Cat/Cow Sequence

No matter what your activity level is on a daily basis, we all need to stretch and move our spine.  Both extension (back bending) and flexion (forward folding) have benefits. Back bending decompresses the inner side/front of the vertebrae and can lessen the pressure on vertebral discs.  Forward folding decompresses the back/outside of the vertebrae and compresses and massages the internal organs. Back bending can feel energizing and tends to build internal heat, while forward folding does the opposite (read more...)

Pinched Nerve Pinching You? Learn Symptoms and Treatment Options

Recent years have seen pain in the hands and fingers, as well as shooting pains down the arm, increasingly associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. It’s true that the condition – often a side effect of long-term desk jobs – is in fact a top cause of those symptoms. But spinal problems are another surprising and often overlooked cause, particularly pinched nerves. Cervical radiculopathy is a condition that occurs when nerves in the neck are compressed or “pinched” and typically originates (read more...)

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...)

Upper Crossed Syndrome and Upper Back Pain Relief

Between iPads, smart phones, e-readers and all of the many technological toys that have risen in popularity in recent years, there are more ways than ever to entertain oneself. Unfortunately, it also means a significant increase in ways to injure your neck and upper back through repeatedly looking down. This repetitive motion can contribute to a condition called “Upper Crossed Syndrome,” and as consumer technology advances, chiropractors are bracing for more adults and teens with upper crossed (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...)

Could Cutting Nicotine Spell Back Pain Relief? New York Study Says Yes

The campaign against smoking has a new ally in the orthopedic community, thanks to a New York study linking nicotine use to back pain. The study, led by University of Rochester Medical Center surgeon Glenn R. Rechtine, M.D., looked at more than 5,300 patients suffering from spinal disorders over a period of eight months.The result: Cigarette smokers reported far more pain than those who quit during that time period. The New York study was published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery this (read more...)

Ultrasound Therapy for Back Pain – Is It Right For You?

Most people affiliate ultrasound therapy with pregnancy - and indeed ultrasound is a mainstay of prenatal care. But many patients are beginning to explore the role ultrasound therapy for back pain can play in providing non-invasive back pain relief. The same high-frequency sound waves used to examine a fetus in utero can work to stimulate blood vessels and improve circulation. It may seem like a quirky method to those so used to hearing surgery offered as the only solution to back pain. But for (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...)