Thursday, May 21, 2015

Can My Sleeping Position Be Causing My Pain?

Are you a back pain sufferer? Have you ever considered your sleeping position to be a culprit? Watch this video to get an explanation why by an expert.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Too Much Sleep Also Hurts My Back

Has it happened to you?

You overslept or went back to bed for anther hour and then woke up with an achey back. It is similar to standing somewhere or maybe sitting too long somewhere. Things stiffen up, inflammation builds, and muscles shorten.

So how do we prevent this? Well #1 is to set an alarm or try not to sleep too long. The same goes for sitting to long or maybe standing too much on a hard floor. #2 is to drink more water. Water helps to keep the muscle, discs, and other joints hydrated. #3 is exercise and stretch regularly. This keeps muscles and joints loose and limber.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hard Lumbar Belts...

Most often I recommend a softer type belt. I've found they're easier to use, more comfortable and something the vast majority will like better. The reason is really so we can get some movement. Whereas the hard one restricts the motion completely. There are times when the hard one might be needed. Maybe right after a serious surgery for example. For most suffering with back pain, we want some stability! But we want to get them moving again. Motion is life they say; each joint has motion, and it's when we stop moving for too long it's a problem. Motion allows inflammation and other cell waste to exit an area. It also helps nutrients and other important cells get to an area. Therefore, we want to restore motion as soon as we can! The Back Dr’s specializes in pain relief for the neck and the lower back. We will help you have better posture, get better sleep and help you be more comfortable. Helping you find natural remedies for your active lifestyle.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Do You Have The Right Pillow?



I see many who base their pillow size on the size of their bed. This may work for decorative or throw pillows, but not for sleeping... For instance you can have a really petite/ small woman with a big pillow for her king size bed. That doesn't work because it just pushes her head up. And that's not what we want.

Really pillow size is based on height, but everyone's a little different...

What I mean by this is #1 - some people just prefer a certain size pillow. I have some people who fit the height mold for the small traction pillow but love a bigger pillow.

I also have a couple guys who are shorter than 6'1" but they have a football players neck. They like the large version of the traction pillow. Or let's say you're tall but have a shorter neck, maybe the medium is the way to go! The Back Dr’s specializes in pain relief for the neck and the lower back. We will help you have better posture, get better sleep and help you be more comfortable. Helping you find natural remedies for your active lifestyle.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Bode Miller's Back...

This stuff was in Bode Miller's Bake! Before we all freak out, it sounds like the medical staff dyed it blue for some reason.
Apparently disc material has come out, that's what this stuff is... Now, hopefully the body can put it into waste and get rid of it. But really who knows. This can be pressing up on a nerve and cause some major pain.


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Monday, March 16, 2015

Make Sure You Do Your Strength Training...



I always knew that it was important to do a certain amount of resistance training. It actually helps bone growth when you have add weight to the mix. In other words just doing air punches or arm circles doesn't cut it because you have no weight against you. Now a new study from Georgia Tech shows us that temporarily stressing muscles helps improve memory.

Yes, according to Good Housekeeping Magazine (GH Jan 2015), the research showed that lifting for just 20 minutes may improve your memory by 10%. You don't necessarily have to pump iron but using bands or machines works too. Who knew; a little weight lifting can be good for you back and body, but your mind also.



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Monday, March 9, 2015

KEEP YOUR BACK SAFE WHEN SHOVELING...

Did you know that about 11,000 people injure their back's shoveling? Yeah, pretty crazy right? That being said, here's some shoveling tips. Before even shoveling make sure you are dressed adequately. The weather channel link will even give you some tips on that.

Here's what to keep in mind when shoveling.

  1.  If you experience pain; stop shoveling. Have someone else do your driveway. And it's totally worth it to have someone plow your driveway. 
  2.  Bend with your knees. Flex the knees and bend as much as you can with them versus bending solely at the back.
  3.   Pick up and dump snow with the shovel as straight on as possible.  In other words, don't bend and twist, that's the worst position for the back.  
Other things to keep in mind in the winter is you aren't getting much vitamin D.You also are in the house alot so you don't get as much fresh air. You also need to keep warm enough. This is especially important when preventing a cold. Don't forget that most heat leaves your body through you head, so wear a hat...Keep those thing in mind too.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Do You Have "Computer Body"?

What's "Computer Body" you might ask? This is that forward head, slumped shoulders, hunched back, type posture. We are all guilty, "just 1 more thing to do..."; of course that "one more thing" may be another 20 minutes. Maybe you gotta pee. Holding it too long probably isn't a great idea either, but let's get back to the subject.

We've talked about that forward head posture and how detrimental it is. Once in a while is one thing, but most people have this computer body every day. And it's not just at work. When we come home we often get on our own computer, tablet or phone.

Think about it when the head goes forward the shoulders roll forward and the upper-back hunches... It can happen in any order. So these terms like :computer body", or "tech neck" sound funny, but exist for a reason. Especially at this day and age where we are on computers and phones all the time!

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