The Energeze Blog

Tips for Preventing Back Pain from Raking Leaves

Posted on Oct 23, 2014

Autumn brings cool breezes and beautiful foliage. It's also a time of year for increased risk of back, neck and shoulder pain from raking and bagging leaves. We found some great tips from the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) on preventing pain that yard work can cause. 

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Pain 101: A History of the Different Types of Pain

Posted on Sep 04, 2013

In order to determine how to treat pain, you need to start by understanding its causes. Starting from the beginning, pain has long been considered to be one of the sub-functions of the sense of touch1.

Descartes’ classic picture of pain provided a framework for the early anatomists to explain how pain is detected and relayed to the spinal cord and brain. Descartes wrote, “If, for example, fire comes near the foot, minute particles of this fire, which you know move at great velocity, have the power to set in motion the spot of skin on the foot which they touch, and by this means pulling on the delicate thread which is attached to the spot of the skin, they open up at the same instant the pore against which the delicate thread ends, just as by pulling on one end of a rope one makes to strike at the same instant a bell which hangs at the end.”2

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Common Causes and Treatments of Lower Back Pain

Posted on Aug 29, 2013

One of the leading causes of lower back pain is an injury to or the overuse of the muscles, ligaments and joint in the lower back region. Another common cause of low back pain is caused by pressure being put on the nerve roots as they exit the spinal canal. There are many conditions that can cause pressure on the nerve roots including:

  • Herniated disc
  • Osteoarthritis of the low back in the small joints of the lower spine.
  • Spondylolithesis (one vertebrae sliding over another)
  • Spinal Stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal especially in the older adult)
  • Fractures of the vertebrae or compression fractures (with osteoporosis or trauma)
  • Spinal deformities such as scoliosis or kyphosis

Less common conditions that can cause low back pain include: other types of arthritis, bacterial infections and tumors or cancers.

It is very important to know the cause or condition leading to your back pain before you decide on what type of treatment you need. Often, the treatment for low back pain will involve a combination of several different approaches, including rest, heat or cold therapies, different types of medications, supports or braces, stretching and strengthening exercises (physical therapy), movement therapy (such as yoga), acupuncture, massage therapy, spinal manipulation (osteopath or chiropractor) and as a last resort surgery.

We have formulated the Energeze Patch as an all natural option that can be effective by itself or in combination with some of the other therapies listed above. Let us know what works best for you!

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The Cost of Pain Relief

Posted on Jan 30, 2013

Pain relief is expensive. The annual cost to individuals, insurance companies and Medicare has been estimated to be as much as $319 billion. One study reported in the Journal of Pain stated that individuals with moderate pain paid $4,475 per year more for health care costs than individuals without pain. Patients with severe pain paid an additional $3,210. Yet treatment is often ineffective since 57% of all adults report chronic or recurrent pain annually.

The impact of pain on business has also been estimated by a number of sources. The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) estimates that the annual cost to businesses for lost productivity is $297.4 - $335.5 billion. This is not only for sick days, but also for reduced productivity by employees who do come to work even though they hurt. AAPM reports that back pain alone in workers ages 45 to 60 costs employers $7.4 billion/year.

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