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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