Man hunched over in his desk suffering from his sedentary lifestyle

Your Sedentary Lifestyle Could be Leading to a Bout of Disuse Syndrome

Sedentary Lifestyle can lead to Disuse Syndrome - Seattle ChiropractorLet’s face facts: modern lifestyles are typically bad for your health. Sitting behind a computer all day or looking down at your phone isn’t good for your back, your joints, or your muscles. We tend to put physical activity on the back burner for sedentary gratification, which trends towards a whole mess of health problems down the line – including a condition call disuse syndrome.

The old saying goes, “use it or lose it.” Disuse syndrome is the embodiment of this adage and involves severe weakening of your spine, joints, and muscles as the result of being sedentary. It’s a serious medical condition that needs the attention of a professional.

More and more, chiropractors are seeing patients with diagnosed cases of disuse syndrome. The experts at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA work hard to help patients recognize poor lifestyle habits and shift towards better ones. We may be able to help you correct the effects of your sedentary lifestyle before they have long-term consequences.

The effects of disuse syndrome

At its most developed stages, disuse syndrome is actually deterioration of muscles and joints. This occurs from a long-term sedentary lifestyle that, prior to the digital age, was really only observed in people confined to bedrest. Thankfully, severe cases are rare and moderate cases tend to be caught before they result in long-term damage.

Disuse syndrome affects both your physical and mental health. What’s more, it’s not always localized and can have far-reaching setbacks for multiple systems within the body. Some areas that may be affected include:

  • Cardiovascular system;
  • Musculoskeletal system;
  • Endocrine system;
  • Gastrointestinal system;
  • Nervous system.

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Loss of mobility and muscle deterioration are just the main symptoms stemming from disuse syndrome. Often accompanying them are poor circulation, issues with muscle memory, and trouble concentrating. Chronic pain and clinical depression are also common. If it reaches this stage, professional intervention is absolutely needed to stop and reverse the effects.

Why chiropractic?

Many people’s first instinct in coping with minor bouts of disuse syndrome is to seek physical rehabilitation. This is only one option, however. Chiropractic is another.

Chiropractors are actually uniquely positioned to help disuse syndrome patients. The approach starts with correcting spinal subluxations (misalignments) that may make movement difficult, as well as the nervous system problems that come with subluxations. Chiropractic adjustments may also improve blood pressure, restore joint function, and correct posture.

Another reason chiropractors are intimately qualified is through their ability to help patients develop and establish good habits. This is critical for patients who want to rehabilitate while also preventing future disuse issues from occurring. A chiropractor will discuss proper exercise form, along with adopting a nutritious diet and staying active. Adopting these changes will result in a stronger body and better ongoing habit formation.

Can you feel your muscles getting weak or your body beginning to succumb to a sedentary lifestyle? Don’t let it get to the point of disuse syndrome. The staff at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA want to help you get back on the road to a healthy lifestyle. Contact us today to learn more about how we use Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) to help patients identify areas of improvement in their spine health and total body wellness.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.

Man Texting and suffering from Neck Pain as a result

How to Keep the Symptoms of Text Neck from Ruining Your Workday

How to Keep the Symptoms of Text Neck from Ruining Your WorkdaySuffering from text neck?! Soreness and stiffness in the upper back and neck are familiar feelings for many Americans. Maybe you work too many hours hunched over a laptop? Possibly you spend a lot of time on your phone? The fact is, technology often involves looking down for sustained periods of time. It’s a practice that’s common but harmful. The condition it creates – called “text neck” – is actually a serious problem that can result in long-term health setbacks.

Text neck is a condition that chiropractors are already familiar with and one that’s becoming a growing commonality among patients. The experts at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA are helping patients recognize their condition and combat it each and every day. We’re ready to use Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) to show you just how damaging it can be to spend your days looking down.

How text neck is affecting your body

The symptoms of text neck result from the strain placed on the neck from hunching over or looking down for long periods. This is bad posture that affects the alignment of the spine, especially the cervical spine (neck). But the problem goes even beyond just your cervical spine. While a common complaint is severe, acute pain in the neck and upper back, shooting pain down the arms and legs is also common due to nerve irritation related to text neck.

Chiropractic treats these symptoms through realigning the vertebrae. Resetting the spine is essential to rehabilitation because of the pivotal role the spine plays in the central nervous system. Through regular appointments with a chiropractor, patients may quickly feel relief from the numbness, muscle spasms, and pain associated with text neck. It comes with having nerve pathways reopened as vertebrae are realigned.

Combating the issue each day

Text neck is also referred to as “chronic forward head posture,” meaning that you’re constantly overworking specific muscle groups. If you leave the chiropractor’s office and spend several hours in a row looking down at your phone, all those symptoms will return. It’s just common sense!

Instead of getting adjusted and returning to your poor habits, be mindful of how you might work to correct your condition. Your chiropractor will likely offer tips and training for better posture and healthier habits to ensure the pain stays away. From holding your neck at a proper angle to taking frequent breaks, your chiropractor has a full set of tools for combating text neck. This also includes strengthening the core muscles, which is key to maintain strong posture.

The modern world is demanding on our bodies in surprising ways. But with the help of natural, holistic chiropractic treatment you can support your overall health.

Get a chiropractic assessment of text neck

Text neck is widespread in today’s digital age, but its effect on your spine and overall wellness is unique. It’s best to consult with a chiropractor for an assessment before you start looking critically at your posture and habits.

The seasoned team at Stability Health Center has seen numerous cases of text neck throughout the Seattle, WA area. Using Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) to assess the state of your condition, we can help you overcome it and help you develop better postural habits for healthier living. Visit us for a free consultation today!

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.

Woman suffering from Ankylosing Spondylitis Pain

Proactive Ways to Manage Ankylosing Spondylitis Pain

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From fatigue and back pain, to stiffness and lack of mobility, ankylosing spondylitis (AS) pain prevents sufferers from enjoying their daily lives. Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis that causes problems in the spine and may impact other joints. Those who live with this chronic condition know how debilitating it can be day after day.

Fortunately, you don’t need to suffer needlessly from the worst symptoms AS has to offer. Chiropractic has been found as a proven solution for relief by many patients. Stability Health Center’s team is familiar with the condition and we welcome ankylosing spondylitis patients in Seattle, WA. We’re intent on helping you explore all potential avenues of spinal relief.

What are the symptoms of AS?

AS is a condition based in the autoimmune system and results in the inflammation of spinal vertebrae. It specifically affects the ligaments in discs of the vertebrae, causing severe and chronic pain. For cases that go untreated, inflammation can even lead to the formation of new bone in the spine. This often leads to a forward-stooped posture (kyphosis) that severely limits mobility. Other symptoms associated with AS include:

  • Extreme fatigue;
  • Hip pain;
  • Pelvic pain;
  • Shoulder and neck ache;
  • Muscle spasms;
  • Hand and feet pain.

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Unfortunately, AS doesn’t stop at just imbuing its sufferers with pain. This chronic condition also puts patients at a significantly higher risk of osteoporosis and heart disease.

Chiropractic treatment for AS

AS is a difficult condition to diagnose. In fact, many medical professionals don’t identify it and misinterpret fatigue and localized pain as symptoms of other ailments. Chiropractors, on the other hand, are trained experts in spinal health. They will frequently consider what general practitioners would not when it comes to spinal diagnoses. They’ll perform a more thorough investigation by discussing symptoms, reviewing medical history, and using radiological imagery of the spine.

If AS is determined to be the root condition of a person’s pain and discomfort, a specialized treatment and care plan will be assembled. The purpose of this plan is to first mitigate acute pain and second, to forestall future problems caused by AS. Treatment will differ depending on the patient. Some of the strategies chiropractors use include:

  • Spinal adjustments to correct misalignments that have resulted from AS;
  • Recommending movement and low-impact exercise like walking to reduce the chance of osteoporosis and heart disease;
  • Stretching and moving joints in the morning when the pain is worst;
  • Swimming and other water activities for a low-impact approach to lessening AS pain symptoms;
  • Hot showers, especially in the morning to loosen up muscles and encourage movement of fluids;
  • Developing strong posture habits to ensure vertebral discs stay functional;
  • Adopting a nutritious diet low in sugars and high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to encourage weight loss.

You don’t need to suffer aimlessly from the worst symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis anymore. The staff at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA is here to help evaluate your symptoms and recommend a long-term chiropractic treatment plan for coping with your AS. Contact us today to learn more about the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach we employ to tailor our adjustments and insights to each one of our patients.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.

Woman celebrating the benefits of an inversion table from Stability Health Center

How Might an Inversion Table Benefit Your Overworked Spine?

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Chiropractors have many tools at their disposal to help enhance their patients’ health. Among these tools is the inversion table, which can also be referred to as a decompression table. This apparatus can be used to help patients experience relief from pain related to a variety of spine-based conditions – namely those that arise from compressed vertebrae.

Inversion tables are an exceptional tool for facilitating spinal decompression for a number of reasons. Their function is simple, there are degrees of use that can be tailored to the patient, and inversion therapy can even be paired with other forms of chiropractic. All told, an inversion table offers a simple solution to many common spinal ailments.

If, at your next visit to Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA, your chiropractor suggests inversion therapy, an inversion table is almost invariably going to be the tool of choice.

What are the benefits of using an inversion table?

The function of an inversion table is simple. It essentially allows the patient to hang upside down! This proves to be restorative for the spine because it directly counteracts the effects of gravity. It’s a simple, yet effective way to relieve stress on the spine. And, for patient-based treatment, a chiropractor can rotate the table to provide targeted treatment for specific vertebrae.

This ancient technique is used to reduce inflammation and nerve compression to treat conditions such as:

  • Sciatica;
  • Facet joint syndrome;
  • Osteoarthritis;
  • General disc compression;
  • Disc herniation.

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Studies have found inversion therapy an incredibly effective way to treat disc herniation in the lumbar spine. Using an inversion table can increase blood circulation, improve posture, alleviate back pain, reduce stress, and improve spinal column alignment. By elongating the spine, this device reduces overall compression and has the potential to create positive health outcomes.

Keeping disc compression to a minimum

When you consider the role your spine plays in regulating the central nervous system, it’s crucial to ensure it’s aligned, to protect your overall health. Nerves flow through the space between vertebrae and when vertebrae become compressed, so do these nerves. The results can be widespread and vary in severity – everything from gastric issues to mobility problems can arise. The simple solution is to alleviate compression to restore proper nerve flow.

Unlike options such as surgery, going to a chiropractor for regular inversion table treatments won’t break the bank. It’s one of the least-expensive treatments around! And, it’s a far less invasive way to reconcile disc compression issues. Depending on your condition, your chiropractor may recommend other treatments including spinal manipulation, hot/cold therapy, physical therapy, and massage therapy.

Though it may seem a little silly at first, inversion therapy has the potential to yield real results. This individualized, natural treatment method has yielded great effects for a variety of conditions, helping to alleviate compression and any secondary effects it may be having on a person.

The chiropractors at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA can help you explore inversion therapy. Contact us today to setup a free consultation or learn more about how we utilize inversion tables within our tailored Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) programs.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.