Back Pain

3 Common Yet Overlooked Causes of Back Pain

Are you Struggling with Persistent Aches? There are 3 Lifestyle Factors That Can Trigger Back Pain

 

Struggling with back pain and aches? Have a hard time walking around and staying active? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, more than one-third of the U.S. population experiences lower back pain at any given time. Most times, this condition is due to lifestyle factors, such as poor posture, incorrect lifting form, or prolonged sitting.

 

Treatment options depend on the root cause of your problem. For example, someone who experiences back pain following a sports injury will require a treatment than those suffering from arthritis-related pain. That’s why it’s important to know what triggers your symptoms in the first place.

 

Interested to find out more? Let’s take a look at some of the most common yet overlooked causes of back pain:

 

Stress

 

This may come up as a surprise, but stress is often the culprit behind back pain and aches. It’s also a major contributor to IBS, heart disease, high blood pressure, eczema, psoriasis, and other psychosomatic disorders.

 

If you’ve been stressed out lately, your back may hurt more than usual. You may also experience fatigue, poor sleep, neck pain, and diffuse muscle aches. Those who work out regularly may feel weaker and need more time to recover from exercise.

 

Even though you cannot completely eliminate stress, there are ways to keep it under control. Sure, this won’t necessarily take your pain away, but it may reduce its intensity.

 

Try to get more rest, start practicing Pilates or yoga, and do breathing exercises. Avoid people or situations that trigger stress. If your pain persists, consult a chiropractor or a physiotherapist.

 

Shirtless man with lower back pain or backache

 

Lack of Sleep

 

Sleep deprivation and back pain go hand in hand. Poor sleep triggers pain, and vice-versa. In a study conducted on subjects with chronic neck and back pain, nearly 20 percent of the patients reported sleeping less than four hours per night. Researchers have also identified a strong link between pain intensity and the grade of sleep deprivation.

 

When you sleep, your body produces important hormones, such as testosterone and HGH, and repairs damaged tissues. Even the slightest sleep deprivation can interfere with these processes and increase your sensitivity to pain. Furthermore, it raises the stress hormone cortisol levels, which may reduce the body’s pain tolerance and trigger inflammation.

 

Your Profession

 

Believe it or not, your job could be making you sick. Back pain is more common in people with certain professions, such as drivers, nurses, factory workers, construction workers, office workers, carpenters, and plumbers. Pro athletes and dancers are at risk too.

 

These professions involve prolonged sitting or standing as well as sudden movements that can trigger back pain and make it worse. For this reason, they’re commonly referred to as “back-breaking” jobs.

 

Of course, this doesn’t mean you should quit your job or switch careers. What you can do is to pay more attention to your posture and lifting form. If you spend hours sitting at a desk or driving, take regular breaks. Go out for a walk, squeeze more exercise into your schedule, and stay active throughout the day.

 

These are just a few of the many causes of back pain. Our list could also include strength imbalances, reduced range of motion, underlying cardiovascular problems, urinary tract infections, and more. If you’re obese or overweight, carrying around those extra pounds can put stress on your spine an joints, causing pain.

 

No matter the cause of your problem, consult a medical professional before taking any drugs. A qualified healthcare provider can assess your condition and recommend the best course of action based on your needs.

Easy Routine for Neck and Back Pain

Your computer or work routine maybe causing neck and back pain, figuratively “killing you”! Check out this post to learn how you can create a routine to help.

Your work and life can cause back and neck pain.

( Transcript of video originally posted at: https://youtu.be/ONy4svamVD4 )

Hey everyone, it’s Dr. Dave! Hopefully you’re all doing well and you’re out there creating those great experiences.

We have a seven-year-old son Evan and he goes to karate. The other day when I was there watching him, it dawned on me that life is a lot like karate in some ways. Chiropractic even has a karate component! If you hang around to the end of this video, I’m going to give you a special offer to show you how you can learn some chiropractic karate that will help keep you healthy every day, especially if you’re a computer user or you’re doing something repetitive every day.

TRY A KARATE CLASS…It’s good for you! (check out our friends at Summit Karate)

This past weekend, I was out watching my son at Summit Karate, shout out to the people at Summit! Over the years, he’s worked his way up through all these different colored belts. He was gone white, yellow, orange, green, blue and right now he’s a blue advanced belt. Then he’ll go purple, purple advanced, brown, brown advanced and black and everyone’s after that top one right.

It takes a lot of work and you must learn something called a kata. If you’re familiar with karate you know that a kata is a series of movements that when you tie them together it tells a story. For you to move from level to level, belt to belt, you must be able to perform this kata meticulously well. One of the ways you learn is by individualizing the steps making sure that you understand each movement. Then you will be able to tie those movements together, without looking at anything, just totally memorized and understand what that story is by embracing it… making it a part of you.

I thought this is the same thing that happens to us when we go to work every day, or we live our lives habitually. We all have a kata of some kind for the activities that we do. You might have a dishwashing kata, or you might have a laundry kata. You have this bedtime routine which is kind of like a kata, etc.

LEARN YOUR OWN PERSONALIZED MOVEMENT ROUTINE!

What we do at the clinic is we teach people this 21-movement range of motion protocol. It’s like fast Tai Chi, or fast yoga, that people can do two or three times every day and it becomes your chiropractic kata. It becomes your motion is life, life is motion kata. Especially if you have sedentary or repetitive work, like computer work or assembly line work, something like that, this is going to be so useful.

Woman with neck pain or neckache
Computer work is especially hard on the spine.

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What I’d like to do is offer you the opportunity to come by the clinic. I will teach you as a courtesy and at no cost, this kata that you can do two or three times a day. In two or three months, once you’ve memorized it, you’ve embraced it, and you have ownership of it, when you go to do it, even before you start doing it, your nervous system will immediately go into this release mode. You’ll have a positive trigger in your life that can help negate some of the effects of what you’re doing every day that might be affecting your health.

I want you to reach me by email. I want you to set up a day and time. I’m going to take time outside of my schedule specially for you to come in, so I can teach you this. While you’re there if you have aches, pains, back pain, headaches, neck pain or other health concerns or you just want to talk about optimizing and supporting that journey you’re on with your health, I’m happy to do that as a courtesy consultation while you’re there at no charge as well. Because I’d love to meet you and I’d love to teach you this chiropractic kata for you to be able to use every day. It will help you with those great experiences that you’re trying to create every day. The email is at the bottom of this video… reach out and we would love to hear from you.

Back Pain

How Do I Fix My Back Pain?

Back Pain…It Can Be Better! Here’s how…

( Transcription of video found at: https://youtu.be/Ikt-f8iGO54 )

Hey everyone, it’s Dr. Dave. Hopefully you’re all doing well, enjoying your day, and you’re out there creating those great experiences in your life.

You know what can get in the way of great experience every day? It’s definitely back pain!

Back pain is not fun. I want you to know that it can be better. That’s the big message for today. If you woke up one morning and you suddenly thought how I got 20 years older, how come I can’t just stand straight, how come every step is an effort, and my back just hurts…. And, you think to yourself, where did this come from, how did this happen, why me, what’s this situation I’m in?

You Are Not Alone

I have to tell you that you’re not alone. About 80 percent of North Americans are going to have back pain at some point in their life and about 40 percent of that 80 are going to have chronic back pain. This means that some component of the back issue is going to persist through their life. That’s about a third of the population that has some kind of back issue that’s just not going away, and that’s too much.

I don’t want you to be in that portion of that population.

Back pain is not fun…but treatment is available!

 

Back pain can happen for a whole bunch of reasons; it can happen from accidents, car accidents, slip and falls, and sporting accidents. It can happen from other things that are more innocuous like pregnancy, working at a physical laborious job every day, working at a sedentary job every day and then, sometimes, unfortunately, believe it or not, back pain can happen for no reason at all.

Why Do I Have Back Pain?

It’s probably because you’ve been walking and engaging in things on this earth of ours as a human being. Stuff has just accumulated and the reality is there’s been a lack of maintenance. It’s just happened as a part of your life. Chiropractors want to know what the difference is, have you been working, or haven’t you? What have you been doing, what haven’t you been doing? Because your story is more relevant than your problem or your pain, and because who has the problem is more significant in getting it better than what the actual problem is.

Usually the diagnosis isn’t that challenging, but the prognosis on what’s going to happen is based on you as a person. It’s based on what you bring to the table and what’re you willing to do. Where have you been, where are you now, and where do you want to go? And why is that so valuable, why do chiropractors spend that time? It’s because we want to avoid masking the situation, masking the pain. Temporary short term solutions are just Band-Aids that help you get by while the problem is actually getting worse. Then you end up in that third of the population that has that chronic back pain. Not good.

Back Pain
Hands on treatment is drug fee and surgery free!

 

You Can Be Better…but ask for help.

So contrary to popular belief you can be better, you can escape the back pain and it starts with that first step. I don’t like to post a lot of DIY stuff or “do this stretch” for your back or “be aware of this”. It’s very valuable and there’s some merit to it, but my concern is that people view that as a solution to their back pain. It quite often helps but it very rarely fixes the cause of the source of the problem. Without examining you, without sitting down with you, without knowing your story, I don’t want to provide that advice or direction, without you being really clear that maybe you’re just doing some relief stuff but you’re not actually fixing or correcting the problem. Are you making it as good as you want it to be, because maybe we don’t have all that information?

So that first step starts with contacting a chiropractor, making an appointment, doing the consult, doing the exam and only then you can really discover what options you have that are individualised and personalised to you to get you out of that back pain.

If you’re ready for some fun, you want to be pain free, you don’t want to be in that part of the population as a statistic with the chronic back pain… then make the call today. Find the chiropractor in your area that you can go see. If your friends and family see somebody, chances are that you’d like them as well, go see them. If you’re in the greater Toronto area and you can make it to Yonge and Bloor, we’d be happy to see you, I’d love to help. See me on social media, find my website, send me an email, give us a call, I’d be happy to talk to you before you come in, but make that first step, reach out, I’d be happy to help.

If you’d like to reach me, ask me a question, or book an appointment, click HERE.