Friday, April 15, 2011

A Safe Alternative to Back Surgery

So you have had chronic back pain and its only gotten worst...

Over the past 50 years, our natural movement patterns and have deviated from what we are actually built to do. We have evolved to walk upright, perform physical work, stand, and lie down to sleep. We aren't necessarily built to sit for long periods of time. Sitting loads the lumbar spine directly instead of the big bones and muscles carrying most of the weight through to the ground, it is instead loaded directly on to the lumbar spine, which is further deviated form its natural position by rounding and over arching.

Loading the spine properly involvers standing with feet apart, chest up head up, and allowing the natural curve in your back to curve normally. Sitting not only makes it easier slouch, or round, it makes it desirable to do so. This not only impacts your posture, it also makes you fatigue faster because the body is in a state of rest and anticipates sleep, which is why we are a huge coffee drinking culture.

Along with consuming vast quantities of natural, and now, ever increasingly, synthetic stimulants with harmful concentration of certain acids and sugars, we also are becoming de-conditioned faster, and for longer. Being "out" of shape doesn't only contribute to back problems, it accelerates them, making them an eventuality. You don't have to be out of shape to experience back problems, you can even be a well trained, and well conditioned athlete, and still experience chronic pain.

Exercise Exercise Exercise
Doctors have been saying it for years - that a steady exercise regimen that elevates your heart rate and challenges you physically is essential to maintaining a healthy weight and a healthy cardiovascular system. Recently many studies have shown that weight training has a range of benefits from increasing cardiovascular health and efficency, to increasing bone density, fighting osteoporosis. There is no substitute or pill for good old fashioned exercise.

Getting the right type of treatment

Making sure that you have the proper people working for your benefit is essential to getting back on the path to healing, and getting back to doing what you love. An integrated approach combining multiple disciplines under the same roof, like medical care, chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, and other soft tissue treatment methods, can produce fast and effective treatment protocol that can speed up the healing process and eliminate the need for surgical intervention.

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