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 Frequently Asked Question

Find answers to some of the most commonly ask questions about back and neck pain through our informative frequently asked questions.

Featured Back Pain Question:

What are the risk factors associated with back pain?

One of the main risk factors associated with low back pain are having a previous history of a low back injury.  Occupations that require heavy lifting, standing and twisting motions, increased sitting or working with tools that vibrate also predispose a person to have low back pain.  As a result of today’s increased workload and reliance on computers and technology, more and more people are sitting and are not maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  Overweight and obesity are also primary reasons for the increased occurrence of low back pain disorders.  It takes more effort to stand up and exercise, but we all need to try to do more of it in order to eliminate the onset of low back pain.

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Featured Neck Pain Question:

Is it safe to adjust the neck?

Just as the medical profession in general must be completely certain that the care they provide is safe, so too must the chiropractic profession. Few medical treatments have been scrutinized in as much detail as chiropractic. The safety and effectiveness of chiropractic treatment has been studied very carefully.

Complications from chiropractic treatments are rare. Your chiropractor will discuss all potential side effects and any risks along with the benefits of the care you receive. If your chiropractor diagnoses a problem that would be better treated by another health care professional, he or she will make an appropriate referral.

Featured Back and Neck Exercise Question:

Are abdominal “crunch” exercises the best way to keep from having low back pain?

Abdominal “crunches” are extremely dangerous to your low back and spine because they produce high amounts of disc pressure because of the flexion they put on your spine.  As well, they cause you to lose the natural curvatures of your spine which again prevent you from maintaining spinal stability. The best abdominal exercises to prevent low back pain are planks, planks on the stability ball where you roll in and out and go clockwise and counter-clockwise, side planks, glute bridges, and cross-crawls.  All of these exercises have been proven to be the most effective at increasing abdominal core strength while producing the least amount of forces to your spine.

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Featured Daily Activity Causing Back/Neck Pain Question:

What can I do to prevent back problems while I’m sitting for long periods at a computer, at a desk, in a car, or in a plane?

The best prevention strategy is to get up approximately every 30 minutes and take what is called a micro-break.  This includes standing up out of your chair, reaching up for the ceiling with your hands as high as possible with your hands and taking a big deep breath in.  Hold this breath for a couple of seconds as you focus on retracting and depressing your shoulder blades.  Exhale as you relax back down into a neutral position.  As you stand up in this position a mild extension moment of the lumbar spine is achieved decreasing the stress and strain to your lower back.

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