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By Hermen Health
August 17, 2016
Category: Chiropractor
Tags: Back Pain  

Everyone experiences pain in different ways. Common triggers like changes in weather and extremes in cold, heat, or humidity will affect a broad range of people differently. For many, a sudden flare-up in joint or lower back pain can indicate that a cold snap is on the way, or signal the impending arrival of a long Minnesota winter. For pain sufferers, understanding individual triggers and paying Back Painattention to symptoms and how they are affected by environmental factors can help to design coping and treatment strategies to optimize comfort and minimize pain.

Back Pain Prevention and Treatment in Minneapolis, MN

Dr. Jill Hermen, a Minneapolis chiropractor, recommends heat therapy treatments for certain patients with sensitivity to colder weather. Keeping the muscles warm through activity and movement, applied heat, and warm clothing can help to prevent strain on the back muscles and offset the effects of colder temperatures during the long winter months.

Benefits of heat therapy for back pain:

  • Keeps the back muscles loose and relaxed
  • Increases circulation and flexibility to strained muscles
  • Decreases pain signals

When used as part of a comprehensive chiropractic treatment plan, heat therapy can offer necessary relief to allow back pain sufferers to engage in healing activities like stretching and strength training. Heat therapy can be applied in several ways:

  • Heating pads, wraps, and gel packs
  • Ultrasound technology

Heat therapy may not be appropriate for all patients. If you are suffering from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dermatitis, deep vein thrombosis, or other secondary medical conditions, contact Dr. Hermen to discuss alternatives for managing your back pain.

Find a Chiropractor in Minneapolis, MN

Is chronic back pain affecting your wellbeing and quality of life? For more information on how comprehensive chiropractic care and strength building can help, contact Hermen Health by calling (612) 339-0149 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jill Hermen today.

By Herman Health
February 19, 2016
Category: Chiropractor
Tags: Back Pain  

How a chiropractor can help with back pain

You don’t have to play sports to suffer from back pain. The aching, sometimes stabbing pain can keep you from doing what you want and need to do. The National Institutes of Health states that 80 percent of adults will have lower back pain at some point. You can get Back Painrelief from back pain by seeing a skilled chiropractor like Dr. Jill Hermen of Hermen Health in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She wants you to feel great!

Your back pain can be sports-related, but it can also be caused by an accident or trauma, or just lifting and twisting the wrong way. If you are older or have a sedentary lifestyle, you are also at risk because your muscles may be weaker and more prone to injury. You can have back pain from damaged or pinched nerves, damage or degeneration of the bones in your back, or muscle strain.

Your back pain may go away on its own, or you can try using ice and hot packs on your back. Over-the-counter medications can help, but you must remain active and maintain your flexibility.

Dr. Hermen can help you by using palpation to determine if your spine is correctly aligned. She will also use several adjustment techniques with her hands to gently guide your spine into better alignment. For more on specific adjustment techniques please see the adjustments page on her website at

She may combine ice and heat therapy to help relax your muscles and release the tension in your back. Massage therapy is also an important part of her chiropractic treatment for back pain to relax your muscles and promote circulation and wellness.

Dr. Hermen may use electrical biofeedback training using an electromyogram (EMG) to help you realize and understand when you are tensing your muscles which will help you learn to relax.

She can also help you with your long-term health goals by teaching you relaxation and deep breathing techniques, stretching exercises and nutritional counseling, all to help you maintain a healthy, pain-free back and body.

If you are suffering from annoying, debilitating back pain, don’t wait! Seek out the help of an expert and call Dr. Jill Hermen of Hermen Health in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Get back to living your life pain-free by calling Dr. Hermen today!