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Back-Saving Tips for Traveling

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Nothing ruins a vacation quicker than back pain

Traveling takes us out of our comfort zone and this means something more significant when you already live with back pain. A long trip comes with a fine line between excitement and trepidation at the thought of hours spent in transit. At Associates in Chiropractic, our goal is to help you minimize discomfort while traveling so you can have the best time possible despite your condition. Read on to find out how.

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Leave Your Stiffness Behind Before You Get Out of Bed

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This could be the most important move you make all day

Many of us feel stiff and sore in the morning time. While sleep is restorative, the lack of movement can cause a certain amount of discomfort upon waking. The difference is what you do at this crucial point: do you simply ignore the stiffness, jump out of bed and start your day? That is how you perpetuate the cycle, leading to endless mornings of stiffness. For many of us, all it will take to break out of this cycle is a few well-timed stretches in the morning and before bed. 

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Taking The Pain Away: Relief from Sciatica During Pregnancy

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Pregnancy: the perfect recipe for sciatica

Let's find out why sciatica is so prevalent in pregnancy. The spine of a heavily pregnant woman is quite precarious- there is already the added weight of the fetus which simultaneously causes a forward shift in her center of gravity, the first step to destabilizing the spine. While her abdominal muscles are strained in front, it is likely that the remaining core stabilizing muscles are weakened because activity levels are low. With the due date so close, pregnancy hormones have kicked into high gear, loosening the pelvic ligaments and causing instability at the base of the spine. With an imbalanced pelvis, and misalignment in the sacrum, nerve impingement becomes much more likely, and one of the most frequently affected nerves is the largest in the body: the sciatic nerve. 

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