Using Yoga Effectively to Account for Back Pain

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Yoga is a godsend for back pain sufferers

Yoga is an amazingly versatile tool that can be individualized to accomodate even the most severe back pain. It can be used to target very specific parts of the body to ease your overall pain profile and the best part is that you are totally in control of the intensity. That being said, there are a numer of yoga poses that can actually increase your back pain! It is always important to check in with a health care professional before beginning a workout regime to account for your pain. At Family Chiropractic & Natural Healing Center, we are Milpitas‘ musculoskeletal specialists and we want to help you develop a plan that will ease your back pain without making the problem worse!

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Pregnancy Poses Challenges for Pelvic Stability

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Why should we accept pain in pregnancy as a foregone conclusion?

To be sure, there will be some degree of pain, as there is a growing weight inside of your belly! Carrying such a weight around 24/7 places a unique stress on the lower back which leads toAs ligaments at the base of the spine loosen to make way for delivery, the support network for the base of your spine becomes destabilized. Add to this the growing weight of the child and you have the perfect recipe for a number of spinal problems including:

  • Lower back pain
  • Tenderness in the ligaments and muscles that support the core
  • Sciatica symptoms in the lower extremities

But this pain doesn’t have to be a foregone conclusion! You can control the extent to which your pregnancy creates back pain by using chiropractic, exercise and stretching. 

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The Brutal Reality of Text Neck

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Startling statistics that show how damaging cell phones have become for our spines

Cell phones have moved into our lives to stay. Until we can migrate cell phone functionality into our actual brains, this office of chiropractic can’t see our reliance on handheld devices becoming any less prevalent. But it is worth checking yourself to determine whether your heavy cell phone use could be hurting your spine. Here are some stats that apply to the general population:

  • The average person spends between 2-4 hours a day looking at their phone 
  • 26% of car accidents involve phone usage
  • 75% of cell phone users start their day by looking at their phone

Do you check your phone in the shower or while you are going to the bathroom? How about sleeping with your cell phone on and close to your pillow? The stats show that we are using our cell phones more than ever, and in more situations than ever. Because we are chiropractors, we like to focus on the effects of cell phones on our spines. Unfortunately, this is one of the parts of the bodies that receives a disproportionate amount of damage from cell phone use. 

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Fancy or Flimsy: Footwear Choice Makes a Big Difference in Back Pain

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When it comes to footwear, what comes first: style or function?

For many of us, answering honestly, it would be style, right? We often choose shoes on the basis of their good looks, perhaps even the brand, before considering how those shoes will support our entire body. But shoes must be looked at as part of the big picture!The fact is, walking is the action with the most potential for reptitive trauma for our entire body. We should strive to walk about 10,000 steps a day; falling short of this, we are still striking the ground thousands of times per day. Each steps represents an opportunity to reinforce patterns of shock that travel up the body, affecting every joint in the lower body and spine. 

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Treating Back Pain with Nonsurgical Decompression Therapy

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Decompression is a powerful force for your health

Nonsurgical spinal decompression is a mouthful of a term that generally brings to mind thoughts of surgery or being strapped to a scary table. The truth is, spinal decompression is an all-star modality that helps people naturally manage back pain related to the following conditions: 

  • Sciatica
  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal arthritis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Facet joint syndrome

And while you can actually create a decompressive effect yourself by performing certain stretches (child’s pose for example), instrument-assisted decompression increases the benefit. Read on to find out how.

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Your Best Golf Season Yet with Chiropractic

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Golf is biomechanics at its finest

And the benefit to your body is undeniable! People of all ages use golf as a gentle form of physical exercise and and an extreme test of discipline. It is a game that strikes at the heart of the human experience, where we compete against ourselves to maintain control of our minds and motor control. Along the way, our body is being challenged by a number of motions which are completely unique to the sport- many of these motions carry the potential for injury. Upon deeper investigation, the exercise may not be as gentle as it seems…

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