Ever experience back pain? Perhaps it's a sudden, intense sensation that takes your breath away — maybe the result of some unfamiliar, exercise-induced maneuver. Or, maybe you just "moved wrong" and your back protested. Perhaps it's a chronic thing, something you've been dealing with off and on for days, weeks or months.
It's strange how easily back pain can occur. And once you've experienced it you know it's all- consuming and hard to treat. What do you do? Pop pain relievers like candy? Does your self-prescribed treatment protocol include a heating pad, alternated with ice packs? Say you've tried everything and are at your wit's end. Perhaps you should consider seeing a chiropractor.
Katherine Lord knows all about back pain. An industrial accident spurred her first visit to a chiropractor. After finding success, and some soul-searching, she decided to pursue it as her life's work. Today, as a NUCCA practitioner, she's a huge proponent of the ultra-gentle technique that has helped millions of people find pain relief and better health. Read all about it on page 22.
Switching gears (but not entirely unrelated to back pain), let's talk sports bras, an integral piece of athletic equipment for active women. Jessica Anderson, with Fleet Feet Sports Madison, gives us the 411 on how to properly support 'the girls' during activity. Since 80 percent of women don't wear the correct bra size, it stands to reason that more than a few of us need a little education on the subject. To get schooled, turn to page 6.
Of course, these two articles are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of great content in this month's Nature's Pathways. Each month our South Central Wisconsin edition gets better and better. I hope you feel the same!