Sheridan Chiropractor – Winkelmann Chiropractic & Injury

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Atlas Chiropractic and Dr. Zach Winkelmann provide chiropractic care for Sheridan Wyoming and the surround areas.  Dr. Zach Winkelmann was trained at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport Iowa.  Dr. Zach utilizes X-rays as well as many different techniques in order to provide the best patient care.  Care plans are developed to relieve pain and make a person well in the least amount of time possible.  Techniques range from using drop tables, to diversified adjusting as well as mechanical adjusting.

For additional information on chiropractic care from Winkelmann Chiropractic & Injury please call 307-763-4141 or visit www.sheridanchiropractor.com!

Stretches For Low Back Pain Chiropractor Sheridan WY

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Low Back Pain? Help Yourself In 15 Minutes Per Day

Low back pain affects millions of people everyday.  Winkelmann Chiropractic & Injury offers several different adjustments to the pelvic and lumbar region to restore motion to the spine in these areas.  In the mean time, WHAT CAN YOU DO at home to help loosen the musculature and provide relief?

Follow these simple stretches two times a day (morning and evening) and get relief from tight musculature.

There are 7 stretches total.  Do each stretch BILATERAL and hold for 30 SECONDS on each side.

1.)  FLOOR HAMSTRINGS STRETCH – Hold for 30 seconds on each side.

 

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2.)  KNEES TO CHEST – Do as the picture shows but also try extending the opposite leg so it’s flat on the ground.  Hold for 30 seconds on each side.

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3.)  TWISTING BACK STRETCH – Hold for 30 seconds on each side.

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4.)  PIRIFORMIS STRETCH – Hold for 30 seconds on each side.

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5.)  HIP FLEXOR STRETCH – Hold for 30 seconds on each side.

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6.)  QUADRICEPTS STRETCH – Hold for 30 seconds on each side.

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7.)  LOW BACK STRETCHES – Do these stretches at the end of each regimen.  These stretches can be done periodically throughout the day as well.

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These are easy ways to loosen the low back before and after work and prevent low back pain.  For questions on these stretches as well as others and chiropractic care please call today at 307-763-4141 or visit www.sheridanchiropractor.com where Dr. Zach Winkelmann would be more than happy to help you become WELL!

Prevent Injury While Shoveling Snow

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Prevent Injury While Shoveling Snow

As the winter months progress so does the amount of snow and for many of us that means more snow shoveling and potential back injuries.  Here are several tips that will help prevent any serious back injuries this winter.  If you would like one-on-one training on shoveling snow you can come to my house and shovel my snow and I will watch and give you tips as you go.

  1. Warm-up – People typically shovel snow in the morning.  This means they get out of bed, eat breakfast and start shoveling.  In the morning muscles are stiff and you vertebral discs are filled with fluid, which is a perfect recipe for injury.  So, get up early and give your body an hour upright prior to shoveling.  Do 50 jumping jacks, 25 body weight air squats and 50 pushups.  These exercises will activate your muscles and get the blood flowing.
  2. Stretch – After warming up do some quick stretches.  Stretch your hamstrings (the back of your legs) and the lower back musculature.  This only takes 5 minutes.
  3. Boots – Wear shoes or boots that have traction.  Don’t go out in your dress shoes that are typically flat bottomed with no traction.  Many people injure their back not from the actual shoveling but from slipping and the quick movement to catch them from falling.
  4. The Shovel – Use a shovel that is not as wide.  An extra 12” or even 6” on the width of the shovel can increase the load significantly and lets be honest, how much time does that really save you.  Not much. So use a smaller shovel.
  5. Alternate Hands – It will feel awkward at first, but alternate the hand that is forward.  If you shovel with your left hand forward, do this for 5 minutes and then put your right hand forward.  This will work the muscles on both sides of your body equally.
  6. More Than Once – What does that mean?  If you are expecting 12” of snow, shovel when there is 4” or 6” and then do it again.  People hate shoveling but look at it like it’s your exercise for the day.
  7. Get Adjusted – Come get adjusted and restore motion in the spine and allow your nervous system to function properly.

For additional information or to schedule an appointment call Dr. Zach Winkelmann at Winkelmann Chiropractic & Injury today at 307-763-4141 or visit www.sheridanchiropractor.com.  Same day appointments are available so call NOW!  Prevent low back injuries this winter and align your spine at Winkelmann Chiropractic & Injury!