Low Back Pain and Travel Tips

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Low back pain (LBP) is a common complaint when it comes to traveling, whether it’s in a car, bus, train or airplane. Traveling is hard on our joints, muscles and nerves for many reasons. Traveling requires us to do something our bodies are not used to, such as prolonged sitting in a cramped area. Remember the last time you had the middle seat on a plane? Also, unless you have a very unique exercise routine, injuries commonly occur from hoisting carry-ons into overhead bins or yanking them off the baggage claim belt. This month’s article will offer tips about traveling and things you can do to minimize risk of irritating or creating LBP. Bon voyage!

If no one comes to help, and you end up having to complete this often unpleasant task yourself, think before you lift. Break the lift into small movements or actions. For example, when placing your carry-on into an overhead bin, keep the luggage close to your body since the farther away from your body you hold the bag, the heavier it becomes to your lower back (up to 10x the load!). Try this method: 1st lift the bag to the arm of the seat that lies below the overhead bin; next lift it to the top of the seat back top; and then (the hard part), squat down, arch your low back, grip the bag, and in a smooth continuous movement, raise the bag up and onto the edge of the overhead bin. At that point, wiggle it in the rest of the way. Another important point about lifting is to try to avoid twisting, ESPECIALLY if combined with bending. A bend / twist combination is often the cause of a low back injury. Try to pivot your feet to move your body to avoid your back from twisting.
There are MANY other traveling tips that we have not yet discussed. Look forward to next month’s Health Update for LBP for more!

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Back pain can be elimated

Friday, May 18th, 2012

 

Each person that has pain has one hope: to get out of pain fast. In my office, we provide not only the fastest possible pain relief without the use of drugs, but treatment focused the prevention of pains’ return. In addition to that, I coach and strategize with my patients in the mysteries of Wellness Care. I’ll explain more about that later.
Lets’ say you were cleaning the leaves out of the gutters and you fell off your ladder yesterday. You’re hurting today. That’s an acute condition. Lets’ say that, ten years ago you were cleaning the leaves out of the gutter when you fell off your ladder. Your back bothered you on and off ever since but now your back really hurts. That’s a chronic condition.
Acute spinal problems always have swelling, often have stretched or torn ligaments, usually there’s muscle spasm that get worse with movement (try moving around with a back spasm) and, on occasion, has nerve pressure or a pinched nerve. If an acute spinal problem just started, then it should get better with a short course of chiropractic care. The goal for the acute problem is pain relief and nothing works as well as chiropractic care.

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