Overlooked Causes for Back Pain


When we think of back pain, we often think it is caused by lifting something heavy, falling, or getting in some sort of accident.  We often overlook causes for back pain that are less obvious.  Here are a few less obvious causes for back pain: Sitting to long - Sitting shortens your hip muscles that [...]

Overlooked Causes for Back Pain2017-04-27T21:32:00-07:00

Steroid Injections and Back Pain


Chronic lower back pain affects millions of Americans. Many try steroid injections to ease their discomfort, but researchers now say this remedy provides only short-term relief. A study performed in France recently found that people that had steroid injections to relieve back pain had no long term effects.  They found that a single injection had [...]

Steroid Injections and Back Pain2017-03-21T08:21:41-07:00

Worst Exercises for Back Pain


Having back pain doesn't mean you should stop exercising.  In fact exercising is very important in the recovery and protection from back pain.   Certain exercises can be very bad for back pain.  Here is a list of the worst exercises for back pain: Avoid doing standing toe touches -  While stretching the hamstrings is [...]

Worst Exercises for Back Pain2017-03-10T10:34:21-07:00

So, what is Gluten?


Gluten is very controversial these days.  Recently we are seeing more products with that are "certified" gluten-free logo on it.  There is even a Gluten Intolerance Group that certifies products that claim to be gluten-free.  Most health care providers claim that it is safe for everyone except those who have celiac disease. Some health experts believe [...]

So, what is Gluten?2017-03-03T10:01:08-07:00

10 tips to reduce stress


Reducing stress in your life helps with your overall well-being and helps reduce pain. When we are stressed the body is at a continuous state of fight or flight through the release of cortisol which can inhibit our mind from returning to a state of calm.   Here are 10 tips to reduce stress that [...]

10 tips to reduce stress2017-02-24T10:49:58-07:00

Healthy Heart Tips for Valentines Day!


For Valentine's Day we focus on the heart, so let's take a look at some great healthy heart tips! Stop smoking - This can be the single most important thing you can do for your heart that is controllable. Lose weight - If you are storing a lot of fat in the belly area, you [...]

Healthy Heart Tips for Valentines Day!2017-02-10T10:45:16-07:00

Drugs for Back Pain, nothing more than a placebo


Recent study finds using drugs for back pain provide little benefit Using drugs for back pain, such as ibuprofen (Advil) are commonly used to cope with back pain, but research from The George Institute for Global Health found they offer little benefit but cause side effects. Researchers found that in 35 trials testing painkillers and back pain, [...]

Drugs for Back Pain, nothing more than a placebo2017-02-02T22:02:49-07:00

Is Alkaline Water Better Than Other Water?


                  You may have heard some of the various health claims about alkaline water. Some say it can help slow the aging process, regulate your body’s pH level, and prevent chronic diseases like cancer. But what exactly is alkaline water, and why all the hype? What is [...]

Is Alkaline Water Better Than Other Water?2017-01-27T11:09:58-07:00

Top Low Back Stretches: Prone Press Up Stretch


Top Low Back Stretches: Prone Press Up Stretch The prone press up stretch focuses primarily on the spine itself.  Often when people sit with poor posture the back becomes rounded increasing spinal pressure and putting pressure on the disc.  If you have a bulge or herniation in this disc it can increase pressure on the [...]

Top Low Back Stretches: Prone Press Up Stretch2017-01-20T12:59:56-07:00

Top Neck and Shoulder Stretches: Chest Stretch


You may be asking, "What does a chest stretch have to do with the neck and shoulders?"  The chest muscles are often neglected when it comes to stretching to maintain proper head and shoulder posture.  As people work with their hands in front of them, such as, when working on a computer, sewing, reading, etc., they [...]

Top Neck and Shoulder Stretches: Chest Stretch2016-12-09T10:23:36-07:00