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A Comprehensive, Root-cause Approach to Back Pain

Being free of back pain means doing the things you love

We’ve all heard people talk about how “their back went out”. Something like, I slipped on a wet floor and my back went out, or I bent down to pick up a sock and my back went out. Or maybe there was an event, such as an automobile accident, athletic event, or maybe it started at work. In many – most, actually – cases, the pain just started with no specific triggering event.

It seems intuitive to attribute the pain to the event that occurred at its start. However, with back pain it’s usually more of a “last straw”, in that there were things that you were doing on a regular basis that actually led to the “triggering event”. Primary contributing factors include inadequate movement, imbalanced postural mechanics, and stress; there are also several secondary factors. (more…)

(Extreme) Self-Care for Teachers

Teachers are among the most giving of professionals, and can find themselves fatigued, stressed, or “burned out” at the end of the day and especially towards the end of the school year. This year, if you are a teacher or other “giving” professional, consider your own care and needs as you enter the upcoming school year. And consider the impact of providing yourself with extreme self-care this school year.

What would the school year be like if you took care of yourself first? If you gave yourself time to exercise, to eat healthy foods, to take breaks, to have time for yourself, and partake of activities just because you enjoy them? (more…)

Why does my back really hurt?

Why does my back really hurt?

We’ve all heard people talk about how “their back went out”. Something like, I slipped on a toy and my back went out, or I bent down to pick up a sock and my back went out. Or maybe there was an event, such as an automobile accident, athletic event or maybe it started at work. I think of this not as the “injury”, but as the “triggering event”, meaning that this event did not cause the pain, but designates the time that the pain began.

What many may not understand is that, in most cases, it was not the event that caused the pain, rather the contributing factors that were in play before the initial onset. (more…)

Address Back Pain at its Root Cause Level for Long-term Relief

tree-rootsWe’ve all heard people talk about how they hurt their back. “I slipped in the shower and my back went out”, they may say, or “I bent down to pick something up and now I have a bad back .” Or maybe there was an event, such as an automobile accident, athletic event or maybe it began at work.

Think of this initial experience of back pain not as an ‘injury’ per se, but rather as a ‘triggering event’, meaning that this event did not likely lead to long-term pain, rather reflects the time that the pain began.

What many may not be aware of is that, in nearly all cases of chronic back pain, it was not the initial event that is to blame for the long-term pain, rather the ‘contributing factors’ that were present before the initial onset, and the ways that the person responds to the pain. (more…)

How picking up a sock can lead to chronic back pain

Picking up a sock can lead to back pain

There are multiple factors that contribute to chronic back pain, many of which relate to its underlying cause. However, how we respond after the initial onset can mean the difference between a short episode and chronic pain. This response is referred to as the Cycle of Pain.

Most people who experience back pain report that the pain resolves itself within a few days to a few weeks, regardless of what they do, while for others it persists. When the pain does not resolve quickly, negative thoughts can emerge, thoughts like, “I’m damaged”, “I won’t/can’t do the things that I enjoy”, “I’ll never get better”, or “This must be serious!” (more…)