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06 Feb 2015

Good and Bad Exercises for Back Pain

Low Back PainMany Americans suffer from back pain that can be the result of any number of issues. It could be from a sports injury, scoliosis, general aging, damaged muscles, spinal issues, and many other problems. Often times, people either push through the pain and ignore it or they try to heal themselves with over the counter pain killers and heating pads. While these quick fixes may help, they certainly don’t resolve the root of the problem. One of the best things people can do for their back is to do everyday strengthening. Over time, this can be great for creating a better support system for the back. However, it has to be done right so here are a few good and bad examples of some back strengthening exercises:

 Bad Examples….

 Toe Touches:  These can be painful because they engage many muscles at once and can stretch out ligaments that may be damaged or strained. If you feel a sharp pain in your back, you may be doing more bad than good. Toe touches should be avoided until the muscles in the back are strong enough to perform the exercise without discomfort.

 Sit-Ups: Doing this abdominal exercise can actually be painful on the discs in the back. If you have a herniated or ruptured disc, this can put undue strain on it causing more damage. Many people often become unstable half way up and they feel sharp pains in the lower back. This is another exercise that should only be attempted if the individual already has some level of back strength.

 Good Examples….

 Half Crunches: This exercise is great for strengthening the entire core from the abdominals to the lower back. It is a mild exercise, so it is appropriate for people who have mild to moderate back pain. Lying on your back, knees bent, and arms crossed, lift your shoulders off the ground. Lower back down after a few seconds. Repeat this for 10 repetitions.

 Wall Sits: This exercise puts most of your weight to your legs while still engaging your back muscles for balance. It strengthens your legs, your core, and your lower back muscles. With your back against the wall, lower yourself into a sitting position while leaning against the wall. Hold this position for 15-20 seconds.

At Innovative Health and Wellness, we can provide a number of different non-surgical services that target the root of your back pain problems. Fill out the contact form below and we will get right to you to schedule your FREE consultation!

 

05 Nov 2014

4 Things Innovative Health and Wellness Will Do to Help Your Back Pain

 

Back_Pain-002-250x250Trying to overcome and just deal with back pain is a losing battle for many of the patients we’ve seen in the Atlanta area. Back pain can be the result of herniated discs, muscle weakness, bone spurs, or failed back surgeries. All of these can causes significant back pain that over time, can have negative effects on your work life and your home life. Sometimes, you apply some at-home remedies that can help you to achieve temporary relief. Over-the-counter medications, ice and heat applications, and regular exercise and stretching can help to alleviate some of the back pain. However, over the long-term, these don’t resolve the underlying issue. We strive to help you to not only treat the symptoms you’re experiencing, but also the root of the problem. We utilize a holistic and integrated approach to healthcare so that you can get the most comprehensive treatment possible. Here are some of the services we like to employ to help you achieve a better lifestyle and healthier you:

Chiropractic practices go back for thousands of years, resulting in a very effective treatment for patients with spinal issues. Using gentle pressure and massage techniques we can reposition and adjust the spine to aid in posture and spinal issues. Patients often leave feeling rejuvenated since nutrients and water are released from the spine during the process. It often becomes a regular treatment for many people.

Utilizing a motorized table, we can gently stretch and elongate the spine to release pressure on it and promote relaxation and blood flow. This often releases essential nutrients that are beneficial to the healing process. This is one of the best methods for treating a herniated disc or a bulging disc issue as it can put the disc back in position.

When you have sharp pains in your back, it can be the result of highly irritated spots within the muscles that knot up and cause pain. This can be triggered through typical movements or simple tasks, making every day living frustrating. Trigger Point Injections work to relax the muscles, relieving the muscle pain and promoting blood circulation.

Physical Therapy at Innovative Health and Wellness is a comprehensive plan catered to the needs of each patient. Some of the treatments within Physical Therapy can include exercising, stretches, massage therapy, and medical pain relief. It is a completely holistic and integrated approach dedicated to improving the lifestyle of the patient and helping them reach their health goals.

 

 

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29 Apr 2014

All about Chiropractic Treatment for Back Pain

Back PainIf you suffer from back pain you are probably searching for a solution that will help you become more mobile, with less discomfort. Back pain can be a seriously disabling condition or simply an inconvenience – either way; it is important to treat back pain promptly so you can live a normal life and reduce the risk of serious complications occurring in the future. One effective treatment for back pain is chiropractic. Chiropractic treatment includes a series of spinal manipulations that are designed to realign the spine and help reduce pain levels in the body. (more…)

11 Mar 2014

Strategies for Managing Low Back Pain

Low Back PainLow back pain can be caused by overuse of the muscles in the back or injury to the spine, as well as nerve pressure and health conditions like osteoarthritis. Low back pain is surprisingly common. You may think there’s not much you can do to help heal a damaged back, except give it time. But there are actually many useful strategies for back care that can have you back on your feet in no time at all. Here’s how to manage lower back pain without drugs. (more…)

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