July 2017

Summer Road Trips and Back Pain

Road trips can be a lot of fun but, for people suffering from back pain, road trips can be uncomfortable. Fortunately there are many ways that people suffering from back pain can relieve their discomfort and enjoy their trip. At Choice Chiropractic we work hard to educate our patients about the various ways that they can maintain personal comfort during road trips. If you happen to experience muscle and back pain while driving long distances, the following tips can help:

  • Avoid improper lifting while packing. Improper lifting techniques while packing the car can lead to back pain during the ride. When lifting bags into the vehicle, lift with your knees rather than your back. Bend your knees to bend down, pick up your luggage with your arms while maintaining a straight back, then lift your body up by straightening your knees. Pack the car with a partner who can help you lift, especially heavy bags.
  • Drive with a partner. One of the reasons that driving can lead to back pain is that drivers rarely get to change position or adjust for comfort. Driving with a partner will ensure that you can take turns behind the wheel. This will enable you to spend time sitting in the passenger’s seat where you can make adjustments to your position.
  • Take frequent breaks. Stop the car every couple of hours and get up to stand and walk around. Once you’re standing, walk around and stretch your muscles. Roll your neck, rotate your arms, arch your back, then bend forward and touch your hands to your thighs. This will help get the blood flowing through your muscles.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids throughout your journey. Liquids will help keep your body’s joints lubricated and flexible. Staying hydrated will also help maintain the discs between the vertebrae of your spine, which will improve your comfort.
  • Sit properly in the seat. Avoid slumping in your seat while driving. To give your back appropriate support, place a pillow behind your back in the curve of your spine.

If you suffer from back pain and are preparing to take a long car trip this summer, be sure to see your chiropractor before you go. Our doctors can make sure that you are at your best before heading out on your adventure!

“Check In” on Facebook and Win!
When Facebook was released to the public in 2004 it was a small service that allowed friends to connect a little easier and share what was happening in their respective lives. As of this writing, Facebook has grown to TWO BILLION USERS! 

As Facebook has become a more integral part of our culture we have come to rely on it not just to keep up with our friends, but also to help us find services, businesses, and companies to help us in our daily lives. 

Just like any other office, we are always trying to expand our online presence, especially on Facebook. We love helping all of you achieve your best health and want to be able to do the same for your friends, family, and everyone else in our community. So all July long we’re asking YOU to help us do just that!

If you’re on Facebook and are visiting our office, please take a moment to “check in” and let people know you’re here. Better yet, give us a review and let people know how you feel. Everyone who checks in will be entered into a weekly drawing for the chance to win a $25 Giant Eagle Gift Card!

We love helping you and look forward to seeing all of your posts! Good luck!

Video Highlight – Renee’s Story of Health and Chiropractic

Renee's Story of Health and Chiropractic

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“I believe the greatest gift that you can give your family and the world is a healthy you”

– Joyce Meyer

How to Enjoy a Pain-Free Flight

Summer is almost here and now is the time to book your flight. Airplanes can be hard on your back. These tips will help you enjoy a pain-free flight.

  • Pick the Shortest Flight. The less time you spend crammed into a plane seat, the better. If possible, book tickets on a direct flight. Book well in advance to get the best deal.
  • Call Ahead and Request an Aisle Seat. Aisle seats provide extra room, giving you a place to stretch out. Getting a special seat can be difficult, so call ahead to find out what your airline requires. If they won’t allow travelers to make seat reservations, get a letter from your chiropractor describing your medical condition. This may help at the airport.
  • Travel With Special Pillows. Traveling with a pillow that wraps around your neck can support you during the flight. If your back pain originates in the lower back area, a back pillow may help. Test it before you leave on your trip. This will give you a chance to return any products that don’t meet your needs. 
  • Get Comfortable Before Leaving. Wear loose clothing made from natural, breathable fibers for your trip. This will make it easier to move around and get comfortable in your seat.
  • Find the Best Posture Before Your Trip. Work with your chiropractor to find the most comfortable position for during your flight. Knowing which positions work for you can help you stay comfortable.
  • Learn Stretches and Exercises. Your chiropractor can teach you exercises that can be performed while you’re in your seat. These can help keep your muscles relaxed throughout the flight. 
  • Get an Adjustment Before You Go. Work with your chiropractor to eliminate subluxations before you leave. Getting an adjustment before you leave will also help you be at your very best for all of your adventures!
From the Doctors
Why Are We Sick?

Dr. Shannon-
“The statistics show that most of us are “sick” in some way. 70% of Americans take at least one medicine a day and the most common are antibiotics, antidepressants, and opioid pain medicines. We have healthcare, medical technology, and more drugs than any other country. We have clean water and abundant food. We used to be 26th in the world for longevity….but that’s getting worse.  

I think the biggest reason is that we lose focus on the  basics. We get used to having all the technology and chemicals at hand, so we tend to neglect the foundational pieces. Our health is on a continuum. The more positive things we do, the closer we are to being healthy. The more negative things we do, the closer we are to being sick or dead. Good health isn’t by luck or accident, it’s by effort.

Chiropractic plays a unique role in the health of a human. Literally EVERY cell in the body is connected to the brain through the nervous system. When we have subluxations and the nervous system can’t connect the dots and make the body function in a synchronized fashion, we lose our health and eventually develop disease and dysfunction. Getting adjusted and keeping the brain in communication with the body is 100% essential for any of the other things you do for your health. Without it,  you can never be 100% healthy. So focus on the basics and be consistent and you’ll be way less sick.”

Dr. Ashley-
“I believe we are sick because our health is something we REACT to. It’s the “look good, feel good” mentality, meaning that we are healthy if we look good and feel good, right? NO. Once our body is diseased, abnormal processes manifest for months, even years, before they are diagnosed. Our nervous system, when operating properly, makes us aware when symptoms are present. These act as warnings that something is wrong so we can act on it, correcting the problem instead of putting a “band-aid” on it. 

We’re sick because our society constantly looks for that “quick fix” to feel better, typically with medication. Prescription drugs cost us almost a million lives a year. Lots of times our symptoms are caused by adverse reactions to meds we are taking for something else. You can see how this becomes a vicious cycle. It is our job, as conservative medical professionals, to educate and empower our patients to make better life decisions and share their health and success with those around them. This will decrease the chronic illnesses of our population.”

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