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Exercise Tips – Back Pain Management

Exercise is an easy method to treat back pain. For many patients, the last thing they wish to try to to risk increasing the number of pain they feel. Strenuous work-outs are not the best idea for patients full of back pain. Mild work-out routines, however, will convince be quite beneficial. Remember to consult a physician before starting any kind of exercise program. It’s additionally necessary to understand your individual injury and your personal limits. Many patients are involved that exercise will only increase their pain. It’s true, you will experience some initial pain. When muscles are initial put to figure, it takes time for them to adapt and gain strength. These aches and pains will prove to be useful in the long term. As long as you consult your doctor and keep within your limits, there’s nothing to worry about. Basic movements help to tone and build up the core muscles that support the spine. By strengthening your core, flexibility will increase and posture improves. Core exercises forestall future pain and will reduce overall discomfort. A sturdy spine and core help you to avoid a number of injuries. Exercise improves balance and suppleness; two skills necessary to avoid injury, particularly in older patients. Exercise helps you to be told to manage your own pain. Patients full of chronic pain may realize this hard to believe, but it’s been proven to be true. Exercise teaches patients the way to manage, and generally overcome, their pain. Back pain sufferers who exercise can still experience some pain. Exercise provides tools for pain management, not pain removal. In addition to improving physical fitness, exercise will offer psychological benefits. Oftentimes, a patient who begins a piece-out routine can feel better about themselves when a brief amount of time. Getting up and getting active can be a great approach to spice up the self-esteem. Once a patient receives this positive feedback, they are possible to feel additional inclined to stay to their routine. A clear loss of weight or drop in clothing size could offer further motivation. Exercising will be a nice means to meet alternative people who share your interest in personal fitness. You’ll meet folks at the neighbourhood gym or on a walk down the street. Meeting others can make exercise additional interesting. Many people choose to figure-out with a friend. Having a piece-out partner helps remove the monotony from exercise. Friends will also facilitate to stay you on target and committed to your fitness routine. Oftentimes, patients just don’t grasp how to induce started. Walking can be a nice method to get active. It’s free and will be done virtually anywhere. A little bit of sun and recent air can do a world of good. Walking will also facilitate your to realize confidence and motivate you to increase the intensity of your workout over time. Remember not to move too quickly. Learning to manage your back pain could be a slow process that needs lots of patience and time.

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The Best Exercise to Relieve Back Pain

As a back pain sufferer and someone who has tried all kinds of treatments from yoga to surgery I’m sometimes asked:” What are the best exercises to relieve back pain”? The correct answer is it depends. To accurately answer this question one needs to know the type of back pain. Is it lower or upper back? Is it a result of an injury or deterioration? Is it a muscle pull or a herniated disc. Of course before beginning any exercise program and especially one dealing with the back it’s vital you first check with your doctor.

Be aware that not all exercises are beneficial, some can do more harm than good. What works for one person may not work for you.  The best exercise are going to be the ones that are designed specifically for you by a trained professional. That being said here are some general exercises and methods that may help.

1. Stretching: Slow steady stretching can bring relief to back pain. Again not all stretching is good your doctor or physical therapist can show you which ones you should try.

2. Walking: This is one that anybody should be able to handle. Get a good pair of walking shoes and find a level area to walk. Walk with your head up and shoulders back. Start slowly and increase your pace as you loosen up.

3. Swimming: A great exercise because the water takes the weight off your back and you use all your muscles. Be sure to take it easy and use strokes that don’t involve a lot of twisting.

Of course maintain an exercise program though out your life can help prevent back problems and speed recovery if you are injured. The best back pain exercises strengthen core muscles. It also important to have balance when you exercise so all the major muscle groups are exercised evenly. Muscle imbalance can be a source of numerous back conditions. Remember not all exercises are going to be good for you. The best program of exercises to relieve your back pain are the ones developed just for you. The Healthy Back Institute has developed a program called Lose The Back Pain System. This system designs a program of movements and exercise to address your specific needs.

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New Study Shows a Plant-Based Vegan Diet Improves Diabetic Neuropathy Pain, Lowers Body Weight

Washington, DC (PRWEB) May 28, 2015

A plant-based diet reduces the pain of diabetic neuropathy, according to new research published this week in Nutrition & Diabetes* by researchers with the Physicians Committee, California State University, East Bay, and the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Neuropathy is a complication of diabetes manifesting as pain, numbness, and other nerve symptoms. The pilot study put 17 adults on a low-fat vegan diet for 20 weeks, with weekly nutrition classes. The researchers found significant improvements in pain, measured by the Short Form McGill Pain questionnaire, the Michigan Neuropathy Screening Instrument physical assessment, and through electrochemical skin conductance in the foot. The participants also lost an average of 14 pounds.

“A dietary intervention reduces the pain associated with diabetic neuropathy, apparently by improving insulin resistance” notes Neal Barnard, M.D., president of the Physicians Committee. “The same diet also improves body weight and reduces cholesterol and blood pressure.”

Sixty percent of diabetes patients suffer from peripheral neuropathy, which is associated with hypertension, obesity, gait disturbances, amputations, anxiety, depression, and reduced quality of life.

“The dietary intervention is easy to prescribe and easy to follow,” says Cameron Wells, M.P.H., R.D., acting director of nutrition education for the Physicians Committee. “Steel-cut oats, leafy greens, and lentils are widely available at most food markets and fit well into most budgets.”

According to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine**, patients who receive just 5.5 extra minutes of nutrition counseling from their primary care physician lose five pounds, reduce saturated fat intake, and improve LDL cholesterol.

More than 29 million Americans have diabetes. One in three children born in 2000 will develop diabetes at some point in his or her life.

The average lifetime cost to treat type 2 diabetes is $ 85,200, half of which is spent on diabetes complications.

Founded in 1985 by Neal Barnard, M.D., the Physicians Committee is a nonprofit health organization, with more than 12,000 doctor members, that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.



BACK IN ACTION Tri-Zone Movement Therapy Founder Bruce Farmer M.D. Certifies Back to Basics Chiropractic P.C. for Pain Relief Program for Chronic Low Back Pain

Hillsboro, Oregon (PRWEB) June 03, 2015

Dr. Bruce Farmer, M.D., President and Founder of Fitness Therapeutics Inc and creator of BACK IN ACTION Tri-Zone Movement Therapy, a new treatment for musculoskeletal pain relief announces that Back to Basics Chiropractic P.C. is now using Dr. Famer’s ‘Back in Action’ pain relief program for chronic back pain.

Dr. Farmer developed BACK IN ACTION after a personal recurring injury to his lower back. This approach offers pain relief, rehabilitation, restores functioning, posture, aligns joints, and is entirely movement based without pain medications or surgical intervention. It is currently under study at the Oregon Health & Sciences University Department of Rehabilitation Services. Many post-operative patients with continued pain improve significantly with this program, increasing their daily activities and range of motion.

Founder of Back to Basics Chiropractic, Dr. Brian Rueben, D.C., had a total hip replacement in 2014 and credits the techniques of Dr. Farmer for restoring him to health. “These methods really work, and got me back to functioning at a normal level better than any other methods that I tried. My experience with these techniques led me to pursue certification so I can help other people. We now use the Back in Action program in our clinic. It is the movement piece we’ve been looking for.”

Dr. Rueben has been practicing chiropractic medicine for twenty-three years. The clinic now offers individual and group classes using the Back in Action1 Back Pain program, instructional DVD and color brochure.

Dr. Bruce Farmer assists people suffering from back pain individually, in groups, and offers the BACK IN ACTION Tri-Zone Movement therapy to health practitioners for their patients suffering from chronic pain. For further info visit For media inquiries contact Inspired Media Diane at dianeden(at)centurytel(dot)net.

About Bruce Farmer

Dr. Bruce Farmer, MD is Founder and President of Fitness Therapeutics Inc. and creator of BACK IN ACTION Trizone Movement Therapy™. He is a certified personal trainer (ACSM), certified corrective exercise specialist (NASM), and Wellcoach (Wellcoaches Corporation). Since suffering a severe back injury ten years ago, he has devoted his career to developing solutions for back pain relief and the restoration of fitness and wellbeing.

Dr. Farmer is the Founder and President, Fitness Therapeutics Inc., Portland, OR; 2013-present. Dr. Farmer is a Personal Trainer & Corrective Exercise Specialist and has a Masters in Theology from Western Seminary and was Associate Professor of Science and Theology at Life Pacific College in San Dimas California. He was owner and medical director of the Scappoose Family Medical Center in Scappoose Oregon and practiced Emergency Medicine through Spectrum Emergency Services throughout Oregon from 1987-1994.

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Former LPGA Tour Winner Maggie Will Discovers The Juvent Micro-Impact Platform as a Pain Relief Breakthrough and Performance Enhancer

Riviera Beach, FL (PRWEB) March 31, 2015

Juvent Sports ( recently presented its latest offerings at the 2015 PGA Merchandise show in Orlando. At the show, former LPGA golf great and current LPGA Legends Tour player Maggie Will was interviewed and she shared the life-changing physical improvements and pain relief she has been experiencing since she began integrating the Juvent Pro Micro-Impact Platform™ into her morning and evening regimens. The Juvent has been so instrumental to her chronic back pain recovery that it has even allowed her to get back into competitive golf after a 7 year hiatus and join the LPGA Legends Tour. Equally impressive is that in only her 2nd event on the tour, Maggie posted a Top 10 finish at Legends Championship in late 2014.

In the interview, Maggie Will explained how she was first introduced to the Juvent Micro-Impact Platform from her past coach and swing trainer, David Leadbetter. After trying it initially for just 4 days she noticed reductions in her back pain, improvements in her mobility and swing flexibility and even changes in her appetite, surprisingly finding herself craving less sugar. Prior to discovering Juvent, Maggie had pretty much given up playing competitive golf as the post-round back pain she experienced would sideline her for 10-12 days after just a single day of golf on the course. “Now it’s like a vitamin that I depend on every day. I use it 20 minutes every morning and it wakes me up and gets me going. I also use it 20 minutes in the evening and it feels like it helps me heal from the day. I am sleeping well, I love it.” said Ms Will.

Peter Simonson, President of Juvent said, “Maggie’s success with the Juvent Micro-Impact platform is very rewarding to hear. Everyone at Juvent is very excited about our product and the ability of our multi-patented micro-impact technology to help reinvigorate the golf games of not only professionals like Maggie Will but more importantly its helping the weekend-golfers across the county continue playing their favorite sport pain-free.”

An FDA Registered Class I medical exercise and rehabilitation device, the Juvent Pro delivers thousands of low-magnitude and high-frequency micro-impact pulses that enter through the heels of the feet and move up the entire body. These micro-impacts uniquely stimulate the body’s muscles and bones promoting circulation, joint health and healing. Users simply stand on the Juvent for as little as 10 minutes per day and many start feeling results within days. Recommended and used by world-renowned trainers, doctors, physical therapists, and chiropractors, the Juvent Pro is changing the way athletes are approaching training and recovery.

Juvent also works with The David Leadbetter Golf Academy and is an Official Proud Partner of the NFL Alumni Association (NFLA). Juvent is a Corporate Advisory Roundtable Member of the National Osteoporosis Foundation


About Juvent Sports:

Juvent Sports is a division of Juvent Regenerative Technologies Corp. who manufactures the clinically proven Juvent Pro Platform. The platform provides non-invasive, micro-impact pulses to support warmup, workout recovery, relieve joint and back pain, and enhance balance. The FDA Class I medical exercise and rehabilitation device is the result of more than 20 years and $ 45 million in R&D, with many peer-reviewed journals articles and 6 clinical studies (completed or current) with backing from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), NASA, and the U.S. Army. Used by world-renowned medical doctors, trainers, physical therapists, and chiropractors, for more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @JuventSports.

Media Contact: Skip Goode (303) 912-7547; skip(dot)goode(at)juvent(dot)com

Wright Now Fitness: Keep Moving to Help Reduce Low-Back Pain

(PRWEB) February 04, 2015

Low-back pain is a common condition that affects people of all ages, particularly those who are 30 to 55 years old. Back pain is the second most common malady seen in doctors’ offices and low-back pain is the second principal cause of work absence. If this is something that you have personally experienced, there is a lot you can do to improve your condition.

    For the majority of back ailments, although it might seem counterintuitive, active recovery is recommended by health professionals. Immobility including standing and sitting for long periods of time, and bed rest (except during times of severe pain) are not recommended, and can actually make symptoms worse. Additionally, returning to activities of daily life as soon as possible is an important part of recovery.

    Low-back pain can be caused by a variety of conditions including, but not limited to, sciatica, herniated discs, spondylolysis, spondylolisthesis, lumbar sprain or strain, compression fractures, and spinal stenosis. It is important to be examined by a physician because treatment can vary based upon the condition.

Exercise tips to help with low-back pain recovery:

     Low-back exercises have the most beneficial impact when implemented on a daily basis.
     Exercise that causes pain is not beneficial and can affect proper exercise performance.
     Low-back pain and function recovery can take as long three months or even more, so hang in there and stick with your program.
     Try to avoid any daily activities that cause pain in your lower back.
     Within the first two weeks that lower back symptoms first appear, most of the time, it is beneficial to engage in low-stress aerobic activities such as walking, swimming, and/or using a     stationary bike as soon as you can.
     Stretching will have the most affect on pain relief and strengthening will cause the greatest improvements in function.

    Once the initial low-back flare up has subsided, exercise becomes the main goal of lower back recovery and care. Core stability is a primary focus of low-back pain programs. The core is considered the cervical (neck), thoracic (upper and middle back), and lumbar (lower back) spine, as well as the shoulder and pelvic girdles. A lower back exercise program should target these areas with the intention of improving stability first, then muscle endurance, and then strength in order to increase stability, coordination, and efficiency during active movements.

    Learning how to find and maintain a neutral pelvis is one of the first important exercise goals to focus on. From a standing position, tilt your hips forward and then back as far as possible without changing the rest of your posture, and then find the middle point between the two extremes. This is your neutral pelvis and the position you want to maintain when performing lower back exercises.

    Spine stability is the next important exercise goal to focus on. This can be accomplished by learning how to brace your abdominal wall by keeping it mildly contracted.

    Often it is found that a person with low-back issues has trouble activating the gluteus muscle during squatting exercises which means that the individual uses the hamstrings and low-back muscles instead. The clamshell exercise, and as you progress, the single-leg squat are two exercises to help your body learn how to activate the gluteus medius.

    Core endurance can be increased with exercises such as the bird dog, supermans, planks, and bridges.

    Once core strength and endurance have been developed, the goal of low-back pain recovery should be to work toward returning to daily activities through dynamic stabilization which is performing dynamic (active) exercises while engaging the core to maintain spinal stability, such as exercising on an exercise ball.

Tips for how to maintain a healthy low-back:


Quit smoking! Smoking may decrease blood flow to the intervertebral disks which may lead to nutrient deficiency and lack of oxygen, and therefore, cell death.
     Keep moving! Regular physical activity may reduce and prevent back pain. Additionally, make sure to get up and move around frequently if you sit a lot or drive in the car for long periods of time.
     Stand up straight! Be mindful of your posture and try to create an ergonomic work environment.
     Do your cardio! Aerobic exercise can help to keep your disks healthy and may help reduce pain by releasing endorphins. Combining cardio with lower back exercises has been shown to be more effective in low-back pain recovery and prevention.

I will see you at your next workout!

Aaron Wright, AHFS, CPT

Look Younger. Feel Stronger. Live Longer.

Aaron Wright, AHFS, CPT, creator of the Wright Now Fitness System, a comprehensive dvd and digital exercise system “for everyone”, is an ACE advanced health and fitness specialist, ACE certified personal trainer, orthopedic exercise specialist, functional training specialist, sports conditioning specialist, therapeutic exercise specialist, exercise programming expert, and health and wellness speaker.

Please visit us at for more information on our DVD and digital download/instant streaming workouts and more tips and advice on the benefits of exercise for low-back pain recovery and maintenance.

NOTE: Always consult your physician or health care provider before beginning any exercise program.


1. Solomon, Jennifer. (2012). Low-back Pain In Ace Advanced Health & Fitness Specialist Manual (pp. 489-507) United States of America: American Council on Exercise (ACE).

North American Seminars introduces ” Making Sense of Neck Pain”, An OT and PT Continuing Education Course Presented in New Jersey, Illinois and Indiana in 2015

Franklin, TN (PRWEB) January 31, 2015

This one day intermediate level PT continuing education course blends home study training from a professionally filmed and mastered DVD with online PT continuing education course access with face to face interactive instruction and hands on lab sessions. The course has been carefully designed to maximize the learning experience by combining the self-paced online/DVD home study material with a focused hands-on training session in the classroom.

Managing patients with neck pain can be confusing and frustrating for novice and experienced clinicians alike. In this hybrid self-study and one-day intermediate-level seminar, Dr. Durall will provide a systematic and integrative approach that demystifies the screening and treatment process, reduces frustration, and most importantly helps clinicians manage neck disorders with greater confidence and proficiency. Treatment-based classification and a novel algorithm are used as the course framework to streamline clinical decision making and care planning. Examination techniques and strategies that are introduced are straightforward and supported by research and clinical experience. Numerous intervention strategies are covered including mobilization & manipulation, therapeutic exercise, and directionally-specific exercise to provide clinicians with a diverse array of options to help optimize functional ability. Recent advances in cervico-thoracic spine research are integrated throughout the course to provide clinicians with new insights and rationale for decision making. Several special rehabilitation topics pertaining to the cervical spine will be covered including cervicogenic headaches and whiplash-associated disorders. Participants can expect to refine and advance their clinical skills in a supportive and relaxed learning environment. Hands-on lab time is incorporated throughout the course to promote immediate clinical application.

As an intermediate-level PT OT continuing education course on neck pain, it is expected that participants are familiar with the fundamental components of the cervical spine examination (e.g. ROM assessment, manual muscle testing, palpation, etc.). Thus these foundational skills are not covered. This course is intended for Physical Therapists although it may be suitable for Occupational Therapists, PTAs, or OTAs with strong orthopedic backgrounds.

PT OT Continuing Education Course Objectives

Perform select orthopedic special tests of the cervical-thoracic region to rule out specific disorders and to formulate differential diagnoses.
Identify signs and symptoms of vertebral artery dysfunction, upper cervical spine instability, or cervical myelopathy that warrant referral to another healthcare provider.
Recognize patients at risk for long-term disability.
Classify neck disorders, based on examination findings, for purposes of care planning and intervention decision-making.
Perform thrust and non-thrust manual therapy techniques to the thoracic spine, 1st rib, or cervical spine.
Select and implement appropriate intervention techniques for patients with arm symptoms in association with neck pain.
Formulate evidence-based therapeutic exercise programs to improve dynamic stabilization of the cervico-thoracic spine.
Identify and manage patients with cervicogenic headaches.
Differentiate cervicogenic headaches from other types of headaches.
Manage patients with acute neck pain (e.g. whiplash-associated disorder).
Identify treatments available for myofascial neck pain.
Adjust the treatment emphasis for patients with sub-acute or chronic neck pain.
Select and implement standardized functional performance instruments to assess patient outcome success.
Integrate current evidence on the cervico-thoracic spine into clinical practice.

This course will be presented at:

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center located in Englewood, NJ on May 1 2015

Vital Rehabilitation located in Chicago, IL on May 15 2015

Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital located in Indianapolis, IN on September 18 2015

Saint Peters Hospital located in New Brunswick, NJ on September 26 2015

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Pain relief and diet

There was a moment, a few years back, when we all stopped noticing overweight people. They used to stand out in the crowd. Now the percentage of the population considered obese is rising to 30%. Put another way, it’s soon going to be the thin folk that stand out in the crowd. The point here is not to repeat the routine warnings about diabetes and heart disease, but to talk to the 50 million people who are affected by long-term pain. This can be due to injury. A slip or fall can damage an arm, hip or leg. Once you change your movements, this forces the muscles in your body to work in a different way. The more weight you are carrying, the more strain you are putting on the muscles to compensate for the injury. It’s the same with diseases like arthritis. Knee joints are under pressure because of the excess weight. If inflammation affects the joints, walking becomes more difficult more quickly.

There’s a terrible temptation to reach for comfort food. You feel down. Eating can help you feel better and, in some cases, distract you from the pain. Unfortunately, if you are eating food that adds to your body weight, you are also adding to the problem. Muscles and joints already under strain can end up causing more pain and suffering. Take rheumatoid arthritis as an example. There’s increasingly clear research evidence showing a link between a high level of blood fats and the onset of the disease. If you have high total levels of cholesterol and lower levels of high density lipoprotein (that’s the supposedly good cholesterol), you are more likely to get an inflammatory disease if unfavorable levels continue for ten years.

So the moral of this story is to change your diet. Ignoring the longer term risks of heart disease, you may already have joint pain. You could simply add painkillers to your existing diet and hope this will keep you moving. But the real answer is eating more a more Mediterranean diet with fresh fish, lean white meats like chicken and pork, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grain foods, and nuts. Although most nuts are high in calories and so should only be eaten in small amounts, they are also rich in Omega-3 fats which make them very good for relieving inflammation.

There’s no one-size fits all diet. You have to find a menu you are comfortable with and that works to reduce the pressure on muscles and joints. Good nutrition combined with a moderate exercise routine is the best way to relieve pain from stressed muscles and inflamed joints. At first, you may benefit from taking Tramadol. This is an excellent painkiller and will block the messages from the affected parts of your body. But the aim should be to improve mobility by reducing weight and increasing your activity levels. Once you have this program underway, start tapering the Tramadol. It’s essential you should be able to feel your body and judge how easily you are able to move without pain. In this, set realistic goals. You are aiming for an improvement in your quality of life, not major weight loss.

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