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Questioning the Effectiveness of Back Surgery

When it comes to surgery, any good doctor will tell you that success is never guaranteed and there are always risks. But how does back surgery stack up compared to other treatments for back pain? The Mayo Clinic recommends caution before choosing back surgery. Their website warns, “Spine surgeons hold differing opinions about when to operate, what type of surgery…

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What Does a Chiropractic Nutrition Specialist (DACBN/CBCN) Do?

Half of the top 10 leading causes of death in the US are related in some way to nutrition: obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Lifestyle has a great deal to do with how sick or healthy we are, and most medical doctors do not have enough time to learn about their patients’ lifestyle to offer drug-free…

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Memory Foam Mattresses and Back Health: The Pros and Cons

Could a memory foam mattress help you get a better night’s sleep? Could it help relieve your aching back? If you’re not getting enough sleep every night or you’re waking up every morning with a backache, you might be willing to pay almost anything to stop the suffering. But should you? It’s important to start with one important idea: Everyone’s…

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Hydration and Spinal Disc Health

Your spine requires plenty of water and nutrients to stay healthy and perform at its best, just like the rest of your body. The problem is, your spine is not able to absorb the water and nutrients it needs in the same way as other parts of the body, nor is it able to eliminate the wastes from metabolism. In…

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How Chiropractic Care Has Helped Me: Introducing Jeff Gordon

To any NASCAR fan, Jeff Gordon is a household name. His list of accomplishments on the track is impressive by almost any measure: After winning 3 races, Gordon joined Hendrick Motorsports in 1993 as part of the Sprint Cup Series in NASCAR. In 1998, Gordon was named to NASCAR’s “50 Greatest Drivers” list. In 2008, ESPN’s Terry Blount put him…

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What is “Deep Tissue Massage”?

Deep tissue massage is one of many types of manual therapy focused on the body’s soft tissues that has been shown to  promote healing and relaxation. While the two may sound similar, deep tissue massage is not to be confused with “deep pressure” massage, which typically employs strong pressure uniformly across the entire body. Some other massage techniques, such as…

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What Does a Chiropractic Diagnostic Imaging (DACBR) Specialist Do?

Chiropractic care often involves the use of diagnostic imaging so that your chiropractor can choose the most effective form of treatment for your condition. A chiropractor who is a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology (DACBR) is a certified specialist in diagnostic imaging who can order and interpret advanced imaging such as a CT scans, MRIs and ultrasounds. There are…

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Most Common Auto Injuries Explained

Perhaps the most frequent injury involving automobiles comes from closing the door. Nearly 150,000 times a year, someone is injured in this fashion, and that’s with the car parked or stationary. This includes doors closing on fingers. Another 10,000 are injured by using a jack and 74,000 have been injured by a car or car part falling on them. But…

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Can Losing Weight Really Help Reduce Back Pain?

If you suffer from back pain and are more than 10 pounds above your ideal weight, losing that weight may significantly reduce the amount of pain you are experiencing. According to Dr. Andre Panagos, co-director of The Spine Center at New York’s Presbyterian Hospital, “Although research on weight loss and back pain is minimal, in my clinic, every single person…

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How Do Chiropractors Know If Your Spine is Out of Alignment?

Having a misaligned spine (also called a spinal subluxation) can negatively affect your daily life in a number of ways.  It can not only cause pain in the back and neck, but can also cause pain in the rest of the body because of the pressure that the misaligned vertebrae place on nerves in the spinal column.  For example, many…

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Why Having Good Posture Matters and What You Can Do About It

How many times did we hear from our parents when we were children, “sit up straight”?  Our parents were not telling us to do this merely to keep us from looking like a boiled noodle.  Good posture is important for a variety of health reasons as well.  It helps us to breathe properly, increases concentration, reduces the risk of neck…

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The Parasympathetic Nervous System

The parasympathetic nervous system, the sympathetic nervous system, and the enteric nervous system comprise the autonomic nervous system in the body. The autonomic nervous system is continuously active and is responsible for unconscious regulation of our glands and organs. The parasympathetic nervous system takes care of “rest and repair” activities, such as salivation, tears, sexual arousal, urination, digestion and defecation….

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