Best Exercises to Reduce Back Pain

Exercises-to-Reduce-back-PainThe news media is bursting at the seams with stories of the incidence of people addicted to pain medications.  Every year prescription painkillers cause more than 16,000 deaths and 475,000 emergency room visits.  Now admittedly, some of those people just take the meds for the “high”, but, the majority of folks began taking prescription painkillers to help alleviate chronic pain, and now cannot live without that medication.  While Grandpa might have rubbed liniment on his joints to help the pain subside a little, people today feel the need to be as pain-free as possible, even if it means popping pills on a regular basis.
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Health Benefits of Walking

Benefits of WalkingOne of the best choices for getting your daily exercise is walking.  When Michelle Obama promoted a campaign to walk 10,000 steps daily (the equivalent of five miles), many people began to take notice that walking was easy and fun.  As a nation, we also began to understand what doctors have been preaching for years – you need to get up and move, especially if you have a job where you spend the majority of your day sitting.

You can combat a sedentary lifestyle in several ways.  Carry those loafers or pretty pumps in a tote bag and lace up your walking shoes before you leave the house.  Park as far away as possible and take the stairs if you are able to do so.  Once at the workplace, get up out of the chair to stretch several times a day or take a stroll down the hall.  If you are not one to hit the gym at the end of the work day, why not erase those dinner calories by grabbing your partner, or your pooch, or both, and walking in the neighborhood?
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Benefits of a Standing Desk

Standing-DeskOffice furniture was staid and boring for decades.  Except for the big boss in the corner office, everyone else had a metal desk and a small upholstered chair that rolled on four casters on a plastic mat.

Then came cubicles a/k/a “cubes”, the workstations that became the bane of many office worker’s existence because they could hear the conversations of co-workers yet all they could see were high metal enclosures.

The office furniture manufacturers have incessantly tweaked their products to accommodate employee’s various needs.  Office chairs and desks were designed to be aesthetically pleasing, but ergonomically correct.  In some workplaces a whole-office ergonomic analysis was done on individual employee work stations to ensure that employees were working comfortably and without restrictions. Continue reading “Benefits of a Standing Desk”

Is Back Pain a Normal Sign of Aging?

Back Pain And AgingWe’ve all seen the pictures of the hunched-over elderly person who has to walk with a cane. It’s one of the first things that come to mind when we think of older folks’ ailments… back problems. But is back pain a normal sign of aging? Does it really have to be this way? Must we suffer with back problems, medical conditions of the spine, and back pain, just because we’re headed toward our senior years? The answer is an unequivocal ‘Absolutely not!Back pain is not an inevitable, unavoidable part of getting older. In fact, many people throughout the country find that ‘aging gracefully’ includes aging without having to suffer with back pain. Here are some tips from joint specialists in South Orange about aging and back pain, and how to avoid it heading into middle age and beyond. Continue reading “Is Back Pain a Normal Sign of Aging?”

Causes of Back Pain in Young Adults

Back Pain in Young AdultsBack pain… it’s something that most people probably equate to growing older. Most of us have had a parent, grandparent, or even great grandparent who suffered from back pain and, naturally, we likely figured they were experiencing that pain because they were elderly. However, as unfortunate as it may sound, back pain isn’t just confined to seniors. The fact is that young people can experience back pain as well, and although it may not be as prevalent in youth as it is in the elderly, it can be just as bad, or even worse, when it occurs in young people. After all, when we’re young, we expect to be able to be at the top of our game. We look forward to living a long, active, and vibrant life, and we don’t expect something like back pain to get in our way. Following is more information from top spine specialists in New Jersey regarding the various causes of back pain in young adults, as well as prevention and treatment options. Continue reading “Causes of Back Pain in Young Adults”

Diseases That Cause Back Pain

Diseases That Cause Back PainThere are many different causes for back pain and they can range from simple strains to something much more serious. Obviously if you’re in a great deal of pain you should consider seeing a top spine specialist to get a diagnosis.  A lot of spinal problems are caused by mechanical problems or severe injury or trauma to the spine. But sometimes you can be afflicted by diseases that cause back pain. Continue reading “Diseases That Cause Back Pain”

Causes of Back Pain

Causes of Back PainNoted pundit Charles Barkley once divided the world into two camps: people who have bad backs and people who don’t. If you would like the relatively blissful existence of the latter, then you should take the advice of doctors, and spinal surgeons in NJ, about simple way to prevent back pain.

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Nonsurgical Treatment for a Pinched Nerve

pinched nerve treatmentA pinched nerve can be a painful and annoying situation.  It tends to happen when there is too much pressure applied to one of the nerves in your upper or lower back or in your neck.  The pressure breaks off the nerves natural function and causes all sorts of issues such as tingling, pain, weakness, numbness and more.  In most cases when it comes to a pinched nerve, most people can recover from it within a few days or weeks’ time by adding in a few of their own DIY treatments such as using a massager, using peppermint oil or using a heating pack.  For others though, this pain just seems to get worse and worse no matter what they do at home or what amount of time they give it to go away.  When this happens, it’s time to start looking into treatment for a pinched nerve.  In the most severe cases, you might need back or spine surgery, but before we get into all that, let’s go over a few nonsurgical ways to treat a pinched nerve.

 

Medications and Injections

If you have to continue living life while the pinched nerve (hopefully) goes away, you might need a little help along the way.  No one actually likes suggesting medication for pain, but if you are in pain and its disrupting your home or work schedule, it might be time to start looking into something to take internally.  One of the better options is to look at nonsteroidal Anti-FL amatory Drugs or NSAIDs as they are most commonly called.  These include things like Aleve, Advil, Motrin, etc.  If worse comes to worse you can take a higher doze of ibuprofen if your doctor suggests to do so.  Some people see significant differences when taking something like 600mg of ibuprofen.  These medications can help relieve the pain and inflammation around the nerve.  You could also consider cortisone shots, but buyer beware, these really hurt!  They might really work for you, but they are not guaranteed by any means and the pain you feel while getting one just may not be up to par with what you can stand.

 

Non-surgical Spinal Decompression

Non-surgical Spinal Decompression uses a device that has an on board computer that will help control the pressure, force and angle of the disc distraction in your back.  This helps to reduce the body’s natural tendency to resist any unnatural external force and helps to generate muscle spasms.  Unlike injections or surgery, Non-surgical Spinal Decompression is considered a safe and very effective way to help get rid of pinched nerves.  The decompression time tends to take 15-30 minutes where the practitioner will take the first 15 minutes to do the decompression and the next 15 for relaxation techniques such as massaging.  Another option to consider if decompression therapy doesn’t sound like it would be a good fit for you is called Inversion Therapy.  If you ever watched any 80s movies, you have seen these little contraptions before, but these days they have become safer and easier to use.  These machines, in where you hang upside down or at a specific angle is a form of spinal decompression, but by way of mechanical traction.  You hang upside down for anywhere between 5-15 minutes and your back essentially uses gravity to decompress the joints in your body; specifically your spine, knees, ankles, etc.

Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncture is a treatment that has been used for over 2500 years by Chinese medical practitioners.  Essentially, acupuncture is a good option for anything related to your body’s inner workings such as headaches, migraines, nausea and yes, even a pinched nerve.  The neck is believed to be the gateway or the tunnel between your body and your head so it’s no wonder that for something like a pinched nerve, that it is quite common in the neck area.  The neck, is also the area where the most tension and stress tend to gather.  Acupuncture is a great way to alleviate these aches and pains by using very thin hair width needles as a treatment.  The acupuncturist will use pressure points in your body to alleviate any pressure in specific areas where you are having any problems.

 

Chiropractic Treatment

Many of the Top chiropractors in Clifton have treatments for or are known for treating patients with pinched nerves.  Usually when a nerve is “pinched” it means that a bony impingement, a herniated disc, tight muscles or a bulging disc are present.  If you don’t want to get surgery, this is probably one of your better options to choose from.  Many people claim that chiropractic treatments, which usually range over a few weeks’ time, can result in lessening the pain caused by a pinched nerve.  Even more than that, while getting rid of the pain is great, but Chiropractors can also fix the situation at hand and get rid of the root of the problem – the pinched nerve itself, and not just cover up the pain with a proverbial Band-Aid.  They can really get down to the root of the problem and help you figure out other treatment options or ways or preventing this from happening in the future.  While stress does play a typical role in a pinched nerve, it also can have to do with obesity, posture, the way you sit during the day, bending over/down incorrectly, not exercising, or worse – exercising incorrectly.  These are all situations that Top chiropractors in Clifton can help you fix.

Types of Chiropractic Techniques

Chiropractic Techniques

When it comes to a chiropractor in Livingston you might think that they focus on ONLY spinal adjustments. I mean, that’s what a Chiropractor is after all isn’t it? But, in this modern day and age, more and more Chiropractors are starting to offer other things besides just an adjustment and for good reason. While an adjustment is a very beneficial service given to you by your chiropractor, we all have different needs and different issues. Instead of being a specialized chiropractor, most choose to offer a variety of options which benefits them – more clients, and it benefits you because you don’t need to be running around to 4 different places looking for 4 different treatments. If you want to know about more of the popular and very beneficial services that some chiropractors have started to offer, continue to read below for more information. Continue reading “Types of Chiropractic Techniques”

How to Avoid Back Pain

Avoid Back Pain
Avoid Back Pain

Back pain has become the most prevalent type of pain plaguing Americans. More than 100 million people throughout the country report having experienced back pain, with nearly half of those stating their pain occurs on a chronic basis. And back pain treatment in New Jersey has risen to the top of the list of all medical therapy. Some back pain is unavoidable, such as pain that comes with an accident or illness. However, other types of back pain can be alleviated, eliminated, or even avoided altogether. Measures taken such as exercising, correct lifting techniques, and using the proper chair can help stop back pain before it starts. Here are some steps you can take to ward off back pain, even if you’ve experienced it in the past. Continue reading “How to Avoid Back Pain”