This section is for general health and wellness tips.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Custom-made orthotics, or inserts for your shoes that help to redistribute your weight, are often only thought about when you have a reason to do so. Usually an injury or muscle strain will cause you to go in search of these pain-easing foot inserts. But, orthotics is one item you should be using before an injury ever presents itself. Many people think custom-made inserts or special shoes are for professional sports figures or runners. Not so.
Our feet are the foundation of our skeletal system. When they don't stand right, this can lead to many causes of back and neck pain, as well as other structural problems. Orthotics allow for an aligned spine, reducing the risk of strain and injury resulting from incorrect weight distribution.
There are a number of different problems caused by feet that aren't doing their job, anymore. These include:
Everyone's feet need to be balanced and properly aligned and that's where orthotics come into play. When you seek to eliminate problems associated with any of the above areas, it won't be entirely successful without a good orthotic device in place. You may have seen the ones in pharmacies, and you may have used there to gain some relief or improved comfort. 'Off-the-shelf' orthotics have limited benefits, and many times they are only purchased because you either have an injury or feel heel or back pain that needs immediate relief.
Instead of waiting for an injury or muscle pull to occur, a custom-made foot orthotic can be key to your pro-active outlook for your health. After all, if your feet don't carry your weight correctly and transfer it properly, this can lead to stress and strain being placed on your body.
And you know, the older you get, the worse things can become. So, with the New Year, be a new you, with a custom-made orthotic which will give you a whole new outlook on life.