As we age new things start to hurt and nothing can be more aggravating than a painful knee. Knee pain can make it difficult to do anything active at all. To help keep our knees healthy, it is important we maintain proper strength and proper flexibility throughout our body.
The knee is the middle child of our lower body, “It is stuck between our hip and our ankle, and like the middle child, its gets blamed for everything!”
When we don’t have proper muscle balance and flexibility in our ankles and our hips, the knee has to make up the Continue reading Fix those Knees
Welcome to our final post in our ten part blog series to preventing back pain. Please refer back to old posts to learn how to move better and feel better. Although this blog series is geared towards preventing back pain, many of the things we discussed are preventative for all sorts of pain and disease conditions. If we move well, eat well, manage stress well, exercise, and get periodic soft tissue work and chiropractic work, many of aches, pains, and health conditions Continue reading 10 ways to prevent back pain: Repair your Gut
The primary focus of this blog has been on things we can do ourselves to prevent back pain. Current research supports the use of chiropractic adjustments combined with exercise is far superior to treating and preventing back pain than is either adjustments or exercise alone. Both exercise and chiropractic help with back pain, but its the combination of the two together that gives us the best result.
If we play a sport and/or have a job that puts us in stressful positions, exercise and stretching alone may not be enough to take postural Continue reading 10 Ways to Prevent Back Pain #9 Get Adjusted
10 ways to prevent back pain #8 Stress Relief Research on low back pain and other pains has found that where there is areas of pain there is lack of oxygen to the tissue and therefore muscle wasting. Dr. Sarno, a famous pain psychiatrist associates this lack of oxygen to the tissue to be due to repressed emotions and in particular repressed anger and anxiety. With stressful times whether physical, mental, or emotional we are more to injury and pain flare-ups. So we are stressed, angry, we repress emotions, what are we supposed to do Continue reading 10 Ways to Prevent Back Pain: #8 Stress relief
10 ways to prevent back pain #7 Eat an Anti-Inflammatory Diet Inflammation. The dreaded word! What is inflammation? Inflammation is the body’s attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens – and begin the healing process. Inflammation is actually normal and actually helps to initiate healing. Well then what is the problem with inflammation? Due to diet, stress, lifestyle, genetics, and numerous other factors many people’s bodies stay in a Continue reading 10 Ways To Prevent Back Pain: #7 Eat an Anti-inflammatory Diet
10 ways to prevent back pain #6 Increase Thoracic Spine Mobility Our low back (lumbar spine) is stuck in between our hips and our thoracic spine (upper back/ribs). If we lack motion at our hips or in our upper back it puts a ton of extra stress on the lower back. In particular, as we age we lose hip mobility and thoracic spine extension. In our first blog post we talked about the importance of hip mobility for preventing back pain. Our body is an assembly line of joints and muscles, if one person isn’t doing their job the Continue reading 10 Ways To Prevent Back Pain: #6 Increase Thoracic Spine Mobility
10 ways to prevent back pain: #5 Limit Sitting and Bending We all have to sit and bend over as it is just part of life. However, a large predictor for back pain episodes is the amount we sit per day and/or the number of times we bend over. A healthy back should be able to withstand up to 10,000 bends a day. When things go wrong is when we lift, move, and sit with poor posture day in and day out. If you are someone that sits a lot, you are not only predisposing yourself to episodes of back pain, but also to numerous other Continue reading 10 Ways to Prevent Back Pain: #5 Limit Sitting and Bending
10 ways to prevent back pain #4 Improve Ankle Mobility When examining patients with low back pain most of them have a loss of upwards ankle motion called ankle dorsiflexion. Ankle dorsiflexion is the motion of our ankle bending upwards. When performing a standard calf stretch we are working on ankle dorsiflexion. When walking we should have at least 10 degrees of ankle dorsiflexion and when running, going up a hill, or going down stairs we should have at least 20 degrees. When our ankles are tight, stiff, or just lack motion, it puts Continue reading 10 ways to prevent back pain: #4 Improve Ankle Motion
10 ways to help prevent back pain #3 Breathing Improper or limited breathing can lead to a host of medical problems such as pain, increased muscle tension, anxiety, irritable bowels, heartburn, high blood pressure, and many other conditions. Many of us breathe with a rapid, shallow, chest dominant breathing pattern due to reasons such as stress, injury, muscle weakness, and/or wanting a smaller midsection. Restoring proper breathing has tremendous benefits in the way we feel mentally, emotionally, and physically. We call this Continue reading 10 ways to prevent back pain: #3 Breathing
We have mentioned the core prior on this blog in Myth 1: Sit-ups and crunches for a strong core!. When most people say core they are referring to the muscles around our abdomen. When we have shoulder, hip, knee, back pain, and other pains we are commonly told we need to strengthen our core.
So what do most of us do to train the core?
We do crunches, sit-ups, ab twists, etc. Although these strengthen some of the muscles of the core they do so at the cost of beating up our Continue reading 10 ways to prevent back pain #2 Develop a Stable Core