• Snow Shoveling

    As far as household chores are concerned, snow shoveling is one of the most stressful and traumatic household chores you can do to your spinal cord and muscles. When shoveling, consider these tips: Make sure your body is properly conditioned before donning your winter coat and grabbing your snow shovel.

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  • Pilates

    Pilates is an exercise program named after Joseph Pilates, who developed an exercise program in the early-20th century to improve the physical fitness of World War I soldiers. Pilates incorporated resistance into programs for rehabilitating injured patients. He later incorporated springs into exercise

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  • Gardening

    Make sure your body is properly conditioned when doing outside work. Warmed-up muscles will be less likely to tighten up or snap when under the strains of bending, pulling, pushing, reaching, or stooping. You can warm up by taking a brisk walk or doing simple stretching exercises, such as knee-to-chest

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  • Ergonomics

    Ergonomics is part science, part art. It involves choosing and working with devices that minimize or even eliminate undue strain on our joints and muscles. For those of us who work in an office (or a home office), we're confronted with many opportunities to work in conditions that place our spinal cord,

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  • Educational Requirements

    Education The educational requirements for chiropractors are similar to that of medical doctors. In general, chiropractors must complete four years of undergraduate study from one of the nation's 17 accredited chiropractic colleges. During the first two years of study, students receive classroom and

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  • Backpacks

    In recent years, evidence has come to light that we are placing our children at risk for debilitating muscle and joint injuries from overloaded backpacks, a staple among elementary and high school-aged kids. Overloaded backpacks: Cause the shoulders to round, leading to poor posture later in life Distort

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  • As You Get Older

    Did you know that people lose 20 to 40 percent of their muscle (and along with it their strength) as they age? Our population is aging rapidly as a result of the huge baby boom in the 1950s and 1960s, followed by declining birth rates in the succeeding decades. Thanks to remarkable advances in medicine

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  • Coronavirus: What You Need to Know

    The new coronavirus epidemic that started in Wuhan, China, in late December is now in dozens of countries, including the United States. Here are answers to key questions about the virus, including how to protect yourself and what to expect. What are the symptoms of coronavirus? According to the CDC,

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  • Coronavirus Myths & Facts

    As Coronavirus Myths Multiply, Experts Sort Fact From Fiction The new coronavirus continues its steady march through the U.S. population, bringing with it a second plague: potentially dangerous myths and rumors about COVID-19, spread via the internet. You may have already heard some of these coronavirus

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  • How Long Does the Coronavirus Live on Surfaces?

    The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 mainly spreads from person to person. When someone who is infected coughs or sneezes, they send droplets containing the virus into the air. A healthy person can then breathe in those droplets. You can also catch the virus if you touch a surface or object that has

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  • Avoid Coronavirus Misinformation

    A Doctor's Tips for Spotting Fake COVID-19 News As we all try to stay safe from COVID-19, arming yourself with accurate news information has never been more important – but it’s not always easy. Fake news can be challenging to recognize because there’s often a little truth mixed in with misinformation.

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  • Do I have COVID-19 or a cold?

    Do I have COVID-19 or a cold? If you don't have a fever and your eyes aren't itchy, it's probably the common cold, not COVID-19. Do I have COVID-19 or allergies? It's probably allergies -- not COVID-19 -- if you don't have a fever but your eyes are itchy, you're sneezing, and you have a runny nose. How

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  • Coronavirus: Is It Safe to Get Deliveries?

    With more than 50% of the U.S. population living under stay-at-home restrictions, companies that deliver food and household goods are inundated with orders. As they scramble to meet the demand, you may wonder if ordering in puts you or the people making your deliveries at risk. The Question of Worker

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  • How to Weather Social Isolation

    Social distancing has become the new normal, with one-third of Americans now under stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus pandemic, but experts say that level of isolation can be hard on your health. "We don't know for sure what the long-term health outcomes of widespread forced social isolation

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  • The Power of Hand-Washing to Prevent Coronavirus

    The single most important piece of advice health experts can give to help us stay safe from COVID-19 is this one: Wash your hands. "In the final analysis, it's the hands. The hands are the connecting piece," says Elizabeth Scott, PhD. Scott co-directs the Center for Hygiene and Health in Home and Community

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  • Calming Your Child's Coronavirus Fears

    Schools are closing. Sports and other activities have been cancelled. Everything is changing. In the midst of this chaos, how do parents keep kids from stressing too much? "For families, this is truly now hitting home," said psychologist Robin Gurwitch, from Duke University and the Center for Child and

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  • Abdominal Exercises

    Strong abdominal muscles may actually prevent you from incurring a back injury, since these muscles are so critical to maintaining your spine's position, as well as assisting you with lifting. Strong abdominals can also lower, minimize, or avoid back pain from excessive strains, help your body deal

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  • Symptoms

    If it weren't for our remarkable nervous system, we might never know about most serious problems, or be able to correct them before they get worse. You may benefit from chiropractic care and treatment if: You have developed any kind of pain in your joints or skeletal structures such as your neck,

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  • Raking

    When raking leaves, use a "scissors" stance. This entail keeping your right foot forward and left foot back for a few minutes. Occasionally switch by putting your left foot forward and right foot back. Always bend at your knees, not the waist, as you pick up leaves. Make piles small to minimize the possibility

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  • What are Subluxations

    The spinal column is an intricate framework of interlocking bones that, when viewed from the side, form a gentle "S" shape. The spine is a sophisticated system-both fragile and sturdy-of muscles, bones, joints, ligaments, discs, a spinal cord, and nerves. Daily activities such as lifting and exercise,

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  • Spinal Structures

    The spinal column is an intricate framework of interlocking bones that, when viewed from the side, form a gentle "S" shape. The spine is a sophisticated system-both fragile and sturdy-of muscles, bones, joints, ligaments, discs, a spinal cord, and nerves. Joints, called "facet joints," and discs allow

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  • Nervous System

    Your nervous system looks much like an upended tree, suspended from its roots at the base of your brain, its millions of limbs reaching out to every corner of your body. Your spinal cord is like a thick braid formed by billions of these nerves. Your body has approximately 15 billion nerve cells-all

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  • Muscular System

    The soft tissues that envelop and support your spine make up an intricate network of muscles. With the help of your body's abdominal muscles, this network helps to keep your body stabilized and upright, and allows it to bend and flex. The types of muscles that support your spine include: Extensors

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  • Ice Therapy

    In many cases, temporary pain, and even additional injury, can be minimized and even avoided by a simple application of ice. Ice, applied in a timely manner and in an appropriate way, can reduce inflammation. Inflammation left unchecked can allow the source of the pain to continue doing damage to muscles,

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  • Exercise

    Exercise and other kinds of physical activity can go far in keeping your body strong and healthy, able to fight disease and ward off injuries from pulling, pushing and lifting. A healthy and fit body also generally recovers faster from injury and pain. In general, there are three basic types of exercise:

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash is probably one of the most misunderstood and misaligned kinds of injuries; people involved in automobile accidents often suspect they have whiplash if they feel any kind of soreness in their neck. This is not to diminish the fact that whiplash is quite a common and potentially serious kind

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  • Sports Injuries

    Though there is no such thing as a "safe" sport, highly competitive sports, such as football, weightlifting, gymnastics, and wrestling, pose particularly higher risks of injuries, especially among children. According to experts, as much as 20 percent of all sports-related injuries involve the lower back

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  • Treatments for Sleep Apnea

    Mechanical manipulation can offer some relief for people suffering from sleep apnea. Manipulation may improve the function of the muscles in your chest wall, and thus, help you breathe more easily and boost the oxygenation of your blood during sleep. In addition, manipulation can lower pain and restlessness

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  • Posture

    Try this simple posture "reality check" the next time you are standing in front of a full-length mirror: Are your knees and ankles straight (i.e., not angled inward or outward)? Are your shoulders and hips level? As you stand sideways, does your lower back have a natural curve in it? Do the spaces

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  • Joint Disorders - Spine

    The bony structures that allow your back and neck to easily move in different directions are called "facet joints." Facet joints provide about one-fifth of your lower back and neck's twisting stability. Facet joints are located in pairs at each vertebral level (except for the top vertebra) down your

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  • What is Scheuermann's Disease?

    A hunchback appearance of the spine maybe a sign of Scheuermann's disease, a condition caused by an enlargement or deformity of the round back portion of the thoracic spine. People with Scheuermann's disease have wedge-shaped vertebrae in their upper spine, which is caused by the front of the upper spine

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  • Treatments for Migraines

    Some recent studies have shown that patients suffering from chronic headaches and migraines may benefit more from long-term chiropractic care than drug therapy alone. For headaches that originate in the cervical (neck) area, chiropractic treatment, such as spinal manipulation, has been shown to be quite

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  • Mowing

    If you have asthma or allergies, wear a mask Stand as straight as possible, and keep your head up as you rake or mow. Try to mow during the early morning and early evening hours, when the sun is not so hot. Drink plenty of liquids to keep your muscles hydrated. Protect yourself by wearing a hat,

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  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Carpal tunnel syndrome is a progressive and sometimes painful joint disorder caused by a compression of the median nerve of your hand. The compression causes swelling, which exerts pressure on the nerves. Carpal tunnel syndrome is probably the most common source of wrist pain. Symptoms may include soreness,

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  • Spinal Health and Pregnancy

    Pregnancy can wreak havoc on your neck, shoulders, back, hips, legs, and feet. Most women who go through pregnancy are aware of the importance of good nutrition while carrying their baby. But many are not aware, or ignore, the vital role that good posture and simple exercises can play in guarding against

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