The importance of core stability
You may as well equate core stability with spinal stability. Core muscles refer to the network of muscles in your stomach and back which combine to support your spine, maintain stability and prevent injury. Weakness in these muscles is a signal contributor to not only back pain, but the development of poor posture and debilitating spinal conditions such as herniated discs. Boiled down to its most basic, a strong core will support your spine and allow you to perform thousands of daily motions without incurring injury. Let's take a look at one of the most important core muscles.
The two worst forms of footwear for people with back pain
High heels and flip flops. This is a bottom-up problem: by not providing adequate support for your feet, the instability ripples through the legs and affects the spine, especially the lower back.
- The higher the heel, the more accentuated the arch in your lower back, straining the muscles of the lower back in the process.
- Flip flops don't anchor your feet, instead letting them slide around in the footbed. This means that the weight of your body is being thrown about, exacerbating conditions such as sciatica.
From a chiropractor's perspective, high heels and flip flops both fit under the category of flimsy footwear. They may serve an intermediary purpose, but they should never be your go-to shoe.
You get regular tune-ups for your car but not your body?
The logic appears to be faulty here. People protect the things they love and spend money to care for them, but will often wait until an injury or serious condition develops to seek help for their own body. At our office, we hope to give you some compelling reasons to start thinking differently about the maintenance of your own body!
Athletes put their bodies on the line; we protect them
Whether your sport is high-impact or low, every time you go out on your chosen playing field you are putting your body at risk for injury. While a good deal of our work as chiropractors is centered around preventing injury in the first place, chiropractic is also an effective tool for treating injuries after they happen. Let's look at some of the most common injuries sustained by athletes and how we treat them at our office.
Common injuries sustained by athletes
Some of the most common injuries sustained by athletes include sprains, strains and tears, all of which can cause pain and prevent you from playing. These injuries are primarily caused by:
- Forceful impact
- Repetitive trauma (think the jarring motion on your joints from running)
- Over-training and fatigue
- Failure to warm-up
How we treat athletic injuries
- Manual adjustment of the spine: to realign the spine, and correct the motion and function of spinal joints.
- Releasing myofascial pain: reducing pain allows you to focus on stretching and strengthening, the factors that matter for rehabilitation.
- Improving circulation: to cycle blood to an injured area, bringing the oxygen and nutrients necessary for repair.
- Spinal mobilization: a passive movement of a segment of the spine to increase range of motion.
- Ice and heat: to stimulate the body's healing response and further improve circulation.
Your specialist for athletic injuries
If you are suffering from a sports-related injury and are interested in healing it quickly and preventing it from recurring, give our office in Houston a call to schedule an appointment today. We can help you get back on the playing field and performing better than ever!
Sitting All Day Is Unnatural
Humans weren't made to just sit. We were made to stand, to walk, run, jump, twist, turn, bend, lay down, roll, crawl, climb, squat, and maybe, for a few minutes a day, to sit. But at a certain point in (very recent) history, our jobs became seated, our entertainment became seated, our meals, our commute, etc. The list goes on. Sitting has become as prevalent as standing and it is taking its toll on our bodies. If your typical day consists of commuting to work each way, sitting in front of a computer, then sitting on a sofa and watching TV to unwind (with maybe an hour of exercise thrown in), you could be putting your spine at serious risk.