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Overuse of Your Mobile Device Can Cause Neck Pain

Society-wide increases of activities that strain the neck are leading towards an increase in neck injuries among patients. Neck strains and associated pain can be linked to extensive use of technology. Mobile hand-held devices are becoming ubiquitous, with some people owning more than one device and using them constantly. Look around you; we are becoming a society of hunched-over people, especially among our teenagers.

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Low Back Pain X-ray Findings

Most of us occasionally suffer from lower back pain due to typical triggers such as pinched nerve, incorrect posture, physical exertion, sports related sprains and strains or even a bad flu.  That kind of back pain is usually transitory and is commonly alleviated by over-the-counter medication, bed rest and time. In most cases, even a

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Back Pain and Aging

Incidences of low back pain and neck pain become increasingly common as one ages. It is mostly due to our bones becoming more brittle, and the soft connective tissue of our spines (intervetebral discs) becoming drier and thinner. There are things one can do to diminish the role of aging and genetics, to achieve and maximize their own optimum spinal health.

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Gardening Without Back Pain

Gardening can result in a strained, aching back. Or worse, a herniated disc can develop and put you out of commission. All the bending, pulling, digging, hauling, raking and planting can be very straining, especially if you’re not prepared. Before venturing out, condition your muscles with simple stretches and exercises to prepare you for the tasks ahead. In most case you can mitigate, and even prevent, back pain. Here are 5 simple and effective stretches to do before heading to the garden, during a break, and afterwards. Do 5 repetitions of each stretch, holding for 15 seconds. (Always check with your back specialist before you perform any the following stretches.)

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6 Ways to Avoid Back Pain

Dr. Ron Nusbaum Back Clinics of Canada, outlines 6 easy steps for a healthy back and improved spinal health! Better back health is within everyone’s reach.

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Travel Health: Tips for Back Pain Relief

Travel can be hard on the spine. Flying with back pain, and back pain while driving are increasingly common phenomena – and it’s easy to understand why. Sitting in a cramped or uncomfortable position and hauling heavy, cumbersome luggage put a strain on the back. Furthermore, inactivity for long periods of time can give even the healthiest person stiff muscles and an achy back. For someone with pre-existing low back pain or neck pain, and for people with sciatica, a bulging disc, or a herniated disc, the very thought of travel is uncomfortable.

Here is some travel advice on how to protect your back en route – by plane, train, or automobile.

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Back Pain and a Good Night’s Sleep

Dr. Ron Nusbaum, Back Clinics of Canada, advises that even if you suffer with serious low back pain or neck pain, it’s still possible and important to get a good night’s sleep. Sleep is all-important to re-energize and heal.

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Fit Your Kid’s Backpack to Avoid Back and Neck Pain

To prevent backpack back pain, take time to ensure each child’s pack is right for them. According to Dr. Ron Nusbaum of Back Clinics of Canada, if a school backpack is too heavy, improperly sized, or worn incorrectly, it can stress the muscles and joints of the spine, causing neck pain, shoulder pain and low back pain in kids.

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Chronic Back Pain

Aspects of your lifestyle may cause or contribute to your back pain. In most cases, lifestyle changes can begin to correct painful back issues and help you avoid surgery. Read here to understand why you may be suffering with chronic low back pain or neck pain.

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Low Back Pain and Meditation

People suffering with chronic back pain find that meditation helps to significantly reduce pain and accelerate the healing process. Those who receive Spinal Decompression, a highly successful treatment in itself, are seeing remarkable results when they add meditation to their program of care. What exactly is meditation and how does it affect such positive change in the body?

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Herniated or Bulging Discs Get Healing Support With Nutritional Supplements

At Back Clinics of Canada, Dr. Ron Nusbaum sees firsthand how nutritional supplements affect results for patients undergoing Spinal Decompression care. Patient suffering from low back pain who take doctor-recommended nutritional supplements may experience higher healing success.

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Chronic Pain and Your Emotional Well-Being

People who suffer from chronic pain are at greater risk of developing depression. This is due to the limitations that chronic pain can put on many areas of a person’s life. If you are unable to perform daily activities, or participate in things that give you pleasure, your emotional health is affected.

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Interview with Dr. Ron Nusbaum

Recently we sat down with the very busy, very in-demand Dr. Ron Nusbaum to learn more about him and Back Clinics of Canada.

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Spinal Decompression Therapy, Part 1

Our profession has a wonderful track record for helping Canadians reach a higher level of health, and maintain it naturally. But there is a certain group of patients who do not respond to traditional chiropractic care as well as we’d like them to. Often, these challenging back and neck pain patients are suffering from bulging or herniated discs or advanced degenerating discs. Spinal decompression therapy is one option that has demonstrated a degree of success in many of these cases. By its very nature, it is a procedure that complements our approach, as it is non-invasive, non-surgical, and requires no drugs or medications.

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Spinal Decompression Therapy, Part 2

In part 1, Dr. Nusbaum discussed the importance of conducting a thorough consultation and examination prior to non-surgical spinal decompression therapy in order to select the most suitable patients and to deselect those who should not receive the therapy. The benefits of doing this, to the doctor and the patient, are many and undeniable. In this article, the background to, and methodology of, non-surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy, will be discussed. As well, Dr. Nusbaum will examine the technology for performing this procedure.

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Ergonomics and a Healthy Spine: At Work

Many injuries and strains to the spine take place on the job. With some ergonomic smarts you can avoid spine injury, mitigate degeneration, and achieve the pain-free life you deserve. At Back Clinics of Canada we see manypatients with severe back pain who cannot recall a specific instance or injury that led them to come to us. In many cases, the pain they suffer with today actually developed over time. Quite often the original cause of the back pain developed from a repetitive strain or improper lifting/movement of heavy objects – consistent with workplace activity or even routine household chores and activities.

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Hard Science: Low Back Pain and Sex

Adults who suffer with serious low back pain often abstain from sexual intimacy because they fear it will trigger a painful episode and set them back months. New groundbreaking research out of the University of Waterloo offers science-backed best-sex-position suggestions that will have you embracing your partner without this fear.

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Ergonomics and a Healthy Spine: At Home

When we understand how daily activities and work tasks affect our bodies, we can see how our backs in particular take the brunt of daily stress and strain. This can ultimately lead to back ache and, if not alleviated, serious back problems. The principles of ergonomics can be applied to the home, and our personal lives. When we have the right equipment in the right environment, household chores can actually be enjoyable. They can be done with greater ease and efficiency. It’s when tasks are awkward and uncomfortable that we can get stressed and over-strained physically.

Your home is your living space. It should be a safe, comfortable and healthy environment. Most room layouts are designed with users and aesthetics in mind. Furniture is mass-produced to suit the general population. Tools and gadgets are designed to suit a general group of people as well. When planning out a room or equipping it, shop around and find what works for you. Because as appealing and stylish as something may look in a magazine or on the showroom floor, it just may not be the ideal “living” space for you. If things are too high, too low or awkwardly placed, your life can become uncomfortable.

Many patients who come to our Toronto back clinic cannot recall a specific incident or injury that caused their severe back or neck pain. The pain is often something that developed over time. The patient self medicated, went for massage therapy and chiropractic care. Nothing seemed to work. While we’re not going to say your kitchen counter and living room chairs were the culprits, there is something to be said for having home worksites and stations that are ergonomically appropriate for the people living there.

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Spinal (Back) Surgery Risks and Complications: Anesthesia

Patients suffering with serious back pain or neck pain sometimes opt for spinal surgery when they believe they have exhausted all options for treatment. The risks and complications of surgery are real and must be considered seriously. We encourage everyone to become informed about non-surgical spinal decompression, before agreeing to undergo the surgeon’s knife. If you are considering spinal (back) surgery to relieve your low back pain or neck pain, you must read on. This article discusses the specific risks and complications of general anesthesia.

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Spinal (Back) Surgery Risks and Complications: Infection

Patients suffering with serious back pain or neck pain sometimes opt for spinal surgery when they believe they have exhausted all options for treatment. The risks and complications of surgery are real and must be considered seriously. We encourage everyone to become informed about non-surgical spinal decompression, before agreeing to undergo the surgeon’s knife. If you are considering spinal (back) surgery to relieve your low back pain or neck pain, you must read on. This article discusses the specific risks and complications of infection.

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Spinal (Back) Surgery Risks and Complications: Spinal Fluid Leaks

Patients suffering with serious back pain or neck pain sometimes opt for spinal surgery when they believe they have exhausted all options for treatment. The risks and complications of surgery are real and must be considered seriously. We encourage everyone to become informed about non-surgical spinal decompression, before agreeing to undergo the surgeon’s knife. If you are considering spinal (back) surgery to relieve your low back pain or neck pain, you must read on. This article discusses the specific risks and complications of spinal fluid leaks.

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Spinal (Back) Surgery Risks and Complications: Nerve Damage

Patients suffering with serious back pain or neck pain sometimes opt for spinal surgery when they believe they have exhausted all options for treatment. The risks and complications of surgery are real and must be considered seriously. We encourage everyone to become informed about therapeutic light laser therapy and non-surgical spinal decompression, before agreeing to undergo the surgeon’s knife. If you are considering spinal (back) surgery to relieve your low back pain or neck pain, you must read on. This article discusses the specific risks and complications of nerve damage.

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Spinal (Back) Surgery Risks and Complications: Implants and Fusions

Patients suffering with serious back pain or neck pain sometimes opt for spinal surgery when they believe they have exhausted all options for treatment. The risks and complications of surgery are real and must be considered seriously. We encourage everyone to become informed about non-surgical spinal decompression, before agreeing to undergo the surgeon’s knife. If you are considering spinal (back) surgery to relieve your low back pain or neck pain, you must read on. This article discusses the specific risks and complications of implants and fusions.

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Choose the Right Backpack For Your Kids’ Spinal Health

The most important factor in choosing a backpack is selecting the right size for each child. Kids can suffer with over-weighted, poorly-sized packs and can experience shoulder and neck pain, low back pain, stiffness and weakness. This may lead to serious low back pain and neck pain problems in young people.

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Raking Leaves and Back Pain

Raking leaves can strain one’s back, shoulders and wrists to the point of injury. Low back or neck injury brought on by such activity is common at our Toronto back pain clinic this time of year. Follow these simple DOs and DON’Ts for raking leaves without the back pain.

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Degenerative Disc Disease and Back Pain

Non-surgical spinal decompression at Back Clinics of Canada is highly effective in alleviating the pain of degenerative disc disease. Degeneration of the spinal discs is often considered a normal part of aging. For most people, this condition causes no symptoms. But for some individuals, disc degeneration can cause serious pain. This pain is predominantly felt in the lower back, hips, and down the legs (often when walking). There might even be tingling and weakness of the knees. Pain may increase with sitting, bending, lifting, and twisting. Degenerative disc disease can also cause neck pain that moves through the upper spine, and through to the shoulders arms and hands.

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Learn About Sciatica

Toronto Spinal Decompression patients who suffer with sciatica pain come to Back Clinics of Canada for care. Sciatica causes significant pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve. Usually it starts in the lower back and moves down into the buttock, along the back or side of the thigh, and down into the calf. The pain can even shoot into the feet and toes. Non-surgical Spinal Decompression is highly effective in relieving the intense low back pain associated with sciatica.

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What is Whiplash?

If you have been in a recent car accident and are suffering with low back pain or neck pain, you may be suffering from whiplash. Help is available through the High Performance Healing System,™ a proprietary system developed by Dr. Nusbaum and only available at Back Clinics of Canada.

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Understanding Back Pain Symptoms

Back pain presents itself in many different ways. There are different causes and symptoms, which may vary from person to person. Each patient we see at Back Clinics of Canada has a unique and personal back and/or neck pain experience. A closer look at the symptoms and causes of back pain will help us to better understand what is happening to our bodies, how our bodies respond, and what is the best course of treatment for our particular pain.

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The Patient’s Role in Healing and Living Pain-Free!

The importance of following the complete program of care, prescribed by your doctor, cannot be stressed enough. Studies show that patients undergoing any kind of treatment achieve better healing results when they follow through on the doctor recommended program. Back Clinics of Canada patients suffering with chronic low back pain or neck pain are realizing their dreams of living a pain-free life when they eagerly and actively fulfill their part in the healing program.

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Top Reasons to Choose a Back Pain Clinic

According to the Canadian Chiropractic Association, 8 out of 10 Canadians will suffer from low back pain at some time in their lives. A critical part of alleviating back pain, as well as improving and maintaining health, is to find the right care. Many people look to back pain clinics for relief, but keep in mind that not all are created equally. While there are many factors to consider in choosing a back pain clinic, here are the elements every successful clinic should have:

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Easy Tips for Enjoying the Outdoors Without Back Pain

Eighty-eight percent of back and neck pain injuries seen this time of year are a result of gardening. This is primarily because gardening and other lawn work requires specific actions that are not part of everyday life. There is a lot of kneeling, crouching, twisting, tugging and heavy lifting involved. At Back Clinics of Canada we see many patients suffering from gardening related back and neck pain which resulted in a bulging disc, herniated disc, degenerative disc, aggravated sciatica and/or a muscular stiff back or neck. Fortunately, these painful conditions often heal with the right treatment.

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Chronic Low Back Pain and Depression

Adults who suffer with chronic low back pain or neck pain have an increased risk of suffering from depression as well. Studies show that more than 50% of adults live with chronic pain, and that more than 20% of patients who have chronic low back pain show symptoms of clinical depression. Taking medications for depression can mask or suppress negative feelings, but they don’t offer a lasting solution. If there was a way to take away the physical pain, it’s possible that many depressive symptoms would abate.

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4 Myths Debunked About Stretching Before Gardening

Most low back injuries are the result of the same folksy, fresh-air activity—gardening. At Back Clinics of Canada, we see increased incidences of sciatica, bulging discs and herniated discs. Stay limber and flexible: drink plenty of water, use the proper equipment and tools for each activity.

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What Causes Spinal Stenosis and How Can I Treat It?

Spinal stenosis is an abnormal narrowing (stenosis) of the spinal canal. The narrowing occurs in the space where the spinal cord or nerve roots pass through the vertebrae. This narrowing results in a restriction/compression of the spinal cord or nerve roots. Lumbar (lower back) stenosis and cervical (neck) stenosis are the two most frequently seen types of spinal stenosis. Lumbar stenosis is more common. Back Clinics of Canada’s High Performance Healing System™ is a safe, non-invasive and highly effective treatment for spinal stenosis and other back pain conditions.

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Class IV Laser Therapy, Part 2

In part 1 of this article, the author discussed the technical profile of class IV laser therapy and introduced ideas for incorporating this technology into the chiropractic clinic. In part 2, clinical applications or class IV laser therapy will be discussed along with their proposed mechanisms of action. Two case studies will be presented.

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Class IV Laser Therapy, Part 1

Therapeutic lasers have had a dramatic impact on chiropractors’ ability to target and accelerate healing of injured soft tissue, resulting in noteworthy outcomes. They have a place in just about every clinic. In fact, chiropractors are also seeing greater numbers of informed patients who are actively seeking laser therapy treatment for their pain.

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Spinal Decompression Toronto Style Means Being a True Healing Partner

Back Clinics of Canada is committed to being a True Healing Partner for each patient. Our goal is not only to help as many patients as possible live a pain free life. We aim to provide the most appropriate care for each patient to achieve their own optimum results.

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What Is Spinal Decompression?

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression offers the most advanced technology available for the treatment of severe chronic low back pain and neck pain. Conditions treated include herniated discs, bulging or protruding discs, degenerative disc disease, stenosis, spinal arthritis, sciatica, posterior facet syndrome and sciatica.

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Oh My Aching Back (or Neck): What Are the Reasons for Neck and Back Pain?

Back and neck pain is the second most common reason why Canadians visit the family doctor, second only to the common cold, the fifth most common reason for hospital admissions and the third most common reason for surgery. Back pain accounts for over $100 billion dollars in health-related costs in North America. It’s obviously a huge problem.

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7 Things You Need to Know About Back Pain

There are 7 important things you need to know about back pain and neck pain. If you identify the cause and treat the cause, you’ll benefit with long-term true healing. It’s possible without medication, invasive procedures or surgery at Back Clinics of Canada.

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When to See a Lower Back Pain Specialist

Pain is a signal to us that something is wrong. Lower back pain might be from a muscle sprain, but it can also indicate more serious problems. Some pain is located at the site of the source, but other pain can feel like it is coming from one place and actually be coming from somewhere else in the body. It is important to determine the cause of the pain.

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