Dr. Riley shows a drill to help you stabilize one part of your body and move your arms and legs.
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I would say first do your homework. Get on the internet, speak to friends and family or community. Do your research. Here are four things that I would look for in finding a good chiropractic office. First, avoid an office that’s going to shoot mandatory X-Rays on that first visit. I don’t think it’s necessary. Secondly, stay away from extended treatment plans. Find an office that’s going to diagnosis your problem, make a recommendation on what’s needed, and then change as needed as you go. The third thing is find an office that’s going to help you on that first visit. So many times I see offices examining a patient, have them come back for a report of findings. You’re in there because you’re hurt. Hopefully, you’re going to get some treatment. Try to find an office that’s going to do something on that first visit. Lastly, don’t be scared to find an office that works with other physicians, whether it’s PTs or primary care physicians. I think it’s so very important in today’s healthcare you find an office that has a good team around them to treat patients.
So here’s a few tips how to lift things safely. We always want to lift with our legs. So many times we start to bend or flex throughout your low back. That’s going to create a lot of pressure and irritation on your low back. So, what does that mean when someone says, “lift with your legs?” We want to bend at your knees. Keep a pretty neutral spine. Keeping a neutral spine means we’re going to maintain that neutral position. We’re not going to bend or flex. Hinging at our hips, too, is another good tip. So, we’re going to lift with our legs. We’re not going to bend with our back. Something that also gets very overlooked many times, with you, is that we can hold the object close to us, just like any type of a lever. If I have it way out in front of me, it’s going to create more load and weight. If I get that object closer to me, lift with my legs, use my big butt muscles, my glutes, and try not to flex or bend through my back; that hopefully will prevent you from developing lower back pain and irritation.
It’s an epidemic. Obviously, we live in such a forward world, and I’m sure with your job and you sit at a desk and your head is down at your computer. We’re already very forward, you know when I say forward; arms out, head down. It’s exacerbated by at lunch you’re doing this, at home you’re doing this, watching TV with your wife. You guys are both like this, heads down, repetitive motion with your hands.
What happens is, when my head is continually looking down it’s going to create a lot of stress and pressure on my upper back and neck. It might create some weakness which could contribute to the problem as well. Overuse injuries, I’m sure you’ve heard about Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, different types of neurological things from your elbow; that repetitive motion like typing.
So, it’s just we already live in this environment and I think it’s exacerbated and made so much worse by a lot of this, so get off your device. Get up. Start moving around.