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Endurance Sports Provide a Boost to the Body’s Nervous System

It’s well known that training in certain sports can improve a person’s endurance. If you’re a runner, for example, you know that as you continue to run every day or according to whatever training schedule you follow, you gradually develop the ability to run further, faster, and for longer periods of time. But did you know modern science doesn’t have…

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What Is “Swayback” and How Can It Be Treated?

“Swayback” is the common term for excessive ­­­lordosis (aka hyperlordosis). It is a spine disorder that involves an extreme inward curvature of the lumbar area—that is, just above the hips. Swayback (also called saddle back, due to the fact that some horses can experience a similar condition) makes the backside appear much more prominent due to a forward pelvic tilt….

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Exercise as Medicine: Spotlight on Walking

Do you want to become healthier and stay healthy longer? Take a walk. That is the message of two important new studies. In the first, from Tel Aviv University in Israel, researchers found that a simple aerobic program based on walking was as effective in alleviating lower back pain as muscle-strengthening programs that required specialized rehabilitation equipment. The researchers recruited…

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What Being Angry Does to Your Health

Mental health researchers in California have estimated that one in five Americans has an anger management problem. If so, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis just published in the European Heart Journal, that anger may be killing them by triggering heart attacks. The study, conducted by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, analyzed the findings of 9…

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Glucosamine, Chondroitin or Glucosamine Chondroitin for Joint Pain?

If you suffer from joint pain—especially in the knees, hips, and elbows—you’re in very good company. In fact, an estimated 27 million Americans with osteoarthritis “share your pain”. With a condition that affects so many people, it’s not surprising that researchers and clinicians are interested in finding ways to help “regrow” lost cartilage in damaged joints. Nutritional supplements have become…

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Good News About the Cost of Chiropractic Care

A recent evidence-based report on the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment for people dealing with low back and neck pain contains some very good news. And it’s good news for three important groups of people—patients who benefit from chiropractic, employers who sponsor health care plans, and insurance companies who manage the costs. The report is called “Do Chiropractic Physician Services for…

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Food as Medicine: Spotlight on Chocolate

What if we were to tell you that there is a magical substance that can decrease your appetite, lower your blood pressure, and even improve your thinking? Sound good? Well, what if we were also to tell you that it’s CHOCOLATE? To many people who adore the dark, succulent treat known as chocolate, this news sounds too good to be…

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Text Neck and More: How Our Electronic Devices Are Changing Our Posture

The last 10 years have seen exceptional innovation in personal electronics. Our smartphones, laptops, and tablets have undoubtedly made it easier to create, consume and share all kinds of content as well as to shop online anywhere and anytime. But they do also have their drawbacks—including negative health consequences. This applies in particular to our posture. The overuse of personal…

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The Best In-Pool Exercises

With summer here, many fitness enthusiasts are taking to a cooler place to get their workout: the pool. According to Women’s Health magazine, “No other workout burns calories, boosts metabolism, and firms every muscle in your body (without putting stress on your joints) better than a swimming workout.” If you’re sick of jogging in the hot sun, if you’re looking for…

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Looking for Headache Relief? Combining Chiropractic Care with Acupuncture May Help!

If you suffer from migraine headaches, you know that they’re not “just headaches”. Migraines can be so painful as to be debilitating, and may include secondary symptoms such as nausea, sensitivity to light and noise, and extreme lethargy. They affect more than 37 million people in the United States. Unfortunately, they’re often difficult to treat and conventional approaches—principally medication—frequently don’t…

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Want to Upgrade Your Running Routine? Try Cross-Country

For many running enthusiasts, it is essential to keep improving the workout technique and to keep things interesting. One way of doing this is it to try out different surfaces such as the treadmill, the street, and the track. However, new information is coming to light about the best way to upgrade your running routine: running cross-country on a trail….

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How Do Chiropractors Measure Range of Motion?

Limited range of motion is usually caused by an injury in a specific joint or by a chronic condition such as osteoarthritis, and is often accompanied by stiffness, pain, and swelling. At some point, limited range of motion can interfere with a patient’s ability to perform day-to-day activities. When this happens, range of motion testing becomes a very important diagnostic…

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