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Tight hips are implicated in so much 21st century biomechanical dysfunction. As we sit more than ever, our hips are tighter than ever; combine this with weak glutes and anterior pelvic tilt and you have the perfect recipe for instability and pain in the lower back. Furthermore, tight hips make it even more difficult for us to maintain good posture throughout our daily activities because it is actively pulling our bodies out of alignment. So we can see that hip mobility is of utmost importance, but how do we reverse the cycle of tension that got our hips to this tightness in the first place?
Let’s call it what it is and replace the word “aching,” with “screaming”; it is actually your neck telling you that you are letting it down. So many of our daily actions train our neck muscles into holding patterns that are actually extremely harmful to our spinal health. At Community Chiropractic and Acupuncture of Park Slope, it is our responsibility to use our expertise to help people train their neck muscles out of these unhealthy holding patterns and replace them with patterns that promote balance and reduce tension.
As anyone who has read our blog knows, we are big fans of core stability. Improving your body's ability to stabilize movements and effectively transfer forces is of essential importance for people concerned with spinal health. But the same could be said for your pelvis- one of the most crucial junctions in the entire body rarely comes in for the attention it deserves and truly needs. This blog will argue that establishing pelvic stability should become a priority in your life.
To give it a technical definition, traction applies a distracting force to the ends of a given spinal segment in order to relieve pressure and compression from the vertebrae. In our office, we use a specialized table to provide computerized traction that gently stretches the spine and contributes to negative intradiscal pressure. Many people with conditions like hernitated discs, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease find that traction helps alleviate pressure on the nerve roots and enhance the healing process. Traction is often used on the cervical segment of the spine to help people suffering from chronic neck pain.
Cervicogenic vertigo is defined as dizziness caused by dysfunction or degeneration of the cervical vertebrae. Primary causative factors include:
The muscles and joints in your neck contain a complex network of sensors that seek to keep you in balance by communicating sensory information about head movement and its orientation to the brain and vesitbular apparatus, located in the inner ear. This system works as a small piece of a larger puzzle to coordinate balance throughout the body. When the system doesn’t function, sensory confusion, including dizziness, is a frequent result. Cervicogenic vertigo is often accompanied by other symptoms including neck pain, headaches, nausea and vomiting.
Chronic pain is fickle. In some cases, we can pick out indicators such as an acute injury that forms the point where the pain started. In other cases, the source is less clear- chronic back aching, or the chronic pain associated with autoimmune disorders, is lifechanging. Certainly, our understanding of the causative factors of chronic pain is always changing; that means that our treatment for chronic pain is also evolving. And in some cases, evolving means looking to what has worked in the past. This is the case for acupuncture: milleniums in the making, it is only now seeing the light of dedicated studies by western medicine. While there is no clear consensus in the medical community regarding the efficacy of acupuncuture, many studies are starting to validate acupuncture as an alternative form of pain management.