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How to Choose the Right Foam Roller

Foam rolling is gaining in popularity as more people learn about its benefits in treating soft tissue injuries and conditions such as piriformis pain and sore muscles. The first foam rollers were simple pieces of rounded foam. These days, countless alternatives to plain white foam abound to meet a wide variety of needs, uses and preferences. While having lots of…

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Celebrating Chiropractic Medicine’s Legacy of Safe and Effective Care

As chiropractic medicine moves into its 118th year, it is worth reflecting on its long history of providing safe and effective health care.  Despite years of adversity, chiropractic is now well established in the U.S., Canada, Australia, the U.K., and other parts of the world, with an estimated 30 million people receiving treatment each year. In fact, chiropractic physicians today…

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Close-Up on the Thompson Technique: How Does It Differ from Other Approaches to Chiropractic Care?

The basic chiropractic approach, originally developed by Dr. D.D. Palmer in 1895, is based on the premise that the body has the ability to heal itself if abnormalities of the spine (called subluxations) are found and corrected. Today there are many adjustment techniques used by chiropractors to align segments of the spine and other areas of the body. They are…

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How Do Computerized Spinal Decompression Machines Work?

The vast majority of adults—some estimates say 80% or more—will experience back pain at some time in their lives. For some people, this back pain may be uncomfortable and occur only intermittently. However, other people will experience chronic back pain that interferes with their ability to work or participate in normal, everyday activities. When it comes to treating back pain,…

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Is There Really Such a Thing as Too Much Running?

It’s no secret that regular exercise is a key component of a healthy lifestyle. Studies show that running is a particularly useful form of exercise. Runners are less likely to suffer from obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some forms of cancer. Running strengthens your muscles and skeleton, improves your mood, and can even help…

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Need a Good Night’s Rest? Try These Natural Approaches Before You Visit the Medicine Cabinet

How well did you sleep last night? If you’re like nearly one third of American adults, the answer is probably “not that well.” Stress and distractions can make it difficult to nod off, but that doesn’t mean you have to turn to over-the-counter or prescription sleep aids to get the rest you need. Consider these natural sleep aids as a…

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A Brief Patient’s Guide to Diversified Technique

If you’ve ever visited a chiropractor’s office, the odds are that you are at least somewhat familiar with the Diversified Technique. This is one of the most widely taught and widely used chiropractic techniques, making it the one most familiar to chiropractic patients. Diversified Technique involves the use of fast, shallow thrusts that often cause a popping noise in the…

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Electrical Stimulation as a Treatment for Back Pain

Back pain–whether acute or chronic–can range from mildly uncomfortable to truly debilitating. And in some cases, the exact cause of the pain can be very difficult to diagnose. If you’ve ever experienced severe back pain yourself (or spent time with friends or family members who have), you can probably understand why physicians do what they can to help patients manage…

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Why Do Differences in Leg Length Matter to Your Chiropractor?

It’s true that humans are generally symmetrical. We’re designed that way–most people have two eyes, two arms and two legs. However, taking a closer look at the human body can reveal small discrepancies in the two sides, such as having one leg that is longer than the other. Chiropractors often perform leg checks in order to detect this condition. But…

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Alcohol, Tobacco and Back Pain. Here’s What the Science Says.

Most people are aware that alcohol and tobacco can cause serious health problems. For example, there is a strong connection between alcohol and liver disease. Tobacco use (even second- and third-hand) has been linked to many health risks, including a wide variety of caners and cardiovascular conditions. However, these aren’t the only health risks posed by alcohol and tobacco. Studies…

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Growing Up Healthy: Musculoskeletal Milestones in the Teenage Years

Most of us are familiar with the “growth spurt” that occurs during adolescence. In fact, this surge in height is one of the first signs that puberty has begun and signals hormonal changes in both boys and girls. At the peak of this growth spurt, girls grow about 3.5 inches per year, and boys about 4.1 inches per year. However,…

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Close-Up: How is the Gonstead System Different from Other Chiropractic Techniques?

Chiropractors use a wide variety of techniques to correct spinal misalignments. In fact, there are approximately 15 different techniques that are widely used to treat patients with back pain. According to statistics from the Job Analysis of Chiropractic, 58.5% of chiropractors currently use the Gonstead System. Over a period of 50 years, Dr. Clarence Gonstead developed the Gonstead System at…

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