Posts Tagged ‘back pain’

Common Cause of Low Back Pain

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

chiropractic-care-back-acheYour Low Back Pain Is From Slipped Joints, Not Slipped Discs

Many people experiencing lower back pain are told it is from a bad disc and need medications, injections or surgery. However, research has proven that those having low back pain in reality have spinal joint problems.

This article will explain what is the cause of most lower back pain and what can be done about it.

Let’s, initially, put to bed and extinguish the idea that lower back pain is caused by a bad disc. A recent study performed at the Mayo Clinic and published in The American Journal of Neuroradiology confirms that MRI scans showing intervertebral disc problems are not the source of back pain. The researchers found that MRI scans showing disc problems are exceedingly common in pain free people. In other words, people who have no lower back pain can have an MRI that can show a disc bulge, protrusion and degeneration and still have no pain.

back-injury-painThe researchers said that their study indicates that findings of narrowing of the disk space, disc degeneration, loss of disc height and other disc abnormalities are part of the normal aging process rather than pathological processes requiring intervention. They went further to say that most of the disk degenerative changes are no more significant than gray hair or crow’s feet around the eyes.

Let’s also clarify the term “slipped disc.” Medically a disc does not slip back and forth. It can bulge, protrude, herniate or degenerate. It does not slip back and forth or slip out of place. Slipped disc is a layman’s term similar to trick knee, cauliflower ear or double-jointed.


Causes of Back Pain

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

back-pain-bad-postureAre You at Risk of Back Pain?

To put it in simple terms, back or spine pain can threaten us in two ways. The first (and most worrying) factors are those that we cannot control. This may include:

  • Being middle-aged or older
  • Having a family history of back pain
  • Having suffered a back injury before
  • Being pregnant. A woman’s back is significantly stressed by carrying a baby
  • Having had a compression fracture of the spine
  • Having had back surgery before
  • Having congenital spine problems (problems present since birth).

stress-chiropractic-careEven though uncontrollable risk factors often cause the most worry, the majority of people who experience back ache or pain do so as a result of external/ lifestyle influences.

Remember that up to 80% of people suffer from back ache at some point or another. Out of that 80%, only a small portion of people would have had back problems since birth, been pregnant or suffered compression fractures of the spine.

Only a small percentage would have experienced back problems as a result of uncontrollable risks. In other words, many people are at risk of developing back pain because of the lifestyle choices they make.

These may include:


Help Your Back: Benefits of Stretching

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

benefits-of-stretchingBenefits Of Stretching And Traction

Me: “Do you stretch?” Patient: “Not as much as I should.” Most people know they should stretch.

They know they feel better when they do stretch, but they still don’t. Why don’t people stretch?

They’re stretching the wrong areas and not seeing the benefits that they should.

Some things to consider; you may not be stretching long enough, at the right time, or the right areas.

How long should you stretch?

Most people don’t stretch nearly long enough. When it is time to stretch (more on that in a minute), you need to hold your stretches for at least 30 seconds, 60 seconds if you’re over 40 years old. It takes that long for you to see any real change. Stretching shorter than that means you just did a little warm up, you won’t see any lasting changes to your flexibility.

stretching-before-exerciseWhen should you stretch?

The time of day and what you’re doing makes a big difference in the type of stretching and how long you should stretch. Before you workout, it’s really best to do very short stretches. Literally 3 – 5 second stretches to actively warm up your muscles.

Since muscles, ligaments, and tendons warm up at different rates, it doesn’t do you much good and could actually lead to an injury. Pre-workout, you should do a lighter version of whatever you’re about to do. Playing basketball, do some light dribbling and shooting. Getting ready to go for a run, do a light jog until you feel like you are loosened up.

For this reason, I have to believe that stretching at the end of your day would be more effective in improving flexibility than rolling out of bed and doing a big stretching routine. If you do have to knock it out in the morning, try to walk around a bit first or jog in place. Do something to get the blood moving before you start stretching.


Bad Posture and Back Pain

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

poor-bad-posture5 Ways Bad Posture Leads To Back Pain

Have you ever wondered why after a long work day one may feel pain in the back or when after seating for long or even lying on a couch you may tend to feel some pain?

The reason to this is mainly as a result of back pain due to changes in posture. Posture has been linked to back pain in a lot of studies conducted the world over. It is thus important to note some of the most common postures that many people might be engaged in without knowing that these very postures cause back pain.

Here are the 5 most common postures that have been shown to cause back pain.

The first posture is the hunchback. This comes about when one forms a C- shape when they are working on a desk. This twists the spinal column and if one spends days on end doing this, the spine tends to get acclimatized to being curved. This causes back pain as well as pain in the shoulder and neck. Continued use of this posture over months or years causes the chest muscles to curve. Muscles of the upper back loosen as well and there is prominence of pain in the upper back.

back-pain-bad-postureTo avert this problem, it is suggested that a person should avoid hunching at the desk and rather sit upright where the item they are working on is at eye level. Simple exercises such as twisting the head and shoulders every so often with hands on the head causes the back to relax. It is also suggested that one should at least take a short break every 30 – 40 minutes where they can stand and change posture for a short while before going back to their seating posture. Yoga and regular cardiovascular exercise such as swimming, jogging or even taking a walk are great ways to avert this problem and strengthen the back.

Another bad posture that is common is the rounded shoulder. This is a posture caused by activity such as typing when one is seated. His can also be caused by a poor exercise regime which overworks the chest muscles, causing back, shoulder and neck pain. This can simply be averted by stretching every once in a while, twice or thrice during ones work day. These stretches helps realign the vertebral column and prevent pain. Exercises that are aimed at strengthening the trapezius should be included in normal exercise regimes if one spends most of the day working on a computer.


What Can Chiropractic Care Do For You?

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

chiropractic-treatment-for-back-painChiropractic Care For Your Well-Being

by Jaunita Swindell

If you have just heard about chiropractic care, you may be a little skeptical about visiting a chiropractor. But this form of treatment can make a big difference to those who suffer from different kinds of pain and discomfort. Not only does this type of treatment help to get rid of the pain but it is also a good treatment for your regular well-being.

Here are a few things you should know about what chiropractic care can do for you.

It Helps you Relax

Even though chiropractic is not often associated with relaxation, it is actually a great form of stress relief. When your nervous system and spine are misaligned, there is a big impact on the shoulders and other parts of the body. Through alignment techniques, the strain is taken off your shoulders and you will feel more balanced. This will automatically make your body feel better and it will also lead to an improvement in your mood.


A Chiropractor Can Help You Find Pain Relief

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

neck-pain-reliefYou Can Find Pain Relief Without Medication

by James Schofield

If you are one of the estimated 100 million Americans suffering from chronic pain it may surprise you to know that you do not have to resort to drug therapy for relief.

The good news is that treatment provided by doctors of chiropractic has been shown to be superior to the pharmaceutical approach.

Many who deal with ongoing pain of the spine and other musculoskeletal areas have resorted to taking pain killing medication to make it from day to day.

Consider the following facts concerning opioid use:

• opioid prescriptions tripled in the United States from 1991 to 2010
• there are more deaths from prescription opioid drugs than from heroin
• 16,000 Americans die each year from opioid overdoses

In a publication sent to its participating physicians in September 2015 UPMC Health Plan details that there has been an increase in opioid related legal actions against physicians. These actions include medical malpractice suits and regulatory actions by State Medical Boards. There is even a growing risk of criminal prosecution. Criminal charges can range from drug trafficking to manslaughter or even murder.

back-injury-painAn alternative approach for pain relief is to consider chiropractic care.

Chiropractors do not utilize medications, drugs or pharmaceutical agents when treating patients. Instead chiropractors focus on identifying the source and cause of patient’s pain and utilize conservative therapeutics.

Chiropractors have extensive training in anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics. In addition their training, treatment and philosophical approach is to employ a hands-on approach to misalignments and abnormal restricted motion of the joints of the spine and extremities called the chiropractic adjustment.

Some healthcare specialists use the terms manipulation and chiropractic adjustment interchangeably. Chiropractors also may employ the use of physiological therapeutics such as electrical stimulation, cryotherapy, flexibility and strengthening exercises when treating their patients. Chiropractors are also experts on counseling their patients in all the functional aspects of their life such as proper posture during sleep, work and recreational activities.

There has been a great deal of scientific research that has documented drug-free pain relief by chiropractors for conditions such as lower back pain, sciatica and headaches.

Recently a scientific study was shown to help over 300 patients suffering from hip, shoulder or spinal pain by utilizing chiropractic care versus traditional medical treatment. Patients receiving chiropractic therapy had superior results with levels of pain, overall satisfaction and cost-effectiveness.

If you are suffering with acute or chronic mechanical pain such as lower back pain, sciatica, mid back pain, neck pain, headaches, shoulder or hip pain it is worth having an initial consultation with a Doctor of Chiropractic and inquiring as to whether your condition can be helped without the use of drugs and medications.

Give Grappin Chiropractic Clinic of North Port a Call Today, We Can Help You Find Relief From Your Pain! 941-426-9551




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Help For Your Back Pain

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

chiropractors-can-help-with-back-painSay Goodbye To Back Pain With Chiropractic Care

Chiropractors are medical professionals who conduct spinal adjustments on patients in order to improve the functioning of the nervous system and the joints. This treatment will help you regain the natural balance in your system and it will reduce pain and discomfort in the back.

Who is a Chiropractor?

A Chiropractor specializes in treating all kinds of back pain. These professionals have to complete a four year training program from an accredited institute in order to get qualified. Many of them also go through many years of residency so that they can specialize in certain forms of treatment.

american-chiropractic-associationIf you are visiting a practitioner for back pain, ensure that you visit one who has a lot of experience in the field and also has a valid license to practice. You should also take a look at the insurance programs that he or she accepts and go to someone who has training in the particular area of your back that needs treatment.

How Does Chiropractic Care Work?

Over 20 million Americas visit chiropractors across the country in order to deal with a back problem. This form of treatment is often very different from traditional medicine and these professionals will aim to provide relief to your back by massaging certain areas of the back and doing spinal adjustments.


Treat the Cause of Your Pain

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

pain-chiropractic-treatmentsBack Pain or other Pain Symptoms

Will I Have To Live With It?

Pain is a warning sign. Like the piercing sound from a smoke alarm, the alarm isn’t the problem. The alarm has a cause, just like every ache or pain has a cause. Some people choose to cover up the pain instead of correcting the cause. What’s your approach?

The nerve‑rich facet joints on the back side of each spinal bone are a common cause of back pain. If these pairs of interlocking “fingers” aren’t moving right, they can cause painful symptoms.

The discs between spinal bones can be a source of back pain, too. These rings of fibrous tissues act as spacers, connectors and “shock absorbers” for the spine. Trauma can cause the soft, pulpy material in the middle to bulge or herniate, putting pressure on delicate nearby nerves.

 chiropractors-can-help-with-painOnce you know the cause, you have several choices. One approach is bed rest. But research shows that prolonged bed rest can actually delay recovery and make the problem worse!

Physical therapy is another option. But exercising spinal joints that aren’t working right is like continuing to drive your car with misaligned tires!

Another choice is to numb or cover up the pain with drugs. While drugs can offer temporary relief, they can’t correct functional problems of affected spinal joints.


Tingling Sensations Can Be Serious

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015


Tingling is a sensation that many of us have experienced.  It is the sensation experienced when a limb that has fallen asleep starts to wake up. It is common to experience this sensation when you place undo pressure for a prolonged period of time on a specific part of your body.

For instance, standing or seating too long or leaning too heavily on a limb can cause tingling; however, when this sensation occurs in parts of the body without an apparent cause, it could be coming from a pinched nerve.

Numbness and Tingling

Pinched nerves commonly cause numbness and tingling. For instance, a neck injury could be the cause of tingling in an arm or a lower back injury could be the cause of tingling down the back of your leg (sciatica.)

knee-pain-tingling-numbnessHerniated disks, arthritis of the spinal joints, vertebral misalignment (subluxation) and other types of spinal involvement are also a potential cause. Tingling that is not related to a pinched nerve in the spine may be caused from nerve interference in areas where inflammation, commonly around joints, can cause nerve irritation.

For instance, carpal tunnel syndrome can cause numbness or tingling in your wrist, fingers, hand, or forearm.

Other maladies, which can cause a tingling sensation are: Migraine headaches, B‑12 deficiency (a nutritional disorder) diabetes, underactive thyroid conditions, multiple sclerosis, transient ischemic attacks, or stroke.

Certain medications and toxic substances such as alcohol, tobacco, and lead can also cause numbness and tingling. Numbness and tingling can also be a result of radiation therapy (a type of cancer treatment.)


Can a Chiropractor Help Lower Back Pain?

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

lower-back-painLow Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common ailments afflicting society today. In the United States alone, back pain accounts for more than 7,000,000 new cases and 250,000 surgeries each year. In fact, nearly all of us will experience some degree of back pain at least once in our lifetime. Our lower back is especially vulnerable to this malady, mostly due to increased weight bearing, mechanical stress, and the lack of rib support to this lower region of our spine.

Cause of Back Pain

There are many causes of lower back pain but the most common cause is mechanical stress. Mechanical stress can be considered the action of movement under the presence of weight. For instance, when you bend forward with the knees straight, pick up an object, and twist while lifting that object, you apply a great deal of mechanical stress to the lower back. This is especially true if you lift the object with your arms away from your body.

Anyone who has ever suffered an acute episode of lower back pain is also acutely aware of how mechanical stress (movement) affects the lower back. For instance, some back pain sufferers will notice it hurts more when sitting than while standing. This is because sitting actually places 50% more weight on the lower back and more weight (pressure) equals more pain. Other back pain suffers notice an increase in pain from mechanical stress due to bending, stooping, lifting, or even from coughing or sneezing.