3 Things Women Must Know About Low Back Pain, Neck Pain, and Headaches

1. What Causes Back Pain? Back pain can be caused by many things. Back pain, neck pain, and headaches are not normal.  They can be signs of serious health conditions such as cancer, kidney disease, meningitis and more.  If you have pain and it does not go away within 2 weeks, you need to see a professional.  Just a quick story: I had a patient that suffered from low back pain and I worked with him for a couple weeks and he did not respond as I expected.  I knew from my experience that this was not good.  I knew there was more going on than just some misalignments and muscle strain, so I sent him out for imaging.  The imaging confirmed my suspicion…he had cancer of the spine.  This story is not to scare you but to make sure you do not ignore these problems if they persist.  Most pain that I see in my practice is caused by misalignments in the spine combined with weak or tight muscles, which leads to actual pressure on the nerves which causes back pain, neck pain and headaches.

2. What Are The Biggest Misconceptions About Back Pain? I would say the biggest two are that it is ok to ignore back pain, thinking it will just go away.  And the second is that if you are in pain, you are just going to have to live with it. If you’re like me, you’ve heard doctors say “you’ll have to just live with the pain.”  Many of my patients come into my office as a last resort.  I get them after they’ve tried everything else and it hasn’t worked.  Some of you reading right now that have had chronic pain for years are taking over the counter medications, muscle relaxers, even prescription pain killers because you’ve been told that you will just have to live with the pain for the rest of your life.  People come to me and say how can I get off of these medications.  Now, of course I use chiropractic as one way to eliminate the pain because it is found to be the best thing out there for low back pain, neck pain, and headaches, but there are other things you can do on your own.  Why do women begin the year with the very best of intentions about making a change and taking care of their health and happiness, but then waste away the year by doing everything BUT taking care of themselves?  The problem is that women are busy and are just not taught how to take care of their back.  You may think it takes a lot of time, or it is too hard.  Even a very busy woman could prevent back pain by doing a few maneuvers that take only 15 minutes a day. Click HERE for videos of a short routine. 

Such a healthy back plan is the real key to success.  Most women just wait for their back to “go out” before they do anything about it…and that is not wise.  Women especially need to take care of their back because they have to take care of their families and friends and they don’t have time to be down with an injured back.  The longer you wait to take care of your back, the more time and money you will need to put in to fixing it.  So start now. We don’t wait until our teeth fall out to start brushing them, don’t wait for your back to go out before you take care of it.

3. So, how do we get rid of or prevent in the first place back pain? “I would love to share my top 3 things to do right now to eliminate pain.  So, let’s talk about some simple things that you can do.  And these are things that EVERY kind of woman can do…from the stay at home mom, to the working woman, to the retired woman.  The first are simple stretches and core maneuvers.  Now, my wife and I have two Black Labs, Sammie and Libby, that we rescued in the past year and I have learned something from them.  If you watch your pets when they get up from a nap, what is the first thing they do?  Exactly, they stretch, and we can learn something from them.  On page 52 in my book (get it for free HERE) I talk about the 3 stretches every woman must know.  Most women in America will have similar patterns of weak muscles and tight muscles.  In the upper back it is called upper cross syndrome and what you need to do to eliminate the pain is to stretch these muscles in the back of the neck, as well as strengthening weak muscles in the mid back.  In the lower extremities, we have a problem called lower cross syndrome.  The best way to attack this is to stretch the muscles in the groin area, then strengthen the abs and core muscles of the back.  I put the ultimate 15 minute core strengthening program on page 59 of my book.  And that leads to the 2nd tip and that is to strengthen your core.  If you have a weak core, you are setting yourself up for back pain, and a possible back injury.  So, you need to stretch your muscles, strengthen your core.   The 3rd thing you must do is to start paying attention to the way that you do your daily activities.  Most women don’t pay attention to how you get out of bed, shave your legs, stand over the counter to do makeup, how you carry your baby, your purse etc.  These small activities on a regular basis add up to cause serious pain.  I have dedicated a chapter in the book to daily activities and what you can do to have a healthier back…I believe that starts on page 21 in the book.

If you want my new book for free you can get it HERE.

If you want more information email me at info@goodbackbadback.com.

Chiropractor Stars In New Television Show In Marion, Ohio

Dr Scot Gray will be featured every Wednesday on a new show called THE EXCHANGE MARION.  This show features Fritz the Nite Owl, Charlie Evers, Mary Ann Michaels, and Scott Spears.  You can read more about the show by clicking HERE.  The show can be seen on Time Warner, channel 3 in Marion, Ohio every day (M-F) at 5:00 pm.  Dr Scot will talk about his new book GOOD BACK, BAD BACK and chiropractic.

Dr Scot Gray Eliminates Sinusitis Without OTC or Prescription Drugs

Sinusitis stinks!  I have just had to get over a sinus infection that started last week.  I cannot believe how much pain a sinus problem can cause…not only in your head, but your neck and back too.

Here Is How I Eliminated My Sinus Infection In 2 Days!

I knew I had to do something quick because my patients were all going to be here for Patient Appreciation Day, and they deserve nothing less than top-notch service. (thank you for all who came out, we had a lot of fun!)

How To Eliminate Your Sinus Infections:

1. Get adjusted! Make sure you get your spine adjusted on a regular basis to insure a healthy immune system.  Your nervous system controls every part of your body, and it needs to function properly so that you stay healthy.

2. Drink a LOT of water.  One of the best things you can do for your body when you are sick is to drink water (pure water…no added flavors, or tea, or coffee).  I had to cut out my normal coffee that I like to drink.  :-(  You all know that we are made up of ~75% water and we need it to stay healthy.  Make sure you are drinking 1/2 of your body weight, in ounces of water each day.  (I weight 190 lbs, so I drink 95 ounces).

3. Use a Neti Pot, or sinus rinsing system.  You can find these items for around $12 in your local pharmacy, in the sinus section.  They are very easy to use and are necessary to eliminate the bacteria and infection that are in your sinuses.  When I use my Neti Pot I feel my headaches go away almost instantaneously!  You will love it!

4. Drink some hot tea with honey and lemon juice in it.  If you are having a sore throat, this will help to soothe your throat.  I like to use Tazo’s CALM tea with honey, then squeeze fresh lemon juice in it.

5. My favorite is one that my wife suggested…and then made for me.  For this you need hot water and Lavender and Thyme Essential Oils.  All you do is get some hot water in a bowl, then drop 2 drops of Lavender Oil, and 2 drops of Thyme Oil.  You then proceed to place a towel over your head and lean over the bowl.  Make sure your eyes are closed and you inhale the fragrance of the steam for 1 minute.  Do this 3 times a day.  This helped my throat considerably!

6.  The last one is to take your supplements.  I took 10,000 IU’s of Vitamin D each day, as well as using Cod Liver Oil for Vitamins D and A.  I used 3 tablespoons a day.  If you want a good tasting Cod Liver Oil click HERE (this is the one I use because I can’t stand the taste of fish)!  If you have questions about supplements please call our office to set up a time to talk to Dr Scot.

As spring time comes and you deal with allergies and/or sinus infections, remember these simple solutions to eliminate your pain and discomfort quickly and safely!  You typically do not need to take medication to eliminate these problems.  I have not taken antibiotics in over 20 years…these natural remedies do the trick each and every time for me.  If the problem persist’s over a week, then go and see your medical doctor.

To your health,

Dr Scot Gray

PS: Remember to watch Dr Scot on Lifetime Television soon…(we will update you when we know the exact date that the interview will air).

P.P.S. Remember you can also download Dr Scot’s new book by clicking HERE