Posted by: admin in Monthly Newsletter on October 10th, 2012

Dear Friends and Patients:

Many people can’t be their best or enjoy life due to acute or chronic back pain.  With many, it has become almost a fact of life and looked upon as just one more thing to have to live with.  Aside from headache, backache is America’s most common health complaint.  Are you one of these people?  Know that back pain is not normal and not something to be endured.  Unexpected, awkward and off-balance movements of any kind can cause back pain and sciatica.  The back pain may be the symptom of a spinal disorder compounded by structural weakness.

Pain of mysterious origin may be caused by unknown spinal injuries.  Sometimes the symptoms of the back problem appear immediately, showing obvious cause and effect.  However, sometimes days or even months pass before pain appears causing you to seek treatment for conditions other than the causative spinal disorder.  Persistent or recurring aches in the lower back and limbs may suggest a possible lower spinal or pelvic problem.  This often requires a structural correction of the cause in order to relieve the condition.

If you suffer from back pain, it would be wise to seek chiropractic care.  A Doctor of Chiropractic seeks to not only locate the problem and give relief from symptoms, but also to correct the fundamental cause and offer prevention, rehabilitation and maintenance counsel.  A natural health method that doesn’t rely on drugs, Chiropractic has a high record of success with back problems.

Yours for better health naturally,

Dr. William A. Miller

A pain in the back is definitely not normal.  See your Chiropractor  today!

What Causes Back Pain

The back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles.  You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate  joints, all of which can lead to back pain.  While sports injuries or accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements like picking up a pencil from the floor can have painful results.  In addition, arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain.  Back pain can also directly result from disease of the internal organs.

Treatment for Back Pain

Used primarily by Doctors of Chiropractic for the last century, manipulation has been largely ignored by most others in the health care community until recently.  Now, with today’s growing emphasis on treatment and cost effectiveness, manipulation is receiving more widespread attention.  It is a safe and effective spine pain treatment.  It reduces pain, decreases medication use, rapidly advances physical therapy, and requires very few passive forms of treatment such as bed rest.  In fact, after an extensive study of all currently available care for low back problems, the Federal Agency for Health Care Policy and Research recommended that low back pain sufferers choose the most conservative care first.  It recommended spinal manipulation as the only safe and effective, drugless form of initial professional treatment for acute low back problems.

Tips to Relieve Back Pain

  • Maintain a healthy diet and weight.
  • Remain active.
  • Avoid prolonged inactivity or bed rest.
  • Warm up or stretch before exercising or other physical activity.
  • Maintain proper posture.
  • Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes.
  • Sleep on a mattress of medium firmness to minimize any curvature of your spine.
  • Lift with your knees and keep the object close to your body and do not twist.
  • Quit smoking.  It impairs blood flow resulting in oxygen and nutrient deprivation to spinal tissues.
  • Maintain an ergonomically correct computer workstation.*

Ergonomics for Mouse-Intensive Jobs

Workers such as data entry personnel, architects, graphic designers, animators and computer-aided design users spend countless hours in front of computers rarely ever changing position.  Does this sound familiar?  If your job keeps you planted at your desk all day, consider the following factors to help prevent injuries:

  • Prevent forearm overuse-Find a mouse that fits your hand, and then slide your palm up to rest on the mouse and use your whole arm to move the mouse when possible.  If you rest your wrist on the desk for extended periods, consider using a soft gel pad to minimize pressure on the carpal tunnel.  The best solution is to invest in a graphic tablet that will allow you to use a digital pen with a more relaxed and neutral position of the fingers, hand, wrist and forearm.
  • Prevent neck pain-You should be able to use your mouse with your elbow at your side and your hand directly in front of you.  Try a keyboard that has a separate number pad or one that is on the left of the keyboard, which will free up space on the right for the mouse.
  • Choose a specialty chair-Recently, more chairs have been designed with a pear-shaped back, particularly with mouse-intensive users in mind.  This type of chair supports the spine, but frees the scapula to move, encouraging whole-arm use rather than  motion only from the wrist.*

Chiropractic is the Wise Way to Good Health!

*(reprinted in part with permission of the American Chiropractic Association)

No individuals, including those under our active care, should use the information, resources or tools contained within to self-diagnose or self-treat any health-related condition. Diagnosis and treatment of all health conditions should only be performed by the doctor or other licensed health care professional.
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