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Post-Partum Low Back Pain

Relief from Post-Partum Low Back Pain

A lot of effort and planning goes into a pregnancy, with the clear goal regarding the healthy birth of a new baby.  But when the baby arrives, the hard work doesn’t end.  Now there is a need that supersedes the mother’s own needs, the baby.  This post-partum period is a challenging time for all mothers.  Often times the mother is tired, drained of energy, and still healing from their pregnancy and delivery.  Unfortunately, 80% of women report low back and pelvic pain post-partum – with 7% of these pains being severe.

As a Chiropractor in Mississauga I often work with patients through their pregnancies and into their post-partum time as they recover and rebuild their bodies.  This is a very exciting time as many things change in the body and in the life of the new mother.  Fortunately, our health and wellness office is greatly able to help these mothers do their best through their pregnancies and deliveries.  Not only are our Chiropractors comfortable and great at working with a patient through their pregnancy and beyond, but so are our massage therapists and our Naturopathic doula team!

I was discussing with a Chiropractic colleague from the Womb in Milton regarding the post-partum time and the importance of Chiropractic care in helping a new mother’s spine and pelvis recover at its best, even with the new challenges.  We both agreed that their was enormous importance, but also that the mother often times puts herself last in the priority list.

Here is a case of Improved Health Outcomes in a Woman Experiencing Chronic Post-Partum Low Back Pain after Chiropractic care.

This mother unfortunately waited 3 years before seeking Chiropractic help after her c-section delivery.  Through the Chiropractic exam she was ‘twisted’ or ‘crooked’ at the pelvis or sacrum.  By addressing and adjusting this imbalance, the patient was able to get quick results.

Here is a case of Chronic Post-Partum Osteitis Pubis Managed with Chiropractic

This patient’s pelvis was very irritated during the pregnancy and delivery to the extent that the pubic bones in the front of the pelvis were extremely inflamed and painful.  This mother unfortunately even had difficulty walking due to the pelvic pain.   Fortunately, Chiropractic adjustments of her pelvis were able to help her recover and gain function again!   In the Chiropractic technique that I personally use to adjust, Activator Methods, we can adjust the pelvis from the back and/or the front in order to help correct the pelvic imbalance.

Keeping office visits effective and efficient for mothers

At our Mississauga location, we try our hardest to make the appointments as seamless as possible for all the patients.  The staff often times assists the mothers with the kids, the paperwork, and the doctors try their hardest to keep the appointments on time and moving smoothly.  One thing that helps new patients to our office is that our patient forms are located on the website, which prevents time in the office filling out forms and ‘juggling’ the baby!

 

Dr. Callum Peever is a Chiropractor in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health.  He is also the active Co-President of the Halton Peel Chiropractic Society, Regional Director in Toronto for Activator Methods International, the past Director of the Halton Urban Core Community Health Centre Chiropractic Clinic, and a Clinical Instructor teaching the Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique to fellow Chiropractors.

 

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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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Chronic Low Back Pain in Mississauga

Chronic Low Back Pain in Mississauga

What is chronic low back pain?

Chronic low back pain is a condition in which low back pain persists long term and won’t go away. This pain can be recurrent, but frequently is constant.

Many of our new chiropractic patients in Mississauga come to our chiropractic center with chronic low back pain. They thought it would go away but their body was stuck and couldn’t heal. Fortunately, our chiropractic center in Mississauga is here to help address the underlying problems that prevent your back from healing.


Why do I have chronic low back pain?

The following are excerpts from a research article that looked into the source of chronic low back pain.  Surprisingly this is a very complex issue.  The reason that this is so complex is because of the importance of the spine and spinal cord.  There are many structures in the spine that can create pain, and there are many reasons why your body will warn you to be careful due to the importance of the back with respect to the spinal cord.  The article is titled : What is the Source of Chronic Low Back Pain and Does Age Play a Role?

“In more than 90% of those with low back pain, the structure sources were internal disc disruption, facet joint pain, or sacroiliac joint pain”.

“The most predominantly affected level for both internal disc disruption and facet joint pain was L5-S1 followed by L4-L5.”

“17% had pain arising from 2 levels, and 10% had pain arising from 3 levels.”

“Our data confirms that the intervertebral disc is the most common etiology of chronic low back pain in the adult low back pain population.”

“The younger the low back pain patient, the more likely his or her low back pain is discogenic in origin.”

“The older the low back pain patient, the more likely his or her low back pain is facetogenic or sacroiliac joint in origin.”

Your Chiropractor can help you determine which structures in your back are involved in your back pain.  Fortunately, when properly adjusted all of these structures can improve, and the earlier you address the issue to better.


The Spinal Connection to Chronic Low Back Pain

Vertebral subluxations can be an underlying mechanical and neurological problem that prevents healing in back pain patients.

Vertebral subluxations are misalignment or restriction of the vertebrae (spinal bone) affecting the body’s ability to move and heal properly.

Chiropractors correct vertebral subluxations. Dr. Callum Peever uses the Activator method to specifically adjust your spine with effective maneuvers called chiropractic adjustments.

lower back pain shown by Dr. Peever in Mississauga

Studies Show Chiropractic Most Effective Option for Low Back Pain in Mississauga

Did you know that up to 85 percent of adults endure low back pain sometime during their lives? And many of the medications used to relieve low back pain carry hazardous side effects? The good news is that research shows that chiropractic care – a drug-free approach – is the most effective remedy!

Why is chiropractic care such an effective solution for low back pain?

Chiropractic focuses on the root cause of the low back pain and does not try to numb it with painkillers. The root cause is most often the alignment on the spine affecting the function. This is specifically called a vertebral subluxation, which is due to misaligned spinal bones (vertebrae), often instigates low back pain. Chiropractors, like your doctor in Mississauga, correct vertebral subluxations with specialized and specific maneuvers called chiropractic adjustments.

Addressing the alignment of the back and teaching a patient to avoid misaligning their spine while they build up their back muscle tolerance to their life demands is optimal when managing low back problems.

Chiropractic Patients More Satisfied  

Your chiropractor in Mississauga wasn’t surprised by a study showing patients who seek out chiropractic are more satisfied with their care than are medical patients. A Randomized Trial of Chiropractic and Medical Care for Patients With Low Back Pain: Eighteen-Month Follow-up Outcomes From the UCLA Low Back Pain Study

Chiropractic care compared favorably to medical care with respect to long term pain and disability outcomes in chronic patients. A descriptive study of medical and chiropractic patients with chronic low back pain and sciatica: Management by physicians (practice activities) and patients (self-management)

Why are patients more satisfied with chiropractic care?

While traditional treatment relies on medication to treat symptoms, chiropractic focuses on eliminating the underlying cause of back problems. Patient characteristics and physicians’ practice activities for patients with chronic low back pain: A practice-based study of primary care and chiropractic physicians

Chronic Spinal Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial Comparing Medication, Acupuncture, and Spinal Manipulation

Chiropractors’ Role as Coach for patients

Another reason for chiropractor’s effectiveness is the unique relationship formed between doctor and patient. Your Mississauga chiropractor works with patients as a coach, individually tailoring their care.

The partnership between chiropractor and patient empowers patients to take an active role and responsibility in recovery. Research shows that patients who approach healing this way recover faster.

More Motivated Patients

The same research study as above also showed that chiropractic care enhances patients’ motivation to employ strategies to reduce pain and disability. A descriptive study of medical and chiropractic patients with chronic low back pain and sciatica: Management by physicians (practice activities) and patients (self-management).

Better Than Hospital Care for low back pain

“According to total Oswestry scores improvement in all patients at three years was about 29% more in those treated by chiropractors than in those treated by the hospitals.” Randomised comparison of chiropractic and hospital outpatient management for low back pain: results from extended follow up

Chiropractic versus Muscle Relaxants

Muscle relaxants – a medicalized low back pain treatment – come with an array of potential side effects that range from annoying to downright deadly. Fortunately, chiropractic is more effective for low back pain than muscle relaxants, according to research. Don’t numb your body and mind, use chiropractic care!

“Chiropractic was more beneficial than placebo in reducing pain and more beneficial than either placebo or muscle relaxants in reducing [the Global Impression of Severity Scale].” A Randomized Clinical Trial Comparing Chiropractic Adjustments to Muscle Relaxants for Subacute Low Back Pain

Chiropractic versus Heat Therapy

Heat therapy was also second-rate when compared with chiropractic. Research shows that a combined approach – chiropractic care combined with heat – is more effective than heat alone.  Efficacy of Treating Low Back Pain and Dysfunction Secondary to Osteoarthritis: Chiropractic Care Compared With Moist Heat Alone

More Effective than Acupuncture

Although acupuncture may be a beneficial adjunctive therapy to chiropractic, alone it is less effective than chiropractic, say scientists. Chronic spinal pain syndromes: A clinical pilot trial comparing acupuncture, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, and spinal manipulation

Chiropractic: A Winning Solution

If you know anyone who is currently suffering, please spread the good news about chiropractic’s successful, all-natural approach. If you suffer from bouts of low back pain – even if it’s intermittent – make an appointment with your Mississauga Chiropractic Clinic today. Even sporadic low back pain can quickly alter into a chronic problem, for which chiropractic offers a natural and specific solution.

Cochrane Review Study Supports Chiropractic Care for Chronic Low Back Pain

What were the findings from the Cochrane chronic low back pain study?

The review found that chiropractic is as effective as common medical interventions, such as painkillers for chronic low-back pain. Findings also showed that chiropractic is extremely safe.

Because chiropractic is free of the hazardous potential adverse effects of medical interventions, these findings indicate that chiropractic is the perfect choice for patients with chronic low-back pain who want a natural approach.

Where can I access the study?

The review, spinal manipulative therapy for chronic low back pain, may be viewed at the Cochrane Library’s Web site. www.thecochranelibrary.com. It was published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in February 2011 in issue 2 

Here is another research article to read as well titled A Comparison Between Chiropractic Management and Pain Clinic Management for Chronic Low-Back Pain in a National Health Service Outpatient Clinic

What is the best exercise I can do when suffering with chronic back pain?

One of the best exercises to do is WALK!  Check out this blog on walking being the best exercise for recurrent and chronic low back pain. – Dr. Peever – Mississauga Chiropractor at Erin Mills Optimum Health

Why does my back problem keep coming back?

Check out this blog written by Dr. Peever on recurrent back problems.  Here he discusses addressing many strategies in your life that can be contributing to this problem.

The following 2018 research review concludes with the following which can help us understand more regarding chronic pain in the low back and recurrences of the pain:

Association Between Sensorimotor Impairments and Functional Brain Changes in Patients With Low Back Pain: A Critical Review.

“This review revealed the presence of functional brain changes associated with sensorimotor behavior and at rest in patients with long-lasting low back pain compared to healthy subjects.  Patients with low back pain demonstrated decreased sensorimotor-evoked brain activation and a reorganized lumbar spine representation in brain regions involved in higher-order sensory processing and motor control compared to healthy subjects.  These results could support behavioral findings of a disturbed body schema of the trunk, reduced lumbosacral tactile and proprioceptive acuity, impaired sensorimotor performance and postural control deficits in low back pain.  Additionally, patients with low back pain showed widespread increases in brain activation during non-nociceptive external as well as bodily-induced stimuli in regions of the so-called “pain-matrix”.  In the past, these findings were often interpreted as abnormal pain processing in low back pain.  However, findings of this review support an urgent need to reinterpret these results.  Specifically, they may indicate that patients with long-lasting low back pain are over-responsive to sensory inputs that potentially signal danger to the body, thereby inducing maladaptive, over-generalized motor responses to protect the spine.  Hence, functional brain changes associated with sensorimotor behavior may lead to (recurrences of) low back pain.”

This research review summarized many research findings and as always with respect to the brain…can leave you with more questions than answers.  The more we learn about the brain the more we realize how important the brain is with respect to our lives. 

My take away points from the critical review is that when a person is experiencing back pain, their brain is interpreting the information from the spine, muscles, disc, and ligaments and deciding how to manage with it.  People all experience and interpret the pain differently, and not all spine injuries are the same, but the brain does adapt and change with respect to the injury.  The brain will then adapt or compensate for the current injury by using other input to still allow you to balance and walk (ankle reflexes and proprioception instead of relying on the low spine proprioception).  The brain will also remember the injury it experienced and be hyper reactive to any new information it receives from that injured site.  This creates a quick ability to protect the spine from potentially dangerous situations, which may not have been worrying before.  The brain learns and adapts to your life depending on its experiences, for better and for worse.

Through caring for people who unfortunately have experienced low back pain that has become chronic in nature or recurrent, it is very important to recognize the brain – spine connection, and the changes that have taken place.  Just like these changes have occured due to the injury, the brain can change again in a positive manner with time as well.  It can learn to trust the spine again.

Proper spinal hygiene habits are very important as you start to trust your spine again.  Habits take time to create, as you need to create new routines and new brain pathways to change the old negative ones.  Chiropractors can help you work towards this.

For more reading, check out this article written by Dr. Peever on back spasms.

Contact us in Mississauga.

Here to help,

Dr. Callum Peever
-Chiropractor in Mississauga

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Alex from Rio Linens demonstrating back pain during his work.

New Mom’s Lower Back Pain Helped with Chiropractic

As the proud mother to an almost 20 lbs (!!) four month old my back would not have survived without Chiropractic adjustments from the amazing doctors at Erin Mills Optimum Health.

I always know that babies had two primary jobs and that was to grow and thrive. Nobody ever told me that my son would almost TRIPLE his birth weight in under four months!

It didn’t happen overnight, but one morning I woke up and could hardly move! I had such bad mid and lower back pain that I didn’t know how I was going to get through the day. I quickly called Erin Mills Optimum Health to see when I could be seen for an adjustment.

After just one Chiropractic treatment I noticed a huge improvement in the pain and stiffness. I was able to play with my son and not worry that laying on the floor would have me stuck there all day until my husband got home from work.

I have continued to travel to Mississauga for Chiropractic visits and my back and I could not be happier!

Yvonne, new Mom and part of the Front Desk Staff

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It is very common for pregnant mom’s and new mom’s to begin Chiropractic care for their pains as well as to improve their well-being.  I attribute part of this due to the need of avoiding many medications during this part of life, as well as the large demands that are placed on a woman’s body during this time.  Pregnant mom’s look for a way to address their health concerns (including their low back pain) without using drugs – Chiropractic is the answer.  Read more about Chiropractic and pregnancy / prenatal Chiropractic care. – Dr. Callum Peever

yard work leading to back pain

Yard Work

Yard Work

I spent the afternoon with a chainsaw cutting out a tree trunk. It was a lot of fun and a lot of work. The clean up took quite a lot of energy and time as well. I have had back injuries from falls in the past and was glad that I was able to do this physical work thanks to regular chiropractic care and good habits. I even felt great that night. However, the next morning when I reached down for the remote my back hurt and I had trouble standing back up! I knew right then that I had overdone it the day before. I often hear from chiropractic patients that they hurt their backs doing something simple. Often the problem will build up over time, or from a strenuous day of challenging postures for your back before the final straw of bending hurts the back.

My first action step after getting my feet underneath me was to:

  • breathe deeply and calmly
  • put ice on my back
  • gently move my back
  • get to my Chiropractor before I started work that morning

My original fear was that I had reinjured my back from a previous fall years before. The previous injury took a month to heal and a full year to regain my confidence again. Luckily I had a great team of Chiropractors helping to keep my spine aligned and healing through the process. Unfortunately, I challenge my back often and gravity isn’t letting up, which is why good habits are a must.

Before work started I got adjusted and then had ice on my back throughout the day. My L4 and L5 vertebrae had subluxated due to the excess workload from the day before. The back bone had shifted as it was exhausted from the effort, swelled up to protect and heal the joint which created the back pain. When my back is subluxated I have trouble driving, walking, bending, sitting, and doing almost everything. The back is a very important part of the body and inside the spine is the spinal cord which allows the brain to coordinate and control every aspect of the body. The back is not a good thing to injure!

With my back aligned and beginning to heal I felt great the next day! My movement was great and there was less back pain. Now I have to remember that even though I feel good, my back is still healing from the excess yard work from two days before. If I do forgot, my body will most likely remind me through uncomfortable or painful feelings. With good habits into the future and chiropractic adjustments to keep my spine aligned I will be able to keep up with the yard work in the future, with more breaks to rest in the process.

Here to help,

Dr. Callum Peever

Dr. Callum Peever is a Chiropractor in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health.  He is also the active Co-President of the Halton Peel Chiropractic Society, Regional Director in Toronto for Activator Methods International, the past Director of the Halton Urban Core Community Health Centre Chiropractic Clinic, and a Clinical Instructor teaching the Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique to fellow Chiropractors.

 

Best Exercise For Back Pain

Patients at my Chiropractic clinic in Mississauga often ask for the best exercise they can do for their back pain.

WALK.

Walking is the first thing I have my patients who are experiencing back pain do when they ask what they can do at home.   Don’t walk like Frankenstein with a stiff body and arms. Instead, walk smoothly and within your tolerance level building up your walking distance slowly.

Walking can help your back pain by getting the joints in your body and spine moving. This helps pumps fluid through the joints and the rest of your body. Many of my Chiropractic patients who are experiencing chronic back pain benefit from moving more.

As Dr. B.J. Palmer, the developer of Chiropractic, said, “Life is motion; motion is life. The absence of motion is death” 

The back has a larger roll to play in walking then people realize. Check out this research article which compares walking and an exercise program for patients experiencing low back pain.

An aerobic walking programme versus muscle strengthening programme for chronic low back pain: a randomized controlled trial

What if I walk often already and still have pain?

Make sure that you are regularly checked by a Chiropractor if you are walking regularly and still experiencing chronic back pains. The structure and function of the spine will be greatly helped with the walking and a Chiropractor can help you identify any other blockages in your back that can be holding you back from healing well.

What if I want to do more exercises for my back?

The best exercise routines for your back health are the ones that you will continue regularly. Don’t just stay and so these good healthy behaviors. These exercise routines will help your back health the most when they become habits.

Make sure in your back exercise routines that you avoid repetitive bending and twisting movements. These movements can damage the spine even while toy are strengthening muscles. This is bad for your back health.

Check out this blog past on core stabilization exercises if you are curious.  The simpler the better for these exercises!

What should I focus on in my back exercises?

Focus on movement and endurance. This will impact the health of your back the most while reducing possible injury from the exercise program.

 

What about for chronic back pain?

 

A 2015 article in the Back Letter highlights that you can “walk away from chronic back pain.” Not only is it a low cost exercise, but walking has benefits beyond just reducing chronic back pain!  It can improve your heart health, muscle and joint strength, coordination, and brain health.

Walking Away From Back Pain – The Back Letter May 2015 – Volume 30 – Issue 5

 

If you have more specific questions, contact us to ask us questions.

Sincerely,

Dr. Callum Peever

Dr. Callum Peever is a Chiropractor in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health.  He is also the active Co-President of the Halton Peel Chiropractic Society, Regional Director in Toronto for Activator Methods International, the past Director of the Halton Urban Core Community Health Centre Chiropractic Clinic, and a Clinical Instructor teaching the Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique to fellow Chiropractors.