Two Predisposing Causes of Back Pain Everyone Needs to Know About

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This is probably the most important article I have ever written. I know most of you won’t read it because of its length. If you do read it, you will know more about the cause and prevention of back pain than most health professionals who treat this problem. If you or someone close to you has ever had their back “go out” or developed a chronic, recurring backache, this article explains why. I will also share with you the best thing you can start doing…

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The Diaphragm’s Role For a Healthy Spine and Body

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The diaphragm is a breathing AND a core stabilizing muscle. It must be able to switch roles and be able to perform both roles at the same time. If you are lying down, the diaphragm is dedicated solely to breathing (far left side of graph in blue). There is no external load applied to your body so the stabilizing role is absent. If you are attempting to lift a 200lb object off the floor, the diaphragm is dedicated solely to stabilizing your core and you…

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7 Backpack Tips to Avoid Pain and Bad Posture

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Backpacks can become a real pain for kids and young adults. They are associated with pain, bad posture, and both of these can be avoided if you follow these simple tips. Neck and shoulder pain, back pain and fatigue are the most common complaints related to backpacks. The weight of the backpack and the way it is carried are the major reasons for these complaints. Look for a backpack with wide, padded straps. Narrow straps can dig into and irritate the shoulders. A strap that…

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Why Your Heel Is Hurting

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You wake up in the morning, get out of bed and start walking and “OUCH,” you feel a sharp pain in the heel of your foot. After walking a bit it does get better and maybe it goes away. Each morning, the same thing happens over and over again. Sound familiar? You probably have plantar fasciitis. If you go to a podiatrist, orthopedic or family doctor, what will you get? Anti-inflammatory meds, a cortisone injection, shockwave (ultrasound) therapy or surgery? Do you think any of…

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How To Preserve Your Joints For a Lifetime: 4 Steps to Prevent Arthritis

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Do you have arthritis developing in your joints and not know it? Have you been diagnosed with arthritis and suffer with joint pain and stiffness that interferes with activities you enjoy doing? If so, there are four steps you can take to prevent it or slow the progression of arthritis if you already have it. Arthritis is a degenerative joint condition that involves thinning of cartilage, narrowing of joint spaces, stiffness, loss of flexibility and pain.  Arthritis is not an inevitable part of aging as…

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Who Else Wants To Live Without Hip Pain?

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What a nuisance a bad hip can be if you can’t stand or walk very far before you have to sit down. This is exactly what was happening to Louise, a patient of ours, before we found the cause of the problem and we were able to help her. Louise came to us with nagging hip pain that would travel down her leg. Shopping was a bear. After about one hour of walking and periodic standing, her hip would hurt so much she would have…

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Are You Getting “Tech Neck”?

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If you put your head and neck in a bad posture for too long, you can develop “tech neck.” “Tech neck,” also commonly dubbed “text neck,” is a new condition that is developing as a result of widespread use of smartphone and tablet use. Using these devices promotes a forward flexed position of your head and neck and over time can lead to many health problems. There has been recent research and discussion among health experts about this growing problem. New York spine surgeon Dr.…

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Bad Back? It Might Be The Way You Breathe

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Breathing has another important function than just a way to get oxygen. It also plays a role of creating strength in your core and back. Right now, as you are reading this article, pay attention to your breathing. Are you breathing more in your abdomen or more in your chest? If you are unsure, place one hand on your stomach and the other hand on your chest. Which hand is moving more? If you are breathing more in your chest, you have a predisposing weakness…

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The Foundation of Life, Health and Energy of Your Body

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Many people do not know one of the most important factors for a long, healthy life. Do you? Did you know that the spine and nervous system is the foundation of life, health and energy of your body?  The brain and nervous system control all body functions. It does so by sending energy down the spinal cord. The spinal cord is the main power line of the body, carrying electrical energy to all of the vital organs and tissues of your body. Each and every…

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How to Create a New, Stronger Posture You Can Be Proud Of

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It turns out mom was right when she told us to sit up straight. There are thousands of studies documenting the importance of good posture and the pain and other diseases that can develop from poor posture. If you build a better, stronger posture, you can experience less pain, feel better about yourself, and even live longer!  Did you know many ailments you may be suffering from can occur from poor posture? According to the American Journal of Pain Management, “Posture affects and moderates every…

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