Did you know that chiropractic care can be practised on babies and the elderly? Dr Todd Redfearn of Chiropractic First shares more about chiropractic care and gives us a tip or two about ergonomic driving habits.
What is chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care has been around in the US since the late 1800s, but it’s relatively new in Asia. It’s a form of healthcare that focuses on the alignment and function of the spine and how it affects the nervous system. The nerves go to every cell tissue and organ in your body, so it affects your overall health. By taking away pressure off the spine, you allow the body to heal itself naturally.
What sort of issues does chiropractic care help with?
It can help with anything from neck and back pain to asthma, allergies, menstrual cramps and the like. We’re not treating these particular symptoms; we’re treating the spine. If the symptom is caused by pressure on the nerve, then we correct the area where the nerve exits from the spine to restore normal movement and alignment.
Is chiropractic care is more of a primary or secondary treatment?
Most of the patients use it as a primary resource. Some even make it a part of their lifestyle to keep healthy.
So healthy people can go for chiropractic care too?
Yes, of course. I really think everyone should get checked and find out exactly where you stand health-wise. Sometimes you could already be having a spinal issue without any symptoms. It’s about being proactive instead of reactive – health is something you have to actively pursue.
Sure, there could be posture changes (shoulders off, head tilted), or even curvature in the spine. You should also be aware of neck and back pains, radiating pains, numbness, tingling or weakness as these are associated with the nerves. Breathing issues too could also be related to spinal problems.
So what happens at a typical visit to the chiropractor?
It starts out with a consultation to gain a better understanding of the issue. This is followed by an examination where we get patients to do certain movements and check if there’s pain or tightness of muscles. Then we send the patients for an x-ray. This gives us more information about what’s going on with the spine and allows us to give them a diagnosis. We’re usually able to help them, but in certain cases, we may advise them to seek medical care instead. Then if chiropractic can help, we start treatments using our hands or instruments to improve the movement and alignment of the spine.
Speaking of which, we hear you had the chance to drive the Passat to work recently. Did you like it?
Yes, it’s a very, very nice car! What I loved most was the build quality. It felt firm, comfortable and quiet when it steered and when you’re rounding corners. I also loved the touch screen display and the navigation system – that was pretty neat!
Ergonomic driving tips.
Good posture allows the spine to work its best while reducing the stress on the joints. Did you know that if your head moves forward from your shoulder just by 2.5 cm, it doubles the weight of your head as far as the pressure it puts on your neck and upper back? Small changes on how you sit make a big difference. Here are some tips on how to maintain a good posture while driving:
- Sit more upright instead of leaning back, with your shoulders relaxed.
- Ensure the seat has adequate lumbar support – lumbar refers to the lower vertebrae on the spine. This area of your spine should be in a gentle forward position.
- Don’t choose a seating position that is too low to the bottom. This causes your legs to extend or slide out. Sitting in this position tends to pull on your pelvis and rocks it backward into an unhealthy position. Sitting upright and allowing your knees to be a bit more bent is a more natural position. This takes some stress out of the lower back too.
- Make appropriate use of the headrest. Keep it close to your head, instead of your neck. This will help in the prevention of whiplash in cases of rear ending and sudden impacts.
- If you are driving on long road trips, take a break every 30 minutes to stretch and walk around. Sitting down for too long may affect your blood pressure and hormones.
- Chiropractic care has been around in the US since the late 1800s, though it’s relatively new in Asia.
- It is the largest natural healthcare treatment in the world. No drugs or surgery are used during treatment.
- Chiropractors are Doctors of Chiropractic (DC). Most spend at least 6 years in university learning about skeletal structure, radiology and are trained in diagnosis.
- Chiropractic care can be taken up by anyone regardless of age. Dr Todd’s youngest patient was about 2 weeks old, while his oldest was 96 years old!
- Chiropractic care has a long history of safety and success. Just make sure you choose qualified chiropractors like those from Chiropractic First.