Month: January 2017

back pain charlotte chiropractor Queen City Health Center 4421 Sharon Rd #100, Charlotte, NC 28211 (980) 422-2000

If you live in the Charlotte area and are suffering from chronic pain in your neck and back, we highly recommend that you come into our office for a visit. One of our Charlotte chiropractors can assess the damage with an X-ray and in-person consultation. But if you’re skeptical about chiropractic care, we understand. A lot of people believe that it’s not a valid way to treat a condition, whether it’s pain or something else. In that case, you may be interested in our free 15-minute phone consultation with Dr. Holly. (What do you have to lose, right?)

Either way, we’re all about providing value to help people achieve better health overall. Read on for some expert tips on how to cure back pain from Charlotte chiropractor and leader of Queen City Health Center, Dr. Holly Clemens.

Tip #1: Change your diet. You may be wondering what your diet has to do with back pain. How in the world can the foods you put into your stomach affect how your back feels? Believe it or not, most health issues start in the gut. The foods you eat can contribute to inflammation in the body, which often manifests as pain or chronic illness. Sugar is the #1 culprit when ti comes to inflammation, and reducing or even eliminating it from your diet, and detoxifying your body’s internal organs—even for just 30 days—and reduce or eliminate the problem.

Tip #2: Exercise. Focus on core exercises that will help to build strength in your back and improve your posture. But take it slow and be careful! You don’t want to pull a muscle and experience even more pain the process.

Tip #3: Sit up straight. More and more people in our society are suffering from text-neck syndrome. As a Charlotte chiropractor, I see it all the time in patients who come into my office. If your back and neck are hurting, it could be from poor posture related to the use of smartphones and computers every day. If you sit at a desk for long periods during the week, read this post to learn how to sit the right way so you don’t injure yourself.

Tip #4: Get adjusted! We mentioned this already, but it’s worth repeating. Our Charlotte chiropractors can help you pinpoint the problem that’s causing your back pain and put together a targeted care plan to eliminate it through regular spinal manipulation and other lifestyle changes. Our holistic approach to chiropractic care is highly effective at treating a variety of conditions and helping you get off medications, feel better, and achieve an overall better quality of life.

Not convinced yet? That’s okay! (Baby steps, right?) Click here to request a free 15-minute phone consultation with Dr. Holly and find out if a Charlotte chiropractor is a good solution to your back pain.

Computer Posture Charlotte NC Chiropractor Queen City Health Center 4421 Sharon Rd #100, Charlotte, NC 28211 (980) 422-2000

The Right Way to Sit at Your Computer

Did you know that how you sit can have a profound impact on your overall physical and mental health? Many Americans have office jobs that require them to sit for long periods in front of a computer screen while they work. In addition, our habitual smartphone use subjects us to conditions such as “text-neck syndrome“, weakening our core muscles and shortening our posture over time. As a Charlotte NC chiropractor, I can tell you that this is affecting your overall health more than you know.

Poor posture puts pressure on your back vertebrae, weakening the nerve signals that your spinal cord sends to your body’s organs telling it how to function. What that means is, something as simple as sitting incorrectly can result in your body not functioning at optimal levels. Over time, this affects your body’s major systems, including the nervous, digestive, endocrine and musculoskeletal systems. When these systems are down, you don’t feel good. You experience symptoms such as painlow energyacid reflux, headaches, irritable bowels, anxiety, depression, and more.

Here’s some advice from Charlotte NC chiropractor, Dr. Holly Clemens: SIT UP STRAIGHT!

Did your mom used to tell you that when you were younger? Did it get on your nerves?

If you answered ‘yes,’ then good. Hopefully, it resulted in action. But now that you’re probably out of the house and living and working on your own, you may need some reinforcement. Which is why I’m writing this post to make sure you know the correct way to sit at your computer for maximum health.

While sitting in general isn’t really good for you, if you’re going to sit for long periods every day (as most of us do), implement these simple tweaks to ensure your posture is as good as it can be.

Set your monitor at eye level.

This will ensure a neutral, comfortable posture since you own’t be looking up or down and putting pressure on your neck joints and nerves, which could hinder your health, especially if prolonged and repeated week after week.

Make sure your feet touch the floor.

This seems simple enough, but if you’re short and don’t have an ergonomic chair that adjusts properly, it could result in big problems. If your feet don’t naturally touch the floor, invest in a small step stool and place it under your desk to fix the issue.

Don’t cross your legs! 

This can quickly move your hips and spine out of alignment. Though we recommend getting adjusted by a Charlotte NC chiropractor regularly anyway, it’s best to prevent problems before they start. I see a lot of patients whose hips and shoulders are uneven—the result of years of leg-crossing. Crossing your legs will set you two steps back for every one-step forward you take on this progressive journey. If nothing else, this is one habit you definitely want to break.

Shoulders back, chest up.

Recite this to yourself throughout the day. In fact, write it on a post-it note and stick it on your computer monitor as a reminder to sit up straight.

Use ergonomic equipment.

As mentioned above, make sure your chair is easily adjustable and get a stool if necessary to keep your feet flat on the floor. Arm rests on your chair, as well as wrist rests (say that 5 times fast!) on your mouse pad and keyboard definitely won’t hurt. However, don’t feel the need to spend a ton of money on new equipment, as you can easily remedy a lot of problems with the above suggestions alone.

Stretch at regular intervals.

That’s right. Get out of your chair and get moving! No, you don’t have to break a sweat (unless you want to). But try to take a walk outside during your lunch break. Get out of your chair once every hour and stretch your limbs so they don’t get too stiff.

Stop by Queen City Health Center in Charlotte for your chiropractic adjustment!

If you find yourself in pain after a long day of sitting at your computer, come by our office to get adjusted. Our Charlotte NC chiropractor team recommends regular adjustments for all of our patients to reinforce these good habits and keep your spine properly aligned.

Questions? Visit this page and fill out the form to request a FREE 15-minute phone consultation, or give us a call at (980) 422-2000 to schedule your chiropractic adjustment in Charlotte.

Dr. Holly adjusting a patient Queen City Health Center 4421 Sharon Rd #100, Charlotte, NC 28211 (980) 422-2000

Thinking about chiropractic care this year? If you’re in the Charlotte area and have given any thought to seeing a local chiropractor, we’ve got 12 reasons why 2017 should be your year (one reason for each month.)

January: Because you actually want to keep your New Year’s Resolution. This is something most people will fail to do. They’ll sign up for a gym membership and start going, and within 2 weeks, they’ll stop. Sound familiar? We’ve all been there. You may be wondering how a chiropractor can help you stay on track! That’s a great question. And our answer is that not all chiropractors will hold you accountable for your health decisions, but Dr. Holly is the exception. In fact, our patients are currently participating in a 21-day cleanse that is sure to help them reach their weight loss goals before January even comes to an end. Don’t believe us? Request a free 15-minute phone consultation with Dr. Holly, and we’ll explain exactly how we’re helping people all over Charlotte achieve better health this year.

February: Because you want to look and feel great for your Valentine’s Day date! At Queen City Health Center, we don’t just crack your back. We offer holistic health services that will get you on track to feeling and looking your best. Whether you want to lose weight, have more energy, improve your skin, or come off your medications, our chiropractic expertise is worth its weight in gold.

March: Because you want to be able to celebrate St. Patty’s Day with no guilt. We’d be lying if we said we didn’t enjoy throwing back a pint or two in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Especially if it’s green! We’ll help you prevent a hangover, but if you happen to drink a little too much, stop by for an adjustment, and we’ll make your headache go away faster than the magic leprechaun can.

April: To “spring clean” your body. You’re already spring cleaning your house. Why not detox your body in the process? Our Charlotte chiropractors will show you how to get the most out of the rainiest month of the year so you can actually stop and smell the flowers come May.

May: For mom. Mothers know best, and May happens to be her month. Give her the gift of better health. Schedule a consultation for the two of you at Queen City Health Center and watch your lives transform as you hold each other accountable through the journey.

June: For dad. Don’t leave him out of the mix. See the reason above and apply it to daddy too.

July: Because, ‘merica. We’ll adjust your spine and teach you how to make healthy treats for your July 4th celebration.

August: For the kids. They’re about to go back to school … it’s a great time to get their immune systems rockin and rolling before they get exposed to all those yucky germs. Yep. Seeing a Charlotte chiropractor is actually great for your immune system! In fact, many of our patients have chosen to replace their primary care physicians with Dr. Holly.

September: To prevent fall allergies. This applies to the spring season too, but fall allergies are something most people tend to overlook, perhaps because they don’t seem to be as common as they are when the pollen is plentiful. But they can be a big issue for a lot of people as the weather cools down. Did you know that chiropractic care is great for allergies? Book an appointment, and see for yourself!

October: To replace your flu shot. This is about the time when flu season ramps up, and doctors start pushing that awful vaccine. Rather than shooting yourself up with formaldehyde, mercury, aluminum, and other toxins, get your immune system in tip-top shape with some healthy lifestyle changes and regular adjustments. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel when all those people who got the flu shot are complaining yet again about how it didn’t work.

November: To add another item to your “thankful” list. At Queen City Health Center, we are very thankful for our health, and we know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that chiropractic care played a large role in that. Come see us, and when you’re sitting at Thanksgiving Dinner and everyone is reciting what they’re thankful for, you can add your health to the list.

December: Because you don’t want to end up like Santa! Yes, he’s a jolly, cheerful, old man, but let’s face it. The guy could stand to lose a few pounds, and the milk and cookies likely aren’t helping … If you want to learn how to change your life and still enjoy milk and cookies (healthier versions, of course), make an appointment to see our Charlotte chiropractors.

We’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: not all chiropractors are created equal. At Queen City Health Center, we pride ourselves on being personal. We don’t just get you in and out for a few routine adjustments. Our health care plans are patient-centered. We genuinely care about each and every person that we see at our office, and we want to help you look and feel your absolute best. Our services are tailored to each patient and include a comprehensive mix of spinal adjustments, nutritional counseling, wellness and fitness education, detoxification, and one-on-one accountability.

Interested in learning more? Click here to request a FREE 15-minute phone consultation with Dr. Holly, or call us at (980) 422-2000 to schedule an in-person visit to our clinic.

Queen City Health Center is a Charlotte Chiropractic and total wellness center for individuals and families. With locations across Charlotte, NC and Matthews, NC, we specialize in helping individuals and families find true health and ways to maximize their lives through nutrition, lifestyle classes, detoxification and spinal correction.

SouthPark Office 4421 Sharon Rd #100 Charlotte, NC 28211 980-422-2000
Matthews Office 1730 Matthews Township Pkwy Matthews, NC 28105 704-844-6368