Back pain? Think ‘circuit breaker,’ not ‘lightbulb.’

Nov 4, 2020 9:22:34 AM / by Dr. Todd Sinett posted in Causes of Back Pain, Assessments

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I often get bewildered looks when a patient complains of lower back pain, and I start to examine their neck, shoulders, and feet. The patient thinks that since they are suffering from lower back pain, the problem lies in their lower back. However, more often than not, this is not the case.

I like to use the analogy of the lights going out. There could be a localized problem within the lightbulb itself, but it’s more likely that you blew a circuit breaker. Think of an electrical problem that overrode the system and caused power outages in multiple areas. Back pain is just like a circuit breaker. Most people aren’t experiencing pain in just one specific area, like a lightbulb, but are likely having pain in multiple areas, like a circuit breaker.

A cause of the “circuit breaker of back pain” could be stress, poor posture, or digestive upset. If you don’t fix the underlying circuit breaker issue, you will constantly be replacing the bulbs. I have three guided resources to help determine what could be causing your back pain. Click here to take my structural assessment, here to take my emotional assessment, and here to take my digestive assessment.

Eastern cultures that created acupuncture views the body as having energy sources. This is an approach that I certainly subscribe to! This shift in approach can really make a difference in understanding your back pain's causes and solutions.

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Spicy Food & Back Pain

Sep 22, 2020 7:00:00 AM / by Dr. Todd Sinett posted in Causes of Back Pain, Digestive & Nutrition

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Are you suffering from back pain? The cause could be your love of spicy foods. There is much debate regarding whether spicy foods are helpful or harmful, and the consensus is that it’s a bit of both. Many of my patients are shocked to hear that their back pain could be from spicy food. As you may know from my previous post, Is Your Diet Causing Your Back Pain, there is a direct link between digestive function and back pain. I even wrote an entire book on the subject called The Back Pain Relief Diet.

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Carbonation….A Pain In Your Back

Aug 25, 2020 2:55:29 PM / by Dr. Todd Sinett posted in Causes of Back Pain, Symptoms

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Many people love carbonated beverages. The consensus is that soda is a bad thing, and many people have opted for healthier options, such as sparkling waters. And, alcoholic beverage companies not only sell beer, but also there is a growing trend of consumers preferring flavored alcoholic, carbonated beverages. Though flavored sparkling water may be a healthy alternative to soda, and people think flavored alcoholic beverages may be healthier than beer, these carbonated beverages can create a lot of problems for your body. As I discussed previously in Is Your Diet Causing Your Back Pain, an individual’s diet is a leading cause of back pain.

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5 Tips to Correct Your Posture

Aug 3, 2020 11:16:26 AM / by Dr. Todd Sinett posted in Causes of Back Pain, Assessments, Posture and Flexibility, Exercise and Tips

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Who do you think has more back pain and worse posture: The farmer, who spends his day plowing a field and shoveling manure, or the office worker, who works at a desk for eight hours a day? The answer - most likely, the office worker.

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The Back Pain Relief Diet

Aug 3, 2020 11:14:35 AM / by Dr. Todd Sinett posted in Causes of Back Pain, Digestive & Nutrition

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One Saturday afternoon, I received a call from a Grammy-winning recording artist, who was suffering from severe upper back and neck pain.  She was concerned that she wasn’t going to be able to make it through her performance on Saturday Night Live the following day.  Her pain was so bad that she could not turn her head.   I examined her and noticed that her whole muscular system was tight.  I could also tell she was suffering from severe gas pains and she told me that her on-the-road diet consisted of primarily fast foods and processed foods.   After further assessment, I determined the root of her back pain was an inflamed digestive system.  

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Structural Causes of Back Pain

Aug 3, 2020 11:13:45 AM / by Dr. Todd Sinett posted in Causes of Back Pain, Assessments, Symptoms

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After working with back patients for about 20 years, I have discovered why many patients don’t achieve back pain relief or perfect posture.  To fix back pain and correct your posture, I have to focus on a patient’s structural, emotional, and digestive issues to get to the truth.  Unfortunately, most doctors don’t pay attention to what the rest of the body is telling them about a patient's pain. A single-approach structural treatment plan may apply if a patient is a certain type of back pain sufferer, but may not work if an individual is a different type of back pain sufferer.  In today’s post, we will focus on potential structural issues that are causing your back pain and poor posture.

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Are You Suffering From DDD?

Jul 14, 2020 8:51:48 AM / by Dr. Todd Sinett posted in Causes of Back Pain, Symptoms, Digestive & Nutrition

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If you've tried every remedy and can't find the cause of your back pain, you may have DDD. What is DDD? It's a diagnosis that I created called Degenerative Dietary Disease, and it's the most overlooked cause of back pain.

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The Repeatable Patterns That Cause Back Pain

Jun 30, 2020 7:00:00 AM / by Dr. Todd Sinett posted in Causes of Back Pain, Digestive & Nutrition, Emotional & Stress

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The 4 Most Significant Back Pain Studies in the Last 30 Years

Jun 16, 2020 7:00:00 AM / by Dr. Todd Sinett posted in Causes of Back Pain, Assessments, Symptoms

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In my previous posts, I discussed that when I work to fix back pain and correct a patient’s posture, I focus on a patient’s structural, emotional, and digestive issues to get to the root cause. After decades of practicing, I know what to do/not do to help my patients. Below, I have listed what I believe are the most significant back pain studies that have informed my treatment process.

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3 Overlooked Places That Cause Back Pain

Jun 2, 2020 7:00:00 AM / by Dr. Todd Sinett posted in Causes of Back Pain, Symptoms, Exercise and Tips

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Both patients and doctors might assume the source of your pain is where your back hurts. For example, if you are suffering from lower back pain, you and your doctor might think the pain is coming from your lower back. However, there are many overlooked causes of back pain, and I am here to show you how to fix these!

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