Archive for March, 2011

Exercise Possibly Worsening Back Problems.

Friday, March 25th, 2011
I regularly look for new technologies in back pain. I was just surfing around the internet and found something very interesting. I typed in “back pain cure” and got thousands of matches. Which I found interesting because if there actually were so many “cures”, there wouldn’t be anyone left with any pain!
But we all know most of these “cures” are coming from opportunity seekers just trying to separate you from your money. The first thing that’s a dead give-away is when someone offers a cure for ALL back pain. Just like there is no ONE magical diet that works for everyone…there is no ONE solution for ALL cases of back pain.
Back pain can be complex, have more than one cause and, therefore, need more than one solution or treatment. For example I came across one web site that claimed he had the ultimate cure for back pain. This guy had supposedly cured his own back pain with a “special” set of exercises. Exercises, he claimed, would cure everyone’s back pain. Exercises he would give you – for a hefty price! I did a little Google search and found this guy had also suffered with carpal tunnel syndrome and had found the cure which he sold. He also suffered with headaches that he cured and sold the cure. Then there was his shoulder pain cure…I think you get the point.
Just for kicks, I ordered this guy’s “special” exercises. What a joke. They were nothing more than a mix of 6th grade gym class exercises with a few wrestling stretches. Attempting to do some of these “special” exercises, if you have a herniated or bulging disc, could leave you crippled on the floor. And that’s the problem with most people pushing exercises as a cure for back pain. They think all back pain is caused by weak or inflexible muscles.
Which may be PART of the problem but if you have a herniated or bulging disc that is NOT where you should start. Take this as an example. If the front end of your car goes out of alignment – what happens to your tires? They wear unevenly, right? So what do you do? Do you drive your car a special way to try to fix the alignment? Do you work on the parts of your car supporting the alignment? Or do you get the alignment fixed?
The same is true with your back pain. When you have a herniated and/or bulging disc, your spine is injured and does not work properly. The more you use it, the more abnormal stress is put on your spine and discs, and the more damage you will cause. Exercise will NOT fix a herniated disc! But, if you are treated on the spinal decompression system and the herniation is healed PROPERLY and then and only then does it make sense to exercise to strengthen and stretch the area.

Benefits Of Using Chiropractic For Back Pain

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

When back pain strikes, it can bring your everyday activities to a screeching halt. But for a person who doesn’t like the idea of using traditional pain medications to treat back ailments, a chiropractor is a viable option.

Chiropractors are trained to treat conditions that are caused by misalignment of the spine, as well as other conditions that affect the central nervous system. Some of the most common conditions treated by a chiropractor include: fibromyalgia, poor postural alignment, strains and sprains, degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, osteoarthritis and sciatica.

A chiropractor is required to do two to four years of undergraduate studies, and then spend a specified amount of time at a licensed chiropractic college. Before a chiropractor can treat patients legally, he must pass a national and state examination. To find out if your chiropractor is licensed to operate in your area, contact the local Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

Chiropractors use a number of drug-free methods to treat back pain. These methods often include massage, hydrotherapy, decompression, and spinal realignment. Massage relieves pain in the back by releasing endorphins and easing muscle spasms. There are several types of massage used to treat back pain. Talk to your chiropractor to see which one is best for you. If you have blood clots, cancer, or are pregnant, talk to a doctor before getting a massage. Hydrotherapy is commonly used by chiropractors to relieve pain in the back. This type of therapy can include sitting in a pool of warm water, or using ice packs on the affected area. Spinal decompression therapy is used to treat conditions such as degenerative disc disease and herniated discs. Decompression therapy uses vacuum pressure to relieve pressure and restore fluids and nutrients to the discs. Ultrasound is commonly equated with pregnancy, but this machine can be used by chiropractors to treat back pain. This method uses ultrasound waves to warm the tissue, and reduce swelling in the back.

Spinal realignment requires a chiropractor to use a specialized technique to readjust the spine and improve alignment. Modern equipment makes it possible to adjust the spine painlessly and without any “back popping.” If natural treatment methods are not an enough to manage back pain and drugs are needed, a chiropractor can point you in the direction of a doctor who can help.

A quality chiropractor not only treats conditions of the spine, they offer education to help patients keep these problems from reoccurring in the future. Regular exercise, good posture, weight loss, and proper sleep habits are some of the recommendations chiropractors will make to patients to help keep back pain at bay. A chiropractor is trained to carry out his job duties effectively by offering a wide range of drug-free treatment options to manage conditions of the spine and central nervous system.

Taking Pain Medication Can Be Hazardous To Your Health

Saturday, March 12th, 2011
If you are like most in this society, when pain rears its ugly head, you immediately turn to some form of pain reliever. The kind of pain reliever that we take can depend on a variety of factors. These include the types of and causes of the pain, whether it is from acute injury or chronic disease processes, inflammation, swelling, fever, etc. If the pain is infrequent, you resort to over-the-counter pain reliever.
Over-the-counter pain reliever are those that are easily accessible and do not require a prescription from a doctor to obtain. They are available from pharmacies, grocery and convenience store. Because they are sold without a doctor’s prescription, we assume it’s safe to consume. This disregard for possible harmful side effects make each of us guilty of overusing pain reliever. So let us explore some of the improper ways of taking pain reliever that we usually consider harmless.
First, many of us take over-the-counter pain reliever like candy because they are readily available.  We take one pill and then another until we start feeling a little better, without paying attention to the proper dosage. Sometimes, we think that one pill is not enough and by taking two or three at a time, the effect will be stronger and the pain will go away faster.  When you are taking more than the maximum dosage recommended, we are now dealing with pain reliever addiction.
Second, frequent usage of certain medication over time will cause bad side effects such as lightheadedness,  trembling, extreme fatigue, rash, itching, hives, sore throat or fever, bleeding or bruising, anemia, yellowing of the skin or eyes, blood in urine, and painful or frequent urination . It is found that continued use of Ibuprofen can increase the risk of stroke and Acetaminophen such as Tylenol can cause serious liver and kidney damage.
Lastly, most of us do not know the chemical makeup of these pain reliever. It has become a habit for some people to combine or mix different kinds of pain reliever, either at the same time or switching back and forth between various types. Because of potential chemical interactions and toxicity levels that can build up in the bloodstream, mixing pain reliever, and any other medications, can be extremely dangerous. Some interaction could be fatal.

Researchers Attempt To Crack The Headache Code

Monday, March 7th, 2011
Whether it was said directly to you, or you heard it in a joke, we’ve all heard: “Not now, I have a headache.” Sadly, headaches are common for many people. Not only do they make your life miserable in many instances, they also negatively affect your family and your friends who care about you. That’s why this new information may be very important to you.
New research has revealed the cause of certain headaches and also how to get rid of the pain associated with them. A new study published in the November-December 2010 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) shows “a relationship between cervical movement impairment and the presence and severity of CGH.” “CGH” is a cervicogenic headache. This is a headache caused by a problem in your neck. This is important because the study evaluated 92 subjects by putting them through a simple neck motion test. They found that range of motion (how much your neck moves) was significantly reduced in the presence of a headache. Basically, they found that subjects with headaches originating from the neck also had decreased motion in the neck. And, the more the neck motion was decreased, the worse the headache can become.
This is very important to you because if you suffer with headaches, there may be a simple solution. Proper treatment of the neck, particularly by properly trained chiropractors addresses the motion of your spine. Chiropractors are experts at assessing the range of  motion of your neck, and if there is a problem, treatments are specifically designed to attempt to normalize that range of  motion. In other  words, if you have a cervicogenic headache that is caused by dysfunction and decreased range of motion in your neck, chiropractic care may be able to help you.
The first thing that you need to figure out is if your headache is of the cervicogenic kind. The best way to know is to go to a Chiropractor and have a cervicogenic headache evaluation. Chiropractors are trained to diagnosis different types of headaches and give you the best advice for your type of headache. To learn more about chiropractic care for headaches, those interested can go to and click on the headaches section.
A classic symptom of cervicogenic headache is pain that originates at the base of your head in the back and travels up your head possibly to the front and even to the eyes. This same type of pain may also start at the base of your neck and/or upper shoulders and travel into the head. But, headache diagnosis can be sneaky and some causes are very serious. That’s why they should be evaluated by a trained healthcare provider. With proper diagnosis and the correct treatment, your headaches may be a thing of the past.

New Fibromyalgia Program in San Diego Shows Promising Results

Sunday, March 6th, 2011
fibromyalgia treatmentWhat you’re about to discover is a step-by-step guide on how to stop your suffering and literally hand your life back to you. This is regardless of how hard you’ve tried before.  You don’t have to be told that Fibromyalgia is a terrible condition that not only robs you of strength and motivation, but also in severe cases, can even strip you of the will to live.
Some say that if you’ve been suffering from Fibromyalgia, it’s not surprising if the pain and agony that you’re going though makes you want to cry or even wish you would die. At the least, it makes even the strongest minded individual stop and ask why me.
If that describes you, you must want your life back. You must wish you could stop the torment and feel energized and alive again. If you’re like most sufferers, you’ve tried so many things. You’ve taken the medications, you’ve went to doctors, you’ve tried the magic oils, you’ve probably even gotten some type of therapy. You don’t know who or what to believe anymore. It’s even disturbing your quality of life and time with your family. When you finally get a chance to relax and enjoy yourself it attacks. Let’s say you’re out with your spouse, or the kids are with mom, or you have a chance to soak up some time to yourself. Maybe you’d like see a movie, grab dinner, simply have a nice evening out with your loved one. Then it happens. It creeps up and sets in.
Your night is ruined. You can’t enjoy even a waking moment. You go home, get in bed and try to at least to have a good night’s sleep but you end up sleeping poorly. The next day you awake to feeling chronically tired or even depressed. The cycle seems to repeat itself and go on and on.  You just want the pain to stop more than anything else, and you should! You deserve more. You deserve to live your life again. There has to be a way for this horror of a nightmare to stop!
In this article we are going to share how you can make it stop.  But first, here are some facts that you have to know about fibromyalgia. First of all, the diagnosis is difficult. The underlying cause of it is unknown. The frequency, degree and location of pain vary from day to day. Medical treatment is focused on managing the symptoms. Fibromyalgia affects 2% of people in the US.
Fibromyalgia can become a crippling disease. It ruins the lives of millions of people each year. This is because they never spend the time focusing in on the source of the problem. Most of the recent research on Fibromyalgia points to brain stem injury and malfunction as the major cause of Fibromyalgia. Sometimes a simple nerve system evaluation can detect the exact problem.
You must avoid the 3 myths that cause you more pain and suffering and make your situation worse. This is a big problem. Most people who suffer from fibromyalgia have been fed the myths by doctors, authorities, media, even friends. They are told that it’s all in their mind or that they just need to stop stressing so much and calm down.
Here are the three biggest myths about Fibromyalgia. Believing these will never get you the results you want and may make things worse. The first one is hoping that physical activity or exercise will work by itself. Exercise is important, but it sometimes makes the problem worse without first identifying the true cause of the symptoms. The second is hoping the problem will go away by itself. This is ludicrous. Fibromyalgia gets worse as it gets ignored. People that put off the correct treatment can look forward to even more pain and suffering down the road. The third is taking doses and doses of medication to alleviate the pain. This is most dangerous of all the fallacies. Medication or pain killers, and mind altering drugs pump chemicals into your brain to fool it and make it think the problem is gone. All the while, because of mistreatment and neglect the problem gets worse. But that’s the not as bad as the terrible side effects of pain killers and medication. Medication is the worse alternative to healing and eliminating Fibromyalgia. Not only does it make the condition worse, but it also creates additional problems and even dependency on medication.
What if there was a safe, simple way you could become pain free starting today? There is a way. A way you can eliminate your Fibromyalgia and quickly become pain free without drugs, medication, or surgery, and get your life back without losing any more quality time and missing out on the quality of life you deserve.
There are many natural alternatives to eliminate the pain of fibromyalgia. 3 effective techniques are specific nutrition, a fibromyalgia exercise plan, and specialized Fibromyalgia chiropractic care. First of all, nutrition is very important. Generally speaking, every day you should take a good multivitamin, a mega mineral supplement, a B-complex vitamin, an antioxidant supplement, and 5 servings of fruits and vegetables. These are just the basics.
Second, proper exercise that doesn’t make your condition worse is an essential component of any Fibromyalgia treatment program. You need to have a basic fitness program that doesn’t irritate your condition. You need to set realistic goals and start slow and build yourself up. And most important is to keep it simple and not to overdo it.
The last technique and probably the most important is specialized Fibromyalgia chiropractic care. If a vertebra should move out of place, you may have nerve interference that can impair the way your body functions and cause the pain associated with Fibromyalgia. Vertebrae can shift out of place due to trauma, tension, and toxins. It’s important to go to a doctor that will focus on all the causes that may be associated with Fibromyalgia.
To eliminate your Fibromyalgia, you need to get to the source of the problem and eliminate the cause. Once you treat the cause and not just cover up the symptoms, then eliminating Fibromyalgia is easier than you think.