Tight Mid Back?

Have a tight mid-back? This is an excellent movement to relieve tight and sore areas and improve overall mobility of the thoracic (middle part of your) back.

Start in a pain free range of motion and build more and more range as you relax tight muscles, mobilize joints and expand the range of connective tissues. Be sure to follow The Prehab Guys for more great content like this.

Facet Syndrome

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Facet syndrome is caused by an irritation of the articular facets at the level of the spine. This progressive condition is often associated with a sensation of pain and generally affects the quantity and quality of movement possible.

The spine is made up of several vertebrae, intervertebral discs, ligaments, nerves and many muscles. The facet joints are small joints, covered with cartilage, that connect the vertebrae together.

Facet syndrome most often affects the lumbar or cervical region and usually happens as a result of structural changes that occur in the spine with age. Facet syndrome can be caused by inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis, or following a spinal trauma, such as a car accident or a fall.

Treatment of Facet Syndrome consists of Class IV Laser Therapy, management of any biomechanics stresses in the area and exercise rehabilitation to address any weaknesses that can be putting undue stress on the area. 

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Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a deformation of the spine, that is, a deviation of it, which can vary from mild (10-25 degrees) to severe (> 40 degrees). Scoliosis affects the joints, muscles and surrounding organs such as the shoulders, ribs, hips and lungs. Over time, the rib cage becomes less mobile and makes breathing more difficult.

In most cases, scoliosis is idiopathic, that is, the reason for its occurrence remains unknown. Scoliosis usually progresses over time and often leads to increased curvature and twisting of the spine.

Scoliosis is more common in women than in men and most often presents in young adolescents during growth.

In some cases, scoliosis is hereditary and forms during the development of the fetus. It is also present in neuromuscular conditions such as spina bifida or cerebral palsy. Progressive degeneration of the spine, such as arthritis, can lead to scoliosis in older people.

Cervical Stenosis

Stenosis.jpg Spinal stenosis means that the tube surrounding your spinal cord and nerve roots is too small, and your nerves are being compressed. Stenosis can arise in different ways. Sometimes, people are born with a spinal canal that is too small. Other times, the canal may have been narrowed by surgery or conditions like disc bulges. Most commonly, spinal stenosis arises from chronic arthritic changes that narrow the canal. This type of stenosis usually develops slowly over a long period of time, and symptoms show up later in life. The natural progression of stenosis is generally a slow, steady increase, although some patients’ symptoms remain the same or even improve over time. Symptoms grow in relation to the amount of nerve compression. Initially, most patients notice neck pain, headaches, and possible referral of discomfort into their shoulders and upper back. If the nerves that exit your spine become compressed, you will notice radiating pain, numbness, or tingling traveling into your arm. If the condition grows to the point that your spinal cord is compressed, you may notice loss of the fine motor skills of your hands, which translates to clumsiness, difficulty buttoning shirts, trouble using zippers, and changes in handwriting. Sometimes, pain, numbness, or tingling can radiate into your legs. Be sure to tell your doctor if you: notice leg complaints, have difficulty walking, notice balance problems, or have experienced loss of bowel or bladder control. Likewise, tell us if you notice a fever, unexplained weight loss, flu-like symptoms, or numbness & tingling on your face. Although there is no non-surgical cure for cervical stenosis, treatments are available that may help ease your symptoms. Traction has been shown to help patients with cervical stenosis. If home traction is needed, our office will provide instructions on how this should be performed. You will be taught some stretching exercises to reduce muscle tightness and free up “trapped” nerves. You may also be given exercises to help build strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, and conditioning. You should avoid activities that increase pain, especially looking too far up or down. You may find relief of your symptoms by using ice, heat, or visiting a massage therapist. In severe cases only, surgery may be required to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots.
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The Mayo Clinic On Chiropractic

The Mayo Clinic On Chiropractic
80% of Us Will Suffer From Back Pain.

According to the Mayo Clinic, approximately 80% of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives. While back pain can be caused by a variety of factors, including age, injury, or illness, chiropractic care is often an effective treatment for back pain.

With at least 80% of the population suffering from back pain at some stage in their lives, it is no wonder that the use of chiropractic care has increased dramatically in the last few years.

According to the National Council on Chiropractic Syndrome (NCCS), an estimated 3% of the population receives chiropractic care on a regular basis and another 35% visits a chiropractor once or more a year.

At our office, we have helped numerous patients alleviate pain, stiffness, and discomfort, and return to living pain-free, active lives.

Chiropractic adjustments refer to a treatment technique that involves the manipulation of spinal vertebrae to relieve pressure and tension or misalignment in the spine.

Through chiropractic adjustments, chiropractors are able to restore the proper movement of the spine, which may improve posture, reduce stress on the muscles and joints of the back, and decrease pain.

Whether you’re new to chiropractic care, looking for a way to stay in top shape, or just want to maintain a healthy spine and posture, we encourage you to become familiar with chiropractic services and how they can help you achieve your health and wellness goals.

At Aberdeen Chiropractic, we’re dedicated to providing you with excellent service in a comfortable environment.

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Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis occurs when one vertebra slips out of place. This slight slippage can sometimes cause compression of the nerves and, in some cases, cause tingling, numbness, pain, and even weakness in the legs.

Spondylolisthesis can be the result of a trauma to the spine, a congenital defect or simply be a progression of osteoarthritis. Spondylolisthesis can occur, without apparent cause, as people age. In younger individuals, spondylolisthesis usually occurs as a result of trauma during sports such as gymnastics or football and can cause a fracture in the vertebra.

Spondylolisthesis is found in the spine. The​ spine​ is made up of bones called ​vertebrae​ and between them are the ​intervertebral discs,​ which act as shock absorbers. Spondylolisthesis most often affects the lumbar region, particularly the L5 vertebra.

Each person will react differently to the presence of spondylolisthesis and symptoms can vary considerably. Initially, spondylolisthesis may be present without any noticeable symptoms.

When pain is present, it is often felt in the lower back or the buttocks. It can range from mild to severe and can affect daily activities such as walking. Burning and tingling sensations may be felt in the area of the buttocks and legs.

Sitting or leaning forward is often less painful than standing or walking because of the positioning of the spine.

Relative rest is a good way to protect your back and prevent your condition from getting worse, but it is important to avoid over-protecting it. A temporary reduction in activity may be necessary, but a quick return to your daily activities, light cardiovascular exercise and specific strengthening and mobility exercises will allow for better recovery.

Follow your therapist’s advice. This will help you manage your symptoms and increase the chances of successful rehabilitation. Your therapist will accompany you during your rehabilitation program to restore your mobility, muscle strength and endurance, flexibility and functional status.

According to the principles of spondylolisthesis rehabilitation, the reduction of joint and muscle stresses in the lumbopelvic-hip complex (back, pelvis, hip), the improvement of posture and thoracic mobility, muscular balance and weight control would be important elements for a functional recovery.

A progressive training program over a period of a few weeks including education on load-lifting techniques is quite common.

Do not rely solely on a passive treatment approach. Patients who actively participate in their treatment plan tend to better manage the symptoms caused by spondylolisthesis. Remember that pain is not always a good indicator of tissue damage. As soon as you feel better and the pain is well under control, introduce, in collaboration with your therapist, mild strengthening, mobility and cardiovascular exercises based on your tolerance.

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Spondylolithesis

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Spondylolisthesis occurs when one vertebra slips out of place. This slight slippage can sometimes cause compression of the nerves and, in some cases, cause tingling, numbness, pain, and even weakness in the legs.

Spondylolisthesis can be the result of a trauma to the spine, a congenital defect or simply be a progression of osteoarthritis. Spondylolisthesis can occur, without apparent cause, as people age. In younger individuals, spondylolisthesis usually occurs as a result of trauma during sports such as gymnastics or football and can cause a fracture in the vertebra.

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Structures involved

Spondylolisthesis is found in the spine. The​ spine​ is made up of bones called ​vertebrae​ and between them are the ​intervertebral discs,​ which act as shock absorbers. Spondylolisthesis most often affects the lumbar region, particularly the L5 vertebra.

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Signs & Symptoms that you may experience with spondylolisthesis.

Each person will react differently to the presence of spondylolisthesis and symptoms can vary considerably. Initially, spondylolisthesis may be present without any noticeable symptoms.

When pain is present, it is often felt in the lower back or the buttocks. It can range from mild to severe and can affect daily activities such as walking. Burning and tingling sensations may be felt in the area of the buttocks and legs.

Sitting or leaning forward is often less painful than standing or walking because of the positioning of the spine.

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Early Stage

Relative rest is a good way to protect your back and prevent your condition from getting worse, but it is important to avoid over-protecting it. A temporary reduction in activity may be necessary, but a quick return to your daily activities, light cardiovascular exercise and specific strengthening and mobility exercises will allow for better recovery.

Rehabilitation

Follow your therapist’s advice. This will help you manage your symptoms and increase the chances of successful rehabilitation. Your therapist will accompany you during your rehabilitation program to restore your mobility, muscle strength and endurance, flexibility and functional status.

According to the principles of spondylolisthesis rehabilitation, the reduction of joint and muscle stresses in the lumbopelvic-hip complex (back, pelvis, hip), the improvement of posture and thoracic mobility, muscular balance and weight control would be important elements for a functional recovery.

A progressive training program over a period of a few weeks including education on load-lifting techniques is quite common.

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Do not rely solely on a passive treatment approach. Patients who actively participate in their treatment plan tend to better manage the symptoms caused by spondylolisthesis. Remember that pain is not always a good indicator of tissue damage. As soon as you feel better and the pain is well under control, introduce, in collaboration with your therapist, mild strengthening, mobility and cardiovascular exercises based on your tolerance.

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Chiropractic: Obesity, Smoking, & Drinking Associated with Low Back Pain.

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Chiropractic: Obesity, Smoking, & Drinking Associated with Low Back Pain.

New research presented at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons annual meeting suggests that low back pain sufferers who smoke, drink, and/or are obese may possibly ease their agony by making healthier lifestyle choices. A review of data from 26 million men and women found that people who are smokers, are alcohol-dependent drinkers, and/or are categorized as obese are between four and five times more likely to currently experience back pain than individuals who don’t smoke or drink, and maintain a healthy weight. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, March 2015

Trigger points in the abdominal muscles.

Myofascial trigger points in the abdominal muscles are very common. These muscles are responsible for trunk movement and stability, and are engaged in some way during most activities. As a result trigger points will easily form. These knots will often refer pain into the lower or mid back in a horizontal strip. Trigger points in the abdominal muscles are often overlooked as a source of back pain. Once developed, a trigger point won’t release on its own. A therapeutic modality such as trigger point massage is needed to release the tissue.