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Neck Exercises to Relieve Neck and Upper Back Pain

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

I recently made this video for a patient. She was having some pinching in her upper back and shoulder blade area. She’s been adjusted twice this week. The adjustments are slowly improving things her pain. While the time for my Hollywood film career is long past, hopefully the exercises in this video will help her and you. These exercises are designed to support chiropractic care. The exercises will not replace a quality skilled adjustment.

Here is today’s feature film:
https://youtu.be/5SliT_91QZY

If you have any questions on how to relieve your neck pain, or you are looking for a chiropractor, I would love to have you as a patient. You can reach me at 763-553-0387 or email me at drlorigoodsell@gmail.com

Back Pain from Gardening

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017


This time of year, my every Monday is filled with patients with back pain from gardening and yard work. In Minnesota, where summer is slow to arrive, this is the season for gardening. It’s also the season for back pain. If you’ve been sitting on the couch all winter long waiting for a warm up, now isn’t the time to start doing 12 hours of manual labor a day.

We are all tempted when we look outside just to get ‘er done. If you over do the gardening, I can assure you, you will have back pain. To avoid back pain from gardening, I recommend several simple tips.

1) Break your job out into 30 minute chunks. Then take a break. A 5 hour marathon weekend session is going to hurt.

2) My neighbors will tell you that I have hired nearly every kid in the neighborhood to help me with gardening. Despite what people think about kids; many of them love working, making money and helping people. My eleven year old neighbor took two car fulls of huge rocks and made a border for me last month. He was happy with the $8 an hour I paid him and it only took him four hours. My back didn’t hurt for two weeks like the last time I did something stupid. The best part about it was getting an opportunity to bond with my neighbor kid.

3) Vary your tasks, two hours bent over at the waist pulling tall weeds, is predictably going to be a problem. Change it up. Do some squatting, digging, bending, pulling so that you vary your tasks.

4) When you finish, don’t go flop on the couch in a heap of exhaustion. Take the dog on a short walk. It will help you activate your muscles again and loosen up.

If you follow these tips and remember to stretch afterwards, you will avoid a lot of the back pain from gardening that is common in the spring. I always end with this: if you hurt, call my Plymouth Chiropractic Office. I can help you.

Back Pain from Computer Work

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Experiencing back pain from computer work is an all too common complaint. Every day I see patients with back pain due to working on a laptop, tapping away on a keyboard or text neck from near constant device use.

Self Help:
While back pain from computer work isn’t going away anytime soon, its effect on your life can be mitigated. An ergonomics assessment is the number one thing you can do to eliminate pain. Check to see if you are reaching your elbow past 90 degress to get to your keyboard or mouse. If you find that you are leaning forward in your chair towards your screen by the end of the day, that needs to change. Having an adjustable chair and desk is critical to you feeling better. Make sure the arms of the chair are allowing you to rest your arms while working.

Another thing I strongly encourage my patients to do is to take an exercise break in the middle of their day. If fitness is your priority, the best time to do it is in the middle of the day. This will get you out of that seated posture that is hurting your back and neck. If fitness isn’t your priority, you need to examine your priorities. Bodies aren’t designed for constant sitting.

Getting the help you need:

Often to sit up straighter, your muscle activation patterns have to change. To do that, you need good joint function throughout your spine. Your nervous system has to activate your muscles properly so they don’t spasm or go flaccid when your spine needs support.

Chiropractic adjustments help your spine move better so that there is less tension on your nervous system. When that happens, you will experience less fatigue and back pain from computer work. That is because it allows you to sit up with better posture for longer periods of time without fatiguing.

Contact my office today if you would like your ergonomic questions answered. I am always available to answer your questions by phone 763-553-0387

My Posture Pump® Review

Monday, February 6th, 2017


When Posture Pump® asked me to review their products, I was initially skeptical. They caught me at a moment where I was having a lot of postural fatigue and the beginnings of chronic headaches. I had just complained that day about burning in my upper back to my own chiropractor. I’ve been under chiropractic care for 25 years and to me it’s as basic as eating broccoli. I don’t necessarily like getting adjusted every week but I know I need it to be healthy.

I selfishly agreed to demo their product. The model I used was the Posture Pump® Deluxe 4100-S. I’ll be honest, the first time was simply miserable. I couldn’t get the head strap to stay in place, it didn’t feel as if the cushions were quite aligned and it was crazy uncomfortable when I pumped it up. When I finally finished the posture pump® routine, my spine felt really vulnerable. Despite being a regular Pilates participant, my spine hadn’t bent that was in awhile. When I finished, I felt light headed and taller. Needless to say, I wasn’t looking forward to the future sessions, but amazingly the next day I didn’t get a headache…or the day after.

After several days of using the posture pump® I noticed my sessions on it getting more comfortable and towards the mid afternoon, I would start to crave it. After consistent use over the last two weeks, my neck feels so much better. My head doesn’t feel like a weight that is too heavy to lift and I have only have had one day with the slightest headache.

I am impressed. I would definitely recommend this product as an adjunct to chiropractic care especially if you are dealing with chronic postural issues from sitting at a computer or staring down at devices all day. It’s really helped me to feel better! If you are interest in your own Posture Pump®, you can visit the posture pump website and use promo code DRG15 for 15% off any of their products. As always, if you are one of my patients ask me first if this is appropriate for you.

Pro Tips:

1) Follow the directions on this exactly. The warm ups are very important.
2) Start with minimal inflation and build gradually over time.
3) As the instructions state, this device is best used before bed. The day I used it before going to work, I regretted it.

Basic Lower Back Stretches

Friday, October 21st, 2016

This video is for patients of my chiropractic office that I have sent to this webpage. If you are doing this without my ok, you are doing it at your own risk. These are good stretches for general lower back pain. I tend to do these exact three each time I get off my bike or finish my workouts. I highly recommend stretching post activity. Also, you should hold stretches for 30-60 seconds when stretching statically. If you are one of my patients, ask me if this would be appropriate for you. If you are not one of your patients, talk to your own chiropractor or physical therapist to understand which stretches are safe for you.

Back Pain from Golf

Monday, June 13th, 2016

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Those who love the sport are familiar with back pain from golf. As you can see in the picture, with the extreme rotation, a lot of stress is placed on your spine. Even a casual golfer on a par 3 is taking at least 27 swings, plus practice swings plus warm up swings on the range. You can easily put your spine through 150 high speed extreme ranges of motion on the golf course. Considering that, it is no wonder why you have back pain from golf.

There are several things you can do to avoid back pain from golf. The best advice I have is that the healthier you go into the season, the healthier you will come out of the season. If you have an extra 20 or even 40 lbs hanging of the front of your belly, that isn’t a good way to start the season. It intensifies the pressure placed on your spine during your swing. Though I don’t want to minimize the effort it takes to lose weight, its often the easiest and best way to make your back feel better.

Secondly, to avoid back pain from golf, keep your body loose and limber when you play. While I hate walking a course when it is super hot out, walking the course is much better for your back than driving in a cart. It keeps your muscles warm and active. If you ride in a cart for 18 holes, your body doesn’t ever limber up before your swing and once you are back in the cart, it’s another opportunity for it to stiffen up.

Third, stretch when you are done playing. I know that most people like to have a beer with their buddies when they finish their round. However, spending 3-5 minutes stretching after your round will save you a lot of pain later.

If you do find yourself in pain after a round of golf, call me. If we can’t get you in for an appointment right away, please at least ice to keep the inflammation down and walk to keep the mobility.

Back and Neck Pain from Car Accidents

Monday, June 13th, 2016

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If you have been in one, you know that back and neck pain from car accidents is no joke. I actually became a chiropractor due to back and neck pain from a car accident. The biggest problem with back and neck pain from car accidents is that due to the traumatic nature of the accident causes a chemical inflammation pathway to become activated that doesn’t end quickly.

After sixteen years of being a chiropractor and treating back and neck pain from car accidents, it is my experience that you don’t know the true scope of an injury for a month. Often the patient feels much worse before they begin to feel better. That is because your body continues to produce inflammatory chemicals that make you feel horrible for the first 4-6 weeks.

Other that seeing a chiropractor, my best recommendations are to walk and ice. The ice calms the inflammation from the injury down and gives you relief from the pain. The walking stimulates your body to produce natural pain killers and also keeps you limber and flexible. It’s only natural to feel like curling up in to a ball after an injury like this and waiting for the pain to stop. This is the worst thing you can possibly do, it will only cause you to be stiffer and create more pain.

Your chiropractor will be able to decide what spinal adjustments, exercises, stretches or taping methods are best for you to heal. They will also be able to tell you what further imaging or referrals you need to feel better.

With car accidents, once you are sure that nothing is broken, get to the chiropractor. The longer you wait, the more pain you will have. As always, you are welcome to call my office with any questions about your back and neck pain from a recent (or not so recent) car accident and talk to me about the best course of action.

Best Treatment for Injuries

Monday, June 13th, 2016

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Unless you have medical training, it’s difficult to know what the best treatment for injuries is without going to a doctor. While this won’t apply to all possible treatment for injuries, this is the protocol I use in my Plymouth chiropractic office. Also, you should always consult a doctor to have your injury properly diagnosed before following a course of treatment for injuries.

The first question is always, how did you injure yourself? If your injury was traumatic like a car accident, fall or sudden impact, there is always a chance something is broken. At that point we recommend x-rays before and treatment. Most patients who come into my Plymouth chiropractic office for treatment for injuries aren’t in this situation. A lot of time it is something that built slowly over time or “just happened”. In these cases, we skip the imaging unless there is a clinical indicator that it is something other than a musculoskeletal problem.

In the case of your back, we need to do a thorough exam to see how your posture is influencing your problem. In today’s world where people can’t pull their eyes away from a screen, it’s important to evaluate if a forward head posture is putting pressure on your skeleton in ways that it shouldn’t. Your head weighs between 12-15 lbs so if it is sitting forward on your skeleton an inch or four inches in some circumstances, it won’t just cause neck pain. It often causes problems all the way up and down your skeleton.

When you seek treatment for injuries in my Plymouth chiropractic office, we also evaluate how your lifestyle is contributing to your back problem. Are you a mostly sedentary person? Do you sit for work, commute an hour each way and then come home and sit more? Regular exercise and movement throughout the day is critical to feeling good.

As far as actual treatment for injuries, I typically set people up on a regular adjustment program until we can make changes in how the spine moves and change how the bones articulate with each other. Once we see what changes from that, I can make better recommendations involving stretches and exercises. In the beginning phase of a back injury, I typically recommend a lot of ice and walking.

The good news, if my patients adhere to the treatment plan we set up, especially the first month of it, we see great results. If you have questions on whether or not, chiropractic can help your injuries, call my office and speak to me directly.

Back Pain from Yard Work

Monday, May 16th, 2016

This is the time of year where I get the most calls of people having back pain from yard work. If you have been a relative couch potato all winter and then got outside this weekend and dug a bunch of holes, tilled the garden and raked leaves, it is probably pretty obvious why your back hurts. Allowing yourself to become deconditioned and then doing repetitive activities you haven’t done for months hurts.

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If you are relatively fit and work out regularly, working in the yard is just one of those facts of life that tend to aggravate any weak spot you already have in your spine. Unlike working out at the gym, the forces on your body in the yard are less predictable ( how much force will it take to pull that tree root out? Lots and then none as you careen backwards). The tasks involve unexpected resistance ( we have all been digging holes and hit rocks sending reverberations all the way up our skeletons). Yard projects also tend to last longer than workouts and I know that I try just to rush through them without taking breaks to stretch.

Odds are, you have already tweaked yourself and are experiencing your own back pain from yard work or you wouldn’t be reading this so call our office and schedule an appointment. Also, please start icing and don’t dare put heat on it.

To prevent future back pain from yard work, here are some tips I have learned over the years. First, if you have a big project like a great big truck of wood chips that you want to install, commit to doing it for an hour and then taking a break. I also am impatient and when I decide to do something I want it done yesterday. That personality has not served me well over the years when it comes to yard work. One hour, then take a break and kick your feet up, stretch a little, drink a lemonade and see how you feel before you go back to hour number two. Do this every hour. Six hours of doing repetitious activities that your body isn’t used to will hurt anyone.

Also, please identify your weak spots of your body and stretch them after you do your yard work. I am not suggesting a 45 minute stretch session, but 3-4 stretches on the parts that you already know will bother you the most. Don’t have a weak link on that body of yours? Yeah right, we all have one. If you really think that, you aren’t paying enough attention to your tight muscles. Those are my people who really get hurt when they hurt themselves because they don’t pay attention to the warning signs of an oncoming injury.

As always, our Plymouth Chiropractic office is here to help. If you have questions or have hurt yourself, call us.

Slip and Fall on the Ice

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Tis the season for the slip and fall on the ice injuries.  With this winter feeling more like Nebraska than Minnesota with freezing rain, falls and car accidents are all the rage.  We seem to be seeing an uptick in weather related injuries, especially after last week’s snow.

 

What should you do if you slip and fall on the ice? First, make sure nothing is broken.  If you are unsure, go to the nearest urgent care for an x-ray.  If you are simply bruised and banged up, the chiropractor’s office should be your second call.  As a chiropractor, we can determine if your injury is simply a deep bruise, an injured joint or something more serious.

 

Now that you have some time to wait for your appointment, remember to put the ice packs on.  That will help you feel better, will relax the muscles and will help to draw the inflammation out and make it easier for your chiropractor to examine you.  It will also help them give you a more accurate diagnosis.

 

When you see a new chiropractor for the first time, make sure they take the time to listen and understand what is wrong with you.  A good chiropractor should do a thorough exam before treating you.  It’s important that before a chiropractor adjusts you that they spend time understanding your history along with that exam to determine whether you have a chiropractic problem or something requiring medical attention instead.

 

We are always open to discussing problems over the phone and determining the next steps.  Call our office today if you have had a slip or fall on the ice this winter.

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