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Have you developed “computer posture?”
Is your neck beginning to jut forward while your upper back takes on the rounded shape of someone hunched over a keyboard all day?
It makes sense that no matter what your occupation, if you spend extended amounts of time in the same position, your body will begin to stay that way. Your body loves to adapt. If you lift weights, your body thinks that you must need bigger muscles to accomplish your daily activities. On the other hand, if you don’t lift weights, your body assumes there’s no need for big muscles.
If you are hunched over the keyboard, your body begins the process of creating a computer posture for you. A postural change that will help you stay in the position that you are in the most.
So to solve this problem (yes, computer posture is a problem), you’re going to have to do activities that tell your body that your desire is to sit up straight — and out of pain.
The great thing about your body is that you won’t have to do the additional activities nearly as much as you are doing the position that is contributing to your computer posture.
You just have to do it effectively. You have to target the muscles of your back that support your posture and help you maintain a straight position. Just going to the gym and bench pressing is not going to get you the results you’re after.
Spend time exercising your back and you’ll make it difficult for you body to keep you hunched over your desk.
Whiplash is a generic term applied to injuries of the neck caused when the neck is suddenly and/or violently jolted in one direction and then another, creating a whip-like movement. Whiplash is most commonly seen in people involved in motor vehicle accidents, but it can also occur from falls, sports injuries, work injuries, and other incidents.
What structures are injured in a whiplash?
Whiplash injuries most often result in sprain-strain of the neck. The ligaments that help support, protect, and restrict excessive movement of the vertebrae are torn, which is called a sprain. The joints in the back of the spine, called the facet joints, are covered by ligaments called facet capsules, which seem to be particularly susceptible to whiplash injury.
In addition, the muscles and tendons are strained—stretched beyond their normal limits. The discs between the vertebrae, which are essentially ligaments, can be torn, potentially causing a disc herniation. The nerve roots between the vertebrae may also be stretched and become inflamed. Even though it is very rare, vertebrae can be fractured and/or dislocated in a whiplash injury.
What are the common signs and symptoms of whiplash?
The most common symptoms of whiplash are pain and stiffness in the neck. These symptoms are generally found in the areas that are “whiplashed.” For example, during a whiplash, first the head is lifted up from the upper-cervical spine. This creates a sprain/strain in the region just below the skull, where symptoms usually occur. Symptoms may also commonly be seen in the front and back of the neck. Turning the head often makes the pain and discomfort worse.
Headache, especially at the base of the skull, is also a common symptom, seen in more than two thirds of patients. These headaches may be one-sided (unilateral) or experienced on both sides (bilateral). In addition, the pain and stiffness may extend down into the shoulders and arms, upper back, and even the upper chest.
In addition to the musculoskeletal symptoms, some patients also experience dizziness, difficulty swallowing, nausea, and even blurred vision after a whiplash injury. While these symptoms are disconcerting, in most cases, they disappear within a relatively short time. If they persist, it is very important to inform your doctor that they are not resolving. Vertigo (the sensation of the room spinning) and ringing in the ears may also be seen. In addition, some patients may feel pain in the jaw. Others will even complain of irritability, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating. These symptoms also resolve quickly in most cases. In rare cases, symptoms can persist for weeks, months, or even years.
Another important and interesting aspect of whiplash is that the signs and symptoms often do not develop until 2 to 48 hours after the injury. This scenario is relatively common but not completely understood. Some speculate that it may be due to delayed muscle soreness, a condition seen in other circumstances.
How is whiplash treated?
One of the most important aspects of whiplash management is for the patient to stay active, unless there is some serious injury that requires immobilization. Patients should not be afraid to move and be active, within reason. In addition, your doctor will often prescribe an exercise or stretching program. It is particularly important to follow this program as prescribed, so that you can achieve the best long-term benefits.
Chiropractic manipulation and phsiotherapy
Ice and/or heat are often used to help control pain and reduce the muscle spasm that results from whiplash injuries. Other physical therapy modalities, such as electrical stimulation and/or ultrasound, may provide some short-term relief. They should not, however, replace an active-care program of exercise and stretching. Spinal manipulation and/or mobilization provided by a chiropractor can also give significant relief in many cases of neck pain.
Many people aren't aware of the relationship between upper cervical (neck) trauma and vertigo. With all that modern science has accomplished, there are still more unanswered questions than answered ones. This is also true in the case of vertigo research. It's been difficult to pinpoint the exact reason(s) why certain people suffer vertigo. However, research is beginning to point toward upper cervical trauma as an underlying cause for many types of vertigo, including Meniere's disease, Disembarkment Syndrome, and Benign Position Vertigo.
The upper cervical area of the spine refers to the two vertebrae located at the top of the spine, directly underneath the head. C1 (known as Atlas,) along with C2 (known as Axis,) are chiefly responsible for the rotation and flexibility of the head and neck. Like the rest of the vertebrae, they are extremely vulnerable to injury and trauma. In some cases, patients may recall a specific trauma to the head or neck (such as a car accident or a blow to the head.) In other cases, patients may not be able to point to a specific injury after which vertigo became a problem. This is not unusual, since it may take months or years for vertigo to develop after head trauma.
Because so many nerves transmit through the upper cervical spine (to and from the brain,) trauma to this area results in problems to other parts of the body. This is where the relationship between the upper cervical area and vertigo becomes evident. If these vertebrae become displaced, even slightly, vertigo can occur. Unless the neck injury is addressed, the symptoms persist.
Chiropractic care involves correcting the position of these injured cervical vertebrae, particularly C1 and C2. Realigning these vertebrae may reduce or eliminate many types of vertigo.
There are several types of vertigo for which people seek upper cervical chiropractic treatment. Meniere's disease is associated with an abnormal amount of fluid in the inner ear. This imbalance of fluids creates dizziness, as though a person is constantly spinning. It may also cause persistent ringing in the ear and hearing loss. Episodes of vertigo are usually intermittent, but can be very debilitating. Episodes may last anywhere from 20 minutes to several hours. During an attack, a person may feel very sleepy. They may be unable to work, drive, walk normally, or even carry on with regular daily activity.
Another type of vertigo, Disembarkment Syndrome, can strike a person after being on a boat or even an airplane. While some dizziness may be normal after a cruise or plane trip, this usually disappears within minutes or hours. In people with Disembarkment Syndrome, the symptoms persist for months or years afterwards. Sufferers are left with the sensation that they are constantly in motion: rocking, bouncing, and weaving. This makes it difficult to walk and stand. Like Meniere's disease, Disembarkment Syndrome affects a person's ability to work, drive and carry on normal activity.
Benign Positional Vertigo (BPV) is another common type of vertigo. In a normal ear, the semicircular canal contains fluid which, when disturbed by movement of the head, send signals to the brain that the head is moving. When someone has positional vertigo (BPV), it is believed that small particles in the inner ear become dislodged. The result is a faulty signal being sent to the brain, indicating that the head is moving when it is not. This causes episodes of dizziness or vertigo.
When these conditions occur as the result of irritation to the neck vertebrae caused by trauma, chiropractic care may be beneficial. Treatments are given to relieve the irritation by realigning the vertebrae back into their proper positions. Once this occurs, the vertigo may diminish or disappear entirely.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF SHOULDER PAIN
Some of the most common causes for shoulder pain include:
Neck and mid-back pain that’s trickling down
It may surprise you, but when you have excruciating neck and mid-back pain, it can sometimes be felt in the shoulder. That’s why it’s so important to have an examination to truly pinpoint where your problem is.
Impingement syndrome - When the tendons of the rotator cuff muscles become irritated and inflamed it causes this common affliction. Shoulder overhead movements are made all but impossible.
Frozen shoulder - Also known as adhesive capsulitis, this condition severely restricts movement. Using Progressive Rehab® will strengthen the area around the pain while also relieving spasms and reduce swelling that are symptomatic of the area.
• Arthritis - While not as common as hip or knee arthritis, shoulder arthritis is no less painful and debilitating.
Call Goldberg Wellness and Acupuncture Center to schedule your appointment with Dr. Goldberg 561-624-5070
NON SURGICAL SPINAL DECOMPRESSION
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression (NSSD) slowly lengthens and decompresses the spine, creating negative pressures within the discs. This reversal of pressure creates an intradiscal vacuum that not only takes pressure off of pinched nerves, but helps to re-position bulging discs and pull extruded disc material back into place. NSSD utilizes a sophisticated method of cycling the patient though a series of slow pulls, hols, and releases. The super smooth transitions between each phase of therapy can make for an experience so relaxing that many patients often fall asleep. Over a series of treatment sessions, patients experience powerful pain reduction and healing. Even post-surgical patients and those suffering from certain types of stenosis have reported significant pain relief.
ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM CHRONIC NECK PAIN?
Chronic neck pain is often torturous to endure. Not only can it limit you from doing certain activities, but it can also demotivate you and diminish your productivity. This type of ailment often sets in slowly, taking years of poor posture and old, unhealed injuries to fully set in. The first step many Palm Beach Gardens residents take to seek relief is through the use of anti-inflammatory or pain relief medication; others utilize massages, muscle relaxants, or hot packs. While these methods provide temporary comfort, they are only quick and temporary fixes for true chronic neck pain. A longer lasting solution lies in professional chiropractic care.
Neck Pain Symptoms to Look For
If you are considering looking for professional help in the Palm Beach Gardens area to help ease your discomfort, take account of your symptoms:
• How long has your discomfort persisted? If the answer is more than a few days, you can safely assume that the professional help of a chiropractor will be greatly beneficial.
• What’s your range of motion like? If you can’t look to the right or the left without severe discomfort this is a clear indicator that you may have had a vertebrae shift out of alignment and possibly impinge the nerve roots. Call today 561-624-5070 to have your chronic Neck Pain evaluated, and treated, by Dr. Goldberg.
THE LONG TERM EFFECTS OF AUTO ACCIDENTS
Car wrecks can be devastating, not only emotionally but physically. Auto accident injuries can affect your life not only right after an accident but for many years to come. Left untreated, whiplash and sprains can turn into long-term damage that is irreparable.
While the most common injury from a car wreck is whiplash or strained muscles, people also suffer from scrapes, cuts, bruising, and more serious problems like head, chest, or arm and leg damage. Concussions are not uncommon, and even minor ones need attention. If you suspect you may have broken something, seek a medical professional right away. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your health!
Preventing Future Problems
When treated right away, you can help prevent the development of chronic conditions due to auto accident injuries. Chiropractic care can stave off and ease certain injuries before they become permanent. At Goldberg Welness & Acupuncture Center we can perform gentle adjustments and manipulations of your body (particularly, the spine) that will help release tension, improve oxygen and blood flow, and speed recovery. If you have been in a car wreck in Palm Beach County and develop whiplash, strains, or other soft tissue damage, visit us today for quick care.
PURSES, BACKPACKS, AND BAGS: THE EFFECTS ON YOUR SPINE
You may not think about it, but carrying around a heavy load on your shoulders can severely affect your spine. Purses, backpacks, and other bags can all cause your spinal muscles to be off-balanced. The tension on your muscles accumulates, and after time can lead to you needing to visit a chiropractic clinic. Fortunately,Goldberg Wellness and Acupuncture Center is conveniently located in Palm Beach Gardens with our walk-in facility where you can get help today. Abnormal Gait - Your gait changes when there is extra weight on your shoulders. You stumble, strain, and shift, even ever so slightly, because your body is trying to support the uneven weight. After a while, this abnormality can affect the spine, causing it to curve unnaturally. With the help of Dr. Bruce Goldberg, you can work on realigning your spine with adjustments. Stiff Muscles - Your tendons and ligaments in your back, neck, and arms all go into work mode when you tote a bag around. Your trapezius muscle constricts and remains tense the entire time you’re holding the bag. Days, months, and years of hauling a purse around can cause compression of the spine, leading to chronic pain. Prolonged pressure on your back and joints could lead to pain and spinal misalignment's. Call Goldberg Wellness & Acupuncture Center for an appointment.
HEALING YOUR CAR ACCIDENT INJURIES WITH CHIROPRACTIC CARE
When it comes to car accident injuries, many Palm Beach County residents are under the impression that if you cannot physically see the injury, then you do not need to visit a doctor. What’s more, many insurance companies will tell people that muscle soreness and whiplash will heal on their own in about 6-12 weeks, leading them to just live with the pain. At Goldberg Wellness & Acupuncture Center, we know that this is not the case. Just because you cannot see the injury, doesn’t mean your muscles, tendons, or vertebrae have not been affected. Start the Healing Process After a collision, it is imperative you visit a doctor as soon as possible. However, when their car accident injuries consist of muscle pain and soreness, many people are not sure where to go for relief. Too many doctors are quick to prescribe pain pills to simply cover the discomfort; if you want lasting relief, visit a chiropractic clinic today. When your car is hit, your head will be “whipped” back and forth, past its normal range of motion; this puts undue strain on muscles from your upper neck to your mid-back and shoulders. The pain you feel from whiplash is because of the tiny tears and inflammation in your muscles— tears that will not always heal properly. Without the help of a Chiropractor scar tissue can build up, causing your simple car accident injuries to turn into chronic pain. Don t neglect what your body is telling you. Call Dr. Goldberg, your experienced personal injury Doctor today. 561-624-5070