Did the cough become a pain in the back?

It seems that everyone is sick or suffering from the effects of a malaise this winter. Here has Health ally function we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of patients with cough-related injuries.

Did you know that a cough or a sneeze can have a speed of up to 80km/h?! Your body has to withstand enormous force by contracting and strengthening the spine, rib cage and surrounding muscles.

Coughing is your body’s natural defense mechanism to protect the airways and clear foreign particles from the lungs and throat. So when does coughing become a problem?

A prolonged cough can cause a range of pain and injury, including:

• Chest pain: Coughing strains the muscles of the chest and abdomen. Prolonged periods of coughing can leave muscles sore and tired

• Muscle strain: A cough can be strong enough to cause tension in the muscles of the back, intercostal muscles (rib cage), neck and abdominal muscles.

• Diaphragm strain: During a prolonged cough, your diaphragm has to work overtime, which can cause tightness under your rib cage and the feeling that you can’t breathe fully.

• Rib pain: This may be a sharp stabbing pain on inhalation caused by joint or nerve irritation.

• Low back pain: the force of a cough can exacerbate or cause disc damage.

• Headache: Coughing can trigger a headache caused by straining, sneezing, and blowing your nose.

So how can a chiropractor help?

Chiropractors are musculoskeletal therapists, which means we assess and treat the spine, muscles, and surrounding tissues. A chiropractor finds areas of the body that aren’t moving and aims to adjust and release them to restore normal function. After a cough, this may include spine or rib adjustment, diaphragm release, and soft tissue therapy for tight muscles and tissues.

At Function Allied Health, we are passionate about helping our patients feel and function their best. If you or a loved one are recovering from a cough and feeling pain, we’re here to help.

We accept Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plans, DVA patients and offer discounts for retirees, health cards, defense and students.

To make an appointment, call 3351 0933 or book here

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