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Chronic Back Pain - How Deep Breathing Can Reduce Chronic Pain In Your Back and Neck

The first thing most of us did as soon as we were born was take deep, full gasps of air into our lungs. Instinctively, we knew we had to breathe deeply to function in our new, air-filled world. We didn't have chronic pain then, but we were moving constantly. We wriggled, squirmed, cried... we moved in every possible way. As toddlers, we jumped, ran, climbed. Sometimes we still cried. We were deep breathers. We used our lungs fully. But as we grew older, for lots of different reasons, we stopped our constant movement. When we stopped breathing so deeply and fully, several things happened. Our bodies no longer got all of the oxygen we needed. The muscles around our chest, back, abdomen and lungs became tighter and shorter.

Back Pain - How Much Do My Daily Activities Create The Pain?

Uh oh, it's happened again. You can feel the initial "twinge." That is, you can feel the early warning sign that you low back pain problem is about to come back again. You knew you should have been keeping up with your chiropractic visits and the exercises your doctor gave you, but you just haven't done it. You feel great most of the time, but you've learned that when you get this feeling, things are about to go downhill... fast. Sometimes you get off easy, just a few over-the-counter remedies and you can get back to work. Sometimes you're going to be spending the weekend putting ice on your back and waiting for the doctor to open up first thing Monday morning.

The 10 Most Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

"What is the cause of lower back pain?" has got to be the most common question I have heard as a treating physician over the past 20+ years. Simple enough question, problem is there is no easy answer. The cause of lower back pain, or LBP cannot be confined to one condition. There are multiple causes of lower back pain. Some are simple and self-limited back strains, while others are serious conditions like disc herniations involving neurologic damage that require immediate, specialized treatment. Here is a brief overview of the 10 most common causes of lower back and leg pain. Subluxation Vertebral misalignment, or subluxations, occurs when the lower back has been subjected to chronic postural stress or a strain that results in the joints between the vertebrae locking up.

Easing Back Pain - Gently

Nearly everyone experiences back pain. It occurs mostly between the age of 30 and 50. Exercise is the most effective way to speed recovery from low back pain. Building muscle strength is important if you want to ward it off. A routine of back healthy activities may include stretching exercises, swimming, walking and movement therapy to improve muscular coordination, posture and muscle balance. The Sapt Chakra Kriya is another way to gently stretch muscles and ease pain.It is the best solution to maintain elasticity in the spinal column.Any mild discomfort felt at the start of these exercises should disappear as muscles become stronger gradually.Next in the series of Sapt Chakra Kriya, is Agya Chakra Asan.

Chronic Back Pain? Take a Look at Your Shoes

Lower back pain is most often caused by some sort of injury incident; i.e. a sports injury, a lifting injury, car accident, or fall. Sometimes it can come from sitting too long each day without counteracting with exercise. But what if none of these situations pertains to you? You may be part of the population who has "uneven" leg lengths. Leg Length Defined Some definitions are in order here: physical leg length is just that-- the actual length of your leg, when measured from the femur head (hip) to the calcaneus (heel of foot). This is difficult to do, for obvious reasons: the precise top of the femur head can not be identified from the surface of the skin-- it's too deep.

Herniated Disc Explained

Herniation describes an abnormality of the intervertebral disc that is also known as a "slipped*, " "ruptured, " or "torn" disc. As a quick aside - the term "slipped disc" is old, out-dated and incorrect. Discs do not "slip." Spinal anatomy in a nutshell... The spinal column is made up of 26 separate bones called "vertebrae, " which are interconnected by joints. The purpose of the spine is to surround and protect the spinal cord, which transmits information from the brain to the body and back again. Between each spinal bone is a disc. The disc acts as a shock absorber and spacer. The cartilage-like structure is flexible yet tough with an outer fibrous structure (annulus) and an inner gel like substance (nucleus).

Sciatica Explained

Sciatica is a term to describe pain in the lower extremity due to irritation of the sciatic nerve. Sciatic nerve exposed... The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body. It is formed from several smaller spinal nerves that emerge from the spinal cord in the lower back or lumbar spine. In the lower back, the spinal nerves are numbered L1 through S2. There is a wide variation from person to person in which nerves come together to form the sciatic nerve. Soem people have a sciatic nerve that is comprised of L2-5. Others may have a sciatic nerve from L3-5. The sciatic nerve provides nerve energy to the lower extremity from the buttocks down to the toes. Sensations of hot/cold, pain and vibration are carried through this nerve.

Facet Syndrome Explained

Facet Syndrome is a term to describe back pain caused by osteoarthritis of the joints of the lower back. The spinal column is made up of a network of interlocking bones or vertebrae separated by a cushion or spacer called a disc. The large block-like part of each vertebra is called the body. It is where the disc sits and is the part of the spine that bears your weight. The smaller more fragile part of each vertebra near the back of the spine has joints to guide movement. These joints are the topic of this article. Long standing poor posture, injuries and repetitive stress causes an imbalance within the spine and shifts the weight bearing load from the large vertebral bodies to the frail joints in back.

Herniated Thoracic Disc

A herniated thoracic disc can be one of the most painful and frustrating conditions to live with. This article will discuss 3 simple tips you can use at home for relief. Before we go through the 3 home care steps I will be recommending for you, we need to discuss what a herniated thoracic disc is so the tips make sense. The discs of the spine are cushions that are found between each set of vertebrae (bones of the spine). They are a special type of ligament that is responsible for holding the bones of the spine together, but also acting as shock-absorbers so you don't feel pain whenever you move. The way the discs are made is also special. They have a strong outer covering and a jelly center.

Causes Of A Stabbing Lower Back Pain

A stabbing lower back pain may be induced by quite a list of things and this is why an appropriate diagnosis from a certified practitioner is essential prior to beginning some form of treatment. Causes like ulcers, kidney stones, a pinched nerve or injury to the back may all lead to a stabbing lower back pain. You need to realize that the back is linked to your central nervous system and anything that takes place in that general area will be picked up and on the odd occasion, manifest itself as a stabbing lower back pain. The lesson of the story is that whenever you experience back pain, it doesn't mean that it is 100% related to your back. It could be just a prior condition just disguised as a lower back pain.

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