Backpack Safety

At the beginning of the school year, every family has a choice to make with major implications for their children’s musculoskeletal health. We are talking about picking the right backpack. Although a two-strapped backpack is a much healthier choice than a laptop bag or large purse, there are still good habits to keep in mind, which is why we at Back to Basics Chiropractic are providing this guide.
The straps of a backpack should be wide and padded. They should be tightened enough for the backpack to rest in the middle of the upper back, but loose enough that the wearer’s arms don’t feel restricted. Ideally, there should also be a strap across the chest. The contents of the backpack should be evenly distributed.
It is recommended that kids not carry more than 15% of their bodyweight. Getting a smaller backpack can discourage them from overpacking. They should probably also avoid backpacks with wheels or pull-out handles since these add a lot of weight and are not usually used in school s…

Icing An Injury

Back to Basics Chiropractic helps patients rehabilitate from all kinds of injuries.  The method of icing an injury, called cryotherapy, is known to provide cooling relief and help numb painful soft tissue injuries. Applying ice safely by using an ice pack or cold compress is an excellent way to treat muscle spasms and injuries like sprains and strains.  If icing an injury does not provide relief or your pain worsens, contact us for help.
After an injury, affected soft tissue will be inflamed and icing the area reduces inflammation and pain, as well as cools the skin to constrict blood vessels and heal the area.  The healing effects of ice pack therapy can also be helpful after a flare-up in chronic pain like in the back or knee, and is a cheap option for at-home relief. Cryotherapy is an effective way to manage pain at home without medication, and we also provide custom cryotherapy in the office.
To learn more about cryotherapy and all the services provided at the practice, visit…

Is Chiropractic New To You?

Back to Basics Chiropractic is happy to welcome first-time chiropractic patients.  New chiropractic patients often arrive frustrated, having tried other treatment methods and not found relief from their pain or discomfort.  Chiropractic takes a systemic approach to care, meaning the whole body and the body’s ability to heal itself are considered in every case. This is why your initial consultation and assessment with a chiropractor is especially important.  We will work to understand your goals for treatment, and take a very detailed record of your current condition using a physical exam and sometimes x-rays.  From there, we can form a treatment plan to target any issues and improve overall health.
What surprises most new patients is that chiropractic does not incorporate drugs as part of treatment.  Chiropractic focuses on treating the root cause of any pain, rather than masking symptoms with medication.  Whether you are in serious pain or looking to restore your body’s natural balanc…

Upper Back Pain

Although upper back pain is less common than lower back pain, that’s cold comfort to the people who have it! At Back to Basics Chiropractic Care in Kennewick, we are dedicated to helping patients understand their spinal issues so they can be in the best position possible for their bodies to heal themselves.
There are twelve thoracic vertebrae that support the chest. They are each separated by a disc and most of them have joints that connect with ribs, limiting their range of motion. However, as people age, their spinal discs will dry, and those in the thoracic region can experience wear-and-tear. The large muscles that attach to the thoracic vertebrae can also become inflamed, putting pressure on this part of the spine.
Since muscle strain is the most common cause of upper back pain, chiropractors advise people to avoid it by maintaining good posture while seated and standing. People should also avoid carrying heavy objects off-center and wear back braces while doing demanding work. If …

Tips for Bicyclists

Bicycling is a great way to stay healthy and have fun, but like all exercise, it needs to be done safely. At Back to Basics Chiropractic, we take particular interest in sports injuries and want our patients to know how to prevent them.
Back pain can result from a bicycle that is not fitted properly. It is important to get a bike that matches the user’s body as well as their cycling style so that their lower back will not be strained as they lean forward. But even professional cyclists who have access to the best equipment have high rates of back pain.
The most common factor in cyclists with back pain is lack of core strength. Pushing uphill puts a great deal of strain on peoples’ backs. As they get tired, the hip muscles supporting their lower backs start to give out, worsening their posture and causing their backs to become overextended. This causes the lumbar vertebrae to move side-to-side more, putting more strain on the muscles. We can provide spinal adjustments to help cyclists fee…

Importance of Good Posture

Being aware of good posture is the first step you can take to reduce stress and strain on your spine. Poor posture isn’t necessarily a bad habit; it can happen for physical reasons, such as inflexible muscles, or muscle weakness. The good news is that posture can be improved and once that has been done, patients will notice improved balance, reduced back pain, and increased core strength and flexibility. At Back to Basics Chiropractic, posture can be improved through frequent spinal adjustments, or by utilizing these tips.

Imagine that a string is attached to the top of your head and pulling you upwards. The idea is to keep your body in perfect alignment, maintaining the spine’s natural curvature, neck straight and shoulders parallel with the hips.
To stand correctly, you should always keep your shoulders back and relaxed while pulling in your abdomen and keeping your feet about hip distance apart.
Balance your weight evenly on both feet and try not to tilt your head forward, backward or…

Shoulder Pain

Chiropractic care is typically sought out by people seeking relief from neck or back pain.  The staff of Back to Basics Chiropractic is also skilled in treating extremities like the knees, elbows, and the shoulders. The shoulder joint is the body’s most mobile joint. It is surrounded by nerves, tendons, bursa, and other tissues which can all experience irritation and cause pain. This complex structure means that shoulder pain can have many causes and may require your chiropractor to assess your overall health and condition to target the root of the problem. 
Whether pain began after an injury or has increased over time, chiropractic treatment is a safe and effective way to treat damage to both hard and soft tissue.  When shoulder pain is caused by joint irritation, relief can often be achieved through an adjustment.  Pain in the muscles can be addressed by massage or stimulation therapy, and your chiropractor will recommend exercise and stretches if needed.  If you are suffering from p…