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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…

Car Accidents and Chiropractic

When someone is involved in a car accident that isn’t a major collision, it may seem more like a nuisance than trauma.  We typically worry more about being late for work or an insurance claim, and don’t always stop to assess what damage may have been done to our bodies. At Central Virginia Chiropractic Center, Inc., we know some drivers and passengers feel the effects of whiplash injuries immediately following an accident, while others may walk away not feeling injured and experience pain later. This is why you should always visit Back to Basics Chiropractic for evaluation.
Whiplash occurs when a person’s head moves backward and then forward very suddenly with great force, causing the tendons and ligaments in your neck to tear. The most common site of pain and stiffness for passengers involved in an accident are the neck and back.  A chiropractor can evaluate these injuries, as well as treat damage to both hard and soft tissue. Depending on a patient’s evaluation the chiropractor may p…

Chiropractic Treatment for Migraines

Back to Basics Chiropractic recommends chiropractic adjustments for migraine sufferers who have yet to find relief. Chiropractic treatment will not cure migraines, but it is one of the few ways to be proactive against migraines and help prevent them.  In someone prone to migraine episodes, a trigger can often be a misalignment, or subluxation of the spine.  Migraines can begin with tension in the neck, but even patients without migraines find keeping their neck free of kinks helps improve frequent headaches. Dysfunctional vertebrae in the neck can cause increased muscle tension and interrupt the nerves that control blood flow to the brain. Chiropractic adjustments relieve the pressure and tension that results in headaches, and keep the spine aligned to help it function at its best.
The exact cause of migraines is unknown, but most theories acknowledge an interruption in either nerve activity, blood flow to the brain, or both.  Regular chiropractic adjustments also help facilitate healt…

Cold Laser Therapy

Back to Basics Chiropractic offers cold laser therapy to patients suffering from muscle pain.  Cold laser therapy can be used almost anywhere on the body to relieve pain and promote healing. If you have acute or chronic muscle pain in your neck, back, or shoulders and chiropractic adjustments haven’t helped you, cold laser therapy could be the solution for you.  Patients suffering from sprains, arthritis, and tendonitis are often recommended this treatment, because it also helps reduce inflammation.
The laser is a small handheld device placed directly on the skin in the affected area. It uses light to stimulate affected muscle tissue, and has the ability to penetrate two to five centimeters below the skin. The laser is applied to the affected area for anywhere from 30 seconds to several minutes at a time. Treatments are usually scheduled a few times a week, and the length of a treatment plan can vary. Cold laser therapy is a non-invasive, drug-free solution with no adverse side effects…

Sprain vs. Strain

Even if a person doesn’t lead an active lifestyle, personal injury can occur from simple everyday activities. The most common soft tissues that become injured are muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Sprains and strains are common soft-tissue injuries, but there is a difference between the two. Our doctors at Back to Basics Chiropractic would like to explain how these conditions differ and encourage you to call us to discuss treatment options.
A sprain is a stretch and/or tear of a ligament, a strong band of connective tissue that connects the end of one bone with another. On the other hand, a strain is an injury to a muscle or tendon. Similar to strains, a strain may be a simple stretch in your muscle or tendon, or it may be a partial tear in the muscle-and-tendon combination. While the intensity varies, pain, bruising, and swelling is common symptoms associated with these injuries. Treatment may include therapeutic exercise or rehabilitation depending on the patient.
If you have questions…

Spinal Decompression

At Back to Basics Chiropractic, we heal patients dealing with problematic spinal discs using spinal decompression therapy.  Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy is a safe, targeted treatment for any herniated discs in a patient’s spine or nerves.  Injured discs in the neck and back cause pain, but can also affect the rest of the body.  Herniated discs often have a direct impact on the central nervous system, causing more pain to the extremities.  Our doctors can determine if spinal decompression is an appropriate solution for your pain.
Spinal decompression is performed with equipment that resembles a table but has moving parts.  Patients lie on their back or stomach, depending on the location of the issue, and are attached to the equipment with padded straps so distraction forces can be applied to the spine.  A typical treatment alternates between applying distraction forces to the vertebrae and periods of partial relaxation.  The result is the vertebrae slowly and gently separat…