At Minnesota Integrative Health & Chiropractic, we use the Back on Trac™ Lumbar and Cervical decompression device to relieve pressure on your spinal nerves and decrease disc bulging. The Back on Trac™ decompression device also increases spinal fluid and blood supply to the spinal discs.
Back On Trac is a lumbar spine decompression treatment chair designed to treat the patient in face-up position, in recliner-like comfort. Many patients prefer this method of low back treatment over traditional spinal decompression because the treatment is comfortable. The patient is able to comfortably start from a seated position. Comfort means less muscle tension, which means less resistance to treatment and more effective spinal decompression. If you have low back pain from lumbar disc herniation and bulge, sciatica, stenosis, arthritis, and other mechanical causes, you owe it to yourself to try Spinal Decompression.
If you know you will be standing for an extended period, make sure that you wear supportive shoes and make sure you know how to keep good posture. Good posture is the key to a healthy spine. Keep your chin up and your shoulders back. Keep both feet about shoulder-width apart.
Make sure that you are getting up every 30 minutes to stretch, even if you just walk around for a few minutes. Next, be sure you are seated correctly. Make sure you have a chair that offers good lower back support. You also want your feet flat on the floor with your knees at a 90 degree angle. If you need a stool under your feet to do this, bring one to work. Your computer screen should be at eye-level so you are not looking down at it.
Lifting objects is one of the most common ways to injure yourself. Start by squatting down to the object with one foot slightly in front of the other. Keep your back straight, only bending at the knees and hips. Keep your head looking forward and lift the object by straightening your legs, still keeping your back straight. Hold the object close to your body. Never twist while picking something up. Only turn once you are fully upright. Keep the same idea in mind when you are putting the object back down.
If you know that you are going to be working or playing for a while, make sure that you are adequately warmed up. Even when only performing light activities, like gardening or pushing your child on a bike, it’s easy to pull something if you don’t prepare your body.
If you’re forced to use the telephone for a long period of time, a speaker or a headset is a must. Do not cradle the phone between your neck and your shoulder as this could cause you to damage the muscles or vertebrae in that area.
Straining your neck or back while you’re sleeping is a very common occurrence. We often fall asleep in positions where we are not supported properly, or we fall asleep with our necks at an odd angle. Make sure your pillow supports your neck and head so that it lays neutral with the rest of your spine. Sleeping on your stomach is not recommended as it puts stress on your neck and your back.