High Performance Back Braces

Brace Yourself – High Performance Back Braces Can Make A Difference

There are many braces for back pain available today. If fact, there are so many, how do you know which one to get? Braces for back problems are seen everywhere and there has been a tremendous influx of cheap imports that do basically nothing, except for your head. Meaning, many of the braces are designed like cheap foam neck collars; they do nothing for support and just give you a feeling or sensation of support, perhaps reminding you to keep the area protected or to move in a more careful manner. High performance back braces may help.

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Literature has shown that a commonly held belief by many doctors, that supportive braces will weaken muscles, is simply not true. One of the main things to look for in a back brace is why you are using it and how does it fit?

Back braces basically come in 2 forms; mechanical advantage belts and elastic belts. The mechanical advantage belts were popularized by Cybertech and then copied by others. The original is now Ottobock, which has kept the tradition with superior design and performance. They are German engineered and designed. Elastic belts a pretty much a dime a dozen nowadays, however, many are absolutely worthless. We use elastic belts that come in two models based on body type. Fit does matter.


The mechanical advantage belts use a six to one pull ratio and provide a great deal of force. They are easy to use and come with inserts that increase the surface area of support without being too bulky and uncomfortable. For those with back conditions that require high levels of support, this is what you want. Easy to adjust for when you need more or less force, and provides a level of support that is crucial for those who need to prevent further injury when lifting or have stability issues.


The elastic belts come in a regular or slim fit. With these braces, they are not just an elastic material wrapped around your back. In general, men are shaped different than women. There are also different body types between same genders. One style does not fit both well, especially when wearing one all day. Easy to wear under cloths, but actually provides support for milder conditions like strained muscles or arthritis. It is comfortable enough to wear for extended periods and also has an optional insert to increase circulation and provide a massaging effect.

When it comes to supports for back pain, quality design and construction, as well as proper fit make a big difference. Choosing the right back brace is important as your condition is to you. You can get a very inexpensive one just about anywhere these days, but when it comes to protection and relief, we only offer a select few high quality braces that can make a difference. Some places offer dozens of these supports and it becomes difficult to make a choice. Many are cheaper knock-offs or look-a-likes.

People looking for relief often spend large sums on cheaper braces, not getting results and giving up. This can help give back braces a bad reputation, and while there are never guarantees due to the many variables associated with back pain, it is why we only offer very high quality, high performance back braces. Insurance companies know the difference and ours are coded and approved for you or your health professional to submit.

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Ergonomic Back Support

Ergonomic Back Support Improves Posture & Relieves Lower Back Strain

Anyone who sits in an uncomfortable chair for long periods of time will eventually experience chronic back pain. Most office chairs provide support but are not engineered to specifically relieve the the tension in your back. This ergonomic back support is able to be customized for your particular anatomy and alleviate harmful spinal stress that is vital for your long term health.


This unique support provides improves most office and home chairs and furniture, offering control over comfort and support using four easily adjustable straps. It also attaches securely to your chair. The support straps also allow air flow to prevent heat build up and sweating. Lightweight, portable and sleek ergonomic design, it weighs just 21 ounces, making it easy to transport to any seat. When your muscles are properly supported, your spine will experience less stress as you maintain good posture for longer periods of time.

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Since the bottom is open, the natural lumbar curve is supported without any undue pressure on the pelvis, permitting a more natural feel without the sensation that you are being pushed away from the seat, as the support construction allows it to continually reshape as you move. Many experience a reduced level of back fatigue and have higher levels of energy. It is a great solution for those who tend to experience heat buildup and moisture from sweat with other back cushions. Once you have found your comfortable position, you simply lock the cushion into place. You will enjoy hours of restorative back support.

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Neck and upper back pain result when the spinal muscles overcompensate due to lower back pain. Avoid expensive visits to the doctor by eliminating back problems before they start. The lower back is the source of many injuries to your spine and proper support helps to alleviate chronic problems. Getting custom back support has never been easier. The adjustable and locking system of the back cushion supports the natural contours of your spine, providing the perfect ergonomic fit.

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Corrects lower back posture where you need it, no matter where you are. Better ergonomics means better biomechanical function for your joints, discs and muscles and this support is proven clinically to reduce back pain, improve posture and alleviate spinal fatigue and stress.

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Because you can easily adjust it, it is a great support for different people that use the same chair. Everyone can accommodate their own unique body shape as it transforms just about any seat into a device that corrects bad ergonomics. When the lower back and pelvis are aligned when seated, the effects can be seen in the rest of the spine as the neck and upper back dynamically adjust to the stable base provided by the ergonomic back support.

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Back Traction Devices

Back Traction Devices For Relief Of Lumbar Spine Pain & Sciatica

The back traction devices available today allow the use of spinal decompression in different forms to suit your personal needs in relief of pain, restoration of biomechanics, and improved spinal health. From belts to benches; there is something to fit your lifestyle, activity level, physical demands, goals, and recommendations from your health care professional.

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There are back traction devices on the market that allow the function of traction to be performed on a bed. The lumbar traction belt can be delivered either in a standing or a prone position, and it uses a friction free surface that is actively moving, which provides the ultimate in flexibility and comfort. By having the ability to perform the traction on a bed it means that a person who is suffering from back pain does not have to bend down to the floor before and after the treatment.


The Traction Bench in the video above is a very popular back traction device that is easy to use and designed by a doctor. Mainly for decompression of the lumbar spine, however, some are adjusting position and using traction for the thoracic spine as well to help reduce the effects of spinal degeneration. Great for targeting the symptoms of sciatica, where a pinched nerve causes pain down the leg.

Benefits Of Back Traction Devices

Our spine is under pressure on a constant basis, and the only way that pressure can be released is to stretch the spine vertically or eliptically. A side to side stretching will give the impression of pressure being released, but in fact there is no pressure released that way.

The advantages of using devices such as these are many, but some of them are:

  1. The body is maintained in correct alignment, as the shoulders and hips are aligned perfectly
  2. The devices provide maintenance for the spine and back, and helps prevent the re-occurrence problems
  3. Preventative care is enhanced when used on a regular basis and as an exercise program
  4. There are no ongoing costs as there is a one-time fee
  5. The devices are designed to be compact and can be stored easily
  6. The devices are very convenient, as it can be done in the comfort of your own home, whenever needed
  7. You are in complete control because you regulate the duration of the stretch, which can be quickly released

Back traction devices work on the simple principle of leverage, which means that the vertebral body segments are separated, while being held tight at either end of the back or spinal segments. Then a stretch is created when decompressive forces are applied. This alleviates pressure on discs and joints, while increasing blood flow and nutrients. Immediate relief is the goal for some, while long term rehabilitation and maintenance as part of a comprehensive program is the more common application.

The Home Back Traction Device is based on a pivital eliptical motion and is ver beneficial for the health of the lumbar spine. It is different than the vertical or straight upward and downward pulling and is very rehabilitative. It uses the least traction force because the application is directed right into the vertebral motion unit or the area of the discs. The motion used get you active in your rehab and is a great device for those not in extreme or acute pain.

One of the more interesting back traction devices is the traction belt. Combining the benefits of a back belt with traction means you can keep active during application and you are not stuck lying on the floor. It can help with daily activities and keep you working.

Based on the principle of inflation, the Traction Belt features a vertical air cell expansion mechanism which pushes upwards and downwards, thus decreasing the loading on the spinal cord. When the belt is inflated, it expands vertically by about 2.8 inches. As a result of this elongation, the disc space will increase, thus relieving the nerve and alleviating the back pain.

If needed, the belt can be worn together with two rigid panels, one anterior and one posterior. These panels are indicated in situations when there is a need for additional back stabilization.

The Traction Belt is very easy to use. It resembles very much to a blood pressure monitor, the only difference being that the air pump is manual, in order to secure a good degree of control over the air pressure inside the belt.

As you wear the belt, you can apply further adjustments by either releasing some air pressure or by inflating it a bit more, until you feel comfortable and pain free. If it is too loose, it won’t have the desired effect of removing the pain. If it is too tight, you’ll feel uncomfortable. As this is a subjective sensation, it is important that you do the adjustments yourself until you feel comfortable.

For best results, wear the belt for 4-6 hours a day. If you only use it as a prevention measure, wear it whenever you have to do heavy weight lifting or long hours of driving.

The Traction Belt comes in 8 sizes, starting from S and going up to 5XL, therefore you’ll find one that fits you, no matter how big or small you are. It is machine washable and it has 12 months limited warranty.

Advances In Back Traction Devices

Expanding on the pivital type is a new sophistocated back traction device where added vectors or lines of force increase effectiveness of the treatment. Yes, it is more involved and requires more attention, but the technology produces a very restorative method of lumbar traction.

A very comprehensive and workable home back traction device is the answer for people who are suffering from strained and twisted backs. The system works in a very gentle manner, and is 100% controlled by the user. The system comes with detailed instructions and a video that explains in sharp detail how to use the device.

The fact that this device is small and light weight, assures you that it will not be a burden to store and use whenever it is convenient for you. It is so compact and lightweight, it can be stored under a bed, or in a closet with ease.

The manner in which the device works is very simple, in that it lifts and expands the lower back, while the pelvis is rotated up and away. This procedure provides a welcome feeling of freedom and relief from the coiled compression that our backs go through in reacting to everyday stress and turmoil.

The operator of this home back traction device lies on his or her back and the movable part of the device is placed under the hips. The device is moved by pushing with the heels into specially fitted stirrups that are moved slowly downward to supply the force with which to stretch the vertebrae and the back muscles.

Prior to the extension of the legs to push the traction part of the device downward, a bladder under the small of the back is inflated with hand squeezes, to rotate the lumbar region of the back upward, and then the downward push of the feet is applied. This motion has the effect of relaxing the back and stretching it out to its maximum relaxed state for optimum results.

Users who have continued to stretch their backs in this manner over a two to three week period, have testified that their state of back stress has decreased markedly from their former situations. Their pain and stiffness is vastly decreased and their flexibility is increased to a great extent.

By using this device over a period of time, your back will start to adjust to its new, relaxed form and will not be as susceptible to be compressed and wedged into itself due to daily stress. Having the ability to stretch the back out whenever you want will go a long way in maintaining better circulation through the back area, and maintaining better alignment of all of the vertebrae.

There are various movements and stretches that are included in the instructions for different conditions. Purchasing back traction devices for home use is available online 24 hours per day with Neck Solutions. Consult your health care professional for the best type for your condition, goals, and lifestyle.


Posture First Aid

Posture First Aid – Help For Postural Pain Fast

Postural problems develop over time; months and years of poor ergonomics, sitting at a computer working or just surfing all day. This leads to altered biomechanics and stress on joints, discs, muscles and nerves. While correcting posture is requires a long term commitment, for those who don’t want to wait long for relief from postural neck, upper back and headache pain, there are some things you can do for posture first aid that can help fast.

We have discussed posture correction in detail. Many factors go into this. Proper ergonomics when sleeping, working, and at leisure is essential. I often get questions of what can be done to alleviate the pain fast. Well, there are no quick fixes; you must approach it from a long term perspective. Changing the negative effects of poor posture takes time. The most frequent question is which of your products can I use that will help fast?

I have to stress that you should not rely on posture first aid (quick fixes using posture correcting products), however there are some products you can use as first aid for posture relief.

Poor sitting posture has many negative effects. The imbalance of joints causes limitations of motion for muscles and tendons, making beneficial movements like exercise more difficult. The stress, imbalance, altered function not only causes problems in appearance, but can casue pain and related disability. Correcting poor posture is a very important part of maintaining a healthy life.

One of the main problems that can cause neck pain, upper back pain and headaches is a forward posture of the head. This results in muscles that become overstretched, whille others become weak. The advice of “sit up straight” is great, but fades fast when you are working at a computer. Computers have become so common at work and home, especially now effecting younger people.

Children as well as teenagers are spending more and more time working with a computer, sitting at a desk. This requires long periods of seated posture, making it difficult to stay in correct posture. According to habits we tend to alter postures, such as crossing the legs and slouching. When bad postures start becoming a habit early in life, adaptation can occur, where these postures are felt as comfortable. Over a period of time, deformations in body structures result in strain on the bones, discs, joints, tendons and muscles. Combine this with things like carrying heavy schoolbags, lack of exercise, and maintaining these postures when watching TV or studying, it is unlikely we will see a decline in muculoskeletal problems in the future.

Upper Crossed Syndrome & Forward Head Posture

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As you can see from the pictures, a common problem is rounded shoulders and the scapula rotating forward. This stretches the muscles of the upper back and help to form what we sometimes call an “upper crossed syndrome”. This affects the muscles in the upper back, shoulders, and neck. A 2016 study in the journal Physical Therapy Science indicates a program of strengthening and stretching to be effective for upper crossed syndrome. Janda MD.in Orthopedic physical assessment, 5th ed. St. Louis: Sauders, 2007 indicates that typical forward head posture (FHP) is due to this upper crossed syndrome and it results from slouched sitting postures sustained for prolonged periods. While we emphasize a multifactoral approach; ergonomic seating and working, posture oriented stretching and strenthening, joint therapy and corrective sleeping pillows; there are some quick fixes to help that we call “posture first aid”.

upper crossed syndrome

Posture First Aid – What Can Help

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I frequently get the question, “I sit at a computer all day and get a lot of pain, which of your products can help?” I always have to stress the importance of a comprehensive approach, however, I like the Posture Medic Brace for immediate support and correction. Just using the brace can help to reverse slumped posture and is a constant reminder to use good posture. It helps train the brain to reverse the crossed syndrome effect. Additionally, it can be used as a muscle training device, helping to strengthen specific weak postural muscles. This is a great first aid tool, especially for those with upper back problems or pain between the shoulders.

inflatable collars for posture first aid

Another group of products that can provide some postural first aid are inflatable traction collars. In addition to the benefits of decompressing cervical spine structures, these collars can help foster better posture. They can be worn while sitting, working or at leisure to relieve pressure. You get to control the amount of lift and there are models that you can control left and right sides individually, making a custom fit easy.

chair supports

Chair Supports can be a good first aid tool. They come in many styles and designs; but all from simple to complex, inexpensive and expensive, for just the lower back to the entire spine, can provide some immediate relief and help relax sore muscles. They can automatically adjust your posture, and some are adjustable for personal preference. Some are small and lightweight, making it easy to transfer from home, to vehicle, to work. Some can turn a simple chair into an ergonomic seated experience. But the least of them can have a positive effect on your posture.

exerciseThe last I will point out is not a product, but a rather simple looking neck stretch/exercise that can be done while sitting and working. We have seen in the upper crossed syndrome how the deep muscles that flex the neck become weak. The problem is these muscles are small and deep in the cervical spine. Although the motion is small, it is a finesse motion to get these muscles to strengthen. It is a nodding type of motion that is done with the head over the shoulders and trying not to use the outer neck muscles. Interestingly, studies indicate it can provide immediate pain relief. The muscles targeted help to maintain the natural curve of the spine. So, the stretch not only can provide immediate posture first aid, it also helps strengthen muscles over time that help to correct posture.


Lumbar Traction For Home Use

Lumbar Traction For Home Use Allows You To Actively Rehabilitate Your Back For Pain Prevention, Relief & Restoration

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There are people all over the world that suffer from back pain. While injuries can always be a problem, one of the main reasons is poor posture habits over a period of time. Many of us tend to sit all day, and the effects of poor seated posture allows the spine to compress and lose the normal curve. The normal back curve helps to keep the joints and discs healthy. Long term pressure leads to early degenerative problems, as well as muscle spasm.

An injury that you may not have even noticed when you were younger may cause a joint lock that has persisted for years. Over a period of time, this causes the spine to wear and form typical arthritis signs and symptoms. The liquid type lock causes joint stiffness, loss of normal motion, dehydration of the disc, uneven wear and tear, rapid and early onset degeneration, and resistance to re-alignment. Using lumbar traction at home can help prevent this problem as well as release locked joints to free motion in the lower back and help to fix or prevent problems.

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The Inflatable Back Traction Unit is designed for home use and allows you to take an active approach to spine health in the comfort of your own home. It can be used in all areas of the lumbar spine and even the lower part of the thoracic spine. The idea is to rock and traction using the pumps. The combined motion is what releases locked joints and hydrates the discs. This is a unique method of providing lumbar traction at home and is highly recommended by Chiropractors to help restore, rehabilitate, and prevent lower back problems.

Benefits Of This Lumbar Traction For Home Use Device

Most traction units provide therapy while you just lay there motionless. This device is different. To use this device, you inflate the air cells and then use a rocking motion. This allows you to take an active part in your therapy. When you get used to using the unit, you will be able to have quicker sessions with faster results. You will find this type of traction to be most beneficial after a long day sitting; whether at the office, at home or a long drive. Long periods of inactivity or bending over a lot puts forward pressure in the low back, regardless of sitting or standing, and your back will greatly benefit from the rejuvenating motion provided by this lumbar traction device. Again, you just don’t lay on it, you rock to restore locked joints and compressed discs. This can help relieve pain as well as restore normal function.

Use on any flat surface. Start with the unit inflated – always change positions with it not inflated. Start with warm up motions, rocking your pelvis back and forth over the unit. When you are ready, position it in a comfortable position and begin treatment. YOur back will not be used to this type of traction/mobilization at first, so in order to reduce any soreness, keep it inflated to lower levels and keep treatment sessions to less than 10 minutes for the first couple weeks, allowing gradual adaptation. This is like a concentrated exercise session. You don’t lay there like a lox! Take an active role in your back pain. Do not use with any recent injury. For pre-existing conditions, consult your health care provider first.

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Just like getting adjusted at the Chiropractor’s office, you may experience some soreness the first time or two after using it. Start out slow until you are familiar with how it works and how you respond. Pretty soon you will be an expert and on your way to a healthier and and more pain free back.

This special device using lumbar traction for home use is easy to use and ready right out of the box. No assembly required and built strong to last. Makes it perfect for the home, at the office when you get a break, and even to take on the road for traveling.

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Home Traction Bench For Back Pain

Using The Home Traction Bench To Reduce Back Pain & Increase Spinal Health

Back pain is one of the biggest reasons that so many people take the time off work. It costs business $billions every year in lost revenue, although that is not really important to the individual person who has to suffer with it. Back pain can be anything from a numbness or throbbing, to something that sends lightning bolts along the spine and into the leg. Typically, this is caused by disc bulges and herniations, as well as degenerative arthritis. In some cases it can be totally debilitating, and people can find themselves having a limited lifestyle. It used to be that only painkillers, clinic visits or in chronic cases, surgery, were the only options, but now we have other options available, such as the home traction bench.

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Assembled size: 72″ long x 25″ wide x 11″ high | Maximum user weight: 250 lbs.

Whether you have been suffering from back pain for only a short time, or you have had it years, then the home traction bench is designed to help relieve you of some, if not all of the pain that you have. Apart from surgery, most nonsurgical methods only relieve you of the pain for a short time. Painkillers will only work for a few hours, steroid injections can relieve it for a few weeks, but long term use of them causes other problems.

Pain in the spine can be caused by the shock absorber between the vertebrae wearing out, a slipped disk, joint irritation, arthritis, an accident, and a number of other conditions. The spine is a delicate structure, it not only supports the weight of most of our body, but it also protects the spinal column. Back problems can cause swelling around the vertebrae, which puts pressure on the nerves causing numbness and pain, and you can also get muscular pain in the region.

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The traction table is designed to for spinal decompression, and this allows the spine and the area around it to gently be returned to its correct position. You are in full control of the device and only set it to apply the traction that you feel comfortable with. Over time, you will discover that as more stretch is applied, you will start to get more relief from the device.

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There is now no longer any need to continue with the short term methods of treatment. Using the home traction bench on a regular basis will see your condition improve, and once the pain starts to reduce naturally, you will find that you can get on with your life again.

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Ultimate Back Support – Full Spine Relief

The Ultimate Back Support Eases Sitting Stress While Driving, At The Office Or At Home

Driving a vehicle subjects the neck and back to all the stress and strain associated with sitting in at home or the workplace, and more! The driver of a car or truck doesn’t have the freedom of the office worker to get out of the seated position and stretch out or walk around, therefore durations involving immobility may very well be continuous for a long time. The strain and stress along the neck and back is actually made worse because of the vibrations within the car or truck, resulting in the assisting muscles and ligaments of the back to actually fatigue and become weak and susceptible to injury more quickly.

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Ultimate Back Support Features

1. Low back support providing increased comfort by alleviating pain & muscle fatigue

2. Side-supports surround the kidneys offering increased stabilization

3. Head & neck support aids in the prevention of whiplash injury

4. Distinct & easy attachment

Ultimately, when in a vehicle, there’s the danger regarding cervical spine injuries often as a result of whiplash. Even though many cars and trucks possess headrests in order to reduce injury, they’re frequently improperly aligned or improperly designed to support the head and neck combined during collision. Standard back supports may be typical in cars and trucks, yet similar to their workplace equivalents, most of these barely meet the place between the lower back and the seat, as well as don’t supply proper support for the head and neck. A good back support really should be all-encompassing for the reason that it has to offer support for the entire spinal column; neck, as well as head collectively within correct positioning. Additionally, it should promote an alert, straight up driving position for safety.

The choice requirements for a back support needs to be:

 – Designed to support all three contours of the spinal column – the neck, upper back and lower back.

 – Capable of being suited for all sizings regarding backs.

 – Built to implement forces for the proper areas within the spinal column in order to promote an upright and ergonomically sound position.

 – Capable of offering side to side support to keep the back correctly situated against the support during turns and areas in the road that shift the back.

 – Able to be attached in the appropriate level to provide the proper support.

 – Built to assist in preventing whiplash injuries by providing specific support for the head, neck, as well as back.

support4backBack and neck issues will affect the majority of people within their life time. More than 50 billion dollars is actually expended per year in the United States attempting to minimize back issues as well as the suffering due to the ensuing pain. An important aspect for avoidable neck and back conditions is good healthy posture. Good supports for the back provide proper posture which is situated in the contours of a correctly aligned neck and back when looked at through the side. The particular contours consists of the neck, upper back as well as the lower back. The Ultimate Back Support has been anatomically designed to provide a style which supports all three contours in the spinal column. Forces will be placed within the proper areas of the spinal column in order to induce a response which promotes sitting up-right and alert. Support is supplied from your head to the base of the spinal column, an important element in the availability of pain relief as well as protection against back pain as well as fatigue of supporting muscles.

The Spinal Support facilitates relief and prevents back and neck pain as well as fatigue, while at the same time offering increased comfort in seated position.

back support for drivingFashioned to match the correct shape of your whole spinal column, therefore providing the absolute best support for the neck and back in their all-natural postures.

Assists in preventing whiplash by offering support for the neck and head. Does not block rear viewpoint whenever driving a car or truck.

The shoulders as well as arms have the freedom regarding unhindered motion for safety while driving and efficient mobility when working.

The ultimate back support features a distinctive, yet easy attachment application permits simple attaching most seating configurations.

The full spine support for sitting is based on our standard spine support device, but adds a cervical support for the entire spinal column making it the ultimate back support, providing relief for the lower, mid and upper back as well as the neck and head.

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Vitamin D Deficiency – Neck & Back Pain

With The Widespread Prevalence Of Vitamin D Deficiency & Spinal Pain, We Should Pay Attention To This Supplement In Relation To Neck & Back Pain.

As we age, degenerative conditions of the spine and decreased musculosketetal function leave us susceptible to falls, fractures, pain and a number of chronic conditions. Supplementation with vitamin D is known to help reduce the risk of fractures because of it’s function in bone mineralization, however, it can also protect against falls by improving muscle function. This vitamin further has been shown to have a protective effect in diseases like cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, osteoarthritis and cancer. An analysis has shown supplementing with vitamin D can reduce mortality from all causes.

According to a December, 2014 publication in World Neurosurgery, a study has indicated a correlation between individuals undergoing spinal surgery and a deficiency of vitamin D. Blood serum vitamin D levels were taken from individuals undergoing fusion for spinal instability and degenerative spinal spondylosis.

The authors discovered that Vitamin D deficiency was associated with individuals having a diagnosis of degenerative spondylosis. Additionally, it was noted that those who were middle aged, men, obese, diabetics and those who do not use vitamin D supplements showed a higher occurrence of vitamin D deficiency.

A march/April, 2013 issue of the journal Pain Physician found an association between deficiency of vitamin D and spinal stenosis of the lumbar spine. In this study, almost 75% of individuals with spinal stenosis had a vitamin D deficiency. Furthermore, the level of pain was also associate, with higher levels of pain associated with a high occurrence of vitamin D deficiency.

Vitamin D Deficiency – More Than Just Neck & Back Pain

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The December 2013 issue of the Global Spine Journal found an association between vitamin D deficiency and cervical disc herniations in adults requiring spinal surgery. The deficiency was associated with a greater number of cervical disc herniations for an individual.

The authors of the study indicate that a deficiency of vitamin may increase the risk of back and neck pain from disc degeneration, disc herniation with nerve compression, as well as radiculitis.

Studies indicate vitamin D has the ability to decrease inflammatory chemicals of the outer part of the disc, the part that is torn or ruptured in a herniation. These inflammatory chemicals are responsible for pain, tissue destruction as well as erosion of cartilage, often seen with destructive degenerative conditions like Modic changes.


Standing Posture – Tips To Reduce Pain

Standing Posture & How To Improve It To Avoid Back, Leg & Foot Pain

standing postureStanding for long periods can pose a postural problem leading to painful conditions. We know sitting for long periods is unhealthy, however, does this mean standing is better?

Standing is a posture often used at work and almost half of workers spend about 75% of the time standing and almost half of these workers do not have the ability to sit when they want. Standing for long periods is associated with back pain and problems with the legs and feet. Many health crare professionals are recommending standing more than sitting, however, standing for long periods can be just as detrimental to health as sitting. We therefore need to find a balance between standing and sitting. Much has been written about sitting correctly to avoid painful conditions; lets look how we can improve our standing posture.

What is the Best Standing Posture?

Make sure you stand upright. Standing upright requires use of the postural muscles that need to be strong to maintain the best standing posture. The head should be straight with the chin slightly in to avoid forwad head posture and neck strain. The best way to do this is to make sure the ears are held over the shoulders. The shoulders should be held slightly back to avoid the rounded shoulder posture that can lead to upper back problems as the muscles between the shoulders become overstretched and weak. The arms should be relaxed down and not held up as this can lead to a painful trapezius muscle. The knees should be straight, but not locked. The posture of the back should be natural, slightly holding the stomach muscles so the pelvis does not tilt forward. Allowing the pelvis to tilt forward leads to a sway back posture that weakens stomach muscles and stresses the back muscles and joints. The feet should be at shoulders width and the weight should be at the balls of the feet and not the heels. Grasp the ground with your toes to motion away from the heels and get a feel for the balls of your feet.

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If you need to stand for long periods, shift your weight from the right and left foot and also rock slightly from the balls of the feet to the heels. This can help increase blood flow and reduce strain on the legs and feet.

The Benefits Of Good Standing Posture

Standing in good posture not only feels better, but it looks better too. It is much more health for the muscles, ligaments, joints, blood flow and self esteem.

  • Alleviates muscle fatigue by increasing efficiency and decreases the amount of energy needed.
  • Minimizes stress on joints.
  • Allows better function of ligaments for increased motion.
  • Avoids strain from overuse.
  • Eases stress on lower back and muscles.
  • Helps with confidence and better appearance.

How To Improve Standing Posture

By following the tips for better posture, you will be training the muscles that will help to maintain better posture. It may not feel natural at first and can cause some soreness initially because the muscles need to get used to holding and working better. Try to spend some time each day working on your posture. It can be just 10 minutes at first, then progress a little each day or week. It takes time to form new habits, so don’t expect results overnight. Being persistent will pay off in the long run. realize that this takes some effort; muscles need to work differently, ligaments slowly adapt, and gradual change can take place with 6 to 8 weeks of effort. Soon, you will be able to feel more at ease and comfortable with your new posture, as it requires less effort to maintain. Others may notice the difference, noting something is different about you, but can’t quite put their finger on it.

Can I Get Better Standing Posture?

Some will have more difficulty with this than others. It depends on your desire and some have musculoskeletal problems like arthritis that can make it more challenging. Certain areas may need more specific exercising and stretching. Starting with simple neck rehab exercises as well as back stretching and exercising may need to be looked into to help. You can consult with a chiropractor or physical therapist for advice, evaluation and/or specific instruction or treatment when necessary to help with better standing posture.


The Cause Of Your Back Pain

The Cause Of Your Back Pain Is Often From One Of These Conditions

The most frequent problems related to low back pain are strains/sprains, disc herniations and spinal stenosis

Low back pain is a frequent complaint as we age. The lower part of the back is the most common location for back pain. Being at the center of gravity, most of the bending we do is from the lower part of the back and this places stress on the structures; muscles ligaments, joints and discs, which can produce pain. The cause of your back pain is most likely to be problems from damage to these structures arise from sudden accidents or lifting, or from things like genetics, poor posture and prolonged sitting.

An important part of getting relief for back pain is discovering the cause of the problem. The cause may need to be found with the help of a medical professional who can do testing and imaging studies. Finding treatment for the cause of your back pain as quickly as possible may help prevent it from worsening and causing more problems down the road.

The Cause Of Your Back Pain – Back Strains & Sprains

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This is the most common reason for back pain and may be the easiest to get relief.

What Is A Back Strain Or Sprain? A strain is damage to a back muscle and/or the tendon. The muscles contract and allow for producing motion, while the tendon is where the muscle attaches to the bones in the back. Ligaments are involved in sprains and this is how the bones connect to each other. In general, injuries to these structures are usually mild, however, more severe injuries to muscles, tendons and ligaments may require surgery.

Back Strain/Sprain Symptoms: Altered posture from pain, usually bent to the side or forward, restricted movement, and back muscle spasms. Pain can travel into the hip area, but usually not the leg.

What You Can Do For Back Strains And Sprains: Unlike years ago, it is suggested to maintain your daily activities and stay active as much as possible. You may have to rest some and avoid postures and those activities that makes it worse like twisting and lifting. Since a strain or pulled muscle involves some tearing of the tissues, it takes a few days or perhaps weeks to heal. Using ice immediately after injury can help reduce swelling. In a couple or few days, heat to the back can help relax any muscle spasms and promote healing. Over the counter pain killers like Tylenol can help with the pain and pain killers like Motrin, Ibuprofen and Advil can help reduce pain and swelling. Just because they are over the counter does not mean they are completely safe, so care should be taken to avoid overuse or using them if you have liver or kidney problems as well as stomach or cardiovascular problems. If these methods do not improve the back pain or it just gets worse, it may be more serious and you need to see a doctor.

The Cause Of Your Back Pain – Back Disc Problems

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What Are Back Disc Problems: The lower back or lumbar spine has 5 bones that have cushions between the called discs. As a result of aging and degeneration, the water like center part of the disc dries out, while the outer part becomes thin. This can cause there to be less room for the nerves which leave the back and go to the hip and leg, or they can bulge outward. If a disc bulges out enough, it can cause inflammation and place pressure on a nerve, this is called a herniated disc. years ago, a disc herniation was commonly referred to as a slipped disc, but the disc does not actually slip, it herniates or pushes outwards. Small tears in the disc can also cause pain and inflammation without herniating. Pain from the disc is called discogenic pain and can be local or, in the case of many disc herniations, produce radiating pain.

Symptoms Of Back Disc Herniation: Low back pain which travels or radiates into the hip area, possibly to the leg and even into the foot. This is sometimes called sciatica. There can be pain, numbness and tingling. The pain is usually worse when sitting, sneezing or straining.

What You Can Do For A Herniated Disc In The Lower Back: Use of over the counter pain killers may help in relief of the back and leg pain. Avoid sitting straight as this places strain on the disc. Lie down or recline. Avoid constipation and use stool softeners or laxatives if necessary, since straining stresses the disc. This can be a problem with some prescription pain killers that often cause constipation. Ice and heat can help as described above. Lumbar spine traction may help reduce pressure on the nerve and a good, supportive back brace can help initially with any daily activities. If the pain is not improving, gets worse or continues for weeks, seeing a doctor may be necessary. Many times an MRI imaging test will be done, since a disc cannot be seen on standard x-rays. Prescription medications are often used to relieve pain and reduce inflammation, and lumbar spine injections with steroids may be recommended.

The Cause Of Your Back Pain – Spinal Stenosis Of The Lower Back

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While stenosis just means narrowing, spinal stenosis usually refers to narrowing of the spinal canal. The spinal canal is formed by the bones in the back which form a tube for the spinal cord and the nerves that come directly off the cord. Spinal stenosis describes a general condition that may be caused from small bones, discs that bulge into the spinal canal and results of degeneration or arthritis that can cause ligaments to grow thick or outgrowths of bone that may form spurs. All this can put pressure on the nerves and the spinal cord.

Symptoms Of Spinal Stenosis: Back pain that is worse when walking, standing up straight or bending backward. Pain may be in the back or may radiate into the hips and legs. The pain is often relieved or made better when leaning forward or perhaps sitting.

What You Can Do For Spinal Stenosis: Over the counter pain killers may help along with physical therapy for the back pain, while steroid injections may help alleviate the leg pain. Spinal stenosis is perhaps the most complex of the 3 most common reasons for back pain and the pain it produces is probably not going to resolve by itself. Prescription medications are frequently used and, in some cases, surgery is needed to decompress or make more room for the nerves and spinal cord to get to the cause of your back pain.