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Posted by on Oct 6, 2010 in Auto Accident Victims, Home Care, Youth Athletics | 0 comments

Low Back Pain Advice

Low Back Pain Advice

Low back pain is one of the most common complaints seen in a chiropractic office.  It is also one of the most common reasons for missing work.  Below are some great tips to follow as well as some common pitfalls that individuals fall into when dealing with low back pain. These tips should be used to help avoid aggravation and hopefully manage low back pain until a qualified healthcare provider can be seen.  Call 801-810-4144 for a free consultation with Dr. Reynolds at our Draper, Utah office. ICE: Apply ice to the low back region.  If using an Ice Pack make sure to place 1-3 layers of fabric between the skin and the pack. Use the ice on an 80 minute cycle: 20 minutes on, a full 60 minutes off.  AVOID HEAT for the first few days after a low back injury or flare-up. After a few days heat can be used pre-activity to help improve movement. 90/90 position: The best position for your back is to lie down...

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Posted by on Feb 12, 2010 in Patients, Wellness | 0 comments

Low Back Injury Prevention

Low Back Injury Prevention

One of the most common areas of the body to get injured today is the low back.  There are simple ways to decrease the chances of injuring your low back.  Proper mechanics during activities such as exercise as well as sitting and standing posture are all important to the health of the low back. Tip #1– “Lift with your knees”  This is a phrase many use today without a clear understanding of what it means and why it’s important.  The low back has a natural curve towards the anterior (or front) of the body – called Lordosis.  This curve helps to provide support to the entire spine.  When this curve is compromised (straightened, rotated, or twisted) the probability of injury and severity of injury increase dramatically.  So, when lifting, keeping the lumbar (low back) portion of the back in a locked position of curvature is essential.  When the lumbar spine is not compromised or altered then the movement to bend over and pick and object up must come from the hips.  This means that if one...

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