5 Steps For Safe Lifting To Avoid Back Pain

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Do you want to know why some people’s backs “go out” when bending and lifting something up? They bend and lift with bad form and do not activate their core properly. Here are five important steps you need to take when lifting to avoid a severe episode of back pain: Position your body’s COM (center of mass) directly above the object you are lifting. Get equal pressure on the heels and balls of both feet. Keep your knees centered above your feet. Make your spine…

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The Diaphragm’s Role For a Healthy Spine and Body

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The diaphragm is a breathing AND a core stabilizing muscle. It must be able to switch roles and be able to perform both roles at the same time. If you are lying down, the diaphragm is dedicated solely to breathing (far left side of graph in blue). There is no external load applied to your body so the stabilizing role is absent. If you are attempting to lift a 200lb object off the floor, the diaphragm is dedicated solely to stabilizing your core and you…

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7 Backpack Tips to Avoid Pain and Bad Posture

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Backpacks can become a real pain for kids and young adults. They are associated with pain, bad posture, and both of these can be avoided if you follow these simple tips. Neck and shoulder pain, back pain and fatigue are the most common complaints related to backpacks. The weight of the backpack and the way it is carried are the major reasons for these complaints. Look for a backpack with wide, padded straps. Narrow straps can dig into and irritate the shoulders. A strap that…

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Are You Getting “Tech Neck”?

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If you put your head and neck in a bad posture for too long, you can develop “tech neck.” “Tech neck,” also commonly dubbed “text neck,” is a new condition that is developing as a result of widespread use of smartphone and tablet use. Using these devices promotes a forward flexed position of your head and neck and over time can lead to many health problems. There has been recent research and discussion among health experts about this growing problem. New York spine surgeon Dr.…

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Bad Back? It Might Be The Way You Breathe

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Breathing has another important function than just a way to get oxygen. It also plays a role of creating strength in your core and back. Right now, as you are reading this article, pay attention to your breathing. Are you breathing more in your abdomen or more in your chest? If you are unsure, place one hand on your stomach and the other hand on your chest. Which hand is moving more? If you are breathing more in your chest, you have a predisposing weakness…

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How to Create a New, Stronger Posture You Can Be Proud Of

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It turns out mom was right when she told us to sit up straight. There are thousands of studies documenting the importance of good posture and the pain and other diseases that can develop from poor posture. If you build a better, stronger posture, you can experience less pain, feel better about yourself, and even live longer!  Did you know many ailments you may be suffering from can occur from poor posture? According to the American Journal of Pain Management, “Posture affects and moderates every…

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How Chiropractic Can Save a Pregnancy

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Pregnancy can be a frustrating time for many women because of the changes that are happening in their body.  Back pain, contemplating the use of pain medication, loss of sleep, difficult labor, and long labor times during delivery are some of the biggest challenges during pregnancy.   So how does chiropractic help ease the stress of pregnancy?   Pregnant women who receive chiropractic care generally take very little or no pain medication during the course of pregnancy.  This is important because they are avoiding the…

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Here is a Method That is Helping to Fix Herniated Discs

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Receiving a diagnosis of a herniated is a scary feeling for many people.  The good news is there is a way to fix them without anti-inflammatory drugs, injections or surgery.   Spinal discs are the cartilage pads in between each vertebrae of the spine.  If your spine is misaligned and you have bad posture, the spinal discs will weaken and eventually bulge or herniate.  This is a common cause of neck and low back pain.  When a herniated disc is pinching a nerve, it will cause pain, numbness or…

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Research: If You Visit a Chiropractor for Back Pain, You Are Making The Right Choice

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Back pain is one of the most common health problems people experience and most are confused what type of doctor to visit to best treat their problem.  Most back pain sufferers reach for anti-inflammatory medication or visit their medical doctor for a more potent cocktail of pain killers, steroid drugs or muscle relaxers.  The truth is, drugs do not get to the root of the problem.  If you suffer from back pain, visiting a chiropractor is the best choice and there are plenty of studies…

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Why Adjustments Work So Well

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Since chiropractic was founded in 1895, millions of people have experienced incredible results after receiving chiropractic adjustments.  Adjustments are known to help many health problems, including back and neck pain, herniated discs, arthritis, and even extremity problems. There are several reasons why adjustments work so well.   Adjustments realign bones, joints and posture.   Misalignments are a common result of trauma and bad posture.  Sports injuries, falls, slouching at a computer and working in awkward positions are just a few examples.  When joint alignment is…

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