So what do I do for an aching neck or back? I usually have a therapeutic massage or a chiropractic treatment. Having recently covered massage in my blog, I will focus on the benefits of chiropractic manipulation in this one. I have been seeing chiropractors since the 1980's for everything from a dislocated thumb, stiff neck, lower back spasm and sciatica. Recently, she adjusted the carpal tunnel on both wrists(injury due to picking up grandchildren for the past six years)! I nicknamed my chiropractor of 20 years my "back goddess."

According to the Connecticut Chiropractic Association, "Chiropractic is a natural method of health care with the proven ability to relieve back pain, increase vitality and promote well being."

"How does chiropractic work? The human body possesses a natural ability to restore itself. This ability depends on a healthy nervous system. Life events such as automobile accidents, sports injuries, repetitive work  and home stress are just some of the factors that can overwhelm the body's ability to adapt. The joints of the spine "lock up" when these sorts of events occur, limiting range of motion. Spinal joint restriction and or misalignment results in irritation and or pressure at the spinal nerve."

The American Chiropractic Association explains that "Chiropractic care can correct these structural distortions, known as subluxations, restoring the body to it's optimal form and function. Local symptoms of subluxations may include pain, tenderness, swelling, tingling, numbness or spasm around the joints of the spine, back and neck."

What you can expect when you see a chiropractor: The doctor will take a history, perform and examination and maybe even recommend x-rays. After the evaluation, the chiropractor will perform a spinal adjustment designed to treat your particular area of pain. You may feel immediate relief or it may take more time to heal.

You can locate a good doctor of chiropractic anywhere in South Florida by going to the Florida Chiropractic Association's website.  

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Sibyl Adams, Seniority Matters’ featured fitness blogger, has spent three decades in the health and fitness field. She began competing in local body building events in 1980, and by 1983, she was second in her weight class in the International Arm Wresting Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica. Sibyl remained active in the body-building scene for more than a decade, while also teaching aerobics and running races. She retired from body building in 1990, but continued running competitively until 2004, when she suffered an ankle injury.

Today, Sibyl works full-time as a personal fitness trainer and is president of her own company, A Personal Touch Fitness. She is a certified Reiki master, a National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) Certified Trainer, and is currently pursuing a certification in yoga. She enjoys swimming, power-walking and playing with her grandchildren.

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