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Exercise Helps Maintain a Healthy Back, say Experts

5 Exercises to Keep Your Back Pain Free Back pain affects most people at some point in their lives. A healthy back patient is credited with having good posture, visiting a chiropractor regularly and using proper techniques when lifting anything Read more

Exercise Helps Maintain a Healthy Back, say Experts

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5 Exercises to Keep Your Back Pain Free

Back pain affects most people at some point in their lives. A healthy back patient is credited with having good posture, visiting a chiropractor regularly and using proper techniques when lifting anything heavy. In fact, there are five proven exercises to maintain a healthy back.

Good posture key to a strong back

Another aspect of using exercise to avoid back pain is linked to having a daily routine before this pain in the back becomes acute. For instance, a trained sports medicine professional can diagnose symptoms associated with back pain. The symptoms include weakness in the legs and arms, tingling along the lower back and even a sharp burning sensation in all regions of the back. Back pain is associated with the cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral spine regions of the body.

Choose a chiropractor when exercising the back

At a time when many people of all ages suffer from nagging back pain, it is good to know that a back pain specialist can help ease the pain and avoid unnecessary surgery.

The five exercises to maintain a pain free back includes:

  1. Stretching is essential for anyone suffering from back pain. The exercises should be done on a consistent basis and include approved stretching to help treat various back problem areas. Also, the advice states that stretching should be pain free; while stretching slowly is advised. The standing hamstring stretch is a good example of how stretching can provide back pain relief.
  2. The lumbar spine exercises help stabilize the painful back. The exercise begins with static lying on the floor, while gently moving the legs for such uses as a “hamstring stretch” involving holding the leg for up to 30 seconds for a good stretch exercise.
  3. Walking is a proven way and means to ease back pain because research has shown that it is better to move and exercise the back than to just rest in bed for long periods of time.
  4. The arm and leg raise exercise provides movement that does not harm the spine; while helping to relieve back pain. Lie on your side with arm bent under your head and upper arm resting. The exercise involves raising your upper leg about 10 inches from the ground. Go up and down with your leg for 10 repetitions.
  5. The use of exercise ball easing back pain quickly. Begin the exercise by laying on the floor with feet resting on an exercise ball, while making sure your legs are straight and arms resting at your sides. The idea is to slowly lift and then tighten your buttock by slowly lifting it off the floor about 3 inches.

In general, all back pain exercises are best done, under the auspices of a licensed sports medicine clinic specialist so as to avoid injury and target the proper areas of the back for healing.

Exercise essential for a healthy back

While there are many proven methods for exercising the back to reduce pain and other discomfort, the best advice is to always seek professional expertise so as to not injure one’s back any further.

Overall, there is significant differences when back patients consult with an expert in back pain relief than simply doing it oneself.

Carpal Tunnel vs. Wrist Tendonitis: What Is This Pain?

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Carpel tunnel syndrome and wrist tendonitis are fairly common maladies of the hands and the wrists. But what’s the difference between them and what kind of therapy helps remedy the pain?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpel tunnel syndrome is unlike wrist tendonitis, in that the pain is caused by a pinched nerve as opposed to an inflamed tendon.

The carpal tunnel is a structure that’s found in the palmar side of the wrist. This tunnel protects a nerve that serves the hand and tendons that allow the fingers to move. In some people, the tunnel narrows to the point where it pinches the nerve. This results in tingling, numbness and weakness in the person’s hand. The hand might become so weak that the person starts to drop objects they usually have no trouble holding on to.

After a doctor diagnoses a patient’s carpal tunnel syndrome, there’s a variety of treatments that he or she can utilize. In the early stages, the patient can change the way he or she usesthe affected hand. The patient can take more breaks if he or she works on a computer or does other repetitive manual work. Cold compresses can also be applied to the wrist. Some patients find that massage therapy applied to his or her affected hand helps as does treatment by a chiropractor.

If the symptoms persist, the patient can be fitted with a splint to support the wrist. Splints are especially good at relieving the numbness and tingling that come at night. The doctor might also prescribe corticosteroids and NSAIDs like ibuprofen to ease the pain of the condition.

If these treatments don’t bring relief, the patient can opt for surgery. The surgery can be endoscopic or open. Both operations cut the ligament that’s pinching the nerve and so free the nerve. The good news is that the ligament heals itself and allows more room for the nerve at the same time.

Wrist Tendonitis

This condition happens when the wrist is overused, as during certain sports or certain types of manual labor. The tendons in the wrists become inflamed, swollen and painful. The condition usually comes on gradually. The person’s wrist might ache or be stiff when it’s asked to perform an action it’s not used to. Eventually, the wrist hurts even when normal activities are done. Some people also experience tingling or numbness.

After the problem is diagnosed, treatments include physical therapy. Sometimes this can be as simple as stopping strenuous activities and allowing the wrist to rest. NSAIDs can also help with the pain. The condition can also be eased by massage therapy or treatment from a chiropractor.

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What Is Cold Laser Therapy?

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What Is Cold Laser Therapy?Cold laser therapy is an experimental form of therapy employing low power lasers at specific wavelengths (or colors) applied to select spots on human or animal bodies to either reduce pain or inflammation and to promote healing. Cold laser therapy is also known as Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), Low Power Laser Therapy (LPLT), biostimulation, soft laser, and laser acupuncture. LPLT is probably the most accurate terminology, but the term laser acupuncture may be the most accurate to describe some variations of the therapy.

LPLT is not considered a main-stream (allopathic) medicine which is why it it is not an established form of therapy for many places. Premiere Chiropractic physicians employ this type of therapy since they know it is effective and have seen proven benefits for their patients. It is also used in physical therapy, acupuncture, Osteopathy, Naturopathy, Homeopathy, and veterinary medicine.

The therapeutic use of lasers dates back to at least 1967 when Endre Mester at Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary was experimenting with the use of laser light for treating skin cancer. He noticed that the hair on shaved lab mice grew back more rapidly on mice treated with the laser light than on untreated mice.

Cold laser therapy is generally considered as effective for relief of pain for such conditions as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, tendinopathy, and various chronic joint disorders. There is evidence that laser therapy may speed healing of wounds, and it has been suggested that it may be useful in promoting healing in dental procedures. The use of low level laser light to stimulate acupuncture points is advocated by many practitioners but studies to validate this practice have not been published in mainstream medical journals. LPLT has also been used in “face lift” procedures to reduce wrinkles.

Since the use of laser therapy in treating inflammation and pain in various joint and tendon problems is well established, the use of it in Chiropractic and physical therapy settings has become common-place. The Food and Drug Administration has approved a wide range of treatments using lasers for pain and inflammation and to promote healing.

Low level laser therapy has been effectively used to treat sports injuries with recovery times being as much as twice as fast. The use of laser therapy in conjunction with traditional physical therapy is rapidly becoming a standard.

Many chiropractors and physical therapists use laser therapy to treat whiplash injuries. Carpal tunnel syndrome may also be treated. Chronic frozen shoulders may respond to this type of therapy.

Some other conditions may or may not respond to cold laser therapies. Some practitioners use low level laser therapy to treat cancer. This type of therapy would probably be compatible with most conventional treatments but should not be used as the sole therapy. Low level laser cancer therapies should not be confused with laser surgery or photodynamic therapy, which uses light sensitive drugs activated by laser light to treat cancer.

Laser therapy is still a fairly new mode of treatment and experience with it is constantly improving the results derived from it. Use of low level laser light for the treatment of many types of injuries is well established and is particularly useful in sprain type injuries. Seek out experienced practitioners for this type of therapy.

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Obtain A Better Posture

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Posture Perfect or Not So Perfect

Many variables can contribute to less than perfect posture such as knee injury, back injury, recent surgery, old injuries that were not properly treated, disease or even genetics. Those workers who sit hunched at desk jobs all day, those who do repetitive tasks, those who stand for the majority of the day or those who spend large amounts of time driving are more at risk for back pain and poor posture.

The Importance of Good Posture

How to Improve Your Posture
Good posture can improve appearance, aid circulation and contribute to overall good health. People with good posture stand tall with the hips and shoulders aligned, and the chin level. Examples of poor posture could be slouching, limping or always favoring one side of the body. Those working in sports medicine, physical therapy or chiropractic care often see poor posture causing pain to clients of all ages.

There are many small changes that can be made to improve posture even if working in one of the at risk jobs. Doing simple stretches while seated at a desk or even while driving can alleviate pain and improve posture.

  • These stretches might include pulling in the stomach muscles and holding them in that position for a few seconds, gently shrugging and then releasing the shoulders, consciously straightening the spine, expanding the chest or leveling the chin.
  • Becoming more aware of body positioning can also help. Make sure both feet are planted firmly on the floor when sitting, and arrange the keyboard and computer monitor so that they are a proper distance from the body.
  • Do not lean forward and strain to see the monitor.
  •  Try not to reach up too high or down too low towards a keyboard.
  • For those who work desk jobs, just standing up, stretching or walking around for a few minutes can be beneficial.

For those who have suffered from a knee injury or other sports related ailment, specialists in sports medicine or chiropractic care can give support and specific exercises to regain good posture. Naturally, clients who go to physical therapy will receive advice about achieving or returning to a healthy posture. More work may be needed to overcome posture problems caused by old injuries or disease but chiropractors or other specialists can aid in the process. Poor posture is a very common problem, but following these basic tips can help anyone attain a better posture.

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