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Why you shouldn’t keep your wallet in your back pocket

Wallets are the go-to for receipts, business cards, cash, cards, coins, and whatever else you can throw in there. Putting that bulk in your back pocket and then sitting on it, even for a simple thirty-minute commute, puts stress on your hip joint and your lower back. You aren’t sitting evenly, either. Imagine sitting on an object only on one side of your body, and how it would cause your body to tilt to one side. It causes one side of your pelvis to be higher than the other, instead of them being even. This affects your spine and the tissues and structures underneath.

When you’re sitting on your wallet it distorts your pelvis and hips, which is bad for your back and your sitting posture. It causes you to tilt your pelvis to one side which puts stress on your spine. When you sit down, you end up rounding your lower back instead of sitting upright. The bigger your wallet, the more lopsided you sit.

The imbalance caused by sitting on your wallet leads to pain and degeneration. It agitates your sciatic nerve, which is located behind your hip joint, which causes pain that starts in the hip that can run down your leg. When you sit on your wallet, the nerve is pinched between the wallet and your hip. Sitting on your wallet for prolonged periods of time can press on the sciatic nerve and raise one hip. This causes your body to adapt and compensate for these imbalances.

The pelvis and hips are the foundations of the spine. What sits on that foundation will be affected by your wallet. Your body will compensate for your wallet in your back pocket by pulling your spine towards the side where the wallet is to even out the imbalance. Another way your body compensates is that your head can be pulled to one side to keep your eyes level with the floor.

Two halves of the pelvis can rotate slightly due to the constant force being applied to one side which can lead to sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Long-term compensation results in spinal and postural stress which then leads to pain. Important tissues and structures in the buttock area, such as the sciatic nerve, can become compressed which can lead to sciatic leg pain, tingling and/or numbness.

What can you do to keep discomfort to a minimum?

  • Switch your wallet to your front pocket. This isn’t a cure-all, however, as it can create a pinch between your thigh and torso.
  • Remove your wallet when you sit down or drive.
  • Keep your wallet in your jacket pocket.
  • Keep only important and needed items in your wallet to avoid them being too bulky.
  • Try card-holder style wallets, or billfolds.
  • Avoid wallets that are bulky, such as wallets with zippers or buttons.

Call  Cross Valley Chiropractic for a consultation today at 570-822-4848.

Common Causes of Back Pain

There can be pain in different areas of our back, and it can be there for many different reasons. Everyday activities can affect your spine health. Muscle spasms are a common form of back pain. Most aches are caused by strains or sprains. Strains are injured muscles or tendons, and sprains are damage to ligaments. Injuries typically happen because of overuse, an accident, heavy lifting, or even a new activity. Simple things like sitting at a computer or crawling into bed at night can hurt us. Sometimes, pain comes from a compressed nerve, also known as a pinched nerve. A herniated disk can be the cause of pain.

Some habits that put your spine at risk for injury:

  • Tasks such as cleaning the garage or spending hours in the garden can be hard on your back. Exercise is a good preventative measure for this, as it stretches and strengthens your core muscles.
  • Simple tasks like washing dishes or taking the garbage out can hurt your back if your spine is bent out of shape.
  • Bending and lifting improperly can cause injury to your back. Engaging your abs to support your back will help prevent this. Don’t bend at your waist, instead bend your knees and keep your back straight. Keep objects close to you, if they’re far away from your body, it puts stress on your back. Don’t pivot, turn, or twist when you are lifting. Instead, point your feet at the item you’re lifting and face it as you pick it up. Change direction with your feet, not your waist. Holding an item higher than your armpit or lower than your knees will add strain to your back.
  • Simple tasks like sitting at work, driving, or sitting in front of the television can hurt your back. The discs in your spine have poor blood supply and when you move, fluid circulates through the disks. When you sit still the fluid is wrung out, depriving disks of nutrition. Sitting puts more pressure on your spine than lying down or standing up. Too much time spent sitting is hard on your back and neck and can do long term damage.

Chiropractic care can help with back pain, give us a call at Cross Valley Chiropractic at 570-822-4848.

Why Seek Out Chiropractic Treatment?

Chiropractors may be sought for adjustments or aligning vertebrae for preventative care. Others may want help with managing serious pain resulting from conditions such as whiplash or scoliosis. The goal is to help return you to your prior state of health and then see if you have any further problems. You can also seek out regular preventative maintenance that can range from weekly to monthly visits, or visits every few months.

Chiropractors can treat common back and neck pain in a few sessions. Depending on your individual condition and any underlying factors, you may need frequent visits. Previous injuries can affect treatment times, along with any care and rehabilitation you may have received.

Hours at a computer and not enough exercise will contribute to common back and neck pain. Regular adjustments can prevent problems like these. Serious pain requires more intensive chiropractic treatment. This means two to three adjustments a week, but the number of adjustments will gradually decrease as your condition gets better. Meaning the amount of time that you see your chiropractor depends on your condition and how severe the damage is to your body, and your level of pain combined with how well your body responds to chiropractic care.

You can see improvements within a few weeks, if you don’t, the treatment is likely not working and you may need to consider other options, either by evaluation from a medical doctor or even seeing a different chiropractor who uses a different approach to see if that will work better for you.

It is hard to know how many treatments you may need in advance, so your treatment plan should be adjusted as your treatments progress.

How will you know if you need a chiropractor? You can decide if you want to take care of minor misalignments before they cause problems, seeing a chiropractor a few days a year, or a few months out of the year as an option. You can wait until you feel pain or tension to see a chiropractor. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide if you want to see a chiropractor, and it is up to them to see what kind of adjustment you need, and how long you may need adjustments for.

Knowing your body and how it responds to adjustments, you can make the decision on what will work best to you. Give us a call at Cross Valley Chiropractic at 570-822-4848.

Common Back Pain, How Chiropractic Can Help

Muscle spasms are the most common cause of back pain, but the spine can be susceptible to some of the same problems as other parts of your body. There are many ways to injure your spine, all of which are painful and can temporarily limit movement. Chiropractic care can help relieve your back problems and give you back range of motion.

Common back injuries include:


A sprain is an injury to a ligament, which support the spine and its joints. A strain is an injury to a muscle or tendon, which connects muscle to a bone.  A spinal sprain or strain can happen if you fall, are in a car accident, or if you’re lifting and twisting things simultaneously.

Degenerative disc disease

This not at actual disease, but is usually an age related spine problem. Our bodies go through changes at a cellular level as we get older. The intervertebral discs dehydrate, and their shape and height can change which affects the space between two vertebral bodies and a nerve passageway narrows.

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction

When sacroiliac joints aren’t functioning properly, the symptoms include lower back pain and leg pain. The sacrum and the ilium meet at the left and right sides of the back are the sacroiliac joints, which are supported by strong ligaments. The moments of the joint are small, and they may move too much, or not enough.

Lumbar herniated or bulging disc

A herniated disc can result in nerve compression or damage. Because of this pain can be felt in the leg, thigh and buttock

Spinal Nerve Compression

A spinal nerve root becomes inflamed when it is compressed, pinched, or entrapped, causing pain.

Chiropractors use hands-on spinal manipulation in order to properly align the body to enable it to heal itself without surgery or medication. Manipulation restores mobility to joints. The treatment plan for back pain can involve one or more adjustments. This safe, effective treatment for a natural way to help your back pain. For more information about chiropractic care at Cross Valley Chiropractic call us at 570-822-4848.

What Do Chiropractors Treat?

There are many different spinal disorders that cause musculoskeletal or nerve pain that a chiropractor can diagnose and treat. Pressure on sensitive points in your muscles can cause deep aching pain in parts of your body that may seem unrelated, which is known as referred pain. Chiropractors treat a number of ailments through hands on adjustments to treat these issues.

Degenerative disc disease

Typically associated with aging because your intervertebral disks can degenerate or break down due to years of overuse, misuse, or strain. The discs can lose flexibility, elasticity, and they can lose shock absorption. They can become thinner as they dehydrate, too.

Herniated disc

Typically occurring in the neck or in the low back, it can cause pain when the outer ring or interior matter presses on a nerve root that is nearby.

Back sprains and strains

When the tough bands of tissue that hold bones together, ligaments, become overstretched or torn it causes a sprain. Strains involve a muscle or a tendon. Sprains and strains can happen when you lift too much weight, bend or twist improperly, or lift too much weight. The pain associated with sprains and strains can ache, burn, tingle, be sharp, dull, or stabbing.

Cervicogenic headaches

Caused by referred neck pain, the pain from this headache is usually at the back of the head, in the temples, and behind the eyes. It can be mistaken for migraines or for cluster headaches.

Myofascial pain

A chronic pain disorder. Myofascial pain can feel like a knot in your muscle, and occurs after a muscle is used repeatedly.


Pain that develops in the spine’s tailbone that can be the cause of a fall or riding a bike for a long time. This pain gets worse when sitting and can sometimes begin without any known cause.

Spondylosis or spinal osteoarthritis

Often associated with aging, it may affect the spine’s facet joints or other bones.


A hyperflexion or hyper extension injury that is commonly occurring when a motor vehicle is rear-ended. When the neck and head are suddenly and quickly whipped forward it is called a hyperflexion, and when it goes backward it is a hyperextension. This can lead to severe neck sprain or strain.

Piriformis syndrome

The piriformis muscle is a narrow muscle located in the buttocks. When this muscle compresses or irritates the sciatic nerve, pain, tingling or numbness travel down through the buttock(s) and into one or both legs.


When the sciatic nerve or a branch of the sciatic nerve is compressed or becomes irritated, sciatica may occur. It causes moderate to severe pain that is sharp or shooting, and travels below the knee of one leg.

Short leg or leg length discrepancy

When one leg is shorter than the other, which can be caused by types of structural or postural problems. For example, a birth defect can cause a structural problem, where a postural problem can be from a pelvic tilt.

Call us at Cross Valley Chiropractic for more information, or to schedule an appointment at 570-822-4848.

Chiropractic and Athletic Injuries

Running, lifting weights, going to the gym, gardening, and participating in sports all carry the risk of injury. Athletes use chiropractic adjustments to have their body properly aligned. Adjustments will also reduce tension which keeps the body out of alignment. When the body is out of alignment, it is at a greater risk for injury. When it’s aligned, it won’t work as hard and it won’t experience stress in some areas that are picking up slack from deficient areas.

Common issues associated with sports injuries:

  • Back and Neck Pain
  • Foot Injuries
  • Shin Splints
  • Runners Knee
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Hip Injuries
  • Tennis Elbow

Misalignments slow down healing. When the body has an injury, it gives off muscle spasms and inflammation, this is a way for it to try to protect itself. It also increases the time it takes for the body to heal fully so it can bet back out on the field. When you get a Chiropractic adjustment, it speeds up the recovery process of your muscles.

Chiropractors offer sports rehab through spinal rehab. This means that they use a variety of chiropractic treatments to help heal the injury and to heal any factors that can be contributing to the injury. Minor misalignments in the vertebrae can affect how a person walks and how they move their arms. This can contribute to tennis elbow, shin splints, and runner’s knee.

A chiropractor will help to lower the pain from an injury and increase your rate of healing. Being properly aligned can help prevent future injuries. When a chiropractor treats the body through spinal adjustments, it helps to correct the misalignment in your spine which will improve the range of motion and the function of your vertebrae. Throw in massage therapy on top of adjustments, and that helps to relax muscles and ligaments and relieve muscle soreness. This will improve flexibility, increase blood flow, and help your muscles release lactic acid.

With chiropractic treatment that is catered to your body’s needs, your pain will be reduced naturally. The spine will be rehabilitated, and then you will experience a shorter recovery time. Once your joints are functioning correctly, you can continue rehabilitation to strengthen the spine and improve your body’s ability to function overall. Rehabilitative exercise is important for caring for your body.

If you’re interested in seeing our experts at Cross Valley Chiropractic, give us a call at 570-822-4848.

Chiropractic, More Than Just Pain Relief

Many people think that chiropractors can only help with neck and back pain. There are many ways to injure the body, from lifting heavy boxes to a car accident, and visiting a chiropractor usually provides pain relief. Chiropractic care does extend beyond back and neck pain relief, and is key in correcting damage that is caused by trauma or poor posture. Chiropractors focus on the health of your spine being properly aligned.

Chiropractic is a natural, drug-less approach to helping patients reach their health goals. The nervous system is responsible for every function of the human body, from movement, heartbeat, regulation of hormones, breathing, and so on. The nerves play a huge role in keeping us alive and healthy and the nervous system controls every cell and organ in your body.

Chiropractic benefits you in the following ways:

  • Boost your immune system making it easier to ward off illness.
  • Energize your body.
  • Add years to your life.
  • Reduces inflammation which helps reduce chances of inflammatory diseases.
  • Reduces blood pressure.
  • Improves balance as it restores normal, healthy spine function.
  • Reduces stress and improves brain activity and reduces cortisol levels.
  • Relieves asthma symptoms.
  • Promote health and wellness.
  • Back and neck pain relief.
  • Migraine relief.
  • Headache relief.
  • Colic and ear infection relief.
  • Acid reflux relief.

Poor posture, injuries, birth trauma, accidents, this puts excessive pressure on delicate nerves in the back and neck, which can lead to diminished nerve flow to limbs and vital organs. Untreated, diminished nerve energy will cause fatigue, pain, disease, and organ dysfunction. Chiropractic care aims to realign the spine and take pressure off of the nerves. In doing this, it restores the function of your nervous system so it can do what it is designed to do.

For more information about chiropractic care give us a call at Cross Valley Chiropractic at 570-822-4848.

Stay Young with Chiropractic

As our bodies age it’s easier to get injured and it takes longer to heal. We lose muscle mass and energy. When the spine is misaligned it causes pain, stiffness, tension, and other issues. Regular chiropractic care helps to keep you active because alignment can reduce pain, increase range of motion, and promote better general health.

When your body feels less aches, pains, inflammation and general wear, and has better range of motion and it makes it easier to stay active.

The biggest reason people go to the chiropractor is to reduce pain. Pain tends to be a part of the experience of aging. Chiropractic care reduces pain, helping to relax your body. When you’re in less pain, you’re able to do more.

Keeping your spine healthy keeps other systems in your body healthy, including the
immune system. A side effect of chiropractic care is a boosted immune system. You can fight
illness better and stay in better general health.

There are some extra steps that can be taken along with chiropractic care to help your body stay young.
  • Muscle mass decreases as you age, but you can retain your muscle mass by weight resistance exercise.
  • The motivation for weight loss is to maintain a metabolism that will enable you to live and maintain a proper weight. A healthy heart is important!
  • What you eat is important! Eating the wrong foods or the wrong balance or amounts will cause your body to weaken. Unhealthy food can negatively change your metabolism. Proper nutrition and exercise are important to helping your body stay young by supporting mental and physical health.

Chiropractic care is based on non-invasive adjustments that promote your body’s innate ability to heal. It encourages whole body wellness to prevent problems that can cause pain down the line, and helps the body function properly. A proper diet and regular exercise also help. Contact us today at Cross Valley Chiropractic at 570-822-4848 to schedule an appointment.

September -Condition of the Month- Sciatica

Sciatica is defined as pain that radiates from the lower back into the buttocks and down the back of one or both legs, caused by the irritation of the sciatic nerves, the largest nerves of the body. It usually begins as an acute pain in the lower back and then radiates down the back of either or both legs. There are 5 pairs of nerves that exit the spine in the lower back. These nerves make up what we know as the sciatic nerves. If the vertebrae or bones in the lower back are misaligned or out of place; or the disc between the vertebrae are swollen, bulged or herniated, the result is pressure on those nearby nerves. This can cause tremendous pain and normal daily activities almost impossible.

SYMPTOMS: Sensation changes on the back of the calf or the sole of the foot,  Numbness, tingling, burning, pain in the back of the calf or the sole of the foot,  Weakness of the knee or foot, difficulty walking. In severe cases: Inability to move the foot or bend the knee.

TREATMENT:  Chiropractic care works on correcting misaligned or out of place vertebrae and can remove the pressure placed on the sciatic nerve, reducing pain and improving flexibility and function.                                       


June condition of the month – Tension Headache

A condition involving pain or discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck, usually associated with muscle tightness in these areas. Tension headaches are one of the most common forms of headaches.  They can occur at any age but are most common in adults and adolescents. If a headache occurs two or more times weekly for several months or longer, the condition is considered chronic.  Tension headaches result from the contraction of neck and scalp muscles. One cause of this muscle contraction is a response to stress, depression or anxiety.  Any activity that causes the head to be held in one position for a long time without moving can cause a headache. Such activities include typing or use of computers, fine work with the hands, and use of a  microscope. Sleeping in a cold room or sleeping with the neck in an abnormal position can also trigger this type of a headache. Other causes include spinal misalignment, eye strain, fatigue, alcohol use, excessive smoking, excessive caffeine use, sinus infection, nasal congestion, overexertion, colds, and influenza. Tension headaches are not associated with structural lesions in the brain.

Chiropractic Care works on correcting misalignments that cause headaches and relieving symptoms associated with tension headaches.  

Cross Valley Chiropractic * 250 S. River Street Plains, PA  18705 (570) 822-4848 * www.crossvalleychiropractic.com