Sciatica – 5 Tips to Beat It!

Sciatica is the generic name given for ANY irritation of the sciatic nerve resulting in symptoms anywhere along the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve IS the largest nerve, made up of 5 nerve roots from the low back and runs from the low back, through the buttocks and hip area, down the back of the…

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11 Tips to Avoid Aches, Pains and Injury While Working in Your Garden or Yard This Spring

Last year an 83 year-old patient (let’s call her Kay) came to my clinic very discouraged. She said she went to the doctor because of back pain and stiffness and was told she had arthritis. She was distraught as she lives alone, is very active and felt that she was doomed to live in pain. Funny thing…

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Getting Started This Spring

I have written a similar blog in the past, but this bears repeating…..With the amazing weather we have been having and people starting to return to activities, I thought I would reiterate a GREAT way to get yourself returning to activities wisely and safely. Many times we believe, in our minds, that we are capable…

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Why Back Pain Gets Worse In Winter

We are now DEEP into winter, a little snow, a lot of cold days, though an end in sight according to the weather forecasts. I am hoping a warming trend sneaks in and remains with us through the end of month and through February. Often times with these shorter colder days, something that can creep…

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Winter, Back Pain & the Truth

Now that the holidays have passed and we have had our Arctic blast, hopefully the last one of the winter……we can get back to doing the things we love, and overlooked during the holidays. I know so much slipped through the cracks for us and I am hoping to continue working hard and strong these…

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What Not To Wear To The Christmas Party And Why It Causes Back Pain

It’s that time of the year, when Christmas parties abound and people are in a dress up festive mood!!! Cheers all around!!! And if you, or anyone you know is anything like many women I know, the Christmas party outfit’s recently purchased, set out in waiting or still on the purchase list. IF this year…

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3 Simple Ways to Keep Your Back from “Going Out” this Christmas Season

The Christmas season is supposed to be a joyful relaxing time, but the reality is that it is much more stressful than we’d like. Between family gatherings, shopping, travel, and the disruption of your normal routine, it can be easy for your back to suffer. Here are simple tips for staying out of pain this…

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Should I Use Ice or Heat??

A very common question I get asked in my clinic is: “Should I use ice or heat to ease my back pain?” Right or wrong, 9 out of 10 of my clients tend to favor heat – a nice hot water bottle, a hot shower or a heating pad to try and ease their back pain.…

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Is It Safe To Exercise With A Bad Back?

Let’s talk about back pain….. So, this week, I had a question asked by a client of mine, John, aged 52, asked a very common question around here, “It is really ok to exercise when my lower back pain is acting up?” Now, the thought of doing any movement at all when you’re in some…

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3 Things that Cause Back Pain That You Didn’t Know Until Now!

Quick question: How many of you have googled ‘preventing back pain?’ Yes, I thought so. We’ve all heard and read about what can cause back pain; incorrect lifting, bad posture, sports injury… but did you know that you may be making a common mistake in your daily routine, that might be encouraging back pain? What…

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