive oil, nuts, and fatty fish.
In addition, Harvard Health recommends avoiding the following:
Eating a healthy diet is also critical for maintaining a healthy weight. Carrying excess weight, especially around the middle, is another preventable source of back pain.
Gentle stretching is an excellent way to reduce back pain and ease aching muscles. Make it a daily habit, and you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel. Ask your therapist about stretching exercises that you can do at home.
If You’re a Smoker, Quit!
Many studies have shown that smokers are much more likely to have chronic pain issues. Quitting can decrease current pain and reduce the risk of it becoming chronic.
Our bodies aren't designed for our modern lifestyles. Many of us sit for too long and don’t get enough exercise. We spend hours each day hunched over computer screens, and our backs can pay a high price for it.
Creating an awareness habit is an easy and effective way to reduce that pain. Be attentive to what you ask of your body throughout your day and discover how much better you’ll feel.
You only have one back; be good to it.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Americans have shifted to working from home. If you’re one of the many Americans who now find themselves clocking in in their pajamas, it can definitely feel like quite the adjustment.
At Southwest Chiropractic, we understand that the change can be a little jarring, so we’ve decided to dedicate our latest blog to tips for working from home. By using these tips, you can hopefully enjoy working from home just a little bit more, and stay healthy throughout the pandemic!
1.) Designate A Workspace
One of the first items on your working-from-home to-do list should be to find/make a designated workspace. The reason for this is it can help you get and stay in the mindset of work, rather than sleep or leisure. A desk would be ideal, but even using the dining room or kitchen table would suffice.
When finding your workspace, try to find a place where you can spend time away from distractions like the TV or family. This isn’t always possible, of course, but finding a place away from distractions can help you stay productive.
2.) Invest In Work Equipment
Investing in some handy equipment can also do wonders for your time at home. One of the best investments you could make today is a good office chair, one that balances comfort and support. While we don’t recommend working on a bean bag chair or the couch, a dining room chair might be too rigid and uncomfortable. You can find a happy medium or, if all else fails, look for some affordable office chairs with great reviews online!
Another excellent investment to make for your home setup is a standing desk, which can keep you from staying seated for hours at a time. Sitting is notoriously bad for you—it increases the likelihood of certain diseases, as well as harming mental health on average. With a standing desk, you can avoid some of those bad effects.
Other excellent investments include a hanging file folder, a nice desk lamp, and a phone adapter
3.) Take Breaks
We are workaholics. This country, and the world at large, works long, hard hours. As you work from home, though, it’s important that you remember to take breaks along the way.
Periodic breaks in the day can have incredible health benefits, like improved creativity, mental-wellbeing, and even productivity. Yes, productivity! By giving your brain time to rest and refresh, you can work more efficiently when you are working.
Try to schedule out your break time, like one 5-10 minute break per hour or two. That way, you can find time to walk around, read an article, play a game, or even just rest your eyes.
4.) Don’t Forget To Stay Active
This is a huge tip. Being active is an incredibly crucial part of working from home. Even if you didn’t have a workout routine before, you probably still burned more calories than you realized.
This is because our everyday activities also burn calories, not just going to the gym or swimming laps in the pool. Opening your car door, walking to the break room, getting the conference room ready for a meeting—these all burn calories too, though we don’t often think about it. Working from home doesn’t allow you to burn calories in this way, so be sure to stay active.
Remember those breaks we suggested? Perhaps use them to go for a quick walk, or do a small workout circuit. This can help you stay happy and alert while you work, while also getting you out of harmful postures. Purchasing equipment like workout bands and a pull-up bar can also do wonders for your health. One of our more recent blogs discusses stretching in detail, another excellent way to stay healthy.
5.) Get Some Consistent Sleep
Working from home messing up your rhythm? You’re not alone. In addition to messing up our normal routine, it can also affect your sleep too. People tend to sleep later (sometimes way later), which can leave you groggy in the morning.
If you were getting a good amount of sleep pre-COVID19, try to maintain that schedule, or shift it slightly to account for your lack of a commute. But try not to let your sleep vary wildly from day to day, as it can lead to weight gain, irritability, and decreased productivity.
6.) Get Dressed
We all love our cozy pajamas, but when it’s time to work, you may want to put on some clothes. That’s because they help you get into the mindset of working, as opposed to the mindset of...well, sleeping.
That doesn’t mean you need to put on a full suit or dress, but some casual or business casual attire can help you wake up and shift your mindset to productivity mode.
7.) Keep An Eye On Your Calories
While you work from home, it can be tempting to reach for the chips and cookies while you work, but be warned: you may need some new pants soon.
It’s ridiculously easy to eat way too much while working from home. Even if you manage to keep eating the same amount, remember that you likely aren’t burning the same amount of calories as you used to. So you may slowly put on a few extra pounds.
To keep from gaining your social distancing-15, try cutting down slightly on your daily intake of food, and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and satiated.
8.) Make A Set Schedule
Finally, make a set schedule for your work. Working from home, it can be easy to let work consume your whole day, but you need that break. Set a definite start and stop time for work, so you can switch from work mode to relaxation mode reliably.
Choose Southwest Chiropractic For Your Health Needs
Due to the recent events regarding Covid-19, we would like you to know that Southwest Chiropractic is taking the following precautions in conjunction with other healthcare providers. As such, we ask that only the patient that is being treated and his/her ride or companion come to the appointment. We also ask that if you are not feeling well or have recently traveled or been around people who may have been exposed, not come to your appointment. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.
We are still open and taking patients at both our east and west locations. We are also accepting new patients. As we take in patients, we are concurrently taking ALL precautions to keep our patients and staff safe and healthy during this time. We are abiding by all distancing rules and will only allow a few patients at a time in any one area of the clinic to avoid contact with each other. We still look forward to serving the people of El Paso.
Again, if any patient feels ill or has traveled within the last two weeks, they are advised to please refrain from coming in at this time.
Additionally, we are more than happy to provide documentation for our patients that they were here attending their therapy sessions if ever they get questioned for being outdoors.
If you've been reading about how stretching before working out is beneficial, what you're reading is correct. If you've been reading about how stretching before working out is a waste of time, what you're reading is also true. So, what's the real information? Should you spend precious time before a workout stretching your body? Or should you go straight into your activity with cold muscles?
It depends. That answer may surprise you, but it all depends on what activity you'll be performing for your workout and what kind of stretching you will do before that activity. Just like a workout isn't a one-size-fits-all activity, neither is stretching.
Muscles and Stretching
Muscles are not one large block; in fact, they are comprised of small bundles of fibers. A muscle strain can occur when small tears appear in those fibers. In theory, one would think that stretching would make those muscle fibers looser, like stretching a rubber band, thus making the muscles less likely to tear during a workout. Unfortunately, in some cases stretching as a warmup to exercise can cause injury instead. Why? Because many people include stretching as their warm-up routine. This means they begin stretching tight, cold muscles, making it more likely that they will have sore muscles or an injury.
If you’re stretching before a workout, try to understand why you’re making an effort to stretch. Is it to avoid sore muscles? Is it to increase flexibility? Or is it because everyone always told you to stretch? Understanding what you hope to achieve can help you to gauge if stretching is for your particular exercise.
Benefits of Stretching as Warm-Up
Stretching is meant to increase flexibility, which is a plus for overall good health, fitness, and agility. It loosens tension within the body and increases blood flow to the muscles. For people who want to gain flexibility, stretching is a great option.
However, for many people, stretching is used as a warm-up exercise for activities like aerobics or their usual gym workout. It sounds great in theory, but not in practice. Most people will stretch while standing in one place. This is called a "static stretch." Static stretching pulls cold muscles, tearing fibers, and then subjects those torn muscle fibers into a vigorous workout. If your goal is to avoid sore muscles, then cold static stretches may not be the way to go.
Dynamic Stretching As a Warm-Up
If the goal is to prevent muscle soreness, a better way is to perform dynamic stretches as part of a warm-up routine. This is an activity that gets a person slowly moving, like walking on a treadmill or using an elliptical, while performing a range of motions with the arms. Dynamic stretching uses major muscle groups and gradually builds up the heart rate. This allows the body to slowly work up to more strenuous exercises.
Picture a rubber band again. Rather than taking it and suddenly stretching it one way, risking it snapping apart, imagine stretching the rubber band slowly in different directions. This is how dynamic stretching works. Should you stretch before a workout? Sure. But make sure to use dynamic stretches rather than static ones. For most activities, a dynamic stretch warm-up is the way to go.
Static Stretching As a Warm-Up
There are times when static stretching before a workout is beneficial, which is why consulting with a trainer or physical therapist is essential.
Swimmers, for example, are encouraged to perform static stretches before working out in the water. The type of activity swimmers perform requires long, reaching movements that are repetitive and forceful. Static stretching prepares their bodies for the shock of sudden cold water, stretching of the muscles, and the flurry of activity.
Static stretching can help after a workout. By assisting the body to cool down and preventing muscles from tightening up, static stretches may work better post-workout than as a warm-up.
Benefits of Stretching in General
Stretching on the whole, whether static or dynamic, provides the body with numerous health benefits. Stretching can even be done throughout the day in small increments, separately from a workout routine throughout the day.
Stretching loosens muscle fibers and gets the blood flowing to the muscles and joints. This allows your body to deliver oxygen, energy, and nutrients to these areas more efficiently. This also allows the removal of waste byproducts, ensuring a less toxic environment within the body.
Enhances Flexibility and Range of Motion
Without realizing it, excess energy when the body isn't flexible, causing fatigue. Bending down to tie shoelaces or reaching for a book can cause strain and tire the body. By increasing flexibility, simple tasks become more manageable. Stretching also improves athletic ability, allowing the body to become more responsive and agile.
Relaxation and Stress Relief
Believe it or not, muscles store the stress that is felt throughout the day. Stretching releases this stress and helps the body and mind to relax!
So, What’s the Verdict?
Should you stretch before working out? Yes. Although what kind of stretching (static vs. dynamic) depends on the type of workout you will be doing. For the most part, dynamic stretching used as part of a warm-up is the most beneficial. If you’re facing any sports injuries, then the team at Southwest Chiropractic can help. Give us a call today to learn more about what we can do for you!
Five Frequent Causes of Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain is no laughing matter. Many people go through it, and that can be for several reasons. Our backs provide lots of support for our bodies, so it is very important that we take good care of them. Scheduling an appointment with a chiropractic clinic is a good step towards relieving your pain and making sure your back is nice and healthy. Here at Southwest Chiropractic, we can help you out with various kinds of back pain and assist you in seeking treatment. In order to provide as much knowledge and insight into back health as possible, we’ve compiled a few of the most common causes of lower back pain.
1) Muscle and Ligament Strain
Muscle strain is damage to the muscle caused by stretching it too far and therefore causing it to tear. Your ligaments are what connect your bones together, and ligament strain is when over-stretching and tearing affect those ligaments. If you experience this kind of lower back pain, then it might be time to make some adjustments.
One cause of muscle and ligament strain is lifting very heavy objects or twisting the spine while lifting heavy objects. A way to avoid this is by not lifting too much at the gym, and by being a little more careful the next time you decide you want to rearrange the furniture in your house.
These kinds of strains can also be caused by sudden movements such as a really bad fall. Also, keep in mind not to slouch. A common cause of muscle and ligament strain is general poor posture over time. If you play sports that involve twisting, large forces of impact, or both, then please be wary of back pain.
The curvature of the spine, with conditions such as scoliosis, can cause lower back pain. Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine and often results in uneven ribs, a shoulder protruding more than the other, a shoulder or hip being higher than the other, and clothes hanging unevenly. These conditions can cause lower back pain if they lead to the breakdown of discs, facet joints, or sacroiliac joints. While the cause of scoliosis is unknown, it is known that the condition tends to run in families. Our office is readily equipt to help you seek proper scoliosis treatment suited to your needs.
3) Herniated Discs
A herniated disc is a problem that occurs with the discs in between the spinal bones. The pain typically associated with a herniated disc is found either in the neck area (cervical spine) or the lower back. This condition can form because of an injury, lifting heavy objects, or just normal wear and tear. The probability of being diagnosed with a herniated disc can be affected by serval risk factors such as being overweight, genetics, and having a physically demanding occupation. Here at Southwest Chiropractors, you may undergo an x-ray so we’ll be able to properly diagnose the herniated disc, and begin herniated disc treatment. We encourage you to call and schedule a visit with us if you experience symptoms of a herniated disc.
It goes without saying, but trauma to any part of the body is very serious and should be treated as soon as possible. Acute fractures and dislocations of the spine can lead to severe pain. In other words, if your spine gets broken, it will definitely hurt. If you experience back pain after trauma such as a car accident or a really big fall, you should immediately seek help and medical attention.
5) Less Common Conditions
There are some other conditions that can cause pain in the lower back, but they are very rare and may require medical attention from someone other than a chiropractor. It is very important that all possibilities are considered, however. Kidney stones, for example, can cause back pain, most typically on one side of the lower back. While it is very rare, tumors can cause back pain. They rarely ever begin on the back, but they typically spread from elsewhere in the body. Women who suffer from endometriosis can also experience a lot of back pain depending on how severe their condition is.
Don’t Let Lower Back Pain Bring You Down
Lower back pain is a difficult thing to get through. No one wants to suffer from pain, especially if it’s coming from the place that allows us to walk properly and perform basic everyday functions. No one wants to be able to miss out on the fun and adventurous parts of life because they are in too much pain. You should be able to play with your children and go hiking if you want to. Having severe lower back pain can also affect how you perform at your job and how you simply move around your own home. If you’re experiencing a lot of lower back pain, then you should visit a chiropractor in order to receive a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Our doors here at Southwest Chiropractor are open for you, so don’t be afraid to contact us and make an appointment, today!
We are, as a people, addicted to smartphones. Almost everyone cranes their necks on a regular basis in order to look down at their phones, to scroll through Instagram, or to order some food from Grubhub. As useful and entertaining as our smartphones can be, it’s crucial to practice proper usage in order to avoid any issues relating to neck pain. So many people avoid doing this, in fact, that a new term came into existence in order to accurately and succinctly describe this conundrum. “Smartphone neck” or “text neck” are names given to the constant act of craning one’s neck down to look at a smartphone screen. As you can surmise from its name, smartphone neck is rampant among those of us who use our phones on a daily basis. Perhaps you’ve never experienced extreme pain from simply looking down at your phone, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be careful! If you’re experiencing pain in your neck, be it due to your smartphone or any other issue, then it’s time to visit Southwest Chiropractors in El Paso.
Text Neck Can Damage Your Neck, Posture, and More
It may seem like a small, seemingly insignificant action, but craning your neck to look down at your phone screen can actually lead to serious aches and pains. In fact, doing so regularly can lead to issues such as a damaged posture. When you move your head forward to look at your phone screen, you’re adding 26 pounds of strain on your neck. Usually, our heads weigh around 11 pounds but by moving the head forward slightly, the pressure doubles! The weight actually increases the more your neck cranes. Not only can this lead to neck strains, but it can also cause further issues. Thankfully, it’s possible to build up positive habits in order to retroactively avoid any issues relating to “text neck.”
Tips to Tackle Text Neck
You can avoid neck pain relating to text/smartphone neck by following these three tips. First, check your posture and neck alignment by looking at a reflection of your profile. You can easily accomplish this by using your bathroom mirror. In order to see if you have correct posture, you should try to draw an imaginary line from your ear to your shoulder. If your posture is off-center, then it’ll be necessary to do some adjustments in your life. There are many ways to effectively improve your posture. What’s important is for you to maintain these improvements in order for your back and neck to grow stronger, thus avoiding any instances of neck and back pain in the future. A great way to improve your posture, and in turn avoiding text neck, is by arching your back and doing shoulder extensions.
One of the best ways to tackle text neck is by making a conscious decision to look forward while using your phone instead of looking down. By raising your phone to eye level, you’ll avoid any muscle strain in your neck. It might be easier to simply look down at your phone whenever you get a text, but that seemingly insignificant action can act as a small snowball at the top of a snowy mountain. Before long, the pain may become unbearable. Instead of ending up with neck pain thanks to your phone, you can make a conscious decision to improve your posture on a daily basis.
What To Do When You Have Neck Pain
Neck pain is nothing to scoff at. Small actions, such as looking down at your phone or computer screen for long periods of time, day in and day out, can eventually cause neck pain. If the pain doesn’t dissipate in a few days, then it’s in your best interest to seek medical attention from a chiropractor. Southwest Chiropractors, led by Dr. Fred Aguayo, DC, is El Paso’s top line when it comes to chiropractic care and neck pain treatment. When you schedule a meeting with us, you can expect Dr. Aguayo, DC to conduct an exam to uncover the source of your pain. Your doctor may also take x-rays to get a better understanding of the underlying issues. Once Dr. Aguayo has all the information he needs, he’ll be able to create an appropriate treatment plan for your needs.
Contact Southwest Chiropractors, Today!
Whether your neck is starting to hurt after long hours at the office, or you’ve been experiencing chronic neck pain for weeks now, it’s time to schedule a consultation at Southwest Chiropractors. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help!
We’ve all been there—minding your own business when a massive migraine nests in your head and disrupts your whole day. Unlike a headache, a migraine can be disruptive enough to keep you from doing normal activities, like driving, going out, or doing work. It’s not uncommon to have migraines every now and again due to stress or bad diet, but chronic migraines should be addressed right away. In this article, we’ll go over some of the most common causes of chronic migraines.
What is a Migraine?
A migraine is often thought of as an intense headache. While this is true, they may have other symptoms such as:
Common Causes of Chronic Migraines
Here at Southwest Chiropractic, we’ve dealt with many clients experiencing chronic migraines, and have successfully helped people reduce their pain. Contact us if you’d like to find out more about migraine relief.
Life is stressful, demanding, and difficult. At the same time, injuries and accumulated physical ailments can take a toll on our bodies; we often begin to see the repercussions of that as we grow older. We are often faced with challenges—personal, professional, and spiritual—that take our bodies and emotions through wild ups and downs.
Major and chronic depression is a serious condition affects around 16. 2 million Americans and can have true health consequences if not treated or tended to. Every case is different and should be treated on a case by case basis, but massage therapy has seen some positive effects on people who are suffering from a bout of depression or persistent stress in their lives.
Both of these conditions can lead to tension in the muscles, poor diet, poor exercise regimens, and more; all of this contributes to one's overall state of health and wellness. Research even suggests that stress can be a cause of some medical conditions and illnesses. That’s why finding ways to mitigate stress and take care of our bodies is vital in the maintenance of our health.
What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy refers to the practice of manual movement of soft body tissue to enhance a person’s well-being. Soft body tissues include muscle, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments.
Some of the Benefits from Massage Therapy
While massage therapy is not a cure-all for any physical and mental illness or disorder, it has proven benefits across the board. Massages have been used in ancient cultures like China for more than 3,000 years. Many ancient practitioners of massage therapy will argue that the method based on touch will help in the release of hormones and the creation of an emotional connection. Practitioners of the modern and contemporary study of massage therapy see some similar effects. Here are a few of the benefits:
For Back Pain, Massage Therapy Can Be Effective
Massage therapy can also be effective in reducing back pain and easing some of the tension builds up in patients with back problems. People that suffer from back pain can see a reduction of swelling and inflammation.
Call a Trusted Clinic and Ease the Tension
Whether you have tension due to stress, depression, or chronic back pain, massage therapy can be a great way to alleviate some of that tension in the body and mind. The release that patients see after a therapeutic massage can improve your overall health and help you face the day with confidence and strength. Call Southwest Chiropractic today and schedule an appointment. Find out how your muscles can work for you.
Scoliosis is the sideways curvature of the spine that generally takes place right before puberty. It can be caused by several conditions but the majority of those who have it experience a slight deformity during the growth spur. While some experience scoliosis more severely than others, there are several facts surrounding the condition that not many are aware of. As chiropractors, we believe it’s imperative to bring you as much awareness as possible about the condition, given the impact it can have on your spine and your life as a whole.
Here are three little known facts about scoliosis:
1. You More Likely to Have Scoliosis if Someone in Your Family Has It.
If someone in your family has scoliosis, you are 30% more likely to get it yourself. Although as a parent you might not have it and your child does, the family link can extend beyond parents. Parents with a mild condition can also pass it along to their children. Unfortunately, many times there is no known cause of scoliosis. That’s why as a parent, it’s important for your child to receive his or her regular check-ups, especially around the ages of 10 to 12, since this is when their bodies are experiencing more dramatic changes.
2. Females Are at a Greater Risk of Scoliosis.
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, females are more likely to have scoliosis than males. The condition for females is also eight times more likely to worsen. One possible reason why girls have a greater risk of developing scoliosis is the higher amounts of the hormone leptin and higher amounts of activity in the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS). Researchers have also spent time looking at the development of females compared to males during puberty in order to find associations. Several studies have found that estrogen increases the curve severity of scoliosis.
3. It’s Not Caused by Bad Posture
While it’s important to sit up straight, slouching does not cause scoliosis. Bad posture, in general, will not result in scoliosis. If you do slouch; however, you may develop a temporary condition known as postural scoliosis (nonstructural scoliosis). This condition is a result of curving the spine, but unlike structural scoliosis, nonstructural scoliosis is irreversible and the structure of your spine is still considered normal.
And Remember, You’re Not Alone
Scoliosis affects roughly six to nine million Americans. Even if you’ve never met someone with the condition, know that there are many out there just like you. While it’s common for people with scoliosis to deal with the condition in silence, there are others who are more vocal about their condition given their public life.
For example, there are numerous accomplished athletes with scoliosis who serve as perfect examples that even physical hurdles can be overcome. Just think of former sprinter Usain Bolt. His nicknames include “Lightning Bolt” and the “Fastest Man in the World”. Up until his retirement in 2017, Bolt was the world’s fastest sprinter and earned several awards including eight Olympic gold medals.
Did you know that Elizabeth Taylor had scoliosis? The iconic star was born with scoliosis and suffered from several other complications throughout her life. In 1994 while filming National Velvet, Taylor broke her back, which led to chronic back pain for the remainder of her life. Despite her complications, life with scoliosis was never a setback for Taylor. She continued to star in numerous films including her biggest role as Cleopatra.
Other famous people with scoliosis include actress Venessa Williams, world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, actress Shailene Woodley, superstar Liza Minnelli, Princess Eugenie, professional golfer Dudley Hart, and many others.
For Scoliosis Treatment in El Paso, Visit Southwest Chiropractic
Your condition doesn’t define you. The treatments available for scoliosis are prime examples that living with the condition is a matter of management. Like many aspects of life, dealing with a condition is how one improves and continues to move forward. That’s why the Southwest Chiropractic team places a strong emphasis on providing El Pasoans with comprehensive scoliosis treatment. We’re committed to helping improve your quality of life. Chiropractic care is a key aspect of this. Connect with us today to learn more.
We are a family practice and have been in business for over 19 years. We specialize in the treatment and management of work-related injuries and auto injuries; offering you the latest in quality therapy and care.