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Forward Head Posture and Lung Capacity

Forward Head Posture and Lung Capacity

With the increasing use of smartphones and laptops, problems in the neck and shoulders have been increasing. A healthy spine has three different curves that act as shock absorbers and support the body. The most important curve is the neck curve, the cervical lordosis. A normal neck curve presents with a C shaped curve approximately 43 degrees measured from the second vertebra in the neck to the seventh vertebra in the neck.  When the upper thoracic spine starts rounding due to poor posture, the position of the head and neck will change to compensate for it.

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Frequent Questions about Chiropractic

1.       Will an adjustment hurt?

To most people, the adjustment feels good. Depending on the condition, however, there may be muscle soreness following the adjustment.

 

2.       How long will I have to continue care?

This depends on the severity of the problem and how long you’ve had the problem. Typically, a more severe problem takes longer than a mild problem. Likewise, a more chronic problem will take longer than an acute problem. In general, it depends on individual needs and situation.

 

3.       What is the cracking sound during an adjustment?

When a joint capsule is stretched, the gases contained within the fluid of the joint are rapidly released and create a popping sound.

 

4.       Do Chiropractors treat more than just the spine?

Yes, chiropractors treat soft tissue, extremities, and other ailments. The nervous system is what controls all aspects of the body. While chiropractors don’t claim to treat everything, many conditions have been shown to be helped by chiropractors. Migraines, vertigo, and ear infections are just a few.

 

5.       Once I start do I have to keep going?

That depends on your goal. If your goal is to get out of pain, then your goal has been reached. However, the absence of pain usually does not signal that you are healed. Chiropractic care is a process of restoring proper motion and function to the joints which in turn leads to less pain and increased overall function to the body.

 

6.       Is anyone to old or young to get adjusted?

No, we can adjust anyone from a newborn to 100 years old. The difference is the technique and force used. Remember, pain is usually the last indicator that something is wrong. Children often don’t have pain but benefit from an adjustment.

 

7.       Is Chiropractic Safe?

Chiropractic care has been found to be a very safe, non-invasive treatment. Compared to other options for treatment, chiropractic has no drug side effects, does not mask the symptoms, and is considered one of the safest, most effective treatments for numerous conditions.

 

8.       Can I get adjusted while pregnant?

Yes, it is highly recommended to get adjusted when pregnant. Adjustments can not only help women throughout the pregnancy, but can also help with an easier labor and delivery. Of course, there are modifications that are made as the pregnant woman grows.

Chiropractors Big Help for Low Back Pain

Chiropractors Big Help for Low Back Pain

Your lumbar spine, or lower back, is a complex structure of interconnecting ligaments, muscles, bones, joints and nerves all working together to provide support to your core and offer strength and flexibility. However, your lower back is also susceptible to injury and pain, based on how it's used and protected. Mechanical and soft tissue injuries are some of the more common causes of lower back pain, which can impact intervertebral discs, nerve roots and spinal joints.1

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Benefits of using Cold Laser

Benefits of using Cold Laser

At Northwest Wellness, our patients benefit from cold laser use for a variety of different spinal issues. Cold laser is a newer technology used by chiropractors, physical therapist, and acupuncturist. You may be wondering how cold laser works. Cold laser is a low level light that puts red light photons into the tissue and bone to help reduce pain and stimulate healing. Cold lasers are FDA approved for a variety of different issues: Acute and chronic pain, ligament sprains, muscle strain, soft tissue injuries, tendonitis, arthritis, tennis elbow, back pain, bursitis, fibromyalgia, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

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What Is Northwest Wellness?

What Is Northwest Wellness?

Northwest Wellness is the lifetime vision of Dr. Lorri Nichols of Federal Way, WA.  Beginning as a small chiropractic practice in 1989, Northwest Wellness has grown into a multidisciplinary, integrated practice providing comprehensive health care to Federal Way and the surrounding community.  Our practice consists of primary care, chiropractic, physical therapy, massage therapy, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, nutrition and weight loss to serve all of your health care needs.

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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the fascia. Usually the pain is felt where the fascia attaches to the heel.  This causes the bottom of your foot to hurt when you walk or stand, usually a sharp and stabbing pain.  It is the most common cause of heel pain and especially effects people who spend long periods of time standing.

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How To Prevent Back Pain

How To Prevent Back Pain

Eighty percent of all adults will experience and episode of lower back pain during their lifetime.  For some individuals this will become a chronic condition that can become debilitating.  Here are some tips to avoid back pain and take good care of your spine:

·         Sit with Proper Posture-Shoulders back with your lower back slightly curved forward.  You can also use a lower back cushion for extra support.

·         Avoid Prolonged Sitting-If your job requires you to sit for eight hours per day be sure to stand up, stretch and walk around every hour.

·         Bend At Your Hip-When bending over,  hinge at your hips while keeping your back straight rather than bending in the lower back.

·         Use Proper Lifting Techniques- Hold the item close to your body, engage your core and bend at the knees or the hips.

·         Sleep on the Proper Mattress in the Correct Position-A mattress should be firm enough to support your weight but have a soft enough cover to cushion your body.  Sleep on your side with a pillow between your knees or on your back with a pillow under your knees.

·         Avoid An Inflammatory Diet –Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, healthy fats and healthy proteins.  Avoid sugar and processed foods.

·         STOP SMOKING-smoking inhibits blood flow, weakens your bones and breaks down the cushioning disks between the bones of the spine.

·         Exercise Regularly – Walk, swim, cycle, stretch and lift weights.  These activities promote flexibility, strength and circulation which will keep your spine healthy.

·         Maintain a Healthy Weight- carrying extra weight will stress the joints of the spine as well as the knees and ankles causing degeneration and pain.

For more information on avoiding back pain and maintaining a healthy spine call Northwest Wellness in Federal Way, WA at 2539270660

 

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