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How to Pick a Mattress

I get a lot of questions about how to pick a mattress that will help prevent or alleviate back pain. I think there are two factors involved in generating this question. One, we spend a lot of time sleeping, and an unsupportive bed can force you into poor spinal posture for eight hours every night.
  • 21 Aug, 2017
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How to Fix Your Posture

Posture I write a lot about posture, and I talk about it a lot to my patients. That is because trying to figure out how to fix your posture is one of the biggest ways you can limit and prevent all kinds of back and neck pain. There are actually recognized sets of symptoms that
  • 26 Jul, 2017
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Can You Get Addicted to Chiropractic Adjustments?

This is one of the common misconceptions about going to a chiropractor. Some people have the impression that once you start getting adjustments, something happens to your spine, making you dependent on it for the rest of your life. In reality, chiropractic is not addictive or habit forming. There are no effects on neurotransmitters in
  • 9 Jun, 2017
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Heat or Ice for Pain

Whether to use heat or ice for pain is not something most people think about until they are in pain. When your back starts to hurt or you sprain your shoulder, though, making the right choice can be the difference between starting to feel better and prolonging the problem. Before we can decide which is best, we
  • 26 Apr, 2017
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Golf, Posture, and your Spine

As the weather starts to get warmer, and the grass starts poking through the snow here in Connecticut, it is natural for our minds to drift towards golf. And why not? Connecticut is a great place for golf, with many beautiful public and private courses. I love to play golf myself, but as a chiropractor,
  • 3 Apr, 2017
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Sciatica

What is Sciatic Nerve Pain? The word sciatica refers to a specific, painful condition affecting the sciatic nerve. This nerve runs out of your lower back, and down your leg to your foot. However, in today’s common usage, the term sciatic nerve pain can mean any condition that causes pain, numbness or tingling to go from the
  • 14 Mar, 2017
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New Mom Pain

There is plenty of attention given to pain during pregnancy. However, once the baby arrives, all of the focus goes to meeting all their needs, often ignoring how much of a toll that takes on parents. From carrying around an uncooperative bundle of joy, to adapting to new sleeping postures, early parenthood can cause its own aches
  • 20 Feb, 2017
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How to Find the Right Pillow for your Neck

Neck pain that feels worse in the morning is a common symptom that I hear about in my office. Since the pain starts right after you have been lying in bed, blame often goes to the pillow or the mattress. However, it is not always that simple. Below, I will give you some tips on how
  • 3 Jan, 2017
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Arthritis

Arthritis, and its effects on us as humans, is a hard condition to quantify. I have read studies that say 27 million people in the United States suffer from osteoarthritis, the most common form of the condition. More than 20 million are affected by other types, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis. In order to understand more about
  • 20 Dec, 2016
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Is Cracking Your Own Back Bad For You?

Many people can crack their own back, often to the dismay of those that live around them. A contortionist’s twist, sometimes multiple times a day, followed by some popcorn sounds, and on with their day. Grandmothers have been telling us for years that this will surely cause arthritis. I have even heard other chiropractors condemn this activity, but
  • 5 Dec, 2016
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