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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.

Garland Chiropractor Offers Complete Health Care

Even if we’re doing everything within our power to stay healthy, over the years small problems can crop up. These troubles may appear as an ache or a pain, or as a troubling lab report or diagnosis.

Garland chiropractor, Dr Mixon and Dr. Purimetla

Dr. Mixon and Dr. Purimetla

Fortunately our team of medical professionals is here to help. Along with Dr. Mixon, our experienced garland chiropractor, we now have an MD, Dr. Mandy Thompson, a Nurse Practitioner and Exercise Physiologist on staff. Our team of experts can offer advice and targeted therapy for joint and spine conditions as well as an Exercise Physiologist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Together our MD, Garland chiropractor, Nurse Practitioner, and Exercise Physiologist will help you regain strength and muscle control while increasing your range of motion and flexibility.

If you’d like to improve your overall health, our Science Based Nutrition package may be the answer.

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Our nutrition programs are grounded in science and begin with an easy lab test. The test results will reveal a wide array of vital information, such as your glucose and cholesterol levels, as well as your kidney and liver functions. Along with these standards, we will also include tests that check your thyroid function and how efficiently you’re digesting food. We’ll even be able to tell you if you’re drinking enough water.

As thorough as these tests are, they are remarkably affordable. Once we’ve completed this accurate health assessment, we will then formulate a customized nutrition program.  All of our recommendations will be based upon your body’s specific requirements. This ensures that you won’t be taking too many vitamins or anything that you don’t need.

Additionally, you’ll be receiving the finest quality products — all of our supplements are pharmaceutical grade and are only available to qualified health practitioners.

Over time, we will recheck your blood work, providing concrete medical evidence of your improvements.

So  whether your problem is an aching back, a stiff shoulder, or high cholesterol, we can help you reach your health goals.   If you’re looking for a team of professionals who will take a personalized approach to your health and well-being, contact the staff at Texas Spine & Wellness.

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Overcome Sciatica with Spinal Decompression Therapy | Garland Chiropractic

Low back pain and sciatica is one of the most common causes of emergency room visits in America, and accounts for billions of dollars in lost work time and insurance claims. Normally the patient, once X-Rays are finished and more serious causes are ruled out, is sent home with pain relieving and muscle relaxing pills. They’re told to ‘take it easy’ for a few days, get some ‘rest’, stay off their feet, and so forth.

Often, the actual cause of this pain is left unexplained.

This fact leads to a disturbing phenomenon; the patient will almost inevitably have low back pain again. It’s not uncommon for the average low-back pain sufferer to visit the doctor once or twice a year after their initial office visit, and to keep going back for years, until the day when they’re told they must have surgery

However, with just a little bit of education and an advanced therapy that’s available at our Garland Chiropractic clinic, this revolving door back pain problem can be solved.

Here’s what important to know… The cause of the pain is usually due to a problem with one or more of the lumbar inter-vertebral discs, a part of the spine that’s extremely important and also extremely susceptible to stress and overuse.

Spinal decompression therapy – an effective treatment garland residents can count on

The treatment that has been responsible for halting the cycle of back pain for so many people is called spinal decompression therapy. Garland-Ft. Worth residents who have been lucky enough to make it to a chiropractor’s office will often discover the amazing benefits of this high-tech therapy.

The intervertebral discs are like shock-absorbers in the spine. They’re durable, flexible and, like a rubber gasket between two pieces of metal, protect the spine from traumatic movements that might otherwise hurt the vertebrae. When they’re healthy they also help to keep the vertebrae apart, giving the nerves that pass between them plenty of room and giving the spine an amazing amount of flexibility.

Problems arise because the discs are also susceptible to overuse and overstress and, as we get older, that susceptibility becomes worse. The discs then begin to shrink and break down, which causes pressure on the delicate nerves that pass the spinal canal on their way to the lower half of the body. Pressure on those nerves, as you might have guessed, causes lower back pain as well as a host of other symptoms and problems.

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If the discs are ignored the problem will get worse, and unfortunately most traditional medical treatments for low back pain overlook the discs. There is absolutely no pill currently being made that can help heal an intervertebral disc, and so the problem worsens and the patient continues to suffer.

However just like any other part of the body, the discs can heal. Much like a torn muscle or a broken bone, if discs are given the right treatment, they have the innate ability to heal. That treatment, as mentioned above, is spinal decompression therapy. For a surprisingly high percent of Garland residents spinal decompression will not only take care of the pain, but correct the root cause of the problem as well.

How Spinal decompression therapy works is actually quite simple to understand. It stands to reason that if pressure on the discs causes them to break down, negative pressure will allow them to heal.

The facts about spinal decompression therapy were discovered when astronauts returned from long space trips. Since astronauts are studied completely from head to toe before and after a space flight, scientists noticed something very peculiar; they were coming back taller.

The reason was that the discs had expanded and healed during their time in space, when the normal compressive forces of gravity were absent. With the compression gone the discs had healed!

Some sharp people back here on earth decided to see if they could replicate the phenomenon and thus spinal decompression therapy was born. Now, we use a computerized machine that creates a similar type of decompression condition like that found in space. Under this condition the discs are encouraged to heal and the patient can get back to a normal life, free from low back pain.

So the next time you’re feeling the pinch, consider Spinal Decompression Therapy. Our Garland chiropractic clinic has helped thousands of patients overcome the pain from bulging or herniated discs. Contact Texas Spine & Wellness at (972) 840-2520 to schedule your consultation and appointment. Our affordable treatments will be great for your back health and your budget!

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