Understanding Proper Back Brace Use

Back brace use has become so common in modern society that these devices barely get a second glance. Just think of how many support belts and devices you see in the average gym! Other times we may spot someone wearing one while doing yard work or even running errands.  It’s a big shift from the days when back brace use may have involved a cumbersome full-body contraption. Now, thanks to smaller and more readily available devices, they’ve become ubiquitous – not necessarily a good thing (read more...)

Lower Back Problems? Stretch Your Psoas Muscle

One of the best ways to keep your lumbar spine strong and supported and avoid lower back problems is to stretch and loosen your psoas major muscle.  The psoas major connects your legs to your torso and originates from the transverse processes of the lumbar vertebrae and inserts at the lesser trochanter of the femur.  In other words, the psoas major extends from the top of your low back, travels through your pelvis and attaches at the top of your thighbone.  It is located deep within your abdominal (read more...)

Prolonged Back Pain? Your Feet May Be The Cause

With the majority of adults experiencing spinal discomfort at some point, it probably comes as no surprise that many of us are investing in things to bring back pain relief. Custom pillows, elaborate mattresses - just about anything is fair game when back pain has you down. But have you ever considered you might be standing on the cause of your back pain? It's true - improper foot postures can create a domino effect that ends in back problems. Walking the wrong way can, over time, lead to conditions (read more...)

Lower Crossed Syndrome: The Office Worker’s Worst Enemy

If you’ve ever suspected that sitting at your desk all day was contributing to back pain, you’re definitely on to something. The condition is called “Lower Crossed Syndrome” or “Crossed Pelvic Syndrome.” Simply put, it’s a pelvic tilting that often occurs in office workers. The condition, resulting largely from a combination of tight muscles and weak core strength, can cause low back pain and in some cases, even spine and pelvic degeneration. The good news is that this is a fairly (read more...)

What is the Best Sleeping Position for Back Pain Relief?

A good night's rest - it's supposed to make you feel relaxed and invigorated. Then why do so many people awaken with a stiff neck, strained back or even agitation to existing problems, like a collapsed disc? The fact is, we often don't choose the best sleeping positions for lower back pain and other aches. Do you know which is the best sleeping position for neck pain? If you don't, you're not alone! When we're sleeping, we all contort our bodies. But the wrong position can place added strain on (read more...)

Is Your iPad an iPain in the Neck? Tips to Prevent Neck and Upper Back Pain

They give us directions, entertainment and immediate Internet access, but could our tablets and smartphones also be giving us back pain? Yes, says a recent study out of Harvard. Researchers found the very thing that makes us love our mobile devices—their mobility—can also promote poor postures that strain the upper back, neck and shoulders. The study, highlighted in the Harvard Health Letter last month, also determined that simply limiting how long you use your device per sitting and investing (read more...)

Guest Blog: How to Avoid Seasonal Back Injury

Winter is rapidly approaching. The nights are drawing in and the shops are growing full of Christmas displays and decorations. It’s a pretty busy (and exciting!) time of year for everyone. It’s certainly not the time to be slowed down by back pain which could be avoided. Read on for advice on the most common causes of winter back pain and what you should do to prevent being struck down by a back injury in the run up to the festive season! Deck the Halls I love putting up the Christmas decorations. (read more...)