Is your pain due to adaptive shortening syndrome?

Is your back pain because of adaptive shortening syndrome? How to know if you have this type of condition, and what you can do about it. By Sherwin Nicholson | SN Health Resources If you often sit motionless (office, driving, screens) for hours at a time and have lower back problems, chances are you have it, and it is causing much of your pain. You may not feel [...]

Muscle Injuries and Lower Back Pain

Muscle Injuries that are involved with Lower Back Pain By Sherwin Nicholson | SN Health Resources The muscles of the lower back can undergo different forms of injury Two common injuries are: Strains and Contusions Strains occur when a muscle is pulled or extended beyond its tensile limits.  This happens by overstretching the muscle.  Muscles are also strained by forcing them to contract or remain contracted beyond it [...]

Types of Lower Back Pain

Types of Lower Back Pain that You Should Watch Out For By Sherwin Nicholson | SN Health Resources Lower back pain is very complex as well as finding the appropriate treatment for yourself.  This site is here to help you with back pain that is muscular in nature.  Below you will find a brief explanation of some types of lower back pain. Disc Pain Pain happens when there [...]

Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative Disc Disease Is it Really a Disease? Although it is termed as a disease, degenerative disc disease is not actually a disease.  It is really a natural process in which the condition of your discs gradually become worse over time.  This is a very slow and steady process.  With this 'disease', the discs slowly become smaller in size and more dense as the internal water composition decreases. [...]

The Facet Joint

The Facet Joint Your vertebrae are connected together through your facet joints.  There are four facet joints for every vertebrae.  The only vertebrae that does not possess them are your two highest vertebrae.  Each vertebrae has four in total. Two connecting the vertebrae above (superior facets) and two below (inferior facets).  They are both aligned in pairs and in a symmetrical arrangement. It is these joints that allow [...]

Stretching for Lower Back Pain

Safer stretching for lower back pain Updated March 2016 If you have chronic back pain, you may not want to ever stretch. Here is what you should know to use stretching to your advantage for relieving back pain. Stretching is an important part of the maintenance of the long term health of your entire body.  Your body benefits because it keeps the muscles at their optimal length.  This [...]

Acute and Chronic Back Pain

Acute and Chronic Back Pain Updated March 2016 Forms of Back Pain Acute Back Pain Back pain that strikes suddenly and without any predictable warning signs, is considered acute.  It can be very painful and immobilizing, requiring urgent care and rest.   The afflicted persons back can spasm or 'freeze' up, restricting their movement demanding immediate care.  This person generally finds that their back is for the most [...]

Your Hip Flexors and Hamstrings

Keeping Your Hip Flexors and Hamstrings Healthy and Protective Updated July 13, 2016 How They Affect Your Quality of Life  Your hip flexors and hamstrings are among the most important groups of muscles in the body.  They are necessary for the long term mobility and stability of your lower body.  Healthy and well-conditioned hip flexors and hamstrings are key for the prevention of hip, knee and lower back [...]

The Back and Abdominal Muscles

The Back and Abdominal Muscles Our back muscles are divided into two groups.  Extrinsic and intrinsic.  Within each group, they are arranged symmetrically along either side on the spine in a mirror like fashion with the matching muscle on each side. Extrinsic and Intrinsic Muscles The extrinsic group is responsible for upper extremity (arm and hand) and shoulder movement.  The intrinsic group is responsible for any movement of [...]

Your Vertebral Discs

Your Vertebral Discs Updated March 2016 Disc Health Figure 4.1 illustrates a section of a healthy spine that is properly aligned.  Supporting muscles groups that are balanced is ideal to maintaining optimal disc health. Here, there is an even distribution of force directed towards all sides of the disc. When lifting an object or bending, the distribution should be maximized as the hips and knees function as to [...]

Your Lumbar Spine

Updated March 2016 Your Lumbar Spine Back to Basics  Your spine (also known as the vertebral column) is a dynamic structure that performs a wide range of movements.  It is normally able to withstand numerous daily demands, forces and stresses that are placed on it. Its daily functions include: providing continuous support for the body and head, to maintain correct and upright posture, to allow the body a [...]