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Whiplash

I recently had an experience in which a close family member was involved in a rear-end car accident. Luckily, I was able to take care of her immediately, and keep the damage to a minimum. But, she had many questions about whiplash, and I realized that this type of injury is often misunderstood. Here is
  • 15 Feb, 2018
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Can Cold Weather Cause Back Pain?

I see this phenomenon frequently in my office. When the weather gets cold or rainy, patients start to come in wondering if the bad weather has made their back pain worse. We have all heard stories of a relative who could predict a storm based on how her knee hurt. And many people move out
  • 3 Jan, 2018
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Chiropractic and Sports Injuries

As anyone who plays sports or exercises knows, some degree of pain and injury come with an active life. There is normal muscle soreness after exertion that lets you know your muscles are growing and strengthening. However, pushing ourselves too far can cross the line from soreness to nagging injury. Part of playing sports is
  • 18 Nov, 2017
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Should you use a standing desk?

Back pain is a common complaint at work, especially as many jobs are performed exclusively in front of a computer. Sitting posture is a very important component of limiting that pain, but alternative sitting arrangements have also become popular in recent years. Some options, like sitting on an exercise ball, are designed to force your muscles
  • 2 Oct, 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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