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Do I need an x-ray for back pain?

When do you need an x-ray for back pain? This is a question I get asked on a regular basis.  Many people that I meet are under the impression that a chiropractor needs x-rays of the spine to diagnose.  Perhaps surprising, it’s quite rare for an x-ray to be the sole factor that provides a…

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Protect Your Back While Gardening This Spring

As we progress further into spring and summer, many of us become more active around the house and into our gardens. This can lead to an increase in back injuries and issues. If you are a gardener excited to get to work now that it’s warm, it is very important that you take measures to…

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Chronic Back Pain

Why do some people experience repeated bouts of back pain?  This is a very large question with many variables to consider.  An interesting paper published in the journal Pain shed some light on this topic, investigating the role of the lumbar multifidus muscle and the effect back pain has on it. Without question the muscles…

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Breathing and Back Pain

As we know, various muscles play a role in lumbar stability.  That is why we do lots of strengthening exercises for the abdomen and lower back.  Curl-ups, planks, bird-dogs are all examples of common exercises that are usually beneficial.  They target muscles like the multifidus, the transversus abdominus, rectus abdominis and obliques, quadratus lumborum and…

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Laser Therapy

Our body is made up of cells. Each cell has a different function that is vital to our existence. The Mitochondria is a cell which is responsible for producing adenosine triphosphate or “ATP”. ATP is the energy that our body uses. Similar to the gas that makes your car work, adenosine triphosphate is the energy…

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Disc Herniation

If you haven’t already heard the analogy, a jelly donut is a really easy way to get the idea of a lumbar disc herniation. If you recall from previous blogs, our spine is made up of boney blocks separated by cartilage discs. These cartilage discs have a tough outer cartilage (like the dough of a…