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Strengthen while you heal

Yes, it may sound difficult, but it is the most effective way to go about healing a herniated disc! While a period of rest and restoration is often advisable in the first few days after injury, our goal is to get you moving again as soon as possible. The truth is that stagnation hampers rehabilitation; because your injury decreases your motivation to move and exercise, it is actively working against your efforts to recover. At Holmes Chiropractic, we aim to get you moving effectively despite your injury because we know this is the path towards the quickest and most effective rehabilitation for herniated discs. 

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Extending the spine provides relief

For some people, it is the only way to find relief. Extension-based exercises and stretches involve a backward bending of the spine; extension is indicated for people who suffer from the following conditions: 

  • Lower back pain
  • Herniated discs
  • Other spinal disc conditions

And they are not meant for people with:

  • Facet joint syndrome
  • Spondylolysis 
  • Spondylolisthesis 

Read on to find out how extension works. 

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Back pain in the morning is the worst way to start your day

While there are myriad possibilities for what is causing your back pain in the morning, one of the most common explanations is muscular imbalance. And while we would not say this is the easiest problem to solve, it is less severe than conditions like:

  • Degenerative disc injuries 
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fibromyalgia

Back pain in the morning is a common symptom of all these conditions, which makes it all the more important that you consult with a doctor to determine if you have a deeper lying condition that is causing you trouble in the morning time. However, if you do fall in the more typical category of having morning back pain and stiffness caused by muscular imbalance, we can offer quite an effective path for treatment. 

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The difference between active and passive range of motion

It is important to know the difference:

  • Active ROM refers to range of motion that is achieved with effort or input from YOU. It is you actively moving your own joints through their respective ranges of motion. 
  • Passive ROM refers to someone else moving your joint for you, as in during spinal mobilization.

Active ROM is obviously the more prevalent of the two for most people- if you are unable to put your own joints through full ranges of motion, life can be significantly more difficult. People with degenerative conditions that prevent them from moving their joints through full ROMs can benefit from having health professionals provide passive ROM in order to reduce pain and improve function. So what can you do to enhance your innate range of motion on a daily basis? Read on to find out.

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The importance of relaxing your back 

In the adult spine, there is a near-constant cycle of tension accumulation and release. But depending on the balance of our lifestyles, the factors which contribute to tension accumulation can win out. When this happens, our spines suffer- from compression of intervertebral discs and spinal nerves, to shortening and loss of strength in the muscles, almost everything about the tension cycle tends to reduce our spine's innate mobility. One way to fight back against this cycle is to use relaxation to promote spinal mobility on a daily basis.

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Healthy hips are hard to come by 

The hip flexor is a group of five muscles that connects the femur to the pelvis and forms a pivotal part of the connection between your upper and lower body. Because of their location, the hip flexors can either be a blessing or a curse- while they are essential for healthy movement and the transference of forces, they can also be implicated in poor posture. The fact is that poor posture most often originates in the lower body, particularly here in the hips, and not in the back as we would think. When we sit all day, our hip flexors remain overly tightened, losing their flexibility in the process. As we will find, this causes a number of problems relating to posture and spinal health. 

Contact Information

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Telephone: (713) 862-2440

Address: 1235 North Loop West, Suite #105 Houston, TX 77008

email: rholmes59@hotmail.com

Office Hours

Monday 10am - 1pm 3pm - 6pm
Tuesday 10am - 1pm 3pm - 6pm
Wednesday 10am - 1pm 3pm - 6pm
Thursday 10am - 1pm 3pm - 6pm
Friday 10am - 1pm Closed
Saturday 9am - 10am Closed
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