Low Back Pain and a MRI

A MRI is frequently used to help diagnose problems in people with low back pain. Should it be? Recently there have been a few studies that question an MRI’s utility in patients with low back pain. One study of people without low back pain found that 80% of people, by age 50, have some level…

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Seven Myths of Physical Therapy:

Myth 1: I need a physician’s prescription to see a physical therapist. Fact: Seventy percent on consumers surveyed think they need a prescription to see a physical therapist but the fact is ALL 50 states allow a patient to be evaluated by a physical therapist without a prescription. In California, physical therapists can evaluate, and…

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Five Quick Tips to a Healthy Back:

It is estimated that more than 80% of the population will experience back pain in their life…here are 5 quick tips to help keep a healthy back! 1) Avoid sitting for more than 20 minutes: We, as humans, are not designed to sit. When we do sit, TEN TIMES the pressure pushes down on your…

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Are You a Frustrated Golfer?

I want to give you some tips that will help to lower your golf score immediately. All golfers want lower scores but first, let me tell you a story. Recently I was able to enjoy a round of golf with my father and I asked him every question I could think of regarding his golfing…

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“Oh My Aching Back from the 4th of July!”

Did you know that 80% of America’s population will suffer from lower back pain at some time in our lives? I suspect today, July 5th, that number will be higher. Why you ask? Sitting too much yesterday…especially for those fireworks displays! For many people, sitting in any position for any length of time produces no…

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Six Common Misconceptions of Low Back Pain:

Misconception #1 – “I must live with the pain” – Not true! There are a number of options to help control back pain, some of these include: light stretching and flexibility exercises, physical therapy, yoga, massage, acupuncture, over the counter medications, even meditation. Misconception #2 – “Rest is the key to recovery from back problems”…

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Fresh vs Farm Raised Fish and Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Anyone who has been injured, in any way, has seen first-hand the effects of inflammation (pain, swelling, redness, heat). A common over the counter supplement to help counter the inflammatory process is omega-3 fatty acid or fish oil. When it comes to fats, there is one you don’t want to cut back on…omega-3 fatty acids.…

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Groin Injuries: Who Gets Them And Why They Hurt So Bad?

A very common yet still pertinent problem in sports and daily activities are the presence of hip adductor strains or more commonly known as groin strains.  It is a disruption or tear to any one of the 5 hip adductor muscles that aid in bringing the leg in towards the body. These muscles include the…

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Take Five! …And Stretch The TENsion From Your Workday

During the work day do you ever feel stiffness and tension in your muscles? This is a very common complaint for those working behind a desk. Here are some helpful stretches you can do to relax while at your desk. Shoulder circles- make circles with your shoulders, you will be bringing your shoulders to your…

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Where Does Pain Come From?

There are several causes of pain, and they can be related to the mind, the body or caused by general stress. We live in a stressful world, and the most common causes of pain are: 1) Strain associated with day to day life We live in a world that is increasingly stressful. Strain associated with…

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