April 19, 2012 • Patients can often skip expensive treatments for simpler, cheaper alternatives. That’s the gist of a new campaign from the American College of Physicians. But they’ve got to convince not just patients, but doctors, too.
The Xtreme Comforts Back and Lumbar Cushion is designed to prevent unhealthy sitting positions by providing the proper support to maintain the natural curve of the spine. The design helps increase blood flow, prevents muscle fatigue and back tightness, and allows you to sit comfortably without pain. At 13 inches wide, the cushion design includes unique four-point quick snap straps that allow the cushion to be secured to any chair. The cushion is made from 100 percent Deluxe Body Active Memory Foam that conforms to your individual shape while maintaining uniform density. The cushion cover is crafted from 100 percent bamboo, providing superior air circulation and breathability to keep your back cool. The cover is removable and can be washed in the machine with cold water.
Injury to the bones and joints: Fractures (breakage of bone) of the lumbar spine and sacrum bone most commonly affect elderly people with osteoporosis, especially those who have taken long-term cortisone medication. For these individuals, occasionally even minimal stresses on the spine (such as bending to tie shoes) can lead to bone fracture. In this setting, the vertebra can collapse (vertebral compression fracture). The fracture causes an immediate onset of severe localized pain that can radiate around the waist in a band-like fashion and is made intensely worse with body motions. This pain generally does not radiate down the lower extremities. Vertebral fractures in younger patients occur only after severe trauma, such as from motor-vehicle accidents or a convulsive seizure.
Don’t try to lift objects that are too heavy. Lift from the knees, pull the stomach muscles in, and keep the head down and in line with a straight back. When lifting, keep objects close to the body. Do not twist when lifting.
Only your physician or chiropractor can tell you if you have degenerated discs, nature’s shock absorber pads between each vertebra. The lumbar area can become herniated usually due to injury or heavy lifting. It can cause sciatica where you feel pain from the tailbone (coccyx) down your legs. If that pain goes beyond your knees, you must see your chiropractor or doctor. This can also be called sacroiliac joint dysfunction. This is where the bottom the lumbar spine and top of the tailbone causes lower back pain at S1.
Herbal medicines, as a whole, are poorly supported by evidence. The herbal treatments Devil’s claw and white willow may reduce the number of individuals reporting high levels of pain; however, for those taking pain relievers, this difference is not significant. Capsicum, in the form of either a gel or a plaster cast, has been found to reduce pain and increase function.
Vertebrae are the interlocking bones stacked on top of one another that make up the spine. Disks are areas of tissue that cushion the space between each vertebra. Disk injuries are a fairly common cause of back pain.
If someone feels less pain after a chiropractic visit, it’s usually the result of a rush of endorphins, which eventually run out, Ramin said in a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio interview. Typically, the pain returns. If it doesn’t, there’s a chance a person would have had the same outcome without care.
Created by “posture guru” Esther Gokhale, this method allows you to rediscover your primal posture, which is the way your body was designed to stand, sit, and move. Her techniques teach you how to sit, lay, stand, and walk with proper posture. The Gokhale Method course is just six lessons long, each one lasting 1.5 hours if done in a group, or 45 minutes for one-on-one sessions. One of the best parts of this method is that you can learn everything you need to know to make you completely independent: you won’t have to see a chiropractor on a regular basis or hire a Pilates trainer for the rest of your life to help you manage your pain.
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