Health Tip of The Week: Protect the Lower Back When Lifting

 

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Using appropriate lifting techniques will help prevent a lower back injury. Lift heavy items slowly, breaking the motion into smaller parts, whenever possible. For example, if you must lift a heavy box from the floor to a high shelf, find a support midway. Then rest the box there for a moment before hoisting it onto the shelf. When lifting, bend at the knees, not at the lower back. If you must turn while lifting, pivot with the feet, instead of twisting the lower back.

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Health Tip of the Week: Lower Back Pain

If your lower back feels worse after a night’s sleep, you should check your mattress first.

Maybe the mattress is too soft for you. You need to change to a firm one.

You can try to sleep on the floor with a sleeping bag or thick carpet for a couple of nights to make sure that it is the

problem.

Dr. Chun-Ming Fu

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New Testimonial (Lots of Injuries)

Testimonial: Doctor Jimmy Fu, Acupuncturist

Written: 2/9/12
Patient: David E., Aliso Viejo
Dates of Treatment: June 2011-December 2011
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My story begins with a neuroma foot surgery, a weight lifting injury, back-to-back not-at-fault car accidents and a degenerative disc disease diagnosis; and all that at a mere forty years of age.  My quest for healing began with my primary care doctor and soon after an orthopedic surgeon. Unfortunately, neither of these doctors seemed interested in giving me sound advice or providing much in the way of details as to what I should and shouldn’t do.  In fact, I’m pretty sure the Newport Beach orthopedist was visualizing his golf game two minutes into my appointment.
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This prompted my wife and I to talk about alternatives and after receiving a referral we found ourselves at Doctor Fu’s.  My wife was experiencing neck pain upon waking up in the morning.  Since she isn’t “damaged goods” like yours truly, within a month of treatments Doctor Fu released her.
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At my first appointment with Doctor Fu I completed a detailed medical questionnaire including illustrating (on a chart of the human body) the specific sites of my pain.  He spent a good deal of time assessing my various issues, discussing the treatments, educating me on how acupuncture works and recommending a treatment plan.  In addition, he made recommendations as to what activities I should avoid.  This type of communication and guidance continued while I was a patient of his acupuncture center.
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Many years ago I worked for an acupuncturist and received a couple of treatments.  As a result, I had a vague recollection of what to expect.  When I first arrived at Doctor Fu’s three months had passed since my neuroma foot surgery and I was still experiencing pain in my foot and toes due to scar tissue build-up and being a “slow healer”.  After receiving acupuncture treatments to my toes and neuroma site I had less pain and discomfort (especially in my toes).  Oftentimes I could feel the difference in my toes from one appointment to the next.
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The most benefit I received from acupuncture was in the areas of my back and neck.  I used traditional methods (i.e. rest, ice, heat, rehab exercises) after the first car accident.  This was helping significantly but then the second car accident occurred.  Now these same treatments were having a reduced effect in resolving my pain.  After only a few weeks of acupuncture treatment my back pain was nearly gone and my neck pain was significantly reduced.
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I believe that both Western and Eastern medicine (I’m Caucasian by the way) have their respective places in the world.  Clearly acupuncture won’t work miracles when muscles, ligaments or tendons are torn. However, the typical prescribed course of action by medical doctors which includes muscle relaxants (or Motrin), ice and heat are clearly not the “be-all and end-all” and should not be the only options in dealing with soft tissue injuries (i.e. car accidents).
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I’d been trying to classify acupuncture when Doctor Fu described it perfectly.  He said “acupuncture is somewhere in the middle, between massage therapy at a spa and a visit to a Western medical doctor.  He went on to describe it as a “building effect” where the intensity builds and builds until you reach this enlightened and relaxed state.
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Bear in mind, it is likely that I required more sessions than the average person.  Realistically, the average NFL running back may have fewer injuries than I did when I arrived at Doctor Fu’s door.   That being said, I am very thankful that I was referred to Doctor Fu and I’m clearly in a better place today due to the advice and care he provided to me.
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David E.
Aliso Viejo

Health Tip of The Week: Neck Pain -Take A Break

The neck needs a rest from constant sitting for example: sitting at computer, sitting at the desk,watching TV……..

Your head weights approximately 8 pounds which is a lot of weight for the neck to support. In the same posture it will often cause a lot of pressure on the neck muscles.

Make sure to periodically stand up and walk around.

Some of my patients asked me: Why does it help? Even when I stand up and walk around, my head is still on my neck.

Yes, we can not take off our heads. But sitting in the same posture, your neck contracts the same neck muscles to maintain this posture. When standing up and walking around, the neck will let those muscles relax and contract the other neck muscles!

– Dr. Chun-Ming Fu

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