Because of the way car seats are made, it is very easy for us to curl our torsos as we sit at the steering wheel, and the weight of our body ends up being supported by our tailbone. But the tailbone is not designed to carry that weight. Our “sit bones”—the ones that are shaped like rockers and that can be felt underneath you when you are sitting—are the bones that are supposed to be holding us up.
According to a British study done in 2006, driving can cause quite a bit of pain. Of those involved in the testing, 81% suffered from foot cramps, 74% experienced low back pain, a stiff neck, and side achiness, and 73% reported headaches or eye strain. That is at least three-quarters of drivers! Read More
Have you ever watched someone else using a cell phone? Was their posture good or poor? Most likely it was quite poor. When we get focused on a phone or tablet, we tend to want to create some “private space.” To do that, we pull our heads and necks forward and curl our upper body into a ball to get that private feeling. If someone is talking on the phone, they may also be hunching their shoulder up to cradle the phone next to their ear.
Where are your legs right now as you are reading this? Tucked under you? Crossed? Wrapped around your chair legs? There is no one “correct” position for your legs, but there are some positions which are less likely to create painful issues for you.
Last time we discussed your sit bones. Now let’s look at your head’s role in computer posture—or your posture at any time!
With your upper body balanced over the sit bones, let’s look at your head. Take a moment to be aware of your head. Where is it? Is it balanced over the top of your spine, or is it leaning forward to see the screen? The second option is all too common. The head is at the opposite end of the spine from the sit bones. It counterbalances the sit bones. If either end is out of balance, then the whole upper body is compromised.
No matter how great our furniture is, if we are contorting our bodies in unnatural ways while we are using the furniture, we will still experience pain.
Any time we balance on the correct part of our skeleton, the muscles are not overworked to hold us up. We have several balancing points in our torso. If we allow those to line up, then we will be held upright by the skeleton and the muscles that were designed to do the job. A typical slumping posture may seem to be more relaxed, but it actually leads to more tension.
Today almost all of us love the things technology can do for us. It can help us find the information we need, entertain us, or connect us to anyone in the world. What we don’t love so much is the way we often feel after we have spent time in front of our laptop, tablet or cell phone. Many common complaints today can be traced back to our use of technology: Pain and fatigue in the muscles and joints, nerve injuries, high blood pressure, decreased muscle strength, and muscle swelling have all been associated with long periods of computer use. New terms have even been coined recently to describe some of this. You’ve probably heard of “text neck” or “text thumbs.”
During the winter we spend most of our time in our offices working or snuggled on the couch with a hot drink. Then spring comes, and suddenly we are bending, twisting, stretching, reaching, digging, chopping, sweeping, kneeling, climbing, pushing, pulling, carrying…and the list goes on! Many times our body will let us know in no uncertain terms that it doesn’t appreciate all this change!
Why Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Spinal Decompression Cost Savings Over Surgery
Before consenting to spinal decompression surgery, you should consider the risks as opposed to other non-invasive options. This surgery, as with any type, comes with several risks: bleeding, infections, blood clots, or an adverse reaction to the anesthesia. With spinal decompression surgery, sometimes the bones will not fuse as they should, or the hardware will fracture. The additional stress on the adjacent segments of spine can cause degeneration of those segments, leading to more pain. Patients also run the risk of experiencing nerve and/or spinal cord damage from the surgery itself. Often the main source of the pain a person is experiencing is due to a herniated disc. If the nerve damage from the herniation is permanent, the disc will be unresponsive to spinal decompression surgery, leaving the patient with the same pain he/she had before the surgery. Before you agree to surgery, be sure you have checked out all your options.
Spinal Decompression Therapy may be right for you if you fall into any of the following categories:
- You daily activities are limited due to upper of lower back pain
- You have had injections or epidurals with little or no relief
- You are dependent on medications to relieve back pain
- You have tried other options that have not solved your pain issues.
- You have been out of work due to the pain
- You are uncomfortable with the choice of surgery
- You have a herniated or bulging disc, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, facet syndrome, or spinal stenosis
- You are post-surgical and still having issues with back pain
Damaged spinal discs rarely heal on their own. The discs are under constant pressure from the weight of the body—and this is what contributed to the problem in the first place. Treatment with non-surgical spinal decompression therapy creates a negative pressure that brings healing nutrients to the site and relieves the nerve pressure that is causing the pain. With repeated treatments, tears in the disc wall will heal so that the disc herniation is repaired, as opposed to other treatments which only bring a temporary relief of symptoms. Non-surgical spinal decompression is safe and painless. Studies show that approximately 72% of patients report good/excellent relief of their pain when the follow through a full course of therapy.
Spinal Decompression Exercises and Therapies
To assist the healing process and to help reduce inflammation, spinal decompression will be combined with therapies and exercises. Passive therapies such as ice/heat, electrical stimulation, and chiropractic adjustments as necessary will be included. A program of spinal decompression exercises is also beneficial. These may include stretching, core strengthening, or weight loss.
Spinal Decompression at Home
Many people have tried a “do-it-yourself” approach with spinal decompression at home.
These tools, such as an inversion table or yoga, are helpful in that they provide lengthening of the spine. They are, however, only a static lengthening. There is no facilitated, progressive metabolic exchange with these tools. A spinal decompression table is designed to provide dynamic lengthening. The table is programmed to supply a rhythmic lengthening and resting. Over a period of visits, as the disc tissue is able to handle a changed program, a progressive increase in force will be applied. All of this is done under careful doctor supervision. The dynamic movement of the spine increases normal circulation and gets rid of debris and waste products that have accumulated.
Spinal Decompression Cost
Our most important concern is that we can help you. Once we have determined if this treatment is right for you, we will give you a detailed treatment plan and the cost of the spinal decompression and let you know what may be covered by insurance. Spinal decompression therapy is not typically covered by insurance; however the accompanying therapies such as electrical stimulation and chiropractic adjustments are covered by most insurance policies.
Are you interested in learning about spinal decompression? Do you live in Greenville, Simpsonville, Fountain Inn, or the surrounding Upstate area? If you would like to learn about the benefits of spinal decompression or spinal decompression cost please contact us at (864) 963-9304