Archive for Back Pain Treatment

The Best Shoes for Back Pain

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Are you one of the millions of women whose shoe shopping habits border on addiction? Do you rush to buy this year’s latest trend, whether it’s a patent leather Mary Jane, a sleek pump with 3″ stiletto heels or a casual suede mule? If so, you might be setting yourself a for a trip to your local chiropractor.

In many cases, the stylish creations that look so good on your feet may not be the best shoes for back pain.

Shoes and the trouble they cause

Patients from across the Dallas Metroplex come to see our Garland chiropractor complaining of lower back pain. Often, Dr. Mixon can diagnose the problem on the spot — and frequently footwear plays a major role.

Thinking about the body in terms of mechanics, this makes perfect sense. Your feet form the foundation for your body. Some people have arches that are too high. Others have arches that are too low. Some have narrow heels and wide feet and vice versa. This alone can lead to back pain as a mechanical discrepancy already exists.

Wearing uncomfortable shoes can aggravate the problem, leading to more pain. If your feet aren’t comfortable, it may affect your gait and the way you walk. This can lead to spinal misalignments and back pain.

Shoe styles to avoid

High heels are in a class of their own when it comes to causing back pain. They cause immeasurable strain to the lower back, severely inhibiting wearers from walking in the correct position. Dr. Mixon strongly advises against  wearing heels of over an inch and a half. However, if heels are required for work, be sure to switch to more supportive shoes, like sneakers, when walking longer distances.

Fip-flops are on the other end of the shoe spectrum. They cause problems because they offer no support whatsoever. Long term use can cause lead to joint pain and tendon problems and conditions like hammer toes For this reason, your chiropractor or medical doctor may recommend a more supportive shoe to ensure that the natural roll of the heel to toe motion is clearly defined, accommodated and comfortable.

Orthotics are another way to support the foot. Orthotics are inserts which can provide additional arch support. These inserts can be slid into most shoes. If you wear orthotics, bring them with you the next time you go shoe shopping. This way you can find a shoe that works well with the orthotics. Sometimes, to accommodate orthotics comfortably, the shoe that you’re shopping for might need to be a wider width than normal.

What are the best shoes for back pain?

Most chiropractors will recommend running shoes for back pain patients, even if the patient only plans to use them for walking. Running shoes cushion the heel. This allows patients to relax against the cushioning without maneuvering their feet against it for comfort purposes.

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They are also recommended for the rigidity of the mid-sole, which is excellent for support, even with orthotics. Some shoes, like certain styles of Aasics, have an IGS, or an Impact Guidance System, which reads the balance of your body and directs your foot straight forward upon landing, improving your gait with every step that you take.

Another beneficial feature to look for in a running shoe is a shock absorption system. This means the energy from each step is evenly distributed, taking the pressure off your feet and in turn, your lower back.

To sum up, when looking for the best shoes for back pain, look for shoes that offer well balanced support and adequate toe room and avoid excessively high heels,. Consider buying orthotics or an arch strengthening system for added protection.

For more information on how our Garland chiropractor can help you overcome foot and back pain, contact Texas Spine & Wellness.

Aching Back? Spinal Decompression May Be the Answer

Back pain can be serious. Unfortunately, an uncomfortable back ‘tweak’ isn’t all that uncommon. It’s easy to strain yourself just doing every day activities  such as  pulling weeds, lifting children, taking out the trash, rearranging furniture, carrying grocery bags,  or climbing a ladder

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If you don’t bend or stretch your body in just the right way while doing your chores, your back will suffer. There are all kinds of over-the-counter remedies that can be used for mild back pain. But when your pain is moderate or severe,  it’s not as easy to tackle!

Let’s look at options available for spine-related pain, such as Spinal Decompression and chiropractic treatment.

Causes of serious back pain

A herniated or bulging disc is a tear in the outer, fibrous ring of a disc that lets the important soft, spongy spinal material protrude between the outer rings. The tear can allow inflammatory chemical transmitters to be released, and that causes acute pain. This condition can be serious enough to require back surgery.

Sciatica, which results from an irritation in the actual root of the spine’s lower lumbar region, can be debilitating. This terrible pain isn’t in the disc itself, but is often from a disc bulge which can irritate  nearby nerves. This is “nerve root pain” that tends to radiate to other areas of the body. The term Sciatica is often used to describe  the pain that runs from the lower back down the leg.

Either of these conditions can disrupt your life.

Symptoms

The  cause of pain in your lower back or your leg is tied to whether or not there is pressure on a nearby nerve. If there is no pressure from the herniated disc, you may only have a slight ache in the lower back or you may not have any symptoms at all. However, when a nerve is affected symptoms can include:

  • Numbness or a sense of pins-and-needles going down one leg from the buttock or from behind the knee to the thigh. The pain can even extend all the way to the ankle or foot.
  • A feeling of weakness in some muscles in one or possibly both legs.
  • Front thigh pain.
  • Muscle spasms or deep and severe muscle pain.
  • Pain in the lower back.
  • Pain in the buttocks or leg pain that intensifies when sitting.
  • Hip pain.
  • Difficulty moving your leg or foot due to weakness or numbness.
  • Consistent pain on one side of the buttocks.
  • Difficulty standing up because of a shooting pain.

Options

If your condition is severe enough, surgery may be required; however, if you prefer to avoid surgery, nonsurgical Spinal Decompression Therapy (SDT) is an option. It’s a safe, non-evasive treatment that is often very effective and, just as important, it’s cost-effective.

As a Garland Chiropractor, I can help determine if you have a bulging or herniated disc. Then we can decide if spinal decompression therapy is the best approach for your specific condition.

How spinal decompression therapy works

To decompress a spine means stretching it to provide a good healing environment for the affected disc. When the spine is stretched, pressure is reduced and the bulging spinal material is pulled back inside the disc. This allows healing nutrients and other substances to reach the injured area. Over time—meaning that more than one treatment is usually required–this action helps replenish fluids needed to heal the spongy spinal material in a damaged disc.

This type of therapy involves the use of a comfortable, computer-controlled traction table. The prone patient is strapped on the table below the ribcage and around the abdomen, held in place while the table initiates cycles of gentle stretching. This is all controlled by a customized, computer generated treatment plan, which means each patient’s treatment is specific to their personal physical needs.

The number of treatments needed is can vary dependent  upon the patient’s condition. Often however, it may take several treatments to begin to experience improvement. The good part is that the stretching therapy takes about 20 minutes and it can be done within the chiropractic office.

Is it for you?

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While Spinal Decompression Therapy is a good choice for most patients with a herniated disc or sciatica, there are some people who should not undergo this type of therapy. This includes:

  •  Expectant mothers—the baby wouldn’t appreciate it!
  • Patients with vertebrae that have been broken, those with spinal fusion, or who have any kind of spinal implants, especially an artificial disc.
  • Patients with failed back surgery.
  • Anyone who has had multiple surgeries for pain improvement without recovery (no improvement).Additionally, patients with osteoporosis, spinal infections or tumors, or who require blood-thinning medications are not good candidates for this treatment.

Summing up

If you’re suffering back pain from a herniated disc or sciatica, consider Spinal Decompression Therapy to relieve or reduce your pain. It’s non-invasive, non-surgical, drug-free, and relatively quick!

If you’re already a patient, that our clinic has a wide variety of resources, such as chiropractic treatment, massage therapy and physical rehab, all designed to help you feel better as quickly as possible.

Contact Texas Spinal Health and let us help you to determine if you’d be a good candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy.

Pregnancy, Chiropractic and Nutrition – One Woman’s Story

When Sarah found out she was pregnant, she knew she wanted to make changes in her health. It was just weeks into her pregnancy and her back was already hurting. And as a former smoker, she was concerned about the impact that cigarettes might have had upon her body.

Over the years, Sarah had relied on chiropractic treatment to take care her back pain, but now she wan’t sure if the combination of pregnancy and chiropractic was a good idea. Since Sarah’s entire family had been to Dr. Mixon for chiropractic care, she knew she could trust him to offer sound, honest advice.

Pregnancy and chiropractic treatment

Dr. Mixon explained that pregnancy and chiropractic treatment can make a world of difference in a woman’s comfort levels while pregnant. Treatment is perfectly safe during pregnancy even in the earliest weeks. In fact, chiropractic treatments can improve alignment in the spine and pelvis making the birthing process.

Dr. Mixon also explained that the physical rehab offered by their Garland chiropractic clinic would help strengthen her muscles and improve her range of motion. He also said she could add in therapeutic massage after her first 12 weeks.

Massage is known to help relieve sciatica pain in pregnant women. Massage can also help:

  • Reduce edema
  • Relieve anxiety and tension
  • Improve oxygenation in the muscles and soft tissues
  • Ease joint pain
  • Improve circulation

Once Sarah understood the safety of treatment, she began to visit the clinic each week. Soon the pain was gone. But Sarah received another surprising benefit from her visits to Texas Spine & Wellness.

The doctor recommended the professional grade prenatal vitamins they stocked in the office. Although she was already taking a prenatal vitamin, she was willing to give the new brand a try. She says that’s when everything changed.

A new prenatal vitamin changed Sarah’s health and energy

“Before I took the prenatal vitamins from Frontrunners Health, my hair used to come out in handfuls. I was really worried.” says Medders. “But after beginning Baby’s Best Start, I stopped losing my hair and it started looking thicker and shinier. People kept asking me about my shampoo, but I had to explain that my hair was different because of my prenatal vitamins. Even better than the changes in my hair was the amount of energy I had.”

Now, six months after the birth of her son, Sara says, I really believe the combination of vitamins and chiropractic treatment was the reason my baby, Obee, was born so healthy.”

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Prenatal vitamins with a difference

Kerrin Kuntzman, cofounder of Frontrunners Health explains, “The ingredients in our professional grade prenatal vitamins are different from the drugstore brands. Our formulation is designed to supply nutrients in their most natural and bioavailable forms. That’s why we use folate vs. the synthetic form of the vitamin, folic acid.

Folate is the vitamin that is so vital in preventing neural tube defects in a developing baby. We also use a methylated form of vitamin B-12, which is particularly important to support energy levels. Lutein is added for baby’s eye and brain development.”

The vitamin provides other key nutrients as well. Biotin, a costly supplement that supports healthy hair and nail growth, is often omitted from lesser quality supplements because of its high cost, whereas Baby’s Best Start provides 100% of the RDA. The vitamins are also free of artificial colors, flavorings or additives. In addition, its vegetarian formula is safe for those following a gluten-free diet.

“If an expectant mother wants to take the best possible prenatal vitamin, they should consider trying Baby’s Best Start. It’s great for use both before and after pregnancy.” Dr. Mixon adds.

Medders is a believer in both chiropractic care during pregnancy and her prenatal vitamins, “Even though I’ve had my baby, I still schedule monthly appointments with Dr. Mixon. And I still take my prenatal vitamins because I feel so much better and have a lot more energy. And believe me, I need plenty of energy to take care of a six month old baby boy who requires every minute of my time!”

In addition, to being great for pregnancy, Baby’s Best Start prenatals are wonderful for women who are breast feeding. They’re great hair and nail vitamins too! If you’d like to try a bottle of Frontrunner’s prenatal vitamins for yourself, you can take advantage of a $5.00 discount coupon code on your initial order. Just enter the code B8HWFE82 upon checkout. You can find the vitamins through the Texas Spine & Wellness office, the Frontrunners Health Solutions website or at Amazon.