Recognizing the Problem: We are spending too much time sitting at desks, or standing at work. Our backs were not designed for modern life! But here we are; achy, stiff backs. I remember one project I worked on, the lovely woman sitting next to me kept quietly moaning to herself in pain. I sent her home with my favorite tape and next morning she was smiling! Over the last six years, I have repeated this scenario more times, with more people, than I can count. It only takes once to experience the difference. No drugs involved, but it sure is habit forming! An Alternative: So, what is the magic on the tape? Suspend judgement for a moment. It is yoga, but not like the yoga you may have seen or heard horror stories about.
During a person's lifetime one thing that is common is that people will suffer from lower back pain. Most of the time the cause of low back pain is a bump or even an accident. When this happens it is usually a mild case and treatment is usually easy. Others will find they have back pain and don't know what caused the pain and there is no way to control the occurrence of the pain. Spinal conditions are a reason for back pain and many are born with this condition. The sooner you can find the source of the pain, the sooner you and your doctor can treat that back pain and hopefully reduce or eliminate the back pain for good. Things to consider for the Under 60 population As we all know age can play a role in the causes of low back pain.
Once you see someone doing it, it's hard to avoid it any longer. You've seen it, you may have even done it. You stand on one leg. I'm not talking about standing on one leg like a flamingo, but rather standing where you are putting all of your weight on one side of your body. Eventually, that side gets tired and you switch to the other side. A sort of "dance" ensues for the rest of the day. Why would it feel more comfortable for you to stand out of your normal alignment? Why is it uncomfortable for you to be straight up and down. And why won't your back pain go away? Typically, someone that has this type of condition is regularly experiencing low back pain and possibly sciatica (pain that shoots down the back of their leg).
If you suffer from chronic back pain then there are several things you can do to prevent additional problems and minimize the amount of pain caused in your back. Many of the things you need to be aware of are things like standing, sitting, lifting, exercise, and the way you sleep. Standing properly can make a big difference when you are trying to prevent lower back pain. You should always stand upright and your chest should be forward. Always hold your head up and keep your shoulders straight. It is important to tuck your hips in and evenly distribute your weight with your feet. During periods that you have to stand for long durations of time you should try not to stand in the same position for the entire time you remain standing.
There are problems that have just started, lurking beneath the surface where you have not yet felt their pain. You may go years, occasionally feeling some soreness and stiffness, just to have it go away on its own. Maybe you feel a twinge, take a pill, and it all seems like it's going to be okay. Then one morning you get up, accidentally drop your socks on the floor, bend down to pick them up and you can't get back up. You are having so much pain that you barely manage to make it to your bed and hang on. You start taking pills like crazy until you manage to pull out the yellow pages and find a nearby chiropractor. On your visit to the chiropractor, he explains that your spine is showing signs of wear and tear, that your problem likely began years ago.
Where you spend one third of your life could be the cause of your back pain! Your bed and your back pain, are they related? It seems some people are starting to listen to my entreaties about taking better care of their back as well as what to do when there is an actual problem. No, they are not beating a path to my (internet) door as yet. It also took a few months before my practices were full to overflowing; back pain at the moment is like an epidemic. Why is that? mainly because people are not informed of facts; rather, they would believe their traditional sources like doctors and sports teachers. The treatments and the maintenance of a healthy back are well covered.
Whiplash injuries are injuries that typically occur in car accidents. The classic injury occurs when your car is rear ended. In most situations the person has a seat belt on. When impact occurs, the seat belt holds the body close to the seat as the head quickly flexes forward and downward. When the forward motion of the vehicle stops the head quickly "whips" back. It is at this time that the injury occurs. Ligaments can be torn and vertebral segments can be forced out of place. In actuality the more significant form of whiplash is when the impact occurs from the side. Our neck has much less range of motion going side to side, so when a side impact occurs it takes much less force to cause damage to the neck.
Sciatica is pain in the buttock and leg, caused by pressure on nerves in the lower back. The pressure can be triggered by slipped vertebral discs, pinched nerves or some forms of arthritis. As a result, treatment for sciatica is based on diagnosis of a damaged disc, despite the fact that nerves cannot be viewed with routine imaging tests. Consequently, over one million patients each year undergo magnetic resonance imaging scans (MRI) for sciatica and many are told there is no obvious cause for their pain. The main cause of sciatica is the prolapsing of an intervertebral disc, a slipped disc, which then presses on the nerve at the spinal root. Occasionally, this comes about through an organic problem such as a tumour pressing on the nerve, so it is important to consult a doctor.
Everyday hundreds of auto accidents occur and the occupants are injured. Fortunately, the majority of these injury victims do not suffer fatal injuries. That's the good news. The bad news is, most of the occupants suffer injuries that they may not be aware of or are mistreated by other doctors. The "Problem with Whiplash" is that very few people truly understand it. Well meaning emergency room physicians, general medical doctors and even many chiropractors do not fully appreciate the extent of injury suffered by these patients. A recent survey found that a significant percentage of family practice and orthopedic physicians question the validity of whiplash.
There are literally millions of people who suffer some sort of back pain in the United States alone. Some have lower back pain, others mid, and still others neck pain. The consistent issue with all of these patients is imbalance in their spine. Whether the condition be due to poor posture, trauma, or hereditary factors, the fact remains that back pain can interrupt a person's life and lifestyle. During the last 27 years of active chiropractic practice I have utilized a variety of treatment techniques that have consistently proven effective in treating the majority of spinal conditions that have entered my office. Always looking for better and more efficient ways to help patients led me to direct my attention to support the spine AFTER the patient had received their treatment.