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January 20, 2016 Uncategorized

Stand up!  Stop Slouching!

Here Dr. Justin Davis discusses poor posture and how slumping forward contributes to low back pain.

Poor posture and low back pain

Prior discussions:

I previously had a chiropractic post about how posture can contribute to neck and shoulder pain, but I didn’t mention how much this can also affect the low back.  Most people don’t think that the neck can contribute to back pain, but you’ll get a very different answer if you ask a chiropractor. The problem comes with the relationship between the shoulders to the mid back and all the way down to the low back and pelvis.  When people spend too much time sitting we inevitably fall into poor posture, which we all know affects the shoulders and neck, but it also affects the low back significantly.

Poor Posture:

The slumped posture that our body becomes accustomed to will begin to pull from the shoulders and mid back into the low back region.  Kind of like a tight rubber band, the muscles in the low back get tensioned and this causes pain.  This is not only treatment treated by standard chiropractic treatment, but also necessary muscle work which can be done by either a massage therapist or soft tissue work done by a chiropractor.

So really, just because you’re experiencing low back pain it doesn’t mean we aren’t going to address the issues going further up the spine.  Ultimately not only the posture needs to change, but also the muscle imbalance that has occurred from said posture.  Chiropractic treatment and massage treatment for this low back pain will give some relief, but in the end some re-training of the core and shoulder muscles needs to be addressed as well.

Chronic Low Back Pain

This is an area that gets missed so much in modern medicine that a chiropractor will better address, and is also why we have such chronic low back pain going on in our society.  It’s because we aren’t looking at the body as a whole, and just treating the targeted areas where there is pain.  When you just target the area that hurts, you are ignoring what caused that area to hurt in the first place.

-Dr. J


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January 11, 2016 Uncategorized

The importance of good posture:

We have all heard it said by friends and family:  stand up straight!  Well unfortunately, mom had it right said Dr. Justin Davis, your local Tigard OR Chiropractor.  Most neck pain comes about from poor posture that we do all day, which any decent chiropractor will tell you right away.  The problem with our society these days is we sit for so much that our body starts to get used to being in this position.  We sit on our way to work, we sit at work all day, then we get off and come home and end up sitting some more on the couch while “relaxing” after a tough day at work.  And unfortunately we see it often at our chiropractic center that most of the time the neck pain comes about from sitting in the diagram below

Neck pain starts to develop when the head gets used to being forward.  This causes the shoulders to follow, so we get the sagging shoulders, which continues to contribute to neck pain by reinforcing the bad posture.  We can correct this with chiropractic adjustments, but there also needs to be a good home regimen of self treatment and corrections to how you sit.

Good Posture

Unfortunately it’s not quite as easy as mom used to say.  “Sit up straight” doesn’t really fix the problem.  Simply trying to sit up more erect will only last for about 2 minutes, then everything will go back to the way it has become used to.  You need to find out exactly what’s wrong and get a tailored plan on how to fix it.  At our Tigard clinic we deal with business professionals all day long who have this problem, but have found a very reliable way of treating it.  This leads to long lasting results and empowers the patient to be able to do work from home instead of relying on a visit to the chiropractor every week.


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December 20, 2015 Uncategorized

How slumped posture also contributes to low back pain:

I previously had a chiropractic post about how posture can contribute to neck and shoulder pain, but I didn’t mention how much this can also affect the low back.  Most people don’t think that the neck can contribute to back pain, but you’ll get a very different answer if you ask a chiropractor. The problem comes with the relationship between the shoulders to the mid back and all the way down to the low back and pelvis.  When people spend too much time sitting we inevitably fall into poor posture, which we all know affects the shoulders and neck, but it also affects the low back significantly.  The slumped posture that our body becomes accustomed to will begin to pull from the shoulders and mid back into the low back region.  Kind of like a tight rubber band, the muscles in the low back get tensioned and this causes pain.  This is not only treatment treated by standard chiropractic treatment, but also necessary muscle work which can be done by either a massage therapist or soft tissue work done by a chiropractor.

Experience matters

So really, just because you’re experiencing low back pain it doesn’t mean we aren’t going to address the issues going further up the spine.  Ultimately not only the posture needs to change, but also the muscle imbalance that has occurred from said posture.  Chiropractic treatment and massage treatment for this low back pain will give some relief, but in the end some re-training of the core and shoulder muscles needs to be addressed as well.

This is an area that gets missed so much in modern medicine that a chiropractor will better address, and is also why we have such chronic low back pain going on in our society.  It’s because we aren’t looking at the body as a whole, and just treating the targeted areas where there is pain.  When you just target the area that hurts, you are ignoring what caused that area to hurt in the first place.  -Dr. J


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