Category Archives: Low Back Health

Posts con­cern­ing the pre­ven­tion and treat­ment of low back pain, help­ing low­er back pain, disc prob­lems, sci­at­i­ca, pinched nerves of the low back, and using a chi­ro­prac­tor for low back pain.

Sacroiliac Joint Injury and Piriformis Pain

The sacroil­i­ac joint and the mus­cles that sup­port it are com­mon sources of low back and but­tock pain. Dis­cov­er how to min­i­mize shear stress in the sacroil­i­ac joint and avoid pain and injury. Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Lumbar Spondylolisthesis and Spondylolisthesis Exercises

Spondy­lolis­the­sis, often start­ing in ado­les­cence, con­tributes to low back pain in about 5% of adults. Dis­cov­er the best treat­ment options includ­ing spondy­lolis­the­sis exer­cis­es. Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Lose Weight, Improve Back Pain Control

The lat­est research is clear: extra weight puts an extra load on your discs and con­tributes to back pain. Con­tin­ue read­ing

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What Causes Spinal Stenosis and What You Can Do About It

Dis­cov­er the facts about lum­bar spinal steno­sis, a com­mon degen­er­a­tive con­di­tion of the low back that caus­es pain, impinges your nerves, and can make walk­ing an uphill chal­lenge. Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Sciatica, Part 2: Not All Sciatica is Alike. Don’t Overlook This Important Clue

There are two basic types of sci­at­ic nerve pain. Dis­cov­er the dif­fer­ence, and you’ll be bet­ter pre­pared to help your doc­tor get to the root of your prob­lem. Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Sciatica, Part 1: How Your Body’s Brilliant Design Keeps You Free of Sciatic Pain Almost All the Time

Patients often ask me why they have sci­at­ic pain or anoth­er prob­lem. First things first — you can’t under­stand why you have pain until you appre­ci­ate how your body effort­less­ly keeps you out of pain near­ly all the time. Con­tin­ue read­ing

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The Biopsychosocial Model of Health

Doc­tor and patient expec­ta­tions about back pain can dif­fer sharply. Before you get frus­trat­ed with your doc­tor, or wor­ry that he or she doesn’t under­stand you, learn about the biopsy­choso­cial mod­el of health that doc­tors in the know apply to the issue of back pain. Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Yoga Moves for Back Pain?

Yoga can pro­vide lots of ben­e­fits if you have back pain. Learn tips on find­ing a good teacher and avoid­ing some of the pos­si­ble pit­falls. Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Simple Gluteal Stretch Eases Back Pain

If you’ve been reg­u­lar­ly prac­tic­ing the exer­cis­es described in Dr. Lavine’s Top Five Exer­cis­es for Your Low Back, your low­er spine has prob­a­bly made a lot of progress. Still, you might need some­thing extra to achieve max­i­mal results.

What’s the most impor­tant exer­cise I’ve left off my short list? Stretch­ing the pir­i­formis mus­cle. Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Cardio Conditioning for Back Pain

Prop­er exer­cise is crit­i­cal to alle­vi­at­ing low back pain and keep­ing it from com­ing back. Exer­cis­es for core sup­port and spine lim­ber­ing are well-estab­lished modal­i­ties in the war on back pain. But what about the spe­cif­ic effects of car­dio­vas­cu­lar con­di­tion­ing on the low back?

Can low back pain suf­fer­ers help them­selves by hit­ting the tread­mill? Con­tin­ue read­ing

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