Preventive Care FAQs
What changes can I make in my everyday life to prevent chronic pain?
Being aware of your posture and trying to maintain good posture is one of the best habits you can develop. Good posture distributes weight evenly throughout the spine, preventing undue stress on the joints. Making sure that work spaces, study spaces and hobby spaces are set up with good ergonomics so that you can maintain good posture while in these spaces is also extremely important.
Learning the proper way to lift objects, and avoiding heavy lifting will also help prevent injuries that can cause serious damage to the soft tissues surrounding the spine.
Our Tulsa chiropractor is happy to coach you on proper ergonomics, correct lifting, and good posture.
I like to play sports on the weekends. How can I prevent injuries?
One of the best ways is to stay active during the week. Try to keep in shape by exercising, especially the exercises that use the particular muscles in your sport. Be sure to keep up the exercise in the off-seasons as well. Regular chiropractic adjustments can also help keep your spine healthy and ready for action! Being a weekend warrior inevitably puts you at risk for injury.
I don't seem to be as flexible as I used to be. I have trouble bending over, or turning my head to look over my shoulder. What can I do to keep this from getting worse?
Chiropractic care helps to increase mobility in soft tissues around the joints. Over time and from old injuries, scar tissue can restrict movement, and chiropractic treatments help to "break up" that inflexible tissue so that it forms in a more flexible way, improving joint function and reducing pain.
A home stretching program is also very helpful, and Dr. Cole is happy to recommend one for you.