St Charles, MO Chiropractor - Dr. Mario Awwad

The Importance of Aerobic Exercise for Easing Lower Back Pain..

Date: December 4, 2017 | Time: 12:03pm | Posted By: Mario Awwad

When back pain strikes, your inclination may be to rest and wait it out. This is typically a good idea for 24 to 48 hours, but prolonged rest may actually make your back pain worse.See Myths about Treatment for Back Pain and Back ProblemsExercise biking and other gentle forms of exercise may be helpful in reducing your perception and feelings of pain. Read: Pain Relief and Aerobic Benefits of an Exercise BikeIn contrast to prolonged rest, low-impact aerobic exercise can.... <view entire article>

Is Poor Posture Causing Your Back Pain?..

Date: November 1, 2017 | Time: 5:54am | Posted By: Mario Awwad

While at work, you slouch in your chair as you hurriedly finish a report. When you get home, you want to unwind so you spend a few hours weeding your garden with your back hunched forward. No big deal, right?As it turns out, your poor posture may be contributing to your back pain.How poor posture provokes back painYou may not feel any ill-effects after sitting with poor posture for a few hours, but over time the stress that poor posture.... <view entire article>

Whiplash can lead to arthritis..

Date: October 5, 2017 | Time: 8:00am | Posted By: Mario Awwad

Most people will be involved in a car accident at least once every 5 years. What most people don't know is that even if you do not feel pain or any symptoms immediately after the accident, the likelihood of injury is extremely high. In some occasions, you won't feel the repercussions of the car accident till years later once arthritis has set in, typically years later. Here at ABChiropractic Family & Wellness, we specialize in fast.... <view entire article>

Top 12 Tips for Buying a New Mattress..

Date: September 25, 2017 | Time: 1:46pm | Posted By: Mario Awwad

It seems you can't watch the evening news or pass by a strip mall without someone trying to sell you a mattress. The seemingly limitless options for choosing a mattress can be overwhelming.This is even more true if you experience back or neck pain-choosing the right or wrong mattress can make the difference between spending the day feeling good or in pain.See Choosing the Best Mattress for Lower Back PainThese 12 tips can't guarantee you will end up with the.... <view entire article>

5 Simple Steps to Prevent Tech Neck..

Date: August 2, 2017 | Time: 7:37am | Posted By: Mario Awwad

The act of holding your head flexed and forward while looking down at your handheld device and/or laptop screen places your cervical spine in a tenuous position.Watch Cervical Spine Anatomy VideoCorrecting your posture and performing simple neck stretches can help to avoid Tech Neck symptoms.See How to Avoid Text Neck Overuse SyndromeOver long periods of time, maintaining this head-forward posture can lead to muscle strain, disc injury, nerve impingement and arthritic changes of the neck-and the potential for developing ongoing.... <view entire article>

11 Ways to Indulge Your Spine..

Date: July 12, 2017 | Time: 4:49am | Posted By: Mario Awwad

Let's face it, most of us don't take very good care of our spines. This lack of care can lead to physical discomfort and make us susceptible to future injuries and complications.Do your spine-and your overall health-a favor and take the time to treat your spine to a few of these 11 indulgences:1. Make exercise a lifestyleExercise is essential when it comes to maintaining a healthy spine-and it can also aid in the rehabilitation of your injured spine.See Low-Impact Aerobic.... <view entire article>

4 Tips for a Healthy, Active Spring and Summer..

Date: May 16, 2017 | Time: 12:45pm | Posted By: Mario Awwad

The warmer seasons bring more chances to get outdoors and ramp up physical activity. After the winter chill is finally gone for good, it's nice take advantage of the more healthful opportunities offered by the warmer weather. The trick is to not overdo it. Getting your body used to a more active.... <view entire article>

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome..

Date: April 25, 2017 | Time: 9:14am | Posted By: Mario Awwad

The carpal tunnel is created by the wrist bones on the bottom and a ligament over the top. The median nerve runs through the tunnel along with the flexor tendons to the wrist. Pressure within the tunnel can compromise the nerve and lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel SyndromeThe hallmark of carpal tunnel syndrome is numbness in the thumb, index and middle finger. Additional symptoms can include:Numbness that is worse at nightWeakness in the thumb muscles of the.... <view entire article>

Practical Tips to Lighten School Backpacks..

Date: April 10, 2017 | Time: 2:01pm | Posted By: Mario Awwad

Carrying too much weight can lead to back pain and spasms, shoulder and neck pain,and posture issues for children.Recommendations vary on how much weight in a backpack is too much, but the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons says it shouldn't be more than 20% of your child's weight. The ideal weight is no more than 10%. For a 60-pound child, 10% of body weight works out to 6 pounds, while 20% would be 12 pounds. You can test the weight.... <view entire article>

The ABCs of Good Posture..

Date: March 7, 2017 | Time: 10:54am | Posted By: Mario Awwad

As a Chiropractor, I can tell you that your posture is essential to your health. Good posture helps reduce back and neck pain, minimizes your chances of needing spine surgery, and enables you to live an active lifestyle.But how can you learn to practice good posture? It's as simple as ABC.Experience good postureSpine specialists use the term sagittal balance to describe a patient's spinal alignment or posture. The best way to learn good sagittal balance is to experience what it.... <view entire article>

3 Little-Known Tips for Sleeping with Sciatica..

Date: January 25, 2017 | Time: 12:17pm | Posted By: Mario Awwad

Sciatica symptoms don't take time off to accommodate your sleep schedule. The burning sensation in your calf or throbbing pain in your foot can jolt you awake at any hour-if you're lucky enough to fall asleep.To help you find relief-and regain control of your sleep schedule-here are 3 little-known tips for sleeping with sciatica:1. Elevate your kneesYour sciatica flares up when 1 of the 5 sciatic nerve roots in your lower back is compressed or irritated. Sleeping with your knees.... <view entire article>

The Latest Cause of Neck Pain: Pok'emon Go..

Date: January 23, 2017 | Time: 9:21am | Posted By: Mario Awwad

The popular smartphone game Pok'emon Go has people-young people, in particular-spending hours looking at their phone, which is putting them at risk for neck pain. Learn what you can do to prevent neck problems from playing Pok'emon Go. Pok'emon Go is everywhere-this smartphone game is so popular that people are pouring out onto the streets and into their neighborhoods for hours on end while trying to "catch 'em all."The game is being lauded for its health benefits as players spend.... <view entire article>

Bed Rest Is Not the Best for Beating Back Pain..

Date: December 12, 2016 | Time: 2:57pm | Posted By: Mario Awwad

When you are experiencing low back pain, your first instinct may be to crawl into bed. Until a few decades ago, you doctor probably would have told you to do exactly that.But the tide has turned on our understanding of what is best for tackling back pain, and now the consensus is this: When you have back pain, you should limit or avoid bed rest.What research says about bed rest for low back painClinical practice guidelines from the American College.... <view entire article>

How Cooler Weather Affects Chronic Pain..

Date: November 7, 2016 | Time: 2:37pm | Posted By: Mario Awwad

Does cold weather worsen your pain? You're not alone. Although various studies have shown no or very slight associations between pain and weather factors like temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, and wind speed, patient experiences tell a different story. Many people report that damp or cold weather worsens their pain. One study of 800 Europeans with osteoarthritis found that.... <view entire article>

Non-Surgical Treatment for a Lumbar Herniated Disc..

Date: November 3, 2016 | Time: 11:05am | Posted By: Mario Awwad

Most cases of lumbar herniated disc symptoms resolve on their own within six weeks, so patients are often advised to start with non-surgical treatments. However, this can vary with the nature and severity of symptoms.Initial Pain Control for a Lumbar Herniated DiscControlling the intense pain is the most urgent need when symptoms first appear. Initial pain control options are likely to include:Ice application. Application of ice or a cold pack may be helpful to ease initial inflammation and muscle spasms.... <view entire article>

Good Posture Helps Reduce Back Pain..

Date: September 26, 2016 | Time: 8:53am | Posted By: Mario Awwad

Correct posture is a simple but very important way to keep the intricate structures in the back and spine healthy. Good posture and back support are critical to reducing the incidence and severity of back and neck pain. The first step in correcting your posture is to examine it throughout the day.... <view entire article>

Chiropractic Treatments for Whiplash..

Date: September 12, 2016 | Time: 10:33am | Posted By: Mario Awwad

Because each individual case of whiplash is different, it is not possible to generalize about the chiropractic whiplash treatment.The appropriate chiropractic treatment is unique to each whiplash injury and is directed at the primary dysfunctions detected during the chiropractic exam.However, chiropractors commonly employ different chiropractic treatments for whiplash, often including:ManipulationMuscle relaxation and/or stimulationVarious exercisesErgonomic and lifestyle changes.This article explains when, why and how chiropractors may employ these whiplash treatments for neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain and other related symptoms.Chiropractic.... <view entire article>

All About Spinal Decompression Therapy..

Date: August 15, 2016 | Time: 8:12am | Posted By: Mario Awwad

Spinal Decompression Therapy involves stretching the spine, using a traction table or similar motorized device, with the goal of relieving back pain and/or leg pain.This procedure is called nonsurgical decompression therapy (as opposed to surgical spinal decompression, such as laminectomy and microdiscectomy).This article provides an overview of nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy and its role in treatment of lower back pain and neck pain.Theory of Spinal DecompressionSpinal decompression devices use the same basic principle of spinal traction that has been offered.... <view entire article>

Tips for Golfing with Spinal Stenosis..

Date: July 25, 2016 | Time: 2:01pm | Posted By: Mario Awwad

If you have lumbar spinal stenosis, you may be wondering if playing golf is a good idea. If you've had a spinal stenosis surgery, you may even wonder if golf is possible.The answer for many is yes, but there are a number of considerations to keep in mind.First, recognize that golfing is not really the best thing for your low back. The golf swing imparts a tremendous amount of stress to your lumbar spine. If you are going to return.... <view entire article>

6 Quick Stretches to Protect Your Back at Work..

Date: July 12, 2016 | Time: 2:52pm | Posted By: Mario Awwad

Are you spending most of your workday sitting down? Left unchecked, this positioning leads to muscular imbalances and skeletal malalignment, all of which can worsen back pain.While seated, your hip flexors, hamstrings, and-if you're wearing high heels-calf muscles are all in a shortened position. As the years go by, this position will lead to a shortening of these soft tissues overall, which ultimately predispose you to developing pain and discomfort.The discomfort could range from a simple ache to a problem.... <view entire article>