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Your Quickest Way to Health: How to Lessen Lower Back Pain

Oct 14, 2014 07:08PM ● Published by Steven Jack

The following content is provided and sponsored by Blissful Health Centerlocated at 1144 Douglas Road, Oswego.

Written by Sharon M. Vogel, LMT, BCTMB

Welcome back to Your Quickest Way to Health! Today, I'm answering a reader questions and providing a wonderful recipe that helps with digestion, elimination, and cleansing the urinary tract.

Q.  What are the best ways to combat low back pain.  It's a beast and I want to destroy it! — Michele M. of Yorkville

A. First, realize whether or not your lower back has been injured from an accident or acute injury.  If so, then stop, because you need to see a doctor. 

Second, my immediate answer to this popular question would be RICE, also known in the health profession as Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation (J. Waslaski, , IMT & OM 2013) .  In the case of lower back pain it would be to rest from the work that is causing the pain in the first place and delegate or find another creative way to finish the task.  Ice, yes, cryotherapy or a cold pack will help alleviate inflammation which causes stiffness.  Inflammation is also alleviated by the service Lymphatic drainage.  Compression, in this case, could be as simple as a lumbar pillow at your chair to a posture belt which holds in the abdomen muscles, raises the rib cage, and allows for good posture.  Elevation, for the lower back could be to simply lie down on your tummy and gently lift your head off of the flat surface to offer a curve, or lordosis, to the back, gradually going into yoga cobra stretch.  

Third, when I was attending continuing education I remember the teaching of Dr Karyn Mitchell, PhD., ND, at Midwest Naturopathic College suggested considering the source of the pain, which could be the kidneys or colon.  When the kidneys are stressed from powdered drinks, dehydration, or infection, the ache is more in the low-to-middle of the back.  Often, when the front of the body is distressed, say from bowel constipation, we cramp and this sets off a reaction of tightness in the low back, the back of the body.  

Fourth, Dr Tara Worron  in Oswego informs us that "in fact it has been estimated that as much as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some point in their lives (Scand J Rehab Med Suppl 1985; 11:1-98).   Lumbosacral orthotics (LSOs) are a wonderful tool to provide safe, immediate pain relief while supporting soft tissues while the body heals.  Additional treatment options include medications, physical therapy, chiropractic, massage, injections and surgery.  Surgery of course being the last option. 

It is important when seeking treatment options to consider the potential risks and side effects of each treatment. Chiropractic and massage therapy are safe, effective and complementary in their approach.  Ask your doctor what treatment options are right for you."

Fifth, schedule a 90 min Therapeutic Massage or Deep Tissue Lymphatic Drainage with me for discount when you mention this article.  Book online at:

This is a recipe that I make often since it is so basic and effective.  It helps digestion, elimination, and cleansing the urinary tract.  Plus, all of you dieters out there will love how it fills up your tummy and discourages hunger.

  • Take a 16 oz. glass, add 4-8oz unsweetened organic cranberry juice,
  • add 4-5 tbsp. organic chia seeds, stir. 
  • Now add 8-12oz clean water. Stir. Let sit 10 min, stir again, sip throughout the day or even slug it down.  

"Chia seeds have 2000-3000 mg ALA, which is Omega-3, which is good for Vegans who do not take fish oil." Diane of Fruitful Yield, 1124 Douglas, Oswego, .  It has necessary fiber, a pH factor complementary to the urinary tract, a good amount of protein, and a plentiful amount of fiber at 5g fiber per 1tbs. It is the water that helps rehydrate constipated matter, the fiber that moves it along, all of which helps the colon.  It is the cranberry that helps unclog the filter of the kidneys and the pH inhibits any possible infection known/unknown from actually adhering to the tissue and we urinate it right out.  I purchase all of these ingredients at Fruitful Yield.  Enjoy!

With over 23 years' experience, I am a grateful Owner/Operator at Blissful Health Center & Lymphatics now at 1144 Douglas Road, Oswego, located in the same building as Worron Family Chiropractic Center, in Wheaton, and Downers Grove. I am studying biomedical science with an emphasis in nutrition at National University of Health Science in Lombard for my Bachelor's Degree.  RSVP for a complimentary lecture on "Detoxifying and boosting your immune system" Sat Nov 1st 9am.  Do write in questions or ideas to my email located on my public profile .


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