Tag: neck pain

Wearing Foot Orthotics: Is It a Life-Long Necessity?

Wearing Foot Orthotics: Is It a Life-Long Necessity? One of the most common reasons for back, neck, shoulder, and even knee pain begins at the feet.   While having low arches or flat feet does not necessarily cause back and neck problems, asymmetry of the feet is an inherited trait. You look like your parents and probably walk like them too because of genetics.  Some of us need help to be more symmetrical in how we walk and move about which reduces stress on our bodies. What do foot orthotics do? Foot orthotics level the hips.  While they do provide arch Read More »

What are your core muscles and why is your core stability so important?

What are your core muscles and why is your core stability so important? Dozens of articles regarding the importance of a strong core have been written but what is the core and why does it need to be strong? According to Wikipedia, The body’s core region is sometimes referred to as the torso or the trunk, although there are some differences in the muscles identified as constituting them. The major muscles involved in core stability include the pelvic floor muscles, transversus abdominis, multifidus, internal and external obliques, rectus abdominis, erector spinae (sacrospinalis) especially the longissimus thoracis, and the diaphragm. ” While this sounds complicated, the core is required for proper breathing and movement. A Read More »

We must end one size fits all healthcare for musculoskeletal back and neck pain. Here’s what you can do about it.

We must end one size fits all healthcare for musculoskeletal back and neck pain. Here’s what you can do about it. A common conversation I have with new patients is that we tailor the care to your needs.   the conversation begins with what is normal and then what is normal for you.  Normal is what you have always known and felt such as your neck always being tight, never being able to touch your toes, or knees always cracking when you squat. They are normal to you because this is what you always remember feeling from the time you were Read More »

Is arthritis avoidable or inevitable?

Is arthritis avoidable or inevitable? My patients have often heard me say Uncle Artie (as in Artie Ritis) was not invited to the party although they either were told their problem was arthritis or they assumed that they had arthritis due to aging. To diagnose arthritis, you need an X-ray and a blood test.  Medical healthcare providers and often patients assume their pain or stiffness is due to arthritis which can be anything from osteoarthritis to an inflammatory condition such as rheumatoid or gout. While it is true that the body has changes that occur over time which we all Read More »

Abdominal scars from surgery resulting in chronic back problems. We can help.

Abdominal scars from surgery result in chronic back problems. We can help. According to the March of Dimes, the C-section rate in the U.S. is at 32.1%. According to iData research, there were over 1 million hernia repair surgeries performed in the U.S.A. in 2020. In 2019, it was reported that there were a reported 140,000 yearly Tummy Tuck, A.K.A. abdominoplasty surgeries performed yearly according to Summit health. Many of these patients later developed or had worsening problems with their neck, shoulders, lower back, knees, and hips.   Is there a connection? The growing problem of active scars. What is an Read More »