East Bank Chiropractic offers state-of-the-art diagnostic tools that help the doctors accurately diagnose and treat health issues and injuries that involve the back and neck. The doctors are board-certified chiropractic physicians who are dedicated to serving the residents of downtown Chicago, IL, as well as other nearby communities.
Back & Neck Care
What Are the Elements of Proper Back and Neck Care?
Proper back and neck care is vitally important if a person wants to prevent chronic illnesses and the discomfort that accompany them. Chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy can be used to complement one another and help keep the body in balance. In addition to strengthening the body and maintaining proper balance, the other elements of back and neck care involve using proper lifting techniques, exercising the muscles of the neck regularly to maintain range of motion and flexibility, and making sure the body receives the right nutrients to maintain strength and good bone health.
Why Is It Important to Use Proper Lifting Techniques?
The spine and the muscles that support it are responsible for keeping the body upright. If they become stressed or strained, the pain that results can be debilitating. Using proper lifting techniques will prevent the back muscles from being strained or torn. To lift properly, a heavy box or package should be firmly grasped with the knees bent. Pull the load close to the body and lift the entire weight with the legs, while stabilizing with the arms. This prevents the muscles in the lower back from bearing the brunt of the load. It is also important not to twist the back during the lift. When lifting is a constant part of a person’s job, regular chiropractic adjustments, and massage therapy can help keep the back and neck in good working order.
How Can Massage Therapy and Chiropractic Adjustments Help?
Proper back and neck care involves sufficient exercise for strength and rest to allow for the muscles to relax after a long, eventful day. Chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy work together to keep the body strong and in balance. Tight muscles that are inflamed because of overwork or an injury can pull bones in the neck and back out of alignment. This means improper blood flow and pinched nerves that can eventually lead to chronic pain and suffering. For people who have highly stressful jobs or are forced to lift heavy weights, chiropractic and massage therapy can help restore blood flow to sore muscles and reduce inflammation and chronic pain.