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Chiropractic, now widely practiced in North America, is a system of therapy that is only about 100 years old. Chiropractic therapy was developed in the late 19th century and stems from a single healing event involving a grocer and mystic healer in Iowa, Daniel David Palmer. Daniel apparently helped a janitor regain his hearing by a push on the spine. Palmer later founded the first chiropractic school.
Today's many chiropractors do not necessarily believe, as Palmer did, that a disease is actually caused by a spinal misalignment. Practitioners believe that when body systems are in harmony, the body has the ability to heal itself from within.
Chiropractic seeks to diagnose and treat disorders of the spine, joints, and muscles with techniques of manipulation of the vertebrae, joints and muscles into proper alignment, and to maintain health of the central nervous system and organs. Many primarily treat skeletal and muscular problems instead, including neck and back pain, spasms, sprains and strains. To strengthen and enhance their realigning bodywork, chiropractors frequently offer advice on lifestyle, nutrition, and therapeutic exercise, too.
Chiropractic actually have a remarkable success rate with alleviating lower back pain, one of the most often-heard health complaints. One study showed that 2/3 of the chiropractic patients sought help for this condition alone. As a result of its success in treating back problems, headaches, and sports and other injuries, chiropractic is the most widely practiced branch of complementary medicine in the West, with around 60,0000 practitioners worldwide.
Chiropractors carefully examine the spine and vertebrae, since the spine is the communication highway between the brain and the body.
MAIN USES OF CHIROPRACTIC
Spine and neck disorders. Back pain, especially lower back pain. Shoulder pain. Strains and sprains. Muscle, joint and postural problems. Muscle tension. Restricted mobility. Sciatica. Headaches, migraine. Gastrointestinal disorders. Tinnitus, vertigo. Pain relief. Menstrual pain. Asthma.
Daniel D. Palmer founded a chiropractic school in the US in 1897, but the first license to practice was not issued until Kansas passed a state law in 1913.
HISTORY OF CHIROPRACTIC
The term chiropractic comes from the ancient Greek cheiro, meaning hand, and praktikos, doing; literally, "done by hand" or "manipulation". Spinal manipulation has been practiced since at least the 5th century B.C., and variations, such as Native American "back-walking", are found all over the world.
Chiropractic was developed in 1895 by a Canadian, Daniel D. Parker, who tested his theories by manipulating the spine of his janitor, deaf for 17 years after a back injury. This reportedly caused a shift and the janitor's hearing returned.
In 1906 Palmer was jailed for practicing medicine without a license, but his son, B.J., continued his methods. The therapy was popular during the early 20th century, spreading to Australia, New Zealand, and Europe, but conventional health care providers were skeptical, and in the 1960s the American Medical Association (AMA) condemned it as an "unscientific cult". A 12-year legal battle ensued, which the AMA lost in 1987. Now recognized in American health care, chiropractors work in hospitals and sports clinics. British chiropractors built up research evidence to support their case; in 1994 the Chiropractors' Act allowed them to be state-registered as health professionals. In Australia, official recognition of chiropractic in 1978 lead to the world's first government-funded course.
KEY PRINCIPLES OF CHIROPRACTIC
Chiropractic sees the body as a naturally healthy system. Along with its mechanical structure of bones, joints, and muscles, it has a power source, lubrication, and wiring. The key to the system is the spine, which links the brain to the body, affecting how the body functions. Any distortion to the spine affects other parts of the body.
Chiropractors regard individuals as more than a set of bones, nerves, and muscles. They claim that treatment can ease muscle tension resulting from stress or problems in internal organs, such as the intestine or uterus. When the skeletal structure functions smoothly, the body's natural healing processes are free to keep the entire system working in harmony.
THE THEORY OF CHIROPRACTIC
The spine is the most important support in the body structure, and it protects the nervous system - the communication highway between the brain and the body. Any spinal misalignments, known to chiropractors as "subluxations" or "fixations", not only cause back pain, but may affect the functioning of the whole body. Treatment focuses on joint manipulation; some methods resemble those used in Osteopathy.
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THE SPINE & THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
The spinal cord is the link that carries the nerves to the rest of the body. Any disruption to this link affects not only the muscles, nerves, and ligaments of the back, but also of the neck, shoulders, arms and legs.
AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM
Protected by the spine, this system regulates seemingly automatic internal body functions such as sweating, digestions, and heart rate. The nerves in each of these body systems emerge from the spine of particular vertebrae. Any strain, damage, or distortion of the spine can interfere with these nerves, causing disruption to the smooth working of the internal organs, glands, blood vessels, and the heart, preventing homeostasis - the body's self-regulating and healing processes.
EVIDENCE & RESEARCH
A substantial body of scientific research now exists to support the efficacy of chiropractic for acute lower back pain. Recent studies have found it not only clinically convincing but also cost-effective.
Studies at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia (1992), showed that chiropractic compared favorably with traditional medical treatments in terms of effectiveness and cost. A study by the Rand Corporation in Los Angeles (1992) marked the first time that representatives of the medical community went on record stating that chiropractic is an appropriate treatment for certain causes of lower back pain.
In 1990 and 1995, the British Medical Journal published results of multi-center trials that showed that patients receiving chiropractic treatment for lower back pain improved more than those receiving standard hospital outpatient care.
Studies undertaken by the Australian Centre for Chiropractic Research in 1991 showed chiropractic to be twice as effective as standard medical health care for back injuries, with major savings in compensation for injury at work.
CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL OPINION
Thanks to positive studies in reputable journals, medical opinion is generally well disposed. Chiropractic has gained acceptance in the medical establishment for its research-confirmed ability to treat acute lower back pain. Many conventional health care providers are open to its use for muscular and skeletal problems in general, yet most conventional health care providers know little about chiropractic and are unsure how to incorporate it into their practice. However, many conventional health care providers fiercely deny claims that chiropractic can address other health problems.
Outside the US, it is still unusual for a chiropractor to work in a conventional medical setting, but as research accumulates and the profession establishes legal codes of practice, the situation is likely to improve.
CHECKING THE SPINE
With the patient seated, the practitioner uses her hands to discover which spinal joints are moving freely and which joints are stiff or "locked". This is known as "motion palpation". the practitioner is usually able to locate the exact source of any general pain.
A physical examination will be necessary, so expect to undress to your underwear; if you feel uncomfortable, a gown will be provider. The practitioner applies pressure to the vertebrae and locates the site of pain. Adjustable seats allow the patient and practitioner to sit in a suitable position.
CONSULTING A PRACTITIONER
The practitioner begins by taking a detailed and complete medical history, both of current and past problems, including any past injuries or surgery that may have contributed to your condition. She will ask you about your lifestyle and work. Your diet and any recreational drugs (including caffeine and tobacco) will be noted, and you will be asked how you sit at your desk, what exercise you get, and even what kind of bed you have.
A physical exam involves an analysis of posture, including the degree of right-left symmetry; joint and spine mobility (range of motion); muscle tension and reactivity; gait (how you walk); agility; and discrepancies in leg length. The chiropractor also feels for painful or tender areas. The practitioner will maneuver you into various positions so that she can examine the functioning of your spinal column, joints and muscles. You will be asked to sit, stand, or lie on a specially adjustable chiropractic table which enables even sufferers of severe back pain to be lowered from a standing position.
The chiropractor may carry out some diagnostic tests. X-rays are often taken, and sometimes tests such as nerve-conduction tests are done, as well.
Great care is taken to ensure that diagnosis is precise, so other standard medical, neurological, and orthopedic tests may also be carried out.
- Blood pressure is often taken. (1)
- Reflexes are often tested with a reflex hammer. (2)
- An X-ray may be taken if considered clinically necessary. (3)
QUESTIONS FOR YOUR CHIROPRACTOR
How long does a treatment session last?
The first treatment is roughly 30 to 60 minutes; subsequent sessions last 15 to 20 minutes.
How many sessions will I need?
You may have 2 or 3 sessions a week, and weekly sessions later, but this depends on the condition and on how quickly you respond to treatment. Usually 5 to 10 treatments are advised; if there is not improvement after 10 sessions, other options should be explored. Many chiropractors advise maintenance visits to keep potential problems at bay.
Will it be uncomfortable?
Treatment, which draws on 100 or more specific manual maneuvers, includes thrusts to the spine and tissues and movement of the joints. Some immediate pain may accompany the adjustment but this eases quickly.
Will there be any aftereffects?
Though athletes frequently compete right after treatment, you may get aches and stiffness for a few days as muscles and joints realign, and feel a little tired for a day as your body recovers.
Treatment usually begins with your second consultation, after any diagnostic tests have been returned. The practitioner usually uses precise and well-controlled techniques known as "adjustments", although sometimes other, less forceful techniques might be employed, or gentle touch applied along the spine, skull, and pelvis.
Some chiropractors may use massage techniques to loose up tight muscles prior to adjustments.
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Surgery is never used, and if drugs or treatment other than chiropractic is considered necessary, such as in the case of severe inflammation, you will be referred to your conventional health care provider or a suitable specialist.
A rubber-tipped instrument known as an Activator, rather than the hand, is sometimes used to manipulate the vertebrae. It is used particularly with older patients or babies, since it is designed to deliver a very small, precise, measured thrust. This extra control is important if the patient is frail or delicate, or if the bones are still young.
Chiropractors use an array of techniques. These are the basic categories:
Adjustments: These include a large number of specific thrusts ranging from slow and sinking to rapid and forceful.
Mobilization: This involves slowly and repeatedly moving a joint within its current range of motion. The patient's muscles are stretched. Eventually, they become too tired to hold the bones in the improper, misaligned position.
Manipulation: This involves pushing a joint rapidly and with mild force back into its proper position. This takes the joint beyond its current range of motion and often produces a pop or click as carbon dioxide from cells is released.
CHECKING THE HIP, PELVIS & LOWER SPINE
Using her hands, the practitioner tests how the pelvis moves in relation to the sacrum (lower spine). These are linked by the sacroiliac joints, and further tests may be done on these and other spinal and pelvic joints.
Marching in place shows the pelvic action.
BENDING FROM THE WAIST
You may also be asked to bend over to check flexibility and alignment.
THE THOMAS TEST
This test determines the extent of mobility in a hip joint by checking the length of the psoas muscle connecting the leg to the spine. The practitioner gently pushes on the raised leg to encourage the lumbar region of the spine to stretch, the hip joint to rotate, and the psoas muscle to flex.
Pushing gently on the raise knee flexes the psoas muscle.
THE PSOAS MUSCLE TEST
The practitioner may use this to test the joints between the vertebrae. Asking the patient to raise his leg, she pushes against it, using the groin and upper leg muscles to exert gentle tension on the lower spine. This tests for pain, inflammation, and imbalance.
THE YEOMAN'S TEST
If the sacroiliac joints (which link the sacrum to the pelvis) are strained, the patient may experience pain in the lower back and buttocks. The practitioner flexes the patient's leg and extends the thigh to test the joints for any sprain and for mobility.
LOWER BACK TREATMENT
Back pain is a commonly encountered health problems, and one with which chiropractic has demonstrated particular success. "Unlocking" a joint by using chiropractic adjustment is usually painless, and can bring immediate relief from pain and an increased range of movement for the patient. With any chiropractic adjustment, there may be an audible, painless "click" in the relevant joint. This is caused by a tiny gas bubble that is created when the pressure in the joint changes, as happens when it is suddenly stretched.
THE TOGGLE DROP
This treatment aims to improve mobility in the vertebral joints between the sacrum and pelvis. With hands crossed, the practitioner presses down swiftly to adjust a specific vertebra with a precise thrust.
For this maneuver, the table is adjusted to curve the patient's spine slightly. Using precise, gentle pressure, the practitioner pushes with her hands to stretch apart the vertebrae of the lower spine.
The chiropractor gently separates the projections of the vertebrae with her fingers to release tension.
THE LUMBAR ROLL
In this classic chiropractic treatment, the practitioner works on the lumbar region of the spine. After preparing the relevant spinal joint for movement, she applies a rapid measured thrust on the vertebrae, moving it into its proper position (adjustment).
A precise, quick adjustment with the hand realigns the vertebrae of the spine.
The patient lies on his side with his spine flexed.
Chiropractors treat patients for lower back pain, shoulder and neck pain or tension, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, strains, sprains and other sports injuries, as well as discomfort due to mild spinal curvature and headaches. Those chiropractors who hold to the traditional belief that adjustments can affect internal organs also work on patients with such problems as ulcers and asthma. Some contend there is a direct relation between organs and misaligned muscle and bone. Proponents claim that misalignments - especially of the spine, connected by nerves to all body systems - may alter the flow of nerve transmissions, which then alter organ function. Others simply believe that adjustments allow the body to return to its natural state of balance.
CHIROPRACTIC AND PREGNANCY
Midwives often refer their pregnant clients to a chiropractor just prior to giving birth to make sure the spine and pelvis are aligned (to prevent the baby from presenting in a breech or posterior birth position or getting "stuck" in the misaligned pelvis, often resulting in a cesarean delivery) and to relieve any sciatica and other lower back pain (both are common in pregnancy). A chiropractic adjustment will often help facilitate a smoother, less painful or complicated delivery of the baby. After the birth, another visit is recommended for the new mother to make sure everything is back into its proper alignment. If the delivery was long and difficult, both mother and infant may be seen by a chiropractor familiar with prenatal and neonatal chiropractic care. Note: Not all chiropractors will work with pregnant mothers or newborn infants. Make sure the chiropractor you use has had training and experience in working with these types of clients.
LOWER BACK & HEADACHE PAIN - A PATIENT'S EXPERIENCE
Angela, aged 45, is a schoolteacher and mother. She had suffered from lower back pain and headaches for some time. "When the chiropractor asked me about past accidents, I remembered being hit by a car when I was 10 years old. On the first visit he made minor adjustments to my lower back and I felt much better, though I was very tired the next day and the pain eventually returned. Further adjustments were made on the next 2 visits, but it was the 4th visit that provided a turning point. Now I hardly ever have back pain or headaches, and if I get the slightest twinge in my back, I return to my chiropractor for a maintenance session."
Gentle exercise that stretches muscles without strain or active movement can help to realign the spine and major joints. With regular stretching, you can relieve spasms, add to joint mobility and improve overall posture and flexibility, thus reinforcing the work of the chiropractor. Yoga is ideal; it stretches the muscles in a balanced way, lengthens the spine and lessens stress.
TIPS FOR BACK PAIN
Back pain afflicts most of us at one time or another. Keep the following in mind to avoid back injuries and keep you away from the chiropractor's office.
To lift heavy objects, keep your feet slightly apart, and bend your knees instead of bending at the waist. Straighten your legs slowly. Keep your back straight, and do not twist your torso. Hold the object close to you, no higher than your chest.
Sitting on a ball seat (see below) helps you to adopt a proper sitting position.
Do your best to avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time.
Try not to sleep on your stomach. This position forces the back to sway.
Swimming and walking are excellent vigorous exercises for overall good health and for strengthening the back.
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MCTIMONEY & MCTIMONEY-CORLEY CHIROPRACTIC
These variations were developed by John McTimoney and Hugh Corley. McTimoney, a British chiropractor practicing in the 1950s, believed that the body constantly compensates for misalignments by making minor structural adjustments, and that the whole body should be reintegrated at each consultation to ensure full alignment. In 1972 he established a school of McTimoney chiropractic in the UK. Corley, also British, trained under McTimoney, but further developed the "whole body" approach with his own techniques, and established a chiropractic college in the UK in 1984 to teach the McTimoney-Corley method. He also designed preventive exercises that allow patients to control problems themselves.
Both methods adjust joints with a rapid thrust followed by immediate release, using the elasticity of ligaments and tendons to encourage misaligned bones to "toggle" back into proper position. McTimoney-Corley chiropractors also practice a gentle technique using only the fingertips. Called the Reflux Recoil Adjustment, it is a light method of vertebral manipulation. These gentle techniques are relatively comfortable to receive, and babies and the elderly may find them particularly acceptable.
This variation was initiated in 1979 by Dr. Donald Epstein, an American chiropractic. Using light, supple movements, practitioners adjust each vertebra in relationship to the rest of the spine, since they believe that the spine protects an essential channel of energy and information to the body.
MAIN USES OF NETWORK CHIROPRACTIC
Spinal misalignment. Muscular stiffness. Stress. Improved well-being.
Dr. Epstein's system of Network Spinal Analysis integrates points of agreement from diverse chiropractic approaches. The system diverges in its belief that there are 2 types of subluxations, structural (arising from physical stresses) and facilitated (arising from emotional stresses). The practitioner addresses them in different ways.
A 1995 survey of 3,000 patients of Network Spinal Analysis conducted by the University of California at Irvine suggests that Network Spinal Analysis is associated with improvements in self-reported health, an important indicator of actual health.
Postgraduate training in Network Spinal Analysis was first offered in the US in 1995. Certification is now granted in the three levels of care that the system provides.
CONSULTING A NETWORK CHIROPRACTIC PRACTITIONER
The practitioner uses a specialized system of evaluating the spine that focuses on the way individual vertebrae interact. She makes adjustments to subluxations, following a unique sequence, or "network". The sequence involves 12 different techniques, which are applied with careful timing.
Facilitated subluxations are generally addressed with the Logan Basic Technique - light steady pressure applied to the spine, mainly in the upper cervical area. Structural subluxations may be addressed with the Toggle-Recoil Technique - a quick thrust with the heel of the hand. The types of adjustments used change according to improvements in spinal function.
At your first consultation the practitioner will take a history of previous chiropractic care and an inventory of physical and mental stresses. She will examine your muscle tone, leg length, and any tension in the ankles and heels, and assess spinal function in respect to breathing. X-rays may be taken, but they are not standard. Level 1 care then begins.
The goal of Level 1 care, which is usually given 3 times a week for 1-2 months, is to return as much function to the spine as possible and to increase body awareness. At Level 2, visits twice a week for 2-4 months ease not only the spine, but the whole body. Self-help begins at Level 2, when you have developed sufficient body awareness to be able to focus on specific sites and release any tension.
By this point, the spine is self-correcting. General function and well-being have been improved. Some people continue on to Level 3, also called Wellness Care. Self-directed, it is determined by each person's needs and goals. Sessions may take place once a week; a quality-of-life inventory is made periodically.
CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL OPINION
Many conventional health care providers do not distinguish between the different chiropractic approaches. The effectiveness of the more vigorous manipulations would seem more understandable to a health care provider than the gentle maneuvers of Network Chiropractic, which is currently the subject of research studies.
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Tell your chiropractor if you have osteoporosis or inflammation, signs of infection, tumors, circulatory problems (particularly aneurysms), or a recent fracture. While chiropractors may decide not to treat some of these conditions, they are skilled in pain relief methods that can ease discomfort in some of the conditions listed.
Chiropractic is not advised for those with whiplash, fractures, bone or spinal-cord disease or osteoporosis. For chronic back pain, it is best to see a conventional health care provider first.
PREGNANCY & BACKACHE CONCERNS
Some suggestions that may be useful for women during pregnancy and non-pregnant individuals having back pain concerns. This information should not replace any therapy or recommendations by your health care provider or midwife. Always consult with your health care provider before taking any herbal or nutritional supplement or before you begin any exercise therapy. For more detailed information, contact your health care provider about options that may be available for your specific situation.
BASIC BACKACHE INFORMATION
Backache is common in pregnancy, often rooted in poor posture. The increase in body weight, the muscle-relaxing effects of the hormone progesterone, and the shift in the center of gravity contribute to the problem. To prevent low back pain, avoid strain whenever you are lying, sitting, standing, walking, working, and exercising. Most importantly, keep your stomach and back strong and flexible through regular exercise.
POSTURE: With correct posture, your internal organs have room to function normally, and blood circulates freely for best total fitness. When standing, an imaginary line dropped from your ear should go through your shoulder, hip, the middle of your knee, and the front of your ankle. Your lower back should be flattened, not swayed back or slouched forward; this creates minimum strain on your back muscles.
LIFTING: Squat directly in front of any object to be lifted; rise, letting your legs and thighs do the work. Keep the object you are lifting close to your body, and do not twist. Never try to lift anything you cannot easily manage - get help!
STANDING: Standing for long periods of time can put a lot of stress on your back. If you must stand, occasionally shift your weight from one side to the other. Or, try propping one of your feet on a footstool six-to-eight inches high.
SITTING: Sit in firm seats with straght backs, keeping your back flat and knees higher than your hips. Rest your feet flat on the floor or on a footstool, or cross your legs so at least one of your knees is higher than your hips. When driving, sit close enough to the steering wheel that your lower back is flattened and perpendicular to the floor, and knees and hips are bent.
SLEEPING: Sleep on a firm, flat mattress. It is best to sleep on your side with your knees and hips bent and a pillow under your head, or on your back with pillows beneath your head and knees. If you must sleep on your stomach, place a pillow under your hips to reduce the curve in your lower back (do not sleep on your stomach in late pregnancy). Another tip - watch out for waterbeds. Many do not offer the support your back needs.
SEX: Anyone with back trouble should avoid stress on his or her back during sex. Two possible positions - both partners on their sides facing the same direction (front to back), or the person with back pain on his/her back and the other partner on top (a pillow under the hips can provide extra support).
BACKPACKS & SORE BACKS: Among students, heavy backpacks are a common cause of back and shoulder pain. Try carrying a backpack over both shoulders, or at least alternate your pack frequently from one shoulder to the other.
WEIGHT LIFTING: Before working with weights, have an expert demonstrate proper techniques. Incorrect squats can be particularly dangerous - never let your back arch. If you have back trouble already, stick with low weights and high repetitions. Make sure your back is supported with a board, bench, or seat back. Do not do weight-lifting during mid-to-late pregnancy or not at all during pregnancy to be on the safe side.
TENSION & STRESS: While tension or stress is not often the primary cause of back pain, it can certainly worsen pain and make you more prone to back problems. If this is a problem for you, learn stress reduction techniques.
EXERCISE: Exercise can be an excellent way to strengthen your body to prevent back pain, or to work your back into shape as part of your self-treatment. Some suggested exercises are listed here. Important: Do not do these exercises if they cause you pain.
SOME HELPFUL TIPS DURING PREGNANCY
To minimize back pain during pregnancy, do not stay in one position for a long period of time.
Pay special attention to your posture. Keep your shoulders relaxed and your back as straight as possible at all times. Use chairs that provide good back support in your home, at work and in your car. Avoid overuse of bucket seats in cars. They are known to cause problems with malpositioning of the baby during late pregnancy (posterior presentation - face up instead of face down) and promote "slouching". Use a back support if you have bucket seats. Do not slouch on your couch, loveseat or other household chair.
Include two to three minutes of gentle stretching exercises in your daily routine. Do not do any forward-bending or strongly upward-stretching exercises. These can pull muscles and ligaments and cause a great deal of discomfort.
Do not wear high heeled shoes. High heels throw your center of balance off and puts more strain on your back.
When your back hurts, try soaking a small towel in cider vinegar. Squeeze off any excess and lie down on your side. Spread the towel directly across your back. Relax this way for fifteen to twenty minutes.
Visit your chiropractor often for adjustment. Visit a massage therapist and have a massage. This is great for relaxation and tension that builds up in your back muscles. Make sure you find a practitioner that is familiar with pregnancy issues.
Sleep on a firm supportive mattress at night. Use pillows to support your abdomen, back and legs while sleeping.
Lift heavy objects using your knees and not your back.
Heat applied to your back is relaxing. A warm bath, a hot shower, a hydroculator, a hot water bottle, a towel dipped in hot water or wet and warmed in the microwave, a rice filled sock heated in the microwave are all helpful and will provide temporary relief for most backaches.
Tiger Balm, Olbas, Zheng Gu Shui, Wintergreen oil and other homemade or purchased herbal liniments and rubs can penetrate into deep muscle tissue and relieve tension and pain. They work best if followed by moist heat. See Backache Relief Products.
St. John's Wort (also known as St. Joan's Wort) is highly effective in relieving backaches. The tincture is a specific for muscle spasms. Use 15 to 25 drops in a glass of water every few hours as needed. For severe cases, add 3 to 5 drops of Skullcap tincture. The infused oil of St. John's Wort has the unique ability to enter nerve endings, relieving pain and easing any nervous system irritation.
Wheat Grass juice is highly recommended for all ills, including backaches. The bright green juice contains plentiful nutrients needed to strengthen muscles, ease the nerves, and keep the spine flexible. To prepare the juice: soak wheat berries overnight, drain off the water, and spread the wheat one berry deep onto an inch thick layer of dirt on a cookie sheet with edges. Water the whole thing several times a day. Harvest the green shoots by cutting them when they are several inches high. Use a special Wheat Grass juicer to extract the most juice, or blend the shoots with water in your blender, then strain and drink the liquid.
Nettle infusion is excellent for toning and aiding kidneys (that may be causing back pain).
Comfrey infusion provides every vitamin and mineral necessary to prevent backaches. It is also rich in amino acids, the building blocks of protein, needed in plentiful supply for strong abdominal muscles and healthy babies.
A quality Prenatal Vitamin & Mineral Supplement may be recommended by your health care provider or midwife. Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Vitamin B-Complex, all are needed when backache is a problem. Eat foods or take natural supplements of these when flair-ups occur.
ACUTE LOWER BACK PAIN RECOMMENDATIONS
STRETCH & EXERCISE SAFETY
Keeping your core muscles limber is as important as keeping them strong. Two good stretching exercises are the knee-to-chest and the hamstring stretch. To do the knee-to-chest, lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Bring one knee up to your chest and use your hands to pull the knee close while flattening out your back; then repeat with the other knee. The hamstring stretch is done from the same starting position. Pick up one leg with both hands placed behind your knee and then straighten your lower leg. These stretches should be held for about 20 seconds and repeated five times. Be sure to warm up before you stretch.
Stretches & Exercises To Avoid: One of the worst stretches for a person with back pain is bending over to touch your toes while keeping your legs straight. Even worse is bouncing while trying to touch your toes. Other bad stretching exercises are ones that require you to bend or twist with any type of weight in your hand. Number one on the list of bad-for-the-back exercises is the full sit-up. This is the type of sit-up done with the hands behind the head and legs out straight, and it puts too much pressure on the lower back. You should also avoid straight leg lifts done with your back on the floor. Jogging can be jarring. Any type of high-impact aerobic exercise requires caution. Examples of high-impact aerobics include jogging or running (especially on a hard surface), tennis, some types of dance, and any other exercise that jars or twists the spine. If you cannot maintain your spine in a neutral position during aerobics, you may not be able to protect your back and prevent pain. Also avoid any contact sports or sports like volleyball, soccer, snowboarding, and trampoline that put too much strain on your back, leading to a backache.
DECIDING TO SEE YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER OR NOT
Before you try any self-help treatments, you can determine whether you need to see a health care provider immediately by taking this test: While lying on a firm bed or mattress, straighten one leg and raise it 90 degrees. If you have pain radiating down your leg, seek medical help as soon as possible.
If your lower back is merely whimpering for help, try these treatments for fast relief.
HIT THE FLOOR: For this remedy you will need some floor space, a pillow and a small ice pack (a bag of ice wrapped in a towel or cloth will do.) Lie on your back on the floor and put a pillow under your knees - that raises them slightly, taking some of the pressure off your lower back. Now place the ice under the painful area for about 20 minutes. If lying on the ice is too uncomfortable, dispense with it. Just lying in this position will provide some relief.
CHILL IT DOWN: Ask your spouse or a friend to rub the painful area with ice for at least 20 minutes every couple of hours. Continue ice treatment until three days after the injury. In addition to numbing the pain and relaxing muscle spasms, ice also reduces swelling.
HEAT IT UP: You may also benefit from moist heat applied to your achy back. Try using either a hot-water bottle or a towel that has been soaked in hot water. The warmth increases the flow of blood and oxygen to the injured area, which speeds healing. Because heat can promote swelling, do not use it until 72 hours after the injury,
S-t-r-e-t-c-h IT OUT: Once your homemade anesthetic (ice) has kicked in, gently stretch your back. The best technique in an emergency is to lie on your stomach (do not do in late pregnancy), then bend your arms, placing your hands flat on the floor directly under your shoulders. Slowly raise your torso onto your elbows for ten seconds, lower your body and repeat. This movement forces nutrients and oxygen into the disks of the lower spine and forces out waste products like lactic acid, helping ease muscle spasms.
HIT THE HAY: For severe lower back pain, bed rest is of some value, but the amount must be limited. In fact, for every three hours that you are down, health care providers say you should be on your feet for between 20 minutes and an hour. Health care providers know the detrimental effects of staying on your back. You lose calcium from your bones and your muscles begin to weaken.
TAKE A WALK: Some people seem to improve by taking a short walk. The reason: Unlike sitting, walking reduces the amount of stress on your lower back.
KILL THE PAINKILLERS... If you can: Prescription pain relievers will help the most severe cases of back pain. But try limiting their use to two to three days after an injury and always consult your health care provider if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. These powerful, addicting narcotics merely treat the pain and not the cause. Many health care providers will not allow their patients to use them.
CONSIDER ASKING FOR AN NSAID: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are available over-the-counter (consult with your health care provider before using any medication or supplement if you are pregnant or breastfeeding). These medications help reduce the swelling often associated with muscle and other soft-tissue injuries. Aspirin is one form of NSAID, but you may also consider taking ibuprofen, which is thought to be a more powerful NSAID.
TRY A CHIROPRACTOR: Either a chiropractor or an osteopath is capable of manipulating your spine to help alleviate back pain. Both use x-rays and detailed patient histories to make their diagnosis. Osteopaths are licensed to prescribe drugs, but chiropractors are not. About 50 to 60 percent of all back problems can be seen once or twice for manipulation and be resolved if treated by a qualified chiropractor or osteopath. If you are pregnant, try to find a practitioner experienced with expectant moms.
TAKE TENS: If your back pain just keeps on coming back, you might want to ask your health care provider about transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), a small but powerful emergency back pain treatment. Electricity from a compact device courses through electrodes taped to your back, stimulating the lower back muscles and ending spasms. Although not a muscle strengthener, TENS units may also be used after surgery to help reduce pain.
BEATING BACK PAIN AT WORK
You undoubtedly feel safe sitting at your desk in that air-conditioned office. But did you know you a're just as likely to develop lower back pain as someone who works outdoors? In one study, researchers discovered that women who worked in offices had the same kind of degenerative back changes - like loss of water from their spinal disks - meter maids, says Annie Pivarski, a back-care consultant and personal trainer in San Francisco who helped rehabilitate the back of San Francisco '49ers quarterback Joe Montana following back surgery in 1986. To keep from beating up your back at work, try these tips.
WATCH THE CLOCK: It is not enough to merely shift your weight in your seat. You have to move. Stand up at least once an hour and stretch. Here is one good stretch you can try - stand erect and place your hands on your lower back. Bend backward slightly by lifting your chest up and out. Hold, then relax and repeat. Now slowly increase your stretch by tilting your head back and leaning backward as far as comfortable. Hold the position for just a moment. Now slowly raise your head, then your body so you are standing erect again. Repeat.
DIVIDE AND CONQUER: Structure your work routine so that you alternate between standing and sitting. Anything that would allow you to change your position can help remedy this overuse syndrome.
PULL UP THE RIGHT CHAIR: Even so-called ergonomic (user-friendly) chairs can have a devastating effect on your back if they a're not right for you. If possible, get a chair that has an adjustable, contoured seat so that your hips are slightly higher than your knees. If the chair is too low, you will feel pressure on your tailbone; too high and you will feel pressure on your lower thighs.
If the chair has armrests, they should be adjustable so that your arms can rest freely at your sides. Armrests that are too long prevent you from you moving close enough to your desk, causing you to lean forward in your seat. Leaning forward causes more load on the lower back than just about anything else that people do. Kneeling chairs can also help reduce strain on the lower back depending on the tasks at hand. (Kneeling chairs are definitely not the answer for people who also have knee problems.)
SUPPORT YOUR BACK: Whether it is a specially designed foam roll or simply a small pillow placed at the small of your back when you sit down, lumbar supports help retain the natural curve of your spine while you are seated.
CHECK YOUR COMPUTER HEIGHT: If your computer screen is too low, you run the risk of leaning forward while typing and straining your back and neck. Leaning backward is not good either. A good guide is to make sure that the center of your screen is at chin level. A couple of old phone books placed under your monitor may be all you need to push your screen up to the proper level.
DRIVING DOS & DON'TS
Another place where your lower back can get into trouble is the front seat of your car. Frequent driving does not have to put you on the road to back pain. Consider these tips.
SITTING PRETTY: Instead of diving behind the wheel when you get into your car, back in and sit gently, then turn and swing your legs inside. Most people do not get in and out of their cars properly.
ADJUST YOUR SEAT: Ever notice the people who sit so low and far back in their cars that they can barely see over the steering wheel? They may look cool, but they are begging for lower back problems. What often happens is that in stretching out your legs, you pull your back away from the back of the seat and you start to slump. That is bad news for your lower back. Adjust your seat so you are sitting slightly reclined when you drive.
PROP YOURSELF UP: Available at most drug and medical supply stores, a low-back support is also helpful when riding in or driving a car, especially if yours has bucket seats. Avoid the wooden bead kind, she warns, as they can cause problems during an accident.
WATCH YOUR DRIVING TIME: Give yourself an hour. It may sound impractical, but health care providers suggest that after sitting in a car for an hour, you should take time to stop, get out of your car and stretch your back. Failing that, you can also shift your rear end from side to side, wiggle your feet and tighten your stomach muscles to help give your back a break.
BEATING BACK-PAIN AT HOME
Instituting these back-saving steps at home will go a long way toward relieving repeated episodes of lower back pain.
SLEEP COMFORTABLY: From now on, before going to sleep, place one pillow under your head and two pillows under your knees. Alternatively, you can lie on your side with your head on top of a pillow and a pillow under your feet and lower legs. An additional small oblong or crescent shaped pillow can be placed behind and curved around the neck - it can be used to support the cervical spine located in the neck regions (especially helpful if you have recurrent neck pain and headaches). These positions will ensure a good night's sleep for you and take pressure off your lower back. Also, a firm mattress is better for your back than one that sags.
EASY TO BED AND EASY TO RISE: Bounding out of bed may be the stuff of business legends, but it is actually a good way to beat up your back. Why? While you were sleeping, the disks in your spine were filling up with water, making them plump and causing some stiffness in surrounding muscles. To protect against sudden moves that can cause microtears in the spinal disks, simply roll onto your side and push yourself up with your arms. Finally, swing your feet onto the floor.
BE SINK SMART: Bending over the sink to brush your teeth or shave can also strain your lower back. Instead of merely leaning into the effort, open the cabinet door below the sink and rest your foot inside. Then brace yourself with one hand. You can also put your foot on a small stool or box. Switch feet every few minutes.
GET A LEG UP: Instead of sinking into your favorite easy chair, reduce the strain on your back by keeping one knee higher than the level of your hips. One technique: Rest one foot on a stool in front of you.
EXERCISE FOR BACKACHE DURING PREGNANCY & AFTERWARD
Because a flexible back is usually a pain-free back, most health care providers recommend that your treatment include stretching. Here are some suggestions and exercises for your lower back protection plan. Always consult with your midwife or health care provider before starting any exercise program whether you are pregnant or not. Not all exercises and stretches are safe during late pregnancy and others may need to be adapted for your growing belly. Always start slowly and gently and work up as your body becomes more adapted to the program. If it hurts, stop. If you have questions, contact your health care provider, midwife, physical therapist or yoga instructor.
CAT STRETCH EXERCISE: This can be practiced daily or whenever needed. Get on your hands and knees on a firm surface; inhale, let your head hang down and arch your back up like a cat. Exhale, lift your head all the way up and let your spine return to parallel with the floor. Continue flexing the spine up and down while breathing rhythmically. This exercise can also be done in a standing position.
THE CAT STRETCH EXERCISE
Get into the all fours position on the floor. You may find you need to put a thick blanket or a duvet down onto the floor to give some padding for your knees and hands. Make sure that your back is flat - women have a tendency to hollow the lower back, which tends to overstrain it. You may need to get your partner or a friend to check this, or check in a mirror. Make yourself as comfortable as you can - when you first begin to do this exercise you may find that you do not feel all that comfortable. Do not worry - your body will get used to it with practice. Close your eyes and begin to follow the movement of your breath as you breathe out and in. Slow your breathing down by breathing OUT a little more slowly with each out breath until you feel you are breathing deeply into your abdomen. As you breathe out become more aware of your baby (you may want to combine this exercise with the "baby breathing" exercise) - you may be aware of your baby moving. It is this all fours position, which shifts the baby's back so it is around the front of your body. After a while of resting, begin to explore what kind of movements you feel like doing - you may want to begin to crawl around the room. Crawling can help ease backaches. You may want to stay on the spot and rock forwards and backwards. You may want to circle your hips.
After a while, begin to move into what is called the CAT STRETCH. As you can imagine, this movement is rather like a cat arching its back. Begin by checking your back is flat and that your neck is in line with your spine. Focus your attention on breathing out deeply and as you do so, begin to drop your head so that your neck begins to extend. Push down into your hands and begin to lift and arch the whole spine from the neck down as you continue breathing out. At the end of the out breath you should be in the full stretch - like a cat arching its back, You may be aware of your abdominal muscles working. You may be aware of your baby being tilted away from your back. As you breathe in, flatten the spine from the base of the spine working up to the neck so that you end up in the flat back position. As you breathe out again, go into the arching movement, breathing in go into the flattening movement. And so on for as long as you want. Try to do this movement at least 5 times - but you can do it more if you feel comfortable.
This exercise is also useful for getting your baby into an anterior position to prepare for birth. Doing the following exercise for at least 5-10 minutes every day of your pregnancy, will not only help your baby settle in the anterior position, but also help tone your abdominal muscles and alleviate many types of lower backache. While it is never too late to start doing this exercise - it can even be helpful in labor - it is never too early to begin. If you start doing this early on, it becomes part of your daily routine, it becomes very comfortable and you are encouraging your baby to settle in the anterior position.
After you have done the cat stretch exercise, ease forward onto your forearms, let your head rest on your arms and let your bottom be up in the air. This is known as the knee to chest position. Make sure that your lower back is not hollowing. Breathe out and rest being aware of your breathing and of your baby.
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KNEE-CHEST TWISTS: Stretch the spine and keep it flexible. Once a day, or when needed, lie on your back on a firm surface and pull your knees to your chest. Stretch your arms straight out to the sides. Roll your knees to the left and your head to the right. Relax for half a minute, then roll your knees to the right and your head to the left and relax again. Repeat once or twice.
KNEE TO CHEST: Lie on your back and bring both knees to your chest. Hold the position for a slow count of 20. Then return your feet to the floor and relax. You can also perform this stretch with one leg at a time.
LATERAL TRUNK STRETCH: Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Now cross your right leg over the left. Let both knees drop slowly to the right toward the floor. Take the stretch only as far as is comfortable for you and then hold the position for 10 seconds. Switch legs and
HIP ROLLING: Lie on your back on a table, floor or other firm surface, with both knees bent and feet flat on the table or floor. Cross your arms over your chest. Turn your head and trunk to the right as you turn both knees to the left. Allow your knees to relax and go down without forcing. Bring knees back up, head to center. Reverse directions.
PELVIC ROCK: This can be done daily or as needed. Get on your hands and knees on a firm surface. Inhale, bring your head down, arching your back and tilting your pelvis forward with your bottom from the backside as if you are tucking it in toward you stomach. Hold for a few moments and exhale, while lifting your head up to look toward the ceiling, allowing your back to drop in a sway toward the floor and tilting your pelvis outward from behind bringing up your backside of the pelvis and bottom towards the ceiling.
PELVIC ROCK EXERCISE
1. Lying on back with knees bent.
2. "Rock" away hollow in back, tightening abdomen.
3. Relax, arching back.
4. May be done on all fours (hands and knees), too.
SUPPORT YOUR SPINE: You need to take care of the core muscles that support your spine. After you have stretched, you can increase your strength and protect against lower back pain with simple exercising. Those who exercise regularly can have half as many back injuries as their less-active colleagues. There are many exercises that do this, and your health care provider or a physical therapist should be able to give you specific advice and training for your unique back pain condition. A good good example of a safe strengthening exercise is the pelvic tilt.
PELVIC TILT: Lie on your back on a table, floor or other firm flat surface. Your feet are flat on the surface and your knees are bent. Keep your legs together. Cross your arms over your chest. Tilt your pelvis and tighten your stomach muscles until you can push your lower back to the floor, then slowly lift your buttocks off the floor as far as possible without straining. Maintain this position for 5 seconds. Lower your buttocks to the floor. Do not hold your breath. Repeat up to 10 times.
ABDOMINAL CURL: Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Now slowly lift your head and shoulders off the floor, keeping your eyes fixed on the ceiling. Hold this position for a two count, then slowly lower your head and shoulders back down. Repeat 20 times.
OPPOSITE ARM & LEG LIFTS: Lie on your stomach (do not do in later pregnancy) with your arms stretched out in front of you. Now lift your right arm and left leg several inches off the floor and hold for a count of ten. Rest and repeat, using the opposite arm and leg. If you recently suffered back pain, do the exercise only one or two times. As your strength increases, consider strapping on one-pound ankle weights and holding a can of soup in each hand.
GET IN THE WATER: An aerobic exercise is any exercise that uses the big muscles of your body in a rhythmic and repetitive way. Aerobic exercise can get blood flowing to your back muscles, which can really help them recover from injury and increase strength. Walking is a good aerobics choice for your back, but swimming may be even better if you get backaches. Swimming could be the best aerobic back pain exercise as water provides both support and resistance. Almost any exercise done in the water is beneficial and safe for back pain.
IMITATE A COBRA: Here is a simple yoga pose that can loosen your stiff back. First, lie facedown on the floor. Place your palms on the floor directly under your shoulders. Now gently raise your torso off the ground, supporting yourself with your arms and keeping your hips on the ground. Go just to the point of tension and then come all the way back down. Relax for a moment, then repeat the exercise several times, trying to go a little further each time. Do not perform the exercise if it is painful.
TAKE A WALK: Walking balances the mechanical stress on the spine caused by bending and sitting and allows the disks the freedom to move back into their proper position. Perform walking or other favorite aerobic exercise three times a week for at least 20 minutes.
UNTIE THOSE STIFF KNOTS: Place your hands in the small of your back, stand up tall and carefully lean backward without bending your knees. This moves your spine in the opposite direction of nearly all your activities, helping to balance the mechanical stress on your disks. If you work at a desk, repeat this movement twice every hour on the hour.
HEAT FOR RELIEF: Make it hot. In chronic back disorders, moist heat can help a stiff back. The warmth increases the flow of blood and oxygen to the injured area, which speeds healing and brings relief. Soak a towel in hot water, wring it out and place it on the stiff area of your back until it cools. One caution: Do not apply heat for the first three days following an injury.
CHECK YOUR BED MATTRESS: Do not be a softy. If your bed sags when you climb into it you might want to think about getting a new mattress. A mattress that provides firm support is usually kinder to your back and may help alleviate morning stiffness.
YOGA FOR YOUR BACK: Two all-around good exercise activities for back pain are yoga and working with an exercise ball. Yoga is great because, as long as your yoga instructor knows your limitations, it can be adapted safely for most people with back pain. Few exercises combine flexibility and strength as well as yoga. An exercise ball, also known as a Swiss ball, is a large, soft, air-filled ball that can be used for stretching and strengthening. You will need some training on how to use it, but there are hundreds of great exercises that can be done with an exercise ball. Check with your physical therapist.
Obtain a video tape or DVD of Yoga positions, Tai Chi, or Belly Dancing. Practice the movements and the stretches as indicated.
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DL-Phenylalanine (DLPA) Take daily every other week, as directed on label. Helps to alleviate pain. Caution: Do not take this supplement if you are pregnant or nursing, or suffer from panic attacks, diabetes, high blood pressure, or PKU. Calcium 1,500 to 2,000 mg daily. Needed for strong bones. To assure absorption, use a mixture of 3 different forms: calcium carbonate, calcium chelate, and calcium asporotate. Magnesium 700 to 1,000 mg daily. Works with calcium. Use magnesium chelate form. Vitamin D 400 IU daily. Aids in absorption of calcium and magnesium. Multi-Vitamin & Multi-Mineral Complex As directed on label. To supply a balance of nutrients important in formation and metabolism of bone and connective tissue and needed for healing.
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15,000 IU daily. An antioxidant and precursor of vitamin A. Needed for tissue repair and healing. And
400 to 600 IU daily. To supply a balance of nutrients important in formation and metabolism of bone and connective tissue and needed for healing. Silica
3 times daily, as directed on label. Supplies silicon, which improves calcium uptake. Vitamin B-12 2,000 mg daily. Aids in calcium absorption and digestion. Use a lozenge or sublingual form, if available. Injections are given only by a health care provider.
Vitamin B-12 is linked to the production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Important in making myelin, the substance of which the sheaths covering the nerves are made.
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3 mg daily. Works in balance with zinc and vitamin C to form elastin, and is needed for healthy nerves. Boron 3 mg daily. Do not exceed this amount. Improves calcium uptake. Take boron only until healed, unless you are over age 50. Glucosamine & Chondroitin Sulfate
As directed on label. Studies have shown these are important components of many body tissues, including bones and connective tissue. Free-Form Amino Acid Complex As directed on label. Essential in bone and tissue repair. L-Proline 500 mg daily, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg Vitamin B-6 and 100 mg Vitamin C for better absorption. Heals cartilage and strengthens muscles and tissues. Manganese 2 to 5 mg daily. Take separately from calcium. Aids in healing cartilage and tissue in the neck and back. Use manganese gluconate form. MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) As directed on label. Aids with inflammation. S-Adenosylmethionine (SAM-e) As directed on label. Methionine derivative. Eases arthritic pain. Caution: Do not use if you have manic-depressive disorder or take prescription antidepressants. Essential Fatty Acids As directed on label. Take with meals. Needed for repair and flexibility of muscles. GlucosaMend As directed on label. To supply glucosamine, an important component of many body tissues, including bones and connective tissue. Glucosalage SO4 As directed on label. To supply glucosamine, an important component of many body tissues, including bones and connective tissue. Multi-Enzyme Complex
As directed on label. Take with meals. To aid digestion and relieve muscle tension and inflammation. Papaya Enzyme As directed on label. To relieve symptoms. Use chewable tablets form. Acid-Ease Take 2 capsules 3 times daily at the beginning of meals. Acid-Ease may also be taken as needed between meals. A soothing plant-enzyme and herb formula for sensitive stomachs that aids in the breakdown and assimilation of foods. Digestive enzymes plus soothing herbs - This unique formula provides digestive enzymes that help your system break down and absorb foods. Pure Plant Enzymes are combined with gamma oryzanol (found naturally in rice bran), slippery elm bark, and marshmallow root extract in a soothing supplement for even the most sensitive digestive systems. Vitamin B-Complex As directed on label 3 times daily, with meals. Needed for repair and to relieve stress in the back muscles. Use a high-stress formula high in Vitamin B-6 (Pyroxidine) and Vitamin B-12. Plus Extra
As directed on label. Needed for normal brain function and to correct deficiencies. Plus
Folic Acid (Vitamin B-9)
400 to 800 mcg daily or as recommended by health care provider. Affects the repair of DNA. Has been linked to cancer protection. To prevent anemia and aid in proper digestion and absorbtion of nutrients. Folic acid is found to be deficient in people with depression. Women need 400 to 800 mcg daily for normal function and to prevent neural tube defects in a fetus if they become pregnant. Brewer's Yeast As directed on label. A source of B vitamins. Vitamin C
3,000 to 10,000 mg daily in divided doses. A powerful free radical scavender. Essential for formation of collagen, which holds the tissues together. Needed for repair of tissues. Relieves tension in the back area.. Rutin 200 to 300 mg daily. Take with food. Rutin is a buckwheat-derived bioflavonoid antioxidant. Enhances vitamin C absorption.
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