Everybody experiences back pain of one form or another at some point in their lives. There are some simple things we can do to help minimize those pains and hopefully prevent them from occurring in the first place. Some women, due to their inherent physical makeup and societal roles, may be especially susceptible to back pain and may have particular difficulty in addressing it. I am here today to address some of those female-specific issues.

The biggest cause of mostly preventable back pain, in my opinion, is posture. Sitting, standing and also sleeping properly are vital to living a healthy, mostly pain-free life. Sitting in a slouched position puts a lot of excess pressure on the joints, muscles and discs in the back and is a direct cause of pain. Sitting up straight is often easier said than done, but having your chair at the right height is definitely the first step. Standing up straight and looking straight or slightly upwards (not down at your phone) is another key. Sleeping in a neutral position without twisting or kinking up the body is also important.

These postural guidelines are important for everyone, but now let’s get into some of the female-specific points. One thing many women do more than men is carry a purse/bag on one shoulder. In order to keep the bag on the shoulder, one must raise the shoulder a bit and that causes an imbalance. Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine and is seen early on in both males and females, but becomes more pronounced in females more after adolescence. In my opinion, one of the biggest factors contributing to the cause of scoliosis is uneven arches developed from walking on hard, flat surfaces with poor support in our shoes. As women tend to wear shoes with less/no support, this is another area that I think could be easily addressed.

The task of childbearing rests on females and their anatomy differs dramatically from males in this sense. Carrying a child puts excess pressure on the spine as well as the rest of the body and it makes it much more difficult to stand upright and sleep in a neutral position. Breasts add to the situation, putting more weight in the front and therefore, even more pressure on the upper and middle back musculature. There are a variety of support belts and posture correctors to help with this and women with larger breasts also have a hard time finding properly fitting bras to support them. Some of my patients have had a lot of success in getting custom made bras and have reported this helping tremendously in their chronic back issues.

Regardless the reason and the duration, chiropractic can help people by restoring the natural order of things in the body and allowing people to better deal with the stresses caused by postural distortion. It is not a quick fix and this is something that everyone has a tough time digesting. The longer your body is in a misaligned state, the longer it will take to change that, and in some cases, the damage done is nearly irreparable. Chiropractic adjustments will help put your body in a place to allow for healing to occur. Weekly checkups for life is, in my opinion, key to a healthy life.

May 9, 2017 About Chiropractic

MD vs DC Lamb Chiropractic

One of the most common question asked of and about chiropractors is whether or not they are ‘real’ doctors.  DC stands for Doctor of Chiropractic and is what it reads on my diploma from Life West Chiropractic College. It does not say Medical Doctor and I have no desire to be a Medical Doctor at this point.  I am proud of my degree, and very happy to be a chiropractor.

Some chiropractors insist on being called ‘Doctor’ (they have earned this right), while others (like myself) do not. Chiropractors’ educational requirements include obtaining a bachelor of science with premedical classes followed by a four year program in an accredited chiropractic college.

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They are required to study anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, diagnosis, neurology, radiology and most other subjects that MD’s study in their training. In many of these subjects (anatomy, radiology, diagnosis), class hours in the chiropractic training program outweighs the medical training program.  In others (obstetrics and gynecology, pharmacology, etc.), the medical training hours outweighs the chiropractic training (most states do not allow chiropractors to prescribe drugs or perform surgery, so this would be unnecessary anyway). To ask if a doctor of chiropractic is on par with a doctor of medicine is silly. It is like comparing apples to oranges. There is a time and place for both and in my opinion, if one completely degrades the other, it does not accomplish anything.  Still, there is constantly talk from the chiropractic side about how MD’s are evil for prescribing so many drugs, etc. and from the medical side that DC’s are ‘quacks’.   We need to realize that we are getting nowhere by being negative towards each other.

If you are in a car accident or suffer any sort of serious injury, please go to the Emergency Room ASAP and get checked out. If you have chronic pain and want someone to ‘fix’ you or give you some drugs to treat it, again, modern medicine is there for you.

If however, you desire to be stronger, healthier and able to perform better and handle the physical, chemical and emotional stresses of life, then chiropractic can help by restoring the natural ability of your body to heal itself. Structure determines function. Everybody knows that the brain controls every function of the body by sending nerve impulses to every organ, tissue and cell.  If there is anything interfering with this normal line of communication, then those parts of the body that are not getting the proper input will not be able to function or heal properly.

Chiropractic helps restore your structure to a more perfect state, which in turn, helps everything function at its optimum levels.  Who can benefit from this?  Everyone.

December 26, 2016 About Chiropractic

Chiropractic for healing better

Chiropractic is a science, art and philosophy that concerns itself with the relationship between the nervous system and function (health) of the body. Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that the nervous system controls the function of every cell, tissue, organ and the system of the body. The chiropractic approach to better health works to detect, reduce and prevent nervous system dysfunction (subluxation).  Chiropractic is much more than a means for symptomatic relief.  By addressing the root causes of dysfunction and dis-ease in the body, it enables the body to heal itself the way it was designed to- from above- down and inside-out.

”The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
- Thomas Edison

No matter what state your health is in, chiropractic care offers improved health for your body. The chiropractic concept is simple, yet unique. Chiropractic focuses on the body’s ability to heal itself. The natural harmony of bodily functions is what makes the science of chiropractic work. Chiropractic care is a natural form of health care, aligning with natural processes of the body and offering lasting results without the risk of dangerous side effects. It simply improves the flow of nerve impulses, thus helping to maximize performance. Chiropractic care is a sensible solution to body  wellness and health.

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When a patient seeks chiropractic care and we accept such a patient for care, it is essential for both to work towards the same objective. It is important that each patient understands both the objective and the method that will be used to attain it. This particularly will prevent any confusion or disappointment. A chiropractic adjustment is the application of forces to facilitate the body’s correction of vertebral subluxation.

Our chiropractic method of correction uses adjustments to the spine. Health is a state of optimal physical, mental and social well being, not merely the absence of disease. Vertebral Subluxation is a misalignment of one or more joints of the body. This can cause pain or alteration of nerve function and interference of the transmission of nerve impulses, lessening the body’s innate ability to maintain maximal health. We do not offer to diagnose or treat any disease or condition other than vertebral subluxation. However, if during the course of a chiropractic spinal evaluation, we encounter non-chiropractic or unusual findings, we will advise you. If you desire advice, diagnosis or treatment for those findings, we will recommend that you seek the service of a health care provider who specializes in that area. Regardless of what the diagnosis, we do not offer to treat it. Nor do we offer advice regarding treatment prescribed by others. Our only objective is to eliminate a major interference to the expression of the method is specific adjusting to correct vertebral subluxation.

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