With the back-to-school routine in full swing, it’s time to leave the carefree days of summer behind and get back into the routine. For many kids and teenagers, that means long days—and heavy loads. Heavy backpacks and the backpack pain they cause can contribute to lasting changes in spinal column compression and curvature in the lower back. Those changes are dangerous for anyone, especially growing children.
When fair weather finally arrives in the Chicagoland area, we’re all desperate to return to our favorite outdoor activities. These first few sunny weeks feel like a gift after all Mother Nature has slung our way, mild winter or not. Beware your enthusiasm, though—be conscious about protecting your lower back. Avoiding lower back pain now means you can enjoy the entire summer.
Pregnancy can be a wonderful time of anticipation. Whether you and your partner are looking forward to welcoming your first child, or to expanding your family with an addition, it’s a joyous wait. That doesn’t mean it’s all roses for the expectant mama. Along with the glow, pregnancy can bring a host of discomforts. One of the most common of these is back pain. Even women who have never before experienced back pain can find that they’re struggling, especially once they hit the halfway mark in pregnancy.
Symphysis pubic pain during pregnancy commonly makes sleeping, going up and down the stairs, and getting into and out of the car very difficult and painful. Many women suffer with this discomfort during their pregnancies especially as they approach the later months and the baby puts more pressure on this area. Typically, the symphysis pubis joint, located in the front central region of the pelvis, is very stable. However, pregnancy causes changes in hormones that make this joint more flexible in preparation for the growing baby and labor and delivery. Because pregnant women typically avoid taking medication during pregnancy, they may not know about natural ways to get rid of this pain.