Posts made in May 2018

Simple Ways to Improve Your Posture

Many of us slouch because the muscles that work to hold the joint in place are imbalanced. However, constant slouching can cause issues such as back pain, headaches, as well as problems with breathing and digestion. Here a few tips from our chiropractors in Seffner, FL, to improve poor posture so you can improve both your health and confidence.

Look in the Mirror
It’s not always easy to tell if your posture is correct. To see how you hold yourself up when you stand and walk, use a mirror. While you observe, make sure that your torso is straight and your shoulders aren’t hunched.

Keep Your Ears and Shoulders in Line
When you are sitting for long periods of time, it is inevitable that you will eventually lean too far forward or backward. Repositioning your sitting position so that your ears are in line with your shoulders will help correct your posture, and ensure that your neck and back are in perfect alignment. To ensure your shoulders are aligned as well, make sure to draw them back and down. This will keep your chest up and out, helping to prevent rounded shoulders.

Go for a Walk
Many office workers have back pain because sitting all day places pressure on your spine and hips. Take walks during break time, or visit your coworker at her desk rather than calling her. If possible, try to walk around at least once an hour. It’s advisable to stretch daily as well, as this keeps muscles flexible for good posture.

The Location of Your Knee Pain Symptoms

If you’re suffering from knee pain that is severe or has persisted more than a few weeks, you should see a chiropractor or physical therapist. However, the location of your knee pain can help you determine the issue before starting physical therapy in Valrico, FL.

If you feel pain in the front of the knee, there may be a problem with the tracking and position of the kneecap. When this occurs, the tendon between the kneecap and the shin may become inflamed and painful.

Pain in the back of the knee is rare, but is likely due to a hamstring strain or what is known as a Baker’s cyst. This is an abnormal swelling of the knee joint that occupies space in the back of the knee.

If you have pain on the inside portion of the knee, there is likely an injury to the medial meniscus or medial collateral ligament. The medial meniscus is a shock absorber located inside the knee, and it often suffers from wear and tear or arthritis. These structures are usually damaged as a result of a sports injury.

Finally, pain on the outside aspect of your knee can mean that a ligament there was injured during athletic activity. Pain here can also be caused by iliotibial band (ITB) stress, which is a thick band of tissue that runs from the outside of your hip to the front of your knee. On the outside part of the knee is also one of three hamstring tendons, so strain to this may also be a source of pain.