Mechanics Are Everything: Preventing Spinal Misalignment Through Good Mechanics

Back care is a lifelong endeavor. From early childhood through old age, it’s important for people to exercise care and caution when sitting, standing, walking, and exercising. Even the smallest amount of damage could pose long-term health implications for the spinal column and its surrounding tissue.

Body mechanics are a series of targeted actions, stretches, and exercises patients can use to improve the health of their spines and muscles. Training patients to exercise good body mechanics is one way that chiropractors can improve long-term health outcomes for their patients. Coupled with physical therapy, manual manipulation and other therapy methodologies, good body mechanics are an excellent way to reduce the likelihood of spinal curvature deformities and other adverse health issues.

At Ideal Spine, we stress the importance of good body mechanics and encourage chiropractors to focus heavily on them when creating a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) treatment plan.

Exercising good mechanics

Instructing patients on how to exercise good body mechanics is likely one of the most challenging aspects of chiropractic practice. Practitioners must be able to clearly and effectively demonstrate and explain a range of complex ideas in a way patients can both understand and implement in their daily lives.

Chiropractors can use visual aids, like spinal models, to show the importance of good body mechanics to their patients. Similarly, during manipulation or physical therapy, practitioners can demonstrate good mechanics by manipulating a patient’s body to mimic good body mechanics.

Here are a few rules of thumb relating to good body mechanics that holistic healthcare practitioners can pass along to their patients:

  • Mechanics while standing: There are a number of good body mechanics patients can practice while standing and walking. For instance, the spine should be kept in a neutral position, neither curved nor flat. Patients should place both feet firmly and flatly on the ground, and distribute their weight evenly. The ear, shoulder, hip, and ankle should be kept in a straight line at all times.
  • Mechanics while sitting: Sitting is detrimental to spinal health outcomes. Encourage patients to avoid sitting as much as possible. If their job requires them to spend extended periods of time sitting, ask patients to take breaks to stretch at least once every 15 minutes. Additionally, recommend keeping their head upright and their neck in a straight line as much as possible.
  • Mechanics while lying: Whenever a patient is lying down, they should do everything possible to keep their spine in alignment. If a patient sleeps on their side, encourage them to place a pillow between their legs and a pillow under their neck so as to keep the spine in alignment.

It’s important for patients to exercise these tips for good body mechanics consistently. Doing so will result in better health outcomes throughout their life, and reduce their risk of suffering from spinal curvature.

Extol the value of good mechanics

Chiropractic BioPhysics is an innovative holistic healthcare methodology chiropractors can use to improve patient care when it comes to things like instilling better body mechanics. If you’re looking for ways to change your patients’ experience and elevate the long-term health outcomes of your patient base, consider visiting the next Chiropractic BioPhysics seminar near you.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Spine Curvature Deformities: Conditions Progressing in Severity

In both children and adults, spinal curvature deformities are serious medical conditions caused by a range of genetic or lifestyle factors. When working with patients experiencing a spinal curvature disorder, it’s important to stop the progression of the deformity, to restore the patient’s quality of life and improve their overall health outlook.

As a chiropractor and holistic healthcare practitioner, it’s important to know what tools you have at your disposal to improve patients’ healthcare outcomes and stop the progression of their spinal deformity. Ideal Spine encourages a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach, to ensure each individual case of curvature deformation gets the precision attention it demands to facilitate correction.

Qualifying curvature deformities

There are three primary types of spinal curvature deformities: scoliosis, kyphosis and lordosis.

  • Scoliosis, which indicates a side-to-side curvature of the spine, commonly impacts adolescent patients. Scoliosis also manifests in adults.
  • Kyphosis indicates a forward rounding of the spine, and most commonly affects elderly patients. If a patient complains that they’re having trouble standing up straight, kyphosis is likely the culprit.
  • Lordosis, meanwhile, indicates that the spine is curving inward at the lower back. Less common than other curvature-related conditions, lordosis is a serious condition in its own right.

The first step toward treating a suspected spinal deformity is identifying and diagnosing the source of the spinal curvature.

Diagnosing and identifying spinal curvature

There are a range of symptoms patients may report that could indicate spinal curvature deformities. For instance, sciatica, or a shooting pain up and down the leg, is a common indicator of scoliosis. Discomfort while walking, visual curvature of the spine, or numbness in the legs and feet can also indicate curvature-related issues.

Diagnosis of spinal curvature deformities is typically achieved using a series of imaging scans, including magnetic imaging, computerized tomography (CT) scans, and X-rays. Using the images created from these scans, coupled with patient-reported data and visual observations, healthcare practitioners can make an accurate and informed diagnosis of the nature of the spinal curvature disorder a patient is suffering from.

Treating spinal curvature deformities

Once the spinal curvature deformity is accurately and correctly identified, chiropractors can began developing a treatment plan.

One of the most significant steps toward treatment that spinal curvature patients can take is lifestyle oriented. For instance, improving posture, changing sleeping habits, and engaging in targeted exercise can help slow the progression of spinal curvature deformities.

Physical therapy is a common treatment chiropractors can use to stop the progression of spinal curvature deformities. Prescribing regular, routine physical therapy appointments can help retain range of motion. Manual manipulation is another significant treatment methodology.

Osteoporosis is commonly associated with spinal curvature. Prescribing medication and lifestyle changes to increase or retain bone density can also stop the progression of the deformities. Bracing is another way chiropractors and other healthcare experts can manage sub-optimal spinal curvature.

Taking a holistic approach to correction

Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) is a holistic healthcare methodology allowing chiropractors and healthcare providers to continue innovating their patient care and improving overall health outcomes. For patients with spinal curvature deformations, CBP offers an individualized outlook for betterment that can be measured and assessed.

To learn more about the latest advances in spinal curvature treatment methodologies, visit the next Chiropractic BioPhysics seminar near you.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

The CBD Craze: Can it Help Your Pain Management Strategy?

As attitudes toward cannabis consumption and laws surrounding marijuana and hemp continue to shift around the nation, one active cannabinoid found in both marijuana and hemp plants is making a mark on the health and wellness industry: Cannabidiol (CBD).

CBD, a non-psychoactive substance extracted from both marijuana and hemp plants, is being used by people for everything from pain management, to epilepsy treatment, to a sleep aid. While the substance does possess demonstrable benefits for some patients, it’s important to learn how to separate the fact from the hype when it comes to CBD.

At Ideal Spine, we believe in the exploration of natural health supplements. The recent spotlight on CBD and flood of accessible CBD extracts is something we’re excited to see take shape.

What, exactly, is CBD?

CBD is consumed in a variety of ways, both by itself and combined with the main psychoactive component of marijuana, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The most common medical applications of CBD, however, are consumed alone and with no added THC or terpenes. This means CBD will not give users the “high” of marijuana.

Many chiropractors and holistic healthcare practitioners across the nation are looking for ways to incorporate this increasingly popular substance into their pain management strategies. It’s important to realize, however, that while CBD may be a worthwhile treatment for some patients, the jury is still out on many of its benefits.

Additionally, selling, prescribing or promoting CBD products may cause healthcare providers to run afoul of local, state, or federal laws.

Drawbacks of CBD as pain management

The most important thing to understand when it comes to CBD’s reputation as a pain management solution is that much of the evidence of its ability to treat pain or other ailments is purely anecdotal.

Due to cannabis’ status as a highly controlled Schedule I drug in the United States, medical research using cannabis is tightly regulated and restricted. Because of this, few scientific studies demonstrating the benefits or drawbacks of CBD are available.

Additionally, CBD production and sales operate in a legal grey area, both federally and in many states. While the use of cannabis for both medical or recreational use is explicitly allowed in some states, other states disallow the sale or possession of any cannabis-based substance, including CBD. This means that all CBD production occurs without oversight by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or other oversight bodies. Some states, however, have implemented regulatory infrastructure controlling the quality of legal cannabis.

Very few CBD patients experience any side effects; those that do, however, report nausea, irritability and trouble sleeping.

Understanding the potential for CBD

Despite the uncertainties, CBD is becoming an increasingly popular way to treat pain for many patients and holistic healthcare professionals.

Part of this popularity is due to the fact that the soothing benefits of CBD oil are enjoyed both when taken orally or when it’s applied topically. Anecdotal evidence suggests a massage using CBD oil, for instance, can go a long way toward relaxing muscles. When taken orally, CBD can reduce anxiety, swelling and chronic pain.

There’s so much about CBD we still don’t know, but early signs are promising that it could one day become a commonplace ingredient in a new wave of non-opioid pain management products.

To learn more about incorporating CBD into your pain management strategy and other ways to innovate patient care at your practice, visit the next Chiropractic BioPhysics seminar near you.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Identifying the Tender Points of Fibromyalgia through Chiropractic

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition affecting as many as 3 million people across North America and beyond each year. The disorder is difficult to diagnose and even more challenging to diagnose, largely because it’s symptoms – which include ongoing aches and pains and chronic fatigue – are often challenging to identify. Additionally, fibromyalgia is an even more difficult disorder to treat because its exact cause remains unknown to healthcare professionals.

If you believe that you have a patient suffering from fibromyalgia or that is experiencing another source of chronic pain, it may be advisable to check for their tender points. This is one of the best ways to diagnose a fibromyalgia patient, and to separate fibromyalgia sufferers from those experiencing other chronic pain conditions.

At Ideal Spine, we believe in thorough investigation of symptoms as a way to deliver a higher level of individualized care.

What are tender points?

Tender points are one of the defining characteristics of the disorder. There are roughly 18 identified tender points, though it’s important to note that not all tender points will trigger all fibromyalgia patients. These points feel sore when pressed, and they may be a source of consistent aches and pains for the patient. They exist on the elbows, shoulders, knees, the back of the head, hips and abdomen.

Diagnosing suspected fibromyalgia

If you’re treating a patient you believe is experiencing fibromyalgia symptoms, the best thing you can do for that patient is to attempt to diagnose them. If they’re not suffering from fibromyalgia, they may be suffering from another chronic pain condition that’s easier to both identify and treat.

In addition to chronic pain and fatigue, fibromyalgia patients may suffer from a lack of sleep and restless leg syndrome. If you identify all of these traits, plus sensitivity along some or all of the identified tender points, it’s reasonable to assume fibromyalgia may be the cause of your patient’s discomfort.

Treating fibromyalgia with chiropractic care

Because there’s no known cause of fibromyalgia, it’s important to understand that there’s no panacea treatment capable of reducing its pain or symptoms. It is possible, however, to use regular adjustments, physical therapy, and pain management solutions to help patients overcome the worst of their symptoms and lead a relatively happy, fulfilled lifestyle.

The most important aspect of fibromyalgia treatment is pain management. Helping patients manage the consistent, chronic pain they’re experiencing is the best way you can assist them in coping with their ongoing condition. Pain management strategies may include physical therapy, acupuncture, vitamin D supplements, massage therapy and more. Some natural pain relievers, like CBD and capsaicin, may alleviate both pain and inflammation.

When adjusting or treating patients with fibromyalgia, it’s important to maintain a clear line of communication. These patients may require extra care and caution during treatment sessions, and it’s important to remember actions that may be uncomfortable on a typical patient could be excruciating on a patient suffering from fibromyalgia.

If you’re hoping to learn more about ways that you can treat patients with fibromyalgia, or if you’re looking to identify the 18 tender points you can use to diagnose this illness, consider visiting the next Chiropractic BioPhysics seminar near you.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.