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Nutrition for Back Health

Nutrition for Back Health

For those with back pain, you know the little things can make a big difference in your spine. Good nutrition and a balanced diet are important for overall health, but they can also help your back pain. The bones, muscles, and other structures in the spine need proper nutrition so they are strong enough to support the body and perform their functions. Here are some nutrition tips for a healthier back. Balance If you favor comfort foods over vegetables, then it is time to make a change. It doesn't have to be an immediate change, but simply switching a cupcake ...
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Taking Care Of Your Back During The Holidays

Taking Care Of Your Back During The Holidays

With the holidays around the corner, it is time to prep for family gatherings, travel, and gift giving. All this excitement and preparation can cause a fair bit of stress for some people. When we are under stress our muscles tense, which can cause problems for people with back or neck pain. This can make you feel anything but festive. While there may not be a way to totally remove stress from your life, you can manage it. Here are some ways to take control of your back pain this holiday season. Planning It is important to know what needs ...
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Sleeping With Back Pain

Sleeping With Back Pain

Do you suffer from lower back pain? You're not alone. Lower back pain is the leading cause of disability across the world. One aspect of taking care of your spine is learning how to sleep properly. However, sleeping can be hard when your back aches. Tossing and turning with a hurt back doesn't make for a good night sleep. Here are some tips for sleeping with lower back pain. Sleep Positions One of the most common causes of lower back pain is a pulled back muscle. This occurs when your lower back is strained or torn from being over-stretched. Symptoms ...
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Myths about Backpacks and Kids

Myths about Backpacks and Kids

Kids have a lot to deal with at school. Between homework, quizzes, and traversing through their physical and emotional development, back pain should never be a concern for them. As parents, our job is to help our kids wear their backpacks safely by making some easy adjustments and tweaks. However, there is a lot of misconception on the topic of backpacks. Here are some myths about backpacks that can be easily resolved. Myth #1: Heavy backpacks cause scoliosis Wearing a heavy backpack can overload a child's back, stressing muscles, ligaments, discs, joints, and other structures. This causes the spine to struggle ...
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Flying with Back Pain

Flying with Back Pain

Traveling by airplane is often not the most fun or easy way to travel, but flying with back pain can cause added stress.  The seats in airplanes are not always the most comfortable or supportive. Unless you are in first class, most likely you will find the seats smaller and uncomfortable with minimal leg or elbow room. The seats do not recline as far as you'd like and the headrest seems to push your neck forward. Sitting still for an extended period of time can aggravate painful areas. However, sometimes flights are unavoidable. Remember these tips to help reduce and ...
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Small Changes For Sciatica Relief

Small Changes For Sciatica Relief

Sciatica is one of the most common forms of back and leg pain. The term "sciatica" describes the symptoms of leg pain originating in the lower back and spreading to the leg, calf, or toe. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body and is made of individual nerve roots that branch out from the spine and combine to form the whole nerve. Making small changes in your life can add up to major sciatica relief. Here are a few changes you can make to your daily life for sciatica relief. Ditch the heels Don't be a slave to ...
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Scoliosis Facts

Scoliosis Facts

Scoliosis Facts Scoliosis is when the spine becomes abnormally rotated and curved sideways. A healthy spine, when viewed from the back, should look like a straight line. A spine with this condition has a lateral curve when viewed from the back. Many people think scoliosis can be caused by carrying heavy book bags or sleeping on your side. However, this is not the case. About 3% of the population of the US is estimated to have scoliosis. It is the most common spinal deformity and for the vast majority of cases, scoliosis has not an identifiable cause. While scoliosis is not known ...
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Signs of a Lumbar Herniated Disc

Signs of a Lumbar Herniated Disc

There are a variety of symptoms for a herniated disc. However, these symptoms can vary depending on where the disc herniation occurs in the spine. The spine can be broken down into three segments: the cervical, thoracic and lumbar. The most common type of herniated disc is one in the lumbar spine and will affect the lower extremities of the body. Signs of a lumbar herniated disc can vary from moderate back pain to widespread numbness and weakness. Symptoms of a Lumbar Herniated Disc Leg pain that is worse than lower back pain Nerve pain in the leg Symptoms may be experienced ...
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Myths about Back and Neck Pain

Myths about Back and Neck Pain

Experiences with back pain can be very complicated. They are often difficult to diagnose and involve a variety of treatment options. There are also a lot of myths about back pain out there. Don't believe everything you hear. Knowing the facts about back pain and back issues can be an effective part of any proper treatment. Myth 1: Rest is the best way to treat back pain There are two reasons when back pain is recommended; to reduce pressure on the discs and to stop mechanical stresses that are irritating pain receptors. A short period of bed rest may help acute neck ...
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Basic Spinal Anatomy

Basic Spinal Anatomy

Your spine is made of 33 bones stacked on top of each other. The spinal column provides the main support for your body. The spinal column also protects the spinal cord from injury. An adult spine has a natural S-shaped curve when viewed from the side. These curves work to absorb shock, maintain balance and allow for a full range of motion throughout the spinal column. Muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves, along with the bones of your spinal column allow for you to stand upright, bend, and twist. Discover more about your spine by learning some basic spinal anatomy. Muscles ...
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