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March 2022

A good night’s sleep is key to wellness. If you have been dealing with chronic back pain, particularly in the morning, or if you are struggling to fall asleep or stay asleep, your sleeping position may be to blame. Adopting a new sleeping position can be difficult at first. However, if you are diligent about falling asleep in an optimal position, and readjust yourself when you wake up in the

Proper posture looks more attractive and it’s vital to your overall health and well-being. When you practice good posture, you’re likely to have a better mental outlook, feel better, and have more confidence. For one thing, slouching is a common culprit for stiff necks and achy backs. Maintaining proper posture reduces the stress on your ligaments, muscles, and joints. Good posture can reduce fatigue in people experiencing depression and standing

At Devine Chiropractic & Rehab Center in downtown Seattle, we treat patients with back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, and other types of pain related to their work. Hazards of some form or another are associated with most occupations and activities. The most common work-related injury risk factors are: Repetitive movements: Most movements are safe when done in moderation. Problems occur, though, when the same movement is performed repeatedly over

Fascia, a thin sheath of connective tissue that covers all the muscles and organs of the body, connects muscle groups. Tight fascia can pull the body out of alignment and increase pressure on muscles and joints, causing pain. The goal of trigger point release is to stretch and loosen the fascia so the underlying tissue can move freely. Trigger point release using a lacrosse ball only takes a few minutes

Our downtown Seattle chiropractic office has never been busier and I can pinpoint this to the long hours my patients (many of whom work for Amazon, Google, Microsoft, or another tech company) spend on their cell phones and laptops. Text neck, or cervical kyphosis, is a painful condition caused by slouching, especially when looking at cellphone, or computer screen. Unfortunately, most people hunch their shoulders and hold their neck forward when

If you’ve ever suffered a bad headache or migraine, you aren’t alone. Most people experience occasional headaches, but others suffer from chronic headaches that negatively impact their relationships, work, and daily life. Frequent slouching, prolonged sitting, and poor posture are the major cause of severe headaches. Fortunately, headaches are often treatable by gentle, drug-free chiropractic care. A trigger point is a knot in the muscles that refers pain to other places.

Whiplash occurs when the nerves, discs, muscles, and ligaments in your neck are damaged after your head is rapidly moved backward or forward and then speedily “whipped” in the opposite direction. Whiplash causes ligaments and muscles in the neck to be stretched beyond the normal motion range. The soft tissues can tear or sprain leading to discomfort and pain. While whiplash most commonly occurs in auto accidents, high-impact sports, amusement

Repeating the same motion, such as spending hours a day tapping keys on a keyboard, bagging groceries, or doing assembly line work can cause inflammation which can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome or other repetitive stress injuries. These problems can worsen when combined with poor ergonomics, chronic stress, and poor posture. Working primarily with tech workers, we are all too familiar with how frequently desk jobs lead to carpal tunnel

Between your vertebra are discs that act as cushions and allow your vertebra to move freely. These discs are made up of an inner disc gel-like nucleus surrounded by a tough, circular exterior annulus. A herniated disc (also known as a ruptured disc or a slipped disc) occurs when the softer inner portion of the disc's nucleus pushes through a crack in the outer annulus. Herniated discs can be very

In a normal spine, the vertebrae are stacked neatly on top of each other, with a disc of cartilage between each one that provides cushioning and flexibility to your vertebrae. With scoliosis, the spine curves unnaturally and the vertebra “tilt” to one side. Without a proper amount of cushion between vertebrae, they may rub together, causing pain. If left untreated, spinal curvatures can lead to chronic back pain, muscle spasms, and