Ergonomic Advice

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Step by Step: Walking Apps and Your Back

Can walking help back pain? Walking apps can help you get your daily steps, which can keep you in shape and alleviate ailments like back pain. 

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Mental Tricks To Lessen Back Pain and Reduce Stress at Work

Try these mental tricks to reduce stress at work and alleviate back pain. 

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Finding Your "Sole" Mate: The Best Shoes for Your Back Health

From flats to high heels, how choosing the best shoes for back can offer back pain relief.
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4 Back-Friendly Reasons the ACA Endorses the FlexiSpot ClassicRiser Series

The ACA granted FlexiSpot its full endorsement for all four sit-stand desk models in the ClassicRiser series. 

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What to Expect From a Chiropractic Manipulation

Back ache? Neck ache? Headache? You may want to learn more about what is a chiropractic manipulation, and what it can do for your spine health. 

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7 Ways to Avoid Back Pain as a New Parent

The next time you're feeling the aches and pains of parenthood, consider these tips to ease the load of back pain for new parents. 

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Managing Scoliosis in the Workplace

Managing scoliosis in the workplace can be daunting, but the right tools and your doctor's advice help you eliminate pain and stay productive. 

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6 Tips For Treating Your Spine Right

Your spine is literally the backbone of everything you do, so good spine health is critical to your quality of life. 

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Preventing and Managing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common ailment that leads to missed work days and productivity. Follow these preventative tips to avoid this painful condition. 

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Could a Neck Traction Device Decrease My Neck Pain?

A neck traction device is a great tool for treating general neck pain symptoms. There are a variety of medical office and home options you can try. 

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Busting Broken Neck Myths: What Do Spinal Cord Injuries Really Mean?

There are several broken neck myths, which seem to stem from the fact that the term isn't very clear. What does it mean to "break your neck"? 

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Can You Feel Better When Cold, Wet Weather Aches Your Joints?

For many people, joint health in cold weather is a real concern. Try these remedies to east the aches and pains during the winter months. 

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How Long Commutes Can Affect Spine Health

Whether by train, car or subway, the effect of long commutes can take a health toll. Here's how to alleviate back pain, among other commuter ailments. 

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What Pillow Is Best for Neck and Back Pain?

How to find the best pillow for back pain and neck pain management, and the best sleep position to go with them. 

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Joint Replacement Surgery: Recovering From Hip Replacement Surgery

Any kind of joint replacement surgery is a major operation. But recovering from hip replacement surgery in the workplace doesn't have to be strenuous. 

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Wrist Injury Prevention: 5 Tricks To Make Sure You're Protecting Your Wrist

Wrist injury prevention is vital, whether you're gaming, typing, texting or on the phone. Here are some tricks to keep your wrists pain-free. 

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Manage Osteoarthritis in the Workplace

When you hear someone talk about "arthritis pain" it's likely they are talking about osteoarthritis. Learn how to manage osteoarthritis in the workplace. 

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How To Manage Spinal Fusion Recovery in the Workplace

Spinal fusion surgery is one of the most common health issues in the workplace. Learn more about recovery while working here. 

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Five Simple Ways to Manage Your Sciatica at Home Without Drugs

Understanding the anatomy of the sciatic nerve and what symptoms to expect can help you manage your sciatica pain with these 5 simple steps. 

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On-the-Go Preventative Exercises for Bone and Muscle Health

What preventative health strategies can you use to protect yourself from injury? 

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How to Effectively Take Breaks to Protect Your Spine

How to prevent health problems and promote spine health: Press pause at work and learn how to take breaks. 

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The Benefits and Risks of Going to the Chiropractor

Millions of people visit a chiropractor each year. Should the risks of chiropractic adjustment keep you away from seeing a chiropractor for back pain? 

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The Dos and Don'ts of Back Surgery Recovery

These simple tips for back surgery recovery help you handle back pain at work and recover as safely as possible. 

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Biking and Your Back: Cycling Tips and Tricks

Biking is a beneficial, low-impact way to get daily exercise, but biking with back pain is not fun. Here are simple tips to avoid biking with back pain. 

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Choosing a Mattress That's Best for Your Back Pain

Choosing a mattress is a tricky business. There's a lot at stake, we spend hours a day in our beds, and a good night's sleep is crucial for our health. 

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How To Manage Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction at Work

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction is uncomfortable, but boosting your health in the workplace is simple with your doctor's help. 

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How to Deal with Back Pain During Pregnancy

Having back pain during pregnancy is unfortunately a common complaint. Understanding the underlying causes and treatment options can optimize your comfort. 

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How To Tell the Difference Between Muscle Pain and Nerve Pain

Knowing whether you are experiencing muscle pain or nerve pain can be the first step in finding relief. 

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The Ultimate Guide to Back Pain Prevention

Back pain is a very common problem. It has been well established that it's a leading cause of job related disability in the U.S. This ambiguous topic involves many theories surrounding the best treatment. Quite frankly, it can leave your head spinning! Whether you have experienced back pain before and want to prevent it from happening ever again, or just want to avoid it all together, here is a full comprehensive list of what you can start doing now to prevent back pain while also improving your overall quality of life (bonus!).

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Is Your Child's Backpack Too Heavy? Proper Spine Care for the Younger Generation

Back pain isn't something only older adults need to worry about. Children can suffer from it too. The biggest contributor? A child's backpack weight. 

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The Symptoms of and Treatments for Spinal Cord Injuries

What treatments are available to people with spinal cord injury symptoms?

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Improve Spine Health with Spinal Care Bedding and Restful Sleep

What is spinal care bedding? Find out how to develop sleep habits that help you sleep painfree and promote strong spine health.

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Are your pain beliefs affecting your ability to heal from an injury?

Pain beliefs affect our ability to recover from an injury. Adequate pain management is key to a good quality of life. 

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How To Relieve Jaw Tension And Neck Pain

Most people know there's a connection between jaw tension and stress, but you might be surprised about some ways jaw tightness can affect your health... 

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What Actually Causes Disc Related Back Pain?

Addressing the ambiguities surrounding back health when you have a bulging disc. Learn what is causing the back pain and what to do aobut it. 

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Battling Hypocalcemia to Improve Spine Health

Hypocalcemia, or calcium deficency, can lead to serious spine damage. Improve spine health by working with your doctor to battle low calcium levels. 

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How (and Why) To Protect Your Cervical Spine Nerves

What is the cervical spine? And how can you protect your cervical spine nerves? Learn how this region of the spine plays a key role in body function. 

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How (and Why) To Protect Your Thoracic Vertebrae

The thoracic vertebrae function as important players in maintaining a healthy spine. Learn how to best protect yourself from a thoracic spine injury. 

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How Proper Nutrition Can Help You Avoid Calcium Deficiency

Fending off a calcium deficiency is important for maintaining good bone strength and physical health. Learn what nutritional changes with help. 

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Good Posture Begins With Fixing Forward Head Posture

Forward head posture is becoming more common, but it's possible to achieve good posture with certain exercises and stretches. 

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Recovering Safely From an Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury

Incomplete spinal cord injury recovery time is different for everyone. Learn about the treatments you may encounter and workplace adaptations available. 

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7 Simple Exercises You Can Do at Work for Back Health

Today, it’s common knowledge that exercise is crucial to a healthy balanced life.  Choosing exercise that promotes muscle balance (strength, flexibility and coordination) can prevent a whole slew of joint issues. 

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7 Amazing Things You Did not Know Your Spine Could Do

What is the spinal cord and how does it work? From its tiny size to its huge responsibilities, these seven fast facts might just blow your mind. 

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How to Use the Alexander Technique for Back Pain Relief

The Alexander Technique is one of the best approaches for relieving back pain you’ve never heard of. For over 100 years, performers, athletes, and others have used it to alleviate tension, overcome injuries, and operate at their best.

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Yoga for Back Pain: 5 Easy Poses To Get Relief Now

Want to know how to relieve back pain fast? Yoga may be just the thing for you! Read this post to learn five easy, effective poses for back pain relief and spine health.

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How to Prevent and Alleviate Lower Back Pain While Driving

Everyone has a different reaction to the prospect of a long drive in the car. Little kids might whine and complain—or beg to watch a movie during the journey. Some people love road trips and would happily sign up for a 10-hour drive. But to others, a long drive sounds like a sentence to sit in excruciating pain while trapped in a moving vehicle. If you can relate, keep reading to find tips for how to prevent and alleviate back pain while driving.

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Seeking Medical Care for Neck Pain

Understanding what neck pain symptoms warrant a visit to a healthcare practitioner is essential as neck pain can be an indicator that there is an underlying, more serious problem that needs to be addressed.

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Spine 101: Anatomy and How It Affects Your Health

There is a reason for the saying “he has no backbone.” Without our spines, we would be very limited as human beings with no core strength or coordination to help us eloquently use our limbs to read, write, dance, run and enjoy life. Knowing some of the spine’s complex anatomy can help us appreciate the importance of back health and why it is one of the keys to a healthy and happy life.

The Basics

Each joint in the body has a unique combination of stability and mobility to optimize human performance and health.  This combination varies slightly in the spine with each level (7 cervical, 12 thoracic, 5 lumbar and 5 fused sacral vertebrate) of the spine, depending on whether its function is more related to movement or support.  In general the neck is designed for movement, the mid-back for protection of the organs with the help of the ribs and the low back for bearing weight while providing strength for movement. 

The Bones and Ligaments

Each vertebrae in the spine has the same general shape.  There is the main “body” that gives each bone its strength in front of a large opening for the spinal cord.  There are then three “processes” that stick out from each side and the back.  These are connection sites for many of the major ligaments and muscles in the body.  The dense network of ligaments and muscles around the spine add to the intricate layers of support and strength that help with overall back health. The only exceptions to this general shape are the top two cervical vertebrae that are made specifically to be able to rotate our heads, making them resemble more of a ring that rotates around a bottom post.

The Joints

There are several different major points of articulation in the spine.  Between each vertebrae is an intervertebral disc that provides cushion and shock absorption for the spine while allowing some movement.  The vertebrae then stack and “l

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Back Benefits from a Standing Desk - and 5 Tips for Making the Switch

A very common ailment of office workers is back pain. Sitting at a desk all day at work puts unnecessary pressure on your spine and can lead to discomfort and injury. But trading in your traditional workstation for an adjustable standing desk can reduce that pressure and help to increase the health of your spine. Read on to find out why your back can’t stand all that sitting.

Sit or Stand – How Does Position Impact Your Spine?

Sitting for extended periods has been shown to shorten and harden abdominal and hamstring muscles. At first glance this change might not seem related to the spine, but the imbalance that it causes impinges on the rest of the body’s core, reducing spine alignment and muscle symmetry. Standing helps strengthen muscles in the core and legs – essential to general strength and to preventing spinal injury.

Slouching is also much more common while sitting, and dipping your head toward the computer screen can cause neck and back pain and eventually impact your spine’s curvature. Performing repetitive tasks, particularly while seated, puts stress on muscles and joints and increases the risk of back and neck injury such as spine misalignment, pinched nerves and degenerative discs.

One advantage of an adjustable desk – whether used for sitting or standing – is the ability to customize its height and provide an ergonomic advantage for your body, promoting good pos

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Swimming is the Secret to Lifetime Spine Health

You might have heard swimming described as a “lifetime fitness activity,” but do you know what that means? Swimming earned its reputation as being a lifelong sport because it is a whole-body aerobic workout that can be performed by people of all ages.

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What You Don't Know About Spine Health

When you think about staying healthy, what behaviors come to mind? If you’re like most people, your thoughts immediately gravitate to things like eating well, exercising, skincare, and drinking enough water—all things that have visible outward effects. If you eat well and exercise, you’ll maintain a healthy weight. If you drink plenty of water and follow a skincare routine, you’ll have clear skin. We tend to give far less thought to our internal wellness, such as our skeletal structure. Yet bone health—particularly spine health—is crucial to our overall well-being.

If you’re an able-bodied, mobile, and relatively healthy adult, you probably give very little thought to your spine on a day-to-day basis. That’s not unusual—most of us take our spine for granted. But we shouldn’t. Our spine is, in a very real sense, the load-bearing support beam for our body. It holds us upright and allows us to stand and move. Without our spine, we would be immobile and inflexible. Our lives—and our species!—would be completely different.

Why Does Spine Health Matter?

Spine health is connected to the well-being of many different internal organs, systems, and processes. Spinal injuries can have devastating consequences, such as paralysis or even death. The spine is also part of our central nervous system; damage to any part of that system can wreak havoc on the rest of the body.

“A healthy spine is an often overlooked and essential part of a healthy lifestyle,” says Dr. Jeremy Hayes, D.C. Chiropractic Director of Chiro One Wellness Center of Flossmoor. “Every day, millions of Americans suffer from misalignments in their spine that if left untreated, can lead to pain, health challenges and disease.”

Spine misalignments have be

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Should I Get a New Pillow and Mattress? Let me sleep on it…

Would you be comfortable sleeping on a sheet of ¾” plywood? Absolutely not, because it would create innumerable pressure points on your skull, elbows, shoulder blades, hips, and heels. It would be nearly impossible to find a comfortable way to lie down and sleep on such a hard, flat, unforgiving surface.
Contrariwise, it can be a painful experience to sleep in a hammock. Oh, it’s certainly more comfortable, but it makes us into an elongated curve. That’s fine for our shoulders and back, but our knees only bend in the opposite direction, and it can hyperextend our necks, so you can wake up with achy legs, and even a headache. Blood flows to your lowest point, your buttocks, decreasing the amount to your brain and feet, too, making the situation worse.
Humans need a relatively level surface upon which to sleep. Even rough ground with the proper rises and depressions makes a good sleeping surface, as our evolutionary ancestors knew well, provided it fitted our body contours.

First Attempts

A bag of straw (or nowadays, raw cotton fiber) makes a futon, one of the earliest mattresses. It has lots of give, conforms to our shape, and even helps prevent excess sweating to increase comfort.
The disadvantage is that it compresses over time, and no amount of “fluffing” will fix it. It needs to be unstitched, emptied and refilled with new material, or replaced entirely.

The Evolution

The modern mattress was placed in a wooden frame bed, and served for many years that way. Steel spring fames replaced that, giving the mattress more flex, allowing more air circulation, extending its life, and making it more comfortable.
Bedframes became passé, when we invented a spring system permanently mounted inside a box frame that perfectly matched the mattress. The box spring set still provided the flex, but added resilience that kept the center from sagging. It was a success and considered the height of luxury.

Variations

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How to Make Sure Your Desk Job Isn't a Pain in The Neck

Neck pain is one of the most common physical complaints among adults around the world, and it is an even worse problem among people who work office jobs that require them to use a computer for most of the day.

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Back Pain can be Almost Unbearable... unless you smoke…then it gets worse…

Less than 20% of the population still smokes but proportionately more of those folks (or recent quitters) have more back problems than non-smokers.  It seems important to find out why.

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The Painful Relationship Between Obesity and Back Problems

While lower back pain is one of the most common disabilities worldwide, the underlying cause behind back pain is not always cut and dry. Lower back pain is rarely caused by a serious medical condition. It is far more common for back pain to be the result of lifestyle factors, such as activity level, posture, and age. Another factor that’s gaining attention as obesity rates rise around the world is the connection between back pain and weight gain.

Many people who are overweight or obese and experience back pain don’t realize that their excess weight may be causing their back pain. Yet there is a clear relationship between body mass index (BMI) and back pain.

One study found that people at a normal weight had the lowest risk for back pain, while people who are obese had the highest risk for back pain and were the most likely to require medical intervention. Another study conducted in 2017 by University of Tokyo Hospital in Japan reviewed medical data for 1,152 men between 1986 and 2009. The researchers found that a person’s BMI directly correlated to their rate of back problems.

Back Pain and Obesity: What’s the Connection?

While there is general consensus that a connection exists between back pain and obesity, researchers disagree about the causal relationship. Some believe the cause-and-effect is simple: extra weight pushes the pelvis forward, which places more strain on the lower back.

Other researchers believe that explanation is too simplistic, and doesn’t account for differences between people, even those of similar age, weight, an

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Protect Your Spine by Optimizing Your Sleeping Position

You can do everything within your power to protect your spine during the day—sit and stand with proper posture, alternate between sitting and standing at your desk, using correct form when lifting weights, and use a backpack instead of a shoulder bag—but your unconscious hours can undo a lot of your hard work. That’s right—your sleeping position at night can have a huge impact on your overall spinal health.

There’s much discussion online about how to get more sleep or to get better, more restful sleep. But you don’t hear as much about how the position you sleep in affects your health, even though a poor sleeping position can cause everything from heartburn to wrinkles—and, of course, neck and back pain. Ever woken up with a stiff neck or a sore back? You can blame your sleeping position.

The position you sleep in at night plays a big role in your spine and neck health. Some positions can help prevent you from developing back problems, while others can help increase comfort if you already suffer from chronic back pain. In fact, according to the Global Burden of Disease study, the most common cause of back pain isn’t serious medical conditions—it’s lifestyle factors, such as awkward sleeping positions!

Read on to learn which sleeping positions are the best for your back—and which are the worst.

GOOD: Sleeping on Your Side With a Pillow

If you sleep on your side already, you can count yourself in good company. The vast majority of people report sleeping on their side. With the weight of popular opinion behind this option, it may come as no surprise that it’s good for your back.

Positioning a pillow between your legs helps to align your spine, hips, and pelv

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These Bad Habits Might Be Causing Your Back Pain

We all experience back pain sometimes. In fact, an estimated 31 million Americans experience back pain on any given day, and a whopping 80% of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their life. While some cases of back pain are caused by serious underlying medical conditions, the majority are simply caused by lifestyle factors. That’s right – there may be things you do every day without even thinking about it that are causing your back pain.

If your back pain is caused by lifestyle factors, that’s actually good news. That means you can heal your back pain on your own, without going to the doctor, just by making some changes to your daily routine and adopting some healthy new habits.

When it comes to lifestyle factors that cause back pain, there are a handful of common culprits. These are the three worst offenders:

  • Lugging around heavy purses and briefcases
  • Wearing uncomfortable shoes with little to no arch support
  • Sitting all day long at your desk at work

Any of those behaviors sound familiar? If you’re like most Americans, you’re probably guilty of all three. So let’s explore how you can change the lifestyle factors causing your back pain to find relief from serious back pain – both now and in the future.

  1. Use a backpack.

The trend of giant, oversized bags started a few years ago and has no signs of slowing down. The downside is that if you make a bag bigger, we’ll find a way to fill it. So as bags get bigger, they also get heavier. Add to that the fact that more and more employees are issued company laptops that they lug from work to home and back again, and you get millions of Americans carrying around ridiculously heavy bags that weren’t designed for comfort. Men, don’t think you’re exempt – briefcases and messenger bags are just as ba

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To Overcome Your Back Pain, You Need to Understand It

Do you experience chronic or periodic back pain? If so, you’re not alone: over 80% of Americans will experience some form of back pain during their lives, and 31 million are suffering from back pain at any given time. In fact, lower back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and one of the most common reasons for missing work. That’s not surprising when you consider that half of all working Americans will experience back pain every year.

So what’s causing this epidemic of back pain, and what can we do about it?

Causes of Back Pain

The spine is one of the most complex and interconnected anatomical structures in the human body, and because it is subject to so many daily stressors, it is also one of the most prone to injury. It is often difficult to locate the origin of back pain because it is made up of so many different bones, vertebrae, joints, ligaments, nerves, discs, and muscles – any one of which could be causing or exacerbating the pain. The overlap between these different anatomical structures also makes it hard for your brain to differentiate one from another to locate the origin of the pain.

Some of the most common causes of back pain include:

  • Muscle or ligament strain/sprain
  • Spinal nerve compression
  • Lumbar herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Arthritis
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Compression fracture

However, most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic in origin, meaning that they are not caused by a serious underlying medical condition. If you’re experiencing back pain, you migh

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5 Effective Treatments for Lower Back Pain

What would you guess is the most common reason for missing work is among Americans? The flu? The common cold? Those are up there, but in fact, back pain is one of the most common reasons given for missed work. It’s also the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, following upper-respiratory infections.

If that number seems high, so will this one: over 80% of Americans will experience back pain at some point during their lifetime. And that number is rising. Since 1998, the percentage of Americans who report experiencing back pain in the last three months has risen from 29.5% to 33.7%, and 30% of those say it impacted their ability to work. Americans spend $50 billion every year on treating back pain, and $100 million in indirect costs – such as lost wages and productivity.

The culprit behind back pain isn’t hard to identify. Most cases of back pain are non-organic, meaning they aren’t caused by serious medical conditions such as inflammatory arthritis, fracture, or cancer. Here’s a hint: Of those who experience lower back pain, 54% report spending the majority of their workday seated. The primary culprit of our growing back problem is our sedentary lifestyle.

If you’re one of the 33.7% of Americans who have experienced back pain within the past three months, we have some tips for how to cope with or even eliminate the pain. Try these 5 effective treatments for lower back pain.

  1. Yoga

Yoga is trendy right now – but it’s not all about cute yoga gear and 

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Bad Posture Leads to Back and Neck Pain

Do you suffer from back or neck pain?  If so, you are not alone.  University of Carolina researchers found that 80% of Americans will suffer from back pain in their lifetime with losses of over $100 billion a year stemming from decreased worker efficiency and healthcare costs.  Back pain appears to be on the rise, especially with the advent of technology.  Children grow up hunched over phones and tablets playing games only to grow up finding themselves hunched over their keyboard at work.  According to the European Journal of Pain, there is a correlation between age and back pain, with a 13% increase in chances of death for those with chronic back pain in later life.

Posture Pump states that most back and neck pain is attributed to poor posture.  Since the neck and spine are connected, a problem in one area can lead to problems in the other.  When you are slumped over your computer you are putting a lot of pressure on the muscles in your neck and back leading to aches and pains.   Spine Health confirms that this long exposure to poor posture puts unneeded stress on one’s joints, muscles, and spine leading to further pain.

The importance of good posture is clear for our health and well-being.  What is the ideal posture then?  The Cleveland Clinic states that one should sit

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Using a Sit-Stand Desk to Alleviate Neck Pain

As we age, it is common to experience an increase in aches and pains, especially in our back and neck. Nearly 25% of men experience cervical (neck) pain with radiation to the arm by age 45. However, certain jobs, working conditions, or workplace habits can exacerbate these problems or even cause them to start happening earlier than they would otherwise. The good news is that with changes in lifestyle and workstation equipment, these symptoms can improve and even go away completely.

For example, a naval officer presented with severe cervical myelopathy. Cervical myelopathy is a condition caused by the compression of the spinal cord in the neck. It causes symptoms such as pain, numbness, weakness in the neck or arms, and problems with coordination, though not all patients experience the same symptoms and some may not even experience much pain. Cervical myelopathy is normally treated with a movement-restricting collar, physical therapy, pain medication, or, in the most severe cases, surgery.

After the naval officer was diagnosed with cervical myelopathy, he purchased a sit-stand desktop workstation from FlexiSpot. The default workstation setup is a traditional desk and office chair, at which the employee sits for 8+ hours a day. Sitting with poor posture can compress and contort the spine, leading to complications such as cervical myelopathy.

Switching to a sit-stand desk allows you to spend at least part of the day standing up, which is what our bodies were designed to do. The key is to stand with correct posture and to use an anti-fatigue mat, which alleviates some of the stress placed on your joints by providin

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Using Proper Lifting Technique to Avoid Back Injury

Back pain is a complex condition that continues to pose a significant health burden on individuals, employers, and society as a whole, despite a range of interventions that have been developed to reduce its impact. In fact, it has been estimated that up to 80% of the population will experience back pain at some point during their lifetime, and up to one thirdof the population suffers from some type of back discomfort at any given time. Not only does back pain interfere with daily routines, recreational activities, and work productivity, it’s also one of the most common reasons that people seek medical attention.  

Causes of Back Pain

While some cases of back pain develop gradually over time due to issues such as poor posture, repetitive strain, or uncomfortable working positions, many cases develop after a specific incident, such as bending or lifting awkwardly, or lifting a heavy weight. Therefore, one of the best ways to prevent back injury is to use proper lifting technique, especially when lifting heavy objects.  

Proper Lifting Technique

Many people believe that they know how to lift correctly, and are surprised when they suffer a back injury when performing a simple lift. It’s therefore important to review proper lifting techniques from time to time to avoid injury. To begin, before you attempt a lift, you should check your surroundings to ensure that it’s safe to begin your lift. There should be a clear path for you to carry the object, and make sure that you know exactly where you are going to put the object down. Additionally, avoid walking on uneven or slippery surfaces when you are lifting or carrying an object as this only increases yo

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Improving Posture for Spine Health

Most of us will suffer an episode of back pain at some point in our lives – according to the American Chiropractic Association31 million Americans suffer from lower back pain at any given time. Repetitive activities at home or at work, such as sitting at a computer all day, as well as carrying and lifting improperly, can lead to muscle tension and tightness, and ultimately result in back pain. Luckily there are many things we can do to help improve our spine health including maintaining good general fitness and a healthy weight, as well as paying attention to our posture throughout the day.  

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Why an MRI is Unnecessary for Low Back Pain

With statistics showing that low back pain affects approximately 80% of the population at least once in their life, chances are you have had low back pain or know someone who has experienced it.  Despite a large amount of research and information out there related to low back pain, treatment can be ambiguous.  When dealing with your spine health, it is important to know the facts so you can make an educated decision for treatment.

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Stress and Back Pain: 8 Ways to Get Relief for Both

Most people think of back pain as a physical issue, but stress and negative emotions often contribute. If you’re stuck with ongoing discomfort, or even disability, knowing how to address the emotional side of pain can help you change the situation.

Pain sufferers often overlook or avoid emotional contributors to pain because of pressure to perform, shame about emotional challenges, and a lack of support for developing emotional health.

Thankfully, the situation is changing. Groundbreaking work by physicians like Dr. John Sarno has shed light on the connection between emotion and pain and provided relief to thousands.

The growing popularity of emotional intelligence and mindfulness practices has also been shifting attitudes toward emotions, and new scientific findings are providing physical proof of the mind-body connection.

Solutions for Reducing Stress and Relieving Pain

So let’s look at a few simple ways to get started taking some of the emotional weight off your back.

1. The TMS Approach

In his bestselling book Healing Back Pain, Dr. Sarno described a new diagnosis for chronic pain, which he termed Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) and a simple approach to resolve it.

He believed that ongoing emotional stress, especially unconscious anger, causes the body to tighten, which prevents your muscles from getting enough oxygen. When that happens, you get pain.

He found over many decades working with thousands of patients that simply by understanding their condition as emotional, they often got better.

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