Neck Pain & Hand Numbness Helped by Chiropractic
The 46-year-0ld woman reported on in this study had a history of disc herniation and presented to the chiropractor with chronic neck pain and numbness that radiated into the hand, as well as low back pain, and tingling into her toes. It interfered with her work and travel. She tried massage but it did not help her.
She was examined by the chiropractor who found decreased and painful spinal range of motion and spasm of her back muscles. X-rays were taken that revealed structural spinal shifts, advanced degeneration of her neck and stenosis. Further testing revealed obstruction of her nerves. Structural spinal shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.
After 8 chiropractic adjustments she experienced complete resolution of her pain, numbness and disability. The study’s authors called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic in this population of patients.
Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ July 9, 2019 ~ Pages 26-32
Tips for Keeping a Healthy Spine While Gardening
- Warm-up and Stretch - Take a short, brisk walk to warm up your muscles. Stretching should be done before and after any exercise.
- Minimize Repetitive Motions - Don’t try to get everything done at once. Alternating tasks is a good way to break up repetitive motions.
- Digging - Make sure to keep the shovel in front of you and avoid twisting motions. Same for raking, pull the rake towards your body, not off to the sides.
- Kneel, Don’t Bend - Use a pad to protect your knees. If you have to bend down, hinge at your hips and keep your spine straight.
- Lifting - Use a wheelbarrow to transport heavy items. Make sure to use your legs when lifting, and never twist while holding a heavy object.
- Rest and Hydration - Take breaks every 15-30 minutes to stand up straight and stretch.
- Prevention - Stay well adjusted!