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Can Chiropractic Help Nurses with Back Pain?

Published : September 4, 2023

The benefits of chiropractic care for nurses

At Chiropractic Health, we recognise the invaluable contribution of nurses to the healthcare community in Geelong and Craigieburn, and around Victoria as a whole.

Nurses are the unsung heroes of our hospitals, aged care centres and other medical centres often bear the brunt of physically demanding work, long shifts, and stress. As a result, they are more prone to experiencing neck pain, low back pain, headaches, and sleep disturbances than many other professions.

This blog post explores how chiropractic care can be a game-changer for nurses, providing relief from discomfort and improving overall health and wellbeing, which can then lead to being happier and more productive at work.

Nursing is a very rewarding yet demanding profession that requires nurses to be on their feet for long hours, lift heavy objects, and maintain prolonged postures while taking care of their patients. Such movements include helping people showing, pushing wheelchairs, changing sheets, and helping roll patients over and help them get dressed.

These activities can lead to musculoskeletal issues, particularly in the neck and low back. Many nurses also experience the mental strain of stressful situations, irregular work hours, and night shifts, which can take a toll on their sleep quality.

The Impact of Neck Pain, Low Back Pain, and Headaches on Nurses:

Neck pain, low back pain, and headaches can have a profound impact on a nurse’s ability to perform their duties effectively.

The discomfort caused by these conditions can lead to reduced productivity, reduced patient care, and even affect their overall quality of life and mood. We believe nurses should always feel at their best

How Chiropractic Care Can Help Nurses:

Alleviating Neck Pain and Headaches:

Chiropractic care offers holistic approach to address, manage and reduce neck pain and headaches, as well as other musculoskeletal conditions.

Chiropractors use specific adjustments to increase movement and function in the neck, relieving pressure on nerves, tendons and muscles.

This helps reduce tension and with it, the referral patterns of many muscles than can trigger headaches. In addition to this, helping the joints in the neck move better can also help with cervicogenic headaches as well

Managing Back Pain and Sciatica:

Chiropractic treatments have proven to be a great way of addressing issues related to low back pain and sciatica which can often arise from periods of standing or engaging in heavy lifting at work.

By focusing on improving the function of the lumbar spine and pelvis chiropractors are able to provide relief from pain and restore movement.

This ultimately enables nurses to move better throughout their shifts, and have a reduced likelihood of developing low back pain.
Chiropractors also look into a nurses posture, to determine if there are any structures that they may be placing unnecessary loan onto as a result of their work.

Through adjustments and targeted exercises chiropractic care plays a role in helping nurses maintain optimal spinal alignment consequently reducing the likelihood of developing further musculoskeletal problems.

Our Chiropractors all take comprehensive postural analysis to see what effect that could be causing, and then address the imbalances to get it better.

Check out our blogs on posture: ‘Can chiropractors improve posture‘, ‘What can you do for your posture?‘ ‘How being stressed is killing your posture‘, ‘Why is posture so important?‘.

Enhancing Sleep Quality:

Given the demanding nature of their profession and the irregular hours they work sleep disturbances are an occurrence among nurses. However, chiropractic care has been shown to enhance sleep quality by decreasing stress levels and promoting relaxation through adjustments that alleviate tension within the body.

To check out our blog post to find out some unique tips to better your sleep, click this link.

How Chiropractic Health Can Make a Difference:

Here at Chiropractic Health we take pride in serving the Geelong and Craigieburn communities, including our nurses who tirelessly cater to others needs.

Our team of chiropractors.

Dr. Mitchell Cook and Dr. Lauren Byrne in Geelong well as Dr. Terence Ho in Craigieburn possess an exceptional understanding of the unique challenges faced by nurses on a daily basis and have lots of experiences in helping nurses feel great at work.

We see many nurses at both our Geelong and Craigieburn locations, and our chiropractors are well-equipped to address the specific needs of nurses.

By tailoring specific and patient-centred treatment plans, we aim to provide relief from neck pain, low back pain, headaches, and other musculoskeletal issues that may be hindering nurses’ ability to perform their best.

We go beyond the symptoms, and look deeper into WHY the discomfort or pain is there in the first place.

A Personalised Approach to Care

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