Being A Mother Doesn’t Have To Hurt!

About 50% of women experience low back pain, sciatica or pelvic pain during pregnancy and about 25-30% of them experience severe symptoms.  This pain can make it hard for women to walk, climb stairs, go to work or even care for older children. For years midwives and OB/Gyne doctors have told pregnant moms that back Read More

Are you tired of feeling stuck bent forward? Try these 3 DIY steps for relief.

When you get up out of a chair, do you feel stuck bent over?  If so, you probably have tight low back and hip flexor muscles.  Most Americans think that tight muscles are “normal” and that they just need to get used to it or pop some pills to make the discomfort go away.  The good Read More

Why I Don’t Hand Out Ice Packs…

For years I handed out an ice pack to new patients as a welcome gift.  It made sense…usually people were in pain on their first visit and everyone knows you are supposed to ice an acute injury, right? In the last six months, I stopped handing out the ice packs.  It’s not because they were Read More

Shoveling Snow Shouldn’t Be A Pain In The Back!

Shoveling snow is not inherently dangerous.  It’s not the activity that breaks down your body — its the activity you were not prepared for that causes injury! The #1 thing you can do to prevent back, shoulder and neck injuries when clearing snow is to train your body to bend, lift, push and carry heavy Read More

Don’t Let a Disc Herniation Slow You Down!

Disc bulging (and herniations) are a natural part of the aging process. Yes, that’s right. As gravity pulls you down, you continue to age, and injuries catch up to you – your body starts to wear down, and degenerative processes begin. As a matter of fact, degeneration of the spine often begins before you are Read More

How Does Your Low Back Measure Up?

Reduced back flexibility can be one of the first signs that trouble is brewing in your low back.  Most of the time, stiffness and lack of motion will occur in your spine before you start feeling pain.  If you address the flexibility problem right away, many times you can prevent the uncomfortable situation of having Read More

Chiropractic Adjustments Plus Exercise is Effective for Teen Chronic Back Pain

Twelve weeks of spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) combined with exercise therapy (ET) is more effective than ET alone over a one-year period for adolescents with chronic low back pain (LBP), according to a study published in the July issue of PAIN. Roni Evans, Ph.D., from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and colleagues compared 12 weeks Read More

Do you have Neck or Back Pain when working at the computer?

Without a doubt, the #1 position that causes neck and back pain for my patients is sitting at the computer for work.  Despite years of ergonomic education, fancy chairs and mouse pad cushions, it’s still a problem out there.  Part of the reason is that sitting still, in even the best of postures, for over Read More

Need a stronger back? Kettlebell swings can help.

The key to a pain-free spine is to train your back to withstand higher pressures than you usually experience on a day to day basis. This way you will be prepared if you happen to lift something heavy in your garage, are on your feet longer than usual or have to push a heavy cart Read More