Archive for Lower Back

Improve Your Golf Game and Save Your Back

Golf and Back PainMany avid golfers contort their bodies into oddly twisted postures, generating a great deal of torque.  Couple this with a bent-over stance, repeat 120 times over three or four hours, add the fatigue that comes with several miles of walking, and you’ve got a good workout and a recipe for potential lower-back trouble.

As America’s love affair with the game continues to grow, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has advice on how to take a proactive approach that will prepare your body for  many years of pain-free play.

If you take the chiropractic approach, you’re in good company:

1.  Purchase equipment that fits.  Don’t try to adapt your swing to the wrong clubs.  A six-footer playing with irons designed for someone five inches shorter is begging for back trouble.

2. For the women in golf:  If you have ‘inherited’ your husband’s or significant other’s golf clubs, they might be difficult for you to use.  Not only are the clubs often too long, but the shaft is often not flexible enough for a women’s grip.  Women typically play better with clubs that are composed of lighter, more flexible material, such as graphite.

3. For the men in golf: Read More→

Top 7 Chiropractic Tips for Pregnant Women

Pregnant Women and ChiropracticStudies have ound that about half of all expectant mothers develop low-back pain at some point during their pregnancies.  This is especially true during the third trimester when the baby’s body gains the most weight.

Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy can relieve and even prevent the pain and discomfort frequently experienced in pregnancy, and creates an environment for an easier, safer delivery.  It is one safe and effective way to help the spine and pelvis cope with the rapid increase in physical stress by restoring a state of balance.  In fact, most women have found the chiropractic care helped them avoid the use of pain medicatioins during pregnancy, and studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments help to reduce time in labor.

Dr. Aiello can provide adjustments, as well as offer nutritional, ergonomic and exercise advice to help address your special needs.  Follow these 7 tips: Read More→

Inversion Therapy

A spinal disc lies between each set of vertebrae and is similar to a sponge. As such, it depends on your body movement to squeeze nutrient-rich fluid in and out of its structure. When discs are damaged by trauma, disease or other causes, that necessary motion can be reduced. Just as a sponge would, the disc may lose hydration and shrink a bit, bringing the bones closer together. This narrowing speeds the natural degeneration of aging and often results in back pain, stiffness and inflexibility.

Inversion therapy essentially refers to the therapeutic use of remaining upside down in order to relieve back pain. There are several different ways to do this including gravity boots and inversion tables. The use of inversion therapy undoubtedly help relieve back pain. Read More→

Lower Back Exercises Designed to Strengthen Your Lower Back

These exercises are designed to strengthen your lower back and should only be performed under the recommendation and supervision of a licensed chiropractor.

Do each exercise 5 times, twice daily.

1. Lie flat on the floor in a relaxed position.  Bring your right knee toward your chest, clasping your hands around the knee.  Pull your right knee toward your chest firmly and, at the same time, forcefully straighten the left leg.  Hold for 3-5 seconds. Relax tension.  Do 5 times.  Repeat same procedure with opposite leg. Repeat 5 times or as recommended. Read More→