Preventive measures for Back Pain

Dear Readers,

In this week’s newsletter from www.orthomedical.in, lets get to know the care and the preventive measures of back pain in daily routine life which helps reduce backache. We came across this article in http://www.nlm.nih.gov/ and wanted to share this with our readers.

Back pain is the second most common cause of long-term sickness .The most common causes of back pain are strained muscles or ligaments, wear and tear, bad posture and stress.Most of us complain of back pain at some point in our lives. Back pain does not kill but it  tortures. A common myth about back pain is that you need to rest and avoid activity for a long time. In fact, doctors do not recommend bed rest. If you have no sign of a serious cause for your back pain (such as loss of bowel or bladder control, weakness, weight loss, or fever), stay as active as possible.

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EXERCISE TO PREVENT FUTURE BACK PAIN

Through exercise you can:

  • Improve your posture
  • Strengthen your back and improve flexibility
  • Lose weight

Avoid falls, A complete exercise program should include aerobic activity (such as walking, swimming, or riding a stationary bicycle), as well as stretching and strength training.

Begin with light cardiovascular training. Walking, riding a stationary bicycle, and swimming are great examples. These types of aerobic activities can help improve blood flow to your back and promote healing. They also strengthen muscles in your stomach and back.

Stretching and strengthening exercises are important in the long run. Keep in mind that starting these exercises too soon after an injury can make your pain worse. Strengthening your abdominal muscles can ease the stress on your back.

Avoid these exercises during recovery:

  • Jogging
  • Contact sports
  • Racquet sports
  • Golf
  • Dancing
  • Weight lifting
  • Leg lifts when lying on your stomach
  • Sit-ups

TAKING MEASURES TO PREVENT FUTURE BACK PAIN

To prevent back pain, learn to lift and bend properly. Follow these tips:

  • If an object is too heavy or awkward, get help.
  • Spread your feet apart to give you a wide base of support.
  • Stand as close as possible to the object you are lifting.
  • Bend at your knees, not at your waist.
  • Tighten your stomach muscles as you lift or lower the object.
  • Hold the object as close to your body as you can.
  • Lift using your leg muscles.
  • As you stand up while holding the object, do not bend forward.
  • Do not twist while you are bending to reach for the object, lifting it up, or carrying it.

 At Orthomedical , our back support and treatment belt WG30  helps to reduce the worst pain.People across the world have been using it  for over 20 years as a preventive measure and alternative for back surgery.

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Other preventive measures for back pain include:

  • Avoid standing for long periods. If you must stand for your work, place a stool by your feet. Alternate resting each foot on the stool.
  • Do not wear high heels. Wear shoes that have cushioned soles when walking.
  • When sitting, especially if using a computer, make sure that your chair has a straight back with an adjustable seat and back, armrests, and a swivel seat.
  • Use a stool under your feet while sitting so that your knees are higher than your hips.
  • Place a small pillow or rolled towel behind your lower back while sitting or driving for long periods.
  • If you drive long distance, stop and walk around every hour. Do not lift heavy objects just after a long ride.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Lose weight.
  • Do exercises to strengthen your abdominal muscles. This will strengthen your core to decrease the risk of further injuries.
  • Learn to relax. Try methods such as yoga, tai chi, or massage.

One of the customers  found WG30 belt as an excellent solution  for his  slipped disc problem.He’s in his sixties and enjoys golf. He wears the Disk Dr. belt as a preventive measures while playing golf and long distance driving without discomfort.He normally uses the belt for six hours every day which provides him relief from pain.

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Exercise to reduce lower back pain

In this week’s blog from www.orthomedical.in, we are going to share a series of exercise routines you can do to help reduce any lower back pain (occasionally referred to as low back pain), including tension, stiffness and soreness. We came across these set of exercises in NHS (http://www.nhs.uk/) and wanted to share it with our readers. These exercises from physiotherapist and Back Care expert Nick Sinfield help to stretch, strengthen and mobilise the lower back. You are advised to seek medical advice before starting these back pain exercises, and to stop immediately if you feel any pain.
 
Bottom to heels stretch
Stretches and mobilises the spine
 
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Start position: Kneel on all fours, with your knees under hips and hands under shoulders. Don’t over-arch your lower back. Keep your neck long, your shoulders back and don’t lock your elbows.
 
Action: Slowly take your bottom backwards, maintaining the natural curve in the spine. Hold the stretch for one deep breath and return to the starting position.
 
Repeat eight to 10 times.
 
Tips:
  • Avoid sitting back on your heels if you have a knee problem.
  • Ensure correct positioning with the help of a mirror.
  • Only stretch as far as feels comfortable.
Knee rolls
Stretches and mobilises the spine
 
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Start position: Lie on your back. Place a small flat cushion or book under your head. Keep your knees bent and together. Keep your upper body relaxed and your chin gently tucked in.
 
Action: Roll your knees to one side, followed by your pelvis, keeping both shoulders on the floor. Hold the stretch for one deep breath and return to the starting position
 
Repeat eight to 10 times, alternating sides.
 
Tips:
  • Only move as far as feels comfortable.
  • Place a pillow between your knees for comfort.
 
Back extensions
Stretches and mobilises the spine backwards
 
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Start position: Lie on your stomach, and prop yourself on your elbows, lengthening your spine. Keep your shoulders back and neck long.
 
Action: Keeping your neck long, arch your back up by pushing down on your hands. You should feel a gentle stretch in the stomach muscles as you arch backwards. Breathe and hold for five to 10 seconds. Return to the starting position.
 
Repeat eight to 10 times.
 
Tips: 
  • Don’t bend your neck backwards.
  • Keep your hips grounded. 
 
Deep abdominal strengthening
Strengthens the deep supporting muscles around the spine
 
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Start position: Lie on your back. Place a small, flat cushion or book under your head. Bend your knees and keep your feet straight and hip-width apart. Keep your upper body relaxed and your chin gently tucked in.
 
Action: As you breathe out, draw up the muscles of your pelvis and lower abdominals, as though you were doing up an imaginary zip along your stomach. Hold this gentle contraction while breathing from your abdomen for five to 10 breaths and relax.
 
Repeat five times.
 
Tips:
  • This is a slow, gentle tightening of the lower abdominal region. Don’t pull these muscles in using more than 25% of your maximum strength.
  • Make sure you don’t tense up through the neck, shoulders or legs.
 
Pelvic tilts
Stretches and strengthens the lower back
 
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Start position: Lie on your back. Place a small, flat cushion or book under your head. Bend your knees and keep your feet straight and hip-width apart. Keep your upper body relaxed and your chin gently tucked in.
 
Action: Gently flatten your low back into the floor and contract your stomach muscles. Now tilt your pelvis towards your heels until you feel a gentle arch in your lower back, feeling your back muscles contracting and return to the starting position. 
 
Repeat 10 to 15 times, tilting your pelvis back and forth in a slow rocking motion.
 
Tips:
  • Keep your deep abdominals working throughout.
  • Don’t press down through the neck, shoulders or feet.
ModificationPlace one hand on your stomach and the other under your lower back to feel the correct muscles working.

Testimonials

In this week’s newsletter, we have put together some of the testimonials which we have received from our clients across the world who have used our flagship product, Disk Dr.WG 30 belt. We are hoping that the feedback from our customers who have used our products will help people to know more details about our product, Disk Dr.WG 30

I’ve found a lot of pain relief when wearing the Disk Dr. belt, sometimes more than other times. If I’m not wearing it I’m usually in a lot of pain.Over the past 20+ years I have tried loads of belts and supports, been to physios and osteopaths seen my G.P. lots of times, done loads of exercise, with little help or improvements in pain or mobility, but the Disk Dr. WG30 has really helped with the pain unlike anything else. I have tried other belts before, but I was so desperate to get some pain relief that I took the chance, and am so glad I did. It has really helped me with the pain, being in bad pain is so depressing and Disk Dr. has helped me. I would give the Disk Dr. 9.5 out of 10. Thanks it is a really great product, and am so glad I got it – 

 A user from London, UK

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The Disk Dr. WG30 belt has made a significant contribution to my mom’s rate of recovery. She is using it and it’s helping. I just spoke with her. Thank you very much  – 

A user from Kerala, India

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I find my Disk Dr. belt excellent for a number of reasons as I have had two discs removed following sporting injuries in the past and now I suffer from discs slipping / moving periodically. I’m in my sixties but still enjoy golf. I find that I can wear the Disk Dr. belt as a preventative measure when playing golf and long distance driving without discomfort or loss of turn movement. When I have pain I fit the belt and leave it in place for up to six hours. I find that the insertion of air actually causes the back to stretch and I can feel  the discs separate which allows spinal cord to move away from the disks and relief the pain. – 

A user from London, UK

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I am really satisfied with the Disk Dr. belt I have received from your site. I started gaining good pain relief and so I started recommending it to people I know who were suffering from back pain. The person who recommended this belt to me, told me that he gained 100% relief after approximately 3 months of use. I am really impressed with the engineering behind this belt as it does really do wonders. Thank you very much for your customer support, great service! – 

A user from Dubai, UAE

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It’s now been 8 month I used Disk Dr. WG30 every day 6 hours, now I use it on and off as needed. I am very impressed with Disk Dr. belt and recommended it to a few of my friends. The development of the belt really helped me recover much faster. I am very happy with this product. Many  thanks – 

A user from  Greenford, UK

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I received the WG30 today, very quick. I now have it on and it feels good so hopefully it will do some good. Thank you very much for your quick service. – 

A user from  Delhi, India

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Outstanding really friendly and helpful. I received more information than I was expecting. Would recommend to other back pain sufferers. – 

A user from  Kent, UK

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Disk Dr. WG30 is a great product  – best one I could find on the internet – 

A user from  London, UK

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My back kills when I`ve got to drive long distances I have to make sure I stop and walk around. But now with Disk Dr. I can drive non stop. Excellent –  

A user from Pune, India

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Very impressed with Disk Dr. I was expecting standard delivery but it arrived next day. Thank you – 

A user from London, UK

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Your service is over and above what can normally be expected from most companies these days. I am most grateful – 

A user from County Down, London

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As an ageing golfer, my WG30 back support has given me a new lease of life for which I am extremely grateful. I wear it during my round and find it extremely light, it’s not restrictive and also lifts the pressure on my back in a way no previous support has done. Many thanks – 

A user from Alicante, Spain

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I bought the belt Disk Dr. for a friend whom I work with abroad. He says it’s brilliant, an excellent product – 

A user from Northumberland, UK

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I am very satisfied with the Disk Dr. belt, it is really helping me – 

A user from UAE/France

 

Back Pain and Sleep

Dear Readers,

In this week’s newsletter from Orthomedical.in, we will focus on back pain and sleep. Back pain affects you or a family member and you might despair of ever getting a good night’s sleep. We came across this article in webmd and wanted to share it with our readers. Pain can disturb the sleep that your family needs, night after night. But experts say that with proper treatment, the chances are very good that you or your loved one can get relief from back pain and enjoy normal sleep. Below, find out about lifestyle tips for better sleep.

  • Choose a comfortable mattress and pillow. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on a mattress. Studies show that a medium-firm mattress is best for most people. The key is to use whatever is comfortable for you. If your mattress is too firm, you can add an egg crate mattress pad. Pillows come in all shapes and sizes. Find the one that’s right for you.
  • Sleep in a comfortable position, although try not to sleep on your stomach. It can cause you to arch your back. Bending backwards often aggravates chronic back pain. To break the habit, wear a sleep shirt with a pocket in front and put a tennis ball in it. For most people, the best position is to lie on your side in a fetal position with a pillow between your legs. If you prefer to lie on your back, put a pillow under your knees.
  • Establish a bedtime routine. Try to go to bed at the same time each night. Follow a routine, such as setting the alarm, putting on your pajamas, and brushing your teeth. Do not read, work, or watch TV in bed.
  • Minimize stress. Stress is the major cause of insomnia. It is also associated with chronic back pain.
  • Limit or eliminate caffeine. Even moderate caffeine use can cause insomnia and sleep disturbances.
  • Avoid eating heavily before bedtime. A heavy meal can cause acid reflux (heartburn) and keep you awake.
  • Don’t self-medicate with alcohol. It’s worth restating that alcohol impairs the quality of sleep.
  • Do some soothing exercises. Try relaxation techniques and ask your health provider or physical therapist about helpful exercises that you can do to help your back before going to bed.
While the best way to get a good night’s sleep is to get rid of chronic back pain, this is not always possible. Other factors such as stress, anxiety, and depression that affect sleep and pain might also need attention and treatment. Many people put up with pain, when in fact most back pain can be helped and treated successfully. Don’t give up on finding a treatment that can work for you.

Vertical Air Pressure technology for treating back pain

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Vertical Air Pressure technology ( VAP)

In this week’s blog, we focus on a unique technology that makes our products one of the most effective products in the world for treating back pain.

Vertical Air Pressure technology ( VAP) is a unique technology which delivers high air pressure only vertically, therefore protecting lumbar vertebrate against gravity. This unique and patented Technology sets our products apart from all other ambulatory supports. This creates traction as the brace is inflated. This action increases the intervertebral disc space, decreases axial loading, and the pressure applied on the nerve root is relieved. Pain is reduced while assisting active rehabilitation

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Vertically expandable air pressure can give traction power ( around 50 kg) that can lift the upper body of a mature adult.

The VAP technology enables traction among vertebrate even with such pressure as low as 15 PSI. The powerful pneumatic pillars raise the back, producing intervertebral spaces of an average of 3mm sufficient enough to maintain herniated vertebral spaces. The product is inflated to produce traction in the vertebral column and thus ease lumbago, effectively treating herniated intervertebral discs and degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis. This help to get over lower back pain  without any surgical operation. If the operation in inevitable it cannot be helped. But it is recommended that back pain patients give Disk Dr.WG 30Disk Dr.WG 50 a try to overcome lumbago before opting for an operation. Disk Dr.WG 30 offers a comfortable feel of wear which ensures unrestricted freedom of activities as well as long time use. The users can enjoy comfortable wear in daily life, going to work, doing house work, going on travel, engaging in sports or enjoying hobbies.

20 FACTS ABOUT BACK TREATMENT AND SUPPORT BELT DISK DR. WG 30 GOLD

In this week’s blog from Orthomedical India, we will discuss 20 facts about Back Treatment and SupportBelt Disk Dr. WG30 Gold

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 Fact1-Strong medical magnet of 1600 Gauss quickly removes lower back pain

Fact2-Ergonomically designed air cells designed to fit the natural curvature of the lumbar spine

Fact3- Simple to use, allows self-treatment, active rehabilitation

Fact4-Air holes inserted to optimize aeration flow. 100% cotton inner lining. Machine washable

Fact5-Provides continuous therapeutic relief from lumbar intervertebral disc herniation

Fact6- Can be worn and used for over 12 hours per session depends on patients medical conditions

Fact7-Deodorizes and kills bacteria (99.9% deodorization after 18 hours)

Fact8- DiskDr. Won the Gold Medal in the medical category at the INPEX SHOW

Fact9 -Fasten belt around the waist snugly, not too tight

Fact10 -ISO13485 Certification by SGS in England (International Quality System Medical Devices)

Fact11- FDA ER No.9611754 in USA

Fact12 – Patent No.142202 in Korea, Patent No.2911437 in Japan

Fact13- Patent No.5980560 in USA, Patent No.128635 in China

Fact14- Four permanent magnets placed within waist area of the belt removes pain.

Fact15- WG 30 is available in USA on Medicare and other major insurance

Fact16- Not only widens & supports lumbar vertebrae but also forces muscles around the waist to exercise more

Fact17- One-year warranty against manufacturing defects

Fact18 – Unique & patented air-traction design sets WG 30 apart. Other belts solely restrict movement of lumbar spine

Fact19 – Allows high degree of mobility thereby helping sportsmen and people with active lifestyle

Fact20 – Because Disk Dr. is thin even when worn inside clothing it is not noticeable. All day to day normal activities can be conducted while wearing Disk Dr.

SCIATICA AND DISK DR

In this week’s blog from Orthomedical India we shall discuss Sciatica and Disk Dr. based on inputs from Web MD. Sciatica is a common type of pain affecting the sciatic nerve, a large nerve extending from the lower back down the back of each leg. Common symptoms of sciatica include pain in the rear or leg that is worse when sitting, burning or tingling down the leg, weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg or foot, a constant pain on one side of the rear, a shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up. Sciatica usually affects only one side of the lower body. Often, the pain extends from the lower back all the way through the back of the thigh and down through the leg. Depending on where the sciatic nerve is affected, the pain may also extend to the foot or toes.

The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve in the body. It originates in the lower spine, branches into the pelvis, then travels through the buttocks, down the back of the legs and branches into the lower legs and feet. Sciatic pain occurs when there is pressure on, or damage to, the sciatic nerve.The most common cause of sciatica is disc prolapse (also known as disc herniation or slipped disc). This occurs when one of the soft, gel-filled discs between the vertebrae of the spine bulges or ruptures, compressing and/or irritating the sciatic nerve.

What Causes Sciatica?

Sciatica is caused by irritation of the root(s) of the lower lumbar and lumbosacral spine. Additional common causes of sciatica include Lumbar spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back),Degenerative disc disease (breakdown of discs, which act as cushions between the vertebrae), Spondylolisthesis (a condition in which one vertebra slips forward over another one)

While sciatica is most commonly a result of a lumbar disc herniation directly pressing on the nerve, any cause of irritation or inflammation of the sciatic nerve can reproduce the symptoms of sciatica. This irritation of nerves as a result of an abnormal intervertebral disc is referred to as radiculopathy. Aside from a pinched nerve from a disc, other causes of sciatica include irritation of the nerve from adjacent bone, tumors, muscle, internal bleeding, infections, injury, and other causes. Sometimes sciatica can occur because of irritation of the sciatic nerve during pregnancy

DISK DR AND SCIATICA

Sciatica is an expression of symptoms due to degenerating discs and irritation of lower lumbar and lumbosacral spine. It is not an independent health condition in itself. Disk Dr. not only cures these lower back pain conditions, it also helps to treat Sciatica, which is a caused due to a range of lower back medical conditions.

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Disk Dr. WG30 back treatment and back support belt is recommended for lower back pain relief, herniated disc, sciatica, spinal decompression. Disk Dr. is a unique back traction device, completely different from existing waist protectors. The Disk Dr. features a unique air pocket expansion system that helps combine both effective treatment and the relief of pain by helping to reduce pressure within the lumbar vertebrae. Disk Dr. Waist WG30 not only widens and supports lumbar vertebrae but it also forces muscles around the waist to exercise more. Disk Dr. Waist WG30 Belt System provides advantages over all existing lumbar support belts.

Recommended for: Lower Back Pain, Herniated Disc , Bulging Disc , Degenerative Disc , Sciatica , Spinal Stenosis , Spondylolisthesis , Spinal Decompression , Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, Lumbar acute / chronic pain, Herniated disc patients before / after spine surgery, Strenuous jobs requiring heavy lifting and bending, prevention, Congenital weakness in the waist extended sitting, long distance driving, Those who are engaged in sports or occupations that need to use waist a lot, Low back pain caused by obesity, Low back pain of physical origin which needs traction therapy