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Our spinal columns contain a series of bones, known as vertebrae, that are stacked on top of each other. Each bone is protected by a disc that acts as a cushion. Discs absorb the shocks that happen due to our daily activities. When we walk, lift, twist – basically any movement we make – these discs keep our bones from rubbing against each other and becoming damaged from shocks. However, when we get hurt these discs can slip. If you are undergoing accident rehabilitation, you are probably very familiar with this. For those who aren’t undergoing traction treatment or rehab for back issues, below you’ll get an idea of what happens when you slip a disc. What Does Slipping A Disc Actually Mean? Each of our discs has a gelatinous inner part that is encased in an outer ring. After an accident, wrong movement, or even from the aging process,…

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With the arrival of winter season, many people will be at risk of all kinds of injuries, from slips and falls, to sprains and strains, to serious back injuries when shovelling snow. It is important to take safety precautions to prevent injury, because even light fluffy snow can sustain serious back injuries if shovelled improperly. Here are a few tips to help you avoid low back pain and injuries when shovelling snow: Choose the right snow shovel Choosing an ergonomic…

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Lower back pain is very common, with roughly 80 percent of adults experiencing it in their lifetime. Lower back pain is also complex, with many different possible causes. One often unsuspected cause can be your feet. Lower back pain can significantly impact the quality of one’s life. In fact, it is a very common cause of disability and missed days of work. While most lower back pain is acute, some also experience chronic lower back pain. The fact that treatment…

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Core stability is essential to the body’s function and alignment. Proper development of core stability creates a foundation for all movement while protecting the spine and its discs from injury. The following are four ways to improve your core stability. Performing these exercises over time increases the strength of the stabilizers, neutralizers, and prime movers of the body. Supine Hip Bridge This exercise strengthens the hip extensor muscles, which helps to improve core stability. Weak gluteal muscles and hip stabilizers…

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Yoga offers a wide range of benefits that support your long-term health and performance. For individuals who suffer from back pain, yoga can be a powerful tool that gives them the relief they’ve been looking for. Yoga exercises improve strength and flexibility. These work to provide the stability and mobility that reduces muscle tension and decreases stress on the joints of the body. The following are 3 yoga poses to alleviate back pain. Learning how to do them correctly and…

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