When you work at a desk in an office, whether it’s your home office or at work, it can take a toll on your posture. Sitting at a computer, hunched over a pile of papers, you can begin to feel like you are never going to straighten out your body again. If you are like many others, you may experience an aching back, pain in your shoulders, and a stiff neck. Carpal tunnel syndrome is common as well when you are not using ergonomically correct. A popular trend that could resolve your problem is a standing desk. You might wonder if such a desk could really help you or if it’s going to make you look funny. Weight the advantages and disadvantages to decide for yourself.

Standing Desks: What are the Benefits?

According to Smithsonian.com, it’s not just hype about standing desks as a popular trend. Standing desk can actually benefit your health. Long ago, Ernest Hemingway used a standing desk and people thought he was simply being eccentric. Experts of today are pointing to several advantages of the standing desk. When you stand, you improve your posture and don’t slouch. Research has shown that extended periods of sitting on a daily basis will put you at risk. You’ll find yourself being less active and could be prone to diabetes, cardiovascular problems, and blood clots in the legs, not to mention nuisances like hemorrhoids. Scientists recommend that you include more standing and pacing in your daily routine. When you stand and you are on the move, you will be able to keep your weight in check and help your body to maintain healthy glucose levels. Standing at your desk for part of the day could help you to stave off diabetes. When you stand, you put less of a strain on your heart and circulatory system. You could avoid heart disease. Research has found that those who are more active and on their feet can reduce the risk of cancer. Switch to a standing desk and you could extend your life.

The Drawbacks of a Standing Desk

While a standing desk has its benefits, there are drawbacks as well. If you have problems with your feet, legs, or knees, this type of desk simply may not be an option. Even if you are capable of standing for prolonged periods of time, standing does take a toll on your legs and back. You’ll find that you need to take breaks because you may experience pain in your legs and feet. Feelings of discomfort are likely to distract you from your work. As you become tired from standing, you’ll find yourself becoming less productive. You may find that your standing desk is having a negative impact on the quality of your work. Your standing desk may be better for you, but it will be a problem if you don’t fulfill your responsibilities.

Finding a Healthy Balance

One of the best ways to make a standing desk work for you is to break up your day, switching from a standing desk to sitting periodically. When standing becomes a strain, sit, but make sure your periods of sitting are brief. Stretch, walk, and be physical. Keep yourself on the move. Your creative juices will be flowing and your body will work more effectively.

How Can a Chiropractor Help Women?

The condition of the spine is an underlying factor in female reproductive issues. Female problems with associated back pain (e.g. endometriosis, PMS, infertility) may be reduced or eliminated with chiropractic care when the use of OTCs and prescription drugs is not allowed. Pregnant women suffer lower back pain due to stress on the pelvis and abdomen, and spinal misalignment often occurs. Since the spine houses reproductive nerves, spinal abnormalities like scoliosis (curvature of the spine) and vertebral subluxation (misplaced vertebrae) may irritate or block passages, causing extreme pain in pregnant women.

Common Conditions Requiring Chiropractic Care

  • Pregnancy – The abdomen enlarges and the lower back carries more weight during pregnancy. The pelvic bones and joints widen to prepare for birth, and a pregnant woman’s posture changes. Vertebrae often misalign or malfunction, and chiropractic care is often recommended to alleviate the discomfort experienced.
  • Infertility – Research has shown a possible link between vertebral subluxations and infertility. The blocked nerve supply to reproductive organs is one of the main factors in organ malfunction, but chiropractic subluxation treatments can reduce nerve pressure due to spinal distortions.
  • Dysmenorrhea – The pain and discomfort during PMS and afterwards is either classified as primary dysmenorrhea or secondary dysmenorrhea. Primary dysmenorrhea is a severe and disabling pain accompanied by backaches, leg pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, and dizziness. There is no underlying illness associated with the condition. Secondary dysmenorrhea has the same pain and symptoms as primary dysmenorrhea, but additional symptoms associated with another condition like uterine fibroids, PID (pelvic inflammatory disease), or endometriosis also exist. NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) relieve the pain, but their side effects create additional discomfort in patients. Spinal realignment techniques for the neck and back are used in chiropractic sessions to treat dysmenorrhea.
  • Endometriosis – A chronic condition where the tissue that grows on the inside of the uterus grows on the outside instead, creating intense pelvic pain. Possible infertility and reproductive malfunctioning are the results. The most common treatments include prescribed medications. but the mounting concerns about side effects have convinced patients to seek non-drug alternatives. Chiropractors use lower back treatments and breathing exercises to help patients with reducing lower back and muscle pain.

Using Chiropractic Treatments As Non-Drug Options

Depending on the condition, chiropractic treatments will vary based on the parts of the body affected, pain severity and duration, and the presence of coexisting medical conditions. Manipulation of the spine is used to restore joint mobility, muscular function, and nerve stabilization, especially in pregnant and menstruating women. A full medical exam and medical history are conducted on each patient to determine which type of treatment plan is best, coupled with nutritional counseling and exercise regimen.

Whether it is a short-term injury or a long-term medical condition, you want to reduce the pain and inflammation of a particular body part. With so many medication allergies coming to light and side effects of them, many are turning more and more to the alternative treatments such as acupuncture and chiropractic care. But is it safe? Here is what you’ll want to know before making your chiropractic appointment.

Generalized Appeal and Safety of Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care has been deemed safe for quite a while, with studies in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics in March of 2004 showing it even more effective than a more traditional medical procedure for low-back pain sufferers. This is just one example of the effectiveness and the safety of the procedure. According to the American Chiropractic Association, it is one of the safest non-invasive therapies that is also drug free. Chiropractic care is deemed safe and used for a wide variety of conditions such as:

As well as some other conditions such as fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. While spinal manipulation works to get the body back in alignment, soft tissue work on the knotted muscles and tissues helps in conditions like fibromyalgia.

Neck Manipulations

Of all the treatments patients worry about the most it is neck manipulations. They fear lasting injuries and generally tense up at this part of the alignment process. However, the rarity of injury from this procedure is only 1 in 5.85 million neck manipulations. This means that you are more likely to get into a serious car accident on the way to the chiropractic clinic than you are at risk for a serious injury from a neck manipulation. Knowing this ahead of time should ease some of the concern over chiropractic care’s most anxiety-ridden part of the process.

Check out the Specific Chiropractor

Before making an appointment, you can check out the chiropractor you are thinking of going to by doing a few Google searches. Just a simple input of their name can pull up a listing of their certifications and education. By adding the term “reviews” you can see what other people are saying about the doctor and read up on any complaints they may have had. This can help you make sure that your chiropractor is licensed and certified to do the procedures you’d like them to do and that others have found them to be a good asset to the community.

Go Over Your Concerns and Past Medical History

By making sure your chiropractor knows about your past medical history and by asking him or her the questions that are on your mind, you’re securing a great relationship with your chiropractor. They may use creams or lotions in their soft tissue work that you have an allergy to, or they may use other items that you found bothersome in the past. By open and honest communication you are going to insure that every measure is taken to keep you safe and sound during the alignment or soft tissue work you are seeing the doctor for. If new questions or concerns should arise after the medical relationship has began, don’t hesitate to bring them up.

Get Referrals for Added Assurance

Another way to  make sure you are getting the safest and most effective treatment is by asking the doctor for referrals. These should be past or current patients that you could ask questions and find out what they think of the practice. If a doctor seems hesitant to let you have contacts like this, ask why and do a more in-depth online search. Most doctors have a few people that they don’t mind you speaking with about their services.

Chiropractic care can really help get your body back into the alignment and balance that it needs to be in for a healthier and happier you. By making sure you are taking all the precautions necessary for choosing a proper chiropractor, the procedures are safe for the general population.

You can talk about any concerns you have with us here at the Mountain View Pain Center, where doctors are dedicated to keeping you at ease about your pain management options. We can always answer your questions and help you decide on a path to better health and wellness.

Centennial CO Chiropractic office offers pain relief to patients suffering from musculoskeletal injuries. Chiropractic is an effective and most importantly cost friendly way to not only relieve your symptoms of pain, but to also correct the problem so it does not return in the future. The Chiropractors at Mountain View Pain Center combine physical therapy and chiropractic with their state of the art equipment to not only correctly diagnose the issue, but form a treatment plan designed for lasting results. Our Chiropractor’s goals are to teach the patient the correct way to exercise, stretch, and care for themselves so they don’t need to relay on medication or constant temporary treatments in the future. We have been servicing the Denver, Centennial, Aurora, Highlands Ranch, Parker, Littleton, and Lone Tree area for years with great success. Feel free to contact our office and speak with one of the doctors to see if this treatment is right for you.

Our Chiropractors

Our Chiropractors are trained to deal with all sorts of injuries from neck and back pain to plantar fasciitis. All of our chiropractors have a passion for treating sports injuries, being active athletes themselves they understand the drive our patients have to be able to perform at the highest levels and remain pain free. Chiropractic care will focus on maintaining the function and stability of each joint. If your doctor is able to maximize your body’s overall function, you will move with more ease and less pain. At Mountain View Pain Center we accept all insurance including Medicare and auto insurance.


Chiropractic Care Question’s and Answers


At Mountain View Pain Center we get asked a lot of questions about Chiropractic care and today we are going to answer some of them.

Can a Chiropractor help me?

Chiropractors specialize in musculoskeletal issues ranging from low back pain, neck pain, ankle pain, wrist pain, and many other ailments affecting any of the joints in the body or related to the spine. To put it as simply as possible Chiropractors deal with muscles, nerves, and bones.  This means that Chiropractors have a vast knowledge of the whole body and can help you with your pain, posture, range of motion, or overall function of the body.

What is the spinal manipulation/adjustment and why would I need one?

Chiropractors use spinal manipulations to remove fixations in the spine and to free the nerve that could be impinged by the bone.  This impingement can cause a number of problems such as pain, swelling, numbness, tingling, and radiating pain.  This means that when you’re having ankle pain for example the Chiropractor will look at your ankle, knee and low back to make sure there is no fixations in any of the joints.

Is Chiropractic safe and is it going to hurt?

This is one the most popular questions we get asked. Yes, Chiropractic is safe there have been a number of research papers done on Chiropractic, its effectiveness and safety of receiving chiropractic treatment.  One of the most recent research article done was in the Spine Journal which stated that Chiropractic spinal manipulation is a safe and effective way to receive alternative treatment for musculoskeletal conditions. Spinal manipulations if perform by a licensed professional do not hurt they actually feel great!!!!

I heard that once you go to a Chiropractor you always have to go why?

This is not true.  Chiropractors want to help you get out and stay out of pain.  In the beginning of your treatment you may come in more often so your body can begin to heal faster. Once the initial pain levels have gone down your frequency of visits will decrease as you continue to progress through treatment. The next step is to start a course of physical therapy to help correct any muscular imbalances attributing to your condition, with either increase muscle strength or breaking a spasm.  The Chiropractor may recommend wellness care for you because the daily stresses in our lives, such as our jobs can lead to further discomfort from poor posture or repetitive activities.

What’s the cost of coming in?

This is the second most common question asked.  Cost can vary from person to person and may also vary from insurance company to insurance company. You may have no deductible or co-pay in some cases, or you may have no coverage at all. The best way to know how much your treatment is going to cost is to call our front desk and have them call in your insurance. If you have no insurance you could take advantage of our new patient special. Currently we are offering a new patient exam, consultation and 1 hour massage for only $49.00.

If you have more questions you can look at our FAQ portion of our website.

Our goal at Mountain View Pain Center is to help you get out and stay out of pain.  Our office is located in Centennial, CO which is conventionally located to Highlands Ranch CO, Littleton CO, Denver CO. If you have any questions please feel free to call us and someone will be more than happy to help you.

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