Help Ease Chronic Lower Back Pain from Wearing Painful Shoes with Shoe Orthotics

Back pain is one of the most common complaints amongst people, especially those that are middle-aged or older. Our backs handle a lot of our weight and a lot of strain that we put on them daily, from walking or standing with poor posture to hunching your back to work at a computer. We’ve all seen the endless lists of potential remedies or preventative measures that never seem to help. Researchers have set out to fill this void in medical research and find something to help relieve your ever-present back pain. The Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation published a study in 2017 that researched the effects of orthotics on patients’ lower back pain.

The Study

Researchers split up 225 subjects (all adults that suffer from lower back pain) into three different research groups, one of which, of course, being a control group with which to compare the others. Each group was studied for six-weeks’ time.

Research Group 1
Each member of the first group was given shoe orthotics that were made custom for them and asked to wear them for six weeks. They were monitored as to the relief they experienced in their lower back pain and, after six weeks, were compared with the other two groups.

Research Group 2
The members of the next research group were given orthotics as well, but they also received an additional treatment: chiropractic manipulation. They underwent many of these procedures and received soft tissue massages, completing the treatment by alternating ice and heat packs on the lower back. This was done for six weeks before being compared to the control group and the other manipulated group.

Research Group 3
The last group received no orthotics or treatment whatsoever. They served as the control group and still showed signs of placebo effects.

Results
Both groups that received orthotics reported significantly less pain in their lower back, with Group 2 indicating the most significant positive change. However, the control group that received no treatment whatsoever, also reported a substantial decrease in their back pain, raising questions about the level of placebo effect these groups experienced. It has been proven, however, that using orthotics can not only correct gait issues, but could also alleviate dysfunctional movements that worsen the pains in the lower back and can help restore the symmetry in your body. Orthotic usage corrects the issue.

While researchers say that custom orthotics will help significantly improve your back pain, the orthotics you can purchase at retail stores or pharmacies will work better than no orthotics at all. The APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association) recommends that you take your shoes with you when you purchase orthotics to ensure the perfect fit. You should make sure to get orthotics with the correct amount of support to accommodate your daily activity. It’s encouraged that you consult with a podiatrist before you pick an orthotic, but especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation as the wrong orthotic in this case could make the problem far worse.

Reaves Chiropractic Grand Opening Party in River North

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Reaves Chiropractic Grand Opening Party
May 4th, 5:00 – 8:00 pmtacos
Starting March 1st, Dr. Joanna Reaves opened doors in River North at Reaves Chiropractic for a new look and new services in addition to your current Chiropractic Care. We will be having an Open House to welcome all patients and potential new patients. Please invite your family, friends and coworkers to introduce them to the place and Chiropractor you have been talking about!
May 4th from 5:00 – 8:00 pm we will be celebrating an early Cinco de Mayo with tacos! We will also provide refreshing beverages and have extravagant giveaways from local businesses in addition to discounts on the current Chiropractic, Massage Therapy, Yoga and Acupuncture services at Reaves Chiropractic.


yoga1Starting May 3rd, every Wednesday Tiffany Ketchmark will be teaching a Therapeutic Yoga Class from 5:30- 6:15 pm. The class will have a target issue every month such as low back pain, shoulder pain, headaches, etc. Sign up through the office or by emailing Tiffany at healing@tiffanyketchmark.com.
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