5 Quick Ways to Stop Back Pain.

Dear Readers,

In this week’s blog , form orthomedical we wanted to share an article which  we came across in health.com where it mentioned that roughly 8 out of 10 people suffer from back pain at some point during their lives. Women, in particular, are prone to posture and back problems—thanks to toting around outrageously heavy purses, going through pregnancy, or giving one-hip rides to kids. Here are 5 quick-and-easy ways to wage your war to stop back pain.

Nurtition

You know that calcium is key for strong bones, but Japanese researchers have identified something else you need: vitamin K. It’s believed that the vitamin, found in broccoli, spinach, and other dark leafy greens, helps calcium deposit in the bones, making them denser. The stronger your bones, the stronger your whole body—and the lower your chances of an injury that could cause back pain.

Right Weight

If your purse or briefcase tips the scales at more than 10% of your weight, it’s too heavy. And you need to carry it right. Your best bet is a model with a long strap that lets you position it across your chest like a messenger bag. Can’t part with your shorter-strapped number? Switch shoulders every 20 minutes.

Sleep right

A harder bed may not be better for your back as it was found that people who slept on softer beds reported less lower-back pain than those who snoozed on harder ones. 
Pillows? Yours shouldn’t raise your head out of alignment with your spine. How to tell: If you’re a back sleeper, your chin shouldn’t press into your chest. If you’re a side sleeper, it shouldn’t curve up toward your shoulder.

Tighten that abs

Having strong core muscles (we’re talking abs here) can help protect your back from injury. Do this core-strengthening pelvic tilt 2 to 3 times per week: Lie on your back with knees bent, feet flat on the floor, and lower back flattened. Pull in your belly button toward your spine, contracting your abs; your pelvis should lift slightly off the floor. 

Aim for good posture

Sitting at a desk for eight (or more) hours a day can really do a number on your back. Make sure to sit with your back against your chair (get a lumbar pillow if you chair doesn’t allow this) and both feet flat on the floor. Another option: Try using a stability ball as your desk chair. Start off slow (20 minutes at a time), and if it feels good, stick with it.

 

At Orthomedical our back support and treatment belt WG30 helps to get rid of office workers of back pain stress entirely, carry out house chore works conveniently by house wives and to have a strong back with traction belts after giving birth.

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Lower Back Pain.

Dear Readers,

In this week’s blog from www.orthomedical.in, let’s get to know causes for the pain in the lower back, symptoms and light exercises to reduce the chronic pain. We came across this article in http://www.webmd.com/ and wanted to share this with our readers.

Low back pain is a fact of life. Just about everybody will suffer from it sooner or later. One of the main causes of back pain, whether acute or chronic, is low back strain.

What is low back strain?

 A series of muscles and ligaments in your back hold the bones of your spinal column in place. You can strain these muscles by stretching them too far, causing tiny tears in the tissue. The muscles are then weakened, so they may not be able to hold the bones of your spinal column in place correctly. The spine becomes less stable, causing low back pain. And because nerves stretch out from the spinal cord throughout the entire body; low back strain can cause pain in areas other than your back.

Low back strain can be caused by:

Extreme physical exertion, falling, bending or crouching repeatedly and lifting heavy objects if you are not in shape can cause strain to the back. It can also be caused by emotional stress, improper posture, being overweight, out of shape, or sitting in the same position for long periods of time. Even a severe cough can result in low back strain. Keep in mind that low back strain can’t be blamed for all back pain. There are many other causes, like slipped discs, fractures, pinched nerves, arthritis, and infections.

Symptoms of low back strain include:

Pain and stiffness in the back,pain in the buttocks and the legs, often in the back of the thigh,pain that worsens when bending, stretching, coughing, or sneezing.

Since some symptoms of low back strain are similar to those of more serious conditions, it’s important to get checked out by a doctor. Any numbness and weakness in your legs, or bowel and bladder problems, can be a sign of nerve damage — and that needs immediate medical attention.

 Treatment for Low Back Strain:

Low back strain can be a painful and depressing injury. But the good news is that most cases heal on their own, given time.

To speed the healing, you should:

  • Ice your back to reduce pain and swelling as soon as you injure yourself. Do it for 20-30 minutes every 3-4 hours for 2-3 days. You can also ice your back after physical activity.
  • Apply heat to your back — but only after 2-3 days of icing it first. Use heat on your back only after the initial swelling has gone down. You could use an electric heating pad or a hot water bottle. Or you could just soak in a hot bath.
  • Use support. Ask doctor or therapist first, but consider getting a belt or girdle to add support to your back. Use it only short-term or for support with heavy or repetitive lifting.

At Orthomedical, our back support and treatment belt WG30 helps to reduce the chronic pain. Which is comfortable to wear; convenient use anywhere and anytime. One can enjoy working at office, doing their daily house work, travelling, and sports even while wearing the belt.

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Do exercises to build up strength. Do not stay in bed or on the couch all day. That will make it worse. Maintain good muscle tone in your abdominal and lower back muscles. No matter what people tell you, bed rest doesn’t work. People used to think that the best treatment for low back strain was to lie on your back until you felt better. But studies show it doesn’t help. In fact, after taking it easy for a day or two, you should usually start light physical activity.

This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Orthomedical.in and Sivaleen Inc disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information. You are receiving this email as you have subscribed to Orthomedical’s newsletter or had make an enquiry with us or had bought a product from us. If you do not want to receive this mail in future or had mistakenly subscribed to it, please do reply to this mail by mentioning “remove” in the subject line

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.

Herniated Disc – Home Treatment

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Greetings from Orthomedical !!

In this week’s blog from www.orthomedical.in, we are going to understand about various home treatment which can help relieve symptoms caused by a herniated disc. Home treatment can also strengthen your back, which may help prevent further injury.  We come across this article in http://www.webmd.com/ and wanted to share this with our readers.

The following steps may help to reduce pain:

Relax – Find a comfortable position for rest. Some people are comfortable on the floor or a medium-firm bed with a small pillow under their head and another under their knees. Some people prefer to lie on their side with a pillow between their knees. Don’t stay in one position for too long.

Walk – Take a short walk (10 to 20 minutes) on a level surface (no slopes, hills, or stairs) every 2 to 3 hours. Walk only distances you can manage without pain, especially leg pain.

Take pain medicine if needed, such as acetaminophen or medicines that reduce pain, swelling, and irritation, including ibuprofen or naproxen .These medicines usually work best if you take them on a regular schedule instead of waiting until the pain is severe.

Try heat or ice. Try using a heating pad on a low or medium setting for 15 to 20 minutes every 2 to 3 hours. Try a warm shower in place of one session with the heating pad. Or you can buy single-use heat wraps that last up to 8 hours. You can also try an ice pack for 10 to 15 minutes every 2 to 3 hours. You can use an ice pack or a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a thin towel. There is not strong evidence that either heat or ice will help, but you can try them to see if they help. You may also want to try switching between heat and cold.

Steps to strengthen your back

Exercising may help speed your recovery, prevent reinjury to your back, and reduce the risk of disability from back pain. Other steps that may help keep your back strong and healthy include losing weight if you are overweight, and quitting smoking if you smoke.

Our Back treatment and support product WG 30 is recommended for Herniated Disc.

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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.

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.

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

Avoiding Back Pain – Self-Help Tips

ImageAt www.orthomedical.in, we recently came across an article in MTM which provided self help tips for avoiding back pain for reference purposes. We were surprised to know that 4 out of 5 people experience back pain, making it the fifth most common reason for doctor visits.  The intensity can vary from a constant dull ache to a persistent sharp pain. In severe cases, back pain can be debilitating and surgery may be needed. Many of our patrons have bought our product Disk Dr.WG 30 after they were advised to go in for surgery. But the regular usage of Disk Dr.WG 30 have not only helped them to avoid surgery but also made them free of back pain condition. In fact, the founder of Ortho Medical Ltd (UK), Ron, was suffering from back pain since 1999. By the summer of 2008, he was unable to get out of bed. He underwent tests and was diagnosed with herniated discs (MRI August of 2008 L5-S1 9mm, L4-L5 5mm). Having tried different treatments, none of which were effective, he was shocked when the doctors suggested that surgery was the only answer. Lying in a bed for two month, he was unable to get up and was waiting for spine surgery. It was at this moment that he accidentally came across Disk Dr. belt, which was being manufactured by his friend’s company. Initially, he wasn’t optimistic about the product due to the fact that he had tried 3 different types of belts in the past. However, the Disk Dr. clinical results were so impressive that he decided to try it for himself. After the regular use of WG 30 for 2 years,  he became not only free of lower back and sciatica pain for the first time in 10 years, but herniation changed shape and became smaller.

To provide relief and prevention, self-help tips can be applied to avoid back pain altogether.They are very user-friendly and employ common sense practices that will promote a healthier lifestyle minimizing or eliminating pain, discomfort, and invasive treatments.

Below are some self-help and prevention examples:

1.  Take your wallet out of your back pocket.

2.  Use caution when lifting.

3.  Leave the skinny jeans in the drawer and keep the high heels in the closet.

4.   Adjust your sleeping position.

5.  Increase your exercise to promote strong bones and muscles.

These easy-to-follow self-help and prevention tips can become life-long habits in the quest to avoid back pain.  In most cases, back pain disappears in a few days and should you experience discomfort, trying these self-help tips should decrease pain.