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November 19th, 2018

Custom fitted orthotics and back pain

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One treatment for back pain that may not be as obvious is the use of custom orthotics. Orthotics are designed to realign how the feet meet with the ground, which in turn effects how the entire body structure moves. Orthotics effect the body’s posture and gait – which may be causing back pain. Realigning the body starting from the feet up may provide great back pain relief.

Orthotics may help with back pain in patients who have excessively flat feet, excessively arched feet, or issues with the ankles rolling either inward or outward when walking.

Any abnormal placement or structure within the foot will affect the entire body as the patient walks. For this reason, properly fitted orthotics should be one of the first treatments when looking at assessing and treatment for chronic back pain conditions that have no obvious cause such as injury.

Custom fitted orthotics work from the ground up to stabilize and balance the way the body moves. This is turn can eliminate pain coming from the feet, ankles, knees, and up into the back.


May 29th, 2018

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Anyone who has worn a backpack knows that they can become quite heavy – and uncomfortable. Especially when filled with school supplies, books, and more – the total weight of a filled backpack adds up quickly. Recently, researchers have been looking into the harm that carrying around a backpack all day can do to someone’s back health.

How Backpacks Can Be Bad for Back Health

A heavy backpack pulls downwards on the bones, ligaments, and muscles – creating stress in places the back was not meant to carry weight. The additional weight can also contribute to misalignments of the spine, leading to aches and pains in the neck, back, and shoulder – as well as other negative side effects such as fatigue and headaches.

How to Properly Use a Backpack

Ensuring proper use of a backpack will be the most efficient way of keeping the back pain free, especially for a student who carries books and heavy items around frequently.

For best results:

  • Fit the backpack snugly over both shoulders;
  • Make sure the backpack does not hang low on the back; and
  • Limit the amount of weight in the bag (a backpack should not weigh more than 10 percent of the bodyweight of the person carrying it).

How to Deal with Back Pain Resulting from Incorrect Backpack Use

If you believe your back pain is caused by incorrect backpack use, first you should use the above notes to fix the way you are using your bag. A qualified chiropractor can help you work through any current back issues you are having from incorrectly using a backpack.


September 27th, 2017

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Similar to how the dental profession is the only profession which is licensed to diagnose issues with the teeth and gums, the chiropractic profession is the only profession licensed to treat and diagnose “vertebral subluxation” through spinal manipulative therapy or chiropractic adjustment. This does not mean that other licensed practitioners such as acupuncturists cannot directly treat the spine – it just means they do not use the treatment of the vertebral subluxation. As they both treat similar areas of the body, both chiropractics and acupuncture have similarities as well as some unique attributes that make them different. Below are some of the key differences and how the two types of treatments can work together.

Chiropractic

Chiropractic doctors use the primary method of reducing vertebral subluxation by manually moving the vertebrae through low-amplitude, high-speed thrusts. This typically produces an audible release, which most people call a “pop” or “crack”. The adjustment is not typically painful, but some people do not like the noise it produces.

Acupuncture

In acupuncture, manipulation of the spinal segments is substituted with stimulation of the acupuncture points directly at the vertebral level. It works by stimulating certain areas of the body by using thin, small needles which are intended to revitalize the natural energy of the body.  A skilled acupuncturing can work to relieve aches and pain throughout the body, and acupuncture has also shown to improve immunity and treat conditions such as fibromyalgia. Similar to chiropractic adjustment, acupuncture is typically not painful  - but some people may be concerned by the idea of having needles placed into their skin.

Most health care advocates are starting to agree that pain management and health care should be a “team based” approach, which may include general medicine, chiropractics, acupuncture, as well as additional therapies such as massage.


March 10th, 2017

foot and back pain

If you are experiencing lower back pain, it could have everything to do with your feet and not your back. The way your feet contact the ground when you walk has a direct correlation to the way your back absorbs compression to your spine.

For anyone who goes barefoot or wears shoes with little or no support, this problem will only get worse with time. But, there is good news, as there are treatment methods available and one of those methods is custom orthotics. With custom orthotics you can get your feet properly aligned and take the pain away.

How Custom Made Foot Orthotics Help for Back Pain

When your feet don't transfer weight properly, extra strain and stress is put on other areas of your body. Most often this results in back pain. You can also experience pain in your neck, hips, and knees as well. Wherever the pain is, you want to do what you can to alleviate that pain and prevent it from returning.

Chiropractors are trained in what to look for with your specific spine pain issue. They will provide treatment for your overall body alignment and wellness, far above and beyond what you would get by just going to the store and purchasing a shoe orthotic insert.

Custom made orthotics are measured and made for your foot exclusively, and should not be used by someone other than yourself. You are not required to be a professional runner or athlete to benefit from using custom made orthotics. Everyone who spends a lot of time standing and or walking, should consider using these for the ultimate in comfort and support that they provide.

If you suffer with chronic foot pain or pain upon rising in the morning or often experience tingling or numbness in your feet and legs, you will benefit from custom orthotics.

When looking for a custom orthotics provider in Langley, look for reviews, referrals from friends or family and of course that of your family doctor or chiropractor if they do not provide that service. Don't wait for the pain to stop you in your tracks. You won't believe the difference a custom foot orthotic can make in your life.


February 19th, 2015

MYTH: Yoga can help with all kinds of back pain.

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Fact: Yoga can in fact help with certain back issues/pain, but not great for all types.

I have lots of patients ask if they should start up yoga for their back problems.  I let them know that yoga could help build a stronger more flexible spine, especially if their back pain is muscle-related.  

That being said, if your spinal pain stems from other sources, such as a herniated disc, yoga is not likely going to help and may if fact irritate the problem and cause even more pain.  

It is always best to people with back pain/issues to get an OK from their Health Care Practitoner before starting any new exercise regime whether it be yoga and pilates to cross-fit.  

If you have any questions or concerns regarding yoga or any other type of exercise routine you're looking to start and are unsure if it's ok for your spine to start, feel free to contact Benefit Chiropractic & Wellness Clinic in Langley, BC at 604-534-7451.