4 Keys to Treat Your Chronic Low Back Pain

So You Can Get Back to the Things You Want to Do

Girl with chronic low back pain

Your low back pain isn’t improving after all this time and you’re wondering why? Shouldn’t the normal healing process have run its course by now? The short answer is – yes. And likely, it did take place. But the longer you experience pain, the more sensitive your nerves become, essentially turning up the “pain volume knob” in your brain.

The good news: there are steps you can take to turn this volume down by:

  1. Understanding pain
  2. Exercising
  3. Sleeping well
  4. Setting positive goals

Let’s get started…

Low Back Pain: How To Turn Down the Volume

How Overcoming Fear & Anxiety Can Improve Your Function

Low Back Pain Volume Knob

Low back pain is the most common cause of disability in adults – 84% of people will experience low back pain at some point1. Without a doubt, you’ve tried at least one method to help relieve your low back pain – chiropractic, massage, ointments, opioids, braces, ice, heat, maybe even surgery. As time goes on and your pain continues, it’s understandable that you get discouraged. You may become worried that your low back pain might not improve.

I understand your concern.

This article is for you…

3 Things You Should Know About Disc Related Leg Pain

Low Back Pain With Referred Leg Pain

Man With Disc Related Leg Pain

Your doctor tells you you’ve got a bulging disc. Is this what’s causing your low back and leg pain? What does it all mean? Will it get better or worse? Will you need surgery or will conservative treatment be able to help?

Although the diagnosis of a bulging disc sounds scary, there are 3 things you should know about bulging discs that will, hopefully, relieve some of your anxieties and point you in a positive direction toward better function…

Top 5 Exercises For Spinal Stenosis [Videos]

Low Back Pain with Radiating Pain in the Legs

Man with spinal stenosis

Has your low back been bothering you in recent weeks, months, even years? Do you have pain in your legs when you stand or walk? Maybe you’ve found yourself leaning forward to rest your arms on the grocery cart at the market. How about long outings where you know you’ll be stuck on your feet – been avoiding them? These are all signs that you may be experiencing Spinal Stenosis.

Let’s talk about what Spinal Stenosis is, what the outcomes look like, and five exercises you can start doing now to get moving in the right direction…

[Exercise Videos] Core Strengthening for Low Back Pain

core strengthening for low back pain

You’ve heard that core strengthening may be an option to help alleviate and even prevent low back pain – so what, you wonder, are the right core exercises for you? You’ve heard sit-ups can damage your back, crunches are old news, the newest ab machines advertised on QVC are just gimmicks, and now you’re just confused…

Let’s demystify the concept of core strengthening once and for all. Let’s talk about why core strengthening is important, how certain core muscles help give you support, and cover some key exercises that can begin to progress you in the right direction toward strengthening your core the right way…

Is Spinal Manipulation Right For You?

Low Back Pain and How To Improve Lumbar Mobility

Spinal Manipulation

Every once in awhile, I love the sweet relief of feeling my back crack, don’t you? That instantaneous release of pressure and audible sound makes us feel like something good just happened. But, when you’re having low back pain, how do you know if spinal manipulation is right for you? With so many possible causes of your low back pain and so many treatment options, will getting your spine manipulated really make things better? Is it safe?

Let’s take a look at spinal manipulation and how to identify if it’s right for you…

What Can You Do For Neck Pain Radiating to the Arm?

4 Treatments for Cervical Radiculopathy

man with cervical radiculopathy

As if the pain in your neck wasn’t enough of a…well…pain in the neck, you’ve also got radiating symptoms going down your arm and into your hand. Whether it’s burning, numbness, tingling, weakness, or all of the above, Cervical Radiculopathy is the result of an irritated nerve in the neck. How does this happen? And, more importantly, how can you make it go away?

Let’s explore…

Whiplash Recovery: Exercise & Advice

Neck Pain After a Car Accident

Man with whiplash

It’s been a couple of days and the pain in your neck is getting worse. You were in a car accident, hit from behind. Never mind the headache that comes from dealing with the insurance company and auto mechanic – you just want this pain to go away. Whiplash injuries are the most common injury following a car accident1,2. The good news is: a lot of the time they get better within a few weeks – and if you know what to do and what to expect, your likelihood of improving increases even more…

Chronic Neck Pain: 3 Steps To Relief

With Strengthening, Endurance, and Coordination

Woman with chronic neck pain

When your neck pain won’t go away – after you’ve tried the heat, the stretching, the rest, even the pills – there’s no need to take drastic measures and there’s no need to give up altogether. Although instant relief may not be within reach, the research all points to implementing a program of strengthening, endurance training, and coordination of key muscles in the neck to reduce chronic neck pain and to improve function.

Let’s explore all about chronic neck pain – typically referred to as a “sprain” or “strain” of the neck. In our case, we refer to it as Neck Pain with movement coordination impairments…

What To Do For a Stiff Neck

Physical Therapy Techniques To Improve Neck Mobility

Woman with a stiff neck

You know you have a stiff neck when you literally have to turn your whole body to look at the person sitting right next to you. A stiff neck is not an easy problem to hide and not an easy problem to live with – even simple daily tasks become painful and difficult. Driving, for instance, presents a whole new challenge, requiring a strategic use of mirrors just to change lanes safely.

For many, a stiff neck can last a day or two, while it can be a persistent issue in others. The good news is: there are steps you can take to improve your mobility and function to overcome your stiff neck…