Opiates are go-to drugs that many doctors will prescribe when a patient feels pain from surgery or chronic back pain. Though they are very effective at temporarily relieving pain, they may actually cause more of it in the long run according to Jianren Mao, a physician and pain researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Our spines are so important for an improved quality of life. Back pain negatively affects the core, connecting muscles, ligaments and nerves throughout our body, which can restrict movement and decrease energy levels amongst many other negative health effects! Your spinal health is a key component in your overall health.
Hours of gardening can take its toll on your back. Though your yard will be weed free and filled with beautiful plants, gardening can strain your lower back and legs causing muscle aches and sore joints. Without relieving the pain, gardening can become too unbearable and force you to quit it altogether!
Back pain can be a debilitating condition that can keep you from enjoying the activities you love or even sit down comfortably. Whether you have been struggling with chronic back pain issues or trying to prevent back pain in the future, changes to your daily routine can make a big difference.
The discs in your spine act like shock absorbers for your vertebrae. They are made up of two main parts, the nucleus and the annulus. Think of a disc like a Twinkie – the annulus is the yellow cake and the nucleus is the cream filling. But instead of cream filling, the nucleus is made of jelly-like material that provides the flexibility and “cushioning” in your back.
For some, the chilly fall weather doesn’t deter them from getting in their run for the day. While running promotes better health, it can be hard on your back and joints.
Actor Bradley Cooper will be on the Broadway stage playing John Merrick in The Elephant Man. For the role, Cooper will have to twist and contort his body to accurately portray the disfigured John Merrick.
In his interview with the Associated Press, the Silver Linings Playbook actor is already preparing to relieve back pain that he may suffer from all of the contorting he’ll have to do – along with regular visits with a chiropractor, he has bought an inversion table!
As the days get warmer and longer, you’ll likely spend more time outside doing the things you love like gardening or golf – activities which can take a toll on your back! Summers are for spending time with family and friends, not for suffering from back pain. Here’s some simple yoga stretches for the back you can do – even while outdoors – to supplement your Teeter inversion routine:
By Leah Stippich
As the nanny for the CEO of Teeter, Rylie Leier, I was exposed to a unique perspective of the company and employees. When I was first asked to come in for an interview, Rylie sent me a link of their website. She told me that I should check it out and see a little bit about what they do, since I will be so closely involved with their family. My initial reaction was skepticism, thoughts like, “hanging upside down certainly didn’t seem like a fix for back pain,” and “there was no way people were actually buying into this!”
Early Fall is a beautiful time of the year. The color of the trees… the crisp autumn air… pumpkin-spiced EVERYTHING. Out of all of it, my favorite part of Fall is the autumn leaves. That is, until they fall to the ground. When doing this wet, cold yard work, be sure to pay close attention to your posture and lift properly to avoid injury from all that lifting, twisting and loading of your back.