Walking Makes Back Pain Worse!

Yes, walking can make your back pain worse.  Many doctors will recommend that you walk regularly to alleviate your back pain, but for certain conditions walking will only hurt you more.  Let me explain…

If you’re experiencing Sciatica then every time you step forward with the affected leg, you’re stretching the sciatic nerve which will only inflame your condition.  Walking will get the muscles to loosen up some, but after you are finished with your exercise then the inflammation sets in and you’ll feel worse later in the day.

The same thing goes for a herniated or bulging disc.  The compression of your spinal bones on the disc actually pushes harder on the disc inflaming the surrounding joints and nerves.

 

So when can you begin walking?

That depends on many factors.  If your pain is isolated to your low back only then walking short distances is O.K. as long as you don’t normally have pain when you’re standing or walking short distances.  However, if you have pain in your lower back when you stand, then you should refrain from walking until you correct the muscular and postural imbalances around your spine.

You see, any activity can flare up your low back pain if you have muscular imbalances in your body.  If you continue to ignore these issues, then over time your condition will get worse… to the point that a spinal surgery is your only option.

I know that some people hate exercise so much that they would rather just have the surgery instead.  Unfortunately, the reason that surgery fails so frequently is that the surgeons never addressed the postural and muscular imbalances in the first place… and now after your surgery, you have even more instability in your spine than before.  YES… even after a spinal fusion, your low back is more unstable than before.  That’s why the surgeons even tell you prior to the surgery that it’s likely that the discs above and below the fusion will get bad within the next few years.  And guess where they send you next?

To the physical therapist!

So this person had the surgery to avoid exercising and fixing the problem on their own, and then they still have to go to physical therapy afterwards… often for months!

 

So how can you fix these imbalances on your own?

These are just a few of the things that can be going wrong…

  • You may have over pronated feet
  • You may have foot flare from tight external rotators of the hips
  • You may have tight hamstrings
  • You may have weak quadriceps
  • You may have tight calves
  • You may have tight iliopsoas
  • You may have weak abdominals
  • You may have tight low back erectors
  • You may have weak gluteal muscles
  • You may have tight piriformis muscles

Now if you have no clue how to identify any of these problems, then how are you going to correct them?  Well, using the Doctor’s Back Pain System is the number one method available that addresses each of these issues.  There are audios, videos, and manuals with pictures included that help you identify your own personal imbalances so you can fix them without spending months going through physical therapy.  There are basically 3 different types of muscular imbalances.  Once I help you identify your specific pattern, then all you have to do is follow the recommended action plan that’s included in the system.  All 3 patterns are included so there is nothing more that you’ll need.

Now… If you think your pain isn’t that bad and you’re ready for walking then the best thing you can do is to walk on a treadmill.  This decreases the impact on your feet and legs… But not everybody has access to a treadmill.  So the next best thing is to walk outside near your house.

The biggest mistake my patients have made in the past is that they walk too far away from their home.  What happens if you walk a half mile in one direction from your house and then the pain sets in?  How will you get back home without making your symptoms worse?

I always tell my patients to only walk around one block in their neighborhood.  Keep the distance from your home very short so if you get in trouble with pain, you won’t have far to get back home.  Now if you get back to your house and you’re feeling great, then walk around the block again… and again if you can.

If you live out on a country road, then walk 1/8 or 1/4 mile in one direction… turn around, and walk back to your house.  Then go 1/8 to 1/4 mile in the other direction.  Just keep going back and forth in front of your house, again so you won’t be stuck too far away from home if you all of a sudden experience pain.

My best advice to you about walking is… Take is slow!!!

The conveniences in life have made it far too easy on us to the point that we don’t even realize how easy we have it.

Let me explain…

We never have to walk a distance that allows pain to flare up.  Think about this for a minute… you walk from your bed to the bathroom, to the kitchen, to the couch, back to the kitchen, back to the bathroom, back to the couch.

What about when you’re running errands?  You walk from the house to the car, from the car to the store, from the store back to the car, and from the car back to the house… And the entire time you’re walking on concrete, pavement, carpet or some other flat flooring.  You never have to walk very far and you never have to walk on an unstable surface.

That’s why so many people injure, or re-injure their back when they are at the airport.  Unless you get carted around in a wheel chair, you may have to walk up to a mile or more just going from the parking garage to the terminals.

So just because you think you’re ready for walking long distances, doesn’t mean you are ready.  And that’s why I’m telling you that WALKING MAKES BACK PAIN WORSE… If not done carefully, and at the right time.

Don’t forget, almost every one of us has muscle imbalances in our bodies.  When these imbalances become chronic over time then the question isn’t “if your in pain,” it’s “when will you be in pain?”  It’s a guarantee that pain will hit you again down the road if you don’t address the cause of your problems first.

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Yours in health,

Dr Jason Hurst, DC, CCSP, CSCS

 

 

 

You Don’t Really Have Sciatica…

Did you know that Sciatica tends to be the most overused “diagnosis” with patients and family doctors?  For years now… the majority of patients that come into my office for low back pain, tell me that they have sciatica.  When in reality, they have absolutely no symptoms of sciatica.  Unfortunately,  most of them tell me that it was their family doctor that gave them this mis-diagnosis. 

Sciatica Pain

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Sciatica?

The term sciatica can include a number of different resulting conditions all stemming from a root cause… the sciatic nerve.  This is usually caused by chronic irritation of one or more of the spinal nerves L4 – S4. The usual causes are trauma to the inter-vertebral discs associated with the roots of spinal nerves L4 _ S4, but a number of other causes, including improperly administered hypodermic injections into the gluteal muscle, have been documented. Whatever the cause, sciatica is characterized by pain along the course of the sciatic nerve through the hip and down the back of the leg.
Pressure, either chronic or acute, applied to the sciatic nerve’s dorsal and/or ventral roots may result in a number of symptoms in addition to pain.

  • Weakness in the lower leg muscles.
  • Inability of the lower leg muscles to control the ankle and foot can result in impaired gait due to foot drop.
  • Sensory disturbances such as paresthesia (a tingling or “pins and needles” sensation)
  • Hyperesthesia (increased or extreme sensitivity of receptors, particularly touch, temperature, and pain receptors).
  • Severe sciatica can even result in wasting of the muscles of the lower leg.

 

How Do You Know If You Have It?

You will feel a burning sensation, numbness, or tingling radiating from the lower back and upper buttock down the back of the hamstrings to the back of the calf muscles.  Walking can be almost impossible because every time you extend your leg forward the sciatic nerve becomes stretched and produces immediate pain.  This is where a lot of people come in to my office misdiagnosed.  Their pain will be isolated to the low back only, or the pain travels to the groin or down the front of the leg.

 

Sciatica Treatment

 

What Does It Feel Like

• Shooting pain when walking or bending at the waist.

• Sharp stabbing pains when moving the legs in certain positions.

• Pain when lying down, sitting, standing, walking, etc.

• Numbness in the feet and toes.

• Trouble controlling limb, loss of balance.

• Legs collapsing out from under you.

 

Yoga For Sciatica

 

What Can You Do Sciatica

Apply heat or ice to the painful area. Refrain from normal activity to reduce inflammation. You may want to take over-the-counter pain relievers if you have no allergies to them, including ibuprofen.  Avoid shoes with elevated heels.  Follow the protocol outlined in the Doctor’s Back Pain System™ that I provide.  In most cases, after only a few minutes of specific stretches, you’ll notice immediate relief.  Keep in mind, this relief will be short lived at least until we work on correcting the muscle imbalances that created the problem to begin with.  Doctor’s Back Pain System™ is the key for Cracking The Code For Chronic Pain™.

If you haven’t already… sign up for my free webinar explaining your back pain in further detail.  You can eliminate your pain at home, without drugs, needles, or surgery if you just have a specific plan to follow.  Inside my webinar, I will explain exactly what that plan is.

Yours in health,

Dr Jason Hurst, DC, CCSP, CSCS

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Do You Get Constipated?

What in the world does Constipation have to do with Back Pain?

Well, chronic constipation can cause all sorts of health complications, from hemorrhoids to fecal impaction to dull skin. Many people also experience related symptoms such as headaches and back pain, which accompany the constipation.

None of this is pleasant, but from the standpoint of detoxification, constipation is one of the largest barriers to the efficient elimination of accumulated toxins. If stool sits inside the colon too long without being eliminated, the toxins contained within may be circulated back into the blood. Furthermore, stools that are held up from being eliminated may generate even more toxins. The bacteria implicated in constipation emit their own wastes, which must be eliminated. With chronic constipation, good bacteria may die off as harmful bacteria flourishes and their toxins may damage the colon, causing further stagnancy.*

Constipation is not only uncomfortable, but also has long term damaging effects on the colon. One of the processes that happens in the colon is the extraction of water. The colon is constantly extracting water from it’s contents transforming the liquid wastes to solid. As a result, if elimination is not regular and complete, too much water is extracted causing the wastes to become too dry and then cemented to the walls of the colon.


 

 

 

 

 

Squatting toilet posture helps relieve and prevent constipation in four ways:

1. In the squatting position, gravity does most of the work. The weight of the torso presses against the thighs and naturally compresses the colon. Gentle pressure from the diaphragm supplements the force of gravity.

2. Squatting relaxes the puborectalis muscle, allowing the anorectal angle to straighten and the bowel to empty completely.

3. Squatting lifts the sigmoid colon to unlock the “kink” at the entrance to the rectum. This kink also helps prevent incontinence, by taking some of the pressure off the puborectalis muscle.

4. The colon is equipped with an inlet valve (the ileocecal valve) and an outlet valve (the puborectalis muscle). Squatting simultaneously closes the inlet valve, to keep the small intestine clean, and opens the outlet valve, to allow wastes to pass freely. The sitting position defeats the purpose of both valves, making elimination difficult and incomplete, and soiling the small intestine.

 

Let’s review the mechanics of going to the bathroom…

People can control when they defecate, to some extent, by contracting or releasing the anal sphincter. But that muscle can’t maintain continence on its own. The body also relies on a bend in the rectum (where feces is stored), and the anus (where feces comes out). When we’re standing or sitting the bend, called the anorectal angle, is kinked which puts upward pressure on the rectum and keeps the feces inside. The sitting posture actually keeps us in ‘continence mode’. This makes elimination difficult and incomplete, creating the need to STRAIN.

Optimal elimination is achieved in the natural squat position when the puborectalis muscle relaxes, allowing the anorectal angle to straighten, resulting in easier defecation.

There is a product that you can get for your home that is specifically designed to give you the correct posture when squatting.  If you’re tired of straining when you go, then this is a must have.  My patients absolutely love it.  I’ve actually gotten more information than I needed about how it’s helped them get “Regular” again.

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Get “Uncle Arthur” Out Of Your Life! Treating Arthritis

How To Prevent and Treat Arthritic Pain

Over 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from Arthritis!

That’s approximately 1 in 7 Americans afflicted with this potentially crippling disease… and nearly all Americans over the age of 50 show varying degrees of Arthritis symptoms.  Doesn’t that sound alarming?

So… What is Arthritis?

Well, Arthritis comes from the Greek word “arthro” meaning joint and “itis” meaning inflammation.  To break it down even better, that means “inflammation of the joints.”

Here are some of the warning signs:

  • Joint pain not due to an injury
  • Your skin around your joints may appear red, swollen and even very warm to the touch.
  • Pain that occurs during or after movement or after extended periods of inactivity.
  • Joints may feel stiff and difficult to move.
  • Grinding or popping when you move your body
  • Deformity of your joints

Now, the most common form of arthritis is Osteoarthritis.  It involves the breakdown of the cartilage and bone at the joints, causing some or all of the aforementioned warning signs.

It can be broken down into 2 types:  Primary and Secondary

Primary osteoarthritis is the most common form.    It’s a slow, progressive condition that usually strikes after age 45. (However, in my office, patients today are complaining of Arthritis pain before the age of 30!)

The most common areas Osteoarthritis:

  • Knees
  • Hips
  • Lower back
  • Neck
  • Fingers

Primary Osteoarthritis begins to develop when excessive or repetitive stress is put on ordinary, healthy joint tissues, or when normal amounts of stress are applied to an already weakened joint.  Studies have shown that obesity and a family history of Arthritis can put a person at greater risk for Primary Osteoarthritis.

Secondary Osteoarthritis usually strikes a person before the age of 40, and is known to be primarily caused by trauma to the joint.  This trauma can be received from a sudden injury, such as a car accident, a fall, degeneration after a surgery, repetitive sports injuries, or it can be caused by many small injuries to a joint over time.

Now, beyond Osteoarthritis there are rheumatic diseases that cause different forms of Arthritis with symptoms ranging from inflammation in one or more joints, to inflammation spreading to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, internal organs, and even the skin.  Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease brought on when the immune system attacks the body’s own tissue in the joints as if it were a foreign material.  Rheumatoid Arthritis affects more than 2 million people in the US, and women are 3 times as likely to get it as men.  It usually sets in between the ages of 20 and 40, but does not discriminate against older people or children.  However…one can take steps to prevent all forms of Arthritis and protect oneself from further joint damage.

There are four warning signs of potential Arthritic development.

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Restrictive range of motion
  • Poor posture

Poor posture and restricted motion are an indication of improper structural alignment of the body.

These physical problems often respond best to a physical form of treatment (such as Doctors Pain Relief Systems.)  Normal range of motion is necessary for proper circulation and repair of joints.  Restricted motion can come from a joint being out of its normal position, or from local tight or spastic muscles.

Prevention of arthritis would include:

  • Increasing range of motion and balancing posture
  • Getting better nutrition through better food choices
  • Exercise
  • Taking specific vitamin and mineral supplements

Supplements that have been shown to help are:

  • Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate repairs and rebuilds the protective cartilage in the joints
  • Vitamins A, C, E, and the mineral Selenium help to reduce “free-radicals” that can damage joint tissue
  • Omega-3 fatty acids can help the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Proper eating can also have a hand in the prevention of, or relief from Arthritis pain.  Studies have shown that overweight people are more likely to develop Osteoarthritis.  For those people who are overweight, diet is a critical part of a complete program to become healthier.

Exercise also helps relieve Arthritic symptoms as it…

  • strengthens bones, muscles and joints
  • increases flexibility
  • prevents joint deformities
  • improves the immune system
  • reduces stress

Forms of exercise that have been shown to prevent or improve arthritis are:

  • walking
  • swimming
  • bicycling
  • water aerobics
  • strength training
  • stretching

In order to prevent, or reduce the pain of Arthritis, it is important to make sure that joints can properly function.

If you are ready to get control of your Arthritic pain before it totally consumes your life, then you’ve got to look into Doctor’s Pain Relief Systems.  This program is designed specifically for Arthritic conditions.  There are specific stretches and exercises within the system that can help you reduce your pain almost immediately.  I have also included many free bonuses as well.  Sign up for my free webinar to learn all about the system, and how the traditional ways of treatment just aren’t cutting it anymore.  Aren’t you tired of living on OTC medicines and prescription medicines?  Take back control of your body and your life!  Go to www.DoctorsPainReliefSystems.com right now and sign up for my free webinar!

 

To Your Health,

Dr Jason Hurst, DC, CCSP, CSCS

 

 

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Is Inversion Therapy For Me?

Inversion Therapy… Is it a safe alternative to traditional treatments?

Absolutely!

People have been using various forms of inversion therapy for thousands of years.  It involves hanging upside down (inverted) with the intention of decompressing the spine and other joints of the body.  We constantly have the force of gravity pushing on us all day, every day.  The only thing is… we don’t feel it because we were born with the same amount of pressure on our body that we experience today.  So like many things in our lives… we take for granted that, although it keeps our feet planted on the ground, it also creates extra stress on our joints that can lead to degeneration.

Benefits Of Inversion Therapy

Inverting your body has the exact opposite  effect of gravity.  So what an inversion table does for you is to help open the joint spaces of your body temporarily, which has very beneficial therapeutic effects.  It can be especially helpful with symptoms of back pain.  Other benefits include… Improved circulation of blood and lymph fluid, increased oxygen to the brain, maintains flexibility, strengthens ligaments, improves joint flexibility, and helps to build core strength.

Inversion Therapy Risk

Most of the risks are listed to make sure you are safe.  However, if you have any of these conditions or symptoms then you should check with your Family Physician.  The most common risks are… any heart conditions, hiatal hernia, high blood pressure/hypertension, middle ear infections, extreme obesity, pregnancy, retinal detachment, glaucoma, conjunctivitis, severe spinal injury, Stroke/TIA

As you can see the list of contraindications is long. Make sure to check with your physician before beginning an inversion table.

Which one to choose?

I have personally tried over 11 different inversion tables at home and in my office and I personally recommend the one below.  This company has been around for years and has an excellent reputation for delivering a quality product.  It is actually the one that I have set up in my own home office.

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The “Perfect” Stretch
While inverted, progressive decompression allows each joint to be decompressed by the same weight that compresses it while upright. Achieve the “perfect” stretch with the Teeter Hang Ups Inversion Table, a relaxing and rejuvenating way to help restore youthful function to your weight-bearing joints so you can move better and feel better!

Results in Minutes
Simply “set it, lock it and go!” The Teeter Hang Ups is easy to use and allows you to achieve a relaxing stretch that decompresses your back and joints in just minutes a day.

Total Control
Rotate and relax on our precision-balanced system, which allows you to control the speed and rotation with simple arm movements.

No Pain, All Gain!
Benefits begin at a gentle 20 degrees, and total decompression is achieved at 60 degrees. At a full 90 degrees, you can conduct deep stretches and exercises that target your abs and increase your flexibility!

 

Testimonials

First of all, I am a practicing dentist which is a killer job for your back. Additionally I experienced a serious back problem about 7 years ago … and I persisted with CONSTANT back pain in the lower back ever since.

Subsequently I surfed and found the Teeter. I have really only been using it about a week now and I honestly feel like I’ve had 15 years wound back and I’m in my twenties again!! It’s an incredible thing, I can’t wait to get home from the surgery …and hang there for a while – I feel alive again! I want to go out and kick the football with the kids instead of making excuses, I really feel alive again! It has brought me back to life, that’s the only way to describe it!

Many, many thanks,
Bruce G., Ireland

 

I have a herniated disc in my neck and a pinched nerve. I refuse to have surgery; chiropractic and deep massage only do so much; and other alternative medicines have been ineffective. I am almost 64 years of age, an active golfer, still working, and am in good health otherwise. After almost four weeks [of using the Teeter], I have regained close to an inch in height, I am sleeping much better, and my overall pain and discomfort level is at the lowest it has been in years.

Overall, this is the best ‘investment’ in my health that I have ever made. I tell everyone that I meet what it has done for me. Gary F., Carmel, IN

 

I recently purchased a [Teeter] and wanted to tell you that it is awesome when you find a product that will do exactly what it says it will do. I recently was diagnosed with issues in L-4 and L5 …It is horrible to have the most excruciating pain … that lasts 24/7 and never lets up. I received my Teeter Hang Ups on Thursday and immediately assembled it and used it. WOW!! What a relief! This was the only thing that gave me any relief. I have made believers out of several doctors! Thanks for making a great machine… I love my Teeter!
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Proven Results
Put Your Trust in Science

Patients Using a Teeter 70.5% Less Likely to Need Surgery
In a study conducted by Newcastle General Hospital in the UK on patients that were told they needed sciatic surgery were divided into two groups: Group one regularly practiced inversion therapy with a Teeter inversion table and regular physiotherapy, while others practiced physiotherapy alone. Results suggested that patients who invert with a Teeter Hang Ups inversion table are 70.5% less likely to need surgery compared to the control group!

Manjunath Prasad KS, Gregson BA, Hargreaves G, Byrnes T, Mendelow AD. Regional Neurosciences Centre, Newcastle General Hospital, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.
Study Demonstrates Full Decompression at 60°
Study measured internal disc pressure (in the 3rd lumbar disc) through a range of activities, including standing, sitting, bending and vertical and supine traction. The study suggests that a traction load of 60% body weight is sufficient to reduce the residual pressure of 25% standing body weight to zero.

Nachemson, Alf, et al: Intravital Dynamic Pressure Measurements in Lumbar Discs. 1970
Relief Within 10 Seconds of Inversion
Study found EMG activity (an indicator of muscle pain) declined 35% within the first 10 seconds of inversion. Study found that inversion increases the spinal length. Study concluded there is a correlation between a reduction in EMG activity and an increase in spinal length.

Nosse, L.: Inverted Spinal Traction. Arch Phys Med Rehabilitation; 59: 367-370, Aug 78.
Inversion Effective for Low Back Pain Relief
Study found gravity-facilitated traction (inversion), produces significant intravertebral separation in lumbar spine. Study concluded gravity facilitated traction may be an effective modality in the relief of low back pain.

Kane, M, et al: Effects of Gravity-facilitated Traction on Intravertebral Dimensions of the Lumbar Spine. Jour of Orthopedic and Sports Phys Ther. 281-288, Mar 85.
Over 88% Patients Returned to Work
After eight inversion treatments, 155 out of 175 patients were able to return to their jobs full time. Study concluded that the main basis for improvement was the stretching of paraspinal vertebral muscles and ligaments and possibly the widening of intravertebral discs. Study found significant improvements in a variety of diagnosis including spondylolisthesis, herniated discs, lumbar osteoarthritis with sciatica, and coccygodynia.

Sheffield, Frederick J. Lt. Col., MC. Adaptation of Tilt Table for Lumbar Traction.

 

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