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The Ultimate Back Pain Relief Tips Blog

Celebrate World Health Day with a Healthy Back

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Mon, Apr 07, 2014 @ 10:01 AM

It is easy to forget the important role that your back plays in motion until you start having problems. Because your spine is connected to areas throughout your body, back problems have the potential to cause a wide range of problems. There are some basic things that can help you to maintain a healthy back and limit complications in other parts of your body.

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Topics: spinal, healthy spine, general back pain, wellness, spine health, healthy back, Back Pain, back doctor, back pain solutions

What is the Connection Between Muscle Weakness and Back Pain?

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 @ 01:32 PM

Children, adults, athletes, and laborers alike experience back pain. What most people do not know is that back pain is very often caused by muscle weakness, which is, in most cases, a very fixable problem! The trouble with back surgery as a treatment for pain, in many cases, is that it does not address the root of the issue: Key muscles are still lacking in strength after the procedure is done, because no surgery fixes muscle weakness!

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Topics: back problems, back pain treatments, spine, general back pain, wellness, Back Pain, spine pain, back doctor, back pain solutions, hip stretches, muscle weakness

Illinois Back Institute - Back Pain Specialist Chicago

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 @ 10:18 AM

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Topics: Illinois Back Institute, Back Pain Tips, back pain solutions, chronic back pain treatment, back pain specialist chicago, back pain doctors in chicago, best treatment for back pain, about back pain

Treat Back Pains – WCIU’s You and Me This Morning

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 @ 01:47 PM

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Topics: Back Pain Tips, dealing with sciatica, sciatica treatment at home, sciatica solutions, back pain relief tips, back pain solutions, treat back pains

Back Pain Solutions – Steve Orzech’s Testimonial

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 @ 01:51 PM

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Topics: chicago back pain specialist, Back Pain Story, back pain illinois, back pain solutions, chicago back pain, back pain relief chicago il, back pain doctors in chicago

Wheaton Back Pain Doctors Review

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Tue, Mar 12, 2013 @ 02:41 PM

"I have been going to the IL Back Instutue - Wheaton Office for almost 3 months now. I have to say my overall experience has been very good. A little about me and my back issues. In 1992 I shattered one of my lower vertebrae (L-2) and I had several of my vertebrae fused (L1 through L3). I was fine for almost 20 years but I recently fell while running/playing with my kids outside and herniated 2 of my lower discs, L4 and L5 of the lower back. Severe pain! I could not even move or get up for about 15 minutes. I immediately went to the emergency room and they took X-rays which showed nothing was broken. Good news, but I could hardly walk, sit or stand because the pain was so bad. An MRI a few days later showed 2 bulging/herniated discs. After about 6 weeks I was feeling a little better (thanks to my old Chiro and laying down most of the day). So, after feeling about 80% better I found the IL Back Institute while Google-searching for a place to help heal herniated or bulging discs. I really did not want to have another surgery. So I met with their office staff and told them I was having a lot of pain if I sit or stand longer than 5 minutes. They said they could probably help. They had their medical doctor do an exam and I started going there a few days later for therapy. They reviewed my MRI and then Ruth (the physical therapist) came up with specific exercises and stretches for me to do. She even printed out a list of the exercises (along with how-to photos) for me to do at home. I must confess, I didn't always do them at home but most of the time I did because I really did want to get better sooner rather than later. Ruth is great to work with. If your exercises are causing you a lot of pain, just tell Ruth about it and she will come up with different ones for you to try. Now let's talk about Chiropractic care. I have been a fan of Chiropractors for over 20 years since I first shattered my spine and had surgery. They are not a cure-all for everything and some are better than others but Chiropractors have a lot of good insight for many things that may be causing you pain. The Chiropractor at the IL Spine Institute has been absolutely AWESOME to work with. He takes time to listen to you and find out what activities and exercises help and which ones hurt or don't work. The adjustments that he does are more specific than the old-fashioned chiro-style where you are twisted and "cracked" which sometimes hurts. I went to the twist and crack Chiro's for 20 years. They have their place and I would still recommend them, but if you have a complex situation like mine you may benefit from a more gentle Chiropractor like they have at the IL Back Inst. The other great thing about this place is you have a whole team of people to work with to figure out what is really causing the pain and then try different things to help it get less and less and hopefully disappear.  You have an MD (medical doctor) a DC (doctor of Chiropractic) a PT (physical therapist) and several technicians to help if you have questions. I must admit I got a lot of relief my first few weeks and then the progress seemed to go slower after that. Sometimes the traction vest that I was wearing was uncomfortable. I learned that if the vest is hurting or uncomfortable just tell someone right away and they will make an adjustment and it usual helps. Sometimes I felt like I just didn't want to go and I just didn't want to do my stretches, etc. But in the end, I feel like this place is helpful and that I benefited from going hear. I am almost done with my treatment. I have about 6 to 8 visits left. All of the staff have been great to work with. Dr. Sheley is the Chiropractor and he is really genuine and takes his time with you. Ruth will kick your butt into shape. Don't let her see you slacking or you may get a few extra exercises for at home. LOL! Then there is Brett and Maggie who are technicians. They are really nice to work with too. After almost 3 months I feel like these people are pretty much friends now. But, as with anything in life, you get out of it what you are willing to put in. I didn't like some of my exercises and stretches but I did them anyway because I believed they could help and I really wanted to get better. I wasn't crazy about going 3 times a week but I really wanted to get rid of the pain. Besides, that gave me 4 days a week of not having to go. I hope others that are hurting find this review helpful. At least be willing to meet them and give them a try. I can't speak for the other offices in the suburbs because I only go to the Wheaton location, but I would like to think that the other places offer the same services just with different staff." said Wheaton Patient Matthew Personette
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Topics: il, Back Pain Story, Back Pain, back pain illinois, back pain solutions, illinois back pain institute, back pain clinic chicago, wheaton back pain doctors

Back Pain Relief Tips For Long Trips In Your Car

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 @ 03:43 PM

As the holiday season approaches many of us plan on spending a lot of time in the car traveling to see our loved ones. Prolonged hours in the car can leave you tired, stiff, stressed, and very sore. Your car maybe comfortable but certain pressures and forces from an awkward position can cause the blood flow to be restricted. Don’t let back pain from a long drive ruin your holidays. Be prepared this year!

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Topics: driving with back pain, back pain specialists, Back Pain Tips, Back Pain, Relief for Back Pain, back pain relief tips, tips for back pain, back pain solutions

Diet Tips to Reduce Back Pain

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Fri, Nov 02, 2012 @ 03:30 PM

Most people don’t recognize that nutrition and pain are interrelated. The truth is, they are completely connected in every way. The bones, muscles and other structures in the spine need good nutrition and vitamins so that they are strong enough to support the body and to perform their other functions. Using the following nutritional guidelines, patients can integrate back-friendly vitamins and nutrients into their diets.

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Topics: back pain relief, Back Pain Tips, Back Pain, back pain diet, back pain treatment options, reduce back pain, back pain solutions, what to do about back pain, what to take for back pain, foods to reduce inflammation

Back Pain Tips In The Kitchen

Posted by Kristina Wert on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 @ 03:28 PM

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Topics: back pain from being on feet all day treatment, Back Pain Tips, Back Pain Tips, Back Pain, back pain treatment options, back pain solutions, low back and hip pain

Avoid Back Pain While Gardening - Weeding

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Wed, Aug 29, 2012 @ 04:40 PM

Weeding – Bending and twisting over at the waist for extended periods is a good way to strain your back muscle and cause you back pain. Go to your local department or hardware store and purchase a rubber gardening mat and or a wheeled gardening stool. Use the rubber gardening mat to kneel on. Use the wheeled gardening stool to sit on while weeding or you can sit directly on the ground. Try not to bend over for too long. Always take breaks and stretch! Don’t forget to keep your gardening tools close at hand!

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Topics: Back Pain Tips, Back Pain, Common Causes of Back Pain, back pain solutions, what to do about back pain, pain relief for back pain, back pain problems, Gardening back pain tips, back pain symptoms