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Use This Office Checklist

office-workMany will just succumb to the fact that they sit at desk for their job, and aches and pains are destined to follow. Prolonged sitting at a desk or computer will increase the chance of pain for most people.  Possible complaints can include neck or back pain, headaches, wrist or elbow tendonitis, or carpal tunnel like symptoms. Although I treat patients for all these conditions, it is much easier to prevent them before symptoms make it difficult to work. Here is my first line of defense if you sit at a desk or computer for more than one hour combined during the day.
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For Your Spine’s Protection

Spine           When talking about the back, we are actually talking about the spinal column, which consists of a series of small bones called “vertebrae” stacked on top of each other.  Each of these bones is connected to one another through a series of joints. The first is the intervertebral joint, which is formed when two vertebrae are joined together by an intervertebral disc. The second and third joints are known as facet joints.  These joints are located on the back of the spine and consist of the small, bony processes that extend back from the vertebral bodies.  These joints between each vertebrae allow the spinal column to bend, which is important to all of our every day movements.  However, spine mobility comes at a cost because it makes the spine less stable.  In fact, research has shown that by itself, the spinal column will actually collapse and buckle under as little as 20 pounds of pressure.
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Bare Essentials For A Healthy Spine Part 3- Postural Awareness

posture evolutionWhen it comes to pain, it’s easy to want look for the next big thing to help deal with it.  Folks often ask my thoughts on the new supplement they saw on TV, or the inversion table their friend told them about and if it could help with their aches and pain.  When it comes to managing things on our own, less is usually more.  In other words do as little as needed, rather than as much as possible.  By doing the minimum, but essential amount, the majority of us will be much better off.  This includes focusing daily on joint mobility, strength and stability, and postural awareness.

Part 3.  Postural Awareness
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The Bare Essetials For A Healthy Back Part 2- Strength And Stability

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When it comes to pain, it’s easy to want look for the next big thing to help deal with it.  Folks often ask my thoughts on the new supplement they saw on TV, or the inversion table their friend told them about and if it could help with their aches and pain.  When it comes to managing things on our own, less is usually more.  In other words do as little as needed, rather than as much as possible.  By doing the minimum, but essential amount, the majority of us will be much better off.  This includes focusing daily on joint mobility, strength and stability, and postural awareness.

Part 2.  Strength & Stability
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The Bare Essentials For A Healthy Back Part 1- Mobility

clipboard2When it comes to pain, it’s easy to want look for the next big thing to help deal with it.  Folks often ask my thoughts on the new supplement they saw on TV, or the inversion table their friend told them about and if it could help with their aches and pains.  When it comes to managing things on our own, less is usually more.  In other words do as little as needed, rather than as much as possible.  By doing the minimum, but essential amount, the majority of us will be much better off.  This includes focusing daily on joint mobility, strength and stability, and postural awareness.

Part 1.  Everyday Mobility
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Alignment Comes First

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Having sufficient strength, mobility, and flexibility are crucial to avoiding injury and of course keeping your body feeling good.  However, good body alignment trumps all.  If we fail in this department, compensations wreak havoc, which can lead to both pain and injury.  When we discuss body alignment there are two major things to consider.
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