How to Prevent Lower Back Pain [Chicago Chiropractor and Massage in Lakeview]

by Dr. Weisz

How to Prevent Lower Back Pain

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Posted By Dr. Mercola at mercola.com

I have read the post and article written about preventing lower back pain on mercola.com as I like to keep in touch what others are writing about the topic of Lower back pain, causes, and treatment.   He seemed to hit the nail on the head with his explanation so I figured I would put it below so you can read  what one of the leading health experts has to say on the topic.

Read below and enjoy the information

Dr. Jeremy Weisz, D.C.

http://www.drweisz.com
Chicago Chiropractor and Massage in Lakeview
Chiropractical Solutions

1720 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657

SEE BELOW from Mercola.com….

Back pain affects about 8 out of 10 people. But there are many steps you can take to avoid it. One of the best things you can do to prevent back pain is to exercise regularly and keep your back and abdominal muscles strong.

Here are some quick pointers to prevent back problems:

  • Always stretch before any strenuous physical activity (in fact it would be wise to engage in a regular stretching program like active isolated stretching, which is what I use every day)
  • Don’t slouch when standing or sitting
  • Sit in chairs or car seats with good lumbar support
  • Switch sitting positions often and periodically walk around or gently stretch muscles to relieve tension
  • Don’t bend over without supporting your back
  • Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes
  • Sleep on your side to reduce any curve in your spine, and always sleep on a firm surface
  • Lift with your legs, keeping your back straight
  • Try to control your weight
  • If you smoke, quit; smoking reduces blood flow to the lower spine and causes the spinal discs to degenerate

Also, to keep your spine strong, as with all bones, you need to get enough vitamin D every day.

Sources:

Live Science March 16, 2010

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http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/03/30/how-to-prevent-lower-back-pain.aspx

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According to statistics from the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), approximately 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time. Fifty percent of all working adults say they have back pain, and it’s one of the most common reasons for missed work.The ACA also estimates that Americans spend at least $50 billion annually on back pain treatments!

So what causes back pain?

Naturally, accidents and sports injuries can be the cause of the pain, but a number of other factors can contribute to back pain, including:

  • Poor posture
  • Obesity
  • Poor physical conditioning facilitated by inactivity.
  • Psychological/emotional stress
  • Internal disease, such as kidney stones, infections, blood clots
  • Osteoporosis (bone loss)

Here we’ll take a look at several all natural, non-drug, non-surgical remedies for this common problem.

Chiropractic as a First Line of Defense for Acute Back Pain

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Seeing a qualified chiropractor is certainly a wise option if you suffer from back pain. I am an avid believer in the chiropractic philosophy, which places a strong emphasis on your body’s innate healing wisdom and far less reliance on band-aids like drugs and surgery.Chiropractic, osteopathic, and naturopathic physicians receive extensive training in the management of musculoskeletal disorders during their course of graduate healthcare training, which typically lasts from 4-6 years.

Due to their comprehensive training in musculoskeletal management, numerous sources of evidence have shown that chiropractic management is much safer, and less expensive, than allopathic medical treatments, particularly for low-back pain.

One such study, published in 1993, found that chiropractic management of low-back pain is superior to allopathic medical management in terms of safety, effectiveness, and cost, concluding:

“There would be highly significant cost savings if more management of LBP (low-back pain) was transferred from medical physicians to chiropractors.”

In addition, researchers have also found that chiropractic adjustments affect the chemistry of biological processes on a cellular level!

What that means is that chiropractic care can affect the basic physiological processes that influence oxidative stress and DNA repair, so in addition to addressing any immediate spinal misalignment that might cause pain, it can also address deeper dysfunction in your body.

Many people do not realize that there’s a whole lot more to chiropractic care than just pushing bones into place. In fact, “vitalism” is a basic foundation of chiropractic philosophy. It’s the recognition that your body has an intrinsic, innate life force that guides and directs your body’s healing process.

I previously published an article on this topic, written by Dr. Ben Lerner, the chiropractor who developed The Center for Maximized Living, and I encourage you to read through it for more information.

But getting back to back pain specifically, a paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2007 titled Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain: A Joint Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society concluded the only recommendation for active treatment of acute low back pain in people who do not improve with other self-care options is spinal adjustment.

For chronic or subacute low back pain, they recommend using “intensive interdisciplinary rehabilitation, exercise therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, spinal manipulation, yoga, cognitive-behavioral therapy, or progressive relaxation.”

If you need help finding a chiropractor near you, check for the above factors and make sure they have a comprehensive approach to help your back.

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