Monday, 17 December 2018

Exercises for maintaining a strong and healthy spine

An active lifestyle with the right exercises is an integral part of preventing or healing chronic back pain. A routine that incorporates extension, flexion, and the rotation of the lumbar spine maintains the good shape and health of the spine, thus kicking pain symptoms away. Here are some examples of gentle exercises that can improve the overall condition of your spine.

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Knee to chest stretch Used to stretch the hip and lower back (lumbar spine), this stretch can also relieve pressure on the spinal nerves. Lie on your back, gently pull one knee toward your chest and hold for 10 seconds. Switch legs and pull your other knee and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat 3 to 5 times on each leg.

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Hamstring stretch This stretch prevents the tightening of the hamstrings which can be one of the sources of lower back pain. This exercise decreases the tension in the back of the leg and lower back. Start on your back and as you keep your legs as straight as possible, pull it up until a comfortable stretch is felt. Use a towel to kelp you pull the leg, and hold to 10 to 20 seconds. Repeat on the other leg, and 3 times on each side.

Dr. Karl Jawhari is the founder of Core Integrative Health and Dallas Spine and Disc, which bring solutions to the thousands of Americans who have been told that they must live with their chronic pain. For conditions ranging from arthritis, back pain, bulging discs, facet syndrome, herniated discs, inflammation, migraines, neck pain, neuropathies, post-surgical recovery, sciatica, stenosis, and whiplash, Dr. Jawhari’s team of doctors help patients return to a functioning, pain-free physical state. For more articles like this, visit this page

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Understanding pain: Types of chronic pain

Chronic pain has always been a mystery in medicine. As much as we have advanced in the field, there are still some causes that healthcare practitioners have difficulty understanding. This simply shows that there is much work to be done when it comes to knowing all there is to know about pain. As for regular people, chronic pain is a health concern that is rarely talked about. To shed some light on the situation, here are two types of chronic pain and their causes.

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Nociceptive pain is a type of chronic pain that is caused by a damaged body tissue. This pain is commonly described as sharp, aching, or a throbbing pain. One of the most common causes of nociceptive pain is a benign pathology. Another cause is the growth of tumors or cancer cells which crowd the body and push other internal organs away from their original place. It can also be caused by the spread of cancer to the bones, joints, or muscles, which then causes blockages.

Neuropathic pain is a type of chronic pain caused by actual nerve damage. Nerves are spread throughout the body and connect to the spinal column and our brain. Neuropathic pain is often described as a burning or heavy sensation or a form of numbness around the affected area. This pain can be caused by a nutritional imbalance, alcoholism, toxins, infections, and auto-immune diseases. Cancer can also trigger neuropathic pain.

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The most common area that experiences chronic pain is the back. This is due to several illnesses, as well as injuries. These illnesses include degenerative disc disease, epidural fibrosis, failed back surgery syndrome, arachnoiditis, lumbar disc herniation, and osteoporosis.

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Thursday, 18 October 2018

Potential reasons why leg pain occurs

Discomfort or pain felt in the leg can range anywhere from a dull ache to a stabbing sensation that simply won’t go away.  It can be the result of a minor injury or trauma, overexertion, or an underlying illness.  Here are some common causes of leg pain.


Muscle strain occurs when the muscle fibers tear due to overstretching.  Tendinitis is inflammation of a tendon, which are the thick cords joining the muscles to bone.  Shin splits lead to pain along the inner edge of the shinbone (tibia), while knee bursitis takes place when the bursa or fluid-filled sacs that surround the knee joint become inflamed.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD)

The limbs, usually the legs, are deprived of blood, typically after the arteries have narrowed.  The legs experience weakness, numbness, or cramping when one walks. They might also feel cold and emit an odd color.  PAD can be addressed through lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, medication, or surgery.

Deep vein thrombosis

It’s a blood clot in a vein, typically in the thigh or lower leg. While symptoms don’t always manifest, there can be pain or swelling in the leg, and the affected part might be red and warm.  Beware and seek medical attention right away because it can lead to a serious condition called pulmonary embolism.

Common medical conditions

Leg pain can be caused by benign tumors or cancer, gout (arthritis that relates to excess uric acid), growing pains, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, Osgood-Schlatter disease, osteomyelitis (a bone infection), patellar tendinitis, peripheral neuropathy, stress fractures, and varicose veins, to name a few.

Leg pain from cramps or a minor injury can usually be treated at home with remedies such as rest, elevating the leg, wearing compression socks, or taking an over-the-counter pain reliever.  On the other hand, it’s best to see a doctor if there’s swelling in both legs, pain while walking, and leg pain that persists beyond a couple of days. 

Dr. Karl Jawhari has been published in Dallas newspapers and appeared on CBS and local channel television shows to discuss new and innovative solutions to chronic pain. Read more on this site.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

A pain-free back and other benefits of doing yoga

Doctors constantly treating patients who are suffering from chronic back pain know only too well the everyday problems with such a malady.  There are instances where the back pain is so severe as to prompt surgery.  However, most of the time, all it takes is a bit of therapy, rest, and medicine. 

The patient should know that there are ways to supplement recovery from chronic back pain.  One of these is the practice of yoga.  Yoga has been around for centuries and has been developed over time to aid in the development of body flexibility and help the circulation of blood.  Both processes significantly aid in coping with chronic back pain.

But that’s not all.  Along with promoting muscle strength and overall flexibility and improving blood circulation, yoga soothes aches and pains, not just of the back, but also of the neck, and joints all around the body.

Yoga also helps in maintaining proper posture at all times and delays the uncomfortable signs of aging such as arthritis.  It also strengthens the bones that inevitably turn more brittle through time, battling the onset of osteoporosis.

The increased heart rate of a person doing yoga also means better health for the cardiovascular system, which is good for patients experiencing hypertension, diabetes, and stress.

So, what are you waiting for?  Try yoga now. 

Dr. Karl Jawhari, DC, a certified Health Coach by the U.S. Wellness Chamber of Commerce, is the founder of Core Integrative Health and Dallas Spine and Disc. He established these centers to provide medical solutions and relief to thousands of Americans living with chronic pain. For further information and reviews on chronic pain, visit this website.

Friday, 31 August 2018

Common Body Pains And What Causes Them

Having that sudden aching feeling all over your body may be the effect of one’s lifestyle, quite similar to when we indulge in rigorous exercises and work-outs.  Often the best recourse is to rest and seek some form of immediate treatment.  But some of the more chronic pains are symptoms of an underlying condition, which would require a long-term treatment plan.

One common cause of chronic body pain is stress.  Remember that your immune system will have a harder time controlling inflammation, infection, and outright sickness when you’re stressed out or anxious.  Be wary of typical signs of stress like hot flashes, increased blood pressure, hyperventilating, and migraines.  Engage in meditation and other relaxation techniques like walking to distance yourself from the triggers.

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Lack of sleep also causes body pains and even affects your overall mental health.  You’ve to find a way to get at least six to eight hours of sleep every night to allow your body and brain tissues and cells to regenerate and stay healthy.  Aspire for a consistent sleep cycle to always keep you alert and devoid of various body pains.

Body pain is likewise a symptom of the onset of a cold or flu.  If you feel utterly exhausted even without doing heavy labor, it may be that your immune system is trying to fight off a disease.  When you’re developing a cold or flu, there will be inflammation in your chest and lungs, a sore throat, and regular sneezing.  Get some needed rest, take relief medicine, and, most importantly, drink plenty of water.

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Dr. Karl Jawhari has taught effective chiropractor techniques being utilized by the industry today. He is a national speaker for the Health Awareness Foundation and is certified by the U.S. Wellness Chamber of Commerce as a Health Coach. For more reads on dealing with body pain, visit this blog.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

How To Manage Back Injuries

Back injuries have a straightforward nature, in the sense that they always involve pain. Symptoms include pain in the back muscles, pain and numbness on one side of the body, pain across the arms and the legs, and pain after a certain movement. After diagnosis, you have to manage your back injury for quick and complete recovery. Here are some ways to do so.

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Where there is swelling, cold compress should follow. This helps reduce inflammation and relieve the pain within the first 48 hours of an injury. You should apply this 20 minutes at a time. You can also alternate warm compress and cold compress to lessen inflammation and to restore your range of motion. 

Unless your doctor prescribes bed rest, you should avoid staying still for extended periods of time. You should move, even amid slight discomfort. Movement improves blood circulation while reducing one’s natural motions can increase the pain. 

After an injury, you should be more conscious of your posture. When working, make sure you have good lumbar support when sitting down. Avoid poor posture. For women who suffer from periodic back pains, avoid wearing heels since this creates tension and stress in the lower back. If you need to wear them to work during meetings, bring them along but wear comfortable footwear when you don’t need to use the heels. 

Dr. Karl Jawhari, DC is a certified Health Coach by the U.S. Wellness Chamber of Commerce and the founder of Core Integrative Health and Dallas Spine and Disc. He established these centers to provide medical solutions and relief to thousands of Americans who are living with chronic pain. For more reads and reviews on back injuries, visit this website.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Common treatment options for sciatica

It is estimated that four in ten people will experience sciatica at least once in their lifetime. Sciatica is a condition wherein the sciatic nerve, the largest and longest nerve in the body that passes from the lower spine to each upper leg, gets irritated. The pain it causes ranges from constant to causing difficulty standing up or walking. 

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There are various treatment options medical professionals or specialists recommend to sciatica patients, depending on the underlying cause and intensity of the pain. The most common are the following: 

Medication: If the pain is not that severe and the cause is not serious, oral medication can be taken, including pain reliever, muscle relaxant, or even antidepressant. In some cases, epidural injections are also applied to reduce inflammation. 

Chiropractic manipulation: Spinal adjustments can be made using chiropractic manipulation conducted by trained health professionals. The purpose is to provide better spinal column alignment so that the condition can heal faster. 

Therapy: If the symptom persists for a few weeks, physical therapy may be recommended to reduce the pain and to prevent its recurrence. Cognitive behavior therapy is also beneficial to manage a self-defeating mindset. 

Spinal decompression: This relatively new treatment involves a computer-controlled machine that gently stretches the spine to relieve it of pressure and introduce nutrients and fluid into degenerated and injured discs. 

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Dr. Karl Jawhari, DC specializes in innovative solutions to chronic pain that are backed by years of research and reviews. He is also the founder of Core Integrative Health, a firm that consists of a compassionate and well-rounded team of medical professionals, office staff, and treatment therapists. To read more about chronic pain, check out this blog.