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NEW SERVICE THAT WILL REVOLUTIONIZE MEDICINE Mar 20th, 2020

Clarksville Chiropractic Center is excited to anounce the expansion of our clinic to include physical medicine.  State of the art treatement of joint and soft tissue related issues are available now with us at Clarksville Physical Medicine. It is my pleasure to welcome and introduce the most recent addition to...

Improve Your Diet And Start Exercising For Better Health Jan 3rd, 2020

If you’re like most people, you probably made one or more New Year’s Resolutions.  Among the most common resolutions people tend to make is to lose weight and get in better shape. Unfortunately, most people’s resolutions only last about a week, and in many cases, less than that. Then the...

Five Tips For Better Office Posture and Health Jan 3rd, 2020

How many hours a day do you spend hunched over your computer, smartphone, or tablet at your desk? When you stop to think about it, the number will probably shock you, and it’s all but certain that your posture isn’t picture perfect, which unfortunately, can lead to back and neck...

What’s Causing My Neck Pain? Jan 3rd, 2020

Sometimes, perhaps even often, the causes of neck pain are pretty obvious. After you’ve been in an auto accident, or if you took a hearty knock on the sports field, you don’t need to ask. It’s pretty easy to draw a straight line from that event to the pain in...

The Importance Of At-Work Stretch Breaks Jan 3rd, 2020

Many of us have desk-bound office jobs that see us sitting in the same position for hours on end. Usually, this position is hunched over a keyboard and leaning forward slightly to peer at a computer screen. Unfortunately, this poor posture can have serious long term impacts on the curvature...

3 Fabulous Exercises To Help With Back Pain Jan 3rd, 2020

Every year, three out of four Americans will wind up paying a visit to their doctor because of back or neck pain. In the “good ol’ days,” most doctors prescribed bed rest for those times when your back was giving you trouble, but these days, science has changed the direction...

Acupuncture and Trigger Points Jan 3rd, 2020

Acupuncture needles directly stimulate and relax the skeletal muscles by creating tiny lesions in the muscles. The lesions created by needling stimulate the spinal cord and the brain to secrete neurobiochemicals such as endorphins which relax the smooth muscles, cardiac and skeletal muscles. Activating this mechanism by acupuncture treatments provides temporary...

Cupping, is it only for Olympic champions? Jan 3rd, 2020

Most of you noticed those large, dark circles on several of the athletes during the Rio Olympic Games. Since it was mostly observed on our swimmers, like Michael Phelps, one might think they are sharing pool time with the Kraken or maybe partaking in some cage fighting while in Brazil....

How To Evaluate Your Physician Jan 3rd, 2020

There are certain reasonable expectations you should have when it comes to any physician. They should be knowledgeable in their field, as well as knowledgeable in many others. They should be able to accurately assess whether or not they have the tools to help you or whether you would be...

Chiropractic During Pregnancy!? Jan 3rd, 2020

Is Chiropractic Safe During Pregnancy? Lets Clear Up Some Common Misconceptions Many medical professionals outside of Chiropractic will warn against seeking Chiropractic care during pregnancy, and who can blame them? They are making the best recommendations for their patients based on their knowledge of Chiropractic, and likely, the majority of their knowledge...

Understanding the Chiropractic Adjustment Jan 3rd, 2020

What Is All the Noise About!? Brought To You by Clarksville Chiropractic Most people are confused about Chiropractic and how it works.  Truthfully, most chiropractic patients aren’t worried about the reason it works, they just know it makes them feel better, and for some odd reason, tends to clear up other health...

How Does Extra Weight Affect Your Back? Jan 3rd, 2020

By any definition, we have an obesity epidemic in the United States. More than a third of adults and slightly more than that number of children are obese, and millions more are varying shades of overweight. It’s well known that obesity causes or contributes to a wide range of serious...

Anxiety Could Be A Factor In Your Joint Pain Jan 3rd, 2020

“Mind over matter” isn’t a phrase that leaps immediately to mind when people think about joint or muscle pain. When joint pain strikes, most people tend to think in terms of overexertion or old age, but the truth is that sometimes our very thoughts can betray our bodies and cause...

Replace Bad Snacks With Healthy Ones In The Office Jan 3rd, 2020

If you work in an office environment, you’ve got two big strikes against you where staying healthy is concerned. First and most obvious is the fact that you probably spend most of your day sitting, which means you’re getting almost no exercise. Sitting like this also has long term-impacts on...

Here Are Some Ways To Get Motivated To Work Out Jan 3rd, 2020

Unless you are part of a distinct minority of people who actually look forward to going to the gym and sweating for several hours a week, getting excited about exercising may be a daunting task. Absent motivation, odds are good that you won’t do it at all, and let’s face...

Improve Your Overall Health By Strengthening Your Core Jan 3rd, 2020

Almost everyone is familiar with exercises designed to strengthen one’s core, but there’s a problem. Knowing about them, and even knowing how important they are, don’t automatically mean we spend much time doing them. Sadly, beyond a few token sit ups and pushups, most people don’t spend much time focused...

What Should You Do For A Tailbone Injury? Jan 3rd, 2020

What do your tailbone and your funny bone have in common? When injure them, the only one not laughing is you. Tailbone injuries hurt. If you’ve ever suffered a fall and landed squarely on your butt, you’ve probably suffered one yourself, and while falling is the #1 way such injuries...

How To Feel Better When You’re Stuck Inside All Day Jan 3rd, 2020

Modern life isn’t very good for us for a variety of reasons. One of the biggest, though, is that modern life, by design, is engineered to keep most of us indoors most of the day. That’s bad for a variety of reasons, but the two biggest are lack of sunlight,...

Is It Okay To Pop My Own Back? Jan 3rd, 2020

It’s something that almost everyone has done at one point or another. Picture the scene: You’ve been sitting at your computer for hours, long enough that your eyes feel like they might start bleeding at any moment. You’re stiff and you’re tired, so to try and shake a little more...

Easy Ways To Reduce Stress And Relax Jan 2nd, 2020

We live in a 24/7, “always on” world, and we weren’t meant to. Our bodies just can’t keep up, and most of us need a lot more down time than we’re getting, which understandably stresses us out. It’s no wonder that heart attacks are one of the leading causes of...

Sprain Or Strain – How Can You Tell? Jan 2nd, 2020

Many people use the words strain and sprain interchangeably. It’s not hard to see why. They are similar conditions, but they’re not the same, so if you hurt yourself, how can you tell which one you’re suffering from? The guidelines below will help you sort it out! Strains are injuries...

Getting More Sleep Could Have Huge Benefits Jan 2nd, 2020

Most people are pretty good project managers. They juggle their daily schedules and manage to get an amazing amount of work done each day. Unfortunately, in this 24/7, “always on” world we live in, the one thing that seldom gets prioritized is sleep. That matters because our bodies require 8-9...

Prevent Your Next Headache With These Tips Jan 2nd, 2020

Nobody likes having to endure headaches. Not only are they painful and distracting; they can hurt your productivity at home and at work, and in the worst cases, they can be absolutely debilitating.  Fortunately, there are a few simple things you can do to drastically reduce your chances of getting...

Start Meditating For A Healthier Lifestyle Jan 2nd, 2020

As stressed out as most people are these days, it probably comes as no surprise that meditation is becoming increasingly popular. While there are a number of things you can do to get and stay healthy, given how much of an impact meditation can have on your stress levels, it’s...

The Positive Effects Of Smiling More Jan 2nd, 2020

Want to know a secret? Smiles have powers that border on being magical. It’s true! Here are just a few of the benefits that smiling more will have on your life: Smiles ward off depression – The act of smiling floods your brain with feel-good chemicals while simultaneously lowering your...

Stay Consistent To Meet Your New Year’s Goals Jan 2nd, 2020

Perhaps the only thing more common than making New Year’s Resolutions is breaking them.  Everyone starts out with good intentions, of course. However, all too often, those sincerely-made resolutions wind up in the dust bin, not many weeks after they’re made. If you have resolved to get fit and healthy...

Prevent The Winter Blues With These Easy Tips Jan 2nd, 2020

You may be surprised to hear it, but Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), is a real condition and it’s not uncommon for people to get the blues during the winter months.  If you feel that happening to you, here are a few simple things you can do to keep your spirits...

Are There Health Benefits To A Face Massage? Jan 2nd, 2020

If you’ve ever enjoyed a trip to the day spa, you’ve probably had a facial. At some point while you’re reclined back and enjoying the sensation, you’ve probably been treated to a face massage. You may be wondering then, other than feeling incredible, are there any tangible health benefits to...

Snow Shoveling Injuries Are More Common Than You Might Think Jan 2nd, 2020

Quick, how many people do you think are injured shoveling snow every year? The number may be higher than you imagine.  According to a study recently published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, more than 11,000 American adults are sent to the ER every year with injuries directly related...

Tips and Techniques For Lifting Heavy Objects Jan 2nd, 2020

Time for a quick refresher.  Most people intuitively know the things this article will include, but knowing something and putting it into daily practice are two different things.  The most common cause of acute back pain is a sudden injury to the ligaments and muscles that support your back. The...

Why Is My Body Making Sounds As I Get Older? Jan 2nd, 2020

Do your joints sound like they’re filled with Rice Kripsies when you stand up and move around?  It’s a fairly common phenomenon and tends to happen more often as we get older. In most cases, it’s perfectly normal and nothing to be worried about. There are two primary causes of...

Simple Tips To Increase Your Energy The Healthy Way Jan 2nd, 2020

If you’re like most people, you start strong in the morning, but by mid-afternoon, you start to run out of gas.  By the time you get home at the end of a workday, you’re exhausted and barely functional. You grab some dinner and maybe catch a couple hours of TV...

Is Fasting Beneficial For Your Health? Jan 2nd, 2020

Fasting is hardly a new idea.  Ritualistic fasting has long been a part of various religious traditions, and during our hunter-gatherer days, our bodies were optimized to go for brief periods without eating. More recently, many fad diets have sprung up around the idea of periodic fasting, and the proponents...

Can Stress Cause You Physical Pain? Jan 2nd, 2020

Can stress cause physical pain?  It’s a great question and one we get on a fairly regular basis.  The short answer is yes, but getting to how and why requires a bit of explanation. Stress is caused by the hormone cortisol, which controls our “fight or flight” response.  As stress...

Get Joint Pain Relief Without Pain Pills Jan 2nd, 2020

If you suffer from any kind of joint pain, then you know what a misery it is.  Pills help, but you may not like taking them for fear of developing an addiction, or you might be worried about how they’ll interact with some of the other medications you’re on. Fortunately,...

Hand Pain, Numbness and Tingling Might Not Be Carpal Tunnel Jan 2nd, 2020

Anytime a person’s hand starts hurting, the first thing that comes to mind is Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, and that could be what’s causing the pain.  It is a very common condition, especially among people who have jobs that see them performing repetitive motions with their hands and wrists (machinists, anyone...

Spring is Here, Time To Get In Shape For Summer Jan 2nd, 2020

If you’re like a lot of people, you go into the winter months with good intentions. However, between the winter holidays, the cold weather and the shorter days, exercise is something that just gets put on the back burner.  With things warming up again and summer just around the corner,...

New Healthy Food Trends You Might Want To Try Jan 2nd, 2020

Are you looking to start eating healthier this year?  If so, you’ve probably done all the usual things:  Cut back on processed foods, started eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, and adopted something that vaguely resembles the Mediterranean Diet. Those things represent a great start, but there are several newly...

How Can I Tell If I Have Carpal Tunnel? Jan 2nd, 2020

Carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis are both incredibly painful conditions, but they require very different forms of treatment. It’s important to know which is which if your hands suddenly start hurting, but how can you tell?   There are a number of symptoms that are unique to carpal tunnel. People...

Watch Your Weight If You Suffer From Knee Pain Jan 2nd, 2020

Your knees are basically your body’s shock absorbers, and they take a lot of punishment.  It’s probably no surprise then, that knee pain is one of the most common ailments chiropractors treat. Part of the problem is that your knees were only designed to bend one way. However, a lot...

What To Do About A Crick In Your Neck Jan 2nd, 2020

It has probably happened to you more often than you care to admit.  You wake up in the morning to a sharp, shooting pain in your neck and a curious stiffness that makes it feel as though you can’t move your neck in its usual range of motion without it...

Heat or Cold For Back Pain? Jan 2nd, 2020

If your back is hurting, you may find yourself getting conflicting advice when it comes to treatment.  Some people will say you should use heat, while others will insist that ice is the better option. The reality is that both are effective treatments, but there are times when one offers...

Summer Activities Bring Potential For Injuries Jan 2nd, 2020

With summer fast approaching, you’re probably looking forward to getting outside, enjoying the warm, sunny weather and having fun.  Unfortunately, summertime fun brings with it the possibility of injury, especially if you’ve been cooped up all winter and aren’t in peak physical condition. Here are some pointers designed to help...

Avoid Common Pool Injuries With These Tips Jan 2nd, 2020

Who doesn’t love a refreshing dip in a pool during those hot summer months?  It’s a great way to have fun and stay comfortable. Unfortunately, a day at the pool can also be dangerous.  Here are the most common pool-related injuries and how to avoid them: They Say No Running...

Computer Workers Watch Your Posture Jan 2nd, 2020

Americans lead increasingly sedentary lifestyles. They often spend the greater portion of each day sitting hunched over a computer, whether in the office or at home.  If we’re not hunched over our computers, we’re hunched over our smartphones.   Either way, the result is the same.  All those hours tend...

How To Safely Get Through A 5K Fun Run Jan 2nd, 2020

Are you interested in participating in a 5k run this year?  If so, good for you!  It’s a challenging undertaking, but one that will make you feel great when you complete it. As with anything sports related though, there’s always the risk of injury. Here are a few things to...

These Foods Might Not Be As Healthy As You Think Jan 2nd, 2020

There’s a lot of misinformation in the health and nutrition industry, and a significant percentage of the products that are marketed as “healthy” are anything but.  Below you’ll find a few examples.  These are foods you may currently think of as being good for you, and if so, prepare to...

Keep Your Health In Mind At Theme Parks This Summer Jan 2nd, 2020

Theme and amusement parks are a popular summertime destination, and why not?  The carnival smell, the decadent foods and of course the rides!  What’s not to like? As fun as those things are though, it pays to be mindful. This is especially true if you already suffer from chronic back...

Car Accidents Can Easily Lead To Whiplash Jan 2nd, 2020

“It’s not the fall that kills you, it’s the abrupt stop at the end.” You’ve probably heard that phrase before, and the same thing basically holds true of whiplash, which is one of the most common injuries people suffer in an automobile accident. In the case of whiplash, it’s not...

Could Crunches Be The Cause Of Some Back Pain? Jan 2nd, 2020

Most professionals will tell you that building muscle strength (especially in your core) is one of the keys to minimizing back pain. After all, a strong, healthy and well-developed core gives you the strength you need to carry your weight. As long as you’re mindful of how you move your...

How To Help Kids Stay Healthy During The Summer Jan 2nd, 2020

School’s out and it’s time for summertime fun! What kid (big or little) doesn’t love summertime?  From a child’s perspective, it’s the perfect time of year.  No school.  Relaxed rules.  Relaxed schedules.  What’s not to like? Unfortunately, it’s easy to take things too far, and that can have detrimental effects...

Childhood Growing Pains: Myth Or Real? Jan 2nd, 2020

Medical science is divided on whether the physical act of our bodies growing can cause pain. There doesn’t seem to be any scientific basis for the claim, but the reality is that lots of kids between the ages of five and thirteen experience pain, primarily in their legs, and that...

Is It Better To Walk Or Run? Jan 2nd, 2020

There’s a lively debate between walking and running fanatics about which one’s better, with people arguing passionately on both sides of the issue. While there’s evidence supporting both arguments, we like James O’Keefe’s opinion.  It matters because he’s done both, and having tried both, has ultimately settled on the walking...

Stretching Should Be An Important Part Of Your Daily Routine Jan 2nd, 2020

If you work out on a regular basis, odds are good that you’re already stretching before and after your workout routine.  If you’re not, you should be, because stretching offers a raft of benefits. Even if you don’t work out at regular intervals, daily stretching is still important, and in...

Keep Kids Safe This Back To School Season Jan 2nd, 2020

It’s back to school time, and as any ER doctor will tell you, that means lots of spills, falls, injuries and accidents. The first week back to school is among the busiest times of year for Emergency Rooms and chiropractors alike. Here are the most common types of accidents to...

Regular Computer Use May Contribute To Health Issues Jan 2nd, 2020

Last year, the smartphone replaced the personal computer as the primary means people use to access the internet. The King may be down, but he’s certainly not dead. Every day, tens of millions of us use our PCs to work and access the internet for entertainment, but there’s a problem....

Ways to Avoid Injury When Moving To A New Home Jan 2nd, 2020

Moving is one of the most stressful events in a person’s life, ranking comparably with marriage, divorce, or the death of a loved one. While those other events can cause more intense emotional stress, moving also causes emotional stress. It is also very likely to result in personal injury in...

Your Foot or Heel Pain Could Be Plantar Fasciitis Jan 2nd, 2020

You may not even be familiar with the term “plantar fasciitis,” but you’re almost certainly familiar with the condition. It’s one of the most common orthopedic complaints that doctors and chiropractors hear about. The name is drawn from the plantar fascia ligaments in your leg that support the arch of...

Are Restrictive Clothing Items Causing Health Problems? Jan 2nd, 2020

Is your clothing a little on the tight side?  If so, it could be causing health problems for you.  If it isn’t yet, it may well in the future. Consider the story of a 35-year old Australian woman who spent four days in the hospital because of her “skinny jeans.”...

Does The Changing Season Affect Your Joints? Jan 2nd, 2020

Although the research on the matter is divided, ask just about anyone and they’ll tell you that cold, damp weather makes their joints ache, and causes their arthritis to flare up. True, there have been some studies that have been able to validate what so many of us feel in...

How You Sleep Could Be Affecting Your Pain Jan 2nd, 2020

Are you a side sleeper?  A stomach sleeper?  An all over the map sleeper?  It could be at least part of the reason your back hurts. A study conducted in 2015 by the National Institutes of Health indicated that a staggering 25 million American adults deal with chronic pain on...

Standing For Too Long Could Contribute To Health Issues Jan 2nd, 2020

As you may know, sitting has been called the new smoking, and the dangers of prolonged periods of sitting have made headlines all over the web in the past couple of years.  A new study looks at a very different problem and highlights the dangers of too much time spent...

Do We Get More Fragile With Age? Jan 2nd, 2020

This is a great question we get on a regular basis from the patients we see.  Unfortunately, the answer to the question is yes.  Time takes its toll on the human body.  That’s true no matter how much you exercise, or how healthy your lifestyle is. Many of the impacts...

Does Massage Increase Blood Flow? Jan 2nd, 2020

Science has confirmed what massage therapists have been saying for years.  Not only does a massage feel great, but it improves blood flow and reduces pain levels whether you exercise regularly or not. This most recent bit of research comes to us from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and provides...

Fact or Fiction: Does Weather Affect Pain? Jan 2nd, 2020

Do you suffer from arthritis?  If so, you’ve got plenty of company.  According to the CDC, more than 52 million Americans have the dubious honor of dealing with some form of arthritis, including nearly half a million people under the age of 18.  It’s a club with an expansive membership....

Is It OK To Exercise In The Cold Weather? Jan 2nd, 2020

The question that serves as the title of this piece is an excellent one, and something we get asked on a regular basis. For some reason, people tend to be strong advocates for either “hot” or “cold” workouts, with very little meeting in the middle. The short answer to the...

Don’t Hurt Yourself Decorating For The Holidays Jan 2nd, 2020

Tis the season to decorate!  In addition to all the delicious food, this is the time of year when most people pull boxes of holiday decorations out of storage, and spend some serious time giving their homes a festive holiday makeover. While it’s true that the results of those efforts...

Taking The Occasional Bath May Have Health Benefits Jan 2nd, 2020

The statistics may surprise you.  A recent survey conducted by Angie’s List revealed that a staggering 90 percent of survey respondents preferred taking showers over baths. The survey revealed a slight gender difference, with women tending to prefer bathing more than men, although both groups overwhelmingly preferred showering. Preferences for...

Tips To Avoid Back Pain While Driving Jan 2nd, 2020

Whether you’re planning a road trip this holiday season, or find yourself driving for extended periods for work, the simple truth is that driving can be bad for your back.  It’s not so bad if you’re a passenger, because you can take something for your aching back or shift your...

What Is A Crick In The Neck? Jan 2nd, 2020

At some point, almost everyone suffers a crick or kink in their neck.  Whatever you call them, the effect is the same.  It’s painful,  it’s annoying, and it can detract from the enjoyment of whatever you’re doing. The question is, is that sudden pain in your neck something to be...

Avoid Cold Weather Injuries With These Tips Jan 2nd, 2020

Who doesn’t love playing in the snow and enjoying the winter weather?  It can be a lot of fun, but only if you play it safe. Here are a few simple tips to help you enjoy the colder weather while simultaneously minimizing your risk of injury: Dress For Success! Sure,...

Prepare Yourself For Winter Activities Before Jumping In Jan 2nd, 2020

So you’re ready to hit the slopes this winter and enjoy some skiing and snowboarding, are you?  That sounds fantastic!  Unfortunately, for all the fun to be had, those types of activities can also lead to serious injury.  Here are the best ways to avoid getting hurt while you’re out...

Reach Your New Year’s Resolution Fitness Goals Jan 2nd, 2020

If you’re like many people, you overindulge where the holiday feasting is concerned. This inevitably leads to New Year’s Resolutions surrounding fitness and weight loss, which usually last until about noon on January second. If you’d like to break the cycle and turn your fitness New Year’s Resolutions into reality,...

Will You Overeat This Holiday Season? Jan 2nd, 2020

Tis the season to be jolly, and to eat!  A lot. In fact, many people make New Years Resolutions centered around weight loss specifically because they overindulged on all the goodness offered during the holiday season. Below, you’ll find a few simple tips to help keep from over-doing it where...

Bad Posture Affects More Than Just Your Back Jan 2nd, 2020

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times.  Watch your posture!  Be mindful of your posture! You keep hearing about it because it’s important.  If you’ve ever suffered a massive headache due to several hours’ worth of improper sitting, you understand and appreciate why posture is so...

What Causes Muscle Cramps And How To Prevent Them Jan 2nd, 2020

Just about everyone has suffered a muscle cramp at one point or another.  It’s one of the most common types of injuries or pain you can experience. However, how do they happen, and when you get one, what’s the best way of minimizing its impact?  Fair questions for both. Here...

Your Feet May Be More Important Than You Thought Jan 2nd, 2020

Most people don’t spend too much time thinking about their feet.  We all tend to take them for granted unless there’s a problem and they start to hurt.  It might surprise you to know, then, that your feet are much more important to your overall health than you think! Your...

Benefits Of Yoga On The Body Jan 2nd, 2020

Even people who don’t do Yoga know that it’s good for them.  What many people don’t know, however, is exactly why it’s so good for you.  In this article, we’ll outline just a few of the many benefits you’ll realize by making Yoga a regular part of your daily routine....

Could Your Back Pain Be Coming From Your Mattress? Jan 2nd, 2020

Back pain is a common ailment, and most people have simply resigned themselves to it.  Nearly everyone in America will, at one point or another during their lives, experience back pain.  The causes are many and varied, but one often overlooked culprit is the mattress you sleep on every night....

Do You Have Pain When You Bend Or Reach? Jan 2nd, 2020

If you experience back pain when you bend or stretch, you’re certainly not alone.  The question though, is what’s causing your back pain in the first place? The answers are more varied than you might think.  Here are the most common ones: A Muscle Strain or Sprain These two are...

Should You Exercise Through Knee Pain? Jan 2nd, 2020

There are several myths and misconceptions about exercising and knee pain. Some people say you should avoid any type of exercise at all if your knees are hurting. Others recommend a “walk it off” approach, suggesting you work through the pain.  Which of the two approaches is correct, though? The...

Are Your Muscles Just Sore Or Is It Something Serious? Jan 2nd, 2020

After a good workout, your muscles hurt.  Usually, that means you’re doing it right, but sometimes it can be a sign that something has gone wrong.  The question is, how do you differentiate between general soreness (which is both common and a good thing after a workout) and actual pain?...

How Long Should I Hold A Stretch? Jan 2nd, 2020

Almost everybody knows the importance of stretching. Unfortunately, few people know how to do it properly.  Specifically, how long should you hold a stretch for?  The answer is that it depends on why you’re stretching. Here are two stretching rules to keep in mind. Rule One – Stretching Before A...

Should I Worry About Tingling or Numbness? Jan 2nd, 2020

At one point or another, everybody has experienced the sensation.  That vaguely uncomfortable “pins and needles” feeling that surges through some part of our bodies. The question then, is it anything to be concerned about? The short answer is, it depends, But that’s not terribly helpful, so let’s go into...

Work On Your Core For Many Health Benefits Jan 2nd, 2020

Strengthen your core!  Strengthen your core!  If you’ve heard those words once, you’ve heard them a thousand times.  It is one of the most often repeated bits of exercise advice out there. The question though, is what’s so great about strengthening your core, anyway? Why is everybody always recommending it? ...

Avoid Fad Diets For Better Long Term Health Jan 2nd, 2020

These days, you must try really hard to avoid seeing or hearing about the latest fad diet.  On a near-constant basis, we’re bombarded by people promising amazing results with minimal effort.  It’s easy to see why so many people get taken in by the hype and jump on the fad...

High Fat Foods That Are Actually Good For You Jan 2nd, 2020

Cut out the fat!  Avoid fat like the plague!  If you’ve heard these phrases once, you’ve heard them a thousand times. It’s one of the most often repeated mantras by just about everyone offering dietary advice.  Fat is bad.  Fat is evil. Fat will make you fat. It makes intuitive...

What Stress Can Do To Your Body Jan 2nd, 2020

A certain amount of stress is certainly useful in that it can motivate you to perform. However, prolonged periods of stress, or too much of it, can have a variety of serious impacts on your health.  Although it may not cause the conditions we’ll talk about in this article, it...

Yard Work Injuries Are Common With Warming Weather Jan 2nd, 2020

Spring is here, and that means getting outside and enjoying the warmer weather.  Of course, it also means yard work.  While not everyone enjoys it, it’s something that’s got to be done. As a result, tens of millions of Americans roll up their sleeves and get to work. Even if...

Can Running Or Jogging Cause Back Pain? Jan 2nd, 2020

The short answer to the question posed by the title of this article is yes. Running can cause back pain. However, there’s a bit more to it than that, so we’ll explain in more detail. First, running or jogging isn’t guaranteed to cause lower back pain, but it can in...

How Do You Know If You Have A Pinched Nerve? Jan 2nd, 2020

You’ve got a massive highway of nerves running through your body. Those nerves can become pinched any time there’s pressure on the nerve, usually when it’s compressed between two other tissues such as tendons, ligaments, or bones. That explanation sounds simple and straightforward enough. Of course, lacking X-ray vision, it’s...

Some Helpful Indicators Of A Broken Bone Jan 2nd, 2020

So you got yourself in an accident and you really hurt your arm, leg, hand, foot, or other extremity.  You’re worried now that it might be broken, but pain is pain. Sometimes it can be difficult to tell whether a bone is genuinely broken or if you’re suffering from a...

Pain Becomes More Prominent With Age Jan 2nd, 2020

Talk to anybody older than you and sooner or later, they’ll tell you all about their aches and pains. Their stories serve as a friendly warning of what you have to look forward to as you get older. Everybody seems to believe that as we get older, more aches and...

Sunshine Can Be Good For You In Moderation Jan 2nd, 2020

Summertime always brings the back and forth debate about the sun and the dangers it poses to the forefront of everyone’s mind. This is helped along by the plethora of sunscreen commercials that play on television during this time of year. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at...

The Benefits Of Regular Exercise May Surprise You Jan 2nd, 2020

Eat healthy and exercise! If you’ve heard this once, you’ve heard it a thousand times. It’s easily one of the most often repeated phrases these days. But how much good does exercise actually do? Besides helping you achieve your weight loss goals, what other benefits can you derive from it?...

The Benefits Of Both Weight Lifting And Cardio Jan 2nd, 2020

Just about every fitness expert you talk to will recommend doing a combination of cardio and weight training, rather than choosing one or the other. It’s good advice because those are two very different forms of exercise with very different benefits. The interesting question is, which should you do first...

Keep An Eye Out For These Common Summer Issues Jan 2nd, 2020

With the weather warming up, it’s no surprise that more and more people are moving outside for some serious summertime fun.  We can’t say we blame them. As much fun as the great outdoors can be, it’s also important to keep safety in mind. Accidents happen most often when people...

Consistent Workout Plans Improve Overall Health Jan 2nd, 2020

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution at the start of the year to get healthier? How’d that work out for you?  How long was it before you threw your hands up in frustration and gave up?  Most people last a week.  A few last almost a month. However, in...

Healthy Summer Snacks For You And Your Family Jan 2nd, 2020

When it gets hot outside, kids love nothing better than Slurpies, ice cream, popsicles, and other sweet treats like that. When they’re indoors with air conditioning playing video games and the like, they love reaching for salty chips and the like. It’s easy to see the attraction.  All of those...

How To Recognize Signs Of Dehydration Jan 2nd, 2020

The human body is made up mostly of water.  Any time you spend too long in the hot sun and you don’t replace the fluids you’re losing, you run the risk of dehydration.  If you pay close attention to the signals your body is sending you though, you can avoid...

Avoid Dieting And Just Eat Healthy Jan 2nd, 2020

The Mediterranean diet. The Paleo diet. Adkins. Keto. There are dozens of diets out there, all claiming to be the magic bullet that will deliver huge, impressive weight loss results if you just stick with it.   Some of these diets have been around for decades, and you know something?  We...

The Difference Between Heat Exhaustion And Heat Stroke Jan 2nd, 2020

It’s getting hot outside. As temperatures rise, an increasing percentage of people are going to overdo it. It happens every year.  If you’re one of the unfortunate people who succumbs to the effects of the heat, can you tell the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke? Here are some guidelines...

These Foods May Not Be That Unhealthy Afterall Jan 2nd, 2020

If you struggle with your weight, then you probably spend a lot of time scouring the internet for dietary information. If that’s the case, you know how much contradictory and confusing information there is out there. Some studies say eggs are bad for you.  Others say no, that’s not right,...

Not Exercising May Be Worse Than Sitting Too Much Jan 2nd, 2020

Not long ago, a landmark study declared that “Sitting is the New Smoking!”  While the reality isn’t quite as bad as the study made it sound, it’s no secret that Americans sit too much. Even if the research team oversold their results slightly, their message was an important one. One of...

Arthritis Flare Ups Could Be Caused By Previous Injuries Jan 2nd, 2020

Arthritis is no laughing matter and flare ups can happen at any time.  The unpredictable nature of it makes it more insidious, and unfortunately, previous injuries make those flare ups more likely to occur. Injuries can virtually guarantee that they’ll occur more frequently. While you may require prescription medication to...

For Your Best Health, Don’t Completely Avoid Sun Exposure Jan 2nd, 2020

Everybody knows that too much sun can be bad for you in many different ways. The dire warnings about it are everywhere. Of course, that’s why you find so many brands and varieties of sun block on store shelves. Unfortunately, many people believe that the sun’s rays are nothing but...

Causes of Knee Pain And How To Reduce It Jan 2nd, 2020

Most adults will wind up suffering knee pain in one form or another at various points in their lives.  Sometimes it’s mild and sporadic, but other times, it can occur on a frequent basis. Sometimes it can be so severe that it can be debilitating and keep you from living...

You Don’t Need A Gym Membership To Get Healthy Jan 2nd, 2020

For most people, any mention of exercise conjures mental images of a gym. While there’s nothing wrong with going to the gym, if you don’t like the idea, there are plenty of ways you can get fit without having to set foot in one. In fact, far more important than...

Control Your Breathing For A Heathier You Jan 2nd, 2020

Breathing is something we’ve obviously all been doing since the day we were born. So of all the things you do on any given day, the last one you might think you need to practice would be breathing.  It sounds almost counter-intuitive then, that there’s more to breathing than first...

How Many Hours Per Night Should People Sleep? Jan 2nd, 2020

How many hours of sleep do you get on average every night?  Most Americans suffer a sleep deficit. We simply don’t get enough.  According to the National Sleep Foundation, the optimal amount of sleep you need depends mostly on how old you are. Here’s the scoop on how much sleep...

Does Falling In Or Out Of Love Impact Your Health? Jan 2nd, 2020

Falling in love feels great.  Falling out of love hurts. Do those things impact more than just our emotional well-being? The answer is a resounding yes! Falling in love and sex as a physical act of love can have a variety of impacts, both physical and mental. Physically, love can have...

Can Applied Pressure Help The Body? Jan 2nd, 2020

Applied pressure is also called acupressure. You may have heard a friend or neighbor talking about it and wondered if it really works or if it’s all just a bunch of hype. It’s a good, and totally fair question. Unfortunately, there has been very little research done on the benefits...

Four Reasons You May Still Feel Tired When You Wake Up Jan 2nd, 2020

If you wake up feeling as though you didn’t get any rest at all, you’re not alone.  Most American adults are sleep deprived and  the quality of our sleep is generally poor.  There are a few factors contributing to this, but the good news is that the reasons you wake...

The Main Causes Of Muscle Cramps Jan 2nd, 2020

Ahh, muscle cramps.  We’ve all experienced them at one point or another, but what causes them?  In this piece, we’ll take a closer look at that very question! In simplest form, a muscle cramp is nothing more than an involuntary contraction of one of the muscles in your body. They’re...

How To Reduce Or Relieve Seasonal Joint Pain Jan 2nd, 2020

If your joints start aching in protest to the cold weather outside, you’re certainly not alone. It’s a problem millions of people around the world deal with. There’s no single explanation for this, but there are lots of theories. Surprisingly, it’s an area where science hasn’t fully answered the question. One...

How Daylight Savings Time Affects Our Bodies Jan 2nd, 2020

Spring forward and fall back! It’s a mantra that has been repeated by millions of Americans for decades. It’s a ritual we go through every year to squeeze a bit more daylight out of the end of the year. All so we don’t wind up driving to work in the...

How Holiday Traveling Can Be Dangerous Jan 2nd, 2020

If you’re like many people, your holiday plans this year include traveling to be with family and friends. As wonderful as that is, the unfortunate reality is that it puts you in unfamiliar territory during a busy, hectic time of year. The chaos that is woven into the fabric of...

How To Avoid These Common Winter Injuries Jan 2nd, 2020

The snow and ice that accompany the winter season in most of the country can complicate your life in a few ways. Unfortunately, one of those is an increased risk of wintertime slips and falls.   Emergency Rooms around the country confirm what most of us know intuitively. You’re more likely...

Your Mood May Be Affected By What You Eat Jan 2nd, 2020

It’s common knowledge that changing what you eat can impact your weight, blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol. Can changing what you eat impact your mood as well?  As it turns out, the answer to that question is yes, and new research underscores that conclusion. Granted, research in the...

Why People Get Depressed During The Holidays Jan 2nd, 2020

People get depressed during the holidays, and there’s plenty of research to back this up. The more interesting questions are how and why that’s the case. We also want to know what (if anything) can be done about it. As it turns out, there’s research on that topic too, and...