About 8 in 10 people in the U.S. will have back issues at some point in their lives. With numbers like that it’s no wonder most of us view the oncoming Christmas season with as much trepidation as we do cheer.

But back pain needn’t put a dampener on the holidays.

Here are 5 tips to help manage your back pain this season.

1. Don’t Shop Til You Drop

Americans spend a lot of time at the mall. It might not seem like it, but shopping puts a mighty strain on the body. As well as being on your feet for long stretches, you’re also lifting and carrying bags, shifting your weight unevenly, and often forgetting to hydrate.

If you can’t avoid the mall, be mindful of how long you spend on your feet. Take regular breaks to sit and give your back a rest. Make use of trollies and don’t be proud of loading the car up all by yourself.

If you can avoid the hustle and bustle altogether that’s even better. Look at buying your gifts online and having them pre-wrapped and delivered.

2. Keep up Your Routine

Once the holidays hit it can be all too easy to let your eating and exercise routines fall by the wayside. But while skipping your stretches to get a head start on your Christmas cooking may seem harmless, ’tis the season to stay on top of your self-care.

Christmas is a strenuous time, both mentally and physically. Taking care of yourself by maintaining your stretching and strength exercises is essential lest you ring in the new year in pain.

3. Meal Prep Is Your Friend

Putting on a spread for the big day? Plan your cooking ahead of time so you’re not over-exerting yourself rushing around on the day.

Activities like chopping and dicing can be done ahead of all the major cooking. You also needn’t be hunched over the bench to do it. Look around and see if there are other surface areas to use that will put less strain on your back issues – the dining room table for example.

Don’t stay in any one position for too long at a time. If you’re prone to losing yourself in a task and forgetting to shift, employ a kitchen timer to remind you to sit, stand, or stretch.

4. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

It can seem galling to ask for help with activities that you used to achieve alone with no issues but remember your family and friends would rather lend a hand than see you in pain.

Don’t be afraid to delegate tasks like shopping and cooking preparations. Getting the kids involved in decorating or present wrapping is a great way to give your back a break and give them some extra responsibility to boot.

5. Be Kind to Yourself

Christmas is a strenuous time for anyone, let alone someone with chronic back issues. It’s important to be kind to yourself and your body during the runaround.

Take frequent breaks and keep yourself hydrated. You may need to lean more heavily on your coping mechanisms as the silly season ramps up but be mindful that this isn’t a failing on your part.

Back Issues Needn’t Ruin the Holidays

Back pain can be particularly disruptive over the holiday season. With these 5 points, you can keep your back problems in hand and help manage your holiday stress to boot.

Looking to invest in a new mattress for Christmas? Check out how to find the best mattress for your back pain.

pinched nerve

Pinched nerves cause tremendous amounts of pain and usually happen at the worst possible times. This can cause stress which will inevitably make the nerve pain even worse.

There are a few treatment options for pinched nerve pain other than medications. These treatments are generally recommended first before nerve pain medication is administered to try to alleviate the issue without medical intervention.

Keep reading to learn more about treatments for pinched nerve pain that can help you, well, in a pinch.


Pinched nerves cause inflammation to the muscles surrounding them. Ice should be used to reduce swelling and inflammation.

Simply grab an ice pack or wrap some ice in a light towel and hold it directly onto your pinched nerve for 10-15 minutes. You can remove the ice pack for ten to fifteen minutes and put it back on again if the pain doesn’t cease.

Don’t ice for more than an hour in 10-15 minute increments.


Because the muscles are inflamed, they are also tight and tense, causing the pinched nerve to remain pinched. A heating pad or heat pack will increase blood flow to these muscles to relieve pressure and help to start the healing process.

You can wear a heating pad for 10-15 minutes at a time as long as you need to feel relief.

Adjust Posture

A pinched nerve can simply be the result of bad posture.

In order to relieve the pain, you can change the position in which you are standing or sitting to release pressure on the nerve. Once you find a position that is comfortable, remain there as long as possible. This will help alleviate the pain and relax the muscles and the nerves so they can start to heal.


Small movements can have a big impact on nerve pain. Simple stretches can help relieve the pressure on your nerve and begin to improve your symptoms. You shouldn’t stretch too deeply but keep it light and feel for pain and discomfort. Stop or ease your stretch when you begin to feel even slight discomfort so as not to cause more inflammation or pressure.


The best medicine for any type of nerve pain is simply resting. You need to do your best to avoid any activity that causes pain, such as cleaning, vacuuming or even texting (looking down).

You should rest until the symptoms are completely gone and pay attention to how your body feels when you begin moving again. If there is any pain upon return to activity, try going back through the treatments discussed here and rest some more.

BONUS: Chiropractic Care for Pinched Nerve Pain

Nerve pain can become a debilitating issue that does eventually require medical care. But it can still be helped without medications. Chiropractors are specialized in shoulder, neck and back pain. Nerve pain stems from the spine and therefore can be relieved with chiropractic care.

If you’ve tried all the home treatments you can think of and you’re still experiencing pinched nerve pain, contact us!

September 28, 2017 Back PainBack Pain Treatment

upper back pain

Eighty percent of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives. While lower back is the most frequently reported type of back pain, upper back pain is also common.

If you suffer from this kind of pain, it’s important to determine the cause so that you can treat it effectively. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common causes of upper back pain, along with some simple, yet effective, solutions.

Poor Posture

Many people spend hours on end hunched over in front of a computer. This posture takes a toll on your back muscles and can lead to pain if you aren’t careful.

Carrying Heavy Loads

Even if you don’t sit at a desk all day, you can end up with pain in your upper back if you frequently carry heavy loads. Whether it’s a backpack, heavy tote bag or boxes, frequently carrying items that are too heavy will put too much strain on your muscles.

Trauma or Injuries

Car accidents and other traumatic events can cause fractures, sprains, and spinal compression. Any of these injuries could be the cause of pain in your upper back.

Physical Conditions

Osteoporosis weakens the bones and makes them less likely to carry weight well. Osteoporosis in the thoracic spine (upper back region) can lead to pain. If your weakened vertebrae aren’t able to support your body’s weight, your muscles, ligaments, and tendons have to do extra work to make up for it.

Conditions like kyphosis (rounding of the thoracic spine) and scoliosis (an “S” or “C” shaped curve in the spine) can also cause pain in the upper back.

How to Treat Upper Back Pain

Whether it’s chronic or acute, there are lots of things you can do to relieve your pain.


If your back hurts because of an injury or an accident, resting for a couple of days might be the best thing for it. Return to normal activities slowly and take note of anything that makes your pain worse.


Bed rest initially can be good for back pain, but you don’t want to spend an extended period of time lying down. This can cause additional problems.

After you’ve rested for a few days, speak with a doctor, chiropractor, or physical therapist to learn about exercises that you can do to stretch and strengthen your back muscles. Not only will these exercises help your pain now, but they’ll also help you prevent pain in the future.

Practice Good Posture

When you stand or sit tall with your shoulders and stomach pulled in to support your back, you take unnecessary pressure off your spine. It will take some time to break your habit of slouching, but your upper back will thank you for it!

Visit a Chiropractor to Treat Your Upper Back Pain

Often, when people are injured or in pain, they turn to a traditional doctor who prescribes habit-forming painkillers. A chiropractor will provide better relief that actually addresses the source of the problem rather than just masking symptoms.

Some treatments that a chiropractor might use to heal your upper back pain include:

  • Adjustments
  • Traction
  • Ergonomic training
  • Spinal Decompression
  • Physical modalities like cold laser, heat, ice, and electrical stimulation
  • Exercises to strengthen the muscles

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you live in or near The Villages, Florida, and are ready to heal your back pain without surgery or prescription drugs, contact us at Davis Spine Institute today.


August 14, 2017 Back PainWeight Loss

There are several myths about back pain floating around, but here’s something that isn’t a myth: Weight gain and back pain can go hand in hand.

If you think about it, the correlation between the two isn’t necessarily surprising. Every pound you lug around is a pound that your skeletal system has to support. That system can collapse if the pressure becomes too much to bear.

Not literally, but you get the point, right? Bad posture. Back pain. The works.

So what is the exact relationship between back pain and weight gain? We’ve got the scoop.

Weight Gain and Your Upper Back

As we indicated above, the spine bears the burden of the weight you carry. When you’re carrying too much weight, your upper spine won’t straighten out the same way it did before you packed on the extra pounds.

So what does this look like?

weight gain and back pain

To put things simply, the curvature of your spine might become abnormal. You might be tempted to lean your head forward to allow your spine to compensate for the extra weight you’ve gained, which could give you a sort of hunched appearance.

That new curvature worsens over time, and, sadly, your back pain worsens with it.

Weight Gain and Your Lower Back

Weight gain also has an effect on your lower back, though the mechanics are a bit different than the ones mentioned above. Belly fat (not just general weight gain) is the primary culprit in this case.

Understand that your belly is the core of your body. A strong core can do the body wonders while a weak, heavy one can do harm.

Your belly is above your pelvis, so whenever you gain weight in that area, your pelvis is going to bear that load. Once that load becomes too heavy to handle, your body has to find some way to carry it. Unfortunately, the solution is usually to push the hips forward.

But how does this affect your lower back?

Well, when your hips just forward, your lower back must do the same. This means that the alignment of your spine becomes a bit wonky as time progresses.

And guess what? That misalignment eventually leads to lower back pain.


An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Few people, if any, want to live with back pain for the rest of their lives. In order to avoid doing so, they have to lead active, healthy lifestyles.

Exercise is a great tool for those who wish to prevent back pain. Not only that, but it’s great for people who already have back pain as well.

Diet is even more important than exercise. It can help people keep extra weight at bay, which is extremely important since we’ve already established that weight gain and back pain have a strong correlation.

Fighting Weight Gain and Back Pain

As you can see, fighting weight gain can be the same thing as fighting back pain. Of course, that’s easier said than done. No one is so perfect that weight gain is outside of the realm of possibility.

That said, if you’re already struggling with your weight and/or chronic back pain, contact us to find out more about our non-surgical treatments. We deal with everything from back pain and knee pain to weight loss and neuropathy, and we understand that surgery isn’t for everyone.


Do you suffer from lower back pain? If you answered yes, we know that this pain can seem unbearable at times. You’re not alone. Back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

It might surprise you to know that there are many common myths about lower back pain and there are ways to heal the pain. Knowing the false information surrounding back pain can help you treat your back the right way. In this article. we’ll debunk five common myths about back pain.

Let’s begin!

1. Lower Back Pain Is Worsened By Movement

At one time, doctors considered total bedrest the most effective way to heal back pain. This is no longer the case, yet the fear around moving with back pain persists.

If you experience back pain, stay on the go. Of course, we’re not telling you to run a marathon but you should try your best to avoid long periods of inactivity. This will only make your pain more intense and unbearable.

Increase your activity little by little. Your back will thank you.

2. Exercise Causes Back Pain or Makes Back Pain More Severe

Back pain should not cause you to stop moving or exercising. Do not skip out on the activities you enjoy.

Exercise is now accepted as one of the most effective ways to treat back pain. This includes weight training.

You can prepare your body and help prevent back pain by beginning any physical activity with stretching and warm-up exercises. Strengthen your back by exercising your core muscles, or your stomach and back. Cardio also helps as it improves your overall fitness.

As with any movement, do not dive in. Build up a tolerance and your ability to perform certain exercises over time.

3. You Need A Firm Mattress

If you’re under the impression that the firmer the mattress, the better for your back, you could cause yourself serious harm. Extra-firm mattresses can cause you more back pain! Why? These types of mattresses put extra pressure on the hips and shoulders. On the flip side, an extra-soft mattress does not provide the support you need. In both instances, you wake up stiff. The pain is not alleviated.

The best mattress for your back is medium-firm. It offers the right amount of support and prevents further injury.

4. Back Pain Comes With Age

Your age does not mean you’re destined for pain. Keeping your body in tip-top shape through regular exercise helps you stay strong, flexible, and pain-free at any age. However, you don’t need to lift heavy weights. For more gentle exercises you can try yoga or pilates. These exercises prove doable for anyone.

5. Sitting Up Straight Alleviates Pain

Hunching over at your desk can cause you lower back pain but so can sitting up straight for long periods of time. Prolonged sitting also causes strain on your lower back. So, what can you do to prevent this strain?

Make sure when sitting for a long time that you have proper lumbar support. If you work long hours in an office setting, stand up, stretch, and walk several times a day. Your muscles will not stiffen and you’ll avoid back pain.

As you can see, there is a lot of false information surrounding lower back pain. Want to learn more about how to alleviate your back pain? Contact us today!


June 7, 2017 Back Pain

Best Mattress for Back Pain

Those who suffer from chronic back pain know how frustrating it can be, trying to find relief. Many sufferers feel that, at the very least, they ought to be able to escape the pain at nighttime, while they’re sleeping. Unfortunately, the mattress that they’re using could actually be exacerbating the problem.

So how do you find the best mattress for back pain? Here are 5 pointers to keep in mind when shopping for a new bed.

Firm Isn’t Always Better

It’s a common to think that a firm mattress is better for people with achy backs, but it’s also partially a misconception. The truth is that no two people, or their backs, are alike. What’s comfortable and supportive for one person may feel like sleeping on a wooden board to another.

Medium-firm mattresses may be a better choice for many pain sufferers than fully firm ones, but it’s important to try out any mattress before buying it.

Give the Bed A Test Drive

Let’s say you’re going to live for approximately another 40 years. Astonishingly, that means you’ll spend another 15 years sleeping!

That’s a long time to spend on an uncomfortable mattress, so when the time comes to buy a new one, don’t rush it. Spend at least 15 minutes lying down on a mattress before committing, and make sure your partner tries it out, too.

Check With Your Doctor

If you’re seeing a specialist for your back pain, ask him/her if she has any recommendations. Chances are your doctor has heard many suggestions, from former patients and acquaintances, for the best mattress for back pain. Naturally, you should always try it for yourself, but your doc may have some good ideas about which mattresses to start with.

If you have friends or family with chronic back pain, solicit their input as well.

Don’t Be Fooled By Marketing-Speak

As you begin your search for a supportive mattress for back pain, you will see lots of claims and labels, like “orthopedic,” “orthopedic-friendly,” or “medically approved.”

These terms are just marketing jargon. There is no agency that certifies mattresses for orthopedic support, and there are few medical studies to back up such claims.

While mattress salespeople do know a fair amount about the benefits and drawbacks of the products they’re selling, they also have an incentive to sell you the fancier, more expensive models. Listen to what they have to say, but take it with a grain of salt, and again — judge the mattress for yourself.

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle and Choose the Right Mattress for Back Pain

The right mattress, along with a healthy lifestyle, can do wonders in improving your back pain, whether it is chronic pain or an acute flare-up resulting from injury or overuse.

However, you may also need to pursue other treatments. Chiropractic care is one option that has provided relief to countless back pain sufferers — many of whom chose chiropractic treatments because they are non-surgical.

There are some 31 million Americans experiencing back pain at any given time. If you’re one of them, and you have been unable to find lasting relief by taking prescription pain medicine, it may be time to look into alternatives. Contact us today to learn how we can help relieve your chronic back pain.


Numbness and tingling throughout your legs or arms. Weakening muscles that make it hard to lift things, or even walk. Chronic pain in your leg, buttocks or neck.

Sounds pretty awful right?

This is what people suffering from a herniated disc often endure, day in and day out. Some people may not even know they have the condition. But for many, it can be debilitating. So what is a herniated disc and what are some treatment options? Read on to find out.

What is a herniated disc and how do I know if I have one?

herniated disc occurs when the fluid between two discs becomes displaced. This irritates the nerves surrounding the spinal column. The most common symptom of this condition is extreme back pain and discomfort.

If pain becomes intolerable or debilitating, a professional medical opinion should be sought. Other severe symptoms include numbness and tingling in your extremities or weakness.

Potential Causes

Herniated discs are most often caused by disc degeneration. This is basic wear and tear on your body. As a person ages, discs in their back lose some of the fluid that helps keep them flexible. Tiny cracks or breaks in the disc allow the internal gel to bulge outside of the disc, causing a herniation.

This can also happen due to a sudden heavy strain placed on the lower back, or prolonged stress on this area of your body.

Common Treatments

There are some common, non-surgical options that can help. These treatments may solve the issue in as few as 4-6 weeks. Treatments include heat and ice application, therapeutic massage or chiropractic care. Patients may also consider medication treatment. However, taking pain medication is not for everyone and comes with the risk of dependency over time.

Steroid injections can also be used to treat back pain. This method involves an injection directly into a patient’s spine. Steroids help reduce swelling, in turn, reducing pain. But keep in mind, steroids often mask the pain, they don’t cure it and leave you at risk of further injury.

Surgery Options and Risk

Surgery means an minvasive procedure where doctors remove the herniated part of the disc under the nerve root. This provides the nerve root more space, relieving pressure and allowing the root to heal.

Like all surgeries, there are risks involved. Potential risks include bleeding, infection and bowel incontinence. There is also the chance that surgery will not fix the issue, but instead, make it worse.

A 2010 study showed that as many as 74% of all back surgeries were unsuccessful. Post-surgery patients also reported an increase in pain and use of pain medication. Some required another surgery in as little as 2-3 years.

DRS Protocol

DRS Protocol, or Decompression, Reduction, and Stabilization, is another non-surgical treatment option that has been very effective in the treatment of herniated discs. The DRS Protocol includes several treatment modalities including spinal decompression, chiropractic care, nutrition, and other treatments customized for each patient’s unique condition.

With DRS, each patient is assessed and treated based on individual needs. And is a great alternative to harmful medications, surgery, or other invasive procedures.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (352) 430-2121.


March 31, 2017 Back Painsciatica

Everything you Need to Know about Sciatica

If you suffer from back pain, there’s a chance it may be one of the symptoms of a more serious condition called sciatica. So, what is sciatica? In this article, Davis Clinic of Chiropractic will tell you everything you need to know about sciatica, including what sciatic pain is, what it feels like, and how to treat it.

What is Sciatica?

The sciatic nerve is a nerve that runs from your lower back, through the buttocks, and down the back of the leg. When something obstructs or puts pressure on the sciatic nerve, this causes pain in the lower back, hips, buttocks, and more: a condition known as sciatica.

The causes of sciatica typically range from normal wear and tear to herniated disks, spinal stenosis, and in some severe cases: tumors. Anything that can cause pressure to be put on the sciatic nerve can be a culprit of sciatica, making it difficult to diagnose the exact cause.

What Sciatic Pain Feels Like

Sciatica can cause symptoms very similar to more common back pains. However, there’s usually one dead giveaway that might suggest you are experiencing sciatica. Sciatic pain typically extends down through the leg, rather than stopping at the hip. Because the sciatic nerve runs all the way down your leg, sciatic pain has often been described as a “shooting pain” down the leg.

Other symptoms of sciatic pain include:

  • “numbness” in your legs
  • tingling sensations (such as when your leg falls asleep.)
  • severe lower back pain
  • pain radiating through the buttocks/thigh
  • leg cramps

How to Treat Sciatic Pain

A few home remedies exist that can greatly reduce the pain brought on by sciatica. One treatment method might include hot and cold therapy. Lay down with an ice pack on the affected area for twenty minutes, then switch to a heating pad.

Another way to keep your sciatic pain to a minimum is staying active. Contrary to popular belief, moderate exercise and stretching can do wonders for sciatic pain. A chiropractor can help you find the perfect stretches that will most effectively alleviate pain for your particular situation.

Effective Back Pain Solutions at the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic

While the above options may offer short-term, temporary relief from sciatic pain, the only way to completely eliminate the problem, long-term, is to schedule an appointment with the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic in The Villages community.

The Davis Clinic of Chiropractic is the premier chiropractic solution for patients in the Lake County, Fruitland Park, Silver Springs area and surrounding areas and has helped patients get relief from sciatic pain without surgery and without harmful medications with the DRS Protocol.


Hear what one of our patients had to say about his sciatica treatment at Davis Clinic of Chiropractic.

With over 100 years of experience, Dr. Jason Davis, his team of doctors, and his staff can work with you to find a solution that works best for you. Give us a call today at (352) 430 – 2121 to schedule a consultation.

acute vs chronic pain

If you suffer from back pain or neck pain, the first step to relieving your pain is to diagnose the cause. Pain typically falls under two categories – acute pain and chronic pain. If you’re not sure which type of pain that you’re experiencing, learn the differences between acute pain and chronic pain along with treatment options

What is Acute Pain?

Acute pain refers to the pain brought on by a specific, identifiable cause. The biggest factor that separates acute pain from chronic pain is that acute pain typically only lasts up to four weeks. Unlike chronic pain, acute pain comes and goes very quickly. In the chiropractic world, some possible causes of acute pain are:

  • Slips
  • Falls
  • Sports Injuries
  • Work Injuries
  • Minor car Accidents
  • Sleeping wrong
  • Burning your hand on the stove

Acute pain is usually treated via routine treatment methods including rest and ice. Although acute pain does not last as long, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s less severe. The feelings of acute pain tend to be sharper, primarily in one concentrated area, which can make the pain worse.

What is Chronic Pain?

On the other hand, chronic pain isn’t as fleeting. Chronic pain is pain that lasts more than three months. The feeling of chronic pain continues to persist even after the injured area is healed. Because of this, chronic pain is usually unaffected by routine treatment options such as painkillers, or rest.

Chronic pain can be harder to diagnose than acute pain because chronic pain isn’t quite as obvious. For example, the causes of chronic back pain might be caused by any number of issues, including:

Treatment of Chronic Pain

Acute pain usually goes away in time, whereas chronic pain typically requires treatment in order to heal. If you’re suffering from chronic back pain or neck pain, The Davis Clinic of Chiropractic can help. Dr. Jason Davis and his team of chiropractors in The Villages® Community provide successful non-surgical pain relief to The Villages, Florida and surrounding areas.They can help you diagnose your pain and recommend treatment so that you can be on the road to recovery. Give them a call today at (352) 430-2121.

October 1, 2016 Back PainChronic Pain

chronic back pain

What you Don’t Know about Chronic Back Pain

Aside from the physical pain, chronic back pain also comes with many side effects that can have a serious impact on your life. If you suffer from chronic back pain, there are some things you may not know about how it can affect your life and your health.

Chronic Back Pain and Depression

As many people with chronic back pain know, it’s more than just a debilitating condition, it’s something that affects every aspect of your life. It’s hard to stay positive when you’re in pain and it’s keeping you from being able to enjoy the things you used to or spending time with friends and family. Because many people who suffer from chronic pain are unable to lead a normal life, they can feel isolated and hopeless which can lead to depression.

Roughly 75% of people being treated for depression report physical symptoms such as lower back pain. That means there is a direct correlation between your physical and mental well-being. When one is off, so is the other.

Chronic Back Pain and Irritability

Chronic back pain can make it hard to concentrate, sleep, or work. Many people suffering from chronic pain feel “on edge” and irritable due to lack of sleep, feelings of hopelessness, or feeling that they are not getting the support they want or need. This irritable feeling can have a huge impact on relationships with friends and family. It can take away the fun-loving person you used to be.

Chronic Back Pain and Health

A study by the Pain Research Center revealed that the long-term consequences of chronic pain not only affects sleep and daily life, but also negatively impacts brain function, cardiovascular health, sexual function, and overall quality of life.

What Can Help Chronic Back Pain?

While many people with chronic back pain have tried everything including traditional chiropractic treatments, pain medications, epidural steroid injections, and even surgery, they have not gotten relief from their pain.

The Davis Clinic of Chiropractic has helped thousands of patients who have tried everything, get their pain-free life back. Dr. Jason Davis and his team of chiropractors in The Villages® community can help you get relief from the chronic back pain that is controlling your life! Give us a call today at (352) 440-2121 to learn how our DRS Protocol treatment for chronic pain has helped others in Ocala, Lady Lake, The Villages community, Leesburg, Fruitland Park, and surrounding areas. It’s your turn for pain relief, call today!


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The Villages, FL 32159

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