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Low Back Pain – Exercise 101

In Exercise, Low back pain by ywijting

The human spine is an amazing piece of engineering! It provides stability and flexibility while at the same time carrying signals back and forth between the brain and the rest of the body. It sits a bit like a mast on a boat, except that this mast is flexible. The stiffness and stability of the mast is provided by the …

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The Wake-Up Workout

In Exercise, Low back pain by ywijting

It is amazing what even a little bit of exercise will do for you! Better circulation, better energy, better resistance against disease and so much more. Exercise is good for you because it makes you move, and movement is quite literally the secret ingredient of a healthy pain-free life. Yet we often do not do enough exercise for all kinds …

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Shockwave Therapy

In Decompression, Low back pain, Mechanical Traction, Pain by ywijting

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is the application of high intensity sound waves to the body in order to stimulate the natural healing processes, especially in conditions where healing is delayed or absent. The treatment was first developed as a non-invasive method to treat stones (calculosis) in the kidney and gall bladder. In this application, two separate sound beams are directed at …

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Low back pain? Change how you think.

In Low back pain, Pain by ywijting

The neuroscientific research is clear: your brain is adjustable, moldable. It changes how it works based on what you do and what you think. This is pretty important information  considering that the brain determines how we feel, how much pain we’re in and how we move. I am fascinated by this topic. Over the past 35 years that I have been working …

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Decompression Therapy

In Decompression, Low back pain, Mechanical Traction, Pain by ywijting

Clinicians who treat the spine use traction all the time. Some use their hands to deliver the traction force (manual traction). Others may use a device to help them out (mechanical traction). And some use both. I was trained as a manual therapist. When I work on the neck of a patient, I hold the head in both my hands …

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Pain – The Invisible Illness

In Low back pain, Pain, TENS by ywijting

September is Pain Awareness month in the USA. The goal of the month is to make pain less invisible. How aware are you of the problem of pain? Take the following little quiz and see how you do: How many adult Americans have daily chronic or severe pain? If you guessed 50M, you are right. According to a 2012 study …