If you are one of the many people that suffer from chronic back pain, you may be tired of popping pain pill after pill. I know that I get tired of constantly using pain medication for my Rheumatoid Arthritis and would love an alternative treatment for my pain condition. It received a lot of criticism over the years, but the more I read about it the better and healthier natural remedies sound.
When you’re in pain, sometimes ibuprofen just doesn’t work. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, don’t agree with your stomach, and some individuals are not into taking stronger meds. That is where the natural remedies from things like herbs come into play.
It is known that there are herbs that attack inflammation. People (like me) who suffer from any form of inflammatory arthritis would benefit from the remarkable healing powers of what nature has to offer. I have found a list of eight natural remedies that will treat people suffering from chronic pain from any of the following ailments, arthritis, fibromyalgia, or even certain types of muscle strains.
Hopefully you can take anyone of these natural herbs and replace some of your conventional antidotes, and live a healthier, less “potent” lifestyle! Your brain has powerful healing powers by itself, so let’s help to tap into those and assist in the healing process.
When you think of golf you probably think of it being a leisure type of sport that you play every day when you retire. Well what you may not know (unless you play) is that it is quite strenuous. You are constantly twisting your torso when swinging the club. You must do so with an extreme amount of force so that you can drive the ball down the green. If not done correctly this can cause a major problem in the spine. You can throw your back out if you twist the wrong way. Just ask Tiger Woods as he had to bow out of the Honda Classic after only 13 holes. It was reported that he withdrew due to back spasms, which is what happened to him back in August at Barclays. He also had to withdraw from that event as well. 
Many of you know who Tiger Woods is, but for those who do not he is one of the best golf players that ever took up the game. He is a master of the sport, winning awards after awards. There are not many players out there that are better at the sport than Woods.
Tiger has been suffering from back pain over this last year. Each time he plays, he most has likely has gone through a lot of physical therapy just to be able to play.
Did you know that you sleep in your bed 1/3 of your life? That seems like quite a lot of time spent on your back. This can most certainly cause some major back issues if not done correctly. What are the correct ways to sleep and why? Here is a list from the Doctor Oz show of some good sleep positions that will support your spine and keep you from waking up in gnawing back pain.
Dead Man’s Float
This sleeper spends the night prone, on his stomach, head turned to the side, with arms splayed under the pillow.
The problem – In this position you hyper-flex the neck and exert pressure on the nerves along the underside of your arms that can cause pins and needles and awaken you from sleep. The body’s weight compresses the lungs, preventing a fully expanded deep breath. It also exerts unnecessary pressure on the breasts.
The fix – Don’t use a head pillow at all. Try raising the whole side of your body slightly with a long pillow, or place a pillow under your hips.
Being handicapped is quite a challenging thing to overcome for some people. It is important to rise above and make the best out of a bad situation. The upside is that there is the Paralympic Games, which is similar to the Olympic Games held all over the world, but this one is specifically for the disabled.
The Paralympic Games were organized for the first time in Rome in 1960 of which 400 athletes from 23 countries competed in these games. This also started just a week after the traditional Olympics Games. Afterwards a similar event was organized in Toronto, Canada where different disability groups were added and the idea of merging together and taking part in athletic sports was a success. 
Non-surgical spinal decompression is achieved through the use of a mechanical traction device applied through an on-board computer that controls the force and angle of disc distraction, which reduces the body’s natural propensity to resist external force and/or generate muscle spasm. This enhanced control allows non-surgical spinal decompression tables to apply a traction force to the discs of the spinal column reducing intradiscal pressure, unlike previous non-computer controlled traction tables.
During the decompression phase the pressure in the disc is reduced and a vacuum type of effect is produced on the nucleus pulposus. At the same time nutrition is diffused into the disc allowing the annulus fibrosis to heal. Very rarely is the nerve root compressed from the herniated disc and usually the back and leg pain associated with these conditions is a result of irritation to the nerve root sleeve by the inflammatory chemicals that are released as a result of inflammation in the disc.
It is getting close to summer time, and with that comes bikini season (at least for us girls). We tend to go into a hibernating phase during the winter months and pack on a few extra (for some of us a little more) pounds during the holidays. We use the cold weather months and having to wear bulky clothes that hide our bodies as an excuse to stuff our face guilt free.
When it comes closer to summer we go full force back to the gym. It is actually not good for our bodies to jump back in like that. It is better for your back to take more of a conservative approach. Take a little more extra time to stretch properly. It is important to know which stretches you should do to help properly loosen up your back so you don’t injure yourself.
Yoga is an ancient practice developed in India almost 4,000 years ago.  In the last decade yoga has become increasingly popular among American’s, and currently 15 million people in the United States do yoga. If you have an achy back, give yoga a go. Several studies have shown the power of the ancient practice, which emphasizes stretching, strength, and flexibility, to relieve back soreness. In fact, several studies have found that yoga can even trump usual care for back pain when it comes to improving functionality. 
Most people who took either a yoga or stretching class are twice as likely to cut back on pain medications for their back aches as people who managed symptoms on their own, one University of Washington study found. 
While yoga isn’t a good idea if you have severe pain, those with occasional soreness or chronic aches may greatly benefit from certain postures that can help lengthen your spine, stretch and strengthen your muscles, and return your back to its proper alignment, says Everyday Health fitness expert Jennifer Bayliss, ATC, CSCS. It’s always a good idea to ask your doctor before starting a new fitness regimen, especially if you’re prone to pain.  Once your doctor gives you the OK then start your Yoga regimen right away!
Summer is just around the corner. With that comes lots of fun activities. One of these activities that almost everyone enjoys is swimming in the pool. But did you know that water-related activities are the number one cause of spinal cord injuries resulting from sports and recreation activities? Yes that is true and each year in the United States, approximately 13,000 diving-related injuries are sufficiently serious to be brought to hospital emergency rooms.
Diving accidents cause approximately 800 spinal cord injuries. One of the major accident patterns associated with swimming pools was striking the bottom or sides of the pool because it was too shallow or you were coming down a slide very fast and maybe head first. 
Motocross riding is probably labeled one of the most controversial and dangerous sports out there today. So many riders have been brutally injured and have broken bone after bone all for our entertainment. What would put someone back on a bike after suffering even one broken bone? Well that is easy, that is because they healed and they were able to continue riding again, so it was a thing of the past. What happens to the riders that suffer horrific riding accidents like Jimmy Button did?
In 2000 Jimmy Button, a factory motocross rider for Yamaha, suffered paralyzing injuries when he crashed during practice for the San Diego round of the AMA Supercross series. The injuries Button sustained was a pinched spinal cord in the C-2 to C-6 region of his neck leaving him paralyzed from the neck down, and considered an incomplete quadriplegic.
On a day when two women’s snowboardcross riders were carried off on stretchers after bad falls, the IOC said it had no concerns over the course conditions and maintained that there have been no more crashes and injuries than in previous Winter Games. 
However for 23-year-old skicross racer Maria Komissarova is singing quite a different tune after crashing on the course and fracturing her 12th dorsal vertebrae in her lower back. Komissarova was airlifted and taken to a hospital near the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park where she underwent major spinal surgery. The surgery lasted around 6 ½ hours and she was still listed in “grave but stable” condition  post surgery. Komissarova was air lifted out of Sochi to a clinic in Germany for further treatment, Russian officials said. 
The International Olympic Committee spokesperson Mark Adams states “Health and safety of the athletes is our No.1 priority” and “At this stage, we don’t see anything abnormal compared with Vancouver in terms of accidents and injuries.