The lumbar spine, or lower back, take a lot of stress and strain throughout the day. The spine provides stabilization for the entire body and the lumbar spine bears the brunt of much of the movement and activity. This wear and tear shows up as lower back pain in many people. The American Chiropractic Association estimates that 31 million Americans have low back pain at some point in their lives. In fact, the leading cause of disability is low back pain – not only in the U.S. but worldwide.
Back pain can be debilitating. A patient can find they have trouble moving or engaging in regular activities like lifting their children or even walking. Pain in the mid to upper back can be caused by a variety of issues, and it can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life. Many people see chiropractors to get relief from their back pain, but there are some things that chiropractic patients should know so that they can get the most out of their treatments.
There is still time to apply for Tricia’s Scholarship. The VNA and the family of Tricia Marie Simpson Russell, a nurse at the VNA until her death, established Tricia’s Scholarship in 2008 to assist individual nurses or nursing students to advance their education. Last year, the committee awarded scholarships in the amount of $3,000.
There are many times we’ve heard people say, “Why bother cleaning the house?” or “Our house is clean… I picked everything up.” What most people don’t realize is that just by picking up the house, they are not being healthy. The Mop Squad has provided us with 5 Health Benefits of a Clean House.
Neck pain is one of the most common sources of pain and chronic pain worldwide. According to the International Association for the Study of Pain, each year, around 30% to 50% of the general population experiences neck pain and around 15% will, at some point in their lives, have chronic neck pain. Women seem to experience it more often than men and it is most prevalent at around middle age. Neck pain can be debilitating, impacting a person home life as well as their work performance. It can also trigger migraines and limit range of motion. Understanding the cervical spine is integral in understanding how to manage pain in that area.
We live in a largely sleep deprived society. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 3 people in the United States does not get enough sleep on a regular basis. Additionally, the National Sleep Foundation reports that 45 percent of adults in the US admit that insufficient or poor sleep has had an impact on their daily activities at least once in the previous week. What’s more, about a third of the people who said they slept the number of hours that doctors recommend reported experiencing poor sleep quality.
If you are one of the seven out of 10 Americans who has back pain, you are probably looking for relief. What you probably aren’t looking for are injections or pills with harmful side effects. Your doctor may have told you that exercise is a great way to naturally relieve pain, but you aren’t sure where to start or even what exercise is best.
The human body is an intricate machine; everything is connected in one way or another. This means that when one part is not functioning as it should it can throw everything out of balance. The relationship between the feet, back, and hips is significant, so when there is a problem with feet it can cause pain in those areas. Fallen arches is a foot problem that is a very common cause of lower back pain. However, many people who have fallen arches don’t even realize that they have an issue.
A Franciscan Health, Inspiring Women Happy, Healthy Holiday event drew nearly 200 attendees to Sand Creek Country Club in Chesterton Nov. 30, where they were offered screenings for balance, blood glucose and pressure, bone density, body mass index, foot health and skin cancer, along with entertainment, refreshments and a wealth of information from expert speakers such as William Espar, MD, who is shown discussing heart health for the holiday season.
If you are like most people, at some point in your life you will experience back pain – if you haven’t already. The American Chiropractic Association estimates that around 80% of the population suffers from back pain, has suffered from back pain, or at some point in the future will suffer from back pain. That puts you in pretty good company.
Chiropractic is more than just spinal adjustments. It is a whole-body therapy that may include health supplements, dietary adjustments, and lifestyle changes that include exercise. By getting the patient to take certain steps, chiropractors make them a vital participant in their own healing.