Tips for Eliminating Upper Back Pain

Many people do not realize that upper back pain is starting to become a major issue. While lower back pain is often discussed because there are so many people who suffer from that type of pain, there are actually a large number of people suffering from upper back pain. These individuals are often suffering in silence, not sure exactly how to get rid of the pain they are dealing with. They may have tried numerous methods, including painkillers, but have not seen the results they were hoping for. While (read more...)

Common Osteoporosis Treatment for Bone Health

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that stems from bone loss or too little bone production. The disease makes the bones weak, brittle and easily fractured. In severe cases, fractures can occur from the simplest action such as coughing, sneezing or bumping something According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), nearly 10 million Americans suffer from osteoporosis. An additional 34 million are at risk for developing the disease. The NOF estimates that half of all women over age 50 will fracture (read more...)

Tips for Strengthening your Back

Try standing for eight or nine hours behind a counter or underneath a car on a lift. If the back muscles are strong, you can stand for ten hours without back pain. If, however, the back muscles are not worked out, back pain in addition to fatigue will affect the entire body. Since the back muscles are part of the core muscle group, they hold the body erect in addition to lending help when bending and lifting. Back strengthening exercises are key to whole body health. One facet of back strength (read more...)

Massage Therapy options for Chornic Back Pain Sufferers

Chronic back pain can dampen your spirits because it makes even the simplest things impossible to do. If you have an achy back, forget about doing things like playing with your kids, swinging a golf club, tying your shoes or even going to the bathroom by yourself. If you have chronic back pain, do not live your life in agony, consider using massage therapy to treat it. Common Causes of Back Pain There are a lot of things that can cause an achy back. Some of the most common include: Sciatica Muscle (read more...)

Indications, Risks and Follow-up Care for Laminectomy Surgery

Most back problems are treated conservatively with the use of physical therapy followed by medication when necessary. In certain situations where these methods fail to offer relief, laminectomy surgery is used to relieve pressure on nerves and the spinal cord. Also referred to as decompression surgery, a laminectomy is the removal of the lamina or back part of the vertebra. This increases the size of the spinal canal by reducing constriction of the cord. Indications Back pain that becomes dramatically (read more...)

A Few Simple Ways to Relieve Muscle Pain

If you have ever experienced muscle pain of any type, you know how debilitating that pain can be. If the muscle pain is in your back it is even more difficult to deal with. You use your back for everything and lifting or even walking can become extremely painful when you are experiencing muscle pain. Therefore, muscle pain relief is an essential component to living a healthy lifestyle. There are a variety of ways to achieve relief from discomfort that is caused by temporary muscle pain. Muscle (read more...)

Some Ways and Techniques to Relieve Neck Pain

Neck pain is a very common problem, as eight of ten Americans will complain of neck or back pain at some point in their lives. The causes of neck pain vary from muscle strain stemming from overuse to degenerative neurological conditions. For the most part, general neck pain is not a sign of a serious problem and will go away on its own. Several types of home care can help sufferers get neck pain relief. Stretching exercises. Moving the neck from side to side and holding it in position for around (read more...)

A Few Tips on Choosing a Mattress with Back Pain in mind

There are numerous mattress options on the market. When a person suffers from back pain, it may be due to the bed that is slept on each night. Uncovering the best mattress to alleviate back pain will be extremely beneficial. When a person is in pain, it becomes difficult to sleep. When a person loses sleep, it will affect the entire day ahead. Here is a look at how to choose the best mattress to suit individual back pain problems. How Firm Should A Mattress Be? Many people believe that the best (read more...)

Hamstring Stretches

One of the biggest hurdles that individuals with degenerative disc disease and/or herniated discs encounter is the ability to stretch their hamstrings and calves without spinal flexion.  It is usually not recommended that spinal flexion of any extent be done by those with these specific lumbar issues. However there are alternative ways to get the leg stretching without forward folding.  Here are two: 1.) Prone hamstring stretch:  Lie on the ground with the left leg bent at the knee, foot (read more...)

Three Poses with a Yoga Strap

Yoga straps or ties are terrific tools for practitioners who want to either deepen a stretch in their legs or soften the strain of stretching on their back.  By using a strap, you can grab for your feet without compromising the upper or lower back, neck, or shoulders.  For individuals with herniated discs, a yoga strap can bring back a relationship with stretching hamstrings that may have been halted due to contraindicated forward folding.  If you do not have a yoga strap at home, any long, strong, (read more...)