Entries in low back pain (5)


Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis, Shin Splints, Calf Cramps, Knee Pain, Hip Pain, Low Back Pain… What Do These All Have In Common?

As a population with an ever increasing number of hours spent sitting, tight calves (the muscles at the back of our leg basically above our heels and below our knees that give us the power to lift our body weight and go up on our tip toes) have never been so common. 

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How to sit in a car to avoid low back and neck pain

1.    Put your seat in a more upright position

If you have your back rest set to a reclined position change the angle so that it is in a more upright position. This will help keep your low back in the correct position while driving which can be seen in the figure below where the figure on the left is in an incorrect position because the low back is not supported and the head comes off of the headrest.

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Spinal Traction

Spinal Traction is used to treat acute and chronic low back pain.  It is performed on a specially designed motorized table that pulls and stretches the spine and decreases pressure on the nerves that exit the spinal column.  Our Chiropractor, Dr.Martin Dziak has one of these tables in each of his two treatment rooms.

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Bulging Disc and Low Back Pain


What is a bulging disc?

A bulging disc is an injury to your spine's intervertebral disc. It can occur in your lumbar spine (lower back), thoracic spine (upper and mid-back) or your cervical spine (neck). 

A bulging disc can commonly be referred to as a slipped disc or a protruding disc. 

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Sitting and Low Back Pain

Over the past few months, ‘sitting’ has been in the news – and for all the wrong reasons. Research studies are suggesting that periods of uninterrupted sitting (this can be anywhere from 2-7 hours) can increase blood sugar levels and decrease the good cholesterol levels in our bodies. These are two factors that are associated with chronic health conditions such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. In terms of spinal health, prolonged sitting concerns me as a health care provider for a number of reasons. In the lumbar spine, sitting increases compression forces that are transmitted through the discs, joints and ligaments.

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