What is the safest lifting posture?

What is the safest lifting posture?

It’s believed widely that we have to protect our back while lifting things from the floor and watching our mechanics is part of that. But is one posture for lifting actually safer and protective than another? Somehow some way, we’ve been told to keep the...
Do schoolbags cause back pain?

Do schoolbags cause back pain?

It is common wisdom that most parents believe that schoolbags cause back pain. But is this really the case? This is a ‘textbook’ example of where the evidence belies common wisdom. The prevalence of back pain in children is high in certain parts of the...
Opioids for Lower Back Pain

Opioids for Lower Back Pain

This is a loaded topic. Opioid misuse is everywhere. It’s all over the news. The Trump administration has signed a bill to confront the epidemic plaguing us right now. It’s called the Support for Patients and Communities Act.  I believe it’s a step...
Knowledge is therapeutic

Knowledge is therapeutic

Knowledge is therapeutic. Knowledge offers control. In this case, knowing what’s happening in times of plight when you are suffering from discomfort/pain often provides reassurance. I find that when clients come in the door with immense pain, they immediately...
How and why do we believe we have back pain?

How and why do we believe we have back pain?

Last time I wrote about our beliefs on back pain and how psychological variables can contribute to the development of lower back pain. Lots of studies look into the situations, activities, and anatomic structures to be responsible for people’s lower back pain...
Beliefs about back pain

Beliefs about back pain

As health professionals, we have a duty to provide helpful and accurate information to our patients, especially since a majority of patients come seek our services for more information on such an uncertain event as an acute back pain episode. Beliefs around lower back...

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