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Sarasota Chiropractors

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 08:51

What Can I Do About My Backache?

So you are experiencing back pain.  What can you do at home to relieve the pain?
Lie on a rug or padded floor.  If you can not get down to that low a hard bed will suffice. Support your neck with a small pillow or rolled up towel.  Place another pillow under your knees..  Place an ice back on the floor under the area that is hurting.  Relax as best as possible for 20 minutes.  Wait an hour and repeat as often as needed to help with the inflammation. 
Symptoms that indicate you may need to see a chiropractor:
1.  If your backache does not clear up in 72 hours.
2.  Your backache occurs with increasing severity or frequency.
3.  If you are experiencing numbness or tingling in your arm or leg.
4.  If you have more than 2 severe attacks in a year.
Call Chait Chiropractic Center at 941-371-1070 to schedule a complimentary consult.  Dr. John Chait has been relieving people's pain and symptoms in the Sarasota area for over 30 years.

Do you know that that there are many people under the impression that they are lifting correctly?  Many of them are in disbelief when they injure their back during a "simple" lift. Even after getting a back injury from lifting, you will hear people comment, "but I bent my knees!"  At Chait Chiropractic Center we know there is more to safe lifting than just bending the knees. Here are five steps to safe lifting.

1. Get a firm footing, with your feet apart for a stable stance.  Stand close to load.  Squat (don't bend waist). Take a deep breath and tighten stomach muscles to help support your back under load.

2. Lift with your legs (they are a lot stronger than your back), bringing your back to the vertical position.

3. Hold load close to your body; puts less strain on your back.

4. If you must turn, turn with your feet, not by twisting your back.

5. Set the load down again by squatting, not bending your back. Keep your fingers out from under the load.

If you are someone you know has injured themselves by lifting improperly, call us today at 941-371-1070 to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Chait.


Friday, 09 June 2017 10:18

Pillows, Pillows and More Pillows!

You may need a new pillow if you are sleeping on your back on a flat pillow that is made from feathers or foam. Why?  Feather pillows tend to bunch up as you sleep and may lose the support of your head and neck. Flat foam pillows tend not to have the proper shape that supports your neck. Some foam pillows are molded better than others. Your pillow should have a neck roll that supports your neck and allows your head to drop back into extension. This type of pillow is called a cervical pillow.

If you sleep on your side, you will need a thicker pillow. A high density foam pillow that is the same thickness as the distance between the side of your head and the outside edge of your shoulder will be the best choice.  If you find yourself sleeping on your side with one hand propped under the pillow, this may be a clue that you’re not getting proper support from that pillow. Also, use a firm pillow between the knees to prevent the upper legs from pulling the spine out of alignment. This will reduce stress on your lower back and hips.

If you are a stomach sleeper, no wonder your neck hurts when you wake up. No pillow in the world is going to make you feel better! You need to learn new sleeping habits. Lying on your stomach with your head rotated to one side all night is going to cause you pain in your neck.

What should you look for when selecting a pillow? At Chait Chiropractic Center located in Sarasota Florida we can explain what to look for when purchasing a new pillow.  We will also provide you with a complimentary posture analysis to see how your pillow is effecting your posture.  Call us today at (941) 371-1070 to schedule an appointment.