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Posted by on May 15, 2014 | 0 comments

Pain in the Shoulder

Did you know that shoulders are the most movable joints in your body?
Or that shoulders are unstable because the ball of the upper arm is larger than the shoulder socket that holds it?
The shoulder is one of the most commonly injured body sites among athletes.
For you weekend warriors, golfers, football players and pitchers preparing for Spring, avoid those common pains that come with an active shoulder. Sprains, strains, dislocations, separations, tendinitis, frozen shoulder, fractures, arthritis…the list goes on.
  • Approximately 50% of all Golfers have chronic pain in their shoulders and back
  • 82% of football shoulder injuries occur to the quarterback, during contact with an opposing team player.
  • Approximately 35% of high school pitchers will experience shoulder pain or a shoulder injury in their life.
  • 13% of all sports injuries involve the shoulder


Remember R.I.C.E +
Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation + Chiropractic Care
Believe it or not, the treatment that you undertake within the first 24 hours following an injury can literally cut weeks off of your total recovery time. Use the RICE technique and visit your doctor as soon as you can for your best recovery!
At home, be sure to rest your injury for at least a few days, use ice to reduce pain, wrap your injury to help reduce swelling, and sit upright to keep your shoulder elevated.
Visit your chiropractor! Home treatment is a start, but to reduce pain, speed up the healing process and help to prevent further injury, make sure to see your chiropractor for the appropriate adjustments or treatments.
Back To Life Chiropractic
4045 E. Bell Rd, Suite 107
Phoenix, AZ 85032
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Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 | 0 comments

What To Do About That MIGRAINE Pain

At Back To Life Chiropractic, Dr. John Koc focuses on migraine treatment designed to relieve and prevent your migraine pain with a natural, safe and drug-free approach.
Fact: In the United States, more than 37 million people suffer from migraines. Almost 15% of adults in the U.S. population have migraines, and 2-3 million migraine suffers are chronic.
Get Some Relief:
  • A QUIET SPOT – Migraines can increase your sensitivity to light and sound. Try to relax alone in a dark, quiet room.
  • TEMPERATURE THERAPY – Apply hot or cold compresses to your head or neck. Use an ice pack to numb and dull the oncoming pain. Use a hot moist wash cloth or warm bath to relax already tense muscles.
  • GENTLE MASSAGE – Apply gentle pressure to your scalp or temples. Alleviate muscle tension with a shoulder or neck massage.
  • A LITTLE CAFFEINE – In small amounts, caffeine alone can relieve migraine pain in the early stage.

Learn About Prevention

  • CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS – A chiropractic adjustment is the specific application of forces to facilitate the body’s correction of spinal misalignments. In a clinical trial, 72% of migraine sufferers reported substantial improvement with chiropractic treatment.

How it helps: Muscle tension in the neck, upper back and scalp can be serious triggers for migraines, and may be at the root of the pain. Chiropractic adjustments correct the misalignments in your spine and help alleviate the stress on your system.
If you or anyone you know suffers from migraine pain, please call Dr. John at (480) 703-1834 for your appointment today!
  • EXERCISE – Exercise has long been recommended to migraine sufferers, and there’s evidence to support the theory that physical activity appears to help prevent migraines.
How it helps: Regular, gentle exercise helps to reduce tension and ward off stress, a well-known trigger for many migraine sufferers. Exercise also triggers the release of endorphins, which act as a mild sedative. Beware that intense exercise can actually trigger rather than prevent migraine, so don’t overdo it!
  • RIBOFLAVIN (vitamin B2) – Riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2, is found in certain foods and supplements. It helps protect cells from oxidative damage and is involved in energy production.
How it helps: Riboflavin is an effective preventive treatment for migraines. It has been widely reported to significantly reduce the incidence of migraine headaches when consumed at high levels (about 400mg per day).
Best food sources: Liver, lean beef, lamb, venison, whole grains, yogurt, low-fat milk, eggs, almonds, asparagus, broccoli, and spinach. Store food away from light, which destroys riboflavin.
  • MAGNESIUM – Because our bodies can’t make magnesium, we must rely on dietary and/or supplement sources to get it (and magnesium deficiency has been directly linked to migraines).
How it helps: Magnesium helps relax nerves and muscles and transmits nerve impulses throughout the body and brain. In addition, magnesium helps prevent nerves from becoming overexcited. In short, this mineral aids in the prevention and reduction of migraines.
Best food sources: Pumpkin seeds, spinach, Swiss chard, wild Alaskan salmon, halibut, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flaxseeds, amaranth, quinoa, soybeans, and black beans.
  • COENZYME Q10 (CoQ10) – Coenzyme Q10 is an antioxidant nutrient that’s especially important in blood vessel health. Our bodies are able to make CoQ10, and we can also get it from dietary and supplement sources.

How it helps: CoQ10 increases blood flow to the brain, improves circulation, and protects cells from oxidative damage. It also helps stabilize blood sugar; low blood sugar is a major trigger for many migraine sufferers.



  • OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS – Omega-3 fats are anti-inflammatory substances that are abundant in many food sources, especially fish, nuts, and seeds.
How it helps: Omega-3 fatty acids protect brain cells and reduce inflammation, which may help to reduce the pain, frequency and duration of migraine headaches.
Best food sources: Wild Alaskan salmon, tuna, herring (not pickled herring), mackerel, rainbow trout, halibut, Pacific oysters, sardines, walnuts, chia seeds, and flaxseeds.
Note: Please consult with your professional healthcare provider before taking any supplements.
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Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 | 0 comments

The Great Neck Cracking Compilation!

This video is for those who love to hear that crack’ sound from adjustments. Here’s a few select ‘satisfying’ adjustments to enjoy!

note: none of these adjustments were performed by Back to Life Chiropractic,
the video is simply for entertainment value.

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Posted by on Sep 12, 2013 | 0 comments


Did you know that 80% of all Americans will experience back pain in their lifetime? 

What You Should Know:
  • People with back pain are 3 times more likely to be inactive, which can be detrimental to your general health.
  • People with back pain spend almost twice as much on healthcare expenses in their lifetime.
  • People with back pain are almost 5 times more likely to have psychological distress.
  • Some causes of back pain are simply unavoidable, like aging, trauma or disease. Themost common causes of back pain come from your lifestyle, like bad posture, obesity, smoking, muscle strains…etc.

Nearly 31 million people in the U.S. experience back pain every day!
Back Pain Prevention Tips:
  • Improve your posture. Align the back of your head, shoulders and butt when you stand, and keep feet shoulder-width apart.
  • Sleep better. Try to always keep your ears, shoulders, and hips aligned. Sleeping on your back, keep your head as flat as possible and place a pillow under your knees to help maintain the natural curve of your spine. If you have to sleep on your side, keep the pillow between your knees instead. As for the belly sleep position…BAD!
  • Avoid strains. When lifting heavy objects, squat and use your legs for support.  Hold the load close to your body and use your feet to make small changes in direction, not your waist (no bending, lifting and twisting). Keep your shoulders in line with your hips as you move.
  • Exercise. Try things like Yoga or Pilates to strengthen your core and increase flexibility. Exercise is one of your best defenses against back pain.
  • Get regular adjustments. Getting regularly adjusted by a chiropractor will help correct the misalignments in your spine that cause you pain. When your spine is correctly aligned, not only will your physical function improve, but your immune system has the capacity to work up to 200% stronger.
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Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 | 0 comments

Know Step By Step Technique Of How To Correct Posture

Author: Jini Johnson

How to correct posture may be a major concern for those who are in desk jobs and have to sit for long hours every day. It is undeniable that improper sitting posture is well capable of giving us back pain especially if you sit for extended periods of time. This is the reason it is advised from the very childhood that we should sit erect with shoulders back & chest out; unfortunately, by the time we enter our adulthood, most of have completely forgotten about this advice from our elders.

In this discussion, we will see how our postures can be affected by several factors.

  1. Extra body weight plays a pivotal role in deciding our posture. If we are obese or overweight, it may very well lead to improper posture.
  2. If we sit on the chair slouched, we may end up with a bad body posture.
  3. If our seating arrangement is inapt and seats are not ergonomically designed, it may result in back pain and other back issues.
  4. Sometimes, poor standing habits can put an unnecessary pressure on our backbone, thereby distorting your posture.

Considering the aforementioned factors, it is safe to say that if we do not make a conscious effort for correcting body posture, we might end up facing problems such as back pain, headache, and pain in other parts of the body.

Following are some of the main reasons for ensuring correct body posture:

  1. It ensures better blood circulation
  2. It helps in proper breathing
  3. It enhances the health of the joints

Now, it is important to know how to correct postureand maintain it. Hence, a proper step by step technique needs to be followed to find and maintain proper posture:

  1. To begin with, we need to understand how to sit, stand and walk, maintaining correct posture. We should maintain the posture of sticking the chest out with shoulders back, while standing. Your palms should NOT face backwards if done correctly. While sitting, we should maintain an erect posture with head raised, chest out & shoulders back, instead of slouching. The key is to maintain the natural inward S-curve in the small of your back. Walking straight and thinking of an invisible string running vertically through the middle of your body pulling you up will help & keep your backbone erect to ensure proper posture.
  2. Going further, we can also use a mirror to examine the alignment of our ears, shoulders and hips and take corrective measures to ensure they are perfectly aligned.
  3. Third, when we breathe in through our nose and then our abdomen expands, then it ensures proper posture of our body. Correcting posture is not only mandatory for adults. We also need to cross-check proper posture for children, while they stand, sit and walk. As a matter of fact, ensuring perfect Posture for children is indispensably critical due to their tender age and growing bodies and will ensure a healthy back and proper posture for the future.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/wellness-articles/know-step-by-step-technique-of-how-to-correct-posture-5804481.html

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Author is an experienced business writer, giving useful information on how to correct posture and Posture for children.

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Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 | 0 comments

Simple Holistic Ways to Keep Your Kids Healthy

Simple Holistic Ways to Keep Your Kids Healthy
FACT: Nearly 22 million school days are lost annually due to the common cold. One of the most common ways children get colds is by rubbing their nose or eyes. And children often don’t wash their hands often or well enough at school. In one study of middle and high school students, about half washed their hands after using the bathroom – and only 33% of the girls and 8% of the boys used soap!  Yikes!
  • TIP: Wash Well! Make sure your child knows to use soap and warm water.  They need to scrub all over – including the back of hands, between fingers, and around nails. Tell them to sing the Happy Birthday song twice before they are through.

FACT: In 2001 backpacks were the cause of 7,000 emergency room visits!  In today’s school system, with heavy school books and overstuffed bags, many kids end up carrying over a quarter of their body weight on their backs (that’s equivalent to an 180 pound man carrying over 45 pounds on his back all day). Backpack weight can cause muscle spasms, nerve and circulation problems, and severe neck and shoulder pain.

  • TIPUrge your child to wear both shoulder straps and buy a backpack with multiple compartments. Lugging the backpack around by one strap can cause a disproportionate shift of weight, leading to neck and muscle spasms. Using both straps and a backpack with multiple compartments can help to more evenly distribute the weight. Make sure that bulky objects are packed away from the back, and try to place the heaviest items closest to the body.

FACT: Most children do not get the nutrition they needEmpty calories from added sugars and solid fats contribute to 40% of daily calories for children and adolescents aged 2–18 years. Approximately half of these empty calories come from: soda, fruit drinks, dairy desserts, grain desserts, pizza, and whole milk.

  • TIP: Pack healthy balanced lunches for your children to bring to school. Include fruits and veggies, and substitute soda and juices for water. If your child eats from the cafeteria, check to make sure your school provides healthy options and educate your children on what choices to make.

FACT: According to the CDC, as much as 90% of all illness can be directly tied to stress. Stress breaks down the defenses of the immune system and opens the doorway to a host of injurious invaders.

  • TIP: Relax, and have a little fun! Just like you, your child can experience harmful stress that weighs on their immune systems. Make sure they get plenty of sleep and help your kids to manage their time so homework gets completed but relaxation and fun don’t get buried beneath the schoolbooks.
FACT: Healthy children are more active and productive in school! You can’t perform well when you don’t feel good. To help your child have the best chance at doing well in school, make sure they follow healthy habits. Take our tips to heart and, of course, nothing helps keep you child healthy like a strong immune system and a spine that is aligned.
  • TIP: MAINTAIN GOOD HEALTH WITH CHIROPRACTIC! Chiropractic Spinal abnormalities called “vertebral subluxations” interfere with the functioning of the nervous system by placing pressure on the nerves. When your spine is misaligned, your immune system suffers. Getting regular chiropractic adjustments not only makes your body feel better, but makes your immune systems up to 200% stronger!
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Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 | 0 comments

Bad Posture contributes to Lower Back Pain

Author: back pain

In the words of the wise MoriheiUeshiba, a famous martial artist and founder of the Japanese martial art of aikido, “A good stance and posture reflect a proper state of mind”. Humans communicate in a number of ways. Language is our primary means of communication however, that’s only one side of the coin. Equally important is our body language. The way we conduct ourselves around people and the way we hold ourselves as we go about our daily routine is all very important factors to consider for the sake of our well-being. Proper posture is crucial to ensure a healthy life. Generally it is very easy to misunderstand its importance or be oblivious to the harmful effects of bad posture. Neglect and ignorance of these issues can lead people to a life ofreoccurring back pain which forces them to resort to seeking various treatments and extensive back pain relief exercises.

One major cause of lower back pain is poor posture. In our everyday life we often have to spend a long time behinds desks. It is essential to examine the position of the computer screen, the type of chair being used as well as the possible need for footrests, back supports and telephone headsets, all of which, if incorrect, can contribute to poor posture and can directly cause lower back pain and muscle spasm affecting the neck.

Although people in offices spend more time sitting at a desk than the average person, they will be less susceptible to poor posture if they leave their desk at regular intervals. For example leaving to go to the rest room, attending meetings and taking coffee and lunch breaks. Furthermore, regular mobilizing and stretching exercises will help to prevent poor posture. People who surf the internet for long periods of time are more at risk of developing lower back pain as well as neck pain and muscle spasm due to bad posture. It is common to lose track of time while sitting in front of the computer screen and people easily settle in the hunched stance whereby they slouch or lean towards their screen with no support for the back. The spine develops a bend due to prolonged periods of time in this stance and the stress exerted on the lower back leads to back pain and fatigue in the muscles due to inactivity.

The other common mistake that is made by most people is the way they stand. It is common to ignore the posture when people are engaged in a conversation or when listening to someone speak at an event such as a meeting or a seminar. The optimal standing position is with the legs spread a comfortable distance apart with one foot slightly forward and the knees slightly bent. Gently shifting or the weight from one thigh to the other will take the pressure off the lower spine and thereby reduce or event prevents back pain. The weight of the entire body is evenly distributed on both thighs legs and not on the lower back #It is also important not to lean to one side of the body and locking the hip joint as this puts pressure on the hip joint and twists the spine Doing so can lead to unnecessary pressure on the back and hips as it tries to compensate for the stress on one side and can leads to slouching of the shoulders and neck strain.

The easiest way to prevent poor posture while standing sitting, bending and lifting is to learn what it is you are doing wrong while most people think they know how to stand, sit, bend, lift and carry out daily activities correctly, this is not true. Traditional methods do not work! In order to learn the correct methods to preventbad posture thereby learning to prevent lower back pain as well as neck pain yourself, find a specialist back pain therapist who can correctly tell us the right way lower back pain relief exercise your individual needs and devise a correct postural and exercise program for you.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/mens-health-articles/bad-posture-contributes-to-lower-back-pain-5243317.html

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In order to learn the correct methods to preventbad posture thereby learning to prevent lower back pain as well as neck pain yourself, find a specialist back pain therapist who can correctly tell us the right way lower back pain relief exercise your individual needs and devise a correct postural and exercise program for you.

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Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 | 0 comments

Treating A Herniated Disc With Chiropractic

Author: Belltown Chiro

If you suffer with leg pain, back pain, or muscle weakness in your legs, you may have a herniated disc. Also called a bulging disc, slipped disc, or disc protrusion, a herniated disc occurs when a soft portion of the intervertebral disc bulges out.

Intravertebral discs consist of a soft tissue center with an outside fibrous ring. As blood and fluids move through the intravertebral disc with movement, it receives moisture and nourishment that keeps it healthy. When something cuts off the delivery of blood and fluids to the intravertebral disc, the tissue dries out. The drying causes the tissues to tear with movement, causing the painful spinal condition known as herniated disc.

The bulging and herniated disc causes pain when it puts pressure on the spinal nerve. This can also cause inflammation and incredible discomfort when moving. Fortunately, treatment from a Seattle chiropractor can help heal your herniated disc while alleviating the pain and pressure. This article looks at treating a herniated disc with chiropractic treatment that offers a natural way to heal.

Subluxation And Herniated Discs

Subluxation is a chiropractic term that means the vertebrae of the spine have moved out of position. When subluxation occurs, it can cause the interruption in blood flow and fluids that cause a herniated disc. This causes immediate pressure on the spinal nerves. As the inflammation develops and pressure on the spinal nerves continue, the herniated disc worsens and other problems can develop, including pain that travels down one or both legs, pain in the buttocks, numbness, tingling, twisted neck, muscle weakness, and more.

Treating Herniated Discs

Traditional medicine offers a number of treatments for herniated discs, including taking prescription anti-inflammatory medications, getting cortisone shots, and even undergoing invasive back surgery. Unfortunately, prescription anti-inflammatory medications and cortisone shots usually only treat the symptoms of herniated discs and don’t help heal the problem, which is what you need to avoid future problems. Surgery isn’t usually much help either, as it doesn’t always successfully correct a herniated disc. Since chiropractic treatment addresses the cause of the herniated disk to heal it instead of simply masking it with prescription drugs or trying to repair it through risky surgery, many people suffering from a herniated disc choose chiropractic treatment over drugs and surgery.

Chiropractic For Herniated Discs

Chiropractors have the specialized education required to promote healing by locating and correcting vertebral subluxations that decompress the vertebrae. Seattle chiropractic treatments for herniated disc begin with spinal adjustments and may be complemented by massage therapy and acupuncture.

One of the most important aspects to healing a herniated disc is getting treatment early. Pain is a signal that something is wrong so never decide to live with pain. The sooner you get treatment for a herniated disc, the better results you’ll have. You can trust that herniated disc treatment with a Seattle chiropractor offers natural healing without risky surgery or dangerous drugs.

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Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 | 0 comments

The Importance of Exercise in dealing with Back Pain

Author: back pain

Movement is a quintessential part of our lives. Everyday billions of people move from one place to another in pursuit of their jobs, for their hobbies or simply to look at the world from a different point of view. All this movement is made possible by the central nervous system housed in our backbones and extending to our brains. Due to our hectic life it is possible to ignore the functional needs of our body and disregard its importance. However, we are tragically made aware of the delicacy of our bodies when they start to feel the effect of our neglect. The most common form of this is back and neck pain, which is almost always a byproduct of poor posture, repeatedly using the body incorrectly and a lack of exercise.

Back pain is a modern epidemic. Surveys suggest that it affects 80 per cent of us at some time and it’s a massive drain on resources, costing the NHS in excess of £5.12 billion and accounting for more than180 million lost working days every year. The combination of poor posture, incorrect lifting and bending and our increasingly sedentary lifestyle has made back pain the nation’s leading disability. Grasping the immense effect back pain has on our lives, it is of paramount importance that we play an active part in ensuring that we deal with this epidemic proactively.

One important step to undertake is back pain relief exercises. These exercises are generally easy to integrate into our daily routine and also do not require any special equipment. Stretching, mobilizing, factionalmovements and yoga are a form of lower back pain relief exercises. The other thing to keep in mind is how to prevent lower back pain from crippling your lifestyle. If you do have back pain it is important to make sure you learn to use preventative measure in your daily routine as much as possible.

Of course exercise alone is not enough when dealing with lower back pain. It is necessary to deal with the root cause of the problem. Most people don’t realize but things as simple as the way they sit on their chair can contribute to back pain. Sitting correctly at your desk, using back support cushions and making sure you periodically carry out stretches to can help to relieve the tension. There are many other things that contribute to lower back pain such as sleeping or bending incorrectly so to prevent this you need to ensure that you proactively fight against and learn to prevent back pain yourself.

These tips although helpful in dealing with the pain should not be the only thing in your arsenal for the search of back pain relief. The most important thing is to deal with the causes of lower back pain before its onset. This can only be done by scrutinizing your daily habits to ensure that they are not leading you into back pains. These habits include things as simple as the way we pick up heavy object to the way we sit on our desk. So make sure to be proactive in this endeavor and finds a back pain therapist who is able to teach you how to keep you back pain free.

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One important step to undertake is back pain relief exercises. These exercises are generally easy to integrate into our daily routine and also do not require any special equipment. Stretching, mobilizing, factionalmovements and yoga are a form of lower back pain relief exercises. The other thing to keep in mind is how to prevent lower back pain from crippling your lifestyle. If you do have back pain it is important to make sure you learn to use preventative measure in your daily routine as much as possible.

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