Archives for August 2011

Sciatica

What is Sciatica? Sciatica is pain along the large sciatic nerve that runs from the lower back down the back of each leg and is a relatively common form of low back pain and leg pain. What Causes this Pain? Any condition that causes irritation or impingement on the sciatic nerve can cause the pain associated with sciatica. The most common cause is a lumbar herniated disc (also referred to as a ruptured disc, pinched nerve, slipped disc, … [Read more...]

Whiplash

What is Whiplash? Whiplash is a soft tissue injury to the neck, also called a neck sprain or neck strain. It is characterized by a collection of symptoms that occur following injury to the neck, usually because of sudden extension and flexion. Whiplash commonly occurs as the result of an automobile accident and may include injury to intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments, muscles, and nerve roots. Symptoms such as neck pain may be present … [Read more...]

Neck Pain

What causes Neck Pain? Neck pain may result from abnormalities in the soft tissues - the muscles, ligaments, and nerves - as well as in bones and joints of the spine. The most common causes of neck pain are soft tissue abnormalities due to injury or prolonged wear and tear. In rare cases, infection or tumors may cause neck pain. In some people, neck problems may be the source of pain in the upper back, shoulders or arms. Degenerative and … [Read more...]

Low Back Pain

How common is it? Low back pain is one of the most frequent problems treated by chiropractors. Four out of five adults will experience significant low back pain sometime during their life. After the common cold, problems caused by the lower back are the most frequent cause of lost work days in adults under the age of 45. How is Low Back Pain Diagnosed? Most cases of low back pain are not serious and respond to simple treatments. Your … [Read more...]

New Program To Prevent Work injuries

We have started a new program for local businesses and groups that I want to share with you. Many people suffer from pain in the spring and summer because they are adding activities to their schedule and have been pretty much, inactive for the winter. The most prevalent result of increasing Spring and Summer activities is that more people get strains and sprains. After sustaining this type of injury, they are often unable to participate in … [Read more...]

The Importance of Stretching

Most people don't really think about how important stretching is before they start their day. However, even if you aren't planning on doing the same activities as our boys to the left, you will undoubtedly do some type of exercise during the day. There are some simple stretching exercises that you can do when you get up that will help you to function more effectively during the day and help you to avoid being injured because of a strain or … [Read more...]

Dealing with Tension Headache Pain

There is nothing worse than a tension headache! The crushing pain that feels like someone is standing on your head, the constant throbbing as you attempt to complete a task. Unfortunately, most people have to continue to be alert and functioning, even when they are experiencing this level of pain. But, there are some steps you can take that will help you to proactively address the pain until you can get the help you need to avoid these … [Read more...]

Lower Back Pain Tips

Remember when you had a back like this? I do! Every step was a new adventure and there were only a few minutes in the day when we actually sat down! Remember how sure we were of ourselves? We knew that the whole world was our own personal place to run and have fun! Those were the days for sure. Now, that we are older, most people spend a lot of time sitting down. The majority of people sit most of the day at work, usually in the same position. … [Read more...]

Let’s Talk About Chronic Neck Pain

There are two types of people who get chronic neck pain...Let's see, which am I? Well If you have little ones, you are probably like me, and although I cherish the time that I have to carry my children on my neck/shoulders, I know that if I don't take proper care of my neck, shoulders and spine, I won't be able to do this with my grandchildren! The other group of people that get the same type of pain as this are those that work on a … [Read more...]

Lifting and Pushing

Lifting and pushing are two of the main causes that people suffer from upper and lower back pain. See the picture to the left? You can almost feel the tension in the upper back as the upper back is lifting the weight of a toddler. It's very common for mom's to suffer from upper and lower back pain. This kind of stress puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the shoulders and neck. The same problem occurs when a person pushes in the wrong … [Read more...]