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...)

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...)

Can Inversion Therapy Soothe Your Back Pain?

Most back pain patients aren’t head over heels about their condition: Agonizing pain that intensifies with each movement can be completely debilitating, especially when the problem involves a herniated disc. But what if getting “head over heels” – literally – could actually provide some relief? Inversion therapy – physically flipping a patient upside down – is said to work by taking gravitational pressure off the nerve roots and discs in a patient’s spine. It’s a less orthodox (read more...)

Low Back Pain: Could Your Kidney Be The Cause?

Your low back pain has returned – a sharp pinch that sticks around for hours. Worse yet, you’re visiting the bathroom more often and it’s painful.  What’s going on? Many might link these symptoms to aging or a back problem. In reality, they usually point to a serious kidney condition that needs treatment. Kidney stones and even kidney infections often mimic the symptoms of benign low back pain. Though they share the same symptom profile, each condition has vastly different implications. (read more...)

Kinesio Tape: A Sticky Subject

Kinesio Tape: A Sticky Subject A lot of people have been asking me about Kinesio Tape, especially since interest in it spiked during the recent Olympic Games. The world’s best athletes were seen with colorful tape on various parts of their bodies, sometimes in interesting shapes and designs. I’d like to set the record straight and share my experience with it. What is Kinesio Tape? Kinesio Tape is the most prevalent and popular brand of what we call “elastic therapeutic tape.” With a (read more...)