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St. Louis chiropractic blog & videos by Dr. Jeffrey S. O'Guin

Low Back Pain From Deadlifts

Getting low back pain after performing a deadlift is becoming more common with this exercise gaining so much more popularity. This used to be an exercise almost exclusively done by power lifters. With core stability becoming a big buzz word, this exercise is being recognized as a great option. The 'Core' muscles include all muscles that connect to the pelvis. Most importantly, the abdominal muscles and the glutes. The core is the center of gravity and the foundation for all other movements. Keeping these muscles strong can have far reaching health benefits, including helping with back pains. What makes the deadlift so appealing is that it uses so many muscles all with one movement. If the deadlift is so great, why do so many people hurt themselves while doing it? There are a couple of answers to that. First, most people don't use correct form and posture. Proper pelvis alignment while doing...

Relieving Low Back Pain from Sitting

This video will help to give you some ideas for managing low back pain from sitting. This type of low back pain is sometimes called flexion intolerant low back pain because flexion or rounding of the low back is what is painful or not tolerated. The pain generator from this type of low back pain is usually the discs in between the vertebrae (bones) of the spine. Sitting in a rounded position for too long of periods of time is a common way to irritate those discs. The idea for managing this is to get into positions where the spine is not in that excessive flexion for long periods. Sometimes an easy fix can be as simple as putting a small rolled up towel in the small of your back. You can also buy a lumbar spine support and use that between the chair and the small of your back. Other options...

Acupuncture and How it Works

Acupuncture is becoming an increasingly sought after treatment for a wide variety of conditions. For some people it is appealing because of its ancient and mysterious origins. For others, they have heard of the wonderful benefits obtained from acupuncture sessions by friends or family members. More recently however, acupuncture is becoming mainstream even within western medicine because research is showing it to be an effective option with little to no side effects. When it comes to acupuncture and how it works, there are a few different theories. Acupuncture is probably the most common form of treatment within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The theory according to TCM is that acupuncture is used to balance energy systems within the body. Throughout Asia, there is a concept of the body as having a ‘life force’ or ‘vital energy’ that flows within it. This energy or force is responsible for optimal health and healing processes....

I Think I Have A Pinched Nerve

As a chiropractor, I deal with neck and back pain on a daily basis.  The majority of the time when a new patient comes in, they tell me right away that they have a pinched nerve.  Because I hear this so often, and because it is usually wrong, I want to go through the most common causes of neck and back pain with you.  If you are reading this, I assume either you or someone close to you is having pain right now, and you are looking for options to relieve the pain.  It is my hope that the following will assist you in making an informed decision on the appropriate treatment to seek out. Let me start out by saying that probably 90% of most back or neck pain is related to muscles or joints.  These are things that are work related, posture related, sleep related, stress related, etc.  For...

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What To Do If You Have Neck Pain

Neck pain is a very common reason for visits to a chiropractic office.  Similar to other types of muscular skeletal pain, neck pain can pass on its own within a few days, or it can last for many years.  There are also many degrees of varying pain, from a slight annoyance to severe debilitating pain.  For many who suffer with more serious neck pain, the frustration often becomes, “why do I have this pain”?  The answer to that question depends, because there are several reasons someone may get neck pain.  Outlined below are some of the more common things that I see on a day-to-day basis as being the cause of neck pain. Sprain/strain– This will typically result from some type of trauma or injury.  For some people this can occur simply from moving the head too quickly in a particular direction.  Another common cause of a sprain/strain would be whiplash. ...

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How to Treat Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a diagnostic term that is used to describe inflammation in the plantar fascia.  The plantar fascia is connective tissue (similar to a tendon or ligament) that connects the heel and forefoot.  The primary complaint is usually a sharp heel pain that radiates along the bottom of the foot.  The pain is usually worse with walking or upright activities.  It may even be noticed that the pain is the absolute worst with those first few steps in the morning.  There are a few ways that plantar fasciitis may develop. Causes of plantar fasciitis: 1)   Flat feet, also known as hyperpronation.  Over time this can cause repetitive tension or overload on the bottom of the foot.  This overload will produce a constant stretching effect that can stress the plantar fascia. 2)   High arch, or being overly supinated is another possible cause of plantar fasciitis.  This sometimes causes the foot to be too...

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Treatments For Kinks In Your Neck

Many of my neck pain patients come to me and say “I have a kink in my neck”.  Most often they remark that they must have slept wrong because they woke up with neck pain.  Usually the pain is only on one side and there is difficulty moving the neck in most directions. Some physicians call this condition torticollis, although other physicians reserve this term for more serious conditions involving diseases of the nervous system. If you’re reading this, chances are that your neck is hurting now and you don’t care what it’s called.  You want to know what you did and how to make it better.  There are a couple ways in which this pain may have come about.  One does involve sleeping improperly, which may have jammed the joints of the neck together for a long period of time.  Once this happens the muscles on one side get locked...

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How to Treat Piriformis Syndrome

Have you ever heard of such an odd word as piriformis? Although uncommon to most, this is actually a muscle that can cause quite a bit of problems for many people. As a chiropractor I deal with people having problems in this muscle on a daily basis. The piriformis is a deep muscle in the back of the hip, it starts on the lowest part of the spine called the sacrum and then attaches to the back of the hip bone. Many times when a patient comes in and says that they have sciatica, it is actually a piriformis muscle syndrome. There are a couple things that could cause a piriformis muscle to become a source of pain. When there is a weakness in the back of the hip a trigger point may arise in the piriformis muscle. A trigger point is a tight tender nodule within a portion of the...

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