Manual labor can certainly take its toll on the human body. Even when workers are diligent in their efforts to use proper posture and form, the stress of repeated and forceful activities can cause tremendous wear. Fortunately, an AL chiropractor can take a holistic and entirely natural approach to restore mobility, comfort, flexibility, and good health for anyone who’s experiencing chronic or sporadic pain as the result of their work activities. Whether you suffer from back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, or carpal tunnel, chiropractic care can both alleviate your discomfort and set the stage for rapid healing.
Perhaps one of the greatest benefits gained by working with an AL chiropractor, however, is simply being able to learn strategies for preventing future issues. With recommendations for postural correction, targeted exercises for improving balance and posture, instruction in proper lifting, and suggestions for ergonomic and assistive appliances and resources, you can reduce the pain that you’re feeling right now while making sure that the underlying problem never develops again. There are four common causes of work-related pain for those who perform manual labor. These are:
- Poor posture
- Excessive force
- Repetitive activities
- Emotional and psychological stress
Chiropractic care is largely focused on the health and alignment of the spine. This central supporting structure does far more than simply hold your body up. It is also the channel by which vital messages are sent to all areas of your body. These nerve signals control both voluntary and automatic functions and movements. When the spine is properly aligned and good posture is maintained, nerve signals are sent and received in an efficient, continuous fashion. When work-related problems and forceful, impact events cause excess tension in the spine, however, subluxations or areas of misalignment can occur. Once the spine is no longer properly aligned, the entire musculoskeletal system suffers. Certain muscles, joints, and ligaments will be forced to work much harder to compensate for the injured areas. Overall balance is disrupted.
As increasing tension and pain develop in over-performing structures, the body becomes increasingly like to sustain new injuries and experience even higher levels of discomfort. As such, unresolved work injuries have a way of spiraling out control. Understanding this, the goal of an AL chiropractor in these instances is to restore balance to the entire musculoskeletal system by first realigning the spine.
Chiropractic Therapies For Addressing Pain Caused By Manual Labor
When you work with any chiropractor, you’ll always be given an individualized and needs-specific plan. This is done by first assessing the current condition of your spine, learning more about your job duties, and talking about any past medical issues, impact injuries, and other significant life events. Manual adjustment therapies are frequently used to resolve severe subluxations of the spine. For instance, you might benefit from manual adjustment therapy if you have a pinched or compressed nerve. Nerve compression causes sharp, shooting, radiating pains.
When the sciatic nerve is compressed, these pains can travel down the buttocks and the back of the legs. In addition to helping resolve sciatica, manual adjustment is also an effective therapy for lower back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, and recurring tension headaches among many other things. AL Chiropractors can also use:
- Computer-assisted spinal adjustments
- Therapeutic massage
- Acupressure or acupuncture
- Ultrasound therapy
Massage therapy is a relaxing way to achieve better spinal alignment. Ultrasound therapy uses pulses of sound to alleviate pain and inflammation and to promote local healing. Inversion therapies are used to instantly alleviate spinal pressure so that all other alignment strategies become significantly more effective. The chiropractic doctor will choose a variety of techniques for promoting healing and resolving the underlying cause of your pain. With a multi-pronged plan, you can look forward to experiencing a number of noticeable improvements in your well-being and mobility with each session. A truly comprehensive plan for chiropractic care always includes a number of lifestyle changes.
The goal of these efforts is to set the stage for ongoing well-being and health. For instance, some patients can prevent problems with inflammation and discomfort by establishing healthy weight loss plans and dropping excess pounds. Postural correction teaches patients to position and holds their bodies for optimized movement, injury prevention, and support. Special exercises can also be performed to better condition muscle groups and physical structures that are bound to experience extra work-related stress. No matter what your manual labor injuries maybe, we can help. Call us today at 205-637-1363.