Ergonomics in Today’s Unique Work Environments

If you’re like most people, the past few months have brought about many changes to your work environment. Many people across the country have been working from home for weeks, and many of us will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Whether you’re figuring out how to optimize your home office, are struggling to set up a productive workspace in your kitchen, or are still in the office on a daily or weekly basis, you should be paying attention to how helpful your work environment is when it comes to your productivity.

What Role Does Ergonomics Play?

Ergonomics is the study of an individual’s efficiency as it pertains to their working environment. It is about both the mental and physical efficiency you have based on your work setting. It includes how focused you feel in addition to how physically comfortable you are, as both work together to maximize your productivity and concentration. Ergonomics not only affects how much work you get done how quickly, but it’s also about you feel in your physical environment—are you uncomfortable, in pain, or overly distracted? If so, your work ergonomics need an overhaul. You may need to clean up your desk, clear the area around your workspace, or move your furniture into a different room or layout. You also may need a better chair, as your physical comfort is a big part of work productivity and efficiency.

Back Pain & Work Ergonomics

One of the biggest complaints of office workers is back pain. The next most common is neck pain. This makes sense since they’re sitting the majority of the day, often hunched over paperwork or a computer screen and keyboard. If you’ve been working from home, you may be experiencing even more pain and discomfort than normal. […]

How Can Chiropractic Decrease the Risk of Falls for the Elderly?

One of the biggest risks of injury as we enter our golden years is falling.  After the age of 65, the risk of falling rises significantly. In fact, 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 experience a fall each year and about 25% of them experience serious injuries due to a fall.  The statistics related to older adults falling can be scary in and of themselves.  Not only does the older population have to worry about serious injuries, surgeries, and hospital stays from falling, but they also experience a psychological fear of falling because of an increased awareness of the risks. But the fear of falling doesn’t have to consume you. An experienced Lithia Springs chiropractor can give the elderly back their confidence in their ability to function well and avoid falls through regular chiropractic care.

What Contributes to Increased Falls as We Age?

As we get older, our bodies experience significant wear and tear. The musculoskeletal system may not function as it once did.  The elderly population also deal other types of pain that can affect their ability to walk and get around easily. Additionally, poor spinal alignment can also lead to balance problems that causes unsteadiness when moving or standing. Vertigo is another issue that many elderly people face. Problems with the inner ear can cause dizziness that can lead to a higher risk of falling. Over time, aging causes muscles to atrophy and blood flow to decrease. Weakened muscles can decrease function, causing stiffness and making walking difficult. Any number or combination of these health concerns will only increase a person’s chances of falling and therefore increase the risk of injury. Thankfully, regular chiropractic care from a Lithia Springs chiropractor can address all these concerns to […]

Whiplash Pain? Seek Chiropractic Care for Relief

Have you been in a car crash?  Are you now experiencing neck or back pain?  You are most likely experiencing whiplash pain as a result of the accident.  No matter how small or minor your car accident may have been, if there is damage to the car, there is damage to your body. Whiplash can also occur from other issues such as banging or shaking your head too much.  Symptoms of whiplash can be quite painful, to the point that you can’t carry out daily tasks because you can’t turn your head from side to side.  Before the pain worsens, seek chiropractic care from a Lithia Springs chiropractor for whiplash relief after a car accident or other injury.

Signs and Symptoms of Whiplash

The impact of a rear end car crash forces the head and neck forward and then violently slams them backward.  This forceful motion can cause significant damage to the musculoskeletal system.  You may not notice any pain or problems at first, but after a day or two, you will often experience muscle stiffness, headaches, limited range of motion of the neck, back pain, numbness, and even dizziness.  If not addressed, symptoms of whiplash can worsen, possibly even leading to chronic pain.  To relieve the pain, your first instinct is probably to reach for medication.  But medication only acts as a band aid, covering up the pain until the medicine wears off and symptoms return.  For long-term relief, turn to Lithia Springs chiropractor Dr. Ronnie Bolar.

Address the Root Cause of Whiplash Pain

Because whiplash affects the musculoskeletal system, it makes sense to visit a Lithia Spring chiropractor that focuses on the musculoskeletal system to improve your overall health.  Impacts or injuries can lead to spinal misalignments that cause dysfunction throughout the body, […]

Pinched Nerve Pain: Find Relief with Chiropractic

Did you wake up this morning with a terrible pain in your back? Do you feel like you pulled something while moving a certain way or playing a sport? The pain you may be experiencing could be a pinched nerve. There are several things that may cause a pinched nerve, though the reason they occur is mainly because of a subluxation, or misalignment of the spine. A pinched nerve is simply a nerve that is being compressed in an unnatural way. This can occur after an intense workout, from bad posture, or just by reaching for something that misaligns the spine, causing the compressed nerve and a whole lot of pain, tingling, or numbness. Pinched nerves can also cause a few other symptoms. A pinched nerve can be debilitating and many people that experience this pain cannot function properly in their day-to-day life; it can make driving to work or school nearly impossible, and sometimes the only way of finding comfort is lying on your bed with a hot or cold pack, but you can’t really get a whole lot done or enjoy your life by doing that constantly.

What Should I Do About It?

The pain caused by a pinched nerve can linger for weeks if not treated properly and in a timely manner. Dr. Ronnie Bolar of Vital Life Chiropractic is experienced in treating pain caused by these pinched nerves, and he can help get you back on your feet and back to your life before this pain takes over and before more serious health concerns come about because of it. Several people who experience pinched nerves believe that the pain will eventually go away on its own, or they will take large amounts of pain medication to alleviate the […]

Chiropractic Care for Auto Accident Pain

Every year, many people find themselves involved in auto accidents.  Thankfully, most accidents are minor fender benders, but even though you think everything is fine, you may actually have an injury to the spine or neck. The sudden impact of any auto accident, no matter how minor, is enough to cause injury.  You may be oblivious to the effects of an auto accident as pain is usually the last symptom to manifest itself.  However, if these issues are not dealt with in a timely manner, they could lead to more serious chronic back or neck pain later on, in addition to a slew of other issues.  To avoid recurring problems from auto accident injuries, visit a Lithia Springs chiropractor for examination after any fender bender, no matter how minor it seemed.

Common Injuries from an Auto Accident

One of the most common complaints after an auto accident is neck and back pain caused by the sudden forward motion of the neck during an accident.  Out of the 6 million auto accidents that occur each year, rear-end crashes are the most common, and all of these lead to some form of forcing the head forward and then slamming it back, causing the painful symptoms of whiplash.  Whiplash Associated Disorders, or WAD, occur in about 15% of these auto accidents.  Lower back pain is also a common problem after being in an accident, and unfortunately, this type of lower back pain will recur frequently until corrected.  Symptoms such as headaches, muscle pain, stiffness, or blurred vision after an accident should not be taken lightly as they can lead to more serious, long-term problems in the future.  In most accidents, any damage to the car usually signifies damage to the spine as well.  It […]

Chiropractic for Those with Scoliosis


An abnormal curve of the spine is known as scoliosis.  Any twisting of the spine or improper curve of the spine when looking from a front or back view is considered a form of scoliosis.  Although there are many varieties of spinal curvatures that could contribute to scoliosis, the most common form involves a side to side curve instead of a straight spine.  This common type of scoliosis is called idiopathic scoliosis and often occurs in the adolescent years (ages 10-14), but it can occur at any age.  Other forms of scoliosis include neuromuscular or myopathic scoliosis, degenerative scoliosis, or congenital scoliosis.  No matter what type of scoliosis people suffer from, it can be both painful and even debilitating.  Before scoliosis worsens to the point of causing health issues, find out how a chiropractor can help.

Managing Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a disease that usually progresses over time. While there may be no cure to eradicate spinal curves completely, chiropractic can manage scoliosis to prevent it from worsening and it can even reduce the curve in certain cases.  Because scoliosis is an improper spinal alignment, chiropractic care can also prevent scoliosis from occurring before it starts through maintaining optimal spinal health with regular adjustments.  Chiropractic for children is highly recommended since most cases of scoliosis occur in adolescence.  Be sure to visit Lithia Springs chiropractor Dr. Ron Bolar to promote spinal health as well as overall health and wellness for all ages.

Chiropractic Care for Scoliosis

Many people ask if chiropractic can cure scoliosis.  Unfortunately, there isn’t technically a cure for scoliosis. However, chiropractic care is a great solution for managing scoliosis throughout one’s lifetime.  Dr. Ronnie Bolar of Vital Life Chiropractic will gently adjust the spine to prevent further curvature of the spine and assist […]

Is Chiropractic Safe for Herniated Discs?

A herniated disc is caused when a disc protrudes out from the spine.  Spinal discs are rubbery pads that support your vertebrae, and when even one is out of place and pressing on a nerve, it can cause significant amounts of pain and other health problems.  Herniated discs can occur in many ways, such as from playing sports, stretching or twisting incorrectly, being in a car accident, improper lifting techniques, or simply getting older.  No matter what the cause, chiropractic care offers relief from the severe pain herniated discs cause and can even help you avoid surgery or other extreme medical measures.

Methods for Managing Herniated Discs

Symptoms of herniated discs include back and neck pain, stiffness, leg pain, arm pain, or spinal tenderness.  If the symptoms of a herniated disc become too much to bear, doctors often resort to back surgery to correct the disc protrusion.  However, an invasive procedure such as surgery is often a last resort and comes with many risks.  Before resorting to surgery, consider chiropractic care from a Lithia Springs chiropractor. Studies have shown that spinal adjustments can considerably help in managing herniated discs.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Herniated discs are excruciatingly painful and any little movement could further aggravate them.  While some may think that chiropractic care will cause more damage to the spine and further aggravate a herniated disc, nothing could be further from the truth.  Lithia Springs chiropractors are careful to examine the issue and treat it with caution and care.  In fact, specialized methods are used to ensure quality care that can gently move the herniated disc away from nerves.  This, in turn, alleviates pain and discomfort. Removing subluxations of the spine also removes nerve interference, thus ensuring your body’s systems are working properly.  Misalignments […]

The Importance of Proper Spinal Curves

It is no secret that chiropractic care is used to treat all kinds of ailments beyond just the spine and musculoskeletal system.  But many people seek chiropractors primarily for the treatment of back or neck pain or various spinal disorders such as scoliosis (C- or S-shaped spinal curve), lordosis (curved lower back), or kyphosis (abnormally rounded upper back). However, very few people are aware that a healthy adult spine, running from the base of the skull to the pelvis, when viewed from the side should have a gentle S-shaped curve. The neck and lower back regions are concave and the thoracic and sacral regions have a convex curve.

The spine is basically a series of bones stacked with cushions to absorb shock, and its main function is to support body weight and protect the spinal cord. Due to this incredibly important job, it is very important to keep the spine strong and in proper alignment, both retaining necessary spinal curves and avoiding abnormal spinal curves.

Spinal Curves Dictate Proper Posture

Spinal curves are responsible for accurate posture while standing and sitting. Ideal spinal curve prevents the onset of any spinal curve disorders and also improves balance, stabilizes muscle, improves muscle strength, and increases the range of motion.

Accurate spinal curves dictate proper posture. However, posture alone cannot determine an onset of poor spinal curvature. Any alteration in the normal curve can lead to future trouble and back pain.

Spinal Curves and Overall Health

Similar to the adage, “The eyes are the window to the soul,” there is a saying in the chiropractic world that says, “Your spine is the window to your health.” Your spine is the foundational framework protecting the spinal cord and if it introduces dysfunction into your body, you can develop injuries, aches, pain, […]

Chronic Back Pain Doesn’t Have to Be Your “Normal” Anymore

Just about everyone has experienced back pain at some point. It may be a minor ache, a stabbing sensation when you move a certain way, or a severe radiating pain that has kept you bedridden for days or weeks. Pain in any area of the back is an indication that something is amiss, but a lack of pain doesn’t mean that everything is perfectly fine. Some people with severe scoliosis have reported little to no back pain, while those with only one minor subluxation (spinal misalignment) have been in debilitating pain.

Back pain is one of the main reasons people begin seeing a chiropractor, and although it’s unpleasant, back pain is a great tool for getting you in the door of your Lithia Springs chiropractor’s office and getting you on the road to better health and a better life.

Back Pain Can Be an Indication of Something More

Back pain is usually the result of a subluxation, or a misalignment of the spine. When one vertebra is twisted or pushed to one side, the muscles have to make up for the lack of balance, and that often results in sore back muscles. A minor subluxation can easily be corrected with a chiropractic adjustment. However, when subluxations are incredibly severe or if they are left unresolved, they can lead to many other issues in your body—not just in your back.

The spine protects the spinal cord, which all nerves in the body are connected to. All those nerves are also connected to your organs. So when a subluxation is present and interfering with nerve function, it then interferes with organ function as well.

Pain is usually one of the last symptoms to present itself when there is a problem in the body, so back pain […]

Back Pain Research

A chief complaint among people in the U.S. today is back pain.  Visits to the doctor due to this type of pain are numerous, as an average of 31 million Americans complain of suffering from back pain each year.  It can range from minor aches and pain to debilitating and severe pain that keeps you from working or performing everyday, small tasks.  But what is the cause of pain in the back? And what can be done about it?  The good news is that many are finding relief through chiropractic care.

Causes and Symptoms of Back Pain

Back pain is different for everyone.  For some, it may consist of stiffness and aches of the back.  For others, it could feel like specific pain that radiates outward or regular back spasms.  It can occur at any time throughout the day.  Sitting or standing for long periods of time may result in flare ups of back pain.  Too much movement or physical activity could also lead to more pain.  Whether your  pain is just starting or you suffer and have suffered from chronic pain for a long period of time, back pain should be addressed as soon as possible to ease discomfort and bring about much needed relief.

Methods for Managing Back Pain

When this type of pain hits, most people tend to reach for medications in an attempt to curb pain, but the effects of medication to ease pain are short-lived and the dependency upon medication could become a problem.  Doctors also recommend bed rest to alleviate back pain, but this may not be possible for some people.  Missing too much school or work is just not an option for many.  Thus, the cycle of pain continues.

Chiropractic Care for Back Pain

When other methods don’t work, […]