Why pregnancy is a real pain in the back

Why pregnancy is a real pain in the back

Of all the things people with kids told me about what motherhood would be like, one has held truer than most: your back will never be the same. It starts in pregnancy, as the body releases relaxin, a hormone that loosens the joints and ligaments – and eventually softens and lengthens the cervix – in preparation for childbirth. That almost sounds pleasant, right? It relaxes your muscles to make childbirth easier. Unfortunately, it feels more like you’ve been put on a medieval stretching rack, and some evil hunchback is turning a crank that’s slowly pulling your pelvis apart. Labor can be difficult on the back as well, especially if the baby is positioned in such a way as to cause what’s called “back labor”, another innocuous term for intense lower back pain, generally thought to be caused by the baby’s head pushing against the lower back. To read more click here. If you are having back please contact us.   Image courtesy of Adamr/...

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What you need to know about lower back pain

What you need to know about lower back pain

Are you struggling with lower back pain? You’re not alone. According to the National Institute of Arthritis & Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases (NIAMS), 65 million Americans, or 8 out of 10 people, have some type of back pain. Back pain is a huge problem for half of all working Americans, and it’s one of the most common reasons people miss work. Back pain is second only to upper respiratory infections as the most common reason people see a doctor. And don’t buy into that old myth that back pain is just for older people. The fact is young people can suffer injuries or have a condition that results in back problems. This is no small problem, and the numbers tell you the story. The nationwide annual tab for back pain is staggering. While studies report it’s hard to identify all the costs associated with back pain, they have identified at least $50 billion a year that Americans spend on back pain. With experts estimating that up to 80 percent of us will have a problem with back pain at some point in our lives, it’s important for you to know the facts to help yourself and your loved ones. To find out more click here. If you are suffering from back pain contact us today.   Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici /...

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Strengthen your back with these simple exercises

Strengthen your back with these simple exercises

My lower back has been sore most of the summer. I try to stay active, but the pain is now making that difficult. This morning I even needed help getting dressed. What are my treatment options? Susan, age 48 The Answer Back and neck pain affect people of all ages, with studies showing that these are more common between the ages of 30 and 40, and tend to decrease after age 65. To find out more click here. If you are suffering from back pain contact us today.   Image courtesy of  Stockimages /...

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Keeping Kids Fit: Back pain is becoming an increasingly common complaint in children

Keeping Kids Fit: Back pain is becoming an increasingly common complaint in children

Is your child’s backpack hurting his or her back? Is that heavy bag causing your teenager’s scoliosis? Can bad posture cause back pain? These are common questions from parents as we see our kids come and go to school with their many books and supplies. In the past, back pain was an uncommon complaint in children. However, the complaint has increased over time and now we see that back pain affects up to 50 percent of children by the time they are 20 years old. Most back pain in children is muscular pain, such as sprains and strains. This type of pain is often related to overuse or poor mechanics and usually involves the muscles surrounding the spine. It can worsen with twisting or heavy lifting. Other potential contributors include very soft mattresses; inadequate sports equipment, such as poorly cushioned sports shoes or incorrectly positioned bike seats; and obesity. Lastly, it is also important to consider depression, anxiety and other psychosocial concerns that can manifest with muscular back pain. To learn more click here. If you are having back pain call us today. Image courtesy of  Photostock...

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Chiropractic for Children: Give Baby’s Spine the Attention it Deserves

Chiropractic for Children: Give Baby’s Spine the Attention it Deserves

When a baby is first born, many parents like to examine their little darlings from head-to-toe. Oftentimes, they run across physical characteristics that give them cause for concern. For example, they could be watching the baby and notice that its spine seems to be unusually curved. Afterward, they may wonder if the curve is normal or something that requires chiropractic for children or other medical intervention. Rest assured that like all other parts of a baby’s body, the spinal column will change over time. The curve we mentioned earlier is something that generally happens in utero to all healthy infants. It is a natural occurrence that serves several, helpful functions. For instance, it typically aids babies in achieving their respiration, digestion and temperature regulation needs. It also allows the baby’s body to develop without any undue stress being put on to its musculoskeletal system. From the moment of birth until baby takes his or her first steps, much will happen to the spinal column and surrounding areas. As such, early chiropractic care has the potential to help reduce stress on the baby’s musculoskeletal system and ensure that everything continues growing in the right direction. Chiropractors are also experts at identifying which infant and toddler products may help verses hurt a child’s spinal development. For example, there are car seats, prams, baby slings, strollers, cribs and carriers that may do baby’s spine more harm than good. The same may be said for high chairs, booster seats, swings, jolly jumpers and ride-ons that children often use during the early years. As such, expectant parents may want to speak with chiropractors before making nursery purchases or adding requests to their favorite gift registries. The majority of chiropractors are often all too happy to make baby product recommendations before and after a child’s birth. Image courtesy of Taoty/...

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