Benefit Chiropractic Langley

Chiropractic Care Blog

November 30th, 2019

 

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Your head weighs about 10 pounds, and your neck has to hold that thing up all day, every day.

So, it’s a good idea to have a good position at night to rest your weary neck muscles—and everything else. Your neck muscles have enough work to do during the day; there’s no reason to further tire them at night.

Good head positions for sleeping

Basically, what you want to avoid is arching your back and neck by leaning the head too far back, and also bending the head too far forward, which will stretch the muscles in the back of the neck and can also make it harder to breathe.

It goes without saying that you also don’t want to have your head bent in an exaggerated way to one side or the other. You want your head and neck muscles to be in a neutral position.

The easiest way to achieve this is either sleeping on your back with a small pillow to support your neck, or to sleep on your side, with a pillow to support the neck and head.

These two positions keep the head and neck straight, and none of the neck muscles are strained.

Benefits of a good head and neck position for sleeping

If you keep your head and neck in a straight but relaxed and neutral position you’re less likely to get muscle cramps, which can affect your neck just like they can affect your back or your calves.

Muscle strain or cramps in the neck can affect your back, your hips, and suddenly everything hurts. Discomfort in your head and neck can easily lead to problems in other parts of the body. So, it’s worth it to try to sleep in a good position.

When you’re more relaxed and without any pain or strain, you will also sleep better, although the reverse also appears to be true. Getting a good night’s sleep also affects your ability to relax your muscles, so, good sleep hygiene, and getting enough sleep will also affect how your muscles react during the day (and night).

It’s worth noting that many people with back or hip problems may feel and sleep better if they have a pillow under their knees (if you’re lying on your back) or between your knees (if you’re lying on your side).

Also, all of the positions mentioned above may be affected or may need to be slightly modified depending on whether you sleep on a hard or soft surface.

We want you to get some great sleep at night. If you’re having neck pain, contact us, make an appointment, and let us help you. We also have chiropractic pillows available to help you achieve a good neck position during sleep.

Benefit Chiropractic & Wellness offers chiropractic health care, acupuncture, and massage therapy in order to enable patients to live a healthy and happy lifestyle that is both pain and symptom free.

If you have any questions about this article or would like to make an appointment with one of the medical professionals at Benefit Chiropractic & Wellness, please call (604) 534-7451 or email info@benefitchiropractic.ca


September 24th, 2019

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There is an old saying that the only things in life that are certain are aging, and paying taxes. While the latter can cause great pain, both do not have to. As we age, there are often age-related conditions that may begin to show themselves. Thankfully, chiropractic care for seniors is able to help treat some of these conditions.

Back and Neck Pain

Many people begin to experience back and/or pain as they age, with a high percentage of the population experiencing some degree of back pain. Often, back or neck pain is a symptom of a misaligned spinal cord, and adjustments can help to alleviate nerve impingements. This relief will not only result in reduced pain, but also give seniors more freedom to move and enjoy their lives.

Arthritis

Arthritis is also a common occurrence for many people as they age, and chiropractic treatment has shown to be successful in helping to treat the symptoms associated with arthritis. Chiropractors are especially able to help with hip arthritis, and with regular treatment, many patients will show increased range of motion, speed, and balance in the joint, as well as reduced inflammation and lower levels of pain.

These are the most common age-related conditions treated by chiropractors. Chiropractic treatment can also be preventative, helping to mitigate the conditions before they become more serious. If you are looking for a chiropractic office in Langley, then make sure you check out Benefit Chiro.


July 29th, 2019

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What is a Chiropractic pillow?

Answer: A chiropractic pillow is specially made to provide extra support.

If you spend at least 8 hours asleep each night, that is a third of your life, lying on your bed, with your head on your pillow. Keeping this in mind, the pillow you choose could have enormous consequences, positive or negative. If you have back or neck pain, you may benefit from switching to a chiropractic pillow.

What is a Chiropractic Pillow?

A chiropractic pillow is a specialized pillow that is shaped in a way so as to provide additional support to the neck. This cervical pillow helps for your spine to maintain its anatomically correct shape and positioning while you sleep. Keeping your neck in the correct position allows your muscles and nerves to properly relax, meaning less tension, less inflammation, and less pain.

Anatomical pillows are usually designed for sleeping on your back. There are some available for those who must sleep on their sides as well.

Who Are Chiropractic Pillows Right For?

Chiropractic pillows are highly recommended for those who suffer from chronic back or neck pain. People who suffer from tension headaches may also benefit from a chiropractic pillow. If you have been in an accident and had whiplash or other soft tissue injury, a chiropractic pillow from your Langley Chiropractor may also be recommended.

Chiropractic pillows are not an immediate solution, but will reduce pain and discomfort after prolonged, regular and proper use of about a month. If you are suffering from back or neck pain, talk to your Langley Chiropractor such as Benefit Chiro to learn more about chiropractic pillows and if they are right for you.


May 28th, 2019

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An often asked question is “Do Chiropractic adjustments hurt?”. This is a common fear that many patients might have before visiting a chiropractor and seeking out chiropractic treatment for their first time. If you have considered going for chiropractic adjustments in Langley, you can rest assured knowing that no, chiropractic adjustments do not usually hurt.

When a chiropractor performs an adjustment, a patient may often feel pressure or perhaps a bit of discomfort. When the adjustment is finished, this discomfort should immediately disappear, and most patients will often feel immediate relief and even immediate relief from previous symptoms.

If this is the first time a patient is being adjusted, or first time in awhile, there may be some discomfort or soreness for a day or two following treatment. Many patients can overcome this with light stretching, and heat and ice. This soreness is believed to be caused from the joints being moved into a new position (restoring proper body alignment), stretching and straining the surrounding tissue, resulting in some short term discomfort.

Some new patients may have a false sense of adjustments causing pain due to the cracking noise that results from them. This noise is actually small pockets of gas being released from the joints, and not the bones cracking. This noise is not a sign of pain, and is not a source of discomfort.

Chiropractic adjustments can have many positive health benefits. If you have been nervous about visiting a chiropractor in Langley, you can be assured that your experience will be calm, therapeutic, and pain free. 


March 24th, 2019

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If you are suffering from arthritis symptoms, you might be looking everywhere to find relief. If you have never considered chiropractic treatment and chiropractic adjustments, you may find it to be a viable option for your arthritis symptoms.

Chiropractors do not just crack bones and pop necks. Modern chiropractors are able to use a wide variety of skills and techniques to manipulate and focus on specific needs. These can range anywhere from improving the performance of an athlete, to reducing stress, helping a sore back or neck, and reducing symptoms such as those in joints from arthritis.

At the core, chiropractors focus on mending the relationship between tissue and nerves. Having a strong connection between these is believed to increase all areas of health, from organs to joints. Manipulating and improving these areas has shown to reduce pain and inflammation caused from arthritis in a relatively short amount of time.

Chiropractic adjustments work best as part of a complete program. However, if you suffer from osteoporosis or have severe active inflammation, then chiropractic treatment might not be right for you.

The best way to determine if your arthritis symptoms would benefit from chiropractic care is to talk to seek out chiropractic care in Langley and talk a chiropractor. The professionals at Benefit Chiro would be happy to assess your current condition, and devise a treatment plan that would best improve your arthritis symptoms.