Alternative Approaches: Link Into Better Health
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Alternative Approaches: Link Into Better Health

The body is a holistic being. It needs to be nurtured and treated as a single entity rather than separate parts. As a naturopath, I am acutely aware of the ways in which imbalance in one part of the body can cause pain and discomfort in other seemingly unrelated body parts. I am currently studying to become a chiropractor and these links are becoming even more obvious to me. Over the years, family and friends who were initially sceptical about my medical advice have been amazed by the results when they combine alternative therapies with conventional medicine. I’m sure there are thousands of people out there who could benefit from a different approach to their health. I have started this blog to merely inform about the possibilities and allow readers to make up their own minds. Enjoy reading and best of health to you all!


Alternative Approaches: Link Into Better Health

Using a Chiropractor to Fix Poor Posture

Tamara Fox

Living with poor posture can wreak havoc on your health. You may find that you experience back pain, despite otherwise feeling healthy. Poor posture can also cause your head to move forward, disrupt your sleep, and may stop your organs from operating freely. Seeing a general chiropractor is one way to tackle poor posture. Here's how yours can help.

Taking an Oral History

Few people wake up one day and simply find that they're adopting a poor posture. Usually, it develops over time, and your lifestyle factors can contribute. Your chiropractor will begin by talking about posture with you and will focus on areas of your life such as work, exercise, and where you're experiencing pain. Using the information they give you, they'll identify the factors contributing to your bad posture and which muscle groups are suffering the most. From there, they can begin a physical examination to confirm their preliminary diagnosis.

Visual and Physical Examinations

A general chiropractor can visually inspect your posture in a couple of different ways. They may ask you to adopt a variety of positions, such as sitting in a chair in the same way you do at work. Try to adopt as natural a position as possible so they have a good insight into how you sit during the day. They may also ask you to walk so they can examine your gait, which is your balance and coordination. They're also likely to feel various areas of your spine and muscles and may try pressing in the places where you report pain. Some chiropractors also use x-rays, which are handy for finding subluxations and bone spurs.

Relaxing Your Joints and Muscles

Like many people, you may associate chiropractors with physical adjustments that produce loud cracks. In reality, a chiropractor's adjustments are often gentle but still produce results. They may target areas of your spine that impact where you do and don't feel tension. Each part of your spine houses dermatomes, which can affect how your muscles move. When a chiropractor helps nerves flow through your spine freely, you may experience less discomfort. Your chiropractor might also target local muscle groups. One of their aims is to release the tension in the muscles where you're holding it. When a muscle tenses, it often causes other muscles to overwork, which then causes pain and poor posture.

Finally, your chiropractor may prescribe aids that help you maintain a good posture throughout the day. Using such aids and following their exercise recommendations can have a positive impact on the way you hold yourself.

For more information, talk with a general chiropractor.