Archive for the ‘Chronic Back Pain’ Category

Vitamin Deficiencies that Cause Pain

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Vitamins for Pain

Is your pain being caused by simple vitamin deficiencies? Get it straight before you medicate.

Vitamin deficiencies can cause all sorts of pain, health conditions, and neurological problems. Before masking symptoms with medication, you should be aware of which ones could be caused by a simple vitamin deficiency. This is especially true if you consider that many common medications deplete our vitamin stores or hinder the absorption of vitamins that we are eating or taking. We recommend that you have your doctor check for these specific vitamin deficiencies before resorting to medication to treat your pain.

Combat Chronic Inflammation with Vitamins

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
Arthritis Vitamins Inflammation Hands

Inflammation not only hurts, but it destroys tissues and causes disease. Learn how to avoid chronic inflammation with vitamins and supplements.

Inflammation is your body’s main defense mechanism, meant to anticipate, intercept and destroy invading microorganisms. Inflammation causes redness, swelling, heat and pain. Inflammation helps your immune system fight invaders and heal injuries, but can be dangerous if it becomes chronic.

Inflammation becomes a danger when it is brought on by malfunctions of the immune system. Autoimmune diseases and allergies are good examples. Out of the ten leading causes of death in the United States, chronic, low-level inflammation causes seven of them. This includes Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, nephritis, heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic lower respiratory disease.

How to Heal Leaky Gut Syndrome

Friday, January 31st, 2014
Leaky Gut Syndrome Bone Broth

Could healing your gut also heal your disease?

In our article “Autoimmune and Inflammatory Diseases Caused by a Leaky Gut?” we described how a leaky gut happens, what diseases it causes, and what to avoid to keep your gut healthy. “Refined flours and highly processed foods are really hard on the epithelial lining of the gut. High glycemic index foods, dairy products, and gluten are damaging. High chronic caffeine use, excessive alcohol consumption, and overuse of antibiotics are bad for the epithelial lining. All of these things weaken the bonds between the cells letting particles escape.

Autoimmune and Inflammatory Diseases Caused by a Leaky Gut?

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Intestinal Health Leaky Gut

Could a leaky gut be the source of all your disease?

Leaky gut syndrome is opening the eyes of people suffering from a wide array of conditions. Leaky gut is found in people with obesity, thyroid disorders, endocrine disorders, lupus, sarcoidosis, rheumatoid arthritis, epilepsy, adrenal fatigue, diabetes, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, heart disease, ulcerative colitis, autism, and even schizophrenia along with many, many more. (more…)

Neurological Disorders and Vitamin D

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

brain disorder tree graphic

How is vitamin D deficiency affecting your brain?

Part 1: Learning How Vitamin D Is Used

People with neurological problems such as chronic pain, chronic headaches, tremors, depression, dizziness, stroke and memory loss will almost always have abnormal sleep study results, even when they are completely unaware of any sleep problems. Furthermore, most sleep issues can be drastically improved or eradicated by increasing vitamin D levels. It turns out that a vast majority of neurological problems can also be eliminated by vitamin D supplementation.

Natural Muscle Relaxers

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Woman with Muscle Pain

Relieve Muscle Pain with Vitamins, Supplements and Essential Oils

Many people suffer from muscle spasms, pain, cramps, and injury to muscles. Muscle relaxers can be a lot of help, but some people don’t like the side effects or need muscle pain relief often enough that it makes sense to prevent muscle spasms and pain with vitamins and supplements instead of constantly taking a prescription pain or muscle relaxant medication.

Vitamins for Ligaments and Tendons

Friday, November 30th, 2012
Vitamins for Ligaments and Tendons

Keep your Joints Healthy

Ligaments and tendons are important for your everyday movements and activities. They can take a lot of wear and tear with just normal activities, but take a tremendous amount of strain when we exercise. This increases the need for certain vitamins and minerals in our bodies. If the correct nutrients are present, then repairs can be quickly made, helping you to avoid injury, pain, and inflammation.

Ligaments are the flexible structures that connect bones to bones. Tendons connect muscles to bones. Although they have different functions, ligaments and tendons are both made up primarily of collagen, a strong, flexible, connective tissue. Repetitive motions and regular use case a breakdown in the collagen and it must be healed to remain strong.

To fully understand how vitamins and supplements can help to protect and repair ligaments and tendons, you must first learn what these tissues need and how each vitamin or supplement contributes to the needs of the tissue. Connective tissues primarily need water for lubrication, proteoglycans to attract and hold water, and collagen to hold the proteoglycans in place.

Chronic Vitamin C Deficiency May Be the Leading Cause of Disc Herniations

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Great information from C for Yourself on back health. Vitamin C deficiency weakens discs and may be the leading cause of disc herniations. Enjoy!

Vitamin C for Back Pain

C for Yourself

Musculo-skeletal conditions afflict millions, some no more than a nuisance, some crippled for life. Cforyourself presents the relationship between the chronic forms of these problems and vitamin C. As is the case with most all chronic conditions, nutrition plays a large role.

You’re Only as Young as Your Spine Part 2: The Benefits of Decompression Therapy and Vitamin C

Monday, November 12th, 2012

How Can Letting Nutrients Flow into a Disc Help Me?

The discs of the spine are not static objects. They are constantly breaking down and rebuilding, just like our bones and all other cells of the body. Having a damaged disc does not always mean that it cannot be repaired. However, hydration and nutrients are needed to rebuild discs. The tough outer membrane uses a lot of vitamin C, especially in the lower back, because of the load that it carries and the constant flexing that occurs here. The discs of the lower back are one of the first things in the body to suffer when vitamin C levels are low.

Why Do My Discs Need Vitamin C?

Without enough vitamin C, the disc breaks down but cannot rebuild. The outer layer thins, bulges, and can eventually rupture if it cannot repair itself. Decompression therapy pulls water and vitamin C directly into the disc. Vitamin C is used to create collagen and elastin, which gives the disc the tough, flexible components that it needs to remain healthy. If vitamin C is not present, the body will compensate by using hard, brittle patches of cholesterol instead. These patches are not flexible and can easily break, further damaging the disc.

You’re Only as Young as Your Spine Part 1: The Benefits of Decompression Therapy and Vitamin C

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Many people suffer from the effects of compressed or herniated discs in their backs. Headaches, nerve pain, arm and leg pain, neck pain, and more is caused by discs becoming compressed between the vertebrae of the spine. Treating the compression can allow discs to heal by improving their hydration, allowing healing nutrients to flow into the disc, pulling bulges back into place, and restoring disc height. Before you agree to surgery, find out if spinal decompression is right for you.

How is Spinal Decompression different from Traction?

In most cases, these two terms are used interchangeably. However, linear traction technically is performed on a table that pulls vertebrae straight apart. Decompression therapy can be used on more specific areas by lifting from posterior joints instead of pulling from the head and pelvis. Decompression devices usually pump up to a desired height and shape that is comfortable for the patient. They aid in aligning and returning proper curvature to the spine, as well as nourishing discs back into their natural wedge shape.

Why is Restoring the Curvature of the Spine Important?

When the spinal muscles are weakened or injured, we begin to lose the natural curvature of the spine. Traction on a linear table may provide some pain relief and help nutrients flow into the discs, but the spine is pulled into a straight shape. The spinal discs are not designed to hold the weight of the body when they are perfectly stacked up. That is why the curvature of the spine is there. It allows the spine to absorb shock and support weight like a spring.