Low Back Pain During Athletics is Nothing to Ignore

Participating in sports takes a toll on the body. Athletes everywhere know the discomfort that comes with working out. Sore muscles and achy bodies help you know that your movement is doing something positive.

However, there is a fine line between soreness and pain. When it comes to your lower back in particular, distinguishing between the two is very important for maintaining good spine health. Slight soreness in the lower back may be normal if you’re beginning to work out more or have been doing new types of athletic motions, but a consistently-sore back or back wracked by sharp pains is not normal.

If you begin to feel low back pain during or after an athletic routine, stop exercising and take a moment to examine the pain you’re experiencing. If you aren’t sure whether the pain is cause for concern, schedule a meeting with a chiropractor to get to the bottom of the issue.

Ideal Spine helps chiropractors across the nation work with patients to discover and potentially relieve their back pain.

The link between athletics and low back pain

Athletes are at high risk of low back pain because of the frequency at which they run, twist and jump. All these movements put pressure on the spine and surrounding ligaments and muscles, leading to injury.

Specifically, repetitive twisting and turning can stress the muscles around the spine, making muscle sprains more common. Lots of running and jumping can wear down on the spinal vertebrae and the discs between them. And, sports that involve lots of impact such as football can even cause injuries to the spine, nerve roots and surrounding tissues.

Some of the most common back pain problems athletes face include muscle sprains, osteoarthritis, bulging discs and herniated discs. Injuries and fractures are less common but are still a risk.

If you are an athlete, watch for sharp pain that occurs with a specific movement, as well as pain that radiates down your legs or to other areas of the body. Additionally, achiness or stiffness that lasts longer than a day or two and does not ease with ice or anti-inflammatory drugs may be cause for concern.

Preventing and treating low back pain

Taking care of your body is a critical part of being an athlete. If you start to notice that your lower back hurts, do not ignore it. Many athletes try to “play through” the pain, when what they should be doing is taking a break from the game.

Ignoring low back pain may make your pain condition worse. Continuing to put pressure on your back may further any strains or fractures and prevent you from healing correctly. Additionally, you may begin to move in different ways to avoid or compensate for the pain, putting pressure in the wrong places and hurting yourself more.

Instead, pay attention to your pain. You may want to try ice and heat therapy at home to see if the pain eases. Rolling out muscles with a foam roller or lacrosse ball may also help if your back pain appears to be muscular.

However, if your back pain is sharp, shooting, or does not go away, don’t delay in visiting a chiropractor for diagnosis and treatment. A chiropractor will do x-rays and work with you to identify the root cause of your pain. Once a diagnosis has been reached they may be able to assist you in alleviating pain and getting you back in the game through stretches, physical exercises, and spinal manipulations.

Ideal Spine trains chiropractors nationally on our specialized approach to patient care, Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP). By visiting a CBP-trained professional, you may see improvement in your condition after even a few short sessions.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

How to Recognize Red Flags When Seeking Chiropractic Treatment

Searching for chiropractic treatment isn’t very easy. It’s not always common to find a friend who visits the chiropractor regularly, and there are usually many professionals to pick from in the immediate area. If you’re seeking help, though, you need to narrow it down, so you’ll have to do some research and make a decision.

Not all chiropractors are created equal. While some practices are professional, well-trained, and have a track record for success, others may be inexperienced and could even have a long list of unhappy reviews. It’s up to you to watch out for red flags when deciding on a chiropractor and to find a new one if your current provider doesn’t seem like the right fit.

Ideal Spine helps train chiropractors across the country to offer the best service they can to clients using our Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach. From our experience, here are a few red flags to keep your eye out for during your search:

  • Prior disciplinary action: Before you meet with a potential chiropractor, do some research to learn more about the professional’s training, experience and history in the field. Make sure to check your state’s Chiropractic Regulation & Licensing Board website to ensure no disciplinary action has been taken against the chiropractor, as this could be a bad sign.
  • Very little hands-on experience: Research and interview the chiropractor about their certification and how long they’ve been working directly with patients. Don’t be afraid to ask for referrals or success stories. If the chiropractor hasn’t laid hands on anyone before, you might not want to be the first.
  • Pushy or aggressive demeanor: Your chiropractor should be patient with you and not force you into doing anything you aren’t sure of. This is particularly important if they’re helping you work through pain, as only you can tell when a technique is too much for you to handle.
  • Unwilling to answer questions: Part of what makes the chiropractor-patient relationship so trusting is the chiropractor’s willingness to explain things to you, so you understand exactly what is going on in your body. If your chiropractor doesn’t want to answer your questions, they may be inconsiderate of their clients, at best, or possibly be unsure of their techniques themselves, at worst.
  • They boast about an exclusive technique: If your chiropractor tells you that they offer an exclusive, new technique that nobody else has, you should be skeptical. Chiropractic is effective because it uses years of research and training to understand how movements affect the human body. A never-before-seen technique may be untested and may end up leaving you extremely hurt.
  • They claim to cure the impossible: Any chiropractor who claims to cure various chronic conditions is most likely exaggerating to convince you to work with them. While chiropractic care may be effective in alleviating pain and symptoms for some seemingly-unrelated conditions, it is not magic and cannot cure all health problems you have.

When choosing a chiropractor, also remember to work with one that considers your wellbeing overall, not just your spine itself. At Ideal Spine, we train chiropractors to look at health holistically for total-body wellness through Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP). We strive to provide ways for patients to get the best treatment they deserve, so you know you can rely on our certified professionals.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction is Painful; Chiropractic Offers Gentle Solutions

Your ability to stand and move around relies heavily on a grouping of bones, joints, and muscles located near your pelvis. Two small joints in particular, called your sacroiliac joints, play a major role in facilitating movement and preventing your hips and pelvis from locking up over time.

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction is a common ailment, preventing millions of people from moving pain-free. At Ideal Spine, we’ve worked with our chiropractors to identify a myriad of ways to treat sacroiliac joint pain through our Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach. Rather than turn to pain medication for relief, consider visiting a chiropractor the next time your joints make moving difficult.

What is the sacroiliac joint?

The sacroiliac (SI) joint is an important joint that connects each of your hip bones to the sacrum – a triangular bone settled into your lower back. The joints function in the same way other joints in your body do: they absorb shock as you walk, run, or move around. You have two SI joints, one on each side of your body, and proper function of both is important for ease of movement.

Dysfunction in the SI joints is caused by either too much or too little movement. Inflammation is a common occurrence in both situations, which makes the pelvic region stiff.

Over-exerting the SI joints with an abundance of motion or experiencing pelvic instability due to weak muscles in the pelvic area may result in low back pain, as well as hip pain and potential misalignments in the hips and spine.

On the other hand, moving too little may cause the muscles around your SI joints to stiffen, making it difficult or very painful to move. This type of pain usually plagues one side of the lower back, feels sharp, and is more likely to radiate into the buttocks and legs.

Chiropractic methods to ease SI joint pain

Rest, ice and heat therapy, and pain medication are often the traditionally-prescribed treatments for sacroiliac joint dysfunction. However, chiropractic may offer a more effective solution that also addresses both routine SI joint stress and stress or immobility in other areas of the body simultaneously.

Your chiropractor may utilize the traditional spinal manipulation technique to push your SI joint past its range of motion and reduce pain. During this method, the professional will apply a fast thrust of pressure to your hip. This type of pressure may be repeated in other areas of the body to create full-body alignment and relieve pressure.

Sometimes, this pressure is too much for people with more intense SI joint dysfunction, in which case your chiropractor may opt for a gentler approach.

If your SI joint pain is caused by a lack of mobility, slower spinal mobilization techniques may help loosen up the surrounding muscles and improve your range of motion. Your chiropractor may also use a spring-loaded tool called an Activator to apply low-force pressure to your hips.

Finally, your chiropractor may be able to offer you a wealth of advice about gentle exercises and stretches you can do on your own at home to improve mobility in the SI joints and limit pain in the future. These types of movements are particularly important for athletes or people with inflammatory disorders who tend to stiffen often.

Ideal Spine ensures that our CBP-trained professionals are able to offer a broad look at the musculoskeletal system and how it relates to overall health. Contact one of our chiropractors today to see how they may be able to help you overcome SI joint dysfunction.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Chiropractic Solutions for Weak Piriformis Muscles and Hip Dysfunction

The system of joints, muscles and bones that make up the pelvic and gluteal parts of the body is complicated. It is filled with a web of interlocking tissues that work together to facilitate movement such as twisting and walking.

Having such a complex system of tissues inevitably means there are many places for movement to go wrong. Misalignment, stiffness or weakness in one or more muscles or joints may affect the way you move and even cause additional problems that worsen your health. One muscle often overlooked when treating pain is the piriformis muscle.

Ideal Spine uses a comprehensive system for patient care called Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), which helps trained professionals diagnose and rectify common problems with this area of the body and beyond. Our CBP-trained chiropractors may be able to implement useful methods of strengthening the piriformis to minimize pain and hip dysfunction.

What muscles are connected, again?

Before you can understand how the piriformis muscle specifically may be affecting your hips, you should know some of the key players in the pelvic region and why they are important.

The piriformis muscle is a flat muscle that sits below the gluteal muscles in the buttocks. It is attached to the sacrum, or triangular bone in the lower back between your hipbones. The primary goals of the piriformis muscle are to stabilize the hip joint, aid in balance, and help rotate thighs and hips laterally to prevent internal rotation.

The piriformis ties in closely with the sacroiliac (SI) joint, which connects the hip bones to the sacrum and absorbs shock from body movement. Dysfunction in the SI joint usually causes lower back pain, limited mobility, and misalignment.

How piriformis muscles can affect your hips

Because the piriformis is critical in supporting the SI joint, which is important for movement and body stability as a whole, it should be activated and healthily stretched. Tightness in the piriformis is often a concern, but it can also be too loose and weak, leading to hip dysfunction.

Tightness or fatigue in the piriformis may cause lower back pain, stiffness and sciatica in the form of piriformis syndrome, in which pain shoots down the leg due to nerve compression. This is largely due to hypomobility (limited mobility) of the SI joint.

If the muscle is too weak, though, it may also cause problems with the hips and back. Piriformis weakness may cause hypermobility, or instability. Activated muscles are needed to stabilize the SI joints and the spine properly.

It is very common for one side of the piriformis muscle to be too tight while the other is overstretched and weak. Finding a balance, strengthening the piriformis muscle, and realigning an instable SI joint is necessary to minimize pain and prevent mobility problems.

Using a chiropractic solution

A chiropractor is well-poised to offer solutions to people suffering from SI joint dysfunction, low back pain and immobility caused by problems with the piriformis. Here are some of the techniques your chiropractor may use to alleviate pressure and strengthen your muscle:

  • Strengthening exercises: To strengthen a weak piriformis muscle, your chiropractor may have you do guided exercises such as hip bridges or leg extensions. These may require some contorting and practice since the muscle is not always easy to activate.
  • Stretching: If you also have a tight piriformis or have recently activated the muscle a lot, your chiropractor may help you find some stretches to do in the office and at home that may elongate the muscle and improve mobility.
  • Spinal manipulations: When piriformis muscles have been too tight or too weak for a long time, they have probably done some temporary damage to the nearby SI joints and spinal vertebrae. Through manipulations of the joints and spine, your chiropractor may be able to get your body back into alignment, so the muscles can do what they are designed to do without the extra tightening or weakening.

Ideal Spine helps chiropractors learn effective techniques to treat patients with musculoskeletal pain and immobility. If you are experiencing hip dysfunction, visit a CBP-trained professional to receive a diagnosis and treatment plan to address your pain.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.