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1. Acute Low Back Pain is short-term. Acute low back pain is not a short term problem. Robin McKenzie notes in his book, “Fix your own Back,” over 50% of patients suffer from re-occurring attacks or have chronic pain following their initial period of disablement. In 2004, a study by Enthoven, Skargren, and Oberg (2004), decided to follow patients for five years after their first acute episode of low back pain. They showed that most of the people who had low back pain also had significant ongoing problems that reduced the quality of their life. Your low back and pelvis are the center...

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According to a YouGov poll, the most common aspirations for the coming year in the U.S. are to eat healthier, get more exercise and to save more money. Since health seems to be a top priority for most Americans, it only seemed obvious for us to showcase the “SportsBraces.com 10 Most Unique Health Gifts” that would make thoughtful and unique gifts for the holiday season. “He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope has everything.” Thomas Carlyle BMMI MAGNETIC THERAPY CAR SEAT CUSHION Working at a desk or driving in a car all day can cause aches and...

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The shoulder is one of the most flexible and overused joints in the human body, and that makes it one of the most susceptible to injury. That’s because you use your shoulder for a wide range of movements and motions without even realizing it. In fact, the shoulder is classified as a synovial ball-and-socket joint and offers multiaxial function and movement. In other words, your shoulder can move in any plane. All of that motion, flexibility, and looseness gives your shoulder its amazing range and function—but it also puts it at high risk for injury. Here, we’ll examine key shoulder...

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Sciatica pain refers to radiating pain that emanates from an affected sciatic nerve. The pain follows the path of the sciatic nerve, beginning in the lower back, through the hip and buttock area, and down the leg. Sciatica pain normally only impacts one side of the body. Here, we’ll examine the finer points of sciatic nerve pain including risk factors, symptoms, and how to best treat it—from physical therapy to the use of a sciatica brace. What Causes Sciatica? According to clinical research, 90% of sciatica cases are caused by a herniated (or slipped) disc with a compressed nerve root....

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A back injury can be debilitating. It can take you off your feet, turn simple actions into excruciating pain, impair your ability to work, and make daily life feel nearly impossible. Working with a healthcare professional, you can develop a plan to treat, strengthen, and rehabilitate your back injury so you can get back in action. A big part of that treatment plan is often the use of a back brace. A back brace limits movement of the spine, reduces inflammation, provides compression, and helps the body in the natural healing process. If you think you may benefit from the...

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