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Back Surgery: Is It Right for You? Or Can You Avoid It?

Back Surgery: Is It Right for You? Or Can You Avoid It?

This is the fourth article in this series of blog posts about common types of surgery. So far, we’ve talked about shoulder, knee and hip surgeries, and I’ve saved my least favorite for last: back surgery.

If you’ve had any of these types of surgeries before, you can probably appreciate the idea that surgery is always the last option. It’s the option you choose when you’ve tried everything else, you’re still in significant pain, and you’re realizing that the pain is causing you to miss out on the things you enjoy in life.

In today’s post (video at the bottom), I’m going to describe the most common types of back surgeries, and I’ll follow it up with some important tips and advice to help you figure out the best course of action.

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Self-Correction Technique for SI Joint Pain (Anterior Rotation)

Sacro-Iliac Joint (SIJ) pain can be tricky to treat at times, and it’s often overlooked by doctors and physical therapists alike.

This is because changes in the alignment of the SI joints won’t typically show up on imaging, such as x-rays or MRIs.

Instead, we use different techniques to diagnose SIJ pain, such as your pelvic landmarks and leg lengths.

When this information is combined with your physical exam, we can usually narrow down the alignment of the SI joints, and from there we can figure out how to get you back in good alignment and out of pain.

And while this is difficult to do on your own at home, I wanted to share an effective treatment technique for the most common type of SIJ pain we see, which is an anterior rotation.

In the video, I’ll explain how to assess your pelvic alignment, and then I’ll go into the technique.

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How to Avoid Back Pain, Neck Pain & Headaches While Flying (part 2 of 2)

How to Avoid Back Pain, Neck Pain & Headaches While Flying (part 2 of 2)

This week, I’m back with part 2 all about ways to avoid things like back pain, neck and headaches while flying.

If you caught the blog/video last week, I shared 8 tips to help you avoid pain in general. (click here to see that post)

And today, I want to share some specific stretches with you.

There are 5 in the video. The first 3 are for your neck and back, and the last 2 are for your leg muscles.

I hope you enjoy the video and that the stretches help you stay out of pain while flying!

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How to Avoid Back Pain, Neck Pain & Headaches While Flying (part 1 of 2)

How to Avoid Back Pain, Neck Pain & Headaches While Flying (part 1 of 2)

Earlier this week, as I was returning to Spokane from sunny Orlando, I had plenty of time to do some thinking…

And as I was looking at the people around me, it occurred to me how painful flying can be for some people.

Between the uncomfortable chairs, the prolonged sitting, and the awkward neck posture, it’s easy to see how flying can be so hard on your body.

This led to the inspiration for today’s video, which includes 8 tips to help you reduce back pain, neck pain and headaches while flying.

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Sacro-Iliac Joint (SIJ) Pain – 3 Steps to Pain Relief

Sacro-Iliac Joint (SIJ) Pain – 3 Steps to Pain Relief

Sacro-iliac joint (SIJ) pain is the third most common cause of lower back pain and sciatica that we see in the clinic (behind bulging discs and degenerative changes).

In today’s video, I’ll tell you our 3-step approach to helping people eliminate this type of pain.

The 3 steps include:
– Align the Pelvis
– Improve Strength
– Eliminate Bad Habits

This approach is very effective for treating SIJ pain, which is often overlooked by doctors and therapists.

So if you think you have SIJ pain, and you’re to learn how to get rid of it for good, I think you’ll like this video!

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