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The Ultimate Back Pain Relief Tips Blog

The 12 WORST Habits That Are Hurting Your Back

Posted by Illinois Back Institute on Wed, Jul 01, 2015 @ 05:27 PM

Back Pain has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. It is now the second most common reason that people visit their doctors (behind the common cold), and is also a common cause of surgery and hospitalization. 56% of people who suffer from back pain, and specifically lower back pain, say that it interferes with their daily lives and makes it more difficult to complete their daily routines. In fact, people in a recent survey said that their lower back pain interfered with their sleep, work, and sex life, and was one of the most common causes of a change in their routines.

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The BEST 6 Stretches For Relieving Upper Back Pain

Posted by Illinois Back Institute on Tue, Jun 30, 2015 @ 05:17 PM

NOTE: Please Read The Disclaimer at the bottom of this page BEFORE performing any stretches!

A lot of time is put into discussing the epidemic of Lower Back Pain and Sciatica that people everywhere are suffering with. But, with more and more people working desk jobs where they spend their days hunched over a keyboard, Upper Back Pain is quickly becoming an issue as well. These people can usually experience problems mostly around the shoulder areas, and the pain can be just as bad as with lower back pain.

A stretching regimen can help to relax the muscles and relieve soreness and pain. These 6 stretches specifically target the upper back, and can be of great value to people who are suffering with Upper Back Pain. 

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Part 2: The 5 Most Dangerous Trends In Back Pain and Sciatica Treatment (continued)

Posted by Illinois Back Institute on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 @ 05:22 PM

This is Part Two in a series discussing the most dangerous trends currently being seen in back pain and sciatica treatment. If you missed Part One, Click Here!

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Herniated Disc - Part 5: The Most Common Treatments and What You Need to Know About Them

Posted by Illinois Back Institute on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 @ 05:08 PM

This is Part Five in our series all about Herniated Discs. If you missed Part Four, Click Here!

So far in this series about Herniated Discs we have talked about:

  • What a Herniated Disc is
  • What causes them
  • What are their most common symptoms

And we also showed you a short video we made to help further explain those points, including some animation that helps to demonstrate how a Herniated Disc occurs and how it can cause such extreme pain.

Now that we have covered the how and why of Herniated Discs, it is time to talk about how to treat them. This part is going to focus on the most common treatments that doctors prescribe for Herniated Discs, and what you need to know about them.

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Join Us For a Free Educational Seminar!

Posted by Illinois Back Institute on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 @ 05:00 PM

At the Illinois Back Institute, one of the most important things we strive to do is to educate you about your back pain and sciatica. The reason for this is simple: the more that you understand about your problem, the more likely you are to eliminate it. This is not only our belief, but it has been scientifically proven! A recent study was performed at the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, which involved several groups of people with various medical conditions. This study amazingly showed that the people who were more informed and understood more about their condition were better able to recover from that condition, and were also almost twice as likely to prevent a recurrence!

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A Patient's Experience With Our Treatment - Lisa: Part 4

Posted by Illinois Back Institute on Wed, Jun 24, 2015 @ 04:22 PM

At the Illinois Back Institute, we get many questions about who we are and what we do. The most common questions we are asked tends to be, "what is the treatment like, and what does it feel like when you undergo the treatment?"

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Case Study #201 - After 15 Years of Back Pain, Danielle Freeman Can Run and Play With Her Kids Again Thanks To Our Treatment

Posted by Illinois Back Institute on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 @ 04:27 PM

The following Case Study is about a patient who received treatment at the Illinois Back Institute for her severe Back Pain.

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The 5 Most Dangerous Trends In Back Pain and Sciatica Treatment

Posted by Illinois Back Institute on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 @ 05:37 PM

At some point in their lives, 85% of the population will experience back pain or sciatica. If you are one of them, then you need to know how to manage your pain. Otherwise, the effects on you and the quality of your life can be devastating.

Just treating the symptoms of Back Pain and Sciatica, instead of treating the actual cause of them, only prolongs your agony!

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Herniated Disc Part 4 - What Are Herniated Discs? (with Video)

Posted by Illinois Back Institute on Fri, Jun 19, 2015 @ 04:20 PM

This is Part Four in our series all about Herniated Discs! If you missed Part Three, Click Here!

In the first three parts in this series we have discussed the following:

  • Part 1 began the discussion of Herniated Discs by giving some basic information about the spine and then explaining how the disc can become damaged and then herniate.
  • The second part was all about what can cause a Herniated Disc, which can vary from aging to strain to some sort of trauma. We also discussed some risk factors associated with Herniated Discs.
  • And in Part 3 we covered the most common symptoms of a Herniated Disc, which include pain on one side of the body, numbness or tingling, and muscle weakness. We also talked about a few common situations that can trigger these symptoms.
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Back Pain Diet Tip #10 - Vegetables! (With Recipes)

Posted by Illinois Back Institute on Thu, Jun 18, 2015 @ 05:38 PM

Our Tenth Diet Tip of foods that are good for your back is vegetables! Most people know that most vegetables are good for your health, but many don't realize just why they are and what they can do for your body. Vegetables come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, textures, colors, and flavors; and believe it or not, the differences in those properties can tell you what benefits the vegetable has!

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