Importance of Good Posture

Posture is the specific position in which we tend to hold our bodies while performing movements as standing, sitting, and lying.

Whereas good posture is the correct body parts’ alignment in which there is a right ratio of muscle tension against the effect of gravity.

The absence of posture and muscle control leads to slips and falls.

Why is good posture important?

Atlas Injury to Health provides specific guidelines for having a good posture.

Good posture can:

Improve the alignment of the body:

Good posture helps to keep the body in proper alignment while sitting or standing. In a correct posture, your body organs tend to work well too. We can improve the functionality of the stomach to enhance digestion while staying erect during the sitting or standing position.

Relieve body pain:

Poor posture can exert constant pressure over your body muscles, ligaments, and tendons. This pressure can twist or compress the structures leading to functional impairments or pain. Back pain and knee pain are the most common results of poor posture.

By keeping proper body alignment, you can easily remove the additional pressure from your spine, bones, and other body structures. Upright body position equally distributes the weight to all weight-bearing structures of the body.

Improve respiratory system:

Proper posture can relieve pressure from body structures which are sensitive to pressure. Your lungs need space to expand in the chest at full capacity.

If you slouch or sit improperly, you’re putting unnecessary and harmful pressure on your chest, essentially leading to breathing restriction.

Good posture has multiple effects on the body. Physically, it can relieve pain, pressure, and stress form the body. Psychologically, it will make you more comfortable, confident, assertive, and proactive.

Atlas Injury to Health will help correct your posture. Call us today!

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The Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is a natural method of healing when suffering from neck and back pain. Approximately 53% of the population in the U.S. prefers to get chiropractic treatment. Treatment is non-invasive and without risk associated with using prescribed medications. Not only does it relieve body aches, chiropractic therapy has shown significant efficacy in treating a variety of health issues. For example, treatment at the thoracic spine can fix the nerves in the spine to cure digestive disorders. Relief in the neck and back can resolve related headaches. The benefits are endless…

 

THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS OF CHIROPRACTIC THERAPY

 

IMMUNITY BOOSTER

Chiropractors realign the spine— Not only will that help relieve pain, but it will assist with the body’s immune health. With treatment, immune cells are free to enter in your circulatory system. This increases the ability of your body to fight off harmful bacteria and viruses. Adjustment in conjunction with BEMER therapy will prepare your body for any potential harmful bacteria.

 

REGULATION OF BLOOD PRESSURE

Other chiropractic health benefits include the regulation of blood pressure. This is especially important if you suffer from hypertension. After chiropractic care, patients often feel relief in their knees and other joints. Targeting those particular issues help eliminate pain throughout the body, which will lower blood pressure.

 

GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP

If you have difficulty sleeping, chiropractic care may be a great remedy for restlessness. Often times, doctors will recommend hypnotic medicines, which can be associated with negative side effects. However, with chiropractic care, you will not have to worry about such side effects. Adjustments to your neck on a regular basis will decrease your chance to develop sleep apnea. In addition, chiropractic care will decrease your body’s stress hormone, cortisol, allowing you to get a good night’s rest!

DIGESTIVE HEALTH

Our sedentary lifestyle has managed to mess with our digestive systems. Unfortunately, many of us have developed gastrointestinal problems. Experts believe that a misalignment of the spine can cause these issues. Getting chiropractic care will help fix the misalignment of the spine, which could potentially help you resolve issues with the digestive system.

 

SAFETY

Other pain management treatments, like pain killers or steroids may involve risks, side effects, and post-therapy care. Unlike medications, chiropractic care comes with a minimal number of risks and is considered natural.

 

Outside of the five reasons listed above, the list of benefits is ongoing. Several health issues, including sinus buildup, can be caused because of misalignment. At Atlas Injury to Health, not only to do focus on fixing your pain, we work to fix your overall health!

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Chiropractic Care for Athletes

What is Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic care is commonly known as a type of holistic practice that focuses on the body’s main structures (the skeletal system, nerves and muscles) and their relationship with a person’s overall health. Chiropractors emphasize the idea that the nervous system is the one bodily system that directly impacts every other system in the body. Therefore, the health of the nervous system can be an indicator of the health of various parts of the body. The misalignment of the spine is known among chiropractors as a subluxation and it will hinder nervous system functions. In order to remedy this interference, adjustments to the spine are made to restore joint function and support the nervous system. These chiropractic adjustments will subsequently reduce bodily pain and allow for an increase in movement and performance.

Why should athletes receive Chiropractic Care?

Recognized to be a natural, non-invasive form of health care, chiropractic is a type of treatment frequently utilized by athletes within the United States and in other parts of the world. Many teams of professional sport leagues such as NBA, NFL, MLB and the MLS have employed their own sports chiropractors to treat their athletes before and after their performances. Receiving specialized care that is geared towards increasing strength and shortening healing time can optimize an athlete’s overall performance.

Regular chiropractic treatment will not only aid in maintaining an athlete’s strength but will also contribute to improvement with their range of motion and function. The continuous physical strain athletes endure has the potential to cause complications with their spinal alignment and movement. Undergoing proper chiropractic treatment can alleviate existing complications while helping to prevent potential injuries. Additionally, a variety of bodily injuries can cause symptoms that are seemingly unrelated (e.g. headaches, muscular discomfort, etc.). Our chiropractic treatment in Winter Garden can not only assist with the reduction of pain originating from the source of the injury but also alleviate the pain brought forth by underlying symptoms. Injuries can make or break an athlete’s performance; by receiving appropriate chiropractic treatment, athletes can ensure that they are being supplied with the tools and skills necessary to promote pain management and healing.

Why Atlas Injury to Health?

For those living in or around Winter Garden, Atlas Injury to Health will provide a highly experienced chiropractor who specializes in providing individualized chiropractic solutions.

Atlas Injury to Health in Winter Garden puts focus on:

  • Spinal injury prevention
  • Spine-related disorder diagnoses and treatment
  • Joint complications
  • Soft-tissue therapy
  • Pain management exercises

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Bemer Therapy

We can go without food or water for days and still survive. But if we stop breathing, we die within minutes. Oxygen cannot be stored. It must be replenished continuously and steadily.

The blood circulation system transports oxygen all over the body, down to the smallest of cells. As we discussed in last week’s article, Sitting is the New Smoking, good blood circulation is vital for optimal health. If your blood circulation is not functioning at its best, cells and tissues don’t get enough nutrients. In addition, waste products start to build up. Over time, this starts to have an impact on your overall health.

Symptoms of Poor Blood Circulation

A poor supply of nutrients and a chronic build-up of waste products in your cells can start to show up in the following ways:

  • Stress
  • Discomfort
  • Restlessness
  • Lack of focus
  • Low energy
  • Exhaustion

These are all very general symptoms. If you were to go to your primary care doctor and complain about these issues, they would probably tell you that it is part of getting old and that you should try to get more rest. However, they can all be signs of poor blood circulation.

BEMER Therapy Improves Blood Circulation

For over two decades, Bemer Therapy technology has been improving blood circulation with a non-invasive, non-chemical mechanism that improves blood flow. A 2015 study showed that BEMER physical vascular therapy reduced pain and fatigue in the short term in patients with chronic low back pain, while long-term therapy appeared to be beneficial in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. Findings from another study that focussed on dementia, showed that BEMER therapy may contribute to an improvement of blood flow to the brain. This could improve the quality of life in people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.

Simply put, when your body’s cells, tissues, and organs are adequately nourished and metabolic waste products are regularly removed, your body becomes healthy and functions properly.

How does BEMER Therapy Work?

BEMER technology is simple to use. It consists of a mat-type application on which you can sit or lie down. Using electromagnetically transmitted signals, it stimulates the pumping movement of the smallest blood vessels. In an ideal situation, BEMER treatment should be applied for 8-16 minutes twice a day. Even once a day for 5 days a week will have remarkable benefits.

Is It Safe?

There are no known side effects of BEMER treatment. You generally feel relaxed while having treatment, although some may feel a slight tingle as the flow of blood improves. The amount of electromagnetic energy administered is less than that of the earth’s natural magnetism.

To find out more about our BEMER Therapy options, call us at 407-656-0390. It may well be the answer you are looking for to improve your health.

Dr. Michael St. Louis at Atlas Injury to Health Winter Garden FL is a highly experienced chiropractor, who is passionate about delivering meaningful chiropractic solutions that result in peace of mind and well-being. If you would like to learn more about chiropractic care, there are many ways to get in touch with us. You can call our dedicated, friendly staff at 407-656-0390, send us an email at info@atlasinjurytohealth.com or message us on Facebook

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Sitting is the New Smoking

We all know that sitting too much and not exercising is bad for our waistline. But did you know it is also bad for your health? In fact, sitting is so bad for your health that some people say it is the new smoking. Why is sitting so damaging to our bodies? One of the reasons is that it slows down our blood circulation. Poor circulation is linked to several chronic diseases including heart disease, stroke, and respiratory disorders.

What is Blood Circulation?

We need good circulation in our bodies. Our blood vessels are our body’s transportation system: from the multi-lane highways and freeways all the way down to small streets and narrow lanes. These blood vessels are making the deliveries of food and oxygen that is vital for our organs, muscles, and tissues to be able to do their job. These same blood vessels are also taking away the garbage, the waste products our body no longer needs. Now that you have an idea of how our circulation works, imagine traffic on these roads not moving more than 25 mph. It is not a good situation. And the same goes for your blood circulation. It means that blood is not getting to where it needs to be.

Why Do We Need Good Blood Flow?

Our heart is the main pump in our body and is the driving force behind our blood circulation. In addition, when we move our bodies, the movement of our muscles puts pressure on the blood vessels and squeezes them. This helps to move the blood and fluid all around the body even down to the tips of your toes. Our blood circulation suffers when we sit all day hunched over our screens or laptops. When our circulation is impaired, it slows or blocks the blood flow. That means the cells in your body can’t get all the oxygen and nutrients they need.

Can You Improve Your Circulation?

What can you do if your job requires you to sit in front of a screen all day? Standing up every hour and moving around will help. You could also consider getting a standing desk. Obviously, exercising and working out a few times a week will improve your circulation. But what else can you do? Chiropractic is great at improving the flow of blood and fluid in your tissues. By gently adjusting and manipulating the bones in your spine and other parts of your body, the pressure on muscles and nerve tissues is released, and this allows the blood to flow more freely throughout your body.

Introducing BEMER Therapy

A great supplemental treatment to Chiropractic care that helps to improve blood circulation is BEMER Therapy. BEMER Therapy improves microcirculation and promotes the blood flow in the smallest blood vessels. Next week we will go into detail about what exactly BEMER Therapy is and why everyone should consider using it to improve their health.

Dr. Michael St. Louis at Atlas Injury to Health is a highly experienced chiropractor, who is passionate about delivering meaningful chiropractic solutions that result in peace of mind and well-being. If you would like to learn more about chiropractic care, there are many ways to get in touch with us. You can call our dedicated, friendly staff at 407-656-0390, send us an email at info@atlasinjurytohealth.com or message us on Facebook

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Can Chiropractic Improve Your Workouts?

For top athletes, these days, how they recover from their training schedule is as important as the training session itself. The same is true for the amateur athlete. Whether you are a marathon runner, triathlete or a weekend warrior, how you take care of your body before and after your workouts is key to getting the best out of your performance. It may even help you shave seconds off your personal best. Can chiropractic improve your workouts? We look at how chiropractic care should be part of every athlete’s training schedule.

How Do Top Athletes Stay In Shape And Minimize Injury?

Top athletes have a grueling training schedule. How do they stay in shape and not get sidelined from injury? Take New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, winner of six Super Bowls, not to mention being the oldest non-kicker ever to win one. How does he stay in peak athletic performance and prevent injury from forcing him to retire from the game? Some may say he is genetically blessed. However, when you read about his training schedule, you can see that he is dedicated not only to his physical body but also to his overall health. Good genes only go so far. A strong commitment to your health and wellbeing takes you the rest of the way.

What Do Top Athletes Do To Take Care Of Their Body?

Long gone are the days when a pre- and post workout routine was made up of some simple stretches. Reports say that LeBron James spends $1.5 million on his body yearly, which includes cryotherapy, hyperbaric chambers and NormaTec leg boots with pulse technology. Tom Brady follows each workout with a specific massage that is meant to keep his muscles long and soft. Agreed, there are few who have this kind of money to spend on their athletic training but there are many things you can do that are within everyone’s budget. Chiropractic care, for example.

The NFL Uses Chiropractic Care

An estimated 90% of all world-class athletes routinely use chiropractic care to prevent injuries and boost their performance. All NFL teams employ on-staff chiropractors. So do 72 percent of PGA golfers and the majority of NBA, MLB and NHL teams.

“Chiropractic just makes you feel so much better,” says Tom Brady. “When I walk out of the clinic, I feel like I’m about three inches taller and everything’s in place. And as long as I see the chiropractor, I feel like I’m one step ahead of the game.”

How Does Chiropractic Care Help Athletes?

Chiropractic care is incredibly beneficial for helping you heal from a sports-related injury or improving your overall athletic performance. Those receiving chiropractic care experience shorter recovery time from injuries and hard workouts, increase performance when it comes to speed, agility, and reaction time, and have improved balance and power in their workouts or sports performances.

Common Sports Injuries

A sports injury is one of the main reasons my patients come to see me for help. Sports-related injuries to the neck and back can knock the spine out of alignment, causing pain not just in the spine but in connected muscles, ligaments, and joints. Chiropractic care reduces pain and restores normal function. It reduces or replaces the need for drugs and pain-medication that are addictive and can dull reaction times. Chiropractic can also reduce the risk of surgery that will put you out of action for weeks, even months.

No matter what kind of sport you take part in, make chiropractic care part of your healthcare routine to help you recover from injury and allow you to continue to keep doing what you love.

Dr. Michael St. Louis at Atlas Injury to Health is a highly experienced chiropractor, who is passionate about delivering meaningful chiropractic solutions that result in peace of mind and well-being. If you would like to learn more about chiropractic care, there are many ways to get in touch with us. You can call our dedicated, friendly staff at 407-656-0390, send us an email at info@atlasinjurytohealth.com or message us on Facebook

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Pain in the Neck? What is Causing Your Neck Pain and How to Fix It.

Neck pain is common to many in today’s digital world as we sit hunched over our screens. People experience pain or discomfort in their neck so often that they may think it is normal. We break down what is normal when it comes to neck pain, what is not, and how you can get help for your sore, aching neck.

What Is Neck Pain?

Neck pain is referred to by doctors as cervical pain. The cervical vertebrae belong to the top portion of your spine. Apart from the vertebrae (the bones) in your neck, there are also many tissues and muscles that all work together to hold your head in place and allow it to move and turn. Pain located in the neck could be radiating from the vertebrae themselves as we see in degenerative disc disease or a herniated disc. Or the pain could come from a muscle strain in the neck or from injury to the muscles and tendons, which is what happens with whiplash, for example.

What Does Neck Pain Feel Like?

Neck pain can be a general discomfort in your neck or neck muscles. Neck pain often shows up as a dull aching or soreness that is worse with movement or turning the head from side to side. It can also be a sharp shooting pain or a tingling sensation. The pain may radiate down your arm to your hand or up the side of your head or into your jaw area. The type of pain you feel is usually related to the cause of the pain.

What Causes Neck Pain?

  • Sitting or sleeping in an awkward position
  • Prolonged use of computers, laptops, screens, smartphones when you are not properly positioned
  • Injury or trauma (often an injury that occurs during sports such as playing football, or during extreme sports events)
  • Slipped disc or herniated disc
  • Whiplash (perhaps the most common of neck injuries that occur during a car accident)
  • Osteoporosis (thinning of the bones)
  • Tumor or other infection that causes damage to the structure of the spine
  • Natural curvature problems (scoliosis or loss of normal curve)

When Should You See a Doctor About Your Neck Pain?

The majority of neck pain problems are not life-threatening. However, if you experience the following, you should call your doctor or emergency services immediately:

  • Neck pain accompanied by a severe headache or continuous vomiting.
  • Neck pain accompanied by the worst headache of your life.

The above symptoms could be a sign of acute meningitis and typically the neck pain is severe and is combined with vomiting, a rash, high fever as well as body-wide muscle pain. Meningitis is not very common but important to be aware of nonetheless.

For all other types of neck pain, while not an emergency, we recommend that you visit your primary care physician or doctor, especially if you develop neck pain following a sports injury or car accident.

Don’t Suffer In Silence. Get Help For Your Neck Pain

Neck pain is really that, a pain in the neck. Walking around with pain and stiffness in the neck limits your activities and upsets your day-to-day life. Neck pain impedes your sports performance and hampers your training program. While we always recommend talking with your doctor or primary care physician about the pains in your neck, what they have to offer you is limited. Often, a doctor will tell you that the pain will go away by itself or they will prescribe a pill to reduce the pain or inflammation. This will temporarily take the pain away but it does not fix the underlying problem.

What Treatment Options Are Available For Neck Pain?

Medical or sports massage is often recommended but again, this does not get to the root cause of the neck pain, particularly if your neck pain is caused by bad posture or bending over your laptop or screen for several hours a day.

Chiropractic treats not just the pain in your neck but gets to the root cause. My goal as a chiropractor is not only to treat the pain but also to prevent the pain from coming back, as well as stop it from developing into a more serious injury. Pain prevention is one of the main goals when I am treating a patient with chiropractic care. First, we help with the pain and then we prevent it from coming back.

Chiropractic Care For Your Neck Pain

Neck pain is one of the most common reasons people seek out chiropractic care. In my practice, I work with patients to resolve their neck pain using chiropractic techniques. In addition, I analyze their posture with a computerized posture analysis and give them guidance on corrective exercises that they can do in the comfort of their own home. Let’s face it, with the amount of time we all spend leaning over our laptops or bending our necks to stare at screens, neck pain is very common. However, you don’t have to suffer unnecessarily. There are solutions for your neck pain and chiropractic is one of them.

Dr. Michael St. Louis at Atlas Injury to Health is a highly experienced chiropractor, who is passionate about delivering meaningful chiropractic solutions that result in peace of mind and well-being. If you would like to learn more about chiropractic care, there are many ways to get in touch with us. You can call our dedicated, friendly staff at 407-656-0390, send us an email at info@atlasinjurytohealth.com or message us on Facebook

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The Health Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Over the last few decades, chiropractic has become a highly-respected health care profession, within the mainstream medical system. Chiropractic care is an extremely safe treatment method and when it comes to back pain, chiropractors are the referral of choice by the medical establishment. For those who may be unfamiliar with this form of healthcare, let’s take a closer look at what a chiropractor does and the benefits of chiropractic care treatment.

What is Chiropractic?

While the perception that chiropractic treats back pain is not wrong, practitioners of chiropractic care do so much more than just “crack backs.”

The World Health Organization defines the scope of chiropractic care as the “diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health.” As you can see here, chiropractic treats the entire neuromusculoskeletal system, i.e. all the nerves and muscles in the body. Additionally, chiropractors look further than that, specifically at how problems with your nerves, muscles, and joints may lead to other issues that affect your general health.

This connection between the neuromusculoskeletal system and the health of your whole body is fundamentally important to a chiropractor. While a chiropractor is an expert at treating your back and neck pain, their longer-term goal is bigger than that: they aim to restore and preserve health.

Why Do You Need Chiropractic Care And Benefits of Chiropractic Care?

For the majority of people, their first experience with chiropractic is usually after they suffer a back injury or car accident that leaves them suffering from whiplash and neck pain. Frequent, debilitating headaches are another reason why someone may turn to a chiropractor for help.

Chiropractic care is highly recommended for back and neck pain. However, it may also be appropriate for many other health issues.

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) states that researchers have looked into “spinal manipulation for a number of conditions ranging from back, neck, and shoulder pain to asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and headaches. Much of the research has focused on low-back pain, and has shown that spinal manipulation appears to benefit some people with this condition.”

Scientific Research on Chiropractic

The NCCIH states that “a 2010 review of scientific evidence on manual therapies for a range of conditions concluded that spinal manipulation/mobilization may be helpful for several conditions in addition to back pain, including migraine and cervicogenic (neck-related) headaches, neck pain, upper- and lower-extremity joint conditions, and whiplash-associated disorders.”

So if you have back or neck pain, chiropractic care is highly recommended. In addition, if you suffer from shoulder pain, asthma, carpal tunnel, fibromyalgia, migraines or headaches, chiropractic treatment could be the answer you are looking for.

Chiropractic: A Safe and Drug-Free Alternative

Chiropractic practice emphasizes conservative management of the neuromusculoskeletal system, without the use of drugs and surgery. Some people prefer not to take pain medication, which can be highly addictive and comes with side-effects. Invasive surgery is also something that people prefer to avoid wherever possible. For sufferers of both acute or chronic (long-term) pain in the lower back, neck or other areas of the body, chiropractic offers a very safe, effective alternative to other pain relief treatments.

Dr. Michael St. Louis at Atlas Injury to Health Winter Garden, FL is a highly experienced chiropractor, who is passionate about delivering meaningful chiropractic solutions that result in peace of mind and well-being. If you would like to learn more about chiropractic care, there are many ways to get in touch with us. You can call our dedicated, friendly staff at 407-656-0390, send us an email at info@atlasinjurytohealth.com or message us on Facebook

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Can A Chiropractor Help My Headaches?

Most people don’t think of heading to a chiropractor when they have a headache. It might surprise you to learn, however, that after back pain and whiplash, headaches are one of the most common reasons people seek out chiropractic care. Can a chiropractor help your headaches and how does chiropractic care help?

Not All Headaches Are the Same

Before we discuss how chiropractic treats headache pain, let’s talk about the different kinds of headache.

  • Tension Headaches
    Tension headaches are probably the most common type of headache out there. When you mix stress with repetitive movement and bad posture, you have a recipe for pain. Most people describe a tension headache as a feeling of a tight band around their forehead. It’s the kind that has you rubbing your eyes and massaging your temples to try to make it go away. It’s a dull type of pain that ruins your day and makes you reach for the ibuprofen. If you experience tension headaches on a frequent basis, it’s time to talk to your doctor or headache chiropractor.
  • Migraine Headaches
    A migraine is not your average headache. People who suffer from migraines not only experience throbbing or pulsing pain in one or both sides of their head, but they also feel nauseous. Often, they are so sensitive to light and noise when they are having a full-blown migraine, that they have no choice but to lie down in a dark room until the migraine goes away. Migraines can sometimes last for 2 days or more. Migraines have a severe impact on the quality of life.
  • Cluster Headache
    A cluster headache is commonly described as intense pain in or around one eye on one side of your head. They usually occur in a series of relatively short but extremely painful episodes every day for weeks or months at a time.

Standard Treatments for Headaches

Over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen or aspirin can help a tension headache. Migraines, however, usually require much stronger prescription painkillers that are specific to migraines. They are called triptans. Many adults are also prescribed a narcotic painkiller, such as OxyContin and Vicodin. These types of drugs have strong side-effects and can be addictive because your body develops a tolerance to the medication. This means you need to take a higher dose to get pain relief. Often a person is unable to work or go about their daily life while on these medications.

Chiropractic: a Drug-Free Alternative

Getting chiropractic treatment is a safe, drug-free alternative for headaches and migraines.
Research shows that spinal manipulation – one of the primary treatments provided by doctors of chiropractic – may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck.

Nine out of 10 Americans suffer from headaches. The pain of headaches and migraines impacts your quality of life. Anyone who suffers from severe migraines will attest to this. There is no need to suffer month after month. Headache chiropractor can offer the pain relief you are looking for.

Dr. Michael St. Louis at Atlas Injury to Health Winter Garden, FL is a highly experienced chiropractor, who is passionate about delivering meaningful chiropractic solutions that result in peace of mind and well-being. If you would like to learn more about chiropractic care, there are many ways to get in touch with us. You can call our dedicated, friendly staff at 407-656-0390, send us an email at info@atlasinjurytohealth.com or message us on Facebook

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Lower Back Pain? What is Causing Your Back Pain and How to Fix It.

Back pain is a common complaint in today’s world as we sit hunched over our desks or staring at our screens. So many people experience some type of pain in the lower back that we tend to think of it as a normal. We break down what is normal when it comes to back pains, what is not, and how you can get help for your painful back.

What is Back Pain?

Back pain affects people of all ages regardless of their health or fitness level. There are many different types of back pains and the pain is usually related to the cause. The most common location for back pain is the lower back between your hips and your ribs. This is called the lower lumbar region. The lumbar vertebrae form the base of your backbone. Along with back pain, there may also be stiffness in the muscles as well as a limited range of movement or mobility.

What Does Back Pain Feel Like?

Back pains has many forms. For some, it is a dull aching or soreness that is worse with movement. For others, it can be worse with no movement and is typically more painful in the morning after a night’s sleep. There may also be a sharp stabbing sensation with any movement to the torso. The pain can radiate down your leg into your foot and you may feel numbness, tingling, and weakness in your lower back, buttocks, legs, and feet.

What Causes Back Pain?

  • Muscle tension caused by sitting or sleeping in an awkward position
  • Muscle strain caused by prolonged use of computers, laptops, screens, smartphones when you are not sitting properly
  • Injury or trauma – often an injury that occurs during sports such as playing football, or during extreme sports events. In these kinds of injuries, there can be damage to the muscle tissue or to the tendons and ligaments that support the back.
  • A bulging or herniated (“slipped”) disc – this is when a disc of cartilage that sits between the vertebrae bulges out and presses on a nerve.
  • Sciatica – irritation of the nerve that runs from the lower back to the feet
  • Ankylosing spondylitis – swelling of the joints in the spine.
  • Spondylolisthesis – a bone in the spine slipping out of position.
  • Osteoporosis (thinning of the bones)
  • Tumor or other infection that causes damage to the structure of the spine
  • Natural curvature problems (scoliosis)

When Should You See a Doctor About Your Back Pain?

It is not always easy to identify what is causing the back pain but it is rarely serious. If you have suffered a car accident or a fall and are experiencing severe pain in your back, you should call Dr. Michael St. Louis at Atlas Injury to Health.

Don’t Suffer In Silence. Get Help For Your Back Pain

Hands up if you suffer from a sore or aching back at least once a month? Most likely everyone has their hand raised. One of the major causes of back pain in today’s world is our lifestyle. We sit for several hours a day working at our desks, often hunched over a laptop or keyboard. Back pain limits your activities and upsets your day-to-day life. Lower back pain impedes your sports performance and hampers your exercise training program. While we always recommend talking with your doctor or primary care physician about the pains in your back, what they have to offer you is limited. Often, a doctor will tell you that the pain will go away by itself or they will prescribe a pill or a topical cream to reduce the pain and lessen the inflammation. This will temporarily take the pains away but it does not fix the underlying problem.

How To Fix A Back Pain?

Medical or sports massage is often recommended but again, this does not get to the root cause of the back pain. If your back pain is due to bad posture or bending over your laptop or screen for several hours a day, a massage will temporarily make your back feel better but it won’t stop the pain from coming back again.

Chiropractic focuses on not just the pain in your back but also gets to the root cause. My goal as a chiropractor is not only to help remove the pain but also to prevent it from coming back, as well as stop it from developing into a more serious injury. My goal is to help the body to work at its full potential. Chiropractic care techniques allow me to remove obstructions caused by misalignment of bones, inflamed muscles, tissues or other structures that interfere with the optimal functioning of the nerves. When everything in the body is aligned and there is unobstructed flow, the health of the body thrives, enabling it to perform at its best.

Chiropractic Care For Your Back Pains

Back pain is one of the most common reasons people seek out chiropractic care. In my practice, I work with patients to resolve their back pain using chiropractic techniques that involve manipulation of the spinal vertebrae in the back. In addition, I analyze their posture with a computerized posture analysis and give them guidance on corrective exercises that they can do in the comfort of their own home. Let’s be honest, with the amount of time we all spend leaning over our laptops or hunched over desks, lower back pain is very common. However, you don’t have to accept it as part of your life. There are solutions for your back pains and chiropractic is one of the best ways to fix that pain in your back.

Dr. Michael St. Louis at Atlas Injury to Health Winter Garden FL is a highly experienced chiropractor, who is passionate about delivering meaningful chiropractic solutions that result in peace of mind and well-being. If you would like to learn more about chiropractic care, there are many ways to get in touch with us. You can call our dedicated, friendly staff at 407-656-0390, send us an email at info@atlasinjurytohealth.com or message us on Facebook

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