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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.

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.

Coccydynia

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.

Whiplash

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.

Sciatica

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.