In the past month or so, I have had many patients dealing with moderate to severe low back, neck and between the shoulders pain. This is nothing new, since it tends to be why people seek out a chiropractor. However, the reason for this pain seems to be new-ish.
Several of my patients are traumatic pain patients such as sports injuries or auto accidents, but creep has been sending people my way lately. Just so you know, creep is not referring to the guy down the street who leers out his window all day. Creep is a technical term for what happens to your discs and connective tissues when you spend too much time in the same position. Creep is a reversible deformity of those tissues. They change shape as we sit leaning forward and it takes time to get back into a more neutral shape. For this reason, it can be especially hard on the discs and connective tissues of the back to hit the gym or even just walk comfortably after a long day in the chair.
So What do I do to avoid Creep?
The answer is to get up a little more often. Go get a few more glasses of water throughout the day. Because of the extra water, visit the bathroom a few more times and while you are up do some stretching to keep the creep at bay.
If your self help measures aren’t taking care of the problem or to get some stretching ideas that you can do at work, call or visit us at Straight Up Chiropractic in Tigard, OR and Dr. Halsy will be more than happy to help knock out the Creep.