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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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Can Chiropractic help with the Opiate Epidemic?

Opiates are getting a lot of press recently, and not for positive reasons. The surgeon general released a statement that outlined the extent of the overuse and overprescription of these drugs in the United States. What are opiates? Opiates are drugs derived from or related to opium. They include Vicodin, Oxycontin, Fentanyl and even illegal Heroin. The drug
  • 21 Nov, 2016
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Sacroiliac joint

Sacroiliac Joint What is the Sacroiliac Joint, and why does it hurt? At the bottom of your spine, where your back joins up with your pelvis, there are two very important joints called the sacroiliac or SI joints. These joints allow the force created in your legs to move up into your body so you
  • 20 Oct, 2016
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Text Neck

Text Neck I was looking at the kids standing at the bus stops this morning on my way into the office, and each one was standing the same way. They were holding their phones by their belly button, with their head bent down at a sharp angle to see the screen. The result of our
  • 29 Sep, 2016
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Stretching, opiates and a neck pain exercise

Functional Stretching for Back Pain With the warm weather comes a return to activity for many of us.  Sports, Spring Cleaning, and work in the yard, are just some of the things we need to prepare our bodies to do after a winter hibernation. Stretching for back pain can help prepare muscles for activity, but
  • 3 Aug, 2016
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