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Core Stabilization – Foundation of a Healthy Lower Back

Core Stabilization

We often hear our doctors, therapists, and trainers discuss core stabilization and how integral it is for the function and health of our bodies, especially for our lower backs.

 

What is core stabilization?

Core stabilization refers to your ability to keep your core structure (torso, abdomen, and spine) relatively stable as the skeleton (legs, arms, and connecting structures) is recruited to do physical work like walking, running, throwing, and lifting.

Why is it important?

Research reveals patients with lower back pain have delayed or insufficient firing patterns of the transversus abdominis muscles compared to control groups with no back pain. Although researchers admit it does not prove this muscle delay causes lower back pain, their findings clearly identify a relationship between core stabilization and lumbar spine symptoms. Results from these studies show that by increasing the activation of the core stabilizers, primarily the transversus abdominis, back pain may be reduced or prevented.

Although a consultation with your Chiropractor is your best bet for a speedy recovery from acute low back pain, it looks like an abdominal contraction-a-day can really help keep the long-term pain away!

Ask your Chiropractor to recommend the best core-strengthening exercise for you.

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Important-Posture

Mississauga Chiropractor shares why Posture is so Important

Your Mississauga Chiropractor shares why posture is so important

 

Who cares about posture?

Look at your posture, others do.

Through posture you can see someone’s mood, energy, and confidence. Next time you are in a line up (like at a passport office), take a look to see who is happy, sad, depressed, angry, or frustrated.  Without even talking to them you can spot it.  You may even notice your postures when you are in different moods.

You can also see someone’s health (or lack of health) through their postures.   Postural shifts in the spine and body tell a story as to how your body is functioning, or how healthy it is at that moment.  You may feel okay. But your body is not moving or functioning at its best.

Poor Posture = Poor Health

Poor posture not only shows us poor health, but can also negatively affect the body mechanically, physiologically, and neurologically.

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lower back pain shown by Dr. Peever in Mississauga

What do discs in your back hate?

What do discs in your back hate?

As a Chiropractor I see many patients who have injured the discs in their low backs, often times experiencing very painful back pain and sciatica pain.  In this post I cover what a disc is, how Chiropractic can help disc injuries, and how to avoid injuring the discs in your back.

But first…. What do discs hate?

Repetitive bending and prolonged sitting!

(Keep reading more and watch the video to learn why discs hate repetitive pressure and constant poor pressure – or ask Dr. Peever)

What is a disc?

The discs in your back are between the vertebrae (back bones) and all movement between the bones. I sometimes describe them as jelly donuts, as the fluid in the disc can get squished out similarly to a jelly doughnut. When this happens it is called a disc herniation and can be very painful.

What can you do about injured  Discs? Can a Chiropractor help?

Chiropractors work with people who are suffering with disc herniations often to help their bodies recover.  They do this by helping the patient create the best position of the spine for the disc to heal, often times by adjusting the spine into a proper alignment.

Here is a great article showing a person recovering from a severe disc injury with the help of specific chiropractic adjustments.

Improvement in a Patient with Disc Protrusion and Extruded Fragment Following Subluxation Based Chiropractic Care: A Case Study & Selective Review of the Literature

Testimonial from one of our Mississauga Chiropractic patients who suffered from multiple disc herniations and was unable to weight bear or work:

“Pain, mobility, daily functions, mood, hope, painfree.  These are all things we take for granted.  Regular medicines help to get through the critical stages of illness.  We must also work on the cause behind the problem. My Chiropractor has taken me from traditional medicine towards medicine free.  Hope and optimism were given back to me.” – R.KM.

What if my disc herniation is creating sciatica pain down my leg?

The following are excerpts from a research study of Chiropractic manipulation used for helping disc herniation patients.  The study had 102 patients who had disc herniation injuries in their low backs and were suffering from sciatica.

Chiropractic Manipulation in the Treatment of Acute Back Pain and Sciatica with Disc Protrusion: A Randomized Double-blind Clinical Trial of Active and Simulated Spinal Manipulations

“Acute back pain and sciatica are major sources of disability, with impairment of daily living activities.”

“Spinal manipulation is widely used in the treatment of low back pain and sciatica.”

“Active manipulations have more effect than simulated manipulations on pain relief for acute back pain and sciatica with disc protrusion.” –The Chiropractic adjustment had a good pain relieving effect for patients who had sciatica due to a disc injury in their low back.

“At the end of follow-up a significant difference was present between active and simulated manipulations on the percentage of cases becoming pain-free (local pain 28% vs. 6%; radiating pain 55% vs. 20%).” – The patients who were manipulated by the Chiropractor had less local pain and less radiating pain.

“Patients receiving active manipulations enjoyed significantly greater relief of local and radiating acute low back pain, spent fewer days with moderate-to-severe pain, and consumed fewer drugs for the control of pain.”

The authors from this study concluded that Chiropractic spinal manipulations may relieve acute back pain and sciatica with disc protrusion.  We see this often in our Chiropractic clinic in Mississauga.  Patients whose spines are well adjusted have a greater ability to adapt and heal to back injuries such as sciatica and disc herniations.

What if I want to avoid a disc injury in the future?

Ideally, we help people avoid injuring their backs. This requires listening to your body and it does require effort.  Proper maintenance can go a long way. I go through some of the things that discs hate in this presentation I did for the students at CDI College. Take a look and don’t hesitate to contact us at the office about discs in your back.

Here is a video of Dr. Callum Peever presenting on discs:

 

Transcript of Dr. Peever’s talk on low back discs

Continued from talk to CDI College 2014

Do you know what discs hate?

Prolonged sitting and repetitive bending.

The discs in the back are between the bones. They are like jelly donuts in that they have fluid in them that can shoot out, which is called a herniation. Some people will describe it as a slipped disc. This pressure from the disc on the nerves is very painful and can completely disable you. Lots of people describe this as sciatica as the disc can put pressure on the nerves that make up the Sciatic Nerve.

Sitting still really bothers the disc because the disc needs to move in order to get fluids. If you don’t move it doesn’t get fluids. If you slouch for a long time the disc gets stuck with old ugly jelly.

How do we minimize bad jelly in the spine?

Movement. The more movement that we have through our postures throughout the day, the more often we stand up and down, less injury will come to that disc.

If you have ever had this injury before, you have to do all that you can in the world to keep that disc as strong as possible or else you may be on a cruise ship to the nursing home.

Question –
What is the most amount of time that you can sit still before the problem happens?

Dr Peever – Who has kids? How long can they sit still? Not very long. We learn how to sit still at school, to stop fidgeting. Intuitively, innately, we want to move around and shift. If you can move every 5-10 minutes it will be better for you. Sometimes your job responsibilities can prevent you from moving around so that’s why we need to know ways that we can minimize the impact that these physical stressors have on our body’s health.  Chiropractic is one of those ways to reduce the impact that stress has on your body.

Chiropractic can make sure that those discs are moving as well as possible when you see us. Movement and walking and dancing are great. If you are stuck sitting all day you need to have strategies to minimize the negative health impact of prolonged sitting. Even shifting in the chair will be helpful. A chair that is not too comfortable will cause you to keep shifting your postures all day.  Who has seen those exercise balls? It is not comfortable, but it gets you to move all day.  Moving all day is better than the comfort of sitting still all day.

Question- isn’t that hard?

Dr. Peever- It will be harder. It won’t be easier. All the stuff I am teaching you isn’t easier but it is better for you to live a longer, more active career. That’s a tough thing to grasp. There is much easier ways to live. But taking care of your spine, your nerve system, your brain takes effort. You have to try to stay healthy.

Dr. Callum Peever – Chiropractor in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health

Scoliosis and Chiropractic

Scoliosis and Chiropractic

The following are excerpts from a 2016 research article regarding the impact of chiropractic on scoliosis.  Addressing the alignment of the spine and the impact it has on the nervous system is important to addressing a patient that is or may have scoliosis.  The earlier it is addressed the better.

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The effect of chiropractic techniques on the Cobb angle in idiopathic scoliosis arising in adolescence

“The purpose of this study was to examine weather chiropractic techniques would reduce the curvature of idiopathic scoliosis, which commonly occurs in elementary school children. This study demonstrated that chiropractic techniques can effectively reduce the Cobb angle within as little as 4 weeks.”

-Very interesting that they were able to see improvements in as little as 4 weeks.  It is amazing to see how resilient children are and how well their bodies can react with just a little help!  As you read below you will see that even though there is no clear cause regarding this spinal curvature, daily bad habits can play a role.  That is why even with quick positive changes seen with chiropractic care, we usually recommend implementing many good spinal habits (including chiropractic check ups) for patients who see the importance in maintaining spinal health.

“Most students today have many posture-related health problems due to academic stress and habits that cause inadequate posture, i.e, using a computer for long hours, incongruent height of a desk and a chair, heavy backpacks, and lack of exercise. In particular, even when there is no clear cause, it is easy for spinal deformity to occur in adolescence, and once the spinal deformity begins, the spinal curvature consistently becomes more severe. Therefore it may develop into scoliosis.”

“The results of this study imply that in clinical practice, a direct correction to the spine is necessary for treating scoliosis. Hence spinal correction should be included as part of the program for treatment of scoliosis.”

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Worst Sleeping Posture discussed by Mississauga Chiropractor

What is the worst sleeping posture?

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As a Chiropractor in Mississauga, I constantly teach patients about the best, and worst sleeping postures for their back and neck health. This will not only help them get rid of their neck pain and back pain, but can also help them get the momentum in their body’s favour by increasing their sleep quality and the improving the spine and nerve systems natural ability to be healthy!  Read more to learn what is the worst sleeping posture!

How should be head and neck be when sleeping on my side or back?

The question about how to best sleep is also discussed below.  Keep reading to learn about how your neck and back should be when sleeping on your side or back.

Check out this video by Dr. Callum Peever to hear how he answers these questions to the CDI College students, or read the transcript below.  The answers are highlighted.

Transcript from the video on sleep postures

Continued from CDI college presentation 2014

What is the worst posture to sleep in?

On your belly.

 

Why?

Your back is extended and you do put pressure on your joints. Also, your neck is twisted the entire time you sleep. Everyone turn your head right now and try to hold it there. Your going to notice that it doesn’t feel very good. Imagine doing that for 8 hours.

Remember that brain which has wires coming out through the spine? Guess where those wires (the spinal cord) attaches. That spinal cord attaches at the base of the skull and at the base of the pelvis. Everywhere else it floats. If we take that wire and twist it we will have more tension build up through that wire. When you twist an elastic up it builds up potential energy to the point it is ready to snap. That is the same thing that people do when they sleep on their stomach – the stress that entire spinal cord out. That is not good.  Every time that I drop this marker, gravity will pull it down. It is a universal law. Every time you keep pressure on the spinal cord it is not going to work as well.

Who sleeps on their side? How do you keep your head when you are sleeping on your side?

Ideally you want your posture to be like how you are standing when you are sleeping. Symmetrical. If you are on your side you ideally want your head in a position that prevents it from twisting sideways. Also, you can have a pillow between your knees so that your legs don’t crowbar your pelvis and put unnecessary strain on your sacroiliac joints.

Who sleeps on your back?

You want to support the head and neck so that you are not over bending the neck. Remember, you want it to be like you are standing up. In hospital bed they will even bend the knees slightly. You can put a pillow beneath the knees at home.

How do we get out of bed ourselves? Do we do a sit up everyday? No. We turn. To get out of bed ourselves we turn and let our bodies’ counterweight us up.  First step is you are going to roll onto your side. Then knees off the bed. The legs are now going to counterweight you and with some arm pressure you will roll up to a sitting position. That is how you should be getting out of bed in order to not put too much pressure on your back. I don’t want to hear about any of you doing sit ups first thing in the morning.

The same thing goes for getting into bed. Sit first. Then roll onto your side. Try to get your legs up and then roll onto your back.

Dr. Callum Peever – Chiropractor in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health

Want to read more on sleeping postures? Keep reading!

Sleeping on your stomach is not a good idea.  It not only puts pressure on the joints in the neck, but also twists and strains the spinal cord and nerves.  We always suggest to patients to stop sleeping on their stomachs, but we understand that it can be a habit and will take time to change (sometimes years).

Sleeping on your side or back is better, but you need to be in a relaxed posture with no stretching of the neck, back, legs, or arms.  A proper pillow is a must with a thicker pillow for your side and a contoured one for back sleeping.

This takes effort and you need to work on it throughout your entire life, but it is worth it!

Our Chiropractors can discuss with you your sleeping postures to ensure that you are creating the best situation for your body to rest possible.

Read the attached newsletter immediately below (PDF) to get even more ideas regarding sleep postures and pillows.   You can also read about why postures are important on this site as well! And contact us if you need help implementing these strategies into your life!

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Sleep, Insomnia, and Chiropractic

If you are having trouble sleeping at night, you are not alone. More than one-quarter of the U.S. population report they occasionally do not get enough sleep, while nearly 10% admit to experiencing chronic insomnia. In Canada, of those with sleeping difficulties, approximately 18% get less than five hours of sleep per night.

For some people, lack of sleep is self-induced. Working long hours, taking care of the kids and increased stress-load can lead to a restless night. Abuse of recreational drugs or alcohol, or too much caffeine may lead to less time spent in deep sleep at night.

If you find yourself experiencing sleep problems, your Chiropractor would like you to pay particuarly close attention because this could be detrimental to your health in a number of ways.

If lack of sleep is starting to affect your concentration, memory. or mood, you may have a sleeping problem. Chances are trhat it is just a case of nerves, or an inability to deal with life’s stress. But to be on the safe side make sure you see what may be causing your sleeping irregularities. Early detection and correction lead to the greatest odds for recovery. However, most sleep problems are related to other conditions or situations.

If you do not want to have to take pills to improve your sleep, make your next step an appointment with your Chiropractor.


Melatonin, Sleep, and More

Having a difficult time sleeping? In pain?

We see this countless times a day in our patients in Mississauga. Our team has lots of strategies to ensure your body is performing at its best throughout your life tasks (sleep being one of those tasks!).  Our recent newsletter focuses on Melatonin, sleep, and its impact on pain.

Here’s a little part from the newsletter:

“The reserachers evaluated the subjects for pain, sleep quality and analgesic use. The melatonin supplementation was found to improve sleep quality and lessen pain, reducing the need for mapin medicaine by 80 percent.”

Take a look (I’ve attached the file) and connect with our experts to learn more.

Sincerely,

Dr. Callum Peever


One Bad Night’s Sleep …

The field of epigenetics is teaching us more and more about how our lifestyle impacts the expression of our genes, and our offsprings!  We encourage and empower our patients towards living their optimum.  Sleep is a large part of that equation!
Read this article to see how a bad nights sleep can negatively impact your health through your genes.