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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. 

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Protecting the members of our community who live with bone loss in the spine

When it affects the bones in the back, osteoporosis becomes one of the most serious spinal conditions in the human experience. Even simple motions like giving a hug come with the potential to cause a broken bone in the spine. With this in mind, being proactive about strengthening and stretching the muscles that support the spine is of signal importance. However, any plan for exercising with osteoporosis must be undertaken with an immense amount of care and consideration. At Holmes Chiropractic, we help people with osteoporosis care for their spines by developing exercise plans that avoid potentially hazardous movements and maximize the strength of the supporting musculature.

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Certain back pain conditions affect women much more than men

To begin with, women have a greater diversity of primary body shapes than men:

  • Apple- triangle downwards; broader shoulders and bust than hips
  • Pear-triangle upwards; broader hips than shoulders
  • Banana- straighter body type, with a waist that is less than 9 inches than the hips or bust
  • Hourglass- triangles opposing and facing inwards

These terms refer to a woman's skeletal structure and give us key insights into where her body distributes weight, both from muscle and fat; we use this map of weight distribution to determine the source of certain forms of back pain. No matter what your gender or body shape, weight control is an integral part of back care. Yet, as we will find, women are still disproportionately at risk for other back pain conditions. 

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