Flip Flops and Sandals

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Summer is upon us, and that means warm weather, sun shine, shorts, t-shirts and sandals.

Many people love the feeling of walking around in a pair of open toed shoes when it is warm out. If you wear the right kind of sandals then you can have a great summer and be able to do all of the activities that you want to. But if you choose the wrong kind of sandals, then you can compromise your entire summer.

Flip flops are the worst kind of sandals. They have no support in them. They cause you to walk differently. You have to clench your toes to keep the flip flops on. Continue reading Flip Flops and Sandals

How to Keep Your Back Healthy

yoga 2Back pain will affect 8 out of every 10 of us. The best predetermining factor to having low back pain, is having had it in the past. Back pain can be prevented. It’s causes are usually multi-factorial, meaning that there are usually a few causes for your low back pain. This article delves into different causes of low back pain, and different treatments for low back pain.


Causes of, and Treatments for, Low Back, Pelvic and Hip Pain

Low back pain will affect 80% of all people at some point throughout their lives.

As anyone who has suffered from low back pain can attest to, it can be debilitating when it acts up. The best way to determine if you are going to have low back pain, is if you have had it before.

Low back pain can be prevented, and once it flairs up there are many things that you can do to reduce the symptoms. Continue reading Causes of, and Treatments for, Low Back, Pelvic and Hip Pain

The Real Cause of Low Back Pain:Repetitive Trauma

I have long held the belief that most of the pain we experience, if it is not from a disease process or some type of sickness, is muscular in nature and usually from repetitive motions. I believe that most low back pain comes about through repetitive means. It can even be argued that a significant amount cases of osteo-arthritis are from old repetitive traumas that have never been allowed to fully heal. Over time, the microscopic injuries that come from repetitive traumas can eventually cause the onset of osteo-arthritis. Continue reading The Real Cause of Low Back Pain:Repetitive Trauma

Flip Flops = Hip Pain = Low Back Pain = You Pain

A while ago I wrote this article on flip flops and why they were bad for you, and I thought it was time to revisit the topic, since it’s summer and beach season once more.

Every year I see more and more people wearing flip flops. And most of these people have either low back pain, hip pain, knee pain, ankle pain or foot pain. Flip-flops alter the way that you walk, making it more difficult to walk for long periods. True, they are very comfortable, almost as comfortable as being in bare feet. But they are not equal to being in bare feet. I feel that you would be better off in bare feet or wearing barefoot running shoes. At least then, you would not be impeding the way that you walk. Continue reading Flip Flops = Hip Pain = Low Back Pain = You Pain

How to Travel with Pain

If you have low back, hip, shoulder, or neck pain, how can you travel without making your problem worse? Everyday I treat patients with this problem. The period before vacation can be a stressful time. Most people end up running around trying to get everything in order. You may need to make sure the pets are taken care of, all of the laundry needs to be washed, you need to get caught up at, and even get ahead of, work. This can lead to increased hours at a desk, more hours lifting loads of laundry, cleaning, driving around town running more errands. All of this leads to increased stress on your body which can lead to flairing up existing issues or creating new aches and pains. Either way, how do you travel when you are in pain? Continue reading How to Travel with Pain

Low Back Pain,Common Causes and Prevention

          Low back pain is extremely prevalent in our society. Chances are that if you haven’t had a debilitating episode of low back pain throughout your life, someone you know has had one.  A 2006 study from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, states that low back pain is the second most common cause for people seeking medical care, second only to the common cold. And unfortunately, medical doctors can’t do much for low back pain, except prescribe some pain pills, muscle relaxers, or steroids. While these pills can be effective at reducing pain, they do nothing to treat the cause of low back pain, or speed up the healing time. Continue reading Low Back Pain,Common Causes and Prevention