Back to the Basics

Featuring Dr Jeremiah Joseph
Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist

Back to the BasicsThe human body is a complex system that is made up of many checks and balances. The human species, in particular, has a much longer lifespan compared to most other mammals. It needs a sophisticated internal system to keep our bodies in tip-top shape. However, sudden movements, injuries, or years of strain can throw it out of sync.

Within our core, the lower back is usually the area that experiences the most wear and tear. It supports the entire weight of our upper body when we stand, bend, or lift. Its soft tissues include tendons and muscles that surround and protect the spinal discs that keep highly sensitive nerve or nerve roots in place. There are two main problems that can affect these discs, causing accompanying pain. Degenerative disc disease is a condition in which the disc’s cartilage wears away and shrinks over time. This reduces the amount of cushion that is required for fluid movement and the protection of spinal nerves. The other common problem is a herniated disc. Imagine a water hose with a weakened area. Eventually, the area will bulge causing potential rupture. That is what the cartilage in a herniated disc looks like if not treated properly.

According to Dr. Joseph, of Pivotal Health Physical Medicine, Chiropractic BioPhysics is a highly-advanced, scientific, and proven chiropractic technique which corrects and restores your spine back to alignment. Unlike regular chiropractic therapy that mainly focus on immediate pain relief, Chiropractic BioPhysics goes one step further to also correct the source of the problem. It combines  biology,  physiology,  physics,  geometry,   and  anatomy  to  identify the causes of your  pain,  discomfort, loss of mobility, and  altered  health.

Under the appropriate care, there are various ways to achieve a pain-free life. To improve overall cardiovascular function and the strengthening of weakened muscle groups, it is beneficial to stretch tight muscles and provide gentle manipulation to a patient’s spinal joints. By decreasing any restrictions and inflammation, the nerve function and spinal motion is restored. Another proven method that Dr. Joseph recommends is the use of Sarapin, an aqueous solution of soluble salts from the plant Serraceni Acaeae (Pitcher Plant). It is commonly used for the treatment of many painful syndromes including but not limited to Sciatic Leg Pain, Back pain, Occipital Headaches, numbness and/or tingling into arms and legs and even Fibromyalgia. As with all treatments that affect your back, it is advised to consult a licensed Chiropractic Neurologist.

It may seem obvious, but the number one prevention is good posture. Always sit and stand straight with your shoulders back. Proper posture can decrease the amount of stress placed on the lower back. Another important rule to remember is to always lift with your legs and not your back. Instead of bending over to pick something up, squat low and lift while keeping your back perpendicular to the ground. Following these basic rules will help evade unnecessary stress and injuries to your back.

If you have any questions regarding the health of your back, you can contact Dr. Jeremiah Joseph at (941) 697-3001 or visit his website at He can also be heard on his radio program every other Tuesday at 11AM on 1580 WCCF. Pivotal Health Physical Medicine is located at 12479 S. Access Rd in Port Charlotte.

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