If you work at a place that has you sitting for long periods of time, your posture may be in jeopardy. But, the truth is, everyday activities like driving, lifting weights and heavy objects, even exercises themselves can cause your posture to be out of whack.
Below are a few quick and easy tips to perfect your posture on your own.
1.) Keep Your Alignment
Make sure that your ears are aligned over your shoulders, and make sure your shoulders are aligned over your hips -- this is a good rule for both standing and sitting. When you lean or hunch forward you can cause misalignment in your spine, which will lead to back problems.
2.) Sit With Your Feet Flat on the Ground
Instead of sitting with your legs crossed, make sure you sit with your feet flat on the ground. If you're able to, make sure you have a chair tall enough to leave your knees slightly lower than your hips when rested.
3.) Pull Back Those Shoulder Blades
Avoid getting rounded shoulders, which can lead to back and neck problems, by pulling your shoulders back (and down) while pushing your chest out (and up).
If you have back or neck pain that persists even in the face of taking the measures listed above, contact Barton Chiropractic Clinic today to schedule your consultation.
It's doesn't matter if you're an ultra marathon runner or a server at a restaurant, choosing the right shoe is paramount to your back and your joint health.
There are certain qualities that you should look for in a shoe. You'll want to consider what you'll be doing in the shoe. For instance, if you'll be working at a restaurant, you'll want to get a slip-resistant shoe. If you're going to be running 5 miles a day, you'll want a lightweight shoe that provides the right amount of cushion for your needs, not to mention something that fits like a glove.
Below are 4 factors that go into choosing the right shoe.
1.) Comfort Level
You don't want a shoe that is too stiff or too small for your foot. Sure, there will be a certain amount of "breaking in" that needs to be done, but, generally, when you choose a shoe, you should feel good about its level of comfort right off the bat.
You'll want a shoe that helps reduce wear and tear on your joints. Make sure there is a good amount of cushion, but make sure to stay in moderation, because too much cushion can actually work to weaken your operating joints and muscles.
Pay attention to the level of support your shoe offers when you're walking briskly and running. Your foot needs to stay in proper alignment and your shoe plays a big part in this.
4.) The Right Fit
Making sure your shoe is the right fit is hugely important. You don't want something that your foot will be swimming around in, which can lead to blistering and discomfort. You want at least a centimeter or two between the tips of your toes and the end of your shoe.
At Barton Chiropractic Clinic we provide our patients with chiropractic treatments and educational materials that help them deal with injury and prevent future injuries. If you have any questions about choosing the proper shoe for you, or any other ways you can reduce back pain and stiffness, contact us today.
Chiropractic has gotten the unfortunate stigma of only being useful to those who experience injury. This is simply NOT TRUE!
Instead, think of chiropractic care as a way to prevent injuries down the road in addition to treating injuries that pop up suddenly and unexpectedly. Below are a few reasons why chiropractic care is great for athletes and can help those who are looking to unlock peak performance capabilities.
1.) Increase Your Range of Motion
Being flexible and having a broad range of motion is paramount for running, jumping, and engaging in most other physical activities. Increasing your range of motion will help you shave time off your mile, for instance. Chiropractic care is a great way to improve the function of your joints, not to mention your spine.
2.) Boost Your Awareness
Most sports require participants to have their "head on a swivel," and chiropractic care is a great way to boost your awareness on the field, court, the ring, the octagon, or wherever else you engage in your sport of choice. A chiropractic adjustment will help improve communication between your brain and nervous system, which will not only improve your mental sharpness but will also give you more balance and hand-eye coordination.
3.) Enhance Your Performance
Regular chiropractic treatments can help improve your mobility, improve strength, and help you get more out of your training. You'll also reduce your risk of experiencing injury.
If you're wondering how chiropractic care can help you in your athletic performance, contact Barton Chiropractic Clinic today. We'll schedule your consultation and show you the health benefits a full-service chiropractic care center has to offer you.
The Piriformis is one of your smaller muscles which is located deep in the buttocks -- right behind the gluteus maximus. Your Piriformis runs from the lower spine to the upper femur in a diagonal fashion. Your sciatic nerve runs underneath (or through) the muscle. The piriformis muscle helps the hip rotate, turning the leg and foot outward. The Piriformis is the muscle responsible for hip rotation and gives you the ability to turn your foot and leg outward.
Being that the Piriformis is in close proximity to the sciatic nerve, trouble can arise. One such case is Piriformis Syndrome, which is a condition that causes pain due to the muscle tightening and intruding upon the sciatic nerve in the buttock area. Pain, numbness, tenderness, and other symptoms can occur, including radiating pain that can run down the leg, sometimes reaching down to the calf.
Piriformis Syndrome Has 2 Possible Causes
Piriformis Syndrome can arise from either sitting for long periods of time, or from an injury to the buttocks (usually a fall, an athletic injury, or something of the like). Trauma such as injury can cause the Piriformis to expand, swell, and irritate your sciatic nerve. Spasms are also another issue that can cause Piriformis Syndrome.
Chiropractic treatment offers a variety of options to treat and heal Piriformis Syndrome.
Treat Your Piriformis Syndrome with Chiropractic Care!
When it comes to chiropractors, they view the patient's whole body in its entirety view the body in its entirety, which will often extend to the leg and buttocks areas. Your chiropractor has the power to utilize a regimen of pelvic and spinal adjustments, or even joint manipulation or stretching which will end up loosening the muscle, helping to heal the affected area.
If you need help treating your Piriformis Syndrome, contact Barton Chiropractic Clinic today. We have a long, successful track record of treating pain and injury the drug-free way.
Have you ever heard that expression "you're only as healthy as your spine?" No matter which way you slice it, spine health has a big impact on your overall health.
Below are a few ways to boost your spine health to make it a happy and healthy 2019.
The human nervous system is made up the brain and spinal cord, not to mention peripheral nerves -- all of which come together to form the communication system of your body. Chiropractic adjustments optimize your nervous system and clear your neural pathways.
Make Sure to Stay Hydrated
Did you know that every cell in your body needs water to function properly? That also includes cells in your nervous system and your spinal discs (which are filled with fluid and need hydration to function properly). Drink half your body weight in ounces every day.
Cut Down on Stress
Stress can and will take a toll on your body. Obesity, heart disease, diabetes, headaches, depression -- not to mention spinal movement call all be negatively affected by stress. Taking a few new measures like mindful breathing, meditation, or other coping mechanisms or calming tools will improve your ability in dealing with daily stressors.
Contact Barton Chiropractic Clinic if you'd like to know more about how to make spine health a priority. We have a long track record of keeping our patients healthy and well!