Expectant mothers will have some discomfort throughout their pregnancy. During pregnancy, a woman’s center of gravity almost immediately begins to shift forward to the front of her pelvis. Although a woman’s sacrum—or posterior section of the pelvis—has enough depth to enable her to carry a baby, the displaced weight still increases the stress on her joints. As the baby grows in size, the woman’s weight is projected even farther forward, and the curvature of her lower back is increased, placing extra stress on the spinal disks. The American Chiropractic Association recommends the following tips for pregnant women: Exercise- Safe exercise during pregnancy can help strengthen your muscles and prevent discomfort. Try exercising at least three times a week, gently stretching before and after exercise. Walking, swimming, and stationary cycling are relatively safe cardiovascular exercises for pregnant women because they do not require jerking or bouncing movements. Health [...]
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a problem of the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand. CTS occurs when the median nerve gets compressed in the carpal tunnel—a narrow tunnel at the wrist made up of bones and soft tissues, such as nerves, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. It is the most expensive of all work related injuries. Over a lifetime, $30,000 could be spent on medical bills. CTS usually occurs in adults and is common in assembly line workers in manufacturing, sewing, fishing, cleaning, meatpacking. A few symptoms include: burning, tingling, itching, and/or numbness in the palm of the hand and thumb, index, and middle fingers are most common. There is treatment for CTS. Initial therapy includes: Resting the affected hand and wrist Avoiding activities that may worsen symptoms Immobilizing the wrist in a splint to avoid further damage from twisting or bending [...]
Everyone wants to start the new year off on a positive note. Here are a few tips to making 2017 your year! Take Vitamin D The claim to fame for vitamin D is the extraordinary health benefits it offers. Believe it or not, there is more to vitamin D than just bone health. Vitamin D behaves like a hormone. The advantages vary as the research is accumulated. Only recently have the medical community started realizing the variety of benefits provided by this vitamin. As they continue to study it, more and more benefits are emerging. Vitamin D promotes huge health and wellness perks with little cost. Work On Your Posture Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting, or lying down. Good posture is the correct alignment of body parts supported by the right amount of muscle tension against gravity. Without posture and the muscles [...]
Joints are designed to withstand pressure placed on them and provide full range of motion. A few examples of joints would be the ball-and-socket joints such as the hip; hinge joints such as the knee and elbow; and gliding joints, such as those located in the spine. To keep your joints in good shape it is important to have a healthy exercise regimen, proper nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle. Joints are usually injured when an abnormal stress is placed on the joint. These stresses are placed by poor posture, poor joint position during a performance, or poor work ergonomics. To prevent repetitive stress injuries use these three basic principles: Lift heavy objects with the largest muscles, during activities assume several different positions, and keep joints in their neutral posture.
Back pain is the second most common reason for clients to visit the doctor’s office. Injuries to the back are a daily occurrence, which could cause you to feel a sharp pain, ache, or tingling sensation on your spine and these can last for days or even weeks. There are ways to prevent back pain, such as, maintaining a healthy diet and weight, remaining active, avoiding bed rest, and proper posture, warm up and stretch before exercise, wear comfortable and low-heeled shoes, sleep on a mattress of medium firmness to minimize any curve to your spine, lift with your knees and keep the object close to your body and quite smoking. In a recent survey the following occupations were found to cause the most stress and strains on the muscles of the back. Heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers Construction workers’ Landscapers Police officers Farmers Shingle roofers Firefighters/EMT’s Delivery drivers [...]