Trapped Nerve in the Back and Leg: How to Get Rid of the Pain

Feeling excruciating pain from a pinched nerve in the lower backYou probably feel like you have a trapped nerve in your back right now. People reading this blog from around the world do so because they are struggling with a pinched nerve in their neck or they are experiencing terrible lower back and/or leg pain.

Today’s post is for those I thought people who are suffering with a pinched nerve pain in their backs and who are needing some quick help for the pain. Lower back pain is definitely a common health problem for many adults. In the post below I will briefly discuss the basic anatomy of the lumbar spine, common causes and symptoms of a trapped nerve in the low back region and ending it with some easy to do free low back pain exercises and other pain control tips.

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One Chiropractor Raising ₤10000 for Charity Research

Bournemouth Chiropractor George Rix Raising Charity Funds

George Rix is a Bournemouth chiropractor on the move to get things done, literally, by walking 620km. George decided that he needed to do something to raise much needed funds to buy equipment needed to further Chiropractic research studies for Chiropractic in the neurology field. So it was decided something different had to be done, like walking 620km from Lands End to the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC) campus in Bournemouth, Dorset.

George’s sponsored ramble will be along the English coastlines of Cornwall, Devon and parts of Dorset. This massive 620km walk is, again, all in the hope of raising £10,000 to buy some much needed equipment for essential chiropractic related clinical research in the field of neurology and clinical neuroscience that will be undertaken at the charity registered (Charity Registration No. 306289) AECC. The charity walk, which George has just started, will be about six weeks walking throughout August and into September.

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List of International and US Chiropractors To Follow on Twitter

Chiropractors on TwitterI created the UK Chiropractic Twitter List so I thought I would also create a list of all the other International & US Chiropractors on Twitter.

Chiropractors around the world can use the social media for networking opportunities. Web 2.0 properties, like Twitter, help them connect with others in their town, county, state or the rest of the world. If you don’t already know yet Twitter is a social media service you can use on a desktop, laptop, tablet PC or smartphone app that allows someone to tell (tweet) you what they are doing/reading in 140 characters only.

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List of Irish and UK Chiropractors To Follow on Twitter

UK Chiropractors to Follow on Twitter
UK Chiropractors on Twitter

The world is becoming more inter-connected in so many ways. People are using new and varied forms of technology to help get word of mouth referrals for professional medical or healthcare services like Chiropractic. Twitter is one of those electronic ways of using social media to help chiropractors to connect with their existing patients and new patient referrals.

What is Twitter? Well if you didn’t already know yet it is a social media service that allows someone to tell you/share with you what they are doing/reading/thinking/seeing in only 140 characters. In a way it is like a mini blog/website.

How many UK Doctors of Chiropractic (DC’s) use Twitter? How do you find one on Twitter?With those thoughts I created a list of practitioners and clinics/centres who use this social media tool to network and connect with their patients, local businesses and others around the world. I have created a Twitter list of all the relevant people I have found who you can follow on Twitter.

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Krill Oil vs Fish Oil for Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids

Best Krill OilI have known about and taken omega-3 oils essential fatty acids supplements for some years now. When I was in my local pharmacy getting some more essential fatty acids supplements I was interested in trying to see the difference between the different suppliers of this healthy oil supplement.

I knew it was important to have a ration of more DHA than EPA. Also that a fish oil source of omega-3 oils, compared to something like flax seed oil, tends to be the better for you. However, I recently read about getting my omega-3 essential fatty acid oils not only from oily fish, but also from the stuff whales eat, krill.

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Should Children Have a Tonsillectomy? President Obama Asks The Question

Barack Obama Tonsillectomy Debate 2009I came across a health article in the wall street journal online’s opinion section today commentating on US President Obama’s recent remark asking whether children should be given a tonsillectomy for a sore throat infection (a.k.a tonsillitis). Why would Obama says this you may ask?

President Obama made the remark at a press conference¹ “You come in and you’ve got a bad sore throat, or your child has a bad sore throat or has repeated sore throats,” President Obama explained further saying “The doctor may look at the reimbursement system and say to himself, ‘You know what? I make a lot more money if I take this kid’s tonsils out” So the president of the USA has asked the question should your child have their tonsils taken out?

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Trapped Nerve in Neck: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment

Red stop sign of a man with a painful neck
A Real Pain in the Neck

Recently in the clinic I seem to have had many patients coming in complaining of having a trapped nerve in neck pain.

The first thing everyone says is: “I think I have a pinched nerve”.

They say this whilst trying to look at me with their head slightly bent to one side and their neck looking like a Frankenstein stuck in a bolt and nut through it so stiff.

This is a classic story many chiropractors will tell you that they have seen before. Many patients come through their doors having woken-up with a stiff neck which progressively got a lot worse through the day. The inside of the right or left shoulder-blade, shoulder or arm might be killing them as well.

So I thought I would tell you what I have seen as the two most common causessymptoms of a pinched nerve, and 12 tips for what you can do yourself to get some pain relief today.

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Baby Sucking Technique Problem

Infant Sucking Technique
Help Your Baby Suck Better

I just got tweeted by @babychiro about an awesome article she has just written on how to get a baby to suck a dummy easier and what is the infant natural suck spot mechanism.

Babies have an area in their palate (the roof of their mouths) that stimulates the suck reflex when being fed or nurtured. If a newborns suck spot is stimulated properly then it should be the best way to bottle feed your baby or help your baby latch properly onto your nipple when breast-feeding. This article is all about this ‘secret’ step by step way to find an infant’s suck spot. The article goes onto explain more about the natural suck reflex and step by step guide on how to get your baby to suck better on a dummy, nipple or bottle.

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Swine Flu of 2009: Should You Vaccinate?

Swine Flu 2009 outbreak
Watch Out for the Swine Flu

The swine flu outbreak of 2009 has been well publicized through all major media outlets and government agency such as the World Health Organisation and the UK government.

So after doing some reading on swine flu today I came across an interesting swine flu article from Dr Mercola, Doctor of Osteopathy(DO), in the USA. He debates whether we should worry about the swine flu pandemic of 2009 and should we vaccinate with Tamiflu, the only medication for it, when it will only give us 36 hours of flu symptom relief. So will the swine flu pandemic of 2009 be the end for millions of people in the UK and around the world?

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Sportron UK: Vitamins & Minerals Supplement Company

Sportron UK
Sportron Nutrition Company

Sportron is a wellness company making nutrition supplements and other health products using FoodState™ technology.

There are times in our lives we need to take a specific vitamin or mineral to help our bodies fight a condition or a disease. Having vitamins and minerals supplements in a more natural food-like state increases the body’s ability to absorb and use these nutrients better. Sportron in the UK has a wide range of nutritional products too which they apply the FoodState™ technology to improve absorption. Read below to see their catalogue of products available to buy.

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The Neck Crank MMA Injury

Neck Crank InjuryA patient recently came into the clinic with a new complaint of a neck injury during an amateur cage fight contest that he lost by tapping out to a mixed martial art (MMA) submission move called a neck crank.

The MMA neck crank technique involves pushing the neck to one side as much as possible till the opponent submits to the pain and needs to tap out of the pressure. This is why my patient lost his amateur fight.

The reason he came to the Chiropractic clinic was because he noticed his left triceps muscle was weak during push-ups with pins and needles and pain running down his left arm. This looked to me like a case of a pinched nerve in the neck. If you haven’t seen before how the cage fighting neck crank move is done exactly then I have two videos of how to do the neck crank. One is by legendary professional MMA fighter, Bas Rutten. You’ll get to see why the patient may have badly irritated a nerve in his neck.

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Straighten Up UK: Free Back Pain Exercises

Straighten Up UK Spinal Exercises
Back Pain Exercises

Straighten Up UK is a free spinal exercise and posture exercise programme initiative headed up in Great Britain by the British Chiropractic Association. The aim of the Straighten Up UK back exercises programme aim to promote spinal health and self-management tools for keeping your back healthy.

Having a better back will improve the quality of life of countless numbers of people. Movement is a basic need for optimal health. Movement is a form of medicine you can prescribe yourself. Why not read on to see how you can Straighten Up UK back pain exercises to try keep your spine healthy today. Oh and don’t worry these movements definitely do not involve someone standing on your back like the picture shows happening in Bikram yoga.

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Lower Back Pain Treatment by a Chiropractor

Lower Back Pain Chiropractor
So Many with Lower Back Pain

Research studies suggest that back pain will affect as many as 4 out of 5 people in the UK. That is 80% of the British population! This results in 4.5 million days off work a year. So with 80% of adults having a chance of a lower back pain episode at some stage during their life, back pain is pretty much a guaranteed condition.

Pain in your lower back can affect a persons health drastically. It is a leading cause why people seek Chiropractic treatment from a chiropractor in their area. Did you know your local chiropractor can help treat lower back pains and can provide you with some lower back pain relief, spinal exercises and other helpful advice so that you can manage a chronic low back or an acute lower back episode?

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Co-Proxamol Ban Saves Lives

Co-Proxamol MedicationCo-proxamol, was a popular pain killer in the UK, had its licence removed by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency after its initial announcement of the withdrawal of co-proxamol in 2005.

This was after concerns over the safety of prescribing co-proxamol as a pain relief medication as it was likened to an increase in overdose deaths both accidental and intentional. This has meant co-proxamol is now only prescribe by GP’s in the UK on a ‘named patient basis’.

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Tempur Pillows UK

Tempur Pedic PillowTempur Pedic® is a popular brand in the sleep industry and is known for its memory foam (visco-elastic foam) pillows and mattresses. Tempur pillows are used to help improve sleep through pressure relieving memory foam. The memory foam is slow conforming and will take on the shape placed on it, like your back or head or neck. You can get this memory foam product in both a pillow or Tempur Pedic® mattresses.

Chiropractors have been supplying Tempur products to their patients ever since the company began in Sweden years ago. If you are looking for an orthopaedic, doctor recommended pillow then have a look at their range of pillows below.

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What is Scoliosis of the Spine?

scoliosis curvature spine
Scoliosis Curve of the Spine

Scoliosis of the spine is a commonly known condition of the back. Scoliosis is the abnormal sideways curvature of the spine and can be classed as either functional or structural.

Treatment for most people involves using conservative care, such as chiropractic, and only in extreme cases surgery for correcting a scoliosis. Chiropractors are trained to do orthopaedic tests for scoliosis, like Adams Test, and to take and read x-rays of the spine to determine if there is structural scoliosis.

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Vitamin D Role In Preventing Chronic Lower Back Pain

Low Vitamin D Levels and Pain Vitamin D has been linked in a recent article, to play an important contributing factor as to why people might be suffering from chronic lower back pain.  You could be asking yourself “what is it?” and “Why is it so important for keeping our spines healthy?”.

That is what I wanted to look further into today. I wanted to help explain the role that Vitamin D plays in helping to keep our spines healthy and why it can help to prevent chronic back pain.

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