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5 Essential Tips for Back Pain Relief from a Garland Chiropractor

Whenever I am asked to write about back pain relief the first thing I think of is back pain prevention. Obviously there will be times, for whatever reason, that we all have back pain but if a person is truly conscientious about caring for their back, those times should be few and far between. Maintaining the spine is just as important as regular dental, eye and health check-ups, and seeing your Garland chiropractor regularly, even if you don’t have pain, is one of the best things you can do for your back and your overall health.

Now, I’ll get straight to the point.

a man suffering with back painIf you find yourself having back pain due to an accident, overwork or excess stress, there are a number of things you can do at home to help calm the pain. Of course, the first is to schedule a visit to your local Garland chiropractor. However, in the event that your schedules prevents you from making it into our office for day or two, let me offer a few tips to help ease the pain in the meantime.

First, most pain (back or otherwise) is due to inflammation in the joints and tissues. The spine itself doesn’t have any pain receptors, but the surrounding muscle tissue sure does. To relieve the inflammation (and the pain) there are first two things that we need to figure out. Is your pain ‘acute’ or is it ‘chronic’?

Acute pain is pain that has come on suddenly and chronic pain is pain that you have had for a while, usually more than a few months and sometimes years.

  1. For acute pain you need cold therapy. The easiest thing to do is take a 2 liter water or soda bottle and put it in the freezer. After it’s really cold (but not frozen solid) wrap it in a light towel (ice applied directly on bare skin is a no-no) and lie down on it with the bottle resting in the small of your back. This will chill the area, reduce the inflammation, and also help increase the low-back curve. You can do the same for the neck but with a smaller bottle.
  2. If it’s chronic pain that you have, heat will help. An easy way to safely apply heat is to soak a small towel in water, wring out the excess water, and microwave it until it’s hot. Not too hot, of course, as we don’t want to create 2nd degree burns. Roll the hot, wet towel up into a tube and do the same as above for either the low back or neck. Placing it flat on the mid back is okay too.
  3. Another home remedy that’s super easy is to first chill the pain, as above, and then take a hot shower for 10 minutes, lightly stretching the area as you do. After the hot shower, go back to the cold therapy, and then another hot shower. One more time each should be enough to calm the pain greatly and leave you feeling better. You can do each, cold therapy and hot shower, for 10 minutes at a time.
  4. Light stretching can be very helpful if you can manage it, making sure not to over-exert yourself or make a bad situation worse. Lightly stretch from side to side, back and forth, and in a twisting motion, being very careful of course. Your best bet would be to do this after the hot or cold therapy when the pain is diminished, but be careful.
  5. Most people have heard that bed-rest is good for back pain but in most cases I disagree. Getting up and walking around, if the pain isn’t too severe, is the best thing to do. It will loosen tight muscles and help lubricate the joints.

And one last bonus tip… Drinking lots of water is also essential, and there are several anti-inflammatory supplements like Tuna Oil and Boswellia that you can take too. Remember that healing takes time and that the pain may persist for a few days. Again, if you haven’t done so already, a good adjustment or two is probably needed to get you ‘back to normal’. Contact us to schedule an appointment.

Return to our home page to discover if a visit to your Garland Chiropractor could help you feel better.

 

 

The Best Shoes for Back Pain

woman in high heels with hurting feetAre 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.

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

If you think 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. Some 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.

If you wear uncomfortable shoes this 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.

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. Our Garland chiropractor strongly advises against 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 and tendon problems and conditions like hammer toes For this reason, Dr. Mixon 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 any shoe that you wish to use. 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.

So what are the best shoes for back pain?

Most chiropractors will recommend running shoes for back pain patients, even if the patient will only 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.

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 overcome foot and back pain, contact Texas Spine & Wellness.

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