When a patient presents with low back pain we also need to understand the relationship that the lumbar spine has with the other joints in the body, particularly the hip. The hip is unique in that is it designed to be a mobile joint but also depends on muscles to provide stability and movement. The faulty hip movement will require the spine to move more than normal in an effort to compensate. Excessive stress on the spinal joints can result in low back pain, but the problem at the hip may the underlying cause.
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Over the years there’s been a rise in desk work-related jobs along with more time spent on cell phones and other mobile devices. Sitting for long periods at a time or frequently looking down at our cell phones can lead to issues in the shoulder, neck, and back as time goes on. One example of this is Tech Neck, which I’m sure you’ve heard of! Most often these issues arise from repetitive postures and positions we develop over months to years rather than something that may have happened yesterday or two days ago.
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If you have ever heard that you are taller in the morning compared to any other time during the day, well it’s actually true. Our spine literally becomes longer. The discs in our spine do not receive blood flow like most other joints in our body. Instead, when we lie down at night, fluid around and in our discs increases and hydration is at its highest first thing in the morning. The increased nutrients to our discs is a good thing, but there is a negative side effect.
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Your thoracic spine starts just below your neck and continues to the level just above your belly button. It consists of 12 vertebrae and also articulates with all 12 sets of your ribs. Although everyone’s mechanics are different, for most people movement here is crucial. Continue reading “Thoracic Spine Mobility” »
Piriformis syndrome is a condition in which the piriformis muscle becomes tight or spasms and causes pain. This muscle can also irritate the nearby sciatic nerve which can cause pain and numbness and tingling along the back of the leg.
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Simply put, static stretching involves applying a stretch, and holding it for a period of time. Usually 30-45 seconds. Dynamic stretching on the other hand, is stretching while moving. It is good to have an understanding of what affect each of them have and also know when to apply them.
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