Thursday, September 17, 2009

8 Back Pain Mistakes

8 Back Pain Mistakes

Which ones are you making that put you at risk?
Steven Shoshany DC CCEP

1. Continuing to do what does not work!
We can this "INSANITY!" Definition of insanity-doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result!

2. Not dealing with back pain the first time!
Remember, back pain is the RESULT of weeks, months or years of improper body posture and muscle imbalance.

3. Thinking you are too fit to have back pain!
People who exercise regularly are just as likely - if not more so - to develop back pain. Cyclists, runners, swimmers, dancers, gymnasts, and bodybuilders are prime candidates. Why? Because their specific training creates muscle imbalance between the spinalis muscles of the back, core muscles, and other large muscle groups of the body.

4. Treating only the symptoms!
Cortizone shots, anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen, electrical stimulation, ice packs, heating pads, etc. are common treatments. you are in pain because of abnormal changes in your muscles, joints, and ligaments that are functioning under increased stress and strain. The problem is not likely to get better if you are only treating the symptoms. The end result could be HERNIATED DISCS!

5. Not understanding the back pain process!
Back pain, sciatica, and herniated discs take years to develop! PAIN is the result! What created the muscle imbalance that led to the pain? X rays, MRI'S, and CT Scan do not reveal MUSCLE IMBALANCES.

6. I've tried everything syndrome!
There is nothing more I can do. I either have to have surgery or just learn to live with the pain!

7. Not taking control!
Educate yourself. Patients who are knowledgeable get better and faster results!

8. Sitting passively for two hours or longer on a daily basis!
Passive sitting for long periods weakens the core muscles and spinalis muscles of your back. Over time this leads to muscle imbalance and increases your risk of back injury.

Do you live or work in NYC?
We are having a workshop next week September 23rd. from 7:30-8:00 - This workshop is free and we have 12 available slots.
In this half hour workshop you will learn how to prevent the most common types of back injuries and learn proper workplace ergonomics.
If you would like to attend please email me directly at
or visit us online at

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