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NEW TREATMENTS FOUND TO BE EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL WITH PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM LOW BACK PAIN.

Over 80 percent of the population will experience an episode of Low Back Pain at some time during life.   The condition is also costly with total costs estimated to be between 100–200 billion dollars annually, two-thirds of which are due to decreased wages and productivity.  The medical fields’ quest to find effective and sustainable cures have been sadly unsuccessful.  Unfortunately, surgeries haven’t performed much better either with a success rating of 33-35% and costing some people $80,000.  The complexity of low back pain must not be overlooked and can have many factors related to its cause.

While there are many healthy berries you can add to your diet, the açaí berry is one of the most nutrient dense berries in the world. This superfood is known to most of us as açaí or açaí berry, though you may also find it by its scientific name: Euterpe oleracea Mart, botanical name: Arecaceae (Palmae), or sometimes marketed as the Amazonian palm berry.

When it comes to treating cases of chronic pain, the common misconception is that pain in a certain area is caused by injury to that specific area. While this may be true in some scenarios, evidence based findings suggest that frequently the pain our patients have been experiencing are not related to an injury or condition that began there.

The diaphragm is the key instrument for breathing and the all-star of core stability. The diaphragm is a dome shaped structure that is made up of muscle and other fibrous tissue. It is located at the base of the lungs and separates the lungs from the abdominal content. It has many roles but the two major functions are proper respiration and core stabilization.

IF YOU ‘SUCK IN’ - YOU’RE SUCKIN’!

Most of us were taught at a young age to suck in our bellies and tighten up our core. The majority of trainers and fitness gurus thought this was the ideal way to stabilize the spine and hips based on research indicating that drawing your navel to your spine engages the core in a proper fashion to achieve optimal stabilizing results. This research is outdated and, to put it plainly, wrong. The ‘suck and tuck’ method for spinal and hip stability during exercise has been largely discredited and is no longer part of the curriculum in many higher learning institutions and rehabilitation clinics.  The research now points in the opposite direction.

As advocates for each patient being able to take control of their health, we want our patients to fully understand our approach to physical medicine and our pain treatment process. In order to do this you first need to understand what physical medicine is. Physical medicine is a branch of medicine that diagnoses and treats biomechanical disorders and injuries. When it comes to understanding what physical medicine is, we want you to think of physical medicine as a pie with several pieces.

Mobility is one of the new fitness buzzwords that has piqued the interest of many competitive and non-competitive weight trainers today. They attend mobility clinics and stretch sessions, blame their inability to perform certain exercises on mobility issues and tightness, and work out through pain they chalk up to residual tightness from old injuries. There are solution to these issues. Focusing on mobility may be one. Training through your pain is definitely not one.