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Exercise Away Your Back Pain

Exercise Away Your Back Pain

How common is back pain? The majority of people in the United States will suffer from lower back pain at least once in their lifetimes. But treating the pain can be complex and is usually best done with advice from a physical therapist.Some people may require surgery to treat their back pain. However, surgery comesRead More…

Straightening the Curves of Scoliosis

Straightening the Curves of Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine is curved toward either the right or left side. Thus, the upper back seems to be rounded, the lower back appears to curve inward (swayback), and one shoulder and/or hip looks higher than the other. While most cases among both genders are mild and require no treatment,Read More…

Using Lumbar Support Roll

Using Lumbar Support Roll

My friend told me about his new car and how he had a great lumbar support that can be adjusted to fit his back.   Many vehicles offer this feature but they are often used incorrectly, whether incorporated into the seat or a portable. Tips for fitting your lumbar roll: Make sure it feels good and does not increase lowRead More…

Massage Therapy for Back Pain

Massage Therapy for Back Pain

If you experience lower back pain, you are not alone. In the United States, lower back pain is the leading cause of absenteeism and general disability. Because this condition is often an ongoing problem and is difficult to pinpoint and treat, you may have wondered whether massage therapy would bring relief. Massage therapy is notRead More…

Stenosis and Leg Pain

Stenosis and Leg Pain

Stenosis and Leg Pain It may seem counter-intuitive, but the pain you feel in your legs may actually be caused by a problem in your spine called stenosis. As we age, areas of the spinal column can become pinched or narrowed, resulting in the constriction and irritation of nerves surrounding the spine. This may resultRead More…

Core Training to Relieve Lower Back Pain

Core Training to Relieve Lower Back Pain

Core Training to Relieve Lower Back Pain After the common cold, lower back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor. Although lower back pain is easy to recognize, its causes are many, varied and often unclear. Thus, one of the greatest challenges facing physical therapists is to match the suspectedRead More…

When you shouldn't ignore Low Back Pain?

When you shouldn't ignore Low Back Pain?

As much as low back pain plagues a great number of people in our society.  Ignoring is not always the most prudent path to take. The irony is the ability to tolerate pain is not always a benefit. Ignoring the pain? I still remember a story of a man in Miami, Florida walking bare feetRead More…

A Multifaceted Approach to Facet Syndrome

We all experience neck pain at some point in our lives. Are you feeling like you have to turn your entire body sideways because your neck is tight? Are you experiencing any pain  at the base of your head or in your upper back that gets worse sitting at work?   Might you be experiencedRead More…

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