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General Health Tip

This section is for general health and wellness tips.



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


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.


July 26th, 2017

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Chiropractic water pillows are water-based pillows that provide a luxurious comfort while sleeping, and also provide great support for the head and neck – these pillows have been proven to have some great benefits for those suffering from neck pain and other upper body pains and stiffness. They are designed with a thick, hypoallergenic cushion that sits overtop of a base of water. The water component of the pillow is simple to fill up and can be adjusted based on individual needs.

Clinical trails have shown that water pillows can reduce neck pain and significantly improve quality of sleep. One great advantage of these pillows is that they can be customized to fit each individual body by changing the amount of water in the pillow – this adjusts the thickness of the pillow to accommodate the needs of each sleeper. Also, because the main support of the pillow is water, it can adapt and adjust throughout the night to properly cradle the head and neck as the sleeper rolls over and changes positions in the night.

The chiropractic water pillows typically come with a five-quart water capacity for the base, and changing the amount of water will customize the pillow’s feel and firmness. In some cases, clinical studies have been done that have shown great success in reducing neck pain by providing proper cervical support.

For people who wake up with a stiff neck, or who experience neck pain throughout the day, it may be worthwhile to try a chiropractic water pillow adjusted properly to their body. The water based pillows are both luxuriously comfortable, and therapeutic in helping with neck and other upper body pains associated with improper sleeping habits.


May 30th, 2017

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Custom orthotics are provided to patients to relieve foot pain and improve muscle performance over time – but they are not for only foot pain. Those who suffer from back pain, hip and knee pain, and arthritis-related pains can also find relief by using custom orthotics consistently.

Each pair of orthotics is custom tailored to the individual according to their problems. The treatment for an athlete with pain is going to vary extremely differently from a person who is receiving treatment for pain from a broken bone or inflamed ligament.

Orthotics are designed to ensure that the bones, ligaments, and tendons in the lower legs and feet are aligned and positioned properly – this eases pain and stress on the feet and over time will improve the functioning of the muscles throughout the legs and the rest of the body over time. Because the foot is the part of the body that absorbs shock as we move, it is important to prevent friction between the bones and muscles of the foot and legs. There are a number of degenerative conditions that occur that can also be resolved by the use of custom orthotics, including: heel spurs, flat feet, issues with foot arches, stress fractures, and plantar fasciitis. Lower back pain, as well as hip and knee pain, are often relieved by use of properly fitted custom orthotics as they will help with muscle misalignment.

Constant pressure on the feet, or consistent tasks performed while standing on hard, uncomfortable surfaces can lead to recurring pain in the feet and legs. To avoid turning these aches and pains into more serious foot and structural problems, it may be beneficial to look into being fitted for a pair of orthotics.


March 30th, 2017

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Winter of 2017 has been one of the best years for skiing in a long time. Hand-in-hand with a busy ski season comes a higher rate of injuries brought on by skiers and snowboarders flocking to the mountains as soon as the lifts open. Your chiropractor can offer both preventative care to help you avoid getting hurt on the mountain, and can provide treatment in the event an injury does happen. 

Knowledge of how to prevent injury is vital information for skiers and snowboarders to have. Your chiropractor should be able to share with you a wealth of knowledge, including tips on pre-season training exercises and stretches. Skiers should focus on strengthening their lower extremities, especially their quads and hamstrings; snowboarders should focus on their upper extremities, specifically their shoulders and arms. Anyone on the slopes should start slow – don’t attempt a black diamond run right off the bat, and consider taking a lesson or two to refresh yourself.

In the event an injury does happen, your chiropractor is equipped to check you over and get you back onto a path back to the mountain. Common injuries include knee sprains, thumb injuries caused by clutching to ski poles during a fall, and damage to the spine. Your chiropractor will be able to assess the injury and come up with a treatment plan to help – as well as provide ideas for preventing future injury.

When winter rolls around, and you start thinking about pulling your skis out of storage – don’t forget to think about your chiropractor. They will be able to get you also thinking about the best way to get you back into ski-season shape to avoid potential injuries, and will be able to get you back onto track in the event an injury does happen.