There’s a solid chance you’ve tweaked your back before—after all, 80 percent of Americans experience some kind of back pain at one point or another in their lives. Usually, it happens in the lower back, rather than the upper back. There’s a reason for that: “The rib cage offers a lot of support and stabilizes the spine in the upper back,” says Jeffrey A. Goldstein, MD, an orthopedic spine surgeon at New York University’s Langone Spine Center. “You don’t have similar support in the neck or lower ...
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Understanding Your Labs

Labs are a good way of getting an overall view of your health. Understanding what each measure means can help you discuss your options with your physician. For more information about your health and health care, make an appointment with us today! https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321303.php
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Sit, stand, sit: The new science about how to best use your standing desk

Sitting is the new smoking, we're told, and suddenly sit-stand desks are everywhere. But do we know just how healthy they are and the best ways to use them? Science is just now catching up to the trend, and you might be surprised at what research has uncovered. "When they first came out, sit-stand desks were marketed as a way to lose weight, right? The next kind of cure to obesity," said April Chambers, assistant professor of bio-engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. "And th...
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The 8 Best Restorative Yoga Poses for Stress Relief

As anyone who’s ever done a Bikram or vinyasa class knows, getting your om on can be hard work. In these types of yoga, the idea is to move from pose to pose increasing heat and flexibility as you go. Restorative yoga, on the other hand, is all about slowing down. Here, fewer poses are held for longer periods of time (typically for five minutes or more and often with the help of props) in order for body and mind to relax deeply. We wouldn’t go as far as to say that it’s nap time for grown-ups, b...
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Dry Needling at the Myofascial Release Center

We now offer dry needling.  I dug up this article to explain the service, for more information, click on the images: Dry needling is a technique physical therapists use (where allowed by state law) for the treatment of pain and movement impairments.   The technique uses a "dry"needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle. Other terms commonly used to describe dry needling, include trigger point dry needling, and intramuscular manual therap...
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Train Your Brain to Remember Anything You Learn With This Simple, 20-Minute Habit

If you want to remember what you learned from an interesting seminar or session, don't take a "cram for the exam" approach when you want to use the info. That might have worked in college (although Waterloo University specifically advises against cramming, encouraging students to follow the aforementioned approach instead). Instead, invest the 20-minutes (in spaced out intervals) so that a month later it's all still there in the old noggin.
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100 million Americans have chronic pain. Very few use one of the best tools to treat it.

There are 100 million Americans who suffer from chronic pain, and an unknown number of them have back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia symptoms, or other forms of pain that have no diagnosed physical cause. It’s not that their pain is “in their heads.” The truth is much more nuanced: All pain can have both physical and psychological components. But the psychological component is often dismissed or never acknowledged. Big pharma’s aggressive marketing of pills and the minimal training doctors get ...
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Vitamin E Suspected In Serious Lung Problems Among People Who Vaped Cannabis

It's still a mystery — what's causing the cluster of severe respiratory illnesses among people who've used e-cigarettes? The FDA says there have been at least 215 reported cases in 25 states. Nearly three dozen of those cases are in New York state, and investigators there say they are now zeroing in on vitamin E as a possible culprit. Health officials say state lab tests detected high levels of vitamin E in cartridges of cannabis vaping products used by people who vaped and suffered serious l...
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Mixing less than 6 hours of sleep with chronic disease is deadly combo

If you're a middle-aged adult with high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes or existing heart disease and you typically sleep less than six hours each night, you could be setting yourself up for cancer or an early death from heart disease.  That's the discomforting results of a study that sleep-tested 16,000 adults between the ages of 20 and 74 and then tracked their health for 20 years.
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