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Staying Active Helps the Lower Back..

Date: September 26, 2019 | Time: 12:00pm

In the past, patients may have been prescribed bed rest by their family doctor for low back pain. These days, treatment guidelines recommend staying active during the recovery process. Why the change? There are two types of muscles in the back: the superficial muscles and the deep muscles. The superficial muscles are used to perform motions like bending and twisting. These muscles are strengthened by exercise that places stress on the muscles, like lifting weights. The deep muscles help stabilize the.... <view entire article>





Do Cell Phones Cause Horns?..

Date: September 25, 2019 | Time: 12:00pm

It's not hard to argue that nearly everyone spends too much time on their electronic devices, especially smartphones. You may be familiar with the terms "text neck" or "forward head posture", but have you heard that excessive cellphone use may cause your body to grow horns? If you reach around to the back of your head, just above the top of the neck, you should feel a bump in the midline. This is NORMAL, and it's called the external occipital protuberance.... <view entire article>





Great Exercises for Wrist Pain..

Date: September 24, 2019 | Time: 12:00pm

There are many conditions that affect the hand and wrist: tendonitis (strains), ligament injuries (sprains), as well as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). A contributing factor for these conditions is inflammation caused by overuse and repetitive motions. That's why your doctor of chiropractic recommend taking mini-breaks (30 seconds to one minute) throughout a busy workday to give the wrist a chance to rest. The following exercises are also helpful for self-managing wrist pain (in addition to chiropractic care): SHAKE: As if to.... <view entire article>





Exercise Can Help Knee Osteoarthritis..

Date: September 23, 2019 | Time: 12:00pm

In the face of musculoskeletal pain, it's common to restrict activity. Unfortunately, doing so can weaken the muscles and joints in the affected area, which can prolong pain and elevate the risk for future injury. Patients with osteoarthritis of the knee often fall into this trap. So, what type of exercises are best for improving knee strength in the presence of knee osteoarthritis? First, let's define two types of muscle activity that can occur during exercise: eccentric and concentric. During a.... <view entire article>





The Link Between Whiplash and Fibromyalgia..

Date: September 22, 2019 | Time: 12:00pm

It's estimated that up to 50% of whiplash associated disorder (WAD) patients will develop chronic symptoms such as neck and upper back pain, headache, dizziness, emotional and cognitive disturbance, referred pain, and physical dysfunctions. Fibromyalgia (FM) is a condition that is also characterized by long-term, persistent symptoms such as chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain, sleep disturbance, cognitive disturbance, fatigue, and physical dysfunctions. Both WAD and FM patients share similar chronic, debilitating signs and symptoms. Why is this so? In one study, researchers.... <view entire article>





The Power of Music on the Mind..

Date: September 21, 2019 | Time: 12:00pm

Using functional MRI, researchers have observed that music activates the visual, motor, and coordination centers on both sides of the brain. Research also shows that music affects deeper brain areas involving memory and emotion-more than almost any other stimulus. Additionally, music engages less used neural connections in the brain, strengthening them to potentially restore or improve impaired/lost functions. The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) notes that music therapists work with older adults to help with dementia, children and adults to reduce.... <view entire article>